USA: AGNT, a new desktop platform and iOS app that connects DJs and organisers in a complete end-to-end process, recently launched at the EDMbiz Conference and Expo. Built by EDM industry pros Mike Henderson, Viet Nguyen and David Nguyen, AGNT is a marketplace with access to thousands of DJs and event listings for any style or budget across the US and Canada that utilises a suite of tools to seamlessly manage all the logistics and transactions from beginning to end.
“The EDM market is worth $6.9 billion globally and within that there are an estimated 1.3 million unrepresented DJs,” said Viet Nguyen, AGNT co-founder. “As it stands the entertainment industry frequently relies on word of mouth to secure talent and the current model of booking DJs is really inefficient – countless emails back and forth, limited access to artists and failed payments. We saw an opportunity to offer a streamlined service that would provide access to great talent with a simplified search and booking process while still allowing artists to represent themselves, saving everyone time and money.”
The AGNT web portal is responsive, and will work on all devices, including Android. To set up an AGNT profile, users can sign up as either a DJ or event organiser for free using their email or Facebook login. For DJs, AGNT becomes a self-promotional tool that also boasts a built-in music player to feature DJ sets. A DJ’s customisable profile can include a bio, portfolio links, required equipment, price range, calendar availability, social reach, cancellation policy and more. It gives DJs the ability to view all upcoming promoter listings within designated radius and to send in an expression of interest to perform at listed events. For event organisers, bookings are simplified allowing search based on a DJ’s location, genre of music, date and price. The fully automated system includes verified DJ reviews and advanced event management tools to handle all event logistics, negotiate fees and secure payments. Once a match is made and both parties have confirmed the booking, AGNT will coordinate payment charging a 6% – 10% service fee.
For the upcoming festival season, AGNT is partnering with festivals around Canada, including Center of Gravity (Kelowna), Chasing Summer (Calgary), and Wasaga (Ontario), to innovate their talent buying departments and handle a portion of their overall DJ bookings. For a chance to play at one of these festivals, DJs should create an AGNT profile.
AGNT co-founders Viet Nguyen, David Nguyen and Mike Henderson bring a wealth of experience to the platform, informing the features, usability and transactions. Viet Nguyen has over 17 years experience in IT and as a talent buyer and DJ in West Canada, booking over 500 DJs across multiple venues. David Nguyen brings his extensive background in UX and graphic design in branding, mobile and web design to AGNT’s platform. Mike Henderson is a modern day dance music entrepreneur with 17 years experience as a DJ, tour manager (Sasha, Pete Tong, Nicole Moudaber, Dubfire, Sharam), Native Instruments Traktor Trainer and Dubspot DJ School instructor. Collectively, they bring an acute understanding of the practical needs and business acumen required in the specialty trade of booking DJs.
Download AGNT for iOS available here.