By Kylee Swenson Gordon
Since 1996, Jennifer Tefft has worked as a talent buyer and promoter for Los Angeles clubs such as Bootleg Theater, Martini Lounge, Small’s K.O., and Club Spaceland (renamed The Satellite in 2010), as well as for L.A. festivals Poptopia and Sunset Junction. Tefft started putting on shows during her college days at Taylor University in Upland, IN, then moved to L.A. and eventually worked the door for Spaceland in 1999.
As the club’s booker from 2000 onward, she brought in bands that lived up to the excitement of Spaceland’s very first bill in 1995 (Foo Fighters and Beck), including Arcade Fire, Weezer, the White Stripes, the Shins, Spoon, the Black Keys, Keane, and thousands of other bands. She also helped break Silversun Pickups, Rilo Kiley, and Cold War Kids. And in her current role as talent buyer for The Satellite, she’s booked Gotye, Minus the Bear, Jackson Browne, Daniel Lanois, and many more.
For bands and managers looking to book a show at an established club such as The Satellite, there are a few things to keep in mind when lining up an event, promoting it, and playing it—particularly if you want to be invited back. Here are a few tips from Tefft on how to get a good conversation going with a sometimes-elusive (read: busy) booker.
Career – Approaching Club Bookers.