Open Door Management was founded by both an industry veteran and an established self-managed musician, to jointly serve artists with an unmatched perspective.
Chris O’Brien began working in the music industry in the late 90’s, starting out as an artist manager shaping the careers of multiple gold and platinum artists including The Mavis’s, Area 7 and Bodyjar amongst others. A career in promoting was also beckoning and he started working with KMW Productions on international artists such as Korn, Paramore, The Offspring, Megadeth, Eels, Nine Inch Nails and Deftones. In 2007 he was appointed General Manager of Soundwave Festival which quickly became the largest touring Festival in Australia with some of the world’s biggest bands gracing its stages including Metallica, Blink 182, Linkin Park, Faith No More, Green Day, Soundgarden, System Of A Down and Queens Of The Stone age. He was also appointed General Manager of Vans Warped Tour and Harvest Festival. In 2016 he joined Destroy All Lines as its touring boss and created Good Things Festival bringing a vibrant new event back into the Australian market. He also reignited his passion for artist management and is now forging a new and ground breaking partnership with Joshua Smith.
Joshua Smith is a founding member of the two-time ARIA Award winning act Northlane. Since 2010 he has been traversing the globe, performing countless concerts with acts such as Parkway Drive, Bring me the Horizon, and Architects. He’s also undertaken multiple headline world tours and played at some of the biggest music festivals in the world such as Download UK, France and Australia, Nova Rock, With Full Force, Hellfest, Soundwave, Big Day Out, Good Things, Resurrection Fest, Summer Breeze, Graspop, Hammersonic and Groezrock. He’s been involved with recording 4 studio albums, two of which hit #3 and one of which topped the ARIA albums chart. Josh managed Northlane until 2012, and reassumed the responsibility in early 2018. Successfully balancing this with another music-supply retail business, Boutique Sounds, he provide unique insight and empathy as an artist manager with thousands of miles on the road under his belt.