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Dear Fan, We have a manager that we've been with for a few years now. I don't think he's a good fit for us. He manages a couple mid-size indie bands, one or two big ones, so he has that going for him. But we've clashed with him at many, many points, and come very close to dropping him many times. We've had fights over the validity of DIY shows (which we love), labels, booking agents, you name it. The question has always been this: where does a band that likes to play DIY shows, also likes to play big shows, wants to make songs that confuse people but also wants to be more popular fit in? We're constantly at cross-purposes with our own goals. We're all way too cynical to play the game properly, and turn over all of our agency to a manager type, who discourages us from things like DIY shows. On the other hand, we wish we could reach more people. Please help us, Fan. -Not Chumbawumba