After graduating from UNC as a proud Tar Heel, Doug thought it sounded a lot more fun to keep playing drums and guitar than to interview on campus and go get a haircut. Luckily, Doug's parents are entrepreneurs and understood the pull to do the unconventional. Playing drums full time, getting paid in cash every week and sitting in a hot tub everyday seemed pretty fun.....until the being gone from home and living out of a suitcase for months part kicked in.
After long days in the retail, teaching, music licensing (ask him about ASCAP if you have 3-4 hrs free) and eight years as an agent at EastCoast, Doug finally got the crazy idea that it'd be better to not get a paycheck for a while, and start a business. He was not disappointed...Founding Daniel Entertainment Group in 2001 meant that paychecks were a distant memory. However, 2001 taught him how to "tighten the belt" and run a company on fumes. With some luck and no vacation time, Doug can say that the whole thing turned out ok.
So "ok" that in 2008, EastCoast Entertainment approached about merging with Daniel Entertainment. After many lunches, the idea became an exciting plan. It gave Doug a chance to return home to EastCoast as a Partner. "You never can tell how some things end up coming back around. Good thing I saved all my old business cards!" In 2011, Doug was voted into his current role as President/Executive Managing Director and is aggressively pushing growth for all EastCoast offices.
From years of traveling and playing drums, Doug picked up many bad habits....such as playing guitar and watching bad tv. It seemed to be cheaper and safer than many of the other vices around. Doug still tries to play guitar and drums whenever he can or is not chasing his son around. Unless you like losing, don't challenge him on music or movie trivia. These days, though, there's nothing like a nice cold movie theater in the Summer to relax and forget who you are for a couple hours.
"Doug Daniel has proven to be in invaluable resource for booking entertainment. He always seems to have just the right group for my clients or myself. His professionalism, attention to detail and easygoing style are a rare fine in the industry." - The Westin Charlotte
"I have had the pleasure of working with Doug Daniel at Carolina Panthers games since 1996. Doug is thorough, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and conscientious. Game days, I never worry about logistics with our bands because Doug is on-site making sure nothing goes wrong. His hands-on style lends itself well to our game day environment and gives me peace of mind. The talent he brings in is excellent, and Doug does an excellent job of choosing bands that work very well with our fans." - Carolina Panthers
"Several years ago Food Lion Speed Street began working with Doug to procure and manage it's regional acts. They created one stop shopping and no worries for the Festival. Doug Daniel has delivered to the Festival every year, each time taking more and more worries off our plate. Doug doesn't just sell talent. He investigates our needs and objectives, investigates opportunities, delivers what he promises, and follows up to see how to do it better the next time. Our event is more successful because Doug Daniel interacts with our staff and has become a respected member of our team." - Jay Howard, President, JHE Food Group & Producer, Food Lion Speed Street
There has never been a better time to be at EastCoast Entertainment. I'm proud to be leading us into the future as our President and Executive Managing Director. It is my hope that your experience with EastCoast leaves no doubt as to our commitment to making your event the most memorable experience possible.