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In my time in the music and venues industries I've seen, and come to understand, every possible angle. I began running successful live events and a popular music website during university, then spent some years managing some of the most exciting new acts in the UK, which took me on tours around the world, gave me music industry contacts and taught me valuable management skills. Starting and running a popular boutique record label, along with working with indie and major record labels in my role as a manager, taught me how the music industry works from initial conception right up to the consumers interaction with it. My current role booking and marketing a group of London's most respected small live music venues, as well as my involvement in two of the most sought after festivals in the UK, has kept me directly involved with music and more on the pulse of music trends than ever.
I began my time at Lanzarote booking events as well as planning and executing marketing campaigns for the Lock Tavern in Camden. I now oversee all booking and marketing for the whole group, including the Shacklewell Arms, The Waiting Room, The Lock Tavern and the Adam & Eve (Homerton), as well as other events away from our main venues. I work with a tight-knit team on several projects at once, doing everything from researching and developing events, promoting and marketing them and executing them on the night. We constantly analyse trends in music and apply these to the booking policies of our venues, making sure they are both popular and relevant at all times. I also use this understanding in my consultation on the bookings for Field Day and Beacons festivals, where we are involved with everything from the selection of larger acts to the booking and logistics of the backstage performances. I've been solely responsible for the boutique backstage DJ performances at Field Day since 2013. I develop and oversee marketing campaigns for the venues and their events, which includes - Planning online marketing campaigns, week by week - Writing press releases and liaising with music press - Planning and executing social media content and delivery I have also been responsible for setting the mood in venues by creating bespoke playlists for each one.
Since the beginning of my career I've independently organised a wide range of live music and club night events, from initial conception to execution, from small shows for new bands, to larger scale album launch parties and city festivals. My responsibilities include... - Developing creative concepts for events - Booking a venues, staffing and relevant sound and technical equipment. - Researching, contacting and booking live acts and DJs - Event promotion using multi-channel mediums such as online content, social media, print magazines and physical promotion material - Managing the logistics of an event from start to finish
During my time running Hit Club Records I was asked to consult on new signings and current projects by Atlantic records. I regularly fed back into their A&R team with artists I'd come across and my thoughts on their own signings.
I began Hit Club Records as a project focussed on releasing some of the most exciting new music in the UK with unique artwork and packaging My role in the label was A&R, finding and securing the artists and releases, and product managing, overseeing every step in the release from recording to release. My daily roles included... - Finding unique and exciting songs - Overseeing production of vinyl - Overseeing digital and physical distribution - Planning and executing marketing campaigns, online and offline - Liaising with a large team surrounding the artists and label, including the artists themselves, management, radio pluggers, booking agents, online and physical press people. - Writing Press Releases and liaising with press I also took full responsibility for the Hit Club blog which focussed on bringing some of the most exciting new music to wider attention. We successfully released seven 7" records including debut singles from Is Tropical, Wolf Gang, Egyptian Hip Hop who were since signed by Kitsune, Atlantic and Polydor respectively. We also released 'Big Things' by Fiction which went on to be used in a major television advertising campaign. We received a wide array of press coverage as a label and were made Huw Stephens label of the week on Radio 1: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/legacy/introducing/2010/04/huws_diy_label_of_the_week_hit.shtml
Owing to my heavy involvement with the Manchester music scene and because of my wide knowledge of new music, in August 2009 I was asked to be on the A&R panel for Manchester’s In The City music industry festival. I consulted on the whole line up for two years running.
During and after I finished my studies in Manchester I began seeking out and managing new musical talent, before accepting an offer to come to London and work with United Management. I worked with a variety of artists including Egyptian Hip Hop, Vondelpark, & MONEY from the beginning of their careers up to and including being signed to Polydor, R&S and Bella Union respectively. My roles included, but weren't limited to... - Organising international live tours. - Overseeing writing and recording sessions. - Strategising single and album release campaigns. - Hiring and organising promotional teams across printed and online press, social media and radio. - Handling legal contract negotiations with record labels, publishing companies and other commercial interests.
Thistownsounds.com was a video based website which I used for interviewing bands and filming live performances. I produced the filmed and written content myself as well as organising a team of contributors. Highlights included - White Lies first filmed interview - Mumford & Sons first filmed performance - Florence & The Machine performance - Laura Marling performance - Noah & the Whale performance - Interviews with British Sea Power, Mystery Jets, Johnny Flynn & Adam Green. It was one of the first independent music websites to be entirely video based. The contacts I made and the quality of the work we made lead to us making a series of films for other clients including... - Vice Magazine - Topshop - Hermes - Tiger Beer - fly53
Since the beginning of my career my passion for music lead me to DJing at various venues and festivals, Through this work I've developed a varied taste in music. I've held a life long passion for finding new artists and broadening my knowledge of music from all genres including everything from Hip Hop, to Indie, to Techno, 50s Rock'n'Roll to Soul. I've DJed at SXSW, Field Day, Beacons festival and a huge variety of venues around the UK and Europe.
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I was awarded the URBIS Best of Manchester: Contribution to Music Award in 2009. This award was judged by a panel including... - Peter Saville - DJ Semtex (1 Xtra) - Caroline Ellery (Head of A&R, Universal Publishing). The award was in recognition of my contribution to the Manchester music scene, which included running a record label releasing some of it's most exciting new bands (Hit Club), managing some of the cities best bands (Egyptian Hip Hop, MONEY), running a popular music website and one of its largest live club nights. http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/blog/revealed-the-best-of-manchester-2009/