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Michael Davies

Licensor/Compiler/DJLondon, United Kingdom
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Michael Davies

Licensor/Compiler/DJLondon, United Kingdom
About me
I am a 30 year old music obsessive currently working as a DJ and music consultant/licensor for various record labels including Mr Bongo, BBE and more. I was also the music programmer for London audiophile bars Spiritland for nearly four years.
Projects
  • Curation of "Root Down With Love" stage at We Out Here festival 2024
    Curation of "Root Down With Love" stage at We Out Here festival 2024I have curated the Friday night of "The Grove" stage with Rainer Trüby at this year's We Out Here Festival for Noah Ball and Gilles Peterson, the stage capacity is 2,000 people and we have Jeremy Underground (My Love Is Underground) and Danilo Plessow (Motor City Drum Ensemble) joining us.
  • Gustav Brom "Calling Up The Rain" - PANORAMA Records for Prime Direct Distribution
    Gustav Brom "Calling Up The Rain" - PANORAMA Records for Prime Direct DistributionThe second release on PANORAMA Records is the reissue of Czechoslovakian Big Band legend Gustav Brom's funk jazz dancefloor heat "Calling Up The Rain" I curated the release, and then designed the sleeve for the record, which was amended from the original release. Comes in shrinkwrap with exclusive sticker with quotes from Patrick Forge, Rainer Trüby and Zag Erlat (My Analog Journal)
  • Brutal Force "Dreams For Sale" - Celestial Echo Records for Prime Direct Distribution
    Brutal Force "Dreams For Sale" - Celestial Echo Records for Prime Direct DistributionThe second release on Celestial Echo Preservation Group is the reissue of Brutal Force's funky modern soul heater "Dreams For Sale". I curated the release, and then designed the sleeve for the record, which the original release didn't come with.
  • Gitte & Inger "Ud Af Buret" - PANORAMA Records for Prime Direct Distribution
    Gitte & Inger "Ud Af Buret" - PANORAMA Records for Prime Direct DistributionFor Prime Direct Distribution I launched 2 new labels in 2024. One being PANORAMA Records with the reissue of Denmark's Gitte & Inger covering the classic "Can't Hide Love" to launch the label. Pressed and Distributed through Prime Direct. DJ Support from Gilles Peterson (BBC 6 music), Ross Allen (NTS) I curated the release, and then designed the sleeve for the record, which was amended from the original release. Comes in shrinkwrap with exclusive sticker.
  • Licensing for "John Gómez and Nick the Record Present TANGENT" - Mr Bongo Records
    Licensing for "John Gómez and Nick the Record Present TANGENT" - Mr Bongo RecordsI found and licensed 7 of the tracks for Mr Bongo Records with John Gómez and Nick The Record for the "10 Years of Tangent" compilation, released in July 2024. The tracks were: PERIKAS - Laberinto Leo Basel - Quelle Drôle De Vie (Nick The Record & Dan Tyler Re-Edit) Mac Thornhill - No Way To Control It L'Innovateur Djoe Ahmed Et Le Zoukabyle - Amek Amek Hidrogenesse - La Carta Era Muy Larga (Dub) Kajou - Tet Chajé Pellegrin El Kady - Seiva de Carnaval, Lee Jackson Band - Call On Me
  • Groove Merchant Reissues on Mr Bongo Records - Junior Parker "Love Ain't Nothin’ But A Business Goin' On"
    Groove Merchant Reissues on Mr Bongo Records - Junior Parker "Love Ain't Nothin’ But A Business Goin' On"In late 2023 I worked alongside Mr Bongo Records to license the rights to a collection from Sonny Lester's legendary Groove Merchant Records. I found the son of Sonny Lester while working on another project and made the connection to the label. The fourth is Junior Parker's "Love Ain't Nothin’ But A Business Goin' On". Originally issued under the title The Outside Man on Capitol Records in 1970 with an alternative cover, this reissue replicates the Groove Merchant release titled Love Ain't Not
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Projects credited in
  • Digging Deeper: With Love Vol.1
    Digging Deeper: With Love Vol.1When pressing a record it's easy to get caught up in the project management and formulaic marketing tactics. With the release of this compilation it was clear there was a deeper story to unearth, and I wanted to make sure our audience was able to see this as well. We decided to bring in licensor / compiler Miche (Michael Davies) for an-person interview where we could dig deeper into these stories, propelling our Blog 'Digging Deeper' into a video format. We broke this long-form content into smal
  • Spiritland
    SpiritlandA waveform-inspired identity for a new London venue that houses the best sound system in the world. Pentagram has created the visual identity for Spiritland, a London eating, drinking and listening venue that houses one of the the best sound systems in the world. Featured by the The New York Times and The Guardian, Spiritland is a cafe, shop and workspace by day and a bar by night, serving food by Owen Kenworthy of Brawn, one of London’s finest ingredient-led restaurants. It also hosts an active
Work history
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    Licensing Manager / Business DevelopmentPrime Direct Distribution
    London, United KingdomFreelance
    Currently working one day a week for Prime Direct Distribution consulting on new releases (including RSD releases) and helping diversify their current roster of labels.
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    Compiler of the "With Love" seriesMr Bongo
    London, United KingdomFreelance
    I am the curator of “With Love”, my new 16-track compilation of “music with soul from across the world”, and the first in a series I am curating for Mr Bongo Records. Determined to do it right, I spend the time tracking down the artists whose music I fell in love with, building the kind of personal relationships that define all the best reissue projects and making sure the artists are getting paid a proper advance and royalty. Released in September 2022, volume one of “With Love” was named compilation of the week by Lauren Laverne on BBC 6 Music, and received further BBC radio support from Jamie Cullum, Craig Charles and Cerys Matthews, as well as a host of iconic DJs including Jeremy Underground and Antal. Volume 2 currently being compiled due to release Q3 2023
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Skills
  • Music Programming
  • Music Recording
  • Audio Engineering
  • Live Sound
  • Label Management
Education
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    A LevelsBrockenhurst College
    Brockenhurst, United Kingdom
    B - Music Technology C - Media Studies C - Communication and Culture Studies I also used this time to work and intern at a lot of recording studios in the UK working alongside people such as Flood (Assault and Battery) and Phill Brown (Miloco Studios)
Awards
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    Compilation of the WeekBBC Radio 6 Music
    “With Love volume 1” was compilation of the week on Lauren Laverne’s BBC Radio 6 show w/c 10/10/2022