THE VOTING PANEL
BBC Introducing / BBC 6 Music
Abbie McCarthy is the presenter and producer of the BBC Introducing show in Kent, which is broadcast every Saturday night from 8pm on BBC Radio Kent. During the week, she is an Assistant Producer at BBC Radio 6 Music, currently working on the Steve Lamacq show.
As a Music Editor, Adam has control over the music content and playlist decisions on MTV Rocks, as well as working on other channels including MTV Dance, MTV Hits and MTV Live HD. He is also on the panel for MTV Brand New.
SO Recordings, Believe Digital
Alison Lamb is a Product Manager at SO Recordings (part of Silva Screen Group). Over the course of 2015, Alison worked on debut album releases from Demob Happy, Broken Hands and Only Rivals plus the third album from Dinosaur Pile-Up. Alison is involved in all stages of setting up releases, from initial product set-up to for developing and implementing the digital marketing campaigns for all artists on the rosta. During her time at SO Recordings, Alison has also worked on the US facing album releases from Fenech-Soler, Morning Parade and Apache Relay and has a strong knowledge of the marketplace. Previous to SO Recordings, Alison held the role of Trade Marketing Manager at Believe Digital.
Alison is a regular contributor to Midem blog and has also contributed pieces to Music Tank. Public speaking includes Fast Forward conference 2016, Midem’s 2014 Wrap Panel, The Great Escape, Generator Music and Swn Festival.
Last Night a DJ Saved My Life
Currently Music Executive/Supervisor - London Fields, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Amber Heard and Jonny Depp.
A&R & SYNC at Fairwood Music (UK) Fairwood Music and are one of today’s most respected MUSIC publishers, established and respected player in the world of independent music publishing.
Freelance - SYNCH/ARTIST MANAGEMENT/AGENT.
Education and Outreach Manager
PRS For Music
Andy has been active in the music industry for over 30 years. During that time he’s been involved with music publishing, A&R, artist management, fund raising, marketing, communications and music education.
His current role, leading the Education and Outreach team at PRS for Music, allows him to bring all of these strands together, helping music creators better understand PRS and it’s role; what it is, what it does, how and for whom, while at the same time signposting some of the ways in which aspiring music creators can generate an income and develop a career.
Founder & Chief Executive
Ice Cream Records, Beat 1
20x Top 40 Hits
On his label, Andy championed the first UK Garage cross over, the catalytic baseline track RipGroove by Double99. He was also the Executive Producer.
Ice Cream Records helped to carve the way for what can be described today as a very healthy and vibrant UK Urban Scene. Andy is known for breaking down boundaries with new music.
Andy started off in the industry more than 20 years ago as a Pirate Radio DJ playing upfront Underground Street music where at that time, it was very rare to hear Urban music on the legal stations.
His experience expands to just about every aspect of the industry from running a successful independent label to A&R, Production, Writing, Publishing, Marketing, Promotion, Management and for those that don't know, he was also behind one of the biggest chart battles of the millennium with his record 'Out Of You Mind' feat Victoria Beckham By True Steppers. He also had an executive role in the street promotion (Specialist Radio) for three singles for Craig David one of them being the club anthem 'Where's Your Love' Feat Rita Ora and Tinchy Stryder.
The Guardian, NME, TGA
Pro-active, multi-skilled, and fiercely organised writer and editor with a penchant for all things food and music.
In 2009, founded thegirlsare.com, the online magazine dedicated to women in music. Since its inception, it has grown from a humble blog to a multi-faceted website with an international team of over 100 contributors.
Music & Talent Director
Amy Winehouse Fund
Music and Talent Director, programmer, broadcaster, editor and consultant for MTV. Spearheaded international platforms including the launch and management of MTV Base, MTV Base Africa.
Arfa is on the panel for MTV Brand New and MTV Top Ten MC’s.
Bob Brockwell is one of the co-founders of GoLoud Promotions, an artist promotion/management company who work specifically with unsigned artists throughout the UK and Ireland. GoLoud's ethos is to offer the same platform as those that are already with major labels, but with more creative control. Bob's love for music blossomed at the tender age of 9 when his Dad gave him a 7" single of Iron Maiden's Run To The Hills. Since then, Bob has not looked back.
Bob is also a self taught musician and plays a number of instruments such as Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Keyboard, Drums, Ocarina and the Didgeridoo! He has played in a number of bands and signed two major record deals throughout his career, which spans over two decades".
Benji Rogers is currently President of PledgeMusic, the global direct-to-fan company he co-founded in 2008 and ran as CEO until 2014. A public speaker, investor, and musician from London and New York, Rogers co-founded Radiary Creations in 2014 and is an advisor to a multitude of companies, including Dubset Media, Sound Diplomacy, Cords for Music, First Artist Bank, and NoiseTrade.
In 2014 he was the recipient of the A&R Worldwide "Digital Executive of the Year" award, and in 2013 he made the Billboard 40 Under 40 Power Players list.
Sony Music, Residency Records
Currently, I am the Marketing Manager at Believe Digital’s in-house label Believe Recordings. I have been entrusted with the role of developing and implementing key marketing strategies and concepts for the label’s key acts. Previously, I have worked across frontline campaigns for Sony Music’s award winning Commercial Group, leading and influencing a number of industry recognised releases. In addition, I founded fledgling independent record label - Residency Records, which looks after a host of exciting up and coming talent.
Future of Music
Music industry + policy professional with a decade-plus experience in intellectual property / internet policy.
The Chief Executive Officer at Future of Music Coalition (FMC), a national non-profit for musicians and composers. Works with multiple constituencies - including lawmakers, media, artists, developers, industry trade organizations, academics, students and the public - about complex issues in the evolving legal, technological and economic landscape for creative content. Testified before the United States Congress on copyright and technology issues. Extensive background in music licensing as relates to federal policy. www.futureofmusic.org
Casey also teaches a graduate course at Georgetown University on the creative industries, copyright and technology policy. He’s a principal at Heru Consulting, a policy/investment strategy and communications shop: http://heru.us/
Appeared in NPR, Bloomberg News, Billboard, Washington Post, New York Times, Politico, The Hill, National Journal, Chicago Tribune, Rolling Stone, L.A. Times, Gizmodo, SPIN, Pitchfork, Wired, Ars Technica, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Sun-Times, Baltimore Sun, CQ, SF Weekly, Pacifica Radio and other outlets.
Speaks at conferences and events across the country, including Consumer Electronics Showcase, CMJ, SXSW, Digital Content Forum, Canadian Music Week as well as universities such as Georgetown Law, Harvard Law, Howard Law and NYU, to name a few.
Events & A&R Cordinator
Events and A&R Coordinator for Urban Development’s events programme including Industry Takeover, UD Live and Young London.
Also one of the founding members of Entertainment Cartel an organisation which is one of the music scene's most ambitious and hardworking up and coming public relations and promotions collective.
Previously worked for EMI as the artist relations assistant.
Decca Records (Universal)
Sony Music International
Charlie Rapino began his career in the music industry in the early 1980s as a lawyer, a path that eventually led to production work for various record companies.
Charlie and his Brothers song peaked at No.22 on the UK Top 40.
He then went on to become an A&R first at Sony Music International and subsequently onto Decca.
Music Relationship Manager
Arts Council England
Amazing Radio, Liverpool Sound City
Music Relationship Manager at Arts Council England, Chris has been heavily involved with the development of significant support for emerging artists, promoters, festivals, labels and venues. Often seen on panels for funding and talent development, he also judges the Kevin Spacey Music Awards; is a tastemaker for the Tipping Point, BA and Amazing Radio; and moderates Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net. Chris is seconded to Sound City until May 2016, working on media partnerships and the development of emerging talent strategy.
Chris was an artist and songwriter for 19 years and has recorded 2 solo albums and 2 collaborative albums - one with Moloko's Mark E Brydon (Moths), and the other with Matt Deighton (The Bench Connection), as well as a wealth of co-writes. He has recorded, produced or written with a wide cross section of artists from unsigned, emerging artist/writers like Ana Silvera, Josh McClorey, Chris Simmons, Pat Dam Smyth and Paul Aiden to more established names such as Chris Difford, Bill Fay, Mark Nevin, Linda Thompson, Steve Nieve (The Attractions), Marti Pellow, Kathryn Williams and Dennis Bovell.
Chris has run 50:50 Studios in North London for 11 years; curated and presented live shows for 5 years; and is involved in developing Karousel's new live based app for musicians, songwriters, publishers and venues. He founded Karousel Music (formerly Karamel Music Collective) in 2011, today offering a mixture of services including: publishing; showcases; industry networking socials; a boutique agency of session players/industry pros; and songwriting retreat, all falling under a not-for-profit umbrella.
Abbey Road Studios
Christian is a Mastering engineer at Abbey Road Studios, working around business development for the studios.
Working with the unsigned scene in his hometown of Chelmsford and mentoring students at ELAM college in Stratford.
Head of Consumer PR and Influencers
EE, Orange, Yahoo
Head of Consumer PR and Influencers at Spotify.
CJ was the senior PR Manager responsible for the brand and sponsorship PR for EE, Orange and T-Mobile.
Previously PR Manager for Orange responsible for the PR of all sponsorship properties Orange were involved with including the BAFTA's, Glastonbury, Orange Prize, Orange RockCorps and Orange Unsigned Act.
Rough Trade Records, Goldfrapp
Managed Elizabeth Fraser, Goldfrapp and The Jesus & Mary Chain.
Spent 7 years at Rough Trade Records as Head of International. Worked on the following releases, The Strokes (2 x Platinum Ireland First & Second), Antony & The Johnsons (Gold in Norway, Sweden & France), Emiliana Torrini (2 x Platinum Iceland) also very successful campaigns with Adam Green (110,000 sales Germany), Libertines, Sufjan Stevens and more.
He later moved into artist management for The Charlatans, Dirty Pretty Things, Ed Larrikin Beth Jeans Houghton, Hannah Peel and Brendan Perry.
After this Colin moved into consultancy acting as a consultant for One Little Indian International and mentoring their International Label Manager. Aided in set-up of PR teams, distribution and licensee partners across the world. Artists he worked with included Bjork, Sinead O’Connor, Asgeir, Breton and The Computers.
BBC Radio 1Xtra
Charlie Sloth, Mistajam, Tim Westwood
Dari is an experienced creator of digital content for fans of hip hop, R&B and urban culture. He has produced variety of daytime and specialist music shows for BBC Radio 1Xtra, and has worked with the likes of Charlie Sloth, MistaJam, Trevor Nelson and Tim Westwood. Twitter: @DariSamuels
Drowned In Sound
After completing a Law Degree at Edinburgh University, Derek moved to Madrid, and later to Barcelona, where he taught English and began his writing career.
Starting with several local blogs and the cultural newsletter Le Cool, he turned his passion for music into words on the page, reviewing albums, concerts, and interviewing bands for a number of UK websites and publications.
He has contributed to DIY, The 405, Dummy Mag, Art Wednesday, Loud & Quiet, and Drowned in Sound, and regularly travels to international festivals to interview some of alternative music’s top acts. He moved to Amsterdam 18 months ago and, alongside music, now writes about sport, travel, and general culture as well.
Vice President, International Marketing
Sony Music Entertainment
Kobalt, Sony BMG
Dusko started as coordinator at Sony BMG then becoming Marketing Manager to director of Global Marketing.
He then became the director of International Marketing for Kobalt label Services during this time he founded Brooklyn Beat Boutique Conceptualizing, developing, and delivering the Official Music Program and Sony brand activations for FIFA World Cup 2011 as well as developing marketing, artist and repertoire (A&R), and online/social media strategies for independent recording artists.
In March 2014 Dusko became Vice President of International Marketing at Sony.
When The Gramophone Rings, Gigwise
Clash, 405, NME, Drowned in Sound
Music journalist with over four years experience in the industry both in a managerial and editorial capacity. Contributor to a multitude of websites and publications.
Media Insight Consulting
The Velvet Drum, Sanctuary
Felix is currently Insight Manager at Media Insight Consulting and is involved in consumer insight, data analytics, strategy and has worked with Sony Music, The O2 Arena and CISAC amongst others.
Felix has started his own management company, The Velvet Drum, and manages Havelock, a singer-songwriter from Kent. Additionally he runs Sanctuary, a house and techno night in London & Bristol.
FAC, MMF, AMAs
Fiona supports artists on a daily basis working with the Featured Artists Coalition. The FAC is a collective of 4000 artists who advocate for transparency in the music industry and a greater connection between artists and fans in the digital age. Fiona works to campaign for the protection of featured artists rights as well as providing education and mentoring for the members of the FAC alongside a board of artists that includes members of Travis, Radiohead and Pink Floyd among others.
Fiona's background is a mixture of tour management, independent records and publishing, artist management and brand partnerships before she joined the FAC at the start of 2012. Having also worked with the Music Managers Forum, during that time, she recently became General Manager, supporting the membership of 400 artist managers and building relationships between managers and industry counterparts including labels, publishers, lawyers, agents, retailers and technology companies.
Fiona also organises the annual Artist and Manager Awards alongside a small team and is undertaking a Masters in Entertainment Law at the University of Westminster.
Director & Tour Manager
SaltJam, Love Supreme
City of London Festival
Director and Founder of SaltJam working across production, events & strategy in order to build and nurture a reciprocal, dynamic artistic community.
Working in Project Management, Production, Tour Management, Show Management, Artist Consultancy and as an artist liaison for Love Supreme Jazz Festival.
Producer / Programmer of over 300 nationwide events annually.
Client Services Executive
On Record, The Boileroom
Freya has a mixed creative background with a passion for music, especially of the new and upcoming nature. Having always worked in the creative industries. Her first role was in the press office for the world renowned Edinburgh Festival, interned at The Boileroom in Guildford (a well known venue on the UK tour trail).
She then dabbled in corporate music hospitality for a while. During which she started writing and contributing for On Record Mag; reviewing albums, singles, gigs and other feature articles.
Freya now works for The LADbible Group as a Client Services Executive.
Universal Music Group
Virgin Records, EMI
Over 10 years of experience in the Music & Entertainment biz, from International Marketing to Art Direction and Management, as well as creative consultant.
Gabriele went from Marketing Manager at Virgin records, Italy to Head of Talent Marketing at EMI and then becoming A&R Manager at Universal Music Group.
New Music Editor
Signed to a record label at 17, Hector also became a freelance journalist and began contributing to The 405 when it was a small blogspot. Over the years he became more involved with the website as it grew and is now the New Music Editor, curating and editing the new music section and managing a team of writers across the country.
Contributing Writer for Complex Magazine covering breaking news for Pop Culture, Music and Sports. Interviewed prominent figures including Emily Ratajkowski and Machine Gun Kelly.
Top Gear, Q Magazine
Ian is an award winning Creative Director working with Q and Empire Magazine as well as Top Gear BBC Worldwide and then becoming the Creative Director for Fast Rock including Universal Music, Polydor, Island Records, MTV and Abbey Road.
The Music Consultancy
200+ Platinum, Gold & Silver Sales Awards
Ian Titchener has been in the music industry for over 30 years, has an all-encompassing knowledge of all aspects of the business and a contact book that is the envy of many. His extensive experience in the industry entails A&R, music publishing, record labels, promotion & marketing, artist management, project management, licensing, TV compilations, and more.
Having started in the business working for Bocu Music Publishing (home to Abba), he went on to set up the UK’s foremost promotion company, Rush Release. This led to his own labels, publishing company, distribution operation, artist management and TV compilation business. Now consulting on all areas of the business, for both major and independents as well as VC’s and private investors.
Ian has amassed over 200 Platinum, Gold and Silver sales awards, he gave Universal their first third-party top-ten hit. His companies have appeared in Music Week’s Top Ten, label, publisher and distributor surveys. He has represented Mobo award winning, Brit nominated artists, sold over 1 million compilation albums and scored more than 200 Top 40 hits.
Global Image Music
James Fleury is the founder of Nouvague, a new creative agency based in London and Los Angeles, specialising in classical music. He is also on the founding team of Global Image Music – a new songwriting academy in Los Angeles for developing songwriters and producers in commercial music.
Away from entrepreneurship, James is an active singer, producer, conductor and pianist across commercial and classical music– he regularly sings for The Bach Choir, one of the world’s leading choirs, as well as writing and advising for international musicians, lending his experience in artistic direction and harmony. He was previously manager to singer-songwriter Jon Hart.
Burnt Tree Entertainment
Manager of the Year Award Winner
Jason Burns is the president of Burnt Tree Entertainment. Jason co-manages the careers of Hey Rosetta!, Rich Aucoin and fully manages Old Man Luedecke.
In 2011 and 2012 Jason won the award for Manager of the Year from Music Nova Scotia. Burnt Tree Entertainment is a part of Sonic Entertainment Group (SEG), a collection of companies comprised of Quay Management, Sonic Concerts, Sonic Records, and the Sonic Temple Recording Studio. Jason also plays drums in Halifax rock band, Mardeen.
BBC (The Voice)
Mariah Carey, Jessie J, Alicia Keys
Vocal coach to BBC’s The Voice. Jay has performed at the London O2 Olympic Games and toured with many international artists.
As well as coaching some of the finest voice to come out of the The BBC's The voice, Jay has worked with Jessie J, Hozier, George Michael, Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and Luther Vandross - just to name a few.
Transmission Music Group
Glastonbury, Foals, Mumford and Sons
Joe Schiavon is an independent concert promoter from London, UK and runs Transmission Music Group. He has been working in music for 8 years, with artists including Mumford and Sons, Two Door Cinema Club, Frank Turner, Foals and more. Joe also programmes various UK music festivals, and was recently given a role assisting on the bookings for Glastonbury.
Abbey Road Studios
Jon Eades set up and now leads Abbey Road’s new technology and innovation initiative, Abbey Road Red, partnering with academic researchers and startups to develop emerging music technologies.
A graduate of Surrey University’s Tonmeister sound engineering degree, Jon started his career as a technical engineer at Olympic Studios before moving over to the Audio Products division at Abbey Road.
Jon also consults on historical projects at Abbey Road, having produced an iPad application covering the 80+ year history of Abbey Road, as well as on special audio projects. Jon is also a musician, and has significant experience working with artists as an engineer, producer and manager.
Songs from the Shed
Jon Earl set up Songs From The Shed in 2009. Initially set up to give local musicians an opportunity for some exposure.
Songs From the Shed quickly gained a reputation for producing honest acoustic sessions and Jon has single handedly, without funding or monetising the site, recorded over 1000 sessions with artists ranging from unheard-of newcomers, through to world-renowned acts.
With over 20,000 subscribers and 3.5 Million views, Jon maintains his 'keep it simple' ethos, recording sessions on a handheld compact digital camera, and the only rules being totally acoustic and loudest at the back, quietest at the front.
With a reputation for spotting under the radar acts, Jon receives over 200 requests a month to come and play a session and the woodworm in his humble garden shed munches relentlessly on.
Social Media Noisemaker, Speaker
Rage Against The Machine Christmas No.1
Jon is best known for his gatecrashing of the music industry in 2009 with his phenomenal ‘Rage Against The X Factor’ campaign, sweeping Rap/Metal band Rage Against The Machine into the sought after UK Christmas No.1 spot. A Guinness record for downloads was broken plus Facebook gave him his own personal member of staff to assist with the 1.6 million group members.
This success opened the door for Jon to work on campaigns for some big artists in the industry including Nirvana, Sex Pistols, Rod Stewart, David Essex, a No.1 album for The Rolling Stones and Rik Mayall’s 2010 World Cup single.
Music Managers Forum
Virgin, BPI, Mercury Prize
Most of his career was spent at Virgin - both Retail where he began as a shop assistant in 1975; and at Virgin Records where he started in 1981 as Sales Manager before progressing through various posts before being appointed Managing Director in 1988. He was a member of the BPI Council from 1985 – 1992.
In 1983 he was instrumental in devising the Now! That's What I Call Music brand. Following the EMI purchase of Virgin in 1992 he decided to leave corporate life, set up his own company, and worked with Virgin acts (Genesis, Peter Gabriel, UB40, Mike and the Mechanics) and and Baby Bird, Die Toten Hosen and Erasure.
In 1992 he founded the prestigious Mercury Music Prize. From 1992 – 2002 he wrote the “Webbo” column for Music Week.From 2000 he moved into management with D*Note and Francis Dunnery (former singer with It Bites) setting up the internet sales label Aquarian Nation.
In May 2005, after 13 years working for himself, he was appointed Director, Independent Member Services at the BPI, the UK record industry trade body.
Since 2007 he has been the Chief Executive of the Music Managers Forum, steering the membership body through a series of critical changes that are impacting the whole music industry.
Producer/ Music Supervisor
Ministry Of Sound
Working at Adelphoi Music- one of London’s premier music production companies. Jonathan spent a year as a Radio Presenter as well as Business Development Manager at Ministry Of Sound.
In 2009 Jonathan became Business Development at the largest dance music download site -TrackItDown which led him to become Music Superviser/ Partnership Manager at Square Enix sourcing, negotiating and licensing over 200 tracks as well as branding rdio partnerships with music brands.
In 2010 as Music Director/ Head of production at Tsunami Jonathan directed projects which included work for, American Express, Lipton, Virgin Holidays, Coca Cola, Anglo America, Audi, Suzuki, Confused.com, P&G, Reckitt Benckiser and Sleeping Dogs.
Music Manager/ A&R Consultant
The Voice/ JonnieRay
Sony Music, BAFTA Nominated
Jonnie's background is A&R and has made wide variety of records from Primal Scream to Annie Lennox - He is in his 4th series as Music Producer for The Voice UK which earned him a BAFTA Nomination and runs an Artist Development / Management Company.
Ultimate Artists, The Voice
Fleur East, Little Mix, Joss Stone, Will Young, Westlife
Fiercely talented Joshua Alamu’s CV reads like a who’s who of the London Music Scene. Having started out his career working with critically acclaimed artists such as The Band with No Name, West Life, Will Young, Beverly Knight, 911, Daniel Bedingfield, All Saints, and Joss Stone to name but a few, to now coaching household names like Fleur East, Little Mix, and JP cooper, Joshua has firmly cemented a name for himself as one of the most sought after and highly respected Voice coaches in London!
Joshua’s background as a certified Speech Level Singing™ instructor gave him the foundation he needed before moving on to pursue further studies in Vocology and research into how the voice works and how to bring about effective results in different voice types and vocal styles, hence the name “Mad About The Voice”, which refers to Joshua’s skill, passion and enthusiasm for this special instrument. Joshua specialises in preparing singers to be at their optimum technically and stylistically especially before embarking on any major event, whether that be a tour or before taking on a major live performance.
Josh has also worked on hugely popular TV Shows Like: ‘The Voice’ series 1 and 2 for BBC1, ‘Pop Idol’ for ITV, and has been vocal coach to BBC’s ‘Just The Two of Us’, Channel 4′s ‘Musicool’ for T4, BBC 1’s ‘Dance-X’; where we saw him take to our TV screens as a Judge with Arlene Phillips and Bruno Tonioli.' He is also working closely with many of his clients, preparing them for their live guest performances for Shows like The X Factor and The Alan Carr show.
Joshua is passionate, dedicated and down to earth! No job is ever too big, or too small for Joshua. His intricate knowledge and understanding of how the voice works from voice warm ups to actual live performance delivery is exceptional. All that matters is the voice, the music and the heart.
Senior Brand Partnerships Manager
Sony Music Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Julie is Responsible for building relationships with brands and devising long-term music-based Brand Marketing Strategies involving artists from the Sony Music roster. She provides artists with marketing exposure by a tactical association with relevant brands in local markets and provide artists with incremental revenue. Develops intellectual property - Responsible for pitch, brand and artist strategy set-up, project management through branded content
Record Plant Studios
GRAMMY Award Winner
Kooster’s work reads like a who’s who of the music industry and includes the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Guns ‘N Roses, Prince, The Who, Bon Jovi and Billy Joel. He has mixed and recorded many of rock-n-roll’s biggest music festivals, including the 1994 and 1999 Woodstock Music Festivals, Live Aid, Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival and the Country Music Association Festival/Fan Fair in Nashville to name only a few.
Honored with a Grammy Award for his work on the movie ‘Standing in the Shadows of Motown’, Kooster also received three Emmy Award nominations for his live-to-air HBO concerts of Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson and Bette Midler. Mix Magazine awarded McAllister four TEC Awards for ‘Remote Recording Engineer of the Year’.
London Philharmonic Choir, The Times
Laura is the CEO and Founder of creative music agency Soundcheque.
Laura created Soundcheque after finding a gap in the market for sourcing quality music in an easy and ethical way. Soundcheque’s aim is to ensure that musicians are recognised and rewarded fairly for their talent.
Laura is a classically trained musician and former PR Manager and reviewer for The Times.
She sings Soprano in The London Philharmonic Choir and is also the Founder of the annual fundraising gala Sound for Sight.
Jessie J, Iggy Azalea, Ellie Goulding
iSing Mag, Vocal Coach
Alesha Dixon, Nate James, Frances
iSing magazine founder and Editorial Director, Line Hilton, has turned her jack-of-all-trades background into a powerful resource for singers and singing. Line was involved in music from a young age but when it came to making a career choice she initially trained as a Registered Nurse, something about saving the world! But Line was soon drawn back into the world of music and she re-trained, gaining a B.Mus Ed (Jazz) from the prestigious WAAPA in her hometown of Perth, Western Australia. As with many musicians Line turned to teaching to supplement her gigging income. She soon found herself more and more drawn to teaching than performing. Eventually Line decided to focus on teaching singers, so set about learning all she could about contemporary voice and performance.
She started teaching practice in London in 2003 specialising in helping singers of all levels gain control over their voices and overcome vocal issues. Line’s teaching success and her in depth knowledge of the instrument led to her appointment as head of vocals at the Academy of Contemporary Music (UK). Here she gained even more experience working with developing artists and leading figures in the music industry. In 2014 Line formally brought together her medical and performing arts knowledge with an MSc in Performing Arts Medicine (PAM) from University College London (UCL). PAM is a field that is going from strength to strength and is to the performing arts industry what sports medicine is to the world of elite sport.
Seeing a massive need for a reliable, credible and central resource for vocalists, Line decided to publish an interactive digital magazine dedicated to singers. iSing magazine, now in its second year, provides a safe haven of knowledge, inspiration and support to singers and performers everywhere. It is one of Line’s missions to help educate singers and the music industry to better care for the vocal instrument using a multidisciplinary approach, a model commonly used in sports medicine. She hopes to help the industry recognise the voice’s indispensable significance as the bearer of the artist’s creativity, personality and brand - and its central role in attracting fans, recognition and ultimately the money. Line has been fortunate to work with artists such as Nate James, Andrew Roachford, Sam Brown, Anita Wardell, Crissie Rhodes (The Shires), Alesha Dixon, Carrie Haber and current rising star, Frances.
Record of the Day
Young Guns Network
Liz Stokes is the Editor of music industry daily email and weekly magazine Record Of The Day. She spends her days sourcing news stories and interviewing people across the breadth of the business, from tech startup entrepreneurs to label heads and everyone in between. Outside of her full time job she helps run the Young Guns Network, an initiative and series of events created to make the industry more accessible to under 30s. Partial to a Gin and Tonic.
Success Express Music
Lorraine’s involvement in live music came about when Success Express, an embryo project for singers and artists with raw talent needed decent performance opportunities for emerging artists to learn alongside the more experienced. There was an obvious gap in the market for classy, well programmed shows hosted at appealing venues, that audiences felt comfortable to attend, rather than the common fare of ill fitting bands padded out lineups.
Success Express has grown into a very individual platform, with its own style, and a distinctly collective and community ‘feel’. Its relationship with artists and bands is long term, mentoring those with talent and potential from their early bedroom performances towards wider online and physical following and commercial success. Success Express is proud to be known as an ‘ethical promoter’, passionately supporting the challenging journey of independent artists and collaborating as freely and as widely as possible to develop more ways and means to take the genuinely talented to the next level.
Universal, Island Records
Having come from a major label background with 5 years experience across Island Records and within Universal Music Group. Starting in digital marketing and gradually moving internally working across traditional marketing and eventually A&R projects and the management of UK arm of Spinnup which saw signings of Model Aeroplanes, Patrolla and Vigiland as well as breaking Lawrence Taylor who later signed to Glassnote and Verve/Universal Germany.
Since joining Metropolis as head of labels, I have signed Alpines (ex Universal / Current Sony publishing) along with development of acts such as LOOP, dance act CHIMES (one half Draper) and world music legend Deep Forest.
Music Editor, Founder
Louis is a talented consultant, responsible for developing performers and TV personalities. He is also the music editor and founder of What's Good? a blogging platform created with the aim to inspire and empower millennials. What's Good? has a passion for discovering new talent; featuring musicians such as; Boy Better Know, Melissa Steel, Stormzy, Little Simz, IV Rox, Lady Leshurr and so many more.
ACM Gospel Choir
Marc De Lisser formed the Singology Gospel Choir and the ACM Gospel Choir, along with various positions at educational institutes across the UK including The BRIT School and The Academy of Contemporary Music. Mark has worked on countless shows on television including working as a vocal coach on The Voice and also leading the ACM Gospel Choir to the semi finals of BBC1s Last Choir Standing. Mark adopts a creative teaching style with his students, allowing them to explore their own voice as a means of learning and has worked with names such as Jessie J, Nicole Scherzinger and Jamie Woon.
Head of Music
ITV, British Satellite Broadcasting
Martin has been responsible for setting up music departments at the following: Channel 5 TV; Carlton (ITV), British Satellite Broadcasting, Middle East Broadcasting Centre; Channel One; Performance Channel; Researched and supplied music to producers at BBC World Service Radio for ten years. Negotiating blanket deals with PRS/PPL/VPl, commissioning composers, writing music for TV – station idents, Milkshake promos, music for various Library Production Libraries Commercials, Films.
Warner Bros, Oasis, Blur, Corinne Bailey Rae, Joss Stone
Matthew worked in PR for Warner Bros in 1990 before moving on to a similar role at Creation Records in 1994, just in time for the birth of Oasis.
A&R post at Food Records in 1995 (ironically the home of Blur) and it was there that he signed Scottish band Idlewild amongst others.
In 2002, Matthew moved across to EMI where he stayed for the next 12 years, signing Corinne Bailey Rae and working with Joss Stone, Bat For Lashes and Beth Orton.
He also worked for the Virgin label where he signed Amplify Dot and Sinead Harnett and continues to manage Amplify Dot as a Radio 1Xtra DJ alongside a number of other acts.
Audio Engineer & Music Tech Journalist
Music Tech Magazine
Eminem, Rihanna, Metropolis
Mike Hillier is a freelance audio engineer and music technology journalist, based in London.
Mike cut his teeth at Metropolis Studios, London, where he worked with artists as diverse as Eminem, Rihanna and Scott Walker. Since then Mike has worked sessions at various London studios, including Sphere, Britannia Row and his own Green Room, as well as live recordings with The Charlatans, Craig Finn and Gabby Young & Other Animals.
As a journalist Mike is the Pro Tools and Mastering Editor at Music Tech Magazine, and is a regular contributor to Pro Sound News Europe.
Mike is also the co-founder of the audio industry based meet up #SonicMeet.
Believe Digital, Spinnup
Natalie has a broad and in depth experience across a number of sector of the music industry, undertaking roles in Music PR, A&R, and Digital Music Distribution. She also holds a degree in music which gives a varied perspective of the music industry.
Natalie can spot talent at the early stages of their career and has been fortunate enough to work for an amazing indie label, Believe Recordings, which develops new and exciting acts, allowing artists to be at the forefront of the decision making process.
Her goal is to help maximise an artist’s potential and is happy to offer advice or contacts wherever needed.
Audio Engineer & Music Tech Journalist
Ministry of Sound
Nick Freeman has over 5 years experience working in the digital space, over the last three years the focus has slowly shifted to solely focus on the exciting and ever growing field of digital video and new media. Nick has worked for small indies, managed relationships with some of the largest names in dance music (Ministry of Sound, Black Hole Recordings, Anjunabeats to name a few) for the largest YouTube MCN outside of North America and now heads up the video service department for Kobalt Label Services and AWAL, part of the Kobalt Music Group.
Head of A&R
Ambiel Music, Beat 1
Sony Music, Virgin, Katie Melua
Nick studied Music Technology at Brit School between 1997 - 2000 and began his career as an A&R for CDIY, a website for Unsigned Artists est. 1999. CDIY was the official website for 'Unsigned Unsealed’ - the emerging talent competition, for which Nick sat on the original panel, through which he discovered The Noisettes.
He then moved to Sony Music where he remained for two and a half years and later founded NSS Music Management after discovering Katie Melua and became the first person to ever sign Katie Melua.
Nick has also worked as Product Manager at wippit.com where he produced a podcast with Danny Baker.
Working at Virgin between 2008 got 2010, Nick launched (and managed) Richard Branson's Twitter account, managed the Virgin blog and sat on the Think Tank team for re-establishing Virgin mother brand back in to the music market.
Nick currently works at Beat1 as A&R Manager, Ambiel Music as Head of A&R and performs with Deckajam (guitarist/co-writer/co-producer). He also writes and produces music for other artists, including his current Sony ATV artist, Girli.
Founder / A&R / Artist Manager
XL Recordings, Positiva
The Prodigy, Incentive Music
Nick Halkes is a U.K. based music industry executive best known for signing, breaking and maintaining a long running role as trusted advisor to multi-million selling dance act The Prodigy. As founder of leading indie XL recordings and long established dance/electronic label Positiva, he has signed and worked closely with acts who have sold millions of records in total, ranging from Cascada and Alice Deejay through to Adam F and Joey Negro. Alongside current Liam Howlett (The Prodigy ) and Bad Company UK management roles he is also a publisher and songwriter who last year co-wrote 3 tracks on a gold artist album
Event Director & Marketing Consultant
Full Fat Events
Universal Music Group
Working within events, media and music Oli became involved with Full Fat 360 - a collective of experienced cross industry companies that specialise in: Event Management, Marketing & Promoting, Production, Artist & Talent Bookings, Press Relations & Brand Partnerships. He now runs the Event Management & Promoting arm that is Full Fat Events.
Prior to this he was a Product Manager at Universal Island Records. During his time there he was responsible for marketing artists to ultimately drive record sales. Previous to the label Oli worked as the Event Manager for Global Radio, launching Capital Radio's annual international events - the Summertime & Jingle Bell Ball at the O2 Arena & Emirates Stadium.
Mood Media UK
Previously a DJ for Liverpool Superclub Cream and radio presenter / producer for the Capital Radio group, Paul now oversees the UK Creative team at Mood UK who help brands connect with customers through audio & digital experiences. Clients across fashion, hospitality, food and automotive include H&M, Costa, TK Maxx, Alexander McQueen, Nissan, Hilton Hotels, The Co-op and many more.
Founder of Sync Agency & Publisher
West One Music Group, BBC, MTV
Rachel has placed music into productions such as Game of Thrones, Top Gear, Dr Who, X Factor & Family Guy and works regularly with clients such as the BBC, BSkyB, Discovery Channel, Fox, Disney & MTV as well as brands such as Coca Cola, Heineken, Volkswagen, Amazon, British Airways, Ferrari, BP, Starbucks and Heathrow Express to name just a few.
Rachel helped grow West One Music Group into one of the biggest independent Production Music companies in the world. In 2013, Rachel became Director of Sales & Business Development at Musicmetric (part of the Semetric Group), helping to accelerate global expansion into Music, Games, Books, TV, Films and other verticals.
Founder of sync agency and publisher, Hookline, Rachel represents a carefully curated collection of independent music to Advertising, Gaming, Broadcast and Production Company clients. As well as continuing to run Hookline, Rachel has also recently joined the team at Native Music.
Business Development Director
Ray runs the Rising Stars series for Time Out London.
Rising Stars is a series of Live gigs aimed at promoting up-and-coming talent to an appreciative Time Out audience. Gigs to date have been staged at The 12 Bar Club on Denmark Street, The Electric Carousel on Piccadilly, 229 at Great Portland Street and most frequently at The Jazz Cafe in Camden.
Time Out are ethical producers. All artists and venues are paid. Ticket prices are kept to a minimum and often include a free drink on arrival.
Time Out has promoted some exceptional talent - and have contributed to the ever-changing, ever-challenging music scene in London.
Sad Bat Music
NME, Capitol Records, Atlantic Records
A talented journalist at Sad Bat Music, Rebecca was a contributing writer at difuser.fm, ITNO, NME, Pure Volume and Muso’s Guide.
Rebecca spent time as an elite rep and grassroots Marketing Assistant at Capitol Records and Market Leader at Atlantic Records.
TV & Radio Presenter
Link Up TV, Radio 1Xtra
ILOVELIVE, SKY 1
Remel London is an award winning TV & Radio presenter and media personality. Since graduating in 2010 with a BA Degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Leeds, Remel has created herself a solid reputation in the UK entertainment industry both on TV, radio and online.
Known for her love of UK music she is the face and lead presenter of Link Up TV, ILUVLIVE and SKY 1’s What’s Up. In her role at ILUVLIVE, Remel has interviewed some of the UK’s biggest musicians including Emeli Sande, Jessie J and Naughty Boy. She is also a regular on the red carpet and has interviewed everyone from The Saturdays and The Wanted to Trey Songz and Skepta. Aside from the giltz and glam of the red carpet, Remel is one of the lead presenters on SKY 1’s new hit arts and culture show What’s Up TV , bringing viewers the lowdown on events taking place around London.
Remel has also joined the BBC Radio 1Xtra team as a regular presenter across the station.
A&R Manager & Director
Over a 25 year career in the music industry Richard has worked in both music publishing and with record labels in A&R, in Management and as a Consultant with BBC Radio 2, EMAP, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing UK, Music2deal.com, IMN, Ncompass Records, Transistor Records (Italy), IMP (Sweden), Silverscope Music Group, Southside Records, Creativity Music (Russia), Sound Central Studios, Broken Biskit Records and All Guns Blazing Productions.
He has also lectured at Thames Valley University for the London College of Music & Media. In 2000 Richard also went more into the creative side producing and co-writing with various acts and labels on diverse material and amongst others has co-written with Phil Harding (SAW/PWL Boyzone), Denis Conoley (Billy Ray Martin), Gilbert Gabriel (Dario G, Dream Academy), Kingsley Sage (Anemo, Bellatrix), Ian Bowman (Ant & Dec, Sticky), Amy Studt, Reece Gilmore (Blue, Stevie Wonder), Eden James (Collision Records), Darshan and Lyndsay Emery.
His book 'The Alternative Guide To Eurovision' was published by UK publisher Input/Output in 2010.
Head of Richer Unsigned
The Station Sessions - St. Pancras
Rob Lewis is Head of Richer Unsigned, a not-for-profit site dedicated to helping new music surface using the Richer Sounds brand. Previously he was in charge of ‘The Station Sessions' at St. Pancras Station. Alongside this as a cellist and writer, Rob has performed and collaborated with a huge range of artists from Beardyman to Jason Mraz.
TCI Artist Management
Karousel Music is a Community Interest Company - a London based collective of musicians, songwriters and music industry professionals. The company runs regular monthly artist showcases and industry networking events. Karousel is also a boutique music publishing company offering artist-friendly deals with world-wide 5* admin from partner Wixen Music.
Roger is also a freelance consultant with over 25 years experience in the music industry, working with a number of music companies and artists including Proper Records, Proper Music Distribution and TCI Artists (The Zombies, Hollis Brown, Bruce Sudano).
The Other Woman, Amazing Radio
Ruth Barnes is a music journalist and new music guru who specialises in women artists. Founder of The Other Woman radio show on Amazing Radio and documentary presenter for BBC Radio 4, she's also a pundit for Sky News.
IEM | Industry Education in Music
Sam Robson is a 25 year music industry entrepreneur with 10 years of music performance and music business experience. His most successful business venture to date is IEM, a music industry workshop company working with the worlds leading brand names and education hubs to deliver up to date, curriculum relevant workshops for ages 14+. Now in it’s third year IEM has already won countless national awards and nominations including 'UK Small Business of the Year 2013’.
Sam also fronts UK rock band Renegade Twelve producing a number of accomplishments including Midnight Best support slots, Half Crown and Radio One shows. Other Accomplishments to date include writing and recording with rock expert Rupert Matthews who has collaborated with the likes of Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, The Clash, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Gary Numan to name but a few.
Featured Artists Coalition
Eurovision Winner, 3x UK no. 1
The unique organisation that represents the recording artist community and is part of the International Artist Organisation.
Formerly Britain's best selling international female artist in the Sixties.
A&R, Booking Agent
Greco Roman Records, Elite Music Management
A&R Label and Events Manager at Greco Roman Records as well as booking agent at an international booking agency representing award-winning DJs and live electronic artists.
Sony ATV, Columbia Records, Seal, All Saints
Currently Senior Executive Writer Publisher Relations (Europe) for Broadcast Music, Inc.
Over 35 years in the business in total as a musician, artist, songwriter, A&R manager. With twenty five years in senior A&R management for such leading companies as ZTT Records/Perfect Songs, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Windswept Music Publishing, Columbia Records, and BMI.
Key signings throughout all that time include: Seal, Gabrielle, Mark Morrison, All Saints, Wayne Hector, Bodyrockers, while the most recent BMI affiliations include Hozier, Sam Smith, Passenger, John Newman, Adele, Tinie Tempah, Jake Bugg, Ina Wroldsen.
Continues to lecture in Universities and colleges around the UK such as Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA), Leeds College of Music, Westminster University, Brighton Institute of Modern Music, Institute of Contemporary Music.
Universal Music Group
Heavily involved in developing artists online presence- Stephanie previously was a tour manager, artist liason, marketing and A&R Assistant.
Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Robbie Williams
Legendary record producer Stuart Epps, who has worked with artists including Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Oasis, Robbie Williams, Bill Wyman , Chris rea and Twisted Sister, is now working with independent artists from around the world.
With his new production company EMP (eppsmusicproductions.com), STUART lends his years of recording expertise to independent musicians in the current trend of artists making their own records.
With diminishing record company budgets, and many artists going the DIY route, new artists are often left to their own devices and to finance their own recordings, be it putting together demos or finished productions for release.
With his extensive experience of producing top artists, Epps is giving new and unsigned bands and solo artists production help, from remixing home recordings, to full studio productions at competitive rates.
Artist promoter & Festival Manager
BIMM, Bearded Magazine
The Great Escape, MAMA Group
Suzi has worked in many areas of the UK music industry including management, A&R, journalism and editorial, blogging, artist promotion and artist development as well as event management.
Editor in Chief of Bearded Magazine that covers the independent music sector and she also helps out at independent DIY label collective Pink Mist (Big Scary Monsters, Holy Roar, Blood and Biscuits, Tangled Talk) in an editorial/content role, looking after the website and sourcing bands for their 'new music blog'.
Suzi has also worked closely with the Great Escape and MAMA Group on their Arts Council England artist development project. She currently works across the BIMM Group running artist development tutorials and courses, whilst also being responsible for BIMM’s festival programme which includes booking and running stages at the Great Escape, YNOT, 2000Trees, Glastonbury plus many more.
Time Out, Hype Machine
Tiffany Daniels edits and writes for her own nationally recognised website, DrunkenWerewolf. Founded in 2005, the blog predominantly covers alt-pop and rock from around the world. Its sister project – a monthly digital magazine, launched in November 2012 – concentrates on acts touring through and living in Bristol during the month of publication. DrunkenWerewolf frequently collaborates with the likes of Hype Machine, Generator, Music Robot, BBC 6 Music and many more.
As a freelance writer, Tiffany also contributes to multiple publications on the local, national and international scenes, including Bristol 247 and Time Out on a regular basis. Her work has been nominated at award ceremonies held by BT, Record of the Day and The Prince’s Trust.
1975, Primal Scream
Tom brings to Azure North a wealth of entrepreneurial hands-on experience in the music business. From musician, to proprietor of a tour management company, and several project-based ventures, Tom brings 15 years’ experience to the table.
Tom has recently completed a major projects with The 1975 and Of Monsters and Men both multi-platinum award-winning acts. Tom tour managed Of Monsters and Men through 231 gigs, in 26 countries, across 5 continents in 2013. He's also recently competed a world tour with The 1975 who won the hardest working band award in 2014 travelling the globe six times in 12 months.
Vidisha produces many singles and EPs for emerging artists, including those on the independent record label that she founded, Concentus Music.
Vidisha is also a writer, leading her own music blog at Concentus Music, as well as contributing to the Roundhouse blog. Vidisha also co-hosts on the Roundhouse Radio too.
The Hoosiers, Nick Grimshaw
Vinesh currently works as a Live Agent at Coalition Talent where he is responsible for a roster of talent including The Hoosiers, Showhawk and The Carnabys but to name a few whilst also working across artistes which include Radio 1 DJ's from Huw Stephens to Nick Grimshaw. Having built up a reputation for running events at Keele University Students' Union, Vinesh moved to London in the summer of 2013.
Having shuffled a law degree with promoting events at the 2200 capacity venue on Keele's campus, Vinesh brought the likes of Gym Class Heroes, Gabrielle Aplin, Tinie Tempah, Feeder and many more to the Uni and racked up a number of sell out shows and events in the process. Vinesh was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Keele University for his contributions before being named Students Union Entertainments Manager of The Year at the national Ents Forum Awards in 2013.
Vinesh has also worked on shows in association with national promoters including Ed Sheeran at Keele. Vinesh has run live acoustic touring circuit Coffee House Sessions since it's inception in September 2013 and continues to curate the platform which has championed & toured Izzy Bizu, The Shires, Ady Suleiman, Hudson Taylor & Gavin James but to name a few and has now completed over 3000 sessions with 60 emerging and established artistes.
Capitol Records, Spitfire Studio
X Factor, Epic Records/Sony BMG
Warren Huart is a multiple Grammy nominated record producer, mixer, and songwriter and English music producer/songwriter and multi instrumentalist based in Los Angeles. He has played a fundamental part in the creation of many platinum selling and billboard soaring albums, as well as the development of many of today’s most successful artists’ careers.
Warren is known for his hard work ethic, positive attitude and respect for the artist’s vision. Many of his long term relationships have turned into close friendships. With over 20 years of experience in the ever expanding music industry (record production, engineering, mixing and songwriting), as well his extensive knowledge of both modern and vintage musical equipment and instruments, Warren manages to create the most diverse sound around.