Manager Spotlight: Dylan Jenkins

29 February 2024

The manager spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers.⁠ This week in the spotlight is Dylan Jenkins!

How long have you worked in Management?

1-2 years.

Who do you manage now?

HMS Morris, Monet and Ffenest.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

HMS Morris were my first client. I’d been a fan for years and knew the band. I saw on their socials that they were looking for a manager and having been considering becoming a manager I jumped at the opportunity.

What does a good/bad day at work look like for you?

A good day at work is when people respond to my emails and show interest in my clients, affirming my belief that the acts I work with are great. A bad day is when the inbox is dry, the offers are little and everybody else has terrible taste and the world is against us (LOL).

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

HMS Morris being invited to SXSW; Monet being selected as one of Forte’s Projects 2024 artists; Ffenest receiving BBC Horizons Launchpad Funding.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2024?

For managers in Wales, I think that low fees and limited opportunities outside of Wales is a big challenge. Being noticed in a hugely saturated industry is difficult anyway, especially if you’re working with non-English speaking artists. Turning a part-time manager position into a full time job seems quite impossible.

Why would you recommend the MMF?

It’s great to be part of a community of managers who are going through a similar experience to myself. The Wales specific group is extra special, as we have unique struggles compared to the rest of the UK. It’s nice to not feel like you’re all on your lonesome.

What music are you currently listening to?

Mellt, Fcukers, Pys Melyn, Jockstrap, Dafydd Owain, Simian Mobile Disco, Erik Tagg.

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Manager Spotlight: Sade Lawson

22 February 2024

The manager spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers.⁠ This week in the spotlight is Sade Lawson!

How long have you worked in Management?

6 years.

Who do you manage now?

Lil C.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

A friend introduced me to them and suggested I manage them as we both shared a love of Dancehall music!

What does a good/bad day at work look like for you?

Good day – getting through all incoming booking requests/up to date on invoices.
Bad day – chasing clients or promoters/waiting for responses.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

Working with talented artists and seeing their creative vision come to life! Lil C hosting the Red Bull stage with Spice & releasing the FKA twigs Magdelene album.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2024?

Creating a sustainable artist/brand that generates income to support growing a team independently and being able to do live shows/tour (if you’re not a DJ).

What did you gain from the Accelerator Programme?

I gained insight into areas of the industry I didn’t have a deep understanding of. For example – record deals, publishing deals and dealing with mental health in the music industry. And I made some great contacts that I think will be mutually beneficial during my career.

What music are you currently listening to?

Airborn Gav – Work
Kaleem Taylor – Purple & Orange
Sholz ft Smada, Deto Black & Odeal – Man Down

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Manager Spotlight: Willem Lord

15 February 2024

The manager spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers.⁠ This week in the spotlight is Willem Lord!

How long have you worked in Management?

5 years.

Who do you manage now?

ayrtn, Downtown Kayoto, Drew., GEE LEE, Jack Marlow, Jaish, Omar+

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

My first client actually came to me. My company Phantom used to be called Lockoff and we used to run events. Downtown Kayoto sent me a very well written press release for his new track about 5 years ago, I took a listen and thought, okay this guy sounds like Frank Ocean, and the rest is history. 2024 is going to be his year, the unreleased music is immense.

What does a good/bad day at work look like for you?

To be honest every day as a manager has good and bad moments as your dealing with so many different things in so many sectors. Of course live show days trump all though. Nothing like seeing your artist destroy a set and the crowd being under their spell. A bad day probably just looks like a shoot day in the rain but even that’s rewarding, or when people are long and inefficient to reply to emails.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

Ooooooh that’s tough. That’s like choosing between children man, each artist has had such amazing moments. ayrtn’s sold out UK tour, the success GEE LEE’s had with his track “Coke & Rum”, Downtown Kayoto’s “Lite” music video blowing up, Drew’s debut headline show with no music released, the Phantom Paris show with GEE LEE, Jack Marlow and Omar+, and lastly the success of Jaish and Jack Marlow’s track East Side (it’s class when a track is created totally by roster artists and performs so well). Those stand out to name just a few.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2024?

If your artists are signed to Universal, Tiktok! No but seriously probably cutting through the noise and not stooping to fast wins. You can get a sound moving on platforms and get a song streaming as a result, and it’s easy to get caught up in that. Before you know it you’ve done no artist development and no one cares about the artist behind those sounds, because you’ve been just shooting for viral moments rather than world-building and cultivating an authentic fanbase which isn’t reliant on the elusive “algorithm”. The amount of artists I see blowing up on reels that think they’re the guy because they get loads of Insta followers overnight, but then you go on their Spotify and their streams are so weak in comparison. That’s shooting yourself in the foot and a small fraction of your audience is going to care about your future releases. It’s all about balance.

Why would you recommend the MMF?

I was taken onto the MMF’s Accelerator Programme for 2023 and it’s one of the best things that’s happened to me in music. It gave me the tools and support I needed to navigate and steer the fast growth I saw last year. Aside from that they have loads of great events and an amazing network, and are a one of a kind organisation.

What did you gain from the Accelerator Programme?

Knowledge of the nitty gritty of the management business side of things such as accountancy, law, insurance and more which I wouldn’t have come across otherwise.

Manager friends! Before, I was quite isolated as a manager, operating from my own corner of the industry and I didn’t realise how important it was to connect with other managers on both a professional and social level. It definitely opened my eyes to that.

Big up Paul and everyone else involved.

What music are you currently listening to?

Corny, but I rinse my artist’s unreleased demos. Because in my opinion they make some of the best music in the country. Aside from that to name some artists that come to mind in no particular order: Kamal, Ne-Yo (old Ne-Yo is elite), J Cole, Tems, Jorja Smith, Skepta, Meekz, hear me out but P!NK’s M!ssundaztood album bangs, Unknown T, Namani, Frank Ocean, Fimiguerrero, Overmono, Cench, Dave, Tendai and a load of dance tracks but that tends to be individual tracks rather than discographies.

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Manager Spotlight: Jim Frew

08 February 2024

The manager spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers.⁠ This week in the spotlight is Jim Frew!

How long have you worked in Management?

12 years.

Who do you manage now?

Spyres, Uninvited, Misplaced, Bobbi Arlo, Ava In The Dark

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

Spyres came to me via my good friend, producer Chris Marshall who had been nurturing them in the studio. He let me listen to the song ‘Otherside’ which they’d just finished recording and I remember thinking I’ve not heard anything like this for a very long time. It made me get really excited!

What does a good/bad day at work look like for you?

A good day is when everybody wants to email you and you secure great things for my artists and a day looks like the reverse of that when you’re knocking your head against a brick wall and nobody seems to be interested in anything you’ve got to say.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

The Accelerator Programme has been a real highlight for me because it has connected me with so many great people. I’ve also become friends with some very talented new managers and gained a lot more knowledge about the music industry which I feel will equip me well for the next stage in my career. The community is essential to keep going and not feel alone in this business.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2024?

I think there are too many social media platforms for artists to make decent traction on, unless it’s paid ads but even then I don’t feel targeted marketing brings out true fans of the music. I look at so called ‘Tik Tok’ stars securing major investment but rarely see it connect with a live audience. On the flip side of that you have artists who are killing live but most of the time never make a dent online. I guess finding a balance and investment is the key and as a manager if you don’t have the investment for your artist to do it full time then finding that balance is very very difficult.

Why would you recommend the MMF?

The MMF community is invaluable and very welcoming. Experienced managers offering their support and advice is essential for any new manager. Most are approachable. They offer courses to educate yourself further keeping your eye on the prize.

What music are you currently listening to?

Loving New Dad at the minute but also still rinsing Turnstile – love that band. So much energy!

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Manager Spotlight: Nina Smith

01 February 2024

The manager spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers.⁠ This week in the spotlight is Nina Smith!

How long have you worked in Management?

7 years (not including the 2 covid years).

Could you share some information about the artists and creative talent currently on your roster?

Tonia, Alfie Sharp, FamilyFriend, 4NOA.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

I found my first client Alfie Sharp through a non-profit label I was heading up through an organisation called Inspire Youth Arts. I began developing him as an artist when he was 15 years old. His voice and tenacity inspired me to begin working with him. I was drawn to his story and beautiful voice.

What does a good/bad day at work look like for you?

A good day for me is when I have completed all of my tasks for artist/partnerships, and the clients are happy. A bad day is artists chasing me relentlessly on tasks they can quite easily do themselves.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

Watching Alfie Sharp perform his new single in a beautiful venue with a 60 piece orchestra. Following a few wobbly years with him considering quitting music, it was beautiful to witness.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2024?

I think market saturation and the lack of development deals from labels due to their gravitation to TikTok influencers.

Why would you recommend the MMF?

I believe the MMF provides a community of strong like minded managers that help bring value to your knowledge. The sharing of educational information to help develop my business has massively helped expand my business. A generous amount of Industry talks and opportunities have been crucial in developing my skillset as a manager.

What did you gain from the Accelerator Programme?

A sense of self worth that I am sitting at the right table.

What music are you currently listening to?

SAULT.

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Management Spotlight: Finesse Foreva

25 January 2024

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Graphic with Finesse Foreva logo and their roster

Can you tell us when Finesse Foreva was established? And who are the key members of the team?

Who would have thought that a business plan drawn up after a night of hip hop karaoke, would have been a catalyst for the creation of an ever-growing musical legacy? Finesse Foreva was founded by childhood friends SK, TK and JB (aka JB Made IT), in 2017. The dream at the time was simple.

Could you share some information about the artists and creative talent currently on your roster?

Russ Millions, Ivorian Doll, Skengdo & Am, 808 Gadget, Gotcha, JB MadeIt, Sebz Beatz

What criteria or factors do you consider when making decisions on which artists and talent to sign?

Talent is number one, but work ethic and being a self starter is very important – one thing we embody at FF is work ethic.

Looking ahead to 2024, what do you think are the biggest opportunities for music management companies?

I think the biggest opportunity is diversifying. There are many things as a manager you can diversify into – not just for your artist, but for yourself as a manager and a business owner. Managing artists gives you a lot of leverage into different arenas of industry. Take us for an example. We are now putting on one of the biggest music seminars to happen in South LDN, Croydon!

What market developments or technologies most excite you about the future?

How AI will integrate will be quite interesting. It’s already possible to assist people with making simple contracts and agreements, and cleaning up release plans. When it comes to music use and AI I think it is still a grey area, but I’m sure lawmakers will be able to navigate it.

Finesse Foreva are partnering with the MMF on the upcoming NXT GEN conference and showcase. Can you tell us a little bit more about the event, and why it’s so important?

It’s crazy to think we are now partnering with the MMF! We only heard about them in 2017 when we applied for the Accelerator fund – which we didn’t get – but through hard work and consistency over the years we have proved we are here to not only stay but to innovate and inspire the next generation! We believe that is why Paul and the rest of the team are happy to work with us on creating Music NXT Gen.

The event is dedicated to the next generation of music creators and executives trying to navigate the music industry in the easiest way possible, and there’s no better way to do that than getting the industry all under one roof sharing gems!

The day will consist of panellists with an evening show from performers at the top of their game who are from Croydon & South London.

Why would you recommend membership of the MMF to other managers?

MMF is a great entry for managers to get the right education and build the right networks with other managers and executives that take the business seriously.

What music is the team currently listening to?

We listen to everything. It’s too hard to nail it down, as most genres these days are cross blending.

For more information, check out the Finesse Foreva website here.

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Management Spotlight: This Is Music

30 November 2023

The management spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible management.⁠ This week in the spotlight is This Is Music!

Can you tell us when and how This Is Music was established? And who are the key members of the This Is Music team?

This Is Music was born in 2007, its initial client base built on founder Oli Isaacs’ music law practice including seminal electronic act Simian Mobile Disco and noted producer James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Jessie Ware, Depeche Mode, Blur).

Since then, our boutique management firm has grown to a team of 11 led by Managing Director Lisa Marxen, Oli Isaacs and Luke Williams. We’re lucky to count long standing managers Simon Gold and Sasha Edge as well as new hires Greg Wells, Xenia Evans, Alex Lemieux, James Carr and Amelia Holder.

Could you share some information about the artists and creative talent currently on your roster?

Over 15+ years This Is Music has truly honed a specialist service managing artists and producers in electronic music’s underground to cross-over space.

Our current management clients include Anish Kumar, Bicep, Cameo Blush, James Ford, Jas Shaw, Jayda G, JD. REID, MAFRO, Nala Sinephro, Roosevelt, Ross From Friends, Ruthlss, SHERELLE, Vegyn and 4am Kru.

What criteria or factors do you consider when making decisions on which artists and talents to sign?

We are highly selective but make signing decisions on fairly simple criteria. In the first place we want to make sure we are aligned with the artists on their vision for the business and their values, musical and otherwise. We’re looking for clients who really get what it is that they need to do to evolve and progress, who want to achieve success and who are exceptionally musically talented (whatever their lane).

In your opinion, what are the major challenges that music management companies are facing in 2023?

Managers’ main challenges are really the same as those that artists are facing. A big one is simply maintaining a work life balance. Probably, the biggest challenge for management companies like ours though is that it’s perhaps impossible to scale a boutique management company. The economics don’t work. So we need to make sure each project we do counts and to do that it’s an extreme amount of work often initially for little revenue at the development stage. We need to be able to provide a full range of services across a wide range of activities and this can be challenging in terms of both time and specialist skills.

What market developments or technologies most excite you about the future?

Technology moves fast. Sometimes we jump on it and sometimes we don’t. We’re glad we didn’t leap head first into the NFT world for example. We’re excited about any new tools which help us to create and engage fan communities so that we can super serve our artist’s core fan base without having to rely as heavily on social media platforms. That’s something we definitely want to be doing more of. The best market developments of late have been those that empower artists to operate independently outside of the traditional label system. It’s been great doing a lot of work with label services companies.

Can you provide any insights into the future plans or upcoming projects of This Is Music?

Next year is very much about delivering the new Bicep presents Chroma AV DJ Show and the accompanying releases. Having had such big success with their live touring after the last album we’re doing something different and super exciting in 2024 which will have a global footprint. We’re also super excited to do our first releases with Sherelle who we signed this year and to develop a number of new artists including Ruthlss, who has already attracted a lot of the right kind of attention.

What music is the team currently listening to?

The team has very wide ranging taste, whilst the beating heart of the company is electronic music the office stereo takes in everything from spiritual jazz to dub and drone. Recent favorites have been Cleo Sol’s LP Gold and Mia Koden’s Ilian Tape Mix

For more information, check out the This Is Music website here.

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NQ

25 October 2023

The management spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible management.⁠ This week in the spotlight is NQ!

Can you tell us when and how NQ was established? And who are the key members of the NQ team?

Having been raised in Manchester’s rich musical culture, Michael Adex (CEO) recognised the need for more music infrastructure in the north. With a plethora of artists pouring from Manchester’s venues yet struggling to emerge nationally, Adex pulled together a small team with vision and a plan to change that. Whilst scouting local clubs and rap nights, he discovered a young, fiery Moston rapper called Aitch performing at an open mic night at Stage & Radio.  In 2017, Adex signed on to be his manager with their eyes set on breaking him to the national stage and beyond. The following year, Aitch dropped his breakthrough single ‘Straight Rhymez’, plunging him into stardom. There was no better time to start building the infrastructure that Manchester’s creative scene so desperately needed. In July 2018, Adex founded the then named ‘Northern Quarterz’, a 360 talent management and entertainment company.

Since then, NQ has grown into a significant component of the musical landscape in Manchester. Equally the team has grown with industry native and COO Louis Brown, formerly of Island Records & Metropolis, Via Culpan, Day to Day Manager of Aitch & MIST, and David O’Sullivan, NQ’s Head of A&R who make up key members of NQ’s management team.

Could you share some information about the artists and creative talent currently on your roster?

AITCH

The Moston, Manchester multi-platinum-selling rapper and now BRIT award-winning artist, Aitch cemented his status as one of the most exciting young British artists with the release of his #2 debut album, Close to Home.

Following the release of platinum-selling hit single ‘Baby’, one of the biggest-selling British records of the year, plus a string of top 10 smashes and brilliant collaborations (Ed Sheeran, Anne-Marie, Giggs, AJ Tracey, Tion Wayne), Aitch is at the very top of his game, a Forbes list 30 Under 30 recipient who has added depth and meaning to his loveable rap persona. Northern roots, global influence? Aitch defines it.

The most exhilarating debut to come out of Manchester since Definitely Maybe (released five years before Aitch was born), Close to Home brims full of cocksure swagger and confidence – the undeniable, inspirational and infectious soundtrack to the young life of a Northern star who’s already achieved so much. It’s the sound of a teenage kickboxer from a rough North Manchester estate who became a rapper, blew up, and went around the world, putting his hometown back on the global music map. Berry Gordy used to boast Motown was ‘the sound of young America’. Aitch was nurtured at NQ, a musical powerhouse on a slip road out of Manchester city centre, now undeniably the sound of young Britain. “The whole album is about growing up in Manchester, then leaving, then finally coming home after going around the world,” says Aitch. Close to Home captures a young artist at the top of his game, flexing his wings and ever-growing songwriting skills.

MIST

After a short hiatus, MIST is back — and more focused than he’s ever been. Since his “Rollin’” hit with Burna Boy in 2021, the Birmingham rapper has launched a motor show called Gassed Up on BBC Three and featured on countless tracks with everyone from Nathan Dawe to Bugzy Malone to fellow Brummie spitter Mowgs. Even so, fans have been crying out for a follow-up to his 9-track Diamond In The Dirt EP, which came out in 2018. Now ready with his long-awaited debut album, Redemption, he still feels as if he owes his fans. Redemption is a nod to the transformative time since Diamond…, his newfound faith, the mistakes he made in his younger years and his ongoing journey to becoming a better man.

The MIST who stands before us now, in 2023, is “new and improved”, he says, a MIST 2.0, if you like. “MIST is grown now. I don’t feel like I’ve ever touched on the grown side of me in my music like that. I’ve got two kids: a 12-year-old daughter and a son. Man’s a real dad! I go to parents’ evening and have to talk to teachers about stuff. I’m a family man and I want to show my growth as a person with Redemption.”

Signing with Warner soon after he dropped his 2016 EP, M I S to the T, the rapper has since had a number of Top 40 singles, as well as a Top 5 project in Diamond In The Dirt, with over 500,000,000 total streams to his name. He also has an imprint called SickMade Entertainment — which, up to now, has been a platform solely for his own music and maintaining control over his artistic direction. With Warner, however, he’s found a mutual trust and respect that he says will help him build an empire. “For me, it’s all about opening doors for people who never get the chance,” he says. “I really want to make a platform for Northerners as there’s so much talent up here. I want to make something that can showcase talent without forcing it.”

whYjay

whYjay is the multi-platinum selling record producer instrumental in some of the UK’s chart toppers. You’ve heard his production in certified Platinum bangers ‘Taste (Make It Shake)’ by Aitch, ArrDee’s ‘Flowers’, and Tion Wayne & La Roux’s ‘IFTK’ and infectious tunes like Central Cee’s ‘Doja’ (certified Gold in UK & US). He executive produced Aitch’s debut album ‘Close To Home’ which peaked at Number 2 in the UK album charts, including the top ten single ‘My G’ featuring superstar Ed Sheeran. He also bagged two Silvers from his work on DigDat’s ‘Ei8ht Mile’ and ArrDee & Aitch’s ‘War’.  His undeniable success in UK rap hasn’t stopped him from continuing to grow and expand sonically. whYjay is showcasing his talent across the UK’s most exciting pop prospects like Flo’s ‘Fly Girl’ and Caity Baser’s ‘Pretty Boys’, both charting in Top 40.

LiTek

LiTek is the multi platinum-selling record producer behind some of the UK’s biggest hits like ArrDee’s ‘Flowers’ & Tion Wayne’s ‘IFTK’ which certified Platinum and Central Cee’s ‘Doja’ which certified Gold in the UK & US. LiTek also produced the lion’s share of records on ArrDee’s debut project ‘Pier Pressure’ which is now certified Gold in the UK. LiTek scored a Silver with ‘Je M’appelle’ by West London rhymer Benzz and another two Silvers with Aitch & Arrdee’s ‘War’ and ‘My G’ from Aitch’s debut full-length album Close to Home.

Having swept the UK Rap scene, Litek demonstrates his versatility through his production of the UK’s most exciting rising pop acts. From Flo’s iconic team up with Missy Elliot on ‘Fly Girl’, to Caity Baser’s infectious ‘Pretty Boys’, both charting in Top 40, this is only just a taste of what’s to come for the young prodigy.

What criteria or factors do you consider when making decisions on which artists and talents to sign?

One is obviously the talent, it’s difficult to be discerning in just that regard! There’s so much talent coming from the North. More importantly, we would say hardwork & dedication. If there is talent and growth potential, alongside a willingness to listen and grind, then that is a winning combination to us. We are always seeking to add value — we would never sign somebody that we don’t feel like we can help grow them as an artist and grow their business. Equally, they need to be as committed about their own music as we are.

In your opinion, what are the major challenges that music management companies are facing in 2023?

One challenge is just the amount of data that exists now due to streaming and the internet. It’s great to have access to all the streaming, sales, and fan data, but as a small team working with established artists – how do you actually process and analyse all that data? It almost feels like you need a subdivision of the company dedicated to analysing and tracking trends. While it provides guidance and can evidence what works and what doesn’t, there is also the argument that you will see less bold, innovative decisions from artists and the industry simply because it doesn’t align with what the data suggests.

What market developments or technologies most excite you about the future?

Artists are becoming a lot more self-sufficient, which is great. Due to the proliferation of your Distrokid’s and Ditto’s alongside improvements in home recording tech, that’s shifted the power in the industry towards the artists in a really positive way. You can see this reflected in the record deals offered – more opportunities to licence music rather than have labels own it, profit shares, generally more favourable terms for artists. We’ve even noticed some interesting business models where companies strictly offer advances to artists based on their streaming data. Labels will still be important for artists looking to break internationally, they have a lot of resources and connections, but it’s great to see the power being put back into the hands of artists.

Can you provide any insights into the future plans or upcoming projects of NQ?

We’re excited to launch our first ever annual NQ Challenge Cup – a celebrity football tournament all in the name of funding some charities close to our hearts – NQ Legacy, Down Syndrome Association, Black Minds Matter UK, and Manchester Central Foodbank. We have a fantastic lineup of teams with Aitch, MIST, Tion Wayne, Harry Pinero, Nemzzz, and Drama Call. Keep an eye on our socials for more information about that and to see who will take home the trophy!

Other than that, we have some huge ambitions for 2024 with our artists and as a company. The key phrase being ‘expansion of the NQ empire’. We can’t say much more about that now but keep your eyes peeled!

What music is the team currently listening to?

You can check out our staff curated playlist at https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0VS4HFgq8IJGlYqaOvDDNp

For more information on NQ, visit their website here.

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Benjamin Magee

08 August 2023

The manager spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers.⁠ this week in the spotlight is Benjamin Magee!

How long have you worked in Management?

I started working in management in 2019 after a long time freelancing in live events and journalism. I apprenticed under Lyndon Stephens at Champion Sound Music and Quiet Arch Records as a content creator – it wasn’t long before my talents (or lack therein) for that type of work were uncovered, so I quickly made the shift to artist management after a few weeks. My first task was advancing a world tour for a client – an absolute baptism by fire. But I quickly fell in love with the chaos and the hours, and four years later I’m still as in love with the industry (but a little bit more mental).

Who do you manage now?

I’m currently working with a small but strong roster – Joshua Burnside, Lemonade Shoelace and Chalk, with an eye on a few really promising and exciting talents here in Ireland. I like to keep my roster varied in style and genre, it means there is less crossover to worry about and you meet a more varied representation of the industry.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

My first client was the pop-punk trio CHERYM from Derry. I’d been a huge fan of their debut EP and had written a review about them back when it came out. When I got a chance to work with them I was ecstatic – to date, I still love the energy and enthusiasm they bring to their love performances. There’s no difference between the recorded product to the live show, which helped as we really built their early career on our shows. I still get chills when I listen to the closing harmonies on their track “We’re Just Friends”, they’re such absolutely fantastic writers.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you?

I’m not sure i can quantify the difference between the two in all honesty. One of the things I both hate and love about my work as a manager is that no two days are the same – I enjoy the constant challenge and change that this industry demands, it really keeps me on my toes, but at the same time I feel a real hyper-sensitivity to my work that I can never really turn off. So a good day in all honesty is one where I get to bed before midnight! Bad days, if I can really call them that, are more down to breakdowns in communication between myself and my partners, artists, contractors etc – but they’re usually easily resolved.
(Having said that, losing a sync deal at the finish line is something I think all managers can identify with – and it’s an absolute day ruiner every time)

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

If I had to pick one, it would be Friday, December 23rd, 2022. About 13 months beforehand I had just finished off a run of dates with Joshua, his first since the lockdown had opened up. The tour concluded with three sold-out performances in a row at the Ulster Sports Club in Belfast, which was about 750 tickets sold. And while everyone was patting each other on the back, all I could think about was “If we had new music out… we could probably get all these people together, on one night. Maybe even more people… actually, that’s probably a bit too mad.”

Cut back to Christmas 2022, and Joshua walked on stage as the headliner of the legendary Ulster Hall, to a sold-out, 900 capacity crowd. Going from 30 tickets to one of the biggest venues in Ireland in under four years. No label, no agent, just good tunes and hard work. I’d seen so many great acts play there over the years, and it felt really surreal to carve my own show into the walls.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2023?

I’m still grappling with what the consequences of AI will be for the administrative side of the music industry. Whilst I recognise the strengths and advantages of using AI as a time-saving tool, I am wary of any discourse that paints it as a saviour. Ultimately, it’s the humanity in the creative sector that makes truly great careers, moments and art, and I think removing the humans from the cockpit can cheapen and demean what our clients are trying to achieve. You can’t mimick passion, and shortcutting the essential work managers do can only have negative consequences.
I’m also fanatically thinking of workarounds for costs in all aspects of my client’s careers as we head into yet another Tory-caused recession. Everything from marketing to shifting tickets has now become as much a luxury as a necessity for both artists and fans. Walking the tightrope over the next few years will be our biggest challenge since lockdown I fear.

What music are you currently listening to?

I’m a biased man, so my listening trends are definitely shifting in an Irish direction. I’ve totally fallen in love with Lemoncello after having them on tour with us in March 2023. They write like Wet Leg but sing like Laura Marling, and are really incredible performers. I’ve also fallen in love with young acts in Ireland like Tramp and Charlie Hanlon, who both fill me with hope and remind me of just how old I am. And my most recent discoveries are Tara Lily and Jalen Ngonda, who are transforming both my morning commutes and late-night drives from routine into daily highlights

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Estelle Wilkinson

20 April 2023

The Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers.⁠ This week in the spotlight is Eleven Management's Estelle Wilkinson!

How long have you worked in Management?

Since 1992- 30 years … my first role was with Happy Mondays, Asst to Nathan McGeough, we were a two person team, it was alot! I did have an extended break from management after Coldplay from 2006 for 12 years…. Then was tempted back when I met Dan Smith in 2018.

Who do you manage now?

Bastille

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

I was in the ridiculous position of working with Coldplay as assistant to then Manager Phil Harvey, it was just the two of us and when he decided to take a break and do other things I was asked by the band to take over as manager for UK an ROW outside of USA – an incredible leap of faith by them that I’m eternally grateful for. It was a crazy 4 years, and 2 albums later I stopped working with them and Dave Holmes as co manager.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you?

The good days are when you are up to date with all projects and everything has moved along a satisfying amount – The best days are with the band doing some thing that you might have worked on for a while be it a special activation or gig and see it coming to fruition. Taking the time to enjoy it and the work you did to get it there is something as a younger manager I didn’t tend to do – too busy doing in the Coldplay days to fully appreciate what it was we were doing. Now I realise those moments are to be cherished and enjoyed as much as you can when they happen. I want the memories – I have forgotten so much of the amazing things I’ve seen or been involved with over the years as I was just too busy doing to take it in but now I try and take a minute to take it all in.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

The first time you sell out a gig or tour is particularly amazing each time. Headlining Glastonbury twice in the early 00’s with Coldplay was very special, as are playing iconic venues in USA like Radio City, Red Rocks and Hollywood Bowl. Those venues that have so much history and the band become part of that forever. Bastille playing the Pyramid stage a couple years back, and killing it, that was amazing!! Reading and Leeds last year with a ridiculous crowd, I felt so proud of the band – highlights for me seem to be around live I just realised writing this.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2022?

How to make the business side work – In this new era of higher costs from all angles the majority of managers I would say find this the biggest challenge. The breadth of what managers have to do across a campaign is more than it’s ever been and ever growing. With each record release we need to constantly adjust how we operate.

What music are you currently listening to?

I seem to jump between old and new depending on mood and time of day – I am an avid 6 music listener and on the old Depeche Mode has seeped into my social algorithms of late but my favourite new artists to follow are Ren, Palm Skin Productions, Robert, Michael Aldag, Inji.

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Jo Gardner 

30 March 2023

The Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers.⁠ This week in the spotlight is Jo Gardner!

How long have you worked in Management?
I’ve worked in Management since 2019, and previously spent almost ten years as a senior PR manager for electronic producers and artists.
Who do you manage now? 
I manage Pendulum, Knife Party, and we’ve just recently started working with a brand-new act called The Riot.
Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on? 
I started working with Pendulum in a PR role many years ago. Then, in 2019, I moved over to join their old management company, where I worked for about 18 months before they decided to part ways. I chose to stay with the band, and after a little while, Rob Swire (Pendulum/ Knife Party) and I decided to start our own artist management company, Unholy. He’s super inspiring to work with. His skills across music production, A&R and other creative aspects, combined with my knowledge of press, marketing, and strategic planning make for a powerful partnership.
What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you?
A good day is when I get to do something fun and creative, like planning for the year ahead or listening to new music from my artists. I also love the live side of my job, so any chance I can get to plan or attend live events is a good day for me. A bad day is  just a boring day when I’m stuck inside doing emails!
What has been the highlight of your management career to date? 
So far, I’ve got to choose Pendulum at Alexandra Palace this March. I’ve always wanted to get the guys back to playing the massive shows they rightfully deserve, and this one really nailed it. With an act that’s been around as long as they have, you don’t get to claim a lot of “firsts”. But it’s definitely the first time they’ve had production on that scale, the first time playing as much new music, and so much more; it truly goes to show that there are always ways to make things bigger and better.
For a new, independent management company with three people, it felt like such a massive achievement for our small team.
What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2023? 
There’s never been a more difficult time to try and break an act into the industry. The rapid growth of social media has given many artists a platform to express their creativity; however, it also means the market has become oversaturated with an impossible amount of content to consume.
We’re seeing catalogue tracks revived via platforms like TikTok and ~100k new tracks released on Spotify per week, meaning the consumer has an almost unlimited source of music to explore. Managers in 2023 have their work cut out, trying to push their signal through all the noise.
What music are you currently listening to? 
I listen to a varied mixture of artists; I grew up listening to heavy stuff, and I’ll always drift back to bands such as Funeral For A Friend, Falling In Reverse, Caskets, and We Came As Romans. However, working in electronic music for almost a decade means I’ve always got an ear to the ground in that scene and others. I love Icarus, Yotto, Cristoph and anything that lives on Anjunadeep or Pryda. I’m also a massive fan of what Afterlife are releasing at the moment.

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Thor Sutherland

03 March 2023

The Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers.⁠ This week in the spotlight is Thor Sutherland!

 

How long have you worked in Management?

I’ve been managing artists since 2018 when I worked at Anglo MGMT. This came off the back of an internship at the publishing company. I left in June this year to found Way Out.

Who do you manage now?

Glowe, King Kuda, Songer & Yxng Dave.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

My first artist was Harleighblu. Harleigh performed in Reading one night at the Purple Turtle when I use to rep the shows. Her performance left me blown away, I hadn’t seen anything like it. The vocals were next level and I could see that she had been hustling hard. We caught a vibe. So, when I joined Anglo, it was time to team up.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you?

For me, I try to make every day a good day – it’s only a bad day if you make it one. Of course, problems pop up and there are a lot of moving parts but everything has a solution.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

There have been a lot of great moments but a couple of them are: Yxng Dave was the first artist signed to KSI’s label. It took a while to get it over the line, but we got it there. I won’t forget the call from my guy Fricktion one Sunday afternoon after he had just played the records to Mams Taylor. This led to performances at O2 Arena and Wembley supporting KSI, which was pretty mental. Then recently: selling out Songer’s debut tour in less than a few hours and the having the best 3 weeks on the road. Every show was a shutdown, these are the moments I live for.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2023?

One of the biggest challenges is trying to stay true to the music without getting caught up in data/numbers. I come from a background of music I grew up DJing and throwing parties, it’s my passion. So for me, music always leads my decisions. Everyone just talks about Tiktok numbers which takes away from the creative process in my opinion. I agree that Tiktok is a powerful tool, but it shouldn’t stop great talent from coming through, and it definitely shouldn’t be the first question you get asked about your artist.

What music are you currently listening to?

I listen to a real mixed bag, it depends on what I’m feeling. But right now it’s gotta be Loyle Carner, Strandz, Kendrick Lamar, Jungle, Giggs and Foals.

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Manager Spotlight: Hamish Fingland

17 August 2022

How long have you worked in Management?
6 years

Who do you manage now? 
Lucia & The Best Boys, The Ninth Wave (Last Boy/ Health & Beauty), Walt Disco and producer, BOBBIE.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on? 
7 years ago at Glasgow’s multi-venue Festival, Stag & Dagger, I discovered a new wave of amazing bands coming through like The Lapelles, The Vegan Leather and The Ninth Wave. Coming from an artist background, belonging to Glasgow’s music scene, I loved what this younger generation of bands were doing together and decided to take on the ‘big brother’ role to The Ninth Wave. My time as an artist was up and these new kids on the block were smashing it! I shared experiences, mistakes and showed them an entry point into the wider industry. I always think to myself if my old managers hadn’t shown me a way in where would I be now – no one in my family works in the industry and I had no idea where to start. The big brother role soon grew to being the manager and now we’ve gone through three EPs, two ‘Scottish Album of the Year Award’ nominated records and I look after The Ninth Wave’s upcoming projects, Last Boy and Health & Beauty.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you?
A good day is being on top of everything, having slept well and listening to new material coming in from my acts. A bad day is filling in forms for foreign withholding tax, finding where tour support disappeared too or delivering bad news.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date? 
Bringing to life Walt Disco’s vision for their album Unlearing with Lucky Number was super creative, we made something special pushing far beyond the norm. Watching Walt Disco grow personally and creatively has been an honour. They work in a personable and humble way and are a gang who they look after each other respectfully. I have to cheat here though, for one more highlight. Signing Lucia’s album deal to Communion, a team who adore her and her music has been a joy. She is a force to be reckoned with and hasn’t stopped for a minute over throughout the pandemic. Over the last two years Lucia blossomed, she has written her best music to date and she and her band The Best Boys played the best shows of their lives alongside Wolf Alice on tour. The first night at The Barrowlands was a highlight which really woke me up to what she has become. She has just started recording her debut album and I feel like what is bubbling there is going to be a massive highlight for me.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2022?
Keeping your mental health and work/ life balance in order whilst staying on top of all the Brexit stuff and learning as you go. Finding the time to know everything yet still forward plan is hard at the moment.

What music are you currently listening to? 
Stevie Nicks, Richard Hell, Bronski Beat, Sebastian Tellier, The Streets, The Notorious B.I.G.

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Manager Spotlight : Steven Odufuye

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How long have you worked in Management?

8 years

Who do you manage now? 

Jords, Kadiata, Mike Brainchild, JAY1 & Savannah Dumetz

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on? 

On my current roster it was Jords, while on tour with ILUVLIVE. I heard his song “Before We Begin” and met him that same afternoon and I was sold. An amazing guy to be around, fantastic morals and phenomenal musician.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you?

A good day is when my acts are on time for meetings lol and when they send me new music. I love what i do for a living so everyday is a good day.

I don’t believe in “bad days” I look at those days as days to analyse and see what i could improve on for the following day.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

This keeps changing as I grow & reflect but at the moment i’d say it would be the fact that my producer, Mike Brainchild has officially completed the album with one of best artists to come out of the UK.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2022?

For me it would be trying to manage all the requests that keep on coming my way. It’s been super busy but I’m extremely grateful nonetheless!

What music are you currently listening to? 

MGK – Mainstream Sellout

Knucks – Alpha Place

Kanye West – Ye

Jack Harlow – Come Home The Kids Miss YouFollow Steven on Instagram at @thelonewolfgroup

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13 April 2022

How long have you worked in Management?

Not too long, this will be my fifth year of management, but this is something I always wanted to do so wanted to make sure it was the right time

Who do you manage now?

Now I manage Kapsa. Iora and Ruby Tingle all incredible artists and all so different I think that’s why I can give them all my best

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

My first client Ruby Tingle we meet through an open mic I was running in Manchester and instantly connected through our love for everything dubby and loved how she fuses all aspects of art into her music, it was something i’d not seen before and made me instantly want to work with her and be her friend.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you?

Good day at the office is everyone happy, releases on time, replies from people who we are working with. Bad day at the office is emails and phones not being answered and artists not being respected. That kind of thing ha.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

There have been some really great highlights firstly Kaspa. Getting over 1 million monthly listeners and streams in Spotify that was massive for us. Iora being awarded the Open Fund by PRS this year. Another huge highlight is that Ruby Tingle has a solo show exhibiting her visual art and music at Warrington Museum and Art Gallery. Along with Thing having their music available on British Airways for people to listen too is massive

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2022?

Well from my point of view one of the big things due to the state of the world at the moment is managing people’s mental health and realising the we all get affected by things differently and we have to treat everyone as an individual. And I guess leading on from this is keeping everyone motivated not during the good times, but when things are feeling a bit stale. Got to be the biggest cheerleader from your artists

What music are you currently listening to?

At the moment i’m listening to Lara Jones, Overcoats, Kouba as well as Iora, Kaspa and Ruby Tingle as although I manage them i’m a huge fan of their music.

You can follow Danni on Instagram @nosuchthingrecords and the website at nosuchthingrecords.com

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Manager Spotlight: Callum Read and Adam Harris (Touchdown Management)

09 March 2022

Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight are Callum Read and Adam Harris of Touchdown Management!

How long have you worked in Management? 

Adam: I (officially) started managing artists 8 years ago but I had worked with various managers prior to that. Callum and I met around 10 years ago and immediately hit it off. It wasn’t until 2016 that we set up Touchdown together.

Callum: I got into management after being a tour manager from 2014 for various acts (Dream Wife, Hinds, Dr.Dog and many more). I loved having a knack for making my artists feel comfortable and take away as much stress from them as possible in order to perform at their very best. My passion to be artist friendly in my approach to many things, as well as my urge to ‘get s*** done’ was the perfect combination to Adam’s ability to hustle in the industry and we’ve been happily working together since 2016.

Who do you manage now?

Both: We manage The Snuts and a new and very exciting artist called Grace Barr. We are also developing a new act who we are hoping to launch next year.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on? 

Adam: I was introduced to my first client, a band called Heyrocco from Charleston SC by a producer friend. The band were all aged 18 at the time and the music they were creating was something very special, they were also great performers and incredibly charismatic.

Callum: After 2016 when we formed Touchdown, every tour I did I always left wondering if I’d meet the act I’d end up managing and that’s exactly what happened. It took a while to meet or hear any act I liked enough to give everything to, which I knew I would as a manager, but then In April 2017 I remember being absolutely blown away in a tiny pub in Leith, Edinburgh by four guys (The Snuts) who were absolutely dripping with ambition and had these amazingly powerful and sentimental anthems – later those four boys became the guys Adam and I love like family and continue to do anything for to make them a huge success.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you?

Adam: A good day is delivering great results for you and your artists and team, whether that’s closing a deal, selling out venues, entering the charts in a good position or securing your Artist’s creative objectives. A bad day is pretty much the polar opposite of those elements that make up a good day. Because we work so closely with our acts, I think we feel the disappointments as much as they do when they happen and in this business you can never just switch off, there’s always something that needs your attention.

Callum: Management is so turbulent – for me, it’s hard to remember a totally bad day or a totally good day for that matter. Especially when you’ve got acts that are massively ambitious. The first thing we’ll do after something great is of course celebrate and acknowledge it, but often we quickly move onto the next thing and start preparing to focus on that. likewise if there’s some tough situations we’ve had to deal with, it’s all about resolving them, moving on and feeling satisfied with how they’ve been dealt with – sometimes that can be just as satisfying. Luckily for us we have a great team around us who are all so supportive and hard working, particularly worthy of a shout out is The Snuts’ superstar Tour Manager & Social Media Manager (Gary Williamson) who’s been so loyal and so hardworking for all these years. 

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

Adam: I’m fortunate enough to say there have been a fair few, especially with The Snuts. Seeing them develop into the formidable force they have become both live and in the studio. Whilst awards are lovely to receive, nothing beats seeing and hearing thousands of fans sing every word back to the band at a gig….especially when only 24 months prior that artist was playing to 200 fans.

Callum: Likewise to Adam, there’s nothing like seeing The Snuts and the growth of their live business over the last 3 years or so. Nothing makes me prouder than seeing them progress and I remember thinking to myself the first time they headlined a show and sold out King Tuts in 2017, ‘I wont stop working til this band are huge’ and every time we accomplish something as a team, whether it’s a sell out a show, or a charter release, I always remind myself that we’ve come so far and are going in the right direction.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2020?

Both: If you’d asked us that pre-March of this year it would have been a very different answer. The pandemic has thrown the live industry which is in many ways the life blood of the music business into the worst scenario it has ever faced. It’s devastating seeing Artists, crew and all those who contribute to making live events happen have their livelihoods taken away from them, not to mention seeing once very healthy business’ disappear through no fault of their own.  It’s blatantly clear that socially distanced events are neither financially viable or particularly enjoyable for the fans, so whilst we have absolutely no guidance from the Government about how or when a staggered return to live can take place, we have had to be incredibly creative with how best to maintain momentum, exposure (and revenue). Yes livestreams and socially distanced shows have partially filled the void but in my opinion they aren’t the future. Nothing can replace how an artist connects with their fans through live music. Coming up with new ways to connect with fans and to develop new acts in the absence of live music is without doubt a challenge of mammoth proportions but at the same time it’s the manager’s job to continuously adapt to the ever changing landscape…can’t stop won’t stop!

What music are you currently listening to?

Adam: Mood dependant…today I’ve been alternating between Holly Humberstone & Fela Kuti with a bit of Beastie Boys thrown in for good measure.

Callum: New Bright Eyes album on repeat since last week and nothing else (super fan).

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Manager Spotlight: Nigel Munjoma

18 February 2022

Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Accelerator 2021 manager, Nigel Munjoma. 

How long have you worked in management?

I’ve worked in management for about 5 years now.

Who do you manage now?

I manage Blinkie (producer/artist/songwriter), James Bluck (producer/DJ) and WhoisOrion (Rapper/songwriter)

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

My first client (Blinkie) is actually my older brother. I grew up listening to him making music for years. I always felt that he was super talented and I was inspired by his talent to help him progress his career.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you?

A good day at work is when I’m in the flow and in the process of doing a project. Whether it’s doing a video shoot, on tour doing shows or executing plans and strategies that we’ve put together. Those things make it really enjoyable being a manager.

A bad day at work is maybe when things aren’t going as planned or when it feels like not much progress is getting made but there’s always an opportunity to turn it around.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

I think my career highlight to date was when we released Blinkie’s single “What You Want” independently from our label PXL Records. It gave us the confidence in knowing that we could put out our own records successfully without the backing of a major. It has now become part of our strategy in building and developing our artists using the platform and resources that we have created at PXL Records.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2022?

I think one of the main challenges that we currently have is managing to put together a successful international tour strategy. Unfortunately, we’ve been dealing with a lot of cancellations and rescheduled shows due to the covid pandemic. Finding a way to navigate the restrictions is a big challenge as well as finding a way to still engage with audiences in other territories whilst live shows are on hold.

What music are you currently listening to?
I’ve recently been digging back into some old school hip hop. Jay Z – reasonable doubt, Biggie – ready to die. I also have my go-to running playlist which includes: Frankie Knuckles, Green Velvet and Jamie Jones.

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Manager Spotlight: Lu Whiting

04 February 2022

Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Lu Whiting, Wild Management.

How long have you worked in management?

I have worked in music management for over 20 years. I set my own music management company up ‘Wild Management’ 7 years ago.

Who do you manage now?

Himalayas 

I co-manage Himalayas with Terri Hall (Myself and Terri met whilst working together at 19 Management with Will Young, Spice Girls and Lisa Marie Presley)

Caroline Harrison // Lissy Taylor // Guest Singer // MACY

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

My first client approached me after working together. I was his Tour Manager and my role in his career organically grew into a management position. His music, talent and work ethos won my heart.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you?

Every day is a good day. How can you ever have a bad day when you work in the music industry! So many people have career’s they hate or jobs they HAVE to do to earn money. I chose to be a manager and absolutely love what I do. Yes that are days you face challenges, but I always turn a negative into a positive.

A great day is receiving new music or going to watch a show. The feeling you get as manager when you see your artist happy on the stage performing to their fans is the best.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

My greatest highlight and achievement is setting up a music management company with a strong talent roster, whilst juggling home life and being a busy mum. I’ve realised it’s not a crime to be a working mum! It’s something I’m so proud of and after taking a short break and returning to the industry with my own management company, it was the right thing to do. I have shown my children it’s important to chase your dreams, work hard and turn them into reality. Women have an equal place in the workplace and can be successful business entrepreneurs and leaders.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2022?

There are many challenges a manager faces in the current climate and these change so quickly, especially after the devastation the Covid pandemic has had on the live industry. You need to be able to make the right decisions at the right time. With limited potential artist revenue streams, it is important to choose and plan the right options that will enable your artist to develop and grow, both creatively and financially. Finding ways to build campaigns and adapt to the constant rescheduling, whilst still engaging and reaching the artists fan base.

What music are you currently listening to?

I listen to music all day, all types of genres, the radio is always on. New music I’m listening to….

Himalayas, Caroline Harrison, Lissy Taylor, Guest Singer, MACY, The White Lakes, Neelix, Kid Kapichi, Lorde, Joy Crooks & Baby Queen.

Fleetwood Mac, Daft Punk, Massive Attack & Beastie Boys will never stop being on my playlist!

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Manager Spotlight: Darius Williams

21 January 2022

Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Darius Williams from Slow Dance.

How long have you worked in management?

Since 2018

Who do you manage now?

PVA, Fran Lobo, Khazali

And on our label I’m Saint Jude and Uma‘s project manager.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

I’ve been working with PVA the longest, and it was actually Marco who I run Slow Dance Recordings with who found the band from their club nights they had started putting on. Maddy (who I currently manage the band with) was their sole day 2 day manager for the first year, then as things got busier I basically got stuck in.

But to answer the question, the parties and vibe around what they were doing felt really different and fresh especially when in the context of punk heavy windmill / south London scene at the time.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you?

Great question – yes my weeks are filled with either really great or horrifically bad days, without going in to any particulars. Taking on new partners is always exciting; there’s that pre-deal buzz, delays and complications suck. On a personal level I love hearing new demos, and have never stopped finding that exciting.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

The Grammys 2024

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

Ensuring long term impact for artists and releases in the current climate and culture of new new new.

What music are you currently listening to?

Sam Akpro, JoJo, Elsas, Jayla Kai

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Manager Spotlight: Demonie Wilson

13 January 2022

Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is MMF Accelerator manager, Demonie Wilson.

How long have you worked in management?

6 YearsWho do you manage now?

Govana // Chi Ching Ching

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

My first client was Chi Ching Ching. I was the manager for my brother’s company called “Unruly Entertainment” . He was the first artiste to be signed by the label. Instantly, I became active in his career.  We had a successful partnership throughout his agreement with Unruly Entertainment that led me to continue working with him after his contract expired.  
What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you?

A good day for me entails getting everything done in a timely manner. However, a bad day would be concealing meetings, arriving at an appointment late and situations arise that don’t allow me to reply to emails quickly. What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

It’s really hard to select a specific highlight, I have worked with artistes that have got prestigious accolades, sold out concerts in different continents, collaborated with billboard artistes from other genres, nominated for the Grammy’s and have had song certified Gold.
 What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

The biggest challenge for me is similar to others in the music industry.  Which is Covid 19.
It has led to major financial losses, cancellations of events and traveling to other countries have become more difficult.

What music are you currently listening to?
Afrobeat! I have become a huge fan of Afrobeat since I moved to the UK.

 

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Manager Spotlight: Steve Abbott

05 January 2022

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is MMF Accelerator manager, Steve Abbott.

How long have you worked in management?

I started managing my punk band I was a singer in around 1979, as we couldn’t find a decent manger (not much has changed there). From there, I went on to start an independent record label, Big Cat Records, which morphed into a management and record label, as the band I was working with simply couldn’t find decent managers (it was still the days of managers sucking on cigars & phrases like ‘it will be alright son, I’ll look after you’).

One of the first bands we managed was EMF, which brought the experience of a worldwide hit and #1 record in America. It also really opened our eyes to the lack of equity in the fruits of success for an artist / manager compared to ‘the music business’. My business partner Linda Obadiah had the idea to start an organisation for managers to share experience, along with the managers of Simply Red, Dire Straights, the legendary Peter Grant, we formed the MMF in Manchester at the ‘In the City’ conference in the early 1990s.

We actually resigned from the organisation when at the next annual meeting, the other members failed to let a single female or person of colour to the management committee. Now I’ve seen the MMF has drastically changed, I’ve recently rejoined.

Who do you manage now?

We currently manage acts mostly in the Jazz or Classical field, including Jules Buckley, Cassie Kinoshi (seed.), Zara McFarlane, pianist Lang Lang, legendary songwriter Guy Chambers & Cerys Matthews. We have recently taken on two very exciting young artists, Plinio Fernandes, a guitarist from Sao Paolo, Brazil & 22 year old composer from Reykjavik, Gabriel Olafs.

Previous artists we have worked with include EMF, Jeff Buckley, Mercury Rev, Pavement, Augustus Pablo, Mikey Dread, the Claytown Troupe, Carter (USM), Nicola Benedetti & I’ve just finished managing Max Richter after 7 years.

We also recently sold our Good Life Experience Festival.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

Our first clients really came from people that were friends through hanging out. It was very much ‘friend becomes fifth member of the band/manager’.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you? 

All of us at Harmonic artists are workaholics, so a good days work is starting around 8am and finishing early evening & saving the sacred two hours on a Saturday afternoon without artists calling to watch the super Luton Town FC.

The bad days are being stuck on Zooms that morph into chat rooms & of course being fired, which has happened to us twice. Which brings me to the recent wisdom I heard from manager Paul Crockford, about the two inevitable experiences of a manager. Number 1 – If the artist fails the manager gets fired. Number 2 – If the artist wildly exceeds expectations, the manager gets fired (rather than be paid).

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

I think its being able to use all the acquired knowledge, both positive & negative to work the non purely business purposes & I’m very proud to be a trustee of a wonderful Black led organisation, Tomorrow’s Warriors, who have just celebrated their 30th birthday & are pretty well responsible for 99% of the great Jazz being made in this country at the moment.

In non-music spheres as a trustee of Poet in the City. Yes, lyricists are poets & yes, poets are musicians in their musical use of language.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

I think the biggest challenge is earning a living. We all know the streaming model is broken & we haven’t really found a solution to live performance through Covid times, but being an optimist, I think the relationship between a manager and artist is ever becoming fairer towards both manager & artist & somehow we will survive, as managers are traditionally fighters. I think now diversity is at the front of so many conversations, I would like to appeal to everybody to really proactively fight to unleash the potential, which will be a huge benefit to our business of the people that have been previously marginalised, through heritage or gender. That’s an obvious thing to say and it sounds very corny, but it took the tragedy of George Floyd to get responses from labels, agents & organisations in the business to what had been a long standing offer to improve their connection to the huge resource of that marginalised talent into our business.

What music are you currently listening to?
I’ve just been music supervising for a Sky Cinema production, ‘A Christmas Number One’, which has great songs, however I’m over Christmas music.

So, very handily, my Spotify top artists of 2021 include Mulatu Astatke, un.procedure, Uno Helmersson, Tony Allen/Hugh Masekela, Camilla George, Jelly Cleaver & as always Stevie Wonder, Son House, Bill Evans & Donnie McClurkin.

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Manager Spotlight: Feedy Frizzi

13 December 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is MMF Accelerator manager, Feedy Frizzi.

How long have you worked in management?

About 10 years

Who do you manage now?

Max Pope and Michael Lovett aka NZCA Lines.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

I was DJing at the Old Blue Last in 2011 and there was a band called Crushed Beaks playing a club night there. It was love at first sound.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you?

A good day is when I’m doing anything creative and/or around people. A bad day is when I’m doing accounting, reading contracts or dealing with unreasonable people. You often get a bit of everything every day.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

I don’t have one. It’s a mix of everything that makes the whole. I’ve enjoyed the ride so far!

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

Breaking new artists (it’s like playing the lottery).
Making a living as an independent manager (i.e. without being paid a wage).
Keeping body and mind healthy and support others around you to do the same.
Keeping your head above water when things get busy.. you are expected to do/know everything and there is a lot going on!

What music are you currently listening to?

Max Pope’s new album which we finished a couple of weeks ago. It’s a gem and I hope it’ll do well when it comes out next summer.

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Manager Spotlight 100th Special: Keith Harris

06 December 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers, and this week is the 100th spotlight! We are excited to share that one of the MMF founders, previous chair and MMF custodian Keith Harris is in the spotlight this week. 

How long have you worked in management? 

I have been working in management since 1974.

Who do you manage now?

These days I very occasionally do some management work for Stevie Wonder still.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on? 

My first client were a band some of whom had been school friends. I was inspired to take them on because I thought that they were really talented musicians, and I was desperate to get into the music business and back then that was a suitable entry point for someone with little or no experience, but a few music business contacts.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

The day that I put Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross on stage with Stevie Wonder at Wembley, was one of several highlights, alongside walking ,with Stevie Wonder, Coretta Scott King, (Martin Luther King’s widow) and Gil Scott Heron, on the 1980 March in Washington in support of the Martin Luther King holiday campaign.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

The big challenges for a manager in 2021 are mainly to do with trying to compete with the sheer volume of material that is being released, and trying to make sure that all revenue avenues for an artist are exploited since streaming only pays well for those artists at the top of the tree.

What music are you currently listening to?

I am currently listening to some of the Artists managed by two of my sons. Pa Salieu,  Berwyn, and Hajhaj and other than their acts Tiken Jah Fakoly, and the Americana Act Lady Nade

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Manager Spotlight: Hannah Joseph

22 November 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Hannah Joseph.

How long have you worked in management?

I started in the industry at 19 in management but I was predominately at labels early on so my main management focus has been over the last 25 years and the last 20 of which have been mainly producer/songwriter/mixer management focused.

Who do you manage now?

Personally via my company Decibelle. I manage Grammy award winning mix engineer Wez Clarke, legendary Grime engineer MSM and songwriter/Ivor’s Chairman Crispin Hunt and I also consult for 365 artists in a management capacity. I have a couple of other business ventures including a new publishing company JV In Loco Parentis Songs and multi media reggae company KlaAsh and I consult for Westminster Uni MA too.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

I was approached by a client from a company I had worked at previously and it provided me with the opportunity of freelance versatility and some financial security around having young children, which I am forever grateful for and gave me the confidence to later set up completely on my own.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you?

A good day entails a mixture of fun, constructive meetings, lots of positivity and happy clients! Those are not every day lol.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

Highlights have to include Grammy trips and wins with Wez Clarke but I’ve enjoyed lots of really lovely events including A&R trips abroad, many no.1 records with clients (which I will never take for granted!), plus working with numerous amazing artists and colleagues. Every day is different in music and that keeps us all engaged – it’s a great industry to work in.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

Working smart to ensure you have the right balance of income (so it’s sustainable) but also having the time to be creative and entrepreneurial. You can’t just do one thing anymore in my opinion – that applies to both managers and creatives. Managers definitely tend to wear way more hats these days and definitely can’t get complacent.

What music are you currently listening to?

Always a mixture of old and new for me. Excited for the Casisdead project (that MSM has additionally produced and mixed) – it’s a real piece of art inc visually. The new single Rude Boy by Jords is great, plus a track that’s on repeat at the moment is a long term favourite that I was reminded about recently (during a reminiscing 360 meeting), Love is All I Got by Feed Me and Crystal Fighters. It’s always interspersed by my ‘go to’ reggae, house and soul classics like John Holt, Lou Rawls, Masters at Work and definitely a bit of Buju!

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Manager Spotlight: Lauren Roth de Wolf

15 November 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Lauren Roth de Wolf.

How long have you worked in management? 

Ten years… do i get a prize?

Who do you manage now?

Africa Express, Moonchild Sanelly, The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on? 

I got talked into Africa Express backstage at the Barbican over a shared tub of humous. I almost didn’t go to that show, and it’s the main reason I love being in London. You never know what’s around the next corner.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you?

A good day is listening to great new music from artists I work with and knowing deep down how well it’s going do. A bad day is visas getting refused or another covid cancellation – the resilience of artists and managers during the pandemic has genuinely been inspiring, especially as performing live is so central to the mental health of musicians and industry professionals.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

Tough one! The biggest project I’ve done with Africa Express (the train tour) – will always have a very special (and wildly stressful) place in my heart. Moonchild Sanelly fulfilling her dream of collaborating with Beyonce was pretty great too!

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

Boundaries!! Most of the managers I know (apart from the predominantly male, white, older owners of management companies) are doing the job of a manager, business strategist, live agent, rights management service, sync team, artistic director, accountant and record label. It’s an incredible amount of unseen, unpaid work so if it’s not appreciated it can be pretty overwhelming. It’s imperative to set realistic expectations on both sides so that when the magic happens, you can all enjoy it!

What music are you currently listening to?

The amazing ‘Month of Sundays’ project by 2 inch punch, Pink Pantheress, Gorillaz (COMPLETELY unbiased fave = “with love to an ex”), Porridge Radio – our MMF Accelerator group shares music a lot and it’s such a great way to discover new stuff. I also just found an old hard drive of music that I took on a long trip in the naughties… K’naan’s ‘Dusty foot philosopher’ (still one of the best records ever), youngblood brass band, early Akala… the memories!

 

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Manager Spotlight: Maria Torres

08 November 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Maria Torres.

How long have you worked in management? 

I have been working in music management for around 5 years, I managed bands throughout my time at University in Bristol and then obtained a role as a management assistant in London as soon as I graduated. I then started taking on my own roster of artists and became a part of Verdigris Management at the end of 2019. Due to the pandemic, I lost my job in management but decided to continue managing independently and have taken on two artists during lockdown which has been great! I am now based in the South West and manage three artists.

Who do you manage now?

I currently manage three incredible and unique artists: Sinead O’Brien (post-punk poet), Grandmas House (punk female trio) and Keaton Dekker (alt-pop artist).

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

When I was in London, I came across Sinead O’Brien’s music online as she had been supporting multiple artists on the live gig scene in London. I listened to it and straightaway I was hooked, her unique sound and incredible musicianship could be detected from the get-go. I started managing Sinead in February 2019, and it’s been a really exciting journey so far. I am also passionate about managing powerful female fronted artists, and Sinead is constantly inspiring me every day.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you? 

Every day is extremely different and varied in the world of management and always bound to get both good and bad days. Good days are definitely when things are busy, multiple opportunities come through, release weeks, live shows and receiving incredible demos and new music! There’s a lot to be thankful for in the world of music management and working with such amazing talents.

A bad day is when things can get overwhelming and I am working independently so I don’t have anyone to discuss situations with, that can get hard sometimes. I find taking things day by day helps and I’ve connected with lots of other independent managers on Zoom over lockdown which has been great.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

This is a very difficult question, but I think that it always has to be at live shows and you can see the audience reacting to the artist’s music in real time. It’s been hard not having these shows over the last 18 months, however, seeing Sinead O’Brien perform two sets at Latitude Festival in July was such an incredible moment. It was the first time she performed her new music to a crowd and the response was dynamic! Really excited to see what the next live shows bring for her.

Also seeing Grandmas House perform their first ever festival was a big highlight, as I had only seen them play socially distanced gigs up until then – so seeing a crowd dance/mosh to their music and performing to a packed out tent was incredible!

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

There are many challenges managers face, I would say that 2021 has brought us a new way of working and adapting to situations quickly and thinking on our feet. These times are difficult but we quickly find solutions as managers, and coming out of the pandemic I think we will have learned a lot which will only work to our advantage at the end of the day.

As mentioned previously, being an Independent Manager during this year is tough due to not having the opportunity to meet up with other managers and bounce ideas off each other. However, the power of Zoom has really helped here and I am thankful to have met so many other great managers online during this time!

What music are you currently listening to?

I am listening to a lot of Dry Cleaning, I think their album is absolutely brilliant, also listening to Wet Leg, Katy J Pearson, Nation of Language and Weird Milk.

 

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Manager Spotlight: Adetokunbo “T” Oyelola

01 November 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Adetokunbo “T” Oyelola.

How long have you worked in management? 

I wear many hats from artist manager to concert promoter, producing TV and radio shows and dipping my toes into the foodie world. I have worked in management for just over 10 years now and it is one of the most rewarding aspects of my career, nothing beats seeing artists self actualise.

Who do you manage now?

I currently represent Saxophonist, Broadcaster and Author YolanDa Brown, RnB and Soul artist Cherri Voncelle, Gospel artist Annastasia Baker and my newest client Musician and composer Rick Leon James.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

My first client was actually in the comedy world. I met a guy called Eddie Kadi at Uni and he was just a ray of sunlight around the campus, so I encouraged him to become a stand up comedian. Very quickly he was performing across the university circuit and becoming quite popular. We left Uni and started booking venues to put on our own gigs, his first was at the 600 cap Mermaid Theatre in Blackfriars, it sold out very quickly. From there we grew his audience to 2000 cap venues and after many more sold out events, he became the first black british comedian to headline the O2 Arena. It was an absolute pleasure to work with him and see his profile grow since.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you? 

There are no bad days… every day we have life is another chance to win, so I always ensure that my team and I look at our work always from a glass half full perspective. We don’t do bad days, only good days!

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

I feel very blessed to have had many highlights over the years, from artists winning awards, to crossing borders with their music and even getting government appointments to advise on music education. My proudest moment was a few years ago when I had 2 of my clients as the “and finally” slots on the National news on 2 different TV channels on the same evening. We had Eddie Kadi on ITV News and YolanDa Brown on BBC News talking about their individual projects in music and comedy, so surreal.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

Evolving with the times and embracing new technologies is definitely a big challenge as the industry continues to change, brexit and the many implications around touring and crossing borders in Europe. Finally I think the Covid pandemic will create and over saturation of new projects based on artists all recording during the lockdown, which will have a domino effect across press opportunities, booking tours, etc. Will the audience have an appetite for it all? Will there be new project fatigue? Will emerging & independent artists struggle even more to push through against artists signed to majors? All unknown… but we must be ready to react and ride whatever wave is in front if us.

What music are you currently listening to?

Kamasi Washington, Nitin Sawhney, H.E.R, Gretchen Parlato, PJ Morton, Giveon, Jazzmeia Horn.

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Manager Spotlight: Andy Farrow

25 October 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Andy Farrow.

How long have you worked in management? 

33 years professionally

Who do you manage now?

Opeth, Devin Townsend, Paradise Lost, Katatonia, The Wildhearts, Bloodbath

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

If we are speaking of first professional client it was a thrash metal band called slammer who were local to me. I signed them in 1987 and in 1988 they were signed to Warner’s.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you? 

A good day is getting chart positions and selling out gigs, a bad day is dealing with the stress of managing artists, who often being creative have what psychologists called a lot of ‘free child‘ in them, so sometimes not always rational in situations.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

Many, Opeth getting to number 1 in Germany with their sorceress album, Devin Townsend selling out the Royal Albert Hall in 4 days, Opeth selling out Red Rocks and Sydney Opera House, managing Paradise Lost for over 30 years and with their last album obsidian having their best worldwide chart positions ever, and putting The Wildhearts last album in the Uk Charts at number 8.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

With Covid and now the challenges of Brexit the biggest challenge is how to alter a bands income streams model to make up for the fact that live was up to 40% of a bands income and was wiped out.

What music are you currently listening to?

I’m listening to the hope by ferocious dog that I’m releasing on my label graphite. My general music taste is varied but definitely with a punk, alternative metal slant.

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Manager Spotlight: Jordan Jay

11 October 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Jordan Jay.

How long have you worked in Management? 

I started Karma Artists management in October of 2012 with my business partner Ross Gautreau.

Who do you manage now?

We manage writer/producers: Red Triangle Productions/ Super-Hi, Tre Jean-Marie, Jimbo Barry, Will Reeves, Jim Eliot, Cutfather, PhD, Jez Ashurst, Paul O Duffy, John Fortis.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

Our first clients were Red Triangle Productions, Ross & I had worked with them whilst we were working in the A&R Department at Polydor Records and built a great rapport with them. When we left Polydor and started Karma Artists the next day, naturally they were our first call!

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you? 

A good day is hearing a great song from one of our clients and if from a writer without an artists involvement knowing we will be able to place it with a big artist –  an even better day is that song becoming a big international hit! – a bad day is doing our VAT Returns and having to chase companies to pay our clients their producer fees or royalties!

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

Hard to pinpoint one in particular – but in equal measures – a former client of ours Monsieur Adi (Who we built up to be come one of the hottest remixes at the time) being asked to support Beyonce on her European Tour… Red Triangle Scoring their first top 5 hit with KSI, Yungblud and Polo G and recently Tre Jean-Marie being nominated as Producer of The Year in this years upcoming MBW Awards alongside our writers Cutfather, Peter Wallevik and Daniel Davidsen (PhD) receiving a BMI award this week for Co-writing “One Too Many” by Keith Urban and P!nk.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

Covid (obviously) we had to figure out how we could keep things moving for all our clients despite all the obstacles in their ways – fortunately they have all adapted so well and we are lucky and proud of how everyones dealt with it and of course writers & producers being remunerated fairly for their work receiving the correct royalty payments – this goes without saying that progress is being made but there’s still along way to go to ensure further transparency throughout the industry.

What music are you currently listening to?

Griff – her EP shows she’s a very strong songwriter & producer – shes the real deal and is exciting for the UK to produce another potential global artist ….Clinton Kane feels like an exciting singer songwriter and i also cant get enough of the Ckay – Love Nwantiti record!

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Manager Spotlight: Audrey Gray

04 October 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Audrey Gray.

How long have you worked in Management? 

I have worked within artists development and management for over 15 years working over a range of roles/skills, including; booking agent, launch/event production, music marketing, music promotion, PR, workshop panelist, tour & road management and label & music business development. I also run an online A&R subscription service that mentors and project manages independent artists.

Who do you manage now?

My management services take on a variety of activities, ranging from administrative personal assistant to Jake Isaac, touring Integrity signed worship artists Noel Robinson in the Caribbean, booking live events and producing UK debut shows and tour stops for US acts. These same skills have provided opportunities to work with music and entertainment organisations, consulting, sourcing artists, develop events and plan logistics, as a MOBO, aStepFWD and Barbados Gospelfest. More recently, appointed CEO of the Gospel Music Industry Alliance (GMIA), a governing body for the Gospel Music Community in the UK and Ireland.

Artists & Business mentoring and projects  https://www.industrydeveloper.com

Artist Services, Events & Tours https://www.artistehub.net

Gospel Music Industry Alliance https://www.gmia.org.uk

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

Going waaay back, I started by vocal coaching, encouraging students to do more and ending up developing and managing them by default. The ability to hear talent at an early stage during those weekly sessions has really developed and proven to give me great insight into the artist’s development at any stage.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you? 

A good day looks like getting through emails and meeting a new artist online for a mentoring brainstorming career development session.

A bad day is ending up with back pain because I’ve spent far too long in front of the computer researching travel tour routes and charting project timelines.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

Two things…developing, marketing, negotiating, and managing a music tour for an artist I met six month prior. It was highly successful for the artist’s career and it helped me develop a promotional tour template and extend my tour management experience.

Working on a large scale music production, where I was contracted to handle logistics for 50 special guests & performances and ended up managing an additional 150 persons, two days before live ! The team I had hired and the in-house production team were amazing ! An experience like this really helps you appreciate those you work with, troubleshoot and think on your feet, all of which went on to be a key asset for me.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

Challenges for managers come in many forms and levels, I would say…

There is a general lack of understanding that a manager’s role is far more than a list of duties and percentages, there’s a value and influence that managers bring to the table that can not be quantified because of the artist/manager relationship. This is not always appreciated or recognised by the artists or industry, which is why organisations like the MMF are important to encouraging and networking support.

Another challenge is making sure artists and managers are on the same page when it comes to workflow, patience has to be part of the agenda, give space for life and wellbeing.

Probably the most common challenge, working within your financial means can be hard! Although these periods can push creative boundaries, I think we all experience this at one stage.

What music are you currently listening to?

My playlist shuffle could hit Kim Burrell, Lianne La Havas, Jake Issac, Bianca Rose, Peter Collins and Micki Miller, some artists I’m checking out are;

Jerub – a great example of an indie sound with soul. A voice you could listen to all day and music production is of high level!

Rae Rae – RnB artists with a bold voice that owns the genre and message she sings about.

Reblah – Rap/Grime plus Afro vibe with a strong word based message, Reblah uses his culture and the genre to deliver bangers!

 

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Manager Spotlight: Mike Watson

27 September 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Mike Watson.

How long have you worked in management? 

It will be 15 years in 2022 which is scary. Prior to management I worked as a PR for Hall or Nothing for 10 years. It was a really inspiring place to work. I got to work with lots of great managers and Terri Hall introduced me to loads of people involved in every aspect of the music business. I’d also helped set up a little indie label so I felt I’d learned enough to give MGMT a go.

Who do you manage now?

All We Are, Do Nothing, Folly Group and The Magic Gang

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on? 

I found Cheeky Cheeky And The Nosebleeds on myspace which gives you a good idea of the year it was. I had started messaging them but knew they were still at college, as soon as they had done their A levels, I travelled to Woodbridge to meet them and that was that. Ed Sheeran’s first gig was in a battle of the bands with them, he won.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you? 

A good day at the moment definitely involves being at a show and seeing people connect with the music in the way they’re meant to. A bad day; visa applications.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?  

Asking Robbie Shakespeare how he made Boops.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

Vinyl production deadlines. Dataism.

What music are you currently listening to?

The Aboutface album on AD93, its built around field recordings made during essential travel in the first lockdown, its stunning. Lots of stuff from Manchester, Space Africa, Rat Heart and Mandy, Indiana who were amazing at Psych Fest. Steely Dan. The new St Ettiene album is great, it’s their tenth! The Virtual Dreams compilation on Music From Memory, Septet by John Carroll Kirby, Luke Unabomber’s show on Worldwide FM, Chameleon by Anthony Naples and i’m really excited about the new Helado Negro record.

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Manager Spotlight: Sarah Brooksbank

20 September 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Sarah Brooksbank.

How long have you worked in management? 

15 years.

Who do you manage now? 

Bat For Lashes, Fat White Family, Working Men’s Club and producer/ mixer Ross Orton.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on? 

I’ve managed Natasha for 8 years, she was the first artist to come with me when I made the decision to set up on my own nearly 6 years ago. She’s an absolute genius and a truly unique singular talent, plus we get on.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you? 

A good day is new music, it’s a privilege when something new drops into my inbox and I’m the first person to hear it, I don’t take that for granted. When the artists are happy, when things are moving – you’ve got a plan together and you’re ticking things off the list, when the record labels are onside with it all and everyone is feeling positive, getting a song across the line at playlist, a TV or good festival booking.

On a bad day, chasing people or waiting for answers, budgets that you can’t make work, visa applications, trying to justify radio edits, band arguments.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?  

There are obvious ‘CV’ moments like Natasha being nominated for the Mercury and winning an Ivor, but the real highlights for me are when you throw everything at a campaign and it pays off, I enjoy the process – getting the Fat White Family album in the top 20 was brilliant, we worked really hard, similarly releasing the Working Mens Club debut album in the middle of a pandemic with no touring and no idea what was really going to happen, and then it really connecting and getting a great reaction (and chart place!) was great. They’re all lovely people with great teams too, so it’s hard work but it’s fun. Trips to places that I wouldn’t usually get to visit are nice too.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

In the short term the uncertainty means double or triple the work, everyone is nervous and a bit burnt out with it all – I’m constantly redoing budgets, re scheduling plans, everything is harder and planning anything international is a headache.
In the longer term as more and more online platforms become legitimate avenues for ‘promotion’ we’re being asked to service them all with free content.

What music are you currently listening to?

Priya Ragu, Tirzah, always PJ Harvey.

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Manager Spotlight: Chris Bellam

13 September 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Chris Bellam.

How long have you worked in management? 

I started underplay in July 2017 after leaving Beggars where I had worked since 2001, having worked with some incredible people.  But got into management bits on the side, probably around 2012, helping out friends and watching other managers whilst working at the group of labels.

Who do you manage now?

APRE, Art School Girlfriend, Circe, Lynks, Piri & Tommy Villiers, Polly Money, Porij and St Jasper.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

I first started managing Laurel in 2015 when she left her previous management company and I was the radio plugger. I thought the tracks were amazing and we naturally progressed into working together.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you? 

Good day, one new person supporting one of your acts and understanding the project. Bad day, could be any number of things, usually involving ego or emotions, of myself or others ;-).

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

The freedom to sign acts I love based on their music and persona and to keep a company growing completely independently.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

The same as they have always been, maintaining belief, energy and passion in your artists whilst the landscape continually changes. Its like climbing a ladder that is always changing size and material that sometimes doesn’t want to be a ladder.

What music are you currently listening to?

I constantly listen to radio and multiple playlists across Apple and Spotify and music press, there are so many great artist finds and new music to hand. The artists I work with are also great A&R sources.

New find this week: Talk Bazaar

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Manager Spotlight: Steven Odufuye

06 September 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Steven Odufuye.

How long have you worked in Management? 

I’ve worked in management for 7 years now. I started off as a management assistant/junior manager and took on a few clients during that period but they were my practice hours! In 2018 that’s when things started to snowball.

Who do you manage now?

Jords, a talented musician from Croydon & Mike Brainchild an all-round genius of a producer.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

I bumped into my first clients at Sarm Studio’s in West London they came with a mutual friend as we were having a listening session and I remember them being so hungry and confident. They pressed play on some of the material they’d been working on, told me their story, we connected and the rest was history. I took them on because I saw something different in them and what they were doing at the time was fresh but most of all I saw two extremely talented guys that deserved a chance.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you? 

No two days are ever the same. A good day would probably entail everyone (including myself) turning up to meetings on time, my roster sending me new music that I’m excited about and completing every task I’ve set out to do that day. I enjoy most days at work to be honest but if I had to choose what a not so good day would look like it would probably be if a video shoot is delayed due to a technical difficulty or people arriving so late it pushes everything back because it would have an impact on the crew and their fees.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

The highlight for me would have to be when my clients told me that after all the work we’ve put in they were able to quit their jobs and work on music full time.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

The lack of additional income due to the live circuit being cancelled because of Covid.

What music are you currently listening to?

I really enjoy bodies of work! This is what I have had on repeat;

Tory Lanez – Playboy Live
Dave – We’re All Alone In This Together
Yung Bleu – Moon Boy
Wizkid – Made In Lagos

 

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Manager Spotlight: Melody Perry

31 August 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Melody Perry, San Remo Music.

How long have you worked in Management? 

Unofficially I’ve been doing bits of management and helping friends out since 2018 but in April 2020 I started at San Remo Music assisting across their management roster and have recently taken on my first official solo client!

I’ve also tried to keep active in the management community by founding the MMF Southampton Tribe and organising educational and social events for managers in and around Southampton.

Who do you manage now?

I’ve just taken on producer/writer Cameron Nesbitt who has produced for content creator turned artists James Marriott and Lovejoy and through San Remo I work across producer Pete Robertson, writer Miranda Cooper and mixer Josh Ager.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

Although I was never managing them officially, my first “client” was a band I met whilst studying music management at uni called BASH! As a super eager first year I was looking to get involved in music in any way I could, they were a pretty hyped band across the music courses so I heard tons about them. Once I met them I absolutely fell in love with the band both as a project and as people and wanted to be able to help them as well as putting some of the skills I learnt from my degree to use.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you? 

I think a lot of different things can make a day a good day but the best way to describe it is being busy but the kind of busy that feels productive and not stressful. I also think finding new music that you or your clients are excited about, getting great feedback on a pass of a song or meeting someone new that you really click with can help make an average day into a good one! I think the opposite of any of those can definitely result in a bit of a bad day, being overworked, getting bad feedback, not listening to good music or having a less than productive meeting never feel good!

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?
Although I have dabbled in management and been assisting for a few years it really feels like my “management career” has started now I officially have my own client so I guess finding someone I’m really excited to work with and taking the step to look after him on my own is my current highlight but i’m very excited to make many more!

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

As a new manager I think the biggest challenge is networking. Music is such a social industry and I think people who already have large networks often forget how impactful they are to business, whether it’s helping to build respect and trust, finding projects to work across or simply gossiping about what music you’re loving at the moment.

As amazing as zoom is, it’s incredibly difficult to build genuine connections with people virtually and I think any managers that have started since the pandemic are really struggling.

What music are you currently listening to?

My music taste is honestly all over the place at the moment but right now i’m listening to a lot of hyperpop and really loving Glaive but if you ask me the same question in a week and a half it’ll probably be a totally different answer!

 

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Manager Spotlight: Matthew Clarke

23 August 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Matthew Clarke, KMGMT.

How long have you worked in management?
I would say officially around 5/6 years. However, I started out booking UK tours and events in Manchester at around 14/15 years old and acted manager for a lot of artists back then too… just not sure I knew it at the time!

Who do you manage now?
I manage an artist called Stand Atlantic and head up the label division @KMGMT called Adventure Cat, which is a label ran by our managers here. Our company consists of management for film composers, writers, producers, mixers and artists and the label is our opportunity to support developing acts with short, artist-friendly deals. Most of our label artists do not have management so we naturally play an involved role.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?
I signed a US record deal as an artist myself when I was quite young and always knew my heart was in leading and helping others. Especially nowadays, I view the music industry as a playground to be creative strategically and so I was really looking for an artist that would challenge me and force me to do things non-conventionally. When I first found Stand Atlantic, they were a local artist from Sydney, Australia who everybody seemed to have given up on. I didn’t know anything about Australia, but I fell in love with Bonnie, Jonno, Potter and Miki and had a mutual vision that inspired me to learn in the deep end.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you?
A good day for me is when I see an idea turn into a reality. An ambitious release getting a good review, an obscure support tour connecting with new fans, a creative TikTok going super viral are all good days for me because I love the process of seeing growth and the artist connection being fully realised. A bad day for me is probably seeing things in the music industry happening to me, my artist or my colleagues that I feel takes us a step back as an industry. Anything unethical or self-serving for me really grinds my gears.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?
I am particularly proud of the last album cycle for Stand Atlantic. The COVID pandemic hit right between our lead single and album release which I feared would leave the rollout disjointed. I am really proud of our entire teams’ quick reactions in re-strategising the album campaign as we focused on a more intimate, personal release with the fans, knowing we could no longer promote extensively to the wider public as effectively. As a globally touring rock artist who is used to doing 200+ shows a year, I think COVID crippled most similar artists release success. The album charted on US Billboard Current Albums 100, ARIA Charts and numerous #1-#3 Rock/Metal Album Charts worldwide with 0 touring. During the cycle, the band enjoyed a #1 Most Played song on Australian National Radio, were the print front cover stars of Rock Sound Magazine in the UK and were added to over 50+ editorial playlists across DSPs (including several covers). The band recently crossed 100,000,000 streams worldwide on DSPs, with that album being the most successful so far.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?
I think there are fairly obvious challenges we are going to face regarding COVID and BREXIT. However, COVID has really exacerbated managers reluctance to trust data as being tangible and I see this as a really worrying issue for managers in 2021. Especially for genres that rely on touring, data has become even more difficult to relate to meaningful progress and I feel keeping managers on-board with using data as a reliable informer is going to be even more difficult than before.

What music are you listening to?
Top 3 this week: VALLEY, Frank Sinatra and The Hotelier.

 

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Manager Spotlight: Cath Hurley

16 August 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Cath Hurley, mostdeffo.

How long have you worked in management

I’ve worked in management officially since October 2018. I’ve worked for quite a long time in the music industry before this, and it’s always something I really wanted to do, but never quite had the confidence to take on. It can feel a daunting prospect to be over every element of what is going on with an artist, but I think the gradual build up of my involvement with projects over my career has put me in a good position.

I used to do online pr in London and would often be the first team member working with an artist due to how much growth potential there was for new acts back then with blog and website coverage. I’d most often end up supporting these bands and artists further and often shaped release and sometimes live strategy. I then became a product manager, which I loved but I was always aware that I represented the label rather than the artist and I don’t think it came as a surprise to my bosses that I went into management after I left and moved to Liverpool.

I’ve been in Liverpool for 5 years now and I took a while looking at what was going on up here objectively to see what value I could add. Management felt like a really obvious choice as I got more immersed in what was going on. Management and artist development, basically. I set up mostdeffo to really be a home for acts that I worked with directly and further promising musicians who needed some support, validation and someone to just do a bit of myth-busting.

Who do you manage now?

I have a perfect trio of acts that I adore. I work with a 3-piece garage post-punk  band called Eyesore & The Jinx. We’ve enjoyed wonderful trips such as a fly-by Eurosonic and also that time we went to Russia to play a couple of festivals in and around a city called Ulyanovsk. I work a musician who can bend her head to all sorts called Natalie McCool. She’s a sick guitarist and singer songwriter who has just released a new album and is moving down to London soon to build her craft as a producer. I also work with a very special artist called Beija Flo, who burns very brightly in lots of different of ways as a performer, songwriter, poet, illustrator, photographer, actor, activist and general all-encompassing creative queen.

Alongside this I am a co-manager of a new community music venue called Future Yard in Birkenhead. When I first wrote down the ambitions of what I wanted to turn mostdeffo into (at about 4am whilst on a solo holiday back in 2017), I rather grandiosely wrote about building a supportive community of musicians who felt empowered to carve their own path through the industry. One of the ways of doing that was a plan to bring in loads of amazing people that work in wonderful ways that would be really inspiring and open a lot of eyes very wide. Future Yard is a home for that whole ambition. I oversee our industry skills training programmes (providing routes into working in live music)  along with PROPELLER, which is an artist membership that provides loads of support and knowledge to special artists. It’s mad to be able to bring that kind of infrastructure and build that community in the town I was born in. Working in management is super important to me as it ensures I retain that real life experience of navigating the industry as it constantly evolves.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

I met Eyesore & The Jinx whilst taking part in an artist development scheme. They’d released their first single and I picked apart the activity around it, quite honestly. In their words I was “brutal”, but they were in a position to take constructive criticism super well and build from it. By chance I saw them supporting Protomartyr the same evening and could see something special in the tracks that they had at that time. They made a lot of sense to me. We met up the following week to have a proper chat and it just so happens I was in the process of making mostdeffo into a business. We started working together shortly after that and started to build a really great collaborative and trusting relationship pretty sharpish.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you? 

There’s always a lot going on, so even when certain things aren’t quite going the way I want them to go, there’s always something else that’s positive to keep the spirits up.

I guess a bad day is when nothing happens. Any effort that is put in doesn’t result in any responses or actions. A good day is when inspiring conversations take place, along with seeing something developing and growing and imagining future possibilities. It’s important for me to always look forward. If something great lands, then it’s thinking about how to use it as a stepping stone and moving forward. I don’t think you can ever really stay still, can you.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

I think that’s difficult to pinpoint. The moments that spring to mind are the ones that seem like you’re punching above your weight. Eyesore had a series of US press that happened around their debut EP which felt mad. Getting a KEXP song of the day and a gorgeous feature on Stereogum having never dipped their toes over there felt like a real moment. Hearing Natalie McCool’s haunting vocals playing over an HBO/SKY advert with a harrowed looking Jude Law was a good one. Possibly pulling together a two week exhibition of Beija Flo’s artwork along with a sold out gig at the end which featured her playing three slots in different ways. She basically did both support slots of a her own headline gig. That was a great example of knowing just how far to push her creatively without it getting too overwhelming. I can’t wait to experience future highlights. There are so many moments that make this rewarding.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

The obvious is the recovery from the pandemic, but I’m hugely concerned about the implications that Brexit is having on my artists. Eyesore played Eurosonic and we had more European dates in the diary than we had UK. It all felt super promising and then they all got pulled due to the pandemic and we can’t look at rescheduling them mainly because of the unfeasibility of the financial impact of Brexit. We’re just constantly looking for focuses in other areas. Right now they’re writing, writing, writing so we can record an amazing debut album. Hopefully the EU situation will be clearer by the time we look at their live strategy again, building audiences outside of the UK in order to enable a stable career. I don’t feel this is possible without a European audience for a band like that.

What music are you currently listening to?

I’m like a sponge at the moment. I’m obsessed with Self Esteem and I’m so excited for her new album. The first two singles have blown me away, she’s so special. I also love Pillow Queens, Albertine Sarges, CMAT and I’m excited to hear further stuff from Yard Act, Denise Chaila, Wet Leg and The Lounge Society, to name a few. I could go on and on and on.

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Manager Spotlight: Nick Faber

09 August 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Nick Faber.

How long have you worked in Management?

‘Officially’ only for a couple of years, although I’ve worked closely with artists as a producer for over twenty years, does that count?

Who do you manage now?

Eda Eren, Eva Gadd, Gold Blend and Aaron Graham

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

Chris Ansah (drum and bass producer Chords) was doing some graphic design work in an office I was working in. I noticed he had Logic open on his laptop so I asked what he was up to; he played me the track and it was Eda Eren and I was just blown away, she sounded so different to anything I’d heard, the way she mixes her Turkish heritage with modern dance music in her vocal performance, I said I wanted to work with her. We released the track on my label and the relationship grew from there.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you?

A good day – as in any job – is getting a good result, in this case one that the artist benefits from, be it a radio play or a magazine feature or a playlist or a gig offer or whatever. Forward movement. I try to roll with the bad days and, although they smart at the time, I tend not to linger on them.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

Probably the massive support both Eva Gadd and Gold Blend are getting from BBC Introducing; it’s vindicating when big media get behind artists you personally believe in because it suggests they have commercial viability, which is what artists need to grow their careers right?

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

Aside from the obvious (COVID and the post Brexit touring debacle) I think an artist manager’s challenges are constantly about making the right choices for their artists. There’s clearly more competition than ever before but also more opportunity. We just need to make sure we choose what’s right for our artists to enable them to maximise their chances of success, be it promo and advertising, partnerships, live, technology. There’s a lot to unravel.

What music are you currently listening to?

I had Tres Hombres and Degüello on repeat last week of course, my Discover Weekly is like an old mixtape I never made and I’m loving Dave’s new album.

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Manager Spotlight: Paul Kennedy

28 July 2021

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How long have you worked in Management?

It must be 25 plus years now. I took a break, some years back, but my love for great music brought me back to an industry I love.

Who do you manage now?

Love Harder who are signed with Ultra. Laura White, Grammy Nominated Singer Songwriter. Will Simms, Award Winning Producer, Songwriter. Not So French, who just signed to Three Six Zero / Sony in the US. Grammy Award Winner Ron Fair, Producer, A&R Executive, Songwriter. Krishane, Artist, Songwriter. SP OMG, Rapper, Songwriter. Luca & Giam DJ’s Producers, Songwriters, Michael Push, DJ, Producer, Songwriter. I also publish songs from various writers via Eastside Music Publishing and we have a joint venture with Peer Music. I also have a small label and I consult from time to time to other managers and labels worldwide on various projects. My current roster can be found at www.12one.com

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

My journey into the music industry is not like most, As I came into it from a Military background as young man. My first client found me really. Doreen formerly a member of Soul 11 Soul while i was running club nights in London and a big 20K sound system in the late 80’s. We just clicked really and she said “think you would make a good manager Paul”. I did not have a clue looking back, but it worked out, and we moved on to get her a solo deal in Europe and made her debut solo single with D Influence productions who i also took on as producers for about 8 years.   

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you? 

A good day is spent on the phone, in meetings, working on projects worldwide and most vitally raising invoices for our clients and job sheets that we use to manage the delivery of the many, many records we deliver to major & labels worldwide each year. I also love being in the studio and I have Ex Produced quite a few big records over the years. A bad day is when the people paying the bills don’t understand what level your clients are at, and you get into a long back and forth validating your stance. Budgets at the labels have fallen so much in the last 20 years. Now the income is back at pre streaming levels for the major labels so we as managers must work hard to drive those fees back up. But if honest I don’t have too many terrible days, and i always say its all gravy compared to my last and only other job. I always like to stay positive. But I guess the admin can be quite overwhelming if you don’t stay on top of it.   

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

That is a big question, I think the most fun period for me was running my management company and a small label that we started with D-influence productions then clients. We signed and developed Shola Ama and many other great acts and got them deals via our label. I had a great roster of producers, and I was Shola’s manager for her big big debut album. We won Two Brit Awards and a multiple Mobo awards and so many others worldwide. I also managed most of the producers that did the album, so that was a big project for me, and it was a lot of work but so much fun. Snow Patrol was also huge one, while i worked with Jazz Summers (RIP) and Tim, at Big Life. I was key to Ron Fair signing the band to Interscope for the US that really took it global.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

We are no longer just managers, we have to multi task in many complex areas, and this industry is evolving all the time, so keeping up with all, can be a real challenge. But the MMF do a great job keeping its members up to date.   

What music are you currently listening to? 

I listen to so much music and my early days still play a huge roll. My early days was all about Soul, Reggae and Rare Grove that we played on my sound system, much of it is still on repeat play to this day. As for modern music the likes of Tory Lanes, Pop Smoke, Chris Brown & Anthony Hamilton really do it for me, while in the UK i am big fan of Mahalia, Tems, Mostack, Ramz, Not3s, & Stylo G. I love my own acts music or i would not work on it, and i spend hours and hours going over and over demo’s to pitch to gain placements. I also love the likes of Diplo, Robin M and Balck Coffee, all mixed up with R&B, Classic Hip Hop with some great vocal Dance music all makes me smile.

 

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Manager Spotlight: Ria Gordon

26 July 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Ria Gordon.

How long have you worked in Management?

I have worked in music management for 3 years. 

Who do you manage now?

I manage an artist by the name of Blanco and also a producer by the name of Alexay beats, and also a couple up and coming artists. 

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

I found my first artist through my other management job as I initially got into the music industry via having a modelling agency, through that job the opportunity came up for me to manage Blanco and I couldn’t turn down  such an amazing opportunity, I knew Blanco was special.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you? 

A good day for me is making sure I’m on top of my to-do list, which can be challenging with the interruption of calls and real life. A bad day would consist of me falling behind or missing deadlines.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

I have had many great highlights since managing Blanco, I would say the first was signing our first deal with a major label and also having his track shippuden received so well industry wise and being synced in GTA.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

2021 has been challenging with the COVID restrictions, though restrictions seem to be lifting slowly. We are currently preparing for his first headline show in September, so I am hoping that we will be able to go ahead with this. Whilst also looking forward to performing on festivals as he is booked for Wireless, Parklife, Reading and Leeds. Due to the pandemic the live side of the music industry was hit hard and has been non-existent.

What music are you currently listening to? 

Apart from my artists I’m still listening to some of the old school stuff as in Notorious B.I.G , DMX but also I listen to the likes of LIL Durk , Koffee , Pop caan, Stylo-g, Jhus , pop smoke and mooski.

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Manager Spotlight: Cleo Amedume

14 July 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Cleo Amedume.

How long have you worked in Management?

Properly, just about 3 years now as 1/3 of creative management team MUVVA with Mpho Mckenzie and Tekiva Ledwidge. Although I have been what I like to call an opinionated observer of the industry for a lot longer than that!

Who do you manage now?

We manage a singer-songwriter called Chrissi, producer Freemonk and production duo Yarde Boys.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

We are very passionate about development and we’re on the lookout for an artist that had all the raw materials cut above the noise and deliver great music.

Mpho also runs a live night called fireball sessions, led by the insanely talented MckNasty. Chrissi rocked up with her guitar and MckNasty gave her the opportunity to jam on stage and the rest is very likely to make history!

Chrissi’s music offers a refreshingly real perspective on love and loss and she has such an effervescent personality, we felt blessed to be able to help steer her career.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you?

A good day for me consists of a banger in the inbox, one that makes you imagine the visuals, the show set up and the audience reaction to it within the first 30 seconds of listening.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

It’s hard to think of a single moment as I am so grateful for many of the things I get to do and who I get to do them with.

Rather than a highlight, I’d like to say my most intense moment of gratitude came on set at Chrissi’s first video shoot. Helping someone to fulfil their dreams and facilitate their vision coming to life is fulfilling to me. Watching it all unfold with my partners, the creative team and her amazing A&R Rob Harrison is a moment I’m not likely to forget…. ever.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

I’d say COVID has to be a huge challenge especially in regards to live. It’s so hard to plan anything with the constant changes and uncertainty.

As an ethnically diverse all female management team the remnants of the old boys clubs and or their ideals are always present, lurking around corners, trying to undermine your choices.

Another challenge is finding external partners who are willing to be part of a creatives developmental journey, with a passion for breaking talent and not just capitalising on numbers.

What music are you currently listening to?

Just got the master back for Chrissi’s first single due to be released next month… bit of a shameless plug but I have had it on repeat.

Other than that a well cultivated mixture of ratchet twerk music, Queen and everything in between.

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Manager Spotlight: Kemal Ibrahim

12 July 2021

 

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Kemal Ibrahim.

How long have you worked in Management? 

Before I started my journey as an artist manager,  I was a talent booking agent for 7 years, until the moment came when I had to take the jump. I have been managing my own artist for 4 year now.

Who do you manage now?

I manage two very different artists, Jean-Mikhael who is a Pop, R&B singer songwriter with powerhouse vocals and has an unapologetic stage presence; And Shocka, who is a conscious hip-hop artist, who promotes self love lyrical content and is also a voice for the mental health community, advocating the messages of positivity everyday.  I feel very blessed to have them as my artists.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

I went down to the Brit School showcase to see what was going on, with no intention of signing an act. About thirty minutes into the show, Jean-Mikhael walks on stage and starts singing. I couldn’t believe this boy’s vocal range. I found myself looking around the venue and watching the audience’s reaction. It was a moment that has never left me. After the show I found my way backstage. I had a chat with JM, scheduled a few meetings and the rest is history.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you? 

As an artist manager your day is very unpredictable; It can change at any time. Generally, a good day at work is when you are getting responses to all the emails you spend hours on end sending and when you can see movement and growth in your artist’s career; whilst keeping them creative and true to their authentic self. A bad day on the other hand, is when you keep knocking on doors that aren’t opening just yet.  But like they say in the theatre, ‘the one hundred and one audition can be the one that makes you.’ Which basically means I will never stop knocking on doors.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

I was very lucky to work very closely with DMX, seeing my artist Shocka standing on the red spot on TED Talk and the moment when Jean-Mikhael signed his first deal.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

I think the challenges for 2021 has been the lack of live music events, keeping connected with industry associates as things have changed drastically due job loss and/or individuals moving to begin new job roles in new places. Reconnecting and rebuilding relationships again has also been a challenge and can be a long process. The pandemic has had such a negative impact on the music industry for many of us managers, but at the same time, has left me no choice but to become more innovative with the limited resources available and keep inventing ways to keep the artists engaged.

What music are you currently listening to?

I’m currently listening, Bree Runway- hot hot, Doja Cat- Planet her (Album) Jasmin Sullivan- Haux tales (Album) and obviously my own artist.

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Manager Spotlight: Jamie Ibe

05 July 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Accelerator Manager Jamie Ibe. 


How long have you worked in Management? 

It’s been a amazing few years now managing and loving the career journey across the music industry. My job is to protect talent and present the talent in a way that people will love them. I love the guiding of careers from a early stage as the artists progress through in their journey.  It’s been exciting, I always love the analogy of music management role is similar to a football match but imagine your playing yourself.

Who do you manage now?

I am currently managing Geovarn, Kadeem Tyrell, Lottie Jade, Richy Rambo and Ben Charles. All super talented individuals across the entertainment industry in different spaces and on different individual journeys across music.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

My first client was introduced to me by a friend, we then met and spoke music and started plotting out takeover. Speaking on the journey and how we could work together sort of helped us iron out what we n you see to do and the best way we could help each other. Always grateful for the introduction as at the time I get as looking for artists but also very much concentrating on building my company studio so it worked hand in hand.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you? 

A good day is being a super productive and getting as much done as possible on the go. I love those sorts of days where i eat on the go, go from A to B, on set and end the day exhausted like I did the whole day in the gym. My favourite sorts of day is one where things get done and I really enjoy the hustle running around doing everything.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

The biggest highlight of my career so far was securing a distribution deal and getting selected for the Accelerator program both achievements have allowed me to progress. Another highlight mention which made me super happy was being selected as one of the Music Week Rising Star.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

The big challenges for managers in 2021 is finding those pockets in which to excel and drive forward in a restricted music market due to the pandemic. Another challenge will be making sure you are keeping your artists motivated as always and finding new business while also retaining business in a tough climate. Sourcing opportunities and making sure a sustained income is viable at all times will continue to be challenging.

What music are you currently listening to?

I’m currently listening to RnB, Trapsoul and Rap in my car and on the go. My artist’s new track Kadeem Tyrell featuring Omar is out now. Amazing for my client to get a track with a soul legend so happy about that. Also most recently had the new lil baby and lil Durk ‘please’ track from their new project on repeat.

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Manager Spotlight: Josh Cohen

28 June 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Accelerator Manager Josh Cohen.

How long have you worked in Management? 

I’ve half jokingly called myself a manager for maybe 5 years, but I think in the last 2-3 I’ve stopped finding it funny.

Who do you manage now?

I manage Porridge RadiocarolineGrove and one more very exciting secret project yet to launch!

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

My management career grew out of my bedroom DIY cassette label Memorials of Distinction. Porridge Radio’s early solo recordings were on my first compilation – I’ve been friends with Dana since my late teens. I egged them on as a full band and helped record their debut album in a shed. When it became clear that other, more serious labels with real money and resources were interested, I decided to try to stay involved somehow, and I figured that meant ‘managing’ them.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you? 

It’s hard to tell the difference to be honest: sometimes it feels good to have a load of meetings and emails, sometimes it feels bad. I’m sure once COVID is behind us the good days will be defined by much more interesting and glamorous things, but for now it just depends which side of the bed I wake up on.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

The very quick journey Porridge Radio took from being a beloved janky underground project, to being highly respected, Mercury-nominated artists has been amazing to witness closely. COVID destroying every plan we had, precisely during the week of Every Bad‘s release, meant it’s taken me some time to really appreciate the things that went right.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

Besides the obvious COVID-related stuff, it seems maybe harder than ever to build a new artist’s real audience and real income, and that means it’s harder than ever for management to make money too.

What music are you currently listening to?

Loving the recent Spinny Nights releases from Robbie & Mona and Cix, very obsessed with Frog of Earth recently too. Also listening to Dear Laika, TaliaBle, Shlomo Carlebach, Theodor Black, Wolf Alice,  Naima Bock, Yu Su, and beautiful unreleased stuff from my roster all the time.

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Manager Spotlight: Kelly Okogwu

21 June 2021

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How long have you worked in Management?

I have worked in music management for 10 years + and management for about 7 years.

Who do you manage now?

I co-manage Lost Girl on the music side and Jeremiah Emmanuel on the creative side. Lost Girl is a singer songwriter and Jeremiah Emmanuel is an entrepreneur, youth activist and author. He also runs a music and entertainment company called Just Ents which I have consulted for and still do some ad hoc work for.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to takethem on?

My clients usually come about after building a relationship with them. I think it’s important to build relationships with talent before you take them on as a client and start to manage their affairs. Being a manager involves everything and you have to genuinely care about them and have their best interest at heart.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you?

I think having some me time is really important for me. I never knew what me time looked like a few years ago! My wellbeing is really important to me, by nature I tend to put everyone and everything before me. I am passionate about being of service, but I’m also passionate about being holistically well (mind, body and spirit) as you can’t serve others if you haven’t served yourself first.

What has beenthehighlight of your management career to date?

Working with Artists such as Tinie Tempah and Wiz Kid has been my highlight. And working across major collaborations with people like Stormzy, Rita Ora and Calvin Harris.

What do you think arethebig challenges for a manager in 2021?

Covid. Nobody knows where the world is going.

What music are you currently listening to?

Lost Girl and Tems.

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Manager Spotlight: Yasmin Lajoie

14 June 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Yasmin Lajoie.

How long have you worked in Management?
I’ve worked in management nearly five years. Before that I worked in music publishing for 6 years, at EMI, Sony and Warner/Chappell.

Who do you manage now?
I manage God Colony and biLLLy and also work at Empire Artist Management, who represent James Newman and The Manor.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?
biLLLy was the first client I signed to my management company Slay Music. He’s such a talented producer and songwriter, but just as importantly he’s a lovely guy. We were friends for years before we started working together.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you?
A good day is when I’m feeling really productive: Zooms, meetings at labels, maybe lunch at Soho House, and a gig in the evening. I struggle with my mental health and bad days are common, when you feel a bit useless and nothing goes your way. I also hate chasing invoices – financial admin always makes a day worse!

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?
I’m not sure if there has been a singular highlight. Every time I hear a finished song on the radio or performed live… that’s amazing.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?
This year I’m trying to recover some of the income I lost during lockdown. It’s hard, especially for songwriters. I support the #BrokenRecord campaign which lobbies for more equitable remuneration for artists.

What music are you currently listening to?Griff, Rina Sawayama, Olivia Rodrigo, Arlo
Parks. I love Self Esteem’s single I Do This All The Time and I’m most excited about new Lorde album. It truly is a Hot Girl Summer!

ps I recently received an offer to study at Cambridge University and am raising money for tuition – if you would like to support please head here.

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Manager Spotlight: Neha Hindocha

07 June 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is  Neha Hindocha (Sound Collective)

How long have you worked in Management?
I have been working as a manager for 3 and a half years now. I initially started managing a development artist and then towards the end of 2018 I joined Sound Collective as a manager

Who do you manage now?
I co-manage 10 producers and songwriters with other Sound Collective managers including Royale Avenue, Nick Bradley, Anthony Trueman, Adj Buffone and Michael Angelo. I also co-manage Taneisha Jackson with Massive Management. We have over 30 clients in total on our Sound Collective roster.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?
The first client I signed at Sound Collective was Anthony Trueman. A young producer who had already been in some good rooms but needed to take things to the next level. I heard his demos and could hear some real potential. We gave him some initial sessions to see how he got on and there was one song he did wrote with NEVE that made me decide instantly that he needs to join the fam.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you?
Most days are good and insanely busy but that’s what I love about it. It’s non-stop and every day is different! We do about 10 sessions a day across our roster so at the end of the day we are always getting great music back. An especially good day is getting a cut confirmed or getting a banger back from my producer/writers’ sessions and everyone is buzzing about it. There aren’t many bad days to be honest. There will be those days where multiple sessions are cancelled for one reason or another and I am trying to reshuffle the diary at the last minute but to be honest, it’s not that bad. All in all though I can’t complain, there is fun in the madness!

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?
My highlights have definitely been securing publishing deals. We got Nick Bradley’s first deal last year with Karma Songs / Budde Music and currently we are finalising LAWRENT from Royale Avenue’s new publishing deal. All very exciting!

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?
We represent mainly producers and songwriters and one of the things we are strongly advocating is getting our songwriters fairly remunerated. It’s very challenging for a songwriter manager to see decent income for their client unless the songs do millions of streams and get ample radio play. Last year we started to charge reasonable writer fees for songs that are cut which for the most part have been accepted by labels and artist management. We have started to see a very gradual shift in culture but overall it is a cause that still needs a lot of work and endorsement for it to become an industry standard.

What music are you currently listening to?
Whilst my producers and writers work across all genres, my personal taste in music definitely leans more towards contemporary/indie R&B and UK rap. At the moment I’m listening to a lot of Jasmine Sullivan, Tiana Major9, Odeal and Wretch 32. Also randomly, I love listening to Latin pop, Reggaeton, Bachata and Cuban salsa!

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Manager Spotlight: Griff Harding

01 June 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Griff Harding.

How long have you worked in Management?
I have worked in management for almost 4 years. I started my music career as a radio plugger with Listen Up and then moved into A&R with Cr2 before finding my love for managing acts which I have been doing independently since.

Who do you manage now?
I manage 3 hugely exciting talents – KALM, Fallon & LAZY JOE. All of them are focussed in the dance & pop world with their own solo projects, alongside producing/writing for others.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?
KALM was my first client. He had sent over a couple of demos in the inbox for the YouTube channel I run. The tracks were raw but I loved the width to his sound and we got chatting. He had that extra dimension to his production that set him apart from so many others even if it wasn’t polished yet. I was also an A&R at the time and management wasn’t directly on my radar but something I had always wanted to move into. Then after a few months of chatting about records, KALM asked if I’d want to manage him and I haven’t looked back since.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you?
I absolutely love my job. There’s nothing more exciting and fulfilling than enabling an artist to reach their full potential and I always feel privileged to work with the acts that I do. The excitement on release days is a buzz like no other. It is the journey from taking records at their conception to market and fans. I love it. Also, never underestimate a list. It’s always a good day when you have your ducks lined up. Bad days are few and far between. I always feel it’s important not to dwell on things that are lost but rather what can be gained.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?
I have had many. For me, nothing quite beats hearing a record from one of your acts on the radio whether it be BBC Radio 1, Kiss FM, Capital etc. There is just something so special about that for me especially when your act gets it for the first time. Sometimes you can get wrapped up and forget that we all really are fans inside. Also, we’ve had the pleasure to work with some incredible labels. Fallon with Another Rhythm & Atlantic Records. KALM with Good Company & The Other Songs. LAZY JOE has his solo project launching in Q3 2021 and cuts with the likes of Alok, Disciples & Hayla.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?
The last twelve months have definitely given management a different perspective and taught us how to adapt. The lack of live performance has definitely had a big impact. Also, the lack of facetime with clients has been difficult. Nothing beats getting together to brainstorm and plot worldwide domination. There have been some positives though. Due of the lack of time on the road it has given my acts plenty of time to keep developing their sound and we are sitting on a lot of music. Our biggest challenge for the rest of the year is now executing their releases and entering them into the market at the right time with the right placement & support.

What music are you currently listening to?
I only listen to KALM, Fallon & LAZY JOE… no just kidding haha. There is so much good music around at the moment. I feel lockdown has been a real creative space. I’m absolutely loving Jess Bays, Rain Radio, THAT KIND, Sleepwalkrs, Ben Rainey, Jodie Harsh, Violet Skies, Griff (cracking name), Yaman Khadzi, Navos and many more. There’s too many to mention.

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Manager Spotlight: Sheila Baker

24 May 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Sheila Baker.

How long have you worked in Management? 
I have been managing for several years working on releases and campaigns freelance. In 2018 I became a music manager on the books and a consultant specialising in artist development. I am now making a decent profit from opportunities I have secured for my artist.

Who do you manage now?
Multi-disciplinary artist Brother May – singer, songwriter, performer, producer, MC, label boss and co- founder of CURL recordings / CURL Collective alongside Mica Levi and Coby Sey.  Brother May has his own imprint as well as releasing up to 14 official catalogue releases with CURL recordings. He performs live solo as well as performing as a DJ set with CURL and touring internationally as a 3/5 piece band live as CURL.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?
I’d been managing a friend during my years in sixth form, learning the ropes whilst taking a Music Management course at the Chocolate Factory. I met my first professional client – Brother May – at an event in which he was performing. He had great stage presence and crowd control in those early days which was very impressive. He also had a very humble attitude and his self belief was admirable. He made me believe I could make music my career. We have been working together for many years since and it’s been such a blessing to help develop such a profound artistic genius.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you?
I love my job so everyday is a good day – I enjoy the campaigns, live performances and the wonderful people I am able to meet and work with. There are no bad days – there are just lessons to be learnt and wisdom to be gained. If I had to highlight a bad day – it would be those days that seem hardest when I’m trying to gain information to push my artist forward but it seems like certain key figures in the industry (gate keepers) are withholding key information.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?
I have been blessed with some amazing highlights in my career – the release of Brother May’s debut album ‘Aura Type Orange’ was such a great time in my career. It has been 5 years now since the creation of the CURL Collective and I have enjoyed the whole experience. We have released project with the likes of Tirzah, Ben Vince, Kwake Bass, WU-LU, Tony Harewood and Akinola Davies to name but a few. Working within this great industry alongside friends from such amazing companies and individuals within the music and film industry such as Iconoclast and QuJunktions is a highlight. Receiving funding from the MMF Rebuild Fund and the Princes Trust has been exceptional – I’m very excited for the future.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?
The pandemic has changed many things especially in regards to live performances. However I am a strong believer that the music industry is recovering rapidly. Personally I have not allowed the pandemic to stop my artist’s progress forward with the release of the Aura Type Orange vinyl, we released the video for ‘Can Do It’ from the album (thank you for all the messages in regards to how this song as helped you get through these times – which is visible on YouTube comments & across my artist’s socials). We continued with the campaigns and released EP ‘Love Is In Demand’ spearheaded by formidable PR company Ten Letter PR and single ‘Bando’ which received key Spotify playlists. I am optimistic for the future as we are gearing up for the release of features my artist has been working on with Moor Mother and Kae Tempest and gearing up for our next project releases. I won’t allow anything to stop my progression, it’s important what I did yesterday – but its even more important what I’ll do today and that what truly matters.

What music are you currently listening to?
At present I am listening to Brother May’s Meeks and May EP – this is available on CURL recording bandcamp now and set for release on 4th June on all digital outlets – the EP is so great very original and fresh with wordplay and writing skills comparable to the best writers in the world. Also Om Om Om by Micachu (Blue Albi LP) ft Brother May – the song is so good and talks about real political issues we face everyday and how to overcome adversity, which is inspiring – I am also listening to other members of the Curl collective – Tirzah – Send Me, Coby Sey – River, Alpha Maid – Spy

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Manager Spotlight: Amber Chen

17 May 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Amber Chen of Atlas Artists.

How long have you worked in Management? 
I’ve worked professionally in management for a year and a half now. But I’ve been managing friends bands here and there since I was 16!

Who do you manage now?
I work across Celeste, Rachel Chinouriri, newfamiliar, Kam-BU and Gabriels.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?
My first ever management experience was with a band I went to uni with and I was just eager to gain experience in the industry! I went on a UK tour with them and it was so hectic but gave me a whole new perspective on the live industry. I learned a lot from them even though it didn’t work out in the end. They were a really creative fun band and that’s what inspired me to take them on.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you?
A good day at work for me is when I’ve got all my ducks in a row for the next week and I know exactly where my artists need to be and when. But saying that the industry is very unpredictable and we can’t always plan for when things come up. Being able to adapt quickly and problem solve is something I’ve had to get really good at!

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?
I’m really lucky to have had some great moments so far but one of my career highlights has been working on the ‘Plain Jane’ video with Rachel. It was really wholesome and inspiring to be working with so many young creatives and seeing the vision come to life was really special. Celeste’s ‘Not Your Muse’ album going to number 1 is definitely another one which I feel incredibly grateful to have been a part of. During such a hard time of year too it really lifted us up.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?
Covid is definitely still a big challenge for managers in 2021, being able to work around all of this has been difficult. Being able to keep spirits high during a year in which we’ve lost a whole part of the music industry (live music) has been a challenge. However we have learned so much and now that we’ve gone through all of this it makes me feel like we can face any challenge that comes our way!

What music are you currently listening to? I’ve always been a big fan of Brockhampton so their new album ‘Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine’ has been on repeat for me. I’m also loving Deb Never, 070 Shake and Japanese Breakfast.

 

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Manager Spotlight: Cheyenne Walker

10 May 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Cheyenne Walker.

How long have you worked in Management? 

I have been managing for 3 years now.

Who do you manage now?

I started managing Safiyyah in 2019 and muva of Earth in 2020.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

I met Safiyyah in secondary school and knew she was an amazing singer, from her singing in our lunch breaks always. However it wasn’t till I was in my first year in university studying music business that we started working together. I really wanted to start managing artists but was nervous and Safiyyah felt the same about starting her music career. So we both put our trust into each other to see where things would go and so far things are going really well.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you? 

A good day at work for me is attending music sessions with my artists and witnessing great music getting created. A bad day at work for me is having invested time into a campaign or performance to only be canceled due to covid. However the chances of this happening again are hopefully slim.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

Safiyyahs debut EP making it onto Jamz Supernova’s top 5 EP list and Safiyyahs most recent single Free ft Rada produced by Solaariss placing on New Music Fridays playlist. Another great highlight for me was starting working with muva of Earth, I remember shooting one day in a Oxleas Wood in the cold rainy weather with an all female team. It felt so empowering to be working through tough weather conditions and everyone still be so dedicated and resilient.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

I would say the big challenges managers face in 2021 with female rosters is trying to secure festival opportunities. Wireless Festival’s line up is a great example of how male dominated the music industry is, not only for artists but also on the business side. There needs to be more opportunities for female artists.

What music are you currently listening to?

I have been loving, Bina, Nikhil Beats, Dan kye, Sio an amazing artist from Johannesburg, Hiatus Kaiyote and Bellah. Feel free to check out my curated playlists for sweet-than zine on Spotify.

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Manager Spotlight: Ben Price

30 April 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Accelerator Manager Ben Price. 

How long have you worked in Management? 

I’ve been managing artists for around seven years. I was originally working as a tour manager whilst managing a few people on the side, but I’ve been in full-time management for about three years now.

Who do you manage now?

Right now I am looking after Viktoria Modesta, Lachi and Lucy May Walker – quite a varied roster so no one day is ever the same!

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

I took the route many do by originally managing a friend and developing it into a professional situation. I think just having unwavering belief in their ability was the deciding factor. From there with a bit of success it just grew into a situation where I had a few clients.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you? 

I’m obsessed with being on top of things so a good day is that feeling when you’ve got a grip of everything, and your artists are all busy on creative projects. A bad day is being stuck in Zoom meetings all day! I think everyone’s excited for real meetings again.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

I actually think it’s been setting up the new business this year and seeing the reaction to establishing a company working deeply in the disability arts scene. It’s opened up so many relationships and been backed by so many key organisations. I am really grateful for the response and there is so much more to come from us this year.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

I think establishing and maintaining a business model for our artists not based on live income is still the biggest challenge. We’ve all had to pivot pretty quickly and find new income streams. Whether that’s with brand partnerships or NFTs, we’ve always found a way. Also, networking and developing relationships is still a big challenge – online conferences are great, but not the same.

What music are you currently listening to?

My taste is so broad, but right now I am enjoying records by Ethan Gruska, Sorry, Eli Smart, NewDad and Shakey Graves to name a few. I like music that sits in the background nicely while I’m working. I can’t listen to the hits, I’m too easily distracted!

Any project you are working on at the moment you would like to highlight?

Yes! I am currently consulting on the Future of Disability in the Music Industry. I am publishing a report commissioned by Arts Council England in the summer, so I am calling on all music industry workers with disabilities to take my survey.

You can find it here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SMWPTHB

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Manager Spotlight: Angela Mastronardi

26 April 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Angela Mastronardi.

How long have you worked in Management?
On and off for nine years. Straight out of university, I landed my first job as a managerial assistant at Lateral Management, looking after Paloma Faith, Taio Cruz and John Martin. Six years later, I received a call from Steve Jervier inviting me to work with him.  He’s such a legend in the industry and it was such an honour to be asked so, of course, I jumped at the chance.

Who do you manage now? 
Banx & Ranx, Sleepwalkrs and NK.F

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on? 
I was introduced to Sleepwalkrs when he was studying at ACM, Metropolis. At the time, I hadn’t developed my management skills and contacts and couldn’t provide the service he needed. I’m so glad that after all these years, he believed in me and we’re now able to work together.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you? 
I rarely have bad days as I believe everything happens for a reason so if things don’t go to plan, I learn from it and strive to improve. A good day for me is sharing the same excitement and energy for a project with my clients.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date? 
Working and cutting records with artists that I’m a massive fan of (including Sia, Sean Paul, Reve and Alessia Cara).

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021? 
I am a people person so the toughest thing for me was not being able to go out and see clients in person. Other management challenges in general are live music, streaming and the pandemic freeze.

What music are you currently listening to?
I love music that I can sing along to, especially, whilst I’m working on emails or running on the treadmill. I’m currently listening to Alessia Cara, Lana Del Rey, Demi Lovato, Lady Gaga, Marina, Alex Hosking, Karol G, Kalm, Hongza and VC Pines (check out the girl power in that list!).

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Manager Spotlight: Willow Dingwall-Fordyce

19 April 2021

Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Willow Dingwall-Fordyce.

How long have you worked in Management?
Believe it or not I haven’t actually been a manager for a full year yet. Working in royalties/licensing at PRS, marketing at Island Records & as an A&R at Global Records I made so many useful contacts and gained so much industry knowledge that I realised that it would be a wasted opportunity not to utilise my wealth of experience with aspiring artists.

Who do you manage now?
Evalina, Nova May & Olive. I also co-manage Taet with Michael Flakes & Conner Westney and am an A&R consultant to Rak-Su under my MGMT company The Misfits Management Club.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?
Whilst working as an A&R I fell down the rabbit hole of watching youtube covers to find undiscovered talent and came across Nova May’s cover of Britney Spears’s ‘Baby One More Time’ and was absolutely blown away by her gorgeous voice and striking beauty that I knew in that moment that we were destined to work together as I was instantly her biggest fan.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you?
I’m an optimist. There is never a bad day, only a bad mindset. A great day would be any time I get a song back from one of my acts, whether it be a demo, a feature or the final mastered radio edit. Hearing each one fills me an overwhelming sense of pride & excitement.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?
As a former artist myself, I tend to live vicariously through my acts, so any highlight to them is a highlight to me. As we have SO much incredible music coming out this summer, if you were to ask me the same question this time next year the list of highlights would be endless. But so far this year I’ve had Nova May’s debut track signed to prominent a dance label, have organised some huge upcoming collaborations & features for Rak-Su, have seen Evalina & Taet reach monumental streaming numbers into the millions and have had Olive’s track ‘Toy’ be selected & signed by Universal to be part of their 100% her album in partnership with She Said So.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?
I am anxious to see how we will adapt back into live music and touring. We have become so reliant on using spotify and social media to promote new music that it will be very interesting to see if live shows are just as important & necessary now to break new acts and cultivate a fanbase.

What music are you currently listening to?
In the run up to summer it’s all about the DJ’s for me: T.Matthias, XORO, DJ SKT, Yola Recoba, Royale Avenue, Bobby Harvey, Tudor, Movada, Lazy Joe, Alexis Knox, AJ Moreno, Just Kiddin, Tom Ferry, CLIK3D & Kisch.

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Manager Spotlight: Georgia Strawson

09 April 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Georgia Strawson.

How long have you worked in Management?
I’ve worked in management for 6 years now.

Who do you manage now?
I look after IDER, and over the last year I’ve been helping out on a newer project with an artist/producer, who’s yet to be introduced 🙂

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?
I found the IDER ladies before IDER even existed. They were both studying pop music at university. In 2013, they were performing in St Pancras with their uni band as part of a small series called Station Sessions. It just so happened I was passing through whilst they were on stage. I subsequently made contact with them, without any real agenda or idea – I just knew their talent was rare and beautiful. Long story short, we stayed in touch, they graduated and eventually in 2015 the IDER project began, as did my adventure into artist management.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you?
A good day is being able to actually cross several things off my to-do list. I work on my own and sometimes it’s hard to break up the day effectively, because I’m answering to myself; the fact is, if I don’t do something, then it doesn’t get done. It’s a lot, but at the same time, I’m grateful as it means I just have to pull my socks up and deal with it… which is a great way to learn. On the flip side, a bad day can also stem from the fact I work alone – it is truly, unequivocally tough. Sometimes you just need to scream, y’know?

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?
This industry is so hectic. It’s non-stop highs and lows. It might not be a traditional highlight, but pulling through the difficulties and emerging stronger and wiser – you can’t match that.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?
Covid-19 and Brexit aside, (and speaking as an independent manager here), I need the digital world to relax. The metaverse, AR, AI, NFTs, gaming, social media, the list goes on. It’s so much. More often than not, it proves such a headf*ck that by the time you think you’ve understood something, it’s already over and something new has emerged. I love innovation, but the speed at which things are moving is actually terrifying. At this rate they’ll be announcing shows on Mars for 2023.

..Plus, without a substantial budget, a lot of these avenues make for a pretty exclusive club.

What music are you currently listening to?
I love serpentwithfeet and his new record is unreal, he’s such a special artist. A few others would be Mustafa, shygirl, and Hope Tala.

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Manager Spotlight: Rimes

29 March 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Rimes of Just Entertainment.

How long have you worked in Management?

I’ve worked in management for nearly a year now just started during the first lockdown.

Who do you manage now?

Now I have a management company called Just Entertainment alongside the co-founder of Jeremiah Emmanuel. We have a roster that consists of the producer Hargo, aspiring artist Nino SLG, afro beat artist B-Fela and drill artist Kay2B

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

I found my first client through Instagram what inspired me to take them one was they had a really cool hook that I helped   developed into actual song which ended up getting signs of relentless records.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you?

I would say a bad day in the office for me is not getting responses from emails but that’s part of the game and feeling like I haven’t done enough to improve my artists careers. A good day in the office will have to be seeing the growth of something that I’ve done.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

Personally I would say being able to find Nino SLG and build him from the ground to where he is now which I believe is a very good position. He is also releasing an EP very soon.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

I think one of the biggest challenges for manager in 2021 is Covid and not being able to make your artist experience shows because of a lot of artists that are around now have come up during lockdown so they have been born into no-shows so I think it’s about preparing them.

What music are you currently listening to?

I listen to quite a lot of up-and-coming artist so I can’t exactly see what music and I currently listen to but do you like rap caviar on Spotify playlist

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Manager Spotlight: Anthony Faulkner

22 March 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Anthony Faulkner.

How long have you worked in Management? 

I’ve worked in artist management and record label management for over the past two years. I graduated a music business course at BIMM Brighton in 2019. I really wasn’t sure on where I first wanted to be before starting out in music, that didn’t necessarily daunt me too much,  I just knew that I was going to throw myself 100% into anything I got involved in.

I used the time during uni to study and to try out a few different roles between PR, booking agencies and working in clubs but felt my personality and skillset lent itself towards artist and label management.

I now co-run an artist management company called The Wild Seeds with my esteemed colleague James Bullock who started the company in 2016, the roster includes Alexis, Derrick Carter, Guy Andrews, Max Cooper and Rob Clouth. I’m also label manager for an audio/visual and electronica label Mesh that was founded by Max Cooper in 2018.

Who do you manage now?

I represent 2 artists, Alexis and Rob Clouth. I also freelance tour manage for two bands, FUR and Egyptian Blue.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

The first artist I started working with is Rob Clouth, I was inspired to work with Rob as his music pushes the discipline forward of what electronic musicians can achieve. Rob focuses on fusing science, music and art within his sound whilst bringing in a further staggering depth to it all with his background as a software developer by where he incorporates his own homemade plug-ins. Rob describes sound as a block of marble, one that you have to chisel and sculpt to get the outcome you want. I do see it as we both ‘took each other on’, it’s very much a team effort.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you? 

If I’m honest each day has been filled with them in both measures. A good day is seeing the people you work with achieve their artistic and personal goals and helping to push each other each day to do the best work you and they can, and seeing a plan come together, there’s no better rush. The team I work within are all very supportive of one and other and we constantly strive to push each other forward.

A bad day can be letting a bad decision or something not going to plan get the better of you, it can easily happen, well at least for me, I think being kind to yourself can only help that and knowing that things will and do go wrong and how you remedy it with solutions can make up for it. I think some industry attitudes can attribute to a bad day, in which I sometimes fall on the mantra of the late and great Andrew Weatherall, “Don’t let the grubby opportunists get you down”.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

Working with the artists and people I do every day, and growing with them together. I still feel like I’m getting started and the best is hopefully yet to come.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

There’s been quite a few, I really feel for everyone at the moment, it’s been difficult for everyone in so many different ways. I feel the amount of responsibility and all the different aspects the job has now has to encompass can be challenging. The main challenge is for everyone to keep motivated with such a shortage/no form of income without shows, practically impossible for most artists and teams. My door is always open if anyone feels the need to reach out and talk.

What music are you currently listening to?

I’ve been hammering all sorts at the moment, I’ve had the latest Com Truise LP on repeat, dabbled with a lot of Khruangbin, Octo Octa, Alexis, Lone, Upsammy, Anderson.pak, Shed, Orjerime, Logic 1000 and SG Lewis. (also tons of music on the Mesh label… Llyr, Reid Willis, Alex Banks, Rob Clouth, True Peak Limit, Indian Wells and Non Square).

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International Women’s Day Manager Spotlight: Alex Weston

08 March 2021

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For the 8th of March, we’re celebrating International Women’s Day with a very special ‘8 on the 8th’ Music Manager Spotlight Series. Throughout the week we will highlight some incredible managers, here’s our chat with Alex Weston of Riverman Management.

Tell us a bit about yourself!

Riverman (myself and my business partner Dave McLean) started out back in 1989 as concert promoters.  We basically promoted all the grunge bands for many years prior to and post the explosion of grunge. Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine….  Etc etc.

Moved into artist management in 1995 with Placebo who we still manage today. Current roster also includes Wild Beasts, Deaf Havana, Colin MacLeod, One True Pairing (Tom Fleming), Tara Lee, PEAKS and Dougie Poynter. Previously managed Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music, David Sylvian, Evaline (USA), Expatriate…

What is your greatest career success to date?

Career success?  Difficult to say but probably Managing Placebo for 25 years. Also managing the Roxy Music original reunion 51 date world tour. Producing a feature film ‘Schemers’ which was released in January this year.

What has been the most significant challenge you’ve encountered in the industry?

I think the move into a wholly digital world across all areas now. The pressure and knowledge now demanded of managers to be experts in all areas is ridiculous. New tech companies offering new marketing/promotion/streaming/creative/etc etc on a daily basis is mind numbing, time consuming and (for me) rather depressing. It’s probably highly exciting from the young managers now coming through but my passion was always about the music, devouring an album, artwork, credits…. not about technology and algorithms! The first question anyone asks now when you present a new artist is ‘what are the numbers?’ not, can I hear the music.

Who gets your Women’s Day shoutout?

The Riverman team. Dave, Angus and Ginny. We’ve been together for many many years and they’re the people I turn to and trust entirely.

If you could change one thing about how the music industry operates to improve the experience of women, what would it be?

I’ve never personally felt that I’ve been held back or undermined because I’m female and quite honesty I never really spent time contemplating the fact I was one of very few female managers. I just got on with the job and along the way I’ve made some amazing lifelong friends in the music world – both male and female. I’m a big supporter of women in every industry and will argue long and hard about women’s equality. I’m very happy to see so many more women enter the management world.  I think the changes are already happening but I’d certainly like to see more women heading up labels. Major or indie. Rebecca Allen is one of very few women who have achieved this. She’s a great example of why more women should be running these companies. She goes about her business with the right attitude and without fanfare and the need to flex muscles and throw her weight around.  Just gets on with the job. I think women are naturally more empathetic which is a great advantage in this industry, especially dealing with artists. I have actually found a fair number of artists in the last couple of years particularly keen to work with a female manager too which can only be a good sign.

Hopes for the future?

Same as above generally.

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International Women’s Day Manager Spotlight: Lulu Davis

08 March 2021

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For the 8th of March, we’re celebrating International Women’s Day with a very special ‘8 on the 8th’ Music Manager Spotlight Series. Throughout the week we will highlight some incredible managers, here’s our chat with Lulu Davis of Incendia Music.

Tell us a bit about yourself!

Hi, I’m Lulu Davis and I have been running Incendia Music for what will be 10 years this year. I first dipped my toes into artist management when I started University at the age of 18 and have developed a career out of it since. I also work as a publicist and consultant and my focus genres are rock and metal. You can check out our roster at www.incendiamusic.co.uk but my current management roster is Acolyte (AU), Voyager (AU) and Earthside (US).

What is your greatest career success to date?

My greatest achievement is the fact that Incendia Music is still here today, still growing, and still moving forward in a very competitive industry. I’ve progressed as both a businesswoman and an artist manager significantly over the years and a big part of the recent developments and achievements within the company were a result of being a part of the inaugural MMF Accelerator Programme. This was hugely beneficial to me and further developed my music industry education, my network and also access to resources as a manager. There are too many experiences to identify a specific career success but having one of my management clients Voyager shortlisted for the Eurovision Australia nationals was definitely a time when one of my crazy ideas ‘almost’ came to life. Sometimes its the small victories. That in itself was a big achievement for even being acknowledged and being in those conversations. Other things include international touring and record deals, participation in international conferences representing my business, award nominations and wins, significant press coverage, being highlighted as one of Music Week’s Rising Stars; the list goes on. 2021 is set to be a successful year for the business and my roster with new partnerships that I’m yet to announce, which will certainly further cement my capabilities as an artist manager. Ostensibly I’m thrilled to be working with teams that share the same vision as me, and that in itself I consider a success.

What has been the most significant challenge you’ve encountered in the industry?

I’m frequently confronted with challenging situations in this career choice and I’m sure there are still many to come. What was a challenge to me at the beginning of my career is likely no longer a challenge now, or maybe I’m confronting the same challenges but on a higher level. These challenges have been at times personal, and they have also been business related, both of which are relevant when it comes to trying to integrate yourself in a male dominated industry. But weirdly enough this didn’t phase me, it just made me want to succeed even more. Ultimately I try to let professionalism and common sense prevail because at the end of the day I stand here with conviction and confidence in my decisions, and that I am a hard working individual who wants only the best for her artists. I think initially I struggled with people taking me seriously because I was “running a business” at the age of 19, and I consistently put myself in front of industry moguls and forward for opportunities that people way more experience than me were going for, which raised a lot of eyebrows. Some called it naive, some called it ambitious – but how was I ever going to learn unless I taught myself these lessons? I had nobody mentoring me so I just did what I felt I had to do and if that meant flying to LA to speak on a panel about the challenges of working with smaller bands then that’s what I emptied my bank account to do.  But apparently if you keep doing this over the course of 10 years people eventually build respect for you as you consistently show up and prove you’re not going anywhere, and that you’re invested in this career for the right reasons and not just for guest list (haha). There have equally been times I’ve had to walk away from a great opportunity because I felt like both my clients and I were being taken advantage of and although that is hard, it is also very empowering to be able to say no.

Who gets your Women’s Day shoutout?

There is a woman that has supported me since before I started Incendia Music and that person is Nelly Liger from The Noise Cartel. I interned at The Noise Cartel when I just started Uni and this was my first insight into PR and radio plugging. Nelly was always very encouraging and approachable and has always been very complimentary of my tenacity and my achievements over the years.  We don’t speak all of the time, but she is a constant inspiration to me and I love following her career. Not only is she incredibly bad-ass, she is a full time working mother who is constantly smashing goals and currently has a roster to die for. I could not be happier seeing her success and how she is breaking that glass ceiling as a radio plugger, and I can’t wait until there’s an opportunity for us to work directly together again hopefully in the not too distant future. 

I also want to shout out to the amazing female musicians and industry I work with on a day to day basis, you constantly motivate and inspire me and I’m very grateful to be surrounded by such strong empowering women.

If you could change one thing about how the music industry operates to improve the experience of women, what would it be?

I think over the years I’ve seen a positive (albeit very slow) progression in the way women are treated as professionals or how many women are actively involved in being a part of the industry. We’ve still got a long way to go as sexism is still very much a hot topic and rightly so, but my own professional day to day experience between now vs 2011 is that I work with many more women on a daily basis and that I am treated with more respect now than I ever was (overall anyway, there are exceptions, believe me!). I think from a management perspective it would be great if powerful or more experienced male figures were more encouraging and open to doing business with not just a woman, but also women that are potentially a lot younger than them. Giving a bit of guidance and support when women are in those earlier stages of their career, not just when they’ve slogged their guts out trying to get through the door. I’ve been reading a lot recently about why there is a disparity between women who leave a career at a certain age or stay in mid-level positions vs those who progress to senior level positions. I think one of those reasons is not being presented with enough opportunities to prove themselves or enough financial compensation for their work in comparison to their male counterparts. Maybe flexibility is also an issue, particularly if a woman wants to have a family for example. I just think an open discussion about the tribulations women currently face and what the industry can do to encourage career growth beyond a certain point would be a great place to start. 

Hopes for the future?

I hope for more inclusivity, more diversity, more equal treatment and more opportunities for women in the industry overall. I’d love to see a shift in how many women strive to be artist managers within the rock and metal world and to see more women in senior positions at labels. It’s great to see the media industry thriving with more women working in marketing, PR, journalism etc but there is still slower progress on the management front, at least from my perspective. I feel like I’ve had quite an interesting seat to observe from over the years but since I come from a mindset of optimism and hope, I can only say that I’m excited for the next 10 years and I’m cautiously confident that women will overcome many different looking adversities in the future, knowing that they have more of a support network now moreso than there ever has been. If I can even play a small role in opening a door for the future generation of aspiring female managers in rock and metal, I’d consider it an honour to do so.

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International Women’s Day Manager Spotlight: Phoebe Gold

08 March 2021

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For the 8th of March, we’re celebrating International Women’s Day with a very special ‘8 on the 8th’ Music Manager Spotlight Series. Throughout the week we will highlight some incredible managers, here’s our chat with Phoebe Gold.

Tell us a bit about yourself!

I’m Phoebe Gold, a 26 year old music manager from London. I’ve been working in management for about 3 years now, although I studied music at university and have been really invested in the industry for almost 6 years. I founded my own management company in 2019. My roster consists of an upcoming artist called tendai, a producer/DJ called Tommy Gold and an emerging Bay Area artist called kezia.

What is your greatest career success to date?

The answer to this is forever changing! I think, at this moment in time, it’s been getting to a place in my career that I’m now able to only work with artists whose music I really love. I listen to their music out of choice! I’ve paid my dues of working in different genres of music to learn the ropes and get a well-rounded view on the industry, but I feel like it’s a big achievement to be building something of my own with artists whose music and talent genuinely brings me joy.

What has been the most significant challenge you’ve encountered in the industry?

The music industry is definitely still a boys’ club. Women are making amazing moves to rise up the ranks, but harassment and misogyny are still rife. I was sexually assaulted by someone who worked in music when I started out in the industry, and when I eventually acknowledged it publicly, the response from women was amazing, but it was met with silence from almost all of the men who I know. The majority would prefer to turn a blind eye. 

Who gets your Women’s Day shoutout?

My lawyer, Olivia Aikins. She never makes me feel stupid for asking her hundreds of questions and supports me professionally and emotionally in everything I do. 

If you could change one thing about how the music industry operates to improve the experience of women, what would it be?

Consequences for misogynoir. Consequences for racism. Consequences for misogyny. Consequences for sexual assault. Women have historically had to learn to live with these things in this industry because they’re so common. That shouldn’t be our norm anymore. 

Hopes for the future?

More women at the top. More women managers. In my mind, it makes the most sense for artists to be managed by people who can relate to them. I’d love for there to be a new generation of young black female managers; it’s our time. 

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International Women’s Day Manager Spotlight: Shikayla Nadine

08 March 2021

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For the 8th of March, we’re celebrating International Women’s Day with a very special ‘8 on the 8th’ Music Manager Spotlight Series. Throughout the week we will highlight some incredible managers, here’s our chat with Shikayla Nadine.

Tell us a bit about yourself!

An Artist Manager for singer songwriter Rebecca Garton and singer, songwriter, rapper & producer Levelle London under her company SN Music Management; Shikayla Nadine is slowly beginning to make a footprint in the music industry. She began her journey into the music industry 8 years ago as an artist management assistant for the manager of American Rapper Waka Flocka Flame. After realising her passion for artist management, she went on to study Music Business and Brand Marketing at Buckinghamshire New university. Throughout her journey she has worked and collaborated on projects such as Girls I rate and Kid bop UK and also with artists such as Kojey Radical, Ruffsqwads Fuda Guy, Angel and many more. As well as artist management Shikayla expresses her love and appreciation of black music through hosting her own radio show. Hosting the Midday with Kay Show, she prides herself on helping to push new and upcoming artists to the forefront.

What is your greatest career success to date?

Having my artist sign to a major label, and then working on the female collaboration “All Me pt 2” which highlighted, female UK R&B singers.

What has been the most significant challenge you’ve encountered in the industry?

Navigating the industry as a woman has been a challenge, especially as a black woman in such a white male dominated space. Being heard and taken seriously as a businesswoman has been a huge challenge as were often overlooked or assumed to be ‘the help’.

Who gets your Women’s Day shoutout?

Whit Asomani – Whit has been super supportive, when I’ve needed advice on how to advance my career. She’s Also a marketing genius, Working on launches, events and strategies with my artist. Her work ethic is inspiring!

If you could change one thing about how the music industry operates to improve the experience of women, what would it be?

Listen and believe the experiences of women when they have the courage to speak up about them.

Hopes for the future?

More Female Heads of Labels, More women of colour in top position in the industry.

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International Women’s Day Manager Spotlight: Kaiya Milan

08 March 2021

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For the 8th of March, we’re celebrating International Women’s Day with a very special ‘8 on the 8th’ Music Manager Spotlight Series. Throughout the week we will highlight some incredible managers, here’s our chat with Kaiya Milan of Off Balance Group.

Tell us a bit about yourself!

I currently run Off Balance Group and personally manage three acts including; Steam Down, Afronaut Zu & Ahnansé. I have currently been managing for the last 6 and a half years and have worked within the music industry 8 years nearly.

What is your greatest career success to date?

My greatest career success to date would have to be keeping my artists both busy and sane during the pandemic. I think remaining grounded in the midst of chaos is something that we often overlook but the last year has taught us that adapting, being able to recenter both yourself and your acts and still standing through all this is a success in itself.

What has been the most significant challenge you’ve encountered in the industry?

The most significant challenge I have encountered in the industry has been being undervalued and overlooked due to being a young, woman of colour. Far too often does race, age and gender play a part in people’s preconceptions of your value, experience or knowledge within the music industry – and I have experienced this first hand in my journey as an artist manager.

Who gets your Women’s Day shoutout?

The person who inspires me most would have to be my mother first and foremost – thanks Mum! And the person who supports me as a professional manager most would have to be the incredible Wozzy Brewster OBE – artist manager and founder of the Midi Music Company. I have never really had an industry mentor before, but Wozzy has really taken me under her wing, and I have learned and gained so much from her unique experiences and insight.

If you could change one thing about how the music industry operates to improve the experience of women, what would it be?

If I could change one thing, it would be having more women and specifically women of colour in senior roles and positions of influence, to not only inspire the next generation but make safer and more inclusive environments for both management and talent. 

Hopes for the future?

My hopes for the future for women in the music industry would be to have more unity and sisterhood amongst us. I want us to look out for each other more, to support each other more, so we can grow and develop together. 

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International Women’s Day Manager Spotlight: Denise Allan

08 March 2021

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For the 8th of March, we’re celebrating International Women’s Day with a very special ‘8 on the 8th’ Music Manager Spotlight Series. Throughout the week we will highlight some incredible managers, here’s our chat with Denise Allan of 677 Media Management.

Tell us a bit about yourself!

I am a Director at 677 Media Management and we have been in business for 14 years. Our clients include Glasvegas, Freakwave, Lamaya, Cherry and Steph Johnstone.

What is your greatest career success to date?

Taking Glasvegas to platinum success with over 300,000 album sales in the UK.

What has been the most significant challenge you’ve encountered in the industry?

The lines between personal life and professional life can be easily blurred. Its ingrained in the culture to be accessible 24/7 but its not sustainable. I’m still grappling with how best to look after my mental well being and have a more balanced work/life relationship.

Who gets your Women’s Day shoutout?

Honestly, its my kids nursery in Dennistoun, Glasgow! Sorry thats quite UN-RocknRoll, but without their understanding and early support there would be no management career for me. I am forever grateful.

If you could change one thing about how the music industry operates to improve the experience of women, what would it be?

In big bold writing TARGETED SUPPORT FOR MOTHERS!!! So they stop having to choose either to be a parent or having a career in music.

Hopes for the future?

Like the rest of the UK women are underrepresented in Scotland too. There are 2 maybe 3 other full time female music managers that have children. My dream is that one day I’ll turn up to a showcase in Glasgow and recognise a great plethora of fellow female (or those who identify as female) music industry executives and live crew in the venue. All different ages, filling the room with perfume, high pitched chatter and big bouncy hair.

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International Women’s Day Manager Spotlight: Jill Hollywood

08 March 2021

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For the 8th of March, we’re celebrating International Women’s Day with a very special ‘8 on the 8th’ Music Manager Spotlight Series. Throughout the week we will highlight some incredible managers, here’s our chat with Jill Hollywood of Echo Beach Management.

Tell us a bit about yourself!

Echo Beach Management is a busy and successful management company, guiding the careers of writers, producers and engineers. We represent some globally successful producers – Jacknife Lee/ Cam Blackwood/ MyRiot / Chris Zane / Ash Workman as well as some of the best and most successful mix engineers such as Ash Howes and Dave Bascombe. I am also extremely proud to represent Lorna Blackwood who is an incredible vocal producer and works with some of the biggest names in pop – Dua Lipa, Ellie Goulding, George Ezra, Mabel etc. We work with a diverse range of talent but are always looking to collaborate with artists who prioritise pushing the boundaries of pop music, rather than chasing chart success. 

What is your greatest career success to date?

Setting up my own company in 2016 was hugely challenging but really rewarding. Prior to that I had always worked for someone else and was lucky enough to work with real visionaries like the late Jazz Summers at Big Life. I learnt a lot during those years but working for yourself and being able to steer your ship whichever way you want is the best! The other thing I am proud of is how long I have been working with my clients – some of them for over 15 years. It’s been a real privilege to share their successes and navigate a path through the tougher times.

What has been the most significant challenge you’ve encountered in the industry?

Definitely getting established as a music professional when I first started working for record companies. I was scouting for a major publisher and then a large indie for 8 years (prior to management) and it was tough to be taken seriously. This was back in the late 90s and there was definitely a whiff of a masculine work culture at an executive level. It’s been great to see brilliant female executives like Rebecca Allen, Kim Franciewisz and Alison Donald reaching top levels at major corporations.

Who gets your Women’s Day shoutout?

Having a posse of super smart female managers around me that I can bounce ideas off and ask questions when I’m unsure of a scenario is a godsend! Sandy Dworniak, Hannah Joseph, Celia McCamley, Polly Comber, Vicky Dowdall are all amazingly creative and so hardworking. Watching their successes is always inspiring to me.

If you could change one thing about how the music industry operates to improve the experience of women, what would it be?

Definitely having more women running companies. At the risk of sounding sexist (!), seems to me that women have a more holistic approach to managing their teams. Issues of juggling childcare with work in the music business are really demanding as you are expected to work long hours and lots of evenings. For women to be able to rise up through the ranks they will need support through their 30s and 40s when the have young children and having a boss that has experienced that juggle and is willing to accommodate that is vital.

Hopes for the future?

To see a lot more women producers and mixers coming through. Currently they represent about 2% of the genecpool which is terrible. Technology has really helped democratise the production process and there are some incredible female artists that are producing their own records now… FKA Twigs, Christine & The Queens, King Princess, Maggie Rogers, Saint Vincent to name a few. It’s going to be exciting to see some of them transition to producing records for other artists. 

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International Women’s Day Manager Spotlight: Jackie Davidson

07 March 2021

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For the 8th of March, we’re celebrating International Women’s Day with a very special ‘8 on the 8th’ Music Manager Spotlight Series. Throughout the week we will highlight some incredible managers, first out is Jackie Davidson of JD Management. 

Tell us a bit about yourself!

I’ve been a manager for quite some time now, nurturing and developing careers for a range of talented creatives in the industry, including artists, producers and songwriters. I run JD Management and our current roster includes prolific songwriter Wayne Hector, multi-faceted artist Samm Henshaw, the wonderfully creative duo WESLEE, the incredible songwriter and producer Josh Grant and the versatile songwriter Emma DD. We also have a couple of other creatives in development.

What is your greatest career success to date?

I’d say my biggest success/achievement is what I’ve built with Wayne Hector. I’ve been blessed to have worked with him over the years and our growth together has been really humbling and exciting.

What has been the most significant challenge you’ve encountered in the industry?

The lack of opportunities for women generally across the industry is something I’ve had to deal with since I joined the business, and more specifically the lack of opportunities for black women. I have seen privilege afforded to others that was not extended to myself, and I have been overlooked for things as a result. For this reason I’ve taken it upon myself to promote and encourage diversity/inclusion in the industry wherever I can, so that things are fairer, regardless of your gender and regardless of the colour of your skin. 

Who gets your Women’s Day shoutout?

I’m fortunate and blessed to know all 4 of these wonderful ladies:

Sylvia Rhone, who has paved the way for so many black women with what she has accomplished, she’s powerful, she’s a woman of integrity, and is an encyclopaedia of the business. She’s a real trailblazer and an inspiration to many, including myself.

Dyana Williams is a pioneer and an award-winning powerhouse who I’m grateful to call her a friend. She’s helped me to understand the importance of my voice and how I can instil inspiration into others myself.

Ethiopia Habtemariam has had an incredible journey and it’s amazing to see her recent promotion to Chairman and CEO of Motown Records.

Shani Gonzales has an incredible business mentality with limitless A&R skills and knowledge. She’s a real dealmaker and has an amazing eye for talent across all genres.

We have some of powerful black women in America and it would be amazing for the UK business to follow suit.

If you could change one thing about how the music industry operates to improve the experience of women, what would it be?

It would be great to see an equal and level playing field. I feel that opportunities should be open to all and based on merit before anything else, and in conjunction with this, it’s important for us to pay women correctly so we can reduce the gender pay gap. It is time for us to nurture women behind the scenes in creating music; we should shine a spotlight on the female songwriters and female producers out there, and provide them with the right opportunities to grow and build successful careers.

Hopes for the future?

I’d love to see more women in more influential positions across the various aspects of the industry – whether it’s publishing, producing, DSPs, songwriting, radio plugging, managing, booking, or elsewhere.

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Manager Spotlight: Bronagh Monahan

05 March 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Bronagh Monahan.

How long have you worked in Management? 

I’ve been a digital-first talent manager for six years now, I started out at Gleam Futures representing some of the top YouTube talent in the UK and then after two brilliant years decided to go freelance and pave my own way. My original dream was to pursue a career as a singer-songwriter, I trained as a classical pianist and singer in Belfast and then in Glasgow, but once I moved to London I realised, through a series of lucky breaks and hard work, that I had a knack for scouting out next generation talent on the internet. My company is set up to nurture creatives & artists across all different genres. In music, I represent the amazing 18 year-old singer-songwriter Yaz Caramanli.

Who do you manage now?

I manage a roster of digital-first talent all with an expertise or creative talent in their own right. Yaz Caramanli is my only music client and she’s got massive potential. She started out on YouTube when she was 14 growing really quickly numbers wise (a quarter of a million YouTube subscribers at 14 now at 750,000 and 1.5 million across her other channels). We’ve worked hard to ensure that that really quick exposure didn’t distract from her having a normal teenage life and having the headspace to focus on school. In the past year she’s been in fantastic producer sessions to develop her sound. She also came up with some music formats like YazMix, where she writes original verses to popular songs, one of which got shared by Bebe Rexha. It’s a simple idea but it shows her audience that she can write and is a fantastic way to collaborate with mainstream artists.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

Yaz was my first client. We originally met when I was at Gleam and when I went freelance we kept in touch and I was lucky enough to get to work with her again in my own company. Yaz inspired me because she’s an artist and singer like me and is always thinking about the long term goal of having a successful career in music. She has never been fixated on how many followers she has and I think that’s why it hasn’t gone to her head. I’ve always dreamed of finding a talent like Yaz on YouTube who truly is a quadruple threat. She can sing, she can write music, she’s got an amazing look and she gets what young people want to listen to. I’m excited to bring more creative partners on board her journey once we start to release her music, and I know her audience can’t wait to come to see her live when that day comes.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you? 

A good day for me is when I get deals over the line with partners who get what I do and want to creatively collaborate. Whether that’s a production company or broadcaster looking for new talent, a publisher who believes they’ve got as much kudos on video as they do in the book world, or a music producer/A&R who sees the potential in working with digital first talent and wants to make music, that’s the dream. We’ve got so much to learn from each other.

A bad day is if I have an unhappy client. For me that’s my worst nightmare. It very rarely happens but of course perfection isn’t realistic, things go tits up and someone gets pissed off. But I’m grateful that I’ve got very good relationships and it’s nothing a phone call and some crisis management can’t sort out.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

When Yaz put out her song Blood on her YouTube channel at the end of last year I was bursting with pride. It was the first time her audience saw her in a different light and got to hear her perform original music and our first music video that we had worked on together. I also just absolutely love that song and remember it being one of the first that she sent me on voicenote and I thought, hey I’ve landed myself an artist here.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

From having conversations with various managers and people at labels it sounds like building a following is one of the biggest challenges for a new artist. I can’t imagine how frustrating it must be for musicians who naturally come alive on stage, having to totally rethink their strategy of building a fanbase. I know how fortunate Yaz is to have such a big online following at this stage in her career, but it also comes with its own challenges as our aim will be to convert her followers into listeners and ticket buyers. It’s so easy to like a post on Instagram, but where you truly connect with your fans is in that live setting, which I can’t wait to see Yaz in.

What music are you currently listening to?

Looking at my Spotify history it’s a real mix, which I know is what people always say but to give you this past week I’ve been listening to Billie Eilish (amazing documentary on AppleTV, what an icon), Claudia Valentina (very good new artist signed to Tap MGMT of course), Barry Can’t Swim (a producer friend of mine), Celeste (Stop This Flame, Strange are absolute belters) Mark Ronson (Late Night Feelings, a triumph of an album with some of my favourite singers; Yebba, Lykke Li, Miley Cyrus).

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Manager Spotlight: Gavin Green (Good Eye Ent)

01 March 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Gavin Green of Good Eye Ent.

How long have you worked in Management? 

I’ve worked in management for around 10 years taking breaks for other business ventures.

Who do you manage now?

Currently I manage producers Chris Rich Beats, Love Life and Ayetm. Alongside these, I’m managing KFROMKWAY, an upcoming artist from Oxford.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

I was introduced to Dan (NoManners) by mutual friends who were talent scouting alongside me; he was 16 at the time. His song writing ability for that age was above average and it really caught my ear.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you? 

A good day would be spent in the studio producing a potential hit and seeing the positive reactions of others in the studio. On the other hand, a bad day would be plans not going ahead after arrangements have been made, especially when artists/producers have travelled already and as a manager I’m left responsible.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

It would be hard to pinpoint but it’s got to be between Chris being nominated for breakthrough producer or successfully negotiating a 6 figure deal, after a single track release- this can often take years.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

Finding new ways to make money through music during the restrictions, especially around shows and the loss of live income.

What music are you currently listening to?

Drill mainly as it is so current, being one of the main genres in the UK. Wizkid, his latest album has been on a repeat since its release and not to forget Unknown T- looking forward to his next project.

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Manager Spotlight: James Foster

25 February 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is James Foster.

How long have you worked in Management? 

This year has will be my 10 year anniversary working as an artist manager.

Who do you manage now?

Currently I manage Koven and I’ve got my eye on a number of up-and-coming acts.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

Koven were my first client! I was running a record label at University called 2 Much Bass Records around the big Dubstep surge in 2009-2012. Max from Koven sent me a demo called “Let It All Out” – I thought this track was too good for my Label and I pitched the idea of management to him if I managed to get it signed to a bigger/better label. We successfully placed the track onto a Dubstep compilation with Ministry Of Sound called ‘Dirty Bass’. We’ve been working ever since basically 24/7.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you? 

A good day would be having a solid hour or two of exercise in the morning followed by a rewarding day i.e seeing the outcome/results of project we put into motion some weeks or months prior. There’s nothing more rewarding that spending months working on a project or activation and then seeing it through with everyone being happy with the results and being proud of their work. A bad day would be not meeting the expectations I set myself for a task/project/activity.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

Releasing Koven’s debut album ‘Butterfly Effect’ last year on March 13th 2020 without a doubt. Granted the year didn’t go the way we planned, with touring plans cancelled etc. However, I’m still incredibly proud of what we managed to achieve as everyone involved worked so hard and it was really successful.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

In my opinion it’s going to be the biggest challenge any manager faces on a daily basis and that’s managing expectations with internal an external clients (artists / labels / publishers / promoters / merch managers / etc) – everyone has a part to play. We (the music industry) have been dealt a pretty crappy hand this past year and we continue to face new challenges every day. From; revenue streams to potential implications of touring internationally. I strongly believe that the majority of decisions made this year weather they are creative or business related need to have realistic targets set.

What music are you currently listening to?

Although I work in Electronic on a daily basis my roots are in Rock and Metal, thats how I managed to transit into Dubstep in the early days of my career. I’ve been abolutely loving my discover weekly on Spotify and have been listening to a lot of; Sleep TokenArchitects & If These Trees Could Talk.

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Manager Spotlight: Rachel Millar

12 February 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Accelerator Manager Rachel Millar.

How long have you worked in Management? 

I’ve been managing for approaching 4 years! I came from a background in event production, producing the London Jazz Festival alongside major UK tours and stand alone shows with Serious. Having also previously worked at The Leaf Label and been a musician myself, it felt like the natural progression for me and I haven’t looked back!

Who do you manage now?

I currently manage saxophone/clarinet player, composer and band leader Shabaka Hutchings, his two projects Mercury Prize nominated Sons of Kemet, South African group Shabaka & the Ancestors, and my most recent addition to the roster is Cuban trumpeter Yelfris Valdes. Yelfris has collaborated with some insane artists such as Buena Vista Social Club, Quantic, Stormzy, Billy Harper to name a few but his solo project is the one to watch!

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

When I was about 19 I was down in London for a gig and linked with drummer Seb Rochford and I remember him saying there was the new player on the scene called Shabaka Hutchings and to watch out for him. Little did I know that our careers would collide at various points from then on. Initially we worked together when I was at The Leaf Label and Shabaka was playing in Melt Yourself Down, then on multiple occasions during my time with Serious/LJF. When the time came to take the leap into management a mutual friend informed me Shabaka was looking for a manager and after a few conversations we decided to embark on this journey together. Having watched Shabaka grow over the years, interacted and worked with him in different settings, I knew I respected his work ethic, personality and of course loved his music, so it felt like our approaches to, and perspectives on, the industry were very aligned and a natural fit.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you? 

A good day is when plans and projects progress and start to come into fruition, or even better watching them actually play out! The days that are creative, collaborative and on-the-ground are definitely my favourite.
A bad day is spent on email fire-fighting, chasing people… or accounting!

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

This is hard but probably Sons of Kemet being nominated for and performing at the Mercury Prize 2018, resulting in a full standing ovation from the room. It was pretty emotional.

Sons of Kemet at Glastonbury and headlining Somerset House Summer Stage in 2019 is up there too!

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

Finding new and alternative income routes for your artists and yourself! Learning how these new business models work and how the industry is changing. I think every manager is used to being flexible, adapting, handling last minute changes and general stress but 2021, off the back of 2020, is going to push people to their limits and staying positive and motivated is going to be a big challenge for some.

What music are you currently listening to?

This week I’ve been listening to a lot of J Dilla, it would have been his birthday on the 7th and I find his music is like a comfort blanket for me when i’m feeling overwhelmed (with music choices or life).

More generally, Ambrose Akinmusire, fellow Accelerator manager artists Puma Blue and The Staves, JPEGMAFIA, plus the new unreleased Sons of Kemet album and EP from Yelfris Valdes (perks of the job!)

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Manager Spotlight: Tony Crean

08 February 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Tony Crean!

How long have you worked in Management? 

20 years, still not sure how that happened, before that I worked for indie labels in press and marketing for 10 years.

Who do you manage now?

I work with Fleet River, mainly as part of The Chemical Brothers management team, over the years artists worked with have included Hot Chip, The Avalanches, Alexis Taylor, The 2 Bears, Ladytron, Goldfrapp and The Shortwave Set.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

First management job was Goldfrapp, after a meeting with Mute’s Daniel Miller who sold me on them before I’d heard a tune, then by chance a very old mate Dave Harper asked me to help him out for a bit on the management, worked with them for 10 years and am still amazed by the music they create, proper artists, taught me a lot about respecting the musicians creativity and fighting their corner (while holding your own…;)

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you? 

A bad day is one spent on email, fire-fighting or problem-solving. A good day is one spent probably doing the same, but face to face, seeing plans work out, and music being heard. And being at a gig with mates.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

Watching The Chems blow Glastonbury and the O2 away last year. Hard to even begin to describe those shows in these days. One day soon.
Before that, probably getting to work with Van Dyke Parks on second The Shortwave Set album (a great lost classic). Goldfrapp at the Albert Hall.
And the new album by The Avalanches means a lot too.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

Where to start…getting paid, keeping positive, connecting to a real audience, probably most important is maintaining audience & media attention on the artist which was hard enough before and is now a real challenge, has to be  turned into a driver of creativity and quality.

What music are you currently listening to?

Promised myself once again that this would finally be the year that I properly got into jazz…so a fair bit of Coltrane as well as a lot of the new UK stuff as recommended by my friends at Sounds of the Universe.

And mainly been kept going by the great djs and selectors every night from The Social (@sociallondon), especially the ace @petefowlerart who has done every friday since start of lockdown 01, plus James Endeacott in the mornings on Soho Radio, and all the great records the legendary Heavenly Records keep putting out (check out Katy J Pearson, Working Mens Club, Caixa Cubo and the brilliant book ‘Believe in Magic – the first 30 years’ by Robin Turner).

Plus the great ambient series by Richard Norris and Night Tracks on Radio 3 (and pretty much anything by Hannah Peel). And that new Avalanches album. Genius and properly life-affirming in the very best way.

Anything that does the job the hour demands.

As Mr Weatherall said, Fail we may, Sail we must.

Keep on keeping on, thanks to the MMF for all the support as ever.

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Manager Spotlight: Clare Wright

01 February 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Accelerator manager Clare Wright!

How long have you worked in Management? 

Six years ago I started to take on my own clients however I’ve been in management for 12 years working my way from the bottom up.

Who do you manage now?

I manage 4 artists. JFDR from Iceland, Æ MAK from Ireland, Eliza Shaddad and Esya from the UK.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

My first client on my current roster, JFDR, was introduced to me by my long term colleague and friend Dean O’Connor from Big Dipper. He asked me to co-manage her with him and I just could not resist. She’s a dream to work with as are all my artists.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you? 

A good day is receiving new demos, mixes, artwork – anything creative. All four women I work with are incredibly talented in all aspects of their craft and I’m always excited and invigorated to hear/see anything new coming in. I genuinely adore speaking to each of my artists too so our catch ups are always fun for me. I’ve been careful to work with artists that appreciate my creative input too so quite often our calls are colourful and positive. A bad day is when I get struck down with a bout of imposter syndrome. It’s something a lot of us have to deal with but talking about it helps.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

Growing my roster and really carefully choosing who I work with and the artists in return choosing me. JFDR winning Icelandic artist of the year, Esya signing to Mute Song, Eliza Shaddad delivering her latest incredible record and Æ MAK performing on a TV show that I can’t announce just yet are just a few of the highlights of the last 12 months for me.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

I think not being able to be in the same room as my clients is a minor challenge. Two of my artists I’ve never even met human to human – we have no idea what each other smell like! Hopefully this will change as the year progresses. And of course live and not touring is tricky – it is such a stream of revenue for artists be it festivals / merch + simply growing your fanbase on the ground. So thinking of innovative ways for your artists to continue to make a living. The marketing side of your brain has to be totally switched on.

What music are you currently listening to?

I’ve been listening to my roster a lot lately as we are going to be releasing loads of new music this year. I also run Sigur Rós’ record label, Krunk, and have been listening to a huge amount of composer/artist Alex Somers who is on the label. I’m the type of person that gets obsessed with an artist and then listens on repeat. Forever. Always on repeat for me are Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Big Thief, Yves Tumor, Blood Orange, Fiona Apple, Sonic Youth, Frank Ocean, Sharon Van Etten, Phoebe Bridgers, Moses Sumney, Lana del Rey and Tyler the Creator. New artists that i’m really loving are Anaiis and Gugusar.

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Manager Spotlight: Des Agyekumhene

24 January 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Des Agyekumhene!

How long have you worked in Management? 

Since 2013 after going to the Ultimate Seminar and realising that what I was doing was called management and not just “helping artists out”.

Who do you manage now?

ZaddywithabaddyCally JaneNukiyo (Jeff NangSegun)

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

Found a 14 year old kid called Rhyan in Novacane studios in south London. As a teenager, he wrote and sang like a wise old beautiful soul. We signed him to RCA but he fell out of love with making music. That was a great lesson early on in my career… learning who really wants it, who really loves it, who respects the business side of music and the right amount of pressure to apply to your artists. As music is like a fart. If you have to force it, it’s probably sh*t.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you? 

Good day, sat on my mac sending emails. Bad day, sat on my mac mindlessly on Twitter/Instagram. Trying to stay focused can be a challenging, even more so in lockdown.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

There’s been too many highlights to state (from the numerous times mgmt has taken me abroad, to the amazing people I’ve met along the way…) but what’s been a special highlight has to be the catalyst that inspired my career… Seeing how a song from an artist I managed get picked up and used as a soundtrack to bring awareness to the issue of albino orphans being sold on the black market in Tanzania. That was the tipping point for me which made me realise music can be used for more than just having a great time. But for having real cultural impact.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?

Understanding the new business models available to make alternative income for your artists… there are multiple industries within the music industry, so don’t be afraid to explore and try new platforms. “If you want something you’ve never had, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done” comes to mind.

What music are you currently listening to?

Currently listening to my private playlist called “Skip?? Never!”… here were the songs played on shuffle whilst I was answering these questions:

Robert Glasper – Of Dreams To Come

Killswitch Engage – My Curse

Alison Kraus & Union State – Miles To Go

Pa Salieu – B***k

Snoh Alegra – Whoa

John Mayer – Stop This Train

Bebel Gilberto – August Day Song

Gretchen Parlato – Holding Back the Years

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Manager Spotlight: Tom Nicol (Only Helix)

11 January 2021

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Tom Nicol!

How long have you worked in Management? 
Personally, my career in management is relatively new, but the wider Only Helix collective has management experience that goes back fifteen years. I’ve tour managed Years & Years, The 1975, Of Monsters and Men, Anne-Marie and Savages to name a few, so have been fortunate enough to learn from some of the best managers out there. Only Helix has been a production company for a while and decided to grow the management leg about twelve months ago after working with some artists we got really excited about.

Who do you manage now?

Only Helix looks after a mix of new and more established artists, spanning across producers, writers and performers, many of whom also work collaboratively with each other on projects. Steven Down and I are working closely with Andy Spence a like minded manager with a wealth of experience combining our strengths. Currently on our roster we represent Beanie Bhebhe (Artist/songwriter), YinYang (Artist),  Ashton Miranda (Songwriter/producer/MD), Tom Cane (producer/MD) and Alex Arcoleo (producer).

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?
Working as Anne-Marie’s TM I met Ashton Miranda her musical director and was instantly drawn to his musical talents. The first time he played me a Charlie XCX remix he’d done I was blown away with the possibilities and how fun it could be to work with him. Ashton has remixed some of the biggest artists out there such as Ed Sheeran, Rudimental, Mabel and Clean Bandit clocking up millions of streams. What excites me the most is his song writing, I truly believe he will be one of the biggest songwriters coming out of the UK in the next couple of years. We’ve worked together in so many guises now that we’re well aware of each other’s way of working and how best to work together which makes it a great combination.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you? 
The last ten months or so have been a bit of a different beast, the lack of live shows and touring has meant theres been a lot more time to focus on new projects in development, and be around more to invest time in Tom Cane and YinYang who are really starting from scratch. A lot of time on the phone, and in the studio when we’ve been able to do that safely, and just generally a lot more time with the artists themselves (mostly virtually of course) which has been really productive.
A good day is when you feel like something has really been finished.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?
Finding new artist Yinyang and putting her into the studio with Tom, Laurens first single has attracted R1 love, 2021 is going to be a great year for her.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2021?
Live is a huge part of an artist’s income, and so the big question mark over when touring and live shows will be back is going to cause a lot of challenges, particularly for brand new artists of course. The sheer volume of new music being released independently or through labels online in the last 6-10 months too has meant that it’s a pretty challenging marketplace. Getting people out there and noticed is going to be tougher too, which is saying something.

What music are you currently listening to
Christmas at home was a great time to revisit a lot of classics like Chemical Brothers, Four Tet and Bicep. Deftones latest record has been my go to when running. Otherwise Rival Consoles, Ben Lukas Boysen, and actually anything on Erased Tapes always has time in our house. Fontaines D.C. were a firm favourite of last summer and Jehnny Beth’s ‘To Love is to Live’ and Sigur Ros ‘Valtari’ have been played more than is cool to admit over the past few weeks. Looking at it, it’s quite a moody playlist.

Only Helix are looking for like minded managers that have a passion for music and already work with uncompromising artists to become a member of a new management collective. If you would like learn more get in touch with Tom on tom@onlyhelix.com.

Insta: @only_helix
Web: www.onlyhelix.com

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Manager Spotlight: Haja Fanta

23 December 2020

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Haja Fanta!

How long have you worked in Management?
I started about seven months ago, so I’m very new to the job.

Who do you manage now? 
Lex Amor.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?
We went to the same uni but didn’t know each other at the same time. We then happened to end up in the same creative collective SXWKS and got to know each other from there.

I was already a Lex Amor Stan, so it was a pretty easy decision to make. Lex is just great; as a person and at what she does. The combination of her work ethic, her integrity and how she uses her talents to fulfil her purpose inspires me. Our working together is spiritual alignment.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you? 
A good day is getting through the admin side of things like emails and calls, and something fruitful comes out of it. Also having the penny drop/learning something new is also a sign of a very good working day.

So far a bad day is uploading everything to a streaming site and the page refreshing – so I guess it’s not so bad at all so far.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?
The highlight of my career thus far has been seeing Government Tropicana go out into the world. From a spectator’s perspective, it’s beautiful to see your friend share their talents with the world.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2020?

Navigating the pause of live music, finding new ways to generate income, and anticipating the changes to come.

What music are you currently listening to? 
Lex Amor, Pa Salieu, emil, WizKid, Finn Foxell, Amaarae list goes on…

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MANAGER SPOTLIGHT: ELISABETH TROY

14 December 2020

 

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Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Elisabeth Troy!

How long have you worked in Management?
I have worked in management for all of 5 minutes!! Hahaha. Seriously, I’m quite new to management on a full time basis for another individual. As an artist and vocalist for many years, I’ve often managed myself periodically and have always paid close attention to the inner wranglings when being represented by Big Life so I’m not completely in the dark in the world of management.

Who do you manage now? 
At the moment, I am managing an Incredible talent who gives me chills every time she sings! Her name is Anelisa Lamola.

Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?

Anelisa is my very first. I’ve known her for some years and always tried to encourage her and help out where I could with getting her studio time and giving advice on certain situations she would find herself in. Kind of a mentoring role more so until one day she DEMANDED that I manage her! Hahaha!
We have a very strong bond and a lot in common so there is a trust that has built very naturally.

What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you? 
A good day is when I can get through one of my many lists, get the Admin out of the way, and then be freed up come the early evening to be creative in my studio, writing, recording, plotting! I ignore bad days….Tomorrow is always imminent so  another chance to have a good day.

What has been the highlight of your management career to date?

Getting my office and building my own studio has been massively important for me. Having somewhere to go each day has really helped me to focus and be more productive. When you’re writing emails in the kitchen and making beats in your bedroom its very hard to draw a line under your day and create time for the really important things like family.

The fact that the office and studio space was a real dump when I got it, crumbling walls, leaky plumbing etc… I’m super proud of the hard work we put in two make it the beautiful creative and comfortable space it is now.

What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2020?

I’m really not sure of what 2021 will bring, needless to say, 2020 challenged everyone in a myriad of ways that NO ONE could have predicted. I’m extremely  grateful to be still here and relatively unscathed. So no predictions, just optimism. (And lots of prayers!!!).

What music are you currently listening to? 
I also really love Anais, Kelli-Leigh, Anderson Paak, Yasmine Green, Plastik Palm, Charlotte Adigery. Off the top of my head.

But I tend to find myself constantly going back to my beloved Rare Grooves! Natural Four, LA Boppers, Queen Aretha, Lynn collins et all! That stuff is class! It never gets old and is always a source of inspiration.