Building your perfect team in rock and metal
Great band? Tick. Management? Nope. Amazing agent? Can’t find one. Credible PR? Not a chance. How do you build a team in rock and metal? What order do you do it in? How do you pitch to the industry? This panel reveals all.
Recently appointed by Believe Music as the UK Manager for TuneCore distribution, A&R specialist Nathan Barley Phillips is responsible for all relationships with self-releasing artists, managers and industry partners working with TuneCore in the UK. Prior to this role, Nathan formed Basick Records in 2005 and set about the task of developing a forward thinking record label for heavy music. Releasing early material from emerging UK bands such as Enter Shikari and Monuments, the BASICK label soon became synonymous with the cutting edge of heavy genres, going on to release music from Misery Signals, Bury Tomorrow, SikTh, Skyharbor, Devil Sold His Soul and Napoleon among many others. Now a fully-fledged international record label nominated three times in a row for a Metal Hammer Golden God ‘Best Indie Label’ Award, BASICK continues to be one of the forerunners in its field.
For the Lost is a West Yorkshire based music PR company run by Simon Glacken, who has spent the past decade working with the likes of And You Will Know us By the Trail of Dead, Mono, Darkthrone, Paradise Lost, Anathema, Cradle of Filth, Venom, Maybeshewill, Black Moth, Orange Goblin, Bloodbath, Cult of Luna, Katatonia and TesseracT as well as festivals such as Live at Leeds, Best Kept Secret (Netherlands) and Be Prog! My Friend (Barcelona), Rock The Coast Festival (Spain) and soundtracks for games such as DOOM (Mick Gordon) and No Man’s Sky (65daysofstatic).
Guitarist and chief growler in feminist Post-Metal outfit Svalbard. When I'm not riffing it up and screaming my guts out, I am a freelance music journalist - I've written for Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Noisey and Terrorizer to name a few. Incendiary opinion pieces are my speciality. My hobbies include cats and never reading the comments section.
Tony Boden is a booking agent with a background in show promotion and tour management. He started promoting shows back in 2005 in Brighton, UK before moving on to become a booking agent in summer 2007. Since then he has had experience in booking a host of acts across a variety of different musical genres throughout Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, Latin America, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and India. These have included headlining and supporting tours as well as festivals. He is now head of European touring with Artery Global and continues to represent a powerful and diverse live roster with over 30 artists.
Megan Burns - Tone MGMT - she works with Queen Kwong, Palm Reader and The Great Discord. Tone also work with Dragged into Sunlight, Venom Prison, Conjurer, Employed to Serve, Mortiis and OHHMS. Random fact - Megan is also an actress and was in the film 28 Days Later.