Mark is the Founder and CEO of Music Glue. He was convinced as a kid that he was the biggest Iron Maiden fan in New Zealand, now he knows he was wrong. Oh well, he does get to run their e-commerce worldwide and also happily offers the same tools and pricing to 60,000 emerging artists. He is happy to share insights and advice to enable you to democratise the music industry and reverse the current state of ‘industrialisation of culture’ that exits (which is isn’t good for anyone, except the ultra-rich).
Matt Bartlett is the Managing Director at Midnight Mango; an established international booking agency with offices in Glastonbury and London. The artists we represent come from a variety of genres, with one common thread; they are all outstanding. We work tirelessly to represent our artists to event programmers the world over. We also programme a 5000 capacity festival called Chagstock, which is held on Dartmoor in Devon.
Dave Hanratty is a writer, journalist and broadcaster based in Dublin. Host of the NO ENCORE podcast and journalist with JOE.ie, Dave is quick with an opinion and rarely seen in the wild without headphones. His work has also appeared in Hot Press, Drowned In Sound, State Magazine, Red Bull UK and The Thin Air. He's admittedly not all that crazy about The Beatles but has made peace with that, even if others haven't. A staunch defender of Kanye West's musical exploits, Dave maintains that 808s & Heartbreak is the true classic in the Yeezy canon. However, his own personal favourite album is Jane Doe by Converge.
Brian Coney is a writer, DJ, musician, band manager and promoter based in Belfast. Previously an editor of AU Magazine, he co-founded and edits Irish music and culture publication The Thin Air. If he’s not scribbling words for the likes of The Quietus, Bandcamp, Clash, the Guardian, Dazed, Consequence of Sound, DJ Mag, Rolling Stone, Drowned In Sound, Noisey or elsewhere, he’s probably listening to Philip Glass.
Mick McCullagh writes and performs music under the alias Son of The Hound. He is a BBC commissioned screenwriter, creator of web-series The Also Rans and co-host of Mad Notions, a podcast that looks at music myths, legends and an honest insight into the life of a working musicians.
Chris Cooke is co-Founder and MD of CMU, a company that helps people navigate and understand the music business. It does this through media like the CMU Daily bulletin, Setlist podcast and CMU Trends library; consultancy unit CMU Insights; and education programme CMU:DIY. Via CMU, he also programmes core conference strands at The Great Escape showcase festival and he wrote the acclaimed book ‘Dissecting The Digital Dollar’. CMU is part of Chris’s business 3CM UnLimited, through which he also publishes cultural media ThisWeek London and ThreeWeeks at the Edinburgh Festival; and teaches for PR training charity the Taylor Bennett Foundation.
Rob Nancollas is a Marketing Manager at strategic digital marketing consultancy Motive Unknown. He joined Motive Unknown in 2016 having worked in marketing at Sony and Warner, bringing his knowledge of artist campaigns to the forefront of Motive Unknown's digital marketing. He specialises in leveraging data and advertising to create the strongest connection possible between the fan and the artist, whist providing valuable insight to his clients around engagement with an artist's digital properties. Through this approach, Motive Unknown strives to create a '360 view’ of an artist's career across recordings, live, and merchandise for their clients; thereby influencing long-term artist strategy. Whilst working primarily in the music business, Rob also enjoys working with tech/e-commerce clients to develop strategy and skills in an alternative environment. Some of Rob’s current clients include Kobalt, Warp Records, Rough Trade (Stores), Partisan Records & legendary London club, fabric.
Vic Galloway is a broadcaster, journalist, musician and author based in Scotland. With 20 years of experience from 1999 until now, he has presented weekly music programmes for the BBC including over 11 years for Radio 1. He continues to broadcast and champion new music on BBC Radio Scotland every week and regularly on BBC 6Music, alongside documentaries for various radio and TV networks. As a journalist Vic has written for CLASH, Gigwise, The Skinny, The List, The Times and Sunday Herald. He is also a musician, DJ, curator and event host. His first book ‘Songs in the Key of Fife’ (about The Beta Band, King Creosote, KT Tunstall, James Yorkston & the Fence Collective) was published 2013 and was well received. His following book ‘Rip It Up – The Story of Scottish Pop’ was published in collaboration with the National Museum of Scotland in June 2018, alongside accompanying Radio and TV series.
Andy Jones is the co-founder and music booker for the FOCUS Wales showcase festival. Andy has worked within the music industry for over 15 years; as an artist, label MD, and promoter. He's delivered work for a variety of labels, including dedicated releases in the UK, Germany, Italy and Canada. Through these projects Andy has gained extensive experience of the various sectors, providing his team with a depth of expertise which underpins the delivery of the FOCUS Wales festival. FOCUS Wales is the annual showcase festival for the Welsh music industry, and takes place in Wrexham each May, placing the industry spotlight firmly on the talent that Wales has to offer the world. 2019 marks the festival’s 9th edition, and will once again welcome over 10,000 festival goers, with over 200+ bands from around the world performing across 20 stages. Alongside the annual festival, FOCUS Wales are now developing an international branch to their work, supporting artists from Wales to export across the globe, with FOCUS Wales showcases at SXSW (USA), POP Montreal (Quebec), BreakOut West (Western Canada), and more projects to be announced. Andy has taken part in conferences at music industry events around the world, including BreakOut West (Western Canada), Tallinn Music Week (Estonia), Indie Week (Toronto), LUCfest (Taiwan), MU:CON (Korea), Zandari Festa (Korea), and NewSkool Rules (The Netherlands).
I spent my over two decades exploring music from diverse extremes; Fuzz Pop, Bedsit Indie, Country, Synth Pop, Psych Folk, Post Punk (yes bit of a musical magpie here!!!) and honing an individual, independent free musical spirit. W I realised that my natural environment was not the stage but rather helping young artists, lifting them up to the limelight, enabling them to achieve their individual musical visions. Libertino Record has grown over the past two years and now has a roster of over fifteen artists who create and perform in both Welsh and English. Through Libertino Management I also manage a large proportion of the acts and promote many live gigs across Wales, UK and Europe. I strongly believe that art should be inclusive and not exclusive creating a community from grass roots level. Libertino's aim is to give artists a platform from which to fly and how to fly successfully.
Nathan Barley Phillips
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, Paul Draper (Mansun), 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).
Joe Spicer, Assistant Rights Manager at Channel 4, responsible for More4 licencing & clearances for E4, More4, & 4Music. Along with the rest of the Music Rights team, also responsible for managing the Channel 4 music library and for clearing all music used in promos, as well as assisting production companies with their music needs and their post-production paperwork.
As a public speaker and MC, Oisin Lunny has hosted, moderated and given keynote presentations at over 200 conferences in every corner of the world, including TEDx, MWC and six times at SXSW. He is a regular contributor to Forbes.com and has written for The Guardian. Other media appearances have included CNN Business News, CNN World Business Today, BBC Radio One, BBC Click, BBC World Service, The Observer, The Telegraph, Business Reporter, The Drum, Customer Experience Magazine and CMO.com. Oisin is music editor of PHOENIX Magazine, sits on advisory boards for SXSW, DMWF, DTS, MxTE, CEW and CXFO, and was named the #5 most engaged marketer in the UK by LinkedIn. He maintains a parallel profile as a film composer, producer, and DJ. He has been working in the creative and technology industries for over 25 years. First as part of the Bristol / Dublin Hip-Hop collective Marxman who had a UK top 30 hit, collaborations with Gangstarr & Sinead O’Connor, and supported Depeche Mode & U2 live. Oisin released music as Firstborn, including club hit “The Mood Club”, and composed music for films Human Traffic, Mean Machine, After The Dance, Men Of Arlington and 50 Shades of Gay.
Shauna Tohill is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Belfast, currently based in London/Bristol. She is the lead vocalist and guitarist in the high energy pop rock duo, REWS. As a session player, she has performed as a vocalist for Snow Patrol and bass guitar for Darwin Deez amongst others and as a songwriter, she has written music for various projects including the theme track for NI tourist board campaign 2014-2016 & Mencap charity projects.
Leif B is a guitar technician who got his first real gig in 1995 when Ash played Glastonbury. Since then he’s worked for a bunch of different acts including Leonard Cohen, James Blunt, Sigur Ros, Bloc Party, Richard Ashcroft, The Libertines, and helped hundreds of small acts/artists with their equipment. Now running his own repair workshop in Belfast, he has all but hung up his road gear, but dabbles in touring occasionally to see what’s new on the road: not much.
Nicola Kearey is co-founder of From Here Records. She has worked as an artist in music for many years, including a stint in electronic/grime/dubstep act Various Production (XL Recordings), but more recently heading up English folk band Stick In The Wheel. She is an advocate of English folk music and culture, with her work focusing on the dissemination of traditional culture into the mainstream. Intrinsic to this is the ongoing English Folk Field Recordings project, with the first volume a Guardian album of the year 2017 - "a project that could conceivably do more to broaden the appeal of traditional folk music than any other venture in recent years" (Caught By The River).
Davy works for PPL, the music licensing company that collect and distribute royalties for performers and record companies when their music is broadcast. He provides direct support for high airplay emerging artists to ensure they maximise their income from UK and international airplay. Davy also has a background as a guitarist and has played in various grunge / post-hardcore bands.
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.
Ali is an accomplished songwriter and vocal producer. His credits include a variety of huge artists, including releases by Blue, Boyzone, Five, Jessie J, David Guetta, JLS, Tulisa, Westlife, All Saints and Atomic Kitten. Ali is also a talented vocalist and was brought in as the official vocal coach on The X-Factor, working with One Direction, Cher Lloyd and Rebecca Ferguson, as well as coaching on The Voice UK.
Lyndon Stephens heads up Belfast based management company Champion Sound and label Quiet Arch. In the past four years they have had no less than 15 albums shortlisted for the Northern Ireland music prize and have won it twice. Lyndon also works with Help Musicians as a mentor on their 3 for 3 programme. They also run a monthly podcast called summit which decodes the modern music industry at a grass roots level.
Lucie is the CEO of the Featured Artists Coalition; the only trade body and community run by and for recorded performing artists of the UK (and beyond).
Lucie is an experienced music business executive and a senior copyright negotiator.
She has worked across the industry from major record labels to independent publishers, at songrights society PRS for Music and, also for commercial digital services and tech innovators. Running the Featured Artists Coalition, Lucie has ensured that trade body is dedicated to supporting, developing, representing and lobbying for performing recording artists. She also focuses significant work and priority on social impact, youth emancipation and inclusivity. Lucie is also a member of the Management Team of the Palestine Music Expo (PMX), the international music showcasing and infrastructure initiative in the Occupied Territories. She is an egalitarian advocate & music lover.
Simon has been an integral part of the Sentric Music team since the company’s infancy, overseeing the signing of their first artist in 2006 (now home to tens of thousands of songwriters) & currently holds the position of Director of Music Services where he drives synchronisation. Here he has developed relationships with global media organisations & advertising agencies which has resulted in Sentric's catalogue being placed in adverts/movies/games/promos/TV shows worldwide. He also has formed strong connections with various UK broadcasters & production companies which has seen Sentric's artists' receiving syncs on primetime British terrestrial TV on a daily basis. For five years running the sync department at Sentric has been nominated at the Music Week Sync Awards as ‘Best Independent Publisher’.
Charlie works across management, publishing and records and at the age of 22 became a founding partner in the disruptive and ever-growing London company ‘Tileyard’ (www.tileyard.co.uk). Five years later, Tileyard is the home to over of 80 recording studios, many associated businesses and their own management, publishing company and record label ’Tileyard Music’. Charlie’s management clients include Ella Eyre, Sigala amongst many others and since forming in 2012, Tileyard Music have been leading the charge with over 1.5 billion Spotify streams to date. Kygo’s ‘Stole The Show’ a Tileyard published song and written on one of their famed ‘writing camps’ being a landmark part of that success. Prior to Tileyard, from the age of 18 Charlie worked as a Junior A&R at Relentless & Virgin Records. While there he signed rock act You Me At Six, who then achieved three gold albums whilst signed to the label. He later moved to a Warner Bros subsidiary B-Unique and there he discovered and co-managed the early career stages of BRIT award winning band Bastille and assisted with the likes of Starsmith, (Writer/Producer of Ellie Goulding’s first album). His recent successes within management have been his client Ella Eyre winning BRIT and MOBO Awards, whilst his client Sigala has clocked over 3.5 million UK sales as well as being named the most played male on commercial radio in 2016.
Brian Ó hEadhra
Based in Inverness, Brian Ó hEadhra is the Gaelic Arts and Culture Adviser with Bòrd na Gàidhlig and provides advisory services to Creative Scotland. Bòrd na Gàidhlig is Scotland's public body promoting the use and securing the status of Scottish Gaelic. Creative Scotland is the national leader for Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries. Brian is an established musician, arts & culture entrepreneur and has a BA Hons. in Irish Folklore and English Literature from University College Dublin. He has helped establish and direct various festivals, venues and prestigious events including The Blas Festival, Taigh Dhonnchaidh Arts Centre, Nòs Ùr Celtic & Scots language song competition, Northern Roots Festival and is currently the co-director of the Geiteberg Folk Festival in Norway. He recently released the album TÌR - Highland Life & Lore with fellow singer/songwriter - Fiona Mackenzie. www.oheadhra-mackenzie.com
Jo is a radio producer and music journalist. She currently produces the Janice Long programme on BBC Radio Wales, and is station manager for Green Man Festival.
Tim Chipping is a music journalist from London who writes primarily for the long-running fRoots magazine. In 2018 he, along with Geoff Travis and Jeannette Lee, set up the River Lea imprint on Rough Trade. The label is dedicated to releasing “beautiful and strange traditional folk music from Britain, Ireland and beyond.” River Lea’s first release was Heard A Long Gone Song by the singer and songwriter Lisa O’Neill, from Co. Cavan. The album received 9/10 from Hot Press, 5/5 from The Guardian and is shortlisted for the RTE Choice Music Prize. This was followed by The Reeling, an album of traditional Scottish and Bulgarian tunes by the exceptional Isle Of Skye piper Brìghde Chaimbeul (that Tim thinks sounds like The Velvet Underground and Geoff Travis reckons is more like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.) And in March River Lea will release The Hare’s Lament, an album of traditional Irish songs by Ye Vagabonds from Co. Carlow.
Joe saw success as a radio plugger before joining Ditto Music as Artist Ambassador and now as an Artist and Label Services Manager. It's Joe's job at Ditto to work closely with independent artists on their release plans and ensure campaigns are run smoothly, overseeing all areas of promotion (streaming, video, radio, press, TV, social media, etc). Last year Joe worked on a handful of independent top 40 singles and albums for Ditto with artists such as Dave, Yxng Bane, and D Block Europe.
Julian is the Founder of Raygun Music, a Brighton based Management Company, Record Label and Publisher whose roster includes The XCERTS, Luke Sital-Singh, The Wytches, and Paul Steel amongst others. Julian is also co-founder of record label Cannibal Hymns releasing debut recordings from the likes of Dream Wife, Our Girl and Underwater Boys. Previously the guitarist in Toploader, Julian has seen the best and worst of the music industry as well as the seismic changes of recent years and brings this to bear in his approach to artist development and career longevity.
Remfry Dedman began writing for The Independent in February 2012 more as a hobby than as a vocation. As time progressed, publicists began to contact him on a regular basis to work with bands they represented and he warily embraced the nocturnal hours, truncated social life and bleary-eyed appearance that haunts most professional writers.
Over the six years he spent writing for The Independent, Remfry concentrated his efforts on giving bands that don’t normally receive mainstream exposure a wider platform, focusing on the burgeoning math and post-rock scenes in particular. He also sought to cover rock music from an intelligent, well-informed viewpoint and he secretly despises any writer that’s ever spelt the word ‘rock’ as ‘rawk’.
In April 2018, he left The Independent to create his own podcast. Bringing on Metal Hammer scribe Stephen Hill, the duo devised Riot Act, an alternative music podcast dedicated to shine a light on progressive alt music acts in a world where genre boundaries are becoming increasingly blurred and music is more accessible than ever before. Each week, Remfry and Stephen seek out the best new releases from the alternative sphere, with a focus on musicians that are pushing the boundaries and shaping the direction which others will follow in future. Bands who have appeared on the show so far include Rolo Tomassi, Black Peaks, Clutch, Therapy?, Jamie Lenman, The Black Queen, Vennart, Emma Ruth Rundle, Will Haven, The Dirty Nil, Palm Reader, Frontierer, Haggard Cat and Nervus.
In his time as a journalist, Remfry has been fortunate enough to interview some of the biggest names in metal and rock, including Chris Cornell, Deftones, Enter Shikari, Rammstein, Faith No More, Weezer, Frank Turner, Opeth, Korn, Gojira, AFI, Placebo, Maynard James Keenan and Slash. He’s also freelanced for the likes of The Guardian and Metal Hammer, as well as reviewed a plethora of live gigs and festivals across the UK and Europe, including Roadburn, ArcTanGent, Complexity, 2000Trees and Effigy. In 2015, the Association of Independent Festivals nominated him for Festival Journalist / Website of the Year alongside Edith Bowman, Noisey and Simon Godley.