Tips and tricks from a former Sony Music Director for all aspiring musicians.
Music Marketing Expert, Musician, Label Head
I started out in my late teens as a guitar player in various bands while doing sessions for Island Records and Chappell Publishing. In 1975 I set up Pebble Beach Sound Recorders, a recording studio on the West Sussex coast and whose clients included Ian Dury, The Stranglers, Tim Hardin, The Adverts, Penetration, Nick Lowe and Slade.
As a freelance record producer during the 1980s I worked with artists including Wasted Youth, Matumbi, Big Country, Praying Mantis, Gary P. Nunn and the Pride of Texas, Edoardo Bennato and Splodgenessabounds. As a guitarist I played on many recording sessions, TV shows and commercials including Alexis Korner, Spitting Image, Whose Line Is It Anyway, Harry Enfield, Radioactive, KYTV and Who Dares Wins.
After a three year sabbatical running the Jazz Department at Tower Records’ UK flagship Piccadilly store, I left to run Sony Music’s newly opened Sony Jazz division, and over the following ten years worked with many of the finest artists in the world including Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Hugh Masekela, The Bad Plus, Terence Blanchard, Béla Fleck, Jane Monheit, Angélique Kidjo, Martin Taylor, Tower Of Power, Clare Teal and Keb’ Mo’. In 1999 I set up sonyjazz.net which was acknowledged as a pioneering music website that encouraged user-generated content and reviews by jazz fans.
After leaving Sony in 2005 when the company merged with BMG, I set up my consultancy Music Project Management and worked with SonyBMG, SellaBand, Dune Music, P3 Music, Nicolosi Productions and Jazz Cruises. I subsequently took on a full time role as SellaBand’s Head of UK Operations and Head of Global A&R, recording over 40 albums with the pioneering direct to fan platform before the company was sold in 2010.
I then became Communications Director for Dune Music and the Tomorrow’s Warriors jazz development programme, launched JazzLotion with producer Tony Platt, created the Forging Ahead workshop helping musicians market their music events, and kept up my consultancy working with artists, bands and companies. I’m currently Executive Producer at Gearbox Records, a vinyl audiophile record company.
With producer/engineer Tony Platt (AC/DC, Bob Marley, Soweto Kinch).
At the 2011 Music Producers Guild Awards receiving the 'Unsung Hero Award', with producers Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T Rex) and Steve Levene (Culture Club, Beach Boys).
With jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis.
At jazz singer Clare Teal’s album launch with Clare and Michael Parkinson.
At the Marquee Club 1973, playing with Jaded (my band) supporting headliners Queen.
A flyer for Jaded. We were managed by Tony Blair in his pre-university days.
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