The music industry has no set formula and trying to build a career within it - whether as an artist or aspiring CEO - has its fair amount of challenges. This 13 part podcast series gives the listener an inside peek inside the minds of those in the music industry. From the head of A&R of Universal Music Publishing to the fully independent artist, these conversations cover the inner workings of how the business operates, straight from the people in it with the aim to bring light to multiple points of views and experiences so you can find what works best for you.
Brian Message is a partner in Courtyard Management; Radiohead’s management business and co-founder of ATC; the management and live booking agency. Here Brian works with Johnny Marr, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and PJ Harvey.
Brian is a director and former chairman of the MMF, the largest artist management organisation in the world. He is also an advisor to The Featured Artist Coalition and a founding partner of the Fan Fair Alliance; an organisation that is radically altering the event ticket market in the UK for the benefit of fans and artists.
A surprising and honest conversation about recklessness, doubt and doing things differently.
Husky Loops are frequently described as an un-pigeonhole-able band who have huge epic tunes.
One review on Noisey acted as the springboard for the whirlwind that followed and In 2017 the band played 82 shows. They’ve toured with artists including Placebo, The Kills & YAK and are only just getting started with a full tour planned for autumn 2018.
A real look inside what it means to be a working band directly from a band who are set on breaking the rules, bending genre boundaries and stepping boldly into the unknown.
Diane Wagg is chair of the MMF, the largest artist management organisation in the world. She’s also the owner of Deluxxe Management & Ideal Music Productions and a member of the Musicians Health Advisory Board at Help Musicians UK.
Diane started out in A&R at EMI Records before moving into artist management where she worked with Philip Lynott from Thin Lizzy. Her roster has included Brit/Ivor nominated Triple Platinum album act, Scouting for Girls, Beth Orton, Republika & Mike Scott (The Waterboys).
Earlier in her career, Diane was Director of record producer Tony Visconti’s group of companies for five years. She managed Visconti’s Good Earth Recording Studios in London (clients included Duran Duran, George Michael, U2, the Sisters of Mercy, Altered Images and the Stranglers).
A really open conversation about how being a professional coach has helped her become a better manager, the importance of curiosity and what David Bowie was really like.
Holly Manners & Harriet Moss are two incredibly accomplished women with many projects on the go. Holly primarily works as an A&R at Warner Brothers Records UK who look after artists including Dua Lipa, Liam Gallagher and Royal Blood. Harriet is Managing Director at Manners McDade, a London-based music publisher, specialising in new classical and electronic music. She was also recognised on the 2017 Music Industry Alternative Power 100 List. She is the UK Director of Shesaid.so.
Together they run the mentorship project for SheSaid.So – a global network for women who work in the music industry.
A brave conversation discussing the importance of diversity and mentorship in the music industry and how you can get involved.
Roxanne de Bastion is a real mover and shaker in the independent music scene. Her UK album tour was supported by the PRS ‘women in music’ fund and she doesn’t shy away from discussing big topics.
She’s a big advocate for artist rights so sits on the board of directors of the featured artist coalition (FAC) alongside Imogen heap, Ed O'Brien from Radiohead and Katie Melua.
An enlightening conversation that proves you can make a full time living off music as an independent artist and that success isn’t necessarily measured by grammy awards.
Apologies for the fan in the background of this episode. It obviously wanted to be heard. #FreeTheFan
Carly Rockett is the Ticketing & Operations Manager for Communion Music. Communion is a record label, concert promoter and publishing company founded by Ben Lovett, musician & producer best know for the Grammy Award winning British folk rock band Mumford & Sons, Kevin Jones from the Ivor Novello Award nominated band Bear’s Den and acclaimed producer Ian Grimble.
Joining Communion in 2013, Carly had spent the previous years building her experience and contacts through gigging as a solo artist and working at a number of festivals and events. Carly enjoys listening to sad songs and updating spreadsheets, usually at the same time.
An open and warm conversation about the scouting process & how to find your feet in an undefined job role.
Charles Gadsdon is the Director of Growth EMEA at MassiveMusic who are one of the leading music agencies in the world with offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, London, New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo. The agency helps brands find their voice and tell their story through music. They develop music strategies for global brands, provide music search and licensing services, create innovative activations, scout new talent – and throw a mean party every once in a while. The company is proud to have sprinkled its melodic magic on many of the world’s biggest brands.
Before MassiveMusic Charles was the co-founder of Bacchus Creative Entertainment where he worked with artists such as Daft Punk, Rihanna & Pharrell Williams. He’s also incredibly skilled at wii ping pong.
An incredibly enthusiastic conversation about the role of music in brands, the importance of following your gut and having a side hustle.
Patrick Ross, director of digital strategy at Music Ally who focus on the digital trends in the music industry. They then educate people from indie labels to the majors to Google and Facebook about how best to utilise digital when it comes to marketing.
Patrick joined music ally after having been the VP of digital marketing at Kobalt music. Prior to that he was head of digital marketing at AWAL.
An insightful talk about how to use social media as an opportunity to connect and tell story as well as the unexpected realities of the industry.
Caroline Elleray is the head of A&R at one of the largest music publishing companies in the world, Universal Music Publishing whose roster includes Florence and the machine, Adele & Haim.
Caroline started her career at Strawberry Studios in Stockport, where bands such as Happy Mondays and New Order recorded. She spent some time managing before moving over to publishing where one of her earliest signings was Coldplay. Shes also signed Keane, Mumford & Sons and been closly involved with the signings of Bastille, The XX, Disclosure, Rae Morris and Dua Lipa.
She is widely regarded as one of the most artist friendly and well liked A&R’s in the business who has achieved success time and again.
A really honest conversation about how publishing has evolved and that quality that every successful artist seems to have coming directly from someone who’s passion for music is undeniable.
Claire Singers, an executive coach who specialises in educating people on how to enhance performance at work. She’s very vocal about the diversity issues in the music industry.
Before qualifying as an executive coach, Claire was managing director and co-owner of LD Communications, the UK’s leading music and entertainment communications agency. Throughout her time at LD, Claire was recognised as one of the UK’s most experienced PR consultants, working on campaigns for many of the seminal music events such as Live Earth, Live 8, Concert for Diana, and representing the music directors for 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. She was also publicist to Mariah Carey, Bon Jovi, Pink Floyd, Underworld, Roxy Music and, for 15 years, to David Gilmour.
An important conversation about how the music industry needs to address the old boys club model and how we need to empower more women in leadership positions.
Over the past year, Lauren Aquilina has focused on writing for other artists and despite being only 22 years old, she is becoming one of the UK's most exciting and versatile new top liners. In her first 12 months she has already been working with Ella Henderson, Little Mix, and Kylie Minogue as well as many notable writers in LA including Toby Grad and Sarah Hudson.
Having previously been signed to Island Records as a singer/songwriter Lauren shares her first hand experience of being a young, newly signed artist, why she walked away and how she’s now rebuilding her career.
Preye Crooks is an A&R at Columbia Records who work with Rag&Bone Man, George Ezra, Calvin Harris & David Gilmore. At 18 years old, while studying at Cambridge university, Preye started Strawberries & Creem festival which is now in it’s 5th year and welcomes an impressive 15,000 visitors.
Preye talks about what it means to be a young A&R, what an artist should be doing to prepare for a major label and how the majors could evolve.
Oh hello there!
I'm Nina Rubesa and I'll be your host throughout this series so I thought I'd say hey and give you a bit of background on myself as well as what you can expect from this series.
This podcast is made up of interviews with those who currently work in the music industry. We discuss fear and failures, the challenges and issues revolving around diversity and equality and the moments that stuck with our guests throughout their career. They also gives advice and insight in their sector and what they're looking for. They share career hacks and shed some light on how they got to where they are. Some of the guests function in the more traditional music industry, while others have gone down a more unconventional path.
They're honest and real and will give you various points of views and experiences of what the music industry can be like.