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    photo: paul hitchman

  • BIOGRAPHY

    Kevin is one of the UK's leading authorities on the music industry. Having started his career as a bass player for Comsat Angels (nine albums released during the 1980s), Kevin went on to build Axis Studios with the support of Island Records founder, Chris Blackwell.

     

    He also developed and produced the late Ephraim Lewis with Jonathan Quarmby, kick-starting a 20 year partnership together working with Brit and Grammy award-winning albums and artists over the next decade with artists including Finely Quaye, David Bowie, Ian Brown, the Pretenders, the Sugababes, Lighthouse Family, Ziggy Marley, Longpigs, Plan B and many more.

     

    In 2002, Kevin became an A&R consultant for Island Records under Nick Gatfield, and in 2004 moved into RAK studios in London which was to become his base for the next 10 years.

     

    In 2004, Kevin co-founded AWAL (Artists Without A Label), a digital music platform that offered a groundbreaking "artist-friendly" contract. By 2011, when AWAL was acquired by Kobalt, it had represented over 3,500 artists, including Radiohead and Arctic Monkeys.

     

    Kevin also launched Buzzdeck in 2008, the first dedicated music analytics tool giving artists access to iTunes, Spotify and Amazon Digital sales alongside almost every social statistic available.

     

    Kevin continues to work closely with artists, producers, performing rights organisations and music technology companies, and remains passionate about finding new platforms and models for the music industry that best serve artists and consumers alike.

  • 2004-2012

    We broke ground in transparency, technology and rights. 

    Now part of the Kobalt group of companies.

  • CONSULTING

    I hate that word.

    Is there a better one ?

    Tailwind

    2018-now

    Tailwind Entertainment believes that an exciting opportunity exists to create long term value through the acquisition of music intellectual property rights.

    Original Works

    2018-now

    Where creators and rights holders govern their OWN economy and exchange value in IP securely.

    Revelator

    2016-now

    Revelator is a platform for artists, labels, and distributors to track their assets, rights and data. It's clearly the best - and that's why I'm proud to be spreading the message.

    Blockpool

    2016-2017

    Blockchain as a future technology influencing the music industry and many others - forging a path towards decentralisation and multi-sync technology.

    PRS

    2016-2017

    I've been a member since 1981 when I relied on them to pay my gas and phone bill. They are a crucial part of a writers life and any contribution I can make is a privilege.

    YouTube

    2016-2017

    A partnership exploring the possibilities of 360 videos and immersive audio.

    Bowers & Wilkins

    2016

    Collaboration between Bowers & Wilkins and Burberry to produce fully immersive pristine recordings for emerging artists.

    OpenLIVE

    2015-now

    OpenLIVE have created the world's first  scalable 'End-To-End' Live music creation and distribution platform.

    Retrofuzz

    2015-2016

    RetroFuzz was born out of a love of music, lifestyle, and creative technology. That will do for me.

    CORD

    2014-2015

    CORD is a strategic consultancy leading the way in music-first marketing.

    Kobalt

    2012-2014

    Kobalt fully acquired AWAL in December 2011.

    Kobalt offers artists, songwriters, and publishers an alternative to the traditional music business model.

  • 1978-1990

    9 albums, 3 major labels, quite a lot of touring.

  • 1990-2010

    We produced a lot of records, mainly at our own place in Sheffield or in London at RAK studios - but also New Orleans to Bamako.

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    Bowers & Wilkins with Burberry

    June 2016

    one special surround microphone, no headphones, no overdubs. you hear what the artist heard in the studio - nothing else.

  • 2009-2014

    We stood around and all agreed we could build something that nobody had seen before - sales, streams, radio and social. We did - and still nobody else has.

    Now part of the Federation X group of companies.

  • Play, Create, Manage and Release

    We have created the worlds first truly scalable and 'End-To-End' Live Music Distribution & Content Management System.

  • HAMSTER

    A financial analytical platform for YouTube Partners

    Now available in Beta

  • SCRAP BOOK

    so much missing from here but ...

  • Contact ME