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.
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Kobalt fully acquired AWAL in December 2011.
Kobalt offers artists, songwriters, and publishers an alternative to the traditional music business model.