Finding The Future

Finding The Future

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Ray Pope

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Ray Pope – Universal Music – Talent Acquisition Manager

Graduated from Leeds University after studying Popular and World Music.
Worked from William Morris and Puma before joining Warner Music in 2009.
Started off as a temp at Warner and worked my way up to Recruitment Manager heading up recruitment for the UK and International side of the business
Specialised in finding talent of all levels from apprentice to SVP. Worked at Warner for approx 7 years.
Joined Universal Music in September 2015 where I concentrate on sourcing the best talent across all the UK labels both business focused and creative.
In my spare time I am also a professional musician and I regularly play at Ronnie Scotts under the name Ray Jones. I like to think that it’s possible to be an artist and  work within the industry at the same time.


Ruth Kilpatrick

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Having started out helping friends with press releases, and booking shows at a local club, Ruth gained as much experience as possible in live events. Still in Newcastle, she was hired as a scout for Amazing Radio over 5 years ago now, forming part of the early progress of shaping playlists and content, as well as starting The Amazing Sessions with the best new and emerging artists, both in external studios and on location at festivals. Highlights were filming very early tracks with the likes of Daughter, Wolf Alice, Slaves, The 1975, Marika Hackman, James Bay and many, many more. Her role expanded to include numerous aspects, and after 5 years she left Amazing Radio as Head Of Content back in March 2015. Now in London, Ruth took a new role as Artist Liaison & Communications Co-Ordinator at the PRS For Music Foundation in order to continue helping artists achieve their aims, in a very tangible way. Her day to day focuses on liaising with artists and creating content in order to spread the word about the Foundation’s numerous funds.



David Loader

Dave Loader joined Richard Branson’s fledgling Virgin Records in 1973 and became General Manager of Caroline Exports – a division developed out of Virgin foreign mail-order, which focused on export wholesale and servicing Virgin licensees abroad. From 1981 he worked for a number of independent record labels and publishers and in 1988 worked for two years at Marcus Recording Studios. In 1990 Dave became General Manager and Licensee of the Brixton Academy. Since 1993 Dave has been Managing Director / co-owner of Notting Hill Music Group after a management buyout from Japanese media company, Nippon Television.

The Notting Hill Music Group Limited is a truly international music publishing operation, based in London, Los Angeles & Nashville, with first-class representation in every corner of the globe. Founded in 1990 as the international repertoire division of the Japanese Nippon Television Music Corporation, it became Notting Hill Music following a successful management buyout in 1993 and has rapidly become one of the world’s leading independent music publishers.

The Notting Hill Music Group Limited can offer a complete range of publishing, sub-publishing, international administration and territorial publishing representation arrangements. In addition to our own extensive catalogue, the company also administers a growing number of third party music publishing companies and we are able to structure tailor-made publishing arrangements for the most demanding of clients.

Eric Brünjes

Eric BrunjesEric Brünjes aka Brvnjes / music producer / sound designer / music consultant based in London, UK. Born into a musical family, he has performed extensively around the world from a very young age. First learning classical / flamenco guitar and then jazz piano, Eric turned to production and sound design at age 18. His compositions have featured for brands such as Frogiato, Lexus, Clarkes, VW, M&M’s and Schuh. He has managed the post production on leading documentaries, TV and radio adverts.

In a parallel career, Eric also manages “Attack Magazine” the fastest growing online music magazine in the UK and US. Furthermore, with his business partner John Jay in NYC, he developed the music app “SittinonMusic” which was released in December 2014.

His production credits include notable artists such as Scrufizzer, Fred the God Son, Fetty Wap, Feli Fame and Karl Wolf. His work with Karl Wolf was nominated for a MTV EMA in 2012.

Carly Wilford

carly wilfordFor the past three years her husky tones have woken the nation every morning on Rinse FM’s forward thinking Breakfast Show. Carly Wilford is a lively presenter and DJ with boundless energy, unstoppable character and endless drive. Down to earth, warm and honest, she gets to the heart of the artists she interviews and is not afraid to push boundaries. Creator of online taste-making hub IAmMusic.TV as well as IAmMusic Artists, she uncovers the stars of tomorrow and helps them to break the tough and ever changing industry.

Her natural energy and lust for life shines through in her interviews. With millions of views across her YouTube videos you can see why the music industry is talking about her and why she is on speed dial for artists, manager’s, PR’s and key media figures within the industry.

On the Red Carpet she has interviewed Tom Cruise, Russell Brand, Cheryl Cole and Usher to name but a few. Kicking back with some of the music industries finest. Carly has put the world to rights with Danny Brown, hung out with Rudimental, bantered with Bastille and had a heart to heart with Nas, Nile Rodgers and Kendrick Lamar.

Seen backstage at some of the Worlds biggest festivals she has covered Glastonbury, SXSW, Snowbombing, Sonar, EXIT Festival, V Festival, Wireless, BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend and Secret Garden Party. Hunting out the hottest artists, chatting to the crowds and dominating the press pit she has also presented at the MOBOS for sponsors HTC and The Capital FM Summertime Ball.

Carly is at the forefront of everything music related – from new artists to secret collaborations, if you need to know about it she has already got it covered. She films, edits, produces and presents all her own work as well as writing for Hunger Magazine and Wonderland. With big aspirations and infinite drive she is one to watch very closely. No ear piece, no ‘note cards’ and none of the fake attributes the industry is often full of – just raw ambition and real talent.

Paul Farrer

Paul Farrer his jpeg 450sqPaul Farrer is one of the UK’s most successful media composers. In a career spanning 25 years he has composed music for some of the biggest programmes on British Television. From Dancing On Ice, Gladiators, Fort Boyard, Ant and Dec’s Push The Button to The Chase, The Jerry Springer Show, and The BBC’s most successful international format of all time; The Weakest Link which was broadcast in 97 countries and over 12 years on British Television racked up 1693 episodes.

He has also composed additional music for shows like Top Gear, Blue Peter and The Krypton Factor. In 2012 he was commissioned to compose all the music to the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Variety Performance at The Royal Albert Hall in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen. 2014 will be the third time he has been asked to compose the orchestral music for this prestigious event.

He is the recipient of an Ampex Golden Reel Award for his work on ITV’s The Gladiators and in 2003 was awarded the BMI Composer Award. He is a member of The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA). Paul Farrer is also the creator of the ITV gameshow 1000 Heartbeats.

Ben Jones


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Ben Jones is National Organiser for Recording & Broadcasting at the British Musicians’ Union and Director of British Underground.  In addition to negotiating collective bargaining agreements with trade bodies he advises musicians and songwriters on rates of pay, contracts and music industry issues.  He is an expert on the UK music business and has extensive experience of providing career advice to musicians across the industry.

Daniel Lloyd Jones

Daniel Lloyd Jones

Daniel Lloyd Jones

Currently Vice President of A & R/New Music at the World’s largest and most successful Music Publisher, Sony ATV. He has worked there for the past 2 years and was at EMI Music Publishing for the preceding 5 years. During his 7 years in Music Publishing he has signed a plethora of chart topping acts and songwriters such as Multimillion selling songsmith Taio Cruz, homegrown polymath & visionary Plan B, he signed ‘Let England Shake’ the Ivor Novello and Mercury Music prizing winning album written by PJ Harvey. Other signings include Pendulum , Nero, Knife Party, Gorgon City, Secondcity, Juliette Lewis, Youme@six & Grammy Award winning writer and ½ of The Civil Wars Joy Williams.He was instrumental in setting up and acquiring 3 Joint Ventures, Speakerboxx Music Publishing with Radio 1xtra’s MistaJam, Tempramental Music Publishing with Plan B and MTA Music Publishing with Chase & Status. He also played a part in getting Charli XCX signed to Steller Songs.

He works closely with songwriters trying to get their songs placed, or get them in sessions with established and best upcoming artists, Such as Josh Record (Ella Henderson), Dave Nelson (Paolo Nutini), James Walsh (Professor Green/Eliza Doolittle) Jakwob (Little Simz).

He also manages Pixie Geldof & Yasmin.

Louis Mattrs

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Louuis Mattrs

Brighton born and raised, Louis Mattrs is very much a product of his environment, his surroundings and those physical attributes that make up his hometown influencing the narrative he threads through his tracks.Louis first came to light in June 2013 with a mixtape surfacing on Youtube which caught the attention of Chase & Status. Together they collaborated on the top 10 single ‘Lost & Not Found’, selling more than 250,000 copies and propelling Louis into the living rooms of the masses and onto the stages of Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds. In-fact his first gig ever was Radio 1 Big Weekend, a slightly back to front approach for any new artist but one that has set his aspirations appropriately.

Following this Louis dropped ‘War With Heaven’ – the first offering from his debut ‘Beachy Head’ EP. ‘War With Heaven’ was premiered as Zane Lowe’s ‘Next Hype’ on Radio 1 and was accompanied by a breathtaking video/short film which Louis collaborated on with multi-award winning photographer and video director Josh Cole (‘Best New Director’ 2013 Cannes Film Festival).

Since then he’s collaborated with Paul Epworth on his ‘God’s Help’ record, Catching Flies, Elli Ingram, featured on Piff Gang’s ‘Middle Finger’ single and sparked a wave of interest across the pond after Meek Mill used Louis’s ‘War With Heaven’ Track on his new album trailer video ‘Dreams Worth More Than Money’.

In the run up to Louis’ new ‘Slow Waves’ EP featuring hotly tipped US rapper Lucki Eck$, he dropped his self-produced cover mash-up of Tweet’s ‘Ooops’ Tweet and Party Next Door’s ‘Wus Good’ which Annie Mac & Mista Jam heavily support, leading to the track being named ‘1Xtra Record Of The Week’.

More recently, Louis’s collaboration with SG Lewis on ‘No Less’ won over an army of online fans before been play-listed on BBC 1Xtra. Get ready for his next offering with his stunning ‘Slow Waves’ EP before a slew of singles in the run up to his debut album set for release in 2016. / @louismattrs

Janice Brock

Janice Brock

Janice Brock

Janice Brock joined Sony/ATV in 2007, initially in the New York office under Chairman and CEO Martin Bandier, having previously worked at EMI Music Publishing.  She relocated to Sony/ATV’s London office in 2008 and took on the additional role of SVP, UK Operations before becoming VP International, A&R and then Director of UK A&R. A dual national, American & UK citizen, Janice had previously been in the industry in New York since 1989.

Artists and songwriters she has signed and worked with include Kasabian, Naughty Boy, Mikky Ekko, Fraser T Smith, Maverick Sabre, Jamie Scott, Arrow Benjamin and Krept and Konan.

Janice Brock now co-heads the UK A&R team as well as overseeing Sony/ATV’s studios and its growing producer management division whose roster includes Stephen “DiGenius” McGregor (Ne-Yo, Sean Paul, Lianne La Havas), Stefan Ponce (Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa) and Gustave Rudman (Clean Bandit, Labrinth).