Panelists

Adrian Cooke

Director of Hungry Audio,, BBC Presenter

Adrian Cooke is Director of Hungry Audio, an Independent record label based in Norwich & London. 

Adrian is also a presenter of the BBC Introducing show on BBC Radio Norfolk and of the Hungry Audio show on Norwich based Future Radio. 

He previously worked as a Label Manager in Music Distribution, venue manager of a live music venue and music buyer of a large indie store. 

Also an accompliseh musicisn having played drums on numerous releases.

Andy Matthews

Director, The Album Chart Show

Andy Matthews is an internationally acclaimed director and editor. Twice Emmy nominated, he is a Grammy recipient and a BAFTA and RTS award winner. He is best known for directing music programmes and documentaries for television, alongside filming live music events.

He is currently the creative force behind 3DD’s production of The Album Chart Show, now in its fourth commission for the UK’s Channel 4. Guests in the last series included: The Killers, Pink, Morrissey, Nelly Furtado, Amy Winehouse, Razorlight and Kanye West.

Andy has worked with some of the world’s most renowned performers. These included: Paul McCartney, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, The Temptations, Eurythmics, John Legend and Robbie Williams.

Calum MacColl

Co-founder, Red Grape Records

Red Grape Records is an independent record label based in London. It was set up by Calum MacColl and Kerry Harvey-Piper, two of the original founders of the early social networking project and indie label MVine. When they left MVine, the artists moved with them to their new home at Red Grape. 

Calum MacColl is a respected musician, producer and songwriter as well as the Co-founder of Red Grape Records with his wife Kerry Harvey-Piper. Son of folk legends Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, Calum started playing and touring with his parents as a child. He went on to produce a number of their albums, including the a trilogy of traditional folk songs recorded by his mother. 

As a writer, producer and musician, his many credits include Eddi Reader, Hafdis Huld, Christie Hennessy, The Bible, Brian Kennedy, Black, Sarah-Jane Morris, Ronan Keating, The Backstreet Boys and most recently the award-winning Malian singer Rokia Traore. He has also written and recorded music for a number of films and TV programmes. 

In 2004 he was one of the founders of an early social networking site for musicians (in the days before MySpace became ubiquitous). He left to set up Red Grape Records, an independent label which works with passionate world class artists like Boo Hewerdine, Hafdis Huld and latest signing Eliza Wren Payne.

Chris Cooke

Founder & Editor, CMU , CMU / UnLimited Media

Chris co-founded CMU in 1998 in a bid to create a network that brought together everyone working in music, from the big bosses at the biggest music companies to the grass roots music community. Since 2002 this has been done through the CMU Daily, the daily e-bulletin that provides a one-stop summary of everything that has happened in the music world in the previous 24 hours, available for free online or by email and read by over 13,000 music people every day. Chris is also Managing Director of UnLimited Media, a London based media and marketing company.  

Federica Furlotti

A&R;, One Little Indian Records & Tangled Up! Recordings

Since its inception in 1985 One Little Indian has always prided itself on working with artists it feels deserve a wider audience; musicians who make music for the simple pleasure of doing so – passionate about their craft and refreshingly free of pretence.

2007 saw recent signings Asobi Seksu garner massive acclaim for their astonishing ‘Citrus’ album, the boisterous arrival of incendiary Canadian three-piece Land of Talk, and another magnificent long-player from Björk in the shape of ‘Volta’, replete with pulsating Timbaland collaborations and twinkling duets with Antony (of the Johnsons). Not to mention career-best new releases from resident musical outlaws Alabama 3, Jesse Malin and Polly Paulusma…

Iyare Igiehon

Presenter/Producer/Managing Director, On It Industries Ltd

Iyare is one half of radio DJ team Jason & Iyare. Together they were part of the original group of presenters that launched the BBC’s black music network 1Xtra. Every weekday for five and a half years between 6 and 9am they brought the nation the best in new urban music and a few laughs too. 

They left 1Xtra in October 2007 to pursue other opportunities. So far they have joined BBC Radio 2 to make the networks first street music series ‘Jason & Iyare’s A-Z of Street Music’, launched their own weekly pod-cast and established their own media production company, On It Industries Ltd, which makes amongst other things the nightly 1Xtra M1X Shows. 

Iyare can also be heard on BBC 6Music each Saturday night presenting the 6Mix and as a regular guest on BBC Five Live’s ‘Fighting Talk’. He is also keeping busy putting his extensive music knowledge to use hosting gigs and teaching radio to BTEC students.

Jacqui Powell-Swinburne

CEO, Dragonstorm Records

Dragonstorm Records was first set up over 40 years ago by the father of the current owner Jacquiline. Jack Henry, who was signed to EMI with Joe Loss Orchestra as well as his own Band `Ace Of Clubs`the label was then affiliated to EMI. Due to Jack Henry’ death the label became dormant and was resurrected by Jacquiline in 2003 and is going from strength to strength! 

jacquiline has been in the music industry for over 25years. Having been taught to sing by her father which lead to many shows and performances in Jazz clubs, theatres, and Art centres across the UK and Europe. She soon developed her music into Rock and mixing genres with Hiphop/Pop and has toured extensively across Europe. She has appeared on BBC radio and TV and has been featured in many Newspapers and Magazines, including, Closer, Chat, Full house, Exclusive plus many others. She has also appeared in TV series Wire in the Blood, Cinema Feature film, The Goal and several other serials and films. 

She is also a children’s writer, and has published several books which has sold extensively in schools across the UK. Presently she is, promoting her new series of Childrens books, `The Fairies With Attitude` which address Anti Bullying issues, told in a serious but fun and enchanting way for children, recording her next album, running the label and managing some of her artists. Whilst working on her own TV show and being a judge on a music industry panel on a talent show for a Sky TV channel, soon to be released. 

She is also leading an Anti Gun crime Campaign Nationally, supported by the artists for peace and the UN.

Mark King

Level 42,

Level 42 took the 80s by storm with their brand of bass driven jazz funk that came from the underground soul scene of wedge hair cuts, pegged trousers, sharp shoes and soul patrols. They led a band of UK ‘funksters’ and soul acts that for a time changed the face of the street scene in Britain , dovetailing with the start of the commercial New Romantic movement, Two Tone and the dying embers of punk.

Level 42 clearly became the most influential of all the British acts but with the likes of Incognito, Light of the World, Lynx , and Beggar and Co to name just four , made their indelible mark and gave the scene an identity which allowed mainstream radio to embrace more easily the infectious bass lines that were the hallmark of Mark King and Level 42 for a decade and beyond.

The band’s funk influenced riffs became synonymous with the 80s as much a part of the decade’s culture as shoulder pads, puffed hair , red braces and the rubiks cube , but the revolution started in the Isle of Wight when Mark King , Phil and Roland Gould and the all important keyboard electricity of Mike Lindup joined forces and were soon spotted by inde label Elite then subsequently by label giants Polydor.

1981 saw them breakthrough into the hearts and minds of all soul- funk lovers with Turn it on , Love Games and Starchild , these underground hits cemented their arrival as a true musical force and paved the way for a period of sustained hits that marked them down as one of the decades most revered live acts.

Their success in record and ticket sales, chart positions and awards is only half the story , the band left a legacy amongst a generation of 70s teenagers who had been bought up on US funk and disco that their was life on the UK scene with home grown acts ; their music has been regularly remixed and they continue to have their bass lines and keyboard melodies interpreted by present day acts.

Matt Parsons

Director/Co-Founder, Ditto Music

Ditto Music was formed in 2006 by brothers Matt and Lee Parsons. Matt worked in the I.T. sector for 8 years, record labels for one year and has managed and played in local bands for ten years.

Ditto’s principal business is releasing and distributing unsigned artists.  Other services include consultancy and an array of services for artists and labels. 

In 2007 Ditto Music have been responsible for seven UK Top 40 hits and six Irish Top 40 hits by unsigned artists.  These made chart history, set new records and made international news.

Ditto have been responsible for breaking such artists as Koopa and Doug Walker and mainly work with upcoming independent artists and labels.  Other clients include My Vitriol, Fields Of The Nephilim, Lee Latchford-Evans and Pete Bennett.  In 2008 they launched a revolutionary new PR system called Cue Tracks (www.cuetracks.net ) by which new artists can get national press exposure for under £100.  Through their varied work over the last two years Ditto have shaped the music industry and helped Independent artists and labels finally have a voice.

Paul Gray

Musician and Regional Officer, Musicians Union

Paul Gray was the original bassist for Southend teen rockers Eddie and The Hot Rods, scoring several hit singles and albums in the late ’70’s inculding the seminal summer anthem “Do Anything You Wanna Do”.

In early 1980 he was recruited to join the punk rock band The Damned to replace Algy Ward on bass. Gray contributed to two studio albums, The Black Album and Strawberries, but abruptly left the band in February 1983 due to discontent and the desire to do something “different”.

After The Damned he joined UFO and remained until their split in 1987. He also sessioned live and on records for artists as diverse as Johnny Thunders, Rob Tyner (MC5) and Andrew Ridgeley (Wham!).

Gray was heavily involved with Community Music Wales, a charity aimed at nurturing and helping young bands based in Cardiff until severe tinnitus and hyperacusis precluded continuation with any musical activities. In 2005 he took up the post of Regional Officer, Wales & Southwest England for the British Musicians Union. He occasionally guests with The Damned on stage when they appear in the Welsh city.

Rusty Egan

DJ/Musician,

Rusty Egan has been one of the most renowned DJ’s in London’s boutique nightclub circuit for over 25 years. A passionate musician, he first made a name for himself in the late 1970s and 1980s as a drummer for the British New Wave band The Rich Kids (founded by former Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock) with Midge Ure lead guitar and vocals . After the band was disbanded, he continued working with Midge Ure enjoying considerable success and fortune with well-known groups like Visage. During the recording and writing for Visage’s1980 debut album Visage including the world No 1 Fade to Grey Rusty joined Scotland’s Finest The Skids as drummer recording and touring the 2nd top 10 album Days in Europa with Richard Jobson and Stuart Adamson [Big Country]. 

He began his prominent DJ career at Blitz Club 1979-1981, one of the most influential nightclubs in London in the 1980s, where he introduced German electronica to the British club scene. 
As the club grew in popularity, Rusty was quickly recognized as an innovator within London’s nightlife. Approached by club owners with offers Rusty traveled to Paris, Berlin, Dusseldorf and New York for influences and 1 year later opened the 1800 capacity Camden Palace, [Now KoKo] with Performances by Eurhythmics, Wham, FGTH, Yello ,Madonna, and Visage. Paul Oakenfold, Mark Moore, and Jeremy Healey all site Rusty Egan as the pioneer of Electronic Dance Music in London Clubs. Rusty produced pioneering dance records for artists such as Nona Hendrix, Didier Rominelli, Burundi Black, Visage, and Rock Bands Spear of Destiny, and The Senate. 

After the summer raves of the late 80’s Rusty opened Embargo on Chelsea’s Kings Rd operating a Private Members Club for 5 years before deciding to start a 2nd family and seeing some daylight, Rusty has 3 boys he adores and continues to DJ at private events. 

Rusty has been Resident to Roger Michael’s ‘ Rock star’ night at Boujis South Kensington since the onset making Tuesday’s at Boujis The Place to be Awarded “ Best Night “ at The London Club and Bar Awards 2005 and Rusty Received Best DJ 2005. Rusty brought a style and direction to Roger Michael’s ‘ Rockstar’concept mixing classic rock/rap/ house and anthems ensuring the place Rocked every Tuesday. He has played at many of London’s top Clubs and Parties including Boujis, Chinawhite, Umbaba, Boutique 60 and Aura. 
He recently played in St. Tropez, Monaco, Geneva, Verbier and every year he Rocks the masses for 4 nights at The Isle of Wight Festival.