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Sløtface – Try Not To Freak OutSløtface – Try Not To Freak Out
The Norwegian pop-punkers, formerly known as ‘Slutface’ until the Facebook regulators booted up a fuss...
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Enter Shikari - The SparkEnter Shikari - The Spark
A true British rock success story, Enter Shikari have grown from a basement band into one of the biggest...
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Kiran Leonard - Derevaun SeraunKiran Leonard - Derevaun Seraun
Derevaun Seraun is a piece I wrote a couple years back in five movements for voice, piano and string trio. Each movement is written about...
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Seaway – VacationSeaway – Vacation
Returning with their third full-length record, Vacation, Seaway have thrown themselves back in the deep end of pop-punk...
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Foo Fighters – Concrete and GoldFoo Fighters – Concrete and Gold
Concrete and Gold, the ninth studio album from Foo Fighters, proudly wears its influences on its sleeves from the very start...
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Prophets of Rage – Prophets of RageProphets of Rage – Prophets of Rage
Nowadays the revolution would not just be televised, it would be live Tweeted, probably by the most powerful man in the world...
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Fink – ResurgamFink – Resurgam
Former Brighton resident Finian Greenall was a relative late-comer to the world of live music...
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Lee Ranaldo – Electric TrimLee Ranaldo – Electric Trim
The latest solo record from Lee Ranaldo is a more traditional album than you’d expect. Electric Trim thoroughly...
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  • Simon Parker - Co-Founder - Vinyl Revolution

    Simon Parker - Co-Founder - Vinyl Revolution Simon Parker - Co-Founder - Vinyl Revolution A true lynchpin of the Brighton music scene for many years now, Simon Parker has promoted hundreds of gigs (under the Cable Club name), been in loads of bands, and generally been the go-to guy for all things music. He’s now bringing that deep knowledge and love of music back to Brighton in the form of Vinyl Revolution, which opens to the public on 15 July.
  • Simon O’Kelly – CEO – UMA Music

    Simon O’Kelly – CEO – UMA Music Simon O’Kelly – CEO – UMA Music Next year, The Great Escape (TGE) will host the Unsigned Music Awards (UMA) at Brighton Centre, on Wednesday 16 May. Established just two years ago by former BIMM students Simon O'Kelly, Georgina Thomas and Ben Connor, the first ceremony in 2016 at the Troxy Theatre in London proved to be such a success that TGE's parent company, Live Nation, who are the biggest live music promoters in the world, decided to hook up with this exciting and ambitious start-up. With almost all the big movers and shakers in...
  • Lucy ‘Elle J’ Small - Director - Funk the Format & Funk the Family Festival

    Lucy ‘Elle J’ Small - Director - Funk the Format & Funk the Family Festival Lucy ‘Elle J’ Small - Director - Funk the Format & Funk the Family Festival Now the director of Funk the Format & Funk the Family Festival, as a journalist in London Elle J Small wrote for some of the world’s most influential publications in the heyday of music journalism - Blues & Soul, Rwd, Mixmag, Dazed and Confused - before the internet sent many of them tumbling. As well as earning a reputation for tipping unknown bands, she was...
  • Jeremy Verrall - Co-Owner - Hidden Trail Records

    Jeremy Verrall - Co-Owner - Hidden Trail Records Jeremy Verrall -  Co-Owner - Hidden Trail Records Local independent label Hidden Trail Records has garnered some considerable success with Ellie Ford’s debut album The Other Sun -this is partly down to the record itself, which we called “remarkable” in our review. Still, it’s clear that Hidden Trail punches far above their weight, and has broken a lot of ground with this release. Of course, they’re not a one-artist label, so we sat the co-owner down to discuss the aftermath of Ellie Ford’s album, and to hear what...
  • Stephen Ellis - Station Manager, 1 Brighton FM

    Stephen Ellis - Station Manager, 1 Brighton FM Stephen Ellis - Station Manager, 1 Brighton FM At a little over a year old, 1 Brighton FM has just been awarded an FM license. With approximately 90 volunteer DJs, they produce a jaw-dropping spread of high-quality, independent content, and this is sure to only increase as they truly take to the airwaves. We caught up with Steve Ellis, the station manager, to go over the origins of 1 Brighton FM, what the license means for them, and to see what the future holds for this exciting new feature of Brighton’s broadcast...
  • Phil Nelson - BIMM Music Industry Ambassador

    Phil Nelson - BIMM Music Industry Ambassador Phil Nelson - BIMM Music Industry Ambassador About to officially start his role as BIMM’s Music Industry Ambassador on 1 August, it's the culmination of over thirty years work in the music industry for this most friendly and engaging of people. From researching the industry whilst doing an MA, to setting up a label, managing bands, lecturing and tutoring music students, and generally being instrumental in shaping the music scene in Brighton, Phil has been there and done that in this ever-changing and fast-moving industry. He took time out to answer...
  • Caroline Waters - Manager - Oxjam Brighton Takeover

    Caroline Waters Manager - Oxjam Brighton Takeover Caroline Waters - Manager - Oxjam Brighton Takeover Oxjam began in 2006, with the aim of creating a network of music-loving people across the UK, all united by a shared goal – raising money for Oxfam to help fight poverty around the world. Ten years on and the festival is still going strong, with hundreds of incredible gigs taking place each October all over the country. It's a national festival with a local focus and Brighton, being such a hub of musical creativity, has a bit of a duty to step-up and represent! For several...
  • Vlad - Owner, Managing Director - Small Pond

    Small Pond - Making Waves Vlad - Owner, Managing Director - Small Pond Small Pond has become one of the most interesting concepts in Brighton of recent times. Coined in 2013 by a gang of friends who had an ambitious plan to not only put on their favourite live acts but release their records, book their tours and film their performances. Since then, their ambitious plans have lead for the development of quite the innovative, exciting company. They have now developed and built their own recording studio and rehearsal space (in an exceptionally DIY fashion I later found out) down on Castle...
  • Kevin Moore - General Manager, The Great Escape Festival & Judge on Indie50

    Kevin Moore - General Manager, The Great Escape Festival & Judge on Indie50 Kevin Moore - General Manager, The Great Escape Festival & Judge on Indie50 What is your official title and what are your roles and responsibilities? I am general manager. I oversee the day-to-day management of the festival. We've got our booker, Adam; our marketing manager, Karen; and Lisa, who is our production manager. My role is to make sure everyone is on track with what they need to be doing, hitting our deadlines. I also oversee the festival...
  • Mathew Cook – Director – Kemp Town Carnival & CooktheRabbit Events

    Mathew Cook – Director – Kemp Town Carnival & Cook the Rabbit events Mathew Cook – Director – Kemp Town Carnival & CooktheRabbit Events What’s the history of the Kemp Town Carnival? The roots of the Carnival stretch as far back as the late 70s. The Kemp Town Pram Race, a fancy dress pub crawl/race through the streets of Kemp Town Village, was a cherished annual community event that eventually came to a close in the early 80s. The Carnival itself first came into being in the mid 90s through a community partnership between St George’s Church and Sussex House. The event grew through the years...
  • Polly Miles and Ollie Thomas - Founders - Acidbox Promotions

    Polly Miles and Ollie Thomas - Founders - Acidbox Promotions Polly Miles and Ollie Thomas - Founders - Acid Box Promotions How did Acid Box come about as a promotions company in the first place and what made you pick Brighton? Polly: Erm, well I started after I left college, I didn’t know what to do, I didn’t want to go to university. At college I’d studied multimedia, so TV, radio, film, journalism and all that kind of stuff. I did a final piece for my course where I did a live music show where I put on live bands and stuff. After getting a taster, I tried putting a gig on back in...
  • Daniel Nathan - Co-founder & Chairman - Juice 107.2, CEO - totallyradio

    Daniel Nathan - Owner - Juice FM Daniel Nathan -  Co-founder & Chairman - Juice 107.2, CEO - totallyradio Tell me about your background, why and when did you come to Brighton? I was born and remained a Londoner until leaving University. Got into pirate radio as a teenager in the early 80s. Then in 1989, changes in the law made pirate radio a criminal offence. There was a strong family connection with Brighton and I had just finished a broadcast journalism course, was doing a bit of freelance work and also teaching at Goldsmiths’, my old college. A...
  • Richard Davies - Founder - Twickets

    Richard Davies - Founder - Twickets Richard Davies - Founder - Twickets Who are you and what is your job? I'm the founder of Twickets, the face value ticket exchange Can you tell us about your career background? I was a Biochemist graduate, though when I realised that laboratory life wasn't quite for me I entered the music industry working for EMI and Universal in product marketing. In the mid 1990's I set up one of the first digital media agencies. Our clients included Audi, Premier Inn, The...
  • Simon Raymonde - Bella Union

    Simon Raymonde - Bella Union Making Waves - Simon Raymonde - Bella Union Simon Raymonde is an English musician, record-producer and managing director of popular record label Bella Union. Simon is also well known for his contribution, as bass guitarist and keyboard player with the Cocteau Twins from 1983 to 1997. What is your job, and what does it entail? It's not really a job is it?! I spend all day listening to music, meeting bands, going to gigs all over the world, then helping some...
  • Marcus Hamblett - Owner - Wilkommen Records

    Marcus Hamblett - Owner - Wilkommen Records Who are you and what do you do? My name is Marcus Hamblett. I'm a musician first and foremost and I record and perform as a solo artist, as a duo with drummer Tom Heather, and with bands including Sons of Noel and Adrian, Eyes & No Eyes, Emma Gatrill, Rachael Dadd, Rozi Plain and many more on an occasional basis. I earn my bread and butter as a session musician and over the last few years I've been fortunate to tour regularly with Alessi's Ark, Laura...
  • Tim Cotterell - Centre Manager - Access To Music

    Tim Cotterell - Centre Manager - Access To Music What is your job title at ATM, how long have you worked there and what does your job involve? My job at ATM is to run the centre in Brighton; it involves everything from writing the timetable, dealing with any issues that arise, keeping Ofsted at a safe distance, getting the bills paid, sweeping up and of course, working with students on their music.  Tell me about your background, work wise and music related, before...
  • Frank Sansom - Director - Brightonsfinest Presents

    Frank Sansom - Director - Brightonsfinest Presents Frank Sansom - Director - Brightonsfinest Presents What is your job and what does it entail? I am the Owner and Managing Director of Brightonsfinest Presents and Brightonsfinest.com and I am responsible for overseeing the investment, the day to day running of both companies as well as the output.   What is Brightonsfinest Presents? Brightonsfinest Presents is a new artist and label services company providing marketing and promotion as well as National Sales, Distribution and...
  • Dave Cawley - Co-founder and Director - Fat Cat Records

    Dave Cawley - Co-founder and Director - Fat Cat Records Dave Cawley - Co-founder and Director - Fat Cat Records What is your job, and what does it entail? I'm the co-founder and Director of Fat Cat Records, along with Alex Knight. I do a bit of everything; I do some A&R, some of the website, I listen to a lot of demos, computer bits and pieces. What do they call it? Jack of all, master of none!   Tell me about your...
  • James Stringfellow - Director - Brighton Electric

    James Stringfellow - Director - Brighton Electric James Stringfellow - Director - Brighton Electric What is your job, and what does it entail? Director at Brighton Electric, AKA Captain of the ship. I own & run Brighton Electric and all that entails.   Tell me about your background. Got a Degree in Marine Navigation, failed at being a rockstar, now a crazed studio business survivor…   Why and when did you...
  • Derry Watkins – Co-Owner of Resident

    Derry Watkins – Co-Owner of Resident Derry Watkins – Co-Owner of Resident What is your job, and what does it entail? I run Resident with my wife Natasha. I look after most of the buying for the shop, filtering the literally thousands of releases that record companies put out every month to hopefully choose the 100 or so new titles a week that our customers are most interested in. Apart from that, I help Natasha look after the rest of our brilliant team of music nerds, all the normal stuff that goes into running your...


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