ADVISORY BOARD

Martin Carvell - Managing Director at DJ Magazine

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DJ Magazine is the world’s leading dance music publication and is translated into over 10 different languages every month. It is the promoter of the world famous Top 100 DJs and Top 100 Clubs polls which garner over half a million votes each year. This in addition to a series of worldwide events the world’s most exciting clubs explain DJmag’s status as one of the strongest and instantly recognised brands in the worldwide dance music industry.

Ralf Kollmann - Founder / Managing Director at Mobilee Records

In partnership with Anja Schneider, and what began as a side project quickly expanded into a fully-fledged career as mobilee blossomed from a small, homegrown label into a full-on music and entertainment enterprise. Kollmann earned his stripes within the mid-1990s techno communities of Cologne and Frankfurt, before moving to Berlin in 2002; since then he has become a central figure in the development of the capital’s musical identity. Under Kollmann’s guidance, and with his discerning ear, mobilee records and offshoot label Leena have risen through the ranks since 2005 to become one of the brightest stars in Berlin’s glittering galaxy of electronic music labels.

Keir Tyrer - Director/Co-Owner of Shogun Audio & Temple Publishing

The award-winning, drum & bass empire that has been responsible for shaping the careers of some of electronic music’s most successful artists such as Rockwell, Icicle, Alix Perez and of course BBC Radio 1’s Friction. Having started his own career as a producer some 15 years ago under the alias K-Tee with numerous record releases to his name he is today a record label & publishing company director, A&R scout, multi-national events planner, marketer and artist manager for both Rockwell and Icicle.

Russ Yallop - DJ/Producer

Few producers of recent years have exploded onto the underground house scene like Crosstown Rebels’ Russ Yallop. While some producers spend years finding their feet, Russ made a clear statement of intent with ‘I Can’t Wait’ his debut release on Crosstown Rebels, a solid cut of nu-school house that was charted across the board, with ‘Rock Me’ the B-side being picked up by DJ Mag and featured on their ‘Best of British’ covermount compilation.

Sammy Verghese - Proprietor of The Arch and The Hub Nightclubs, Brighton

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Sammy is a 26 year old entrepreneur with previous business experience in a variety of industries. His career in the music industry began when he was approached by a Brighton nightclub to run events whilst studying at University. As they say, the rest is history. Under Sammy’s management the business grew from strength to strength and his company promoted over a dozen weekly and one monthly event at numerous venues in the city and that’s not including the afterparties! Sammy then made the natural, yet often unprecedented progression into nightclub ownership, where he is now the Proprietor / Creative & Musical Director of The Arch & The Hub nightclubs in Brighton

Terry Weerasinghe - Vice President of Music Services at Beatport

With more than 12 years of experience in the music industry, he most recently served as head of marketing for Native Instruments’ DJ division and has previously held a senior marketing position at Panasonic.

Prok & Fitch - Fitch - DJ/Producer

Since joining forces eight years ago, Ben Prok and James Fitch, better known as Prok & Fitch, have established themselves as leaders in house music, consistently producing Beatport Top 10’s, managing their own flourishing label Floorplay Music, and smashing clubs worldwide with their alluring, unadulterated sound.

Seamus Haji - DJ/Co-Owner of Big Love Records

Best known for his hit remake of “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life” and Booty Luv’s “Boogie 2Nite” which were both Worldwide club hits! More recently he’s been getting much love for his productions on Beatport with his recent releases on Big Love, Strictly Rhythm & Rising respectively with with EDX, Cevin Fisher & Nelski. Currently he’s working on new productions and his latest single called “After Midnight (Aurora Lights)” on his Big Love label peaked in the top 10 of the UK Dance Charts and has been getting heaving rotation from Steve Aoki, Paul Oakenfold, Sharam, Thomas Gold, StoneBridge, Kim Fai and many more. As a DJ, he plays all over the world and is a regular headliner at international events for the likes of Ministry of Sound & Hed Kandi. He wows with technical wizardry and, a previous official ambassador for Pioneer CDJs, takes DJ skills very seriously. He’s notched up 2 Essential Mixes for Radio 1 and played at two of their Radio 1 Big Weekenders. He’s spun at many of the major festivals in the UK such as Global Gathering, Creamfields & Pride as well as massive International events such as Mardi Gras (Sydney), Loveland (Amsterdam) playing in front of 20,000 people!

Stuart Knight - Managing Director at Toolroom Records

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Stuart Knight established Toolroom Records in 2003. Alongside his DJ/producer brother Mark Knight, he has shaped Toolroom into one of the leading independent dance companies in the world – launching the careers of some of today’s key electronic music artists in the process. More recently Stuart has steered Toolroom’s expansion into multiple business areas, including an international live brand in Toolroom Knights, which regularly hosts festival stages and arenas; content creation through Toolroom TV, which has been broadcast on Sky TV; and a successful publishing venture with Toolroom Publishing. Stuart oversees a staff of twenty at Toolroom HQ in Maidstone, Kent.

Mark Lawrence - CEO of Association of Electronic Music

After spending 10 years in senior roles at PRS for Music (UK), Mark moved on to combine his passion for Electronic Music with his experience in Membership Organisations by taking on the privileged role as the first Chief Executive of the Association for Electronic Music. AFEM is the global Trade Body for the entire Electronic Music community, from Creators to Labels, Clubs to Live, Tech to Media.

Carl Loben - Editor of DJ Mag

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Carl Loben has been a music journalist for over 20 years. He wrote for the weekly music paper Melody Maker for most of the 1990s, and was on the staff at DJ magazine for most of the noughties – he’s still a Contributing Editor to DJ Mag, and a freelance journalist, based in Brighton. Moving to DJ magazine just before the Millennium, he covered all the diverse electronic music styles and finished up as deputy editor before moving to Brighton and reverting back to freelance journalism once again. He wrote the electronic music section for the Billboard Music Encyclopaedia a few years ago, and wrote for MOJO magazine for most of the noughties too. He’s also written for the Guardian, Big Issue, Attitude and assorted other mags and websites. As well as writing, Carl also manages a ‘rock & rave’ band called Killaflaw, occasionally produces music himself, runs a record label – Westway – and DJs in clubs and at festivals. He’s interviewed many notable figures within music, and recently has started doing some lecturing too.

Keir Tyrer; Director/Co-Owner of Shogun Audio & Temple Publishing

The award-winning, drum & bass empire that has been responsible for shaping the careers of some of electronic music’s most successful artists such as Rockwell, Icicle, Alix Perez and of course BBC Radio 1’s Friction. Having started his own career as a producer some 15 years ago under the alias K-Tee with numerous record releases to his name he is today a record label & publishing company director, A&R scout, multi-national events planner, marketer and artist manager for both Rockwell and Icicle.

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