ADVISORY BOARD

Amy Jayne - Promotions & Marketing Manager, Shogun Audio

With extensive knowledge and connections in the dance music world, Amy has grown to become one of the most established marketing execs in her field. With 4 years experience running the marketing department for D&B powerhouse Hospital Records, she has grown to become a multifaceted individual with extensive knowledge of the wider musical landscape.

In 2016, she was also recognised by ‘Music Week’s 30 Under 30 Best of The Rest’, a list celebrating the brightest young execs in the music industry. With appearances as a guest panellist at conferences such as Amsterdam Dance Event, AIM’s Indie Con and Beats Evolution Conference in Prague, she has proved that she can confidently share her wisdom with large audiences across the world.
This year Amy swapped city life for the seaside, bagging herself a spot on the Brighton Music Conference advisory board. Joining Shogun Audio LTD in September 2017, she now runs the marketing departments for Shogun Audio, Elevate Records, SGN:LTD and Maraki Records.

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.

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.

Ashley Howard - Dance Account Manager, PRS for Music

Ashley manages PRS for Music’s relationships with writer and publisher members who specialise in dance/electronic music and raises awareness of PRS for Music’s service within the genre. He is also part of a project team that is evaluating how Music Recognition Technology could be used to identify music played by DJs in licensed clubs, bars, pubs and music festivals in the UK.

PRS for Music pay royalties to its members when their work is performed, broadcast, streamed, downloaded, reproduced, played in public or used in film and TV.

Ashley’s introduction to the music industry was at distribution company SRD as a sales rep for over 100 UK music retailers before spending nearly 10 years at leading independent drum & bass label Hospital Records, heading up their publishing company but also working extensively in A&R, label management and sync licensing.

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.

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.

Sarah Cole, Talent Booker / Promoter

Hailing from Brighton in the UK, Sarah has over 16 years’ experience in dance music events and has promoted some of the UK’s biggest brands and artists around the world. After promoting club nights Sarah went to work for and eventually bought the Brighton based, award winning record label and events brand SuperCharged.

To this day the brand continues to present over 40 club shows & festival stages a year and retains a stronghold as being one of the most reputable club brands in dance music on the South Coast.

Whilst maintaining the ground level club events Sarah has continued to develop her skills and expand her knowledge into new areas of the events industry, working along some of the industry’s most exiting music artists and expanding across the global events market. She has worked with reputable record labels including Tru Thoughts, Shogun Audio and more recently Ram Records where she expanded their event portfolio and worked on the first Ram Records and Andy C ‘All Night’ Brixton Academy events. Continuing to be a lead booker and consult for various festivals she has maintained her reputation as one of the industries ‘go to’ members when it comes to live events.

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.

Greg Marshall - Association For Electronic Music

Currently the Head of Membership at the Association For Electronic Music (AFEM) following a 20 year route through the music industry as a drummer, producer and DJ with extensive experience within record shops, independent labels, music rights and royalties organisations. The love of music, organising, connecting and helping people brings me here.

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.

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.

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