ADVISORY BOARD

Clare Spooner - Just Her

From deep house to techno, but always with feeling. Just Her’s trademark melodies and vocals have secured her releases with world class labels such as Get Physical, Anjunadeep & Global Underground, achieving a wealth of Beatport chart positions, an Essential New Tune on Radio 1 and gigs all over the world.

The music bug has always been there – from a childhood hi-fi addict, crafting homemade DJ mix tapes in her bedroom and playing any instrument within reach, to studying Creative Music Production and Lecturing in Music Technology, before taking the leap into full time production and DJing. First as the driving force behind the duo Him_Self_Her, and then as a solo artist, Just Her has grown and evolved to become a major player in the Electronic Music scene.

Her debut solo EP ‘Flatline’ on Suara made waves across the underground, gaining plays from an array of industry greats, from Maya Jane Coles at DC10 Ibiza, to Agoria at Treehouse in Miami. Emotion filled hooks, heavy grooves and an eclectic production style are the hallmarks of her sound, and with a penchant for songwriting, her dance floor hit “Follow You Down” featuring her own vocals, quickly became one of the biggest selling releases of 2017 on Global Underground. More recently, an original EP on Spanish label Sincopat demonstrated the maturity and versatility in her productions, incorporating elements of house, deep house and techno, riding high in the Beatport charts and gaining support & plays from the likes of Sasha and Joyce Muniz. This was followed by her debut on the mighty Get Physical, with “Tabula Rasa” being one of the most highly received tracks on their latest Body Language album.

A self confessed multi-tasker, Just Her has also found the time and skills to establish her own brand ‘Constant Circles’ – a unique concept in which music & contemporary visual art are combined, with successful label parties across the UK & Europe and art exhibitions in Brighton and London already accomplished, plus many more in the pipeline. Alongside the label she also hosts two successful radio shows, self- syndicated to a number of platforms worldwide, including the highly regarded stations Frisky & Proton, as well as heading up a successful music & art blog that is rapidly gaining an underground following. Add to this a solid reputation for technical prowess and a dynamic energy on the decks, with sell out shows from South Africa to Lebanon to Ukraine, and it is clear why Just Her continues to develop a loyal base of fans from around the globe.

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.

Christine Brown - Director of External Affairs

A dynamic and experienced music industry communications strategist, Christine Brown has had a ten year tenure at the leading independent music charity Help Musicians UK, where she has risen up the ranks from a temp to today where she holds the position of Director Of External Affairs & Business Development.

With an early career working at Decca Records and studying music at Royal Holloway, Christine has a cross-genre knowledge of music and the industry and this proved vital in co-authoring HMUK’s transformational Agenda 2021 strategy that takes the charity into its centenary year.

Christine is a tireless campaigner on behalf of the music industry. It was Christine’s vision in 2014 which prompted HMUK to initiate a plan to address the mental health challenges within the music industry. In late 2016, she spearheaded the most successful campaign in HMUK’s history, the Can Music Make You Sick? academic study, which was the biggest research into mental health in the music industry and attracted global headlines. This success continued with the launch and delivery of the industry’s most comprehensive 24/7 mental health service and support line, Music Minds Matter. She has provided insight into music and mental health at events all over Europe and beyond – including chairing and featuring on panels in Sweden, Ibiza, Germany, Holland and in the UK.

Christine has also been instrumental in the charity’s #HearforMusicians campaign which has led to over 5,000 people in the industry receiving hearing protection in 2017. Christine has also led the charity’s gender equality focus for 2018, successfully launched HMUK’s first regional brand in Northern Ireland in 2016 and is designing the organisation’s first-ever business development strategy.

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, Director of Talent, AEI Group

Hailing from Brighton in the UK, Sarah has over 15 years experience in dance music events and has promoted some of the UK’s biggest brands.

After managing venues and 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 50 events 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 industries most exciting music and expanding within the global events market.

Working with the RAM records team, Sarah helped to expand their events business into new areas and take on larger venues, with their first Andy C ‘All Night’ at Brixton Academy, while managing their tours and events. Continuing to be a lead booker and consultant for various festivals both in and outside the UK she has maintained her reputation as one of the industries ‘go to’ members when it comes to live events and an authority that is respected across the scene.

Now residing at AEI Group as their Director of Talent, Sarah books Festivals including Detonate Festival and El Dorado and works on their brands including Let It Roll, UKF and Drum&BassArena.

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.

Dane Streeter - Co-Founder MD Sharp Stream

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.

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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