TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, NOT A FORTUNE!”
DATE: FRIDAY 25th & Saturday 26th MAY 2007
VENUE: “PULSE” @ Leeds University Union: Lifton Place, Leeds, LS2 9JZ
1: 10.00 am–11.30 am Capacity 60 people.
PANEL: Ash Kollakowski, Simon Stevens, Richard Watson, Howi Taylor & booking agent Jon Slade – Elastic Artists.
Ashley is the Promotions Manager at The Faversham. He set up the now famous PIGS club with Ricky Wilson and Nick Hodgson from Kaiser Chiefs in Sept 2002. After the success of the night he was approached by the owners of The Faversham to look after the live programming and events, which subsequently turned into Bad Sneakers and also the bi-yearly festival Nasty Fest. Last year he and his business partners set up Bad Sneakers Records and Bad Sneakers Management, they now manage Domino artists Wild Beasts who they originally released on their own label last October.
Simon Stevens has been involved in the Leeds Music scene for the last 7 years – playing promoting and tour managing bands in some of the UK’s most prestigious and dangerous venues. After assisting during the infancy of Dance to the Radio, Simon now holds the position of A and R manager and also is also a booker for Futuresound - one of the UK’s leading independent promoters.
Richard Watson has been promoting clubs, gigs and concerts throughout the region, UK and Europe for 15 years and has also been involved in developing artists, singles that have entered the national charts, Television and radio commissions and live broadcasts. He is the director of Illustrious Creative Education who specialise in developing and mentoring creative people, and is responsible for planning the industry seminars & workshops for “Live @ Leeds.”
Howi is a tour manager & artist PA of 9 years experience who has worked for DJ and producer Jacques Lu Cont, Kosheen, Level 42, Slum Village, Zoot Woman and is currently looking after Leeds band Dead Disco who have just signed to 679 records. He started out as a young pup as a bassist and songwriter for a number of professional & signed bands.
In only 3 short years, Elastic Artists has grown up to become one of the most highly regarded booking agencies in the UK. Founded in 2004 by Jon Slade, formerly an agent at Profile, Concert Clinic and Coda Agencies, Elastic represents all that is good and great about leftfield, experimental and avant-garde music from across the globe. Handling clients from every continent, booking shows in every major city in the world, Elastic has built its success on launching, developing and cementing the reputations of such Artists as Gilles Peterson, Matthew Herbert, The Cinematic Orchestra, Coldcut, Animal Collective, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Pop Levi and Psapp to name but a few.
2: 11.30–12 noon Capacity 60 people
PANEL: Leeds Guide + Sandman magazines
Meet the music journalists and learn about getting the press interested – are they actually interested. Are there different agendas between local & national press? Find out how music press works and how to use the press to promote you and your band.
Dan Jeffrey is Editor-in-Chief of Leeds Guide publishing. He began on the magazine as a book reviewer, and then edited Leeds Guide for four years. He now oversees the editorial department and writes music reviews.
Neal Addison starting off writing reviews for Maximum Rock 'n' Roll whilst working in the US but is now on the editorial team for Sandman Magazine. He has also been published in Leeds Guide, Moving Manchester, Contact Music and Queen Amongst Idiots.
3: 12.45–1.45 pm Capacity 60 people
Speaker: Andy Farrow & Liz Lenton
Andy Farrow is the MD of Northern Music Co ltd, a management company that has been established over 19 years and currently manages; Opeth (roadrunner), Paradise Lost (century media), Oceansize (superball), INME (Graphite), Soilwork (Nuclear Blast), Jan Cyrka and producer Jens Bogren. The company specialises in building long term international careers and enabling bands to own and control their own masters. A record label Graphite Records has also just been established through V2/Universal
Liz Lenten is the
MD of Scarlet Records, an independent record label, and management and
music services company. She also runs Scarlet Songs Publishing. She
works with artists including Shane MacGowan and Eliza Carthy, and previously
Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake), Peter Brown (Cream lyricist) and many others.
Liz is also a recording artist, and with her band AUBURN recently toured
UK and Europe with Sophie Ellis Bextor.
Panel: Dance To The Radio & Domino Records
Speakers: Mick & Whiskas “Dance to the Radio” & Bart McDonagh – “Domino Records”
Giving an insight
in to independent labels, and how they work, how to attract interest
(including prompting your self), what these labels are looking for,
how they look for it, (the DEAL if you are very lucky), what does a
record deal mean, what happens next, what are you commitments &
responsibilities, what is expected of you, what you should expect from
a/ your label, marketing, promo, retail et al -
Bart McDonagh has been working at Domino for just over 7 years. Starting off as warehouse manager he now hold the position of Project Manager working on the marketing & promotion of bands such as Franz Ferdinand, James Yorkston, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Bonde Do Role amongst others.
Buzzing home grown Leeds Indie label Dance to The Radios Whiskas & Mick along with Bart McDonagh the Project Manager from Domino Records, are here to tell you how indie labels work, and how to make this knowledge work for you.
Break: 2.45–3.00 pm
5: 3–4 pm Capacity 60 people
Speaker: Anna Deans – music lawyer.
Contracts – basics, different types, pitfalls, horror stories, anecdotes and how vital legal advice is to protect you, your work, income and your career by not signing your life away.
Anna qualified as a solicitor in 2004 following the completion of her training contract with hlw Commercial Lawyers. HLW is a vibrant Yorkshire law firm and has offices in Sheffield and Leeds, the firm provides a comprehensive commercial legal service to its' clients. Anna specialises in all aspects of intellectual property and media/entertainment disputes. HLW represent many well-known and successful artists, who cannot be disclosed because of client confidentiality.
6: 4–5 pm Capacity 60 people
Speaker: Tony K
He will explain
how to make money from your own recordings, market yourself, get established,
get distribution, work hard, learn lots & have a jolly good time
along the way. And you get to keep all the money, no one else clawing
it away from you!
*These are very
limited; book a slot for the people you want to speak with. Book these
1 to 1 sessions with our panellists/ speakers when you arrive, be early
to avoid disappointment!.
May 2pm–4pm @ Leeds Guide offices. Capacity 20 people
To apply for this
workshop e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org . Also tell us a little
about yourself, music you like, if you have a favourite music magazine’
and why you would like to review do this workshop.
1. Alan Raw from BBC radio “Raw Talent Show” is giving demo feedback sessions with 1-to-1 meeting & feedback. If he likes your demo he WILL play it on his show thefollowing Sunday, you may even get an interview with you or your band on the show! Alan is a regional adviser for Music Industry Provision, he presents the award winning radio show BBC Raw Talent and the new artist profile series on BBC1’s Look North.
2. "Access to music through song writing" This workshop will take you through the process of song writing, where you will be writing your own songs & learning the production methods used to complete and record them.
3. Free studio time with an engineer supplied. Calling all bands and artists; if you have songs ready to record, now is your chance. You will have the use of a studio and engineer to get your tracks down!
To apply for these
workshops e-mail: email@example.com. Telling us which you
would like to apply for, also a little about yourself, interests, music
you like etc, and why you would like do the workshop.
MUSICIANS - Register for a limited place FREE Consultancy/Mentoring
service, culminating in a prestigious showcase gig. Illustrious Creative
Educationwill take you through from getting a venue to promoting your
own gig, including creating your own buzz and press. The Consultancy/Mentoring
service will include strategy planning, detailed marketing plans and
a planned route forward involving meaningful gigs, marketing, data-base
building, networking opportunities and profile-building at both a regional
and national level. The aim of this free service is to give you the
knowledge and understanding of the processes and routes involved in
becoming self-sufficient and increasing your chances of success and
also open-up other career opportunities. Otherwise your band could go
nowhere; however we can actually help you, as we know how the industry
actually works and have a good idea as to where it is going. This is
suitable for all artists and bands whatever stage you are at in your
The Leeds Guide
are welcoming gig reviews from any budding music journalists who are
going to the Live@Leeds gigs. We can’t promise we will publish
all the reviews but the best ones will be featured on www.leedsguide.co.uk.
above sessions and workshops are free, you must apply and register with
us to attend. There will be a very high demand for these limited places,
register EARLY to avoid disappointment.
For further information or to register your interest to attend please e mail us: