Alex Knight (FatCat Records)

In 1989 Alex Knight  co-founded the Fat Cat record shop, going on to establish the record company of the same name. The Brighton-based label boasts an eclectic selection of artists ranging from songwriters to contemporary classical composers, and techno to Malian Takamba.

Early signings included Icelandic acts Sigur Rós and Mum, and in recent years several Scottish artists have joined the roster including the Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpack and a highlight from last year’s Wide Days showcase programme, PAWS. Fat Cat was also home to Frightened Rabbit before the band signed to Atlantic.

Boasting an office in the US, Fat Cat has succeeded in establishing many artists Stateside.

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Jamie Webster (Instinctive Racoon)

Jamie Webster runs Glasgow based management and promotions company- Instinctive Racoon, who work with Three Blind Wolves, Washington Irving and Over The Wall. In his time managing Three Blind Wolves he has booked successful tours in UK, The Netherlands and USA that has seen the band perform at a number of Festivals including T in the Park (2010 & 2011), Great Escape (2010), Eurosonic (2012), SXSW and CMF (Canadian Music Fest).

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Dougal Perman (Walking Heads)

Digital media producer Dougal Perman leads creative content communication company Inner Ear (www.innerear.co.uk), which runs alternative internet radio station Radio Magnetic (www.radiomagnetic.com). Inner Ear produces and promotes programmes for a wide variety of arts, music and cultural clients, runs live online broadcasts, engages audiences through social media and provides specialist training and consultancy.

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Shannon Davis (Rock n Roll Marathon)

Event Manager for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series.  For the past 6 years, Davis has managed races all across the U.S., and recently, moved to London to launch the Rock ‘n’ Roll brand overseas.  As an event manager, she is at the center of it all – overseeing everything from the marketing, advertising and production, to the merchandise, course operations, and hotel, city, and community relations.  She says the most exciting aspect of it all is the entertainment coordination
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Rob Howell (Bluemungus)

Rob Howell is a partner of Leith-based mobile development firm Bluemungus, who develop apps for iPhone, iPad, Android and web. Rob is also active within the Scottish independent music scene, previously playing in Capitals, Come On Gang! and now recording solo material under the name Crisis Council. He is also one of the founders of locationmusic.tv, which features acoustic video sessions from some of the best artists currently gigging in Scotland.

 

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Scott Cohen (The Orchard)

Scott Cohen co-founded The Orchard, the world’s largest marketing and digital music distribution companies. Its services include licensing, management, publishing and collection management, as well as technological solutions to all things music-related. Cohen has a background in artist management and currently represents Danish band The Raveonettes and The Dum Dum Girls.

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Peter Dyson (London Metropolitan University)

Pete Dyson is a music lawyer and senior lecturer at London Metropolitan University, where he has been carrying out research into how hotels use music to enhance both branding and the guest experience. His work has identified many different areas ranging from Muzak, to in-house venues, themes based on specific acts and the adoption of technology such as ipod docking stations and spotify playlists.
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