MEET THE TEAM
Meet The TeamThe Insiders Guide
Songwriter & Producer
TiG team member Alan Glass can truly justify the term ‘legendary songwriter.”
Born in New Orleans, Alan absorbed a rainbow of musical styles from that amazing city. That exotic mix informs his love of all genres of music and his hit song writing credits totally reflect this, from ‘Soul’ to ‘Country’ to ‘Rock’ to ‘Dance.’ and even ‘Opera’ !
Alan will be joining us to discuss his creative approach to writing hit songs, craft killer productions and the discuss real ‘business’ of music in today’s environment.
His credits include songs for:
Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Kenny G, Earth Wind and Fire, Shena Easton Lighthouse Family, Maxi Priest, George Benson, Aswad, Liberty X, Mis-Teeq plus so countless more including X Factor winners all over Europe.
Alan was mentored in production by Philadelphian legend Thom Bell as well as Maurice White (EWF)
The Insiders’ Guide is proud to have Alan Glass as part of our amazing team.
Copyright & Legal
Pete Dyson has been an independent legal advisor working within the music industry for over 20 years in areas specialising in such areas as recording and publishing contracts. He also deals with the television and movie industry especially where issues interface with music.
Pete has been supplying legal counsel to record companies such as Fierce Panda and Damaged Goods Records as well as to management (Elbow, Coldplay etc.) and artists (Raveonettes, Maps, Wretch 32, Cornershop, Marco Pironni)
A respected lecturer at the Berklee College of Music and London Metropolitan University, Pete’s knowledge and experience makes him an in-demand consultant around the world and especially in China where the home grown music market is exploding.
Having access to Pete’s experience and his ability to make the complex legal maze of the music industry not only understandable but also straightforward, he is ideally qualified to offer legal advice and insight to those starting their careers, returning to music or for those who want to accelerate their journey.
Nashville Songwriters & Sessions
Nashville’s Lost Hollow are Tommy and Lorrie Harden.
Tommy is one of the elite session players & producers on the Nashville scene. He has written, played and produced for countless star artists including Alan Jackson, Reba MacIntire, Beth Neilson Chapman, Rodney Crowell, Waylon Jennings and many more.. He’s even played at the White House for 3 different presidents !
Tommy is a producer, arranger, songwriter and session musician and Lorrie a respected hit songwriter and vocalist. Between them they have that rare understanding of the British music scene and how to write for both sides of the Atlantic.
They bring the heart of Nashville to London and The Insider’s Guide.
Promo & Social Media
Romeo is passionate about helping people achieve their creative goals in life, especially when it comes to music.
As a musician and songwriter himself he knows first-hand the challenges that we all face in the music business.
Combining this hands-on experience with continued research and application of sales and marketing strategies and tactics (especially using social media), Romeo brings his unique skillset to bear on helping musicians acheive more.
And as the oranganiser of monthly educational seminars at PRS, and multiple weekly open mic nights in London, Romeo is actively supporting a huge and diverse range of musicians and performers, as well as private clients.
“I’m proud, and honoured, to be asked by Tim and Rita to help be a part of The Insider’s Guide to the Music Industry, and look forward to inspiring and empowering as many musicians as I can to take the next few steps in their career, regardless of whether they’re just getting started or are veterns of the business; we all have more we can learn…and apply!” – Romeo Crow
Networking Consultant and Musical Geisha founder, Rowena Morgan, will be joining us and sharing her deep knowledge and insight into the world of how to network effectively within the music industry to enable you to make the contacts you need to make within the industry and what to do afterwards to make the most of the contacts you do make. She will also explain the psychology of networking so even a wall flower can network with confidence.
In 2009 Rowena commenced 5 years of work at BASCA, home of the Ivor Novello Awards as their Business Development Officer, primarily responsible for recruiting top songwriters and composers to join the organisation. Overwhelmed by how many of these songwriters and composers who needed her assistance with meeting useful people within the music industry despite many of them being award winning and having gone platinum, she founded the Musical Geisha Networking Nights so that she could help as many people as possible in one night. She has now been running these events for 5 years for up to 150 people a time, some of whom now fly in from even America and Europe to attend this event. In 2013 she was made an Honoured Friend of LIPA – The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts – for her services in introducing guest speakers for their students. She was given this award for her services alongside music industry luminaries such as Marc Ronson and Seymour Stein.
Label, Publishing & Management
Steve is a music industry veteran with a rich and successful career having been involved in music since 1977 when he signed a recording deal as a member of punk band Menace with his future boss and legendary entrepreneur Miles Copeland.
Steve has been involved in literally hundreds of artists careers as a manager, label boss (IRS Records and Ark 21) and a successful music publisher.
Steve’s wealth of knowledge, contacts and his artist friendly approach has served him well with associations to many multi platinum selling artists including REM, The Police, Duran Duran, Black Sabbath, Sting, Jools Holland, Belinda Carlisle ,Zucherro Paul Carrack, The Alarm, Chaz Jankel, Peter Frampton and many, many more.
His love of Rock music is well documented having signed the legendary Tony Iommi as well as Black Sabbath in the late 1980’s . Among the many classic artists Steve has worked with he cites “Night of the Guitar” as a high point which saw nine of the worlds greatest Rock guitarists unite for an unforgettable tour . The show included the late Alvin Lee, Robbie Krieger (The Doors) Steve Howe (Yes) among the stellar lineup.
For the last two years he has guided the career of legendary Drummer Ginger Baker one of the most important musicians in Rock Music as a founder member of Cream alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce in the late 60’s..
He is currently working with Bernie Marsden, one of the UK’S finest guitarists and founder member of the multi platinum Whitesnake on “Fretmania – A Night of Guitars” a touring concept for spring 2017.
Most recently Steve has become the co-managing director of Marshall Records – The brand new record label in partnership with the legendary amplification company Marshall Amps. Marshall have been at the forefront of live and recorded music since the 60s, but are now taking their first steps content creation and artist development, choosing Steve to lead the change – a challenge he’s more than ready for!
Steve Tannett’s insider knowledge and advice is invaluable to artists and songwriters starting out, coming back to the industry or to those wanting to take their careers to the next level.
Promo & Media
Matt Allen is a music/media professional with over 10 years experience in the creative sector. As co-Director of The Famous Company, over the past 5 years, Matt has worked to develop it into the UK’s largest artist development company. Proudly boasting a roster of clients from across the UK, Europe, US and Australia, The Famous Company has positioned itself as the market leader in music services for the unsigned sector.
The award winning team at The Famous Company include mutli-platinum selling producers alongside some of the best vocal coaches, photographers and artist managers in the business.
Rita began touring and writing with her first band at the age of 15, which soon led to a full time career as Songwriter and session singer – working in all genres from Pop to drum ‘n bass, dance, rock and TV.
Rita is a multi platinum selling number 1 hit songwriter who’s worked and written with a diverse range of artists including Steps (for whom she wrote the UK Number 1 hit ‘Stomp’), Michael McDonald, Cher, Paul Weller, The Brand New Heavies, Westlife, Jools Holland, StoneBridge, Dave Gilmore, Roger Taylor, Westlife, Paul Carrack, Bonnie Tyler, The Scorpions, Lemon Jelly, Rebecca Ferguson, Russell Watson and many more…. Being a prolific songwriter, covering a broad range of genres with many cuts and releases for various artists, she is also regularly approached to write for TV, film & Ads, keeping her very busy in her London studio.
Rita stands as one of the UK’s most in demand featured vocal artists & songwriters and has lent her songwriting skills and voice to some of the biggest tracks in the worlds of pop and dance. Her distinctive voice is most widely known for featuring on huge chart anthems ‘Crazy World’ and ‘In This Silence’. As a session vocalist, Rita’s vocals and backing vocals can be heard in many genres and medias from TV and Radio ads to X Factor UK & USA and Britain’s Got Talent & USA’s Got Talent – for which Rita records the backing vocals for air.
Alongside writing and performing worldwide, Rita is also a respected vocal coach working with many signed / unsigned artists and bands, and presents masterclasses and workshops all over the UK. Rita sits on the Songwriterʼs Executive Committee & Gold Badge Committee at BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors), The Singers’ Committee at Equity, and has been a UK judge for the Eurovision Song Contest, The Ivor Novello Awards and The Gold Badge Awards
For more info: www.ritacampbell.co.uk
Although best known as one of the UK’s most respected songwriters, Charlie enjoys a multi-faceted career that includes acting in film, TV & radio, composition for film and TV, writing for radio and comedy improvisation.
Her songs have won two ASCAP awards, an Ivor Novello nomination, both the Overall Grand and the Folk Prize from the International Acoustic Music Awards and in 2012 and Best Album Lyrics from the Indy Acoustic Project for her album Cheapskate Lullabyes.
Known for her bittersweet, often quietly subversive lyrics, she is one of a handful of UK writers to have success across many genres, defined by the range of artists to have covered her songs, including Tina Turner, George Harrison, Celine Dion, Lisa Stansfield, Paul Carrack, Ricky Ross, and Jimmy Nail, notching up along the way a UK No 1, US No 4, No 11 for her own Pilot of the Airwaves (still on the core Radio 2 playlist) and top10 hits in Italy, Germany, France and Israel. She released her 8th album, Milk Roulette last year and is touring across the UK throughout 2016.
Artist Development Coach & Mentoring
Clare came into the music business as a talent scout for Chrysalis Music and moved on to A&R, before getting Cooltempo off the ground in the early days of Hip Hop and House. She moved on to set up Deconstruction Records with her husband and they had their first international smash hit with Black Box ‘Ride On Time’
By the time Clare went on to become A&R for Dance at Polydor she felt it was time to find a path that would compliment her music experience but put her more in touch with the creative spark of the making of music.
Clare studied and became one of the country’s leading artist development coaches and mentors .
This unique combination of music industry experience and her therapy skills is proving invaluable in equipping new artists and writers to have the emotional confidence and resilience to launch and sustain their musical careers.
Clare’s current clients are artists and writers signed to Sony Music, Island Records, Warner Music, RCA (U.S.), Sony ATV, Interscope and many more.
Crowd Funding & Sync Publishing
Rob Flanagan is the drummer for Some Velvet Morning, whose credits include music for the movies ‘Kick-Ass’ & ‘Filth’ and most recently a Europe wide advert for Renault Megane. In addition to crowdfunding £100,000 of fan investment for the band, Rob’s other business interests have been focused on music publishing, where he has worked with Cutting Edge, Cooking Vinyl, Manfred Mann, The Yardbirds, Altitude Music and Bill Bailey amongst others.
Tim Fraser is a multi-platinum songwriter who’s songs have been covered by artists such as Tina Turner, Billy Myers, Lulu, Joana Zimmer, Kaybee Cashmore, Ricki Lee Coulter, Poloroid, Louise Setara, Beaulah, Lost Hollow, Marcella Detroit, Tammy Weis, X Factor winners and many more. His songs have been used in hit TV shows, such as CSI Las Vegas, Smallville, major movies (Love Me Still) and blockbuster video games. His regular collaborations are with Ivor Novello, Grammy and Oscar winning writers such as Phil Pickett, Terry Britten, Don Black, Hawk Wolinsky and Alan Glass.
Tim is a full board director of BASCA and vice chair of The Songwriters’ Executive fighting for songwriters’ rights. He is also a guest lecturer in music copyright and music career development at colleges and universities.
Tim is an in-demand speaker on song writing and music industry issues. He is a passionate believer in passing on essential knowledge to the creator and combining the art of song writing with a deep understanding of the business as it is today.
John Saunderson is the day to day contact for all writers within the company. John is responsible for pitching songs worldwide to major and independent labels on behalf of the constantly increasing number of talented writers there are on our roster. John also specialises in the organising of NHM’s highly successful writing camps both in the UK and abroad. email@example.com
Luc Floreani is an international singer songwriter and manager, born in Alice Springs, Central Australia. He has worked with artists including Amy Winehouse, Corrine Bailey Rae, Sam Smith, Blake, numerous X Factor/The Voice contestants, Jack Bruce, Marcella Detroit, Tony Hatch, Barry Mason, Kasabian, Darren Hayes and Starsailor. He wrote the theme tune for Australia’s Channel 7 television current affairs program “Today Tonight”, the Prince’s Rainforest Project campaign song, Euro Gay Pride theme song 2011 Cand the title track to the film “Darkness”. Luc is the current host for OK Magazine Music Sessions online. “Live with Luc Floreani ” and a regular featured writer in www.trebuchet-magazine.com
KYLIE MINOGUE * THE KLAXONS * ENRIQUE IGLESIAS * SPILLER * FRAGMA * GRACE *
SOPHIE ELLIS BEXTOR * HOLLY VALANCE * BLUE * CHARLOTTE CHURCH
CO-WROTE THE UK’S TOP RADIO HIT OF THE LAST DECADE – AND THE THIRD
In 2000 Rob Davis wrote the record phenomenon of the year – Spiller’s ‘If This Ain’t Love’ . He then trumped it with the boundary crossing pop single of the year – Kylie’s ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’, co-written & co-produced with Cathy Dennis, which went to No.1 in over 25 countries, and earned them 3 Ivor Novello awards : most performed , best international, and best dance song.
An accomplished producer, and guitar and keyboard player, Rob also saw his song ‘I Need A Miracle’ for Fragma hit the No.1 spot, and added the top line to the underground instrumental sleeper ‘Right On’ by Silicone Soul, and co-wrote the hits ‘Get Over You’ for Sophie Ellis Bextor (No 2). ‘When I Lost You’ for Sarah Whatmore (No 6), and solely wrote ‘Down Boy’ for Holly Valance (No2).
Introduced to dance music in the late 80s by Paul Oakenfold, in 1988 he co-produced with the legendary DJ the early Ibiza anthem and worldwide Number 1 dance hit ‘Jibaro’ by Elektra, going on to write and co-produce the beautiful ‘Joy & Heartbreak’ for Movement 98 and the huge ‘Not Over Yet’ for Grace, which was recently recorded and released by The Klaxons.
In demand as a writer and producer, Rob has worked with the cream of British and American songwriters and artists. He is equally adept at turning an instrumental dance groove into a FM-friendly anthem or creating pop classics from scratch.
• 2004 GRAMMY * WINNER * for “COME INTO MY WORLD” by KYLIE MINOGUE.
• “CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD” WAS THE MOST PLAYED AND PERFORMED SONG IN THE UK IN THE LAST DECADE.
• “IF THIS AIN’T LOVE” WAS THE UK’S TOP RADIO HIT OF THE LAST DECADE AND “CAN’T GET YOU OF MY HEAD” WAS THE THIRD TOP.
CO – WRITERS :Lamont Dozier, Eg White, Shelley Poole, Chris Braide, Wayne Hector, Greg Alexander, Stannard & Gallagher, Steve Mac, Paul Barry, Cathy Denis, Marcella Detroit, Jonathan Shorten, Kara dia Guardi, Helen Boulding, Jimmy Harry, Victor Imbres, Lindy Robbins, Andrea Remanda, Hanne Sorvaag, Amanda Ghost, Kylie, Charlotte Church, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Enrique, Brand New Heavies, Dannii Minogue, Boy George, The Hollies
Music rights & Registration expert
Helienne Lindvall is an award-winning professional songwriter, musician and music and media writer for publications including the Guardian. Hailing from Sweden, she worked as a session singer, recording artist and performer in Stockholm and NYC before settling in London, where she signed a publishing deal with BMG Scandinavia. Since then she’s been working with recording artists on both sides of the Atlantic, including Roger Sanchez and Big Daddy Wilson, collaborating with award-winning writers such as Jörgen Elofsson (Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears), Patrik Berger (Icona Pop, Robyn) and Steve McEwan (Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood).
From 2008, Helienne started championing creators’ rights, when she was given a weekly music blog at the Guardian. Since then she’s also written for numerous other publications around the world, including Digital Music News and The Australian. She appears regularly on TV, including Sky News and BBC.
Helienne is a board director of the British Academy of Songwriters Composers and Authors, and recently became head of business relations for music rights management platform Auddly.com, co-owned by hitmakers Max Martin, Abba’s Björn Ulvaeus and Avicii manager Ash Pournouri. She remains active as a professional musician and songwriter.