a dark enchantment

 


i was previously employed in the music business. i managed several bands, producers. i worked for several record companies in london, and then started a small music publishing company with one of my old bosses (and great friend), nigel reveler, called a & r music. i also ran a small music publishing company, all media publishing, which i started with another dear friend, david miller (formerly finitribe).


i now run a new music publishing and management company, all media songs, that is based in laguna beach (right beside all the west coast based music and entertainment companies) representing song writers and artists around the world.


it all started in the 80’s when i came across the glasgow band secession playing at the least expected place, buster brown’s in edinburgh. i spoke to them after the gig and swapped phone numbers. i was not sure why i did this or what on earth i could do to help them, but i was in no doubt that they were the best band i had ever seen. peter thomson the singer was not only the most charismatic front man ever, but he was an unbelievably brilliant songwriter. i had also recently met bob last (manager of the human league, abc, heaven 17 etc.) and played him the secession demos. under his brilliant guidance i started my own career in music management. to start i secured a record deal for secession at beggars banquet records, signing to terry hollingsworth & martin mills, for the first 2 singles, fire island and touch (betrayal was released on secession’s own label prior to my involvement). beggars banquet was not the right fit for secession, so with a bit of legal help i freed secession from their recording obligations. secession hit the road and performed in new york at the legendary ritz, it was an amazing time in new york and peter, charlie, and carole made it a trip to remember (rock & roll to excess). i then signed secession to simon hicks & dave betteridge at siren records, an imprint of virgin records, and recorded their first and only album “a dark enchantment” including the singles - michael, the magician, promise, radioland, & sneakyville. there was a lot of radio plays and glowing reviews with germany and the usa celebrating secession the most, but unfortunately the time was just not right. peter thomson sadly is no longer with us having died in the late 90’s, but his music and songs will be with me forever (i miss you peter and i trust you are at peace now, thank you for the wonderful experiences shared). here are links to more information, songs, videos and secession reviews on wikipedia, facebook and youtube - i have also added some recently found photos of secession’s tour of new york city and long island - follow this link at your own risk...


after secession i worked with other artists, bands and producers, but as i was not getting the income needed to pay a mortgage, i accepted an offer from terry hollingsworth to act as a record rep in scotland for the dance vinyl distribution company, deltra. i rapidly advanced from deltra to a larger distributor, mo’s music machine, and became their label manager in scotland. i then moved to a larger label and distributor, grapevine in london as their artist & label development manager. this was the best company i had worked for, under the guidance of nigel reveler, paddy prendergast & steve fernie, whilst working alongside graham kelly, colin jennings, claire power, alan mcblane and many others. in particular working with nigel reveler was a fantastic opportunity to meet and work with some of the industry’s greatest legends, and nigel always made sure that we enjoyed every minute of our careers under him. we always attended midem in cannes, popkomm in berlin, sxsw in austin and the infamous wmc in miami. those were the days...


after grapevine got swallowed up by rmg, i moved back to scotland. nigel reveler and i set up a music publishing company, a&r music in a joint venture with notting hill music. we partnered with andy mcqueen, peter chalcraft & dave loader, and together we signed the catalogue from the dance label 23rd precinct, numerous other dance catalogues and individual dance acts and one off tracks featured on substantial dance compilations. we also signed the hit song writer steve duberry. unfortunately the joint venture partnership with notting hill music did not last and we parted company...


i then started a small music publishing company, all media publishing, with david miller (formerly finitribe) and we partnered with simon platz at bucks music group in london, however when faced with the realization that it was again increasingly difficult to pay the mortgage whilst working in the music industry and living in scotland, i then dreamt up a totally new endeavor, coolbillboards that took up all my time and i then unfortunately ended my relationship with all media publishing and all things music...


in June 2009 i accepted the role of music licensing consultant for sesac, the 2nd oldest music performance rights organization in the usa, based in nashville, new york, los angeles, atlanta, miami & london. as a music licensing consultant, based in california, i work from home and I am free to choose my own hours of work, and i have the freedom to pursue other music business activities, hence my new venture all media songs...


here is a link to a discography of artists, bands and labels i signed and worked with during my career in music...


© hamish brown 2015