Derry Watkins – Co-Owner of Resident

I run Resident with my wife Natasha. I look after most of the buying for the shop, filtering the literally thousands of releases that record companies put out every month to hopefully choose the 100 or so new titles a week that our customers are most interested in. Apart from that, I help Natasha look after the rest of our brilliant team of music nerds, all the normal stuff that goes into running your own business while trying to find as much time as possible to actually be on the shop-floor helping our customers find new music to get excited about.

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Ciro Romano – Founder of Neapolitan Music

I was originally a corporate lawyer and then ran business affairs at Universal Music for a few years before I set up Neapolitan. As well as Love Supreme, we run Nocturne at Blenheim Palace and we are currently developing a third event. We also have a small record label which has included the soundtracks to Slumdog Millionaire and Sunshine on Leith amongst others.
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Kat Morris – Making Waves

I started off as an intern at Finger Lickin’ Records where I created a filing system for their record back catalogue. My next job was with MTV in their events team before joining MAMA and working on The Great Escape.

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Julian Caddy – Managing Director – Brighton Fringe

It’s been a long and winding road.  From an unartistic upbringing and, at the behest of my father, a short career as a marketing and advertising executive, I pursued acting and directing as a part-time guilty pleasure.  The transformative moment came in 1996 at Edinburgh Festival Fringe when I performed in and co-produced a three-hander play.  I went to drama school the following year, becoming a professional actor and starting an Edinburgh Fringe venue and production company.  The company grew over the years but became a needy (and costly) child, which, when competing with my by then three real children and very much a real wife, I decided to progressively pull back from Edinburgh.  The opportunity in Brighton first came up late in 2010 and I got the job a year later at the second attempt.

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Melita Dennett – Director – Radio Reverb

I’m Hastings born and fled, so not from too far afield, but I was always drawn to Brighton. I used to come over for punk gigs, skipping off school to get the train to see the likes of the Slits, Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Damned at the Top Rank and other places, then you used to be able to get a train back at 1.30am for school the next day! Then I accidentally got a job in the Civil Service in Worthing, which was the worst job I’ve ever had, but it provided a ticket to move to Brighton.

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Laura Ducceschi – Music Producer, Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival

I arrived in Brighton about 13 years ago.  Despite being a Londoner I pined for the countryside and sea, so at 22 I moved to South West Wales and lived on the Gower Peninsula, a place that has my heart. It’s stunning and wild and vast. After five years in the beautiful Gower, I was pining for more cultural stimulation and I knew I couldn’t be away from the sea… so I headed for Brighton. I had diverted away from music and been attempting to write a book and studied Oriental Medicine systems for 4 years. I realised however during a batch of illness that I got my fuel from music, so returned with a clear head and exciting clarity. I think stepping away from music strangely helped me. My life and studies as a young person were music-centred; I played the cello. When I returned to music I wasn’t sure where I would land so I set out the parameters which I could identify, which was Music Is Art and I will treat it so. I would work with artists, organisations, companies that I respect and stick to an artistic honesty.  I have turned my hand to various things including playing in a band, worked as an artist manager, ran club nights, set up a management and music promotions company, contracted on festival programming, had a lot of fun with a radio show… and now I am here. It’s all part of the same thing really.

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Rob-Luis – Tru Thoughts

We are a record label (Tru Thoughts) and a publishing company (Full Thought Publishing), and we do the
majority of marketing from our office, too. So, a big part of our week is planning and actually releasing the music,
and publishing and licensing music to TV, film and adverts.

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James Walker – Brighthelmstone Promotions

I run Brighthelmstone Promotions specialising in live shows in and around Brighton, Brighthelmstone Management/PR (Ian Chambers is key account manager on some of these accounts) as well as co-run At The Helm Records with Ian. I’m also in post-production for Brighthelmstone Music TV, which will be on Latest TV soon

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