Music Business Development
Agency and Rights
Punk rock got me here. The music and the "can do" attitude.
The creativity/heart of funk, disco and soul music schooled me to the necessity of change. Change and the need for constant adaptation in both in music and business to me is everything.
I cannot stand being told I can't do something. I am rubbish at grammar and my spelling leaves a lot to be desired but I know a star when I hear one or see one. I laugh a lot have a great lovely family and enjoy cooking and football. Many of my acts eat at my flat. I have been in the music business for 30 years.
Sold a lot of records/downloads and have been lucky enough to have helped build some big careers. I have a thirst for the new when it comes to music and work bloody hard. I don’t have time for those who are not interested in hard work . I seem to discover new artists in weird and wonderful ways. Ferocious Talent is a phrase that I ended up using a lot when trying to describe my artists. I would be asked – what is so and so like. I would reply “the talent is Ferocious”.
Jonny Taylor worked at ATC Management for 3 years before joining Ferocious Talent.
Currently, he is the General Manager of Ferocious Label Services. He heads up the day-to-day running of the digital distribution platform, gives advice on scheduling, marketing services & rights collection and provides real time streaming data for our clients. He also assists Kwame with all of the Ferocious Talent acts, playing a pivotal role in making sure everything runs smoothly.
Coming from the Session Musician world, Eddie has pretty much worked up an impressive CV for himself.
His love for music has enabled him to play drums and work with a plethora of artists in today's music industry. Artists include the likes of Ne-Yo, Bebe Rexha, Martin Garrix, Snoh Aalegra, Kiezsa, Etta Bond, Devlin, Tiana Major9, Moelogo & many more.
Eddie has always had a keen interest in working within music management and it became more evident when he attended Kwame’s Ultimate Seminar which enlightened him and also led him to the position he is in now; An Artist Liaison & Tour Manager assisting Kwame and Jonny at Ferocious Talent, looking after acts such as Blue Lab Beats, Cassie Rytz, Ruby Francis & Caitlyn Scarlett to name a few.
He also like to secretly sing & cook in his own time. Haha sorry, Edd!
"I look for energy in an act, music the moves you in any way. I like music that makes you feel, makes you productive, angry, sad or whatever - the best music has a vibe, and thats what I care for.
I’m proud represent such powerful artists who are writing some of the best music I’ve ever heard. It’s great fun to work in music but it took a lot to get here. A hard work ethic and the ability to only accept the best are the tools you need in this business."
Ben met Kwame at ATC management in 2013, since then they have taken on multiple acts together.
I was brought up on Milt Jackson, Charlie Parker, The Chieftans, Yes, Elton John and Super Tramp when I was a kid. A good mix I think!
Skip a few years and I found hip -hop via MC Shan and Roxanne Shante in the mid-80s. In 1990, I started DJ-ing and after many months of 5 hour practice sessions and nagging promoters with my tapes, I became a resident DJ at Fresh n Funky, Kat Klub etc for 10 years. My favourite, most recent gig was at Mobile Mondays in NYC last year along side DJ Misbehaviour, Natasha Diggs and Just Blaze. Strictly vinyl of course!
I run my jewellery business - www.luckylittleblighters.com, designing and making everything myself. I like PG tips, red wine and to have a good dance!
My Ferocious duties include day-to-day everything for Blue Lab Beats. I don’t want to do accounts but usually do... Assisting in artists' videos and shoots is one of my favourite Ferocious things - organising extras, stylists, makeup artists etc. I do a bit of everything really, filling out PRS forms, dyeing artist's hair, booking flights, mending flight cases, congratulating artists for their amazing work, telling them off when they are ridiculous, applying for funding, helping out with Kwame’s insane diary, searching out and welcoming fabulous interns to the family and anything and everything that crops up and I love it!
A professional 'putter-togetherer', Syasya enjoys producing all varieties of work in the music business - from marketing assets to events to websites.
With a Music Business degree from University of Westminster and a producing background from Singapore, Syasya utilises her experience to elevate artists and bring music professionals to the very next level. Being deeply involved with the LGBTQ+ community, she has successfully launched a pilot event - RECOGNISE 2019 - dedicated to uplifting the voices of QTIPOC musicians in the industry.
On top of that, Syasya also works in a music management company, Ferocious Talent, assisting in marketing, social media and administrative duties. She also executes similar roles with other well-known establishments such as Believe Digital, Cre8ing Vision, Power of Muzik and iluvlive. Her experience in the music industry has led her to work alongside popular artists like Caitlyn Scarlett, Blue Lab Beats, Jodie Abacus, George Ogilvie and many others.
Most recently, Syasya has been assisting in the coordination of Junior A&R programmes at various record labels such as Virgin, Warner, Island, Believe and Capitol Records. With three fulfilling years under her belt, she aims to continue creating more spaces for QTIPOC voices within the music business and venture into music marketing & branding.
“I believe that music is the one thing every individual can find refuge in.”
A professional Session Vocalist, Songwriter/Producer, Stylist and a lover of all things art, Daniel “Dali” Davies has had the honour of working with Omar, Maverick Sabre, Ryan De La Cruz, Labrinth and has even graced the stage of X-Factor. He is also a founding member of the house Gospel Choir performing at festivals such as Latitude, Bestival and Glastonbury. Upon meeting Kwame while in university, Daniel has now joined Ferocious as an Intern assisting the team in managing Blue Lab Beats, also helping with administrative support behind-the-scenes.
“Vibrations please me, aesthetic is what eases me.”
With a sharp eye for style/design and a keen ear for sound Daniel plans to help artists accomplish their vision aesthetically and sonically. Daniel hopes to one day set up an opportunity that will aid the youth in Nigeria to learn about the arts and business within it.
Kevin co-manages 'Baytrees' with Kwame, and works across various acts on the Ferocious Talent roster including 'Young Yosef' & 'Vivienne Chi', alongside running a private & corporate booking division, supplying music for events internationally.
Starting out booking & promoting multiple sold out shows & tours for emerging artists across the UK. This led to tour-managing rising artists onto some of the biggest festival stages across Europe.
Alongside management duties at Ferocious Talent, Kevin holds positions at PRS & PPL, as well as founding & curating a social enterprise music festival ('Donate Festival') set to launch in September 2019.
Andrea says he has never been spotted without a freshly laundered, crisp shirt on. Apart from his love of fashion he is a passionate drummer with a strong penchant for management.
Kwame met Andrea during the careers fair at the University of Westminster, as he is studying on the Commercial Music degree course there.
He nagged Kwame constantly until he was given some work at Ferocious. He is now a Ferocious Talent intern and works with Kevin O’Connor as management support for Young Yosef and does day to day tasks for the Ferocious Team too.
Joined the Ferocious family in March 2019.
Iggy worked at Sony for just 6 hours before we poached him due to his incredible A&R knowledge. With 9 months of intense musical input via his parents Kevin and Natasha, we can't wait to see his ideas for the Ferocious roster!
He has back-to-back meetings lined up already, and of course, the complimentary Soho House membership.
Welcome to the fam, Iggy!
Compère at Borderline Club
D-Influence release “I’m the One” #1 Dance Chart sign to Acid Jazz then to Atlantic Records USA
D-Influence release 'Good Lover'
D-Influence world tour begins, also touring with Michael Jackson on the Dangerous tour.
D-Influence self-produced & released the album 'Good 4 We'.
D-Influence tours with Prince
D-Influence start producing and remixing new acts.
D-Influence releases 'Prayer for Unity' album.
Discover Shola Ama in a Hammersmith tube Station sign her to our production co. Freak Street – Co Write/Produce her 1st Album “Much Love”
Go deep into Production of new / established acts and score many million sellers including Seal, Changing Faces, 2 More Shola Ama Albums, Tom Jones “Reload”, Mark Morrisson, Lighthouse Family, Mick Jagger
Become Bjorks backing band and feature on Later with Jools Holland
Shola Ama D-influence produced “You Might Need Somebody” Breaks radio records and stays Top 10 for 2 months. Shola Ama wins Best Female Brit Awards
Shola Ama's D-influence produced Much Love Sells 1 Million Copies
D-Influence Sign to Echo Records and Release “London” Score 1st Top 30 hit
D-Influence embark on World Tour
Kwame founded UK’s 1st Urban Music Seminar
The Urban Music Seminar becomes the largest seminar of its kind in Europe 14,000 people attend the last one in 2004.
Begin management 1st act Louise Setarabecomes the youngest ever signing to the legendary Bluenote Records NYC
Kwame becomes a manager at ATC Management
Winner Ghanaian Entrepeneur of the Year
Start managing Rumer. Signed her to Atlantic Records. "Seasons of my Soul” becomes a top selling album selling over a 1 Million Copies – Brit Nominated
Forms new Edutainment company Cre8ing Vision with long time Seminar partners Nikki Charles and Andrea Euell
Cre8ing Vision Launch new seminar named – The Ultimate Seminar
Start managing a new act from Birmingham – Laura Mvula “Sing to the Moon” Album Charts Top Ten - Laura performs mainstage Glastonbury and for The Nobel Peace Prize
Winner of Artiste Manager Of The Year – Live Music and Business Awards
Start managing poet Hollie Mcnish
Starts management company Ferocious Talent
Organises the release of Laura Mvula and the Metropole Orkest Album a 60 piece Orchestra recorded performance of Laura Mvula’s Sing to the Moon Album - This culminates with a Sold Out performance at the Royal Albert Hall
Sign Roseau to Big Dada – Joint venture with Will Evans
Signs Sarah Walk to One Little Indian / Jodie Abacus to Ministry Of Sound /Age Of Luna to Believe Recordings /The Night VI to a joint venture deal with SPV.
Kwame is made co chair of the Brits diversity committee