Music Business Development
Agency and Rights Management
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.
Professional Session Drummer & Music Director (MD) Edward Frimpong, best known as “Eddie KB” is a creative and attentive musician who is currently an Artist Liaison/Tour Manager for Age of Luna at Ferocious Talent.
Through networking, Eddie has been able to MD a couple of up-coming artists that he has met within his University and has also been fortunate enough to play and work with a plethora of artists in his years of working in the Music Industry. Artists include the likes of Kiesza (Island), Imani Williams (Sony) George The Poet (Island), Bonkaz (Sony), Devlin (Island), Etta Bond (Odd Child), Delilah (Atlantic), MOBO Award winner TripleO and many more.
Eddie is now the Musical Director for US Signing Sonna Rele (Motown Records) who was signed by 3x Grammy award winning singer Ne-Yo.
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. It led him to the position he is in now - assisting Kwame and Jonny at Ferocious Talent, looking after acts such as Age Of Luna and Blue Lab Beats amongst others.
"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.
DJ, A&R and Artist Manager Kofi Kyei, better known as DJ Funkz is an influencer in the UK urban Music industry. He is a great new addition to the Ferocious stable of new managers.
Through being an active promoter and DJing, Kofi has been able to support various international artists at the infancy of their live career. Artists include Wizkid, P Montana, The Compozers, J Hus, Mista Silva, Davido, Not3s and lotto Boyzz to mention a few.
Kofi is now runs his own music hub Rah Boy Music and is the Creative Consultant at Moves.Life (Marathon Artist) home to U.K. Afrobeats artists, Belly Squad, Afro B and Vianni. We welcome him to Ferocious Talent!!
An amateur lyricist, a lover of chocolate and obsessed with all things blue, Shaik Syasya is a 2nd year Commercial Music student who has crossed continents in search of the best in the music industry, and also the perfect cup of tea. 🌝
Prior to living in London, Syasya studied filmmaking and freelanced as a production assistant in award-winning production houses like Akanga Films and Freeflow Productions; as well as being on set for the highly controversial web series - People Like Us, which won the Best TV Short Drama award at the 11th Annual ITVFest held in Vermont.
Now, she hopes to be fully immersed in the business of music and putting on kick-ass shows! Having joined Ferocious Talent as an intern, her tasks involve assisting in day-to-day management and social media marketing.
Above all, Syasya is addicted to the art of storytelling, be it through music or writing, and is dedicated to finding out the crux of storytelling - which is her main driving force in life. Ferocious loves Shaik Syasya and welcomes her to the famalam.
“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.
1988 - Compare at Borderline Club
1989 - D-influence formed
1990 - D-influence release “I’m the One” #1 Dance Chart sign to Acid Jazz then to Atlantic Records USA
1991 - D-influence release ‘Good Lover”-
1992 - D-Influence World Tour begins also tour with Michael Jackson on Dangerous Tour. D-Influence Self Produced album “Good 4 We”released.
1993 - D-Influence Tour with Prince
1994 - D-Influence start producing and remixing new acts
1995 - D-Influence album release “Prayer for Unity”
1996 - Discover Shola Ama in a Hammersmith tube Station sign her to our production co. Freak Street – Co Write/Produce her 1st Album “Much Love”
1996 - 2001 - 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
1997 - Become Bjorks backing band and feature on Later with Jools Holland
1997 - 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
1997 - 1998 -Shola Ama's D-influence produced Much Love Sells 1 Million Copies
1997 - D-Influence Sign to Echo Records and Release “London” Score 1st Top 30 hit
1998 - D-Influence embark on World Tour
1998 - I found the UK’s 1st Urban Music Seminar
1998 - 2004 - The Urban Music Seminar becomes the largest seminar of its kind in Europe 14,000 people attend the last one in 2004.
2005 - Begin management 1st act Louise Setarabecomes the youngest ever signing to the legendary Bluenote Records NYC
2006 - to now - becomes a manager at ATC Management
2006 - Winner Ghanaian Entrepeneur of the Year
2009 - Start managing Rumer. Sign her to Atlantic Records. "Seasons of my Soul” becomes a top selling album selling over a 1Million Copies – Brit Nominated
2009 - Forms new Edutainment company Cre8ing Vision with long time Seminar partners Nikki Charles and Andrea Euell
2010 - Cre8ing Vision Launch new seminar named – The Ultimate Seminar
2012 - 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
2013 - Winner of Artiste Manager Of The Year – Live Music and Business Awards
2013 - start managing poet Hollie Mcnish
2014 - Starts management company Ferocious Talent
2014 - 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
2014 – Sign Roseau to Big Dada – Joint venture with Will Evans
2015 - 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.
2016 - Kwame is made co chair of the Brits diversity committee