|Birth name||Nick Raphael|
|Born||4 October 1971|
|Origin||London, United Kingdom|
|Genres||Dance, Pop, Rap|
|Occupations||Music Industry Executive, Music Managing Director, Artist and Repertoire manager, Nightclub promoter, Promotions Manager, DJ, Recording Artist, Remixer|
|Years active||1987 – present|
|Labels||London, FFRR, Arista, Sony Music, Epic|
|Associated acts||Armand Van Helden, Jay-Z, Another Level, Lemar, Charlotte Church, JLS, Norman Cook, Fatboy Slim, New Order, Paloma Faith|
Nick Raphael was born 4 October 1971 in London, United Kingdom. Raphael is a music industry executive. He is currently President of London Records. He has worked in the music industry since 1987, when he promoted a night at Dingwalls in Camden Lock, London.
In the early 1990s, Raphael moved to Leeds, UK and organized, managed and promoted several night club venues such as Hi Flyers, The Gallery and The Warehouse. This led him to becoming a DJ and recording artist with partner Paul Fryer under the name 'TWA'. Raphael, Fryer and Suzy Mason then started the Vague club, which ran between 1992 and 1996. His work throughout 1991 until 1994 as a Night Club promoter, DJ, recording artist and remixer led Raphael to his first corporate job in the UK music industry in 1994 at London Records UK, where he served as Product and later Label Manager for FFRR. In 1996, he left London Records to start NorthWestSide (NWS) Records (at BMG) with Christian Tattersfield. In 2000, NorthWestSide Records was rolled into Arista Records and Raphael was appointed A&R Director. One year later, Raphael left Arista to join Sony, where he was hired as the Managing Director of Epic Records UK.
Raphael (in partnership with Tattersfield at NWS Records and Jo Charrington at Epic) has signed or launched a diverse set of artists, including Jay-Z, Another Level, Lemar, G4, Charlotte Church, Mylo, Scouting For Girls, Paloma Faith, The Priests, JLS, Aloe Blacc, and Olly Murs.
Raphael and Charrington in 2010 were recipients of the Music Week A n R award.
In 2011, Raphael left Epic Records to relaunch London Records for Universal Music.
In 2013, Raphael named President Capitol Records UK for Universal Music.
List of UK Record Companies
Raphael held posts at the following record companies since 1994;
- London Records UK – Product Manager 1994 - 1996
- FFRR UK – Label Manager 1996
- BMG UK 1996–2000
- NorthWest Side Records UK – Label Founder – 1996 - 2000
- * Arista Records UK – A&R Director 2000 - 2001
- Epic Records UK –Managing director 2001 -2002
- Sony Music UK – Vice President - 2002–2004
- Sony/BMG UK – Vice President - 2004–2005
- White Rabbit Records – Label owner - 2005 - 2007
- Epic Records UK –Managing director - 2007 - 2011
- London Records UK - President 2011 - now