Stephen Budd

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Stephen Budd
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Background information
Occupation(s) Music Industry Executive, Festival Owner
Associated acts Dry The River, The Magic Numbers, Africa Express
Website www.record-producers.com

Stephen Budd is a British music industry executive based in London. He is a director of artist and producer management company Stephen Budd Management, the OneFest Festival, the Africa Express project and is also a partner in the NH7 Weekender festivals in India. He manages artists including Dry The River. His current record producer roster includes Arthur Baker, Rick Nowels, Tore Johansson and Valgeir Sigurdsson. He is the current co-chairman of the MMF (Music Managers Forum).

Early career[edit]

Starting out as a teenage roadie in the punk era at clubs including Soho’s Vortex, he formed the Tortch Records [1] label in the early 1980s, releasing the debut singles by cult artists The Sound,[2] Second Layer, The Directions and The Cardiacs.[3] He went on to manage The Sound,[4] The Directions [5] and The Big Sound Authority, with whom he had his first top 30 success.[6]

He was then asked to manage renowned record producer Tony Visconti and his Good Earth Recording studio [7] in London’s Soho and in 1985 he founded Stephen Budd Management, focusing on the promotion and management of record producers, remixers, songwriters and recording engineers.[8]

Artist and producer management/music publishing[edit]

Later he went on to manage influential bands Heaven 17 [9] and Gang of Four [10] as well as British pop/folk singer-songwriter Tanita Tikaram[11] and The Magic Numbers [12]

Over the years he has represented notable record producers including Jon Kelly, Mick Glossop, Craig Leon, Chris Kimsey, Steve Levine, Gus Dudgeon, Billy Steinberg, Gary Katz and Mike Hedges. Artists who have had hit records written and/or produced by Budd's clients during his representation include; New Radicals, Take That, Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Dido, Santana, U2, Manic Street Preachers, The Cure, Lykke Li, Lana del Rey, Dido, Björk, Nelly Furtado, Franz Ferdinand, John Legend, Cee-Lo, Bonnie Prince Billy, Feist, Chase & Status and many others. Clients of Budd’s winning or nominated with major awards during his representation include; Mike Hedges (Music Week Producer of the Year, Brit Award for Producer of the Year),[13] Tore Johansson (Music Week Producer of the Year),[14] Rick Nowels (Grammy),[15] Simon Gogerly (Grammy).[16]

In 1999 Budd co-founded SuperVision Management [17] with partner Paul Craig,[18] (which went on to represent Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs, White Lies, The Vaccines, The Cribs, Crystal Castles) and sold it to Channelfly PLC, becoming a long-term director of that company until it was absorbed by MAMA Group PLC and subsequently HMV PLC.[19]

In 2003 he founded Pollination Music Publishing, signing superstar DJ Paul Oakenfold and his Perfecto Records.[20]

Live music[edit]

In 2004 he created the ‘Passport: Back to the Bars’ [21] charity concert project to raise money for Warchild and Shelter. The project featured Amy Winehouse, The Cure, David Gray, Super Furry Animals, Elbow, Badly Drawn Boy, Spiritualised, The Sugababes and many more.[22][23]

Much of his later career has focused on bringing together musicians from different cultures.[24] In 2007 the Africa Express project was formed [25][26] with musician Damon Albarn, journalist Ian Birrell and others. The project aims to bring African music into the mainstream through musical collaborations with Western artists. Artists who have featured in Africa Express to date include; Amadou & Mariam, Baba Maal, Basement Jaxx, Bombay Bicycle Club, Damon Albarn, De La Soul, Fatboy Slim, Femi Kuti, Franz Ferdinand, Johnny Marr, John Paul Jones, Dead Prez, Martha Wainwright, Mick Jones, Nicolas Jaar, Oumou Sangaré, Paul McCartney, Peter Hook, Rokia Traore, Salif Keita, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Noisettes, Tony Allen, Toumani Diabaté, Brian Eno, Kasabian, Ghostpoet, Django Django, M, Fatoumata Diawara and many more. In 2012 Africa Express featured as a part of the London 2012 Festival, a part of the Cultural Olympiad.[27][28][29][30] In 2014 a CD "Africa Express presents Maison de Jeunes" was released on Transgressive Records featuring musical collaborations recorded in Mali by Damon Albarn, Brian Eno, Ghostpoet, Django Django and others.[31]

In 2010 he joined UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s trade mission to India.[32] There he co-founded the NH7 Weekender Festival which has featured artists including Basement Jaxx, Imogen Heap, Megadeth, Pentagram, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Benga, Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation) and is the first festival of its kind in the sub continent.[33][34]

In April 2011 he co-founded OneFest in Wiltshire, England [35] which has featured artists including Laura Marling, Damien Rice and Damon Albarn.

Media career[edit]

He has presented educational programs for The British Council in Nigeria, India, China and Uganda [36][37] and has given speeches at music conferences and events around the world including In the City (UK),[38] FUSE Festival (Australia),[39] M for Montreal (Canada),[40] Tallinn Music Week (Estonia),[41] Resonate (NZ),[42] Kingston University (UK),[43] Music Producers Guild (UK),[44] Nokia Music Connects (India),[45] SeeMe (Bulgaria)[46] and The Great Escape (UK).[47]

He is a founder and long term board member of the MMF (Music Managers Forum) trade association[48] and created its Producer Managers Group.[49]

He has appeared on numerous TV shows including BBC Breakfast[50] and Channel 4's Battlefront series,[51] and chaired the judges for two series of MTV's Get Seen Get Heard talent show.[52] He has been interviewed in various music biographies including Take That – Now and Then by Martin Roach [53] and 'How to Have a No.1 Hit Single' by Jonathan Maitland.[54]

He has been interviewed numerous times on radio, including BBC Radio 5,[55] Resonance FM [56] and Monocle 24 [57][58] and DJ’d for Dazed Digital [59]

He has chaired Eurovision Song Contest selection panels for Georgia [60][61] and Azerbaijan.[62]

He has been invited by the UK Parliament to give evidence to the Culture Media and Sport committee on the UK Governments role in supporting the creative industries.[63]

He has chaired the Music and Film panel at the African Creative Industries Investment Summit (ACIIS) 2013.[64]

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  4. ^ "Renascent interview with The Sound (band)". Retrieved 2/10/12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ "The Directions". Retrieved 9/10/12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ "Official Charts Company / Big Sound Authority". Retrieved 10/10/12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ Visconti, Tony (2007). The Autobiography. London: Harper Collins. p. 355. ISBN 0007229445. 
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  29. ^ "Africa Express : Rolling Coverage". The Guardian (London). 2 September 2012. Retrieved 22/4/13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
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  39. ^ "Fuse Festival". Retrieved 9/10/12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  40. ^ "M for Montreal: Music Festival". Retrieved 10/10/12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  41. ^ "Tallinn Music Week". 
  42. ^ "Resonate". Retrieved 10/10/12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  43. ^ "Creative Economy MA". Retrieved 10/10/12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  44. ^ "Music Producers Guild & Music Tank event Nov 2006". Retrieved 10/10/12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  45. ^ "Nokia Music Connects : Driving the Shift". Retrieved 8/10/12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  46. ^ "Seeme South-East European Music Event 2010". Retrieved 8/10/12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  47. ^ "The Great Escape 2011". Retrieved 8/10/12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  48. ^ "MMF: About Us". Retrieved 9/10/12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  49. ^ "Producers Push Self Preservation". Retrieved 9/10/12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  50. ^ "Stephen Budd on BBC Breakfast Time". Retrieved 9/10/12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  51. ^ "Channel 4 Battlefront". Retrieved 9/10/12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  52. ^ "And here are the winners...". Retrieved 8/8/13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  53. ^ Roach, Martin (2007). Take That : Now and Then. London: Harpers. p. 7. ISBN 978-0-00-723258-1. 
  54. ^ Maitland, Jonathan (2002). How to Have a No.1 Hit Single. London: Simon & Schuster. p. 30. ISBN 0-7432-1988-0. 
  55. ^ "Radio 5 interview with Stephen Budd". Retrieved 08/05/13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  56. ^ "Resonance Fm Africa Express". Retrieved 08/05/13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  57. ^ "The Entrepreneurs". Retrieved 13/05/13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  58. ^ "Culture". Retrieved 13/05/13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  59. ^ "Stream Africa Live". Retrieved 08/05/13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  60. ^ "The Independent / Interview with Stephen Budd". London. 20 February 2009. Retrieved 9/10/12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  61. ^ "Tonight: The Georgian national final - don't miss it!". Retrieved 12/10/12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  62. ^ "Director of British company: Participation in Eurovision is a great chance for Azerbaijan’s recognition in the international arena". Retrieved 9/10/12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  63. ^ "HOC CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT COMMITTEE". Retrieved 22/4/13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  64. ^ "African Creative Industries Investment Summit". 

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