Nick Raphael

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Nick Raphael
Birth name Nick Raphael
Origin London, United Kingdom
Genres Dance, Pop, Rap, RnB, and Classical
Occupation(s) Music Industry Executive, Nightclub promoter, DJ, Recording Artist, Remixer
Years active 1987 – present
Labels London, FFRR, Arista, Sony Music, Epic, Capitol Records
Associated acts Armand Van Helden, Jay-Z, Another Level, Lemar, Charlotte Church, JLS, Norman Cook, Fatboy Slim, New Order, Paloma Faith, Aloe Blacc, The Priests, Olly Murs, Sam Smith, 5 Seconds of Summer

Nick Raphael is a music industry executive and was born in London, England. He is currently President of Capitol Records in the UK.[1] He got his first taste of the music industry in 1987, when he with school friends promoted a night at Dingwalls in Camden Lock, London. His most recent successes with artists he signed include 5 Seconds of Summer, Paloma Faith who won the 2015 Brit Award for Best Female Solo Artist and Sam Smith who won four 2015 Grammy Awards.[2]


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 seminal Vague club, which ran between 1993 and 1996.[3] 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.[4] 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 in 2001, Raphael left Arista to join Sony, where he was hired as the Managing Director of Epic Records UK.Raphael stayed with Sony for 10 years he left in 2011 with Jo Charrington to re launch London Records for Universal Music - after Universal bought EMI they decided to launch Capitol Records in the US and UK in April 2013 - London Records roster and staff were rebranded Capitol Records UK - with Raphael named as president.

Career progression[edit]

Posts held at the following record companies since 1994;

Artists discovered or signed by Nick Raphael[edit]

Raphael (alongside Tattersfield and Charrington) has signed, and launched a number of artists including[11]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Music Week Awards[edit]

In 2010, Raphael and Charrington were recipients of the Music Week A&R award,[14] which they received again in 2015[15] making them the only A&R team to win the award twice.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2010 Nick Rapahel & Jo Charrington (Capitol Records) A & R Award Won
2015 Nick Rapahel & Jo Charrington (Capitol Records) A & R Award Won


  1. ^ Ingram, Tim. "Nick Raphael named Capitol Records UK President". 25 April 2013. Music Week. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  2. ^ Roberts, Dave. "Raphael 'overwhelmed' by Sam Smith's Grammy success". 9 February 2015. Music Week UK. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  3. ^ Collard, James. "United Kingdom of Dance". 20 October 1994. The Independent Newspaper. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  4. ^ Pride, Dominic. "Loud Named fffr Manager". 15 February 1997. Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  5. ^ Writer, Staff. "Why have Big Labels largely abandoned British Rap?". 1 April 2000. Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  6. ^ Bouwman, Kimbel. "Interview with NICK RAPHAEL, A&R At Sony Music UK for G4 (No.1 UK) and Lemar (Top 10 UK)". 23 May 2005. Hit Quarters. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Epic Everlasting". 2 June 2007. Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  8. ^ "NI priests hoping to top the pops". 24 April 2008. BBC. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  9. ^ Smirke, Richard. "Capitol Records U.K. Launches, Nick Raphael Named President". 25 April 2013. Billboard,com. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  10. ^ "CAPITOL RECORDS UK LAUNCHES, NICK RAPHAEL NAMED PRESIDENT". 2013. Universal Music Group. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  11. ^ "A & R Master Class with Nick Rapahel & Muff Winwood". 13 November 2014. The British and Irish Modern Music Institute. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  12. ^ Bauman, Kimbel. "Interview with NICK RAPHAEL, A&R At Sony Music UK". 23 May 2005. Hit Quarters Music Webzine. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  13. ^ Ingham, Tim. "CAPITOL U.K. PRESIDENT NICK RAPHAEL". 4 February 2015. Hits Double Daily Music Magazine. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  14. ^ "Music Week Awards winners". 16 April 2010. Music Week Magazine. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  15. ^ "Music Week Awards winners". 10 April 2015. Music Week Magazine. Retrieved 10 April 2015.

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