Seb Webber

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Seb "Seb" Webber
Born
Sebastian Webber

Hertfordshire, England
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, United States
Known forFounder, CrowdSurge

Sebastian "Seb" Webber is a British, Los Angeles-based, music industry executive. He is the co-founder of Godless Studios. He co-founded CrowdSurge, a ticket management company and the electronic music label FMLY.[1] In 2010, Webber was named as one of Billboard's "30 Under 30" and is a member of the American Association of Independent Music.[2] [3][2][4][5]

Early life[edit]

Born in Hertfordshire, England, Webber attended the John Henry Newman School and Knights Templar School in Baldock, North Hertfordshire. At 17, Webber completed school early and moved to London to pursue a university degree and work in the music industry. Working as a DJ, he started putting on FONO nights (For One Night Only) around London, an event that combined a two-hour set from a live indie rock music band, followed by a two-hour set of house music played by Webber.[3] During this time, Webber met and became friends with BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe. Soon after, Webber became Lowe's opening act.[3]

In 2004, he enrolled at the University of Westminsters' Commercial Music course, but shortly afterwards was offered an intern position in the mailroom of XL Recordings by owner Richard Russell.[6] Webber decided to continue with his degree while working at XL Recordings graduating in 2007 with a BA (Hons).[3]

Career[edit]

In 2005, Webber was promoted to Product Manager at XL Recordings by owner Richard Russell.[6] Webber worked with acts including Adele,[7] Basement Jaxx, M.I.A, Peaches, Radiohead and The White Stripes.[3] More specifically, Webber did A&R for Adele's album 21, M.I.A's Kala. Outside of XL, Webber did A&R for Leona Lewis' I Am and Steve Angello's Wild Youth. In 2009, he was promoted to XL Recordings Director of A&R, and moved to Los Angeles to open the label's West Coast office.[8][9] In Los Angeles, Webber signed new acts, for which in 2010 Billboard magazine named him one of their "30 Under 30" music business stars.[2][3][10][11] Webber left XL Recordings in 2011.

Webber, with business partner Matt Jones,[11] launched CrowdSurge in 2006. CrowdSurge is a web-based app that cuts out the ticket agency in the selling of artist-controlled concert tickets. An immediate and continuing competitor to TicketMaster,[12][13] early clients included Coldplay, Foo Fighters and Paul McCartney. In 2011, after CrowdSurge was expanded through funding from investors including Benjamin Bronfman, Webber sold his shares in the company to Leonard Blavatnik, the owner of Warner Music Group, at a valuation of $30 million.[3][14]

In 2009, Webber started to independently manage dubstep producer and DJ Rusko,[3] NASA and Sam Spiegel.[10]

Following his 2011 exit from CrowdSurge, Webber sought to build a music company that could suit artists' needs to the fullest.[2] He resultantly invested in and joined British Columbia based artist management company SQE Music, founded in 2010 by Nathan Beswick and Duncan MacRae. As general manager, Webber fulfilled SQE's business model: find ambitious artists, ask them what they need to realise their career goals, and be able to do anything that can help. Officially launched in April 2011, artists signed to the company included At the Drive-In, Brendan Canning from Broken Social Scene, DJ Fresh, Rusko and N.A.S.A.[2] In September 2012, Webber left SQE to join Red Light Management.

Webber founded, in 2013, the Toronto/Los Angeles based electronic music label FMLY. Distributed through Universal Music Canada, the FMLY roster includes The Prodigy, Rusko, Ferry Corsten, New World Punx, Guiliano Rascan, Cyzon, and Plain Language.[15]

In February 2014, Webber joined SponsorsOne's Advisory Team to help guide the company's tech acquisitions and talent partnerships.[16]

Webber completed his first project as executive producer for Italian DJ Giorgio Morodor's 2015 studio album Déjà Vu which features collaborations with Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, Kelis, Sia, Charli XCX, Mikky Ekko, Foxes and Matthew Koma, among others.[17] The album's second single "Right Here, Right Now" featuring Kylie Minogue topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs in April 2015[18] while the third single "Déjà Vu" featuring Sia reached number one, in the US, on the Billboard Dance Chart.[19] For the single "Déjà Vu" featuring Sia, Webber also worked as Executive Producer for the music video (short) directed by Swedish actress Alexandra Dahlstorm.[20][21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Godless Studios' Jerad Anderson and Sebastian "Seb" Webber". CelebrityAccess. 2019-01-24. Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  2. ^ a b c d e August Brown (30 June 2012). "SQE takes an all-encompassing approach to handling musical acts". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Sam Freeman. "Rusko's Manager Talks About Success, Ambition and the State of the Music Industry". Recess. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Billboard Magazine Seeking Nominations For Their "30 Under 30" Issue". American Association of Independent Music. 24 May 2011. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  5. ^ Farella, Dylan (May 4, 2015). "TIDAL's Creative Director Seb Webber on path of music industry, the future of streaming 'is a marathon'". Dancing Astronaut. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  6. ^ a b Andre Paine (31 August 2007). "XL Unveils New PR Biz, A&R Promotions". Billboard magazine. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Adele – 19". Album Liner Notes. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Briefs: Beggars Group". Billboard magazine. 20 May 2009. Archived from the original on 29 June 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Adele, A&R". Hit Quarters. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  10. ^ a b "POWER PLAYERS: 30 UNDER 30, Page 5". Billboard magazine. 18 August 2010. Archived from the original on 29 June 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  11. ^ a b "Complete Entertainment Resources Limited, No.06518990, t/a CrowdSurge. Filings & Accounts". Companies House. 2008.
  12. ^ "Ticketmaster's new blog: 'We get it – you don't like service fees'". Los Angeles Times. 23 August 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  13. ^ Eliot Van Buskirk (16 May 2012). "5 Powerful Music Apps That Should Make Middlemen Nervous". evolver.fm. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  14. ^ "Blavatnik buys into TicketMaster competitor App CrowdSurge". Financial Times. 15 July 2010: 8.
  15. ^ Music Business Worldwide (February 18, 2015). "THE PRODIGY'S LABEL IN CANADA SIGNS DEAL WITH UNIVERSAL". Music Business Worldwide. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  16. ^ "Music Mogul Lord Seb Webber joins SponsorsOne Advisory Team | SponsorsOne | Blog". sponsorsone.com. Retrieved 2016-01-27.
  17. ^ "Seb Webber". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  18. ^ "Dance Songs: Top Dance Music Chart | Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  19. ^ "Giorgio Moroder – Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  20. ^ "Seb Webber". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  21. ^ (2) Giorgio Moroder - Déjà vu ft. Sia - YouTube, retrieved 2016-01-12

External links[edit]

Official site