Tell us a bit about yourself?
My journey started in Jamaica attending my father’s church I was introduced to singing around the age of twelve, been fascinated with choirs and various singer in the churches. I was about fifteen when we formed a band my brothers and me, called Channel of Praise the success of which took us to the UK some years later. My first major solo project was as lead vocalist for the band Spirits. The band had two hits Don’t Bring Me Down and Spirits inside which was top 20 in the National Charts in the early nineties. This was followed by a five-year stint as lead vocalist with the band Zero7 whose success is well documented. I released my first solo album in 2006, followed by a remix album in 2011. Whilst concentrating on production & writing for the artists signed to my label Numen Records. I have since 2012 been writing and performing with the band Nightmares on Wax. In 2015 I released my Second official album followed recently by a remix album in 2016
Have you licensed your music/signed your artists internationally?
We are currently working on licensing our music to various territories and are keenly seeking opportunities in the international market.
Which country do you find is the best to license music to and why?
We have not exhausted this field enough to make a judgment on any specific country
If you were to partner with someone to license their music/sign-up artists for your label and region, what sort of music are you looking for and why?
As a label, we are quite open to different expression of music we are not particularly concerned about the Genre of music however because of limited resources we try to stick to the field we are familiar with. We are trying to expand our base however we are currently subjected to familiar genres such as Soul, Triphop, Electronic, Downtempo, Pop, and Easy Listening.
Please provide notable projects you’ve completed?
As stated above as Mozez: (Vocalist Writer and Performer) Spirits, Zero7 & Nightmares on Wax. Mozez Solo projects- (albums) So Still, Time Out, Wings, and Dream State. Label Projects -Gentle Beauty, (Mari) Wings and Dream State (Mozez)
Your current artists/projects/goals?
Our primary focus as a label is the organic growth of all artists involved with us, the focus is on building a long-term career as an artist so developing, creating and maintaining a body of quality work is essential.
Details of upcoming new releases and gigs?
Over the next year, we will be releasing albums and singles for Mari, Mozez, Michaelarkk and Mico. We are currently seeking gigs formal our artist. Dates coming soon
What do you think is the biggest single problem faced by the music industry today and how do you think it can be resolved?
The advent of the internet has left the music business in a state of uncertainty. With the almost free availability of the artist produce once it’s uploaded, creates a major problem in that you are actually hoping that people will be honest enough to purchase your albums or singles. Solving this will be no easy as I do believe that the internet should remain a free service to all, however, I think we need to have a governing body that specifically deals with an illegal site that offers downloads. We also have a number of companies that offers the artist music without much payment to the artist; this again I think needs to be looked regulated.
Your plans for 2016/17?
We are focused on the release of four main albums and singles over the next year.
What advice would you offer to newcomers seeking a vocal career in music?
Develop an entrepreneurial attitude to the music business. Think of it as a business and treat it as such.
Creativity vs, the business aspects of the music industry, what are your views on this (just as) important area?
The days of primarily being a creator and hoping that the business area will take care of itself are no longer true as the amalgamation of these areas is what will make you successful or not.
What you advise vocalists to seek a manager and what attributes should they seek if so?
A manager can be a very important asset however self-knowledge and management are even a greater attribute. If you desire a manager it’s probably necessary that that person is a friend who you actually believe have your welfare at heart.
What have been your best & worst experiences in music?
I guess it’s in the early days singing with my brothers, hearing exactly the correct sounds harmonizing with you possibly cannot be beaten. The worst experience; probably forgetting your lines with thousands of people looking at you.
With regards to social-media, how do you project yourself as well as share your work in both music & art?
This is a difficult area to achieve the correct balance as sometimes what you think you want to put out as an artist is not essentially the correct picture sound or idea to put out. It’s easy to get it so wrong. It’s a very important tool and should be used with careful attention and imagination. This is something we are still working at.
Is a track-record of live performances a must-have?
I think this is essential if you hope to be taken seriously.
In the current mixture of music, digital media, and social media, how relevant are record labels in achieving a measure of success & an income?
We will never be able to dispense of record labels it is an essential part of the music business and I think will always be, however, the days when artist solely relies on record label is no more the internet and other sources have made it possible for artist to build their own self-contained business and have reasonable success.
Do artists still need a manager in such an era?
A manager can be an important asset however not necessarily vital as you can do a lot for yourself these days.
Can you fill us in on the background to the creation of your forthcoming album?
The new album I’m currently producing is called Sainted Rebels I hope to release it in mid to late 2017. I’m working with a few friends and producers on its production and believe it will be my best album yet. I’m in the process of selecting the songs I will be using and hope that it will be a cohesive piece of work.
Per your almost 20 year career on the underground scene, it seems that this is a big album as it will take your music to a wider ‘general’ audience, how does that make you feel?
I continue to put my thoughts, ideas and feeling out there and hope that one day it will get to a wider audience. Over the years I always try to do good music. I’m doing everything I know and hoping for more people to listen to what I have to say I recognize there are no guarantees but I’m feeling as positive now as I did when I started.
After building a solid reputation on the underground down-tempo scene what currently are your ambitions for the future?
My primary focus is firstly on the new album I hope that I can continue to put forth the quality work I have been putting out over the years. Secondly is on developing my Label Numen Records hoping to harness new talent and hopefully, give them a podium to expose their work.
With regards to live performances, can you describe your ideal environment and setting?
There is no such thing as an ideal environment I think wherever there is a good sound system and people that will listen that’s ideal.
A good word about music2deal.com would be appreciated.
I like the idea of music2deal there are a number of companies around however one that is as clear and uncomplicated as this is not out there!
More Sessions Than Ever! Visconti, Giddings, Presencer with Keynotes
The keynotes of legendary producer Tony Visconti, promoter heavyweight John Giddings, and Ministry Of Sound´s CEO Lohan Presencer are spearheading this year´s programme of Reeperbahn Festival Conference, that will feature nearly 300 speakers and include 125 sessions – more than ever before. The complete programme with all details is available online.
In the news below we present some of the latest confirmed topics and participants.
Music & Taking a Stand – Office of Offensive Culture
We are pleased that the starting signal for the Office of offensive Culture will be given at Reeperbahn Festival, personally introduced by the initiators and well known german Songwriters Heinz Ratz and Konstantin Wecker (photo).
The aim is a pacifist, anti-fascist network of artists, sound engineers, operators and local associations that will make an immediate reaction to human rights violations, rights threat or environmental offenses possible. We ask all artists, industry representatives and guests of the Reeperbahn Festival for their support and encouragement at this occasion.
Lohan Presencer – Interviewed by Ralph Simon
Lohan Presencer (photo) is the Chairman of Ministry of Sound Group, the world famous nightclub and dance music business. We are very happy to welcome him and the highly esteemed Ralph Simon for this keynote interview at this significant moment in Ministry’s history, having recently sold its recorded music operations to Sony Music. Ralph and Lohan will discuss the future for Ministry of Sound, its continuing operations as well as its new relationship with Sony, and how this new move will continue to keep the company relevant and right there in the zeitgeist of the modern entertainment industry.
Different Aspects of German HipHop
Marketing, Policy, Recorded
Deutschrap has shaped German language, culture and entertainment like no other subculture of the past two decades. We have great sessions prepared for you covering different aspects of the genre:
– Sexism vs. Rap – a dicussion beyond the boundaries of morality, taste, politics and art in rap,
– The HipHop Lying Press – a discussion of the status quo of music journalism in the digital age.
– Läuft bei uns – What can we learn from German HipHop.
– Get out of the Grubby Corner – The marketing of HipHop in Germany.
Amongst the speakers you find the artists
Frauenarzt, Chima Ede, ÉSMaticx, or Amewu (photo), journalists Falk Schacht, Dennis Sand (Welt), Fréderic Schwilden (Focus), Niko Hüls (Backspin), business representatives like Davide Bortot (A Color Bright, DE), Erfan Bolourchi (83MGMT, DE) and Uwe Hoffmann (Deutscher Schutzverband gegen Diskriminierung, DE).
From Smart Data To The Ageing Industry
These three session are dealing with some of the most challenging issues the music industry is facing:
– Music Made Smarter – Music Creation Really Made Smarter With Smart Data? with Paul Gathercole (Universal Music, GB), Helena Kosinski (Nielsen Music, US), and Michael Krause (Deezer, DE)
– Help the Aged – Do We Look at an Ageing Industry Playing to an Ageing Market? with Katja Kullmann (Der Freitag, DE – photo), Simon Napier-Bell (Snap-B Music, GB), Alison Wenham (AIM, GB), and Johnny Haeusler (re:publica, DE)
– Europe’s Streaming – Facts, Figures and Future Perspectives of Subscriber-Based Music Streaming with Sebastian Buss (Statista, DE), Annabella Coldrick (MMF, GB),
Charlie Lexton (Merlin, GB), or Michael Pohl (Kontor New Media, DE)
Digital Marketing for Your Music Event
The digital space is increasingly crowded, with a myriad of Facebook events, ads and countless Snapchat stories and festival videos on Youtube.
So how do you cut through the noise to reach your audience to stand out from the competition? And how can you measure the impact of your marketing campaigns?
This session will highlight marketing approaches and tools for music events together with Sandro Spiess (Eventbrite, DE – photo), Ewelina Yildiz (Facebook, DE), and host Ivana Dragila (former editor Musikmarkt, DE).
Music Rights Across the Border
In recent years, the European music market witnessed the birth of so-called “one-stop shops” for music rights licensing like International Copyright Enterprise, Armonia and MINT. In this session a group of experts will discuss the following questions: Who do these multinational cooperation initiatives appeal to? What are the benefits for the participants in the licensing cycle of cross-border coalitions? What are the future challenges of music rights management and how can European “hubs” contribute to a fairer market for creatives? Speakers: Virginie Berger (Armonia, FR), Prof. Dr. Rolf Budde (Budde Music, DE), Thomas Theune (GEMA, DE – photo), and host Helienne Lindvall (Auddly, SE).
This session is presented by GEMA.
Come to MaMA!
Attracting more over 4,300 French and international delegates from the music industry, MaMA (12 – 14 October) is a major international event in Paris. With conferences, networking and concerts in the heart of Pigalle and Montmartre, MaMA seeks to provide answers about the future of the music industry, to develop business opportunities and to discover 120 French and international artists. For the second year and throughout the 3 days of the event, MaMA will dedicate an entire space “M@MA Invent”, to start-ups and innovative services of the music industry, developing business opportunities between the various actors of the industry.
Register now for the gateway to the French market!
Get Your Registration
Music2Deal members can obtain a discounted registration code for a Reeperbahn Festival Conference Ticket by sending an email to email@example.com mentioning “Discount Music2deal“ (deadline Sept 16). They will then receive a discount code including instruction to register online.
The discount will be €155,00 net (plus 19% VAT and sales fee) instead of regular fee €230,00 net (30% off).