The Rhythm Studio Foundation Local Legends 003 evening featured Duncan Ellis (Atlas Artists Management) and Caroline SM ( A&R at XL Recordings, GRM Daily)
The third in our series featuring local music business professionals was an intimate evening at Moncada Brewery with RSF Jack Horner interviewing Caroline Simonescu-Marin from XL Recordings and Duncan Ellis, Managing Director of Atlas Artists management and Scruffy Bird Management. It was a wonderful opportunity for the audience to get an insight into what it really takes to succeed in the business.
At 22, Caroline SM is one of the leading figures in in Grime, Trap, new-wave R&B and the underground music scene. Caroline skipped university and started her journey by becoming the Editor of online platform GRM, fronting #NewGenRadio on radar Radio. A new role at XL as A&R Manager resulted in ‘New Gen’, a 17-track compilation album, bringing together the best of the UK’s underground grime and rap scenes with collaborations between 17 young artists. Last year, Caroline was feature in Complex's "30 under 30: Music Industry Creatives making waves right now"
Well-known British manager Duncan Ellis recently launched a record label and publishing company under the Atlas Artists brand. For the past 13 years, Ellis has successfully managed and helped develop artists including The Young Knives (Transgressive), The Rumble Strips (Island), Foals (Transgressive), Everything Everything (RCA), Lianne La Havas (WBR) and Kodaline (RCA). His company’s current managed roster comprises of Skinny Living (RCA) and Face (WBR). Ellis’s management firm have now added ‘label’ and ‘publishing’ arms to the company’s creative output, with the recorded music side working in tandem with Sony’s Red Essential and the publishing company teaming up with Kobalt.