Future of A&R with Mike Smith, Warner/Chappell Music UK | FastForward 2017

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The industry is changing and the nature of signing bands is changing too. Mike Smith has seen A&R from both sides of the aisle, from MCA then EMI Music Publishing to Columbia Records, Mercury Records, Virgin EMI and then back to publishing as Managing Director of Warner/Chappell Music UK.

He has signed artists including Blur, Supergrass, Doves, The Beta Band, Gorillaz, The White Stripes, The Libertines, The Scissor Sisters, Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Mark Ronson, Calvin Harris, Glasvegas, Band of Horses, Gossip, Katy B, Madeon, MGMT, Ryan Adams, Miike Snow, The Civil Wars, The Vaccines, The Strypes, Duke Dumont, Iggy Azalea, Slaves and The Vamps. While, as President of Music at Virgin EMI, he signed The Chemical Brothers, The Libertines and Squeeze.

Mike was recently awarded the inaugural Sir George Martin Award at Music Business Worldwide’s A&R Awards, and is the perfect person to talk about the Future of A&R.

Mike Smith, Warner/Chappell Music UK
Cherie Hu, Forbes (@cheriehu42)

FastForward 2017 was held at Muziekgebouw aan't IJ, Amsterdam NL
Recorded on 24 February 2017 by The Hideout (


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Intro audio credit: "Right Place, Right Time" by BOA (2016)

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