Alex Wise – Words For Music
West Midlands-based music writer Alex is the founder of the Words for Music blog, which he has been running since 2011. An avid music and football lover, he has been covering the work of emerging and independent artists for almost ten years.
Matthew Hogarth – Sentric Music
Based in Merseyside, Matthew works for independent music publisher Sentric Music, a platform that has achieved a global reach since it was founded in 2006. With a background in music journalism including work in publications like DIY Magazine, Matthew has brought his expertise to his current role as an Artist Liaison for Sentric, working to help new artists navigate the publishing system as well as serving as a first point of contact for artists already on the company’s roster.
With eight solo albums in his discography, as well as the two released with post-hardcore London band Million Dead, whose vocalist he was during the five years of the band’s activity ending in 2005, Frank Turner is an established presence on the English punk and independent scene. In 2017 he founded the Lost Evenings festival, whose 2020 edition was originally scheduled in Berlin in May. Most recently he has been active with his digital shows in support of independent venues during the covid-19 crisis.
Abbie McCarthy – BBC Introducing
With years of experience championing music and new artists, Abbie McCarthy is currently the voice of BBC Introducing in Kent, as well as covering shows like The Indie Show and The Chillest Show on BBC Radio 1 and presenting the music podcast Live Lounge Uncovered. Her past work as a festival compére includes hosting stages at Trafalgar Square and Glastonbury, and she is the host of Boxfresh, a TV show aiming to put new artists in the spotlight. Abbie has also been running Good Karma Club, a gig night whose sold out outings have featured artists of the caliber of Alex Turner, Pale Waves, and Bastille. In 2018, she was inducted into the Roll of Honour at Music Week’s Women In Music Awards.
Katie Tavini – Mastering Engineer
Having started her career in 2009, Katie has over ten years’ worth of experience as a mastering engineer (and self-described ‘analog enthusiast’) under her belt. Hailing from Manchester and currently based in Brighton – both cities known for a buzzing, lively music scene – she worked with artists spanning a wide ranges of genres, sounds and moods, including household names like Nadine Shah, Sonic Book Six, and Bryde, as well as the Royal Philarmonic Orchestra.