Bob James

 Bob James is a remarkable character. His knowledge, experience, enthusiasm and work ethic hold him as arguably one of the leading independent music industry experts in the UK. His energy, skill and enthusiasm when teaching young people about the business is second to none. He is forward thinking and fully energised with his mind set in future. I often turn to him as a mentor and adviser, top guy.” Neil Simpson – Manchild Music/ATC – Manager Catfish and The Bottlemen

“As part of the production/songwriting team DEEKAY I have had the pleasure of being represented by Bob James. Bob is a highly organized individual who is capable of juggling many projects at once without losing focus on any of them. He is very creative and always exploring new avenues in every aspect of the music industry and he is a master of seeing new opportunities and bringing the right people together.” Lars Jensen -DEEKAY Music

Bob James is a totally pro music manager..switched on, motivated, knowledgable, hard working, dedicated and always true to his cause. Bob knows how to deliver, how to bring a journey to the successfull finsh line, and to do it with fun, and especially a smooth segue into the high end of the music market. I would not hesitate to recommend Bob in any music business venture..he really is the man !! he’s also a pretty cool guy ” Erika Lee  – Director, Whitelee Management

Bob James is probably the most genuine person in the music industry that I have met. He has been an amazing and supportive manager over the past couple of years. Highly recommended! :o” Emma Stevens – Singer/Songwriter

Bob James is passionate and motivated !!” James Sanger – Head of Vibeyness, Vibey Productions (Grammy Award Winning Music Producer)

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Bob James in a few capacities over the last 8 years. As Head of the Business School at ACM (until June 2011) I engaged Bob to co-deliver a Business & Artist Management module, he also consultant for ACM on an internal management agency that the MD wanted to start. Bob was excellent as a tutor as his knowledge was very in-depth and current, being an active industry Artist Manager . Bob is a gifted communicator. I highly recommend Bob, he is a very talented and inspirational gentleman.” Helen Gammons – Henley Business College

Bob James is a fantastic, dedicated and reliable teacher. His lectures are always very engaging and fulfilling, bringing to the table profound knowledge about the music industry, backed up by his vast experience in the industry together with his personal experiences. His teaching also extends outside of lectures through his Facebook profile, where students can always find some interesting article to read. Its a blessing for any music industry student to have him as a teacher. ” Bartolo. S


Mark Smith

Simon Paine
Simon hired Mark Smith as a Business Consultant
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Good Value
Mark Smith has superb practical ideas on the music industry that he has learned from years of experience. His business models will accelerate anyone serious about a career in music and particularly with his international perspective is operating ten years ahead of his time.”

James Henderson
James hired Mark Smith as a Career Coach
Top qualities: Expert, Good Value, Creative
“I purchased Mark Smiths Music Career Masters course and was blown away at the incredible amount of detail, resources and information that was included. One of the many great things about Mark’s course is that it is set up as a course with workbooks that you fill out as you go. It is not just a hand book as “handy” as those can be, this course is like nothing else on the market. It’s more like a college education in the music industry from someone with a proven track record (who is also cool to listen to since he’s laid back type of guy). The course also has videos and interviews for the visual and audio learners. So, it covers every area of learning styles. Bravo! As the music industry rapidly changes and new opportunities open up for indie artists and even major artists who want to take a new approach to their careers, Mark offers the knowledge, and tools to take control of your music career to be heard, and be seen by fans and industry professionals from every field that you definitely need to be in touch with. I will be utilizing these resources and information for a long time in the future and will be highly recommending this course to all of my musician friends as must have info.”

Martin White
Martin hired Mark Smith as a Business Consultant
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Creative
“I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Mark as a speaker to anyone who wants practical insightful information on the “new model” in today’s music business . Mark has a unique and successful track record which he is more than willing to share with anyone in clear and concise manner, accessible for all.”

Tony Ward
Program Director – Music Matters Asia, Branded Ltd. (business partner)
was with another company when working with Mark Smith
“I had the pleasure to work with Mark on Music Matters in Singapore (Asia’s leading music industry conference) and at the Music Matters Live festival. Mark participated in a management mentor session (with other high level artist managers) during the conference. This session received excellent reviews. Mark also managed the bands Goober Gun and Will and the People – both bands performed at Music Matters Live. Mark worked proactively for his clients and had excellent communication skills throughout the conference and festival.”

Rob McNicoll
Director, Copper Monkey (business partner)
was a consultant or contractor to Mark Smith
“Mark is a gifted and inspirational band manager, public speaker and expert in the evolving music business model. Having spent time with him in the Far East, I have witnessed first hand how he has mastered this complex cultural relationship to create incredible opportunities not just for the artists he manages personally, but also others. There is no doubt he is one of the UK’s, if not the World’s, leading experts on bringing western artists to an Eastern audience, proven by the fact Mark is responsible for 2 of the only 7 Western artists to have ever played in Cambodia. Aside from this professional expertise, Mark is also a very open and giving industry professional. He helps and mentors over 3000 aspiring artists through his website, and is always willing to impart word of wisdom borne out of 15 years hard work in the industry. Whether you are looking for someone to help you break an artist in China, Vietnam or Cambodia, or simply learn how to monetise your artists in the increasingly fragmented music industry, Mark should be your first port of call.”

Dan Medland
Artist Manager, IE Music (business partner)
was with another company when working with Mark Smith
“Mark is a super enthusiastic and driven individual who i have the pleasure of working with on numerous occasions. He has always given his all to a project and there simple aren’t enough people like him in the industry. Dan Medland” (Passenger)

Tony Moore
Director of Music Art and Development, The Bedforfd (business partner)
was with another company when working with Mark Smith
“Mark is an energetic, dynamic and passionate worker. As a manager of artists I have seen his enthusiasm and professionalism create wonderful opportunities and it is always a pleasure to work with Mark on different projects tony Moore”

Bourby Webster
Director, North Street Consulting (business partner)
was with another company when working with Mark Smith
“Mark is one of the hardest working managers in the music industry I have yet to meet. Where some would go half way and think it enough, Mark doesn’t leave a stone unturned when it comes to wanting the best for his artists. A reliable, professional, on-time working partner – a rare breed in the music industry and someone I will treasure working with on many future projects.”

Xan Phillips
Xan hired Mark Smith as a Promoter
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert
“With boundless energy and creative flair Mark has always delivered. When it comes to artist management and promotion he has great insight. I use some of his ideas and observations to keep my own business in order. I’m looking forward to his book coming out.”

Steve Conte
Steve hired Mark Smith as a agent/tour manager
Top qualities: Great Results, On Time, High Integrity
“I’ve just finished a successful UK tour with my band – Steve Conte & The Crazy Truth – that was totally booked, promoted and tour managed by Mark. It was a brilliant experience…I highly recommend him!”

Adam Gerard
Senior Brand Development Manager, Asia Pacific Breweries Ltd (business partner)
was with another company when working with Mark Smith
“Having worked with Mark on a number of projects I can confidently say he’s a tireless and dedicated manager who has a clear vision as well as the talent and charisma to bring it to life. Very experienced in harnessing the power of the web to his bands’ advantage, no problem is too big or small for Mark to tackle with ease.”