We caught up with our Guest Scout Dan from the legendary Island Records for a little chat to get to know him a bit better. Read below to find out more about him, and get an idea of what kind of artists he’s on the look out for, it could improve your chances!
Don’t forget you can push your music to Dan until December 19th 2016, as part of our Sound Advice month!
SU: What was the first record you bought?
Dan: I think it was Beatles – Abbey Road, timeless classic.
SU: What would you say is your music guilty pleasure?
Dan: Ryan Paris – Dolce Vita
SU: What is your choice of listening right now?
Dan: Bon Iver – 22, A Million, I think it’s quite a lot of peoples right now
SU: What gets you excited about an artist?
Dan: I’d have to say, if they have an identity and if they push boundaries they will grab my attention easily – whether this is lyrically or with something like production.
SU: What are you working on at the moment?
Dan: At the moment I’m working on projects for JP Cooper, Sean Paul, Toothless & Sälen. All great and exciting artists for Island at the moment.
SU: In your career so far, what is your proudest achievement?
Dan: My move from press to A&R has to be the answer, everyone dreams of having a role within A&R so I’m glad to have been given the opportunity to make the move from PR to here.
SU: The best thing about working at Island is?
Dan: The culture of the label by far! Despite being a major it clearly has a brand of what their roster is and what it wants to have.
SU: Which song kickstarts your day?
Dan: The whole Top Gun soundtrack
SU: If there was one artist you could have signed, who would it have been?
Dan: Arctic Monkeys, most definitely!
SU: What do you get up to on your day to day at Island?
Dan: Listening to a of music! A lot of my job involves getting our signed artists’ records ready; right from the recording up to the final mastering and delivery.
SU: In your opinion what is the biggest hurdle facing unsigned artists at the moment?
Dan: There’s so many acts coming through that are streaming well but converting streams into real fans, who sell records and tickets, seems like such an unknown territory which few get right.
SU: What do you think is the most common mistake that artists make?
Dan: Signing large deals. The expectation is huge and you’re expected to sell a huge number of records on your first album.
SU: How did you get your start in music?
Dan: I used to run a small label and club nights in Leicester, and then from that I started as a press intern at Island before moving to A&R.
Stay tuned for more interviews with our A&R Guest Scouts Craig and Ben!