Senior Management

Drew Hill
MD

What is the best gig you’ve attended? Lollapalooza, 1997, Kansas City

What is the first release bought? Giving away my age here, Now 12!

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Erica Day
Head of Inventory & Logistics

What is the first release you bought?
Prodigy – Out of Space (single cassette)

Have you ever worked in a record shop?
Yes, Our Price in Eltham

Jon Higgs
Head of Operations

What is your favourite album?
Oasis – Definitely Maybe – first album I played to death and had to buy it a second time!!

What was your first job in the music industry?
Serving in Woolworths on the record counter and on pick and mix, remember them days!!

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Carol Zuma-Hall

Carol Zuma-Hall
Head of Finance

What is the best gig you’ve attended? Kanye West – College Drop Out concert. (Don’t judge)

What was your first job in the music industry? First job in the industry –
Assistant Financial Accountant at Sanctuary Records Group

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Pat Howe
Head of Sales

What is your favourite album? Frank Sinatra –
In the Wee Small Hours

Can you play an instrument? Bad rhythm guitar

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Kameil Sattar

Kameil Sattar
Head of Digital

What is the first release you bought? Bronski Beat – Age of Consent on cassette, 1984

What is the best gig you’ve attended? Stevie Wonder – SECC Glasgow May 9th 1989

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Label Management

Del Sawers

Del Sawers
Senior Label Manager

What is the best gig you’ve attended?
Television @ All Tomorrow’s Parties Camber Sands 2001

What is the first release bought? Blondie “Union City Blue” and Dennis Waterman “I Could Be So Good For You” 7″ singles

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Vangel Vlaski

Vangel Vlaski
Label Manager

What is the first release bought? A cassette tape of the Pixies’ Surfer Rosa with my lunch money

What is the best gig you’ve attended? Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Pohoda Festival, Slovakia, 2013

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Sarah Brown
Label Manager

What is your favourite album?That’s such a hard question!
Probably ‘Super Shitty To The Max’ by The Hellacopters and ‘Seventeen Seconds’ by The Cure

What was your first job in the music industry?
Indie sales rep

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Jon Griffiths
Label Manager

What is the best gig you’ve attended?
The Who performing the entire Quadrophenia album at Wembley Arena in 1996.

What is your favourite movie? Beverly Hills Cop. It also has the best soundtrack.

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Gray Warner
Label Manager

What is your favourite album? The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

What was your first job in the music industry? Intern at Asylum Records

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Ipek Foster

Ipek Foster
Label Manager

What is your favourite album? Placebo – Sleeping With Ghosts

What is the best gig you’ve attended? Sigur Rós at Hammersmith Apollo. (March 2006)

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Ruth Knowles-Clark
Label Manager

What is your favourite album? Strauss: Four Last Songs (Gundula Janowitz, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Von Karajan) on DG

What is your favourite movie? The Big Lebowski

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Lynn Lancaster
US Label Manager

What was your first job in the music industry? Accounting and Inventory Control at Sugar Hill Records.

What is the first release bought? With my own money-Emmylou Harris ‘Elite Hotel’

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Stuart Bailey
Product Coordinator

What is your favourite album? Varies from week to week! My favourite new release is Eilen Jewell’s ‘Down Hearted Blues’

Can you play an instrument? What?Whatever’s in my percussion drawer

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Alice Mills

Alice Mills
Product Coordinator

What is your favourite album? TOTALLY depends what mood I’m in! This week: Expecting to fly – The Bluetones

What is your favourite movie? Indiana Jones (all of them!)

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David Fraser

David Fraser
ECM Label Manager

What is the first release bought?
An LP of Beethoven’s Symphony No 6 ‘Pastoral’ (performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Otto Klemperer)

Can you play an instrument? What?
Cello and double bass

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Iain Murrey

Iain Murray
Press Officer

What is the best gig you’ve attended? McCoy Tyner and Bobby Hutcherson at The Barbican, London, July 2002

Have you ever worked in a record shop? No, although I’ve helped a few people out in record shops with suggestions when they didn’t know what to buy for somebody!

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Digital

Jonny Blyth

Jonny Blyth
Digital Content Assistant

What is your favourite album? Minutemen – Double Nickels on the Dime

What is the best gig you’ve attended?
In front of stage at Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes debut album launch at The Borderline then bumping into him downstairs later on.

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Sales

Greg Soder

Greg Soder
Sales Representative

What is the best gig you’ve attended? So hard to choose one! For the effect it had on me at the time, probably And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead at the Astoria in Feb 2002

What is your favourite movie?
Shawshank Redemption

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Dan Gilbert

Dan Gilbert
Sales Representative - Dance Specialist

What is the first release bought? Now That’s What I Call Music One

Can you play an instrument? What? Yes, 2 x Technics SL1200 mk2’s

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Jon Blackburn
Sales Representative

What is your favourite album? Elvis Presley’s From Elvis In Memphis (1969) /Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On (1973) / The Staple Singers Be What You Are (1973) / The Beatles Abbey Road (1969)

What is the best gig you’ve attended? I saw Lynden David Hall at The Jazz Cafe when I was 17 and he was 25. Only true great I’ve ever seen in their prime!

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Christine Chinetti
International Manager

What is your favourite album? Leonard Cohen, Songs of Leonard Cohen ( tough choice but enduring love affair; a school friend introduced me and I’ve clung to his every word ever since)

What is the best gig you’ve attended? Kraftwerk Brixton Academy, World Tour 2004

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Louisse O'Toole
International Sales Consultant

What is the best gig you’ve attended?
Either Adele’s 2017 tour at Wembley OR Manchester Orchestra at Birmingham’s HMV Institute around 6 years ago – really intimate set, it was fantastic.

What is your favourite movie? Cadillac Records

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Martin Daniels

Martin Daniels
National Accounts Manager

What is your favourite album? Exile On Main Street – The Rolling Stones

What is the best gig you’ve attended? Iggy Pop – Royal Albert Hall 13/05/2017 (supergroup lineup of Iggy, Queens of the Stone Age leader Josh Homme, Homme’s band mates Dean Fertita and Troy Van Leeuwen, and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders)

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Stewart Allan

Stewart Allan
Account Manager

What is your favourite album?Kate Bush –
Hounds of Love

Have you ever worked in a record shop? – After more than thirteen years of service in various Scottish stores – sample customer request: “Have you got that song from the radio? It’s got ‘Love’ in the title?”-I was more than ready to ‘retire’ to hmv’s London HQ

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Graham Jones

Graham Jones
Sales Representative

What is your favourite album? Clara Luzia – Falling into Place

What is your favourite movie? I should say Last Shop Standing having had to sit through it 70 times but will go for Midnight Express

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Sean McDonnell

Sean McDonnell
Irish Sales Representative

What is the best gig you’ve attended? Jethro Tull “Stand Up” tour

What is the first release bought? Otis Redding – Dock of the Bay

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Dave Webb

Dave Webb
Ecommerce Manager

What is the best gig you’ve attended? Underworld – Manchester Apollo 1999 (Electronic) | Pink Floyd – Main Road 1988 (Rock)

What was your first job in the music industry? Sales Assistant in HMV

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Eddie Wilkinson
Jazz & Classical Sales Manager

What is your favourite album? Too many to list, but today it’s ‘The Genius of Ray Charles’ – Atlantic

Have you ever worked in a record shop? Yes, as a teenager inA1 Records, Tottenham. Wage usually spent on US imports!

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Corina Sullivan

Corina Sullivan
Sales Representative - Hub Accounts

What is the best gig you’ve attended? Alice Cooper – Cropredy Festival

What is the first release you bought? Green Day –
Dookie

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Stock Control

Simon Robbins

Simon Robins
Stock Control Manager

What is the best gig you’ve attended? Janes Addiction at Subterranea London,
August 1990

What is your favourite movie? Monty Python’s Life of Brian

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Sandra Cucic

Sandra Cucic
Stock Control Operative

What is your favourite album? ACDC – Back in Black

What is your favourite movie? Apocalypto

Elise Walton

Elise Walton
Stock Control Operative

What is the best gig you’ve attended?Metallica.Anytime.Anywhere.

What was your first job in the music industry?Tower Records, Piccadilly Circus, Rock Floor

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Wholesale

Rob Hutchison

Rob Hutchison
Wholesale Manager

What is your favourite album? There can only be one… Slayer’s Reign in Blood

What is the best gig you’ve attended? Metallica – 100 Club Oxford Street August 1987 – secret gig under the name Damage Incorporated.

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Jon Hughes
Wholesale Manager

What is the first release you bought? Let’s Dance – David Bowie

What is the best gig you’ve attended? Prince Lovesexy Tour at Wembley Arena

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Proper Records

Gary Harries
Label Manager

What is the best gig you’ve attended? Six Of The Best – Milton Keynes Bowl 2nd October 1982.

Can you play an instrument? What?
No I can’t. I SAID NO I CAN’T.

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Glen Johnson

Glen Johnson
Project Manager

What is your favourite album? Kraftwerk – ‘Computer World’

What is the best gig you’ve attended? Fugazi, Marcus Garvey Centre, Nottingham, 1990

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Ben Bowdler

Ben Bowdler
Online Content Manager

What is the best gig you’ve attended? Blur at Wembley Arena, 1995

What is your favourite movie? Fight Club or maybe Return of the Jedi!

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Mike Mastrangelo
Catalogue Manager

What is your favourite album? Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols.

What is the best gig you’ve attended?
John Cale Fender Ballroom Long Beach 1983/84 or Elvis On Screen with the original Elvis Vegas Band James Burton, Ronnie Tutt early 2000

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Mike Poulson

Mike Poulson
Licensing and Portfolio

What is the best gig you’ve attended? Galliano (Talkin’ Loud) at the Forum Kentish Town

What was your first job in the music industry? Temping at Phonogram Records in Promotions

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