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One Liners: Dave Rowntree, Lickd, The Levellers, more

By | Published on Wednesday 6 July 2022

Dave Rowntree


Death metal band Defleshed have signed to Metal Blade to release their first album since 2005.

Music licensing platform Lickd – previously mainly focused on helping YouTube creators license music – has partnered with decentralised metaverse Decentraland’s entertainment and commercial district Vegas City. “This is a huge step for Lickd both in terms of expanding our offering into the metaverse and for the metaverse itself in terms of being able to simplify the music licensing solution”, says Lickd CEO Paul Sampson. Vegas City CEO James Ashton, meanwhile, is “THRILLED”.



Warner Music Canada has appointed three new A&R Directors, promoting George Kalivas and newly hiring Ajay Saxena – aka DJ Charlie B – and Nicholas Causarano. Plus Taylor Nishimura also becomes Associate Manager, A&R Operations. “I’m delighted that Charlie B and Nick have chosen to join the team – I know they’ll help us become even more culturally relevant and commercially successful”, says President Kristen Burke. “It’s also fantastic that George and Taylor are stepping up into their new roles. They’ve done an incredible job out of the gate and will be the engine room of the A&R team, driving projects forward”.



Middlesex University London and the Association Of Independent Music have partnered to launch a new MA Music Business programme aimed at music industry professionals studying remotely. “I have a deep commitment to social justice, diversity and inclusion and making sure that there is a level playing field”, says AIM CEO Paul Pacifico. “AIM is there to make space for new entrants to the market and for people who have come from unexpected places and do something brilliant. That’s what we’re all about”.



Blur drummer Dave Rowntree has released his first solo single, ‘London Bridge’. “When I lived in London things just started happening when I was near London Bridge, going over London Bridge on the bus, or on the tube going underneath London Bridge”, he says. “I would just notice events occurring, or have life changing thoughts, make decisions and it was slightly unsettling. I had to confront my London Bridge demons”. Rowntree signed to Cooking Vinyl in 2021 and is set to release his debut solo album later this year.



The Levellers have announced an acoustic tour of the UK in February and March next year, including a show at London’s Hackney Empire on 9 Mar, which will be accompanied by an acoustic album revisiting old songs. “We are really excited to be recording a new acoustic album, going through some of our old material, rearranging it for today and doing some new stuff too”, say the band. “Then we’re looking forward to touring it! Going around the country’s most beautiful old theatres and some unique and different other venues too”. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

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