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One Liners: Kobalt, Saffron Music, Sub Focus, Travis, more

By | Published on Thursday 9 March 2023


Kobalt has promoted Alison Donald to the role of Head Of Global Creative, overseeing the company’s global creative teams and splitting her time between LA and London. CEO Laurent Hubert says that Donald “is not only an accomplished A&R but an incredible leader and mentor to songwriters and A&Rs alike – I am excited to see her step into this role and build upon our award-winning publishing team”.

Composer and music supervisor management agency First Artists Management has hired Zoe Hart to work as an agent in its London office, while also promoting Hailey Flame to the same role within its LA team. The firm has also confirmed a bunch of recent client signings including: Aaron May, David Ridley, Jon Opstad, Madison Willing, Rutger Hoedemaekers, music supervisor Sarah Giles and music editor Clare Batterton.

Universal Music Canada has appointed Julie Adam, previously with media firm Rogers Sports & Media, as EVP and General Manager. “Julie is an absolute force – she’s an exceptional executive and a passionate, purpose-driven leader who has helped shape the Canadian media and entertainment industry”, says the major’s Canadian CEO Jeffrey Remedios. “I’m so honoured Julie has agreed to join me in leading Universal Music Canada’s outstanding team as we continue to propel our roster of artists to new heights”.



Saffron Music – a not-for-profit that as been working for seven years across the UK, and globally online, to boost diversity in music production and tech through training and artist development programmes and a label – has launched a fund-raising campaign. It says that a number of “crucial and expected” grants and income sources have not materialised or have been cut, which is why it needs to urgently raise new funds. More information here.



Sub Focus will release new album ‘Evolve’ on 12 May via EMI Records. “Drum & Bass has never felt stronger or more popular as a genre and I’m proud to have been a part of such a thriving scene for so long”, he says. “I’ve dabbled with multiple genres in the past but this time I wanted to make an album that speaks to my D&B core, with breakbeats laced through every track as a backbone”. Here’s a track from the album, Vibration featuring AR/CO.

Róisín Murphy has signed to Ninja Tune and has also shared new single ‘CooCool’, which is produced by DJ Koze.

Travis have released a live version of their 2001 song ‘Sing’. It comes from an upcoming live album recorded at a show in Glasgow last year where the band performed 2001 album ‘The Invisible Band’ in full. The full live recording will be released to streaming services on 21 Apr and will be available on vinyl the following day as part of Record Store Day. You can hear the band sing ‘Sing’ here.

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