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Nate James Presentation

  1. 1. Artist Presentation From Anthony Hamer-Hodges Morethan4 Management
  2. 2. Artist Profile <ul><ul><li>Nate James is the UK’s leading independent male solo artist. He is firmly established on the soul circuit but aspires to wider mainstream recognition and success. He writes soulful, funky pop songs with universal appeal, delivered with credibility. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Both his albums released to date ‘Set The Tone’ & ‘Kingdom Falls’ have met with critical acclaim, demonstrated enduring appeal and have spawned several international airplay hits: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Universal’ (Top 3 in Japan, Top 40 UK), </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ The Message’ (Top 5 in Italy & Belgium, Top 40 UK), </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Justify Me’ (Top 10 in Italy, not released in UK) & </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Back To You’ (Top 20 in Japan & Italy). </li></ul></ul>Sold 200,000 albums to date Released June 2005 Released June 2007
  3. 3. Profile <ul><li>Global presence: His songs have been featured in hollywood movies, TV adverts in the US and Europe and can be heard regularly in-stores around the world including Urban Outfitters, Abercrombie & Fitch and Footlocker in the US and beyond. </li></ul><ul><li>Local focus: He has earned the respect of his peers and has collaborated with various local stars to enhance his reputation in their market: </li></ul><ul><li>The “Live For The Groove” EP recorded with Japanese band Pe’z was a Top 30 sales hit </li></ul><ul><li>A duet with Italian star Paolo Meneguzzi at the San Remo music festival in March 2007 sent the song ‘Musica’ to #1 on the Italian sales chart the following week. </li></ul><ul><li>En Vogue / Lucy Pearl vocalist Dawn Robinson dueted on the song “I’ll Decline” on the first album. </li></ul><ul><li>Award winner: He won the annual Festivalbar award for “Best International Artist” in Italy in 2006 beating the likes of Lily Allen, James Morrison and the Scissor Sisters. In November 2007 he was crowned Best Soul act at the Kickers Urban Music Awards. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Achievements to date In a competitive industry, moving faster than ever, we have managed to establish Nate James as a internationally recognised and respected career artist with a significant live following. <ul><li>In the UK he has headlined: </li></ul><ul><li>The Jazz Café : 5 sell out shows in 2005 & 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Shepherds Bush Empire : October 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>The Scala : May 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Indigo O2: December 07 </li></ul><ul><li>UK tour: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Cambridge, Brighton </li></ul><ul><li>plus support slots with Beverley Knight, John Legend, M People, Musiq Soulchild & Alexander O’Neil </li></ul><ul><li>Japan Tour May 2007 – Tokyo & Osaka </li></ul><ul><li>Also performed a headline Tokyo show May 2006 and at Summer Sonic Festival August 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>In Europe: </li></ul><ul><li>Headlined Antwerp Harbour Jazz Festival Belgium May 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Nice Jazz Festival France July 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Reeperbahn Festival Hamburg Germany September 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Swingin Groningen Festival Netherlands September 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Summer Sound Festival Bergamo Italy July 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Italian Tour November 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>plus support on Simply Red European Tour July & August 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Italy, Germany, Portugal & Polish dates </li></ul><ul><li>In North America: </li></ul><ul><li>Feb/March 2008: Gigs in New York , Toronto & San Diego </li></ul><ul><li>Nate’s regular band consists of guitarist Ben Jones, drummer Karlos Edwards, bass player Jodi Milliner, backing vocalist Simon King plus other session players on keyboards, backing vocals, horn & string sections where relevant. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Radio & TV performances <ul><li>Nate James’ live reputation has been boosted through targeted live sessions on Italian, German, Japanese & UK radio: </li></ul><ul><li>Ras Kwame Radio 1 Maida Vale session – July 07 </li></ul><ul><li>repeated in Dec 07 as one of the ‘sessions of the year’ </li></ul><ul><li>Ronnie Herel 1Xtra Maida Vale session – July 07 </li></ul><ul><li>6Music Funk show live session – August 07 </li></ul><ul><li>Mica Paris soul show on Radio 2 – March 05 & October 07 </li></ul><ul><li>He has appeared on national TV in the UK on the following occasions: </li></ul><ul><li>Later with Jools Holland Feb 08: live performance of two tracks ‘Choke’ & ‘Back To You’ </li></ul><ul><li>BT Digital Music Awards 2006 (Channel 4): live performance of ‘Justify Me’ backed by gospel choir & the Philharmonia Orchestra </li></ul><ul><li>MOBO Awards 2005 (ITV): live performance of ‘Never Too Much’ a tribute to Luther Vandross with Omar & Mica Paris </li></ul><ul><li>Never Mind the Buzzcocks (BBC2) Dec 05: on Phil Jupitus’ team alongside Liz Bonnin with Lionel Blair on opposing team. </li></ul><ul><li>BBC Breakfast News June 05: interview with Natasha Kaplinsky about debut album release </li></ul>
  6. 6. There are few young British artists with the international reputation and status of Nate James, with two critically acclaimed albums and an established live reputation. But in his home territory and in North America in particular, so much more is still possible given the right investment and partners being put in place.
  7. 7. Opportunities for Growth <ul><li>Tour Support </li></ul><ul><li>You only have to see Nate James live to appreciate his amazing talent and star potential . He has that elusive ‘it’ factor. He has already won over many fans through support slots with established soul acts but the next stage would be to put him in front of mainstream audiences in the US & UK as support on a big pop tour. Touring with his band is expensive and we require investment to grow his fanbase and mainstream appeal in this way. </li></ul><ul><li>Further radio & tv promotion </li></ul><ul><li>We have won over the gatekeepers at all the major UK radio networks and several key tv producers. The main obstacle we come across is that as an independent artist Nate is often overlooked in place of less established/respected acts with major label backing. With an upstreamed setup in the UK we would be able to convert interest and awareness into action and regular exposure. </li></ul><ul><li>Advertising </li></ul><ul><li>Many people know the name Nate James without knowing his music. Many people know his music without knowing who it is by. Research and advertising would combine with an enhanced promotional push to further build , enhance and motivate the fanbase and attract new buyers. </li></ul><ul><li>North American launch </li></ul><ul><li>Nate’s music has massive potential in the US and he is destined to be a truly global star. We already have agents at ICM Talent wanting to represent and helped secure live dates. With his music already being seeded out there through the in-store play , TV advert soundbed & film inclusions the time is right to launch in the US. His dual citizenship thanks to his American father will prove to be very useful. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Press Quotes <ul><li>On Nate: </li></ul><ul><li>“ I’m a big admirer of Nate James and his work ethic. To have attained his status in the game on an independent label is huge achievement in the current industry climate” Mr Drew, Echoes – Sep 07 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Nate James is a bona fide international star” Billboard </li></ul><ul><li>“ The King of UK Soul” Radio 1 Online </li></ul><ul><li>On the album Kingdom Falls: </li></ul><ul><li>“ A second album of gloriously ambitious R&B from a young British songwriter who seems destined to be a big star. Outta My Head is a Massive Attack-like masterpiece while Choke would melt the coldest of hearts. Highly Recommended” Sunday Express </li></ul><ul><li>&quot; Fantastic… blends squeaking synths and rapid percussive effects with lush string arrangements… also employs dashes of Prince-style funk, jazz and poppy hip-hop and should bring James the recognition he deserves&quot; The Times </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;A lush and masterful collection of songs&quot; The Daily Record </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Warm, honey-lovely vocals set against syncopated beats and twitchy electronica&quot; Metro </li></ul><ul><li>“ One to watch” News of the World </li></ul><ul><li>“ A real standout” Mixmag </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Flawless vocal performance and great melody&quot; Playlouder.com </li></ul><ul><li>“ High Times has a great hook and is very radio friendly” The Hit Sheet </li></ul><ul><li>“ A delicious slice of soul with drum & bass and house sprinkled on top” Touch Magazine on new single High Times </li></ul><ul><li>On the live experience: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Sunny sweetness and intricate melodies justifying comparisons with his hero Maxwell . He has a way of blending other people’s songs to his own will: a feverish version of Stevie Wonder’s Superstition sounded like a Nate James original” Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian </li></ul>
  9. 9. Contractual status <ul><li>Nate James is the performance name of Nathaniel James Speas </li></ul><ul><li>He is managed by Morethan4 Ltd . A company run by Anthony Hamer-Hodges, formerly label manager at Ministry of Sound label Incentive Music. </li></ul><ul><li>Nate owns his own masters through his company Frofunk Ltd. </li></ul><ul><li>He has been published as a songwriter by Universal Music Publishing since May 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>The first album was licensed to the following companies: </li></ul><ul><li>Guardian Media Group (UK): May 05 – Jan 06 </li></ul><ul><li>All rights reverted back to Nate after their label group Enterprise Records was sold to Ministry of Sound in Jan 2006. </li></ul><ul><li>Toshiba EMI (Japan): Nov 05 – 10 year license </li></ul><ul><li>Scorpio Music (France): Dec 05 - 3 year license </li></ul><ul><li>2Dance (Portugal): Dec 05 - 3 year license </li></ul><ul><li>Music Master (Middle East): Jan 06 - 3 year license </li></ul><ul><li>Morethan4 Ltd. (UK): Feb 06 – 5 year license </li></ul><ul><li>A reworked version of ‘Set The Tone’ was released in 2006 with distribution by through Universal. </li></ul><ul><li>Magic Records/Universal (Poland): March 06 - 3 year license </li></ul><ul><li>MVZ (Switzerland): May 06 - 3 year license </li></ul><ul><li>Edel Italia (Italy): May 06 - 3 year license </li></ul><ul><li>Edel Gmbh (Germany, Austria, Greece & Eastern Europe – Poland): June 06 - 5 year license </li></ul><ul><li>ARS (Benelux): July 06 - 3 year license </li></ul><ul><li>Next Music (South Africa): July 06 - 3 year license </li></ul><ul><li>Deja Musique (Canada): April 08 – 7 year license </li></ul><ul><li>The second album has so far been licensed to the following companies: </li></ul><ul><li>Toshiba EMI (Japan): released March 07 – 10 year license </li></ul><ul><li>Edel Italia (Italy): released June 07 - 3 year license </li></ul><ul><li>Morethan4 Ltd. (UK): released June 07 – 5 year license </li></ul><ul><li>MVZ (Switzerland): release June 07 - 3 year license </li></ul><ul><li>Magic Records/Universal (Poland): release June 08 - 3 year license </li></ul><ul><li>Next Music (South Africa): 3 year license </li></ul><ul><li>Future albums </li></ul><ul><li>No arrangements in place yet </li></ul>
  10. 10. Next stage… <ul><li>We’re looking for a US licensee to promote & release the first two albums </li></ul><ul><li>And a US based A&R / label partner to help develop the artist and to record & release the next two albums worldwide. </li></ul><ul><li>Recent support from UK media includes Radio 2, Galaxy, GCap, MTV, CSC & EMAP networks. </li></ul><ul><li>Current press includes The Observer, Touch, Echoes & The Hit Sheet </li></ul>
  11. 11. Contact details: <ul><li>Anthony Hamer-Hodges </li></ul><ul><li>Morethan4 Ltd. </li></ul><ul><li>PO Box 47163 </li></ul><ul><li>London W6 6AS </li></ul><ul><li>www.morethan4.com </li></ul><ul><li>T: +44 20 7043 6064 </li></ul><ul><li>C: +44 7885 512 721 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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