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In a stinging attack on the 260 A&R men employed by EMI, he said: “The power and the decision has sat with the A&R man, who is someone who gets up late in the day, listens to lots of music, goes to clubs, spends his time with artists and has a knack of knowing what would sell.”
Hands added: “What we are doing is taking the power away from the A&R guys and putting it with the suits – the guys who have to work out how to sell music.”
How many months before EMI will be for sale again?
I enjoy watching this VC move about the music industry like a bull in a china shop. He does not understand the relationships that were established over decades. The A&R person is the contact point between two worlds. Higher Octave did not have A&R and I hated talking to the suits, because they didn’t get it and they didn’t speak my language, whereas my A&R person at Epic Records was somebody I could relate to, strange as he was…
I suspect the saga at EMI will continue to be entertaining to watch.