British Music Industry

Rob Castle is currently the managing director of KORG UK, having been tied to the company in one way or another since 1981. In his early days with the company, Rob played a role on the team that designed the world's first keyboard workstation, the KORG M1. The unit was ideal for all musical...
Malcolm Cecil is the engineer and product designer behind the famous synthesizer known as TONTO!  TONTO is an acronym for "The Original New Timbral Orchestra," the first, and still the largest, multitimbral polyphonic analog synthesizer in the world, designed and constructed over several years....
Clifford Cooper has always liked the color orange. So, when it was time to market his amplifiers, which he created mostly for his own use and for friends, he decided to use his favorite color. The Orange amplifier products are not only unique in looks, but are also known by musicians for the clear...
Gary Cooper enjoys a well-regarded career in journalism with a run in recording and popular music magazines before his work in the music products industry. He branched out with celebrated articles on the people and musical products for Music Trade News and MI Pro, both published in England. He has...
Tom Dale was the original business partner and long time friend of luthier Mervyn Davis. Mervyn began building guitars in the 1970s and as the demand for his unique instruments grew so did the need to have a business partner who could help navigate the operation while he focused on the instruments...
This audio only interview was conducted for a radio program by Dan Del Fiorentino and donated to the NAMM Oral History program: Stanley Dance was the noted jazz historian who wrote several Grammy nominated liner notes as well as books and magazine articles over his long career. He began writing for...
Ivor Davis was working as the foreign correspondent for the London Daily Express when he was assigned to travel with the Beatles. He joined the Fab Four during the summer of 1964 in San Francisco and traveled with them as they toured the United States making their way to New York. His 2014 book, "...
Michael Doughty can speak of the history of the British music industry more than most. After all, it was his father and his grandfather before him who first started selling musical instruments over 100 years ago. As president of Stentor Music Company, Mr. Doughty recalled his teen years and the...
Phil Dudderidge, a veteran live-sound engineer, co-founded Soundcraft in the 1973, one of the most innovative pro audio companies in the industry at the time. He later purchased the Focusrite company in 1989. The business began out of a request from Sir George Martin for Rupert Neve to design a...
Leslie East studied musicology at King’s College in London and followed with a Master in Musical Analysis.  He put his education to use right away as he became teacher and began working as a musical journalist. After some time as an educator, he became the Director of Music at the Guildhall School...

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