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On The Beat – David Sapien, 34

On The Beat
10 March 2018
David Smith

Scouting the frontline - Sapien Records Ltd, Durham


When joined the company:


Company Signings:

RIDER, Big Lad (S*itwife), DENNIS, We Are Knuckle Dragger

Among favourite emerging acts:

Marcaux, Martha

Favourite venues for seeing unsigned acts:

Empty Shop in Durham, Think Tank? and Little Buildings, both Newcastle, Old Blue Last, Assembly and Black Heart, all London

Importance of playing live:

“It’s the only way to showcase an artiste’s craft. A great record is fine, but an unforgettable live experience, regardless of venue spec or capacity, amplifies an artiste’s true merit.”

Best advice to unsigned act managers:

“Do it for the love of it and trust your instincts, it’s the only way to be consistently relentless in pursuits. Always be open-minded, have a willingness to learn and surround yourself with an amazing team.”

Emerging new acts on the label:

Steve Strong, Outside Your House, Scott Michael Cavagan

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