Often when I tell people I'm a musician, or in the music industry, well-meaning listeners cock their head to the side and say, "That must be so hard"
The way I see it, selling any product in the society we have constructed is hard. If you made (magically) diamonds at home and then never told anyone about it, you wouldn't make any money. I realised a while ago (reinforced by Example saying "do as much as you can yourself" and the lads from Speaking in Shadows) that to survive I had to do a lot more around the music. And so I started Regent Street Records.
Along the way I met musicians and Music that I just fell in love with - and Regent Street started to grow. I decided to push to get the best platform that our generation can achieve for their music, with the resources I had. The Journey has taken me all around the world, and it was on a rainy day in Malibu, in an English pub over a pint that my BritSync mates convinced me to stand for the BPI council.
I am convinced that the BPI (responsible for the Brits, the mercury, The big music project etc etc) play a huge part of the success of British music on the world stage, and they as an organisation have always supported Regent Street Records more than I could've hoped for. I'm dead chuffed to be representing other labels on the Council - and damn have we got some plans - if you are thinking of starting your own label I would say D-d-d-do it, man! Right now. And then join the BPI. Shoot me a message when you get there.