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GRUBMAN AND BRANCA ON THE MENU
Lox and bagels is our guess. (10/4a)
GRAMMY CHEW:
RAP EDITION
Michael and Kyle find a feast of hip-hop to chew on. (10/4a)
REPUBLIC UPS GRYN TO EVP ROLE
She brings a Gryn to Roppo's face, so to speak. (10/4a)
HITS LIST: COUNTDOWN
TO ECSTASY
We enter the month that was once known as Rocktober. (10/4a)
HIS OWN ARCHITECT:
THE STEVE LACY BUZZ
It was a surprisingly easy "Habit" to break. (10/4a)
GRAMMY SEASON
New categories! New rules! New WTF!
THE BIG DEAL
It's the one you didn't see coming.
RAID AT MAR-A-LAGO
"Who took my passports?"
HITS' 36TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
Allow us to apologize in advance.
Blighty Beat
INDEPENDENT WOMEN:
ALEX KEAGUE-DAVIES
11/27/18

General Manager, Matador

Alex Keague-Davies joined Beggars label Matador as U.K. General Manager earlier in August after serving as international project manager at PIAS. In her new role, she leads a team that oversees artists and campaigns outside of Matador’s home in North America, covering strategy for each artist and the label as a whole. Projects this year include Interpol’s return with Marauder, which hit #6 on the U.K. charts. The band is currently on a European tour, which included two nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall in November.

Kurt Vile’s latest record, Bottle It In, has been “received amazingly well across the board, and rightfully so,” adds Keague-Davies, “and we’ve got so much more to come on this campaign through next year.” She also highlights the boygenius EP—a Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus collaboration “that is both beautiful and inspiring”—and the arrival of a Steve Gunn album in January.

What challenges does Keague-Davies face while working in today’s independent sector? “It’s been said plenty of times, but we are in a time where there is so much music readily available to people, specifically so much new music, and so many ways to discover it,” she answers. “That has its huge advantages, of course, but the challenge is then how to stand out, how to be heard above all the noise, and then, perhaps most importantly, how to sustain that.

“The exciting thing is there are more ways to do this than ever before, and there’s opportunities to do it on a global scale, but the challenge of building and sustaining a fanbase is not always the easiest to navigate and needs careful attention for every artist and campaign.” Continuing to be “forward-thinking, adaptable and creative” is key to overcoming that challenge, she adds.

Aside from new music and artists, the thing that’s exciting right now in the wider business is the continued drive for inclusivity and diversity, according to Keague-Davies. “There’s a growing amount of support available. I’m personally happy to be a part of a few groups and networks specifically geared towards women which offer advice, support and mentoring, from those starting out to those who’ve been working in this industry for a long time, and I’d encourage as many women as possible to get involved.”