Kwame Kwaten – Manager, musician, consultant and record producer + more
Kwame Kwaten, Manager, Musician, Producer, Music industry Consultant, Co-Chair of Brits Diversity Committee/EJAG Equality Justice Advisory Committee – Vice Chair of Music Managers Forum – Point Blank Records Head of A&R, Brits Trustee.
Kwame Kwaten is currently MD of Ferocious Talent – An Artist Services Company covering, artist management, label services , music consultancy, in-house production, which manages acts such as – Blue Lab Beats – Hak Baker – Caitlyn Scarlett – Steve Brown (Laura Mvula/Rumer producer co-writer) writer-producer Finlay C, writer producer Paul Schulze, Pritt, Peter And Kerry…
Kwame’s own writing and production work within D-Influence Productions include work for Mick Jagger, Tom Jones, Ultra Nate, Seal, Mark Morrisson, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Daryl Hall. Co-produced D-Influence productions classic pop hits like ‘Wishing On A Star’ for Jay Z, and ‘You Might Need Somebody’ for Shola Ama. Remixed Mark Morrison’s Return of the Mack/Crazy/ Let’s get down. Diana Ross Lighthouse Family. D-influence productions total sales go well over 10,000,000 and new indie Soulstress BaggE (2022).
Born May 13th, 1967 in London’s Hackney, Kwame Amankwa Kwaten started his musical career learning the ins and outs of the production world at ‘Courtyard Studios’. Kwame spent 2 years at Courtyard, learning from Chris Hufford how to operate a mixing desk and to use what he calls his best instrument – his ears.
In 1989 a session musician called Steve Marston approached Kwame to join his exciting new band D-Influence as the keyboard player. D-Influence self-released their first album leading to their first record deal with Acid Jazz Records, Then signing to Atlantic for their biggest album ‘Good 4 We’. D-Influence highlights included supporting Micheal Jackson, Prince, and James Brown. Also performed as Bjork’s backing band still on her DEBUT Jools Holland performance performing Aeroplane.
D-Influence soon turned to production and remix work for Mick Jagger, Seal, Tom Jones and more. However, it was Shola Ama that broke D-Influence as mainstream producers. Kwame personally found Shola. Hearing her humming while walking past each other Kwame auditioned her on the platform of Hammersmith station then signed her to Freakstreet Records producing her with D-Influence productions at the helm of her album. The D-Influence produced single “You Might Need Somebody” went on to break radio airplay records for that year and is still played to this day.Kwame also commissioned as exec producer IMAGINE and sourced the uk CLUB ASYLUM garage mix. That song is still played today also.
Kwame has always made a conscious effort to involve and open doors to young people to get into the music business. He started the Urban Music Seminar and is a co director of The Ultimate Seminar with Andrea Euell and Nicky Charles – a regularly oversubscribed event, the seminar bridges the gap between the classroom and the boardroom, bringing in industry leaders, managers and heads of labels.
Speaking: Tuesday Morning
11:00 – 13.00
Down to Business with PPL and PRS + more TBA
Jacqueline Pelham Leigh (JPL), Relationship Manager, Black Music at PRS For Music
Leo O’Brien, Membership Development Manager at PPL
Wale Kalejaiye, Associate Lawyer (Music Group) at Sheridans
Kwame Kwaten, Manager, Musician, Consultant, Record Producer + more
Moderated by Chris Cooke (CMU)