Jon Davies (Shazam)

Jon Davies is Director, Music Partnerships at Shazam, one of the world’s most popular apps with more than 300 million active users worldwide. Jon connects Shazam to a wide contact base of major and independent labels, music services, agencies publishers, management, and promotion teams, Jon has led several strategic partnerships with some of the leading music and digital companies around the globe.

An experienced public speaker, he has represented Shazam at several industry events including SXSW, Great Escape, Midem and CMJ.

Twitter: @jon_davies_

Speech Debelle (rapper, musician)

Mercury Prize winning British rapper Speech Debelle received huge critical acclaim for both her debut album Speech Therapy (2009) and her second album, Freedom of Speech (2012).

She has enjoyed notable success across several art forms. Alongside her award-winning musical output, she has curated exhibitions at the Southbank Centre and has also worked with the Royal Court Theatre. Speech has presented a BBC documentary on homelessness and has worked with several major charities including Oxfam and Barnardo’s. She is also the creator and host of ‘The Work Brunch Podcast’.

Speech Debelle’s third record ‘Tantil Before I Breathe’ was released on March 17 this year. Here’s the first song off the album ‘Strange Ways’ as premiered on DIY Mag.

Jen Long (Radio 1, NME, DICE)

Jen Long is a writer, broadcaster and DJ based in London. Jen worked extensively for the BBC presenting a new music show on Radio 1 and their flagship festival coverage on BBC Three, as well as providing the voice for the now online channel. She has written for Clash, NME and The Line Of Best Fit amongst others and played festivals including Glastonbury and Reading. Jen was Music Editor at ticketing startup DICE, where she currently freelances alongside East Creative and her own Kissability imprint.



Flora Ward (Youth Music)

Flora is currently a Grants & Learning Officer at Youth Music, looking after grants in the North West and North East of England. Her specialism is around ‘Coldspots’, with particular interest in furthering the pursuit of gender equality, especially in the music industry and music education, and the de-stigmatisation of mental health issues.

She’s previously worked at PRS for Music Foundation, Flatpack Film Festival and Amazing Radio, and does occasional artist liaison work at festivals.


Amanda Maxwell (Boiler Room)

Amanda Maxwell has for the last three years been known as Office Manager with a multi facing role offering PA support to the CEO&Founder as well as the COO to Boiler Room, alongside handling HR for the company and looking after the London, Berlin and New York office. Outside of Boiler Room Amanda is a board member to the women in music collective She Said So which looks to empower and encourage the positive and progressive movement to see equality within music.

Alan Pell (former director or A&R EMI, consultant)

Over the years Alan Pell has worked in just about every part of the music industry ranging from manufacturing, playing in bands, tour managing, music journalism, production, A&R, publishing, festival production etc.

Alan worked with Mick Jones from The Clash and played in his own band before moving to the now defunct music magazine Sounds. He then started as an A&R man for the then independent Chrysalis records whose roster included Blondie, Billy Idol, Billy Bragg and numerous others.  On moving to Polygram, Alan found himself working across a bizarre range of genres with artists as diverse as Metallica, Wet Wet Wet, James and Texas to name but a few.

Alan launched a soundtrack label and worked as music supervisor on several successful films including ‘Four Weddings And a Funeral’ and ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’ before moving to EMI as Director of A&R heading a team working with everyone from McAlmont and Butler, Fun Lovin’ Criminals to Diana Ross, Iron Maiden, Robbie Williams and everything in between.

Moving back to the independent world with the VC backed start-up Stage Three Music, Alan played a key role as the company grew from a couple of blokes in Notting Hill to an International company with offices in London, Nashville and LA, buying catalogues and signing new artists including ZZ Top, Aerosmith to CSS, The Subways, Duffy, Emmy The Great and many more.

More recently Alan has been working across many platforms and projects with the BBC, Sony, Universal, as well as tech start ups and retail companies. He currently advises several companies as well as running his own online vinyl retail business.






Ian Easton & The Widowmakers

Performing as The Widowmaker, Ian Easton launched his debut album Soundtrack to Reality at SMILEfest 2010. Since then he’s played festivals like Glastonbury, Blissfields and Camp Bestival, released a second album, The Wink and the Gun, and gained huge critical acclaim along the way.

For SMILEfest 2017 Ian is back to launch is third album True Stories with his band Dan Parkinson (The Dirty Dead, Kids Can’t Fly), Daniel Morriss (Echotape) and Richie Towerton (The Madisuns, Kurbd).

Ian Easton & The Widowmakers are a folk, blues and groove-orientated whirlwind. Written about the magical mixed with the reality and disillusionment that the modern world brings, Easton’s songs exhibit Blues and Folk influences on a satirical and ironic level with intricate fingerstyle embellishing colourful prose.

“Led Zeppelin meets Simon and Garfunkel – 4/5” – Q Magazine

“One to certainly watch out for in the future!” – Tom Robinson, BBC6 Music

“A fine example of present-day folk blending, carefully selecting various roots styles to add to his tales from the edges of counterculture.” – The 405

Olivier Behzadi (Head of Digital Production, Sassy Films)

Olivier worked as head of A&R at Sony Records for eight years. He currently works as Head of Digital Production for Sassy Films where his clients include Universal Records. He also acts as Social Media Consultant and Content Creation manager for Gibson guitars.

Started life in music as a drummer, and soon realised that in order to have “input” with my band I had to learn to play a ‘real’ instrument! Got some skills – guitar, bass, keys (2 fingers) and my band got signed to RCA. Made records, toured and had a laugh! Band got dropped!

Many projects later I decided that jumping the fence to A&R was the way for me. Starting at an Indie, working for no wages, worked at another indie and received small wages………got headhunted to work at Columbia Records. Got paid!! In the 10 yrs at Columbia/Sony Music I had climbed the greasy pole to become Head Of A&R for the Int’l Company. After Columbia Records I went into TV (MTV, C4, BBC) consulting and on screen on music shows. I now die to grey hair and bagginess Direct/produce filmed content, mostly music & festivals. I recently Exec’d a Frank Turner Performance, Q&A and film showing live from The Vue cinema, Leicester SQ, London and satellite linked to 40 cinemas.

I compose music for the filmed content, and work with mentoring artists!

SMILEfest 2017 conference date announced

This year’s SMILEfest 2017 Music Media Conference will be held in Studio Solent (JM315) on Tuesday 28th March, starting at 12 noon and will feature a wide range of music industry professionals, music performances, and the annual Demo Surgery. Full line-up and schedule to be released soon.