Independent UK music agency celebrates fourth anniversary and announces new addition to team
As featured in Music Week: http://prod.musicweek.com/management/read/stampede-celebrates-fourth-anniversary-with-team-expansion/065553
Stampede Press UK, a music PR, artist support and consultancy agency that specialises in profiling rock and metal bands, brands and events, has announced the appointment of Simon Hall to the company.
The announcement ties in with the company’s fourth anniversary, and see Stampede continue to fulfil their work ethic of “helping make music matter” for self release and signed musicians, whilst supporting the industry network.
Through his prolific work as a key member of the UK’s number one metal festival Bloodstock Open Air and the Metal 2 The Masses foundation (which has established itself as a premiere platform for emerging rock/metal bands and draws in thousands of music fans at events nationwide and internationally) Simon’s new position at Stampede Press UK as Artist Consultant will see him strengthen the company’s foundations and build on the past four years successes.
Stampede Director / Founder Rob Town says “2016 was always going to be a year of change for Stampede. I knew I wanted to be bolder and build on past achievements but I needed to bring in another person/s that shared my vision and passion. Simon is definitely one of those persons. Whilst we share a lot of experience, knowledge and skills, he also brings a whole lot more to the table and I can’t wait for Stampede’s clients to benefit from what’s to come.”
Hall is currently preparing for what’s set to be Bloodstock Festival’s biggest year yet, and as a champion of new blood bands and legacy acts, he’s kept a keen eye on the ever shifting landscape of the music scene, “For some time now, I’ve felt the filter has been broken, in terms of talented bands being able to achieve all the potential they can in the music industry. Through my work as a musician (Hall is frontman for the British progressive metal band Beholder), Bloodstock Festival and Metal 2 The Masses, by now coming on board with Stampede, I see this is a great opportunity for Rob and myself to dispel misinformation and help musicians navigate away from self-serving platforms that can have a negative effect on an artist’s momentum.”
Town agrees, “It’s a creative time for artists, especially having opportunities to self-produce their music, but we need to strive to find a balance, so that potential to be great / GREAT music gets a chance to shine and artists don’t miss out on opportunities to work with key people in this business, that can help raise their music to another level. In my mind, it’s got to come back down to how GREAT is the song / collection of music, and should it be marketed, or maybe rather, how strongly should it be marketed, in the public domain, before it risks becoming another small drop in the ocean?”
“What we’re looking to achieve”, continues Hall, “is for Stampede to build on its reputation as a solid, honest, trustworthy company that believes in its clients and acts as a conduit to help develop dedicated, committed bands reach realistic goals.” “Realistic”, Town chimes in, “it’s so important to be realistic and to achieve clarification where possible. The internet, for all its ‘power’, for musicians trying to ‘make it’, it’s a double edged sword. Unless you’re switched on or working with someone that’s reliable, switched on and gives a damn about what you’re doing, bands will otherwise risk crashing and burning before their time, and amongst the wreckage could be true gems that should have shined.” “Right now, it’s an exciting but unsure time for rock and metal music and all that surrounds it, we need to have our eyes wide open. I’m looking forward to working with Simon and others in our community, to help support and strengthen the bands, brands and events that energise our beloved scene.”
Stampede Press UK will be attending Bloodstock Festival UK and available for press in the media area on Sunday 14th August 2016
About Stampede Press UK and Rob Town:
Throwing caution to the wind, Rob ‘Bobby’ Town quit his full time career in March 2004 to join a band. Previously bassist / co-manager in the successful British heavy metal band Panic Cell, he’s been fortunate to tour the world, sharing stages with the likes of Metallica, Disturbed, Alice In Chains, Slayer, Anthrax, Staind, In This Moment, Alice Cooper, Papa Roach, Devildriver, Skindred and more, playing legacy festivals like Download, Sonisphere, Wacken, Bloodstock, Fields Of Rock and SXSW. During this time Rob was a director of an independent record label and involved in numerous UK / European tour / show promotions including SOiL, Drowning Pool, iLL Nino, American Head Charge, Testament, Stuck Mojo and more.
In July 2012 Rob formed Stampede Press UK Ltd.
To date clients have included legacy artists, such as SOiL, Terrorvision, Winger, Toby Jepson (Little Angels), (hed)p.e, Jizzy Pearl/Love/Hate, Straight Line Stitch, Richie Ramone and more, plus working with up and coming / breaking bands like Anti-Clone, BlackWolf, Buffalo Summer and Krysthla, helping them promote their releases proactively and navigate the music industry effectively.