Who We Are

admin-ajax.phpDavid Bianchi
Partner / Director

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David Bianchi started his career in music playing in bands such as Cubanate and C-tec on the industrial scene in the UK and USA, before getting involved in live production and club promotion – everything from starting one of the first ‘Brit Pop’ club nights in London at The Rocket on Holloway Road, Stage Production on hit TV show ‘TFI Friday’, Spotlights for Pink Floyd (!), and stage building for everyone from The Rolling Stones to Tina Turner.

He then started working for Green Island, a management company based in Ladbroke Grove known for managing Mark Morrison/Gabrielle and China Black amongst others. It was here that he got his first hand managing bands, putting together a prescient roster of mainly rock and metal: Californian punks Amen (Virgin/Columbia), UK sludgecore nutters Raging Speedhorn (ZTT/EPIC/SPV), legendary post punkers Killing Joke (Spinefarm Universal), and Austin rockers Young Heart Attack (XL).

Leaving Green Island to start Grand Union Management, David quickly diversified his roster, first taking on Boy Kill Boy (Mercury Records), UK Gold Certified Album, Debuted at No 16 on the UK Album Charts; The Enemy (Warner Bros) Album One WLADITT, Platinum Certified Album, Debuted at No 1 on UK album charts, Album Two MFTP debuted at No 2 on UK Album Charts, Gold Certified Album; Seasick Steve DHM (Warner Bros) Album One, UK Double Gold Certification, Album 2 ISOWN debuted Number 8 UK Charts, Platinum certified Album.

David left Grand Union in 2010 and opened a new company Various Artists Management, taking The Enemy and Killing Joke with him, whilst welcoming Reverend & The Makers, Echo & The Bunnymen, Peter Murphy/Bauhaus, Carl Barat of (Libertines/Dirty Pretty Things) to the fold. David then handled the reformation of The Libertines and their subsequent headline slots at Reading and Leeds.

2010 saw Various Artists signing Charli XCX to the roster and on to Atlantic/Asylum Records (debut indie single ‘Stay Away’ was released in early 2011 and her first album came out in 2013, to rave reviews worldwide.)

Charli XCX also busied herself writing and featured on one of the biggest global hits of the year, Icona Pop ft. Charli XCX’s ‘I Love It’, a tune that’s amassed over 5 million sales and counting, leaving it Platinum and multi-Platinum in 13 countries, whilst riding high in the USA’s Billboard Top 10 with a monstrous 2 million sales.

Various Artists have recently taken on Hounds (Universal) who sound-tracked ‘CSI: New York’ and Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Man with the Iron Fists,’ as well as talented-beyond-their-years Sheffield newcomers Liberty Ship from Sheffield, Nick McCabe and Si Jones from The Verve’s new band Black Submarine. This as well as London newcomers Eyes On Film signed to MI7/Island Records who have been all over Radio 1 specialist in early 2013

David Bianchi is also an Ambassador for Childline Rocks: http://www.childlinerocks.co.uk/

Co-owner/partner in brand partnerships company Vision Artists, representing everyone from Robbie Williams to Plan B: www.visonartistsltd.com,

Board member of Un-convention: http://www.unconventionhub.org/

Consulted to Future Publishing, helping set up both The Classic Rock Awards and The Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards.

Matt Luxon
Partner / Director

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Matt began his career in silicon valley in 1995 working for Intersight who pioneered online market research solutions for clients including Levis, ABC Television and Nissan. He then joined Siebel Systems in corporate marketing which became the fastest growing software company of the time. In 1998 after nine years in the US, he returned to head the takeover of Hildebrand Design and was responsible for repositioning the company as a full service digital marketing agency.
The new agency worked with a range of clients including Visit Britain,
EMI, BT, Carling and IPC to name a few. Matt worked extensively with
key brands developing mobile, web and IPTV strategies.

In 2004 Matt sold majority stake in the company to Clear Message.
Joining Grand Union Management in 2005 he worked with them to build brand
partnerships across all their artists. In 2008 Matt left to become one of the founding of the VV Music Services Group which is a multi disciplinary group of companies in entertainment including Various Artists Management Ltd. They also established brand partnership agency Vision Artists ltd in 2009 who have become one of the leading agencies in the UK working with many of the world leading brands including Jack Daniels, o2, Pepsi, Red Bull, Ford and over 100 artists including Plan B, Ellie Goulding and Robbie Williams.

Ronnie Traynor
Partner / Director

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Before joining Vision in 2010 Ronnie spent 3 years as the director of music at EURO RSCG KLP working on groundbreaking partnerships such as Bacardi & Groove Armada, Orange & Rockcorps and host of other music based projects for brands such as Pepsi, Nokia and Budweiser.

Previous to that she spent over ten years in commercial and creative roles within the music and entertainment industry from music TV production to managing record labels and festivals.

In 2003 she set up as a freelance Music Consultant working with clients such as Reebok, Carling and Vodaphone. In 2004 was instrumental in founding digital music store TuneTribe.com with Groove Armada’s Tom Findlay and off shoot company TT Digital Music Solutions

Nick Ember
Head of Business Affairs

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Nick originally trained as a solicitor with media law firm Davenport Lyons. He left private practice to join MCA Records International (now Universal) as Head of Legal and Business Affairs. Nick subsequently left MCA to set up an artist management company with clients including The Enemy (Platinum album), Seasick Steve (Platinum album) , Killing Joke and Charli XCX amongst others. Nick has also provided legal/business affairs consultancy services for the likes of V2 Records and Cooking Vinyl.
Sarah Hearn
Head of Music and Brand Research

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Sarah heads up the music team and is a vital member of staff! Her days are spent making sure that we are up to date on every artist on the planet. She also keep a well trained eye on what exciting stuff brands are doing in the music space.

Sarah joined us permanently after spending a short time on an internship with us during her university holidays over 3 years ago. As soon as she joined she knew she wanted to work in the world and so jacked in Uni there and then.

The rest as they say is history!