Meet some of Scotland’s most inspiring and celebrated musicians, songwriters, composers, producers and artists. An exceptionally unique opportunity to get up close and personal and discuss topics like being creative, overcoming obstacles, mentorship, wellbeing, developing relationships, sustainability, reinvention and maximising your income streams.
Dame Evelyn Glennie
Performing worldwide with the greatest orchestras, conductors and artists, Dame Evelyn Glennie’s solo recordings, which now exceed 30 physical releases, are as diverse as her career on-stage. A double GRAMMY award winner and BAFTA nominee Evelyn is a composer for film, television and music library companies. Evelyn was awarded an OBE in 1993 and now has nearly 100 international awards to date, including the Polar Music Prize and the Companion of Honour. Evelyn regularly provides masterclasses and consultations designed to guide the next generation. She is also a leading commissioner of over 200 new pieces for solo percussion for many of the world’s most eminent composers.
Jim Duguid, is best known for his work with Paolo Nutini. As a multi instrumentalist and songwriter, he helped Paolo develop his debut album “These Streets,” co-writing several songs including New shoes and Last Request. Published by Warner Chappell and based in London, he writes songs with a wide range of artists including Sam Smith, George Ezra, Kiko Bun, Callum Beattie and Lewis Capaldi. His Song, “Too Close”, co-written with Alex Clare was a worldwide multi platinum hit, US billboard top 10 in 2012 and gained a Brit award nomination. In 2018, Jim Duguid was appointed as Writer Director at PRS For Music. He is an advocate for songwriters and composers and is involved with PRS for Music’s Creator Voice project, helping promote the value of creators’ rights in the digital domain, and campaigning for better remuneration for writers’ and composers’ works.
Carla J. Easton makes pop music. Dreamy, lush and inescapable. Songs you’ll hear one day and still be humming a week later. Songs to dance to. Songs to drive to. Songs that make you wanna sing along. First with Myspace-kids Futuristic Retro Champions, then with SAY longlisted TeenCanteen, then under the alias ETTE, before her first solo album Impossible Stuff, her tunes have seen her championed by Marc Riley, play festivals across the UK, and earn a growing number of dedicated fans. With her sharp-dressed, white-hot band, her Dreamers on the Run, 2018 saw her release the now SAY shortlisted Impossible Stuff. Working with Arcade Fire and British Sea Power producer Howard Bilerman, it’s a record that mixes analog synths, sparkling brass and Spector-esque strings with Easton’s finely tuned ear for a hook. Lights in the Dark was Record of the Day. Dreamer on the Run was Guardian Track of the Week. Wanting What I Can’t Have was BBC Scotland Single of the Week. It’s a record that cuts through like the sun bursting through a storm. Based in Glasgow, Carla’s become a fixture of the thriving music scene in Scotland. She’s recently joined legendary Scottish band The Vaselines on live dates, collaborated with Stuart Murdoch on the song Best Friend for Belle & Sebastian’s HOW TO SOLVE OUR HUMAN PROBLEMS PART 3 EP, and has collaborated with The Scottish Opera for BBC Arts. A third album is in the works, with help from PRS Foundation’s Women Make Music Fund. It can’t come soon enough.
Paul has been a prominent figure in the music industry since the early 80s when he formed “Friends Again” with his childhood friend and singer Chris Thompson. Following in the footsteps of bands such Aztec Camera, Friends Again grew a large following, particularly in Scotland, they released their album Trapped and Unwrapped in 1984.
After Friends Again disbanded Paul and James Grant formed Love and Money. The band signed to Phonogram Records and instantly began to gain critical acclaim and success. They recorded their first album All You Need Is… in London in 1985 with legendary producer Tom Dowd and Andy Taylor of Duran Duran.
The band then moved to America to record their most popular album Strange Kind of Love where they worked with the renowned Steely Dan producer Gary Katz. Strange Kind Of Love has become one of the most highly regarded Scottish albums of the 80s and after recording the band went on many successful concerts with U2, BB King and Simply Red. Since then he has become one of the most prominent producers / mix engineers in the Scottish music business. With a particularly strong body of work in Celtic and traditional folk music. Many recording artists continually return to Paul to work on their albums, he has mixed and mastered many records for Julie Fowlis, Roddy Hart, Capaercaille, James Grant, Justin Currie, Ricky Ross and the list goes on. Outwith Scotland Paul has worked with a diverse range of artist such as Beyoncé Knowles, Pavarotti and the French Algerian artist IDIR.
Brian D’Souza (Auntie Flo)
Brian d’Souza aka Auntie Flo is a central figure in the ‘new strand of club music fusing electronic and world influences alongside the likes of Daphni, Four Tet, Romare, Sinkane and John Wizards’ (Joe Muggs, The Wire, 2013), and with his Highlife party and label he is helping to ‘take World Music into the future’ (The Guardian, 2015). Auntie Flo is founder and resident DJ at the Highlife parties that take place in Glasgow, London and Edinburgh. Highlife champions exciting artists from around the world including the likes of Rebolledo, Nicolas Jaar, Matias Aguayo, Shackleton, Actress, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Charanjit Singh, amongst many others. Brian was announced winner of Scotland’s premium music award - The Scottish Album of The Year award in 2019 for his album ‘Radio Highlife’.