Stephen Budd is a British music industry executive based in London. He is a director of artist and producer management company Stephen Budd Management, the OneFest Festival, the Africa Express project and is also a partner in the NH7 Weekender festivals in India. He manages artists including Dry The River and Songhoy Blues. His current record producer roster includes Rick Nowels, Tore Johansson, Valgeir Sigurdsson, Nick Zinner, Guy Sigsworth and Mike Hedges. He is the current co-chairman of the MMF (Music Managers Forum) and is creator and Executive Producer of War Child's 'Passport: Back To The Bars' charity project.
Starting out as a teenage roadie in the punk era at clubs including Soho’s Vortex, he formed the Tortch Records label in the early 1980s, releasing the debut singles by cult artists The Sound, Second Layer, The Directions and The Cardiacs. He went on to manage The Sound, The Directions and The Big Sound Authority, with whom he had his first top 30 success.
He was then asked to manage renowned record producer Tony Visconti and his Good Earth Recording studio in London’s Soho and in 1985 he founded Stephen Budd Management, focusing on the promotion and management of record producers, remixers, songwriters and recording engineers...
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