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The Dead Freights
// Mi7 Team
A rtist, producer and performer – self releasing vinyl and remixing and performing live alongside Carl Cox, Danny Rampling at legendary parties such as Tresor, Universe, The Brain Club, Love Ranch, Session Musician (guitar and keys) for PM Dawn, Leftfeld, Sandals, Remasterpiece Orchestra.
Formed Arkarna in 1994 toured the globe, headlined Benicassim, supported Prodigy and released a platinum album and remixes including Art Of Noise, Dread Zone Film and TV credits include Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Batman movie, The Boomerang, Friends, Beverly Hills 90210, So Little Time.
Co founded MI7 as a producer collective and label in 2005 for early 360º/joint venture contracts with artists and producers as a development hub with a strong focus on using data to help fanbase growth. Established partnerships with UMG Republic Records and Island Records and Rondor Publishing Initially worked with King Charles, Dan Smith (Bastille), We Were Evergreen, latterly Trampolene, Feverist etc
Known as one of the most well-connected, respected and charismatic men in the music industry, John Knowles has a resume that most could only wish for.
Having managed, conceptualised and helped to form the career of the seminal artist Chris Rea for over 25 years, the list of other performers he has worked with spans all ages and genres; Bob Marley, Cat Stevens, Jethro Tull, Free, Bad Company, Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry, Robert Palmer, Sparks, Neil Diamond, John Barry, Aswad, Third World, Jimmy Cli, Marianne Faithful, U2, Nick Drake, John Martin, Tra c, Peter Cooke and Dudley Moore, The Stranglers, ELO, Black Sabbath, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Garth Brookes, Bob Geldof, The Doobie Brothers, Johnny Cash, Deep Purple, Hall & Oates, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, John Mayall, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Level 42, Grace Jones and Bob Dylan have all benefitted from a wisdom that spans over 35 years in the business.
As head of sales and marketing, or general manager for major labels including MCA, Magnet, Island and Universal, John went on to set up and run two successful independent record companies before becoming Managing Director of Eagle Rock Entertainment.
Mitch Amachi is a record executive, having served a successful career in the music business for over 20 years as a label owner, artist manager, music producer and musician.
In 1995 Mitch worked alongside renowned talent manager, Benny Medina (Will Smith, Diddy and Jennifer Lopez) in Los Angeles. Having witnessed the shift in music technology he returned to the UK forging an alliance with the pioneering management duo, Tim Clarke and Dave Enthoven at I.E Music (Duffy, Robbie Williams, Little Boots) where he focussed his attention development recording artists in the digital sphere.
Whilst working alongside the innovative team at I.E Music, Mitch went on to complete an MSc in Music Information Technology at City University, successfully graduating with a Distinction.
Built Frequency studios which houses ASCAP winners for most US plays Levi Lennox and Joe Garret (writers of Zayne Malic Pillow talk). ADP, (currently charting with No good for me). Also the UK studio for BMG with Climax Management MI7 Studios which houses Zdot (Stomzy, Wiley (new single) , Chris and Kem) and Busgy Malone). Owen Cutts (Chris and Kem) and new Island hotshot Danea’o.
Dan has over ten years experience of writing, recording and touring, both as singer in the highly successful bands Feverist and Eyes on Film as well as guesting with the likes of The Enemy and Dirty Pretty Things.
With co-writes including the globally successful Peaky Blinders soundtrack and first CB and the Jackals album, he brings a unique insight to the process of developing new talent and recently brought both James Baxter and The Dead Freights to MI7, working as A&R and arranger on Baxter’s imminent release, the ‘Paradise EP’.