Demon Music Group is the UK’s largest independent record company, specialising in the marketing of physical and digital catalogue music with repertoire sourced from both major and independent companies around the world as well as our own vast library of rights.

We control music catalogues from a number of high profile artists across a number of genres including Suede, T. Rex, Ian Dury, Belinda Carlisle and many more.

We are also the home of a number of labels spanning all genres and price-points. From high-value limited edition CD and vinyl, multi-format CD and digital releases, through to iconic labels including Tabu Records, Holland Dozier Holland, Philly Groove, Xtravaganza and Trax Records.

Here at Demon we are lucky to employ a team of music enthusiasts covering all eras and genres and who are experts in their field. We are passionate about what we do and take pride and care in all our products ensuring our position as the UK’s leading independent record company.

Our Staff

Stephen Davies

Managing Director

First Record ever bought for me:
Peter and the Wolf

First Record Ever Bought myself:
Kings of the Wild Frontier – Adam and the Ants

Top 5 records: 
Kontiki – Cotton Mather
Giant Steps – John Coltrane
Grace – Jeff Buckley
Let Go – Nada Surf
Alligator – The National

Useless fact: I once recorded an acapella version of How Deep Is Your Love with Robin Gibb

Colin Auchterlonie

Colin Auchterlonie

Sales, Product & Marketing Director

First record bought for me:
Showaddywaddy – Showaddywaddy

First record bought myself:
Adam & The Ants – Antmusic

Top 5 records:
The Clash – London Calling
The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
The Smiths – Hatful Of Hollow (I know it’s a compilation…)
Dexys Midnight Runners – Searching For The Young Soul Rebels
The Mighty Wah ! – Songs Of Strength & Devotion

Useless fact: I’ve never told anyone I went to the 1998 World Cup Final and saw West Ham United’s Bernard Lama holding the World Cup…

Adrian Sear

Commercial Director

First Record ever bought for me:
I think it was a `cylinder` of South Pacific s/ track

First Record Ever Bought myself :
Twist and Shout EP– the Beatles

Top 5 records:
Boys of Summer – Don Henley
Message in a Bottle – Police
Keep me hanging on – Vanilla Fudge
Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix
What a fool Believes -Doobie Brothers

Useless fact: Michael Stipe got me so high I lost a day.

Jamii Layton

Head Of Sales

First record ever bought for me: 
Dynamite – Mud

First record ever bought myself: 
Dancing Queen – Abba

Top 5 records:
Kate Bush – The Dreaming
David Bowie – Station To Station
Abba – Arrival
Fleetwood Mac – Tusk
Donna Summer – Once Upon A Time

Useless fact: I think I was concerned that after a 30 year wait, I may never get to see her again – so I went to see Kate Bush’s ‘Before The Dawn’ show 7 times last year (and each one was incredible!)

Ben Stanley

Head Of Product and Marketing

First record bought for me:
Keith Harris & Orville ‘Come To My Party’ / Thomas The Tank Engine

First record bought myself:
Englandneworder – ‘World In Motion;

Top 5 records:
The Jam – Setting Sons
Oasis – Definitely Maybe
Manic Street Preachers – The Holy Bible
Blur – Modern Life Is Rubbish
Mansun – Attack Of The Grey Lantern

Useless fact: I am in the video for Oasis ‘Lyla’, I play a chubby bloke dancing around wearing a spider-man mask

Michael Neidus

Global Commercial Manager

First record bought for me:
The Beatles – She Loves You (yeah, yeah, yeah I am that old!)

First record bought myself:
K-Tel’s ‘Listen To The Music’ compilation / Donny Osmond ‘Portrait Of Donny’ (simultaneous purchases with record tokens)

Top 5 records:
Boz Scaggs – ‘Silk Degrees’
10cc – ‘How Dare You’
ABC – ‘The Lexicon Of Love’
Michael Jackson and Siedah Garrett – ‘I Just Can’t Stop Loving You’
George Michael – ‘Praying For Time’

Useless fact: A primary school teacher once told me that I “…would never make a career out of listening to Donny Osmond and all that crap”…

David Akerman

Supply Chain Manager

First record ever bought for me: 
Bagpuss the theme tune

First record ever bought myself: 
Themes of Horror

Top 5 records:
Wham! – Greatest Hits
Jimmy Somerville – Greatest Hits
Abba – Greatest Hits
Village People – Greatest Hits
Right Said Fred – Greatest Hits

Useless fact: I come from Leicester.

John Campbell

John Campbell

International Sales Executive

First record bought for me: 
‘Help’ – The Beatles

First record bought myself: 
Now That’s What I Call Music! 37

Top 5 records:
Bruce Springsteen – Darkness On The Edge Of Town
Otis Redding – Otis Blue
Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
Social Distortion – White Light White Heat White Trash
The View – Cheeky For A Reason’

Useless fact: I had a cat when I was a kid and he unfortunately had his head chopped off by the garage door… he was called ‘Lucky’

Glen D’Souza

Licensing Manager

First record bought for me:
Benny Hill – Fastest Milkman in the West

First record bought myself:
The Jam – The Eton Rifles

Top 5 records:
Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
UB40 – Signing Off
Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense
Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life
Sly and the Family Stone – There’s A Riot Goin On

Useless fact: I’ve climbed a live volcano

Stephen Ellis

Product Manager

First record ever bought for me: 
Blur – Country House

First record ever bought myself: 
The Outhere Brothers ‎– Party Album

Top 5 records:
The Streets – Original Pirate Material
Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks
The Strokes – Is This It
Wu-Tang Clan – Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
LCD Soundsystem – Sound Of Silver

Useless fact: Co-starred (more or less) in a Santander advert with Lewis Hamilton. The one where he comes out a Scalextric box.

James Gorely

Licensing Executive

First record bought for me:
Now 1992

First record bought myself:
Cast – All Change

Top 5 records:
Soundgarden – Superunknown
NOFX – Punk in Drublic
Queens of the Stone Age – Lullabies to Paralyse
The Prodigy – Fat of the Land
Ram Trilogy – Molten Beats

Useless fact: Alice Cooper has a golf handicap of only three. That’s good golf!

Jonathan Hanscombe

International Sales Manager

First record bought for me:
Sweet – Blockbuster

First record bought myself:
Blue Is The Colour – Chelsea FC

Top 5 records:
The Clash – The Clash
The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead
David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust
The Pixies – Doolittle
The Stranglers – Rattus Norvegicus

Useless fact: I play golf and had a “hole in one” exactly a week after my Dad had also had one on the same hole – neither of us have had one before or since!

 

Val Jennings

Val Jennings

Product Manager

First record bought for me:
The Animals “House Of The Rising Sun” 7”

First record bought myself:
The Beatles “Magical Mystery Tour” double EP

Top 5 records:
Todd Rundgren – “A Wizard A True Star”
The Beach Boys – “Pet Sounds”
The Beatles – “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
Pink Floyd – “Meddle”
The Beach Boys – “Surf’s Up”

Useless fact: I have been acquiring records since 1964, and have never ever sold one.

Nick Lilley

National Account Manager

First record bought for me:
Rhythm Heritage ‘Disco-Fied’ LP

First record bought myself:
Cameo ‘Word Up’ 12” Single (WHS bargain basement 99p job back in 1986)

Top 5 records:
Prince ‘Sign “O” The Times’ LP
Moodymann ‘J.A.N.’ 12”
Shuggie Otis ‘Inspiration Information’ LP
Ray Mang ‘Number One’ 12”
Ten Walls ‘Walking With Elephants’ Download

Useless fact: Here’s two …I was born black (true story… changed to white after a week. I’ll explain if you meet me) and I took Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo from The Neptunes / N*E*R*D* to a strip club in 2001. We had an awesome time ;0 )

Lucy Livermore

Royalty Accountant

First record bought for me:
Andy Pandy

First record bought myself:
Brother Beyond ‘Get Even’ and Paula Abdul ‘Forever Your Girl

Top 5 records:
The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin
The Beatles – Revolver
Kate Bush – Hounds Of Love
Jeff Buckley – Grace
New Order – Substance

Useless fact: I have seen Oasis live over 10 times, and don’t even really like them

Lidia Pini

Marketing Executive

First record bought for me:
Michael Jackson – Bad

First record bought myself:
Guns N’ Roses – Use Your Illusion I

Top 5 records:
Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction
Pearl Jam – Ten
Alice in Chains – Dirt
The Cure – Staring at the Sea
Faith No More – Angel Dust

Useless fact: My previous jobs include a body piercer and a Police Officer. Random, I know.

Emine Rifat

Licensing In Manager

First record bought for me:
The Prodigy: The Fat Of The Land

First record bought myself:
Spice Girls: Spice

Top 5 records:
Led Zeppelin – IV
Nirvana – Bleach
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus
The Smiths: Meat Is Murder
Pixies: Come On Pilgrim

Useless fact: Beetles taste like apples, wasps like pine nuts, and worms like fried bacon

Jack Smallwood

Digital Administrator

First record bought for me:
Green Day – Warning

First record bought for myself:
The Offspring – Conspiracy of One.

Top 5 records:
Elbow – Seldom Seen Kid
Arctic Monkeys – Whatever people say about me that’s exactly what I am not
Paul Weller – Stanley Road
Queens of the Stone age – Like Clockwork….
System of Down – Toxicity

Useless Fact: Once played at an open mic acoustic night with Noel Fielding in the audience. He gave a thumbs up of approval!

Tim Spinks

Assistant Supply Chain Manager

First record bought for me:
Shakin’ Stevens – This Ole House

First record bought myself:
Iron Maiden – Powerslave

Top 5 records:
AC/DC – Back in Black
The Beatles – Revolver
Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses

Useless fact: Once spent an afternoon hanging out with Ronnie Wood at the Snooker – he locked himself out of his corporate box and wandered into mine, which was next door

Paul Tucker

Paul Tucker

Digital Sales Manager

First record bought for me:
Def Leppard ‘Hysteria’

First record bought myself:
The Prodigy ‘Experience’ on cassette

Top 5  records:
The Strokes – Is This It
Ryan Adams – Love Is Hell
Fleetwood Mac – Tusk
Radiohead – OK Computer
Blur – Modern Life Is Rubbish

Useless fact: I’ve had lunch with Five Star and Chesney Hawkes, at their respective homes.

Allen Ward

Product Manager

First record ever bought for me: 
Michael Jackson – Music & Me

First record ever bought myself: 
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – E1999/Eternal

Top 5 records:
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – E1999/Eternal
2Pac – All Eyez On Me
Eminem – The Marshal Mathers LP
Michael Jackson – Bad
DMX – It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot

Useless fact: I was in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and used that as an excuse to barge passed security and drunkenly try to bond with a suitably unimpressed Jay Electronica.

Stephen Wheeler

Digital Product Manager

First record bought for me:
Queen – Radio Ga Ga

First bought myself:
Crystal Waters – Gypsy Woman

Top 5 records: 
Origin Unknown – Origin Unknown present The Speed of Sound
High Contrast – True Colours
Adam F – Colours
Commix – Call To Mind
MJ Cole – Sincere

Useless fact:
Went to the same school as educational luminary ‘Joey Essex’