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Mike Smith

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Managing Dir
Columbia Records
Mike's background is in song publishing, and his focus is very much on music. Having started out booking local acts for Stone Roses manager Gareth Evans, he then went into music publishing where his rise was unstoppable. As a junior scout at MCA he signed Blur and the Smashing Pumpkins. Then landing an A&R role at EMI Publishing where he worked with Robbie Williams and The Verve. While there he signed many exciting new and critically acclaimed acts including The White Stripes, Libertines, Scissor Sisters, Gorillaz, Arctic Monkeys and the ever eclectic and influential Arcade Fire.


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  • AC Select
  • SXSW Interactive Conference
  • SXSW Film Conference + Screenings
  • SXSW Music Conference
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  • Free Stuff
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