Glen Rowe has launched a new artist-management company called KYOTO and opened a recording and rehearsal studio in conjunction with it.
Rowe was Muse’s tour director for 18 years, and he has also worked with the likes of Manic Street Preachers, The Streets, The Thrills, Ronnie Wood, Hard-Fi, The Kooks, The Magic Numbers and Amy MacDonald.
Rowe set up KYOTO with a plan to give unique artists, especially guitar bands, somewhere to flourish in their own time and space. KYOTO is a full-service management company that believes in the power of live performances and understands the role they play in the ongoing development of musicians and their fanbases. The company is designed to support all aspects of an artist’s early career, including expert guidance with A&R, live development, design and digital, publishing and all areas of marketing.
Alongside a management company, KYOTO has also opened a brand-new recording studio, rehearsal studio and writing room, just outside of London on the 22-acre Larkins farm. The recording studio boasts a classic analogue MCI 500 Rev D mixing desk, previously owned by John Entwhistle of The Who. Other gear includes the Drumbrella – which allows you to change the character of the drum sound without moving the drum kit. There’s also a large selection of drums, cymbals, basses and Arigato guitars which are specially designed for the studio.
Artists under management can use the writing rooms, rehearsal spaces and recording studio for free, in an effort to keep their debt to a minimum.
“We want to work with artists who know their sound and make you feel alive when they perform. We love acts like King Nun who buck trends, those are the ones we’re going to help to realise their massive, bold ambitions,” commented Rowe. “We’re going to take our time and focus on live music as a way of giving bands a chance to develop while they build their fanbases. We’ve built a world-class recording studio because we want to give raw emerging talent the opportunity to be creative – without worrying about the cost. The UK has always punched above its weight with big bands, and at KYOTO we plan to keep that tradition alive.
One of KYOTO’s first signings is King Nun. Lead singer Theo Polyzoides said: “Working with Glen and the gang at KYOTO over the last eight months has been incredible. Glen knows the live business inside out and he’s using his knowledge from managing arena and stadium tours to help us to start to build our presence at bars and small venues across the UK, Europe and North America.”
KYOTO’s roster also features singer-songwriters Mercy and Sian Kelly. KYOTO also goes beyond music, working with British visual artist Kazland, Dutch music photographer Hans Peter, and Italian creative director Eva Boursier.
The studios are now open for bookings.