People

Pete Martin

Creative Partner

Pete is a classically-trained composer who prior to founding Aurotone had a successful career as an internationally-renowned record producer & artist: credits include the White Stripes, Gwen Stefani & The Cure. He has written commercials from Guinness to Citroen and has toured globally as an artist and DJ – including world tours with The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy and David Guetta. His tracks have appeared on hit US TV shows including Heroes, Grey’s Anatomy & CSI Miami and his band Coburn was voted dance act of the year by Music Week. Pete started his career in film & television, working for several years as an art director on music promos & commercials and as a post-production producer at the Moving Picture Company.

Nick Lloyd Webber

A&R Director

Award-winning composer and arranger Nick Lloyd Webber is also the singer-songwriter behind band Archangel. Nick recently oversaw his stage adaptation and score of Antoine de Saint-Expurey’s “The Little Prince”, his first major stage musical. It won the Critics’ Choice and his score led the Times to say that “a new star is born”. Nick continues his career as a TV composer – recent work includes his specially-commissioned Grey’s Anatomy score and his Go! Team-infused seasonal themes for the BBC’s CBeebies, which are redefining children’s TV music. With a background in 80′s-influenced electronic music, Nick is an accomplished pianist and string-arranger and has written orchestral scores for numerous award-winning short films.

John Kellett

Legal & Business Affairs Director

John Kellett is an entertainment lawyer who has spent many years working in the music industry at the highest level both in-house and as an independent music advisor. John started his music career in the 90’s, heading up the Legal & Business Affairs departments of London Records and Go! Discs before co-founding the hugely successful Independiente, where he orchestrated the signings of numerous global acts from Paul Weller to the So Solid Crew. John was one of the first lawyers to legitimise the use of sampling and has continued his innovative and creative approach to music usage ever since. John has helped put together the War Child series of charity albums (including the award-winning Heroes LP) which have raised many millions for War Child – and culminated in a joint live benefit performance by the Killers, Bono and Coldplay together with a Special Recognition Award at last year’s BRITs.

Alex Payne

Content & Music Supervision

Alex has extensive experience from across the music business including A&R, artist management, running publishing & record companies as well as having worked as an international recording artist & performer. Starting his music career in A&R with Pete Tong at FFRR, Alex has always been immersed in the electronic music scene leading through to recent mainstream chart successes which include bringing Ivor Novello-winning producer and songwriter Jimmy Napes to Universal and taking the global phenomenon Sam Smith to Capitol. Alex’s breadth of knowledge & experience in the music business allows him to provide Aurotone’s clients with the inside track on emerging currents in music and contemporary culture.

Alex Macnutt

Research & Playlist Supervision

After starting his musical career selling records at HMV, Alex moved on to become a director at Telstar Records and enjoyed great success compiling TV advertised multi-artist compilation albums. Alex then founded Musicmix, an independent music consultancy responsible for conceiving and tracklisting some of the biggest selling and most iconic TV compilations of the last 15 years. These include Anthems Electronic 80s, Euphoria and The Chillout Session which were developed in conjunction with market-leading brands including Now That’s What I Call Music! and Ministry Of Sound. Alex has commissioned several groundbreaking DJ mix albums including ones produced by Paul Oakenfold, Tom Middleton & Jarvis Cocker (The Trip series) and Fred Deakin’s The Triptych (The Guardian’s ‘Best Mix CD Ever!’). Additionally, Alex now conceives and creates streamed playlists – working closely with brands in the digital space.