Julian Deane – Founder, Raygun Management, Brighton


At age 27 I got lucky, my band got signed by Sony and we did OK for a while. At about age 31, we got dropped and I had a kid. I spent three years teaching music business at BIMM Music College and through that I stopped being cynical and met a load of really excitable young musicians. I got asked if I’d consider management by a student and from there I left and started Raygun, which was actually a song by Paul Steel who I’d started managing. I took a punt and ten years on we’re still here.

There’s a lot of people doing a lot of work for not a huge amount of money in independent music because they love it. There have been at least three or four times where it could have gone tits up but you find your way through and survive it and get a little bit stronger. You find your way through if you love music and you want to make it happen. You have to believe in the acts you work with. No one’s going to be a festival headliner until the third or fourth record. It takes five to ten years to do what you want to do with a band.


Julian Deane