In our latest Industry Spotlight, we chat to Dom Kerley of Label Worx about making it in the dance and electronic scene, at a local, regional and national level.
S] What are the biggest challenges you face on a daily basis?
Time management; there are always some many different projects on-going, so its making sure we are delivering a great service to our artists and labels.
S] How has your varied career prepared you for the day-to-day jobs at Label Worx?
My previous role was very customer support lead which has certainly helped in keeping a great service for our labels.
S] What is a typical day like, take us through it?
Always start with a coffee…then it’s a quick catch up with the team in the office to make sure there are no urgent issues which need my attention. Then I’ll go through my own emails and often have various calls with artists, record labels and stores such as Beatport, iTunes, Spotify regarding priority releases. Plus lots of general admin work.
S] What has been one or two career highlights for you?
Tough question, I’m lucky that I get to travel so much to various spots around the world, such as Ibiza, Miami, LA, Detroit ….and these trips are always unique. But meeting with artists that I have looked up to and admired for years, and then to be speaking to and giving them advice on how to run their record labels always feels very surreal.
S] What sort of things motivate you outside of music, people, places and things of that nature?
Outside of music I have my family; my beautiful and very supportive wife, two amazing children with baby number three due very soon. This certainly keeps me in check and pushes me to achieve my goals.
S] What advice would you give to any emerging electronic artists, coming from Hull (or surrounding areas) on making a career in music?
Network; be active in your scene as you never know who you might meet and who that person is, or will be in 4/5 years. So many opportunities have come from being in the clubs, talking to people, making friendships which have then lead onto other things in the industry.