After the Sony showcase I met quite a few key people who were about to feature quite heavily in my day-to-day, even if I didn’t know it at the time. The first person I met upon leaving the stage was Emily. Emily had recently been running Sarm Productions for the award-winning pop producer Trevor Horn & his business partner and wife; Jill Sinclair. Emily was well connected and had experience in managing producers and was now looking to branch into artist management. Back then, when I thought about ‘music managers’ I pictured a burly bloke with the face of a bulldog …. I don’t know why, I had just heard that some managers could be ‘bulldogs.’ In the same stereo-typical fashion I had imagined label A&R’s to be smarmy cigar-wielding New Yorkers – and on both counts I had been utterly wrong – I’ve no doubt the gnarly bulldog-types do exist but thankfully, Emily wasn’t one of them.