Mike Smith - Warner Chappel

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Mike Smith started in A&R at MCA Publishing before moving to EMI Publishing and signing acts such as PJ Harvey, Gorillaz, The White Stripes, The Libertines, Scissor Sisters, Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys and Blur. Mike then moved to Columbia Records as Managing Director where he signed Mark Ronson, Calvin Harris and The Vaccines. He also looked after Kings of Leon, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Foo Fighters, Ke$ha and Kasabian. He’s subsequently enjoyed stints at Virgin EMI (where he inked deals with Slaves and The Chemical Brothers) and Warner/Chappell Publishing where he has overseen the signings of Liam Gallagher, J Hus and Dave since he started in 2016.

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