The excitement is real at RSL HQ today, as we welcome our newest RSL Honorary Fellow to the ranks! This time it’s the hugely successful music business executive, Sam Winwood.

We are delighted to have Sam amongst us. With such an accomplished career, he is a brilliant example of how hard work, dedication and talent can help you achieve the job of your dreams.

Kobalt Career!

So, a little bit about Sam! He began his career around 25 years ago as a talent scout, working for both MCA and BMG records, before moving into a full time A&R role at Sony S2 – not a bad start, we’re sure you’ll agree! At Sony he worked with enormous acts like Reef and Toploader, and that would certainly not be the end of his work with some of the country’s biggest artists.

Next, he moved into artist management at a then fledgling publishing company called Kobalt Music. Heard of them? Yes, of course you have, because over his 16 years there, Kobalt grew into one of the largest independent publishers in the world, representing some of the most successful songwriters of all time. You’ll only need to scroll the roster for 0.5 seconds before spotting legends from all genres and decades – we’re talking Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters and Elvis Presley (yep, you read that right)! Sam has personally worked with the likes of Sam Fender, Jax Jones and Rudimental!

Biz Chat

We had the pleasure of sitting down with Sam Winwood (alongside a couple of familiar RSL Fellow faces!), to discuss all things music business. We talked about the importance of finding like-minded people, how UK radio has been so fundamental in shaping the music scene, and what sorts of qualities you’ll need to become a globally successful artist. It’s an absolute essential listen whether you’re looking for a career as a songwriter and artist, or a career in artist management and talent scouting.

Please join us in welcoming Sam to the fold, and be sure to have a listen to the interview on our YouTube channel. Leave us a comment and let us know what your career goals are!

Sam is joining an incredible line up of RSL Fellows, and you can find out more about them all here! We’ve got Richard Beadle, Matt Prime and Muyiwa Olarewaju to get you started.