Neil Storey – founder of HiddenMasters.
From working at the heart of public relations to artist management; from on-the-road sales via marketing to radio & TV promotions; global media coordination to worldwide touring as well as artist management, Neil Storey’s career within music spans four decades and incorporates: EMI (sales); Island Records (Head of Press); BMG (Head of Publicity & Corporate Media); The Coalition Group (co-founder with the late Rob Partridge) and Exhibit-A (founding director).
He directed (or co-directed) media campaigns for U2, Marianne Faithfull, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Eurythmics, Grateful Dead’s final European tour, Grace Jones, Steve Winwood, The Waterboys, The Roy Orbison Estate, Michelin-starred chef Gary Rhodes, Jess Roden, Tom Waits, inaugural editions of The Mercury Music Prize, the B-52’s, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Chris Blackwell, King Sunny Adé, Robert Palmer; Kid Creole & The Coconuts, Oasis’s record breaking 1996 concerts at Knebworth, the Jeff Healey Band and the first Gered Mankowitz exhibition.
Storey was also consultant PR to both the Greenpeace In Moscow initiative and the Nelson Mandela: Freedom At 70 concert; a director of the Jimi Hendrix Scholarship Foundation; editorial consultant to the Songs of Freedom Exhibition for the The Bob Marley Foundation; editorial and worldwide PR coordinator for The Ultimate Experience | The Jimi Hendrix Exhibition.
As Nigel Kennedy’s manager, he oversaw the recording and release of five albums including the chart topping Classic Kennedy before moving on to manage the multi-award winning composer and musician Nitin Sawhney – from his Mercury Music Prize nominated Broken Skin album through to the release of Human.
HiddenMasters – a bespoke contemporary music archive curation service – was established in 2008.
The company’s first release was Hidden Masters | The Jess Roden Anthology in 2013. The 1st edition, limited to 1000 copies, has sold out.
Two deluxe limited-edition releases by Gemma Hayes, in conjunction with her own label Chasing Dragons, followed. Night&Day – Gemma’s first-ever live set after which her most recent album – Bones+Longing (both 2014)
Four+ years in development, HiddenMasters newest legacy edition is Evening Blue which was issued via the company’s new association with Caroline International on February 3 2017. Over a 212 page vinyl-sized hard-back book containing 4CDs and his long-thought-lost solo LP, Evening Blue celebrates the life in music of Chris Wood, co-founder of Traffic. The first edition is limited to 1000 copies.
Prog summed Evening Blue up as: “a beautifully measured tribute to Wood’s colossal talent.” Mojo made the set its reissue of the month (Christmas edition, 2016) while Record Collector gave it 5* and termed it: “a triumph on every level.”
Further career-defining sets are at various stages of development. These include: The Distractions (Age&Geography – planned for release in 2017); Head, Hands and Feet (Harlequin – 2018/9) as well as The Compleat Bumpers (an amalgamation of the European and Antipodean editions of the classic 1970 double album sampler of the same name) – a 4LP set due end of 2017.