Exposure Music Awards! Judges help drive new music talent into the music industry with national award recognition. They are an invaluable asset to the awards process giving the competition credibility and expert advise to award winners. The judges listed on the Exposure Music Awards! panel are an elite selection of the very best that the industry has to offer.


Exposure Music Awards! Judges | Nick Brine
Nick Brine Producer and sound engineer
As a producer and sound engineer, Nick has worked with many major artists including Oasis, The Darkness, Bruce Springsteen, Seasick Steve, Teenage Fanclub, Queen, Stereophonics, KT Tunstall, Arctic Monkeys, Stone Roses, Seputura and many, many more. He continues to work with artists at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales, as well as in his capacity as studio manager, producer and senior engineer at Leeders Farm.


Exposure Music Awards! Judges | Dan Hawkins
Dan Hawkins Guitarist and backing vocalist of The Darkness
Probably best known as guitarist and backing vocalist of The Darkness, Dan’s Lowestoft-born band rose to fame in 2004, collecting countless awards and gaining two multi platinum selling albums worldwide. After The Darkness, Dan started working with ‘Stone Gods’, releasing the critically acclaimed album ‘Silver Spoons and Broken Bones’ in 2008. With an Ivor Novello for songwriting and a cabinet full of Brits, MTV and Kerrang awards to his credit, Dan currently produces several bands out of his Norfolk recording studio, Leeders Farm.


Paul Tipler is a producer with over 25 years experience in the world of recording studios.

After being in a few local teen bands he got a job as a tea-boy in a busy London studio and worked his way through the ranks. It was during the Britpop years when having worked with bands such as Idlewild, Elastica, Placebo, Kingmaker, Stereolab, Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, P.W.E.I. And many more that he gained the respect of his industry peers and felt he had arrived on the scene.

He is well known for being able to capture the energies and sounds of a great live band transferring it from stage to hi-if with what seems like no problem at all. Now working out of his own ‘Unit 13 Studios’ he continues to work with both signed and unsigned artists making new records that hopefully will stand the test of time like the first ones he worked on 25 years ago.


Producer Steve Brown (Manic Street Preachers / The Cult / The ALaRM / Freddie Mercury / Wham) and Various Music Charity projects around the Globe.

London based Steve Brown started his career with Sir Elton John and went on to produce many very talented artists including ABC, George Michael (Wham!), Alison Moyet, Haysi Fantasi, Freddie Mercury, The Alarm, The Cult, The Manic Street Preachers, The Pogues and many more amazing artists from around the world.


Producer Phil Legg (Terence Trent Darby) concurrent US & UK N#1 Hits

Producer John Ravenhall (Kylie Minogue/Elton John)

CEO & Founder Jon Skinner of online global music business platform Music Gateway.

Having spent the last 26 years in music, Jon has fine tuned his business skills & signed numerous cross over records. He started out as a DJ, opening a record shop in 1991. 70+ releases, 2 albums & 3 labels followed shortly after. With his wealth of independent experience behind him, Jon’s new venture Music Gateway is a unique global business platform www.musicgateway.net. The site has already received wide support across the industry and provides a streamlined, functional project management tool for all the creative roles, during the recording process. Currently it has over 12,000 registered users spanning the spectrum of roles within the industry.


Heather Ferguson (Minx Media / Playhard Gigs)

With more than twenty years of experience, Heather has a brilliant track record in television, events and music content. Her expertise as well as her passion has led to work on prestigious productions for companies including the BBC, ITV, Universal, EMI, Virgin, Ridley Scott Associates, Discovery Channel, Sky, Mentorn, Tiger Aspect, Avalon and many more.

She is a trusted provider of fresh series, programme and talent ideas for many top broadcasters and maintains a great relationship within traditional television outlets.

From the production of Green Day’s Bullet in a Bible film, to Neil Morrisey’s England world cup song video; to creating innovative music videos for rising stars, Heather is at the vanguard of producing music and popular culture content.
Many years spent creating music videos, filming live concerts, interviewing performers and making documentaries has meant building extensive close relationships with bands, management, labels, PR and the top live music promoters.

PLAYHARD gigs is one of the UK’s best live music nights highlighting brilliant new artists, streamed world-wide from London.

We conceptualise our nights selecting talent that we think are one step from breaking and give them the platform to reach a big audience.

Our team is fully immersed in the lifestyle and firmament of music both old and new. Our audiences are full of industry, press and musicians from all over the world. But primarily we are a launching pad for UK new music.


Tom Wilcox is a musician, producer and music curator.
Now the Director of the ICA, and a Partner at Counterculture; an arts consultancy practice. He was previously Managing Director of Whitechapel Gallery for almost seven years during the gallery’s major expansion which was completed in 2009. As a musician, Tom achieved the coveted single of the week accolade in Kerrang! magazine with his band Maniac Squat. He has also released records with Woody Woodmansey (from David Bowie), Roger Glover (Deep Purple), Rod Melvin (Ian Dury) and Andrew Roachford (Roachford), as a producer, and has composed music for television, and keep his Punk attitude alive by Judging for Exposure Music Awards® and Performing in his band Kunsthalle, nuff Said!


Exposure Music Awards! Judges | Nis Bøgvad
Nis Bøgvad Former head of A&R for EMI Music
As former head of A&R for EMI Music and a member of EMI’s European A&R committee, Nis has worked with all the major labels, as well as being A&R/Exec producer for MBO and Danish National TV. A Platinum Award winning songwriter and producer in his own right, Nis now runs his own A&R and Artist Management business – Kyoto Management – out of Copenhagen, Denmark.


Exposure Music Awards! Judges | Glen White
Glen White In the radio and music industries for over 15 years
Glen WhiteGlen has been in the radio and music industries for over 15 years. With more than a decade broadcasting on radio stations across London and East Anglia, Glen is also an established remixer and club DJ. In addition to his television and voice over work, Glen has also previously chosen which artists to play (as a radio Head of Music) which artists to pay (working for P.R.S.) and which artists to sell (with a stint at HMV).


Exposure Music Awards! Judges | Nathan Thomsta Thomas
Nathan ‘Thomsta’ Thomas Ivor Novello nominated writer and producer
Ivor Novello nominated writer and producer Nathan Thomas produces the Stuart Grant Breakfast show on KISS 105-108 – and as well as eight successful years in regional radio, he has also spent the last five mixing it up in clubland. A professional songwriter/producer with publishing giants Universal Music, 2000 brought Nathan his first UK top ten hit with Another Lover, produced by Wycliffe Jean for Dane Bowers. In 2006, Nathan was nominated for an Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Song with the #2 club smash Yeah Yeah by Bodyrox. Nathan’s recent music projects have taken him from Sweden to South Africa, as well as all over the UK. He is also responsible for a whole host of TV, film, radio and computer game soundtracks and this year is working on his own album.


Daniel O’Gorman

Director at Mercury Artist Management, Director at Lonesome Road Events and Iris Films. Daniel has previously worked as Senior Manager for The Spectra Music Group, one of the worlds biggest Independent Record Labels with more than 150M Album sales and 5 Grammys. Dan’s credits include work with Sky, BBC, SONY, ITV, Virgin, Syco Entertainment and London Fashion Week. Dan has Produced more than 60 sell out concerts and events and is also the Producer of both the U.K’s largest Musical Theatre Competition: Star of Stage and the UK’s Biggest Professional Music Competition: Live and Unsigned.

Dan is also a critically acclaimed Theatre Producer and Director as well as a highly sought after vocal coach – he has taught up and coming musicians from all over the UK as well as France, Tanzania, Germany, Amsterdam, Australia and Dubai. Dan witnesses more than 3,000 auditions annually and has advised for The Voice U.K and Britain’s Got Talent.


Jim Sharples The Big Cheese at Big Cheese Magazine

Impresario Chris Grayston of Live & Unsigned and Livefest at The O2 London

John Wooler Multi Nominated Grammy Winner (Ran Virgin USA for Almost 25 Years)

Dean G Hill cofounder: TourDates.co.uk; RavenBlackMusic.com; ExposureMusicAwards.org

Al Douglas The National Music Event Organiser and Head of Music and Brand Management at Hash7

Martin Brown Founder of The Orange County Music Awards and Collaborator in Exposure Music Awards! in Europe

‘Sir’ Harry Cowell Industry Legend and All Round Gentleman, played with The Cure and Teched for Genesis, managed Asia & Ultravox

Producer and Professor Joe Wilson of The Sneaker Pimps and Sleazepoppers Trash Money, now Director of Creative and Music courses at the University of Gloucestershire