My guest in this episode is Dave Cronen who like many of my guests has an encyclopaedic knowledge of music and pop culture. What makes Dave unique is that he has spent all 37 years of his working life in the music industry and I saw little sign of him stopping any time soon. Interestingly , he doesn't play an instrument or a note of music and is fiercely proud of that fact.
Today Dave is an artist manager and the owner of Trust Management but his career started in retail at Virgin Records in 1984. He then went to work at Rough Trade working his way up to sales manager and elected director. He worked in international licensing for PIAS in Brussels before joining the Beastie Boys/Grand Royal Records. On the advice of Mike D he founded Trust Management in 2003 who were based at RAK Recording Studios and worked with Johnny Marr, Ash, We Are Scientists, Dexys, Gang of Four, Splashh, Howler, Air Traffic, Baxter Dury and many others.
During his management career, he has worked with artists who received Ivor Novello Awards, Oscar nominations and the NME Godlike Genius Award. He also coined the phrase "Indefinite Hiatus" most recently used by Little Mix at the 2022 Brit Awards.
In a great example of ‘giving back’ Dave was also a Senior Lecturer at the Academy of Contemporary Music for 5 years and graduated as a member of the FHEA in August 2020.
Given his career and wealth of experience it’s no surprise that Dave’s song choices are an interesting and eclectic mix and the stories that accompany them are fascinating, funny and moving.
The song choices are:
60’s – The Velvet Underground - Venus in Furs
70’s - The Selector - The Selector
80’s - Julian Cope - Kolly Kibber’s Birthday
90’s - This Mortal Coil - You And Your Sister
00’s - Doves - Sea Song
10’s - Flat Worms - Red Hot Sand
20’s - Wesley Gonzalez - Change