I’m an independent band booker and promoter based in Teesside in the North East of England.
In addition to standalone shows at venues including The Westgarth Social Club (Middlesbrough) and The Olde Young Tea House (Middlesbrough), I book the bands for Middlesbrough’s longest running weekly live music night – Mixtape – and also co-promote Twisterella Festival with The Kids Are Solid Gold.
Previous acts I’ve brought to the region include: Frank Turner, The 1975, Wolf Alice, Gaz Coombes, Field Music, Alt-J, Drenge, Spector, Eliza and the Bear, Paul Smith (Maximo Park), Dry The River, Temples, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Clean Cut Kid, Fickle Friends, VANT, Charlie Cunningham, Lisbon, Tall Ships, Rolo Tomassi, DZ Deathrays, Pulled Apart By Horses, Titus Andronicus, Band Of Skulls, Jaws, The Vryll Society, Hidden Charms, Mausi, The Amazons, As Elephants Are, Pixel Fix, The Lake Poets, The Chapman Family, Thumpers, Cattle & Cane, Sam Airey, Dananananaykroyd, This Town Needs Guns, Dogs On Acid, Lemuria, Franz Nicolay, Brontide, Algiers, Tellison, The Bots, The Dauntless Elite, Pacer, We Versus The Shark, Fight Like Apes, Fighting With Wire, Johnny Foreigner, Hot Club De Paris, James Arthur, Keith Burton & His Beef Curtain and many more.
As well as Mixtape, some of the bands above were booked in conjunction with The Georgian Theatre or Ten Feet Tall, for whom I was ‘Head Of Live Music’ when they won the Live UK ‘Regional Promoter Of The Year‘ award in 2011. During that time, I also programmed the live music events at ARC Stockton, attracting legendary acts such as Booker T, The Zombies, June Tabor & Oysterband, Glenn Tilbrook, Vintage Trouble and The Saw Doctors to the venue.
However, it’s with emerging acts where my passion lies. As well as bringing a plethora of hotly tipped touring bands to Teesside, I also work hard to support, develop and nurture local talent. As part of that, I’m fortunate enough to be a regular guest on Bob Fischer’s BBC Introducing radio show on BBC Tees and have also featured on BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music to talk about all things Teesside.
My extensive experience in both creating and promoting music has enabled me to undertake consultancy roles and speak as an industry expert for organisations including Generator, Musicians’ Union and Tees Music Alliance. This has included everything from one-to-one mentoring sessions and small group workshops, right through to appearing as a panellist at conferences such as Liverpool Sound City.
For more about me, head over to http://about.me/henrycarden
In a past life, Pay For The Piano Management looked after Collectors Club and The Small Screen Light Show.
Between May 2008 and February 2012, Pay For The Piano Recordings released music by the likes of: Toyger, Lifeless, Protectors, Glass Avalanche, Wanchope, Gullich, Ever Since The Lake Caught Fire, Meadowlands (AKA William K. J. Anderson), Nathaniel Green & Such Great Heights.
Some members of acts I worked with on a management or label basis have gone on to find success with Clean Cut Kid, VANT and Linier to name but a few.
Oh, and yeah, the name comes from a song by The Dismemberment Plan.