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Mike McNally – McNally Consulting
After a few too many years of self enforced poverty Mike McNally finally grasped the idea of a work ethic and began his career in the world of media sales.
Fond of a good launch he worked with GQ and Richard Branson’s Virgin Radio – where he spent three happy years before being moved to the front of the office for being disruptive. In between he was the advertising manager of the seminal and mildly influential music weeklies NME & Melody Maker.
In 1996 he had a complete career change and was hired to help launch a new Catalogue label for EMI.
After working with some of his heroes (most of whom remain heroes to this day) he moved on to the pop development (or ‘dark’ as some called it) side and was responsible for a number of alleged crimes against music and became globally known as the King of Cheese. He attempted to temper this by signing and working with some of the greatest singers and songwriters on this planet. In his eyes they still are.
He then joined the influential and innovative music and management company Nettwerk – owned by Terry McBride – where he ran the UK label operation and worked closely with the management teams of artists including Josh Rouse, The Be Good Tanyas and more mainstream acts.
Since the start of 2008 Mike has run his own strategy, branding and marketing consultancy, McNally Consulting.
Mike has made a number of appearances in various media including press, radio and TV and invariably wishes he hadn’t once the interview airs or appears in print. His family usually tell him he looks fat on TV. Which is nice.
He is also a member of the marketing committee of the Association of Independent Music (AIM) and a member of the international marketing committee of the Country Music Association (CMA). In addition he guest lectures at a number of UK and International universities on the business of music and mentors a number of development artists and labels.
Favourite pie: William Bell Home Farm Pork Pie