GLOBAL - INDEPENDENT - DIGITAL

Paul Hitchman

President, International of Kobalt Label Services (KLS) – Kobalt Label Services & AWAL UK

Europe

Paul is President, International of Kobalt Label Services (KLS), a service provider to recording artists and record labels, and part of the Kobalt Music Group, one of the world's leading independent music companies.

Kobalt Label Services is currently working with artists as diverse as Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Pet Shop Boys, David Gray, Lenny Kravitz, Julian Casablancas, Karen O, Die Antwoord, Courtney Barnett, Little Simz and Todd Terje.

KLS incorporates AWAL, founded in 2004, and a leading digital sales and distribution provider that directly distributes and promotes the music of more than 20,000 independent artists and labels both big and small.

Paul previously co-founded a series of companies in digital music – Playlouder, an early innovator in digital downloads, digital marketing and live streaming; MSP, a white label music streaming and download platform that powers music services for Telcos; and CI, the European market leader in digital supply chain services for the music industry.

Prior to working in the digital market, Paul founded the London-based indie label Sugar Records in 1994, before a stint in A&R at Warner Music at the end of the 90s.

Paul has also provided strategy consultancy to a number of media and technology companies, is a Cambridge Economics graduate and a Fellow and former Council member of the Royal Society of Arts.