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Moments Like These: Adam Holt
Adam Holt began his journey in the music industry playing in bands as a kid and working in record stores, before accepting jobs at Festival Records in 1988 as a radio plugger and in 1990 as Marketing Manager for PolyGram Records. His understanding of both the creative process and of marketing recordings to an even bigger audience saw Adam move to Australia in 1992 when he accepted a position as Marketing Manager at Polydor. This role proved to be his conduit to eventually be appointed MD of the company in 1997. Adam has successfully kept abreast of technology but never deviated from his instincts and ability to recognise and nurture creative talent.In 2001 Adam was appointed MD of Universal Music NZ, helming its growth to being the local industry’s dominant, most creative and most successful player. Along the way he has partnered with some of NZ’s leading independent record labels, and assisted the careers many local artists including The Exponents, OMC, Gin Wigmore and Lorde. In a career that’s seen a myriad of commercial changes, he has stayed true to his inner guiding instincts. Along with considerable people skills he remains one of the smartest people in the local business.

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photo by EMILY HLAVAC-GREEN
photo by EMILY HLAVAC-GREEN
photo by EMILY HLAVAC-GREEN
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OBSERVATION POST

We've invited some folk known for their keen-eyed music industry observations to comment on events and trends in the biz, both here at home and abroad.
RIP Chris Sheehan
Michael Hollywood: RIP Chris Sheehan
I thought I’d re-post a blogpost from some 18 months ago concerning Chris Sheehan, who sadly lost his long battle with cancer yesterday.
Converse 'Sneakers Would' AKL Show
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2014 Silver Scrolls
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