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NEW MUSIC THIS MONTH: March 2020

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Welcome to another look back at all the new music we have added this month to our in-store music services with Head of Music, Nick Bewes.

One of the biggest pop stars of the last decade returned this month with her first solo single in 3 years, Stupid Love. Taken from her album, Chromatica, it’s a perfect slice of pop. The video was filmed entirely using Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro triple camera system!

Sports Team have been described as 2020’s most chaotic new band, we just think that they produce great music, their latest single Here’s The Thing is just brilliant. It’s taken from their debut album, Deep Down Happy.

We’ve been fans of Jessie Ware for a very long time here at KVH Studios, having first added her to our playlists back in 2012. Since then, she has produced some of the smoothest pop sounds around and returned this month with the sublime Spotlight.

It’s been 7 years since we first added the brilliant Haim to our playlists. Now they are getting ready to release their third album, Women in Music Pt 3. And they have unleashed their latest single The Steps, which is another cracker.

And finally, there’s another Trolls movie on the way, so Justin Timberlake is back with some new tracks. The first movie gave us the brilliant Can’t Stop the Feeling. This time he’s teamed up with SZA for equally good The Other Side.

And there you have it, our highlights of the last month in music. Keep up to date with our playlist additions Spotify playlist here.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Claire Martin – Commercial Director

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Claire Martin – Commercial Director

 

How long have you been at KVH Studios?

I started as an Account Executive in 2008 and have worked through all various different roles in Client Services since!

What does your job involve?

I wear many hats in my role but essentially, I’m responsible for the commercial side of the business and the overall growth. Which includes (in a nutshell) supporting our Head of Client Services in the development of existing accounts, new revenue opportunities, brand and marketing, new business sales, implementation, new and retention contracts and product development. It’s a busy one but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

What did you do before you worked at KVH Studios?

I studied Journalism at University then had a few temporary positions before starting my search for my career in media. Most of my adult life has been at KVH Studios!

What do you love most about what you do?

The variety, the pace and the people. No day is the same and we’re constantly evolving and learning through new challenges. We’re a small division that’s part of a big business so whilst we’re super busy all the time, we also have the flexibility and freedom to grow into new areas and try new things, which is really exciting. I’m surrounded by incredibly talented people every day that I have worked with for many years now so we’re like a family and work so well together. Also, it doesn’t feel like a ‘job’ to me anymore which is a nice feeling.

What’s your favourite memory at KVH Studios?

Yikes, there’s so many! I really don’t know how to answer that one! Sorry!

How would you describe KVH Studios in 3 words?

Exciting, passionate and dedicated.

If you could pick one, what would be your favourite music track?

I like all sorts of music and have favourite tracks for different reasons so, for this, let’s go with my wedding song ‘Lovely Day’ by Bill Withers as it’s just fills me with warmth and makes me think of great memories with my husband and friends, which is why we chose it.

What do you like to do when you’re not at KVH Studios?

I really love family time. Weekends with my mum, dad, brother, husband and 3-year-old daughter are the best weekends. But I’m also a big fan of girl time and can’t beat a night out with friends. Other than that, I love holidays, renovating my home and planning!

In-store Music

Does playing music in your stores make a difference?

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Does playing music in your stores make a difference?

 

The answer to that is a resounding YES, based on extensive research over recent decades, 81% of customers agree that playing in-store music creates a better atmosphere when compared to a retail store that does not play music*.

In fact, music is listed within the top 5 areas that make an instant impact on customers (the others being light, smell, space, and visual appearance). Yet we’re constantly amazed at how many retailers get it wrong!

Most retailers are playing music, but there are still many unanswered questions…

  • Do store colleagues enjoy it?
  • Is it profiled to your demographic and footfall?
  • Does it represent your brand effectively?

It makes us wonder why so little attention seems to be given to the music and ‘sound branding’ when it’s such an important factor within the mix. So why focus only on the visual aspects?

Here’s the amazing bit. Getting your music right costs, no more than getting it wrong! Yet the prize for getting it right can be so rewarding. It’s a case of choosing the right music partner to work with…

KVH Studios are one of the UK’s largest in-store music providers, certainly the most progressive, and currently enjoying customer satisfaction ratings off the scale. Just check out our testimonials!

Our studio team of experienced musicologists, supported by top-class producers skilled in profiling and branding, are amongst the very best in the business. Our relationships with record companies, independent labels and emerging artists give KVH Studios the edge when curating music profiles. We are in the best possible position to help you create ‘the sound of your brand’. We are so passionate and emotionally invested in music and customer satisfaction, it’s not surprising that our customers benefit time and time again.

Not sure if you’re getting the most out of your music? Is your music contract up for renewal soon?

Well now’s the time to get in touch with KVH Studios on 0113 233 7800. Have a chat and see what we can do for your individual brand.

We look forward to hearing from you!

New Music Feb

NEW MUSIC THIS MONTH: February 2020

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As we approach the end of another month at KVH Studios, Head of Music Nick Bewes looks back at some of the new music that we have added in February to our in-store music services.

Let’s be honest, the only place to start our review of music in February is with Eilish, Billie Eilish. She released the theme song from the new Bond movie, No Time to Die. After 90,000 equivalent chart sales in its first week, including 10.6 million streams. It became only the second 007 song to go to Number One, in the UK Charts.

Elsewhere, Noel Gallagher continued having fun with new music, since leaving Oasis. He has produced some great tunes with his High Flying Birds band.

The first couple of albums were very much what you would expect, but with his last album, Who Built the Moon, he began experimenting with different styles of music with the help of legendary producer David Holmes. In 2019, he began releasing EPs which continue with the adventurous theme with the latest called Blue Moon Rising.

Dua Lipa is gearing for the release of her second album, Future Nostalgia, with Physical being another perfect pop song. If the first three songs from the album are anything to go by, the new album is going to be a cracker.

As well as playing the big acts, we love supporting new talent here at KVH Studios. And this month, we are pleased to give exposure to Leeds artist Sfven. His latest single Flower Beds is a great song, it deserves to be heard by many more people. One to watch this year.

And finally, this week we added the fabulous new track from Shaun Escoffery called River. It’s a big catchy pop song with an even bigger chorus. It’s taken from new album Strong Enough which is out in April on Decca Records. This is the first time that a massively talented singer that we have been supporting since 2014, has been on a major label.

You can keep up to date with our main new additions on our Spotify playlist here.

Brit Awards 2020

The Brit Awards 2020 Roundup

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Last night saw the biggest night in British music. No not the Voice UK final, it was The Brit Awards! It was the show’s 40th anniversary, however the only real nod to the history of the event was the sketch at the beginning of the show with host Jack Whitehall trying on several classic outfits worn by people of the past including Liam Gallagher’s duffle coat and Geri’s Union Jack dress! Then it was time for the music to begin with Mabel performing her hit Don’t Call Me Up. A performance that included lots of dancers and big phones!

In contrast, the next performance was so simple, just Lewis Capaldi & a bloke playing a piano, performing the biggest selling single of 2019, Someone You Loved. Straight after he won the Best New Artist. Obviously, he was a bit fruity with his acceptance speech, because the sound was muted!

Mabel was then back on stage to accept the Best Female Artist, after getting a huge hug from mum Neneh when she was announced as the winner. 30 years ago, Neneh was on stage performing and accepting Best International Breakthrough and Solo Artist. How is that 30 years ago?

Next up was Harry Styles, who continues to morph into David Bowie. He didn’t perform any of the three singles from his latest album, instead opting to do album track Falling, while standing in a pool of water, and water was also coming out of the pianos behind him. Looked simple but rather nice. You can tell that the artists have had more say in their performances this year, as they are more in line with their styles.

Next up was the amazing Lizzo, who performed a medley of her songs, with a little bit of help from the Brits crowd. Lizzo and Harry were the stars of the show, more for the interviews with Jack Whitehall than anything else. People on Twitter have been asking for a Harry & Lizzo TV show, which is something that we can certainly get on board with. It would be brilliant.

Next up Ronnie Wood (and his gloves) introduced Stormzy as British Male Solo Artist and Tyler the Creator won Best International Male Solo Artist. In a surprise decision, Foals won Group of the Year. International Female Solo Artist was Billie Eilish who not only received a lot of love from the crowd, but also from Melanie C who presented the award to her, who is obviously a massive fan. Billie had already performed the new Bond theme No Time to Die, featuring her brother Finneas, The Smiths legend Johnny Marr, composer extraordinaire Hans Zimmer and an orchestra! All very good!

The performances kept coming with Brits Rising Star Celeste and the amazing Strange, another simple presentation. That can’t be used to describe Stormzy’s, well storming medley. Song of the year went to Lewis Capaldi’s Someone You Loved, which is apparently is about his Grandma who sadly passed away, and not a former girlfriend, as many thought.

And then there’s Dave. He won the Mastercard album of the year for his number one album Psychodrama, which also won the Mercury Prize last year. This is only the second time that’s happened, and the first since Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. Dave also produced the best performance of the night, with the lyrically and visually stunning Black.

All that was left was for Sir Rod Stewart to sing a song for Jack Whitehall’s mum Hilary and then reunite with former Faces bandmate Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones for a rousing finale of Stay with Me. Rod was, well Rod!

I thought Jack Whitehall did a good job presenting the show for the third time, here are some of his highlights.

Please, please, can we have a Jack, Harry and Lizzo show sometime soon!

Until next year, thank you Brits 2020. Now, when is the Voice UK final?

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For the Love of Music!

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Roses are red, violets are blue, so here are some love songs, just for you!

Yes, it’s that time of year again where love and romance is the air. This year for our Valentine’s Day selection, we have taken a different approach, one that includes heartfelt lyrics as always, but includes more perms than normal! The 1980’s & early 1990’s was a time when male rock bands went chasing hit singles to try and prove they were in touch with their feelings by releasing ‘power ballads’.

The key time for this was around 1987/88, led by three of the biggest rock bands around at the time.

Bon Jovi were the band of the time with massive record sales, huge sell out tours and video after video on MTV. One of the biggest songs was this cracker of a ballad from their New Jersey album in 1988, reaching number one in America.

Whitesnake were formed in the 1970’s in the UK and the band played a mix of Blues and Hard Rock. However, by the mid-eighties, band leader David Coverdale realised that things needed to change if the band were going to be included on the new, hit-making MTV. So out went the rest of the band, denim and leather outfits and scruffy hair to be replaced by a much more ‘glam’ look. Their 1987 album was huge, selling over 8 million copies in America. The key to that success was the videos for the singles – Still of the Night, Here I Go Again and Is This Love, which have been described by Loudersound.com/Classic Rock Magazine as the ultimate power ballad.

And to complete the trio, we head to 1988 which was prime ‘rock ballad’ time, when Sheffield’s Def Leppard scored a big hit in America with their only number one single Love Bites. The band had been popular in the States for a few years while still waiting for a British breakthrough. That came when their 1987 album Hysteria sold over 25 million copies worldwide.

And that’s the top three! Here’s the rest of our alternative Valentine’s Day music playlist. Air guitars and mobile phone lights at the ready!

Click follow on ‘KVH Studios Music’ to keep up to date with all the songs we love and are added to our in-store music services on a weekly basis.

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Fallen Out of Love with Your Music Supplier?

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February – The month of ‘love’! Makes us think about relationships and we wonder how many partnerships are still delivering on the promises made years ago?

If you are in a long-term relationship with your music supplier, it’s worth asking the questions…

“Do they still provide me with the best value for money?”

“Do they take a proactive and creative approach by presenting new ideas?”

“Do they offer me cost reductions when available?”

Long term relationships can often get into a rut, become boring, same old same old, taken for granted etc – not always of course, but if you think you might benefit from new eyes, new energy, new ideas and a bit of pizazz, it’s time to give KVH Studios a call to see what we can offer.

We’ve listed some of our best ongoing qualities and if we were to partner with you, we promise that our qualities will always be the same, perhaps even stronger.

  • We listen! Oh boy do we listen! One of our greatest strengths. Understanding our partners requirements, how they feel and what they want.
  • We’re here for you! Always accessible and available when our partner needs us, for whatever it is that they need.
  • We’re responsive! Our turnaround times are impressive. Whether its new creative scripts, a technical issue or simply an information request, we won’t keep you waiting!
  • We’re focussed! Our Account Managers are here to make sure you get everything you need. We believe in attention to detail. Everything we do at KVH Studios is unique to your brand, curating a bespoke music profile and content programming aligned with your listener demographic and footfall. All whilst ensuring we meet your brief and budget!
  • We’re honest! We won’t over promise, but we often over deliver! If it can’t be done, we’ll tell you. With KVH Studios, you’ll always be kept informed.
  • We value you! We never take any client for granted. We will always work hard for you, trying to add value and going that extra mile when possible
  • And we’re really passionate! Passionate about our music and passionate about what we create for our clients. We just love what we do!

Of course, it’s easy to say all the above and we know that most relationships start off on the premise of such good intentions. You only really get to know your partner once the relationship begins. But, at KVH Studios, we have a high retention rate and fantastic client testimonials. So, we know we deliver on our promises, and so do our clients.

So, if you’ve fallen out of love with your music supplier and your contract is due for renewal this year, give us a call on 0113 233 7800 today.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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NEW MUSIC THIS MONTH: January 2020

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Here we are, it’s time for the first new music review of 2020 from KVH Studios, all have which have been added to our in-store music services.

We start with a duet by two singers with a combined age of 143, who have sold one or two records in the 50 years they have been in the music industry. It’s the title track from Ozzy Osbourne’s new album which is released in February and features another legend in the shape of Sir Elton John on vocals and piano. And it’s not just those two, it also features Slash & Duff from Guns N Roses and Chad from Red Hot Chili Peppers. Oh, and it’s a cracking single.

At the other end of musical scale, Celeste is starting out. She’s the Brits Rising Star and the winner of the BBC Sound of 2020 Poll. Her new single Stop this Flame is so different from her last track Strange, which shows how good she is.

We’ve been big fans of the amazing Ella Eyre for so many years, having burst onto the scene with Rudimental’s Waiting All Night. Now she’s back with the first new music from her second solo album.

Another singer returning, but after a little bit longer than Ella, is Andrew Roachford. He hit the charts in 1989 with Cuddly Toy and is back with a superb new single Love Remedy. It’s taken from his 11th album Twice in a Lifetime, which is out in April.

April also sees the release of Gregory Porter’s new album All Rise. The first taste of the album is Superb Revival. He says of the track “Yes, you could say that I went big,” and he does. It’s a single with a big sound. And we like that sound.

Keep up to date with all our new music additions on our Spotify playlist.

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New Decade, New Supplier, New Savings!

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Our first ever music sale is now on!

It’s unusual for a music supplier to have a January sale, in fact unique, but we know that in order to help the UK High Street to survive and thrive, music costs need to be managed and reduced. That is why we have decided to do our bit and help retailers to lower the costs of their in-store music.

Lower cost doesn’t mean compromise. Retailers working with KVH Studios enjoy the best quality music available. We recognise we must deliver world class service, choice and support, and that is our promise to you. If your music contract is due for renewal soon, it’s time to give us a call!

KVH Studios are one of the leading UK suppliers of audio and visual services to the retail, banking and hospitality industries, delivering the ‘sound of your brand’ for customers and colleagues to enjoy and interact with whilst in your stores.

Our copyright catalogue features the widest range of music available, whether it is chart dominated, indie based, chilled or a bespoke arrangement to suit specific requirements. In addition to our copyright options, KVH Studios are the ‘go to’ company for non-copyright music from emerging talent and breakthrough artists, saving clients thousands on music licence fees which can be allocated to their other projects.

And KVH Studios don’t just do in-store music, customers switch to us to become their audio and visual partner managing the full media package in their commercial environment, plus externally through commercial radio, podcasts and more. Bringing many benefits such as consolidation of suppliers for increased efficiency.

If you want to know how much your business could save and how you could benefit by switching to KVH Studios, give us a call on 0113 233 7800 or drop us an email on info@kvhstudios.com today.

2019

2019 In Review

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Happy New Year everyone!

With the majority of us back to work today and starting a brand-new year (and decade!), we thought we’d take a quick look back and review 2019 before diving into 2020.

And what a year to look back on. For KVH Studios, many would say it was our best year yet and we certainly finished for the Christmas break on a high and excited about what’s to come.

So let’s look at some highlights…

New clients!

2019 was a bumper year for taking on new clients of different sizes and types. Some of the big ones included the launch of Superdrug Live in March, following a successful tender win in 2018, which broadcasts a live show daily, including dual presenters on a Saturday, alongside supplier advertising. This was shortly followed by the launch of the Ann Summers audio and visual service in May. July saw the launch of the two-channel music service for Debenhams including time sensitive/automated messaging and Motorpoint Radio launched that same month. And most recently in November, we launched a digital music and advertising service for The Original Factory Shop upgrading them from a CD service and allowing them to promote key campaigns.

With many more in the pipeline for launch in 2020, we’re excited to keep this fast growth of our client base going, but let’s not forget the development of our existing client services which we have retained many long-term contracts with across 2019 and have seen a huge expansion of the services we provide…

New services!

Alongside providing a much more attentive and pro-active service to our clients, a key goal for 2019 was to expand our offering outside of in-store radio, allowing us to provide ‘the full media package’ cutting out the need for our clients to have different suppliers for different services.

The first objective was to expand our digital signage services in response to a distinct need from our clients and the most obvious development in our industry, with audio and visual going hand in hand. We of course have always had it available to our clients in the past as an ‘add on’ but it was this year where we really set about making it a full service; expanding our knowledge in the area, bringing expertise into the team and developing our technology bespoke to requirements. We’re now proud to be providing digital signage services to Costcutter and Ann Summers with a number of new launches in the works for other clients in 2020. Check out the additions we made to our website in September of this year here!

In summer we proudly produced ‘The Beauty of it all’ podcast for Superdrug which hit the top spot in the Health and Beauty charts and trended number one on iTunes. We’ve had plenty of experience in recording podcasts for a number of clients in our very own in-house studios, but this high-profile project allowed us to work with different talent and celebrities, produce externally and manage the whole upload and promotion across all the top podcast platforms. We also created bespoke music and advertising for each episode. This experience has allowed us to open up our podcast services further and we have another big exciting project coming up in 2020.

This past year also saw us putting our data-triggered content capabilities into play, growth of estates through new installations into client acquisitions, development of music only services into content, commercial radio production for new clients and full licensing management, all of which allows our customers to use us for a number of purposes.

Our creativity reached new heights this year through expansion of team skillset and exploring new production opportunities. To the point where we won our first VOX award in October for Best Retail/Service Message or Commercial (IVR/In-Store). What an achievement by the team!

And that’s just the highlights! It’s been a very busy year but a fantastic one as we finish with a stronger, tighter team than ever and look forward to the arrival of two new starters in January to support in our growth.

There’s certainly no quiet January for us as we go head first into a jam-packed month of pitches, rollouts and new launches which we look forward to sharing with you in the coming months.

We’re raring to go for this new year ahead and we wish all of you a very successful and happy one!

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