Henry Semmence

Henry Semmence

Henry Semmence

My career in our industry began in 1973, working in retail at Bonaparte Records in Bromley.    I moved to Phonogram Records (Universal) and then worked in New York for a year importing records in the heyday of the British Invasion.  My next move was to manage and run a sales/promotions company Bullet Promotions, the first independent retail promotions team.   In 1989 I set up one of the first boutique “bolt on distribution” companies, The Total Records Company (a JV with Telstar Records), this business broke the mould of distribution in the UK.  In 1998 I set up Absolute Marketing and Distribution (now known as Absolute Label Services), the first label services business in the World. Currently working with acts and labels such as Jack Savoretti, Lemar and BMG Rights : Deep Purple, Def Leppard, Babymetal, Deacon Blue and EarMusic : The worlds biggest independent Christian label – Integrity Music. Full client list at www.absolutelabelservices.com

I have worked and continue to work with a wide range of clients across many genres, both majors and independent.  I have experience in all areas of the business including marketing, admin, distribution, promotion, rights management and have a thorough knowledge and understanding of all aspects of digital distribution and marketing.   I am passionate about our industry and my experience brings to the table someone who is at the forefront of what and where our industry is going.

I was a member of the AIM board for five years, worked with Nordoff Robbins on the “2000” committee and currently sit on the CALM charity Music Board. Elected to the BPI main council as an independent representative in 2016

A season ticket holder at Crystal Palace FC. An avid golfer albeit with a high handicap. Tries to keep fit by using the gym on a regular basis. Enjoys traveling and good food.