Scott Barkham has worked in the entertainment industry for nearly 25 years, building his career through various fields of work focused in music.
His career began in 1991 when he managed a state-of-the-art recording studio for ‘Steely Dan’ lead vocalist Donald Fagen and producer Gary Katz for 7 years. From this he expanded into talent scouting for Fagen’s album “Kamakiriad”, which eventuated in touring Steely Dan ensembles.
Among his scouting credits were two acts that signed to Warner Brothers Records: Groove Collective and Repercussions – a band in which he played the keyboards on their debut album, “Earth & Heaven” and toured internationally.
Barkham’s scouting success lead to working as an A&R for indie label Jake Records (distributed by Interscope Records) from 1997 to 1999. During this time, he signed hip-hop group Digital Underground and released their album “Who Got The Gravy”, featuring Big Punisher and KRS-ONE.
Barkham’s talent work then lead him to working for a number of other endeavors, including USA music television networks ‘VH1’ as a talent producer (1999-2001), ‘Fuse’ as the head of on-air talent (2001-2007), and for the BET music series “Master of the Mix” as the director of talent (2010-2011).
In 2006, Barkham began managing recording artists and DJ’s full-time, and in 2012, he established Barkham Creative LLC, an entertainment company with focus on artist management, independent A&R, music technology consulting and video production.
That year, he began managing the newly established Melbourne group Hiatus Kaiyote, now signed to major label Flying Buddha/Sony by Salaam Remi (Amy Winehouse, The Fugees, Nas, Lauryn Hill, Alica Keys) – who he co-manages with Melbourne-based manager Si Jay Gould.
The band was gained a strong online following the release of their independently released and self produced EP ‘Tawk Tomahawk’ in April 2012, winning fans over via tastemaker DJ’s and blogs in Europe and North America including Gilles Peterson (BBC1 & BBC 6) who awarded with Breakthrough Artist of The Year in January 2013 at his Worldwide Awards.
HK crowd-funded their first international tour in early 2013, performing at SXSW and selling out their entire debut US tour.
Signed to booking agency CAA (Creative Artists Agency) by Cara Lewis, considered to be the most powerful agent in hip-hop and R&B (Kanye West, Eminem, Rhianna, D’Angelo, The Roots), the band has gone on to tour the US four times and Europe twice.
They have been featured on the front cover of Wax Poetics, received rave reviews from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Arsenio Hall Show and Queen Latifah Show and count some of the most cutting edge artists in the world as fans including: Prince, Pharrell Williams, Questlove, A Tribe Called Quest, Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu and DJ Jazzy Jeff.
The band was nominated for a Grammy in 2014 for Best R&B Performance, the first Australian band ever nominated for an R&B category; they also performed the song as part of the pre-telecast event.
Through working with Hiatus Kaiyote, Barkham has begun to collaborate with Melbourne based manager Si Jay Gould, and his boutique management company Wondercore Island, who represent Australian artists such as Kirkis, and Oscar Key Sung amongst others.
The company’s current client list includes:
· Hiatus Kaiyote
· Rich Medina (Master of the Mix, Jill Scott)
· Sy Smith (The Tonight Show, American Idol, Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson)
· Diamond D
· DJ Scratch
· Lord Finesse
· Shafiq Husayn (Sa-Ra Collective)
· Mark de Clive-Lowe (Concord Music Group, Jill Scott, Chaka Khan)
-Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Suite For Ma Dukes, Black Eyed Peas, Seu Jorge)
-The Pimps of Joytime (Roy Ayers, Art Neville, Aaron Neville, Nickodemus)
-The Dirty Feel (Yes, Little Barrie, Killer Meters)