Rich Castillo

Senior A&R Manager Polydor Records, Universal Music UK

Senior A&R manager for Polydor records. Started career in management working for Jonathan Shalit (5years). He signed, A&R’d and did day to day management for Ndubz sellng over a million albums in the UK. Joined Universal records in 2012 where he moved into A&R full time for AATW, breaking Dappy & Tulisa as solo artist (No Regrets #1
single, Young #1 single & Rockstar #2single). 2013 Rich delivered the “Unity” album for the Stephen Lawrence concert which included Ed Sheeran, Plan B, Emili Sande’, Jamie
Cullum & Rita Ora. In 2014 he was appointed A&R director for Universal Canada where he won a Juno Award (Canadian Brits) for best Dance recording of the
year. 2016 he moved back to the UK to join Polydor records and signed Stefflon Don through her 54 London label. Stefflon Don went on have a global hit with her single “Hurtin Me” and is a global break through act for Universal. Rich also re signed Dappy to Polydor and had a hit with his single “Oh My”. Rich also oversees the A&R for the popular ITV show the Voice UK.


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HOW TO STEAL MY JOB: A Beginner’s Guide to the Music Industry

11:00 - 12:00

Powered by CMU:DIY and Polydor Records/Universal Music UK

This discussion will not only equip you with a deeper understanding of the music industry, its structures, and how it relates to an artist, you will also get to hear from an exclusive lineup of Polydor Records’ best and brightest insiders. Kicking off with a speedy beginner’s guide from CMU:DIY Founder/Director, Chris Cooke, Nadia Jae then takes over the reins for an insightful discussion with our illustrious panel, finding out what role each of them play in an artist’s career, their career path and tips for anyone looking for a similar industry job.


Chris Cooke (CMU:DIY)


Nadia Jae, BBC Radio 1Xtra, SBTV, Boxpark DJ


Amika Ezer, Urban & Community Radio, Polydor Records

Jade Bradshaw, Product Manager, Polydor Records

Marco Grey, Content Commissioner and Creator, Polydor Records

Rich Castillo, Senior A&R Manager, Polydor Records