Get ready for some great behind-the-scenes music business stories as my guest on the podcast this week is Miles Copeland, who formerly managed The Police and created IRS Records. IRS was at the forefront of punk and New Wave as the home of bands like REM, The Bangles, Dead Kennedys, The Go Gos, and many others.
He also managed Sting in his solo music and film careers.
The son of one of the founders of the CIA and a mother who had worked for British Intelligence, Miles and his brothers grew up in the Middle East, which greatly influenced his openness to new music.
He now owns and operates Copeland International Arts, which features musical styles from all over the world, including Middle Eastern, world music, Irish, tango, flamenco and Polynesian.
In Part 1 of the interview we talked about Miles growing up in Egypt and Lebonen, getting involved with the upstart punk scene in London, behind the scenes at IRS Records, hearing The Police’s “Roxanne” for the first time, and much more.
On the intro I’ll take a look at how YouTube will now include ads on all videos, and the latest Thunderbolt 4 interface.