Speaking & Consulting


As a speaker, James has given a TEDx talk, given interviews on BBC Radio, DW News (German Television) and numerous podcasts, pitched his business at Buckingham Palace, won the Europe Category at SLUSH Music 2017 Pitching Competition, and given dozens of smaller talks, pitches and interviews over the last few years.

James is available to speak about marketplaces, entrepreneurship, startups and music.


James is an expert in startup fundraising, growth and leadership, particularly around marketplace businesses, and is available for consulting work that focuses on helping founders:

  • Diagnose and brainstorm solutions to marketplace-specific challenges
  • Run an efficient and fast fundraising process (+ walkthrough of tools to make it easier)
  • An overview of fundraising and intro best practices
  • Pitch deck review
  • Tell a compelling origin story
  • Craft a compelling growth story
  • Supporting materials review

Feedback from previous clients:

Working with James was incredibly productive and a day well-spent. He was able to help us really ground our ideas and put together a clear strategy for raising capital. He also alerted us to the opportunity from angels and helped us craft our story and our approach to close a successful round!”

Lindsay, Founder

Spending a couple of hours with James truly helped us to shape how we present our product and ourselves in a way that will potentially work with investors. I also learned a lot on how to organise our fundraising process to get the most out of every connections. I know understand what I need to change in our deck and our process to get the best possible chances. I would highly recommend.

Charles, Founder

To discuss working with James, get in touch over email.


As the CEO of Encore, James has appeared in over 100 articles about his company and team, the state of the music industry, and his perspective as a forward-looking business leader.

Publications James has appeared in include:

  • Forbes
  • BusinessInsider
  • TechCrunch
  • The Guardian
  • The Observer
  • The Telegraph
  • NME
  • Guitar.com
  • Mixmag
  • Hypebot
  • ClassicFM