Based in Nottingham, I’m Not From London promote events, gigs, parties and festivals, run two record labels and are also a registered music publisher. Meet our team…
Will was introduced to the Nottingham scene almost a decade ago through his sister’s then boyfriend’s band Punish The Atom. Inspired by going to gigs with them and in awe of the good work going on at the time by local promoters such as Liars Club and Damn You, he decided to give it a go himself.
The nights he and I’m Not From London are most well known for running are Bama Lama Sing Song, Dedicated, Kerblammo! Wire & Wool and the annual Waterfront Festival. As well as Nottingham, he has been known to hold events in Leeds, Blackpool, Sheffield and even London with the intention of keeping live gigs exciting, unpretentious and fun.
Will heads up I’m Not From London Records and has seen the company grow from a small club night into having a diverse events management portfolio, festival stages, band management and development, video production outfit and publishing house.
Patrick started his INFL journey as a performer playing at early INFL shows for a young(er) William Robinson. This relationship was cemented further when Patrick worked behind the bar in the now legendary Loggerheads pub whilst studying music composition at university.
Upon graduation Patrick returned to Nottingham to continue his studies, gaining a Graduate Diploma in Law from Nottingham Law School. Armed with a love, not only of music, but the music industry, business and law, Patrick has found the perfect home in INFL, allowing him to be creative whilst focusing on the topics he finds most rewarding and exciting.
Outside of INFL Pat also runs the music program for the Nottingham Contemporary, one of the UK’s largest contemporary art galleries.
After a number of years tearing up the I’m Not From London gig circuit around Nottingham, Miles signed to I’m Not From London Records as a member of indie quintet Captain Dangerous.
Being a semi-control freak, Miles had a large hand in the campaigns of the Captain Dangerous releases that followed as well as other releases on the label. He is now on the directors board of INFL Ltd along with Patrick Cannon and William Robinson as head of I’m Not From London Publishing and also A&R for I’m Not From London’s sister labels “Wire & Wool Records” and new venture ‘I’m Not From Brooklyn”. Miles also runs a recording studio in his country mansion and has recorded Deaf Bridges, Captain Dangerous, Manière des Bohémiens, Practical Lovers and you can even hear his violin skills on Baby Godzilla’s “Thotty”. Miles enjoys the finer things in life; luxury food, european cinema, music of the renaissance, gangsta rap and fairly frequent sadistic rampages on Grand Theft Auto V.
Kim first met Will Robinson on a lonesome dusty road two and a half years ago. He was dressed as a brightly coloured toucan; to this day, neither can remember why*. Since then, Kim has been heavily involved with I’m Not From London, managing major events such as Waterfront Festival, Nottinghamshire Pride, Dedicated, Great Notts Show and Little Wolf Parade to name just a few. Promoting Under The Tree for almost two years, Kim is dedicated to the Nottingham acoustic scene and has branched out into artist management and development. Kim is an active talent scout and A&R rep for INFL’s sister label Wire & Wool Records whilst developing Under The Tree into one of Nottingham’s finest showcases of new emerging talent in the city. All of this alongside rescuing Will and Patrick from deadly perils on a daily basis, Kim is a vital cog in the events and promotions team at I’m Not From London.
*Based on true events. Sort of..
Joe Zain first became involved with I’m Not From London when he asked Will Robinson if he could book a gig through the company for his band H.M.S; he did such an ace job that Will asked him if he wanted to try & book some more gigs. Joe has since worked with promoters outside of the midlands & local artists alike as well as breaking into stage management working with bands such as Dark Houses, Kins, Friction & Towns. Joe has also been involved with Wire & Wool, hosting nights at Brew Dog and working with up and coming Nottingham artists Joy Munford, Leah Sinead, Ryan Thomas, Heavyheads, Josh Kemp, Benjamin, Fields & Liam O Kane. Joe now promotes at Spanky Van Dykes, The Bodega and The Chameleon booking bands from outside of Nottingham as well as local acts. When Dom Keller lost a drummer they asked Will to recommend a good local one that would fit with their band he suggested Joe for the role and the band snapped him up. Dom Keller are Nottingham’s premiere psyche band and regularly play international psyche festivals including the world renowned Austin Psyche Festival in Texas USA.
Joe – “The vibe to get out of town bands to play shows in Nottingham thrills me. It’s a really cool way to get local bands to support bands from other parts of the UK. Gig swaps are awesome and the fact that the Nottingham music scene is getting known out of the city.”
Mat joined the I’m Not From London crew back in 2006 as a sound engineer alongside Danny Clarke and has worked on The Hockley Hustle, The Waterfront Festival, Out The Box Festival and most of our gigs over the years as well as other Nottingham venues. He also plays guitar with “Solomon Smith” and plays solo in his own project “Damp Magic” as well as wielding the axe in Nottingham garage band “White Snakes of Death”.
Phil (D.I.Y till I die) Booth was born late into this heady rock and roll world but had since gained the momentum of a downhill rolling stone. Graduating from Nottingham’s famous Confetti studios with a first, Phil set up a home studio and quickly realised it was too small. Together with fellow soundmen he hired out J.T Soar Studios where they have since recorded scores of local, national and international bands.
Phil also runs a separate label Coffee Beat Records and puts on regular gigs at his studio with bands from all over the world. A talented man, Phil plays in two bands – The Sofa Kings and Le Bote Diabolique. He also makes a lovely cup of tea.
This lady is one fierce ass Stiff little Kitten, and gets her kicks by bringing to all the joy of her crazed pick & mix of music, DJ’ing live on delicious shiny vinyl..!
Indeed Sonia Stiff has been partying with us INFL crew for many years. All starting amidst the tiki turntables at the Central, for a bottle of Jack Daniels and a jazz cigarette, good taste lady! One very busy kitty, she not only DJ’s at all our favourites like Kerblammo, The Waterfront Festival, and the all new Blow Out night with the Leftlion crew.
Fuelled by the Kitty Mobile, her infamous 70’s Beetle…she can be seen zooming round tahn, picking up releases or putting posters up, making sure everyone knows where the parties are! And she ain’t even started…. she also has a passion to bring others together in the city, helping promote us, and many others, to have the fiercest fun time ever!
Video Mat met will after a ‘White Dolemite’ exhibition at legendary Loggerheads pub in Nottingham and has since collaborated on a White Dolemite themed evening in conjunction with I’m Not From London.
Since then, Video Mat and Will have collaborated on various design projects for I’m Not From London including the team line-up photo and portraits featured on this site! Video Mat is our go to guy for design projects needing a Hollywood touch.
Danny is, in his own words “I’m Not From London” through and through!
He began his association with I’m Not From London as a soundman at their gigs while studying at Confetti. He started up his own home studio with his then housemates Phil Booth and Mat Thomas and after recording Captain Dangerous there for their’s and INFL’s first release “Forgive Us We’re British” they decided to recamp to Captain Dangerous’ rehearsal studio “JT Soar” full time and took it on as their permanent studio after the band moved out. The studio fast became the spiritual and technical home of I’m Not From London Records and Captain Dangerous, Hot Japanese Girl and Baby Godzilla’s “Powerboat Disaster” single was recorded there. To date Danny has recorded over 50 artists in the studio whilst working on numerous other projects. Danny and Matt have since moved premises leaving J.T soar in the capable hands of Phil Booth and Danny now a freelance producer and live sound technician working for venues such as The Contemporary and The Maze as well as I’m Not From London events whenever possible and has most recently worked on the “Poddingham” session with the band Sea Monster Eyes and I’m Not From London’s media partners Rd Media.
Mark Hawkes first met the I’m Not From London team through his wife, Sonia (also in the line up).He needed a way to attend the best gigs and events in Nottingham without paying an entrance fee. This led to his first role…Mark was INFL’s webmaster for 6 months, updating the gig listings and linking them to Facebook events.Mark was instrumental in the Twitter audience development, taking the followers to over 2000.Mark delivered the initial concept branding and development for INFL corporate, supporting the move to a Ltd company.Mark worked with the server hosting team to create a new corporate website, dedicated emails and a separate Facebook page.
Mark now finds opportunities to introduce INFL Ltd to a wider client base, including casinos and local events.
Dave “The Face” Lankester joined the team by playing bass in I’m Not From London’s first signing, Hot Japanese Girl. A man of many talents, Dave’s skill as an accomplished film maker soon shone through and before long he was shooting music videos for the other bands signed to the label (Baby Godzilla, Captain Dangerous and Practical Lovers).
Dave has worked as an actor, editor and director on many projects for the BBC, Vertigo, Warp and Film Four.
Ralph Barklam is one of the finest photographers in the city. A professional in all senses, Ralph can be relied on to make even the most hungover musician look good.
Ralph is a must have asset at any gig. He handles all of our live shoots, band promo shots and major events.
“The cheery rouge in cherry brogues”
James Waring first got involved with I’m Not From London through printing and designing many of our gig posters but quickly became a fully fledged member of the team due to his many skills and wide experience within the music industry. James is a multi-instrumentalist who has played double bass in soul group Harleighblu, drums in hip hop outfit Hey Zeus and put together the gone but not forgotten premiere party band Royal Gala.
James has co-promoted many I’m Not From London gigs such as The Masked Ball and Messy Christmas. James is also the founder and band leader of The Invisible Orchestra, a 32 piece orchestra featuring guest vocalists such as Natalie Duncan, Mc Spider, Percy Dread, Ed Bannard, Hannah Heartshape. I’m Not From London has put on every Invisible Orchestra gig to date most recently selling out the Albert Hall, Nottingham.
Rachel Parry is our arts director and creator of Little Wolf Parade. Known for working on major artist projects as well as being an accomplished artist in her own right, Rachel is currently planning an epic future for Lily Wolf as well as developing her own work.