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CM was established in 1983 and is the longest running music organization of its type in the UK. Over the years we have been affiliated with many talented and creative people; some have been students on our courses or may have received support through our numerous projects. Some are now employed as tutors, guest lecturers, or as part of our office team. All have unique and inspiring stories to tell. At CM we are proud of the people who represent us, and the ethos of the organization.

This page gives you the opportunity to find out about some of our success stories, and will be updated regularly with more CM People.


Tom Barnes

Tom Barnes is one third of West London based songwriting and production team TMS, alongside Peter Kelleher and Ben Kohn.

The trio have established themselves as one of the most in demand teams in UK Pop and Urban music, producing and co-writing hit records for a host of stars including Dappy, Jessie J, Professor Green and Emelie Sande. They are now Simon Cowell’s preferred production team for successful X Factor participants such as Little Mix, Olly Murs, James Arthur and Rebecca Ferguson.

Before starting TMS, Tom was part of award-winning Breakbeat act The Breakfastaz, with Peter Kelleher and Gavin Jones.

Tom studied on CM’s Creative Music Production & Business course.


Baby Blue

Baby Blue is a rapper and singer from London specializing in a fusion of Hip Hop, R&B, Pop and UK Grime.

Baby Blue’s first major break came when she sent some music to fellow British rapper Estelle, who invited her to New York to record on ‘Hey Girl’ with John Legend and ‘Don’t Talk’, both of which featured on ‘The 18th Day’, a certified gold record in the UK.

As well as her work with Estelle, Baby Blue has released 3 mixtapes (Out of the Blue: Volumes 1 & 2 and Firefly) and collaborated with the likes of So Solid Crew, Sway, Akala, Ms Dynamite, Madness and Idris Elba. In July 2012 Baby Blue signed to 3 Beat/ Universal and the video for her song ‘Bump’ has received almost 1.5 million views on YouTube since it’s release in May 2013. She is currently in the studio working on new material.

Baby Blue received support through CM’s CBC project, benefitting from free studio time, production and business guidance.


Steve Savale

Steve ‘Chandrasonic’ Savale is a guitarist and producer from London who is best known for his work with the band Asian Dub Foundation (ADF) who formed in 1993 at Community Music’s original home in Farringdon. Previously known for his collaborations with Higher Intelligence Agency and Atom Spies, Steve joined ADF in 1994 and helped transform them into a powerful live act who went on to play to huge crowds around the globe and release over ten albums, their latest being ‘The Signal and The Noise’, which is due for release in June 2014.

In keeping with ADF’s strong anti-racism stance and belief in music’s power to educate and liberate, in 2009 Steve presented the ‘Music of Resistance’ series for Al Jazeera TV, telling the stories of musicians who fight repression and sing about injustices.

Steve has been involved in many community projects over the years and has always championed CM’s ethos of making music education available to all, regardless of background. For the past three years he has been a tutor on our Creative Music Production & Business foundation degree course.



Tom Petais unleashed his SKisM alias in 2009 and since then has established himself as a major player in the global bass music scene. As well as consistently touring the world as a notoriously talented DJ, SKisM has collaborated with and remixed some of the biggest names in EDM such as Flux Pavilion, Foreign Beggars, Zomboy and Hadouken, with his productions racking up over 13 million hits on YouTube.

SKisM is co-owner and A&R for Never Say Die records, which helped by the explosion of EDM in the USA, has become one of the most prolific and influential labels in electronic music today. Skrillex, one of Never Say Die’s most successful artists, thanked the label during his Grammy award winning acceptance speech in 2012.

Before becoming SKIsM, Tom was one half of successful Breakbeat act CTRL-Z, with DJ Inch. The two met whilst studying on CM’s Creative Music Production & Business course.



Tom Povey aka Intensi-T is a beatboxer and vocalist from North Walsham in East Anglia.

Tom, now 21, started beatboxing at the age of 15 and developed his live show in his spare time whilst studying on CM’s Creative Music Production and Business foundation degree.

This led to collaborations and performances with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Rizzle Kicks and Nicola Roberts from Girls Aloud at Channel 4’s T4 On The Beach.

It also brought him to the attention of So Solid Crew's Megaman, who helped secure him a support slot on their 2013 comeback tour, playing big venues around the UK including London's O2 arena.

In October 2013 Intensi-T signed a recording contract with London Records, a division of Universal. He has amassed a collection of around thirty songs and released his first single 'My Drums' in June this year.


Paul White

Born and raised in south-east London, Paul has worked tirelessly in his home studio for over 10 years, building up a vast collection of music and a reputation as one of the most eclectic and talented producers in underground Hip Hop. As well as a growing back catalogue of his own productions, released through the One Handed Music label, Paul has produced beats for the likes of Guilty Simpson, Jehst, Sean Price, Trim, Homeboy Sandman and Danny Brown.

His most recent release, the ‘White Sands’ EP (with Homeboy Sandman) was released in March 2014 on Stones Throw, allowing Paul to fulfil a major ambition by putting out music on one of his favourite labels.

Paul has just announced he has signed a 3-album deal with R&S records, the renowned Belgian label made famous in the early 90’s by artists like Joey Beltram, Model 500 and Aphex Twin. His music was also featured in a recent Adidas commercial for the 'Brazuca' football, the official match ball for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Paul has been connected with CM for many years, contributing his knowledge as a guest speaker on many occasions as well as supervising studio access, working in our office and on the Music Space project.


MC Fats

If you’re a fan of Jungle or Drum and Bass, MC Fats is a name you will be well aware of. One of the scene’s original MCs, Fats harnesses his Reggae, Soul and Rare Groove roots to deliver a smooth vocal style which is far removed from the abrasive ‘Machine Gun’ style that Drum and Bass MCs are best known for.

His distinctive flow on the Mic has been heard in clubs all over the world since the early 90’s and has been recorded on many tracks, leading to releases on labels such as Metalheadz, Ram, True Playaz, Eastside, Suburban Base, Eastside and many more.

Fats has featured on Drum and Bass anthems such as DJ Hype’s ‘Peace, Love and Unity’ and been a resident MC at London super club Fabric for the last ten years.

He is currently working with a selection of some of Drum and Bass’s top producers such as Calibre, Break & Die, Basher and A Sides as well as the MC Fats Collective.

Fats is also committed to inspiring young people in his community to get involved in music. He recently gained a PTLLS certificate after studying on CM’s Music Leader Training course.


Iain Archer

Iain Archer is a singer/songwriter, guitarist and producer from Bangor, Northern Ireland. He has been recording albums since the mid 90’s but is most famous for his association with the band Snow Patrol.

Before joining Snow Patrol, during a stint living in Glasgow, Iain released two solo albums on Scottish independent label Sticky Music and built up a following on the city’s live circuit.

After relocating to London, he met Snow Patrol’s fellow Irishman Jonny Quin, who invited him to join the band for a number of live shows.  Iain went on to co-write three songs on their breakthrough album ‘Final Straw’, including ‘Run’ which earned him an Ivor Novello award in 2005, and was later taken to number one by Leona Lewis.

Iain opted not to become a permanent member of Snow Patrol, preferring to concentrate his songwriting and production, penning hits for the likes of Example, Jake Bugg, and Athlete. In 2009 he joined Tired Pony, a Folk/Rock super-group made up of members of Snow Patrol, R.E.M and Belle & Sebastian.

Ian studied on CM’s Music Leader Training course soon after moving to London.


Valance Drakes

Valance Drakes (formerly known as MusSck) is an experimental producer from west London who started making music in 1997 after being inspired by the releases of Delarosa and Asora: ‘Sleep Method Suite’, Aphex Twin: ‘Come To Daddy’ and Autechre: ‘Chiastic Slide’.

Seventeen years on, Valance is still experimenting and has developed a distinctively deep and complex sound that incorporates field recordings, vinyl samples and software glitches.

Following on from a steady stream of releases on labels such as Schematic, Luana, Alkalinear and Bedroom Research, in 2013 he released ‘The Fatherless Child’ EP on Detroit Underground Records which was a deeply personal tribute to a man who had a great influence on his life, his late Stepfather Kenneth Knight.

Valance has built up a strong overseas following, performing regularly outside the UK and gaining support from well respected names within the scene such as US modular synthesizer expert Richard Devine.

Valance is a graduate of CM’s Creative Music Production and Business foundation degree course and has accepted a place on the Music Leader Training programme, starting in April ’14.

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