Former Muse tour director launch management firm
Former Muse Tour Director and Cato Music founder Glen Rowe has launched a new UK-based management firm called KYOTO.

Alongside the management company, KYOTO is also launching a new recording studio, rehearsal studio and writing room, just outside of London on the 22-acre Larkins farm.

The company is designed to support all aspects of an artist’s early career and includes expert guidance with A&R, live development, design and digital, publishing and all areas of marketing.

KYOTO’s team includes Project Manager Fleur Roberts-Hunt, Studio Engineer/A&R James Grant, Head of Touring and Legal Francoise Haralamb and Creative Director Eva Boursier.

Rowe has toured with a number of bands including Manic Street Preachers, The Streets, The Thrills, Ronnie Wood, Hard-Fi, The Kooks, The Magic Numbers and Amy MacDonald.

He then spent 18 years working with Muse as their Tour Director.

In 2016 he sold CATO Music to Production Park and subsequently started a live venue charity called NEKO.

At launch, KYOTO’s roster includes King Nun and emerging singer-songwriters Mercy and Sian Kelly, British visual artist Kazland, Dutch music photographer Hans Peter and Italian creative director Eva Boursier.

The recording studio features a classic analogue MCI 500 Rev D mixing desk, previously owned by John Entwhistle of The Who, alongside the very latest technology.

KYOTO offers artists under management free use of the writing rooms, rehearsal spaces and recording studio.

Glen Rowe said: “We want to work with artists who know their sound and make you feel alive when they perform.

“We love acts like King Nun who buck trends, those are the ones we’re going to help to realise their massive, bold ambitions.

“We’re going to take our time and focus on live as a way of giving bands a chance to develop while they build their fanbases.

“We’ve built a world-class recording studio, because we want to give raw emerging talent the opportunity to be creative – without worrying about the cost.

“The UK has always punched above its weight with big bands, and at KYOTO we plan to keep that tradition alive.”