Rebel Vision: Andy and Tom
Bringing the beats of the past to the listeners of today, read the exclusive Q&A here
Names of founders: Andy Cuthbert and Tom Clark
Date Launched: 7th September 2018
Number of employees: 2
Which university, if any, did you attend? Kent, Sussex (BIMM)
We're bopping along to this startup's new tune – a business that's set to revolutionise the music industry, breathing fresh life into the concerts of times gone by.
We caught up on what makes their business tick, read what they had to
sing say here! Read on for the full scoop on this cool new startup:
Tell us what your business does:
We create immersive experiences for music lovers by recreating bygone concerts that fans may not have had the opportunity to experience originally. For our inaugural tour, we're working with rock & roll royalty, The Rolling Stones!
We are touring the bands legendary Havana Moon gig, bringing Havana, Cuba, to several locations around the UK, with performers, world-class production, ultra HD projection and set design.
Where did the idea for your business come from?
Both myself and Tom have been involved in the music industry since leaving education and wanted to create an environment for fans to watch their favourite bands in smaller spaces. Due to logistical and financial constraints, that’s not always possible. We wondered how it would work if we screened a concert, and the concept was born.
A successful London pilot show in 2018 brought Flying Music and Kilimanjaro on board (Flying Entertainment). Now we're ready to roll-out the tour across the UK for 12 nights from Monday 14th October 2019.
How did you know there was a market for it?
As musicians, we are always looking for new ways to interact with music, and whilst the DVD comes out of fashion, re-watching your favourite concerts is still great. However, watching them at home doesn’t give you the live element and it doesn't give you a multi-sensory experience akin to being there up close and personal with the band.
We went with our gut that many others may feel the same way, and we were fortunate enough that was the case.
What were you doing before starting up?
Andy was a promoter and head of production at The Forum, Tunbridge Wells.
Tom was a session musician, working within management and labels.
Have you always wanted to run your own business?
We’ve always wanted to run a business that we enjoy doing – so it’s a dream come true, really.
How did you raise the money?
Initially, we were fortunate to get private funding to help us achieve our successful pilot show.
Describe your business model and how you make money:
Like most promotion businesses, we make money through ticketing and merchandise sales. Going forward we hope to look after various different parts of F&B (food & beverage) to give the customer an even more immersive experience.
What challenges have you faced and how have you overcome them?
The biggest challenge we face is helping people understand the concept, however, we seem to be breaking that wall down.
What was your first big breakthrough?
Working with The Rolling Stones – not a bad first artist to work with!
What advice would you give to budding entrepreneurs?
Put your dream first before anything else. Ensure that your plan works and that you can’t think of any other outcome. Keep trying no matter what, or if someone says otherwise.
Where do you want to be in five years’ time?
We would love to see this across the world, working with various artists for releases, anniversaries and historic moments, really giving the customer a completely new way to enjoy music.