Lives In Music – Caroline Hayes


In this series we shine a light on the people that make the wheels turn behind the scenes in London’s music underground. From venue owners and agents, to record label managers and bouncers, we chat to these individuals about their tastes and motivations.

Caroline Hayes is the Founder of Spun Out, an artist booking agency who represent a diverse roster of acts, from Andrew Weatherall, Optimo and Psychmagik to Fantastic Twins, Mehmet Aslan and Manfredas. Alongside Spun Out she runs Black Door, an agency that works with DJs hailing from the world of art, literature and film, including the likes of Tim Burgess, Fat White Family, Miranda Sawyer and Baxter Dury. 

After speaking to Caroline on many occasions and a few near misses, we finally get to catch up with her at the start of festival season. She is obviously very busy and no wonder with the amazing artists she looks after. We catch her post Kala festival and she clearly seems relaxed in her office environment, a space just off Brick Lane. She welcomes us with a smile and we get into it…..

Most Iconic London Venue?


Last gig you went to?

Jarvis Cocker at EartH

Last DJ set that really impressed you?

Mehmet Aslan at Else, Berlin

Last meal you really enjoyed?

Dinner at Padella in London Bridge

Last record you bought?

These Foolish Things LP by Bryan Ferry from 1973

Best bit about working in music?

That my daily work revolves around one of the most important things in my life

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Toughest challenge about working in music? 

Late nights!

What was the first break in your career?

Leaving a well paid “proper job” to take a very junior position in an artist management company. Everything good that’s happened in my career stemmed from that risky life move!

Best headline act you have seen?

The Who

Last time you stayed in a club until the lights came on?

Our Spun Out/Ransom Note night with Optimo all night long at Mick’s Garage in Hackney

Best place to eat before you go out with friends?

Their house!

Person that you have worked with that you found most inspiring?

It’s got to be Mr. Weatherall

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Best thing about the music scene in London? 

The musical diversity and choice of clubs and live venues across the city.

Any labels that you are enjoying at the moment?

Heavenly Recordings

Last thing you shazamed?

Falling Leaves – Clare Maguire

Anything exciting going on professionally at the moment?

The launch of my new talent agency Black Door earlier this year has been a stressful but ultimately an extremely satisfying and motivating experience 

Any advice for anyone who is looking to start working in music?

Only the people who take it seriously will succeed. You have to work just as hard as everyone else!

Who should we interview next?

Lucinda Runham and Neptune Agency's Alex Lindblad.

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