Jason Iley (Chairman and CEO, Sony Music UK & Ireland) has announced the launch of a new label named Dream Life Records, which will be run by three of the music industry’s rising stars, Dan Owusu, Lunick Bourgess and Shane Derozario.
Between them Owusu, Bourgess and Derozario combine expertise across management, publishing and A&R, enabling them to offer artists an all-encompassing perspective. The trio will focus on finding urban and pop talent, developing artists and management teams to the highest level, bridging the gap between youth and the mainstream.
How did Dan, Lunick and Shane kick start their music careers?
Dan Owusu started his music journey at the Notting Hill Academy of Music where he then went to BMG Publishing and worked as an A&R Manager, signing artists including Chip, AJ Tracey, MoStack, Lotto Boyzz and Hardy Caprio.
Lunick Bourgess fell in love with music during his childhood in the Congo and decided to launch his very own independent label whilst still at university. Fast forward a few years he joined Virgin EMI as an A&R scout and was quickly promoted to A&R manager. Fulfilling this role to his greatest potential he signed a host of young talent including MoStack, Hardy Caprio, Tion Wayne and the platinum-selling drill artist, Russ.
Shane Derozario started his own management company nine years ago and has since worked with some of the UK’s most exciting talent including K-Trap and MoStack, who credits Shane’s vision and dedication for much of his success, including a UK Top 5 album.
Jason Iley, the Chairman and CEO of Sony Music UK commented “I want to continue building a company that is led by entrepreneurs and innovators. Dan, Lunick and Shane are extremely ambitious, hugely energetic and will be an excellent addition to the Sony team. Their combination of nous and flair promises to uncover an exciting roster of new talent.”
Dan Owusu commented “Jason has a tremendous track record when it comes to identifying talent and staff. His intentions when it comes to diversity are clear and this is notable when you look at each label and the label heads. We appreciate Jason for his belief and support in our vision.”
Lunick Bourgess stated “I love how Sony operates and the diverse executives the company hires. I truly think it’s a forward-thinking company in tune with today’s generation. We are excited to work with Jason, under his leadership and guidance we can really thrive as young music executives.”
Shane Derozario said “We decided to join Sony as we are all admirers of Jason because he gives young executives brilliant opportunities and mentors them through. We are hungry and ready to start.”