Launched in mid-2018, new label Since ’93 is run by co-presidents Glyn Aikins and Riki Bleau, two of the most talented and successful executives in the UK business. The pair are set to capitalize on, and nurture a new era of entrepreneurial artists, creating a culture focused on developing grassroots talent into future global successes.
Aikin’s career in the music industry started in ’98 when he joined Media Village PR before becoming an A&R man at Relentless Records. His first signing was ‘Rewind’ by Artful Dodger and Craig David, going on to sign So Solid Crew, whose '21 Seconds' video was an era-defining moment that inspired a whole generation of British artists. In 2003 he joined Virgin Records in A&R signing Roll Deep, Lethal Bizzle, and Naughty Boy who made ‘Never Be Your Woman’ featuring Wiley and the unsigned artist Emeli Sandé, who Aiken signed as a solo artist in 2012. Emeli went on to sell five million albums, winning multiple BRIT awards, Mobos and an Ivor Novello.
Riki Bleau started his career in 2002 as Head Of Music & Promotions at pioneering urban music TV station ‘Channel U’. During his tenure the channel was crucial in introducing grime and UK rap as a scene, whilst shaping the identity and culture that many artists benefit from today. In 2007 Bleau entered into a publishing/management venture with Tim Blacksmith & Danny D where his first signing was producer and singer/songwriter Labrinth and he has managed Naughty Boy since 2008. Naughty Boy introduced Riki to both Emeli Sandé and another platinum superstar, Sam Smith, both of whom he signed to the publishing venture. Both artists have achieved huge success selling several million albums, and winning numerous Ivor Novello, BRIT, and Grammy Awards. His management roster also includes Grammy award winning producers Mojam.
Aikins and Bleau report to David Dollimore, president of RCA Records and Ministry Of Sound.
Since ’93 has hit the ground running, with a top 5 mixtape by West London rapper Fredo, and Loski (already heralded by Drake, Skepta, Stormzy, and Giggs), whose first single ‘Forrest Gump’ is blowing up.