Reservoir Music Publishing Taps 'Spek' For SVP Creative/A&R
January 14, 2015 at 12:12 PM (PT)
NEW YORK-based indie music publisher RESERVOIR has named songwriter/producer/recording artist and music executive HUSSAIN 'SPEK' YOOSUF SVP/Creative and A&R for the company.
SPEK arrives following a streak of impressive publishing work abroad. In 2005, he led overseas acquisitions for CANADA's OLE MEDIA MANAGEMENT, serving as the publisher's U.K. and EUROPEAN rep out of LONDON. He founded FAIRWOOD MUSIC (ARABIA) in 2008, the first full-service music publisher in the UNITED ARAB EMIRATES and one-time representative of UMPG, EMI, CHERRY LANE and ROY ORBISON MUSIC. Spek followed that with the 2011 launch of POPARABIA, a company he founded that remains the leading music publisher in the MIDDLE EAST.
SPEK's creative background includes writing and production on several projects, including RESERVOIR writer NITIN SAWHNEY's MERCURY PRIZE-nominated album, "Beyond Skin." He was also a performing artist in the CANADIAN hip-hop act DREAM WARRIORS and later in the jazz-rap collective US3,
"We're excited to add an executive as accomplished and versatile as SPEK to the team," RESERVOIR COO RELL LAFARGUE said. "We're a progressive publisher, and SPEK has proven to be incredibly forward-thinking throughout his career. Not only has he been extraordinarily successful behind the desk, but he's also done it on the mic, behind the board, and onstage worldwide, which brings a special insight to our songwriters as they build careers with RESERVOIR."
SPEK will be reunited with LONDON-based Managing Dir. ANNETTE BARRETT, who first signed him to WARNER/CHAPPELL as a songwriter in 1997. RESERVOIR's creative team also includes industry veterans FAITH NEWMAN in NEW YORK, CHARLIE PINDER in LONDON and PATRICK CONSEIL in LOS ANGELES, overseeing an active roster of over 30 writers worldwide.
"A history like SPEK's, with its range of experience and insight, is rare and valuable in this role," added BARRETT. "It's a pleasure to work with such talent again."