I just wanted to say thank you so much for looking after me all these years. It feels crazy to think back to when we first met and I played a few songs in the office for everyone to all the things we’ve gone through. I just wanted to say I really appreciate that I could always rely on you. Whenever I came up against something, I always had the confidence that I have you in my corner. That I could always count on you to be fair, but strong. And most of all I appreciate, so much, the advice that’s helped guide me through the last 6 years in this turbulent industry, in situations where I could have easily taken wrong turns. I understand this isn’t any particular occasion or anniversary – but I just felt the need to say thank you; thank you!
Just want to say thank you Sonia! I LOVE working with you, you top off whatever dream team I have in my hands. You help us all realise what we believe in.
Tony Garvey (Redlight Management)
Manager of Chris Lorenzo, Anti Up, Shiftk3y
In 1994 I was introduced to Robert Horsfall by my manager David Wernham. David wasn’t easily impressed and was a stickler for working with exceptional people so when he suggested that I benefit from Robert’s expertise he wasn’t wrong. Being a creative absolute, reading music industry contracts was the equivalent of me reading a script in Yoruba without knowing the language. I didn’t have a clue. “Stanza by stanza” Robert would take me through them. He painstakingly explained what it all meant, which was both revelatory and educational. I feel in very safe hands and am totally assured that I receive sound advice.
Robert at Sound Advice is just wonderful. Every negotiation they have led on behalf of our company or artists has moved significantly in our favour. Robert is a true gentleman and hugely knowledgeable, connected and respected. I never have any hesitation in recommending Sound Advice to our clients.
John Glennon (Jawdropper Music)
I can honestly say that without the guidance Robert has given me over the past 21 years, I doubt whether I would have any kind of professional music career. Like a lot of independent artists, I can be very difficult, so I need someone who will both challenge me when they feel I’m making a mistake but also guide me when I ask for help. It’s very unusual to find someone who is as adept at this people side of the business as well as the legal but Robert is that rare egg. And that’s why I turn to him and Sound Advice for protection and wise counsel. I feel blessed to have known both Robert and the company for so long. Long may they reign!
Sonia is swift, efficient and to the point, firm but fair, a real star player, she has one the best work ethics in the business. Her contact book is one of the best in the industry and more importantly she is one of the most respected figures we have in the UK music business. She is one of best, if not the best.
Daniel Lloyd Jones
Head of UK A&R/SVP of International Creative / Downtown Music UK Ltd
They fight hard for their clients.” “They are pragmatic and artist-friendly. Their service goes beyond that of a lawyer.” Sonia Diwan is a “commercially minded and tenacious” music practitioner. Another source describes her as “extremely practical and commercial as well as a tough, confident and persuasive negotiator.” Robert Horsfall is described by clients as “proactive and extremely knowledgeable.” Other sources say: “He is incredibly artist-friendly” and highlight his “amazing deal-making ability.
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Dear Sonia and Robert. For more than 20 years you’ve fought for us and our artists. You have been a tremendous force and life wouldn’t have been the same without you, in business and friendship.
Manager of Katzenjammer and Ylvis
Thank you [Sonia] so much for all your hard work in getting us the deal we wanted. You really are the Queen of the JB team! Can’t wait to see what the future holds… Hopefully a whole wall in your office dedicated to JB discs too.
DJ, record producer, songwriter
Thanks for everything Sonia. You’ve been amazing. x
Manager of Zane Lowe and Netsky / 100 Management