Stornoway-born act DotJR has made the music industry headlines this week for the right and wrong reasons.
The singer-songwriter, born James Reeves, recently signed a deal reputedly worth half a million pounds with Polydor Records. However, the headlines being made are about the sacking of his manager, Lee O’Hanlon, who engineered the deal, and indeed was instrumental in converting the folk artist to one producing marketable pop and organising the industry showcase in Glasgow in January which sparked the record deal.
Following the signing, moves were apparently made to install a co-manager (DotJR’s uncle, a hotel owner). On O’Hanlon’s refusing the change in contract, the artist and label set up another manager (accidentally copying O’Hanlon in on an email detailing the move).
The former manager, who previously managed Dogs Die In Hot Cars, is now taking legal action against DotJR and his A&R representative to resolve the situation, including reclaiming commission owed. He plans to set up a new label which is working on another Scottish act, which will hopefully make the headlines for musical reasons.