President, John Watson Management/Eleven
John Watson is the owner and President of both John Watson Management and the label, Eleven: a music company. Over the last 20 years every single artist on the JWM and Eleven rosters has enjoyed either gold or multi-platinum success and the companies have helped four separate artists achieve gold certifications in the USA.
Growing up in Townsville, John worked in record stores while playing in local indie bands. He worked as a freelance music journalist while at university in Sydney before joining Sony Music as A&R Manager in 1991. John subsequently also assumed responsibility for international marketing of the label’s Australian artists. He was jointly responsible for signing Silverchair to Sony before leaving to manage the band under the John Watson Management umbrella in 1995. Silverchair and Daniel Johns remain JWM clients nearly two decades later. They have sold over six million albums globally and won more ARIA Awards than any artist in history.
JWM and Eleven also launched the career of much loved Australian singer/songwriter Missy Higgins (who has since sold over a million albums in this country) plus acclaimed artists Paul Mac, Little Birdy and Kisschasy. He managed Wolfmother on their Grammy winning debut before standing down from that role prior to the release of their second album. His companies also co-manage the legendary Cold Chisel (with John O’Donnell) and indie wunderkind Gotye (with Danny Rogers). Gotye is also signed to the Eleven label in Australia. Over the last 18 months his song “Somebody That I Used To Know” has topped the charts in over 30 countries among numerous other achievements.
John appears on the 2013 Face The Music session:
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