Ben Coles started in the music industry as an office junior at Helter Skelter Agency (RIP) in 2005. In 2007 Ben was one of 6 members of staff to leave Helter Skelter and open the new CAA London office. After a brief stint away, Ben rejoined CAA in 2010 and worked as an assistant to a number of agents including Emma Banks and Nigel Hassler. Ben was promoted to agent in April 2015 and now represents a roster which includes Jack Garratt, Tove Lo, Freya Ridings, Tamino, Charlie Puth, Aquilo, Kate Nash, Simple Plan, Stereo Honey, La Femme, APRE, Naaz, Conan Gray, half·alive, James TW and Becky Hill.
The Agents Panel - The Big Four
Ben Coles CAA (GB), Carlos Abreu WME (GB), Jules De Lattre United Talent Agency (GB), Clementine Bunel Coda Music Agency (GB)
"There is no slowing down in the development and growth of the international live music industry, and booking agencies continue to take the lead in this progression.
Agencies continue to build their rosters, taking on more staff to help with growing workloads, as agents deal with more aspects of their artists' careers, as well as building their own. Over the past year or two we have seen an ever more active and volatile situation with an increasing number of agents and artists making the move from one company to another. In this session we invite four well known UK based agents from US-owned agencies to talk about the present and the current state of flux in their business."
Ben Coles CAA (GB)
Carlos Abreu WME (GB)
Carlos Abreu is an agent in WME’s music division, representing a diverse list of artists such as J Balvin, Epik High, Juanes, Kilo Kish, Eric Nam, Rosalía and Café Tacvba.
Abreu began his career in WME’s music central division at the agency’s Beverly Hills office. He was promoted to agent in 2017 before transferring to WME’s London office.
Abreu graduated with MSc in International Management from ESADE Business School and CEMS, as well as undergraduate degrees in Finance and Economics & Strategy from Washington University in St. Louis. He currently resides in London.
Jules De Lattre United Talent Agency (GB)
Jules de Lattre is a music agent at leading global entertainment and talent company United Talent Agency (UTA). De Lattre joined The Agency Group in 2008, which was acquired by UTA in 2015. As part of the senior management team at UTA’s London office, he helps to shape the group’s vision in terms of short and long-term strategies and overall positioning within the wider music industry.
Currently, de Lattre represents a diverse roster of artists including Christine and the Queens, Die Antwoord, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Brian Wilson, BADBADNOTGOOD and Parov Stelar.
Prior to UTA, Jules de Lattre worked at multi-purpose music company Best Kept Secret. He graduated from Edinburgh University with an MA in Economics and Politics.
Clementine Bunel Coda Music Agency (GB)
Clementine Bunel works at Coda Agency, a London-based booking agency handling touring and live strategy for artists such as Parcels, Tank and the Bangas, Stromae, Songhoy Blues, Onyx Collective, Cuco, Baloji and more.
Gary Smith (GB)
Multi-lingual (French/Spanish/Dutch) journalist, translator, copy writer and daytime conference programmer/moderator at the Amsterdam Dance Event and at the Brazilian Music Conference (BRMC). Regular writer for Television Business International (TBI), Cannes Lions Daily News, Location International Magazine, MIDEM News, MIPTV & MIPCOM News, Sportel and the Monte Carlo TV Festival magazine. Specialist subjects include music, technology, social networking, advertising, online media, sport and business strategy.