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Ian "Dicko" Dickson

Ian Dickson (everybody calls him "Dicko") worked in the record industry for 20 years. He was born in Birmingham in 1963, the son of two factory workers from the motor industry. ("Imagine Detroit with heavy metal instead of Motown and you've got Birmingham' explains Dicko").

In 1985 Dicko graduated from Nottingham University with a degree in Politics and heads to London to set up home with his new girlfriend Mel. He immediately lands a job as press and promotions manager for seminal independent label Creation Records, the brainchild of legendary A&R impresario Alan Magee.

Creation bands include Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream, Felt, Weather Prophets, My Bloody Valentine, and eventually and most famously, Oasis.

In 1989 Dicko joins Sony Music UK (or CBS Records as it was then) as a press officer with a roster of artists that included Public Enemy, LL Cool J as well as Midnight Oil, LA hair band Warrant, and Michael Bolton.

In 1990 Dicko moves to the Epic Label as a marketing executive looking after Pearl Jam, Ozzy  Osbourne, Living Colour, Screaming Trees and Celine Dion.

1993 sees Dicko promoted to Director of International for Sony UK overseeing global strategies for all Epic and S2 label artists including Jamiroquai, Des'ree, Reef, Manic Street Preachers and Basia.

In 1994 he moves to A&M Records UK as Director of International, looking after acts such as Chris De Burgh, Therapy, Del Amitri, The Bluetones and the Mowax label including DJ Shadow, Money Mark and U.N.C.L.E.

1998 sees Dicko move to BMG UK Group as their Vice President of International. Here he enjoys much international success with the likes of Natalie Imbruglia, Five, Westlife, The Eurythmics and People.

It is here that he also enjoys a close working relationship with a suave straight talking posh English bloke that Dicko nicknames 'The Dark Lord' might know him as Simon Cowell!

2001: Dicko has the opportunity to move his family (Oh, didn't I mention that by now he has a wife and two daughters?) to Sydney, Australia to take up a position of General Manager of Marketing for BMG Australia.

Dicko says "I took a 40% pay cut and a drop of two rungs down the corporate ladder, but the opportunity to bring up my kids in such an amazing country was too good to pass up... and it actually proved to be the most lucrative pay cut imaginable!"

In 2003, Dicko is cast as a judge on Australian Idol - the show is an immediate hit, breaking Australian broadcast records and winning many awards. Offers from management companies, radio stations and rival TV networks flood in and Dicko makes the most of the new opportunities by setting up a talent management firm, Watercooler Talent, which now represents some of Australia's most popular personalities from TV, radio and stage.