we are decade
Although small in size, Decade’s roster is big on talent, made up of singer-songwriters, producers, bands and DJs. Decade’s motto “where glass ceilings get smashed” has a multitude of meanings; from wanting to see more women in more senior roles in the music business, to wanting to see underground music truly appreciated and given the limelight it deserves. Some would say that what Amanda Playle and Jho Oakley achieved together in their first ‘decade’ working together can’t be beat, but that’s just another glass ceiling that’s gonna get smashed!
Amanda has spent the past decade working across some of the biggest names in the music industry. Formerly the GM of JHO Management (Pendulum, Knife Party, Chase & Status, Sub Focus, Zane Lowe, Netsky), and GM at Closer Artists (George Ezra, James Bay, James Morrison and John Newman), Amanda played a pivotal role in both companies achieving the coveted title of Manager of the Year in 2011 and 2018.
Overseeing the management, recording and publishing arm of Closer it was Amanda’s talent for the business side of management that saw her pick up a place in Music Week’s 30 Under 30 in 2013.
Now joining forces again with Jho Oakley, Amanda takes the reins as co-founder and CEO of the newly established Decade Management, alongside returning clients Pendulum and Knife Party, and adding new acts Hybrid Minds and Cameron Hayes to the fold.
Jonathan Oakley “Jho”
Jho has been at the forefront of the electronic music industry since the turn of the Millennium. Initially founding Echo Location Talent with Obi Asika and then his JHO Management company back in 2005, it was with his management company where Jho signed such prestigious acts as Pendulum, Knife Party, Chase & Status, Sub Focus, Zane Lowe and Netsky between 2005 and 2015.
Through dedication and hard work his rise to success has been remarkable, elevating bass music from the underground into the mainstream and the global spotlight. With 30+ A-list singles at BBC Radio 1, numerous chart topping platinum albums, Billboard No.1 singles across the pond in the USA, and selling over 50 million records across his combined roster, Jho became the youngest ever recipient of the coveted MMF Music Manager Of The Year award in 2011.
Now the Chairman of Decade Management, Jho continues his long standing career acting as an advisory alongside CEO Amanda Playle and the new roster of artists which include Pendulum, Knife Party, Hybrid Minds and Cameron Hayes.
Executive Assistant and Publicity
Joanna joins Decade bringing over 8 years of publicity experience and knowledge. Starting her career in events at The Playground, working on the PR and live production across a monthly KOKO residency with artists such as Gary Numan, Digitalism and Squarepusher, she honed her skills in live music publicity before switching from events to artists.
Joining Listen Up Music Promotions in 2013, Jo worked her way up into a senior role where she spent 3 years specialising in commercial electronic music with some of the worlds biggest DJs and producers. Spearheading artist campaigns for artists such as Marshmello, deadmau5, Pendulum, Knife Party, Alesso, Tiesto, Jonas Blue, Porter Robinson and forging strong relationships across labels and managers, her strategic approach to press saw her achieve 6 BPI awards including 2x Silver, 2x Platinum and 2x multi Platinum records, including Marshmello’s first UK hit single ‘Silence’.
After working with Pendulum and Knife Party for 4 years, Jo made the leap over to Decade to work alongside the boys and across all artists in a role which sees her develop publicity strategy and build a solid foundation for all artists across the roster.