Circular is all about discovery...
We work with great bands, great people and we record great music.
We are a production company, that also support our artists with:
—Professional artist, songwriter and producer representation
—State of the art SSL recording studio facilities
—Multiple platform Music Video and TV production
—Live showcase events and tours
Please contact us for further information about new albums available
Darren Buttle, Director
Heading up our management division is Darren Buttle. Darren is a global music traveller and following a varied career that has seen him take his precious vinyls to all corners of the world. DJ, Tour manager, manager of bands and very occasionally picking up his bass guitar, he will exhaust you with tales of his global exploits. He is also a very successful award winning entrepreneur and company director. Darren supports our artists, producers and creative partners with a depth of knowledge that cuts across all areas of the music business.
Mickey Dale, Production, Musician
Mickey's musical career began in 1990 when Poppy Factory's startling debut single "7 x 7" received critical acclaim, including NME's Single Of The Week. When Poppy Factory disbanded in 1992, he and singer Jock Cotton formed hardcore rock band Kitsch. Mickey also went on to work with several other bands in his own recording studio, including engineering and production of Coping Saw's debut album "Outside Now", performing and co-production on Lazerboy's "Forget Nothing" LP, playing bass, keys and co-writing with Leeds legends CUD, as well as touring the UK with Lazerboy, Copingsaw and Bear.
In 1996, producer Dave Creffield asked Mickey to write a string arrangement for Embrace's "All You Good Good People", who were at that time recording demos in a local studio. This led to Mickey taking on the keyboard and string arranging duties for Embrace's UK number 1 debut album 'The Good Will Out".
Prior to recording Embrace's second album "Drawn From Memory" Mickey became a full time member of Embrace, continuing to play keyboards, guitar, percussion and compose orchestral arrangements. Embrace went on to have further huge success with number 1 albums in 2004 and 2006 and are now preparing to begin work on another new record in 2010.
While working with legendary UK producer Youth, Mickey has composed and conducted strings with the London Session Orchestra.
Mickey's most recent project is co-writing, producing and playing keyboards with Talk To Angels, an exciting, young and vibrant band from Leeds/Bradford. He is producing their debut album "This Broken Home" with Will Jackson. The album will be available for licensing in early 2010.
Mickey's other passions include pop art, hi-fi, Frank Zappa and the entire works of Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
Will Jackson, Production
Will started his musical life as chorister at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, followed by Music College. As a keyboard and guitar player he subsequently toured the World with various bands and solo artists including Magna Carta and Martyn Joseph. He drinks nuclear coffee, defies all smoking bans and once produced an album by The Smurfs that went triple platinum! He has also discovered oodles of successful bands from the Yorkshire region and produced the critically acclaimed and ground breaking debut by The Music. Between coffees he has worked with Kaiser Chiefs, Embrace, The Cribs and his ear for a hit was confirmed yet again when he produced The Pigeon Detectives 2007 debut album "Wait For Me" which has sold over 400,000 copies.
Will has been based at Soundworks Studios in Leeds since 1995 and works as an engineer, producer and arranger for many diverse projects.
Matt Maude, Video director - www.lefteyeblind.com
A commercial and music video Director represented by Academy Films Matt is the founder of Left Eye Blind Productions. With broadcast documentary director / producer credits Matt is experienced in directing in a range of genres of film-making. He is also a part time Lecturer at the Northern Film School
Working in the film industry since he was 15 Matt has grown up on film sets. With experience as a camera trainee, floor runner, director's assistant, editor, AD, production coordinator, writer, actor, producer and director Matt has made horrendous amounts of tea, cut film, acted on ITV, shot Serbia, interviewed India, and road tripped across the States with one hand on a camera, the other on the wheel.
Having directed music videos since he was 18, Matt created Left Eye Blind, a production company set up specifically to create music videos. Working with Aurora Fearnley and Jamie Donoughue the company quickly grew a reputation for creating incredible work on ridiculously low budgets. MTV showcasing led to Left Eye Blind signing with Academy Films in 2009.
Continually looking to work with upcoming bands in the local area Matt directing the video Enemies Closer for the Bradford based band 'Talk To Angels', managed by Circular.
He is 24 years old and is willing to marry any woman, alive or dead who possesses a Canadian passport. If this woman were to speak French fluently he'd forgoe the dowry. And if she were to be a camera-woman / photographer he'd be good for as many kids as she pleased.
Nathan McGrory, Graphic Design
An aspiring graphic designer who graduated in the summer of 09 meriting first class honours, Nathan takes care of our visual identity and artistic direction. As a recent graduate, he looks forward to a career full of new challenges and hopes to one day walk into the garden of earthly delights with flute in hand.
Elodie Adast, Music Promotion
Her mission: To fly over to France to bring good music
Her powers: Her words and her smile
Elodie is a promoter who graduated in 09 in promotion and artistic management, always willing to discover new bands all around the world to share their talent with other music lovers. Used to travel, she can’t stand being bored. Music lover, she has worked with many bands as press attaché in France, Canada and now UK.
Flore Dutronc, Music Promotion
''Music before all else'' said Paul Verlaine. He was right, and Flore could have said the same!
After four years of study in Paris, she moved to Lyon for another one and gained a master’s degree in Management of Musical Careers. She met Elodie during the year in Lyon.
By chance, she met Darren, Mickey and Matt in Paris and told them that she could help with the French communication.
And there they are! Ready to conquer France!