The Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) and Music Managers Forum (MMF) have revealed two final winners for the 2021 Artist & Manager Awards, with BICEP and their management team at This Is Music to receive the Innovation Award (sponsored by TikTok), and YMU MUSIC to receive the Team Achievement Award.
First established as a production and DJ duo back in 2009, Andrew Ferguson and Matthew McBriar (aka BICEP) have since blazed a trail in electronic music, simultaneously maintaining their deep underground roots while reaching audiences on a global scale. Exhibiting a maverick and pioneering spirit with their initial crate digging Feel My Bicep blog, which still attracts hundreds of thousands of monthly visitors, the duo signed to Ninja Tune in 2017, breaking the Top 20 with their debut self-titled album.
This year saw BICEP scale new creative and commercial heights, delivering a second studio album, Isles, which debuted at number two in the UK, and then bypassing pandemic-related restrictions in collaboration with Black Box Echo for two visually stunning and highly successful global live stream performances, one of which was from the Saatchi Gallery, selling thousands of tickets to fans from over 70 countries worldwide. BICEP were also nominated in two categories at the BRIT Awards for British Group and Breakthrough Artist.
BICEP are represented by London-based management company This Is Music, who this week welcomed artist manager Greg Wells (Ghost Promo co-founder and former Domino national radio plugger) and his artists Sofia Kourtesis and Logic1000. Other notable clients at This Is Music include James Ford, Jayda G, Roosevelt, Paul White and Ross From Friends.
This is Music (pictured below) have worked with BICEP since 2011, managing them from internet music bloggers to double Brit Nominees, guiding the duo’s creative and strategic approach which continues to deliver success. BICEP sold out three successive nights at Brixton Academy as well as headlining London’s Field Day in July 2021. They conclude a triumphant year with a string of UK and European shows - including two dates at Manchester’s Warehouse Project - and have confirmed a major festival appearance for 2022 at Primavera Sound in Barcelona.