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TAMPA BAY TIMES
Monday, September 22, 2014 7:37pm

Tony Michaelides

When you’re a young boy growing up in Manchester, England, it’s tough not to dream of one day becoming a world-class soccer player.

Tony Michaelides, a 61-year-old bubbly bloke with an alarmingly pleasant disposition and a thick British accent who now lives in Pass-a-Grille, dreamed of just that during his childhood in northern England. He spent hours and hours every day kicking around a soccer ball.

But he always managed to save some time for his other passion. Tony listened to music. Lots of music.

He looked forward to Saturdays, when the new releases on vinyl hit the record stores. He would climb aboard a train and head to his favorite shop to listen to the new music and buy what he could.

When he grew up and realized he was never going to make it as a soccer player — or a musician either; “I played bass in a band . . . badly,” he said — he took a humdrum job in a humdrum office. But that lad with broken dreams never gave up hope he’d one day find something better.

In a twist of fate, something better found him.

One day, on the train home from his job, he was reading the classified ads in the Manchester Evening News. Transatlantic Records, a label representing mostly jazz and blues musicians, was looking for a salesperson. He decided to apply, he said: “Don’t have a job in the music business now; if I don’t get it, I still won’t have a job in the music business.” He would later find out it was only because of a clerical error at Transatlantic — the ad was supposed to be placed in a trade publication, not the daily paper — that the opportunity presented itself to him.

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ENTREPRENEUR SOCIAL CLUB
Tuesday, May 7, 2013

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Spent a lifetime indulging in my hobby, music. Looking back it was quite a journey and now it feels good to share what I learned from my mentors, some of the greatest people to ever have graced the music industry. The millenium loomed and America beckoned. Working now as Chief Evangelist and Zen Master ( honest!) for the coolest company I ever met, Magic Leap. Throw in speaking, writing, mentoring and a radio show on Rhino on Air in beautiful Downtown St Petersburg and there you have it.

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THE MORTON REPORT
April 2013

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In a career spanning three decades, Tony Michaelides has long been one of the UK’s foremost record promoters, working with artists whose sales have been well in excess of a billion.

His artist portfolio has become a who’s who of the music industry: The Police, U2, Genesis, Whitney Houston, Peter Gabriel, N Sync, David Bowie, Massive Attack, Dave Matthews, to name but a few.

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CREATIVE LOAFING
Monday, May 2, 2011 1:16 PM

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In my former gig as a music writer, I had the pleasure of participating in the media panel of the annual Homemade Music Symposium, a two-day event at Hillsborough Community College’s Ybor City campus. The energizing and camaraderie-filled cluster of workshops reinforced that Tampa Bay has a thriving music scene and offered informative seminars, networking parties and concerts that built morale and assisted musicians, producers and DJs in networking and learning new promotional skills.

Creative Loafing continues in the community-building tradition with a new local music industry event that offers cutting-edge media expertise, hands-on experience and big names in the music industry worldwide. The Pre-Heat Music Workshops, held in conjunction with WMNF Tropical Heatwave, features David Lowery of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven fame and Tony Michaelides, who’s worked in the music industry for more than 30 years as a publicist for U2 , David Bowie, The Police, Peter Gabriel, New Order, The Pixies, Depeche Mode, Matchbox Twenty, Dave Matthews, Massive Attack, Stone Roses and others. He’s now an author, radio presenter, mentor and speaker. Meet Lowery, Michaelides and other musicians and experts Saturday, May 14, 2011.

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