Since launching her own boutique record label in 2013, Clair Crawford's Hot Gem has grown year on year. The current roster features Colombian psychedelic future garage act OKRAA (“Excellent” - Resident Advisor), Glasgow electro-rock adventurers Machines in Heaven (“Stunningly ethereal” - Billboard), recent signings Monkoora and Yutani, and a very special, very secret new, experimental analogue synth / musique concrete / lo-fi Jazz act from Norway.
Inspired by Glasgow's buzzing music scene, in 2009 Crawford launched her first artist management, label, and events company. A regular at the city's world-famous Optimo parties, Clair had already spent years venturing between Glasgow's celebrated underground clubs and it's thriving gig circuit, looking for cross-currents.
Initially asked to manage a band by a friend of legendary 1980s New York no-wave band Liquid Liquid, she began representing producers, DJs and bands from Glasgow and beyond. One of the songwriters on her roster went on to work with iconic producer Trevor Horn, while other producers and DJs went on to score fashion campaigns for Mulberry, TV adverts, festival promos, features and short films.
Working in Glasgow's vibrant arts community The Hidden Lane (alongside Huntleys & Palmers label boss Auntie Flo), Clair began managing and programming the Lane's yearly festival. In 2014, she ran a twelve day festival for Glasgow's Commonwealth Games, collaborating with a who's who of Glasgow promoters including The Electric Frog, Slam, Melting Pot and Rubadub Records.
In 2016, Clair is working on the Havana Glasgow film festival, and a special Scottish 'showcase' event in Iceland. She still lives to hear music which is unique, and different – Hot Gem's demo policy is simple: “No indie guitar bands.”