Tarquin Gotch is an entertainment industry veteran, having worked in the music and later on in film business since the late 1970s.
Music\n\nStarting out his career in London as a tour manager for the band Alphalpha and singer Clive Sarstedt, Tarquin Gotch became a music publisher at Pendulum Music with acts like Tony Ashton, run by Jim Beech before joining Arista Records as an A&R executive. His signing of hit acts like Secret Affair and Clive Davis soon made him head of A&R where, as well as overseeing Simple Minds and the Thompson Twins, he signed The Stray Cats, The Beat, Elaine Paige, Fela Kuti and Rowan Aitkinson. He produced Atkinson's first live album and was the first to produce a film of Rowan's live show.
From Arista, Tarquin progressed to WEA where he signed The Associates and helped bring success in the UK to Prince, Madonna, Shalamar, and many other American-signed acts at WEA. In the mid-1980s, he moved to management and built up a stable of hit acts including The Beat, Stephen Duffy, The Dream Academy, Hugh Harris, General Public and XTC.