Tom Watkins (music manager)
Tom Watkins is a pop impresario, writer, composer, designer and fine art collector.
Watkins studied at the London College Of Furniture and worked as a designer for Terence Conran. Later he was partner in a design company with Royston Edwards, XL Design set out as a small graphic/interior design practice with Watkins assisted by Steve Lucas , and employed graphic designer Mark Farrow who designed the minimalist Pet Shop Boys album covers including Please, Actually and Introspective.
In the 1980s and early 1990s Watkins managed three successful pop bands: Pet Shop Boys, Bros and East 17. He managed the Pet Shop Boys from 1984 until 1989, when he was replaced by Jill Carrington. He was the manager of Bros from 1987 to 1991 and East 17 from 1992 to 1997. Watkins also worked with a large number of other artists including Billie Piper; Art of Noise; Faith, Hope & Charity; 2wo Third3; Martine McCutcheon; North and South; and Grace Jones.
Watkins is a prolific fine art collector, specialising in works from Memphis Group, which was an influential Italian design and architecture movement of the 1980s. In 2003 he designed and built The Big White House in Pett Level, East Sussex, which was featured on the Grand Designs television show.
- Me And My Home: Pop, punk and passion
- Interview with ZTT Records designer, David Smart
- Pet Shop Boys say Yes to Farrow
- Gay Boy Bands
- The Truth About Boy Bands
- Grand Design Series 4 Episode 6
- The Times Online
- When Will I Be Famous