To say Ashley Page is on a roll is an understatement. The British-born, Auckland-based industry figure has been in a purple patch since he was working with artists such as Garbage at Mushroom / Infectious Records more than two decades ago.

Last year, Page took out the ‘Manager of the Year’ award in NZ for the second year in a row for his work with the artists Broods, Joel Little and Jarryd James. Earlier this month, Joel Little was behind three records in the Top 15 of the US Billboard 200. Meanwhile Broods are readying a two-month-long festival circuit in the US where they’ll perform alongside Jay-Z, Gorillaz, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Major Lazer and Weezer.

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As the director of his own management firm Page One Management, and as the Managing Director of Dryden Street Records, his partnership with Universal Music, one would think Page has been riding a steady ascent to the top. But he wouldn’t be our July Manager of the Month if he didn’t have any battle scars to talk about.

In the short Q&A below, Page details his shift from working at one of the biggest corporations in the world (Warner Music) to becoming an entrepreneur, the blunt advice he received from Lyor Cohen, his best career blunder over a US deal, and more.

You’ve worked with some of the biggest names in music in the UK, and now New Zealand. Aside from its geographical handicap and sheer size, what are some of the differences you’ve noticed between the NZ and UK music industries?

It’s actually been a very blessed time to work in New Zealand music. The opportunities have never been greater to create a significant story in a smaller market, and take it to the world.