As SVP of Creative and A&R at Reservoir, Spek oversees the company’s Creative activity throughout the U.S. His extensive experience as a songwriter and executive overseas allows him to act as a bridge between the company’s New York and London Creative teams, supporting newly signed acts in either location with opportunities for cross-territory collaboration.
Spek began his career as a successful songwriter, recording artist, and producer in his native Canada, and is a former member of pioneering Canadian hip-hop group Dream Warriors, a group that sold over 1 million records worldwide and racked up Top 20 hits in Canada, the UK, and across Europe. In the late ’90’s, Spek relocated to London, where he toured extensively as a member of the multi-million selling jazz-rap crew Us3 and collaborated with Reservoir songwriter Nitin Sawhney on the Mercury Prize-nominated and South Bank Award-winning album, Beyond Skin. As a solo artist, Spek released his album Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff in 2001 to rave reviews and in 2016, he formed a new band, Voo Doo Kids, and committed to putting out one song independently every month.
In 2005, Spek was appointed UK & European Representative by Olé Media Management, sourcing acquisitions and new business opportunities for the Canadian music publisher out of London. In 2007, Spek relocated to the Middle East where he founded and launched PopArabia, a company that remains the leading music rights company in the Middle East, and represents Sony/ATV-EMI, Peermusic, Warner Chappell, Kobalt, and others across the region, based out of Abu Dhabi. Spek has been a music supervisor on numerous international feature films and documentaries. He is the Founder and Chair of the Middle East Music Publishers Association (MEMPA), a member of the New York Chapter of the Grammy’s Membership Committee and the International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP), and was elected and served as Vice-Chair of the ICMP’s Popular Bureau from 2014 to 2016.