Paul Hayler

Paul Hayler

CEO
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Ben Rush

Ben Rush

Technical Director
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Nik Denton

Nik Denton

B2B Coordinator
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Paul Hayler

CEO

Paul Hayler

Paul started in the technology world with technical and training positions at Xerox UK Ltd and Xerox Corporation, with computer and Internet technologies at their infancy. It became clear to Paul that these emerging fields required constant, ongoing learning, or your knowledge and expertise would quickly expire.

From this initial introduction into the technology field, Paul setup his own Digital Agency based in the up and coming hub of Brighton, Sussex. Initially specialising in Digital Print and Design - Paul soon found his niche in Web and Internet based technology. Working closely with many technology leaders, Paul soon developed a reputation and understanding of how the new disruptive technologies could benefit business.

Paul soon got approached by other institutions and businesses wishing to utilise his expertise and skill. He became a leading development teacher passing on his expertise and knowledge to many UK and International based Web developers, designer and marketeers. Sharing his expertise back to the industry for a total of 12 years at a specialist business college based in Brighton & Hove.

Paul then, for 2 years, took a more management role as a Director of a start-up B2C and latterly B2B agency specialising in hospitality and catering industry. Finally relocating and re-settling into a more consultative role within the industry and final separation from the Directorship.

In 2016, Paul joined AudioLock.NET as a Technical Project Manager but quickly he became an integral part of all sectors of the operation. In late 2017, Paul was appointed CEO of AudioLock.NET taking a more formal role in the direction of the business both strategically, functionally with a technical oversight.

Ben Rush

Founder / CTO

Ben Rush

In 2010 Ben Rush founded AudioLock. As a Technical Director with 15 years programming experience it was originally established as a self-funded project to combat the detrimental effect he witnessed piracy was having on the work of his musician friends. However it rapidly gained momentum as a cost-effective anti-piracy tool, quickly finding favour with 100’s of industry leaders like Domino, Mute, Warp, Ministry of Sound, Ultra Records, Spinnin’ and Toolroom.

Over 30% of the DJ Mag Top 100 are now protected using AudioLock including Bjork, New Order, The Prodigy, Katie Melua, Marilyn Manson, Arctic Monkeys, Primal Scream, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Martin Garrix, Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto and Calvin Harris.

The service now consistently delivers as top reporter on Google’s Transparency Report and is trusted by hundreds of music rights holders, at every level and genre, across 5 continents and in over 30 countries.

Ben’s significant knowledge of anti-piracy from both the rights’ holder and technology perspective has made him a much in-demand speaker. He regularly talks at events like the UK Trade and Industry Conference, The Brighton Music Conference, IMS, ADE, IFPI AGM, BPM, Data Summit UK and AudioLock’s own event for AIM members the Music Piracy Prevention Forum.

Ben Rush has presented at a number of key music industry events, to labels and associated bodies. Here he has provided detailed insight into anti-piracy techniques and it's ever changing landscape. His enthusiastic approach, coupled with extensive knowledge and a wealth of technical expertise, has taken him to the forefront of leading edge discussions across the industry as well as into others, such as the impact of advertising networks on the enterprise pirate eco system.

With a background as an international music producer and professional DJ the issues surrounding piracy are very close to his heart; a fact which further fires his passion for efficient and fair solutions to addressing the problems piracy posses.

Ben is available for press comment, interviews, key note speeches at seminars, forums and industry events.

Nik Denton

B2B Coordinator

Nik Denton

Nik joined the AudioLock team in 2018 as our new B2B coordinator, bringing with him a rich history in dance music and a career in the industry that reaches back over 2 decades.

His career began back in the late 90's as a DJ, playing “Harder edged house”, but over the years has become know more for playing house and tech house.

Off the decks, Nik is a prolific producer and astute businessman; running his own award winning Toolbox Recordings for over 18 years and sister label Toolbox House for over 15 years. He set up his own Toolbox Music Distribution company in 2003, selling vinyl and CD format to independent record shops and third party distributors around the world. The business later moved online in the shape of music download store Toolboxdigitalshop.

Outside of music, Nik has roots in the corporate world, with experience working as a manager in the service and sales sector. This experience, fused with his understanding of the pressures and demands of running a record label in the digital age, gives Nik an unquestionable level of expertise in order to understand the challenges our clients face.