With just three days to go until our bands take to the stage on the 11th February, we spent 5 minutes getting to know BlackRocket!
Ready to take to the stage for the third time in four years are the guys and gal from BlackRocket:
- Jeannette Spaulding (vocals) – Jeannette works in Client Mandate Strategy & Design by day and is a rock goddess by night.
- Dan Edwards (vocals) – If a member of disbanded One Direction worked in Risk & Quantitative Analysis, Dan would be that member…
- Stephen Crocombe (guitars) – As BlackRock’s Head of Multi-Asset Stratgies in EMEA, it was perhaps inappropriate when he shouted in a recent band conference call next to the trading floor: “We need to grab our crotches more if we want to win!”
- Chris Moore (keys) - A Managing Director in BlackRock’s Institutional business, Chris remembers most of our songs the first time they came out as originals in the 60s!
- Olutayo Osunkule (drums) – Olu is a Nigerian drum god who picks stocks for a living. Go figure.
- Stephen White (bass) – After dreaming of being a world-famous jazz double bassist as a kid, Stephen is naturally now a Director in Corporate Communications.
Q: What made you want to join the line-up for mallowstreet Rocks 2016?
A: We won in 2014, and after a stint in rehab are making a comeback tour.
Q: Who is your chosen Charity and why have they been selected?
A: Our charity for the year is the JDRF, the diabetes charity. With our current drinking habits, we expect to be using their services in the near future…
Q: What is your favourite track on your set list for mallowstreet Rocks?
A: Killing In The Name by Rage Against The Machine, which allows us to swear loudly down a microphone. Plus it has a killer riff.
Q: Many band mates have nicknames for each other, do you have any and if so why?
A: Disclosing this information may break certain FCA registration rules, and could be seen as contrary to BlackRock’s values.
Q: What was it that brought the group together, any X-factor style auditions?
A: BlackRocket was started over 10 years ago by one of the founders of our iShares business and has changed members over time. Basically, we’re like The Sugababes of pensions…
Q: Did you have any falling outs when selecting your set-list for the show?
A: No: I told people what we were doing for our set, and then they probably bitched about me behind by back for being tyrannical, which is fine as it’s conflict-free.
Q: Do you have any pre-show rituals or good luck charms?
A: Working for an American firm, we like to have a good conference call with New York colleagues between sound check and performance…
Q: How would you rate your chances of being crowned victor at mallowstreet Rocks?
A: We’re just here for the music and to support the various charitable efforts of the various bands participating. But if we won’t win, I’ve pre-loaded a bunch of malicious tweets slagging off Redington and how it was a fix!
(How could you call it a fix with the Minister for Pensions on the judging panel!)