Helicopta is managed by Chris Sergeant (AKA Sarge) and Nigel Swanston. Sarge was born in 1960 in Wolverhampton, learning his craft through School playing the guitar in various bands and writing music. Completing his education Sarge quickly set up ” Mad Hat” recording studio, rehearsal facility and publishing company for his own dance label and local bands.
Mad Hat soon became a commercial operation attracting clients such as Phil Lynott, Magnum, Half Man Half Biscuit and Weapon Of Peace.
1985, at the invitation of a school friend, Sarge went out to Zimbabwe to start an indie label. Having recently recorded “Doctor In The House” by Coldcut as a favour. Jazz Summers reciprocated by allowing Sarge the rights to several Big Life Recordings for Zimbabwe. “Doctor In The House” and “The Only Way In Up” soon became number One records in the territory. Sarge also recorded African acts and released Zulu influenced music for UK distribution.
It was in Zimbabwe that Sarge met and started working with local singer Rozalla. Teaming up with the Band Of Gypsies (Nigel Swanston and Tim Cox) who wrote and produced and Pulse 8 Records (Frank Sanson ) Rozalla went on to release a string of club hits, including “Everybody’s Free to feel good”, “Faith”, “Ready To Fly and “Love Breakdown”.
In 1994, Rozalla signed to Sony and supported Michael Jackson on the 4 month “Dangerous Tour”, with Sarge on keyboards and managing the singer.
After the tour, Sarge took a break from the music industry to be with his family and to renovate, over 12 years, a series of homes ending up in Stratford upon Avon UK.
2007 he was introduced to Jasmin Kora and was inspired by the talented singer and songwriter to once again return to the music industry. Now Sarge is developing Helicopta, working with old friends, Band Of Gypsies and new creative producers Drox and Grafitto.
Sarge is proud to represent the artists produced by everybody at Helicopta Records.