Speakers

Anurag Tagat (IN)

Senior Writer, Rolling Stone India
Anurag Tagat (IN)

Anurag Tagat is a journalist based out of Bangalore, India, who writes about music, film, graphic novels, internet culture and technology for print and web.

Currently a senior writer for Rolling Stone India, Anurag also contributes to English-language newspaper The Hindu, fortnightly magazine India Today, widely-read news and feature portal Firstpost and Vogue India. Covering India’s music space since 2010, his work has been published in Billboard, Variety, Vice India, Revolver, Rolling Stone Japan, The Caravan, HT Mint Lounge and more.

An MA Journalism graduate from Goldsmiths College, University of London, Anurag also contributed technology website TechRadar.

Binicewicz Kornelia (PL)

Owner, Ladies on Records
Binicewicz Kornelia (PL)

Kornelia Binicewicz – Polish origin record collector and anthropologist of culture, an owner of Ladies on Records brand, DJ, and an explorer of female music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Daily, she lives on the island near Istanbul and travels worldwide, searching for mesmerizing music and meaningful stories to tell. Her passion for female music brought her to Turkey, where she started to explore the Turkish female music scene’s undiscovered world. Throughout five years of digging in records and meeting forgot or unrecognized female singers, she also managed to dive into old Turkish labels’ back catalogs. She curated “Turkish Ladies. Female Singers from Turkey 1973 – 1988” (Epic Istanbul) and “Uzelli Psychedelic Anadolu “(Uzelli), both released on vinyl.

Ladies on Records is a curated multifaceted endeavour and a brand created to represent women’s contribution to global and local music of the past decades. Ladies on Records tells the stories of women by the music they created.

Catherine Haridy (AT)

Founder, Catherine Haridy Management (CHM)
Catherine Haridy (AT)

From Warner Music Australia to Festival Mushroom Records, Cath has signed and project managed some of Australia’s most successful artists. Moving into Artist Management, she founded Catherine Haridy Management (CHM) which currently represents four Artists, five Producer/Writers and has expanded into non-musical artists forging a partnership with Berlin-based Australian, Craig Schuftan.

Appointed to the role of Executive Director of the Association of Artist Managers (AAM) in 2019, a peak body that represents, promotes and protects Artist Managers and their clients, Catherine has actively contributed to designing and implementing a dynamic strategic direction for the AAM, as well as being a former Board Member and Chairperson.

In 2018, Catherine had the honour of accepting a position on the Board of Music Victoria: a not for profit that provides advocacy on behalf of the music sector, actively supporting the development of the Victorian music community.

Previously, Catherine has been a board member of the Community Broadcasting Foundation where she Chaired the Australian Music Airplay Grants Committee as well as participated in the Online Grants Committee and was a contributor to the Foundations’ Strategic and Governance Review completed in 2015.

Catherine was also a proud member of the board of Support Act: a registered charity established by the music industry to provide a safety net for artists and music workers in crisis, ending three terms of service at the end of 2019.

She’s also an APRA Ambassador, a Patron of the Australian Music Prize as well as a respected Speaker and Advocate within the Australian Music industry.

Dylan Berry (US)

Music Producer, Creative Director, Serial Entrepreneur
Dylan Berry (US)

Is an Aria Award nominated, Hollywood Music in Media Award and Mark Award winning Music Producer, Creative Director, serial Entrepreneur and entertainment industry investor who is listed in the top 1% “most prolific” media music producers by IMDB. He is a Partner in NordicLA with Kristian Riis (Nephew), the leading cultural export for the creative industries bridging talent in the Nordics to Los Angeles. Current Program Director, Host of “Soundcloud Radio” on DashRadio hosting their celerity interview shows (formerly Bompop.TV) as well as the Emerging Artist Hour which showcases the best emerging talent and services Soundcloud’s 240M music makers worldwide since Soundcloud acquired www.bompop.tv in March 2020. Dylan is also the founder of Noiz Society, a secret society of leaders in the music industry in Hollywood and beyond and owner of www.SmashHaus.com.

Other career highlights include:

  • Dylans work has amassed over 13 Billion streams worldwide in 15 years
  • Aria nominated (Best Album 2016 – The Living End – Keep On Running)
  • Host, Program Director of Soundcloud Radio on Dash
  • YouTube Gold and Silver Award Winner (Badanamu)
  • Voice over talent (History of Spycraft (Netflix), Terrorism Close Calls (Netflix), Badanamu Cadets (Discovery, NBA TV)
  • Composed themes for over 25 TV Network channels (Starz, Encore, Time Warner, ESPN…)
  • Composed &  managed music for hundreds of TV shows (Academy Awards, Black Sails, So You Think You Can Dance, American Idol, Sing Off, Best Dance Crew, MTV Music Awards…)
  • Winner of Best Original Theme Score (Encore Networks) – HMMA’s 2014
  • Host of BompopTV / BompopRadio (Celebrity based music industry talk show in support of Indie artists)
  • TV Producer, Creative Director (Badanamu Cadets, Badanamu Storytime) Asias #1 animated TV, kids educational company Badanamu
  • Host of the 2016 Hollywood Music in Media Awards

Thea Zaitsev (EE)

Owner & Manager, Tier Music
Thea Zaitsev (EE)

Thea Zaitsev is an artist, producer-mixer and songwriter’s manager and publisher. She left Universal Music London in 2015 to start her own management and publishing company and to develop young songwriters and artists from Estonia and abroad. Her Estonian based company Tier Music works side by side with her British business partner James Morgan from Pieces of 8 Music. She manages Estonian artists like NOËP, Mick Pedaja and Sander Mölder and is valued for her contacts and experience in publishing and organising international songwriting camps and writing sessions.

Gordon Masson (UK)

Editor, IQ Magazine
Gordon Masson (UK)

Gordon has been a journalist for more than 30 years and has specialised in the music industry for the past 19 years, currently as the editor of IQ Magazine.

Before joining IQ, Gordon spent two years in Washington DC where he established publications for the space and satellite industry, while in the early 1990s he was a reporter for The Courier and Evening Telegraph newspapers, among others, in his native Scotland.

Emil Ionescu (RO)

Managing Director, BestMusic Live Concerts
Emil Ionescu (RO)

Emil Ionescu has been a Romanian event organizer since 2004. He organized over 2.000 events from gigs in clubs to big arenas with headliners like Judas Priest, Nightwish, Deftones, Disturbed, James Arthur, Slipknot, Garbage, Tom Odell, Slayer, Whitesnake or Evanescence. The shows he organized have had an audience of over 600.000 fans combined, under the brands BestMusic Live Concerts and METALHEAD. The company organizes around 150 shows every year from clubs to big arenas. With an accelerated growth in the last couple of years, BestMusic has had over 100.000 spectators in 2019.

Since 2012, Emil Ionescu is the founder and GM of iabilet.ro, the market leader of ticketing services in Romania with over 1.500 active b2b clients (promoters, clubs, theaters and so on) and 1 milion tickets sold per year in Romania and Europe.

Seppl Kretz (NL)

Senior Music Producer & Head of Music Production, Sizzer
Seppl Kretz (NL)

Seppl started his career as piano/keyboard player for multiple world-touring bands. Eventually bringing him into music production and supervision for advertising. Where he, as Head of Music Production at Sizzer won multiple awards for campaigns such as Diesel, Schweppes, Heineken and others.

Adrian Despot (RO)

Artist
Adrian Despot (RO)

Edy Chereji (RO)

Head of Communication & Brand, UNTOLD Universe
Edy Chereji (RO)

What UNTOLD and Neversea became from their first editions for the marcom and CSR events’ industry is a result of his creative mind. He is one of the antreprenorial leaders of the last decade that started to change the face of the Romanian entertainment industry.

Driven by passion and determination, he’s one of the creators of UNTOLD and Neversea. He succeeded to gather a magical team that understood his ideas and believed in them. Over the past six years, they managed to give the UNTOLD brand worldwide awareness: from the heart of Transylvania to all the festival lovers from all around the world! He’s a #magicmaker!

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