Speakers ’16

Westway PRO ’16 is proud to present:

Charles Caldas, MERLIN

With 20 years of experience within the independent music industry, Charles Caldas is particularly passionate about using his skills and knowledge to ensuring that the independent sector moves into the new world of emerging technology and distribution in the healthiest, fairest and strongest manner possible.

During his long-term position as CEO of Shock Records, Australia’s largest and highest-profile independent music company, he gained a deep understanding of the mechanics, drivers and needs of this sector, including its regional issues. He was also heavily involved in new and emerging media technology initiatives.

Charles has been on the boards of ARIA, AIR and WIN, and has been a speaker at many conferences around the globe. He is presently the CEO of MERLIN.

Merlin is about enhancing independents ability to compete in the ever changing market by creating access to new revenue streams for labels and ensuring that services have the access to the widest range of independent repertoire possible. www.merlinnetwork.org

Helen Smith, IMPALA

Smith is IMPALA’s Executive Chair and Secretary General, based in Brussels. Originally from Scotland, Helenmanages the secretariat and drives the organisation’s key strategies on a political, commercial and promotional level. She developed IMPALA’s award schemes to give independent labels and their artists an additional promotional tool. She also helped thousands of independent companies and artists make their collective voice heard in the European Courts when they won a landmark merger judgement. She also developed the IMPALA Action Plan for Music, the Action Plan for Finance, and more recently IMPALA’s Digital Action Plan to promote Europe’s Digital Single Market through culture. 

Robert Singerman, LyricFind / SIM / CMW

Known for developing talent and new music business technologies, as an entrepreneur, agent, manager, label executive, consultant, producer, and music supervisor, Singerman represented R.E.M., Gipsy Kings, James Brown, Suzanne Vega, Violent Femmes, 10,000 Maniacs, Smithereens, Fela Kuti, Bad Brains, pre-Beastie Boys, and King Sunny Ade, among many other artists, and companies such as Roadrunner in their US launch.

Robert directed the EU funded European Music Office, US and French Music Export Office, North America. He represents the Brasil Music Exchange in North America, funded by the trade organization, APEX, through Brasil Musica & Artes.

His main mission is giving music subtitle solutions, so that music becomes truly global, through the universal understanding of the lyrics. He’s been working at LyricFind, currently as VP, International Publishing, to license and then market the rights to monetize legal lyrics and lyric translations from the publishers and songwriters around the globe on all digital and mobile platforms and devices.

He’s given keynote speeches, moderated panels and spoken at conferences and Universities worldwide, including NYU, SIM, Brazil Ministry of Culture, Rio Info, Rio Music Buzz, Canadian Music Week, Westway Lab, BIME, MaMa, SXSW,

Midem, Womex, CMJ, NMS, SyncSummit, Digital Hollywood, Reeperbahn, Caribbean Music Summit, Medimex, FIM, Circlulart, Live at Heart, Waves, WAMI, SF Music Tech, Popkomm, Midem, Jamaica’s Tourism Summit and Reggae Month, and the World Cultural Economic Forum. He’s helping create a “tour” of four South American music conferences in Dec., 2016.

Robert’s a partner in AudioPorto, Heaven11 and SyncSummit, among other music and tech companies. LyricFind and legal lyric translations is his main focus, and he consults other companies such as Dotmusic, (.MUSIC), Bandsquare, Canadian Music Week, IQzic, SIM, and is on the Board of Directors/Advisors of Songtradr, Marcato and Make Music New York.


Daryl Bamonte, Bamonte Management / Schubert Publishing UK

Daryl Bamonte – with over 35 years of experience in the music industry -first began working for his childhood friends, Depeche Mode, in 1980 while still attending school and spent more than 15 years with them full time, in various roles including tour manager, project manager (albums) and eventually as keyboard player, replacing Andy Fletcher for the final legs of the Devotional Tour in 1994.

During these years he took time out to tour with The Cure and in 1995 he began working with them full time, in similar roles to those he had with Depeche Mode and additionally as Executive Producer on ‘The Cure’ album and the ‘Trilogy’ DVD.

In 2005 he left to set up Bamonte Artist Management and has represented various musicians/writers/producers and has also acted as label manager for a number of their releases. In 2011 he wrote the lyrics for the ‘Nameless’ album by Compact Space, which was released worldwide by Ferryhouse Productions.

Today, Daryl is the Managing Director for Schubert Music Publishing UK and is also still managing artists.

Matjaz Mancek, MENT / Kino Siska

Actively involved in music world since 1996 as a musician (various noise rock, free improv and experimental bands and projects), radio activist (Radio Študent music editor and dj; started Klubski Maraton of Radio Študent project in 2001; co-coordinator of CrossRadio network of ex-Yugoslavian independent radio stations from 2001 – 2007), club dj, promoter and producer of local and international music events (editor at rx:tx music label 2004/5; established Kataman Music Action in 2005 and run its activities till 2009; Head of Music Programme at Kino Šiška from 2009 on; co-founder and co-manager of MENT Ljubljana.

Markus Linde, Thag’s Agent

Music Business veteran of some 30 years, Markus Linde was involved in promotion, marketing, label management and A&R and was also head of the Alternative Department at CBS, BMG and SONY Music Germany.

He was also a Partner/Director at Freibank, renowned independent music publisher, as well as being experienced in artist management, label management for soundtrack label Koenigskinder Music and Rotschopf Records, an artist label.

He is the Founder / Owner of That’s Agent, a counselling agency specialised in the field of synch music for commercials with a client base including VW, BMW, Opel, Samsung, Saturn, Braun, Citroen, Ebay and many more.

Markus will be joining our publishing and sync panel. 

Dr. Alick Sethi, Retox Clinic

‘Variety is the spice of life’, so the saying goes…
During the 1990s, Alick was starting a PhD in Chemistry (not the standard route into music supervision), and also discovering the wonderful world of alternative music.
This second love led to eight years hosting a national radio show (The Electric Cafe), meeting this musical heroes for interviews and guest features, and sharing his love of music with an audience.
After graduating, it slowly dawned on Alick that music was the way forward. A strange epiphany followed, namely that everything we see on TV and film has been soundtracked or scored, normally by an expert in the field.
Back in the early noughties, this domain was still rather small and still-to-develop, so Alick decided to start the Retox Music Clinic – a place where films and image get treated and applied with music to suit them.
His speciality was in small indie bands and labels, discovering them and sharing them, mostly with people working in advertising. However soon this grew into much more – full music searches, licensing famous and indie songs, working with composers, and even doing the whole soundtrack and score for feature films. Today Retox works mostly in so called ‘new markets’, Russia, the Far east, Central Europe to name a but a few.
Now with more new projects on the way, 2016 and beyond look to be exciting times…
Charlie Phillips, WIN – World Independent Network

WIN (the Worldwide Independent Network) is a representative organization exclusively for the worldwide independent music community. It was founded in July 2006 in response to business, creative and market access issues faced by the independent sector everywhere.

For independent music companies and their national trade associations worldwide, WIN is a collective voice and platform. When appropriate it also acts as an advocate, instigator and facilitator for its continually growing membership. WIN is also a focal point for collecting and sharing knowledge about the indie sector at national and international levels. WIN takes its direction from the WIN Council of leading independent music company heads from all the key markets around the world.

WIN’s membership stretches across every continent, with trade associations in all the well-developed legitimate music markets taking a particularly active role  – including AIM (UK), A2IM (USA), AIR (Australia), CIMA (Canada), VUT (Germany), IMNZ (New Zealand) , AIRCO (South Africa), UFI (Spain); APROFIP (Peru); ABMI (Brazil)  – and Impala representing the whole of Europe.

– See more at: http://winformusic.org/about/#sthash.MQvAbmRL.dpuf

BIME-WESTWAY Managers’ Exchange Programme:

Pau Vargas

Pau Vargas began his career 20 years ago as a concert hall programmer, to concert promoter, director of one of the important venues in the Catalan music scene. For more than 5 years he is director of the management office Panda Artist Management


Panda Artist Management was created with the intention to move forward step by step toward a better and more professional way to manage emotions and contexts of what stirs our soul: music in every one of its forms and expressions.

Panda Artist Management carries the management, among others, of Berri Txarrak, a band that sings in Basque. Berri Txarrak, in 20-year career, has toured the world, including tours in Europe and South America with Rise Against, opening for Deftones or Sick Of It All … performances at major festivals such as Hellfest (France), Fuji Rock ( Japan), South by Southwest (USA), Canadian Music Fest (Canada), Wilwarin (Germany), Resurrection, Bilbao BBK Live, Azkena Rock Festival … as well as several tours of UK, USA and Asia.

Berri Txarrak has worked closely with world-class producers like Steve Albini, Ross Robinson (At the Drive-In, Slipknot, The Cure …), Bill Stevenson (Rise Against, NOFX …) or Ed Rose. They achieved the vox-pop award for ‘Best Punk Song ‘ in the INTERNATIONAL MUSIC AWARDS -IMA- 2010. They reached the top 6 lists Spanish official sales (something that had never happened before with a group that sings entirely in Basque). They have spent more than a decade monopolizing the ‘Best Album of the Year’ and ‘Best Live Act’ lists in Spanish magazines like Rock Sound, Mondosonoro, Kerrang !, Ruta 66, Rockzone or Entzun.

Unai Fresnedo

Concert promoter since 1990, Unai Fresnedo started a fanzine few years before and has since gone through all areas: record label, agent, producer, manager …

Specialized in rap and reggae, Radiation works all music genres (flamenco, world music, rock …)

Currently he is manager of Spanish artists like Natos and Waor, Suite Soprano, Ajax and Prok, Foyone …

It also carries the exclusive booking of several international artists in Spain (Public Enemy, Kiril Djaikovski, Inna Modja, Godspeed You Black Emperor …) and are rap festival organizers Carpe Diem, on 2 July in Madrid Getafe.