Westway PRO, A Oficina / CCVF and AMAEI are pleased to welcome and host in Guimarães the following first-rate professionals:
Westway LAB 2015 Keynote Speaker:
Keith Harris began work in the record industry in 1974. The first record company for which he worked was a small independent UK label called Transatlantic records. The label represented mainly British folk musicians but also distributed the Blue Note and Milestone Jazz labels. In 1976 he joined EMI Records where he initially worked for several inhouse EMI labels in the promotions department. These labels included Rocket where he worked on the Elton John album ‘Blue Moves’, Fantasy, Ariola and EMI International. He then joined Motown which was an EMI licensed label. He worked for Motown for two years ending up as General Manager for the label. During his period at the label he worked with artists such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, The Commodores, Rick James, The Supremes, Thelma Houston and Stevie Wonder. He left Motown in 1978 and moved to Los Angeles to work with Stevie Wonder and became Operations Manager for Stevie’s companies. On his return to the UK in 1982 he formed his own management company and has been involved in the management of various UK based artists since. He has managed Junior Giscombe, Junior Tucker, Paul Johnson, & Omar. Keith also managed the late Lynden David Hall.
Keith still represents Stevie Wonder, and was Tour Manager for his European tour in 2014.
He is the Director of Performer Affairs for PPL http://www.ppluk.com.
He is a Senior Fellow of the University of Westminster school of music film and fashion where he has Lectured since 1993.
He is a former Chairman of the MMF the managers trade body www.ukmmf.net.
He is the Chairman of Musictank http://www.musictank.co.uk.
He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Westminster in November 2007.
He received the Music Industry Champion Award at the Artists and Managers Awards Ceremony in 2014.
He is a Trustee of the EMI Music Foundation, The Midi Music Company, and The British Music Experience.
It is an honour for Westway LAB 2015 to host keith as our Keynote Speaker!
The Membranes / Louder than War
Naively believing that you really could do what you wanted he went on to form the loudest group ever, the Membranes- the highly influential post punk band and were a big influence on the soon to come Sonic Youth and Big Black.
Christophe Cassan has been booking agent in Spain during 15 years, representing acts like Joan Baez, Yann Tiersen, Emir Kusturica, Manu Dibango, Amadou&Mariam, Birdy Nam Nam, Bombino, Dub Inc, Keny Arkana, Wax Tailor, etc.He is now project manager of BIME, a music conference and festival, which 3rd edition will take place in Bilbao between October 28 and 31, organized by Last Tour, the biggest music promoter in Spain. BIME Pro has a large focus on the Latin-American Music Industry and is the first to focus on Music, New technologies, Gaming and New Revenue. BIME Live has announced its first headliner: Imagine Dragons.
Cassan is also booker of Cruilla Barcelona, a three-days summer festival, which 8th edition already includes acts like Franz Ferdinand & Sparks, Jamie Cullum, Ms Lauryn Hill, Damian Marley, Of Monsters and Men, Capital Cities, Milky Chance, The Cat Empire, Archive, etc…
Sound Diplomacy / Nouvelle Prague
Sian Evans is a Project Manager at music industry development agency Sound Diplomacy, where she became the first employee after graduating with a first class BA Music and Arts Management degree. Since 2012, Sian has co-written a Music Export Toolkit for composers for Sound and Music, produced trade missions to London, Bilbao and New York for government agency Creative Saskatchewan and worked on an internal UK Popular Music Funding Study for Arts Council England. In addition, she has worked for clients including Hootsuite, BIME, Nouvelle Prague, CIMA and The Great Escape. Sian will be presenting Nouvelle Prague at Westway LAB 2015:
He is fortunate enough to spend much of his time working with musicians, filmmakers, designers, illustrators, writers, directors, actors, dancers, animators and numerous other talented and innovative people.
Pete Saville’s music career began by launching Carbon Lodge Studios in 2004 producing audiovisual content for clients including Aaardman, Tiger Aspect & Barbican Centre.
In 2007 Pete founded www.carbonlogic.co.uk an independent upload destination curated by guest artists & labels that have included NYC’s Telepathe, Finger Lickin Records, The Glade Festival, Tony Nwachukwu (CDR) and current Psych Manchester collective GNOD (Rocket Recordings).
In 2010 Pete completed his first Music Supervision project EXCLUDED (BBC2) and has worked continuously in Music Supervision since.
Pete has recently completed Richard Branson’s disruptive VIRGIN #VOOM campaign, Roald Dahl’s ESIO TROT (BBC1 – Dame Judi Dench & Dustin Hoffman) and critically acclaimed three part World War I drama OUR WORLD WAR (BBC3/BBC Worldwide) for Bafta winning Directors Bruce Goodison & Ben Chanan.
He is currently working on Inspector George Gently Season 8 (Company Pictures).
His other credits include GLASGOW GIRLS (BBC 3 – Best Original Programme Broadcast Awards 2015), TV series LONDON IRISH (Channel 4), LAWLESS (Sky Living), 2014 BUFF Best Youth Film LEAVE TO REMAIN (OST by 2012 Mercury Prize winners Alt J), THE MILL Season 1 (Channel 4), INSPECTOR GEORGE GENTLY Seasons 4,5 & 6 (BBC1), BEAVER FALLS Seasons 1 & 2 (E4), THE LAST WEEKEND (ITV) and award winning drama MY MURDER (BBC3 – Best Single Drama, Broadcast Awards 2012).
In April 2014 Pete launched Fairsplit Music a new creative partnership with Vikram Gudi (Elephant Music) focussed on outstanding contemporary classical, electronic & industrial composers and their commercial repertoire.
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.
Vikram is the founder of Elephant Music, a 360 music agency specialising in placing music on TV commercials and film trailers. They have a amazing roster of over 4000+ commercial tracks hand picked for sync, and over 20 composers. He has been synchronisation manager for Imagem, working with artists like Daft Punk, Steve Reich, MIA and Director of Music for Immediate in LA. He has music supervised the Oscar nominated documentary ‘If a Tree Falls’ and is considered an global expert in the world of licensing, placement and composition. Vikram’s philosophy is that the entire industry is about personal relationships, and Elephant has strived to maintain and grow these relationships over the years. He has recently launched his 2nd company, Fairsplit Music Publishing which has already secured music placements with Unilever, Cathay Pacific, Google, IBM, Virgin, Walking Dead and Netflix within its first year.
Vik will be joining Markus and Pete on our sync panel.
20 years’ experience as A&R, Label and Marketing Manager in the independent portuguese music industry, namely with Movieplay working with artists like António Chainho, Paulo de Carvalho, Dulce Pontes, José Cid, JP Simões, Vítor Rua, Tabanka Djaz, Fonzie, among others.
Responsable for the representation, in Portugal, at the beginning of the ’00’s decade, of such international label catalogues as Roadrunner Records (US/NL), Tommy Boy Music (US), Echo Label (UK) and others.
Presently, Label Manager of Altafonte Music Network – Portugal and responsible for Portuguese content.
Vítor joins us at Westway LAB 2015 to discuss the digital environment and present Altafonte, who have recently celebrated a protocol available to all AMAEI Labels and Artists.
Michal Hajduk has been involved in the music business ever since 2001. He started as a an independent concerts booker/promoter, gaining experience as music curator at Centre For Contemporary Art in Warsaw, independent music venues manager, tour manager and bands manager, co-programmer for festivals and contributor for indie record labels. Since 2008 he works with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, a state cultural institution promoting Polish culture around the world. As an alternative and jazz music curator he created and developed a strategy for an alternative music sector, co-organized number of events and conferences in Poland and all over the world under the label “Don’t Panic! We’re from Poland”.
Don’t Panic! We’re from Poland (DPWFP) is a brand, which was created by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in 2008. Its main aim is to promote Polish music abroad. We concentrate on music genres like: pop, alternative, jazz, electronic, club music, heavy metal, experimental and folk.
Stay tuned for more announcements!