Warner Music Group
Director of Global A&R
Los Angeles, CA
Aton serves as Director of Global A&R for all of Warner Music Group's labels, including Atlantic Records and Warner Bros Records. He is also the Owner of Plush Recording Studios, the CEO of Plush Management LLC and a Founding Partner/Producer for the production team, The Agency. Aton started in the business as a musician and songwriter in the touring rock band Atomic Tangerine, sharing the stage with Simple Plan, Jimmy Eat World and more. Nicki Minaj, Flo Rida, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown and others are part of his Plush Recording Studios list of clients. Through his production and songwriting team, The Agency, Aton has produced and licensed a catalog of songs from John Legend, Rick Ross, Ciara and others. As CEO of Plush Management LLC, he signed YouTube sensation Avery and secured her a major record deal with Universal Records.
Virgin Records, Director of A&R
Los Angeles, CA
As Director of A&R, Evan scouts talent for Virgin Records. His previous A&R experience includes nine years as the A&R Manager at Interscope / Geffen / A&M, where he worked with a variety of artists including Nelly Furtado, Weezer, Rise Against, Lifehouse, and JoJo.
Doghouse Records, Owner
Working Group Artist Management
New York City, NY
Dirk runs one of the most renown independent music labels in the world, Doghouse Records. He discovered artists such as multi-platinum All-American Rejects as well as Say Anything, Get Up Kids, Meg & Dia and more. He was a consultant to The Warner Music Group in the areas of A&R, artist development and independent music distribution. In 2007 Dirk started, with partners, The Working Group Artist Management company to provide artist management services. The company manages over 20 music artists, producers and writers including Never Shout Never (Warner Bros Records), Plug In Stereo (Atlantic Records), Basic Vacation (Capitol Records), and The Ready Set (Warner Bros Records).
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Record labels, booking agents,
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Working Group Artist Management
Mike Bachta is an Artist Manager for the Working Group Artist Management which represents Never Shout Never, The Ready Set, Cute Is What We Aim For and more. Mike manages The Limousines, Greek Fire (includes members of Story of the Year) and Young London. Prior to joining the Working Group Artist Management, Michael handled, most notably, Theory of a Deadman (Roadrunner, platinum-selling) and Story of the Year (Epitaph).
The Catalyst Publicity Group, CEO & Publicity Director
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Jen always knew that her passion was in Public Relations and Marketing. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Indiana University, Jen went on to receive her Masters in Corporate Communications and Public Relations at Barry University. After working with several top PR firms in the South Florida area, Jen went on to open The Catalyst Publicity Group to assist with emerging and established artists in the Alternative / Indie Rock / Metal Genres. Some notable campaigns / clients include Dave Elkins (MAE / Schematic), HeartSupport (Non-profit founded by Jake Luhrs, August Burns Red), Joe Lengson (Former MCMB), The Venetia Fair, Greeley Estates and Oxymorrons.
MCT Entertainment, CEO
& Entertainment Attorney
MCT Entertainment, LLC focuses on Artist Management/Artist Development in connection with Branding, Product Placement, Sponsorships and Marketing. MCT works with artists in Film, TV, Live Performances, Recording Studios and other fields in which it provides unique opportunities to the Artist. Currently, MCT Entertainment works with talent of all ages and genres. Their new clients have included Nick Carter Mara, a 14 year old Famed Dancer, Singer, Actor who has performed on NBC's Saturday Night Live, MTV's Americas Best Dance Crew, Disney's Shake It Up, Hasbro's Commercials and danced with Mariah Carey and Paula Abdul. MCT also works with George "Spanky" McCurdy who is a Professional Drummer for Lady Gaga, Jill Scott, and Kanye West. Spanky just wrapped up Lady Gaga's world tour, drummed on her upcoming album, and is now on tour with Jill Scott. MCT also signed Chef Lovely who has starred on Fox's Hell's Kitchen and recently competed on the Food Network's "The Next Food Network Star". She is also a celebrity chef for Mike Epps, Trey Songz, Chicago Bears Football Players and the Producers Da Internz. MCT Entertainment continues to work with National Clients including WConceptUS, Saladworks, Booger Kids Clothing, Vlados Shoes, HeyDay Footwear, and more. Clients have worked with Major Networks including MTV, FOX, NBC, Food Network, Dish Network, CBS, ABC, VH1, Playstation and The CoolTV.
Leakmob Records, Owner
New York City, NY
Jeff owns Leakmob Records, featuring Aria, Colors in the Air, Mat Musto AKA Blackbear (who co-wrote Justin Biebers "Boyfriend") and Go Crash Audio. As a former A&R for Epic Records, he also worked on projects including Shakira, Chevelle, Lamb of God, Juliet Simms, Jessica Simpson, Modest Mouse, Frans Ferdinand, Coheed and Cambria, Matisyahu and more.
Brett Hestla Productions, Owner
Brett owns a recording studio in Casselberry, Florida, just north of Orlando, and works with both signed and unsigned bands, singers and songwriters. He is also a guitarist, bassist, vocalist and record producer. In the late 1990s, Brett’s band Virgos Merlot was signed to Atlantic Records by A&R Steve Robertson (also signed Paramore). After their first release, Signs of a Vacant Soul, he became the touring bassist for Creed after the departure of Brian Marshall. When Creed disbanded in 2004, Brett began a career as a record producer, forming the independent label Silent Majority in Orlando, Florida and working with bands such as Framing Hanley,Transmit Now, Faktion, Tantric,Refuse The Fall, Bad Axis, and Seven Day Sonnet. In 2005 Hestla became the lead vocalist of Dark New Day. Dark New Day released their first full length, Twelve Year Silence, in 2005. Their single “Brother” reached No. 7 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock charts.
New Found Glory, Manager
Croshal Entertainment Group
President & CEO
Los Angeles, CA
Croshal Entertainment Group serves as the management home to New Found Glory, AJ McLean, Nik & Sam, Sad Robot, and Magnets & Ghosts. Along with management, CEG’s marketing services has helped artists release their music independently with sales of over 4 million records including releases from Gnarls Barkley, Collective Soul, and others. Prior to starting CEG, Fred was the GM of Maverick Recording Co. (Madonna’s label) and held multiple positions at CBS Records, and Sony Music.
Alternative Press, Managing Editor
Scott owes everything to Billie Joe Armstrong. He believes if he had not seen the music video for Green Day's "Basket Case" in 1994 at the age of 12, he would likely still be buying En Vogue and Boyz II Men CDs like they were going out of style. His new taste in music then ultimately led to his start at AP 10 years later in 2004. Taking things full circle, the first issue featuring Scott's name in the masthead was AP 195, featuring Green Day on the cover marking their comeback with American Idiot. He has traveled the country with Warped Tour, Taste Of Chaos and the AP Tour, has penned cover stories on everyone from multi-platinum megastars like Blink-182 to bands that have slept on his living room floor such as The Gaslight Anthem and has attended close to 1,000 shows in the name of rock journalism (while singing along as loudly as possible). Just last year, Scott was promoted to AP's Managing Editor position.
Mike “Trauma” D & Jugrnaut
Arkatech Beatz, Producers
Quietly becoming one of the most consistent production teams in the business, Arkatech Beatz (formerly known as The Infinite Arkatechz - Mike “Trauma” D & Jugrnaut), have produced records for some of the most successful and respected hip hop artists in the industry. Starting at Sony BMG, Arkatech Beatz began their production ascent with Big Pun’s Grammy Nominated "Capital Punishment" (2x Platinum). Arkatech Beatz went on to produce records for legendary Grammy nominated artist Nas, The Game, Mya, Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon, Waka Flocka, Grammy Award winning artist Killer Mike, Shawty Lo, Alley Boy, G.O.O.D Music / Konvict Music’s Cyhi Da Prynce and more.
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A music conference in Atlanta, Georgia that is a direct-connect to music industry professionals. It includes discussions, Q&A, meet & greets and feedback from music professionals, putting you in a great position for the chance at career advancement.
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Hear from and meet a panel of music industry professionals. Engage yourself in discussions and Q&A with Featured Panelists led by your questions. Meet those right now who may be in the position to advance your career in music. As a fan, see the best of emerging artists showcase their live performances. Connect. Network. Learn. Advance.
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Yes, if you're interested in music. It's for artists seeking the chance at career advancement and to showcase for industry professionals, fans of live music, music business students, those interested in working in the music industry and those already active in the industry looking to make new contacts.
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New York City, NY
Before becoming the Co-Founder of Reverbantion, Lou was the VP of Marketing & Artist Development for Atlantic Records and Lava Records.