2014 Sync Up Conference Panelists

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April 25-26 and May 2-3, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The New Orleans Museum of Art
1 Collins Diboll Circle
New Orleans, LA 70119
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Ronald “Slim” Williams

Ronald “Slim” Williams

Ronald "Slim" Williams, co-CEO, Cash Money Records

Ronald "Slim" Williams is the co-founder and co-CEO of Cash Money Records, the rap label they started in New Orleans in 1991.

The Williams brothers have said they started the company as a way to help themselves and others escape poverty. A boot-strap success story, Cash Money began with cassette tapes sold from the trunks of cars, representing a roster of artists at the forefront of New Orleans "bounce" rap - including U.N.L.V., Kilo G and Li'l Slim.

More sophisticated distribution helped the company grow, as did the signings of artists Hot Boyz (which included the future star Li'l Wayne), B.G. and Juvenile.

In 1998, Cash Money signed a pressing and distribution deal with Universal Records, which resulted in many hit records - including Juvenile's four-times-platinum "400 Degreez" and gold and platinum albums by Li'l Wayne.

Cash Money formed Young Money Entertainment in 2007 in a joint venture with Li'l Wayne, which led to new success with artists including Drake and Nicki Minaj.

The Williams brothers have served as executive producers of many Cash Money releases. Although Bryan Williams also performs as Birdman, Ronald prefers to remain out of the spotlight.

Don Was

Don Was

Don Was, President, Blue Note Records

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Don Was grew up listening to Detroit blues, jazz music and the Rolling Stones. He went on to form the group Was (Not Was) with school friend David Weiss (David Was), noted for their success in the 1980s.

Now widely recognized as a record producer, Don Was has worked with artists including Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Iggy Pop, Ziggy Marley, the B-52s, Elton John, Garth Brooks, Lucinda Williams, Old Crow Medicine Show, John Mayer, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, Brian Wilson, Kris Kristofferson and Aaron Neville. He has earned multiple Grammy Awards including Producer of the Year in 1995.

Don Was has served as musical director or consultant on several motion pictures including Thelma and Louise, The Rainmaker, Hope Floats, Phenomenon, Tin Cup, Honeymoon in Vegas, 8 Seconds, Switch, The Freshman, Days of Thunder, Boys on the Side and Toy Story. He earned a British Academy Award (BAFTA) for Best Original Score in recognition of his compositions for the film Backbeat. In 1997 he directed and produced the documentary I Just Wasn't Made for These Times, about former Beach Boy Brian Wilson. The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and won the San Francisco Film Festival's Golden Gate Award.

He has been serving as President of the legendary jazz label Blue Note Records since January 2012.

Frank Riley

Frank Riley

Frank Riley, Founder, High Road Touring

Frank Riley has helped hundreds of artists establish viable touring careers since the 1970s. Staking out a sweet spot between rootsy Americana (Lucinda Williams, Alabama Shakes) and edgy rock (Husker Du, Patti Smith) Frank has developed a reputation as the artist's agent - building careers and audiences while pleasing both bands and promoters. As Bob Mould put it in his autobiography: "Frank was great to work with and totally understood where we were coming from. When it was time to do a tour, Frank and I would get together on the phone, route it in less than an hour and say go. He booked the dates, getting us more money than ever before, with the routing exactly as we wanted it."

Ken Weinstein

Ken Weinstein

Ken Weinstein, President, Big Hassle Media

Ken Weinstein is the co-owner and co-founder of Big Hassle Media and House of Hassle Publishing. Weinstein worked as editor on various magazines for several years before starting his career as a music critic in 1987. Shortly thereafter, he became National Director of Beggars Banquet/Thirsty Ear Press and Video where he helped break The Charlatans UK and Matthew Sweet's "Girlfriend" album. In 1992, Weinstein led Caroline Records' press and video department where he helped name and establish Astralwerks, one of America's first electronica labels. In 1993, Weinstein was appointed Director of Media Relations for Atlantic Records. In 1999, Weinstein co-founded Big Hassle Media and became the sole proprietor in 2004. In a deliberate effort to keep the roster as eclectic as his record collection, Big Hassle's clients have always covered many genres.In 2007, Weinstein created House of Hassle Publishing with partner Lyle Hysen. Besides music supervising Choke, House of Hassle's roster includes, among others: Ben Kweller, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, John Vandeslice, The Black Hollies, Nina Nastasia, Jennifer O'Connor and The Long Winter.

Jeff Castelaz

Jeff Castelaz

Jeff Castelaz, President, Elektra Records

Jeff Castelaz is president of Elektra Records, one of the world's most renowned record labels. He oversees all areas of Elektra's activities, growing the success of existing signings and developing new talent.  He built Fitz and The Tantrums from a local LA band to a chart-topping act at Dangerbird, and brought them along to Elektra. The band's second album is out-performing the first; the second single "The Walker" was featured in the 2014 Oscars TV promos and broadcast, and is in the Hot AC Top 20, and rising fast.  A seasoned music executive and artist manager, Castelaz has played a key role in the careers of a diverse range of artists including Silversun Pickups, Fitz and The Tantrums, Dropkick Murphys, Phoenix, Eagles of Death Metal and many others.

Castelaz co-founded Dangerbird Records and Music Publishing in 2003, building it into one of the leading independent labels on the West Coast. He signed and guided the careers of a wide range of artists including Silversun Pickups, Fitz and The Tantrums, Sea Wolf, Beady Eye and Richie Sambora, among others. In addition, in 1992 he founded Cast Management, where he manages Dropkick Murphys and prolific hit-makers, record producers and songwriters such as Justin Medal-Johnsen (M83, Beck, Paramore), Tony Hoffer (The Kooks, Fitz and The Tantrums) and Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Of Monsters and Men).

Mr. Castelaz serves on three boards: the President's Circle of the Livestrong Foundation; Radio Milwaukee, a non- commercial AAA station to which he was recruited by the philanthropist Peter Buffett; and The Pablove Foundation. Pablove is a pediatric cancer charity Castelaz and his wife Jo Ann Thrailkill founded. It has raised more than $8 million since 2008, and funds innovative pediatric research and programs that improve the lives of kids and families living with childhood cancer.

Dick Wingate

Dick Wingate

Dick Wingate, Principal, Digital Entertainment Ventures

With more than 30 yrs of experience in the music and interactive industries, Dick Wingate is Principal at DEV Advisors (Digital Entertainment Ventures) and acts as a bridge between the technology and entertainment industries -- providing digital business strategy, content acquisition and licensing, access to key relationships, market & product development.

He also serves as President of BHI Music Group, an independent music label. Previously he was GM Business Development for TAG Strategic, a digital entertainment consulting firm.

He served as President, Media Development & Chief Content Officer for Nellymoser, an early provider of rich media mobile apps, overseeing content & business development strategies, working closely with major media co's & wireless service providers.

He helped pioneer the digital music business during his years as SVP, Content Dev, at Liquid Audio, Inc., playing an integral role in the company's 1999 IPO, & was responsible for managing music business development, label relations, affiliate mgmt & music programming. He has also served as President, Content & Programming for DTM, Inc., an interactive systems provider for in-store delivery of digital products for clients incl McDonald's & 7-11.

Wingate's experience in the record industry includes positions as SVP, Marketing, Arista Records; SVP, A&R, PolyGram Records; Director, Talent Acquisition, Epic Records; Director, Product Mgmt, Columbia Records.

He has been involved with the career development of artists incl Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Peter Tosh, Aimee Mann, Pink Floyd, Bon Jovi, Robert Cray, Sarah McLachlan and & Eddy Grant.

He was one of the earliest music industry supporters of digital interactive media, and in the early 90's held the position of VP, Market Dev for Intouch, developer of the i-Station, the first networked, interactive music- previewing kiosk for record stores.

Wingate started his career at WBRU-FM in Providence RI, as Music & Program Director while still at Brown University. He has spoken at industry events, incl: CTIA, Digital Hollywood, Digital Music Forum, Billboard Live, Plug-In, CMJ, Midem, Bear Stearns, Credit Suisse, Business Week & SXSW conferences. He has been featured in NYTimes Sunday Business section, the LATimes, and quoted in WSJ, Time, USA Today, NYTimes Magazine, Billboard. He is an advisor to companies including Songza, Livestage, StudioOne Media, FrontRow Networks, BAMM.tv.

Julie Greenhouse

Julie Greenhouse

Julie Greenhouse, Chief Revenue Officer, Wayin

Greenhouse leads global sales and business development for Wayin, a social technology company that connects brands and audiences through social curation and analytics. As the CRO, Greenhouse is responsible for advancing Wayin’s presence with leading brands, advertising agencies, sports and broadcast organizations around the globe.

Greenhouse has spent her career working with innovative digital marketing brands for more than a decade. She previously served as the SVP of sales at ShareThis, where she built the sales organization and helped drive partnerships, which lead to significant revenue in less than three years.

Prior to ShareThis, Greenhouse was VP of product sales for AOL, where she was responsible for all revenue from Behavioral Targeting, Mobile, AOL Sponsored Listings and AOL Search products. At AOL, Greenhouse also served as vice president of search sales and was recognized as one of Time Warner’s Executive Women Leaders in 2009.

Before AOL, Greenhouse was director of sales for Yahoo! Search Marketing and also held roles at Disney Online, Deja.com and GeoCities.

Kirby Lee

Kirby Lee

Kirby Lee, Product Manager, ATO Records

Kirby K. Lee is a Virginia native who currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. She is a product manager at ATO Records for Hurray for the Riff Raff, Alabama Shakes, Old Crow Medicine Show, Benjamin Booker, Drive-By Truckers, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, to name a few. She started working in the music business at Red Light Management in Charlottesville, VA while she was getting her B.A. in Economics and Psychology at The University of Virginia. After college, she moved to New York City where she got her start in the mailroom at William Morris Agency. She found her way back to the ATO Records/ Red Light Management family shortly after. She fell in love with Hurray for the Riff Raff one day at the Jalopy Theater in Red Hook, Brooklyn and the rest is history.

Josh Brinkman

Josh Brinkman

Josh Brinkman, Agent, Monterey International

Josh Brinkman began his career in late 2000 as an intern at Primary Talent in London, England.  After a short return to Milwaukee to finish his degree at Marquette University, Josh moved to Chicago to work at Monterey International in 2001, beginning in the "mail room."  His path to becoming an agent has covered all facets and corners of an agency.  Josh currently represents Trampled By Turtles, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Hurray for The Riff Raff, The Budos Band, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Joe Pug, as well as others domestically and internationally.

Andrew Bizer

Andrew Bizer, attorney and artist manager

Andrew Bizer is an attorney who manages Hurray for the Riff Raff.  He got his start in the music industry while attending Tulane University, promoting shows by artists such as Neutral Milk Hotel, the Dirty Three, and Cat Power at the tiny Mermaid Lounge.  He also served as WTUL's Music Director from 1995-1997. After graduating from Brooklyn Law School, Andrew was the Manager of Business and Legal Affairs EMI Music Publishing from 2003-2005.  Andrew returned to New Orleans shortly after Hurricane Katrina and founded The Bizer Law Firm, where he focuses on Civil Rights and Entertainment Law. Hurray for the Riff Raff has been his sole management client since 2010.

Josh Rabinowitz

Josh Rabinowitz

EVP/Director of Music

Josh Rabinowitz has produced over 8500 tracks for brands, cinema, recording labels and television. His branded work includes several ground breaking initiatives utilizing artists such as Black Eyed Peas, Run DMC (their last known recording together), Rihanna and Sia.

Rabinowitz been called a “New Music Mogul” by Fast Company; “Beethoven’s Greatest Fan” by NPR; and “The Voice” of the music-branding space in the press. He’s spoken at every major music conference.
Rabinowitz is an Adjunct Professor at NYU and The New School, and has been a columnist for Billboard’s “With the Brand”.

He’s been cited in The NY Times, Rolling Stone, Crain’s, Forbes, Time, The New Yorker, etc. and has appeared on Bloomberg TV News and NPR as an expert on Music in Media. He has written several Op-Ed POV pieces for such major trade publications as AdAge, Adweek, Shoot, Creativity and Campaign.

Rabinowitz was chosen to be the inaugural President of the new Cannes Music Lions Jury in 2016.

He has been a bandleader and trombonist based in the world’s cultural capital – aka, Brooklyn.

Keith D’Arcy

Keith D’Arcy

Keith D’Arcy, Creative Licensing & Catalog Acquisition, Songs Music Publishing

With 18 years of professional experience as a music producer and supervisor for EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing, Sony BMG Music Entertainment and ad agency Bates Worldwide, Keith D'Arcy has placed hundreds of songs and master recordings in campaigns for global brands like Nike, Mercedes, BMW, Intel, Fidelity, American Express, Pepsi, Fisher Price, Northwest Airlines, Heineken, and Viagra.
While at EMI Publishing as Senior Vice President of Music Strategy, Keith led the company’s Music Resources division, set up to help EMIMP grow its strategic outreach, increase synchronization of copyrights and improve creative access to the song catalogs for both internal sales staff and external licensing clients. In April 2008, Keith founded, developed and managed CORE, EMI’s Global Product & Content division.  He oversaw programs designed to provide EMI’s global sales and licensing staff unparalleled creative access to approx. 1.3 Million copyrights.  The division is comprised of six main service components:  Asset management (including management of EMI’s global digital library and search engine), creative support for Sales, master representation and easy-clear programs, internal song marketing & promotion, catalog writer relationship management and label crossover management.

While at Sony BMG, Keith handled all aspects of master use licensing for the associated labels’ catalogs: Columbia, Epic, RCA, Arista, J, Jive, Zomba etc.  This included reviewing and redlining master use licensing contracts, dealing with sample and side artist clearance issues, ISRC registration and tracking, accessing and working with source multi-track masters to create instrumentals, custom mixes and/or edits for ads, understanding Union obligations and neighboring rights issues related to masters, working with the company’s catalog divisions and coordinating marketing and promotional efforts for reissues and boxed sets with master use licensing priorities.

He’s also produced, written liner notes and overseen audio re-mastering for approximately 20 catalog reissue projects for third party companies like Sundazed, Rev-Ola, Finders Keepers and The Numero Group.  He maintains close relationships with the producers at the catalog divisions of the major labels and at acclaimed third party catalog labels like Ace, Varese Sarabande, Omnivore, Jazzman & B-Music. 

Peter Nashel

Peter Nashel

Peter Nashel, composer for visual media

Peter Nashel is a composer and music producer who works extensively in feature film,
documentaries, television, advertising, and all forms of new media. Some of Peter’s
recent original scores for feature film and documentaries include: The Trials of Cate
McCall (2013 directed by Karen Moncrieff starring Kate Beckinsale and Nick Nolte),
Deep Powder (2013 Tribeca Film Festival premiere, directed by Mo Ogrodnik, produced
by Killer Films), Peabody Award Winning Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American
Dream (2012 part of the BBC Independent Lens Series, directed by Alex Gibney), Win
Win (2011 Fox Searchlight starring Amy Ryan and Paul Giamatti, directed by Tom
McCarthy), Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010 Jigsaw Productions directed by
Alex Gibney), Freakonomics (2010 Charlotte Street Films directed by Eugene Jarecki).

Peter’s work in television includes scores and themes for Lucky 7 (Dreamworks/ ABC),
NYC22 (Tribeca/ CBS), Rubicon (Warner Bros / AMC), Lie to Me (FOX), Dirty Sexy Money
(ABC), and the critically acclaimed remake of the BBC show Life on Mars (ABC).

Additionally Peter has composed highly acclaimed music in advertising and new
media. Peter founded duotone audio group 18 years ago when he was commissioned by
Martini to compose and produce music for the brand world-wide. This work earned
him both a CLIO and a D&AD award and has since led to collaborations with an array
of global companies including Coca-Cola, Revlon, Chase, Nike, Reebok, Chipotle,
Hyundai and McDonalds. Over time, duotone has grown into a trusted and award
winning resource and powerhouse of creativity. duotone services a worldwide client
base with original music, music supervision & licensing, sound design, and artist/ brand
collaborations -- everyone from The Flaming Lips to Pharrell to Tegan and Sara to
emerging indie artists.

McKenzie Coco

McKenzie Coco

McKenzie Coco, President/Founder, FSC Interactive

McKenzie Coco is the founder of FSC Interactive and specializes in helping companies increase the effectiveness of their marketing investment with revenue generating recommendations for interactive optimization. With fifteen years combined experience in New Orleans, Seattle and San Diego, McKenzie has worked with a variety of clients in multiple industries including hospitality, financial services, law, education, telecommunications and publishing.

McKenzie is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing Communications. She has served as a member of board for the New Orleans Chapter of the American Marketing Association and New Orleans Ad Club and was an EO Accelerator from 2008 – 2010. She is currently a NextGen Council member for GNO, Inc, a board member of the American Marketing Association New Orleans chapter and graduated from Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses in 2013. McKenzie was honored as one of the Junior Achievement Rising Stars in 2010 and was named in Gambit Weekly’s 40 Under 40 in 2012.

FSC Interactive develops online strategies for businesses through paid search placement, website optimization and social media strategy. Creating focused, smart communications plans for clients big and small FSC filters through the clutter and drives qualified leads to businesses.

Alex Bea

Alex Bea

Alex Bea, Growth Hacker, Voodoo Ventures

Alex does startup marketing at Voodoo Ventures. When he's not using social media to get customers on the phone, you'll find him prepping a set for the weekend, where some know him as DJ Beawulf.

David Dufresne

David Dufresne

CEO, Bandzoogle

David Dufresne is the CEO of Bandzoogle, the most powerful platform for musicians to build their website, engage their fans, and sell their music and merch directly. Established in 2003, Bandzoogle works with thousands of bands and musicians to help them create a strong base for their online strategy.  David has a venture capitalist background, having spent 8 years placing bets on software, web, and video game startups.  He’s an obsessive music fan and he loves to DJ the occasional dance party.  He is the father of two young girls, and he plays soccer and hockey.  He's based in Montreal, and Bandzoogle's staff of 15 is spread across Canada, the U.S., Spain and the U.K.


Chris Watson

Chris Watson, General Manager, ground(ctrol)

is the General Manager of ground(ctrl), an industry leader in providing world class experiences for music fans and the artists they love. Clients of ground(ctrl) include some of the biggest names in music today, such as Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, My Morning Jacket, Miley Cyrus, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and more. Previously, Chris worked for Skunk Records and the multi-platinum band Sublime, and in 2004, founded his New Orleans based Indie record label, Park The Van Records. Chris brings nearly 15 years of professional experience to the Sacramento, CA based company. Managing a staff 45 employees, and helping make the world better place for fans and the music they can't get enough of. As you can probably tell, he loves his job!

Lee Martin

Lee Martin

Lee Martin writes:

"My name is Lee Martin, a designer & developer, with more than 10 years of experience in the business everyone hates to love: Music.

"I started my career by running a band's fan site during college and used my connections there (and some blind luck) to begin freelancing in the music business. I took my first real job at Silva Artist Management where I headed up their one-man new media department, crafting campaigns for Foo Fighters, Beck, Jimmy Eat World, Them Crooked Vultures, and many others.

"After two years at SAM, I became the first US employee of SoundCloud in the position of Experimental Developer, doing business development by developing VIP artist campaigns and scalable apps that utilized SoundCloud's platform. Three years later, I've now exited SoundCloud and reunited with my old band: Freelancing.

"I enjoy creating accessible and focused projects that utilize new web technologies to engage fans in interactive ways and allow them to participate in the storytelling process. I feel this makes fans more inclined to share their participation and in turn expands the viral reach of the campaign's goals."


Vernon J. Brown

Vernon J. Brown

Vernon J. Brown, Founder and CEO, V. Brown & Co.

Vernon J. Brown’s vision for V. Brown & Company, Inc. encompasses both legal services and business management.

Since 1992, the founder and C.E.O. has guided a myriad of high-profile music, sports, fashion, and celebrity clients, elevating his firm to an elite entertainment industry powerhouse in its own right.

Graduating from City College of New York in 1984, Mr. Brown then went on to obtain his CPA certification. Eight years later, he built his brand with a focus on helping his clients wisely and prosperously navigate the business world.

Upon the company’s foundation, the principal served as a business manager for legends including Public Enemy, The Notorious B.I.G., D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, and Vernon Davis. Recognizing his own potential to do even more, he enrolled at Pace University School of Law in 1993 and graduated in 1996 passing the New York State Bar. Throughout the past two decades, he’s advised everyone from Charlie Ward and Ty Law to Trent Richardson and the Cash Money Records Empire in regards to financial and legal matters.

Today, the company’s services include negotiating contracts, business transactions, taxes, and litigation as well as bill payment, budgeting, cash flow planning and more. In addition, the founder’s commitment to optimal service remains the organization’s chief hallmark.

Mr. Brown maintains his close relationship with Pace University. In 2006, he began teaching entertainment law at the University, sharing his knowledge with aspiring graduate students. Outside of the business, he also continually gives back. He regularly teaches teens at the WorldofMoney.Org Youth Financial Education Institute. During these classes for the non-profit organization, he evinces the importance of honoring things such as “Contracts” in business and personal matters.

Michael Reinert

Michael Reinert

Michael Reinert, Partner, Fox Rothschild

Michael Reinert graduated from Tulane University, where he got his start in the music business as both an on-air personality and program director for various radio stations in New Orleans. After attending law school at in New York City, Michael immediately went into private practice at a firm representing artists such as Bobby McFerrin and Joan Osborne. Michael left private practice to become Vice President of Rowe International, the world’s largest jukebox manufacturer, to head up their Video Jukebox operation. During that time, Michael was one of the early pioneers in the advent of commercial Music Video licensing. After leaving Rowe, Michael joined the firm of Mayer Katz Baker Liebowitz & Roberts LLP, where he primarily attended to the business and legal affairs matters of both Atlantic Records and Electra Records. Michael then went on to become Vice President of Business Affairs at PolyGram Records, Inc., where he was responsible for day to day business in connection with Verve Records, Mercury Nashville Records and London Records. Upon the merging of Universal and PolyGram, Michael once again returned to work for Doug Morris and Mel Lewinter, this time as Senior Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs of the Universal Motown Republic Group. He currently serves as a partner at the law firm Fox Rothschild in New York.

Ric Neil

Ric Neil

Executive Director of Mobile, MediaBrix

Ric is a cagey old veteran of the gaming industry and currently serves as Executive Director of Mobile at Mediabrix, a Mobile game advertising start up based out of NYC. He was recently at Glu Mobile, a mobile games company in San Francisco. Ric has worked in the industry since 1990, including  Electronic Arts, Konami, Microsoft, AMD, Playdom, Disney and Glu. Having served in roles ranging from Executive Producer (Disney,EA) to Director of Business Development (EA,MS,AMD). Ric has a broad understanding of gaming markets, opportunities and hot trends. Ric’s current role at Mediabrix is focused on how to monetize free to play mobile games and apps without interrupting the users.

Rroid Drazr

Rroid Drazr

Rroid Drazr, , Royal One Records & 3VO Presents, EDM producer

Rroid Drazr (aka Chad Blancas) is a long running veteran of the New Orleans Electronic Dance Music scene. Having been in the Electronic Dance Music Scene DJ for over a decade, Rroid knows how to perfectly intertwine the old school with the new. Put simply, this man right here is all about the bangers. In fact, close your eyes during this high energy set and you’ll forget that you’re not Main Stage at a music festival. His unique skills landed him a resident DJ spot for 3VO Presents - Pulse Fridays at The Hangar 13, a premier New Orleans afterhours club. Well known all throughout the South & leaving a wake of destroyed dance floors in Louisiana, Texas, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and more. Humble, happy, and hard-working, Chad’s personality is felt not only in personal conversation, but also in the positive energy he delivers to the crowd. In 2012, Chad created the Alias Rroid Drazr and quickly started to develop his sound. In 2013, Chad paired up with well known Vocalist Sue Cho, and together they collaborated on a Dubstep single, entitled I'm Free, which released on well known recording Label powerhouse Royal One Records & Charted to the #12 spot on Beatport Top 100 Dubstep. After pairing up with Sue, Chad wasted no time in picking up a remix for "Fight Club Is Closed" which was originally produced by world renown artist Dada Life. Not long later, Chad picked up remix honors from well Known Dance Music Producers, Darth & Vader for there upcoming release entitled "The Empire Strikes Back" & released a EP with Vocalist BBK that charted to #44 on Beatports top 100 charts yet again.  Chad's blatant disregard for musical genre's has opened up a new window for limitless opportunity in the EDM scene. Having several tracks released, or set to release on Beatport.com & all major music download sites. Three words that will be left at the tip of your tongues when this set is over: Unique, Powerful, and Energetic. Check out upcoming tour dates to find out why this veteran will soon be forced from the club stage to the festival stage; it’s only a matter of time.

Philip Mann

Philip Mann

Philip Mann is the Director of Live Performance and Music Industry Development for Louisiana Economic Development. In his time with the State of Louisiana, he has overseen the State’s tax incentive participation in more than 25 permanent infrastructure projects including The Saenger Theater, The Civic Theater, The Stage Door Canteen at the WWII Museum, The Joy Theater, The Orpheum Theater, Champions Square at the Superdome, The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music and the new home of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.

On the production side, he was worked with partners including AEG, Live Nation, The Messina Group, Cirque du Soleil, S2BN, The Solomon Group and Bowery Presents to establish Louisiana as an emerging global leader in the live entertainment industry.

The live performance incentive program is responsible for several major tour launches in Louisiana including the upcoming Taylor Swift 1989 Tour, George Strait, Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson Immortal Tour and Varekai.

Additionally, Philip manages the State’s sound recording incentive program which has provided support for numerous  recording artists including the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, Dr. John, Snarky Puppy, Beach House, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros,  Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band  and Anders Osborne.

The live performance and sound recording programs have also incentivized the work of several of Louisiana’s most prominent not for profit ventures including the New Orleans Opera Association, The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, American Routes, Southern Repertory Theater, The Tipitina’s Foundation, Baton Rouge Little Theater and The Hartley Vey Theatre at the Manship Theatre.

He began his career in public and private arts administration at two of the most prominent not for profit theaters in America: The Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery, AL and The Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ. He went on to become an Agent with The Booking Group in NYC which is the largest theatrical booking agency in North America. He represented the touring companies of several Broadway musicals including Rent, Annie and The Producers. 

He was an investor in both the Broadway and London productions of The Drowsy Chaperone (5 Tony Awards, 5 Olivier Award Nominations), and he produced For The Glory: The Civil War Musical  in Gettysburg, PA.

Philip is a member of The Broadway League, the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association, and serves on the liberal arts advisory board of Baton Rouge Community College. Mr. Mann is also the theater critic for The Times Picayune (nola.com) Baton Rouge edition.

Michael Frisch

Michael Frisch

Michael B. Frisch, Esq. is an attorney at the law firm of Shukat Arrow Hafer Weber Herbsman, LLP and is a member of the New York Bar.  Prior to joining the firm in 2008, Mr. Frisch worked in the business and legal affairs department of Sanctuary Group, a major independent record label, artist management, and merchandise company,  subsequently purchased by Universal Music Group.  Mr. Frisch began his career at the boutique NYC entertainment law firm Leibowitz, Roberts & Ritholz LLP. 

He has recently participated as a moderator and panelist at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Conference in Austin, the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City, and the Cutting Edge Music Business Conference in New Orleans.

Representative matters in the music industry include the drafting and negotiation of recording artist agreements, music publishing agreements, live performance agreements, merchandise licenses, spokesperson agreements, as well as digital, new media, and intellectual property licensing.  Mr. Frisch’s clients in the entertainment industry include independent record labels, major label and independent recording artists, music publishing companies, songwriters, magazine publishers, app and social gaming developers, festival producers, and the estates of deceased artists.

Mr. Frisch is a graduate of Tulane University, where he graduated with a B.A. in Political Science.  He obtained his J.D., with an emphasis in Intellectual Property, from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, where he served as Notes Editor for the Journal for Conflict Resolution.  He is currently a member of the NYSBA Entertainment Law section, as well as the Committee on Music and Recording Industry.

3D Na’Tee

3D Na’Tee

3D Na'Tee (aka Samantha James), rap artist

3D Na’Tee (pronounced Three Dee Nah-Tee), was born Samantha James in the notoriously rough city of New Orleans, Louisiana. Having to deal with extreme hardship and tragedy in her home, Na’Tee turned to poetry and music at an early age as a way to release tension and gain a sense of inner calm amidst the chaos and confusion that surrounded her. Na’Tee knows the turmoil of the street life all too well. She is the oldest child and the only girl of parents who sold drugs, and later fell victim to the same fate as many of the people they sold to over the years. Her mother and father became addicted to drugs when Na’Tee was just a child.

Sadly, her father committed suicide when she was just 10 years old, forcing her to grow up fast and assume the parental role for her two younger brothers. Having adopted the hustler’s mentality of her parents, she eventually began selling drugs in order to make money and take care of herself. After her own run-ins with the law, she made the choice to change her lifestyle for the positive.

This is where Na’Tee embraced her love for music and her lyrical talent as a God-given gift. Once she accepted her talent as such a gift, she knew that she must follow this purpose for her life. For Na’Tee, music is what she was born to do; it is how she shares herself with the world. The personal story that this female emcee has to tell is one of triumph over tribulation. The female rapper describes the evolution of her signature sound as sometimes sexy, sometimes street – yet always honest and, most important, entertaining:

        “My sex appeal is natural, not forced. So I don’t spend song after song rapping about my body or my sexual experiences. My musical scope is much larger than that. I am a lyricist and an entertainer, first and foremost. I want my music to be the soundtrack to the lives of those chasing their dreams.”
        -- 3D Na'Tee

02The roughness you hear in her music is reflective of the hard shell that she had to adopt to protect herself from her own anger and pain. Her more upbeat songs are a celebration of her ability to now be able to embrace the good in life and her newfound possibilities. Mature, heartfelt tracks such as “Dear Father” are glimpses into her past which tell a story of a child once lost, as the lyrics display evidence of a woman now found.

With the release of her first mixtape, 3’s Company Vol.1: Da Rapper, Da Hustler, Da Diva, Na’Tee quickly developed a fan base in her hometown and word began to spread that yet another amazing Hip Hop artist was emerging from New Orleans. By the release of her second project (3’s Company Vol.2), Na’Tee had begun participating in rap battles – her most infamous battle was a win over the four-time freestyle champion on BET’s 106th and Park, Jaha.

Capitalizing off of the promotion and buzz of that battle, Na’Tee released her mixtape the same week of the rap battle. Seizing the moment and prevailing, Na’Tee had officially made a name for herself, and had the fan base to match. She set expectations high and was determined to deliver; and she did just that. Following that infamous rap battle, she appeared on a DVD, “The Kush 2,” produced by Mack Maine of the super-successful music label, Young Money. The DVD was distributed nationally and gave Na’Tee the exposure she needed to take her career to the next level.

An independent artist, Na’Tee is currently working on her fifth mixtape, The Coronation, which will be released in 2012. The Coronation features appearances by artists such as Timbaland, Keri Hilson, Missy Elliott and more. She has been featured on MTV2’s Suckafree Freestyle, and has appeared in both HipHop Weekly and The Fader magazines. Na’Tee has also been featured on Thisis50, GlobalGrind, Shade 45 and other online and radio urban media outlets. At the 2010 New Orleans Underground Hip Hop Awards, Na’Tee won Lyricist of the Year, Best Female Artist, and her 2010 mixtape, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, earned her the award for Mixtape of the Year.

The following year, she won Video of the Year for the viral release of “Switch,” which once released online took on a life of its own, and immensely increased her musical following. To add to her list of talents and experience, Na’Tee directed and edited this video herself; this is also the video that got super-producer Timbaland’s attention, which led to him offering her a production deal with his company, Mosley Music Group. With New Orleans under her belt and having caught the initial attention of Hip Hop heavyweights, Na’Tee is ready to earn her spot amongst the greatest emcees in Hip Hop.

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