Confirmed panellists for Nouvelle Prague 2014. For all delegates please see our delegates section.
Rob Challice has over 27 years experience in the live music industry as agent, promoter and festival organizer. Rob is one of the founding partners of Coda Agency, a London based agency formed in 2002 which represents artists for Europe and beyond. In 2014 Coda entered into joint venture partnership with Paradigm. Acts represented by Rob include Billy Bragg, Bon Iver, Beirut, Yo La Tengo, John Grant, tUnE-yArDs, Sufjan Stevens, Warpaint, Manu Chao and Kings Of Convenience.
Carl Leighton-Pope started his music career in 1972 when he opened a recording studio in South Wales and managed a band called Sassafras, signed to Chrysalis Records. After they broke up in 1977, Carl joined NEMS agency and signed acts including Dire Straits, Simple Minds, Patti Smith, The Motors, UFO and Camel. He formed the Performing Artists Network Agency in 1979. In 1984, Carl signed Bryan Adams for his agency and Matt Bianco for management, taking both acts with him a year later, along with SAGA, when he set up Bonaire Records, publishing and management company with offices in London, Los Angeles and Munich. In 1991, he started the Leighton-Pope Organisation enjoying substantial success touring Bryan Adams, The Chippendales, Bonnie Tyler, Van Morrison and more around Europe. He is still working with his artistes and his most recent client Michael Bublé.
Robert is the head of Live Nation Czech Republic. Working in the music business for over 20 years, Robert was one of the first actual promoters in the country after the collapse of the Iron Curtain. In 1993 Robert founded Interconcerts agency, bringing in artist like Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Coldplay, Metallica, Madonna or Sting. In 2004 Interconcerts became part of Live Nation and was renamed to Live Nation Czech Republic.
Nick Hobbs is the owner of Istanbul-based Charmenko & Charmworks, and co-owner of Charm Musics Czechia & Poland and Grinding Halt, Italy. He’s a promoter and a festival & venue talent buyer, who’s been specialized in Eastern Europe & the Middle East since the early 80’s. The artist agency, Charmworks, has an eclectic roster and works everywhere in Europe and beyond, especially representing artists from Eastern Europe, the Balkans and the Middle East.
Zbyněk is the Managing Director of Staropramen. After graduating at the University of Economy in Prague he studied at Insead Business School (Fontainebleau, France), The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA) and Antwerp Management School (University of Antwerp, The Neatherlands). After working for Arthur Andersen consultation firm he moved to Staropramen in 2000 and became Managing Director of the company in 2008. Before reaching the top of the company, Zbyněk worked in several departments, namely in the financial, trade and trade marketing departments. Staropramen is one of the main suporters of music in The Czech Republic, investing tens of millions of Czech crowns in partnership with huge open-air events (Rock for People, České hrady, Votvírák) which are popular among young people.
Anthony has been active in the international music business since 2004, producing live events as a promoter in France, Canada and the Czech Republic. Having obtained a master’s degree in performing arts management he spent some time as a concert producer for Live Nation in Toronto, then moved back to Europe and accepted a job offer in Prague. At first he started working as a consultant and in-house promoter for the O2 arena, later co-founded Fource Entertainment, a concert promoting company based in Prague. Since September 2011 Fource has been organizing some very interesting shows, namely Frank Turner, Jessie Ware, James Arthur, or Daughter.
John Robb grew up in Blackpool till punk rock came along and saved his life. Naively believing that you really could do what you wanted he went on to form the loudest group ever, the Membranes. The band were the first band to sign to Creation Records and were a big influence on Sonic Youth and Big Black. He then went on to write for the rock press with Sounds and was the first person to interview Nirvana and coined the expression Britpop. His music and culture website Louder than War is currently one of the music key sites. John does loads of TV and radio stuff, tours with his punk band Goldblade, as well as with the reformed Membranes. He writes books and articles, runs a music and books festival called Louderthanwar and is a political campaigners who chairs committees in Parliament. Often speaks on zen, the universe, veganism and punk rock.
Dan is the head of booking at Sziget festival, Volt festival and Balaton Sound festival. At these three Hungarian festivals he also coordinates production.
Dan is probably the most important booker in Hungary and one of the most influential people in music business from Eastern Europe.
Since 2004 David organises United Islands of Prague, an open-air event which takes place on the islands of the Vltava river in Prague. The main aim of this festival is to introduce emerging artists to Czech audience. In the past, United Islands featured acts like Ella Eyre, Childhood, Aloe Blacc, Princess Chelsea, O’Children or A-collective. David runs Joe’s Garage agency, representing both Czech and international artists. He co-founded the Blues v lese festival or a concert series named Prague international Bluenights, featuring artist like Joe Bonamassa, Jeff Beck, Mick Taylor, Colosseum, Living Colour, Robben Ford, The Holmes Brothers and many others.
Malcolm Haynes has been promoting since his teens and has spent most of his life promoting some of the best acts in the world in his hometown of Bristol and various UK festivals. He has worked at Glastonbury Festival since 1990 when started booking for the Jazz-world stage. In 2005 Malcolm created and programmed the Dance Village at Glastonbury, which has 7 venues covering live bands as well as DJs and this is very much a festival within a festival. Along with his partner (Sally Gamble) he created in 2005 a unique and new successful festival cabaret and cocktail bar ‘The World Famous Pussy Parlure’ getting rave features in the Independent, Guardian and Observer newspapers and very successful appearances at Glastonbury festival, Glade, Ealing Jazz Festival, Beautiful Days, Isle of Wight festival, Electric Picnic. He has a regular monthly DJ slot (DJ Baby Malc Selector) at the Big Chill Bar in Bristol and Djs at various private parties.
Tatjana was born in Vienna in 1981 and studied political science, journalism and musicology. Since 2008 she has worked for the Viennese electronic music label G-Stone Recordings (Kruder & Dorfmeister, Tosca, Rodney Hunter..), as well as a freelancer in music and culture marketing for local records labels, promoters and organisations. Since 2011 she is responsible for export activities at the Austrian Music Fund / Austrian Music Export. Tasks include the support of Austrian artists and record companies in the implementation of international tours and releases as well as the promotion and funding of international showcases.
Robert Horsfall has been a music industry lawyer for over 30 years and for the last 10 years or so has focused specifically on the representation of artists and managers. As one of the leading legal directories said of him the “omnipresent” Robert Horsfall “is recommended as a lawyer who breathes, drinks and eats music“. He started his professional career at Theodore Goddard in 1980 as part of the team led by the highly respected Paddy Grafton Green. Robert joined Lee & Thompson in 1985 (which was then in its infancy) and soon became a partner there, working for a mixture of great record labels and artists. In 1987 Robert joined London Records as Director of Business Affairs, working under the leadership of Roger Ames and with a dynamic A&R team including Tracy Bennett and Pete Tong. The roster included acts such as Fine Young Cannibals, Hothouse Flowers, Salt-N-Pepa and Run DMC. Rejoining Lee & Thompson in 1991, Robert helped them, over the next 17 years, to become one of the top music / media law firms in the country.
Sound Advice started up in 2008 with a mission to be a dynamic and commercially orientated law firm focusing on artist work. Current clients include Robert Plant, Yusuf /Cat Stevens, Ali Campbell (UB40). Pendulum and Knife Party and many emerging artists such as (Mercury Prize Nominee) Sam Lee, Emily Barker, Phoria, Kelvin Jones, Wild Smiles and Gabby Young. Robert also works with overseas artists who are targeting the UK and European markets. He has worked with a variety of acts from Australia (including Sarah Blasko, Dan Sultan, Gurrumul, John Butler Trio and Guy Sebastian), from Norway (including Ylvis (“What Does The Fox Say”), Katzenjammer, Jarle Bernhoft and Emilie Nicolas), Raghu Dixit from India and Snarky Puppy from the USA.
Jeremy is the founder/managing director of Oleh! Records- Israel’s Music Export & Development Office. Oleh! was established to represent Israel’s music sector abroad and produce various initiatives aimed at creating exposure & investment opportunities for Israel’s local creative industry/musicians abroad. In 2011 Oleh! launched its own music showcase brand platform TUNE IN TEL AVIV – Israel’s International Live Music Conference/Showcase an annual flagship event attended by the nearly the entire Israel music sector and leading international figures in the music business.
Since 2004, Alexandr is professionaly connected with the only Czech music TV Óčko. In 2013 he became its head of programme. He also participates on the line-up of Mighty Sounds festival, booking the music/theatre stage here. Alexandr is an honorary member of Czech Popular Music Academy and of the Czech Popmuseum. In 2010 he published a book named Pravé české míchačky (Real Czech Mixers) about the country’s alkohol-folklore. Actor, playwright and director for Ztracená existence theatre and member Vagyny Dy Praga band.
Michal graduated at Komenského University in Bratislava. He is an active musician since early youth, namely in bands Bez ladu a skladu, later in Neuropa. Film and theater music composer. Michal is one of the main figures in Slovakian music business, by late nineties he founded Pohoda festival and still remains the most important person in the festival team.
Tomáš is the head of marketing in Erste and head of sponsoring in Česká spořitelna. This insurance company is one of the biggest supporters of culture in The Czech Republic. Tomáš works closely with music festivals such as Colours of Ostrava, Bohemia Jazz Fest, United Islands, Prague Spring, Smetanova Litomyšl; he has also worked with Rock For People or Hrady.cz. After graduating at the facoulty of journalism of the Charles University he worked as sports journalist for Czech National Radio, later became the head of marketing for Prague International Marathon.
Artur is a talent Programming Manager at the NOS Alive! Festival (former Optimus Alive) in Lisbon Portugal and Everything is New talent booker. He started promoting shows independently in 2000. In 2003 he worked as as a freelancer at the programming of the Paredes de Coura Festival. In 2005 started working at Musica no Coracao with Alvaro Covoes on the programming and production of the company festivals that included Super Bock Super Rock, Sudoeste, and many others along with being the promoter rep and production rep for the company shows (average of 30/40 shows a year from small clubs to arena type of shows).
In 2007 Artur moved to Everything is New and started working on the Alive Festival project that is now the biggest and most successfully festival in Portugal on a yearly base. Besides the festival also do Everything is New programming of shows (average of 50/70 shows a year) and is the company promoter rep for all shows.
Petr is the head of programme for the most prestigious Czech National Radio station – Radiožurnál. He works in the radio business since 1991, has worked on various positions in many radio stations, for example: Rádio Bonton, Evropa 2, Rádio City, Rádio Blaník or Oldies Radio. Since 2010 Petr has worked for Czech National Radio as a host of The Morning Show, later The Evening Show, later he becomes the head of programme for the station.
Michal originally comes from Slovakia, where he started the first Slovakian server dedicated to live music in 1997 (koncerty.sk). After moving to Prague in 2003 he embarked on a carrier of an independent promoter. Organized Sperm Festival from 2006 to 2011, which was focused on new electronic and experimental music (The Notwist, James Holden, Architecture in Helsinki, Brandt Brauer Frick, Modeselektor and many others). In 2010 Michal became the manager and head of programme of MeetFactory, one of the most important Prague clubs for contemporary culture. Among the bands he booked for Prague are The xx, Animal Collective, Crystal Fighters, Caribou, The Presets, and many others.
Jitka is the managing director of three radios for young people in Czech Republic and Slovakia. She is responsible for brand strategies, selection of music and marketing of Evropa 2 (CZ), Europa 2 (SK) and Dance rádio (CZ). She also manages the Koule.cz music information server. After graduating from media & communications & personal management at Masaryk university in Brno, she briefly worked for Rádio Faktor, Lagardere and the town brewery of České Budějovice. Today, Evropa 2 is one of the top Czech radios with an audience of almost 1 million people daily. Facebook profiles of evropa2.cz, koule.cz and europa2.sk are some fo the top servers focused on music.
Since 2003, Šimon runs his 100PROmotion agency, offering full service for bands and artists. Šimon’s approach is to make sure the band does not have to deal with anyone else: booking, tour management, transport, sound & light, promotion, label and publishing – everything is under one roof. 100PROmotion now works for some top Czch touring bands now, i.e. Bratři Ebenové, Vladimír Mišík & ETC…, Sto zvířat, Hudba Praha and many others. Prior to that, Šimon had worked as a promotion manager for Rock for People, Divokej Bill and others. Since 2011 he is also the head of Junior Klub, organizing aroun 80 live events every year, mainly in Prague’s Palác Akropolis.
As the CEO and A&R of powerful new Polish label NEXTPOP, with nearly 25 years experience as a producer, musician and award-winning composer, Robert Amirian knows Polish music market thoroughly from all possible angles. His trendsetting NEXTPOP operates as the 360 degree concept company – record label/A&R/recording studio/PR and promotion/booking agency/artist management. NEXTPOP’s indie artists like BOKKA, Fismoll and Kari are major acts in 40-million Poland, with already established presence at international festivals like Isle Of Wight, Reeperbahn, The Great Escape, Sziget, Eurosonic or Vienna Waves. His new initiative NEXTPOP FESTIVAL is a traveling music showcase, aiming in 2015 at bringing the new Polish indie music not only to cities in southern, central and northern Poland, but also to capitals of Poland’s neighbours.
Founder of D Smack U Promotion, an agency which has during the last twenty years become an integral part of Czech music scene. D Smack U Promotion brought to Czech Republic some of the bigger names in current pop music including Queens of the Stone Age, Editors, Yeah Yeah Yeahs or Pixies and many others. Apart from that, D Smack U Promotion was the organiser of the legendary Jelení příkop festival; the agency works closely with Rock for People and Rock for Curchill and is involved in Grape festival in Slovakia. David was the man behind Planet Festival project and represents bands such as Skyline or The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa. The agency also represents a number of bands at the Czech market, namely The Subways or Parov Stelar Band.
Jakub is the founder and long-time keeper of the multi-genre Melodka club in the Czech town of Brno. Melodka has been the host to some important names of Czech and world musical scene. This year Jakub also started his own music bar named Rockin’ Café. In 2014 he also accepted the offer to book the Sono Centrum in Brno. Jakub thinks that to work for this original and exclusive venue is a major challenge and he considers his long-term aim to place Brno on the concert map of Europe.
Iva is the CEO of Supraphon, currently the biggest Czech label. Thanks to the fact that Supraphon was the monopoly label during the communist era, it now owns a huge inventory of rock and pop recordings, as well as a huge archive of classical music and spoken word. Prior to her Supraphon engagement, Iva had worked as Promotion Manager for Bonton Radio in 1991 and moved to the Czech division of BMG Ariola a year later. In 1995 she helped to establish the Czech division of Warner Music. Iva had worked for WM for 14 years, the last 5 as a CEO of Warner Music Czech Republic. In 2009 Iva accepted to run Supraphon, which was also the Czech licence partner of WM for 3 years.
Zdeněk works in the music industry since 2001, that was the year of the first Reggae Meeting festival he founded. During the last 13 years je organised festivals such as: Real Beat, Reggae Meeting, Reggae Ethnic Session, Hip Hop Jam, Imagination Festival and a number of smaller concerrts and club shows. Zdeněk is also the founder of one of the biggest drum’n’bass and dance festivals in Czech Republic – Let It Roll. Apart from Czech Republic, Let It Roll also took place in Slovakia, Poland, Austria and Hungary. Smaller events under the Let It Roll trademark are taking place all over Europe. In 2013 Zdeněk reconstructed the former Matrix club in Prague and turned it into Storm Club, which he now runs.
Radio 1 is the first private Czech radio station which started broadcasting after the revolution. Since 2007, Petr works here as a DJ and in 2011 he assumes the position of Head of Programme and Music.
Magdalena works at the Creative Europe office as a consultant to international projects for the cultural and creative sector. Aside from cosultations, Magdalena’s topics of interest are work with the audience and projects with significant social impact. Magdalena organises courses focused on project management, project concept and financing; promotes Střed zájmu and Evenings of European literature, and contributes to culturenet.cz.
Pavel is a project hunter and co-owner of Hithit.cz crowdfunding portal. He was previously a journalist for MF DNES newspaper and iDNES.cz and co-founder of Radio Wave. Now he works as a freelancer in advertising. He is a co-founder and executive director of nedori | media where he
specializes in content marketing and multi-layered marketing communication (with clients including Red Bull, Škoda Auto, Budějovický Budvar, Jägermeister, David Koller, Orion, Vodafone, Bedna Films, Creative Lab, NÉSCAFÉ, International Krav Maga Federation, etc.). He is a fan of Bohemians football team.
Jaromír works as promotion manager for Lucerna Music Bar (one of top Czech music venues) and for Rock for Churchill festival. Originaly a regional event, Rock for Churchill is today (in its fifteenth year) one of the top 10 Czech open air festivals. Jaromír is an active musician – drummer of United Flavour, a band he also manages. In the past he worked on some interesting projects for SubPop label.
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