Ian Rogers, CEO of Daisy and Executive Chairman of Topspin, is a music and technology industry veteran with roots in defining the way artists and consumers promote and experience digital media online. The Topspin platform has been used by such artists as Chester French, Eminem, Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beck, and the Beastie Boys. Ian has been building digital media applications since 1992. Prior to joining Topspin, he was Vice President of Video and Media Applications at Yahoo!, where he oversaw the strategy for products and services, and was also a principal at the Beastie Boys’ record label and lifestyle brand Grand Royal. Ian just recently joined forces with Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine to lead the efforts for Beats Audio and their new Daisy digital music streaming project.
Alicen Catron Schneider is Vice President of Music Creative Services for NBC Universal and a music supervisor. Alicen is responsible for music supervision for hit TV shows including Heroes, Lipstick Jungle, Crossing Jordan, House, Monk, Surface, Eureka, LAX, Critical Assembly, Leap of Faith, ED, The Pretender, Tucker, Sunday Night Football and the Winter Olympics.
Derek Sivers is a musician and the founder of independent music retailer CDBaby. A professional musician since 1987, and alumni of Berklee College of Music, Derek started CD Baby by accident in 1998 when he was selling his own CD on his website, and friends asked if he could sell theirs, too. CD Baby became the largest seller of independent music on the web, with over $100M in sales for over 150,000 musician clients.
Ariel Hyatt is a music publicist who has worked with over 1,400 musicians and has invaluable insight and expertise in online promotion and social media marketing. Ariel’s book, “Music Success in Nine Weeks” is a must read. Ariel talks about social media strategies for artists, music companies, authors and online PR campaigns and the importance of being genuine and interacting with your fan base.
Elliot Scheiner is widely considered to be one of the leading authorities in studio sound recording & mixing. A highly sought-after producer and engineer, his pioneering efforts in 5.1 surround sound are credited with establishing the foundation for the genre. His career includes work with such music legends as the Eagles, Steely Dan, REM, Faith Hill, Queen, Sting, Van Morrison, Fleetwood Mac, and Aerosmith. Scheiner has also collaborated with Panasonic and luxury vehicle manufacturer Acura to bring studio quality sound to the vehicle.
Mike Dreese is CEO of Newbury Comics, Inc., a company he co-founded in 1978 with his MIT roommate and which now operates over 25 stores throughout New England. As an early specialist in the burgeoning new wave/punk music scene, the chain grew rapidly. In the early ’80s, Mike cofounded ModernMethod Records, an imprint to Boston’s emerging punk scene, and in the ’90s helped launch Black Wolf Records. He currently serves on the boards of Berklee College of Music and the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM), and is also a partner in Subversion Media, a Boston-based high-definition music video production firm that has worked with artists such as Coldplay, New Order, and Gnarls Barkley.
Michael McCarty is President of ole and, from the company’s head office in Toronto, oversees all creative and administrative operations in ole’s Nashville and Los Angeles locations, as well as Toronto. ole’s genre-diverse catalogue includes hits by Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, and Shania Twain. Michael brings over 20 years in the music publishing business, most recently as President of EMI Music Publishing Canada. His previous experience includes periods as Creative Director of EMI Publishing L.A.; A&R Director of SBK Records and Publishing L.A.; Creative Manager of CBS/SBK Songs Canada; and Creative Manager at ATV Music Group Canada. Clients at these companies included Beyonce, James Blunt, Phil Collins, Counting Crows, Depeche Mode, Incubus, Norah Jones, Snoop Dogg, Sting, Tool, Usher, Vanilla Ice, and Boy George. Michael began his career as a recording engineer/producer, working with legendary Canadian record producers, Jack Richardson and Bob Ezrin, and has played a key role in the development of careers such artists/songwriters as Sum 41 and Wilson Phillips.
Steve Schnur is Worldwide Executive of Music and Marketing for Electronic Arts (EA), where he is responsible for the pursuit, creation and continuous development of the global vision for the music in EA games. He has brought established stars, breakthrough new artists and award-winning composers, including Green Day, Iron Maiden, Rage Against The Machine, M.I.A., and Matt & Kim, to such top-selling EA franchises as Madden NFL, FIFA, The Sims and more. In 2008, Steve formed Artwerk Music Group, a joint venture with Nettwerk, through which EA now directly signs, develops and launches artists for publishing, master recordings, sync deals, distribution and beyond.
Prior to joining EA in 2001, Steve held various executive positions with the Warner Music Group, MTV, EMI and BMG, and has supervised and produced music for films including CRUEL INTENTIONS and MISS CONGENIALITY.
Terry McBride is the current CEO and one of three founders of the Nettwerk Music Group, founded in McBride’s apartment in 1984, and now with corporate offices in Vancouver, Boston, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Hamburg and London. Nettwerk Records and/or Nettwerk Management have been home to such diverse artists as Coldplay, Jamiroquai, Sarah McLachlan, Guster, Brand New, Matt and Kim, State Radio, and Stereophonics. Nettwerk’s producer management division has worked on projects by Daughtry, Rob Thomas, Kelly Clarkson, and the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen soundtrack.
In the past few years McBride has spoke at dozens of international conferences about advances in digital technology, intellectual property rights and the future of music distribution. He also launched a chain of wellness centers called YYoga with his friend and yoga instructor.
Kelly Cha, nicknamed Zhazha in China, is a Chinese-American singer/songwriter, author, and TV/radio personality. She has published three books and released several singles in addition to hosting radio shows in Los Angeles and China for the past decade. Kelly is currently the acclaimed host of “Action English’s Action DJ,” a daily television show in China for which she wrote the theme song. She also hosts for the popular Hunan Satellite TV channel, plays in the Beijing rock band Orange Factory, and hosts a radio show on China Radio International’s Easy FM.