Jochen & Bonnie Bramlett

Industry Profile: Joachim Becker

— By Bob Grossweiner & Jane Cohen

Joachim "Jochen" Becker is the president and founder of ZOHO Music L.L.C., an indie label based in Millwood, N.Y., with two imprints: ZOHO (Latin/jazz) and ZOHO Roots (blues/rock). Formed in 2003, ZOHO just received three 2006 Grammy nominations and had one Latin Grammy win in 2005.

Born into a highly musical family in Bielefeld, Germany, Jochen took private lessons in piano, clarinet and percussion and studied business administration, graduating with an MBA equivalent (Diplom-Kaufmann) in 1975 from the Technical University in Berlin. While studying in Berlin, Jochen discovered his love for classical concert chorus singing, and joined the Berlin Philharmonic Choir, a semi- professional ensemble which gave him the chance to perform a few times with the Berlin Philharmonic.

His business career proceeded through advertising, marketing and new product development positions in the consumer packaged goods industry in Germany. At the same time, he continued his choral singing with the Dusseldorf Musical Society.

In 1980, Jochen accepted a corporate transfer to New York City, and has lived in the New York area since, with the exception for a brief stint in 1990-1992 in Hong Kong. In 1992, Jochen became vice president of a small management consultancy, Cook Neill Associates, in Westport, Conn. There he developed international consumer promotions for its client, the Global Duty Free division of the Seagram Company, which at the time was one of the largest wine and distilled spirits producers in the world.

In his first professional collaboration with the Special Products divisions of PolyGram (which incidentally, and entirely unrelated to Jochen's work, was acquired by Seagram a few years later) and BMG, Jochen developed a series of consumer gift-with purchase CDs of major international artists such as the Vienna Philharmonic and Ella Fitzgerald for his client, Seagram.

In 1993, Jochen started his first independent business as a music marketing consultant, using his excellent contacts in the consumer packaged goods and wine/distilled spirits industries and with major record labels to develop similar music premium promotions for clients such as the Robert Mondavi Winery, Pepperidge Farm, Allied Domecq, Freixenet, Krups, sourced from PolyGram, Sony, EMI, Rounder, Naxos and others.

In 1995, Jochen also founded Becker Classics, a classical/world music recording production company and executive-produced 25 CDs for indie labels Albany, Centaur, Discover, Naxos, Intersound, PPI and Vox. Bestseller was a "Tribute to Diana" compilation for Vox Classics, which made it to #5 in the Budget Classical Billboard charts in 1997-98.

In 2000, Jochen started Khaeon, a Latin/jazz/world indie label, with a business partner. Khaeon released 20 CD titles until 2003 and was distributed by City Hall Records in North America. As result of a disagreement over future repertoire direction, the partners separated in 2003. This paved the way for Jochen to start his own label, ZOHO, the same year, and all Latin/jazz artists from Khaeon followed Jochen into the new venture. The fresh start also permitted him to re-think his business, repertoire, marketing and distribution strategies, fix things which needed improvement, and assemble a highly capable, new support team, including both old (Khaeon) and new faces.

Since 2003, and in spite of the grim state of the recorded music industry as a whole, Jochen has led ZOHO onto a rapid, impressive growth track: the label is now distributed by Allegro Corporation in Portland, Ore., for North America, and has 38 CD releases on two label imprints ZOHO (Latin/jazz) and Zoho Roots (blues/rock) from a distinctive roster of internationally recognized artists with distribution and licensing agreements across Europe and Asia. Media recognition has been substantial with CD reviews, news stories and label features by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Billboard, Down Beat, Jazz Times, etc. in 2006 alone.

"ZOHO started with the vision of presenting a Latin/jazz label with a distinctive New York vibe," says Jochen. "Listen to any group of ZOHO releases and you'll hear what's presently new, fresh and happening in the New York clubs. The label has been fortunate in attracting a unique mix of major, internationally recognized and mostly New York-area based artists such as Ray Barretto, Dave Liebman, Arturo O'Farrill, and Carlos Barbosa-Lima. Additionally, the label has proudly presented several younger artists from the dynamic downtown New York club scene, including Edsel Gomez and Dafnis Prieto, plus releases by tango jazz bassist Pablo Aslan, the Stryker/Slagle Band, guitarist Rez Abbasi and many others."

ZOHO's 2005 release "Bajo Cero" by Argentinian pianist Pablo Ziegler received a Latin Grammy in the Tango category. In 2006, releases of three ZOHO artists were nominated for a Grammy: Edsel Gomez and Dafnis Prieto in Latin Jazz and Ike Turner in the Traditional Blues categories.

"When I saw the nominee listings on the Grammy website, it literally knocked me off my chair," exclaims Jochen. "What I find particularly gratifying about these three selections is that, in the Latin Jazz category, Grammy has chosen to nominate not our safe, more musically mainstream releases but rather the new, edgy and sharply individual stuff by two of our most talented younger artists, Cuban drummer-composer Dafnis Prieto and Puerto Rican pianist Edsel Gomez. Both Dafnis and Edsel reside in Manhattan, and both recordings were done in local New York studios: Edsel's at Harmolodic Studios in Harlem in the presence of the legendary jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman."

In 2005, ZOHO saw an opportunity of expanding its artist roster and repertoire reach into the blues, R&B and classic/Southern rock genres. Since early 2006, the label has been able to build a powerful catalog under the ZOHO Roots imprint with American singers Bonnie Bramlett, Jimmy Hall and the legendary Ike Turner.

In early 2006, ZOHO suffered a tragic setback through the double loss of recently signed Ray Barretto, followed three months later by the unexplained death of jazz pianist/arranger Hilton Ruiz. Both had just barely finished their first recorded collaboration, an all-star sextet session, "Standards Rican-ditioned" which ZOHO released posthumously in August 2006, to huge critical acclaim.

"Our hope had been that we were in the beginning stages of a long-lasting artist relationship with Ray Barretto and Hilton Ruiz," says Jochen. "Sadly this wasn't to be. What we got instead was one great, swinging, poignantly beautiful record -- an instant, timeless classic, the label's jazz best seller."

Looking ahead to 2007, Jochen's plans include 11 substantial new titles across both imprints ZOHO and ZOHO Roots in the summer, including the first three releases from ZOHO's new British production company partners, Cote Basque Productions, which specializes in British blues, R&B and classic rock acts; In 2006, ZOHO signed a multi-year cooperation agreement with the company. The first three joint projects are Arthur Brown, the Malchicks and the original 1960's bad boy icons The Pretty Things. The latter's eagerly anticipated new release, Balboa Island, is their first new CD in more than eight years. All three will tour as a package later this year.

"I don't like smooth, I don't like easy listening," Jochen states. "ZOHO wants to stir your emotions and is willing to take creative risks. Love it or hate it, but it won't leave you cold and uninvolved. Our ultimate criterion for music which fits into ZOHO is: is the music capable of putting a big grin on your face?"

ZOHO's Ike Turner release, "Risin' with the Blues," is a case in point, and it fits that description in spades. "Ike is a controversial figure for many, due to his well-publicized marital trouble with his musical partner/singer Tina Turner, 30 years ago," he notes. "There are some in our target audience who choose not to look past that and who will therefore not give Ike's new record a listen. They might therefore miss out on one of the most cathartic, soul-satisfying blues records of the last several years -- hence the Grammy nomination.

"Business-wise, we're swimming against the tide of industry consolidation, shrinking label/artist rosters and diminished sales expectations," Jochen adds. "Many artists were dropped by major labels but still have a substantial following. Several of these are with ZOHO now. We're growing fast by building an exciting, highly distinctive catalog, by forging durable, friendly, long-lasting relationships with the key artists on our roster, by taking risks with edgy, colorful, in-your-face product and by expanding our distribution internationally, particularly to Europe and Asia."

"Stay tuned for more exciting surprises in 2007," promises Jochen.

How did you come up with ZOHO for your label?
ZOHO is the intentional mis-spelling of SOHO, the district in Lower Manhattan in whose vibrant club scene many of our ZOHO artists regularly play. ZOHO is a great, memorable brand name.

Shortly after starting the label in 2003, I contacted a corporate image consultant, Tony Spaeth from Identityworks.com, in Rye, N.Y., to request his input on the naming of the label. A short while later, he came back with a list of almost 100 suggestions, which through the elimination method, we reduced to the clear, eventual winner ZOHO. The briefing was to find a hip, distinctive, edgy, highly memorable, and ownable label name, with a New York vibe, and suitable for trademarking. ZOHO has since been successfully trademarked.

What is the state of the indie music industry now compared to when you started ZOHO in 2003?
Since 2003, business has gotten paradoxically both better and worse for indie labels. The case for "worse": We all know that the recorded music industry has been shrinking for several years now. Digital downloads, ringtones, etc., haven't been able to make up for declining brick and mortar retail sales. The bankruptcy of Tower Records last year has eliminated one of the most important key accounts for indies, which is putting many indie labels and indie label distributors under a lot of survival pressure.

The case for "better": I've found that with major labels shrinking their artist rosters, and by almost completely abandoning entire music genres such as jazz, classical and blues, indie labels such as ZOHO are becoming attractive destinations for many internationally known artists whose managers would not even have returned phone calls from indie labels the size of ZOHO as recently as two years ago. We can offer these artists the red carpet treatment, individual attention, much faster turnaround times for new releases and the guarantee that their recording careers will not become casualties of corporate takeovers, staff downsizings, label mergers, etc.

ZOHO has been basically a Latin and jazz label, so why expand into blues and rock, especially with the Cote Basque Productions co-operative agreement?

It makes a whole lot of commercial sense to use ZOHO's carefully calibrated international distribution system to sell larger projects in neighboring musical categories which appeal to similar adult--as opposed to teenage-- target audiences.

Since 2005, the ZOHO Roots imprint snowballed very quickly into one of the major growth drivers for the label. When I signed singer Bonnie Bramlett to the label in 2005, we had agreed that she would record a swinging little jazz record, which would have fit into the original ZOHO label. When I heard one track after another getting completed for her ZOHO release, "Roots, Blues & Jazz," with the Mr. Groove Band in Nashville, I felt, "whoa, this is a much bigger thing!" Literally every track delivered the almost overwhelming emotional power and classic r&b/soul style of the great Aretha Franklin and Ike & Tina Turner records of the late '60s and early '70s!

It became clear to me that I needed to build a bigger box around this record, hence ZOHO Roots. A few months later, I was able to sign Ike Turner -- through a referral from Bonnie -- to the label, and we were off and running with two incredibly strong records, one of which brought us our first Grammy nomination -- Ike Turner's.

In parallel to this development with Bonnie's and Ike's records, I'd been able to re-connect with one of my favorite British classic rock bands, The Pretty Things. I saw them on tour in southern Germany in December 2005, learned that they were in the midst of recording their first new CD since 1999, and met with their management. We agreed to partner up on The Pretty Things release, now scheduled for summer 2007, for North America.

Cote Basque Productions, The Pretty Things' production and management company, far exceeded my initial expectations by also offering two highly attractive additional projects to ZOHO -- Arthur Brown and The Malchicks -- and we're in serious discussion stages for further high-profile releases of important British artists in the near future.

What kind of artists are you looking to sign?
First label priority is to develop the artists we already have in both Latin/jazz and in blues/rock, with new releases. In terms of new artists, in Latin/jazz we're primarily looking for musicians with established, international reputations and Nielsen SoundScan histories, primarily based in the greater New York area. In blues/rock, we want to develop both our American and British artist base, again with internationally recognized names and established SoundScan histories.

How do you feel about free downloads off the Internet?
In one word: mixed. While I see the advertising benefit of free tracks off albums, I also see the lost revenue. As a whole, paid digital downloads are still a very small, although growing, portion of the label's business.

What kind of tour support does ZOHO offer its artists?
Primarily publicity support. Our publicist Jim Eigo from Jazz Promo Services will set up radio or press interviews for artists in local touring markets, and push for reviews of an artist's latest ZOHO release in local media.

What is your long-term vision for ZOHO beyond 2007?
My goal is to develop ZOHO into an instantly recognizable music brand with a clear and distinctive product profile, and with a specific target audience in mind as opposed to a collection of unrelated CD releases which happen to have the same logo on it. Surprisingly, there are very few indie labels which fit this strict consumer packaged goods marketing definition of a brand: Putumayo is world music, Naxos is classical and within jazz, ECM.

There are many advantages to this brand approach to label development: (1) it justifies premium pricing in an industry which is presently under relentless downward pricing pressure; and (2) a strong indie brand identity is a valuable asset and survival tool in itself, which could at some point in the distant future, facilitate a sale of the company or, say, a merger with another larger label.

First concert attended
The Jimi Hendrix Experience at the Star Club in Herford, Germany, 1967.

First concert worked
Singing alto in the Bielefeld Ratsgymnasium Boys Choir, participating in a professional performance of J.S. Bach's St Matthew Passion with the Bielefeld Philharmonic Orchestra at the Oetker Concert Hall in my hometown Bielefeld in Germany in 1961.

First industry job
1993-1996: Music marketing consultant to consumer packaged goods corporations, mostly in the wine, distilled spirits and grocery foods industries. Clients: the Robert Monday Winery, Seagram, Domecq Imports, Pepperidge Farm, Krups and Rizzoli Bookstores.

Career highlights
Marketing management positions in the consumer packaged goods industry in Germany, the U.S. -- 1976-93; and briefly in Hong Kong -- 1990-92; music marketing consultant to consumer packaged goods corporations -- 1993-96); independent producer of classical and world music recordings for indie labels in U.S. and Europe. Clients: NAXOS, Discover International, Centaur Records, Peter Pan Entertainment and Vox Classics - 1996-2000; president and co-owner of Khaeon World Music, a Latin/jazz/world music indie label -- 2000-03; and president and sole owner of ZOHO Music L.L.C., an indie label with two label imprints ZOHO and ZOHO Roots and presently 41 CD releases -- 2003-present.

Career disappointment
Lost time. It had been my goal and ambition to run a CD label for decades, but the time for my entry into the music business never seemed to have been right until 1993. So, with today's hindsight, and where I'm now, perhaps I should've acted on my professional ambition earlier.

Greatest challenges
The business basics as applied to an indie label: (1) develop a competitive advantage and distinctiveness in a crowded market place; (2) achieve and maintain profitability; and (3) develop financial capability for long term growth.

Best business decision
Starting my own label in 2003.

Best advice you received
My oldest childhood friend, who's a well-known management consultant in Germany, told me, "Choose as your profession what you like doing the most and what gives you the most satisfaction, regardless of whether that's the job that makes you the most money in the short term. What one loves doing, one usually does well, and success, including financial success, will eventually follow."

Best advice to offer
The key to running a successful indie label can be summed up in four words: buy well, sell well. Buy well: find the right artist, the right project and only sign a contract which permits the label to at least break even on the release. Sell well: the right distributor choice is crucial as is the need for custom-tailored marketing campaigns for each release while at the same time observing rigorous cost controls.

Most memorable industry experience
Sitting in front of my computer on Dec. 8, 2006, scrolling down the list of Grammy nominees and realizing that my label ZOHO had received three Grammy nominations.

Favorite team/athlete
The Junior Varsity Wrestling Team of Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, N.Y. My son Carl, 14, is on it.

Favorite restaurant
New York Noodle Town is a tiny, bustling Chinese restaurant on the Bowery in New York's Chinatown. Their duck noodle soup, for $3.75 for a large bowl, motivates a pilgrimage by my family to their doorstep at least once a month.

Favorite hotel
The Conquistador Hotel in Fajardo, Puerto Rico -- a spectacular resort hotel in the Caribbean.

What friends would be surprised to learn about you
I've been a Rotarian for over 17 years. My present club, the Rotary Club of Northeast Westchester, has been selling Christmas trees as a local fundraiser for several decades. Each December, you'll find me selling trees with all proceeds going to college scholarships for local high school graduates.

Industry pet peeve
The bad press which the CD has gotten by supposedly forward-thinking new technology experts, as a present and future medium to deliver musical content to consumers, is quite unfounded. Weekly Billboard charts define 10 digital downloads as a CD equivalent in their sales charts, and it's based on that calculation that digital downloads are showing a present market share in the 10-12% range. We all know that in most popular music categories it's rather 12-14 tracks which make an album. Try re-calculating the market share data for digital downloads as either a 12 or 14 track equivalent, and suddenly its market share will be significantly less.

The point of all this? The CD will remain the by far dominant music delivery medium to consumers for a long time to come, and we indie labels and artists better not forget that by continuing to support brick and mortar retail outlets as our most important distribution base.

Office paraphernalia
A framed black & white family picture from the 1950's showing me as a six-year-old musician, playing "drums" on a waste paper basket strapped around my waist, accompanied by my three year-old-sister Susanne, playing "flute" on a wooden kitchen spoon.

If I wasn't doing this, I would be...
… selling something else that interests me, perhaps real estate.

Industry mentor
Heiner Stadler - a producer who worked for many years for Concord Records and who now heads his own indie label, Labor Records. Heiner has an incredible record of producing dozens of important projects, from classic 1970's John Lee Hooker LPs to a fascinating complete classical keyboard works set by Bach with a Brazilian pianist Joao Carlos Martins. Heiner introduced me to my first major artist signed to my first label Khaeon - the amazing Brazilian guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima. Carlos is now signed to my present label, ZOHO. Heiner produced Carlos' last several CDs, including the three recent ZOHO releases. I learned from Heiner the need for meticulous attention to the details of each project, and even more importantly, to follow my own musical instincts and vision.

Jochen can be reached at: (914)762-2329; e-mail: JBClassix@aol.com

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Joe Fletcher, Joe Fletcher Presents 01/12/06
Jeff Fluhr, StubHub 10/06/06
Nancy Fly, The Nancy Fly Agency 04/02/04
Arthur Fogel, Live Nation 08/09/09
Martin Folkman, Independent Music Awards & Music Resource Group 08/11/06
Belle Forino, Fantasma Tours 03/18/05
Fletcher Foster, Universal Records South 07/31/09
Sam Foxman, Contemporary Productions 01/06/06
Todd Frank, 4Star Entertainment, LLC 01/24/03
Bob Frank, Koch Entertainment 01/09/09
Larry Frank, Frank Productions 01/17/11
Mike Fraser, Record Producer/Engineer 10/11/08
Carl Freed, Metropolitan Entertainment 06/22/01
Elizabeth Freund, Beautiful Day Media & Management 01/26/07
Harlan Frey, Roadrunner Records 07/11/03
Adam Friedman, Nederlander Concerts 06/22/07
Ted Gardner, Larrikin Management 04/25/03
Daniel Gélinas, Festival d’été de Québec 05/23/13
Marci Geller, Sonic Underground 08/15/08
Chris Gero, Yamaha Entertainment Group 10/26/16
Steve Gerstman, SGS 07/19/02
Sandra Gibson, The Association of Performing Arts Presenters 01/09/04
Sandra L. Gibson, Association of Performing Arts Presenters 01/16/09
Steve Gietka, Trump Properties 07/30/01
Steve Gietka, SMG Entertainment 03/19/14
Darren Gilmore, Watchdog Management 03/17/16
Daniel Glass, Glassnote Entertainment Group 10/16/14
Jake Gold, The Management Trust 04/13/01
Neil Goldberg, Cirque Productions 09/07/07
Harris Goldberg, Concert Ideas 06/27/11
Neil Goldberg, Cirque Productions 04/16/14
Martin Goldschmidt, Cooking Vinyl Group 09/29/16
Harvey Goldsmith, Harvey Goldsmith Productions 06/28/10
Michael Goldstein, RockPoP Gallery 11/09/07
Seth Goldstein, Turntable.fm 09/20/11
Anna Paula Goncalves, CEO Global Brand Appeal 08/20/14
Arnie Goodman, Blue Storm Music 11/15/02
Wesley Goodman, Red Entertainment 09/16/05
Richard Goodstone, Superfly Productions 01/27/06
Christie Goodwin, Photographer 03/18/15
Rob Gordon, What Are Records? LTD 02/01/02
Steve Gordon, Entertainment Attorney 08/06/04
Yoav Goren, Immediate Music & Imperativa Records 06/10/14
Mike Gormley, L.A. Personal Development 11/10/06
Jonathan Gosselin, Gosselin Marketing & Promotions 07/02/04
Richard Gottehrer, The Orchard 04/10/09
Sean Goulding, The Agency Group London 09/12/12
Jerimaya Grabher, RPM Direct 09/26/03
Mary Granata, The Granata Agency 09/06/10
Kelly Graves, Providence Performing Arts Center/Professional Facilities Management 01/20/02
Stan Green, Stanley A. Green Lighting and Productions 12/12/03
Mark Green, Celebrity Talent Agency Inc. / Bergen Performing Arts Center 08/12/05
Jeffrey Green, Americana Music Association 03/10/06
Paul Green, The School of Rock 07/06/08
Benjy Grinberg, Rostrum Records 12/06/11
Brent Grulke, SXSW 03/06/09
Michael Gudinski, The Mushroom Group 10/29/15
Phil Guiliano, CIE USA Entertainment Inc. & OCESA PRESENTS Inc. 03/25/05
Steve Gumble, SBG Productions 06/16/06
Greg Hagglund, Vivelo! 05/07/04
Rodney Hall, FAME Music Group 11/06/09
Rob Hallett, Robomagic 02/05/15
Craig Hankenson, Producers, Inc 02/23/06
Kerry Hansen, Wynonna Incorporated 10/03/03
Eric Hanson, Ted Kurland Associates 12/20/02
Eric Hanson, Tree Lawn Artists 03/23/07
Rusty Harmon, MTM Music Management 12/06/07
Ali Harnell, Clear Channel Entertainment Nashville 08/15/03
Bob Harris, 02/06/09
Evan Harrison, Huka Entertainment 12/08/16
David Hart, The Agency Group 02/20/04
Laura Hassler, Musicians without Borders 12/02/15
Abe Hathot, Musician, composer, and music producer. 12/21/16
Steve Hecht, Piedmont Talent 08/29/12
Travis Hellyer, Mezzanine 09/02/05
Janie Hendrix, Experience Hendrix 02/01/10
Nona Hendryx, Rhythmbank Entertainment 06/02/06
Dan Herrington, Dualtone Records 07/25/03
Sara Hickman, Sleeveless/Stingray 06/30/06
Dan Hirsch, On Board Entertainment 04/04/03
Nick Hobbs, Charmenko 12/14/01
Carel Hoffman, Hilltop Live/Oppikoppi Productions 11/07/12
Ian Hogarth, Songkick 08/09/11
Gene Hollister, Rose Presents 04/08/01
Rusty Hooker, Rock Steady Management Agency 02/16/01
Jake Hooker, Hook Entertainment 05/10/02
Martin Hopewell, Primary Talent International 04/19/02
Tom Hoppa, TKO Booking Agency 09/29/06
Bobbie Horowitz, Times Square Group 01/04/02
Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages 11/01/11
Bruce Houghton, Skyline Music 10/27/00
Bruce Houghton, Skyline Music 01/22/14
Andi Howard, Peak Records and Andi Howard Entertainment 09/02/03
Barbara Hubbard, ACTS 09/12/03
Laurent Hubert, BMG US 11/12/15
Seth Hurwitz, I.M.P. 04/20/09
Ariel Hyatt, Author, and founder of Cyber PR 11/23/16
Mark Hyman, Ashley Talent International 11/09/01
Brett Hyman, Category 5 Entertainment 07/23/04
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records 08/17/01
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records 05/28/14
Doug Isaac, Super Bowl Concert Series Producer (EXI) 08/24/01
David Israelite, National Music Publishers' Association 11/29/08
Tom Jackson, Tom Jackson Productions 02/06/13
Jay Jacobs, Parc Landon 09/21/07
Larry Jacobson, World Audience 09/17/04
Audra Jaeger, The Management Trust 05/09/03
Ralph James, The Agency Group 01/31/11
Jeffrey Jampol, Jampol Artist Management 07/18/12
Jean Michel Jarre, International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) 06/19/13
Michael Jaworek, The Birchmere 05/08/09
Peter Jesperson, New West Records 11/03/06
John Jeter, The Handlebar 08/15/12
Mike Johnson, Groundrush Media 02/17/06
Mike Gormley & Jolene Pellant, Yes, Dear Entertainment 04/23/10
Susan Joseph, Justice Entertainment Group 02/21/11
Darren Julien, Julien's Auctions 10/25/10
Henry Juszkiewicz, Gibson Guitars 09/28/10
Justin Kalifowitz, Downtown Publishing 04/20/17
Leonard Kalikow, Music Business Reference, Inc. 06/26/08
Craig Kallman, Atlantic Records 03/20/09
Steve Kane, Warner Music Canada 02/09/17
Danny Kapilian, Independent Producer 07/12/02
Mike Kappus, The Rosebud Agency 10/26/09
Andy Kaufman, Birdland 05/17/02
Wendy Kay, Mars Talent Agency 03/09/01
Lucas Keller, The Collective 03/22/11
Marty Kern, Clemson University 07/07/01
Carlos Keyes, Red Entertainment 10/08/04
Golnar Khosrowshahi, Reservoir Media Management 10/24/12
Martin Kierszenbaum, Interscope/Cherrytree Records 09/06/09
Barney Kilpatrick, Rattlesby Records 10/28/05
John Kinsner, The Walnut Room 03/28/08
Doug Kirby, LiveTourArtists 10/24/03
Steve Kirsner, Compaq Center 06/29/01
JoAnne Klabin, Sweet Relief 03/21/03
Andrew Klein, Revolution Marketing 11/05/04
Larry Klein, Producer, bassist, songwriter 03/13/12
Jack Kleinsinger, Highlights in Jazz 04/25/08
Ann Kline, Casa Kline 09/04/14
Brian Knaff, Talent Buyers Network 09/29/01
Kymberlee Knight, IEBA 11/16/00
Mike Kociela, 360 Productions 05/30/08
Stefan Kohlmeyer, Bach Technology 02/08/10
Lily Kohn, Microsoft Corporation 02/14/11
Tim Kolleth, Alligator Records 01/25/08
Al Kooper, Musician/songwriter/producer/author 02/06/14
Mitchell Koulouris, Digital Musicworks International, Inc. 02/11/05
Mark Krantz, John Schreiber Group 06/15/01
Jeff Krasno, Velour Music Group 11/19/07
Jeffrey Kruger, The Kruger Organisation 01/25/02
Harvey Kubernik, Author/historian/music journalist 08/20/15
Ted Kurland, Ted Kurland Associates 01/15/01
Jordan Kurland, Zeitgeist Artist Management 08/23/11
Carianne Laguna, Blackheart Records 03/07/08
Brady Lahr, Kufala Recordings 04/30/04
Ernie Lake, EL Records 01/19/07
Roks Lam, Wolfman Jack Entertainment 12/17/04
Anni Lam, Parc Landon 06/29/07
Gary Lane, CenterLane Attractions 10/14/05
Tom LaPenna, Lucky Man Productions 09/10/04
Camilo Lara, EMI Music Mexico/MIS 08/10/07
Gary Lashinsky, Lipizzaner Tours 05/13/05
Gregg Latterman, Aware Records 12/13/02
Tony Laurenson, Eat to the Beat 02/27/04
Emily Lazar, The Lodge 10/15/15
Bill Leabody, Leabody Systems 06/10/05
Peter Leak, 24-7 Worldwide Management 03/28/12
Steve Leeds, SR. VP/Promotion/Rock Formats at Virgin Records 07/26/02
Elliot Lefko, Goldenvoice 09/21/17
Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter 11/14/08
Carl Leighton-Pope, Leighton-Pope Organisation 07/05/09
Steve Lemon, Live 4 Live, Inc. 12/06/02
Randy Lennox, Universal Music Canada 06/24/15
Simma Levine, Disson Furst and Partners 11/10/00
Andy Levine, Sixthman 06/08/07
Rich Levy, Clear Channel Entertainment Properties 06/25/04
Eddie Levy, Chelsea Music Publishing 07/24/14
Myles Lewis, Denise Rich Songs 12/20/10
Adam Lewis, Planetary Group 01/20/16
Terry Lickona, Austin City Limits 03/14/11
Justine Liddelow, Stage and Screen Travel Services 08/31/11
Jim Lidestri, Border City Media 09/03/15
Larry Lieberman, 4EverWild 03/28/03
Eric Lilavois, Crown City Studios, and London Bridge Studio 12/10/14
Miriam Linna, Norton Records 05/18/17
Marc Lipkin, Alligator Records 03/05/05
Tommy LiPuma (Part 1), Verve Records 11/08/10
Tommy LiPuma (Part 2), Verve Records 11/15/10
Alexander Ljung, SoundCloud 10/04/10
Andy Lo Russo, The Singing Chef 12/16/05
Phil Lobel, Lobeline Communications 08/13/04
Paul Lohr, New Frontier Touring 01/21/05
Paul Lohr, New Frontier Touring 05/17/10
Julie Lokin, New Audiences 03/23/01
Dave Lory, Artemis Records 03/30/02
Max Loubiere, Tour Director 04/11/12
Mark Lourie, Skyline Music 03/08/02
Dave Lucas, Live-360 04/28/06
Joe Lucchese, EventJoe 02/23/07
Kevin Lyman, 4 fini 03/30/01
Kevin Lyman, Vans Warped Tour 05/23/12
Bubba Mac, 09/14/07
David Macias, Emergent Music Marketing 06/17/05
Kristen Madsen, Grammy Foundation and MusiCares 11/22/10
Larry Magid, Larry Magid Entertainment 05/04/10
Peter Malkin, PM Management 02/07/03
Toby Mamis, Alive Enterprises 02/12/01
Billy Mann, Green & Bloom | Topl1ne, Manncom 09/18/14
Tasea Margeolas, Multi Entertainment 06/23/06
Tony Margherita, dBpm Records 09/06/11
Bob Roux & Mark Campana, Live Nation 12/20/11
Lee Marshall, Magic Arts & Entertainment 09/13/02
Zach Martin, Radio Producer at New York's WAXQ-FM 08/30/02
Mario Martin, Gorgeous PR 04/27/07
Molly Martinez, Ticket Summit 2008 05/23/08
Paul Mascioli, Mascioli Entertainment 01/14/05
Michael Maska, Big Hassle 01/28/05
Ted Mason, Mi-5 Recordings 11/16/01
Steve Masur, Masur & Associates, LLC 11/21/03
Pam Matthews, The Ryman Auditorium 04/08/05
Terry McBride, Nettwerk Music Group 03/01/10
Michael McCarty, ole 06/20/11
Jim McDonald, McDonald Group 12/19/03
Virginia McEnerney, HeadCount 11/26/07
Doc McGhee, McGhee Entertainment 06/14/10
Camilla McGuinn, Tour Manager 08/24/07
Andy McLean, North By Northeast (NXNE) 04/01/05
Dennis McNally, Grateful Dead historian/publicist 09/06/02
Garry McQuinn, Back Row Productions 06/14/11
Ruthann McTyre, The Rita Benton Music Library; and president of the Music Library Association 08/31/10
Dick McVey, Musician's Referral Service 10/27/07
Katherine McVicker, Music Works International 01/08/15
John Meglen, Concerts West/AEG Live 02/21/13
Mark Meharry, Music Glue 05/28/15
Jorge Mejia, Sony/ATV Music Publishing 09/17/15
Dan Melnick, Festival Productions, Inc. 02/22/02
André Ménard, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 06/12/09
Bob Merlis, Merlis For Hire/Memphis International Records 01/16/04
Doug Merrick, Cumberland Talent Agency and Merrick Music Group 07/21/06
Louis Messina, The Messina Group 10/22/04
Louis Messina, The Messina Group/AEG Live 07/17/09
Louis Jay Meyers, North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance 03/30/07
Louis Jay Meyers, Folk Alliance International 01/23/09
Todd Miller, House Of Blues - New Orleans 11/14/03
Jeff Miller, Fantasma Productions 03/16/07
Ben Miller, Rock Ridge Music 11/02/07
J. B. Miller, Empire Entertainment 08/22/08
Richard Mills, S.L. Feldman 11/02/09
Marty Monson, Barbershop Harmony Society 07/07/16
Linda Moran, Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) 04/05/09
Jesse Morreale, Nobody In Particular Presents (NIPP) 09/20/02
Chuck Morris, Live Rocky Mountains 09/28/09
Mo Morrison, Independent production 05/24/02
Kevin Morrow, Steel Wool Entertainment 01/25/17
Nick Moss, Blue Bella Records 11/30/07
Jim Musselman, Appleseed Recordings 04/14/06
Natalia Nastaskin, United Talent Agency 04/13/16
Marc Nathan, Flagship Records 07/01/05
David Neilon, Rising Star Promotions 11/30/01
Don Neuen, Star Coaches Inc. 10/10/12
Dennis Newhall, DIG Music 10/07/05
John Nittolo, John Nittolo Productions 04/13/07
Ian Noble, Metropolitan Talent 05/23/03
Fabricio Nobre, A Construtora Música e Cultura 05/04/17
Josh Norek, JN Media, LLC 07/05/02
David Norman, Tour Manager 04/20/07
Mimi Northcott, Canadian Recording Services (CRS) 04/11/08
Bill Nowlin, Rounder Records 01/05/07
John Nugent, NY JAM Inc. 11/08/02
Andy Nulman, Just For Laughs 11/20/13
Sal Nunziato, NYCD 06/01/01
Bob O'Neal, Ryman Auditorium 06/28/02
Andrea Orbeck, Prehab Health and Fitness 03/15/10
Heather Orser, Toad's Place 01/29/01
Janet Oseroff, MultiMediaProperties 11/18/05
Marc Ostrow, Boosey & Hawkes 12/05/08
Riley O’Connor, Live Nation Canada 07/24/09
Jeremy Palmer, Buddy Lee Attractions 11/02/01
John Palmer, Megawave Records 08/31/07
Panos Panay, Sonicbids 12/23/05
Julien Paquin, Paquin Artists Agency 04/30/14
Graham Parker, WQXR-FM 11/26/14
Crispin Parry, British Underground 02/24/08
Donald Passman, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown 04/09/10
Donald S. Passman, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown 01/06/16
Bruce Patron, Overland Entertainment 07/28/06
Alexandra Patsavas, Chop Shop Music 09/27/11
Cheryl Pawelski, Omnivore Entertainment Group 09/26/13
Kerry Peace, Alligator Records 08/18/06
Eric Peltoniemi, Red House Records 12/14/09
Scott Perry, Sperry Media 03/11/05
Lawrence Peryer, Jr., 23 Omnimedia 11/07/08
John Peters, MassConcerts 06/07/11
Holger Petersen, Stony Plain Records 04/15/05
Jon Phillips, Silverback Professional Artist Mgmt/Controlled Substance Sound 08/29/08
Dave Pichilingi, Sound City 03/30/16
Vince Pileggi, Music Inc./Music Inc. Sounds 12/01/06
Eric Pirritt, Endit! Presents / The Fox Theatre 10/17/03
Neil Portnow, The Recording Academy 02/08/11
Louis Posen, Hopeless Records 04/04/11
Stephen Posen, Estate of Glenn Gould 01/23/13
Nadia Prescher, Madison House 06/20/03
Jeff Price, TuneCore 02/28/11
Tom Principato, Powerhouse Records 02/01/08
Roger Probert, Core Records 12/08/06
John "Grinder" Procaccini, JP Squared (JP2) 01/17/03
Mark Pucci, Independent Music Publicist 09/09/05
David Pullman, The Pullman Group 11/03/00
Rod Quinton, Saigon Sound System 04/18/11
Dolphus Ramseur, Ramseur Records 10/19/07
Jack Randall, Ted Kurland Associates 04/05/02
Jack Randall, The Kurland Agency 03/08/17
Debra Rathwell, AEG Live 05/03/13
Jeff Ravitz, Visual Terrain 02/08/08
Paul Reed, Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) 06/14/17
Rich Rees, M.P.I. Talent Agency 09/19/08
John Reese, Freeze Artist Management 08/01/08
Bill Reeves, WRIII, Inc. 10/20/06
Stephen Rehage, Rehage Entertainment 07/30/04
Lisa Reiss, Pearl Productions 08/17/07
Salaam Remi, Composer, producer, musician and label executive. 01/08/14
David Renzer, Universal Music Publishing Group 08/23/09
Alison Richard, Universal Orlando Resort 05/06/05
Kelli Richards, The All Access Group 02/07/12
Gary Richards, HARD Events 08/29/13
Sam Righi, Waterfront Entertainment Group 05/30/03
Jon Rinaldo, Joker Productions 01/02/04
Geary Rindels, Geary Rindels Enterprises, Inc. 12/05/03
Doreen Ringer Ross, BMI 01/18/08
Lisette Rioux, Island Def Jam Music Group 05/16/03
Dave Roberge, Everfine Records & Everfine Artist Management 12/03/04
Sandy Roberton, Worlds End Producer Management 02/20/09
Ty Roberts, Gracenote 01/31/12
Bill Rogers, BRE Presents 07/13/07
Ian Rogers, Topspin Media 06/01/10
Benji Rogers, PledgeMusic 12/19/13
Dave Rose, Deep South Entertainment 09/15/06
Eric Rosen, Ronald S. Bienstock & Associates 05/25/01
Stuart Ross, The Ross Group 02/23/01
David Ross, President IAAM; Director, Show Me Center 09/23/05
Jack Ross, APA Canada 09/07/17
Bobby Rossi, Ruth Eckerd Hall 02/28/03
Michael Rothschild, Landslide Records 04/29/05
Robert Rowland, Red Entertainment 06/13/08
Bill Royston, Mt. Hood Jazz Festival 03/07/03
John Rudolph, Bug Music 05/24/10
Elizabeth Rush, E.R.A. / Elizabeth Rush Agency 08/20/04
Aran Rush, Expo and Foro Imperial 02/16/07
Maurice Russell, Harry Fox Agency 10/21/05
Barron Ruth, Skyline Music 02/14/03
Andrea Sabata, Skyline Music 01/07/05
Numa Saisselin, Count Basie Theatre, Inc. 02/04/05
Ron Sakamoto, Gold & Gold Productions 01/16/10
David Salidor, dis Company 07/20/07
Shaw Saltzberg, S. L. Feldman and Associates 06/21/10
Bruce Allen & Sam Feldman, A&F Music 12/19/08
Mark Samuels, Basin Street Records 06/11/04
Jacqueline Saturn, Harvest Records 01/21/15
Tamara Saviano, American Roots Publishing 07/22/05
Tamara Saviano, Author, journalist, and producer 08/18/16
Michael Scafuto, Mountain High Entertainment 12/07/01
Steve Schankman, Contemporary Productions 12/21/01
Steve Scharf, Carlin America 10/11/02
John Scher, Metropolitan Talent 11/21/08
Al Schmitt, Producer/Engineer 02/13/10
Bobby Schneider, Tour Coordinator, Third Eye Blind 01/31/03
Jake Schneider, Madison House 04/02/14
Steven Schnur, EA Music Group 07/03/13
Elaine Schock, Shock Ink 02/19/10
Stacy Schott, Mad Booking and Events 08/22/03
Daylle Schwartz, Revenge Productions 08/19/05
Dean Sciarra, ItsAboutMusic.com 11/26/04
Joel Selvin, Author and Journalist 08/07/14
Jay Sendyk, Sendyk, Leonard & Company, Inc. 05/03/02
Peter Shapiro, Ideal Entertainment 04/16/04
Seth Sheck, Access Pass & Design 01/03/03
Seth Sheck, ACCESS Event Solutions 06/22/16
Seth Shomes, The Agency Group 11/12/14
Jay Sieleman, The Blues Foundation 07/18/03
Anya Siglin, The Ark 03/05/10
Bill Silva, Bill Silva Entertainment 10/19/10
Tom Silverman, Tommy Boy Entertainment 03/06/12
Steve Simon, Clear Channel Communications 05/14/04
Ralph Simon, Live Earth 07/06/07
Ralph Simon, Mobilium 04/12/11
Michael Simon, The Harry Fox Agency 08/14/13
Ron Simpson, RCS Productions 01/11/08
John Simson, SoundExchange 07/15/05
Dion Singer, Warner Bros. 12/07/09
Gram Slaton, The Community Arts Center 02/25/05
Owen Sloane, Gladstone Michel Weisberg Willner & Sloane 10/11/10
Peter Smidt, Eurosonic Noorderslag & manager Buma Cultuur 07/17/13
Garrison Snell, Gyrosity Projects 02/23/17
Mike Snider, Paradigm Talent Agency Nashville 05/17/11
Andrew Snowhite, Musictoday 05/04/01
Bruce Solar, The Agency Group 05/14/14
Nikki Solgot, Circle Talent Agency 02/18/15
Michael Solomon, Brick Wall Management 05/25/07
Mark Sonder, Mark Sonder Productions 07/25/08
Steve Sonnier, UIC Pavilion at the University of Illinois, Chicago 09/03/04
Kathy Spanberger, peermusic 06/20/12
Carolyn Specht, CIE USA Entertainment Inc. and OCESA PRESENTS Inc. 03/26/04
David Spelman, New York Guitar Festival 10/01/04
Jason Spiewak, Rock Ridge Music 04/07/06
Dan Steinberg, Square Peg Concerts 11/29/12
Dan Steinberg, Square Peg Concerts 02/18/05
Jeremy Stephan, Ventures, LLC 04/23/04
Walter Stewart, Mars Talent Agency 02/21/03
Gail Stocker, Gail Stocker Presents 11/12/04
Jon Stoll, Fantasma Productions 10/13/00
Jesse Stoll, AEG 06/27/09
Henry Stone, Henry Stone Music 06/24/05
Jason Stone, Live Nation New York 03/31/06
Howard Stovall, Resource Entertainment Group 05/28/04
Cameron Strang, New West Records 10/18/02
Don Strasburg, AEG Live Rocky Mountains 02/27/09
Barbara Strauss, Sovereign Ventures 05/12/06
Richard Stumpf, Cherry Lane Publishing 08/07/06
Deb Suckling, SUGARRUSH Music 07/27/17
Patrick Sullivan, RightsFlow 10/25/11
Bernie Swain & Harry Rhodes, Jr., Washington Speakers Bureau 12/07/00
Dean Swett, Paramour Group 06/14/02
Jake Szufnarowski, Rocks Off 05/02/08
Marc Tanner, Chime Entertainment 12/22/06
Donald Tarlton, The Donald K Donald Group 04/12/02
Tess Taylor, Los Angeles Music Network 08/09/02
Race Taylor, WPLJ - New York 10/27/06
Race Taylor, WPLJ - New York 10/27/06
Chris Taylor, Taylor 03/15/09
Peter Tempkins, DeWitt Stern Group 03/16/01
Peter Tempkins, Momentous Insurance Brokerage 03/27/09
Lisa Tenner, Tenner & Associates (EAT'M) 08/06/01
Jeremy Tepper, Diesel Only Records 10/10/03
Allan Tepper, Bicycle Music Company 09/28/07
Martin Terefe, Kensaltown Studios 05/31/11
Milun Tesovic, MetroLeap Media 10/18/09
Mandar Thakur, Times Music 08/06/15
Jerry Thompson, Promoter Line Inc. 03/05/04
Jose Tillan, MTV Networks Latin America 12/02/05
Jon Tiven, Hormone Studios 08/05/05
Adam Tobey, Concert Ideas 08/24/17
Rob Tonkin, Marketing Factory 12/17/15
John "J.T." Toomey, 25/8 Management 11/15/11
Livia Tortella, Warner Bros. Records 01/10/12
Phil Tripp, IMMEDIA! 01/19/06
Claudio Trotta, Barley Arts Promotion 11/26/01
Chris Tsakalakis, StubHub 01/11/10
Ben Turner, Graphite Media 05/10/10
Steve Vai, Favored Nations Entertainment 04/26/02
John Valentino, Fantasma Productions 04/18/03
John Valentino, AEG Live SE 11/01/10
Don Van Cleave, Coalition of Independent Music Stores 04/09/04
Casey Verbeck, Partners in Music 06/06/03
David "Boche" Viecelli, The Billions Corporation 04/18/10
Marsha Vlasic, Artist Group International 05/31/17
Mat Vlasic, Bravado 06/28/17
Ray Waddell, Billboard Magazine 08/27/04
Rob Waggener, Foundations Recovery Network 03/07/11
Jim Walczak, Racine Civic Centre 06/03/05
Jeff Walker, The AristoMedia Group 08/16/10
Carla Wallace, Big Yellow Dog Music 11/04/05
Russell Wallach, Live Nation Network 03/20/12
Steve Walter, The Cutting Room 10/24/08
Neil Warnock, The Agency Group 05/02/09
Diane Warren, Realsongs 08/14/09
Butch Waugh, RCA Label Group Nashville 01/10/03
Lauren Wayne, The State Theatre 05/09/12
Kirt Webster, Webster PR 02/03/16
Ken Weinstein, Big Hassle Media 04/22/05
Bruce Weinstein, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 02/15/08
Larry Weintraub, Fanscape 05/18/01
Pam Weiser, Momentous Insurance Brokerage 10/11/11
Kevin Welk, Welk Music Group 01/24/12
D-J Wendt, Dmand Management 05/09/08
Alison Wenham, Worldwide Independent Network 02/13/09
Bill Werde, Billboard 08/03/11
Joel Whitburn, Record Research 11/13/09
Judd White, Tour Manager/Accountant 02/13/04
Jeff White, In Ticketing 12/16/06
Adam White, Author 09/14/16
Lisa White, Pearl Street Warehouse 10/04/17
Adam Wilkes, AEG Live Asia 10/13/16
Fenton Williams, 04/04/08
Del Williams, Right Arm Entertainment 04/18/08
Bryan "Birdman" Williams, Cash Money Records 09/13/11
Paul Williams, ASCAP 10/19/11
J.P. Williams, Parallel Entertainment 10/03/12
Kurt Willms, Green Room Productions 09/20/03
Chris Wilson, Heartbeat Records 03/02/07
Tony Wilson, Factory Records/In The City 06/01/07
Tom Windish, The Windish Agency 07/26/10
John Wiseman, XL Touring Video 05/05/06
Thom Wolke, Twincloud.com 02/08/02
Michael Wood, City Lights Entertainment 08/08/08
Keith Wortman, Blackbird Presents 03/22/17
Nigel Wright, Independant Record Producer 11/07/03
Dusty Wright, CultureCatch.com 07/27/07
Jeremiah “Ice” Younossi, A-List Talent 09/20/09
Gail Zappa, The Zappa Family Trust 10/02/14
Kevin 'Chief' Zaruk, Chief Music Management 06/10/15
Ron Zeelens, RAZco Visas 04/20/01
Rick Zeiler, Sidney Frank Importing Company 06/04/04
Danny Zelisko, Live Nation 06/19/09
Hillary Zuckerberg, Brick Wall Management. 07/09/04
Steve Zuckerman, Global Entertainment and Media Summit 03/22/02
Paul Zullo, Muze 01/23/04
Nanette Zumwalt, Hired Power 02/03/06

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