Industry Profile: Fenton Williams

— By Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner

Lighting designer Fenton Williams, highly experienced in video production, stage creation, and large-scale production, is best known as Dave Matthews Band's lighting designer, but he is also a founding partner in Filament Productions, a lighting and video company and stage design company, launched in 2005.

Fenton is widely respected as one of the most innovative lighting designers in the entertainment industry. He has designed lighting for the Dave Matthews Band since 1991 in countless clubs, arenas, stadiums, and well-known parks He has also worked with acts such as Liza Minnelli and events such as Bonnaroo and Z100's Jingle Ball.

In the summer of 2005, having worked in the music industry for more than 15 years, Fenton formed what has ultimately morphed into Filament Productions. With different partners, Fenton had a video company and a production design company. After a couple of years, he decided to merge them into Filament Productions, which in this formation, has been in business for about two years.

"I have had an opportunity to see both visual sides of the production of a show and Filament is really the product of my experience in the industry," he says.

Fenton's video work can be seen in many live music DVDs, such as Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds: Live at Radio City; John Mayer: Any Given Thursday Live DVD 2002; Dave Matthews Band: The Gorge; Dave Matthews Band: The Central Park Show; and Dave Matthews Band: Live at Folsom Field. He was also the performance director for the 1st Bonnaroo Festival in 2002.

So how did Fenton get his start in the music industry and with the Dave Matthews Band? Doing odds and ends for DMB manager Coran Capshaw, including walking his dog, Buddy.

"Coran and I are both from Norfolk and our families knew each other," Fenton explains. "I don't remember the first time I met Coran. Our families were friends from the time I was very young". Then I decided to move to Charlottesville for college and while in school I needed a job. Coran owned a local music place, Trax, and having known him through family growing up, he hired me to help with the shows. As Dave Matthews Band began to expand beyond Charlottesville, they needed someone to travel with them and settle the shows. I'd already worked at a number of the shows and the voyage started from there."

Having initially started out as DMB's road manager, Fenton ultimately became their lighting designer, which he says was a fairly slow, natural progression.

"During the shows I didn't have all that much to do so I would end up running the smaller light consoles that were at the clubs," he reminisces. "As the band grew and the touring needs expanded, I'd already supplanted myself behind the light board. I also really got to know the band member's personalities in the early shows so it wasn't a complete baptism by fire the first time we played at Giants Stadium in 1998."

Fenton is very quick to point out two very significant mentors of his: Tim Kohlmeyer and Mark Huber at TMS. "As I had different lighting questions along the way," he says, "they were extremely helpful. Especially as we started playing in larger rooms, Tim and Mark have been lifesavers."

What most people do not know is that Fenton was DMB's first full time video director for about three years, 1999-2001, and still oversees this role today as the overall show director.


Experience & Advice
Don't put video screens too far above and off to the side of the act. The video screens are supposed to enhance the band and not too many musicians enjoy standing onstage with everyone looking above, behind, or to the side of them. The whole "fan-artist connection" model seems to lose a bit of its luster if the attention is away from them.

What is Filament's business philosophy?
Acknowledging that design is a process that requires a team effort. We utilize our over 50 years of lighting design and video experience, a nationwide system of talented production assets and creativity to continually deliver a world-class product. We base all of our designs off of two main principles: Scalability and environmental sensibility.

How essential is video today in live events?
Video has become extremely essential within today's presentations/shows/concerts for a couple of different reasons:

Nearly every act from large club on up is carrying some kind of video package with them. So many of the younger fans come to shows today expecting video of some sort and if you don't have it, the question becomes, "The show was really good, but why didn't they have video?"

Second, there's such an opportunity for touring artists to make money off of content. As the industry has acknowledged, the model has changed. There's a very lucrative opportunity for artists and corporations to archive much of their live footage and then package it a number of different ways--fan club exclusive, corporations, band website, corporate internal, etc.

How have you changed as a lighting designer over the years?
The technology has obviously grown a lot more sophisticated, but I've tried with all of my energy to make what I do go unnoticed for the most part within each show I put together. Too many times designers believe that they're the reason that people are forking over the money for the concert. My goal is to add an additional element to the show, but more importantly, enhance the artists or subject matter on stage. Their music creates powerful moments in the show, and my job is to really make those stand out to the audience without detracting from the music.

How has your lighting for DMB changed over the years?
We've obviously continued to add more video within our productions as this trend has been sweeping through much of the industry. I've also had the absolute pleasure of teaming with Bruce Rodgers and Tribe Design since DMB's Central Park show in 2004.

I'm also extremely fortunate that DMB still has a large following so I've had the opportunity to try quite a number of new things.

How have you tweaked the lighting?
Each year I create a completely new design with Bruce Rodgers of Tribe Inc. for the band to live in for the summer. It has come quite a long way from the early days. As the show rolls to its different stops, I'm forced to be pretty flexible given that a majority of the shows are in sheds. We also don't operate with one set list for the tour; DMB changes up the set list each and every night.

What kinds of new things have you tried with the band?
Completely introduced DMB into the world of video. We were really concerned when we first started with video that it would take away from a lot of what was happening onstage. But it becomes necessary as the rooms grow larger and you have people upstairs that still want to see Carter up close on his kit.

We were also concerned that the band would become distracted with video behind them and turning around, seeing their images on the big screen. But the guys are such amazing musicians and performers that they acclimated quite quickly.

How involved is the band in the lighting design?
This question is truly across the board. In the case of DMB, I have a pretty clean palate to work with. I will show the guys about three months out from the first show, but they won't really see it until production rehearsals a couple days before the tour in full formation. They know that the team we have together does everything possible to make sure the design represents them well. They also have a certain comfort level with me as I know the music extremely well and can very effectively highlight each member throughout the night. Obviously a lot of this trust was built way back when we were still rolling around in a van together between Charlottesville and Richmond.

We're happy to have other clients as involved as they want to be and typically work through a pretty deep initial brainstorming session. Our team at Filament really tries to flesh out what they like/dislike, what they have done in the past, and what they could try that wouldn't detract from the main focus--their music.

Is there a piece of lighting technology you cannot live without?
That's a tough one, and my answer is boring, but truss seems to be the only thing I can pinpoint that I've always had in a design. Lots of fans in the audience also makes the job easier.

What makes a good lighting designer?
Their team. I should mention I really design with a team consisting of several people. Partners of mine from Filament Productions -- Aaron Stinebrink, Jeff Crane, and Mike Lane -- and then the team over at Tribe design with Bruce Rodgers -- Mai Sakai and Sean Dougall.

As a team we continually push each other to really try new things. We're constantly passing the design back and forth and manipulating it to our own likes and current industry trends. Then we continually upgrade it with new technology.

How has the lighting industry changed during the past 5 years?
The integration of video and lights. They used to be seen as two different departments. They've grown closer and closer together over the past few years. The LED in general has allowed less power to be used.

What's next in video technology?
There seem to be new products everyday. The trick is finding what new technology will lend itself to the specific project you may be working on at the time. Video will continue to become lighter and higher resolution and come down in price as it is used throughout the concert and corporate event world.

It will be interesting to see the long-term effects of YouTube, MySpace, etc. With the amount of exposure and access people are provided to artists, it will be interesting to see if the shift goes back towards simply the music. I just caught Springsteen and E Street in Seattle the other night and they tend to use a powerful set that doesn't rely heavily on theatrical elements. Just the Boss and his band.

First concert attended
The Police, Scope in Norfolk, 1982; they were also one of the last concerts--John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, 2007 I attended. Sting looks younger to me now.

First concert worked
A concert at Trax in Charlottesville when I first started working with Coran Capshaw in 1990. Van Rypers. Coran would do a small festival type show out in the country. I think that he had a pretty good idea there given the current festival line-up for this summer. I was working with DMB at that point in 1992.

First industry job
Odds and ends for Coran Capshaw, who owned Trax, including walking his dog, Buddy. I started as the original road "tour" manager of Dave Matthews Band. Thank goodness the band got bigger and hired someone that actually knew what they were doing, and thankfully, they then needed someone to light them. I didn't have much to do during the show so I started messing with the house lighting rigs and consoles, and I really fell in love with it.

Career highlights
100,000 people in Central Park for DMB's 2004 show and going to Neil Young's house for a cookout before the Bridge School Benefit in 1997.

Career disappointment
Realizing 99,998 people were actually at DMB's 2004 Central Park show for them and only my wife and father were there to see the production.

Greatest challenge
Making all the guys from DMB actually look good on stage every night, obviously kidding. With the amount of technology and production techniques out there, ensuring that the band's performance remains the focus of the show.

Best business decision
Walking Buddy, Coran Capshaw's dog.

Best advice you received
Listen first, speak last. Try to step back and put yourself in other people's shoes and understand where they are coming from -- Peter Drucker in The New Realities.

Most memorable industry experience
Jeff "Bagby" Thomas, DMB sound man, and myself sitting in a teepee at Neil Young's house in the teepee with Lou Reed, Neil Young, Billy Corgan, and Marilyn Manson prior to Bridge School Benefit in 1997.

What friends would be surprised to learn about you
That I can't use chopsticks because I don't like the texture of the wood.

Industry pet peeve
Guest list requests and after-show passes.

If I wasn't doing this, I would be…
… ten years younger. Skippering charter boats in the Caribbean.

Industry mentors
Dave Matthews Band family: Bruce Rodgers--Tribe Design; Coran Capshaw--DMB manager; Tim Kohlmeyer / Mark Huber--Theatricals Media Service; Danny O'Brien--Screenworks; Dan Parise; Hank McHugh; and Hugh Suratt.

Fenton can be contacted at: (434) 242-7121; e-mail: fenton@FilamentProd.com

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Gregg Latterman, Aware Records 12/13/02
Tony Laurenson, Eat to the Beat 02/27/04
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
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
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
Terry Lickona, Austin City Limits 03/14/11
Justine Liddelow, Stage and Screen Travel Services 08/31/11
Larry Lieberman, 4EverWild 03/28/03
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
John Meglen, Concerts West/AEG Live 02/21/13
Dan Melnick, Festival Productions, Inc. 02/22/02
Andr Mnard, Festival International de Jazz de Montral 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
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
Nick Moss, Blue Bella Records 11/30/07
Jim Musselman, Appleseed Recordings 04/14/06
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
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 OConnor, 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
Crispin Parry, British Underground 02/24/08
Donald Passman, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown 04/09/10
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
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
Debra Rathwell, AEG Live 05/03/13
Jeff Ravitz, Visual Terrain 02/08/08
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
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
Tamara Saviano, American Roots Publishing 07/22/05
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
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
Mike Snider, Paradigm Talent Agency Nashville 05/17/11
Andrew Snowhite, Musictoday 05/04/01
Bruce Solar, The Agency Group 05/14/14
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
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
Jerry Thompson, Promoter Line Inc. 03/05/04
Jose Tillan, MTV Networks Latin America 12/02/05
Jon Tiven, Hormone Studios 08/05/05
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
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
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
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
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
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
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