Industry Profile: Rod Quinton

— By Larry LeBlanc (CelebrityAccess MediaWire)

This week In the Hot Seat with Larry LeBlanc: Rod Quinton, General Manager, Saigon Sound System.

Bob Dylan recently made his debut in Vietnam in high style.

His show, held at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University in Ho Chi Minh City on April 10, 2011, had great sound, great lighting, and the best in technical staff with a punter’s only complaint of just a bit of a queue up for beers.

Producing this event was Ho Chi Minh City-based Saigon Sound System which produces and promotes show in Vietnam, and Cambodia.

Among the shows this two-year-old firm has worked are those featuring: Ratatat, Ken Stringfellow, Dengue Fever, and the Rebelz from the U.S.; Cuban Brothers, and Killa Kela & Andy Knowles from the U.K.; I Heart Hiroshima, Mojo Webb, Q-Bik & MC Seeka, and the Fun from Australia; Shun Sakai from Japan; punk rockers P.K.14 from China; and Vietnam rock stars Microwave, and Pham Anh Khoa. Also, it has presented shows by such British DJs as Goldie, Skalektrik, and Jonty Skruff.

Before arriving in Vietnam, Dylan didn’t ask for a VIP greeting at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport. He did, however, request a room with two windows at a modest Ho Chi Minh City hotel.

In all, Dylan directly said three words to the audience of 6,000 that included Vietnamese as well as expats from France, England, Germany, Italy, Norway, and the United States, “Thank you friends.”

Dylan is one of the top international artists to perform in Vietnam, where top name concerts remain rare, and the Communist government maintains tight controls over expression. In a country choked by bureaucracy, Dylan's song list was pre-approved by the government, but Rod Quinton, general manager of Saigon Sound System, maintains that no restrictions were placed on the submitted list.

Dylan, however, later received criticism after his first-ever shows in China for allowing the Communist government there to vet his song list, and for keeping quiet about the detention of activists there.

In Ho Chi Minh City, Dylan and his band performed 17-songs in a festival atmosphere for a show that ran at just under two hours. Among his songs were "Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking," "It Ain't Me Babe,” "Tangled Up In Blue," "Simple Twist Of Fate," "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall," "Highway 61 Revisited," and "Ballad of the Thin Man."

For his encore, Dylan played "Like a Rolling Stone," "All Along the Watchtower," and "Forever Young."

The concert also paid tribute to Trinh Cong Son (whom Joan Baez once dubbed the "Bob Dylan of Vietnam”), observing the 10th anniversary of the iconic singer/songwriter’s passing with performances of 15 love songs by Son performed by top Vietnamese singers.

Certainly, Dylan’s performance in Communist Vietnam is symbolic, but with more than half of country’s 89 million people being born after the Vietnam War ended, music fans there are more likely to have heard of contemporary global pop stars Lady Gaga or Britney Spears rather than Bob Dylan or the Backstreet Boys, who performed at the Military Zone 7 stadium on March 24 in Ho Chi Minh City; and at My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi on March 26 for shows that were heavily discounted.

Following Dylan’s Ho Chi Minh City appearance, there have been hints of upcoming shows by Linkin Park, Michael Learns to Rock, Jason Mraz, Bon Jovi, and Justin Timberlake by the local media, no doubt arousing heightened expectations of Vietnamese music fans, especially young ones.

How did you feel watching Bob Dylan and his band walk onstage in Ho Chi Minh City?

To be honest, very proud. We’ve got a great team, and a lot of people worked very, very hard to make this happen. You don’t believe it is going to happen until it does. Even then, it was, “Okay, he’s here in Vietnam. That’s a great start. We are almost there.” When he went out onstage, and the band started up, he started singing, and he was clearly into it. For the first song ("Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking") he was melodic, and he was passionate. It was great. A very good feeling.

No problems in getting Bob and his entourage through customs? That has been a problem over the years with artists performing in Vietnam.

No. No dramas. We got him in okay. It was all cool.

In their coverage, the international press said the event wasn’t well attended.

This is my first experience with international press. It’s quite amazing how sensationalistic they can be; and how they can pick up on small things and run with them. The main headline was that the venue was half-empty or half-full. The other thing was talking about controversial stuff—that he had to get all of the songs vetted by the government; and that he should be ashamed that he went through that; and he didn’t sing “Blowing In The Wind” or “The Times They Are A-Changin.'”

To me, both of those (criticisms) are fundamentally off the mark. We had just under 6,000 people there. We had been hoping for 8,000. So we were three-quarters full. Certainly, there were enough people there for the venue not to feel empty or lack atmosphere. It was a great feeling, and the crowd size was really nice.

The show took place in a football field?

Exactly. Bigger than a football field, but a big grass area. We had 3,000 or 4,000 people standing up at the front, and people spread out in the back on picnic blankets and things. It was great. It was really a lovely atmosphere. When a headline goes out that we were half-empty, it’s a shame that is how it’s reported because it certainly didn’t feel that way.

Dylan performed 17 songs including many of his older songs.

That’s right. He was clearly enjoying himself. He spent most of the concert smiling broadly. He did three encores instead of his usual two. It was great. We were chuffed, and it certainly seemed like he was too.

Having the tribute to Trinh Cong Son before Dylan was timely. That was near the 10th anniversary of his death on April 1st.

It was a couple of days after the anniversary of Trinh Cong Son’s death. I was here (in Ho Chi Minh City) at that time. His (funeral) was amazing. I had no idea who Trinh Cong Son was until he died. I had heard of him, but I didn’t really understand it all. Just seeing the public reaction to his passing was really moving.

Quite symbolic having the tribute to Trinh Cong Son alongside his American counterpart, Bob Dylan.

I had heard that Joan Baez line that the Bob Dylan of Vietnam was Trinh Cong Son. I was familiar with that. (In doing the tribute), I guess that I was quite concerned that we would just end up with a football field of expats (expatriates). That’s not what we are trying to do here.

What are your goals?

Saigon Sound System is definitely platformed for raising the production of music. We are really keen to do better productions because most of what happens locally is pretty ordinary. Two, we want to open the doors more, and bring in more and more quality acts to Vietnam. Three, we can do the same thing in reverse—send more Vietnamese music out because there are some really fantastic young artists here.

So, with that being our mission statement, it wouldn’t have been very good—out of the box—to have an audience that wasn’t truly the local market (for the Dylan concert). We wanted to try to establish some kind of a hook with relevance for the local market. (The tribute) seemed to make good sense. I hadn’t even thought through in my mind that it coincided with the 10th anniversary of Trinh Cong Son’s passing. I went and met his niece Tib Nguyen, who I know. I said that we were bringing in Bob Dylan and would like to have the show as Trinh Cong Son/Bob Dylan. She was like, “Wow! Are you are kidding? It’s the 10th anniversary of his passing at the time you are doing the concert.” It’s the type of thing where you get the hair-standing-up-on-the-back-of-your-neck feeling. “Wow! What an amazing coincidence.” I felt that this was something that we would be crazy not to run with, and crazy not to try to make the most of.

[Trinh Cong Son is one of the greatest figures in Vietnam’s modern music. During his lifetime, he won many music awards at home and abroad, including the World Peace Music Award 2004. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered at his funeral a decade ago in Ho Chi Minh City. His music remains very popular among Vietnamese, old and young. A road in Hue city along the Huong (Perfume) River in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue was named after him on March 17, 2011.

A series of exhibitions featuring Trinh Cong Son’s art is currently touring Vietnam. The exhibition, entitled “Not mau” (“Colorful Note”), includes more than 50 paintings, in water colors, chalk and oil, created by the antiwar musician during different phases of his life.]

How long did it take to get Bob Dylan to Vietnam?

The first time I was introduced to the idea of bringing Dylan here was going back two years when (promoter) Colleen Ironside from Live Limited out of Hong Kong, was here. She brought over (Australian rock singer) Jimmy Barnes to play an Australian Day event in Ho Chi Minh City (Australian Big Day Out in April, 2009) that we put on. Colleen used to be with Live Nation, and she’s good mates with Chuggi (Australian promoter Michael Chugg).

We were at the Boat House restaurant on the Sunday after the show having a bit of a recovery, and Colleen said, “What do you think about Bob Dylan coming here?” I said “Great, but how much? The Vietnamese don’t really know him. So it’s going to be a hard sell here. But what an iconic idea.” Colleen said, “Let’s give it some time, and then let’s see what we can put together.”

So then in October of last year, I was down at the One Movement (for Music conference and festival) in Perth (Australia), the music industry event that Chuggi puts together. He said, “It looks like the Dylan tour is going ahead in April. Are you interested in doing Vietnam?” Of course, I said, “Absolutely.”

Was your first step approaching the Ministry of Culture and Information to see if a Bob Dylan show was acceptable to the authorities?

That’s right; actually, that’s where we started. After the plane came back from Australia we rang a guy I know at the Ministry of Culture and Information and had a coffee with him straight up. It just doesn’t make any sense to pursue something here unless…Effectively, we started with the Ministry of Culture and Information. We met them informally over a cup of coffee and told them about bringing Dylan in. They said, “Give us a couple of days.” Then they came back and said, “Cool. That sounds fine.” That was really a starting point for the whole thing so we could go ahead and work on it.

Why meet with the government officials informally?

Just because we didn’t have a contract or anything formally to present (to them) from Dylan at that point. It was just a verbal idea. For a formal meeting, you have to have some documents in front of you. The Ministry of Culture doesn’t really want to chat. (The informal meeting) was just essentially for us to make sure that they felt that the idea was okay, that it wasn’t going to be controversial, and it wasn’t going to get everybody into something that they didn’t want to get into. It just made sense.

I have a good friend who works for the Ministry who is a musician himself. Before he came to work at the Ministry, he worked on some gigs with us a long time ago. He was a good person to go to so he could quietly talk to his bosses, the guys in charge, and ask, “Is this something that these guys should be pursuing?”

Bryan Adams, and Sting played Vietnam years ago. It’s surprising that it took this long for Dylan to play there.

Certainly, for the past decade, there’s been a lot of talk about that “Dylan is coming” for the Peace Awards. There were a couple of times that people mentioned that Dylan was going to come to town. It never came to fruition.

[In 1994, Canadian Bryan Adams became the first major-league international star to play in Ho Chi Minh City since James Brown played war-time shows there in the ‘60s. Ho Chi Minh City was the ninth stop on Adams’ two-month, 15-city Asian trek, which included shows in Bangkok, Bombay, Kuala Lumpur, and Taipei. Hong Kong-based Bruce Aitken of Sports Asia linked with regional tour promoter Midas Productions to bring Adams to Vietnam. Aitken had to obtain 12 separate government approvals for the show. At the time, the U.S. had a trade embargo against Vietnam, and Americans were not allowed to perform there without Treasury Department approval.]

How did the Ministry of Culture and Information officials view the Dylan concert?

We caught up with the Ministry guys at the end of the concert, and they were very happy. We had a beer with a couple of them after the gig; they were very happy with what we had done and, in particular, the quality of the production. Their view was, “Okay, so what’s next? Tell us what you want to do, and we will try and get you some pre-approval next time around to give you a long run at (promoting) it.” Because we really didn’t get much time to promote the (Dylan) concert.

So we said, “We’ll make it easy for you. What are the sort of things we can or cannot do?” They said, “We’re pretty easy-going. Two things that we really don’t want to see is the stuff that has potentially strong drug references. We’re not keen on things that introduce our young population to the drug culture. The other thing that we don’t want is the type of music that promotes violence. The angry stuff. Apart from that, you can pretty much do what you like.”

So that’s cool. That seems to me a very fair assessment and basis from which to work.

Was the Dylan concert Saigon Sound System’s first major show?

Yes, it really is. The people that I work with, the guys with Saigon Sound System are essentially a production crew. They know sound and lights. I have a technical director that works with me, Jerome Breger; a sound engineer Alex Sosno; and a lighting designer Dominique Raby. It really started with those three guys. I knew how talented they are and what they could do. It is way above what others can do here. Also with us are Rob Eddy (acoustic and sound engineer); a production manager, Vo Luom; and Craig Derbyshire, who is our artist liaison manager

For the Dylan show, you also worked with Pro-Feel Limited.

Yes, we brought in Pro-Feel Limited from Cambodia. We had to spend four days at the border with them arranging import and re-export of their equipment. The tricky part was their custom-built, tandem Volvo truck. The Vietnamese (and Cambodians for that matter) are used to taking containers off one truck (licensed in Cambodia) and putting them back on another truck (licensed in Vietnam). We had included the Volvo itself on the packing list as an essential piece of equipment with a special letter asking for an exemption.

Our tech director Jerome Breger, started saying months in advance, “You won't be able to get the truck in.” And for a couple of days it seemed like he was going to be right. There was certainly a lot head scratching, teeth gnashing, phone calling, document shuffling and relationship stretching that took place but in the end we got the Volvo in. We were lucky because without it, we did not have a show.

Pro-Feel Limited are Hungarian guys—Lajos Bujdoso (technical director) and Jozsef Csenteri—(operations director) with a Cambodian roadie crew. We still don't understand exactly why Pro Feel chose to drop this great VerTec rig (JBL VerTec Line Array speaker system) into Cambodia not so long ago, but we formed a very strong bond with them during the production of the Dylan show, and we look forward to working with them again in the near future.

How many partners are in Saigon Sound System?

The partners in the company are my wife Nhan, myself, and Alex (Sonso) and his wife Thanh have a small share. Nhan and I are the owners. Nhan is the general director of the company. We have a bunch of people that we employ on a project-by-project basis. That includes Dominique, Joe and the guys I just mentioned. Then (for the Dylan show) we brought in a bunch of other people in hope that we can continue to employ them. So we are scrambling to make sure that we get something locked in fast—something that is more financial viable than Bob Dylan. It’s not so easy to make money in this market.

When did the company launch?

We incorporated less than two years ago, but we have been doing shows together for over a decade. We have done a lot of charity shows. We did the Australian Day show with Jimmy Barnes. We have done that type of event many times over. We have had a lot bands in from Australia from yesteryear like Mental As Anything. We’ve had Mark Seymour from Hunters & Collectors, guys like (electronic music duo) Ratatat out of the States; the Cuban Brothers; and we had Ken Stringfellow who used to play with R.E.M. We have done lots of smaller stuff. We had this great punk band out of China called P.K. 14 out of Beijing. They’re fantastic.

Mainly doing shows in Ho Chi Minh City?

Mainly in Ho Chi Minh City. We have worked with (promoters) CAMA out of Hanoi in the past, and, hopefully, will do again in the near future. They are kind of doing the same thing that we do. We have done a number of things in collaboration with them. They are a great bunch of dedicated guys. Like we had Dengue Fever not long ago. They did the Hanoi gig and, we did the gig here. We talked with them if we could do a Dylan gig in Hanoi at the beginning, but for many reasons that just didn’t come to fruition.

There is a CAMA music festival (in Hanoi) at the end of May (28), and Saigon Sound System will have the Aussie band, Ball Park Music, also playing in Ho Chi Minh City. We are hoping for a couple of acts from this great line-up to join us here.

Westerners don’t realize how big Vietnam is. That Ho Chi Minh City is over 700 miles from Hanoi with not much available in between for shows.

That’s exactly right. People in the States think Vietnam is just a dot on the map but there’s between 80 and 90 million people here, and 60% of them are under 30. They are young; they are aspirational. Today is a good day; tomorrow is a better day. They are crying out for, “Give me more content.”

The Ministry of Culture and Information oversees various forms of entertainment. Being in Vietnam a decade ago, I recall that the Music Center in Ho Chi Minh City operated like a government-run talent agency as well. Is the government still heavily involved in the music scene?

It’s starting to fragment a bit more. We are starting now to get some companies that are setting up as (independent) production houses. There’s a great company, Music Faces (Music Faces Entertainment). They now have a little stable of artists under them. They work independently of the Ministry. I say independently, but they need to let the Ministry know what’s going on.

[Music Faces Entertainment, based in Ho Chi Minh City, was established in 2004 by group of known songwriters and producers in Vietnam, such as Duc Tri, Anh Quan, Huy Tuan, Hoai Sa, Phuong Uyen, Hong Kien, and Vo Thien Thanh. Its roster includes such artists as Anh Khang, Hoang Bach, Suboi, Le Hieu, Pham Anh Khoa; “Vietnam Idol” winners Phuong Vy and Quoc Their; and model-turned entertainer Ho Ngoc Ha.]

But things are starting to mushroom a little bit. There’s now a lot more music on TV. There are now two dedicated music television channels in Vietnam, Yan TV and Yeah1. And we also get Channel V (from Hong Kong) and MTV Asia.

The thing that is changing things there is the mobile phone.

Absolutely. The market is very similar here to China. There’s a website called Zing MP3 which is similar (to Baidu). It is a music portal with downloads for mobile and computer.

[Also in Vietnam is NhacCuaTui.com, a website with thousands of MP3 songs.]

Meanwhile, CDs of international acts are available on the street, and in markets for the equivalent of $2.

That’s exactly right. There’s still quite a good market for local music content, however. Music copyright is protected with local artists. You can go into a local CD shop, and buy a limited CD release by the band Mr Dam, and you will be paying the equivalent of $6 or $7 for that. At that same shop or next door, you can buy Britney Spears for $1. The Mr Dam CD has a hologram protecting it, and making sure that it’s not a rip off. The government is working on (copyright) starting on local content first. But things are getting better.

(For the Dylan show) we were quickly contacted by the office of Intellectual Copyright Music in Ho Chi Minh City. That office has existed for a long time, and we had to pay copyright (fees) on the show.

Had the office contacted you for previous shows?

We have been contacted once before for Paul Ubana Jones. Last time he came here, I got this letter from the Intellectual Copyright people. I didn’t even know that they existed, and that they have an office. So I went and saw them. Even though it was a free concert in a restaurant, we had to sort that out with them.

Saigon Sound is a big fan of (London-born) Paul Ubana Jones. He’s been to Vietnam three or four times, and we’ve brought him. He is here now. We are doing a launch of a documentary that we filmed in New Zealand of him doing a tour there in January. He’s an amazing guitarist who, many moons ago, played support for Dylan (for a Bob Dylan & Patti Smith bill at Queens Wharf Events Center in New Zealand in 1998). He’s been the support act for Norah Jones when she has toured there.

We’re pushing his film. He hasn’t got the audience that we feel that he deserves. That's why we filmed this documentary and we’re trying to find a publicist to get him out and about.

You didn’t make money on the Bob Dylan show even though the show had several corporate sponsors, including Jim Beam and San Miguel, as well as non-profit organizations like Wildlife?

Oh no. And that was all small stuff. There was not a lot of money coming from them. Nowhere what we needed.

Why do something knowing you’d lose money?

To make a statement about who we are, and what we want to do. I suppose we considered it an investment. We really wanted to demonstrate that we are serious about doing things that are important—that matter—as well as trying to make a dollar. The show was really, I suppose, the kind of a thing where a debutante sort of arrives type of thing. We knew that the show was going to cost us, but it’s a pretty important thing to have Dylan hitting a stage in Vietnam. It's something that you don’t get the opportunity to do too often.

With the Dylan show, people in the music industry certainly took notice of Saigon Sound System.

We just have to maintain the momentum. Certainly, what we do next won’t be of the same genre. We’re quite genre non-specific. We just try to bring quality stuff from the different levels. But we are going to have to do something that is, I suppose, much more popular and much more widely recognized to a Vietnamese audience the next time up.

Few Vietnamese are familiar with Bob Dylan. They are more aware of Britney Spears or Lady Gaga.

Yeah, that’s it. What we will do next up will be much, much closer to Lady Gaga than Bob Dylan. We are looking for something that is high energy, and really (appeals) to the kids.

Now that we’re dealing with these amazing international artists, the real trick for us—the problem is—how do we make it work financially for everybody? The headline that went out (internationally) at first was that Bob Dylan was coming to Vietnam, and the tickets cost more than an average monthly salary. Which is a bit of an unfortunate headline because well, it’s misleading. A large part of the population here is agricultural, and basically they are working on a barter system. “I will trade my rice for your fish.”

Still, the show was expensive for someone living in Ho Chi Minh City. What was the American dollar value of the tickets?

We were looking at about $42. Then, what we did getting into the last week, we had a student ticket in which they could buy one ticket, and get one free. So essentially at $21 (per ticket). We are trying to plan something for August or September, but it’s the rainy season and you have to take (the show) indoors. The biggest venues you can get indoors are for 10,000 people. You do the math,10,000 times $40—and even at $40 it seems expensive but if the act is good enough that’s $400,000 of revenue. That doesn’t go very far these days. It doesn’t buy you the top end (of acts). You can find sponsors, but you have to make sure that production is top end.

The problem is that you are flying in an international act for only one show, not for a tour. Venues remain a problem throughout Vietnam.

That’s absolutely true. In talking to that point, we are making alliances with people like Chuggi and Ross Knudson of LAMC (LAMC Productions) out of Singapore that are very important for us. Ross was at the Dylan show.

We’re pretty tired of watching all of these fantastic artists playing Singapore. Singapore is swamped with great artists right now. Last month, Santana and Bob Dylan played there as well as B.B. King, Ben Harper—all these great artists.

[There have also been recent shows in Singapore with Jimmy Eat World, Slash, Stone Temple Pilots, Faithless, Yellowcard and Iron Maiden. Upcoming are Deadmau5 (May 6), and Justin Bieber (April 19).]

Jason Mraz is huge in Singapore.

Huge. Jason Mraz, we tried to get. We wanted to get him here earlier in the year and also last year. But this is where the Dylan show will now work. It demonstrated our capability. We’re now much better positioned to go back to these guys and say, “Okay, we’ve shown that we can make it work. Why don’t you visit Vietnam as well?”

Westerners might think they know Vietnamese music but, they likely don’t. They might know it as traditional music.

That’s right.

Trinh Cong Son inspired a whole new generation of Vietnamese singers, including his star pupil and prodigy Hong Nhung. There’s also My Tam who is somewhat similar in style to Celine Dion.

I’m a big fan of My Tam. She’s fantastic. Hong Nhung did some (songs) on our stage at the Dylan show. Something that we really want to do is take more Vietnamese music internationally. There are Vietnamese artists that we would like tour. There are a couple of them that are great ambassadors for what Vietnam can do.

Pham Anh Khoa recently represented Vietnam at the Pattaya International Music Festival in Thailand (March 18-20) that attracted over 400,000 people.

In my opinion, Pham Anh Khoa is Vietnam’s first true rock star. He played a gig I went to with 12,000 people outdoors in Ho Chi Minh City. Just as he was about to go onstage, it started raining. The Vietnamese hate getting caught in the rain. I was expecting everybody to head to the hills. He walked out on to the front of the stage, put his hands up in the air, and the whole crowd roared. He stood at the front of the stage getting drenched for 45 minutes, and everybody else stood out front and got drenched too. Then the rain stopped and (the crew) spent 45 minutes drying everything off. Then Pham Anh Khoa turned it on, and played for two hours. It was an incredible show.

There’s Pham Anh Khoa, and there’s Microwave, who are a heavy rock band. The singer (Dinh Tuan Khanh) has a style similar to Axl Rose. Just this incredible range. The guy’s a freak. So with people like this, and sort of pop stars like My Tam and Hong Nhung, there’s a lot going on here. There’s a slew of artists doing different types of music and they deserve to be heard outside Vietnam.

What international markets do you think Vietnamese music could reach? Isn’t language a problem?

Sure but music is music. It affects people not just with lyrics but, obviously, with what the musicians are doing; and the sound and energy. I don’t speak French but I can listen to some French music, and be completely moved. So yes language is an issue; but the challenge is to communicate what the song is about. P.K. 14, the punk act from China, they sing in Mandarin, and they are from Beijing. Before the singer (lyricist Yang Haisong) sings the song, he says a little bit what the song is about in English. That gives you a feeling of what he’s about to leap into. That was hugely received by the audience here. A lot of people have asked when they are coming back. And they are singing in a language that nobody can understand.

Wouldn’t the Vietnam government welcome acts playing outside the country for export revenue?

They would indeed.

Such activities would also help bring Vietnam further back into the international community.

Exactly. When I had a couple of beers with the Ministry guys after the (Dylan) concert, that was something that they are very keen to pursue. To build an export platform for all artists outside the traditional stuff which everybody pigeonholes Vietnam with at the moment.

Has the government loosened up on access to the internet?

Yes, it’s pretty good. I find internet access very good in Vietnam. There are heaps of Wi-Fi hot spots. It inexpensive, so most of the restaurants and cafes give it out for free.

How does an Australian from Melbourne come to live in Vietnam?

I came as a salesman for Yellow Pages 14 years ago. Not particularly glamorous. I wasn’t in the music business. I did three years with the Yellow Pages. The company I was working for was a subsidiary of the big Australian telco, Telstra. Afterwards, I tried a couple of different things. I did some importing of wines from Australia. Then I was lucky enough to invest with a couple of guys in a small resort in Muni Ne about four hours north of Ho Chi Minh City. I got lucky. We are working on a music festival up there. That’s the next big project we’re trying to set up—a two or three day festival in Mui Ne.

You’ve been a restaurant owner.

Yeah, I’m still kind of involved with that but not really. I have shares in restaurants, but I have other people that take care of them while I’m focusing on the stuff that I love.

You are going to Musexpo in Los Angeles in a few weeks?

Yes I am. I want to wave the flag. We are a fairly young crew. We are all staying in Vietnam. We are very serious about what we are doing here. We have a very long term view of our business.

Larry LeBlanc is widely recognized as one of the leading music industry journalists in the world. Before joining CelebrityAccess in 2008 as senior editor, he was the Canadian bureau chief of Billboard from 1991-2007 and Canadian editor of Record World from 1970-89. He was also a co-founder of the late Canadian music trade, The Record. He has been quoted on music industry issues in hundreds of publications including Time, Forbes, and the London Times. He is co-author of the book “Music From Far And Wide: Celebrating 40 Years Of The Juno Awards.

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Richard Bengloff, The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) 09/12/13
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Aimee Berger, 2 Generations SPA Music Management 09/24/04
David Berger, Future Beat 10/29/14
Barry Bergman, Music Managers Forum 03/14/03
Steve Bernstein, Relix LLC 09/30/05
Mark Berry, Attack Media Group 04/07/07
Scott Billington, Rounder Records 01/17/12
Jeffrey Bischoff, Cinder Block 03/24/06
Sat Bisla, A&R Worldwide/ Musexpo 03/29/10
Nina Blackwood, Sirius Satellite Radio 07/14/06
Adam Block, Legacy Recordings 11/07/13
P.J. Bloom, Neophonic, Inc. 01/24/11
Rishon Blumberg, Brick Wall Management 06/27/03
Justin Bolognino, Learned Evolution, and The Meta Agency 04/25/13
Steve "Chopper" Borges, Total Pro and Borse Techos 03/03/06
Les Borsai, Mediocre Management 01/30/04
Shane Bourbonnais, Live Nation Canada 03/21/08
Jeff Bowen, Sears Centre Arena 03/13/08
Rick Bowen, Mystic Music Experience 07/11/08
John Boyle, Sanctuary Music Group 03/19/04
Jeff & Todd Brabec, Writers/Attorneys 01/03/12
Bill Bragin, Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 08/08/03
Joel Brandes, Avenue Management Group 11/02/08
Joe Brandmeier, Moving Pictures 03/15/02
Scooter Braun, SB Projects 12/13/10
Ron Brice, 3rd & Lindsley Bar & Grill 06/08/16
Billy Brill, Billy Alan Productions 11/11/05
Doug Brown, Talent Buyers Network 09/21/01
James Browne, Sweet Rhythm 11/01/02
Bob Brumley, Brumley Music Company 02/17/16
Tony Brummel, Victory Records 05/17/09
Charlie Brusco, TBA Entertainment Corporation 10/13/01
Del Bryant, BMI 05/18/07
Cortez Bryant, Bryant Management 12/06/10
Bruce Burch, University of Georgia Music Business Program 10/09/09
Deborah Burda, Kentucky Exposition Center 08/03/07
Patti Burgart, IEBA 06/07/02
Jordan Burger, The New Musiquarium 01/22/01
Ron Burman, Roadrunner Records 08/25/06
Suzanne Cadgene, Elmore 05/19/06
Karen Cadle, KGC Productions 03/12/04
Gary Calamar, KCRW 07/10/09
Charles Caldas, Merlin 07/05/10
Brian Camelio, ArtistShare 02/29/08
David Campbell, AEG Europe 08/02/10
Tom Cantone, Foxwoods Entertainment Group 10/20/00
Tom Cantone, Foxwoods Resort Casino 07/03/03
Tom Cantone, Mohegan Sun 08/30/09
Ashley Capps, A. C. Entertainment 05/21/04
Rio Caraeff, Vevo 07/12/11
Mike Carden, Eagle Rock Entertainment 08/16/11
Charles Carlini, Carlini Group 05/16/08
Mark Carpentieri, M.C. Records 05/27/05
Mark Carpentieri, M.C. Records 01/10/11
Troy Carter, Coalition Media Group 06/07/10
Daniel Catullo, Coming Home Studios 06/22/08
Raffi Cavoukian, Folk Singer/Children's Entertainer 05/11/16
Jeffrey Chabon, Chabon Entertainment Group 08/22/02
Mike Chadwick, Essential Music & Marketing 08/01/12
Rob Challice, Coda Music Agency 03/27/13
Tom Chauncey, Partisan Arts 01/11/02
Tom Chauncey, Partisan Arts 10/04/11
Lisa Cherniak, Artists Against Racism (AAR) 07/20/01
Bob Chiappardi, Concrete Marketing 06/13/03
Joel Chriss, Chriss & Co. 10/04/02
Michael Chugg, Michael Chugg Entertainment 09/14/01
Michael Chugg, Chugg Enterprises 10/02/09
Gary Churgin, Harry Fox Agency 09/13/10
Vinny Cinquemani, S.L. Feldman & Associates 12/13/12
Barry Coburn, Ten Ten Music Group 03/28/11
Matthew Cohen, Green Room Productions 10/19/01
Ted Cohen, TAG Strategic 01/10/13
Lisa Cohen, Associated Booking Corporation 02/10/06
Steve Cohen, Music + Art Management, Inc. 03/09/07
Dan Cohen, Music & Memory 01/12/17
Michael Cohl - Part 1, S2BN Entertainment 03/06/13
Michael Cohl - Part 2, S2BN Entertainment 03/13/13
Bryan Coleman, Union Entertainment Group 02/14/12
Mamie Coleman, Fox Broadcasting 07/05/12
Dennis Condon, Disneyland Resorts 07/13/01
Peter Conlon, Peter Conlon Presents 05/20/05
Tony Conway, Buddy Lee Attractions 10/06/00
Allen Cook, TOURtech 04/16/15
Tomas Cookman, Cookman International 09/05/03
Alex Cooley, Alex Cooley Presents 07/12/10
David Cooper, Foxman.com 10/31/03
Jay Cooper, Greenberg Traurig, LLP 05/23/11
Julie Coulter, Near North Insurance Groups 06/07/01
Amy Cox, Deep South Entertainment 02/09/07
Michael O. Crain, Crain Law Group, LLC 10/09/13
Charlie Cran, The Strawberry Music Festival 04/05/10
Jim Cressman, Invictus Entertainment Group 06/06/12
Russ Crupnick, MusicWatch, Inc. 07/23/15
Todd Culberhouse, Vision Management /Vision Records and Entertainment 09/05/08
Tony D'Amelio, Washington Speakers Bureau 04/21/06
Ray Danniels, Standing Room Only Management, and the Anthem Entertainment Group 03/05/15
Ken Dashow, WAXQ-FM (l04.3 FM) - New York 09/08/06
Hal David, Lyricist 07/26/11
David Davidian, Independant Lighting Designer/Director 06/18/04
Anthony Davis, D&L Entertainment Services, Inc. 03/02/01
Chip Davis, American Gramaphone/Mannheim Steamroller 05/31/02
Mitch Davis, Tempest Entertainment 07/16/04
Jeff Dawson, Canadian Recording Services 06/08/08
Desiree Day, USO Celebrity Entertainment 08/10/01
Shauna de Cartier, Six Shooter Records/Six Shooter Management 10/23/13
Gene DeAnna, The Library of Congress 02/21/12
Vincent Degiorgio, Chapter 2 Productions 08/01/13
Tony DeLauro, DeLauro Management 12/23/04
Valerie Denn, Val Denn Agency 04/30/01
Val Denn, Val Denn Agency 03/06/14
Robert DePugh, Alligator Records 07/29/05
Tom Derr, Rock Ridge Music 10/29/04
Paul Dexter, Masterworks Lighting Design and Road Cases 12/10/04
Marty Diamond, Paradigm 01/22/10
Glenn Dicker, Redeye Distribution/Yep Roc Records 07/07/06
Barry Dickins, International Talent Booking Agency 06/06/13
Jim Digby, Event Safety Alliance 09/01/16
Mark Dinerstein, The Knitting Factory 11/17/06
Neill Dixon, Canadian Music Week 03/03/16
Thomas Dolby, Musician, academic, technologist, and author 11/09/16
Jasper Donat, Music Matters 2009/Branded 04/24/09
Jim Donio, National Association of Recording Merchandisers 04/22/11
Marc Dottore, M. Dottore Management 04/11/03
Tim Drake, The Roots Agency 12/12/08
Mike Dreese, Newbury Comics 11/23/11
Charles Driebe, Blind Ambition Management Ltd. 09/22/06
Jeremy Driesen, Ray Bloch Productions 09/07/01
Michael Drumm, Music Link Productions 07/18/08
Angie Dunn, Lucky Artist Booking 10/13/06
Jay Durgan, MEDIAmobz 11/09/11
Erik Dyce, City and County of Denver's Division of Theatres & Arenas 08/02/02
Erik Dyce, City and County of Denver’s Division of Theatres and Arenas 08/23/10
Paolo d’Alessandro, International Solutions 06/25/14
Ros Earls, 140dB Management 02/19/14
Art Edelstein, Festival Productions 12/01/02
Bruce Eisenberg, Audio Analysts 08/31/01
Martin Elbourne, The Glastonbury Festival 12/18/09
Michael Elder, Red Entertainment 03/17/06
Tod Elmore, Sixthman 11/24/06
Paul Emery, Clear Channel Entertainment 11/19/04
Arty Erk, Citrin Cooperman 04/27/16
Joe Escalante, Kung Fu Records 07/08/05
Colin Escott, Music Historian/Journalist 07/18/11
Ritch Esra, The Music Business Registry 09/27/02
Ritch Esra, The Music Business Registry 04/24/12
Mike Esterman, Esterman Entertainment 09/01/06
Jeff Eyrich, BePop Records 11/25/05
Bob Ezrin, Bigger Picture Group 05/24/09
Lisa Fancher, Frontier Records 08/09/10
Rick Farman, Superfly Productions 10/15/04
Ray Farrell, eMusic 06/09/06
Sam Feldman, S.L. Feldman & Associates 10/25/02
Bob Feldman, Red House Records 11/24/02
Charlie Feldman, BMI 08/26/05
Paul Fenn, Asgard Promotions 11/22/09
Debra "Fergy" Ferguson, TourDesign 08/01/03
Pete Fisher, Grand Ole Opry 09/11/09
David Fishof, David Fishof Presents 01/08/01
David Fishof, Rock 'N Roll Fantasy 10/05/08
David Fishof, Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp 02/28/12
Mike Flanagin, New England Country Music Festival 09/12/08
Joel Flatow, RIAA 12/13/11
Jim Fleming, Fleming Artists 03/20/10
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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