Speakers – 2013

GOING GLOBAL MUSIC SUMMIT 2013 is proudly brought to you by Independent Music New Zealand in partnership with the NZ Music Commission and proudly supported by CHART, Recorded Music NZ, NZTIX, Mighty Mighty, San Francisco Bath House, Red Bull and 98.5RDU.

Speakers for 2013 Going Global Music Summit


Speaker: Grimur Atlason 

Position: Festival Manager / Booker

Organisation: Iceland Airwaves

Web: www.icelandairwaves.is

Country: Iceland

Grímur Atlason has been the manager of Iceland Airwaves for the last four years. He has been active in the music business in Iceland for the last 25 years as a promoter, manager and occasionally a bass player. Iceland Airwaves is a five-day festival that takes place in different venues in downtown Reykjavík, in the first weekend of November, with a capacity of about 8000 people.


Speaker: Mark Wilson

Position: A&R

Organisation: Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd

Web: www.warnermusic.com.au

Country: Australia

Mark Wilson spent ten years as a member of multi-platinum Australian rock band JET. These years saw him touring the globe extensively playing with some of the world’s biggest bands and recording albums in some of the world’s finest studios, selling around 6.5 million records and collecting a handful of awards along the way. Mark’s unique insight into the music industry from an artists’ perspective saw him last year appointed as part of the A&R team for Warner Music Australia.

ayishaportraitSpeaker: Ayisha Jaffer

Position: Artist manager

Organisation: PunkDaFunk, USA

Web: http://punkdafunk.com/

Country: USA

Management, booking, label promotions, and talent buying—Ayisha has worn many hats in the music world over the past 13 years. She has worked at international companies such Universal Music Group, The Windish Agency, and most recently for the management company Punkdafunk that manages Cut Copy, Architecture in Helsinki, Dragonette, and Free Energy. Jaffer has worked with many artists in a variety of genres, giving them direction and advising them to showcase their talents to the highest degree to take them to the next level.


BillyJonesSpeaker: Billy Jones

Position: Head booker

Organisation: Pianos

Web: http://www.pianosnyc.com/

Country: USA

Billy Jones has been a fixture in the New York music scene for the past ten years as both musician and talent buyer. He began booking bands and curating shows at the legendary downtown club Sin-e and was soon asked to join Pianos, helping make it one of the most sought after venues to play in New York for the past decade.



MichelleCablephotoSpeaker: Michelle Cable

Position: Owner / Agent

Organisation: Panache Booking

Web: http://www.panacherock.com/

Country: USA

Michelle Cable is the founder of Panache Booking, a North American booking agency with offices in both NY and SF. Panache prioritizes each of its artists, placing their needs first while acting as the foundation for creating a successful, prominent and long term career as a musician. We pride ourselves in our ability to bridge the gap between DIY culture and the mainstream music industry through our unique approach at booking shows and our intimate relationships with our bands, talent buyers and the audiences we cater to. Our roster includes Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, Mac Demarco, Twerps, Dune Rats, Oblivians, Redd Kross, The Raincoats, and The Men amongst others.

Panache has hosted several showcases for events at festivals across the globe and are continuing to focus on having a prominent presence in national and international markets. Panache strives to keep the show environment refreshing for both the artist and the audience through being creative with every detail of our booking endeavors while maintaining a really sharp eye for aesthetic and culture.

In addition to North America, Panache has begun working in Europe, Australia and Asia. Panache is also one of the organizers and owners of the Bruise Cruise Festival, the 3 day tropical rock’n’roll cruise that sails from Miami Florida to the Bahamas and back.


Speaker: Mike BellMikeBell

Position: Director of International Relations

Organisation: FILTER Creative Group

Web: http://filtercreativegroup.com/

Country: USA

Based in New York City, Mike Bell is the Director of International Relations at FILTER Creative Group and one of the managers of FILTER Magazine’s Culture Collide festival in Los Angeles. He joined FILTER 10 years ago heading up innovative local lifestyle marketing campaigns for various indie music projects such as Radiohead, The Black Keys, Nick Cave, and more.  Since 2008, Mike has been traveling far & wide, attending showcase/conference festivals, and working with international artists and institutions to help promote “good music” & culture from all over the world.  Although he eats healthy at home, Mike is always on the lookout for the perfect late-night food indulgence while abroad.


grahamashtonSpeaker: Graham ‘Asho’ Ashton

Position: Artist & Event Manager

Organisation: Footstomp Music / BIGSOUND

Web: www.footstompmusic.com

Country: Australia

Footstomp is a Music Services Company specializing in artist, project and event management, label services and artist development.  Footstomp manage KING CANNONS and co-manage BUSBY MAROU.

Over the last couple of years, Asho has been the Executive Programmer for BIGSOUND and has been part of the team that delivered the most successful events in BIGSOUND’s twelve year history.  Footstomp are also taking care of the music programming and promotion for the Bleach* Music, Surf and Art Festival on the Gold Coast.

The Footstomp Music team are very passionate about New Zealand music.  In our four year history, via our project management service we have played the role as conduit to the Australian music market for over 20 Kiwi artists.  These artists include SHIHAD, THE NAKED & FAMOUS, SHAPESHIPTER, LADI 6 & AVALANCHE CITY.

2011 started with Footstomp signing a label deal with Warner Music Australia.  Footstomp Records have signed BUSBY MAROU, THE MEDICS and THELMA PLUM.  All of whom have well and truly found their way into the consciousness of the Australian music community.


AlexPloegsmaSpeaker: Alex Ploegsma

Position: GM / Director of Business Affairs

Organisation: Robot Of The Century Music Publishing

Web: http://www.robotofthecenturymusic.com

Country: USA

Alex Ploegsma is a New York based attorney. After sharpening his skills at the law firm of Serling Rooks Ferrara McKoy and Worob, he segued to the position of GM/Director of Business Affairs for Robot of the Century Music Publishing (Young The Giant, Trivium, Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage, etc.) and at the same time formed his own solo law practice representing artists, producers, writers, labels and executives  (Allan Eshuijs, Joe Calitri (Red Bull Records), The Dear Hunter, Emma Louise, Clubfeet, Flight Facilities, etc.). In addition to all of this, he also works on special projects involving brand/artist development for boutique apparel lines and has been known to play a pretty mean air guitar to some of his favorite metal bands, including Beastwars.


JaimeGoughSpeaker: Jaime Gough

Position: General Manager

Organisation: Native Tongue Music Publishing

Web: http://nativetongue.com.au

Country: Australia

Jaime is General Manager at Native Tongue Music Publishing (Australia), an independent music publisher with offices in Melbourne, Auckland, London and Los Angeles. Native Tongue represents some of New Zealand’s finest songwriters/artists including Dave Dobbyn, Don McGlashan, The Black Seeds, Hollie Smith, The Phoenix Foundation, Gin Wigmore, Warren Maxwell (Trinity Roots, Fat Freddy’s Drop), Goldenhorse, Sola Rosa, The Veils and many more. Besides acquiring rights to local writers, Native Tongue also administers the works of overseas writers and catalogues for Australia and New Zealand. Overseas catalogues include: Barton Music (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin), Beggars Music, Domino Publishing Co, Elvis Presley Music, Imagem Music (Daft Punk, The Hives), Rodgers & Hammerstein, Roy Orbison, Songs (Diplo, Pharrell). Native Tongue also has direct deals with international writers including Tom Waits, Spandau Ballet, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Will Oldham, Purity Ring, St. Lucia, Hanni El Khatib and Neon Indian.

Jaime recently spent almost 4 years based in London expanding Native Tongue’s operations in the UK, Europe and US markets.

HazelSavageSpeaker: Hazel Savage

Position: Social Marketing Manager

Organisation: Pandora Aust/NZ

Web: http://www.pandora.com

Country: Australia

Hazel Savage is the Social Marketing Manager at Pandora Internet Radio for Australia and New Zealand. As a 10-year veteran of the music industry she specialises in the digital music space, content creation, tech and social media. Previous to joining Pandora Hazel has worked for Shazam in London, Universal Music in Australia and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Twitter: @PandoraNZ 



SimonRaymondePhotoSpeaker: Simon Raymonde

Position: Director/Owner

Organisation: Bella Union

Web: http://bellaunion.com

Country: UK

Simon Raymonde owns and runs the indie label Bella Union. Prior to its creation in 1997, Simon was in a band called Cocteau Twins from 1983 to 1997. He was a core writer in the band until the end. As well as his work with the Cocteau Twins, he also contributed to the first two albums by This Mortal Coil.

Raymonde runs the Bella Union record label, and has signed artists like Flaming Lips, M Ward, Beach House, Fleet Foxes, The Walkmen, Explosions in the Sky, Midlake, Treefight For Sunlight, I Break Horses, John Grant, Laura Veirs, Lift to Experience, Howling Bells, Stephanie Dosen, Dirty Three, Marques Toliver, The Low Anthem, Veronica Falls, Vetiver, Andrew Bird, Wavves, Abe Vigoda, Peter Broderick, Department of Eagles, Zun Zun Egui, Lanterns on the Lake, Alessi’s Ark, Sleeping States, Father John Misty, Fionn Regan, Cashier No 9, Jonathan Wilson, and Radiohead’s Philip Selway. 

The label has won the coveted Independent Record Label of The Year in UK in 2010 and 2012, as awarded by Music Week (UK’s Billboard)

Raymonde has acted as Record Producer and mixer on many records, including Clearlake’s ‘Cedars’, James Yorkston’s ‘Moving Up Country’, both on top UK indie Domino Records, the first two albums by John Grant’s first band The Czars, The Duke Spirit’s ‘Cuts Across The Land’ & The Open’s ‘Silent Hours’ (both for Universal) and co-produced the posthumous album from Billy Mackenzie of The Associates. He also mixed the Fionn Regan album ‘The End of History’, which was nominated for the 2007 Mercury Music Prize and in 2007 he made an appearance in the documentary film Scott Walker: 30th Century Man.

In 2010 Raymonde formed the group Snowbird who will release their debut LP in 2014. Recently he was Music Supervisor on Jonathan Caouette’s documentary ‘Walk Away Renee’ which was accepted for the Cannes Film Festival in 2012.


GeorgiePowell_picSpeaker: Georgie Powell

Position: Manager, Content Partnerships, Entertainment & Music

Organisation: YouTube Aust/NZ

Web: www.youtube.com

Country: Australia

Georgie has crafted a career as an expert in the commercials of digital content.  She is currently responsible for managing YouTube’s music and entertainment partners in Australia and New Zealand.  This role involves interacting with content owners ranging from record labels, distributors & management, through to individual artists and creators, and supporting them with the development of sustainable businesses on the platform.


MollieMoorephotoSpeaker: Mollie Moore

Position: Agent

Organisation: LipSync Music Licensing

Web: http://lipsyncmusic.com

Country: USA

Mollie Moore runs A&R and film / TV licensing for a boutique music agency Lip Sync Music. We place songs globally in movies, TV shows, and ads. Mollie cofounded a private female networking group called The Boys Club in 2011 where women from all walks of entertainment can cross reference experience and opportunity across different fields. She sits on the board for Future Hope for The City of Hope, a cancer hospital/research center, curating events for the under 40 executive community. Mollie is really good at making mixtapes, not very good at cooking, but can make a mean omelet if necessary.


BrianTurner_picSpeaker: Brian Turner

Position: Music Director

Organisation: WFMU

Web: http://www.wfmu.org/

Country: USA

Brian Turner has been Music Director at WFMU in New York/New Jersey since 1996, a station that has built massive worldwide acclaim as a purveyor in adventurous programming and being well-ahead of music’s underground and overground curve, with praise from the likes of John Peel, Matt Groening, the WIRE, New York Times and more. Turner’s eclectic tastes and sound vision are well-documented via festivals curated for WFMU, and his weekly radio show which blurs experimental/pop boundaries and takes radio to serious outer realms. “A forward-thinking motherf***er!” – Julian Cope


JonMcildowieSpeaker: Jon Mcildowie

Position: Talent buyer

Organisation: Festival Republic (Reading & Leeds Festivals)

Web: http://www.festivalrepublic.com

Country: UK

From booking gigs in his native Birmingham, UK, Jon has gone on to run live venues in London and across the UK. As well as producing tours from artists such as Snoop Dogg, Jake Bugg and The Roots he has also produced Festivals. In 2006 he co-founded The Great Escape Festival & Convention. He has programmed festivals such as Lovebox and Wilderness and has since November become the Talent Buyer for Reading & Leeds Festivals, the largest duel festivals site in the UK with 170,000 attendees across two sites on the August bank holiday. This year’s highlights include Eminem, Green Day and Skrillex.