There is no single area of the music industry that looks exactly the way it did five years ago. Innovations in technology have drastically altered the infrastructure on which we function, and everyone is scrambling, either to take advantage of new opportunities being afforded by those innovations, or to find a suitable solution to the challenges they present. It’s a never-ending process that has set us on a strange and uncharted course, always moving, always trying to predict what will happen next.
At The Music Now Summit, being held at the Knitting Factory on October 5, we’ll stop for a few hours, to speak with some of the brightest minds working in different segments of the industry about where things stand right now. The panelists scheduled to appear are:
As founder of, no joke, the internet’s very first MP3 blog, Fluxblog, Matthew Perpetua is one of the most established and respected voices in online criticism. He writes for Pitchfork and Rolling Stone, and can be found Tweeting as @Perpetua.
Amanda Petrusich is the author of two books–a 33 1/3 entry on Nick Drake’s Pink Moon, and It Still Moves, about the ever-changing definition of “Americana” as it relates to music. She also contributes to Pitchfork, Spin and the New York Times, and is working on her third book, about collectors of 78s.
Lio is the co-owner of Kanine Records, a Brooklyn-based label that has released music by bands like Grizzly Bear, Surfer Blood, Dinowalrus, Braids and Eternal Summers.
Ken Weinstein is president of Big Hassle Media, a company that has handled publicity, management and marketing for a roster of artists that runs the gamut from indie rock bands like Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Deer Tick to household names like the Strokes, Kings of Leon and Tom Petty.
Ted Leo has been a mainstay on the indie music scene since the mid-90s, first as frontman for Chisel, and then as a solo artist or with backing band the Pharmacists. He’s released six full-lengths over the past decade, the most recent of which, The Brutalist Bricks, came out last year on Matador Records.
Vince Bannon started Concert Company Ritual Inc., a group that owned and operated several nightclubs in Detroit. The company produced over 500 shows per year, and worked with artists like The Police, Sting, and Prince. One of the founders of the Lollapalooza Music Festival, Bannon is currently the VP of Entertainment Partnerships Business Development at Getty Images.
Brian Felt is the Chief Buzz Officer at BMF, a marketing company that specializes in music management, event production, and brand activation. Most recently, BMF produced the “Belve Music Lounge,” in partnership with Belvedere Vodka at this year’s Lollapalooza.
Dave Haynes is currently the the VP of Business Development at SoundCloud, a web platform that enables users to seamlessly share and stream audio files over the internet. He’s also an organizer of OpenMusicMedia, a monthly discussion of the music industry.
There will also be performances by Brooklyn-based indie-pop upstarts Friends and the estimable Ted Leo, plus a presentation by Shirley Braha of MTV Hive’s Weird Vibes show, about the history and impact of the music video. There will also be complimentary beer provided Six Point.