BTW 2019 CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

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  • Butch Vig Bio

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    Butch Vig (Skyping live from London)
    "Artist" is the single word which best describes producer, mixer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist

    Born in Viroqua,Wisconsin, his parents Doc and Betty exposed Butch to a variety of music and fine arts culture during his youth. While attending the University of Wisconsin Madison, where he received a degree in filmmaking, Vig focused on experimental music composition – an area that would serve him well into the future. While at the UW, Butch jumped into the local music scene and joined the band Spooner as its drummer. Unlike most drummers, content to bang out the rhythms, Vig pursued music composition with the band and stepped behind the studio glass to shape the recorded sound as a producer.

    After graduating from the UW, Butch co-founded Smart Studios and began producing and mixing albums. His perseverance as an independent producer in Madison carried far beyond Wisconsin's borders, as artists from around the country began to hear the clear, edgy, hard rock sound shaped by Butch's productions. His work with Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins and Soul Asylum in the 90s has been hailed by music critics and authors who have placed his work at the top of the decades best recordings.

    Additionally, Vig has created many exciting remixes for such prominent artists as U2, Beck, Korn, Alanis Morrissette, Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails. In 1995 Vig returned to performing and writing with a band he formed that goes by the name of Garbage. The multi-platinum, Grammy Nominated band has achieved worldwide critical and commercial success as it ushered in yet another new direction for rock music. Recently, Vig has produced critically acclaimed albums for Against Me, Green Day, and The Foo Fighters, winning a Grammy for their album "Wasting Light." He was recently ranked #9 on NME's Top 50 Greatest Producers Ever. In 2014, Butch produced The Foo Fighters acclaimed HBO documentary "Sonic Highways." Last year Garbage released their acclaimed 6th album "Strange Little Birds", and they are currenly recording a new album.

  • Michael Boddicker Bio

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    Michael Boddicker

    Michael Boddicker grew up in a music store his parents formed in Cedar Rapids, IA, where his love for music began. Known in Hollywood for his film scores & composing and in demand as a producer, composer, synthesist, sound designer and songwriter, his amazing musical career has covered many areas . Throughout the music industry he is well known as a pioneer of the synthesizer, having recorded on pioneering gear at the birth of the electronic musical instrument revolution in the early 1970s. His work even extends in to the music products industry with his own company, The Lehmann Boddicker Group, and continues in the studio world with his SOL SEVEN Mix & Post. It's with good reason that Michael Boddicker is considered one of the most prolific, innovative and experienced artists in music today. The man is busy and sure has great stories to tell!

  • Craig Anderton Bio

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    Craig Anderton

    Craig Anderton is an internationally-recognized authority on music and technology. He has played on, produced, or mastered over 20 major label recordings, did pop music session work in New York in the 1970s on guitar and keyboards, played Carnegie Hall, and more recently, has mastered well over a hundred tracks for various artists.

    As an author, he has written 26 books on musical electronics and over a thousand articles for magazines like Electronic Musician, Keyboard, Sound on Sound (UK), Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, and several European publications. He co-founded "Electronic Musician" magazine in the mid-80s and continues to write for several magazines and websites.

    Craig has also been a pioneer in the online community—his "Sound, Studio, and Stage" forum has been going continuously since 1995, amassing over a million posts during that time. It's now being hosted on www.harmonycentral.com, where Craig holds the position of Editorial Director.

    Known for his ability to de-mystify complex technical topics, Craig has lectured on technology and the arts in 38 states, 10 countries, and three languages. He maintains an active career doing mastering, writing, video production, mixing, and performing; he is currently an Executive Vice President at Gibson Brands.

  • Roy Elkins Bio

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    Roy Elkins

    Roy is a well-known music technology entrepreneur who has been leading industry innovations for nearly thirty years. He is also the Founder and CEO of Broadjam Inc., serving independent musicians and industry giants alike. Broadjam.com, the company's popular independent web site now hosting over 180,000 artists and 700,000 songs, has become one of the most influential music sites in the independent music world.

  • Martin Atkins Bio

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    Martin Atkins

    Martin Atkins is the definition of entrepreneurial activity in cultural arts endeavors.

    His three decades in the music business spans across genres, borders and industries. Having experience in nearly every aspect of record production and promotion has given Martin a unique perspective not only on where the music industry is currently, but where it is going in the future.

    After playing drums in a variety of English bands, Martin auditioned for and subsequently joined Johnny Rotten's Public Image Limited in 1979. His first contribution to the band was cowriting and performing on the song "Bad Baby" for the revered Metal Box LP. After touring the world with P.i.L and contributing to several more studio albums Martin left the group in 1985. Over the next five years, he played with and managed Killing Joke and toured with Ministry. In 1990, while on tour with Ministry, he formed his own band, Pigface. He also worked with Nine Inch Nails, performing on the Grammy award winning "Wish" and appearing in the "Head like a Hole" video.

    Martin began working on the business side of music in 1988 when he formed Invisible Records and then Mattress Factory Studios in 1996. Over two decades Invisible has released over 350 albums and has had placements spanning from the original Miami Vice to Showtime's Queer as Folk to Robert Altman's The Company.

    Atkins wrote his book Tour:Smart in 2007 and has since spoken around the world at major industry conferences, recognized universities, and nonprofit organizations. His distinguished speaking resume includes: SXSW, Warped Tour, CMJ, New Music Seminar, Unconvention, NAMM, By:Larm, Dfest, USC, Drexel, Virginia Commonwealth University, Full Sail, Weiden + Kennedy, Chicago Cultural Center and many more.

    Atkins currently teaches at SAE Chicago leading courses on Touring, Advanced Entrepreneurship, Artist and Event Management, and Online Marketing. When he's not teaching,you can find him on the road, consulting with artists and organizations, or working on his next book, Band:Smart.

    He is a father of four boys and lives with his wife, Katrina, in Chicago.

  • Marla Frank Bio

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    Marla Frank
    CFO and Business Manager

    Marla Meyer Frank is a Certified Public Accountant who has spent the past 25 years serving as the head financial and administrative guru at Madison-based Frank Productions, Inc., the largest independent concert promoter in the US. Her knowledge of concert touring, love of music, and passion for financial mentoring prompted her to start a side project in artist business management. In her role as founder and principal at Yellow Silo Business Management, she provides professional business management services to three national/international touring acts.

  • Tim Sebean Bio

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    Tim Sebean

    As SVP, Digital Content at Westwood One, Tim Sabean is responsible for talent discovery, content partnership development, and audience growth strategies to engage listenership and drive monetization, particularly in the fast-growing podcast space. Prior to this role, Sabean was at SiriusXM Radio, where he served as SVP for the Howard Stern Channels for 10 years and lead the development and growth of the wildly- successful audio entertainment channels. Tim also held the title of SVP, Comedy and Entertainment, where he was involved in all aspects of SiriusXM Radio's rich offering serving over 30 million subscribers. Tim's extensive radio career includes managing both AM and FM rock, oldies, news/talk, and sports formats. As VP, Rock Programming at Infinity Broadcasting, Tim supervised programming for WYSP-FM/Philadelphia, WBCN-FM/Boston, WRKZ-FM/Pittsburgh, KUFO-FM/Portland, KRSX-FM/San Antonio, WAZU-FM/Columbus, and WXRK-FM/New York.

  • Vic Thomas Bio

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    Vic Thomas

    Vic Thomas was born and raised in Milwaukee. Attended University School of Milwaukee for high school. Started working at Summerfest to earn money for college. Graduated from Oberlin College in 1978. Spent four years in the USAF in Los Angeles as a 1st Lieutenant. After the Air Force, Vic worked as a salesman for various companies including Abbott Laboratories. Returned to Milwaukee in 1986, and was named the Assistant Entertainment Director for Summerfest on a seasonal basis. Hired to full time position in January 1991. Summerfest is an annual 11-day entertainment event, one of the three largest in the United States. He is responsible for contract and negotiations with artist staff and management; booking of acts; plans, procedures and coordination of entertainment staff.

  • Ken Vandevrie Bio

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    Ken Vandevrie

    Ken is a recognized leader in complete media production and specifically Music Composition for Film, Television Broadcast and Corporate clientele. Trained as a classical pianist in Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 8 and Grade 2 Practical Theory, he has over 25 years of digital composition and programming experience. He composes and produces music for TV, Libraries and film projects used around the world.

  • Jim Reith Bio

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    Jim Reith

    Jim will be talking about "Composing Original/Custom Music for Ads". Ever seen an ad on TV and said "I could write a better music track than that?" Original music for ads can be a very lucrative and fulfilling career. The challenges of breaking into the business, pricing to succeed, keeping musical integrity, and managing production issues will all be discussed.

  • Jim Brandmeier Bio

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    Jim Brandmeier

    Jimmy Brandmeier's deep-rooted music industry experience combined, with his passion for guiding students in music and life, make him a different, and inspiring teacher. His credo is simple, empowering and rare; be who you are—inside and out—no matter what, no matter how far!

    Brandmeier has early beginnings as a highly talented musician. He's worked with artists ranging from Jason Mraz, Avril Lavign, Joss Stone, Ky-Mani Marley, Jamie Cullum, Ivan Neville, Dave Mathews and Sara McLachlan to Chynna Phillips, Eric Clapton, Wynonna Judd, Carole King, Kenny Loggins, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Adam Cohen, Stephen Bishop, Kris Kristofferson, Phil Ramone, David Cassidy, Carlos Santana, Brian Wilson and Burt Bacharach. Along the way he has created an army chest of connections and networks.

    Mr. Brandmeier was President of Monarch Records, a division of Tambourine Inc. in San Francisco. As President of Monarch he's led teams that set the standard for special markets in music—generating millions of dollars through Brands and Bands Campaigns. He also served as Director of Artist and Repertoire for Tambourine's three labels (Unison Records in Nashville and Sugo and Monarch Records in San Francisco.) As Director of A&R, he was responsible for product development, artists and music production on all three labels.

    Brandmeier has an unrelenting persistence to convert ideas into actions that produce results. He's a Summit Award winning marketer who's garnered acclaimed media attention for his music and marketing company 180 Music—landed an exclusive brands and bands alliance with Target Stores nationwide—distribution deal with Universal North America and Sony music in Japan—developed credibility within the industry for having a reputation as an innovative thinker.

    He's a Telly Award winning writer, who has produced and performed on a wide variety of Branded CDs found in major specialty market outlets, (Sharper Image, Brookstones, Bed Bath & Beyond, W.H Smith, American Greetings). In an eclectic range of styles, Brandmeier has developed concepts, composed and produced CD's that have sold hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide.

    Jimmy Brandmeier's philosophy in business and in life is very simple "Be Who You Are. Use your talent to serve"

  • Bill Collins Bio

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    Bill Collins

    Bill Collins is a Chicago-based music producer, educator and product specialist for MAGIX Software who has been actively performing and producing music for over 20 years. His music can be heard on several major television networks and is published by Sony/ATV and Universal Music Publishing Group. Bill is also the Editor for The Pro Audio Files, and served as Course Director for the Los Angeles Film School from 2010-2017.

  • Brett Newski Bio

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    Brett Newski

    Brett Newski is a nomadic songwriter on the road over 120 days per year. He has been featured in Rolling Stone, Boston Globe, Paste, Consequence of Sound, SiriusXM and has recently toured in support of Violent Femmes. He's also the creator of a course called TOUR EUROPE WITHOUT AN AGENT OR LABEL.

  • Julie Moriva Bio

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    Julie Moriva

    Julie Moriva is a professional songwriter, workshop presenter, author, inspirational speaker, artist manager and head of Creative for Bold Music Group. Her songs have been recorded by major and independent artists, placed in film and television worldwide and in the top of the billboard and iTunes charts. Her work has been lauded by Rolling Stone, The Daily Mail, US Weekly, Perez Hilton, and E! News.

    Moriva's first publishing deal was with the publishing arm of Scott Borchetta's Big Machine Record Label where she wrote and landed cuts with Billboard chart- topping country duo, Steel Magnolia. Moriva's song, Change My Mind, was the first song to be co-written with a finalist and performed on the season finale of NBC's The Voice. She has worked with artists from American Idol, The Voice, America's Got Talent and The X-Factor and collaborated on writing projects with Grammy nominee, Aloe Blacc and the legendary Fred Schneider of the B-52's. Moriva has written treatments for video, film and television and has been the creative director and production coordinator on many videos. She has served as the head of Creative for BOLD Music Group since it's inception in 2015, and has managed their major artist along with a band for many years. Moriva authored a #1 New Release on Amazon, Dream Big Why Not?! One Women's Journey To Success, an inspirational memoir chronicling her journey from wife, mother and teacher in a small northern Wisconsin town to signing a publishing deal with one of the most successful record labels in the music industry. She's shared her Dream Big Why Not?! presentation with National Songwriters Association International, Girl Scouts of America, Women in Business and other corporate and private groups.

    Moriva splits her time between Nashville and northern Wisconsin with her husband, daughter, who is a performing artist and songwriter, a large Chesapeake Bay retriever and a small tomcat.