BTW 2019 CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

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  • Butch Vig Bio

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    Butch Vig
    "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.

  • 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.