Panelist Bios

Sumesh Lal

Sumesh Lal

CEO Wonderwall Media

Sumesh Lal is a media professional with 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry. He is an expert in Conceptualization, Production and Packaging of TV shows as well as the creator of numerous music festivals across India and UAE. He currently curates and promotes artists and bands throughout India.

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Shan Wei 

CEO Beijing Midi Production Co.

Shan Wei is the chief director of Midi Music Festival (the first ever outdoor music festival in China), and CEO of Beijing Midi Production Co. Ltd. He has been passionate about rock music for over 20 years and has become the witness of Chinese contemporary music and youth culture development.

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Daria Kulik

Artist management &
Crowdlending development  

Daria Kulik is an Artist Manager. Now she is also developing an online platform Co-Fi, the first Russian crowdlending service for creative industries.

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Anurag Tagat 

Music Journalist

Anurag Tagat is a music journalist based in Bangalore, India. Over the course of the last 10 years, he has covered India’s independent, commercial and classical music industries, for publications such as Rolling Stone India, The Hindu, Firstpost, India Today, Vogue India, Vice India, Red Bull India and many more. 

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DR LAKSHMI VENUGOPAL

Corporate Communications
Wonderwall Media

Lakshmi Venugopal heads corporate communications and facilities at Wonderwall Media Pvt Ltd and comes with over 10 years of experience in the Strategic management and entertainment industry in India and abroad.

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Sujith Unnithan

COO, Wonderwall Media

Sujith Unnithan heads operations at Wonderwall Media Pvt Ltd, a company exclusively dedicated to management of bands and portfolio management for  lead music professionals in South India.

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Peter Åstedt

MusicHelp

Peter Åstedt has been working in the music industry for over 30 years. Over the years he has started several companies in different fields.The newest company is “Discover Sensation” 2019 under Musichelps umbrella.

Over the years, Peter has spoken at the biggest and most influential international music conferences around the world. Songs he has worked with having over a billion streams on Spotify alone.

Peter manages 3 acts, he looks for talent to his publishing agency and book artist to over 15 different stages around the world.

Peter also writes the popular music blog http://www.musichelpblog.com

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MICHAEL HOLLETT

Editor / Publisher
NEXT Magazine

Hollett is founder of the NorthbyNortheast (NXNE) Music Festival, editor/publisher of NEXT Magazine, a national music monthly network as well as co-founder of Toronto’s NOW Magazine.

He is a founding board member of the Canadian Live Music Association (CLMA) and was a longtime board member of the North American Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN). He has previously helped launch publications in Montreal and Ottawa.

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Jeff Bova

Award Winning
Musician & Producer

With hundreds of platinum and gold selling albums to his name, Jeff Bova is a Grammy Award-winning producer and musician. He won his Grammy “Album of the Year” as a producer for Celine Dion’s “Falling Into You.”

During a career spanning over 40 years, he toured as a member of Herbie Hancock’s Rockit Band and has contributed to hundreds of recordings by significant mainstream artists like Katy Perry, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Luther Vandross, Tina Turner, Eric Clapton, Robert Palmer, Billy Joel, The Back Street Boys, The Bee Gees, Cher, Meat Loaf, Cyndi Lauper, Iron Maiden and many more. 

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Robert Singerman

Senior Vice President of
International Publishing
Lyricfind

Robert Singerman is an entrepreneur, agent, manager, label executive, consultant, producer and music supervisor; Singerman represented R.E.M., Gipsy Kings, James Brown, Suzanne Vega, Violent Femmes, 10,000 Maniacs, Smithereens, Fela Kuti, Bad Brains, pre-Beastie Boys, and King Sunny Ade, among many other artists and record companies such as Roadrunner in their US launch.

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David Silbaugh

Talent Buyer, Summerfest
A&R Consultant, GMR Marketing

David Silbaugh is best known as a Talent Buyer for Summerfest, “The World’s Largest Music Festival”, in Milwaukee, WI.

The 11 day festival books over 800 artists in nearly all genres, featuring international headlining artists as well as up-and-coming artists. He also produces the noted Emerging Artists Series for the festival.

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PIYAPONG MUENPRASERTDEE

Co-founder & Director of Partnerships, Fungjai Co. Ltd

Piyapong Muenprasertdee is the Co-founder & Director of Partnerships at Fungjai – a music platform, media, community and marketing agency based in Bangkok, Thailand.  His responsibilities include building relationships with government agencies, international businesses/organizations, and education-related projects. He has an educational background in industrial engineering and business administration, and a past career as a consultant in the field of sustainability and climate change.

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ALONA DMUKHOVSKA

co-founder of independent initiative Music Export Ukraine

Alona Dmukhovska has worked in the music industry for almost a decade. Starting as a volunteer for a Gogolfest festival, her role grew first to music curator there, and then moved to program director of RespublicaFEST.

Currently, she’s a co-founder of independent initiative Music Export Ukraine, attends the conference at Atlas Weekend, the biggest music festival in Eastern Europe, and is your open window to the whole Ukrainian music industry.

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ANDRIES VAN WIEREN

3S Music Management

3S Music Management is an artist management company with agency services.

Andries finds new and innovative ways within opportunities to release their music and to promote his artist’s music via a vast international network of useful partners. 

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Sandy Graham

Owner / Editor-In-Chief
Cashbox Canada (CA)
Record World Magazine (USA)

Sandy Graham is considered an industry icon and has been named for having one of the most diverse and interesting careers in the Canadian music business.

Presently Sandy is the owner/editor-in-chief of both Cashbox Canada (CA) and Record World Magazine (USA), Sandy also directs artist management and strategies with Entertainment Music Group to mentor legacy and new indie artists.

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FRANZ SCHULLER

Head of A&R Indica Records

Franz Schuller is head A&R at Indica records in Montreal, Canada and Sydney, Australia.

Indica has worked with young talent from both Canada and abroad (Half Moon Run, The Franklin Electric, Phantogram) since 1997. He is also a founding partner at Iguana management (Hey Major, Hein Cooper, Foreign Diplomats); and a founding member of legendary alt-rock band GrimSkunk for over 25 years.

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KYRIA KILAKOS

Co-founder, A&R and
Managing Director
Indica Records

Kyria Kilakos has been leading the company for over 20 years. A record industry veteran, she has been involved in some of the most notable indie success stories including Half Moon Run, Phantogram, The Franklin Electric, and Hollow Coves, to name a few.  

Indica Records was built on strong relationships amongst its dedicated family of brilliant artists and partners around the world. They are known for their strong DIY and artist friendly ethic.

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Darryl Hurs

Director, Market Development
CD Baby, Canada

Darryl Hurs has a 25+ year history in the music business including launching and running one of Canada’s largest indie music festivals and conference, Indie Week.

Recently hired as the director of market development for CD Baby in Canada. Past positions include design and branding/marketing for Live Nation as a freelancer (projects included a corporate re-brand and logo design, launching VIPNATION.com, work for U2, Nickelback, Madonna, Beyonce, Jay-Z and Dave Matthews) retail buyer at HMV, and booker for one of Toronto’s top live music venues (The Rivoli).

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Tak Furuichi

Director, Japan Music Culture Export (JMCE)
Organizer, Tokyo International Music Market (TIMM)

Tak Furuichi is an international specialist of the Japanese music industry. His career started at JVC Kenwood Victor Entertainment and for over two decades, he has played a key role in executing international businesses and creating extensive network of associates globally for the label.

Since 2015, at the Recording Industry Association of Japan and now at Japan Music Culture Export, he has been spearheading the industry organizations in helping the Japanese music industry take artists, music and businesses international.

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DANNO O’SHEA

Agent / Manager

Danno O’Shea is a full time music agent for such world touring acts as My Son the Hurricane, The Free Label, Los Poetas, Katey Gatta, Drftr, Lenny Kravac (Slovenia), Hafdis Huld (Iceland) and many more.

The Irish-Canadian operates Vegas Funeral Records which is a boutique booking agency in southern Ontario, Canada which focuses on large and small act booking in Canada. O’Shea has booked artists at festivals like Live at Heart Sweden, Hillside, Evolve, Mariposa, Wapiti, Riverfest Elora, Edge of the World Haida Gwaii, Hullabaloo Omaha, Follyfest, and many many more.

He likes talk radio, pie and Coronation Street.

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