Ireland Music Week Conference Speakers
Adam Ryan is the Festival curator for The Great Escape. A role he has held for 5 years. The Great Escape is the largest new music conference and festival in Europe and has been running for 14 years. The Great Escape takes place in Brighton (UK) over three days in May showcasing over 450 artists. Representing around 27 countries, across 30 plus venues. Over 4000 music industry delegates and professionals attended each year from around the globe.
Director of PrimaveraPro, the professional meeting held in parallel with the Primavera Sound festival, since it was first created in 2010, Almudena Heredero also coordinated Spain’s official participation in the Prague Quadrennial on Scenography in 2015 and 2019. She has also been responsible for the general coordination of the International JAZZMADRID Festival since the 2014 edition. In 2010 and 2011 she organised the Professional Contemporary Music Meeting at the Alicante Music Festival, and in 2013 and 2014 she was responsible for the professional classical music event, ExpoClásica.
Create Spark is a Music PR & digital marketing company based in London. With a past & present roster that includes Universal Music, Warners, Secretly Canadian, Wichita Records, Luminelle Recordings, Mute, Warp & Asthmatic Kitty, Debbie loves working with artists that think differently. Artists include The National, Helena Deland, Sufjan Stevens, Ride & Teenage Fanclub. Roster alumni include Tame Impala & The War on Drugs.
Dev Sherlock is the Music Festival Programmer for SXSW focusing on talent from the UK and Ireland. Each year, SXSW brings together the global music community, alongside the film and tech industries, for a week of networking and showcases featuring 2,000 artists from 60+ countries. Dev's background includes music journalism (Rolling Stone, NME, Aquarium Drunkard, Q), radio, music supervision for film/TV and Head of Talent + Industry Relations at Hype Machine/Hype Hotel.
Ellie began her music career at the age of 18 at the iconic Mute Records as part of the UK music industry apprenticeship scheme. From there she quickly rose through the ranks of the label’s marketing and A&R departments to work on and contribute to the album campaigns of internationally renowned artists like Goldfrapp, Erasure, New Order, Liars, Lost Under Heaven, Arca, Yann Tiersen and more. In late 2017, Ellie moved to Partisan Records to take up the role of UK and International Product Manager, and already counts both the IDLES UK Top 5 album and the Fontaines D.C. UK Top 10 album campaigns among her successes.
For the last 15 years Javier has worked for Midem, the Home of the Global Music Community. The event has brought together the international music industry in Cannes for the last 52 years. Over 5000 delegates from all sides of the music ecosystem develop their businesses and careers at Midem each year. Next year Midem will take place on the first week of June.
After an initial few years in the finance industry, Jeff began his music career at Inertia Music in his hometown of Sydney, Australia. From there he travelled to New York in 2013 where he quickly rose through the ranks of Partisan’s marketing department whilst co-managing emerging artists Amber Mark, Day Wave and Hazel English, as well as production managing Brooklyn’s Yeasayer. Jeff relocated to London in January 2017 to become the EU Label Manager for Partisan and Knitting Factory Records and now counts the Cigarettes After Sex international breakout, IDLES UK Top 5 and Fontaines DC UK Top 10 campaigns among his successes.
Kees van Weijen has been working in the Entertainment Industry in the Netherlands, Belgium and Great Britain since 1974.
He acquired experience in every detail of the entertainment industry and the music business in particular. He is a self-made man, a team player with managerial talents. Kees has built up a substantial international network in the field. Enjoys working with people and bearing responsibility for content specific processes where the artists are number 1.
During the span of his career Kees has worked for Universal Music as Executive Vice president, Managing director of Mercury records, MCA and Polydor, Rough Trade Distribution, with artists such as INXS, Kiss, Elton John, Dire Straits, LIVE, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Metallica, No Doubt, U2, Lionel Ritchie, Andrea Bocelli, Caro Emerald, Tiesto, Jimmy Lidel, Armin van Buuren, The Editors and many others.
He is currently running HIT4US as managing director,
Dutch IFPI awarded him in 2011 with the “Zilveren Fonograaf “ for outstanding contribution in the music industry. He is President of STOMP, Stichting Onafhankelijke Muziek Producenten in the Netherlands. Executive of the Dutch Pop Coalition Export. Kees was elected Chairman of the IMPALA board and after 4 years at the helm in 2017 President of IMPALA. Kees is board member of WIN World Wide Independent Network.
Lisa has run A2IM's associate member and international delegate programs since 2017. She programs much of Indie Week, and has developed A2IM SynchUp into A2IM's flagship west coast event. Lisa was previously editor-in-chief of CMJ.
Michael Lambert is a director of Scotland's award-winning Music Convention Wide Days, which was founded in 2010, and takes place in Edinburgh each April, brining a host of industry professionals to the city and showcasing a wealth of emerging acts. He is also the co-owner of A Modern Way management, working with artists including Idlewild, Fatherson, Tom Joshua, SHEARS and Zoe Graham. In addition to these roles, Michael sits on the board of the Scottish Music Industry Association and is AIM's regional champion in Scotland.
Straight Outta Stockton, California (home of Pavement & The Diaz Brothers). Mikey started working in the music world at age 17, as a music-buyer and store manager for local record stores as well as booking DIY concerts through out Northern California. He also worked for The Militia Group (Juliette Lewis, The Appleseed Cast), an independent record company based in Long Beach, for four years. Mikey eventually relocated to Montreal, where he rapidly established himself as a trendsetter ranking in Nightlife Magazine’s "Montreal personalities that changed our nightlife". He has been Programming Director for M FOR MONTREAL, since 2007. His natural ability to discover the best up-and-coming acts has helped the careers of many artists including, Mac Demarco, Grimes and Milk & Bone. Throughout the years, he has been collaborating with VICE, NOISEY, Brooklyn Vegan & others. He was nominated three times and won Best City Champion and Best Festival Networking Activity at the YMCA Awards, in Brighton UK.
Oskar Strajn is one of the three bookers of ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag), Europe's largest live music industry event based in Groningen, the Netherlands. He works closely with the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards, the yearly music awards given during the festival every year, as well as the ESNS charts coordinator. In the past, Oskar has also worked as radio dj, journalist and event promotor.
Phil is an in demand live DJ and is behind the successful Slacker club nights and podcast series. He also owns the record label Hometown Records. He has appeared regularly on Vevo and Channel 4, as well as recently fronting festival coverage for BBC Northern Ireland of the Bigger Weekend and previously also for BBC3. Music was his passion from a young age and whilst studying at the University of Ulster, he scooped the BBC/Skillset Young Broadcaster of the Year award. Born in the town of Omagh in Northern Ireland, Phil's career started initially as a helping hand on BBC Introducing in Northern Ireland.
Ralph H. Christoph is the co-founder of the c/o pop festival in Cologne. He was the program director for the festival from 2004 - 2007. Since then he is responsible for the international relationships and the strategic development of c/o pop. From 2011 til 2013 he was the program director fort he C’n’B – Creativity & Business Convention. Since 2014 he’s acting as program director for the c/o pop Convention. Since 2013 he’s also in charge of the INTERACTIVE Festival, an platform for digital trends and ideas. For several partners (e.g. Goethe Institute) he curated and realized projects in countries such as India, China, or Brazil. Ralph H. Christoph worked also as an author and editor (e.g. StadtRevue Köln and SPEX Magazine für Popculture). 1998 he also opened the Cologne based Club Studio 672, which he was responsible program director until 2004.
Rev. Moose stands at the forefront of developing artists and organizations from around the world. His boutique music marketing firm, Marauder, customizes long-term strategies and services for each client's specific needs in the North American market. Before founding Marauder, Moose greatly extended the international reach of The Syndicate's radio, publicity, and marketing departments; additionally, during his many years at the helm of CMJ, he helped develop US programs for national export initiatives. His deep involvement with worldwide musicians inevitably directed him towards managing a diverse roster of international artists as co-owner of The Underground Management.
After managing some of the most successful export bands from Iceland in recent years Sindri took over as manager of bookings and programming at Iceland Airwaves in early 2018. Iceland Airwaves parent company, Sena Live is also the biggest promoter in Iceland.