Conference

The conference takes place at Pustervik daytime Saturday and will address contemporary and current issues within today's music landscape. Like previous years, the guests are hand picked up from the global music industry and then mixed up with those active in Gothenburg and the rest of Sweden. In the end we’ll have eight hours of inspiration, meetings, interviews, panels and networking on the agenda.

PHIL TAGGART

BBC RADIO 1, VEVO, LONDON, UK

Phil Taggart is one of the youngest faces tearing up the night time on BBC Radio 1. His show has cult status amongst listeners and he also fronts the Specialist Chart, a 60 minute digest of all Radio 1 after hours has to offer. Besides that, Phil presents new music on Vevo, from DSCVR to 'Lift' to 'Ones to Watch' and also produces his own show DSCVR New Videos. Along with this Phil runs a show on Channel 4, he runs a Record Label - Hometown Records as well as a hugely successful and usually sold out monthly club night in London called Slacker. And oh, he also wrote a book about the music industry called a Slacker guide to the music industry.


ELIN STRÖMBERG

SR P3, POPMANI, STOCKHOLM, SE

Multi-tasker and DJ Elin Strömberg is currently found at Sveriges Radio P3 on Wednesdays where she plays the latest in new pop and indie, but on the resume you also find editor at the music magazine Popmani and founder of the acclaimed Stockholm club Common People. With a musical expertise on britpop, new wave and indie, you can expect to hear both nostalgic golden grains and new discoveries.
(Photo: Mattias Ahlm/Swedish Radio)


CARLO EMME

PLAN B, MALMÖ, SE

Carlo started the independent label Kollektivet Records in 2014, with a group of friends living together and also being in four different bands. 2015 that grew into a basement called Plan B, an independent music venue for members only, which during four years turned into a popular and safe space with loads of live music set up in a sustainable way. Just when Plan B seemed to have created a club that would just continue, the city of Malmö forced Carlo to close it all down and apply for permits. Permits that never arrived. Ultimately Plan B decided to find a partner and reopen following all regulations. The ironic part is that Plan B went from shutting down to expanding and now running a venue with three stages and a 1000 capacity.


ANIKA MOTTERSHAW

BELLA UNION, LONDON, UK

Anika Mottershaw is the A&R and Project Manager at Bella Union where she has worked for the past eight years. Anika started at Bella Union after moving to London, dropping out from university and meeting label founder Simon Raymonde at the gigs she was going to. Not long after this, Anika became Label Assistant, signing her first artist in 2012. She now works as A&R and is project manager for about half of the roster, working closely with the Bella Union artists. Outside of the label Anika is a huge fan of literature and film, and loves to get involved in creative endeavours as often as possible.


LIO KANINE

Kanine Records, New York, US

Based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, Lio has been involved in almost every aspect of the music business. From the indie record store, running club nights, booking bands, a&r, managing bands, physical and digital distribution - he is now focused on running his own label Kanine Records, that has remained a healthy environment for the past 16 years. Kanine has released numerous debut albums from indie greats like Grizzly Bear, Chairlift and Surfer Blood and they continue to focus on fresh sounds all handled with love. Kanine also runs the festival New Colossus, happening in Brooklyn in March 2020.


EVA VAN NETTEN

Welcome to the Village, Leeuwarden, NL

Welcome to the Village, Leeuwarden, NL Eva is the program coordinator for the festivals Welcome to the Village and Explore the North, both situated in Leeuwarden in the Netherlands. When necessary she’s a fighter for female equality and at night she makes a lot of loud music with the band BlackboxRed - a grungy duo with guitars and drums. She used to be a promoter at the venue Podium Asteriks and enjoys black-spiced-coffee in the morning and she's a firm believer about socks being an important item of ones outfit.


SARUN PINYARAT

Fungjay, Bangkok, TH

Sarun has recently founded 'Fungjai'​, the fastest growing Thai music community startup where he also acts as a CEO. Fungjai helps connecting indie artists with their fans through their own streaming service, digital music magazine, concerts and festivals. He has a background in visual design field and have worked across various creative fields around the globe, including Bangkok, Copenhagen and Silicon Valley.


Beke Trojan

NEULAND CONCERTS, HAMBURG, DE

Beke is a promoter and booking agent at Neuland Concerts, one of the leading German agencies. At Neuland she is responsible for touring and festival booking for German and international pop/rock artists. Before joining Neuland Concerts in 2018, she worked at FKP Scorpio for 9 years. At FKP she was involved in festivals such as Hurricane/Southside, Bråvalla and Greenfield, before becoming a tour promoter for international acts. One of her highlights was making  the Biffy Clyro MTV Unplugged Tour in autumn 2018.


David Mortimer-Hawkins

SONY MUSIC, STOCKHOLM, SE

David is a senior A&R manager at Sony Music Sweden, where he's been active since 2009. With 20+ years in the industry he's also had the same position at Universal Music, Stockholm Records and Sweden Music and on his track record you find artists such as Lisa Miskovsky, The Cardigans, The Hellacopters and In Flames. And he's still searching for the best song ever. 


My Bergman

BLIXTEN & CO, STOCKHOLM, SE

My has been active as an agent for 7 years, and the last 5 of them at well established Blixten & Co. She's representing around 15 of the artists on the agencies roster, among them Pale Honey, Timo Räisänen and Linn Koch-Emmery. Blixten & Co is now a part of All Things Live. 


Dom Gourlay

UNDER THE RADAR/GIGWISE, NOTTINGHAM, UK

Based in Nottingham, UK, Dom Gourlay has written for publications such as Drowned In Sound, Gigwise and Under The Radar since the early 2000s - and prior to that he contributed to a number of fanzines, from the early 90’s on. Dom is also active as a live music promoter and has curated festival stages over the past 15 years as well as DJ-ing at various events. Musically he’s open to most genres but specifically a fan of anything aggressive, experimental, confrontational and loud.