BTW 2018 CONFERENCE SPEAKERS
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.
Sandy Gennaro is a world class speaker/drummer who has recorded and toured internationally with several platinum selling superstars, including three members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Artists such as Cyndi Lauper, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Monkees, Bo Diddley, and Johnny Winter have all utilized Sandy's expertise. Sandy's amazing career spans 52 years and continues today.
Sandy has learned many life lessons navigating the murky, shark infested waters of the Music Business. He uses his singular perspective and wisdom to inspire and motivate you to successfully achieve your goals that lie ahead.
"Beating the Drums and Beating the Odds" - B.E.A.T.S. (Belief, Enthusiasm, Attitude, Tenacity and Service) – Sandy will drive home these vital ingredients of success via behind-the scenes- stories, making for a truly unique, memorable, meaningful and life-changing experience for all attendees. You WILL NOT be disappointed!!!
Fett is an independent music producer and engineer, author, music career coach, co-founder of the Azalea Music Group in Nashville, and recording/mixing engineer for the 2015 Australian #1 Country Album: Jason Owen's Friday Night. He helps artists and songwriters reach their fullest sonic and emotional impact with the recordings he produces, and also teaches them how to do it themselves. Fett is the author of the popular book Fett's Mixing Roadmap: A Step-by-step Guide To Mixing Music In The Studio and host of the popular MixingMastery.com online video course. He is the former Technology Editor for Performing Songwriter magazine, and occasional journalist for CMA Close Up, Drum! and Keyboard magazines. His diverse list of clients includes Davy Jones of the Monkees, Grammy-winning songwriter Don Henry, and international guitar virtuosos Tommy Emmanuel and Muriel Anderson.
Nancy Moran is an experienced recording artist, touring singer/songwriter, and artist development coach. The co-founder of Azalea Music Group in Nashville, she teaches artists, writers, composers, and aspiring music moguls how to design, develop, and pursue their own authentic (and profitable) music careers. As an independent artist she released four solo CDs. She also released two CDs and toured nationally as a member of the musical comedy troupe The Four Bitchin' Babes. After playing everything from bars to performing arts centers for over two decades, she created UltimateBookingAndTouring.com where she teaches online to touring musicians worldwide.
Born in Milwaukee in the 1970's, Chris "Godxilla" Taylor learned early on that he had an aptitude to create music. The first instrument that he learned how to play was the Trumpet at the age of 12 years old. By the age of 22, Chris was playing the Piano, Trumpet and Drums for Choirs at Jordan Missionary Baptist Church in Milwaukee, WI as an accomplished musician. In that time span, Chris also began programming drum machines and learning how to use multi-track recorders. His first recording session was at Firebird Recording Studios (Milwaukee, WI) in the mid 1980's at the age of 14. This path, in tandem with his musical development lead him to launch his own imprint "Ton Of Soul Records" along with his own studio, "Alcatraz Recording Studio". Godxilla has released over 10 albums on his independent label with various artists under his music production guidance. His first solo release titled "Music is Medicine", became a Milwaukee classic with a well received single on it titled "Last Call". 2015 Godxilla walked away from his positions in education and the Arts Commission in Madison, Wisconsin. He took his family to Los Angeles, California in search of new challenges and paths in life. He currently is recording and mixing in the greater Los Angeles area and has taken on field production as a new endeavor.
As an artist, Dexter "Tefman" Patterson has been featured in major publications such as XXL Magazine, Hip-Hop Weekly, All Hip-Hop.com, The Source.com, Yo Raps!, and Shade 45. Tef has shared stages with a stellar list of major artists including T.I., Wiz Khalifa, Ludacris, Wale, Curren$y, Freddie Gibbs, Super Bob, Gorilla Zoe, Three 6 Mafia, Nelly, Twista, Mac Lethal, Chris Webby, Zion I, and Devin, the Dude. He's also had the privilege of recording records with industry heavyweights such as Academy Award winner Juicy J, Bizzy Bone and I-20 of DTP.
Currently, Tefman plays in the award-winning Rap/Rock band Dogs of War. Outside of music, Tefman loves working with people, digital technology, and social media. His hands-on experience working as an entrepreneur in the music industry and as the Social and Digital Media Specialist for a 3 billion dollar company in the corporate world will offer insights that will help take your music career to the next level.
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.
Beth Kille is a 22-time Madison Area Music Association (MAMA) award winning artist from Madison, WI who has been cranking out Americana-Rock tunes since 2000. From solo house concerts to full-band festival shows, her love for the stage and genuine passion for performance shine through in all settings. Kille's stage prowess was recognized in 2011 when she received Artist of the Year honors at the Madison Area Music Awards. She has also been honored twice with the MAMA for Female Vocalist of the Year ('06, '10) and was nominated for Singer- Songwriter of the Year in 2014 and for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2017 by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI).
Staunchly committed to the advancement of young musicians and songwriters of all ages, Kille works as the Music Director for Girls and Ladies Rock Camp Madison, hosts Madison's Chick Singer Night and is an engineer/producer at Studio Gusto, where she specializes in recording/producing records for new artists. She is sought out for her songwriting and music industry knowledge from both private students and in the workshop setting.
She's thrilled to be a part of the Between the Wave Madison Music Festival + Conference - both as a performer in Chick Singer Night Madison at 7pm on Friday, June 16th at the Brink Lounge and as a workshop instructor for "Music Theory for Songwriters."
Sue Baker became a close friend of Les Paul the last ten years of his life. In addition to hearing hours of stories from the master inventor and performer, Sue visited his home on several occasions, attended his performances and helped with several projects for Les. In 2011, she was one of the first people on staff at the Les Paul Foundation. In her current role, she works closely with schools, museums and other organizations that receive funding from the Foundation and helps them share the legacy of Les Paul. The Les Paul Foundation inspires innovative and creative thinking by sharing the legacy of Les Paul through support of music education, recording, innovation and medical research related to hearing.
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.
Ty Christian (better known as his on-stage persona Fang VonWrathenstein of the band Lords of the Trident) has been playing in, touring with, and managing bands for 18 years. In addition to his active musical projects, he volunteers as the creative media director for the Madison Area Music Association, writes a popular monthly DIY music column called "Words of Fang", and teaches Tae Kwon Do in the Madison area. Ty has recorded, mixed, and published multiple records of his own material as well as performed as a guest vocalist on numerous heavy metal recordings from all over the world. He is excited to share his innovative DIY approach to the music business at the Between the Waves conference!
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"
Known for his breakout production on Young Jeezy's platinum-selling album "The Recession," producer DJ Pain 1 stays busy. Since his debut, he has worked with artists ranging from G Herbo to Public Enemy, Mavis Staples to Ludacris. His resume includes several top ten albums, work as an educator in his community, two worldwide tours and a dedication to hip-hop growth and advocacy.
Matt Smith is a composer and engineer who has written or co-written nearly 1500 pieces of production music. His work has been licensed for TV and film on every major network, as well as the majority of cable networks, both domestically and internationally. His songs have been used in shows such as Saturday Night Live, the 2016 Rio Olympics, American Idol, Dancing With The Stars, The X Games, Inside Amy Schumer, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Key and Peele, The New Girl, and The Office. He currently teaches audio production and library music composition at Milwaukee Area Technical College.
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.
Emily White's career spans the music industry, carving out a unique path that defines a modern maven. White began her journey at Northeastern University in Boston, with experiences in college at Powerfinger Promotions, WBCN-FM, Q Division and Skope Magazine. Upon seeing The Dresden Dolls play on campus, White introduced herself to frontwoman Amanda Palmer, quickly integrating into a core member of the band's team. White and The Dresden Dolls grew up professionally together beginning at SXSW and continuing through White's graduation day, in which she did graduate, but didn't walk due to the band kicking off a 3 continent tour with Nine Inch Nails at Coachella.
Prior to graduating, White completed work with Boston's local promoter, Don Law Company, while working deep within the live local music scene before becoming a world-class tour manager. An internship at MTV / VH1 UK solidified White's early love for international business and view of a modern global economy.
Retiring from tour managing at age 23 including runs with Imogen Heap and festivals ranging from Glastonbury to Fuji Rock, White accepted a position at Madison House Inc., in New York working with artists such as The Fiery Furnaces, Dinosaur Jr., The Secret Machines, Angelique Kidjo, Taj Mahal as well as members of The String Cheese Incident and Drive-By Truckers. White wrote a pre-Radiohaed In Rainbows "name your own price" distribution model that was passed along to legendary producer Bob Ezrin in 2007. A job offer at Michael Cohl's Live Nation Artists followed with White handling Zac Brown Band when he was signed to the division whose other signees included Madonna, U2 and Jay-Z.
In 2008, White launched Whitesmith Entertainment with Keri Smith Esguia, to oversee the careers of musicians and comedians including Brendan Benson, Margaret Cho, The Hush Sound, Amanda Palmer, Eric Burdon, Family of the Year, Hockey, Pat Sansone of Wilco, Fox Stevenson and W. Kamau Bell. Whitesmith additionally consulted Jay Mohr successfully to his goal of being nominated for Comedy Album of the Year at the 2016 Grammys.
Following the 2012 Olympic games, Whitesmith launched a sports management division with inaugural client Anthony Ervin, an Olympic gold medalist known as the "rock star" of Olympic swimming. In 2016, Whitesmith signed head U.S. Olympic Women's Swim Coach David Marsh and Olympic gold medalist Kaitlin Sandeno, expanding the sports' division further. Upon realizing that sports was underserved in the crowdfunding space, White, a Division I scholarship swimmer herself, launched Dreamfuel based on her work with Anthony Ervin to serve additional athletes by building sustainable tools for the sports' market.
After witnessing slim margins in the 2016 U.S. Election, White was inspired to get out the vote. The result is a new initiative titled #iVoted, in which venues are letting fans in on November 6th, 2018 - the next national Election Day in the United States - who show a photo of themselves outside their local polling station. Confirmed promoters in include C3 in Texas (Stubb's, Emo's, Scoot Inn), Live Nation NYC (Irving Plaza, The Gramercy Theatre, Warsaw), Peter Shapiro's Brooklyn Bowl, as well as Motorco in North Carolina, with more to come.
White is currently an in-demand speaker and consultant due to her expertise within the modern music industry, social media, artist development, and beyond. Whitesmith is called on to consult on everything from Grammy nomination campaigns to handling social media for progressive media outlets and off-Broadway plays. White's name has graced the cover of Billboard Magazine with Dreamfuel additionally profiled in Fast Company, Forbes, Bloomberg, and ESPN. She is a frequent guest blogger for Hypebot as well as Midem in Cannes, France where she is a regular speaker. In addition, White proudly serves on the boards of Future of Music, CASH Music, SXSW, The David Lynch Foundation Live while additionally serving on The Grammys' Education Committee and Pandora's Artist Advisory Council.
In 2017 White released her debut book, Interning 101; a how-to guide for interns in modern business. The book is based on the "intern manifesto" handbook created at Whitesmith Entertainment and is published by 9GiantStepsBooks.
Audrey’s interest in recording was sparked from her years spent training as an opera singer who tried (unsuccessfully) to record herself. Eventually she became more interested in the quality of the recordings and less interested in perfecting classical singing techniques. A graduate of Madison Media Institute, Audrey now co-owns Audio for the Arts and is one of the chief recording engineers. In 2017 she became the first female contributor to Pro Tools Expert, one of the most visited music and post production websites in the world.
In addition to her passion for helping musicians realize their dream recordings, she produces several weekly podcasts and radio shows on a range of topics from radiology to what apps are best for children. Current podcasts Audrey works on include Big Wild Radio Show with over 100,000 weekly listeners and Free Thought Radio which has been downloaded over 7 million times.
Elizabeth T Russell helps businesses protect their most important assets by providing thoughtful, thorough counsel in the fields of copyright, trademark and digital business law.
Elizabeth represented the New York State Museum in negotiations leading to the repatriation of twelve sacred wampum belts to the Onondaga Nation. She also represented New York’s Commissioner of Education, successfully, in litigation before the United States Supreme Court.
Elizabeth is a frequent author and speaker. In both capacities she enjoys taking complicated issues and explaining them in understandable terms for nonlawyers. She is the author of Arts Law Conversations: A Surprisingly Readable Guide for Arts Entrepreneurs. Its predecessor, Art Law Conversations, earned a rating of “Essential” from the American Library Association’s CHOICE Magazine and was included on CHOICE’s 2006 list of Outstanding Academic Titles. In 2008 the title was awarded a Writer’s Digest First Place award in the reference category.
Elizabeth is the Past Chair of the Sports and Entertainment Law section of the State Bar of Wisconsin and a member of the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law section of the New York State Bar Association. She wrote the curriculum and taught Copyright Management at Madison Media Institute; Law for Artists at the State University of New York College at Fredonia; and Legal Issues for Artists at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Elizabeth’s undergraduate degree is in music. She earned her law degree from New York’s Pace University School of Law, where she served as a member of the Pace Law Review. She is admitted to practice law in the states of New York, Connecticut and Wisconsin.
Elizabeth is originally from Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York. She makes frequent trips to Cornwall, where she continues to meet and work with Hudson Valley clients.
She is remarkably fluent in plain English.
The Holland Group, Inc. is a full-service, artist management, brand development, consultation and label facilitation services company headquartered in Nashville, TN. With a focus on career development at all levels, we offer a wide range of hands-on services that cater specifically to each artist’s needs.
THG facilitates numerous projects in various capacities and stages, currently ranging from established, multi-platinum to new, emerging artists. THG services are primarily geared towards growth strategies that include record label management, corporate brand partnerships, booking agent representation, artist merchandising, writer relations, publishing, royalties, film & TV sync, mechanical and digital licensing revenue streams, national publicity, tour press, social media management and digital marketing, video promotion via broadcast TV (both network and internet), airplay facilitation that includes streaming, satellite and terrestrial radio. THG also facilitates global digital and physical music product placement through major distribution channels.
Artist, Musician, Songwriter, LifeCoach, Motivational Speaker, are just a few of the words that describe Derrick Floyd. If you ask him, he is a constant work in progress. Someone trying to steward his circle of influence with a positive energy that is infectious. By day, he is the National Sales and Product Specialist Manager for the ground breaking music technology company, IK Multimedia who is one of the leaders in making professional software tools for musicians, producers and engineers all over the world. Also being the pioneers of mobile recording revolution with the invention of the iRig family of portable recording products has given Derrick a front roll seat at the helm of the constant evolving world of creative music technology products. By night, he is the executive director of The Beautiful Now Project. A company founded on the principles of using all forms of digital media, Music, Video, etc to Uplift, Encourage and Inspire those around us to be their best version of themselves. He believes that in order to truly change the world, we have to start with offering the world the best of ourselves, creating and living in the space we were designed to be, and giving THAT to our jobs, family, and friends, then we will change the world for the better, one person at a time.
Diana Williamson has written 2 x #3 Billboard hot club chart songs, and through her company Themusiclibrary.org, placed songs in over 50 films and TV shows. She is the author of "101 Tips and Tricks of Successful Songwriting" available on Amazon. She is a Pro Music Reviewer for Broadjam and is a voting member and juror for Factor and the Grammy Awards. Diana's a creator of a number of song contests including the upcoming Womens Freedom Song contest. She's presently producing the music documentary "Wizards of Song."
Wisconsin native and 11-time Madison Area Music Association award-winning artist Shawndell Marks grew up surrounded by music. Singing and playing the organ in church, with extended family members at family reunions, and learning how to harmonize with her mother in the backseat of the family Ford Escort shaped her early music education. As a teen, she performed nightly at the Wisconsin Opry Music Theater in Wisconsin Dells singing songs by country icons Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton. While studying music at UW-Madison, Marks fronted the classic rock /country band Thunder Road performing in bars & festivals throughout the state and opening for acts such as George Jones & the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
After the death of her father to mental illness, Marks turned to songwriting as a way to cope and process the loss. Her first album, Remnants of Crazy released in 2005, in part is the result.
Her second album, Little Things, an EP made up mostly of voice and piano, was released in 2011 which also features Marks' experimentation with layering various synth sounds. Included is a rendition of the fan favorite 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'.
In 2012, Marks began working as an instructor and band coach for Madison's Girls Rock Camp, a week-long day camp. Campers ages 8-18 of all skill levels learn an instrument, are put into bands, compose an original song, and at the end of the week perform their song with full PA and light show.
In 2014, Artists Alive, Inc. presented a production of Tear Down the Wall, a dynamic and well-received multi-media live music concert experience for the benefit of children's music and arts education. Marks served as background vocalist and keyboardist.
In late 2016, her third original album was released. LP Broken Dam is a reflection of what happens when you break out of comfort zones, speak arduous truths, and do things not everyone understands. Several Madison powerhouse musicians were invited to be a part. "My material has been relatively heavy and ballad-ish for most of my career. I wanted the influence of others to shape something new. Dan Kennedy brought tasty, edgy guitar licks and poetic, concise lyrics to a track entitled 'Wishbone' while Meghan Rose and Emily Mills of Damsel Trash added grit and sass to the song ironically called Sweet. Beth Kille and Jen Farley offered their lightness and love to Stand Close to Me. Producer Jake Johnson of Paradyme Productions turned out to be the perfect co-hort to help break out of my old mold. So kind. So efficient. So open to trying whatever I threw at him." Previous bandmates Paul Isaacs, Al Buttner, and Joe McCloskey are also featured.
Broken Dam touches on the difficult but important subjects of mental illness with Not My Father and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with the atmospheric Sparta. The album has been nominated for five Madison Area Music Awards including Pop/R&B Album of the Year, Pop/R&B Song of the Year (Restless), Unique Song of the Year (Heart Afire), Alternative Song of the Year (Sparta), and Cover Song of the Year (Jolene).
In 2017, Marks was voted Best Female Vocalist by the Madison Area Music Association and local patrons of music.
She now fronts her own original band and is involved with several area music projects including Girls Rock Camp, keyboardist in the Madison Chick Singer Night house band, trio Gin, Chocolate & Bottle Rockets and various studio projects. She has been nominated for 13 Madison Area Music Association awards, including Keyboardist of the Year, Best Cover Band with Gold Dust Women, and Best Vocal Ensemble with GC&BR.
The Shawndell Marks Band consists of John Chrstiensen on bass, Dan Kennedy on guitar, Anthony Lamarr on beatbox, and sometimes Brady Bachmann on cello and Jenna Joanis on percussion.
She lives in rural Reedsburg, Wisconsin with her husband and 2 children where she teaches piano, voice, and songwriting privately out of her studio, Blue Piano Studio.