Anna Hildur has worked within the Nordic music industry for two decades. She talks to M about the success of Nordic talent overseas and explains how the region’s unique geography, culture and political systems have helped incubate one of the world’s most innovative music regions.
Today there are more opportunities than ever to showcase your music internationally. A myriad of different events such as The Great Escape, Popkomm, Womex, Transmusicales, Eurosonic, GoNorth and CMJ bring A&R, live agents, promoters, bloggers, broadcasters and journalists together in one place, to feast their eyes and ears on the finest new music on the planet. There is however a behemoth that straddles the globe and eclipses them all – South by South West (SXSW).
Sandra Bhatia is the Managing Director of the music festival OneFest with her two business partners Stephen Budd (SBM – MAMA Group) and Graham MacVoy (GMC Events). M caught up with Sandra to find out how a festival is put together.
Barry Blue is a songwriter, producer, musician and PRS board director in addition to his role as Managing Director of Favoured Nations Music Publishing. One of a small group of songwriter-producers who have had Top Forty hits over five decades, he has sold more than 25 million records.
As part of SXSW week, we’re meeting a selection of bands who are performing at this week’s showcase event in Austin, Texas. From Oxford, Jonquil are Hugo Manuel on vocals and keyboard, Sam Scott on bass and trumpet, guitarist Robin McDiarmid and drummer Dominic Hand.