WAVES VIENNA CONFERENCE, organized by WAVES VIENNA and AUSTRIAN MUSIC EXPORT, happens in 2016 again. A conference on Friday (Sept 30th) and workshops on Saturday (Oct 1st) take place at the festival headquarter in Vienna, at the WUK (Werkstätten- und Kulturhaus), one of the biggest and independent centre of culture in Europe. Here the list of all conference speakers.

waves103Benji Agostini, Noisey Alps, AT
Benji Agostini was studying journalism and writing for The Gap magazine, before he went to Berlin for an internship at Rolling Stone magazine. With his newfound knowledge, which he encountered lying on the floor at Berghain, he convinced Noisey Alps in Vienna to hire him. He’s finishing his studies and tries to write comprehensible stories about music in Austria.

waves100Mattias Albinsson, Headstomp, SE
Started out as a musician running a small DIY label. Been working as an agent for Headstomp for the last 10 years, working in different genres. Mostly active as a European agent but also working as a booker/promoter in Sweden and the Nordics.



90wavesStafford Bawler, freelance game audio specialist, UK
I am an award winning freelance game audio specialist with 19 years experience in creating audio content for video games. My work can be found in over 70 published titles on every major platform for the last 4 generations.  I have worked with a wide range of genres including Racing, RTS, Adventure Games, MMO’s and Football (soccer).

91wavesHerwig Bauer, Poolbar, AT
Herwig Bauer founded poolbar-Festival  in 1994. poolbars event programmes consist of artistic performances, theatre, cinema, discussions, poetry – and lots of music from splendid DJs to famous Bands. In addition to the special location in a disused indoor swimming pool and the very intimate atmosphere, poolbar is known for high quality design in all aspects.

9-wavesChristopher Beanland, journalist, UK
Christopher is a writer based in London who has written two books and also journalism for various newspapers. He’s writing about festivals for The Independent.



93wavesAndras Berta, Sziget, HU
Andras Berta was co-founder of ‘PANKKK’, and also served as a program coordinator of Music Export Hungary. He worked for Budapestrocknroll and was CEO of Zene360, before taking the position of International Relations Director at Sziget Cultural Management in 2010. He is also head of the European Marketing and Communication Group within Yourope, the European Festival Association.


92wavesAndrew Campbell, Gordeon Music, IL
Andrew has been working as a freelance journalist, photographer and TV producer. In 1992 Andrew founded Gordeon Music Promotion and later G-Records. In 2007 he founded the publishing company Edition JA and recently the management and publishing company Steam Music Management & Publishing, co published by IMAGEM Music Germany, as well as IMU Artist Management & Consulting.


Isabel Cervera, She’s The Fest, ES
Cervera recently completed a Master’s Degree in Global Entertainment and Music Business at BERKLEE College. She started working closely with the Team of She’s The Fest, a music festival that enhances the female talent in the professional scene. She also worked alongside other music festivals like FIB (Festival Internacional de Benicàssim), Primavera Sound and Sónar.

95wavesRalph Christoph, c/o pop, DE
Ralph Christoph is a founding member, former program director of the c/o pop festival and now head of program of the c/o pop convention in Cologne. c/o pop has been a major event for music and creative industries since 2004. Ralph is also the program director for the 2013 founded INTERACTIVE Festival which creates platforms for the internet industry in a creative atmosphere.

waves102Conchita, Artist, AT
The fictitious character Conchita Wurst was brought to life by Austrian singer and drag artist Tom Neuwirth. Conchita won the 59th Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 with “Rise Like A Phoenix”. This moment was captured in time as she exclaimed “We are unstoppable!”. Since then, she released her debut album, received many awards and performed gigs and TV shows in more than 20 countries.

56wavesScott Cohen, The Orchard, UK
Scott Cohen is the co-founder of digital distribution pioneer The Orchard, leading digital distributor in the world with offices in more than 25 countries. As a well-recognized public speaker and lecturer, he travels the world evangelizing new business models for the digital age. In addition he manages the Raveonettes, the Dum Dum Girls, Kristin Kontrol, Dan Owen and Fallulah.


21wavesIneke Daans, [PIAS], BE
Daans started at [PIAS] as Label Manager 20 years ago. In 2004 she headed the International team and worked as International Marketing Manager and Senior Project Manager at [PIAS] Recordings. In 2014 she took on the role of Live Strategy Manager and [PIAS] Nites Coordinator and is, thus, responsible for driving and executing the long-term live strategy of the [PIAS] Group.


 33wavesKlaus Fiehe, 1 Live, DE
During the 70´s Klaus was touring around Germany with jazz-rock-fusion bands. Later on he became a member of Geier Sturzflug and The Bollock Brothers. He started as a radio host in the mid 80´s and soon got to WDR, where he´s currently hosting two music shows, and another one at Byte.FM. His musical style ranges from all facets of UK Bass to Beat Science, House, Indie and Folk.


55wavesRobert Glashüttner, FM4, AT
Robert Glashüttner works as a senior editor at Radio FM4, which is a part of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF, where he is responsible for game culture and net politics coverage. He is also a writer, presenter and blogger for different media outlets.


waves107Isabella Olga Gural, Szene Openair Lustenau, AT
After her graduation as a communication designer Gural started an internship at Soundevent Entertainment in Dornbirn. Last year she started to work in public relations, online marketing and graphic design at the Szene Openair Lustenau, Conrad Sohm Dornbirn and several other cultural events. Last summer she curated her first art project for the Conrad Sohm Kultursommer-Festival.

waves106Hannes Hagen, Szene Openair Lustenau, AT
Hagen runs the live and electronic club Conrad Sohm and the Szene Openair in Vorarlberg. He also promotes concerts from large venues like Festspielhaus Bregenz to the Olympichall in Innbruck and also small newcomer shows. He is responible for the stage production at Nova Rock & Frequency Festival and he is the founder and director of the Kultursommer Festival in Dornbirn.


waves108Lukas Hasitschka, WANDA / Sound 42, AT
He’s a musician and entrepreneur. A producer and a composer. While studying Jazz-drums he was approached by a developer and ultimately commissioned to create game audio. Later he formed a team of composers and sound designers, his company „Sound 42“ created the audio for many games of Austrian developers. Since the successful years with WANDA his production work is on hold.

waves109Marie Heimer, Spotify, DE
Since 2012 Marie-Luise Heimer has taken care of Spotify’s relations to labels, record companies and partners in G/A/S. Her degree in Music Business at Pop Academy Baden-Württemberg prepared her well for working in the music industry. She worked for various companies in digital music marketing before, e.g. Simfy and Motor Music. In 2016 Marie has become Director Label Relations.

50wavesPhilipp Heinkel, Volume, AT
Philipp Heinkel is 32 years young and was born in Coburg, Germany. Based in Vienna since 2004. His passion for music began with HipHop and Rap, his real love is music made in Austria. With the graduation of his studies „journalism & media management“ he’s working for VOLUME since day one. He is a music editor in chief and develops marketing strategies for brands at live events.


42wavesMike Heisel, Initiative Musik, DE
Mike Heisel started his music business career as a product manager for CBS Records in Frankfurt. After founding his own business focusing on artist management, consulting and publishing, he is now also a board member of the Initiative Musik GmbH and was responsible for the cultural program of the German Pavilion at the EXPO in Milano.


waves110Peter Hörburger, Spielboden Dornbirn, AT
Peter, born in 1973 in Vorarlberg, studied commerce at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, VŠE Prague and Post Graduate Studies at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, spent long periods in New York and Amsterdam. He is known for organizing independent cultural events and exhibitions. In 2014 he was elected as the new CEO of the cultural venue Spielboden Dornbirn.


5-wavesArthur Janssen, Incubate, NL
Arthur Janssen works as promoter at Incubate, an acclaimed festival located in Tilburg (NL) which has been at the forefront of new developments within European independent and avant-garde culture for over twelve years.




94wavesAndraž Kajzer, MENT, SI
A sound technician who became a music journalist who became an editor who became a promoter who became a label manager who became an agent who became a tour manager who became a festival & conference manager. Currently co-managing MENT Ljubljana & MENT platform, promoting gigs, working with Slovenian bands and running Hrupmag in its various forms.


10-wavesIna Keßler, Initiative Musik, DE
Ina is the managing director of Initiative Musik GmbH, Germany’s public office for the funding and promoting of music export, artists, music industry and live venues. Before that she worked worldwide with Berlin’s federal business development agency for creative industries – especially in the fields of music, media, IT and fashion.


23wavesIsabella-Anja Khom, Noisey, AT
Khom was born in Vienna and grew up in Carinthia. Since in terms of cultural exposure Carinthia hasn´t had much to offer, books, music, fashion design and cigarettes became some sort of a (deleterious) haven. She later moved back to Vienna, where she studied German philology. In 2014 she was an intern at Noisey and two years later became Editor-In-Chief.

63wavesSusanne Kirchmayr aka Electric Indigo, female:pressure, AT
Susanne Kirchmayr aka Electric Indigo, born 1965 in Vienna, works as musician, composer and DJ. She started her career 1989 in Vienna, lived in Berlin from 1993 to 1996, founded the database and network for women in electronic music and digital arts “female:pressure” in 1998 and has received several awards in Austria and Germany. She shuttles between Vienna and Berlin.

waves112Stefan Kohlweg, SAE Institute, AT
Stefan graduated as Bachelor of Recording Arts from the SAE Institute. As an Audio Engineer he has worked closely with artists, agencies and brands. He worked as an “Audio Architect” creating audio concepts for digital media agencies, game developers and video production companies. He returned to the SAE Institute Vienna as Head Instructor for the Audio Engineering Programme.

64wavesVladimir Kravchenko, Colisium International Music Conference, RU
Vladimir Kravchenko is General Director at Colisium, international music and media convention that takes place in Russia since 2007. It brings together representatives from all key participants of the music industry from CIS, Europe, Asia and the USA. In 2014 Colisium has expanded to Moscow and St.Petersburg (Russia), Minsk (Belarus), Kyiv (Ukraine) and Almaty (Kazakhstan).

waves113Philipp Krohn, FAZ, DE
Philipp Krohn has been influenced by four cities: His hometown of Hamburg made him familiar with pop culture, in Heidelberg he studied German Literature and Economics. Cologne taught him how to do radio through his traineeship at Deutschlandfunk. Today he lives in Frankfurt and works for the FAZ. His latest book is Sound of the Cities, which he wrote together with Ole Löding.

waves114Dijana Lakus, Music Glue, HR/UK
Lakus has worked as a production manager, event manager, booking agent, PR manager, artist manager, promoter, booker, tour manager and consultant all over Europe and for festivals from Outlook & Dimensions to Glastonbury to Secret Garden Party. Currently she lives between London and EU, and is also involved in Music Glue, the leading global music-to-fan e-commerce platform.

11wavesCsilla Letay, FAZE Magazin, DE
On her quest for exciting projects the German freelance journalist Csilla focuses on culture and music – especially on electronic music as contributing editor for FAZEmag. Csilla is also actively participating in cultural work – organizing small concerts, exhibitions and club nights in her current hometown Wuppertal with leading artists and promising newcomers.




46wavesOle Löding, Journalist, DE
Ole Löding studied German Literature and History in Heidelberg, Copenhagen and Cologne. In 2010 he finished his PhD on German Popular Music. He’s been an expert for popular music at Germany’s music information centre MIZ. Today he works as a freelance cultural-journalist. His latest book is Sound of the Cities, which he wrote together with Philipp Krohn.


57wavesScott Lykins aka Spinz, Artist / Battleaxe Records, US
Rapper/Producer Spinz has toured and worked with the likes of Madlib, Ice T, The Alchemist, Above The Law, Swollen Members and many of rap music’s elite. Wearing many different hats as an MC, writer, producer, audio engineer and record label A&R. Spinz is a member of Battleaxe Warriors. He has remained a permanent fixture in the west coast hip hop scene for over a decade now.

41wavesMatjaž Manček, Kino Šiška / Ment, SI
Born in 1975. Obtained a law degree in 1999, just a morning after opening for Fugazi with his band in Ljubljana. Actively involved in the music world since 1996 as a musician, radio activist, club DJ, promoter and producer of local and international music events (rx:tx music; Kataman Music Action; Head of Music Programme at Kino Šiška; co-founder and co-manager of MENT).

waves115Zsolt Marx, game programmer and music producer, AT
Zsolt Marx is a music producer and game programmer. He started as a coder for Rockstar Vienna, then moved to the UK. He joined Electronic Arts as programmer and audio artist, becoming part of the award-winning Burnout Paradise, Black and Harry Potter audio teams. His most recent venture is Dungenious – an innovative mixture between a learning game and a dungeon crawler.


60wavesStefan Meister, Heart Of Noise, AT
Independent mainly in the field of cultural dissemination for more than twenty Years; Manager at the Cultural Center Pmk in Innsbruck; 1.000+ performances as DJ; Development and Realization of over 200 Events and Festivals; Conception, curation and production of the “Heart of Noise”, a festival presenting aesthetic regions outside the cultural mainstream.

45wavesNuri Nurbachsch, Sony Music, AT
Nuri is senior manager a&r at Sony Music Entertainment Austria. Amongst his diverse functions since 1999 were junior product & promotion management at BMG, chief editor for music & games at gotv or brand manager at Warner Music. Other semi-professional projects: co-founder of dj and producer collectives love+hate and CONCRETE, weirdo concert promoter or freelance writer.

81wavesŽeljko Pendić, Impulse, HR
Željko Pendić is a concert organizer and music promoter actively involved since 2000. He also worked as a journalist at the local TV and radio stations. Since 2010 together with friends he established Distune Promotion, an independent organization (NGO) whose action is based on the music. Surely the biggest step for organization was the start of “Impulse festival” from 2014.

waves116Raphael Pleschounig, Acoustic Lakeside Festival, AT
Having founded the Acoustic Lakeside Festival in 2006, Raphael has committed himself to establishing a place for passionate music owned by passionate people who are seeking fulfillment through commitment ever since. The festival has grown to become the most desirable festival brand within Austria. His professional full-time engagement is dedicated to the design company KISKA.


waves117Moritz Ranftl, Rock im Dorf Festival, AT
Moritz Ranftl gained first insights into Austria’s music business during his civil service at WUK, Vienna. Additionally to his studies at the University of Vienna, he continues his work for WUK’s music department up to this day. Starting in 2013 as Head of Production, Moritz is running the Rock im Dorf Festival as well as its cultural association since the end of 2015.

43wavesMonika Satkova, Pohoda, SK
Monika works as a booking assistant of the Pohoda Festival, which takes place in July, in Trencin, Slovakia. Pohoda is the biggest festival in Slovakia with 30 000 daily visitors and more than 120 artists from all over the world. In 2016 Pohoda has celebrated its 20th edition. Monika also attends singing lessons, is a singer and composer in the band Snowdrop and plays curling.


15-wavesDoreen Schimk, Warner Music, DE
Having worked for Sony Music, SonyBMG and Columbia Four Music in leading positions for the past 15 years, Schimk has been Warner Music Group’s Director of Promotion & Coordination since 2011. In 1994 she started the initiative “SISTARS“ to support women in the music business. She’s also supporting support women in the creative industries through the “Hey Ladies” initiative.



waves118Clemens Schrammel, Picture On Festival, AT
Clemens Schrammel grew up in Bildein, Burgenland. There he has taken part in shaping the cultural landscape for more than 10 years. Playing a leading role in the cultural association KuKuK, he organizes events with the ambitious goal of making life on the countryside more attractive. Since 2000 the picture on festival diversifies the Austrian festival scene.

32-wavesKatharina Seidler, Radio FM4 / Falter, AT
Katharina has been writing about music for over ten years. She works as an author and presenter at the Austrian national radio station Radio FM4, regularly contributes to all sorts of music magazines and writes a weekly column in the Viennese city newspaper Falter. Her focus lies on pop and electronic music as well as on experimental tendencies of different stylistic origin.


12wavesDanny Simons, Grand Hotel Van Cleef Musik / Liftboy Management, DE
Danny  started working in the music buiz in 1994, and did all sorts of jobs from stagehand, local promoter, guitar tech to road manager. In 2002 he co-founded the artist management company LIFTBOY MANAGEMENT where he has been taking care of German Top Ten Artists KETTCAR, TOMTE & THEES UHLMANN until now. He also became Head of Booking for GRAND HOTEL VAN CLEEF MUSIK GmbH in 2005.

7wavesBabsi Steiner, mica – music austria, AT
Babsi Steiner studied Advertising and Media Management in Vienna, Stuttgart and Australia. She’s been working in the music biz since 2008 (label management, management board VTMÖ, artist management, PR & Marketing, music export). In her “music free” years she was working for advertising agencies, online media and PR agencies.



71wavesGerhard Stöger, Falter, AT
Gerhard Stöger is writing for the Viennese weekly newspaper Falter. Together with Florian Obkircher, Thomas Mießgang and Walter Gröbchen he published the book „Wienpop“ in 2013. At Rhiz he hosts the monthly club „1000 Takte Tanz“ and together with the musician Ankathie Koi he curated this year’s edition of the Viennese festival “Popfest Wien”.

62wavesStephan Thanscheidt, FKP Scorpio DE
Stephan Thanscheidt, born in 1977, is the Managing Director at FKP Scorpio and as Head of Festivalbooking responsible for the program of over 20 major open air-festivals across Europe based at the headquarter in Hamburg. FKP Scorpio is in the event business since 1990 and has organized a remarkable number of concerts, festivals and show productions with millions of visitors.

61wavesStefan Trischler a.k.a. Trishes, FM4, AT
A musician, DJ, vinyl junkie, radio personality and writer from Vienna. Stefan has been on the air as part of the HipHop-show “FM4 Tribe Vibes” since 2000 and in charge of Austrian music platform “FM4 Soundpark” since 2001. Co-curator of the open-air music festival Popfest Wien in 2015. He was running Beattown Records and releasing on Melting Pot Music and Duzz Down San.

18-wavesHannes Tschürtz, ink music, AT
Founder of music agency INK MUSIC and Founder/Co-Owner of Ticketing Service NTRY TICKETING. Hannes teaches Music Business, writes articles and used to be former head of the Advisory Board for Music Export Austria (2012-2014) and member of the Board Austrian Independent Labels Association (2006-10). Also, Hannes curates the Poolinale Music Film Festival.


waves119Désirée J. Vach, Snowhite, DE
Desiree J. was working for the label Kitty –Yo, before she took over the management of the label Weekender Records Germany. In 2009 she founded Snowhite. Vach is further lecturer at the project “DigiMediaL_musik”, a continuing education for Musicians at Berlin Career College University of the Arts Berlin and is also working as a manager GSA for Digital Distribution INgrooves .

waves121Yasmin Vihaus, The Gap, AT
After doing PR-work for bands and working for public broadcasting, Yasmin started writing for the music and pop culture magazine „The Gap“ in 2015 and works there as deputy editor in chief since 2016 . Her musical focus lies on all kinds of electronic music as well as on club culture. Yasmin has a weekly column about the local club and music scene called „Wien bei Nacht“.


waves120Jonas Vogt, Journalist, AT
Jonas Vogt moved from Cologne to Vienna ten years ago and has written about its music scene ever since. He was an editor at The Gap, Editor-In-Chief of Noisey Austria and has a monthly op-ed column for club culture. Jonas works as a freelancer now to fulfill his dreams of asking the right questions and saying things nobody likes to hear.



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