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- Steve Rennie, David Dufresne, Taynah Reis, Matt Mason , Hisham Dahud, David Haynes
Ren Management, Personal Manager, INCUBUS
Mr. Rennie has worked in the music business for over 30 years. He has a broad range of experience as a concert promoter, record executive, internet entrepreneur, and artist manager. He has also been deeply involved in the intersection of music and technology since the earliest days of the internet. Mr. Rennie has been the personal manager for multi-platinum rock bandIncubus for the last 13 years and has guided them from the day they got signed to a record deal to being a hugely successful worldwide record selling and concert attraction.
From 1998 -2000, Mr. Rennie was a founding member of one of the early internet music startups, ARTIST DIRECT. From 1994 -1998 he was the Senior Vice President/GM of Epic Records/Sony Musicwhere he worked with artists like Korn, Rage Against the Machine, Ozzy Osbourne, Incubus, and Celine Dion. At Epic Records he was deeply involved in the label’s artist development strategy including touring and the label’s internet and new media strategy. Prior to joining Sony Music he managed a number of Alternative Rock artists including Primal Scream, The The, Dramarama, The￼Wonder Stuff, and Ned’s Atomic Dustbin. From 1982-1990 he was the Senior VP at Southern California’s #1 concert promoter Avalon Attractions, which is now part of Live Nation, booking shows from clubs on the Sunset Strip to stadium shows at the Rose Bowl and Coliseum.
David Dufresne is CEO at Bandzoogle, the most powerful platform for musicians to build their website, engage their fans, and sell their music and merchandise directly. Bandzoogle works with tens of thousands of bands and musicians to help them create a strong base for their online￼strategy.
David’s background is in the Canadian venture capital industry, where he worked at firms investing in web, mobile, enterprise software and video game startups. He’s an obsessive music fan, occasional DJ, hall-of-famer soccer player, and dad of two young daughters.
Follow David on Twitter: @bandzoogle and @DavidDufresne
Global Digital Impact, CEO
Vice President of The New Frontiers of Cooperation Institute (www.infc.org.br), coordinating technological social projects such as Rede Brasil Rural (www.redebrasilrural.mda.gov.br), a social network made for￼rural families, in association with the Brazilian government.
Award winner of Midem Hack Day’s developers competition and the “AT&T Mobile App Hackathon” competition with her platform named All.be.Tuned.
Follow Taynah on Twitter: @taynahreis
Matt Mason currently serves as Executive Director of Marketing at BitTorrent, a creator of advanced, innovative technologies designed to efficiently deliver large files across the Internet. BitTorrent currently boasts over 150 million active monthly users, and moves 20-40% of all Internet traffic on a daily basis.
Mason is also the bestselling author of The Pirate’s Dilemma, the first book in the history of the world to hit the number one spot on Amazon’s economics/free enterprise bestseller list and the rap bestseller list at the same time. It has since been published in ten countries and counting. He is also a board member at PopTech, a global community of innovators, working together to expand the edge of change.
Mason began his career as a pirate radio and club DJ in London, going on to become founding Editor-in- Chief of the seminal music magazine RWD. In 2004, he was selected as one of the faces of Gordon Brown’s Start Talking Ideas campaign, and was presented the Prince’s Trust London Business of the Year Award by HRH Prince Charles.
Mason has written and produced TV series, screenplays, comic strips, apps and records, not to mention award-winning, global advertising campaigns. His journalism has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, The Observer Music Monthly, Dazed & Confused, Adweek, VICE, Complex, Liberation and other publications in more than 20 countries. His short story Hard Times was published by Penguin as part of the We Tell Stories project, which won Best in Show at SXSW and was shown in the Talk To Me exhibition at the MOMA in New York City in 2011.
Mason regularly speaks on creativity, disruptive innovation, copyright infringement and the promise of P2P technologies all over the world. He lives in San Francisco.
Follow Matt Mason on Twitter: @mattmason
Hypebot.com, Senior Analyst / Fame House, LLC, Business Development
Hisham Dahud is a music business professional and musician at the epicenter of music technology, digital marketing, and music production and live performance; carrying a uniquely wide perspective of today’s music industry.
As a Senior Analyst for Hypebot.com – a leading music industry news & technology blog – Hisham educates and informs artists and industry professionals on emerging trends and newsworthy topics within the music / technology space, while providing readers with regular commentary and advice. His writings have also appeared in Billboard, Artist Growth, and more.
Dahud is also the head of Business Development for Fame House, having helped launch the company in 2011 with CEO Michael Fiebach. Fame House is a Digital Strategy, Marketing, and Management company whose client roster includes DJ Shadow, Pretty Lights, Josh Wink, MiMOSA, and more with offices in both Philadelphia and San Francisco.
Hisham’s love for the music business wouldn’t be complete without inducing a dosage of his own inner- creativity. A recording and performing drummer, Dahud is also a multi-instrumentalist music producer spanning across several genres, working with his own live band and synching his music to film and video.
Follow Hisham on Twitter: @HishamDahud