Industry Out-takes: 'It’ll be alright on the night'

Saturday 7 March 2015

17:00 – 18:15
Room 1
Chairs: Michael Chugg, Chugg Entertainment (AU) & Claudio Trotta, Barley Arts (IT)

In this business, despite all the intricate planning and best intentions, sometimes things go wrong. And when they do, it’s often in a spectacular fashion. 'Fuck-ups' in fact! Fortunately, most of the practitioners of this business have a good sense of humour and can laugh about it (even if only in retrospect!). Come and join two ILMC stalwarts universally recognised for their enjoyment of a good laugh – Chuggi and Claudio – as they invite a few friends to recount amusing anecdotes about when things went wrong, to them or to others, either through their own fault or just plain bloody circumstance. And if you’ve got a tale of your own to tell – feel free!

Guest speakers include:
Paul Crockford, Paul Crockford Management (UK)
Jef Hanlon, Jef Hanlon Promotions (UK)
Dave Chumbley, Primary Talent (UK)
Jessica Koravos, Really Useful Group (UK)

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About Claudio Trotta:
The founder and artistic director of Barley Arts Promotion, Claudio's first contact with the live music biz dates back to working with free radio in Milan in the mid seventies. Graduating from the Civica Scuola di Arte Drammatica as a music operator he trained at the Scala Theatre, then worked at TeleRadioMilano 2. He became the Italian promoter for the artists on the roster record label Ricordi’s Country e Folk Label project, before taking over the artistic and marketing direction of the Blues & Rock Project series at Carosello Records.

Claudio set-up Barley Arts in 1979, the name ‘Barley’ being homage to his first passion, Anglo-Saxon country and folk. Since then, the Milan-based company has gained an international reputation.

Over 35 years Barley Arts has organised thousands of live concerts with Italian and International artists such as AC/DC, Queen, Kiss, Cure, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Lmfao, Macklemore, Tom Waits, Frank Zappa, Lenny Kravitz, Van Morrison, Loreena McKennitt, Ray Charles, Norah Jones, Ry Cooder, Guns N’ Roses, Aerosmith, The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, Mika, Deep Purple, Tokio Hotel, Pearl Jam, Negramaro, J-Ax, Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, G3, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and James Morrison, as well as some of the most famous international family shows.

Claudio Trotta is a founder member of Assomusica and a member of Yourope. He also lectures at Civica Scuola Paolo Grassi in Milan (Superior School of Art, Music, Theatre) and the University of Milan La Bicocca. Claudio is a passionate cyclist and fly fisherman.

About Michael Chugg:
After co-founding the Frontier Touring Company in the mid 1970s Michael Chugg went out on his own in 2000 and founded Chugg Entertainment, from there going on to garner a reputation both internationally and on home soil as one of Australia’s most prominent rock promoters. From club shows to stadiums, festivals, special events and everything in between, Michael Chugg and his business partner Matthew Lazarus-Hall have worked with some of the world’s biggest acts from Elton John, Robbie Williams, Pearl Jam, AC/DC, Bette Midler, Prince, Coldplay and Radiohead.  The company has also co-promoted some of the biggest charity events Australia has seen including Wave Aid (2005), Live Earth (2007) and Sound Relief (2009).

Michael Chugg is a well known public figure in his own right, running the PR machine for many of his tours and often being the media’s ‘go to man’ for opinion on the music industry or the state of the nation.

In 2012 an indie music arm of the company – Chugg Music - was formed. Chugg Music now looks after a stable of 9 young Australian artists.

One of these acts – Sheppard – have this year become the first indie #1 on the Australian charts in 30 years with the single Geronimo, which has now been certified quadruple platinum and is in the top 20 most streamed tracks in the world on Spotify with over 700,000 plays per day. Geronimo is now on release in the UK and Europe through Universal/Decca, through Republic in the USA and is selling in 45 countries worldwide.

About Paul Crockford:
Paul Crockford has been in the music industry for 40 years. From university social secretary at South Hampton via Outfront Sound for the Pleasers to concert promoting at Outlaw and Bandstand and becoming a manager along the way.

His management clients have sold in excess of 200 million albums. Amongst the acts he’s managed have been Tears For Fears, Level 42, Asia, The Human League, and since 2000 he has guided the career of Mark Knopfler.

He is the promoter of the Prince’s Trust Rock Galas and Mark Bolan memorial show and currently also European Tour Director for Nitro Circus Live, the world’s biggest action sports show. He has spent most of his life disproving the theory that there is no such thing as a free lunch. 

About Jef Hanlon:
Coming soon!

About Dave Chumbley:
Dave Chumbley is the agent to the stars.