The Hunt for the Next Great Metal Band
Friday, March 18
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Austin Convention Center
531 E 4th St
In an era where many of metal's seminal headliners are reaching middle age, this panel will discuss the search for the next heirs to the heavy metal throne. Drawing upon the expertise of industry insiders including a major artist, record label executive, manager, booking agent and attorney, the panel will explore what the industry is looking for in new talent, and what is, can and should be done to curate the development of that talent to breed the next generation of metal titans and festival headliners.
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
Mike Mowery is the President and Managing Partner of Outerloop Management. He began the company with Jeff Cohen in 2004. With Mike's extensive knowledge of the road and what it takes to make a band...Show the rest
Mike Mowery is the President and Managing Partner of Outerloop Management. He began the company with Jeff Cohen in 2004. With Mike's extensive knowledge of the road and what it takes to make a band survive along his partner's legal background and extensive network, Outerloop Management was born. Based in Silver Spring, Maryland, Outerloop manages 40+ artists and employs 6 managers, support staff and has a show promotion company and a marketing firm.
Mike graduated with honors from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies. He is an active individual who believes that the balance of mind, body and work are of the utmost importance. He has completed 7 marathons, cycles and practices yoga frequently. He lives in Silver Spring, MD, with his wife, Caroline.Hide the rest
VP of A&R
For well over three decades now, Mike Gitter has been hurting your ears, agonizing over master recordings and ingesting music wherever and whenever he can. When his high school-born, self-publishe...Show the rest
For well over three decades now, Mike Gitter has been hurting your ears, agonizing over master recordings and ingesting music wherever and whenever he can. When his high school-born, self-published xXx¨Fanzine released its twentieth and final issue in 1988, he focused on a career in music journalism as a contributing editor to Rip and Tower Records Pulse while freelancing for the likes of Thrasher, Kerrang!, Spin and Rolling Stone (amongst others).
A move to New York City in 1989 eventually found him transitioning into the A&R departments of various record labels including Atlantic, Roadrunner, Century Media and Razor & Tie. Some of Gitter's more notable signings include Jawbox and Bad Religion for Atlantic, Killswitch Engage and Megadeth for Roadrunner; HIM, Starset and Chiodos for Razor & Tie as well as The Shrine and Ignite at Century Media. He’s also worked in music merchandising and artist management.
Mike currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.Hide the rest
Heavy Metal Ambassador and SiriusXM Sprit Animal, Jose has worked in radio for over 20 years. Since 2000, he's been with SiriusXM as the main curator and host for several rock stations, including ...Show the rest
Heavy Metal Ambassador and SiriusXM Sprit Animal, Jose has worked in radio for over 20 years. Since 2000, he's been with SiriusXM as the main curator and host for several rock stations, including Liquid Metal & Octane, which are two of the most listened to and influential radio stations for Metal music in the world. In 2015, Mangin relocated to So Cal from NYC to continue working full time for SiriusXM, and in addition as VP of Brand Management for Affliction Clothing, overseeing the company's marketing, artist relations, and more. Mangin also hosted TV shows such as Headbangers Ball on MTV2 for four years, and the nationally syndicated Latino news magazine show LatiNation for eight. Jose is a Brand Ambassador for SONOS, Monster Headphones, Riazul Tequila, G-Pen, California Finest, Dean Guitars, Marshall Amps, and Monster Energy. Mangin hosts festivals, events, concerts, talent shows, taco parties, and has won a blind taste test guacamole contest for five years straight.Hide the rest