Demo Listening 2
Demo Listening Sessions offer a unique opportunity for selected musicians to get direct feedback from music professionals, those who listen to demos as part of their job.
Isaac Heymann is A&R for Rick Rubin's American Recording. He also started and helps run the Music Division of Leverage (Exec Producers of Entourage, Boardwalk Empire, etc...) Leverage consists of Leverage Records, Leverage Publishing, and Leverage Management. Isaac is also Co-Manager of Los Angeles Rock band Dead Sara.
Record producer and entrepreneur Lawrence “Gelboni” Gelburd is a voting member of NARAS, the Grammy organization. He worked at EMI Music Publishing in the Business Affairs and A&R departments, then at SBK records in the A&R department, leaving to form Integrated Entertainment, an independent production and publishing company, in the 90's. His mentors include Tony Maserati, Steve Addabbo, and Grammy-winning producer/engineer/mixer Phil Nicolo with whom he formed a strategic alliance in 2008. He has been teaching entrepreneurship at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania since 2003.
Gelboni has produced albums across the US, varying stylistically from complex modern rock to singer-songwriter (AAA). He has honed his skills as an arranger, focusing on the pre-production phase as critically important to a project's success. His productions range from demos to full-blown international releases. He mixed Dash Rip Rock's greatest hits album entitled "Gold Record" for the Ichiban label. He has also produced Shane Cooley, Gatlin, Ash Wednesday, Paul Jones, Seth Paul, Three Miles Out, Playing for Audrey, Margin of Error, Squash, Amy Carr, Real, Sundowner Syndrome, and many other bands. His work with Gatlin has been played on Infinity Broadcasting station WXTM (Cleveland); Ash Wednesday on Clear Channel stations WKQQ (Lexington, Kentucky) and WEBN (Cincinnati) -- quite an achievement for unsigned bands.
Gelboni has been a panelist and moderator at dozens of music conferences including South by Southwest (SXSW), Access to Amsterdam (A2A) in the Netherlands, NEMO in Boston, North by Northeast (NXNE) in Toronto, 2NMC in Nashville, MEIS in Lexington, KY, the Florida Musician's Workshop in Ft. Lauderdale, MPMF in Cincinnati and MMC in Harrisburg. He is also a final-round judge for the USA Songwriting Competition.
Since 2008, Lawrence has advised media and entertainment entrepreneur and investor Jason Kothari. Jason is the co-founder, former ceo, and current vice chairman of Valiant Entertainment (www.valiantuniverse.com). Lawrence also continues his strategic alliance with Vivek J. Tiwary, founder of TEG (www.tiwaryent.com).
Valiant is a leading character-based entertainment company with a library of over 1,500 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Shadowman, Eternal Warrior, and many more. Established in 1989, Valiant has sold over 80 million comic books, and today its characters continue to be forged in publishing, licensing, film, video games, and beyond.
Tiwary Entertainment Group:
Green Day’s American Idiot
The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy
The Ride: New York
The Fifth Beatle
Punk Rock Dad
Down and Dirty Pictures
A Little Night Music
Mel Brooks’ The Producers
A Raisin in the Sun
Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein
Marc Wilson is an A&R Manager at Warner/Chappell Music in Los Angeles, CA. Marc started his career in music 9 years ago at BMG Music Publishing. Since at Warner/Chappell Music, Marc’s roster has grown, signing new artists and developing songwriters.
Currently his roster includes: Steve Aoki, Ian Kirkpatrick (Breathe Carolina, Blake Shelton), Sean Douglas (Demi Lovato), Breathe Carolina, DEVO, Bad Religion, Royal Teeth, Andrew Goldstein (The Ready Set, Hot Chelle Rae), The Plain White T’s, A Rocket To The Moon, Simple Plan and Young The Giant