2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

New Era of A&R

#sxsw #NewEraOfAR


Talent discovery through the web has become common place. A new era of A&R has emerged. Indie labels scour the Internet on a daily basis and talent scouts no longer spend late nights hanging out in bars and nightclubs; they’ve become just as successful browsing various sites and platforms for fresh talent. Find out the methods and identifiers labels are using for finding new talent in this new era of A&R.



Blaise DeAngelo

Label Mgr


GM of Skrillex's OWSLA label, DJ, and all-around dance music enthusiast based in downtown LA.


Diana Kimball

Sr Mgr Creator Engagement


Diana Kimball leads SoundCloud's Creator Engagement team, surfacing the stories and sounds that need to be heard. She’s preoccupied by narratives and numbers in equal measure and brings to her role a love of data and an eye for detail. Before moving to Berlin to join SoundCloud, she worked at Microsoft as a Program Manager on the PowerPoint team and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Mike Smith

Pres of Music

Virgin EMI Records UK


Nathan McLay


Future Classic

Future Classic is an artist management team, record label & music publisher based in Sydney. We throw parties & highly endorse dancing.

Artists: Flume, Jagwar Ma, Flight Facilities, Panama, What So Not, Wave Racer, Seekae, Chet Faker, Touch Sensitive, Charles Murdoch, Mitzi, Chrome Sparks, Bodhi, Cashmere Cat, Scenic, Baio, Hayden James, Roosevelt

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