Andy Gensler

Billboard.biz Contributing Editor

Billboard.biz contributing editor Andy Gensler is a writer, editor and enthusiastic dancer who has worked at and written for the New York Times, Rolling Stone and Spin. He co-founded the Mishpucha music collective and the No Dancing Allowed political organization fighting NYC's restrictive cabaret laws. He also edited the Daily Swarm and played guitar in the Homefries, an eclectic folk-metal-country-gypsy-punk band. 

DFA, Warp Records, Ghostly International, Fool’s Gold, RVNG INTL Among Labels Curating Moogfest 2014 Showcases: Exclusive

DFA, Warp Records, Ghostly International, Fool’s Gold, RVNG INTL Among Labels Curating Moogfest 2014 Showcases: Exclusive

Moogfest has announced it is bringing in independent labels including DFA, Ghostly International, WARP Records, Fool’s Gold, RVNG INTL, No. 19 Music’s Social Experiment and Driftless Recordings to curate label showcases at its April 23-27 festival in Asheville, North Carolina. Each label will curate a night at one of the festival’s ten participating venues.
Rough Trade NYC Store Puts All Live Performances 'On-Hold'

Rough Trade NYC Store Puts All Live Performances 'On-Hold'

Rough Trade NYC’s brand-spanking-new Brooklyn retail and venue space is temporarily putting all its live performance "on hold" to "allow additional sound remediation," according to a release put out by the store. The retail portion of the store will remain open. No word was given on when the performance space, operated in conjunction with Bowery Presents, will be re-opened.
Robert Sillerman on Rock In Rio Deal (Exclusive)

Robert Sillerman on Rock In Rio Deal (Exclusive)

Last week growing entertainment conglomerate SFX finalized its purchase of German promoter i-Motion for $21 million in cash and stock. Then on Friday, SFX Ent. announced it had signed an agreement to acquire a 50 percent interest in the Rock in Rio festival franchise. Billboard caught up with SFX CEO Sillerman to find out what's up with his growing music empire.
Grateful Dead’s Long Strange Trip and Lasting Music Biz Legacy with Skrillex, Warren Haynes, Rock Scully, More

Grateful Dead’s Long Strange Trip and Lasting Music Biz Legacy with Skrillex, Warren Haynes, Rock Scully, More

Decades before social media and the digital revolution, the Grateful Dead and their fervent Deadhead fan base blazed music business trails that in large measure have become standard industry operating procedure. Thus the Billboard Touring Conference keynote case study, “The Golden Road: Lessons Learned From the Dead” with Skrillex, Warren Haynes, ex-manager Rock Scully, Another Planet's Gregg Perloff, Windish Agency's Sam Hunt, AM Only's Lee Anderson and Paradigm's Jonathan Levine.
Why Everyone On the Florida Georgia Line Case Study Panel at the Touring Conference Was Grinning Ear-To-Ear (And It Wasn't Just the Fireball)

Why Everyone On the Florida Georgia Line Case Study Panel at the Touring Conference Was Grinning Ear-To-Ear (And It Wasn't Just the Fireball)

Attendees of the Touring Conference couldn’t have asked for a better case study than Florida Georgia Line. How the duo went from virtual unknowns to having the longest running No. 1 of all-time on the Hot Country Chart with “Cruise” and opening for Taylor Swift is incredible. And none of it would have happened without deft management, a savvy publishing company, a supportive label, powerful touring partners and least not two dedicated musicians.
Fuse's Liana Huth on 'Opening for Roger Waters,' Agents 'Screwing Over' Promoters, Bastille-Love, Music Discovery Platforms (Video)

Fuse's Liana Huth on 'Opening for Roger Waters,' Agents 'Screwing Over' Promoters, Bastille-Love, Music Discovery Platforms (Video)

The highly engaging Liana Huth, SVP, partnership marketing at Fuse, made for the ideal moderator at the Billboard Touring Conference's Wednesday's Artist Development: Who's Got Next panel. Pulling no punches, Huth was keen to ask agents from Paradigm, CAA and WME about the times they've screwed over promoters. In this video Q&A Huth, discusses the panel, why she predicts Bastille will break through, music discovery platforms and more.

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