Backbeat: Warner Sound's Second SXSW Showcase Brings Out Elektra's Castelaz, Tegan and Sara and More

Party host Gorberger takes a snapshot with talent manager Kiki the Cool (Callie Richmond)

On night two of The Warner Sound showcase captured by Nikon, the industry crowd mingled with some of the host label’s rising stars at The Belmont in downtown Austin, TX. Rock troubadour Gary Clark Jr. and Maybach Music's Rockie Fresh, the latter of whom performed on the first night of the three-night showcase, dropped by to mix it up with extended family. On stage, Tegan and Sara and headliner Paramore delivered power pop for a rapturous, young-skewing crowd.


L-R: Talent manager Anthony Martini, WME Head of Music and TV Amos Newman, and Standard Candy Co. executive Lance Paine mingle (Callie Richmond)

Amos Newman, son of Randy and head of music and television at William Morris Endeavor, said he came to SXSW this year in support of his artists Robert De Long and Kendrick Lamar. Newman was joined by Anthony Martini, manager of the rap duo Chiddy Bang and head of music acquisition and partnerships for Jingle Punks, as well as Lance Paine, executive vice president of Nashville’s GooGoo Cluster Standard Candy Co.


L-R: Dave Dyer WB Top 40, Xavier Ramos, WB head of marketing, and Josh Reich WB Top 40, chat at the SXSW Warner Sound (Callie Richmond)

Rival A&R men Tyler Childs of Sony/ATV and Greg Federspiel of Warner shared complimentary drinks along with Christopher Drew of the WBR-signed band Never Shout Never. Of the unsigned bands he’s seen in Austin so far, Federspiel said Little Daylight and Hunter Hunted have caught his eye and ear.
 
Warner was well represented on The Belmont balcony, with executives and staffers in attendance including Jeff Castelaz, president of Elektra Records; Xavior Ramos, head of marketing WBR and Peter Grey, SVP of radio promotions for WBR.


L-R:Michael Schneider, Bandpage, Ira Brian Miller, Beats Music, and Carl Chery, Project Daisy at Beats by Dr. Dre, mingle (Callie Richmond)

The extended radio team included Heather Luke, VP of rock; Dave Dyer and Josh Reich of Top 40, Julie Muncey of AAA and Z100’s Trey Morgan.
 
Later in the evening, we bumped into Michael Schneider of BandPage hanging out with two members of Jimmy Iovine and Ian Rogers’ top secret Daisy squad -- Ira Brian Miller, who works for the yet-to-launch Beats streaming service, and Carl Chery, who said he couldn’t disclose his role with the company. We asked both men when consumers might get their hands on the highly anticipated service and were given the silent treatment. Perhaps this time next year they’ll be throwing a party of their own.


L-R: Peter Grey, SVP radio promo Warner Bros Records and Jeff Castelaz, president of Elektra, chat in front of the wall (Callie Richmond)

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