The epicenter of the lopsided Super Bowl at Midem, which saw the Denver Broncos massacred at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks, like so many things here, was the bar of the Carlton Hotel. The Pepsi-sponsored party, which begat at 12:30 a.m. was crammed to the bar's dimly-lit gills, with hundreds of music exes. including Universal's Rob Wells, SiriusXM's George White Ultra Music's Patrick Moxley, Bill Wilson from the Music Business Association and many others who excitedly gathered between several massive flatscreens to watch the big game that turned out to be a big bust. After halftime, around 2:30 a.m., most had wandered away except most noticeably one partisan fan in the middle of the room four feet from the largest TV sporting quarterback Russell Wilson's Seattle Seahawks jersey and excitedly cheering his team on.
Billboard: Who Are you?
Matt Epstein, I work at Amazon Digital Music for content acquisition.
What brings you to Midem?
Were here to meet with a lot of labels, spread the word about Amazon Digital Music, expand our presence. It's been a great conference so far.
What's it like sporting Seattle Seahawks colors in the middle of France?
No matter where you are, we have a great team. Russell Wilson is leading the helm, we have an amazing defense. Obviously it'd be great to be in Seattle but this is a nice place to be. It's a ton of fun, we got a lot of fun going on tin room going on right now., so no complaints.
But it's 29-0 and the game's a snooze and no one's paying attention except maybe you and a few others.
I might be the only one but i'm gong to be here until 5:00 a.m. so no complaints.
Can you talk about Amazon's decision to not stock the "Beyonce" album after iTunes had the digital exclusive for a week?
Okay. What kind of business interactions have you had here?
We're talking to all the labels -major and indie, it's a great place for us to come out to and meet a lot labels instead of having to travel to New York, San Francisco, LA, we can just come to Midem and meet with all the labels at once. It's been a great opportunity.
What about International repertoire?
Yes, definitely it's a great way to expand ourselves globally that's something we're looking at. We're in all the major European markets, we're in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and this is a great time meet with all the labels. We have great representation from Amazon here to meet with them?