Nathalie Blue is an agent and producer who leads NewForm; a new department of LittleBig. She offers agency, production and consultancy services to composers, musicians and ensembles working between genres and forms, with a special focus on the intersection between contemporary classical, electronic and visual culture.
Nathalie Blue LittleBig Agency (GB), Steven Thomassen Toutpartout (BE), Nikita Lavrinenko Paper and Iron Booking Co. (DE), Martin Rintza Luger Denmark (DK), Kalle Lundgren Smith Pitch & Smith (SE/GB)
When one speaks about consolidation in the music industry, one usually thinks about two or three big promotion and ticketing companies out there acquiring one asset after the other. But there’s another sector that’s been consolidated a lot in recent years: booking agencies. An illustrious selection of independent agents will meet at ESNS to talk about the state of their business, and its current challenges and opportunities. Is it really a booking war out there, as some professionals have been lamenting in recent times? Or is there enough talent and events for everybody to operate successfully? The truth probably lies somewhere in between.
Nathalie Blue LittleBig Agency (GB)
Steven Thomassen Toutpartout (BE)
European booking agency/Promoter in Belgium and Holland for good music (Toutpartout agency). Promoter behind the Autumn Falls festival happening all over Belgium from late September till mid-Mecember and a young and adventurous label for good alternative music in the form of Labelman.
For several years, he did the radio and press promotion for independent distribution company 'Konkurrent' He worked for Sub Pop, Matador, Cityslang, Kitty Yo, Rough Trade, Merge, Secretly Canadian, Stickman, Chemical Underground, K-Records.
Nikita Lavrinenko Paper and Iron Booking Co. (DE)
Owner & agent at Paper and Iron Booking Co. Founded in 2005 and based in Berlin, Germany, the agency looks after the live performances of artists such as Angel Olsen, Ryley Walker, Jenny Hval, Rodrigo Amarante, Matmos, La Luz, Weyes Blood and more in Europe/UK and sometimes beyond.
Martin Rintza Luger Denmark (DK)
Martin Rintza (27) is an agent at Luger Denmark. After promoting several shows and club nights in Copenhagen, Rintza worked as an agent at Merger from 2011-2013.
After 6 months in London, Rintza returned to Copenhagen to join the agency Skandinavian CPH in 2014 (later changed name to Birdseye Agency). Rintza worked here from 2014-2018 and build up artists like Chinah, Phlake, Jada, Sekuoia, AV AV AV and many more.
With the ambitions of an international booking agency with focus on Nordic talent, Rintza joined the new agency Luger Denmark in 2018 with the head of agency Sarah Sølvsteen. Luger Denmark is a part of the Swedish promoter / booking agency Luger and represents artist like Lykke Li, Mø, Goat, WhoMadeWho, Seinabo Sey, Chinah, Jenny Wilson, Phlake, Elliphant, Yung Lean etc.
Kalle Lundgren Smith Pitch & Smith (SE/GB)
Pitch & Smith Agency is an independent International Artist Booking Agency based in London and Stockholm representing artists from across the globe throughout Europe, UK, Asia and for some, worldwide. The company was started in 2007 in a small basement in Södermalm Stockholm, founded by Kalle Lundgren Smith, (formerly of The Agency Group and Luger) and Stefan Juhlin (formerly of Luger), with the aim of developing the careers of artists and to work with artists whose music they loved. Pitch & Smith HQ has moved to London, UK, but still have an office in Stockholm, Sweden where is all started. Kalle Lundgren Smith is CEO of the company and is still based in Stockholm. He represents artists such as Caribou, Daphni, José González, Nosaj Thing and Toro Y Moi, among many others.
Gideon Gottfried Pollstar (GB)
Gideon Gottfried is a German-born journalist, living in London. He’s the European Editor for LA- based live entertainment bible Pollstar. Prior to joining Pollstar in 2015, he was editor at musikmarkt, the former trade magazine for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, for five years.
His work has also appeared in Billboard, IQ Magazine, Vice Germany and others.
He’s a co-founder of Munich based independent record label Crispy Crust Records, where he served as editor for three years. He is passionate about music of all genres and a rapper himself.
Above all, he is an activist and objectivist. Follow @gideongottfried on Medium and Twitter to stay up to date on his work.