Jan Quiel (Seaside Touring / Wacken Open Air) started his career in the live business in 2005. Since 2014 Jan his jointly responsible for the lineup of Wacken Open Air and other events produced by ICS Festival Service. In addition, he promotes tours of bands like Helmet, Therapy?, Life Of Agony, Clawfinger, DevilDriver in Germany.
New Rocks on the Block
Jan Quiel Seaside Touring (DE), Tjerk Maas Loud Noise (NL), Roman Hödl District 19 (AT), Merle Doering Black Harbour (DE)
Just like in professional sports, we need to produce a constant flow of new talent to safeguard a healthy and long-term LOUD music scene.
As triple-A acts get older, there is a growing need for venues and festivals to book acts with the potential of selling out the bigger arenas and attract bigger audiences to the main festivals? Or can the LOUD live scene exist with smaller headliners?
However obvious this might sound to us, the question is; are we successfully breaking new acts and are we able to build great careers? What’s necessary to guarantee a healthy live infrastructure for bands, on that provides them with enough support to build a great career? We need new super acts for the next arena tour and for the festival circuit. But, really, do we?
Jan Quiel Seaside Touring (DE)
Tjerk Maas Loud Noise (NL)
Tjerk Maas is the founding CEO of Loud Noise, a booking agency and festival promoter based in The Netherlands, operational since 1998. Nowadays, Loud Noise is home to festivals Dynamo Metal Fest, The Sound Of Revolution, Tributeland and Prognosis in Eindhoven and Into The Grave and Into The Void in Leeuwarden. As an agent, Tjerk is responsible for traditional rock and metal acts like Metal Church, Vandenberg's Moonkings and Deep Purple's Don Airey, working together with a team of 4 agents and representing more than 70 acts all over Europe. Tjerk began his musical career as a rock and metal DJ and stage crew guy at the local youth centre, where he also hosted a radio show for 5 years. Being there at the birth of the 013 in Tilburg, it provided him with the opportunity to promote metal shows on a weekly basis, which he continued to do until early 2010, all the while expanding Loud Noise's reach over Europe. And still finding time to 'sing' in a thrash metal band too, which took him as far as the USA. Aside from this, he's also started Cup King, providing environmentally friendly hard cups for events.
Roman Hödl District 19 (AT)
District 19 is owned and managed by Roman Alexander Hödl, and is one of Europe’s leading extreme metal booking and management agencies, representing international artists worldwide. The agency books club and festival shows and is specialized in the organization of so called weekend – and nightliner tours. Occasionally they also arrange shows and full European tours for artists which are not on the current band roster, but are in need of live performances in Europe. Alongside booking District 19 offers artist management services to a limited number of artists, which allows clients can focus on the creative part of their job while District 19 takes care of the business side of things, including negotiating with record labels and publishing companies on the artist’s behalf.
Merle Doering Black Harbour (DE)
Merle Doering is the co-founder and Managing Director of Black Harbour Entertainment, a new agency that books shows all over the world, and also offers bands assistance in management, merchandising and ticketing.
Merle began working in the live music industry as a booking agent in 2010 and from there also worked as a tour manager and artist manager. Over the years she has worked with bands such as Death Angel, Sonata Arctica, Finntroll, Skálmöld, Stam1na, Coroner, Pain Of Salvation, Twilight Force and more.
Frank Janssen Striped Elephant (NL)
Frank Janssen is in uiteenlopende disciplines in de muziekindustrie werkzaam geweest. Van platenzaak, lokale radio naar muziekjournalist om uiteindelijk hoofdredacteur/uitgever van het vakblad Entertainment Business te worden. Na zijn periode als marketingmanager bij Sony Music start hij zijn eigen communicatiebedrijf en geeft hij entertainmentmarketing aan de Hogeschool Utrecht. In 2007 keert hij terug bij Entertainment Business en start hij met de nieuwe vakuitgave EB Live voor de live industrie. Begin 2014 stapt Janssen over naar Buma/Stemra en bekleedt tot eind 2017 de functie van manager Communicatie & PR. In januari 2018 start hij zijn eigen communicatiebedrijf Striped Elephant.