Mumiy Troll

Table of Contents

Editorial, Michael Chugg, David Chitty, Emmanuel Legrand, George Saadi, Seven webster, Rob Graham, joel denver, shawn alexander, Tom maguire, Jeff silberman, Tyler Polzin, Josh woodard, KC Morse, Ryan Benyo, Brandon Fuller, Gerry Shaia, sat bisla

All Access

Global News, Universal Music Group, EMI, Liberty Media, John Malone, Mel Karmazin, Kantar Media, Google, Pandora, Twitter, facebook, Statista, KLOS, Mark Brian, Jill Whelan, Frank Kramer, KYSR, KLSX

Global News, Greg Kihn, KUFX, Jenni Sperandeo, Dangerbird, Jeff Castelaz, Matt Solodky, Bob Michaels, Arbitron, Clear Channel, Elvis Duran, Byron Harrell, Cumulus

CHUGG Entertainment

Global News, CBS,ventercom, Dan Mason, WKSS, NPR, Interscope, Trauma 2, Rob Kahane, Radar Pictures, WFNX, RadioBDC, VH1, Nik Carter

MUSEXPO, Worldwide Radio Summit

VIP Executive Profile, Mandar Thakur, Times Music india, Sat bisla

VIP Executive Profile, Mandar Thakur, Times Music india, Sat bisla

Just Music

VIP Executive Profile, Mandar Thakur, Times Music india, Sat bisla

WW-Radio-News, Psy, Scooter Braun, Murdoch, Panjabi MC, AR Rahmans, Nova fm

WW-Radio-News, BBC, Damon Albarn, Guns n Roses, Triple m

Passport Approved

WW-Radio-News, Live 365, Moheak, Clear Channel, google Music, Spotify, Hydra head, XRT, KFOG

A&R WW, Martin Kierszenbaum, CherryTree, Max Gousse, Rich Castillo, Mollie Moore, KIDFORCE, Victor Krylov, Bert meyer, Mei Yeh, Sunny Chang, Alex Gilbert, Peter Stengaard

A&R Worldwide

A&R WW, Boy,m Jamie Nelson, Mike Gitter, Martin Dodd, Peter Edge, Jody Gerson, Martin Kierszenbaum, Ron Fair, Craig Kallman, Michael Taylor

Global Synch & Brands,Rachel Levy, Universal Pictures, MTV, Global Synch Consumer Brands summit, Jason Fielding, Sound Campaign, Halo 4, Warner bros

Life Down Here

Global Synch & Brands,Fox Sports, Janine Kerr, Chris Douridas, Showtime, Schmidt, Chris Mollere, ABC, Ellen Healy, PepsiCO, Priyanka Chopra, Coldplay

Know Your Rights, Jay Cooper, West Coast Entertainment, GTLAW, Greenberg Traurig

Know Your Rights, Jay Cooper, West Coast Entertainment, GTLAW, Greenberg Traurig

MGM Australia

Global Management, Music Mangers, Craig Newman, Magnus Soderkvist, Red Light Management, Dan Grech, Theo Roos

Global Management, Anneliese Harmon, Ryan Singer, Peter Leak, Deville Schober, Dave Holmes, John Zagata, John Watson


Essential Beats, Rollo Armstrong, UTRB, Dido, Faithless, Arjun Vagale, ADE, Strangers, Kids On Bridges, Sony Music, Ultra Records, Steve Levy, Dave Aude, Randy sills

Essential Beats, Top 5, Thomas Azier, Studio Killers, Madeon, Michael Woods, Ester Dean, Supafly, Poncho, Paul Oakenfold, Maxi Trusso, Swab, Joey Mova, Sebastian Ingrosso, Tommy Trash, Arty, Ruby Goe

Retail 2 Etail, George Saadi, Frances Moore, Interview, IFPI

Tom Lark

Retail 2 Etail, Frances Moore, George Saadi

Retail 2 Etail, Frances Moore, George Saadi

Artist Feature Schmidt, Guy Chambers, Ronnie Scott, jazz, cabaret

Artist Feature Schmidt, Femme Schmidt, Chugg entertainment, guy chambers


Publishing & Copyright, Big Jon Platt, Cameron Strang, Will I Am, Miller Williams, Sas Metcalfe, Walter Williams, Josef Weinberger, Samuel French, Vivien Goodwin

Publishing & Copyright, David renzer,Haim Saban, Bug Music, BMG RIghts Management

Publishing & Copyright, Renzer, Saban

Global Live Forum, Edge, David Glick, Michael Chugg, Sheppard, Hammerfest, The Agency Group, Makeshift Innocence, Deag, UTA, The Great Escape


Jurek Owsiak, Pryzstanek Woodstock Festival

Jurek, Machine Head


Global Tastemaker Charts

Global Players, Nathalie Du Bois, Conexion Entertainment Group, Karl Anderson, Just Music

Eye on You, Moshito, Breakout West conference, CMJ music Marathon, Music & Media Synch Summit, Iceland Airwaves

HHA, Erik Bradley, Mike Caren, Colin Lester, Dr Luke, Julie Pilat, Sound Exchange, Unsigned Only

Snapstar Live

Tech know logic, Bronze, Gwilym Gold, Simon Cowell, Sony, Dr Dre, Lady Gaga, Ludacris, Quincy Jones, Jamie Smith, The xx

Market Spotlight, Manfred Gillig, A&R Worldwide Germany, Musik Woche

SoundOff, Ralph simon, Benard Max Resnick Esq, Mobiluim, Richard Hussein, Lionheart, Ritch Esra, The Music Registry

SoundOff, Patrik Larsson, Uniform Beat, Playground Music, Jimmy Steal, Emmis, Power 106, Jimi Wang, Fun Music, Victor Murgatroyd, Perez Hilton, Cool Lava

Honey Ryder

XPOSURE, Schmidt, Bonnie Mckee, Trauma 2 records, Michael Fitzgerald, Ryan Singer, Bjorn teske, Deville Schober, Matthias Bottcher, Olaf Furniss, Lisa Covallo, Alicen Schneider, Adam Wolfe, Oliver hild, Staci Slater, Geoff Siegel

XPOSURE, Jonathan Dickins, Steve Schnur, Ruby Goe, Anneliese Harmon, Tyler Polzin, Sat Bisla, Sam Riback, Janie Kerr, schmidt, Lisa cavallo, Steve Celi

New Releases, Devine Fits, Two Door Cinema Club, The Vaccines, The Milk, Imagine Dragons, Two Gallants, Stars, Cat Power, The xx, The Helio Sequence, Aimee Mann, TZU, Django Django, Deadmau5, The Virginmarys, The Overtones, Tilly The Wall, Muse

Music Reviews, The Chevin, Strangers, Tailor, Sheppard

Gear Up, Toontrack, EZ Keys


Wine 4 split, Rodney Strong, UTRB, House Band, KIDFORCE, wine & sounds

WTF, Octomom, Honey boo boo, Will I am, yolo


Your Festival has a brilliant atmosphere. I have walked through the crowd and across the site and people seem very respectful of each other. What is the secret to this?

I think I have already shared with you many of our secrets. The most important one is probably the love for rock’n’roll. We do not treat our festival as a business but rather as a chance to do things we like. Organizing Woodstock is a great pleasure for us, and we share this positive energy with the audience. Being a father of two, I know what it means to be a parent. When I stand on the stage and see all these people, I feel a bit like their father. I want them to have fun and be happy but I do not hesitate to give them a talking-to if they do something wrong. At the first editions, I had to remind them a couple of times that they should go through this festival experience sober. We do sell beer but we do not put up with excessive drinking. We also very clearly warn against drugs. The Polish anti-drug law is very harsh and even possession of small amount of drugs is punishable. When someone in the audience behaves in a dangerous way, I am not afraid to stop the concert. For a couple of days, we are forming a true civic society, a real community. The festival is like a whole town built from scratch in the middle of nowhere. It has all the elements a town should have: streets, junctions, post office, banks and even courts and a prison. We really all feel we are all co-authors of Woodstock.
It’s a one-off kind friendly place where all subcultures can coexist peacefully.

The festival's motto is "Love, Friendship, and Music" and it is organized by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity foundation as a way of thanking its volunteers. You also set up this amazing Charity. Can you explain a little bit about the charity?

Coming back to the Foundation, in the 20 years of its work it has purchased medical equipment worth of 150 million U.S. dollars. It also runs nation-wide medical programs, including one aimed at teaching children from elementary schools the basics of first aid. The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity sets an example for other NGOs how they deal with money. Our finances are transparent and fair. We are introducing the best practices created by charity foundations worldwide. In our work, we are vigorous and creative, and we have rock’n’roll in our hearts. All this helped us create a foundation liked and respected by all Poles, regardless of their age, religion or political views. This year, Woodstock Festival Poland was opened by two special guests: President of Poland Bronis?aw Komorowski and President of Germany Joahim Gauck. The Polish-German reconciliation is a beautiful and historically important process.

Finally, one important piece of information; As the president of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity I do not receive any salary. My source of income is my private TV production and DVD/DC release company. Please visit the official website of the foundation ( and my personal video-blog (

The Charity foundation has I believe raised in excess of $170 million USD to help Polish Children with cardio-surgery, neonatology, pediatric oncology, kidney diseases, congenital defects, newborns and children under 5 years of age. That is in itself a feat that deserves immense recognition but your want to help the young of Poland is something I think many could learn from.

Thanks for those kind words. This money was used to do good. It helped introduce a tangible improvement in the standard of children healthcare, and greatly lower the mortality rate among newborns. The Great Orchestra’s sister project is now being developed in Ukraine. A group of young Ukrainians came to our office 4 years ago to acquire know-how in order to improve the charity situation of our eastern neighbor. The Ukrainian Orchestra seems to be really successful as well, and this year, in August, Ukrainians also created their own Woodstock Festival. The Ukrainian Grand Finale was held on August 28th all over the western part of the country.

Did you always have a plan in your head as to how to involve the Police and Red Cross in training volunteers and have them help Police and look after your festival? How did that idea come about as it’s an inspiring exercise for any young person to do and gives them the opportunity to work at the festival?

As mentioned before, the idea for the Peace Patrol volunteer community was taken from the U.S. Our volunteers are deeply involved in their work and ready to make personal sacrifices to make it a success every year. Before becoming a member of the Peace Patrol, each candidate has to complete special first aid training based on the program created by the American Heart Association from Pittsburg. Apart from first aid, we also teach Patrollers-to-be how to work in a group, how to deal with crowds and how to behave at a mass event. The Patrollers are not only trained to help us at the festival but also they are taught that it is important to remain active all year through and to be involved with the local community and to help emergency services. For example, the Foundation has provided many police stations with automated external defibrillators. Our Woodstock field hospital would not be able to work without the help of some 200 doctors and paramedics, most of whom have been working for the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation for years now.

What are your future plans for Polish Woodstock?

We would love to attract some relevant big-name stars. We would like them not only to come and play but also to become involved in the very idea behind Woodstock Festival Poland. Their presence at our event would help us increase our positive influence over young people. Another plan for the future is to keep developing our “Academy of the Finest Arts”. It is a special place at Woodstock, where the audience has the chance to meet some great guests. The Academy has hosted meetings with many interesting people such as the first non-communist president of Poland and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize Lech Wa??sa, the president of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek, a co-organizer of the American Woodstock Festival of ’69 Michael Lang and the incumbent presidents of Poland and Germany, Bronis?aw Komorowski and Joachim Gauck. A huge tent, filled to the brim with people, and interesting discussions about the world as it is today. We definitely want to develop the Academy and invite more international guests.

Do you have any other plans to do anything else?

I sometimes catch myself being very impulsive about things happening in my life. Quite often, my spontaneous reactions breed new ideas and help me trigger some positive changes. Right now, I am already thinking what this interview might cause. I like new, surprising situations and challenges. We meet somebody, we hear something, somebody suggests something… At first, it seems a lot in our lives is sheer coincidence, but then it turns out it was supposed to be like that, it was written in the stars.

To international agents and managers who would like their acts to play at your event how should they go about contacting you or your team?

You can contact us simply by sending an e-mail. No message will be left unread. Please keep in mind that the next Woodstock Festival Poland will be held on August 1st-3rd 2013 (Thu-Sat). Our site is only 80 miles from Berlin. For more information, please contact our booker Bartek Stolarek: (

What acts would you love to see perform at your festival?

I think it is easier to talk about the preferences of our audience. They would love to see Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, System of a Down, Offspring, Slipknot, Motörhead, Slayer, Foo Fighters, Rage Against the Machine and Megadeth. Of course this is a dream ticket and at the moment we really only can dream about it but who knows what the future brings.


OMFM: Rob Wells of Universal stated that there's not a single road map for development of digital in all markets, and that territories are unique in economic conditions, broadband and device penetration. How can the IFPI assist in this cause of expansion?

FRANCES MOORE: "It is certainly true that each market is unique and that services that work in one country may well not work in another. IFPI has 45 affiliated national groups that are able to supply its members with local knowledge about the legal environment and market conditions. We are pleased to see the expansion of digital music services into new territories and the establishment of local services, tailored to their local environment. We also reach out to individual governments worldwide to try and improve the legal environment members have to operate in."

OMFM: Many factors hurt music sales which resulted in the closure of record stores. Can this be reversed? How do we encourage increasing the presence of physical stores?

FRANCES MOORE: "We have seen record stores open in recent years in markets such as Sweden and South Korea, which are predominantly digital. I think there will continue to be a role for the physical product, particularly in the gifting market and the increasingly buoyant super-deluxe collectors market. Our members are committed to distributing innovative and interesting physical products that retailers can use to attract customers, but it is consumer demand that will ultimately shape the future of physical record stores."

OMFM: What are the key areas of growth the IFPI sees? How does the forecast for music consumption look for the next decade?

FRANCES MOORE: "We hope to see the recorded music market return to growth on a global scale in the next few years, although we never make revenue projections. An increase in the value of the recorded music market will not wipe out more than a decade of decline, but it does enable the industry to face the future with confidence. Digital offers the opportunity to develop markets, such as China and India, which were never significant players in the global physical format market. Governments and Internet intermediaries around the world have an opportunity to help ensure the broader creative industries can benefit in a sustainable way from the opportunities afforded by digital technology by taking steps to ensure the rule of law applies online."

PULLQUOTE: The generation of a digital music industry worth more than US $5 billion took place in the shadow of mass online piracy.


Times Music is a part of a very powerful independent multi-media conglomerate. Is that a positive or a negative?

MANDAR: Most definitely a positive. Being part of a large, independent and dominant media organization with such deep roots in entertainment…Times Music is exposed to "best of breed" corporate practices and financial/legal/infrastructural back-ends, yet we have religiously retained the hungriness, the agility and the heart and mindset of a start-up. Our corporate parent the Times of India Group has interests in TV, radio, print (the world's largest English language newspaper by circulation), magazines, Internet/mobile businesses, events (we own the Oscars of India, the Film Fare awards) and many more, so that we are able to look at entertainment from a very integrated viewpoint and perspective, along with our other media properties like TV/radio/Internet etc.

What are you overall goals for Time Music in the global market?

MANDAR: My immediate and most primary goal is the exploitation (licensing and sync with music supervisors and brands) and distribution (digital, publishing and physical - in that order) of Times Music's catalogue in the global marketplace. A secondary (and continuous) goal remains the ability to create compelling musical collaborations between our well-known and accomplished songwriters/composers/artists and other global talent of the same ilk and thereby create a truly global sound. The third goal is to work some international catalogues of value to the Indian marketplace.

Describe your key priorities in regards to evolving the Times Music business to increase impact and revenue?

MANDAR: Key overriding priorities will always remain very basic: Creating and aggregating compelling populist repertoire and its exploitation. When the hits increase, so does revenue automatically.

For music companies seeking to do business in India; what are the key "dos and don'ts"?

MANDAR: My advice to music companies seeking to do business in India is: be very prepared for the long haul (most multinationals have done so and found great success). Patience will go a long way here and it may be several years before you start seeing money. Try to unlearn traditional routes of doing business and have an extremely high level of adaptability and preparation to innovate to local tastes. If you have none of the above, don't bother wasting your time.

India is not one market but a collection of different markets cobbled together in one territory. This is a place wherein radio play may not mean sales and what sells may not necessarily be played by radio and what's on TV may not necessarily be what is played on radio. This makes it even harder and there really is only one radio station at the moment that plays international music 24 hours a day; the rest are all dominated by local music. The live concerts/events business, however, is booming (for music, sports and other events), brands are participative and each show has to happen with sponsorship support only; the economics and currency simply don't allow otherwise. I often say in keynotes and panels: India has a very rich musical heritage and as such local music dominates to about 94 % of physical music sales; 5-6 % (depending on topicality) is international music. In digital, local music dominates at 99% and 1-1.5% is international music. India is obsessed with cricket and Bollywood and most movies are musicals. Even for indie musicians, it is Bollywood that gets them mainstream crossovers and success. Artists like Akon (sang in Hindi), Imogen Heap, Kylie Minogue, Kenny G and many more have all used Bollywood films or local collaborations as a platform to break into this marketplace. Digital music (to date) has mostly meant mobile music, out of which 65-70% is ringtones.

The other thing to note is that India is primarily a song-driven market and not necessarily an artist-driven one. Many a time, you'll find the song being heard to manic proportions without knowing who the artist is.

So be prepared for the long haul, be ready to invest time and effort (even if the early returns are low or nil) and be highly adaptive to a different, high-paced, sometimes non-traditional way of doing business. Grow with the market.

Who are some of the most inspiring new acts, executives and companies helping change (in a positive way) the future of the Indian music community?

MANDAR: I am most impressed with one of our recent signings, an artist called: Papon - in my mind he's a versatile Bob Dylan of India. His songwriting has very serious depth and at the same time has a lot of appeal and he's blessed with an amazing voice and an intensely loyal fan base. Most of the composers, from Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy to Vishaal and Shekhar, are true geniuses. There's a young music composer, a girl called Sneha (who's been on local MTV a lot), whose music absolutely blows traditional boundaries. And the amazing voices and performances from vocalists Suraj Jagan, Mohit Chauhan, etc., are all shaping the sounds and musical sensibilities of a brand new India.

Outside of the creative talent, younger companies like Only Much Louder run by Vijay Nair puts up the amazing NH7 festival and is doing a lot of integrated music work from TV shows to concerts etc. T Suresh, EMI's current MD, is a study in running a tight and efficient operation (EMI is blessed to have him). Atul Churamani, a veteran of the Indian music industry, is involved in the new copyright laws coming up as a great mediator between the establishment and the talent community - and given his experience of seeing most sides of the coin over the last few years in a real and operational capacity is quite well versed to it. Hungama's (Artist Aloud) I think are doing some nice work for the indie community (hope they make money out of it!) and people like Vinod Bhanushali of T series (India's dominant Bollywood label) keep the film marketing juggernaut interesting and innovative!

Hopefully, some of our local music services like will also evolve into culture-shaping commercial propositions the way Spotify is doing in the west.