Past Conference Speakers

Artists, music supervisors, branding executives, digital media gurus, activists, label owners, festival bookers, bloggers, publicists, legends and youngsters all have a say at SXSW Music. Here are some notable speakers from recent years.

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Past Speakers A-D
Past Speakers E-L
Past Speakers M-R
Past Speakers S-Z

Past Speakers A-D

The Church at SXSW 2015. Photo by Andy Pareti/Getty Images. 50 Cent
Ken Abdo, Lommen Abdo Law Firm
Paul Adams, Bang The Drum
Nic Adler, The Roxy Theatre
Dave Allen, Beats Music
Dave Alvin
Rusty Anderson
Rod Argent, The Zombies
Ian Astbury, The Cult
Martin Atkins, Tour:Smart
Arthur Baker
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter
Al Bell
William Bell
Richard Bengloff, The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM)
Jason Bentley, KCRW
Nils Bernstein, Matador Records
Big Sean
Boche Billions, The Billions Corporation
Ben Blackwell, Third Man Records
Steve Blatter, SiriusXM
Just Blaze
Blondie
PJ Bloom, Black Magnetic
Colin Blunstone, The Zombies
Janee Bolden, Bossip
Scott Booker, Hellfire Enterprises Ltd
Drumma Boy, Drum Squad
Cortez Bryant, The Blueprint Group
Eric Burdon
Jordan Burger, Fleming Artists
Syd Butler, Frenchkiss Records
Will Butler, Arcade Fire
Win Butler, Arcade Fire
Gary Calamar, GO Music Services
Judy Cantor-Navas, Billboard
Mannie Fresh at SXSW 2015. Photo by Sandra Dahdah/Getty Images. Ashley Capps, AC Entertainment
Matthew Caws, Nada Surf
Chamillionaire
Dan Charnas
Edoardo Chavarin, NACO USA LLC
Cheap Trick
Cheetah Chrome
Chuck D
The Church
Danny Clinch
George Clinton
Jarvis Cocker
Scott Cohen, The Orchard
Warren Cohen, VH1
Bootsy Collins
Jason Colton, Red Light Management
Sean Combs, Bad Boy Entertainment
Larry Crane, Tape Op/Jackpot! Recording
Rodney Crowell
Ice Cube, Cube Vision
Britt Daniel, Spoon/Divine Fits
Clive Davis, Sony Music
Jonathan Demme
Jim DeRogatis, Sound Opinions
Tom DeSavia, Notable Music Co
Deadmau5
Depeche Mode
Devo
Dez Dickerson, Pavilion Entertainment
John Doe, The John Doe Corporation
Thomas Dolby, Lost Toy People Inc
Donovan
G-Eazy
Duran Duran
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Past Speakers E-L

Wyclef Jean at SXSW 2015. Photo by Erik Thureson. Steve Earle
East Bay Ray, Dead Kennedys
Martin Elbourne, The Great Escape Festival
Rahm Emanuel, City of Chicago
Peter Erskine
Donnie Estopinal, Disco Donnie Presents
Melissa Etheridge
Shepard Fairey, OBEY GIANT
Shawn Fanning, Airtime
Rick Farman, Superfly Productions
Javier Farfan, PepsiCo
Fat Joe
Michael Fitzpatrick, Fitz and the Tantrums
Bill Flanagan, MTV Networks
Jana Fleishman, Roc Nation
Bruce Flohr, Red Light Management
Leslie Fram, CMT
Big Freedia
Mannie Fresh
David Fricke, Rolling Stone Magazine
Daryl Friedman, GRAMMYs
Justin Gage, Aquarium Drunkard
Trevor Gale, SESAC
Gloria Gaynor, GLOLO LLC
f Daniel Glass, Glassnote Entertainment Group
Karen Glauber, Hits Magazine
Jordan Glazier, Eventful Inc
Danny Goldberg, Gold Village Entertainment
Martin Goldschmidt, Cooking Vinyl
Matisyahu
Michael Goldstone, Mom+Pop Music
Laura Jane Grace, Against Me!
CeeLo Green
Jeff Greenberg, The Village
Bob Gruen, Bob Gruen Studio
Young Guru
Angie Martinez at SXSW 2015. Photo by Erik Thureson. Arlo Guthrie, Rising Son Records
Daryl Hall
Nic Harcourt, SamLuna Media Inc
Jerry Harrison
Mickey Hart, Grateful Dead
Richie Hawtin
Matt Hickey, High Road Touring
Nick Huff, Hard Knock TV
Jim James
Eli Janney, Girls Against Boys
Wyclef Jean
Garland Jeffreys
Peter Jenner, Sincere Management
Mikel Jollett, The Airborne Toxic Event
Booker T Jones
Rickie Lee Jones
Juanes
Wynonna Judd
Christopher Kaskie, Pitchfork Media
Mark Kates, Fenway Recordings
Martin Kierszenbaum, Cherrytree Records
Wayne Kramer
Paul Krugman, Princeton University
Jordan Kurland, Zeitgeist Artist Management LTD
Talib Kweli, Javotti Media
Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio
Kendrick Lamar
MC Lars
Ted Leo
Sondre Lerche
Jared Leto
Ken Levitan, Vector Recordings
Kenny Loggins
Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering Studios Inc
Gavin Lurssen, Lurssen Mastering
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Past Speakers M-R

Speech at SXSW 2015. Photo by Jason Bollenbacher. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
David Macias, Thirty TIgers
Alex Maiolo, Future of Music Coalition
Lori Majewski
Jesse Malin
Trey Many, The Billions Corporation
Chris Mara, Welcome to 1970 Studio
Kent Marcus, Marcus & Colvin LLP
Dave Marsh, Rock&Rap Confidential
Tucker Martine
Angie Martinez, AMP
Mike Martinovich, Flatiron Management
Mac McCaughan, Merge Records
Doc McGhee, McGhee Entertainment
Gabe McDonough, Leo Burnett
Ian McLagan
Jon Mcildowie, The Great Escape Festival
Louis Messina, The Messina Group
Mike Mills, REM
Eugene Mirman
Claude Mitchell, ESPN
Ian Montone, Monotone Inc
Thurston Moore, Ecstatic Peace
Sean Moriarty, Triton Media & Eventbrite
Bob Mould
Stuart Murdoch
Dan Nakamura, Bulk Recordings
Nardwuar the Human Serviette
Vickie Nauman, Sonos
Nas
Sharon Needles
Steve Nice, Nice Management and Consulting
John Norris
Robert Trujillo at SXSW 2015. Photo by Jason Bollenbacher. Gary Numan
Michael Ochs, Michael Ochs Archives
Rikke Oexner, Roskilde Festival
Harold Owens, MusiCares Foundation
Hugh Padgham, Huge Productions
Panos Panay, Sonicbids
John Pantle, United Talent Agency
Sean Parker, Airtime
Joe Nick Patoski
Bill Pearis, BrooklynVegan
Glenn Peoples, Billboard
Matt Pinfield, MTV2
Jim Pitt, NBC
Tom Poleman, Clear Channel
Jonathan Poneman, Sub Pop Records
Iggy Pop
Ann Powers, NPR Music
Lyle Preslar
Tim Quirk, Rhapsody America
Josh Rabinowitz, Grey Group
Chuck Ragan
Aaron Ray, The Collective
Simon Raymonde, Bella Union
Steve Reich
Scott Reilly, x5 Music Group
Salaam Remi, Sony Music
Rob Reinhart, Acoustic Cafe/RDR Radio
Rebecca Rienks, E! Entertainment/NBCUniversal
Ian Rogers, Daisy
Benji Rogers, PledgeMusic
Peter Rosenberg, Hot 97
Josh Rosenfeld, Barsuk Records
Matt Rosoff, The Business Insider
Pasquale Rotella, Insomniac Inc
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Past Speakers S-Z

Max Weinberg at SXSW 2015. Photo by Sam Burkardt. Portia Sabin, Kill Rock Stars
Bob Santelli, The GRAMMY Museum
Alicen Schneider, NBC Universal TV Music
Alex Schulz, Reeperbahn Festival GbR
Gerald Seligman, WOMEX
Nico Sell, Wickr LLX
Ron Sexsmith
Andrew Scheps, Tonequake Records
Chris Shiflett
David Silbaugh, Summeriest
Tom Silverman, The New Music Seminar
Hank Shocklee, Shocklee Entertainment
J Sider, BandPage
Russell Simmons, All Def Music
Tatiana Simonian, Nielsen Entertainment
John Simson, SoundExchange
DJ Skee, Skee TV
Jay Sloan, ASCAP
Ethan Smith, The Wall Street Journal
Spandau Ballet
Seymour Stein, Sire Records
Jody Stephens, Ardent Music LLC
Nick Stern, 7-10 Music
Dave Stewart, Dave Stewart Entertainment
Danielle Strle, Tumblr
John Strohm, Johnston Barton Proctor & Rose LLP
Chris Swanson, Jagjaguwar Records
Jay Sweet, Newport Folk Festival
Julie Swidler, Sony Music Entertainment
Peter Szabo, Shazam Entertainment
Chris Taylor, Last Gang Records
Corey Taylor
Speech Thomas, YOU42
Ana Tijoux
Van Toffler, MTV Networks
Geoff Travis, Rough Trade Records
Lauren Wirtzer-Seawood at SXSW 2015. Photo by Amy Price/Getty Images. Robert Trujillo, Slang East/West LLC
Jaan Uhelszki, Relix Magazine
Beth Urdang, Agoraphone
Sami Valkonen, Nokia Music
Steven Van Zandt, Wicked Cool Records
Don VanCleave, TAO-The Artists Organization
John Varvatos
Suzanne Vega
St. Vincent
Andrew W.K.
Damon K Wayans
Lil Wayne
Anna Webber
Howie Weinberg
Max Weinberg
Ken Weinstein, Big Hassle
Alex White, Next Big Sound
Matt Wilkinson, NME
Jody Williams, BMI
Mark Williams, Columbia Records
Mike IX Williams, Eyehategod/Arson Anthem/The Guilt of..
Paul Williams, ASCAP
James Williamson
Hal Willner
Ann Wilson, Heart
Elliott Wilson, Rap Radar
Nancy Wilson, Heart
Tom Windish, The Windish Agency LLC
Norm Winer, WXRT/CBS Radio
Alex Winter
Lauren Wirtzer-Seawood, Parkwood Entertainment
Wiz Khalifa
Bernie Worrell
Steve Wynn, The Baseball Project
Phil X
Neil Young
DJ Z-Trip
Brian Zisk, SF MusicTech Summit
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Photo credits (top to bottom):
The Church by Andy Pareti/Getty Images
Mannie Fresh by Sandra Dahdah/Getty Images
Wyclef Jean by Erik Thureson
Angie Martinez by Erik Thureson
Speech by Jason Bollenbacher
Robert Trujillo by Jason Bollenbacher
Max Weinberg by Sam Burkardt
Lauren Wirtzer-Seawood by Amy Price/Getty Images