The Jury 2019
Born in Frankonia, Dani Fromm moves to the Lake Constance region to study in the early 90s; nice area but also a cultural wasteland for anyone with even a slightly leffield taste in music. She who isn’t offered anything does it herself: University parties at first, the rest follows. Two and a half decades and numerous promoted concerts, readings and dj shows, festivals, bookings, tour management and babysitting for various musicians, half an agency and a full-on second-hand record-store later, her diploma in biophysics still sits unused in a drawer. Yo Mama Fromm got stuck as an editor of laut.de. This is where since 2004 she writes about soul, funk, pop, reggae, schlager, humppa and overtone singing, mostly about hip hop though, her first love, for ever.
Melissa moved from Chicago to Berlin in the 90s. Since then she has organized an international film festival, owned her own restaurant, and began booking and promoting live shows and film screenings under the moniker M:Soundtrack. As a concert promoter she presents international acts monthly in venues such as Schokoladen, Grüner Salon or Berghain Kantine. M:Soundtrack is a platform and meeting point within the Berlin independent music scene since 2004. Melissa is a board member with all2gethernow, a conference for new strategies within the music business and its cultural landscape. Melissa’s passion is soundtracks, therefore starting Supertape was the likely result: a music supervision and consulting company which she runs together with the documentary filmmaker, Sabine Steyer. Since 2014, Melissa is a co-founder and consultant of the Music Pool Berlin, the central place to go for musicians and people working in the music business, living and working in Berlin. Since 2017, Melissa is the co-founder of European Women in Music e.V. a.k.a We Make Waves (link FB), a new Europe-wide network based on learning, sharing, connecting and exchange for women in the music industry and connected creative fields. This first big event will happen in Berlin, November 2017. Besides all of this Melissa is a hobby cook and a supermom to two boys, 3 and 16 years old.
ONLINE PUBLISHER, BLOGREBELLEN.DE
When Niloufer Behradi-Ohnacker finished school in the late 1990s, she didn’t know that she would become a blogger a few years later, let alone that such a profession would exist. But she was already into music. Together with her business partner at Blogrebellen (and spouse) Peter Ohnacker she started to set up first websites in the early 2000s. Following an education in media design, Niloufer knew she wasn’t made to work in an agency, so she studied Ethnology, Iranian Studies and Communication Science at FU Berlin. 2007 Behradi and Ohnacker started their first blog with music and culture as its main topics, always looking for stories and new music discoveries. Today blogrebellen.de is one of Germany’s most read blogs. What started as hobby has become a profession, with music still at the heart of things.
HEAD OF MUSIC, BR PULS
After studying Journalism in Munich and Auckland, Christoph Lindemann spent ten years as an editor and reporter at one of Germany’s biggest music magazines Musikexpress, interviewing among many others Jay-Z, Johnny Cash, Björk, The White Stripes, M.I.A. & Mick Jagger. He is currently Head of Music at PULS, the young programme of Bayerischer Rundfunk, and festival director of PULS Festival.
MODERATOR, RADIO FRITZ
Claudia Kamieth was born in Magdeburg in 1985. Since 2007 she has been designing the programme for Radio Fritz in Berlin. She hosts various shows during the day and regular evening programmes with prominent musicians such as Lary, Antilopen Gang or Romano.
In addition, she also presents a weekly special music programme, which she curates and moderates.
In 2017 Claudia Kamieth successfully completed her studies in European Media Studies.
Last year she moderated the call-in show "LateLine", which is broadcast on seven different ARD youth channels. In 2017 Claudia was nominated for the German Radio Award for "Best Programme" for the show "Die einzig wahre Ping Pong Show".
Diviam Hoffmann was born in Hanover and lives in Berlin. She studied German literature in Berlin and Paris. Since 2012 she is a moderator and editor at the Hamburg-based webradio ByteFM. She writes about pop, society and feminism for taz and publishes radio features for Deutschlandfunk, NDR and WDR. Since 2017 Diviam is Deputy Managing Director of ByteFM.
ART DIRECTOR FOLKWANG UDK, DJ, AUTHOR
Hans Nieswandt has been a DJ ever since he was a teenager. In 1983 he earned his first musicians’ fee. Since the early 1990s he regularly spends his weekends as a DJ in clubs and at parties. In the 1990s he was part of the Spex editorial team and one third of the successful music project Whirlpool Productions. In addition to numerous own record releases he also remixes for other musicians.
For several years Hans worked as a moderator at the WDR station EinsLive. Additionally he writes for many magazines such as Spex, Groove, taz and more. On tour with the Goethe-Institut he represented German culture in Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, the Middle East and Turkey. In 2002 he published his first book „plus minus acht“, in which he describes his life as a DJ. In 2006 and 2010 the books „Disko Ramallah“ and „DJ Dionysus“ followed.
Since January 2014 Hans is Artistic Director of the Master Program Pop Music at the Institute for Popular Music of the Folkwang University of the Arts in Bochum.
CO-EDITOR OF THE JOURNAL POP. KULTUR UND KRITIK
Born in 1978, Mascha is a journalist and an author. She studied Modern German Literature and History in Bochum. Her texts have been published in FR, FAZ, ZEIT ONLINE and Neue Rundschau. She is co-editor of the journal Pop. Kultur und Kritik, for which she regularly writes about pop and art. She is a member of the 10nach8 editorial staff, a column and a collective of authors at ZEIT ONLINE. Mascha has also been a podcaster since the beginning of 2019 and has been DJing since she started going out.
Susanne Baller moved to Hamburg about 30 years ago to study and knew immediately that she would never move away again. The water, the wind and most of all the concerts in the various clubs and on bigger stages spoiled her for any other city. Following a journey through various editorial departments she has been writing for stern.de for more than ten years now - about almost anything, except about music. That is something she rather reads about.
Bertrand Dicale is a French journalist specialised in popular music and French chanson and the president of the jury. He wrote books about music: “Ni Noires ni blanches, histoires des musiques créoles” is an antology of the Caribbean music; while “La BO de votre vie” (The Soundtrack of your Life) tells the secrets behind classic French songs. He talks on national radio station France Info and writes for business review News Tank Culture.
Justine Debicki is the co-founder of Boogie Drugstore, a French independent PR agency based in Paris. She established herself as a PR agent at Music Media Consulting in 2006. She set up her own company in 2012, a human-sized boutique with a passion for discovery and nurturing the indie, experimental and electronic, with high quality production values at the core. Having studied Intellectual Property and Cultural Management, Justine graduated from University College London in 2006 and from Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris) in 2008, and has since worked as a PR agent.
Laura Leishman has hosted many music radio shows for national radio channels on Radio France, MTV France and Arte. She now produces and hosts her own podcast, which interviews international leading figures in the cultural field, the Laura Leishman Podcast.