The Jury 2021
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. Before the world took a break, she presented international live acts on a monthly basis in locations 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. In 2017, Melissa co-founded We Make Waves, a festival and conference for female-identifying, trans and non-binary musicians. Since then, she has co-founded Night School, a platform and event series aimed at intergenerational, intersectional audiences, empowering underrepresented voices through workshops, live and digital performances and networking. Apart from that, Melissa's superpower is hosting spontaneous dinner parties, making mixtapes and being a supermom of two sons.
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
With a diploma in journalism, Christoph Lindemann could have tried being a serious publicist, but he chose Rock'n'Roll: After ten years as an editor of "Musikexpress" (including interviews with Jay-Z, Johnny Cash, Björk, The White Stripes, M.I.A. & Mick Jagger), he has been head of music at PULS since 2009. For the young content network of public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk, which distributes numerous music journalistic formats and content via radio, YouTube, podcast and social media, he is responsible for the PULS Festival, among other things.
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".
Without music, nothing works for Elissa Hiersemann. Born in Magdeburg, Elissa Hiersemann gained radio experience while studying American and German studies in Potsdam. After completing her studies, she was the first pop music trainee at ARD. Since 2006 Elissa Hiersemann has been part of the radioeins music editorial team. There she hosts a weekly music show called SWAGGA. She also works as a freelancer at Deutschlandfunk Kultur for the programs "Tonart am Vor - und Nachmittag", which are about looking at pop music from a feuilletonistic perspective.
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 came to Hamburg in 1987 to study and knew right away 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.
Julia Escudero has been a journalist since 2011 after graduating from the Ecole Française de Journalisme. Passionate about music since she was a child, she decided to use her writing skills to highlight the music scenes she loves, to talk about social reality and news throught arts and artists.
From her very first interviews as a student working for Stern Music, she began to appreciate meeting those who write music and delight us. It’s when she started working for Concertlive that she learned the tricks of the trade. She writes all types of articles: reviews, news or analyses. Naturally curious, she continuously discovers new talents. She has worked in the music section for medias like Direct Star and Actu-Mag. She was an assistant at agency Voyez Mon Producteur that manages Air, Carla Bruni and Fabrice Luchini among others. She then joined Longueur d’Ondes for whom she writes about the French independent scene, covers events and works on partnerships. She is also interested in the international scene, which is why she created her own media Popnshot. Thanks to this media she has more freedom, is able to advise her audience, pay tribute to those who made music history or even talk about cinema, literature and artistic exhibitions. She is today surrounded by a small team and is discovering the joys of being editor in chief.
Samuel Degasne has been a journalist for about fifteen years (Rue89, M6, Le Mouv’, LesInrocks.com, Gonzaï,…), has won multiple press awards (like Cap’Com in 2016) and has been the speaker of a TEDx conference in 2019 about the importance of storytelling in journalism. Samuel’s activities are divided between writing for the magazine Rolling Stone, hosting press conferences (Vieilles Charrues, Rock en Seine, Motocultor,…), writing books and biographies (No One Is Innocent, Aldebert, Ogres de Barback,…) and his Youtube channel “Une chanson l’addition” that has been nominated at the Social Music Awards 2021.
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