"Steps Ahead" Listening Session (Special)
Den eigenen Song im Radio hören, bei einem Label oder in der Werbung platzieren: Bei der "Steps Ahead" Listening Session im Rahmen von New Talent können junge Talente diesem Ziel einige Schritte näherkommen. Die Kooperation zwischen der SRH Berlin School of Popular Arts (SOPA, ehemals hdpk), popNRW und der c/o pop Convention findet bereits zum zweiten Mal statt und bietet jungen Musiker*innen die Chance, ihre Musik Entscheider*innen aus Industrie und Medien zu präsentieren. Diese geben direkt Feedback und nehmen den Track vielleicht auch ins Programm oder unter Vertrag. Die Bewerbungsphase ist abgeschlossen und die Session wird aufgrund der Coronavirus-Pandemie in Berlin aufgezeichnet. Die Aufzeichnung der Session wird im c/o pop xoxo Stream gesendet.
Die Jury-Mitglieder sind Donata Kramarz (NOSOYO), Sarah Rimkus (Music Supervisor), Desiree J. Vach (Ingrooves Music Group), Martin Risel (Deutschlandfunk Kultur) und Peter Hayo (Perkypark Music GmbH).
Die beiden Erfinder der „Steps Ahead“ Reihe, Robert Lingnau und Bjoern Krass von der Berlin School of Popular Arts als Teil der SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences, übernehmen die Moderation.
Presented by popNRW, VUT West and c/o pop Convention as part of New Talent in cooperation with Berlin School of Popular Arts als Teil der SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences.
Bjoern Krass (aka Tim Thaler) is a trained journalist and speaker coach. He is founder of BLN.FM and of Thaler & Rehor - voice training and speaker training. Since 2012 he has worked as a freelance author for Deutschlandradio and Funkhaus Europa. Between 2013 and 2018 he was a lecturer for journalism, marketing and voice training at the School of Audio Engineering in Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne. Since 2014 he is lecturer for journalism and voice training at the SRH Hochschule der populären Künste (hdpk) and since 2015 lecturer for cross-media and voice training at the Business and Information Technology School. In addition to his teaching activities, Bjoern Krass is a rhetoric trainer for internal and external communication and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Berlin Music Commission. For Büro Döring he designed the program of the "Training Day" at the Reeperbahn Festival 2017 and 2018.
Donata Kramarz is an artist, producer and recently founded her own label "Kindness Records". She moved to Berlin in 2014 after completing her studies of popular music in Amsterdam. The alternative-pop-duo NOSOYO, who have gained millions of streams, toured all of Europe and earned several awards for their music, is her main project. Besides that she is also a solo artist, writing and singing for herself and others, already having written a #1 hit and being involved in many succesful collaborations with artists like Stereoact, Herman van Veen, Mrs. Greenbird etc. and brands like SONY, Mercedes Benz, Libratone. Songs of hers have been released in collaboration with renowned labels such as Kontor, Armada, Zooland, Embassy of Music and more.
Martin Risel has been making radio for over 30 years - as a regular freelancer for ARD Kulturwellen, especially for Deutschlandfunk Kultur: as a music editor and author, with regular ClubLounge night shows and his own weekly column Soundscout for newcomers. Is ex-violinist, drummer, DJ, film music compiler, jazz promoter. Likes electro, jazz, urban, modern pop.
Starting out a professional career in an advertising agency, Sarah's now mainly focus is the work as a music supervisor. Without any prior knowledge, she got a first glimpse of the complex world of music when she started to work at Universal Music. That is where she started to grow her network and she came across the work of music productions and music agencies. Above all, she is the translator and the link between artists and clients from the advertising industry and film / TV.
Peter Hayo is a berlin based composer and producer working in many fields of the music industry for more than 25 years. As CEO of PERKYPARK Music and one of the founders and CEOs of GET PHYSICAL MUSIC he has been composing & producing for Artists like BOOKA SHADE, NO ANGELS, CULTURE BEAT, remixing for DEPECHE MODE, MOBY & RÖYKSOPP as well as composing music for many international TV spots & campaigns such as of BMW, MINI, MERCEDES, UNIQLO, LEVIS, COKE or feature films for ARD & PRO 7.
Arranger, composer, bass player and bandleader; worked with a variety of ensembles, institutions and broadcasters. Presenter and author of about 100 public radio broadcasts. 2010 appointed as professor at SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences (formerly Hochschule der populären Künste/hdpk) for music theory, arrangement and ear training. Development of the accredited study programs B.A. Music Production, B.A. Audio Design and B.Mus. Popular Music. Since 2019 Academic Director of the SRH Berlin School of Popular Arts (SOPA) as part of the SRH Berlin University.