Es lässt sich nicht verleugnen, dass das Musikbusiness immer noch eine Männer dominierte Branche ist. Wenn man sich die Line-Ups der Clubs ansieht, sind unter den Bookings weit mehr Männer als Frauen vertreteten. Frauen hinter Mischpulten und Produzentinnen sind rar und doch hat sich in den letzten Jahren vor allem in Berlin einiges geändert…

Das 1998 ins Leben gerufene interationale Netzwerk female:pressure versucht “die Existenz und das Schaffen der Künstlerinnen” in der Elektro-Szene weiter zu etablieren. Mit einem weitreichenden Netzwerk aus “DJs, Musikerinnen, Komponistinnen, Produzentinnen, bildende Künstlerinnen, Journalistinnen, Forscherinnen und Vermittlerinnen” schafft female:pressure eine Plattform, auf der meist weibliche DJs sich weiter vernetzen und untereinander kommunizieren können. Denn laut den Zahlen von female:pressure lagen die Bookings von Frauen hinter DJ Pulten 2014 in der Elektroszene bei gerade einmal 9 Prozent:

clubs – survey period 2014, Credit: female:pressure

Laut DJ «Electric Indigo», die Gründerin von «female pressure», sei der Anteil an Musikproduzentinnen in den vergangenen Jahren aber stark gestiegen.

Die DJs Ena Lind und Zoe Rasch haben 2013 Mint, eine Plattform für Frauen im Elektromusik Business, gegründet, um die Sichtbarkeit von weiblichen Acts zu verbessern, denn Frauen sind “nicht untätiger, sondern ihre Aktivitäten werden weniger wahrgenommen oder einfach auch vergessen.”

Zu ihrer Plattform gehört auch eine Booking Agency, die  weibliche DJs managed und als Acts weitervermittelt.

Diese Netzwerke fördern die Medienpräsenz und Bookingraten. Man kann also hoffen, dass sich die 9 Prozent in den nächsten Jahren weitaus vergrößern. Denn gute Musik ist immer unabhängig von Alter, Geschlecht und Herkunft zu betrachten.

Flyer der Mint Partys in Berlin. Credit: Goodyn Green, Mint Berlin

Diese Events am Wochenende und in der kommenden Woche sollte man auf keinen Fall verpassen! Denn hier legen auch weibliche DJs auf:

Mobilee Back to Back Tour 2017: Berlin

Klubnacht

Beste Modus Meets Slapfunk

Rec Room with Raggs, Regent Street & Chix

Für alle Neugierigen haben wir hier noch zwei Listings von weiblichen DJs:

11 weibliche Berliner DJs

10 Berlin-Based femals Djs

Reinschauen lohnt sich!

 

(Written on March 24, 2017 )

“We are delighted to be collaborating with the Hong Kong Arts Development Council to champion the talent and creativity of their artists through dynamic events in London. There is a spectrum of activities planned for the summer across a range of music forms and disciplines, which we look forward to sharing with the public through our creative services, including PR, marketing, social media & content creation.” – Head of Creative Strategy & Marketing, Olivia Brown.

Established in 1995, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) is a statutory body set up by the Government to support the broad development of the arts in Hong Kong. The major roles of HKADC are to fund, promote and support the broad development of the arts including literary arts, performing arts, visual arts as well as film and media arts in Hong Kong. Aiming to foster a thriving arts environment and enhancing the quality of life of the public, HKADC is also committed to facilitating community-wide participation in the arts and arts education, encouraging arts criticism, raising the standard of arts administration and strengthening the work on policy research.

After several successful overseas exchanges in Seoul, Düsseldorf, Venice, and Adelaide, they now want to take a leap to develop new opportunities for Hong Kong’s most preeminent artist, invest in the territory’s soft power and continue sharing their homegrown talents with the world.

This July 2017, they will organise the “Hong Kong Music Series”, an exceptional music festival to present an outstanding selection of Hong Kong music productions involving over 70 Hong Kong musical talents in London.

They will invite music industry professionals and welcome all audiences to discover the creativity, dynamism and vibrancy of Hong Kong’s artists and talents through five different shows and concerts in several venues across London. Performances and events will range from traditional classical to contemporary music, and from Chinese music theatre to chamber opera and jazz.

By providing opportunities for Hong Kong musicians and composers to showcase their talent on international stage, HKADC hopes that the world will gain higher interest and understanding to Hong Kong’s vibrant music scene. “Hong Kong Music Series” also aims to create a new musical dialogue and forge new cultural exchanges between the two metropolises, Hong Kong and London.

The events will run from 7th to 28th July 2017, so stay tuned for more information about the line-up!

Hong Kong Music Series” is funded by the Hong Kong Government and is one of the celebration programmes of the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

WildKat PR will create and develop a PR, social media and marketing campaign for Hong Kong Arts Development Council

 

(Written on March 16, 2017 )

WildKat PR freut sich, den Filmkomponisten und Musikproduzenten Gerhard Daum erneut als Kunden begrüßen zu dürfen. Daum schreibt Musik für europäische und amerikanische Fernseh- und Kinofilme und verbindet dabei die musikalischen Stilelemente beider Kontinente erfolgreich in einem eigenen Sound.

Gerhard Daum lehrte nach seinem Studium (Klassische Gitarre und Jazz) an der bekannten Jazz / Rockschule Freiburg  und tourte außerdem mit seinem eigenen Jazz/Rock Quartett durch Europa, für das er die Stücke komponierte. Das Zusammenspiel mit bekannten Musikern aus aller Welt legte den Grundstein für sein Interesse, multikulturelle Stilelemente in seine Kompositionen einfließen zu lassen.

Credit: Uwe Neumann, Berlin

Um sein Wissen und seine Erfahrung weiter auszubauen,  zog er 1997 nach Hollywood. Über einen Zeitraum von dreizehn Jahren komponierte er in Los Angeles zahlreiche Filmmusiken für Independent Filme und Studioproduktionen, wie “Felon” für Sony Pictures mit Val Kilmer und Stephen Dorff. Filme mit seiner Musik gewannen die New York Film Fest Silver Medal und den Los Angeles Indie Fest Film Award. Für seine Filmmusik in “Every Child Counts” erhielt er den NTVA Music Composition Gold Award.

Heute lebt und arbeitet Gerhard Daum in Berlin. Die vibrierende, kulturelle Vielfalt der Stadt öffnet das neueste Kapitel auf der spannenden Suche nach musikalischer Integrität. Er ist der Ansicht, daß gute Filmmusik zum einen auf handwerklichem Können und zum anderen auf musikalischer Vorstellungskraft beruht.

WildKat PR freut sich darauf, Gerhard Daum bei seinem neuesten CD- Projekt  „Film Music Suites” mit Filmmusik, das mit den Brandenburger Symphonikern eingespielt wurde, unterstützen zu dürfen. Das Album beinhaltet Werke aus europäischen und US-amerikanischen Filmen und TV- Serien, welche von Daum komponiert und instrumentiert wurden und wird Mitte März veröffentlicht.

Mehr Informationen über Gerhard Daum gibt es auf seiner Website und auf Twitter, sowie über den Facebook und den   WildKat PR Blog!

(Written on March 16, 2017 )

WildKat PR freut sich, den italienischen Komponisten und Pianisten Fabrizio Paterlini als Kunden begrüßen zu dürfen. Paterlini ist der Besitzer eines eigenen Labels: Fabrizio Paterlini Records. Seine herausragenden Soloklavier-Kompositionen aus einer Mischung von neoklassizistischen und minimalistischen Klängen begeistern weltweit.

“Die Stimmungen, die mit einer minimalen Anzahl von Noten erstellt wurden, vermitteln Leidenschaften und Emotionen, die nie Worte ausdrücken würden. Fabrizio Paterlini ist ein Künstler auf einer Stufe mit Ludovico Einaudi und David Lanz, und meine Hoffnung ist, dass die Welt bereit ist, seine Musik zu umarmen “(Kathy Parsons, US, mainlypiano.com)

Credit: Pavel Procenko

Fabrizio Paterlini studierte an der Akademie von Campiani, der Akademie der Künste von Mantua, Musiktheorie. In den 1990er Jahren spielte er in lokalen Bands Rock-Klassiker, Pop und Jazz. Durch das Spielen dieser Genres, begann er schließlich selbst Musik zu komponieren. Paterlini traf eine der wichtigsten Entscheidung seines Lebens um die 2000er Wende: Er wollte sich ausschließlich auf das Klavier konzentrieren – das Instrument, das in seinen eigenen Worten “am besten seine innere Welt ausdrückt”. 2007 folgte die Veröffentlichung seines Debüt-Albums, Viaggi in Aeromobile bei dem Label Music Center.

Im Herbst 2011 begann er an dem Projekt “Autumn Stories” zu arbeiten, indem er für jede Woche der Herbstsaison ein Lied komponierte. Das Projekt führte zu der CD “Autumn Stories”, die im Februar 2012 veröffentlicht wurde. Im Dezember desselben Jahres wurde die Single “There’s a light we might see” produziert, welche in das Sammelwerk  “And darkness came..” zusammen mit Künstlern wie Max Richter, Dustin O’Halloran, Nils Frahm u.a. aufgenommen wurde.

WildKat PR freut sich darauf, Fabrizio Paterlini bei seinem neuesten CD- Projekt “Secret Book” unterstützen zu dürfen – nach dem Experimentieren mit Elektronik in seinem bisherigen “Now” -Album, möchte Paterlini wieder zurück zu seinen Wurzeln und schafft eine Hommage an die Klaviermusik.
Das Album präsentiert acht Klavier-Solo-Tracks, die zwischen Sommer 2012 und Herbst 2013 aufgenommen wurden. Zum ersten Mal fügt Paterlini den traditionellen CDs und Digital Editionen ein kostbares und limitiertes Vinyl hinzu. Das Album wird Anfang Mai veröffentlicht!

Wer mehr von seinen bisherigen Werken hören möchte, kann sich seine Alben hier auf Spotify anhören!

Mehr Informationen über Fabrizio Paterlini gibt es auf seiner Website, auf Facebook und Instagram, sowie auf Twitter und über den WildKat PR Blog!

(Written on March 13, 2017 )

In partnership with Help Musicians UK,  Thursday 9th March marked the inaugural ‘Yes She Can’ panel event in aid of the UN ‘He For She’ campaign. The aim of the event, organised by ‘Can You CIC It?,’ was to give young women aged 18-25 a chance to find out more about the routes into some of the more under-represented roles within the music industry. CYCI? was founded by Sybil Bell – founder of Independent Venue Week –  and Chloe Ward to provide opportunities for anyone who wants to work and/or perform in the music industry, but who may not be able to access these by formal means such as university or through pre-existing connections.

Panel experts ranged from recording engineers, venue managers, BBC journalists to studio technicians, with practical advice as to how to break into the industry as a young woman. Guest speakers included Assistant Producer at BBC Radio 6 Music Helen Hobday, who humorously suggested that she achieved success through “just turning up every day”, and Guildford Boileroom’s Dominique Frazer, who urges young women to “dig in” and be prepared to work hard. The audience, comprising mainly young women starting out in their careers, were asking all the right questions and seemed engaged throughout the day’s events.

Diversity and representation in the music industry was the main issue tackled throughout the day’s events, and men were not excluded from the dialogue. Wizdom Layne spoke about how to identify a ‘good, bad or god’ opportunity and make effective choices to enable success in your life and career. Musician Kris Halpin demonstrated his mi.mu gloves, wearable music technology created in collaboration with singer Imogen Heap and disability charity Drake Music.

Later, guests were treated to a talk from London’s Night Czar, performer Amy Lamé, who spoke about the effects of having a 24-hour London and what that would mean for employment opportunities, before there was a chance for attendees to network over pizza, and discuss the afternoon with industry professionals.

It is hoped that events like this one can be repeated in the future, and it will be exciting to see what CYCI? work on next to provide young people with advice and a chance to network with people keen to help out the next generation.

(Written on March 10, 2017 )

Today, March 8, marks International Women’s Day, a globally-recognised chance to celebrate and recognise the challenges and opportunities facing women across the world.

Along with our design partners Sane & Able, we have produced an infographic with stats and facts about the role women play in professional music, and how they are represented across the classical music industry. The theme of ‘space’ was chosen to highlight the light years we need to travel in order to achieve gender parity, as women are still vastly under-represented in the media for their achievements in composing and conducting.

We’ve highlighted that at the current rate, it won’t be until 2186 – 169 years away – that 50% of pieces composed and conducted by women will be the norm at the BBC Proms. Currently, only 4 of the 61 accredited ABO orchestras have women undertaking titled roles. This week we have compiled a Spotify playlist of 169 of our favourite pieces created or performed by women in celebration of the incredible contribution women make to the music industry, including those who have been overlooked by history.

The World Economic Forum’s ‘Global Gender Gap Report 2016‘ provides interesting – and sometimes difficult – reading for anyone interested in finding out the facts and statistics behind women’s role in areas such as education, economics, health and politics. From looking at the data collected it is clear that, like with classical music, we still have a long way to go to ensure that the female half of the population are given the same opportunities as their male equivalents.

It’s not all bad news. Serious efforts are being made to ensure fairer representation for women in the classical music industry. ‘Sound and Music‘ are aiming for a 50/50 split between male and female-identified composers as part of their vision for 2020, which is a short three years away. Later today, BBC Radio 3 are to broadcast a piano sonata by composer Fanny Mendelssohn, which up until recently had been falsely attributed to her brother Felix. Tomorrow, as part of HeForShe Arts Week, ‘Yes She Can’ are providing young women opportunities to network and discover more about careers in music, particularly in roles generally underrepresented by women such as tech and management.

Follow the hashtags #BeBoldForChange and #InternationalWomensDay on Twitter to find out more about how you can get involved in the campaign for gender equality.

 

(Written on March 8, 2017 )

We are looking for an Account Manager to join WildKat PR in London!

Do you think you would be suitable for this position? Have a read through our job description below.

WildKat PR

WildKat PR is a game-changer in the classical music industry. We adamantly believe in changing the status quo of our industry, embracing creative values both on- and offline.

WildKat PR is the only classical music PR agency to spread worldwide, having established ourselves in London, Berlin and New York. We are deeply devoted to seeking out and using online platforms to reach and engage substantial new audiences, producing all-encompassing, bespoke, international PR campaigns that are data-driven.

 

Job Description

WildKat PR is offering an exceptional opportunity for a motivated, intelligent, creative individual to join our London team. Working with the Director, Head of Creative Strategy & Marketing, and fellow Account Managers on creative PR campaigns across the classical music and cultural industries, they will be expected to quickly establish and build strong working relationships with press to generate media coverage for our clients.

 

Key duties

As an Account Manager your role will be:

– To manage your set of clients and work with them to help achieve their PR goals. This includes: gaining press, attracting new audiences, helping to improve their brand, organising events

– To think creatively about how you (and your colleagues) approach campaigns. You will be asked to continually make new connections and approach your work in innovative ways. You will be expected to challenge how we, and the industry, are doing things

– To integrate digital media into campaigns. This means exploring new technology and developing ways to include it in client campaigns

– To take a leading role in the development and execution of unique, creative campaigns to promote your clients and the company

– To write copy in relation to your clients’ needs, including: fact sheets, bios, blogposts, newsletters, brochures

– To liaise with journalists to generate and secure media coverage for clients

– To organise client events, as needed. This includes: concerts, VIP receptions, industry networking events

– To attend all relevant artists’ events (which regularly occur outside of office hours) including meetings and performances

– To network within the industry to build your reputation and that of the company

– To oversee the work of others when required, and to be willing to grow into a more senior role 

Opportunities of working with WildKat PR:

– Friendly, open plan office

– Chance to do diverse things within the role and expand your skillset quickly

– Gain wider industry experience, not just PR

– Supportive colleagues and management welcoming your fresh ideas

– Personalised creative skills training and coaching

– Collaboration with mainstream brands and projects

– Opportunities for travel

– Sociable atmosphere

– Staff benefits, which include annual ski trip, Friday drinks, office yoga, opportunity for sabbatical and 6 hour working days 

Person Specification

Essential

– At least one year’s relevant experience in music PR

– Interest in classical music, culture and the arts

– Proven administrative and organisational skills

– Excellent verbal and written communication skills

– Ability to take initiative and responsibility when working alone

– Confidence and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

– Ability to work as part of a team

– Ability to remain calm when working under pressure and to manage conflicting deadlines

– High degree of accuracy and attention to detail

– A strong interest in online media

– Self-motivated

– Good standard of computer literacy (Word, Excel, WordPress)

Desirable

– 2-3 year’s experience in a music PR agency

– Fluency in another language

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to olivia@wildkatpr.com with the subject title ‘WildKat PR Account Manager application’ by 5pm on 17th March 2017

Salary: Competitive – dependent upon experience

(Written on March 6, 2017 )

WildKat PR is delighted to introduce our new client pianist Catherine Gordeladze. Born in Georgia and currently based in Frankfurt, Gordeladze has been widely recognised and praised for her “sparkling tone”, “original, profound musicality” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), and her “charm, brilliant technique and great variety of tone colours” (Radio Bremen).

An outstanding soloist and much-sought-after chamber music partner, Catherine Gordeladze has played at major concert venues and with renowned orchestras including the Georgian State Orchestra, the Mainz Philharmonic State Orchestra, the Europa Philharmonie and the Dortmund Philharmonic. Gordeladze has won awards in various competitions, including the International Chopin Piano Competition in Darmstadt and was honored with the medal of the French Legion of Honour. In addition to her concert engagements she teaches at the College of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt am Main.

Catherine Gordeladze. Credits: Mischa Blank

Catherine Gordeladze. Credits: Mischa Blank

Her current album American Rhapsody, released by BELLA MUSICA/ANTES EDITION in 2014 and featuring piano works by American composers, immediately won the silver and bronze medals in the instrumental performance solo/album category of the renowned Global Music Award in the USA.  The CD was specially recommended by the German online magazine klassik.com and radio station hr2 kultur.

WildKat PR is excited to be working on her upcoming album, “Dance Fantasies”, which will be released in May 2017 on BELLA MUSICA/ANTES EDITION. The album feature dance pieces from the classical repertoire, both original versions as well as arrangements, from Rameau, Chopin, Carl Czerny and Fritz Kreisler.

Follow Catherine Gordeladze on her website and on Facebook, as well as via the WildKat PR Blog, for her latest news!

 

Catherine Gordeladze. Credits: Mischa Blank

Catherine Gordeladze. Credits: Mischa Blank

(Written on March 2, 2017 )

The Academy of Ancient Music, the world-renowned period instrument orchestra and choir, has appointed Alexander Van Ingen as its new Chief Executive.

Alexander joins from Decca Classics where he was an Executive Producer in charge of Artists and Repertoire. At Decca, Alexander worked on some of the label’s best-selling classical albums of recent years with Nicola Benedetti, Voces8 and the Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral; operatic recordings from Baroque opera premieres to ‘Simon Boccanegra’; projects with new composers such as Ola Gjeilo and Rebecca Dale; award-winning albums with Alisa Weilerstein and Benjamin Grosvenor; and the digital work of artists such as Valentina Lisitsa and Janine Jansen. Alexander has created and managed several major classical music events including collaborations with the iTunes Festival, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia, and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. With the Bowerman Charitable Trust, Alexander founded Champs Hill Records to champion the work of new artists, a label that won a Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2014.

Alexander said: ‘The Academy of Ancient Music boasts an enviable reputation for its energy and enthusiasm, and a proud legacy of popularising period performance. I am very pleased to be working with Richard Egarr and the players and singers of the Academy of Ancient Music to develop the orchestra’s audience reach, along with their outreach and participation programmes. The AAM’s ambitious and fresh music-making is infectious, and I am greatly looking forward to this exciting new role.’

Richard Egarr, Music Director, commented: ‘We are all very excited to be working with Alex, one of the true movers and shakers working in classical music today. The AAM will grow under his leadership and we look forward to many years ahead.’

Terence Sinclair, Chairman of the Academy of Ancient Music, said: ‘The Academy is entering a very exciting phase. We recently announced the appointment of our first Hogwood Fellow, Robert Levin, and our collaboration with The Grange Festival, whose inaugural season opens this summer. We are thrilled that Alex will bring to the AAM his ideas, musicianship, and commitment to new audiences.’

Alexander was previously a client with WildKat, and so we are especially delighted with this news, and look forward to working with Alexander in the coming months.

AVI

Image: Alexander Van Ingen

(Written on February 28, 2017 )

Welcoming back pianist Dmitry Masleev

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome back pianist Dmitry Masleev, the triumphant winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition (2015).

In 2016, WildKat had the opportunity to support Dmitry Masleev during his successful European tour, including a great debut with the Münchner Symphoniker in Munich and a remarkable appearance at the Klavierfestival Ruhr, which was followed by invitations from the Rheingau, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Bad Kissingen festivals. Dmitry Masleev was called a pianist of “virtuoso brilliance” (The Financial Times), possessing “musicality of metaphysical proportions” (Neue Musikzeitung).

© 2017 Dmitry Masleev

© 2017 Dmitry Masleev

2017 began for Masleev with a highly anticipated Carnegie Hall début recital where he performed a “fiercely demanding” programme of Scarlatti, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, and Liszt, which cemented his reputation internationally as “one of the genuinely great pianists of his generation” (New York City Informer).

WildKat is very happy to support Dmitry Masleev for his next great debut: on March 11th Dmitry Masleev will perform Rachmaninoff’s Variations on the Theme of Paganini at the Konzerthaus Berlin with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Robert Trevino. Keep checking the WildKat PR blog for updates!

© 2017 Dmitry Masleev

© 2017 Dmitry Masleev

(Written on February 28, 2017 )