CMPA Create Germany
CMPA Create Germany will see writers and publishers travel to Berlin during the week leading up to the Reeperbahn Festival (September 18 – 22). The writers will spend three days writing for various German artists and will work closely with A&R contacts in the region to discuss style, genre, and lyrical ideas for each artist. The writers will then have the opportunity to record a video performance of the songs they have written at the YouTube space in Berlin and attend an evening networking mixer in the city.
After the camp in Berlin has concluded, all writers will then travel to Hamburg to perform the completed songs at a second exclusive industry mixer. Labels and publishers who participated in the event or who are attending the Reeperbahn festival will be invited to the industry mixer and B2B networking meetings will be held for participating publishers in both Berlin and Hamburg.
Jonathan Kluth is one of the most promising Alternative and Independent Pop artists in Germany. He lives in Berlin-Neukölln and also works as writer and producer. He has shared a stage with artists like Matt Corby, Jon Lord (Deep Purple), Tina Dico, Hey Rosetta and has written songs with many international artists like Sigrid, Mogli, Wankelmut, Beginners, Tellef Raabe as well as the German popstar Joris, Lotte, Pohlmann and Jakob Bruckner. Jonathan has also had several of his songs featured in movies as well as in TV shows and online series. Jonathan learned to play the violin at the age of 4 and also plays guitar, piano, bass and drums.
Since the release of his first EP “Rooms” in 2012 he has played hundreds of concerts and toured extensively. In 2013 Jonathan founded his own record label Birds hill Records together with film producer Joana Kauer (Tinbird) in order to live and work as an independent artist and writer. He has since released another EP “A Life Of Its Own” and his debut album “Ophelia” and has appeared on the German TV show “TV Noir”. The single “Squares” went viral on YouTube after Jonathan released a strikingly original video in which he performed the song live in his rusty, old car using the car itself as an instrument. After yearson the road he decided to produce a full album alone in his flat in Berlin-Neukoelln. The second album “Spaces In Between” was released in March 2017, followed by a successful spring tour with his trio.
Felix Duczek is Songwriter/Producer/Multi-instrumentalist currently based in Berlin. Raised on alternative rock, Felix now works in a wide variety of genres and has several film composer credits to his name through his time spent working with Mona Davis beat in Berlin (even winning “best score” at Auckland Film Festival for the film “Einmal Bitte Everything”). An alumni of BMG Rights Management’s international artist service, Felix hashoned his production skills and has continued to develop his musical tastes. Felix’s music has been used in numerous national and pan-European commercials, including campaigns for Audi, Hyundai, McDonalds, G-Shock, and Web.de. Recent production work include the Violet Skies EP “This Was Us” which features “Burn”, a track co-written by Felix.
Singer/songwriter Loren Geerts is a versatile musician and artist, and while she is able to work in multiple genres, her speciality is dance, electronic and pop music. She made her debut on Dutch national radio, followed by Hollands biggest Talk show ‘De wereld draait door’. At barely 16 she starred in the Bose Commercial which was broadcasted in the Netherlands, Italy and the USA. Her talents as a writer and her outstanding voice make her a unique artist and songwriter. Currently, she has worked with A-list dance artists and labels like Armada and Spinnin’ Records, among many others.
Sarah Wetterau, born 1990 in Diepholz, Germany, has been a musician since a young age. At the age of 5 she started to play the violin. She soon became the youngest member of the youth orchestra of the State Saxony-Anhalt and won several music competitions. As a teenager she started to take lessons in piano, organ, singing and conducting and began to write and compose pop songs and classical music pieces. At only 15 years she started to study church music in Halle/Saale and graduated in 2012 with a Diplom (university degree similar to Master). Only three years later she graduated with a Master for Concert-and Oratorio Singing. Since then she has been focusing on her career in pop music and is constantly working on new music. She’s just about to release her first EP using the artist’s name “Magnoliyah“.
Miloš Angelov is a record producer, songwriter and a musician with a vast experience as a multi-instrumental session player, a touring bassist and musical director. He is well versed in a diverse array of genres, including Pop, Rock, Alternative, R&B, Hip Hop, EDM, Deep House and Funk. Born in Belgrade, Serbia to a family of musicians, Miloš was introduced to music at a young age through relatives and a surrounding community of mentors and teachers. He moved to Toronto as a teenager, played drums in a high school band, and often jammed blues-rock with guitarist and classmate, Donna Grantis (Prince/3RDEYEGIRL). Since then, has played, written, and produced for a global roster of artists and has traveled the world, touring and directing major concerts. Some of the artists he’s worked with: M-22, Klingande, Cazzette, Banners, Lukas Rieger, Matthew Good, Tujamo, Tyler Shaw, Dan Talevski, Fito Blanko, Maya Killtron, Dani Le Rose, Cameron Bloomfield, and many others.
Raghav Mathur is a Juno-nominated artist whose vocal strength and handle for earworm hooks have garnered him success both at home and overseas. With three solo records to his credit, the Canadian-born pop singer has collaborated with a myriad of global talent including Nelly, Kardinal Offishall, and legendary composer, A. R. Rahman. In 2005, his dancehall-inspired hit “Angel Eyes”, catapulted him to a performance on Britain’s ‘Top of the Pops’ and produced a 6-week run on the UK charts. Along with “Angel Eyes” Raghav has had three other UK Top 10 singles, and has taken home a MOBO Award for Best Collaboration in 2004. His debut album, ‘Storyteller’, has sold 1.3 million copies worldwide and is India’s sixth best-selling album of all time. Armed with a unique blend of reggae fusion, R&B, and hindi elements, Raghav’s sound is truly one of a kind.
Over the last couple of years, Halifax-based trio Neon Dreams have rapidly emerged as one of the brightest new stars on the Canadian music horizon. The success story they are writing has long and deep roots, however, for Frank Kadillac, Adrian Morris, and Matt Gats have been playing together in different configurations for the last nine years. The result is a tight-knit band with a strong personal and musical foundation, one destined to help Neon Dreams go a long way in the business. A recent major change in the Neon Dreams camp came with Corey LeRue’s decision to leave the group to concentrate on songwriting, production and the operation of his record label. He will continue to work closely with the band in all those spheres. “Neon Dreams are still my top priority,” Corey stresses. “I’m working my tail off to make them the biggest band in the world.” Both Corey and Neon Dreams recently signed a publishing deal with HyveTown, a Vancouver-based boutique music publisher with a roster including Dallas Smith, Shawn Hook, Joey Moi and Paul Rodgers.
Calgary’s Reuben and the Dark is a collection of five multi-instrumentalists and vocalists led by Reuben Bullock. The group makes chilling, emotive folk and soul driven by dark, introspective lyrics that explore the duality of misery and joy. Boasting a rare chemistry between all members across western Canada, Reuben and the Dark has emerged organically from Canada’s stellar independent scene on the strength of often anthemic compositions that translate the language of emotion into song with haunting clarity. Their debut album is produced by the UK’s Chris Hayden (Florence & the Machine) and Canada’s Stephen Kozmeniuk (Madonna, Nicki Minaj, and The Game feat Kanye West) and is being mixed by Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Adele).
Kayleigh O’Connor would be the first to admit that her love for music stems from her love for making it. At just 18 years old, this singer/songwriter has brought a surprising depth to the world of indie pop music. As a young girl from Halifax, Nova Scotia, it’s fitting that she’s rising to the status of one of the most promising young talents on the indie scene.
Kayleigh’s songwriting began early, starting with a piano and a unique ability to craft haunting melodies around her lyrics. “When I was younger, writing and playing piano were things that I kept close, my mind moves at a mile a minute and I remember always having so much to say but no idea how to say it. Songwriting gave me that. If you’d met me when I was 12 or 13 you would have noticed words didn’t come easy to me unless I was singing them so performing was, well a new experience to put it lightly. However I’ve come to love the stage and the energy it brings.”
Having just completed her debut EP in Nashville, in collaboration with Grammy-nominated songwriter/producers Rusty Varenkamp and Nicole Witt, the project displays Kayleigh’s brilliant poetic sense as an indie pop lyricist. Whether the songs are fragile or strong in their emotional state, the EP remains powerful and passionate.
Jillea has 22 tattoos, 11 piercings and black hair but the music she produces isn’t roll-in-the-glass punk rock or head-banging hard rock. The 21-year-old small town gal with the city edge only stomps on clichés and stereotypes. She creates an urban-tinged pop that has a gentleness and vulnerability with a killer emotive voice. Jillea — who won Slaight Music’s 2013 It’s Your Shot songwriting and artist development competition with her heart-wrenching rhythmic-ballad “Shattered” — is now in Toronto co-writing an EP with Adam Alexander (Shawn Desman, Mia Martina) and New Royale’s Liz Rodrigues (Eminem, Dr Dre, Pink) and recording it with Alexander and co-producer Andrew “Marty” Martino of Down With Webster.
Douglas regularly participates as a panelist at music conferences, including Slacker Canadian Music Week, Western Canadian Music Awards and the Canadian Country Music Week. At several events, he has presented the interactive workshop, “Behind the Glass, An Insider’s Look at Record Production.” He is known for his musicality, his clear and amiable leadership style, his strong communication skills and his dry sense of humour. He lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his wife and two daughters.
Engineering credits include: Justin Bieber, Johnny Reid, Chantal Kreviazuk, Divine Brown and Tyga. Record Production credits include: Kinnie Starr, Amy McConnell & William Sperandei [2014 Juno nomination], Mike Butler, The Comedy, Michael Pickett [2 Juno nominations], The Sattalites [National Reggae Award winners], Danny Brooks, Ann Vriend, and Erin Haley to name a few.
Extraordinary talent can sometimes lead to an extraordinary life. Camille Poliquin was discovered on the Quebec music scene when she sang backing vocals on David Giguère and Jason Bajada’s albums. In 2012, she proved she had much more to offer than a pretty voice when she wrote her first songs under the alias of KROY. Her atypical adolescence, spent surrounded by adults, quickly carried over into her songwriting, which is dominated by stories of impossible love. Though these sombre tales were initially fabricated, many of them materialized in Camille’s life over the years, throwing the singersongwriter into a state of inspired melancholy. Four songs were released on Bandcamp in 2014, and she soon gained attention for her spellbinding voice, with its distinctive, crystal-clear tone. KROY was then dubbed the “next Montreal indie pop sensation” by cultural magazine Voir. She opened for Coeur de pirate and AaRon, in addition to performing on various stages in Quebec, Europe, and the United States.
Then came an encounter that would really change the course of things. Camille met Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, with whom she formed Milk & Bone, a minimalist electro outfit that rapidly made a name for itself in Quebec and abroad. Magazines such as Vice and Libération praised the atmospheric pop of the duo’s first album, Little Mourning. Between Milk & Bone tours, Camille carries on her solo work influenced by spacey trip-hop (Goldfrapp, Portishead) and inventive modern pop (Vampire Weekend, Youth Lagoon). An “Artist to watch in 2016” according to Noisey, KROY released her first full-length album on September 23rd under Dare To Care Records. The recording proves to be more eclectic and personal than Camille’s previous work, reflecting her bold and brilliant pop explorations.