The Panel

Erika Footman

When talking about Erika , it’s not really helpful to start with the ‘normal’ stuff. We could talk about where she is from and where she grew up and what her influences were but it’s not that easy to break Erika down into such small, convenient pigeon-holes.

Instead, know this: Erika has emerged from a life coloured by the musical corners of London town and Japan. While it was initially opera and musical theatre in which she found her voice, as her birthdays passed she discovered the soundtrack to her early daydreams and pop greats such as Kylie and Carly Simon made their influence.

Later Erika found herself as much at home with the 90s rave scene as she did with the heavy rock scene and from this union of diversity emerges a style of ‘epic pop’. But don’t get complacent, Erika is not all catchy riffs and bubblegum. There is a darkness to her songs that you don’t have to dig that deep to find.

On stage Erika is an icon of fashion and confidence and coupled with a vulnerability that is hard to ignore, it is really only in her performance that you can fully understand how interesting and impressive Erika is.


Jono McNeil

Jono McNeil began his music career in the Australian music scene, performing both as a session vocalist and original artist for nearly 10 years in a variety of different settings. After hailing from the renowned Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a degree in jazz and a post grad in contemporary music, he made his first appearance on the scene as vocal front man for the funk/acid jazz band, ‘The Jive Express’ in which he toured regularly and recorded 2 albums.

From there he worked as a vocalist for award winning jazz big bands, funk/soul bands, pop bands, drum ‘n’ bass collectives, house acts, art orchestras and sung in countless recording sessions throughout the country. Featuring on many albums, Jono then signed to an Australian label and went on to release and tour his debut solo album, ‘Places’ in 2008, which showcases his diverse range of musical influences and experiences.

Now living in the UK, he has worked with a variety of exciting artists including Nelly, Lemar, Leon Ware, Jocelyn Brown, The Reel People, The Layabouts, Imaani (Incognito) and many more. He continues to work as a session vocalist for some of Europe’s most exciting producers and artists, performs regularly in the London circuit and is the vocal coach of choice for a large professional clientele at his North London studio.

Konrad Birnbauer

Konrad Birnbauer is a Music Producer and A&R Consultant based in Berlin, Germany. After studying Classical Saxophone & Audio Engineering he started working at Universal Music Vertigo/URBAN in 2009, working with a wide range of artists from domestic acts like SIDO, Culcha Candela and Cassandra Steen to international acts such as Aloe Blacc, Gotye, Marlon Roudette or Lana Del Rey.

In 2012 he opened up his own recording studio in Berlin, focusing more on production, recording & songwriting, yet keeping his close ties to Universal Music as a Scout/Consultant, discovering Lindsey Stirling amongst other things. He recently joined the creative department of Kobalt Music Publishing as a scout & consultant.
As a writer/producer he goes by the name of goldenair.

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