“I Am Not a Pirate: Filesharing and the Music Industry”

Our own Phil Tadros is moderating a panel discussion at Columbia College today (hurry: 623 S. Wabash Ave., Hokin Lecture Hall at 4 p.m.) entitled “I Am Not a Pirate: Filesharing and the Music Industry” for Chicago Ideas Week. The event is powered by Hydroshare and iamnotapirate.com.

At the intersection of musicians, industry entrepreneurs, techies and music consumers, this panel will focus on the “impacts and advantages of filesharing and how it’s redefining the ever changing landscape of the music industry.” Since the panelists cover such a wide range of perspectives on this topic, we complied short profiles of them each below. Check ‘em out.

Trevis Milton, Context Strategy Director, Translation LLC.

Trevis Milton has past been the media director of Starcom Worldwide overseeing strategic media planning for Disney Interactive Studios, among a slew of other ad accounts–and is currently the context strategy director for New York-based ad agency, Translation, LLC which has worked on accounts like: transitioning the New York Nets into their new home of Brooklyn, New York; remixing State Farm’s iconic “Like a good neighbor” jingle; and is at the helm of Jay-Z’s business partnerships (HP, Coke, Reebok, Microsoft, etc); among other endeavors. 

Lara Phillips, Chicago Hip Hop Connects

Lara Phillips is the Founder of Chicago Hip Hop Connects with the mission of connecting Chicago’s Hip Hop community―working on making Chicago a hip hop destination for industry professionals seeking to launch their careers. At Chicago Hip Hop Connects she focuses on web design, search engine optimization, online marketing, social media and event planning in the music industry.

Michael Roffman, President/Editor-in-Chief, Consequence of Sound

Consequence of Sound is a New York and Chicago-based online music publication, reporting on the latest in global music industry news and highlights highly anticipated music festivals around the world via ConsequenseofSound.net. Michael Roffman is the president and editor in chief of this music webzine with about a million visitors a month.

DJ Sean Alvarez, Swank Society Radio, We Love Soul

DJ Sean Alvarez is considered one of Chicago’s finest and top ranking DJ’s and hosts the Podcast, “Present & Future with Sean Alvarez,” with influential interviews mixed with soul and jazz music from various genres and eras. As a DJ he has played internationally alongside some of the most recognizable names in dance music. Sean believes that the DJ serves as a channel and has a sacred responsibility of providing people with good music. He can also be heard on Swank Society Radio and can be seen performing with local soul music network, We Love Soul.

Alex Katz, Founder, Katz Company

Musician Alex Katz is Katz Company’s founder and lead singer and describes his music as “variety pop” dabbling in a variety of sounds like hip-hop and R&B. This Columbia College grad headlined the main stage at Columbia’s outdoor festival, Manifest in 2010. Katz Company has been touted for their use of social media to connect to their fans and market themselves.

Terrence “Hustle Simmons” Randolph, Chicago Representative

Terrence “Hustle Simmons” defines himself as a marketing guru who has paved his own way, making a name for himself in the music, fashion and nightlife industries. While he was a marketing major at the Illinois Institute of Art Chicago he threw creative collaboration parities where he invited artists, performers, designers and musicians to showcase themselves in an loft party setting. He parlayed the connections he’s made planning events and his social media skills into his own company, now called Hustle Simmons.