Global Rock Summit speakers

Allison Hagendorf

(Former Head of Rock, Spotify & Host/Executive Producer, Spotify Original Series)

Bex Majors

Booking Agent, Sound Talent Group

Charley Londoño

Counsel Plus, Co.

Chris Foitle

Head of A&R, Epitaph Records

David "Beno" Benveniste

Founder & CEO, Velvet Hammer Music & Management Group (Alice In Chains, Deftones, Korn, System Of A Down & More)

Frank Helmink

Director, Buma ROCKS! (The Netherlands)

Garrett Capone

VP of Promotion & GM Rock Music, Crush Music

Gary Spivack

Executive Sr. VP / Talent & Curation, Danny Wimmer Presents

Georgette Bivins

Sr. Business Affairs Manager, FCB NY

Greg Sowders

Sr. Vice President A&R, Warner Chappell Music

Jan Šorm

Chairman of APRKA (Czech Republic)

Jason Miller

CEO, Eventim Live Asia

Jens Lundberg

Founder, Blue Lemon Management (Sweden)

Jobst Neerman

Managing Director, RBK Fusion (Germany)

Joel Mark

Executive Manager, YMU

Keith Cunningham

Program Director, 95/5 KLOS Meruelo Media, Los Angeles

Ken Anthony

Rock Editor,

Kenny "Tick" Salcido

Sr. VP/Head of A&R, Red Bull Records

Laura Catana

Head of Artist Relations, IndieFlow

Lisa Worden

Vice President Rock & Alternative, Program Director ALT 98.7 - LA's New Alternative, iHeartMedia National Programming Group

Mark Sutherland

Music & Media Journalist (U.K.)

Martijn Swier

Founder, Endless Music (The Netherlands)

Matt Pinfield

Host "New & Approved" KLOS, Los Angeles / Westwood One & Benztown Radio Networks Syndicated Host

Matthew Reich

Co-Founder, Artist For Artist

Michael Faley

President, Metal Blade Records

Riku Pääkkönen

Owner & Founder, Ranka Kustannus

Ritch Esra

Publisher, The Music Registry

Rob McDermott

President & Founder, Mad Mac Entertainment

Salman U. Syed

Founder, Infinite Dreams / Bangalore Open Air Festival (India)

Sat Bisla

President & Founder, A&R Worldwide / Global Rock Summit

Sean Heydorn

Vice President, Rise Records

Shannon O'Shea

Artist & Producer Manager, Creative Consultant, SOS Management

Tej Brar

Founder & Managing Director of Third Culture Ent't (India)

Thomas Scherer

President, Repertoire & Marketing, Los Angeles & New York, BMG

Toby Wright

Award Winning Producer (Alice In Chains, KISS, Korn, Ozzy Osbourne, Primus & More)

Tommy Nast

Sr. Programming Director/Music Strategies, Trafalgar Releasing

Toby Wright

Toby Wright

Award Winning Producer (Alice In Chains, KISS, Korn, Ozzy Osbourne, Primus & More)

Toby Wright landed his first "industry" gig at the world renowned Electric Lady Studios as a runner at a whopping $5 per day. The real payoff was of course his opportunity to soak in his surroundings yet again, which just happened to give him access to such illustrious engineers as Neil Kernon, Hugh Padgham and Michael Frondelli, as well as meeting Sal Grecco, whose maintenance team Wright would eventually join.

​ In 1982, Wright finally had his fill of the New York scene, as many did at that time, and decided to head west to explore the opportunities of the growing scene in LA. There he continued doing maintenance gigs at such places as One on One Studios and Village Recorders where he would build Studio D as well as the Yacht Studios and studios 1- 4 at Cherokee. While working on the construction of One on One, the only other engineer left the project, which left Wright as the sole engineer for the facility. This meant he would be the only engineer available to assist on artists including Sammy Hagar, Kiss, Cheap Trick, Damn Yankees, Michael McDonald and Heart as well as fly solo sometimes, which is exactly how he landed his first engineering and production credit. ​

Through the rest of the '80's, Wright continued to do maintenance and assist, working closely with producers Mike Clink and Ron Nevison. In 1987, Clink chose One on One to record Metallica's ...And Justice For All, but he and [drummer] Lars Ulrich did not see eye to eye and he left the project, leaving Wright in the "right" place at the "right" time. He continued to work on the album while Metallica brought in original producer Flemming Rasmussen giving Wright engineering credit for the album.

​ By the '90's Toby Wright had become a household name, well that is in the house of any rock band shopping for a producer. Doing maintenance and assisting for about 10 years now, also put him in the company of a lot of A&R representatives and the rep for Alice in Chains wanted him to produce two of their songs on the 1993 Schwarzenegger film Last Action Hero. Wright then went on to produce their next record Jar of Flies as well. From there, Wright produced, mixed, and/or engineered artists including Korn, Slayer, Sevendust, Fishbone, Queensryche, Ozzy Osbourne, Corrosion of Conformity, 3 Doors Down, The Wallflowers, Kiss and Alice in Chains. ​​

Wright has started a production company, F3 Entertainment, that is currently working with up and coming artists.