2019 Speakers

Seymour Stein – Founder of Sire Records

Seymour Stein

Seymour Stein, whose influence on modern music is as great as it is diverse, will be sharing his experiences and insights in an interview format at the beautiful Roper Theatre on the Downtown campus of TCC, Granby Street in Norfolk. A signing of his latest book, Siren Song, will follow.

Stein is arguably America’s greatest record man. Not only has he signed and nurtured more important artists than anyone alive over the course of his sixty years in the music business, but he’s still the hippest label head, travelling the globe in search of the next big thing.

Since the late fifties, Stein’s been wherever it’s happening: Billboard, Tin Pan Alley, The British Invasion, CBGB, Studio 54, Danceteria, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, the CD crash. Along that winding path, Stein discovered and broke out a skyline full of stars: Madonna, The Ramones, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, The Smiths, The Cure, Ice-T, Lou Reed, Seal, Squeeze, and many others.

Reserved seating for Multi-Platinum and Diamond Pass holders and single event ticket holders – must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time to claim your seat. Remaining seats reserved for performers and Platinum Pass holders on a first come basis. Unclaimed seats will be opened for performers and other Platinum Pass holders.

Matt Starr – Career Coach/Touring Drummer

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Matt Starr

Matt Starr is a Rock Star drummer who has recorded and toured with members of KISS, Guns n Roses, Whitesnake, Bon Jovi and others. He’s the touring drummer for Mr. Big. In the studio Matt has recorded with producers Jimmy Bralower (VP A&R Atlantic Records, Mick Jagger), Toby Wright (Metallica, Alice In Chains, Korn), Mike Chapman (Blondie, The Knack), Dave Bianco (AC/DC, Tom Petty, KISS), and others.

Being a Rock Star is not about being famous or even being a musician, it’s about Exceptionalism. “Everyday I live my own words.”, says Matt. “If this didn’t work, you would have never heard of me, because I’d be stuck where I was. My approach works for anyone with a dream.”

Matt has spent the past several years sharing his story and teaching The Rock Star Code around the world through keynote addresses, group workshops and one-on-one coaching sessions.

Matt’s seminars are open to all Platinum, Multi-Platinum, and Diamond Pass holders on a first come basis up to capacity. Additional opportunities including one-on -one coaching sessions TBA.

John Rash – Filmmaker/Ole Miss Professor

John Rash
John Rash

John Rash is a documentary filmmaker and professor at Ole’ Miss. His latest film is the award-winning Negro Terror which will have its Virginia Premiere at ECMC 2019. He’ll be speaking on why he made Negro Terror and reasons for making documentaries about other bands that may not be household names just yet. The film was made in conjunction with the Southern Documentary project which “produces works of documentary storytelling from the perspective of studying the American South.”

In addition to his work with The Southern Documentary Project and teaching at the University of Mississippi, Professor Rash has taught at Duke University in North Carolina and worked for the University in Kunshan China where he also did additional documentary and commercial film work. He holds an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Art from Duke University.

Access to John’s seminar is open to all Platinum, Multi-Platinum, and Diamond Pass holders on a first come basis up to capacityAccess to the film premiere is open to all Platinum, Multi-Platinum, and Diamond Pass holders on a first come basis up to capacity or by single event ticket.

Curtis Clark- Homemadesoul Music

Curtis Clark
Curtis Clark

Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Curtis Clark has been no stranger to music, since the early age of 5. Both of his parents sang in church and always encouraged Curtis and his siblings to sing and play instruments. By the time Curtis graduated high school, he was well versed in writing his own songs, performing on stage and acting in the theater. During two years at Temple University, Curtis acted in various student run plays, and honed his musical skills working off hours in the music school.
In 2001, Curtis enlisted into the Air Force, and for the next 6 years he traveled the world, serving his country and always displaying his God given talent to sing and perform. It was during this time Curtis began to write and record music under the name, Homemadesoul, and since then he has recorded and released four studio albums and a stream of singles. His music releases have garnered him radio play all over the world, to include exclusive distribution deals in Japan and the UK.

At ECMC 2018 Curtis met The Foxfires and before long they had signed a licensing deal with Homemadesoul that has resulted in licensing in Europe for the group. His seminars were packed and among the highest rated in the post-conference survey.

Currently, Curtis continues to create and release new music under his own imprint, Keepin It Homemade. With Homemadesoul Music LLC, Curtis has partnered with independent artists to administer synch licenses for their musical works. He also produces production music for television and film, with current placements ranging from film and book soundtracks, and shows on CNN, Fox Sports, ESPN, MTV, BET, VH1, and so much more.

Access to Curtis’ seminar is open to all Platinum, Multi-Platinum, and Diamond Pass holders on a first come basis up to capacity.

Michael C. Smith – President, Carlton Smith Music Group

Michael C. Smith
Michael C. Smith

Founder and President of The Carlton Smith Music Group, Michael C. Smith is an advocate for artists and musicians seeking to launch careers in the music industry. Founder of the CSM Music Conference, Michael provides opportunities for individuals in the industry to increase their knowledge of music business.

Michael has a diverse background from receiving his start in the New York radio market to ultimately serving as a consultant to the Executive Office of The President of The United States. His experiences have allowed him to master the delicate balance between creativity and business resulting in a unique blend of skills that allow him to assist his clients from the studio to the board room.

Michael’s longtime love of music and business led him to found The Carlton Smith Music Group. He is featured on projects listed in Amazon Studios, MSG Networks and BET. Michael holds an Associates and Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering Technology, a Master’s in Strategic Planning and Pro Tools certifications. He most recently hosted CSM Radio on WMUC 88.1FM where he spotlighted independent artists from across the world.

At ECMC 2018 Michael’s Seminars were standing room only!

Access to Michael’s seminar is open to all Platinum, Multi-Platinum, and Diamond Pass holders on a first come basis up to capacity.