Matt Brookman

Ovum

A&R/Label Boss


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Matt Brookman

With over 25 years of experience in the music industry, Matt Brookman has amassed a wealth of experience in all facets of the business, from distribution, label management, artist management, and licensing to artist development, branding, and event promotion.
In 1994, Matt went to work for Siren Distribution, an independent distributor that specialized in independent Dance, Hip Hop and Dancehall. As head domestic buyer and salesperson at Siren Distribution, Matt established his foundation in the independent music industry. While there, he worked with a diverse group of labels, including Strictly Rhythm, Nervous, KDJ, Strictly Hype, Aqua Boogie, Northcott Ditstribution and IntelliNET.
He also built relationships with legendary retail stores and international distributors like Gramophone, Dance Tracks, 611 Records, Satellite Records, Bills Records, Beat Non Stop, Cisco, Word and Sound, Greyhound, and more.
A personal relationship with Ovum cofounder King Britt led Matt to join the label in 1996, after it signed a worldwide distribution deal with Sony Music via Conshohocken-based Ruffhouse Records. During that period, Matt oversaw the releases of albums from King Britt Presents Sylk 130, Wink, and Jamie Myerson. He also was involved in the domestic releases of Goldie’s INCredible Sound of Drum and Bass and Josh Wink’s classic mix album, “Profound Sounds.”
After parting ways with Sony, Ovum continued to be a leader in the underground dance music world, which has adapted to changing trends and shifting sales formats. As A&R, the label has constantly strived to push the music forward, never focusing on one particular sound but instead on quality. While at Ovum, Matt has helped to develop many artists and has overseen over 200 releases. He has worked with many of the top names in the house and techno music world, such as Loco Dice, KiNK, Joris Voorn, Shlomi Aber, Nic Fanciulli, Marc Romboy, Axel Boman, Harry Romero, Luca Bacchetti, Technasia, and many others.
As Ovum embarks upon its 26th year, the label shows no signs of slowing down.

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Testimonials

Having only missed the very first year of WMC in 1985, it was 1986-1990 that initially placed me on the map globally due to the international attendance of the entire dance music community. All throughout the 90s I was often getting written about by various high profile mags and websites for having contributed to help break many artists, DJs, producers and remixers. WMC enabled me to bring many top industry people together all under one roof, especially at Groove Jet, where house music officially met Techno in my sets and it’s all been uphill since…TBC


Danny Tenaglia

DJ, Producer

Winter Music Conference is my ground zero. It has always provided the perfect storm of opportunity and excitement for up and coming artists, including myself back in 2003, where I first caught a glimpse of how it felt to have an audience respond to my work. Over the years, I’ve always made it a point to have WMC in my calendar because that’s the spot where everyone congregates and you can feel it in the air. Creativity, brother and sisterhood, FUN and most of all the chance to come together as a community and celebrate the reason we are all here—the music.”


Kaskade

DJ/Producer

Miami has always been a place I’ve considered home and WMC was essential for me and the label in many ways. From showcasing our new music to keeping up with all the new artists and releases. It was the official kickoff of the year and I’m happy to see it thriving again.


Louie Vega

DJ/Vega Records

I feel fortunate to have been part of the first-ever WMC. Over the 35 years, it has grown to give us an international forum where we exchange music and ideas. As an attendee and host of many of the award shows, I am proud each time I see new young talent emerge and then become world-renowned. We all have so many Winter Music Conference moments of hearing a seminal breakthrough record for the first time as well as a new DJ with star quality. Magical moments in my career.


Daniel Glass

Glassnote Records

I first went to WMC ’87, the year I started Big Beat. It was an incredibly inspiring congregation of indie labels, DJs, artists, songwriters, producers and dance music lovers dedicated to breaking and discovering new music. WMC has been instrumental in furthering the dance and electronic cause; keeping the community connected, vital and relevant, and serving as an amazing springboard for talent. It’s a fantastic crucible for the future of dance music. Long may it live.


Craig Kallman

CEO & Co-Chairman Atlantic Records, Founder Big Beat Records