CMJ Announces First Round Of CMJ 2014 Daytime Speakers

By on September 16, 2014

CMJ is excited to announce the initial lineup of speakers for this year’s series of daytime conference events at NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center. Badgeholders will have the opportunity to witness and share in conversations with some of the most influential figures in the industry.


This year’s daytime events will include:

Merge 25: A Conversation With Laura Ballance And Mac McCaughan

The celebration of the 25th anniversary of Merge Records has so far included a music festival of Merge artists and a series of incredible monthly reissues. Core Superchunk members and Merge founders Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance will join CMJ in an intimate conversation with former Spin Editor-in-Chief and Buzzfeed Features Director Steve Kandell about the beginnings, trajectory and future of one of the most important labels in indie rock.


Zola Jesus In Conversation With John Norris

Over the course of her career, Nika Roza Danilova (a.k.a. Zola Jesus) has been a consistent source of unparalleled musical innovation, and her forthcoming fourth LP Taiga promises to take her genre-bending songcraft to new heights. This panel places Danilova in conversation with noted music reporter, journalist and former MTV correspondent John Norris, who was also a founding partner of Noisevox and, most recently, a supervising producer for Fuse’s Fuse News.


Tom Scharpling In Conversation with Chris Gethard

Tom Scharplingis a comedian, television writer, producer and radio host. Though perhaps known best as the host of WFMU’s The Best Show, which began in 2000 and aired its final program in December of last year, Scharpling has also directed videos for The New Pornographers, Ted Leo, Aimee Mann, Titus Andronicus and Wild Flag. Scharpling joins CMJ as one of the most prominent and distinguished figures in modern music commentary. Chris Gethard, comedian, actor, writer, and host of The Chris Gethard Show will join Tom for a one of a kind collaboration.



Additional Speakers, Roundtables and Panels will be announced in the coming weeks


CMJ 2014 is also set to feature several exclusive film screenings including:


The Color of Noise: Amphetamine Reptile Records Documentary with an exclusive Q&A from Director Eric Robel and Haze XXL (Thomas Hazelmyer- President, Amphetamine Reptile Records)


Musician, special effects artist and now filmmaker. Eric Robel’s full length documentary, The Color Of Noise is an exceptional look at the integrity of the American underground starting in the late 80’s through the mid 90’s, specifically targeting forerunners of the grunge movement, noise rock, the collision of punk rock and printmaking, and beyond.

Expanding on CMJ’s role as a key space for industry interaction and collaboration, CMJ 2014’s schedule will also feature extended networking sessions to facilitate dialogue between all components of the industry.



For more information on CMJ’s panels and artistic lineup, stay tuned to




About CMJ Music Marathon:

CMJ Music Marathon is one of the world’s foremost platforms for the discovery of new music. Spanning five days and nights, CMJ features over 1,400 live performances in more than 80 of New York City’s greatest venues, nightclubs and theaters. CMJ also presents over 100 informa- tive conference events featuring renowned speakers, industry roundtables and workshops, an Entertainment Business Law Seminar and College Day, a whole day of specially programmed events for college and non-commercial radio programmers. For more information, please visit


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