Trade Press

Larry LeBlanc was just 14 years old when he wrote a story about the local music scene for a Toronto newspaper. He was soon asked to write for a monthly magazine for teens called the Canadian High News. His growing knowledge of local clubs and bands gave Larry the opportunity to book bands, which he...
Eric Bettelli noticed that Los Angeles based musicians had a need for a magazine that could help them find gigs. He also realized that clubs needed the same such magazine to showcase their venues and to attract acts. Eric put the two needs together and formed Music Connection in 1977. The magazine...
Brian Majeski is the editor of The Music Trades Magazine and has lived and breathed the music business since the day he was born.  His grandfather and father both ran the magazine, which was established in 1890. Brian, along with his brother Paul, have been able to expand the publication to include...
Vivian Majeski had just married John when she visited the NAMM Show for the first time.  The year was 1951 and John, who would later follow in his father's footsteps as editor of The Music Trades magazine. He had returned from war just a few years earlier. Together the young couple attended the...
Neville Marten has enjoyed a long career as editor of Guitar Techniques, one of the magazines represented by his firm Future Publishing.  Prior to that, he was editor of Guitarist magazine for 14 years.  As a blues based guitarist, he writes about what interests him the most as a player; pioneering...
Kevin Maher has countless stories about the music industry, about jazz and about his father and grandfather who ran Down Beat Magazine and the early days at Music Inc.  Even more, Kevin can outline the trends and the great innovations that have changed our industry over the years because his...
Masaru Sawano began playing guitar as a young student when he first heard the Beatles.  He took a liking to music and the first job he took after college is the one he still has, working for Japan Music Trades.  Although today he is president of the magazine and he started out as a part time...
Jim Tremayne is the editor of DJ Times magazine, a gig he landed just over two years after the publication began. DJ Times is the brainchild of industry publisher Vinny Testa, who was looking to reach out to the growing and unique DJ market when the magazine began in 1988. Jim has played a vital...
Jim Crockett was the first official editor of Guitar Player Magazine as he was hired by the founder, Bud Eastman, four years after the magazine began.  Bud and Maxine Eastman owned Guitar Showcase, a music retail store in San Jose, California.  Guitar Player was created to drive business into the...
Greg Billings is the retired president of the Steinway Piano Gallery of Naples in Florida. Greg is also a very active member of the music products industry, appearing on panel discussions at NAMM Shows, serving on boards and writing a regular article for Music Inc. magazine. His deep passion for...

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