Tony Michaelides has been in the music business for over 30 years and has worked with artists ranging from David Bowie to U2, from The Pixies to The Stone Roses.
He will be sharing stories from his experiences as a record promoter in the Manchester, UK, rock and roll scene.
Tony lived through the "24-Hour Party People" scene and his personal reflections on relationships with icons like Tony Wilson from Factory Records, Martin Hannett, Joy Division, and The Happy Mondays provide a unique perspective into the birth of Punk and Rave Culture.
Tony will be promoting his new book "Insights from the Engine Room", published May 21, 2009. The book chronicles his experiences and provides insider's view of the music industry.
"Insights" is also a working guide for music professionals that reflects on lessons learned such as managing creativity from Led Zeppelin, risk-taking from Bono and U2, innovation from David Bowie, and persistence from Simon Cowell.
Tony's ambitious career has garnered him respect not only from artists but from their management teams as well. Speaking of Tony, Paul McGuinness, manager for U2, says "Tony has long been one of the UK's foremost record promoters and undoubtedly one of the best that U2 have had the pleasure of working with."
Editor David Warner of Creative Loafing said some kind and encouraging words on page 26 of the August 26, 2009, issue. Partial quote, "At a moment when ignorance is being aggressively defended, Deep Carnivale still respects our intelligence. Imagine that."
Esther Martinez, in a story at The Florida Book Review" says she knows "Deep Carnivale will be 'A Celebration of Words' and not a Bourbon Street bacchanal."
"But logophile that I am, I reason I'll get drunk on language. With over 70 writers and artists scheduled [for the 2008 Carnivale] to perform or read from their works, my beaded necklaces will be strung with verse. I imagine haiku shooters..."
"It is just before 10am when I arrive at the corner of Palm Avenue and 14th StreetóDeep Carnivale ground zero. About a dozen vendor tables are lined up around the Hillsborough Community College courtyard where a band of teenagers [Next Exit] are setting up their instruments."The vendor tables sell books by local writers, HCC publications and baked goods. I grab a Cuban favorite, papa rellena, a potato stuffed with savory ground beef. Belly satisfied, I cross the street and enter the historic Circulo Cubano. A nearly 100 year old neo-classical building of ionic columns and marble staircases, it served as the Cuban Social Club and remains the oldest building of its kind in the country."
"When I look back over 2008, my visit to the second edition of Deep Carnivale was a
highlight. You and your staff did a great job and I loved being part of it, again.
I am sure there will be bigger festivals to come. But maybe not better!!!"
– Darrell House, children's book author and 2008 Deep Carnivale presenter.