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Sat Bisla

Founder & President,
A&R Worldwide / MUSEXPO
Beverly Hills, CA, USA
Wolverhampton, England native Sat Bisla has certainly enjoyed a multi-faceted career in the music industry. Over the years, he’s worked as a DJ (including an on-air stint at the tastemaking KCRW Los Angeles), radio programmer (KKDJ “The Edge” Fresno, CA) club booker, artist manager (Rob Dougan, Kate Havenevik, Pilate Speed), A&R scout and consultant for Interscope, Atlantic, Epic, Columbia, Sony, Island, Warner Bros. Records, Nettwerk (consulting for Dave Holmes who now manages Coldplay worldwide) and many others. Bisla has also worn the hat of a club owner, booker, and DJ. Furthermore, he was the Radio Editor for the US radio and record industry trade magazines Album Network and VIRTUALLYALTERNATIVE. Bisla was integral in either the discovery or development of such Platinum-selling artists as Dido, Keane, Faithless, Fatboy Slim, Muse, The Temper Trap, Ting Tings, Sam Sparro, Coldplay, Missy Higgins, LMFAO, Bonnie McKee (writer for multiple smash singles for Katy Perry), and many others for the American audience. It was with the establishment of A&R Network, the innovative independent artist discovery and development platform, when Bisla truly started to make his mark on the global music front. The world’s largest radio broadcaster – Clear Channel Radio along with live entertainment giant Live Nation, acquired A&R Network in 2001, where he assumed the worldwide role of Vice President.

In addition to being the VP for A&R Network, Bisla constructed the creative foundation for Clear Channel’s New Music Network (an artist/consumer social networking platform back), which has since evolved into one of the most prominent internet radio platforms, iHeartRadio. Shortly thereafter, the British-born, Beverly Hills-based Bisla founded A&R Worldwide, where he played a key role in the discovery of many promising new artists, which lead to multiple deals being signed. Bisla was kept busy, actively uncovering unsigned, talented artists while also writing the weekly A&R column for Radio & Records (the leading US radio and record industry trade publication). Bisla had a brilliant idea stem from casual networking dinners he hosted with fellow executive friends, such as Dave Holmes. This idea became what is now known as MUSEXPO, the influential global music, media and technology conference that takes place each spring in the burgeoning global entertainment hub, Hollywood, California. This is not the average conference, as it attracts many hundreds of like-minded folks with a vested interest in music, as well as artists showcasing from over three dozen countries worldwide. Additionally, he helped launch MUSEXPO Europe and was a founding partner in One Movement for Music Perth (which was the largest music industry conference/music festival in the Southern hemisphere). Bisla also co-founded The Worldwide Radio Summit, the leading global forum which unites all those with a vested interest in the world’s most influential and impactful communicator of sound-radio.

September 2006 saw Bisla’s launch of the fully independent Pangaea Entertainment Group, the new home to A&R Worldwide and MUSEXPO brands. Pangaea is also the parent to Bisla’s creation “Passport Approved,” a two-hour weekly import radio show broadcast on the acclaimed www.indie1031.com in Los Angeles, which is also syndicated coast-to-coast on stations such as 88.5 FM KCSN Los Angeles; KNRK Portland, OR; WCNR Charlottesville, NC; KCMP “The Current” MN, KRZQ Reno NV; KRML CA; 99.1FM Radio Doble Nueve Lima, Peru and others. The program has given international acts such as Duffy, Lily Allen, Wolfmother, Arctic Monkeys, Editors, Adele, Ting Tings, Teddybears, Klaxons, Sam Sparro, White Lies, Bloc Party, Corinne Bailey Rae and many others their first radio airplay in N. America. Bisla continues to keep his hand in international affairs, programming and hosting a “Passport Approved” radio segment twice-weekly for Germany’s Flux FM (broadcasting in Berlin, Brandenburg and Stuttgart, as well as consulting music events, companies, artists, and executives on five continents around the world). Furthermore, he’s the Founder & Publisher of the global music industry publication One Movement FM.