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Published on July 9th, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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“ANCHOR Reeperbahn Festival” Judge Tony Visconti On David Bowie, Howard Stern, UFC & More

Since its Hamburg debut in 2006, the Reeperbahn Festival has grown to become one of the most important meeting places for the music industry worldwide. The Reeperbahn Festival recently came to New York City thanks to the festival’s “Sequence Tour,” a part of Wunderbar Together, which is a yearlong celebration of U.S.-German friendship across the United States featuring German-inspired events in all 50 states. Wunderbar Together also coincided with A2IM’s Indie Week conference.

Reeperbahn’s three-day event culminated at Rockwood Music Hall to reveal the ANCHOR Jury, a board of artists and music industry executives who will convene in Hamburg to award The ANCHOR, the Reeperbahn Festival International Music Award. Some of high-profile jury members on-site at New York’s Rockford Music Hall last month were producer Tony Visconti, multi-faceted musician Peaches, actress and singer/songwriter Kate Nash, and producer Bob Rock. Performing artists at Rockwood Music Hall included Yes We Mystic, ORI, Mira Lu Kovacs, Leoniden, GURR, and Renata Zeiguer.

The aforementioned Tony Visconti is indeed a New York-based, award-winning record producer, musician and songwriter. His first big break in the musical world came when he became the in-house producer for his music publisher, The Richmond Organization. Moving ahead 50-something years, Visconti has a discography which most musical professionals could only dream of. Beyond producing a slew of essential David Bowie and T. Rex studio albums, Visconti’s credits also include titles by Iggy Pop, The Moody Blues, Thin Lizzy, Morrissey, Angélique Kidjo, and Alejandro Escovedo.

When speaking with Tony Visconti by phone in July 2019 — the full conversation is embedded below via YouTube — we discussed a variety of topics, including David Bowie, T. Rex, Aaron Lee Tasjan, UFC, Howard Stern, Bruce Lee, Lou Reed, and Tai Chi. More on Visconti himself can be found online by visiting the still-being-built www.tonyvisconti.com and/or www.twitter.com/tonuspomus.


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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident (and Long Island native) with over 15 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his favorite band Superdrag. In the years following, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer.Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Format Magazine, Businessweek, The Improper, the L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. He is a member of the SATW and the IFWTWA organizations as a food and travel writer.Darren is also the host the recently-launched "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with PureGrainAudio.


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