Live4ever [SXSW 2018]

For SXSW 2018 LocoDistro was a proud sponsor of the Live4ever Media Lounge—which is forever dedicated to identifying and showcasing the brightest and most interesting new music talent.

Over the years, the Media Lounge has become the breaking bands “place to be” —and this year’s featured artists most certainly will not disappoint.

Among others—this year’s lounge saw the likes of Brit-Rock tastemakers IDLES, FRANK TURNER, LIFE, and LA’s STARCRAWLER all come through to chat, discuss influences, and talk about what’s next. Inteviews and amazing up close & personal footage will be posted in the coming weeks.  Stay tuned!  This was a SXSW to remember.

Letters2Amy Exhibition [2018]

AUSTIN, Texas, March 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Announced from SXSW, Letters2Amy will unfold as a series of key events and mixed media moments. Beginning with a touring interactive exhibition—it’s an art, performance & music initiative dedicated to supporting young British artists and offers special attention to self-belief, well-being and mental health awareness. It also includes a unique episodic documentary series of films exploring Amy Winehouse’s influence, inspiration and legacy.

Letters2Amy Creative Director Phil Griffin said, “Our project is a very personal and important conversation with Amy herself. We aim to celebrate and focus energy on all that she gave so generously, to all that she touched through her life & music.”

Mr. Griffin continued, “For me Amy was always more vanguard than victim and despite her challenges, she always encouraged people around her to believe in themselves. To find honesty in their creativity and to take refuge in whatever art, music, dance, or films they loved. Even now through the incredible work of our partners at The Amy Winehouse Foundation her legacy is one of positive change in the lives of many. In Letters2Amy we’re simply offering a whole range of artists from many mediums a new creative platform to share the very big heart & soul she always had the courage to show us.”

“Amy Winehouse was a unique artist and Letters2Amy will continue her legacy by supporting and highlighting British talent around the globe,” said Conrad Bird, Director, the GREAT Britain campaign.  “Creative director Phil Griffin and producer Gabriel Gornell will bring the Letters2Amy experience to life and showcase the work of a British music icon, inspiring the next generation of creative talent in the UK and internationally.”

Producer Gabriel Gornell said, “We couldn’t be happier that the GREAT Britain campaign understood our Letters2Amy goals. Together, we’re going to raise spirits, provide support, and make a real difference. Specific cities, dates, and performances will be announced in the upcoming months. It’s truly exciting.”

About Letters2Amy
Letters2Amy is a touring exhibition in celebration of Amy Winehouse from creative director Phil Griffin and producer Gabriel Gornell. It’s an art, performance & music initiative dedicated to supporting young British artists while giving special attention to self-belief and mental health awareness.

About the GREAT campaign
The GREAT Britain campaign is the UK Government’s ambitious international marketing campaign and showcases the very best of what Britain has to offer in order to encourage the world to do business with, invest in, study and visit the UK. The campaign unites the international growth promotion efforts of the Department for International Trade, VisitBritain, British Council and the FCO.  GREAT aims to deliver significant and long-term increases in trade, tourism, education and inward investment in support of the UK Government’s prosperity and growth agenda.

LocoDistro at SXSW [12-18 March, 2018]

LocoDistro will be at SXSW representing and collaborating with Letters2Amy (Amy Winehouse Foundation), Pirate Studios, The British Consulate/Great Britain Campaign, Live4ever, and JA Films—as well as presenting some exciting artist opportunities in areas of distribution, publishing, music content management, and content creation.

Managers, Artists, Distributors, Acquisitions, Technology, Rights-holders—Reach out to schedule a meeting with us.

Microsoft & Golden Dawn Arkestra [2017]

Gabriel Gornell and LocoDistro are excited to be collaborating with Microsoft this fall—consulting and providing music entertainment for their Travel Summit in legendary music city—Austin, Texas.

Equally thrilled to be working with Austin’s own funk-jazz futurists Golden Dawn Arkestra. Keep Austin Weird!

Pirate Studios UK [2017]

Provide on-going executive-level council to the London-based music studio brand (currently with 14 studio locations across the UK and almost 20,000 bands who are recurring monthly customers) in areas of business strategy, brand strategy + expansion planning with regard to their North American roll-out beginning in 2017.

Strategic initiatives included:
– Target Analysis + Segmentation (both Consumer + B to B)
– Buying Criteria Analysis (both Consumer + B to B)
– Competitive Analysis + White space Mapping
—Oversight of Studio Set Up + Equipment Bidding
– Messaging Strategy
—Special Event & Sponsorship Initiatives like SXSW


JA Films, UK [2016-Present]

Excited to provide on-going distribution, packaging, and brand consulting  to the leading UK production company—JA Films.

Founded in 2009, JA Films (formerly known as JA Digital) is an award-winning, creative-led production company run by industry expert, Julie Jakobek. We exist to produce captivating films and content for global cinema events, DVD, TV and digital.

JA Films employs world class producers, directors, creatives and technicians, each team carefully selected for each production. Multi-award winning director Paul Dugdale is JA Films lead director and recent films have led to two Grammy nominations in the Best Music Film category and further nominations and wins in the Best Music Film, Best Live Coverage and Best Music Programme categories.

MAP Records, Nashville [2016]

Provided executive-level support in areas of business strategy, brand strategy + distribution counsel to the Country-focused music-tech initiative based out of Nashville, TN.

Strategic initiatives included:

– Target Analysis + Segmentation (both Consumer + B to B)
– Buying Criteria Analysis (both Consumer + B to B)
– Competitive Analysis + White space Mapping
– Messaging Strategy

Tactical initiatives included:

360 ̊ Distribution Strategy and Message Planning in areas of Events, Digital Distribution, Cross-platform, Physical Distribution, Video Distribution, PR, Social Media, List Management, and Advertising.

The Rolling Stones – Olé Olé Olé: A Trip Across Latin America (2016 JA Films)

TIFF 2016: Provided brand strategy + distribution counsel to the world-renown JA Films (London) on critically acclaimed music doc “The Rolling Stones – Olé Olé Olé: A Trip Across Latin America”, directed by Paul Dugdale—which screened FIVE TIMES at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Critical involvement in the US Premium Cable Premier—to be announced.

– US Network Liaison
– International All-rights Buyers Liaison
– List Management and DDM
– Social Media
– Relationship Marketing

In General

In Executive Producer and/or Distributor capacities we’ve worked closely with such entertainment brands as A&E, ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, Discovery, HBO, History, HLN, Lionsgate, Marvel (including Avengers, Hulk, Spiderman, X-Men), MTV, Nat Geo, NBC, Scripps, Starz, Turner, VH1, and Warners—as well as with music icons including DeBarge/Bunny DeBarge, Doug E. Fresh, Il Volo, InnerPartySystem, Chris Isaak, Wynonna Judd, Big Daddy Kane, Alison Krauss, Tim McGraw, Oscar the Grouch & Anderson Cooper (Emmy duet), Dolly Parton, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Lionel Richie, and The Rolling Stones to name a few.

As a boutique artistic distributor, we’ve represented, sold and/or distributed countless features including “Olé Olé Olé: A Trip Across Latin America” with The Rolling Stones, “For Greater Glory” with Andy Garcia and Eva Longoria, “Hotel Noir” with Danny DeVito, Mandy Moore, and Rosario Dawson, “Girl Walks Into A Bar” with Carla Gugino, Zach Quinto, Danny DeVito, Josh Hartnett and Emmanuelle Chriqui, “The Hot Potato” with Ray Winstone and Jack Huston, and “Roadie” with Ron Eldard, Bobby Cannavale, and Jill Hennessy.

I’m with the Band [current]

IWTB_PosterStatus: Development

Language: English

Rights: US – Available, International – Available

Writer: Pamela Des Barres

Producer: Gabriel Gornell

The acclaimed New York Times best selling rock & roll memoir is finally coming to the screen in this scripted feature adaptation.  As a young girl growing up in Los Angeles during the late 60s and early 70s, Pamela Des Barres (the “real life” Penny Lane from Almost Famous) followed, dated, loved, and genuinely beguiled the likes of Jim Morrison, Mick Jagger, Waylon Jennings, Jimmy Page, Gram Parsons, Keith Moon, and Frank Zappa to name a few.

This is the rollercoaster biopic of her life—written by Miss Pamela herself.  This rock & roll dramedy is a humorous, loving, and intoxicating Coming-of-Age story that takes place up and down the Sunset Strip—with the soundtrack of a lifetime, appealing to every age group. In the spirit of Walk the Line, Almost Famous, and The Doors, this kiss-and-tell-all will stand out as the perfect chronicle of rock ‘n’ roll’s most thrilling era.

Of the memoir that this film is based, perhaps the Led Zeppelin front man said it best. “I couldn’t have done it better myself. I will always love you, Miss Pamela, and again a thousand apologies for the premature ejaculation.” —Robert Plant