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7:15PM - SAINT BODHI (INTERVIEW)
7:30PM - ROBERT MESSINGER (COMPOSER AGENT, FORTRESS TALENT MANAGEMENT, INTERVIEW/DJ SET)
8:30PM - MAD CURCUIT (INTERVIEW)
8:45PM - SAINT BODHI (LIVE)
9:30PM - MAD CIRCUIT (LIVE)
10:00PM - DANCE PARTY w. HOT TUB JOHNNIE
ROBERT MESSINGER (COMPOSER AGENT, FORTRESS TALENT MANAGEMENT)
A music executive, composer's agent and manager, Robert Messinger has been instrumental in launching the film music careers of many of today's most exciting composers and is recognized as one of the leading music agents working in film.
Messinger's clients include Oscar and Golden Globe-winners Howard Shore (Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit), Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain, Babel), Mychael Danna (Life of Pi, Moneyball), Rachel Portman (Chocolat, The Cider House Rules) and Ryuichi Sakamoto (The Revenant, The Last Emperor); Oscar and Golden Globe-nominees Nicholas Britell (Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk), Daniel Pemberton (Steve Jobs, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), Alberto Iglesias (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Constant Gardener), Philip Glass (The Hours, The Truman Show), Clint Mansell (Black Swan, The Fountain) and Michael Brook (Into the Wild, Brooklyn) and Grammy-winner David Holmes (Ocean's Eleven, Killing Eve).
Messinger began his career in music in the publicity department of IRS Records, working with bands such as REM, while attending UCLA as a Theater Arts major. He was co-founder and Senior Vice President of Blue Focus Management and co-owner of First Artists Management before starting Fortress Talent Management, a full-service boutique agency representing composers, music supervisors and recording artists for visual media. The company is also involved in stage musicals and has a significant presence in videogames and advertising.
Saint Bodhi’s music is eclectic and bold because it had to be. The Los Angeles singer and songwriter dives deliriously between expansive sounds and styles—aquatic R&B, dreamy rap, and avant funk, among other genres—as a way of conveying the complexity of her history and emotions. She looks to both past and present with unflinching honesty on her acclaimed 2020 debut Mad World, which digs through the traumatic memories of a tough childhood and toasts the hard-won success of her recent years. On 2021’s vibrant Antisocial, she continues to enjoy the blessings of her rise, preserving a peace that took decades to attain by both turning up and looking inward, making kaleidoscopic songs that feel deeply meditative and quietly anthemic.
After growing up in South Central L.A., Bodhi parlayed her early love for an eclectic mix of powerful songwriters—Nina Simone, Nirvana, Billie Holiday, The Beatles, Eminem, Stevie Wonder—into a burgeoning songwriting career. Her talent and tenacity carried her into writing rooms with the likes of Cortez Bryant and Teddy Riley. Her hustle paid off when she landed a publishing deal, and quickly became an in-demand writer, collaborating with top-tier artists like A$AP Rocky, Jaden Smith, and Kevin Gates. She even earned a 2021 Grammy nomination for her work on Lecrae's "Sunday Morning" duet with Kirk Franklin. But when she started recording colorful demos of her own, it became clear that her artistry went beyond serving others’ visions.
Since signing with Def Jam, Bodhi’s moved from behind-the-scenes to fully fledged star. Mad World was bolstered by poignant single “FlowerChild,” which displayed Bodhi’s soulful vocals and offered glimpses of her upbringing: “Feet hit the pavement, sirens are blarin' / Crackheads'll get ya what ya need, how much you payin'?” The song received praise from Revolt, Teen Vogue, and FADER, which highlighted its “cutting lyricism.” You could also hear sharp writing on tracks like “Pray,” where Bodhi delivered stern warnings to anyone who might “test her love.”
ROBERT MESSINGER / SAINT BODHI / MAD CURCUIT