The Author

Dr. Johannes Ripken is an music business entrepreneur, label and artist manager, lecturer, book author, music producer, and Ph.D. graduate for the music industries – specialised on artist development.

Dr. Johannes gained much experience in his studies and during his work for companies over the last couple of years. First, he studied Business Administration at the University of Kiel, but focused his studies at Popakademie Baden-Württemberg with the Bachelor of Music Business course, specialised on artist development and finished with a bachelor thesis on “Images of artist brands within Dance and Trance music genres”. After that, he strengthened his focus at the University of Bolton and completed his PhD in “Organic Artist Development within the Dance music genres”, which was published in the revised, German edition as “Organische Künstlerentwicklung”.
In 2013, Dr. Johannes Ripken started working as a lecturer, speaker and moderator for universities and business conferences within the music industry domain, e.g. at Popakademie Baden-Württemberg, Macromedia University Berlin, Akademie Deutsche Pop and Vienna Music Research Conference.

In the music industries, he worked for Universal Music in a bursary program during his Popakademie studies and is still involved as a consultant, and got work experience at the artist management Public Entertainment AG, before he started at Popakademie.

During his PhD studies, Johannes enhanced his activities within music management. Johannes consults the well known High Energy Trance / Hard Trance artist Accuface since 2009 in management issues. Further, Johannes was engaged by the breakthrough Trance artist Dennis Sheperd for a full artist management in August 2010. At the end of 2010, Johannes launched the record labels Pure Energy Records (Trance), Metrophonic Resistance (High Energy Trance, Hardtrance) and Sonic Flash (Dance), completed by the label Sonic Art Music (EDM, House) in 2015.

Since 2017, he opened a new chapter of his career launching the start up company Tamanguu with two established entrepreneurs. Tamanguu develops an innovative software for the music industries.

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