WMC 2011 Schedule Panelist

Panelist Schedule:

Jeff Craven Owner and General Manager currently in charge of A&R, Licensing, Publishing Administration, Sync Rights and Placement at Large Music LLC. Very few people can make a claim to success like Jeff Craven. As DJ and Label Owner, he has left an indelible mark on the world of Dance Music. His format and business model for the great Large Music has been copied many times over, a fact that Jeff wryly considers to be "the highest form of flattery." While making the rounds as a DJ in Chicago clubs during the early 90’s, Jeff found that many Chicago House music artists were struggling to have their music heard. Jeff started his own record label, Large, to feature this fresh crop of Chicago talent. With an artist roster including such luminaries as DJ Sneak, Roy Davis Jr., and DJ Rasoul, Large Music soon became the most prominent and influential House music label in the universe. Collectively, the Large Music catalog has been licensed in over 23 countries and has appeared on over 300 compilations including Mark Farina’s Mushroom Jazz, Naked Music’s Nude Dimensions and Ibiza’s prestigious Café Del Mar Series. Our seminal release “Gabriel” by Roy Davis Jr. reached the UK Top Twenty in the fall of 1998 and was featured in the critically acclaimed Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre World Tour. In the summer of 2002, MTV featured tracks from the album The Rhythm Lounge on the Chicago edition of The Real World series. As a DJ, Jeff has played all over the world including Germany, Canada, France, England and Sweden. He was the opening DJ for jazz legend Herbie Hancock in Stockholm, and has played alongside Blue Note recording artist St. Germain at the Moulin Rouge in Paris. He has also appeared in almost every major club in Chicago including Smart Bar, Red Dog, Zentra, Spy Bar, Big Wig and Lava Lounge. Jeff has appeared on numerous radio programs including London’s infamous Kiss FM, Radio FG in Paris, and Chicago’s very own Q101. His DJ style has been described as “soulful” and “jazzy” with a slight influence of techno.