Get to know all the music creators and industry pros participating in this year's ASCAP Experience.
Alex Bilo is a producer, songwriter and composer. Alex has written and produced for artists including BTS, Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes, Keith Urban, Gavin DeGraw, Two Feet, Kevin Rudolf and Timeflies. Frequent writer collaborations include Jenna Andrews, Madison Love, Harloe, Jussi and Kinetics and One Love. Recent artist sessions include BTS, Bebe Rexha, Lil Huddy, Salem Ilese, Cautious Clay, Joshua Bassett, Upsahl, Lyn Lapid and Rosie.
As a scoring composer, Alex’s work can be heard in films and documentaries such as The Last Dance, Doped, Mooch, Beer Run and the China International Film Festival-winning Girls Section.
Born from the beautifully strange imagination of a wide-eyed misfit raised in the Dallas outskirts, Allison Ponthier’s songwriting hints at her country roots through her heart-on-sleeve storytelling and crystalline vocal work. Her lyrics whimsically portray the lucid confessions of a shy teen coming to terms with her queer sexuality in a Texas suburb much like the football-obsessed town of Friday Night Lights, further heightened to create a world inspired by the camp warped eccentricities of Henry Selick, Vincent Price and Elvira.
Allison’s music and visuals follow her own self-reflection as she left the Bible Belt for Brooklyn in search of community despite not knowing anyone in New York—an initially disastrous move that ultimately inspired her own breakthrough on both a personal and artistic level. Overwhelmed, friendless and struggling to keep up with rent, Allison began embracing the calamity of being a self-identified goody-two-shoes Texan living in the epicenter of brazen East Coast hipsterdom. Bringing such a depth of attention to every aspect of her music, Ponthier began building an extravagantly realized version of the world she retreated into as a kid back in Texas: a place where difference is endlessly celebrated.
Ana Rosa Santiago
Ana Rosa Santiago is the Vice President of Latin Music for Universal Music Publishing Group in the US and Latin America. In her role, she heads the areas of A&R and sync, signing and developing talent and creating cross-border opportunities for UMPG songwriters. She also promotes and monetizes UMPG’s extensive Latin American catalog.
Among the writers and artists she has signed to UMPG are Rvssian, Young Martino (who produced 2018’s global viral hit “Te Boté”), FEID, Khea, Icon Music (Rolo, Jowan), indie powerhouse Rich Music Ltd. and its roster (Justin Quiles, Sech, Dalex, Dimelo Flow), Cimafunk, Yann-C, Mariah Angelique, and last but not least global superstar Anitta, with whose team she works the US Latin and regional market.
Santiago joined UMPG five years ago from ASCAP, where for 18 years she ran the PRO’s operations in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. The well-known and respected industry music executive signed such artists and songwriters as Daddy Yankee, Farruko, Luis Fonsi, Chris Jeday, Anuel AA, Kany Garcia, Pedro Capó and Sky & Bull Nene among many others. Prior to ASCAP she worked in a creative role at peermusic, working with writers in the US, Central and South America.
Santiago is a member of LARAS and NARAS, and for the latter she’s in her second term as board governor for the Florida Chapter. She is part of the board for She Is The Music and also serves as assistant vice chair of events for the Miami chapter of non-profit organization Women in Music.
Autumn Rowe is a singer/songwriter/producer/DJ from New York. Growing up in the South Bronx, she applied her musical talents in a range of roles, from band leader to session singer. Later, she became a sought-after songwriter, working with some of the world’s biggest artists and record labels. She wrote the dance anthem behind the 2011 FIFA World Cup “Happiness” featuring Alexis Jordan, and has worked with Dua Lipa, Stargate, Ava Max, Jon Batiste, Friction, Naia Izumi, Jax Jones, Netsky, MK, Avicii, Zedd, Alesso, Afrojack, Deadmau5, Alex Newell, Leona Lewis, Digital Farm Animals, Boy George, Jon Bellion, The Knocks, Nick Jonas, Kali Uchis, Kacy Hill, Fifth Harmony, Rodney Jerkins, Sinead Harnett, Lindsey Stirling, Becky G and Macy Gray, among many other artists.
She performs as the DJ act AFTR PRTY. She is currently signed to Stellar/Sony Music as a writer and Ultra Records as an artist. Autumn is also a celebrated vocal coach. She appeared on season 2 of The X Factor, and as the only vocal coach on America’s Got Talent for five years, between the show’s eighth and twelfth seasons. She has coached artists including America’s Got Talent winner Grace VanderWaal, Fifth Harmony, Bea Miller, Arin Ray, Carly Rose Sonenclar and Diamond White. Currently living in Los Angeles, Autumn continues to write and mentor both established and emerging artists. She most recently collaborated with Jon Batiste, Ava Max, Naia Izumi, Tkay Maidza, and P!nk, while continuing to work on her own projects as an artist and producer.
As the title of his 14th album Hyperspace would seem to imply, eight-time Grammy winner Beck has traveled light years from his emergence as a reluctant generational spokesperson when “Loser” exploded from a rejected 1992 demo into a ubiquitous 1994 smash. In the decades since, Beck's singular career has seen him utilize all manners and eras of music, blurring boundaries and blazing a path into the future while simultaneously foraging through the past.
Surfacing just as alternative rock went mainstream with his 1994 debut Mellow Gold, Beck quickly confounded expectations. But the album that first cemented Beck’s place in the pantheon was 1996’s Best Alternative Grammy winner Odelay. Touching on all of Beck's obsessions, Odelay remains a key cultural touchstone.
From the world-tripping atmospherics of 1998's Mutations and the fluorescent funk of 1999's Midnite Vultures, through the somber reflections of 2002's Sea Change, 2005's platinum Guero and 2006's sprawling The Information, no Beck record has ever sounded like its predecessor. After 2008's acclaimed Modern Guilt, Beck eschewed the typical album/tour/repeat grind. Instead, he expanded into multi-media endeavors, including a live re-imagining of David Bowie's Sound and Vision and the creation of Beck Hansen's Song Reader, originally released by McSweeney’s as 20 individual pieces of sheet music. Beck's creative tide continued unabated with standalone singles, life-affirming headline dates, and unforgettable Song Reader events in which Beck and eclectic line-ups brought the book to life.
Beck opened 2014 with Morning Phase, which generated a unanimous chorus of critical acclaim, plus three Grammys (including Album of the Year) at the 2015 Grammys. The music has flowed from Beck without pause since: from globe-spanning live shows to the psych-dance jams “Dreams” & “Wow,” from sublime collaborations with Chemical Brothers, Flume and Cage the Elephant to his 13th LP Colors, hailed by Rolling Stone as a “euphoric blast of experimental pop.”
Beck’s latest opus Hyperspace arrived in late 2019, preceded by the stunning surprise single, “Saw Lightning.” A meditation on music’s effect to transport us into the unknown, it’ll take you where you didn’t know you needed to go.