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Mi5 Recordings Dossier

Ted Mason: President of Mi5 Recordings. Ted played a long-time role as guitarist/songwriter/co-singer/producer, and manager for the British band Modern English (“I Melt With You”), a pop group that sold 4 million records in the US. Additionally, Ted has produced, worked with and played as a session musician for a diverse group of artists, including Peter Gabriel, Pharrell Williams, Common, Mary J Blige, Toots and the Maytals, Trevor Horn, Ne-Yo, Snoop Dogg, Betty Carter, Kid Creole, Santana, the Verve, Jesus Jones, The Wallflowers, Ringo Starr, Julian Lennon, Khaled, Jeff Beck, 10,000 Maniacs, Afrika Bambatta, and Queen Latifa. Ted studied classical guitar at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music before joining Modern English and is also a consummate bebop musician. Ted’s background includes extensive experience in film production and design. His passion is insuring artistic growth for the Mi5 artist. He brings the sensitivity of the trained musician, his eye and skill for production/design, his long track record and his superior management skills, providing powerful momentum and direction in artist development and securing for the Mi5 artist a program for a long and successful career.

Mike Esterson: Senior Partner. Mike has more than 20 years in Rock, Hip Hop and Reggae music. He was the producer of the High Times Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam for more than 8 years and was responsible for production, booking, procuring financing and marketing of the event. He worked with such acts as George Clinton, Fishbone, the Bob Marley family, Jean Grae and the Roots to name a few. Mike was formerly President of High Times Records, a Hip Hip record label distributed through Caroline, with gross sales of over 2.5 million dollars. He is a bass player as well as a music producer. Mike brings his experience in running a label, long term relations with Caroline, deep understanding of the retail and PR end of the business and his strong connections to the pop and hip hop music world.

Frank Coleman: Director of New Media. Born into showbiz, former child actor Frank Coleman is a multimedia artist, musician and filmmaker as well as an industry veteran in design, development and strategy for all types of media, including online, offline, broadcast, interactive, VR and print. With over 500 projects in the last 25 years, including the first interactive music site on the Internet, he brings extensive experience with interactive media, user experience, audiovisual design, digital signage and next-generation entertainment. Clients include Echo and the Bunnymen, Stereophonics, Moby, The Young Gods and many others. A featured artist and guest lecturer on new media at Harvard and Boston Universities and the recipient of many prestigious awards and honors, including a BAFTA Award, two NewMedia INVISION awards, an Apple Design Award, two Webby nominations and an Emmy nomination. Frank also plays drums for Satellite Paradiso (John Ashton, formerly of The Psychedelic Furs).

AJ Burton: Head of A&R Urban, VP of Distribution, Mi5/Universal Digital Interface, CEO and Founder of Suthun Music Label Group, Inc. AJ heads up the urban signings and distribution concerns including digital and physical releases. He has worked with such artists as Brandon Kane, The Whispers, Twinkie Clark, and Glory, whose “Bang Bang ft. L. Starzz” charted #8 on the TOP 100 Rhythmic New Releases and the TOP 100 Pop Charts. AJ is also CEO of Suthun Music Label Group, Inc., and Twenty Two Record Label. AJ is a producer, engineer, songwriter, promoter, photographer, manager and vocal arranger. He works as a consultant for radio promotions and provides alternative distribution deals with E1 as well as Sony Music.

Monty Mason: VP, Legal and Creative Management. Monty brings extensive experience in the International market, a passion for the history and culture of different nations and a deep understanding of literature and film. Monty was an Account Executive for FBI Productions for six years, supervising and vetting many film scripts, business proposals and directing corporate events for clients such as Mercedes-Benz. He has also played bass and guitar for Santana, Kid Creole and the Coconuts and recorded with Modern English. Monty is fluent in French, which has helped facilitate relations with many of Mi5’s artists who are African (French is their 2nd language). Magna Cum Laude, Columbia University, English and French Literature; African and European History.

Sal Garza: A&R (Classical, Rock, World Music): Born in Monterrey, Mexico; studied and lives in Sunny California. Sal was a child prodigy violinist and began his studies at age six under Dr. Watchtang “Botso” Korisheli, who also mentored conducting great Kent Nagano. He has worked with and performed both in rock and the classical arenas with such artists as Mary Ramsey (10,000 Maniacs), Albert Fox, Alex Litgerwood, Jon Anderson (Yes), Jude Johnstone, Modern English, Chrissie Hynde, Rigoberto Sanchez, Romantico group Los Caminantes, Mutato Muzika (Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo) and Surf Rock legend, Merrell Fankhauser. Garza’s work in sound design for Way Out Ware’s Time wARP 2600 and KikAxxe software products keeps him in time with the EDM and Ambient scene as well.


Jennifer Brunetti: VP and partner of FBI Productions, Inc.* Jennifer is Ted Mason’s long-time partner. She has played a role of producer, director, and editor in her work with numerous luminaries, including Robert De Niro and Chris Noth (Sex in the City). She has also worked with a number of Mi5 musical acts such as Hugh Cornwell, of the legendary British proto-punk/New Wave band, The Stanglers; and the alternative pop band, Jesus Jones. Jennifer produces multimillion dollar corporate launches and live shows for her Fortune 500 clients, including Volvo, BMW, Ford, Cadillac, and Mercedes-Benz.

*FBI Productions, Inc is an independent production company whose artistic creations, industry focus, core clients, and corporate affiliations are separate from those of Mi5 Recordings.

Dave Hausen: Owner of Surreel and in-house film producer for Mi5 Recordings.  Dave has a long history in film and the music business producing many of the films and videos for artists such as Metallica, Stone Temple Pilots, Shania Twain and many others. He has produced live documentaries, music videos and DVDs (including), live performances (including a full length films), and corporate work.


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Mick Rock: Photography, Visual Design, Film. Mick Rock is a world-renowned music photographer and a cultural icon in his own right. Though independent and a free agent, Mick works directly with Mi5 Recordings as the photographer and consultant of choice Mi5 Recordings. Mick’s connection with his subjects goes beyond the simple role of photographer. His artistic sensibilities and empathies have enabled him to forge the iconic images of his friends, subjects, and collaborators, including Queen, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Deborah HarryThe Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs and R.E.M.

Alex Boicel: World Music International Consultant and Booking Agent. Born in French Guyana, Alex moved to Montreal at the age of sixteen to begin his career by working for his father, the famed Doudou Boicel, founder of the Montreal Jazz Music Festival and the legendary Montreal jazz and blues club, The Rising Sun. For the last twenty years, Alex Boicel has been one of America’s leading independent promoters through Afro-Mondo Productions, a booking agency for numerous great world music artists as Robert Flack, Harlem Gospel Choir, Shaggy, High Masekela, Wyclef Jean, Salif Keita, Diblo Dibala, Baba Maal, Alpha Blondy, Lucky Dube, Fela, Kassav, Juan Luis Guerra, Eddie Palmieri  and many others.