Biog

A Billboard Magazine journalist for almost two decades, Lars has been closely involved in music and writing since the early ‘90s. During his tertiary studies, he juggled his time between playing drums for a rock band (Human Zoo, later known as Prizm), captaining the varsity basketball team, and writing for a string of publications; he completed a degree in journalism at the University of Queensland in 1994, specializing in print and TV media.

In 1997, Lars left his birthplace of Brisbane, Australia to embark on a backpacking journey, which eventually landed him a new life as a freelancer in London. Before long, he was hired as news editor at the TNT FM radio station in the capital. Later he joined the editorial summaries team at the Financial Times’ electronic publishing division, where he worked for two years.

In early 2000, Lars joined the legendary American music industry weekly Billboard as the International Editor for its award-winning daily product, Billboard Bulletin. In a move which coincided with the launch of Billboard.biz, he was elevated in early 2004 to Global News Editor of Billboard Information Group, and remains the longest-serving staffer to hold that role.

During his stint abroad, Lars visited more than a dozen countries on assignment, and was a regular speaker at music industry conventions around the globe, including MIDEM in Cannes, Popkomm in Berlin, the Amsterdam Dance Event, Music Matters in Singapore and London’s City Showcase.

No fan of the British winter, Lars and his family returned to Australia in late 2008. Now, Lars reports on Australian music business issues in the role as Billboard Magazine’s Australia correspondent, and he writes on international subjects in his dual capacity as contributing editor for Billboard.com and Billboard.biz. Lars is also Australasian correspondent with London-based IQ magazine and senior writer with Sydney-based The Industry Observer, and is a regular contributor to various international publications including the U.K.-based title Music & Copyright. He’s been a guest speaker at music industry conferences up and down the country, including Bigsound (Brisbane), ARIA Masterclass (Sydney), Face the Music (Melbourne), Indie-Con (Adelaide), One Movement (Perth), iNTune (Darwin & Alice Springs) and Amplified (Hobart), and across the Tasman for the Going Global Music Summit (Auckland).

In 2012, Lars was ranked in The Music Network’s “Power” list of Australian music industry players. Earlier, he joined AC/DC and Kylie Minogue as an elite music biz professional who “almost made it” into the inaugural AMID Power 50 list. The following year, Street Press Australia identified Lars as one of the country’s five leading music journalists. In 2006 and 2007, Lars was shortlisted for the U.K.’s Record of the Day award for Music Business News Reporter Of The Year.

More than just a writer, Lars curated the BPI/MPA’s inaugural “trade mission” to Australia, a weeklong congress across Sydney and Melbourne in October 2013. The program featured 50 speakers from the highest levels of Australia’s music biz. Lars has also served as a peer assessor for Arts Queensland, on the judging panels for APRA’s Professional Development Awards (PDAs) and provided industry expertise for the Grant McLennan Fellowship. Also, he has been a judge and presenter at the Queensland Music Awards, and a member of the voting academies for the Brit Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards and the ARIA Awards.

Career highlights include a rare in-depth interview with German industrial music pioneer Blixa Bargeld, and on-stage keynote interviews with the likes of dance music veterans Carl Cox, Arthur Baker and Kaskade, Australian songsmith Paul Kelly, and leading executives from Mushroom Group chairman Michael Gudinski to MER and Liquid State chief Gunnar Greve, YouTube’s Global Head of Music Lyor Cohen and former Vivendi CEO Jean-Bernard Levy. Lars’ voice has been heard on interviews broadcast with CNN and American Public Media’s Marketplace, the BBC, Australia’s Triple J and South Africa’s EastCoast Radio. His works have been published by Reuters, the Washington Post, Spin, The Hollywood Reporter and MediaWeek and he has featured as a pundit in the Australian Financial Review, Business Review Weekly and the Courier-Mail, and Britain’s The Independent.

An avid sports fan, Lars trains a close eye on the English Premiership (soccer), the Australian Football League, the NBA and the Australian men’s cricket team. Lars will tell anyone who’ll listen that he could slam dunk a basketball when he was young and fit.