Olivier de Simone

Head of Music,
Webdoc

Lausanne, SWITZERLAND
@olidess

Olivier de Simone joined the advisory board of Webdoc in 2010 before taking on a full time position in 2011, developing the company’s musical activities.
He is best known for his work with digital distribution company, The Orchard. In 2004 he started as the MD of France, Switzerland and Belgium and in 2010 was promoted to VP European Operations. In late 2010 Olivier de Simone co-founded The Orchard Lab @ London Met with Orchard founder Scott Cohen. Partners involved in the first year of the program included Spotify, Topspin, Soundcloud, Music Metric.

Olivier started his career in 1996 as a member of the Hip-Hop Band Averse De Soleil, performing over 150 shows with the likes of Snoop Doggy Dog, Warren G, The Pharcyde and Ice-T. He co-founded artist management company Le Produit Music SA in 1998 and later, Internet licensing service Biz4Music in 2000. Also in 2000, he formed a partnership with André Bourgeois & Urban Jungle Records Brazil. In 2003 de Simone and Bourgeois entered a partnership managing the artist, Céu, with whom they made a deal with Starbucks in 2005, making her the first international artist promoted in Starbucks coffeehouses.