Eric de FONTENAY
Founder & President
In 2010, Eric de Fontenay launched MusicDish*China to bridge Greater China’s independent music sector with the world. He has coordinated Taiwan cultural missions in France, Canada and the U.S., serving as an international consultant for Taiwan’s Government Information Office. Eric is the international manager for the mainland China’s biggest rock band Second Hand Rose 二手玫瑰 and representing Beijing rock acts Iron Kite 铁风筝, Gemini 简迷离 and Namo 南无 as well as as artist/designer Zhou Yi. He has organized talks and exhibition for NYCxDesign and China Institute, several concerts across North America and recently contributed a chapter on China’s music industry in the 4th edition of The Future of the Music Business.
What was your first job, and how did it shape your life?
My first job was as a farmhand on a dairy farm in New Zealand when I was 17 and left home in NJ. I wanted to discover myself as a sort of rite of passage and realized that hard work and perseverance were the keys to achieving personal fulfillment. I would also learn that the greatest knowledge did not necessarily come from books, but life experience.
What keeps you awake at night?
The knowledge that life is far too short - so little time to do all the things, see all the places and meet all the people I need too.
What books are currently on your bedside table?
La Peste by Camus and Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns
When do you feel most free?
When I am surrounded by the creative people who inspire me and that I have come to call my friends.
What was the last present you gave someone?
A helicopter tour of Manhattan
What is an extraordinary place you have recently traveled to?
Beijing never ceases to amaze me.