Team

  • Michael Prommer

    President & CEO

    Hailing from Munich, Germany, Michael has been involved in the music business one way or another since he was 16. Early on, Michael accompanied his brother Christian Prommer on DJ tours through Germany and learned the ins and outs of the business of a DJ, producer and remixer. Michael went on to study at UC Berkeley, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Economics. After a stint as Management Consultant with Bain & Company advising Fortune 500 companies on operations and leveraged buyouts, Michael became a partner in the electronic music website xlr8r.com in 1999. In 2004, Michael founded Defend Music with the goal to provide clients with the best creative and business services. Michael and Defend’s first signing was Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, followed by The Budos Band, Menahan Street Band and Charles Bradley, kicking off the retro soul revival that continues to this day.

  • Russell Nygaard

    Manager, Creative and Clearance

    Los Angeles native Russell is a trained trumpet player who has many years experience in copyright and licensing, with a prior stint at Wixen Music Publishing looking after the catalogs of several iconic songwriters. In the summer of 2016 Russell solo hiked the famed John Muir Trail in California.

  • Christy Saguanpong

    Director, Copyright and Royalties

    Hailing all the way from the 818, Christy spent nearly a decade working as the Director of Licensing & Repertoire for Sindee Levin Music and AMRA before becoming Director, Copyright & Royalties for Defend. Aging like a fine wine but in reverse, Christy is a self-proclaimed aficionado of all things pop culture, Fleetwood Mac, and 80’s commercial jingles that aired in Los Angeles. In addition to her great love of the 90’s sitcom¬†Living Single, Christy enjoys free samples at Costco and writing about herself in third person.

  • Serena Sanders

    Coordinator, Music and Administration

    Serena joined Defend in 2018 as coordinator. Previously she worked at Music Reports and graduated from California State University, Northridge.