We’ve long wondered here at DT why the UK doesn’t have an equivalent to the Netherlands ADE, Ibiza’s IMS or Miami’s WMC considering just how much high quality electronic music comes from our shores. Well, it appears that this may well be something soon remedied with this years inaugural Brighton Music Conference [BMC] looks to be shaping up to be the major business conference for the UK electronic music industry when it launches this April.
Announcing over 50 electronic music focused panels and seminars that will take place at BMC on April 11 and 12, the trade conference part of BMC, which is aimed squarely at business execs, will feature eight panels in one day. The talks will cover important topics such as The Future of Artist – Fan Connections, Royalty Distribution, Sync Licensing, New Revenue Streams, and The Current State of Electronic Music – What’s Coming Next.
Electronic music thought leaders from around the world will take part in the panels. Confirmed speakers include Terry Weerasinghe, VP of Music Services at Beatport, Mark Williamson, Director of Artist Services at Spotify, Meindert Kennis, Brand & Marketing Manager at Spinnin’ Records, Jon Lee, Head of Traktor Marketing at Native Instruments, Mark Lawrence, Director of Membership and Operations at PRS For Music, and Martin Carvell, MD of DJ Magazine.
The two-day exhibition part of BMC is focused purely on education and inspiration and is open to all fans of dancemusic. With 38 talks and seminars covering everything from technology showcases by Ableton, and Native Instruments, to How To Set Up A Label, 21st Century DJing, How To Get An Agent, Piracy, and Is PR Worth It? – the exhibition will be an intensive crash course in electronic music career advancement.
And in what is sure to be some of the many highlights of the exhibition, leading UK DJ Eats Everything will be put under the live interview spotlight by Ryan Keeling, Editor of Resident Advisor. There will also be discussion on the History of Electronic Music with Bill Brewster, co-author of the seminal book Last Night A DJ Saved My Life, DJ Mag’s Carl Loben, and Dave Haslam, who was a resident DJ of the famous Madchester venue The Haçienda. Huw Owen, Producer of BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix will also sit on a panel about The Role of Radio alongside Mixcloud founder Nikhil Shah, and Funktion-One’s renowned soundsystem designer Tony Andrews will discuss The Importance of Audio Quality.
Other DJs confirmed to do talks and Q&As at the BMC exhibition include Dave Clarke, Steve Mac and Orbital (TBC). Altogether 30 companies will showcase the latest music kit and electronic music initiatives including Sennheiser, Loopmasters, National Association of Disc Jockeys, and ACS.
Tickets for Brighton Music Conference are on sale now at: http://www.brightonmusicconference.co.uk