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Music Conference: BMC18 announces final programme 25-28 April, Brighton Dome

Brighton Music Conference (BMC18) has announced the full programme schedule for its 5th Anniversary year taking place Wednesday 25th to Saturday 28th April 2018.

The UK’s foremost conference will host its biggest ever event with over 200 speakers in 8 theatres from across the music, nightlife, tech and digital industries during the conference at Brighton Dome on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th April.

BMC has announced programme additions including Felix Burton from Basement Jaxx speaking onUniversal Sound and the Power of Frequency, Vibration and Resonance’ hosted by music documentary maker Olivia Emes; a SoundCloud panel presented by Directors of label and artist relations Julia Killer and Joe Armenia including conversation with artist DNMO; Olly Burke from Loopmasters discussing the release of their new sample platform at BMC18, and Tristan Hunt from AFEM will be moderating the topical panel of Mental Health & Music In The Mix.

Organisations and individuals confirmed to speak at BMC18 include Irvine Welsh, Eats Everything, Friction, Felix Burton (Basement Jaxx), Sam DivinePRS For Music”, BPI, AIM, Association For Electronic Music (AFEM), AIF, ACS, LNADJ, Help Musicians, BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat, Fabric, SoundCloud, Steinberg, Virgin/EMI, Believe, SW4, Defected, Toolroom, Hospital Records, Ram Records, Tru Thoughts, Beatport, Women Produce Music, BIMM, DJ Mag, MusicTech, AEI, Funktion One, Pioneer, Label Worx, This Is Global, Boiler Room, KRPT, Horus Music, Decoded Magazine, Data Transmission, Skiddle, SharpStream, KRPT, GRM Daily, LWE, Fuse, Mark Knight, Waze & Odyssey, Luke Solomon, London Elektricity, Illyus & Barrientos, Dean Marsh, Jules O’ Riordan, and many more.

BMC’s fifth year also features the specialised exhibition hall including the DJ and music tech scene’s leading suppliers, technology companies and service providers. Focusrite, the best-selling audio interface brand together with keyboard and DJ hardware/software creator Novation will be hosting BMC’s demonstration igloo this year and running 10 workshops and talks across 2 days in the inflatable theatre. Pioneer and Ableton are hosting workshops this year in Seminar Area 3, where there will also be a ‘Sound Healing’ workshop featuring Felix Burton from Basement Jaxx. New product launches at BMC18 include Loopmasters’ Loopcloud 2.0 producer platform at 5pm on Thursday in Seminar Area 3, and Steinberg’s UR-RT2 & UR-RT4 audio interfaces with switchable Rupert Neve Design transformers.

BMC exhibitors include BIMM,  Sharp Stream, ACS, RSL, Native/Platform B, Loopmasters, Sound Services/Funktion One, Rotor Videos, Tile Yard, Kvant, GAK, GAK/Yamaha, GAK/Steinberg, GAK/Korg, Vinyl Temple,Vinyl Curtain, BADA Music, Scan Computers, Help Musicians, Southampton Uni, Focusrite/Novation, Data Transmission, Stanton/KRK/Cerwin Vega and CM Sound.

BMC18’s Professional programme will present 16 in depth discussions and debates on the biggest issues facing the electronic and wider music industry including ‘Mental Health’, ‘Is Underground Underground Anymore?’ ‘LNADJ presents Social Responsibility’, ‘Diversity Is A Reality and Inclusivity Is The Goal’, and ‘Interview With Tony & Ann Andrews From Funktion 1’.

BMC18’s Academy Programme covers everything that new producers and entry-level industry members need to know in 2018. The first panels, talks and seminars announced include ‘PRS For Music – How To Make A Living From Music’, ‘How Much Is Your Hearing Worth?’ ‘RAM Records label Q+A’, ‘What Jobs Are There For Me In The Industry?’ and more.

BMC18 will host Hospital Records’ Sonic Surgery at the Deadwax Theatre on Friday 28th April 2018. The ‘meet the team’ event with artists London Elektricity, Nu:Tone, Danny Byrd and Keeno will include a ‘demo drop’ for new artists, talks, production master classes and a networking event. In addition, BMC will host Toolroom Academy with 5 production workshops and talks on Thursday 27th April featuring Illyus & Barrientos, Ben Remember and Tuff London, as well as demo drop-ins. Leading electronic music DSP, Beatport, will deliver its Annual Report during the conference, and again this year BMC will host a Pro-Only meeting area. Record labels Ram Records and Tru Thoughts will host Q+A sessions in the BMC Academy theatre.

There are 20+ networking events & club nights this year including AFEM’s official BMC launch party sponsored by Evermix, Ticketmaster & Inflyte at Tempest on Wednesday; Data Transmission at Hotel Pelirocco; Novation/Focusrite with Alex Arnout at Block; PRS For Music networking party with Tru Thoughts & J-Felix; Horus Music with Seamus Haji at Tempest on Thursday; Skiddle & Audio Lock with Just Her & These Machines; Hospital Records at Dead Wax with DJs Chris Goss, Dexta and Matti Limitless, and SharpStream with Timo Garcia, Steve Whittle and Zoe Zoe at Block on Friday.                                                                                                       

New for 2018, the Women in Dance Music Collective (WDM) will host their launch event at Brighton Music Conference on Thursday 26th April. Sponsored by Native Instruments, the first of 4 events in 2018 is an invite only event at Hotel Pelirocco providing an opportunity for the first members of the Collective to meet and network. The Women in Dance Music Collective was founded by Jude Thompson of Indigo Talent and Sacha Wall from Data Transmission.

This year’s BMC Official Fifth Birthday Parties include Eats Everything headlining the annual official BMC after party with Take at The Arch on Thursday 26th April. Eats Everything will also be speaking at the conference on Last Night A DJ Saved My Life's ‘Social & Corporate Responsibility’ panel. He recently donated all of his New Years Eve earnings to LNADJ’s 'Have A Drink On Us' campaign, which aims to provide clean water for those currently living without it.

Other BMC events include Drum & Bass Arena presents Friction at Patterns (Friday 27th April); BMC & LNADJ charity party at Bau Wow with Alex Banks and Steve Mac; legendary fabric resident Craig Richards at Patterns (Saturday 28th April); Wiggle’s 24th Birthday Party with Nathan Coles, Terry Francis, Eddie Richards, Magnus Asberg, Kristo & Eli K at Bau Wow, and Alex Niggeman, Alice Clark, Timo Garcia, Monica, Pook and Markus Saarlander at Berlin, GreenDoorStore and Hacienda Classical Evening with Graeme Park at Komedia on Friday; Franky Rizardo at Wonderland at The Arch; and Drum Safari at Hideout on Saturday.

Sponsors/partners for BMC18 include Association For Electronic Music (AFEM), AudioLock Beatport, Believe Distribution, BPI, DJ Mag, Focusrite/Novation, BPI, Horus Music, Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Foundation, MonoKrome Music, Mixcloud, PRS For Music, Sharp Stream, Skiddle, The Arch, Toolroom, Hospital Records and Visit Brighton, with educational partner BIMM.

BMC Academy Programme 2018

Thursday 26th April 2018 - Academy Theatre

·         11.00 – 11:40 (40 mins) - Getting Paid For Your Creativity (in association with PRS for Music) MODERATOR: Ashley Howard (PRS for Music) Adrienne Bookbinder, (Defected Records) Soraya Sobh (The Bakery), Adam Woolf (Critical Recordings), Sam Heerey (PPL)
Starting to think seriously about your career in music? Everything you need to know to get your business locked down and sustain a living. From downloads and streams to DJing and live to TV and radio to vinyl and CD, how to ensure you are rewarded for the music you make and understanding all the different income streams.

·         11:45 – 12:25 (40 mins) How to get your music signed to the right label – Moderator - Timo Garcia, Timo Garcia (aka Nolan) talks to industry professional's about the best way to get your music signed by the right labels. With his own music released on over 130 labels worldwide from Get Physical, Kittball & Mother Recordings to Toolroom, Cr2 & MadTech Timo has a wealth of experience (good & bad) in sending out demos in hope of getting signed! - Joining him will be Luke Solomon A&R for Defected & Classic Music Company, Simon Birkumshaw – Label Manager and A&R at Madhouse, MadTech & Champion Records. Just Her who has previously released on Crosstown Rebels and has set up her own Constant Circles label where she does A&R and Tracey Fox - A&R Ultra Music & Ultra Music Publishing. 

·         12:30 – 13:10: (40 mins) Label Q&A – Tru ThoughtsModerator – Shino Allen - Speakers - Robert Luis - Label Co-Owner and A&R, Jonny Halliday - Label Manager, Trevor Heath - Full Thought Publishing, Hannah Petter - Press Officer

A chance to delve into the minds of one of the UK’s most successful labels, now in its nineteenth year the label continues to go from strength the strength and is a perfect example of how to grow your business and stay true to its roots.    

·         13:20 – 14:10: (50 mins) Uplifting Audio Experiences Workshop with Tony Andrews – founder of loudspeaker manufacturer, Funktion-One: An opportunity to delve into the mind of the man behind the world's leading loudspeaker and sound system provider. This will be a masterclass in best practices and how to perfect your sound.

·         14:15  - 14:55: (40 mins) BIMM Institute Modular Synthesis Masterclass - You are invited to this exciting BIMM Institute Modular Synthesis Masterclass hosted by the (BA Hons) in Music Production Course Leader, Matthew Hodson. Matthew will take you through all the key techniques and essential elements in producing music using a modular synthesiser. Join him as he creates music from scratch, building a custom patch, which is discussed and taught throughout, giving you a first-hand insight into the world of modular synthesis.

·         15:00 – 15:45: (45 mins) Sharpstream - Sharing your creation with the world. The access and benefits of internet radio. – Moderator – Dane Streeter – Sharpsteam - Speakers:  Nats Spada (Totally Radio / Platform B), Dom Robinson (id3as media), Nicole Logan (Head Station Manager - Transmission Roundhouse), Sagal Yusuf (Presenter, Platform B). Radio is a major source of music discovery, yet traditional broadcast radio consumption is in decline. Internet radio is growing faster than ever, helped in part by the    launch of connected smart speakers and a generational leap toward IP first media consumption. This panel focuses on how to approach starting an internet radio station of your own.          The discussion will look at the benefits and challenges of internet radio, revealing the    best practices from existing success stories of the internet radio landscape.

·         15:50 – 16:30: (40 mins) DJ Q&AModerator Chad JacksonDJs Sam Divine, Rich Wakely, Mark Knight and Alice Clark.

·         16:35 – 17:15 (40 mins) – BPI PRESENTS – MUSIC PIRACY & CONTENT PROTECTION STRATEGIES - Kiaron Whitehead (BPI General Counsel), Clare Miller, Chris Sheehan, Christian Ivanoski-Nichol, Alex Baker, Kate Whitmarsh (BPI content protection team).

·         17:20 – 18:00 (40 mins) – How much is your hearing worth? – Moderator – DJ Rae, Speakers - Oli Katz – All Ears campaign, Jono Heale – ACS, Gladys Akinseye - Harley Street Hearing, Aidan Culley – HMUK.

Friday 27th April 2018 - Academy Theatre

·         11:00 – 11:45 Hacking web tech for music execs. AFEM Anti-Piracy Group Chair / AudioLock Founder joined by NewState Entertainment, FooR and artist ‘Like Son’.
Join Ben Rush (AFEM Anti-Piracy Group Chair / AudioLock Founder) to reverse engineer and hack tech to uncover the often hidden tech affecting every part of the industry from music production to international royalties. Chris Roohan of NewState Entertainment will join Ben in the session, artists FooR who have recently smashed the UK Garage scene and are taking the leap into management and running multiple labels as well as House Music DJ and producer ‘Like Son’.

·         11:45 – 12:25 (40 Mins) – Label Q&A - RAM RecordsModerator Sarah Cole – Speakers Jim Gash - Label Manager, Scott Bourne - Company Director, Hannah Helbert - Press Agent, Rhys Bainham - Event Manager.

·         12:30 – 13:10: (40 mins) - Education – is college really worth itModerator - Inder Phull – Founder & CEO at KRPT, Speakers Lauren Pavan - COO at GRM Daily, Alice Favre – Co-Owner at A Man About A Dog, Co-Owner at Ticket Tannoy, Head of Operations at LWE, Rob Anderson – Product Planning Executive at Pioneer DJ, Producer, Label owner at Repeat After me, Toby Oxnam: Creative Director at Netil Radio, Head Booker at Joshua Brookes and Director at Ossia Music, Harry Leckstein – Tileyard Education.

The cost of attending a UK university as an Undergraduate in 2018 could cost you up to    £9000 a year, which equates to almost £30k over university tenure of 3 years.
Imagine what that investment could yield for you during the same period of time, you       chose instead to use it to build your own studio, set-up your own event or launch your own record label. Or would you lack the necessary skills and acumen required to achieve any of the aforementioned, without having cut your teeth on a university degree first?

            We’ve curated a diverse panel of industry professionals & entrepreneurs to discuss   just that. Our panelists will be guiding us through their respective journeys in education, before debating if these had any impact on their current position in the music industry, and concluding whether going to university is really worth the time, cost and effort.

The aim of the panel is to give the audience an insight on how to reach their career aims as well as practical tips for future entrepreneurs and industry professionals.

·         13:15 – 14:05: (50 Mins) - Producer Q&A, Moderator -  Katia Isakoff – Women Produce Music, London Elektricity, Illyus & Barrientos, Luke Solomon, Rachel K Collier. 
·         14:10  - 14:50: (40 mins) - Horus Music Seminar - "Letting it Sync In: Why Music Supervisors love Electronic Music" – Moderator Deborah Smith from Anara Publishing, Speakers - Luke Jackson (Composer)  - Rachel Menzies (Music Supervisor) - John Meredith (Owner of Production Music Library 'Arms Production Music') Martin Hewett – On the Beach - We’ll take you through the fundamentals of how synchronisation works when your song is used in a film, television show, advert or video game. The discussion will then take a deeper look into the use of electronic music in recent projects from both a music supervisor and composers’ perspective and will take a look what challenges lie ahead for songwriters today.

·         14:55 – 15:45: (50 mins) – Multi tasking in the music business – Moderator Sammy Andrews – Deviate Digital, Speaker Friction. Brighton’s very own drum and bass legend Friction talks through the need for multi-tasking in the modern day music business. From producing records, touring, broadcasting and running a label.

·        15:50 – 16:30: (40 Mins) – AEI / BEC panel – Creating & Maintaining Online Communities Moderated by Amy Jayne – (Head of Marketing, Shogun Audio), Speakers - Tom Dunn (AEI Special Projects Manager), Kate Osler (AEI Festival Director / Weird Science), Nick Sadler (Manager), Lewis Sinclair (CEO Cygnus Music) Sam Taylor – (I am POP) What good is a Facebook event page if no one actually sees it? As the internet echo chamber gets louder and algorithms make it harder to reach fans online, it's more important than ever to understand exactly how to use digital platforms properly to promote your event. This panel, hosted by AEI Group, will break down all aspects and means of digital promotion and analyse exactly how to get the right message across, in the right way, to the right people at the right time. From fine-tuning your tone of voice to fit your audience to understanding when to push for those final ticket sales, this panel will cover it all.
BMC Professional Programme 2018
Thursday 26th April 2018 – Professional Theatre

·        11.00 – 11:50 (50 Mins) - DJ Mag – Times up for sexual harassmentFollowing the Harvey Weinstein revelations and the #MeToo campaign, stories have begun to emerge from the electronic music industry about sexual harassment and misconduct. This panel will examine the issues involved, what the business impact and repercussions are and look at ways to prevent abuse like this happening again in the future. Moderator Carl Loben – Editor DJ Magazine - Speakers Mark Lawrence – CEO The Association of Electronic Music, Shino Allen – MD Tsumi Artist Management, Carly Wilford - Sister Collective, and DJ/Presenter & Creator.

·        11:55 – 12:45 (50 Mins) – SoundCloud Presents - #SCFirst - Experiences, Tools & Tips for Building Your Career as an Independent Artist. Presentation by Julia Killer – Director of label relations & Joe Armenia – Director of artist relations, and conversation with artist DNMO.

·        12:50 – 13:40: (50 Mins) - Diversity Is A Reality, Inclusivity Is The Goal (in association with PRS for Music)  - MODERATOR: Fiona McGugan (Music Managers Forum) Amanda Maxwell (SheSaid.So / Boiler Room), Steven Braines (The Weird & The Wonderful & Founder He.She.They.), Natalie Wade (Small Green Shoots), Claire Rose (PRS for Music). From the Wireless festival line up to the Grammy nominations, the rate of change in respect of diversity is off pace, not just within dance music but also across the industry. This panel asks what it means to be a diverse business in 2018, discussing practical inclusion strategies and looking at some of the initiatives that exist today.

·        13:45  - 14:35: (50 mins) – Is the underground underground anymore – Moderator Sammy Verghese, The Arch Brighton – Judy Griffith - Fabric, Firas Waez & Serge Santiago, Producers -  Waze & Odyssey, Terry Weerasinghe – Beatport. Has the mainstream success of dance music artists resulted in dance music becoming a corporate product? Have artist's demands, such as 5* hotels and limousine pick-ups made dance music resemble pop artists? Do ever inflated fee's have a knock on effect for festival and club shows having to charge high ticket prices and therefore alienating access to music on financial grounds? What’s the future of the underground?

·        14:40 – 15:30: (50 mins) - AFEM PresentsMental Health & Music In The Mix moderated by Tristan Hunt (AFEM Exec Board) Panelists include Christine Brown (Director, Help Musicians UK), Mike Hollingbury (Owner, Bozboz), Dan Tait (Pioneer DJ Sounds), Coco Cole – (DJ and Broadcaster).
As new studies shine fresh light on the prevalence of mental health issues in our industry, it's clear that the need to care for yourself and those around you has never been so vital. AFEM brings together a range of professionals to hear their experiences, share advice and see how wellbeing and success can both be achieved in our 24/7 industries.
      With almost a third of UK electronic artists having been impacted by mental health issues,caring for yourself and those around you, has never been so vital. AFEM teams up with a  range of industry experts to explore how success and mental wellbeing in a 24/7 industry   can both be achieved.

·        15:35 – 16:25: (50 mins) - A Journey in Sound - Tony and Ann Andrews from Funktion-One: An in-depth interview with a couple who have committed their lives to each other and to the pursuit of audio excellence, founding and growing loudspeaker manufacturer Funktion-One in the process. A unique opportunity to hear from the true pioneers of professional audio.

·        16:30 – 17:15 (45 mins) – LNADJ Presents Social and Corporate Responsibility in the Dance Music Industry. Moderated by Ellie Talebian. Speakers – Eats Everything, Jim McNulty, Nico De Transilvania, Ann Andrews – Funktion 1.
The dance music industry has traditionally not been known for its focus on social responsibility yet through the example of a small number of trailblazers we are now seeing a positive change in attitude. Why is this happening now and what can be done to expand on their work?

·        17:20 – 18:00 (40 mins) – AIF – How best to get your artist on the stage. Moderator - Jim Mawdsley, Ami Lord - General Manager & Laundry Meadows Stage Booker, Standon Calling, Emma Zillman – Programme Director – From the Fields Festival, Kaptin Barrett Head Music Booker, Boomtown Festival.

Friday 27th April 2018 - Professional Theatre

·        11.00 – 11:40 (40 Mins) – Brands in Music – Moderator – Normski - Speakers - James Sutcliffe (Relentless Brand Manager), Jack Thomas (Global A&R Manager, Focusrite/Novation), Sandira Blas – (Partnerships / Brand Culture Marketing Denon DJ & Akai Pro), Andy Varley - CEO – Insanity.
A selection of huge brands work alongside record labels and artists, find out what they look for, how do they allocate budget and what the end game is for them?

·        11:45 – 12:25 (40 Mins) – Creative Law presents – How not to get into hot water when re-making music DEAN MARSH (MD – Creative Law & Business) MODERATOR, Richard Hoare from Hoare Associates, Leading Partner Clintons, Peter Oxendale Forensic Musicologist Peter Oxendale Musical Services, Alison Hook Head of Sampling & Copyright Infringement Sony/ATV Publishing, Jules O’Riordan  AKA Judge Jules Global DJ / Lawyer Sound Advice, Saranne Reid General Manager Crown Management, MD Sample Clearance Services - For this year’s legal panel will be dissecting two topical subjects. (a) Re-records. Many producer/artists seem to be re-recording their old hits (sometimes in conjunction with a publisher), so they then can exploit themselves. How do you avoid breaching the terms of the original record contract? In which ways might a re-record infringe the copyright or performers’ rights in the original recording, particularly if it’s a near identical recreation? (b) Covers There been a recent trend towards crossover success for dance producers covering or interpreting existing compositions. What legal right does an artist have to make and release a cover version?  What constitutes a “faithful” cover version and what doesn’t? What rights do publishers have to insist that a new composition is a cover when it's not? 

·        12:30 – 13:10: (40 mins) - BPI Presents – “Sync Licensing for Electronic Music”
Moderator – Vanessa Higgins – Regent Street records / BPI Council Member
Panelists: Gary Welch – EyeHear Music / Rachel Menzies – Native Music / Megan Bean – Hospital Records

The panel discusses Electronic Music in Sync – what supervisors are looking for from Labels and Artists when deciding what music to use in their projects. How can you get your music to be considered for sync and how to pitch to them? The panelists will talk you through several recent projects and discuss from both a label and supervisor perspective how they finally came up with matching the particular piece of music with the brief.

·        13:15 – 14:05: (50 Mins) – Streaming - Best practices and how to make it work for you - The panel will explore the tools and best practices for some of the worlds leading streaming services. How best to use these tools and how best to maximise your presence and reach your fans. Moderator - Marianne Frederick - Blue Raincoat / Chrysalis Records - Speakers - Malena Wolfer Senior Marketing and International Manager – Believe, Achille NanopoulosArtist Marketing Manager – Independents - Deezer, Dominic Kerley – Label Worx, Gemma Hart – Hospital Records.

·        14:10  - 14:50: (40 mins) - DJ Mag – An interview with Irvine Welsh
The renowned Trainspotting author talks exclusively to DJ Mag editor Carl Loben about the thread of electronic music that runs through much of his work, and his new book Dead Men’s Trousers — featuring all the much-loved Trainspotting characters — in which Renton becomes a DJ manager. 

·        14:55 – 15:45: (50 mins) - Sharpstream Panel -  Monetise your content in ways you haven’t heard of. – Moderator: Dane Streeter (Managing Director - SharpStream) Speakers: Katie Sedler (Head of DAX Partnerships - This is Global) Nick Pitts (Content Director - Jazz FM), Sophie Herdman (Content Manager UK - ACast)
Audio content is exploding world wide on more platforms than ever before. How can audio content creators get the best return on their investment? This panel explores the options available to audio content creators, focusing on the approaches to implementing monetisation strategies for different audience scales in order to achieve the best result.

·        15:50 – 16:30: (40 mins) – Trial by social media: dealing with a PR disasterFollowing a string of widely publicised controversies in dance music, we ask: are we right to call out offensive behaviour online? Who do social media scandals benefit? And how are careers controlled by social media audiences? - Moderator – Lee Smith – Leak Delete, Anna Wall – The Bricks PR, George Hull – Bloc, Angie Towse – The Rest is Noise, Dean Mushin – Bear Management / Dispersion PR

Mezzanine level
BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat panel – 17:00 – 18:00 (17:45 show goes out)
BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra’s Newsbeat will be hosting a discussion and broadcasting from BMC and discussing topics including Brexit and drug testing at venues and events in the UK.Hosted by Newsbeat’s politics and music team. Speakers include Jimmy Blake – Newsbeat, Mark Lawrence – CEO AFEM, Fiona Measham – Loop, Danny Howard - BBC Radio 1, Anna Wade – Boomtown

Seminar area 3
Thursday 26th
13.00 – 13.50: So you want to be a DJ Moderator - Phil Dockerty - Pete Gooding Management Speakers include Pete Gooding, Pete Gooding Management, Grahame Farmer – Data Transmission, Anna Wall – DJ, Dj Rae.
An insight into the best practices for artist development and representation, a master class of the do’s and don’ts in order to succeed.

14.00 – 14.50: Live looping Performance and talk from Bunty and Interactive Sonic Playground VR Demo
Kassia Zermon - Bunty is a unique force best known for her improvisations, pioneering underground experimental vocal loop shows and fronting leading UK dub act Resonators. BBC 6 tastemakers Tom Robinson and Lauren Laverne have championed Bunty’s distinctive voice. Her latest interactive album project Multimos was funded by PRS, ACE and Beatabet label.
Bunty is creating new music and audience experiences in a sonic playground called Zook. The Zookesphere is powered by the astro- funk and geometric imagery created by Johann Mohammed aka Jomotopia working with George Butler and Andy Baker from Mutiny Media and Anna Bertmark from Atticsound.
They will share their work in progress and talk about their new journey into VR with their team based at the FuseBox Brighton.
Improviser, musician and multidimensional artist Bunty will do an interactive performance and talk about her new work in VR.

15.00 – 15.50: Beatport Annual report, Invite only

16.00 – 16.50: Beatport access all areas
Ever wanted to ask Beatport a question about your music or label? Join us at Brighton Music Conference where we open our doors to music industry enthusiasts of all levels. You can get valuable industry insight from the premiere dance music download store for DJs and get your questions answered by the Beatport team.

17:00 – 18:00 – Loopmasters presents Loopcloud 2.0
Loopmasters Product Manager Olly Burke will be presenting Loopcloud 2.0
How do you make the world’s best sample browser even better? 
Loopcloud is already the leading source of sample-based inspiration for producers everywhere, but what if you could audition from a library containing millions of samples, in key and in time with your track, from the cloud, inside your DAW?
With Loopcloud 2.0, we’ve made it possible, and best of all, it’s totally free!
Loopcloud 2.0 gives every producer access to 15 years’ worth of Loopmasters’ premium sample content in one place. In a revolutionary overhaul, we’ve brought this and other new features to Loopcloud 2.0 to make it quicker and easier than ever to browse, manage and audition samples without ever leaving your DAW, so you can spend time on what matters most: making music.

Friday the 27th
11:30AM – 12:30PM “If you want to find the secrets of the Universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”

Universal Sound and the Power of Frequency, Vibration and Resonance
In 2018 more and more people are using music and sound to complement their personal development practices, and with good reason.  Science is now proving that sound resonance and frequency has an effect on physical matter, including the human mind, body and emotions.  We will discuss this development and how it is being incorporated into events, therapy, music production and consumption. 

Olivia is a film director specialising in music documentary. She has spent the last ten years directing and shooting artists all over the world for MTV, Vice and Apple Music, including Pharell Williams, Liam Gallagher, and Plan B. Her latest project "Pasiones y Rituales", set between Cuba and Brighton, explores the idea of music as a transformational tool.

Panel Guests:
Felix Buxton (Basement Jaxx www.basementjaxx.co.uk)
Felix needs no introduction as one half of one of the UK’s most successful dance music duo’s Basement Jaxx. 

Peter Bryant (Catalyst Therapy - https://www.linkedin.com/in/pdbryant/)
Peter Bryant is the director of Catalyst Therapy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of Surrey in addition to a Master’s in Psychology from the University of London. In 2015, Peter was honoured to receive the J.P. Nobel award for research in music and hypnosis.

Tracie is a vibrational sound therapist, teacher of Qi Gong, meditation and various classes & workshops, conscious event producer and former international professional DJ (10 Sui).

Sarah Willmot (Film Maker https://vimeo.com/77418977)
Sarah is a filmmaker who has just premiered her new film The Healing Power of Sound in Brighton.  Sarah has worked with Sir David Attenborough & Julian Lloyd Weber among others.

Seb Sapi3n is a music producer and founder member of Holistic Audio (www.holisticaudio.org), producers of sound healing products and sensory rooms. Sapi3n’s productions are being used by Headspace, the world’s most popular Meditation App, in their Restoration Pods

Tony Andrews – founder of loudspeaker manufacturer, Funktion-One
12.30: Pioneer DJ Workshop: Dave Smith Toraiz SP-16 and AS1
In this session our demonstrator Sam Shepherd will be showing how the Pioneer DJ Toraiz SP-16 can be used to construct a track on the fly incorporating the units sequencer and sampler capabilities with no need for a computer. He will cover all aspects of the Toraiz SP-16’s capabilities from browsing its internal sample library to applying sound effects including the legendary synth legend Dave Smiths filters. Sam will also cover the Pioneer DJ AS1 monosynth, also produced in conjunction with Dave Smith, and how you can create some twisted squelchy basslines and patterns. To end the session Sam will show how these 2 powerful products can work together to deliver an amazing performance.

13.30: Pioneer DJ workshop: DJS-1000
Sam Shepherd is back to demonstrate how Pioneer DJ’s new DJS-1000 live sampler can bring real-time track production to the DJ booth. He will show how you can sync the DJS-1000’s sequencer and performance pads to the rekordbox content being played through the CDJ-2000NXS2 and DJM-900NXS2 as well as sampling the music being played in the CDJ’s and DJM for on the fly re-edits. He will also show how the form factor of the DJS-1000 is familiar territory for DJ’s sharing the same layout as the CDJ-2000NXS2 but with pads instead of jogwheel, giving them the confidence to step into the world of music production and performance.

14.30 – 15.20: Ableton workshop: Rachel K Collier, From the Studio to the Stage using Ableton Live 10 Rachel K Collier will demonstrate her approach to taking a full song production to stage. Using her song Paper Tiger as an example, she’ll show her own techniques for breaking down song parts into clips and scenes for performance. Collier will cover the process from the beginning and provide tips and tricks for balancing the fun of impromptu performance with recreating the structure and elements of a song.

15.30 – 16.30: Ableton Workshop: Ableton Live 10 and Push – Capture, Create and Manipulate Ableton Certified Trainer Simon Lyon takes you through some of the new features of Live 10 whilst exploring many ways to create ideas and harness the creative power of Live and Push. Whether you are new to music production or seasoned musician/DJ/Producer, Live gives you many options for starting either the initial workings of your music or performing and manipulating beats, grooves and textures for your shows. 

Focusrite/Novation Sessions
Thursday 26th April 
11:00 -12:00 - Seminar 1: Hitting the Stage – performing your studio-based productions on the live stage - Recent times have seen a shift from completely computer based “in-the-box” live shows to performers making use of the huge amount of powerful hardware gear currently available. Novation’s product specialist Chris “-CALC-“ Calcutt explores the different ways available to create the perfect hardware live set-up and how to realise your studio tracks in the live environment. Using a range of different equipment from both Novation and some other interesting devices, -CALC– will give a full run through of how to take your tracks to the stage, choosing the right gear and sharing tips and techniques that will let you shine out from the crowd.

 12:00 – 13:00 Seminar 2: Composition and processing technique with James Dymond - James Dymond has built a career over recent years as one of the UK’s brightest Trance artists. He has productions on labels such as Armin Van Buren’s Armada and is resident on Aly & Fila’s Future Sound of Egypt. James’ production is focused on working within the box yet manages to achieve huge sounding mixes despite not using hardware. He will share his composition and processing techniques within this track build session (Part 1 of 2 sessions today). Expect to learn about his Analog modelling FX chains with plugins and how he creates dance floor damage with his production skill.

 13:00 – 14:00 Seminar 3: Creative sound tools and technique workshop with Stefano Ritteri. When an artist hits the creative wall in music creation, and ideas are not easily materialising, it is tempting to take the easy route of preset surfing, or to browse the latest plug-in for inspiration. Stefano Ritteri will take steps to dissolve this mind set by sharing some of his fundamental work flow ideas and demonstrate how producers can create totally unique sounds through the power of sound design, reprocessing, sampling and manipulating audio to new heights. He will be using his FX rig, Novation Peak, Clarett USB interface and Ableton Live. Stefano Ritteri is an electroninc music producer and has for the last 16 years been making music under various monikers for labels such as Dirty Bird, Defected, Get Physical as well as engineering and composing music for TV and advertising. This is not to be missed!

14:00 – 15:00 Seminar 4: State of the Art Synthesis with East End Dubs - With so many choices when choosing your studio setup, it is important to get the most out of the gear you choose. Certain instruments offer different workflows as well as sound. Even modest systems can have a wealth of connectivity for artists to utilise, and of course can yield interesting results with modular, drum machines and sequencers.  Eastenderz label boss - Eastend Dubs takes us through his synth choices that he uses in the studio when writing and creating his signature sound. He will be showing users how Novation & Focusrite products feature in his setup alongside many other brands, and how great results happen when creative connectivity comes into play.  

15:00 – 16:00 Seminar 5: Mix & Arrangement Exploration with James Dymond - James Dymond finishes the day with his final track build workshop. The morning session focused on composition and processing, this session addresses mix and arrangement duties. It can sometimes be daunting to turn your vision of a track to a finished masterpiece. James Dymond takes the guesswork out of the process and shares vital tips for creating modern, cohesive mixes with emotion. From idea - to dance floor, expect to learn how to get the most out of a simple setup all focused around his Focusrite Clarett USB interface. 

16:00 – 17:00 Seminar 6: Standing out from the crowd – Mashup technique with South of the Stars - Existing as a DJ in the modern circuit can be challenging, in this world the mashup has now become king! Novation’s very own Mark Lowes has hit a recent vein of success as part of new UK trance duo South Of The Stars. With support throughout their career from heavyweights such as Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk & Armin Van Buuren. In this session Mark shares the creative concept of starting and finishing mashups. Mark will focus on Exploring track selection, warping techniques, hot cues and detailed automation to final export with Novation Launchpad and Focusrite Clarett.  

Friday 27th April
11:00 – 12:00 Seminar 1: Live by design with Alex Jann - There are many factors to consider when deciding on what kit makes the cut for a live rig, whether it comes down to size vs functionality, or refining what can be done by simply knowing what certain equipment can achieve. Alex Jann is no stranger to this subject as has been making music solely on hardware for nearly 2 decades and has played live acts in all matter of settings across Europe under his own name with travel friendly systems. He has played using a plethora of kit such as Eurorack, grooveboxes and drum machines from release launch events for labels such as Rhythm Cult, to venues like the Get Physical Vs Flying Circus Off event in Barcelona.  Alex will show the benefits of using hardware that does more than one job in his rig, showing travelling artists you do not need to take the whole system! His performance-based seminar will be focused around the Novation Circuit Mono Station, Peak and a live Eurorack system, and of course alongside some all-time classic gear.

12:00 – 13:00 Seminar 2: Creative sound tools and technique workshop with Stefano Ritteri.When an artist hits the creative wall in music creation, and ideas are not easily materialising, it is tempting to take the easy route of preset surfing, or to browse the latest plugin for inspiration. Stefano Ritteri will take steps to dissolve this mind set by sharing some of his fundamental work flow ideas and demonstrate how producers can create totally unique sounds through the power of sound design, reprocessing, sampling and manipulating audio to new heights. He will be using his FX rig, Novation Peak, Clarett USB interface and Ableton Live.Stefano Ritteri is an electronic music producer and has for the last 16 years been making music under various monikers for labels such as Dirty Bird, Defected, Get Physical as well as engineering and composing music for TV and advertising. This is not to be missed!

14:00 – 15:00 Seminar 3: Create, Capture and Arrange with Alex Arnout - Alex Arnout has been one of the most significant London-based house artists in recent years. His style encompasses many different sounds, taking inspiration from his extensive record collection and the countless dance floors he has filled for many years. He runs some of the most prolific labels in the UK – Dogmatik Records & DMK Records – who has seen releases from artists such as Peace Division, Jovonn, Maya Jane Coles and Burnski amongst many others. His hardware-based studio is focused around live capture and makes sure that his music creation process is completely free, and at one with the machines he works with, a blurred line between him and the circuits. Alex will take attendees though how he starts from scratch on each track captures the live session and then arranges something ready for the floor.

15:00 – 16:00 Seminar 4: Standing out from the crowd – Mashup technique with South of the Stars - Existing as a DJ in the modern circuit can be challenging, in this world the mashup has now become king! Novation’s very own Mark Lowes has hit a recent vein of success as part of new UK trance duo South Of The Stars. With support throughout their career from heavyweights such as Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk & Armin Van Buuren. In this session Mark shares the creative concept of starting and finishing mashups. Mark will focus on Exploring track selection, warping techniques, hot cues and detailed automation to final export with Novation Launchpad and Focusrite Clarett. 

Deadwax Social Theatre
Thursday the 26th of April
Tooroom Academy production and DJ classes
11 - 12: Ben Remember: Building a groove: Attendee collaboration
12.15 – 1.15: D.Ramirez: Mastering your own tracks
1.30 – 2.30: Mark Knight: Producer interview + Q&A
2.45 – 3.45: Illyus & Barrientos: How to approach a Remix
4 – 5: Tuff London: Building a track in Logic ‘Out the box’
5 – 6: Demo drop A&R feedback Friday the 27th of April
Hospital Records Sonic Surgery
10.00-11.00: Meet The Team / Demo Drop 
11.00-12.00: London Elektricity : Obsessive Sound Collecting
12.00-13.00: Nu:Tone: Words & Pictures – The Vocal 1, 2, 3
13.00-14.00: Demo Drop / Lunch
14.00-15.00: Keeno: Strings & Shimmering Things
15.00-16.00: Danny Byrd: MPC vs. DNB
16.00-17.00: A&R Feedback

BMC Evening Networking and club events
Wednesday 25th April
·         Tempest     18.30 – 23.00   BMC & AFEM Welcome party (Invite only) in conjunction with Ticketmaster, Inflyte & Evermix – DJs TBC –
Thursday 26th April
·         Hotel Pelirocco       17.00 – 18.30                        Women In Dance Music networking event in conjunction with She Said So and Women Produce Music (Invite only)
·       Dead Wax  19.00 – 20.00 Brighton Music Conference, The Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) & Toolroom Academy invite you for a drink & a very special screening of ‘WHY WE DJ’, a highly acclaimed short film by DJsounds & Pioneer DJ and AFEMany
·        The Loft   18.30 – 20.00     Tama-Do Sound Harmonisation evening event, acoustic sounds to heal your soul
·         Block        18.00 – 23.00   Novation/Focusrite networking event with  Alex Arnout (Dogmatik Records), East End Dubs (Eastenderz), Alex Jann (Rhythm Cult), Calc (Novation), South Of The Stars (Deep Set) + Special Guest
·      Tempest            18.30 – 23.00     PRS networking party with Tru Thoughts & J-Felix
·         Hotel Pelerocco      18.30 – 23.30     Data Transmission 10th Birthday party networking event with DJs Seff, Rich Wakley, Vibe Killers and Wax Worx
·         The Arch                   23.00 – 06.00                        Take with DJs Eats Everything plus special guests to be announced!
Friday 27th April
·         Brighton Dome   16.30 – 18.30    BMC 5th Birthday Sponsored By Skiddle & AudioLock with DJ’s Just Her & These Machines
·         Tempest    18.00 – 23.00  Horus Music networking event with DJs Seamus Haji & Simon Atkinson
·        Block       18.00 – 23.00    Sharp Stream networking party with DJ’s Timo Garcia, Steve Whittle and Zoe Zoe       
·       Dead Wax      17.30 – 23.30          Hospital Records Hospital networking event with DJs Chris Goss, Dexta and Matti Limitless
·       Komedia          22.30 – 03.00           Hacienda Classic’s Evening with Grahame Park, J-Felix, Sam Moffett and Disco Tallen
·        The Arch      23.00 – 06.00                        D&B Arena with Friction and the Prototypes
·       Bau Wow       22.00 – 08.00         Wiggle 24 birthday party with DJs Nathan Coles, Terry Francis, Eddie Richards, Magnus Asberg, Kristo & Eli, K, Lucas Hulan, Transparent Sound (live), Da Sun Lounge, Rebel Beats, Mark Collings, Joe Volpeliere, Rob Anderson, Simon Atkinson
·   Green Door Store   22.30 – 04.00  Berlin in conjunction with Decoded Magazine presents  Alex Niggeman, Alice Clark, Timo Garcia, Monica, Pook and Markus Saarlander
·        Hideout           22.30– 04.00       Aztek presents Eli Brown plus support

Saturday 28th April
·         Arch           23.00 – 06.00   Wonderland with DJs Franky Rizardo & Anotr, Waves & Odyssey
·         Hideout       22.30 – 04.00    Drum Safari with DJs Pola Bryson, Deadline and Koherent
·        Tempest      20:00 – 02.00 BMC Beach Party with DJs Enzo Siffredi, Billy Mauseth, Lee Morrison and friends
·        Patterns                    22.00 – 04.00                        Craig Richards (Fabric)
·        Coalition                   03.00 – 09.00                        DJs Enzo Siffredi and Joshua


Brighton Music Conference 2017 was held Thursday 27th April and Friday 28th April and featured speakers from AFEM, Beat port, PRS for Music, PPL, Ministry of Sound, Sony, Label Worx, Live Nation, Mixcloud, Mixmag, Defected, NTIA, Toolroom, Hospital Records, MMF, DJ Mag, AEI Group, DJ Monitor, UKF, Drum & Bass Arena, Loopmasters, Napster, Brapp TV, PIAS, Loopmasters, Sub Club, Clintons, Crown Management, Roland, Anjunabeats, Audio Lock, Serato, BIMM, Wunderground, UK Diversity, Native Instruments, and many more, with the conference programme split between the professional and academy theatres.

BMC17’s Professional programme talks included ‘Streaming vs. Radio’; ‘AFEM Presents Get Played, Get Paid’; ‘How to Promote Diversity In Dance Music’; ‘What’s Next For Electronic Music?’ ‘BPI Presents Music Piracy’; ‘NTIA Presents Save Our Nightlife’; ‘Creative Law Presents: But it was only a “cheeky” re-edit? Copyright law and the Remix’; ‘BPI Presents ‘Sync In Progress’; ‘Music Recognition Technology: how does it work for you?’ moderated by Tim Arber, Head of Membership Support, PRS for Music, and ‘Giving Back in association with Last Night A DJ Save My Life Foundation’.

BMC17’s Academy Programme featured panels and topics ‘BIMM Presents: Writing & Producing To A Brief’; ‘Ghost Writing’; ‘How To Get Ahead In The Industry?’ Toolroom Records Q+A; ‘Roland / Serato Workshop’; ‘Why Should I Make A Video?’ ‘DJ Q+A with Friction, Sam Divine, Josh Butler, and My Nu Leng’; ‘ACM Workshop’; ‘Hospital Records Q+A’; Producer Q+A with Seamus Haji, Prok & Fitch, Paul Hartnoll, and Just Her, and more.

In addition to housing Native Instruments in the BMC Demonstration Igloo installation, the exhibition floor featured brands, organisations, and education providers including Pioneer, AFEM (Association For Electronic Music), BPI, NTIA, Native Instruments, Traktor, Focusrite / Novation, Serato, Roland, Korg, Beatport, PRS for Music, In Music Brands, Toolroom, GAK, Hospital Records, CM Sound, Source Distribution, Ditto Music, DJ Mag, Data Transmission, Decoded, Skiddle, MMF, Believe Digital, Horus Music, Evolution Domes, Yamaha, Steinberg, Element 5, and more.

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