Another day, another trade show story, this time for one that comes right after Musikmesse, and usefully for us is in the UK. The Brighton Music Conference aka BMC is a magnet for the dance music industry, and focussed on gathering hordes of suitably experienced industry types to share their considerable knowledge about all things dance musicish.
The obligatory press release so you know the score:
Brighton Music Conference 2014: Electronic music’s most influential companies & thought leaders meet in April
- Panelists from Beatport, Spotify, Spinnin’ Records, Native Instruments, BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix, DJ Magazine, LessThan3 and Resident Advisor
- 8 major electronic music issues to be discussed at trade conference
- 38 educational seminars, tech showcases, and artist Q&As
- Eats Everything live interview
- Author Bill Brewster to discuss History of Electronic Music
- Funktion-One’s Tony Andrews on The Importance of Audio Quality
Electronic music’s most influential companies and thought leaders will meet in April for the first annual Brighton Music Conference. With a strong focus on business and education, the two day UK event is backed by leading industry bodies such as Beatport, Native Instruments,Pioneer, Ableton, Sennheiser, Mixcloud, PRS For Music, Funktion-One, Point Blank, and Spotify.
Over 50 electronic music focused panels and seminars 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 dance music. 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.
Whilst BMC is first and foremost a business and education conference for electronic music, there will be a number of parties and club nights in Brighton over the two days featuring leading DJs and artists from around the world. The full party and club night schedule will be unveiled in due course.
BMC Super early bird tickets
Super early bird tickets are now on sale.
Trade conference: £76 (limited spaces, £86 from Feb 14)
Exhibition: £5 (£8 from Feb 1)
Brighton Music Conference
When: April 11 & 12 2014
Where: Brighton Dome & Brighton’s top clubs
The Brighton Music Conference seems to have a bit of something to keep everyone happy. I wouldn’t be expecting your favourite DJ company to drop their hottest new things there, as this isn’t a show like BPM. But if you’re a DJ, producer, electronic musician, or just someone connected to the dance music scene, this conference is probably worth heading all the way down to Brighton for.
If it sounds like your kind of thing, the BMC is running April 11-12 2014, and you can get tickets here.