BMC24 Programme TBA
THURSDAY 25th MAY 2023
10.30am: SOCIAL MEDIA
Social media has re-written the rules of the music industry, but despite being with us for nearly two decades, still remains a complex and controversial area.
In this panel we’ll untangle how to get the most out of social media – whether as an artist, DJ, label or event – and will look to the future to discuss what the networks that dominate our lives will look like in the years ahead.
Moderator: Rosanna Connolly (Morena Communications)
Connie Chow (FUGA)
Grahame Farmer (Data Transmission)
Myradh Cormican (Frame Artists)
Sian Bennett (Mustard Media)
11.30am: DON’T WAIT FOR THE DROP: GETTING PAID FOR YOUR CREATIVITY (in assoociation with PRS for Music)
What are the different income streams available to dance/electronic music creators?
What role do record labels, distributors, music publishers, artist managers and collection societies play?
Our panel of industry professionals share advice on how to cash in on your beats and build your career.
Moderator: Ashley Howard – Relationship Manager, PRS for Music
Tilo Hall (Publishing + A&R Manager, Songs In The Key Of Knife / Hospital Records)
Rosie Smith (Artist Manager, Canny Management)
Romy Harber (Global Head Of Dance & Electronic, EMP, b.electronic / Believe)
12.30pm: MANAGEMENT (in association with Data Transmission)
Hosted in conjunction with the 15th anniversary of online dance music authority Data Transmission, this panel looks at the most important questions around music management in 2023, including: do you need a manager? If so, when, and what should they be able to do for you? Crucially, how much do they cost you and how do you find one?
All this and more will be considered by a panel whose management clients span everything from chart-topping hitmakers to legendary underground heroes.
Moderator: Grahame Farmer (Data Transmission)
Ed Jenkins (Ed Jenkins Mgmt)
Jo Gardner (Unholy Management)
Paul Wells (Elite Music Management)
Sandy Marris (One House)
Sergio Bienati (Club Class)
1.30pm: RESIDENT DJS
Resident DJs may not always match the stardom of global headliners, but a great resident DJ is a vital part in shaping the sound of any club community.
In this panel we’ll discuss what makes a good resident; the ability to warm up for a guest, how to read a room, the pressure and pleasure of finding new music, and why local club communities are still important in a global age.
Moderator: Roxy Roberts (Music Programmer, Mothership Group)
Anthony Prior (Stompa Phunk)
Hans Hess (EGG London)
Markus Saarländer (Berlin-Brighton)
Ralph Lawson (20:20 Vision / Back to Basics)
Wildblood & Queenie (1 BTN / Patterns)
Sampling paved the foundations of dance music – but what’s the difference between a great sample and a blatant rip-off?
In recent years, there’s been an upsurge of popular re-edits, covers of classics, and reworks of well known hits, and this panel will spell out how to do it properly.
From the letter of the law to the rights and wrongs of unauthorised bootlegs, our panel of law experts, artists and DJs will discuss all this and more.
Moderator: Carly Wilford (Toolroom)
James Hype (DJ / Producer)
John Truelove (Truelove Music Publishing)
Jules O’Riordan aka Judge Jules (Sound Advice)
Yam Who? (Midnight Riot)
Radio airtime can have a game-changing effect for any release, but who decides what gets played, and why does so much good music receive no radio attention?
In this panel we’ll tackle the many issues of running successful radio stations in a highly competitive field, talking to DJs from Radio 1 and up and coming local stations about playlists, getting into radio professionally, and what the future holds for digital and broadcast stations.
Moderator: Ellie Talebian (Gaydio)
Alex Baker (Gaydio)
Charlie Tee (Radio 1)
Jess Iszatt (Radio 1)
Joe Gardner (Grape)
Scott Garcia (Kiss FM)
4.30pm: HE.SHE.THEY – 5 YEARS
The team behind international inclusive house/techno brand HE.SHE.THEY. give a panel talk about the highs and lows of the last 5 years from their Ibiza Residencies to festivals from LA to Mumbai, to running a record label and fashion house and of course diversity and inclusion in the music industry.
Moderator: Kate Wildblood (Wildblood & Queenie)
Ashraf Ejjbair (HE.SHE.THEY)
Fernando Montes (WME)
Just Her (DJ/Producer)
Sophia Kearney (HE.SHE.THEY)
Steven Braines (HE.SHE.THEY)
FRIDAY 26th MAY 2023
Getting your music in front of a respected A&R can be a career-changing experience, but how do you about it? What are A&Rs looking for, and where do they go to find it? Why are A&Rs still necessary and how did they get into these roles?
All this and more in our discussion of one of the music industry’s most coveted and misunderstood roles.
Moderator: Lizzie Curious (DJ / Producer / Singer / Songwriter)
Amber D (DJ / Producer)
Kag Katumba (R&S Records)
Leftwing:Kody (Spinnin’ Records)
Phil Sagar (Armada Music)
Event promoters are often overlooked in the dance music ecosystem, but the pandemic proved that people putting on club nights and festivals are essential to the wider creative community.
This panel talks to experienced festival organisers, local club promoters and everything in between to discuss the basics of event promotion, the challenges faced by promoters in 2023, and what the future has in store for events both large and small.
Moderator: Jonathan Scratchley (Good Vibrations Society)
Damien Fell (Slap That Sound / Skiddle)
Hans Hess (EGG London)
Jacob Husley (WYS! Fabric)
Kitty Bartlett (Percolate)
Roxy Roberts (Music Programmer, Mothership Group)
Sofia Ilyas (Chief Community Officer, Beatport)
12.30pm: PRODUCER Q&A (in assocation with BIMM)
In association with industry-leading music education organisation BIMM, our ever-popular Producer Q&A brings together some of the best artists in the game to answer your questions.
From the essentials of setting up a home studio to advanced engineering and playing live sets for a living, our panel is ready to answer whatever you need to know to take your productions forward.
Moderator: Matt Hodson (BIMM)
CASSIMM (Glasgow Underground)
Eve Horne (Peak Music)
James Hurr (Toolroom)
Jansons (CircoLoco Records)
Just Her (Anjunadeep)
1.30pm: EVOLUTION OF BREAKS (in association with Soul of Man)
This panel is discussing the history of the underground breakbeat movement from the late 90’s and naughties.
A scene that rapidly moved from the back rooms to main rooms worldwide. In many ways breakbeat was written off by the media, pushed aside by dubstep, yet as a musical genre is making a resurgence.
Many of the breaks DJs and producers are coming back to the forefront of the clubbing scene alongside a barrage of fresh new talent injecting breaks into the dance music landscape.
Modern culture and rhythms, time to embrace the second coming?
Moderator: Justin Rushmore (Soul of Man)
Carl Loben (Editor, DJ Mag)
2.30pm: SYNC WITH BMG (in association with BMG PM)
Deep dive into production music: Production music (also known as Library music) makes up almost half of the music we hear on television daily. But how does it work and what are the inside tips that you need to know to be successful in this part of the business?
BMG Production Music is the world’s fastest growing production music company. With a global reach and offices in 6 territories around the world they work with some of the world’s biggest broadcasters and media clients such as ITV, Netflix, TikTok, Epic Games, BBC and more. Their extensive catalogue features music spanning all genres, from classical to contemporary, all specifically created and curated with media in mind, whether that be film, TV, advertising, trailers, games or radio. BMGPM work with a wealth of talented writers, composers and producers, who are experts in creating music to a brief.
The team from BMG join us for a panel discussion digging into the world of production music, busting some myths, and giving you vital information from all aspects of the business from production, catalogue, creative, licensing, marketing and bespoke.
Caspar Kedros has been at the heart of BMGPM since its formation in 2017 and is Senior Vice President, Global Creative Content.
John Roffe-Ridgard is one of BMG’s in-house producers who has in depth view of all things production and catalogue.
Megan Lawrenson is Creative & Licensing manager, specialising in advertising and branded content.
Rachel Menzies oversees all things Bespoke and has a unique insight across both production music and commercial sync.
Moderator: Tim Belcher (Flip Fantazia / Nolan)
Caspar Kedros (Global Creative Content)
John Roffe-Ridgard (Production DEM)
Megan Lawrenson (Creative / Licensing)
Rachel Menzies (Bespoke + Music Supervision)
Studio production hero J-Felix hosts this year’s session on vocals in dance music, guest starring none other than the legendary Jocelyn Brown, the vocalist behind many of dance music’s most classic soulful hits. Alongside RCA Records sensation Camden Cox and Ultra Music’s Mila Falls.
As well as the technical aspects of recording and producing vocals, we’ll be discussing the essential issues of collaborations, toplines, publishing deals and royalties when it comes to working with vocalists.
Moderator: J-Felix (Tru Thoughts)
Camden Cox (RCA / Insomniac / Defected)
Jerry Clavier aka Sol Goodman (Tru Thoughts / Local Talk)
Mila Falls (Ultra Music)
4.30pm: LABEL Q&A – ANJUNABEATS / ANJUNADEEP
Founded 23 years ago by Above & Beyond, Anjunabeats is one of the most recognisable and trusted labels in dance music thanks to years of careful A&R, community building and attention to detail.
Alongside its deeper imprint Anjunadeep, the Anjuna label team has been responsible for breaking global stars Ben Böhmer, Lane 8, Mat Zo, Audien and Arty, has picked up multiple Grammy Nominations and even achieved Gold Record status on the Above & Beyond ambient project ‘Flow State’.
Beyond this, the label is also responsible for weekly radio shows Group Therapy hosted by Above & Beyond, the Anjunadeep Edition and Anjunabeats Rising, as well as an ever-growing events circuit, which includes Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy Weekender, Anjunadeep Open Air and the week-long Explorations festival in Albania.
In this hour long label Q&A, key Anjuna team members will talk through their departments and roles within the unique Anjuna label ecosystem, how they work together and how they collectively harness their expertise, and the power of the Anjuna family – the most passionate fanbase in dance music – to create connection, community and sustainable artist careers.
Moderator: Allan McGrath (Label Director)
Annie Norman (Head of Events)
Claire Murgatroyd (Anjunadeep Marketing Manager)
Daniel Curpen (A&R, Anjunadeep)
Gareth Jones (Anjunabeats, A&R Director)
Lisa Twohig (Head of Broadcast)
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