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  1. Brighton Music Conference 2016

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    We attended Brighton Music Conference (BMC) which was held 14th & 15th April 2016.

    The dance music focused conference featured a number of networking events, panels, talks and a technology exhibition. It was a fully packed couple of days, full of panels, demos and networking.

    Brighton Music Conference 2016

    We had our own stand at the event and it was fantastic to see some familiar faces as well as new ones.  There was plenty going on in the busy conference areas including live demonstrations from Steinberg, Pioneer and Native instruments. My favourite was an incredible demonstration from ROLI of the Seaboard- a midi keyboard with a real difference, there is no need for pots, faders and pitch bend wheels on this keyboard as everything is done literally by touch!

    On the first day there were a number of panels going on throughout the day including ‘Fighting piracy in dance music’, ‘Music Publishing & Collection Societies Explained’ and ‘Your Brand Is Everything.’ There was also a number of demos going on throughout the day with the likes of Novation in the demonstration igloo. I attended the ‘Distribution, Label Service & Direct To Consumer’ panel, which shared some interesting insights into some emerging territories. They also discussed how different merchandise such as signed T-shirts and personalised band merchandise is still an important part of the music ecosystem for the consumer.

    The second day’s panels included ‘Video Marketing in Music’, ‘An Introduction to Sync Licensing’, and our panel ‘Downloads, Streaming, Vinyl and Record Labels: Navigating the Next 10 Years.’ Our CEO Nick Dunn was amongst the panelists and discussed various topics including whether the album was still relevant format in dance music, and how tech companies such see the industry progressing in the future.

    We had a fantastic few days at BMC and we hope to see you all there again in the future.

  2. Liverpool Sound City 2014

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    This year Horus Music was able to attend Liverpool Sound City for the first time, and what an amazing year it was!

    John Cale

    As well as the multitude of bands that are showcased every year, Sound City also holds conferences and panels debating various topics. Some of this years highlights included: The Rise of the Influencer, It’s A Digital Jungle Out There, Get In The Van – We’re Off On A Toilet Tour and Which TV Shows Use Music The Best, all of which I was able to attend. Each of these were around an hour long and included professionals from companies relating to each of the topics, as well as band members such as Jeremy Pritchard from Everything Everything.

    The busiest of these panels are always the keynote speakers and this year’s were no exception, standing room only was available during both sessions. The first was Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth who was interviewed by Dave Haslam and discussed his early British influences mentioning Wire, The Pop Group, The Raincoats and The Slits. The second was John Cale from The Velvet Underground who was interviewed by John Doran and talked about on stage violence and the fact that he still finds time to record and write music in his studio every day, even in his 70s.

    The Fores

    The roundtable sessions are also a valuable opportunity to meet with up to 30 delegates and musicians in one session and discuss pre-determined topics, as well as make new contacts and potential new clients.

    The plethora of venues taking part in Sound City all across Liverpool means there is music to cater to everyone’s tastes; if only there was enough time to see them all! People were queuing out the door to watch Courtney Barnett and unfortunately I was one of them.

    Not far away, I was able to catch up indie band The Fores, who Horus Music represented at Midem 2014 so it was great to see them still doing well.

    The final day was jam packed with amazing bands and I was able to check out many of them over at the Aussie BBQ while savouring the free burgers, thanks to Sounds Australia for that one!

    SoundcityAmong the many sonic delights, I had the pleasure of meeting Aussie singer Demi Louise who is currently touring to promote her latest EP. Later in the day I  was able to enjoy the likes of The John Steel Singers, a blues artist called Mama Kin with a fabulous ukulele, Money For Rope, The Delta Riggs, the amazingly energetic Dune Rats, Kid Mac and of course Hermitude. The last but certainly not least act that I experienced were the alternative/electronic musings of Jagwar Ma who packed out the venue at The Garage.

    On the whole, Sound City proved to be an extremely exciting event and one that I hope to also attend next year.

    For me, Midem is the place to build your international contacts and profile, but it is also important to work on those closer to home and Sound City has proven to be the conference to do just that.

     

    Written by Nikki Halliwell – Client Manager.