Britain's important contributions to EDM stretch back decades, so it's surprising to hear that the country has never had its own EDM business conference. In April, that will change.
The inaugural Brighton Music Conference (BMC) will be the UK's first business and education focused event for electronic music, and the line-up of speakers, panelists, companies and DJs BMC has lined up suggests that this is very much a serious conference for EDM professionals and aspiring artists.
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The two day event in Brighton (the hometown of Fatboy Slim, no less), will feature big wigs from leading industry bodies such as Beatport, Native Instruments, Pioneer, Ableton, Sennheiser, Mixcloud, LessThan3, PRS For Music (the main performing rights society for the UK), Funktion-One, Point Blank, and Spotify.
In the trade conference part of BMC, which sounds like it could be the G8 of EDM, industry heads will discuss 8 key issues 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.
In the exhibition part of BMC, which is open to aspiring artists, DJs, and anyone with an interest in EDM, the public will be able to get knee deep in educational seminars and tech demos, and hear speeches from some major artists and influencers.
UK house hero Eats Everything will be interviewed live by RA's editor, whilst celebrated dance music historian Bill Brewster will discuss the History of Electronic Music with Dave Haslam, resident DJ of the legendary Manchester nightclub The Haçienda, and Carl Loben from DJ Magazine. Other DJs/artists due to speak at BMC include Jono from Above & Beyond, Chicago's DJ Pierre, DJ Spen, and Paul Hartnoll from influential British duo Orbital.
There will also be seminars on the future of radio featuring Huw Owen, Producer of BBC Radio 1’s seminal Essential Mix and Mixcloud founder Nikhil Shah. Funktion-One’s renowned soundsystem designer Tony Andrews will discuss The Importance of Audio Quality, and Ableton, Native Instruments, Sennheiser and many more tech companies will be demoing their latest DJ gadgets.
Roland, who just recently announced their new Aira line, which reimagines three of electronic music's most important machines, the 808, 909 and 303 - will be doing the UK premiere of the complete Aira line at BMC too.
Altogether, EDM fans will be able to attend 38 seminars and talks for just £12 (about $15), which sounds like great value to us. Tickets to the trade conference panels are £76.
There are also a number of underground club events happening in Brighton during BMC, featuring artists such as Skream, Terry Francis, AND.ID, Sebo K and Phil Asher.
For more info and tickets on BMC, click here.