BMC16 reveals first technology showcases, new product demos and exclusive workshops

Brighton Music Conference (BMC16) has announced the first details of the 2016 technology showcases and workshops for the event’s third edition. Brighton Music Conference tickets are now on sale: Academy £15 and Professional £99. A discount of £30 is available for Decoded readers by quoting DECODED16.

Taking place at the Brighton Dome on Thursday 14th April & Friday 15th April, BMC will welcome Pioneer, Native Instruments, Sound On Sound, Allen & Heath, GAK Audio, Yamaha Music UK, Steinberg, Doctor Mix, Moog, Korg, Focusrite Novation, Element 5, Next Audio Labs, SSR, SCV, Loopmasters, Nova Distribution with Eve Audio, Warm Audio, Chandler Ltd, Dreadbox, and Fredenstein.

New for 2016 is the BMC Demonstration Igloo. Housed in the exhibition hall, this space will host the following demonstrations and showcases (more to be announced):

– Pioneer will be showcasing new products at BMC (further details to be revealed in April), alongside workshops focused on Rekordbox DJ performance, including software tips and tricks and compatible controllers, plus overviews of CDJ 2000NXS2 and DJM 900NXS2 with Rob Anderson.
– Rekord Buddy 2 presented by Didier Malenfant.
– Allen & Heath
– Yamaha Music UK
– BIMM Workshop
– GAK Seminar on production
– ‘Rise of the Synth’ Exhibition with Doctor Mix

Native Instruments will bring their highly successful event series ‘Native Sessions’ to BMC with a takeover of the Founders Room and Mezzanine bar. Expect a packed programme of insightful seminars, artist masterclasses and industry discussions. The Mezzanine bar will play host to a user meet-up style fair offering hands-on workshops with all the latest equipment.

Exclusive to BMC – and a first for music tech brands – the theme for this Native Sessions will be ‘Integration’, and that means between Traktor, Maschine and Komplete, but also with other brands and services. The Mezzanine will be the place to find industry partners such as sonic educators SSR (who offer product-specific courses), the legends at Moog, plus content from Loopmasters to name but a few. BMC attendees can learn how to use NI products in ways they don’t expect, find out how to build a live set around Traktor, Maschine, Stems, Remix Decks, learn how to integrate external modular and analogue synths, and much more.

The exhibition hall will see Gak Audio showcase products from Focusrite Novation, Native Instruments, Steinberg, SCV and Pioneer; with further stands from Korg, Element 5, Yamaha Music UK, Next Audio Labs, Nova Distribution with Eve Audio, Warm Audio, Chandler Ltd, Dreadbox, and Fredenstein.

BMC’s production seminars are always hugely popular, and this year Sound On Sound’s Paul White (Editor In Chief) and Hugh Robjohns (Technical Editor) are holding panels across both days with focused topics ‘Big Sound On A Small Budget; ‘Which Home Studio Kit Really Makes A Difference’ and ‘Louder, Bigger, Better; Creative Recording & Mixing Techniques for Software Studio’.


BMC has quickly established itself as a vital meeting point for the electronic music industry, bringing together leading organisations and figures for two days of master classes, panels, and talks featuring key execs from Facebook/Instagram, Twitter/Periscope/Vine, Kobalt, Coda, Sound On Sound, AEI, and more, will join industry figures from Beatport, PRS, AFEM, Toolroom, Hospital Records, NTIA, Decoded Magazine, DJ Magazine, Shogun Audio, BIMM, Mobilee Records, Skint Records, Believe Digital, Safehouse Management, Intec Digital, Critical Records, Wunderground, Republic of Music and GAK Audio. In line with the event’s reputation as a forum for new ideas and challenging conventional industry thinking, Association For Electronic Music (AFEM) CEO Mark Lawrence has revealed the topics for his two talks: “Get Played Get Paid; Building the New Music Industry” and “Stealing Our Own Success; Are DJ’s accidently killing sales?”. Full details of the conference programme will be announced soon.

The first official BMC nighttime events have also been revealed, with Mute, in association with BMC, taking over Brighton’s Patterns on Friday 15th April for a show with Mala, Commodo, and Foamplate. The same night will see English Disco Lovers & BMC present Crazy P Soundsystem at Komedia. Listings details for both events can be found below:

Mute presents Mala, Commodo & Foamplate in association with BMC @ Patterns (11pm – 4am)

English Disco Lovers & BMC present Crazy P Soundsystem @ Komedia (11pm – late)

Highlights already announced include the Beatport Label Summit, hosted by Terry Weerasinghe (Vice President of Music Services) and Jack Bridges (Beatport European Account Manager), discussing the latest developments and trends affecting the key online music sales portal. Also confirmed is a label Q&A with drum & bass label Shogun Audio featuring Keir Tyrer (Managing Director), Friction (DJ/Owner), Richard Snow (Label Manager), and Icicle (Artist); they’ll be discussing how they look for new artists and help them develop their talent.

BMC Professional aims to connect music with business, bringing together industry thought leaders through a series of panels to discuss the future sustainable growth of the Electronic Music Industry, targeted networking events and access to an evening schedule of events and parties across Brighton. BMC Academy is about plugging in the next generation and fostering new talent via a series of master classes, panels and talks. Both tickets give access to a two-day exhibition with tech showcases panels and interviews.

BMC (Brighton Music Conference) has revealed the first of its 2015 event parties

Already confirmed to speak at this year’s conference are:
Adam Woolfe (Label Manager; Critical Records)
Alan Miller (Chairman; NTIA)
Andy Singh (Director; Republic Of Music)
Ayah Marar (Artist)
Carl Loben (Editor; DJ Mag)
Charles Green (Resident DJ/Promoter; Patterns)
Charlotte Cijffers (Digital & News Editor; DJ Mag)
Chris Goss (Managing Director; Hospital Records)
Chris Todd / Crazy P (Artist)
Claudio Passavanti (Director; Doctor Mix)
Dave Blackgrove (Agent; Coda)
David Esserin (UK Marketing Manager; Native Instruments)
Dean Marsh (Managing Director; Creative Law & Business)
Dean Muhsin (Director; Bear Management / Dispersion PR)
Emily Moxon (Label Manager; Brownswood Records)
Farhana Aboo (Marketing Manager; AEI Media)
Georgina Parnell (Head of Entertainment Partnerships; Twitter/Periscope/Vine)
Hugh Robjohns (Technical Editor; Sound On Sound)
Jessica Rowe (Owner; Level Theory)
Jon Rundell (Director; Intec Digital)
Lauren Lo Sung (DJ/Artist)
Lee Morrison (General Manager, UK; Believe Digital)
Lee Smith (Owner; Leak Delete)
Lucy Blair (Journalist; Motive Unknown)
Lynn Cosgrave (Director; Safehouse Management)
Marcus Nasty (A&R / DJ; Rinse)
Mark Lawrence (CEO; AFEM)
Mark Mulligan (Analyst; Midia Research & Consulting)
Matt King (Label Manager; Skint/BMG)
Mikey Maguire (Editor; Wunderground)
Patrick Ross (Head of Digital Marketing; AWAL & Kobalt Label Services)
Paul White (Editor In Chief; Sound On Sound)
PBR Streetgang (DJ/Artist)
Prok & Fitch (Artist)
Ralf Kollmann (Owner; Mobilee)
Rob Baldwin (Booking Manager; Deltic Group)
Sarah Cole (Owner; Yes You Do)
Seamus Haji (DJ/Artist)
Sebastian Spring (Head of Publishing; SUISA)
Simon Kelly (Head of Digital Media; DJ Mag)
Steve King (Booker, Space / Safehouse Management)
Steve Mac / Rhythm Masters (Director/Artist; Black Rock Records)
Stuart Knight (Managing Director; Toolroom Records)
Tom Nettleton (Agent; Paramount)
Vanessa Bakewell (Head of Entertainment Partnerships; Facebook/Instagram)
Yousef (Artist)

This year’s event charity partner will be Last Night A DJ.


Aimed at industry professionals, students and the next generation of creative and business talent, BMC 2015 welcomed representatives from YouTube, BPI, Kiss, Beatport, DJ Mag, Music Week, Kobalt, Defected Records, Coda, Ibiza Rocks, Back To Basics, Native Instruments, Involved management, Dave Clarke, BBC Radio 1/BBC 1Xtra, Ableton, AFEM, Novation, Hospital Records, Icicle, Robert Owens, Mobilee, BIMM, Point Blank, PRS For Music, PPL, AIM, MPA, Access to Music, Youth Music, SoundCity Brighton & Hove, and many more.

Highlights from the 2015 event’s BMC Professional programme, which included partners AFEM, BPI, MPA and Beatport, were the BMC Keynote ‘Protecting the Dance Floor’, hosted by AFEM CEO Mark Lawrence and featuring Stuart Knight, Director of Toolroom Records, and the NTIA’s chairman, Alan D Miller; Beatport’s UK label seminar, The Big Stream Debate; and Innovation / Inspiration: new revenue streams.

The BMC Academy programme, with Academy Education Partners BPI, PPL, PRS for Music, Pointblank, BIMM, Access To Music, and Northbrook College, saw capacity attendances on both days for talks including the 
Q+A session with Terry Weerasinghe (Vice President of Music Services at Beatport), YouTube’s Academy workshop which covered topics including how to optimise videos, drive longer viewing sessions and how to retain subscribers; and BIMM presents: how to start a label.

The exhibition floor featured over 50 exhibitors, and saw a number of exclusives, including the first opportunity in the UK to get ‘hands-on’ with Novation’s latest product – the Launchpad Pro. Native Instruments’ had their update to MASCHINE Groove Production studio, and KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards. BMC pass holders were also given the chance to get their hands on Stems, a new multi-track audio format that allows DJs and live performers to incorporate individual parts of a track in their sets. All of this and more was on show in the NI KONTROL room.