Brian Eno delivers a vital keynote interview at IMS Ibiza 2022 discussing the urgent need for the music industry to tackle the climate crisis

International Music Summit (IMS), the leading voice for business, culture and education in electronic music, unites the most influential global industry figures at the 13th edition of the summit across three days of conversation, connection and celebration. Continuing to lead the direction for positive change in the industry, IMS Ibiza places artists, visionary thinkers and industry leaders at the centre of powerful discussions designed to make a meaningful difference and be a catalyst for change.

Taking place on the final day of IMS Ibiza 2022, iconic electronic musician, producer, visual artist, academic and leading pioneer in environmental activism Brian Eno delivered an insightful keynote interview with IMS partner and legendary BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong. The vital and timely keynote interview took place via video call to avoid unnecessary air travel and is one part of a dedicated focus at IMS Ibiza on the climate emergency.

He set the scene on the environmental crisis the world is facing along with discussing his charity EarthPercent, which provides a simple way for the music industry to support the most impactful organisations addressing the climate emergency.

“One of the biggest issues in the music industry is the carbon footprint of the audience for live tours.” – Brian Eno

EarthPercent aims to collect a 1% ‘tithe’ from all the money that passes through the music business and redirect it where it will really make a difference. A team of advisors research the most effective action from climate justice to the energy transition. The aim of EarthPercent is to generate significant income via a rolling and continual mechanism, establishing a highly effective way for the music industry to be part of a solution. The charity also aims to address how globally, only 3% of philanthropic giving goes towards the environmental cause.

“We’re in a crisis here and we should direct our resources towards that crisis.” – Brian Eno

“There is quite a lot of good news [on the environment] and that story doesn’t get told, millions of people are trying to address this situation, the biggest challenge in human history.” – Brian Eno

Brian Eno also hails the work of environmental law charity ClientEarth, which holds governments accountable in the courts and with shareholder activism changing the direction of companies.

“These things we have to do to save the planet, like increasing equality and changing our attitudes, means we’ll end up with a better planet.” – Brian Eno

“We’ve been stuck with a very toxic relationship with the planet, the notion that it exists for us to suck dry. But it’s a place, a household, that we need to look after.” – Brian Eno

Brian Eno was a founder member of Roxy Music. As well as a discography of highly influential solo albums, Brian has worked with some of the most creative artists of our time including works with Talking Heads, U2 and Coldplay. His collaborations deeply interweave pop culture, working with the likes of David Bowie, David Byrne, Grace Jones, Karl Hyde and James Blake as well as many others. He coined the term “ambient music” and recorded the album “Ambient 1: Music for Airports”, the first album to be described as “ambient music”.

You can support Brian Eno’s efforts at EarthPercent.org or on www.earthpercent.bandcamp.com, where dozens of artists and acts have submitted exclusive tracks with proceeds going towards the initiative


About the Author

Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about many genres of music from Breakbeat and Drum & Bass to Techno and Electronica. A man that lives in a world of bass and beats, Ian is an obsessive collector of music and a true geek at heart, with many years spent in application design.