Scotland’s premier electronic music conference and showcase event, has revealed the first wave of names joining them this year including: Slam, Dr. Rubinstein, Jensen Interceptor, Clouds, Resident Advisor, Fabric, Dekmantel, Setaoc Mass, Nightwave, Loki, Pioneer DJ, India Jordan, Room for Rebellion, Subsine Studios and Skapade Studios.
Back for its third year at the SWG3 complex in Glasgow, Soma Records invites aspiring artists, label heads, promoters – minds from every corner of the electronic music spectrum – to come together and learn from the demonstrations on offer and receive tips from some of the most respected names in the music industry.
Kicking off proceedings is a discussion centred around the experiences of the Glasgow underground music scene, the challenges it can give people and what could be done to make it better. Chaired by The Skinny’s Nadia Lounes, joining her will be Slovenian DJ and producer, and staple of Glasgow’s thriving club scene, Nightwave; alongside Liam from Scottish techno duo, Clouds; genre defying mixer DJ Nova Scotia; and, DJ, producer, and performance artist, Taahliah.
The PR & Marketing panel, hosted by Jenn Nimmo-Smith Director of PR agency Electric Shores, includes: Aarti Joshi who leads the DF Concerts & Events Marketing and Communications team; Isis O’Regan, senior publicist at Inside / Out Agency and Braw Robot, Glasgow’s one-stop-shop for event campaign development and management.
Clubber 2 Clubber are curating a panel on mental health within the industry which includes Scottish rapper, BBC presenter and social commentator Darren McGarvey aka Loki; Juliette Fitzgerald Duffy, Editor of Psyche Magazine; Aisha Mirza, founder of London’s Misery sober parties; and Glasgow harm reduction charity, Crew 2000.
Resident Advisor will be making a very welcome debut at Soma Skool and hosting an in depth Music Journalism workshop, the perfect opportunity for budding journalists to learn from one of the biggest online electronic music magazines in the world.
For those interested in events management, a panel of professionals from across the industry will be present, including cutting edge electronic music festival Dekmantel; Judy Griffiths from legendary club space fabric; Bernice Mulenga of Pxssy Palace the Queer collective / club night for TQIBPOC; activist party collective Room for Rebellion; and DJ, producer, and the man behind Glasgow’s own Animal Farm club-night, Quail.
The main artist panel plays host to Dr. Rubinstein, otherwise known as Marina Rubinstein. Her unrivalled gift for reading the room has certified her as one of the most sought-after DJs in the world. Joining her is Jensen Interceptor, the Berlin-based DJ known for his electrifying, high-octane live sets and some blistering releases on labels such as Craigie Knowes. Glasgow’s own techno trailblazers and head honchos of the legendary Soma Records label behind this event, Slam, will also be guesting on the main panel alongside Setaoc Mass who is part of select cut of young artists who are absorbing techno’s legacy and carrying the torch into tomorrow.
The iconic Galvanizers warehouse will be hosting a set of software and hardware masterclasses and demonstrations. Pioneer DJ will be joined by Skapade Studios to give a demonstration of the newest Pioneer DJ V10 6 channel mixer, and a Toraiz Squid Sequencer.
Ableton will be joining Subsine Studio’s for a series of production masterclasses with some of the most talented producers at the moment. Specialising in the experimental, London-based DJ India Jordan will be joining Glasgow-based producer Petrichor and Australia’s Jensen Interceptor in the Galvanizers space for an exclusive insight into their production techniques.
A DJ and Production Lounge, sponsored by Pioneer DJ alongside Rubadub and Skapade will also be taking place in the Poetry Club, where you can gain hands on experience with the latest equipment, and where Nightwave will provide an invaluable DJ masterclass. The hallways and spaces in between all these great events are being filled with stalls from some of the best universities and colleges offering music courses from across the UK.
Rosie Shannon, Project Manager at Soma Skool, said: “After two successful years in Glasgow venue SWG3, the demand for an event of this kind in Scotland is evident and Soma Records are delighted to be bringing back Soma Skool in 2020 for its third year. We have found a passion in delivering educational music events to the people of Scotland, and passing the mic to people from all over the world in the industry.”
Jamie Houston, Music Officer for Creative Scotland, said: “It has been great to see the return of Soma Skool in the past two years and Creative Scotland continue to support this important fixture in the Scottish Music calendar in 2020. With high profile panellists and professionally led workshops, there is no better opportunity to connect with the domestic and wider UK electronic music sector in Scotland than at Soma Skool.”
Earlybird tickets to the event will cost £5 and available here.
Slam’s infamous Maximum Pressure: Spring Edition will continue proceedings after Soma Skool with the party kicking off at 8pm and running for a thunderous 7 hours. Joining Slam as their headliner is Jeff Mills who needs little introduction. A true pioneer, he’s undoubtedly helped to shape the entire genre with his inimitable style of laying down and producing eye-watering, industrial techno. Dr. Rubinstein, Miss Djax, Volvox, IDA, AISHA and Kai are also confirmed for what is set to be one of the biggest parties in the Slam Events calendar. Buy Maximum Pressure tickets here.