As the ink still dries on the many deals and contracts signed earlier this month at Amsterdam Dance Event, another essential event has appeared on the electronic music calendar for 2014: The Brighton Music Conference (BMC).
The first of its kind in the UK, the BMC will build on events such as ADE and the Miami Winter Music Conference and unite members from all corners of the dancefloor in a bid to tackle the many issues faced by anyone in music and, with any luck, help thrust the industry further into the future in a much finer fettle.
From budding artists hoping to break through to big name DJs, well-respected labels, agents, managers, promoters and a whole load more, the event will offer talks, workshops, seminars, discussions, panel sessions and tutorials on all aspects of the industry.
Taking place in the city’s beautiful Dome building between April 11-12 2014, some big league names have already been recruited: Above & Beyond, Dave Clarke, Dave Seaman and John 00 Fleming are leading the charge and many more are signing up daily.
"This is aimed at the more forward thinking side of the industry,” states Fleming. “Considering the UK's contribution to the global electronic music scene, it's about time."
From priceless industry insight to demonstrations on next level kit from some of the biggest manufacturers in the DJ world, the BMC appears to have struck the perfect balance between trade and consumer-focused attraction.
In the spirit of the ADE – an event where the likes of Tiesto got signed many years ago – the BMC promises a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some hugely influential figures in dance music and DJ culture. Each one of them will be more than happy to answer any questions you have about the industry and how to make a career out of it. Bottom line: if you have any aspirations to work in the dance music industry in any way whatsoever, the BMC is tailor-made with you in mind.
And, like all the best dance music conferences, there will also be a series of events during the two nights. Helping celebrate the launch of this unique event and reminding us why we all got into this caper in the first place, line-up details have yet to be announced. But if the roll call of industry players who’ve signed up so far is anything to go by, the evening schedule is likely to be as exciting as the daytime programming.
"At last there is a conference that is really talking my language,” says Dave Seaman. “Bring it on!"
We couldn’t put it better ourselves. Keep your eyes on www.brightonmusicconference.co.uk for more details as they’re announced. See you there.
The Brighton Music Conference (BMC)
11th - 12th April 2014
Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1UE - UK