I’m absolutely delighted to be invited by Live Nation and The Great Escape Festival Festival to help give input to their Saturday DIY convention next month in Brighton. This year’s theme they focus on a subject that’s close to my heart and currently the most common question I get asked ‘how to get gigs’? In this day and age with online tutorials and pages full of YouTubehelp, the easy part is actually making the music. Once the songs are written and the performance is honed, the next task for any new artist is building a fan base, and that means going live. The gig or club night is the best place to excite and engage an audience, and can provide the initial fan base around which an artist’s business can then evolve.
I’ve joined CMU’s Chris Cooke, Dice’s Jen long, TuneCore and a team of industry professionals to dedicate a whole day to giving you help, advice, knowledge and tools in your quest to hit the road touring. There’s also a big question mark and confusion of what performance tools you’ll need for when you eventually make it onto the stage, we have that covered too. Our friends from; Ableton, Pioneer DJ, Roland, AskAudio and NATIVE INSTRUMENTS are all onboard showcasing their latest technology and will be onsite to answer all those questions for you.
I suggest you drop all plans and head to Brighton on May 21st, come armed with a note book and clear head as this could be a career changing day/week for you. I’ll be there all day to chat to you too.
You can get more info here:
About The Great Escape.
The Great Escape (TGE) has already established itself as one of the leading festivals in the world, The Telegraph newspaper recently placing it as Europe’s 6th best summer festivals for 2016. Steve Lamacq (BBC Radio) quoting it as ‘The Cannes of the music world’.
Along side the festival a convention sits at the heart of the festival, with 3500 music industry professionals from across the world amassing for three days of learning, debating and networking. I’ll translate that to the electronic world, this is the Live worlds equivalent of our annual ADE in Holland. Last year TGE attracted over 20,000 people to the streets of Brighton, next month is their 10th anniversary and they’re expecting nearer 30,000 people with over 500 bands performing.
Though musically we are different, we share the same problems and need the same questions answered and are embracing the same technology. I like the idea of creating a bridge between the two worlds, we can learn a lot from each other, especially at a time when the electronic world is moving more towards live performances with the new exciting tools that are currently on the market.
TGE motto ‘Supporting emerging new talent’. That hits the spot for me right there. Established artists hog the limelight at all other events, at TGE it’s the next generation that take centre stage and Brighton is packed with industry talent hunting and networking.
The rest of the convention has a full week schedule that you should also check out; four full-day strands each focused on a different theme. This year’s themes are: data and transparency; YouTube and video; CDs and merch; and music people (diversity, training and mental health).
Previous acts that have attended, given advice, performed or enjoyed the career changing rewards of TGE:
The Temper Trap
Skepta & Jme
19th – 21st May 2016 – Brighton.