Music Explosion Spring Special 2020
Programmed by Red Bull
Industry chat, Q&As and networking
Wednesday 25 March 2020, 5pm to 8.30pm
Unfortunately, we have postponed this event until further notice, in order to safeguard against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Your welfare and that of our visitors, supporter and volunteers is most important to us.
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ENTRY AGES 18+ ONLY
The Midi Music Company celebrates its 25th anniversary with a fresh schedule of its long-standing evening of industry insights.
Programmed by Red Bull the night features music business chat, advice, Q&As and dedicated space for networking opportunities.
Whether you are a new or developing artist, a band, producer, or creatively inspired, Music Explosion is an essential evening that will inspire your practise and inform your next steps.
COACH • PROGRAMMER • CONSULTANT
A connector and supporter of ideas, Nell Jordan-Gent is a coach and mentor to those in the creative sector, as well as a programmer and consultant for special projects and live events. With a background in journalism, mentoring, music and sound engineering and seven years at the BBC, Nell was the Community Event Producer for Hackney Weekend and the Radio 1/1Xtra Youth Academy (the BBC’s most ambitious free event to date). Nell has most recently worked with BCE Creative, BPI, Levis, Nike, Trippin, Red Bull, Apple, BBC Creative and the h Club.
DJ • TV & RADIO PRESENTER
Ellie Prohan’s career as a DJ and presenter has grown at an astounding rate. Just five years ago, inspired by a DJ whilst at a house party, Ellie decided to have a career change and the rest, as they say, is history... Spinning records in clubs and at festivals and brand events in the UK and further afield, Ellie is passionate about celebrating and providing platforms for female and LGBTQI+ talent, manifesting this passion through work such as her regular Happy Hour week day show on Foundation FM, Ellie & Friends’ showcases and GLo club nights.
CO-FOUNDER & STATION MANAGER, FOUNDATION FM
Frankie Wells is Co-Founder and Station Manager of Foundation FM, an independent radio station with a mission to showcase the hottest emerging talent in the underground music scene led by a diverse group of women, LGTBQI+ person’s and talented creatives.
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Music Explosion Autumn Sessions
Industry Talks + Q&As
Wednesday 27 November 2019, 4.15pm - 8pm
MMC is excited to present a special Music Managers Forum (MMF) takeover this Autumn of its long-standing, free evening of industry chat with Q&A discussions & networking opportunities.
Join us for this special line up of the music managers, for essential insights into music business, to inspire and inform developing artists, creatives and entrepreneurs.
DJ, RADIO HOST, CONSULTANT
Former creative strategist at agency The Brooklyn Brothers and A&R scout at the record label Young Turks, Koyejo works with some of the most exciting budding artists, spanning avant-garde experimental music to Pop, Rap/R&B in London and the USA. Notably including the multi award-winning Jazz virtuoso & CICAS® artist, Moses Boyd.
Manager, Tour Director
Glen’s passion has always been about the live side of the industry. His first proper job in the live business was selling t-shirts for the Manic Street Preachers in 1994. From there, he went on to become the Manics’ drum tech, before graduating to tour manager for them and a host of other bands – The Thrills, Ronnie Wood, Ginger Baker, Hard-Fi, The Kooks, The Magic Numbers, Amy MacDonald, Gareth Gates, and so many more that have been lost in time. He's even production managed the Pope's only UK show!
Having worked with the act MUSE since 2001, Glen has toured the world countless times and worked with the band headlining festivals, arenas, TV shows, radio shows & super massive one-off events. Glen started CATO Music (London’s busiest rehearsal studio complexes), and is founder of the NEKO trust and KYOTO management company.
"Live is where the most fun is, Live is where the money is, & Live is where you feel ALIVE!"
David Prince Yeboah is an artist manager and consultant with more than 13 years' experience in the music industry as a runner, tour manager, A&R scout and artist manager of his independent management and consulting company, GS Entertainment Management.
Clients include the likes of Doctor (Sigma-RudeBoy, Chase & Status-Tek Ya Time, Flux Pavillion), Rachel Adedeji (X-FActor) and chart topping, Grammy award-winning producer, Killbeatz (Fuse ODG, Wizkid, Ed Sheehan).
Music Explosion Special at Camberwell Library
Label Services & DIY Releasing
Wednesday 10th July 2019, 6pm - 8pm
FREE ENTRY - Sold Out!
Join us for an unprecedented second panel workshop, hosted by Odd Motion's Shahlaa Tahira. Featuring advice from artists and industry professionals, this Music Explosion Special offers unrivalled insight label services and DIY releasing. With Q&As and networking opportunities, it is perfect for emerging artists, independent producers & aspiring music business entrepreneurs seeking insights in how best to develop a lasting career.
Singer-songwriter, saxophonist and producer
Laura Misch is gradually defining her sound through the synthesis of her two main voices - saxophone and vocals. Knitting together these isometric components by means of explorative productions which nod ever further to the hallmarks of electronic music; Laura’s fusion of jazz textures, beats and searching soundscapes have placed her peacefully landlocked between many bubbling scenes within the south London locale.
Laura released her first self-produced LP Playground in May 2017, from which the support gained saw her appear live on BBC 6 in session with Gilles Peterson, with further radio plays on BBC Radio 1 and Jazz FM.
This was followed up by the deep and enveloping single ‘Lagoon’ in February 2018 premiered on Toronto based music knowledge hub Music is My Sanctuary; seeing her supporters grow with plays from the likes of Phil Taggart and Jamie Cullum on BBC Radio 1 & 2 alike.
After a successful first UK headline tour in February 2018, Laura took her one-woman show across Europe supporting Tom Misch, before stunning a sold-out Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall in April. The past summer has seen Laura’s name featured in many festival line-ups including End of The Road, Visions, All Points East, Meadows in The Mountains & Oslo Jazz festival. She then capped this off supporting Texan three-piece Khruangbin in their European tour in October 2018.
2019 saw her play successful shows at SXSW and The Great Escape Festival, as well as supporting Alfa Mist on his UK tour.
Having recently released latest mini album ‘Lonely City’, she says about the work: “I made sound worlds which honestly reflect the city and the times. At times confrontational - there’s an underwater bomb sample I collaged repeatedly, which to me sounds like collective fear, and at times monotonous - which you’ll find in Elevator, which was a direct response to elevator music. In contrast this all the singing came from a centred place and was recorded in my bedroom.”
"Another new generation jazz influenced artist... she not only plays saxophone and sings, but she arranges and plays keyboard and does the whole thing. She’s an amazing talent." - Gilles Peterson.
Trainee Solicitor, Business Affairs, Kobalt Music Group
Oviri is a strong legal professional who has worked in the music legal profession for nearly three years. She has had experience at top entertainment and media law firms and at Warner Music Group and she is currently undertaking her training contract at Kobalt Music Group.
Kobalt provides artists, songwriters, musicians, labels or publishers with industry-leading technology and creative services.
A&R at CruzCTRL Records, Artist Management & Vocal Engineer
Music Explosion Summer Sessions
Industry Talks + Q&A
Wednesday 26th June 2019, 4.15pm - 8pm
This Summer MMC returns with Music Explosion, its long-standing evening of free music industry chats, advice and Q&As with the UK's top movers and shakers. Designed to support new and developing artists, bands, producers, or those creatively inspired, Music Explosion will help you to navigate all areas of the industry.
Join us for an evening of insights where speakers focus on a different aspects of music business to inspire, inform and fire up your creativity.
Director of Membership and International & MEGS, BPI
Chris Tams is the Director of Membership and International at the BPI – the Trade Association for Record Labels in the UK. BPI champions the UK’s recorded music industry, safeguarding the rights of its members and of the artists, performers and label members of collecting body PPL. BPI’s membership consists of over 400 independent labels and the UK’s three ‘majors’, which account for 85 per cent of legitimate domestic music consumption.
BPI promotes British music overseas through its trade missions and the Music Export Growth Scheme. It provides insights, training and networking with its free masterclasses, Innovation Hub, Insight Sessions, and reports. The BPI administers the Certified Awards, co-owns the Official Charts, organises The BRIT Awards and is also home to the Mercury Prize.
Chris is responsible for running the BPI’s Membership activities which cover the entire spectrum of events and training to help Independent Labels.
He also runs BPI’s Trade Missions which recently have expanded from the more traditional markets such as the USA and Europe into the exciting fast growing overseas music markets such as China, India and South Korea. He also is responsible for running the Department for International Trade’s Music Export Growth Scheme which helps UK based Acts with International touring.
Director, May Music Publishing
Laura May founded independent music publishing company May Music in 2017 after many years working in different roles around the industry. Beginning her career at Eaton Music after being chosen from the MPA job seekers list, Laura moved into auditing, forensic royalty tracking and royalty accounting at an accountancy firm five years later. After a break due to illness Laura returned to work part time as a finance manager at Rewind Festival while simultaneously starting her own business providing royalty analysis services for auditors and royalty accounting for producers, small labels and publishers including Turnfirst Artists. Laura joined Turnfirst Artists full time in 2015 to work in the finance team, also joining new venture First Access Entertainment when it launched at the end of that year.
As well as continuing to expand the May Music roster and look after a growing number of royalty clients, Laura is currently consulting for The Music Royalty Co, running the finances and co-ordinating royalties for the Cooking Vinyl group
Musical Director, Studio Owner, Freelance Musician
Nixon has a wealth of experienced as a musician, tutor, composer, technician, and mentor. He is the tour manager, musical director and bassist for The Drifters, partner in Cool Moon Music Production Studio, a member of the Musicians’ Union London Regional Committee, previous Vice Chairman of the Equalities Committee and an associate here at The Midi Music Company.
Nixon has played bass for US artists Josh Milan, Dawn Tallman and Angela Johnson, as well as Billy Paul, Ronnie Laws, The Foundations, Cleveland Watkiss, Graeae Theatre Company, plus many more. Nixon will share his experience of how he became a successful freelance musician, continually developing his skills to sustain a long-lasting career.
Music Explosion Special at Camberwell Library
Social Media & Growing Your Brand
Wednesday 19th June 2019, 6pm - 8pm
We're back with a special edition of panel workshops, hosted by Odd Motion's Shahlaa Tahira. Featuring advice from industry professionals, this Music Explosion Special offers unrivalled insight using social media to develop your brand. With Q&As and networking opportunities, it is perfect for emerging artists, independent producers & aspiring music business entrepreneurs seeking insights in how best to develop a lasting career.
Growing up in Tottenham, Shocka has witnessed the good, bad and the ugly, but throughout all that he is trying to shine a positive light on the area that has seen so much negativity. He has experienced different cultures, while staying humble and grateful. His journey started in 2008, when he released Beast on the Loose which led to joining a group called Marvell made up of himself, Vertex and Double S. In late 2014 Shocka decided it was time to branch out as an independent artist.
Mixcloud - Head of Communications
Mixcloud is an audio streaming platform connecting a global community through audio culture. Listeners can access a unique collection of over 15 million radio shows, DJ mixes and podcasts produced and uploaded by over 1.3 million passionate tastemakers and curators around the globe.
They aim to build a fair and sustainable ecosystem for audio culture. As a critical part of the global music and cultural landscape, Mixcloud empowers DJs, radio hosts, podcasters and tastemakers to build and inspire fan bases. Lisa is a self confessed writer (of sorts), music junkie, sustainable geek, optimistic fwd thinker & third culture kid.
Spotify - Senior Producer
Rob joined Spotify as their Music Consultant in 2012 after more than a decade spent writing about music, television, books and films for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, NME, Mixmag and, just the once, Private Eye. He has held Pharrell’s gold chains while he had a fight, been called on his mobile by Usher's mum while in a pub in Camberwell, spent an interview talking about night feeds while bouncing Beck's new baby on his knee, given his last two cigarettes to Elliott Smith and stroked Barry Gibbs' knee while in a recording studio in Miami. He lives in Surrey with his wife and two kids and according to the internet he invented the expression "mashup".
Facebook - Digital Marketing, Head of Planning & Strategy
Global Business Marketing team working across Europe, Middle East and Africa. My role is to work with the regional leads, country marketing leads and all vertical leads with all aspects oftheir digital marketing, focused around the media planning and strategy for social. Working closely with the creative team to ensure our stakeholders are getting the best results possible. Andrew works across Facebook, Instagram and messenger. He is also a former Twitter analyst and life-long Gooner.
Music Explosion Special
An Audience With... Skin!
Wednesday 12th June 2019, 7pm-9pm
FREE ENTRY - SOLD OUT!
MMC is thrilled to present an evening in conversation with iconic female rock artist, Skin.
Lead singer and guitarist with Skunk Anansie, Skin is also well known as a fashion icon, DJ, charity activist and an inspiring role model for generations of fans.
We welcome a diverse audience of fans, creatives and music lovers to this unique music industry seminar. The night is your opportunity ask Skin questions on the music business and gain insight into her life, from an emerging artist to a pivotal force in music - from rock singer, to cultural icon.
Music Explosion Spring Sessions 2019
Industry Talks + Q&As
Wednesday 20 March 2019, 4.15pm - 8pm
MMC is thrilled to return this Spring with it long-standing, free evening of industry talks with Q&A discussions and networking opportunities.
Join us this March for a special line up of the UK's top movers and shakers, shining insights into all corners of the music business. Each panelist will focus on a different aspect of the music business, to inspire developing artists, creatives and entrepreneurs.
4.30pm - 5.50pm
Manager, Music Publishers Association (MPA)
Music publishers play a vital role in the development of new music and in taking care of the business side, allowing music makers to concentrate on their creative work.
Lorna's route into music, from her Natural Sciences degree through international travel in various live music festivals, has led to her current role managing the MPA's extensive membership. Lorna will give an overview of the MPA, what they do and the role of publishing in industry.
5.45pm - 6.45pm
Artist, Fashion Icon
CICAS® alumni and MMC patron Shingai Shoniwa is a singer-songwriter best known as the legendary front woman and bassist of genre-bending duo The Noisettes. With a persona that’s larger than life, her iconic looks have seen her regularly grace the fashion pages. Shingai’s been no stranger to collaboration having worked with artists including Paul McCartney, will.i.am, Annie Lennox and RZA.
Shingai will share her journey into the industry from Noisettes to now, as she prepares to launch her solo career, as an independent artist and everything else in between. She will talk about touring, the importance of staying true to your brand and tips for emerging artists. Shingai has been described as “…a living, breathing manifestation of the rock & roll spirit, with a voice that is equal parts Iggy Pop and Billie Holiday.” Rolling Stone Magazine
7pm - 8pm
CEO, Association of Independent Music (AIM)
In the UK, AIM represents independent labels, digital distributers, label services companies and self-releasing artists amongst its 800 members. Previously, Paul Pacifico was CEO of the UK’s Featured Artists Coalition (‘FAC’), the organisation in the music industry that represents the interests and rights of the Artists. Paul was also the founding President of the International Artist Organisation (‘IAO’), which unites artist organisations from different countries to speak with one voice.
Paul continues to perform and record with his band, Pacifico Blues and is a Visiting Professor teaching the ‘Artist as a Startup’ course at the Berklee College of Music’s Masters campus in Valencia, Spain.
So, you have the talent and the determination, but you haven’t figured out a way to make it work financially. Come along and meet Paul Pacifico, who will outline AIM’s work while offering insights and practical advice on turning your creativity into a career and your band into a business.
Music Explosion Sessions Special: Making it in Music
Summer Special at Camberwell Library
Wednesday 18th July 2018 6pm - 8pm
TV and Radio Presenter, DJ, Content Creator and general Influencer in London
Remel currently presents on Capital Xtra and What's Up TV (Sky One). Remel has created original content and collaborated with multiple major brands including Iluvlive, Link Up TV, Mobo's, Channel AKA and more.
Radio Station Manager, DJ, Content Creator, Event Organiser & Activist
Niccy manages Transmission Roundhouse, a Radio station for young people that features radical talk, experimental underground content, opinions, politics and entertainment - based in the Roundhouse in Camden. When Niccy has some downtime shes either raising awareness with her brand Foundation, organising an event, spinning some tunes or creating some magic.
Artist Manager, Presenter, Content Creator and Brand Manager
Nina manages R&B Trio Black Roses alongside managing Creatives Connect Universal a creative talent agency, Events and Artist Management company. Nina has also Presented for multiple music platforms and creates content on her Youtube channel including 'Chit Chat with Nina Rose'.
Artist based in South East London
Koder has grown a strong fan base in London and New Zealand. His lyrical flow has been recognised on platforms like Complex, Lord of The Mics, Rinse FM and more! With collaborations with Grime OG's like Skepta and Novelist under his belt, Koder is one to watch rising up in London.
Women in Music Special
Thursday 21st June 2pm - 4pm
This is an amazing opportunity to gain insight from one of the world’s most infamous artist/producers, Goldie (MBE).
We are excited to invite an audience of female creatives aged 16+ to this unique master class seminar with the musical alchemist; whether artists, singers, songwriters, composers, producers, engineers or DJs. This is your chance to hear about Goldie’s amazing journey in the music industry, as a graffiti artist, creative industries and education, over twenty-five years.
“In my music and art,” says Goldie, “is everything I’ve learned, everyone I’ve met, everything I’ve experienced.”
Among his many accolades came an invitation in 2011, to give a TED talk at London’s Kings Place and a year later, Goldie was selected as one of the BBC’s 'New Elizabethans', 60 people – ranging from David Hockney to Roald Dahl, David Bowie and Tim Berners-Lee – who have helped shape British culture during the reign of Elizabeth II. In January 2016, he was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours.
An Audience With Goldie is part of the Mayor of London’s 'Sounds Like London' series, taking place throughout June 2018 and will take place on Making Music Day UK in The Midi Music Company’s creative hub at the heart of Deptford, South-East London.
Summer Sessions 2018
Women in Music Special
Wednesday 27 June 4.15pm - 8pm
We host free evenings of seminars with Q&A and networking three times a year at The Midi Music Company. Leading music industry professionals and artists share insights into how best to navigate your career. For our Summer Session we have joined the Mayor of London's month-long celebration of women in music. Follow the conversation at #SoundsLikeLondon.
Women in Music Special Schedule
DJ, Presenter & Events Management, Shahlaa Discovers, 4.30pm - 5.30pm
Shahlaa has a high level of knowledge of working in radio and new media, with previous experience of presenting and producing at Reprezent Radio, Rinse FM and CapitalXtra. She is currently working at the Global Academy as an Audio Teacher. This session will focus on her journey from Apprentice to employee and her tips on working in the music industry.
London Director, She Said So & Creative Director, Cognitive Shift Recordings, 5.45pm - 6.45pm
Harriet has a background in PR, sync and brand-building for contemporary classical , alternative and electronic labels and artists. This session is an introduction to the leading voluntary international Women in Music organisation and network, shesaid.so. The network provides mentorship and regular events for its 2500+ global members, including recent collaborations with Boiler Room, Spotify, Live Nation and Bestival, as well as a unique insight into her experiences in the business.
Creative Director, Decca Publishing,7pm - 8pm
Danielle has a range of experiences within the music business and was previously the former Creative Manager at BMG UK, particularly managing the creative output of the Synchronisation department. This session will provide participants with a deeper understanding of the publishing world and the relationship between Decca and the Universal Music Group.