The innovative electronic music conference returns to the Brighton Dome for the fifth year in a row on Wednesday 25th , running through to Saturday the 28th of April. If you’re involved in the world of electronic music in any capacity, don’t miss out on this fantastic four-day event. Featuring the perfect balance of seminars, workshops, debates, production masterclasses and live music events. Most importantly, BMC offers a fantastic opportunity to network face-to-face rather than through e-mail or social media.
Over 30 talks and panels will take place throughout the conference. Split into two sections, Professional Programme and Academy talks. The Professional talks, as you’ve probably guessed, are geared towards industry professionals and the Academy talks focus on educating aspiring musicians. Some of the most anticipated include Mental Health In The Electronic Music Industry, Is The Underground Underground Anymore?, How to get your music signed to the right label, How Much Is Your Hearing Worth?, Ram Records Q&A, Education — is college really worth it?
Hospital Records return after their Q&A session last year, bringing a fresh idea to the table with their ‘Sonic Surgery’ room. Including various sessions such as London Elektricity: Obsessive Sound Collecting, Nu:Tone: Words & Pictures, Danny Byrd: MPC vs DNB, A&R Feedback and more. BBC Radio 1 and 1xtra’s Newsbeat will be hosting a discussion on Friday at 5pm. Topics include Brexit, drug testing at venues and events in the UK. Other rooms include the Toolroom Academy, Focusrite/Novation and Seminar Area 3 – all of which offer a diverse range of panels, production masterclasses and workshops (For a full list of available workshops, click here).
BMC continues to grow and expand, adding to their list of partnered and sponsored events accompanying the main conference. The ability to attract leading industry professionals, record labels, radio stations, aspiring producers and start-ups, not only shows the willingness of those who are already established to give back and help others reach their goals, but it also creates a fun, positive atmosphere. Aside from the state-of-the-art educational experiences, BMC excels in carrying the beacon for change, hosting open debates about important issues within the music industry, such as equal opportunities for women and mental health. (Clearly these issues are still a major concern with the recent situation at Radar Radio)
Personally, every time I’ve attended the conference I’ve made valuable connections. I’ve learnt about hardware, production, live performance, the business side of music and much more. But most importantly, I’ve been hugely inspired, not only with music production but life as a whole. I think that’s the most valuable asset that BMC provides. It’s a place where anyone can find their feet in the industry and build confidence. Gathering new ideas about the potential career paths the industry has to offer and hopefully, walk away from the experience as inspired as I did.
If you’re still not convinced, check out the highlights from last year!