2018 PROGRAM

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  • Day 1

    14 November, 2018

  • One of the most widely acclaimed, prolific electronic music artists of all time, SASHA is a man who needs no introduction. In this rare In Conversation, Lars Brandle shares an up close and personal conversation with SASHA highlighting his journey and achievements throughout his thirty plus year career; and what’s most exciting him about the future of electronic music.
    Keynotes
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    MEZZANINE

  • Women of Music Production Perth (WOMPP) present an Ableton live production workshop featuring guest artist Ninjrachi. Featuring a comprehensive introduction to Ableton live, an up close and personal insight into Ninjirachi's production and a track-sharing aspect to the workshop where attendees share their tracks for valuable feedback and discussion on your own productions!
    EMC Studio
    Where
    Music Has The Right To Children

  • An artist’s journey includes many highs and often lows throughout their career. Hard work, long hours, late nights are often mixed with contrasting feelings of excitement, anticipation, pride and sometimes fear! Keeping a balance and prioritising your wellbeing is an essential for any artist as they navigate a rapidly changing industry and the best path to take to carve a sustainable and long term career. Headspace and Bass Founder Bec Robertson delivers a wellbeing session that gives artist practical tips for ways an artist can balance themselves, turn down the noise in their mind, and allow for clear mental space so creativity can flourish and flow positively.
    Artists & Managers
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    MY PEOPLE

  • 2018 has seen Set Mo embark on a bold release strategy which has seen them releasing a new single every month since February. As the Sydney duo approach their eleventh single release for the year, they bring their team to EMC including manager Jane Slingo, AWAL’s Ben Godding, Kobalt MD Simon Moor, AU/NZ and USA agents Paul Stix and Chad Cohen, domestic and international PRs Aniela Swiatek and Toni Tamborine and US digital marketing specialist Sam Mobarek. Team Set Mo share the wins and challenges on this exhilarating and relentless journey, and what 2019 looks like following Set Mo’s admirable output this year. Team Set Mo share the wins and challenges on this exhilarating and relentless journey, and what 2019 looks like following Set Mo’s admirable output this year.
    Artists & Managers
    Where
    MY PEOPLE

  • Keynotes
    Tech & Digital
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    Mezzanine

  • Inclusivity and representation in programming is at the forefront of every good curator's mind in 2018 and beyond. Inclusive programming encompasses far more than a male:female gender balance. Representation of people of colour, LGBTQI+ folk, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds is not only critical to the cultural health of our events and festival's, it's also essential to setting a positive example for the next generation of music artists and consumers. Inclusive programming is not simple. It requires care, time, highly engaged networks and endless hours of research. This lineup of incredible programmers from Australia, Europe and North America share their insights and methods, and the ways they have developed their curation skills to program in a way that's progressive, vibrant, diverse and most importantly authentic.
    Events & Touring
    Where
    MUSIC SOUNDS BETTER WITH YOU

  • As China continues to become a priority region for the world’s music artists and businesses, it’s more critical than ever to gain a comprehensive understanding of the unique digital, streaming and social media landscape in this market. Drawing from five years experience with music distribution in China; social media promotion in China; live music and DJ touring and the overall Chinese music industry, Kanjian Music’s Global Business Manager presents an introduction to the streaming and social media landscape in China. Alessandro’s keynote includes insights into QQ Music, KK Box, MyMusic, Xiaomi, Spotify, Boom Asia, VUE and more. An essential keynote for for any business, manager, label or artist seriously considering the huge potential of this mammoth international market.
    Keynotes
    Tech & Digital
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    Mezzanine

  • Watch Brux, CKD and Trinity dance with the devil as they make a respectful and 2018 reinterpretation of an iconic 2008 Australian anthem.
    EMC Studio
    Where
    MUSIC HAS THE RIGHT TO CHILDREN

  • People often call those who make electronic music “DJs”, yet we know DJing it an artform in its own right. Whilst the majority of artists focus on production and releases to lead their career, there’s a special few that have built thriving careers through the art of DJing. CC, Robbie, Simon & Sunshine discuss with Mo’Funk why DJ sets are still leading the charge and what makes an incredible show out of “Just pushing play”.
    Artists & Managers
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    MY PEOPLE

  • Ticket reselling and ticket fraud has become such a huge challenge to Australian festivals and events that the issue has even made it to government intervention at state and federal parliamentary inquiries. Enter Tixel, who have launched in the market to address fraudulent transactions and scalping, which impacts both consumers and event producers significantly. This session presents a case study of Rhythm & Vines & Tixel who announced the first partnership in the antipodean market, integrating with longtime ticketing partner Eventbrite. The case study will highlight the general resale issues in the market overall; the ticket resale problems R&V had to solve; previous methods and partnerships that had failed; the point of difference Tixel offered to this leading festival and the initial campaign results so far.
    Events & Touring
    Where
    MUSIC SOUNDS BETTER WITH YOU

  • Transparency is a concept often thrown around, but what does it actually mean? This session looks at how transparency is both enabled, and inhibited through some relatively simple human behaviours. From Wikileaks, #Metoo, #fakenews and even pill testing, transparency is both guiding and dividing communities as it shifts and changes. The interactive part of the session will take a tech based approach to transparency in practice. A focus on the dance music community both locally and internationally will guide a workshop in breaking down the barriers to better information. This will be followed by an open Q&A.
    Keynotes
    Where
    Music Sounds Better With You

  • Projecting your identity and complimenting your music visually leans heavily on the way you look. It's an intricate and complex process to create a look that is natural to you, yet makes a strong statement. Style icon Flexmami hosts this 90 minute workshop, drawing on the experiences of a leading stylist and pghotographer/stylist to candidly unveil the steps they've taken to improve their client's looks, followed by an interactive, hands-on workshop where YOU apply these insights into working your own looks!
    Artists & Managers
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    MY PEOPLE

  • Klaus Hill is one of Australia’s heavyweight engineers. Get his expert take on making the most of a vocal session and how to capture the perfect performance.
    EMC Studio
    Where
    MUSIC HAS THE RIGHT TO CHILDREN

  • Gilles Peterson has been one of the world’s top DJs for over three decades, but his fascination with the craft remains as bright as ever. Over the last twelve months, Gilles has been interviewing some of his favourite DJs in his WeTransfer presented series The Psychology of DJing, to explore life behind the turntables. Why do they do it? How do they balance the lifestyle? How they keep healthy, how they manage the pressure and what its like to build a profession out of passion. So far, Gilles has interviewed The Black Madonna, Seth Troxler, Cassy, Craig Richards and IG Culture for this remarkable series. Marking his second EMC appearance, Gilles presents The Psychology of DJing with the equally accomplished Greg Wilson. For music lovers, emerging and established artists, and the people that work with DJs day-to-day The Psychology of DJing with Gilles Peterson and Greg Wilson is a rare treat not to be missed.
    Keynotes
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    MEZZANINE

  • Operating venues and putting on events and festivals can be hugely satisfying and there is nothing quite like the adrenaline and excitement of an event that is well executed with ticket sales to match. However, music promoters, venue operators and event organisers are under unique and significant pressures (legal, financial, regulatory, logistical, reputational…), all of which can take a significant toll on their health and wellbeing. Last month, DJ Mag published the results of a commissioned research piece which focussed on people working in events, festivals and venues. Of the 500+ interviews with promoters, venue operators ad event organisers, almost 70% said they had anxiety; 65% said they frequently felt an ‘intense and unmanageable level of pressure’ and 40% said they had struggled with depression. These results are not surprising given the daily realities for music promoters, venue operators and event organisers. Headspace and Bass CEO Bec Robertson presents a session specifically targeted to increasing and maintaining wellbeing whilst balancing the fast paced and demanding world of operating venues and events. The session will cover practical tips for staying calm under pressure, looking after your emotional and physical health, dealing with overwhelm and incorporating simple daily practices into your schedule to boost productivity and clarity.
    Artists & Managers
    Where
    MUSIC SOUNDS BETTER WITH YOU

  • Hit records can be made at home now. But a whole lot of learning also still needs to take place. These three class acts share their processes and their journeys from dabbling with DAWs to heaving dancefloors, unpacking their very first completed tune from the bedroom to their very first release on Beatport.
    EMC Studio
    Where
    MUSIC HAS THE RIGHT TO CHILDREN

  • There’s a grey area when it comes to where DJing sits within the definition of live music. State governments around the country, and indeed many governments around the world are yet to clearly identify whether a DJ performance should be deemed a live music performance or not. We hear the views from the NSW state music peak body, an educational institution, a promoter from one of the world’s largest touring companies and a DJ to dive into the various perspectives on this ongoing question.
    Events & Touring
    Where
    MUSIC SOUNDS BETTER WITH YOU

  • This 45 minute workshop hosted by Trebl's Founder Eamon Chiffey delivers expert insights into the world of digital engagement in social media so an artist, manager, agent or brand can understand data and how it can work for you. Through making analytics digestible regardless of your acumen, enabling you to leverage and make the digital space a multi channel revenue and engagement stream. How to use this knowledge and make it work for you; implementing structure, automating process, and taking the heavy lifting out of social media through planning day-to-day, week-to-week and month-to-month. You'll learn why losing followers isn't a bad thing; the importance of understanding what your digital baseline is and analytics so your social media and digital campaigns are measurable; and how you can avoid pumping money into social media for little impact. A must for anyone looking to take their social media and digital presence and engagement up to the next level.
    Tech & Digital
    Where
    MY PEOPLE

  • In 1998 Celeda preached the grand truth “Music is the Answer” When her and Danny Tenaglia collaborated on this feel good hit. A unifying house track emerging from a rich spectrum of scenes and sounds. This year we handcuff Beth Yen, Hood Rich & Stace Cadet together, until they deliver us the modern update this track deserves.
    EMC Studio
    Where
    MUSIC HAS THE RIGHT TO CHILDREN

  • Day 2

    15 November, 2018

  • Long acclaimed as one of the most revered artist managers in Australian music history, for many decades John Watson has successfully guided the brilliant careers of a diverse array of artists from Silverchair to The Presets to Midnight Oil. This rare ‘In Conversation’ led by Association of Artist Managers’ Leanne de Souza is an essential for artists, managers, labels and indeed any business in music seeking growth, sustainability and resilience as we represent Australian cultural production to the world.
    Artists & Managers
    Keynotes
    Where
    MEZZANINE

  • With more and more options open to artists outside of traditional record label deals, the manager’s role is fast expanding to encompass more responsibilities, relationships, time zones and on the spot strategic decision making. Managers operate as the conduit between artists and the music industry, often bearing the brunt of the stressors that both artists and music industry executives are under. In this role, managers need to remain calm, logical and commercial, all whilst attempting to preserve relationships and their own sanity in a pressure cooker environment. Headspace and bass CEO Bec Robertson presents this session specifically for managers to develop skills and daily habits to hone in on their own individual needs when it feels like everyone wants a piece of them!
    Artists & Managers
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    MY PEOPLE

  • There’s a rediscovered appreciation for the tones of 70s & 80s. But back then record making was a slow & expensive process. Sampology and Kids At Midnight share with us the methods they are using to hark back to a bygone era, quickly and easily, with a mix of the latest technology combined with vintage hardware.
    EMC Studio
    Where
    MUSIC HAS THE RIGHT TO CHILDREN

  • Since bursting onto the scene in 2013, Hayden James has amassed hundreds of thousands of fans; played every major Australian festival worth playing; toured the world; supported the likes of Disclosure and Odesza on US and Australian tours; and received big nods of approval from both industry and public with ARIA Awards nominations and featuring in triple j’s Hottest 100. Hayden James is a rare artist that defies the notion that artists today need to be releasing with high output. Since 2013, there have been just 6 releases from this widely acclaimed artist. For his EMC debut, Hayden James intimately shares his unique journey, which driven by quality over quantity continues to see him trail blazing the world.
    Keynotes
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    MEZZANINE

  • Given that a managers duty is at its core focussed on growing the business of the artist/s, very often managers find themselves in a time poor situation that doesn’t allow ample room to focus on growing their own business. Further to this, growth means different things to different people. For some, the prospect of growing a business in terms of staff numbers is a prospect considered with hesitation, as it shifts the managers focus to managing staff rather than managing artists. For others, growth is about diversifying the manager’s income streams to offer protection should there be a change to the artist’s direction or ability to realise the original vision. Four very different, but equally awesome managers compare their experiences with approaching their own business models and what growth has looked like to them.
    Artists & Managers
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    MY PEOPLE

  • Over the past 18 months, Bali has seen a huge influx of international festival and club brands pouring into the magical island. Ultra, Elrow, Hakasaan’s OMNIA, For The Love, Bestival and Pacha are just a handful of the international brands now staking their forks in the ground in Bali. On an already over-developed small island which is often challenged by poor infrastructure and roads, and forces of God such as earthquakes and volcano ash, we speak to the most experienced on the island to understand whether Bali will continue to grow at this rapid speed, or when will enough be enough?
    Events & Touring
    Where
    MUSIC SOUNDS BETTER WITH YOU

  • Bass baddies Sippy & Oski see if they can get us flinging trap arms when they take on the 1998 classic ‘Right Here, Right Now’. Watch these innovators remix this track in real time and witness a future club thumper in the making.
    EMC Studio
    Where
    MUSIC HAS THE RIGHT TO CHILDREN

  • The political system is at its most sensitive in the lead up to an election. With NSW due to go to the polls in March 2019 and a federal election in the offing for May 2019, now is the time for industry to align, to get organised and to speak in a clear and powerful voice for Sydney after dark with one message: the night matters. Enter the Night Time Industries Association. Launched on November 7, it has a growing membership of leading creative, hospitality and cultural organisations and a clear policy agenda which will undoubtedly capture the attention of the political parties as they prepare to kick off their own state and federal election campaigns in the new year. We highlight the NTIA’s five point policy agenda, discuss the pointy end politics required to unleash the potential of the night time economy and explore Keep Sydney Open’s new stance as a political party running in the 2019 state election. An essential for any operator, artist or business that relies on a positive and thriving nightlife for survival and sustainability.
    Keynotes
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    MEZZANINE

  • Mike Warner turned his personal playlists into a respected brand with a loyal following of over 30,000 followers and 10,000 monthly listeners. In this workshop Mike will walk through his rigorous curation process, best practices and review benefits for both artists and curators.
    Artists & Managers
    Tech & Digital
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    MY PEOPLE

  • There’s more to support from the DSPs than simply playlist pitching and placement. Building relationships with the DSPs (Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Beatport, Amazon, Pandora, YouTube Music, Juno, Traxsource etc) is critical to having an artist and their music supported in a way that can ensure it cuts through the white noise. This is no easy feat, given the often limited access to the DSPs; working globally yet remotely from the various DSPs teams around the world; and of course the crucial aspect of algorithms and what triggers drive it. Digital marketing specialist Sam Mobarek hosts a workshop that’s an essential for independent labels, managers, self-managed or self-releasing artists. Covering creating and submitting the perfect pitch, feature placement, building relationships with programmers, best practices, strategies for exclusives, campaign aspects that can drive the algorithm, and how working the record in a traditional format is still crucial.
    Artists & Managers
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    MY PEOPLE

  • In just three years, Anand, Jess & Steven (BBE) have taken FOMO from it’s 2016 launch to one of Australia’s leading national touring festivals. In this rare In Conversation, Sony Music’s Petrina Convey deep dives into their impressive and swift journey to huge success; how FOMO has been integral to the significant growth of hip hop in Australia; why diversity and inclusion has been critical to the festival’s popularity and what lies ahead in their bright future.
    Events & Touring
    Where
    MUSIC SOUNDS BETTER WITH YOU

  • Live possibilities are becoming endless. Human Movement are excited to share with us how they take their tracks to shows & the recent innovations that have taken their performances to the next level.
    EMC Studio
    Where
    MUSIC HAS THE RIGHT TO CHILDREN

  • Chartmetric delivers data from streaming services, social media, radio and publishing for artists, labels, curators and publishers. Join Mike Warner and deep dive into data on four well known Australian artists who have had growth internationally in the past two years. Mike will review their growth across multiple platforms in a quick paced, highly informative keynote. Attendees at this keynote will also receive an exclusive coupon giving two weeks premium access to Chart Metric for free!
    Tech & Digital
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    MEZZANINE

  • The past 15 years have seen a transformation in the fundamentals of accounting in the Australian music industry. Artists and their managers are handling the accounts and business planning in more detail and over a broader scope than ever before. Budgeting and managing cashflow around touring cycles, understanding the flow of royalty income, knowing the tax implications of touring internationally, and ensuring their businesses are compliant with tax and small business requirements have become standard practice for successful artists of the millennial generation. The team at White Sky have been at the forefront of this culture shift since their foundation in 2002. During this workshop, attendees will be split into two groups and rotate between White Sky experts in their fields who will provide an intimate insight into the keys areas of running a music business. 1. Budgeting, Touring, EMDG & Tax 2. Music Royalties All attendees will take home a package of templates & information related to the discussion topics.
    Artists & Managers
    Where
    MY PEOPLE

  • With Asia rapidly growing across multiple markets, this region is reinforcing its potential to become one of the world’s leading music markets. Given this region’s hungry appetite for electronic music, we convene leading tour agents and touring strategists to deep dive into the exciting and diverse future in this market in a post EDM world.
    Events & Touring
    Where
    MUSIC SOUNDS BETTER WITH YOU

  • It’s easy to get trapped inside the box when making electronic music. In this session star producer Mickey Kojak shares with us insights, vibes & techniques for recording live instruments. Ways to put aside the sample packs and make your music unique.
    EMC Studio
    Where
    MUSIC HAS THE RIGHT TO CHILDREN

  • Native advertising has significant growth and prominence in the media landscape, especially in 2018. In what is undoubtedly going to be a very robust discussion, our five specialists share their perspectives on retaining editorial integrity amongst a sea of advertorial, how the rise in native is affecting the media landscape overall, and what the future holds for music journalists, publishers and the survival of Australia's media outlets, big and small.
    Keynotes
    Tech & Digital
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    Mezzanine

  • OneMusic Australia is a joint initiative of APRA AMCOS and PPCA due to launch in 2019. The initiative aims to simplify the process of acquiring a public performance music license. In October 2017, OneMusic Australia released the basics of the proposed structure of the new singular license for nightclubs, which included: OneMusic Australia charging a fee based on the capacity of the nightclub and the number of nights the venue is open, with a tiered structure so that the more nights per week the nightclub operates, the lower the per-night fee is; The proposed capacity-based fee was calculated by taking into account that attendance figures and capacity figures at nightclub can often be different; Nightclubs will have the opportunity to report a modified capacity depending on how the venue space is configured on different nights, such as reporting a reduced capacity on nights where only one level or room is open; Reporting and paying for the proposed new licence strcuture will be much easier using the OneMusic eCommerce facility, and nightclubs will no longer be required to report attendance figures. From January through to May 2018, OneMusic consulted with venues and nightclubs around Australia. The outcomes of this consultation are yet to be published. With live performance revenue often being a significant income stream for artists, songwriters and therefore managers, it’s critical that managers today understand the potential impact that this proposed new model presents to artists and businesses within electronic music. In this one hour session, APRA AMCOS and PPCA present a comprehensive information session including the impacts this new license model will have on artists and songwriter’s income; distribution processes for the transaction of license fees charged to paying royalties to copyright owners; and how OneMusic will change the way artists and songwriters report to APRA AMCOS and PPCA. An essential session for managers and self managed artists to understand the changes forthcoming in 2019.
    Artists & Managers
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    MY PEOPLE

  • It’s no secret that single-use plastic is one of the biggest dangers to the health of our world today and in the future. Music festivals, venues and events and the people that attend them are amongst the biggest contributors to the alarmingly high volume of single-use plastic. Plastic bottles, straws and the glitter people wear to festivals are terrible for our environment and the time is now to focus on re-use and re-cycle for the sake of the health of our environment in the future. Around the world, there are practical and positive examples of industry associations, businesses and individuals who are prioritising green strategies in their work, events and festivals. Meet some of the inspiring figures who are leading the way to a cleaner, greener way for us all sustainably rave.
    Events & Touring
    Where
    MUSIC SOUNDS BETTER WITH YOU

  • With audiences demanding more than just music, there’s an ever growing shift to larger productions that bring your music to life with complex AV and lighting design operated by a combination of specialist designers and operators, often combined with live manipulation by the artists themselves. An esteemed group of some of Australia’s leading LX designers and VJs share their case studies and processes for designing unforgettable productions that take performances to a world class level.
    EMC Studio
    Where
    MUSIC HAS THE RIGHT TO CHILDREN

  • Finally - blockchain explained SIMPLY! Specialists that are realising the future of the music industry highlight the benefits of blockchain for consumers, creatives, industry and business. The use of BlockChain will lead to a new era of transparency and efficiency in a number of key areas which will enable musicians in the industry to feel more empowered. It will provide them with a stronger voice in the determination of how they are rewarded and how successful they can make their music careers. As this is a developing technology, what we are experiencing now is just scratching the surface of how musicians will benefit in the long run. The session will guide you through the features of blockchain including instant payments, digital contracts, global access and most of all trust and transparency. Includes demonstrations of examples in action from Emanate and Gazecoin. Blockchain explained SIMPLY! Trust / Transparency Instant payments Digital contracts Global Access
    Artists & Managers
    Tech & Digital
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    MY PEOPLE

  • 20 years ago, not everyone could make music. But now powerful computers are commonplace, software is cheap and virtual instruments rule the roost. But how to make the most of this? Learn about getting premium sounds with minimised expense with Acaddamy, Amastro, Jay Sounds & WYN.
    EMC Studio
    Where
    MUSIC HAS THE RIGHT TO CHILDREN