Want to make your productions phatter, discover how the professionals do their marketing and make money from their music?
Great news for all you London and UK based dance music producers, the innovative Sample Magic team lead by dance music producer Sharooz and responsible for developing the ‘Secrets of House’ music production book along with numerous quality sample CDs, are back with the perfect conference to ensure your careers progress in the right direction in 2012.
London Electronic Music Event (LEME) is been held at Alchemea College on the weekend of 18-19th February. The event runs from 9.30 am to 9pm on both days so offers great value for the £140 delegates badge. Featuring a range of industry driven seminars with the likes of Ben Watt, The Nextmen,to Soundcloud, DJ Mag and more. There are also evening drinks to make it easy for people to stay on, chat and get to meet some like minded folk. See full poster below for more or check out the website to order.
To fill you in on why you need to forget taking your partner shopping and get yourself down for some music production masterclasses we spoke with Sample Magic’s Barry McManus.
LEME looks to be the first of its kind in the UK, what brought you to putting the LEME conference on?
The fact that it hadn’t been done before. As one of the biggest cities for electronic music in the world it seemed a shame that London didn’t have a dedicated event where those in the electronic music community could come together to learn skills, share contacts and discuss ideas with both their peers, industry-leading experts and big name producers.
Can you give us an overview of what LEME offers the developing producer?
The industry is more competitive than ever and the economic climate is tough but we hope LEME will go some way to helping people start, continue or further their career – covering everything from synth and drum programming through to understanding record contracts and setting up as a professional musician.
Increasingly it’s no longer enough for artists to just make music – nowadays it’s normal for artists to also be their own marketing department, accountant or even legal adviser – and we’ve tried to reflect this with the sessions offered throughout the weekend.
We’ve tried really hard to bring together some of the best people and organisations from all corners of the industry to ensure LEME is packed with information and insight from people who have been there and done it all at the highest level.
It’s an exciting mix with sessions led by everyone from the Musician’s Union and SoundCloud to Ben Watt of Buzzin’ Fly and Stuart Knight of Toolroom Records. And the fact that most of the sessions have a strong Q&A element means you can have your questions answered straight from the horse’s mouth so to speak!
Is there a particular level of producer you’re aiming at?
Making the music is only the first step. Knowing how to market your music to labels and the public, understanding contracts and getting paid for your music are the next steps and that information isn’t always easily available. All this and more will be covered by qualified experts throughout the weekend.
As well as production skills, how will the course aid attending producers make a living from of their music?
Making the music is only the first step. Knowing how to market your music to labels and the public, being paid for your records, understanding recording contracts and syncing music for TV and film are the next steps and that information isn’t always easily available. All this and more will be covered by qualified experts throughout the weekend.
If one of our readers were thinking about spending £140 on a new piece of music equipment, how would you convince him to spend it on coming to LEME?
LEME isn’t just about spending £140 for a weekend experience – it will give you skills and knowledge that you will be able to use throughout your career. We believe it will be an investment that will pay itself back many times over in the future too!
Thanks for time Barry, this certainly looks like a great way for dance music producers to ensure they maximise progress, so hats off to you guys in putting together a great weekend. To find out more about go to london electronic music event