Last week, BBC Introducing rounded-up folk from all corners of the music industry and brought them to London’s Tobacco Dock, for their brilliant three-day event, which gave thousands of individuals the chance to gain a real insight into the world of music. Opening their doors with the aim to inspire, offer advice and give those looking for a career in the business the chance to network and showcase their talents. It is fair to say, BBC Introducing well and truly delivered the goods!
Within the first few seconds of walking into the venue, there was a definite buzz of something special in the air. We stepped into what felt like a small-scale industry, specially designed to give you a different insight into each area of the business with every turn you took. The venue spanned across two-levels, each branching off into multiple spaces which acted as music-fuelled hubs, hosting sessions and masterclasses full-to-the-brim with knowledge and expertise from those working in the business.
There were live performances from musicians set-up around the venue, as well as an open mic opportunity for new talent to demonstrate their skills in the spotlight. All contributing to an interesting and lively setting, that kept everyone well entertained throughout.
The unique event presented an incredible line-up of quality talks and masterclasses, we felt truly spoilt for choice when it came to deciding which ones to sit in on.
We stopped by a great session on Mastering and Why You Need It—delivered by Christian Wright, Simon Gibson and Alex Gordon from the legendary Abbey Road Studios. The guys spoke about the importance of mastering and the overall effect it has on the sound of an album. We were also taught how your ears are the most important tool for the task, as well as a good room and speakers, to ensure your music translates to its best quality when played in many different forms.
MMF presented a brilliant Music Managers Masterclass, leading a panel discussion with several managers each churning out their tips and advice to those in attendance. As well as sharing their own personal experiences of working in the business; from the problems they’ve faced along the way, to the exciting aspects of their role. The room was rich in information and stories, sparking inspiration and drive amongst those listening.
A highlight of the event for us, came in the form of a special conversation with grime legend Kano, as he spoke with DJ Target about some of the key moments from his own career. We heard about how it all began for him, from recording his first track ‘Boys Love Girls’, which lead to the creation of his incredible debut album Home Sweet Home. To his creative process, forward-thinking and the hard work and complete dedication it takes to become successful within the industry. It was a real open and honest chat, which was met with praise and love from his fans. They took the opportunity to thank him for being such an inspiration, as the mic was passed around the floor for questions.
Continuing the theme of how musicians made their way into the industry, was a Breaking Artists Panel, with Tom Grennan—fresh from performing a special acoustic set outside—his manager John Dawkins, singer Soak and rap duo Lotto Boyzz. Each discussing their own journeys and giving an artists perspective on entering the business; from taking their first steps as musicians, to building their team and eventually bringing their creative vision to life. It was fun, entertaining and most definitely informative. A running theme that stayed fixed throughout the three-days.
Keen to give a complete experience of the music industry, BBC Introducing also entertained the masses into the night, by hosting live music from artists such as Ben Howard, Deadmau5 and Duke Dumont. Before wrapping up on Saturday night, with a BBC Radio 1Xtra takeover.
BBC Introducing brought the industry to the people and that was a special feeling. From aspiring musicians, to future managers, or any one else looking to get their foot in the door, everyone was catered to. Future talent is well and truly on it’s way, and that is exciting to see. Massive kudos to everyone who put the incredible event together!
For more information on BBC Introducing, visit: www.introducinglive.co.uk
Words and photos by Demi Leigh