EMC 2019 Announces 65 New Speakers & 25 Conference Sessions


Now in its eighth year, EMC is the leading annual electronic music event of its kind in the Asia Pacific region. EMC includes a conference on Wednesday 13th November and Thursday 14th November and a festival of music, parties, showcases, films and more from Wednesday 13th November to Sunday 17th November.

Today EMC announces DJ and BBC Radio 1xtra Host Jamz Supernova, who will open the conference with an in conversation with Australian born, LA based George Maple. The DIY Handbook: Jamz Supernova in conversation with George Maple sees these two powerhouse women tapping into each other’s minds to discuss their journeys as creative entrepreneurs, the mistakes that became learnings applied to create magical career milestones, the advice they can offer to emerging artists and professionals and what is exciting them the most about the new decade ahead.

George Maple will also present a workshop – The Process: Developing Your Artistic Voice and What It’s Saying on development and nurturing of the creative process. Using her own inspirations, documents from previous projects and footage from her recent multimedia live spectacle ‘Utopia,’, George Maple will drill down to present a simple, succinct, visual and engaging lecture which explores ‘What am I trying to say?’ from the artist’s perspective.

Enigmatic producer, artist and songwriter Running Touch features in EMC’s Keynote Theatre in On The Couch with Team Running Touch – a close look into the journey of Running Touch and his team, exploring the triumphs and challenges since his 2016 breakout, and what  2020 and beyond looks like for one of Australia’s most exciting talents.

Inline with EMC’s 2019 theme The Next Now and ahead of what looks (almost) certain to be a 2020 repeal of Sydney’s lockout laws is a special panel After The Lockouts: Rebuilding Sydney’s Nightlife From 2020. Global advocate for night time governance and former Amsterdam Night Mayor Mirik Milan facilitates this panel which includes Keep Sydney Open’s Tyson Koh; The Ticket Fairy CEO Ritesh Patel and Sophie Page of Home The Venue which celebrates an impressive 21 years of existence in Sydney nightlife this year.

With messy data and subsequent missing income being one of the greatest challenges of the global music industry as we enter a new decade, the keynote from Nightlife CEO David O’Rourke Harnessing Data – The Next Now followed by the expert panel Following The Money: Can Music Recognition Technology Solve Your Missing Income? explores the importance of accurate and transparent data to drive growth in the music industry and whether Music Recognition Technology is the solution to the $180 million+ missing income for electronic music writers and producers each year. David is joined by APRA AMCOS Research and Technology Co Ordinator Levi Voorwinden and streaming expert Mike Warner in this panel.

Following the back and forth of the new festivals legislation being removed in September then reinstated in October, there is now a political process at play which will determine the future of the regulations around music festivals in NSW. The Politics of ‘High Risk’: What’s Next for NSW Festivals? is a briefing from Australian Festival Association’s Julia Robinson; MusicNSW Managing Director Emily Collins; Hardware Corporation’s Richie McNeill and Live Nation’s Mitchell Wilson delivering a current status of this situation and will clarify the political process when negotiating this regulatory framework which affects industry and music lovers alike.

In an investigative session, Association of Artist Managers, (AAM) White Sky and EMC team up to deep dive into The Economics of Artist Management – putting a spotlight on the realities of the income of an artist manager when working with a developing or emerging artist. Expert lawyers Jennifer Tutty from Studio Legal and Rob Glass from Media Arts Lawyers join Willaris K manager Adrian McGruther and White Sky’s Mike Landers in this essential session for artists and managers facilitated by AAM Co-Chair Greg Carey.

EMC’s workshops program expands over two floors in 2019 with a stacked program dedicated to music and content creation. A Crash Course in Modular Synthesis hosted by Roland and mod synth legend David Haberfeld gives an entry level 101 to creating the sickest sounds in electronic music. Are Playlists The Big Break They’re Cracked Up To Be? explores the benefits and challenges with placement on playlists with Work Hard, Playlist Hard author Mike Warner, Xelon’s Arlo Enemark and Ni Bing. VJ Meets DJ: How You can Elevate Your Club Sets With AV brings A-Tonez and VJ Morph together for a live DJ/VJ collaboration covering the must-know info for crafting a multi sensory club performance. Music and Lyrics: Making Songs in a Sea of Bangers dives into how to create tunes with lyrics and the voice at the forefront with Sound Designer and Ableton User Group’s Elina Godwin, Isy Isy and Chase Zera. Game Theory: Fundamentals of Gaming Composition with Jared Underwood delves into game music composition covering writing theme, in-game music, menu loops and win and fail stings.

Hundreds of creative leaders, artists, managers, producers, songwriters, agents, tech leaders, media, business figures and more will convene on Wednesday 13 November and Thursday 14 November at UTS’ Dr Chau Chak Wing Building for over 40 keynotes, workshops, networking sessions and panels focussed on the future of electronic music. Guests from India, China, UK, USA, Netherlands, UAE and Kuwait will join delegates from around Australia and New Zealand for two days dedicated to electronic music business and culture.

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Newly announced speakers:

Adrian McGruther – Artist Manager, su:ku:ya (Willaris K, Gordi)

Amy Ciancio – Artist, Akacia

Andrew Ingenito – Student, UTS

Andy Webb – Australian Manager, Resident Advisor

Anthony Azzopardi – A-Tonez

Arlo Enemark – Artist and Label Manager, Noisehive/Xelon Entertainment

Bree Mankin – Managing Partner, The Kinetic Agency

Bree Weekes – Student, UTS

Callum Lawson – Co Founder, Beat Collective

Chris Brailey –  Copywriter, M&C Saatchi Australia

Chris Mudge – Producer/Ableton User Group Sydney

Dave Ruby Howe – Music Director, triple j Unearthed

David Haberfeld – Artist

David O’Rourke – CEO, Nightlife

Dr Felicity Wilcox – Lecturer in Music and Sound Design

Duane Buriani-Gennai – Programming and Artist Relations Manager, Marquee at The Star

Ebony Morrison – Artist

Elina Godwin – Sound Designer/Ableton User Group Sydney

Emily Collins – Managing Director, MusicNSW

Emily Hogan – Student, UTS

Gav Parry – Vocal A&R, Usual Company/Program Manager, Q Music

George Maple – Artist

Greg Carey – Co-Chair, AAM

Hau Latukefu – Radio Host, triple j/double j

Haydon Fanning – Student, UTS

Isabella Hestehauge – Artist

Ishan Karunanayake – Entertainment & Tech Lawyer

Jack Toohey – Director, YeahSure.

Jamz Supernova – DJ and Radio Broadcaster, BBC Radio 1xtra (UK)

Jana Dankmeyer – Brand Partnerships, Mixcloud (UK)

Jeff Crabtree – Managing Director, Zebra Collective

Jennifer Tutty – Principal and Founder, Studio Legal

Jessica Gleeson – Freelance Photographer

Jessica Leigh Bancroft – Event Producer and Community Catalyst, Daybreaker

Joel Farland – Music Director, Far Land Creative

Joel Siviour – Senior Booking Agent, Falcona

Julia Robinson – General Manager, Australia Festivals Assoication

Kamran Ahmed – CEO, Rave Reviewz

Kieran Dole – Partner, ULTRA Music Festival

Kirsten Muller – Venue Marketing Manager, Oxford Arts Factory

Lachlan Bruce – Creative Director and Illustrator Designer, Our Friends Electric

Lauren Mikko – Director, Post Modern Collective

Leanne de Souza – Director, Nightlife

Levi Voorwinden- Research and Technology Co Ordinator, APRA AMCOS

Mike Landers – Partner, White Sky

Mike Warner – Author, Work Hard Playlist Hard

Mirik Milan – Co Founder and Director, VibeLab (Amsterdam)

Mitchell Wilson – Corporate Affairs Manager, Live Nation

Mo’funk – DJ

Nick Stevenson – Managing Director, Wasted Talent: Mixmag/Kerrang!/The Face (UK)

Ni Bing – DJ/Promoter/Founder, Martial Artists Management/Drum Rider GmbH (China)

Olivia Hill – Student, UTS

Paul Mac – Artist

Pia Del Mastro – Director, One Plus One Agency

Phillip Burriel – Managing Director, Hostique

Rob Glass – Senior Lawyer, Media Arts Lawyers

Richie McNeill – Director, Hardware Corporation

Sameet Sharma – Former Festival Director – Vh1Supersonic, Viacom 18 (India)

Samuel Bright – Creative Director/Film Maker, CLIPPED.TV / CLIPPED Music Video Festival

Sindy Sinn – Illustrator

Siona Singletary – Freelance Strategist

Sophie Page – Owner’s Representative, Home The Venue

Tyson Koh – Director, Keep Sydney Open

Vaughn McManus – Senior Marketing Manager, Universal

TBC Veronika Karatovic, Senior Client Executive, AON

VJ Morph – Creative Director/Producer, Morph Visual

Warren Werksman, Psychologist/Employee Assistance Program, Support Act

Joining already announced speakers:

Alissa Cronau – Founder, Maven

Andreea Magdalina – Founder, Shesaid.so (USA)

Ayebatonye Abrakasa – Founder/Creative Director, House of Ayebatonye

Carolina de la Peidra – Assistant Booker, BBE

Clarissa Mei – Artist

Darren Levin – Head of Content and Publishing, Bolster

Donald Hau – CEO, Mixmag (China)

Dr Brent Keough – Lecturer in Communication, UTS

Elise Reitze-Swensen – Founder/Manager, WOMPP

Ian ‘Esky’ Escandor – Youth Worker, Street University

James Locksmith – CEO, OORA Agency (UAE)

Jared Underwood – Gaming Music Composer

Kae Burke – Co Founder/Creative Director, House of Yes (USA)

Lauren Neko – Program Co-ordinator, Electronic Music Conference

Lawrence Huskinton – Director, Bobbin Head Music & Random Soul Recordings

Madeleine Edwards – Operations Manager, Post Modern Collective

Matthew Tinkler – CEO, Beats Collective

Marissa Loil – Agent, Agent, United Talent Agency

Megane Quashie – CEO, Female First Sessions (UAE)

Michala Kawolski – Research Officer, UNSW

Patrick Nellestein – Director, River Road Interactive

Paulo Flores – Founder/Label Director, Wile Out

Ritesh Patel – CEO, The Ticket Fairy (USA)

Rosie Taylor – Co Founder, WOMPP

Sarah Houbolt – Circus and Physical Theatre Performer

Scott Cohen – Chief Innovation Officer, Warner Music Group (UK)

Simon Caldwell – DJ/FBi Radio Host/Founder Mad Racket

Tara Medina – Director, Strawberry Fields Festival

Zaran Vachha – Founder/Music Director, Collective Minds Asia (Singapore)

From Wednesday 13 November until Sunday 17 November, EMC Festival takes place across Sydney with an abundance of parties, club nights, films, pop-ups and showcases celebrating the positive impact of electronic music culture. Boris, Miss Kittin, Late Nite Tuff Guy, Lazare Hoche, Sveta and more join the emerging artists at EMC LIVE tipped as the ‘ones to watch’ in 2020.

Tickets for EMC’s conference are onsale now via The Ticket Fairy at https://www.electronicmusicconference.com/tickets/ with student and industry passes available including group rates.

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