Founded by international globe-trotter DJ John 00 Fleming, BMC had it’s first outing over two-days at The Brighton Dome and various venues across the City earlier this month. There hasn’t been a conference on this scale in the UK for music industry professionals geared towards the electronic sector since the days of the old DMC conferences. A multi-room, multi-venue affair, the exquisite Dome housed the majority of the business activity, with an Expo, industry panels, networking events, live production and DJing tutorials filling up the two-day programme which was largely well attended with a mixture of seasoned industry-pros and newbies curious to learn more about what the world of electronic dance music has to offer.
Hardware giant Roland performed some amazing demonstrations of the new digital reinventions of the analogue TB and TR range, while the likes of Native Instruments, Novation, Ampsuite, Jamm and Soundation were all heavily present and demonstrating new and emerging products in the fields of business, music and technology.
The panels delivered some amazing insights and sound bytes including how Beatport are now uploading a staggering 26000 new releases every single week. Although Beatport refused to be drawn on how many records you need to sell to make it into the top 10, they were happy to announce that it now takes more than ever, which can only be a good thing from a sector that’s riding high on a wave of commercial success at present.
Brighton is the perfect UK location for a conference like BMC, it has a wonderful bohemian vibe that lends itself to inspiring tales and meanders down the seafront, it’s an easy place to do business and work with people. Add to that an abundance of venues to choose from, amazing eateries right across the city, the weather, proximity to London and what’s not to like?
This may have been their first year, but BMC have already delivered a conference that in year’s to come will join the ranks of ADE, IMS and to a lesser extend Sonar as being one of the must-do destinations in the music industry’s calendar. It’ll be interesting to see how they can capitalise on the success of this year and deliver and even bigger programme for 2015.