HOW MUSIC WORKS WITH NIGHTWAVE, PETER REHBERG, RASHAD BECKER, JOHN STEVENS, TONY MORLEY, FRANCES MORGAN, DEBONAIR, LUKE OWEN, LUKE TURNER, NICK LUSCOMBE, FIELDING HOPE AND TREVOR HEATH
17/10/2018

SESSION HIGHLIGHTS

  • Learn all aspects of how music works, from the most pioneering players in each field
  • Get invaluable help with your production, distribution, publishing, PR, marketing, radio and touring activity
  • Individual sessions with the session leaders to hone your project
  • Group sessions examining the key ideas and processes involved in successful projects
  • Get the advice and services you need to succeed in the new music ecology
  • Full board including room, meals and drinks
  • Unlimited use of our recording studios, arts library, digital editing suites and other facilities
  • Optional mountain expeditions including +7000ft ascents and the spectacular Cascade d'Ars


In 2018, the structures and pathways of the music establishment are in flux. The crash of physical music sales, the rise of digital, the advent of 360° deals, social networking, free streaming - the old hierarchies of labels, artists and services are gone, replaced by a thousand different ways to exist in the music "industry". The myriad pros of the new status quo (direct artist/listener access, ubiquitous route to market, accessible recording tech) are often foiled by the cons - decimated income streams, exploitation, media apathy, listener fatigue, commercial pressure. It's a confusing landscape, and a clear understanding of how each individual part works is essential to navigating it.

This masterclass is aimed at that emerging creature of the new music ecology - the all round, make-it-happen DIY head. The producer that also runs a label, plays in a band that has a record ready to release, writes press releases, organises tours for the band and others, promotes shows, writes a blog, does a monthly radio show. It's for anyone who has ever stayed up all night watching films and cutting/folding/sticking CD wallets.

Over five days, some of the most experienced and influential figures in modern music will talk us through the full range of elements at play in music ecology - production, curation, releasing, manufacturing, distribution, PR & marketing, journalism, publishing & sync, radio, and live/touring. Each field will be demystified, debunked, illuminated and debated by a key player from that corner of the industry. You will leave armed with the information, inspiration, network and resources in place to move forward successfully in the new music ecology.

Speakers include Peter Rehberg (Editions Mego), Tony Morley (Leaf Label), Nightwave , Rashad Becker , Luke Turner (The Quietus), Frances Morgan (Wire Magazine), Philip Sherburne (Pitchfork), Nick Luscombe (BBC Radio), DEBONAIR (NTS), John Stevens (Qu Junktions), Fielding Hope (Cafe Oto), Danny Ryan (Kudos Records) and Trevor Heath (Tru Thoughts Publishing). Read on for full biogs of everyone involved.

This is a unique opportunity to take part in an intimate series of small group workshops, working closely with some of the most knowledgable people in the business to define, clarify and launch your musical project - classes will include presentations and lectures, case studies, open discussions, Q&A sessions, and one-to-one advice sessions.

Day 1: Production, curation and making work
Day 2: Running a label and releasing music
Day 3: Manufacturing, distribution, synchronisation and publishing
Day 4: PR & marketing, and journalism
Day 5: Radio, Live/touring

Peter Rehberg (aka Pita) is a composer, and runs the Editions Mego label. He has released seminal works by Christian Fennesz, Florian Hecker, Russell Haswell, Merzbow, Jim O’Rourke, Kevin Drumm, Oneohtrix Point Never, Klara Lewis, Phurpa, Emeralds and dozens of others. Mego sublabels Spectrum Spools and Ideologic Organ have released some of the most exciting emerging electronica in recent years, and Recollection GRM has reissued a string of the most important foundation works of electro-acoustic music. As a composer, his name has become synonymous with the most adventurous digital noise and experimental computer music, and he has collaborated with Fennesz, Stephen O'Malley, Jim O’Rourke and many other influential figures.

Nick Luscombe presents BBC Radio 3 Late Junction, Flomotion on Resonance FM and also works as a DJ, music and playlist curator and radio producer. He is the founder of Musicity, an international digital and live event platform that explores the intersection of music and architecture.

Tony Morley has run The Leaf Label since 1995. The label sprang from his activities as DJ, writer, club promoter and press officer (for 4AD) in the early 90s. The label's first release was by Boymerang, and significant discoveries have included Faultline, Susumu Yokota, Caribou, Asa-Chang & Junray, Murcof, Colleen, Psapp, A Hawk And A Hacksaw and Efterklang. More recent successes have included Melt Yourself Down, Snapped Ankles and Warmduscher, as well as Mercury Prize nominations for both Polar Bear and The Comet Is Coming.

Danny Ryan is Managing Director of Kudos Records Limited, an independent physical and digital distribution company based in London, England. Kudos provides physical and digital distribution services to over 500 labels within genres ranging from Deep House and Electronica, to Folk, Soul, Funk, and Jazz. Danny's music industry career started as a sales clerk at Tower Records some 33 years ago. After occupying a number of sales and label management posts, he founded Kudos Records in 1992 to provide distribution services to the emerging "producer run" electronica and house labels of the time. Now in its 27th year, Kudos is one of the few UK distributors to provide comprehensive physical and digital distribution services, with all functions performed in-house.

Maya Medvesek (aka Nightwave) has established herself as an internationally renowned DJ, producer, vocalist, club promoter, label boss and activist. As a producer, she has produced acclaimed releases on Warp, Ministry of Sound, Fabric, Unknown To The Unknown and Fool's Gold Records. As a DJ, she has played Sonar Barcelona & Tokyo, Bestival, Movement Detroit, Electric Picnic, Notting Hill Carnival, Outlook, Exit and Glastonbury, and toured with RBMA, Lady Leshurr, Rustie, Derrick May and Hudson Mohawke. Meanwhile, at home in Glasgow, she continues to run her own club night Nightrave, which recently toured Europe, and regularly hosts the likes of Rustie, Éclair Fifi, Lone, Kode 9 and DJ Deeon. She also runs the Heka Trax label, showcasing her passion for international, forward-thinking dance music, and is a passionate advocate for gender equality in the music industry.

Rashad Becker is a composer and sound artist - his compositions are multilayered narratives populated by an ensemble of sonic entities. Recent works include the cycle Traditional Music Of Notional Species released across two volumes on PAN, and a multi-part work called Based On A True Story that derives scores from historical occurrences in a sort of ‘sonic staging’. Rashad is also one of the most respected mastering engineers working today - at Dubplates & Mastering in Berlin, his finishing touches have graced works by Emptyset, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Matmos, M.E.S.H., Fennesz and countless others.

Debi Ghose (aka DEBONAIR) is a London-based club and radio DJ. She has played at flagship institutions across the globe including Unsound Festival, De School, Space Ibiza, Panorama Bar and The Tate Modern's Turbine Hall, and created critically acclaimed mixes for Blowing Up The Workshop, FACT Magazine, Truants, Boiler Room and Mixmag. As one of the OG's of NTS Radio, DEBONAIR's show has a cult following and has hosted interviews with DJ Bone, Lil Louis, Holly Herndon and Heiroglyphic Being. She cut her teeth working at BBC 6 Music and Resonance FM then joined the NTS management team at its inception, progressing to the position of Programme Director where she programmed the station to reflect the most dynamic and underrepresented music and speech radio, establishing NTS as an unparalleled platform for cutting-edge culture. These days she's an independent force - DJing internationally and working to demystify, open up, and better this industry.

Trevor Heath started working in music publishing and licensing in 2002, joining Tru Thoughts Records and Full Thought Publishing in 2007, working alongside artists including Quantic, Alice Russell, Bonobo, Anchorsong, Nostalgia 77 & Moonchild. He has worked on sync placements for numerous companies including: Nike, Mercedes Benz, Budweiser, G-Star, Google; for TV shows including: Big Little Lies, The Blacklist, House of Cards, Orange Is The New Black, Better Call Saul and Mad Men; and films including: Limitless, Chef and San Andreas. In his publishing and licensing role for the label, Trevor has cleared samples of Tru Thoughts releases for use in tracks by artists such as: Oliver$ and Jimi Jules, Fedde Le Grand, Yolanda Be Cool and Disclosure.

Frances Morgan is a music critic based in London. A former deputy editor and current contributing editor of The Wire, they now work as a freelance writer while researching electronic music histories at the Royal College of Art and the Science Museum. They began writing about music as an aspiring riot grrrl in the 1990s, co-founded, edited and published Plan B magazine in mid-2000s and have worked for various independent publishing initiatives including Strange Attractor Press.

Philip Sherburne is an American music journalist and critic best known for his work in publications like Pitchfork, The Wire, Resident Advisor, and SPIN. He has been writing about electronic and experimental music since the late 1990s; currently, he is a contributing editor at Pitchfork. As a DJ, he plays sets that range from dark ambient to deep house and leftfield techno; he frequently plays the opening or closing party at Krakow's Unsound festival.

John Stevens is a partner in Qu Junktions, an off-grid international booking agency, management company and creative producer that represents a wild assortment of artists, helping them plot their own course through the contemporary music landscape and multi-disciplinary practice. Qu also commissions, develop and tours new projects with a range of partner organisations, and produces regular events with a focus on Bristol, UK.

Fielding Hope is a London/Glasgow-based curator of live music. He currently works as the Senior Producer of Cafe OTO in London and co-curator of Counterflows Festival in Glasgow. He is primarily interested in supporting music that falls between the cracks and defies easy categorisation - nurturing a wide array of radical fringe artists and creating imaginative and inclusive ways to engage with their work.

INCLUDED IN THE COURSE FEE: FIVE DAYS OF CLASSES AND ACTIVITIES, A COMFORTABLE PRIVATE ROOM AT CAMP, ALL MEALS - BREAKFAST AND LUNCH AT CAMP, DINNER AT AN EXCELLENT LOCAL RESTAURANT, UNLIMITED USE OF OUR RECORDING STUDIOS, EDITING SUITES, REHEARSAL STUDIOS, LIBRARY AND OTHER FACILITIES, POST-COURSE BENEFITS & SUPPORT (SEE BELOW)
NOT INCLUDED IN THE COURSE FEE: TRAVEL
STUDENT LEVEL: OPEN TO ALL
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: NONE REQUIRED
POST-COURSE SUPPORT: ONGOING SUPPORT AND MENTORING; SETUP OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE YOUR PROJECT NEEDS; GET YOUR PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION, PUBLISHING AND OTHER NETWORKS IN PLACE; FORM LASTING RELATIONSHIPS IN RADIO, LIVE AND MEDIA TO SUPPORT YOUR MUSIC IN THE FUTURE