ELECTRONIC SOUND SUMMIT
With attendees from Liverpool and across the country, LINK: Electronic Sound Summit, was Liverpool Audio Network’s biggest and most successful event yet. The days’ events took place over 7 locations and provided knowledge and opportunities to crowds of up and coming new faces in the music community.
The event kicked off at Jacaranda’s Phase One records, with introductions and a welcome talk from our chief technical officer Daniel Fisher-Jones, then straight into a day of masterclasses and panels.
First on the board at Parr street’s Studio 2 was Dublock’s guide to ‘Creative Thievery,’ explaining the how to get inspired and develop your creative process. Following on from that we had a day of production masterclasses giving in-depth practical guides to all different aspects of production, including mixing, sound design, and a track breakdown. We had speakers like Paul Nolan, who gave a hands-on demonstration of the way he mixes; and showed how to build a setup that uses plugins that work, rather than the ones that just look flashy. Nautica gave us an insight into making the most of your sample library, and Drum & Bass titan Futurebound invited us into his development process
Back at Phase One we had panels giving insider insight on the state of an evolving music industry, and how to find your place in it. Starting with a panel on mental health in the music industry, with attendees from the charities Help Musicians UK and Music for Mental Wealth, along with members of the music press. There was a candid and sensitive discussion of the toll that the industry can have, as well as practical advice and strategies to manage the stress. Talks on the new age of music radio, self-releasing music, and the state of Liverpool’s independent venues were an opportunity to understand the city’s cultural landscape, and what needs to be done to protect it for new artists.
Throughout the day there was a series of shorter talks at The Brink, covering more specific topics such as monetising your YouTube content, understanding copyright law, and how to approach labels and booking agents. Meanwhile, at Alma De Cuba, there were drop-in networking sessions with industry professionals, brands, and hardware retailers.
The day wrapped up with a chat between Paul Nolan and special guest Sam Divine, fresh off a plane from France. Sam told us about how she got her start in DJing, getting signed to Defected Records, and starting Divine sounds. There was time for Paul and Sam to chat about the state of the industry, how things are changing, and a Q&A session where they gave advice to some of the city’s aspiring DJ’s.
The Liverpool Audio Network would like to thank all of our guests and volunteers for helping us to make this event a success, LINK will return in 2020; and we’ve got a range of events lined up in the coming months.