London's most fascinating music festival, exploring the ideas and movements that are propelling the future of the music industry.
Student Sessions
The Sessions are a day full of talks and panel discussions dedicated to development for emerging musicians, producers and anyone else looking to crack into the music industry. Hosted by Chris Hawkins and Point Blank University, our panellists will be exploring the Future of Music Business/Music Marketing, the Future of Music Education and the Future of Song Writing.


11.00 - 11.45
Future of Music and Education
Milton Mermikides, Chelsea Bruno, Helen Steer, Martyn Ware, Matt Grimes, Carlos Lellis

12.00 - 12.45
Future of Music Business/Music Marketing & PR
Kate Malcolmson, Jez Collins, Chris Tams

14.00 - 14.45
Future of Artist Management
Jade Avia, Liam Tootill

16.30 - 17.30
Future of Songwriting
Sean McGhee, Dele Lademiji, Siavash Mahdavi, Steve A Williams, Kuljit Bhamra, Carolanne Busuttil

Kuljit Bhamra
Kuljit Bhamra MBE Hon Dmus is a British composer, record producer and musician whose main instrument is the tabla. He is best known as one of the record producers who pioneered the British Bhangra sound and for his many collaborations with musicians from different genres and continents. His MBE was awarded in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2009 with the citation "For services to Bhangra and British Asian Music." In July 2010 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate by the University of Exeter.
Sean McGhee
Sean is a singer, songwriter, programmer, producer and mixer with 20 years of experience and several million record sales to his name. He has worked on album, single and live projects for an array of artists including Imogen Heap, Dido, Sugababes, Britney Spears and many more. Sean has been Alison Moyet’s live backing vocalist since 2013, co-writing songs on her 2017 Top 20 album.
Katie Malcolmson
Katie Malcolmson got the taste for a career in music when she started out as a writer for London In Stereo and GoldFlakePaint. She cut her teeth at [PIAS] UK, quickly increasing her responsibilities to include assisting the press department. She would go on to manage Events and Communications at Association of Independent Festivals (part of AIM), spearheading the trade body's BBC Introducing partnership and playing an integral role in a widely covered national campaign to raise awareness about legal highs at festivals.

Katie then dove headfirst into a career in Music and entertainment PR, firstly at a celebrity and lifestyle agency, then moving to revered music agency 9PR. Prior to this, Katie also worked with US PR and Management company Brixton Agency, managing press for US hardcore legends Norma Jean and supergroup Hesitation Wounds amongst others. Her current role as Head of Press at One Little Indian Records sees Katie excel in her dream job – working in-house at a legendary independent label that has managed to thrive over a 30 year period in this crazy industry.
Martyn Ware
Martyn is Principal of Tileyard Education, Founder of The Human League, Heaven 17 and British Electric Foundation. With a 40 year career as record producer, he has featured on recordings totaling over 50 million sales worldwide - producing Tina Turner, Terence Trent D'Arby, Chaka Khan, Erasure, Marc Almond and Mavis Staples.

He founded Illustrious Co. Ltd. with Vince Clarke in 2000 to exploit the creative and commercial possibilities of their unique three-dimensional sound technology practice in collaboration with fine artists, the performing arts and corporate clients around the world. He also lectures extensively on music production, technology, and creativity at universities and colleges across the world. He has just been appointed the first ambassador for the international NGO In Place Of War, and is a board member and trustee for the charity Street Sports Hope in Sierra Leone. Martyn is proud to be a supporter of artist's rights, and is also a proud socialist and international activist, helping to fight oppression and injustice worldwide.
Chelsea Bruno
Chelsea Bruno, artist alias Eden Grey, is an experimental music composer and performer from Miami, US, creating a collection of cross-genre works in the studio. She has been performing her music live and self-releasing albums of studio works since 2008. Her passion for synthesis research developed while earning her Masters' degree in music technology at Florida International University. She was classically trained on the piano in her youth and has worked with the modular synthesizer since 2013. She is now a 3rd year PhD researcher in music composition at Royal Holloway, University of London and actively curating an ongoing series of modular synthesis meet and showcase events in London called CV FREQS.
Liam Tootill
Since graduating from the University of Sheffield with a Masters in Ethnomusicology (2009), Liam Tootill has undertaken a number of roles in the UK robotics, tech + creative sectors. A Director at SBTV, Liam has played both a creative and business development role for the brand; winning a Digital Innovators award for Content in China in 2014. Liam has also consulted for Syco Entertainment and Odd Child Recordings, contributed to i-D magazine and is a co-founder of award-winning, training provider, Supa Academy.
Steve Williams
As a London music producer, Steve's Musical career began at the age of nine when he started learning to play the drums and piano. This led to him enrolling at the Royal Academy of Music to study orchestral music aged 18 for four years, and then on to Guildhall School of Music to study jazz and rock. After graduating, Steve went on tour with Midge Ure, playing not only the drums but also a whole host of other instruments including bodhran, accordion and even the penny whistle. The 90's led Steve to become a musical director for a variety of pop music touring acts, including Lisa Stansfield. Steve has also worked in film music on many Hollywood films. He has also worked with Sting and Eric Clapton, and as his reputation grew as a music producer, so did the need for a stat of the art facility, which eventually led to the creation of The Chapel Studios, his own recording studio in London. From this base, Steve continues to work on varied and interesting projects as a music producer, record producer, mix engineer and mastering engineer. He is defining his own inimitable style, and on occasion, on many of his productions, you will find him back behind the drum kit.
Siavash Mahdavi
Siavash Mahdavi is an established entrepreneur with two lifelong passions: technology and music. During university he studied Mechatronics and went on to complete a Masters in AI and a PhD in Evolutionary Robotics, but still paused to keep up with his piano practice.

After a successful career in technology, Siavash’s interests have now come full circle and united in a new company, A.I. Music. The mission of A.I. Music is simple; to pioneer the future of music by applying the latest techniques in AI to music creation.

The foundations of A.I. Music were laid when Siavash established his first start-up, Within, a company that harnessed the power of AI to 'generatively' design complex forms that could then be 3D printed. He also co-founded his second start up, Digital Forming, to spearhead mass customisation of consumer products, and served as its CTO.

In 2016, Siavash also founded a social enterprise, Free_D, an initiative that aims to reveal the potential of 3D printing to educate and create employment opportunities for the survivors of sex trafficking in India.
Carolanne Busuttil
Over the past year, Carrie has scored two No.1 album cuts in Spain (Ghost Town by Auryn and Head For The Stars by Sweet California), No.5 in South Africa (Elizma Theron), features with two of the biggest selling recording artists in Japan and China (Koda Kumi and China Lin Kailun respectively) and several song placements used in film trailers in the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany and China, including US TV show Chasing Life, and French film Boomerang. She has also collected some famous fans along the way; legendary singer Annie Lennox offered her free studio time after hearing a private performance, and Sting booked her for his official after party during his Malta tour.

Her artist project, I AM WILLOW, has gained support from BBC Introducing, Q Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, Clash and Time Out (Top 5 Rising Stars) over the past 18 months.
Matt Grimes
Matt Grimes is the award leader for MA Music Industries, Degree Leader for BA Music Industries and Senior Lecturer in Music Industries and Radio at the Birmingham School of Media, Birmingham City University.

Matt previously worked as a freelance radio trainer/producer, bringing radio production to marginalised groups. His rationale behind the training is using radio, an accessible and affordable media, as a vehicle for social and personal change, giving a voice to the marginalised, social inclusion, skills acquisition and development, and social/cultural bridge building. He has also previously worked as an independent music and creative industries consultant, radio producer, broadcast journalist and art technician.

Matt is currently working on his PhD research degree within the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural research where he is investigating British anarcho-punk and its construction as a cultural object, and its ideological significance in the life courses of ageing fans. He has published on the subject of anarcho-punk in a number of books and academic journals.
Milton Mermikides
Milton is a composer, guitarist and educator in a wide range of musical styles and has collaborated with artists as diverse as Pat Martino, John Williams, Tim Minchin and Brian Eno. Son of a CERN nuclear physicist, he was raised with an enthusiasm for the arts and sciences, an eclecticism which has been maintained throughout his teaching, research and creative career.
Chris Tams
Chris Tams is the Director of Independent Member Services and International at the BPI – the Trade association for record labels in the UK. Using his 20 years plus experience as a Radio Plugger, Artist Manager, Label Manager and then in Digital Sales and Marketing, Chris is responsible for the BPIs Independent Membership and International Activity. From organising training courses (held 30 times a year and free for members), member events and socials with speakers from across the Industry, to running several overseas Trade Missions (India, USA, China, France and South Korea this year), The BPI Innovation Hub (matching Tech Companies and Record Labels together),The BPI's BRITs Apprenticeships scheme and the Music Export Growth Scheme Chris is a passionate supporter of helping execs from Indie labels (irrespective of their size) navigate the ever changing musical landscape.
Jade Avia
Jade Avia currently co-hosts the Capital Xtra Breakfast Show with Kojo and presents her own Sunday evening show.

She graduated from Birmingham City University with a first class honours degree in Media and Communications, with a specialism in radio. As a student, she worked at multiple local stations and eventually ended up working for Word on Road TV.

Attracted by the bigger and better media opportunities in the capital, Jade moved to London and started gaining huge popularity on her youtube debates, but continued to present the radio show she started as a student in Birmingham. Eventually Jade was head hunted by Capital Xtra bosses and now she is an exciting, ambitious new broadcaster who's got a huge career in media ahead of her.
Jez Collins
As the founder of the Birmingham Music Archive, Collins has a keen interest in the study of music history, heritage and archives. He is interested in the role popular music plays in the manifestation of individual and collective identity and memory and the role music plays in the everyday lives of individuals and communities. His published work focuses on the development of popular music as public history-making and the role of activist archivists who capture, preserve, celebrate and reveal the hidden narratives and alternate histories of popular music.

Collins is a Co-Director of Manchester-based Un-Convention. A global grassroots music network, Un-Convention have organised and participated in 90 events across the world calling on local music activists to Do-It-Together to create and sustain local music industries.

Collins is also a media practitioner; he was an Executive Co-Producer for the award winning documentary Made in Birmingham: Reggae Punk Bhangra and the radio documentary Bring It On Home: The Led Zeppelin Story and he has created and curated numerous music related exhibitions, installations, tours and talks. He is a Trustee of the National Jazz Archive and sits on the national advisory board of the Community Archives & Heritage Committee.
Dele Ladimeji
Dele Ladimeji is a Multi Platinum selling Songwriter/producer who's had a diverse range of International Hits, including N0.1's with artists ranging from Melanie C (Spice Girls) to writing on French Album of the Year (2013) RTL Award winner Nolwenn Leroy (Universal France). He also wrote lead track on the 2011 best selling Album of the Year for Japan with mega band Arashi. He's written for acts that have had Radio 1 B-list, Radio 1 extra and recently written for acts on Creamfields, Pacha Albums and on Steve Aokis Dim Mak label.
Carlos Lellis
Carlos Lellis is Programme Director at Abbey Road Institute, where he oversees and teaches on the Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering. He worked closely with Abbey Road Studios engineers past and present to develop the courses curriculum as well as a wider group of industry practitioners.

Alongside working in education Carlos is an active engineer and producer, whose credits include artists such as The Navarra String Quartet, the BBC Elstree Concert Band, and Grammy Award winners Sir John Tavener and Thomas Dybdahl amongst many others.

Prior to joining Abbey Road Institute Carlos was the course leader of an Audio Production undergraduate programme. His students include recipients of Oscar, Grammy and Mercury Music Prize Awards. Carlos holds an MA in Creative Media and a diploma Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music.