London's most fascinating music festival, exploring the ideas and movements that are propelling the future of the music industry.
Joe Henson and Alexis Smith began collaborating in 2005 after producing an album for Joe's band, Seventhsun. After realising they had a similar approach to life and wildly divergent musical tastes, they formed a creative partnership that quickly encompassed song writing, production and composition.
Housed in an old cooperage, The Flight's workshop studio in East London has a large collection of both home mad acoustic instruments and vintage analogue synthesizers. The duo have worked with some of the biggest names in the industry including Lana del Ray, as well as composing major soundtracks for some of the game industry’s biggest titles including Horizon: Zero Dawn and Alien: Isolation.
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.
Phelan Kane is a London based music producer, engineer, artist, developer and educator. For over twenty years he has been active in both the music industry and the contemporary music education sector, with a focus on electronic music and alternative bands. His specialism is sound design and production techniques such as synthesis and sampling, alongside audio processing and plug-in development. His credits include sources as diverse as Placebo, Radiohead, Fad Gadget, Depeche Mode, Moby, Snow Patrol, Mute, Sony BMG, Universal, EMI and Warner Bros. In 2006 he completed a MA in Audio Technology from the London College of Music, University of West London and became one of the first wave of Ableton Certified Trainers in the world in 2008. In 2016 he completed study for a MSc in Sound & Music Computing at the Center for Digital Music at Queen Mary, University of London and is currently Chairman of the London Committee for the British Section of the Audio Engineering Society. He is currently teaching music production at various Universities whilst running the electronic music record label Meta Junction Recordings and the audio software development company Meta Function, which specialize in Max for Live devices releasing the M4L synth Wave Junction in partnership with Sonicstate.
Dominik Scherrer is a British-Swiss composer based in London. He started by composing and directing his own operas for the screen, and moved into writing music for the film and television as well as sound design. His score for BBC/Amazon’s Ripper Street won him the 2014 Ivo Novello Award for Best Soundtrack, and his score for BBC / Starz's The Missing won him a Primetime Emmy Nomination in 2015.
Daniel Miller is the founder of Mute, launched in 1978 with his own 7" single – "Warm Leatherette" under the name The Normal. Since then, Mute has grown from Miller's one-man operation into a global group of companies and today, as ever, Miller remains heavily focused on Mute’s creative output.
Michele Baker is the Senior Content Strategist at TDMB, where she specialises in creating innovative content for companies in Tech. She began her journey into tech marketing via a Masters in Creative Writing, evolving from a prize-winning poet and short story writer to a futuristic content guru. Michele now writes endlessly about all aspects of technology, hosts the TDMB Presents… tech podcast, and speaks at numerous tech and marketing events.
Her real passion, however, is in AI and particularly the weird and wonderful world of transhumanism. Michele is fascinated by the ways that an increasingly intimate relationship with robots will transform the way that we create and experience art in all its forms, as well as the general cultural effects of the AI shift. Her other key interest lies in the cyberdelics movement, exploring the ways that we can utilise technologies to broaden consciousness and perceptions of the known universe and beyond.
Susie is a self-produced artist and songwriter. She has self-released two EP’s "Promise me" and "So this is our Dance", and is currently writing material for her third release. Recent performances include Peter Jones Foundation fundraising event; Celtic Connections and in the Calais Jungle with the Calais Sessions. Susie also works full time at Help Musicians UK as the Volunteer & Engagement Officer, helping to engage the local and wider community with the charity and developing the volunteer programme, creating volunteer roles across the country and recruiting volunteers. Outside of work, Susie is working on a Mental Health event taking place in the National Gallery in September, looking at how musicians can stay mentally healthy in a high pressure industry.
Phoenix Perry creates physical games and user experiences. As an advocate for women in game development, she founded Code Liberation Foundation. This organisation teaches women to program games for free. Her work looks for opportunities to bring people together to raise awareness for our collective interconnectivity. Fostering professional growth and mentoring new leaders in the field, she strives to infuse the industry with new voices. As principal founder in Dozen Eye Games, a company producing works for social change and interactive installations, she is also an entrepreneur. Currently she is a lecturer in Physical Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London.
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.
Ozzie Rodgers aka Knives at Sea is an award-winning composer, producer and artist based in London. He produces bespoke, innovative and versatile music for a wide range of genres in TV, film, Advertising and Video Games. Starting out aged 12, Ozzie is a multi-instrumentalist playing guitar, bass, keys, vocals and drums.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Martin Klang is a software developer, electronics designer, start-up entrepreneur and improvising musician. Having studied at University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology and Université Paris-Sorbonne, he spent 10 years as a software engineer and systems architect before setting up his own consultancy. His work for large and small clients has specialised in developing state-of-the-art compilers and designing bespoke programming languages. Martin has always been committed to Free and Open Source, and is a founding member of the London Music Hackspace. He now runs Rebel Technology, a London-based manufacturer of innovative and unique music electronics.
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.
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.