Discovery isn’t just for nerds: 7 Music Summit highlights

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On Thursday, November 5 we brought you Music Summit. Whether you wanted to hear from the people behind acts like Nick Cave and Robbie Williams or find out just how Spotify know what songs to send you each week, we had you covered.

A taste of the experience that was Music Summit…

How tech empowers the independent musician


“I can talk to anyone in the world that ever listened to my music. I think that’s incredible,” said world famous DJ Steve Angello. He was taking part in a panel discussion with Pitchfork President Chris Kaskie and Splice Co-Founder Steve Martocci on how tech is redefining what should be considered ‘independent’ in the music industry.

The long arm of the (musical) law


Cheryl Hodgson (pictured above) is an attorney at US firm Hodson Legal who specialises in copyright and music law. She talked to Cooking Vinyl’s Sammy Andrews and Feigelson’s Denzyl Feigelson about how musicians are losing out in our new digital world.

Later on, Music Gateway’s Jon Skinner (pictured below) told us that the time it takes to license music is slowing down the establishment of music startups.

Telling musicians’ stories across new channels

“Music management was run on guts and instinct but now we have data to explore,” said Bruce Flohr, a music manager who’s worked with The Stone Roses, The Charlatans and Foo Fighters. He chatted to RTÉ radio presenter Ruth Scott about how to manage musicians’ messages across a range of new social channels. Bruce has one rule…

Not only nerds care about music discovery


“Music discovery is one of the best feelings in music,” said Matthew Ogle. He should know: he’s one of the guys behind Spotify’s ‘Discover Weekly’ playlists. He told us about the three myths of music discovery:

The man behind Nick Cave and Radiohead


Brian Message is a partner at ATC Management who look after the careers of Nick Cave and Radiohead. He joined RTÉ DJ Dave Fanning to talk about transparency in music, telling us how he worked with Kobalt to push Nick Cave’s last album and how radio play is becoming increasingly less important.

Talking music streaming with #radiohead manager Brian Message at #websummit

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Nothing beats being there

You can’t bootleg the live music experience. That’s what we took from a panel talk with Ireland’s National Concert Hall CEO Simon Taylor, composer Eimear Noone and Rothrockdigital Founder Nora Rothrock (pictured above). They talked about how classical music can survive in a digital world – it will, according to Simon.

Let him entertain you


Tim Clark (pictured above) is Robbie Williams’s Co-Manager. He joined DICE’s Phil Hutcheon and RTÉ’s Ruth Scott to chat about whether the music industry puts fans first. According to Tim, although digital has affected music industry revenues, it has allowed executives gain greater insight into fans.


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