EMC PRO first speakers & sessions announced!

Electronic Music Conference (EMC) makes a triumphant return to Sydney in 2017, that sees the Asia-Pacific’s electronic music community come together for two days of music discovery and collaboration, to celebrate electronic music culture. EMC is thrilled to reveal the inaugural line-up of speakers set to descend upon the New South Wales capital for a series of panels, workshops, talks and masterclasses at the sixth edition of EMC, taking place from November 29 – November 30, 2017.

EMC will provide thought-provoking, original conference programming involving the combined knowledge and expertise of respected industry leaders and insiders, who navigate today’s musical climate as either successful veterans or trailblazing up-and-comers. The program’s agenda comes to life at Redfern’s Giant Dwarf and Cake Wines Cellar Door with specialised sessions such as: Kicking Goals In Your Own Backyard, Festivals; Our New Favourite Import?, When Beats Just Don’t Match; Mental Health in Electronic Music, Conscious/Unconscious Gender Bias, Where The Streets Have No Name; Parties off the Radar, You’re The Voice; Electronic Music and the Marginalised, and much more.

One of the most renowned electronic music artists of all time, Andrew Weatherall will return to Australia for an up-close and personal ‘In Conversation’ session, opening EMC with an exploration into his life as a pioneer of electronic music since the 80s. Having transcended industry change and fluctuating trends for the past 30 years, Weatherall remains a relevant and revered recording artist and performer with boundless learnings and insights.

EMC will invite some of the world’s leading international festival brands entering the Asia-Pacific region for the panel Festivals; Our New Favourite Import? Sonar Hong Kong’s Justin Sweeting joins Ultra Australia’s Travis GrechIsmaya Live’s Dita Hariadi and more, for a discussion facilitated by Richard Moffat. While Psychiatrist and Addiction Specialist, Dr Adam Winstock will facilitate a discussion on mental health management in the electronic music sector for, When Beats Just Don’t Match; Mental Health in Electronic Music. The panel sees globally adored DJ and recording artist Tigerlily team with triple j Unearthed featured artist Ziggy Ramo and artist manager Eva Trifonas (Kučka) for an honest discussion into the challenges faced by artists & their team members, alongside coping mechanisms in an environment shrouded with competitive individualism.

EMC will look at music consumption in an era of genre cross-pollination and musical diversity amid today’s youth market, with a panel titled The Genreless Fan. Eglo Records founder and esteemed selector Alexander Nut will appear alongside Alice Kimberley of VICE Australia as they look at the impact of playlisting and the demise of genre tribes. Moreover, The Future of Radio panel facilitated byFresh FM’s Troy Sincock sees both broadcast and streaming specialists like Ollie Wards from triple jFBi Radio’s Amelia JennerGeorge FM’s Dan Aux and Dream Channel VR Radio’s Murat Kilic discuss the shifting platforms on offer for artists to break through a noise-filled landscape.

Other panels including Conscious/Unconscious Gender Bias will see well-loved Melbourne artist Brooke Powers, join APRA AMCOS’ Jana GibsonPicnic Events’ Carly Roberts and Jungle’s Chloe Rickard in an examination of the industry resolutions needed to address skill gaps, confidence gaps and wage gaps when striving for gender equality in electronic music. Simultaneously, The Cultural Appropriation Tightrope listens to Australian artists like Ngaiire and Thelma Plum for their input in a challenging and necessary discussion of cultural appropriation, and how it affects countless Australians.

Fighting For The Right To Party; Activism in Electronic Music asks what is the role of activism in contemporary music from Keep Sydney Open’s Tyson Koh and Melbourne’s Katie Pearson aka Whiskey Houston. While Motorik’s Vi Hermens, and Kate Becker of the Office of Film + Music City of Seattle discuss the significant role of non-traditional, un-conventional spaces in the progression and support of electronic music communities for the panel Where The Streets Have No Name; Parties Off The Radar. 

Sessions and info HERE

Speaker lineup (in alphabetical order):

Adam Winstock, Global Drug Survey UK
Aden Mullens, etcetc
Alexander Nut, Eglo Records (UK)
Alice Kimbereley, VICE
Amelia Jenner, FBi Radio
Andrew Li, Zouk (Singapore)
Andrew Weatherall, Artist (UK)
Anna Burns, Future Classic
Ant Celestino, onelove
Beatrice, Artist
Ben Tucker, For The Love
Brooke Powers, DJ
Bryony Beynon, Good Night Out (UK)
Carly Roberts, Picnic Events
Cathy Adamek, Adaemek Productions
Chloe Rickard, Jungle
Chris Berkley
Chris Murray, Falcona
Chris O’Donnell, Eventbrite
Dan Aux, George FM (NZ)
Dita Hariadi, Ismaya Group (Indonesia)
Dr. Bianca Fileborn, UNSW
Driller Jet Armstrong, Artist
Emily York, Penny Drop
Eva Trifonas, Inertia
Frank Rodi, APRA AMCOS
Hannah Crofts, Artist
Helen Marcou, Bakehouse Studios/Your Choice
Huw Nolan, Good Manners
Jana Gibson, APRA AMCOS
Jo Pretyman, i-Manifest
Johann Ponniah, I OH YOU
Jonno Seidler, One a Day
Justin Sweeting, Sonar HK (Hong Kong)
Kate Becker, Office of Film + Music City of Seattle
Katie Pearson, (Whiskey Houston) Artist
Leanne de Souza, AAM
Miss Blanks, Artist
Murat Kilic, Dream Channel
Ngaiire, Artist
Ollie Wards, triple j
Paul Stix, undr CTRL
Richard Moffat, Way Over There
Richie Carrera, T100
Richie McNeill, Hardware Corp
Si Gould, Wondercore Island
Thelma Plum, Artist
Tigerlily, Artist
Touch Sensitive, Artist
Travis Grech, Ultra Australia
Troy Sincock, Fresh FM
Tyson Koh, Keep Sydney Open
Uda Widanapathirana, Mellum
Vi Hermens, Motorik

Plus many more to be announced!

EMC 2017 is supported by Australia Council for the Arts, APRA AMCOS, Roland, Eventbrite, Fbi Radio, inthemix, Picnic Events, Pilerats, Pulse, Purple Sneakers, Stoney Roads, The Industry Observer.