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Holly Herndon became a leading light in contemporary music by experimenting at the outer reaches of dance music and pop song writing possibilities. Born in Tennessee, Herndon spent her formative years in Berlin’s techno scene and repatriated to San Francisco, where she’s a PhD candidate at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. On her second album, Platform (RVNG Intl. / 4AD), Herndon could be viewed as the 21st century’s answer to the protest singer, were she not also a composer of such sublime music. Platform signalled her transformation as an electronic musician to a singular voice and marries emotional and political critique with innovative club music. The interactive and ecstatic experience of her live performance has now evolved into a group which includes the artists Mat Dryhurst and Colin Self. For their upcoming album, Holly and Mat have recorded with a vocal ensemble of Berlin-based musicians, while including Spawn, their AI progeny, as part of the create process, too.


dream hampton is a filmmaker, writer and activist-organizer from Detroit.


Amy has a long and successful track record as a leader and collaborator in the cultural and creative industries. She is co-founder of the Olivier Award winning arts company and club night Duckie, and co-founded RVT Future, a voluntary LGBT+ community group campaigning to preserve the iconic Royal Vauxhall Tavern.  

She served as Mayoress of Camden in 2010-2011, and spent her year highlighting the history and culture of live music and nightlife in the borough. She broadcasted for a decade on BBC Radio London, and now hosts Sunday afternoons on BBC6 Music.  

Originally from New Jersey, Amy has been a proud Londoner for over 25 years. She has served as London’s first Night Czar since 2016.


Stuart Braithwaite is a founding member of prolific Scottish band Mogwai and co-owner of record label Rock Action Records. Mogwai have produced, written, and recorded soundtracks for KIN (Lionsgate), Les Revenants (Haut et Court, Canal+), Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise (Mark Cousin directed documentary, Hopscotch Films), Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait (Anna Lena Films) and performed the soundtrack written by composer Clint Mansell for Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain (Warner Bros). They also contributed to the soundtrack of Fisher Stevens and Leonardo Di Caprio’s Before the Flood alongside Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.  Mogwai have also released nine studio albums. They are currently composing music for an Italian TV drama.


Andreea Magdalina is a connector. Currently based out of Los Angeles her work focuses on the interaction between music and technology. With an 8yr+ career as VP of Content at Mixcloud and Founder of shesaid.so, a boutique social enterprise focused on diversity and inclusion in the music industry, her expertise lies primarily in strategic partnerships, digital marketing and business development. Most recently she developed music and entertainment-focused partnerships for Microsoft and Skype. She currently works as a Producer with an ad agency in LA.


Russel is Global Head of Music at MUSO.com Before joining MUSO, Russel was Global head of D2C at Universal Music Group, working with a wide range of artists, including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Queen and Lady Gaga.  Russel set up his first digital business recordstore.co.uk in 1998, which he sold to EMI in 2010. Prior to that, he set up and ran Transient and Automatic Records, trained as a recording engineer, worked as a DJ, Artist and Producer and ran night clubs in London and Hawaii. Russel also runs the D2C consulting practice, directtofan.co.uk 


Helienne Lindvall is an award-winning professional songwriter, musician and columnist. She's also Director of Business Development and Artist Relations, UK, for AI mastering company LANDR. Helienne is Chair of the Songwriter Committee & Board Director, British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors (BASCA). She also Chairs the esteemed Ivor Novello Awards, and is the writer behind the Guardian music industry columns Behind the Music and Plugged In. For the past three years, she was also Head of Business & Songwriter relations for song data management platform Auddly, backed by hitmakers Max Martin and Abba’s Björn Ulvaeus.


Tim is the co-founder of Transgressive Records/Management/Publishing and current Chair of AIM. Working intimately with many acts including Foals, Flume, SOPHIE, Blaenavon, Kokoko!, Johnny Flynn, Marika Hackman and Two Door Cinema Club over Transgressive’s 15 year existence. Tim has also worked extensively in branded content, events and sync outside of Transgressive.


Maya Kalev is the UK and Europe label manager for Stones Throw Records, the Los Angeles based independent label founded by Peanut Butter Wolf. Artists signed to Stones Throw include psychedelic group Mild High Club, the duo NxWorries (Knxwledge & Anderson .Paak), and R&B innovator Sudan Archives.   

Prior to joining Stones Throw, Maya was at boutique label services company The Other Hand, working on marketing and licensing for Stones Throw, Daptone, Ghostly International, Partisan, Innovative Leisure and Run The Jewels. She also writes freelance, contributing regularly to The Wire, and presents a monthly show on NTS Radio.


Aly Gillani is the European Label Rep for Bandcamp, a thriving, global music community where fans discover new artists, intimately connect with them, and directly compensate them for their work. Aly’s role involves expanding and managing the growing network of labels using the site to connect with their fans. 

He is also the founder / A&R for Worldwide Awards Label of the Year First Word Records, home to Children Of Zeus, Tall Black Guy, Eric Lau, Kaidi Tatham, Darkhouse Family and many more. Originally a club promoter he ran seminal clubnights Funky Mule and New Bohemia in his adopted city of Leeds for many years. Starting First Word in 2004, he is also an acclaimed DJ with regular spots at a host of European venues and London radio stations Balamii and Worldwide FM.


Tersha is a Goldsmiths College graduate with a background in fashion and financial services. She went on to co-found the innovative music merchandise and tech start-up Terrible Merch alongside Jack McGruer


Dr. Joe Lyske is accomplished in fields including artificial intelligence and film composition. Joe has a PhD in AI from Queen Mary, University of London, and an Advanced Masters in Composition for Screen from the Royal College of Music.  Joe’s PhD work addressed the meta-creation of film scores and involved work with the Digital World and Image Group at Georgia Tech.  

Joe is CEO and Co-founder of MXX Music where he has invented and patented several core technologies for composing and editing music resulting in the world’s first AI engine that atomises, re-constructs and edits any music to video, instantly.


Jesper Skibsby is the CEO & founder of WARM (World Airplay Radio Monitor) - the first large-scale radio tracking service focusing on individuals in the music industry. WARM delivers insights and real-time data about when and where songs are played on radio stations anywhere in the world. Jesper is also a board member of DUP (the association of independent record labels in Denmark) and has previously represented MusicDNA Germany as a sales agent. Prior to IT, Jesper has worked with artist management establishing companies like Fandango Music, We Make Noise and Kassiopeia Kollektive.


2017 is seeing irrepressible socio-cultural mavericks Jon More and Matt Black celebrating 30 years since they came together as Coldcut with an astonishing array of events, inventions and records. These include the recent landmark Coldcut X On-U Sound album, “Outside The Echo Chamber” with Adrian Sherwood, and a long-awaited sequel to 1990’s “Zen Brakes Vol. 1”, the first album released on Coldcut’s Ninja Tune, the label they started in 1990. Ninja has grown into a much-loved international independent at the cutting edge of electronic music, software and audio-visual trail-blazing.


Rob Nancollas is a Marketing Manager at strategic digital marketing consultancy Motive Unknown. He joined Motive Unknown in 2016 having worked in marketing at Sony and Warner, bringing his knowledge of artist campaigns to the forefront of Motive Unknown's digital marketing. He specialises in leveraging data and advertising to create the strongest connection possible between the fan and the artist, whist providing valuable insight to his clients around engagement with an artist's digital properties & CRM. Through this approach, Motive Unknown strives to create a '360 view’ of an artist's career across recordings, live performances and merchandise for their clients; thereby influencing long-term artist strategy. Some of Rob’s current clients include Kobalt, Warp Records, Rough Trade (Stores), Partisan Records & legendary London club, fabric.


Gregory Wells began his career at independent promotions company, Peer Group, before heading up the radio department at leading independent label, Domino Records. After three years at Domino where he oversaw campaigns for the likes of Hot Chip, Jon Hopkins and Wild Beasts, he set up Ghost alongside Rebecca Richardson, Gregory now represents artists including Four Tet, Laura Marling, Neneh Cherry, IDLES, Cigarettes After Sex and DJ Koze.


Ellie began her music career at the age of 18 at the iconic Mute Records as part of the UK music industry apprenticeship scheme. From there, she quickly rose through the ranks of the label’s marketing, production and A&R departments to work on and contribute to the album campaigns of internationally renowned artists like Goldfrapp, Erasure, New Order, Liars, Lost Under Heaven, Arca, Yann Tiersen and more. In 2017, Ellie moved to Partisan Records to take up the role of UK and International Product Manager, and already counts the IDLES UK Top 5 album campaign among her successes.


Natasha has been a booking Agent at CODA Agency for three years (part of the Paradigm Talent Group), previously from United Talent Agency, where she had built and cemented her career over the past 10 years. Prior to this Natasha began her music career as a backing singer for legendary soul singer Carleen Anderson and did a brief stint in music management, before entering the world of live. Natasha set-up The Village Agency in 2004 before joining the The Agency Group that was acquired by United Talent Agency. She is known for her humility, dedication and passion for her acts. Over the course of a decade she has worked with an amazing and eclectic set of artists, from current stars and festival headliners Foals to arena-selling Amy Macdonald; from grand electronic music production The Knife, to breakthrough acts Ry X, Tom Misch and IDLES, along with top-selling acts such as Chvrches, First Aid Kit, Cage The Elephant, Foster The People and Gotye, all of whom she has played an instrumental part in developing.


After an initial few years in the finance industry, Jeff began his music career at Inertia Music in his hometown of Sydney, Australia. From there he travelled to New York in 2013 where he quickly rose through the ranks of Partisan’s marketing department whilst co-managing emerging artists  Amber Mark,  Day Wave and Hazel English, as well as production managing Brooklyn’s Yeasayer. Jeff relocated to London in January 2017 to become the EU Label Manager for Partisan and Knitting Factory Records and already counts the Cigarettes After Sex international breakout and IDLES UK #5 campaigns among his successes.


With 15 years’ industry experience, Rich has worked across digital distribution, marketing & promotions, music supervision (Guitar Hero Live, DJ Hero) & sync with a broad range of independent artists and labels. He is now Director of Market Development UK & Europe for CD Baby, the largest independent music distributor in the world, serving over 900,000 artists. Having recently opened a UK office in their 20th year, CD Baby offer independent artists a broad suite of services to release, market and monetise their music. Digital distribution, Publishing administration; YouTube & Facebook monetisation, major label Digital Marketing tools, Sync licensing - CD Baby is by artists for artists, also offering a blog, podcast, and annual US & European DIY Musician Conferences. CD Baby paid out $100m to their artists in 2018.


Helen Alexander is the chief financial officer for Merlin, the global digital rights agency representing the world's independent label sector. The organisation’s members command in excess of 12% of the digital recorded music market and embody more than 20,000 independent record labels and distributors from 62 countries. 
Helen joined Merlin in April, 2017 and has played a key role in managing the organisation’s expansion, with responsibility for ensuring Merlin’s systems and technical infrastructure are continually optimised, during a period of rapid growth. Under her stewardship, the team handling finance, royalties and data processing has doubled in size to meet demands from increasing data flows and sharp increases in distributions to members. Helen is currently overseeing various projects to ensure Merlin’s systems and infrastructure are state of the art and ready to accommodate further growth.


Beginning her career at Southern Record Distributors managing the digital supply chain for labels such as Text Records (Four Tet), Metalheadz and Ram Records, Nisha joined Ingrooves Music Group in 2013. She is currently a Label Development Manager, overseeing the marketing and distribution needs for labels and acts such as Barong Family, Dirty South, Fenne Lily and previously Platoon (Jorja Smith, Gabrielle Aplin & Rex Orange County). Recent campaign successes include gaining, for Yellow Claw’s latest album ‘New Blood’, Spotify’s New Music Friday Billboard in Times Square and multiple Spotify Singles Sessions for Fenne Lily.


Shain Shapiro, PhD is the Founder and President of Sound Diplomacy.  Sound Diplomacy is the leading global advisor on growing music and night time economies in cities and places.  He is also the co-founder of Music Cities Convention, the world’s largest event bringing together the music industry with city planners, developers, policy makers and executives.  Through Sound Diplomacy, he has consulted in over 60 cities and countries, including developing the Cuban official music strategy for the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation.  He delivered the first ever music presentation at a UN World Urban Forum and consulted at length with the Greater London Authority, including working on the development of London’s Night Czar and across the Mayor of London’s music policy.   He has delivered a TEDx talk on the value of music to cities and spoken at the European Parliament, MIDEM, MIPIM, SXSW, Smart Cities Expo and others. He is also an accomplished journalist, frequently contributing to CityMetric, CityLab and others.  Shain holds a PhD from the University of London and was one of the top 10 Creative Entrepreneurs in Britain in the British Council's h100 list.


Tufayel is News Editor at PinkNews, the world's most-read LGBT+ publication. Prior to this he was Associate Editor, Culture, at the long-running US publication, Newsweek, covering culture and entertainment and interviewing some of the biggest names in music, film and television, including singers Pink and John Legend, actor Morgan Freeman and filmmaker Darren Aronofsky. For his work at Newsweek, Tufayel was nominated for Journalist of the Year at the 2017 Asian Media Awards. He has also appeared as a pundit on Sky News and BBC.


Dan Beaumont founded East London LGBTQ+ institution Dalston Superstore and runs renowned queer rave Chapter 10. Last year he opened drag queen karaoke bar The Karaoke Hole, and is also co-owner of Voodoo Ray’s which has three pizza-by-the-slice spots in London. Dan also DJs internationally and has a regular show on NTS live. Last year Time Out named him one of ‘50 Londoners making the city awesome.’


Kate Hutchinson is a freelance culture journalist, broadcaster and DJ. She contributes to The New York Times, the Guardian, Observer New Review, Mixmag, The Wire and The Sunday Times and is based in London. Her monthly radio show on Worldwide FM focuses on exciting club scenes and global dance movements from around the world and has featured guests like Seun Kuti, Stewart Lee, Novelist and Songhoy Blues. In 2019 she launched her first podcast series, The Last Bohemians, profiling debonaire disruptors and female firebrands.


Emil is a Creative Director a VIRTUE, The Creative Agency By VICE, working in the intersection of culture and commercial creativity. He's been awarded fancy things from places like Cannes Lions, Webby and New York Festivals. He's currently judging The Webby Awards and The FWA and previously served as a Jury Member at New York Festivals - mostly because it looks good on LinkedIn.


Siofra McComb is Head of International Sales and Marketing for !K7, which next to being a record label provides a wide range of services including artist management, label services, sync licensing, and marketing, sales and distribution for a diverse array of independent labels, as well as handling in-house labels AUS, Strut and 7K!. Prior to that she worked at the label and artist service company The Other Hand on campaigns for Run The Jewels, DJ Shadow and BADBADNOTGOOD and as a publicist for Dutch record label V2 and Bertus Distribution. She is also a new board member of AIM.


Hospital Records, the leading brand in drum & bass music, established in 1996 with Tony Colman, the pair made music as London Electricity, till Chris withdrew from music-making in 2002 to focus on building the company. Hospital pioneered artist development within the genre, discovering names such as High Contrast, Danny Byrd and Netsky, and in 2001 launched the club night “Hospitality”, which has grown into the award-winning, Park-partying, Beach-banging brand it is today. 

Hospital have grown into their new premises in Herne Hill, to house their flourishing 23 staff, webshop, warehouse, studio and offices, alongside sister label Med School, booking agency Clinic Talent, and publishing wing Songs In The Key Of Knife. 


Sandra works on the International team for US music distributor Redeye Worldwide, and provides Europe-wide label and marketing services for Yep Roc Records. She is responsible for coordinating press campaigns, marketing activities, communicating information and reporting to both internal and external partners, all with the aim of generating awareness for new releases, artist touring campaigns and advancing the profile of Yep Roc Records, as well as the record labels distributed by Redeye internationally.


Miran has been active on the independent music scene in different roles for more than two decades, giving him a broad understanding of the world of independent music. In 2004 he founded the record label Moonlee Records, one of the most important labels in the ex-Yugoslavia region (Repetitor, Borghesia, Bernays Propaganda, Žen...), which later expanded into Moonlee Booking agency. He occasionally jumps in as promoter in Ljubljana and still plays guitar in Analena. Miran has also worked as the conference manager of MENT Ljubljana showcase festival since 2015. He is a board member of RUNDA - Regional Association of Independent Discographers Balkans.


Nikola is the founder of Kontra, a Serbian record label and publishing company. With over 15 years of experience in the music business, he’s one of the key figures of the Balkan music industry. He’s the founder and former CEO of Lampshade Media. He also works at SAE Institute Belgrade, where he’s the Head of Communication and teaches Music Business. He was the Talent and Music Manager at MTV Adria from 2009 to 2017. He’s organized over 300 concerts in Serbia and the neighboring region. He has an M.A. in Sound Design and Music Production and is the Vice President of the newly established Regional Association of Independent Record Labels – RUNDA Balkans.


Didier is the Communication and Membership Manager of IMPALA, the European association of independent record labels, based in Brussels. IMPALA’s mission is to grow the independent music sector, return more value to artists, promote cultural diversity and entrepreneurship, improve political access and modernise perceptions of the music sector. An avid fan of music, Didier also runs Black Basset Records – a small record label born out of the desire to put a spotlight on aesthetics with no media attention –, writes for The Word magazine, and is a board member of the Rockerill music venue in his hometown of Charleroi.


Helen Smith is IMPALA’s Executive Chair. Originally from Scotland, Helen is based in Brussels. She drives the organisation's key strategies with the board on a political, commercial and promotional level. Helping put thousands of independent companies and artists on the map of Europe by leveraging collective strength, IMPALA's milestones is an impressive read, from Europe's first ever class action court case on a merger and its tough stance on digital platforms who don't play ball, to its various action plans and awards schemes.