AVA Conference is Ireland’s leading electronic music conference and industry network.

It is a free, open to all ages event on Friday 1st June from 10.00am-4.00pm at the Mac. The conference provides lectures, panels, workshops, skills development and networking opportunities for the local and travelling electronic, arts and music sector as well as students, wider creative professionals and enthusiasts.

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AVA Conference Timetable

 

10.00 – 10.45am

 

Opening Keynote: Bicep – Bringing a Debut Album to Life

The Belfast duo return home to discuss the process behind their award winning eponymous debut album. From bloggers to DJss to internationally renowned artists, the rise of Bicep has been nothing short of amazing. Voted Mixmag’s ‘Album Of The Year’ in 2017, the acclaimed Ninja Tune release has been regarded as a contemporary masterpiece. Take a seat as the pair discuss the approach behind creating the album, and taking it on tour across the world.

 

This Greedy Pig Presents: Creating The Unexpected

Rosie Geoghan Keogh speaks with the visual artists involved in AVA 2018 to talk around their work and the influences on their projects.

 

Tech Drop in & Record Fair

The Factory will host the AVA Tech Drop in area is the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with some of this years newest tech releases as well as get 1-to-1 access with some professionals of your favourite brands.

 

11.00 – 11.45am

 

PRS Presents: Breaking Into The Music Industry

Hear from a number of key industry on what are the core ingredients to create a role within music, from being noticed to gaining experience, earning a salary, to developing a successful career. This panel features Ashley Howard (PRS For Music), Dresden Leitner (Big Box PR), Mark Gordon (Output Belfast/Scoredraw Music)

 

Native Sessions: How to Build Synth Leads in Reaktor with Myler

An opportunity for all session attendees to see the Native Instruments synth in context with Myler. Watch how the producer gets under the hood of the powerful node based synth and shows how he crafts a lead as part of a techno banger.

 

Club Culture: Creating Longevity in an Evolving Scene

Join the discussion on developing lasting club culture with a panel who have each significantly and positively impacted UK and Irish nightlife, with representatives from Twitch, Bodytonic, Loud By Design + more.

 

Tech Drop in & Record Fair

The Factory will host the AVA Tech Drop in area is the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with some of this years newest tech releases as well as get 1-to-1 access with some professionals of your favourite brands.

 

12.00 – 12.45pm

RA Exchange Live: Kink

One of the most respected producers, remixers and live acts around, KiNK speaks with Resident Advisor’s Carlos Hawthorne as part of their renowned ‘RA Exchange’ series. The Bulgarian DJ and producer has released on labels such as Rush Hour, Ovum and Dirtybird, and has made remixes for Moderat, Nina Kraviz and Herbert among many others.

KiNK’s live sets holds the key to understanding how he creates unparalleled enthusiasm on stage and through his studio output. His abilities in finding unique spots of new machines and even reshaping sounds already considered ‘classic’ are a trademark of his style.

 

Believe/Tunecore: Do It Together – How to Navigate the Modern Music Industry as an Electronic Artist

What are the choices for electronic artists to develop their careers in the modern music industry? TuneCore’s Nathan Barley Phillips and Believe’s Panos Polimatidis explore the various different routes independent artists can take whilst keeping control of their rights. In this panel, moderated by Mark Gordon (Output Belfast/Scoredraw Music , you will get an overview of the opportunities and options that are available to artists at every stage of their careers, with a sharp focus on why a particular option is preferable at a certain moment. With manager Lyndon Stephens also joining the panel, it will discuss the importance of teamwork and why it is crucial to involve the right people in your career for the right reasons at the right time.

 

District Magazine presents: In The Loop – A conversation about sampling in house & hip hop

Hip hop and house both have their roots firmly in disco and over the years the two genres have crossed paths countless times.

The art of the sample is the most important element for producers from both genres, and with house music now firmly in the mainstream and hip hop producers now held in as much reverence as the MCs, it’s time to see the similarities and difference between the two worlds.

District bring together a collection of some the most celebrated Irish producers from house, hip hop and grime to share their stories, compare their journeys and discuss the future of their art forms.

 

Tech Drop in & Record Fair

The Factory will host the AVA Tech Drop in area is the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with some of this years newest tech releases as well as get 1-to-1 access with some professionals of your favourite brands.

 

1.00 – 1.45pm

Help Musicians Presents: The Electronic Music Industry, Mental Health & Wellbeing

As more artists speak out about their struggles with mental illness in the music industry, it’s vital we continue to have conversations, break down stigma, and tailor support to those in need.

This panel will look at how the music industry and touring can affect the mental health of artists and managers, and what they can do to improve it for the wellbeing of themselves.

 

Pioneer DJ Toraiz Masterclass

In this session Pioneer demonstrator Sam Shepherd will be showing how the Pioneer DJ Toraiz SP-16 can be used to construct a track on the fly incorporating the units sequencer and sampler capabilities with no need for a computer. He will cover all aspects of the Toraiz SP-16’s capabilities from browsing its internal sample library to applying sound effects including the legendary synth legend Dave Smith’s filters. Sam will also cover the Pioneer DJ AS1 monosynth, also produced in conjunction with Dave Smith, and how you can create some twisted squelchy basslines and patterns. To end the session Sam will show how these 2 powerful products can work together to deliver an amazing performance.

 

Smirnoff presents Carving a Career: a DJ workshop with residents Stephanie Sykes, Aalice + Cailín

Female Resident DJ’s discuss how the got started, their story, and offer advice to any other emerging artists.

 

Tech Drop in & Record Fair

The Factory will host the AVA Tech Drop in area is the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with some of this years newest tech releases as well as get 1-to-1 access with some professionals of your favourite brands.

 

2.00 – 2.45pm

Native Sessions: Debonair in Conversation with Sunil Sharpe

Hosted by Native Instruments, techno veteran Sunil Sharpe discusses his experiences in pirate radio, music journalism, production and DJing. Moderated by fellow proto-techno selector and radio host DEBONAIR, Sharpe will also cover his experience in running record labels and Tinfoil, his moniker alongside DeFeKT.

 

Sentric Electronic – Publishing in Dance Music Made Simple

For many producers and artists starting out in dance music, publishing is the final frontier; its complicated, almost mythical, yet so critical for so many careers.

Can I get publishing income from vinyl? What are performing rights? What is a PRO? What is sync? What are Neighbouring Rights? How can this all help me in my career?

This panel will break down why publishing is crucial to artists, producers and vocalists and how money can be made with a few simple steps.

 

Four Four Magazine Presents: A Lasting Imprint – Tracking the role of independent labels in electronic music

Electronic music has come into its own over the past few years, taking maximum advantage of all that the internet has had to offer them. One chapter of the genre that has grown the most are the labels behind all the music that’s released across all genres, something that has benefited a whole host of individuals; from label heads to artists seemingly emerging from nowhere.

We’ll be examining the growth of some of Ireland’s most important labels as well as some of its most exciting up and coming ones and how they have not only benefited those behind them, but developed necessary infrastructure for the artists and fans invested in them.

 

Tech Drop in & Record Fair

The Factory will host the AVA Tech Drop in area is the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with some of this years newest tech releases as well as get 1-to-1 access with some professionals of your favourite brands.

 

3.00 – 3.45pm

Closing Keynote: In Conversation with Larry Heard

Ahead of his Northern Irish debut, Chicago house music pioneer Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers discusses his legendary career, as well as his new album Cerebral Hemispheres, the first Mr Fingers release in nearly 25 years. For most house music fans, Larry Heard is held on a special level, with anthems like ‘Can You Feel It’ And ‘Mystery Of Love’ sound-tracking generations. His smooth production style with soulful vocals and long instrumental passages that de-emphasized percussion also spearheaded the subgenre known as deep house.

 

AVA X Smirnoff Presents: The Art of DJ’ing with Mano Le Tough + Saoirse

Two of Ireland’s biggest electronic music exports discuss techniques, selecting, taking care of yourself while touring and promoting yourself as an artist.

 

Tech Drop in & Record Fair

The Factory will host the AVA Tech Drop in area is the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with some of this years newest tech releases as well as get 1-to-1 access with some professionals of your favourite brands.

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