HWCH Convention 2013

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It’s time for change.

As HWCH faces into its teenage years, it’s time for the festival’s convention to have a bit of a shake-up.

Change one – we’ve moved gaff. All the HWCH Convention talks, panels, workshops, conversations, duets, solos, sessions and heated rows will take place in our new daytime hub. You’ll find this at the National Digital Resource Centre (NDRC) on Crane Street in the heart of the Liberties. Head up Thomas Street. Go past Vicar Street, the National College of Art & Design and Arthur’s pub. Take a left onto Crane Street. Follow the signs. There you are now.

Change two – we’ve gone digital. Because of the increased interaction between tech and music over the last few years, it seemed a  natural progression to include a larger digital element to the festival. You’ll see what we mean when you go through the convention programme.

Change three – we’ve quadrupled in size. In years gone by, the HWCH Convention has been a relatively bijou affair. This year, we’ve supersized the whole thing and you now have over 20 different events going on from Thursday to Saturday. Now, you’re talking.

Change four – we’ve pushed the artists in front of the microphones. HWCH has always been about the artists and we believe everything starts with them. Come along to the artists panel on Saturday to get their perspective on life and the whole damn thing. 

Change five – we’ve restocked the tool-kit. Given that most artists today will find themselves involved in more DIY projects than a hardware store employee, we’ve decided to focus on areas like funding and marketing which artists always need to more about.

Change six – we’ve upped the quality. You’ll find plenty of new faces, fresh voices and different perspectives as HWCH Convention swings into action this year.

Change is good.

HWCH Convention takes place at the NDRC, Crane Street, The Liberties, Dublin 8 from Thursday October 3 to Saturday October 5. See programme for day by day breakdown and times. Some sessions must be pre-booked. Admission to all events is free of charge. 

Link to day by day programme

Where is the NDRC, man? Head up Thomas Street. Go past Vicar Street, the National College of Art & Design and Arthur’s pub. Take a left onto Crane Street. Follow the signs. There you are now.

               

Friday 4th October

       

Auditorium

 

Rainsford Room

 

Sugar Room

               
10.00 - 12.00 Speed Sessions            
Book one of 30 places to have speed dates with all delagtes attending HWCH 2013. This is your chance to meet the bookers. Agents, managers, bloggers and industry professionals from at home and abroad. You get ten minutes to pitch your band /comapny. A whistle blows and you move on to the next delegate. Spacces are limited and awarded on a first come first serve basis emailindustry@hwch.net to book a space.        
               
14.00 - 15.00 Music Innovation and Technology   14.00 - 15.00 Workshop: Data mining and management   14.00 - 15.00 The Guide: Band Names and Bios
Speakers - Mark Foster, Deezer UK and Ireland: Craig Watson, Soundwave: Mark Crossingham, Universal Music: Nic Robinson, Kobalt: Syd Lawrence, We Make Awesome Sh.it   Speakers - Daragh O' Brien, Castlebridge Associates   Speakers - Steve Ready and Jenny Headen
Welcome to the crossroads. Coming up one road, there’s the music business. Coming up another road, there’s the tech side. There’s going to be an almighty crash-bang-wallop unless the traffic lights work. Our panel of music and tech heads chew the fat on how far we’ve come and where we go from here.   A how-to and how-not-to guide for artists in managing the data at their fingertips from Daragh O'Brien of data management company Castlebridge Associates   A no-holds-barred romp through putting your band’s bio together. What to say and, much more importantly, what not to say.
               
15.00 - 16.00 Bands and Brands   15.00 - 16.00 The Deezer Geezer   15.00 - 16.00 The Guide: Design and Visuals
Speakers - Hazel Chu,Diageo, Daniel Sleath Vevo, Chewy, Thinkhouse: Robert Quirke, Action Media   Speaker - Mark Foster   Speakers - Darragh Nolan and Brendan Canty
Just how far are you and your band prepared to go for a brand? At a time when brands are the ones with the money, many acts find themselves on the horns of a dilemma about their engagement with the moneymen. Brands themselves naturally want all of the action, but do bands actually have a clue what they’re doing when they get into this space? And what should they be doing?   Mark Foster, Deezer UK and Ireland’s managing director, on the view from his hot-seat   What your visual collateral says about you – and why having a photo with all the band members wearing tracksuits and jumpers may not be a great idea
               
      16.00 - 17.00 Workshop :Bands and Apps   16.00 - 17.00 The Guide: Engineering
    Speakers - Paul Barton, Pledge Music; Roisin McCormack , Soundwave, Youzeek   Speakers - Frankie J Pollard and Sean Corcoran
    Get your own app, they say. It will be only mighty, they say, You’ll be lost without it, they say. But do you really need to spend time and effort on apps or can you get away without them? Are apps just another case of snazzy tech gimmicks or can you actually use the to grow your own community?   Everything you wanted to know about sound engineering in an hour without having to hand over hundreds of euros to someone who used to do sound for a hair-metal band 30 years ago
               

Saturday 5th October

       

Auditorium

 

Rainsford Room

 

Sugar Room

               
10.00 - 12.00 Speed Sessions            
Book one of 30 places to have speed dates with all delagtes attending HWCH 2013. This is your chance to meet the bookers. Agents, managers, bloggers and industry professionals from at home and abroad. You get ten minutes to pitch your band /comapny. A whistle blows and you move on to the next delegate. Spacces are limited and awarded on a first come first serve basis emailindustry@hwch.net to book a space.        
               
14.00 - 15.00 Music Innovation and Technology   14.00 - 15.00 Workshop: Data mining and management   14.00 - 15.00 The Guide: Band Names and Bios
Speakers - Mark Foster, Deezer UK and Ireland: Craig Watson, Soundwave: Mark Crossingham, Universal Music: Nic Robinson, Kobalt: Syd Lawrence, We Make Awesome Sh.it   Speakers - Daragh O' Brien, Castlebridge Associates   Speakers - Steve Ready and Jenny Headen
Welcome to the crossroads. Coming up one road, there’s the music business. Coming up another road, there’s the tech side. There’s going to be an almighty crash-bang-wallop unless the traffic lights work. Our panel of music and tech heads chew the fat on how far we’ve come and where we go from here.   A how-to and how-not-to guide for artists in managing the data at their fingertips from Daragh O'Brien of data management company Castlebridge Associates   A no-holds-barred romp through putting your band’s bio together. What to say and, much more importantly, what not to say.
               
15.00 - 16.00 Bands and Brands   15.00 - 16.00 The Deezer Geezer   15.00 - 16.00 The Guide: Design and Visuals
Speakers - Hazel Chu,Diageo, Daniel Sleath Vevo, Chewy, Thinkhouse: Robert Quirke, Action Media   Speaker - Mark Foster   Speakers - Darragh Nolan and Brendan Canty
Just how far are you and your band prepared to go for a brand? At a time when brands are the ones with the money, many acts find themselves on the horns of a dilemma about their engagement with the moneymen. Brands themselves naturally want all of the action, but do bands actually have a clue what they’re doing when they get into this space? And what should they be doing?   Mark Foster, Deezer UK and Ireland’s managing director, on the view from his hot-seat   What your visual collateral says about you – and why having a photo with all the band members wearing tracksuits and jumpers may not be a great idea
               
      16.00 - 17.00 Workshop :Bands and Apps   16.00 - 17.00 The Guide: Engineering
    Speakers - Paul Barton, Pledge Music; Roisin McCormack , Soundwave, Youzeek   Speakers - Frankie J Pollard and Sean Corcoran
    Get your own app, they say. It will be only mighty, they say, You’ll be lost without it, they say. But do you really need to spend time and effort on apps or can you get away without them? Are apps just another case of snazzy tech gimmicks or can you actually use the to grow your own community?   Everything you wanted to know about sound engineering in an hour without having to hand over hundreds of euros to someone who used to do sound for a hair-metal band 30 years ago

Delegates

CAMERON WRIGHT / Festival Director - Canadian Music Week Cameron has been involved in the Canadian music scene for over 13 years. Heavily involved in live music, Cameron can be found producing shows with every major promoter in Toronto - from AEG Live to Live Nation to Embrace Productions and more.
He has helped produce shows for Oasis, Foo Fighters, Tool, Portishead, Phoenix, Stone Temple Pilots and hundreds more. For the last 3 years, he has been the festival director for Canadian Music Week, now in its 31st year, which takes over Toronto every March with 80 venues

CLAIRE SOUTHWICK / Transgressive Producer Management Claire Southwick is a partner and director of Transgressive Producer Management alongside Tim Dellow and Toby L at Transgressive Records. Transgressive Producer Management was established in 2005 with Claire bringing her clients into the fold.
Claire manages producers Rob Ellis/Paul Savage/Jim Anderson/David Pye/Tarek Musa and Richard Jackson. Artists worked with include Anna Calvi/Mogwai/Bat For Lashes/PJ Harvey/Wild Beasts/Fever Ray/Everything Everything.
Claire has worked in the music industry for 15 years. Beginning her career at an indie label called Blue Dog, Claire then worked in PR, publishing and management before dipping her toe into producer management at Sanctuary Music and progressing to set up her own Producer management company.
Claire is also a creative director and partner in the BHZ/Dancing Coins label which launched the artist Cold Specks. Cold Specks’ debut album was shortlisted for the Polaris Prize and was also recently nominated for Breakthrough Artist in the Juno Awards.
Claire also manages Charlotte Hatherley’s new project Sylver Tongue and upcoming new artist I Have A Tribe.

DARREN HEMMINGS / Founder - Motive Unknown For three years Darren Hemmings was the Head of Digital Marketing for the PIAS Entertainment Group. In 2011 he left to form Motive Unknown, a strategic digital marketing agency. Since then the company has worked on campaigns with labels such as Infectious Music, Domino, Houndstooth, Lucky Number and more, covering artists including Alt-J, Moby and Villagers among others. As well as working on artist campaigns, Motive Unknown has also worked with fashion brands such as FLY53, and with tech companies such as Soundhalo. In addition to running Motive Unknown, Darren also curates the Daily Digest newsletter, which goes out to key people across the UK and US music industry.

DEV SHERLOCK / The Hype Machine Dev is part of the elite team at The Hype Machine, one of the world’s most influential music sites, where he works closely with artists and music bloggers, and is also host/co-producer of Hype Machine Radio.His career spans both traditional and new media. He served as an editor at Musician Magazine, a programming exec for Clear Channel Radio, and co-founder of a digital media start-up before teaming with The Hype Machine in 2009. Also a widely-published music journalist, his writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, Q, Billboard, The Word, NME, Time Out, Details and The Rolling Stone Album Guide.
HAZEL CHU / Diageo Hazel Chu was recently appointed the Head of Corporate and Trade Communications for Diageo. Prior to joining Diageo, Hazel held the position of interim Head of Communications at NDRC (National Digital Research Centre), managing the overall marketing and communications strategy for the organisation while advising multiple start-ups on how to build their brand. Hazel started off her career in communications, marketing and events, working with charities such as MS Ireland, UNICEF and Temple Street Child. In 2007 she joined the core team at Electric Picnic and held the position of Assistant Artist Manager for several years, she worked on several music festivals including Love Box, Some Days Never Ends and Midlands. In 2010 she moved to New York to work as a marketing and communications consultant to the North America Bord Bia office and was asked by New York based Designer Yoana Baraschi to advise on a marketing and communications strategy for her the brand. Thereafter she returned to Dublin and was made Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications with Forfás for the European Science Open Forum and Dublin City of Science projects. When not brand building or PR spinning Hazel loves surfing, watching Black Books and avoiding big lorries when cycling her bike around town.

JANKE BRANDS / Eurosonic Janke Brands taught financial administration for independent artists at the Academy of Pop Culture in Leeuwarden. As a musician in an alternative pop band, Janke toured intensively at festivals and venues throughout the Netherlands for 14 years, contributing to various CDs. With a partner, she initiated record label Wham!Wham! records, putting out international releases of experimental pop music.  She started working for Eurosonic Noorderslag in 2003, first at the financial dept. During these years Janke gradually quit her side projects to dedicate all her energy to Eurosonic Noorderslag. She is now member of the management team, serving as a policy officer, financial manager and business manager of the international exchange programme ETEP. Beside this she fullfills a number of social tasks in various boards.

JASON EDWARDS / began his career in music before he left school as a contributing writer at Artrocker magazine and ThisIsFakeDIY. He then moved to OneRecords as their in-house press officer whilst simultaneously establishing a regular club night at Glasgow's School of Art. Now a booking agent at 13 Artists (a boutique agency in Brighton representing Radiohead, The Arctic Monkeys, Interpol and more) since August 2010, Jason looks after a roster of artists including Grimes, Spector, Theme Park, Factory Floor, Oh Land, Clock Opera and Blood Orange.
LAURA WEBB / Music Supervisor - Laura started out in the music supervision world by working with esteemed music supervisor, Laura Wasserman. During her time as a music coordinator, she worked on films such as SHARK TALE, A LOT LIKE LOVE, XXX2: STATE OF THE UNION, 500 DAYS OF SUMMER, MTV’S THE HILLS. In 2009, Laura started her own music supervision company Webb Worldwide Music. Some of her credits include: MTV’s WORLD OF JENKS, THE CITY, TAKING THE STAGE, HOW’S YOUR NEWS, BET’s BORN TO DANCE, 2012 MTV’s Movie Awards & SAVE THE DATE, which was in competition at Sundance Film Festival and was distributed by IFC. She is currently music supervising the third season of TEEN WOLF, the second season of Bravo’s VANDERPUMP RULES, and the independent film written by Joss Whedon, IN YOUR EYES.
LIZZY NEWTON / South By Southwest (SXSW). Lizzy is a Music Festival Booker at South By Southwest (SXSW). Now in its 28th year, SXSW Music and Media Conference and Festival is a must for the music and creative industry professional. SXSW 2013 saw nearly 25,000 music industry professionals attend compelling panels, industry discussions, demo listening sessions, and trade show exhibits. The Music and Media Conference aims to educate and inspire musicians and those who work with them. In 2013, SXSW showcased six nights of music performed by 2,278 acts representing 55 different countries, performing at over 100 venues in downtown Austin, Texas. Whether you're a grizzled music biz vet, or a wide-eyed newbie, you'll find great discussions and unique opportunities to meet people who can help advance your ambitions.
MARK CROSSINGHAM / Univesal Music Ireland. Mark Crossingham has been at the helm of Universal Music Ireland since 2008, prior to that he was General Manager of UMGI's Concord Music Group . He has also been deputy managing director for Universal Island, senior VP international at Universal Music U.K., and head of Universal Music U.K.'s international marketing unit. Mark's career in in the music industry started in 1986 as a west end sales rep for Warner Music UK. Within two years he was National Accounts Manager Warner Music UK. Mark joined the Universal group in 1995 as Marketing Director MCA Music International.
MATT MCDONALD / CMJ Matt’s primary focus is on programming artist showcases at the CMJ Music Marathon. Now in its 33rd year, the Marathon attracts more than 1300 artists and 100,000 music fans from around the world to NYC every autumn and will take place this year October 15-29. In addition, Matt oversees various events, tours, and music licensing initiatives at CMJ throughout the year, with a primary focus on up-and-coming acts. Prior to joining CMJ in 2005, he was a talent buyer at a handful of New York clubs.
NICK ROBINSON / Kobalt Nick Robinson is Senior Vice President, Business Affairs, of independent music publisher, Kobalt Music Group. Nick is based in Kobalt's London headquarters where his role includes sourcing and signing new writers/catalogues, artists and music publishers; artist/writer relations and A&R/creative development. His signings at Kobalt include Alt-J, Bon Iver, Thom Yorke and Polica. Nick has more than 20 years experience in the industry, previously as senior executive writer/publisher relations Europe, at US performing right organisation BMI. There he was responsible for the signing of and relationships with artists including Adele, Radiohead, Natasha Bedingfield, Mika, James Blunt, Keane, Duffy, Sigur Ros and Estelle. Prior to joining BMI, Nick worked at EMI in A&R for five years, three of which as head of the A&R department. Before that he spent six years as an editor at Music Week magazine and also worked at Island Records UK as head of press. Before that, he was a journalist on a local paper/music magazines.
ORLAITH ROSS / Event Producer Orlaith Ross is an independent artist, curator and event producer based in Dublin. Having earned her BA in Art and Design Education from NCAD in 2009, she went on to complete her MA in Arts Management and Cultural Policy in UCD in 2012. Over the past five years, Orlaith has featured and curated shows and events in Ireland, Hungary and France, specialising in craft and design. Orlaith’s current focus is on hosting creative events in unusual venues, she has curated and produced a number of unique events including distinctive locations such as The Fumbally, The Powerscourt Centre and The Factory. Orlaith is currently based in Christ Church Cathedral as the Events and Marketing Officer, organising and producing music and visual art events such as ‘Altered’ for National Music Day and ‘Der Golem with 3epkano’ for Heritage Week, these events have garnered broad press coverage and positive reviews.
PAUL BARTON / Pledge Music Paul Barton's Industry Area of focus is A&R. He's been 10 years in the music industry, working for both an Indie Publisher/Record label ( Perfect Songs/ZTT Records ) and a Major Record label ( Warner Bros ). Career highlights include discovering The Enemy and them having a number 1 debut album, working with Gallows and the producer GGGarth Richardson on the ‘Grey Britain’ album. PledgeMusic is a music company offering you a new way to take control of your career. We’re not interested in being a rights owner – Pledge does not want ANY rights to your music. We just help you fund, market, and release whatever music you want to make. PledgeMusic is an online Direct-to-Fan music platform, launched in August 2009, that facilitates musicians reaching out to their fanbase via social media platforms to pre-sell, market, and distribute music projects including recordings, music videos, and concerts.
STEVE FARRIS / Polar Patrol Publishing: Polar Patrol is a pro-active music publishing service for songwriters, artists and musicians set up by Jonny, Nathan and Gary from Snow Patrol which is run day to day by Steve Farris, with Natalie Nissim on A&R duties. Our small team offers a hands on approach to music publishing with the aim of nurturing new songwriting talent and artist development. Polar Patrol does not restrict its roster to any particular genre, as Jonny explains "there is no agenda - if it's good enough and we believe in it 110%, we will sign it." Polar Patrol is administered world wide by Kobalt Music. We currently publish Johnny McDaid (songwriter), Here We Go Magic (band), Kidda (electronica artist), Luke Temple (singer/songwriter), Gita Harcourt (songwriter), Bo Bruce (artist) and Gary Nock (singer/songwriter and artist) Nadine Shah (artist), Tree (artist), Kasket (electronica artist), The Windsor Player (artist) and Little Matador (artist). Since the company started in 2010, our writers have scored a No.2 UK hit with Example "Say Nothing" (co-written by Johnny McDaid) and a UK No.10 album for Bo Bruce's debut "Before I Sleep".
STEVE ZAPP / International Talent Booking ITB is a major international live music-booking agency representing legendary artists, contemporary global superstars and upcoming talents, booking their live performances throughout the world other than the U.S. and Canada. In a business so susceptible to short-lived trends, few have the courage to trust their instincts. But from his earliest days as a gig-goer, Steve Zapp realised that his gut feeling was pretty reliable when it came to music. That strength of conviction and resistance to prevailing fashions has served him well over 11 years at ITB. “I started out as ents manager at Reading University in 1991,” says Steve, “and when I was younger the bands I tipped seemed to happen, for some reason. That helped me trust my own belief in an artist, and many of the acts that are doing best for me now – such as Biffy Clyro, Editors and The Courteeners – were unsigned when I saw them, but they had something I believed in, and I felt I could see the bigger picture with them and build their career from the live side of things.”

IRISH INDUSTRY PARTICIPATING

AIDAN CUFFE Golden Plec
ALAN CULLIVAN / BIM
ALEXIS VOKOS / Delphi Music
BARRY O DONOGHUE / Sony,
CATHAL FUNGE /Phantom 105.2
CILLIAN STEWART /
Castlepalooza
DAN HEGARTY / RTÉ 2fm
ELEANOR MCGUINNESS / Pitch and Smith
FINIAN MURPHY (Irish International)
IAN WILSON
/ RTÉ 2fm
JIM LAWLESS / Manager, The Coronas
KEITH JOHNSON
/ IMRO
NAY MACCARDLE / Harmless Noise
NIALL BYRNE / Nialler 9, Day and Night
PAUL MCLOONE / Today fm
SHANE DUNNE / Indiependence