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Special report: Take Note 2016

Second year of London's 'educational music conference' a great success

2016 Nov 20     
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Panelists and speakers included Norman Jay, B.Traits, Toddla T, Whyt Noyz and a host of industry professionals

Yesterday (19 November) saw Take Note, the dance music conference aimed at those looking to take their first steps in the industry, return to Second Home in east London for its second year.

Take Note aims to give youngsters who are just starting out the benefit of the knowledge acquired by those who've been in the industry much longer. Accordingly, the day's key component was a series of panel discussions on topics such as the artist/manager relationship, how to keep yourself visible in the social media age and what young artists should and shouldn't expect from a record deal, as well as related issues such as drug policy and harm reduction, and how to encourage greater diversity in the music industry.

The bulk of these panels were moderated by DJ/radio presenter Carly Wilford or by Mark Lawrence, director of the Association For Electronic Music. Guests included artists such as Toddla T, Whyt Noyz and Danny Daze, Radio 1's B.Traits, and numerous industry professionals including Mark Brown (owner of Cr2 Records), Ed Karney (manager to Jackmaster, Eats Everything and Seth Troxler), Vidhi Gandhi (A&R, Ninja Tune), Steven Braines (manager to Maya Jane Coles and, formerly, Tricky), Hannah Shogbola from DJ agency Echo Location Talent and many more.

There were also public interviews with Norman Jay and Funktion-One founder Tony Andrews, while a second technology showcase area, Audio Lab, hosted production, remix and performance masterclasses by Fabio Florido (ENTER resident and newly appointed PLAYdifferently brand ambassador), rising 17-year-old techno producer Elias and Felix Faire, who was demonstrating the Roli Seabord Rise keyboard.

In the evening, live performances and an afterparty at NT's Bar in London Fields rounded off an excellent day that was informative and entertaining from start to finish. Congratulations to the organisers and everyone else involved for making the day such a success, and roll on Take Note 2017!





Tags: Take Note, Second Home, Toddla T, Whyt Noyz, Danny Daze, Fabio Florido, Elias, B. Traits, Norman Jay, Funktion One, Cr2, Ninja Tune, Roli Seabord Rise, Felix Faire