Rub your hands with glee, the mu­sic in­dus­try is head­ing to Cannes for it’s an­nual chin-wag

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - JIM CAR­ROLL

It’s a given that some juicy lines will be rolled out when Ti­dal’s Va­nia Schlo­gel steps up to de­fend the ser­vice

Here are next week’s mu­sic busi­ness head­lines. As you read this, the in­ter­na­tional mu­sic in­dus­try’s cow­boys, ranch­ers, farm­ers, chancers, boy won­ders, grey hairs and troop­ers are ar­riv­ing in Cannes for the an­nual MI­DEM con­fer­ence.

Un­til now, MI­DEM was the Jan­uary jolly which gave the mu­sic in­dus­try’s se­nior fig­ures and high rollers an ex­cuse to head to the south of France for a few days’ win­ter break.

This year, though, the fes­ti­val has moved to June and this seems to have en­er­gised the con­fer­ence. In­deed, much of the pro­gram­ming seems to have made an ef­fort to avoid the usual dull, fare which has be­come the norm at many con­fer­ences of this ilk.

One rea­son for this may be that MI­DEM is not re­ally a show­case fes­ti­val. Other gath­er­ings have put live mu­sic, and es­pe­cially show­case op­por­tu­ni­ties for new acts, at the top of the agenda, to the detri­ment of the con­fer­ence pro­gram­ming. But the re­verse is true in Cannes where the fo­cus is very much on key­note pre­sen­ta­tions, grand­stand­ing in­ter­views and meaty panel dis­cus­sions.

That said, MI­DEM does re­main a favoured place for se­nior play­ers to speak their mind and let off some steam. It was where for­mer U2 manager Paul McGuin­ness went to take a load off with his views on Google, piracy and ISPs in 2008. And just in case no one heard him, McGuin­ness spoke again in 2012.

Per­haps we’ll hear Sony Mu­sic boss Doug Mor­ris speak with sim­i­lar can­dour this week­end. There are quite a few in­ter­est­ing mat­ters which have cropped up of late re­gard­ing Mor­ris, like his re­ported $17 mil­lion salary.

He’s a man who has been around the houses when it comes to la­bels and is due to talk about the lessons he has learned dur­ing his ca­reer. Here’s hop­ing he brings a map out­lin­ing where some of the bod­ies are buried and that his in­ter­viewer does some pok­ing and prod­ding.

We can ex­pect Mor­ris to talk about the great stream­ing wars cur­rently dom­i­nat­ing the dis­course. In­deed, it’s a given that some juicy lines will be rolled out when Ti­dal’s Va­nia Schlo­gel steps up to de­fend the ser­vice later to­day.

Deezer boss Hans-Hol­ger Al­brecht is also sched­uled to talk and he’s down to cover the free side of the house when it comes to stream­ing. There’s also a key­note due from Sound­cloud founder Alexander Ljung, who will likely ad­dress re­cent spec­u­la­tion around the ser­vice’s pro­posed move to a sub­scrip­tion model.

While MI­DEM is happy to largely leave the live mu­sic in­dus­try to its own de­vices, there’s a berth nonethe­less for vet­eran, mav­er­ick pro­moter Har­vey Gold­smith. Ex­pect him to elab­o­rate on his re­cent views about how the death of the mu­sic fes­ti­val is nigh as we run out of new head­lin­ers ca­pa­ble of drawing big crowds.

We re­ally should have left our guy Don­ald Clarke out in the south of France for an­other few weeks to cover it.


Nozinja Nozinja Lodge (Warp) Bon Iver’s Justin Ver­non is not the only mu­si­cian with a mo­bile phone re­tail past. South Africa’s Richard Mthethwa left the world of phone re­pair to kick out the jams with high­pow­ered Shangaan Elec­tro. De­but al­bum Nozinja Lodge is brim­ming with souped-up and hot-wired folk, kwaito and South African house sounds.


Gavin Br­yars is com­ing to town. The com­poser of Je­sus Blood Never Saved Me Yet, The Sink­ing of the Ti­tanic and other works ap­pears in con­ver­sa­tion to­mor­row (Satur­day June 6th, 3.30pm) at IMMA in Dublin as part of the Sum­mer Ris­ing fes­ti­val. The com­poser will be will be talk­ing about his own work in re­la­tion to Ger­man artist Etel Ad­nan, whose oil paint­ings are on show at the gallery at present.

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