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BEC Conference – Stream Work Makes the Dream Work

This week I was invited to speak at the inaugural Beats Evolution conference. One of a few recent upstart events. BEC focusses on the Drum and Bass industry. Coming a few months after Beatport announced that drum and bass as a genre had recently moved four points to the fifth most popular genre on the download store just this year. It seemed really timely to be involved.

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The panel consisted of Toby Howieson (Head of Music Operations, AEI Media), Mathias Busse (Label Manager / Believe Digital), and Jack Bridges
(Head of International Account Management, Label Relations / Beatport). Over the hour we discussed the future of downloads for DJs – will services like Spotify and Pulselocker increase in popularity for DJs, the challenges licensing mix content and the difference in ownership and consumption for streaming.

For the rest of the two day event masterclasses and meet the team sessions were interspersed by panels on the topic of getting signed, label vs no-label events and, on the final day, the use of music recognition technology.

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The feeling of the panel was that the MRT technology is there but having the right database of tracks is key.

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Ben Bowler is the Co-Founder of Chew, the live streaming community that connects a new generation of DJs, producers and personalities. Having built his career in music and media companies AEI Media and Vice, he noticed young fans today are no longer passive consumers but content creators as well. Launching Chew in January 2015 the community has exploded internationally in the first year and Ben has received press and industry notice, being awarded the IMS Visionaries award last year. Ben continues to build and expand Chew internationally throughout 2016.