Off The Record

Off The Record

Brand new emerging artist multi-venue music event and conference, Off The Record confirms Mercury Music Prize nominees, Everything Everything, as its special keynote speaker as part of the conference element of the event held in Manchester on 4th November.

Everything Everything’s Jonathan Higgs and Jeremy Pritchard will be in conversation with acclaimed DJ and writer Dave Haslam and with three albums under their belt, the Manchester based band have played prestigious shows at festivals including Glastonbury, Kendal Calling and Isle of Wight.

As part of the conference element, attendees will be able to take away a wealth of expertise and knowledge from big names within the music industry, who will be on a wide variety of panels.

Brian Cannon, the photographer behind Oasis’s iconic ‘Definitely Maybe’ album cover, will be speaking with David Drake, the man behind the neon photography surrounding The 1975’s Mercury Prize nominated ‘I like it when you sleep’. The two will be providing insight into the world of the modern music photographer and sharing their advice on getting into the industry whilst maintaining artistic integrity with Louder Than War’s editor John Robb.

Panel session – ‘If you’re gonna do it, do it right’ – sees champions of live music (The Ruby Lounge, Fiesta Bombarda, EVOL, Sofar Sounds, MEAN Music) sharing their top tips & tricks regarding venues, spaces, production promotion and most importantly, how to get creative with turning gigs into events, attracting the new breed of audience.

Guests will also be able to gain exclusive first-hand knowledge on how to build their career in the music industry, from young industry professionals who have got their foot in the door in the ‘My Generation’ panel. An instrumental part of the Madchester era, curator Phil Saxe, who discovered & managed The Happy Mondays, will be interviewing professionals who will be able to share how they landed their dream job and provide key tips on what it takes to land yours.

Alongside panel speakers, there will be relaxed interactive ‘workshop sessions’ bringing attendees the best industry insight and knowledge from the people in the know. Industry experts will be covering everything from Sync Deals, Touring, Health & Well Being, plus lots more, which will be announced in the coming weeks.

A ‘beginner’s guide to the music industry for DIY artists’, presented by CMU: DIY’s Chris Cooke, will give expert advice on how to make money from the music industry. Chris will outline the different ways musicians can make money from recordings, merchandise, gigs and brand partnerships.

Jeff Thompson from Off Axis, a new gig and touring network, enables artists to play at festivals such as Kendal Calling through its pioneering imitative to give emerging artists access to unique festival opportunities, and Jeff will be explaining how the system works and how bands can get involved.

Diverse Music Solutions present ‘Thinking Beyond a Chart Position: Five things to consider when wanting to get into the music industry’, which will look at how bands can build relationships, survive the burnout and to also know their worth. Elroy Powell will be answering questions in an informal setting.

How To Be Heard Over The Noize will be the opening panel discussion of the day. Key influencers from radio stations, print and online magazines will be sharing their tips on how to get in the ear of the people with the power to get you heard. Panel members will be John Robb (Louder Than War), Elena Jimenez (Popped Music), Shell Zenner  (BBC Introducing Lancashire), Sean McGinty (BBC Introducing Lancashire), Steve Cusack (Radio Plugger) and last but not least Silent Radio’s very own editor Simon Zaccagni.

Off The Record is all about new music and innovative ideas. Following the conference, from afternoon until deep into the night, Off The Record Live will cast a powerful spotlight on the best new music, hosting showcase performances by 30 emerging artists across 6 legendary performance venues within 5 minutes’ walk of each other.

The artists performing are nominated by 30 cutting edge national curators such as Guy Garvey, Huw Stephens, John Kennedy, Tim Burgess, Lara Baker and Elizabeth Alker, to name but a few, who have each put forward 3 hotly tipped emerging artists, defined by only having been together less than 24 months and having not yet released an album. The acts will all be new and with a huge focus on the undiscovered, Off The Record will be keeping the line-up a secret until 24 hours before the event.

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED: If you fancy a pair of free tickets for the whole day, just send an email with the subject OTR to simon (at) silentradio.co.uk with a contact number. The winner will be contacted on the 1st of November.


Date: Friday 4th November

Area: Manchester’s Northern Quarter

Venues: Night and Day, The Castle, Gullivers, Soup Kitchen, Aatma, Ruby Lounge, Methodist Central Buildings

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