How Music Works with Sofia Ilyas, Zoe Mc Pherson, Nick Luscombe, Tony Morley And more

16 Oct 2019 – 21 Oct 2019

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€1299 - grants, bursaries and discounts available, see

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Occitanie, France


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  • Bus from Toulouse, or Saint Girons
  • Nearest station: Toulouse. Then bus.
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"How Music Works", the five-day workshop examined every aspect of the existing music ecology, from production to distribution, radio to touring, with each area pulled apart and explained by one of the leading people in that field for the benefit of a small group of residential participants.


How Music Works 2019 will take place at CAMP from the 16th - 21st October, with a small group of participants again benefitting from the experience and knowledge of some of the most exciting people in the business. Speakers include  Tony Morley (Leaf Label), Sofia Ilyas (Erased Tapes), Jennifer Lucy Allan (Guardian / Wire / Quietus), Nick Luscombe (BBC Radio), Lisa Meyer (Supersonic Festival / Capsule), Daisy Moon (Qu Junktions), Zoe Mc Pherson, Richard Brown (Arts Council England), Fielding Hope (Cafe Oto), Luke Owen (Kudos Records) and Trevor Heath (Tru Thoughts Publishing).

The masterclass is aimed at that emerging creature of the new music ecology - the all round, make-it-happen DIY head. The producer that also runs a label, plays in a band that has a record ready to release, writes press releases, organises tours for the band and others, promotes shows, writes a blog, does a monthly radio show. It's for anyone who has ever stayed up all night watching films and cutting/folding/sticking CD wallets.

Over five days, some of the most experienced and influential figures in modern music will talk through the full range of elements at play in music ecology - production, curation, releasing, manufacturing, distribution, PR & marketing, journalism, publishing & sync, radio, funding and live/touring. Each field will be demystified, debunked, illuminated and debated by a key player from that corner of the industry. You will leave armed with the information, inspiration, network and resources in place to move forward successfully in the new music ecology.

It's a unique opportunity to take part in an intimate series of small group workshops, working closely with some of the most knowledgable people in the business to define, clarify and launch your musical project - classes will include presentations and lectures, case studies, open discussions, Q&A sessions, and one-to-one advice sessions.

All this takes place against a backdrop of one of the wildest, most beautiful mountain landscapes in Europe - the Pyrenees Ariegoises reach heights of over 10,000ft around the residency, and are home to bears, eagles, vultures, ibex and lynx. There are ancient forests, glacial lakes and cascading waterfalls, all virtually untouched by human influence.

This is a unique opportunity to take part in an intimate series of small group workshops, working closely with some of the most knowledgable people in the business to define, clarify and launch your musical project - classes will include presentations and lectures, case studies, open discussions, Q&A sessions, and one-to-one advice sessions.

Day 1: Production, curation and making work
Day 2: Running a label and releasing music
Day 3: Distribution, synchronisation and publishing, funding
Day 4: PR & marketing, journalism, media, radio & online broadcasting
Day 5: Live music, booking & touring

Nick Luscombe presents BBC Radio 3 Late Junction, Flomotion on Resonance FM and also works as a DJ, music and playlist curator and radio producer. He is the founder of Musicity, an international digital and live event platform that explores the intersection of music and architecture.

Tony Morley has run The Leaf Label since 1995. The label sprang from his activities as DJ, writer, club promoter and press officer (for 4AD) in the early 90s. The label's first release was by Boymerang, and significant discoveries have included Faultline, Susumu Yokota, Caribou, Asa-Chang & Junray, Murcof, Colleen, Psapp, A Hawk And A Hacksaw and Efterklang. More recent successes have included Melt Yourself Down, Snapped Ankles and Warmduscher, as well as Mercury Prize nominations for both Polar Bear and The Comet Is Coming.

Jennifer Lucy Allan is a writer and researcher on sound and underground music, currently finishing a PhD on foghorns at CRiSAP (LCC). She has written on experimental, underground and esoteric music for over a decade, working as The Wire's Online Editor for five years, and freelancing for The Wire, The Guardian, The Quietus, Caught By The River and others. She also runs the reissues label Arc Light Editions, and is a part of Laura Cannell's Modern Ritual collective. She has recently hosted episodes of BBC Radio 3�s Late Junction, curated a weekend of Annea Lockwood's work for Kammer Klang, and co-produced Beatrice Dillon and Keith Harrison's Ecstatic Material tour for Outlands with Al Cameron.
Trevor Heath started working in music publishing and licensing in 2002, joining Tru Thoughts Records and Full Thought Publishing in 2007, working alongside artists including Quantic, Alice Russell, Bonobo, Anchorsong, Nostalgia 77 & Moonchild. He has worked on sync placements for numerous companies including: Nike, Mercedes Benz, Budweiser, G-Star, Google; for TV shows including: Big Little Lies, The Blacklist, House of Cards, Orange Is The New Black, Better Call Saul and Mad Men; and films including: Limitless, Chef and San Andreas. In his publishing and licensing role for the label, Trevor has cleared samples of Tru Thoughts releases for use in tracks by artists such as: Oliver$ and Jimi Jules, Fedde Le Grand, Yolanda Be Cool and Disclosure.

Lisa Meyer is the Artistic Director/CEO of Capsule, an arts organisation which she co-founded in 1999. Capsule, craft extraordinary projects for adventurous audiences and has gained a reputation as a dynamic and innovative arts producer, initiating, commissioning and producing multi-disciplinary work. Along with a year round programme, Capsule is responsible for a number of high profile projects, including the internationally renowned Supersonic Festival, which this year will celebrate its 15th edition.

Lisa is responsible for conceiving and curating Home Of Metal, producing a series of exhibitions and events which join the dots between music, social history, visual art and fan cultures to produce a new perspective on Heavy Metal. One that is celebratory, eschews notions of high/low art and joins audiences and performers together. Home of Metal is devoted to the music that was born in and around Birmingham. Music that turned up the volume, down-tuned guitars, and introduced a whole new meaning to the word 'heavy'. She was also the Curator and Producer of the Discovery Season for the opening of the largest public library in Europe. Lisa was an Honorary Research Fellow with the Digital Humanities Hub at the University of Birmingham with an MA in Digital Media and Culture.

Fielding Hope is a London/Glasgow-based curator of live music. He currently works as the Senior Producer of Cafe OTO in London and co-curator of Counterflows Festival in Glasgow. He is primarily interested in supporting music that falls between the cracks and defies easy categorisation - nurturing a wide array of radical fringe artists and creating imaginative and inclusive ways to engage with their work.

Daisy Moon is an agent at Qu Junktions, an off-grid international booking agency, management company and creative producer that represents a wild assortment of artists, helping them plot their own course through the contemporary music landscape and multi-disciplinary practice. Qu also commissions, develop and tours new projects with a range of partner organisations, and produces regular events with a focus on Bristol, UK. Daisy is also a producer and DJ. She co runs collective Housework with Shanti Celeste, Gramrcy and Golesworthy, who put on regular parties and events in Bristol and Berlin. She is also one of the tutors for Mix Nights; a teaching series that helps womxn to develop DJ skills in an encouraging, safe and welcoming environment.

Zoe Mc Pherson is an interdisciplinary artist based whose kaleidoscopic output channels a myriad of sources and research including Inuit culture, hybridity, Kurdish feminism, Vodun polyrhythms and the practice of Cat's Cradle. Her most recent work 'String Figures' is an ongoing trans-global art project fusing electronic sound, ethnomusicological research, video art and choreography into a rich audiovisual tapestry that collapses worlds, histories and timeframes. Released on SVS Records in March 2018 with a series of films directed by Alessandra Leone, the album explores an array of dualities - traditional/contemporary, organic/electronic, historical/futuristic - with its core theme of string as one of the most ancient and playful art forms with seemingly infinite possibilities. The project was awarded by Berlin music video awards, Berlin Independent Film festival, Australian center for moving image amongst others.

Her kinetic AV performance occupies a singular space at the intersection between forward-thinking club music, audio-visual culture and sound art, with recent performances including Boiler Room Berlin, La Concrete Paris, Eupen Meakusma Festival, Amsterdam De School, Nottingham Contemporary and Beursschouwburg Brussels. Her DJ mixes are at the intersection between trippy field recordings and powerful percussive club music. Recent mixes include Rinse FM, Red Light Radio, the Lot Radio. In 2019, Zoe is releasing three new singles on compilation albums by Weaponize Your Sound (Optimo Music), Bizzar Bazaar and Low Income Squad. She is also currently working on several collaborations with Rupert Clervaux, Christina Vantzou, Greetje Bijma and more yet to be announced.
Richard Brown is in the Music team for the North of England at Arts Council England. Before joining Arts Council England, Richard served as Managing Director of Arts & Business Yorkshire and previously spent 12 years leading Scotland's independent record company and publisher Soma Recordings. He served as Board and Council member of the Association of Independent Music (AIM) and is currently an external Trustee of the Yorkshire Building Society's Charitable Foundation. Richard's commercial and artistic experience at senior levels make him expert at understanding the objectives and financial challenges of music and creative companies alike.
Sofia Ilyas is a DJ, broadcaster, founder of label/PR firm FLOAT. She previously managed the Erased Tapes label, and was instrumental in the curation and promotion of work by Nils Frahm, Lubomyr Melnyk, Peter Broderick and Olafur Arnalds.

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