The island's music industry gets a shot in the arm with a new annual event
Time Out Bahrain staff
The island’s music industry gets a shot in the arm this month with the launch of a new annual event.
Whether you’re an aspiring DJ, a would-be producer, a musician who wants to know how to get your work ‘out there’ or just plain old interested in the whole business, Bahrain Music Conference, a three-day event running at the end of the month, aims to put the island on The Gulf’s musical map with a range of workshops, lectures and performances from established names who are ready to tell it like it is.
There will be a total of 14 workshops, presentations and lectures.
Maher Daniel – Protools and Ableton Live Maher has had releases on some of the biggest labels around and played alongside huge names such as Sasha, Dubfire, Josh Wink and lots more. His performances are always electric and he writes, produces and mixes his own sounds. He’ll be covering mixing and adding with the industry favourites.
Fawaz Alolaiwat – Traktor workshop A Bahraini who’s an artist, designer and DJ with his own record label, events company and more. Learn from an expert how to use the Traktor DJ software.
Chicago Kid Braxton – Turntablism A DJ for more than 30 years, he is the real deal. A Chicago native who takes many of his influences from his home city and professes a deep love of ‘real house’. If you want to learn how to get the dancefloor buzzing, he’s your man.
Amir Javasoul – The art of mixing records A ‘graduate of the School of Derrick Carter’ and Chicago House, Amir is the proud owner of 7,000-plus vinyls. Although he cut his teeth in the late-90s’ Montreal club scene, it was a turn of the century move to Paris that really helped develop Amir’s career in music with residencies in the French capital that paved the way to him playing at some of the best clubs in the world including Ministry of Sound (London), Crystal (Istanbul), Pacha (Ibiza), and Café D’anvers (Antwerp).
Ryan John - Rhythm and Drumming, Adel Ghuloom - Performing with electronic and live instruments Part of the legendary Bahraini band Atom (you can catch them at the Eclipse Festival), Adel is a veteran of the local music scene who can give a real insight into this aspect of the industry.
Khaled Ghuloom - Intro to sound design, Alan Fullarton - Scoring film Director of Talking Pictures here in Bahrain who brings to the table an intimate knowledge of what makes a film score work.
Salar - Basics of electronic music production Resident at the only truly underground party in the UAE, Analog Room, he is also a producer working on solo projects and with other DJs.
Nawaf Kamal - The recording process An established studio engineer, Nawaf will share his behind-the-scenes knowledge of the recording process.
Red Bull - How to get sponsorship The Red Bull Music Academy is sending over DJ And.id to speak on the commercial aspects of music exposure. He will also be hosting a Red Bull Club night
Mehdi Alansari – Promotion Co-founder, chief promoter and one of the residents at the Analog Room, Dubai.
Karim Miknas - Event and venue management Boss of Bahrain’s own Seven Leisure, which has venues such as JJ’s and Coral Bay, Karim knows a thing or two about putting on a good show.
Prinz and Damian D’Costa - Record label Q & A Prinz is a respected DJ, producer, event organiser and label owner in Belgium and Damian is well-known in Bahrain for his club nights, Eventions and the Casa D’Costa label and now radio station. Also performing at the event are DJs Davey Dee (Germany), Stef Manni (London/Ibiza), Salah Sadeq (Bahrain/Dubai), Latti and Kris. Bahrain Music Conference runs from October 31 to November 2. Dates and timings for the workshop sessions are still to be confirmed. Many of those taking part will be performing in the evenings at various venues around the island, for further information and workshop registration visit www.bmc.bh.com.