21-23 July 2016 the British Council, in collaboration with the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, will host SELECTOR PRO, a music forum bringing together specialists in the music world from both Russia and the UK to provide a unique insight into the latest music trends.

The UK has one of the largest music industries in the world, which has produced musical revolutionaries and experimentalists and continues to set new music trends and styles. Once again SELECTOR PRO will feature well-known British and Russian artists, journalists, critics, producers, promoters and directors. Speakers will share the latest news from the music industry, including insights into leading record labels, venues, festivals, and online platforms. They will also recall the birth of punk rock exactly 40 years ago.

The programme of the Selector PRO music forum:

JULY 21, THURSDAY

20.00

Strelka’s courtyard 

Opening of the Selector PRO music forum: Public talk “How to speak about music” moderated by Artemy Troitsky, a Russian journalist and music critic

 

 

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 21:30

Strelka’s courtyard

Documentary film screening "The Man from Mo'Wax" will be presented by its director Matthew Jones and producer M.J. McMahon

JULY 22, FRIDAY

12.00 - 16.00

Studio 3

Workshop on music management coached by Daniel Tsu (BIMM)
Level: beginners

Daniel Tsu, a senior music business tutor at the London BIMM music institute, will hold two music management workshops: the first one aimed at beginner level will take place on the second day of the forum, the other one for professional music managers will be held on the third day of the forum.

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18.00

Strelka’s courtyard

Panel 1 "Line-up fortune telling: how to choose a perfect artist"

Participants: Jane Beese (Roundhouse), Cameron Kaiser (CAA), Igor Tonkih   (Yota Space club), Andrey Samorukov (Pop Farm Agency), Daria Shulga (Picnic Afisha).

The discussion will focus on how to find and book an artist whose gig will be a completely sold-out event, is it worth the risk to educate the audience by bringing emerging bands and musicians or is it safer to organise concerts by renowned artists? How are line-ups of successful UK festivals created? Is it about how to find a balance between commercial success and risky premieres? We will discuss how to present an artist to the audience and reveal the secret of a perfect live performance.

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20.00

Strelka’s courtyard   

Lecture by John Robb "40 years of Punk: stories told by an industry insider"

John Robb – punk rock musician in the past, and now a music journalist will tell the story about this radical movement which exploded in 1970’s Britain. John will share the stories he learned while writing his bestseller ‘Punk Rock: An Oral History’ and the impact this movement has had on the culture and traditions of the country and how this rebellious DIY culture continues to live and to inspire new generations of young people to make their own music.

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22.00

Strelka’s courtyard

Mix The City Launch

The Moscow premiere of the MIX THE CITY — an interactive music video platform that invites people all over the world to create their own interpretation of famous cultural capitals in a form of a music video mix. You can create a unique portrait of Moscow together with 12 world-renowned Russian musicians: Yuri Bashmet, Oleg Nesterov, Pixelord, Naadia and many others and see them performing their pieces at Moscow’s favorite attractions. Mix the City has been already launched in Tel Aviv, Istanbul and the Balkans. In Moscow, the project was curated by famous British producers and artists Joe Goddard and Raphael Rundell of The 2 Bears.

 
JULY 23, SATURDAY

12.00 - 16.00 

Studio 3 

Workshop on music management coached by Daniel Tsu (BIMM)
Level: professionals

Daniel Tsu, a senior music business tutor at the London BIMM music institute, will hold two music management workshops: the first one aimed at beginners will take place on the second day of the forum, the other one for professional music managers will be held on the third day of the forum.

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14.00 - 16.00

Workshop with Matthew Jones and M. J. McMahon

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16.00

Strelka’s courtyard

Panel 1 “This will be legendary: how to create the mythology of an artist”

Participants: William Doyle (East India Youth), Richard Morton (Blow-up LIve), Rachel McWhinney (Moshi Moshi), Tabitha Thorlu-Bangura (NTS radio), Leonid Burlakov, Stepan Kazaryan.

Representatives of leading Russian and British labels, programme directors of the well-known radio stations, experienced organisers of music festivals together with musicians themselves will discuss what is necessary to do to confidently leave home studios and gather stadiums, how to create a bright and recognisable image and earn the love of fans. Also, we will focus on how the label helps the artist and what a DYI approach.

 

18.00

Strelka’s courtyard

Panel 2 "You may also like it: how machines advise music to us"

Participants: Nick Luscombe (iTunes), Sean McAuliffe (NTS radio), Simon Reynolds , Rachel   McWhinney (Moshi Moshi), Zera Chereshneva (Vk.com).

Leading experts will discuss the present and the future of music recommendation services, how people change their habit of listening and music search, how all this affects both musicians and the music market, how musical professionals should react to these changes, does the recommendation services limit the musical horizons of the audience, and can machines guess the emotional state of the listener.

 

20.00

Strelka’s courtyard  

Lecture by Simon Reynolds "Everything is a remix: why music dwells on the past"

Simon Reynolds will be talking about Retromania five years on – trying to work out what has changed in the half-decade since the book was first published in English. The talk will briefly reprise the basic argument of the book and examine various things that became clearer to Simon during the years of talks and interviews around the book that followed. For instance, he will discuss and take issue with the fashionable concept that “everything is a remix”, an approach that he calls “recreativity” and which asserts that originality and innovation are not only outmoded concepts but have never been true descriptions of how artists create.  At the same time, Simon will assess the extent to which there has been a resurgence of “future talk” in pop culture, from music that self-consciously conceives of itself as Futurist or futuristic (not the same thing necessarily) to a resurgence of movies about outer space that perhaps a renewed popular interest in space.

Simon will also present his forthcoming book "Shock and Awe", which connects Seventies glam rock to contemporary pop by tracing their shared themes of fame, narcissism, decadence and apocalyptic despair.

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22.00

Strelka’s courtyard      

Selector Live party: Actress & the London Contemporary Orchestra    

Momentum is a unique collaboration commissioned and curated by Boiler Room and produced by Actress and the London Contemporary Orchestra. Performed only once before, Momentum debuted at London’s Barbican Centre in front of sold out crowd.

Inspired by LAGEOS (laser geodynamics earth satellites), the Momentum show begins in near total darkness with a space exploration-inspired theme before a live orchestra begins to fuse electronic and orchestral music creating new sound textures.

Concert by The 2 Bears

The 2 Bears are a British musical duo formed in 2009 by Joe Goddard, producer and the production warp drive from the electronic band Hot Chip, and Raphael ‘Raf Daddy’ Rundell, a DJ, who has worked with Basement Jaxx and Matthew Herbert. 

Joe and Raphael met while working together at the legendary Greco-Roman parties that took place in various, pop up venues: abandoned warehouses, luxury loft apartments or river boats. Since then, they have been working together to create the perfect soundtrack for the best parties around the world. Even their plush bear costumes don’t stop them from creating musical masterpieces.

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