MIDEM, or the Marché International du Disque et de l’Edition Musicale is the largest music industry trade fair in the world, being hosted this year in Cannes, France at the Palais de France from January 28th to the 31st. The great thing about MIDEM, is that aside from hosting the biggest labels and record companies in the world, it also hosts the International Indie Summit during the conference. MIDEM is presented by the organizers as a marketplace, above all else, as it provides a platform for musicians, policy makers, marketers, and other professionals in the industry to come together and exchange ideas and resources. Some of the interviews that come out of MIDEM are truly insightful, and in many cases, give a window into the coming year in music. We’re listening this year and plan to attend next year.
Interview: DIY Extroidonaire, Zoe KeatonI always want to include professional cellist, Zoe Keaton in our posts because she is the best example of an independent artist’s success today. Watch her MIDEM interview below, and take a look at this article giving a brief look at how she’s achieved success. Definitely worth a read. We hear she might be looking for a physical distributor — someone point her in our direction!!
My favorite Midem event is Music Hack Day, organized by SoundCloud’s Dave Haynes, and Six Four Production’s Martyn Davies. Some amazing ideas have come out of this 48 hour hacking marathon, and its understood that most of them won’t live on after hack day. Nonetheless, over 3000 developers from all over the world have participated in Hack Day to date. Below, Martyn talks about what it means to have Hack Day at MIDEM and what he expects will be produced this year. Update: The winners have just been announced for this year’s hack day, check them out here.