World Class Producers Tristan Keyte, Brian O’Shea, Charles Webster Talk 21st Century Production at Music Exchange

World Class Producers Tristan Keyte ( UK, USA ), and Brian O’Shea ( USA, Germany, UK ) and Charles Webster (UK, USA) discussed the new challenges in producing commercially viable music in the age of technological equality.

The trio, who all have extensive international experience at the highest levels of the industry, shared some of the psychological aspects that go into the 21st Century creative process.

Tristan Keyte, (Roger Daltrey, Westlife, BoyZone) was particularly candid saying ” It really isn’t a dictatorship anymore” when discussing production. He went on, ” The vibe of the people in the room is the critical part” and ‘ If the feeling in the room isn’t optimal, its time to leave the room for a while”. He also described the teamwork ethic 21st Century artists require these days. ” It’s no longer a process that has any authoritarian component to it “.

Keyte, who is based out of Cape Town and London continued to discuss the dynamic of the new technology and its effect on the artists ability to engage in the production process, “The artist can now engage in pre-production themselves while creating the ideas for a track, which can help guide the production into the original vision of the song” and also added ” It becomes a total team effort these day”.

Brian O’Shea, ( Seether, Watershed, Elvis Blue, Arno Carstens, Lloyd Cele ) added that artists are seriously interested in designing “commercially viable tracks”, whenever possible, in order to put themselves in position to profit immediately. He went on to declare ” The New Artist has a clear vision of what they want, when entering my office. They come in with several well developed tracks and want me to design a “Radio Hit” with a few of them”. It has become clear, that the 21st Century Artist is a quasi – producer, who is more interested in participating in every specific step of the production process.

World Class Producers Tristan Keyte, Brian O'Shea, Charles Webster Talk 21st Century Production at Music Exchange

World Class Producers Tristan Keyte, Brian O’Shea, Charles Webster Talk 21st Century Production at Music Exchange

Mark Haze at Die Boer – 4 /5 April at 8pm – Durbanville

Mark Haze has had amazing start to 2013.

His new single is playlisted on KFM -called “Best of the worst”

Last week Mark was told the great news that “Wake up (dreaming of you)” -is the longest running single on the KIA Take 40 chart show.

The song has been on the chart for over 22 weeks.

“I am stunned at this news and am wowed by the fans reaction to the song every time we play live ” remarked Mark.

To celebrate this news Mark and his band are doing Two shows on 4 and 5th April at Die Boer in Durbanville Doors open at 7pm .Phone 021 979 1911 to book.

“The venue is intimate and we really enjoy playing to my fans in my hometown” commented Mark .We will be playing all the hits and some old favorites as well.

“ROLLING STONE CHALLENGES MUSIC INDUSTRY at MUSIC EXCHANGE 2013”

Rolling Stone Magazine SA has laid down “the gauntlet”. Miles Keylock, the enigmatic leader of South Africa’s most prolific music publication, took time at Music Exchange 2013 to address the vibrant crowd in attendance. Keylock, who looks every bit the “Rock Star”, told the masses that “I am ready to help” and “My door is always open, please come knock on my door”.

The Rolling Stone session at Music Exchange 2013 was surely the highlight inside Day 2 of Music Exchange 2013, Africa’s Premiere Music Conference held in it’s #1 location, The City of Cape Town, South Africa. The conference, in its 3rd year, was an eclectic display of information for the expert and novice alike. Rolling Stone Magazine stole the show on Day 2, with a panel of journalists and executives, dedicated to motivating the music community in SA.

Miles Keylock, the Editor in Chief, and leader of Rolling Stone’s quest to energize the Artist community to reinvent itself, left the conference with his reason; “Its Because I Give a Shit”. And judging by the emergence of Rolling Stone Magazine as the most important music publication in SA history, Keylock’s bold vision is not far

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Music Exchange

Crusaders team to play the Stormers named

The Crusaders are in South Africa this week to face Cape Town’s Stormers. Despite having won 72% of their games against the Stormers the Crusaders are taking nothing for granted. The Stormers are a formidable side that play a very physical game and on home turf they will be a force to be reckoned with.

Head Coach Todd Blackadder has named his team making four changes to the team that played the Kings last weekend.

Luke Whitelock takes the number eight jersey replacing injured skipper Kieran Read while Tyler Bleyendaal moves into first five-eighth to replace Dan Carter who has remained in New Zealand to be at the birth of his first child.

Israel Dagg returns to fullback, moving Tom Marshall back to the Wing and Zac Guildford to the bench. George Whitelock will captain the side.

The game will also mark a special occasion for inside centre and vice captain Ryan Crotty who will be playing his 50th Super Rugby game for the Crusaders. On the bench, Jordan Taufua will have the opportunity to make his first appearance for the Crusaders if called upon.

Kick-off is at 7:10pm on Saturday 23 March at DHL Newlands Stadium, Cape Town.

Crusaders team to play the Stormers:

1. Wyatt Crockett 9. Willi Heinz Reserves
2. Corey Flynn 10. Tyler Bleyendaal 16. Ben Funnell
3. Owen Franks 11. Johnny McNicholl 17. Joe Moody
4. Luke Romano 12. Ryan Crotty 18. Dominic Bird
5. Samuel Whitelock 13. Robbie Fruean 19. Jordan Taufua
6. George Whitelock (c) 14. Tom Marshall 20. Andy Ellis
7. Matt Todd 15. Israel Dagg 21. Adam Whitelock
8. Luke Whitelock 22. Zac Guildford

Keynote talk by Trevor Jones at Music Exchange 2013

One of the conference’s undisputed highlights was the keynote address by Trevor Jones, moderated by Universal Records managing director Randall Abrahams. Now based in the UK, Jones was born in District Six and is considered one of the top five film score composers in the world, with several Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations as well two ASCAP Awards in the bag.

Jones has made an indelible mark on the global entertainment industry, scoring international blockbusters such as Notting Hill, The Last of the Mohicans, Mississippi Burning and The Mightyand working with the likes of U2, Sting, David Bowie, Sinead O’Connor, Britney Spears, Elvis Costello and Charlotte Church.

Jones became overcome with emotion after being given a standing ovation by delegates, who warmly welcomed him back home.

During his inspirational talk, he spoke about the importance of music education and his desire to give something back to South African music industry: “Key to South Africa’s success is hard work and building a positive perception of our country and us a nation,” he said

SPRINGBOK CAPTAINS – group photo from Todays launch

SARU launches Springbok Experience rugby museum

· World-class facility set to open on 24th September at the V&A Waterfront

· 43 Test captains provide handprints at launch ceremony

· Black rugby history to be given proper representation

· Heritage Day – September 24 – earmarked as opening day

SA music comes up trumps at Music Exchange 2013

South African music is entering an exciting era of opportunity and progress as new markets open up for homegrown sounds. This was one of the key messages emerging from the 2013 Music Exchange Conference, which saw industry moguls and musicians congregating at the iconic Cape Town City Hall to talk about the serious business of music.

Music Exchange 2013

Music Exchange 2013

Music Exchange 2013

Music Exchange 2013

Music Exchange 2013

Music Exchange 2013

For three days, from 21 to 23 March 2013, the City Hall was abuzz with the sound of music – with a full programme of workshops and panel discussions on making it, marketing it, getting it heard on various platforms and ensuring that it moves with the times.

This independent music conference, now in its third year, attracted hundreds of experts and delegates from across the music spectrum – from composers and publishers to record company executives and media – to share knowledge and ideas, network, perform live showcases and identify opportunities to boost South African music locally, regionally and abroad.

Among the high-profile music creators spotted at the conference were Vicky Sampson, Mynie Grové, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, RJ Benjamin, Chad Saaiman, Jimmy Nevis, Mark Haze, Dub Masta China and Arno Carstens, as well as industry heavyweights such as Universal Music A&R consultant Benjy Mudie, Cape Town Jazz festival founder Rashid Lombard and Rolling Stone SA editor-in-chief Miles Keylock.

The international speakers on the programme included acclaimed house music producer and remixer Charles Webster (UK), music promoter Doug Davenport (USA) and Africori CEO Yoel Kenan (France).

One of the conference’s undisputed highlights was the keynote address by Trevor Jones, moderated by Universal Records managing director Randall Abrahams. Now based in the UK, Jones was born in District Six and is considered one of the top five film score composers in the world, with several Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations as well two ASCAP Awards in the bag.

Jones has made an indelible mark on the global entertainment industry, scoring international blockbusters such as Notting Hill, The Last of the Mohicans, Mississippi Burning and The Mighty and working with the likes of U2, Sting, David Bowie, Sinead O’Connor, Britney Spears, Elvis Costello and Charlotte Church.

Jones became overcome with emotion after being given a standing ovation by delegates, who warmly welcomed him back home.

During his inspirational talk, he spoke about the importance of music education and his desire to give something back to South African music industry: “Key to South Africa’s success is hard work and building a positive perception of our country and us a nation,” he said.

Award-winning local singer, songwriter and guitarist Arno Carstens, who spoke at the conference about the song that made him famous, said it was an honour to be part of Music Exchange and it was encouraging and inspiring to see so many enthusiastic people attend and share their experiences and knowledge.

Joining Carstens on the stellar line-up of artists speaking about the song that made them famous, Vicky Sampson acknowledged songwriter Alan Lazar (formerly of Mango Groove, and now a successful composer based in Los Angeles), who wrote African Dream. “I am grateful that Alan gave me the song and did not pass me up for Mango Groove’s Claire Johnston,” Sampson quipped. She spent every minute of the conference absorbing and learning, as well as reconnecting with her mentor Benjy Mudie and her old friend RJ Benjamin.

Versatile singer, composer and teacher Benjamin, who has been invited to be a vocal coach for the upcoming season of Idols and will be composing SABC2’s new signature tune, continuously urged delegates to make use of social media platforms to reach new audiences. Benjamin stood out as one of the speakers to whom delegates were drawn and his presentations proved to be extremely popular.

After the weekend’s proceedings wrapped up, local music legend Hotstix tweeted: “What a conference; what great speakers and delegates – wow!”

Added a delighted Music Exchange founder and board member, Martin Myers: “We have been completely overwhelmed by the positive feedback we’ve received, and the animated conversations on social media platforms about the success of Music Exchange.

“Recording and performing artists, as well as composers and other industry players, have complimented the conference for being relevant, engaging and thought-provoking. There was a strong focus on the business side of music, which elevated this event above a mere talk shop: they left with useful, practical information that will undoubtedly be of immense value in their various professional ventures.”

Visit www.musicexchange.co.za to find out more about next year’s Music Exchange conference, or follow @musicexchange on Twitter.

Issued by JT Communication Solutions on Behalf of Music Exchange – www.musicexchange.co.za

If the Stormers don’t beat the Crusaders this weekend they never will !!!!

Seven times Super Rugby champions the Crusaders will be without captain Kieran Read for their South African tour .

In 2011 in fact on 7th May the Crusaders also had a half backed team on the field and still won their home game at Newlands .

The Crusaders, who lost their first two matches but scored bonus-point try wins against the Bulls and Kings in Christchurch, play the Stormers in Cape Town this weekend and the Sharks in Durban.

The visitors are already missing the services of All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, who is on a six month rest from the game and All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter, who is staying in New Zealand because of the pending birth of his first child.

The inspirational Read tore big toe ligaments and was officially ruled out of the tour on Monday (NZ time).

The Crusaders usually enjoy success on overseas tours and have the best overseas record in the history of the competition but they will be hard pressed to beat the Stormers and Sharks in successive matches without McCaw, Carter and Read.

Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse chats Music Exchange 2013

Hotstix

Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse

Bizcommunity recently sat down with Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse to talk about Music Exchange 2013 – the conference that’s got tongues wagging and interest piqued within the entertainment industry. With more than 40 years of experience, Mabuse is a treasure trove of knowledge for any aspiring musician.

Bizcommunity: You’ve had continuous involvement with Music Exchange since the inaugural conference in 2009, what is your role in this year’s conference?

Sipho Mabuse: My role is multi-pronged, I serve as a director, I’m a partner, and I spoke in the last two and gave my own personal experiences as a musician. What’s important for us is to formulate direction; I sit in the meetings that we have and we formulate direction, which topics do we deal with, and that’s basically what I do.

Read more at Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse chats Music Exchange 2013.

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