This is the first of the three films shot at Convergence 2015, focusing on changing roles and relationships in the music industry. It features interviews with Chris Cooke (journalist), Christopher Haworth (researcher), Eric Karsenty (partnership marketing, EMEA, Sonos), David Stubbs (music journalist and author), Will Gulseven (Cypher PR), Michelle You (cofounder, Songkick), Ben Gomori (DJ and music writer), and Cecilia Stalin (vocalist, composer and educator). As the speakers observe, the internet has created a direct link between stars and their fans, as well as helping grassroots artists to connect to each other. But while this has made it easier for musicians to get their names (and tracks) out there, it may have made it harder for them to get them heard. Watch the full video for thoughts on topics from home recording to artist management.
On Thursday, 19 March, a film crew from the Open University – Matt Compton, Jim Hoyland, Holly Tighe, Siobhan Parkinson – and I interviewed speakers and attendees at the Convergence Sessions, three days of discussions and workshops held as part of Convergence 2015 in London.
The crew worked wonders with the images and sound on the day of the shoot and during the editing process. Thanks to everyone who was involved, including Owen Coggins and Daniel Gouly, who observed the discussions in the main room while the film crew was interviewing.
We’ll shortly be posting the three films that emerged from the interview material. I may not be able to comment extensively on them immediately when they go up, but I’ll be putting together a longer post in the near future to give them a little more context.