How to crack Scotland
2:45pm (THIS TALK IS FULLY REGISTERED)
Who are the key players, tastemakers, influencers and agents in Scotland? What blogs, festivals, radio stations, labels, showcases should emerging artists pitch to. This essential briefing will explain the landscape and entrance points.
Vic Galloway is a broadcaster, journalist, musician and author based in Scotland. With 20 years of experience from 1999 until now, he has presented weekly music programmes for the BBC including over 11 years for Radio 1. He continues to broadcast and champion new music on BBC Radio Scotland every week and regularly on BBC 6Music, alongside documentaries for various radio and TV networks. As a journalist Vic has written for CLASH, Gigwise, The Skinny, The List, The Times and Sunday Herald. He is also a musician, DJ, curator and event host. His first book ‘Songs in the Key of Fife’ (about The Beta Band, King Creosote, KT Tunstall, James Yorkston & the Fence Collective) was published 2013 and was well received. His following book ‘Rip It Up – The Story of Scottish Pop’ was published in collaboration with the National Museum of Scotland in June 2018, alongside accompanying Radio and TV series.
Joe had a band called Superstar who were originally signed to Creation Records in 1992 by Alan McGee and, up until 2000, released around seven and a half albums.
As an artist/producer, I have played/written/collaborated with many people including Teenage Fanclub, Big Star/Alex Chilton, Rod Stewart, Edwyn Collins , The Boy Hairdressers, BMX Bandits, Matthew Sweet, artists Jim Lambie, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, The Modern Institute, art producer Katie Nicoll, novelist Alan Warner, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, LSO, Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band, Grammy Award winning engineers Neil Dorfsman and David Donaldson, writers Martin & Ed McCardie, BBC, Disney, Sky BSB, Scottish Screen, Channel Five, Vodafone. I have also written film soundtracks including Hardnut, Billy & Zorba, The Corkscrew Road, EDIT. Currently living and working in Argyll, Scotland developing and mentoring new artists through Single Track HQ.
Alex Smith has over ten years diverse experience across the music industry and wider creative industries. He is the current Project Manager for XpoNorth (previously goNORTH), Scotland’s largest conference and showcase festival for the creative industries. The event has attracted some of the most influential UK and international industry representatives, produced cooperations with a cross-reach of major national and international music industry associations and organisations and showcased some of the most exciting acts to have emerged from the Scottish and wider national and international music scene in recent years. He also manages a range of sector support programmes for creative businesses based across the Highlands and Islands and is a board member of The Scottish Music Industry Association.
Caroline Campbell (Belladrum Festival/ Groove/ The Gathering/ Ironworks Owner - the largest purpose built live space in the Highlands).