talk & workshop program

belgrave music hall 

In Conversation With Craig Richards  - We catch up with the iconic Fabric London resident and musical curator for a live one on one.

DJ History Present Warehouse Music - Find out how electronic music started in the city in the 1980s at the influential Warehouse club. Featuring: Ian Dewhirst (Mastercuts) / Bill Brewster (Last Night a DJ Saved My Life) Paul Schofield (Warehouse / The Central)

The Future Of Women In Music - Gender diversity and representation of women within the music industry is at a tipping point, but there is a long way to go. Leading female panellists give their advice. Featuring: Sayang & Lucy Locket (Equaliser) / Jaguar (Artist) / Emma Zillmann(Bluedot Festival)

Music:Leeds Present - DJ/Producer Launchpad - This talk is for all aspiring DJs and producers wanting to make it in music. From getting your music up on the major platforms to first hand advise on management, agents and social media. Featuring: Patrick Hanrahan (Left Blank / Ghostly) / Lenny Bedford (Kycker Music) / Sarah Frenchy (Grade Management) / James Bevan(Rising Digital) 

Event Insights - Leading festival and club promoters give an in depth insight into how to create and manage successful events. Featuring: Ben Robinson (Bluedot Festival) / Matt Long (New Citizens) / David Martin (Dimensions)

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KiNK Live Masterclass - With his live performances KiNK manages to bridge the divide between man and machine. KiNK's live masterclass will give people an opportunity to learn some of the technical tips and tricks that go into his performance.

Bop DJ Presents (Pioneer, Roland, Rane, Akai)

Pioneer DJ present ‘Elevate the standard’  - ‘Mark Blundell from the Manchester School of Electronic Music in conjunction with Pioneer DJ will be presenting a breakdown on how to use the new DJS-1000.  Learn how this new stand-alone DJ sampler from Pioneer DJ can enhance your set by combining it with CDJ-2000NXS2 and DJM-900NXS2. Add the DJS-1000 to your DJ set-up and you can intuitively create unique sounds and phrases in advance of your set, or on the fly, then sequence and loop them as you wish.’

Roland  - Roland will be showcasing their brand new flagship drum machine the TR-8S. Learn how you can use the TR-8S to revolutionise your live performances by adding samples, advanced parameter automation and sequencing to classic Roland TR drum sounds. Experience how the TR-8S can be combined with the full Roland range of AIRA, Boutique and DJ products to expand your creative possibilities.

Rane DJ - Get Battle Ready with the exciting SEVENTY-TWO Battle Mixer and TWELVE Battle Controller from Rane DJ. Experience the SEVENTY-TWO with its multi-touch screen and Rane DJ’s brand-new Mag THREE Fader. Discover for yourself the incredibly high build quality, superior component selection and all-steel construction of this mixer, solidifying Rane DJ’s reputation as the premier mixer brand for turntablists. The TWELVE has all the characteristics and simplicity of a “traditional” direct-drive turntable but without the hassle of fragile needles and skipping tone arms. With the TWELVE, the DJ can scratch and play with all the direct spontaneity and creativity of a turntablist, but with the precision, repeatability and durability of the best digitally-based solutions. These new models are a dramatic and impressive statement strengthening Rane DJ’s position at the forefront of the DJ Stage.

Akai  - ‘Get hands-on with Akai Professional’s latest hard hitters, MPC X and MPC Live. Modern music’s evolution is intrinsically linked to the legendary Akai Professional MPC line – full-featured production and performance powerhouses that have spawned multiple genres and advanced countless existing ones. With a design often replicated but never surpassed, the Music Production Centre empowers users with an unrivalled workflow and a tangible, intuitive interface coupled with forward thinking, in-demand functionality that sets the precedence for the industry standard. Don’t settle for an imitation, take control of your creative output with MPC.’

The Art of Analogue with TPI Sound – A seminar on sound system design with TPI Sound‘TPI manufacture the finest Loudspeaker systems and associated electronics currently available. The highly experienced team of Giles SmithIan Knight and industry pioneer Tim Isaac, have designed systems for the world’s leading record companies, studios and entertainment venues over the last thirty years. TPI Sound - uncompromising sonic clarity’

MasterSounds Presents Vinyl Love - ‘Ryan Shaw is the founder of MasterSounds, the UK based company supplying premium audio products. Ryans award winning audio accessories, such as the MasterSounds turntable weights, DJ mixers and turntable conversions are world renowned. In his ‘Vinyl Love’ workshop, Ryan will be explaining how a correctly setup turntable will improve audio performance in a home or club environment.’

Modular Systems with London Modular - 'Currently making waves as London Modular Alliance Live, this workshop will give an introduction to modular synthesis including a brief history, basics of control voltage and signal routing, CV, gates, triggers, VCAs and envelopes. You will be able to get hands on and try some of the latest and best modular gear and patches with Phil Ventre from LMA on hand in person to assist’. 

Back To Basics Academy Presented by Dave Beer - Dave Beer, The founder of the iconic Leeds’s club night Back To Basics discusses the goals for the newly founded Back To Basics music academy, alongside a workshop with Dennon DJ.

Denon DJ - Experience the future of DJ technology with the Prime Series from Denon DJ. Discover the power of the award-winning SC5000 Prime Media Player and the X1800 Mixer with their intuitive controls and extensive features, plus the VL12 professional direct-drive DJ turntable with true quartz lock. The SC5000 Media Player analyses music files on the fly, has dual-layer decks with dedicated outputs, a multi-touch screen, plus an 8” rugged jogwheel with central display that shows current playing track or custom artwork. The X1800 Mixer incorporates a comprehensive array of performance and convenience features that set it well apart from ordinary mixers. The Prime Series is truly the cutting-edge of DJ performance and this is the chance to experience this amazing gear up close and personal.

Link Jam Powered by Ableton Live - With acoustic instruments, playing in time comes naturally. You can jump in when the time’s right, and everyone keeps their flow. Playing together with electronic instruments hasn’t always been so easy. Now Ableton Link makes it effortless. Join Ableton Certified Trainer, Thomas Glendinning (ELPHNT), to take part in synchronised jam sessions with other electronic musicians using Ableton Link. We’ll have a collection of drum machines, synthesisers and controllers running together with Ableton Live and sync’d using Ableton Link. You can even join in with your iOS device running a Link enabled app!

hope house

An Introduction to M.A.P - Learn the inspiring story of M.A.P Charity who provide experience of the creative industries to young people at risk of exclusion from mainstream education, offering qualifications, inspiration, and a creative ecosystem that turns our young people into the creatives of tomorrow.

Basement AV  - Interactive audio-visual installation hosting live electronic music.

Community Sound With Cosmic Slop - You’d never expect to find one of the best custom sound systems in the country hidden away in an unfashionable inner city area of Leeds, but Tom Smith from Cosmic Slop has indeed created one. Smith researched classic New York sound systems including The Gallery and Paradise Garage before tirelessly setting about buying individual elements on eBay and assembling them. The resulting system is used exclusively for fund-raising Cosmic Slop parties to support the MAP charity. A sound that benefits the community is the heart warming story presented by Tom Smith at Hope House.’

Equaliser DJ Workshop With Danielle Moore - Equaliser is a Leeds-based club night and collective, providing a platform and free to access DJ workshops for non-cis* female DJs and electronic music talent, they’ll be joined by Danielle Moore, sharing her expertise on DJing, and music production with her band Crazy P.

Leeds Producer Forum - LPF is a community of Leeds based producers and music makers interested in hearing their work on the legendary Cosmic Slop sound system, situated in Hope House Gallery. LPF is a space to share ideas and processes with like minded artists. By submitting your tracks prior to an LPF session, producers have the opportunity to hear their music through a hi-fidelity hand made system, to help identify areas for improvement in their work, gauge the reaction of peers and leave feeling inspired!

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Prince Fatty Dub Masterclass - A strong theme running though inner city is the crucial role of dub reggae and it’s impact on electronic music, especially in Leeds. Prince Fatty is a master on the board with dub FX and has worked with Hollie Cook, Adrian Sherwood, Dub Syndicate, A Tribe Called Quest and many more. Prince Fatty gives a masterclass in dub before performing live with Iration Steppas. 

Subdub Presents - Dub Roots - Learn how electronic music comes from dub. This talk traces the roots of dub sound systems and how they inspired the next generations. Featuring: Prince Fatty (Artist) / Iration Steppas (Artist) / DJ Martin (Artist) / Matt Anniss (Journalist) 

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In Conversation With Midland & Paul Woolford - Midland and Paul Woolford join us as part of our in conversation series on KMAH Radio.