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Darker Music Talks helps musicians become entrepreneurs. It's a series of free events in London that brings independent musicians and music knowledge keepers together, in a chance for a constructive dialogue. The future belongs to educated Musicpreneurs.

Next discussion: 6 November 2014, 7.00 - 9.30pm

Where – The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, SW1H 0AD, London

About the discussion

Most musicians are driven by a combination of emotion and passion. This causes them to block third party information, which allows them to be creative without restrictions.

The industry, however, runs on an official, recognized yearly timeline (about their releases, campaigns etc.), but most musicians ignore it deliberately and don't synchronise their activities with it, as to address it would mean to conform to an imposed creative schedule.

- How could artists benefit (financially, grabbing attention etc.) by riding the wave of various industry timelines?

- Do I sell out if I follow timelines and trends?

- How can musicians find a balance between their creative process and the music industry's timeline?

- What does a sustainable career mean in the modern digital age?

- When the f*** should I reinvent myself?

These and many more questions will be answered during this session.

The experts: Mykaell Riley

Mykaell Riley is a songwriter, producer, arranger, educator and music consultant. He works primarily as Head of Music Production at the University of Westminster (Media Art & Design Faculty) and Programme Director at the Black Music Research Unit (BMRU).

Mykaell has had a career in music for over thirty years. He was a founding member of the seminal reggae band, Steel Pulse, who went to win a Grammy. He is also the founder of Britain's first black orchestra, The Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra - for which he has co-written and produced three albums and co-produced a 50min documentary for Channel 4.

As a professional writer/producer, Mykaell's work has encompassed TV, Film and Theatre, but mainly albums, over twenty of them - resulting in over eleven top twenty positions, and three number ones. He has been involved with Soul II Soul's, Jamiroquai, Bjork, Wet Wet Wet, Peter Andre, East 17, The Chimes to name but a few.

He can be found on Twitter @MykaellRiley.


The event is hosted and sponsored by London Fusion.