What an event! Yet another amazing Ditto X: Meet the Music Industry showcase has come and gone. With our biggest lineup and turnout yet, here’s the recap of what went down at our 2023 London takeover.
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Kicking off our return to London’s Indigo at The O2 was Main Stage host, Fee Mak. BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Fee introduced the first panel of the day, Industry Backed: How to Get Music Funding & Support whilst BBC Radio One’s Maia Beth opened Stage X - setting the scene before the Ditto Music Publishing Presents: Unlocking New Revenue Streams speakers gave delegates the run through of all things music royalties.
Breaking up the industry workshops was an in-conversation with Simon Williams of Fierce Panda Records, led by UK radio legend, Huw Stephens. Huw chatted with Simon about his iconic career as well as his latest book, How Not To Run A Record Label.
Panels on Self-Made Success: How to Build a Fanbase Independently, How to Get Your Music on TV & Film, and a Ditto Music-ran showcase on How to Run a DIY Campaign followed in the afternoon session, with Main Stage viewers also being treated to a live performance from Belfast-based Jazz artist, Winnie Ama.
Trench magazine’s Yemi Abiade also got the chance to sit down with the hugely influential UK rapper Youngs Teflon to discuss his exciting career up to now. Youngs was later awarded the first-ever Legacy Award by Ditto CEOs Lee and Matt Parsons, recognising his contribution to the industry and influence on up-and-coming rap artists across the world.
On top of all the exciting talks taking place on the Main Stage, Stage X was also the place to be for independent artists looking to up their music marketing strategies.
Guest speakers from the likes of COLORS and YouTube Music offered their advice on how to boost Video Content, with VEVO also presenting a panel on Music Video Marketing.
Special talks on How to Book Bigger and Better Shows from experienced festival bookers and tour managers Georgie Crowther and Casey Elisha and a discussion on The Right Time for Music Management from MMF made sure that Stage X was packed out during Main Stage intermissions.
The crowd was then invited to attend a PIRATE STUDIOS Production Workshop, hosted by producer, DJ and multi-instrumentalist, Cimm. London-based Cimm provided awesome tips and tricks he's picked up along his career as well as giving real-time walkthroughs of all the techniques you need to start producing by yourself.
Throughout the day, we also saw 4 rounds of Amplead’s The Feedback Sessions take place. Nearly 30 up-and-coming artists received expert feedback and career advice from some of UK radio’s biggest names - Huw Stephens, Maia Beth, Ollie Winiberg and Shell Zenner.
Amazing Radio’s Shell Zenner was also asked with choosing the winner of the The Feedback Sessions Award - selecting London-based Noemi to receive our new artist prize from Fee and the Ditto team up on the Main Stage.
Just along the corridor to The Feedback Sessions was our Industry Market. With a range of tables made up by our partners from across the music industry, this was the perfect place to grab some freebies, course info, and career advice in between checking out the different panels of the day.
Partners and guests throughout the day included Amplead, SAE, MMF, Press On, Book Your Booth, and our sister-company Opulous.
Closing out proceedings on the Ditto X Main Stage was the inaugural presentation of our very own Ditto Music Awards. Host Fee and Ditto CEOs Matt and Lee Parsons took to the Main Stage to present the winners of the Rising Star and The Feedback Sessions Awards with their prizes.
Brighton-based rock band, Wild Blue Cherries were thrilled to receive their Public Pick Award - taking the top spot out of The Feedback Sessions candidates as voted for by fans on social media.
Collecting the first-ever Rising Star Award was TikTok superstar Myles Smith. Myles then stole the show with an amazing live performance of his biggest tracks. A perfect way to round off another unmissable event!
We’d like to round off Ditto X: Meet the Music Industry 2023 with a massive thank you to all of our speakers, performers, sponsors, partners and delegates who made this yet another year to remember.
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