Will, Pat and I planned to post a blog every day at MIDEM, but we’ve been so busy. I imagined that we’d spend most of our time attending seminars about this and that. With productive meeting after meeting we’ve barely had a chance. I’m impressed with the people here and the tiny amount of bullshitters. From my experience so far, it has often seemed like the music industry exerts a gravitational force on annoying glory seeking tosspots who have no idea what they’re doing. Yet here at MIDEM there is a distinct lack of those sorts of oxygen wasters. This has made for a brilliant event.
The three of us have met with international publishers, the Music Publishers Association, the British Phonographic Industry association, music supervisors of some of the biggest ad agencies in the world, sync experts and rubbed shoulders with managers of bands like the Stone Temple Pilots and Rita Ora, had dinner with international distributors, label owners, lawyers and COOs of some of the biggest industry festivals in the UK. The food has been bloody lovely too. Last night I had a ginormous plate of mussels followed by a melt in your mouth steak with a side of wine. I followed this with wine for desert and wine for afters; all washed down with a healthy dose of wine.
The meetings here blend seamlessly into partying. I filmed a video of Will playing the grand piano in the opulent marble hallway of the Carlton Hotel. He’s actually pretty good! (I’ll post this when I get home)
We were invited to cool establishment called The Cotton Club. This underground jazz club had hosted gig by Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Here we met a very charismatic music industry veteran from Atlanta who seemed really interested in working with us on our upcoming Wire & Wool releases.
It has felt wonderful being taken seriously by big players in the business and many people have been especially complimentary about us, our artists and what the I’m Not From London team have achieved so far!
Good times. Good times.