Congratulations to the 2016 Face The Music Contemporary Music Summit team, now no doubt knocking back a few drinks at the Melbourne Music Week bar, for a fantastic two days full of music, learning and connections. Moving the conference smack bang into the MMW Hub at the State Library of Victoria was a winning move, allowing a naturally integrated experience between the two in a space much loved by Melburnians as a place to learn and gather.
WildnFree‘s highlights included:
- Songwriters Live In The Round – The all-woman line up of Alex Lahey, Nai Palm and Ainslie Wills talking creativity, songwriting and inspiration. Watching all three perform solo, each with their own unique style and sound, made for a spectacular hour of music.
- Music On The Mind – Possibly the only speakers with PhDs, the good people of Melbourne Uni’s Music Mind and Wellbeing spoke about the positive impact of music on the brain, overcoming performance anxiety, music therapy and the curious phenonemon of synaesthesia.
- It’s Complicated – Exploring The Relationship Between Music and Tech – Data, social media, virtual reality gigs, how technology is evermore mediating the music experience.
- Nai Palm’s Morning Ritual performance on the MMW forecourt stage. WildnFree was late to her first session because she refused to miss a moment of the Hiatus Kaiyote frontwoman performing Breathing Underwater, The World It Softly Lulls, Nakamarra and Borderline With My Atoms. Sitting on the State Library steps, sipping coffee, lulled into bliss by Melbourne’s most exceptional vocal artist, what’s not to relish right there?
- The fantastic conversation she had with a kind, thoughtful and smart male musician and male filmmaker, on the State Library steps, where she shared her experience of leaving the Women In Electronic Music session early, for no reason other than her sudden sense of distress and exhaustion at being exposed, again, to the impact of sexism and misogyny, the very things she lives out in her own life every single day. Sometimes, the struggle is literally real.
- YouTube: A Mind Blowingly Big Music Platform – If you’re an artist and you reading this blog post, thanks but for the love of god, stop reading, record yourself performing something rustic and intimate, go straight to YouTube, upload the video, do it now, immediately.
- Anthony Fantano vs The Internet – After interviewing the world’s busiest music nerd for The Music WildnFree was happy to learn again from his experience and knowledge in creating fab online music content. TBH, she asked Fantano for some advice on music blogging, to which he encouraged her to get her face on video to talk about music, which she’s done a few times even though she was shitscared and embarrassed to begin with. Thanks Anthony!
- In Conversation With Zan Rowe – WildnFree discovered an obvious heroine in triple j’s Zan Rowe, who loves sharing music and interviewing musicians as much as WildnFree, although with years and years more experience. You’re my hero Zan!