International Music Conference Panellist

As a panellist, David Wood can bring the ‘indie’ perspective to the challenges of the music industry. Nearly 25 years ago, David co-founded an indie [Faith & Hope] and they fought through thick and went on to have: Chart Hits, Key Tracks and a Number 1Music Featuring World-class ArtistesMusic on the Adverts of Leading BrandsMusic on Major Hollywood FilmsMusic on TV Programmes Globally.

As well as been a panellist for small music industry events in the past; David has also appeared at several large international music conferences including: ‘In The City’, ‘Midem’, and ‘Popkomm’.

In the City
Established in 1992, the annual ‘In The City’ music conference was founded by the late Tony Wilson and his partner Yvette Livesey. It gave new bands and artists the chance to reach out to music industry through talks in the day, and gigs at night. The event attracted the music industry from all over the World and the list of bands who played their (before they were famous) includes: Oasis, Radiohead, Suede, Muse, Coldplay, Snow Patrol, and The Arctic Monkeys.

After many years of visiting ‘Midem’, David was honoured to be a panellist at the event. Established in 1967, Midem is the leading international business event for the music industry. The annual event that is based in in and around ‘Palais des Festivals’ in Cannes (the same venue as the Cannes Film Festival) and it is a key date in the music industry calendar. It is one of the biggest networking events in the music industry and is attended by 1,000’s of musicians, producers, journalists, executives, agents, and managers from around the World.

From 1998, David visited Popkomm many times and spoke on several panels at the show. Popkomm – which ran from 1989 to 2011 – was a leading international music industry trade show that began in Düsseldorf, then moved to Cologne, before finally moving to Berlin. It was a very significant show for indie labels and distributors with over 15,000 visitors from over 50 countries.

David’s most memorable panel… “it has to be with Seymour Stein [who signed Madonna, The Pretenders, The Ramones and Talking Heads]. We were going to be talking about Music Synchronisation and the market generally in respect of films, trailers, adverts, TV shows, and games. As we walked down the corridors of the Midland Hotel in Manchester, Seymour turned to me and said it’s a long time since I’ve done any of this sync stuff, so it’s over to you kid and the kid. The panel was excellent, and as you’d expect, Seymour knew the sync market inside out and was a brilliant panellist”.

If you would like to use David’s experience and expertise as an industry professional; please make contact with the subject matter of the panel and your proposal.

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