Like many music industry folks and aspiring pros, I attended the CMJ Music Festival & Conference last week at NYU’s Kimmel Center and various venues around lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. The conference featured over 1,600 artists playing nearly 80 venues, as well as four days of panels hosted by music business execs, giving techies and bloggers like me a chance to nerd out and network with our comrades. I also got a chance to hear Tim Westergren, the founder of Pandora, talk about starting a business and tell the audience how useless his political science degree was.
Amidst my educational experience at CMJ, I got the chance to rage out at some showcases as well, namely Friday night’s Elektro and AM Only party at Webster Hall with 12th Planet, AC Slater, and TOKiMONSTA.
I entered Webster to find the lovely TOKiMONSTA blending some beautiful west coast hip hop and headbangin’ trap, including RL Grime’s Trap On Acid and a few new Flosstradamus cuts from the XO EPs. Next was AC Slater, Trouble & Bass’ main man and NYC bass champion, who slayed the crowd with some high-energy electro. Then came 12th Planet, one of LA’s finest, who brought the house down with a seamless mix of dubstep and trap. I missed out on the uber-weird Night Slug-ish stylings of Egyptrixx, but all in all it was a successful week of shows and panels.
See you at next year’s CMJ!