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In the build-up to #MEX22 this November, Music Exchange (MEX) is proud to reveal the first of what will be no less than 12 keynote addresses from some of the world’s most respected creatives and captains of industry.
Now in its 12th year, #MEX22 will also be heading out on tour to deliver masterclasses from some of the biggest names in the business in Cape Town (5 and 6 November) and Johannesburg (12 and 13 November), both hosted by the Academy of Sound Engineering (ASE).
Dr Trevor Jones, one of the Top 5 film composers in the world, returns home from the UK to open #MEX22 for a second time. Having recently received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Cape Town, Jones will deliver invaluable insights into his rich catalogue of award-winning compositions while unpacking music for film, television, gaming and spoken word.
He has worked on numerous well-known and acclaimed films, including Notting Hill, Excalibur, Runaway Train, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Mississippi Burning, The Last of the Mohicans, and In the Name of the Father, collaborating with filmmakers like John Boorman, Andrei Konchalovsky, Jim Henson, and Michael Mann.
Marc Marot, ex-Island Records Managing Director, is the second of #MEX22’s highly esteemed international keynote speakers.
Marc will take #MEX22 delegates on a journey that saw him promoted as the youngest Managing Director of a major record label at 29.
Amongst the artists signed and developed by his team, while at Island Records were Pulp, PJ Harvey, The Stereo MCs, P.M. Dawn, The Cranberries, Elbow, Chakka Demus and Pliers, NWA, The Orb, Ice Cube, Talvin Singh, Tricky and Nine Inch Nails.
Marc also guided U2’s career throughout the 1990s, from the release of Achtung Baby to just before the release of All You Can’t Leave Behind, selling close to 60 million albums in the process.
To date, acts discovered or managed by him have notched up 38 Top Ten singles, including 18 Number One singles in the UK charts.
In one form or another, Marc has been responsible for more than 100,000,000 album sales, including his ten years of direct international responsibility for U2’s marketing and sales.
With more names to be revealed in the build-up to #MEX22, this year’s conference looks to be its most significant and engaging yet.
With thought leaders and activators from the worlds of art, radio, poetry, production, streaming services, record companies and live eventing, #MEX22 has all the bases covered to deliver, share, and empower everyone who takes up a ticket to attend.
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