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news category created 15 April 2014 written by Mick Glossop

The MPG at the goNORTH Festival 2013

goNORTH 2MPG directors, Mick Glossop and Andrew Hunt travelled to Inverness this week to attend Scotland’s premier music conference, goNORTH. With more than 1000 delegates attending, this is one of the major events in the Scottish music industry calendar: 2 days of panels, discussions and meetings at the Mercure Hotel, and performances by 100+ bands and solo artists in 9 venues within the centre of the city.

As well as maintaining a promotional stand in the hotel for the duration of the conference, MPG hosted a panel, entitled “What Do Producers Actually Do?” which proved incredibly popular. Mick Glossop moderated the panel, which included valuable and informative contributions from experienced producers; Bruno Ellingham (The Maccabees), Charlie Andrew (Alt-J), Giles Perring (Sounds Of Jura) and producer manager, Ellie Giles (Jigsaw Management). The lively discussion, which included many questions from the floor, covered topics such as the changing nature of the recording industry, the various and extensive roles of the record producer, the benefits (and pitfalls) of the use of technology, and new business models.

The event was recorded and is available for MPG members to listen here. In addition, Mick Glossop was interviewed by BBC Radio goNORTH and this recording is also available for MPG members to listen here.

The MPG stand attracted much interest from the delegates and the MPG message was spread further in interviews conducted for the goNORTH website and with presenter, Vic Galloway, for the on-line radio channel, Radio goNORTH (BBC Radio Scotland). The trip was a fantastic opportunity to see a vast selection of un-signed Scottish bands in a short space of time, many of whom are destined for greater recognition in the coming months. Video of highlights and interviews from the conference: ….more links: