Output Belfast Announces Closing Keynote Speakers

Output Belfast – the largest one-day music conference in Ireland announces closing keynote speakers.

The closing keynote Q and A will feature a panel discussion around scoring for horror and thriller films and television shows.

Included in the panel are

  • Rich Vreeland (Disasterpiece) From Los Angeles, Rich scored one of the most compelling and original horror films of the last decade-2014’s ‘It Follows’, with the music being described “as a masterpiece of both musical technique and dramatic storytelling – and one of the most remarkable scores of the year”.
  • Stuart Braithwaite. The driving creative force and founder behind the iconic band ‘Mogwai’ Stuart is one of the globe’s most forward-thinking and compelling composers. The band’s music have been used to score everything from award winning television series (Les Revenants) to feature-documentaries (most notably ‘Zidane’ and ‘Atomic’, the Mark Cousins film).
  • Carly Paradis. Carly is the composer for Line Of Duty – one of the most talked-about BBC dramas of the last decade. Carly has also composed for horror films, drama and has had a longstanding creative relationship with Clint Mansell for whom she plays piano.
  • Rory Friers. From Northern Irish band And So I Watch You From Afar, Rory in 2017 completed the score to the zombie film The Cured starring Ellen Page (Juno/Inception)

The panel will be moderated by director and Belfast Film Festival co-founder Brian Henry Martin with Score Draw Music’s Mark Gordon.

They join an unmissable day of keynotes, panels, sessions and Q and As that include Jeremy Pritchard from Everything Everything discussing music and streaming, Head of Music Licensing for BBC Nicky Bignell and Head of Music for Sky Peter Bradbury talking about placing music in television, Nadia Khan (manager Lethal Bizzle) and Sean Adams (Drowned in Sound/BBC 6 Music) on the anatomy of a successful music video premier, Coldplay album producer Danton Supple discussing producing a-list hit records, The 1975 and Kendrick Lamar videographer Christian Tierney on work behind the lens, Phil Taggart (BBC Radio 1) and more discussing how to break open Ireland as a territory, Niall Horan’s touring drummer Gerry Morgan and Alana Henderson (Cellist, Hozier) on working as a session musician, Metal Hammer’s Adam Rees on PR in rock and metal, and many many other sessions including talks by IMRO, PRS for Music, CMU, Oh Yeah Centre and the Association for Independent Festivals.

Delegation is free to attend but requires sign-up. Please visit outputbelfast.com to sign up to the day’s events.

Organised by Belfast City Council in partnership with the Music Business Support Programme and Invest NI, Output Belfast is a music and showcasing conference event that features panel discussions, music sessions, workshops and speed networking events as well as keynote speeches from award-winning musicians and managers of globally recognised talent.

An artist showcase takes place from 8pm-12 midnight on Thursday 8 Feb across a wide range of venues and full details of who is playing can be found here; outputbelfast.com

Some highlights from the daytime event include:

Festival trends in 2018

Goc O’Callaghan (Vice Chair-Association for Independent Festivals)

What now, recorded music?

A discussion on physical, streaming and everything in between

Jeremy Pritchard (Everything Everything)


CMU Present – The Digital Dollar Deals Guide

The ten kinds of distribution/label deals now available to artists and the pros and cons of each.

Chris Cooke (CMU)

Annabella Coldrick (Music Managers Forum)

Will Priestley (Harbottle Lewis)

Trailer Talk

An essential briefing on placing music and songs in film trailers

Connie Farr (Music supervisor)

Mark Cornell (Ignition – trailers for Jumanji, Spiderman, Dunkirk, Cars and more)

Mark Gordon (Moderator)

20 Feet from Stardom

How to make a career as a session musician

Alana Henderson (Cellist, Hozier)

Si Francis (Bass, Ellie Goulding)

Gerry Morgan (Drummer, Niall Horan)

Andy Cortes (Guitarist James Bay)

Phil Taggart (Moderator)

Meet the funders

Your chance for one-on-one meetings with funding organizations and business start-up mentors

Elizabeth Sills (PRS Foundation)

Marcus McGuigan (Invest NI)

Keith Millar (Help Musicians NI)

Caroline Sewell (Musicians Union)

Go For It! Representative

Sing when you’re winning

Tips and techniques on how to improve and look after your voice

Shelley Bukspan  (BIMM Dublin Vocal Coach)

Cormac Neeson (The Answer)

Playing live in the USA – Visas and how to get one

Tamizdat are the company who facilitate US visa applications for UK and Irish bands

Matthew Covey (Tamizdat)

The Sound of Success

When your passion becomes your profession – Behind the lens with a millennial auteur

Christian Tierney (21 year old videographer who has worked with The Weekend, The 1975 and Kendrick Lamar)

Thomas Camblin (Rally – Moderator)


Topliners – how to write hooks

PRS For Music present a session on earworms – melodies that stick

Stuart Fleming (PRS for Music)

Flash Taylor (Bucks Music Publishing)

Marli Harwood (Topliner)

Callum Stewart (Topliner/lyricist)

Jason Sharpe (Tileyard Music)

Patrick Cloherty (Sentric Music – Moderator)

Ready Player One – making the music that makes the game

From composing to placing music in games and games trailers – the complete overview

Dan Byrne-Mccullough (Hyperduck SoundWorks)

Chris Geehan (Hyperduck SoundWorks)

Ben Sumner (Feel For Music)

Janesta Bourdeau (gaming supervisor and sync focused catalogue owner)

Mark Gordon (Score Draw Music – Moderator)

How to crack Ireland

From press to live – the roadmap to the territory

Niall Byrne (Nialler9)

Sarah Casey (agent at LPO – clients include Beoga)

Ed Smith (Producer – Today FM)

Shane Dunne (Music Cork / tour manager)

William Ryan (Barrister)

Mick Roe (Faction Mgmt – James Vincent McMorrow/Jape)

Phil Taggart (BBC Radio 1 – Moderator)

Meet the Performance Rights Organisations

Speed meetings with the main UK and Ireland PROs

Stuart Fleming (PRS for Music)

Duncan McCrone (MCPS)

Keith Johnson (IMRO)

Dan Millington (PPL)

CMU Insights Speed Briefing: The Value Gap

Why does the music industry keep shouting about the copyright safe harbour and the so called ‘value gap’? And how did YouTube become the music industry’s enemy number one?

Chris Cooke (CMU)

Breaking the rock

Making press and PR work for you in metal and heavy rock

Remfry Dedman (rock and metal critic – The Independent)

Simon Glacken (I Like Press)

Adam Rees (Metal Hammer / Guitarist Magazine writer)

Becky Laverty (Pioneer PR / festival booker)

Eamonn Forde (Moderator)

Masters of the universe

A step by step guide to making the most of bedroom mastering techniques

John Davis (Metropolis – mastering engineer for U2, Lana Del Rey and more)

Rocky O’Reilly (Start Together Studios – Moderator)


Anatomy of a successful video premiere

From creation to release – a step by step guide

Caroline Bottomley (Radar Music Videos)

Nadia Khan (Manager of Lethal Bizzle and more)

Sean Adams (Drowned in Sound / BBC 6 Music)

Karim Khan (Lucid PR – clients include Sony, Island Records, Universal, Virgin)

Eamonn Forde (Moderator)

Placing music in UK and US Television

Heads of music from Sky and BBC open up on the pathways to music placement

Peter Bradbury (Head of Music – Sky)

Nicky Bignell (Head of music licensing – BBC)

Teri Nelson Carpenter (CEO Reel Muzik Werks – former US independent publisher of the year)

Mark Gordon (Score Draw Music – Moderator)

The Talent Development Toolkit

Oh Yeah Centre presents the comprehensive guide

Charlene Hegarty (Oh Yeah Talent Development Manager)

Tom Packer (Motive Unknown)

Joel Borquaye (AWAL)

Ryan Vail (Artist)

Elizabeth Sills (PRS Foundation)

Meet the Irish Festivals

Your chance to pitch to festivals and music showcases

Cillian Stewart (Castlepalooza)

Ross Parkhill (Stendhal Festival)

Andrew Marsden (Moira Calling)

Angela Dorgan (Hard Working Class Heroes)

Sarah Kiely (Open House Festival)

Paul Brown (Earagail Arts Festival)

CMU Insights Speed Briefing: Top 5 Streaming Challenges

Five key challenges that must be met by the wider streaming music business – including artists, songwriters, labels, publishers, collecting societies and the streaming platforms themselves.

Chris Cooke (CMU)

Talk about pop music (production)

How to carve out a career producing a-list hits

Danton Supple (Producer – Coldplay X&Y and A Rush of Blood to the Head)

Paul Whalley (Producer and collaborator with Mumford and Sons, Ellie Goulding, Little Mix)

Pip Newby (Producer manager)

Stefan Abingdon (Selena Gomez / Jess Glynne)

Rocky O’Reilly (Start Together Studios – Moderator)


Closing keynote 

You want it darker?

Scoring thriller and horror films


Stuart Braithwaite  (Mogwai)

Soundtracks for Les Revenants and many more

Rory Friers (ASIWYFA)

Soundtrack for The Cured featuring Ellen Page (Juno/Inception)

Carly Paradis

Composer-Line of Duty / Pianist for Clint Mansell


Brian Henry Martin (Director/Journalist)

Mark Gordon (Score Draw Music)


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