Hospital Records co-founder Elektricity will open this year’s Beats Evolution Conference in Prague on August 1.
The speech kickstarts an intense and innovative four-day drum & bass experience that comprises both Beats Evolution Conference (BEC) and Let It Roll, the world’s largest and longest standing drum & bass festival.
Together the events provide matchless inspiration and opportunities for anyone looking to work within the industry. After BEC’s launch in Prague’s illustrious and historic Roxy venue with a day of workshops, live one to one demo listening sessions with some of the most influential labels in the genre and production masterclasses, BEC will take up residence with its own arena at Let It Roll where daily schedules will provide the 25,000 ravers a whole menu of inspiring sessions and activities tailored for budding artists, DJs, label owners, promoters and any other industry career you can imagine. This includes live interviews with headliners such as Camo & Krooked and SaSaSaS where all fans will be given a chance to ask their own questions.
BEC and Let It Roll have curated an inclusive program that’s perfect for fans, industry and aspiring newcomers to the scene, and it kicks off with an opening speech from London Elektricity. Tony Colman, will commence proceedings with a full health check on the genre and provide unique insight from his perspective as co-founder of the genre’s largest independent label Hospital Records.
“I think it’s safe to say that everyone involved in D&B knows what a unique and special genre of music we have created,” he explains. “We, on the inside, also know that it’s amazing that D&B has come so far, and remained a rich, vibrant underground genre that’s here to stay. Whether you call this a conference, a gathering or a sharing of minds, I think it reflects the unity that has glued us together over all these years.”
“I’m looking forward to delivering a keynote speech that gives you all an opportunity to see and hear in the flesh that I’m not totally full of shit,” he continues. “I actually know some stuff that may be useful! (Disclaimer – you may disagree and want your money back after five minutes) Anyway it’s an honour to be asked and when my 10 minutes are up and I haven’t stopped, throw rotten eggs at me and I’ll go quietly.”
Rotten eggs will not be necessary. Following the likes of previous BEC keynote speakers such as Andy C, Tony Colman will ensure the benchmark is set for the four days that will follow. Beats Evolution Conference and Let It Roll provide a unique and priceless opportunity for anyone with any inclination to work in or be part of drum & bass in any capacity, and help it develop to even higher levels in the future.