Björk, AI, disruption and the F-bomb: The best quotes from the Music Week Tech Summit

Björk, AI, disruption and the F-bomb: The best quotes from the Music Week Tech Summit

The inaugural Music Week Tech Summit took place inside London’s O2 Arena yesterday (September 26), and those involved with technology and music proved to be a lively bunch indeed. 

Underlining the idea that tech is one of the most exciting, vibrant and thought-provoking areas of the music business, a packed programme of panel discussions, keynotes and interviews was chock full of zinging quotes.

From BBC Radio’s tech mastermind Joe Harland to Rian Liebenberg, newly-installed at Kobalt, the soundbites just kept coming. And that’s before we even mention Deviate Digital founder Sammy Andrews (pictured above) and her F-bombs.

For our round up of key takeaways click here and for the full report, click here. Catch up on all the content and latest news from the Music Week Tech Summit here, and click to revisit words from Amazon’ Music’s Alex Luke, the BBC’s Joe Harland and our five-person strong digital marketing panel.

And now, to get a true flavour of an action-packed day, check out the best quotes from the event…

Clare Mas, head of digital, Island Records
“Everyone wants to do a Facebook for music - we don’t need a Facebook for music,”

Andy Varley, founder & CEO, Insanity Group
“We talk a lot about AI-led A&R and there’s lots of discussion on how you can use AI technology - but it can’t overtake the process of creativity” 

Kevin Bacon, CEO, Blockpool
"Apparently I'm still a bass player according to my therapist"

Sammy Andrews, founder, Deviate Digital
"Millennials don't want to be commuting every fucking day"

Andrew Melchior, founder, 3rd Space Agency
"I got told off by Björk for coming on this panel," 

Rian Liebenberg, chief technology officer, Kobalt
“My God, isn’t it a complicated industry? The thing that’s been the biggest surprise is the lack of uniformity and standards around the data.” 

Sebastian Simone, head of digital, Warner Bros
“The narrative Dua Lipa crafts is like no other - it’s on another level. She understands the audience she’s talking to and they can relate to her. That opportunity to have a vast relationship with fans but also a tight-knit one is very powerful."

Aaron Bogucki, VP, digital marketing, AWAL 
“We in the music industry were forced to disrupt ourselves and figure out how to work in the digital landscape, to embrace every technology.”

Jackie Wilgar, senior vice president, marketing, international, Live Nation
“Marketing used to be about informing people. Now it has to be an experience.” 

Alex Luke, head of programming and content, Amazon Music
"The more you interact with Echo and Alexa, she will get better"

Joe Harland, head of visual and multiplatform radio for BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, 6 Music and Asian Network
“The audience are the disruptors, they make their own path and it’s up to us whether we pave over it or not”

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