Get closer to be far away…

I wake up and wonder, what was the place, what was the name?
We wanna wait, but here we go again…

Yeah. That’s right. I had to stay sober. Oops.

My alarm finally pokes through the low-lying clouds of sleep and I wake up late on Thursday morning with a crunching hangover, bleary eyes and an impending sense of “Oh Shit”. It takes a long shower and several swift doses of Berocca / Paracetamol cocktail before I’m feeling better, then it’s off to grab a breakfast croissant and several strong coffees, before heading down to the Speaker’s Lounge at the summit…

It’s always showtime, here at the edge of the stage…

The green room is calm as I meet up with David Munns, Vice-Chairman of EMI, who has taken over the role of “the suit” in the discussion from Chairman Eric Nicoli. David is suffering from a cold, so I feel we’re matched in the foggy-head stakes. We chat briefly before John Battelle shows up to talk us through the intro. In no time we’re off to face the crowd, and the discussion begins. I’m going to save my thoughts on that for another post, but until the official podcast arrives, if you’re curious you can check out a recording of the discussion on EMI’s site (thanks to Adam Grossberg from EMI for the recording and for making it available so quick), or read a great summary at Lawgarithms.

For now, I’ll say now that it was a very enjoyable discussion, and although I thought John did far more of the interrogation than myself, I really enjoyed his questions! Nice one, John, and thank you for inviting me.

Why, why, why, why start it over?
Nothing is lost, everything’s free
I don’t care how impossible it seems…

So, the day’s duty completed, nothing remained but to enjoy the closing reception and indulge in a few more rounds of highly-energised chats. By the end of the reception, I’m starting to wish that there were several more days to go, but so it goes. A very enjoyable experience all round, and a quick round of hello’s to everyone that stopped to chat during the summit – It was great to meet you all.

Still, there’s always more to look forward to, so after stopping off for a quick chat to Tim for a future Radio Clash (good luck with editing that one, Tim – but please make sure you *do* edit it, okay? hehe…) we have an end of night drink and ponder over the next night, which brings a summit of a wholly different kind…

…and nothing is better than this, is it?


2 Responses to “Get closer to be far away…”

  1. Brandt Cannici says:

    Eric,

    Very nice talking to you at the conference. I think both you and the head of EMI weren’t really saying what you really felt. If you two had both had a couple of shots before going on stage and started saying what your really believed, now that would be entertainment! The should leave some boxing gloves on stage just in case.

    We spoke after the panel I am developing a system to connect artists and fans directly, cutting out the record companies. I was hoping you could help me make sure my site works well for aritsts. Have the time?

    Also, any plans for using the EMI audio track for a new track?



  2. tim from Radio Clash says:

    Oh I have edited that interview – sadly missing out on the really juicy bits and funny stories! :-D



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