Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Every Day I'm Conferencin', I'm Conferencin', I'm Confrerencin'! [Next Big Nashville]

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Next Big Nashville is back like a heart attack! Well, not really a heart attack, more like a pleasant fall afternoon with free lunch and informative speakers, but it's still early. I stopped by the NBN/Leadership Music Digital Music Summit over at Belmont and I gotta say that this year's conference portion is definitely bigger and better than last year's. I saw NBN honcho Jason Moon Wilkins for all of half a second, and asked him how he was doing, and he just smiled, said "well" and scurried on — I've never seen J-Moon that — what's the word? — relaxed on opening day. It was sort of bizarre.

The change of venue — from the Vandy music building last year to the Curb Center this year — probably helped his mood (it's a nice space and it gives the whole thing a really "pro" vibe), but I'm sure the fact that there were actually a whole bunch of people there didn't hurt at all. Seriously, there were probably more people in that room than listened to all of the speakers combined last year. And it's not just college students there for extra credit. We're talking actual adults — people who probably have jobs and shit. A huge jump from previous installments of the conference in terms of presentation and attendance. Nice work, duders.

As for the actual panels, I had barely settled into a discussion of leveraging and monetizing networked platforms of 1,000 true apps made out of belly-button lint — or some other industry lingo-spill that makes the music critic portion of my brain spasm violently — when I got an e-mail from Biz Markie's people about an interview tomorrow. I'm sure the answer to the question "Do country fans use iPhones?" is really interesting (or short), but me and my ADD had to get home and listen to I Need A Haircut. To Jason and the speakers, I apologize for cuttin' out, but I'll definitely be back tomorrow after I talk to the Diabolical! Biz! Mar! Kie!!! (Can you tell I'm having trouble containing my excitement? I am.)

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