Music Exchange: Cream of the musical crop to grace MEX15

Music Exchange: Cream of the musical crop to grace MEX15
By Martin Myers

By Martin Myers

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, Music Exchange (MEX15) is South Africa’s premier music, film and entertainment programme, and it is set to return to Cape Town on  September 25 and 26 – and in tow will be some of the most respected names in the business.

The conference is a high touch event whereby the speakers are present throughout the day and you can engage with them continually. Delegates are encouraged to bring product to exchange and network with speakers and delegates.
No less than five multi-disciplined masters will be jetting into The Mother City as special guests of South Africa’s definitive entertainment economy indaba.
World-renowned composer, songwriter, producer, score wizard and MEX15 board member Trevor Jones will return home from London to take up his place once again.

Delivering this year’s keynote address will be Crown Talent and Media Group chairman Marc Marot, who has around 100 personalities under management, including Ella Henderson, Union J and Luke Friend.
He can claim his part in no less than 38 Top Ten singles, 18 Number Ones and album sales of more than 100 million units.
At the age of 31 when he was the youngest managing director of Island Records, Marot steered the likes of U2’s career for the better part of the 1990s amongst a whole host of others, all of which guarantees an opening address delegates will relish.

Staying in heavyweight territory, MEX15 is set to welcome producer and player extraordinaire Bryan Michael Cox from Atlanta.
Bryan Michael Cox is a GRAMMY award winning American songwriter and record producer. He has been responsible for over 175million album sales and won the Grammy Award 9 times. He has co-written and co-produced hit singles including Mary J. Blige’s ‘Be Without You’; Mariah Carey’s ‘Shake It Off’ and ‘Don’t Forget About Us’; Monica’s ‘Still Standing’ and ‘U Should’ve KnownBetter’; Toni Braxton’s ‘Just Be a Man About It’; as well as Usher’s ‘U Got It Bad’, ‘Burn’, and ‘Confessions, Pt. 2’.

Cox has been professionally producing since 1998, receiving his first formal credit on 1999’s ‘Get Gone’ by the R&B Houston-based group Ideal. In September 2009, he was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Concluding the first decade of the new millennium Cox was named by Billboard Magazine as one of the top 10 producers of the decade.

MEX15’s 2015 through 2017 venue sponsor, Sun International’s GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, will also play host to Brandon Bakshi, the Executive Director of Writer/Publisher Relations for Europe & Asia, based in the BMI’s London office. While at BMI, he has been responsible for the signing of Daft Punk, Pete Townshend, Queen, Sade, Afrojack, Deadmau5, One Direction, Shaggy, Avicci as well as Ellie Goulding. Local music icon and Music Exchange board member Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse will once again be participating, rounding off a stellar list of world-class talent ready to share and edify everyone invested.

Other local talents to represent at MEX15 include the likes of: RJ Benjamin, Emily Bruce, Siphokazi Jonas and more.
Stay tuned to this space during the next couple of weeks for more MEX15 revelations.

* Limited tickets are now on sale through Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers outlets countrywide, online at www.computicket.com, or by calling 0861 915 8000.
Tickets cost R100 per day, or R150 for the full two-day event.
For more information contact, send an email to info@musicexchange.co.za.