Tamara Obrovac

Thom Artway

Thom Artway is as a real musical polymath on the Czech music scene, working as a singer, keyboardist, drummer and bass guitarist in one. His unique musical world fuses British inspired classical traditions and modern solutions. His work as a singer-songwriter has been recognised with several awards, and as the winner of the Czech Fresh Project he showcased his talent across Europe. It was in this framework that he performed in Hungary as well, charming audiences at Sziget Fesztivál and the Budapest Showcase Hub. Artway’s latest album ‘All I Know’ was released by Warner Music in September 2018.

February 18 | Corner Room | 10:00–18:00
Thom Artway

Open Studio (The session will be in English)
February 19 | Corner Room | 10:00–18:00
Thom Artway

Open studio (English)

Will Simms

Will Simms - The London-based French composer and producer’s first song, 4 Ever Happy ft. Ruben Bonell landed in the Spanish Top 10 and was the soundtrack to a massive Vodafone ad campaign. Since then, he’s released several Caribbean inspired electronic dance music songs featuring guest artists, and as a member of the Sharoque duo he has many remixes to his name. He worked on multiple hits by Denmark’s Nabiha and UK-based The Vamps, as well as Ayah Marar’s debut album — but his greatest successes have taken place in the K-pop world. Simms has written songs for bands with massive, committed fanbases outside of Korea including Girls’ Generation, SNSD and EXO.

February 18 | Concert Hall | 11:00–12:15
Will Simms

Songwriting workshop (English with Hungarian translation)

Harald Hanisch

Harald Hanisch — One of Austria’s most successful songwriter-producers. His work writing career-defining hits for Austrian artist Christina Stürmer contributed to her success as one of the German-speaking region’s most successful singers. Other artists who achieved success onstage with his songs include Eva K. Anderson, Florian Scheuba, Doris Golpashin, and Tagträumer. He teaches music composition and songwriting as a professor at the Viennese Music Academy’s Pop music institution and has held several master classes. He is the Vice President of the Austrian Composers Association and head of the Pop-rock department.

February 19 | Concert Hall | 10:30–12:00
Harald Hanisch

Open feedback session (English with Hungarian translation)

Dina Mystris

Dina is an artist manager, lawyer and above all, music fan. She loves discovering new talent and helping them present their songs to the world, drawing on experience derived from many viewpoints of the music industry. Her extensive background includes working with major labels EMI and Universal Music in London as well as running the Refune Music Group and her own management company Open Source Muzic.

Ferenc Molnár Caramel

Ferenc Molnár, nicknamed ‘Caramel’ by a childhood friend, was born in Szolnok in 1982. In 2004 he launched into Hungarian musical consciousness when he won the second season of the Hungarian music talent show Megasztár. 14 years later his success remains unbroken, based on his popularity he continues to be one of Hungary’s most beloved songwriters. Boasting a Facebook fangroup of over 400,000 followers, his songs have been downloaded more than 100 million times on various platforms. He has 4 soldout Arena concerts, multiple national tours, theatre performances and festival shows to his name. Caramel is a Hungarian Music Award and BRAVO Award-winning, 5-time platinum artist, and a Petőfi TOP40 and Mahasz TOP10 writer and performer many times over. His 2017 album titled Caramel 7 went double platinum, and he became the first recipient of the newly founded Máté Péter Award for his work in Pop music.

February 19 | Library | 14:00–15:10
Ferenc Molnár Caramel

Six songs with Caramel (The session will be in Hungarian)

Apey & the Pea

One of the most hardcore bands on the local metal scene, Apey & the Pea’s uniquely dark performance style takes classic metal to a new level. Hungarian, Eastern European and London-based fans alike have had the opportunity to experience the band’s bone-chilling concerts. Over the course of their ten-year career, the trio has received multiple awards both at home and abroad, including a Hungarian Music Award for Best Metal Album of the Year. The release of their most recent album, Hex, saw sold-out shows at the A38 album release party as well as at festivals and countryside tour stops. Hex has opened the gates of hell to a new generation of metal fans.

Ken Chong

Ken Chong - The Singaporean songwriter-producer writes both commissioned music and pop songs. The Rainbow Bot titled song he wrote for Singaporean Mando-pop (Mandarin Chinese pop) star Stefanie Sun earned a spot in Apple Music’s top list. He’s also worked on multiple feature films, from horror to comedy, and written music for shows on National Geographic and the BBC. Chong composes commercial music and works for German and American music distributors as a library music composer. He founded his own production company and is the winner of multiple commissioned music prizes. He graduated from the British Bath Spa School and teaches songwriting at the FM Pop Music School in Singapore.

February 19 | Library | 16:30–17:30
Ken Chong

Insights About The Chinese Pop Music Market (The session will be in English)

Margaret Island

Viki Lábas, Kristóf Törőcsik and Bálint Füstös founded one of the most popular bands in Hungarian pop music today, Margaret Island. Since the success of their first song ‘Eső’ (Rain), the band has become a mainstay of Hungarian clubs, festivals and radio top hit lists. Their first two albums ’Egyszer volt’ (Once upon a time) and ’Bakancslista’ (Bucket List) were followed in 2018 by the release of their third album, with contributions by JumoDaddy, Andris Áron ‘Apey’, Péter Gerendás and János Bródy. That same year the three founders were recognised with a Junior Artisjus Award. Despite their awards and successes, the positive and thought-provoking pop band still sincerely believes in the pure joy of playing music.

February 18 | Concert Hall | 16:00–17:00
Margaret Island

How a song is built: Pop (Hungarian with English translation)

Vera Jónás

Vera Jónás is a Hungarian Music Award recipient for Best Alternative Album of the Year and a Junior Artisjus award-winning singer-songwriter. After graduating from the London School of Contemporary Music, she went on to participate in the American One Beat program. Her unique tone and soft, vibrant melodies not only earned her attention overseas but also charmed Japanese audiences, where her first album, GAME, was a hit. In 2017, Vera was invited to Eurosonic and South Korea’s Zandari Fest, while at home she became a finalist in the Nagy-Szín-Pad talent show. When the singer isn’t wooing European and American audiences, she writes music for movies and commercials.

February 18 | Corner Room | 10:00–18:00
Vera Jónás

Open Studio (The session will be in English)
February 19 | Corner Room | 10:00–18:00
Vera Jónás

Open studio (English)

Krisztián Szakos

Krisztián Szakos composer, music producer and musician. In 2000, Krisztian won the Ákos’ ‘Keresem az utam’ remix contest, and since then he’s worked as a well-known songwriter and music director. As a composer he’s worked with András Kállay Saunders, Orsi Kozma and Dénes Pál among others, and his production work can be seen on both Caramel’s and Magna Cum Laude’s albums. Krisztian also often works with Magdolna Rúzsa, playing a big role in Magdi’s two newest singles, Légzés and Aduász. He was a member of Ákos’ band and their concert arranger for ten years. He’s performed on stage in Rome, Moscow and Paris, and participated in two Eurovision Song Festival’s in Baku and Copenhagen — both as a producer and as a songwriter. Today, he creates in his Budapest-based Gattaca Studio.

February 18 | Concert Hall | 13:00–14:15
Krisztián Szakos

Song Whittling II (Hungarian with English translation)

iamyank

János Herold (iamyank) is a songwriter, producer and head professor at the imPro School. He began his career as a drummer, and began to focus on contemporary music composition technology and solutions following the creation of his iamyank solo project. As an active performer he regularly plays shows both as a solo act and with his band — last Spring he also took the stage with a symphony. Today, his projects include Atreyu’s Horse, which seeks to find the common denominator between classical (piano, cello and bass) and modern instruments (modular synthesisers and guitar effects), and his second iamyank album.

February 18 | Corner Room | 10:00–18:00
iamyank

Open Studio (The session will be in English)
February 19 | Corner Room | 10:00–18:00
iamyank

Open studio (English)

György Hegyi

Songwriter, journalist, and teacher at the Kőbánya Music School, lyricist and bass guitarist of the former Emil.RuleZ!. His pop music adventures were accompanied by work with large-scale corporations in the telco industry, program editing at Radiocafé 98.6, and other creative enterprises. He currently works as a member of the Lunatics Group, assisting in the creative communication of enterprise data capital.

February 19 | Library | 10:45–13:25
György Hegyi

Money For Nothing* The biology of creative businesses (The session will be in Hungarian)

Barnabás Hidasi

Hidasi Barnabás (HLSTUDIO) is a sound engineer and producer with multiple platinum records and close to 25 years of professional experience with Hungarian and international productions. He holds several Hungarian Music Award-winning records to his name and is the 2014 recipient of the Hungarian ‘Sound Engineer of the Year’ industry award. He works in a wide range of musical genres, bringing musical projects to life and coordinating their technical and creative aspects. He’s worked with big-name performers including Bea Palya, Tankcsapda, Miklós Both, Péter Kaszás, Turbo, Zaporozsec, Kispál és a Borz, and PUF, among others.

February 18 | Library | 15:30–17:00
Barnabás Hidasi

The technical anatomy of music (The session will be in Hungarian)

Johnny K Palmer

Johnny K. Palmer has worked in basically every field of the music industry. His performance career saw him sharing the stage with global stars like Jermaine Jackson and Kevin Max. As a composer, both Universal and Warner Music have asked him to collaborate on projects. He regularly works as a co-writer with leading Hungarian and international performers and music talent show contestants. As a lyricist, two of his songs have reached the Eurovision Song Contest finals. As if that wasn’t enough, he also works as a music director in theatre and movie productions.  "I believe that good music is something that captures and moves people."

February 18 | Rooftop room | 15:00–16:40
Johnny K Palmer

How to write a hit song…in English

Csaba Faltay

Csaba Faltay is a composer, producer, sound engineer and musicologist. His discography includes collaboration on theatre works including Tragedy of Man (2013), Csók-Kiss (2013), and Peter Pan (2007), and film soundtrack compositions for Szürke senkik (2016), Swing (2014) and Kontakt (2006). He’s written over 60 commercial pieces for companies including Coca-Cola, Telenor, Vodafone, Kraft Foods, McDonald’s, Nestlé, Procter and Gamble and MasterCard. As a producer, he was responsible for records by Kistehén, Emil.Rulez! and Rémember, and as a sound engineer he has answered for both Zuboly and Amber Smith’s records. He was also responsible for the editing and licensing of dozens of theatre, documentary film and TV movie soundtracks.

February 19 | Rooftop room | 10:00–12:30
Csaba Faltay

How to write commercial music on demand – Deadline oriented music production in practice (The session will be in Hungarian)

László Dés

László Dés has been active on the Hungarian music scene since 1974. As a gifted composer and performer with endless creativity, he holds countless popular songs, jazz formations, theatrical and movie soundtracks to his name. His songs, saxophone music, musicals, movie soundtracks and contemporary works can be heard and seen on over 40 composers’ albums and 5 DVDs. Dés has created classics both as a composer and as a performer in the art’s most wide-ranging genres. His work has been recognised by countless national and international professional awards and laureates, including the Kossuth Award, Ferenc Liszt Award, Artist of Merit, and Artisjus Award. As a youth, he won awards for Best Soloist at the San Sebastian, Dunkirk and Karlovy Vary Jazz Festivals, and he has toured Europe and globally with his band to high critical acclaim. His most famous works include Szerelem első vérig, Nagy utazás, Vigyázz rám, Trió Stendhal, Jazz+Az, The Jungle Book, Somewhere in Europe, Man and Woman, A streetcar Named Desire and Paul Street Boys.

February 18 | Library | 10:30–11:45
László Dés

The Streetcar Named Desire – composition analysis (The session will be in Hungarian)

Bálint Bakonyi

Dj, producer, sound engineer, sound designer, music director, ghost producer His 20-year songwriting career has evolved in tandem with music writing software (Logic, Pro Tools, Cubase) and technology, he’s also an expert in Ableton Live which he’s been using since 2004. Bakonyi works with pop, rock and electronic music, but we can also hear his work in world music, jazz and psytrance bands. As a poly-instrumentalist, he considers familiarity with multiple instruments a basic requirement for a good producer. For many years he’s worked as the musical expert for the ‘Pick up an instrument’ national roadshow. As head of the 1G School educational institution, he holds courses on music composition, instrumentalism and studio technology (pre- and post-production).

February 18 | Rooftop room | 17:00–18:00
Bálint Bakonyi

Contemporary instrumentation: Using virtual instruments in pop-rock and electronic music (The workshop will be in Hungarian)
February 19 | Rooftop room | 17:00–18:00
Bálint Bakonyi

Workflow tips in a digital environment, solutions for creative blocks (The workshop will be in Hungarian)

Dániel Bánkuti

DJ, music producer, mentor, teacher, manager, marketing professional, journalist, label manager, video and program producer His success as a mainstream electronic music DJ and producer hearkens back to the ’90s when he began building his own career. His formation, the Flame Makers, has produced gold and platinum records in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The world’s biggest radios and DJs have played his pieces, including Tiesto, David Guetta, Fedde Le Grand, Avicii, W&W, Deorro, Chuckie, Quintino, Dyro, and the Bingo Players. He’s the founder of the Hungarian Producer Workshop and author of two books, Zenei karrier önerőből (Self-made Music Careers) and Teltház önerőből (Self-made Sold Out Shows).

February 18 | Rooftop room | 17:00–18:00
Dániel Bánkuti

Contemporary instrumentation: Using virtual instruments in pop-rock and electronic music (The workshop will be in Hungarian)
February 19 | Rooftop room | 17:00–18:00
Dániel Bánkuti

Workflow tips in a digital environment, solutions for creative blocks (The workshop will be in Hungarian)

Peter Pejtsik

Charismatic, experienced in multiple musical styles, and at home in basically every genre — from classical aesthetics, across film soundtracks, to the farthest corners of pop. Either as a composer, instrumentalist, performer or conductor, he’s been a part of the creation of a few hundred Hungarian and international film, musical and theatre productions, symphonic pop records, concert programs, computer games and outdoor installation soundtracks. He’s released 13 albums and tours worldwide with his band After Crying, which he founded and leads. His main strengths are the authentic fusion of different styles and the musical translation of performers trained in different cultures.

February 19 | Concert Hall | 16:00–18:00
Peter Pejtsik

How a song is built: Symphonic (Hungarian with English translation)

Péter Benjamin Tóth

Péter Benjamin Tóth, Esq. is a lawyer and PR communications expert, and Director of the Artisjus Business Transformation Department. In 2010 he oversaw the development and implementation of Artisjus’s communication strategy. He regularly holds lectures for artists and lawyers on copyright law. He is the founder of the Dal+Szerző magazine and blog.

February 19 | Library | 15:30–16:00
Péter Benjamin Tóth

Booby-trapped Legal traps for songwriters (The session will be in Hungarian)

Csenge Bánfalvi

Csenge Bánfalvi: Her work as a radio editor, technician and program host brought her close to music, and since 2013 she has been strengthening the Artisjus team. Whether you have questions around music registration, royalties or the registration of your music, Csenge definitely has the answers, as she’s more familiar than anyone else with the Composer’s Information System.

February 18 | Rooftop room | 14:15–14:45
Csenge Bánfalvi

How can I get paid more by Artisjus? (The session will be in Hungarian)
Concert Hall
Library
Rooftop room
Corner Room
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Concert Hall
11:00–12:15
Songwriting workshop (English with Hungarian translation)
Will Simms
13:00–14:15
Song Whittling II (Hungarian with English translation)
Krisztián Szakos
16:00–17:00
How a song is built: Pop (Hungarian with English translation)
Margaret Island
Library
10:30–11:45
The Streetcar Named Desire – composition analysis (The session will be in Hungarian)
László Dés
15:30–17:00
The technical anatomy of music (The session will be in Hungarian)
Barnabás Hidasi
Rooftop room
14:15–14:45
How can I get paid more by Artisjus? (The session will be in Hungarian)
Csenge Bánfalvi
15:00–16:40
How to write a hit song…in English
Johnny K Palmer
17:00–18:00
Contemporary instrumentation: Using virtual instruments in pop-rock and electronic music (The workshop will be in Hungarian)
Bálint Bakonyi, Dániel Bánkuti
Corner Room
10:00–18:00
Open Studio (The session will be in English)
Thom Artway, Vera Jónás, iamyank
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Concert Hall
10:30–12:00
Open feedback session (English with Hungarian translation)
Harald Hanisch
16:00–18:00
How a song is built: Symphonic (Hungarian with English translation)
Peter Pejtsik
Library
10:45–13:25
Money For Nothing* The biology of creative businesses (The session will be in Hungarian)
György Hegyi
14:00–15:10
Six songs with Caramel (The session will be in Hungarian)
Ferenc Molnár Caramel
15:30–16:00
Booby-trapped Legal traps for songwriters (The session will be in Hungarian)
Péter Benjamin Tóth
16:30–17:30
Insights About The Chinese Pop Music Market (The session will be in English)
Ken Chong
Rooftop room
10:00–12:30
How to write commercial music on demand – Deadline oriented music production in practice (The session will be in Hungarian)
Csaba Faltay
17:00–18:00
Workflow tips in a digital environment, solutions for creative blocks (The workshop will be in Hungarian)
Bálint Bakonyi, Dániel Bánkuti
Corner Room
10:00–18:00
Open studio (English)
Thom Artway, Vera Jónás, iamyank

Location

Showcasing the harmonised values of contemporary Hungarian music — this is the Budapest Music Center’s mission. Opened in 2013, the 4000 square meter music center is home to a 300-seat concert hall, the reputable Opus Jazz Club, the Hungarian Music Information Centre and Library with a collection of 100,000 musical texts, and BMC Records which boasts close to 250 classical, contemporary and jazz music albums.

BMC

Budapest Music Center
1093 Budapest, Mátyás utca 8.
Phone: +36 1 216 7894
Email: info@bmc.hu

About

We believe in songwriters, and we believe that the success of songwriting depends on connecting talented composers in the Central-European region with each other, and with the world. To achieve this, on February 18-19, 2019, we’re holding the second Songwriter’s Expo where creators can inspire, learn, and make new connections. Participants have their choice of an expanded set of programs that provide access to the studios of Hungarian and international songwriters and musical professionals through lectures, workshops and individual consultations. For two days this February, Budapest will become the songwriter’s capital. Your place is waiting!

The Songwriter’s Expo is organised by Artisjus.

 

Our mission is to help composer’s work intentionally, provide opportunities for professional development, build community, and help the creation of a network of professional studios and creators. The success and impact of songwriters is crucial for Artisjus, as this is how we too can effectively represent the interests of songwriters and their musical work.

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