Earlier this month, mobile DJs joined like-minded visitors from across the industry for the ninth annual BPM DJ and electronic music production event. With plenty for professional mobile DJs to see and do, they gathered at the NEC in Birmingham to try out new gear, engage with educational content, network, and check out DJ sets/live PAs.
Mobile DJs made up a significant part of the 5594 dedicated visitors for BPM, while other attendees crossed over from PRO’s audience of 4079, for a total of over 9500 visitors. With the show-floor busy across all three days, visitors relished the chance to try out the latest mixers, controllers, lighting effects and more, from brands including show sponsor Hercules. Meanwhile, in the PA Experience, DJs had chance to hear the latest mobile-friendly systems from top brands.
“BPM 2015 was a great place to release the very first units of our Hercules DJControl Jogvision and to measure, once more, that this new DJ controller with in-jog displays and AIR control is extremely well-received by DJs and MI distribution professionals,” said Pierre-François Mayer, Product Manager for the Guillemot Corporation. “We are already looking forward to an exciting BPM 2016.”
The impressive CHAUVET BPM ARENA was again a big part of the show, featuring a continuous line-up of DJ sets and performances throughout each day as well as hosting the new Locked In after-party, headlined by house music pioneer Marshall Jefferson on the Saturday evening.
“BPM is now a major feature in the CHAUVET calendar due to our commitment as the exclusive lighting sponsor for the CHAUVET BPM ARENA,” explained Michael Brooksbank, General Manager for CHAUVET Europe. “It is our one truly amazing opportunity to display our fixtures in a live application and let our creative and technical minds meet! Nothing pleases me more than seeing how many pictures and videos appear across worldwide social media after the show is over, and this makes me realise just how many people we can reach from being involved with this unique event.”
Networking was also a key part of this year’s event, with the Mastermix Networking Hub – located conveniently close to the Pro Mobile, NADJ and SEDA stands – remaining busy throughout the show. On Sunday morning, Pro Mobile even hosted a Conference Breakfast, complete with free bacon butties and coffee. Past delegates and potential new-comers all gathered on the stand, either to share their experience of the Pro Mobile Conference or learn more about what the annual event, which returns next February, involves.
Mobile DJs also found plenty on offer in the Pro Mobile-hosted BPM Learning Dome (and elsewhere) as experienced industry figures – including Roger Squire and Derek Pengelly – presented talks and seminars, helping visitors hone their skills, improve their knowledge and receive useful tips and advice for growing their mobile DJ businesses.
Speaking following what was a wholly positive BPM 2015, Sales Director Mark Walsh said: “In the lead up to this year’s hugely successful event, we’ve seen BPM continue to move forward, upholding its reputation as a vibrant show focussed on DJing and music production by honing our expansive range of exciting feature areas to satisfy the needs of our visitors. As BPM approaches its tenth year, we’re now looking to the future. We’ll also be taking on board the feedback from visitors and exhibitors in order to ensure that BPM 2016 is truly a landmark event to celebrate our tenth birthday.”
BPM will return next year with big differences, while holding on to its identity as a fresh and energetic tradeshow focussed on DJing and electronic music production.