I give keynotes, moderate panels, interview and get interviewed at a lot of different sorts of public events – from music industry conferences to jazz festivals, academic conferences to policy briefings. By way of example, the above video is a presentation I did at Music Tech Fest London in May 2013. They asked me to speak about what I do – and I focused on the ‘music as a tool for social change’ side of things. Yes, I have an accent.

These days, most of the public speaking that I do is at Music Tech Fest, where I am director, moderator, compere and master of ceremonies. A 3-day weekend during which I am on stage pretty much every 15 minutes.

Academic conference paper presentations

‘Toward a Sixth Media Age’, 0Music: Computational Creativity Symposium, University of Malaga, July 2014.

‘Music Technologism: innovation, collaboration and participation at the festival of music ideas’, Carnivalising Pop Symposium, University of Salford, June 2014.

‘Rethinking Radio in the Digital Age’, Rethinking Intermediality in the Digital Age, Sapientia University, Cluj-Napoca, October 2013.

‘Shift Left 95: From Cultural Cringe to the New Aesthetic in Aotearoa New Zealand’, Les Circulations Globales du Jazz, Musée du quai Branly, Paris, June 2013.

‘Online Knowledge Exchange for the Humanities’, HERA JRP Final Conference, Kings College London, May 2013.

‘Shift Left 95: From Cultural Cringe to the New Aesthetic in Aotearoa New Zealand’, Rethinking Jazz Cultures, University of Salford, April 2013.

‘This one time, at Bandcamp: Behavioural skeuomorphism and online independent music retail’, Severn Pop Network inaugural conference: The small economies of the ‘new’ music industry, University of Bristol, March 2013.

‘Radio in the Digital Age’, Media Research Seminar, University of Sunderland, October 2012

‘Monkey on the Roof: Online music innovation and social change in the lives of Delhi street children’, Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change Conference, London Metropolitan University, September 2012

’Music as Culture in the Digital Age’, Música Independiente no Contexto Pós-Crise, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, October 2011

‘Music, Local Identity and Commercial Radio’, Cyfrwng: Media and Culture in Small Nations Conference, University of Glamorgan, June 2011

‘Online mediation of jazz performance, its context and its audiences’, Watching Jazz Conference, University of Glasgow, February 2011

‘Unpicking the myths and misunderstandings of radio in the digital age’, Keynote speech at The Radio Conference: A Transnational Forum, Auckland University of Technology, January 2011

‘Aftershock: Mediating Live Music Events Online’, ECREA 3rd European Communication Conference, University of Hamburg, October 2010

‘Rhythm Changes: Jazz cultures and European identities (Jazz online)’, 9th Nordic Jazz Conference, Helsinki, August 2010

‘Aftershock: live music performance and digital narrative’, MeCCSA Annual Conference, London School of Economics, January 2010

‘Mediating live jazz festivals online’, Mediating Jazz Conference, University of Salford, November 2009

‘Online on-air: BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe – Live and Interactive’, The Radio Conference: A Transnational Forum, York University Toronto, July 2009

‘Music As Culture: Digital Archives and Popular Music’ [panel discussion] Unlocking Audio Conference, British Library Sound Archives, London, March 2009

‘BBC Jazz Radio Listeners Online’, Leeds International Jazz Conference, University of Leeds, March 2009

‘Jazz Music Consumption Online’, Leeds International Jazz Conference, Leeds College of Music, March 2008

‘Online Music Enterprise’, IASPM Conference, University of Otago Dunedin, New Zealand, December 2007

‘Online music enterprise: new technologies of music distribution and consumption’ [co-author] LSC 2006

‘Tutira Mai Nga Iwi, Cultural identity and New Zealand Music On Air’, Sounding Out Conference, Sunderland, September 2006

‘Jazz, Radio and National Identity in New Zealand’, Leeds International Jazz Conference, Leeds College of Music, March 2006

‘Online Music Enterprise’, MeCCSA/AMPE Conference, University of Leeds, January 2006

‘There is no ‘We’ in iPod’, The First European Communication Conference, University of Amsterdam, November 2005

‘Radio, Digitalisation and the Laws of Media’, Radio Studies Network Conference, Birmingham City University, April 2005

‘Radio Question Time’ panel, MeCCSA/AMPE conference, Lincoln, January 2005

‘There’s no such thing as Internet Radio’, The Radio Conference: A Transnational Forum, University of Wisconsin Madison, WI, August 2003.

‘Radio and the Internet’, Between Empires Conference, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, February 2003.

Industry conference presentations (selected)


• Music Tech Fest, Microsoft Research – Cambridge, MA, March
• Music Tech Fest, Sounds Aotearoa Festival – Wellington, February


• Thinking With Jazz, London Jazz Festival – London, November
• Europe Jazz Network General Assembly (keynote) – Trondheim, September
• Berlin Music Week Conference – Berlin, September
• The Future Of Music In The Digital World 2 – Dublin, June
• The Time And The Place – London, June
• Music Tech Fest – London, May
• Un-Convention @ Doadoa Arts Market – Jinja, Uganda, May
• Beyond the Band @ Cheltenham Jazz Festival – Cheltenham, April


• Hangfoglalás Music Expo – Budapest, October
• Nordic Music Week Seminar – Stavanger, September
• Going Global Music Seminar – Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch, September
• CultureTECH – Derry, August
• Jazz Danmark Summer Sessions – Copenhagen, August
• Cultura de Red – Brasilia, July
• Primavera Pro Sound – Barcelona, June
• Rhythmic Music Conservatoire Entrepreneurship Event – Copenhagen, May
• Un-Convention – Caracas, April
• BBC Audio and Music Innovation Day – London, March
• Planzai Knowledge Sprint – Belfast, March
• Un-Convention – London, February
• Knowledge Transfer in the Arts – Birmingham, January


• Bandcamp Networking & Knowledge Event – London, November
• Jazz and the Media, Harmonic Festival – Birmingham, September
• Un-Convention – Buenos Aires, June
• Bandcamp Networking & Knowledge Event – San Francisco, May
• Mai Jazz Festival and Conference – Stavanger, May
• Jazz Ahead – Bremen, May
• YLE Think Tank – Helsinki, February


• Feira Musíca Brasil – Belo Horizonte, December
• Un-Convention – Goiania & São Paulo, October
• Radio Academy Hall of Fame Induction Event – Manchester, October
• Un-Convention – Salford, October
• All2gethernow / Popkomm – Berlin, September
• YP Foundation Youth and Music Event – New Delhi, July
• Being Human Arts Event – Frome, June
• De Ondernemers / New Music Labs – Groningen, June
• Planzai Knowledge Sprint – Dublin, June
• Un-Convention – Medellín, May
• Un-Convention – Macclesfield, May
• Zipkomm – Budapest, April
• X-Media Lab – London, April
• Born to be Wide – Edinburgh, April
• Aftershock – Manchester, January


• Un-Convention – Mumbai, December
• Flanders Music Centre: Muziek Digitaal – Brussels, November
• SWN Festival – Cardiff, October
• Aftershock – Marseilles, September
• Un-Convention – Swansea, September
• Manchester International Festival – Manchester, July
• Copenhagen Jazz Festival Networking Event – Copenhagen, July
• Aftershock – Genoa, June
• Pop Institute – Leeuwarden, June
• De Ondernemers / New Music Labs – Groningen, June
• Un-Convention – Salford, June
• SWN Festival – Cardiff, June
• Jazz Danmark Enterprise Event – Copenhagen, March
• Un-Convention – Belfast, February