The "Creation and Producing" section at Musikmesse will be showcasing everything connected with music making, from song idea to ready hit. Here, if you are creative, you will find valuable input for developing your compositions. This includes musical instruments and sheet music, as well as production tools and recording equipment. In free workshops and clinics, professionals will pass their knowledge on to you, covering every aspect of sophisticated playing techniques and clever song-writing.
NEW: Home of Drums (3 + 4 April 2020)
Drummers`heaven! The international drum industry is launching an innovative meet-up concept (3. + 4. April 2020) for drummers and percussionists from all parts of the world: Home of Drums will combine product presentations, knowledge transfer, concerts and performances organized by our partner OnlineLessons.tv.
The online platform www.homeofdrums.com is online and every month will be announcing the names of new artists who will be taking part in the event.
Also visit the Youtube Channel of "Home of Drums". Here you will find interesting videos about drumming.
What you can expect:
- Instrument exhibitions by brands such as DW, GEWA, Gibraltar, Gretsch, Latin Percussion, Mapex, Millenium, Natal, Paiste, PDP, Pearl, Protection Racket, Remo, Roland, Sabian, Sonor, Toca Percussion, Vic Firth, Yamaha, Zildjian and Zultan
- Mixed test stations with sets from leading manufacturers in categories such as "Basic", "Jazz", "Fusion", etc. directly next to each for testing and comparing the different sounds in areas acoustically designed for them
- Huge event and workshop programme with international drum artists like John Riley, Alex Landenburg, Claus Heßler or Daniel Schild
- Networking and exchange of experiences
- Highlight concert with international stars of the sector in cooperation with Baden-Wurttemberg Pop Academy
- On top: exhibition by manufacturers of drum-relevant products and accessories, such as microphones, music-software, in-ear equipment and more
Guitar Boutique Village
Guitar lovers will find some special highlights at Musikmesse. Discover custom-made products from various companies in the Guitar Boutique Village.
Customised, hand-made instruments are becoming increasingly popular. They range from acoustic guitars and basses to technically advanced electric guitars, from exclusive and high-priced products to plucked instruments for everyday use. The demand for individuality is growing continuously. In the Guitar Boutique Village (Hall 3.1), a variety of companies presents individual, custom-made products, which can be played in peace in a special testing cabin.
There, visitors can immerse themselves in the world of beats. The programme includes live demonstrations, DJ sessions, trends, workshops and lectures, e.g., on the latest DJ hardware and software trends presented by partner exhibitors. As well as, of course, networking and talking shop with colleagues from all over the world.
The DJCon will take place in Forum 0.
The Acoustic Village is the new meeting point for all fans of acoustic guitars and ukuleles. The Acoustic Village is located immediately adjacent to "Circle Stage 3.1", which will be bringing you highlight events covering every aspect of acoustic instruments. such as workshops, master classes, lectures and product demonstrations, directly into the hall. A lounge area invites its visitors to talk shop, sound cabins make it possible to test the instruments, and a separate meeting room is available for business conversations in a quiet and calm atmosphere.
Among the brands which will be present are the following:
AER Music, Art & Lutherie, Flight Ukulele, Francisco Esteve, Godin Guitars, Juan Hernandez, Karl Höfner, La Patrie Guitars, Lakewood Guitars, Norman Guitars, Seagull Guitars, Simon & Patrick, Stevens Custom Guitars, and many more.
European Songwriting Award
For the third time now Messe Frankfurt and the organisers of the German Songwriting Awards will be bringing a highlight for the international songwriter and producer community to Musikmesse: the finale of the European Songwriting Awards and SongsCon! The European Songwriting Awards carry the motto: "Write a Song – Change the World." Thus the competition offers creative artists from all over the world an opportunity to present their songs to an expert jury. The winners in the singer-songwriter category will go straight into the studio, to record their prize-winning songs.
SongsCon is the first convention in Europe devoted especially to songwriters and producers. A network platform with a highly varied range, designed to promote direct contact between the creative minds "behind the song" and the decision makers in the music industry. Along with song pitches, there will be a masterclass and an A&R panel.
More categories, more benefits
Submit your song now and win great prizes like a worldwide release with professional radio and online promo, plus great additional prizes. Join us at out big award show during Musimesse at 3 April 2020
Frankfurter Ukulele Day
Frankfurt Ukulele Day on 4.4.2020, Acoustic Stage in Hall 3.1. From jazz and blues to swing and orchestra formations, you will be amazed at just how versatile the ukulele is.
Silent Stage Solutions, Hall 3.Via, Room Facette
With their ‘Silent Stage Solutions’ project, Hearsafe Technologies and other partners will be demonstrating some practical approaches to solutions, which enable musicians to access some of the requisite technical possibilities. With specialist guidance, bands will be able to gain experience and check out all the components on stage in a live situation.
Further brands involved in the ‘Silent Stage Solutions’ section include d&b audiotechnik, Eich Amplification, Kawai, Kemper, Monacor, Toller Ton, Trius, Voxasound and Yamaha. Other participants will be announced shortly.
What exactly is a ‘silent stage’?
The phrase ‘silent stage’ describes an approach which seeks to radically minimise the sound levels on stage. For example, powerful guitar and bass amplifiers are replaced by amp modelers: small pieces of equipment that can imitate practically any sound from well-known amplifiers and transmit it directly to the mixing desk. There is no longer any need for miking. The use of an electronic drum kit, which relies on classic shell sizes, three-layer mesh heads and bronze shells instead of traditional e-drums, reduces noise levels on stage many times over. Moreover, the concept does without speaker monitoring on stage – the musicians hear themselves, as well as the other band members, via an individually adapted headphone mix. As a result, a ‘silent stage’ can also contribute to a better feel for the performance.
A further advantage is that the sound from the PA system competes far less with the direct sound emanating from the stage. That is of particular benefit in smaller venues. In addition, there is less crosstalk between the individual signals, which are thus capable of being more cleanly separated in the mix – in an ideal scenario, the sound that the audience hears equates to the sound quality of the studio recording. The overall sound level can be much better regulated. This means that live music is possible in situations where a given specific noise level cannot be exceeded, as, for instance, at corporate and networking events, or on restaurant terraces.
For the ‘Silent Stage Solutions’ project, leading manufacturers of technical equipment and instruments have come together to present the concept to musicians in an approachable form, to let them experience it for themselves and compare it with traditional monitoring.
Interested bands, who would like to get involved in the ‘Silent Stage Solutions’ area at Musikmesse, can apply up until 15 March 2020. Professional sound engineers will be available, in two-hourly trial sessions, to demonstrate best practice and point out implementational pitfalls. All visitors to Musikmesse can follow the process and hence experience a practical, real-life example of the design and realisation of a ‘silent stage’. Four trial sessions, involving a variety of different bands, will be held on each of the days of the trade fair.
Further information and applications at: www.silentstage.de.