Positive Education is inaugurating a programme of panels this year. Our intention is to create a space where those who are making today’s and tomorrow’s electronic music scene can share their experiences. It’s an opportunity to gauge the pulse of a scene that’s constantly renewing itself and experimenting, through the voices of its players, crossing visions, schools and territories.
Each year we’ll be giving the floor to a panel of artists, event organizers, artistic directors of clubs and festivals, activists, label managers, journalists and other professionals.
You can find the full 2023 programme here:
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THURSDAY NOV. 2ND
01:30 - 02:30 : [WORKSHOP] Deconstructed track
By Flore x Ableton
03:00 - 04:00 : [TALK] Beyond producing music
By Marylou (artist / Morphine Records)
Beatrice M. (artist)
Laila Sakini (artist)
Peirates, in Greek, means “anyone who attempts”. In a world we live with a crazy level of production, flourishing all over the world, where paths get easier to cross, attempting to achieve, beyond establishments, beyond power structures, beyond state limits, beyond doxa, is this still relevant ?
Marylou, multi-disciplinary artist affiliated to Morphine Records, renowned selector at the most adventurous festivals in Europe and beyond, radio host and iconic dancefloor mastermind, invites producers Flore, Laila Sakini, and Beatrice M. to discuss about technical and philosophical issues surrounding music production.
> New landscapes and mythologies in music production : instruments, tools, gear… And its evolution : what new tools are exciting artists at the moment?
> Interdependent music: relationship between the artists and their network, their community and the influence of it on their productions.
> Beyond musical genres : influences and identity at the age of global music
> Rethinking creativity in the age of non human aesthetics
Driven by risk-taking and insatiable curiosity, Flore is a major figure on the French electronic music scene, having anticipated all its developments over the last two decades. The DJ and producer runs her own label, POLAAR, dedicated to bringing hard and abrasive music out of the shadows. While her musical and cultural roots go back to Jamaican sound systems, British psychedelic rock, and breakbeats of all kinds, her musical culture and tastes cover a much wider territory, and her alchemy with her era has enabled Flore to fly over fashions and trends, and even to get over them.
When beauty meets voluptuousness, Laila’s work comes very close. Multi-instrumentalist, singer, producer, and performer, Laila Sakini has more than one string to her bow. Working with piano, voice, guitar, unearthed sounds, and silence, she creates dynamic, textured environments that offer audiences unique experiences, inviting them into an intimate atmosphere.
Beatrice M. is a French artist with English roots known for blending UK genres like dubstep and halftime with trancy techno grooves. They run the label Bait, which promotes snare-heavy bass music and psychedelic techno while also championing women and non-binary producers. They are a resident DJ at Rinse FM and have released music on labels like Pressure Dome and Krakzh. Additionally, as part of the duo or+be with Orchid, they explore a fusion of genres like drum and bass, ambient, tribal, and trance.
FRIDAY NOV. 3RD
01:30 - 02:30 PM : [TALK] Music labels facing the challenge of the future
By Olivier Lamm (Libération)
Anetha (Mama Told Ya)
Brice Coudert (Underscope)
Victoria Cappelletti (Ninja Tune / Big Dada)
Not so long ago, independent labels played a central, if not essential, role in the independent music ecosystem, nurturing scenes, genres, expressions, and artists who might not have had the same weapons to create in total freedom otherwise. However, two decades of successive industry revolutions and the rise of music streaming platforms have disrupted this landscape, partially eroding independent networks (record stores, distributors, concert venues) and pushing artists toward self-sufficiency, often breaking away from collectives and support systems. This raises the question: how do labels live and survive today, and what purpose do they still serve?
An emblematic figure of the new generation of French DJs inspired by EBM, trance, electro and the old school techno tracks of the 90s, Anetha has an incomparable ability to make people dance. But she doesn’t stop there: since 2019, the Parisian has been running her solo project called Mama Told Ya, a label focused on sharing and experimentation, promoting alternative talent in different art forms, while seeking to push boundaries through the release of unreleased collaborative tracks.
Brice Coudert is a passionate fan of electronic music who explored the European dancefloors of the 2000s. In 2010, he co-founded the renowned Concrete club in Paris, which quickly became a global reference for electronic music thanks to its challenging programming over the past 8 years. He also helmed the Weather festival, a major electronic music gathering in France.
Brice manages lavibe label, discovering new talents and collaborating with established artists. Following the interruption of the Dehors Brut project due to the COVID crisis, he launched Underscope, a new kind of structure representing over a hundred of the best French labels, offering them publishing and digital distribution services, and managing their promotion via a multi-platform media on social networks and a collection of playlists on streaming platforms.
In 2022, he also initiated two event series, Antiverse and Mutant, dedicated to modern club music.
Zaltan has masterfully run the Antinote label for over 10 years. With residencies on Rinse FM and NTS, appearances at major European festivals (Dekmantel Selectors, Lente Kabinet, Nuits Sonores etc.) or at parties in the woods, no one embodies the underground dance music of the 2010s better than Zaltan. Staying the course and caressing our ears since 2012, Antinote is the place to be for fans of dance music on the fringes and groove off the beaten track.
Deploying an extremely wide musical spectrum, the Parisian label has drawn a line of its own
with a fascination for electronic cultures. A curation focused on quality and the never-ending search for the next thrill, relevant over the years, and which opens its second decade of existence with the same panache.
After working for a few years in press and artist management agencies in France, she became an expatriate in London. In 2017, she joined Ninja Tune within the International department and later became the label manager for France. She also played a role in the relaunch of the sub-label Big Dada.
Founded in 1997, this pioneering label for non-conformist hip-hop was relaunched in January 2021 in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. It now operates as a label led by black members of the Ninja Tune team, hailing from various ethnic and minority communities, for black artists from similar backgrounds. Big Dada strives to amplify the voices of black and marginalized artists and seeks to change the narrative surrounding its music. By circumventing stereotypes, the label aims to enable and encourage the freedom of expression for who they are and what they want to be.
03:00 - 04:00 PM : [TALK] From rave to activism: how does music go live in 2023 ?
By Olivier Lamm (Libération)
Ikram Bouloum (curator and booker / Sónar festival) Sezin Ayrancı (De School Amsterdam)
Here again, it was the pandemic that changed everything. Why organize a cultural event around music and celebration? Whatever the size, the season or the schedule, the organizers of festivals, parties and happenings are no longer asking themselves the same question as they did before the big hiatus that prevented live music from playing its cultural and social role for many, many months. From the international mega-rave to the festival deeply rooted in its local area, the model is being reinvented, and no programmer is now unaware of the issues of environmental sustainability, representation of minorities, protection of the most at-risk people, and integration into the cultural and social fabric of the region. But are audiences, who we’ve got a little too used to confusing with consumers, sufficiently aware of these essential issues? These are all complex and burning topics, at a time when competition is exploding and some are already lamenting the fact that the ‘machine’ has gone back into overdrive, stronger and more oblivious than ever.
SATURDAY NOV. 4TH
02:30 - 04:00 PM : [TALK] Should queer parties remain a counter-culture?
By Manifesto XXI (media)
Jennifer Cardini (artist)
Naja Orashvili & Giorgi Kikonishvili (Bassiani )
Historically, clubs and raves have been spaces of freedom for queer communities. Caught up by capitalist consumerism and washings, today we see “queerness” becoming a cool standard, conventional venues or events erecting rainbow-colored line-ups or artistic directions, without taking into account the values that underpin queer activism.
We’ll talk about how LGBTQIA+ minorities have helped to establish good practices that have reconfigured norms of inclusivity, care and risk reduction in the nightlife scene, and how this legacy survives, as well as the commitment of certain clubs, artists and collectives to maintain safe spaces, sometimes in territories with a difficult socio-political context. We’ll be giving the floor to clubbing players, artists and party organizers.
Jennifer Cardini, a prominent DJ and producer, has spent over a decade making her mark in the global electronic music scene. She’s known for her infectious charisma and versatile DJ skills, playing at renowned venues like Panorama Bar and Fabric. With her labels Correspondant and Dischi Autunno, she continues to shape electronic music trends.
Cardini’s residencies at Rex Club and Le Pulp showcased her sophisticated and eclectic approach to music. She’s also a music supervisor for fashion brands and a respected remixer.
Desire is an exciting DJ and producer. With her name increasingly resonating on the Parisian queer scene, she is establishing herself on the electronic scene as a new trans(ce) standard-bearer. Forever linked to rave sounds, she offers intoxicating sets, at the crossroads of trance/techno music and cheesy Eurodance. A veritable electric diamond, she sparkles in European clubs, and alongside her collective With us, she campaigns through a platform and parties where trans and non-binary identities are brought to light.
Naja Orashvili is a filmmaker, artist, activist and researcher with a prolific background with diverse and extensive experience in various fields and disciplines. She’s a co-founder and author of the concept and idea of BASSIANI, an underground techno club, which provided the bases for new social movements in Georgia and evoked a Cultural Revolution, manifested as a globally famous, massive Dance protests dubbed as Rave Revolution in the main streets of Tbilisi in 2018. She was a founding member and has played a pivotal role in several social movements in Georgia, including the Women’s Solidarity March, The White Noise Movement, the Equality Movement, and “System Must Be Destroyed.” Naja has also contributed to various cultural & queer initiatives, including Horoom Nights, Klara bar, act4culture, and Creative Collective Spectrum.
Giorgi Kikonishvili is a Queer activist, music promoter and publicist from Tbilisi, Georgia. His initiatives in the fields of music, writing, club culture and civil activism interplay with each other to investigate, study and present social issues from non-dominant cultural perspectives. He’s co-founder of Tbilisi’s prominent Queer party series Horoom Nights, which takes place at renowned club Bassiani; Co-founder of Creative Collective Spectrum – a network of artists and researchers who push subversive thoughts and practices. One of the authors of the concept of House of ReconNEXTion and Klara – an avant-garde bar which unites the Georgian and regional Queer artists.