Producers corner

19:10 - 20:00 · Wednesday 12th September 2018

Producers Corner @ WeWork ( Glories ) Barcelona Terrace : Hosted by Jeff Bacon with very special guest Brian Jackson

From Strata East to Kanye West, from straight-ahead jazz to straight-out funk, Brian Jackson is a straight-up American legend. Listen to the more than a dozen albums he co-wrote and produced with longtime partner Gil Scott-Heron and you are bound to have many ‘where have i heard that before? ‘ moments. That’s because so many of his licks and riffs have been sampled – and continue to be sampled by – hip-hop aristocracy. Check his trademark Fender Rhodes sound providing the groove foundations for cuts like Kanye’s “Home Again” (from “Home Is Where the Hatred Is”) and Kendrick Lamar’s “Poe Mans Dreams” (from “Peace Go With You, Brother”) and you’ll understand that his musical vision was decades ahead of its time. Maybe that’s why when you hear him play it’s like something you’ve heard all your life.

After over three decades of creativity, Brian can be found building musical alliances with artists as diverse as M1 (Dead Prez), vocalist Gregory Porter, Brazil’s Rodrigo Brandão and members of Hurtmold and Metá Metá, chanteuse Patrina Morris, young lion jazz violinist Scott Tixier (Kenny Barron, Stevie Wonder) legendary bassist Charnett Moffett and many others. He welcomes every possible opportunity to work with younger artists and his work with New York phenoms drummer Ismail Lawal, trumpeter Josh Evans and saxophonists Stacey Dillard and Martin Kelly and bassist Diallo House proves that this policy yields big dividends.

Brian reaches into both the future and the past to draw his inspiration, combining them to create a sound that is always new, yet true to the tradition of music that he honors. Aware of how much a part of the music the listener is, Brian cautions: “This music isn’t really mine; it belongs to all of us. The minute I start trying to own it, it’s all over. It’s my job to pass on what I’ve learned. That’s living the Tradition.”

A series of interviews with the knob twiddlers, movers and shakers behind some of history’s most iconic releases and modern classics.

Guests to-date include Grammy winners Kevin Bacon (David Bowie, Finley Quaye, Bjork), Dave Pemberton (The Prodigy, Kinobe, The Spice Girls) the first ever hip-hop A&R Dante Ross (Macklemore, De La Soul, House of Pain), Arthur Baker ( Afrika Bambaataa, New Order ). We cover everything from technical tricks of the trade to their best, often previously untold, artist and studio experiences.

Taking place in front of a live audience, this intimate event is designed to entertain while refocusing some of the limelight on producers, denied credits on streaming services until very recently. Simultaneously the event provides a heightened level of engagement, education and insight for attendees.

All our 2018 speakers and guests


Main Conference Hall, Estrella Damm
Carrer del Rosselló 515, Barcelona 08025


New York/Barcelona, October 14, 2021. The Future Music Forum: Barcelona has merged with Music Industry City. The two firms will pool their resources to form Nybac Media Inc., which will supervise digital broadcasting, live events, and digital communities for its Music Industry City division.

Founded by music industry veterans, Peter Schwinge, former Partner and General Manager of New Music Seminar, and Founder of Moving Target Group, Mike McCready, Co-founder and CEO of Music Xray, and Niall Doorley, founder of Future Music Forum: Barcelona, Nybac Media provides an international platform that includes a broadcast network with the flagship, Music Industry News at Noon; audio drop-in talk shows and podcasts; year-round digital events; community building on the Music Industry City (MIC) website; and live events including the Future Music Forum: Barcelona.

According to Peter Schwinge, CEO and President, “This merger is a great opportunity for both companies as it will allow them to work together on projects more efficiently while expanding their reach to other areas globally where they would not have had access before. We are able to provide more opportunities for our users and partners and provide them with an opportunity to reach new audiences through the network.”

Nybac Media will rely on their deep industry connections to provide musicians access to industry experts through the MIC platform; equip the next generation of the music industry with tools, education, and networks; foster high-level discussions to affect positive change; and increase partners' access and visibility to the industry. 

“I'm delighted to announce our new partnership. I've spent the last 12 years building the Future Music Forum into what it is today, and perhaps the last 5-6 years actively seeking the ideal partner. It's ironic that it emerged at a time when the events business was perhaps in its most fragile state in living memory. I'm excited to see what we can do to help so many people advance in their careers as the industry begins to bounce back.” said Niall Doorley, Vice President and Head of Global Events.

The Music Industry City website has features for artists and people in the industry to interact in real time through communities and forums, live events, and a metaverse. The site also provides educational resources, online courses, and talks from industry leaders; health and wellness topics specifically tailored to the music industry; a personal and professional development section; a music discovery zone; and a local media outlet showcasing members and partners.

Nybac Media has offices in New York and Barcelona. The next, in-person Future Music Forum conference is set to take place in Barcelona on September 20-22, 2022.