Beats Evolution Conference: The Essential Destination For All Aspiring Drum & Bass Artists

Beats Evolution Conference: The Essential Destination For All Aspiring Drum & Bass Artists
31 Mar, 2017

Calling all producers: when was the last time you got to sit down with A&Rs from RAM, Critical, Shogun, Titan or Audioporn?

When was the last time you got to enjoy an up close and personal masterclass from some of the biggest artists in the game?

When was the last time you got to ask advice from professionals in every facet of the game from label heads to agents to promoters and every role in between?

Unless you came to last year’s inaugural Beats Evolution Conference (BEC), the answer is never. Because there was nothing like BEC before it launched…

Hosted in the centre of Prague and fronted by the official ambassador Andy C, BEC is a conference dedicated to developing drum & bass globally, professionally and creatively. It’s a unique annual chance for everyone on every level of the scene from fans to headliners to unite, learn, share ideas and new music and fraternise away from the pressure of flight schedules and set times. Ultimately, it’s a statement: not just of how healthy the music is but how globally grand the scale of operation is and how seriously we take it. How many other genres in electronic music have their own dedicated conference?


Across two days – August 2-3 – BEC will be the world’s sole drum & bass headquarters as hundreds participate in demo sessions where you can sit down and play your music to professionals and get priceless feedback in real time, panels and talks on issues that affect the scene and technical producer and DJ workshops and masterclasses. And, of course, the afterparties.

What makes BEC even more special is that it’s hosted in the days before Let It Roll, the largest drum & bass festival in the world. This is great to ensure attendance (and cheeky afterparty sets) from a large proportion of the industry who are travelling out to Czech Republic anyway. But it’s also great for everyone looking to attend… After two days of talking about drum & bass, there’s no better way to celebrate it than a massive rave.

Here’s who’s lined up for this year’s Let It Roll so far…

Andy C, Camo & Krooked, Netsky, Sigma, Sub Focus, Agressor Bunx, Anile, Bensely, Bop, Break, Current Value, Danny Byrd, DC Breaks, Delta Heavy, Dimension, DJ Guv, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Ed:It, Emperor, Etherwood, Fourward, Fred V & Grafix, Frederic Robinson, Friction, Hype B2B Hazard, Icicle, Jade B2B Mindscape, Joe Ford, June Miller, Keeno, Kimyan Law, Krakota, L 33, Levela, Loadstar, Matrix & Futurebound, Mefjus, Metrik, Nymfo, Original Sin, Phace, Pola & Bryson, Prolix, Rockwell, S.P.Y, Skeptical, Spectrasoul, Synergy, Technimatic, Teddy Killerz, Unknwon Error, Was A Be, Zombie Cats and loads more.

For a taste of just how unique and special Let It Roll is, check our recent in-depth article on the festival’s history and how it’s played such a key role in the global development of drum & bass.

Now BEC is part of that development. Founded by the Let It Roll team as a way of giving something back to the music they love and pushing it to even bigger things to come, Beats Evolution Conference is just as much of a celebration of the music as the festival itself… With all the added benefits, knowledge, opportunities and connections that come from such a gathering.

Seriously – if you’re into drum & bass and want to make a career out of it, BEC is essential. The full schedule of activities will be announced soon

The full Let It Roll line-up and schedule of activities for BEC will be announced soon.

Combo tickets for both events start at £91. 

Visit the event page for more details

Drum&BassArena Editor: Dave Jenkins has documented beats for over 15 years working with the likes of UKF, Mixmag, DJ Mag, iDJ, Bandcamp, Resident Advisor, Radio 1 Xtra and many more.