New Forms Festival 2012: Conference (Panel 2)

  • Date: September 15, 2012
  • Location: Vancouver, BC
  • Venue: The Waldorf Hotel


14:00-15:00: North American Electronic Music / Labels & Festivals

Moderator: Rob Calder (Secret Study / Boompa Records)
Panelists: Patti Schmidt (MUTEK) / Sean Horton (Decibel Festival) / Malcolm Levy (NFF)


Rob Calder founded Secret Study after working in a variety of fields such as a touring musician, Label Manager, Commercial Photography Producer, and Artist manager for independent music projects. Rob began his musical experience in classical music and the local indie rock band, The Salteens, and is co-owner of the west coast independent record label and artist management company, Boompa Records. Over the years, Rob has licensed independent music to Film, TV, and Advertising clients, landing successful placements in Grey’s Anatomy, The L-Word, and campaigns for Zellers and RW&CO. Rob has also worked as a producer for Redpath Studios and Tesla Productions working with a variety of photography projects for Kokanee, Vitamin Water, and BC Hydro.


Moderated by Rob Calder, this panel will look at the current state of Canada’s electronic music scene and discuss areas including recording, record labels, management, performance and touring.

Sean Horton (founding director, curator & creative director of Decibel International Festival of Electronic Music Performance, Visual Art & New Media)

After cutting his teeth as a deejay and musician in the Detroit area where he was born in raised, Sean headed West until his van broke down in Seattle Washington in 1995. After working as a fisherman that winter in Alaska, he discovered The Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1999 (Audio Engineering and Marketing). In 2002 Sean moved to back Seattle for a career in marketing/media-branding for the start-up PlayNetwork, where he currently resides as Director of Music Services. In 2003 Sean founded the Decibel International Festival of Electronic Music Performance, Visual Art and New Media in Seattle. Over the past decade, the Decibel Festival audience has grown 10 times its original size (2,500 in 2004 to over 23,000 in 2011) making it one of the largest festivals of its kind in North America. In addition to his work at PlayNetwork and Decibel Festival, Sean has been a musician for 24 years, a deejay for 18 years and a recording artist/composer under the moniker Nordic Soul for over a decade.