June 2014 saw James Lavelle’s Meltdown come to fruition at London’s South Bank. Celebrating 21 years of his Mo’ Wax label, Lavelle assembled a stellar line-up including Jeff Mills, Trentemoller, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Shadow, James Holden, ESG, and Goldie and the Heritage Orchestra performing “Timeless” for the first time. As part of the Meltdown Sessions, Ableton and CDR joined forces and hosted a series of workshops and seminars at the Royal Festival Hall, which included guests DJ Shadow, Heritage Orchestra, Si Medway-Smith, as well as Mo Wax alumni Andrea Parker, Kirk Degiorgio and Attica Blues.
For the closing weekend of the festival we met with Mo’Wax alumni including Charlie Williams, Kirk Degiorgio, Andrea Parker and Tony Nwachukwu to discuss how music making had changed since the mid 90s. What became clear was that despite the increased accessibility of music making now, it’s harder than ever to keep up with what is coming out, and to get yourself heard. Charlie Williams even joking “I’m glad I’m not young and making music now!”.