Festival of the future: SAE celebrates music innovation at We Are Robots

19 Oct 2018

Over the weekend, SAE celebrated the future of music at We Are Robots festival, kicking the event off on Thursday night with our very own nightlife inspired pop-up showcase on Drury Lane. Featuring music from our current students as well as EMP graduate Mauro Campana (aka Maouq), CIRCUITRY, as our showcase was called, lit up the vibrant Shoreditch street and drew the attention of many passers-by as well as invited guests.

As the press night of We Are Robots, it was a fantastic opportunity for people to see SAE’s audio expertise in action and to witness the skills of our students, staff and alumni in a relaxed environment. With SAE London just a short tube ride away in Haggerston, those interested in seeing our facilities up-close and learning about our courses in greater detail were encouraged to attend our Open Event which took place on Wednesday 17 October.  

We Are Robots is a festival all about the future of music and sound. Throughout the three-day festival at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, there was a whole host of free talks and workshops from leading industry professionals such as the AES (Audio Engineering Society) and ROLI.

Rob Finder, Academic Coordinator at SAE London was there to kick-off the event:

“We Are Robots gave staff and students at SAE London the opportunity to showcase their work to the eclectic and creative community of Shoreditch. Visitors enjoyed performances, talks, and DJ sets, and the rig was managed by our live sound and EMP students. Our pop up was visited by companies like Native Instruments, Novation and Focusrite, who are keen to see and hear more!”

Mauro Campana (aka Mauoq), studied the EMP short course at SAE London back in 2004 and has since built himself an illustrious career that has seen him release over 30 tracks and establish his own record label. He joined SAE at our pop-up shop on Thursday night to showcase what can be achieved from studying one of our audio courses.

Commenting on the event, he said:

“I had fun playing at the event. I played a 90 minute set of all my material, some of which is not out yet and I had never played out to an audience before. It was also good to meet some of the new students, all very passionate people very willing to help with sound issues and general technical set up.”