Beach Conference is a great experience for everyone involved, and
a great oppurtunity for bands to have an intimate and captive audience
with the industry. We had a blast!" — Matt Pinfield
"This conference is the best one of its type I've been involved with
or even have heard of - it was a gas to be a part of.
I'm returning as long as I'm invited! Everyone in driving distance
should make it a yearly necessity."
— Paul Reed Smith/PRS Guitars
The DBMC is the best indie conference I have been too. I love the fact it's on the water, I love the atmosphere. I think I have seen the best artists come through this festival. Every year I find great music here. The panels are run very well and always very informative. The food at the Venus Rocks!! The BBQ this year was fantastic and having myself, Chris Lausch and Brian Cronin jam with Da Rezarekt Rocked!!! The festival is such a good vibe, everyone is so friendly, and I get to play Tambourine!!!! You guys rule
— Allison Shaw Listen/Sony Records
"A musical shindig that packs a punch with an out-a-site line-up
with a beach party atmosphere; the Dewey Beach Fest is a welcome respite
from the the usual over-crowded and maddening pace of your average
festival. More of a vacation than work for those in the music industry."
— Beatle Bob
"Great artists, experienced industry executives, abundant networking
opportunities and a beautiful location.... Once again, Vikki and the
Dewey Beach Music Conference & Festival hit a
home run!" — Eugene Foley/Foley Entertainment,
"The diverse music industry offerings, the high-quality
and high-visibility venues, and the opportunity to meet, learn and
network with some of the best in the business made the Dewey
Beach Music Conference experience one of the finest I've
had. Great work Vikki and congratulations to all participants. See
you next year!" — J.P. Cummins, CFP/ First Vice
President of Investments - Janney Montgomery Scott
"Dewey Beach Music Conference is an intimate event that allows artists and industry to successfully network, without the over-glorified hype of the larger festivals." — Patrick Arn/Gotham Records
The Dewey Beach Music Conference is by far one of the best music conferences I have had the pleasure to attend. The music was non stop and I wish there would have been more hours in the day to absorb it all!
It is the perfect venue for musicians looking to gain exposure along with gaining a plethora of knowledge in the panel sessions from some of the greatest Industry Professionals in the music business today. It's also one of the best outlets for businesses in the music industry to promote their services directly to the audience they are looking to attract!
Vikki and her crew do an incredible job putting this together year after year and I'm already looking forward to next year! — Mary Adkins/SeeJoeRock.com
and her staff have created in the Dewey Beach Music Conference is
a true gem in the world of music conferences. Where else can independant
musicians and industry leaders network at this level of convenience
and casualness? Where else can you see so much good music, so well
organized and all within a short beach-town walk? And where else can
you take part in a music business gathering on a deck with a bay breeze?"
— Mark Schulz
"This event is certainly a bright diamond in the rough of a competitive
music conference market...and a must. Cutting edge bands, excellent
attendance/participation, fabulous organization, and the absolute
best "beach" setting for a conference. Next year's event
is already on my calendar...now put it on yours!" —
Chris Lausch/Talent Buyer - Dogfish Head
“I was extremely impressed with the Dewey Beach Music Conference.
As an A&R guy I would love to keep it a secret, but I cant seem
to stop talking about it” — Gary Soffer/Atlantic
"The Dewey Beach Music Conference l was absolutely
INCREDIBLE. The event was truly unique: perfect location, great
people, talented bands. I had a great time. I
think that every musician who is serious about his/ her career must attend
this conference . I just can't wait for the next year's event."
— Vlad Kushnir/Esquire
"One minute an informative panel, the next a dip in
the ocean, followed by great events, parties and showcases –
need I say more?" — Steve Tramposh
"When you travel as much as I do for work within the music business very rarely do you actually get a chance to feel any sort of relaxation. The Dewey Beach Music Conference was one of those once a year events that you attend as a member of the industry that not only can relax but you can take in one of the best settings in the industry. Everyone from the organizers to the bands, to the volunteers make it the most easy going, easy to work with event I have dealt with in my career." — Michael Wood, President City Lights Entertainment
"The DBMC is the best indie conference I have been too. I love the fact it's on the water, I love the atmosphere. I think I have seen the best artists come through this festival. Every year I find great music here. The panels are run very well and always very informative. The food at the Venus Rocks!! The BBQ this year was fantastic and having myself, Chris Lausch and Brian Cronin jam with Da Rezarekt Rocked!!! The festival is such a good vibe, everyone is so friendly, and I get to play Tambourine!!!! You guys rule." — Allison Shaw Listen/Sony Records
"Dewey Beach Music Conference was one of the nicest, friendliest and well-run music conferences I have attended in my 20+ year career. The location, the people, the food, the music is worldclass and second to none. I lookforward to attending the event for years to come." — Peter Gilroy, PG Productions
"Doing DBMC introduced us to Dave Silbaugh, which allowed us the chance to play Summerfest, where we were able to share the stage with Plain White T's among others. Additionally, because we had confirmed with Summerfest, we were able to get picked up a US booking agent as well. It also gave the band a chance to play in front of some very accomplished producers, such as Jim Ebert, as well as excellent artists, such as The Kin. Plus, your parties were amazing" — City Riots
"We've already been able to fill a date on our tour next month through a contact we made at the conference! We also heard from a couple of bands we met at the conference that want to trade shows, a producer who offered us some free recording time, and a publicist who gave us a ton of great advice both during and after our mentoring session. We brought more back from this conference than any other we've attended thus far." — Shawn Garrity/VulGarrity
conference was great! The proximity of the venues really makes
it a lot of fun to be able to walk back and forth, so as a musician
I'd say it's top notch. Our sound guy at the Lighthouse did
a good job and the camraderie among musicians created a great atmosphere.
The two panels I was able to attend were also well done (Matt Pinfield's
contributions in particular)." — Jeff/Hoover's
"It was awesome to be one of the first
musical acts to ever perform at Venus on The Half Shell in this years
Dewey Beach Conference & Festival. Gorgeous Venue, Rockin' Festival
Thanks Vikki. You've done it again!" — Corey Andrew
"Big value to musicians if you want to make something big
happen. The seminars enlightened, the mentors guided, the trade show
informed, and the industry folk and crowds at our showcase blew us
away with their Beatlemania'esque support...especially the ladies!
Attention other bands; you must play this conference!!!" —
"Of the 5 conferences
I showcased at this year, Dewey Beach Music Conference was the best
experience. I was able to network with many industry professionals
as well as other musicians. I met more industry people and other
musicians at Dewey Beach than the other conferences combined.
The atmosphere is very relaxed and all the venues are within walking
distance. Dewey Beach Music Conference was an overall great
experience and I definitely recommend it to other musicians."
"It's nice to
play a serious showcase in such a laid back environment. It’s
a treat - you really feel a great vibe the minute you get there."
— Reed Waddle
"This was our first
Dewey Beach Music Conference and it was amazing. The panels we attended
and the networking we were able to do in two days were a huge asset
to us. Not to mention the stage we played on was a few feet from the
ocean..." — Kevin/Pawnshop Roses
"Dewey is what a music conference should be! Great bands, high
profile industry panels and just a plain GREAT time" —
Andrew "YT" White/ Stickboy
Dewey Beach Music Conference thrives on new ideas; and the comradery
of all the bands creates a fresh atmosphere that so many of the music
conferences lack. It is a Huge Party for the sake of Great music."
— Lzzy Hale
"In the time it took
to play one set we made contact with Jim Thorpe of Grape Street Productions,
producer Rick Slater, artist Andy Browne (ShutEye Records) and
DJ/music aficionado Beatle Bob. We couldn't have reached a more
diverse crowd anywhere else....This is the real deal! Well done to
Dewey Beach and Vikki Walls!" — Gregg/Chelsea in
||"The Dewey Beach
Music Conference kicks your ass in 25 different directions, you never
get a seconds rest from the rocking commotion and when you do there's
a beer and a shot to calm you down... perfect." — L.P.
"The Dewey Beach Music Conference has only one flaw! It's
too damn SHORT!!!" — Beth Hale
"The conference is a great way to spread the word about your
band. We met and hung out with so many great bands. It's probably
the best run music conference i've ever been a part of. Very well
done" — Paul Keen/Pawnshop Roses
"This conference is less like a conference and more like a HAPPENING...it
is alive, and it has a musical pulse that is refreshing for musicians
and attendees alike." — Larry Kennedy/The Jellybricks
"Thank you so much for a great, and incredibly well-run
conference! I had a blast! And met some really great people! Definitely
nice to attend an event that's so geared towards the needs of the
artists!" — Nadine Goellner
"The Dewey Beach Music Conference paid off big, whether it be the shows
we scheduled, CD's we sold or the great bands we met and look forward
to playing with in the future. It doesn't hurt that it is near the
water too!!" — Dave Devlin
"The 2004 DBMC was the best time we have had together as a band
in the year we have been together. We were overwhelmed
by the response at our showcase and we consider it one of our
most enjoyable shows to date. The whole weekend was fantastic
and we are truly grateful for all of the opportunites gained through
your event." — Steve/Jealousy Curve
"My biggest comment is that Vikki Walls infuses the conference
with her spirit and being, and that is what makes all the difference."
— Rosanne Raneri
"Without a doubt,
this was the best time we've ever had at a Music Industry Conference.
There's plenty of music industry elbow rubbing for the bands/artists.
But what impressed me even more the fact that this event has got to
be pure heaven for any music lovers wanting to see live, original
music by some amazing artists. Vikki Walls has constructed a well
organized event that features amazing showcases at excellent venues
all tucked into this perfect little location. Plus being right at
the beach doesn't suck." — The April Skies
"What can I say...definitely one of the best experiences
we've had! Bridges played stage A at the Rusty Rudder...we attracted
a really nice crowd...156 cds out and 130 new email addresses! I wanted
to thank everyone for the support...I saw a few familiar faces in
The whole weekend was like being in a different world...every band
was so talented...I felt very privileged to have been a part of it."
— Bridges and a Bottle.
"We've already been able to fill a date on our tour next month through a contact we made at the conference! We also heard from a couple of bands we met at the conference that want to trade shows, a producer who offered us some free recording time, and a publicist who gave us a ton of great advice both during and after our mentoring session. We brought more back from this conference than any other we've attended thus far. Thank you!"
— Shawn Garrity/VulGarrity
"Flying over from Australia to play the Dewey Beach Music Conference was one of the most productive things we did on our first US tour. We met producers, promotors, label reps, and of course lots of musicians. We felt like VIP's the entire time, and if we get the opportunity to come back next year, we absolutely will. This conference was absolutely worth the trip."
— City Riots