For those who were there: Did he fly in and out for his presentation? Or did he get to spend some time with the artists who were present? Maybe he's now the newest Robert Rich fan in London???
He was there for the entire event, he even promised to talk to the artists there and to write a large article in The Wire
magazine about it too. But he pretty much stayed away from all the artists up until the end, at which point I helped to trick him into coming to an after event party in one of the hotel rooms with most of the artists. And even then he stayed away from most of them, we had to force them to get together by creating a photo op with him surrounded my all the artist so he couldn't escape.
He finally started talking to them but it was pretty weird.
I had some pretty funny reactions from some of the people in attendance about my question. One person gave me a hug as a joke and said something like "we all love you here." Another guy came up to me and said "who the hell are you? I've never heard of you so why should he write about you?" I tried to point out that I was talking about all of us on the west coast and not really about me. He said "well I think your question was just rude, you should have asked him in private."
After the talk I gave Mark some of my CDs, thinking since he said he didn't know any of what was going on here that maybe he would like to listen to at least some of my little contribution to the scene. He got really defensive like I was trying to bribe him or something. It was really strange I didn't even ask him if he would review them or anything, I just wanted him to hear them.
Oh and if he's the newest fan of anyone, my guess would be Tim Story, he seemed to really like him the most from what I could tell and from I heard him say.