Three days of IMS Ibiza saw memorable moments for the entire electronic music industry. Legendary artists like the Pet Shop Boys and Yello dropped in for revealing and rare interviews, important statistics about the business and its future were presented and current issues of the industry like drug-related deaths, streaming and diversity were discussed amongst global leaders.

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Striving For Excellence & The Art of Playing Differently

In response to the launch of Richie Hawtin’s own MODEL1 mixer by his PLAYdifferently, IMS Ibiza brought together Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, Nicole Moudaber, Carmine Conte from Tale of Us, Black Coffee, and James Zabiela to discuss technology and thinking outside of the box.

Great Streaming Debate

Members of the streaming and digital landscape came to IMS Ibiza and discussed how the electronic industry is changing and where the future is heading.

 

Keynote Interview – Yann Pissenem

Founder of Ushuaïa Yann Pissenem has had major influence on the Ibiza landscape. IMS Ibiza welcomed him for a keynote on his plans as he prepares to take over the old Space Ibiza.

Ticketmaster Report – State of Play: Dance Music

Dance Music report provides essential intelligence about dance music attendees at festivals and clubs, with an in-depth dive through Ibiza’s nightlife aficionados to understand the overlap between the two types of destination. The Ticketmaster report is based on clubbers in the UK and Spain, and covers themes including attendee profiling, their demographics and tribes, who they go with, their motivations and preferences, barriers to entry, interests around music, clubs, other events, and up-selling opportunities.

 

Erick Morillo gets honest about ketamine addiction, Pet Shop Boys in a rare speaking appearance, and an important discussion on Diversity in Electronic Music with Nicole Moudaber, B.Traits and more…

 

ERICK MORILLO GETS HONEST ABOUT KETAMINE ADDICTION

One of the most memorable moments from IMS Ibiza 2016 was Erick Morillo’s brave keynote about his ketamine addiction and road to recovery. Morillo revealed shocking lows and the long journey back to success to interviewer Pete Tong.

ICONS THE PET SHOP BOYS IN A RARE INTERVIEW WITH PETE TONG

The Legendary duo, Pet Shop Boys divulged details of their prolific and longstanding career in the industry, Sunday lunch at Berghain and their musical inspirations.

“We haven’t taken a break. You have to exercise the muscles of your creativity to keep them strong. We’re always chasing the idea of the perfect record that’s exactly the right balance of euphoria, intelligence, sound and crazy instinct.”
– NEIL TENNANT (Pet Shop Boys)

DIVERSITY IN ELECTRONIC MUSIC: A VOTE FOR VERTICAL PROLIFERATION in association with Shesaid.so

Tackling the big issues head on, IMS Ibiza 2016 saw a panel of respected women of the industry come together to address the matter of the lack of women in the music industry. Nicole Moudaber and B.Traits represented from the artist perspective while Maria May of CAA, Lucy Blair of The Orchard, Jackie Antas of Live Nation UK and José Woldring of The Media Nanny balanced on the industry side for a compelling discussion on what to do to progress and eliminate the issue.

The ninth annual conference explored issues of streaming, major labels, artist integrity, diversity, and the future of the island itself.

Including keynote interviews from The Pet Shop Boys, Yello, Erick Morillo, Renaat Vandepapeliere and Yann Pissenem

With speakers Carl Cox, Pepe Rosello, Dubfire, Bart Cools, Kenny Gates, Richie Hawtin, Tale Of Us, Nicole Moudaber + many more

Confirming their position as industry leaders in presenting educational, inspirational and motivational discussions within the electronic music industry, the ninth edition of IMS Ibiza 2016 provided another hugely insightful three-day summit. An amalgamation of subjects saw issues of streaming, major labels, diversity and the future of the island itself serve as talking points, plus an array of keynote interviews from the likes of Pet Shop Boys, Erick Morillo, Yann Pissenem, as well as an exclusive announcement from Swiss duo Yello.

Taking place at The Hard Rock Hotel, day one of the conference began with strategy specialist, Kevin Watson presenting this year’s IMS Business Report. The report announced the huge increase in revenue, with the Electronic Music Industry now worth $7.1 Billion – 60% more than in 2013. Following on from this, Dubset CEO Stephen White announced that the company has struck a deal with Spotify in order to make it possible for DJs to upload and legally stream original long-form mixes and single track remixes.

“We’re seeing evolution. Dance music is a very focus for all of them in ways that it hasn’t been before. It’s evolving towards an understanding towards the genre, and a better approach.” – Stephen White

The conference later took an emotional turn with ‘Space Ibiza: End of an Era’ discussion with Space Ibiza Legend Carl Cox, his manager Lynn Cosgrove and this year’s IMS Legend, Space Owner Pepe Roselló. The much anticipated panel gave a poignant overview of the revered Ibiza venue over the years, which has been adored by many all over the world. Space Owner, Pepe Roselló received a standing ovation towards the end of his final word.

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“Without a full-fledged trust and love from Pepe, it never would have happened. Always quality. You have never skimped or saved on anything. It is beautiful. From my heart, always love. Always will.” – Lynn Cosgrove

“The situation at Space is beyond our control… I’m being very dramatic here. I’ve had in my lifetime, the best 15 years at Space. I’m going to leave with a bang like you’ve never seen before. It’s been my church for the past 15 years.” – Carl Cox

Rounding off the first day of IMS Ibiza was music journalist and DJ, Dave Haslam who discussed the Vinyl Exchange with Seth Troxler for the first time, exclusively for IMS 2016. Both declaring their admiration for vinyl, the duo played a selection of their favourites from the collection.

“Through music, I can find the feelings that I can’t show or express. It adds emotion and expression to your life. That’s something that people have lost when you digitize music.” – Seth Troxler

Day Two of the conference started with an in-depth keynote with renowned American DJ, Erick Morillo who spoke to Pete Tong about his relationship with drugs and how he overcame his demons. Divulging through the ups and downs of what life is like for a touring DJ, Erick gave an honest account of his ketamine addiction, explaining:

“When all these young DJs were all of a sudden blowing up and eclipsing me, my ego couldn’t take it. My ego couldn’t take that I wasn’t the top dog anymore. That’s when things started to unravel. Then I started making music I didn’t love and playing music I didn’t love. That’s when things started to get really bad.” – Erick Morillo

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Elsewhere, the most progressive and innovative purveyors of Dance Music: Black Coffee, Dubfire, James Zabiela, Nicole Moudaber, Carmine Conte (Tale Of Us) and Richie Hawtin discussed the topic, ‘Striving For Excellence & The Art of Playing Differently’ which was centred around the recent launch of Richie Hawtin’s MODEL1 mixer by his PLAYdifferently company.

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Later on, IMS co-founder Pete Tong weighed in on the making of his Ibiza Prom, which celebrated 20 years of Radio 1 in Ibiza last year. Conductor Jules Buckley expressed the positivity surrounding the event, stating

“It goes to prove how much people love this music. It’s fair to say that we also didn’t know what the reaction would be. It could have bombed.” – Jules Buckley

Next up, was the highly anticipated keynote interview with Founder/CEO of Ushuaïa, Spain, Yann Pissenem. In the keynote, Grego O’Halloran of Ibiza Spotlight raised the tender subject of Space Ibiza’s closing and the future of the club – which he has now acquired – with Yann dousing fears that he will be demolishing the venue.

“After the amazing and fabulous creative work that Pepe has done in the last 27 years, I’m glad and proud to step in. With a lot of respect. It’s a big responsibility for me for the international scene, the electronic scene.” – Yann Pissenem

To round off, IMS and Mixmag crowned KRPT LDN founder Inder Phull as this year’s Visionaries contest winner. Maintaining the spotlight on Electronic Music, Mixmag presented ‘The New Breed’ panel with Danny Daze, Danny Howard, Francesca Lombardo and Kölsch, which explored the experiences of big-breakthrough artists of the past year.

Bowing out of a successful day two of talks, the final day of the conference saw some of the island’s most influential players come together to discuss the Great Annual Ibiza debate. Shauna Slevin (manager of The Martinez Brothers) suggested a growing saturation within the island, whilst Pete Tong added that, despite, other up and coming territories, it still remains of huge importance.

“There are a lot of roadblocks in Ibiza to do your own thing. There’s a lot of competition.” – Shauna Slevin

“If you’re an underground DJ, up-and-coming and playing on the house and techno scene, playing in Brooklyn and Detroit, I think it’s very important to still come to Ibiza. It depends on what kind of music you’re in.” – Pete Tong

A keynote interview with legendary Swiss electronica duo Yello followed, which saw them exclusively announce their first live tour in their 38-year career as well as a brand new album, Toy.

“This album will be more uptempo, more poppy. With some typical Yello sound effects.” – Boris Blank

One of the most talked about discussions of the day was the Diversity In Electronic Music panel, which was held in association with global network Shesaid.so. Tackling issues of female representation within the electronic music industry, Jackie Antas of Live Nation provided a run-down of current statistics to kickstart the debate:

  • In 2014, only 18% of electronic labels include women on their rosters
  • Women made up 11% of rosters in 2016
  • Just 1 out of 15 of Billboard’s One’s to Watch were women
  • No major music labels have female bosses

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Nicole Moudaber gave a frank viewpoint around this representation, and suggested that both women, and men, need to be focused in order to achieve success in the industry.

“Not a lot of men can do what I do, so maybe not a lot of women can do what I do too? I don’t think any man has achieved what I have done in such a short period of time…I hope I can be an inspiration, an example to women. But I never thought it was this massive problem, actually.” – Nicole Moudaber

Discussing the need to implement a change in thought processes globally – and recognising that these vary from culture to culture – there was no doubt that the industry needs to represent women more fairly.

Closing the ninth IMS Ibiza conference was a keynote interview with legendary duo Pet Shop Boys, who opened up about their longstanding career within the scene:

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“We haven’t taken a break. You have to exercise the muscles of your creativity to keep them strong.

We’re always chasing the idea of the perfect record that’s exactly the right balance of euphoria, intelligence, sound and crazy instinct.” – Pet Shop Boys

As all eyes led to Dalt Vila – where a selection of forward-thinking artists took control of the stunning UNESCO site – Francesca Lombardo, Benjamin Damage, B Traits, Tale Of Us and Nicole Moudaber each graced the stage, with Dubfire presenting his HYBRID showcase to officially close the 2016 summit. t.

 

“It goes back to the creative. We’re using all the technology available, but approaching it like a child.” – Dieter Mieler (Yello)

Day Three highlight video

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO: KEYNOTE INTERVIEW – THE PET SHOP BOYS

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO: KEYNOTE INTERVIEW – YELLO

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO: THE GREAT ANNUAL IBIZA DEBATE: YEAR 9

The final day of IMS Ibiza 2016 saw the following topics discussed:

  • The Great Annual Ibiza Debate: Year 9
  • Keynote Interview: Yello interviewed by Craig McLean
  • Keynote Address: How I Sold My Company And Bought It Back with Kenny Gates
  • Diversity In Electronic Music: A Vote For Vertical Proliferation in association with Shesaid.so
  • IMS Vote hosted by Ben Turner & Danny Whittle (IMS Partners)
  • Keynote Interview: Dear Morni interviewed by Ben Turner
  • IMS presents Question Time
  • IMS Final Summary presented by IMS Partners
  • Introducing… ENTER.Sake with Richie Hawtin
  • Keynote Interview: The Pet Shop Boys

Confirming their position as industry leaders in presenting educational, inspirational and motivational discussions within the electronic music industry, the final day of IMS Ibiza 2016 provided an ideal bookend to the three-day summit. An amalgamation of subjects saw issues of diversity, humour within the scene, and the island itself serve as talking points, plus a keynote interview with Pet Shop Boys and an exclusive announcement from Swiss duo Yello.

Opening with the annual Ibiza date chaired by Grego O’Halloran, day-three opened with some of the island’s most influential players. A particularly poignant topic for this year following the closure of Space, Pete Tong joined the conversation explaining:

“Things do change. It’s been there for 27, and there’s nothing we can do about it now. He (Yann) knows what it means to the island, he knows the potential of the place going forward. We’ll all wait with anticipation to see what comes next. But change happens.” – Pete Tong

Speaking of the launch of Sankey’s brand new event Dance 88/89 that debuted on Wednesday – and seeks to bring back the Acid House and Balearic beat era – Mr C spoke of its vibe, explaining:

“The whole energy of the place like there was something new going on. It will be one of the success stories of Ibiza this coming season.” – Mr C

As the talk progressed, Shauna Slevin (manager of The Martinez Brothers) suggested a growing saturation within the island, whilst Pete Tong added that, despite, other up and coming territories, it still remains of huge importance.

“There are a lot of roadblocks in Ibiza to do your own thing. There’s a lot of competition.” – Shauna Slevin

“If you’re an underground DJ, up-and-coming and playing on the house and techno scene, playing in Brooklyn and Detroit, I think it’s very important to still come to Ibiza. It depends on what kind of music you’re in.” – Pete Tong

A keynote interview with legendary Swiss electronica duo Yello followed, which saw them exclusively announce their first live tour in their 38-year career as well as a brand new album, Toy.

“This album will be more uptempo, more poppy. With some typical Yello sound effects.” – Boris Blank

“When Boris starts, he allowed himself to be driven by what happens in the process. Each brush stroke influences the next. That’s why we called it ‘Toy’. It goes back to the creative. We’re using all the technology available, but approaching it like a child.” – Dieter Mieler

Introductions to ticketing platform DICE, prolific Youtuber Suicide Sheep plus KID Talks and also featured, whilst Kenny Gates of PIAS offered an insightful keynote interview around selling companies and getting them back.

“I’ve made plenty of mistakes in my life and career. But I’ve also made a few good decisions. It’s how you respond to these that truly make your character…It’s an emotional business. A people business. A talent business. We are drawn to all of the things – not just the money.” – Kenny Gates

One of the most talked about discussions of the day was the Diversity In Electronic Music panel, which was held in association with global network Shesaid.so. Tackling issues of female representation within the electronic music industry, Jackie Antas of Live Nation provided a run-down of current statistics to kickstart the debate:

  • In 2014, only 18% of electronic labels include women on their rosters
  • Women made up 11% of rosters in 2016
  • Just 1 out of 15 of Billboard’s One’s to Watch were women
  • No major music labels have female bosses

Nicole Moudaber gave a frank viewpoint around this representation, and suggested that both women, and men, need to be focused in order to achieve success in the industry.

“Not a lot of men can do what I do, so maybe not a lot of women can do what I do too? I don’t think any man has achieved what I have done in such a short period of time…I hope I can be an inspiration, an example to women. But I never thought it was this massive problem, actually.” – Nicole Moudaber

Discussing the need to implement a change in thought processes globally – and recognising that these vary from culture to culture – there was no doubt that the industry needs to represent women more fairly.

“If you have a diverse company, a diverse roster, you ultimately make more money. Because the world is a diverse place.” – Maria May

“Let’s never use the phrase “female DJ” again – that would be great.” – B.Traits

“There isn’t a “black DJ chart”. Or “blue eyes” chart. Why is there a female chart?” – Nicole Moudaber

“There are plenty of women in the music industry, it’s just a hell of a lot easier to think of men.” – Lucy Blair

Dear Morni IMS Question Time followed, covering a wide array of topics such as China, festival tourism, drug deaths and publishing – each moderated by IMS partner Ben Turner.
“Because of the Great Firewall, there’s almost no access to music. Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, even Instagram is banned in China.” – Eric Zho

Speaking of Croatia as a clubbing destination, Noah Ball of Dimensions / Outlook festivals explained its possible advantages over Ibiza, whilst Sophie Bloggs confronted the issue of artist integrity via social networking.

“You can dance underneath the stars until 8 in the morning. Unfortunately, Ibiza has struggled with licensing in recent years, so Croatia does have that part of the magic.” – Noah Ball

“What keeps me up at night is trying to keep up with how fast the digital market is expanding, and trying to keep up with everything for your artist – but always still keeping the message the same. The music is supposed to be at the forefront of everything.” – Sophie Bloggs

Julien Temple followed with a discussion around his plans to document the history of Ibiza in a new film, with Richie Hawtin introducing his new ENTER.Sake collection.

Closing the ninth IMS Ibiza conference was Pet Shop Boys, who divulged details of their longstanding career in the industry. Speaking of their live performance, Neil told Pete Tong:

“The idea was that you could make music into a theatrical spectacle. We wanted to see what was possible with theatrics, and keep the energy level coming back all the time.”

Whilst on representing gay culture, the duo expressed,

With the talk closing curtain on the final days conference, all eyes then led to Dalt Vila – where a selection of forward-thinking artists took control of the stunning UNESCO site. Francesca Lombardo, Benjamin Damage, B Traits, Tale Of Us and Nicole Moudaber each graced the stage, with Dubfire presenting his HYBRID showcase to officially close the 2016 summit.

“If you don’t put your complete heart into one thing and decide that’s what I want to spend my life on, it’s hard to justify that it could ever become successful. When you decide this is your craft, this is your art, success finds you.” – Kölsch

Day two highlight video

 

Highlights from Keynote Interview with Erick Morillo

The second day saw memorable discussions including:

  • Keynote Interview: Renaat Vandepapeliere (Founder, R&S Records) interviewed by Nick Decosemo (Mixmag, UK)
  • Keynote Interview: Erick Morillo (Artist, USA) interviewed by Pete Tong
  • Introducing ‘The History of Electronic Music Exhibition’ presented by Darren Henderson
  • Striving For Excellence & The Art of playing differently with Black Coffee, Dubfire, James Zabiela, Nicole Moudaber, Carmine Conte (Tale Of Us) and Richie Hawtin
  • The Making of Pete Tong’s Ibiza Prom: Jules Buckley “In Conversation” with Pete Tong
  • Keynote Interview: Yann Pissenem (Founder / CEO, Ushuaïa, Spain) interviewed by Grego O’Halloran
  • AFEM presents Market Focus – France
  • Keynote Interview: Who Is Funding The Music Business? Jörg Mohaupt (Head of Music, Media & Technology, Access Industries, UK) interviewed by Bobby Simms
  • Keynote Interview: Julien Temple (Film Director, UK) interviewed by Craig McLean
  • Visionaries Contest Winner, Inder Phull, Presented By IMS and Mixmag
  • Mixmag Presents The New Breed with Danny Daze, Danny Howard, Francesca Lombardo and Kölsch
  • YGN: Young Guns Network presents Millennial Messaging – Are Chat Apps the new Social Networks
  • Highlight: AFEM Presents The Future Of Our Industry

As the opening day of IMS Ibiza was eclipsed with a Legends Dinner in honour of Space’s Pepe Roselló, day-two once again provided a wealth of business, event and artist-related topics across the conference. Covering a varied programme that ranged from music industry funding, to artist individuality, talks came from the likes of R&S Records founder Renaat Vandepapeliere, Ushuaïa founder Yann Pissenem – plus a host of acts across the electronic scene – with a heartfelt discussion from Erick Morillo that detailed his experiences with addiction during his career.

Beginning with an insight into R&S’s tastemaking trajectory that has spanned over four decades, founder Renaat Vandepapeliere explained to IMS Ibiza:

“It takes your heart, takes risk and you have no idea where it’s going to go or how the feedback will be when it comes back to you. But this is me, this is what I do.”

Erick Morillo chose to lay bare his highs and low within the scene, offering a frank account of his relationship with drugs and how he overcame his demons.

“When all these young DJs were all of a sudden blowing up and eclipsing me, my ego couldn’t take it. My ego couldn’t take that I wasn’t the top dog anymore. That’s when things started to unravel. Then I started making music I didn’t love and playing music I didn’t love. That’s when things started to get really bad.

It was ketamine. That was the one. When people ask “why ketamine?,” I say thank god it was ketamine, because it was one of the drugs that isn’t physically addictive. It was a mental addiction. It was about ego, I had to let it go.

Stay true to yourself. Stay true to the music you love…I’m just doing it for love – literally. I used to say that, but now I fucking mean it.” – Erick Morillo

Darren Henderson unveiled The History of Electronic Music Exhibition, whilst a range of forward thinking artists compiled of Black Coffee, Dubfire, James Zabiela, Nicole Moudaber, Carmine Conte (Tale Of Us) and Richie Hawtin discussed the topic of ‘Striving For Excellence & The Art of Playing Differently’ – centred around the recent launch of Richie’s MODEL1 mixer by his PLAYdifferently company. Speaking of the MODEL1 mixer, Richie explained:

“I felt that we were maybe going in the wrong way with equipment, especially with mixers which were becoming more and more complicated. Attention was going to bells and whistles and effects, and I felt that sound quality and beautiful components and the idea of a mixer as an instrument had been lost. In a way, it was going back to basics. Giving something that was playable, and allow people to play differently.”- Richie Hawtin

Contributing to the conversation, various artists shared their experiences with equipment and desired approach to DJing:

“I struggle to press play and just wait for the song to start and finish. If I feel like something needs to be highlighted in a song, I do that and accent certain parts of the songs.” – Black Coffee

“Half of it is about technology, but half is about your natural ability as a DJ. Along the way, you learn the artform of what it really is to be a DJ.” – Dubfire

“Feeling one with your instrument and feeling one with your crowd, that’s what it’s about.” – Nicole Moudaber

After introductory sessions to the likes of Crowdmix, OpenLab and IMS’s latest venture IMS Asia-Pacific, English conductor and composer Jules Buckley sat down with IMS co-founder Pete Tong to shed light on the creation of The Ibiza Prom which celebrated 20 years of Radio 1 in Ibiza last year. Referencing the hugely positive reception of the event, Jules expressed:

“It goes to prove how much people love this music. It’s fair to say that we also didn’t know what the reaction would be. It could have bombed.” – Jules Buckley

Building on one of the island’s most talked about events – the closure of Space – Yann Pissenem of Ushuaïa spoke with Grego O’Halloran about the future of the club, and what he plans to offer clubbers now that he has acquired the venue.

“People want to experience clubs in different ways. After the amazing and fabulous creative work that Pepe has done in the last 27 years, I’m glad and proud to step in. With a lot of respect. It’s a big responsibility for me for the international scene, the electronic scene.” – Yann Pissenem

Elsewhere, IMS and Mixmag crowned KRPT LDN founder Inder Phull as this year’s Visionaries contest winner, before turning the spotlight on France for their yearly market focus, in light of the horrific scenes with the terrorist attack on the Bataclan last year. Delivering a timely debate with global relevance, Antoine Buffard of Trax magazine described the country’s flourishing music community:

“The confidence of new, young collectives went up, they are putting out more and more stuff. Next weekend, there’s three festivals in France. It happened very suddenly, and we’re excited to be the observers of a new trend.” – Antoine Buffard

Maintaining focus on electronic music’s future, Young Guns Network discussed the use of social media between the Millennial generation, whilst Mixmag’s legendary ‘New Breed’ panel spoke to various breakthrough-big artists on their experiences.

“Credibility is about working hard. Be humble, be thoughtful about what you do. Don’t change yourself just because you want to get somewhere.” – Francesca Lombardo

“The music speaks for itself. If you want credibility, continue doing a sound that you truly believe in.” – Danny Daze

“If you don’t put your complete heart into one thing and decide that’s what I want to spend my life on, it’s hard to justify that it could ever become successful. When you decide this is your craft, this is your art, success finds you.” – Kölsch

The IMS team look forward to another exciting day, for a full schedule run down please click HERE. Join the live conversation with #IMSIbiza.

“The global electronic music industry is now worth $7.1 billion. 60% more than 3 years ago.” – IMS Business Report 2016

The ninth anniversary conference kicked off proceedings as follows:

IMS Business Report 2016 presented by Kevin Watson
Ticketmaster Report presented by Sophie Crosby
Keynote Introduction – Spirt of the Majors with Bart Cools
AFEM presents ‘The Future Of Our Industry’
Introducing… MetaPop with Matthew Adell
Press Announcement: Dubset Industry Update presented by Stephen White
‘The Great Streaming Debate’
Introducing… Forward with Francesca Gennaro
Space Ibiza: End of An Era with Carl Cox, Pepe Roselló and Lynn Cosgrove
IMS Pioneer Award 2016 presented by Ben Turner & Mark Grotefeld
Vinyl Exchange: Seth Troxler ‘In Conversation’ with Dave Haslam

Download the 2016 IMS Business Report here.

Download Ticketmaster’s State of Play: Dance Music report here.

Marking its ninth edition, day-one of IMS Ibiza was kick-started with a mixture of insightful topics, panels and keynotes. Exploring the huge growth in today’s electronic music industry which was encapsulated with the 2016 business report, subjects such as streaming, major labels, and the emotional closure of Space were also covered – with a candid vinyl exchange between Seth Troxler and Dave Haslam closing the day’s schedule.

Opening with this year’s business report compiled by Kevin Watson, key findings revealed the following:

– Electronic music industry is now worth 7.1 billion dollars (60% increase from 3 years ago)
– In the UK, streaming of dance music grew at a faster rate than any other genre in 2015
– Dance music is the 5th most popular genre streamed in the US
– Techno is now the best selling genre on Beatport in 2016 overtaking tech house
– Venezuela, China and Argentina are the top three countries with massive growth in music revenue.
– Asian clubs dominate new entries in the 2016 DJ Mag Top 100 poll. 4 clubs out of 20 are from China.
– Electronic music dominated Spotify in 2016
– Major Lazor – Lean On is the most streamed track with 540 million streams.
– Martin Garrix had 50% increase in fans on across all social media

Ticketmaster’s report presented by Sophie Crosby followed – with key findings showing that 1 in 5 fans say dance music is a big part of their lives and they listen to the genre outside of gigs / festivals – whilst Bart Cools led ‘Spirit of The Majors’. Other talks included ‘Great Streaming Debate’ featuring Brian Tappert (co-founder, Traxsource), and Anglo Digital Management director Jamie Chalmers. Discussing streaming, Stephen White of Dubset Media Holdings explained:

“We’re seeing evolution. Dance music is a very focus for all of them in ways that it hasn’t been before. It’s evolving towards an understanding towards the genre, and a better approach.”

Elsewhere, Francesco De Gennaro hosted an introductory session to ‘Forward’.

The much anticipated ‘Space Ibiza: End of an Era’ discussion with Carl Cox, Pepe Roselló and Lynn Cosgrave provided a fond and emotional overview of the club’s history in its final year, culminating in a standing ovation following Pepe’s closing word on what the club’s history has meant to him over the years.

“In Ibiza, most of the crowd needs to feel a sort of … they need to discover something. Have a different experience. Connect with people from other countries. This terrace was amazing because it was a point of … Everybody was happy, together.” – Pepe Roselló

“Without a full-fledged trust and love from Pepe, it never would have happened. Always quality. You have never skimped or saved on anything. It is beautiful. From my heart, always love. Always will.” – Lynn Cosgrove

“The situation at Space is beyond our control… I’m being very dramatic here. I’ve had in my lifetime, the best 15 years at Space. I’m going to leave with a bang like you’ve never seen before. It’s been my church for the past 15 years.” – Carl Cox

Rounding off the day’s proceedings was Dave Haslam and Seth Troxler who together discussed their Vinyl Exchange for the first time, exclusively for IMS. The pair discussed their mutual love for vinyl and played the crowd some records from the historic collection.

‘Through music, I can find the feelings that I can’t show or express. It adds emotion and expression to your life. That’s something that people have lost when you digitize music.’ – Seth Troxler

‘Some people don’t realize that DJs are playing other people’s records, but are communicating so much about ourselves.’ – Dave Haslam

‘My position in electronic music is the person who preserves the cause. By buying these records, it’s a way for me to continue one day telling that story, a story that needs to be told. Music is not disposable.’ – Seth Troxler

The IMS team look forward to another exciting day, for a full schedule run down please click HERE. Join the live conversation with #IMSIbiza.

The three-day learning experience will take place between 1st – 3rd July with a focus on teaching, engaging and inspiring the next generation of electronic music professionals and creators.

Ben Turner (Director, Graphite Media, UK)

Danny Whittle (Director, IBZ Entertainment, Spain)

Eli and Fur (Artist / DJ, UK)

Frank De Jong (SAE / Chief Engineer, Red Bull Studios, Netherlands)

Joost Stuursma (EMC Head Lecturer, SAE, Netherlands)

Laura Newton (Agent, CAA, UK)

Lucy Allen (Head of Festival & Events Press, Listen Up Music Promotion, UK)

Mark Brown (Owner, CR2 Records, UK)

Mark Lawrence (CEO, AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, UK)

Pete Tong (DJ / Broadcaster, BBC Radio 1, UK)

Robert Horsfall (Music Lawyer, Sound Advice LLP, UK)

Ski Oakenfull (Instructor, SAE, UK)

Stefano Ritteri (Artist / Producer, Italy)

Wilf Gregory (Director, Hideout Festival / Lost & Found Festival , UK)

International Music Summit today unveil the leading figures of electronic music that will feature across the sessions and seminars of IMS College – Malta on July 1-3rd. The fourteen speakers announced encompass the industry, providing access from every angle for a 360-degree insight into the future and function of this scene. Bringing together the world’s young minds IMS College – Malta will with its partners Point Blank Music School, SAE and worldwide panels, help progress music and educate prodigies to come.

With the same renowned reputation IMS summons up for its summits in Ibiza and globally, IMS College – Malta invite down true industry icons and innovators to mentor, led by main man Pete Tong. The respected voice and champion of club-land from BBC Radio 1 speaks on DJing and Radio, from almost indefinite knowledge acquired over decades curating the sound of the scene.

Pete Tong “Education is intrinsically at the heart of all things IMS over the last nine years, so we’re delighted to announce IMS College in Malta. This is a new initiative with one aim: to inspire the next generation of artists, managers, agents, label owners and entrepreneurs. We look forward to spending one-to-one time with may industry icons and those who are wanting to make a career out of the music we love.”

Co-founder of IMS, Ben Turner likewise needs little introduction after years informing on the industry, with an intuition that he brings to his topic of Artist Management after managing Richie Hawtin and Rob Da Bank among others.

Imparting valuable advice for aspiring producers and artists, Eli & Fur speak to upcomers as newcomers themselves. Achieving acclaim from the quickly garnered support of Maceo Plex, Hot Since 2 and Pete Tong among others, this London duo know well the trials of and tips for success. Developing on Music Production as a primary area for many young creatives, Joost Stuursma discusses the hotly debated phenomenon of Ghost Production, being one of international prevalence himself. Music Engineering is given exciting focus by Chief Engineer of Red Bull Studios in Amsterdam, Frank De Jong. Working with SAE also, this highly technical, inventive and vital part of the musical process will be uncovered by one of the fields top intellects.

Music Production is taken further by breakdowns in Ableton Live with two accomplished masters. Stefano Ritteri of Dirtybird, Sound Pellegrino and Exploited Records, with credits for Depeche Mode and Underworld to only scratch the surface of his catalogue, will deliver one masterclass in the methods behind mix-perfect use of the program. Ski Oakenfull hosts one of his highly demanded deconstructions, in the past taking audiences through tours of tracks from Kraftwerk, Moderat, Caribou and Disclosure, here navigating the classic ‘Ocean Drive’ by Duke Dumont.

The world of events which give platform to the work of producers and performers is demonstrated in depth, with three in-the-know guests. The director of Hideout Festival in Croatia and Annie Mac’s flagship Lost & Found Festival in Malta, Wilf Gregory oversees something of a Mediterranean empire which enjoys a central position on the electronic circuit. Formerly the brand director and club booker of Pacha Ibiza, Danny Whittle went on to establish his own IBZ Entertainment, a service that consolidates booking and programming for artists and talent buyers around the world. These and Lucy Allen, Head of Festival & Events Press at Listen UP PR who communicates top events such as Parklife, SW4 and We Are FSTVL to international media, will lend lessons on their competitive market.

The final names speak volumes for the prominence of the business behind the scene. Label boss Mark Brown has since founding CR2 Records pioneered the independent market through major milestone releases, a list from the likes of Eric Prydz, Steve Angello and David Guetta. On the impact of Legal and Music Rights, Mark Lawrence of The Assocation For Electronic Music and Robert Horsfall of Sound Advice LLP give expert examination. Both are dedicated to fair representation as a key issue, the former from a career at PRS For Music and the latter defending the rights of Röyksopp and Knife Party to name two. Without forgetting the all-important influence of artist agents, with titan behind the talent Laura Newton of CAA who represents Róisín Murphy, Markus Schulz, Ferry Corsten, Chromeo, Little Dragon, Hercules & Love Affair.

 

 

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Revisit the day of conversations from IMS Engage, held at the W Hollywood on April 21st, 2016.

Pete Tong In Conversation with Bob Lefsetz

James Barton In Conversation with Lee Anderson

Arthur Baker In Conversation with John Singleton

Ted Cohen In Conversation with Mike Knobloch

Marc Geiger In Conversation with John MacFarlane

Introduction from Matt Medved of Billboard

IMS IBIZA ANNOUNCES FULL SCHEDULE AND FINAL ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS

Including diversity discussion in association with Shesaid.so 

Diversity In Electronic Music: A Vote For Vertical Proliferation in association with Shesaid.so

B.Traits (Broadcaster / Artist, Canada)

Jackie Antas (Head of PR, Live Nation International, UK)

José Woldring (CEO / Founder, The Media Nanny, Netherlands)

Lucy Blair (Director of Sales &  International Marketing, The Orchard, UK)

Maria May (Senior Agent, CAA, UK)

Nicole Moudaber (Artist, UK)

Moderated by Mark Lawrence (CEO, AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, UK)

 

Full schedule available to view here:

http://www.internationalmusicsummit.com/ibiza/schedule/

IMS Ibiza badge available here:
www.internationalmusicsummit.com/attend/

Tickets available for the IMS Dalt Vila party:
http://bit.ly/IMSDaltVila2016

Tickets available for IMS Legends Dinner:

http://www.internationalmusicsummit.com/ims_event/ims-legends-dinner/

 

International Music Summit now finalises its schedule of iconic guests and speakers for the ninth IMS Ibiza programme, with the panel revealed for this year’s diversity discussion in association with Shesaid.so.

At the forefront of the conversation at this year’s IMS Ibiza will be the issue of gender equality within the electronic music genre. The discussion returns this year and is held in association with Shesaid.so – a carefully selected network of women with active roles in the music industry. This is the third time IMS curator Ben Turner has presented this discussion. The panel will be a highlight of the event, promising a full and frank discussion; with keynote speakers taking part consisting of B. Traits, Media Nanny CEO José Woldring, Motive Unknown Director Lucy Blair, Senior Agent of CAA Maria May and prominent artist and label boss Nicole Moudaber.

Ben Turner states: “We have a huge responsibility to reflect the industry we work in fairly and accurately. IMS has actually put this debate on the table more than most and I made a commitment late last year – to a number of women in our genre – that I would run this panel every year until the time comes when we don’t need to speak about it again. I hope that day comes soon for the right reasons. Thanks to the likes of Shesaid.so, people are addressing the situation positively and we hope that IMS can help amplify their platforms. We need to encourage more women into the genre, and into positions of seniority. Also, we somehow need to encourage those in positions of seniority to be prepared to use their voice more to help inspire the next generation.”

With all the panels now assembled and the latest additions confirmed, this meeting of minds will once more take in a broad selection of contributers from across electronic music. Film, documentary and music video director Julien Temple joins the cast with insight from across a career spanning back to the 1970s, working with diverse acts the likes of The Sex Pistols, Ray Davies and Madness, also covering divergent topics including the ‘Motor City’ in Requiem For Detroit? Temple announces exclusively at IMS full details about his new film project based on the island of Ibiza.

Joining a lineup already full of prominent artists are Joseph Capriati and Kölsch. The former is well known for being one of the driving forces behind the explosion of Marco Carola’s ‘Music On’ nights at Amnesia in Ibiza; a cultivated resident, he is now an internationally in-demand headline act. In the year that Capriati leaves Music On to join Paradise by Jamie Jones, he talks to IMS about the issues facing the Italian club scene with recent drug deaths and forced closures. Meanwhile, Kolsch hardly needs an introduction – his unique, emotive production style, as evidenced by his two landmark albums 1977 and 1983, means he is loved by critics and newcomers to the genre alike.

IMS Ibiza has also made space for a particularly special speaker on a subject close to Pete Tong’s heart; composer and conductor of the Ibiza Prom Jules Buckley. The prodigious musician has an ear for non-classical crossover, which has led to him working with Basement Jaxx, Massive Attack, Cinematic Orchestra and scores of others. Together, they performed at the Royal Albert Hall as a counter-culture performance to the main BBC Proms. It was a huge success and Tong has since announced shows at London’s 02 and Manchester Arena. The former sold 15,000 tickets in one day!

The industry is roundly in attendance with a roll call of top figures; amongst the latest and final speakers is the founder of Spinnin’ Records, Eelko van Kooten. With some forty sub-labels and branches into almost every element of electronic music, Eelko has spent 17 years at the forefront of the scene. Another musical entrepreur with a diverse background in dance music is Matthew Adell – the former CEO of Beatport, former Vice President at Napster, MusicNow.com and Wax Trax! Records, who is currently pioneering the ‘momentous’ in music with MetaPop.com. Eric Zho, one of China’s most commercially influential entertainment executives, will talk about IMS Asia-Pacific as it prepares to move to Shanghai.

Additional names for the final release are as follows:

Julien Temple (Film Director, UK)

Joseph Capriati (Artist, Italy)

Kölsch (Artist, Denmark)

Eelko Van Kooten (Spinnin’ Records, Holland)

Eric Zho (CEO, A2Live, China)

Shauna Slevin (Managing Director, Canopy Artists, USA )

Matthew Adell (CEO, MetaPop, USA)

Bob Barbiere (President & COO, Dubset Media Holdings, USA)

Jules Buckley (Conductor / Composer, Pete Tong’s Ibiza Prom, UK)

Jörg Mohaupt (Access Industries, UK)

Bobby Simms (Emoticast, France)

Ted Mico (Crowdmix, USA)

Nick Yates (Promoter, Paradise, UK)

Joshua Carr-Hilton (CEO, The District, Canada)

Sophie Crosby (Ticketmaster, UK)

Aurelien Dubois (Promoter / CEO, Surprize: Concrete & Weather Festival, France)

Tommy Vaudecrane (President, Paris Electronic Week, France)

Danny Desai (Digital Marketing Manager, Virgin EMI, UK)

Derren Sequeira (Entertainment Lead, Facebook, UK)

Sally Burtt-Jones (Content Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, Viber, UK)

Gareth Williams (CEO, Liine / Skram, Germany)

Jamie Chalmers (Anglo Digital Management, UK)

Alex Rub (Label Manager, Outcross Records, France)

Antoine Buffard (CEO, Trax Magazine, France)

Craig McLean (Journalist, UK)

Grego O’Halloran (Director, Ibiza Spotlight, Spain)

Nick Decosemo (Global Editorial Director, Mixmag, US)

Noah Ball (Dimensions Festival, Croatia / UK)

Sophie Bloggs (Machine Management, UK)

Lucy Blair (Director of International Sales & Marketing at The Orchard, UK)

Dubfire’s critically acclaimed live project dubfire:liveHYBRID is heading to Ibiza for it’s debut performance on the Island for International Live Summit closing party at the historic, UNESCO World Heritage Dalt Vila site.

Never satisfied with the status quo, Dubfire spent two years crafting a live show; his HYBRID concept has been wowing audiences since its soft launch debut at the Amsterdam Dance Event in 2014. Described by Thump as, “unlike anything we had previously seen or heard before anywhere,” HYBRID reinvents the concert experience by seamlessly weaving together elements of 2D and 3D animation with live audio and lighting to explore the intersection of science and technology – of man and machine – and their resulting evolution and inevitable fusion. After touring 12 different countries in 2015, and receiving rave reviews at Coachella, the critically acclaimed show will touch down at more of the biggest events across the globe.

Says Dubfire: “I’d always intended for my music to be performed live, supported by the latest advancements in music, stage design, lighting and sound technology. It took me years to build up a body of work that I’m proud to stand behind and find the team to create the HYBRID show. It’s been an incredibly inspiring ride and I’m tremendously excited to finally bring the show to the fans who continue to support me and my sound.”

 

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In addition to 20 previously announced artist and 20 industry icon speakers, IMS Ibiza is excited to share the final installment of speakers for the three-day summit happening at the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza from May 25th through 27th.

Major artists like Joseph Capriati and Kölsch join previously unveiled artists like Carl CoxRichie Hawtin, Nicole Moudaber, Dubfire and many more while the industry tip sees representatives from Spinnin’ Records and SoundCloud join the discussions.

The complete schedule for IMS Ibiza will be announced soon! Stay tuned.

IMS Ibiza Speakers A-Z

ARTISTS

B.Traits
Carl Cox
Danny Daze
Danny Howard
Dave Haslam
Dubfire
Erick Morillo
Francesca Lombardo
Gary Richards
Guy Gerber
Jason Bentley
Joseph Capriati
Kölsch
Mr C
Nicole Moudebar
Pet Shop Boys
Pete Tong
Richie Hawtin
Seth Troxler
Tale of Us (Carmine Conte & Matteo Milleri)
Yello

INDUSTRY ICONS

Alex Rub (Label Manager, Outcross Records, France)
Alexandre Jaillon (Promoter / CEO, We Love: We Love Art & We Love Green & The Peacock Society, France)
Antoine Buffard (CEO, Trax Magazine, France)
Aurelien Dubois (Promoter / CEO, Surprize: Concrete & Weather Festival, France)
Austin Gebbia aka Dear Morni (Comedian, Dear Morni, USA)
Bart Cools (Executive VP Global A&R and Marketing, Warner Music Group, UK/NL)
Bob Barbiere (President & COO, Dubset Media Holdings, USA)
Bobby Simms (Emoticast, UK)
Brandon Bakshi (Executive Director, Writer / Publisher Relations, BMI / Performance Rights, Europe & Asia)
Brian Tappert (Co-Founder, / Managing Director, Traxsource, USA)
Craig McLean (Journalist, UK)
Danny Desai (Digital Marketing Manager, Virgin EMI, UK)
Derren Sequeira (Entertainment Lead, Facebook, UK)
Eelko Van Kooten (Spinnin’ Records, Holland)
Eric Wahlforss (CTO / Co-Founder, SoundCloud, USA)
Eric Zho (CEO, A2Live, China)
Gareth Williams (CEO, Liine / Skram, Germany)
Grego O’Halloran (Director, Ibiza Spotlight, Spain)
Jacobi Calthorpe (Promoter, Housekeeping, UK)
Jamie Chalmers (Anglo Digital Management, UK)
Jessica Hopper (Author, USA)
Jörg Mohaupt (Access Industries, UK)
José Woldring (CEO / Founder of The Media Nanny, NL)
Joseph Capriati (Artist, Italy)
Joshua Carr-Hilton (CEO, The District, Canada)
Jules Buckley (Conductor / Composer, Pete Tong’s Ibiza Prom, UK)
Julien Temple (Film Director, UK)
Kenny Gates (CEO / Co-Founder, PIAS Group, Keynote Address, Belgium)
Lucy Blair (Director of International Sales & Marketing at The Orchard)
Lynn Cosgrave (CEO, Safehouse Management, UK)
Maria May (Senior Agent, CAA, UK)
Mark Lawrence (CEO, AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, UK)
Matthew Adell (CEO, MetaPop, USA)
Mike Malak (Agent, Coda Agency, UK)
Nick Decosemo (Mixmag, UK)
Nick Yates (Promoter, Paradise, UK)
Noah Ball (Dimensions Festival, Croatia / UK)
Pepe Roselló (Founder, Club Owner, Space Ibiza, Spain)
Renaat Vandepapeliere (Founder, R&S Records, Belgium)
Robert Miles (Founder, Openlab, Ibiza. Its All About Curation, Ibiza)
Sally Burtt-Jones (Content Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, Viber, UK)
Shauna Slevin (Managing Director, Canopy Artists, USA )
Sophie Bloggs (Machine Management, UK)
Sophie Crosby (Ticketmaster, UK)
Ted Mico (Crowdmix, USA)
Tommy Vaudecrane (President, Paris Electronic Week)
Yann Pissenan (Founder / CEO, Ushuaia, Spain)

IMS Ibiza announce the return of ‘BACK2LIVE’, a salute to breakthroughs of the live electronic scene

STIMMING // OUR FUTURE GLORY // SEABED

DELAMERE // SZJERDENE // FRANK STORM

 

Free admission!

Wednesday 26th May, 2016

8pm – Midnight

Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza

Limited IMS Ibiza badges available here: www.internationalmusicsummit.com/attend/ 

IMS continues to offer Ibiza residents 50% delegate badges with proof of residency email: info@internationalmusicsummit.com 

With 3 weeks to go, International Music Summit continue to elevate the innovators of the electronic music industry with ‘Back2Live’, the returning showcase dedicated to breakthrough artists of the live stage.

Taking place at the base camp of the conference at Hard Rock Hotel on 26th May, Stimming claims the top of the bill after the release of high-concept album ‘Alpe Lusia’. Recorded in isolation in an Alpine hut away from the world, then performed with the same level of immersion through a 4D sound system, this electronic explorer is known for his live intimacy. Experimentation in sound are the forte of the other selections too, with Sea Bed and Szjerdene also featuring – the former are in no way a house band, neither a strictly House act, and have crafted a string of hook-laden tunes with recent Annie Mac support.

Bolstering the night with traditional setups still offering the same electronic exploration, come two UK bands – Delamere and Our Future Glory – who bring dance fusions as raucous as a Rock concert, resplendent in anthemic highs and synthesized swells. These high-energy, electronic ensembles promise to deliver a powerful show, with a stage presence that is proof to the ‘Back2Live’ statement.

With free entry offered to all, other events on the schedule include the incredible Dalt Vila party at the island’s historic UNESCO World Heritage Site, IMS Business Report for 2016 and the prestigious Legends Dinner – with various networking sessions hosted by Ultra Records and Pioneer DJ. This year too the IMS Pioneer Award will make a return, the award previously awarded to long-term manager of industry greats Frankie Knuckles and David Morales Judy Weinstein.

IMS partner Danny Whittle explains,

“IMS are very excited for this years Back2Live line up, with a real mix of electronica and indie guitar sounds. We really think it’s important to show the links and growth of more live elements within electronic music, and to also give a stage to upcoming new bands to showcase their talents to a very musically aware audience and music industry professionals”