Over the next two weeks IMS will be revealing the Talks from IMS Engage for all those who want to relive these compelling conversations. Starting today we relive Pete Tong In Conversation with Bob Lefsetz and James Barton In Conversation with Lee Anderson.
Pete Tong In Conversation with Bob Lefsetz
IMS Engage 2016 saw revered broadcaster, artist and voice of dance music Pete Tong in conversation with renowned author Bob Lefsetz. The discussion covered a range of topics including SFX and the state of ‘EDM’, Mike Posner’s “I Took a Pill in Ibiza,” and the next generation of industry professionals.
James Barton In Conversation with Lee Anderson
At IMS Engage 2016, President of Electronic Music at Live Nation James Barton sat down in conversation with VP (East Coast) of AM Only Lee Anderson. The rare pairing put promoter and agent in conversation with one another and covered topics from up-and-coming producers to the idea of the DJ as the new rockstar.
PRESENTED BY BALLANTINE’S SCOTCH WHISKY ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 25TH
International Music Summit can now reveal that Space Ibiza owner, Pepe Roselló has been named as 2016’s recipient of their coveted ‘Legends’ award. Given to a pioneer in the electronic world each year, previous winners include Nile Rodgers, Fatboy Slim, Pete Tong and Carl Cox, with the celebratory banquet set to take place on Space’s legendary terrace on Wednesday 25th May – a fitting location for dinner guests to see the club for one last time before it draws its final curtain.
Presented by Ballantine’s Scotch whisky, the IMS Legends Dinner will celebrate Pepe and his 27-year legacy of Space. Widely regarded as one of the most recognized and respected businessmen of the Balearic Islands, Pepe Roselló was born in Ibiza in 1937 and has spent a lifetime dedicating himself to the world of musical entertainment and is a true embodiment of what the award honours. Previously the Deputy Major of San Antonio, Pepe established his club owning career with the San Antonio club, Playboy, in 1963 before taking over the reigns at Space in 1989 – and has gone on to build the venue into a musical Mecca for tens of thousands partygoers today.
Having been behind the club’s trajectory for almost three decades, Pepe’s initial bookings of techno and trance legends Sven Väth and Marc Spoon have been intrinsic to the club’s success. From there on in, parties were only getting bigger and better, with Sasha, Richie Hawtin, Steve Lawler, Dave Seaman, John Digweed and Carl Cox to name a few all hosting parties. Its cornerstone residency ‘Sundays at Space’ proved to be one of the world’s most celebrated and loved club nights, and showcased the world’s most exciting electronic music talent through marathon day to night parties each week. Built upon an ethic of love and togetherness, Sundays at Space undoubtedly played a pivotal role in shaping the patterns of behaviour of the entire island and only re-affirms Space’s position as a taste-making institution. For the past two decades, the club’s opening and closing parties have signaled the beginning and the end of the Ibiza season.
During his 27-year reign at Space, Pepe has always brought innovative ideas to the table and has always strived for Space to be the number one destination for dance music lovers. The emergence of the club has helped place Ibiza as the ultimate clubbing destination, with the finest DJ’ing talent consistently gracing the decks – and have all equally expressed their love for the club. Undoubtedly, Pepe Roselló is one of the key parts of the engine that drives the island.
IMS co-founder Ben Turner states: “The closing of Space as envisioned and run by Pepe Rosello is the end of an era for Ibiza and a fascinating changing of the guard of the old-school Spanish-owned discotheques of Ibiza. It will be a different island without Space. Pepe’s passion and love for music has been there for all to see with his regular appearances in the DJ booth at key moments and he became that rare thing: a night-club owner that the clubbers applauded as much as the DJ. Pepe has done so much for Ibiza creatively and politically and he truly deserves this accolade from the electronic music industry and from IMS.”
IMS Legends dinner is not included in the IMS Ibiza delegate badge.
JAMES BARTON (PRESIDENT OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC AT LIVE NATION), JOHN SINGLETON (OSCAR-NOMINATED FILM DIRECTOR), RENOWNED AUTHOR BOB LEFSETZ, PETE TONG AND MORE
“If they eliminated the dance tents at Coachella, the event would be over. The audience still wants this.”
– Bob Lefsetz
W Hollywood, Los Angeles April 21st, 2016
International Music Summit, the premier platform for thought leadership in electronic music, has concluded the fourth edition of IMS Engage, partnered with Pioneer DJ and W Hotels at the W Hollywood in Los Angeles, California. On April 21st, the global and local industry came together for a day of conversation between leaders of music, technology, film and futurism.
IMS Engage began in 2012 as an innovative new addition to the IMS portfolio of events with the aim to showcase how deep and widespread electronic music’s influence runs across the world. In 2016, IMS Engage attracted over 350 delegates.
“It’s an exciting time to be in Los Angeles. There’s a new sound coming now that will be indigenous, local and unique.”
– Pete Tong, Broadcaster / Artist
IMS partner Ben Turner states: “A fascinating day of talks from some of the industry’s most intelligent and insightful minds. From Marc Geiger’s vision of the digital future, to John Singleton’s approach to film synchronization to the rag-to-riches world of James Barton, this was perhaps our most intriguing set of pairings to date. IMS takes pride in trying to move the conversation forwards about the electronic music world and it was clear today that the industry feels as strong and positive about the future than ever before.
Speakers at IMS Engage 2016 included a diverse variety of leaders: World-renowned broadcaster and artist and IMS partner Pete Tong began the day with a riveting conversation with respected voice in music and author of ‘The Lefsetz Letter’ Bob Lefsetz, the two discussed EDM’s branding challenges, but Lefsetz was bullish about the health of dance music overall, and Tong highlighted the growing indigenous American acts and the rising tide of live electronic artists. The following pairing of James Barton, President of Electronic Music at Live Nation, and Lee Anderson, VP of East Coast at AM Only, explored the ecosystem of promoters and agents, issues of artist billing and the importance of live revenues to all artists.
The morning session ended with words between Ted Cohen, Futurist at TAG Strategic and Mike Knobloch, President of Music at Universal Pictures. Knobloch echoed the importance of collaboration for artists working in film and the issues that still exist regarding licensing music to film.
Later, IMS Engage saw the unique pairing of Arthur Baker, renowned music producer in conversation with Oscar-nominated film director and screenwriter John Singleton, the director behind the celebrated film Boyz In The Hood. Before diving into his discussion, Singleton took a moment to play Purple Rain in homage of Prince. Singleton touched on his journey as a director, and underscored the importance and impact of music in film, as well as the challenges and opportunities that sourcing music for indie films on a budget present. The final discussion of the evening brought together Head of Music at WME Marc Geiger and CEO of Sonos John MacFarlane, for a fascinating foreshadowing of what’s to come in streaming services and music consumption.
IMS announced the newest addition to its portfolio of events the morning of IMS Engage with the inaugural IMS College – Malta, a new educational initiative set to take place July 1st – 3rd, 2016. IMS College aims to bring together the world’s bright, young minds for an intensive, 360 learning experience to give the next generation of electronic music creators and professionals the tools and knowledge to assist their career. IMS College – Malta will consist of a range of seminars, panels and interactive sessions – paired with a party schedule throughout the weekend.
Though tragic news of music legend Prince’s passing broke on the morning of IMS Engage, speakers paid homage and remembered important career moments with the iconic figure. Ted Cohen, who previously toured alongside Prince shared a special memory of his time with the icon.
“He was always absorbing what was going on around him. My job was to bring attention to new artists, but with Prince, there was little I needed to do.”
– Ted Cohen, Futurist at TAG Strategic
IMS Engage concluded with the annual Networking Cocktail Party held on the rooftop of the W Hollywood following a day of exciting, insightful conversations. Led by Pete Tong, Becky Tong and a special showcase from Grabbitz as part of ‘NEXT UP,’ a new emerging artist partnership between Billboard and W Hotels.
International Music Summit celebrates in its ninth year in Ibiza later this year from May 25th to 27th and has grown to become one of the leading presences in electronic music, expanding across the globe with editions in Ibiza, Los Angeles and Shanghai.
IMS is dedicated to inspiring and supporting the community with innovative conversation and lasting connections that help drive the future of our industry forward.
International Music Summit is proud to introduce IMS College – Malta to its portfolio of events, a new educational initiative on the Mediterranean island of Malta on July 1-3. IMS College – Malta aims to bring together the world’s bright, young minds for an intensive, 360 learning experience to give the next generation of electronic music creators and professionals the tools and knowledge to assist their career. IMS College – Malta will consist of a range of seminars, panels and interactive sessions – paired with a party schedule throughout the weekend.
IMS College – Malta is partnered with leading music production schools Point BlankMusic School and SAE Institute, who will provide instructors from their respective schools. Both schools provide the highest-level of educational opportunities and facilities and all will decamp to Malta for the event.
IMS has contributed to building the awareness of and appreciation for electronic music over the last nine years – which has brought together global industry leaders in Ibiza, Los Angeles, Singapore and Shanghai – making IMS College – Malta a natural progression for the electronic music community. Recognizing the need to provide a real, hands-on experience for the next wave of young up-and-comers, IMS’ latest venture provides a completely different, insightful yet affordable experience designed with the student in mind that will feature an array of industry icons, DJs, producers and professionals.
Day 1 and 2 of IMS College – Malta will be filled with immersive panels, which will also be coupled with a series of unforgettable parties on the Maltese island. Starting on Friday and running straight through to Sunday evening, several parties will bring students face-to-face with top-tier talents of the industry, including a special boat party and closing party on Sunday afternoon.
Parties confirmed for IMS College – Malta include the IMS College opening party with Solomun, famed for his Sunday night residency at Pacha Ibiza with Solomun + 1, accompanied by Pete Tong,an IMS partner and undisputed voice of house music with his weekly Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1. Saturday night will be led by Sandy River & Ziggy while Sunday’s closing party duties will be handled by Grammy-nominated DJ, producer and label owner Nic Fanciulli and CR2 label boss Mark Brown rounding off the night schedule with more acts to be confirmed.
IMS co-founder Ben Turner, states: “Education is at the very core of everything about the International Music Summit global platform and we’re excited to turn the tables with this event. IMS has always gathered the industry icons and leaders in one place, but the delegation at IMS College will be the next generation of professionals and creators and we aim to help develop their future.”
The launch of IMS College also marks IMS’ first venture into Malta – an island that offers a historic, and stimulating backdrop for the weekend’s proceedings. A primed global destination and an escape from the regular, Malta pulls from its many nearby cultures and offers a breeding ground for creativity and productivity for students of IMS College – Malta. Created to cater to the student body, IMS chose Malta for its accessibility. The English speaking country is safe and regular flights and domestic airlines make Malta easily accessible from most major European cities, making the location as affordable as possible for a unique, quality experience.
Returning to W Hollywood Hotel for Fourth Year on April 21
TAG Strategic founder Ted Cohen + President of Music at Universal Mike Knobloch
Iconic producer Arthur Baker + Academy Award Nominated Director John Singleton
WILL JOIN PETE TONG, BOB LEFSETZ, LEE ANDERSON, JAMES BARTON, MARC GEIGER, AND JOHN MACFARLANE
IMS Engage is proud to announce its final two pairings for its annual IMS Engage conference at W Hollywood Hotel. Iconic producer Arthur Baker will converse with Oscar nominated film director John Singleton, and digital entertainment industry veteran and TAG strategic founder Ted Cohen will be paired with the President of Music at Universal Pictures Mike Knobloch.
The two pairs will join previously announced participants Pete Tong and industry commentator Bob Lefsetz, Live Nation’s President of Electronic Music James Barton and AM Only’s Vice President of the East Coast office Lee Anderson (Skrillex, Disclosure, Claude Vonstroke), and WME’s Head of Music Marc Geiger with Sonos CEO John MacFarlane.
When it comes to the digital side music, whether its licensing or marketing, distribution, etc, no one knows it better than Ted Cohen. He is a veteran of the entertainment industry, having held management position at EMI Music, Warner Bros. Records, and Philips Media, prior to founding his consulting firm TAG Strategics. Over his long and impactful career, Ted has been an integral part of maximizing the reach and appeal of musicians like Dave Matthews, Santana, The Cranberries, Dolly Parton, Neil Diamond, and dozens of others. He has helped mold and direct digital strategy for companies such as Napster, Microsoft, Universal Studios, and Dreamworks. As a founder of the digital consulting firm TAG Strategics, Ted has worked with behemoth brands Coca Cola, Verizon, SanDisk, and countless others.
Mr. Cohen is joined in conversation by the President of Film Music and Publishing at Universal Pictures Mike Knobloch. If you’ve been to a movie in the past decade, then you’ve probably witnessed a work influenced by the experienced hands of Mr. Knobloch. He’s overlooked the musical direction of films ranging from Titanic, to Avatar, to the Bourne Identity, to The Devil Wears Prada. Before joining Universal Pictures in 2010, Mr. Knobloch was the Vice President of Music at Fox Music. He’s helped align the cinematic vision of a film with artists such as Florence and The Machine, Moby, M83, and many more.
The second pairing features Arthur Baker, an American record producer best known for working with hip hop acts Afrika Bambaataa, Planet Patrol, and New Order. Mr. Baker was a prominent fixture in 80s dance music, being known for remixing the records of acts like The Pet Shop Boys, Cindy Lauper, and Bruce Springsteen into dance-centric beats, along with producing and co-writing some of the decade’s biggest dance originals: New Order’s ‘Confusion’, Freeez’s ‘I.O.U.’, etc. He’s also produced and remixed for Hall and Oates and Bob Dylan, solidifying a career that has greatly influenced the present day feel and acceptability of electronic dance music.
Mr. Baker will be speaking with John Singleton – an oscar nominated director known for films such as Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice, Rosewood, Shaft, and 2 Fast 2 Furious. For Boyz n the Hood, Mr. Singleton was nominated for Best Original Screenplay and Best Director at the age of 23, making him the youngest person ever to be nominated for the award. Mr. Singleton’s conversation with Mr. Baker shows IMS’s continued effort to explore the impact and interaction of electronic music in the greater field of entertainment.
With its three previous events IMS Engage has emerged as a key event in the music North American music industry calendar. Previous speakers include Quincy Jones, David Lynch, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Hans Zimmer, Moby, Skrillex, Diplo, Seth Troxler, Instagram founder Kevin Systrom, Kaskade, YouTube founder Chad Hurley, Giorgio Moroder, Russell Simmons, Jaron Lanier and many more.
Pete Tong, Broadcaster, Artist / BBC, WME In Conversation with Bob Lefsetz, Author / ‘The Lefsetz Letter’
Pete Tong is omnipresent in any conversation about dance music, and IMS Engage is no different. Bringing his insight as a broadcaster, artist, DJ / producer and tastemaker through his Essential Selection show on BBC Radio 1, Pete Tong descends upon IMS Engage to help navigate a discussion about electronic music today.
Bob Lefsetz will join Pete In Conversation on April 21st, bringing his knowledge and stature as an industry staple. Author of the renowned newsletter series ‘The Lefsetz Letter’ and famously unabashed, Bob brings his knowledge as a former entertainment business attorney and fearlessness to comment on the state of the industry to IMS Engage this year. Topics up for discussion between Pete Tong and Bob Lefsetz will range from streaming to Las Vegas to the ever-controversial “I Took a Pill in Ibiza.”
Pete Tong and Bob Lefsetz join IMS’ already announced speakers, Marc Geiger, Head of Music at WME In Conversation with John MacFarlane, CEO of Sonos and James Barton, President of Electronic Music at Live Nation In Conversation with Lee Anderson, VP (East Coast) of AM Only.
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Crowdmix is an innovative new social platform that centers around music. Presented as a smartphone app, Crowdmix has been called the “Instagram of music” and remains mum on more pertinent details as it nears a public launch sometime this year.
“Crowdmix is a disruptive new social platform that aim to connect the world through music,” the website describes. Essentially, Crowdmix hinges on the universally recognized factor of building a community around similar music tastes. Stay tuned for more developments from Crowdmix, coming soon.
Hear from CEO of Crowdmix Rob Wells at IMS Ibiza from May 25th through 27th!
2. Richie Hawtin’s PlayDifferently
Richie Hawtin has always been a proponent of combining his knowledge of technology with his music. Most recently, he announced the launch of his own ‘PLAYdifferently’ music technology venture, a collaboration with Allen & Heath and parent company Audiotonix.
Though Hawtin has yet to release major details about PLAYdifferently, he explained his inspiration for the project upon its announcement earlier this year. “The ethos of Play Differently is to create products that will magnify the individuality and expand the creativity of today’s generation of electronic music artists, producers and DJs.”
Since, he’s embarked on a Prototypes tour, meant to test the forthcoming new Mixer to be released under the PLAYdifferently moniker.
Hear from Richie Hawtin at IMS Ibiza from May 25th through May 27th!
Splice is a tool that meant for the producer audience. The cloud-based application was created with the artist in mind, essentially offering a user-friendly way for producers to collaborate across the Internet and skirt issues related to sending large files and editing back and forth.
“Splice offers all of this and more in a lightweight downloadable client that acts as a bridge to a user’s digital audio workstation (or DAW) and an expansive, interactive web interface that doubles as a social network.”
The platform has garnered attention from leading artists like Diplo, Tiesto, Steve Angello and Justin Bieber and Martin Garrix’s manager, Scooter Braun.
4. Here Active Listening
For fans and industry professionals alike, arguably the most important and often overlooked concern is ear health. After a few shows spent too close to a bass-rumbling speaker, it becomes obvious that tinnitus (a ringing or buzzing sound heard even without music or sound playing) becomes a very real issue. Here Active Listening is a new invention created by Doppler Labs that is aiming to change the way fans hear and experience music while also protecting your precious hearing.
Through two wireless earbuds and its complementary smartphone app, Here “acts as a studio in your ears by providing you with a volume knob, equalizer and effects to transform real world audio.” Enhance or reduce EQ levels, apply effects to live music or sounds and control the volume of the environment around you through the Here technology and app.
Sonos was created in 2002 in effort to change the way music could be experienced at home. Completely wireless and decentralized (utilizing one comprehensive smart app that can be accessed through smartphones or computers), Sonos has jumped ahead of traditional audio equipment by integrating streaming through an impeccably user-friendly design.
Sonos integrates search and stream capabilities from almost every popular streaming platform you can think of – Spotify, SoundCloud, Pandora, Tidal, Apple Music and Mixcloud are all embedded within the app, making finding and listening to hi-def versions of your favorite mixes and uploads easier than ever.
Hear from CEO of Sonos John MacFarlane In Conversation with Marc Geiger, Head of Music at WME at IMS Engageon April 21st!
WME’s Head of Music Marc Geiger in conversation with Sonos CEO John MacFarlane
Live Nation President of EDM James Barton in conversation with AM Only’s Lee Anderson
March 22, 2016 Hollywood, CA – IMS ENGAGE returns to Los Angeles for its fourth consecutive year on April 21 at the W Hotel Hollywood, for a series of unmoderated conversations between leaders from the worlds of finance, technology, music and media to address the growing influence of electronic music. The first two pairings are all about the music executive, and feature four of the music industry’s most important players, from four of its biggest companies – Live Nation, WME, AM Only/ Paradigm Agency, and Sonos.
The first pairing features the Head of Music of one of the world’s premier agencies -WME- Marc Geiger, in a conversation with John MacFarlane, CEO of the pioneering audio company Sonos.
The second conversation offers an exploration into the unique push and pull between promoters and agents, featuring two of its biggest power brokers. Live Nation’s President of Electronic Music James Barton, with AM Only’s East Coast Vice President Lee Anderson, the man responsible for booking acts including Skrillex, Disclosure and Claude Vonstroke.
Marc Geiger in conversation with John MacFarlane
As the Head of Music at WME, Marc Geiger has overlooked the careers of the most impactful musicians of the 21st century. His roster includes Rihanna, Tom Petty, Jack White, Outkast, Neil Diamond, Jane’s Addiction, and dozens of others. Geiger is known as a visionary, having developed a priceless ability to forecast trends in music. He helped spearhead the agency’s foray into EDM, as WME was the first major agency to open an EDM division, something Geiger accomplished alongside agent Joel Zimmerman and scene leader (and IMS co-founder) Pete Tong. Geiger has also aligned WME with some of the world’s most impactful festivals such as Lollapalooza, a festival he co-founded in 1991.
John MacFarlane is the CEO of wireless speaker company Sonos – a smart speaker system connected over WiFi that allows you to stream your favorite music throughout your entire home. John co-founded Sonos in 2002, with the goal of re-inventing the way music fans listened to music in their homes. Today, Sonos is the premier brand for the field. John brings a unique software and hardware focused approach to the business, having co-founded and served as the CEO of Software.com. He and the Software.com team built large-scale interest based email systems for the world’s largest telecommunications companies as they entered the age of the internet in the mid nineties.
James Barton in conversation with Lee Anderson
Lee Anderson has been the driving force behind some of dance music’s most important careers, and a significant puzzle piece in making AM Only one of the leading agencies for dance music in the world. Anderson took after Founder/President Paul Morris’ vision rapidly, taking acts like Skrillex, Zedd, and Disclosure from relative obscurity to headlining international festivals and arenas (and not to mention top 40 radio).
Anderson masterminded hugely successful and needle-moving engagements such as Skrillex’s Full Flex Express, Disclosure’s Wildlife, and Claude Vonstroke’s Dirtybird BBQ. The success of Anderson and Morris resulted in AM Only’s successful merger with booking giant Paradigm Agency, effectively thrusting AM Only even further into the mainstream limelight.
James Barton is a man who hardly needs an introduction. As the president of the electronic division at the world’s biggest event company, Live Nation, Barton is responsible for millions of electronic music ticket sales. Prior to joining Live Nation Barton turned a small club night in Liverpool, Cream, into one of the most iconic nightlife brands in electronic dance music, expanding into Ibiza, Buenos Aires, and other locales, as well as the UK’s biggest festival, Creamfields, in 1998. In 2012 he sold the legendary brand to Live Nation, as well as taking up the position of President of the Electronic Music division.
Along with Creamfields, Barton was instrumental in acquiring and creating partnerships that include Insomniac, Hard, Ink, SPG Sweden and Creamfields. In 2014 James secured the #1 position in Rolling Stone’s “50 Most Important people in EDM” and was voted #1 in Billboard’s highly coveted “Top-30 Power Players in EDM”
With its three previous events IMS Engage has emerged as a key event in the music North American music industry calendar. Previous speakers include Quincy Jones, David Lynch, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Hans Zimmer, Moby, Skrillex, Diplo, Seth Troxler, Instagram founder Kevin Systrom, Kaskade, YouTube founder Chad Hurley, Giorgio Moroder, Russell Simmons, Jaron Lanier and many more. As in the past three years, Pioneer DJ and W Hotels continue to partner with and support IMS ENGAGE and help provide a platform for the conference.
Less than a month remains until the industry unites in the heart of Los Angeles at the W Hollywood for the 4th edition of IMS Engage.
Icons of electronic music will converge in unmoderated conversations with leaders of the wider world of music, technology and futurism.
An inspirational set of speakers will be announced soon. Watch this space!
BOOK YOUR STAY AT THE W HOLLYWOOD
Convenience is key, and there’s no better place to call home for the Summit than right where the action takes place. Book your stay at the W Hollywood today.
W Hollywood Hotel
Wind down. Take it easy and relax into your modern lounge chair or ottoman (available only in King Bed configurations) to get your entertainment fix from the state-of-the-art entertainment system with an LG 42″ flat screen TV, LG CD/DVD player and Sonoro iPod docking station. Have a bite. The Munchie Box is filled with everything you need to snack on, and a fully stocked mini bar makes cocktail hour even better. Network. A glossy white lacquered desk complete with High Speed Internet Access and a cordless phone with voicemail keeps you connected while you’re away.
Step behind a frosted floor-to-ceiling glass pane where a see-through slot offers a peek into the shower. Here, in your spa-like bathroom, dark-accented walls, chrome and white Carrara marble floors set the relaxed ambiance for a polished white marble vanity, oversized lighted mirror and Duravit toilets. Indulge with Bliss® Spa sinkside six bath amenities, then wrap up in our comfy bathrobe before drifting off to sleep on the signature W Hotels European-style platform bed. A white tufted headboard, plush pillow-top mattress, 350-thread-count sheets and goose down comforter and pillows make for a restful night’s sleep. (400 square feet)
Glowing Globe Pendant
View of Station Hollywood or Motor Court
Large Window Seat
Hollywood is at your fingertips. Peer out over the fabulous city sites or stay in a while and be entertained. An LG 42″ flat screen TV, an LG Electronics CD/DVD and a Sonoro iPod docking station are yours to enjoy, day or night. When hunger strikes, grab a snack from the Munchie Box or whip up a signature cocktail from your fully stocked white-tufted mini bar. Whatever you like. Get comfortable in your lounge chair, window seat or ottoman (available only in King Bed configurations) under the glow of a stylish globe pendant and set that drink down on either of two side tables. Stay connected. High Speed Internet Access and a cordless phone with voicemail are set up on your sleek glossy white lacquered desk for all your networking needs.
Slip into your spa-like bathroom where a frosted floor-to-ceiling glass pane offers a peek into the shower. Spaciously fitted with Duravit toilets, a polished white marble vanity and oversized lighted mirror, set off by dark accent walls, chrome and a white Carrara marble floor, wind down in style. Indulge with Bliss® Spa sinkside six bath amenities, then slide into our lush bathrobe before drifting off to sleep on the signature W Hotels European-style platform bed. A white tufted headboard, plush pillow-top mattress, 350-thread-count sheets and goose down comforter and pillows make sleep spectacular. (400 square feet)
Glowing Globe Pendant
City view of Downtown Los Angeles
Large Window Seat
Check into a studio-style suite that’s outfitted for spacious comforts and stylish amenities. With a separate living room, take a seat on your semi-circular couch where a sheer curtain keeps things private. A glowing globe light sets the scene while the state-of-the-art entertainment system, an LG 42″ flat screen TV with LG Electronics CD/DVD player, and the Sonoro iPod docking station set you up for endless playtime. Grab something to snack on or a refreshing cocktail from your Munchie Box and mini bar, and watch the sun set from a large window seat. When play turns to work, a glossy white-lacquered desk complete with High Speed Internet Access, a cordless phone and voicemail are perfect for keeping busy.
When you’re ready to wind down, step into your spa-inspired bathroom outfitted with Duravit toilets, a polished white marble vanity and oversized lighted mirror. Set off by dark accent walls, chrome and a white Carrara marble floor, indulge with Bliss® Spa sinkside six bath amenities in the oversized bathtub before slipping into our lush bathrobe. Nighttime. Get some rest on the W Hotels signature European-style platform bed, with a white tufted headboard and plush pillow-top mattress, 350-thread-count sheets and goose down comforter and pillows. (800 square feet).
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Over 1,000 artists, industry leaders and press will be present at IMS Ibiza. Make sure your brand stands out by taking advantage of the sponsorship opportunities available.
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The IMS delegate badge and wristband are is the one of the most prominent ways to gain visibility for your company. They are worn by every delegate and speaker during the Summit.
IMS PROMOTIONAL STAND
Exhibition Stands provide 3 days of premium space within the Hard Rock Hotel. Situated right outside the entrance and exit of the conference room, the heart of the Summit and socialising meeting point.
IMS GIFT BAG INSERT
The IMS conference bag is given to all summit attendees. Our delegate bags are stuffed with goodies that fall directly into the hands of the industries finest music and business leaders as well as a large amount of high profile press. Present your material in any shape or form.
A great way to connect and socialize with the international electronic music industry network is a sponsored drink/cocktail event at one of our Summit locations. This is often where the best connections are made, discussing your company, artists, products or future plans over drinks and music.
Conversations that inspire and showcase the growth of electronic music.
IMS Engage was launched three years ago in the heart of the entertainment world – Hollywood, in the middle of Los Angeles, California. The Summit set itself apart from previous editions of IMS by making use of the hub of Los Angeles and inviting in iconic speakers not only from the electronic music realm, but also from surrounding cultural facets like technology, film, fashion and other genres of music like classical and hip-hop. In the three years since IMS Engage was launched, the industry has seen leaders come together for conversations that have widened the scope for electronic music while simultaneously showing how far and deep electronic music’s reach is beyond our own industry.
In a special, candid format, two icons of their own domains sit in conversation to discuss anything and everything both within and around the electronic music world.
As we approach the third return of IMS Engage on April 21st, 2016, we look back on some of the most memorable pairings we’ve seen throughout IMS Engage history.
5. IMS Engage 2013: Diplo In Conversation with Kevin Systrom
In 2013, Jack Ü was unheard of and Diplo had yet to become a first time Grammy winner. Three years ago, Instagram was a brand new social media platform that people were just beginning to experiment with – and amongst them was none other than Diplo himself.
IMS Engage brought the talented producer together with Co-Founder of Instagram Kevin Systrom for a conversation that was far ahead of its time. For both Diplo and Instagram, the next few years would be vital, formative years for both of their ventures. IMS was granted the valuable opportunity to catch both figures at the early peak of their careers, and together, they pinpointed early signs of how important social media (like Instagram, as well as Twitter) would come to be for the explosion of electronic music and its community.
“Social media in electronic music is a great equalizer because you don’t need a lot of money or a lot of marketing to promote your record. They’ll find their way naturally through the network.” – Diplo
4. IMS 2015: Kaskade In Conversation Stuart Price
2015 saw production giants Kaskade and Stuart Price sit in conversation in Hollywood for an enlightening banter about various aspects of the music industry with valuable insight from each of their prolific careers. Price, a three-time Grammy winner and producer behind monumental records of Madonna, The Killers, Pet Shop Boys and many more, had plenty to discuss with Kaskade, a DJ and producer that drew inspiration from his nights on the dance floor in Chicago before kicking off his own career in the 90s.
Kaskade, fresh off of an enormous headlining performance at Coachella in 2015, overviewed his career – from beginning at the bottom to now dominating at the top of during the “superstar DJ” era.
Unavoidably, a hot topic for both artists was the question of the future. What does the future of electronic music look like – or sound like? Neither could say definitively, but Kaskade provided an answer that garnered a cheer from the IMS room.
“I don’t like the word ‘future house’ because house is the future. We’ve been living in the future since 1982.” – Kaskade
3. IMS Engage 2013: Skrillex In Conversation with Jeff Rosenthal
Now an eight time Grammy winner and household name beyond just the electronic music realm, it’s hard to imagine a time when Skrillex could be $30,000 in debt and a relative nobody. Three years ago – before Justin Bieber – Skrillex sat with Jeff Rosenthal, Co-Founder of the Summit series, for a conversation between two equally passionate, young forward-thinking minds.
Coming from a background of the no rules, indie music world, Skrillex explains what it took to become the “Skrillex” that people know and love today. Rosenthal supplied his own perspective, possibly one that entrepreneurs from across industries could relate to. He explained that his Summit series lost money during the first year, but with persistence, his venture has now become a huge success expanding across new cities each year.
“You know how people say keep it real? Well don’t do that, what you have to do is keep it surreal, and do things that are a little bit beyond everyone’s imagination.” – Jeff Rosenthal
2. IMS Engage 2014: Diddy In Conversation with Guy Gerber
2013 saw the surprising pairing of Diddy and Guy Gerber come together at IMS Engage, an unforeseen duo which teamed together for a track titled “11 11”, released in 2014. IMS brought the duo together for an open conversation about how the unlikely duo united.
A hip-hop leader and pop icon in his own right, Diddy gave plenty of credits to the electronic music world, explaining his fascination that sparked on the island of Ibiza and “falling in love” with the famed club, DC10.
Upon initial glance, Diddy might seem like an outsider of electronic music culture – but quickly, he proved exactly why he’s known as an iconic not just of hip-hop, but of music overall. After sharing his stories about diving head first into the beloved party scene of Ibiza, Diddy provided his own insightful perspective on the real value of talents within the electronic music scene.
“It’s all about the spiritual aspect of this music – playing from the heart and experiencing true emotions. I am always looking for DJs/producers without a set format, who aren’t afraid to clear the dance floor, who are fearless.” – Diddy
1. IMS Engage 2015: Quincy Jones In Conversation with Pete Tong
There are music icons – and then there are music legends.
Quincy Jones joined the IMS conversation in 2015, ready to share a lifetime of insight not only as the man behind Michael Jackson’s hits, but also as one of the most celebrated producers in pop music. It was only right for Jones to sit in conversation with the voice of electronic music Pete Tong, who supplied the right questions to find out Jones’ valuable thoughts on modern dance music.
“Dance music is the most powerful music on the planet, it really is.” –Quincy Jones
The entire room was locked into Jones’ every word, especially as he began to dole out advice to any music industry hopefuls and up-and-comers that might be listening in the IMS audience.
“Our entire business in music – in entertainment – is about a song and a story. That’s it. You don’t call anyone until you have a great song and a story.” – Quincy Jones
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