A Further 20 Inspiring International Speakers Announced For IMS Ibiza

10TH ANNIVERSARY ROSTER NUMBERS 50 GLOBAL INFLUENCERS

Artist speakers Nicole Moudaber, Loco Dice, and DVS1 join industry leaders from Ultra Records, Playstation, Big Beat Records and Warner Music

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International Music Summit (IMS), the three-day inspirational, educational and motivational thought-leadership platform held annually in Ibiza, present a further carefully curated selection of leading electronic music industry professionals, adding to an unmissable roster totalling over 50 impressive and diverse speakers from around the globe.

IMS sets out to educate, inspire and encourage the sharing of new ideas. 2017 marks a decade of dynamic change in the sector and provides a theme for this year’s most engaging debates.

Gina Tucci, (Big Beat Records, Head of A&R /General Manager, USA), voted to be one of the 15 most powerful women in the EDM industry, will contribute her experience to the A&R panel, speaking alongside Patrick Moxey, (Ultra Records, President/Founder, USA) a visionary pioneer who has pushed past barriers to bring hip hop and electronic dance music into the mainstream heart of America. Also contributing is Renaat Vandepapeliere, (R&S Records, Founder, Belgium) a true pioneer who has run one of electronic music’s foremost labels for over 37 years.

Passing their comment on the ever changing face of Ibiza are promoters Yann Pissenem (Hï Ibiza / Ushuaïa Ibiza, Owner / Partner / CEO / Artistic Director, Spain) who in recent years has taken risk, engineered change in Ibiza and pioneered the success of now leading brands on the island, alongside Johannes Goller (Cocoon, Head of Cocoon Ibiza, Germany), who represents a brand that is as much a part of Ibiza as it is Germany. Completing this line up is Brigitte Armengol, (HEART Ibiza, Booking Manager, Spain) from one of the most innovative and adventurous clubs on the island. All will share their thoughts and experience on Ibiza and debate what the future holds.

A spotlight will be placed on the next generation of talent, led by Charlotte Lucy Cijffers (DJ Magazine, Digital & Ibiza Editor, UK), who is immersed in the electronic music scene and will give valuable insight into emerging talent, joined by Michael Weicker (AMM Management, Talent Manager, Germany) and Loco Dice (Artist, Germany) world renowned DJ, long time DC10 resident, Desolat label owner and producer.

Nicole Moudaber (Artist, UK) one of Dance music’s most repected DJs will voice her knowledge about the current position and status of world clubbing, sharing the stage with her will be Ulrike Schönfeld (Music Goes Further/Into the Valley, Promoter/Curator, Germany).

Contributing to the ever changing hot topic that is the streaming debate will be Gregor Pryer (Reed Smith, Partner, UK) a digital media specialist who co-chairs his organisations Global Entertainment and Media Industry Group.

Carly Hordern (Point Blank, Presenter/A&R, UK), will interview DVS1 (Artist, USA) in a DJ Skills Masterclass with the Berghain resident, discussing his unique mixing style, his record collection of over 35,000 vinyls and his experiences of the infamous Berlin club.

Continuing the gender debate will be Leila Fataar, (Diageo, Head of Culture & Entertainment, UK) Driven by her passion for inclusivity and diversity she has been instrumental in launching the Smirnoff Sound Collective electronic music platform in Europe and a key part of the global #2xwomensheadliners campaign, launched on International Womens Day 2017.

Other esteemed speakers announced joining the debate on music synchronisation include Jessica Ibgui, (Budde Music, Creative Manager/Head of Business Development, France), Duncan Smith (Playstation, Senior Music Supervisor, UK)​​​​​​ plus Rich Robinson, (Warner Music, Senior Vice President Synchronisation UK & Europe, UK).

All in all this is the strongest speaker line up in IMS Ibiza’s ten year history with many of the most pressing aspects of the music industry to be examined, analysed and explained.

Industry leaders already confirmed to share their insight and experience include:

Alexandra Cárdenas (Algorave, Composer / Live Coder, Colombia), Alice Favre (LWE, Head of Operations, UK), Andreas Allen (Native Instruments, Head of Artist Relations, USA), Andreea Magdalina (Shesaid.so / IAMJT, Founder/Co-Founder, USA), Austin Kramer (Spotify, Global Head of Dance/Electronic, USA), B.Traits (BBC Radio 1, Broadcaster / Artist, Canada), David Emery (Kobalt Records, VP / Global Marketing Strategy, UK), Dixon (Artist, Germany), Eddie Dean (RPM Presents, CEO, USA), Eelko Van Kooten (Spinnin’ Records, Founder & Owner, Netherlands), Elrow – The Arnau Family (Elrow, Founders, Spain), Gianfranco Bortolotti (Media Records, Founder, Italy), Hot Since 82 (Artist, UK), Jason Ellis (Positiva / Virgin Records, A&R Director, UK), Jonny White (Art Department, Artist, Canada), Lindi Delight (De Light Management, Founder, Germany), Louisaahhh (Artist, USA), Masters At Work – Louie Vega & Kenny Dope (Artists, USA), Miss Kittin (Artist, France), Monki (BBC Radio 1, Radio Presenter / DJ, UK), New Order – Bernard Sumner (Artist, UK), Nick Sabine & Paul Clement (Resident Advisor, Founders, UK), Patrick Walker (Facebook, Director of Media Partnerships EMEA, UK), Rachel Turner (Achieve Unlimited, Business Psychologist & Performance Coach, UK), Seth Troxler (Artist, USA), Steffen Charles (Cosmopop GmBH, CEO, Germany), Sulinna Ong (Deezer, VP / Artist Marketing, UK), The Black Madonna (Artist, USA), The Martinez Brothers (Artists, USA), Wade Cawood (Pulse Global, CEO, USA)

 

IMS ANNOUNCE 20 ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS

 

10 WOMEN

 

1) Brigitte Armengol (HEART Ibiza, Booking Manager, Spain)

2) Carly Hordern (Point Blank, Presenter/A&R, UK)

3) Charlotte Lucy Cijffers (DJ Magazine, Digital & Ibiza Editor, UK)

4) Gina Tucci (Big Beat Records, Head of A&R/General Manager, USA)

5) Jessica Ibgui (Budde Music, Creative Manager/Head of Business Development, France)

6) Leila Fataar (Diageo, Head of Culture & Entertainment, UK)

7) Lisa Buchan (Monster/BURN Energy, Director Music & Culture Strategic Brands, UK)

8) Mary Jong (Pioneer DJ / EMEA, Marketing Executive)

9) Nicole Moudaber (Artist, UK)

10) Ulrike Schönfeld (Music Goes Further/Into the Valley, Promoter/Curator, Germany)

 

10 MEN

 

1) Duncan Smith (Playstation, Senior Music Supervisor, UK)​​​​​​

2) DVS1 (Artist, USA)

3) Gregor Pryor (Reed Smith, Partner/Co-Chair of the Global Entertainment and Media Industry Group, UK)

4) Johannes Goller (Cocoon, Head of Cocoon Ibiza, Germany)

5) Loco Dice (Artist, Germany)

6) Michael Weicker (AMM Management, Talent Manager, Germany)

7) Patrick Moxey (Ultra Records, President/Founder, USA)

8) Renaat Vandepapeliere (R&S Records, Founder, Belgium)

9) Rich Robinson (Warner Music, Senior Vice President Synchronisation UK & Europe, UK)

10) Yann Pissenem (Hï Ibiza / Ushuaïa Ibiza, Owner / Partner / CEO / Artistic Director, Spain)

IMS IBIZA 2017 SPEAKERS

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    Seth Troxler

    Seth Troxler is one of dance music’s most recognizable characters, the guy with the big hair and the even bigger personality who doesn’t take himself, or life, too seriously; a straight-up human being who plays by his own rules. These qualities, along with his passion and seemingly endless knowledge of house and techno, have established him as a figurehead for a new wave of underground electronic music that flies in the face of the disposable idiocy of mainstream ‘EDM’.

    “I’ve always been kinda bat-shit crazy”, explains Seth. With his sporadic dreadlocks and well-twizled ‘tache, he comes across part streetwise Lothario, part Napoleon Dynamite’s creepy older cousin. Descended from a family of cowboys and Baptist preachers, he’s part African-American, part Egyptian, part Cherokee Indian but while his heritage is all-American his global outlook transcends his small-city Mid Western origins.

    Seth was born in Kalamazoo, a college town in the centre of Michigan half way between Detroit and Chicago, when his mum was just eighteen. His parents split when he was two but soon after his mum met his step dad who hosted a local radio show in his hometown called ‘Fade2Black’. “He’d play hip hop and early house,” recalls Seth, “but after midnight it would switch over to a show called ‘The Love Zone’ which was straight up fuck-jams. His DJ name was ‘2 Fine’ which was also his car registration plate. He was my father figure.” A pre-teen Seth would be allowed to stay up late and sit with him in the studio. “Being surrounded by that much good music from such an early age there was never an option for me not to become a DJ.” When Seth was fourteen his mum married his step dad and moved to the outskirts of Detroit, “This was a really big jump for me, losing all my friends and moving to such a big city.” A year later his house burnt down and he lost everything apart from, by a strange twist of fate, his turntables and mixer that he’d left at a friend’s house. “After that I dropped out of sport at school and decided to spend all my free time playing records.” His step dad was into early Chicago house like Dance Mania and Trax but living in Detroit he started going to underground techno raves. “I went to the same high school as Matt Dear and a friend of mine’s brother used to go raving with him.” Soon after moving to Detroit Seth threw his first illegal party and booked Magda to play for him. At fifteen he landed a job as techno buyer in Detroit’s ‘Melodies & Memories’ record store working alongside deep house legends Theo Parrish and Mike Huckaby.

    Through working in the record store he met Ryan Crosson, who would come in to buy vinyl from him, and through Ryan met Lee Curtiss and in turn Shaun Reeves who used to throw many of the most notorious illegal raves in Detroit at the time. It wasn’t long before Seth had moved in with Lee and the four found themselves throwing their now infamous ‘Tesh Club’ parties in Lee’s basement (a name taken from the German pronunciation of techno as ‘teshno’). It was there that the magic really began to happen; experiments in psychedelic substances and scientific examinations into the history of house and techno brought about a deep bond between the four, laying the foundations of what would later become their Visionquest partnership. This honeymoon period came to an abrupt halt when Shaun got robbed after a successful New Years Eve party and decided to quit Detroit and make a fresh start in Berlin. It was only a matter of time before Seth, Ryan and Lee followed suit.

    Moving to Berlin was the making of Seth both as a DJ and producer. Just a week after his arriving in the city, having only just graduated from high school, Seth found himself booked to play infamous Panorama Bar alongside Omar-S. He flourished in the permissive German city, and was soon resident at Club der Visionäre, as well as playing regularly at clubs all over world like fabric (London), Watergate (Berlin), Output (New York), Warung (Brazil), Womb (Tokyo), Tenax (Florence), Robert Johnson (Frankfurt), The Rex (Paris), Fuse (Brussels), The Electric Pickle (Miami), plus festivals like The Detroit Electronic Music Festival, Glastonbury, Coachella, Sonar and Burning Man. Meanwhile, in the studio he has collaborated with such dance luminaries as Matthew Dear, Art Department, Tiefschwarz, Deetron, dOP and Subb-an in addition to groundbreaking remix work done as Visionquest, who have remixed tracks by Tracy Thorn and David Lynch (yes him). Together their Visionquest project has spawned one of the most exciting techno labels of recent years, plus a multi-deck DJ spectacular that saw the four of them rolling out their Visionquest Thirteen world tour throughout the whole of 2013. The combination of these achievements, alongside constant touring, have resulted in Seth being voted number three, then two and then one in the Resident Advisor Top 100 DJs poll between 2009-2012, and since then he has consistently remained within the top 5 DJs as voted by Resident Advisor fans.

    Last year, Seth consolidated his position at the top of the DJ ladder through his ‘Seth Troxler Goes Clubbing’ concept, returning to those nightclubs that were integral in moulding him into the DJ he is today: with quarterly appearances at fabric (London), Trouw (Amsterdam), Output (New York) and his usual 10 week residency at Circo Loco across the summer. He also began a new project with The Martinez Brothers – Tuskegee – aimed at shining a light on Afro-Latino American dance culture, as well as launching two other record labels: the dance floor focused ‘Play It Say It’, and indie rock label ‘Soft Touch’. The year also saw Seth return to the studio: the Tuskegee label was launched in true analogue style with a raw collaboration between Seth and The Martinez Brothers, titled ‘Space & Time’. Since then Troxler has also teamed up with production partner Phil Moffa for a release ‘Rogue Music EP’ out on Hypercolour at the beginning of the new year, as well as finishing a number of solo productions to be released throughout 2015.

    This coming year will see Seth expanding his Tuskegee brand with The Martinez Brothers, taking it beyond the confines of club culture and into the wider populace, with the aim of introducing the kids of ethnic backgrounds to a world that they may not have thought existed. Simultaneously, the Tuskegee crew will be touring with a number of shows at various venues across the world. In spring, the JESuS concept will come to life: an experiment perfectly in tune with the dance music zeitgeist, JESuS is the summation of four of the biggest players in the contemporary DJ world: Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Skream und Seth Troxler. Kicking things of with four dates in the USA sandwiched between the Coachella weekends, and following up with a six date bus tour through the heart of Europe. Coupled with innovative video documentation of both legs of the tour, JESuS looks set to be the most unique clubbing experience of 2015. In addition to these two mammoth projects (as well as the usual list of DNA club shows and summer festival appearances) Seth also has plans to expand his Smokey Tails restaurant brand and open a new venture – Disco Dogs – which will be selling traditional all-American hot dogs from within the heart Old Street roundabout in London.

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    Nicole Moudaber

    Artist, UK

    “I discovered the artist in me on the dance floor…”

    Nicole Moudaber holds true to the belief that the power of music brings us together as one. The beat of a drum, the very first instrument created by humans, remains at the heart of the music she creates and plays, while the diversity of her tastes, and her ability to create spellbinding club experiences, promote harmony on the dance floor.

    Growing up in Nigeria exposed Nicole to the hypnotic tribal rhythms of artists like Fela Kuti. This was her first taste of the power of the drum, and lies at the core of her sound. Nicole moved to London in 2000 where she quickly integrated herself into the city’s club scene, becoming a promoter at Turnmills, holding her own party called ‘Soundworx’, which she started in Beirut. Her unrelenting desire to unite people through music couldn’t have been demonstrated more explicitly than that first party, where people of all races, religions and classes danced together under the stars in an abandoned, bombed-out mosque and cathedral.

    Nicole then brought her party to London, building its reputation from the ground up and making it a total success. Her ability to operate ahead of the curve leading to Paco Osuna’s very first London booking, among many other luminaries from the world of house and techno. But working behind-the-scenes was not enough and she was soon appearing on the decks, building her skills as a DJ – that visionary ability revealing itself during her diverse, enchanting sets. The next step was to express her passion for music through production and she attended world-renowned music school Point Blank to learn the basics. From that point there really was no going back, she remixed Carl Cox ‘Chemistry’, which stayed in the techno charts on Beatport for three months and won her an IDMA Award in 2012.

    In the years since that record hit the charts, Nicole’s career trajectory has been swift and steep. She has travelled the globe playing everywhere from intimate basement venues to large stages at festivals such as Exit, Glastonbury, WMC, Time Warp, Electric Daisy Carnival, Awakenings and many of the world’s most renowned electronic music spaces. She also curates her own MoodRAW events, taking clubbing back to those grimy, raw spaces where it first started, as well as the more intimate In The MOOD parties, which have included annual sold out showcases at WMC in Miami and BPM in Mexico.

    Fuelled by a desire to keep achieving at the highest level, Nicole is working on the debut of her very own one-day festival, to be held on Coney Island, New York and she’s in discussions to host her own stage at numerous large-scale dance music festivals. She is a regular at Carl Cox’s legendary Revolution night in Ibiza, as well as being welcomed into the Circoloco family at the seminal DC10. Her performances are full of passion and drama, cultivating musical journeys designed to reach her audience on a deeper level and make each individual’s experience a memorable one.

    Away from the touring Nicole has established her label, Mood Records, as a go-to platform for any self-respecting techno fan. Releases have come from a long list of techno heroes, including Carl Cox, Stacey Pullen, Joel Mull and Carlo Lio. As a producer she has also progressed rapidly, thanks to her dedication to the craft. Remix work and originals have all cemented her reputation for high quality production, which is clearly evident on her collaboration with Skin from Skunk Anansie – an emotive collection of tracks that highlight Nicole’s ability to take the listener to the deeper side of electronic music.

    Her diverse tastes in music and curation skills also manifest themselves via her radio show, In the MOOD, which is produced by the same team who work on shows with Carl Cox and Adam Beyer. The show is syndicated globally, airing on 55 FM stations worldwide and is available on Mixcloud every Wednesday, spreading her sound to millions of listeners around the globe.

    A fervent campaigner for human rights, Nicole studied Combined Social Sciences and was a straight A student before the music really took hold. Her passion for fighting inequality in all its forms runs deep, and she recently became involved with the Lower East Side Girls Club in New York. It’s a crucial part of her ideology and something that spurs her on to keep sharing music, spreading the love and uniting dance floors around the world.

    As she looks forward to the release of her EP with Skin, a huge one-day festival, original productions for high-profile labels and remixes on her own label from some of the scene’s biggest names, Nicole presides over an empire that continues to grow in stature and the future looks full of exciting prospects.

    Nicole Moudaber is a professional, innovative, hard-working artist who has become a contemporary icon. From her long, curly locks to her slamming techno sets and her intense, empowering performances, she truly stands in a class all of her own…

    New-Order

    New Order – Bernard Sumner

    Artist, UK

    Rising from the ashes of the legendary British post-punk band Joy Division, the enigmatic New Order triumphed over tragedy to emerge as one of the most influential and acclaimed bands of the 1980s.

    When Joy Division’s Ian Curtis tragically took his own life, the remaining trio, Bernard Sumner (guitarist), Peter Hook (bassist) and Stephen Morris (drummer) immediately disbanded, but re-formed the same year as New Order, with the addition of Gillian Gilbert (keyboardist and guitarist) and Sumner reluctantly taking over as vocalist.

    While their debut album Movement (1981) was shadowed by the legacy of Joy Division, going forward the band began to combine their original post-punk sound with influences from New York’s club scene. The result was their brilliant sophomore album Power, Corruption & Lies (1983), released with Manchester-based label Factory Records. From this album came the single “Blue Monday”, which has since become the best-selling 12-inch single of all time, moving over three million copies worldwide.

    Throughout the late 80s New Order remained as popular as ever, releasing a string of albums such as Low-Life (1985), Brotherhood (1986) Substance (1987) and Technique (1989). Between several brief hiatuses and line-up alterations, Republic (1993) Get Ready (2001) and Waiting for the Sirens’ Call (2005) were all released, before Peter Hook’s departure in 2007.

    A 2011 reunion saw New Order return and tour the world, taking to the stage alongside Blur and the Specials at London’s Hyde Park for a spectacular closing concert for the 2012 Olympics, and releasing Lost Sirens at the end of the year.

    In 2015, the band released their critically acclaimed tenth studio album Music Complete. The record stormed the album charts, coming in at Number 2, and features guest vocals from Iggy Pop, Brandon Flowers and Elly Jackson of La Roux.

    On the live circuit they have played critically acclaimed sell out tours in the UK, Europe, USA and Australia, performing in prestigious venues, Royal Albert Hall and Sydney Opera House among many others.

    The summer months of 2016 saw the run continue with huge headline slots at Glastonbury, Latitude, Roskilde, Bilbao BBK, Sonar and Electric Picnic, followed by a special extended edition of their album, Complete Music.

    The album’s title seems to shine a hue on New Order’s new manifesto: new line-up, newly eclectic sound, reinvigorated in their fourth decade as a unit.

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    Dixon

    Artist, Germany

    When dixon entered the berlin club circuit in the early 90’s, he established his name on the strength of djing. Back then, confidence or experience based on putting out mixes in the internet did not matter as much as it does now. You had to do your practice, of course, but when your thing was good and tight enough to take it to the clubs, there were opportunities to do so. But those opportunities meant responsibilities. A residency did not mean playing the same club every once in a while, it meant playing the same club every week. The crowd did not consist of people that wander in and out of club nights and its guest djs as the weekly hype commanded them, it consisted of people which headed straight to a certain club night because they were sure its resident dj would deliver the goods this week as he did last week, and the next weeks to come. As long as that happened, there was no need to move on.

    In such a context, there is no way to learn quicker how to become a very good dj than by making people dance throughout a set that lasts the whole night, on a very regular basis. If you can’t hold the crowd for hours then, you fall through. It is learning by doing, the hard way. Dixon did not only learn very quickly, he loved every moment of it. Starting out low, slow, unfolding the flow, working towards a peak, then working towards another, turning up, turning down, to find the exact point from which to swing moods, to find the perfect way to end what should be a lasting experience. Once you passed your exams in the night club school of that era with distinction, you can rely on it forevermore, and dixon surely did. His residencies then and now are obviously schooled on the stylistic and technical versatility and skills, attitude, stamina and experience based on countless nights honing ways to direct a loyal crowd on the dance floor at will.

    Keeping all this in mind, it comes as no surprise that dixon extended his merits beyond the club by a medium closely connected to the dj craft. He compiled and mixed the off limits compilations, which became very popular and introduced his impeccable style of mixing to a public reception way beyond that of those who had already heard him play in a club context. Later he branched out to even more success by doing a highly influential mix compilation for the get physical label’s body language series, a mix cd that has inspired people all over the world. These releases were intended to show the sincere dedication dixon has to his profession, and they evidentially do.

    However decided Dixon was to follow the path of his choice throughout his career, he certainly was not insistent on travelling alone. He used events to introduce foreign djs to Berlin crowds, raised his profile by providing memorable support slots in the process, and contacts were made. He got to know likeminded souls from all over the globe, and he travelled abroad himself, and his reputation grew further. Meanwhile back home, he made bonds with Jazzanova and became involved with their vibrant Sonar Kollektiv label. Never the one to shy away from challenge, dixon made his first foray into label and A & R work with running Sonar Kollektiv’s sublabel Recreation Recordings, where he set up a testing ground for his personal view on house. He introduced âme in the process, two comrades from the traditionally strong deep house scene of southern Germany, whom he brought to the Sonar Kollektiv stable, only to observe that they pulled in the kudos for their music very quickly.

    In 2005, the reign of minimal sounds in Clubland was gaining momentum as much as house lost it, and more sooner than later Dixon came to the conclusion that there had to be a way to maintain his preferred sound while so many djs and artists were reducing the musical ingredients of their output. The choice was simply either to adapt or to rebuild. Dixon decided for the latter and took the next step with another Sonar Kollektiv sublabel called Innervisions, which he founded with Âme. It was clear from the beginning that this label was intended to make a difference, and it was clear from the beginning that all the connections dixon made with likeminded souls should come into fruition with it. It was a platform that was thought of to keep up the house tradition all those involved stayed so faithful to over the years, but it was also thought of to breathe some fresh air into it. And so it did. Dixon’s famous rework of Tokyo Black Star’s Blade Dancer knocked on the door, and already the second release, Âme’s future classic Rej EP, was breaking right through it. The following releases by befriended artists confirmed the almost instantly good reputation of the imprint and within a short time it became obvious that something was achieved that not any label could achieve: a sound was innovated and an identity, which began to seep through the scene, affecting the way other labels recruited and published their roster. While being developed on the back of a longstanding tradition, Innervisions kicked house back into focus, and many others were happy to join in, either again or for the first time. Always interested in producing some added value to a good thing,Ddixon soon used the success to put other ideas into action. The label was parted from the Sonar Kollektiv mothership and became independent, and the trademark artwork of the label was getting connected with sought after fashion and design items, carefully conceived to meet the high standards of the Innervisions camp and its supporters.

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    Jonny White aka Art Department

    ARTIST, NO 19 MUSIC, CANADA

    Black-Madonna

    The Black Madonna

    Artists, USA

    Set for digital release January 9, 2017 via her new label We Still Believe, “He Is the Voice I Hear” is The Black Madonna’s first new original production since 2013’s Lady Of Sorrows EP. Made in collaboration with her studio partner Rupert Murray, the track features musicians Davide Rossi and Christoforo LaBarbera on strings and keyboard.

    Of the track, The Black Madonna stated;  “I have always felt, where making records was concerned, that it was better to say nothing than to rush and put out a lot of music that didn’t say much at all. But now it’s time to share something with you that has been the most exciting project I’ve ever worked on. “He Is The Voice I Hear” is my first all new work since “Lady Of Sorrows.” It’s been a long journey from there to here. I’m so thrilled to continue the story and finally realise my dream of bringing together an ensemble of live musicians.”

    The Black Madonna built her foundation in Chicago whilst acting as talent buyer for the city’s famous electronic/underground club Smart Bar.  A skilled technician behind the decks, she started to pick up a following for her dynamic and fluent sets which span from disco to techno and back again.  Word spread, culminating in a phenomenal level of acclaim from fans and critics alike in 2016.  Playing over 100 shows this year including sold out all night long performances at XOYO (UK), Village Underground (UK), Smart Bar (US) and huge audiences at Sonar Festival, Berghain, Circoloco @ DC10 and Glastonbury to name a few, The Black Madonna has become a prolific DJ internationally.   She has rounded off the year by reaching  #10 spot on Resident Advisor’s prestigious annual ‘Top DJ’ poll, as well as being the first woman to grace the cover of Mixmag as their ‘DJ Of The Year’.

     

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    The Martinez Brothers

    Artists, USA

    The Martinez Brothers, two young men from the Bronx, raised on their father’s love of the Paradise Garage and road-tested worldwide before they even left high school, are emerging as leaders in the global house music scene. The guys have held a residency at DC-10 in Ibiza since 2011, and in 2014 their standing within the world of underground house and techno is solid and constantly rising – their DJ sets are full of energy, fuelled by the brothers’ in-depth knowledge and an innate ability to guide the crowd.

    The Martinez Brothers have produced a number of dance floor-ready releases since their earliest days at Objektivity, releasing their first EP, “My Rendition” in 2006 under the guidance of Dennis Ferrer. Other highlights include one of 2013′s big underground Ibiza hits, Santos Resiak’s “A Better Light” (The Martinez Brothers Remix) on One Records. Their ubiquitously popular remix of Green Velvet’s “Bigger Than Prince” (Circus) was named the most-played dance track at ADE 2013, further showing their range as producers and delivering a dark, raw groove with cut-up vocal accents. In late 2013 / early 2014 they released the two-part hip-hop mixtape “Warhol/Basquiat,” which Philip Sherburne named SPIN Magazine’s Dance Track of the Week, saying: “At their best, their beats have a quizzical, psychedelic feel, stretching loops of Donna Summer and George Duke into long strips of taffy and turning up the humidity until they dissolve on their own.” This year they’ve teamed up with DJ Gregory / Point G with “What’s the Point?” the first release on his new label, Ever Lasting LovE.

    2013 marked the beginning of their homespun event series Mad Beats & Crazy Styles, offering the brothers a space to explore their New York dance music roots. They have also conceived a new record label, Cuttin’ Headz, which will be a home to their musical experimentations. Also this year comes the premier of Tuskegee, the brainchild of The Martinez Brothers and Seth Troxler. Using the black and Latino musical experience in the US in the early 90s as inspiration, TMB and Troxler will be putting out a series of vinyl-only releases as well as a clothing line.

    Earlier this year, The Martinez Brothers broke into the world of high fashion by traveling to Paris to provide music for Riccardo Tisci’s Givenchy Menswear and Womenswear Fall / Winter 2014 /15 collections. The track “Flawless” has already been featured in a Style.com exclusive preview of the Nike RT Air Force 1 Collection, offering a first glimpse of Riccardo Tisci’s collaboration with Nike.

    This year alone the guys have been all over Europe and the Americas, they’ve premiered in Australia, and have plans for a tour of Asia. While on the road they created a behind-the-scenes Coachella photo diary for Rolling Stone and Nylon Guys. Production-wise, they’ve laid down some studio tracks with the legendary Nile Rodgers and have collaborated with Spanish Harlem-born hip hop star Bodega Bamz on his forthcoming mixtape. Despite the whirlwind of activity, Chris and Steve remain positive, down-to-earth guys. When asked about their achievements, they always humbly reply, “We are so blessed!”

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    Patrick Walker

    Facebook, Director of Media Partnerships EMEA, UK

    Patrick has over 20 years of experience in the television, radio and online media industry, always at the crossroads of content and technology.

    As the Director of Media partnerships at Facebook, he is responsible for leading content partnerships with media companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa across news, sports, and entertainment. He develops publishing and audience development strategies for products including Facebook video, Instant Articles, Instagram, 360-video and virtual reality.

    After a degree in journalism from the University of Southern California, Patrick began his career in international media and technology as a TV producer for Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK. While living in Tokyo, he produced and directed award-winning TV programs and participated in the launch of the world’s first HDTV channel. He later joined The BBC as a senior Broadcast Journalist in Japan and South East Asia. Prior to his current role, Patrick launched and led the development of content strategies and partnerships at YouTube across Europe, Middle East and Africa, and spent several years at digital startups working on both content and partnerships.

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    Miss Kittin

    Grenoble born Caroline Hervé, aka Miss Kittin has over the past years become one of the most inspiring DJs and voices to emerge within the electronic music scene. Alongside long-time production partner The Hacker, tracks such as ‘Frank Sinatra’ and ‘1982’ propelled them into the spotlight, whilst further collaborations with fellow feline Felix Da Housecat’s ‘Silver Screen (Shower Scene)’ and ‘Madame Hollywood’, Golden Boy’s ‘Rippin Kittin’, Sven Väth ‘Je T’aime’, Steve Bug, Antonelli Electric and T.Raumschmiere to name but a few, have confirmed Miss Kittin’s star billing status. She released her debut solo artist album ‘I Com’ in 2004, that showed her spreading her wings with jacking Chicago House, distorted punk attitude, skanked-up Dub and Electronic Pop as the singles ‘Professional Distortion’, ‘Requiem For A Hit’ and ‘Happy Violentine’ so aptly displayed. The heavily-accented deadpan delivery over techno beats that established her notoriety on previous recordings has been unseated by a desire to sing, to scream, to rap and to croon, all of which she manages to do with ample helpings of sly wit and wordplay and a musical landscape that incorporates both brazen beats and intoxicating atmospherics. However for all her releases and collaborations Kittin’s first and main love remains DJing. From starting out in 1994, Kittin’s name first appeared on a flyer in the chill-out room for a rave in an old military fort in the mountains. From there on Kittin hasn’t looked back. From playing harder edged Techno, rave classics, Chicago, Acid and Detroit Techno Kittin has progressed into more leftfield, Electro and electronic realms. Able to play Prince with Black Dog or Aphex Twin with a new Kompakt 12″ she has an uncanny and intuitive sense of selection that not only flows but also maintains that primary sense of the party. Anyone who has seen Kittin dancing behind the decks or grabbing the microphone mid-set will understand only too well that she is also a clubber at heart. As Kittin says, “I love playing records, it’s probably the best thing I know to do in life. I do it because it’s big fun and it makes me free.” Based in Paris since 2007, Kittin released her second solo album “Batbox” in 2008, followed by the second album of the collaboration with her all time favorite musical partner The Hacker entitled “Two” in 2009, both released on her own label ‘Nobody’s Bizzness‘. After the extensive live touring of Miss Kittin & The Hacker in 2009 all over the globe, 2010 has seen Kittin’s couple of remixes and collaborations and in early 2011 a release of the ’All You Need’ EP on Mobilee Records, that brought her sultry yet punchy vocals back to the floor with a classic electro bassline. Having spent over a decade cultivating her intransigent image, Miss Kittin reliably brings all her gusto, charisma and inspiration to the decks, which have produced many seminal moments of dance-floor heaven and is rightly placed as one of the most revered and recognizable artists in Dance music today. On April 22nd, 2013, Miss Kittin released her 3rd solo artist album: “Calling From The Stars” is out on wSphere Records!

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    Kenny ‘Dope’ Gonzalez – Masters at Work

    Masters At Work – Louie Vega & Kenny Dope (Artists, USA)

    The two native New Yorkers have amassed an overwhelming body of work in that time, one that includes hundreds of original productions, remixes and side projects, redefining the way we think of music in clubs. Vega and Gonzalez defiantly mix everything they can find – house, hip-hop, funk, disco, Latin, African and jazz – into a universal groove.

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    ‘Little Louie’ Vega – Masters at Work

    Masters At Work – Louie Vega & Kenny Dope (Artists, USA)

    The two native New Yorkers have amassed an overwhelming body of work in that time, one that includes hundreds of original productions, remixes and side projects, redefining the way we think of music in clubs. Vega and Gonzalez defiantly mix everything they can find – house, hip-hop, funk, disco, Latin, African and jazz – into a universal groove.

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    Agoria
    (Artist, France)

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

    The Association for Electronic Music has appointed Mark Lawrence as its first CEO. Lawrence previously spent 10 years at UK collection society PRS For Music, latterly as Director of Membership, responsible for 100,000 members worldwide.

    His appointment was confirmed at a board meeting of AFEM held at the International Music Summit (IMS) in Ibiza.

    Lawrence has a long association with the dance and electronic music genres. In 2012 he launched PRS’s Amplify initiative focusing on the genre, he has spoken at numerous industry events and he co-owns independent house music label Black Rock Records with DJ Steve Mac.

    Lawrence began his career in retail banking before joining mechanical rights licensing agency MCPS in 2004. He was promoted to Director of Operations in 2006 before becoming Director of Corporate Planning of PRS for Music three years later. He was promoted to Director of Membership and Rights in 2010, leading a team of 120 staff serving a membership of over 100,000, ranging from major international publishers to individual songwriters.

    While at PRS he launched and led Amplify, an initiative to increase membership in the dance music sector and improve the accuracy and value of royalties paid to writers in the genre. He left PRS earlier this year.

    He said, “I am delighted and honoured to have been selected by Ben and Kurosh to run this organisation. AFEM has the opportunity to be something amazing – a global electronic music organisation representing everyone from labels to DJs to promoters to publishers, small or large, young or old. I am committed to turning that vision into reality.”

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    Elrow – The Arnau Family

    Elrow, Founders, Spain

    elrow was conceived in 2010 by Cruz and Juan Arnau Lasierra, the sixth generation of entrepreneurs of the Arnau Family, who also founded the Monegros Festival and the legendary Club Florida 135 in Fraga, Aragón. elrow is the umbrella brand of a series of 100% immersive themed shows which have become a global reference in the field of circus inspired parties thanks to its perfect mix of the best electronic music with unimaginable scenarios, frenzied performances and outlandish characters. From its Barcelona based headquarters it has been in constant growth, establishing residencies in Ibiza, Madrid, London and Amsterdam and having held 88 shows around the globe in 2016 in partnership with main festivals and clubs.

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    Loco Dice
    (Artist, Germany)

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    Austin Kramer

    Spotify, Global Head of Dance/Electronic, USA

    Austin Kramer is the Global Head of Dance and Electronic Music at Spotify. He is responsible for all electronic and dance music curation including hit playlists electroNOWFresh ElectronicBrain Food and Housewerk.  Austin is known for letting music lead the conversation, shedding light on artists’ personalities, empowering new artists, channel branding, and breaking new artists among millions of worldwide fans.  With a decade of broadcast experience, Kramer has become a household name in dance music. In his previous position at XM, then SiriusXM, Satellite Radio, he propelled the dance channels, focusing on original content and branding. His responsibilities included  music programming, artist interviews and dj sets, channel imaging, social awareness, and directing/hosting live broadcasts to millions of North American subscribers.  Austin is a graduate of the University of Colorado and is based in New York City. 

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    B Traits

    Brianna Price aka B.Traits grew up in Nelson, British Columbia, a town where “half the people are hippies and half are rednecks.” Her path was set very early indeed. “Even at five, six years old, I was totally mesmerised by music channels and discovered electronic music, including British acts such as The Prodigy.” She soon found herself becoming a music selector and mixtape creator for friends and eventually DJing at local nights.

    Bri moved to Vancouver to study music production and would persuade DJs touring North America to come and play in the city. Brit originator DJ SS returned the favour and invited her to play on the World Drum’n’Bass tour. Having never travelled outside Canada, Bri found herself on a whirlwind journey ending in with a permanent move to London, the birthplace of the music she grew up loving.

    Bri kept DJing every weekend and working in the studio during the week and in 2007 whilst on tour with Shy FX she played him some of her early productions. Impressed with her skill as a producer and DJ he brought her into his record label, Digital Soundboy.

    In 2012 she released the rave / bass hybrid track ‘Fever’ on Digital Soundboy, hit the UK Top 40 and had the track upstreamed to a major record label.

    Meanwhile, she attracted the attention of Radio 1’s In New DJs We Trust. Within a year Bri became first choice when Radio 1 was seeking an official cover for Annie Mac.

    In September 2014 Bri was honoured with her own show as part of the legendary BBC Radio 1 Friday night line-up, bridging the gap between Pete Tong and the Essential Mix from 1-4am. She loves using her show to champion new underground artists as well as introducing her younger audience to the most influential masters of the scene, both current and historic.

    A skilled producer, club DJ and radio presenter, bridging underground music from techno to jungle to house. You should certainly expect the unexpected where B.Traits is concerned – but if there’s something you can predict, it’s that whatever comes next will be unique and it will be big.

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    Eddie Dean

    CEO, RPM PRESENTS, USA

    Eddie Dean wears many hats, as the CEO and founder of RPM Presents, managing director of Pacha Macau, and president and CEO of the recently closed Pacha New York. Dean has organized countless events for hundreds of thousands of music fans worldwide.

    Dean’s first venue was Faces, a small pub in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Next came Ruby’s, and later, Rock ‘n Jocks. He first hit Manhattan in 1999, opening Hush in the Flatiron District. By 2001 the venue had a new sound system – and new name: Discotheque. Two years – and countless parties later – he opened Tiki Room, before setting out on his biggest venture to date, as he opened Pacha New York.

    Eddie Dean took the Pacha franchise to a new level. For a full decade, Pacha New York’s trophy case busted at the brims – with accolades from Forbes to Maxim, DJ Mag to Mixmag, and multiple IDMA awards. Every DJ under the sun has graced the Pacha decks; Pacha was the undisputed home of dance music in New York.

    In 2012, Dean expanded his empire as he launched RPM Presents. RPM quickly became the leading event producer on the East Coast, introducing dance music to venues throughout NYC with events at Pier 94, Radio City, Madison Square Garden, Governors Island, Central Park, Pier 36, MetLife Stadium, Citi Field, the Meadowlands Race Track, and more. RPM has brought major festivals including Electric Daisy Carnival and Life in Color to New York, and has powered events throughout New Jersey and Brooklyn.

    In April 2015, Eddie Dean announced his biggest international venture to date; Pacha Macau. Pacha is China’s first megaclub, as Dean brings Ibiza-style nightlife to Greater China for the very first time, electrifying the island’s burgeoning club scene.

    2015 was one of Dean’s biggest years. Spring saw the fourth annual Electric Daisy Carnival New York at MetLife Stadium, along with a series of BKWRHS warehouse shows in Brooklyn. Later that year, Dean brought New York’s premier Halloween event series “Pier of Fear” back to Pier 94, followed by his annual New Years Celebration: Big Week NYC, all with record-breaking attendance.

    In December he celebrated Pacha New York’s tenth anniversary: an impressive anniversary for a New York club – and just a few months later made the bold decision to close it’s doors, focusing on ‘going home’ to Brooklyn with his latest venture at 54 N.11th Street, Schimanski Nightclub.

    2017 brings a brand-new outdoor venue to Eddie’s portfolio, The Harbor Hills Project on Governors Island – a previously untouched 8-acre waterfront space for music, food, arts, and cultural events.

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    Alexandra Cárdenas

    COMPOSER/LIVE CODER, COLUMBIA

    Composer, programmer and improviser of music born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1976. She studied composition at the Universidad de los Andes where she also carried studies in mathematics and classical guitar. Her works have been played in diverse venues in America, Europe and Asia. In 2003 she obtained an Artistic Residency at the Centro Nacional de las Artes (CNA) in Mexico City. In 2010 she was part of the program Prácticas de Vuelo at the Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras (CMMAS). In 2011she was granted an Artistic Residency at the Tokyo Wonder Site in Japan, where she wrote a piece for Nanae Yoshimura (koto), Suzuky Toshiya (flute) and live electronics.

    Using open source software like SuperCollider and TidalCycles, her work is focused on the exploration of the musicality of code and the algorithmic behaviour of music. An important part of this exploration consists of the practice of live coding. Having an intense activity as teacher and performer of live coding, Alexandra is among the pioneers of live coding in electroacoustic music and part of the forefront of the Algorave scene. Currently she lives in Berlin, Germany, and is doing her masters in Sound Studies at the Berlin University of the Arts.

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    Nick Sabine

    Resident Advisor, Founders, UK

    Nick Sabine is the co-founder of Resident Advisor (RA). Established in 2001, RA enables the discovery of new music and events through a unique combination of original content and listings. By providing a platform for artists, promoters and fans RA connects the global dance music community and plays an indispensable role in supporting the electronic music industry worldwide.

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    Paul Clement

    Resident Advisor, Founders, UK

    Paul Clement is the co-founder of Resident Advisor (RA). Established in 2001, RA enables the discovery of new music and events through a unique combination of original content and listings. By providing a platform for artists, promoters and fans RA connects the global dance music community and plays an indispensable role in supporting the electronic music industry worldwide.

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    Alice Favre

    HEAD OF OPERATIONS, LWE, UK

    Alice Favre has been in the music and events industry for 17 years now. Having worked in most departments whilst learning her trade she has a wide knowledge of every aspect of the industry but specialises in operations. She is one third of LWE, a growing events company in London who best known for Junction 2 festival as well as all the music events at Tobacco Dock and Printworks. She is managing director of LWE, overseeing all departments generally whilst specialising in the operations of all their events.

    She is also one third of Ticket Tannoy which she runs with her two partners from LWE, Will Harold and Paul Jack. All three partners also consult and freelance across a number of projects including managing Arcadia Spectacular, one the first club based locker businesses in the UK, sponsorship consultancy and producing events for brands like Red Bull.

    LWE have worked with a numbers of event brands, labels and music icons such as Drumcode (Junction 2 is a joining of Adam Beyer and LWE), Elrow, The Hydra, Hospitality, Enter, Carl Cox and many more.

    The majority of LWE events are held in unique and interesting spaces – Junction 2’s main stage is on an island under the M4, Tobacco Dock is a grade I listed, old tobacco storage warehouse and Printworks is an 120m long old newspaper printing factory with some of the printers still there. This means that Alice is used to tackling problems and coming up with solutions that keep both the customers and the authorities happy.

    Alice is the first point of contact with the police, council and licensing as well as with local residents and stakeholders in the venue. She has a strong team around her who share her vision and passion and compliment her working style and beliefs.
    has been in the music and events industry for 17 years now. Having worked in most departments whilst learning her trade she has a wide knowledge of every aspect of the industry but specialises in operations. She is one third of LWE, a growing events company in London who best known for Junction 2 festival as well as all the music events at Tobacco Dock and Printworks. She is managing director of LWE, overseeing all departments generally whilst specialising in the operations of all their events.

    She is also one third of Ticket Tannoy which she runs with her two partners from LWE, Will Harold and Paul Jack. All three partners also consult and freelance across a number of projects including managing Arcadia Spectacular, one the first club based locker businesses in the UK, sponsorship consultancy and producing events for brands like Red Bull.

    LWE have worked with a numbers of event brands, labels and music icons such as Drumcode (Junction 2 is a joining of Adam Beyer and LWE), Elrow, The Hydra, Hospitality, Enter, Carl Cox and many more.

    The majority of LWE events are held in unique and interesting spaces – Junction 2’s main stage is on an island under the M4, Tobacco Dock is a grade I listed, old tobacco storage warehouse and Printworks is an 120m long old newspaper printing factory with some of the printers still there. This means that Alice is used to tackling problems and coming up with solutions that keep both the customers and the authorities happy.

    Alice is the first point of contact with the police, council and licensing as well as with local residents and stakeholders in the venue. She has a strong team around her who share her vision and passion and compliment her working style and beliefs.

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    Gianfranco Bortolotti

    Media Records, Founder, Italy

    Trying to sum up Gianfranco Bortolotti’s career is an arduous task, because there is the risk of skipping many things that could help to understand his mission in life but most of all his successes.

    We can say that consciousness and authority have always been his first rule, since the beginning of his career in the 1980s, when a very young Gianfranco dedicated his time and energy into Italo disco, a new genre that before long, also influenced the house and techno style that was being born in Chicago and Detroit during those early years.

    One of his first strong intuitions was house music, when in Europe it was still a completely unknown style. Gianfranco strongly wanted to bring this fresh sound to Italy, investing all his efforts and also clashing against many of the old Italian music industry traditions, thus creating a revolution and rapidly expanding his model of doing business all over the world with Media Records.

    As a leading A&R and music visionary, Gianfranco created his first hit music project Cappella, initially releasing classic underground tracks like ‘Bauhaus’ in 1987 and the sublime ‘Helyom Halib’ in 1988.

    Being the creative force behind globally successful, multi-platinum artists such as Cappella, 49ers and Gigi D’Agostino, he quickly became one of the most popular music producers, not only in Europe but also in the US, from where he had been musically inspired by the birth of house music.

    Music producer Gianfranco Bortolotti founded Media Records in Brescia, in 1987, and it is the most successful Italian dance music brand in history. He is responsible for creating some of the most commercially successful dance music acts during the 80’s & 90’s, and to date the company has sold in excess of 50 million records worldwide across all of its labels and licensing deals.

    Gianfranco is responsible for more than 150 gold & platinum hit projects. He has launched successful, global careers for artists including; Cappella, Gigi D’Agostino, 49ers, Picotto, and Joy Kitikonti to name just a few, and he has personally created many classic music brands including BXR, Noisemaker, Heartbeat & Underground, and in 1997, Media Records acquired rights to the famous UMM music brand.

    Now celebrating 30 successful years in the business, World of Media is launching a range of new music labels, artist careers, events and technologies in 2017. Gianfranco also runs a global artist management division, which already boasts a modern day success story, with the Italian rapper Mr Rain.

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    Ricardo Urgell

    Pacha, Founder, Spain

    Ricardo Urgell Martí, fundador de Grupo Pacha, nació el 18 de Septiembre de 1937 en la ciudad condal de Barcelona. Desciende de una saga de artistas catalanes en los cuales se encuentra su bisabuelo el paisajista Modest Urgell, y su abuelo el impresionista Ricardo Urgell. Su padre Jose Mª Urgell, se dedicó a la ingeniería metalúrgica, aplicando en ella las bellas artes, y fue el creador de las primeras motocicletas Ducati en España.

    El hecho de haber estado influenciado por su familia a lo largo de su infancia le ayudó a desarrollar su creatividad, y además con sus estudios de arquitectura adquirió un amplio conocimiento que posteriormente fue aplicando a cada uno de sus negocios.

    Su carrera profesional se inició a los 28 años, creando una escuela de esquí acuático en la población de Sitges. Posteriormente, en el año 1965 abrió Tito’s, su primer local con el cual comenzó a engendrarse ese particular espíritu que apertura tras apertura, se fue adueñando de las noches mediterráneas.

    Tras ver el éxito que Tito’s supuso, en 1966 decidió invertir todo su capital creando su primera Boite a la cual llamó Pacha Sitges, nombre sugerido por su esposa Marisa Cobos, la cual en aquel momento vaticinó: “dedícate a esto y vivirás como un Pacha”. Posteriormente en 1968 abrió Pachito, en el 70 abrió Pacha Lloret de Mar, y en 1971 Disco Biba Sitges.

    En 1972 fue galardonado por la mejor obra de arquitectura barcelonesa, con el primer premio F.A.D, por la creación de Metamorfosis.

    Tras varias visitas a la Isla de Ibiza, Ricardo quedó prendado del lugar por el aire de libertad que en esta se respiraba y decidió abrir Pacha Ibiza en 1973, con la cual se consolidarían las bases de la filosofía, el espíritu del Grupo, considerándose hoy el pilar de la marca.

    En 1974 Ricardo Urgell prosiguió su aventura con la apertura de Pacha Playa de Aro, en 1975 el Bar 98 Octanus, y Equilibrio en 1977. En 1978 consiguió su segundo premio F.A.D, por la creación del restaurante El Casino en Barcelona.

    En 1980 inauguró Pacha Madrid, apertura en la capital que impulsó la expansión de la marca por todo el territorio español, y que marcó a toda una generación en los años de la movida madrileña.

    En 2002 abre el Restarurante Sa Punta, y en 2003 decide embarcarse en un nuevo proyecto abriendo El Hotel Pacha.

    En el año 2004 se le concede por parte del Gobierno Español, la Medalla de Oro al Mérito Turístico por toda su trayectoria profesional, siendo esta la máxima por haber prestado servicios relevantes al turismo español.

    Grupo Pacha continuando constante en su crecimiento, abre Lio en el año 2011, innovador local en la isla de Ibiza por sus espectáculos en vivo, ubicado en frente de la emblemática Dalt Vila.

    En el año 2013 apuesta por la apertura de un nuevo proyecto, Destino Pacha Ibiza Resort, con él cual se logra  contagiar el estilo de vida de Pacha, y de Ibiza.

    En 2016 la productora Shine Ibieria, bajo la dirección de Javier Barden y Macarena Rey, crean el documental El arquitecto de la noche, en el cual invita a conocer la vida de Ricardo Urgell, su trayectoria profesional y su estilo de vida.

    Desde sus principios, Pacha no sólo ha conseguido extenderse territorialmente, sino que además ha logrado crear una red de franquicias presente en más de 20 capitales importantes del mundo, en las cuales se encuentra Brasil, Argentina, Australia, China, Japón, Estados Unidos, entre muchos otros países; consiguiendo además de ello, el lograr expandirse en su concepto.

    Con un canal de televisión, un sello discográfico, colecciones de ropa y complementos, tiendas, una revista y perfumes, restaurantes, hoteles y locales de ocio, Grupo Pacha se ha convertido en un sinónimo de hedonismo, frescura y carácter.

    Ricardo Urgell tras su larga y estable trayectoria en el mundo de los negocios, le ha hecho consolidarse en nuestro país y fuera de él, como unos de los más importantes empresarios del ocio nocturno de nuestros tiempos.

     

     

     

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    Andreea Magdalina

    FOUNDER / CO-FOUNDER, SHESAID.SO / IAMJT, USA

    Andreea Magdalina is a connector. Currently based out of Los Angeles her work focuses on the interaction between music and technology. With a 5yr+ career as VP of Content at Mixcloud and as a founder of a small non-profit organization, her expertise lies primarily in digital marketing, social media and business development, in addition to music consulting.

    In September 2014 Andreea founded a network for women with active roles in the music industry at www.shesaid.so. Featuring 1700+ members worldwide, the SSSO community meets monthly in London at Shoreditch House and in LA at Soho House as part of an event that includes panels, workshops, roundtable discussions and/or performances. shesaid.so partners with various conferences and festivals to curate and speak on panels aimed at promoting exceptional work by women in the music industry. Previous partnerships include Amsterdam Dance Event, M For Montreal, IMS, Further Future, SXSW, Bloc and more. On a global scale, the shesaid.so community is hosting quarterly events in various cities including New York, the Bay Area, Belgium, Berlin, Paris, Barcelona and Lisbon.

    Andreea is a an experienced speaker on topics such as music partnerships, artist development, community building, digital marketing, and empowering women in the music industry.

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    Jesse Rose

    ARTIST, UK

    The biography of nearly every globally renowned House and Techno DJ / Music Producer / Label Owner reads pretty much the same. They’ll start by telling you how they got into music as a child listening to their parents vinyl collection (which probably includes Motown, Funk, Soul and a bit of Disco). Their father was possibly a (folk) musician who helped introduce them to music at a young age. Coming from West London they probably listened to and were inspired by the sounds of Drum & Bass from their local pirate radio station (maybe they got a show on said station a few years later) and the reggae Soundsytems they’d pass on their way home from school. Their career will have kicked off likely in their early teens with a few local DJ gigs, maybe in a regional UK city like Bristol, maybe they promoted some parties and then later started a record label (or even four). Said producer must have put out their first release on an uber-cool indie label (something like Derrick Carter’s ‘Classic’ imprint). Then their career might have taken off when they started twisting the format of House music with the help of a few fellow producers and a new label imprint (let’s use ‘Dubsided’ as an example). Some of them might have followed that lucky streak with constant plays at a legendary London club like Fabric. In a bold gesture they may have even moved to a city like Berlin and started a monthly residency at another legendary club, something like Panorama Bar. At that point they’ll have “broke through” by influencing a culture entrenched in one style (Minimal Techno) to a new one (Chunky House & Techno).

    Any DJ/producer worth their salt carves their own career, and though noted accomplishments and milestones paves the way for themselves as a globally recognized identity. This starts with residencies and regular plays at some of the world’s most hyped nightclubs and parties, say: Womb in Tokyo, Razzmatazz in Barcelona, Rhonda in Los Angeles, and 20+ more, from Robert Johnson and Cocoon in Germany to Space, Pacha and Amnesia in Ibiza. Let’s not forget a consistent presence at festivals like Exit, Melt, Parklife, Creamfields, Tomorrowland, Mysteryland, and give or take 30+ more. They’ve got to have credible and viral remixes under their belts, from massive Rap and Dance acts to the most respected underground artists; we’re speaking about everyone from electronic legends like Underworld, Armand Van Helden, Simian Mobile Disco, Cassius to rappers like Childish Gambino, Joey Bada$$ and Kendrick Lamar. They’ll obviously have put their spin on their sound’s legendary classics, for example tracks like Louie Vega & Mood II Swing’s “Harddrive,” KMS “World Of Deep”, Romanthony’s “Let Me Show You Love”, or they’ll just remix a straight-up classic like ’Sun Is Shining by Bob Marley. You simply cannot call yourself a world-renowned musician without the proper accreditation, awards, and features: massive compilations on globally dominant labels (Fabric, Get Physical and Defected), recognition as top-ranking in their class by music’s forefront publications (Mixmag’s Top 10 DJs, DJ Mag’s Best of British), and covers on electronic music’s biggest magazines (DJ Mag, IDJ and De:Bug). Credibility further expands via collaborations with other notable musicians; a credible producer whose sound infected the mainstream (someone like Switch), add someone who paved the way for their influenced sound (let’s say Henrik Schwarz), a trend-setting trailblazer (Claude Vonstroke, for example), maybe add in a living legend (like Leon Ware, producer for Marvin Gaye) and an upcoming cool-guy (Seven Davis Jr) and complete the sentence with “cool band Hot Chip made up a rap about my name for my debut album.” With a solid niche carved for their sound, global recognition through their own remixes and club residencies, at this point they’ll probably have started their own labels, putting out releases that built new genres and topped charts. But what keeps someone like this at the top of their game isn’t just international performances and magazine covers – it’s their key role in building new artists’ careers, presence outside the world with clothing brands like Zane Robe and the odd DJ gig for a model like Daisy Lowe, radio accolades like many Essential New Tunes, an Essential Mix, Co-Hosting on BBC Radio 1 and being inducted into the BBC Pete Tong ‘Hall of Fame’ and with all that, you’re pretty much there. Follow that recipe and viola: a globally-renowned House and Techno DJ / Music Producer / Label Owner.

    There it is… Over the last ten years Jesse Rose broke through by helping to create a sub-genre with the track ‘A-Sided’ on Switch’s Dubsided. He’s since set up four influential labels (Front Room, Made To Play, Play It Down and its subprint A-SIDED) which have been responsible for launching some of House and Techno’s biggest names. Jesse’s discography boasts over 200 releases, from originals to remixes, his DJ career has seen him traverse the globe a ridiculous about of times with no sight of slowing down, remaining at the world’s best, biggest, and most credible clubs, parties and festivals. Jesse Rose has always stood for quality and long may it continue.

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    Lindi Delight

    FOUNDER, DE LIGHT MANAGEMENT, GERMANY

    Lindi Delight has been involved in the global electronic dance music scene for nearly a decade. She started her professional promotional and event production career in Toronto by establishing a deep house event brand in warehouses and off locations, booking the leading artists of the genre. During a 3 year stay in Dubai she got deeper knowledge in brand management and PR while working at a cutting-edge creative music agency. In addition to coordinating and managing all press for the companies weekly electronic music events, Lindi developed event concepts and strategies for leading brands such as Nokia, National Geographic, Puma and Carolina Herrera. In 2011 Lindi relocated to Berlin to work for Techno heavyweight Chris Liebing to develop his CLR label nights globally. Here she was responsible for all aspects of these showcases including booking, marketing, social media management, logistics and on location event management.

    Always looking for new challenges and constantly studying later developments in communication, marketing and event production, she took on the Brand Manager & Event Director position at Lee Burridge’s All Day I Dream venture. In just over a year she expanded the USA-based brand to debut in Sydney, London, Paris, Berlin and Beirut and nearly tripling the number of event productions than previous years. At the end of 2016, Lindi launched her new management agency, De Light Management, where she is focusing on developing and expanding label showcases for various brands worldwide. When her busy schedule allows, she shares her knowledge and organizational skills by consulting other electronic music brands and training staff in social media management, project management and optimizing workflows. Miss Delight knows all aspects of the music business and brings her heart and passion for music into complex and authentic event creations.

    DVS1

    DVS1

    Immersed in the heydays of the ’90s Midwest rave scene, DVS1 (Zak Khutoretsky) has gained a highly-respected reputation for his versatile skills, infectious energy and physical power behind the decks. As a resident DJ of Berlin’s infamous Berghain / Panorama Bar, he moves floors of the world’s most prestigious and best venues crafting the art of DJing through always being in the mix, pushing his own boundaries and sensitively reacting to the people’s energy.

    Molded by massive sound systems composed of walls of speakers, DVS1’s vision of techno is based on the physical power of music. Zak’s pure approach of sound being his personal channel to capture the very moment in time is as dedicated as his continuation to shape the electronic scene in his hometown Minneapolis – from throwing illegal warehouse parties to owning a nightclub to running his own sound company for two decades. After his first original releases on Klockworks and Transmat, he was not only introduced to a bigger audience, hence creating a strong fellowship for his own imprints: While HUSH showcase DVS1’s love for deep, purist techno and only his music, Mistress Recordings reflects his wide range as a beat and rhythm addict presenting some of his secret weapons that touches all corners of the dance floor and beyond.

    With a combination of deep musical knowledge, unparalleled enthusiasm, and a vinyl collection of more than 30,000 records, DVS1 is also renowned as an outspoken defender of underground’s true values that established the American DJ, producer and label owner as a truly exceptional character of today’s contemporary electronic music scene.

    Andreas-Allen

    Andreas Allen

    HEAD OF ARTIST RELATIONS, NATIVE INSTRUMENTS, USA

    Andreas has over 20 years experience in the music industry, covering studio engineering, songwriting and music production, before eventually moving into A&R.

    With seven years under his belt at Native Instruments, he’s responsible for global artist relations, managing teams and talent acquisition in Berlin, London, L.A., Paris and Tokyo. Initiating brand partnerships, cultural marketing campaigns and acting as a direct consultant to product development, Andreas is the sharp end of the spear when it comes to integrated artist campaigns.

    He cut his teeth in the industry as a studio engineer at Madonna’s Maverick in-house studio, Brooklyn Recording in the early 90s where his musical passion and ambition snowballed. Turning his hand to marketing, with a quick stint working alongside Virgin Record’s artist development team, he focused on executing grass roots marketing campaigns for indie acts of the time, including names like Radiohead, Jamiroquai and Björk. He signed his own album deal in the mid-90’s to indie Dorado Records (UK), as recording artist “Outside” with Matt Cooper and subsequently enjoyed global tours and DJ gigs.

    As the millennium hit, Andreas co-launched a music production services company in LA, remixing and producing for major label artists, before scoring a GRAMMY nomination (songwriter/producer) for Vikter Duplaix’s “Make a Baby” single on BBE.

    Andreas still acts as A&R and brand consultant to talent management and record label figures, who seek his vast expertise in the field.

    Louisahhh

    Louisahhh

    Raised in atmosphere bursting with passion for music, Louisahhh started singing and playing instruments at an early age before discovering a passion for DJing. Starting at age 17, sneaking into New York City clubs with fake Ids, Louisahhh started to make a name for herself in the New York underground clubs during the years 2000.

    Topping the charts with a series of high projects with several artists as Danny Daze and Brodinski, Louisahhh has quickly risen as one of the most coming woman artists within the techno scenes thanks to her voice, a unique style, and explosive DJ sets. She’s collaborated with Maelstrom releasing three EPs and creating the RAAR label whose the last opus ‘Listen/Hurry’ was released in 2016.

    Also at ease working solo, their two techno EPs ‘Transcend’ and ‘Shadow Work’ released on Bromance Records, reveal her talents of author, compositor and executant according to the video clip ‘Ready’.

    As she keeps the momentum with a BBC 1 residence, a world tour and a series of releases on RAAR, Louisahhh is back in studio putting the final touches of her next maxi and her very first album available in 2017.

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    David Emery

    VICE PRESIDENT / GLOBAL MARKETING STRATEGY, KOBALT RECORDS, UK

    David Emery is the VP Global Marketing Strategy for Kobalt Music Recordings, overseeing the marketing strategy for a range of different artists including Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Pet Shop Boys, Karen O, Nicolas Jaar, Ray BLK, Deadmau5, The Strokes and a whole bunch more.

    Previous to that he was the Head of Marketing for Beggars Group Records, where amongst other things he worked on the marketing campaigns for artists like Adele, Radiohead, The xx, The National, Bon Iver, The Strokes, Queens of the Stone Age, Sonic Youth and The White Stripes.

    Monki

    Monki

    RADIO PRESENTER / DJ, RADIO 1, UK

    With a BBC Radio 1 show, her own party brand and a record label (Zoo Music), Monki presides over a mini empire. In the seven years since she first got involved in the electronic music business, she has risen to every challenge with aplomb, working her way up from an intern at Rinse FM to become an influential international selector, with gigs across Britain and beyond.

    In her youth, Monki was fascinated with pirate radio. Her love of music and radio led to two pivotal work placements that set her on her current path; the first was at revolutionary station Radio Jackie and, while there, she landed an internship with legendary London broadcaster, Rinse FM. After a year of solid graft behind the scenes, she was offered a Thursday morning slot, which she made her own. Her prowess as a presenter and DJ earned her a promotion to a prime time Saturday slot, and from there the only way was up…

    After studying at world-renowned music school Point Blank, Monki’s destiny was assured, music became her true calling. The Rinse FM role gave her an abundance of experience and led to the next phase of her broadcasting career, a monthly show on Radio 1’s for In New DJs We Trust which led to a weekly slot on 1Xtra. After a couple of years on the station, she got the call up to join Radio 1 and now hosts a weekly show every Sunday night from 1-4am.

    Meanwhile, she has appeared at clubs like fabric, Sankeys and The Warehouse Project, together with overseas adventures at festivals like Hideout, Snowbombing and Annie Mac’s Lost And Found. Alongside her solo bookings, Monki also curates her own night called ‘Monki & Friends’, which has toured the UK, in association with Red Bull and unleashed four killer EPs, featuring music from a variety of talents such as Shadow Child, Melé, Joe Goddard, SG Lewis, Riton, Kidnap Kid and many many more.

    Wade Cadwood

    Wade Cawood

    CEO, PULSE GLOBAL, USA

    Tenacity, Passion, a collaborative nature, embracing diversification and the ability to recognise an opportunity at its earliest inception are just a few of the raw qualities Wade Cawood attributes to his growing success in an ever-fragmenting, exciting time for the industry. Add to this a global network spanning 5 continents, numerous major events, commercial partnerships and millions of page impressions later, Cawood’s multi-faceted businesses are on the rise. Undeniable entrepreneurial talent, a seemingly endless wealth of knowledge and ground-up experience position him as an influential thought-leader in the electronic dance music industry.

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    Rachel Turner

    BUSINESS PSYCHOLOGIST & PERFORMANCE COACH, ACHIEVE UNLIMITED, UK

    Rachel is a business psychologist and performance coach who has spent the past 25 years helping entrepreneurs, leaders and creatives achieve phenomenal success.
    Her client list ranges from:
    • Award winning DJs and film producers to founders of multi-national businesses
    • Best-selling authors to ground-breaking solopreneurs
    • Political leaders in Downing Street to tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and beyond

    As an early adopter of the house music industry in the late 80’s, Rachel created her first business at the age of 18 and by her 25th birthday founded two record labels, a publishing company, an artist management company and a club promotions company with her ex-husband Carl Cox.

    Changing direction in the mid 90s, Rachel earned a degree in Applied Psychology at Sussex University then trained with, graduated from and became a faculty member at CoachU. Rachel established her coaching practice, Achieve Unlimited, in 1998 and became an ICF Professional Certified Coach in 2001.

    Rachel supports entrepreneurs and creative leaders to generate highly profitable businesses and careers, while maintaining personal fulfillment and well-being. The list of her clients’ achievements since 1998 speaks for itself:
    • 2,000+ new products or services launched
    • 50 businesses who’ve doubled their turnover in 12 months
    • 700+ new businesses founded
    • 150+ promotions secured
    • an average of £20M of new business secured by small businesses each year
    • 14 books written, 37 industry awards won, 5 films and 2 stage shows produced, 4 gurus/superstars born and 3 charities founded

    Most importantly, Rachel’s clients achieve huge success without major personal sacrifice and maintain strong relationships with family, friends and colleagues, keep well and sane and, most importantly, they enjoy the journey.
    Rachel is married to Francesco Furriello, the co-founder of Angels of Love in Naples and they have a 15 year-old son. She has two dogs and a ridiculous, long-standing addiction to Daft Punk’s album ‘Alive 2007’.

    Steffen-Charles

    Steffen Charles

    CEO, COSMOPOP GMBH, GERMANY

    Born on 7 September 1972 in Frankenthal, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany Married. One son, one daughter

    CAREER
    1992 – 2005 organized several club events and festivals in the Rhine Neckar Metropolitan area

    1993 – 2003 founded first record store (Goa Records) in the Rhine- Neckar Metropolitan area. Successfully expanded Goa records to the regional market leader for physical electronic music distribution

    1994 invented and launched the Time Warp festival concept with the first event held in November 1994 in Ludwigshafen

    1995 – 2000 founded and operated the nationwide festivals Love and Light and Kings of the Jungle

    1995 and the following years expanded and developed Time Warp into one of the leading German events for electronic music with nationwide events in Berlin, Bremen, Hannover, Leipzig, Mannheim and Sinsheim

    1999 acquired the open-air-festival Love Family Park with 1,500 visitors developing it into a well-known festival with up to 25,000 European visitors

    2003 founded the company Cosmopop GmbH and became its director. Cosmopop is an event-planning agency, organizing and merchandising electronic music focused festival brands and DJ tours

    2004 – 2013 operated and curated the Jetztmusikfestival, a cross- cultural festival for music, dance, film, arts and lectures in Mannheim

    2005 started the international roll-out of the Time Warp festival beginning with the Czech Republic (2005), followed by Austria (2006), the Netherlands (2008 to 2014), Italy (2011 and 2012), Argentina (2014, 2015 and 2016) and America (2014 and 2015)

    2006 joined the companies Loft GmbH and Zimmer GmbH, operators of the two night clubs Loft in Ludwigshafen and Zimmer in Mannheim, and converted these clubs into renowned venues for electronic music

    2007 Started Hafen 49 regular Summer outdoor location

    2009 With the Time Warp technical team, started working as a producer and developed stageshows for serveral live acts and DJs, as: Richie Hawtin presents Contakt, Plastikman live, Loco Dice used and abused, Dubfire Hybrid, Tale of Us

    2012 joined the Stuttgart Electronic Music Festival GmbH, operator of the SEMF, increasing the Stuttgart indoor festival’s visitor numbers from 4,000 to 17,000

    2013 co-founded the Sonus Festival in Novalja, Croatia, and tripled the number of visitors to 10,000 in the second year

    2017 Started Hafenfestival Mannheim, sold out with the first edition

    Sulinna-Ong

    Sulinna Ong

    VICE PRESIDENT / ARTIST MARKETING, DEEZER, UK

    Sulinna Ong is Vice President of Artist Marketing at Deezer. Ms. Ong is responsible for leading Deezer’s Artist Marketing team globally and setting its strategy and working directly with labels and managers to identify opportunities that will appeal to content creators and music lovers.

    Ong brings 16 years’ experience of pioneering global marketing strategies in the music industry, as well as directly managing major artists; coupled with stints marketing leading edge software, AI and robotics products.

    Following her studies in music at Western Sydney University, Ong joined Sony to work on the world’s first consumer robot product, AIBO. She later moved to London where she joined SonyBMG as International Marketing Manager, Artist Development, winning the Music Week Best International Marketing Campaign for Il Divo. After a stint on Kasabian’s management team she moved to Live Nation Artists as Director of International Marketing & Artist Development working with the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Jay Z and Roc Nation and then on to become CMO of award-winning music video app Youdio.

     

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    Hot Since 82

    ARTIST, UK

    Jason Ellis

    Jason Ellis

    A&R DIRECTOR, POSITIVA / VIRGIN RECORDS, UK

    Brigitte-Armengol

    Brigitte Armengol
    (HEART Ibiza, Booking Manager, Spain)

    Carly Hordern

    Carly Hordern
    (Point Blank, Presenter/A&R, UK)

    Charlotte-Lucy-Cijffers

    Charlotte Lucy Cijffers
    (DJ Magazine, Digital & Ibiza Editor, UK)

    Gina-Tucci

    Gina Tucci
    (Big Beat Records, Head of A&R/General Manager, USA)

  • Duncan-Smith

    Duncan Smith
    (Playstation, Senior Music Supervisor, UK)​​​​​

    Jessica-Ibgui

    Jessica Ibgui
    (Budde Music, Creative Manager/Head of Business Development, France)

    Rich-Robinson

    Rich Robinson
    (Warner Music, Senior Vice President Synchronisation UK & Europe, UK)

    Leila-Fataar

    Leila Fataar
    (Diageo, Head of Culture & Entertainment, UK)

    Renaat-Vandepapeliere

    Renaat Vandepapeliere
    (R&S Records, Founder, Belgium)

    Lisa-Buchan

    Lisa Buchan
    (Monster/BURN Energy, Director Music & Culture Strategic Brands, UK)

  • Michael Weicker

    Michael Weicker
    (AMM Management, Talent Manager, Germany)

    Ulrike-Schonfeld

    Ulrike Schönfeld
    (Music Goes Further/Into the Valley, Promoter/Curator, Germany)

    Gregor-Pryor

    Gregor Pryor
    (Reed Smith, Partner/Co-Chair of the Global Entertainment and Media Industry Group, UK)

    Johannes-Goller

    Johannes Goller
    Cocoon, Head of Cocoon Ibiza, Germany

    Patrick-Moxey

    Patrick Moxey
    (Ultra Records, President/Founder, USA)

    Yann Pissenem

    Yann Pissenem
    (Hï Ibiza / Ushuaïa Ibiza, Owner / Founder / CEO / Artistic Director, Spain)

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    Eelko van Kooten
    FOUNDER & OWNER, SPINNIN’ RECORDS, NETHERLANDS

    Eelko van Kooten is one of the most well-known entrepreneurs in the international dance industry. He started music label Spinnin’ Records in 1999, together with A&R specialist Roger de Graaf. Eelko has spearheaded the business for the past 17 years growing to a world-leading team of 75+ creatives, innovators and trailblazers in music.

    Today Spinnin’ Records is the world’s leading dance label. Eelko and his team are responsible for releasing world-class tracks hitting international charts and developing the careers of globally renowned DJs including Afrojack, Bingo Players, Martin Garrix, Oliver Heldens, Sander van Doorn, Kris Kross Amsterdam and Sam Feldt.

    Born in the 70’s in the Netherlands’ media city Hilversum, Eelko grew up in an entrepreneurial family. He starts university and graduates as the country’s youngest certified real estate broker at age 22. When Eelko is 28 he makes the bold move to start his own publishing company MusicAllStars Publishing – combining his ambitious mindset with what he loves most: music.
    A year later in 1999 he founded music label Spinnin’ Records followed by artist management company MusicAllStars Management in 2012.

    Over the years Eelko has been praised by the international music industry for his knowledge and ability of pushing the boundaries of the dance industry. He was included in Rolling Stone’s ‘Top 50 Most Important People in EDM’ and won an IDMA award for ‘Best Music Label Executive’.