Get Up Close with Industry Insiders

After an inspiring and motivational day of speeches and panels during the day at IMS Asia-Pacific, delegates will receive another valuable chance to discuss and connect with industry leaders face-to-face at the IMS Networking Dinner. Dine, mingle and drink with professionals and resourceful insiders all while enjoying good music and nightlife of the city of Shanghai.

The IMS Networking Dinner is an extension of IMS Asia-Pacific’s daytime portion and offers a more casual, but still connected focus on the electronic music business and networking. The dinner will take place at the American Brasserie POP, allowing delegates and foreign guests to properly experience Shanghai’s renowned Bund view while in company of the industry’s greatest.

Seating is limited, so please secure your spot soon!

WHEN: 30th September, 8pm-12pm

WHERE: POP, 3 on the bund. Zhong Shan Dong Rd 7F (near Guang Dong Rd)

PRICE: 100€ / 745 RMB Per Person

INCLUDES: Free drinks all night (beer, wine, soda), casual dinner. Menu coming soon!

Skrillex, Alesso, Asia pop star Jolin Tsai, Pete Tong, Chinese producer Chace, Mute’s Daniel Miller, OWSLA, Sony, Universal Music, AM Only, WME and Many More

2016 IMS Market Focus On Japan

IMS in partnership with Budweiser STORM Festival, today revealed the first round of speakers and initial programming details for the third IMS Asia-Pacific, taking place Sept 29 – 30 in Shanghai, China at the Hyatt on the Bund. IMS will gather global artists, thought-leaders and industry figureheads to explore the growing influence of electronic music and the issues, challenges and opportunities that face the industry globally and in Asia. 2016’s IMS Asian market focus will be Japan.

Two of the world’s biggest electronic artists, Alesso and Skrillex, arrive at IMS Asia-Pacific to share how they are building their profiles in Asia. Skrillex will bring his Meet Team OWSLA session to IMS which includes some of the key players behind the success of Skrillex and his OWSLA imprint; Tim Smith (Manager), Lee Anderson (Agent) & Blaise DeAngelo (OWSLA GM). The panel will discuss the strategies, successes and challenges of taking their sound and style across Asia-Pacific. Key topics include: recording in Korea, the influence of Japan, synchs with Chinese film studios, touring strategy for south east Asia and much more.

Alesso will discuss how working with local Asian artists is an important way for him to connect with local audiences. IMS will also showcase the stories behind some of the biggest stars emerging in Asia, such as Asia’s Pop Queen and vocalist Jolin Tsai, leading underground Thai DJ Nakadia and 17-year old Chace, who’s global profile is rapidly rising after collaborating with Yellow Claw and becoming the first Chinese artist to ever play Tomorrowland.

Global touring powerhouses like WME, AM Only and Coda will explain how and why they are focused on the expanding Asian market, while the region’s biggest promoters, such as Jason Swamy (Wonderfruit, Further Future) and Shailendra Singh (Percept, India) will deliver on the ground insight into the size, scale and unique character of the Asian markets.

Streaming and sales continue to be a hot button issue globally, and IMS will offer viewpoints from major labels like Sony Japan and Universal China on the unique platforms and landscape of the Asian record business.

IMS will also explore the media landscape in Asia, with participants from global media brands like Pulse, Mixmag and Billboard, who have all launched localized platforms throughout the region.

In 2015 IMS revealed that electronic music event attendance in China had risen 30% since 2011. The region is filled with a growing population of young, eager fans, hopeful talent and hungry professionals aiming to help cultivate the electronic music scene in the region. 2016’s IMS Asia-Pacific will bridge the gap between East and West and provide unique first hand insight into the artists, businesses and events that are making Asia Pacific one of the most exciting and rapidly growing electronic music markets in the world. IMS Asia-Pacific will feature a Market Focus on Japan, a region which has trail blazed electronic music in the region for 30 years and remains the technological home of innovation for the genre.

“Asia is one of electronic music’s biggest opportunities, yet a market that most who live outside know little about,” said Ben Turner, co-founder of IMS. “The caliber of our speakers highlights the growing global interest in the region and it’s imperative for IMS to build a dialogue and create further connections and understanding between East and West. We’re delighted to be working with STORM and Eric as our local partners, who have been instrumental in bringing IMS to China.”

“Witnessing the rise of electronic music in the region for the past 4 years has convinced me beyond doubt that we have made the right choice to enter the market,” said Eric Zho, Founder of A2 Entertainment Group and STORM Electronic Music Festival in China. “Our goal for IMS Asia Pacific is to clear any red tape and support those who have an interest in the region, to further grow and penetrate a territory that host more than 60% of the world’s population. With Ben Turner’s experience and foresight, combined with our own experience in the region, we believe IMS Asia Pacific will be the key to help open those doors for the dance music industry.”

After debuting IMS Asia-Pacific in Singapore in 2014, IMS launched in China in 2015. In 2016 IMS will consolidate its Asia-Pacific events, with Shanghai’s September event being its sole event in the region. IMS was the first ever electronic music summit in China, recognizing the country’s growing enthusiasm for and importance to the global electronic music industry.

Budweiser STORM Festival has become China’s premier electronic music event since its launch in 2013. In addition to its flagship Shanghai event Storm now hosts regional events around China. Its attendance in 2016 is expected to surpass 30,000 per day, and they have hosted some of the world’s biggest DJs including Kaskade, Galantis, Skrillex and more.

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In 2016, IMS Asia-Pacific returns in 2016 newly reimagined and expanded for a two-day edition that unites leading figures, artists and business of the East and West electronic music industry. It’s time to return to Asia and LEARN, CONNECT and BE HEARD.

Stay tuned – major speaker and topic announcements are coming SOON!

Badges are now available here.

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The inaugural edition of IMS College Malta saw an inspiring schedule presented to a passionate audience of young electronic music lovers.

Including talks from Pete Tong, Eli & Fur, Mark Brown, Robert Horsfall, Laura Newton, Mark Lawrence, Lucy Allen, Wilf Gregory and Mark Netto

+ workshops hosted by Point Blank and SAE Institute

“This event is hugely symbolic. We have to continually educate people because the electronic music industry is such a complicated scene…there’s so much to know and we have a responsibility.”

– Mark Lawrence of AFEM: Association for Electronic Music

Marking their first move into Malta, International Music Summit successfully debuted IMS College with an enlightening crashcourse in electronic music compiled of talks, networking sessions and workshops hosted by Point Blank and SAE Institute respectively, in an event unlike any other on the dance music circuit. An intimate and hugely interactive format saw delegates given the chance to engage in valuable one-to-one Q & A sessions with all of the speakers throughout the two days, who each offered genuine and personable advice in their areas of expertise.

With proceedings officially opened by IMS co-founder Pete Tong, day one of IMS College Malta saw a wealth of young minds in attendance, with the Radio 1 presenter praising an “eagerness to absorb” within the conference. A particularly humbling factor which served as a key theme throughout the schedule, Pete also appeared across the speed networking sessions which rounded off each of the two days – giving fledgling talent the chance to gain direct conversation at a personal level.

 

Day One

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An empowering introductory talk from Robert Horsfall – of media and entertainment law firm Sound Advice – highlighted the importance of passion when breaking into the industry, explaining:

“Find a job you love and you will never work another day in your life. Ambition and work ethic go hand in hand.”

Referencing Bob Lefsetz’s ‘5 pieces of the jigsaw’ analogy which reads “You need talent, you need ambition, you need work ethic, you need luck, you need business taken care of.”, Horsfall emphasised the importance of having a strong team around an artist from the get-go and advised the audience to always be inquisitive and always ask questions.

Focus then returned to Pete Tong for a keynote interview around his long-standing career in radio, which saw him pin-point an early turning-point when he was starting out:

“I was talking to a generation that were doing M25 parties, warehouse parties…it was totally the right time.”

The discussion also explored the differences between US and European audiences and how these have evolved over the last 5 years, as well as highlighting the huge popularity within different genres of the electronic scene – with particular focus on Ibiza. Pete explained:

“It’s fascinating now. I can take you to Ushuaia and you can see people going crazy to David Guetta, then go to Amnesia and see people going crazy to Marco Carola, and the same with Jamie Jones at Paradise.”

Shining a light on the importance of press for both artists and events, Lucy Allen of press agency Listen Up explained that a love for music is integral in becoming a music PR. Emphasising that a publicist must know their audience when telling a client’s story, she highlighted that:

“Fundamentally, it’s relationships with journalists that are key. They’ve got to respect your suggestions and you have to target the right people in order to be taken seriously.”

She then explained that press needs to remain unbiased in order to maintain credibility, and despite being able to forge media partnerships and advise on how to deal with sensitive scenarios, ultimately:

“There’s a reason why we respect 5 star reviews in Resident Advisor, you can’t pay for that.”

Fast rising UK duo Eli & Fur shared details of their career trajectory, and re-assured the audience that taking risks within the scene can help establish an artist’s true identity.

“No-one should be afraid of that journey of discovering what you love and trying new things” – Eli

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They also went on to praise the benefit of working as a pair and explained how this translates in the studio, with Fur noting their specific preferences when it comes to production:

“We prefer Logic for vocals, but for live stuff Ableton works really well – it allows you to be more experimental. A live feel is important to us.”

Laura Newton of CAA then echoed the theme of passion when it comes to the role of an agent, expressing:

“You have to have your artists back, and it’s really hard to do that if you don’t respect and engage in the music they are making.”

Speaking of artist growth, she explained the importance of strategy and taking time to plan a timeline of progression, adding that “if it’s not a team effort then there’s something wrong there.”

Robert Horsfall then returned to the panel to speak specifically about his expertise in music law, with an important message regarding communication in today’s online-dominated industry. Advising on how to stand out, he commented:

“I think we’re all overwhelmed by email traffic, we can all tell when an email is personalised, and when it’s a round-robin. You’ve got to personalise your approach.”

A networking lunch was succeeded by an incredible step by step track deconstruction by Ski Oakenfull – who focused on Duke Dumont’s ‘Ocean Drive’ – with Point Blank music school commenting on their involvement with IMS College Malta, stating:

“We are passionate about education and that it should be connected back to the industry.”

An industry panel featuring each of the day’s speakers included topics such as streaming, how to stand out, the importance of social media and career highs and lows, after which Stefano Ritteri led a demonstrative workshop centred on the creation of samples.

With IMS College’s 360 degree focus also offering delegates the chance to party by night, attention then shifted to the evening celebrations which saw Pete Tong and Solomun descend upon Numero Uno for a special b2b performance. A true testament to the island’s flourishing electronic scene, the newly-refurbished open air club saw an incredible mix of local and international visitors in attendance and saw the first day of IMS College Malta’s debut edition rounded off in spectacular style.

Day Two

Day two opened with the same enthusiasm, and saw Mark Netto of IBZ Entertainment describe his experience as a talent booker. He explained:

“You have to understand the dancefloor. You have to have the right connection with people…The longer you’re in it, the more people you will meet and the more you will understand. You have to be fully immersed.”

Building on this, Mark emphasised the financial elements that successful bookers must be aware of:

“Good promoters are shrewd promoters. Know your means and know your market. You have to start off by not looking at what the artist thinks they are worth, but what they are worth to your dancefloor. Never exceed your means.”

Next up, Wilf Gregory of Hideout Festival and Annie Mac’s Lost & Found discussed his varied career in promotion and festival curation. Reiterating the importance of a USP and perseverance, he explained the vital ingredients behind running an event, stating:

“I’m a great believer in community in clubbing, you need to support the people. If you can get great local support that will really help, as well a great awareness on the ground.”

Mark Lawrence then discussed his experience in music rights and trade organisation – which he represents via AFEM: Association for Electronic Music – and referenced the need for fairer payment systems.

“It’s ridiculous that in this day and age, with all the technology, all the data, that money can’t go to the right people.”

He also explored emerging markets in the electronic music scene and noted the huge impact of EDM in America, before highlighting China as an up and coming area. Speaking of the importance of IMS College itself, Mark explained:

“This event is hugely symbolic. We have to continually educate people because the electronic music industry is such a complicated scene…there’s so much to know and we have a responsibility.”

The afternoon schedule saw SAE Institue run workshops hosted by Joost Stuursma and Frank De Jong, with an open discussion around ghost producing.

“If you’re open with working with other people, people are less likely to give you flack. Collaboration is always important.” – Joost Stuursma

CR2 boss Mark Brown then took to the floor to introduce the topic of record label and publishing, and reminded aspiring producers to always be transparent when approaching companies:

“Try and have your own unique sounds. Don’t pay for Soundcloud views, don’t pay for Facebook views – we can see it from a mile off.”

Continuing to mirror each of the speaker’s enthusiasm in highlighting the importance of educating others within the electronic scene, Mark was then joined on stage with the rest of the day’s speakers to round off day two. Summarising that staying power, clear messaging and networking are key factors in helping to break into the scene, IMS College Malta came to a close having made a thoroughly empowering message to all those in attendance – and continued to cement Malta as an affordable and thriving destination for aspiring electronic music lovers.

Students are invited to take part in IMS College – Malta, the inaugural three-day educational initiative now with daily speakers, sessions and parties announced.

After unveiling an exciting roster of speakers from across industry professions for the first ever edition of IMS College – Malta, International Music Summit has now revealed the full schedule for the three-day educational initiative. IMS College – Malta aims to inspire and cultivate the new generation of electronic music creators and visionaries with two full days of interactive workshops and learning sessions.

IMS College – Malta learning days will be hosted by Point Blank Music School and SAE, two international leading platforms for music production, education and training. Both learning days of IMS College will be divided into morning and afternoon sessions: days will begin with in-depth individual sessions focused on specializations from speakers like Pete Tong, Eli & Fur, Mark Brown of Cr2 Records, and CEO of the Association For Electronic Music Mark Lawrence and afternoons invite students to take part in interactive learning sessions, speed networking and thoughtfully-curated panels.

FRIDAY JULY 1 Hosted by Point Blank

11.00 – 11.05 Introduction from Pete Tong & IMS Partners
11.05 – 11.30 Keynote Introduction: The 5 Pieces of the Jigsaw by Robert Horsfall
11.30 – 12:00 Pete Tong (DJ / Broadcaster, BBC Radio 1, UK) Topic: Radio
12:00 – 12:30 Mark Lawrence (CEO, AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, UK) Topic: Music Rights / Trade Organisation
12:30 – 13:00 Eli & Fur (Artist / DJ, UK) Topic: DJing
13:00 – 13:30 Laura Newton (Agent, CAA, UK) Topic: How to become an Agent
13:30 – 14:00 Robert Horsfall (Music Lawyer, Sound Advice LLP, UK) Topic: Music Law

Networking Lunch

15.30 – 16.30 Track Deconstruction with Ski Oakenfull (Lecturer, Point Blank, UK)
16.30 – 17.30 Industry Panel hosted by Point Blank
17.30 – 18.30 Music Production Creative Workflow with Stefano Ritteri (Artist / Producer, Point Blank, Italy)
17.35 – 18:45 Time to meet the professionals (Speed networking session, your chance to be noticed)

SATURDAY JULY 2 Hosted by SAE INSTITUTE

12:00 – 12:30 Mark Netto (Director, IBZ Entertainment, Spain) Topic: Talent Buying
12:30 – 13:00 Mark Brown (DJ / Owner, CR2 Records, UK) Topic: Record Label and Publishing
13:00 – 13:30 Lucy Allen (Head of Festival & Events Press, Listen Up Music Promotion, UK) Topic: Press
13:30 – 14:00 Wilf Gregory (Director, Hideout Festival / Lost & Found Festival, UK)
Topic: Promotion / Festivals

Networking Lunch

15:00 – 16:00 Joost Stuursma (EMC Head Lecturer, SAE, Netherlands) Topic: Ghost Production
16:00 – 17:00 Industry Panel hosted by SAE Institute
17:00 – 18:30 Frank De Jong (SAE / Chief Engineer, Red Bull Studios, Netherlands) Music Engineering Master Class
17.05 – 18:15 Time to meet the professionals (Speed networking session, your chance to be noticed)

View the schedule here and save your favorite sessions!

Each day of IMS College – Malta is also paired with official evening parties, which will take place across renowned venues on the Mediterranean island. Night one sees the official opening party with Solomun and Pete Tong on the decks, then Saturday’s evening party will be hosted by Sandy Riviera and Ziggy, before the can’t-miss Sunday night closing party line up which includes a special closing party with Nic Fanciulli and Carl Bee all at Uno Nightclub.

 

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

 

ERICK MORILLO GETS HONEST ABOUT KETAMINE ADDICTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Day Three highlight video

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO: KEYNOTE INTERVIEW – THE PET SHOP BOYS

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO: KEYNOTE INTERVIEW – YELLO

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO: THE GREAT ANNUAL IBIZA DEBATE: YEAR 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Whilst on representing gay culture, the duo expressed,

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

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

Day two highlight video

 

Highlights from Keynote Interview with Erick Morillo

The second day saw memorable discussions including:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The ninth anniversary conference kicked off proceedings as follows:

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

Download the 2016 IMS Business Report here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ben Turner (Director, Graphite Media, UK)

Danny Whittle (Director, IBZ Entertainment, Spain)

Eli and Fur (Artist / DJ, UK)

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

Joost Stuursma (EMC Head Lecturer, SAE, Netherlands)

Laura Newton (Agent, CAA, UK)

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

Mark Brown (Owner, CR2 Records, UK)

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

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

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

Ski Oakenfull (Instructor, SAE, UK)

Stefano Ritteri (Artist / Producer, Italy)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

For press enquiries, please contact ims@listen-up.biz

 

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.”

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