11:00am – 11:05am: Introduction from the IMS Partners
11:05am – 11:20am: Business Report – North America
11:20am – 12:20pm: Jake Udell in conversation with Lyor Cohen
12:20pm – 1:15pm: David Grutman in conversation with Jason Strauss

1:15pm – 2:30pm: Networking Lunch at W Hotel

2:30pm – 3:30pm: Kaskade in conversation with Stuart Price
3:30pm – 4:30pm: Seth Troxler in conversation with Chuck D
4:30pm – 4:45pm: IMS Visionaries Contest Winner
4:45pm – 5:45pm: Sebastian Ingrosso in conversation with Quincy Jones
5:45pm – 9:00pm: After party at W Hotel Wet Deck (next to the conference room)





IMS today announced its fifth and final pairing for its IMS Engage event in Los Angeles, California on April 15th: superstar DJ and producer Kaskade and three time Grammy-winning producer and the man behind the albums of Madonna and The Killers, Stuart Price. The two will participate in an unmoderated conversation about dance music’s place in entertainment and popular culture, as part of the IMS Engage event.

Kaskade and Price join the additional IMS Engage pairings of Sebastian Ingrosso and legendary musician and entertainment mogul Quincy Jones, techno rebel Seth Troxler and hip-hop legend Chuck D, industry icon Lyor Cohen and up and coming manager and mastermind behind Zhu and Krewella, Jake Udell, and nightclub owners Jason Strauss and David Grutman.

Stuart Price is one of those rare artists who is as interesting as he is talented. His approach to the music business has always had a unique integrity and I’ve looked up to him for years. I’m very much looking forward to talking to him about his experience and his vision for the future of music.” – Kaskade

Ryan Raddon, better known to his fans as Kaskade, is one of dance music’s most beloved performers. A veteran mainstay of the scene -the critically acclaimed It’s You, It’s Me, Kaskade’s first album, was released in 2003. Kaskade has since produced 11 albums, countless hits, and headlined the world’s largest festivals time and time again. As much a catalyst for the EDM global explosion as anyone, Kaskade tracks such as ‘Eyes’, ‘Room For Happiness’, ‘4AM’, ‘I Remember’ (with deadmau5), ‘Angel On My Shoulder’, ‘Move For Me’, ‘Atmosphere’ and a dozen others have defined a generation of dance music fandom. Kaskade has won DJ Times ‘Best American DJ’ poll twice, in 2011 and 2013, and ranked #30 on DJ Mag’s annual ‘Top 100 DJs’ poll. In December 2013, Kaskade was nominated for two Grammy Awards: the song ‘Atmosphere’ for Best Dance Recording and the album Atmosphere for Best Dance/Electronica Album. Outside of official rewards and accolades, Kaskade is widely considered to be one of the most integral players and innovators in the American electronic music revival.

Stuart Price is a three time Grammy-winning British producer and musician known for his work with New Order, Madonna, The Killers, Scissor Sisters, Example, Missy Elliott, and Pet Shop Boys . He has also produced his own originals and remixes under the aliases Les Rythmes Digitales, Jacques Lu Cont, Thin White Duke, Zoot Woman and Man With Guitar. Price is best known for his work with Madonna, primarily on her Grammy-winning tenth studio album, Confessions on the Dance Floor. He has also contributed to the success of The Killers, having first remixed the band’s smash hit, ‘Mr. Brightside’. Price subsequently remixed ‘When We Were Young’ to be included as a bonus track for The Killers’ sophomore album, Sam’s Town, and after that went on to fully produce the band’s third album Day & Age. A successful artist in his own right, Price’s Essential Mix in 2012 as Jacques Lu Cont was one of the most critically acclaimed that year, as was his 2012 Coachella performance. So far in 2015 Price has produced albums and tracks for Everything Everything, Hurts, Take That and Steve Angello.

IMS Full Schedule
10:00am – 11:05am: Introduction from the IMS Partners
11:05am – 11:20am: Business Report – North America
11:20am – 12:20pm: Jake Udell in conversation with Lyor Cohen
12:20pm – 1:15pm: David Grutman in conversation with Jason Strauss
1:15pm – 2:30pm: Networking Lunch at W Hotel

2:30pm – 3:30pm: Kaskade in conversation with Stuart Price
3:30pm – 4:30pm: Seth Troxler in conversation with Chuck D
4:30pm – 4:45pm: IMS Visionaries Contest Winner
4:45pm – 5:45pm: Sebastian Ingrosso in conversation with Quincy Jones
5:45pm – 9:00pm: After party at W Hotel Wet Deck (next to the conference room)





Today IMS announced its 4th pairing for IMS Engage April 15 at W Hollywood Hotel: the iconic music producer and arranger Quincy Jones and superstar DJ and recording artist Sebastian Ingrosso. The IMS Engage pairing of Ingrosso and Jones will offer a unique snapshot into the world of popular music and electronic music’s intersection with it. Jones is a man who needs no introduction, for he is a producer without whom popular music would look radically different today, while Ingrosso is one of dance music’s biggest acts as a member of the former supergroup Swedish House Mafia, as well as Axwell / Ingrosso. The two will participate in an unmoderated conversation about dance music’s place in entertainment and culture, as part of the IMS Engage event.

Jones and Ingrosso join the additional IMS Engage pairings of outspoken DJ Seth Troxler and hip-hop legend Chuck D, industry icon Lyor Cohen and up and coming manager and mastermind behind Zhu and Krewella, Jake Udell, and nightclub owners Jason Strauss and David Grutman.

Sebastian Ingrosso on his pairing with Quincy Jones at IMS Engage: “I’m truly honoured to be in discussion with Quincy Jones. He is one of the biggest inspirations to my career – period. I am going to talk to him and see how he feels about music now….from production to song writing…his perspective on all of it. Legend.”

Quincy Jones is one of the most celebrated and decorated producers, arrangers, musicians, and music visionaries of our time. The man behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Off The Wall, and Bad, Jones has received 79 Grammy nominations and has won 27 of them in a career that has spanned over six decades. Jones has also won 1 Emmy award, and a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from The Academy of Motion Picture and Science, and had the honor of being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. He arranged Frank Sinatra’s iconic recording of ‘Fly Me To The Moon,’ was named one of Time Magazines most influential Jazz musicians, has been a social activist since supporting Dr Martin Luther King in the 1960s, has composed music for over 33 major motion pictures, discovered Will Smith by producing The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air. Jones’ accomplishments are unprecedented, and there is perhaps no bigger authority on entertainment and popular music from the last 100 years.

Sebastian Ingrosso is one of the pioneers and key contributors to the global takeover of electronic music in the last 10 years. With the meteoric rise of the Swedish House Mafia beginning in 2008, Sebastian, along with his group mates Axwell and Steve Angello, became the face of popular electronic music and set a new bar for electronic music. With worldwide hits and genre defining anthems such as ‘Calling (Lose My Mind)’, ‘Save The World Tonight’, ‘Reload’, ‘Greyhound’, ‘Antidote’ and ‘Don’t You Worry Child’, few artists in dance music have been able to reach the level of sustained success and prowess as Sebastian Ingrosso. After the break-up of Swedish House Mafia, Ingrosso’s career has continued to flourish, most notably with his chart-topping and festival headlining new collaboration, Axwell / Ingrosso.


WHO: Mark Lawrence (AFEM) Richie Hawtin (DJ) Wayne (Zouk) Ralf Kollman (Mobilee) Hideki (Pioneer) Frank (APRA)

WHAT: The announcement at ADE of the new Pioneer Kuvo technology has set the Performing Rights Organization world alight with the promise of providing a tech solution to the age old problem of allocating the income generated by track plays in clubs, festivals, independent radio and DJ sets to the correct source.

The panel discuss the early response from PRO’s, who was first to take it up and the overall response so far. We hear how to get what you’re due as an artist, the importance of total transparency, and where will all the money go in the end?


Ralf Kollman (Director, Mobilee Records, Germany) “There is an urgent need to change the revenue stream in order to continue to be creative.”

Wayne Lee (Head of Entertainment, Zouk, Singapore) “Many local artists don’t know how to get what they are due.”

Richie Hawtin (Artist, M-nus / Plastikman, Canada) “Its an ecosystem and we need to take care of each other.”




The team behind the International Music Summit have made the first of this year’s announcements with details of their Ibiza 2015 event’s topics, key speakers, theme, and contributing artists. Having risen to become the electronic music industry’s seminal thought leadership for the global electronic industry, IMS has once again programmed what is set to be a highly informative and engaging three-day event, bringing together electronic music’s leading figures to engage in discussions surrounding the issues affecting the industry’s continued growth.

Soundcloud founder and CEO, Alexander Ljung is confirmed for a keynote address at the event. Now acting as the genre’s premier streaming platform and with huge changes expected to take effect in the months surrounding the event, this session is set to become a highlight of IMS 2015. The contentious issue of monetised streaming, paying for plays and the on going piracy/royalty debate are all factors facing Soundcloud and the industry as a whole in 2015 and beyond. This keynote address will outline their stance on the current state of the industry as a whole and where we are headed as a business and a genre.

Trevor Horn or ‘the man who invented the Eighties’ as he has become known is also set to make an appearance during the conference for a keynote interview. The Grammy winning producer has been recognised as a noted musician and tastemaker for more than three decades and was befitted the highly coveted Ivor Novello ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music Award’ by the British Academy in 2010 – a testament to his on going dedication and passion for British and international music. His work has become the inspiration for our generation’s greatest artists and affirmed his position as an industry great. Trevor Horn is an innovator and one of the early pioneers of the sound that became modern dance music, his contribution to the scene is still heard in the releases of today’s fresh talent and will continue to have influence for many years to come.

SFX Entertainment’s newly appointed President, Greg Consiglio, is set to deliver a keynote address during the event as well. SFX have become market-leading producers of dance music events and have set precedent for the new wave of multinational events that have brought dance music back to the mainstream. SFX have grown exponentially to become one of dance music’s major conglomerates, branching out into several other sectors of the industry, aided in part by their 2013 acquisition of Beatport, the industry’s largest online music store. Greg’s talk has been specifically timed to coincide with Beatport’s highly anticipated re-launch, with IMS providing the perfect forum for discussion on the platform and SFX Entertainment’s continued progression.

Tastemaker label Black Butter has also been confirmed for a strong presence at this year’s IMS, having previously been announced as hosts for one of the Dalt Vila events. The driving forces behind the label, CEOs Henry Village and Roger Ames, are also set to engage in an onstage discussion based around the label’s current roster of artists and the musical direction of the label and the genre it dominates. Rarely seen at this kind of event, Roger Ames has been pivotal in the label’s success and will make for an interesting subject to the debate, having mentored Henry Village through Black Butter’s journey. The Warner, EMI and London Records veteran is a key figure in the dance music industry and far beyond, having been an important part of British music’s continued rise on the world stage.

Detroit is known the world over for producing an immeasurable amount of musical greatness, throughout a plethora of genres and disciplines. From Motown to Techno, the Motor City has encompassed modern music and presented a distinctive sound to the world stage. Carl Craig and Mad Mike are two of the city’s most well known musical exports and are the perfect choice for presenting this year’s unique Detroit Love panel. The discussion is to be led by the project’s founders and aims to bring together and support the sounds of Detroit.

The announcement also comes with the news that Cocoon and Sven Väth will join the ranks of Nile Rodgers, Carl Cox and Pete Tong as recipients of IMS Legend status and become the subject of the now infamous IMS Legend’s Dinner event. Breaking ground on the White Isle sixteen years ago this summer, Sven Väth’s trademark event series has now become a key part of the very fabric of Ibiza. Annually providing tens of thousands of the island’s partygoers with the true international sound of Techno and beyond, the Cocoon team have set a benchmark for other residencies to work towards and continue to return year on year with a fresh presentation of what makes the island so unique.

Speaking of the theme for this year’s event – IMS founder, Ben Turner said:

“This feels like a critical year for electronic music – probably the most important since the year IMS launched eight years ago when the genre was rock bottom and nobody outside of our world wanted to know us – brands, major labels, radio stations, TV channels. Here we sit in 2015 with the opposite situation but with huge concerns of a major retraction going on around us and within us. IMS 2015 is designed to really focus on the huge potential we have still if we stand tall and united. The solution is in the theme of this year – ‘Consolidation. Co-Operation. Curation’ None more relevant than our main Keynote Address from the founder of Soundcloud – Alexander Ljung. The most influential discovery platform for our genre today.”

IMS Film Screenings


MARCH 26, 27, 28

IMS is excited to team up with the Red Bull Guest House in Miami for the first time to present three electronic music documentary film screenings that give an insight to the stories behind inspiring individuals and the hardware that made the soundtracks to many of their stories.



This documentary chronicles the untold story of how the Roland TR-808 Drum Machine changed the course of music history. Featuring appearances and commentary from: Pharrell, Beastie Boys, David Guetta, Phil Collins, Rick Rubin, Lil Jon, Afrika Bambaataa, Questlove, Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Diplo, Goldie and more.



As one-half of the Grammy award-winning duo “Deep Dish”, Iranian-American Ali Shirazinia (aka ‘Dubfire’) has established himself as one of the world’s most successful DJs and producers. But the road to success was not an easy one. Ali’s story begins in Iran where his happy childhood took an abrupt detour when the country was thrown into turmoil by the 1979 Iranian Revolution and subsequent Iran-Iraq War. His family left Iran soon after the Revolution, relocating to the United States where Dubfire acclimated to his new country and soon found a passion in music. We follow the genesis of Ali’s musical career from performing in local clubs in Washington, D.C to later becoming one of the most influential music producers and DJs working today.

With candid interviews from family, childhood friends, industry peers, and fellow artists, this film takes an intimate and honest look inside the nuanced world of dance music. This is an aspirational story about pursuing your passion, daring to dream big, and the challenges that come with success. It is an insider’s look at what its like to be an electronic music artist from Above Ground Level.



When Electronic Dance Music was blowing up around the world and DJs were becoming superstars, director Kandeyce Jorden began making this film to profile the top women behind the decks. She discovered and interviewed DJ Irene, DJ Colette, DJ Rap and many others, but when she met the legendary DJ Sandra Collins, her interest became an obsession. Documenting Collins’ rise to superstar DJ status led Jorden around the world and down a rabbit hole. Twelve years in the making, GIRL is about music, love, and what you find when you get really lost. WATCH TRAILER


Please RSVP to with the film you would like to attend by Wednesday, March the 25th. Seats are limited and will be confirmed with a replied email.



IMS Engage, taking place April 15 at the W Hollywood in Los Angeles, has announced its third unmoderated conversation, pairing two of nightlife’s biggest forces, MMG CEO David Grutman, whose properties include LIV and Story Nightclubs in Miami, and Jason Strauss, a partner at TAO Group (Tao, Marquee, LAVO). The duo joins previously announced pairing of Seth Troxler and Chuck D, as well as rising manager Jake Udell and Lyor Cohen.

David Grutman and Jason Strauss are two of nightlife’s biggest personalities and most storied successes. Under MMG, Grutman’s venues and commitment to electronic music have helped make Miami into one of North America’s and the world’s pre-eminent nightlife destinations. In the other corner is Jason Strauss, a partner at TAO Group, one of America’s leading nightlife companies, operating venues like Tao, Marquee, Lavo, Avenue and more. Strauss along with partner Noah Tepperberg, have played a crucial role in the emergence of Las Vegas as a world class destination for electronic music and nightlife, and has been a pivotal figure in NYC nightlife for over a decade. Their pairing should make for a fascinating and no-holds-barred discussion about the inner-workings of nightlife, and a rarely heard, but pivotal, perspective on the rise of electronic music in America.

WHO: Lincoln Cheng (Zouk, Singapore) talks to Paul Oakenfold

WHAT: Like so many others, Lincoln first found his dancing feet and lifestyle inspiration on the dancefloor of Amnesia in Ibiza in the late eighties, eventually going on build his own interpretation of the Balearic dream, the Zouk Club in Singapore. From initially opening a club to play the music that he loves, through growing pains and marathon DJ sets with a few anecdotes from the floor for good measure. Lincoln eases his way through the questioning with the charm and assurance of a man who really has seen it all.

HIGHLIGHTS: The summer of ’87, the biggest vinyl collection Oakey has ever seen, who KO’d Boy George, and the sign language dance craze. Triad trouble won’t get in the way. Zouk must be rebuilt!


On getting the balance right – “We have a smaller room for more credible music.”

On the Asia-Pacific region – “It’s the biggest untapped mass market in the world.”

On DJ sets back in the day – “It was different then. There was a warm up, a middle and an end. Now it’s just hit after hit after hit.”

WHO: Gilbert Yeung (Dragon-I Club, Hong Kong) interviewed by Chris Ho (DJ, Lush 99.5FM, Hong Kong)

WHAT: Chris leads the discussion as Gilbert relays the story of his journey from fashion event producer to successful nightlife mogul via recession, politics and the clampdown to eventually thriving in the major international nightlife destination that Hong Kong is today. His tells of his very first inspiration, how he rode the wave of regime change, the ethics that makes his clubs feel like home and where the Hong Kong scene could go from here.

HIGHLIGHTS: THow it was back in the day, being old school and channelling craziness. It’s all about the packaging, the ex-pat exodus and the suicide of HK Rave. We also discover just why Dragon-I won’t be opening up in China anytime soon…


On hospitality – “If you are inside our door, you are our guest and good friend.”

On the authorities – “Hong Kong is welcoming if you behave well.”

On social media – “We still believe that word of mouth is the best way to promote our outlets.”

WHO: Sandy Monteiro, President of Universal Music (South East Asia)

WHAT: Sandy comprehensively answers the big question from the floor – “Why do you have a guy from a record label leading a futuristic music conference?”. By deftly weaving historical facts, current statistics and key performance indicating patterns; he neatly demonstrates that the business everyone thought was dead is actually in a rude state of health and may well be on the verge of its biggest boom in two decades.

HIGHLIGHTS: Finding reasons for optimism in a graph of doom, persuading his peers to wind back the clock, the eye-opening top five countries in the region by market share and making the case for the industry being on the tipping point of the biggest growth it has ever known. How to create a value proposition to leverage a brand’s interest in music, retaining the value long after a campaign is over and just what is the ‘elephant in the room’ that has the potential to bring the entire industry to its knees?



On his job title – “What’s ‘new business’? It’s whatever makes money.”

On working with brands – “It’s a partnership, it’s not just about getting a cheque.”

On electronic music – “It’s the soundtrack of choice for a new generation.”

IMS Contest

Taking place during IMS Ibiza and proceeding the season's openings, these two parties curated by music industry tastemakers are set to take over Ibiza's stunning Dalt Vila . A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dalt Vila, sits proudly above the island's old town with commanding views out to the Mediterranean Sea and along the Playa den Bossa coastline.

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WHO: Arjun Vagale (Artist, India), Celeste Siam (Artist, Thailand), Damian Lazarus (Artist, Crosstown Rebels, UK), Jeremy Boon (Artist, Zouk, Singapore), Liv from NERVO (Artist, Australia), Mim from NERVO (Artist, Australia), = Moderated by Mr. Has (Artistic Director, W Singapore, Singapore)

WHAT: The panel combine their wealth of knowledge gained from recent experience on the main stage; producing and playing shows in the booming Asia-Pacific region. Taking in topics from fan response to production challenges, explosive social media and who's spoiling the party; we hear how it is backstage for the artists leading the charge into the booming electronic music economy of the area.

HIGHLIGHTS: The Indian underground explosion, English techno meets Sufi trance, female DJs more popular than the boys and the fringe benefits of touring for NERVO. Is production more important than the music? What effect does touring the region have on social media? And, can anyone shed light on the mystery of China?



Arjun on Indian – “It's important we don't focus on booking strictly huge international artists in India because we have so much talent. It's critical if we are to build our own healthy scene.”

On his first album – “25% of our performances have been in Asia the last four years,” the NERVO duo told audience members. “It's only going to get bigger.”

Mim (NERVO) on the importance of visuals – “Every little bit helps.”.

Damian on A&R – “I'd like to hear electronic music from Asia that sounds and feels Asian.”.