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  • EliFur

    Eli & Fur

    Artist / DJ, UK

    Since breaking onto the scene in 2012, Eli & Fur have been perfecting a sound built around infectious, electronic melodies and seductive vocal lines that have been hypnotizing dance floors from London to Los Angeles. Their production techniques are as on point as ever; drawing from anything House, with an obsession for old school Chicago and touches of Detroit Techno mixed with influences of RnB, Garage and Drum and Bass.

    Eli & Fur are known for their captivating sets, which have seen the duo playing alongside the likes of Maceo Plex, Hot Since 82 and Dusky. Appearing on line ups for Chibuku, Sankeys, Bugged Out, Digital and Ants, Ushuaia, with their Festival highlights including Creamfields, Leeds Festival, Bestival and the ultimate of all festivals, Glastonbury.

    The duo’s debut track, ‘You’re So High’ reached the top 3 on Hype Machine and has since received over million plays on youtube. ‘Seeing is Believing’ saw the girls collaborate with Shadow Child and release on Defected, gaining almost half a million plays on Soundcloud. ‘Feel The Fire’ came on Anjunadeep and again has seen an impressive half a million plays across platforms.

    2015 is shaping up to see the rise and rise of Eli & Fur. Already tipped by Beatport as 2015 Artists to Watch and supported by Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1 Dance, the girls are set to unleash an impressive collection of productions that include collaborations with the talented Joe Hertz, hotly tipped Poupon and second generation techno royalty, Dantiez Saunderson. If that weren’t enough, they’ve been called in to mix this years’ Space Ibiza compilation alongside the legendary Carl Cox.

    Their touring sees them playing in Ibiza consistently throughout the summer and Festival plays include Lost Village (UK), Secret Garden Party (UK), IMS (Ibiza), Creamfields (UK), Electronica Festival (Turkey) and the Mad Decent Boat Party in Miami (US).

    The girls plan to roll out the year embarking on a Thelma & Louise inspired road trip through the States. Taking on the challenge of driving across three states in two weeks to play ten cities whilst dropping into radio stations, TV networks and fan hangouts along the way. An unusual way to approach the US market but a life time dream inspired by quite possibly the coolest chics ever to grace the big screen.

    So with all this to come, 2015 is looking like the year Eli & Fur will make a fresh, exciting and impressionable mark on the dance-floor and beyond.

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    Pete Tong

    There are few individuals in the world of dance music who can claim the kind of influence Pete Tong has had over the last twenty years. As the voice of Radio 1’s prestigious dance programming, Pete has held a commanding presence over the industry for more than two decades. With an unparalleled ear for new talent, Tong has become the leading tastemaker of the electronic generation. While he’s known publicly as Pete Tong the DJ, behind the scenes, he’s an industry icon.

    Having spent the majority of his life in England, Pete has recently resettled in Los Angeles to begin a new chapter in his life. He’s wasted little time establishing himself in the US, having helped inaugurate Clear Channel Entertainment’sEvolution dance brand in 2013 and recently expanding the programming to the extended two-hour segment, The Evolution Beatport Show with Pete Tong, broadcasting on 90 different Top 40 stations in the US.

    Meanwhile, his world famous BBC Radio 1 shows have only grown in popularity. Their collective reach has soared into the millions, broadcasting globally thanks to the BBC iPlayer. TheEssential Mix continues to be the Holy Grail of mix shows, while Tong’s Essential Selection is still the best place to premiere a new record.

    On the DJing front, Tong is currently championing three premier All Gone Pete Tong residencies in the US. Once a month, you can find him bridging the gap to the underground at Sound Nightclub in Los Angeles, while in Miami, he’s keeping the integrity of club culture alive at Story. His residency at the SLS Las Vegas sees him performing regularly at the brand new LiFE club, where he’s introducing a whole new palette of underground sounds to the party mecca. Finally, the All Gone Pete Tong brand has achieved global renown through world-class parties in Miami during WMC and Ibiza as well as dedicated stages at festivals like Creamfields, TomorrowWorld, and SW4.

    As a music producer, Tong has led an esteemed career over the years with notable releases on Pets Recordings, Ministry of Sound, Toolroom Records and more. His compilations have garnered critical acclaim–most notably 2013’s 60-track anthology, The Pete Tong Collection. More recently, he’s debuted on Suara with deep house anthem “The Bumps” alongside John Monkman, while also curating All Gone Ibiza 2014 alongside Tensnake for Defected as part of his All Gone Pete Tong compilation series.

    On the business side, Tong continues to be a prominent force in both the booking and A&R worlds. In 2008, he co-founded WME’s electronic music division alongside Joel Zimmerman, helping to turn the venture into one of the most powerful booking agencies in the world. He’s also relaunched his label FFRR, reclaiming his reputation for A&R and signing acts like Oliver Heldens, The Magician, Blonde and The Disciples. On top of this, Tong is responsible for founding The International Music Summit, which holds major events in Ibiza, Los Angeles and Singapore. Now in its 6th year, the event is viewed in the industry as The Premier Platform for Thought Leadership in Electronic Music.

    When all is said and done, one shudders to think what dance music would have been like without Pete Tong’s influence. Over the years, he’s played a crucial role in breaking new artists and changing the way people think about electronic music. With his new found home in Los Angeles, the British icon is looking to revolutionize the perception of dance music in America. If there’s anyone up for the task, it’s Pete Tong.

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    Lucy Allen

    Head of Festival & Events Press, Listen Up Music Promotion, UK

    With over 5 years experience in event PR, Lucy joined Listen Up in early 2013 as Head of Festivals & Events press having previously been at award-winning agency Anorak London. Managing a full time team of 5, Lucy brings her valuable experience in strategising print and online campaigns for UK festivals including Parklife, South West Four Festival + GlobalGathering and international clients including Blue Marlin UAE, Ushuaia Ibiza + Circoloco. Well versed in negotiating media partnerships for large-scale events and venues, Lucy also brings to the team her experience in establishing club nights and gigs from grass-roots level and has had some big results including a Metro Travel cover feature for Sunburn Festival, 1 page feature preview for Illuminations Festival in Time Out, Daily Star full page review for Electrobeach + Guardian feature for Dimensions Festival.

    Mark Brown

    Mark Brown

    Owner, CR2 Records, UK

    Mark Brown is the owner and founder of esteemed dance label Cr2 Records, which he founded in July 2004. Previously Mark was A&R Manager at Parlophone Records where he had his own imprint label called Credence Records. Brown was responsible for the signings of artists from the likes of Eric Prydz and Grammy-award winning band Dirty Vegas who won Best Dance Recording in 2003.

    Over the last 10 years, Cr2 Records has established itself as one of the world’s leading independent electronic dance labels. Notable chart successes on the label include the UK number 1 from Fedde Le Grand “Put Your Hands Up For Detroit” in 2007 and David Guetta’s “Love Don’t Let You Go”, a UK number 3 in 2008.

    At the forefront of the electronic music scene for the last 15 years, Mark’s DJ career has taken him all around the world with sell-out gigs in Australia, Brazil, the United States, Spain and more.

    Cr2 Live & Direct compilations are recognised worldwide as one of the best-selling house music brands, most notably Cr2 Live & Direct – Miami, and Cr2 Live & Direct – Ibiza.

    Cr2 has created collaborations with globally recognizable brands such as Space, Blue Marlin, Café Mambo and Pacha in Ibiza. Cr2 compile the compilations for the world-renowned Space Ibiza each year, and with this year marking the final year for Space, Mark Brown will be mixing a disc alongside Carl Cox and Pig & Dan. Last year’s discs were mixed by Pleasurekraft, Technasia, Mark and Eli & Fur.

    Miami Underground, released in March this year, featured two DJ mixes from Mark Brown and Dantiez Saunderson, alongside some of the most current underground tech-house artists.

    One of the most recent releases on the label ‘Dot Com’ from bass-orientated, garage-influenced DJ Hannah Wants, received huge support from BBC Radio 1, Kiss FM, Capital FM, Sirus XM, DJ Mag, Data Transmission, Earmilk, DJ Times, House Planet, IHouseU, Hype Machine and many more.

    The weekly Cr2 Live & Direct Radio Show presented by Mark continues to be a huge success, broadcasting around the globe in over 60 countries. Cr2 Live and Direct radio proudly celebrated its 250th show a few months ago, with a retrospective glance at Mark’s musical history from the founding of Credence, to the development of Cr2 Records.

    After nearly 2 years of phenomenal success since launching in February 2014, Sample Tools by Cr2 has risen to become the most successful sample pack label for producers on Beatport. A subsidiary of Cr2, Sample Tools by Cr2 brings the label’s reputation for quality forward-thinking dance music into the sample pack world.

    Most notably their first pack, EDM Festival Kicks & Drops, was number 1 for 3 months and spent 6 months in the top 10. Achieving at least a top 5 chart position with all releases, plus support from the likes of Fatboy Slim, Laidback Luke, Thomas Gold, Kissy Sellout, Hannah Wants, Grades and Borgore, Sample Tools by Cr2 have firmly positioned themselves as the most consistent and arguably best-selling sample pack label on the market.

    Stefano

    Stefano Ritteri

    Artist / Producer, Point Blank, Italy

    With his Italian charm and passion, Stefano Ritteri has ignited the world of house and techno. Stefano is not a new name in the game, with his former aliases seeing him hold residencies at clubs such as Fabric in London and remix artists like Underworld, Wiley and Depeche Mode. More recently Stefano’s label accreditation includes Pets Recordings, Get Physical, Exploited and Saved. From Stefano’s love affair with music, his own label Congaloid was born, spawning an active and fun crew who have created parties around Europe. Together with electronic music, Stefano also composes soundtracks, most recently working on Vogue Magazine and Jaegermeister campaigns, with his music also featured on the game Grand Theft Auto. Stefano resides in London building his empire under the smoke filled city and studio space.

    Ski

    Ski Oakenfull

    Instructor, Point Blank, UK

    Content Development Manager & Instructor at Point Blank Music School

    Ski is an Artist, Keyboard player, Producer, Remixer and Composer living in London. Having started his career with The K-Creative who were signed to Gilles Peterson’s Talkin’ Loud label in 1991, he went on to release two solo albums, Life Changes & Rising Son, play keyboards with bands such as Galliano, Raw Stylus & Two Banks of Four, remix countless tracks, and work at Xenomania. He currently releases music on his own label, Primaudial Records, plays live with The Bays, writes & produces with artists such as Incognito, Joey Negro and Valerie Etienne and has an Ambient Electronic project called Ayota.

    Alongside his production work, Ski also holds the position of Content Development Manager at Point Blank Music School and has featured in more than fifty videos for the school’s YouTube channel. His relationship with Point Blank began when he was commissioned to write an online course entitled ‘Electronic Music Composition’ which introduced the method of track deconstruction to illustrate music theory. It became one of the school’s most popular courses, and has highlighted the desire for electronic artists to acquire keyboard skills and a foundation in music theory in order to progress their tracks to a finished state.

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    Frank de Jong

    Audio Engineering Lecturer and technical coordinator at SAE Amsterdam Freelance Audio Professional
    Chief Engineer at Red Bull Studios Amsterdam

    It’s been nearly 10 years since Frank started his audio and music career. He has been working in various studios and environments as an audio engineering professional, with responsibilities ranging from recording, mixing and mastering to field recording and sound design, with a specialization in the field of studio engineering.
    He has been teaching and training producers and engineers for 7 years at SAE in the Netherlands. In 2011 SAE partnered up with Red Bull to build the massive RBSA (Red Bull Studio Amsterdam) where Frank remains the head engineer in the team.

    Outside the educational side of sound Frank is active as an independent audio engineer for 20Twelve Audio. He believes that audio engineering is a combination of highly technical expertise, a high dose of creative input and, perhaps most importantly, social skills. With this philosophy he has been involved in many albums, EP’s, singles, and re-masters in a variety of genres including both electronic and recorded music.
    In essence Frank believes there should be a synergy between composer, artists and producer, with the audio engineer acting as the means to bring the sonic quality to the next level. He also believes that a good audio engineer can enable artists to get the best out of their ideas or perhaps themselves and bring these to fruition in the studio.

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    Mark Netto

    Owner of artist management / booking / talent agency IBZ Entertainment

    Music & Agency Director for Pacha Ibiza and International 2000-2012

    Founder of independenceza.org, AIDS-related charity in South Africa Dance4Life ambassador, using dance music to increase AIDS awareness

    Promoter for Home London/Ibiza and Ministry of Sound from 1997 –2000

    Robert-Horsfall

    Robert Horsfall

    Founder / Partner
    Sound Advice, London

    Music lawyer / business manager

    Robert has worked in the music industry for 30 years. In the late 80s he worked with Pete Tong at London Records as in-house lawyer. Sound Advice focuses on the representation of artists, producers, writers and managers. Sound Advice’s current clients include Pendulum, Knife Party, Chase and Status, Stargate, Naughty Boy, TMS, Jho Oakley and Echo Location (Obi Asika).

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    Laura Newton

    Agent, CAA, UK

    Having amassed music business experience at a record label, a PR firm, a live venue and as a tour manager, Laura’s eclectic industry background led to her becoming a booking agent when she joined ITB in 2011.  In 2012 she joined Creative Artist Agency alongside super-agent Maria May, where they established the company’s Electronic Music Division; now home to artists such as David Guetta, Robin Schulz, Oliver Heldens, Daft Punk, Luciano and Jamie Jones.  Creative Artists Agency (CAA) is one of the world’s leading entertainment and sports agencies, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, London and Beijing.  CAA represents many of the most successful professionals working in film, television, music, theatre, video games, sport, and digital content, and provides a range of strategic marketing and consulting services to corporate clients.  Laura’s personal artist roster is diverse and includes both live and DJ clients, such as Roisin Murphy, Kim Ann Foxman, Chromeo, Little Dragon, Markus Schulz and Ferry Corsten.

    Joost

    Joost Stuursma

    EMS Head Lecturer, SAE, Netherlands

    Joost Stuursma is responsible for the Electronic Music Certificate over at SAE in the Netherlands. For the past 5 years he his done several ghost productions and established a production team with Belgium’s DJ Licious. Together they produced a series of house tracks, with “Come Along” being their most recent success (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4WTUgrWCGQ). Joost brings his experience into the classrooms of SAE, helping students progress with music production. As ghost production is a much discussed topic, he tries to relate his current situation to his student and how to approach the industry strictly from a producers point of view.

    Pete-Tong

    Pete Tong

    There are few individuals in the world of dance music who can claim the kind of influence Pete Tong has had over the last twenty years. As the voice of Radio 1’s prestigious dance programming, Pete has held a commanding presence over the industry for more than two decades. With an unparalleled ear for new talent, Tong has become the leading tastemaker of the electronic generation. While he’s known publicly as Pete Tong the DJ, behind the scenes, he’s an industry icon.

    Having spent the majority of his life in England, Pete has recently resettled in Los Angeles to begin a new chapter in his life. He’s wasted little time establishing himself in the US, having helped inaugurate Clear Channel Entertainment’sEvolution dance brand in 2013 and recently expanding the programming to the extended two-hour segment, The Evolution Beatport Show with Pete Tong, broadcasting on 90 different Top 40 stations in the US.

    Meanwhile, his world famous BBC Radio 1 shows have only grown in popularity. Their collective reach has soared into the millions, broadcasting globally thanks to the BBC iPlayer. TheEssential Mix continues to be the Holy Grail of mix shows, while Tong’s Essential Selection is still the best place to premiere a new record.

    On the DJing front, Tong is currently championing three premier All Gone Pete Tong residencies in the US. Once a month, you can find him bridging the gap to the underground at Sound Nightclub in Los Angeles, while in Miami, he’s keeping the integrity of club culture alive at Story. His residency at the SLS Las Vegas sees him performing regularly at the brand new LiFE club, where he’s introducing a whole new palette of underground sounds to the party mecca. Finally, the All Gone Pete Tong brand has achieved global renown through world-class parties in Miami during WMC and Ibiza as well as dedicated stages at festivals like Creamfields, TomorrowWorld, and SW4.

    As a music producer, Tong has led an esteemed career over the years with notable releases on Pets Recordings, Ministry of Sound, Toolroom Records and more. His compilations have garnered critical acclaim–most notably 2013’s 60-track anthology, The Pete Tong Collection. More recently, he’s debuted on Suara with deep house anthem “The Bumps” alongside John Monkman, while also curating All Gone Ibiza 2014 alongside Tensnake for Defected as part of his All Gone Pete Tong compilation series.

    On the business side, Tong continues to be a prominent force in both the booking and A&R worlds. In 2008, he co-founded WME’s electronic music division alongside Joel Zimmerman, helping to turn the venture into one of the most powerful booking agencies in the world. He’s also relaunched his label FFRR, reclaiming his reputation for A&R and signing acts like Oliver Heldens, The Magician, Blonde and The Disciples. On top of this, Tong is responsible for founding The International Music Summit, which holds major events in Ibiza, Los Angeles and Singapore. Now in its 6th year, the event is viewed in the industry as The Premier Platform for Thought Leadership in Electronic Music.

    When all is said and done, one shudders to think what dance music would have been like without Pete Tong’s influence. Over the years, he’s played a crucial role in breaking new artists and changing the way people think about electronic music. With his new found home in Los Angeles, the British icon is looking to revolutionize the perception of dance music in America. If there’s anyone up for the task, it’s Pete Tong.

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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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    Ben Turner

    IMS PARTNER / GRAPHITE MEDIA, UK

    Ben Turner is the owner of Graphite, a music management and brand services company which specialises in the world of electronic music. Turner is the artist manager for techno and technology icon Richie Hawtin, and Rob da Bank – the creator of Bestival, Camp Bestival and the Sunday Best Recordings label. Turner made his name as co-founder of the highly influential Muzik Magazine, Muzik Awards and then creative director on DanceStar USA: The American Dance Music Awards. Turner is a co-founder with Pete Tong in the International Music Summit, an event described as “the TED of music conferences”. In 2013, he also formed the Association for Electronic Music, a not-for profit trade body to represent the genre, alongside long-serving entertainment industry lawyer Kurosh Nasseri. Its concept is to preserve, protect and promote electronic music worldwide.