‘We’re throwing warehouses parties. We want people to come in there and sweat. We welcome VIPs of course, but we’re certainly not gearing the club for VIPs. Privilege is for dancers. You come there, you come to dance and sweat.’
Dave Browning (Game Over Ibiza, Director, Ireland)
When you invite leading figureheads from Ibiza’s super clubs to debate their contribution to Ibiza music culture, it’s inevitable that there will be some conflicting and contrasting opinions. Throw in Seth Troxler and you’re sure to get a truly passionate discussion!
The closure of the iconic Space after 27 years and the opening of its replacement Hï Ibiza featured heavily in the 2017 Ibiza debate. Whilst heralding a new era for the island the topic sparked significant debate on sustainability and the effect the ambition of the island and the rise of VIP culture is having on the working class of Ibiza
BEN BOWLER AND VALERIE LEE NAMED WINNERS OF OUR YOUNG INDUSTRY LEADER CONTEST
IMS Engage and IMS Ibiza 2015 saw the pioneering Visionaries competition come to life in effort to discover young industry leaders and help cultivate the next generation of the electronic dance music industry. IMS Visionaries is proud to announce our first ever winners from Ibiza and Engage, Ben Bowler and Valerie Lee.
Sharing IMS’ position as a leading industry gathering all around the world, our conference gave these two talents a platform and a once in a lifetime opportunity to share their voice.
Meet our IMS Visionaries, and help us welcome them as future leaders of our industry.
CONTENT MANAGER, IMS / EDITOR, DANCING ASTRONAUT
Valerie delivered a submission entitled “Save The Rave: Understanding the Intersection of the EDM Phenomenon and US Policy” where she examines US drug policy in relation to electronic music culture and calls to make a change for a better tomorrow.
An editor of Dancing Astronaut and a recent graduate of the University of Southern California, Valerie is a writer with a new media mindset. After winning the competition, Valerie has joined IMS as our Content Manager.
“Months later, I still am experiencing the incredible after effects of winning IMS Visionaries and getting involved with IMS. Dance music can so often be such a closed off industry since we all have deep roots as an intimate community, so to have IMS offer such an open and inviting platform for young industry hopefuls to vocalize and share their ideas for improving and moving forward is such a unique and valuable opportunity. Thank you IMS!” – Valerie Lee
Bowler delivered a submission on “The Return to Music as a Shared Experience”. He explores the history of music with the aim of reframing the discussion on the future of the music industry to how we should expand into new areas of live experiences and brand partnerships.
He is a the young founder of Chew.TV, a live streaming community for DJ’s that allows artists to share mixes whilst building and engaging a global fanbase – offering users the chance to learn from professionals who are using Chew to broadcast from studios, educational facilities and events across the world.
“I’m so excited to have won IMS Visionaries! Both the competition and the conference itself have given me and my company Chew a real step up. I’d love to connect with anyone in the industry looking to use live video in their strategy, of course – but on top of that I love talking the future of music with anyone in music. We can only improve our industry by discussing past, present and future with others in the field.” – Ben Bowler
“Electronic music culture is expressed through live events, festivals, clubs, and parties, but it lives everyday online.” – voiced SFX Entertainment President, Greg Consiglio in the opening Keynote Address at IMS Ibiza. He delivered insight into SFX as a whole and the vision for Beatport to become the home of electronic music.
AFEM PRESENTS: CAN YOU BUY SUCCESS IN ELECTRONIC MUSIC?
The potential for quick gain can be attractive for some labels and artists with and raising pressure to buy likes / fans / followers / plays. Mark Lawrence (Association for Electronic Music), set the scene for this important topic and was joined by Clark Warner (Beatport), Eelko Van Kooten (Spinnin Records), Martin Carvell (DJ Magazine), Nick Matthews (CODA Agency), and Ralf Kollmann (Mobilee Records).
“What is the reason to betray yourself? .. and how embarrassing if you get caught.” – Ralf Kollmann (Co-Founder / Managing Director, Mobilee Records, Germany)
“A fake career is a quick career.” – Mark Lawrence (CEO, Association for Electronic Music, UK)