15 DECEMBER 2016


2016 marked the ninth year of International Music Summit and another exciting trip around the world, bringing together the electronic music industry in Los Angeles, Ibiza, Shanghai and for the first time, in Malta with the debut of IMS College, a new educational initiative for the next generation of electronic music creators and thinkers.

We heard from major artists and elite music professionals and discussed conversations that ranged from technology to gender and of course, around the inspirations and progress of electronic music as a whole.

Join us in a countdown of the best IMS talks of 2016, below.

  1. IMS Engage: Marc Geiger ‘In Conversation’ with John MacFarlane

Without question, music and technology go hand in hand. It was a perfect fit for Head of Music at WME Marc Geiger to come together with CEO of Sonos, John MacFarlane, making for a deep dive into the prevalent crossovers between electronic music and the advancing realm of technology for both consumers and the industry. The IMS Engage conversation saw a sharp discussion about the important world of streaming and the digital music age today. Geiger’s intelligent insight into the industry is always incredible to hear – he views the industry in completely different ways to most.

 

“If you make it easier for people to have music in their life, they’ll listen to it more.” – John MacFarlane


 

  1. IMS Engage: Arthur Baker ‘In Conversation’ with John Singleton

IMS Engage in Los Angeles focuses on pairing electronic music leaders with peers from across different industries. This year, a highlight was the discussion between respected producer Arthur Baker and the Oscar-nominated director of the celebrated ‘Boyz In The Hood’, John Singleton. The conversation discussed music’s important role in film by tapping into John Singleton’s illustrious career and catalogue and also discussed the evolution of electronic music-centric films, with personal insight from Arthur Baker.

“Nobody has cracked the electronic music film yet. There was just that bad Zac Efron one last year.” – John Singleton


 

  1. IMS Ibiza: Yello – Keynote Interview

This year’s IMS Ibiza saw yet another legacy take the stage with Yello, who brought decades of knowledge and experience to the stage, discussing their prolific careers as pioneers of electronic music. Their jovial personalities shone on stage alongside their musical talent, when they grabbed a phone and made a track with nothing but an app and the sound of their own mouths.

“Years ago, if you told me that one day, you could have a studio in your pocket that costs less than a cup of tea, I would never have believed it.” – Boris Blank


 

  1. IMS Ibiza: Striving For Excellence & The Art of Playing Differently

     

A team of power players came together at IMS Ibiza to swap wisdoms about what it takes to truly “play differently” in the world of electronic music by combining their knowledge as artists and curiosity to integrate new technology and methods into their productions. Black Coffee, Dubfire, James Zabiela, Nicole Moudaber, Richie Hawtin and Carmine Conte from Tale Of Us discussed their own beginnings in production, their experimentations and the state of electronic music today. The talk was inspired by Richie’s Hawtin new technology company PLAYdifferently and the MODEL 1 mixer.

“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. You learn about maintaining the tempo of the night. You learn about programming – what record you play when, it’s important. Then, you push it through technology.” – Dubfire


 

  1. IMS Ibiza: Diversity in Electronic Music

At IMS Ibiza, the Diversity in Electronic Music panel aimed to tackle the big subject – women and their role in the industry. Bringing together a diverse group of artists and industry leaders, the audience heard important facts about the lack of females in the industry and discussed ways to improve for the future from individuals on both the artist and industry front: B.Traits, Jackie Antas of Live Nation International, José Woldring, CEO / Founder of The Media Nanny, Lucy Blair of The Orchard, Maria May of CAA, Nicole Moudaber and moderated by Mark Lawrence, CEO of AFEM.

“At the end of the day, if you’re passionate about this, you can go out there and do it. Grab it. Whether you’re a girl or a boy.” – Nicole Moudaber


 

  1. IMS Engage: James Barton ‘In Conversation’ with Lee Anderson

The rare pairing of an agent and a promoter in conversation happened at IMS Engage earlier in 2016, providing a discussion with invaluable insight into the behind-the-scenes workings of the music industry. James Barton, then President of Electronic Music at Live Nation, spoke with Lee Anderson of AM Only in Hollywood, an appropriate backdrop for a discussion about electronic music’s roots and now status as a permanent part of the entertainment industry. Their talk covered topics from up-and-coming producers to the idea of the DJ as the new rockstar.

“For every Calvin, for every Skrillex, there are kids in their bedrooms making new shit that we’ve never heard before.” – James Barton


 

  1. IMS Engage: Bob Lefsetz ‘In Conversation’ with Pete Tong

What electronic music needs now, more than ever, are voices that are unafraid to say what everyone is thinking. Renowned author and commentator Bob Lefsetz is exactly that man, and when placed in conversation with Pete Tong, there is no topic too controversial or touchy to leave unturned. The discussion covered a range of topics including SFX and the state of ‘EDM’, Mike Posner’s “I Took a Pill in Ibiza,” and the next generation of industry professionals.

“If they eliminated the dance tents at Coachella, the event would be over. The audience still wants this.” – Bob Lefsetz


 

  1. IMS Asia-Pacific: Meet Team Skrillex

Skrillex remains a beacon for electronic music innovation, especially in a country as fresh to the culture and sound as Asia. At this year’s IMS Asia-Pacific, Skrillex arrived with his entire team in tow including his manager Tim Smith of Blood Company, agent Lee Anderson from AM Only and OWSLA General Manager Blaise DeAngelo. The crew discussed their fascination with Asia, experience in a far and foreign market and shared their wisdom about what it takes to stand out amongst a sea of electronic music hopefuls.

“We’re not financially driven, we’re adventure driven. Music and art driven.” -Skrillex


 

  1. IMS Ibiza: Pet Shop Boys – Keynote Interview

Though dance music is clearly at the forefront of what’s popular in music today, there’s nothing quite like the experience of our genre’s true pioneers. The Pet Shop Boys are exactly that, arriving at IMS Ibiza and invited the audience into an incredible hour of insight about their illustrious career, discussing their own musical inspirations from then ‘til now, what it takes to remain creative throughout the years and outlining their favorite way to spend a Sunday – having brunch at Berghain.

 

“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


 

  1. IMS Ibiza: Erick Morillo – Keynote Interview

Big announcements have always been a tradition of IMS Ibiza, from big business deals to new partnership announcements. But it’s not every year that you hear a candid personal revelation from an artist as prolific as Erick Morillo, who has been influencing the scene for well over two decades. At IMS Ibiza, he bared it all to discuss his journey battling a ketamine addiction through a prolific career. It was an incredible hour of honesty and tribulation and an important nod to the music industry’s need to be open towards discussions about the dark side of the lifestyle: mental health, addictions and dangers.

“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, and I had to let it go.” – Erick Morillo

IMS CELEBRATES A DECADE OF EDUCATING AND ENTERTAINING; OF INSPIRING AND INFORMING; AND HELPING TO SHAPE THE FUTURE OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC.

May 24th-26th 2017 | Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza

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“We wanted to put a professional face to the island of Ibiza, the global dance music destination that defined our genre. We ended up focusing on the world. From Los Angeles to Shanghai, IMS has reached a key landmark in its lifespan and we can’t wait to celebrate this decade by looking forwards, not back. The genre has exploded during our ten years and we’re happy to have grown around the world in parallel.”
Ben Turner, co-founder, IMS.

International Music Summit (IMS) is the three-day inspirational and educational platform held annually in the dance music capital Ibiza. A wide spectrum of electronic music industry professionals participate in a series of talks, interactive workshops, intimate networking opportunities, inspiring dinners and club events led by skilled experts, experienced business minds and talented artists.

dalt-vila-1IMS sets out to educate, inspire and encourage the sharing of new ideas and 2017 marks a decade of dynamic change in the sector and provides a theme for this year’s most engaging debates.

Founded by electronic music industry’s most respected individuals including Ben Turner, BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong MBE, and Ibiza heavyweights, Danny Whittle, Mark Netto and Simeon Friend, participants and curators alike, they all share a passion for electronic dance music and culture and are invested in shaping its future. The curators invite the most relevant, candid and thought-provoking speakers with participants from all around the world – providing a tangible opportunity to connect and learn.

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IMS speakers over the decade have included David Lynch, Quincy Jones, Chuck D, P.Diddy plus every major DJ on the planet. The founders of You Tube, Instagram and Twitter have all spoken. Nile Rodgers and Giorgio Moroder made the first Daft Punk collaboration announcement on the stage at IMS. Lynch’s recent music career was revealed at this event in Ibiza. It was the Ibiza delegates who supported IMS partner Ben Turner’s vision to take IMS a step further, to create the much-needed global trade body AFEM: Association for Electronic Music. The annual IMS Business Report also helped measure the global value of electronic music for delegates to use to win deals and, in many cases, sell companies. IMS founding partner Pioneer DJ have also been integral to the event’s success with continued products revealed at the event, and critical industry products like KUVO were conceived from discussions at the IMS Ibiza event.

ims-2014-day-1-by-james-alexander-chapman-conference-071IMS Ibiza takes place during the island’s opening season week, with a multitude of high profile events in iconic venues including Pacha, DC10, Amnesia and Ushuaia featuring the world’s biggest DJs. This year there is a return of the ‘Back2Live’ event – a special and unique showcase that celebrates the crossover between electronic and live music. There is also the annual IMS Legends Dinner to honor those that have left a legacy on the culture and industry. Previous award winners include Nile Rodgers, Fatboy Slim, Sven Vath, Carl Cox and Pepe Roselló, Founder of Space Ibiza.

There is of course a fitting Grand Finale, offering the opportunity to dance in one of the most unique locations in the world – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dalt Villa. Undoubtedly a rare and alternative opportunity to dance on and enjoy the 2500-year-old castle. Previous headliners have included Carl Cox, Solomun, Sven Vath, Rudimental and Pete Tong.

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Additional panels and keynotes from IMS Asia-Pacific 2016 are now available on the International Music Summit YouTube page!

Rising Stars: Next Generation of Asia-Pacific

Global Power Players – Risks & Opportunities

AFEM Presents ‘Get Played, Get Paid’

Uniting the Nations: India & China

Keynote Introduction – Shailendra Singh

Revisit IMS Asia-Pacific 2016 with more panels that have been released in full on the IMS YouTube page!

Australia in Crisis – Update

Addressing the Challenges of Asia-Pacific

Market Focus – Japan

SheSaid.So Presents… Diversity in Dance Music

One of the most exciting panels of IMS Asia-Pacific 2016 saw Skrillex bring his core team along with him to the stage in Shanghai. With his manager Tim Smith, CEO and Founder of Blood Company Management, agent Lee Anderson of AM Only and general manager of his creative collective and label OWSLA Blaise DeAngelo and interviewed by Pete Tong, Skrillex discussed the thought process behind his international career and the adventures he and his team have had exploring and uncovering the foreign markets of Asia.
Watch the full Meet ‘Team Skrillex’ panel below and stay tuned for more panels from IMS Asia-Pacific, coming soon.

Major Moments from Skrillex, Alesso, Jolin Tsai, Chace and More

With a Special Boiler Room Debut from Skrillex

“This could potentially be the biggest market in the world. It’s that simple.”
– David Levy, Agent and Partner, WME

International Music Summit, the premier platform for thought leadership in electronic music, has concluded the third IMS Asia-Pacific and first in conjunction with A2LiVE and STORM Festival, at the Hyatt Hotel on the Bund in Shanghai. Across two days, Shanghai hosted top players in electronic music for important conversations about the business of electronic music and Asia-Pacific’s explosive industry.

“Over the past few years at IMS, it’s always been asked, who is going to be the first Asian star to break through, but we’ve been playing international stages for years. The fact is, is that it’s very much happening.” – Arjun Vagale, Artist, India

IMS returned to Shanghai in 2016 to unite the Asia-Pacific region and continue the effort to bridge electronic music industries across the East and West. This year, delegates from over 20 different countries heard from Skrillex and his team, wunderkind and newcomer Chace from China and were treated to a special collaborative effort from Alesso and mega-pop star Jolin Tsai.

In addition to the conference, IMS Asia-Pacific partnered with global platform Boiler Room for the anticipated Boiler Room debut of Skrillex, which took place at an intimate club here in Shanghai on Thursday evening. The stream easily became one of the most viewed and highest streamed in Boiler Room history.

Watch the full stream here.

Highlights from Day 1 included riveting statistics presented by Jonathan Serbin of Billboard Asia and David Boyle, EVP Insight of BBC Worldwide. David Boyle’s Audience Report pointed out incredibly promising statistics about the region. Google searches for EDM have risen by a whopping 18X in Japan and over 28X in China from 2013-2016, despite the country’s firewall against Google as a search platform.

See the full reports here.

“There’s universality about EDM. I haven’t been to a country yet that hates dancing.” – Jonathan Serbin, Head of Asia, Billboard

A panel of noteworthy Rising Stars of Asia-Pacific including Chace (China), Myrne (Singapore), Kaku (Asia) and more came together to represent the growing presence of local talents becoming more and more prominent in the Asia-Pacific region. Each shared their individual journeys of discovering a love for electronic music and discussed challenges of breaking through to the international scene.

“There are no Asian examples. That perception has to change – there is talent in Asia. We’re all sitting up here for a reason.”
– Kaku, Artist

“Best decision I’ve ever made? To not listen to my parents and keep producing.”
– Chace, Artist, China

See the full galleries here.

Day 2 of IMS Asia-Pacific saw an incredible array of power players on stage, including Amy Thomson, CEO of ATM Artists, Agent and Partner at WME David Levy, John Boyle, Chief Growth Officer and Interim CFO at Insomniac and many more. The revealing and candid discussion illuminated the still existing problems that remain at the forefront of the Asia-Pacific region, including the prominence of EDM as the preferred genre over more underground sounds, difficulties with releasing on labels in certain territories, hesitation to enter the market without proper education and guidance and the controversial heavy leaning on branding that the Asian market has become reliant upon.

“My worst fear is to come into a market that I don’t know well enough and come in, do a deal with a brand and leave a bad lasting impression.”
– Amy Thomson, CEO, Manager, ATM Artists

“EDM captures a populist movement. As it passes through, some people will be curious, some will not be. Event culture makes us a ton of money, but it doesn’t sustain the long-term culture.” – David Levy, Agent and Partner, WME

Team Skrillex arrived at IMS Asia-Pacific with an inspiring panel about the philosophies behind their creative collective OWSLA and the Skrillex brand and their experiences bringing a major international artist like Skrillex into brand new markets in Asia.

“It’s blowing up so fast, it almost feels like a frenzy right now,” Skrillex said of his experience being in Asia so far. “There are some really rabid fans here,” continued his manager and CEO of Blood Company Management Tim Smith. “It counts for a pretty big percentage of our business too. It’s a very real market.”

In addition, IMS Asia-Pacific partnered with Boiler Room for a very special Skrillex Boiler Room debut on Thursday evening in an intimate club in Shanghai. The stream quickly became one of the highest viewed and most streamed in Boiler Room history, and included Skrillex, Blaise James, Damacha, Cavia and Zean b2b Conrank.

“Part of the reason why we’re here too is to find out more about it. It’s been eye opening. We’re thinking about the future, the next two years from now.”
– Blaise DeAngelo, General Manager of OWSLA

Finally, IMS Asia-Pacific brought together Alesso and Asia’s mega-pop star Jolin Tsai for a prime example of what can happen when power artists from the East and West come together in collaboration. Alesso and Jolin announced their new collaboration “I Wanna Know” at IMS before discussing the eye-opening experience of working together and hopes for the future of both integrating Asian artists into the international world, and global superstars coming into the Asia-Pacific region. Later that weekend, the two performed their brand new collaboration for the first time at STORM Festival.

“I’ve never remixed a song that was in a different language besides English. It was really cool. This was the most different thing I’ve ever done.”
– Alesso, Artist

 

1. Impressive stats about the Asia-Pacific region

Delegates from all around the world joined us at IMS Asia-Pacific to learn more about the region that still remains distant for most. EVP Insight of BBC Worldwide David Boyle opened both days of IMS with insightful presentations that revealed surprising and impressive statistics about electronic music in the Asia-Pacific region.

In China, he discovered that searches for “EDM” had gone up 26X from 2012-2016 from Google analytics alone, meaning that the actual statistic is likely much higher due to China’s Great Firewall ban that prevents most of their population from using the search platform.

See both of David Boyle’s presentations here.

2. The “first Asian superstar”

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“It’s much more interesting to find the first Chinese superstar than to market and sell already existing superstars.” Co-Founder of AFEM Kurosh Nasseri on the ‘Addressing the Challenges of Asia-Pacific’ panel

The conversation about cultivating and uncovering local talent continued from 2015’s summits this year. On an international scale, there still has yet to be a break out star from the Asia-Pacific region, but now more so than ever before, it’s become impossible to ignore the many rising stars that have begun to emerge.

Day 1 closed with an exciting collection of just that with the ‘Next Generation: Rising Stars of Asia-Pacific’ panel, which saw Myrne (Singapore), Kaku (Asia), DJ L (China), Minii (Korea) and Chace (China) come together and share their own journeys, challenges and experiences as young, up-and-coming artists in their individual territories.

“The perception has to change – of course there is talent in Asia. We’re all sitting up here for a reason.” – Kaku, Artist

3. IMS Asia-Pacific teams with OWSLA for Skrillex’s Boiler Room debut

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Not too long ago, Boiler Room broke records by touching down in China for the first time with Disclosure. This year, the popular platform returned to the city of Shanghai with a special debut from Skrillex, also a speaker at IMS Asia-Pacific. In tandem with IMS Asia-Pacific and OWSLA, the event took place on the Thursday of IMS Asia-Pacific and was one of the most viewed and highest streamed Boiler Rooms ever.

Watch the stream here.

4. Team Skrillex discusses creativity and Asia

“There’s many ways I could quantify the ways we’ve grown, but that’s boring. For me, it’s been most exciting to watch the evolution of the brand. It’s been exciting for us to colorize that. It feels like OWSLA has a personality, a soul.” – Blaise DeAngelo, General Manager of OWSLA

Following an exciting evening at Boiler Room, Team Skrillex took the IMS Asia-Pacific stage to discuss what it has taken to develop and explore the creative power behind Skrillex and also bring him and his vision to Asia. Skrillex was joined by manager Tim Smith, OWSLA General Manager Blaise DeAngelo and AM Only’s Lee Anderson.

“We’re not financially driven, we’re adventure driven. Music and art driven.” – Skrillex, Artist

5. Alesso and Jolin announce a new collaboration

Alesso and Jolin Tsai closed IMS Asia-Pacific with an exciting announcement about their new collaboration called ‘I Wanna Know.’ The two came together on stage ‘In Conversation’ to discuss what it takes to bridge the gap between East and West in electronic music.

“I’ve never remixed a song that was in a different language besides English. It was really cool, to be honest.” – Alesso, Artist

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IMS Tech Report

Presented by David Boyle (EVP Insight, BBC Worldwide, UK)

Day 2 of IMS Asia-Pacific kicks off with an in-depth look at the tech side of the music industry in Asia. How are streaming, video and messaging changing our world? How can we adapt to make the most of the new opportunities?

VIEW OR DOWNLOAD THE REPORT HERE.

 

IMS Audience Report – Insight Into Asia-Pacific 2016

Presented by David Boyle (EVP Insight, BBC Worldwide, UK)

Diving deeper into an analysis of the region, BBC’s EVP of Insight David Boyle will deliver a cutting-edge analysis of audience trends for festivals, artists and genres in the region. Which audiences is electronic music reaching, and how can the industry better develop them?

VIEW OR DOWNLOAD THE REPORT HERE.

Presented by David Boyle (EVP Insight, BBC Worldwide, UK)

Day 2 of IMS Asia-Pacific kicks off with an in-depth look at the tech side of the music industry in Asia. How are streaming, video and messaging changing our world? How can we adapt to make the most of the new opportunities?

VIEW OR DOWNLOAD THE REPORT HERE.

Presented by David Boyle (EVP Insight, BBC Worldwide, UK)

Diving deeper into an analysis of the region, BBC’s EVP of Insight David Boyle will deliver a cutting-edge analysis of audience trends for festivals, artists and genres in the region. Which audiences is electronic music reaching, and how can the industry better develop them?

VIEW OR DOWNLOAD THE REPORT HERE.

IMS ASIA-PACIFIC X Boiler Room X OWSLA

Line-up Features Skrillex, Blaise James, Zean b2b Conrank, Cavia, damacha

Thursday Sept 29th in Shanghai.

WATCH BOILER ROOM RECORDING HERE.

Skrillex will make his Boiler Room debut this week during a special live stream from Shanghai presented by OWSLA and IMS Asia-Pacific. The event will take place on the opening night of IMS’ two day event in Shanghai on September 29 and 30.

A truly global broadcast that will take millions around the world into China’s burgeoning nightlife scene, the Boiler Room session will be available on Boiler Room, Facebook (live), LeTV (for viewers located in China) and Daily Motion.

IMS Asia-Pacific will host a meet Team OWSLA panel during the Shanghai event, 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 OWSLA’s sound and style across Asia-Pacific.

Skrillex will perform with a curated selection of rising underground Chinese producers and DJs during the Boiler Room session. This includes Shanghai-based Rankadank label owner Zean playing B2B with his frequent cohort Conrank, Chinese beat producer Damacha known for fusing global bass music with traditional Chinese formats and turntablist and visual artist Cavia, a former DMC China winner who has spun with the likes of A-Trak, DJ Shadow, Grandmaster Flash and more.

IMS Asia-Pacific, in partnership with Budweiser Storm Festival, will take 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.

WATCH BOILER ROOM LIVE HERE.

For viewers in China, watch it here: http://music.le.com/izt/boilerroom/index.html

Set Times – GMT +8 hours/EST + 13 hours

20:00- 21:00 – Blaise James
21:00 – 22:00 – damacha
22:00 – 23:00 – Cavia
23:00 – 00:15 – Zean b2b Conrank
00:15 – 01:15 – Skrillex

Eric Zho (CEO at A2 Live), Ben Turner (CEO, IMS / Graphite, UK), Marc Vedo (Artist, UK), Daniel Miller (Founder, Mute Records, UK), Annie Lee (CEO, Dream Worker, China), Mark Lawrence (CEO, AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, UK) & More

Joining Skrillex, Alesso, Pete Tong, Jolin Tsai, Chace and Others

Panel Topics Include China The Disruptor, Australia In Crisis, Rising Stars of Asia-Pacific, Technology Patterns, Diversity, Rising Asian Talent & More

IMS, in partnership with Budweiser STORM Festival, announced the next round of speakers for the third IMS Asia-Pacific, taking place Sept 29 – 30 in Shanghai, China at the Hyatt on the Bund.

The new speakers join an already stellar list of participants including Skrillex (and many of the key players from his OWSLA label), Alesso, Pete Tong, Asian pop star Jolin Tsai, Chinese producer Chace, as well as executives from global touring powerhouse WME and labels Sony and Universal.

The additional executives added to IMS Asia-Pacific include Eric Zho (CEO of A2LiVE), Daniel Miller (Founder, Mute Records, UK) and Naoki Shimizu (CEO/Founder, Summer Sonic, Japan), Ben Turner (IMS / Graphite, UK), Chei Lee (CEO/Founder, Hongjie Li, (aka CheiZak) YEMA Live, China). Rounding out the artist side will be Marc Veno and Korean artist Soolee.

IMS Asia-Pacific will tackle the unique opportunities and challenges that EDM faces in the region. The speakers will discuss a wide range of topics related to the electronic music scene in Asia, focusing on a number of specific markets and particular issues affecting the industry. The event will touch on the live experience from a local and foreign perspective, Australia’s current dance crisis, the impact and uptake of streaming across the region, rising Asian talent and a host of other pressing issues specific to EDM in Asia-Pacific, including an IMS Business Report on China.

Full Panel Topics and Speaker List Below:

PANEL TOPICS FOR IMS ASIA-PACIFIC

State of The Region with Billboard Asia
Uniting the Nations: India & China
Global Power Players – Risks & Opportunities
Technology Patterns in Asia-Pacific
Australia In Crisis
The Rising Stars of Asia-Pacific
IMS Business Report – Insight Into Asia-Pacific
China The Disruptor
Challenges in Asia-Pacific
Market Focus: Japan
AFEM presents Get Played, Get Paid
Influential KOL’s in Asia-Pacific
Hot Trends of Asia: SNS – Live Broadcast & Leasing Music Apps
Labels of Love: Keeping the Dream Alive
Breaking with Brands in Asia-Pacific
She Said So presents Diversity in Electronic Music

Full Phase Two Speakers:

Alan Deng (Director, Tencent Video Live Music, China)
Anish Sood (Artist, India)
Annie Lee (CEO, Dream Worker, China)
Arjun Vagale ( Artist / Director, UnMute, India)
Arsit Prachaseri (CEO, AG Productions, Thailand)
Ben Turner (CEO, IMS / Graphite, UK)
CheiZak (CEO / Founder, YEMA Live, China)
Christian Rijanto (Co-Founder / Managing Partner, ISMAYA Group, Indonesia)
Daniel Miller (Founder / CEO, Mute Records, UK)
David Boyle (EVP Insight, BBC Worldwide)
Davis Savril (KOL/Artist, China)
Dennis De Bruin (CEO, Alda Events, Asia)
Derrek Tsao (KOL, Music Journalist, China )
Dev Bhatia (Director, UnMute, India)
DJ Soolee (Artist, Korea)
Dope Lee – (KOL / Artist, China)
Eric Zho (Founder / CEO, A2LiVE, China)
Frank Rodi (Innovation & Electronic Music Specialist, APRA, Australia)
Hedy Lee (KOL / Artist, China)
Helena Legend (Artist, Australia)
Iqbal Ameer (CEO, LiveScape Group, Malaysia)
John Boyle (Chief Growth Officer and Interim CFO, Insomniac Events, USA)
Kaku (Artist, Asia)
King Arthur (Artist, Puerto Rico)
Kurosh Nasseri (Attorney, AFEM, USA)
Maggie Yu (Vice-President/Brand Director, Adidas, China)
Marc Vedo (Artist, UK)
Mark Lawrence (CEO, AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, UK)
Miao Wong (Founder / CEO, dART, China)
MYRNE (Artist, Singapore)
Naoki Shimizu (CEO / President, CreativeMan Productions, Japan)
Nick Matthews (Agent, Coda Agency, UK)
Pep & Rash (Artist, Netherlands)
Prateek Pandey (Promoter, sLick!, India)
Rebecca Young (Agent, EMD Australia & NZ, WME, Australia)
Rob Schwartz (Journalist, Billboard, USA)
Robb Harker (Founder / CEO, Supermodified Agency, Asia)
Robert Zhang ( AB-Inbev, China)
Robin Leembrugen (Manager, Mad Panda Agency, China)
Sach Jobb (COO, iFlyer, Japan)
Samuel Wald (WME, EMD Bookings, Asia)
Sandy Chi (Chief Entertainment Officer, KuGou, China)
Sunny L (Director, Music Fest Asia & Xin Wang Group, HK & China)
Vlada Didenko (Senior Business Manager, A2LiVE, China)
Wang Lei (General Manager, Baidu Music, China)

Full Phase One Speaker List (previously announced):

Skrillex (Artist, North America)
Alesso (Artist, Sweden)
Jolin Tsai (Artist, Asia)
Pete Tong (Artist, UK)
Amy Thomson (CEO, ATM Artists, USA)
Shailendra Singh (Promoter, Percept, India)
Lee Anderson (Agent, AM Only, USA)
Tim Smith (CEO / Founder, Blood Company)
Blaise DeAngelo (A&R, OWSLA, USA)
Chace (Artist, China)
Nakadia (Artist, Thailand)
David Levy (Agent, WME, UK)
Jason Swamy (Director, WonderFruit, Hong Kong)
Lauren Rose-Kocher (Business Development, Sony Music Entertainment, Japan)
Murat Kilic (Artist, CEO, Spice – Reckless Republic, Australia)
Wade Cawood (CEO / Founder, Pulse Global)
Caralinda Booth (Artist Development, Universal Music, China)
Jonathan Serbin (Billboard, Head of Asia)

SECURE YOUR SEAT HERE.

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!

Do you dream of being part of the electronic music industry? Are you an aspiring DJ? Do you want to be a booking agent? A talent recruiter? Come to IMS Asia-Pacific this year and realize your dreams.

IMS is offering a special deal to STUDENTS ONLY. You will be able to purchase a delegate badge for 50% off, and in doing so, be offered the opportunity to stand at the frontier of electronic music in Asia.

IMS is one of the most esteemed conferences in electronic music. International Music Summit broke ground in Shanghai last year with it’s thematic “Awakening the Dragon” industrial focus. Not only did it open up the Chinese market to industry experts and celebrity DJs alike, it also opened a new chapter for electronic music in Asia.

This year, IMS is coming together again in Shanghai, not only to discuss the Chinese market, but to also address the entire Asia-Pacific region as a whole. Speakers this year include mega DJs Skrillex and Alesso, as well as Mandopop Queen Jolin Tsai. Top executives from labels, booking agencies, and clubs will be coming from all over the globe to discuss and engage in the most pressing issues facing the industry. This is a once in a lifetime chance to mingle with some of the most impressive individuals within electronic music.

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  • Bring your valid student ID to IMS on the 29th, and pick up your delegate badge by presenting it to the registration desk.

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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.

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By David Sorrenti

Read the full article on PULSE.

From this year’s IMS business report, we learned that electronic music buyers are twice as likely to subscribe to music streaming platforms as any other genre fans, and that electronic music fans were the third most active music group on social media. Almost every DJ has his own Facebook fan page, and from promoting to event organizing and selling tickets, everything is connected through social media.
Our ongoing studies in collaboration with IMS Asia Pacific have found the rapid rise of the Asian dance music scene to be indisputable at this point, so it’s only natural that anyone looking to develop within this growing industry should be paying close attention to the technologies through which electronic music consumers enjoy – and pay for – their music. In Asia, the focus is even more relevant, as the population in this region has the highest participation in social media and handheld devices than anywhere else in the world.

Clearly in order to understand the industry, it is crucial to learn how social media and streaming platforms in Asia work, so we decided to take a look at the current smartphone app industry in Asia, and compare the different social media, music and technology apps to those popular in Western countries.

Asia has emerged as the globe’s leading hub in the mobile app industry over the past few years. Consumers across Asia spend more time on their smartphones than in any other part of the world, with numbers reaching up to more than five hours per day on average. The major activity on social network and instant messaging apps plays an important role in the drastically increasing number of smartphone users in Asia, and popular apps continue to grow each day as the most frequently used communication platforms.

According to the statistic below, 2014 had 888.000 smartphone users in the Asian-Pacific region, with an estimated reach of 1,139.8 million users by the end of 2016, and a prediction to reach almost 1.5 million users in 2019.

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Another graph from January 2016 shows the average number of hours that users spend using social media each day, with the Philippines being the leading country with an average of 3.7 hours a day. Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia are also included in the top 10 countries, with an average time of 2.9 hours spent on social media.

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Given these facts, we must question which apps are the most popular in the region, which have made a significant impact in the Asia-Pacific industry over the past few years, and how they affected the electronic music world? Let’s find out…

Social media and instant messaging apps

As we can see in this graph, Facebook is still the global leader in social media apps in the Asian region, and Facebook-owned apps like Messenger, WhatsApp and Facebook itself are represented in the top five list in almost every Asian country aside from China, where Facebook is blocked.

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For the Chinese market, the instant messaging app WeChat is the strong dominator with 24% and reaches an impressive number of approximately 650 million users worldwide, with most users being based in China. WeChat initially started as a simple messaging app, but later on offered many other services like transportation (taxi, fights, train), movie tickets, online banking and more, and became the most successful social app in China, revolutionising the model of messaging apps.

Another notable messaging app is KakaoTalk, which is the leading messaging app in South Korea with 41% penetration, while Facebook Messenger, the next most used messaging app, has only 12%. Although KakaoTalk is really popular in Korea, it’s not really used much in any other country.

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The four leading messaging apps in Asia are WeChat, LINE, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger, and represent over 2.5B social users worldwide, with WeChat and LINE focused on the Asian market. Given the high number of social media users in the Asian-Pacific region, international brands must concentrate on these channels to spark new business opportunities. However, they should also know that every social media channel has different conditions for branding. WhatsApp for example doesn’t allow brand communication yet, although they recently announced that it will be available soon (but even then it might just be exclusive to Western businesses).

More diverse messaging apps like WeChat or LINE, which offer many different types of services, allow brand communication and include the branded app and browser functionality into their messaging apps, customized and integrated into the customer’s interests and activities. Aside from simple ticket selling, WeChat even allows users to add brands into their contact list, and offers a more advanced user / brand experience than in most Western countries. It is quite normal for Chinese social media users to have different brands among their friends in their contact list, which leads them to interacting and chatting with different brands through the messaging app, building consumer relationships. If they are not interested in a brand, they can simply delete it from their contact list.

This business model definitely marks the key difference in the Chinese market, and compared to the US, Chinese social media users are very comfortable with interacting with different brands through social media channels, while Western consumers are more likely to be scared off by this concept. For international brands with strong social media presence, this might just be the perfect opportunity to drive engagement with electronic music fans in the Asian-pacific market.

Music apps and streaming services

Moving on to another very important key point in the mobile app industry in Asia – and one of particular relevance to its growing dance music community – music apps and streaming services. While music streaming services are very successful in the US and in Europe, most Asian countries are still struggling with piracy and users that have long been habituated with free entertainment due to illegal downloading and pirated music websites.

Just recently, various international streaming services were able to introduce their product in Asia by adjusting the monthly subscription fee individually for each region, but also by pushing their services toward mobile, given the fact that most people in Asia go online via smartphone.

France-based streaming service Deezer for example, expanded in South East Asia in August 2012, and was available in countries like Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia shortly after. Other popular streaming apps like Spotify or Apple Music also introduced their brand in most South East Asian countries. But there are still a few individuals that have put out music apps and streaming services that are more focused on the regional market.

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According to government statistics, more than 478 million people in China (which is more than the entire population of the United States) listen to music online. Internet giant Tencent Holdings Limited, who also developed WeChat, first got popular with their instant messaging app QQ, which later on expanded to many other services and functions like online social games, shopping, blogging and music. With around 829 million subscribed users, their QQ music app is the most frequently used music app in China (around 80 million users), and it features popular tracks mainly from China, Taiwan, Japan or South Korea. Given the high piracy rate, it was definitely a courageous attempt to introduce paid music streaming service in China, and it was actually first launched in 2005 (which is even before Spotify, Deezer or Apple Music existed).

Taiwan also has a very prominent music app called KKbox, which is even outranking Spotify in the Taiwanese app market. KKbox has over 10 million users and offers over 20 million songs, and is also available in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Another notable music app is Malaysia-based Raku (Radio Ku). It provides access to millions of international and local songs, podcasts and more than 20 Malaysian radio stations. Raku is kind of the counterpart to the UK’s last.fm which was popular a few years back.

Understanding changing streaming and social technologies is key to success in Asian dance music industry, which is booming like never before.

Learn more at this year’s IMS Asia Pacific in Shanghai this September.

By Marlina Azmi

Read the article on Pulse!

Asia’s diverse electronic music scene is currently at its peak. Whilst some regions started developing early – Singapore’s super club Zouk, for example, has been around for a quarter of a century, and India’s club scene boasts roots in the early Goa trance raves of the late eighties – there are many still new to the game. Despite some countries having to make up for lost time, their dance scenes have almost caught up with their more established neighbours in the last decade – and a lot has changed in the last five years especially.

Asia is now finally getting the recognition it deserves, and many are looking east as the industry has proven its potential as a serious contender in the international electronic dance music scene. The fact that in the last two years the influential International Music Summit elected both Singapore and Shanghai as worthy cities for its global conference (the Shangai event was the first of its kind in China), shows how far the region has risen in international esteem. To illustrate the point further and celebrate the wins, we’ve compiled some of the notable achievements that Asia has garnered in the last five years.

China, The Dragon Has Finally Awoken

EDM didn’t successfully take off when it first came into China in 2010, but it has since gained traction in the millennial generation, the initial setback largely down to the government’s suppression of club culture from the late nineties. The government has recently eased regulations, however, which coincides with an emerging capitalist and individualist culture.

“The Chinese government is slowly realizing that for people to pursue their individual ways of living is very important, and I think the government is starting to do that,” DJ Mickey Zhang said in an interview with YourEDM. Various cities in China have made it into lists of top spots to party in around Asia. Last year’s IMS report revealed that between 2011 and 2015 estimated capacity for electronic dance music event almost tripled.

Budweiser Storm Festival in Shanghai also expanded from 16 thousand in 2013 to a two-location event in 2015 with 30-40 thousand capacity. Boiler Room’s much anticipated entrance into China was a huge success this year with the online show breaking its own viewing records. The session in Beijing on 30th April pulled in over 1.3 million views for Le Music with more than 1 million more people tuning in to stream the show live on the Boiler Room’s own website. Shanghai’s packed session on the 1st of May achieved similar figures, with 1.6 million watching in China. Boiler Room China featured headliners, Disclosure, and local acts including the likes of MIIIA and TzuSing.

The Growing Numbers Of International Festival Brands

Asia has had a healthy influx of international festival brands coming through the region in the last five years. In 2012, Sensation made its debut in South Korea, Thailand, and Taiwan; earlier this year it made an appearance in Hyderabad. Australia’s now defunct Future Music Festival collaborated with The Livescape Group to host Future Music Festival Asia which, despite the controversial deaths of several punters in its 2014 edition, successfully garnered RM916mil in its debut in 2012.

2013 brought in an estimated 15,000 tourists and RM52.5mil in tourist expenditure, and was estimated to bring in RM112.6mil in its 2014 edition. Ultra Korea, the first in the Asian region returned for the fifth time this year on June 10th, 11th and 12th 2016. Since its debut in 2012, the Korean edition has grown to be the most established event in Ultra’s global calendar, next to of course the annual flagship event in Downtown Miami. It expanded into a three-day affair this year and the festival drew a crowd of over 150, 000 festival-goers, which automatically makes it the largest electronic music festival ever to take place on Korean soil.

The Success Of Home-Grown Festivals

While international festival brands have brought in immense success to many Asian nations, we cannot disregard the home-grown brands that have risen in the last five years. Djakarta Warehouse Project for one has been listed as one to not be missed in a lot of punters’ yearly calendar. DWP drew 70,000 people in 2014, the first year it was a two-day event, and Billboard estimates that 75,000 flooded onto the grounds in 2015 generating $2.9 million in revenue. The first event drew in 2,000 people, and eventually reached 15,000 in 2012. It doubled again in the following two years making becoming the biggest dance music festival in Southeast Asia by 2014.

Thailand has also grown to be a main player in the festival scene with the emergence of boutique festivals like Wonderfruit and Kolour In The Park. Bigger productions like Songkran Festival S₂O drew 42,000 revellers to their three-day affair, which was a spike of 8,000 revellers from last year’s debut. The second edition of S₂O drew 30% or nearly 13,000 foreign visitors of the festival’s overall attendance from around the region. This is a 10% increase in foreign attendance compared to 2015.

The Rise Of The Underground Scene

Despite the EDM buzz surrounding the mainstream market, the underground scene in Asia has flourished in tandem. The Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, and Singapore have been building up their underground scenes at a successful rate with more club openings that have given a solid platform for local artists.

Venues like kyō in Singapore, Pisco Club, Elysium and Under 9 in Kuala Lumpur, Time, and the newly opened XX XX / 2020club in the Philippines, Beam and Glow in Thailand, Shelter and Arkham in Shanghai and Oma in Hong Kong are some of the most celebrated underground clubs in the region. They not only host prolific international DJs at their spots, these clubs have started unofficial exchange programs featuring regional DJs as headliners.

Club and event promoters are now featuring DJs from neighbouring countries on their decks. The exchange rate in Asia has soared and it has caused promoters to re-strategise their line-ups to feature equally talented regional DJs on their rosters. This gives more opportunity to emerging local artists, but is not without its own problems…

“With international DJs becoming more and more expensive and there being more local talent that play reputably good music but cost just a fraction of the price, it just doesn’t make sense to book big names for small parties in Asia. Whether this is a good thing or not, I’m not sure because I still love to see my favourite big names on a big stage instead of a new generation DJ with a laptop and sync button,” Thailand’s Dan Buri said in a recent interview with Pulse Radio.

Internationally Acclaimed Producers And Record Labels

The advancement of technology has allowed Asian artists to reach out to international music labels, international producers and regional record labels, resulting in releases on these high profile platforms. Producers like Bangkok based, Sunju Hargun, Malaysia’s DJ Hightech, Singapore’s Xhin, and China’s Tzusing are some of Asia’s talents that have successfully released original productions on international music labels like Turbo Recordings, Lapsus Music, Meerestief Records and L.I.E.S Records respectively.

Producers like these have successfully made their presence visible to a wider audience, which isn’t limited to their local scene. We have constantly been hearing of more and more producers getting noticed by international record labels. Asian labels are also getting noticed by international artists, many of them willingly want their tracks and records released by labels like Midnight Shift, Fragrant Harbour, Pure Substance and Homesick. It is common for these local labels to focus on developing producers not just locally, but internationally at the same time.

Learn more about the progress and challenges of the Asian Electronic Music Scene at IMS Asia Pacific this September.

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Stay tuned! Speaker and topic announcements for IMS Asia-Pacific 2016 are coming soon…

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.

With the first IMS College now completed, International Music Summit looks back at the important take aways from the two-day, three-night educational initiative with guidance from some of the industry’s top leaders.

Here’s what we learned from the first ever IMS College in Malta!

  1. Passion is an important driving force to succeed in the music business. Ambition and work ethic go hand in hand.

    “Find a job you love and you will never work another day in your life.”
    – Robert Horsfall, Music Lawyer, Sound Advice LLP, UK

  2. Internships are a good way of getting a foot in the door. Be willing to go the extra mile as hard work never goes unnoticed.

    “No one should be afraid of that journey of discovering what you love and trying new things.”
    – Eli of Eli & Fur, UK

  3. Social media is a vital way of communicating your work. Create and customize your own Facebook, Twitter + Instagram pages in order to impress potential labels, promoters + PRs.

  4. Personalize your approach. Take the time to tailor each email going out to be more impactful. A personal touch shows that you’ve done your research and that you are strategic.

    “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.”
    – Lucy Allen, Head of Festivals & Events Press, Listen Up Music Promotion, UK

  5. Fully immerse yourself in the scene and make as many real connections as you can.

    “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”
    – Wilf Gregory, Director, Hideout Festival / Lost & Found Festival, UK

  6. Community is key in the music industry. Be mindful not to burn bridges and always be open to sharing ideas.

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

  7. Be consistent in your approach and have a clear vision.

  8. Ensure your work is the best it can be before approaching potential labels or PRs. If you don’t fully believe in it, it will be hard for someone else to.

    “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.”

    – Mark Brown, DJ / Owner, Cr1 Records, UK

  9. The importance of a team is crucial in the early stages of a career. Share a vision with those you trust and can fully believe in your project.

    “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.”
    – Laura Newton, Agent, CAA UK

  10. Perseverance is key. Don’t be disheartened by knock backs, they can teach you lessons about the industry.

    “You have to understand the dance floor. 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.”
    – Mark Netto, Director, IBZ Entertainment, Spain

1. The Continuous Rise of Dance Music Despite Major “Bubble Breaks”

As always, the 2016 Business Report (presented by Kevin Watson) was an enlightening and informative look at the electronic music industry as a whole. Despite major shifts in the dance music landscape (such as the fall of SFX and changes at Beatport) dance music as an overall industry continues to rise.

Today, the industry is worth $7.1 billion which is 60% more than just 3 years ago. In addition, dance music has continued to grow faster than any other genre in the UK while electronic music dominated Spotify across the board (with Major Lazer’s “Lean On” being the top streamed song).

2. The Beginning of Space Ibiza Was Not Easy

An undeniably huge topic for the island this year was the forthcoming closure of Space Ibiza. The iconic club has seen 27 years and built itself as much more than just a venue – rather, a legacy – and founder Pepe Rosello came together with longtime friend Carl Cox and manager Lynn Cosgrave for an emotional discussion and paid proper homage to the club.

“In the beginning of Space, we were not very successful and it was hard,” Pepe shared. But with the help of Carl and his incredible talent and “constant quality” that Lynn explained Pepe provided through almost 3 decades of operation, Space rose from a simple, struggling club to an iconic global staple of nightlife and dance music culture.

“27 years will remain in our memory forever. Big acts die at 27 like Jimi Hendrix, Amy Winehouse. They die, but their music remains forever. So, for us, this 27 means that this is our last year, but all the sentiments, all the music will remain still. The spirit will remain forever.” – Pepe Rosello

3. Erick Morillo Got Really, Really Honest

Erick Morillo took the stage at IMS Ibiza to tell his own deeply personal story about addiction which spread across the web as the day’s undeniable headline. Morillo explained that his addiction to ketamine was spurred on by his wavering confidence as younger DJs began to grow in success at a faster rate.

“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.”

After sharing shocking stories like being banned from British Airways, getting arrested and nearly losing an arm, Morillo explained that he attempted rehab three times before finally recovering. Now? He gave one general warning to everyone and anyone listening.

“One of the biggest things for me is that I never thought I would be that person. I used to watch the E! True Hollywood story and think, ‘How could they let their life go like that when they have everything?’ Don’t think anyone is immune to that. We’re all at risk. It’s just about dealing with your personal demons.”

4. Yello Made a Track On Stage Using Only Boris’s Mouth

There’s no question that Yello are a legendary duo not only for electronic music, but for the entire music industry as a whole. Their 1985 single “Oh Yeah” has become an iconic tune of the era, and if anyone had remaining doubts about the Swiss duo’s talents, Boris and Dieter sat on stage at IMS Ibiza and within seconds, recorded fun sounds made with their own mouths and produced a catchy tune on the spot.

Later, they discussed their forthcoming album Toy. “When Boris starts, he allowed himself to be driven by what happens in the process. Each brush stroke influences the next,” Dieter explained. “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.”

5. Women of the Industry Ban the Term “Female DJ”

One of the most anticipated discussions of the day was the Diversity in Dance Music discussion, which saw female leaders in the space come together to talk about the issue of the lack of women in electronic music and how to progress moving forward.

The two DJs on the panel were B.Traits and Nicole Moudaber, who both were adamant to reject the idea of being labeled as a “female DJ” moving forward.

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

6. Mixes Will Be Coming to Spotify

The streaming realm has become a crowded, busy space over the past few years. SoundCloud, which was an early leader, has since faced controversy with the rise of copyright takedowns and newly introduced paid access tiers. Spotify has become a major player in the game, but lacks the option of hosting mixes, which is an integral part of electronic music culture.

Dubset made the announcement of its newly inked deal with Spotify that will soon see mixes arrive on the popular platform. User-generated mixes will soon be available… keep an eye out for that coming soon.

7. The Pet Shop Boys Love Berghain

The Pet Shop Boys were the final keynote interview on the last day of IMS Ibiza, and indeed, the best was saved for last. The iconic duo discussed their prolific career in music and their newly found love for Sunday lunch at Berghain.

“It’s a very interesting combination of energies. Between the hardcore, all-nighters and the people just arriving,” Neil explained. “You gotta go Sunday for lunch. But of course, things will be going on in the basement…”

Later, the duo touched upon their early successes and shared a story about their surprise at being so well-received during one of their first festival performances.

“We never thought ourselves as a festival name. In 1997 we played at a theater and lost money. Our agent said if we played a festival, we’d break even. Then, we headlined a festival’s Saturday night and I remember somebody asked me “What are you going to do?” And I said, “I don’t know.” And suddenly we turned into a festival name.”

More than a few memorable moments took place on the White Isle at IMS Ibiza 2016. Several full talks have already been revealed here and here, and today another exciting batch of discussions arrives on International Music Summit’s YouTube page. From Space Ibiza to the annual Business Report, watch can’t-miss moments from IMS below.

Space Ibiza: End of an Era

Space Ibiza founder, Pepe Roselló came together with the legendary Carl Cox and manager his Lynn Cosgrave for an emotional discussion on the nightclub’s journey, unforgettable memories and a poignant farewell from Pepe to the club.

Vinyl Exchange: Seth Troxler In Conversation with Dave Haslam

The two engage in a nostalgic and deeply interesting chat about dance music’s history, its future and listen to a few of their favourite records together.

Mixmag presents The New Breed

Major on-the-rise artists Kölsch, Francesca Lombardo, Danny Howard and Danny Daze came together in discussion to talk about the challenges new artists face and in tradition, enjoy an Ibizan chupito of hierbas.

The Great Annual Ibiza Debate: Year 9

Pete Tong, Tale Of Us, Mr. C and more came together to discuss the changing landscape of Ibiza.

Business Report 2016

Kevin Watson presented the annual Business Report to kick off IMS Ibiza and explained that the electronic music industry is now worth $7.1 billion – 60% more than just three years ago.

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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Three days of IMS Ibiza saw memorable moments for the entire electronic music industry. Legendary artists like the Pet Shop Boys and Yello dropped in for revealing and rare interviews, important statistics about the business and its future were presented and current issues of the industry like drug-related deaths, streaming and diversity were discussed amongst global leaders.

Subscribe to see more full-length talks on International Music Summit’s YouTube page and watch the full discussions from IMS Ibiza 2016 below.

Striving For Excellence & The Art of Playing Differently

In response to the launch of Richie Hawtin’s own MODEL1 mixer by his PLAYdifferently, IMS Ibiza brought together Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, Nicole Moudaber, Carmine Conte from Tale of Us, Black Coffee, and James Zabiela to discuss technology and thinking outside of the box.

Great Streaming Debate

Members of the streaming and digital landscape came to IMS Ibiza and discussed how the electronic industry is changing and where the future is heading.

 

Keynote Interview – Yann Pissenem

Founder of Ushuaïa Yann Pissenem has had major influence on the Ibiza landscape. IMS Ibiza welcomed him for a keynote on his plans as he prepares to take over the old Space Ibiza.

Ticketmaster Report – State of Play: Dance Music

Dance Music report provides essential intelligence about dance music attendees at festivals and clubs, with an in-depth dive through Ibiza’s nightlife aficionados to understand the overlap between the two types of destination. The Ticketmaster report is based on clubbers in the UK and Spain, and covers themes including attendee profiling, their demographics and tribes, who they go with, their motivations and preferences, barriers to entry, interests around music, clubs, other events, and up-selling opportunities.

 

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.

IMS-Ibiza-Playing-Differently

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

IMS-Ibiza-Diversity

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:

IMS-Ibiza-Pet-shop-boys

“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

 

Revisit the day of conversations from IMS Engage, held at the W Hollywood on April 21st, 2016.

Pete Tong In Conversation with Bob Lefsetz

James Barton In Conversation with Lee Anderson

Arthur Baker In Conversation with John Singleton

Ted Cohen In Conversation with Mike Knobloch

Marc Geiger In Conversation with John MacFarlane

Introduction from Matt Medved of Billboard

IMS IBIZA ANNOUNCES FULL SCHEDULE AND FINAL ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS

Including diversity discussion in association with Shesaid.so 

Diversity In Electronic Music: A Vote For Vertical Proliferation in association with Shesaid.so

B.Traits (Broadcaster / Artist, Canada)

Jackie Antas (Head of PR, Live Nation International, UK)

José Woldring (CEO / Founder, The Media Nanny, Netherlands)

Lucy Blair (Director of Sales &  International Marketing, The Orchard, UK)

Maria May (Senior Agent, CAA, UK)

Nicole Moudaber (Artist, UK)

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

 

Full schedule available to view here:

https://www.internationalmusicsummit.com/ibiza/schedule/

IMS Ibiza badge available here:
www.internationalmusicsummit.com/attend/

Tickets available for the IMS Dalt Vila party:
http://bit.ly/IMSDaltVila2016

Tickets available for IMS Legends Dinner:

https://www.internationalmusicsummit.com/ims_event/ims-legends-dinner/

 

International Music Summit now finalises its schedule of iconic guests and speakers for the ninth IMS Ibiza programme, with the panel revealed for this year’s diversity discussion in association with Shesaid.so.

At the forefront of the conversation at this year’s IMS Ibiza will be the issue of gender equality within the electronic music genre. The discussion returns this year and is held in association with Shesaid.so – a carefully selected network of women with active roles in the music industry. This is the third time IMS curator Ben Turner has presented this discussion. The panel will be a highlight of the event, promising a full and frank discussion; with keynote speakers taking part consisting of B. Traits, Media Nanny CEO José Woldring, Motive Unknown Director Lucy Blair, Senior Agent of CAA Maria May and prominent artist and label boss Nicole Moudaber.

Ben Turner states: “We have a huge responsibility to reflect the industry we work in fairly and accurately. IMS has actually put this debate on the table more than most and I made a commitment late last year – to a number of women in our genre – that I would run this panel every year until the time comes when we don’t need to speak about it again. I hope that day comes soon for the right reasons. Thanks to the likes of Shesaid.so, people are addressing the situation positively and we hope that IMS can help amplify their platforms. We need to encourage more women into the genre, and into positions of seniority. Also, we somehow need to encourage those in positions of seniority to be prepared to use their voice more to help inspire the next generation.”

With all the panels now assembled and the latest additions confirmed, this meeting of minds will once more take in a broad selection of contributers from across electronic music. Film, documentary and music video director Julien Temple joins the cast with insight from across a career spanning back to the 1970s, working with diverse acts the likes of The Sex Pistols, Ray Davies and Madness, also covering divergent topics including the ‘Motor City’ in Requiem For Detroit? Temple announces exclusively at IMS full details about his new film project based on the island of Ibiza.

Joining a lineup already full of prominent artists are Joseph Capriati and Kölsch. The former is well known for being one of the driving forces behind the explosion of Marco Carola’s ‘Music On’ nights at Amnesia in Ibiza; a cultivated resident, he is now an internationally in-demand headline act. In the year that Capriati leaves Music On to join Paradise by Jamie Jones, he talks to IMS about the issues facing the Italian club scene with recent drug deaths and forced closures. Meanwhile, Kolsch hardly needs an introduction – his unique, emotive production style, as evidenced by his two landmark albums 1977 and 1983, means he is loved by critics and newcomers to the genre alike.

IMS Ibiza has also made space for a particularly special speaker on a subject close to Pete Tong’s heart; composer and conductor of the Ibiza Prom Jules Buckley. The prodigious musician has an ear for non-classical crossover, which has led to him working with Basement Jaxx, Massive Attack, Cinematic Orchestra and scores of others. Together, they performed at the Royal Albert Hall as a counter-culture performance to the main BBC Proms. It was a huge success and Tong has since announced shows at London’s 02 and Manchester Arena. The former sold 15,000 tickets in one day!

The industry is roundly in attendance with a roll call of top figures; amongst the latest and final speakers is the founder of Spinnin’ Records, Eelko van Kooten. With some forty sub-labels and branches into almost every element of electronic music, Eelko has spent 17 years at the forefront of the scene. Another musical entrepreur with a diverse background in dance music is Matthew Adell – the former CEO of Beatport, former Vice President at Napster, MusicNow.com and Wax Trax! Records, who is currently pioneering the ‘momentous’ in music with MetaPop.com. Eric Zho, one of China’s most commercially influential entertainment executives, will talk about IMS Asia-Pacific as it prepares to move to Shanghai.

Additional names for the final release are as follows:

Julien Temple (Film Director, UK)

Joseph Capriati (Artist, Italy)

Kölsch (Artist, Denmark)

Eelko Van Kooten (Spinnin’ Records, Holland)

Eric Zho (CEO, A2Live, China)

Shauna Slevin (Managing Director, Canopy Artists, USA )

Matthew Adell (CEO, MetaPop, USA)

Bob Barbiere (President & COO, Dubset Media Holdings, USA)

Jules Buckley (Conductor / Composer, Pete Tong’s Ibiza Prom, UK)

Jörg Mohaupt (Access Industries, UK)

Bobby Simms (Emoticast, France)

Ted Mico (Crowdmix, USA)

Nick Yates (Promoter, Paradise, UK)

Joshua Carr-Hilton (CEO, The District, Canada)

Sophie Crosby (Ticketmaster, UK)

Aurelien Dubois (Promoter / CEO, Surprize: Concrete & Weather Festival, France)

Tommy Vaudecrane (President, Paris Electronic Week, France)

Danny Desai (Digital Marketing Manager, Virgin EMI, UK)

Derren Sequeira (Entertainment Lead, Facebook, UK)

Sally Burtt-Jones (Content Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, Viber, UK)

Gareth Williams (CEO, Liine / Skram, Germany)

Jamie Chalmers (Anglo Digital Management, UK)

Alex Rub (Label Manager, Outcross Records, France)

Antoine Buffard (CEO, Trax Magazine, France)

Craig McLean (Journalist, UK)

Grego O’Halloran (Director, Ibiza Spotlight, Spain)

Nick Decosemo (Global Editorial Director, Mixmag, US)

Noah Ball (Dimensions Festival, Croatia / UK)

Sophie Bloggs (Machine Management, UK)

Lucy Blair (Director of International Sales & Marketing at The Orchard, UK)

Dubfire’s critically acclaimed live project dubfire:liveHYBRID is heading to Ibiza for it’s debut performance on the Island for International Live Summit closing party at the historic, UNESCO World Heritage Dalt Vila site.

Never satisfied with the status quo, Dubfire spent two years crafting a live show; his HYBRID concept has been wowing audiences since its soft launch debut at the Amsterdam Dance Event in 2014. Described by Thump as, “unlike anything we had previously seen or heard before anywhere,” HYBRID reinvents the concert experience by seamlessly weaving together elements of 2D and 3D animation with live audio and lighting to explore the intersection of science and technology – of man and machine – and their resulting evolution and inevitable fusion. After touring 12 different countries in 2015, and receiving rave reviews at Coachella, the critically acclaimed show will touch down at more of the biggest events across the globe.

Says Dubfire: “I’d always intended for my music to be performed live, supported by the latest advancements in music, stage design, lighting and sound technology. It took me years to build up a body of work that I’m proud to stand behind and find the team to create the HYBRID show. It’s been an incredibly inspiring ride and I’m tremendously excited to finally bring the show to the fans who continue to support me and my sound.”

 

GRAB YOUTR DALT VILA TICKETS HERE.

In addition to 20 previously announced artist and 20 industry icon speakers, IMS Ibiza is excited to share the final installment of speakers for the three-day summit happening at the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza from May 25th through 27th.

Major artists like Joseph Capriati and Kölsch join previously unveiled artists like Carl CoxRichie Hawtin, Nicole Moudaber, Dubfire and many more while the industry tip sees representatives from Spinnin’ Records and SoundCloud join the discussions.

The complete schedule for IMS Ibiza will be announced soon! Stay tuned.

IMS Ibiza Speakers A-Z

ARTISTS

B.Traits
Carl Cox
Danny Daze
Danny Howard
Dave Haslam
Dubfire
Erick Morillo
Francesca Lombardo
Gary Richards
Guy Gerber
Jason Bentley
Joseph Capriati
Kölsch
Mr C
Nicole Moudebar
Pet Shop Boys
Pete Tong
Richie Hawtin
Seth Troxler
Tale of Us (Carmine Conte & Matteo Milleri)
Yello

INDUSTRY ICONS

Alex Rub (Label Manager, Outcross Records, France)
Alexandre Jaillon (Promoter / CEO, We Love: We Love Art & We Love Green & The Peacock Society, France)
Antoine Buffard (CEO, Trax Magazine, France)
Aurelien Dubois (Promoter / CEO, Surprize: Concrete & Weather Festival, France)
Austin Gebbia aka Dear Morni (Comedian, Dear Morni, USA)
Bart Cools (Executive VP Global A&R and Marketing, Warner Music Group, UK/NL)
Bob Barbiere (President & COO, Dubset Media Holdings, USA)
Bobby Simms (Emoticast, UK)
Brandon Bakshi (Executive Director, Writer / Publisher Relations, BMI / Performance Rights, Europe & Asia)
Brian Tappert (Co-Founder, / Managing Director, Traxsource, USA)
Craig McLean (Journalist, UK)
Danny Desai (Digital Marketing Manager, Virgin EMI, UK)
Derren Sequeira (Entertainment Lead, Facebook, UK)
Eelko Van Kooten (Spinnin’ Records, Holland)
Eric Wahlforss (CTO / Co-Founder, SoundCloud, USA)
Eric Zho (CEO, A2Live, China)
Gareth Williams (CEO, Liine / Skram, Germany)
Grego O’Halloran (Director, Ibiza Spotlight, Spain)
Jacobi Calthorpe (Promoter, Housekeeping, UK)
Jamie Chalmers (Anglo Digital Management, UK)
Jessica Hopper (Author, USA)
Jörg Mohaupt (Access Industries, UK)
José Woldring (CEO / Founder of The Media Nanny, NL)
Joseph Capriati (Artist, Italy)
Joshua Carr-Hilton (CEO, The District, Canada)
Jules Buckley (Conductor / Composer, Pete Tong’s Ibiza Prom, UK)
Julien Temple (Film Director, UK)
Kenny Gates (CEO / Co-Founder, PIAS Group, Keynote Address, Belgium)
Lucy Blair (Director of International Sales & Marketing at The Orchard)
Lynn Cosgrave (CEO, Safehouse Management, UK)
Maria May (Senior Agent, CAA, UK)
Mark Lawrence (CEO, AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, UK)
Matthew Adell (CEO, MetaPop, USA)
Mike Malak (Agent, Coda Agency, UK)
Nick Decosemo (Mixmag, UK)
Nick Yates (Promoter, Paradise, UK)
Noah Ball (Dimensions Festival, Croatia / UK)
Pepe Roselló (Founder, Club Owner, Space Ibiza, Spain)
Renaat Vandepapeliere (Founder, R&S Records, Belgium)
Robert Miles (Founder, Openlab, Ibiza. Its All About Curation, Ibiza)
Sally Burtt-Jones (Content Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, Viber, UK)
Shauna Slevin (Managing Director, Canopy Artists, USA )
Sophie Bloggs (Machine Management, UK)
Sophie Crosby (Ticketmaster, UK)
Ted Mico (Crowdmix, USA)
Tommy Vaudecrane (President, Paris Electronic Week)
Yann Pissenan (Founder / CEO, Ushuaia, Spain)

IMS Ibiza announce the return of ‘BACK2LIVE’, a salute to breakthroughs of the live electronic scene

STIMMING // OUR FUTURE GLORY // SEABED

DELAMERE // SZJERDENE // FRANK STORM

 

Free admission!

Wednesday 26th May, 2016

8pm – Midnight

Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza

Limited IMS Ibiza badges available here: www.internationalmusicsummit.com/attend/ 

IMS continues to offer Ibiza residents 50% delegate badges with proof of residency email: info@internationalmusicsummit.com 

With 3 weeks to go, International Music Summit continue to elevate the innovators of the electronic music industry with ‘Back2Live’, the returning showcase dedicated to breakthrough artists of the live stage.

Taking place at the base camp of the conference at Hard Rock Hotel on 26th May, Stimming claims the top of the bill after the release of high-concept album ‘Alpe Lusia’. Recorded in isolation in an Alpine hut away from the world, then performed with the same level of immersion through a 4D sound system, this electronic explorer is known for his live intimacy. Experimentation in sound are the forte of the other selections too, with Sea Bed and Szjerdene also featuring – the former are in no way a house band, neither a strictly House act, and have crafted a string of hook-laden tunes with recent Annie Mac support.

Bolstering the night with traditional setups still offering the same electronic exploration, come two UK bands – Delamere and Our Future Glory – who bring dance fusions as raucous as a Rock concert, resplendent in anthemic highs and synthesized swells. These high-energy, electronic ensembles promise to deliver a powerful show, with a stage presence that is proof to the ‘Back2Live’ statement.

With free entry offered to all, other events on the schedule include the incredible Dalt Vila party at the island’s historic UNESCO World Heritage Site, IMS Business Report for 2016 and the prestigious Legends Dinner – with various networking sessions hosted by Ultra Records and Pioneer DJ. This year too the IMS Pioneer Award will make a return, the award previously awarded to long-term manager of industry greats Frankie Knuckles and David Morales Judy Weinstein.

IMS partner Danny Whittle explains,

“IMS are very excited for this years Back2Live line up, with a real mix of electronica and indie guitar sounds. We really think it’s important to show the links and growth of more live elements within electronic music, and to also give a stage to upcoming new bands to showcase their talents to a very musically aware audience and music industry professionals”

Over the next two weeks IMS will be revealing the Talks from IMS Engage for all those who want to relive these compelling conversations. Starting today we relive Pete Tong In Conversation with Bob Lefsetz and James Barton In Conversation with Lee Anderson.

Pete Tong In Conversation with Bob Lefsetz

IMS Engage 2016 saw revered broadcaster, artist and voice of dance music Pete Tong in conversation with renowned author Bob Lefsetz. The discussion covered a range of topics including SFX and the state of ‘EDM’, Mike Posner’s “I Took a Pill in Ibiza,” and the next generation of industry professionals.

James Barton In Conversation with Lee Anderson

At IMS Engage 2016, President of Electronic Music at Live Nation James Barton sat down in conversation with VP (East Coast) of AM Only Lee Anderson. The rare pairing put promoter and agent in conversation with one another and covered topics from up-and-coming producers to the idea of the DJ as the new rockstar.

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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JAMES BARTON (PRESIDENT OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC AT LIVE NATION), JOHN SINGLETON (OSCAR-NOMINATED FILM DIRECTOR), RENOWNED AUTHOR BOB LEFSETZ, PETE TONG AND MORE

“If they eliminated the dance tents at Coachella, the event would be over. The audience still wants this.”
– Bob Lefsetz

W Hollywood, Los Angeles April 21st, 2016

International Music Summit, the premier platform for thought leadership in electronic music, has concluded the fourth edition of IMS Engage, partnered with Pioneer DJ and W Hotels at the W Hollywood in Los Angeles, California. On April 21st, the global and local industry came together for a day of conversation between leaders of music, technology, film and futurism.

IMS Engage began in 2012 as an innovative new addition to the IMS portfolio of events with the aim to showcase how deep and widespread electronic music’s influence runs across the world. In 2016, IMS Engage attracted over 350 delegates.

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“It’s an exciting time to be in Los Angeles. There’s a new sound coming now that will be indigenous, local and unique.”
– Pete Tong, Broadcaster / Artist

IMS partner Ben Turner states: “A fascinating day of talks from some of the industry’s most intelligent and insightful minds. From Marc Geiger’s vision of the digital future, to John Singleton’s approach to film synchronization to the rag-to-riches world of James Barton, this was perhaps our most intriguing set of pairings to date. IMS takes pride in trying to move the conversation forwards about the electronic music world and it was clear today that the industry feels as strong and positive about the future than ever before.

Speakers at IMS Engage 2016 included a diverse variety of leaders: World-renowned broadcaster and artist and IMS partner Pete Tong began the day with a riveting conversation with respected voice in music and author of ‘The Lefsetz Letter’ Bob Lefsetz, the two discussed EDM’s branding challenges, but Lefsetz was bullish about the health of dance music overall, and Tong highlighted the growing indigenous American acts and the rising tide of live electronic artists. The following pairing of James Barton, President of Electronic Music at Live Nation, and Lee Anderson, VP of East Coast at AM Only, explored the ecosystem of promoters and agents, issues of artist billing and the importance of live revenues to all artists.

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The morning session ended with words between Ted Cohen, Futurist at TAG Strategic and Mike Knobloch, President of Music at Universal Pictures. Knobloch echoed the importance of collaboration for artists working in film and the issues that still exist regarding licensing music to film.

Later, IMS Engage saw the unique pairing of Arthur Baker, renowned music producer in conversation with Oscar-nominated film director and screenwriter John Singleton, the director behind the celebrated film Boyz In The Hood. Before diving into his discussion, Singleton took a moment to play Purple Rain in homage of Prince. Singleton touched on his journey as a director, and underscored the importance and impact of music in film, as well as the challenges and opportunities that sourcing music for indie films on a budget present. The final discussion of the evening brought together Head of Music at WME Marc Geiger and CEO of Sonos John MacFarlane, for a fascinating foreshadowing of what’s to come in streaming services and music consumption.

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IMS announced the newest addition to its portfolio of events the morning of IMS Engage with the inaugural IMS College – Malta, a new educational initiative set to take place July 1st – 3rd, 2016. IMS College aims to bring together the world’s bright, young minds for an intensive, 360 learning experience to give the next generation of electronic music creators and professionals the tools and knowledge to assist their career. IMS College – Malta will consist of a range of seminars, panels and interactive sessions – paired with a party schedule throughout the weekend.

Though tragic news of music legend Prince’s passing broke on the morning of IMS Engage, speakers paid homage and remembered important career moments with the iconic figure. Ted Cohen, who previously toured alongside Prince shared a special memory of his time with the icon.

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“He was always absorbing what was going on around him. My job was to bring attention to new artists, but with Prince, there was little I needed to do.”
– Ted Cohen, Futurist at TAG Strategic

IMS Engage concluded with the annual Networking Cocktail Party held on the rooftop of the W Hollywood following a day of exciting, insightful conversations. Led by Pete Tong, Becky Tong and a special showcase from Grabbitz as part of ‘NEXT UP,’ a new emerging artist partnership between Billboard and W Hotels.

International Music Summit celebrates in its ninth year in Ibiza later this year from May 25th to 27th and has grown to become one of the leading presences in electronic music, expanding across the globe with editions in Ibiza, Los Angeles and Shanghai.

IMS is dedicated to inspiring and supporting the community with innovative conversation and lasting connections that help drive the future of our industry forward.

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JULY 1 – 3, 2016 | WESTIN DRAGONARA, MALTA

International Music Summit is proud to introduce IMS College – Malta to its portfolio of events, a new educational initiative on the Mediterranean island of Malta on July 1-3. IMS College – Malta aims to bring together the world’s bright, young minds for an intensive, 360 learning experience to give the next generation of electronic music creators and professionals the tools and knowledge to assist their career. IMS College – Malta will consist of a range of seminars, panels and interactive sessions – paired with a party schedule throughout the weekend.

IMS College – Malta is partnered with leading music production schools Point Blank Music School and SAE Institute, who will provide instructors from their respective schools. Both schools provide the highest-level of educational opportunities and facilities and all will decamp to Malta for the event.

IMS has contributed to building the awareness of and appreciation for electronic music over the last nine years – which has brought together global industry leaders in Ibiza, Los Angeles, Singapore and Shanghai – making IMS College – Malta a natural progression for the electronic music community. Recognizing the need to provide a real, hands-on experience for the next wave of young up-and-comers, IMS’ latest venture provides a completely different, insightful yet affordable experience designed with the student in mind that will feature an array of industry icons, DJs, producers and professionals.

Day 1 and 2 of IMS College – Malta will be filled with immersive panels, which will also be coupled with a series of unforgettable parties on the Maltese island. Starting on Friday and running straight through to Sunday evening, several parties will bring students face-to-face with top-tier talents of the industry, including a special boat party and closing party on Sunday afternoon.

Parties confirmed for IMS College – Malta include the IMS College opening party with Solomun, famed for his Sunday night residency at Pacha Ibiza with Solomun + 1, accompanied by Pete Tong, an IMS partner and undisputed voice of house music with his weekly Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1. Saturday night will be led by Sandy River & Ziggy while Sunday’s closing party duties will be handled by Grammy-nominated DJ, producer and label owner Nic Fanciulli and CR2 label boss Mark Brown rounding off the night schedule with more acts to be confirmed.

IMS co-founder Ben Turner, states: “Education is at the very core of everything about the International Music Summit global platform and we’re excited to turn the tables with this event. IMS has always gathered the industry icons and leaders in one place, but the delegation at IMS College will be the next generation of professionals and creators and we aim to help develop their future.”

The launch of IMS College also marks IMS’ first venture into Malta – an island that offers a historic, and stimulating backdrop for the weekend’s proceedings. A primed global destination and an escape from the regular, Malta pulls from its many nearby cultures and offers a breeding ground for creativity and productivity for students of IMS College – Malta. Created to cater to the student body, IMS chose Malta for its accessibility. The English speaking country is safe and regular flights and domestic airlines make Malta easily accessible from most major European cities, making the location as affordable as possible for a unique, quality experience.

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Returning to W Hollywood Hotel for Fourth Year on April 21

TAG Strategic founder Ted Cohen + President of Music at Universal Mike Knobloch

Iconic producer Arthur Baker + Academy Award Nominated Director John Singleton

WILL JOIN PETE TONG, BOB LEFSETZ, LEE ANDERSON, JAMES BARTON, MARC GEIGER, AND JOHN MACFARLANE

IMS Engage is proud to announce its final two pairings for its annual IMS Engage conference at W Hollywood Hotel. Iconic producer Arthur Baker will converse with Oscar nominated film director John Singleton, and digital entertainment industry veteran and TAG strategic founder Ted Cohen will be paired with the President of Music at Universal Pictures Mike Knobloch.

The two pairs will join previously announced participants Pete Tong and industry commentator Bob Lefsetz, Live Nation’s President of Electronic Music James Barton and AM Only’s Vice President of the East Coast office Lee Anderson (Skrillex, Disclosure, Claude Vonstroke), and WME’s Head of Music Marc Geiger with Sonos CEO John MacFarlane.

When it comes to the digital side music, whether its licensing or marketing, distribution, etc, no one knows it better than Ted Cohen. He is a veteran of the entertainment industry, having held management position at EMI Music, Warner Bros. Records, and Philips Media, prior to founding his consulting firm TAG Strategics. Over his long and impactful career, Ted has been an integral part of maximizing the reach and appeal of musicians like Dave Matthews, Santana, The Cranberries, Dolly Parton, Neil Diamond, and dozens of others. He has helped mold and direct digital strategy for companies such as Napster, Microsoft, Universal Studios, and Dreamworks. As a founder of the digital consulting firm TAG Strategics, Ted has worked with behemoth brands Coca Cola, Verizon, SanDisk, and countless others.

Mr. Cohen is joined in conversation by the President of Film Music and Publishing at Universal Pictures Mike Knobloch. If you’ve been to a movie in the past decade, then you’ve probably witnessed a work influenced by the experienced hands of Mr. Knobloch. He’s overlooked the musical direction of films ranging from Titanic, to Avatar, to the Bourne Identity, to The Devil Wears Prada. Before joining Universal Pictures in 2010, Mr. Knobloch was the Vice President of Music at Fox Music. He’s helped align the cinematic vision of a film with artists such as Florence and The Machine, Moby, M83, and many more.

The second pairing features Arthur Baker, an American record producer best known for working with hip hop acts Afrika Bambaataa, Planet Patrol, and New Order. Mr. Baker was a prominent fixture in 80s dance music, being known for remixing the records of acts like The Pet Shop Boys, Cindy Lauper, and Bruce Springsteen into dance-centric beats, along with producing and co-writing some of the decade’s biggest dance originals: New Order’s ‘Confusion’, Freeez’s ‘I.O.U.’, etc. He’s also produced and remixed for Hall and Oates and Bob Dylan, solidifying a career that has greatly influenced the present day feel and acceptability of electronic dance music.

Mr. Baker will be speaking with John Singleton – an oscar nominated director known for films such as Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice, Rosewood, Shaft, and 2 Fast 2 Furious. For Boyz n the Hood, Mr. Singleton was nominated for Best Original Screenplay and Best Director at the age of 23, making him the youngest person ever to be nominated for the award. Mr. Singleton’s conversation with Mr. Baker shows IMS’s continued effort to explore the impact and interaction of electronic music in the greater field of entertainment.

With its three previous events IMS Engage has emerged as a key event in the music North American music industry calendar. Previous speakers include Quincy Jones, David Lynch, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Hans Zimmer, Moby, Skrillex, Diplo, Seth Troxler, Instagram founder Kevin Systrom, Kaskade, YouTube founder Chad Hurley, Giorgio Moroder, Russell Simmons, Jaron Lanier and many more.

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IMS Engage welcomes its next speaker pairing!

Pete Tong, Broadcaster, Artist / BBC, WME In Conversation with Bob Lefsetz, Author / ‘The Lefsetz Letter’

Pete Tong is omnipresent in any conversation about dance music, and IMS Engage is no different. Bringing his insight as a broadcaster, artist, DJ / producer and tastemaker through his Essential Selection show on BBC Radio 1, Pete Tong descends upon IMS Engage to help navigate a discussion about electronic music today.

Bob Lefsetz will join Pete In Conversation on April 21st, bringing his knowledge and stature as an industry staple. Author of the renowned newsletter series ‘The Lefsetz Letter’ and famously unabashed, Bob brings his knowledge as a former entertainment business attorney and fearlessness to comment on the state of the industry to IMS Engage this year. Topics up for discussion between Pete Tong and Bob Lefsetz will range from streaming to Las Vegas to the ever-controversial “I Took a Pill in Ibiza.”

Pete Tong and Bob Lefsetz join IMS’ already announced speakers, Marc Geiger, Head of Music at WME In Conversation with John MacFarlane, CEO of Sonos and James Barton, President of Electronic Music at Live Nation In Conversation with Lee Anderson, VP (East Coast) of AM Only.

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There are only two weeks left until the beginning of IMS’ calendar year, which lands in Los Angeles on April 21st at the W Hollywood Hotel.

The first speaker pairings for IMS Engage have been announced:

  • Marc Geiger, Head of Music at WME In Conversation with John MacFarlane, CEO of Sonos
  • James Barton, President of Electronic Music at Live Nation In Conversation with Lee Anderson, VP (East Coast) of AM Only

and more are coming soon.

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1. Crowdmix

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Crowdmix is an innovative new social platform that centers around music. Presented as a smartphone app, Crowdmix has been called the “Instagram of music” and remains mum on more pertinent details as it nears a public launch sometime this year.

“Crowdmix is a disruptive new social platform that aim to connect the world through music,” the website describes. Essentially, Crowdmix hinges on the universally recognized factor of building a community around similar music tastes. Stay tuned for more developments from Crowdmix, coming soon.

Hear from CEO of Crowdmix Rob Wells at IMS Ibiza from May 25th through 27th!

 

2. Richie Hawtin’s PlayDifferently

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Richie Hawtin has always been a proponent of combining his knowledge of technology with his music. Most recently, he announced the launch of his own ‘PLAYdifferently’ music technology venture, a collaboration with Allen & Heath and parent company Audiotonix.

Though Hawtin has yet to release major details about PLAYdifferently, he explained his inspiration for the project upon its announcement earlier this year. “The ethos of Play Differently is to create products that will magnify the individuality and expand the creativity of today’s generation of electronic music artists, producers and DJs.”

Since, he’s embarked on a Prototypes tour, meant to test the forthcoming new Mixer to be released under the PLAYdifferently moniker.

Hear from Richie Hawtin at IMS Ibiza from May 25th through May 27th!

3. Splice

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Splice is a tool that meant for the producer audience. The cloud-based application was created with the artist in mind, essentially offering a user-friendly way for producers to collaborate across the Internet and skirt issues related to sending large files and editing back and forth.

“Splice offers all of this and more in a lightweight downloadable client that acts as a bridge to a user’s digital audio workstation (or DAW) and an expansive, interactive web interface that doubles as a social network.”

The platform has garnered attention from leading artists like Diplo, Tiesto, Steve Angello and Justin Bieber and Martin Garrix’s manager, Scooter Braun.

4. Here Active Listening

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For fans and industry professionals alike, arguably the most important and often overlooked concern is ear health. After a few shows spent too close to a bass-rumbling speaker, it becomes obvious that tinnitus (a ringing or buzzing sound heard even without music or sound playing) becomes a very real issue. Here Active Listening is a new invention created by Doppler Labs that is aiming to change the way fans hear and experience music while also protecting your precious hearing.

Through two wireless earbuds and its complementary smartphone app, Here “acts as a studio in your ears by providing you with a volume knob, equalizer and effects to transform real world audio.” Enhance or reduce EQ levels, apply effects to live music or sounds and control the volume of the environment around you through the Here technology and app.

Find out more about Here Active Listening.

5. Sonos

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Sonos was created in 2002 in effort to change the way music could be experienced at home. Completely wireless and decentralized (utilizing one comprehensive smart app that can be accessed through smartphones or computers), Sonos has jumped ahead of traditional audio equipment by integrating streaming through an impeccably user-friendly design.

Sonos integrates search and stream capabilities from almost every popular streaming platform you can think of – Spotify, SoundCloud, Pandora, Tidal, Apple Music and Mixcloud are all embedded within the app, making finding and listening to hi-def versions of your favorite mixes and uploads easier than ever.

Hear from CEO of Sonos John MacFarlane In Conversation with Marc Geiger, Head of Music at WME at IMS Engage on April 21st!

WME’s Head of Music Marc Geiger in conversation with Sonos CEO John MacFarlane

Live Nation President of EDM James Barton in conversation with AM Only’s Lee Anderson

March 22, 2016 Hollywood, CA – IMS ENGAGE returns to Los Angeles for its fourth consecutive year on April 21 at the W Hotel Hollywood, for a series of unmoderated conversations between leaders from the worlds of finance, technology, music and media to address the growing influence of electronic music. The first two pairings are all about the music executive, and feature four of the music industry’s most important players, from four of its biggest companies – Live Nation, WME, AM Only/ Paradigm Agency, and Sonos.

The first pairing features the Head of Music of one of the world’s premier agencies -WME- Marc Geiger, in a conversation with John MacFarlane, CEO of the pioneering audio company Sonos.

The second conversation offers an exploration into the unique push and pull between promoters and agents, featuring two of its biggest power brokers. Live Nation’s President of Electronic Music James Barton, with AM Only’s East Coast Vice President Lee Anderson, the man responsible for booking acts including Skrillex, Disclosure and Claude Vonstroke.

Marc Geiger in conversation with John MacFarlane

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As the Head of Music at WME, Marc Geiger has overlooked the careers of the most impactful musicians of the 21st century. His roster includes Rihanna, Tom Petty, Jack White, Outkast, Neil Diamond, Jane’s Addiction, and dozens of others. Geiger is known as a visionary, having developed a priceless ability to forecast trends in music. He helped spearhead the agency’s foray into EDM, as WME was the first major agency to open an EDM division, something Geiger accomplished alongside agent Joel Zimmerman and scene leader (and IMS co-founder) Pete Tong. Geiger has also aligned WME with some of the world’s most impactful festivals such as Lollapalooza, a festival he co-founded in 1991.

John MacFarlane is the CEO of wireless speaker company Sonos – a smart speaker system connected over WiFi that allows you to stream your favorite music throughout your entire home. John co-founded Sonos in 2002, with the goal of re-inventing the way music fans listened to music in their homes. Today, Sonos is the premier brand for the field. John brings a unique software and hardware focused approach to the business, having co-founded and served as the CEO of Software.com. He and the Software.com team built large-scale interest based email systems for the world’s largest telecommunications companies as they entered the age of the internet in the mid nineties.

James Barton in conversation with Lee Anderson

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Lee Anderson has been the driving force behind some of dance music’s most important careers, and a significant puzzle piece in making AM Only one of the leading agencies for dance music in the world. Anderson took after Founder/President Paul Morris’ vision rapidly, taking acts like Skrillex, Zedd, and Disclosure from relative obscurity to headlining international festivals and arenas (and not to mention top 40 radio).

Anderson masterminded hugely successful and needle-moving engagements such as Skrillex’s Full Flex Express, Disclosure’s Wildlife, and Claude Vonstroke’s Dirtybird BBQ. The success of Anderson and Morris resulted in AM Only’s successful merger with booking giant Paradigm Agency, effectively thrusting AM Only even further into the mainstream limelight.

James Barton is a man who hardly needs an introduction. As the president of the electronic division at the world’s biggest event company, Live Nation, Barton is responsible for millions of electronic music ticket sales. Prior to joining Live Nation Barton turned a small club night in Liverpool, Cream, into one of the most iconic nightlife brands in electronic dance music, expanding into Ibiza, Buenos Aires, and other locales, as well as the UK’s biggest festival, Creamfields, in 1998. In 2012 he sold the legendary brand to Live Nation, as well as taking up the position of President of the Electronic Music division.

Along with Creamfields, Barton was instrumental in acquiring and creating partnerships that include Insomniac, Hard, Ink, SPG Sweden and Creamfields. In 2014 James secured the #1 position in Rolling Stone’s “50 Most Important people in EDM” and was voted #1 in Billboard’s highly coveted “Top-30 Power Players in EDM”

With its three previous events IMS Engage has emerged as a key event in the music North American music industry calendar. Previous speakers include Quincy Jones, David Lynch, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Hans Zimmer, Moby, Skrillex, Diplo, Seth Troxler, Instagram founder Kevin Systrom, Kaskade, YouTube founder Chad Hurley, Giorgio Moroder, Russell Simmons, Jaron Lanier and many more. As in the past three years, Pioneer DJ and W Hotels continue to partner with and support IMS ENGAGE and help provide a platform for the conference.

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Less than a month remains until the industry unites in the heart of Los Angeles at the W Hollywood for the 4th edition of IMS Engage.

Icons of electronic music will converge in unmoderated conversations with leaders of the wider world of music, technology and futurism.

An inspirational set of speakers will be announced soon. Watch this space!

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    Wind down. Take it easy and relax into your modern lounge chair or ottoman (available only in King Bed configurations) to get your entertainment fix from the state-of-the-art entertainment system with an LG 42″ flat screen TV, LG CD/DVD player and Sonoro iPod docking station. Have a bite. The Munchie Box is filled with everything you need to snack on, and a fully stocked mini bar makes cocktail hour even better. Network. A glossy white lacquered desk complete with High Speed Internet Access and a cordless phone with voicemail keeps you connected while you’re away.

    Step behind a frosted floor-to-ceiling glass pane where a see-through slot offers a peek into the shower. Here, in your spa-like bathroom, dark-accented walls, chrome and white Carrara marble floors set the relaxed ambiance for a polished white marble vanity, oversized lighted mirror and Duravit toilets. Indulge with Bliss® Spa sinkside six bath amenities, then wrap up in our comfy bathrobe before drifting off to sleep on the signature W Hotels European-style platform bed. A white tufted headboard, plush pillow-top mattress, 350-thread-count sheets and goose down comforter and pillows make for a restful night’s sleep. (400 square feet)

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    Hollywood is at your fingertips. Peer out over the fabulous city sites or stay in a while and be entertained. An LG 42″ flat screen TV, an LG Electronics CD/DVD and a Sonoro iPod docking station are yours to enjoy, day or night. When hunger strikes, grab a snack from the Munchie Box or whip up a signature cocktail from your fully stocked white-tufted mini bar. Whatever you like. Get comfortable in your lounge chair, window seat or ottoman (available only in King Bed configurations) under the glow of a stylish globe pendant and set that drink down on either of two side tables. Stay connected. High Speed Internet Access and a cordless phone with voicemail are set up on your sleek glossy white lacquered desk for all your networking needs.

    Slip into your spa-like bathroom where a frosted floor-to-ceiling glass pane offers a peek into the shower. Spaciously fitted with Duravit toilets, a polished white marble vanity and oversized lighted mirror, set off by dark accent walls, chrome and a white Carrara marble floor, wind down in style. Indulge with Bliss® Spa sinkside six bath amenities, then slide into our lush bathrobe before drifting off to sleep on the signature W Hotels European-style platform bed. A white tufted headboard, plush pillow-top mattress, 350-thread-count sheets and goose down comforter and pillows make sleep spectacular. (400 square feet)

    Exclusive Amenities:

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    Check into a studio-style suite that’s outfitted for spacious comforts and stylish amenities. With a separate living room, take a seat on your semi-circular couch where a sheer curtain keeps things private. A glowing globe light sets the scene while the state-of-the-art entertainment system, an LG 42″ flat screen TV with LG Electronics CD/DVD player, and the Sonoro iPod docking station set you up for endless playtime. Grab something to snack on or a refreshing cocktail from your Munchie Box and mini bar, and watch the sun set from a large window seat. When play turns to work, a glossy white-lacquered desk complete with High Speed Internet Access, a cordless phone and voicemail are perfect for keeping busy.

    When you’re ready to wind down, step into your spa-inspired bathroom outfitted with Duravit toilets, a polished white marble vanity and oversized lighted mirror. Set off by dark accent walls, chrome and a white Carrara marble floor, indulge with Bliss® Spa sinkside six bath amenities in the oversized bathtub before slipping into our lush bathrobe. Nighttime. Get some rest on the W Hotels signature European-style platform bed, with a white tufted headboard and plush pillow-top mattress, 350-thread-count sheets and goose down comforter and pillows. (800 square feet).

    Exclusive Amenities:

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    • Studio-Style One Bedroom
    • King-Size Bed

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Over 1,000 artists, industry leaders and press will be present at IMS Ibiza. Make sure your brand stands out by taking advantage of the sponsorship opportunities available.

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A limited edition of just 1500 copies this would be better described as the bible of Electronic Dance Music. Businesses, delegates and venues alike use it to connect with their audience. Included in each delegate bag.

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The IMS delegate badge and wristband are is the one of the most prominent ways to gain visibility for your company. They are worn by every delegate and speaker during the Summit.

IMS PROMOTIONAL STAND

Exhibition Stands provide 3 days of premium space within the Hard Rock Hotel. Situated right outside the entrance and exit of the conference room, the heart of the Summit and socialising meeting point.

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The IMS conference bag is given to all summit attendees. Our delegate bags are stuffed with goodies that fall directly into the hands of the industries finest music and business leaders as well as a large amount of high profile press. Present your material in any shape or form.

Goodies include: Pens, Writing Pad, USB Key, Lighters, Promo CDS, Promo Flyers, Promo Printed Material, Merchandise. 

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A great way to connect and socialize with the international electronic music industry network is a sponsored drink/cocktail event at one of our Summit locations. This is often where the best connections are made, discussing your company, artists, products or future plans over drinks and music.

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Conversations that inspire and showcase the growth of electronic music.

IMS Engage was launched three years ago in the heart of the entertainment world – Hollywood, in the middle of Los Angeles, California. The Summit set itself apart from previous editions of IMS by making use of the hub of Los Angeles and inviting in iconic speakers not only from the electronic music realm, but also from surrounding cultural facets like technology, film, fashion and other genres of music like classical and hip-hop. In the three years since IMS Engage was launched, the industry has seen leaders come together for conversations that have widened the scope for electronic music while simultaneously showing how far and deep electronic music’s reach is beyond our own industry.

In a special, candid format, two icons of their own domains sit in conversation to discuss anything and everything both within and around the electronic music world.

As we approach the third return of IMS Engage on April 21st, 2016, we look back on some of the most memorable pairings we’ve seen throughout IMS Engage history.

5. IMS Engage 2013: Diplo In Conversation with Kevin Systrom

In 2013, Jack Ü was unheard of and Diplo had yet to become a first time Grammy winner. Three years ago, Instagram was a brand new social media platform that people were just beginning to experiment with – and amongst them was none other than Diplo himself.

IMS Engage brought the talented producer together with Co-Founder of Instagram Kevin Systrom for a conversation that was far ahead of its time. For both Diplo and Instagram, the next few years would be vital, formative years for both of their ventures. IMS was granted the valuable opportunity to catch both figures at the early peak of their careers, and together, they pinpointed early signs of how important social media (like Instagram, as well as Twitter) would come to be for the explosion of electronic music and its community.

“Social media in electronic music is a great equalizer because you don’t need a lot of money or a lot of marketing to promote your record. They’ll find their way naturally through the network.” – Diplo

4. IMS 2015: Kaskade In Conversation Stuart Price

2015 saw production giants Kaskade and Stuart Price sit in conversation in Hollywood for an enlightening banter about various aspects of the music industry with valuable insight from each of their prolific careers. Price, a three-time Grammy winner and producer behind monumental records of Madonna, The Killers, Pet Shop Boys and many more, had plenty to discuss with Kaskade, a DJ and producer that drew inspiration from his nights on the dance floor in Chicago before kicking off his own career in the 90s.

Kaskade, fresh off of an enormous headlining performance at Coachella in 2015, overviewed his career – from beginning at the bottom to now dominating at the top of during the “superstar DJ” era.

Unavoidably, a hot topic for both artists was the question of the future. What does the future of electronic music look like – or sound like? Neither could say definitively, but Kaskade provided an answer that garnered a cheer from the IMS room.

“I don’t like the word ‘future house’ because house is the future. We’ve been living in the future since 1982.” – Kaskade

3. IMS Engage 2013: Skrillex In Conversation with Jeff Rosenthal

Now an eight time Grammy winner and household name beyond just the electronic music realm, it’s hard to imagine a time when Skrillex could be $30,000 in debt and a relative nobody. Three years ago – before Justin Bieber – Skrillex sat with Jeff Rosenthal, Co-Founder of the Summit series, for a conversation between two equally passionate, young forward-thinking minds.

Coming from a background of the no rules, indie music world, Skrillex explains what it took to become the “Skrillex” that people know and love today. Rosenthal supplied his own perspective, possibly one that entrepreneurs from across industries could relate to. He explained that his Summit series lost money during the first year, but with persistence, his venture has now become a huge success expanding across new cities each year.

“You know how people say keep it real? Well don’t do that, what you have to do is keep it surreal, and do things that are a little bit beyond everyone’s imagination.” – Jeff Rosenthal

2. IMS Engage 2014: Diddy In Conversation with Guy Gerber

2013 saw the surprising pairing of Diddy and Guy Gerber come together at IMS Engage, an unforeseen duo which teamed together for a track titled “11 11”, released in 2014. IMS brought the duo together for an open conversation about how the unlikely duo united.

A hip-hop leader and pop icon in his own right, Diddy gave plenty of credits to the electronic music world, explaining his fascination that sparked on the island of Ibiza and “falling in love” with the famed club, DC10.

Upon initial glance, Diddy might seem like an outsider of electronic music culture – but quickly, he proved exactly why he’s known as an iconic not just of hip-hop, but of music overall. After sharing his stories about diving head first into the beloved party scene of Ibiza, Diddy provided his own insightful perspective on the real value of talents within the electronic music scene.

“It’s all about the spiritual aspect of this music – playing from the heart and experiencing true emotions. I am always looking for DJs/producers without a set format, who aren’t afraid to clear the dance floor, who are fearless.” – Diddy

1. IMS Engage 2015: Quincy Jones In Conversation with Pete Tong

There are music icons – and then there are music legends.

Quincy Jones joined the IMS conversation in 2015, ready to share a lifetime of insight not only as the man behind Michael Jackson’s hits, but also as one of the most celebrated producers in pop music. It was only right for Jones to sit in conversation with the voice of electronic music Pete Tong, who supplied the right questions to find out Jones’ valuable thoughts on modern dance music.

“Dance music is the most powerful music on the planet, it really is.” –Quincy Jones

The entire room was locked into Jones’ every word, especially as he began to dole out advice to any music industry hopefuls and up-and-comers that might be listening in the IMS audience.

“Our entire business in music – in entertainment – is about a song and a story. That’s it. You don’t call anyone until you have a great song and a story.” – Quincy Jones

 

Curious to see more pairings from the IMS Engage archives? Find more pairings below.

IMS ENGAGE TALKS 2015

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PRESENTED BY IMS AND MIXMAG: THE VISIONARIES CONTEST IS A GLOBAL SEARCH FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF INNOVATORS

Presented by IMS and Mixmag, the Visionaries Contest is excited to return in 2016. Created by IMS in 2015 in order to encourage and support the next generation of industry minds, the global search aims to foster young, progressive thinkers in search of a worldwide platform – and provides an audience of the industry’s most important leaders to share their ideas and let their voices be heard.

IMS and Mixmag will invite all young industry hopefuls to take action, influence the electronic music industry and change the future of music. Participants age 25 and below are welcome to submit a 5 to 10-minute video answering the prompt: “How can we grow and innovate the electronic music industry in the future?”

Submissions are due by April 6th, 2016 and one global winner will be selected from either North America or Europe as a keynote speaker to IMS Engage (April 21st, 2016) or IMS Ibiza (May 25th – 27th, 2016).

The winner will receive an all-inclusive trip with flights and accommodation covered, plus access to all official IMS parties. The valuable opportunity will also include the chance to interview for an internship at three esteemed companies within the electronic music industry, as well as a six-month mentorship from industry leaders curated and lead by Andreea Magdalina, founder of SheSaid.So – a global network of women who work in the industry.

The first of the three industry companies that will offer possible internship opportunities is Listen Up, a leading PR company with offices in both the UK and LA that offer a 360 promotional services for renowned dance music talents like Avicii, Zedd, Pacha and many more. Secondly, the winner will speak with the Washington DC, Los Angeles and Barcelona-based The Bullitt Agency, an acclaimed agency that represents a slew of electronic music’s leading talents including Dubfire, Deep Dish, Pleasurekraft, Hot Since 82 and many more. Finally, the winner will also receive the chance to work with International Music Summit itself, the premier global platform of thoughtful conversation and discussion in electronic music with international destinations like Los Angeles, Ibiza and Shanghai.

The inaugural edition of the Visionaries Contest in 2015 saw an outpouring of interest from the bright young minds of the industry and celebrated two winners that have used the Visionaries Contest to launch into their careers in the electronic music industry. Valerie Lee of Los Angeles, CA shared an important look into the history of US dance music culture in relation to drug policy, and now holds two positions in the industry as the West Coast Editor of Mixmag and Content Manager of IMS. Ben Bowler of London, UK submitted a powerful perspective on the future of electronic music through the lens of live experiences and brand partnerships. Ben is the founder of his own Chew.TV streaming app, and has made connections around the world during his time at IMS Ibiza and continues to push his vision into a global project.

“Visionaries has supplied the valuable opportunity for my interest in the electronic music to truly flourish into a career. After winning the inaugural Visionaries in 2015, my ideas transformed into real conversations with leaders of the industry and eventually formed into a position with two principal forces in electronic music. Today, I’m proud to be part of the IMS team as the Content Manager and the West Coast Editor of Mixmag – two opportunities afforded to me thanks to Visionaries.”
– Valerie Lee, IMS Engage Visionaries winner 2015

VISIONARIES CONTEST PRIZES:

– Invitation to either IMS Engage or IMS Ibiza as a keynote speaker to speak in front of a room full of the industry’s leaders
– Round trip ticket to either Los Angeles (North American winner) or Ibiza (European winner)
– Accommodation during your IMS stay at either the W Hotel Hollywood or Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza
– Access to all official IMS parties
– Six-month mentorship program curated and lead by Andreea Magdalina, founder of SheSaid.So
– The opportunity to interview for an internship at three major industry companies – Listen Up, The Bullitt Agency, and IMS
– Business start-up advice session with Transmit Startups

VISIONARIES CONTEST PROMPT:

How can we grow and innovate the electronic music industry in the future?

– Allow your ideas to challenge the status quo of the industry today.
– Think evolution and inspiration.
– Help inspire all generations of the industry to progress to the next level!

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Create a 5 to 10 minute video, uploaded to YouTube.
2. Submit the video and entry form before April 6th: https://www.internationalmusicsummit.com/visionaries-contest/

ELIGIBILITY:

1. Participants must be 25 years or younger.
2. Participants can be geographically based anywhere in the world, but flights will only be covered from North American or European cities.
3. Submissions must be submitted by April 6th.

2015 VISIONARIES CONTEST SUCCESS

Valerie Lee, 23, Winner of IMS Engage Visionaries Contest
West Coast Editor of Mixmag and Content Manager of IMS

Ben Bowler, 24, Winner of IMS Ibiza Visionaries Contest
Founder of Chew.tv

20 ARTISTS FOR 2016:

Pet Shop Boys (Neil Tennant & Chris Lowe)
Yello (Dieter Meier & Boris Blank)
Carl Cox
Richie Hawtin
Pete Tong
Erick Morillo
Seth Troxler
Dave Haslam
Tale of Us (Carmine Conte & Matteo Milleri)
Dubfire
Guy Gerber
Jason Bentley
Gary Richards aka Destructo
Mr C
Nicole Moudaber
B-Traits
Danny Howard
Danny Daze
Benjamin Damage
Francesca Lombardo

20 INDUSTRY ICONS FOR 2016:

Rob Wells (Chief Commercial Officer and CEO – the Americas, Crowdmix, UK)
Kenny Gates (CEO / Co-Founder, PIAS Group, Belgium)
Pepe Rosello (Founder, Club Owner, Space Ibiza, Spain)
Bart Cools (Executive VP Global A&R and Marketing, Warner Music Group, UK/NL)
Maria May (Agent, CAA, UK)
Yann Pissenem (Founder, Ushuaia, Ibiza)
Lynn Cosgrave (Manager / Agent, Safehouse Management, UK)
Mark Lawrence (CEO, AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, UK)
Jessica Hopper (Author / Journalist, USA)
Renaat Vandepapeliere (Founder, R&S Records, Belgium)
Ed Karney (Director, Grade Management, U.K.)
Mike Malak (Agent, Coda Agency, UK)
Arnaud Meersseman (Promoter, Nous, France)
Robert Miles(Owner, Openlab, Ibiza)
Alexandre Jaillon (CEO, We Love Paris, France)
Austin Gebbia aka Dear Morni (Comedian, Dear Morni, USA)
Jacobi Calthorpe (Promoter/ Artist, Housekeeping, UK)
Brian Tappert (Co-Founder, Traxsource, USA)
Brandon Bakshi (Executive Director, BMI / Performance Rights, Europe & Asia)
José Woldring (CEO & Founder of The Media Nanny, NL)

IMS REGULARS:

IMS Dalt Vila, A UNESCO World Heritage Site (Friday)
IMS Business Report 2016, Hard Rock Hotel (Wednesday)
IMS Back2Live, Hard Rock Hotel (Thursday)
IMS Legends Dinner with Ballantine’s Scotch whisky, (Wednesday)
AFEM: Association for Electronic Music board meeting, Ushuaia Tower (Wednesday)
Ultra Records Networking Cocktails, Hard Rock Hotel (Wednesday)
Pioneer Technology Showcase Area, Hard Rock Hotel (Wednesday-Friday)
IMS Pioneer Award: To Be Revealed
Visionaries Contest, Presented by International Music Summit and Mixmag
LiiLT & IMS Speed Networking Sessions, Hard Rock Hotel, Ibiza

International Music Summit is excited to announce details for IMS Ibiza 2016’s speakers and industry icons, as well as details of regular IMS scheduling. From the May 25th – 27th, IMS Ibiza is built around a programme of live talks, debates, master classes and parties. The three-day event welcomes a massive first reveal of the IMS year with 20 iconic artist and 20 complementary industry leaders announced as speakers for IMS Ibiza at the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza. IMS continues its reign as the premier platform for thought and innovation within the electronic music scene.

IMS Ibiza receives a special treat with a very rare speaking appearance from the Pet Shop Boys, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe for The Pete Tong Interview. The duo will be celebrating a monumental 30 years of making music in 2016, making this interview spotlight a very special appearance for the entire electronic music community. The UK pair will discuss their prolific three decade long career in detail, including tales behind their legendary remixes from artists across the board, from David Morales to the KLF and Shep Pettibone.

Another rare public appearance arrives at IMS Ibiza in the form of Swiss electro-pioneers Yello, comprised of Dieter Metler and Boris Blank. Responsible for the anthemic 1985 record ‘Oh Yeah’ and wildly respected for their offbeat and wildly creative approach to production, Yello have played a pivotal role for electronic music’s trajectory over the past 35 years.

Ben Turner, IMS Co-Founder and Curator, states: “Pet Shop Boys and Yello are both visionary acts that have taken electronic music worldwide with a pioneering, but populist approach. We’re proud to have Chris Lowe, Neil Tennant, Deiter Meier and Boris Blank all in attendance at IMS Ibiza this year. 2016 showcases our biggest list of artist speakers to date for IMS Ibiza, and in addition, our flagship event will also bring some amazing industry icons to introduce the perspective not often heard in our daily working lives.”

Island icons Carl Cox and Richie Hawtin – individually responsible for two incredible Space residencies, ‘Music is Revolution’ and ‘ENTER.’ respectively – will also be spotlighted in special interview sessions at IMS Ibiza. Cox will discuss his closing year at Space with club owner Pepe Rosello and his manager Lynn Cosgrave while Hawtin plans to share his insight on the developing realm of music technology.

House legend Erick Morillo returns to IMS Ibiza for a candid discussion with Pete Tong to offer insight from his extensive career and life experiences. Specifically, Morillo will address the cyclical nature of the music scene and the powerful resurgence he’s now poised to command.

Detroit’s Seth Troxler and Haçienda legend Dave Haslam will host a very special listening session together following the news of Troxler’s purchasing of Haslam’s 4,500 strong record collection in November. Guy Gerber, who popularized his Rumors party and established it as a staple of the Ibiza party calendar in 2015 is slated to bring valuable insight to IMS Ibiza. Also confirmed for IMS Ibiza are two acts also featured on the IMS Dalt Vila lineup: Italian duo Tale Of Us who will make their speaking debut at IMS and Dubfire ahead of the Ibiza debut of his live HYBRID show.

MOOD Records label boss and the ‘Queen of Dark Techno’ Nicole Moudaber joins the conversation at IMS Ibiza dually as both a worthy speaker and a performer at IMS Dalt Vila. Progressive Radio 1 broadcaster B.Traits will return after bringing her engaging ‘State of Mind’ panel to IMS Ibiza last year that tackled the difficult, but necessary subject of the relationship between dance music and drug use. Fellow BBC Radio 1 DJ and Dance Anthem’s presenter Danny Howard will also make his IMS debut in 2016.

Los Angeles-based Jason Bentley represents the American radio front as the Music Director for the leading Southern California station KCRW. Fellow Prominent promoter behind HARD Presents Gary Richards, also known through his performing alias Destructo, will also represent the West Side of the United States with his IMS debut in 2016.

In addition to 20 artists, 20 industry icons spanning across a wide variety of positions within the electronic music scene have been announced as speakers for IMS Ibiza. Ranging from agents and club owners to promoters and journalists, IMS Ibiza continues to pave the way for open conversation for the industry as a whole. Former Universal executive and Chief Commercial Officer and CEO – the Americas of the heavily tipped music social network Crowdmix Rob Wells will be speaking amidst plans for the platform’s forthcoming launch in May. Crowdmix, one of the most buzzed about start-ups in the industry, aims to enable users to develop and enjoy rich social media experiences by joining crowds and communities of like-minded people using music as the link. Already, the platform has built up a team of 160 in its London office.

Kenny Gates, Co-Founder and CEO of one of the world’s leading independent music companies PIAS, will share his insights from over 30 years in the industry. Legendary owner and founder of Space Ibiza Pepe Rosello has been at the helm of the club since its inception in 1989, making him a qualified leader and pioneer of the island. Also speaking is founder of R&S Records Renaat Vandepapeliere, Jacobi Calthorpe, a promoter of the Houskeeping party brand, comedian and internet star Dear Morni, or Austin Gebbia, a witty 20-year old who went viral with his satirical look at the underground music realm on his Instagram, Executive VP of Global A&R at Warner Music Group Bart Cools and many more.

News of this year’s speakers also arrives with the confirmation of regular IMS event details, following the unveiling of the iconic IMS Dalt Vila party that will take place on Friday 27th of May at the island’s historic UNESCO World Heritage site. Other events on the schedule include the IMS Business Report for 2016, IMS’ live showcase Back2Live and the prestigious Legends Dinner which will be held on opening night with various networking sessions hosted by Ultra Records and Pioneer DJ. This year, the IMS Pioneer Award will return. Previously, the award has awarded to long-term manager of industry greats Frankie Knuckles and David Morales Judy Weinstein. Finally, the IMS Visionaries contest returns, which seeks to unearth and encourage the next generation of industry leaders.

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Friday May 27, 2016 at Dalt Vila, UNESCO World Heritage Site in Ibiza

Dubfire:live HYBRID
Tale of Us
Nicole Moudaber
B.Traits
Benjamin Damage
Francesca Lombardo

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Ahead of its return to Ibiza this May, leading electronic music conference IMS has announced the line-up for their flagship open air party at Dalt Vila on Friday 27th May. Designed to set the tone for the season ahead, the party will play host to an array of industry visionaries who will take the helm at Ibiza’s stunning World Heritage Site, Dalt Vila.

Now taking place as a 1-day spectacular on Friday 27th May, first to be announced is techno innovator Dubfire, who’ll present a headline performance of his live audio visual concept HYBRID – a project that fuses dark, robust techno with abstract, cinematic production. Inspired duo voted number 3 in Resident Advisor’s Top 100 DJ chart, Tale of Us, are also confirmed to perform having completed a hugely successful residency at DC-10 last year with their Life & Death parties, with Francesca Lombardo on hand to guide party-goers into the evening with an atmospheric journey through house and techno. MOOD Records label boss Nicole Moudaber also adds her signature touch to the bill, while BBC Radio 1’s rising star B.Traits – making her debut at IMS – nods to the scene’s new-school credentials. 50Weapons mainstay Benjamin Damage rounds off what promises to be another memorable IMS showcase.

With the Ibiza programme also featuring an array of panels, workshops and parties from various influencers across the electronic music scene, its impact on the genre can be felt far and wide. Expanding globally with conferences in Los Angeles for IMS Engage and Singapore for IMS Asia-Pacific, the summit continues to grow and launched a debut IMS in Shanghai, China in 2015 – with plans recently unveiled for a reimagined and united new IMS Asia-Pacific effort in 2016.

Access to the IMS Dalt Vila event is included for all IMS Ibiza delegates. Otherwise, tickets to the IMS Dalt Vila event are priced at 50€ for all visiting the White Isle. Additional speakers and details for IMS Ibiza 2016 are coming soon!

For all press enquiries please contact IMS@listen-up.biz

IMS Ibiza Info:

Date: 25th – 27th May 2016
Location: Hard Rock Hotel, Ibiza

Dalt Vila info:

Date: Friday 27th May 2016
Location: Dalt Vila, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ibiza
Line-up: Dubfire:live HYBRID // Tale of Us // Nicole Moudaber // B.Traits // Benjamin Damage // Francesca Lombardo

IMS Engage, IMS Ibiza, and expands IMS Asia-Pacific with two-day conference in Shanghai.

IMS Engage and Asia-Pacific go on sale Thursday 18th February

IMS Ibiza badge now available here:

Having rounded off another hugely successfully year of educational and motivational electronic music events in 2015, International Music Summit has now announced its 2016 return with three global summits across IMS Engage, IMS Ibiza and IMS Asia-Pacific. Designed to celebrate the full spectrum of dance music artistry via various panels, workshops and parties, IMS has widely established itself as the premier platform for thought and leadership in electronic music – and brings together a wealth of artists, visionaries, brands and entrepreneurs at each conference.

The 2016 calendar begins with IMS Engage on 21st April and will be hosted by W Hollywood, featuring conversations between icons of electronic music and the wider-world of film, fashion, finance and futurism. In May, IMS will head to Ibiza for their main, global flagship summit – a comprehensive three-day event that sets the agenda for the year ahead.

After successfully venturing into new territory first in 2014 to Singapore and then again in 2015 in Shanghai, China, IMS is also excited to present a reimagined and united new IMS Asia-Pacific effort in 2016. This year, the industry will come together in Shanghai, China for a combined two-day Summit that will invite the global industry together from across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

“I’ve always seen Asia as a place of opportunity, but now it feels like how it felt in 2008, 2009 in America. Tons of excitement. It was all leading up to something, and we’re going to get to see what that is.” – Kaskade at IMS Asia-Pacific 2015

Without a doubt, Asia has become the next frontier for electronic music with an incredible population of young, eager fans, hopeful talent and hungry professionals aiming to help cultivate the electronic music scene in the region. China alone offers up millions of potential consumers, all interested in the country’s growing nightlife and festival culture.

IMS China in 2015 was the first electronic music conference to take place in the country, and in 2016, IMS Asia-Pacific will continue bridging the gap between Eastern and Western cultures. Through informed panels, captivating keynotes and interactive networking sessions, IMS offers the chance for global industry icons and local leaders alike to share their knowledge and experiences, all in an environment designed to celebrate the artistry of DJing, the wider industry and beyond.

“The opportunity has always been there. It’s just about the appetite for risk.”
– Jason Swamy at IMS China 2016

Watch highlights from IMS Asia-Pacific 2015 here:

IMS ENGAGE

April 21st, 2016 | W Hollywood, California
IMS Engage is a one-day event featuring conversations between icons of electronic music and the wider-world of film, fashion, finance and futurism. The event is hosted by W Hollywood.

IMS IBIZA

May 25th – 27th, 2016 | Hard Rock Hotel
IMS Ibiza is the main global flagship summit. Primed at the beginning of the Ibiza season, international professionals and influencers of the industry unite for a comprehensive three-day event that sets the agenda for the year ahead.

Night Time Schedule:

Wednesday- IMS Legends Dinner
Thursday – Back To Live at The Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza
Friday – IMS Dalt Vila Grand Finale

IMS ASIA-PACIFIC, SHANGHAI, CHINA

September 29th – 30th, 2016
This year, the global industry will come together in Shanghai for a collective, two-day IMS Asia-Pacific edition that will expand on the unique challenges and landscape of the Asia-Pacific region. IMS partners with Budweiser Storm Festival, China’s premier electronic music gathering offering delegates the opportunity to do business in the region followed by a series of satellite parties and the nations leading festival.

Electronic music is quickly amassing an enormous following in the Asia-Pacific region. It’s obvious that the industry has incredible potential to explode both financially and culturally, making this time important to bring together professionals with the right experience for a candid discussion about how to overcome challenges and make the most out of the opportunity.

The Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) brought together a panel of powerful promoters and venue owners with the collective local and global experience necessary to discuss the region’s growth in a thoughtful way. From India, Akshai Sarin of ttogether.in was able to share his insight about his populous home country and hear from Western counterparts from Australia like Murat Kilic of Reckless Republic and Antonio Celestino from OneLove, both based in Australia. In addition, Rahul Kukreja of Livescape based in Malaysia was able to balance the conversation with yet another unique perspective of the diverse Asia-Pacific region.

Watch the full discussion above.

To call Simon Napier-Bell a pioneer in the music industry seems like an understatement.

Simon is the former manager of Marc Bolan, Wham!, Candi Staton, Japan, Ultravox and many more and spent 18 months in the early 80’s paving a brand new pathway. His end goal was to bring Wham! in as the very first Western artist to ever play in communist China. His story is captivating, inspirational and a tell-all about the ways professionals of the young Asia-Pacific industry must push forward.

Watch Simon’s keynote address above.

Each edition of International Music Summit aims to unite professionals across the spectrum of roles in the global industry. At IMS Asia-Pacific in Singapore, the Artist to Artist: East Meets West panel brought together leading artists from Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Australia and Italy to explore topics relevant to artists of all statures and in all geographic locations.

DJ Sabrina, DJ Tennis, Kaz James, Kavan Spruyt, Lae Hoe Yin Blink and Scarlett Etienne came together to discuss topics like what it takes to succeed as a DJ and producer, social media’s role in a modern artist’s image and even what their moms think about their careers in music.

Watch the panel discuss in full above.

IMS Asia-Pacific is dedicated to uniting the industry by bringing the experience of global leaders to the young market and eager local professionals of the region. The Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) did just that during the Developing the Eco-System panel for an insightful discussion about the most pertinent issues and challenges that Asia-Pacific faces.

Aleks Ljubojevic of the Anna Agency from the Netherlands, Erik Leenders of David Lewis Productions based in Hong Kong, Owner of Kyo Nightclub in Singapore Godwin Pereira, Matt Nugent of Onelove Records in Australia, Indian promoter Prateek Pandey of sLick! and US-based Ryan Saltzman, Co-Owner of The Bullitt Agency made up the diverse array of leaders from each market in electronic music and shared their own individual insights about the electronic music industry.

One month ago on December 11th, IMS returned to Singapore for the second year of IMS Asia-Pacific. In continuation of the overarching theme of “Bridging the Gap,” IMS Asia-Pacific aimed to connect the global industry and unite professionals and leaders from East and West to discuss some of today’s most pressing topics within the industry.

Speakers included world renowned artists Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade and Sharam of Deep Dish, and on the industry front, representatives from SFX, Association For Electronic Music, Bullitt Agency and many more took part in panels, keynotes and interactive networking sessions. Topics like drugs in electronic music, the dying nightlife culture of Sydney, SFX’s turbulent year and the future challenges that the Asia-Pacific region faces were just some of the expansive talking points discussed at IMS Asia-Pacific.

Every IMS discussion is recorded for the larger industry to experience and learn from in our series of IMS Talks. Take a look and listen to some of the most important discussions from IMS Asia-Pacific as the industry moves into 2016.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS – SIMON NAPIER-BELL (AUTHOR, THAILAND / UK)

AFEM PRESENTS PROTECT THE DANCEFLOOR
Akshai Sarin (Artist, Creative Entrepreneur / ttogether.in, India)
Antonio Celestino (Promoter / Totem Onelove, Australia)
Murat Kilic (Artist, CEO / Reckless Republic / Spice, Australia)
Rahul Kukreja (Co-Owner, Livescape, Malaysia)
Moderated by Mark Lawrence (CEO, AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, UK)

ARTIST TO ARTIST: EAST MEETS WEST
DJ Sabrina (Artist, Singapore)
DJ Tennis (Artist, Life and Death / Daze Agency / Elita Festival, Italy)
Kavan Spruyt (Artist, Midnight Shift, Singapore)
Kaz James (Artist, UK / Australia)
Lae Hoe Yin Blink (Artist / Head of Programming, Zouk KL, Malaysia)
Scarlett Etienne (Artist, Hong Kong / Bali)

AFEM PRESENTS DEVELOPING THE ECO-SYSTEM
Aleks Ljubojevic (Agent, Anna Agency, Netherlands)
Erik Leenders (CFO, David Lewis Productions, Hong Kong)
Godwin Pereira (Owner, Kyo, Singapore)
Matt Nugent (Onelove Records, General Manager, Australia)
Prateek Pandey (Promoter, sLick!, India)
Ryan Saltzman (Agent / Co-Owner, The Bullitt Agency, USA / Barcelona)
Moderated by Mark Lawrence (CEO, AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, UK)

KEYNOTE INTERVIEW – KASKADE (ARTIST, USA)
Interviewed by Ben Turner (Co-Founder, IMS, UK)

KEYNOTE INTERVIEW – ARMIN VAN BUUREN (ARTIST, NETHERLANDS)
Interviewed by Chris Ho (Artist / Music Journalist / Radio Presenter, Singapore)

QUESTION TIME
Richie McNeill (Director of Special Operations Asia, SFX Live, Australia)
Sharam from Deep Dish (Artist, USA)

KEYNOTE ADDRESS – SAVING SYDNEY!
Murat Kilic (Artist, CEO / Reckless Republic / Spice, Australia)

OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS – #SAFEINSOUND
Mark Lawrence (CEO, AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, UK)

Kaskade has been a leading force in electronic music for many years. His prolific career has seen him through the early rise of house music in Chicago, several Grammy nominations and multiple commanding albums and classic singles that have built his career and name as one that is globally recognized and celebrated.

Much of his life – both personal and in work – has ties in Asia. Kaskade lived in Japan and learned Japanese and has found incredible success touring through Asia each year. These insightful experiences made him the perfect speaker to join the IMS Asia-Pacific stage in Singapore for a keynote interview.

A lot of Asia is a hybrid of what’s happening in America and Europe. They take from the two worlds and make it their own. – Kaskade

He discussed the incredible potential within Asia as the next frontier for the boom of electronic music, but didn’t stop there. He went on to cover topics that affect the industry as a whole. Inevitably, the issue of drug presence in electronic music culture came up. Kaskade, as a devout Mormon himself, was adamant about his stance on enjoying the music and culture completely sober.

I’ve had people argue with me early on that I’d never be able to make music that people understand not sober. I enjoy this music sober, and I think it’s possible for many people to do that. – Kaskade

Later, he gave his personal opinion on copyright law and where Asia can succeed in the coming future with electronic music. His opinion? The future is bright, and Kaskade will definitely be a part of the progression.

This is why we’re all here. I’ve always seen Asia as a place of opportunity, but now it feels like how it felt in 2008, 2009 in America. Tons of excitement, people were there. It was all leading up to something and we’re going to get to see what that is. – Kaskade

It’s not often that two figures like Sharam of Deep Dish and Richie McNeill of SFX Australia sit down for a conversation, but when they came together in Singapore at IMS Asia-Pacific, the discussion grazed over important topics like the fluctuation of the global festival industry, SFX’s controversial year and genre and artist divides.

The format of the conversation between Sharam and Richie McNeill allowed them to receive questions live from the audience as well as those previously vetted from social media, making the discussion one that truly addressed hot topics of the moment.

Everybody knows dance music is a global phenomenon now. What works in America tends to work also in Europe and Asia. Good music tends to work everywhere. – Sharam

The two discussed Asia-Pacific’s growing and rapidly changing landscape and both shared a positive outlook on the future of the market. Sharam emphasized the importance of supporting “good music,” which would lead to the natural progression of the scene in Asian markets, as well as other industries all over the world.

The conversation switched to a more serious note when Richie was posed with a question about the current status of SFX after a rough year.

It’s been an interesting two and a half years. Where is it headed? […] There’s been a shift in numbers. The big moment for dance music, according to the numbers, was probably two or three years ago. The growth has flatlined in some territories. In territories like Australia, we’ve lost three or four major festivals. But then you look at other markets like South America and we’re launching huge festivals. Some territories pick up, some drop off. Overall, it’s a float. It’s interesting times. – Richie McNeill

Later, Sharam answered questions about the highly anticipated Deep Dish return, stating that high demand from fans was a large reason why the duo decided to come back together. Watch the conversation in full, above.