The South African flag was waved on day two of IMS Ibiza with MEET TEAM BLACK COFFEE. From management to agent to Ibiza promoter, the team behind Hi Ibiza resident Black Coffee took to the stage, Lionel Marciano (Black Coffee International Manager, USA) and Amaru Da Costa (Black Coffee, African Manager, South Africa) lead the story of success of the DJ/Producer a guy so ready to work, so committed, so disciplined, so reliable, with such great work ethic” The team explored his roots, the helping hand to his first DC10 gig from Seth Troxler and his vision for artists to own their own music, via their own platforms rather than labels , with Black Coffee (Artist, South Africa) stating “where/who are you marketing too when everybody is following me?”

One of the biggest audiences of the day was undoubtedly awarded to viral sensation BRADLEY GUNN RAVER who used the spotlight as a candid opportunity to share how he has broken down the barriers of living with Asperger’s Syndrome through his love of electronic music. Bradley’s keynote with Nick DeCosemo (Mixmag, Global Editorial Director, UK) was streamed live across Facebook to his rapidly growing fan base that have closely followed his journey to fame. “I’ve got this saying ‘Love Life and Rave’. I live it, it simply means what it says, to go out and love your life and rave” he proudly declared before giving the crowd a short preview of his new track, finishing his inspiring keynote to a standing ovation from the room.

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Moving onto one of the most principal topics of the day, Fiona Measham (Durham University Professor of Criminology/The Loop Director, UK)
Freddie Fellowes (Secret Garden Party, Promoter, UK)
Jon Drape (Broadwick Live, Group Production Director, UK) discussed the vital importance of drug testing within our dance community in THE CASE FOR: DRUG TESTING AT EVENTS. Hosted by moderator Mark Lawrence (AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, CEO, UK) the clear conclusive message was that The Loop advocated a harm reduction service that is vital in the current climate of rave culture if we are to avoid further fatalities. Measham commented, “In the UK we have the highest drug fatality rate in Europe” as zero tolerance policy has proved ineffective over the years. “We need to readdress our approach to drugs,” said Fellowes “human beings have been taking drugs as long as they’ve been human beings. What we need to is actually encourage a more healthy relationship with drugs.”

Blaise James (Remedy State, Co-Founder, USA) and Ben Turner (Remedy State, Co-Founder, USA) reflected deeply on the success of the first REMEDY STATE retreat which took place immediately prior to IMS Ibiza, an essential space for music industry professionals to decompress and balance before the hectic summer work schedule begins. Turner commented “when we started IMS Ibiza 11 years ago we were talking about the validity of the DJ Mag Top 100, now we’re talking about anxiety, mental health and drug safety”, underpinning the importance and relevance of the new retreat.

GIVE IT AWAY OR MAKE IT PAY proved to divide opinion and provide exciting debate as the leading managers, label heads and representatives questioned if labels should fight to protect revenue or transform their businesses to maximise plays, in a world where purchase price is a thing of the past.; “Vinyl forged more of a community. It was a time when people spoke and created friendships over music” commented Dean Wilson (Seven20, CEO, USA) as the full spectrum of business models made the discussion alongside the various platforms of recorded music.

With an increase in festivals comes the need to find new locations as the electronic music industry seeks to accommodate pleasure seekers outside the confines of the club. This is a never-ending quest as event organisers struggle to put on parties in new and exciting locations – fighting political obstructions along the way whilst being sensitive to associated environmental impact of their events. IMS Ibiza today gathered some international promoters to discuss the topic more in EMERGING PARTY DESTINATIONS. “It got quite frustrating that we were growing artists and then losing them to bigger parties. A friend of mine mentioned Croatia and we started a new festival with The Warehouse Project, called Hideout. The venues were already there but in competition with each other. We walked in and said we will bring 5,000 people from the U.K and they were like…. Really?” observed Mark Newton (Broadwick Live, Director, UK) ­­.

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Young Guns Network, a meeting point for young, ambitious media and music professionals, provided a unique focus on the next generating making waves in our industry. In DISRUPTORS, NO RULES, moderated by Cherie Hu (Billboard/Forbes, Tech Columnist, USA), the showcase of impressive and inspiring talent including IMS x Mixmag Visionaires winner Inder Phull (KRPT, Founder/CEO, UK), Lauren Pavan (GRM Daily, COO, UK) and Mich Mellard (Sync Sync, Founder, UK) mused over the various ways company culture is currently breaking down the boundaries of tradition, with Pavan noting “Don’t overlook somebody’s opinion because of their job title.”. The discussion also covered the lack and need for more mentoring within electronic music and how the passion for the music we love can be continually nurtured via new innovative sources.

elrow’s Vicenc Marti (Elrow, President and Board Member, Spain) and Julien Lesaicherre (Workplace by Facebook, Director EMEA, UK) took to the stage to talk the crowd step by step through the various ways the new Workplace by Facebook social platform has transformed their communications both internally and externally and bought to life how the platform allows the creative, open minded ethos of the brand to collaborate across the entire global team.

Also on day 2 of IMS, Pierce Warnecke (Berklee College of Music, Assistant Professor, Spain) treated us to an audio/visual showcase in REAL-TIME VIDEO SYNTHESIS; the team behind one of the most unique and exciting of streaming platforms discussed the secrets behind the unique algorithm of the platform in SEQUENCING THE GENOME: HOW TO GET YOUR MUSIC HEARD ON PANDORA; Tim Heineke (I am Pop, Founder, Netherlands), one of the leading experts in Messenger discussed how to build new experiences on chat in MESSENGER/BOTS 101; and UK collecting society PRS FOR MUSIC represented by Ashley Howard (PRS For Music, Dance Account Manager, UK) and AFEM’s Gregg Marshall shared insight on how our continued curiosity of music discovery can ensure rights are paid using music recognition technology.

Day two closed with 15 YEARS OF TOOLROOM RECORDS – INSPIRATION & INDEPENDENCE, where brothers Mark Knight (Artist, UK) and Stuart Knight (Toolroom, Managing Director, UK) reflected on building their hugely successful label whilst fiercely remaining independent, with Stuart noting “We don’t want to focus on being underground or commercial – how about credible?” with the panel closing with an invaluable A&R feedback session for the assembled delegates from Mark Knight and the Toolroom team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EVENT DATE: Wednesday May 23

EVENT TIME: 24.00

EVENT LOCATION: Heart Ibiza

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International Music Summit (IMS) recognise and pay tribute to to an electronic music act that has helped write dance music history; Underworld, recipients of the 2018 IMS Legends Award. IMS today announce the full line up for Underworld Live, which takes place after the celebratory dinner event at Heart Ibiza, bringing an intimate version of the duo’s exhilarating and dynamic live experience to the white isle and providing a rare opportunity to get close to one of electronic music’s biggest and most respected bands.

In addition to this extraordinary performance Underworld will be joined by a host of well respected DJs, guest artists hand picked by the band, who will bring further energy and innovation to this special line up.

Leading the dancefloor charge is ‘Papa’ Sven Väth, the ultimate techno DJ, founder of Cocoon, strictly vinyl only performer and musical pioneer with a career spanning more than 30 years. Joining him is another true ambassador of UK dance music, an influential and familiar radio voice that has broken countless club records and has seeded the career of almost every DJ across the decades. With a thirst for everything that is new Pete Tong, a co-founder of IMS, will bring his innovative and fresh sound to Heart Ibiza.

Another unmissable artist to join the fully loaded line up is Mark Knight, Toolroom Records label boss and producer who has brought us some of the best-known dance tracks of our time, including ‘Downpipe’ featuring Karl Hyde of Underworld on vocals and which remains one of the top-selling tracks from Toolroom’s extensive catalogue. Completing the line up is Tibi Dabo, the emerging Spanish DJ making waves in the dance scene that has been noticed by many established artists including Sasha who signed his first e.p ‘Ende’.

Underworld Live Plus Special Guests is produced in partnership with leading Ibiza venue Heart Ibiza and takes place on Wednesday 23 May at 24.00 following the IMS Legends Dinner celebratory banquet, honouring the musical and cultural legacy of the band. Limited General Admission tickets to Underworld LIVE at Heart Ibiza are on sale now.

IMS LEGENDS DINNER IN HONOUR OF UNDERWORLD

DATE: Wednesday 23 May

TIME: 20.00

LOCATION: Heart Ibiza, Passeig Joan Carles I, 17, 07800 Eivissa, Illes Balears, Spain

COST: €150.00 – including Live Dinner Experience, all food and beverage and access to Underworld LIVE show.

 

IMS PRESENT – UNDERWORLD LIVE

PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS Sven Väth, Pete Tong, Mark Knight, Tibi Dabo

DATE: Wednesday 23 May 2

TIME: 24.00

LOCATION: Heart Ibiza, Passeig Joan Carles I, 17, 07800 Eivissa, Illes Balears, Spain

COST: €60

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International Music Summit (IMS), the three-day inspirational, educational and motivational thought-leadership platform held annually in Ibiza today announce full details of the summit; dynamic workshops, illuminating keynotes and timely discussions on the most important issues facing the electronic music industry today, led by 120+ leading electronic music artists and professionals.

In homage to the recent tragic loss of one of electronic music’s brightest young stars the summit will open with a keynote address IN MEMORY OF AVICII delivered by IMS co-founder PETE TONG (BBC Radio 1, Broadcaster, UK), directly followed by SAFE FROM HARM – OUR DUTY OF CARE, a debate hosted by the ASSOCIATION FOR ELECTRONIC MUSIC where key industry figures will discuss why it is time to protect the health of global artists and not the wealth of global businesses.

Other highlights from day one include the annual IMS BUSINESS REPORT, presenting the facts, figures and trends that matter the most in the industry plus the highly anticipated value of the electronic music industry, a figure always the focus of global media attention. Following this HONEY DIJON joins representatives from DJ MAG, AFEM and more to discuss SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN DJ CULTURE – HOSTED BY SHESAID.SO, an important debate exploring solutions to tackle this behaviour and to bring about fundamental change in dance music relating to diversity and inclusion. THE ANNUAL DIGITAL DEBATE assembles some of the brightest industry minds to assess the current digital landscape followed by BELIEVING IN BLOCKCHAIN and BLOCKCHAIN 101, essential viewing for anyone wishing to gain a deeper understanding of this new technology and the backbone for cryptocurrencies worth hundreds of billions; 15 YEARS OF ARMADA MUSIC provides a rare insight into one of the most successful and innovative labels in dance music from its co-founder and CEO; MIXMAG’S 5 UNDER 25 shines a light on the visionaries changing the shape of our scene and taking dance music forward. Not to be missed on day one is a KEYNOTE INTERVIEW from TODD ‘THE GOD’ TERRY, one of the most successful house music producers of our time, who will go deep into his journey from the toughest streets of New York to international fame.

Day two of IMS Ibiza presents further unmissable sessions including THE CASE FOR: DRUG TESTING AT EVENTS – HOSTED BY THE LOOP, examining how drug testing impacts on harm reduction at large scale events. A KEYNOTE INTERVIEW with viral sensation BRADLEY GUNN RAVER will inspire all as he shares his story of how sober raving has led him to be invited around the world to bring his infectious, joyful dancing to global events. EMERGING PARTY DESTINATIONS brings together leading protagonists from Mykonos, Marrakech, Dubai, Tulum, Croatia and the Algarve in Portugal to find out the magic that is bringing thousands of new music tourists to their destinations. GIVE IT AWAY OR MAKE IT PAY assembles cutting edge industry figures to debate the full spectrum of business models and how the industry needs to evolve in a world where purchase price is a thing of the past. In MEET TEAM BLACK COFFEE the artist himself will be joined by leading members of his global team to reflect on his Ibiza residency at Hï Ibiza as it enters its second year and their strategic approach for the next phase of his career.

An exciting new addition to the schedule on day two is FIRST ON SOUNDCLOUD: CELEBRATING INCLUSION, DIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY IN ELECTRONIC MUSIC, an intimate discussion covering the importance of community in music and creator communities, as shared through the experiences of Room for Resistance (R4R), a Berlin-based queer femme/non-binary forward collective focused on community-building and creating safer space & visibility for underrepresented artists in Dance Music.

Day two comes to a close with two sessions celebrating milestone achievements for two UK labels at the top of their game; 15 YEARS OF TOOLROOM RECORDS – INSPIRATION & INDEPENDENCE and 25 YEARS OF RAM RECORDS – DEFINING DRUM & BASS.

The final day of IMS plays host to BLACK ROCK CITY x IBIZA: CULTURAL OPPOSITES OR KINDRED SPIRITS, where lovers of both communities come together to explore and dissect misinterpretations of two culture creators, followed by THE ANNUAL IBIZA DEBATE, a discussion that never fails to spark passionate responses. Day three of the summit brings further milestone celebrations for legendary electronic music brands, with 25 YEARS OF SONAR – SHAPING UNDERGROUND CULTURE and 25 YEARS OF POSITIVA RECORDS – THE CHANGING FACE OF A&R.

Juggling the demands of a career in the music business with family and home life is the focus of PRACTICAL PARENTING on day three, hosted by SHESAID.SO, a session not to be missed for anyone balancing these elements of their life and looking for support and guidance on how to thrive in both the professional and personal worlds.

Ending the final day is a KEYNOTE INTERVIEW with one of the most successful and respected artist managers in the electronic music business DEAN WILSON, who will be followed by a closing KEYNOTE INTERVIEW live from the recording studio of Joel Zimmerman aka DEADMAU5 and TESTPILOT, an outspoken and visionary artist who will take part in a revealing discussion on all aspects of the            past, present and future of his career.

The 11th edition of IMS is set to be one of the strongest years of the summit, with three days of the best electronic music content and networking available to delegates, daily influencer breakfasts at TATEL RESTAURANT, free YOGA & WELLNESS sessions, access to over 20 NETWORKING EVENTS and IBIZA OPENING PARTIES plus the IMS LEGENDS DINNER paying tribute to UNDERWORLD and featuring an exclusive live show at HEART IBIZA and the ultimate Ibiza party under the stars at IMS DALT VILA.

 

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The IMS Legends Dinner honouring Underworld will be celebrated on Wednesday May 23 at Heart Ibiza, featuring an exclusive live performance from the artists.

International Music Summit (IMS) recognise and pay tribute to an electronic music act that has helped write British dance music history and propelled the global electronic music scene; Underworld, true pioneers who have made an outstanding contribution to the genre. Previous recipients of this tribute include, Nile Rodgers, Fatboy Slim, Pete Tong, Sven Väth, Carl Cox, Space Ibiza founder Pepe Rosello and Ricardo Urgell founder of Pacha Ibiza and the worldwide Pacha Group.

IMS Legends Award receipients Underworld comment:

 “It’s a huge honour to join our fellow IMS Legends awards recipients and for the recognition from IMS. We look forward to an evening of celebration and to doing what we love, playing live.”

Underworld are a true one-off – at home headlining the world’s biggest festivals and events, playing underground techno clubs and warehouses, sound-tracking theatre productions or taking over art galleries, disused shoe shops and Japanese department stores. Having cemented their place in the ’90s underground techno scene, the group’s definitive breakthrough came in 1996 when their timeless anthem ‘Born Slippy (Nuxx)’ became the soundtrack of a generation after it was featured in the film Trainspotting. The success of that single catapulted the band from the underground into the heart of the mainstream. The following two decades saw them build on that success while never compromising; selling millions of albums, performing countless sold-out shows, providing scores to productions by Academy Award winning directors Anthony Minghella and Danny Boyle, exhibiting in galleries, and sound-tracking the Opening Ceremony to the London 2012 Olympic Games. The critical and commercial success of the band’s Grammy nominated 2016 album ‘Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future’ saw them headline stages at Coachella, Glastonbury and Summer Sonic.

Fusing together elements of techno, dub, trance, Krautrock, drum ’n’ bass, ambient house and even blues, the rave inspired and acid glazed duo are known for their prolific creativity and appetite for breaking fresh artistic ground at every opportunity.

Underworld have gained a well deserved reputation for their live shows and will be bringing an intimate version of their exhilarating and dynamic live experience for an exclusive Ibiza performance after the celebratory dinner. Held at leading venue Heart Ibiza, the creative experience of Albert & Ferran Adria and Cirque du Soleil, IMS Legends Award guests can expect a multisensory evening of entertainment, where art, music and gastronomy collide.

IMS Co-Founder Pete Tong says:

“My relationship with Underworld dates back in 1992 when Steve Hall, Andy Weatherall and the Boys Own crew signed  “Mmm Skyscraper I Love You” and released it via their deal with my label FFRR/ London Records. From day one the band radiated a very special aura. The music, the art, the videos and the live performances elevated the genre to a whole new level. When they remade a vocal version of an their 95 instrumental track “Born Slippy” for Danny Boyles iconic film “Trainspotting” in 1996 – “Born Slippy (Nuxx)” they refused to release it as a single. I publicly ‘berated’ them for weeks on my BBC Radio 1 show to change their minds. Eventually they relented and it went onto become their biggest hit reaching No 2 in the UK charts and and a world wide anthem in the process.  25 years later they are still surprising and innovating and delivering top quality art. It’s a great honour to be celebrating their groundbreaking career at IMS Ibiza 11 in this unique manner.” 

IMS Co-Founder Ben Turner says:

“In 1993, Underworld’s debut ‘Dubnobasswithmyheadman’ completely changed the direction of electronic music. I was 19 years old and working inside a hugely influential rock newspaper called Melody Maker – pre-internet! – fighting for this unique fusion of electronic and indie rock music to be championed. I found my voice and wrote the Album of the Month review and campaigned for my bosses to put them on the cover the week of their album release. The album went Top Ten that week, and combined with the emergence of the Chemical Brothers, Leftfield, Orbital, the Prodigy and then Faithless, a new kind of dance act was born and a new audience engaged with the genre. Fast forward 25 years and the band continue to lead the way in our genre – composing music for Hollywood films, Olympic ceremonies but, more importantly, still owning dancefloors with new recordings, headline festival shows but also still making some of the most tender, and heartfelt music the genre has ever heard. I am proud all these years later to honour them at the IMS Legends Dinner with Pete Tong and my partners… This will be a night to remember.”

The celebratory banquet honouring a musical and cultural legacy will take place at Heart Ibiza on Wednesday May 23 at 8pm, followed by a live show from Underworld plus special guests to be announced. Limited General Admission tickets to Underworld LIVE at Heart Ibiza are also on sale now.

IMS LEGENDS DINNER IN HONOUR OF UNDERWORLD

DATE: Wednesday May 23

TIME: 20.00

LOCATION: Heart Ibiza, Passeig Joan Carles I, 17, 07800 Eivissa, Illes Balears, Spain

COST: €150.00 – including Live Dinner Experience, all food and beverage and access to Underworld LIVE show.

Purchase IMS Legends Tickets HERE

IMS PRESENT – UNDERWORLD LIVE PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS

DATE: Wednesday, May 23

TIME: 24.00

LOCATION: Heart Ibiza, Passeig Joan Carles I, 17, 07800 Eivissa, Illes Balears, Spain

COST: €60

Purchase IMS Present Underworld LIVE HERE

Artists Todd Terry, B.Traits, BLOND:ISH and Honey Dijon join industry leaders from Broadwick Live, elrow, Deezer, Native Instruments, Workplace by Facebook and Secret Garden Party

 

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International Music Summit (IMS), the three-day inspirational, educational and motivational thought-leadership platform held annually in Ibiza, present a further curated collection of summit speakers. 23 global artists and industry heavy-weights will bring further insight to the debate, covering every aspect of the diverse and ever-changing electronic music landscape. The new speakers now add to an unmissable roster totalling over 93 impressive voices from around the globe.

House music legend Todd “The God” Terry (Artist, USA) will appear at IMS Ibiza for the first time for a Keynote Interview about his life and career in dance music, including his early years in New York.

The ground breaking anti-sexual assault and women’s empowerment movements #MeToo and Time’s Up has elevated global consciousness surrounding the obstacles women encounter in their daily lives, both personal and professional. Honey Dijon (Artist, USA) joins the discussion Sexual Harassment in DJ Culture, an open and frank conversation about the realities of this issue in our industry and what we can all do to tackle it.

The modern workplace is no longer restricted to a singular localised office position and this is especially true in the entertainment industry. Facebook & elrow: How Workplace by Facebook Transforms Communication will provide a unique case study into contemporary workflow management from the viewpoints of Vicenc Marti (elrow, President and Board Member, Spain) and Julien Lesaicherre (Workplace by Facebook, Director EMEA, UK).

Despite zero-tolerance policies, illegal substances inevitably make their way into electronic music events. In Is Drug Testing The Solution? non-profit organisation The Loop will examine the benefits of harm reduction services at music events and present recent findings of confidential drug testing at UK festivals and the impact of this service on attendee welfare. Joining the discussion will be leading event professionals Freddie Fellowes (Secret Garden Party, Promoter, UK) and Jon Drape (Broadwick Live, Group Production Director, UK) and artist B.Traits (Artist, Canada), who will confront the subject head on and provide new insight into a much debated initiative.

Help Musicians UK commissioned research revealed that music professionals are three times more likely to have mental health challenges, this research led to the development of Music Minds Matter, a 24/7 dedicated music industry support line. Representing the charity will be Christine Brown (Help Musicians UK, Director of External Affairs & Business Development, UK) who brings her experience to DJS COMPLAINING OR REAL PROBLEMS? a frank and open mental health discussion hosted by the Association for Electronic Music, which will give vital advice on how to stay sane in the game and remain successful.

In the Digital Debate, Alexander Holland (Deezer, Chief Content and Product Officer, France) Katy Ellis (Anglo Management, Manager, UK), Kurosh Nasseri (AFEM/Nasseric Inc, Founder/Attorney, USA) and Matthew Adell (Native Instruments, Chief Digital Officer, USA) will join the discussion and examine the ever-shifting landscape of digital music consumption.

Rui Da Silva (Artist, Portugal) joins the Blockchain 101, providing an artist perspective on this exciting and complex technology.

Emerging Party Destinations now has additional input from BLOND:ISH (Vivie-Ann Bakos, Artist, Canada) who will share some of the new and surprising destinations that feature on their touring schedule.

Jay Jay Revlon (DJ, Host and Cultural Events Curator, UK), Marina Blake (Brainchild Festival, Creative Director, UK) and Martha Pazienti Caidan (Resident Advisor, DJ/Producer/Radio Presenter, UK) join the emerging trailblazers and innovators in our industry on Mixmag’s 5 Under 25. In addition, Nick DeCosemo (Mixmag, Global Editorial Director, USA) will join the summit and lead insightful interviews with Team Black Coffee and Bradley Gunn Raver.

IMS Ibiza delegates are invited to submit demos to the Toolroom A&R team and receive live feedback from Mark Knight (Artist, UK) and Matt Smallwood (Toolroom Records, A&R Manager, UK), giving invaluable advice on how to get your record signed.

Point Blank Presents: Andrea Oliva – DJ Skills Masterclass brings an artist at the peak of his career to the summit in an informal workshop setting. In conversation with Declan McGlynn (Point Blank, Music Tech Journalist, UK) the Ants resident will give insight into his approach to performing to a live crowd.

Berklee College of Music return to IMS Ibiza for the second year, with a workshop entitled Realtime Video Synthesis, a must for all audio-visual enthusiasts and innovators. Led by Pierce Warnecke (Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus, Assistant Professor of Music, Production, Technology and Innovation, USA) the session will explain a simple but effective approach to designing abstract geometric visuals for live performance.

IMS co-founder Pete Tong states “Tackling the issues and topics that matter the most to our industry is of vital importance to IMS and with our newly announced speakers we bring further expertise and experience to the summit. Of equal importance to us is education and we are delighted to offer our delegates the opportunity to learn and broaden their knowledge with workshops led by our partners Berklee College of Music, Point Blank Music School and Toolroom Academy”

IMS Ibiza 2018 New Speakers:

Alexander Holland (Deezer, Content and Product Officer, France)
Andrea Oliva (Artist, Switzerland)
B.Traits (Artist, Canada)
BLOND:ISH (Vivie-Ann Bakos) (Artist, Canada)
Christine Brown (Help Musicians UK, Director of External Affairs & Business Development, UK)
Declan McGlynn (Point Blank, Music Journalist, UK)
Freddie Fellowes (Secret Garden Party, Promoter, UK)
Honey Dijon (Artist, USA)
Jay Jay Revlon (DJ, Host and Cultural Events Curator, UK)
Jon Drape (Broadwick Live, Group Production Director, UK)
Julien Lesaicherre (Workplace by Facebook, Director EMEA, UK)
Katy Ellis (Anglo Management, Manager, UK)
Kurosh Nasseri (AFEM/Nasseric Inc, Founder/Attorney, USA)
Marina Blake (Brainchild Festival, Creative Director, UK)
Martha Pazienti Caidan (Resident Advisor, DJ/Radio Presenter/Producer, UK)
Matt Abbott (Label Worx/AFEM, CEO/Co-Founder and Exec Board, UK)
Matt Smallwood (Toolroom, Label Manager/Head of A&R, UK)
Matthew Adell (Native Instruments, Chief Digital Officer, USA)
Nick DeCosemo (Mixmag, Global Editorial Director, USA)
Pierce Warnecke (Berklee College of Music, Assistant Professor, Spain)
Rui Da Silva (Artist, Portugal)
Todd Terry (Artist, USA)
Vicenc Marti (elrow, President and Board Member, Spain)

View full list here.

Launches in partnership with International Music Summit (IMS) in Ibiza

 MAY 20-23

REMEDY STATE – IBIZA

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Music has a special way of healing the mind, body and soul….yet a British study found that musicians and those in the music industry could be up to three times more likely than average to suffer from anxiety or depression.

 


 

The first Remedy State retreat will take place May 20-23 2018 on the Balearic Island of Ibiza as a precursor to (and in partnership with) IMS Ibiza, the industry’s leading global electronic music summit in the world’s most important destination for dance music.

Founded by Ben Turner (IMS / AFEM) and Blaise James DeAngelo (DJ/Producer & former OWSLA Co-owner) out of a mutual love for electronic music and a desire to support the well-being of the community surrounding it, Remedy State is a wellness platform inspired by the practices of Integrated Medicine and ayurveda advocating self-care within the Arts & Entertainment industry.

“After a 25-year journey travelling the world appreciating and influencing the electronic music industry through many initiatives, I realised I needed to go on a similar journey about the lifestyle pressures surrounding how we work. When I started out as a music journalist, there was no email and no mobile phones. I sent faxes to artists as forms of communication. There was no help in the industry about diet or stress management. I’ve recently been in consultation with a personal dietitian and Ayurvedic doctors and, keeping with the spirit of IMS and the Association for Electronic Music, I felt it necessary to share our vision and experiences for generations old and new. This is just the start.” Ben Turner

Long nights, odd hours and over-indulgence combined with relentless travel, social pressure and sustained solitude take a toll on our health that we can no longer afford to ignore. Remedy State aims to address these health risks so that we can continue doing what we love.

“Seeing the industry lifestyle negatively impact my own physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing and that of those around me seemed like a cruel irony given that music itself is such a positive and uplifting thing. We’ve all dedicated our lives to it, so we should be the happiest, healthiest bunch on Earth” comments Blaise James DeAngelo.

The DJ/Producer continued with his decision to launch Remedy State; “When I started noticing dozens of industry press discussing the same issue recently, I realized it’s become an epidemic and wanted do something about it.

Nestled in the Es Puig area of Ibiza and surrounded by pine woods and beautiful gardens Sa Talaia is the intimate and tranquil boutique resort that will play host to the inaugural retreat where guests will learn simple and practical techniques for the maintenance of physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing tailored for the busiest of schedules, and will leave feeling recharged and ready for what’s next – the seamless prelude for the sights, sounds and discussions that IMS Ibiza, now in its 11th year delivers.

Founded on the principles of mindfulness, exercise, sleep regulation, physical therapy, nutritional guidance and medical evaluation, our program helps those in the Arts & Entertainment community to alleviate stress and anxiety, increase mental clarity and focus, improve overall physical health and nutritional best practices and maintain emotional wellbeing.

The platform is inspired by the practices of Ayurveda and Integrated Medicine, which combines Traditional Eastern medicine (Ayurveda, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Unani and Yoga, etc.) and complementary medicine (Naturopathy, Osteopathy or Nutrition, etc.) and focuses on harnessing the body’s innate healing power to prevent illness and promote overall well-being.

All attendees will benefit holistically one on one from Dr. Ahmed Ali, currently a Senior Practitioner at the Integrated Medical Centre in London. He comes from the founding family of Integrated Medicine and has studied IM under uncle Dr. Mosaraf Ali in India since childhood.

The retreat will also feature fully inclusive organic and vegetarian meals and nutritional consultations from nutritional therapist Catherine Arnold, plus keynote lectures from pioneering psychologist Dr. Norman Rosenthal who first diagnosed seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and light therapy treatment during his 20 years at the National Institute of Mental Health and was named one of the Best Doctors in America, and Richard Barrett, world renowned author / executive coach. Rounding out each day will be twice-daily Hatha yoga and meditation, breathing workshops, and nature walks.

Remedy State is presented in association with Pioneer DJ, who recently examined several prominent DJ’s relationships with music and wellness in the important documentary WHY WE DJ – SLAVES TO THE RHYTHM. 

Remedy State: IMS Ibiza will be an extremely intimate affair, so badges are very limited.

Retreat badges start at the introductory rate of €340.

A very limited number of on-site accommodation packages at Sa Talaia are available for an additional €900 (3 nights). These packages can be selected as add-ons during checkout.

Badges are available standalone via remedystate.com or bundled with IMS badge via internationalmusicsummit.com/ibiza/attend

 

The 11th edition of IMS Ibiza, in association with Pioneer DJ, brings together the most influential figures in the industry, including artists deadmau5, Seth Troxler, Nastia and Bedouin; the management teams behind Solomun, Armin Van Buuren and Black Coffee; agents from Coda and WME; speakers from the legendary events Burning Man, Sónar and BPM plus Scorpios Mykonos; A&R heads from XL Recordings and Toolroom; and leading visionaries on Blockchain, Drug Testing, Sexual Harassment and Mental Health.

 

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International Music Summit (IMS), the premier global platform for business, culture and education within the electronic music industry, returns to the global dance music capital in May 2018 for its annual three-day educational, inspirational and motivational thought-leadership forum. Aimed at industry leaders and artists from the international electronic music sector, it throws a spotlight onto the complex challenges and emerging opportunities that really matter in today’s ever evolving industry.

Following the success of the 10th Anniversary event in 2017, IMS today announce 69 new speakers for its summit on May 23-25th 2018. The platform, previously described by media as “the TED of music conferences”, continues to be a catalyst for developing and launching initiatives that result in positive change within the electronic music industry.

Electronic titan deadmau5 (Artist, USA) and multi-award-winning DJ and producer Black Coffee (Artist, South Africa) will join the summit, discussing their own unique and inspiring paths to success, their thoughts on the industry and sharing what it takes to build and sustain a successful global career.

 In The Studio…will bring deadmau5 live from his studio in Canada for what’s set to be a revealing session lifting the lid on his production secrets. Joining him at the summit during the week will be Chris Johnson (mau5trap, Label COO, USA), head of the label that sparked the careers of Skrillex, Feed Me, REZZ and deadmau5.

IMS Ibiza flies the South African flag with MEET TEAM BLACK COFFEE. From management to agent to Ibiza promoter, IMS Ibiza will present Black Coffee, Lionel Marciano (Black Coffee International Manager, USA) and Amaru Da Costa (Black Coffee, African Manager, South Africa) to discuss his meteoric rise to success, the many challenges he undoubtedly faced and their aspirations for the future. Yann Pissenem (Hï Ibiza/Ushuaïa Ibiza, Owner/Founder/CEO & Artistic Director, France), David Levy (Partner, WME, UK) and Matthew Ligotti (VaynerTalent, Videographer, USA) will complete the line up, adding insight into presenting Black Coffee’s recent successful debut season in Ibiza at the newly launched super club Hï Ibiza.

In BLACK ROCK CITY X IBIZA: CULTURAL OPPOSITES OR KINDRED SPIRITS? Dominique Debucquoy-Dodley from Burning Man will lead a discussion exploring and dissecting misrepresentations of the two culture creators, examining their individual ethos and roles as places of freedom and self-expression. The discussion is intended to serve as a mirror held up to both communities to reflect, dispel misconceptions and find shared philosophies. He will be joined by leading underground DJ and Burning Man regular, Seth Troxler (Artist, USA).

Michael Addicott (Pandora, Manager of Curation, USA) and Jonathan Barnes (Pandora, Head of Label Licensing, USA) will reveal the secrets behind getting music heard on the world’s powerful music discovery platform and give insight into its unique approach to curation on SEQUENCING THE GENOME: HOW TO GET YOUR MUSIC HEARD ON PANDORA.

The electronic music industry in its current digital form experiences an array of challenges that blockchain technology may have the ability to solve. In recent months a number of start-ups are already targeting the music industry for disruption and with Spotify’s recent acquisition of Mediachain, does this signal significant and permanent change or are we simply caught in a state of content creation and consumption? Widely regarded as the best authority on the topic, Benji Rogers (dotBlockchain Media, CEO & Co-Founder, USA) will deliver a Keynote Address on BLOCKCHAIN and later a BLOCKCHAIN 101 – essential viewing for anyone wishing to gain a deeper understanding of this complex subject.

On THE GREAT ANNUAL IBIZA DEBATE, Tamer Malki from Brooklyn-based production & DJ partnership Bedouin will be joined by Paco Osuna (Artist, Spain) and Daniel Schoeps (Solomun Manager, Under My Spell, Germany) who as manager has guided Solomun from a European breakthrough DJ to sell-out shows all over the world. Jessica Capaz (Pacha Group, Artistic Director, Spain), who is at the creative helm of one of the most iconic global clubbing and lifestyle brands Pacha, will also join and speak in public about the direction of the club after its recent refurbishment,

Whilst industry focused, IMS Ibiza continues to be community led in feel; this year spearheading the thought leadership pillar with a KEYNOTE INTERVIEW is Bradley Gunn (Bradley Gunn Raver, UK) arguably Britain’s most influential and prolific raver who for the past few years has confronted his personal battle with Asperger’s Syndrome by embracing sober clubbing and directed his care-free passion for dancing into an inspirational and ambassadorial role for self-purpose.

Sexual harassment will finally be addressed with a proactive discussion at IMS Ibiza, less talk more action; what can we do, how we can listen, how can we fight it? All questions that Carl Loben (DJ Mag, Editor-in-Chief, UK), Kate Hutchinson (The Guardian, Journalist, UK), Carly Wilford (SISTER Collective, DJ/Presenter & Creator, UK) and others will look to for real positive answers in SEXUAL HARRASSMENT IN DJ CULTURE, presented by leading female platform SHESAID.SO

EMERGING PARTY DESTINATIONS will see Darren James–Thomas (FMLY Agency, Director, UK) share his experience of establishing the talent programme at the newly launched Oasis Festival – Morocco alongside nightlife visionary Thomas Heyne who created the incredible Scorpios in Mykonos, Gustavo Pereira (NEOPOP/BPM Portugal, CEO/Director, Portugal) and Mark Newton (Broadwick Live, Director, UK) who has been responsible for leading international festivals Snowbombing and Hideout. 

One of the masterminds of today’s electronic music scene, Maykel Piron (Armada Music, Co-Founder/CEO, Netherlands), founder of one of the biggest independent dance music labels in the world, will bring his twenty-five years of industry experience to the DIGITAL DEBATE, joining Chris Manning (The Orchard, Senior Director/International Operations, UK) in discussing our ever-changing relationship with the online domain.

ARTIST TAX 101 will provide essential information on wealth management and tax advice from Maximilien Jazani (Manswell Law Firm, Lawyer, France) responsible for French megastar David Guetta and Thomas St John (Thomas St John, Director, USA) who represents the worlds-highest paid DJ, Calvin Harris.

YOUNG GUNS NETWORK PRESENT DISRUPTORS, NO RULES; Four young entrepreneurs successful in challenging traditional models analyse the ever-changing music business landscape and consider how adaptability and creativity are more crucial than ever to succeed. This exciting panel is comprised of 2017 IMS x Mixmag Visionaries competition winner Mich Mellard (Sync Sync, Founder, UK), Hannan Malik (NOWHERENEAR, Founder, UK), Lauren Pavan (GRM Daily, Chief Operating Officer, UK) and Inder Phull (KRPT, Founder, UK) and will be moderated by Cherie Hu (Billboard/Forbes, Tech Columnist, USA).

Electronic music was built by people doing things on their own terms. From Phuture birthing acid on a TB-303 to London vocalists utilising YouTube to kickstart the UK’s rap revolution, a do-it-yourself ethos has always pushed the movement into the future. In MIXMAG’S 5 UNDER 25 moderator Jaguar Bingham (Mixmag TV, Presenter, UK) will meet Caroline Simionesu-Marin (A&R Manager, XL Recordings, UK) and other young visionaries who are changing the shape of the electronic music scene.

IMS Ibiza continues to highlight, examine and discuss some of the most important issues facing our industry today. During the GIVE IT AWAY OR MAKE IT PAY panel Mark Lawrence (AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, CEO, UK) will be joined by Danny Howard (BBC Radio 1 DJ, Nothing Else Matters, UK) Jenni Cochrane (AEI, Director of Culture & Partnerships, UK) and Simon Hills (Axtone, Label & Artist Manager, UK) to examine a new approach for making music accessible online, moving away from the traditional DJ-only focused way of release towards multi-platform streaming to guarantee equal and free access to online music.

IMS Ibiza 2018 will bring together representatives from leading agencies, organisations and companies to set the global electronic music agenda and champion new content platforms. Inspiring a new generation is Mike Malak (Coda Agency, Agent, UK) who will present KID Talks (Knowledge, Identity, Discovery), featuring inspirational people in all kinds of careers (and all under the age of 30).

Fiona Measham (Durham University Professor of Criminology/The Loop Director, UK) has for over two decades conducted research exploring changing trends in legal and illegal drugs; the night time economy and the socio-cultural context to consumption, making it her driving mission to help inform partygoers how to enjoy themselves safely. Because knowledge is our best weapon she will join IMS Ibiza to share her research and learnings in THE LOOP: IS DRUG TESTING THE SOLUTION?

With each year come milestones and achievements celebrated by labels, artists and events alike, with 2018 being no exception. Firstly, 25 YEARS OF SÓNAR: SHAPING UNDERGROUND CULTURE, the world-renowned Barcelona festival will be represented by Enric Palau (Sónar Festival, Co-Director, Spain) and Georgia Taglietti (Sónar Festival, Head of Communications, Spain) who will examine its achievements and explain its extraordinary and innovative contribution to the genre.

Joining the celebration with an equally impressive milestone is 25 YEARS OF POSITIVA RECORDS. The pioneering UK major label is known for breaking electronic tracks into the mainstream and the panel will have a special focus on THE CHANGING FACE OF A&R in the last 25 years. Leading this will be the labels leading A&R directors throughout this time – Jason Ellis, Nick Halkes and Dave Lambert.

Hot on the heels with their own impressive anniversary is UK based Toolroom. Now a global brand in dance music it has diversified beyond a traditional record label model into successful arms in radio, events and artist management. Founding brothers Mark Knight (Artist, UK) and Stuart Knight (Toolroom, Managing Director, UK) will share the history of the label, it’s strong musical vision and tight artist roster in – 15 years of Toolroom.

IMS Co-Founder, Pete Tong states: “Entering our 11th year, it’s vital for IMS Ibiza to assemble the best and brightest minds in the industry to debate the issues that affect us most and to discuss routes to progress and succeed. I’m really proud to announce our latest wave of speakers, who represent all sides of the electronic music industry, from accomplished leaders who bring a wealth of experience through to the new generation who bring fresh ideas and thinking to push our genre forwards. We look forward to welcoming all to IMS Ibiza in May.” 

 

IMS Ibiza 2018 New Speakers Announced:

Amaru Da Costa (Black Coffee, African Manger, South Africa)

Andreea Magdalina (SheSaid.so, Founder, USA)

Ashley Howard (PRS For Music, Dance Account Manager, UK)

Bedouin (Tamer Malki) (Artist, USA)

Benji Rogers (dotBlockchain Media, CEO & Co-Founder, USA)

Black Coffee (Artist, South Africa)

Blaise DeAngelo (Remedy State, Co-Founder, USA)

Bradley Gunn (Bradley Gunn Raver, UK)

Carl Loben (DJ Mag, Editor-in-Chief, UK)

Carly Wilford (SISTER Collective, DJ/Presenter & Creator, UK)

Caroline Simionesu-Marin (XL Recordings/New Gen, A&R Manager/Founder, UK)

Cherie Hu (Billboard/Forbes, Tech Columnist, USA)

Chris Johnson (mau5trap, Label COO, USA)

Chris Manning (The Orchard, Senior Director/International Operations, UK)

Dan Tait (Pioneer DJ, Editor – DJsounds, UK)

Daniel Schoeps (Solomun Manager, Under My Spell, Germany)

Danny Howard (BBC Radio 1 DJ, Nothing Else Matters, UK)

Darren James-Thomas (FMLY Agency, Director, UK)

Dave Lambert (Positiva, Head of A&R: 1993-1998, UK)

David Levy (WME, Partner, UK)

deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman) (Artist, USA)

Dominique Debucquoy-Dodley (Burning Man Project, Communications Manager, USA)

Doumi Busturia (Woomoon/Storytellers, Founder, Spain)

Ed Karney (GRADE Management, Director, UK)

Enric Palau (Sónar Festival, Co-Director, Spain)

Fiona Measham (Durham University Professor of Criminology/The Loop Director, UK)

Georgia Taglietti (Sónar Festival, Head of Communications, Spain)

Grego O’Halloran (Hï Ibiza/Ushuaïa Ibiza, Operations Manager, Spain)

Gustavo Pereira (NEOPOP/BPM Portugal, CEO/Director, Portugal)

Hannan Malik (NOWHERENEAR, Founder, UK)

Inder Phull (KRPT, Founder/CEO, UK)

Jaguar Bingham (Mixmag TV, Presenter, UK)

Jason Ellis (Positiva/Virgin Records, A&R Director: 2008-present, UK)

Jason Swamy (NetEase Fever, Co-Founder/Chief Architect, China)

Jay Gregory (Airpusher Collective, Co-Founder & Event Producer, USA)

Jenni Cochrane (AEI Group, Director of Culture & Partnerships, UK)

Jessica Capaz (Pacha Group, Artistic Director, Spain)

John Acquaviva (Plus Eight Equity Partners, Managing Partner, USA)

Jon Rundell (Artist, UK)

Jonathan Barnes (Pandora, Head of Label Licensing, USA)

Kate Hutchinson (The Guardian, Journalist, UK)

Kelly Money (Little Empire Music, Vice President, UK)

La Fleur (Artist, Sweden)

Lauren Pavan (GRM Daily, Chief Operating Officer, UK)

Lionel Marciano (Black Coffee, International Manager, USA)

Mark Knight (Artist, UK)

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

Mark Newton (Broadwick Live, Director, UK)

Matt Riley (AWAL, Senior Director, Creative, UK)

Matthew Ligotti (VaynerTalent, Videographer, USA)

Matthew Stuart (ATC Management, Artist Manager, UK)

Maximilien Jazani (Manswell Law Firm, Lawyer, France)

Maykel Piron (Armada Music, Co-Founder/CEO, Netherlands)

Mich Mellard (Sync Sync, Founder, UK)

Michael Addicott (Pandora, Manager of Curation, USA)

Mike Malak (Coda Agency, Agent, UK)

Nastia (Artist/DJ, Ukraine)

Nick Halkes (Positiva/EMI Dance, Founder/Managing Director:1993-1999, UK)

Paco Osuna (Artist, Spain)

Pete Tong (BBC Radio 1, Broadcaster, UK)

Rado Docheva (Demand Artists, Co-Owner, Italy-Bulgaria)

Seth Troxler (Artist, USA)

Shino Allen (Tsumi, Managing Director, UK)

Simon Hills (Axtone, Label & Artist Manager, UK)

Stuart Knight (Toolroom, Managing Director, UK)

Thomas Heyne (Scorpios Mykonos, Founder, Greece)

Thomas St John (Thomas St John, Director, Los Angeles)

Yann Pissenem (HÏ Ibiza/Ushuaïa Ibiza, Owner/Founder/CEO & Artistic Director, France)

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Featuring headline performances from Sven Väth, Dubfire, Jackmaster, Nastia, Peggy Gou and more

“It’s like a scene from a movie, it’s your dream gig.”
B.Traits (Artist, Canada)

“Being at IMS Dalt Vila, is the essence of being in Ibiza, it’s the most beautiful view and the most iconic venue of the entire island.”
Seth Troxler (Artist, USA)

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Friday 25th May

In Reverse Alphabetical Order

Sven Väth

Pete Tong

Peggy Gou

Paco Osuna

Nastia

Jackmaster

Guy Gerber

Dubfire

Danny Tenaglia

Bedouin

Andrea Oliva

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Furkan Kurt

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International Music Summit (IMS) today announce details of its annual Dalt Vila event in Ibiza Old Town, the finale of the summit and widely regarded as the official opening of the Ibiza summer season.

Now in its 11th year, IMS Ibiza is a three-day educational and thought leadership platform for the electronic music industry held annually in the dance music capital of the world. For this closing finale IMS has curated the most unique line up that Ibiza will witness in 2018, with a backdrop of the sun setting over the historic 2,500-year-old fort and UNESCO World Heritage Site, overlooking Ibiza Old Town and the Mediterranean Sea.

With both legendary and iconic artists sharing the stage with the most exciting emerging artists of today, the 2018 line up is a strong contender for the best in IMS Dalt Vila history. Headlining is Sven Väth, the strictly vinyl only DJ and dance music pioneer with a career spanning more than 30 years returns for his third IMS Dalt Vila appearance, following his recent shocking news that his long-running Cocoon Monday weekly will switch venues to Pacha after 18 years at Amnesia. Also announced is seminal New York DJ Danny Tenaglia and respected Israeli DJ and firm fixture on the Ibizan calendar Guy Gerber.

Other outstanding sets will come from Paco Osuna, Andrea Oliva and IMS co-founder and industry icon Pete Tong; all seasoned Ibizan artists with long and rich histories on the island’s dancefloors.

Ensuring the international pace is upheld is Korean artist Peggy Gou and Middle East influenced DJ duo Bedouin who in 2017 introduced Bedouin Presents Saga at HEART, one of the best new residencies in Ibiza last summer.

Adding further strength is Dubfire, an artist whose drive, talent and intuition have placed him within the top tier of electronic music artists in the world and Nastia, the break out Ukrainian artist who is rapidly rising through the international ranks.

Bringing the diverse flavours of the UK dance scene is Jackmaster, a pioneering DJ whose profile has rocketed in the last 5 years due to his truly open-minded and unique approach to performing, expertly delivering his own blend of house and techno.

IMS Dalt Vila will also feature an opening set from BURN Residency 2017 winner Furkan Kurt.

With further exclusive back-to-pack pairing announcements coming soon, this spectacular line up celebrates the closing of IMS Ibiza and the opening of the summer season on the island in one of the most extraordinary locations in the world.

IMS Co-founder Ben Turner states “IMS Dalt Vila is one of the most beautiful ways to celebrate another summer of electronic music in Ibiza and the end to another IMS summit. It’s reflective every year of the dominant sound and tempo of the island, and right now this continues to be the underground house and techno sound. The line-up reflects artists with some of the best residencies including Sven and Bedouin, but also iconic artists like Danny Tenaglia, and the hottest new names of today including Jackmaster, Nastia and Peggy Gou. Male; female; Spanish; international; young and old – it’s a good reflection of techno today.”

Tickets are available now for €50 from www.internationalmusicsummit.com

IMS has partnered with Deeper Sounds to present IMS keynotes on all British Airways in-flight audio entertainment.

Launched in 2012 by Andy Eastough, Deeper Sounds delivers a monthly electronic music broadcast to British Airways and features leading electronic music artists including Hot Since 82, COYU, Kölsch and many more.

The series started on November 1st with keynote interviews from IMS Ibiza 2017 featuring The Martinez Brothers and Yann Pissenem, CEO and Artistic Director of Ushuaïa and Hï Ibiza.

Full schedule below, archived shows can be listened to on the IMS Soundcloud page.

November 2017
Deeper Sounds 1
Keynote: Martinez Brothers
ANNA / Manu Gonzalez / Jay Medvedeva / Elena Pavla / Andy Eastough / Sunrise: Matador

Deeper Sounds 2
Keynote: Yann Pissenem
Horse Meat Disco / Graham Sahara / L.O.R.D.I.E / Steve Toombs / Andy Eastough / Sunrise: Lee Burridge

December 2017
Diynamic Music Showcase
Keynote: Bernard Sumner
Solomun / Magdalena / Hash Hendrex / Ken Fan / Andy Eastough

January 2018
Deeper Sounds
Keynote: Pet Shop Boys
Maya Jane Coles / Blondish / Salome / Marymoon / Meeting with Chance / Andy Eastough \

February 2018
Deeper Sounds
Keynote: Seth Troxler
Nastia / Agoria / Benjamin Damage / Danny Daze / Way Out West / Martin Smith / Andy Eastough

March 2018
Keynote – Sven Väth
Damian Lazarus / AndHim / Jose Maria Ramon / Anna Wall / Ben Hoo / Andy Eastough

April 2018
Keynote – Armin Van Buuren
Patrice Baumel / Agents Of Time / Mark Knight / Bushwacka / Andy Eastough

May 2018

Deeper Sounds / PLAYdifferently Showcase (Part 2)
Luciano / Paco Osuna / David Morales / Carlo Ruetz / Spinn Zinn

Deeper Sounds / All Day I Dream
Gorje Hewek & Izhevski / Gab Rhome

Deeper Sounds / IMS Keynote Show
PLAYdifferently (IMS Ibiza 2016) – Richie Hawtin, Tale of Us, Nicole Moudaber, Dubfire, Black Coffee, James Zabiela

Deeper Sounds / Rob da Bank Sunrise Show
Rob da Bank

Deeper Sounds / Spotlight Show
B.Traits

June 2018

Deeper Sounds / PLAYDifferently Showcase
Chris Liebing / Louie Vega / Dubfire / Hito / Fabio Florido

Deeper Sounds / All Day I Dream Showcase
Lost Desert / Öona Dahl

Deeper Sounds / IMS Keynote Show
Kaskade (IMS Asia-Pacific 2015)

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International Music Summit (IMS) today announce IMS x Mixmag Visionaries 2018 and IMS Accelerator, two initiatives designed to support the next generation of industry innovators, influencers and disruptors.

Both Visionaries and Accelerator provide successful applicants a platform for their ideas to be heard, industry mentoring and support plus opportunities to network and develop their career or business with the most creative and forward thinking figures in the electronic music industry.

Visionaries returns for its 5th year and in collaboration with leading dance music publication Mixmag aims to inspire and uncover emerging industry professionals who will challenge current thinking and present new ways of overcoming the most important and pressing issues facing electronic music today.

A new initiative, Accelerator aims to spotlight and support the next wave of innovative music business start- ups, giving a platform to be heard plus vital support and advice to help them build and achieve their long term objectives.

If you are passionate about electronic music, have an innovative idea and you dare to disrupt, submit your application online by the March 31 2018.

Successful applicants will travel to Ibiza as an official IMS Ibiza delegate and present their ideas, for Visionaries via a keynote speech to electronic music’s most powerful and influential individuals, and for Accelerator direct to many of the industries leading organizations and investors. Successful applicants will receive one year free membership of the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) as well as access to relevant AFEM board members for career development advice and introductions to strategic partners.

In addition to sharing their ideas in the print issue and online platforms of Mixmag, the winner of Visionaries will also receive a three month mentorship program led by Andreea Magdalina, founder of SheSaid.So, internship opportunities at leading industry companies, tailored career coaching sessions matched from participating industry partners including AEI Group, AFEM, Berklee College of Music, Fuse, Neighbourhood PR, PRS for Music and Young Guns Network, plus a pair of Pioneer DJ HDJ-X10.

Previous Visionaries winners have included Valerie Lee, now West Coast Editor of Mixmag USA , Ben Bowler, Founder of Chew.tv, Inder Phull, Managing Director and founder of KRPT Group and Mich Mellard, CEO of Sync Sync.

For further detail on how to enter and submit your application for this year’s contest please visit: www.internationalmusicsummit.com/next-gen/

Ben Turner, IMS Co-Founder states “At the heart of IMS is the drive to be a catalyst in the industry, to bring about new ideas and develop new ways of working to push the genre forwards to guarantee a sustainable and successful future. A vital element of this is supporting emerging professionals and the fledgling start-ups that will fuel this change. IMS x Mixmag Visionaries has already found some exceptional thinkers that continue to make waves in our industry, launching IMS Accelerator to support the tech community and start- up culture feels like the natural progression in our ongoing efforts to nurture the next generation. We look forward to hearing your ideas and solutions to help push the music industry forward.”

Duncan Dick, Editor, Mixmag adds “Nurturing new and diverse talent is possibly the single most important thing the dance music industry can do to ensure its future success and sustainability. IMS’ Visionaries initiative is a great example of an authentic, holistic approach to encouraging and mentoring the kind of young person we need today in the industry, and Mixmag is extremely proud to support it once again.”

 


 

IMS x MIXMAG VISIONARIES

  • Open to applicants aged 18-25
  • One winner will receive:
    • Return travel to IMS Ibiza from a European Destinations
    • Two nights accommodation at Hard Rock Hotel
    • IMS Ibiza delegate badge
    • Three month mentorship program from SheSaid.So
    • Tailored career coaching sessions from participating industry partners
    • One year free membership of AFEM
  • For a full list of prizes and more details visit here.

IMS ACCELERATOR

  • Open to all music start-ups
  • Three companies will receive:
    • IMS Ibiza delegate badges
    • Introductions to potential clients, investors and mentors
    • Promotion on IMS digital platforms
    • Access to TopicDNA Reporting Platform
    • Access to list of 100+ investors
    • A strategy session with a leading digital marketing agency
    • One year free membership of AFEM
  • For more details visit here.

International Music Summit returns to Ibiza with a Wellness agenda

 MAY 23-25, 2018

HARD ROCK HOTEL IBIZA

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The 11th edition of IMS Ibiza examines the most crucial issues that face the industry, placing special attention on health and wellness for mind and body, and sexual harassment within the genre

International Music Summit (IMS), the premier global platform for business, culture and education within the electronic music industry, returns to the dance music capital of the world for its annual three-day educational, inspirational and motivational thought-leadership forum. Aimed squarely at industry leaders and artists from the international electronic music sector, it throws a spotlight onto the complex challenges and emerging opportunities that really matter in today’s ever evolving industry.

Following the success of the 10th Anniversary event earlier in the year, today IMS announce the key themes for its 11th summit on May 23-25th 2018. The platform, previously described as “the TED of music conferences”, has been responsible for leading initiatives that have resulted in positive change within the electronic music industry and it continues to set the agenda for the genre across the world in Europe, North America and Asia.

New for 2018 is a three-day Wellness retreat, taking place before the main IMS summit at a soon-to-be-revealed location. The electronic music industry is a fast-paced environment, with busy days and late nights. As many industry players will recognise this demanding lifestyle can take its toll on the body and mind over time, and the Wellness event has been designed to address this prevalent issue. Tailored for the dance music community, the pre-summit event will help industry veterans and newcomers alike to disconnect from everyday stress and clear the mind, setting the foundation for meaningful work and providing tools to stay focused, relaxed and rejuvenated. The new intimate event will be announced in full in January.

Continuing its support of international music, IMS Ibiza flies the South African flag with MEET TEAM BLACK COFFEE. The multi-award winning DJ has had a meteoric rise to fame and has just finished a first successful summer residency at Hï Ibiza. From management to agent to Ibiza promoter, IMS will bring in Black Coffee and his full team to discuss his own unique and inspiring path to success, the role the team played on this journey, the many challenges he undoubtedly faced and their aspirations for the future.

With each year comes milestones and achievements celebrated by labels, artists and events alike, with 2018 being no exception. Firstly, 25 YEARS OF SONAR: SHAPING UNDERGROUND CULTURE, the world-renowned Barcelona festival will discuss its achievements and explain its extraordinary and innovative contribution to the genre. Joining the celebration with an equally impressive milestone is 25 YEARS OF POSITIVA RECORDS. The pioneering UK major label is known for breaking underground tracks into the popular mainstream and the talk will have a special focus on HOW THE ROLE OF THE A&R MAN HAS EVOLVED in the last 25 years. Leading this will be the label’s leading A&R directors throughout the time – Jason Ellis, Nick Halkes and Dave Lambert.

SEXUAL HARRASSMENT IN DJ CULTURE is a real and unwelcome problem. SHE SAID.SO, an influential network of women in the industry, will chair a talk intended to assess the impact of the issue specifically to electronic music, detect root causes and endeavour to reduce its existence within the industry with a series of actionable recommendations.

IMS will also give geographical focus on the MIDDLE EAST a promising new growth region for electronic music with a growing appetite for the genre, highlighting breakthrough talent, the marketplace and key opportunities within it covering UAE, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine.

Health and wellness will continue to be a focus with insight into the mental wellbeing of DJs, a long ignored problem that is sadly troubling a high proportion of artists, from breaking through to established talent. IMS Ibiza will ask is it DJS COMPLAINING OR REAL PROBLEMS? This frank and open mental health discussion will be hosted by the Association for Electronic Music and will give vital advice on how to stay sane in the game and remain successful. Continuing the focus of wellness into the summit, IMS delegates will benefit from daily yoga and meditation sessions, reminding all of the importance of balance and self care.

IMS continues to support the future of our industry with the return of IMS VISIONARIES, in partnership with Mixmag, a global search for electronic music’s next generation of influencers, and an original programme aimed at and focused on supporting the next generation of start-ups called IMS ACCELERATOR.

IMS Ibiza 2018 will also feature discussions hosted by BURN RESIDENCY, KID TALKS, SHESAID.SO and YOUNG GUNS NETWORK. Plus more discussions on BLOCKCHAIN, BOTS, and not forgetting the return of the much-loved masterclass session IMS ANTHEM!

IMS co-founder Ben Turner states: “Health Vs Hedonism was our most popular talk in 2017, and it put us on the path of delivering more in the Wellness area for delegates. It’s a topic that is marrying professionals of all ages and gender, and we’re excited to offer something unique to an industry that is in need of greater advice and direction. It also affects many of the issues in our space, and people’s behavioural patterns around it. We’re also proud to focus on Black Coffee, Sonar and Positiva for their contributions to our world – past, present and future.”

Education partners POINT BLANK MUSIC SCHOOL, BERKLEE SCHOOL OF MUSIC and TOOLROOM ACADEMY will also be present at IMS Ibiza, joining them will be founding partner PIONEER DJ and returning sponsor BURN.

The 11th edition of IMS Ibiza offers for the first time a more accessible pricing structure, allowing you to choose your summit experience from three tailored packages. Additionally, there is a special discount for students and younger delegates wanting to attend, with all badges allowing entrance into selected Ibiza clubs over the duration of IMS week. Full details can be found below, listed badge prices will increase at the beginning of each month. 

New Pricing Structure

DELEGATE: DECEMBER PRICING- 325€

  • Access to three-day summit including all panels, keynotes and workshops
  • All networking and official IMS events
  • Access to IMS delegate database and IMS App
  • IMS delegate badge
  • IMS Dalt Vila finale event access
  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Entrance to IMS affiliated Ibiza opening parties

DELEGATE PLUS: DECEMBER PRICING – 425€

  • Access to three-day summit including all panels, keynotes and workshops
  • All networking and official IMS events
  • Access to IMS delegate database and IMS App
  • IMS delegate badge
  • IMS Dalt Vila finale event access
  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Entrance to IMS affiliated Ibiza opening parties
  • Access to 1 influencer breakfast
  • IMS Legends Dinner

ALL ACCESS: DECEMBER PRICING – 535€

  • Access to three-day summit including all panels, keynotes and workshops
  • All networking and official IMS events
  • Access to IMS delegate database and IMS App
  • Premium IMS delegate badge
  • VIP access to IMS Dalt Vila finale event
  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
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MAY 23-25, 2018 | HARD ROCK HOTEL IBIZA

IMS Ibiza returns in 2018 for it’s 11th year of inspiring the electronic music industry!

Now you can choose your summit experience with three tiers of tailored packages – delegate normal, delegate plus and all access.

Explore all the benefits to find the badge that is best for you!

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We look forward to welcoming you at IMS Ibiza!

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TWO-DAYS OF THOUGHT PROVOKING PANELS, IN-DEPTH WORKSHOPS AND INSIGHTFUL REPORTS

IMS Asia-Pacific in Shanghai united 700 dance music industry leaders and artists from East and West for discussions about Asia’s unique and burgeoning electronic music scene. Revisit key moments from the fourth edition of the summit, the biggest and most successful to date.

If you missed us in Shanghai, stay tuned to the IMS YouTube page for full panels from IMS Asia-Pacific 2017, coming soon.

PANELS & KEYNOTES WITH OVER 60 SPEAKERS INCLUDING ARTISTS SEBASTIAN INGROSSO & LAIDBACK LUKE PLUS REPRESENTATIVES FROM CMC HOLDINGS, WONDERFRUIT, WARNER MUSIC, ELROW & MORE

IMS’ CHINA ELECTRONIC MUSIC MARKET REPORT – 286 HUNDRED MILLION ELECTRONIC MUSIC LISTENERS IN CHINA, ELECTRONIC MUSIC IS CHINA’S SECOND MOST POPULAR GENRE


International Music Summit, the premier platform for thought leadership in electronic music, has concluded a successful fourth installment of its flagship event in Asia, IMS Asia-Pacific, in conjunction with A2LiVE and STORM festival. The event brought together 700 dance music industry leaders from 24 countries from East and West for two days of thought provoking panels, world-class production and DJing workshops, insightful reports and after parties in Shanghai that revealed the scale of Asia’s burgeoning electronic music market.  Professionals representing over 60 different senior electronic music industry roles including CEO’s, Agents, Artists, Bookers, Managers, Club & Festival owners were present at the summit, with 74% attending from China, 18% international and 9% from Asia.  IMS Asia-Pacific opened with the Nielsen Dance Music Study, which revealed dance music continues to remain hugely popular in the region, hitting the top five of all music genres in all markets except Japan, with Koreans most likely of all markets to listen to dance music and to be ‘dedicated listeners’. This trend was reinforced by the China Electronic Music Market report presented on day two by Net Ease Cloud Music, which estimated 2.86 hundred million users of electronic music in China in 2017 and confirmed electronic music as the second most preferred genre amongst users in the country.

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In a rare keynote address, Laidback Luke (Artist, Netherlands) presented his thoughts on the summit theme ‘The Digital Storm’, reflecting on two decades in dance music and the impact of the digital era on DJing and production, noting “I started producing with an Atari computer with Cubase in my bedroom, now I mastered a track on the way here on the airplane.”  Scarlett Li (CMC Holdings/Zebra Media, Vice President/Founder, China) representing one of the largest investment companies in the region, was bullish on the digital opportunities in her keynote, China: The Opportunity Is Now, singling out streaming as a huge potential windfall for the region, statingDigital music today is a real business, there will be an estimated 2 billion USD market for paid streaming service by 2020.”

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The state and health of the underground scene and how to nurture it in a region where EDM dominates was a key talking point in Shanghai on day one of the summit in the panel, ‘Nature vs Nurture. Speakers including Robb Harker (Supermodified Agency, CEO, Hong Kong), Tom Bray (YETI OUT, Co-Founder, China), and Matthew Hoag (elrow, Global Brand Manager, Spain) discussed the range of electronic music that exists in the region, how the underground is still expanding and how it is still understood in the region, with Tom Bray noting “How do you define underground in China? Anything that’s not in the charts or played on radio. Even mainstream sounding electronic music if it’s not in the charts is considered underground.“ Collectively the panel created a “Ten Point Plan’ on the stage to help unlock the eco-system and bring through new talent, with key actions including ‘think local, book local’, foster discovery, encourage entrepreneurialism and the promotion of electronic music as an art form.

Other highlights from Day one also saw Brazil’s most prolific electronic music act, Alok, reflect on the digital age and the role that Asia-Pacific region has played in his career, noting “to raise a fanbase and cultivate it in China takes patience and time”. Dance music veteran Howie B spoke with Chinese artists Mickey Zhang and WHAI on the challenges that arise culturally, linguistically, and creatively when collaborating with artists from another culture, concluding “the language barrier is not a barrier, it’s freedom”. In his second panel appearance of the day,  Laidback Luke, Unity, and Krosses got together to speak on how people can learn from these international collaborations, and what they say about the increasingly connected world in which we live. Krosses revealed technology allows them to produce together full time, eight hours per day despite being located on different continents.

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The day concluded with a rare keynote interview from artist Sebastien Ingrosso and his manager Amy Thomson (CEO, ATM Artists, USA) who discussed their approach to the Asia-Pacific region. They addressed how the West can often tend to homogenize Asia as one territory, when in reality it’s a hugely diverse and regionalized number of markets that require a tailored approach when releasing content. Ingrosso noted in his keynote “there is a big difference between Asian markets, we change our set up from country to country.”  For Axwell^Ingrosso collaboration with rising local talent is key to building a fanbase in new Asian markets and IMS Asia-Pacific was their platform to announce their newest collaboration “Sun is Shining” with upcoming Chinese talent Kiki. Thomson used the keynote to voice her frustration at the lack of communication with local major labels and used the platform to invite hungry, upcoming Asian industry talent to work with her in developing her artists in the region.

Day two saw Pranitan Phornprapha, CEO/Founder of Thailand’s promotion company Wonderfruit, give a keynote presentation on how to create a festival with less of a carbon footprint, and addressed the challenges that arise when trying to do so, advising anyone who wants to run their own festival that it’s imperative to listen to your audience and “to run an event you have to be very data driven. I would encourage anyone to do their own independent surveys. Data doesn’t lie.”  

Bart Cools of Warner Music also gave his second Keynote at IMS, this time giving his view on the global electronic music marketplace and the challenges and opportunities in Asia-Pacific which is “literally fizzing with opportunity.”  He touched on the recent acquisition of Spinnin’ Records, stating it should be seen as “a vote of confidence in the whole dance sector” concluding his keynote with the powerful statement that “I have no doubt that Asia will play a huge role in spearheading this industry’s growth.”

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Day two also explored the role of labels in Asia Pacific, A2LiVE’s Managing Director Eric Reithler Barros led a panel of label executives including Nobby Uno (Avex Entertainment, Producer/Manager, Japan), Ryan Wilson (Sony Music, Director of Electronic Music, Asia-Pacific) and Tan Chang (Hummingbird Music Ltd, CEO & Founder, Hong kong) to discuss how labels are thriving in the region and the emerging electronic music scene, with the major labels both agreeing that a key focus now is finding local talent to break on an international level.

The “Assessing Market Value” panel saw a lively debate between managers, bookers, agents and promoters  discussing artists fees and market value in the region. Speaking including Andrew Goldstone, former manager of Tiesto and Deckstar Management GM, joined Cody Chapman (Paradigm Talent Agency, Booking Agent, USA), Jason Swamy (Net Ease Cloud Music) debated the difficulty of building a sustainable and thriving scene in Asia with larger festivals setting artists budgets, with Wonderfruit promoter Jason Swamy noting on the negotiation process “whoever gives out the first prices loses.”

The day concluded with a panel of esteemed professionals from all walks of the dance music industry, from promoters (Eric Zho, A2LiVE, CEO & Founder, China) to agents (Matt Rodriguez, Paradigm Talent Agency, USA) to investors (Scarlett Li, CMC Holdings/Zebra Media, Co-President/Founder, China), discussing the “Big Picture” of the Asia-Pacific dance market, and where it will go from here, covering big topics including ‘predatory competition’ in the Asian festival market, the importance of encouraging homegrown Asian talent, the potential for more transparency in the artist/manager/agent relationship and the issues surrounding payments and the restrictive Chinese processes surrounding them.  Scarlett Li closed the conference with a warning to artists around the dangers of not paying withholding tax, advising “make sure your book is clean, pay your tax, if not you will pay a heavy price and you may not play here again.”

As well as insightful panels, delegates also experienced the latest cutting edge tech and learned from leading industry artists in production and DJing masterclasses led by Laidback Luke, Rave Radio, Unity, Pioneer DJ and Point Blank Music School.

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Ben Turner, IMS Co-Founder, states “IMS Asia-Pacific was another educational and inspirational gathering of some of the most influential architects of the scene in Asia-Pacific. The two-day event probably went much deeper than any previous IMS event in this region, resulting in the creation of a Ten Point Plan of how to better nurture the underground movement to help achieve a better balance of the musical eco-system. There was also strong advice about finances in Asia, and how better to communicate with audiences. Overall, it was a great success and we’re proud to have provided such a powerful platform for the genre to network and further the advance of the genre around the region.

International Music Summit Asia Pacific celebrates its third year, and solidifies itself as the premier electronic music conference in the region. The summit concludes IMS’ events for the 2017 season, and looks forward to a strong return in 2018, furthering its expansion.

 

 

The fourth annual IMS Asia-Pacific concluded yesterday September 22, 2017. Over 500 delegates and speakers attended from around the world and debated the most pressing topics facing the region. Below are the five central calls to action that resulted from the two intensive and productive days.

1. FOCUS ON KOREA! THE TERRITORY IS LEADING THE WAY WITH ELECTRONIC MUSIC ENGAGEMENT IN ASIA-PACIFIC

Day one opened with the AC Nielsen Asia-Pacific Dance Music Study, which revealed dance music continues to remain hugely popular in the region, hitting the top five of all music genres in all markets except Japan, with Koreans most likely of all markets to listen to dance music and to be ‘dedicated listeners’.

This trend was reinforced by the China Electronic Music Market report presented on day two by Net Ease Cloud Music, which estimated 2.86 hundred million users of electronic music in 2017 and confirmed electronic music as the second most preferred genre amongst users in China.

2. THE DIGITAL STORM: STREAMING POSES THE BIGGEST OPPORTUNITY IN THE REGION

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Net Ease Cloud Music alone has “over 300,000 electronic music downloads each day and more than 620,000 playlists live per day”.

Scarlett Li noted in her keynote China: The Opportunity Is Now, “Digital music today is a real business, there will be an estimated 2 billion USD market for paid streaming service by 2020.”

3. HOMEGROWN HEADLINERS IS THE GOAL

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Festival promoters within Asia-Pacific made a clear declaration that the main goal is to find headliners from within their territories. Doung Anh Minh from Lost in Music in Vietnam stated that the day is “near” in his market when the homegrown talent headlines, and the international acts support.

4. ARTISTS MUST TAILOR THEIR APPROACH TO INDIVIDUAL MARKETS IF THEY WANT TO SUCCEED

As Sebastian Ingrosso noted in his keynote “there is a big difference between Asia markets, we change our set up from country to country.” For Ingrosso and his manager Amy Thompson, collaboration with rising local talent is key to building a fanbase in new Asian markets and IMS Asia-Pacific was their platform to announce their newest collaboration “Sun is Shining” with upcoming Chinese talent Kiki.

5. IMS SPEAKERS CREATE A “TEN POINT PLAN” TO CULTIVATING THE UNDERGROUND AND COMPLETING THE ECO-SYSTEM

digitalstormIMS speakers created a “Ten Point Plan’ collectively on the stage to help unlock the eco-system and bring through new talent. Titled “Nature Versus Nature”, the key actions were… Think local, book local, Foster Discovery, Encourage Entreprenuralism and promote electronic music as an art form.

IMS Asia-Pacific attendees will ave no shortage of day and night-time events to explore during the two-day summit in Shanghai.  Get to know the local scene in Shanghai from underground clubs to the massive STORM festival.

Featured artists include Laidback Luke, Krosses, Unity, Jason Swamy, an assortment of local talent and many more…

OFFICIAL PARTIES

  • Budweiser STORM Festival
    September 23-24 | 2pm – 10pm
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    Budweiser STORM Festival
    September 23-24 | 2pm – 10pm

    The most anticipated electronic music festival in China takes place in Shanghai after IMS Asia-Pacific. Started in 2013, it is now the top festival in the country, boasting 11 locations across China and Australia. Don’t miss this incredible experience.

    Tickets to STORM Festival are not included in the price of the delegate badge.

    IMS Asia-Pacific + STORM Festival Package Tickets HERE.

    STORM Festival Tickets HERE.

    Venue: Address: No. 188, Lane 399, East Shendi Road, Pudong District, Shanghai

    INFO

    15:00 Pick up from Hyatt on the Bund, drop off at the Storm venue (VIP Entrance)

    22:30 Pick up from the Storm venue (VIP Entrance), drop off at Hyatt on the Bund

    IMS After Party by Dianyintai
    September 21 | 9pm – late
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    IMS After Party by Dianyintai
    September 21 | 9pm – late

    Free entrance for IMS Asia-Pacific delegates.

    Venue: Arkham Shanghai

    Time: 9pm – late

    Location: China, Shanghai Shi, Xuhui Qu, Wulumuqi S Rd, 1号-5

    Google map it here.

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    Pryo After Party
    September 21 |10pm – 4am
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    Pryo After Party
    September 21 |10pm – 4am

    Free entrance for IMS Asia-Pacific delegates.

    Venue: Le Baron, Shanghai

    Time: 10:00pm – 4:00am

    Location: Seventh Floor, 20 Donghu Lu, near Huaihai Zhong Lu, Xuhui district

    Come and join us for the PYRO 百大 Official After Party! Featuring the top DJs from PYRO’s top 100 chart, which will be announced at IMS on the same day in the afternoon (21st Sept). This highly anticipated event marks the start of a new era for Chinese DJs. An official ranking to help create value and develop the industry, in one of the most exciting markets in the world. Artist lineup can not be announced before the IMS ceremony, but the talent will be more than present. Come see the newly minted DJs show why they ranked as high as they did! A complimentary drink will be served for all attending IMS delegates, please make sure you RSVP below and keep your IMS delegate badge on you when you arrive.

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  • Mixmash Record Label Night with Laidback Luke, Krosses and Unity
    September 22 | 10pm – 3am
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    Mixmash Record Label Night with Laidback Luke, Krosses and Unity
    September 22 | 10pm – 3am

    DJs: Laidback Luke, Krosses, Unity

    Venue: M2 (Hong Kong Plaza)

    Time: 10:00pm – 3:00am

    Address: M2, Hong Kong Plaza, 4/F, 283 Huai Hai Zhong Lu

    NOTE: This event is not free to enter for IMS badge holders and will charge an entry fee at the door.

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    ASL Lounge Afterparty
    September 22 | 11pm – late
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    ASL Lounge Afterparty
    September 22 | 11pm – late

    IMS Asia-Pacific delegates only.

    Venue: ASL Shanghai

    Time: 11pm until late

    Location: 88 Tongren Road, Shanghai, China 200031

    Google map location here.

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    IMS Asia-Pacific Closing Party Supported by NetEase Cloud Music
    September 22 | 2am – late
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    IMS Asia-Pacific Closing Party Supported by NetEase Cloud Music
    September 22 | 2am – late

    DJs: Ebar, Jasmine Li, Emil Chang, Jason Swamy

    Free entrance for IMS Asia-Pacific delegates.

    Venue: Celia by Pulse, Shanghai

    Time: 2am until late

    Location: 298, Xingfu Lu near Pingwu Lu, Changning, Shanghai
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International Music Summit (IMS), in partnership with Budweiser STORM Festival, today announce additional speakers and the final schedule for the 2017 instalment of their flagship event in Asia. IMS Asia Pacific takes place Sept 21 – 22 in Shanghai, China at Hyatt on the Bund.

In a rare moment at IMS or any electronic music summit, an established artist will issue a solo talk as Laidback Luke will deliver a keynote address on the theme of IMS AP 2017, The Digital Storm, touching upon how ever-expanding technology has affected the music market. Laidback Luke is also slated to present a masterclass titled ‘How To Make Music Fast And Keep Inspired’, alongside workshops from Point Blank Music School and artists Rave Radio and Unity. Billboard’s Asia Bureau Chief Rob Schwartz will interview Swedish icons Axwell^Ingrosso as they discuss their own experiences within the industry. Scarlett Li, Vice President of CMC Capital Partners and Founder of Zebra Media, one of China’s most innovative entertainment and live event platforms, holds her own keynote, drawing upon her years of experience as one of China’s leaders in Live Entertainment addressing key issues that affect everyone in the dance music community.

Panellists include prominent professionals from across the entire electronic music industry discussing a wide range of issues that affect the dance music community at large and notably in Asia. Robb Spitzer will join ISMAYA Group Co-Founder and Djakarta Warehouse mastermind Christian Rijanto amongst a panel of highly-regarded colleagues to discuss the rising underground scene in Asia while Iqbal Ameer, founder and CEO of The Livescape Group joins Wonderfruit founder Pranitan Phornprapha and Slick! India, India’s leading House & Techno brand, founder Prateek Pandey to explore emerging markets and new opportunities in Asia-Pacific countries including India, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Tackling environmental challenges, Pranitan Phornprapha leads his own keynote presentation on the challenges and strategies of creating a greener music festival for the benefit of attendees and the environment, touching upon his own experience as one of Asia’s most respected promoters. We’ll also get down to brass tacks and hard figures as the official 2017 NetEase China Music Report and the Nielson Asia-Pacific Dance Music Study, commissioned by A2Live, are unveiled at the summit.

Delegates will have the opportunity to get unique career guidance and insight from up and coming artists within the Asia Pacific music markets, including newcomer Unity. A2LiVE Managing Director Eric Rethler-Barros will spearhead the discussion on effectively collaborating on creative projects across East and West, US to China, in a panel consisting of international artists Howie B, WHAI, and Mickey Zhang, director of E-MIDI Electronic Music Festival.

IMS Co-Founder Ben Turner states It is an educational process programming IMS Asia-Pacific never mind attending it! It really is incredible to see the interest and attention this region is getting and we hope the fourth edition of IMS Asia-Pacific is as fascinating as all previous ones. This year we are really pushing the agenda on the eco-system and how underground music gets heard and evolves in such a mainstream climate; how international brands are coming to the region and integrate respectfully, plus some leaders of investment talking about the big picture. As one of the panels state, ‘the Opportunity is NOW’!”

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 scene in the region and in China, the world’s biggest potential market for electronic music. 2017’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 markets in the world.

 

Complete list of Speakers

Keynote Speakers:

Axwell^Ingrosso (Artists, Sweden)

Interviewed by Rob Schwartz (Billboard Magazine, Asia Bureau Chief, USA/Japan)

Bart Cools (Warner Music Group, Executive Vice President/Global A&R Marketing Dance Music, UK/NL)

Laidback Luke (Artist, Netherlands)

Pranitan Phornprapha (Scratch First Co. Ltd, (Wonderfruit Festival), Founder/CEO, Thailand)

Scarlett Li (CMC Holdings/Zebra Media, Vice President/Founder, China)

 

Additional Speakers

Alan Hsia (theLOOP Inc., Co-Founder, Taiwan)

ALOK (Artist, Brazil)

Andre Jaeger Soares (Ecozoic Resources Inc, Founder Director, USA)

Andrew Goldstone (Deckstar Management, Manager and GM, (NYC), USA)

Arsit Prachaseri (AG Productions/Retox Sessions, CEO/Founder, Thailand)

Ben Turner (Graphite/IMS, CEO/Partner, UK)

Christian Rijanto (ISMAYA Group, Co-Founder, Indonesia)

Christopher Coe (Treecreds, Director, Australia)

Cody Chapman (Paradigm Talent Agency, Booking Agent, USA)

Damien Saint (W Bali – Seminyak, W Sound Suite & Music Curator, Indonesia)

David Plattner (RainTrust, Chief Visionary Officer, Bangkok)

Duong Anh Minh (Lost in Music – LIM Entertainment JSC, Founder & Managing Partner, Vietnam)

Emily Hou (A2LiVE/Strobelight Talent, Agent/Buyer, China)

Eric Reithler-Barros (A2LiVE/DianYinTai, MD/CCO, China)

Eric Zho (A2LiVE, CEO & Founder, China)

Georges Kool (Mixmash Records, Managing Director, Netherlands)

Helena Kosinski (Nielsen Company, Vice President of Nielsen Music – Global, UK)

Howie B (Artist, UK)

Iqbal Ameer (The Livescape Group, CEO, Malaysia)

Jason Swamy (NetEase Cloud Music, Business Director/Partner, China)

Jeremie Habib (Gigwell, Co-Founder & CEO, USA)

Jessie Wang (NetEase Cloud Music, International Business Director, China)

Jody Taylor (Write Rhythm, CEO & Founder, Indonesia)

KAKU (Artist, Asia)

Krosses (Artist, India/UK)

Kurosh Nasseri (AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, Co-Chairman/Co-Founder, USA)

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

Mark Netto (IMS, Co-Founder, Ibiza)

Matthew Hoag (elrow, Global Brand Manager, Spain)

Matt Rodriguez (Paradigm Talent Agency, Agent, USA)

Michel Kuklinksi (David Lewis Productions, Agent, Netherlands)

Mickey Zhang (O2 Culture, Artist/Chief Director of E-MIDI Electronic Music Festival 2017, China)

Mija (Artist, USA)

Nobby Uno (Avex Entertainment, Producer/Manager, Japan)

Olga Heijns (Unmanageable Artists, Artist Manager/Founder/MD, Netherlands)

Prateek Pandey (Slick! India, Director, India)

Rave Radio (Artist, Australia)

Rob Cowan (Point Blank Music School, CEO & Founder, UK)

Robb Harker (Supermodified Agency, CEO, Hong Kong)

Robb Spitzer (AEG Presents, Senior Vice President, Asia)

Ryan Wilson (Sony Music, Director of Electronic Music, Asia-Pacific)

Spencer Tarring (Pyro Music, CEO, China)

Steve Pillemer (Your Shot, Founder, Australia)

Takako Fujiyama (Pioneer DJ, Sales Manager, Japan)

Tan Chang (Hummingbird Music Ltd, CEO & Founder, Hong Kong)

Tom Bray (YETI OUT, Co-Founder, China)

Unity (Artist, China)

Vlada Didenko (IMS Asia-Pacific/A2LiVE, Partner/Director, China)

WHAI (O2 Culture, Artist, China)

 

 

 

Eelko Van Kooten (Spinnin’ Records, Co-Founder & CEO, Netherlands), Andrew Goldstone (Deckstar Management, Manager & GM (NYC), USA), Scarlett Li (CMC Capital Partners, Co-President, China), Ryan Wilson (Sony Music, Head of Dance Music, Asia-Pacific)

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International Music Summit (IMS), in partnership with Budweiser STORM Festival, today announce the first round of inspiring speakers for the 2017 installment of their flagship event in Asia, IMS Asia Pacific, taking place Sept 21-22 in Shanghai, China at Hyatt on the Bund. The two-day summit will unite global artists, thought-leaders and industry figureheads from East and West in an exploration of the issues and opportunities in the fastest growing market on the planet.

We’ll hear firsthand from some of the world’s biggest stars and reps, including Swedish music icons Axwell ^ Ingrosso plus keynote speakers including Andrew Goldstone, one of the most respected managers in electronic music, who oversaw Tiesto’s career at Red Light Management between 2013 and 2016, and in 2017 launched the New York branch of Deckstar Management, whose clients include Porter Robinson, Steve Aoki, Blau, and Don Diablo.  Joining him at IMS Asia-Pacific will be legendary label boss and one of Rolling Stone’s “Top 50 Most Influential People in EDM”, Eelko Van Kooten, Co-Founder & CEO of Spinnin’ Records, the label that helped launch the careers of superstar Martin Garrix, EDM pioneer Avicii, platinum record-selling DJ Hardwell and countless other household-name acts.

Additionally, IMS Asia-Pacific will feature talks from Sony Music’s Head of Dance Music, Asia-Pacific Ryan Wilson, Executive Vice President Global A&R and Marketing for Dance Music at Warner Music Group Bart Cools, who oversees the marketing for some of the biggest dance acts today including David Guetta, Galantis, Robin Schulz and Disciples among others.

IMS Asia-Pacific will also feature voices from some of the industry’s most prominent leaders in live entertainment including Paradigm Talent Agency’s Cody Chapman, who counts DJ Snake, Shiba San, Tchami, and Zeds Dead among his diverse client roster, Wonderfruit promoter and NetEase Cloud Music Partner Jason Swamy, who brought Ultra Music Festival to Hong Kong, Scarlett Li, Co-President of CMC Capital Partners and Founder of Zebra Media, one of China’s most innovative entertainment and live event platforms, and ISMAYA GROUP founder and Djakarta​ Warehouse Project mastermind Christian Rijanto.

These visionaries will discuss some of the most pressing issues that affect electronic music both globally and locally in Asia-Pacific, exploring topics including the preservation of dance music culture, diversity, locality and corporatism, emerging markets within the region, promoting sustainability and Green issues, assessing fair market value within the genre and looking at the big picture of the industry in Asia.

In addition to interrogating these crucial topics, attendees will also get the first look at the NetEase Music Report: Asia-Pacific, hear the winners of the Pyro Top 100 China DJ & Club winners and have the opportunity to participate in Point Blank Music School Masterclasses in electronic music production and DJing skills.

“The Asia-Pacific region offers some of the biggest opportunities to the electronic music industry, yet is largely unknown for most who live and work outside of it” says IMS co-founder Pete Tong. “ We believe IMS Asia-Pacific is key to opening the doors to this growing market and we are delighted to host some of the most influential decision makers in the region as our first speakers, alongside their global counterparts.  Our goal for IMS Asia-Pacific is to bring industry leaders from East and West together to build a dialogue, create connections, develop understanding and grow opportunities in a territory that hosts more than 60% of the world’s population.”

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 and in China, the world’s biggest potential market for electronic music. 2017’s IMS Asia-Pacific will bridge the gap between East and West and provide unique firsthand 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.

Budweiser STORM Festival, produced by A2LiVE, has become China’s premier electronic music event since its launch in 2013. In addition to its flagship Shanghai event STORM now hosts 9 regional events around China and in 2017 will be the first Chinese electronic music event to host an event outside China, with shows in Australia. STORM’s attendance in 2017 is expected to surpass​ ​280,000​ and they have hosted some of the world’s biggest DJs including Kaskade, Galantis, Skrillex and more. Earlier this year A2LiVE Festival announced the launch of STORM Records! a Chinese focused electronic music label with European powerhouse label, Spinnin’ Records.

 

IMS ASIA-PACIFIC FIRST TEN SPEAKERS

Andrew Goldstone (Deckstar Management, Artist Manager & GM (NYC), USA)

Axwell ^ Ingrosso (Artists, Sweden)

Bart Cools (Warner Music Group, Executive VP Global A&R and Marketing Dance Music, UK/NL)

Christian Rijanto (ISMAYA GROUP, Co-Founder, Indonesia)

Cody Chapman (Paradigm Talent Agency, Booking Agent, USA)

Eelko Van Kooten (Spinnin’ Records, Co-Founder & CEO, Netherlands)

Jason Swamy (NetEase Cloud Music, Business Director/Partner, China)

Ryan Wilson (Sony Music, Head of Dance Music, Asia-Pacific)

Scarlett Li (CMC Holdings/Zebra Media, Co-President/Founder, China)

EXPLORE MORE TOPICS AND SPEAKERS HERE.

Including: Warner Music, Billboard China, Pioneer DJ, Paradigm Talent Agency, Spinnin’ Records, Association for Electronic Music, Avex and more

Shanghai, China, Sept 21-22

International Music Summit (IMS), in partnership with Budweiser STORM Festival, today revealed their initial programming details and company representative speakers for the fourth IMS Asia-Pacific, taking place Sept 21 – 22 in Shanghai, China at the Hyatt on the Bund. IMS AP 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, notably, in Asia. The 2017 IMS Asia-Pacific is sub-titled ‘The Digital Storm’ and will focus on the ever-evolving digital landscape of the music industry.

The first speakers come from 20 companies that drive the Asian-Pacific electronic music market today, including China’s live dance music leader A2LiVE, Association for Electronic Music (AFEM), global talent agency Paradigm, Point Blank Music School, major label reps from Sony and Warner Music, industry-standard hardware manufacturer Pioneer DJ, distinguished music publication Billboard, and Spinnin’ Records, the label that gave rise to superstar Martin Garrix.

These visionaries will discuss hot-button issues that affect the community at large and Asia-Pacific, tackling topics like the preservation of dance music culture, diversity, locality and corporatism, emerging markets within the region, nurturing the underground in a very commercial region, creating a greener music festival, assessing fair market value in the dance music space, and looking at the big picture of the dance music industry in Asia. Attendees will also get the first look at the NetEase Music Report: Asia Pacific, attend Point Blank Music School Masterclasses, and hear the winners of the Pyro Top 100 China DJ & Club Winners.

“The potential of streaming and the Digital Storm in Asia is phenomenal, and the electronic music industry needs to be ready to embrace the opportunity,” says IMS co-founder Ben Turner. “However, right now, it’s a mainstream music market and IMS hopes to help redress the balance by helping the region support a full eco-system like we enjoy in other parts of the world. These are also testing times in the live market and best practices at events in Asia remain a huge concern. As always, there is plenty to debate at IMS Asia-Pacific.”

Last year IMS Asia-Pacific hosted two of the world’s biggest artists Skrillex and Alesso, as well as Pete Tong, representatives from CAA, AM Only and WME, Universal Music and Sony Music, for a wide-ranging series of discussions about the Asian market. Boiler Room also returned to the city of Shanghai with a special debut from Skrillex, which was one of the most viewed and highest streamed Boiler Rooms ever.

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 and in China, the world’s biggest potential market for electronic music. 2017’s IMS Asia-Pacific will bridge the gap between East and West and provide unique firsthand 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.

Budweiser STORM Festival, produced by A2LiVE, has become China’s premier electronic music event since its launch in 2013. In addition to its flagship Shanghai event STORM now hosts 9 regional events around China and in 2017 will be the first Chinese electronic music event to host an event outside China, with shows in Australia. STORM’s attendance in 2017 is expected to surpass 200,000 and they have hosted some of the world’s biggest DJs including Kaskade, Galantis, Skrillex and more. Earlier this year A2LiVE Festival announced the launch of STORM Records! a Chinese focused electronic music label with European powerhouse label, Spinnin’ Records.

 

FIRST TOPICS ANNOUNCED

THE DIGITAL STORM – IMS ASIA-PACIFIC THEME 2017

PROTECTING OUR CULTURE: DIVERSITY, LOCALITY, CORPORATISM

EMERGING MARKETS WITHIN ASIA-PACIFIC

PYRO TOP 100 CHINA DJ & CLUB WINNERS REVEALED

NURTURING THE UNDERGROUND IN ASIA-PACIFIC

WESTERN PRODUCER, EASTERN ARTIST – COLLABORATIVE CASE STUDIES

POINT BLANK MUSIC SCHOOL MASTERCLASSES

NETEASE MUSIC REPORT: ASIA-PACIFIC

HOW TO CREATE A GREENER FESTIVAL

LABELS IN ASIA-PACIFIC

MAKE ASIA GREEN AGAIN

ARTISTS IN ASIA-PACIFIC

ASSESSING FAIR MARKET VALUE

BIG THINKERS: BIG PICTURE

KEYNOTE INTERVIEWS WITH STORM HEADLINERS

 

FIRST LIST OF COMPANY SPEAKERS

A2LIVE, CHINA

AFEM: ASSOCIATION FOR ELECTRONIC MUSIC, UK

AVEX ENTERTAINMENT, JAPAN

BILLBOARD, ASIA

CMC CAPITAL PARTNERS, CHINA

LIVESCAPE GROUP, MALAYSIA

NETEASE, CHINA

PARADIGM TALENT AGENCY, NORTH AMERICA

PIONEER DJ, ASIA

POINT BLANK MUSIC SCHOOL, UK

PULSE GLOBAL, AUSTRALIA

PYRO, CHINA

RAINTRUST, PHILIPPINES

SLICK!, INDIA

SONY MUSIC, ASIA

SPINNIN’ RECORDS, NETHERLANDS

THELOOP INC., TAIWAN

WARNER MUSIC, ASIA

WME, ASIA

WONDERFRUIT, THAILAND

With the second IMS College – Malta now completed, IMS 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 second annual IMS College in Malta!

  1. In the early stages of your career as an electronic artist, originality is key to attracting the attention of A&R’s and industry heads.

    “Please, write your own page, write your own story, don’t try to be like Richie Hawtin, we already have a Richie Hawtin” – Renaat Vandepapeliere (R&S Records, Founder, Belgium).

  2. That it’s not necessarily essential to be classically trained to make music. Such training can be a threat as the approach maybe too defined.

    “It’s not about mathematics, it’s about feelings” – UNER (Artist, Spain).

  3. When approaching labels with demos, tailor each email to match their style and musical output. Casting the net wide and approaching numerous different labels with the same email can have a negative effect.

    “Find a few words and explain why you feel the music fits the label” – Ralf Kollmann (Mobilee, Co-Founder, Germany).

  4. It’s important for electronic artists to widen the scope and to explore different industries with their music.

    “The cinema industry is really looking for electronic musicians” – Agoria (Artist, France).

  5. Mixing your productions in Mono will give you a more polished sound.

    “As an exercise in mixing, if your mixes sound good in Mono, then they will sound awesome in Stereo” – JC Concato (Point Blank, Creative Director, UK)

  6. That turntables and a mixer should be considered an instrument.

    “It’s very simple, it’s just my instrument, two turntables and a mixer. I’ve worked for 37 years now as a DJ and I’ve never seen a reason to change my style” – Sven Väth (Artist, Germany).

  7. An insight into the Maltese electronic music market. Although the scene has grown positively, local artists believe that there is a limit to their own development on the island.

    “I believe there’s only so much you can do in a 30-kilometer island. We have a good scene in Malta but eventually you will have to go international” – Joven Tenishia (Artist, Malta)

  8. CR2 Records are launching a new educational initiative called #Learn4Free. Two production tutorial series that focus on underground and main room studio techniques designed to guide up and coming producers. 10% of proceeds will be donated to Teen Cancer USA.

  9. The significance and importance of utilizing DJ Charts on Beatport to gain exposure as an artist.

    “DJ Charts is second biggest drivers of sale and discovery. No matter how small you are of an artist, it’s a way of building on records that you are putting out” – Jack Bridges (Beatport, Director of Artists, Labels, Sounds, Berlin).

  10. As an artist, it is fundamentally important to work with a publisher to ensure that all of your royalty payments are collected.

    “Publishers do all the legwork so you can focus on making music. They pitch you, they invest in you, they advise you. Performing rights license all the organizations like Radio 1 and Creamfields. The publishers drive them to make sure the money is paid to the right people” – Mark Lawrence (AFEM, CEO, UK).

THE SECOND EDITION OF IMS COLLEGE – MALTA INFORMED AND INSPIRED THE YOUNG ELECTRONIC MUSIC INDUSTRY OVER A WEEKEND OF DAYTIME LESSONS AND NIGHTTIME PARTIES

 Including talks from Sven Väth, Beatport, Toolroom Academy, Cr2 and Point Blank Music School production masterclasses with Agoria and more.



‘I wish that back in that time, we had a conference like this (IMS) and I had the opportunity to learn more in detail how things run’.
Ralf Kollmann (Mobilee, Co-Founder, Germany).

 

IMS College Malta returned to The Westin Hotel, Drangonara for the second edition of this now annual event, proving to be an invaluable experience for the delegates who attended from many countries across Europe. All had the opportunity to network freely, engage directly with key speakers on a one to one Q & A basis, and attend revealing workshops from Point Blank Music School and The Berklee College of Music.

Designed as a crash course in the music business with a learn by day and party by night ethos, IMS College – Malta gave a 360-degree view of the dance industry. At night delegates, experienced sets by the summits exclusive international DJs, seeing them in full action and experiencing exactly what they were all about.

IMS College – Malta Day 1

Proceedings were officially opened by the IMS Founders who greeted the full auditorium of DJs, producers and emerging industry professionals. They collectively reinforced the core aims of IMS College- Malta – to inspire and motivate as well as provide a solid educational foundation.

Great advice came from the very first keynote, Renaat Vandepapeliere (R&S Records, Founder, Belgium) advised that when thinking of what to produce, contemporary song writers should ‘rip up the rule book have more of a punk attitude’ and advised ‘write your own page, write your own story, don’t try to be like Richie Hawtin, we already have a Richie Hawtin’.

Next to take the stage was UNER (Artist, Spain) reassuring those starting out that if you are not able to play any instruments do not let that put you off… ‘you don’t need to be classically trained… Classical training is a bit dangerous as there are 1000’s other ways to play music… it’s not about mathematics, it’s about feelings’.

French DJ and producer Agoria (Artist, France) gave an informed and enthralling masterclass on composing music for Film and TV, pointing to a great additional revenue stream for producers and encouraging them to look further afield saying ‘The cinema industry is really looking for electronic musicians’.

The ultimate end to day one came with a very rare, up close and personal, one to one interview with Sven Väth (Artist, Germany), interviewed by Mark Netto (IMS, Founder). ‘Papa’ Sven openly discussed his inspirations and his background, from his nightclub owner parents, his mother encouraging him to pursue a career as a DJ and his early life as a pop star producer.

Finishing off the night was Agoria and Sven who both performed an unmissable and technically perfect DJ set at UNO Village. With Sven Väth djing entirely on vinyl.

“I discovered these amazing open air clubs and DJ’s playing eclectic music. I was just blown away, I just loved staying there. It was quite inspiring to me.” – Sven Väth (Artist, Germany)

 

IMS College – Malta Day 2

Commencing day two was a collection of Malta’s foremost DJs, coming together from different musical styles and genres. Ziggy (Artist, Malta) advised ‘I took a DJ’ing course which led me to where I am today’. Carl Bee (Artist Malta) added further encouraging advice ‘I started DJing at the age of 14/15 years, my father was a DJ as well, my cousin was also a DJ, at the age of 17 I had my first residency’.

Continuing with encouraging stories of success for budding talent was Mia Amare (Artist, Russia) who explained how she was inspired by attending IMS and following the advice of the speakers, she also expressed the initial challenges of establishing herself as a DJ.

“I remember it was a very important moment when a speaker at IMS Malta was talking about how you need to be successful and she said, ‘be yourself’’’ adding ‘I have been DJing for 2 years, but if I had seen more female DJs out there I would have done it a lot earlier”.

Stuart Knight (Toolroom Academy, Director, UK) advised on how to get noticed by carefully tailoring your communication ‘We’re looking for that extra 5% on top of that blanket email’ adding “Do your research, know what the label is about. If you put your time in we will notice, we get 400 – 500 demos a week’.

Mark Brown (CR2 Records, CEO, UK) and Laurence Holcombe (CR2 Records, UK) announced their brand new educational initiative #Learn4Free. Consisting of two production tutorial series that focus on both underground and main room production techniques.

Jack Bridges (Beatport Director of Artists, Labels, Sounds, Berlin) shared an insider knowledge about the leading download platform and the best practice to engage them in support. He stated, ‘It’s easier than ever to get a distribution deal and get a record out there but it’s really difficult to cut through the noise… for us it’s about having a great package, it’s about the artwork, the DJ support’ adding “…don’t send long reports of quotes saying, downloaded on behalf of xxx, that will switch us off instantly. What works well is a mobile phone video clips of big artists playing your tracks’.

Mark Lawrence (AFEM: Association For Electronic Music, CEO, UK) went on to explain the importance of engaging a publisher early on in your career, advising that ‘electronic music producers should recognise that they are also songwriters’ this means that they can benefit from collection agencies like PPL, PRS and MCPS.

To round off the talks for the weekend Technasia (Artist, France) give a frank and personal insight into his long career, saying ‘The Key is hard work’, going on to say, “My advice to the next generation… work your ass off! There’s a lot of competition, everyone wants to be a DJ, everyone is a DJ, to get success in it is a lot of hard work, a lot!’ He also made the exclusive announcements that he is returning to performing LIVE again.

For those thinking that they need to attend next year’s event, the final thought comes from DJ Mia Amare saying ‘There is nothing like IMS College. I truly think that IMS College helps the next generation’.

 

 

 

International artists Sven Väth, Agoria, UNER and Technasia join industry leaders and production experts from AFEM, Beatport, Mobilee, Toolroom Academy, R&S Records and more

IMS COLLEGE: A crash course in electronic music. Learn by day, party by night.

July 7-9
Summer Camp badge prices €70 for 2 days and 3-night time parties


Following the successful 10-year anniversary of International Music Summit (IMS) in Ibiza, IMS now bring their thought-leadership platform to Malta. IMS College – Malta, a uniquely curated educational initiative aimed at emerging electronic music professionals and future industry visionaries, has now revealed its final schedule for 2017, bringing together a powerful collection of leading electronic music experts and artists to educate the next generation with their experience and knowledge.

By day attendees will experience two full days of interactive workshops, inspiring keynotes and learning sessions covering four key pillars of music education: Performance, Production, Promotion and Publishing. Partnering with leading music education institutes Point Blank Music School, Berklee College of Music and Toolroom Academy, the two-days of learning are designed to help nurture and boost the careers of emerging electronic music industry professionals. By night attendees will experience specially curated parties and events showcasing the best international electronic music talent.

Day one of the summer camp on Friday 7th July, hosted by Point Blank Music School, opens with an inspiring keynote on originality from R&S Records founder Renaat Vandepapeliere. Ralf Kollmann, co-founder of Mobilee Records, will share his knowledge on publishing, artist management, licensing agreements and the secrets of how to pitch to labels to get your records heard. Point Blank Music School will present four insightful sessions; a creativity and songwriting class with Spanish artist UNER led by Carly Hordern, a track deconstruction masterclass in Ableton Live, a masterclass on ‘Essential Production Tips: Mixing Your Tracks for the Club’ and finally a focus on composing for Film and TV with Agoria. The day will close with an extraordinary keynote by German techno pioneer and Cocoon founder Sven Väth, followed by a speed networking session, giving attendees the chance to connect with and get noticed by leading industry professionals.

Saturday 8th July presents day two of IMS College – Malta, opening with a discussion from leading Maltese electronic music artists on the local scene, followed by upcoming female Russian DJ Mia Amare revealing how IMS College has helped shape her career. Director of Toolroom Records Stuart Knight will enlighten attendees on the secrets of getting noticed and signed in the industry, with further label insights coming from Mark Brown, CEO of CR2 Records, who will also be exclusively revealing a new educational initiative from the label. Nacho Marco of Berklee College of Music, will be leading a production workshop where he will analyse one of his own tracks to show a real example of producing a dance music EP.

US dance music retailer Beatport, represented by Jack Bridges, Director of Artists, Labels, Sounds, will explain how the platform can help independent artists promote their music, in addition, Mark Lawrence, CEO of AFEM: Association for Electronic Music will outline the importance of Publishing. Closing day two is an intimate keynote with Technasia, one of the key artists driving forward thoughtful electronic music, who will give insights into his working career.

Each day of IMS College – Malta is paired with official evening parties with world class DJ talent with some of the genres biggest names and genre defining DJs, including Sven Väth, Agoria, Todd Terry and Richy Ahmed.

Friday 7th July – Hosted by Point Blank Music School

12.00-12.05        Introduction by IMS Partners

12.05-12.25        Production: Keynote Interview – Renaat Vandepapeliere (R&S Records, Founder, Belgium)

12.30-13.00        Production: Creativity & Songwriting Class – UNER (Artist, Spain)

13.05-13.50        Production: Track Deconstruction – Ski Oakenfull (Point Blank, Content Development, UK)

13.55-14.25        Publishing: Keynote Interview – Ralf Kollmann (Mobilee, Co-Founder, Germany)

NETWORKING LUNCH

15.05-15.50        Production: Composing for Film & TV Masterclass – Agoria (Artist, France)

15.55-16.40        Production: Mixing Your Tracks For The Club – JC Concato (Point Blank, Creative Director, UK)

16.45-17.30        Performance: Keynote Interview – Sven Väth

17.35-18.30        Promotion: Networking Session – Your Chance To Get Noticed

Saturday 8th July

12.05-12.45            Production: Local DJ’s Share Their Knowledge On The Malta Scene

12.50-13.05            Performance: Discussion – Mia Amare (Artist, Russia)

13.10-13.55            Promotion: Keynote Interview – Stuart Knight (Toolroom Academy, Director, UK)

14.00-15.00            Production: Track Dissection Masterclass – Nacho Marco (Berklee College of Music, Professor, Spain)

NETWORKING LUNCH

15.40-16.25            Production: CR2 Records Discussion – Mark Brown (CR2 Records, CEO, UK) & Laurence Holcombe (CR2 Records, UK)

16.30-17.00            Promotion: Keynote Interview – Jack Bridges (Beatport, Director of Artists, Labels, Sounds, Berlin)

17.05-17.50            Publishing: Keynote Interview – Mark Lawrence (AFEM, CEO, UK)

17.55-18.40            Performance: Keynote Interview – Technasia (Artist, France)

18.40-19.30            Promotion: Networking Session – Your Chance To Get Noticed

SMIRNOFF SOUND COLLECTIVE TO ANNOUNCE A DIVERSITY PROGRAM TO PUSH FOR GENDER PARITY IN ELECTRONIC MUSIC BY 2020

International Music Summit (IMS), the three-day educational and inspirational thought leadership platform and leading authority on electronic music, celebrated its 10th anniversary this year and once again brought forward some of the key issues facing the electronic music industry in 2017. Chief amongst these are the gender imbalances in studios, on festival and party line-ups (only 17% of festival headliners are female and only 5% of producers) and so Smirnoff is proud to have joined forces to commit to double the number of female headliners which was announced on International Women’s Day.

As such together with the organisation shesaid.so, Smirnoff Sound Collective hosted a Diversity Debate on May 25th “Balancing the Ratio – How the Industry needs to address Gender Disparity in Electronic Music,” with Miss Kittin (Artist, France), Leila Fataar (Diageo, Head of Culture & Entertainment Europe), Andreea Magdalina (shesaid.so), Ralf Kollmann (Mobilee, Co-Founder, Germany), Terry Weerasinghe (Beatport, GM/SVP Music Marketing and Analytics, Germany) and Mark Lawrence (AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, CEO, UK). The panel was followed by a “Diversity Roundtable” brunch at the Smirnoff Sound Collective IMS Beach Lounge. Over Smirnoff Bloody Marys, leading industry players across all electronic music business areas went deep into the issue to foster ideas and come up with solid steps of action that can work towards addressing the gender balance in dance music.

“At and with International Music Summit we were keen to get to the bottom of this deep-rooted disparity issue and develop a long term and ongoing plan to help balance the ratio,” said Leila Fataar, Head of Culture & Entertainment at Diageo. “By connecting our Smirnoff Sound Collective platform with the IMS we have brought together some of the most forward-thinking people in the industry with a clear objective: finding solutions to gender disparity in Electronic Music. From on-going conversations with key people from the industry, it is clear that there is not a one fix-all solution. Instead a variety important steps need to be taken – from grassroots to executive level, from single people to corporate companies, it will take the industry as a whole to sort this. We, as Smirnoff are open to and will support breaking ideas and initiatives from DJs, companies, media, labels, individual players, managers, bookers and many other people involved in the scene to shape a plan together. We’re open.”

To that end, Smirnoff commits to fund breaking ideas for gender diversity to tackle this issue from multiple sides. In July Smirnoff will announce the committee of the fund which will include representatives from IMS, AFEM and shesaid.so and how to apply, so keep your eyes peeled for more information.

Says Ben Turner, IMS co-founder: “We have put Diversity at the heart of IMS and we are thrilled to work with Smirnoff on a strategy and action plan to support their ambitious pledge. The electronic music industry has been side-lining female talent for far too long but with Smirnoff’s long term commitment, our think tank capabilities as well as our global industry network, we could enable a genuine, long-lasting change”.

#2xwomenheadliners #SmirnoffSoundCollective

Photo credit: David Holderbach

Marking the ten-year anniversary of the summit, IMS Ibiza curated a series of back-to-back performances to create a truly unique and unforgettable show, held at the spectacular 2,500 year-old fort Dalt Vila, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Track ID: Agoria – Up All Night (Eagles & Butterflies Remix)

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“If you aren’t thinking about China already, you probably won’t be in the electronic music business for much longer.” stated Lee Anderson, VP of the East Coast Division of AM Only at IMS Engage last year.

It’s only appropriate that the final summit of 2017 is the  return of IMS Asia-Pacific, which takes place in Shanghai, China over the course of two days on September 21st and 22nd.

WATCH THE IMS ASIA-PACIFIC RECAP FROM 2016

Though for much of the world it’s no walk in the park to travel to Shanghai, the benefits of attending IMS Asia-Pacific in China are guaranteed to outweigh any doubts about the travel schlepp. Here’s why…

Expand your business to the East

In 2015, IMS saw the very first IMS China take place in Shanghai and ended the year with IMS Asia-Pacific in Singapore. As exciting and necessary as it was to spread IMS across the expansive market of Asia, it also became evident that the effort could be strengthened by offering one consolidated new IMS in Asia.

Hence, IMS Asia-Pacific has been reintroduced in 2016 as an extended two-day excursion in Shanghai, a city that has proven itself as a bubbling hub of not only electronic music, but also worldwide culture as a whole.

Now in it’s second year in Shanghai, IMS Asia-Pacific (September 21st – 22nd) brings together the global industry for two full days in the Eastern China metropolis, providing countless opportunities for face-to-face connections with professionals and artists that otherwise might not have a chance to meet.

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Explore Shanghai and beyond

It’s no coincidence that Shanghai has been known as the “gateway to China” long before IMS arrived in the city. Thanks to the city’s proximity to the water, Shanghai has always been a trade and economic centre for the country and is a pretty intoxicating blend of the historic colonial Bund and the skyscraping towers of the modern day.

Beyond the usual tourist haunts of food and site-seeing, Shanghai has an extravagant atmosphere as one of the largest and richest cities in China – which means shopping and experiences often compared to the likes of New York City or Paris. OF course, IMS wouldn’t be posting itself there, unless Shanghai had a very promising nightlife culture with mega clubs and bars like Bar Rouge or minimal, for-the-music-only venues like The Shelter.

Shanghai is also a convenient jump-off point for travel throughout the rest of China or Asia, so IMS might be just the springboard of your trip.

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Learn about the massive opportunities

As we learned at IMS Asia-Pacific, China is one of the fastest growing markets in the world! It is not only fascinating market due to its massive potential, but also because of its unique digital landscape. The government has effectively banned global networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, forcing the country to create their own versions and innovate new social networks.

At IMS China in 2015, we learned about the world of WeChat, the wildly popular all-in-one chat, networking and photo sharing app and dozens of other apps that have captured the massive audience of China which Westerners must learn and tap into in order to access the market.

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Connect with the global industry

Over the last two years, over 500 delegates from over 20 countries made their way to IMS Asia-Pacific (IMS China in 2015), and this year’s edition of IMS Asia-Pacific in Shanghai will only provide even more opportunities for professionals of the East and Western worlds to connect.

The goal this year is to build strong bridges between East and West and help connect the distant cultures through education and face-to-face conversation with local leaders that know the industry within Asia best. There are unlikely to be other opportunities to do this so comprehensively as IMS Asia-Pacific.

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Party in style with STORM

To cap off two full days of panels, keynotes and networking sessions at IMS Asia-Pacific, delegates and speakers alike will head to A2Live’s Budweiser STORM Festival which takes place after the summit concludes.

STORM is one of China’s premier electronic music festivals and is just one example of how massive the potential is of the young, music-loving audience in the region. Last year’s festival saw the likes of Tiesto, Skrillex, Paul Oakenfold and many more take the stage.

Watch the official after movie from 2015 below, get your IMS tickets here and start planning that trip to Shanghai!

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IMS 10 CELEBRATED A DECADE OF CONNECTING OUR CULTURE

DIVERSITY

HEALTH & WELLNESS

SUSTAINABILITY

#IMS10

From the dialogue of the SUMMIT room to the WALLS of Dalt Vila, IMS 10 LIVEd up to its reputation as the go-to BUSINESS FORUM for electronic music


 

Confirming its position at the vanguard of presenting educational, inspirational and motivational discussions within the electronic music industry, the tenth edition of International Music Summit (IMS) Ibiza provided another hugely insightful and successful event with a key focus on not only connecting electronic music culture but also protecting and progressing it.

Across four days 1,200 members of the global electronic music community from 48 different countries assembled at Ibiza’s Hard Rock Hotel for a series of lively and engaging debates covering the most pressing issues facing the industry today, resulting in three very strong themes:

DIVERSITY; HEALTH & WELLNESS and SUSTAINABILITY.

The gender debate was prevalent throughout the summit, as IMS partnered with both SheSaid.So, a network created to empower women in the industry and Smirnoff Sound Collective’s Diversity in Music initiative. A topic strongly deliberated by almost every delegate present, IMS co-founder Ben Turner has vowed the conference will host a gender diversity debate every year until it is “no longer an issue that needs discussing”.

Many present also remarked that now is the time for less talk and more action; The Black Madonna firmly proclaiming in her own separate keynote:

 “Stop debating it, it’s not a debatable fact, it’s like climate change, it’s like evolution. Even debating this topic… we are so far past that.”

Leading international artists including Dixon, Jesse Rose and Agoria all remarked on the importance of remaining focused on self well-being and shared personal truths of how they all find their own individual balance.

Moving on from health issues to that of hedonism, senior music industry execs from both sides of the Atlantic expressed their frustrations with how the authorities deal with the question of drugs. LWE promoter Alice Favre said she hoped that London would follow other cities’ leads in allowing drug testing at venues. “I’d really like to be at the forefront of pushing that forward.” Eddie Dean, CEO of RPM Presents, lamented that the US conversation had progressed nowhere near as far. “If the world ‘drug’ comes up in a meeting, everybody just ducks. It’s crazy.”

The closure of the iconic Space and the opening of its replacement Hï Ibiza featured heavily on the Annual Ibiza Debate. Whilst heralding a new era for the island the topic sparked significant dialogue on sustainability and the effect the ambition of the island and the rise of VIP culture is having on the working class of Ibiza, with Seth Troxler passionately noting “everyone has their own taste and everyone should have a place that they can go to.”

Issues of welfare did not stop there as Art Department’s Jonny White, Wade Cawood (CEO Pulse Global) and Jack Baucher (CEO Tears for Tigers) came together to introduce MAAC and discuss how they will help protect endangered wildlife through the music industry. They revealed staggering statistics – during IMS Ibiza alone over 300 Elephants will have been culled globally.

The Association For Electronic Music’s CEO Mark Lawrence invited industry professionals including Austin Kramer of Spotify and Sulinna Ong of Deezer to discuss digital consumption of music in all its forms as the dominant and accepted consumption method. This is a conversation that not only reaffirmed streaming as the most galvanizing way to break new music in 2017 but also to cultivate a sustainably strong listenership.

Highly anticipated and iconic keynotes came throughout the conference from artists such as New Order’s Bernard Sumner, The Black Madonna, Masters at Work, The Martinez Brothers and Dixon.

Bernard Sumner’s conversation with Pete Tong made for a remarkable interview and arguably one of the most memorable highlights. Referencing the recent tragic events in his native Manchester, Bernard remarked “It’s just gut-wrenching, heart-breaking. It just seems completely barbaric and pointless, and breaks my heart.” He went on to passionately recount his experiences of Ibiza in the late 1980s, attending early super clubs and recording his seminal 1989 album Technique on the island.

The Martinez Brothers in conversation with Pete Tong shared their youthful recollections of life in New York City and gave a key piece of advice for the next generation on how to achieve sustainable success.

“Persistence…The Power of Persistence” 

Closing the tenth edition of IMS, the audience was treated to a personal interview with Innervisons very own Dixon. This rare public interview with BBC Radio1’s B.Traits went deep into the inner visions of this innovative artist.

The summit finished seamlessly; moving everyone’s attention from the dialogue of the conference room to the walls of UNESCO World Heritage Site Dalt Vila with a stellar b2b line up befitting such a milestone year, creating an incredible atmosphere and marking the start of what could become one of the most important Ibiza seasons ever.

IMS co-founder Ben Turner states: “More than any other year, the talks seemed to really resonate far and wide. We are in the age of transparency, and I hope people felt our speakers were being open and honest about their challenges. Its been a truly inspiring decade and this was a great way to celebrate it.”

COVERING KEY PILLARS: PERFORMANCE, PRODUCTION, PROMOTION & PUBLISHING

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IMS COLLEGE: A crash course in electronic music. Learn by day, party by night.
July 7-9

Summer Camp badge prices €70 for 2 days of education and 3 nights of parties

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The team behind International Music Summit (IMS) Ibiza extend their global reach with the second annual IMS College – Malta (SUMMER CAMP). A curated educational initiative aimed squarely at the emerging music industry professional and next generation of artists from around the world.

Returning for the second year to the Mediterranean island of Malta on July 7-9, attendees will learn by day and party by night during the two-day, three-night program. Developed to inspire and help cultivate the next generation of business leaders and creative minds in the electronic music industry, the summer camp will provide key tools and knowledge to help develop careers, via an intensive and highly practical learning experience.

IMS College – Malta has identified four pillars of music education to help break into the industry: Performance, Production, Promotion and Publishing. From the first chord played in the studio to the final encore onstage, from launching a label to forging a career in artist management, IMS College – Malta will break down all the significant areas into a foundation master class for all that attend.   

Partnering with leading music production institute Point Blank Music School and Berklee College of Music to provide experienced instructors, masterclasses and hosts.

The aim of the IMS College series is to provide a 360-degree, face-to-face learning experience, constructed with a curated program of panels, keynotes, networking sessions and workshops from key industry figureheads from across many sectors of the electronic music industry.

In addition to his DJ performance by night, the legendary Sven Väth will provide a special and intimate Keynote Interview to give a rare insight into his extraordinary and well-celebrated career spanning over 30 years.  French techno connoisseur Agoria will bring his vast technical knowledge to a production master class with Point Blank Music School.   One of the key driving forces in thoughtful-electronic music, fellow Parisian Technasia, will bring his experiences of production, live performance and label endeavors to a keynote address. Also speaking will be Spain’s UNER, an artist known for his energy and creativity both in and out of the DJ booth.  Mia Amare will share her experiences as an up coming DJ, how she achieved millions of YouTube views and her rapid fan base growth.

IMS College – Malta will include Stuart Knight, founding partner of Toolroom Academy, who has used his extensive experience to build the Toolroom empire embracing singles, compilations, artist development, live touring and their own educational format, the Toolroom Music Academy.

Carly Hordern, of Point Blank Music School brings her discerning musical ear and background as a DJ and producer, joined by colleagues Creative Director JC Concato and Content Development Manager Ski Oakenfull in co-curating and hosting day one of the summer camp.

Berklee College of Music, from their Valencia output, will bring their expertise to a technical production workshop, led by broadcaster and label head Nacho Marco, one of the most respected DJs and prolific producers on the Spanish electronic music scene.

Attendees will also hear from Ralf Kollmann of Mobilee Records and the Associaton for Electronic Music’s CEO Mark Lawrence; whom both recently spoke passionately about the future of the electronic music industry at IMS Ibiza. Mark Brown, founder and CEO of CR2 Records, will be sharing his decades of experience and insight into how to get your music signed, heard and the inner workings of an independent record label. Also contributing is Renaat Vandepapeliere, founder of R&S Records, a true pioneer who has run one of electronic music’s foremost labels for over 37 years and has signed everybody from Aphex Twin and James Blake to Tale of Us.

There will be a host of local speakers also debating the changing landscape of Malta, its DJ culture and its new position as a leading nightlife destination with contributors Ziggy, Carl Bee, DJ Ruby and Daniel Blade.

It is not all work at IMS College – Malta throughout the weekend attendee will enjoy performances from world leading artists; beginning on Friday night with Sven Väth, the pioneering founder and figurehead behind Cocoon who will be joined by leading French DJ Agoria. Saturday brings Todd Terry, one of House music’s biggest names and one of the founding fathers of today’s sound; closing the weekend is Richy Ahmed, the talented British house music producer, Hot Creations DJ and artist of the moment.

IMS co-founder Ben Turner states “After celebrating ten years of our flagship event IMS Ibiza, now we give back to the next generation in Malta – one of the hottest emerging music destinations in the world. We are very proud of this new format and the knowledge and wisdom being shared at our second event is simply an opportunity not to be missed if electronic music is your vocation in life!”

Nicolas Spiteri from local Maltese partner 365 Entertainment Group comments: “356 Entertainment Group is looking forward to the second edition of IMS college here in Malta. Our aim is to keep pushing boundaries and putting Malta in the International map as a destination for youngsters. IMS College is the perfect platform for this”.

Highlights from the final day of IMS include James Beyersdorf discussion on finance; teaching us how to master the art of finance for artists by making, keeping and investing money. After a recent announcement that he’ll be retiring from the music industry, Jesse Rose took the stage to talk about his career as an electronic music artist and his advice to the next generation of DJs and producers. Berlin-based artist Dixon sat down with BBC Radio 1’s B.Traits to discuss his label Innervisions and topping the RA DJ poll four years in a row in a rare public interview.


Point Blank instructor Alex Phountzi (Bugz In The Attic) shared some essential techniques to inspire a more creative approach in the studio. “Harmony will help to find good melody” advises Alex Phountzi.

Andy Dean introduced Tagmix which “allows people to communicate and form a community”. It captures the music and the moment using an innovative proprietary software solution that replaces the poor quality audio recorded from smartphones at clubs, concerts and festivals with matched pro-audio direct from the mixing desk. Andy discussed the future of live music promotion.

AFEM’s Mark Lawrence presented ‘Get Played Get Paid’. Get Played Get Paid was launched in 2014 by AFEM to connect Music Recognition Technology companies to Collective Rights Management Organisations so that royalties paid by Clubs and Festivals for DJ sets could be paid to the correct artists, producers, songwriters, labels and publishers. SGAE and BMAT discussed the future in Spain.

Tristan Hunt spoke about Audiolock and the importance of anti-piracy. A future of free anti-piracy protection and enhanced royalty payments for rights holders at every level. “Remove piracy and elevate your social media pages, increase your reach and maximise sales.” Tristan Hunt.

Finance guru James Beyersdorf taught us about ‘the most important keynote you may ever hear’; the art of making, keeping and investing money. He offered real-world strategy and solutions for keeping a safe and sound financial house. “The business mind is about to monetize creativity” says James Beyersdorf.

IMS invited the globally respected DJ/producer Jesse Rose to sit down with BBC Radio 1’s B.Traits to discuss his recent announcement that he’ll be hanging up his headphones. “I’m not leaving dance music, everything that I’ve learnt on the way I want to bring back into it. It felt like a good time to retire from DJing every week” reveals Jesse. After a career spanning nearly 20 years that earned him top respect as a house music master. He’s going the best way possible by embarking on a final tour and releasing an album titled ‘Alright Mate’. Outspoken Jesse Rose shared his journey and why he is turning in his decks for a new life path to inspire the next generation.

Ibiza Voice hosted the 10th annual Ibiza debate. IMS was proud to have HEART Ibiza, Dave Browning, Hot Since 82, Johannes Goller of Cocoon, Seth Troxler and Yann Pissenem on the discussion led by Grego O’Halloran.

 

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In memory of Mo Chaudry the IMS partners came together to honour his life’s work and the joyful character he was. He was pivotal in building Cream in Ibiza and worked at nearly every major club venue on the island as well as cultivating his private ventures.

BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong MBE joined The Martinez Brothers to talk about their headlining residency at Circololo, making waves in fashion and running their own labels Cuttin Headz and Tuskgee with Seth Troxler. On advice to budding young artists Steve Martinez Jr tells us “Once you have something on your mind, don’t let it go. Be unique, be yourself. There are a lot of copycats and there is nobody out there that can be you.”

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Industry professionals including Michiel Groeneveld of Junkie XL and Rich Robinson of Warner Music discussed synchronization and monetization and the reality of getting your music placed. Also how to get noticed by some of the most influential gatekeepers in film and television.

Clubland in crisis’ was discussed and various disasters explored such as inclement weather, warehouse fires, terrorism, drug deaths, poison, bankruptcy, stages collapsing…and Fyre Festival. AFEM discussed how to prepare and avert the inevitable from happening again.

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B.Traits returned for an interview with Dixon; the Berlin-based artist that has topped the Resident Advisor DJ poll 4 years in a row. He also founded the accomplished Innervisions imprint with Âme. This rare public interview went deep into the inner visions of this innovative artist.

 

Today’s highlights include IMS introducing MAAC (Music Against Animal Cruelty), the organisation helping save endangered wildlife through the medium of music. New Order’s Bernard Summer joined BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong MBE to discuss highlights of his multi-decade career, creating his album Technique in Ibiza and spoke out about the recent tragedy in his hometown of Manchester UK. Facebook’s Glenn Miller advised electronic artists to embrace social media’s latest technology; including Messenger bot, Facebook live and tour creation as key practices. 

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Jonny White (AKA Art Department), Wade Cawood (CEO Pulse Global) and Jack Baucher (CEO Tears for Tigers) came together to introduce MAAC and discuss how they will help protect endangered wildlife through the music industry. They revealed staggering statistics – during the 3 days of IMS Ibiza over 300 Elephants will have been culled globally. Every 20 minutes, the world adds another 3,500 human lives but loses one or more entire species of animal or plant life – at least 27,000 species per year. MAAC have realised that there is an often overlooked opportunity for artists and fans who are passionate about the issue of animal rights and want to make a difference. MAAC plan to galvanize the support of the music industry—a worldwide collective of likeminded individuals who together can make a significant difference.

Communications and Strategy expert Helen Strange unveiled real strategies about how to start creative effective promotion. This included building likes and followers organically. 

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Mixmag’s Global Editorial Director Nick DeCosemo talked to Media Records founder Gianfranco Bortolotti and provided the conference with an account of his 30 years in dance music, the challenges of launching the label and embracing the future. Media Records set the blueprint for modern labels way ahead of their time combining elements such as A&R and licensing highlighting the forward-thinking mentality of the label. “Our vision has always been the sound of the future.”Gianfranco Bortolotti. 

BURN Residency returned to IMS, where it was first launched, with last year’s winner Lollino rubbing shoulders with industry professionals Loco Dice, Pete Tong, Charlotte Lucy Cijffers of DJ Mag and Michael Weicker of AMM Management.Their panel looked at how to nurture the next generation.

The IMS Masterclass unveiled Facebook best practices: Facebook Live / VR / AIGlenn Miller, Patrick Walker and Scott McKenna advised essential tips and best practices for page and campaign management and successful Facebook Live Streaming, which is now driving artist page growth more than any other method. 

Jesper Skibsby introduced World Airplay Radio Monitor (WARM), the first large-scale radio airplay monitor, built solely for the purpose of giving transparency for the individual musicians.

AFEM’s Mark Lawrence moderated the IMS Ten Year Report debate, discussing how much A&R is valued today by some of the industry’s brightest music brains. From influential indies like !K7 and R&S to the big guns at Sony and Virgin, they looked back and also focused on where we go from now. A lesson in how to get signed and how to develop talent in 2017.

YGN/Buzz Jam presented a panel debating what artists and labels can do to create new and exciting product experiences both ‘off’ and ‘on’ digital platforms. 

The founding member of the iconic 80’s English band Joy Division and New Order Bernard Sumner shared his reaction on the Manchester tragedy during his talk with BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong MBE. “It breaks my heart. What a pointless act of brutality. It’s my home city.” Bernard Sumner. He also shared memories from recording one of the finest albums of 1989, Technique, on the island of Ibiza during a time when dance music was taking Balearic beat to a whole new dimension.

IMS announced this year’s Visionaries contest winner as Mich Mellard of Birmingham, UK.  Watch his video here.

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SheSaid.So and Smirnoff Sound Collective joined forces to discuss how the music industry needs to address gender disparity in electronic music and how we can balance the ratio. 

Aftercluv/Universal Music Latin America’s New Business Development Director Rodrigo Frutos spoke about the major label’s commitment to electronic music representing Afterluv, a record label, artist services, media multi-platform, brand partnerships agency and lifestyle brand run by Luis Estrada from Los Angeles with offices in 9 countries.

The Break-out Session talked tax – an overview for international artists, managers, agents and promoters. PwC is one of the world’s largest network of firms offering tax and legal services. Top representatives gave the low down on International Tax Law and Intellectual Property from a practical point of view for all players of the electronic music industry. 

Aftercluv returned to discuss ‘Latin America: The Tipping Point’. For years Latin America has served as a powerhouse on the live music front hosting some of the largest crowds the world has ever seen. Now boasting a burgeoning music streaming audience, the region has begun garnering global attention on a massive scale. 

Pete Tong sat down with Masters at Work’s Kenny Dope and Louie Vega; the legendary house-garage production and remix team that redefined the way we think of music in clubs. In recent months, the underground Techno community has got closer to Masters at Work than ever before with Louie adopting Richie Hawtin’s MODEL1 mixer, and Kenny playing at HYTE in Amnesia. This talked covered illustrious careers from the Nu Yorican Soul years through to the Sound Factory Bar in New York.

Today at the 10th edition of the International Music Summit Ibiza, The Association for Electronic Music (AFEM), the global voice of the electronic music industry, announced their first phase of artist ambassadors.

Aligning with the organisations strong voice and purpose, the list includes some of electronic music’s most respected global artists, a diverse range of DJs, musicians and producers from both the mainstream and underground that represent the spectrum of the genre. Ambassadors include Black Coffee, B-Traits, Carl Craig, Nile Rodgers, Pete Tong and Seth Troxler.

The IMS 10 Annual Business report news is released. Global electronic music industries up 3% to $7.4 billion showing positive growth, pointing to healthy and successful industry. In Music Sales and Genres, Dance music sales up across all formats in the USA, now 5th most popular genre. Germany at all time high with Beatport returning to profit and techno remaining the biggest Beatport seller. Drum and Bass also experiences incredible growth, an exciting indication of a renaissance for that sound.

Today IMS founder Ben Turner and AFEM’s Mark Lawrence took the stage with a call-to-action for the next ten years of our genres of growth. Kevin Watson discussed the IMS Business Report 2017 and a look back at the last decade of the genres growth plus the all-important annual valuation of the genre for 2017 was revealed. 

DOWNLOAD THE BUSINESS REPORT HERE

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Denis Doeland talked us through the digital domain as an ecosystem that connects numerous sub-ecosystems. The end game of the dance industry will be a complete automated industry whereas contextual data, bots and blockchain are the key drivers. 

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Mark Lawrence invited Austen Kramer of Spotify and other industry professionals to discuss digital consumption of music in all its forms as the dominant and accepted consumption method for users and increasingly for professionals in the music industry. 

Gregor Pryor summarised ten things the electronic music scene can learn from hip-hop; including making deals like Jay Z and being as brave as Will.I.Am. 

She.Said.So’s Andreea Magdalina joined artists and industry professionals such as Agoria, Louisahhh, Monki to talk in depth about the very prominent ‘Health VS Hedonism’ topic. The panel discussed training your brain to stay present to deal with psychological stress, and how to not burn out when on the road touring. 

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Austin Kramer of Spotify conducted a masterclass on how to successfully drive plays on Spotify via playlists and charts, the most galvanizing way to break new music in 2017. 

Nick DC of Mixmag spoke to The Black Madonna about the road into her music career, and the prejudices that women face within all industries. “Stop debating it, it’s not a debatable fact, it’s like climate change, it’s like evolution. Even debating this topic…we are so far past that” The Black Madonna. 

Grego O’Halloran of Ibiza Voice met the Arnau Family AKA team elrow. They have been throwing incredible parties for six generations, and elrow have become a global reference in the field of circus inspired parties with quality dance music, unimaginable scenarios and outlandish characters. 

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Ben Turner talked to Resident Advisor co-founders Nick Sabine and Paul Clement. RA is most influential editorial platform for left-of-centre electronic music, and they discussed their success story.

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International Music Summit today released the annual IMS Business Report, an in-depth economic study of the Electronic Music Industry, covering all aspects of the genre.

Delivered directly to the key leaders in the music industry here at IMS Ibiza, Kevin Watson, author of the annual business report has clearly shown positive indicators for the industry as a whole.

Some of the main points included:

In Music Sales and Genres, Dance music sales up across all formats in the USA, now 5th most popular genre. Germany at all time high with Beatport returning to profit and techno remaining the biggest Beatport seller. Drum and Bass also experiences incredible growth, an exciting indication of a renaissance for that sound.

•    12 Billion electronic music streams a month on Spotify.

DJs and Live Acts.  Forbes electronic cash kings survey fell by 1% in the last year with top DJ earnings down however with lower ranking DJs growing their revenue streams.

New evidence of trends within social media were clear with many of most popular DJs growing their followers considerably faster on Instagram than Facebook at an astonishing 11x the rate, suggesting DJs are making the most impact on Instagram.

Chart topping electronic act, The Chainsmokers have grown their socials massively over the last year adding 28K followers a day. 

•    Gender diversity remains a key focus with study of festival line-ups showing only 17% of artist to be female.

•  In clubs and festivals Latin America is showing a growth in dance music events and festivals plus huge growth in total music sales.

The IMS Business report also took a view on the industry over the last 12 months highlighting Ministry Of Sound Recordings & Sony merger + Pacha acquired by Trilantic for Euro 350 million. Other players entering market with great investment.

•  Clubbing brand Elrow is set for most successful year ever after investment from Superstruct Entertainment, with their biggest UK event planned at Olympic Park London for 2017.

•   Dance Music is at forefront of technology trends with VR, virtual festivals, livestreaming and live streaming in 360.

•   IMS’s decade in the industry shows dance has grown as a genre over the last 10 years, with 25x more tracks available for you to buy on Beatport since 2007.

•   A decade ago Nielsen did not report dance as a separate genre in the USA now it has achieved 5% share of total tracks.

•  DJ Mag data shows and average age of most popular djs now lower than a decade ago and three biggest events have quintupled capacity since 2008.

•  DJ gear sales have grown at 2x rate of that of guitars in the US, with Pioneer expected to sell more than 4 million units in 2017, 3x more than 10 years ago.

Including:

Jean Michel Jarre, B-Traits, Nile Rodgers, Pete Tong, Black Coffee, Seth Troxler and Louie Vega

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Today at the 10th edition of the International Music Summit Ibiza, The Association for Electronic Music (AFEM), the global voice of the electronic music industry, announces their first phase of artist ambassadors.

Aligning with the organisations strong voice and purpose, the list includes some of electronic music’s most respected global artists, a diverse range of DJs, musicians and producers from both the mainstream and underground that represent the spectrum of the genre.

The full list of confirmed ambassadors to date are: Anja Schneider, Armin Van Buuren, Black Coffee, B-Traits, Carl Craig, Jean Michel Jarre, Louie Vega, Nicole Moudaber, Nile Rodgers, Paul Van Dyk, Pete Tong and Seth Troxler.

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Giving their time free of charge, the ambassadors will raise awareness of key issues within  the electronic music industry, communicating on the wide variety challenges it faces; with a clear objective to help encourage and effect positive change.

With tough issues tackled including royalty transparency, diversity, piracy, and harm reduction the announcement of artist ambassadors firmly cements AFEM’s proactive commitment to change.

AFEM have gained a firm reputation for challenging the status quo and initiating change with successful campaigns such as Get Played Get Paid; ensuring technology is used to ID the music played in clubs and festivals so that the right artists, labels and publishers get paid per play. In addition to this Safe In Sound previously connected experts, promoters, governments and clubs to modify laws, best practice and education surrounding harm reduction and drug policy.

AFEM also today announces that Pioneer DJ and Native Instruments are joining as full members. They join companies such as DJ Monitor, Yacast and BMAT, a reflection of the continued shift in technology companies driving the genre forward.

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Mark Lawrence CEO of AFEM states ‘The challenges we face and opportunities we must take do not only impact on electronic music businesses, they impact on DJs, musicians, songwriters, DJs and fans. With the announcement of our Artist Ambassadors, AFEM becomes the global voice of the electronic music genre, for those who create our music right through to those who passionately enjoy and embrace it.”  

When AFEM opened its doors to membership in 2014 the ambition was to represent every type of organisation in electronic music and every key territory, so that its voice was genuinely global and working towards becoming the voice of the electronic music ecosystem.

AFEM was created by Ben Turner and Kurosh Nasseri, and the organisation now has 140 members in 40 countries, 20 working groups and 4 active campaigns, including diversity, anti piracy and mental and physical health support for fans and professionals. Current members of the organisation include the likes of CAA, Insomniac, Live Nation, Ministry of Sound, Paradigm, Universal, WME plus artist managers, media, labels and publishers from across the spectrum.

The second phase of AFEM artist ambassadors will be revealed at Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) this October.

We welcome Smirnoff Sound Collective™ at our 10th anniversary and are excited by Smirnoff’s™ pledge to foster Gender Diversity in Electronic Music – a commitment by the brand introduced on International Women’s Day 2017.

The campaign highlights shocking industry statistics to draw awareness to the gender issue in electronic music. Did you know only 17% of electronic music festival headliners in 2016 were female? And only 5% producers? The ambition is to double the number of female headliners by 2020 together with key industry partners.

After kicking-off with a global announcement on International Women’s Day w/ Events in New York, London and Berlin it is time for the next step. Meet the Smirnoff Sound Collective Team Leila Fataar (Head of Culture and Entertainment for Diageo Europe), Julia Weber (Culture and Entertainment Manager, Germany) and Nicholas Cornbleet (Smirnoff Brand Manager) at the Smirnoff IMS beach lounge to explore how to drive the change. What does the industry need? What projects should be supported? How can we educate the next generation and give talented artists a bigger stage? The Smirnoff Sound Collective Team is here to soundboard and discuss ideas and their Beach Lounge is open daily from 11am-8pm.

Together with shesaid.so, Smirnoff Sound Collective™ will host a Diversity Debate on Thursday May 25th entitled “Balancing the Ratio – How the Industry needs to address Gender Disparity in Electronic Music” which will be moderated by Mark Lawrence (AFEM) and feature the Panelists Andreea Magdalina (shesaid.so, Founder), Leila Fataar (Diageo, Head of Culture & Entertainment), Miss Kittin (Artist), Ralf Kollmann (Mobilee, Co-Founder), Terry Weerasinghe (Beatport, GM & SVP Beatport).

The IMS Debate is followed by a “Diversity Roundtable” Brunch on May 26th at the Smirnoff Sound Collective IMS Beach Lounge. Over Smirnoff Bloody Marys leading Industry Player are invited to get to the bottom of the complexities of the deep-rooted Disparity issue and foster ideas and action steps that could enable a genuine,
long-lasting change.

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Smirnoff has adopted a long-term approach to ensure genuinely effective solutions, working to a three-year strategy with International Music Summit as the leading Industry Platform, using IMS’ connections to enlist talent and organizations who are not only recognized for their credibility in electronic music but also for championing this cause independently, Smirnoff’s first step has been to secure a pledge from industry gatekeepers best placed to help fight the cause for gender parity.

“Equalizing Music” began with a push for industry partners to get involved. By signing a pledge, each partner made a commitment to increase representation. Some key industry leaders who have signed include Spotify, Pitchfork, iHeartRadio, Deltic Group, Mixmag, THUMP, Broadly and more. Together, these organizations are advancing gender representation across performance bookings, exposure in media and other opportunities.

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SMIRNOFF SOUND COLLECTIVE SESSIONS

WEDNESDAY

20.00-00.00
IMS LEGENDS AWARDS DINNER – PRESENTED BY SMIRNOFF SOUND COLLECTIVE HONOURING RICARDO URGELL (PACHA)
Pacha, Ibiza Town
Ticketed Event Only. €150 including three-course meal, drinks
Briefing: Ricardo Urgell, founder of Pacha, is a true pioneer and the maverick behind the brand that has touched millions of lives over the years – this award fittingly commemorates his achievements. In association with Diario de Ibiza and Bridges for Music.

THURSDAY

16.00-17.00
DEBATE: BALANCING THE RATIO – HOW THE INDUSTRY NEEDS TO ADDRESS GENDER DISPARITY IN ELECTRONIC MUSIC
(HOSTED BY SHESAID.SO & SMIRNOFF SOUND COLLECTIVE)
Andreea Magdalina (Shesaid.so/IAMJT, Founder/Co-Founder, USA)
Leila Fataar (Diageo, Head of Culture & Entertainment, UK)
Miss Kittin (Artist, France)
Ralf Kollmann (Mobilee, Co-Founder, Germany)
Terry Weerasinghe (Beatport, GM/SVP Music Marketing and Analytics, Germany)
Moderated by Mark Lawrence (AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, CEO, UK)
Briefing: Women make up for only 17% of headliners at popular music festivals around the world. This panel will aim to explore steps that the industry can take in order to balance out these numbers across the board.

18.00-22.00
AFEM LOUNGE IN ASSOCIATION WITH TICKETMASTER AND SMIRNOFF SOUND COLLECTIVE
Hard Rock Hotel Rooftop
Enzo Siffredi
Invite Only
Briefing: Please join the Association for Electronic Music in partnership with Ticketmaster and Smirnoff Sound Collective for the latest installment of the AFEM Lounge. An opportunity to network with over 300 industry professionals sound tracked by an exclusive vinyl set of sun kissed soul, disco and house from Enzo Siffredi. Complimentary drinks.

FRIDAY

10.30-12.30
BRUNCH: SMIRNOFF SOUND COLLECTIVE AND SHESAID.SO PRESENT
REAL TALK – A DIVERSITY ROUNDTABLE BRUNCH
Beach Bar at Hard Rock Hotel – Invite Only
Briefing: Join Smirnoff Sound Collective for an intimate brunch where the debate about diversity in music will continue in full force.

14.45-14.55
ANNOUNCEMENT: SMIRNOFF SOUND COLLECTIVE
Leila Fataar (Diageo, Head of Culture & Entertainment, UK) in discussion with Ben Turner (Graphite/IMS, CEO/Partner, UK)

17.00-00.00
IMS DALT VILA IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIONEER DJ AND SMIRNOFF SOUND COLLECTIVE
Dalt Vila, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ibiza Town
17.00-18.00 Manu Gonzalez b2b Lollino (BURN Residency)
18.00-19.00 B.Traits b2b Jesse Rose
19.00-20.00 Kenlou b2b The Martinez Brothers
20.00-21.00 Kenlou b2b Dixon
21.00-22.00 Nicole Moudaber b2b Pete Tong
22.00-23.00 Miss Kittin b2b Seth Troxler
23.00-00.00 Maceo Plex b2b Tale of Us

Use these hashtags to connect on socials: #2xwomenheadliners    #SmirnoffSoundCollective

 

Tuesday 23 May, Hard Rock Hotel, Ibiza: 12.00 – 17.30

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IMS College is proud to announce a new initiative at IMS Ibiza in partnership with BURN RESIDENCY; presenting a special additional FREE day of networking, education and workshops created for music students, budding DJs, upcoming producers, young industry thought leaders and IMS delegates.

IMS College aims to bring together the next generation of bright industry minds for an intensive 360-degree learning experience that will give a new wave of electronic music creators and professionals the tools and knowledge to assist their careers. With the ethos of ‘learn by day, party by night’ IMS College is a ‘a crash course in the electronic music business’.

BURN Residency is now in its 7th year, presenting its now industry renowned DJ competition that offers undiscovered DJ talent the opportunity of a lifetime, a career jump-start that sees them on stage in a European city, as well as a 5-week residency in the electronic music mecca, Ibiza.

IMS College and BURN now present a special additional day to the IMS Ibiza programme with an educational focus, to take place on Tuesday 23 May.

Drawing inspiration from IMS College – Malta, IMS College Present BURN Residency Sessions seeks to deliver a free specially curated day, which will take the format of a range of seminars, workshops and interactive sessions covering many aspects of the music industry. From press and promotion to A&R and career advice all with the aim of giving attendees an opportunity to learn, develop their existing skills and equip them with vital tools and knowledge to help further their career.

The day will see a full programme of events that include:

  • Pete Tong lecture and Q&A session with one of IMS’ founders
  • Point Blank DJ workshop featuring Berghain resident DVS1
  • How to cut through the noise in the blogosphere seminar presented by Neighbourhood PR
  • Brand Synergy workshop led by Inder Phull, 2016’s IMS Visionaries competition winner and founder of the creative agency, technology company &global network KRPT.
  • A live A&R session by one of the industry’s biggest major labels, where representatives from Warner Germany, Parlophone UK and Warner Australia will A&R and advise on tracks that are presented.
  • ACSAll about Ears, Play Safe Now, Hear Tomorrow – a practical guide and help on how to protect your ears and hearing
  • Technical production workshop from Berklee College of Music, led by Nacho Marco
  • IMS Partners: Ask Any Questions; Ben Turner, Mark Netto & Danny Whittle will field questions from the floor on any subject or topic
  • Many more high profile DJ names and dance music industry leaders to be announced

The day is primarily aimed at music students based in the UK and Ibiza as well as IMS delegates, presenting an opportunity for individuals travelling to Ibiza to enjoy the opening parties the benefits of IMS College. Holders of the IMS College present BURN Residency wristband will also be given the opportunity to purchase a heavily discounted IMS Ibiza badge for 100€, allowing them to enjoy the full delegate experience.

 

Date:                                                            Time:                                         Location:

Tuesday 23rd May                              12.00 – 17.30                       Hard Rock Hotel, Ibiza

 

Entry with IMS Ibiza accreditation & wristband

Special IMS College present BURN Residency wristband produced for students

No ticket required for students, proof of full time education must be supplied on the day

Attendees should arrive by 11.30 to register and receive their wristband

 

 

About BURN Residency
Seeking out the best in world-leading, undiscovered DJ talent from across the globe, the BURN Residency 2017 competition has begun. Hailed as the ultimate initiative in electronica and geared towards breaking through next generation’s beat makers, this competition is the definitive opportunity for bedroom-based producers. Offering up a summer-long residency, partnering with iconic Ibiza clubs including Sankey’s, Ushuaia, Café Mambo and Privilege, as well as an additional prize of €100,000 to help carve out their career, those finalists lucky enough to have their mix shortlisted will attend a professional DJ bootcamp. Industry partners include Mixcloud, Be-At.TV, Ibiza Sonica Radio, Resident Advisor and Mixmag.

For more information about BURN Residency go to BURN.com

KEYNOTES, IN-DEPTH DEBATES, AND WORKSHOPS REVEALED

Final iconic guests and speakers include leading representatives from Insomniac, Ultra Brazil and Universal Music Latin America.

 May 24th-26th 2017 Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza

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Over three days delegates will enjoy a wide range of illuminating workshops, inspiring artist keynotes plus engaging discussions and lively debates on the most important issues facing the electronic music industry today.

Day one highlights opening the summit include the greatly anticipated annual IMS Business Report, hosted by Kevin Watson (IMS Analyst, UK) who will take an in-depth look back at the growth of electronic music over the last decade plus reveal the all-important annual valuation of the genre for 2017. Following this is The Definitive Digital Ecosystem Discussion featuring representatives from Spotify, Facebook, Deezer and more, examining if labels and publishers can generate income without the big playlists fully supporting electronic music. Giving further insight into streaming is a Best Practices Masterclass from Spotify outlining how to approach positioning on its sought-after playlists. There will also be a revealing keynote interview with The Black Madonna, Meet The Team with the esteemed elrow family and a special insight into Resident Advisor and the pioneers behind it. Valuable advice on how to succeed in the music business both physically and emotionally will be given in Health vs Hedonism: Staying Sane in the Game, hosted by SheSaid.So and Native Instruments.

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Thursday presents day two of IMS, with highlights including a Masterclass by Facebook offering an invaluable opportunity to learn best practices in Facebook Live, VR and AI direct from those on the inside. Also on Thursday is an unmissable interview from Bernard Sumner of legendary UK dance act New Order, where the founding member of the iconic 80’s English band speaks on his multi-decade career and his memories from recording one of the finest albums of 1989, Technique, on the island of Ibiza. Continuing the all important diversity conversation will be a debate on How The Industry Needs To Address Gender Disparity In Electronic Music, hosted by SheSaid.So & Smirnoff Sound Collective.

The final day of IMS plays host to the 10th Annual Ibiza Debate hosted By Ibiza Voice, one of the summits most anticipated moments with leading island voices running over the changes and happenings on the island, in addition there will be a wider world view discussion with Clubland in Crisis? pinpointing the successes and failures of the scene over the last year. Closing IMS will be a rare public keynote interview with Dixon, going deep into the inner visions of this innovative artist.

With all this and so much more engaging and exciting moments to share at IMS, from networking drinks by the pool, films that document our culture, breakout sessions to the ultimate Ibiza party at Dalt Vila. All in all this is the strongest speaker line up in IMS Ibiza’s ten year history with many of the most pressing aspects of the music industry to be examined, analysed and explained.

Full list of new speakers Include:

Agoria (Artist, France)

Alastair Duncan (INFAMOUS PR, Founder/CEO, USA)

Alejandra Matas (PwC Barcelona, Intellectual Property Legal Services, Spain)

Alex Phountzi (NameBrandSound/Bugz In The Attic, Artist, UK)

Alvaro Diez Alfonso (SGAE, Manager, Instituto Autor, Spain)

Andy Dean (Tagmix Ltd, Co-Founder & CEO, UK)

Anna Mallol (PwC Barcelona, International Tax Services, Spain)

Arturo Ruiz (Loop Promote, CEO, Peru)

Claudio da Rocha (Rio Music Conference, Founder & Director, Brazil)

Danny Whittle (IMS Partner)

Dave Browning (Game Over Ibiza, Director, Ireland)

Denis Doeland (DDMCA, Advisor/Consultant, Netherlands)

Edo van Duyn (PlusNetwork, Co-Founder/Director of Artist Management, South America)

Eric Reithler-Barros (A2LiVE, Managing Director/Chief Commercial Officer, China)

Glenn Miller (Facebook, Entertainment Partnerships EMEA, USA)

Grego O’Halloran (Ibiza Voice, Owner/Director, UK)

Helen Stange (Communications & Strategy Consultant, Germany)

Inder Phull (KRPT, Managing Director, UK)

Jack Baucher (Tears for Tigers, CEO, UK)

James Beyersdorf (Financial Sherpa Inc, Founder & President, USA)

Jesper Skibsby (Warm, CEO/Founder, Denmark)

John Boyle (Insomniac, Chief Growth Officer/Interim CFO, USA)

Jono Heale (ACS Custom, Director, UK)

Josep Cardona (PwC Barcelona, International Tax Services, Spain)

Kevin Watson (Author of IMS Business Report, UK)

Liz Muirhead (BMAT, VP/Head of Legal & Business Affairs, Spain)

Liz Stokes (Record Of The Day, Editor, UK)

Macky Drese (Evermix, CEO, UK)

Mark Brown (CR2 Records, Director, UK)

Mark Grotefeld (Pioneer DJ EMEA, General Manager, UK)

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

Martin Gontad (Creamfields South America, Founder, Argentina)

Matt Abbott (Label Worx, Director/Co-Founder, UK)

Michiel Groeneveld (Junkie XL, Manager, Netherlands)

Nacho Marco (Berklee College of Music, Professor of Music Production, Technology & Innovation, Spain)

Nick DeCosemo (Mixmag, Global Editorial Director, USA)

Pedro Nonato (MMLive/Ultra Brasil/RMC, International Director, Brazil)

Phillip Straub (BURN Energy, BURN Residency Head Mentor, Austria)

Pierce Warnecke (Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus, Assistant Professor of Music, Production, Technology and Innovation, USA)

Ralf Kollmann (Mobilee, Co-founder, Germany)

Richard Zijlma (ADE: Amsterdam Dance Event, General Manager, Netherlands)

Rodrigo Frutos (Aftercluv/Universal Music Latin America, New Business Development Director, USA/Mexico)

Sam Potts (Young Guns Network/Buzz Jam, Founder, UK)

Scott McKenna (Facebook, Enternainment Partner Services EMEA, UK)

Seb Wheeler (Mixmag, Head of Digital, UK)

Siad Rahman (Warner Music Germany, Senior A&R Manager, Germany)

Syd Lawrence (We Make Awesome/The Bot Platform, Founder, UK)

Tass Diakos (Warner Music, Dance Label Manager/A&R, Australia)

Terry Weerasinghe (Beatport, GM/SVP Music Marketing and Analytics, Germany)

Tom Aldridge (A&R Manager, FFRR/Parlophone Music, UK)

Toni Tambourine (Neighbourhood PR, Partner, UK)

Tristan Hunt (AudioLock, Partner & Director of Business Development, UK)

Valeri Viladrich (PwC, Head of Tax & Legal Services, Barcelona, Spain)

Will Saul (!K7 & Aus Music, Head of A&R, UK & Germany)

 

Industry leaders already confirmed to share their insight and experience include:

Alexandra Cárdenas (Algorave, Composer / Live Coder, Colombia)

Alice Favre (LWE, Head of Operations, UK)

Andreas Allen (Native Instruments, Head of Artist Relations, USA)

Andreea Magdalina (Shesaid.so / IAMJT, Founder/Co-Founder, USA)

Austin Kramer (Spotify, Global Head of Dance/Electronic, USA)

Brigitte Armengol (HEART Ibiza, Booking Manager, Spain)

B.Traits (BBC Radio 1, Broadcaster / Artist, Canada)

Carly Hordern (Point Blank, Presenter/A&R, UK)

Charlotte Lucy Cijffers (DJ Magazine, Digital & Ibiza Editor, UK)

David Emery (Kobalt Records, VP / Global Marketing Strategy, UK)

Dixon (Artist, Germany)

Duncan Smith (Playstation, Senior Music Supervisor, UK)​​​​​​

DVS1 (Artist, USA)

Eddie Dean (RPM Presents, CEO, USA)

Eelko Van Kooten (Spinnin’ Records, Founder & Owner, Netherlands)

Elrow – The Arnau Family (Elrow, Founders, Spain)

Gianfranco Bortolotti (Media Records, Founder, Italy)

Gina Tucci (Big Beat Records, Head of A&R/General Manager, USA)

Gregor Pryor (Reed Smith, Partner/Co-Chair of the Global Entertainment and Media Industry Group, UK)

Hot Since 82 (Artist, UK)

Jason Ellis (Positiva / Virgin Records, A&R Director, UK)

Jessica Ibgui (Budde Music, Creative Manager/Head of Business Development, France)

Johannes Goller (Cocoon, Head of Cocoon Ibiza, Germany)

Jonny White (Art Department, Artist, Canada)

Leila Fataar (Diageo, Head of Culture & Entertainment, UK)

Lindi Delight (De Light Management, Founder, Germany)

Lisa Buchan (Monster/BURN Energy, Director Music & Culture Strategic Brands, UK)

Loco Dice (Artist, Germany)

Louisaahhh (Artist, USA)

Mary Jong (Pioneer DJ / EMEA, Marketing Executive)

Masters At Work – Louie Vega & Kenny Dope (Artists, USA)

Michael Weicker (AMM Management, Talent Manager, Germany)

Miss Kittin (Artist, France)

Monki (BBC Radio 1, Radio Presenter / DJ, UK)

New Order – Bernard Sumner (Artist, UK)

Nicole Moudaber (Artist, UK)

Nick Sabine & Paul Clement (Resident Advisor, Founders, UK)

Patrick Moxey (Ultra Records, President/Founder, USA)

Patrick Walker (Facebook, Director of Media Partnerships EMEA, UK)

Rachel Turner (Achieve Unlimited, Business Psychologist & Performance Coach, UK)

Renaat Vandepapeliere (R&S Records, Founder, Belgium)

Rich Robinson (Warner Music, Senior Vice President Synchronisation UK & Europe, UK)

Seth Troxler (Artist, USA)

Steffen Charles (Cosmopop GmBH, CEO, Germany)

Sulinna Ong (Deezer, VP / Artist Marketing, UK)

The Black Madonna (Artist, USA)

The Martinez Brothers (Artists, USA)

Ulrike Schönfeld (Music Goes Further/Into the Valley, Promoter/Curator, Germany)

Wade Cawood (Pulse Global, CEO, USA)

Yann Pissenem (Hï Ibiza / Ushuaïa Ibiza, Owner / Founder / CEO / Artistic Director, Spain)

 

 

10TH ANNIVERSARY ROSTER NUMBERS 50 GLOBAL INFLUENCERS

Artist speakers Nicole Moudaber, Loco Dice, and DVS1 join industry leaders from Ultra Records, Playstation, Big Beat Records and Warner Music

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International Music Summit (IMS), the three-day inspirational, educational and motivational thought-leadership platform held annually in Ibiza, present a further carefully curated selection of leading electronic music industry professionals, adding to an unmissable roster totalling over 50 impressive and diverse speakers from around the globe.

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

Gina Tucci, (Big Beat Records, Head of A&R /General Manager, USA), voted to be one of the 15 most powerful women in the EDM industry, will contribute her experience to the A&R panel, speaking alongside Patrick Moxey, (Ultra Records, President/Founder, USA) a visionary pioneer who has pushed past barriers to bring hip hop and electronic dance music into the mainstream heart of America. Also contributing is Renaat Vandepapeliere, (R&S Records, Founder, Belgium) a true pioneer who has run one of electronic music’s foremost labels for over 37 years.

Passing their comment on the ever changing face of Ibiza are promoters Yann Pissenem (Hï Ibiza / Ushuaïa Ibiza, Owner / Partner / CEO / Artistic Director, Spain) who in recent years has taken risk, engineered change in Ibiza and pioneered the success of now leading brands on the island, alongside Johannes Goller (Cocoon, Head of Cocoon Ibiza, Germany), who represents a brand that is as much a part of Ibiza as it is Germany. Completing this line up is Brigitte Armengol, (HEART Ibiza, Booking Manager, Spain) from one of the most innovative and adventurous clubs on the island. All will share their thoughts and experience on Ibiza and debate what the future holds.

A spotlight will be placed on the next generation of talent, led by Charlotte Lucy Cijffers (DJ Magazine, Digital & Ibiza Editor, UK), who is immersed in the electronic music scene and will give valuable insight into emerging talent, joined by Michael Weicker (AMM Management, Talent Manager, Germany) and Loco Dice (Artist, Germany) world renowned DJ, long time DC10 resident, Desolat label owner and producer.

Nicole Moudaber (Artist, UK) one of Dance music’s most repected DJs will voice her knowledge about the current position and status of world clubbing, sharing the stage with her will be Ulrike Schönfeld (Music Goes Further/Into the Valley, Promoter/Curator, Germany).

Contributing to the ever changing hot topic that is the streaming debate will be Gregor Pryer (Reed Smith, Partner, UK) a digital media specialist who co-chairs his organisations Global Entertainment and Media Industry Group.

Carly Hordern (Point Blank, Presenter/A&R, UK), will interview DVS1 (Artist, USA) in a DJ Skills Masterclass with the Berghain resident, discussing his unique mixing style, his record collection of over 35,000 vinyls and his experiences of the infamous Berlin club.

Continuing the gender debate will be Leila Fataar, (Diageo, Head of Culture & Entertainment, UK) Driven by her passion for inclusivity and diversity she has been instrumental in launching the Smirnoff Sound Collective electronic music platform in Europe and a key part of the global #2xwomensheadliners campaign, launched on International Womens Day 2017.

Other esteemed speakers announced joining the debate on music synchronisation include Jessica Ibgui, (Budde Music, Creative Manager/Head of Business Development, France), Duncan Smith (Playstation, Senior Music Supervisor, UK)​​​​​​ plus Rich Robinson, (Warner Music, Senior Vice President Synchronisation UK & Europe, UK).

All in all this is the strongest speaker line up in IMS Ibiza’s ten year history with many of the most pressing aspects of the music industry to be examined, analysed and explained.

Industry leaders already confirmed to share their insight and experience include:

Alexandra Cárdenas (Algorave, Composer / Live Coder, Colombia), Alice Favre (LWE, Head of Operations, UK), Andreas Allen (Native Instruments, Head of Artist Relations, USA), Andreea Magdalina (Shesaid.so / IAMJT, Founder/Co-Founder, USA), Austin Kramer (Spotify, Global Head of Dance/Electronic, USA), B.Traits (BBC Radio 1, Broadcaster / Artist, Canada), David Emery (Kobalt Records, VP / Global Marketing Strategy, UK), Dixon (Artist, Germany), Eddie Dean (RPM Presents, CEO, USA), Eelko Van Kooten (Spinnin’ Records, Founder & Owner, Netherlands), Elrow – The Arnau Family (Elrow, Founders, Spain), Gianfranco Bortolotti (Media Records, Founder, Italy), Hot Since 82 (Artist, UK), Jason Ellis (Positiva / Virgin Records, A&R Director, UK), Jonny White (Art Department, Artist, Canada), Lindi Delight (De Light Management, Founder, Germany), Louisaahhh (Artist, USA), Masters At Work – Louie Vega & Kenny Dope (Artists, USA), Miss Kittin (Artist, France), Monki (BBC Radio 1, Radio Presenter / DJ, UK), New Order – Bernard Sumner (Artist, UK), Nick Sabine & Paul Clement (Resident Advisor, Founders, UK), Patrick Walker (Facebook, Director of Media Partnerships EMEA, UK), Rachel Turner (Achieve Unlimited, Business Psychologist & Performance Coach, UK), Seth Troxler (Artist, USA), Steffen Charles (Cosmopop GmBH, CEO, Germany), Sulinna Ong (Deezer, VP / Artist Marketing, UK), The Black Madonna (Artist, USA), The Martinez Brothers (Artists, USA), Wade Cawood (Pulse Global, CEO, USA)

 

IMS ANNOUNCE 20 ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS

 

10 WOMEN

 

1) Brigitte Armengol (HEART Ibiza, Booking Manager, Spain)

2) Carly Hordern (Point Blank, Presenter/A&R, UK)

3) Charlotte Lucy Cijffers (DJ Magazine, Digital & Ibiza Editor, UK)

4) Gina Tucci (Big Beat Records, Head of A&R/General Manager, USA)

5) Jessica Ibgui (Budde Music, Creative Manager/Head of Business Development, France)

6) Leila Fataar (Diageo, Head of Culture & Entertainment, UK)

7) Lisa Buchan (Monster/BURN Energy, Director Music & Culture Strategic Brands, UK)

8) Mary Jong (Pioneer DJ / EMEA, Marketing Executive)

9) Nicole Moudaber (Artist, UK)

10) Ulrike Schönfeld (Music Goes Further/Into the Valley, Promoter/Curator, Germany)

 

10 MEN

 

1) Duncan Smith (Playstation, Senior Music Supervisor, UK)​​​​​​

2) DVS1 (Artist, USA)

3) Gregor Pryor (Reed Smith, Partner/Co-Chair of the Global Entertainment and Media Industry Group, UK)

4) Johannes Goller (Cocoon, Head of Cocoon Ibiza, Germany)

5) Loco Dice (Artist, Germany)

6) Michael Weicker (AMM Management, Talent Manager, Germany)

7) Patrick Moxey (Ultra Records, President/Founder, USA)

8) Renaat Vandepapeliere (R&S Records, Founder, Belgium)

9) Rich Robinson (Warner Music, Senior Vice President Synchronisation UK & Europe, UK)

10) Yann Pissenem (Hï Ibiza / Ushuaïa Ibiza, Owner / Partner / CEO / Artistic Director, Spain)

IMS IBIZA 2017 SPEAKERS

In celebration of IMS Ibiza 10 year anniversary, Ultra Records is bringing artists filous and Bontan for its annual cocktail party at Hard Rock Hotel. The DJ set starts from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday May 24th. Open bar & hors d’oeuvres will be available at the venue.

*This free event is only open to IMS badge holders.

Calling all island residents!

IMS are happy to announce that we are offering all Ibiza residents 50% off your delegate badges with proof of residency. Connect with one another on your island and immerse yourself in thoughtful, inspiring discussion about the direction and future of electronic music.

Email info@internationalmusicsummit.com with your proof of residency to receive a discount code.

GLOBAL INDUSTRY LEADERS & INFLUENCERS

Artist speakers Art Department, B.Traits, Hot Since 82, and Seth Troxler join industry heavy weights from BBC Radio 1, Native Instruments, Positiva / Virgin Records, and Deezer.

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International Music Summit (IMS) 2017, the three-day educational, inspirational and motivational thought-leadership platform held annually in Ibiza, announce new internationally respected speakers to the summit roster. IMS, previously described as “the TED of music conferences”, has without question been responsible for industry leading initiatives and positive change and in 2017 continues to set the agenda for global electronic music via its summits in Europe, North America and Asia.

This years Ibiza summit presents a carefully curated programme of inspiring talks, technology masterclasses, networking opportunities and cutting edge events, spearheaded by skilled experts, experienced music business minds, established artists and the next generation of breaking talent.

With a diverse range of contributors, IMS reveal a further 10 women and 10 men joining an already impressive list of speakers marking the tenth anniversary of the summit, including Bernard Sumner from New Order, Dixon, Masters at Work – Louie Vega & Kenny Dope, The Black Madonna, The Martinez Brothers, Austin Kramer (Global Head of Dance/Electronic, Spotify), Elrow – The Arnau Family (Founders, Elrow), Gianfranco Bortolotti (Founder, Media Records) Nick Sabine & Paul Clement (Founders, Resident Advisor) Patrick Walker (Director of Media Partnerships, Facebook). Panellists will give personal insight and opinion on a expansive array of topics; debating the electronic music industry’s most pressing issues.

Unifying insight, inspiration and experience; IMS proudly present 10 of the industries strongest female voices, with perspectives from established luminaries including Andreea Magdalina founder of She Said So, a global network of women within the music industry pushing the diversity debate forward, Sulinna Ong, VP Artist Marketing at Deezer UK who will bring digital insights from one of the leading streaming platforms, alongside international DJ Miss Kittin and BBC Radio 1’s B.Traits.

 

Confirmed to join the discussion is Alice Favre, of LWE, whose London focused company is behind the recently launched Junction 2 Festival as well as an impressive array of large scale events at two of the capitals latest venue additions Tobacco Dock and Printworks. In addition, Rachel Turner from Achieve Unlimited, who begain her career founding two record labels, a publishing company, an artist management company and a club promotions company before becoming a Business Psychologist and performance coach. Featuring on the Health Vs Hedonism panel, she brings 25 years knowledge of the industry and solid experience supporting entreprenueurs, leaders and creatives in achieving success.

Bringing her knowledge to the YGN/ Buzz Jam presents: Meet the new member of my band, He’s/She’s a Coder panel is Alexandra Cárdenas. A teacher and performer of live coding, Alexandra is among the pioneers of live coding in electroacoustic music and part of the forefront of the Algorave scene.

 Lindi Delight, Founder of De Light Management, brings her decade of experience and passion for electronic music to the Health Vs Hedonsim panel, joined by leading artists and broadcasters including BBC Radio 1’s Monki and Louisaahhh in discussing how to achieve a well balanced, healthy and sustainable career.

10 leading male voices will add their viewpoints, including Eelko Van Kooten, one of Rolling Stone’s top 50 most important people in EDM and Founder & Owner, of Spinnin’ Records, regarded as one of the worlds leading dance labels. Joining him will be Jason Ellis, Artist and Relations Director at Positiva / Virgin Records, responsible for some of the UKs biggest cross genre dance hits he has navigated its vast catalogue through shifting musical trends. A key voice on the impact of change in A&R over the last decade.

 Wade Cawood from Pulse Global and Johnny White aka Art Department join together at IMS to announce the launch of an exciting new global project.

As he prepares to launch his very own Ibiza residency at Pacha, acclaimed DJ / Producer Hot Since 82 will speak on the 10th Annual Ibiza Debate, adding yet more weight to the programme.

Andreas Allen, Head of Artist Relations for Native Instruments has over 20 years experience in the music industry, responsible for initiating global brand partnerships and cultural marketing campaigns. Joining him on the roster is David Emery, VP of Global Marketing Strategy for Kobalt, with a vast knowledge in how artist and labels alike can embrace a truly global vision and service an ever increasing nomadic network.

Esteemed promoter and CEO of RPM Presents, Eddie Dean – the man responsible for Pacha New York and bringing the first Pacha to China – will stand alongside Cosmopop CEO Steffen Charles, the creative force behind Time Warp Festival and Seth Troxler lifting the lid on the inner workings and culture of powerful, influential club events.

IMS now add further international elements to the debates with global speakers appearing from the USA, Canada, Germany, France and The Netherlands making it the strongest network of speakers in its 10 year history.

IMS TEN WOMEN SPEAKERS TO CELEBRATE 10 YEARS

Alexandra Cárdenas (Composer / Live Coder, Columbia)
Alice Favre (Head of Operations, LWE, UK)
Andreea Magdalina (Founder / Co-Founder Shesaid.so / IAMJT, Founder, USA)
B.Traits (Broadcaster / Artist, BBC Radio 1, Canada)
Lindi Delight (Founder, De Light Management, Germany)
Louisaahhh (Artist, USA)
Miss Kittin (Artist, France)
Monki (Radio Presenter / DJ, BBC Radio 1, UK)
Rachel Turner (Business Psychologist & Performance Coach, Achieve Unlimited, UK)
Sulinna Ong (VP / Artist Marketing, Deezer, UK)

IMS TEN MEN SPEAKERS TO CELEBRATE 10 YEARS

Andreas Allen (Head of Artist Relations, Native Instruments, USA)
David Emery (VP / Global Marketing Strategy, Kobalt Records, UK)
Eddie Dean (CEO, RPM Presents, USA)
Eelko Van Kooten (Founder & Owner, Spinnin’ Records, Netherlands)
Hot Since 82 (Artist, UK)
Jason Ellis (Artist & Relations Director, Positiva / Virgin Records, UK)
Jonny White aka Art Department (Artist, Canada)
Seth Troxler (Artist, USA)
Steffen Charles (CEO, Cosmopop GmBH, Germany)
Wade Cawood (CEO, Pulse Global, USA)

IMS IBIZA 2017 SPEAKERS

By: Inder Pull, KRPT Group, UK, 2016 IMS Visionaries Contest Winner

IMS is seeking the young, inspired industry leaders of the next generation that are ready to step up to a global platform and share their vision in a room full of electronic music’s most powerful and forward-thinking individuals.
One determined individual will win the opportunity to be a keynote speaker at IMS Ibiza and access to all of the panels, networking and partying on offer at the 10th anniversary of the summit.

I won the IMS Visionaries contest last year, check the video below.

My vision was all about taking people on a journey from “hobby to pro”. I thought it was important that the whole industry finds a way to inspire the next generation to learn about music production and DJing and then find ways to take this passion into the business world. We also wanted to focus on how brands engage with the music industry and identify new ways to support culture instead of exploiting it.

Here are some tips for this years applicants:

1. DO SOME RESEARCH – watch IMS panels on YouTube and learn more about the challenges the industry has been facing over the past few years. You will quickly hear some consistent issues and ideas that might spark some inspiration.

2. IDENTIFY THE PROBLEMS AND FIND YOUR PASSION – list all of the problems you think exist in the music industry and start to think about which ones you are most passionate about solving.

3. DEFINE YOUR VISION – this is easier said than done but one of the key aims of the IMS Visionaries contest is to help the next generation shape the future of the industry. Focus on a few key aims that you think are important for the future.Our 2016 video was focussed on how we can inspire more people to make music as a hobby and that will naturally lead to more growth for the industry but we don’t need more DJ’s per se, we need more people from technology or design to be passionate about being in music.A polymath is defined as a person of wide knowledge or skills. Part of our vision was about inspiring the music industry to look outside their specific job roles and learn more from other professions.

4. MERGE IDEAS – take the polymath approach and try combining different concepts. For example you could look at the problem of diversity in electronic music and explore how they are solving this in sport. Or how about the challenge that many clubs are now facing where they are threatened with closure due to gentrification and property developments? You could look at how other countries are solving this problem or even start to explore how “pop-up” culture could provide an alternative solution in some spaces.
Here are some key challenges the industry is currently facing that we are all trying to solve, get inspired and help shape the future.

  1. Diversity and inclusiveness
  2. DJ’s, live music and royalty payments – Get paid, get played
  3. Illegal downloading
  4. Drug abuse and mental health
  5. Helping independent talent grow in a commercial world
  6. Funding and investment in music companies
  7. Training the next generation of music professionals

A great resource to learn more about industry challenges is the Association for Electronic Music who have a number of initiatives that could inspire your vision.

Be the next Visionaries contest winner and take your first steps to becoming an innovator of tomorrow.

Enter the Visionaries Contest Here.

IMS COLLEGE: A crash course in electronic music. Learn by day, party by night.

July 7-9

Summer Camp badge prices €70 for 2 days and 3-night time parties

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International Music Summit (IMS) is proud to announce the return of its summer camp educational program, IMS College – Malta, to the Mediterranean island on July 7-9. IMS College – Malta offers the next generation of electronic music creators and professionals the tools and knowledge to assist their career, via a two-day, intensive learning experience.

IMS College – Malta is partnering with leading music production institute Point Blank Music School, who will provide instructors, masterclasses and host and co-curate one of the days of the two-day program.

With annual industry summits in Ibiza, Los Angeles and Shanghai, IMS proudly celebrates its 10th year in 2017 continuing to connect the global electronic music community and build awareness of the genre. Observing the need to support and develop the future of the industry, IMS offers a dedicated educational programme to help cultivate and inspire students, emerging artists and the next generation of business leaders in the electronic music industry.

With the ethos of ‘learn by day, party by night’, the summer camp is a 2-day crash course in electronic music with some of the world’s most prolific DJ talent and industry thought leaders.

The aim of the IMS College series is to give a 360-degree, face-to-face learning experience, made up of a carefully curated program of panels, keynotes, networking sessions and workshops from key industry figureheads from across all sectors of the electronic music industry. Designed and curated with the understanding that a useful, practical and affordable introduction to the Electronic music industry is highly beneficial to students and emerging industry professionals, IMS College – Malta attendees will gain rare insights to every aspect of the industry from the creative process to business management. With many topics covered in behind-the-scenes areas including radio, production, management, PR, live bookings, trade organisations and much more.

By night and throughout the weekend attendees will be able to see special performances from world leading artists; beginning on Friday night with Sven Vath, the pioneering founder and DJ behind Cocoon who will be joined by leading French DJ Agoria. Saturday brings Todd Terry, one of House music’s biggest names and one of the founding fathers of today’s sound; closing the weekend is Richy Ahmed, the talented British house music producer, Hot Creations DJ and artist of the moment.

IMS co-founder Ben Turner states “As IMS approaches its first decade, it feels right for us to put even more focus on inspiring the new generation of producers, performers and industry protagonists. IMS College Malta year one was a revelation for us, a different approach to curating a summit considering the audience was so open to absorbing all forms of education and instruction about this incredible culture of music. We thank our partners and the government of Malta for seeing the value in taking such an approach to educate whilst we entertain.”

Nicolas Spiteri from local Maltese partner 365 Entertainment Group states “For those that have yet experienced Malta, it is a beautiful island set in crystal clear waters and has a beautiful climate. It is a safe, well connected island with flights to all major European cities. It is an English speaking country, with breathtaking scenery providing a perfect backdrop to learn and enjoy nightlife for all who visit”.

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… AND A PRODUCTION SESSION WITH POINT BLANK FROM IMS COLLEGE 2016

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IMS announces that IMS Engage will not be returning to Los Angeles this April, in its usual spot between the two Coachella weekends. However, a new date for event will be announced very shortly.

IMS Engage started in Los Angeles five years ago as a series of unmoderated conversations between leaders from the worlds of technology, music, film and media to address the growing global influence of electronic music. Since 2013 IMS Engage has seen inspiring conversations from diverse leaders of industry from dance music’s Pete Tong, Skrillex and Diplo to the tech industry’s Kevin Systrom (Instagram Co-Founder), Chad Hurley (YouTube) and well as music icons P Diddy, Quincy Jones, Giorgio Moroder and film legends David Lynch and Hans Zimmer.

In 2017, IMS continues with global offerings starting with IMS Ibiza May 24-26th, the educational initiative, IMS College – Malta in June and IMS Asia-Pacific in November. 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.

Wednesday, May 24 at Pacha Ibiza

The global industry converges each year for IMS Ibiza on our favorite White Isle and this year Pacha Ibiza is home to the Opening Party featuring Masters at Work, The Black Madonna, Agoria and Alex Kennon.

The official Opening Party will take place directly following the IMS Legends Dinner which honours Pacha owner, Ricardo Urgell.

Access to the party is free for all IMS Ibiza badge holders.

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The IMS LEGENDS DINNER recipient is bestowed upon true pioneers of the industry, this year it is awarded to Ricardo Urgell founder of Pacha

Pacha Group celebrates 50-year anniversary

Dinner held in collaboration with Smirnoff Sound Collective and Diario de Ibiza

The official IMS Opening Party to follow the dinner at Pacha Ibiza featuring
Masters at Work, The Black Madonna and Agoria

Event has limited capacity and will sell out, so we encourage you to purchase early.

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International Music Summit (IMS) recognise and pay homage to Ricardo Urgell founder of Pacha Ibiza and the worldwide Pacha Group with the prestigious IMS LEGENDS AWARD. This special award is bestowed upon true pioneers in the electronic music world for their outstanding contribution to the industry. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Pacha Group and the award fittingly commemorates this. Coinciding with the 10th anniversary of IMS Ibiza and a special moment for the summit, the award recognises the influence and inspiration that Pacha has generated in the international clubbing and music industry. Previous winners of this accolade have included Nile Rodgers, Fatboy Slim, Pete Tong, Sven Vath and Carl Cox.

IMs co-founder Ben Turner says: “Ibiza is defined by Pacha. It is the venue that seduced myself and all of my IMS partners in some way, with most of us collaborating with the brand over the last 20 years. Ricardo Urgell is a true maverick, a true conductor of the night and with it one of the most poetic and imaginative creatives in nightlife – period. The global electronic music scene would be very different today without his influence and the joy his truly global brand has given to millions of people around the world, let alone the careers of many DJ’s who made their name under the roof of the cherry logos. We are proud to honour him in this way. His influence extends way beyond nightlife, but to global culture as a whole.”

Late in 1967 a small discotheque in Stiges located on the Barcelona coast opened its doors, it was to be called Pacha. Founded by Ricardo and brother Piti Urgell they set out to create a place where people could have fun, express themselves and throw the best parties ever. Six years later in 1973 the burgeoning club concept arrived in Ibiza and arguably the standard was set and one of the best clubs in the world was created.

Now 50 years on the famous Pacha cherries are a world-famous symbol of musical integrity, world class DJs, glamour and lifestyle. In this time, through hard work the brand has seen huge expansion to some of the most exciting places in the world, now situated in many countries worldwide including China, Australia, Macau, Germany, and in the most important Spanish regions and cities Ibiza, Gran Canaria, Mallorca, Barcelona and, La Pineda. It is also a hotel brand and a global merchandise phenomenon.

Ricardo Urgell says “With much hard work over five decades I never lost sight of my vision, I have had the pleasure of creating some very special places around the world where several generations of people have been able to enjoy the rhythm of the dancefloor. I cannot be prouder to see how the Pacha Group is recognized worldwide, and my great desire for the 50th anniversary of the brand is that the cherries survive and continue to bring people pleasure, as they have done so far throughout history.”

The award will be the pinnacle of the IMS Legends Dinner presented by Smirnoff Sound Collective and Diario de Ibiza, held in celebration of Ricardo, and he will be interviewed by Juan Suarez from the Diario de Ibiza on the stage. Naturally the dinner will take place at Pacha Ibiza on the 24th May 2017. This night also marks the opening of the tenth anniversary of IMS Ibiza with special guests Masters at Work, The Black Madonna and Agoria participating after the dinner at the official IMS Opening Party.

IMS LEGENDS DINNER DETAILS

DATE: Wednesday May 24 2017
TIME: 8:00pm – Midnight
LOCATION: Pacha Ibiza
COST OF 150€ INCLUDES: Three-course meal, water, and a bottle of wine between two people as well as access to official IMS opening Party after the dinner with The Black Madonna, Masters at Work and Agoria.

OFFICIAL IMS OPENING PARTY

Directly following the dinner at Pacha Ibiza, the opening party will feature Masters at Work, The Black Madonna and Agoria.

Opening Party Square

Hot on the heels of last weeks reveal of the first 10 speakers and 10 topics, IMS Ibiza are excited to announce the addition of two new international artists to this very special tenth year of the summit.

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MISS KITTIN

Grenoble born Caroline Hervé, aka Miss Kittin has over the past years become one of the most inspiring DJs and voices to emerge within the electronic music scene. Alongside long-time production partner The Hacker, tracks such as ‘Frank Sinatra’ and ‘1982’ propelled them into the spotlight, whilst further collaborations with fellow feline Felix Da Housecat’s ‘Silver Screen (Shower Scene)’ and ‘Madame Hollywood’, Golden Boy’s ‘Rippin Kittin’, Sven Väth ‘Je T’aime’, Steve Bug, Antonelli Electric and T.Raumschmiere to name but a few, have confirmed Miss Kittin’s star billing status.

Before her hotly anticipated B2B set at Dalt Vila with Seth Troxler, Miss Kittin, will bring her strong character and vast experience in a male dominated industry to the IMS Ibiza stage for the Diversity Debate, hosted by shesaid.so and Smirnoff Sound Collective.

JESSE ROSE

Jesse Rose broke through by helping to create a sub-genre with the track ‘A-Sided’ on Switch’s Dubsided. He’s since set up four influential labels (Front Room, Made To Play, Play It Down and its subprint A-SIDED) which have been responsible for launching some of House and Techno’s biggest names. Jesse’s discography boasts over 200 releases, from originals to remixes, his DJ career has seen him traverse the globe a ridiculous about of times performing at the world’s best, biggest, and most credible clubs, parties and festivals.

Jesse Rose will feature at IMS Ibiza in a candid interview with B.Traits called “Life After Decks – Why I’m Quitting The Job I Love’.

Last November, Rose shocked the industry by announcing his retirement after a career spanning nearly 20 years that earned him top respect as a house music master. He’s going the best way possible by embarking on a final tour and releasing a album titled ‘Alright Mate’. Outspoken Rose will share his journey and why he is turning in his decks for a new life path.

“It’s been one hell of a ride, from playing around the world to helping support many artists careers through our labels and then producing and remixing literally hundreds of artists. I’m really looking forward to helping the next generation come through.”
– Jesse Rose, Artist, UK

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10 KEYNOTES AND 10 TOPICS TO CELEBRATE 10 YEARS

International speakers including New Order, Dixon, The Black Madonna and Masters at Work plus visionaries from digital platforms Facebook, Spotify and Resident Advisor

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International Music Summit (IMS), the three-day educational, inspirational and motivational thought-leadership platform held annually in the dance music capital of the world, Ibiza, today announce it’s first speakers for this very special tenth anniversary year of the summit. The platform, described as “the TED of music conferences”, has been responsible for leading initiatives that have resulted in positive change in the industry and continues to set the agenda for electronic music in Europe, North America and now Asia.

Paying homage and firmly marking 10 years of connecting the culture, IMS Ibiza reveal 10 keynotes. The summit presents a carefully curated programme of inspiring talks, technology masterclasses, networking opportunities and cutting edge events, led by skilled experts, experienced music business minds and established artists.

IMS is proud to bring Bernard Sumner from New Order back to Ibiza – where he wrote the entire lyrics to their ‘Technique’ album in a much-documented recording session on the island in 1988/89. Dixon, top of Resident Advisor’s coveted RA Poll: Top DJs and a true beacon of progressive modern dance music; four times Grammy award nominees Masters At Work; ‘Little LouieVega and KennyDopeGonzalez discuss their 25 year history and legacy. Mixmag’s DJ of the Year, eclectic selector and club culture ambassador The Black Madonna will feature, in addition The Martinez Brothers, who have undeniably fuelled the global house music scene and have become one of the industries most respected DJs. Elrow’s The Arnau Family; the now internationally infamous party crew will open up on their colourful heritage, philosophy and journey to and beyond Spain.

Leading the digital conversations are Patrick Walker, Director of Media Partnerships at Facebook, and Austin Kramer Spotify’s Global Head of Dance/Electronic – both offering keynotes and Best Practice sessions on using their platforms. Continuing the digital conversation will be global online editorial platform Resident Advisor’s founders Nick Sabine & Paul Clement. Completing the first ten speakers is one of dance music’s most legendary ambassadors Gianfranco Bortolotti , the name behind many ‘Italo-house’ classics and owner of Media Records – a rare chance to hear the story that defined a nation.

IMS Ibiza will also cover the subjects most important to the electronic music industry today; from Meet The New Member Of My Band: He’s A Coder (hosted by Young Guns Network), to Health Vs Hedonism (hosted by She Said So & Native Instruments), also the continual IMS debate on Diversity in the industry as well as masterclasses on production techniques, Facebook Live Streaming and Spotify Playlist Best Practices.

Joining this line up of artists and industry heavyweights will be the annual regular features on the IMS Ibiza schedule; the biggest line up in the history of IMS being presented for the Dalt Vila event taking place on Friday 26 – a chance to dance in the open air on top of a 2,500 year old UNESCO protected fort; the ‘IMS Legends Dinner’ – this year awarded to a true pioneer of the dance scene Pacha founder Ricardo Urgell. The annual Business Report which puts a value to the genre and reveals the current state of the industry for Electronic Music. Finally look out also for the Pioneer DJ Award and the Great Annual Ibiza Debate. There is a still huge amount more to be announced in the coming weeks.

IMS co-curator Ben Turner states: “New Order, Dixon, The Black Madonna, Masters At Work, The Martinez Brothers… A true set of visionary artists – past and present. Its hard to believe its been a decade since the first IMS. We’ve always tried to focus on a singular room of content to help create a dialogue for change and a shared experience – all too rare in today’s fractured media landscape. This is really shaping up to be our biggest attendance to date and we hope its the most informative yet… Even after ten years, it feels like our work is only just starting…”


 

TEN KEYNOTES

New Order – Bernard Sumner (Artist, UK)
Dixon (Artist, Germany)
Patrick Walker (Facebook, Director of Media Partnerships EMEA, UK)
Masters At Work – Louie Vega & Kenny Dope (Artists, USA)
Elrow – The Arnau Family (Elrow, Founders, Spain)
The Black Madonna (Artist, USA)
Austin Kramer (Global Head of Dance/Electronic, USA)
The Martinez Brothers (Artists, USA)
Nick Sabine & Paul Clement (Resident Advisor, Founders, UK)
Gianfranco Bortolotti  (Media Records, Founder, Italy)

IMS LEGENDS DINNER RECIPIENT

Ricardo Urgell (Pacha, Founder, Spain)

TEN TOPICS & TALKS

YGN / Buzz Jam Presents: Meet the New Member of My Band, He’s/She’s A Coder
Health Vs Hedonism (hosted by SheSaidSo & Native Instruments)
Masterclass – Playlists: Spotify Best Practices
Masterclass – Live Streaming: Facebook Best Practices
Three Decades of Dance: How Gianfranco Bortolotti Shaped Italian Dance Music
How To Make The Leap To Become An Arena Selling Artist
The LATAM Electronic Genre Explosion Evaluated
Digital Defined (featuring Spotify, Facebook, You Tube and more)
Diversity Debate (hosted by She Said So & Smirnoff Sound Collective)
Electronic Music Conference Curators – Unite & Serve 

FIVE IMS REGULARS

IMS Legends Dinner 2017 – Pacha’s Ricardo Urgell
IMS Business Report 2017 Revealed
IMS Pioneer DJ Award – Winner To Be Revealed
Breakfast Club (hosted by AFEM; She Said So; IMS)
The Great Annual Ibiza Debate (hosted by Ibiza Voice)

A global search for industry innovators and influencers

Are you 25 or under?

Be the next Visionaries Contest winner and take your first step to becoming tomorrow’s industry leader

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For the third annual Visionaries contest, International Music Summit (IMS) and Mixmag are once again collaborating on a global search for the young, future disrupters of the electronic music industry. The contest aims to inspire and uncover emerging innovators who will challenge current thinking and provide a solid footing for the continued growth of the electronic music industry. IMS and Mixmag’s Visionairies contest taps directly into electronic music’s emerging talent and gives them a platform to get their voices heard.

To enter, participants aged 18-25 are invited to submit a 3 minute video that answers one of the following questions:

  • What would you change to progress the Electronic Music Industry in the future?
  • How do you think the Electronic Music industry could drive diversity in the future?
  • Tell us how you think technology will change the way we consume music in the future?

 The winner will get the chance to travel to Ibiza as an official IMS Ibiza delegate and address a global platform of electronic music’s most powerful and influential individuals. They will also get an opportunity to meet and interview at established and leading companies including Defected Records, Mixmag and Neighbourhood PR. The winner will also receive a three-month mentorship program led by She Said So, offering advice and help from established industry professionals to help them with their chosen career path.

Previous Visionaries winners have included Valerie Lee, 23, now West Coast Editor of Mixmag USA. , Ben Bowler, 24, Founder of Chew.tv and Inder Phull, Managing Director and founder of KRPT Group.

For further detail on how to enter and submit your application for this year’s contest please visit: http://bit.ly/IMSvsnry

Ben Turner, IMS Co-Founder states “IMS does its best to debate and instigate change of thinking, ethos and actual policies in the industry. However – it also aims to be a platform to encourage new thinking from the next generation and the IMS Visionaries concept has already been a gateway for some special future thinkers who have gone on to do well in the industry. We look forward to hearing and meeting further future disruptors.”

 

Duncan JA Dick, Editor of Mixmag adds “For anyone aspiring for a job in the dance music industry, this is the ultimate prize – an opportunity not just to get your ‘big break’, but to have the early stages of your career nurtured by some of the most knowledgeable people and brands in the business. And, of course, party with us at IMS. Good luck!”.

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FRIDAY MAY 26

In order of appearance

Maceo Plex B2B Tale of Us
23.00 – 24.00

Seth Troxler B2B Miss Kitten
22.00 – 23.00

Pete Tong B2B Nicole Moudaber
21.00 – 22.00

Dixon B2B Kenlou (Masters at Work)
20.00 – 21.00

The Martinez Brothers B2B Kenlou (Masters at Work)
19.00 – 20.00

B.Traits B2B Jesse Rose
18.00 – 19.00

Lollino B2B Manu Gonzalez (BURN Residency)
17.00 – 18.00

 

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International Music Summit (IMS) today announces details of its greatly anticipated Ibiza Dalt Vila Event. IMS Ibiza is a three-day educational and inspirational thought leadership platform and leading authority on Electronic Music held annually in the dance music capital of the world.

This is a very special year, as 2017 marks the ten-year anniversary of IMS. The event was created by BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong and four industry partners, and has gone on to host IMS events in China (IMS Asia-Pacific), Los Angeles (IMS Engage) and the recent addition of IMS College in Malta – an educational-platform for electronic music. The platform has been described as “the TED of music conferences” and has been responsible for leading initiatives that has resulted in change in the industry including the creation of the AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, the global trade body which promotes, protects and preserves the legacy and future of the genre.

IMS Dalt Vila

In homage to this legacy, for the annual event at the 2,500 year-old fort Dalt Vila, Ibiza’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site, IMS Ibiza has curated a series of back-to-back performances to create a truly unique show. With many of the artists playing together for the first time, look out for house music legends Kenlou aka Masters At Work’s Louie Vegas and Kenny ‘Dope’ Gonzalez performing two sets – one with The Martinez Brothers and the other with Resident Advisor’s Top 100 DJ Poll winner Dixon. IMS co-founder and BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong plays alongside Nicole Moudaber, B.Traits with Jesse Rose, and to close, Tale of Us perform with Maceo Plex.

IMS co-founder Ben Turner states: “This lineup is by far our strongest in our ten years. We are honoured to bring in legends Masters at Work to be a big part of IMS this year and to see the likes of Dixon and The Martinez Brothers jump at performing with them has been amazing. We have a lot of special plans to celebrate ten years, most involve looking forwards not back! We are, of course, hugely appreciative of the full support IMS receives from the industry and artist community of the past decade.”

With the multitude of parties occurring on the island each summer, IMS’s Dalt Vila is a rare opportunity to witness the island from this exclusive vantage point.

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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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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.

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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.

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“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

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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

 


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?

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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?

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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.

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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)

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Get Up Close with Industry Insiders

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

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

Seating is limited, so please secure your spot soon!

WHEN: 30th September, 8pm-12pm

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

PRICE: 100€ / 745 RMB Per Person

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

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

2016 IMS Market Focus On Japan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Badges are now available here.

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

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

+ workshops hosted by Point Blank and SAE Institute

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

– Mark Lawrence of AFEM: Association for Electronic Music

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

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

 

Day One

Pete

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Day Two

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FRIDAY JULY 1 Hosted by Point Blank

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

Networking Lunch

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

SATURDAY JULY 2 Hosted by SAE INSTITUTE

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

Networking Lunch

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

View the schedule here and save your favorite sessions!

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

 

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

 

ERICK MORILLO GETS HONEST ABOUT KETAMINE ADDICTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Day Three highlight video

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO: KEYNOTE INTERVIEW – THE PET SHOP BOYS

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO: KEYNOTE INTERVIEW – YELLO

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO: THE GREAT ANNUAL IBIZA DEBATE: YEAR 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Whilst on representing gay culture, the duo expressed,

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

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

Day two highlight video

 

Highlights from Keynote Interview with Erick Morillo

The second day saw memorable discussions including:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The ninth anniversary conference kicked off proceedings as follows:

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

Download the 2016 IMS Business Report here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ben Turner (Director, Graphite Media, UK)

Danny Whittle (Director, IBZ Entertainment, Spain)

Eli and Fur (Artist / DJ, UK)

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

Joost Stuursma (EMC Head Lecturer, SAE, Netherlands)

Laura Newton (Agent, CAA, UK)

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

Mark Brown (Owner, CR2 Records, UK)

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

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

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

Ski Oakenfull (Instructor, SAE, UK)

Stefano Ritteri (Artist / Producer, Italy)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

PRESENTED BY BALLANTINE’S SCOTCH WHISKY ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 25TH

International Music Summit can now reveal that Space Ibiza owner, Pepe Roselló has been named as 2016’s recipient of their coveted ‘Legends’ award. Given to a pioneer in the electronic world each year, previous winners include Nile Rodgers, Fatboy Slim, Pete Tong and Carl Cox, with the celebratory banquet set to take place on Space’s legendary terrace on Wednesday 25th May – a fitting location for dinner guests to see the club for one last time before it draws its final curtain.
Presented by Ballantine’s Scotch whisky, the IMS Legends Dinner will celebrate Pepe and his 27-year legacy of Space. Widely regarded as one of the most recognized and respected businessmen of the Balearic Islands, Pepe Roselló was born in Ibiza in 1937 and has spent a lifetime dedicating himself to the world of musical entertainment and is a true embodiment of what the award honours. Previously the Deputy Major of San Antonio, Pepe established his club owning career with the San Antonio club, Playboy, in 1963 before taking over the reigns at Space in 1989 – and has gone on to build the venue into a musical Mecca for tens of thousands partygoers today.

Having been behind the club’s trajectory for almost three decades, Pepe’s initial bookings of techno and trance legends Sven Väth and Marc Spoon have been intrinsic to the club’s success. From there on in, parties were only getting bigger and better, with Sasha, Richie Hawtin, Steve Lawler, Dave Seaman, John Digweed and Carl Cox to name a few all hosting parties. Its cornerstone residency ‘Sundays at Space’ proved to be one of the world’s most celebrated and loved club nights, and showcased the world’s most exciting electronic music talent through marathon day to night parties each week. Built upon an ethic of love and togetherness, Sundays at Space undoubtedly played a pivotal role in shaping the patterns of behaviour of the entire island and only re-affirms Space’s position as a taste-making institution. For the past two decades, the club’s opening and closing parties have signaled the beginning and the end of the Ibiza season.

During his 27-year reign at Space, Pepe has always brought innovative ideas to the table and has always strived for Space to be the number one destination for dance music lovers. The emergence of the club has helped place Ibiza as the ultimate clubbing destination, with the finest DJ’ing talent consistently gracing the decks – and have all equally expressed their love for the club. Undoubtedly, Pepe Roselló is one of the key parts of the engine that drives the island.

IMS co-founder Ben Turner states: “The closing of Space as envisioned and run by Pepe Rosello is the end of an era for Ibiza and a fascinating changing of the guard of the old-school Spanish-owned discotheques of Ibiza. It will be a different island without Space. Pepe’s passion and love for music has been there for all to see with his regular appearances in the DJ booth at key moments and he became that rare thing: a night-club owner that the clubbers applauded as much as the DJ. Pepe has done so much for Ibiza creatively and politically and he truly deserves this accolade from the electronic music industry and from IMS.”

IMS Legends dinner is not included in the IMS Ibiza delegate badge. 

SEATS ARE LIMITED AND WILL SELL OUT.

Secure your IMS Legends Dinner now.

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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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).

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    • Full Wet Bar
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    • Studio-Style One Bedroom
    • King-Size Bed

IMS OFFERS BRANDS THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET VISIBILITY AMONGST GLOBAL INDUSTRY LEADERS.

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. 

IMS COCKTAIL & PROMOTIONAL PARTIES

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.

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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.

Attend IMS Ibiza

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.

As the end of 2015 nears, IMS is reflecting on a year of important, memorable talks from leaders of the electronic music industry. From Ibiza to Los Angeles and Shanghai to Singapore, revisit the Top 10 #IMSTalks of 2015.

#10. IMS Asia-Pacific: Keynote Interview – Armin van Buuren

Armin Van Buuren joined IMS Asia-Pacific for an insightful keynote interview where he shared his invaluable experience about the growth of electronic music in Asia and where he stands as an artist in today’s music landscape. He bared it all during his keynote, going so far as to share how being voted as the No. 1 DJ in the world made him question his own artist identity and seek professional help before finding himself musically again. He went on to address vital topics like drugs in electronic music, copyright law and being connected with his fans and the public opinion.

“When I was DJ Mag’s #1, I had a lot of pressure on my shoulders. People expected the stage to explode when I walked on. I wasn’t Armin anymore, I was just the #1 DJ in the world.”

#9. IMS Ibiza 2015: Keynote Interview – Carl Craig

At IMS Ibiza, Carl Craig sat in conversation with Executive Creative Director of Beatport Clark Warner for an in-depth and eye-opening discussion about the United States’ home of techno, Detroit and the climate of the United States’ maturing electronic music scene as a whole.

“It helps the whole scene when Steve Angello plays in Las Vegas. It doesn’t matter who it is – it’s a big step for the United States. It might not be your favorite electronic music, but it’s great that it’s getting recognized.”

#8. IMS Ibiza 2015 : Keynote Interview – Trevor Horn

IMS Ibiza saw a pair of music titans unite when Pete Tong sat down to interview Trevor Horn, the man who essentially invented the sound of the 80s as a pop music producer, songwriter, musician and singer. Trevor is a Grammy-winner and repeat winner for the BRIT Award’s Best British Producer and shared insight from a lifetime of experience building the foundations of today’s modern electronic music.

“People had done sound effects before, but nobody could understand how we could manipulate them that way until they could understand sampling. For about two years there was this sort of twilight time when it was all changing. and hardly anybody had the gear so nobody really knew what was going on.”

#7. IMS Asia-Pacific 2015: Keynote Address – Saving Sydney by Murat Kilic

During the second year of IMS Asia-Pacific, Murat Kilic of Reckless Republic and Spice in Australia delivered a commanding keynote that left the audience and people of the industry with an important lesson. Sharing his own personal experience, Murat explained how Sydney’s nightlife scene has been decimated by stringent government regulations and pleaded the industry to help save Sydney’s soul. His story comes as a cautionary tale for much of Asia-Pacific’s still young and growing industry as each region faces the challenges of balancing government support and growth.

“Sydney’s electronic music scene was changed by the government. Our community, our identity, our livelihood is all threatened. We have to save Sydney’s soul.”

#6. IMS Engage 2015: Kaskade In Conversation With Stuart Price

A highlight of 2015 occurred in Los Angeles during IMS Engage when Kaskade sat with three-time Grammy-winning producer Stuart Price. In Engage’s unique, unfiltered conversation format, the two masters of music discussed each of their prolific careers, music technology, how to best the issue of drugs in dance music and the rapid progression of electronic music as a whole.

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

#5. IMS Asia-Pacific 2015: Opening Keynote Address by Mark Lawrence

IMS Asia-Pacific kicked off with a compelling keynote from Mark Lawrence of the Association For Electronic Music (AFEM). Titled #SAFEINSOUND, Mark commented on the dire need to address the problem of drugs in electronic music and begin to seriously implement harm reduction strategies. Though his speech was directed towards the Asia-Pacific region’s recent turmoil with drug-related incidents, his words went far beyond the region’s boundaries and offered valuable advice for the industry as a whole.

“No parent should outlive their child, and we as a community have a duty to step up and make a difference wherever we can.”

#4. IMS Engage 2015: Chuck D In Conversation With Seth Troxler

The outspoken Seth Troxler and hip-hop legend Chuck D made for a powerful pairing of music mavens at IMS Engage earlier this year. By bringing two leaders in from distinctly different spectrums of music, a truly raw and revealing conversation about the ins and outs of the music industry as a whole was sparked. Ready for a lesson on Detroit and the ingenuity behind electronic music?

I’m envious of the way electronic dance music has organized itself. It understands what it is, and what it ain’t. – Chuck D

#3. IMS Ibiza 2015: Keynote Interview – Alexander Ljung from Soundcloud

A topic that garnered some of the most buzz this year was the issue of copyright, and naturally, Soundcloud, one of electronic music’s most popular platforms amongst artists and fans. At IMS Ibiza this year, Founder and CEO of Soundcloud Alexander Ljung sat and honestly answered questions about the challenges behind entanglement of copyright law and figuring out how to monetize his successful platform while moving forward with the industry.

“We need to reshape part of the industry, we need to build technology that’s never existed before, we need to influence people across different territories to get to the point where creativity is free.”

#2. IMS Ibiza 2015: B.Traits presents State of Mind

It comes as no surprise that one of the most impactful conversations this year came from IMS Ibiza and B. Traits. State of Mind was a discussion covering the ever important topic of drugs and harm prevention strategies not only in Europe, but across all varying markets. Alongside some of the most esteemed leaders in the space including professors and scientists, B. Traits manned a discussion that left an impression the entire industry should consider.

“It’s not pro-drug, it’s anti-death.” – Mark Lawrence

IMS Engage 2015: Quincy Jones In Conversation With Pete Tong

IMS prides itself on bringing together the chief leaders in music, and in 2015, we saw Quincy Jones sit in conversation with Pete Tong at IMS Engage in Los Angeles. The pair of musical titans discussed Quincy’s illustrious career: his experience working with legends like Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Sinatra and his opinion on modern day electronic music.

“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

Though Australia has long been seen as a leading market for electronic music with prominent artists like Flume and What So Not rising from the region as well as prolific major festival brands like Stereosonic. However, Murat Kilic of Reckless Republic and Spice in Australia offered an important and insightful look into the darker side of the Australian scene in his opening keynote titled “Saving Sydney.”

Murat himself was impacted by the city’s strict laws and regulations that were placed on the city’s once-prosperous nightlife and entertainment scene. He watched his own venue – which was previously thriving with success – crumble, and he told the heart-breaking story of how each of his employees were personally affected. The speech was difficult to hear, but a necessary cautionary tale to share with the room.

“We had to survive and adapt or we died – that was it. There were casualties. I was a casualty. Watching something you’ve built with love and passion be destroyed like a house of cards really hurts.”

Murat’s tale was a haunting story and warning of what tight government chokeholds could do to an entire city’s scene. Essentially, Sydney’s culture has been decimated and currently sits in a state of flux. Though the future of the city remains to be seen, Murat’s story is a crucial take away for industry professionals from all over Asia-Pacific and the world.

“We don’t really like change, but often change is necessary. Sometimes it comes from within us, and sometimes it comes from an external force. Sydney’s electronic music scene was changed by the government. Our community, our identity, our livelihood is all threatened. We have to save Sydney’s soul.”

Despite being the first speaker to kick off the morning session of IMS Asia-Pacific, Mark Lawrence of the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) commanded the attention of the entire room. His opening keynote was called #SAFEINSOUND, and as the title suggests, was an important call-to-action for the industry to focus on making the electronic music environment a safe one. Specifically, his speech referenced the omnipresent issue of drugs and asked global industry leaders in the room to take action in effort to preserve the future of electronic music.

“If the kids keep dying, the agency will be closed down. These words are as important now as they were a year ago.”

Eloquently, Mark explained that this issue spreads beyond country borders and has transcended across the years. Malaysia has essentially banned electronic music outright following the tragedy that struck at Future Music Festival Asia, but the issue doesn’t exist only in the Asia-Pacific region. Concern over drug-related incidents has existed for decades in prominent electronic music scenes in Europe and North America, and continues to plague the music we all know and love.

“No parent should outlive their child, and we as a community have a duty to step up and make a difference wherever we can.”

Watch this important IMS Talk in effort to be a part of making positive change and ensuring a bright future for the world’s electronic music.

On December 11th in 2015, International Music Summit returned for the second year of IMS Asia-Pacific in Singapore. One year ago, IMS made the pioneering decision to come to the Asia-Pacific region in effort to expand a market burgeoning with incredible potential and connect the distant East and Western cultures.

IMS Asia-Pacific’s theme this year was “Bridging the Gap,” a representation of the continuing effort the worldwide industry has made to congregate and communicate with the Asia-Pacific region’s local leaders. Over 20 different countries were represented at IMS Asia-Pacific, and speakers from all corners of the world came together to discuss pertinent topics for the region.

Panels tackled topics as controversial as Sydney’s dying electronic music culture to opinion on outdated copyright law and speakers like Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade and Sharam from Deep Dish made the one-day summit a memorable affair.

1. Drugs are still a prevalent and problematic issue – not only in Asia, but all over the world.

Mark Lawrence of the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) started off IMS Asia-Pacific with a somber, but compelling keynote. Titled #SAFEINSOUND, his address called the industry to action to actively work towards eliminating the issue of drug-related deaths through education and harm reduction.

“No parent should outlive their child. We, as a community, have a duty to step up and make a difference wherever we can.” – Mark Lawrence (CEO, AFEM

, UK)

The topic remained consistent throughout the day. Armin Van Buuren was passionate about his opinion of where drugs do (or don’t) belong in the scene and urged people to simply stop taking them and enjoy the music.

“It’s really important for people to learn about their own responsibilities. If you want dance music to grow, stop taking the illegal shit and move on.” – Armin Van Buuren

 (Artist, UK)

Fellow artist Kaskade shared the same sentiment as Armin, explaining that the strange dichotomy he lives in as a completely sober family man playing to crowds of partygoers often hyped up on illegal substances.

“Early in my career, I had people argue with me that I’d never be able to make music that people understand not sober. But I enjoy this music sober, and I think it’s possible for many other people to do the same.” – Kaskade (Artist, UK)

2. Sydney’s government has essentially decimated the city’s nightlife culture, and the rest of the world can use what happened there as a cautionary tale.

It was difficult, but necessary to hear Murat Kilic’s keynote speech about Saving Sydney at IMS Asia-Pacific. As an artist and CEO of Reckless Republic and Spice in Australia, his own personal story served as a cautionary tale of the possible effects and consequences a government chokehold can have not only on one successful venue, but also the city’s entire electronic music culture.



“We don’t really like change, but often change is necessary. Sometimes it comes from within us, and sometimes it comes from an external force. Sydney’s electronic music scene was changed by the government. Our community, our identity, our livelihood is all threatened. We have to save Sydney’s soul.” – Murat Kilic (Artist, CEO / Reckless Republic / Spice, Australia)

3. Electronic music’s image problem in the media must be addressed, and it starts from within the community.

Undoubtedly related to the the presence of drugs, another important discussion point was electronic music’s image issue in the media. In The Association for Electronic Music presents Protect the Dance Floor panel, local promoter and business leaders came to discuss what can and should be done in order to gain a wider and more accepting recognition in the mass media.

“For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. We have to look and see what we’ve done to actually perpetuate the resistance from the authorities. If you involve people, bring them in and make it inclusive, people will understand. Music is for everyone.” – Akshai Sarin (Artist, Creative Entrepreneur / ttogether.in, India)

“We need to stop being an easy target. The beauty of what we do is that it’s real, it’s organic. When it grows like that, it’s undeniable. We have to go back that.” – Murat Kilic (Artist, CEO / Reckless Republic / Spice, Australia)

4. What happened to SFX is a direct result of the changing landscape of electronic music.

Richie McNeill of SFX Asia and Australia sat in conversation with Sharam of Deep Dish for an unfiltered question and answer panel that left no topic unturned. Unavoidably, questions about SFX’s difficult year were directed at Richie, who went on to explain that the company’s struggles are largely accredited to the way electronic music as a whole has shifted. Media, he continued to explain, has also dramatized the story, but he confidently concluded that SFX will not be going anywhere for the next few years.

“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 flat-lined in some territories. It’s interesting times.” – Richie McNeill (Director of Special Operations Asia, SFX Live, Australia)

5. Copyright laws are outdated and need a serious reevaluation with the modern music consumer in mind.

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Armin Van Buuren is known for many things, but what some might not know about the talented producer is that he graduated with a law degree, making him a very knowledgeable source to discuss the controversial topic of copyright law. At IMS Asia-Pacific, Armin passionately jumped on the subject, explaining that in his and many other eyes in the industry, copyright laws are essentially meaningless.

“Something went wrong in the copyright discussion. If I whistle a song, we decided that under law – under the Berne Convention – that I now own the song, and if someone decides to recreate it, I could sue them. There isn’t a law that has been broken more than the copyright law.” – Armin Van Buuren (Artist
, Netherlands)

“It’s important for young people to understand what copyright really means. People don’t want to own music, they want to have access to it.” – Armin Van Buuren (Artist
, Netherlands)

The sentiment was repeated later in a keynote discussion with Kaskade, who echoed similar thoughts about the backwards mentality behind copyright regulations.

“We’re in a messed up time right now where copyright is getting in the way of a lot of creativity and expression.” – Kaskade (Artist, USA)

6. Overall, Asia has incredible potential to succeed as the next big market – but the progress depends largely upon government support.

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There didn’t seem to be a question about the possibility of success in the Asia-Pacific region both at IMS China and IMS Asia-Pacific. Going off of population numbers alone, it seems the region is destined for success. However, according to many of the artists and business professionals, both local and international, the potential success of each country relies very heavily upon Asian governments and their choice to support or deny the electronic music culture.

“The Asian market is one of the last markets to grow. I hope the Chinese government will be loyal with helping us get the right permits. The Asian youths really want this to happen. They really want dance music to grow. The only thing we can hope is that promoters get permission from local governments.” – Armin Van Buuren (Artist
, Netherlands)

This point was especially stressed during a tell-all keynote from Simon Napier-Bell, author and former music manager who brought the first music act Wham! into Communist China. He told his experience, pioneering the ‘Wild West’ of China and coercing the right people into allowing the group to enter into China, and stressed the necessity to continue to persevere when working with foreign Asian markets.

“You can’t just arrive and do business in China. People have to know you. You have to meet them, buy dinner, let them buy you dinner back. Then next time you can suggest a few things.” – Simon Napier-Bell (Author, Thailand, UK)

7. What Asia’s electronic music scene needs is to focus and develop internally before looking to expand internationally.

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A common question is the noticeable lack of Asian talents on the global scale of electronic music. But when the East Meets West panel of local talents of the Asia-Pacific region were questioned, most turned not to the international community, but rather to the Asian communities themselves. 

Australian output Kaz James explained that because the music is accessible, it sometimes breeds an interest in becoming a part of the scene for the wrong reasons.

“To be a real artist, you need to believe in what you do. People will see that, and respect what you do. EDM has become a consumer good. It’s become a processed food, kind of like a Big Mac. A lot of people made sacrifices and put effort into what we have now. But a lot of people don’t appreciate what those people did.” – Kaz James (Artist, UK / Australia)

Tennis chimed in with agreement, explaining that it is important for the music scene in Asia to now look internally to building a real, organic community and providing their artists with the support and growth opportunities in order to make an impact on a global scale.

“Creating a scene is about creating a community. It has to bond organically. It’s time for Asia to start creating label scenes and bring people to work together.” – DJ Tennis (Artist, Life and Death / Daze Agency / Elita Festival, Italy)

8. International promoters seeking a way into the Asian market need to find people they trust.

The Association for Electronic Music presents Develping the Eco-System panel brought together agents and promoters of the electronic music business from East and West to discuss ways to find success in the market. After a brief discussion about the immense potential of the many countries that make up Asia-Pacific, the panel stressed the importance of finding trustworthy people on-the-grounds in Asia to work with.

“I don’t see the market in Singapore, first hand. I have to work with someone in the market that I can trust and rely on that will put my artist in the best position possible.” – Ryan Saltzman (Agent / Co-Owner, The Bullitt Agency, USA / Barcelona)

9. Asia should move away from the DJ Mag 100 and look to local talents to help develop the scene.

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Because much of Asia still remains heavily focused on nightlife and club culture, the Developing the Eco-System panel emphasized a need for promoters to support local and up-and-coming talents or different genres to help develop Asia’s ear for sound.



“The crowd is so focused on the Top 100. If you’re not in the Top 100, they don’t want you. So it’s about education. It’s about getting to know the different directions.” – Erik Leenders (CFO, David Lewis Productions, Hong Kong)

“Flume, What So Not and Will Sparks all came from a local scene. It became a thing. They got loyal followings, and now they can tour the world. You really do have to develop your own sound in order to breakthrough somewhere else.” – Matt Nugent (Onelove Records, General Manager, Australia)

10. For Asia-Pacific, the future is bright.

Though many controversial topics were discussed at IMS Asia-Pacific, the one main takeaway was the powerful potential within the region waiting to be tapped by local and international professionals over the next few years. The Asia-Pacific region’s future is already promising, led by passionate local minds and guided by the extensive knowledge of international peers.



“I’ve always seen Asia as a place of opportunity, but now it feels like how it felt in 2008, 2009 in America. It was all leading up to something and we’re going to get to see what that is. That’s why we’re all here.” – Kaskade (Artist, USA)

ARMIN VAN BUUREN, KASKADE, SHARAM OF DEEP DISH AND MORE DIVE INTO INSIGHTS
ABOUT THE GREATER ASIA-PACIFIC REGION

On December 11th, International Music Summit gathered global players and leaders of the local industry together at the W Hotel Singapore – Sentosa Cove for the second edition of IMS Asia-Pacific. From morning until evening, the one-day summit’s keynotes and panels addressed essential topics of the Asia-Pacific region for a day of insightful and compelling takeaways from speakers like Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade, Sharam of Deep Dish and Richie McNeill of SFX Australia and Asia.

IMS Asia-Pacific drew business leaders, visionaries and both local and globally-renowned talents to the one-day summit. Approximately 300 delegates were in attendance, representing over 21 countries around the world.

One year away from the first IMS Asia-Pacific, there were heavy, but important topics to discuss. The day began with two captivating keynotes: Mark Lawrence of the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) first delivered a call to action to the industry to be a part of the positive change for the issue of drugs in electronic music. Later, Murat Kilic, artist and CEO of Reckless Republic and Spice in Australia illuminated the devastating consequences that a heavy-handed government can have on an entire region’s culture using Sydney as an example to learn from.

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“Our role is to ensure a bright and sustainable future for everyone in the region. We didn’t create the problem but we can be unified in creating a solution.”
– Mark Lawrence (CEO, AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, UK)

IMS Asia-Pacific welcomed three highly-anticipated keynotes from world-renowned artists Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade and Sharam of Deep Dish. Each artist had uniquely valuable insight to share thanks to a lifetime in the industry and their own experiences with the Asia-Pacific region, but several common threads of conversation were highlighted across all three discussions. Armin and Kaskade focused on the need to reevaluate copyright laws in a streaming-driven world while Sharam discussed how the music industry must react in light of recent terrorism events.

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“When I was DJ Mag’s #1, I had a lot of pressure on my shoulders. People expected the stage to explode when I walked on. I wasn’t Armin anymore; I was the #1 DJ in the world. I’ll tell you something from the heart – I do read all the criticism. I know exactly what’s going on.”
– Armin Van Buuren (Artist, Netherlands)

IMS co-founder Ben Turner shares: “IMS Asia-Pacific was a powerful call to action from industry leaders and artists about the measures this industry needs to take to help protect our future. To hear the likes of Armin, Sharam, DJ Tennis and Kaskade talk openly about drugs and terrorism was powerful in a country as sensitive as Singapore. We’re proud of the day and the event and thank everybody for their incredible contribution to this platform for thought, leadership and change.”

The summit’s theme “Bridging the Gap” represents the Summit’s intent to bring the vastly different cultures of East and West together. IMS Asia-Pacific was created to serve as a platform to learn from one another – in business and in culture – to help progress the phenomenon of electronic music. This year, panels like “Developing the Eco-System” and “East Meets West” aimed to pinpoint the major hurdles the Asia-Pacific region faces in its changing landscape of electronic music while imploring the valued insight of experienced professionals to push the market ahead.

IMS introduced Speed Networking as an innovative addition to the Summit’s schedule this year. Powered by Pioneer DJ, LIILT and DJ Mag ASEAN, Speed Networking gave IMS delegates the unique opportunity to sit one-on-one with the industry’s top leaders. Professionals from worldwide brands like SFX and Pacha and representatives from the US, UK, Netherlands, Japan and India were able to sit in conversation with delegates from IMS, creating the invaluable opportunity to connect and share ideas.

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

International Music Summit has grown to become one of the leading presences in electronic music, expanding across the globe with editions in Ibiza, Los Angeles, Shanghai and Singapore.

Speed Networking

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IMS introduced Speed Networking as an innovative addition to the Summit’s schedule this year. Powered by Pioneer DJ, LIILT and DJ Mag ASEAN, Speed Networking gave IMS delegates the unique opportunity to sit one-on-one with the industry’s top leaders.

Professionals from worldwide brands like SFX and Pacha and representatives from the US, UK, Netherlands, Japan and India were able to sit in conversation with delegates from IMS, creating the invaluable opportunity to connect and share ideas.
The International Music Summit has grown to become one of the leading forces in the forefront of electronic music, expanding across the globe with editions in Ibiza, Los Angeles, Shanghai and Singapore.

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W HOTEL, HOLLYWOOD

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MAY 25TH – 27TH, 2016
HARD ROCK HOTEL, IBIZA

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DATES TBA

It was an inspiring return to Singapore one year after our first IMS Asia-Pacific and see the progress and growth in the AP region. The Summit was a memorable learning experience thanks to our speakers, artists, sponsors and delegates from all around the world.

IMS expresses our deepest gratitude to all our sponsors, partners, delegates and all that came and made #IMSAsiaPacific a memorable event.

Our Founding Sponsors

Pioneer DJ
W Singapore-Sentosa Cove

Our Founding Partner

ZoukOut

Our Partners

Juice Singapore
Pulse Radio
OpenLab
Martin Harman

Our Ambassadors

Livescape
Hype Malaysia
UnMute Agency
MixMag Asia
Midnight Shift
Attica
DWYL

IMS Asia-Pacific is in one week! Today, the complete schedule with speaker and topic pairings has been revealed. From morning until night, delegates of International Music Summit will take part in unfiltered discussion with local and international pioneers to learn about the challenges and successes of the blossoming Asia-Pacific region as the industry heads into the new year.

Speed Networking

IMS Asia-Pacific is excited to introduce Speed Networking this year as another exciting opportunity for IMS delegates. Speed Networking pairs delegates with the world’s leading electronic music professionals for one-on-one meetings to discuss and share ideas.

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Later, delegates will have the unique opportunity to mingle alongside renowned artists and industry speakers for cocktails and an evening at IMS’ partner festival ZoukOut for a proper conclusion to a summit weekend.

Find out what IMS has in store for this packed one-day session. Speakers have been paired on panels and in keynote partnerships to tackle vital topics about the Asia-Pacific region.

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Capital: Taipei
Population: 23.4 million

Taiwan is a populous island off the east coast of China and while the island itself may be physically smaller than its neighboring countries, Taiwan has an immense and effective culture to offer. Taiwan considers itself an early embracer of electronic music amongst the Asia-Pacific region. Home to a Road to Ultra event and many other well-known parties, the country made itself known as a stop on the Asia circuit for international talents early on. When the electronic boom (both in culture and in finances), Taiwan presented the opportunistic chance for worldwide brands like Ultra to step in to provide the bookings and claim a valuable stake in the unique location.

Uniquely, Taiwan is home to a large underground scene. Thanks to its early familiarity with electronic music, many Taiwanese talents began cultivating their own interest in the music and helped to build the base for its own local music culture. Since, underground clubs like Korner have opened to continue supporting both local and global talents and continue the growing interest in electronic music as a whole.

Major Music Festivals:

Road to Ultra Taiwan
Spring Scream
2F White Party (canceled for venue concerns)
Spring Wave

Major Nightclubs:

Elektro
OMNI
Korner
Myst
Room 18

Taiwanese Talents:

DJ Cookie
Junior
Noodles
DJ Mykal (林哲儀)

Major concerns and limitations:

Fees for large-scale international bookings have skyrocketed
A strong divide between foreign and local scenes
Taiwan is not yet seen as a priority on the global scale

Unlike other surrounding territories, the government has not presented any major challenges to the growing interest in electronic music for Taiwan. Despite regular and uncommon permit issues, the major challenges that Taiwan faces do not come from an authoritative presence. Instead, many of the issues the country will have to hurdle over in the near future are challenges out of their control.

Though Taiwan has openly welcomed electronic music for years, booking fees for major artists have skyrocketed since the electronic music phenomenon took off in the West, making it extremely difficult to successfully bring “headlining” artists to Taiwan. Furthermore, Taiwan has not yet established itself as a major global player in the electronic scene. With high booking fees and a low priority rating for international players, Taiwan faces the challenge of finding ways to avoid being overlooked on the international circuit.

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Capital: Bangkok
Population: 67 million

Thailand is a popular tourist destination – and rightfully so. Known for incredible Thai food, gorgeous sights and one of the most legendary parties in the world, there’s no doubt that Thailand has also become a leader in Asia’s electronic music space. Travelers and locals alike familiar with the Full Moon Party know what kind of a celebration Thailand can throw, and from that party-mentality, major music festivals like Wonderfruit have grown and seen rapid success.

Because Thailand is already a major tourist touchdown, its nightlife and festival scene has had no difficulty in attracting attendees. Despite having a strict no drug tolerance policy, Thailand remains one the more liberal countries in Asia, allowing the country to fully take in all that electronic music has had to offer.

Major Music Festivals:

Wonderfruit
808 Festival
Waterzonic
Together Festival

Major Nightclubs:

Glow
Dark Bar
Live RCA

Thai Talents:

Sunju Hargun
Nakadia
Montonn Jira
King Kong

Major concerns and limitations:

Though not as immediately problematic as it is in other countries, Thailand has a strict and plausible death penalty drug policy

Thailand has allowed electronic music to grow healthily in the country for several years, and now, an underground extension has also come to fruition. Thailand venues and festivals balance the commercial and underground tastes while also harboring its own pool of local talents like house artist Sunju Hargun and more.

Though Thailand seems to be on a straightforward trajectory to success in the electronic music realm, it is important for the global players to recognize Thailand as more than just a tourist hotspot and rather as a growing presence in the industry. Additionally, while it has not been as problematic as it has been for other surrounding countries, Thailand does implement a strict drug policy that threatens the death penalty for drug trafficking.

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IMS has revealed the panel topics for IMS Asia-Pacific! Keynote interviews with Kaskade and Armin Van Buuren and important discussions about Saving Sydney and Developing the Eco-System will focus on the issues at hand for the Asia-Pacific region.

TOPICS

SAVING SYDNEY

Hear about how their scene has been decimated and how to stop it from happening to yours.

PROTECT THE DANCEFLOOR

Deeper discussion about the entire-region and the scene’s challenges to operate.

EAST MEETS WEST

Artists from both side of the planet discuss Asia and how they approach conquering the region.

DEVELOPING THE ECO-SYSTEM

Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) reviews how the Asia-Pacific eco-system is evolving and how to unblock key pathways to success.

KEYNOTE INTERVIEWS

Armin Van Buuren and Kaskade under the spotlight.

IN CONVERSATION

Sharam of Deep Dish with the Head of Beatport Asia, Richie McNeill.

NEW HORIZONS

Presentations on key new initiatives in the region from ID&T and others.

 

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International Music Summit is thrilled to announce the addition of world-renowned Dutch legend Armin Van Buuren to the growing list of speakers set to spark the conversation at IMS Asia-Pacific. Four-time No. 1 DJ in the world and one of select few trance artists to receive a Grammy nomination, Armin Van Buuren is a valuable keynote speaker with incredible insight and experience to share about the booming electronic music market in Asia.

More than 25 speakers have already been announced for IMS Asia-Pacific in Singapore including Kaskade, Sharam of Deep Dish, Kaz James, Mark Lawrence, Richie McNeill of Beatport Asia and Australia and many more.

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SPEAKER LIST

– MORE SPEAKERS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON –

ARMIN VAN BUUREN (Artist, Netherlands)
KASKADE (Artist / USA)
SHARAM (Artist / USA)
RICHIE MCNEILL (Director of Special Operations Asia / Beatport /Australia)
SIMON NAPIER-BELL (Author / Artist Manager / UK)
SCARLETT ETIENNE (Artist / Hong Kong / Bali)
DJ TENNIS (Artist / Life & Death / Daze Agency / Elita Festival / Italy)
KAZ JAMES (Artist / Australia / UK)
RAHUL KUKREJA (Co-founder / Livescape / Malaysia)
KAVAN SPRUYT (Artist / Midnight Shift / Singapore)
FRANK COTELA (Promoter / Director / Totem Onelove / Australia)
MARK LAWRENCE (CEO / Association for Electronic Music / UK)
MIKHAIL SCHEMM (Editor-in-Chief / Pulse Radio / Philippines)
GODWIN PEREIRA (Owner / Club KYŌ / Singapore)
RYAN SALTZMAN (Agent / Co-Owner, The Bullitt Agency, USA / Barcelona)
EMILY HOU (Senior Manager / Bookings / Storm Festival / China)
LAU HOE YIN BLINK (Head of Programme / Zouk Kuala Lumpur / Malaysia)
ALEKS LJUBOJEVIC (Agent / Anna Agency / Netherlands)
FINLAY JOHNSON (Agent / WME / UK)
PRATEEK PANDEY (Promoter / sLick! / India)
AKSHAI SARIN (Artist / Promoter / India)
MURAT KILIC (Artist / CEO / Reckless Republic / Spice / Australia)
CHRIS HO (Artist / Music Journalist / Radio Presenter / Lush 99.5 / Singapore)
MATT NUGENT (Head of A&R / Onelove Records / Australia)
DJ SABRINA (Artist / Singapore)
MR HAS (Artist / Music Director / W Hotel / Asia Pacific)

BEATPORT LABEL DISCOUNT

IMS and Beatport have partnered for a special deal available for delegates only. For labels, Beatport is offering a 50% Beatport Label Discount. Only one badge per label is valid for this offer.

Email imslabel@beatport.com for a discount code.

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LAST DAYS TO BOOK AT DISCOUNTED RATE

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Through IMS, The W is offering a special rate for delegates only: 345 SGD per night from the 9th-12th of December. Booking deadline December 3rd. For questions about extra nights or any other information, please contact The W.

ZOUKOUT FESTIVAL
20% OFF FOR DELEGATES

ONCE REGISTERING AS AN ASIA-PACIFIC DELEGATE,
A LINK WILL BE SENT TO PURCHASE DISCOUNTED TICKETS.

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After IMS, there is no better celebration than ZoukOut Festival! Taking place the December 11th and 12th, our partner festival ZoukOut provides the perfect place to wrap up an eventful weekend with headliners Tiësto, Kaskade, Axwell V Ingrosso, Deep Dish, Paul Oakenfold and many more.

For delegates only, the festival is offering 20% off ZoukOut tickets, maximum one ticket per delegate, all purchases will be checked against your name.

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DECEMBER 11, 2015
W SINGAPORE – SENTOSA COVE

With the second edition of IMS Asia-Pacific in less than a month, IMS is excited to unveil the first speakers and theme.

UPDATE!: ARMIN VAN BUUREN TO BE SPEAKING

The five-time number one DJ in the world, Armin van Buuren will take the stage at IMS Asia-Pacific 2015 at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove.

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Kaskade, one of the biggest American DJs whose dominance of North America helped transform the global market for EDM; Sharam, one half of the Grammy award-winning duo, Deep Dish; Richie McNeill of Beatport in Asia and Australia; artist manager of WHAM! and author Simon Napier-Bell; Mark Lawrence of Association For Electronic Music; and Ryan Saltzman of Bullitt Bookings in North America, are just some of the names from the diverse list of speakers. On Dec 11, the global and local leaders will take to the summit stage in panels, keynote interviews and speeches.

The theme for this year’s summit, “Bridging The Gap” aims to continue the effort of bringing the cultures and industries of the East and West together through thoughtful panels, keynote interviews and speeches and community building between leaders from all across the world.

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ASIA-PACIFIC SPOTLIGHT SERIES

IMS has rolled out a new Spotlight series that highlights the colorful and growing markets that make up the Asia-Pacific region. Read about important festival brands, up-and-coming artists and challenges each individual country will face in the IMS Spotlights below.

AUSTRALIA:

http://bit.ly/IMSAP_Aus

INDIA:

http://bit.ly/IMSAP_India

JAPAN:

http://bit.ly/IMSAP_Japan

MALAYSIA:

http://bit.ly/IMSAP_Malaysia

SINGAPORE:

http://bit.ly/IMSAP_Singapore

SOUTH KOREA:

http://bit.ly/IMSAP_SKorea

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Capital: Canberra
Population: 23 million

Australia is known for many things: the distinguished Sydney Opera House, kangaroos and koalas, The Great Barrier Reef and of course, an outpour of outstanding electronic music talent. Dozens of revered DJs and producers have hailed from the ‘Land Down Under’ like Flume, NERVO, Knife Party, Anna Lunoe and plenty more. Though Australia is often likened to the West, the massive continent is undoubtedly part of the Asia-Pacific region and a market that cannot be ignored.

The country is home to a handful of major cities like Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth that lend themselves as hubs for music culture to thrive. Both in nightlife and in festival culture, Australia has consistently remained at the brink of showcasing the next big thing in electronic music, right alongside Europe and America. In fact, electronic music has been so widely received in Australia that over saturation of the market – a problem the Western territories also face – is a very real concern for the region.

Major Festivals:

Stereosonic (Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne)
Big Day Out (Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Perth)
Future Music Festival (Cancelled in 2015)
Defqon.1 (Sydney)
Lost Paradise (Sydney)
Subsonic (Monkerai)
Strawberry Fields (Melbourne)

Major Nightclubs:

Marquee (Sydney)
The Ivy (Sydney)
The Greenwood (Sydney)
Home (Sydney)
Family (Brisbane)
Elsewhere (Brisbane)
Sugar (Adelaide)
New Guemica (Melbourne)
Brown Alley (Melbourne)

Australian Talents:

Flume
NERVO
Knife Party
Anna Lunoe
Hermitude
Chet Faker
Thomas Jack
Peking Duk

Major challenges and limitations:

Oversaturation in the festival market
Synthetic drugs
Harsh crackdown and regulation implementation for venues

Though Australia’s electronic music scene has managed to skyrocket much like other Western regions, the country is already beginning to see issues arise for some of the most major local brands. Due to oversaturation, former dominating festival brands like Future Music Festival have had to cancel all future editions and similarly, the country’s traveling festival Stereosonic has also announced a major downscale for 2015. Though the music itself remains extremely popular, it seems as though the festival brands are not seeing the same revenue results.

Additionally, the country has seen officials of the region tighten their belts in terms of venue regulations for electronic music events. Curfews, lockouts and even limitations on alcohol consumption have seeped into the nightlife culture in Australia, pushing fans away from the thriving music culture. Surprisingly, drugs are not the priority issue, though in more recent headlines, the country has seen a spike in synthetic drugs, which have been proven to be extremely dangerous – more so than regular recreational drugs.

Despite many looming challenges, Australian clubs do continue to bring in famous global talents and successfully sell out clubs and tickets every weekend. In comparison to most other Asia-Pacific regions, Australia is a massive presence with at least five major cities representing and demonstrating a strong presence on the global scale of electronic music. Australia also continues to nurture and output leading talents in electronic music that tend to offer a unique twist on “electronic music,” making Australia a consistent and undeniably valuable asset for the international industry.

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Capital: Seoul
Population: 50 million

South Korea is a country with a rich, colorful history and made up of a population of people that don’t hesitate to celebrate the unique cultural components that come out of their country. From K-Pop to Korean soap operas, it’s safe to say that Korea is easily hooked on cultural phenomena. Much like Tokyo, Seoul is a bustling metropolitan capital that thrives off of its youth culture. Though K-Pop remains a dominant musical obsession for many, the doors have obviously been thrust wide open for the emergence of electronic music, festivals and artists themselves.

Major Music Festivals:

Ultra Music Festival Korea
Global Gathering Korea
Seoul World DJ Festival

Major Nightclubs:

Octagon
The A Club
Ellui

Korean Talents:

Tokimonsta (Korean-American)
Shut Da Mouth
Steve Wu
Massive Ditto
JennyFTS

Major challenges and limitations:

Developing a real appreciation for music aside from “top hits”

Ultra Music Festival marked South Korea as one of the first few countries to watch when it first brought the Korean edition in 2012. This was a relatively early expansion in terms of the global electronic music boom, placing South Korea as one of the pioneers within the Eastern world for the industry. Since, other successful festivals like Global Gathering and Seoul World DJ Festival have continued to cultivate an interest in the music, and globally renowned headliners like The Chainsmokers, NERVO, Skrillex, David Guetta and many more have since visited the country to perform.

South Korea was one of the earliest Asian markets to open up to electronic music. In the early 2000s, there was already interest in the music and soon, major nightclubs like Octagon, The A and Ellui appeared to supplement the growing demand for ‘EDM’ talent.

Though this explosion also helped to encourage Korea’s own talent to begin experimenting with electronic music, DJs and producers in the region will face the challenge of truly bringing their own take and twist to the music without falling prey to what is considered a generic hit. Korean group Shut Da Mouth told DJ Mag that most club goers are eager to hear progressive and electro sounds and not much else. It will be important for these artists to take it upon themselves to distance nightclub culture from electronic music and find their own sound in the mix.

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Capital: New Delhi
Population: 1.2 billion

India has an enormous international presence, both in population size and cultural influence, and an equally substantial part of the Asia-Pacific region. As the seventh largest country in the world and the capital of Bollywood, India is a standout in entertainment culture in the Eastern region.

It comes as no surprise that India has quickly become a leader in embracing electronic music culture in the Asia-Pacific region. The populous country has adopted the music with lightning fast speed – already, young festivals have been widely successful and the music both commercial and underground has gained incredible traction amongst the country’s audience. In fact, electronic music’s influence is already so strong that much of Bollywood and its music has become heavily influenced by electronic sounds.

Major Music Festivals:

Sunburn
VH1 Supersonic
Enchanted Valley Carnival
NH7 Weekender

Major Nightclubs:

Kitty Su (Mumbai, New Delhi and Chandigarh)
BlueFrog (Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore)
IKandy (New Delhi)
Humming Tree (Bangalore)

Major Artists:

Arjun Vagale
BLOT
Kohra
Nucleya

Major concerns and limitations:

Major concerns and limitations:
Each state in India has its own laws
Venues face strict restrictions
Balancing low ticket prices and high production costs

Electronic music culture is already robust and thriving in the country of India. Thanks to such a high demand and interest, brands have already begun the process of formalizing the young industry by supporting major music festivals like Sunburn, VH1 Supersonic as well as incoming international brands like Sensation, Awakenings and interest from Tomorrowland.

In addition to growing festival brands, a major component of a country’s ability to grow and nurture electronic music are its own local output. Local talents coming out of India have already begun to travel internationally to showcase their talents. The country continues to progress by establishing labels and support systems for local talents, making the electronic music growth both an internal and external force.

Though the growth in India seems generally optimistic, the country still has several limitations it must be aware of in order to properly maintain the explosive progression it is currently experiencing. Specifically, the government is still getting familiarized with the culture, and because each state in India has its own laws, often putting on large-scale events or successfully building a nightclub brand has been difficult. Additionally, those who host the large festivals are finding a need to balance low ticket prices to continue making it accessible while also dealing with high production costs.

Check out this video by Bose exploring the vibrant electronic music scene in India.

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One month from today, International Music Summit returns to Singapore for the second edition of IMS Asia-Pacific. On December 11th, 2015, IMS Asia-Pacific will come home to the beautiful W Singapore – Sentosa Cove for a one-day summit that explores the progression, possibilities and challenges the Asia-Pacific electronic music industry will face.

This year, the theme of IMS Asia-Pacific is “Bridging the Gap,” a continuation of the first year’s mission to connect cultures from across the globe. Through impactful discussions about artists, music, business, technology and festival brands, local and international leaders will join together in panels, keynote interviews and speeches for the collective goal to push the electronic music industry forward.

In preparation for IMS Asia-Pacific, International Music Summit has released spotlights on countries within the Asia-Pacific region. Learn more about MalaysiaJapan and Singapore’s blossoming electronic music industries, and keep an eye out for more spotlights to come.

In addition to forthcoming spotlights, watch this space for speaker announcements coming soon.

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Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Population: Over 30 million

Malaysia is a multifaceted country with so much to offer. Split into two parts, the country is a cherished balance of tropical Asian jungles and wildlife and the expansive growing cityscapes of Kuala Lumpur. Like much of Asia-Pacific, Malaysia is a unique melting pot of surrounding cultures – of food, history, arts and more – creating something special all of its own.

Still a young, emerging market, Malaysia is quickly joining the ranks of other Asian-Pacific regions in terms of electronic music. The region showed immense interest in electronic music early on, allowing Future Music Festival Asia to become one of the largest electronic music festivals in the market from its inception in 2012. Tickets grew from 15,000 to 85,000 within three years until a string of drug-related deaths and hundreds of arrests caused the Malaysian government to halt the festivals and large-scale events in order to reevaluate how to approach the growing phenomenon in relation to the country’s drug policies.

Major Music Festivals:

Future Music Festival Asia (Cancelled 2015)
Heineken Thirst (Cancelled 2015)
Life in Color (Cancelled 2014)

Major Nightclubs:

Zouk Club Malaysia
Play Club

Malaysian Talents:

Goldfish & Blink
Eva T

Legal concerns:

Extensive process to gain approval from PUSPAL for event and artist approval
Strict drug policy

Still, Malaysian electronic music continues to thrive through the busy nightlife scene. Major nightclubs like Zouk and Play Club draw in global electronic music talents to the country. A majority of the audience in Malaysia are interested in commercial electronic music, or what would usually be categorized as EDM. Some subgenres like trance and house still retain a following in Malaysia, but since the EDM explosion in the West, the country has also mainly followed suit.

Though Malaysia may no longer play host to any large-scale music festivals, the interest and potential remains. Nearby festivals like Ultra Music Festival in Korea or Bali and ZoukOut in Singapore close options for the surfacing electronic music audience in Malaysia. Though none have yet to break the international barrier, the country continues to output up-and-coming talent like Goldfish & Blink and Eva T which were showcased alongside global talents during Malaysia’s previous music festival editions.

 

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In 2014, IMS sought to expand into the progressive Eastern electronic music market. Singapore became an obvious choice for IMS Asia-Pacific with its tropical weather and bustling culture that is the perfect blend of foreign and familiar. Singapore brings together the Eastern and Western worlds, and it’s time to find out exactly why this charming city is the go-to destination for electronic music mavens and curious travelers all around the world.

1. IT’S THE GATEWAY OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC IN ASIA

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Singapore has always been a progressive and connected hub in Asia-Pacific. “Singapore is the gateway to electronic music in Asia,” Ben Turner, Co-Founder of IMS explained.

Singapore’s Zouk was of the first super clubs of the region and continues to be one of the world’s biggest club brands. The city has continued to push forward in expanding and exploring the possibilities for electronic music.

2. EAT FANTASTIC FOOD IN ONE OF ASIA’S CULINARY CAPITALS

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Singapore is a gastronomy capital of Asia, and rightfully so. Thanks to its geographic location and colorful history, Singapore is a melting pot of Asian cultures and cuisine with flavors coming from across the region. A rise in gourmet venues run by top chefs has given way to a new style of eating out. From phenomenal street food to international acclaimed restaurants and molecular gastronomy, Singapore has it all – just make sure you arrive at IMS Asia-Pacific with an empty belly.

3. PARTY AT THE LARGEST BEACH FESTIVAL IN ASIA

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Inspired by the beaches and legends of Ibiza, IMS’ partner festival ZoukOut knows how to bring a festival. The line up alone boasts a little something for everyone – from leading mainstream names like Tiësto, Axwell V Ingrosso and DJ Snake to the top underground talents like Dixon, DJ Tennis and Jamie Jones, there’s a beat to dance to for any taste. On December 11th and 12th, ZoukOut takes over Siloso Beach in Sentosa to showcase an eclectic mix of talents across the electronic spectrum: techno, underground, big room and even local Singaporean talents will make this event one you can’t miss.

4. CONNECT WITH A TRULY GLOBAL NETWORK

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Whether you’re a Westerner seeking a way into the market or from the Asia-Pacific region and looking to expand, there is no better location to head to than Singapore for IMS. Asia-Pacific is the next lucrative market for electronic music and Singapore is it’s meeting point – the ideal location to bridge the gap between the East and West. IMS Asia-Pacific is where the global community unites to bring together top industry leaders, artists, promoters and brands from the region.

5. EXPLORE AND BRIDGE CULTURAL DIFFERENCES

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As global as the industry may be, each venture into a new market requires a bridge between the two distinct cultures. Last year at IMS Asia-Pacific, local leaders educated our global audience about the importance of how sensitive Asia is to the issue of drugs and drug-related deaths. Investing and learning about one can only be done effectively with feet on the ground in the region and with stories from local counterparts of Asia-Pacific. IMS offers the unique opportunity to spark valuable conversations like these with leading figures of the region.

There is so much to be learned and taken away from the region – from the market opportunity to the sights to see and foods to eat – Singapore is a music capital and a cultural exploration that can’t be missed.

 

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IMS and Beatport have partnered for this special deal. For labels, Beatport is offering a 50% Beatport Label Discount for IMS Asia-Pacific. Only one badge per label is valid for this offer.

Email imslabel@beatport.com for a discount code.

 

IMS had the honour of being the first electronic music summit to take place in China on October 2nd in Shanghai. Now, IMS China is ready to share a video recap of the successful event to our global community. Take a look at what important lessons and insights international and local leaders shared on our IMS stage.

Full panel videos out soon.

MEMORABLE QUOTES

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“If a 3% penetration is applied to China, that means 6.6 mil potential festival attendees.”
– ERIC ZHO (Founder, CEO, A2LiVE/ STORM Festival, China)

“Electronic music is one of the most worldwide, influential music products. The energy of EDM is without language.”
– NOEL LEE (Founder, Chairman & CEO Monster Products)

“The drivers of growth will rely on localization. And also promoters who will push and educate the crowd.”
– JASON SWAMY (HK promoter, DWYL, Wonderfruit, HK)

“We feel like we’re in EDU, educating the crowd, the government. That’s the goal: educate the government about the EDM industry as a whole.”
– ALAN HSIA (Co-founder, theLOOP, Inc, Taiwan)

There is only one week left to secure an Early Bird badge to IMS Asia-Pacific in Singapore on December 11th!

IMS will bring international speakers and delegates together in the hub of the Asian electronic music scene for a discussion that bridges East and West in a way that truly expands our global industry.

Join the conversation!

After October 30th, regular price badges will be available until November 20th and late price badges until December 11th.

BADGES ON SALE NOW!

DECEMBER 11TH AT W SINGAPORE – SENTOSA COVE

Sights are now set on the final edition of International Music Summit of the calendar year: IMS Asia-Pacific. Now in its second year, Asia-Pacific is gearing up for a welcomed homecoming. After building momentum from its first year and the most recent IMS China, IMS is bringing the Eastern industry into worldwide spotlight. IMS Asia-Pacific serves as the perfect platform to unite, discuss and collaborate as electronic music continues about the entire region.

IMS Co-Founder Ben Turner comments: “The feedback from IMS Asia-Pacific year one was incredibly positive so we’re delighted to be returning to W Singapore – Sentosa Cove in December. After the success of the inaugural IMS China recently in Shanghai, we’re really putting a huge focus and emphasis on this region. However, IMS Asia-Pacific is about the whole AP market so a broader discussion will take place. High-level networking, inspiring content, and the chance to keep learning about this great landscape for the music we live and love.”

IMS is excited to announce that Pioneer DJ will continue the long-term partnership with IMS for the Asia-Pacific event. IMS is an essential part of how Pioneer DJ plugs in to the pulse of the industry, and is a powerful body in the IMS platform eco-system and a leading force both in the electronic music and technology industries.

President and CEO of Pioneer DJ, Yoshiaki Ide, shares: “Pioneer DJ are extremely proud to support IMS Asia-Pacific for the second year. IMS Ibiza and LA have proved to be credible catalysts for moving the industry forward. Asia is also an important market for dance music, and we’re keen to continually develop our understanding of how to drive the region forward.”

W Hotels continues to be a partner of IMS after serving as the home of the first IMS Asia-Pacific last year. Additionally, W Hotels has also supported the summits in Ibiza and Los Angeles, continually supporting the electronic music industry with creative initiatives to inspire its guests.

Arnaud Champenois, the Asia-Pacific Senior Brand Director for W Hotels, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection and Le Méridien comments: “Music is an integral part of the W lifestyle, and our partnership with IMS Asia-Pacific allows us to continue to bring what’s new and next in music to our guests at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove. This year, we are also excited to debut Hasnor Sidik (DJ Mr. Has) as our Music Director for W Hotels in Asia Pacific. Mr. Has will play a key role throughout the IMS Asia Pacific Summit by engaging in compelling dialogue with industry leaders while representing W Hotels.”

IMS is the premier platform of thought leadership in electronic music, fronted by music icon and industry leader Pete Tong. After hosting international and local leaders in discussion last year, IMS Asia-Pacific is setting the stage for an even further expansion, as well as a deeper connection to unearthing the unique and valuable aspects of this region. IMS is partnered with W Hotels worldwide, the global boutique hotel destination which has enabled the IMS brand to evolve outside of Ibiza into North America and Asia-Pacific through continued support in building platforms for debate through events.

BADGES NOW ON SALE

Badges are now on sale! Badges include access to all panels, a buffet lunch and the cocktail party. Early bird badges will be available at 110€ until October 30th, and regular badges will be available for 130€ until November 20th. Late badges will be available for 160€.

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BEATPORT LABEL DISCOUNT

IMS and Beatport have teamed up to offer a 50% Beatport Label Discount. One badge per label is valid.

Email imslabel@beatport.com for a discount code.

W SINGAPORE SENTOSA-COVE: THE IMS ASIA-PACIFIC HOME

IMS returns to its Asia-Pacific home, the beautiful W Singapore – Sentosa Cove! Through IMS, W Singapore – Sentosa Cove is offering delegates special rates of 345 SGD per night from the 9th-11th of December. For questions about extra nights and any other information, please contact whotels.singapore@whotels.com.

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SPECIAL PRICING FOR ZOUKOUT FESTIVAL FOR DELEGATES


After IMS, celebrate and welcome the weekend with ZoukOut! ZoukOut is the perfect way to wrap up the second year of IMS Asia-Pacific with artists like Tiësto, Axwell Ingrosso, Nervo, Jamie Jones, Dixon, Deep Dish, Paul Oakenfold and many more. For delegates only, the festival is offering 20% off ZoukOut tickets, maximum one ticket per delegate, all purchases will be checked against your name.

IMS China opened the doors to the market for both local and international leaders.
Where do we go from here?

International Music Summit expanded its reach into the mysterious and massive market of China for the first time this year. Landing in Shanghai on October 2nd, 250 delegates from all around the world and locally from China congregated for a one-day summit of panels and keynote interviews to learn and exchange ideas about this rapidly growing market.

17 different countries were represented at IMS China and the discussions covered important topics to properly grow the market like brand presence, the nightlife culture and the exclusive marketing and Internet strategies that must be taken in order to penetrate China’s market.

Through quotes and guiding notions from our esteemed speakers, we’ve compiled a list of 10 major takeaways from IMS China.

1. UNDERSTAND THE MARKET AND ITS POTENTIAL

With 1.6 billion people in China alone, the inaugural Business Report tailored specifically for China illuminated that even with a 3% penetration increase, the potential target market could be 6.6 million people. Event capacity and ticket sales continue to grow as well, reflecting the positive and explosive reaction people in China are beginning to show towards electronic music.

“There is huge potential to grow the market. Penetration is currently 1/90th of that in the USA. […] If the Chinese market were even a quarter of where the US is, there would be 40 new music festivals a year as big as STORM.” – Kevin Watson

2. FAMILIARIZE WITH THE DIVERSE POPULATION

“When China’s middle class grows, so does everything else. 18.2% of the population are middle class, and by 2020, this will be nearly 40%.” – Eric Zho, founder of A2Live and STORM Festival

China’s population is extremely diverse, making it all the more important to truly understand the differentiation between each demographic when considering these enormous statistics.

3. DIANYINTAI AIMS TO SOLVE THE INTERNET DIVIDE

Eric Zho of STORM Festival announced his plans to launch DIANYINTAI, China’s new hub for electronic music that will channel music from local China to the rest of the world. China lacks access to basic social media and music tools often used in the Western world like Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud and Spotify.

“DIANYINTAI’s goals will be discovery of music and chart-topping tracks, new genres, and buying tickets. It will be the one stop solution for EDM fans in China.”

4. ARTISTS MUST TAKE AN EXTRA STEP TO LOCALIZE IN CHINA

“Artists just aren’t making the effort to break through in China. You need a localized approach if you want to break through. Localize. Collaborate. Adapt.” – James Grant, Manager of Above & Beyond.

In order for artists to truly build a fan base in China, extra steps and localized efforts will have to be made both online and internally to understand the region in order to succeed.

5.  ENCOURAGE A LOVE FOR THE MUSIC

“You want to make sure that the music element is not neglected. At the end of the day, that’s what drives everything else.” Kurosh Nasseri, Attorney and Artist Manager of Paul Van Dyk

The next goal for China and its local leaders are to encourage and support a uniquely local market. Local leaders should look inwards rather than outwards.

6.  GROW FROM THE INSIDE OUT

An entire panel was dedicated to The Great Firewall of China, the government-mandated ban on the Internet networks of the country that disable access to popular and widely used social media and music tools like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SoundCloud and Spotify.

Quickly, the conversation shifted less from understanding the blockage to looking at the issue in a different perspective. Focus less on infiltration from outside in, and examine how to work from the inside first.

“The fact that you can’t access YouTube doesn’t mean that you can’t bring it to a local partner here in China. We can mimic what we’ve done on the outside.” – Greg Consiglio, CEO of Beatport

7.  CHINA’S INDUSTRY STILL NEEDS RULES

“In China, it’s still brand new. There’s no copyright protection, no legal streaming rules. That’s another Firewall. […] The Firewall is figuring out how we get something back. We must invest to figure out how to get paid.” – Eelko van Kooten, CEO of Spinnin Records

China’s industry has yet to set the same rules and standards that exist in Western counterparts. Specifically, copyright protection and properly compensating artists for their work will be an issue in the future.

8.  THE GOVERNMENT IS BEHIND THE MOVEMENT

“It’s rather practical for the government to have a festival rather than build an amusement park. The government is welcome to it. It will bring tourism for them. […] We need to influence the government and show them the other options.” – Irene Yang of MIDI Festival

Local leader Irene Yang of MIDI Festival based in Beijing stated that the government sees the benefit of providing festivals as a form of entertainment. Additionally, she shared that China is currently desperate to encourage their own culture to grow.

9.  DO NOT RELY ON BRAND MARKETING

“Problems in China come when people rely entirely on brand marketing. You must understand the motivations of the local audience.” – Andrew Bull, Director of Shine Communications in China

Because China’s electronic industry grew out of a heavily money and brand-infused nightlife culture, worldwide brands like Budweiser have invested heavily into the market. However, Andrew explains that this cannot be used as a crutch for internationals interested in entering into the region.

10.  ELECTRONIC MUSIC HAS ARRIVED IN CHINA (AND EVERYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD TOO)

A final note and takeaway from IMS China came from Noel Lee, the Founder of Monster Products, which created Monster which would eventually become Monster Beats, then Beats by Dre, which was sold to Apple for $3 billion.

“Electronic music is one of the most worldwide, influential music products. The energy of EDM is without language.”

One of the major reasons for electronic music’s explosive growth in China is due to its ability to defy language and cultural barriers. Supporting this idea, Noel applied this notion to the topic of Brands in China and also to the entire genre and industry of electronic music.

PAUL OAKENFOLD, ERIC ZHO OF A2LIVE/STORM, GREG CONSIGLIO OF BEATPORT AND MORE
SHARE INVALUABLE INSIGHT TO THE FUTURE OF CHINA’S ELECTRONIC MUSIC SCENE

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“The opportunity has always been there. It’s just about the appetite for risk.” – Jason Swamy (HK promoter, DWYL, Wonderfruit, HK)

International Music Summit, the premier platform for thought leadership in electronic music, has concluded the inaugural edition of IMS China in Shanghai. On October 2nd, international and local artists, business leaders and visionaries congregated at the Hyatt on the Bund in Shanghai.

IMS China is a collaboration between IMS and A2Live / STORM Festival, along with event partners Budweiser, Delta and Dreamworker Communications. IMS China attracted 250 delegates from 17 different countries with over 40 international and local media outlets in attendance.

“All I hear is that it’s not going to work. But we’re all here for a reason. People believe that it will work.” – Eddie Dean (Director, Pacha Macau & Pacha NYC, USA)

“Awakening the Dragon” was a one-day summit designed to explore and discuss the immense potential of China as a new market for electronic music. Panels like “Getting It Right the First Time,” “Brands in China,” “The Great Firewall,” and “Events in China” explored vital topics for the flourishing market such as the lack of access to Internet platforms and the rapidly growing nightlife industry in relation to sponsorships in China.

IMS co-founder Ben Turner states: “This was a fascinating first insight into this region. The potential in IMS and in China is clear to us all… Today was an amazing first start. Seeing some of the world’s most established industry leaders taking notes from the leading Chinese players was a joy to watch. It’s hard to believe IMS has landed here in China. A big thank you to Eric Zho, his A2Live / STORM team and team IMS for making it a reality.”

Founder of A2Live / STORM Festival Eric Zho states: “IMS China has brought a wealth of knowledge and relationship to foster the domestic electronic music industry, I am looking forward to see the next edition in action! This is the first time a major international music conference has set foot in China, and I am hopeful that this will open the flood gate for a lot of businesses in the region.”

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Highlights of the event included a call to action for all international artists to open up social media accounts with local Chinese platforms and look to establish a connection through the local language and tools. As the founder of Noel Lee from Monster Products put it: “If you want to be in China, be in China.” Monster was the foundation of what would eventually become Monster Beats, and later Beats by Dre.

“It’s almost important to ignore how it works well in America or Europe. Our focus should be on business in 2015, not how we’ve gotten here over the past 20 years.” – Kurosh Nasseri (Co-Founder AFEM / Attorney / Manager for Paul Van Dyk, USA)

Our speakers were a highlight of IMS China. A diverse range of speakers from Maggie Huang, President of Entertainment and TMT Division of Fosun Group, Andrew Bull of Shine Communications, Irene Yang of MIDI Festival, Eelko van Kooten of Spinnin Records shared incredibly valuable insight. A combination of international experience and local knowledge made IMS China a successful opening to the massive and promising market of China.

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The final panel was a keynote interview with renowned international artist Paul Oakenfold, who shared his extensive experience as a pioneer of the Asia region. Oakenfold was the first artist to play on The Great Wall of China as well as one of the first to tour through Asia and shared his valuable insight for the promising future of this market.

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IMS China concluded with a celebratory delegates dinner and after parties headlined by Gaby Endo and Paul Oakenfold. On October 3rd and 4th, our delegates and speakers will head to IMS China’s partner event, Budweiser STORM Festival with headliners Tiësto, Skrillex, Above & Beyond and many more.

International Music Summit has grown to become one of the leading presences in electronic music, expanding across the globe with editions in Ibiza, Los Angeles, Singapore and for the first time, Shanghai, China this year.

“Electronic music is one of the most worldwide, influential music products. The energy of EDM is without language.” – Noel Lee (Founder, Chairman & CEO Monster Products)

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

IMS CHINA 2015 BUSINESS REPORT. VIEW OR DOWNLOAD IT HERE.


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KEVIN WATSON PRESENTS … AN INTRODUCTION TO THE CHINESE ELECTRONIC MUSIC INDUSTRY

International Music Summit’s renowned Business Report has become a vital tool for the industry year after year. With the inaugural edition of IMS China, the first China-centric Business Report was created in effort to help truly understand the vast and growing market in China.

The Business Report revealed interesting information that will be an important for the industry to reference moving forward:

If the Chinese market were even a quarter of where the US is today, there would be 40 new festivals a year as big as STORM.

Additionally, event capacity is reflecting the growth, jumping 30% every year.

And finally, if a 3% penetration is applied to China, that could mean as much as 6.6 million potential festival attendees.

Citing international collaboration and esteemed recognition of nightlife venues in Shanghai and exploring statistics of the massive growth in event capacity and ticket sales in the country, Kevin Watson presented telling numbers for the international and local audience in attendance at IMS China. Though notably still a young market, the numbers show serious promise for an industry that continues to climb.

View and download the report here.

WE ARE ELECTRONIC MUSIC

THIS IS THE FUTURE OF OUR INDUSTRY.

IMS is the premier thought leadership platform for electronic music, a global movement created to unite and connect the industry. Our summits invite everyone – from seasoned masters to young visionaries – to come together and inspire the future of our industry. Build lasting connections, learn from the best, and together, we will propel our scene forward.

LEARN FROM THE MASTERS

Discover new ideas and inspirations from the best.

From world-renowned DJs to the leaders behind all things music business, IMS brings together the past, present and future of our industry. Witness live discussions, invaluable lessons and join the conversation with the top-tier professionals.

CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY

It’s dynamic, it’s global and inspired by the music.

Collaborate with friends old and new and come together with like-minded people for creative connections. IMS is a unique, productive environment and a place to explore new opportunities. Together, we’ll share the dance floor, exchange ideas, be inspired and make impactful connections for the future.

ENJOY THE PARTY! 

When the sun goes down and the work is done, we head to the dance floor. Our industry revolves around celebrating the dance music phenomenon. Join us for pre-summit dinners, poolside cocktail mixers, parties in true Ibiza style and dozens of other opportunities to connect and create lasting, inspiring memories.

JOIN ONE OF OUR GLOBAL SUMMITS!

In just a matter of days, IMS heads to China for the first time for the inaugural opening of IMS CHINA. Set to take place at the Hyatt on the Bund on October 2nd, IMS China has now released its speaker and event schedule along with the full roster of both elite international and local speakers. IMS China will host riveting discussions and keynote conversations between highlighted artists, label leaders, promoters and business and branding elites from all corners of the electronic music industry.

The full list of guest speakers includes a keynote interview with Paul Oakenfold, a pioneer of the electronic sound in the Western world and one of the first DJs to ever perform in China,. Tiesto’s manager Andrew Goldstone, the artist who recently collaborated with Chinese singer Jane Zhang, will give a rare talk about this artist’s work in the region. In a coup for IMS China, the President of Entertainment at Fosun Group, Maggie Huang, will talk about how and why they are investing heavily into the entertainment and nightlife culture of China. The group recently acquired Cirque du Soleil. Also in attendance, artist manager for STORM Festival headliners Above & Beyond James Grant and many more from Beatport, Spinnin Records, AM Only and others. IMS China provides the unique platform of discussion between these international professionals and their local Chinese counterparts. Founder and CEO of A2Live and STORM Festival Eric Zho leads the charge, alongside other notable promoters in the country such as Irene Yang, Co-founder of Midi Shanghai, Jason Swamy, promoter of DWYL in Hong Kong, CEO of Monster Cable in China Noel Lee, and Brazilian Japanese Hong Kong transplant and artist, Gaby Endo.

IMS China has also released a finalized schedule of topics to be discussed. China’s enigmatic landscape provides a wealth of subjects worth discussing including the Great Firewall of China, a Promoter Panel, as well as a panel discussing the potential and possibilities of Brands in China. IMS will also present a Business Report tailored especially for the promising electronic music industry in China.

“Awakening the Dragon” is IMS China’s inaugural theme; an appropriate celebration of our host country’s colorful culture and vast realm of opportunity. The global electronic industry comes together with IMS in effort to connect and explore China’s growing music industry.

IMS co-founder Ben Turner states: “IMS is hugely excited to bring our electronic music platform to China for a special event in-conjunction with the Storm Festival. IMS has been designed to share knowledge and inspire delegates with debates and keynotes about the future of electronic music. China emerged as a huge point of interest during IMS Asia-Pacific and it became clear to us that it warranted its own discussion. And here we are with a scheduled day of fascinating insight into the region for those inside and outside of the region.”

IMS China Schedule

10.00-10.05 IMS China: Introduction

Presented by IMS Partners (Ben Turner, Eric Zho and Paul Oakenfold).

10.05-10.20 IMS Business Report: China

Presented by Kevin Watson (Video Skype).

10.20-10.35 Keynote Introduction

Eric Zho (Founder, CEO, A2LiVE/ STORM Festival, China)

10.40-11.35 AFEM: Association for Electronic Music presents…
GETTING IT RIGHT FIRST TIME

Andrew Goldstone (Artist Manager for Tiesto, Red Light Management, USA)
Eric Zho (Founder, CEO, A2LiVE/ STORM Festival, China)
James Grant (Artist Manager for Above & Beyond, Involved Management, UK)
Matt Rodriguez (VP West Coast, AM Only, Agent for Above & Beyond, USA)
Robb Harker (CEO, Supermodified Agency, Canada)
Moderator: Mark Lawrence (CEO, Association for Electronic Music, UK)
Briefing: As China opens up to be the new big market for Electronic Music,  the Association for Electronic Music talks with key players from the UK, Europe and beyond,  discussing what can mistakes can be avoided and what opportunities can be taken.

11.40-12.40 The Great Firewall of China

AJ (Vice Director of Channel Operations, Kiss FM, China)
Alan Deng (Director of Tencent video Live Music and Chief-editor of Tencent Music Channels, China)
Emily Hou (Senior Manager / Bookings, Storm, China)
Eelko van Kooten (CEO, Spinnin Records, Netherlands)
Greg Consiglio (CEO, Beatport, USA)
Moderator: Ned Kelly (Chief Editor of That’s Shanghai Magazine, China)
Briefing: How does the Chinese electronic culture communicate internally and externally. What are the challenges and opportunities? IMS looks into the great mystery surrounding the Great Firewall of China.

12.45-13.00 Keynote Speech

Maggie Huang (President of Entertainment & TMT Divison, Fosun Group, China)
Briefing: Fosun are investing heavily into the entertainment and nightlife culture of China. Fosun’s President of Entertainment will share their vision which is attracting attention worldwide.

13.00-14.00 Networking Lunch Buffet lunch option available

14.00-15.00 Events in China

Alan Hsia (Co-founder, theLOOP, Inc, Taiwan)
Eddie Dean (Director, Pacha Macau & Pacha NYC, USA)
Gaby Endo (Artist, HK/Brazil)
Irene Yang (Co-founder, Midi Shanghai and E midi, China)
Ivar Moens (Art of Dance)
Jason Swamy (HK promoter, DWYL, Wonderfruit, HK)
Moderator: Jonathan Serbin (Head of Billboard Asia, U
Briefing: IMS looks at the leading promoters in the region – what is the market, risks and obstacles, what is the potential for growth.

15.05-16.05 Brands In China

Andrew Bull (Director / Promoter, Shine Communications, China)
Clarissa Pantoja (Global Music Director, AB-Inbev, Global)
Marc Vincent (President Global Sales of K- Array / Former President Sennheiser, China)
Noel Lee (Founder, Chairman & CEO Monster Products)
Moderator: Mark Lawrence (CEO, Association for Electronic Music, UK)
Briefing: IMS looks at the leading promoters in the region – what is the market, risks and obstacles, what is the potential for growth, and how important is this market to some of the world’s leading consumer brands.

16.00-17.00 Keynote Interview – Discovering China

Paul Oakenfold (Artist, UK)
Interviewed by Valerie Lee (Content Manager, IMS, USA)

IMS CHINA

10 INTERNATIONAL SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED

We are 18 days away from the inaugural edition of IMS China in Shanghai on October 2nd. IMS is excited to announce the first 10 international speakers who will be placed in discussion with their top local counterparts. The complete list of local Chinese speakers as well as the schedule will be released later this week.

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CHINESE VISA

For those making the journey east with us, we remind you to take the proper steps to acquire a Chinese Visa when making travel plans.

FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CHINESE VISAS:

For US attendees, please find more info here:
http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/visas/

For European attendees, please find more info here:
http://bit.ly/1Jsqimp

TOPICS

– COMPLETE SCHEDULE ANNOUNCEMENT IMMINENT –

IMS BUSINESS REPORT: CHINA SPECIAL

Before diving into conversations and keynote speeches, IMS presents the leading industry study released each year that provides vital and telling statistics of how the industry has grown and expanded in 365 days. For the first time, IMS is launching a new Chinese edition that focuses specifically on the country’s market to cater to both visitors and locals interested in truly understanding China’s electronic industry.

AFEM – ASSOCIATION FOR ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRESENTS: GETTING IT RIGHT FIRST TIME

One of the primary goals of IMS China is to provide a platform for connection between China and the greater global industry. In the “AFEM: Getting It Right” panel, we invite top industry professionals from the UK, Europe and China to discuss with China’s own to learn and exchange ideas. Recognized speakers from outstanding artist management teams and achieving labels join together from both all junctions of the world to discuss the unique opportunities that are possible.

THE GREAT FIREWALL OF CHINA

A hot topic that cannot be ignored at IMS China is the Great Firewall of China. With over 642 million people actively connected to the web in China, there is much to be learned about harnessing the enormous potential of the massive Chinese population and overcoming this enigmatic and often problematic issue. In this important panel, several knowledgable business industry professionals from Spinning Records, Beatport, Pulse Radio, and more join for a vital discussion about the ins, outs, and possible opportunities of the Great Firewall of China.

EVENTS IN CHINA: PROMOTER PANEL

Exploring a young market requires research and tips from those who know it best. Local promoters of the Asia region explain the market, risks, obstacles, and most importantly, the possible potential for those interested in soon jumping into the Chinese electronic market.

BRANDS IN CHINA

Though electronic music in China is still in its beginning stages, there is growing sponsor and partnership opportunity for leading brands in the region to reach the massive youth population. Continuing with the theme, IMS China unites both the Western and Chinese perspectives to explore and discover where the most effective collaborations can be made.

IMS CHINA: ARTIST PANEL

Last, but definitely not least is the anticipated Artist Panel of IMS China. In partnership with Budweiser STORM Festival, IMS has invited premier international electronic music talent and places them alongside major Chinese artists. The West will learn from their Chinese counterparts about their market and the West will finally open the door to the once-mysterious landscape of China. This is a panel you can’t miss.

THE INAUGURAL SUMMIT

ONE MONTH AND COUNTING…

Less than a month away, IMS China has announced the theme that celebrates the spirit of its host country. “Awakening the Dragon” is a poignant metaphor for what IMS China hopes to achieve by opening the doors to the wide landscape of China’s electronic music theme. Countless opportunities to experience and contribute to the growing electronic industry of China await – it’s not too late to become a delegate for IMS China 2015!

TOPICS ANNOUNCED

– SPEAKER ANNOUNCEMNET IMMINENT –

IMS BUSINESS REPORT: CHINA SPECIAL

Before diving into conversations and keynote speeches, IMS presents the leading industry study released each year that provides vital and telling statistics of how the industry has grown and expanded in 365 days. For the first time, IMS is launching a new Chinese edition that focuses specifically on the country’s market to cater to both visitors and locals interested in truly understanding China’s electronic industry.

AFEM – ASSOCIATION FOR ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRESENTS: GETTING IT RIGHT FIRST TIME

One of the primary goals of IMS China is to provide a platform for connection between China and the greater global industry. In the “AFEM: Getting It Right” panel, we invite top industry professionals from the UK, Europe and China to discuss with China’s own to learn and exchange ideas. Recognized speakers from outstanding artist management teams and achieving labels join together from both all junctions of the world to discuss the unique opportunities that are possible.

THE GREAT FIREWALL OF CHINA

A hot topic that cannot be ignored at IMS China is the Great Firewall of China. With over 642 million people actively connected to the web in China, there is much to be learned about harnessing the enormous potential of the massive Chinese population and overcoming this enigmatic and often problematic issue. In this important panel, several knowledgable business industry professionals from Spinning Records, Beatport, Pulse Radio, and more join for a vital discussion about the ins, outs, and possible opportunities of the Great Firewall of China.

EVENTS IN CHINA: PROMOTER PANEL

Exploring a young market requires research and tips from those who know it best. Local promoters of the Asia region explain the market, risks, obstacles, and most importantly, the possible potential for those interested in soon jumping into the Chinese electronic market.

BRANDS IN CHINA

Though electronic music in China is still in its beginning stages, there is growing sponsor and partnership opportunity for leading brands in the region to reach the massive youth population. Continuing with the theme, IMS China unites both the Western and Chinese perspectives to explore and discover where the most effective collaborations can be made.

IMS CHINA: ARTIST PANEL

Last, but definitely not least is the anticipated Artist Panel of IMS China. In partnership with Budweiser STORM Festival, IMS has invited premier international electronic music talent and places them alongside major Chinese artists. The West will learn from their Chinese counterparts about their market and the West will finally open the door to the once-mysterious landscape of China. This is a panel you can’t miss.

BEN BOWLER AND VALERIE LEE NAMED WINNERS OF OUR YOUNG INDUSTRY LEADER CONTEST

IMS Engage and IMS Ibiza 2015 saw the pioneering Visionaries competition come to life in effort to discover young industry leaders and help cultivate the next generation of the electronic dance music industry. IMS Visionaries is proud to announce our first ever winners from Ibiza and Engage, Ben Bowler and Valerie Lee.

Sharing IMS’ position as a leading industry gathering all around the world, our conference gave these two talents a platform and a once in a lifetime opportunity to share their voice.

Meet our IMS Visionaries, and help us welcome them as future leaders of our industry.


VALERIE LEE

CONTENT MANAGER, IMS / EDITOR, DANCING ASTRONAUT

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Valerie delivered a submission entitled “Save The Rave: Understanding the Intersection of the EDM Phenomenon and US Policy” where she examines US drug policy in relation to electronic music culture and calls to make a change for a better tomorrow.

An editor of Dancing Astronaut and a recent graduate of the University of Southern California, Valerie is a writer with a new media mindset. After winning the competition, Valerie has joined IMS as our Content Manager.

“Months later, I still am experiencing the incredible after effects of winning IMS Visionaries and getting involved with IMS. Dance music can so often be such a closed off industry since we all have deep roots as an intimate community, so to have IMS offer such an open and inviting platform for young industry hopefuls to vocalize and share their ideas for improving and moving forward is such a unique and valuable opportunity. Thank you IMS!” – Valerie Lee


BEN BOWLER

FOUNDER, CHEW.TV

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Bowler delivered a submission on “The Return to Music as a Shared Experience”. He explores the history of music with the aim of reframing the discussion on the future of the music industry to how we should expand into new areas of live experiences and brand partnerships.

He is a the young founder of Chew.TV, a live streaming community for DJ’s that allows artists to share mixes whilst building and engaging a global fanbase – offering users the chance to learn from professionals who are using Chew to broadcast from studios, educational facilities and events across the world.

“I’m so excited to have won IMS Visionaries! Both the competition and the conference itself have given me and my company Chew a real step up. I’d love to connect with anyone in the industry looking to use live video in their strategy, of course – but on top of that I love talking the future of music with anyone in music. We can only improve our industry by discussing past, present and future with others in the field.” – Ben Bowler

 

IMS Ibiza

THE PREMIER ELECTRONIC MUSIC SUMMIT

IMS is the premier thought leadership platform for electronic music, a global movement created to unite and connect the industry. Our summits invite everyone – from seasoned masters to young visionaries – to come together and inspire the future of our industry. Build lasting connections, learn from the best, and together, we will propel our scene forward.

LEARN FROM THE MASTERS

Discover new ideas and inspirations from the best.

From world-renowned DJs to the leaders behind all things music business, IMS brings together the past, present and future of our industry. Witness live discussions, invaluable lessons and join the conversation with the top-tier professionals.

CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY

It’s dynamic, it’s global and inspired by the music.

Collaborate with friends old and new and come together with like-minded people for creative connections. IMS is a unique, productive environment and a place to explore new opportunities. Together, we’ll share the dance floor, exchange ideas, be inspired and make impactful connections for the future.

ENJOY THE PARTIES!

DALT VILA FESTIVAL AND IBIZA OPENING PARTIES

When the sun goes down and the work is done, we head to the dance floor. Our industry revolves around celebrating the dance music phenomenon. Join us for pre-summit dinners, poolside cocktail mixers, parties in true Ibiza style and dozens of other opportunities to connect and create lasting, inspiring memories.