A powerful collection of leading electronic music experts and artists will educate the next generation of industry professionals and creative minds across two days of interactive workshops, inspiring keynotes and one-on-one coaching covering four key pillars of music education: Performance, Production, Promotion and Publishing. Learn from a carefully curated program delivered by artists and industry leaders from across all sectors of the electronic music industry, including Nic Fanciulli, AFEM, Armada Music, Beatport, Berklee College of Music, elrow, Point Blank Music School and more. On day one get to know your fellow delegates and industry speakers at exclusive rooftop networking drinks hosted by DJ Growth Lab. Celebrate two successful days of learning at the world famous elrow at Uno, featuring Nic Fanciulli and Mambo Brothers.
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Pet Shop Boys
Pet Shop Boys (Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe) are the most successful duo in UK music history. Since signing to Parlophone Records in1985, they have achieved 42 Top 30 singles in the UK including 22 Top 10 hits and four number ones. They have released 12 studio albums all of which have made the UK Top 10 as well as album charts around the world.
In 2000 they received the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music and at the 2009 BRIT Awards they were presented with the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.
As writers, producers and remixers, Tennant and Lowe have collaborated, remixed or written for a wide range of artists including Dusty Springfield, Lady Gaga, Liza Minnelli, Madonna, David Bowie, Yoko Ono, The Killers and Girls Aloud.
Pet Shop Boys have also written the West End musical Closer to Heaven with playwright Jonathan Harvey, produced in 2001 by the Really Useful Group. In 2004 they performed their soundtrack to the classic silent film, Battleship Potemkin, with the Dresden Sinfoniker in a free concert in Trafalgar Square presented by the ICA; they have since performed it at various spectacular outdoor events in Germany, Spain and the UK. In 2011, Pet Shop Boys composed a ballet, The Most Incredible Thing, based on the Hans Christian Anderson story of the same title. The project was a collaboration with choreographer Javier De Frutos and Britain’s leading dance theatre, Sadler’s Wells. The ballet won the Evening Standard Theatre Award and was given a second season at Sadler’s Wells the following year.
In 2012 Pet Shop Boys appeared before a worldwide television audience during the London Olympics’ closing ceremony. Two years later, Tennant and Lowe’s collaboration with Alan Turing biographer Andrew Hodges, A Man From The Future, received its world premiere as a Late Night Prom concert at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Concert Orchestra, the BBC Singers and narrator Juliet Stevenson.
In their live shows over the last 20 years, Pet Shop Boys have created an original and influential style of pop musical theatre, collaborating with directors, designers and artists including Derek Jarman, David Alden and David Fielding, Zaha Hadid, Sam Taylor-Wood and Es Devlin. Their 2009-2011 arena tour, Pandemonium, was described in a five-star review in The Times as “the ravishing pop spectacle of the year”.
Pet Shop Boys released their last album Electric in 2013, produced by Stuart Price. The album received great critical acclaim and gave Pet Shop Boys their highest album chart positions for 20 years in the UK and USA. The accompanying Electric tour subsequently visited 38 countries over three years and received ecstatic audience and critical reactions.
Pet Shop Boys’ new album, Super, was also produced by Stuart Price and will be released worldwide on April 1. In July Pet Shop Boys will play an exclusive four-date residency entitled Inner Sanctum at the Royal Opera House in London. The concerts will be staged by designer Es Devlin and choreographer Lynne Page.
Honey Dijon was born and raised in Chicago the home of house music but has been living in NYC for many years. Like many involved in the scene, her love affair with music began upon hearing her parent’s soul and r&b records at home. Soon she wanted to be the one dropping the needle on the record whenever they held parties in the family basement and the lure of club life soon followed. Before long she was obsessively collecting her own music from hallowed stores like Imports Etc and Gramaphone in Chicago, all the while honing her own personal style.
It was while hanging out in these stores where Honey met and formed a long-lasting friendship with Derrick Carter, who became a mentor. It was he who introduced her to the underground of Chicago where she was exposed to the sounds of jacking house and Detroit techno. After relocating to New York City, Honey also met another music giant Danny Tenaglia, whose legendary sets at Twilo were also a major source of inspiration. “Danny heavily influenced my sound as a DJ’, says Honey. “The drama of his delivery and risk-taking always informed me of how I wanted to present music. Of course, Derrick and Chicago house was also very influential in my development as an artist, so it’s this combination of Chicago and New York that has helped me develop my signature sound.”
Still preferring vinyl as a format, there is something hugely authentic about the way Honey mixes, fusing the bump of Chicago with more classic New York sounds and other European influences. Her sets are known for their strong programming, passion and integrity. The art of the mix itself is also very important to Honey as anyone who has witnessed her play can testify about her deft mixing skills and the way she dexterously flows between house or techno with a warm, hypnotic feel. She has played at many of the best venues around the world including esteemed underground haunts like Panorama Bar/Berlin, Sub Club/Glasgow, The Block/Tel Aviv, Output/NYC, Space/Ibiza and of course Smart Bar/Chicago.
In the studio, Honey brings her unique perspective and experience to her productions as well. Of course heritage sounds are at the rock bed of what she does, but far from churning out throwback sounds, she makes sure new ideas are at the forefront. For evidence of this look no further than her releases and remixes on Classic Records. In fact, this cultural star recently mixed a retrospective compilation of the legendary Classic Music label as well being commissioned to create the soundtrack for a recent Louis Vuitton Menswear shows.
With her charisma, style and broad understanding of electronic music and upcoming gigs in Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Amsterdam, Germany, Spain, and Paris to name a few there seems to be no stopping Miss Dijon.
Artist, South Africa
Alexander Ljung launched SoundCloud in 2008 with co-founder and CTO, Eric Wahlforss. As CEO, Alex is responsible for SoundCloud’s vision, overall strategy and leadership. He oversees a global team of more than 300 people, representing over 30 different nationalities and languages.
SoundCloud is for everyone. It’s a platform for people to discover new, original music and audio, for creators to build audiences, and for everyone to share what they hear whether online or on mobile. Today, SoundCloud reaches more than 350 million people every month, 175 million of whom are unique listeners. Creators post 12 hours of new content on SoundCloud every minute and more than 10 million creators are heard every year.
In 2014, Alex was named in Billboard magazine’s annual ’40 under 40′, highlighting music’s most disruptive power players. In the same year, MIT Technology Review recognized Alex as one of ’35 innovators under 35’ shaping their fields. In 2013, Alex was named ‘One to Watch’ in Fortune magazine’s ’40 under 40′ and European Entrepreneur of the Year by The European Commission and The Next Web, as one of Europe’s most influential and innovative entrepreneurs. SoundCloud and Alex were also awarded Tech Pioneer status by the World Economic Forum in 2013, recognizing the company’s position as a market leader in online audio.
Alex’s personal interests lie in the positive change and wider societal impact technology and design can have. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to all genres of music, and audio such as podcasts; traveling; geeking out on academic theories; and diving shipwrecks. He’s also a proud member of The Cloud Appreciation Society.
Prior to co-founding SoundCloud, Alex began his career working in sound design for feature films and obtained a M.S. from The Royal Institute of Technology. He was born in the UK, grew up in Sweden and splits his time between SoundCloud’s HQ in Berlin and the U.S. offices in San Francisco and New York.
Carl Craig is described as a creative visionary, an electronic music icon, an esteemed Grammy-nominated composer, a world-class DJ and an ambassador for his native Detroit. Yet the common thread that runs through Craig’s broad musical canon and creative projects is a resounding fascination with futurism. The prolific producer has cultivated a unique path as an artist, entrepreneur and civic leader, guided by his tendency toward forward thinking.
“My livelihood is making music that I can perform, whether I’m doing orchestral production or modular strangeness or generating club music. I don’t restrict myself,” said Craig. “I defined myself by being who I am. The ultimate self respect is when you say you’re going to do something and you go and do it to the best of your ability.”
Craig released his first track in 1989 on a Virgin UK compilation album, two singles followed on labels run by his first collaborator, Derrick May. After a series of ambitious releases for his co-owned Retroactive imprint, in 1991 Craig launched his record label Planet E, with the groundbreaking EP “4 Jazz Funk Classics”, under his alias 69. Planet E turned 20 in 2011 and Craig celebrated the label’s history by taking Planet-E and its artists and collaborators on a world tour for the first time ever. As well as this, Planet E invited friends of the label – including Luciano, Kirk Degiorgio, Loco Dice and more – to pick their favorite Planet E track to remix and re-release. Reflecting a year that was packed with events and releases, Craig readily admits that when he started the label he was hoping “it would last forever.” He cites artistic freedom as the highlight of running the label and adds, “It was never a struggle for the label to be an outlet for my or other people’s music. It was always a struggle to stay in business, actually a war to stay in business.” In 2012, Craig took his 69 alias on a live tour; ‘69 Live’, headlined festivals and clubs around the world, fusing masks, darkness and the music of 69. In the same year he was also voted in the top DJs that rule the Earth in Rolling Stone and appeared on the cover of the world’s biggest electronic music magazine, Mixmag. In 2013, he released a 3-CD album on Ministry of Sound, entitled ‘Masterpiece’. The album includes one disc of music Carl was inspired by, one disc of current selections and one special disk of new music, entitled ‘Meditation’, a modular jam of Moroderesque compositions, inspired by David Lynch’s meditation techniques (Lynch, a great advocator of Transcendental Meditation), and an electronic tribute to his beloved city of Detroit.
Looking back now to Craig’s early releases from 1989-1992, one can see how much the wild variety found in his early music set the groundwork for his diverse career. He’s fortunate to serve as an inspiration and influence to countless artists in the underground electronic music scene, as well as crossover acts like Underworld, Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem. His 1992 Innerzone Orchestra cut “Bug in the Bassbin” was credited as the spark that inspired the evolution of drum‘n’bass. In typical Craig fashion, “Bug…” continued to develop, morphing into a live jazz composition in 1996. In turn, those experiments laid the ground for Craig to incorporate Jazz elements onto his 1999 I.O. album “Programmed.” Then in the 00’s Craig explored jazz further still as producer on the albums “The Detroit Experiment” and “Rebirth” (2009) for legendary Detroit Jazz collective, Tribe. This is but one example of Craig’s continually evolving exploration of sound.
Craig’s prolific nature is reflected in the many recording projects he has used throughout his career including 69, BFC, C2, Innerzone Orchestra, No Boundaries, Psyche, Paperclip People and Tres Demented. This rotating cast of aliases has enabled him to continually explore new directions through a long succession of full length albums, mix CDs and singles including “Throw” (1994), “Landcruising” (1995), “The Secret Tapes of Dr
Eich” (1996), “More Songs About Food and Revolutionary Art” (1997),
“Programmed” (1999), “The Detroit Experiment” (2002), “The Workout” (2002), “Just Another Day” (2004), “Fabric 25” (2005), “The Album Formerly Known As” (2005), “Paris Live” (2007), “Sessions” (2008), “Recomposed” (with Moritz Von Oswald) (2008), “The Legendary Adventures of a Filter King” (2009), “Modular Pursuits” (2010) and “Last Decade” (2012).
Craig’s interest in collaboration continually grows. For ‘Versus’, one of his boldest endeavors to date, Craig combines techno and classical music, opening himself up to working in a new format by collaborating with orchestrator / pianist Francesco Tristano, French orchestra Les Siècles, conductor Francois Xavier Roth and Moritz Von Oswald. Inspired by well-received performances in large concerts halls in Paris, Milan and Germany, Craig started the process of developing the project into an album. He also performs as a Trio alongside Von Oswald and Tristano. His occasional appearances with the electronic collective jam band Narod Niki, alongside Villalobos, Luciano, Richie Hawtin, Zip and others, have led to him appearing in part live / part DJ gigs with Luciano. Additionally he’s taken to occasionally bringing keyboardists like Mike Banks (UR), Amp Fiddler and Tristano into the DJ booth with him for special one-off gigs. These mixed performances add some variety in a non-stop DJ schedule that finds him spinning at top clubs worldwide. Craig acknowledges, “Touring has always been the most important aspect of the music industry for artists. There will always be that desire for human interaction.” Let’s also mention that he has recently performed live soundtracks to films, first in Amsterdam then in New York, where he improvised live to an Andy Warhol film at Unsound Festival. The fact is unpredictability is the only predictable thing about Craig and his music.
Outside of his Planet E recordings, Craig also continues to be one of the most sought-after remixers in the world. He has produced a seemingly never-ending list of remixes that now extends over 100 cuts, including mixes for the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, Junior Boys (Grammy Award nominated), Gavin Russom & Delia Gonzalez, Theo Parrish, Tori Amos, Can, Goldfrapp, Friendly Fires, Tom Trago, Slam, Caribou, Tiga, Unkle, Henrik Schwarz, Life & Death, tINI, Yello and others. He was nominated for a Grammy in 2008 for his mix of the Junior Boys “Like a Child.” “It’s been proven that the remix is a valid art form,” Craig said. “When I take on a project, the ultimate goal is that it becomes my record. In many cases I’m actually recomposing the track and the time that I spend reflects how personal it becomes.” Fortunately there is no shortage of artists looking for that Carl Craig touch, so rest assured you’ll hear Craig reconfiguring many of your favorite artists for years to come.
In the same way that he likes to make tracks he’s remixing his own, Craig’s commitment to his home in Detroit is also something very personal. After launching a festival to rival that of any in Europe with the Detroit Electronic Music Festival in 2000 (now entitled Movement, which today he still has a strong role in). This commitment to Detroit music also extends to how his Planet E family of labels is run. Not only has it given a home to a wide range of Detroit-based artists including Francesco Mora Catlett, Naomi Daniel, Flexitone, Jason Hogans, Kenny Larkin, Monty Luke, Ezana Harris, Moodyman, Mike Agent X, Terrence Parker, Oliverwho Factory, Recloose, Reference, Kevin Saunderson, Big Tone, Tribe, Urban Tribe, and Chaz Vincent, it has also been serving as a distributor for Detroit imprints including Derrick May’s Transmat and Stacey Pullen’s Black Flag. “The reality of the
business is that you have to change. That’s a very difficult process, especially as an independent. I made a conscious decision a few years ago to invest in what I do. It’s turning it around and putting it into the studio and the label for my music to develop. We’re fighters around here. We fight to find new ways of selling. We do manufacture vinyl and there are people who want it. We’re fighting to keep it alive. Fighting for music that we have a vision for,” Craig says about Detroit. “My commitment to the city is like a commitment to your family. I’ve been here all my life and I’ve seen great things happen elsewhere, why not be involved in making my home great?”
In 2014, Carl Craig began a new event concept ‘Detroit Love’, designed to bring together and support the sounds of Detroit and take a little of the techno brotherhood to clubs and festivals the world over. “My love for Detroit is my inspiration, my inspiration is ‘Detroit Love”, says Craig. Detroit Love was launched at ADE 2014, in the underground recesses of Amsterdam’s North Sea Jazz club. Craig invited Detroit natives Recloose, Moodymann – who played a set encompassing disco, soul, house and hip-hop, and Mad Mike Banks to play keys over Carl Craig’s Moog infused 4-cd-deck closing set, which included live editing, sampling, scratching and looping of soundscapes ranging from ambient textures to masterful techno. A Detroit focused line-up, showcasing only a few of the sublime talent that Detroit has to offer, the launch was a special and unforgettable night for those who attended. At year’s end Craig remixed Caribou’s ‘Your Love Will Set You Free’ – which became an instant classic. “Carl Craig is a peerless remixer, I’ve dreamed of having him remix one of my tracks for ages. He was one of the first people to publicly mention how much he liked ‘Swim’ when it was released and we’ve been in touch since then. Before I’d gathered up the courage to ask him to remix a track on this album he got in touch and suggested it himself. The result is superlative and speaks for itself.” – said Dan Snaith. Pete Tong made ‘Your Love Will Set You Free’ his first Essential New Tune of 2015, setting precedent for the year to come, with the remix gaining over 500,000 listens on soundcloud in only a few weeks.
When Craig explains his philosophy, his wry sense of humor seeps into his explanations of far-reaching concepts that merge worlds together. “I have a very special career. When I feel that I’m tired of going on the road I can go in the studio. When I’m tired of concentrating on the studio I can go on the road. I can work with concert pianists, jazz musicians or rock guys. Very few people have that range of interests. Very few people juggle a career that they choose specifically.” No one else can pull it all together quite like Carl Craig.
Damian LazarusThe mysterious allure of musical vibrations can perplex and intrigue in equal amounts at the best of times, not least when the sorcery of a certain Damian Lazarus comes into play. Crosstown Rebels, Day Zero, Get Lost, Rebel Rave, his own DJ and production career, the discovery of a wealth of influential talents… all of these achievements and more make him not only one of the most respected..exponents of the contemporary house and techno scene, but also one of its key tastemakers and pathfinders.As a DJ, his mastery is unsurpassed. A true storyteller, Damian often holds court at those special times of the day when only his kind of DJ sets are required. Moments that demand a soundtrack that not only fits the mood, but elevates the atmosphere and takes the audi-ence to a whole other level of experience. Besides playing at the world’s best clubbing institutions (resident at DC10 in Ibiza for almost 10 years), Damian also specialises in performing beyond the confines of the walls of a club. He is an expert in performing his magic in extraordinary outdoor locations; jungles, beaches, the Robot Heart bus in the Nevada desert, Mayan ruins in Mexico and a whole host of other spellbinding sites around the world. Just one look at the superlative Day Zero event will tell you what Damian’s ethos is when it comes to outdoor exploits. Add to that Get Lost and Rebel Rave, two more events that epitomise his approach to hosting alfresco shows.Damian’s visionary abilities are no more apparent than in the curation of music and his discovery of artists via the seminal label, Crosstown Rebels. During its 12-year lifespan, the label has been responsible for launching the careers of some of our scene’s best-known names; Jamie Jones, Art Department, Maceo Plex, Deniz Kurtel… His A&R skills are second-to-none, in direct correlation with the curation of his DJ sets. It’s his dedica-tion to seeking out unique talents that has helped to make his label one of the most influential outlets of recent times.Crosstown’s sorcerer-in-chief has also applied these same bewildering powers to the de-velopment of his latest collaborative artist project, Damian Lazarus and The Ancient Moons. Lazarus has been joined at the production controls by James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco, Arctic Monkeys, Florence), with album recording sessions recently completed in Mexico. The project brings together a wide assortment of vocalists, collaborators and players from around the world. Taking inspiration from Lazarus’s Lazpod series, Get Lost events and Day Zero festival, this is music for deserts, jungles and sunrises.
In tandem with the album project, Damian has also conceived a live show, with assorted cast of musicians who will perform live alongside the chief wizard himself. Damian Lazarus And The Ancient Moons will be hitting the road soon, bringing a whole new dimension to festival stages and intriguing outdoor locations.
Throughout a career spanning many years Damian Lazarus has worked tirelessly to main-tain a constant flow of creativity and innovation within the house and techno sphere. Never losing focus, he continues on his mystical pathway to greatness, unleashing his positive spirit on the masses at every opportunity.
Open your mind, embrace the magic, and get ready for the next spellbinding chapter…
When it comes to a career the magnitude of Oakenfold’s, it’s hard to encompass one of the true legends of electronic music into just words. For over three decades, he has elevated and shaped an entire genre and remains one of the leading forces in the global music scene today. From the DJ booth of the world’s hottest dancefloors to the studio producing groundbreaking records or pioneering soundtracks for Hollywood blockbuster movies, Oakenfold’s diversity as an artist and performer have earned him accolades from critics and fans the world over. Gathering three Grammy Nominations along the way – this journey has been epic. The son of a musician, Oakenfold always knew music would play a major role in his life. He was drawn to DJ-ing in the late 70s spinning Funk in the cool hangouts of London’s Covent Garden.
Oakenfold’s stature as a DJ and entertainer has taken him beyond the club and festival circuit, playing landmark gigs that have changed the face of electronic music. Highlights include four worldwide tours warming up for Madonna and two for U2; performing on the Great Wall of China; and two sold out dates playing to 30,000 people at the Hollywood Bowl, California. In 2011, Oakenfold took a thousand people and a huge sound system down to the southern most tip of South America – on the Tiera Del Fuego peninsular to DJ all night under the stars at his Party at The End of The World – the Southern most party ever held.
A year after his visit to Ibiza, Perfecto Records was born. Founded in 1988, Oakenfold’s groundbreaking Perfecto label played an integral role in the birth of melodic trance and progressive house, with the deck master at the helm producing massive international hits – “Not Over Yet”, “Ready Steady Go”, “Bullet In The Gun” and “Southern Sun”. With countless high profile releases and remixes, Perfecto and Perfecto Fluoro are still at the forefront of the scene today, releasing forward-thinking electronic music for discerning listeners and fans. Oakenfold has produced for pop sensations U2, Madonna and The Happy Mondays as well as three critically acclaimed albums of his own. He has remixed Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones and more. He has released over 30 DJ mix compilations and recorded 36 Essential Mixes for BBC Radio 1, including the very first in 1993. Oakenfold has also been responsible for creating breathtaking film scores and cues for a long list of Hollywood blockbusters – The Bourne Identity, Matrix Reloaded, Shrek 2, Swordfish and Collateral. In 2013 he recorded Cream 21, a double album celebrating a two-decade long relationship with Liverpool’s legendary clubbing institution and in 2014, he released Trance Mission featuring Oakenfold’s cover versions of 12 of his all time favourite trance releases – including Café del Mar, Toca Me, Adagio for Strings.
Eli & Fur
Artist / DJ, UK
Since breaking onto the scene in 2012, Eli & Fur have been perfecting a sound built around infectious, electronic melodies and seductive vocal lines that have been hypnotizing dance floors from London to Los Angeles. Their production techniques are as on point as ever; drawing from anything House, with an obsession for old school Chicago and touches of Detroit Techno mixed with influences of RnB, Garage and Drum and Bass.
Eli & Fur are known for their captivating sets, which have seen the duo playing alongside the likes of Maceo Plex, Hot Since 82 and Dusky. Appearing on line ups for Chibuku, Sankeys, Bugged Out, Digital and Ants, Ushuaia, with their Festival highlights including Creamfields, Leeds Festival, Bestival and the ultimate of all festivals, Glastonbury.
The duo’s debut track, ‘You’re So High’ reached the top 3 on Hype Machine and has since received over million plays on youtube. ‘Seeing is Believing’ saw the girls collaborate with Shadow Child and release on Defected, gaining almost half a million plays on Soundcloud. ‘Feel The Fire’ came on Anjunadeep and again has seen an impressive half a million plays across platforms.
2015 is shaping up to see the rise and rise of Eli & Fur. Already tipped by Beatport as 2015 Artists to Watch and supported by Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1 Dance, the girls are set to unleash an impressive collection of productions that include collaborations with the talented Joe Hertz, hotly tipped Poupon and second generation techno royalty, Dantiez Saunderson. If that weren’t enough, they’ve been called in to mix this years’ Space Ibiza compilation alongside the legendary Carl Cox.
Their touring sees them playing in Ibiza consistently throughout the summer and Festival plays include Lost Village (UK), Secret Garden Party (UK), IMS (Ibiza), Creamfields (UK), Electronica Festival (Turkey) and the Mad Decent Boat Party in Miami (US).
The girls plan to roll out the year embarking on a Thelma & Louise inspired road trip through the States. Taking on the challenge of driving across three states in two weeks to play ten cities whilst dropping into radio stations, TV networks and fan hangouts along the way. An unusual way to approach the US market but a life time dream inspired by quite possibly the coolest chics ever to grace the big screen.
So with all this to come, 2015 is looking like the year Eli & Fur will make a fresh, exciting and impressionable mark on the dance-floor and beyond.
Artist, DJ, conceptualist and ambassador, more than anyone else in modern electronic music, Richie Hawtin has relentlessly proved himself to be a true innovator. The one-man mogul behind acclaimed Techno imprints Plus 8 & Minus sends signals out all over the world from his HQ in an old fire station in Windsor, Ontario – just across the border from Detroit Techno City. The signals are constantly evolving, his Plastikman persona gave Techno a unique face with a series of four ruthlessly minimal albums of skeletal beauty, while breathtaking festival live sets at Glastonbury and Tribal Gathering helped invent stadium Techno. His “Decks, EFX & 909” album released on Novamute in 1999 expanded the concept of a DJ mix album beyond the imagination of most DJs. As a pioneering DJ and party promoter he was banned from entering America for 18 months. Yet this jet-setting international futurist is as at home exhibiting alongside acclaimed modern sculptor Anish Kapoor as he is headlining a bush rave with Josh Wink somewhere in Western Australia.
More of a decade into his career, it’s no surprise that the every-youthful Hawtin is up to something new. This time, he’s reconstructing the DJ mix album even further with “DE9: Closer To The Edit”, the groundbreaking new album set for release on the novamute label in September 2001.
His first mix album, for the Mixmag Live series, saw him use extra effects and drum machines as long ago as 1993, “Decks, EFX & 909” cut laser-style between tracks and now, “DE9: Closer To The Edit”, sees Hawtin use his sampler to tear the skin and the flesh from the tracks until there’s just a skeleton left, which he reassembles into a kind of Frankenstein’s robot. The result is a mix album like you’ve never heard before.
Hawtin describes this unique process “I recorded, sampled, cut and spliced over 100 tracks down into their most basic components. I ended up with over 300 loops, ranging in different lengths. I started to recreate and reinterpret each track and then put the pieces back together, as if an audio jigsaw puzzle – using effects and edits as the glue between each piece”.
A classic like Carl Craig’s ‘4 My Peepz’ (under his Paperclip People guise) breathes in and out in less than a minute, like a lonely spirit lost on the hard drive.
“I don’t like mix CDs, everyone’s being lazy, so I gotta do something different,” says Hawtin. “Some people think it’s about me using some extra equipment – a drum machine and some effects – but it’s a whole philosophy really. ‘Let’s take it to the extreme, to somewhere that’s it never been before’ “
Hawtin believes the whole DJ thing is stuck in a groove. So beyond “DE9…” he is championing a new DJ system developed in Holland called Final Scratch, with Plus 8 partner John Acquaviva. Dance and Electronic music is the most technology-based genre of all, but to Hawtin’s frustration it’s still rooted in a music delivery system developed in the 19th Century: the gramophone record. Even though more and more DJs play tracks burnt onto CD, vinyl still rules because it’s easier and instinctive to control. Final Scratch links up to the normal two-turntables-and-mixer set up, but lets you play tracks stored on a laptop using a special piece of vinyl as a ‘mouse’, or controller. You can access literally thousands of tracks, and scratch, cut, slow and mix them just like normal records using this special piece of vinyl. It’s nothing short of revolutionary. As Hawtin enthuses: “It feels and acts like a regular record.” He’s already using Final Scratch to play unreleased tracks by Josh Wink and Speedy J, and special re-edits of some of Hawtin’s classics and personal faves.
Born in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England, on June 4th 1970 Hawtin emigrated with his family when he was nine to Windsor, Ontario, where his dad Mick still works as a robot technician in the General Motors car factory (his mother, Brenda, is in real estate). Richie cheekily borrowed his dad’s persona for his house alias Robotman. His brother Matthew, who shares the Windsor fire station studio complex with Richie, is a visual artist. By 15 Richie was creeping out of the house to cross the border and go clubbing in Detroit. By 17 he was DJing at The Shelter, a dark basement club where he mixed House and Techno with Industrial music by Nitzer Ebb and Front 242. He had his own show on Detroit’s 96.3FM – inspired by a late ‘80s Detroit radio DJ called The Wizard, now better known as Jeff Mills.
As a teenager Hawtin, already into Breakdancing and Electro, was stirred by the radically beautiful machine music being fashioned by Detroit Techno pioneers like Juan Atkins, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson. In 1989 he set up Plus 8 Records with John Acquaviva to release their own tracks and push new artists. They started running parties in Detroit. But far from welcoming them, the tight-knit Detroit Techno scene initially turned a cold shoulder on the two renegade Canadians.
“It pissed a lot of people off because there wasn’t anyone else in the city doing it – it took someone from the outside to come in and say, ‘Look, wake up,’” Richie recalls. “These guys [May, Atkins and Saunderson] have left. They’re doing their thing overseas.”
Plus 8 began to gather momentum with a richly varied catalogue of hard-nosed, cutting edge Techno from artists like Speedy J, Dan Bell and Kenny Larkin. Along with the resurgence of Detroit’s confrontational Underground Resistance, this marked the second wave of Detroit Techno. “We all put the focus back on Detroit for a while, we didn’t want to make traditional Techno, we were inspired by traditional Techno. Derick, Kevin and Juan had sent these waves all over the world and we were the first to feel the rebounds of their ripples”.
By 1993 Richie Hawtin’s Detroit parties had become legendary intense affairs as freaky dancing clubbers lost themselves in strange, dark warehouses transformed into disorientating warrens by walls of black plastic sheeting. Inspired by this, Hawtin elected to take Techno one stage further and develop his virtual Plastikman alter ego: a red and black gremlin that is tattooed on his forearm. He didn’t want a collection of tracks; he wanted to make an album that swallowed up the concentrated energy of those parties and spit it back out as something new. An album, “Sheet One” was recorded in a rollercoaster 48 hour studio session and released on novamute in early ‘93 and was soon followed by the brilliant ‘Spastik’, a single recorded three weeks later after a long night dancing to Derrick May.
Hawtin was already shifting identities like a spy changing roles: his 1992 album “Dimension Intrusion”, under his Fuse alias, had played a key part in the Warp label’s groundbreaking “Artificial Intelligence” armchair-Techno series, but he wanted to reach further. He remembered the strange shapes that his friends threw at those warehouse parties, the different creatures they almost became. “Like plasticine,” he says. “That was the whole idea of Plastikman, it was all very viscous and pliable and moveable.” Plastikman wasn’t just a clever alter ego – it was a role for you to try on too. The sound was rubbery and sparse; its moments of melodic steel arriving unnervingly. The first album, “Sheet One”, played up Hawtin’s reputation for LSD and was promoted with a free sheet of fake acid tabs.
Hawtin developed a Plastikman live show that still tours the world. Huge audiences at Glastonbury and Tribal Gathering twitched to its twittering insect rhythms, lost in a soundtrack far freakier than anything else those events had to offer. In 1994 the second album on novamute, “Musik”, let a little human warmth seep onto the clattering Plastikman rhythms, but despite its closing robot lullaby ‘Lasttrak’, it was, if anything, even more discomforting.
Just as the little Plastikman gremlin was becoming an international phenomenon, American immigration officials banned Hawtin from entering America for working illegally. He was barred from entering the States for 18 months. It was a devastating experience.
“My girlfriend lived there and most of my experiences were in Detroit, my friends were there and all of my musical inspiration was there – and suddenly it was like, ‘See that building over there? You can see your inspiration, but you can’t go there.’” Now, typically, he believes the ban had its benefits. It was at this point the Chemicals Brothers and Underworld began to break out of the dance world and into a wider Rock arena. Hawtin now wonders whether he might have gone further down the stadium Techno route. Instead, grounded in Windsor, he went back to the studio to reinvent. “When that happened it was the worst day of my life,” he says now, “and it was one of the best things too.”
The next Plastikman project, ‘Klinik’, wouldn’t come together. “I had tried to follow those records up but there were feelings of pressure at that point,” he says now. Stuck in the studio, depressed, Hawtin set himself a new challenge and gave it a deadline. He pressurised himself back into action, releasing a series of ‘Concept’ EPs based on the months of the year. Each release would feature two tracks recorded in one month only using a set template of sounds. They would be released and then forgotten. The discipline of producing 24 tracks in 12 months rewired the creative circuits. “It progressed me to a different audience, it progressed me with effects which came into my sets and it progressed me into more of this spatial environment I was trying to get to,” says Hawtin.
It was the starting point for his last Plastikman album “Consumed”, which replaced the angry black and red gremlin with dark, abstract sleeve art and the tense rhythms with swathes of bass and melody. Released on novamute in 1998, it was acclaimed in countries like France – where conceptual artists are traditionally celebrated. “Consumed” elevated Hawtin to a new status, he was now not just an international Techno star, but a contemporary artist. Asked to contribute to a French Millennium Exhibition celebrating different ideas of beauty, Hawtin created a musical installation based around the clicks, hisses and pops of vinyl – a beautiful sound, he argued, to his generation. The exhibition also featured the work of world famous sculptor, Anish Kapoor, who Hawtin had long been a fan. In fact “Consumed”’s unique textures had been inspired by Kapoor’s beguiling, futuristic, curved shapes and the cover art echoed the sculptor’s famous obelisk. “I was walking around those sculptures and putting my head into some of them. They had like a sonic quality like chambers of nothingness – and that’s exactly what I was trying to hear. Suddenly I was able to walk around a physical version of what I wanted to do musically.” Hawtin was also moved by the mournful purple washes of the late Mark Rothko, which now hang in London’s Tate Modern. Rothko’s work, says Hawtin, “is very, very subtle, just washes of texture. It kind of gave me a visual perspective of what I was trying to get out of my head, sonically. On a flat surface.”
This is where Hawtin is at now. Constantly touring all over the world and keeping fans updated on his world wide DJ travels via his website diaries; taking his dad out to dinner with John Peel (a big deal for his Peel–fan father especially now his son is a huge favourite of the radio DJ); pushing himself to his creative boundaries and taking Techno with him. Not just to the middle of the dancefloor, but also above it.
“The good Techno musicians enjoy having a good time, but can see beyond it,” Hawtin notes. “It’s the closest to a contemporary art form.” With Jeff Mills providing an installation to the recent Sonar event in Barcelona, Germany’s Thomas Brinkmann moving from conceptual art into conceptual Techno, and increasing connections between the two worlds.
As Techno and art move closer together Hawtin sees it as a logical part of his constant reinvention. “It’s about setting a standard for yourself and progressing yourself. Showing people you can do something interesting that’s more than just dance music.”
From songwriters to artists and super-fans to superstars, electronic dance music’s first sisters – Mim and Liv Nervo of NERVO – have catapulted onto the international stage, straight from the pit in front of it. These multi-talented DJ dynamos are the all-time top-ranking female DJs in the world, voted by their millions of fans to No. 21 on DJ Magazine’s influential 2014 ‘Top 100 DJs’ poll.
In-demand and loved across the globe, their non-stop schedule takes them from the magical island of Ibiza, to their studio in their home-away-from-hometown of London, to the towering Main Stage of ‘Electric Daisy Carnival’ in Las Vegas. Everywhere the girls go, their infectious energy, fearless personal style, deep love and understanding for music precedes them.
Mim and Liv’s career took off in 2009, when they co-wrote and produced the emphatic and global hit ‘When Love Takes Over’ – for David Guetta and Kelly Rowland. Ranked by Billboard as the #1 Dance/pop collaboration of all time! However, their journey into dance music started years prior in the festival fields of their native Australia, where as teenagers they took every opportunity to go and see electronic acts like: The Prodigy, Basement Jaxx, and Fatboy Slim. “Purple hair and purple lipstick; we did it all,” says Mim. “We almost broke ribs being in the front row of the mosh pit. We were those people in the crowd for so many years, to be playing on the same bill with some of those artists now is just electrifying.”
Having cemented their songwriting prowess with a global No. 1 (plus several other songs for artists like: Kesha, Kylie Minogue and Armin van Buuren), NERVO set out to pursue their own career as artists, by writing and producing their own songs under their artist name, NERVO. Their friends and collaborators in the world showed up to support them. ‘We’re All No One’ with Afrojack and Steve Aoki (No. 8 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart), ‘The Way We See The World’ with Afrojack, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike (the official anthem of Tomorrowland 2011, which has garnered over 30 million YouTube views), ‘Reason’ with Hook N Sling, ‘Something to Believe In’ with Norman Doray, ‘Like Home’ with Nicky Romero (their first No. 1 topping the Beatport chart for 3 consecutive weeks), ‘Turn This Love Around’ with Armin van Buuren (off the No. 1 DJ’s new album ‘Intense’): Their list of A-List collaborators is dance music’s longest and most enviable and in a world dominated by ‘bros,’ these girls can do it for themselves.
NERVO’s original ‘You’re Gonna Love Again’ has over 11.5 million views and their 2013 single ‘Hold On’ (#1 on the Billboard Club Play chart) has garnered over 6.8 million views. “Normally we open our DJ sets with one of our own records and the second that happens and you see the hands go up, it’s game on,” says Liv. “We’ve worked so hard in our industry, behind the scenes, to step out and be releasing records in our own name is a whole different energy, a whole different world. It really is addictive and so rewarding.”
The girls get a regular fix during their residencies and headlining sets at some of the top venues and events in the world including the new Las Vegas mega-club ‘Hakkasan’ and Ibiza Beach Club ‘Ushuaia’ (home to their #NERVONation parties). NERVO are also regular Main Stage performers
at festivals like: Tomorrowland, TomorrowWorld, Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra Music Festival, Creamfields and Electric Zoo as well as embarking on Headlining tours of their own in Mexico and beyond!
Wherever it may be the sisters are always playing to their devoted fans who wear homemade NERVO T-Shirts and hoist signs (“Will you marry me?” “Lesbians for NERVO”), curve their hands into heart shapes and post photos and poems to show their love and appreciation. The girls are seeing more and more NERVO fan bases, in all corners of the world. As the NERVO family/army grows from NERVO Malaysia, NERVO Colombia, NERVO Mexico and so on. NERVO has seen rapid growth across their social media channels including 418,000 Instagram followers, 716,000 Twitter followers and over 3 million likes on Facebook.
Style-savvy, fearless, positive and talented: It’s no wonder that NERVO was invited to join the ranks of the legendary beauties who can call themselves CoverGirls, added to the iconic CoverGirl brand’s family of spokeswomen, last year. The partnership is just one more fabulous chapter in the developing NERVO story. “Let’s face it, you can be creative in many ways,” says Mim. “From wearing crazy clothes and great makeup to playing wicked tunes. It’s all part of the experience.”
NERVO are regularly featured in: Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, NYLON, InStyle, People and other fashion/pop culture publications around the globe. In August 2013 NERVO performed live from the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards and in November 2013 they appeared on BRAVO TV as guest judges on the Rihanna produced reality show ‘Styled To Rock’. In January 2014 NERVO were announced as one of the 4 introductory DJs for the brand new BBC Radio 1 ‘Residency’ Shows: “We’ve been listening to Radio One religiously for 10 years. It’s a dream come true to have our show on it!” says Liv.
NERVO’s single titled ‘Revolution,’ a collaboration with R3hab and Ummet Ozcan, spent 3 weeks at #1 on Beatport, the vocal version released in January 2014 also made the top 10 and the video has over 14 million views and counting. In May 2014 Liv and Mim released their first Ministry of Sound compilation album titled ‘INSPIRED’, which landed them in the Top 5 on the iTunes chart. The album included the single ‘Sunshine Thru Rain Clouds’ ft. Duane Harden. In August 2014 NERVO released their next single, a collaboration with R3hab, titled ‘Ready For the Weekend’. The track immediately went to #1 on the Beatport Top 100 Chart.
NERVO’s next single ‘Rise Early Morning’ ft. Au Revoir Simone is released on November 17th via Ultra Music, it is the first track from their spring 2015 debut artist album titled ‘Collateral’.
A true storyteller, Lazarus holds court at those special times of the day when only his kind of DJ sets are required. It is those moments that demand a soundtrack that not only fits the mood but elevates the atmosphere, taking the audience to a whole new level of experience. Besides playing at the world’s best clubbing institutions (Resident at DC10 in Ibiza for almost 10 years), Lazarus also performins his magic in extraordinary outdoor locations from jungles, beaches, to the Robot Heart bus in the Nevada desert and Mayan ruins in Mexico, and more. One look at the superlative Day Zero event will tell you what Lazarus’ ethos is when it comes to outdoor exploits. Add Get Lost and Rebel Rave events to it and it epitomises his approach to hosting alfresco shows. Lazarus’ visionary abilities are his A&R skills, music curation and discovery of artists via the seminal label, Crosstown Rebels. In its 11 years, the label has been responsible for launching the careers of some of the best-known names – Jamie Jones, Art Department, Maceo Plex, Deniz Kurtel and more. Lazarus has applied his expertise to the development of his latest collaborative artist project, Damian Lazarus and The Ancient Moons, bringing a whole new dimension to festival stages and outdoor locations. Lazarus is joined at the production controls by James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco, Arctic Monkeys, Florence) with album recording sessions in Mexico. The project brings together a wide assortment of vocalists, collaborators and players from around the world. Taking inspiration from Lazarus’s Lazpod series, Get Lost events and Day Zero festival, this is music for deserts, jungles and sunrises.
There are few individuals in the world of dance music who can claim the kind of influence Pete Tong has had over the last twenty years. As the voice of Radio 1’s prestigious dance programming, Pete has held a commanding presence over the industry for more than two decades. With an unparalleled ear for new talent, Tong has become the leading tastemaker of the electronic generation. While he’s known publicly as Pete Tong the DJ, behind the scenes, he’s an industry icon.
Having spent the majority of his life in England, Pete has recently resettled in Los Angeles to begin a new chapter in his life. He’s wasted little time establishing himself in the US, having helped inaugurate Clear Channel Entertainment’sEvolution dance brand in 2013 and recently expanding the programming to the extended two-hour segment, The Evolution Beatport Show with Pete Tong, broadcasting on 90 different Top 40 stations in the US.
Meanwhile, his world famous BBC Radio 1 shows have only grown in popularity. Their collective reach has soared into the millions, broadcasting globally thanks to the BBC iPlayer. TheEssential Mix continues to be the Holy Grail of mix shows, while Tong’s Essential Selection is still the best place to premiere a new record.
On the DJing front, Tong is currently championing three premier All Gone Pete Tong residencies in the US. Once a month, you can find him bridging the gap to the underground at Sound Nightclub in Los Angeles, while in Miami, he’s keeping the integrity of club culture alive at Story. His residency at the SLS Las Vegas sees him performing regularly at the brand new LiFE club, where he’s introducing a whole new palette of underground sounds to the party mecca. Finally, the All Gone Pete Tong brand has achieved global renown through world-class parties in Miami during WMC and Ibiza as well as dedicated stages at festivals like Creamfields, TomorrowWorld, and SW4.
As a music producer, Tong has led an esteemed career over the years with notable releases on Pets Recordings, Ministry of Sound, Toolroom Records and more. His compilations have garnered critical acclaim–most notably 2013’s 60-track anthology, The Pete Tong Collection. More recently, he’s debuted on Suara with deep house anthem “The Bumps” alongside John Monkman, while also curating All Gone Ibiza 2014 alongside Tensnake for Defected as part of his All Gone Pete Tong compilation series.
On the business side, Tong continues to be a prominent force in both the booking and A&R worlds. In 2008, he co-founded WME’s electronic music division alongside Joel Zimmerman, helping to turn the venture into one of the most powerful booking agencies in the world. He’s also relaunched his label FFRR, reclaiming his reputation for A&R and signing acts like Oliver Heldens, The Magician, Blonde and The Disciples. On top of this, Tong is responsible for founding The International Music Summit, which holds major events in Ibiza, Los Angeles and Singapore. Now in its 6th year, the event is viewed in the industry as The Premier Platform for Thought Leadership in Electronic Music.
When all is said and done, one shudders to think what dance music would have been like without Pete Tong’s influence. Over the years, he’s played a crucial role in breaking new artists and changing the way people think about electronic music. With his new found home in Los Angeles, the British icon is looking to revolutionize the perception of dance music in America. If there’s anyone up for the task, it’s Pete Tong.
Steve Angello is a multi-platinum selling electronic musician, record producer, DJ, and entrepreneur. Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Angello is best known for his innovative marketing as well as his involvement with super group Swedish House Mafia. His foray into music began at the age of 12, when he started as a young Turntablist fusing together hip-hop, breakbeats and 1970s classics. It wasn’t until Angello’s late teen years that he took an interest in electronic music and quickly became entrenched in Stockholm’s House music scene. Angello’s rise to fame came with the release of his innovative remix of the Eurythmics classic “Sweet Dreams” in late 2004. That was soon followed by a slew of signature tracks, including “Woz Not Woz,” “KNAS,” “Rave n’ Roll” and his super hit with Supermode (Steve & Axwell) that established him as a force in House music. Steve is also an established record producer having worked on a number of A-list projects that include David Guetta’s “Baby When the Light” (featuring Cozi), Taio Cruz’s “Troublemaker,” “Shortcaller,” and “Positive,” will.i.am’s “This Is Love” (featuring Eva Simons), and Usher’s “Numb” and “Euphoria,” to name a few. In 2003, Steve founded the record label SIZE which has been home to many internationally acclaimed artists including Avicii, Tiësto, Eric Prydz, Depeche Mode, Sebastian Ingrosso, Laidback Luke, Nicky Romero, Afrojack, Jacques Lu Cont and Steve Angello himself. In August 2013 SIZE celebrated its tenth anniversary with the release of “SLVR” (pronounced “Silver”). In March 2014, SIZE teamed up with Angello’s creative agency, Rebels Studios, to celebrate its 10 year anniversary by releasing the label’s entire catalog of 100 releases. During the month long award-winning campaign titled #DECADE, SIZE made more than 10 years of music available to fans to download for free through Google Play. In July of 2014, Angello released his newest single “Wasted Love,” which features Dougy from The Temper Trap. The single will be featured on Steve’s highly-anticipated solo debut Wild Youth due out in 2015.
Lincoln Cheng, a trained architect and art collector, is regarded as the Godfather of House Music in Singapore and Asia. Founder of global clubbing brand and institution, Zouk, and its music festival, ZoukOut, he opened the Jiak Kim Street club in 1991. With its advent, ushered in a new era for music and nightlife in popland Singapore with the introduction of Balearic House – a bold move at that time. Zouk’s incubation period also saw Cheng becoming the first in Asia to roster a string of superstar dance music DJs to Zouk’s line-up. Twenty-three years on, the internationally acclaimed Zouk superclub remains the primary residence for global acts. Cheng has been credited for his contribution to the development and stature of Singapore’s nightlife and electronic music scene. His observations on global music and clubbing trends, along with his insightful knowledge of music consumerism and pop culture, saw him intuitively turn the homegrown icon into a global brand, capturing the attention of the international press shortly after its opening. In 2004, Zouk saw its propagation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. That year, Cheng was awarded the Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year by the Republic’s tourism board. A tastemaker – his deep understanding of the arts is translated into an experiential clubbing journey unique to Zouk – a cultural intersection for design, fashion and music. Zouk, a fixture on DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs in the World, has pioneered many firsts in Singapore and Asia, including the multi award-winning ZoukOut – Asia’s largest outdoor electronic music festival [by Siloso Beach] – that draws over 40,000 revellers from Singapore and around the globe. Zouk’s portfolio includes presenting other successful outdoor gigs – David Guetta  and I Am Hardwell World Tour  at Singapore’s Fort Canning Park. Zouk’s body of work stands as a testament to Cheng’s passion and entrepreneurship. Zouk has been in the top 10 positions of DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs in the last five years.
Sandy Monteiro is President of Universal Music Group in South East Asia. In this role, he oversees the management of UMG companies in ASEAN, Korea and the Asian Regional office. He is also the Head of New Business for the Asia Pacific region.
Universal Music Group is the global music leader, with wholly owned operations in 60 territories. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry’s premier music publishing operations worldwide.
He is a veteran of the music industry in Asia with a broad spectrum of experience in the industry, ranging from copyright lobbyist to anti-piracy advocate. He is a pioneer of the digital and new media sector, where he and his team are widely acknowledged to have set the benchmark and industry standards for the region.
He has held board seats on several industry bodies including Chairman of the Recording Industry Association of Malaysia(RIM) from 2004 to 2010. He is currently the Chairman of the Recording Industry Association of Singapore (RIAS) following his move to Singapore. He is a member of the Asia-Pacific Board for the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) – which is the representatitive body of the recording industry worldwide.
Celeste is one of Asia’s hottest musical exports. Having made an impact on her own region from early on in her career, she made the move to Europe and, in particular Ibiza, where, in a short period of time, she has played alongside Carl Cox in Space (2011 & 2012), secured a Pukka Up (2010 to 2015) residency and made her debut in both Pacha (2013) and Amnesia (2013).
First Asian Artist to receive and International recognition by the TOP 10 OF ASIA AWARD ORGANIZATION as BEST ASIAN FEMALE DJ.
Skills on the dance floor, love for music and her particular approach when blending genres, reward her to play at the 3 of the top 5 global clubs and parties.
Her stamina is in full swing when touring entertaining ravers at some of the best fiestas all over 35 countries worldwide, headlining festivals in South Africa and India, which craved her name and reputation, not only a solid reference for the sound and style she’s up for, but for elegance & understanding when it comes to House Music.
Celeste Siam, its a genuine Dj, an Asian pioneer. Recently she’s been invited to speak at the Artist Panel on the first Ibiza International Music Summit in Singapore (the premier platform for thought leadership in electronic music), where the industry remarked why she’s been spearhead on this business since her emergence.
Jeremy Boon’s love affair with House music started in 1991 when he joined Zouk, Asia’s premier electronic music institution. He did more than define Zouk’s early sounds. Jeremy took the adventurous route and pushed the boundaries of House music in its variants of Jazz, Afro Beat, Latin, Soul and Funk-inspired tunes, which had been well received on the crowded dance floor. Jeremy established his residency at Velvet Underground in 1997, with his signature style of eclectic tunes, and has helmed signature nights Para//el and Disco:very. In recognition of his refined musical taste, he has been a regular on Japan’s Modaista J-Wave 81.3FM; Singapore’s electronic music radio station, LUSH 99.5 FM; and even a spot on the revered Worldwide Show on BBC Radio One. His valuable contribution to Singapore’s electronic dance music scene as well as Zouk includes In The House Mixed Compilation on Defected Records; sharing the spotlight with a multitude of superstar DJs (Norman Jay, Louie Vega, Laurent Garnier, Jazzanova) as well as helming gigs at dance music meccas such as Ibiza, Japan and Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival in Sete (2010).
Dr. Gino Yu
Dr. Gino Yu has taught and established multimedia programs and initiatives at institutions including the University of Southern California, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is currently an Associate Professor and Director of Digital Entertainment and Game Development in the School of Design at PolyU where he serves as Program Leader for the MSc in Multimedia and Entertainment Technology and M-Lab, a commercially oriented digital entertainment laboratory he co-founded that provides consulting, research, instruction and develops new commercial opportunities. He founded the Hong Kong Digital Entertainment Association in 2000 and organised Asia’s first video game conference in 2001. He’s also hosted the 2009 edition of the Toward a Science of Consciousness Conference, Wikimania 2013, and co-curates TEDxHongKong. Dr. Gino Yu received his BS and PhD at the University of California at Berkeley in 1987 and 1993 respectively and has over 80 conference and journal publications. His main area of research focuses on the application of media technologies to cultivate creativity and promote enlightened consciousness. He has spoken at international events including TED, the World Knowledge Forum, the Cannes Lion Festival, rAsia, and the Creative Leadership Summit.
Legendary musician, producer, entrepreneur and humanitarian.
Highly impactful career spanning six decades.
Recipient of 27 Grammys and 79 nominations.
American rapper, author and producer.
Co-founder of the legendary rap group Public Enemy.
Voted one of the top 50 greatest lyricists of all time.
One of the most charming DJs in the business. A musical ambassador and a veteran of acid house, a champion of techno, a dance music pioneer, label owner, King of Ibiza – you name it, Carl’s been there and done it, never losing sight of his passions – playing music, breaking tunes and celebrating life.
It was at the age of 15 that Carl bought a set of turntables and began working as a mobile DJ. Disco was the first music that captivated him but by the early 80s Cox had moved on to playing the same music as other young London DJs – rare groove, New York hip-hop and electro. He was perfectly placed to hear Chicago house music in its earliest forms, and when the epic ‘Acid Trax’ by Phuture (a.k.a. DJ Pierre) came out in early ’87. “It was then that I thought, ‘This is it,’ says Carl. “I would do my parties, and I’d play old rare groove and hip hop and soul and I would say ‘Right you’ve got to hear this Phuture track’ and people would just stop and listen.”
As a founder of the sound, Carl rode the exploding British rave scene. He played the opening night of Danny Rampling’s legendary Shoom, co-promoted The Project with Paul Oakenfold, held a residency at the Zap Club in Brighton and at the Sunrise rave in 1988, hooked up a third turntable for his dawn-breaking set, got 15,000 people back on their feet, and established a personal rep for three-deck wizardry.
The next step was to make music, and Carl’s 1991 debut single for Paul Oakenfold’s Perfecto label, ‘I Want You,’ gave him a top 30 hit and a Top of the Pops appearance. Two more singles also made the charts. But Carl was a reluctant pop star and as the masses moved onto fluffy house and trance, and the hardcore created jungle, Cox retreated into the club world that had nurtured him, and instead embraced the underground sounds of techno. “Techno drives home somewhere,” he says of his core music. “It takes you to an element of surprise, not knowing where you’re going. It’s scary but wonderful at the same time.”
Carl’s classic releases include his 1995 mix CD, ‘F.A.C.T,’ which became a techno benchmark, selling over 250,000 copies, and the 1996 EP ‘Two Paintings and a Drum,’ which again broke the British top 30. Alongside Carl’s ‘Ultimate Music Management’ company, which counted Josh Wink and Laurent Garnier among 27 clients, there was the Ultimatum record label, for which Carl recorded his third top 30 UK single, ‘Sensual Sophis-ti-cat.’ In 2005, Carl’s third album, ‘The Second Sign’ caused a stir across Europe and reached number 3 in Spain’s national chart. Also gaining critical acclaim was ‘Dirty Bass,’ a collaboration with Christian Smith, and the funky ‘Give Me Your Love’, both released on 23rd Century Records, an outlet for his own burgeoning production output.
Carl formed his own label, Intec Records, in 1999, scoring a series of underground hits and enjoying eight years at the forefront of electronic music. After its closure in 2006, Carl was still inundated with new music, finally deciding to re-launch the label as Intec Digital at the start of 2010. It’s been a triumphant return, thanks to exclusives from some of the biggest names in techno. “The label couldn’t be going better,” says Carl. “It’s great to be back at the helm discovering underground DJs.”
Intec Digital was also the home for Carl’s 6th studio album, ‘All Roads Lead To the Dancefloor,’ released to critical acclaim in 2011 on state-of-the-art, self-updating USB technology.
2013 saw the re-launch of Carl’s seminal Pure Intec series, 9 years after the hugely successful original ‘Pure Intec.’ The release also coincided with the launch of a new series of Intec club nights where Carl and label head, Jon Rundell, played to a sold out XOYO in East London, dates have since followed in Ibiza, Madrid, Switzerland, Amsterdam for ADE, and London’s fabric, where they’ll be returning Easter 2015.
“Jon and I thought it was time,” says Carl. “We’d been working hard the last few years to get Intec back to the forefront of Techno. We have a great roster, with very talented DJs that deserve recognition. This is our way of celebrating the label’s success, showcasing some of our artists, and of course putting out some amazing tracks.”
Carl’s legendary Ibiza residency also continues to break boundaries. Celebrating an astounding 14 consecutive years at Space in 2015, Carl and Safehouse Management have built their weekly residency into one of the Island’s most popular nights, acclaimed for its adventurous and forward-thinking line-ups, musical direction and state of the art production. This, along with Carl’s highly involved and passionate role as promoter, programmer and host, is why each year has seen a growth and progression from the last, both in terms of quality and size. “The night’s popularity and demand has increased year by year, so it’s enabled us to bring even more talent to the island. We have a successful night because we just batten down the hatches and stick to what we do best, which is give value for money,” explains Carl. “People come back to us, as they’re big believers in our brand.”
Summer 2014 was also a record season for Carl in Ibiza – on top of his residency, he also played the Space closing Fiesta, along with dates at Amnesia, Sands and DC10.
Beyond Ibiza Carl continues to deliver his Carl Cox & Friends stage at Ultra, for what has long been one of the festival’s highlights. “2015 will be our 11th year at Ultra, and I’m certain it will go on and on,” says Carl. “We have a very special thing there. They give us free reign in everything. The look, staging, sound, what DJs we book, all of it is down to us, and that’s a great thing, and why we keep going back.”
All this and still Carl’s ‘Global’ radio show continues to break records, now reaching over 17-million weekly listeners worldwide and is syndicated across over 60 terrestrial FM, satellite and DAB stations throughout 35 countries, making him one of the most important broadcasters on the planet, and the most followed DJ on Mixcloud.
Artist, Hong Kong/Brazil
Born in Brazil and half Japanese, Gaby travelled the world for the past 12 years for her modelling career which has been a great opportunity to absorb and learn from the music culture of different places and to get influenced by what each country brings in terms of music styles, festivals, night clubs and crowd. Gaby has always been a big music lover and deeply involved in the underground music scene. Inspired by the knowledge and references of so many years on the road, and moved by her biggest passion, she finally decided to take a step forward and get behind the decks. Gaby is now based in Hong Kong where she is co-founder, music and art director of two party labels, LOVE&BEATS and REWIND .
Artist Manager for Above & Beyond, Involved Management
In between managing Above & Beyond and Mat Zo, and running the Anjunabeats & Anjunadeep imprints, James Grant has found the time to unleash his blend of deep, melodic and tech house at various locations around the world including Miami, Tokyo, Goa, all over Europe and across Central and South America.
For evidence of James’ credentials as the impeccable tastemaker behind Anjunabeats’ offshoot house label, Anjunadeep, look no further than his ‘Anjunadeep Edition’ radio show at www.soundcloud.com/anjunadeep
Ralf Kollmann formed mobilee in partnership with Anja Schneider, and what began as a side project quickly expanded into a fully-fledged career as mobilee blossomed from a small, homegrown label into a full-on music and entertainment enterprise. Kollmann earned his stripes within the mid-1990s techno communities of Cologne and Frankfurt, before moving to Berlin in 2002; since then he has become a central figure in the development of the capital’s musical identity. Under Kollmann’s guidance, and with his discerning ear, mobilee records and offshoot label Leena have risen through the ranks since 2005 to become one of the brightest stars in Berlin’s glittering galaxy of electronic music labels.
Equally adept at packing dancefloors as he is at predicting tomorrow’s underground hit, Kollmann works tirelessly behind the scenes to hone the mobilee sound, championing the label’s artists and unearthing the future-forward new talent that will contribute to pushing the mobilee vision forward. Unafraid to journey off the well-worn path, he continues to move the label and its ever-growing collective in dynamic directions.
mobilee records launched in 2005 and quickly established itself as one of the brightest new stars within Berlin’s glittering galaxy of electronic music labels, producers and DJs. Founded and owned by Anja Schneider and Ralf Kollmann, the label boasts a sound that is simultaneously familiar and innovative. Rooted in the classic structures of house and techno, mobilee has harnessed the triple threat approach: its records reference vintage dancefloor minimalism, engage with like-minded contemporaries, and suggest surprising new directions for familiar forms.
mobilee is committed to facing the realities of rapid change within the music industry, and adapts to technological and cultural transformations through a continual process of re-invention. More a fully-fledged company than just a traditional record label, mobilee looks towards an integrated clubbing experience, bringing label management, booking, publishing, press and artist studios together under one roof, while placing an explicit primacy on developing and utilizing innovative modes of promotion for its artists.
Arjun is one of India’s most coveted DJs and part of an exclusive breed of cutting-edge producers who are making a global impact. As one of the country’s leading electronic music exports, he plays incessantly back home and tours regularly in Europe, the USA and Asia. The award-winning DJ/producer currently reigns at the top of the DJ Mag India poll. Known for his intense, driven and atmospheric techno sound, Arjun has played alongside Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, Adam Bayer, Josh Wink, Apparat, Sasha, Fat Boy Slim, and Nic Fanciulli, while his erstwhile live act, Jalebee Cartel, has shared headlining spots with The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy and Modeselektor. Arjun’s knowledge and use of technology in the booth is second to none, as he innovatively wields drum machines and samplers to create a raw, electrifying and radically twisted sets. Taking a calculated risk a few years ago to move away from his major main stage career, Arjun followed his love for the counterculture by travelling into darker, more experimental musical terrain. Inspired by the sounds of Berlin, he based his summer tours out of the techno Mecca. 2010 was the game changer with the release of “Kill the String” on ALiVE Recordings, which propelled his production solo career. Releases on Fergie’s Excentric Muzik followed, as did strong support from Dubfire, Carl Cox, Karotte and Kaserdisco. His versatile sound ensured each of his 2013 releases stayed on the charts. “Kempai” was licensed to Digweed’s “Live in Argentina” compilation. Now signed to SCI+TEC, Tronic, Octopus Recording, Suara, Herzblut, and Material Series, Arjun’s productions are played by Cox, Hawtin, Dubfire, Adam Bayer, Christian Smith, Stacey Pullen and Paco Osuna, all the way from Enter and DC 10 in Ibiza to Berghain in Berlin. Arjun runs a truly global record label, MakTub Music unearthing and promoting fresh talent. The imprint has become home to an impressive roster of artists in the last three years. He also runs India’s premier electronic music school, The ILM Academy, and is co-owner of UnMute Agency, India’s finest underground talent.
Owner of boutique management company The Th3rd Brain.
Artist manager and brains behind the fast rise of Krewella and ZHU.
Marketing genius and one of the youngest entrepreneurs in electronic music.
Pioneering American record label exec and co-founder of Def Jam Records.
Owner of Google backed 300 Entertainment.
Chairman/CEO of Warner Music Group Record
Partner of TAO Group, the masterminds of Marquee, TAO, Avenue and LAVO.
Jason and his partners operate 6 of the top 16 highest grossing nightclubs in the country.
Transformed Las Vegas into a driving force of EDM clubbing in the U.S.
British electronic musician, songwriter, and record producer
Acclaimed for work with Madonna, The Killers, and Pet Shop Boys
Three-time Grammy award winner
Long regarded as one of America’s top DJs and producers
Numerous works top charted on Billboard
Two-time Grammy nominated artists
CEO of MMG Nightlife, an SFX Entertainment Company.
Ranked #11 in Rolling Stone’s “50 Most Important People in EDM” 2014.
Managing Partner in Miami’s top rated venues LIV Nightclub and Story.
Artist Manager for Tiesto, Red Light Management, USA
Andrew Goldstone works at Red Light Management and manages Tiesto, Don Diablo, Seven Lions, MOTi, Dzeko & Torres, Zaxx and Riggi & Piros. A true veteran of the dance music business, Andrew was one of the first employees at Astralwerks and saw that label rise to success in the mid to late 90’s with his signing of Fatboy Slim and the label’s work with the Chemical Brothers, Air, Basement Jaxx, Future Sound of London and others. Following that, he set up F-111 within Warner Brothers with his partner DJ DB who joined him from Profile/Sm:)e. During that period, they signed Green Velvet, Faze Action and had huge hits around the world with the remixes of Moloko’s “Sing It Back” and Green Velvet’s “Flash”. After a stint at Ministry of Sound in New York where he signed Fischerspooner, Andrew went to law school. Upon graduation, he joined the boutique entertainment law firm of Grubman Indursky where he developed a dance music practice representing Porter Robinson, Dillon Francis, Seven Lions and Audien among others. At the end of 2012, he transitioned to Red Light Management to manage Tiesto with Coran Capshaw. Over the last 3 years, Tiesto has continued his reign at the top – achieving his biggest commercial successes with “Red Lights” and “Wasted” and winning his first Grammy for his remix of John Legend’s “All of Me”.
Kevin Watson is a London-based strategy specialist with a passion for Electronic Dance Music, Ibiza and anything tech.
Vice Director of Channel Operations, KFM
AJa.k.a.阿峻 is the vice director of two radio stations: Love Radio FM103.7 and KFM98.1 (a membership of SMG, Shanghai Media Group) , taking on responsibility for the editorial content, leadership and overall management of these two. Leading his hardworking team, he drives the creation of a distinctive mix of pop music and speech programming.
And AJ is also a DJ & Producer, hosting one weekday show and two weekend shows on the radio. He has been broadcast live from the BRIT Awards and Grammys and AJ also organizes and promotes music events, supporting emerging artists all across the nation.
In recent years, he has brought about many collaborations with international entertainment companies such as Live Nation and AEG Live. And he has been promoting many international artists’ live performances in Shanghai, including Elton John, Sara Brightman, Metallica, Maroon 5, Pet Shop Boys, Suede, Pitbull ect. And Love Radio and KFM has been broadcasting many of these artists’ live performances in Shanghai exclusively.
President of Entertainment & TMT Divison, Fosun Group, China
Ms. Huang Jingyan is the manager director of Fosun Group, also serving as the director of pictures, Entertainment and Derivatives Division. She graduated from Shanghai Jiaotong University in 2002 with a BA in Management and received a Master degree of Corporate Management from the same university in 2004.
In 2013, Ms. Huang Jingyan joined Fosun Group and led the establishment of Pictures, Entertainment and Derivatives Division. She and her team successfully accomplished investment in US Hollywood multi-platform media company Studio 8 in six days. Under her supervisory post- investment management, Bona Film(NasdaqGS:BONA)has increased its market capitalization by more than 70%. In addition, she and her team have signed exclusive cooperation agreement with Shanghai Film Group, and have established a 3 billion film production fund.
Prior to joining Fosun, Ms. Huang Jingyan worked at Stone Capital where she was responsible for both attracting funds and making investment decisions. During this period, she led the establishment of Stone Capital first venture capital fund (kept a record in SH NDRC). She was also the founder and partner of a private equity fund, which was ranked the Top 20 PE fund in China according to Zero2IPO Group.
Previously she served as research analyst in Morgan Stanley’s Capital Goods research team, which was ranked as the Top 3 research team in HK/China capital market during her term of service successively. Her previous role was consulting associate at Accenture Consulting Firm.
Global Music Director, AB-Inbev
As a passionate fan of Electronic Music, Clarissa Pantoja is the Global Head of Music at Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest global brewer. She is responsible for the company’s music strategy and initiatives for key global and local brands, including Budweiser, Corona, Bud Light and Skol.
Clarissa was responsible for launching AB InBev’s first global Electronic Music program, an ambitious initiative connecting multiple brands across all continents in partnership with the biggest players in the industry. From original music videos with artists, like Diplo, to innovative content series and breakthrough experiences at festivals, Clarissa aims to shape the way brands interact with the culture and connect with consumers.
This year in an effort to shape electronic music in China and grow the culture through Budweiser Made For Music, Clarissa helped to create a first ever collaboration between the legendary Tiesto and the pop singer star Jane Zhang to create a special track including featured music videos, performances at Budweiser Storm Festival and several other initiatives.
“I believe that to be part of this culture, brands needs to play a meaningful role and really deliver value to the community. We want to co-shape the future of the Electronic Music and leave a legacy with our brands.”
Originally from Brazil, she started her career at AB InBev and before her global role, she was part of the Skol marketing team, the leading beer in the country. She led big initiatives from product launch, digital strategy and development of the brand`s music platform, being electronic music the biggest.
Content Manager, IMS, USA
Valerie is the Content Manager for IMS and an Editor for Dancing Astronaut. She is a writer with a new media mindset and a passion for chasing after stories that bridge pop culture with social and cultural issues, specifically in the electronic music realm. She has also been published in The Huffington Post. She was the very first IMS Visionaries winner and the youngest and only female speaker at IMS Engage 2015. Since, she has gone on to become part of the IMS team and their forward-thinking global approach to the industry.
Director of Tencent video Live Music and Chief-editor of Tencent Music Channels, China
As a veteran media personality, he has over 10 years operating experience in radio, print media and Web Application.
Once as writer at DOXTV magazine and Music magazine, he wrote a lot of interviews, reviews, reports, and have participated in numerous planning of music, performances, activities.
The judge of the Midi Music Award, Top Chinese Music Chart Awards and other else;
Worked in the Music Radio, iQIYI, Netease and Tencent, Baidu;
Participate to create Netease Cloud Music as operating managers.
Now he is the Director of Tencent video Live Music and Chief-editor of Tencent Music Channels, taking full charge of Tencent video online music project.
Co-founder, theLOOP, Inc, Taiwan
Born in Taiwan, and educated in the US, Alan has a very unique and in-depth understanding of both sides of the Pacific and beyond. As a vested partner, creative/program director, and founder of his first club at the tender age of just 21, he has been a highly influential force in the EDM scene since before the acronym was coined.
Since co-founding theLOOP, Inc. in Taipei in 2001, Alan has been instrumental in the development of the electronic dance music scene in Taiwan, not only by booking major A-list acts from around the world, but also by forming long-standing and very successful relationships with such international organizations as ID&T, Godskitchen, Global Underground, JTI, Heineken, and Diageo, among others.
Under his direction, theLOOP has created/co-founded six big scale dance clubs in three cities in two countries.
theLOOP has organized the Top 3 largest EDM events ever held in Taiwan, reaching up to 17,000 in attendance; not bad for a country that is/was barely on the map of the scene (10-15 years ago.)
The latest venture in Taipei, Omni, has further elevated the standard of what a nightclub can be. Combining elements from years of experience, the future looks very bright indeed in Taiwan, China, and beyond.
Co-founder, Midi Shanghai and E midi, China
Irene Yang is the initiator and local organizer of Shanghai Midi Festival. Midi Festival is the first open-air music festival in China and was first held in 2000 dubbed as “China’s Woodstock”. Irene is the executive producer of Young Talents Program (R.A.W.,Rising Artists Works) at China Shanghai International Arts Festival, helping Chinese and international young artists create commissioned productions. She is the founder of Rolling Music – a rock school(workshop) for young persons, aiming to encourage students play modern music.
Founder, Chairman & CEO Monster Products
From the garage of his San Francisco home in 1979, Noel Lee began working on research that essentially founded Monster Cable. Obsessed with improving the sound quality of music when heard through speakers, Lee discovered that wires of different constructions did just that! A business and soon-to-be empire was born.
Today, Head Monster, Mr. Lee oversees the entire business with a particular focus on product innovation and development, as well as promoting the Monster brand globally through strategic partnerships and retailer marketing. Mr. Lee’s “Monstrous” attitude, desire to think outside the box and commitment to the motto of “always lead, never follow,” has continually led to product innovation.
Noel Lee quit his first real job in 1978 when his band, “Asian Wood,” had an offer to go on a world tour. However, plans changed forcing Lee to return to the Bay Area with no job and little money. Fortunately, his “Eureka” moment came shortly after when he tested his theory regarding loudspeaker cable and sound quality.
Prior to founding Monster, Lee was also a laser fusion engineer at Lawrence-Livermore Laboratory. Lee graduated Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo College of Engineering, and attended Washington High School in San Francisco.
Honors, awards and accolades throughout Lee’s career include a Grammy. In 2012, Noel accepted the prestigious Plus X Lifetime Achievement Award given to people who shape the industry and continue to contribute.
Prior to the creation of Monster’s own line of high-performance headphones utilizing the Pure Monster Sound technology, Lee was the creator of the Beats by Dr. Dre sound, developed most of the first generation line of products – headphones and speakers. He also used his strong established relationships with retailers to make the groundbreaking headphones accessible to consumers. In November 2015 Noel will be inducted into the CE Hall of Fame.
Chief Editor of That’s Shanghai Magazine, China
Ned Kelly is the General Manager of That’s Shanghai and National Editorial Director of Urbanatomy Media, overseeing eight publications over five cities – and online across China. They seek out the country’s big stories, setting up interviews with the top stars, and striving to find the best restaurants and biggest parties the China has to offer. In his seven years at the company he has interviewed a diverse range of people, from John Cleese to Mick Jagger, Elton John to Matt Groening.
Armin van Buuren
Artist, NetherlandsArmin van Buuren is widely regarded as one of the world’s biggest DJs and producers within electronic dance music for close to twenty years. His life-long dedication to trance music has earned him a Grammy® nomination for ‘This Is What It Feels Like’ feat. Trevor Guthrie, and he has been voted “#1 DJ” in the world for an unprecedented five times in the annual DJ Mag Top 100, counting up to fourteen consecutive top 5 spots to date.His weekly two-hour radio show, “A State of Trance” (ASOT), is broadcast weekly on more than 100 radio stations around the world, drawing more than 36 million listeners each week. The ASOT brand has grown into a complete live show experience and touring concept.Throughout the years, Armin has launched several ‘Armin Only’ world tours, based on his albums (‘Imagine’ in 2008, ‘Mirage’ in 2010, and ‘Intense’ in 2013). In the case of the Armin Only ‘Intense’ world tour, more than 33 dates were set, with shows in world cities on five different continents reeling in more than 500,000 visitors.In addition, Armin is the co-founder of the Armada Music record label (together with Maykel Piron and David Lewis), which has been acclaimed internationally for releasing top-notch electronic music of various genres.As a performer, Armin headlines more than 150 shows a year at leading festivals and venues around the world, including Electric Daisy Carnival (Las Vegas, New York), Ultra Music Festival (Miami), Tomorrowland (Belgium); Omnia Nightclub (Las Vegas), Ushuaia (Ibiza), and numerous others.Armin has the second most followed artist playlist on Spotify of any music genre and launched his sixth full-length artist album (‘Embrace’) on October 29th 2015, after ‘76’ (2003), ‘Shivers’ (2005), ‘Imagine’ (2008), ‘Mirage’ (2010), and ‘Intense’ (2013).www.arminvanbuuren.com, www.astateoftrance,com, www.armadamusic.com.
“Kaskade’s signature sound is as unmistakable as it is beautiful; a combination of dewy female vocals, tough electronic underpinnings, and memorable melodies.” — Billboard
The New York Times may have called him the “new face of electronic dance music” in a recent profile, but Ryan Raddon, known as Kaskade, has been in the trenches of the EDM scene as an original recording artist and in-demand DJ for more than a decade. He has released seven studio albums, including his latest, Fire & Ice, scored nine Top 10 hits on Billboard’s Hot Dance Airplay Chart, created chart-topping remixes for everyone from Lady Gaga to Beyoncé, appeared at all the major summer festivals, and has performed between 150 and 200 headlining shows a year for the last 10 years, building a name for himself as an innovator of the EDM scene as we know it today, which has opened doors for the likes of Deadmau5, Tiesto, Skrillex and more. In doing so, he has helped to lay the groundwork for a titanic musical and cultural shift: a post-rock EDM revolution that has captured the imagination of a new generation of music lovers across North America
Kaskade has been named America’s No. 1 DJ by DJ Times and Pioneer DJ. In 2012, he will appear at this year’s Coachella, for which he has a special performance planned, and will hit the road in May for his biggest headlining tour ever — 50-plus North American shows in just over three months. His own live show is a jaw-dropping spectacle that finds him performing in front of an 80-foot wide, three-stories tall LED screen that blares images synched with the music while strobe lights scan the crowd. Kaskade’s belief in the transformative power of dance music to uplift thousands of people at once has had a significant effect on the U.S. scene. His ground-breaking double residency in Las Vegas at the Encore Beach Club (which had not even been built when he signed on) and Marquee has elevated the city’s status as a premiere club-going destination on par with London, Berlin, and Ibiza, is another testament to his influence.
Growing up in the Chicago suburbs, Raddon was heavily influenced by New Wave bands like The Cure, Echo and The Bunnymen, and The Smiths that ignited his love for melody and lyrics and was strongly impacted by the house music scene that developed in Chicago. Following stints spinning throughout college and in A&R at OM Records, he began working on his own music, which includes multiple singles, EPs, and remixes, as well as the albums: his most recent 2011 release Fire & Ice – which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Chart, No. 3 on the Independent Albums chart, and No. 17 on the Top 200 Albums chart, while the iTunes version debuted at No. 4 on the overall album chart. The Fire disc contains ten original songs geared firmly toward the dancefloor, while on the Ice disc, Kaskade delivers the perfect down-tempo post-club experience by remixing all ten songs. Both discs showcase the musical versatility tat has characterized his work ever since he began writing his own songs. This album was preceded by It’s You, It’s Me (2003), In the Moment (2004), The Calm (2006), Here & Now (2006), Love Mysterious (2006), Strobelite Seduction (2008), Dynasty (2010) and Dance.Love (2010).
From underground classics like Tripi, Texi, Get Wild and Don’t Say A Word, to scoring international chart toppers like PATT (Party All The Time) and The One, Sharam’s musical credits are as dynamic as his DJ sets. His production collaborations include artists such as Kid Cudi, Shakira, Patsy Cline, Chris Martin, P.Diddy, Chuck D, and Daniel Bedingfield, to name just a few. He seamlessly navigates between hypnotic underground sets rooted in his rich knowledge of house and techno, while entertaining the younger dance enthusiasts of today with laser-like focus and dedication to quality. His motto remains ‘entertain while educate’. His sound is Ibiza in Vegas. His style is limitless.
He scored the top buzz records of 2013 and 2014 Miami Music Conference with his singles On & On and Tripi respectively. ‘Tripi’ was the inaugural record on Seth Troxler’s new label Play It Say It, garnering support from all sides of the industry. In 2015 Sharam unleashed 2 monster singles at the Miami Music Week— Heavi, Tripi’s follow-up, released on his own Yoshitoshi Recordings, and August House, a Spinnin’ Deep single whose video has garnered over nine hundred thousand views on YouTube. Sharam will follow August House with two more singles for the label this year, August Dub and October House, with the October Dub to follow.
Following an eight year hiatus, Sharam joined Dubfire once again at Miami Music Week 2015 as the legendary duo Deep Dish. The reunion set the industry abuzz with select shows and talk of an upcoming album.
Beatport, Director of Special Operations Asia, Australia
Richie has 26 years experience in the music industry. Beginning as a fresh 18 year old putting on events and bussing in nightclubs, becoming Director of Dance at Mushroom Records (MDS) for four years from the age of 19, to touring some of the biggest names in dance music, Richie has experienced the industry from all spectrums.
At Mushroom he was responsible for bringing labels such as Warp Records, R&S, Harthouse, Strictly Rhythm, Nervous, XL Recordings, React etc… to Australia as well as licensing artist and albums from Leftfield, Orbital, Underworld, The Prodigy, Moby and the like.
At the 1988-1992 electronic music explosion, Richie was at the thick of it in Australia. He DJ’d for 15 years across Australasia and Europe. His famous Hardware organisation ran some of Melbourne’s first raves bringing the worlds biggest artists to Australia, had two record stores and distribution and helped run Australia’s first national electronic Music Festival called Apollo. From there he began Two Tribes Events (Australia’s first award winning electronic music festival) for 10 years then finished that to setup Stereosonic, Australia’s last remaining major dance festival.
This hard work and passion was supported by Richie being awarded in 2011, the industry-voted inthemix.com.au Award for Outstanding Contribution to Dance Music in Australia.
After a 16 month break, he now works for SFX Entertainment setting up their Asia office and plan, as well as working for Beatport on their LIVE streaming consumer platform in LIVE video and event integration.
Author / Artist Manager, UK
Simon Napier-Bell has been a film composer, songwriter, record producer, and author, but most of all he is known for being a rock manager. Amongst the artists he’s managed are The Yardbirds, Marc Bolan, T Rex, Japan, Asia, CC Catch, Ultravox, Candi Staton, Boney M, and Wham!
In the 60s he co-wrote the song You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me which went to number one sung by Dusty Springfield and was also covered in the early 70s by Elvis Presley.
He has written four best-selling books about the music industry: ‘You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’, about the music business in the 60s; ‘Black Vinyl White Powder’, a history of the British music industry; and ‘I’m Coming To Take You To Lunch’, about taking Wham! to Communist China in the 80s, the first Western pop or rock group ever to play there. His latest book, ‘Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay’, is a history of the business of popular music from its first beginnings in 1710 until today, published in August 2014 by Unbound Books.
These days he is a director of Papa Entertainments PLC, which produces ‘Raiding the Rock Vault’, the best-rated music show in Las Vegas, and of Snap-B Music, a company that provides consultancy to top music industry professionals. He travels, does business, gives talks, and eats & drinks well, all over the world.
Artist, Hong Kong / Bali
Scarlett Etienne has established herself as a major player on the international DJ circuit. Whether she is DJing in the underground scene at nightclubs like Watergate in Berlin or The Nest in London, Playing keys on stage with Nile Rodgers and Johnny Marr at Montreux Jazz Festival, throwing down at the Formula One parties in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, writing music for fashion films for couturiers like Erevos Aether, giving a live vocal performance at The Box London or on the Robot Heart art car at Burning Man, or orchestrating the music for Matthew Williamson’s fashion shows from the sound booth of the Royal Opera House, she is constantly on the global move delivering her dazzling, fresh sound. Her studio endeavours include: being featured on Erol Alkan’s Phantasy label as the voice on Daniel Avery’s The Eagle, and has remixed for ultra cool Parisian label Kitsuné for Lady Gaga’s producer DJ White Shadow.
Artist, Life & Death / Daze Agency / Elita Festival, Italy
DJ Tennis born in the 70’s and raised between New Jersey, Sicily and Parma in a family who paid just a passing attention to music. No relatives played any musical instruments, nor were there any around the home – music was never given any special amount of love in the Romano household. But despite this, and perhaps as a direct result of this, Romano’s creative and artistic attitude has always centred around music: singing, creating and collecting weird and noisy musical instruments at every turn.
In 1988 before embarking on computer science studies he was already playing and singing in college bands and had an indie rock radio show on a local radio station in Palermo.
Recording with bands, organising events and DJing at the local tennis club where he used to play semi-professionally (his DJ moniker comes from his passion for the sport) became his way to support the costs of his studies, though when he graduated he never imagined he would turn that hobby into his fully-fledged career. Whilst starting out as a DJ he began focusing on promoting new underground music in his country, founding and developing some of the most important Italian underground musical events such as the Elita festival in Milan and the Dissonanze festival in Rome – at the same time creating forward-thinking new promotional concepts around the Italian clubbing scene.
In the early 90s Romano also started producing music for theatre, movie soundtracks and TV commercials, his production skills always taking inspiration from the psychedelic, dark and melancholic sounds of the 60’s, thru to early 2000’s IDM. The range of influences paint a picture of his musical worldview: The Beach Boys, The Who, Talk Talk, Ultravox, XTC, Fugazi, June of 44, Suicide, Radiohead, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada and Plastikman – into every musical project he poured elements, sounds & feelings from all of these artists and many more.
In 2010, after growing tired of the the more overtly generic output of the contemporary scene he decided to collect all of his musical works and, along with Thugfucker’s Greg Oreck, started a new techno and pop label called Life and Death. The name of the label has a specific meaning, inspired by the socratic method of the maieutic process to turn ‘dead’ elements into a new life, and referring to the hypnotic power of music used in the mesmeric processes for brain therapy. Life And Death was alive.
Romano bases himself in Berlin where he also shares the label experience and a studio with the innovative deep electronic duo Tale of Us, whilst he working hard to create a crew of young and inspired musicians like Clockwork and Esperanza, amongst others. On top of all of this he still maintains his main job is still being a Promoter and a Booking agent in 2012. He may go by the name Tennis but he continues to be a hugely talented all-rounder.
Artist, Australia / UK
Livescape, Co-founder, Malaysia
Rahul Kukreja is a familiar name back home in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia mainly because he is the lead guitarist for one of Malaysia’s most popular rock bands, One Buck Short (or OBS as they are affectionately known as). Having started the band back in college, OBS has moved from its underground roots to being regarded as the region’s Top Rock/Live Act. He is also one of the co-founders and partners of The Livescape Group of companies which produces IT’S THE SHIP, Electric Run, A State of Trance (ASOT), Rockaway Festival, and After Dark Social Club (ADSC). Livescape has a 360-degree approach to conceiving, marketing and executing events. They have an in-house marketing, execution, creative, production, logistics, and artist management team to ensure that they put on an experience that people will not only remember but also talk about. Rahul acts as Livescape’s Director of Live Events & Entertainment where he oversees artist/show bookings and productions for all of the group’s events and sources out future and potential business partnerships for the company as well as managing itineraries and executions for Livescape events and festivals. Rahul also has very good working relationships with various artist management and booking agencies and is the man with the eye for spotting talent for Livescape shows. Rahul is also quite the entrepreneur, venturing into various different businesses. Aside from One Buck Short and The Livescape Group, he is a partner in “All Access Distribution”, an apparel company that distributes street wear brand, OBEY, and Macbeth Footwear in Malaysia.
Artist, MidnightShift, Singapore
Kavan belongs to today’s generation of marketers who is skilled in more than one discipline. The 35-year-old Head of Marketing stands out in a crowded marketplace with his strong background and insightful vision in music & nightlife marketing. As a co-founder of the Midnight Shift electronic music label, featured as one of Pulse Radio’s Top 5 South-East Asian labels, Kavan has a finger on today’s pulse whilst continuously evolving with the electronic music scene since the 1990s. Kavan displays his creative flair with the ability to strike a balance in achieving street-cred and mass appeal in the programming, which is exhibited in kyo’s adventurous and forward-thinking approach, noted by Pulse Radio as the top South-East Asian underground club.
Totem One Love, Promoter / Director, Australia
Credited with changing the aesthetic face of dance music culture in Australia, Frank Cotela has worked behind the scenes on some of the country’s most successful and prolific EDM brands for over 30 years.
After obtaining a degree in electronic engineering in digital electronics and working in recording studios in the early 80s, Cotela’s natural aptitude for design and interest in electronics and culture (alongside the introduction computer graphics) moved him in the direction of design where he went on to become a creative director in Australia’s leading advertising houses, culminating in the establishment of his own creative studio: FCD – a successful specialist design studio aimed at music and fashion.
In 2000 he joined forces with promoters Peter Raff & Dror Erez to create “ONELOVE”, where his marketing vision helped forge the nation’s highest profile dance brand of the decade. In 2004 the partnership created ONELOVE Recordings and the music label quickly established itself as a supporter of both local and international emerging talent.
In 2008 as Director of Totem-Onelove Group, Cotela Co – Founded Australia’s Biggest Music Festival Stereosonic, Which was sold to New York Events Company SFX in 2013, in a historic deal. Today Cotela heads ONELOVE MUSIC GROUP, The Group includes Recordings, Publishing, Talent and Live, It is also a major force responsible for pushing Australian dance music on a global scale.
Pulse Radio, Editor-in-Chief, Philippines
Managing Director, Third Culture Music Limited
Creative consultant, Miller Genuine Draft and Peroni Nastro Azzurro
Since relocating to the Philippines three years ago from London, where Mikhail Schemm comes from a background in influencer and trends consulting for boutique agency SCB Partners, as an early promoter and DJ in the warehouse party scene and having a stint at Richie Hawtin’s Minus label in Berlin, he has been focused on his passion of building and consolidating the electronic music scene in his half-native Philippines.
Currently a creative consultant for brands such as Miller Genuine Draft, which are a heavily EDM and nightlife oriented brand, he also runs Third Culture Music, a brand, event and music consultancy with venture partner Katrina Razon, through which they work with a number of top entertainment brands such as The Palace, Road To Ultra: Philippines, Wonderfruit and Malasimbo Festival. In addition they are the partners for top online music media outlet Pulse Radio, covering content for the electronic music industry in the Philippines and around Asia.
On an event level, as a promoter, he has worked on tours with The xx and Jamie xx, and regularly with Manila’s top clubs both underground and high-end. In addition, as a house and techno DJ out of passion, he has played numerous festivals and clubs around Southeast Asia. The 360-degree knowledge of the industry is his biggest asset in achieving his goals in the near future.
Owner, Kyo, Singapore
Agent/Co-Owner/The Bullitt Agency/USA/Barcelona
Ryan Saltzman’s interest in the business side of the music industry began at law school, where he focused on entertainment law classes and secured internships at both the US Copyright Office and as a law clerk for Nasseri Music Business Solutions. After earning his law degree in 2005, Ryan set his sights on the agent world and began working at The Bullitt Agency, a premier boutique DJ booking and management agency based in Washington DC and Barcelona. Now a co-owner and senior agent at Bullitt, Ryan travels 100,000+ miles each year and uses his relationships around the globe to place artists into a wide portfolio of leading venues, events, and festivals.
Senior Manager / Bookings / Storm Festival / China
LAU HOE YIN BLINK
Head of Programme, Zouk, KL
Blink is the Head of Programme for Zouk Club KL and also one-part of the famed DJ duo, Goldfish & Blink.
As a key figure at Zouk Club KL, he takes charge of the international DJ bookings for the club and the local content that drives the club week in week out.
Long time friends, Goldfish and Blink started collaborating as a team over the recent years. Goldfish & Blink has been in the forefront of the DJing culture in Malaysia, quickly establishing a unique style through their music backgrounds and versatility in production styles.
Through labels like Revealed Recordings the world is quickly discovering what tens of thousands of Malaysian EDM fans already know about these Asian breakthrough stars – that this Malaysian duo is set to take over. Part of a new breed of South East Asian EDM champions, the pair have been stealthily increasing their international profile via releases on Universal Music, Armada, Panda Funk, MixMash Records, Metanoia, and more.
Artist / Promoter, India
Akshai Sarin is a creative entrepreneur, musician, marketing consultant, brand ambassador and industry speaker. His varied portfolio and professional collaborations rest on the pillars that guide innovative work – “Selfless, Compassionate, Prudent, and Diligent.” in 2007, Akshai founded Axyz Music International, a pioneering force in India’s music scene – bringing artists like Akon, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Vienna Chamber Orchestra to India for the first time. After a successful 3-year stint setting up the Culture Marketing department for energy drink Red Bull, he founded ‘ttogether: Disruptive Marketing | Engagement’ – an agency that enables brands to reach their consumer in a creative way, as well as create social impact.
Akshai is also a founder of 10 Heads Festival, TiLT Festival & Conference, and Founding Trustee of the Bandstand Culture Society (registered with the Charity Commissioners Office Mumbai : F-44528), responsible for the annual Mumbai Bandstand Revival, under the aegis of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce.
– 2015: Brand Ambassador, South Asia: British sustainable luxury brand, Bottletop.
– 2014: Brand Ambassador, India: Tata Nano and JBL/Harman Kardon.
– 2014: Ambassador: International Music Summit Asia Pacific, Singapore.
– 2013: Showcase: Lintas Lowe & Partners’ True Show Awards.
– 2012: Invitee: Walk A Mile/Global Impact Institute at London Olympics.
– 2011: Global Marketing Best Practice Award: RedBull Thre3style
– 2010: Global Marketing Best Practice Award: RedBull Free Streets.
– 2009: Nominated for the “Young Indian Music Entrepreneur of the Year 2009” award by British Council and Rolling Stone Magazine.
– 2007: Selected among the “Top 20 Young Creative Entrepreneurs in India” – who then attended the British Council & Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIM-B) “Creative Future” program.
Sabrina Ooi is a DJ and entrepreneur at the crossroads of music, innovation and branding. Born and bred in Singapore, Sabrina is best known in the arts and entertainment scene as a creative force connecting local artistes to wider audiences – since the tender age of 16, with the “Rock For Good” concert in 2006, featuring prominent Singaporean bands Electrico and The Suns.
As a DJ, Sabrina has held residencies in nightclubs Fenix Room and Dream (formerly Ministry of Sound), and honed her craft at 1-Altitude, the world’s highest alfresco nightspot. She has also played to audiences around the region and beyond, including Manila, Madrid and Melbourne. Sabrina constantly pushes the boundaries with every set, fusing together everything from indie rock anthems to hip-hop to the well-loved EDM. Beyond being a music tastemaker and performer, Sabrina is also highly interested in the business perspective of the music industry, as expressed in a bird’s eye view dissertation on Singapore’s electronic music scene that was recently published.
Beyond music, Sabrina is deeply involved with the technology and startup scene in Singapore, where she connects them with the business community – in which she is a recognised branding and marketing expert.
Head of A&R / One Love Records / Australia
Matt Nugent is the General manager of ONELOVE Recordings in Australia, he started his musical career as a DJ / record store manager / Sony Music sales and promotions rep and all round vinyl hustler in Brisbane before making a move to Sydney in 2005 to take on the position of National Marketing Manager for Central Station Records.
Towards the end of 2006 ONELOVE brought its already iconic Melbourne club night to Sydney, after already signing on as a resident DJ at the ONELOVE Sydney club night, Matt also joined the team to head up the ONELOVE label operations and take it from compilation brand to a fully fledged independent record label.
Matt was behind putting together and releasing the ONELOVE compilation series which over the years has featured Dj mixes from Calvin Harris, Benny Benassi, Crookers, Bingo Players, Tommy Trash, The Bloody Beetroots. Will Sparks, John Dahlback, NERVO, Dirty South, Junior Sanchez, Bart B More, Acid Jacks, Thomas Gold, Kaz James, Shock One, Yolanda Be Cool, Tommie Sunshine, TV Rock, The Bang Gang Deejays and Australia’s own dance legend Ajax.
He’s signed and managed the Australian single and album releases from international artists such as Hot Since 82, Kaskade, Booka Shade, Riva Starr, NERVO, Morgan Page, Martin Solveig, Tensnake, Bingo Players, ShockOne, Chris Lake, EDX, Dragonette, Cedric Gervais, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Afrojack, Sandy Rivera, Phonat, Round Table Knights, S-Man and many more.
In the past 12 months as A&R manager, Matt has headed up world wide releases for Kaz James, Nicky Night Time, Generik, Tigerlily, JDG, Chris Bullen, Zoolanda, Glover, Avon Stringer, Fear of Dawn, Samual James, Sick Individuals, Zac Waters, J-Trick, Jono Fernandez, Jimi Frew, Kyro, Joeysuki, Static Revenger, StadiumX, Muzzaik among others.
DJ / Music Journalist / Radio Presenter, LUSH 99.9, Singapore
Chris Ho (from Singapore) is a familiar name on radio with years and years of experience behind him; though he’d rather not put a number to the years for the sake of protecting seniority without prejudice.
He started out at Rediffusion, the wired radio station, where a show he hosted won him the Paters Award for Most Outstanding Asia-Pacific Radio Personality from the Australasian Broadcasting Arts & Sciences in 1987. He had also made a name for himself as a pioneer in the local scene programming punk, New Wave and alternative rock music on the airwave.
The Straits Times also ran a regular column of his called Pop Life where he introduced cutting-edge music as a music columnist. The column lasted 25 years.
In the 1990s, he was heard on 98.7FM hosting the groundbreaking music show Hip Parade: The Now Sound Of The Future, the first locally produced show on nu-groove/future beat music.
Since then, he’s moved on to Lush 99.5FM where he’s currently heard hosting the weekly show Clubscape.
Despite the FM music references there, the scope of Chris’s interest is much wider. On an Internet radio-station Sonar (2009 – 2012), he presented black metal music as DJ Mentor. His other life-long interests include singer-songwriter music, country-folk, dark wave and classic soul.
As a club DJ…
Chris started his own club night Cyber-Tech back in the 1990s when techno was not a dirty word. He followed that up with Future Soul soon after. Known for an eclectic touch (anything from soul to funk to rock to techno to house), he became the resident deejay at Soundbar at The Liquid Room, Singapore’s first chill-out bar, when the venue opened its doors in 2000. He has since played at some of Singapore’s best-known venues: Phuture (Sessions Series), Zouk (Red Bull Music Academy Party 2006; Heineken Green Room presents Chicks On Speed), The Balcony at The Hereen, Loof, Muse, Pure in Ministry Of Sound, DXO (for AlterNation, opening for Alec Empire), Café del Mar at Sentosa (opening for Alex Barck of Jazzanova), House in Dempsey, The Butter Factory’s Art-Bar, New Asia Bar (opening for Stefano Willow) and The Polo Club. He was also a resident deejay at km8 in Sentosa (Conde Nest named the beach bar one of the best new clubs of 2006).
He was also a resident for Dark Friday, Singapore’s only goth club-night. It was at Dark Friday that he opened for DJ Eskil Simonnson, also of the ‘future pop’ Swedish band Covenant. Chris had manned the decks for various Bulgari and Philip Stein fashion events, Johnny Walker Classic private functions, Nokia Fashion Week 2005, Agnes b.’s punk anniversary party 2014 and Elle’s magazine’s anniversaries in 2013 and 2014. He was given the Individuality Award at the inaugural Streetstyle Awards 2001 and the Special Award in the Motorola Streetstyle Awards 2007.
In Oct 2006, he was the guest DJ at Insomnia in Berlin, Germany for the opening party of a film festival there. Alex Murray-Leslie of the electro-punk band Chicks On Speed called him as “a great DJ”. X’ Ho, by the way, is his persona as musician/artist, author and underground filmmaker.
Artist / Music Director, W Sentosa-Cove, Singapore
An integral sonic force in Singapore’s thriving club scene, DJ and producer Mr. Has is best known for his high-impact, genre-blending DJ sets. The recipient of the inaugural Nike Street Style Music Award, Mr. Has is also a member of the Mr. Porter Style Council, an appointed assembly of the world’s most stylish and connected men, alongside Pharrell Williams and Hugh Jackman, among others. The prolific producer also heads up Rawjak, a digital music label showcasing local and international electronica artist, and formerly held the position of music director for Singapore’s Lo & Behold Group, overseeing beats at its collection of bars and restaurants.
CFO, David Lewis Productions, Hong Kong
Erik has been working for and with David Lewis Productions since the beginning of this century and he has been living in Hong Kong since late 2005. DAVID LEWIS PRODUCTIONS ASIA-PACIFIC LIMITED was set up in July 2008 and since that moment Erik has been DLP’s representative in the region. This next to his role as being the total group’s Finance Director/CFO, he has witnessed the Industry grow from within in Asia and actually been part of it as well, up-close and personal. With David Lewis Productions actually already being present in Asia for well over seven years, the Agency has a solid base to keep continuing to contribute to the growth and development of EDM in Asia.
Business Development, Mixmag, UK
Jack has worked across a several areas in music and its application in wider media. These include production, licensing, supervision, commercial development and running a label.
Since graduating in Commercial Music in 2007 from The University of Westminster, he has worked tirelessly to develop the network required to be disruptive and successful in the industry today.
Jack has a long association with the dance and electronic music genres. In 2008 he was appointed Lead Audio Producer with Activision for the major console title, DJ Hero. This involved international PR, music production, licensing and curation. The exposure to a satellite creative industry, borrowing credibility from dance and its culture began a dynamic and evolving career with this theme at its core.
After two appointments as Senior Audio Producer and Head of Licensing for another tech start up (We R Interactive, 2011 – 2014), it became clear that a move towards commercial development and client management around dance was a natural progression. With unique history in licensing and curation, this rounded experience with a mixture of established publishers and spritely upstarts created a balanced and engaging story around Jack.
In 2015, after a few months of sharing ideas and contacts, Jack was appointed Business Development Manager for Mixmag. after speaking regularly with Jerry Perkins, CEO, about how best to progress their brand and activities in native advertising and music media.
He also concurrently set up an independent record label, One Two Many with long suffering friend Alex Sheridan. After two vinyl / digital releases, the label has achieved over 100 major radio plays in the UK and in the US and a major corporate sync, with both acts represented going on to sign to majors or significant indies on both major and publishing.
Association for Electronic Music
Berklee School of Music
shesaid.so is a carefully selected network of women with active roles in the music industry. Our vision is to create an environment that supports collaboration, creativity and positive values.
Established in September 2014, shesaid.so has grown to over 800 members worldwide in less than a year. Our members are a balanced mix of medium to high profile industry women across all sectors of the industry from PR to management to music tech to record labels. With the majority of our members hailing from London and LA, we’re continuing to grow our community across other key music cities including NYC, Chicago, Montreal and other European cities.
Since its beginnings in London shesaid.so has become a place where members can openly ask for advice, share jobs and events and announce new projects. There are currently close to 1000 members worldwide.
Young Guns Network
Marc Geiger is WME’s Head of Music, representing leading artists in electronic, rock, pop, Christian, hip-hop, R&B and film scoring. Recognized by Billboard as one of the top 15 most influential executives in the music business, Geiger oversees a group of over 100 agents throughout the world. WME’s Music division booked more dates than any other agency in 2015, with over 35,000 appearances worldwide. In addition WME’s clients led the Grammys with more than 20 wins this year.
Geiger’s diverse client roster includes Jack White, Outkast, David Byrne, Neil Diamond, The Flaming Lips, Jane’s Addiction, Steve Martin, Janelle Monae, Nine Inch Nails, Tom Petty, Pixies, Trent Reznor, Rihanna, Lindsey Stirling, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Tom Waits and Hans Zimmer.
Consistently cited as a visionary for his ability to forecast trends in the music industry, Geiger has led WME’s expansion into several growth areas. WME was the first major music agency to form an EDM division, playing an integral role in setting the genre’s live touring model through festivals and residencies. In addition WME has made several key partnerships with leading music festivals throughout the world, including Lollapalooza which Geiger co-founded in 1991 and has since expanded to Argentina, Brazil, Chile and soon Berlin. In April 2015, WME | IMG acquired Australia’s top music booking agency Artist Voice, giving WME the largest global footprint of any music agency and providing access to Asia Pac’s accelerating live music business.
Geiger began his career as a concert promoter and worked as an agent at Triad Artists. He co-created the Lollapalooza tour in 1991, which eventually became the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago. Subsequently, he was hired by Rick Rubin and appointed Executive Vice President of A&R, Marketing and New Media at American Recordings. In 1994 Geiger recognized the Internet’s enormous potential to provide a link between artists and consumers. It was then that Geiger purchased a site called UBL.com and became one of the very first to plug the music industry into the digital space with the launch of ARTISTdirect. The site went on to become a media juggernaut, housing a talent agency, two record labels, a marketing solutions division and one of the most popular music destinations on the early Internet. He served as the company’s Chairman and CEO before joining the William Morris Agency in 2003.
A graduate of the University of California, San Diego, Geiger currently resides in Los Angeles.
James Barton is one of the world’s leading pioneers in electronic dance music, As founder and CEO of global clubbing brand Cream and the multi award winning Creamfields festivals, his vision, knowledge and business acumen has been instrumental in creating the thriving global event landscape as we know it today. As a market leader in his field, he has recently accepted the position of ‘President of Electronic Music’ for the world’s biggest event company Live Nation Entertainment.
Born on August 28th 1968, James grew up with 3 brothers in a traditional family in the heart of Liverpool. In 1992 he started a club night called Cream which changed the face of clubbing during the nineties with its sheer ambition, and went on to become one of the greatest dance clubs in the world, defining a revolution that’s mirrored all over the world today. Over 3000 people from across the UK came to attend a club that represented a way of life as opposed to being just a source of entertainment. From this, Cream achieved extraordinary success in the record and compilation market and to date have sold over 5 million units. Its logo is one of the most widely recognised in the worldwide youth market and 20 years on the brand remains at the forefront of ‘cool’ UK exports.
James moved to London in 1994 when he was headhunted to be Director of A&R at Deconstruction Records. He resigned in 1999 due to the unprecedented opportunity for growth taking place within the Cream Empire.
Expanding his entrepreneurial efforts once again and buoyed by the growth of the brand in various areas, the company decided to attack the outdoor event business and in 1998 Creamfields was launched. Bringing a unique and innovative attitude to an emerging market Creamfields very quickly established itself as one of the leading outdoor music events in the country. Creamfields has also been recognised by the industry and has scooped many awards along the way including ‘Best Dance Event’ at the UK Festival Awards in 2004 / 2005 / 2009 / 2010 and 2011 and the highly coveted ‘Festival of The year’ award in the Music Week Awards 2010 beating off the likes of Glastonbury, V and Reading festivals.
In 2000 Creamfields was launched on to the international market, the first event taking place in Ireland closely followed by Argentina. To date the festival has been staged in 16 countries around the world, including Spain, Czech Republic, Romania, Poland, Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Argentina which alone attracts over 60,000 people and has become the biggest one day dance event in Latin America. To date Creamfields is the only festival concept that has been successfully exploited on the global market and over the last couple of years has entered new territories including Malta and Australia. In August 2008 Creamfields UK celebrated its 10th Anniversary, to celebrate this landmark year the event became a 2 day camping festival, its overwhelming success has now seen Creamfields grow into a 3 day camping event and has sold out over the last 3 years with 2011 attracting a record breaking 50,000 people – the capacity for Creamfields 2012 has been increased to 55,000 people and is on course to beat last year’s success.
John MacFarlane is the CEO and serves on the Board of Directors for 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 a team on a mission to re-invent the home listening experience. For over a decade, John has helped to build a global leadership team consisting of the best acoustics, software, hardware and design innovators from around the world.
In 1992, John 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. Software.com became a NASDAQ- listed company in 1999 and in 2001 merged with Phone.com to form Openwave Systems.
John graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Master of Science and holds a Bachelor of Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Bob Lefsetz is the author of “The Lefsetz Letter.” Famous for being beholden to no one and speaking the truth, Lefsetz addresses the issues that are at the core of the music business: downloading, copy protection, pricing and the music itself.
His intense brilliance captivates readers from Steven Tyler to Rick Nielsen to Bryan Adams to Quincy Jones to EVERYBODY who’s in the music business.
Never boring, always entertaining, Bob’s insights are fueled by his stint as an entertainment business attorney, majordomo of Sanctuary Music’s American division and consultancies to major labels.
“The Lefsetz Letter” has been publishing for over 25 years. First as hard copy, most recently as an email newsletter and now, for the first time, in blog form.
From global success in the commercial domain, to equal accomplishments within the underground scene, Dubfire is an artist whose drive, talent and intuition have placed him within the top tier of electronic music artists in the world. He maintains this position within the industry with an unrelenting work ethic and a focused determination to innovate, evolve, and entertain. Whether it’s his involvement with Deep Dish, his solo performances at an extensive list of the world’s most influential clubs and festivals, running his label SCI+TEC, or simply his exploration of audio and visual technology, Dubfire is in a class of his own and is resolute in his forward-thinking ethos.
Born in Iran and raised in the U.S. from the age of seven, Dubfire first developed his skills playing at local clubs in Washington, D.C. He was introduced to Sharam Tayebi through a childhood friend and they formed “Deep Dish:, a production and DJ duo that conquered the world of electronic music, picking up a Grammy (and previous nominations) in the process in addition to a vast array of other awards and accolades. At the height of their success both men opted to take a step back and pursue solo careers, with the Dubfire alias allowing him to express his deep love for underground house and techno. Dubfire quickly integrated himself into the minimalistic techno scene and produced several key releases that cemented him as a true visionary and a force to be reckoned with in underground music. From ‘Ribcage’, ‘Emissions’ and ‘Roadkill’, to his work with Oliver Huntemann and his remix of ‘Spastik’ by Plastikman, Dubfire’s creations perfectly display his musical dexterity and depth of aural knowledge.
Never satisfied with the status quo, Dubfire spent two years crafting a live show and his HYBRID live concept has been wowing audiences since its soft launch debut at the Amsterdam Dance Event in 2014. Described by Thump as, “unlike anything we had previously seen or heard before anywhere,” HYBRID explores the continued convergence of man and machine, delving into the realms of science and technology and their connection with music.
Dubfire’s story is also set to be told through a documentary, titled “Above Ground Level” chronicles his career trajectory from fleeing Iran as a youngster to becoming one of the biggest electronic music stars on the planet. Featuring contributions from his closest friends and family, along with peers such as David Guetta, Richie Hawtin, Pete Tong, and Hot Since 82,
it reinforces his stellar achievements and gives an inside look into Dubfire’s journey.
With over two decades of experience in the music, Dubfire continues to push the envelope and challenge himself.
Tale of Us
Tale of Us are Berlin-based DJ and production partnership Karm and Matteo who are currently re-writing the rulebook for deeply moving, emotional electronic music. Together they share a sonic vision that pulls together elements of house and techno with influences from pop, nu-disco and even rock music. While all of their productions are instantly recognizable as Tale Of Us, these range from straight-up dance floor jams to low-slung ambient tracks and more abstract compositions. While both originally hail from North America, Karm was born in Toronto and Matteo in New York, they moved to Italy as children, which is where they met and formed the close working bond that they now share.
“I discovered the artist in me on the dance floor…”
Nicole Moudaber holds true to the belief that the power of music brings us together as one. The beat of a drum, the very first instrument created by humans, remains at the heart of the music she creates and plays, while the diversity of her tastes, and her ability to create spellbinding club experiences, promote harmony on the dance floor.
Growing up in Nigeria exposed Nicole to the hypnotic tribal rhythms of artists like Fela Kuti. This was her first taste of the power of the drum, and lies at the core of her sound. Nicole moved to London in 2000 where she quickly integrated herself into the city’s club scene, becoming a promoter at Turnmills, holding her own party called ‘Soundworx’, which she started in Beirut. Her unrelenting desire to unite people through music couldn’t have been demonstrated more explicitly than that first party, where people of all races, religions and classes danced together under the stars in an abandoned, bombed-out mosque and cathedral.
Nicole then brought her party to London, building its reputation from the ground up and making it a total success. Her ability to operate ahead of the curve leading to Paco Osuna’s very first London booking, among many other luminaries from the world of house and techno. But working behind-the-scenes was not enough and she was soon appearing on the decks, building her skills as a DJ – that visionary ability revealing itself during her diverse, enchanting sets. The next step was to express her passion for music through production and she attended world-renowned music school Point Blank to learn the basics. From that point there really was no going back, she remixed Carl Cox ‘Chemistry’, which stayed in the techno charts on Beatport for three months and won her an IDMA Award in 2012.
In the years since that record hit the charts, Nicole’s career trajectory has been swift and steep. She has travelled the globe playing everywhere from intimate basement venues to large stages at festivals such as Exit, Glastonbury, WMC, Time Warp, Electric Daisy Carnival, Awakenings and many of the world’s most renowned electronic music spaces. She also curates her own MoodRAW events, taking clubbing back to those grimy, raw spaces where it first started, as well as the more intimate In The MOOD parties, which have included annual sold out showcases at WMC in Miami and BPM in Mexico.
Fuelled by a desire to keep achieving at the highest level, Nicole is working on the debut of her very own one-day festival, to be held on Coney Island, New York and she’s in discussions to host her own stage at numerous large-scale dance music festivals. She is a regular at Carl Cox’s legendary Revolution night in Ibiza, as well as being welcomed into the Circoloco family at the seminal DC10. Her performances are full of passion and drama, cultivating musical journeys designed to reach her audience on a deeper level and make each individual’s experience a memorable one.
Away from the touring Nicole has established her label, Mood Records, as a go-to platform for any self-respecting techno fan. Releases have come from a long list of techno heroes, including Carl Cox, Stacey Pullen, Joel Mull and Carlo Lio. As a producer she has also progressed rapidly, thanks to her dedication to the craft. Remix work and originals have all cemented her reputation for high quality production, which is clearly evident on her collaboration with Skin from Skunk Anansie – an emotive collection of tracks that highlight Nicole’s ability to take the listener to the deeper side of electronic music.
Her diverse tastes in music and curation skills also manifest themselves via her radio show, In the MOOD, which is produced by the same team who work on shows with Carl Cox and Adam Beyer. The show is syndicated globally, airing on 55 FM stations worldwide and is available on Mixcloud every Wednesday, spreading her sound to millions of listeners around the globe.
A fervent campaigner for human rights, Nicole studied Combined Social Sciences and was a straight A student before the music really took hold. Her passion for fighting inequality in all its forms runs deep, and she recently became involved with the Lower East Side Girls Club in New York. It’s a crucial part of her ideology and something that spurs her on to keep sharing music, spreading the love and uniting dance floors around the world.
As she looks forward to the release of her EP with Skin, a huge one-day festival, original productions for high-profile labels and remixes on her own label from some of the scene’s biggest names, Nicole presides over an empire that continues to grow in stature and the future looks full of exciting prospects.
Nicole Moudaber is a professional, innovative, hard-working artist who has become a contemporary icon. From her long, curly locks to her slamming techno sets and her intense, empowering performances, she truly stands in a class all of her own…
UK house producers Doc Daneeka and Benjamin Damage produced “Creeper” around this time last year for 50 Weapons, an eight-minute vehicle for sleek, aerodynamic riffage, an exercise in the supremacy of simplicity. Label heads Modeselektor apparently liked the single so much they commissioned a whole album from the duo and flew them out to Berlin to accomplish the task. The result is They! Live, a lean, confident long-player of stylishly minimal beats rendered in attractive curves and clear, soft tones.
Coming after “Creeper,” the way They! Live starts is a little bewildering: “No One” and “Battleships” are lit up by slow-burn organ and sultry vocals from Abigail Wyles, delicate tracks that build naturally with soft, jazzy kicks and gently quaking basslines. But they typify the album’s dignity and elegance: in the wrong hands “No One” could easily be a sickly-sweet Burial counterfeit with its pitched-down refrain. The group’s clean lines and tight songwriting tell it almost like a pop song. This continues through the whole record: no matter what style or idea is being explored by the duo, it’s always executed with efficacy and a sense of cavernous space that gives each track a simultaneously enormous but graceful presence. Even a relatively sprightly song like “Ellipsis Torment” feels starved of nutrition in this vacuum, a bottomless void that gives Daneeka & Damage’s house-indebted music a techno tinge.
As a result, They! Live actually slots in quite well with the narrative strand of drowsy beat music that seems to be dominating the dialogue as of late: “Charlottenburg” has all the hallmarks of a banger, glossy chords, hyperactive rimshots and a kick that skips across the surface like a rock on a lake, but it’s all doled out in sluggish shades of grey, not quite hazy (the production is too impeccable for that) but sleepy-eyed all the same. That’s not to say it’s all half-lidded horizons and lucid dreams: an abridged “Creeper” is the album’s triumphant centrepiece, and tracks like “Deaf Siren” and “Juggernaut” hint at blow-outs even if they are always carefully reined in.
That’s the album’s best but strangest quality: Its hybrid of house and techno is a little too out there to fit in with Chicago-friendly revivalists, and it’s heavily tranquilized in comparison to many of their peers (or even to Doc Daneeka’s own solo work). Taken on its own merits, though, They! Live is a lovely, highly listenable release, flowing effortlessly in a way that most house music albums can only hope for. Whether this collaboration remains a one-off or sprouts further music from the UK duo, They! Live stands as definitive proof of how mutable, accessible and still boldly experimental all this “UK bass” stuff really can be.
Francesca Lombardo has cultivated a sound of her own, one that represents her multi-disciplinary musical background and transcends the dancefloor with ease. Creating emotional narratives via wistful soundscapes, stirring melodies, hypnotic rhythms and her own mesmerising voice distinguishes her from the crowd.
This Italian-born, classically trained musician carved out her own path in electronic music, criss- crossing the globe as a DJ and live performer, whilst building up a formidable back-catalogue of music.
Relentlessly pushing boundaries, her live set which incorporates a group of instrumentalists to compose and conduct intricate productions, as well as her knack as a DJ to combine captivating rhythms and melodies with dramatic stories, are clear examples of this, furthered still by her striking vocals that wash over crowds with waves of emotion.
2012 saw Francesca’s first release of many on Crosstown Rebels. Now in 2016, a new phase of her career begins, as she prepares to unveil her debut album, a collection of songs that truly represents the essence of what she’s all about, an LP that is forward-thinking, powerful and made from the heart. Live instrumentalists will also feature on this album, merging the world of electronic music with Francesca’s classical upbringing, set to uplift and engage people from all walks of life. The outcome is a combination of grand and orchestral compositions, together with subtle, nuanced numbers.
There’s no doubt that Francesca’s passion and drive to keep innovating in music is unsurpassed and serves as the fuel to keep her inspired, relevant and soundtracking the very best moments of our lives for years to come.
Dave Haslam DJ’d at the Hacienda club in Manchester over 450 times, mostly through the 1980s but also late in the 1990s (including the final night of the club, in June 1997). Ian Brown, Tim Burgess, Laurent Garnier, and the Chemical Brothers were regular visitors to Haslam’s ground-breaking DJing events at the Hacienda, and all have credited Haslam as an inspiration. He has since played worldwide, including Paris, Detroit, Ibiza, New York, Hamburg, Lima, Geneva, and festivals including Creamfields, Primavera Sound, and Kendal Calling; and at afterparties for New Order, Gorillaz, and Depeche Mode. In recent years his gigs have included Festival Yeah (back to back with Laurent Garnier) in June 2014, and Panorama Bar (Berghain) in August 2015.
He is also a renowned writer and broadcaster. He has appeared on radio and TV on dozens of occasions (on Radio 4, BBC2, Channel 4, VH1, Arte, Granada, etc) discussing a wide variety of subjects, from graphic design to ecstasy, urban regeneration to the Notting Hill riots, and from the Smiths to Daft Punk. Pitchfork recently premiered a short film about the disco pioneer Cerrone, in which Haslam features alongside Nile Rodgers.
He’s written four books of cultural history; his new book Life After Dark: A History of British Nightclubs & Music Venues, was published in August 2015.
They say real recognizes real…
As a producer, artist, DJ, and founder of HARD Events, Gary Richards always keeps it real. His uncompromising approach to music spurned the creation of a new hip-hop and house hybrid in the form of 2014’s WEST COAST EP featuring rap heavyweights such as YG, Ty Dolla $ign, Problem, Too $hort, Warren G, and Kurupt. Following the release, he’d deliver explosive sets around the world from Tokyo to Ibiza and at his own sold out HARD Summer 2015 as well as two installments of his wildly popular electronic music cruise HOLY SHIP! and the Ship2Ship Tour.
However, he knew that his next musical evolution had to be bigger, bolder and better.
“When I did the WEST COAST EP, I didn’t necessarily have a plan,” he admits. “I knew what I wanted to do, but it was still so fresh to me. I felt like I was chasing something different. All of a sudden, I’m in the studio with guys, and I became comfortable. So, I thought, ‘How do I make this better and truly fucking dope? How do I make music for the club and a festival, define my sound, and what I want to do going forward?’”
He answered that question with the appropriately titled 2016 single “4Real” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and ILoveMakonnen. Beginning with a strikingly smooth vocal from Ty Dolla $ign punctuated by fingersnaps and nocturnal synths, the track slips into DESTRUCTO’s signature style, dripping with West Coast resin and House boom. ILoveMakonnen blesses the track with a flavorful and fiery verse, and everybody rocks together for the psychedelically sexy video.
“The second night of HARD Summer, Ty told me he wanted to go back in the studio. However, he could only do it the next day,” recalls DESTRUCTO. “So, I went down to his house with Wax Motif, and he just started singing, ‘I’m for real.’ I had already spoken to Makonnen about the track, so Ty shouted him out. Makonnen then returned the favor. They’re bringing some of their world to me, and I’m bringing some of my world to them. That’s what’s happening. I spent about six months perfecting the song with Wax Motif and Styalz Fuego. It had to be fucking insane before we dropped it.”
The crowd went “fucking insane” the first time they heard it. He debuted “4Real” live with Ty Dolla $ign and ILoveMakonnen as special surprise guests on January’s HOLY SHIP! sailing, immediately fueling anticipation for the track. It also marks a new dawn for DESTRUCTO as the first release on his label Hits HARD.
“I’ve been doing this for so long I know how to get everything together,” he says. “I’ve reached a place where I want to put music out on my own, and I’m free to do whatever the fuck I want.”
It’s that kind of attitude which cemented his status as a trailblazer in electronic music. Since 2011, he’s released a string of dance floor anthems across his Technology EP  and Higher EP . His influence permeated other genres as he contributed official remixes for the likes of Depeche Mode, Giorgio Moroder, Major Lazer, Rob Zombie, Digitalism and more. Moreover, he’s performed at the likes Coachella, Lollapalooza, Voodoo Music + Experience and countless other festivals. Now, “4Real” lays the groundwork for his next body of work.
Throughout everything, he’s “4Real” as it gets. “I hope everyone feels it the way I feel it,” DESTRUCTO leaves off. “It’s been an ongoing process to bring these worlds together. I’m fortunate to have these dudes believe in me. I’m trying to make music you can drive to, dance to and live to.”
Guy Gerber has always favored the road less traveled. The Israeli DJ thrives on confounding expectations. What other underground DJ could collaborate with one of hip-hops biggest moguls, Puff Daddy, or start a left-field night at one of Ibiza’s most commercial clubs, Pacha? What other producer blends the worlds of melancholy and euphoria so effortlessly, or turns in a breakup album as an official mix for a revered club brand? It’s these kind of contradictions that define Gerber’s compelling duality.
Before he was fiddling with drum machines and synths, Gerber was all about groups like Joy Division and My Bloody Valentine. These influences still echo clearly in his music today, whether it be his hypnotizing live performances or contemplative, moody productions. Over the course of four albums, Gerber has shown himself to be a singular artist. In 2007, he brought his debut album Late Bloomers to Sven Vath’s Cocoon, following that with 2009’s My Invisible Romance. In 2012 and 2013, he usurped the concept of a mix CD, delivering a Fabric album made up of 100% original new productions; then on Who’s Stalking Who creating an LP more akin to an extended composition than anything else.
As a performer, Guy Gerber is consistently rated one of the best touring acts in dance music, earning a top 10 live performer nod three years in a row for Resident Advisor. When DJing he’s known for extended sets, epitomized by a 12-hour performance at Burning Man in 2014. Gerber’s sets are never forgettable, and he has an unerring ability to disrupt expectations, whether it be confounding Ibiza VIPs with his 2013 Wisdom of the Glove residency at Pacha –which even caught the New York Times’ attention — or 12 months later going in a totally new direction with his clandestine free Ibiza beach party, Rumors. Even at more traditional club residencies like those he holds at Marquee, Sound, and Story, Gerber acts as the subversion, transforming the normative experience into something alive with mysticism and mystique.
On the label front, Gerber has helped curate and A&R some of underground music’s most intriguing talents. His label Supplement Facts hosted everyone from Chaim, to dOP, Guti and Kate Simko. In typical Gerber fashion, just as it was reaching its apex he put it on hold to launch a new imprint Rumors, a befitting title for the mischievously minded Gerber. The new project got off to a promising start, serving as home to Guy’s colossal collaboration with Dixon, “No Distance,” as well as his crossover album with Puff Daddy, 11:11, which proved one of 2014’s most startling and impressive LPs. As with Supplement Facts, Rumors reiterates Gerber’s attention to the visual aesthetic. Both labels have seen him collaborating with artists all over the globe — most recently with Miss Kittin on the critically acclaimed ‘Rumors on The Dancefloor’ EP. Rumors has also served as a home for EPs from other high-profile artists, like Seth Troxler, as well as enigmatic upcoming talents with unique styles, such as Clarian or Acid Mondays.
However, RUMORS is of course more than a well-curated imprint – Gerber also launched the accompanying event series in the summer of 2014. The RUMORS Ibiza party was a free event with a relaxed atmosphere, thanks to its setting in the Playa d’En Bossa beach hotspot Beachouse. Staying true to the original ethos of Ibiza, the RUMORS parties rejected hype by avoiding the mega-lineup announcements and posters across the rest of the island, with very little information about the parties being given away until the last minute, if at all. Despite this, 2015’s RUMORS parties saw huge artists like Sasha, Miss Kittin, Kenny Glasgow and Matthew Dear sharing the decks alongside Gerber, as well as many of the label’s upcoming artists.
Following their Ibiza successes, Guy is now taking his RUMORS parties worldwide, with events at Art Basel Miami and stages at BPM Mexico and We Are FSTVL in London proving that RUMORS really do spread. However, Guy Gerber’s vision of the perfect musical event will remain the same no matter what the stage or country: “The night has a very particular flow… it has to start very deep, very spiritual, and it slowly builds up, never too fast. It’s a very natural-feeling party. The tracks played must have some substance, not too loopy, and have some kind of musical vibe in them. I’m looking for challenging deep house.”
What’s next for Guy Gerber? Like any good rumor, it’s sure to have tongues wagging.
Jason Bentley is Music Director of influential NPR radio station KCRW in Santa Monica, and host of their acclaimed programs Morning Becomes Eclectic and Metropolis. Jason has established a distinguished career as a music supervisor for film, including the Matrix trilogy and TRON Legacy with Daft Punk. He maintains a busy DJ schedule including sets at The Coachella Festival, The Electric Daisy Carnival, Lightning In A Bottle, CRSSD Fest, as well as various art, fashion, and music industry events. Jason has worked at Madonna’s Maverick Records as well as Island Records with founder Chris Blackwell. He also works closely with the Recording Academy (NARAS), the organization behind The Grammy Awards.
Brian Tappert is a music industry veteran from NJ, who’s career has spanned almost 3 decades.
Together with his long time friend and business partner Marc Pomeroy, Brian has traveled the world Dj’ing in the worlds most prestigious venues. He has also produced and remixed some of the most beloved house music classics as part of Jazz-N-Groove, Urban Blues Project, Cleptomaniacs and Soulsearcher among others. Brian and Marc are also responsible for one of the worlds finest record labels of the 90’s and early 2000’s, Soulfuric Recordings.
Most recently the pair have been quietly behind Traxsource, the worlds leading house music download site for Dj’s. Since its launch, Traxsource has become one the most respected sources for house and techno music on the planet and is appreciated for its artistic integrity.
José Woldring is founder and CEO of The Media Nanny, one of electronic music’s foremost press and PR agencies, representing artists from across the whole spectrum of the dance world including Martin Garrix, Afrojack, Disclosure, Oliver Heldens, Hardwell, Joris Voorn and Jackmaster. Founded in 2010 while she was fresh out of college in the space of just a few years, José has grown The Media Nanny into one of the more formidable forces in global dance PR handling, every aspect of press and promotion for some its best-loved and most high profile names.
José was born in in Groningen, in the north of Holland, but moved to Amsterdam in 2008 to pursue a career in music and ended up being scouted at a dance contest by MTV and was offered the job as one of their VJs. More comfortable making calls behind the camera than in front of it, she decided to go behind the scenes instead, pursuing a degree in Media & Entertainment Management at university. While studying, she juggled her degree with a part-time job in ad sales at a major radio channel, and then fresh out of college, joined the well-established Anna Agency, helping manage their artists’ press and social media presence.
In 2010, José decided to strike out on her own, and The Media Nanny was born. Her initial relationship with Spinnin’ Records gave her the opportunity to work with a whole range of emerging talent like Martin Garrix and Oliver Heldens and as their profiles grew so did her company. Before long she had built up without doubt the most high profile PR roster in EDM with the likes of Afrojack, Harwell, Arty and DVBBS joining her books followed soon by more underground acts like Disclosure, Joris Voorn and Jackmaster. Whether it’s an international magazine cover, online coverage, radio station visits or TV features, The Media Nanny takes care of it all, with unrivalled global reach.
With her tireless ‘can do’ work ethic, José Woldring, with support from her young, dynamic and ever growing team split between Amsterdam and LA, continues to expand the scope and the reach of The Media Nanny without ever losing the personal touch for which has become their trademark.
Founder, CEO, A2LiVE/ STORM Festival
Eric is a veteran entertainment executive involved and engaged in all facets of the Chinese entertainment industry, with particular focus in multi-media programming, concert production, sponsorship, and entertainment marketing. Eric was one of pioneering members of the reality TV industry in China and has created enormously successful brands in television entertainment with an average viewership achievement of 100 million viewers per show and more for his top grossing television programs. In 2003, Eric created China’s first reality program, breaking historical ratings record for Shanghai Media Group’s Dragon TV. This program is credited as the first Idol programming of its kind, and later forever transformed prime time television in China
In 2013, Eric made industry headlines once again with his launch of the STORM Electronic Music Festival brand in Shanghai. STORM was one of the largest festivals of its kind in Asia and China alike. Even in its first iteration the festival drew in a crowd of over 20,000 people and fielded an impressive lineup including Axwell, Zedd, Benny Benassi, Fedde le Grand, Jay Sean, Far East Movement, Icono Pop and others. With 15 years of experience in entertainment and an unprecedented insight into the Chinese market, he is leading the growth of EDM in China, involved in over 100 bookings per year in the EDM sector alone. Eric was the key force behind the major collaboration between DJ Superstar AVICII and Mando-Pop Star Leehom Wang. The result of which is the creation of world’s first mainstream Chinese EDM track that climbed to the top of the charts in China.
Since the founding of A2LiVE in 2003, Eric has steadily tranformed the company over the period of a decade from a television production & concert promotion company to now an EDM and database driven entertainment company.
Clients Eric has represented in the past include: Universal Music Group, IMF Channel, Clear Channel Communications, CCTV, SMG Dragon TV, Jiangsu Satellite TV, Zhejiang Satellite TV, Pepsi, Lay’s, Coca Cola, Sprite, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, English First, Volkswagen, Land Rover, L’Oreal, Yue-Sai Cosmetics, Estee Lauder, Dragon Airlines, Delta Airlines, Maxwell, Guang Ming, Dupont Lycra, Dupont Teflon, SEMIR, MAC Cosmetics, Guess Jeans, Diesel, Gibson Guitar, Credit Suisse, Master Card, Hilton Honors, Accenture Budweiser, Sennheiser, Ford Auto, Buick, Pernod Ricard, and more.
Graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, Eric has also attended the NYU Tische school of the arts. He currently resides in Shanghai, China.
Robert Miles has been at the forefront of developments in electronic music for more than two decades as composer, record producer, DJ and now broadcaster.
Selling more than 14 million records, playing to audiences in every corner of the globe, among his many accolades are a Brit Award, a World Music Award and multiple gold and platinum discs. Add to that his numerous soundtrack credits – ‘The Bourne Identity’ among them – and many artists would be happily content. But Robert Miles is a true pioneer and his most exciting times are happening right now.
Born Roberto Concina, he began his musical journey playing classical piano and then creating alternative and electronic music while still in his teens, working in clubs and pirate radio stations in Northeast Italy.
His first major single ‘Children’, which catapulted him to fame, was written in a single night after seeing photographs that his Father had taken of young people affected by the war in ex-Yugoslavia. ‘Children’ occupied the #1 spot in the Euro Top 100 chart for 13 consecutive weeks in 1996, selling over 5 million copies. It later became part of Robert’s debut album, ‘Dreamland’ which also received huge worldwide acclaim.
In the course of his career since, Robert has released 5 groundbreaking albums including his most recent ‘Thirteen’ in 2011, and travelled the world many times, but it was on the island of Ibiza, his home since 2006, that OpenLab, a cutting-edge project bringing together culture, arts, media, technology and innovation, and his most ambitious project yet has been taking shape. Robert’s relationship with the island began in 1988, “it was a great time” he says “full of very colourful and eclectic people. There were parties all over the place, people just celebrating the joy of living and of great music.’’
“Unfortunately that changed for many people in the years that followed, but not all of us. There were still a lot of people coming here for the same reason, the same spirit that drew people to the island in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. It’s exactly that spirit, forward thinking and eclectic, which is the very essence of Ibiza and guides everything we do at OpenLab, the radio station which I founded on the island in 2012. Broadcasting it in the digital age, bringing together a global community of like-minded souls, first online, and now at live events. Re-imagining what Ibiza can be in this new millennium. We play only the very best in new, alternative, electronica and experimental music, 24 hours a day. On 106.4 FM in Ibiza and Formentera and online to the world at www.openlab.fm.”
Ted Cohen is Managing Partner of TAG Strategic. In an industry that’s been slow to embrace change, Ted was the exception to the stereotypical entertainment-exec rule. But, when you start out on the road with Prince, Alice Cooper & Van Halen, you’re primed for the unexpected.
TAG is a digital entertainment consultancy focused on creating strategic relationships, identifying market opportunities, growing brands and defining best practices for the entertainment, tech & mobile industries. TAG provides strategy, guidance, market intelligence, product ideation and business development services to global firms and select start-ups. TAG delivers market leadership & sustainable, defensible advantage in the dynamic/rapidly evolving digital marketplace.
As SVP-Digital for EMI Music, Cohen led global digital business development. During that time, EMI led the industry, embracing & exploiting new tech & business models such as digital downloads & online music subscriptions, wireless services, hi-def audio & Internet radio. Prior to EMI, Cohen created the groundbreaking Webnoize conference. Ted also led Consulting Adults, with clients such as Universal Studios, Amazon, Microsoft and Napster, & held senior positions at both Warner Records & Philips Electronics.
A 35-year media industry vet, Cohen chaired MidemNet, served on the Grammy LA Board of Governors & the Grammy National Trustees. Currently on the boards of Mouse.org, an innovative computer literacy program, LyricFind & Makelight, Cohen served two terms as Chairman of Mobile Entertainment Forum Americas. Ted received the 2013 NARM Presidential Award, previously awarded to Ahmet Ertegun, & Dick Clark, among others.
Ted continually looks for the next innovative tech & his next challenge, he really loves his life.
Arthur Baker was among the most visible and widely imitated of the early hip-hop producers, masterminding breakthrough experiments with tape edits and synthetic beats before crossing over to introduce the art of remixing into the pop mainstream. He began his career as a club DJ in Boston and landed his first production work at Emergency Records, debuting with Northend’s “Happy Days.” After relocating to New York in 1979, Baker quickly immersed himself in the nascent hip-hop scene; there he was recruited by the Salsoul label to helm a session for Joe Bataan that yielded the rap novelty “Rap-O-Clap-O.” His stay in the Big Apple largely unsuccessful, he then returned to Boston, producing a handful of singles which went nowhere, among them Glory’s “Can You Guess What Groove This Is?”
A move back to New York followed, at which time Baker joined the staff of Tommy Boy Records, where he teamed with co-producer Shep Pettibone to record Afrika Bambaataa’s groundbreaking 1982 single “Jazzy Sensation,” a remake of Gwen McCrae’s “Funky Sensation.” Assuming sole production control, Baker next reunited with Bambaataa for the classic “Planet Rock,” a watershed in hip-hop’s early evolution — a wholly synthesized record inspired by Kraftwerk’s “Trans-Europe Express,” its programmed beats left an indelible imprint on the music released in its wake. Baker’s success at Tommy Boy led to the formation of his own label, Streetwise Records; after helming underground club hits for Rockers Revenge, Nairobi, and Citispeak, he signed a then-unknown New Edition, issuing the teen vocal group’s debut single, “Candy Girl,” in 1982.
Baker’s gradual absorption into the pop mainstream continued in 1983, when the cutting-edge British dance group New Order contacted him to produce their single “Confusion”; the record became an immediate club classic, even scraping into the American R&B charts. Remixes of the track also helped pioneer the remix aesthetic throughout the rock mainstream, and soon Baker was producing material for Naked Eyes, Face to Face, Diana Ross, Jeff Beck, and others. In 1989, he also assembled artists including Al Green, ABC, and Jimmy Somerville to record the all-star LP Merge, credited to Arthur Baker & the Backbeat Disciples. After a follow-up, 1991’s Give in to the Rhythm, he returned to production, albeit no longer exerting the same kind of influence as in the decade prior. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
John Daniel Singleton is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer best known for directing Boyz n the Hood. For the film, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director, becoming the first African American and youngest person to have ever been nominated for the award. Singleton is a native of South Los Angeles and many of his early films, such as Poetic Justice (1993), Higher Learning (1995), and Baby Boy (2001), consider the implications of inner-city violence. Some of his other films include dramas such as Rosewood (1997) in addition to action films such as Shaft (2000), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), and Four Brothers (2005).
Matthew Adell has dedicated his career to connecting people with the mu- sic they love, beginning as a teenager working at a record store in subur- ban Chicago, to holding key positions at several influential music compa- nies. Prior to founding his newest venture MetaPop, Matthew was CEO of Beatport, where he oversaw the rapid growth of the company, and VP of Music Services at Napster, where he was charged with creative oversight of the company’s music programming and product initiatives. Other previ- ous positions include VP of Music Services at MusicNow.com, as well as senior positions at Amazon and Motorola’s Radiowave.com. He also was VP of Wax Trax! Records, where he signed the KLF, KMFDM and
others, and later founded Organico, his own house music label and the original home to Derrick Carter and Dubtribe Sound System.
Adell has been quoted as an expert source for the digital music industry and DJ/dance community by such outlets as The New York
Times, NPR, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times, Variety and oth- ers. He has also been a featured speaker at such conferences as SXSW, Amsterdam Dance Event, International Music Seminar, CMJ, Winter Music
Conference, Bandwidth Conference and New Music Seminar, among oth- ers.
Adell’s new venture MetaPop is the premier global provider of
Remix rights management, licensing, tracking, distribution and royalty ser- vices for Remixers and Rights Holders.
Head of Festival & Events Press, Listen Up Music Promotion, UK
With over 5 years experience in event PR, Lucy joined Listen Up in early 2013 as Head of Festivals & Events press having previously been at award-winning agency Anorak London. Managing a full time team of 5, Lucy brings her valuable experience in strategising print and online campaigns for UK festivals including Parklife, South West Four Festival + GlobalGathering and international clients including Blue Marlin UAE, Ushuaia Ibiza + Circoloco. Well versed in negotiating media partnerships for large-scale events and venues, Lucy also brings to the team her experience in establishing club nights and gigs from grass-roots level and has had some big results including a Metro Travel cover feature for Sunburn Festival, 1 page feature preview for Illuminations Festival in Time Out, Daily Star full page review for Electrobeach + Guardian feature for Dimensions Festival.
Owner, CR2 Records, UK
Mark Brown is the owner and founder of esteemed dance label Cr2 Records, which he founded in July 2004. Previously Mark was A&R Manager at Parlophone Records where he had his own imprint label called Credence Records. Brown was responsible for the signings of artists from the likes of Eric Prydz and Grammy-award winning band Dirty Vegas who won Best Dance Recording in 2003.
Over the last 10 years, Cr2 Records has established itself as one of the world’s leading independent electronic dance labels. Notable chart successes on the label include the UK number 1 from Fedde Le Grand “Put Your Hands Up For Detroit” in 2007 and David Guetta’s “Love Don’t Let You Go”, a UK number 3 in 2008.
At the forefront of the electronic music scene for the last 15 years, Mark’s DJ career has taken him all around the world with sell-out gigs in Australia, Brazil, the United States, Spain and more.
Cr2 Live & Direct compilations are recognised worldwide as one of the best-selling house music brands, most notably Cr2 Live & Direct – Miami, and Cr2 Live & Direct – Ibiza.
Cr2 has created collaborations with globally recognizable brands such as Space, Blue Marlin, Café Mambo and Pacha in Ibiza. Cr2 compile the compilations for the world-renowned Space Ibiza each year, and with this year marking the final year for Space, Mark Brown will be mixing a disc alongside Carl Cox and Pig & Dan. Last year’s discs were mixed by Pleasurekraft, Technasia, Mark and Eli & Fur.
Miami Underground, released in March this year, featured two DJ mixes from Mark Brown and Dantiez Saunderson, alongside some of the most current underground tech-house artists.
One of the most recent releases on the label ‘Dot Com’ from bass-orientated, garage-influenced DJ Hannah Wants, received huge support from BBC Radio 1, Kiss FM, Capital FM, Sirus XM, DJ Mag, Data Transmission, Earmilk, DJ Times, House Planet, IHouseU, Hype Machine and many more.
The weekly Cr2 Live & Direct Radio Show presented by Mark continues to be a huge success, broadcasting around the globe in over 60 countries. Cr2 Live and Direct radio proudly celebrated its 250th show a few months ago, with a retrospective glance at Mark’s musical history from the founding of Credence, to the development of Cr2 Records.
After nearly 2 years of phenomenal success since launching in February 2014, Sample Tools by Cr2 has risen to become the most successful sample pack label for producers on Beatport. A subsidiary of Cr2, Sample Tools by Cr2 brings the label’s reputation for quality forward-thinking dance music into the sample pack world.
Most notably their first pack, EDM Festival Kicks & Drops, was number 1 for 3 months and spent 6 months in the top 10. Achieving at least a top 5 chart position with all releases, plus support from the likes of Fatboy Slim, Laidback Luke, Thomas Gold, Kissy Sellout, Hannah Wants, Grades and Borgore, Sample Tools by Cr2 have firmly positioned themselves as the most consistent and arguably best-selling sample pack label on the market.
Artist / Producer, Point Blank, Italy
With his Italian charm and passion, Stefano Ritteri has ignited the world of house and techno. Stefano is not a new name in the game, with his former aliases seeing him hold residencies at clubs such as Fabric in London and remix artists like Underworld, Wiley and Depeche Mode. More recently Stefano’s label accreditation includes Pets Recordings, Get Physical, Exploited and Saved. From Stefano’s love affair with music, his own label Congaloid was born, spawning an active and fun crew who have created parties around Europe. Together with electronic music, Stefano also composes soundtracks, most recently working on Vogue Magazine and Jaegermeister campaigns, with his music also featured on the game Grand Theft Auto. Stefano resides in London building his empire under the smoke filled city and studio space.
Instructor, Point Blank, UK
Content Development Manager & Instructor at Point Blank Music School
Ski is an Artist, Keyboard player, Producer, Remixer and Composer living in London. Having started his career with The K-Creative who were signed to Gilles Peterson’s Talkin’ Loud label in 1991, he went on to release two solo albums, Life Changes & Rising Son, play keyboards with bands such as Galliano, Raw Stylus & Two Banks of Four, remix countless tracks, and work at Xenomania. He currently releases music on his own label, Primaudial Records, plays live with The Bays, writes & produces with artists such as Incognito, Joey Negro and Valerie Etienne and has an Ambient Electronic project called Ayota.
Alongside his production work, Ski also holds the position of Content Development Manager at Point Blank Music School and has featured in more than fifty videos for the school’s YouTube channel. His relationship with Point Blank began when he was commissioned to write an online course entitled ‘Electronic Music Composition’ which introduced the method of track deconstruction to illustrate music theory. It became one of the school’s most popular courses, and has highlighted the desire for electronic artists to acquire keyboard skills and a foundation in music theory in order to progress their tracks to a finished state.
Frank de Jong
Audio Engineering Lecturer and technical coordinator at SAE Amsterdam Freelance Audio Professional
Chief Engineer at Red Bull Studios Amsterdam
It’s been nearly 10 years since Frank started his audio and music career. He has been working in various studios and environments as an audio engineering professional, with responsibilities ranging from recording, mixing and mastering to field recording and sound design, with a specialization in the field of studio engineering.
He has been teaching and training producers and engineers for 7 years at SAE in the Netherlands. In 2011 SAE partnered up with Red Bull to build the massive RBSA (Red Bull Studio Amsterdam) where Frank remains the head engineer in the team.
Outside the educational side of sound Frank is active as an independent audio engineer for 20Twelve Audio. He believes that audio engineering is a combination of highly technical expertise, a high dose of creative input and, perhaps most importantly, social skills. With this philosophy he has been involved in many albums, EP’s, singles, and re-masters in a variety of genres including both electronic and recorded music.
In essence Frank believes there should be a synergy between composer, artists and producer, with the audio engineer acting as the means to bring the sonic quality to the next level. He also believes that a good audio engineer can enable artists to get the best out of their ideas or perhaps themselves and bring these to fruition in the studio.
Founder / Partner
Sound Advice, London
Music lawyer / business manager
Robert has worked in the music industry for 30 years. In the late 80s he worked with Pete Tong at London Records as in-house lawyer. Sound Advice focuses on the representation of artists, producers, writers and managers. Sound Advice’s current clients include Pendulum, Knife Party, Chase and Status, Stargate, Naughty Boy, TMS, Jho Oakley and Echo Location (Obi Asika).
Agent, CAA, UK
Having amassed music business experience at a record label, a PR firm, a live venue and as a tour manager, Laura’s eclectic industry background led to her becoming a booking agent when she joined ITB in 2011. In 2012 she joined Creative Artist Agency alongside super-agent Maria May, where they established the company’s Electronic Music Division; now home to artists such as David Guetta, Robin Schulz, Oliver Heldens, Daft Punk, Luciano and Jamie Jones. Creative Artists Agency (CAA) is one of the world’s leading entertainment and sports agencies, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, London and Beijing. CAA represents many of the most successful professionals working in film, television, music, theatre, video games, sport, and digital content, and provides a range of strategic marketing and consulting services to corporate clients. Laura’s personal artist roster is diverse and includes both live and DJ clients, such as Roisin Murphy, Kim Ann Foxman, Chromeo, Little Dragon, Markus Schulz and Ferry Corsten.
EMS Head Lecturer, SAE, Netherlands
Joost Stuursma is responsible for the Electronic Music Certificate over at SAE in the Netherlands. For the past 5 years he his done several ghost productions and established a production team with Belgium’s DJ Licious. Together they produced a series of house tracks, with “Come Along” being their most recent success (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4WTUgrWCGQ). Joost brings his experience into the classrooms of SAE, helping students progress with music production. As ghost production is a much discussed topic, he tries to relate his current situation to his student and how to approach the industry strictly from a producers point of view.
Sonny Moore found club and mainstream stardom beginning in 2008, when he swapped his gig as the frontman in post-hardcore band From First to Last for the dancefloor-oriented project Skrillex. He originally used the name for live DJ sets, but in 2009 the project moved into the studio with Skrillex remixing the likes of Lady Gaga (“Bad Romance”) and Snoop Dogg (“Sensual Seduction”). In 2010, the self-released digital download EP My Name Is Skrillex appeared, combining the Benny Benassi and Deadmau5 styles of electro with the same type of over-the-top samples and giant noise of electronica acts like the Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim.
Moore signed to Deadmau5’s Mau5trap label in 2010, where he released his second EP, Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites, along with the club hit “Kill Everybody.” If topping the club charts didn’t prove the producer had arrived, a trio of Grammy Awards in 2011 helped considerably, including Best Dance/Electronica Album for Scary Monsters and Best Dance Recording for the title track. He also made an appearance on the revived Beavis & Butthead television series, and collaborated with the surviving members of the Doors on a single called “Breakin’ a Sweat.” The recording of the track was captured in the documentary film RE:GENERATION, while the song itself landed on Skrillex’s Bangarang EP, which appeared in early 2012. The release won him two more Grammy Awards, one for the title track as Best Dance Recording and one for the EP itself as Best Dance/Electronica Album.
Most of Skrillex’s recordings, however, were forced around his busy touring schedule, which found him on every inhabited continent playing to hundreds of thousands of dance fans. Still, he collaborated on singles with Damian Marley (“Make It Bun Dem After Hours”) and Alvin Risk (“Try It Out”), and released another EP, Leaving, in 2012. His second proper full-length, Recess, appeared in March 2014 and promptly hit number four on the Billboard chart. In 2015, he collaborated with Diplo for the album Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack U. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi
Jolin Tsai, famed Asian female pop star, begins an impressive career as one of the greatest musical talents in Asia since 1999. Called “ the Queen of Pop in Asia” by the media, Jolin has made 13 full length records, which have been released worldwide through Universial Music, Sony, EMI, and, most recently, Warner Music. The sold albums over an incredible 25 million in Asia, which has made her the highest-selling Asian female singer since 2000.
Jolin has won multiple international musical awards, including “Best Asian Artist” Award in MAMA Mnet Asian Music Awards, “Best Female Singer” award in Taiwan Golden Melody Awards, “Most Popular Female Singer” award in Singapore Hit Awards and Beijing Pop Music Awards, “Best Asian Female Singer” in Hong Kong Metro Radio Hits Music Awards. In addition, Jolin was invited to Midem International Music Exhibition and Conferences in France. After performing at “Le Trianon” in Paris, she was crowned “Madonna of Asia” by the media.
The latest Album “Play” has enhanced the depth of Mandarin pop music and established high standards in the music market in Asia. The music video of PLAY won the Red Dot Design Award in 2015 and was also hailed as the Best Annual Music Video by American Time website. In 2015 at MAMA Mnet Asian Music Awards in which the album ”Play ” won Best Asian Artist Award, Joiln performed live online, attracting an audience of 140 million from all over the world. In 2014 , the Canadian music magazine CMB named “Play” the Best International Album of the Year; it was also highly recommended by American PRO MOTION music news, Spanish GO magazine, and other international media. Jolin Tsai was also named “The Greatest Dancing Queen in Asia” by Bloomberg Magazine.
With over 3.5million followers online, YouTube views in the millions, and fans including Sebastian Ingrosso, Calvin Harris, Pete Tong, Avicii and Swedish House Mafia, Grammy nominated producer Alesso already has a huge following thanks to his hugely popular remixes and sold-out shows around the globe. His new single, ‘Tear The Roof Up, and forthcoming debut album, are set to be the tipping point that takes Alesso from dancefloor hero to household name.
Beginning his career five years ago as a self-taught 18 year-old bedroom producer in Stockholm, Sweden, Alessandro Lindblad’s trajectory to the forefront of the global dancefloor is truly incredible. He began by tinkering with other people’s songs, creating his own edits, adding piano riffs and melody ideas, and uploading his versions to Beatport. Alesso’s efforts reached Swedish House Mafia’s Sebastian Ingrosso, who swiftly took the teen under his wing, becoming his mentor, and signing him to his management and label. Alesso made an impressive entrance with the ‘Taking It Back’ remix of Avicii’s ‘Alcoholic’, but it was his addition of a classic house drop to Nadia Ali’s ‘Pressure’ that helped the single become one of the most played dance tracks of 2011. Swiftly unleashing a barrage of brilliant remixes for Swedish House Mafia, Devolution and LFMAO, the then teenager was named EDM Artist To Watch by MTV.
In 2012, he teamed up with Ingrosso and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder for ‘Calling (Lose My Mind)’, which went to No.1 on the Billboard Dance chart and has since been streamed over 33.5m times on Spotify. That same year, he was invited to open for Madonna on her MDMA tour, before releasing a volley of commercially and critically celebrated remixes including David Guetta ‘Titanium’, Keane’s ‘Silenced By The Night’ and OneRepublic’s ‘If I Lose Myself’. Since then, he has played to sold-out crowds all over the world, landed a Las Vegas residency, and became a festival favourite at Coachella, Electric Daisy and Ultra. During his first headline tour in 2013, he released ‘Under Control’ with Calvin Harris and Theo Hurts, which topped the Hypemachine charts, was named Pete Tong’s ‘Essential New Tune’ and hit 1m YouTube views in just 24 hours. He rounded the year out by producing Example’s ‘Queen Of Your Dreams’ and, alongside Swedish House Mafia, ‘Numb’ for R&B megastar Usher. At the end of 2013, Alesso received a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Remix for ‘If I Lose Myself’, another Billboard Dance No.1 with over 40m streams on Spotify to date.
Over the course of the last five years, Alesso has amassed 2.5m Facebook Likes, 900k Twitter followers and 370k Instagram followers, while on YouTube he’s hit over 100m plays to date.
Taught to play the piano as a young child, Alesso grew up on pop idols including Michael Jackson, before discovering Hip Hop via Nelly, Pharrell and Timbaland. But it was hearing his first House track as a young teenager that really opened Alesso’s eyes to the possibilities and power of music. “We would go to underage parties when I was 13, 14 years-old,” he remembers. “It was the cheesier end of Dance music, but I immediately gained a new perspective of what music is. I had never felt that kind of feeling – I still get it today – that rush and excitement. I want to be alive, explore the world, show love and spread love. House music makes me feel like nothing is impossible. I can conquer the world.”
He quickly immersed himself in as much House as he could find; a friend made him a mix CD and it was here that he discovered Daft Punk, Erick Morillo, Steve Angello, Daft Punk and Axwell. Throwing himself fully into making music at the age of 18, part of Alesso’s success is down to his diverse influences and huge appetite for life which riddle his infectious creations with an energy that is palpable. Alesso’s debut album proves the Swede won’t be limited by genre or niche. There’s soul, melody and adventure in his compositions; there’s never merely one tempo or type of terrain. “Every song I make is House at its core, but because I’ve listened to so much Hip Hop, I think you hear an element of ruggedness in my music. I like to mix it up a little bit – not keep the same beat all the time. I’m not in any way making Hip Hop music, but I’m very influenced and interested in bringing different grooves into my songs.”
The recently turned 23 year-old’s debut single with Def Jam US/Virgin EMI UK, ‘Tear The Roof Up’ is an unadulterated slice of sonic euphoria. Since creating the track in his hometown of Sweden earlier this year, ‘Tear The Roof Up’ has proven itself to be an explosive opening to Alesso’s live set. Brilliantly building from a tautly wound intro of anarchic beats into an all-out 4-to-the-floor rave smash, ‘Tear The Roof Up’ is a joyous ode to living life to the full. “I wanted to make a massive song that would literally make people want to tear off the roof,” says Alesso. “I didn’t want to just make just another ‘club song’. I wanted to create a moment in time.”
“Monstrous,” raved Zane Lowe who premiered the single on his hugely influential BBC Radio 1 show. “I didn’t make it to Coachella this year but I was streaming it like so many millions of people from around the world…I clicked on Alesso’s set and he started his set with this song. It was the most ridiculous, most unifying response from about 20,000 people streaming out of this huge aircraft hangar whilst the sun was beaming down on his face, and I was like ‘This is what songs like this are designed to do’.”
Heroe s is similarly uplifting. Opening with a gliding guitar riff, the vocal takes the listener on a journey through tempo and over-arching nostalgia before ending up in as hands-in-the-air sonic soul searcher. “It’s about believing in yourself and going for your goals. The song gives me the feeling that something might be over, but it’s ok, we’re still here together after it. This might be the last time we’ll be in that moment, but we can create new ones afterwards.”
A man clearly in love with music and life, Alesso’s ethos is all about living in the moment. He’s an impassioned producer seeking out life’s highs while defying genre, expectation and convention.
“I don’t ever want to make just another club song,” Alesso insists. “‘Electronic music’ sometimes feels like it’s all about the money; I can say one hundred per cent that I didn’t start doing this to make money. The main reason why I make music is to bring a message; I want to uplift people though music, I want to inject emotion into dance music. I want people to scream, jump, feel happiness. Explosive happiness. The best thing about music is it has no rules; I love the idea of breaking the rules.”
CEO, ATM ARTISTS, USA
Managed Swedish House Mafia, worked for Kanye West and current roster consists of Alesso, Chase and Status, Axwell and Ingrosso, Swedish House Mafia, Seal, RudeKid.
PROMOTER, PERCEPT, INDIA
Shailendra Singh has been a Game-changer in whichever industry he has stepped foot in. Most recently, after becoming Asia’s largest Dance Music Promoter through Sunburn, he radically shifted gears to prove that dance music has the power to make a social difference. Inviting Anna Agency to join hands with him, they brought the world’s #1 DJ Hardwell to perform in India, for free, to 100,000 loyal fans on his personal guestlist, for free. The sponsorship money usually used towards paying the artist fee, was donated directly to charity – pulling 18,200 underprivileged children out of poverty, in a 10 year education program.
Other milestones in his 30 years career:
Created & sold over 3,000 brand campaigns.
Planned media solutions for 400 brands, valued at $3 billion.
Ranked in the Top 5 ad firms.
Launched India’s first global & local talent management company for sports, movies, music and fashion.
Managed 9 of the 11 Indian national cricket players.
Created India’s first & largest sports marketing management company.
Brokered deals valued at over $4 billion across cricket, football, boxing & more, including the largest sport sponsorship deal in history.
Writer and Director of the world’s first fictional film on an international music festival – Sunshine Music Tours and Travels – releasing on Sept 2, 2016.
Produced & released 72+ full length feature film.
Ranked in Top 5 studios & 12th Most Powerful Player in Bollywood (2009).
Created India’s first commercial children’s cinema.
First animation cinema.
First cinema featuring 169 debutants.
Awarded 16 National Awards/ 235 commercial awards.
Conceptualize and executed over 2,500 live events.
Incepted & captained Sunburn.
Ranked in the 50 Most Powerful People in EDM (2014).
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Launched, associated with or donated to over 70 different charitable organizations/ 1,000+ events to raise funds & create awareness for issues such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, the visually impaired & disaster relief.
Author of the #1 Bestselling book: F?@k Knows.
Author of the world’s first book on an international music festival: The True Story of Sunburn.
CEO / FOUNDER, BLOOD COMPANY MANAGEMENT
CEO and Founder of Blood Company, Tim personally manages Skrillex, Zedd and Boys Noize among others, and is the one guiding the company. An artistic artist manager, strategist and entrepreneur; his vision is progressive, collaborative and honest. He and his team aim to create authentic, innovative and eye-opening moments for not only the public but the talent as well.
AGENT, AM ONLY, NORTH AMERICA
AM Only’s Vice President of the East Coast office Lee Anderson has had over a decade of experience in the live music industry. After spending nearly six years promoting live concerts in the Northeast region of the US, he joined AM Only in 2008. Since then, he has been a driving force behind the success of the agency and represents artists such as Skrillex, Zedd, SBTRKT, Disclosure, and Claude Vonstroke. Lee was featured in Billboard Magazine’s 40 Executives Under The Age of 40, both editions of InTheMix’s Power 50, and was nominated for the 2015 Pollstar Bobby Brooks Agent of the Year Award.
– VP of East Coast Agency Operations
– Skrillex’s agent from day one, taking him from opening slots on deadmau5’s tour to international headlining touring machine, selling out arenas and taking the live experience to new levels.
– Influential as touring agent helping build Disclosure from Mercury Lounge to Madison Square Garden
– Zedd – started booking him from a bedroom producer to opening act for Skrillex….. to now a festival headliner and headlining arena tours.
– Key figure in building out AM Only’s live roster having successfully steered the careers of Disclosure, Rudimental, SBTRKT, Tourist & Classixx
– Securing Las Vegas residencies for some of the world’s biggest DJs
– Represents a stable of several legends including Boys Noize and Claude Von Stroke
– Building touring properties for his clients including Full Flex Express, Wildlife, Dirtybird BBQs for Claude Von Stroke.
– Helped build Claude Von Stroke from underground rooms and into full scale touring act.
Blaise DeAngelo is the manage of Skrillex’s OWSLA label full-time. He is also enjoys sometimes DJing under the name Blaise James and eating sushi all the time – occasionally all at the same time.
Having started DJing in 2009, Blaise was led to a friend referring me for a position as Dir. of Artist Relations for rebel streaming service Grooveshark in 2010. From 2010-2012, he helped artists build their careers using our powerful promotional tools and listener data.
In 2012, he joined OWSLA as the label manager and first employee. Today OWSLA is a team of 20 full-time staff and our core focus is building artist careers through creative services. For him, “life couldn’t be better”.
Chace – DJ/ Producer/ Drummer, Born in China, 1998
“Chace is one of those extraordinary musicians you only meet once every couple years. The way
he composes, writes and even sings on all his records while being just 17 years old is just mind-
blowing. He is a one-man fusion of Disclosure and The Weeknd from Eastern Asia. Chace is
heading for flashing lights and stadium status.” – Jim, Yellow Claw.
A 17-year-old DJ, producer, singer and songwriter Chace, who is bursting as an electro pop music artist, can be declared as a rising Chinese dance music prodigy.
With his academic knowledge in producing and ambitions to go international and with his debut 4-track The Destination EP out on Barong Family, he is blazing his own trail in the dance music scene. A little surprise on the EP – Chace’s collab with Yellow Claw, cheerful yet melodic “Stranger”.
That’s not all, Chace is going on his first Europe tour this summer; performing as the first Chinese DJ act on Tomorrowland.
Nakadia carries her unstoppable energy since childhood, while growing up in Isaan -the poor Thai countryside, living without electricity or running water on less than 1$ per day. Various jobs led her to a rst trip to Europe in 2002 where she encountered Techno. A turbulent journey began as she instantly knew:This is what she had been looking for. She devoted herself to find the perfect sonic fuse, by practicing on turntables and vinyl she took back home. Gigs on the island of Koh Samui launched her internationally within the shortest amount of time. Crafting her techy sound without any guidance, in the country marked by mainstream only, she pioneered the rise of the underground, conquering the rest of the world simultaneously.
As increasing crescendo of her totally self-made career, Nakadia pinned over 60 countries to her gig-list, performing well over 1300 times so far. She magnetized legendary venues such as “Watergate” Berlin, “The Egg” London or “D Edge” Sao Paulo,
during her tours through the hot-spots of electronic music.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, JAPAN
Born in Chicago, Lauren moved to Tokyo in 2008 after graduating from the University of Chicago. She holds eight years of thrilling and sometimes difficult experience working in the Japanese music industry. Her career began at Japanese concert promoter Kyodo Tokyo, working on 14 tours of major international artists. Currently she works in business development at Sony Music Entertainment Japan headquarters. Sony Japan is unique as in addition to the label and publishing side of the business, there are 17 Sony Music subsidiaries accessible often only to Japanese artists, including product licensing, ticketing, fan clubs and sponsorship. Bridging the gap between these areas of the organization and overseas artist management, Lauren is able to secure merchandising, endorsement, live and other opportunities for international artists in Japan. She is proud to work on behalf of amazing artists and everyone involved in the beautiful business of music. The strong local Japanese scene is accessible and holds lessons for other territories, making the future of music in Asia almost too exciting to bear.
DJ / CEO, RECKLESS REPUBLIC / SPICE, AUSTRALIA
Hailing from Sydney and raised by music-loving but strict Turkish parents, Murat’s early experience of dance music was strictly from the dance floor, especially during his teens. This club habit soon turned in to an addiction of buying 12 inch records which has now become an extensive vinyl library. Since then Murat has come a long way in establishing his career on the dance music scene globally, with regular appearances at some of the world’s top clubs and productions that are being released by top record labels around the world.
As a DJ, Murat is steadfast with 20 years experience with an acute sensibility for the dancefloor, always armed with fresh music. His sets are creative and unique, often genre crossing between house, techno ,disco and whatever else seems like a good idea in the moment. In his own words “At the end of the day, it is all about educating the crowd without boring them. Teaching people to appreciate new music whilst still getting them to dance themselves to oblivion”. Murat plays regularly at noteworthy clubs around the world including The Rex Paris, Studio 80 Amsterdam, Watergate Berlin, Spice Sydney, Electric Pickle Miami, Revolver Melbourne to name a few.
Booker and Club founder
In late 2011 Murat co-founded Sydney’s best underground electronic club called the SPICE Cellar. Since opening in September 2011, the Cellar has played host to some of the world’s elite artists like Claude Von Stroke, Guy Gerber, Deetron. Moodymann and Derrick May to name a few. As well as being the major shareholder of the club, Murat is the music director and talent booker for the club and is also involved in regional talent bookings for overseas artists.
Since 2008, Murat Kilic has had a steady schedule of music being released on a variety of labels across the House and Techno genres. Starting with a succession of remixes on BEEF Records in 2008, Murat followed these up with an 2 EPs for Oliver Koletzki’s Berlin based Stil Vor Talent which helped establish his reputation beyond Australia. Since then Murat has had a number of follow up releases on Stil Vor Talent and a string of remixes racking up plays and support from the likes of Joris Voorn, Jimpster, and M.A.N.D.Y. Murat’s productions are well-defined and notable with 4 of his releases reaching the Top 20 Beatport Deep House and Indy-NuDisco charts. His next releases will continue courtesy of OFF recordings, Stil Vor Talent, Light My Fire, Reckless Republic and Circle Music.
Reckless Republic Music founded and curated by Murat has 2 releases so far and is in the process of laying down and remixing the next few releases. 1
Murat spends a lot of his time doing something he genuinely loves. As well as travelling to DJ, he maintains a healthy schedule in his home city Sydney, where he produces his music, hosts his radio show, raises a child and owns/operates the Spice Cellar lounge bar & club, as well as operating entertainment company, Reckless Republic responsible for promotions, booking, touring and record label.
http://www.soundcloud.com/murat-kilic https://www.beatport.com/en-US/html/content/artist/detail/89687/murat_kilic http://www.discogs.com/artist/Murat+Kilic http://www.residentadvisor.net/dj-page.aspx?id=4251
FOUNDER, MUTE RECORDS, UK
Daniel Miller is the founder and chairman of Mute, launched in 1978 with his own 7” single under the name The Normal.
Since then, Daniel Miller has expanded Mute into a global group of companies, record label, Mute Song (publishing) and Mute Management, with offices in London, New York and Berlin. Running parallel to its strong commercial track record, the guiding spirit behind Mute has always been one of artistic freedom and creative adventure and Mute has nurtured and worked with artists as diverse as Depeche Mode, New Order, Goldfrapp, Erasure, Swans, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Max Richter, Ben Frost, Liars, Underworld, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Josh T Pearson, Du Blonde and Can.
Daniel Miller plays regular techno DJ sets worldwide, recently appearing at Sonar, ENTER at Space in Ibiza, ADE, IMS at Ibiza and Berghain, with a legendary performance at M-Nus’ Christmas Boiler Room in Berlin.
ARTIST DEVELOPMENT, UNIVERSAL MUSIC, CHINA
Born in the UK, Caralinda has worked in the international music and media industry for over 25 years, with a broad range of experience – from touring the world as a professional musician (keyboards/backing vocals) with some of pop’s biggest international names, to working inside the business in both major and independent record and publishing companies.
She has lived and worked in China for over 11 years, based in Beijing as the Senior A&R Consultant/A&R Director for Universal Music China, as well as working closely with many top local music and management companies, helping develop and promote local singers, songwriters and bands.
BILLBOARD, HEAD OF ASIA
Jonathan is Head of Asia for Billboard, the global leader for charts, news, business and lifestyle in music. At Billboard, he oversees growth throughout Asia, and has recently driven the firm’s expansion in China, Thailand and the Philippines.
Jonathan has over 20 years of experience in the music business, with over a decade in senior leadership positions in Asia. Jonathan began his career as a music lawyer in New York, representing major recording artists, record labels and producers. He joined Lehman Brothers as a media & entertainment-sector investment banker where he worked on many of the biggest media mergers of the time, and later served as the head of media & entertainment investment banking for Asia at Oppenheimer & Co. Jonathan founded and managed a number of successful music and entertainment companies in China, including an innovative music distribution platform. He has advised and served on the board of major US and Asian music companies.
Jonathan has an MBA from Columbia University, a JD from Boston University and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis.
After spending 10 years in senior roles at PRS for Music, Mark moved on to combine his passion for Electronic Music with his experience in Membership Organisations by taking on the privileged role as the first Chief Executive of the Association for Electronic Music. AFEM is the global Trade Body for the entire Electronic Music community, from Creators to Labels, Clubs to Live, Tech to Media.
A-Z SPEAKER LIST
Alan Deng (Director, Tencent Video Live Music, China)
Aleks Ljubojevic (Agent, Anna Agency, Netherlands)
Alesso (Artist, Sweden)
Amy Thomson (CEO, Manager, ATM Artists, USA)
Anish Sood (Artist, India)
Annie Lee (CEO, Founder, Dream Worker, China)
Arjun Vagale ( Artist, Director, UnMute, India)
Arsit Prachaseri (CEO, AG Productions, Thailand)
Ben Turner (CEO, IMS / Graphite, UK)
Blaise DeAngelo (General Manager, OWSLA, North America)
Bryce Whitwam (CEO, Wunderman, China)
Caralinda Booth (Artist Development, A&R Consultant, Universal Music, China)
Celeste Siam (Artist, Thailand)
Chace (Artist, China)
CheiZak (CEO, Founder, YEMA Live, China)
Christian Rijanto (Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Ismaya Group, Indonesia)
Daniel Miller (CEO, Founder Mute Records, UK)
David Boyle (EVP Insight, BBC Worldwide, UK)
David Levy (Partner, WME, UK)
Davis Savril (Artist, China)
Dennis De Bruin (CEO, Alda Events, Asia, Netherlands)
Derrek Tsao (EDM Blogger, China )
Dev Bhatia (Director, UnMute, India)
DJ L (Artist, China)
DJ Soolee (Artist, South Korea)
Donald Hau (CEO, Mixmag China, China)
Dope Lee – (Artist, China)
Eric Zho (CEO, Founder, A2LiVE / Storm, China)
Frank Rodi (Innovation & Electronic Music Specialist, APRA, Australia)
Hedy Lee (Artist, China)
Helena Legend (Artist, Australia)
Iqbal Ameer (CEO, LiveScape Group, Malaysia)
Jason Swamy (Director, Further Future/Wonderfruit, Hong Kong)
Jin Iwamoto (Manager, A&R, Star Music, Japan)
John Boyle (Chief Growth Officer, Insomniac Events, USA)
Jolin Tsai (Artist, Asia)
Jonathan Serbin (Head of Asia, Billboard, Asia)
Kaku (Artist, Asia)
King Arthur (Artist, Puerto Rico)
Kurosh Nasseri (Co-Chairman & Co-Founder, AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, USA)
Lauren Kocher (Business Development, Sony Music Entertainment, Japan)
Lee Anderson (VP, Agent, AM Only, North America)
Lucy Dong (Founder, Chief Editor, Shihan Culture / Music Business, China)
Maggie Yu (VP, Brand Director, Adidas, China)
Marc Vedo (Artist, UK)
Mark Lawrence (CEO, AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, UK)
Miao Wong (CEO, Founder, dART, China)
Michail Stangl (Director, Boiler Room, Germany)
Minii (Artist, Alter Ego, South Korea)
Murat Kilic (CEO, Artist, Spice – Reckless Republic, Australia)
Myrne (Artist, Singapore)
Nakadia (Artist, Thailand)
Naoki Shimizu (CEO, President, CreativeMan Productions, Japan)
Ni Bing (Founder, Martial Artist Management / Drum Rider Records, China)
Nick Matthews (Agent, Coda Agency, UK)
Olivia Wycech (Managing Editor, Mixmag, Asia)
Pep & Rash (Artist, Netherlands)
Pete Tong (Artist / Broadcaster, BBC Radio / IMS, UK)
Prateek Pandey (Director, Owner, sLick!, India)
Rebecca Young (Agent, WME, Australia)
Rob Schwartz (Asia Bureau Chief, Billboard, US/Japan)
Robb Harker (CEO, Founder Supermodified Agency, Hong Kong)
Robert Zheng (Head of Partnerships, AB Inbev, China)
Robin Leembrugen (Manager, Mad Panda Agency, China)
Samuel Wald (Agent, WME, Asia)
Sandy Chi (Chief Entertainment Officer, KuGou, China)
Shailendra Singh (Promoter, Percept, India)
Skrillex (Artist, North America)
Sunny L (Director, Music Fest Asia & Xin Wang Group, HK & China)
Takako Fujiyama (Pioneer, Japan)
Tim Smith (CEO, Founder, Blood Company Management, North America)
Vlada Didenko (Senior Business Manager, A2LiVE, China)
Wade Cawood (CEO, Pulse Radio, Australia)
Wang Lei (General Manager, Baidu Music, China)
New Order – Bernard Sumner
Rising from the ashes of the legendary British post-punk band Joy Division, the enigmatic New Order triumphed over tragedy to emerge as one of the most influential and acclaimed bands of the 1980s.
When Joy Division’s Ian Curtis tragically took his own life, the remaining trio, Bernard Sumner (guitarist), Peter Hook (bassist) and Stephen Morris (drummer) immediately disbanded, but re-formed the same year as New Order, with the addition of Gillian Gilbert (keyboardist and guitarist) and Sumner reluctantly taking over as vocalist.
While their debut album Movement (1981) was shadowed by the legacy of Joy Division, going forward the band began to combine their original post-punk sound with influences from New York’s club scene. The result was their brilliant sophomore album Power, Corruption & Lies (1983), released with Manchester-based label Factory Records. From this album came the single “Blue Monday”, which has since become the best-selling 12-inch single of all time, moving over three million copies worldwide.
Throughout the late 80s New Order remained as popular as ever, releasing a string of albums such as Low-Life (1985), Brotherhood (1986) Substance (1987) and Technique (1989). Between several brief hiatuses and line-up alterations, Republic (1993) Get Ready (2001) and Waiting for the Sirens’ Call (2005) were all released, before Peter Hook’s departure in 2007.
A 2011 reunion saw New Order return and tour the world, taking to the stage alongside Blur and the Specials at London’s Hyde Park for a spectacular closing concert for the 2012 Olympics, and releasing Lost Sirens at the end of the year.
In 2015, the band released their critically acclaimed tenth studio album Music Complete. The record stormed the album charts, coming in at Number 2, and features guest vocals from Iggy Pop, Brandon Flowers and Elly Jackson of La Roux.
On the live circuit they have played critically acclaimed sell out tours in the UK, Europe, USA and Australia, performing in prestigious venues, Royal Albert Hall and Sydney Opera House among many others.
The summer months of 2016 saw the run continue with huge headline slots at Glastonbury, Latitude, Roskilde, Bilbao BBK, Sonar and Electric Picnic, followed by a special extended edition of their album, Complete Music.
The album’s title seems to shine a hue on New Order’s new manifesto: new line-up, newly eclectic sound, reinvigorated in their fourth decade as a unit.
Jonny White aka Art Department
ARTIST, NO 19 MUSIC, CANADA
When dixon entered the berlin club circuit in the early 90’s, he established his name on the strength of djing. Back then, confidence or experience based on putting out mixes in the internet did not matter as much as it does now. You had to do your practice, of course, but when your thing was good and tight enough to take it to the clubs, there were opportunities to do so. But those opportunities meant responsibilities. A residency did not mean playing the same club every once in a while, it meant playing the same club every week. The crowd did not consist of people that wander in and out of club nights and its guest djs as the weekly hype commanded them, it consisted of people which headed straight to a certain club night because they were sure its resident dj would deliver the goods this week as he did last week, and the next weeks to come. As long as that happened, there was no need to move on.
In such a context, there is no way to learn quicker how to become a very good dj than by making people dance throughout a set that lasts the whole night, on a very regular basis. If you can’t hold the crowd for hours then, you fall through. It is learning by doing, the hard way. Dixon did not only learn very quickly, he loved every moment of it. Starting out low, slow, unfolding the flow, working towards a peak, then working towards another, turning up, turning down, to find the exact point from which to swing moods, to find the perfect way to end what should be a lasting experience. Once you passed your exams in the night club school of that era with distinction, you can rely on it forevermore, and dixon surely did. His residencies then and now are obviously schooled on the stylistic and technical versatility and skills, attitude, stamina and experience based on countless nights honing ways to direct a loyal crowd on the dance floor at will.
Keeping all this in mind, it comes as no surprise that dixon extended his merits beyond the club by a medium closely connected to the dj craft. He compiled and mixed the off limits compilations, which became very popular and introduced his impeccable style of mixing to a public reception way beyond that of those who had already heard him play in a club context. Later he branched out to even more success by doing a highly influential mix compilation for the get physical label’s body language series, a mix cd that has inspired people all over the world. These releases were intended to show the sincere dedication dixon has to his profession, and they evidentially do.
However decided Dixon was to follow the path of his choice throughout his career, he certainly was not insistent on travelling alone. He used events to introduce foreign djs to Berlin crowds, raised his profile by providing memorable support slots in the process, and contacts were made. He got to know likeminded souls from all over the globe, and he travelled abroad himself, and his reputation grew further. Meanwhile back home, he made bonds with Jazzanova and became involved with their vibrant Sonar Kollektiv label. Never the one to shy away from challenge, dixon made his first foray into label and A & R work with running Sonar Kollektiv’s sublabel Recreation Recordings, where he set up a testing ground for his personal view on house. He introduced âme in the process, two comrades from the traditionally strong deep house scene of southern Germany, whom he brought to the Sonar Kollektiv stable, only to observe that they pulled in the kudos for their music very quickly.
In 2005, the reign of minimal sounds in Clubland was gaining momentum as much as house lost it, and more sooner than later Dixon came to the conclusion that there had to be a way to maintain his preferred sound while so many djs and artists were reducing the musical ingredients of their output. The choice was simply either to adapt or to rebuild. Dixon decided for the latter and took the next step with another Sonar Kollektiv sublabel called Innervisions, which he founded with Âme. It was clear from the beginning that this label was intended to make a difference, and it was clear from the beginning that all the connections dixon made with likeminded souls should come into fruition with it. It was a platform that was thought of to keep up the house tradition all those involved stayed so faithful to over the years, but it was also thought of to breathe some fresh air into it. And so it did. Dixon’s famous rework of Tokyo Black Star’s Blade Dancer knocked on the door, and already the second release, Âme’s future classic Rej EP, was breaking right through it. The following releases by befriended artists confirmed the almost instantly good reputation of the imprint and within a short time it became obvious that something was achieved that not any label could achieve: a sound was innovated and an identity, which began to seep through the scene, affecting the way other labels recruited and published their roster. While being developed on the back of a longstanding tradition, Innervisions kicked house back into focus, and many others were happy to join in, either again or for the first time. Always interested in producing some added value to a good thing,Ddixon soon used the success to put other ideas into action. The label was parted from the Sonar Kollektiv mothership and became independent, and the trademark artwork of the label was getting connected with sought after fashion and design items, carefully conceived to meet the high standards of the Innervisions camp and its supporters.
The Black Madonna
Set for digital release January 9, 2017 via her new label We Still Believe, “He Is the Voice I Hear” is The Black Madonna’s first new original production since 2013’s Lady Of Sorrows EP. Made in collaboration with her studio partner Rupert Murray, the track features musicians Davide Rossi and Christoforo LaBarbera on strings and keyboard.
Of the track, The Black Madonna stated; “I have always felt, where making records was concerned, that it was better to say nothing than to rush and put out a lot of music that didn’t say much at all. But now it’s time to share something with you that has been the most exciting project I’ve ever worked on. “He Is The Voice I Hear” is my first all new work since “Lady Of Sorrows.” It’s been a long journey from there to here. I’m so thrilled to continue the story and finally realise my dream of bringing together an ensemble of live musicians.”
The Black Madonna built her foundation in Chicago whilst acting as talent buyer for the city’s famous electronic/underground club Smart Bar. A skilled technician behind the decks, she started to pick up a following for her dynamic and fluent sets which span from disco to techno and back again. Word spread, culminating in a phenomenal level of acclaim from fans and critics alike in 2016. Playing over 100 shows this year including sold out all night long performances at XOYO (UK), Village Underground (UK), Smart Bar (US) and huge audiences at Sonar Festival, Berghain, Circoloco @ DC10 and Glastonbury to name a few, The Black Madonna has become a prolific DJ internationally. She has rounded off the year by reaching #10 spot on Resident Advisor’s prestigious annual ‘Top DJ’ poll, as well as being the first woman to grace the cover of Mixmag as their ‘DJ Of The Year’.
The Martinez Brothers
The Martinez Brothers, two young men from the Bronx, raised on their father’s love of the Paradise Garage and road-tested worldwide before they even left high school, are emerging as leaders in the global house music scene. The guys have held a residency at DC-10 in Ibiza since 2011, and in 2014 their standing within the world of underground house and techno is solid and constantly rising – their DJ sets are full of energy, fuelled by the brothers’ in-depth knowledge and an innate ability to guide the crowd.
The Martinez Brothers have produced a number of dance floor-ready releases since their earliest days at Objektivity, releasing their first EP, “My Rendition” in 2006 under the guidance of Dennis Ferrer. Other highlights include one of 2013′s big underground Ibiza hits, Santos Resiak’s “A Better Light” (The Martinez Brothers Remix) on One Records. Their ubiquitously popular remix of Green Velvet’s “Bigger Than Prince” (Circus) was named the most-played dance track at ADE 2013, further showing their range as producers and delivering a dark, raw groove with cut-up vocal accents. In late 2013 / early 2014 they released the two-part hip-hop mixtape “Warhol/Basquiat,” which Philip Sherburne named SPIN Magazine’s Dance Track of the Week, saying: “At their best, their beats have a quizzical, psychedelic feel, stretching loops of Donna Summer and George Duke into long strips of taffy and turning up the humidity until they dissolve on their own.” This year they’ve teamed up with DJ Gregory / Point G with “What’s the Point?” the first release on his new label, Ever Lasting LovE.
2013 marked the beginning of their homespun event series Mad Beats & Crazy Styles, offering the brothers a space to explore their New York dance music roots. They have also conceived a new record label, Cuttin’ Headz, which will be a home to their musical experimentations. Also this year comes the premier of Tuskegee, the brainchild of The Martinez Brothers and Seth Troxler. Using the black and Latino musical experience in the US in the early 90s as inspiration, TMB and Troxler will be putting out a series of vinyl-only releases as well as a clothing line.
Earlier this year, The Martinez Brothers broke into the world of high fashion by traveling to Paris to provide music for Riccardo Tisci’s Givenchy Menswear and Womenswear Fall / Winter 2014 /15 collections. The track “Flawless” has already been featured in a Style.com exclusive preview of the Nike RT Air Force 1 Collection, offering a first glimpse of Riccardo Tisci’s collaboration with Nike.
This year alone the guys have been all over Europe and the Americas, they’ve premiered in Australia, and have plans for a tour of Asia. While on the road they created a behind-the-scenes Coachella photo diary for Rolling Stone and Nylon Guys. Production-wise, they’ve laid down some studio tracks with the legendary Nile Rodgers and have collaborated with Spanish Harlem-born hip hop star Bodega Bamz on his forthcoming mixtape. Despite the whirlwind of activity, Chris and Steve remain positive, down-to-earth guys. When asked about their achievements, they always humbly reply, “We are so blessed!”
Facebook, Director of Media Partnerships EMEA, UK
Patrick has over 20 years of experience in the television, radio and online media industry, always at the crossroads of content and technology.
As the Director of Media partnerships at Facebook, he is responsible for leading content partnerships with media companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa across news, sports, and entertainment. He develops publishing and audience development strategies for products including Facebook video, Instant Articles, Instagram, 360-video and virtual reality.
After a degree in journalism from the University of Southern California, Patrick began his career in international media and technology as a TV producer for Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK. While living in Tokyo, he produced and directed award-winning TV programs and participated in the launch of the world’s first HDTV channel. He later joined The BBC as a senior Broadcast Journalist in Japan and South East Asia. Prior to his current role, Patrick launched and led the development of content strategies and partnerships at YouTube across Europe, Middle East and Africa, and spent several years at digital startups working on both content and partnerships.
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. She released her debut solo artist album ‘I Com’ in 2004, that showed her spreading her wings with jacking Chicago House, distorted punk attitude, skanked-up Dub and Electronic Pop as the singles ‘Professional Distortion’, ‘Requiem For A Hit’ and ‘Happy Violentine’ so aptly displayed. The heavily-accented deadpan delivery over techno beats that established her notoriety on previous recordings has been unseated by a desire to sing, to scream, to rap and to croon, all of which she manages to do with ample helpings of sly wit and wordplay and a musical landscape that incorporates both brazen beats and intoxicating atmospherics. However for all her releases and collaborations Kittin’s first and main love remains DJing. From starting out in 1994, Kittin’s name first appeared on a flyer in the chill-out room for a rave in an old military fort in the mountains. From there on Kittin hasn’t looked back. From playing harder edged Techno, rave classics, Chicago, Acid and Detroit Techno Kittin has progressed into more leftfield, Electro and electronic realms. Able to play Prince with Black Dog or Aphex Twin with a new Kompakt 12″ she has an uncanny and intuitive sense of selection that not only flows but also maintains that primary sense of the party. Anyone who has seen Kittin dancing behind the decks or grabbing the microphone mid-set will understand only too well that she is also a clubber at heart. As Kittin says, “I love playing records, it’s probably the best thing I know to do in life. I do it because it’s big fun and it makes me free.” Based in Paris since 2007, Kittin released her second solo album “Batbox” in 2008, followed by the second album of the collaboration with her all time favorite musical partner The Hacker entitled “Two” in 2009, both released on her own label ‘Nobody’s Bizzness‘. After the extensive live touring of Miss Kittin & The Hacker in 2009 all over the globe, 2010 has seen Kittin’s couple of remixes and collaborations and in early 2011 a release of the ’All You Need’ EP on Mobilee Records, that brought her sultry yet punchy vocals back to the floor with a classic electro bassline. Having spent over a decade cultivating her intransigent image, Miss Kittin reliably brings all her gusto, charisma and inspiration to the decks, which have produced many seminal moments of dance-floor heaven and is rightly placed as one of the most revered and recognizable artists in Dance music today. On April 22nd, 2013, Miss Kittin released her 3rd solo artist album: “Calling From The Stars” is out on wSphere Records!
Kenny ‘Dope’ Gonzalez – Masters at Work
Masters At Work – Louie Vega & Kenny Dope (Artists, USA)
The two native New Yorkers have amassed an overwhelming body of work in that time, one that includes hundreds of original productions, remixes and side projects, redefining the way we think of music in clubs. Vega and Gonzalez defiantly mix everything they can find – house, hip-hop, funk, disco, Latin, African and jazz – into a universal groove.
‘Little Louie’ Vega – Masters at Work
Masters At Work – Louie Vega & Kenny Dope (Artists, USA)
The two native New Yorkers have amassed an overwhelming body of work in that time, one that includes hundreds of original productions, remixes and side projects, redefining the way we think of music in clubs. Vega and Gonzalez defiantly mix everything they can find – house, hip-hop, funk, disco, Latin, African and jazz – into a universal groove.
Elrow – The Arnau Family
Elrow, Founders, Spain
elrow was conceived in 2010 by Cruz and Juan Arnau Lasierra, the sixth generation of entrepreneurs of the Arnau Family, who also founded the Monegros Festival and the legendary Club Florida 135 in Fraga, Aragón. elrow is the umbrella brand of a series of 100% immersive themed shows which have become a global reference in the field of circus inspired parties thanks to its perfect mix of the best electronic music with unimaginable scenarios, frenzied performances and outlandish characters. From its Barcelona based headquarters it has been in constant growth, establishing residencies in Ibiza, Madrid, London and Amsterdam and having held 88 shows around the globe in 2016 in partnership with main festivals and clubs.
Spotify, Global Head of Dance/Electronic, USA
Austin Kramer is the Global Head of Dance and Electronic Music at Spotify. He is responsible for all electronic and dance music curation including hit playlists electroNOW, Fresh Electronic, Brain Food and Housewerk. Austin is known for letting music lead the conversation, shedding light on artists’ personalities, empowering new artists, channel branding, and breaking new artists among millions of worldwide fans. With a decade of broadcast experience, Kramer has become a household name in dance music. In his previous position at XM, then SiriusXM, Satellite Radio, he propelled the dance channels, focusing on original content and branding. His responsibilities included music programming, artist interviews and dj sets, channel imaging, social awareness, and directing/hosting live broadcasts to millions of North American subscribers. Austin is a graduate of the University of Colorado and is based in New York City.
CEO, RPM PRESENTS, USA
Eddie Dean wears many hats, as the CEO and founder of RPM Presents, managing director of Pacha Macau, and president and CEO of the recently closed Pacha New York. Dean has organized countless events for hundreds of thousands of music fans worldwide.
Dean’s first venue was Faces, a small pub in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Next came Ruby’s, and later, Rock ‘n Jocks. He first hit Manhattan in 1999, opening Hush in the Flatiron District. By 2001 the venue had a new sound system – and new name: Discotheque. Two years – and countless parties later – he opened Tiki Room, before setting out on his biggest venture to date, as he opened Pacha New York.
Eddie Dean took the Pacha franchise to a new level. For a full decade, Pacha New York’s trophy case busted at the brims – with accolades from Forbes to Maxim, DJ Mag to Mixmag, and multiple IDMA awards. Every DJ under the sun has graced the Pacha decks; Pacha was the undisputed home of dance music in New York.
In 2012, Dean expanded his empire as he launched RPM Presents. RPM quickly became the leading event producer on the East Coast, introducing dance music to venues throughout NYC with events at Pier 94, Radio City, Madison Square Garden, Governors Island, Central Park, Pier 36, MetLife Stadium, Citi Field, the Meadowlands Race Track, and more. RPM has brought major festivals including Electric Daisy Carnival and Life in Color to New York, and has powered events throughout New Jersey and Brooklyn.
In April 2015, Eddie Dean announced his biggest international venture to date; Pacha Macau. Pacha is China’s first megaclub, as Dean brings Ibiza-style nightlife to Greater China for the very first time, electrifying the island’s burgeoning club scene.
2015 was one of Dean’s biggest years. Spring saw the fourth annual Electric Daisy Carnival New York at MetLife Stadium, along with a series of BKWRHS warehouse shows in Brooklyn. Later that year, Dean brought New York’s premier Halloween event series “Pier of Fear” back to Pier 94, followed by his annual New Years Celebration: Big Week NYC, all with record-breaking attendance.
In December he celebrated Pacha New York’s tenth anniversary: an impressive anniversary for a New York club – and just a few months later made the bold decision to close it’s doors, focusing on ‘going home’ to Brooklyn with his latest venture at 54 N.11th Street, Schimanski Nightclub.
2017 brings a brand-new outdoor venue to Eddie’s portfolio, The Harbor Hills Project on Governors Island – a previously untouched 8-acre waterfront space for music, food, arts, and cultural events.
COMPOSER/LIVE CODER, COLUMBIA
Composer, programmer and improviser of music born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1976. She studied composition at the Universidad de los Andes where she also carried studies in mathematics and classical guitar. Her works have been played in diverse venues in America, Europe and Asia. In 2003 she obtained an Artistic Residency at the Centro Nacional de las Artes (CNA) in Mexico City. In 2010 she was part of the program Prácticas de Vuelo at the Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras (CMMAS). In 2011she was granted an Artistic Residency at the Tokyo Wonder Site in Japan, where she wrote a piece for Nanae Yoshimura (koto), Suzuky Toshiya (flute) and live electronics.
Using open source software like SuperCollider and TidalCycles, her work is focused on the exploration of the musicality of code and the algorithmic behaviour of music. An important part of this exploration consists of the practice of live coding. Having an intense activity as 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. Currently she lives in Berlin, Germany, and is doing her masters in Sound Studies at the Berlin University of the Arts.
Resident Advisor, Founders, UK
Nick Sabine is the co-founder of Resident Advisor (RA). Established in 2001, RA enables the discovery of new music and events through a unique combination of original content and listings. By providing a platform for artists, promoters and fans RA connects the global dance music community and plays an indispensable role in supporting the electronic music industry worldwide.
Resident Advisor, Founders, UK
Paul Clement is the co-founder of Resident Advisor (RA). Established in 2001, RA enables the discovery of new music and events through a unique combination of original content and listings. By providing a platform for artists, promoters and fans RA connects the global dance music community and plays an indispensable role in supporting the electronic music industry worldwide.
HEAD OF OPERATIONS, LWE, UK
Alice Favre has been in the music and events industry for 17 years now. Having worked in most departments whilst learning her trade she has a wide knowledge of every aspect of the industry but specialises in operations. She is one third of LWE, a growing events company in London who best known for Junction 2 festival as well as all the music events at Tobacco Dock and Printworks. She is managing director of LWE, overseeing all departments generally whilst specialising in the operations of all their events.
She is also one third of Ticket Tannoy which she runs with her two partners from LWE, Will Harold and Paul Jack. All three partners also consult and freelance across a number of projects including managing Arcadia Spectacular, one the first club based locker businesses in the UK, sponsorship consultancy and producing events for brands like Red Bull.
LWE have worked with a numbers of event brands, labels and music icons such as Drumcode (Junction 2 is a joining of Adam Beyer and LWE), Elrow, The Hydra, Hospitality, Enter, Carl Cox and many more.
The majority of LWE events are held in unique and interesting spaces – Junction 2’s main stage is on an island under the M4, Tobacco Dock is a grade I listed, old tobacco storage warehouse and Printworks is an 120m long old newspaper printing factory with some of the printers still there. This means that Alice is used to tackling problems and coming up with solutions that keep both the customers and the authorities happy.
Alice is the first point of contact with the police, council and licensing as well as with local residents and stakeholders in the venue. She has a strong team around her who share her vision and passion and compliment her working style and beliefs.
has been in the music and events industry for 17 years now. Having worked in most departments whilst learning her trade she has a wide knowledge of every aspect of the industry but specialises in operations. She is one third of LWE, a growing events company in London who best known for Junction 2 festival as well as all the music events at Tobacco Dock and Printworks. She is managing director of LWE, overseeing all departments generally whilst specialising in the operations of all their events.
She is also one third of Ticket Tannoy which she runs with her two partners from LWE, Will Harold and Paul Jack. All three partners also consult and freelance across a number of projects including managing Arcadia Spectacular, one the first club based locker businesses in the UK, sponsorship consultancy and producing events for brands like Red Bull.
LWE have worked with a numbers of event brands, labels and music icons such as Drumcode (Junction 2 is a joining of Adam Beyer and LWE), Elrow, The Hydra, Hospitality, Enter, Carl Cox and many more.
The majority of LWE events are held in unique and interesting spaces – Junction 2’s main stage is on an island under the M4, Tobacco Dock is a grade I listed, old tobacco storage warehouse and Printworks is an 120m long old newspaper printing factory with some of the printers still there. This means that Alice is used to tackling problems and coming up with solutions that keep both the customers and the authorities happy.
Alice is the first point of contact with the police, council and licensing as well as with local residents and stakeholders in the venue. She has a strong team around her who share her vision and passion and compliment her working style and beliefs.
Media Records, Founder, Italy
Trying to sum up Gianfranco Bortolotti’s career is an arduous task, because there is the risk of skipping many things that could help to understand his mission in life but most of all his successes.
We can say that consciousness and authority have always been his first rule, since the beginning of his career in the 1980s, when a very young Gianfranco dedicated his time and energy into Italo disco, a new genre that before long, also influenced the house and techno style that was being born in Chicago and Detroit during those early years.
One of his first strong intuitions was house music, when in Europe it was still a completely unknown style. Gianfranco strongly wanted to bring this fresh sound to Italy, investing all his efforts and also clashing against many of the old Italian music industry traditions, thus creating a revolution and rapidly expanding his model of doing business all over the world with Media Records.
As a leading A&R and music visionary, Gianfranco created his first hit music project Cappella, initially releasing classic underground tracks like ‘Bauhaus’ in 1987 and the sublime ‘Helyom Halib’ in 1988.
Being the creative force behind globally successful, multi-platinum artists such as Cappella, 49ers and Gigi D’Agostino, he quickly became one of the most popular music producers, not only in Europe but also in the US, from where he had been musically inspired by the birth of house music.
Music producer Gianfranco Bortolotti founded Media Records in Brescia, in 1987, and it is the most successful Italian dance music brand in history. He is responsible for creating some of the most commercially successful dance music acts during the 80’s & 90’s, and to date the company has sold in excess of 50 million records worldwide across all of its labels and licensing deals.
Gianfranco is responsible for more than 150 gold & platinum hit projects. He has launched successful, global careers for artists including; Cappella, Gigi D’Agostino, 49ers, Picotto, and Joy Kitikonti to name just a few, and he has personally created many classic music brands including BXR, Noisemaker, Heartbeat & Underground, and in 1997, Media Records acquired rights to the famous UMM music brand.
Now celebrating 30 successful years in the business, World of Media is launching a range of new music labels, artist careers, events and technologies in 2017. Gianfranco also runs a global artist management division, which already boasts a modern day success story, with the Italian rapper Mr Rain.
The biography of nearly every globally renowned House and Techno DJ / Music Producer / Label Owner reads pretty much the same. They’ll start by telling you how they got into music as a child listening to their parents vinyl collection (which probably includes Motown, Funk, Soul and a bit of Disco). Their father was possibly a (folk) musician who helped introduce them to music at a young age. Coming from West London they probably listened to and were inspired by the sounds of Drum & Bass from their local pirate radio station (maybe they got a show on said station a few years later) and the reggae Soundsytems they’d pass on their way home from school. Their career will have kicked off likely in their early teens with a few local DJ gigs, maybe in a regional UK city like Bristol, maybe they promoted some parties and then later started a record label (or even four). Said producer must have put out their first release on an uber-cool indie label (something like Derrick Carter’s ‘Classic’ imprint). Then their career might have taken off when they started twisting the format of House music with the help of a few fellow producers and a new label imprint (let’s use ‘Dubsided’ as an example). Some of them might have followed that lucky streak with constant plays at a legendary London club like Fabric. In a bold gesture they may have even moved to a city like Berlin and started a monthly residency at another legendary club, something like Panorama Bar. At that point they’ll have “broke through” by influencing a culture entrenched in one style (Minimal Techno) to a new one (Chunky House & Techno).
Any DJ/producer worth their salt carves their own career, and though noted accomplishments and milestones paves the way for themselves as a globally recognized identity. This starts with residencies and regular plays at some of the world’s most hyped nightclubs and parties, say: Womb in Tokyo, Razzmatazz in Barcelona, Rhonda in Los Angeles, and 20+ more, from Robert Johnson and Cocoon in Germany to Space, Pacha and Amnesia in Ibiza. Let’s not forget a consistent presence at festivals like Exit, Melt, Parklife, Creamfields, Tomorrowland, Mysteryland, and give or take 30+ more. They’ve got to have credible and viral remixes under their belts, from massive Rap and Dance acts to the most respected underground artists; we’re speaking about everyone from electronic legends like Underworld, Armand Van Helden, Simian Mobile Disco, Cassius to rappers like Childish Gambino, Joey Bada$$ and Kendrick Lamar. They’ll obviously have put their spin on their sound’s legendary classics, for example tracks like Louie Vega & Mood II Swing’s “Harddrive,” KMS “World Of Deep”, Romanthony’s “Let Me Show You Love”, or they’ll just remix a straight-up classic like ’Sun Is Shining by Bob Marley. You simply cannot call yourself a world-renowned musician without the proper accreditation, awards, and features: massive compilations on globally dominant labels (Fabric, Get Physical and Defected), recognition as top-ranking in their class by music’s forefront publications (Mixmag’s Top 10 DJs, DJ Mag’s Best of British), and covers on electronic music’s biggest magazines (DJ Mag, IDJ and De:Bug). Credibility further expands via collaborations with other notable musicians; a credible producer whose sound infected the mainstream (someone like Switch), add someone who paved the way for their influenced sound (let’s say Henrik Schwarz), a trend-setting trailblazer (Claude Vonstroke, for example), maybe add in a living legend (like Leon Ware, producer for Marvin Gaye) and an upcoming cool-guy (Seven Davis Jr) and complete the sentence with “cool band Hot Chip made up a rap about my name for my debut album.” With a solid niche carved for their sound, global recognition through their own remixes and club residencies, at this point they’ll probably have started their own labels, putting out releases that built new genres and topped charts. But what keeps someone like this at the top of their game isn’t just international performances and magazine covers – it’s their key role in building new artists’ careers, presence outside the world with clothing brands like Zane Robe and the odd DJ gig for a model like Daisy Lowe, radio accolades like many Essential New Tunes, an Essential Mix, Co-Hosting on BBC Radio 1 and being inducted into the BBC Pete Tong ‘Hall of Fame’ and with all that, you’re pretty much there. Follow that recipe and viola: a globally-renowned House and Techno DJ / Music Producer / Label Owner.
There it is… Over the last ten years 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 with no sight of slowing down, remaining at the world’s best, biggest, and most credible clubs, parties and festivals. Jesse Rose has always stood for quality and long may it continue.
Pacha, Founder, Spain
Ricardo Urgell Martí, fundador de Grupo Pacha, nació el 18 de Septiembre de 1937 en la ciudad condal de Barcelona. Desciende de una saga de artistas catalanes en los cuales se encuentra su bisabuelo el paisajista Modest Urgell, y su abuelo el impresionista Ricardo Urgell. Su padre Jose Mª Urgell, se dedicó a la ingeniería metalúrgica, aplicando en ella las bellas artes, y fue el creador de las primeras motocicletas Ducati en España.
El hecho de haber estado influenciado por su familia a lo largo de su infancia le ayudó a desarrollar su creatividad, y además con sus estudios de arquitectura adquirió un amplio conocimiento que posteriormente fue aplicando a cada uno de sus negocios.
Su carrera profesional se inició a los 28 años, creando una escuela de esquí acuático en la población de Sitges. Posteriormente, en el año 1965 abrió Tito’s, su primer local con el cual comenzó a engendrarse ese particular espíritu que apertura tras apertura, se fue adueñando de las noches mediterráneas.
Tras ver el éxito que Tito’s supuso, en 1966 decidió invertir todo su capital creando su primera Boite a la cual llamó Pacha Sitges, nombre sugerido por su esposa Marisa Cobos, la cual en aquel momento vaticinó: “dedícate a esto y vivirás como un Pacha”. Posteriormente en 1968 abrió Pachito, en el 70 abrió Pacha Lloret de Mar, y en 1971 Disco Biba Sitges.
En 1972 fue galardonado por la mejor obra de arquitectura barcelonesa, con el primer premio F.A.D, por la creación de Metamorfosis.
Tras varias visitas a la Isla de Ibiza, Ricardo quedó prendado del lugar por el aire de libertad que en esta se respiraba y decidió abrir Pacha Ibiza en 1973, con la cual se consolidarían las bases de la filosofía, el espíritu del Grupo, considerándose hoy el pilar de la marca.
En 1974 Ricardo Urgell prosiguió su aventura con la apertura de Pacha Playa de Aro, en 1975 el Bar 98 Octanus, y Equilibrio en 1977. En 1978 consiguió su segundo premio F.A.D, por la creación del restaurante El Casino en Barcelona.
En 1980 inauguró Pacha Madrid, apertura en la capital que impulsó la expansión de la marca por todo el territorio español, y que marcó a toda una generación en los años de la movida madrileña.
En 2002 abre el Restarurante Sa Punta, y en 2003 decide embarcarse en un nuevo proyecto abriendo El Hotel Pacha.
En el año 2004 se le concede por parte del Gobierno Español, la Medalla de Oro al Mérito Turístico por toda su trayectoria profesional, siendo esta la máxima por haber prestado servicios relevantes al turismo español.
Grupo Pacha continuando constante en su crecimiento, abre Lio en el año 2011, innovador local en la isla de Ibiza por sus espectáculos en vivo, ubicado en frente de la emblemática Dalt Vila.
En el año 2013 apuesta por la apertura de un nuevo proyecto, Destino Pacha Ibiza Resort, con él cual se logra contagiar el estilo de vida de Pacha, y de Ibiza.
En 2016 la productora Shine Ibieria, bajo la dirección de Javier Barden y Macarena Rey, crean el documental El arquitecto de la noche, en el cual invita a conocer la vida de Ricardo Urgell, su trayectoria profesional y su estilo de vida.
Desde sus principios, Pacha no sólo ha conseguido extenderse territorialmente, sino que además ha logrado crear una red de franquicias presente en más de 20 capitales importantes del mundo, en las cuales se encuentra Brasil, Argentina, Australia, China, Japón, Estados Unidos, entre muchos otros países; consiguiendo además de ello, el lograr expandirse en su concepto.
Con un canal de televisión, un sello discográfico, colecciones de ropa y complementos, tiendas, una revista y perfumes, restaurantes, hoteles y locales de ocio, Grupo Pacha se ha convertido en un sinónimo de hedonismo, frescura y carácter.
Ricardo Urgell tras su larga y estable trayectoria en el mundo de los negocios, le ha hecho consolidarse en nuestro país y fuera de él, como unos de los más importantes empresarios del ocio nocturno de nuestros tiempos.
FOUNDER, DE LIGHT MANAGEMENT, GERMANY
Lindi Delight has been involved in the global electronic dance music scene for nearly a decade. She started her professional promotional and event production career in Toronto by establishing a deep house event brand in warehouses and off locations, booking the leading artists of the genre. During a 3 year stay in Dubai she got deeper knowledge in brand management and PR while working at a cutting-edge creative music agency. In addition to coordinating and managing all press for the companies weekly electronic music events, Lindi developed event concepts and strategies for leading brands such as Nokia, National Geographic, Puma and Carolina Herrera. In 2011 Lindi relocated to Berlin to work for Techno heavyweight Chris Liebing to develop his CLR label nights globally. Here she was responsible for all aspects of these showcases including booking, marketing, social media management, logistics and on location event management.
Always looking for new challenges and constantly studying later developments in communication, marketing and event production, she took on the Brand Manager & Event Director position at Lee Burridge’s All Day I Dream venture. In just over a year she expanded the USA-based brand to debut in Sydney, London, Paris, Berlin and Beirut and nearly tripling the number of event productions than previous years. At the end of 2016, Lindi launched her new management agency, De Light Management, where she is focusing on developing and expanding label showcases for various brands worldwide. When her busy schedule allows, she shares her knowledge and organizational skills by consulting other electronic music brands and training staff in social media management, project management and optimizing workflows. Miss Delight knows all aspects of the music business and brings her heart and passion for music into complex and authentic event creations.
HEAD OF ARTIST RELATIONS, NATIVE INSTRUMENTS, USA
Andreas has over 20 years experience in the music industry, covering studio engineering, songwriting and music production, before eventually moving into A&R.
With seven years under his belt at Native Instruments, he’s responsible for global artist relations, managing teams and talent acquisition in Berlin, London, L.A., Paris and Tokyo. Initiating brand partnerships, cultural marketing campaigns and acting as a direct consultant to product development, Andreas is the sharp end of the spear when it comes to integrated artist campaigns.
He cut his teeth in the industry as a studio engineer at Madonna’s Maverick in-house studio, Brooklyn Recording in the early 90s where his musical passion and ambition snowballed. Turning his hand to marketing, with a quick stint working alongside Virgin Record’s artist development team, he focused on executing grass roots marketing campaigns for indie acts of the time, including names like Radiohead, Jamiroquai and Björk. He signed his own album deal in the mid-90’s to indie Dorado Records (UK), as recording artist “Outside” with Matt Cooper and subsequently enjoyed global tours and DJ gigs.
As the millennium hit, Andreas co-launched a music production services company in LA, remixing and producing for major label artists, before scoring a GRAMMY nomination (songwriter/producer) for Vikter Duplaix’s “Make a Baby” single on BBE.
Andreas still acts as A&R and brand consultant to talent management and record label figures, who seek his vast expertise in the field.
Immersed in the heydays of the ’90s Midwest rave scene, DVS1 (Zak Khutoretsky) has gained a highly-respected reputation for his versatile skills, infectious energy and physical power behind the decks. As a resident DJ of Berlin’s infamous Berghain / Panorama Bar, he moves floors of the world’s most prestigious and best venues crafting the art of DJing through always being in the mix, pushing his own boundaries and sensitively reacting to the people’s energy.
Molded by massive sound systems composed of walls of speakers, DVS1’s vision of techno is based on the physical power of music. Zak’s pure approach of sound being his personal channel to capture the very moment in time is as dedicated as his continuation to shape the electronic scene in his hometown Minneapolis – from throwing illegal warehouse parties to owning a nightclub to running his own sound company for two decades. After his first original releases on Klockworks and Transmat, he was not only introduced to a bigger audience, hence creating a strong fellowship for his own imprints: While HUSH showcase DVS1’s love for deep, purist techno and only his music, Mistress Recordings reflects his wide range as a beat and rhythm addict presenting some of his secret weapons that touches all corners of the dance floor and beyond.
With a combination of deep musical knowledge, unparalleled enthusiasm, and a vinyl collection of more than 30,000 records, DVS1 is also renowned as an outspoken defender of underground’s true values that established the American DJ, producer and label owner as a truly exceptional character of today’s contemporary electronic music scene.
Raised in atmosphere bursting with passion for music, Louisahhh started singing and playing instruments at an early age before discovering a passion for DJing. Starting at age 17, sneaking into New York City clubs with fake Ids, Louisahhh started to make a name for herself in the New York underground clubs during the years 2000.
Topping the charts with a series of high projects with several artists as Danny Daze and Brodinski, Louisahhh has quickly risen as one of the most coming woman artists within the techno scenes thanks to her voice, a unique style, and explosive DJ sets. She’s collaborated with Maelstrom releasing three EPs and creating the RAAR label whose the last opus ‘Listen/Hurry’ was released in 2016.
Also at ease working solo, their two techno EPs ‘Transcend’ and ‘Shadow Work’ released on Bromance Records, reveal her talents of author, compositor and executant according to the video clip ‘Ready’.
As she keeps the momentum with a BBC 1 residence, a world tour and a series of releases on RAAR, Louisahhh is back in studio putting the final touches of her next maxi and her very first album available in 2017.
VICE PRESIDENT / GLOBAL MARKETING STRATEGY, KOBALT RECORDS, UK
David Emery is the VP Global Marketing Strategy for Kobalt Music Recordings, overseeing the marketing strategy for a range of different artists including Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Pet Shop Boys, Karen O, Nicolas Jaar, Ray BLK, Deadmau5, The Strokes and a whole bunch more.
Previous to that he was the Head of Marketing for Beggars Group Records, where amongst other things he worked on the marketing campaigns for artists like Adele, Radiohead, The xx, The National, Bon Iver, The Strokes, Queens of the Stone Age, Sonic Youth and The White Stripes.
RADIO PRESENTER / DJ, RADIO 1, UK
With a BBC Radio 1 show, her own party brand and a record label (Zoo Music), Monki presides over a mini empire. In the seven years since she first got involved in the electronic music business, she has risen to every challenge with aplomb, working her way up from an intern at Rinse FM to become an influential international selector, with gigs across Britain and beyond.
In her youth, Monki was fascinated with pirate radio. Her love of music and radio led to two pivotal work placements that set her on her current path; the first was at revolutionary station Radio Jackie and, while there, she landed an internship with legendary London broadcaster, Rinse FM. After a year of solid graft behind the scenes, she was offered a Thursday morning slot, which she made her own. Her prowess as a presenter and DJ earned her a promotion to a prime time Saturday slot, and from there the only way was up…
After studying at world-renowned music school Point Blank, Monki’s destiny was assured, music became her true calling. The Rinse FM role gave her an abundance of experience and led to the next phase of her broadcasting career, a monthly show on Radio 1’s for In New DJs We Trust which led to a weekly slot on 1Xtra. After a couple of years on the station, she got the call up to join Radio 1 and now hosts a weekly show every Sunday night from 1-4am.
Meanwhile, she has appeared at clubs like fabric, Sankeys and The Warehouse Project, together with overseas adventures at festivals like Hideout, Snowbombing and Annie Mac’s Lost And Found. Alongside her solo bookings, Monki also curates her own night called ‘Monki & Friends’, which has toured the UK, in association with Red Bull and unleashed four killer EPs, featuring music from a variety of talents such as Shadow Child, Melé, Joe Goddard, SG Lewis, Riton, Kidnap Kid and many many more.
CEO, PULSE GLOBAL, USA
Tenacity, Passion, a collaborative nature, embracing diversification and the ability to recognise an opportunity at its earliest inception are just a few of the raw qualities Wade Cawood attributes to his growing success in an ever-fragmenting, exciting time for the industry. Add to this a global network spanning 5 continents, numerous major events, commercial partnerships and millions of page impressions later, Cawood’s multi-faceted businesses are on the rise. Undeniable entrepreneurial talent, a seemingly endless wealth of knowledge and ground-up experience position him as an influential thought-leader in the electronic dance music industry.
BUSINESS PSYCHOLOGIST & PERFORMANCE COACH, ACHIEVE UNLIMITED, UK
Rachel is a business psychologist and performance coach who has spent the past 25 years helping entrepreneurs, leaders and creatives achieve phenomenal success.
Her client list ranges from:
• Award winning DJs and film producers to founders of multi-national businesses
• Best-selling authors to ground-breaking solopreneurs
• Political leaders in Downing Street to tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and beyond
As an early adopter of the house music industry in the late 80’s, Rachel created her first business at the age of 18 and by her 25th birthday founded two record labels, a publishing company, an artist management company and a club promotions company with her ex-husband Carl Cox.
Changing direction in the mid 90s, Rachel earned a degree in Applied Psychology at Sussex University then trained with, graduated from and became a faculty member at CoachU. Rachel established her coaching practice, Achieve Unlimited, in 1998 and became an ICF Professional Certified Coach in 2001.
Rachel supports entrepreneurs and creative leaders to generate highly profitable businesses and careers, while maintaining personal fulfillment and well-being. The list of her clients’ achievements since 1998 speaks for itself:
• 2,000+ new products or services launched
• 50 businesses who’ve doubled their turnover in 12 months
• 700+ new businesses founded
• 150+ promotions secured
• an average of £20M of new business secured by small businesses each year
• 14 books written, 37 industry awards won, 5 films and 2 stage shows produced, 4 gurus/superstars born and 3 charities founded
Most importantly, Rachel’s clients achieve huge success without major personal sacrifice and maintain strong relationships with family, friends and colleagues, keep well and sane and, most importantly, they enjoy the journey.
Rachel is married to Francesco Furriello, the co-founder of Angels of Love in Naples and they have a 15 year-old son. She has two dogs and a ridiculous, long-standing addiction to Daft Punk’s album ‘Alive 2007’.
CEO, COSMOPOP GMBH, GERMANY
Born on 7 September 1972 in Frankenthal, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany Married. One son, one daughter
1992 – 2005 organized several club events and festivals in the Rhine Neckar Metropolitan area
1993 – 2003 founded first record store (Goa Records) in the Rhine- Neckar Metropolitan area. Successfully expanded Goa records to the regional market leader for physical electronic music distribution
1994 invented and launched the Time Warp festival concept with the first event held in November 1994 in Ludwigshafen
1995 – 2000 founded and operated the nationwide festivals Love and Light and Kings of the Jungle
1995 and the following years expanded and developed Time Warp into one of the leading German events for electronic music with nationwide events in Berlin, Bremen, Hannover, Leipzig, Mannheim and Sinsheim
1999 acquired the open-air-festival Love Family Park with 1,500 visitors developing it into a well-known festival with up to 25,000 European visitors
2003 founded the company Cosmopop GmbH and became its director. Cosmopop is an event-planning agency, organizing and merchandising electronic music focused festival brands and DJ tours
2004 – 2013 operated and curated the Jetztmusikfestival, a cross- cultural festival for music, dance, film, arts and lectures in Mannheim
2005 started the international roll-out of the Time Warp festival beginning with the Czech Republic (2005), followed by Austria (2006), the Netherlands (2008 to 2014), Italy (2011 and 2012), Argentina (2014, 2015 and 2016) and America (2014 and 2015)
2006 joined the companies Loft GmbH and Zimmer GmbH, operators of the two night clubs Loft in Ludwigshafen and Zimmer in Mannheim, and converted these clubs into renowned venues for electronic music
2007 Started Hafen 49 regular Summer outdoor location
2009 With the Time Warp technical team, started working as a producer and developed stageshows for serveral live acts and DJs, as: Richie Hawtin presents Contakt, Plastikman live, Loco Dice used and abused, Dubfire Hybrid, Tale of Us
2012 joined the Stuttgart Electronic Music Festival GmbH, operator of the SEMF, increasing the Stuttgart indoor festival’s visitor numbers from 4,000 to 17,000
2013 co-founded the Sonus Festival in Novalja, Croatia, and tripled the number of visitors to 10,000 in the second year
2017 Started Hafenfestival Mannheim, sold out with the first edition
VICE PRESIDENT / ARTIST MARKETING, DEEZER, UK
Sulinna Ong is Vice President of Artist Marketing at Deezer. Ms. Ong is responsible for leading Deezer’s Artist Marketing team globally and setting its strategy and working directly with labels and managers to identify opportunities that will appeal to content creators and music lovers.
Ong brings 16 years’ experience of pioneering global marketing strategies in the music industry, as well as directly managing major artists; coupled with stints marketing leading edge software, AI and robotics products.
Following her studies in music at Western Sydney University, Ong joined Sony to work on the world’s first consumer robot product, AIBO. She later moved to London where she joined SonyBMG as International Marketing Manager, Artist Development, winning the Music Week Best International Marketing Campaign for Il Divo. After a stint on Kasabian’s management team she moved to Live Nation Artists as Director of International Marketing & Artist Development working with the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Jay Z and Roc Nation and then on to become CMO of award-winning music video app Youdio.
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AXWELL ^ INGROSSO
From his origins in the house and techno underground to his current more eclectic style, Laidback Luke has always been a leading light in music of the present day as well as the future. The Dutch hero continues to enjoy a hugely varied and consistently noteworthy career in the game. With a reputation as a serious talent scout and for being one of the nicest guys around, he has built himself a mightily impressive musical empire that has touched the highest reaches of the music industry.
Within his first year of producing music in the mid-’90s, he was remixing dance legends like Green Velvet and Moodymann and having his tracks licensed by Carl Cox for his compilations, laying down the base as an artist to watch. A prolific output saw him conquer the underground and by 2003 he was remixing the likes of Daft Punk. As the noughties progressed, he laid the foundations for the distinctive Dutch house sound that would provide one of the building blocks of the EDM sound and help bridge the gap between dance and pop / urban music.
With chart crossover hits and remixes for the likes of Mariah Carey, Robin Thicke, Madonna and Nicki Minaj plus three albums under his belt – not to mention hundreds of dancefloor hits – he is a hugely accomplished producer. In November 2015, he released his eclectic third album ‘Focus’, which proved him once again to be an artist with wide ambitions and a very skillful spectrum of styles, while his steady run of singles continues to keep him at the forefront of dance floors across the world.
His scouting skills have served up an impressive array of big hitters on their way up including Avicii, A-Trak, Bingo Players, Knife Party, Afrojack and Steve Angello among others, all while pushing the commitment to discover and support new talent which is at the heart of what he’s all about. He has emulated that role in his capacity as founder and A&R of his own Mixmash Records, renowned for presenting music trends of the past, present and future.
His wealth of experience and ear for talent have seen him undertake the role of a mentor for the dance scene, while his dedication to personally replying to every tweet he receives confirms how much he values his huge, loyal fanbase.
As a DJ, he’s a continual fixture on all the biggest dance stages in the world, with regular dates at the clubs and festivals like Sensation India, Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland Brasil, Cream Ibiza, Ministry of Sound, Daylight in Las Vegas and Creamfields to name just a few. His Super You&Me club nights gave early bookings to the likes of Skrillex, Snake, Dada Life, Zedd, Diplo, Hardwell. Avicii even made his worldwide DJ debut on one of the infamous Miami editions of this all-inclusive event, again establishing his track record of supporting big names ahead of the curve. His events continue to swell in size with regular parties in Miami, Ibiza and beyond.
Recent times have seen him continue his dancefloor domination by producing a slew of killer tracks with both the world’s biggest names and newcomers alike, including Afrojack, KURA, Will Sparks, twoloud, Mike Cervello, GTA and Aruna. His commitment to discovering and nurturing new talent is key to his ethos, with his reputation as a mentor proceeding him. For him, it’s only natural to share his wisdom and support in the same way his peers did when he was coming up.
His popular weekly vlog ‘The Real World: DJ Edition’ gives an insight into his intense life and maintains a direct connection with fans, while his healthy lifestyle sees him extol the virtues of tai chi, yoga, healthy food and his beloved kung-fu (in which he’s participating in the World Championship in Hong Kong) over hedonism and excessive partying. On top of it all he is also a regular contributor to Billboard where he spills his thoughts and wisdom on the scene in his acclaimed column. All this combined makes him a truly unique and inspirational figure in the dance music industry, and one who will contain to play a vital part in it for years to come.
With residencies at Light and Wynn in Las Vegas, a stack of new releases and his fourth album soon to come, things are only going to get bigger and brighter for this true legend.
Scratch First Co. Ltd, (Wonderfruit Festival), Founder & CEO, Thailand
Pranitan Pete Phornprapha leads an avid international lifestyle. Born in Bangkok, Thailand his family moved to Vancouver, Canada when he was three until he was seven. After returning to Bangkok for 6 more years he then went to boarding school in Massachusetts, USA and then attended Bentley College majoring in International Business. After some years he decided for a change and relocated to London, UK to complete his studies.
He then returned to Bangkok, to worked for GE capital for a while before starting work in his family’s business, Siam Motors, Co., Ltd., (www.siammotors.com) a large automotive and industrial conglomerate with over 40 companies. He is currently in charge of key business units of that group and holds several key executive positions and directorships. A keen entrepreneur, he started a Japanese restaurant with his friends, Sushi Den (www.sushiden.net), that has expanded steadily since. He also co-founded another company distributing Piaggio scooters and under that umbrella is developing more urban motor related business. (http://vespa.co.th ).
He leads a very active lifestyle, travels extensively and has an interest in the arts, music, and cultural trends. His key passion is creating environmental impact, and is the Founder and CEO of Scratch First Co, Ltd. since Y2014, promoting sustainable living through “Wonderfruit Festival” (www.wonderfruit.co) – a celebration of art, music, food and ideas to catalyze positive impact. In Y2015, he has also co-founded another company called “Asiola” introducing Thailand’s 1st curated crowdfunding platform (www.asiola.com). He recently launched the contemporary Japanese Cuisine from legendary Chef Masaharu Morimoto, “Morimoto Bangkok” (https://www.facebook.com/MorimotoBangkok).
He loves motorbikes, cars and triathlons and is a father to 3 kids.
CMC Holdings/Zebra Media, Vice President/Founder, China
One of China’s leading media and music executives, Scarlett started her music career as the CEO of StarTV’s Channel [V] (A News Corporation Company) music channel.
Scarlett founded Zebra Media in 2008, Zebra is China’s most innovative entertainment and live event platform. Zebra Media organizes one of the largest music festivals in China, the Zebra Music Festival (ZMF), attracting more than 150,000 people each festival at multiple locations in China. Zebra Media also owns the interactive live-cast platform “Showtime”. Showtime promotes celebrities, trend setters and influencers on its mobile apps, creating a real-time experience among the user and the followers.
Prior to Zebra Media, Scarlett Co-Founded R2G Limited, a music rights clearance company. R2G was sold to Tencent Music Entertainment in 2016.
Scarlett obtained her bachelor degree in Australia and her EMBA from Tsinghua University in Beijing. She is a Henry Crown fellow with the Aspen Institute, a NAL of the World Economic Forum and an Asia21 fellow of the Asia Society.
WARNER MUSIC GROUP, EXECUTIVE VP GLOBAL A&R AND MARKETING DANCE MUSIC, UK/NL
Bart Cools is the Executive Vice President Global A&R and arketing Dance Music for Warner Music Group.
He and his team oversee the roll out and marketing of Warner Music Group’s dance releases by artists such as David Guetta, Robin Schulz, Galantis, Matoma, Disciples, …
Bart started at EMI Belgium in 1991 in the Marketing and A&R department, after which he moved to London to work for Virgin Records in the International Marketing team, looking after amongst others Massive Attack, Chemical Brothers … and the Spice Girls.
From 2000 onwards Bart was the Managing Director of Virgin Belgium, EMI Switzerland and EMI Netherlands; and from 2008 he was the Executive Vice President Marketing (Europe and ROW) for EMI Records”
DECKSTAR MANAGEMENT, ARTIST MANAGER & GM (NYC)
Andrew Goldstone manages Don Diablo and 3LAU and is the GM of the New York office of Deckstar. A true veteran of the dance music business, Andrew was one of the first employees at Astralwerks and saw that label rise to success in the mid 90’s. His first signing at Astralwerks was Fatboy Slim and he worked on many groundbreaking releases by the Chemical Brothers, Air, Basement Jaxx, Future Sound of London, Photek and others. In the late 90’s, Andrew set up his own imprint within Warner Brothers called F-111 where he signed Green Velvet, Faze Action and others. After a few years heading up A&R for Ministry of Sound in New York where he signed Fischerspooner, he left the music business and went to law school. Upon graduation, he joined the boutique entertainment law firm of Grubman Indursky & Shire where he developed a dance music practice representing Porter Robinson, Dillon Francis, Seven Lions and Audien among others. At the end of 2012, he moved to Red Light Management to manage Tiesto. At the end of 2016, Andrew moved over to Deckstar to open their NYC office.
ISMAYA GROUP, Co-Founder, Indonesia
Christian Rijanto is a Serial Entrepreneur and an insanely serious food & music lover. Born in Germany, he has already cemented his position as Indonesia’s leading creative entrepreneur with his company ISMAYA GROUP. Founded 14 years ago, it has become one of Southeast Asia’s biggest lifestyle companies with an array of over 60 restaurants, bars and clubs, as well as some of the most sought-out festivals in the Asia region such as Djakarta Warehouse Project. The rapid rise of DWP also encouraged the company to become a promoter of music and entertainment events such as tours by Katy Perry, One Direction and John Legend, among others.
ISMAYA GROUP’s establishments consistently win awards. Other than the many awards received by its restaurants, recent accomplishments in the music scene include World’s Top 100 Clubs for Dragonfly night club and Event of the Year for DWP16 by Paranoia Awards. Having spent more than a decade in the industry, Christian is now determined to enhance ISMAYA as an Indonesian brand that shines globally, with plans of adding new outlets and exporting the world-famous Djakarta Warehouse Project to other countries.
Thanks to those stellar accomplishments, Christian has been featured on CNN Asia “Hot List: People To Watch”, Indonesia’s “Top 50 Creative Entrepreneur”, BBC World as Indonesia’s Rising Entrepreneur, and was listed in Fortune Magazine “Top 40 Under 40”.
Eelko van Kooten
FOUNDER & OWNER, SPINNIN’ RECORDS, NETHERLANDS
Eelko van Kooten is one of the most well-known entrepreneurs in the international dance industry. He started music label Spinnin’ Records in 1999, together with A&R specialist Roger de Graaf. Eelko has spearheaded the business for the past 17 years growing to a world-leading team of 75+ creatives, innovators and trailblazers in music.
Today Spinnin’ Records is the world’s leading dance label. Eelko and his team are responsible for releasing world-class tracks hitting international charts and developing the careers of globally renowned DJs including Afrojack, Bingo Players, Martin Garrix, Oliver Heldens, Sander van Doorn, Kris Kross Amsterdam and Sam Feldt.
Born in the 70’s in the Netherlands’ media city Hilversum, Eelko grew up in an entrepreneurial family. He starts university and graduates as the country’s youngest certified real estate broker at age 22. When Eelko is 28 he makes the bold move to start his own publishing company MusicAllStars Publishing – combining his ambitious mindset with what he loves most: music.
A year later in 1999 he founded music label Spinnin’ Records followed by artist management company MusicAllStars Management in 2012.
Over the years Eelko has been praised by the international music industry for his knowledge and ability of pushing the boundaries of the dance industry. He was included in Rolling Stone’s ‘Top 50 Most Important People in EDM’ and won an IDMA award for ‘Best Music Label Executive’.
PARADIGM TALENT AGENCY, BOOKING AGENT, USA
After working as a promoter in Eastern Canada (2006-2010) and running an independent management and booking agency (2009-2011), Cody began working as an agent with AM Only out of Brooklyn NY. Now part of Paradigm Talent Agency, he oversees a diverse roster that includes Borgore, Destructo, DJ Mustard, DJ Snake, Jacob Banks, Jax Jones, Malaa, Shiba San, Tchami, Zeds Dead, and more.
SONY MUSIC, DIRECTOR OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC, ASIA-PACIFIC
DJ. Broadcaster. Radio MD. Label Guy. Sound Designer. Are all accomplished roles that have been held down successfully by Ryan. With a well-developed insight into emerging new music trends and talents, from both underground and commercial perspectives, he is always on the constant search for the next new sound.
Holding strong relationships with key industry players and artists alike, alongside an unwavering passion the global music industry as a whole, the culmination of which is a highly enthusiastic, well-versed, engaging and creative music professional.
theLOOP Inc., Co-Founder, Taiwan
“I am honoured to be given the opportunity to speak at IMS Asia-Pacific for the second time in three years. I look forward to seeing some familiar faces and also to discuss the future of music for the Asia – Pacific region.”
Born in Taiwan, and educated in the US, Alan has a very unique and in-depth understanding of both sides of the Pacific and beyond. As a vested partner, creative/program director, and founder of his first club at the tender age of just 21, he has been a highly influential force in the EDM scene since before the acronym was coined.
Since co-founding theLOOP Inc. in Taipei in 2001, Alan has been instrumental in the development of the electronic dance music scene in Taiwan, booking over 400 major A-list acts from around the world and producing over 40 large scale music festivals. The success of locally produced events, which consistently attracted over 10,000 attendees, resulted in theLOOP forming long-standing and successful relationships with such international organisations as ID&T, Godskitchen, Global Underground, JTI, Heineken, and Diageo, among others.
This year, after leveraging more than 15 years of entertainment and music experience, theLOOP created LOOPTOPIA Music Festival, which debuted in Taoyuan, Taiwan on April 2017 to over 32,000 attendees. The two day event was the first of its kind in Asia, featuring 50 international and local electronic artists, three world class stages, interactive art installations, camping, barbecue, and cabins, to name a few. LOOPTOPIA created a new landmark for international music festivals in Asia and has subsequently written a new chapter in Taiwan’s EDM history .
In addition, under his direction, theLOOP has created/co-founded seven big scale nightlife establishments in three cities across two countries. The latest two ventures in Taipei, OMNI and KOR, have further elevated the standard of what a nightclub and bar lounge can be, respectively. Less than one year after opening, both establishments have gone on to win numerous design awards. OMNI has scooped no less than eight design awards including the prestigious iF Design Award in 2016 and the 2017 Red Dot Best of the Best Award, and KOR has recently been awarded the 2017 iF Design Award, becoming the first bar in Asia to be awarded the accolade.
AG Productions/Retox Sessions, CEO/Founder, Thailand
Retox Sessions is one of Thailand’s/Myanmar’s most active electronic music promoters, regularly bringing in world class talent. It also prides itself on promoting up and coming DJ talent and industry innovators to further promote electronic dance music. The company also is the producer of “Together Festival”, “808 Festival” & “Output Festival which has host world renown artists in the respective markets.
Andre Jaeger Soares
Ecozoic Resources Inc, Founder Director, USA
Andre Soares is an Australian Brazilian multi award winning designer. Since 2006 he has coordinated the transition to sustainability of Boom Festival in Portugal and the Global Eclipse gathering in USA. With innovations such as onsite biological water treatment and biofilter toilets Andre is transforming the industry of large scale festivals in Europe and the United States. His work with sustainable systems design for large gatherings has won multiple awards to the events and the recognition that the festival industry can be a changing force for the regeneration of the planet’s landscapes.
Treecreds, Director, Australia
Christopher Coe is an artist, producer and environmentalist. His company, Treecreds, has been active in the fight to save trees and advocate better environmental responsibility of event producers for nearly 10 years. He has worked with many producers, performers and stake holders over the years to bring about changes of heart and practical outcomes that have led to successful results in terms of actually saving trees.
Hailing from a small coastal town in the west of Ireland, Coe has lived between Australia and Europe for many years. He has worked consistently alongside his partners in Treecreds to develop and bring about change and greater awareness about environmental responsibility in the entertainment industry and wider community.
“It is with great delight and excitement that I look forward to contributing at such an auspicious event. I look forward to learning more from others and hope to be able to offer inspiration and support to those who genuinely wish to take on the daunting and worthy task of environmental responsibility.”
Graphite/IMS, CEO/Partner, UK
Ben Turner is the owner of Graphite, a music management and brand services company which specialises in the world of electronic music. Turner is the artist manager for techno and technology icon Richie Hawtin, and Rob da Bank – the creator of Bestival, Camp Bestival and the Sunday Best Recordings label. Turner made his name as co-founder of the highly influential Muzik Magazine, Muzik Awards and then creative director on DanceStar USA: The American Dance Music Awards. Turner is a co-founder with Pete Tong in the International Music Summit, an event described as “the TED of music conferences”. In 2013, he also formed the Association for Electronic Music, a not-for profit trade body to represent the genre, alongside long-serving entertainment industry lawyer Kurosh Nasseri. Its concept is to preserve, protect and promote electronic music worldwide.
W Bali – Seminyak, W Sound Suite & Music Curator, Indonesia
Having left the UK at 21 to open Ministry of Sound in Bangkok, Taipei and Singapore, Damian has been at the forefront of the Asian house music scene for 17 years now.
He currently presides over the music direction at the W Hotel in Bali as Music & Sound Suite Curator, and spends most of his days on the decks and in the studio alongside some of the world’s most exciting house and techno acts, leaving periodically to bring his sound to turntables around the region.
On the decks his (at times) blistering displays of technical ability, and unapologetically eclectic track selection make for some electric moments, and despite nearly 20 years of playing records, there is a palpable excitement to every set he plays.
His skills have taken him across many of Asia’s house and techno hot spots, from Japan to Vietnam, Seoul to Bali and everywhere in between, with a long stint as main resident at Ministry of Sound in Singapore.
Track selector, Music Director, and bullshit detector, his strait talking attitude, softened only by his passion for the music, has earned him the respect of industry heavy hitters at both the global and local level, and he is set to remain one of the key components of the house and techno scene in Asia into perpetuity.
“Extremely excited to return to IMS AP and especially excited to be given the opportunity to speak and share views with other panel members and like minded industry leaders and individuals.”
RainTrust, Chief Visionary Officer, Bangkok
Duong Anh Minh
Lost in Music – LIM Entertainment JSC, Founder & Managing Partner, Vietnam
￼Before being the founder of Hero Club and LIM Entertainment Minh was living in Berlin, Germany where he worked in various fields. It was during his business studies when he first got in touch with events and entertainment business. From Here his passion for music, events and entertainment grew.
2012 he moved to Vietnam to be the representative for a German political foundation. Driven by his entrepreneurial spirit he started his Wunder Concepts & Consulting company and was therewith a key member of Hanoi’s “Zone 9”, a creative area similar to Pekings 789. Through various reasons “Zone 9” was closed by officials. Although through ups and downs work experiences he still manage to alwayscome back to the music and entertainment industry.
Today he is the founder of the most popular and biggest club in Vietnam’s capital, Hero Club and founder of LIM Entertainment, known for their production, creativity and artists selection. Hero Club hosted artists like Skrillex, Firebeatz, Valentino Khan , Juicy M… and LIM Entertainment organized festivals with artists such as Marshmello, W &W , Yellow Claw, Nicky Romero, Alan Walker…
A2LiVE/Strobelight Talent, Agent/Buyer, China
A2LIVE/DianYinTai, MD/CCO, China
Eric Reithler-Barros is the Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer of A2LiVE and is based in Shanghai, China. Mr Reithler-Barros’ management experience ranges from Fortune 50 telecom companies to music technology startups. He lists achievements in the past 20 years around the world at companies such as Netscape, Johnson & Johnson, Screaming Media, Lime Wire, Verizon, and Level 3 Communications. He served as Vice President Global Partnerships at SFX Entertainment Inc, the former $1B American conglomerate that took over the worldwide electronic music industry in 2013, acquiring powerhouse brands like Tomorrowland, Stereosonic, ID&T/Sensation, and Beatport. Eric was instrumental in leading large worldwide partnerships such as Viagogo ($75M) and Mastercard. He additionally brings to A2LiVE his 27 years of knowledge as a passionate insider within the international electronic music community as a promoter, artist, performer, music producer, label owner, editorial commentator, curator, and lifelong advocate of the genre. He attended Thunderbird School Of Global Management, where he earned an MBA in international business in 1999.
A2LiVE is a live entertainment company based in Shanghai, and is the premier guiding force of the live electronic music industry in China today. Its mission is to become the leading vertically integrated electronic music platform in Asia, bringing the biggest and best destination electronic music experiences, music, video, news, and culture.
Since inception, A2LiVE has showcased many well-known international and homegrown artists in China including Axwell & Ingrosso, Skrillex, Hardwell, Afrojack, Dash Berlin, Avicii, David Guetta, Wang Lee Hom, Benny Benassi, Afrojack, Cazzette, Icona Pop, Oliver Heldens, Far East Movement, Pitbull, Kanye West, Incubus and many more.
A2LiVE’s “Budweiser STORM” electronic music festival toured 5 markets in 2016 and energized 250,000 festival goers, with multiple new cities coming online in 2017. This year also marks the launch of DianYinTai (streaming electronic music service), growth of A2LiVE’s artist management holdings (A2ARTIST and Strobe Light Talent), unveiling of its new DJ/production academy and record label divisions, and other related businesses. Find out more at www.a2live.cn
A2LiVE, CEO & Founder, China
Eric is a veteran entertainment executive involved and engaged in all facets of the Chinese entertainment industry, with particular focus in multi-media programming, concert/festival production, sponsorship, and entertainment marketing. Eric pioneered the reality TV industry in China creating an average viewership of 100 million viewers per show with much more from his greater achievements such as China’s first reality program, Wo Xing Wo Show “我型我SHOW” breaking historical records for SMG’s Dragon TV.
In 2013, Eric made headlines once again with STORM Electronic Music Festival in Shanghai. STORM was the largest festival of its kind in Asia with 20,000 people. It’s lineup included Axwell, Zedd, Benny Benassi, Fedde le Grand, Jay Sean, Far East Movement, Icono Pop and others.
With 15 years of experience in the entertainment industry and a complete comprehension of the Chinese music market, he is a leading force behind the growth of dance music in China, involved in over 100 related bookings per year. In 2014, Eric created a major international collaboration between DJ Superstar AVICII and Mando-Pop Star Leehom Wang. The result of which is the creation of world’s first mainstream Chinese EDM track topping charts countrywide.
Clients Eric has represented in the past include: Universal Music Group, IMF Channel, Clear Channel, CCTV, SMG Dragon TV, Jiangsu Satellite TV, Zhejiang Satellite TV, Pepsi, Lay’s, Coca Cola, Sprite, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, English First, Volkswagen, Land Rover, L’Oreal, Yue-Sai Cosmetics, Estee Lauder, Dragon Airlines, Delta Airlines, Guang Ming, Dupont Lycra, Dupont Teflon, SEMIR, MAC Cosmetics, Diesel, Gibson, Credit Suisse, MasterCard, Hilton Honors, Accenture, Budweiser, Heineken, Corona, Sennheiser, Buick, PernodRicard, MHD, and more.
Education: Brown University (Philosophy & Economics) & New York University Tisch School of the Arts (Film Production)
Mixmash Records, Managing Director, Netherlands
Georges Kool (MD, Mixmash Records) started his initial forays into the music industry working for Mid-Town Records and traveling the world as DJ himself. Having a nag for music production, in his early 20’s Georges graduated as a studio engineer/producer and released music under several monikers.
Shortly after starting his own record label Chega (back in 2004), Georges got hired by ChopChop Records where he managed labels such as Yousef’s “Carioca”, Rene Amesz’ “25Hertz”, Tom de Neef’s “Jack Squad” and Laidback Luke’s Mixmash Records. At Mixmash Records, Georges found his place and he started working more intensively on the brand’s strategy, signing of exclusive artists and the music direction Mixmash should take.
Under his supervision he and his team were responsible for successes like; “Show Me Love” by Steve Angello and Laidback Luke, “S.A.X” by Tujamo, “Step Back” by Chocolate Puma, the discovery and first time releases of Avicii, Deorro, Blasterjaxx and more recently the discovery of 16 year old Mark Villa.
With a collective and impressive 14 years of experience in all fields (A&R, Social, Artist Development, Label Management and more) and 8 of these years devoted to leading Mixmash Records, Georges has built a name for himself as an honest yet pioneering Director with impeccable vision and know-how of the industry.
About Mixmash Records
Mixmash is known in the industry for their revolt against any musical stigma, Mixmash refuses to be pinned down or branded as a label that releases only one certain genre of electronic music and is adamant in its pursuit for good music. Mixmash was also on the forefront of discovering artists like Avicii, Deorro, Mark Villa but also know for its legendary events such as the Mixmash Miami Pool Party.
He’s one of the creators of trip hop. He collaborated with Soul II Soul on their epochal Club Classics Vol 1. He’s written songs with Björk. He’s produced U2. He’s played bonkers sets of boshing techno. He’s remixed everyone from Placebo to Annie Lennox. Howie B is all these things: a musical polymath in a sea of pop inebriates.
Now ambling past his 25th year in the music business, Howard Bernstein, the Jewish kid from Glasgow, is alighting upon his 7th artist album (and the first on his own new label, Howie B). Over the years, he’s built up an enviable reputation as a go-to producer for everything from experimental to pop and all of this is fed through the Scot’s mincer into his own trademark widescreen albums.
That he has such catholic – with a small ‘c’, obviously – tastes in music it’s no surprise upon learning about his musical upbringing, which featured large doses of socialist Jewish youth clubs with a considerable side order of John Peel. “When I was in secondary school I started listening to Peel. Then it was an awful lot of alternative music and dub. Peel turned me on to dub music something awful. I’d be sitting with a little Philips recorder, ready to record, waiting for him to play something I liked. And those tapes were mainly of the reggae stuff. Then I got into punk, Santana, Journey, John McLaughlin, Gentle Giant, jazz. But it was all coming from Peel: he was the one sewing seeds in my head.”
From seeds grow stuff: alfalfa, broccoli, marigolds and, of course, Howie B. It was a blur of indecision. College? Lasted a few months. Kibbutz? A great year in Israel. America? Oh, go on then. And then back home with no money but a strong determination that somehow Mr. Bernstein’s future lay in music. But no clarinet practice for him. Nor trombone for that matter. A squat in Limehouse became his accidental lifeline to a future in the biz. It was cheap (you don’t get cheaper than free). Six months later after more door knocking than the Plymouth Brethren on a money drive, Howie got a job as a tea boy at a studio called Lillie Yard. “It was slave labour. I was working 12 hours a day, seven days a week in this studio. My first paycheck, which didn’t change for three years, was £220 per month. It was mental. It was great. The only way I could survive was to squat while I did this apprenticeship. And I went from tea boy, to assistant engineer and then engineer. That was it.”
Well, not quite. Lillie Yard, for the uninitiated, was a great studio run by the legendary film composers Hans Zimmer and Stanley Myers (among the many things Myers wrote was ‘Cavatina’ the evocative guitar piece featured in the Deer Hunter). It was a great grounding for Howie – and explains where those broad vistas in his music originate – and gave him access to all kinds of studio wizardry including a Moog/Roland conflagration that was so unique Stevie Wonder dropped by one day for a go on it while Howie made him a cuppa.
Howie’s visits to the Afrika Centre to dance to the Soul II Soul crew brought a joining of minds, ambitious Jazzie B and Howie with his studio access. He recorded Club Classics Vol. 1 and introduced the gang to Caron Wheeler. “Socially I became friendly with them because that was the music I was into: electronic soul, R&B, hip hop and rare groove. So I was getting friendly with Jazzie and he asks me what I do, so I say, ‘Well, I work in a studio.’ ‘Magic,’ says Jazzie. Bang, that was it.” Howie left the studio to go freelance and he’s been working ever since.
He worked with Björk (engineering Post, as well as co-writing ‘I Miss You’ and remixing scores of her tunes), began tentatively releasing his own material under various guises and collaborations, most notably as part of Skylab, before receiving a phone call one day from Island Records. “’What you doing over the next couple of weeks? Would you be interested in working on some stuff with U2, they’re doing an experimental album with Brian Eno?’ Fuckin’ hell!” Indeed. Howie recalls his first day with the quintet. “They played me the song they were working on and they go, ‘Right, what would you do?’ Within five minutes of meeting them I was getting Brian to make a big deep bass sound on his DX7 and he’s a champion on that thing. I slowed the tape down and I was getting Edge to play a harmony on top of the part he’d already played. He was trying to figure out the tuning. Larry was doing a shaker overdub and Adam was quite happy because he’d already put his bass down.” Howie stayed in Dublin for the next two years. It would have been rude to do otherwise.
Inevitably, this rich tapestry of interwoven influences feeds his own music. How could it not? “I’d be stupid to say it didn’t,” avers Howie. “I’m a social being. I like listening to what people say. So all of those things enter into my world of music and creativity. It could be through a recording process, it could be through the bollocks to try something. For fuck’s sake, Bono even got me singing!” He chuckles at the memory.
Lately, he’s been spreading the Bernstein gospel on a variety of projects, collaborating with long-term friend Craig Richards on an album and label project, scoring a show for the Milan Planetarium’s Space event, working with The Band’s Robbie Robertson and Matthew McConaughey writing the closing title music to Scorcese’s ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, fronting the crazy alt-rock project Beautiful with members of post-punk act Marlene Kuntz. The list goes on.
Often conceptual (such as his brilliant debut, Music For Babies), never boring, the latest album Down With The Dawn sees him striding towards pastures new (taking time to avoid the muddy puddles on the way). No room for concepts here. “It’s a mixture of different styles. It’s basically me using all the experience I’ve got and all the different things that have happened to me and expressing all of that. It’s an extended diary. Normally, my records have been one style, but this is more schizophrenic than that. I’ve done that because that’s where I’m at. I’ve done some collaborations, more than on any other record I’ve done.” Howie’s also roped in the Great and the Good in the shape of Gavin Friday (Virgin Prunes) and Joe Hirst, the former protégé who’s worked with everyone from Bloc Party to Roll Deep.
Down With The Don, more like.
Words: Bill Brewster
The Livescape Group, CEO, Malaysia
Iqbal Ameer’s passion for live events led to his decision to change his career path from a restaurant owner in Melbourne to form The Livescape Group (formally known as Livescape Asia), one of South East Asia’s fastest growing event management companies.
Over the past 7 years, The Livescape Group boasts over 300 events in their portfolio; most notable being its own developed platforms such as Rockaway Festival; Malaysia’s largest rock festival and the award winning, Future Music Festival Asia, and the group’s award-winning IT’S THE SHIP, Asia’s largest music festival on a cruise. The group has also expanded their service offering to corporate and mass participation events, TV production & support, creative design, talent booking and asset rentals. His key recognitions include E&Y Entrepreneur of the year 2016 finalist, Newman Creative Pioneer Awards 2012 finalist, Prestige Top 40 under 40 2013, SME Top 100 awards 2016, Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2017 nominee.
As the Group Chief Executive Officer of The Livescape Group, Iqbal oversees the companies three offices in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia and is responsible for The Livescape Group’s explosive expansion through their specially curated event platforms regionally.
An avid graphic novel collector, music lover and one that knows how to have a good time; Iqbal Ameer is one of the key visionaries of The Livescape Group and hopes to pioneer a new era of live entertainment in South-East-Asia.
“I am delighted to be invited back again this year to speak at this year’s International Music Summit. It is a great honour to be able to share, innovate and collaborate with this year’s attendees. IMS has given music aficionados the opportunity to meet and discuss ideas on how to better the world of electronic music that we all love. This gathering of like-minded individuals from around Asia Pacific and beyond, has given us a chance to share our passion and provide us an avenue to communicate our thoughts, challenges, and experiences with the world. I look forward to building new relationships at IMS.”
Gigwell, Co-Founder & CEO, USA
Jeremie Habib is the Co-Founder and CEO of Gigwell, a Y-Combinator backed software startup that is changing the way live entertainment is booked globally. The platform is trusted by over 30,000 live entertainers and venues who use Gigwell to streamline the entire process -from managing booking requests to handling electronic contracts and online payments. To date over $70m in gigs have been booked on the platform, in verticals ranging from DJ’s & Musicians to Public Speakers and Comedians.
Jeremie sits at the intersection of technology and live music. Prior to founding Gigwell, Jeremie held several Sales & BD positions at numerous enterprise SaaS companies in Silicon Valley, all while maintaining a very active presence in San Francisco’s vibrant nightlife scene. He is a co-investor of one of San Francisco’s top nightclubs, Audio Discotech which books over 200 international DJ’s per year. Jeremie is firmly committed to bringing the live events industry into the 21st century and seeking to disrupt a $200B global market stuck on yesterdays tools.
“It’s exciting to see IMS return to Shanghai for a second year, a city that is shares a passion for technology and cultural innovation. I’m thrilled and honored to be invited to speak at IMS Asia-Pacific as both a tech entrepreneur and avid fan of dance music.”
NetEase Cloud Music, International Business Director, China
Write Rhythm, CEO & Founder, Indonesia
Jody Taylor immersed himself in the world of electronic dance music since the release of Timo Mass’s Remix of Dooms Night back in 2000. He was 9 years old. Since then Jody has continued to establish himself within the music industry by working on various projects which has taken him around the world ranging from FOH operations, music production, sound engineering, audio/visual installations, production coordinating, event organizing and night club managing to name a few. Jody is also well established in the Bali nightlife community as a DJ and Producer, signing with 5 different record labels from various parts of the world. Back in mid 2015, Jody started and self funded a music tech startup called Write Rhythm; which aims to solve the global demo submission process between artist and record label. Write Rhythm has now grown to more than 400 record labels across 90 sub genres of electronic music.
“What an honor it is to be able to speak freely amongst the finest in the industry, about the things that matter most in life; kick drums and hi hats.”
On that bass drive, Tokyo born and now Taipei based KAKU delivers a fierce load of electronic numbers across the musical spectrum, ensuring Asia and the world has a dance floor education like no other. Fusing a plethora of sounds to set ablaze a signature vibe, he has his finger on the pulse. Growing up in San Francisco, Jon Kaku subliminally had that internationally equipped Bay Area influence in his genes, where electronic music played an inaugural part in his journey. KAKU’s production studio BSMNT LABS as featured in Mixmag has also taken to great heights raising his own and other emerging talent’s music to the rest of Asia and the world.
A tastemaker in his own right, KAKU takes his presence straight to the stage. Dominating some of Asia’s best festivals like Ultra Japan/Korea and recently being invited to play at the prestigious Tomorrowland festival in Belgium, KAKU has kept the energy high from the first track. From Singapore to Hong Kong’s elite venues to world famous clubs such as Octagon Seoul, Zouk Singapore, Ageha Tokyo, his accolades speak for itself. KAKU has skipped shores and also lit up guest spots at Miami Music Week 2016, Sutton Club in Barcelona and many other shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Antwerp and Sydney. Last summer, Spain has also flown the KAKU flag at this summer’s newly appointed residency at globally renowned Privilege Ibiza and Pacha La Pineda. Across neon lights he has taken to the stage with the likes of DJ Snake, DVBBS, Marshmello, Porter Robinson and more, employing his signature sound and innovation to every set he delivers.
Out of the studio, KAKU sits tight on a load of anticipated original records and collaborations set for the release schedule during the 2017 calendar. As Asia’s prime DJ and electronic music innovator, KAKU doesn’t intend to ever lay low ensuring the music that comes out of Taipei and beyond is pinned on maps around the world.
“With the dance music spot light on the Asia-Pacific region, i’m thrilled to have the opportunity to take part in discussing what’s to come and be a part of its booming growth.”