Day 1 - Friday September 13th
11:00 am - 11:05 am

✶✶ MAIN SUMMIT ROOM ✶✶
INTRODUCTIONS BY IMS PARTNERS AND JAGUAR

Danny Whittle (IMS, Co-Founder, UK)
Jaguar (Mixmag/BBC Introducing/Reprezent Radio, Journalist/Broadcaster/DJ, UK)
Mark Netto (IMS, Co-Founder, UK)

11:00 am - 2:30 pm

✶✶ ONE-ON-ONE SESSIONS ✶✶
BEEN HEARD? GET SEEN! EPK REVIEW

Briefing: An Electronic Press Kit is essentially your CV as an artist, it’s a place where promoters, bookers, managers and music journalists can find all the information on you they need and is an essential tool in your promotional strategy. Renowned dance music photographer Luke Curtis will review your current EPK and give you constructive feedback on how to make it stand out even more. The session will also include a mini-shoot with Luke to supply you with new headshots for your new, improved EPK. Places are limited and must be pre-booked, all sessions are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Luke Curtis (Platform 808, Creative Director, UK)

11:05 am - 11:30 am

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KEYNOTE INTERVIEW – ARMADA MUSIC

Briefing: Armada Music’s Phil Sagar discusses the importance of the four pillars of IMS College: Performance, Production, Promotion & Publishing. Armada Music, co founded by Armin Van Buuren, is one of the biggest independent dance music labels in the world. Home to artists including Lost Frequencies, Loud Luxury, Erick Morillo and W&W, its sales and streams are growing at an annual rate of 20% to 30% and it has been named best global label six times at the International Dance Music Awards.

Phil Sagar (Armada Music, A&R, UK)
Interviewed by Jaguar (Mixmag/BBC Introducing/Reprezent Radio, Journalist/Broadcaster/DJ, UK)

11:30 am - 11:45 am

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THE ARMADA MUSIC CHALLENGE

 

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

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MUSIC PUBLISHING 101

Briefing: Looking to make a career from your music? Music publishing should be top of your list. If you’re not actively managing your music publishing, you’re at risk of losing income. The world of publishing can be confusing and full of jargon, this session will cut through the terms and technicalities and tell you what you need to know to be supported, protected and earning money.

Mark Lawrence (Black Rock Publishing, Director, UK)

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

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CRAFTING MUSIC FOR SYNC, LABELS AND COLLABORATIONS

Briefing: This session will show you how to work with a music publisher to take your income to the next level.

Carl Bee (Artist, Malta)
Danny Whittle (IMS, Co-Founder, UK)
Moderated by Mark Lawrence (Black Rock Publishing, Director, UK)

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm

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MUSIC CREATION AND MIXING USING PRO TOOLS

Briefing: This advanced workshop will look at techniques used in the creation of dance music in Pro Tools. It will cover use of the Workspace for auditioning and building loop-based tracks as well as looking at how to get the most from Pro Tools’ powerful mixing capabilities.

Gaurav Harrish (Avid, Audio Application Specialist – EMEA, UK)

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

NETWORKING LUNCH

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

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HOW TO BUILD AND RUN A DJ COLLECTIVE

Briefing: Kikelomo is from the Berlin based ‘No Shade’, a collective/ training program for female, trans and non-binary DJs. She brings her experiences to this definitive guide; covering why you should set up a collective, the pitfalls to avoid and the importance of identity, representation and accessibility in music.

Kikelomo (Boiler Room/Native Instruments/No Shade, Host/DJ/Product Owner, UK)

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

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TRACK DECONSTRUCTION MASTERCLASS: PACER

Briefing: Malta’s Carl Bee breaks down the production techniques he used to create his pounding release ‘Pacer’, a twisted club track that received support from some of the industry’s biggest names, including Solomun and Joris Voorn.

Carl Bee (Artist, Malta)

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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THE ART OF BRANDING: MAKING AN IMPRESSION IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

Briefing: Defining your brand identity as an artist, label or business is a crucial step to start your career in music, but what does that really mean? And why do we need to do it? In a time when there are countless opportunities to discover new music and it is becoming more difficult for artists to get attention, establishing your brand and creating a marketing strategy around it is your way to stand out from the crowd and is the foundation for long-lasting audience engagement. This session brings together leading experts to share their knowledge on how to define, develop and communicate a successful electronic music brand.

DJ Ruby (Artist, Malta)
Justine Servias (Armada Music, International PR & Promotion Manager, Netherlands)
Kikelomo (Boiler Room/Native Instruments/No Shade, Host/DJ/Product Owner, UK)
Luke Curtis (Platform 808, Creative Director, UK)
Moderated by Jeanny Ricci (Strawboscopic, Creative Director, Spain)

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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POINT BLANK MUSIC SCHOOL PRESENTS – MARCO FARAONE DJ WORKSHOP

Briefing: Italian Marco Faraone (Uncage, Rekids, Drumcode) is a prolific and versatile producer known for his incendiary live sets, expect to learn some of his top tips in this Point Blank masterclass.

Marco Faraone (Artist, Italy)
Moderated by DJ Ravine (Point Blank Music School, Marketing & Content Manager, Australia)

5:45 pm - 7:15 pm

✶✶ ONE-ON-ONE SESSIONS ✶✶
STRAWBOSCOPIC BRAND GARAGE MENTORING SESSIONS

Your brand is how you set yourself apart from the numerous other players jostling for the ears of the audience and those working in the industry that can “make it happen”. Getting heard in the musical jungle of the digital era is very difficult and the truth is that talent is often not enough for success. To achieve any level of recognition, you have to do something more than playing your music: you need to stand out from the crowd. Define your identity, the Unique Factor that makes you different – aka: establish your brand – and then let the world know about it. Strawboscopic is a creative studio dedicated to Making Music Visible. We help artists, labels and other music projects build their unique visual identity, promote their projects and boost their way to success. Our Brand Garage Mentoring Sessions format is designed to help musicians, producers, labels and any other player in the music industry review the current state of their branding, lay the foundation of their visual identity and develop its potential for future plans. We put together a concise checklist to assess how they introduce themselves to the industry and provide advice on how to make their brand represent their music and ultimately get them noticed. MAKE YOUR MUSIC VISIBLE, GET YOUR MUSIC HEARD

Jeanny Ricci (Strawboscopic, Creative Director, Spain)

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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ARMADA MUSIC A&R FEEDBACK SESSION

Briefing: Submit your demo for the chance to receive feedback from the Armada A&R team.

7:30 pm - 12:00 am

✶✶ EVENTS ✶✶
NETWORKING DRINKS HOSTED BY DJ GROWTH LAB

Venue Dragonara Casino
Line-up TBC

Briefing: Network with your fellow delegates and industry speakers enjoying some good music and well earned end of day one drinks.

Day 2 - Saturday September 14th
9:30 am - 10:30 am

✶✶ ONE-ON-ONE SESSIONS ✶✶
DATA TRANSMISSION BOOST BREAKFAST

10 to 15 x DJs / Producers are invited to join Grahame Farmer for a BOOST Session to help them get further in the music industry. Grahame uses his 15 years experience in dance music from running Data Transmission, DT Radio, Shanghaied Records and his BOOST 1to1 Coaching to help DJs get further in the music business. This round table session allows the DJs to ask auestions about building their career, social media, SoundCloud, Spotify, getting press coverage, getting bookings, building goals for yourself as an artist. To apply for a place click here
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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BEATPORT LINK WORKSHOP

Briefing: Beatport LINK allows you to stream over six million tracks directly into performance software, allowing you to mix your own collection with Beatport’s catalog, access curated selections and create your own playlists. This workshop gives you an in-depth guide on how to use this innovative new platform to take your DJ sets to the next level – limitless possibilities, right at your fingertips.

Joyce Muniz (Artist, Brazil)
Laren Agius (Beatport, Product Manager, Germany)

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

✶✶ ONE-ON-ONE SESSIONS ✶✶
STRAWBOSCOPIC BRAND GARAGE MENTORING SESSIONS

Your brand is how you set yourself apart from the numerous other players jostling for the ears of the audience and those working in the industry that can “make it happen”. Getting heard in the musical jungle of the digital era is very difficult and the truth is that talent is often not enough for success. To achieve any level of recognition, you have to do something more than playing your music: you need to stand out from the crowd. Define your identity, the Unique Factor that makes you different – aka: establish your brand – and then let the world know about it. Strawboscopic is a creative studio dedicated to Making Music Visible. We help artists, labels and other music projects build their unique visual identity, promote their projects and boost their way to success. Our Brand Garage Mentoring Sessions format is designed to help musicians, producers, labels and any other player in the music industry review the current state of their branding, lay the foundation of their visual identity and develop its potential for future plans. We put together a concise checklist to assess how they introduce themselves to the industry and provide advice on how to make their brand represent their music and ultimately get them noticed. MAKE YOUR MUSIC VISIBLE, GET YOUR MUSIC HEARD

Jeanny Ricci (Strawboscopic, Creative Director, Spain)

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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ASSOCIATION FOR ELECTRONIC MUSIC AND ARETÉ PRESENT: SURVIVE AND THRIVE IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY.

Briefing: Recognising and dealing with physical and mental health challenges is an essential skill to learn in order to succeed in the music industry. This session brings together leading experts in the field of wellness and mental health in a discussion designed to help you develop the mindset and equip you with the tools you need to survive, thrive and sustain a long lasting, healthy career in music.

Joost Toast (ACS Custom/Ibiza Loves Ears, Distributor, Spain)
Tristan Hunt (Association for Electronic Music, Regional Manager, UK)
Tamsin Embleton (MIT Collective, Psychotherapist, UK)
Moderated by Jaguar (Mixmag/BBC Introducing/Reprezent Radio, Journalist/Broadcaster/DJ, UK)

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

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KEYNOTE INTERVIEW – ELROW’S JO VIDLER

Briefing: From her background co-curating and managing some of the UK’s most innovative festivals to her position today as the creative driving force behind the crazy, colourful world of elrow, Jo Vidler has been responsible for some of the world’s most artistic and ambitious events. In this interview she will reveal what inspires her and lift the lid on the production secrets behind one of the most visionary shows in the electronic music world today.

Jo Vidler (elrow, Creative Director, Spain)
Interviewed by Mark Netto (IMS Co-Founder, Spain)

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm

NETWORKING LUNCH

2:30 pm - 3:40 pm

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POINT BLANK MUSIC SCHOOL PRESENT: TRACK DECONSTRUCTION MASTERCLASS

Briefing: A deconstruction masterclass in Ableton Live, breaking down the musical sounds and techniques in Avicii’s ‘SOS’ featuring Aloe Blacc.

Ski Oakenfull (Point Blank Music School, Head of Education & Development, UK)

2:45 pm - 6:15 pm

✶✶ ONE-ON-ONE SESSIONS ✶✶
BEEN HEARD? GET SEEN! EPK REVIEW

Briefing: An Electronic Press Kit is essentially your CV as an artist, it’s a place where promoters, bookers, managers and music journalists can find all the information on you they need and is an essential tool in your promotional strategy. Renowned dance music photographer Luke Curtis will review your current EPK and give you constructive feedback on how to make it stand out even more. The session will also include a mini-shoot with Luke to supply you with new headshots for your new, improved EPK. Places are limited and must be pre-booked, all sessions are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Luke Curtis (Platform 808, Creative Director, UK)

2:45 pm - 6:45 pm

✶✶ ONE-ON-ONE SESSIONS ✶✶
PRODUCTION CLINIC

Briefing: Struggling to finish a track or have a production question you can’t solve? Our production experts from DJ Growth Lab and Point Blank Music School are here to help in these one-on-one, pre-booked sessions.

Gary Wood (DJ Growth Lab, Production Coach, UK)
Ski Oakenfull (Point Blank Music School, Head of Education & Development, UK)

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

✶✶ ONE-ON-ONE SESSIONS ✶✶
STRAWBOSCOPIC BRAND GARAGE MENTORING SESSIONS

Your brand is how you set yourself apart from the numerous other players jostling for the ears of the audience and those working in the industry that can “make it happen”. Getting heard in the musical jungle of the digital era is very difficult and the truth is that talent is often not enough for success. To achieve any level of recognition, you have to do something more than playing your music: you need to stand out from the crowd. Define your identity, the Unique Factor that makes you different – aka: establish your brand – and then let the world know about it. Strawboscopic is a creative studio dedicated to Making Music Visible. We help artists, labels and other music projects build their unique visual identity, promote their projects and boost their way to success. Our Brand Garage Mentoring Sessions format is designed to help musicians, producers, labels and any other player in the music industry review the current state of their branding, lay the foundation of their visual identity and develop its potential for future plans. We put together a concise checklist to assess how they introduce themselves to the industry and provide advice on how to make their brand represent their music and ultimately get them noticed. MAKE YOUR MUSIC VISIBLE, GET YOUR MUSIC HEARD

Jeanny Ricci (Strawboscopic, Creative Director, Spain)

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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HOW TO BUILD A FAN FUNNEL

Briefing: In this session DJ Growth Lab founder Danny Savage will show you how to build a tribe of genuine fans who love your music and engage with your content, enabling you to easily get more plays, followers and subscribers with his proven strategy.

Danny Savage (DJ Growth Lab, Founder, UK)

4:10 pm - 5:10 pm

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BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC PRESENT VOCAL RECORDING TECHNIQUES FOR HOUSE MUSIC

Briefing: This advanced workshop covers the process of working on a vocal house track from beginning to end, covering composition techniques, microphones, EQ, dynamics and mixing.

Nacho Marco (Berklee College of Music, Professor, Spain)

5:10 pm - 5:15 pm

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THE ARMADA MUSIC CHALLENGE – WINNER REVEAL

5:15 pm - 6:00 pm

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO GET A MANAGER

Briefing: Are you ready to take your music career to the next level but don’t have the right connections or expertise? If so, it might be time to consider bringing a Manager onto your team. Maren Brombeiss, manager of Sasha, Benjamin Damage and James Zabiela, will take you through all you need to know when finding and securing a management deal.

Maren Brombeiss (Artist & Label Manager, Germany )
Moderated by Mark Netto (IMS, Co-Founder, South Africa)

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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KEYNOTE INTERVIEW – NIC FANCIULLI

Briefing: The much loved UK talent and his long-term manager will discuss their journey through the industry; how Nic became a household name in his early twenties, his recent album release and his new Ibiza residency, Dance Or Die.
Nic Fancuilli (Artist, UK)
Interviewed by Mark Netto (IMS, Co-Founder, South Africa)
11:00 pm - 12:00 am

✶✶ EVENTS ✶✶
elrow – Sambowdromo do Brasil 2019

Uno Malta
Line-up: Nic Fancuilli, Mambo Brothers, Toni Varga, Bastien Bux, Carl Bee, Daniel Blade