IMS COLLEGE - MALTA 2019 SPEAKERS
A name synonymous with electronic music culture, Nic Fanciulli represents the formative generation of DJs that carved Ibiza’s status within dance music; his career has spanned two decades at the forefront of the underground music scene. With so many projects constantly in the works, Fanciulli stands out as a truly multifaceted artist, with this proving the key to his longevity in an increasingly fast-paced industry.
Nic’s career began with working in a record store and handing out demo tapes. Fast forward several years and his skills now pull crowds of over 40,000 internationally and have earned him a remarkable 3 residencies in the clubbing mecca of Ibiza including his own ‘La Familia’ at the 5000 capacity venue Ushuaia and ‘We Are The Night’ at Pacha. The latter saw support from the likes of Sasha, Tiga, and Guy Gerber, whilst in 2016 Nic played the final ever closing set of the renowned club Space in an incendiary six hour b2b performance with Carl Cox. Nic returned to the venue in 2017 to mark the new era of ‘Hi Ibiza’ for his weekly residency ‘In The Dark’ alongside Steve Lawler, Joris Voorn, and Luciano, and has proven himself a hugely influential figure in the popularity of the venue.
The Grammy-nominated producer is responsible for a high output of sleek, intelligent yet driving house and techno and his remix of Gorillaz ft. Vince Staples track ‘Ascension’ received vast critical acclaim in 2017. The desire to share music with others has always been a driving force in Nic’s career, which led to him founding one of the UK’s biggest house and techno labels Saved Records in 2005. A purveyor of international house and techno, Saved has become a global brand renowned for it’s cutting-edge releases from wide ranging producers such as Adam Beyer, Joris Voorn, Hot Since 82, Andrea Oliva and Guti and collaborations with Young Turks’ Jamie XX and Romy to name a few.
Nic released his 16-track debut album ‘My Heart in 2017, an LP that was 10 years in the making. The production features the likes of Damon Albarn, Jamie Principle and Kanye West collaborator CONSTANCE, and has served as an open, creative space where Nic set out to delve into unexpected and experimental soundscapes presenting both club-ready tracks and more downtempo records for the home-listener. “I’ve spent so much time and effort making this album that it’s essentially become a part of me, it has become my heart and my soul”, Nic Explains. The album’s success saw Nic slated to perform only two exclusive ‘My Heart’ live shows at Miami’s Art Basel alongside album collaborators Agoria, Audion, Eagles & Butterflies, with another show scheduled at Village Underground in London for January 2018.
It’s this continued desire to share his experiences that also led to Nic to found his boutique festival, The Social. Beginning life as a way of bringing world-class names to Maidstone, The Social has grown from a one day event to a three day festival, and has branched out to hold parties in Mexico and Columbia, and many more in 2018. The festival continues to go from strength to strength, with a 2017 line-up which included the likes of Carl Cox, Nina Kravitz, Apollonia and Sasha & John Digweed, who’s first show back together was at The Social in 2016.
Nic remains an Ibiza regular with dates at circoloco, Paradise and ANTS and appearances at festivals including Tomorrowland, Mysteryland and Movement. Playing a Resistance festival residency that spanned across Columbia, Brazil, Peru and Buenos Aires, Nic’s journey to his current status has been an entirely organic one, born out of his genuine love for the scene and a desire to share this with others. His tireless work ethic has sees him continue to tour the globe relentlessly, expanding his many projects along the way. 2018 is set to be yet another landmark year for the artist where for the first time he’ll be debuting a fashion collaboration with celebrated designer Marc Jacques Burton.
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(Artist & Label Manager, Germany)
Maren Brombeiss bio Currently Ibiza-based, Maren started her career working for Mike Pickering at Deconstruction Records (Sony Music) in London. She then moved out to LA to study music management at University of Southern California, where she continued working part-time at Universal Music Group. Maren soon realised she wanted to be in the artist field of the music industry so continued developing her skills at Spin Artist Agency. Moving back to London in 2013 she was employed by Three Six Zero Group working alongside several top-league managers representing primarily DJs and acts in the electronic genre.
In 2016 Maren moved to Berlin and decided to set up her own artist management company – Ki. Her current roster includes Sasha, Benjamin Damage and James Zabiela.. She also provides A&R, label and event management services for clients, including Sasha’s Last Night On Earth. As the most recent expansion of her business Maren is developing a mentoring scheme for up and coming talent, providing guidance and direction to emerging artists in the industry,
(Avid, Audio Application Specialist – EMEA, UK)
(Armada Music, A&R, UK)
With over twenty years of music industry experience in a variety of roles (from A&R and product management to distribution, club/radio promo, international licensing and compilation), Phil Sagar is one of the music industry’s true grandmasters. Through his work for companies such as Universal Music Group, Ministry Of Sound and currently Armada Music, he has had a hand in the U.K. success of a diverse range of dance singles, including tracks from Alex Gaudino, Angel City, ATB, Benny Benassi, Boogie Pimps, Danzel, Lost Frequencies, Studio B, T2 and Yolanda Be Cool, all the while compiling and managing the releases of iconic compilations for Universal (e.g. Clubland, Floorfillers), Ministry Of Sound (Trance Nation) and other international brands.
In 2015, off the back of working on various Armada singles for the U.K. territory, Phil Sagar joined the A&R team of Armada Music, overseeing the U.K. territory while securing new talent for the biggest independent dance music label in the world.
(Beatport, Product Manager, Germany)
(Armada Music, International PR & Promotion Manager, Netherlands)
Justine Servais has numerous years of PR and branding experience under her belt. She arranged PR and organized events for several clubs in London’s Soho region as well as album releases/showcases for various live acts (e.g. MGMT, Viktoria Modesta, The Charlatans), handled PR and promotion for fashion brands such as Bas Kosters and Vlieger & Vandam, and is a valued member of Armada Music’s PR & Promotion team as International PR & Promotion Manager.
In early 2016, Justine Servais joined Armada Music. Since, she has worked with and for acts such as 3LAU, Afrojack, Autograf, Borgore, Cedric Gervais, Fedde Le Grand, Kidnap, Lost Frequencies, Loud Luxury, Mokita, NERVO, Showtek, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Youngr and more. She is also the co-founder of She Said So Amsterdam (a local branch of the global She Said So community), a carefully curated network of music industry professionals that strives for diversity and quality.
In the day and age where anyone can become a producer or a DJ with a laptop and a bit of cheap software, the real polymaths stand out. Joyce Muniz’s background as a singer combines in powerful synergy with her slick production sound and her supreme skills as a selector, with each facet of her creative output feeding into and fuelling one another.
Born in Brazil and moving to Vienna in the mid-90s to her pursue her musical dreams, she started out mixing drum & bass and breaks, and soon landed a residency at the legendary Flex Club. This regular slot pushed her to develop into playing a more eclectic multitude of styles, from house and techno to dub. It was here that her ‘sound’ began to form, drawing on a wide range of influences and styles and filtering them into a dance floor context. Amassing a huge vinyl collection and a deep knowledge of electronic music along the way, she laid her strong foundations in these formative years.
She began her production career in 2010 in the Viennese underground, fusing the sounds of her homeland with the contemporary beats of the city. Her first forays into production saw her combine her native Brazilian sounds with modern electronica, but as the years progressed she has moved towards an eclectic, vibrant take on house music. Along the way she has collaborated with a diverse range of artists including Maya Jane Coles, Viennese legend Richard Dorfmeister (of Kruder & Dorfmeister) and The Jungle Brothers’ legendary Bam. She has released on influential imprints like 2020 Vision, Get Physical and chiefly the mighty Exploited, which brought the world her impressively accomplished full-length debut album, Made In Vienna. She has a hefty list of top remixes under her belt for artists inclluding DJ Hell, Steve Bug, Claptone, Munk, Shonky, Stereo MCs, Tosca and Till Von Sein, landing on acclaimed labels like K7!, Poker Flat, Gomma, 8Bit and SUOL.
As if the busy touring schedule and production output wasn’t enough, she also hosts her own radio show on FM4 Vienna, has held down a residency on London’s Rinse FM since last summer, promotes her Joyce Muniz & Friends club nights and speaks regularly at Native Instruments MASCHINE events.
Her production talents have also caught the attention of many artists, including electro-pop sensation Little Boots, where this year we’ll see their next release ‘Strange Girl‘ hit stores in February, and will be followed up with a hefty remix pack featuring Shadowchild, Iron Curtis, Black Loops, RYBO and more all out on Exploited.
Austrian jazz crooner Louie Austen also enlisting her for a collaboration and she remixed the legendary Paul Simon on Sony. More co-creation with other talented names is set to follow in 2109, including her recent collab with Namito, a remix for Anabel Englund, another with Hannah Holland and moving more into cross over genres, Joyce plans to announce a project with Kim Ahn, with a landmark remix from Oliver Dollar.
Her DJ sets to continue to amaze crowds around the world, taking in everything from deep, dark, percussive drums, to electro and driving house beats. She will continue to be a dominant force on dancefloors in the next few years and this year we can see her on a big US tour to kick off the Spring.
(Strawboscopic, Creative Director, Spain)
10+ years experienced art director, natural born creative eclectic, enthusiastic music lover.
Cofounder and creative director of Strawboscopic, London + Barcelona based creative agency dedicated to making music visible. Specializing in branding and promotion strategy for the music industry, Strawboscopic is committed to helping artists, bands, labels and other kinds of music-related projects build their unique visual identity, make them stand out from the crowd and boost their way to success.
(Mixmag/BBC Introducing/Reprezent Radio, Journalist/Broadcaster/DJ, UK)
With a supercharged backlog of award-winning radio shows, electrifying mixes and the sharpest eye for cutting edge new music, Jaguar is one of the most impressive and exciting new DJ’s to break out onto the UK scene. Whether she is tearing up clubs, hosting her bi-weekly slot on Reprezent Radio or introducing esteemed DJ’s to the world at Mixmag’s Lab LDN, everything she does is with an authentic energy and positivity like no other.Jaguar is a rising star in the music and media spheres. She is spurred on by a genuine passion for life and a spark for adventure, leaving the future extremely bright for this young tastemaker.“One of my favourite new DJs right now!”-The Black Madonna, BBC Radio 1.“This girl is Radio 1 ready!”–Steve Lamacq (6 Music), the Student Radio Awards 2016
(Data Transmission, Founder, UK)
Grahame’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.
Having been involved in several pivotal publications and outlets in the early stages of his career, Grahame soon learned the ins and outs of the machine he has grown to be an influential component of. Working with institutions such as Turnmills and Get Loaded in the Park which is now South West Four, Grahame acquired all of the essential tools required to give birth to what is now considered one of the biggest dance music publications in the game, Data Transmission.
In 2008, DT came to life and helped transform Grahame’s mindset into one of entrepreneurialism but not your archetypal kind. With the exposure and reach that he has collectively nurtured over the years, it has enabled him to begin several other key ventures that help to increase the effectiveness, presence and knowledge of other people within the industry.
Data Transmission Radio (of which he is the co-founder), for example, now has over 130 individual shows that offer DJs, Producers & labels alike an opportunity to showcase themselves and others. Data Transmission provides the chance for that same cut of artists to be heard with individual guest mixes, free downloads and new music premieres. His co-founded Shanghaied imprint is also constantly gaining traction and becoming a benchmark for aspiring artists and established names respectively, too.
Beyond that, Grahame has co-founded an agency called The Tribes, which connects brands to a giant network of Dance Music websites and Lifestyle brands to enable brands to talk to a wide dance music network. He has also launched his own personal branded coaching style network of social media channels, which helps up and coming DJs, labels and anyone that wants to work in the music industry, pulling from his 15 years experience in dance music.
It’s easy to see why Grahame has been championed by the likes of IMS, BMC, Music Week and many other respected brands within the industry, purely on the level of value he injects into all of his engagements.
His most recent venture, Hack The DJ, is more of the above. In essence, the platform helps to educate and empower individuals looking to progress within the music industry at any professional capacity. Again, reminding us of just how much he prides himself on being an ever-evolving and massively beneficial factor of the industry we all know and love.
(DJ Growth Lab, Production Coach, UK)
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Another problem is the sheer complexity of music production. It encompasses
a range of skills including composition, sound design, mixing, and also the
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(DJ Growth Lab, Founder, UK)
(Association for Electronic Music, Regional Manager, UK)Tamsin Embleton
(Music Industry Therapist Collective/Embleton Psychotherapy, Founder/Psychologist, UK)
(Music Industry Therapist Collective/Embleton Psychotherapy, Founder/Psychologist, UK)
(Berklee College of Music, Professor, Spain)
(Platform 8o8, Creative Director, UK)
(Boiler Room/Native Instruments/No Shade, Host/DJ/Product Owner, UK)
(ACS, Distributor, Spain)
(elrow, Creative Director, Spain)
From her background managing some of the UK’s most innovative multi day 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.
After achieving a degree in Art & Event Production at Arts University Bournemouth, she started her illustrious career in events working on music programming for Lost Vagueness (better known as Shangri-La) at Glastonbury where she was managing the logistics of over 400 people in and out of the festival, as well as at other London festivals.
Following this, she became a Creative Producer for the pioneering Secret Garden Party, co-organising the event from 2006 to 2013. It was during this time that she also embarked on her next venture and co-founded Wilderness Festival where she was the Co-Creative Director & board member until 2016.
As if co-founding and directing one of the UK’s most popular lifestyle festivals wasn’t enough, in 2012 she also teamed up with Damian Lazarus to create Day Zero, located in Mexico on the final day of the ancient Mayan calendar, a project she remained involved with until 2016. One of the identifying factors of Jo’s events, is that all are places where music, food, theatre performance & spectacle take equal billing. They are about participation and community.
Finally in 2016, elrow, the famous immersive party promoter, received investment to scale the company globally and therefore approached Jo to creatively lead the charge as they take over the world. This is where she currently continues her life’s work of spreading joy through the means of festivals and event experiences across the globe.
(Point Blank Music School, Marketing & Content Manager, Australia)
IMS, Partner/Co-Founder, UK
(Point Blank Music School, Head of Education & Development, UK)
Ski is an accomplished keyboard player, artist, producer, remixer and composer whose work credits include Joey Negro, Incognito, Gilles Petersen, Galliano and the Bays. As a result, Ski brings a high level of musicianship, technical ability and music industry experience to his role heading up course development at award-winning Point Blank Music School, where his stellar work includes developing the BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering degree which is taught in the London and online schools.
Whilst developing the ground breaking Electronic Music Composition online module, Ski patented a unique ‘Deconstruction’teaching method, a fascinating way of breaking down great classic and current tracks into their constituent parts to show how the beats, melodies and arrangement were put together. This method provides a uniquely soft approach to learning important elements of music theory and has proved highly popular with Point Blank’s aspiring producer/composers, and Ski has since taken the format to industry events worldwide including Sonar, ADE and IMS Ibiza, giving insights into hundreds of tracks for students to enjoy and learn from.
(Black Rock Publishing, Director, UK)
A dynamic and eclectic DJ & producer, Carl Bee has risen from his native Malta, to worldwide acclaim, cementing a reputation as one of the most naturally gifted, and hard-working artists on the scene.
Consistently picking up unknown tracks and transforming them into floorfillers, Carl’s musical influences range from Deep House to minimal,Tech-House to Techno, an aural embodiment of his broad sonic palette across several sub-genres.
Amassing a wealth of releases on esteemed labels such as Saved, Intec Digital, Lapsus, Lost Records, CR2, Time Has Changed and many more, Carl has garnered support from the biggest names in techno; including the likes of Solomun, Carl Cox, Dubfire, and Marco Carola.
Having started his weekly radio show ‘BEE Expedition’ in 2009 and his iTunes podcast, which features many of Car’s live sets, Carl launched his own weekly GRINGOS party, taking place every Summer in Malta’s Leading Open Air Venue, UNO Village. Hosting artists on a weekly basis like Kolsch, Green Velvet, Dubfire, Joris Voorn, Nic Fanciulli, The Martinez Brothers, Eats Everything, Tiga, Matthias Tanzmann, Jackmaster Roger Sanchez, and Kings Of Tomorrow.
Fast forward to the present day, Carl has signed 2 EP’s with Carl Cox’s Iconic record label INTEC and seen him cracking the Techno beatport charts with the track ‘Untifight” after its been heavily supported by Carl Cox, Adam Beyer & Joseph Capriati just to name a few. The Maltese producer’s “Dirt Fader” Leftwing & Kody Remix was named as one of the highlights at Sonar 2017 by Ibiza Club News, with the track storming its way into the Beatport top 20 Tech House Chart. The release followed Carl’s 2016 remix of Apexape’s ‘Joy & Pain’ which received heavy airplay from BBC Radio 1 tastemaking trio Annie Mac, Pete Tong, and Danny Howard. He also teamed up with Sandy Riviera on ‘Water On Mars’ via Deepvisionsz, after remixing Sandy’s production ‘I Remember.’
Recently performing b2b with the likes of Joris Voorn, Nic Fanciulli & James Zabiela at Gringos, Carl also played at The BPM Festival in Portugal, Cafe Mambo in Ibiza, The Lost & Found Festival and Park Life Festival, with 2018 already shaping up to be the biggest and best year of
his career to date.
(IMS, Co-Founder, South Africa)
Owner of artist management / booking / talent agency IBZ Entertainment
Music & Agency Director for Pacha Ibiza and International 2000-2012
Founder of independenceza.org, AIDS-related charity in South Africa Dance4Life ambassador, using dance music to increase AIDS awareness
Promoter for Home London/Ibiza and Ministry of Sound from 1997 –2000
IMS College – Malta Speakers | A-Z:
Carl Bee (Artist, Malta)
Danny Savage (DJ Growth Lab, Founder, UK)
Danny Whittle (IMS, Co-Founder, UK)
DJ Ravine (Point Blank Music School, Marketing & Content Manager, Australia)
DJ Ruby (Artist, Malta)
Gary Wood (DJ Growth Lab, Production Coach, UK)
Grahame Farmer (Data Transmission, Founder, UK)
Gaurav Harrish (Avid, Audio Application Specialist – EMEA, UK)
Jaguar (Mixmag/BBC Introducing/Reprezent Radio, Journalist/Broadcaster/DJ, UK)
Jeanny Ricci (Strawboscopic, Creative Director, Spain)
Jo Vidler (elrow, Creative Director, Spain)
Joost Toast (ACS Custom/Ibiza Loves Ears, Distributor, Spain)
Joyce Muniz (Artist, Brazil)
Justine Servais (Armada Music, International PR & Promotion Manager, Netherlands)
Kikelomo (Boiler Room/Native Instruments/No Shade, Host/Product Owner/DJ, UK)
Laren Aguis (Beatport, Product Manager, Malta)
Luke Curtis (Platform 8o8, Creative Director, UK)
Marco Faraone (Artist, Italy)
Maren Brombeiss (Artist & Label Manager, Germany)
Mark Lawrence (Black Rock Publishing, Director, UK)
Mark Netto (IMS, Co-Founder, UK)
Nacho Marco (Berklee College of Music, Professor, Spain)
Nic Fanciulli (Artist, UK)
Phil Sagar (Armada Music, A&R, UK)
Ski Oakenfull (Point Blank Music School, Head of Education & Development, UK)
Tamsin Embleton (MIT Collective, Psychotherapist, UK)
Tristan Hunt (Association For Electronic Music, Regional Manger, UK)