Today IMS announced its 4th pairing for IMS Engage April 15 at W Hollywood Hotel: the iconic music producer and arranger Quincy Jones and superstar DJ and recording artist Sebastian Ingrosso. The IMS Engage pairing of Ingrosso and Jones will offer a unique snapshot into the world of popular music and electronic music’s intersection with it. Jones is a man who needs no introduction, for he is a producer without whom popular music would look radically different today, while Ingrosso is one of dance music’s biggest acts as a member of the former supergroup Swedish House Mafia, as well as Axwell / Ingrosso. The two will participate in an unmoderated conversation about dance music’s place in entertainment and culture, as part of the IMS Engage event.
Jones and Ingrosso join the additional IMS Engage pairings of outspoken DJ Seth Troxler and hip-hop legend Chuck D, industry icon Lyor Cohen and up and coming manager and mastermind behind Zhu and Krewella, Jake Udell, and nightclub owners Jason Strauss and David Grutman.
Sebastian Ingrosso on his pairing with Quincy Jones at IMS Engage: “I’m truly honoured to be in discussion with Quincy Jones. He is one of the biggest inspirations to my career – period. I am going to talk to him and see how he feels about music now….from production to song writing…his perspective on all of it. Legend.”
Quincy Jones is one of the most celebrated and decorated producers, arrangers, musicians, and music visionaries of our time. The man behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Off The Wall, and Bad, Jones has received 79 Grammy nominations and has won 27 of them in a career that has spanned over six decades. Jones has also won 1 Emmy award, and a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from The Academy of Motion Picture and Science, and had the honor of being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. He arranged Frank Sinatra’s iconic recording of ‘Fly Me To The Moon,’ was named one of Time Magazines most influential Jazz musicians, has been a social activist since supporting Dr Martin Luther King in the 1960s, has composed music for over 33 major motion pictures, discovered Will Smith by producing The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air. Jones’ accomplishments are unprecedented, and there is perhaps no bigger authority on entertainment and popular music from the last 100 years.
Sebastian Ingrosso is one of the pioneers and key contributors to the global takeover of electronic music in the last 10 years. With the meteoric rise of the Swedish House Mafia beginning in 2008, Sebastian, along with his group mates Axwell and Steve Angello, became the face of popular electronic music and set a new bar for electronic music. With worldwide hits and genre defining anthems such as ‘Calling (Lose My Mind)’, ‘Save The World Tonight’, ‘Reload’, ‘Greyhound’, ‘Antidote’ and ‘Don’t You Worry Child’, few artists in dance music have been able to reach the level of sustained success and prowess as Sebastian Ingrosso. After the break-up of Swedish House Mafia, Ingrosso’s career has continued to flourish, most notably with his chart-topping and festival headlining new collaboration, Axwell / Ingrosso.