Top Talks of 2019

30 December 2019

The 12th edition of IMS Ibiza delivered a thought-provoking week of discussions with a focus on prevention around mental health whilst continuing to promote inclusion and diversity. These are the Top Talks of 2019

Introducing…The Palestine Music Scene

A DIY scene is growing in one of the most conflicted regions in the world, breaking down borders and bringing communities together. IMS Ibiza spotlighted the individuals and organisations that are helping put Palestine on the map, leading with SAMA’ and her meteoric rise via her Boiler Room from Ramallah. presents…Investigating Intersectionality

The presents discussion explored how diversity extends beyond gender and exists between the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and more. It was a talk which spoke to the foundations of our culture, a very welcome addition to the IMS discussion points in 2019.


DJ Mag presents ‘A Twist In My Sobriety’

The DJ Mag hosted panel looked at the pressures and conscious decisions of artists and industry professionals to manage health and longevity within the industry.



Keynote Interview with Zane Lowe

IMS tried for many years to bring iconic DJ / broadcaster, tastemaker and creative director of Apple Music’s global radio station. Beats 1 to Ibiza. In the year the platform focused on the island for the first time, Zane Lowe shared exclusive insights into the future of Beats 1. As with all things Apple, you have to read between the lines to predict what’s next but their commitment to electronic is clear and valued.


Resident Advisor & IMS Keynote Debate…Is Club Culture Headed In The Right Direction?

Some of the most important names in electronic music came together for an extended debate on the future of club culture in the light of recent high-profile closures including speakers from some of those clubs such as Output New York and MMA Munich with an intro from Keith Riley from Fabric. The debate was moderated by / for RA’s Exchange.


Keynote Interview with Charlotte de Witte

Charlotte de Witte discussed her meteoric rise as one of the best new artists in the techno community with IMS co-founder Pete Tong, opening up about intense touring and overworking, her instinctive and intuitive approach to social media.


IMS & ARETE Present …Mental Health Crisis Debate

An extended mental health debate featured 19 speakers including a moving appearance from Avicii’s father Klas Bergling, leading mental health experts plus Professor Green, Sasha, Luciano, Pete Tong and many others. It opened up a sensitive debate like never before at a music conference so consider it an important step forwards in the industry’s quest for preventative solutions.


The Future of Feminism is Men – Gender Diversity In The Workplace’s visionary founder Andreea Magdalina investigates the concept of feminism in electronic music with an open invitation for the industry’s male allies to join the movement. It was the next step in a powerful partnership between IMS and, and was a fitting and insightful opening to IMS 2020.