Third annual EDMbiz Conference & Expo (—electronic dance music’s premiere industry event, symposium and expo, taking place June 17-19 at The Cosmopolitan Hotel of Las Vegas

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DT:       JUNE 12, 2014







As we move closer to Insomniac’s third annual EDMbiz Conference & Expo (—electronic dance music’s premiere industry event, symposium and expo, taking place June 17-19 at The Cosmopolitan Hotel of Las Vegas—organizers of the event have announced the full schedule of panels, keynotes and presentations. Many of the music world’s most influential and brightest minds will gather on Wednesday, June 18 and Thursday, June 19 of the conference.  Full details follow below with specific times to be announced soon.

Newly added to the lineup is world renowned DJ and producer Steve Angello, who will join Carl Cox, Destructo, Borgore, Arty and others for the Third Annual EDMbiz Artist Panel. Other special presentations include a talk with Vello Virkhaus of V Squared Labs, who will explore the use of visuals in a live setting with “Experiential Visuals: Transporting the EDM Audience & Elevating Brands,” and a Crossfader Radio Demo from DJZ CEO Seth Goldstein.

The panels, keynotes and presentations for the Third Annual EDMbiz Conference & Expo are:

Wednesday, June 18

– Keynote with James Barton, President of Electronic Music, Live Nation With Andrew Hampp, Senior Correspondent, Billboard

– State of the Labels: The New Art of Selling Music

Representatives from major labels and boutique outfits discuss moving units in a post-digital revolution world. We’ll explore how labels have become all around cultural arbiters, and why selling albums is no longer simply about the music.

Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic, LLC – Moderator
Brett Alperowitz, General Manager, Casablanca Records
David Waxman, General Manager & Head of A&R, Ultra Music
Liz Miller, General Manager, Big Beat Records
Neil Jacobson, EVP of A&R and Management, Interscope Records
Robb McDaniels, Founder & CEO, INgrooves Music Group
Sean Glass, Founder, Win Music

– Crossfader Radio Demo with Seth Goldstein, CEO, DJZ

The first EDM radio station curated in real-time by thousands of DJs.  Crossfader, the app that empowers anybody to DJ, has created the first music player designed specifically for electronic music. Crossfader Radio plays a continuous high-energy set of remixed electronic music created by Crossfader’s global community of iPhone DJs. It’s completely interactive: listen to a non-stop party mix, and when you want to take a turn, just tap on any song to starting DJing yourself. Anybody can listen at, and anybody with the app can instantly DJ flawlessly and make their own mashups. It will blow your mind. Just tilt and turn your phone to remix music and participate in a user-generated dance party heard around the world.

– #20Something

Curated by Jake Udell, manager of Krewella, this panel focuses on up-and-coming music executives who are making major moves.

Jake Udell, Manager, Th3rd Brain Management – Moderator
Andrew Keller, Director of A&R, Columbia Records
Michael George, Martin Garrix Manager, Scooter Braun Projects
Danny Bell, Director of Marketing & Talent Buying, HARD Events
Mike Darlington, CEO, Monstercat/The District
Adellyn Polomski, Director of Electronic Programming, Clear Channel
Nathan Lim, Manager, Th3rd Brain Management

– “Engaging The Electronic Music Listener” presentation from Tatiana Oliveira Simonian, Head of Branded Music Entertainment at Nielsen

The Electronic Music landscape has evolved into one of the most powerful genres in music today. Brands, platforms and promoters are all clamoring to partner with artists in the space while influencers look to strike highly creative yet authentic partnerships. How can data help inform these decisions so that everyone insures the highest ROI? This presentation will be a macro look at the state of the music industry in numbers and micro look at the genre of electronic music and EDM fans.

– “Experiential Visuals: Transporting the EDM Audience & Elevating Brands” presentation from Vello Virkhaus, CEO, Director, Producer & VJ, V Squared Labs

The EDM spectacle and the role visuals and experience design play in enhancing the fans live entertainment experience. How a unique visual design can elevate an artist or brand in the EDM and concert environment.

Case study presentation featuring Krewella’s Volcano and Amon Tobin’s ISAM shows.

– Show Me the Money: The Agent’s Panel

With artist fees at all time highs, top agents discuss their role in guiding the growth in dance music economics. Hear representatives from the top agencies in the business talk about industry inflation and how agents build sustainable careers in a music space that moves as quickly as Twitter.

Tommie Sunshine, DJ, Producer, Songwriter, Social Media Provocateur, Raver – Moderator
Alex Chaykin, Vice President of EDM, APA
Brian Ahern, Agent, WME
Cody Chapman, Agent, AM Only
David Brady, President & Founder, SPIN Artist Agency
Kevin Gimble, Founder/Agent, Circle Talent Agency
Mac Clark, Agent, CAA

– The 6.2 Billion Dollar Business: Does Size Matter?

Now that dance music has coalesced into a handful of conglomerates, we examine the state of the industry, how businesses have fared after purchase, further growth potential and what this all means for independent business owners.

Brian Zisk, Managing Director, SF Music Tech – Moderator
John Boyle, Chief Growth Officer and Interim CFO, Insomniac
Kraig Fox, Senior Managing Director, Guggenheim Partners
Rick Stevens, CEO, Y Entertainment Group
Shelly Finkel, Chairman, Strategy & Acquisitions, SFX Entertainment
Skip Page, COO, Goldenvoice
Todd Chaffee, General Partner, Institutional Venture Partners

EDM in Pop Culture: The Foundation of a Global Movement

EDM has taken center stage. How is the scene represented in the mainstream media? How has social media supported the growth of EDM? Has big business changed the spirit of the movement? What are the major story lines for the Summer of 2014? In a scene dominated by youth, how much of the history of the culture is represented? Is there a conscious effort to build a legacy for this movement?

Jason Bentley – Moderator
Chris Stephenson, Chief Marketing Officer, SFX Entertainment
Rafael Weiss, Moderator of Reddit’s Electronicmusic
Senthil Chidambaram, CEO, Dancing Astronaut
Simon Rust Lamb, COO, Insomniac
Swedish Egil, Founder/CEO, Groove Radio
Zel McCarthy, Editor-In-Chief, THUMP/VICE

Thursday, June 19

– Above & Beyond: In Conversation

A profile of the British group Above & Beyond, featuring band members, their manager, and booking agent in conversation. What have been the keys to their success as top producers and DJs in the genre? How have they developed a thriving record label while building their artist career? What is the secret of longevity in the fast paced and ever-changing world of contemporary electronic dance music? Moderated by KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley.

Jason Bentley – Moderator
James Grant, CEO, Involved Management, Anjunabeats
Matt Rodriguez, Agent, AM Only
Paavo Siljamaki, Artist, Above & Beyond            
Tony McGuinness, Artist, Above & Beyond

– Meet The Windish Agency

In 2004, Tom Windish founded a Chicago-based talent agency that has since redefined what is possible for an indie business in the dance music space. Here, Windish and his team discuss their growth throughout the last decade and their current endeavors with high profile clients and up and coming artists.

Andrew McInnes, CEO, TMWRK Management – Moderator
Brad Owen, Agent, Windish Agency
Sam Hunt, Agent, Windish Agency
Steve Goodgold, Agent, Windish Agency
Tom Windish, President, Windish Agency

– Brands Turn It Up:  A Case Study Featuring the #7x7UP Campaign

Advertisers have continued to embrace EDM in increasing numbers and ways: incorporating dance music into commercials, using top DJs as the face of the brand, and creating authentic experiences at festivals. Few recent brand campaigns have incorporated EDM in such an integral and dominant fashion as 7UP. This panel tells the story of why and how. Bringing together the key players who constructed the program, this session affords a rare glimpse behind the scenes and shares the perspective of artists, promoters and brands as these associations are made.

Matt Ringel, Managing Partner, New Era Media & Marketing/EVP, Red Light Management – Moderator
Andrew Goldstone, Manager, Tiësto/ General Manager, Musical Freedom
Danny Avila, Artist
Dave Falk, Vice President – Marketing, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group
David Corso, President, Corso Agency
Jeff Shaw, Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances – EDM Lead, Live Nation Entertainment 

– Setting the Agenda: An AFEM Update

In the year of the organization’s existence, members of the Association for Electronic Music discuss what AFEM has accomplished and what ground has yet to be covered as the advocacy group looks after the interests of our community.

Kurosh Nasseri, Co-Founder, AFEM
Mark Lawrence, Chief Executive, AFEM
Liz Miller, General Manager, Big Beat
Martin Gontad, CIE Argentina / Creamfields

– Conversation with Bob Lefsetz

The colorful author of the Lefsetz Letter gives us his take on the electronic music world at large.

John Boyle, Chief Growth Officer and Interim CFO, Insomniac – Moderator

– Team: Hardwell

Few artists have had the amount of success that Robbert van de Corput (aka Hardwell) has experienced at such a young age. His talents as a DJ and producer have been clearly documented, but who is the team working feverishly behind the scenes to have helped him achieve the # 1 position on DJ‘s best DJs in the World at age 25? Meet the uber-successful industry veterans that came together to create an unstoppable machine bound for global dominance.

Geronimo, Senior Director of Programming, SIRIUSXM – Moderator
Anna Knaup, CEO, Sorted Management
Hardwell, Artist
Justin Lubliner, President, The Darkroom
Manny Zeleya, Tour Manager, On Tour Management
Paul Morris, President & CEO, AM Only
Sebastien Lintz, Label Manager, Revealed Recordings

– The Third Annual EDMbiz Artist Panel

In our annual artist panel, a collection of emerging and legendary DJs discuss how travel, lifestyle, social media and more affect them and the music driving our industry.

Jason Bentley – Moderator
Arty, Artist
Borgore, Artist
Carl Cox, Artist
Destructo, Artist
POSSO, Artists
Steve Angello, Artist

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