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A Breakdown of EDMbiz: Speakers and Panels

EDMbiz Conference & Expo brings together the brightest minds in electronic dance music for 3 days of discussions and panels. At this year's conference, Las Vegas will be hosting hundreds of artists, managers, label owners, and industry leaders to discuss the biggest topics and issues in our scene today.

EDMbiz just released the final list of panelists and topics being addressed at this year's gathering, and you can view the panels and their speakers in full below:

AM Only: A Look Back on 20 Years

Chip Hooper, Worldwide Head of Music, Paradigm

DB Burkeman, DJ /Consultant, AM Only

Jason Miller, Senior Vice President, Live Nation – New York

Jono Grant, Artist, Above & Beyond

Matt Rodriguez, Agent,/VP, West Coast, AM Only

Pasquale Rotella, Founder/CEO, Insomniac

Paul Morris, Founder/President, AM Only

Moderator: Lee Anderson, Agent/VP, East Coast, AM Only

AM Only has served as one of the industry's leading booking and talent management agencies since their launch in 1996. Representing hundreds of artists from the U.S. to Europe to South America to Australia, Paul Morris and his team have pushed the industry to great lengths thanks to their tireless efforts in representing artists. This panel will discuss the history of AM Only, highlight the road from they're humble beginnings in Manhattan to the global icon they are today.

Billboard Presents: Dance Power Players 2015

John Amato, President, Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter

Matt Medved, Editor, Billboard Dance

Megan Buerger, Staff Writer, Billboard

Billboard has been an icon in EDM for years, and their charts have continuously provided an in-depth view on EDM's biggest artists and their releases. In Billboard Presents: Dance Power Players 2015, we can expect to hear the panel discuss and highlight the influences that the biggest EDM acts have had on Billboard today.

Boombox: A&R and How to Get Signed

Blaise DeAngelo, General Manager, OWSLA

Chad Gillard, A&R/Co-Director, Future Classics

Dave Ralph, Music Curator, Insomniac Records

Natalia Romiszewski, Director of A&R, Lava Records

Ryan Roy, A&R/Management, Interscope Records

David Waxman, Senior Vice President/General Manager/Head of A+R, Ultra Records

Moderator: Matt Adell, CEO, Analog Factor Consulting

While getting your music out into the world has never been easier, the path to getting signed to a major label has perhaps never been less clear. Here, specialists in the field of artists & repertoire discuss finding new talent in the digital age, and the most effective methods for young artists to rise above the rest in a saturated market. Immediately following this panel, the finalists of Insomniac's Best Record Contest present their music to the audience for a chance to get their work released on Insomniac Records.

Chasing the Dream: Entrepreneurship and Funding

Brian Zisk, Founder/CEO, SF Music Tech

Kraig Fox, Director of DCP/Senior Managing Director, Guggenheim Partners

Larry Marcus, Managing Director, Walden Venture Capital

Mike Rothenberg, ‎Founder/CEO, Rothenberg Ventures

Paul Resnikoff, Founder /Publisher, Digital Music News

Rachel Springate, A&R for Start-Ups/Founder, Enright

Moderator: John Boyle, Chief Growth Officer/Interim CFO, Insomniac

In an industry that has been cited to be worth billions of dollars, how do young entrepreneurs and established veterans secure funding and gain traction? In this panel, financial experts discuss who is controlling the wealth, what roles brands play, and how upstarts can get in on the action.

Dance Music and the Urban Ecosystem

Chief Judge Gerald Rosen, U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan

Dr. Christopher Thornberg, Founding Partner, Beacon Economic

Sam Fotias Paxahau, Senior Vice President, Movement Festival in Detroit

Shawn Schwartz, Co-Owner/Operator, Outpost

Zel McCarthy, Editor in Chief, THUMP at VICE Media

Moderator: Simon Rust Lamb, COO, Insomniac

Drugs in Dance Music: It's Time to Talk

B-Traits, Artist

Dr. Adam Lund, Founder, UBC Mass Gathering Medicine Interest Group

Dr. Dale Carrison, Professor/Chair of Emergency Medicine, University of Nevada School of Medicine

Maren Steiner, Director, Health & Safety, Insomniac

Moderator: Mark Lawrence, Chief Executive, Association for Electronic Music

EDM: Just the Facts, Man

Tatiana Oliveira Simonian, Vice President of Branded Music, Nielsen

The popularity of electronic dance music is growing rapidly, and brands, agencies and promoters are all embracing the genre with investments in branded partnerships and sponsorships. Everyone wants to get in with electronic music fans… but they also want to insure high ROI. This presentation will cover the state of the electronic music genre by the numbers, sales data on global EDM hits, talent analytics and case studies. Gain a better understanding of hard data on electronic music and how to leverage it to plan, measure and maximize music campaigns.

Fourth Annual EDMbiz Artist Panel


Hook n Sling


Nicky Romero

Oliver Heldens

Pretty Lights

This panel is going to host a conversation with some of the biggest artists in EDM today. 3LAU, Hook n Sling, Krewella, Nicky Romero, Oliver Heldens, and Pretty Lights will be answering a host of questions about their careers, the industry today, and what they believe the future holds.

Future of Dance Music Journalism

Andrew Spada, Vice President of Content & Creative, Dancing Astronaut

Ethan Baer, CEO, EDM.com

Jemayel Khawaja, Managing Editor, THUMP at VICE Media

Nick Guarino, CEO, This Song is Sick

Nick Ward, CFO, YourEDM

Rich Thomas, Vice President of Content, Insomniac

Ross Gardiner, US Editor, Mixmag.net

Moderator: Tommie Sunshine, Producer/DJ/Songwriter/Social Media Provocateur/Raver

The digital era has massively transformed both the nature of journalism and of music. With this, the individuals covering electronic dance music have found themselves in a new editorial domain dominated by online publishing, social media and brand influence. In this conversation, writers, editors and publicists discuss the opportunities and challenges in maintaining quality output in an age when editorial must keep pace with the internet.

More Than a Logo: Brands, Millennials & Creating a Lasting Connection

Clarissa Pantoja, Global Head of Music, InBev

Ed Hennessy, Director of Entertainment Logistics, UPS

Eric Blackwood, Director of Marketing, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group

James Hubert, CEO, STACK Wine

Marshall Osbourne, Head of Music Partnerships and Experiential Marketing Evangelist, Uber

Moderator: Jeff Shaw, SVP, Strategic Alliances, Electronic Music Lead, Live Nation Entertainment

Radioactive: Listening Trends in a Changing Media Landscape

Austin Kramer, Global Programming Head – Electronic Culture, Spotify

George Hess, CEO, Zero2Fifty Group

Geronimo, DJ, Senior Director of Programming-Electronic & Dance Formats, Sirius BPM

Ian Cee, Owner, FOUR80 Music

Joel Salkowitz, President, Sound Ideas Programming Consultants

Michelle Boros, Music Director/On-Air Personality, KAMP-FM Los Angeles/97.1 AMP Radio

Moderator: Clark Warner, Executive Creative Director, Beatport

With channels broadening from terrestrial to satellite to internet, the ways radio is created, distributed and consumed are currently in flux. This conversation features representatives from a variety of new and established radio platforms discussing the promises and challenges of the medium in the age of streaming and subscriptions, and how the dance music industry can best utilize and capitalize current technologies while reaching listeners around the world.

Team Oliver Heldens

David Brady, CEO, Spin Artist Management

Elaine Schaap, Mom & Financial Advisor

Joost van Aarle, Tour & Production Manager

Karin Koopmans, Artist Manager, MusicAllStars Management

Oliver Heldens, Artist

Moderator: John Amato, President, Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter

Tech Innovation & Disruptive Platforms

Conor Clarke, CEO/Co-Founder, Wavo.me

Julien Mitelberg, Co-Founder/President, Bandsintown Group

Kush Patel, Music Partnerships, Twitch

Mike Darlington, CEO, Monstercat

Stephen White, CEO, Dubset Media Holdings, Inc.

Steve Martocci, Co-Founder, Splice

Moderator: Ted Cohen, Managing Partners, TAG Strategic

From production to distribution and live performance, there is arguably no other realm of music that relies as heavily on technology as EDM. This panel explores the latest tech innovations driving the industry, and how new and emerging platforms are changing the nature of the business and pushing the sonic landscape ever further into the future.

What is a DJ in 2015?

Carmen Rizzo, US Artist Relations Manager, Native Instruments

David Arevalo, Marketing & Artist Relations Director, Pioneer

Graham Funke, Artist

Z-Trip, Artist

Moderator: Jason Bentley, Music Director, KCRW

As technology has evolved and musical culture has shifted, the nature of what a DJ is and does has undergone an analogous transformation. Here, the often contentious topic of what it means to be a DJ in the modern landscape will be discussed by artists who came up in the scene's early underground days and members of the new school of producers. Whether they spin vinyl or push buttons, the individuals behind the decks give their take on a DJ's job description in 2015.

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