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
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
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
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.