The wonderful organisers have done a great job on the schedule for the International Music Conference in Ibiza. In just a mere matter of days, we’ll have all kinds of people from the music industry descend onto Ibiza for one of the biggest dance music conferences.
The five day schedule is looking pretty amazing, with more than enough events, club nights, conferences, chats, discussions and debates for the most serious music head. With out further ado, here it is.
DAY 1 Wednesday May 25th 1:00 pm – 1:10 pm: INTRODUCTIONS BY IMS PARTNERS 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: *OFFICIAL DAYTIME EVENT * OPENLAB POOLSIDE SESSION Robert Miles, Alex Wolfenden, Andy Baxter, Manu Gonzalez at Hard Rock Ibiza Tower
1:10 pm – 1:25 pm: IMS BUSINESS REPORT 2016 Presented by Kevin Watson for IMS
Briefing: The IMS Business Report is referenced by major media outlets worldwide now to help quantify the value of electronic music. This year, Kevin Watson includes a focus on diversity in the genre.
1:25 pm – 1:40 pm: TICKETMASTER’S STATE OF PLAY: DANCE MUSIC Presented by Sophie Crosby (VP of Insight & Marketing, Ticketmaster International, UK)
Briefing: State of Play: Dance Music report provides essential intelligence about dance music attendees at festivals and clubs, with an in-depth dive through Ibiza’s nightlife aficionados to understand the overlap between the two types of destination. The Ticketmaster report is based on clubbers in the UK and Spain, and covers themes including attendee profiling, their demographics and tribes, who they go with, their motivations and preferences, barriers to entry, interests around music, clubs, other events, and up-selling opportunities. It will also be taking into account logistics such as how far in advance they book, how they get there, how much they spend, and examining levels of engagement such as what they do there, safety, what kind of brands and sponsors they like.
1:40 pm – 1:55 pm: KEYNOTE INTRODUCTION – SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENTS Eelko Van Kooten (CEO, Spinnin’ Records, Netherlands)
Briefing: IMS pairs two industry influencers in a head-to-head about the state of the nation from the perspective of the record label executives. Here – Eelko expresses the views of the Independent sector.
1:55 pm – 2:10 pm KEYNOTE INTRODUCTION – SPIRT OF THE MAJORS Bart Cools (Executive VP Global A&R and Marketing, Warner Music Group, UK/Netherlands)
Briefing: IMS pairs two industry influencers in a head-to-head about the state of the nation from the perspective of the record label executives. Here – Bart Cools expresses the views of the major record labels.
2:10 pm – 3:10 pm AFEM PRESENTS THE FUTURE OF OUR INDUSTRY Eelko Van Kooten (CEO, Spinnin’ Records, Netherlands), Joseph Capriati (Artist, Italy), Maria May (Senior Agent, CAA, UK), Terry Weerasinghe (Senior VP of Marketing & Analytics, Beatport, Germany), Tommy Vaudecrane (President, Technopol / Techno Parade, France) Moderated by Mark Lawrence (CEO, AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, UK)
Briefing: In light of tragic events in Buenos Aires and Manchester and drug deaths, and following the latest Beatport situation, our industry is under attack from governments and negative media. AFEM picks up the discussion and tries to identity a positive path forward…
3:10 pm – 3:15 pm INTRODUCING… METAPOP Matthew Adell (CEO, MetaPop, USA) 3:15 pm – 3:20 pm PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT: DUBSET INDUSTRY UPDATE Presented by Stephen White (CEO, Dubset Media, USA)
Briefing: Dubset have a significant announcement to share in their quest to improve monetisation of music content.
3:20 pm – 4:20 pm GREAT STREAMING DEBATE: Brian Tappert (Co-Founder, Traxsource, USA), Jamie Chalmers (Director, Anglo Digital Management, UK), Matthew Adell (CEO, MetaPop, USA), Stephen White (CEO, Dubset Media Holdings, USA), Andy Dean (Head of Artist & Industry Liason, Crowdmix Europe, UK) Moderated by Mark Lawrence (CEO, AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, UK)
Briefing: Key but less obvious participants in the streaming and digital landscape discuss how the electronic industry is changing and where the future is heading. This topic includes start-ups Crowdmix, MetaPop but also covers retailers and curatorial platforms.
4:20 pm – 4:25 pm INTRODUCING… FORWARD Francesco De Gennaro (Founder / Chairman, Forward, Italy)
4:25 pm – 5:00 pm SPACE IBIZA: END OF AN ERA Carl Cox (Artist, UK), Lynn Cosgrave (CEO, Safehouse Management, UK), Pepe Roselló (Founder / CEO, Space Ibiza, Spain) Moderated by Grego O’Halloran (Director, Ibiza Spotlight, Spain)
Briefing: Pepe Roselló will close the doors to Space in October so we bring him back to the IMS stage with Carl Cox and Lynn Cosgrave, the partnership that put the club back on the map over the last 15 years. It will be emotional.
5:00 pm – 5:05 pm IMS PIONEER AWARD 201 Presented by Ben Turner & Mark Grotefeld (Pioneer DJ)
5:05 pm – 6:00 pm IMS ENGAGE PRESENTS VINYL EXCHANGE: SETH TROXLER ‘IN CONVERSATION’ WITH DAVE HASLAM Dave Haslam (Artist, UK), Seth Troxler (Artist, USA)
Briefing: Seth Troxler recently purchases the entire vinyl collection of legendary Mancunian DJ Dave Haslam. IMS brings the pair together to discuss the deal, their love of vinyl and will play ten classics from the collection in a nostalgic look back at dance music history.
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm IMS SCREENING: THE RED MAN
Briefing: A DJ dealing with the downside of his career. Who is the true master of ones destiny? Who is really in control? The Dark questions we have all asked and had to deal with are confronted in this art house psychological horror film presented by John Acquaviva and Jimmie Gonzalez.
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm *OFFICIAL EVENT / PARTY* ULTRA RECORDS COCKTAIL PARTY, HARD ROCK HOTEL Black Coffee, LCAW at Hard Rock Stage Bar
9:00 pm – 11:59 pm IMS LEGENDS DINNER PRESENTED BY BALLANTINE’S SCOTCH WHISKY Award Recipient: Pepe Roselló (Founder, Space) Ticketed Event. Additional fee
11:59 pm – 6:00 am *OFFICIAL EVENT / PARTY* PACHA: MARTIN SOLVEIG | MY HOUSE – OPENING PARTY Martin Solveig, Tchami, Secondcity live, Coco Cole at Pacha Ibiza. Free to delegates before 2am
11:59 pm – 6:00 am *OFFICIAL EVENT / PARTY* SANKEYS: DANCE 88/89 – LAUNCH PARTY Alfredo, Bushwacka!, Danny Rampling, Mr C, Nicky Holloway at Sankeys Ibiza. Free to delegates before 2am
DAY 2 Thursday May 26th
9:00 am – 10:00 am IMS & LIILT.COM SPEED NETWORKING (POWERED BY CHEW.TV) IMS Conference Room The Speed Networking sessions give delegates the opportunity to hold multiple 1-to-1 meetings with the world’s leading professionals from every area of the electronic music industry. To book your place, please email email@example.com with your name and chosen session. Places are very limited and will be operated on first come first served.
11:00 am – 11:30 am KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: RENAAT VANDEPAPELIERE Renaat Vandepapeliere (Founder, R&S Records, Belgium) Interviewed by Nick Decosemo (Mixmag, UK)
Briefing: Back in 1995, R&S Records was the leading underground dance label and Renaat was flying around in private jets and Ferraris before post people even knew they existed. In recent years, the label has returned in a strong way with music by James Blake and Tale of Us and many others.
11:30 am – 11:35 am INTRODUCING… INTELLITIX Presented by Serge Grimaux (Founder / CEO, Intellitix, Canada)
11:35 am – 12:05 pm KEYNOTE INTERVIEW – ERICK MORILLO Erick Morillo (Artist, USA) Interviewed by Pete Tong (Broadcaster / Artist, BBC Radio 1, UK)
Briefing: Erick Morillo’s life was in danger as the toll of the pressure of being the superstar DJ in the eye of a new emerging generation got the better of him. IMS is delighted to have Erick back with us and back on the stage at IMS. Expect an emotional and honest discussion with Pete Tong as returns stronger than ever…
12:05 pm – 12:10 pm INTRODUCING… THE HISTORY OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC EXHIBITION Presented by Darren Henderson (CEO / Founder, The History of Electronic Music Exhibition, UK)
12:10 pm – 1:10 pm STRIVING FOR EXCELLENCE & THE ART OF PLAYING DIFFERENTLY Black Coffee (Artist, South Africa), Guy Gerber (Artist, Israel), James Zabiela (Artist, UK), Nicole Moudaber (Artist, UK), Carmine Conte from Tale of Us (Artist, Italy), Richie Hawtin (Artist, PLAYdifferently, Canada) Moderated by Nick Decosemo (Mixmag, UK)
Briefing: In response to the recent launch of Richie Hawtin’s own MODEL1 mixer by his PLAYdifferently company, IMS takes the discussion about individuality in performance to the stage as a series of DJ’s all using varying mixer products talk about striving for excellence in how they play.
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm *OFFICIAL DAYTIME EVENT * OPENLAB POOLSIDE SESSION Robert Miles, Alex Wolfenden, Andy Baxter, Manu Gonzalez at Hard Rock Ibiza Tower
1:10 pm – 1:15 pm INTRODUCING… DANCE TONIGHT Presented by Lex van Aken (Director of Marketing, Dance Tonight, UK)
1:15 pm – 1:45 pm THE MAKING OF PETE TONG’S IBIZA PROM Jules Buckley “In Conversation” with Pete Tong
Briefing: Pete Tong’s Ibiza Prom at the Royal Albert Hall was a breakthrough moment, some calling it ‘life-changing’. Tong then announced a second show at London’s 02 and sold 15,000 tickets in one day. Here, Tong discusses how the creative process came about with his classical-collaborator, Jules Buckley.
1:45 pm – 2:10 pm INTRODUCING… CROWDMIX Presented by Ted Mico (CMO, Crowdmix, USA)
2:10 pm – 2:30 pm KEYNOTE INTERVIEW – YANN PISSENEM Yann Pissenem (Founder / CEO, Ushuaïa, Spain) Interviewed by Grego O’Halloran (Director, Ibiza Spotlight, Spain)
Briefing: In the last eight years, Yann Pissenem has had more influence on the Ibiza landscape than any other promoter with Ushuaia’s rise to dominance on a global level. As he prepares to take over the control of the old Space, across the street from his main club, he talks to IMS about the future ahead.
2:40 pm – 2:45 pm INTRODUCING… IMS ASIA-PACIFIC Presented by Eric Zho (CEO, A2Live, China)
2:45 pm – 3:40 pm AFEM PRESENTS MARKET FOCUS – FRANCE Alex Rub (Label Manager, Outcross Records, France) Alexandre Jaillon (Promoter / CEO, We Love: We Love Art & We Love Green & The Peacock Society, France) Antoine Buffard (CEO, Trax Magazine, France) Brice Coudert (Promoter / Artistic Director / Founder, Surprise: Concrete & Weather Festival, France) Tommy Vaudecrane (President, Paris Electronic Week, France) Moderated by Mark Lawrence (CEO, AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, UK)
Briefing: Every year, IMS turns the spotlight on one territory and this year its France. In light of the horrific scenes with the terrorist attack on Bataclan, this a timely debate with global relevance. In parallel, the French electronic music market is stronger than ever before…
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm MOBILE ROADIE – HOW ANY ARTIST, FESTIVAL OR VENUE CAN BUILD AN APP Free demonstration at IMS Press Room
3:45 pm – 3:50 pm INTRODUCING… OPENLAB Robert Miles (Founder, OpenLab, Italy)
3:50 pm – 4:20 pm KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: WHO IS FUNDING THE MUSIC BUSINESS? Jörg Mohaupt (Head of Music, Media & Technology, Access Industries, UK), Interviewed by Bobby Simms (Emoticast, UK)
Briefing: Jörg Mohaupt discusses with Bobby Simms how start-up music companies are funded and analyses the future business model for this industry but talking to people who actually invest. Mohaupt’s history includes Warner Music, Deezer and Songkick.
4:20 pm – 4:30 pm VISIONARIES CONTEST WINNER PRESENTED BY IMS AND MIXMAG Presented by Ben Turner (IMS Partner / Graphite Media, UK), Valerie Lee (IMS / Mixmag, USA) and Nick Decosemo (Mixmag, UK).
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm MIXMAG PRESENTS THE NEW BREED Danny Daze (Artist, USA), Danny Howard (Broadcaster / Artist, BBC Radio 1, UK), Francesca Lombardo (Artist, Italy), Kölsch (Artist, Denmark) Moderated by Nick Decosemo (Mixmag, UK)
Briefing: Mixmag host this now legendary panel always launched with an Ibizan chupito of hierbas to break the ice. Rockstar journalist Nick Decosemo talks to four different but breaking-big artists about their careers, ambitions and how to keep the focus in this crazy culture we call electronic music.
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm *OFFICIAL EVENT / PARTY* HOSTAL LA TORRE: CANTOMA ‘JUST LANDED’ ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY Danny Rampling (Balearic set), Phil Mison, Pete Gooding. Hostal La Torre. Free to delegates
5:30 pm – 5:35 pm INTRODUCING… SKRAM Presented by Gareth Williams (Managing Director, Liine)
5:35 pm – 6:30 pm YGN: YOUNG GUNS NETWORK PRESENTS MILLENNIAL MESSAGING – JUST CHAT AND EMOJIS OR THE ’THIRD STAGE’ INTERNET? Danny Desai (Digital Marketing Manager, Virgin EMI, UK), Derren Sequeira (Entertainment Lead, Facebook, UK), Sally Burtt-Jones (Content Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, Viber, UK) Moderated by Lucy Blair (Director of Sales & International Marketing, The Orchard, UK)
Briefing: How can artists, labels and brands navigate burgeoning applications like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Viber, WeChat? Millennials are increasingly favouring instant messaging over social networks, what marketing strategies can be adopted to best exploit this global opportunity?
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm *OFFICIAL EVENT / PARTY* BACK2LIVE: HARD ROCK HOTEL STAGE 20:00-20:30 Szjerdene (Powered By Openlab) 20:45-21:15 Delamere 21:30-22:00 Sea Bed 22:15-22:45 Our Future Glory 23:00 – 00.00 Stimming Live Frank Storm to DJ in between all acts. Free entry to delegates and public
11:59 pm – 6:00 am *OFFICIAL EVENT / PARTY* PACHA: ROBIN SCHULZ & FRIENDS Robin Schulz, Bakermat, Feder, Hugel, Special closing set by R3hab at Pacha Ibiza. Free to delegates before 2am
11:59 pm – 6:00 am *OFFICIAL EVENT / PARTY* SANKEYS: MINDSHAKE & UNUSUAL SUSPECTS Mindshake Room: Paco Osuna, Paul Ritch, Egbert LIVE, Fer BR. Unusual Suspects: Shlomi Aber, Silvie Lotto, Janina, Frank Storm at Sankeys Ibiza. Free to delegates before 2am
DAY 3 – Friday May 27th
9:00 am – 10:00 am IMS & LIILT.COM SPEED NETWORKING (POWERED BY CHEW.TV) IMS Conference Room. The Speed Networking sessions give delegates the opportunity to hold multiple 1-to-1 meetings with the world’s leading professionals from every area of the electronic music industry. To book your place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and chosen session. Places are very limited and will be operated on first come first served.
11:00 am – 12:00 pm THE GREAT ANNUAL IBIZA DEBATE: YEAR 9 Dubfire (Artist, USA), Jacobi Calthorpe (Promoter, Housekeeping, UK), Mr. C (Artist, UK/USA), Pete Tong (Broadcaster / Artist, BBC Radio 1, UK), Shauna Slevin (Managing Director, Canopy Artists, USA), Matteo Milleri from Tale of Us (Artist, Italy) Moderator: Grego O’Halloran (Director, Ibiza Spotlight, Spain)
Briefing: IMS loves to put the Ibiza panel first in the day to really test the character of some of Ibiza’s most influential players. Many have turned up on no sleep and regretted it ever since! IMS is proud to have Tale of Us, Pete Tong, Dubfire and Mr. C on this discussion led as ever by Grego from Ibiza Spotlight.
12:00 pm – 12:05 pm INTRODUCING… DICE Presented by Andrew Foggin (UK Manager, Dice)
12:05 pm – 12:55 pm KEYNOTE INTERVIEW – YELLO Boris Blank (Artist, Yello, Switzerland), Dieter Meier (Artist, Yello, Switzerland) Interviewed by Craig McLean (Journalist, UK)
Briefing: Yello are true icons of electronic music history – period. IMS is delighted to finally host Dieter and Boris. Need we say more? Listen and learn.
12:55 pm – 1:00 pm INTRODUCING… MR. SUICIDE SHEEP Josh Carr-Hilton (Founder, The District, Canada)
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm *OFFICIAL DAYTIME EVENT * OPENLAB POOLSIDE SESSION Robert Miles, Alex Wolfenden, Andy Baxter, Manu Gonzalez at Hard Rock Ibiza Tower
1:00 pm – 1:15 pm KEYNOTE ADDRESS – HOW I SOLD MY COMPANY AND BOUGHT IT BACK Kenny Gates (CEO / Co-Founder, PIAS Group, Keynote Address, Belgium) Introducing: PIAS aka Play It Again Sam are one of the longest-surviving companies in the history of electronic music. Founder Kenny Gates is also a true character and we’re excited to have him Keynote for the electronic industry with his insightful take on selling companies and then getting it back. Very timely in the SFX-era…
1:15 pm – 1:20 pm INTRODUCING… KID TALKS Presented by Mike Malak (Agent, Coda Agency, UK)
1:20 pm – 2:15 pm DIVERSITY IN ELECTRONIC MUSIC: A VOTE FOR VERTICAL PROLIFERATION IN ASSOCIATION WITH SHESAID.SO B.Traits (Broadcaster / Artist, Canada), Jackie Antas (Head of PR, Live Nation International, UK), José Woldring (CEO / Founder, The Media Nanny, Netherlands), Lucy Blair (Director of Sales & International Marketing, The Orchard, UK), Maria May (Senior Agent, CAA, UK), Nicole Moudaber (Artist, UK) Moderated by Mark Lawrence (CEO, AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, UK)
Introducing: The big one. The hot topic worldwide. Diversity in music with a focus on gender. IMS has been under attack for its lack of female speakers at IMS Engage, and we felt it was time to bring this panel back. This time around, we will run this talk every year until its universally agreed that we don’t need to…
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm IMS VOTE Hosted by Ben Turner & Danny Whittle (IMS Partners)
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm KEYNOTE INTERVIEW – DEAR MORNI Interviewed by Ben Turner (IMS Partner / Graphite Media, UK) Introducing: IMS reveals the controversial but incredibly young comedy writer behind the Dear Morni Instagram feed. His toe-curling attacks on Nina Kraviz, Dubfire, Pete Tong, Marco Carola and Richie Hawtin make you laugh and cry at the same time. And sometimes make you mad. Time to take him to task!
2:50 pm – 3:45 pm IMS PRESENTS QUESTION TIME Brandon Bakshi (Executive Director, Writer / Publisher Relations, BMI / Performance Rights, Europe & Asia), Eric Zho (CEO, A2Live, China), Josh Carr-Hilton (Founder, The District, Canada), Mike Malak (Agent, Coda Agency, UK), Noah Ball (Managing Director, Outlook / Dimensions / Soundwave Festivals, Croatia / UK), Robert Miles (Founder, OpenLab, Italy) Moderated by Ben Turner (IMS Partner / Graphite Media, UK) Topics: China. Curation. Drug Deaths. Festival Tourism. Is Virtual A Reality. Publishing. Briefing: Top figureheads discuss the issues facing the industry today. Based on the BBC TV show of the same name. So sue us!
3:45 pm – 3:50 pm INTRODUCING… JULIEN TEMPLE’S IBIZA Presented by Malcolm Gerrie (Executive Producer, Whizz Kid)
3:50 pm – 4:20 pm KEYNOTE INTERVIEW – JULIEN TEMPLE Julien Temple (Film Director, UK) Interviewed by Craig McLean (Journalist, UK)
Briefing: Following the announcement by Malcolm Gerrie, IMS talks to iconic film director and video maker Julien Temple about his plans to document the history of Ibiza in a new film. Temple has previously made fascinating documentaries about Glastonbury, The Great Rock And Roll Swindle and Absolute Beginners.
4:20 pm – 4:25 pm IMS FINAL SUMMARY Presented by IMS Partners
4:25 pm – 4:30 pm INTRODUCING… ENTER.SAKE Richie Hawtin (Artist, ENTER.Sake, Canada)
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm KEYNOTE INTERVIEW – THE PET SHOP BOYS Chris Lowe (Artist, Pet Shop Boys, UK), Neil Tennant (Artist, Pet Shop Boys, UK), Interviewed by Pete Tong (Broadcaster / Artist, BBC Radio 1, UK)
6:00 pm – 11:59 pm *OFFICIAL EVENT / PARTY* IMS DALT VILA A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ibiza Town 18.00-19.30 Francesca Lombardo 19.30-20.30 B.Traits 20.30-21.00 Benjamin Damage Live 21.00-22.00 Nicole Moudaber 22.00-23.00 Tale of Us 23.00-00.00 Dubfire:live HYBRID
11:59 pm – 6:00 am *OFFICIAL EVENT / PARTY* PACHA: INSANE PRESENTS AREA 10 MK, Pete Tong, Camelphat, Becky Hill & Alex Kennon at Pacha Ibiza. Free to delegates before 2am DAT 4 – Saturday May 28th
12:00 pm – 4:00 am *OFFICIAL EVENT / PARTY* USHUAÏA OPENING PARTY Richie Hawtin, Andrea Oliva, Guy Gerber, Hito, Hot Since 82, Joris Voorn, Los Suruba, Maya Jane Coles AT Ushuaia Beach Club. Delegates free before 4pm. Arrive early for guaranteed entry!
DAY 5 – Sunday May 29th
4:30 pm – 6:00 am *OFFICIAL EVENT / PARTY* SPACE OPENING PARTY Doorly, Erick Morillo, James Zabiela, Nick Curly, Reboot, Roger Sanchez, Sasha, Wally Lopez and many more. Space Ibiza. Delegates free before 7pm. Arrive early for guaranteed entry!