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Back2Live showcase at Hard Rock Hotel, May 20th 2015

May 1st, 2015

backtoliveWe love live music so when this popped up as part of the International Music Summit this year we could hardly not mention it.

After the Back2Live panel on Wednesday 20th May there will be a FREE  live showcase event, featuring a host of brand new talent, representing the spectrum of artists currently breaking ground on the live stage.

20:00 – 00:00

IMS partner Danny Whittle had this to say about the showcase:

This year IMS want to embrace and showcase the live potential of electronic music. We all know there are super talented DJs in our scene but there are also super talented bands and artists. So for the first time ever IMS will be presenting along, with Gibson Guitars, a full live extravaganza on stage at the Hard Rock Hotel on Wednesday 20th May, following the BACK2LIVE panel on Wednesday afternoon where we will be discussing live music in general. Entry to this event will be free to everyone not just IMS delegates to come and enjoy these amazing artists.

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Ibiza International Music Summit 2014 moves to new Hard Rock Hotel

January 23rd, 2014

IMS at Atzaro 2008It’s been quite a journey from those early days of the IMS back in 2008 when it was held at Atzaro in the North. In the meantime it’s gone through a couple of venue changes, Palladium in Santa Eulalia and the past few years at the Gran Hotel in Ibiza Town.

This year they are moving base to the new Hard Rock Hotel which opens May 18th 2014 in Playa den Bossa, next to Ushuaia Towers.

It may seem a surprising move given the name of the new hotel but with the background alliance between  Ushuaia, Hard Rock Hotel and the Palladium Hotel group it shouldnt actually be that surprising – indeed it makes absolutely complete sense to have a music conference in what is billed to be a “music hotel”.

International Music Summit, one of the world’s most important and influential music industry gatherings, is moving to a new home for its seventh annual conference and taking electronic music delegates and industry executives to Ibiza’s hotly anticipated newcomer, the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza.

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hard rock hotel ibizaThe summit, which has earned a reputation as ‘the TED of music conferences’, will bring together the genre’s most important and influential decision makers. Leading thinkers, futurists, trailblazers, artists, global brands and technology pioneers will debate, announce and explain new initiatives and strategies.

Alongside the deep thinking seminars, the most creative minds in music will unveil new music, strategies, apps and even create the summit’s own anthem while some of the newest breakthrough artists will be showcased. The event will also host the IMS Legends Dinner, in honour of a leading artist who has shaped the genre continually.


IMS partner Ben Turner states:

hard rock hotel ibizaIMS was created so people can debate and be inspired about the future of a technology-driven genre of music, so inevitably our host venue needs to move with the times also.

This is a major opportunity for us to create a new home as we expand with the genre and with the ambitions of our delegates. We are impressed with the work of the Hard Rock group and feel we are in good hands. The irony of the history and name of the hotel is not lost on us – this is a true reflection of how our music is seeping into mainstream culture worldwide and continuing to break down barriers of entry.

Corporate Director of sales and marketing at Palladium Hotel Group, behind Hard Rock Hotel, Juan Jose Calvo says:

We are delighted that the International Music Summit Ibiza has decided to celebrate its annual event at the new Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza.

With music being one of the most important aspects of our new hotel, there is a natural compatibility between IMS and Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza.

The new Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza will comprise of two buildings joined by a completely re-modelled lobby and a multifunctional space that will include a variety of dining, shopping and entertainment options. Staying true to its musical heritage, the hotel will also feature live music performances by internationally renowned groups, complementing the Ibiza scene, a place of pilgrimage for international artists.

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Ibiza International Music Summit, May 24, 2013 – Day 3

May 25th, 2013

It’s the morning of Day 3 of IMS, and after thoroughly enjoying the amazing interviews from yesterday and the wonderful party in Dalt Vila afterwards, I’m not only feeling tired, but I also have to finish writing up about Day 2.

The first session at 11.00am was music legend Jean Michel Jarre. I have to confess to not being there to see him, deciding to stay at home and complete my review of Day 2 and download the precious photos and videos I had taken off my camera. However, one of the team was, and he recorded part of the session, the raw audio is here:

      jean michel jarre at ims 2013

When I arrive at the Gran Hotel, it’s clear that the schedule is also taking its toll on other delegates, and there are noticeably less people about than there have been on other days.

The Question Time session was illuminating, with an interesting mix of people on the panel to answer pre-determined topics to debate and questions from the audience. Moderated by Gary Smith (Billboard), with Brett Robinson (Future Entertainment), Danny Whittle (IBZ Entertainment), Matthew Adell (Beatport), Rob Star (Mulletover), Sasha (Artist) and Terry Weerasinghe (Native Instruments).

There were some pertinent comments about overcrowding in clubs, a hot topic at the moment given some of the recent fatal incidents in Madrid and Brazil. Danny said we need to find a balance between letting people in and providing a safe environment for people, and club owners have to take responsibility for this. Rob commented on it from the clubber’s perspective, saying it’s not nice for punters to be in a packed venue where you can’t dance. Brett said that you’ve got to deliver a good experience for people and if they can’t access the facilities they want (dancefloor, toilets, bar etc.), then you’re not providing that.

The discussion then moved on to Social Media Wars. Sasha said he always treats twitter as a bit of a laugh – not just as a promo tool – he tries to post things that are funny and reach out to people. He was asked how do you deal with haters? Sasha replied saying that the great thing about Twittter is the block button, and that now with Twitter and FaceBook we’ve moved on from forums which were full of trolls saying nasty things which we couldn’t do much about. Now we can block and report easily. Brett told us how they get instant feedback via social networking sites from punters, e.g. if the queues for the toilets or bar are too long, and that for them it’s a great resource (he didn’t say however how or if they act on those kind of issues that are reported though).

They were just getting their teeth into the issue of VIP areas in clubs and their increasing presence, but were cut short as they ran out of time. I’d have been interested to see the views of some of the other panelist’s who organise events outside of Ibiza on this topic.

Next was the IMS vote, where the audience is given electronic response systems to cast their vote on a number of questions. This is always a humorous session, but the feedback is used to inform IMS of delegate’s views, and to help shape the direction of their next events.

The summit closed with a keynote interview from German DJ/Producer Sven Väth. Interviewed by Ben Turner, this proved to be a very entertaining and refreshing end to the summit. Sven told us about the many facets of his career, and how he first came to Ibiza as a teenager in 1980, sleeping on a stolen sunbed in the forest for three months, and becoming inspired by the Spanish DJs such as Alredo, playing in what were then, open air clubs. He became a raver, got into DJing, became a big popstar and then went back to DJing and producing.

What was refreshing was his self-confessed ‘hippy’ approach to life and work, shying away (eventually) from manipulative big companies and business, preferring to be in control and do things his way, harking back to the more simplistic days of the 80s and 90s. He told us about how he only owns and DJs from vinyl records, and refuses to download music. When he DJs he uses turntables and a mixing desk, and he got a round of applause from the audience when he said this, going on to say, “I mean synch button – come on – I have goosebumps when I’m mixing”.

His approach to DJing is to respond to the music and how he feels, and how the crowd in front of him is responding, saying, “improvisation is my biggest artform”. He went on to talk about how with Cocoon he was trying to bring back the feeling he had when he first came to Ibiza. He also hit out at the current trends of VIP culture in Ibiza clubs and DJs charging for after parties.

Sven’s interview was thoroughly inspiring and refreshing, and left me full of anticipation of seeing him perform at the Grand Finale in Dalt Vila in a few hours time. So it was with full of hope that we left the Gran Hotel and IMS 2013, our home for the last three days, and headed up to Dalt Vila again. When we got there, Tensnake were onstage, just as the sun was beginning to set behind the hills in the distance. There had been rumours that Nile Rodgers (who has been working with them recently) might perform with them onstage. We spotted him on the side of the stage taking photos and videos of the crowd and watching Tensnake perform, but unfortunately for us, this was all we witnessed.

DJ Maya Jane Coles was on next, and I was wondering how tonight’s show was going to top the previous night’s spectacle, but as the night wore on, it was clear that IMS had some tricks up their sleeve. The visuals and lighting effects improved, and with each DJ that took the stage, Solomun followed by Sven Väth, the pace of the music and the show stepped up a gear. When it all ended at midnight, no-one wanted it to stop – it was a magnificent finale to a great, inspirational three days.

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Ibiza International Music Summit, May 23, 2013 – Day 2

May 24th, 2013

One of the problems of being at the Summit is that schedule is so interesting and jam packed that it becomes difficult to find the time to write up about what you’ve encountered. This is exacerbated on Day 2 because of the first of the grand finale parties in the evening, held in Dalt Vila, underneath the cathedral, which simply can’t be missed. And then there’s the photos and videos to download and process which takes time, so unless you stay up all night to do it, it becomes impossible to keep up. If you stay up all night, you’re in danger of missing the events on Day 3. So, what follows here is an overview of what happened on Day 2, which will be followed up by a full report with photos and videos which capture the spirit of the event.

Day 2 saw some really special interviews. Starting in the morning with Pete Tong interviewing Nile Rodgers. Nile had his guitar with him, and talked openly about his recent collaborations with Daft Punk, Avicii and Chase and Status. He told us about his songwriting process, picking up his guitar and giving us examples as he talked about it.

Nile Rodgers describing his songwriting process

He also talked openly about some of the other people he met and worked with over his career, including David Bowie, Miles Davis and Madonna, giving us many anecdotes in the process. And touched on his reaction to being diagnosed with cancer and how he has dealt with it. He’s an incredibly entertaining and humorous speaker, and had the audience enthralled and laughing for about an hour and half.

The highlight of the session for me however was watching him learn to play ‘Get Lucky’ on his guitar over the record, which he said he hadn’t played since he worked on it. It took him about 30 seconds to find the key and remember the parts, but once he got into it, it was pure magic to experience what must have been his first live performance of this.

After that session, it was hard to believe that anything could be more captivating, but I was wrong, and interesting sessions followed one after another. Paul Van Dyk talked about his approach to his work and the educational projects he was supporting in India and Berlin and then joined a panel session on Social Responsibility in Electronic Music.

Nile Rodgers playing along to Daft Punk’s Get Lucky

Then Nile Rodgers returned to the stage to present the IMS Anthem that he had written, along with Eats Everything who had produced a remix of it. In the session moderated by Luke Hopper, Nile told us about his approach to writing and recording the anthem before it was played to us, and I have to say, it was another Nile Rodgers gem. Then Eats Everything briefly introduced his remix before playing it, and then outlining his approach and what he had done to produce it. It was an interesting insight into the creative process of producing and remixing tracks from the perspective of both parties.

Nile Rodgers talking about composing the IMS anthem

Later on there was a keynote interview with Idris Elba, who fascinated us with stories about his early encounters with DJing from his uncle, growing up in East London, moving to the US, and how his career as a DJ and actor took off.

As if that wasn’t enough, for the last keynote interview and session of the day, Rob Da Bank interviewed Fatboy Slim. This quickly turned into another enthralling session, where Fatboy talked openly about the many facets of his career, from being a punk rocker, to being in bands and the crossover to becoming a huge commercial DJ and producer. Again, we heard many interesting and amusing stories and anecdotes – it was a great way to end the day.

After getting some much needed food, it was then time to head up the first grand finale party in Dalt Vila. Getting there just as the sun had gone down, we watched the lights come up around Ibiza town and in the marina below, and partied to sets from Idris Elba, Pete Tong and Fatboy Slim. A wonderful setting for a party, and an opportunity to see some big name DJs performing out in the open. Fatboy Slim ended the night in true style by finishing with a mix of Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’ with Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’, which for me was a perfect way to end a long and great day.

IMS continues until Friday May 24. For more info see the website:
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Ibiza International Music Summit, May 22, 2013 – Day 1

May 23rd, 2013

So here I am at the 6th edition of The International Music Summit in Ibiza, in the sumptuous surroundings of The Gran Hotel. The IMS as it’s known, is described in the manual that comes in our delegate pack as “Electronic music’s equivalent to TED – a hub for the world’s leading professionals in dance music”. This year’s theme is ‘Beyond the Boom Boom’ recognising that electronic dance music, or EDM as it’s known in the business is now big business. Maybe as a reflection of this, we’re told by Pete Tong in the introductory welcome that the summit has sold out for the first time this year.

It’s my second visit to the summit, and I know that after the experience of last year, that this conference can be somewhat of a marathon. It takes place over three days with back to back sessions, no breaks for lunch or coffee, and then there’s the multitude of night time parties happening at various venues around the island. In view of this grueling schedule, I’m being selective about the sessions that I attend so that I can schedule in breaks and not suffer from conference overload! So I’m only going to report on the sessions that I go to.

The session’s all take place in one room, which is dangerously located to one side of the courtyard and the swimming pool. And the rain and cold winds that have been with us for the last few days have finally gone, and the Ibizan sun is out in full force. It’s dangerous in the sense that once you leave the room, it can be hard to make the decision to go back in.

The first session is The IMS Business Report, given by market researcher Kevin Watson. He presents us with an impressive array of stats, showing the recent growth and activity in the industry. The US dance market grew 36% in 2011-12 and it is also still growing in the UK. Dance festivals have also grown considerably in the US. The largest EDM clubs in Las Vegas collectively make over 600 million dollars per annum. Globally, the EDM industry annually is estimated to be 4.5 billion dollars annually. So it’s definitely big business!

Next, Patrick Moxey, the Electronic Music President at Sony Music/Ultra Records gave us some insights from his perspective. Before the boom there were lots of barriers to establishing dance music in the music industry, but things have now changed. As an example, Daft Punk’s single ‘Get lucky’ is currently no. 1 in 65 countries.

Marc Geiger (William Morris Endeavor), gave a slightly different perspective. He sees it as being about change at the moment. And for him the big question is can this industry change and keep its market position? He talked about how in the last 10 years the power has changed to Twitter, YouTube, Spotify etc. Consumer habits have also changed, from owning physical products to downloading and streaming. He sees a consolidation of companies and brands taking place. Moreover, he things that the boom boom starts now if we grow up and pro up (i.e. become more professional), and he believes that 4.5 billion dollars is a conservative estimate of what can be made, and that the figure is more like 10 billion. However, there’s a need to build for the long term, invest, think globally and work with the experts. He sees one of the current problems as needing to find a better way of making the large volume of an artist’s output accessible. Content needs curation, and there’s a need to clean up the metadata. He also wants to see the DJ turn into a David Bowie kind of figure, to keep us interested. What’s more is that we need 100 of them – we need more stars. He concluded with the message that everything is changing around us and we’ve got to keep up.

Meanwhile in the courtyard, two artists, Fin DAC and Inkie, were creating paintings for tonight’s auction, providing a visual diversion from hearing people talking, and a chance to stand in the sunshine for a while and observe the canvases take shape.

As a resident of the island, something of great interest to me was the panel session ‘The Changing Face of Ibiza’. On the panel chaired by Grego O’Halloran (Resident Advisor) were representatives from several Ibiza clubs: Shane Murray (Ibiza Rocks), Guy Gerber (DJ with a new residency at Pacha), Mark Netto (IBZ Entertainment/Bomba), Yann Pisseman (Ushuaia), David Vincent (Sankeys) and Steve Hulme (Pacha). Whilst a lot of the session allowed the panelists to talk about what they were doing this season and what had changed, there were a few interesting insights given, and that is what I want to focus on.

Ushuaia with the establishment of its new ‘Tower’ which is about to open, talked about seeing their establishment as an ‘amusement park’ for adults, in which they will be able to eat, drink, party and sleep. Mark Netto of new club Bomba talked briefly about the administrative, logistical and political problems they had experienced in getting the club off the ground. However, he believes that Ibiza needs a new venue, and it will probably open towards the end of June. Dave Vincent from Sankey’s told how they wanted to focus more on the Ibiza club, bring new forward/thinking talents to the island, and promote all the parties themselves, which led to the closure of the original club in Manchester so that they could concentrate on this.

The story from Steve Hulme at Pacha about the recent changes at the club was also that the family wanted to take more control, and wanted to freshen things up and look forward to the next 10 years. Guy Gerber talked about the concept for his new residency at Pacha ‘The wisdom of the glove’, which I didn’t quite get, or maybe he just didn’t explain it very well. Shane from Ibiza Rocks told how for 8 years they have been kicking against everything else on the island, wanting to create the feel of festivals and live music. Whilst music is at the heart of what they do, they’ve been looking more at their audience and started We Are Rockstars (W.A.R.) to reflect that they are also into the club scene.

There were some messages coming through from the panel that the big clubs were not at war with each other, but given that the club scene is big business in Ibiza, there is clearly competition between them, which can only be healthy and raise the bar (and probably the prices). There was a view that the increase of VIP tables was as a result of clubbers who have grown up and acquired more money to spend on their entertainment.

Other recent changes are that most clubs now offer parties 7 days a week, and that clubs no longer can dictate that DJs have to remain exclusive to them. The artists have more power, there are more slots to fill, but there was also a feeling from some that the punters were ultimately in control, as they buy the tickets.

The final and most controversial presenter of the day was Bob Lefsetz, an American music industry analyst and critic. As hard as Pete Tong tried to structure the interview, what resulted was more of a random stream of consciousness highlighting Bob’s unique views about the music industry, EDM, use social media and the like. There’s no way I’m going to attempt to give the gist of the whole interview and what was discussed, so I’m going to provide some snippets of some of the things that I found interesting and/or amusing.

Probably the first comment that hit home referred to the previous panel session, saying “that guy from Pacha, I’d like to lock him in a room and find out the truth”, which was probably what we were all thinking at the time.

On Daft Punk’s ‘Get lucky’, “It is a good disco song, but it sounds like it was from 30 years ago. But it’s good ear candy.” Continuing to talk about the band he said that “The hardest thing to do is recreate success, and the longer you leave it the harder it is.”

On curation: “The problem with curation is that it doesn’t scale, and it doesn’t generate money.”

On social media: “Facebook is passé.” “All these companies (like Twitter, FaceBook etc.) are only concerned about making money – they don’t care about you.” “Deadmou5’s social media is better than his music.”

Some of the things he said were contentious, some thought-provoking, and some things we already knew deep down inside, but it was an interesting session to end the day.

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Nile Rodgers to create the 2013 IMS Anthem

May 13th, 2013

nile rodgersA keynote speaker in 2012 at the International Music Summit, Nile Rodgers returns this year to lend his talents to the IMS anthem. The Chic bass guitarist, who is famed for his unique guitar lines and songwriting skills, is the perfect candidate to record the track – not only because of his history, but also due to his recent involvement with electronic music, most notably the new Daft Punk album, Random Access Memories, which he exclusively told the IMS at his keynote speech last year. The first single ‘Get Lucky’ has been no.1 in the UK charts for the past 3 weeks.

Nile’s production credits read like a who’s who of the greatest pop stars in history, from Madonna to David Bowie, Duran Duran and Mick Jagger to name but a few.

“I am so excited to be creating the IMS Anthem 2013. I had such an inspirational time at IMS last year and its opened up many new connections including collaborations with many contemporary electronic artists. I’ve created this new track with Ibiza and the electronic community in mind before handing over to one of my favourite remixers of today – Eats Everything. I can’t wait to hear what he does with it, and to hear it at Dalt Vila in Ibiza! Historic site for historic music productions.”

On remix duties they have a leader of the new school, providing a perfect thread from the past to the present and the future – Eats Everything. One of the electronic music scene’s most famous faces, Eats Everything hails from Britain’s West Country and has made his way onto the global stage thanks to his flawless DJ skills and excellent productions. It was in 2011 when his single ‘Entrance Song’ took the underground scene by storm and launching him into the limelight, after more than a decade of hard work. Now reaping the benefits of all the work he put in before he hit the big time, Eats Everything will no doubt throw down a serious remix of Nile’s anthem and we can’t wait to hear it.

The typically straight-talking DJ told us:

“It still hasn’t quite sunk in that I am remixing Nile Rodgers, it’s ridiculous!!! I am so excited though and can’t wait to get stuck in!”

Every year IMS commissions two very special artists to conceive and remix its anthem, all within a very limited timeframe. The producer of the anthem has just one day to create it, while the remixer has the same allotted time the following day. Both tracks are then played at the IMS Finale, which takes place at the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Dalt Vila.

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Jean Michelle Jarre keynote announced for IMS 2013

March 21st, 2013

Jean Michel Jarre, one of the earliest pioneers of synthesised music, will be giving a keynote interview at this years International Music Summit here in Ibiza in May where he will discuss his career, past, present and future. He says:

“I was excited to discover the IMS event in Ibiza and particularly the values it holds for a genre of music which I’ve been involved in from the early beginnings. I continue to push the genre forward in many ways, and I see my Keynote Interview at IMS as a way to continue to communicate my passions to a wider and younger audience – who appear to be today’s trailblazers for this genre, all united in one location. “

Jarre, who laid the foundations of what eventually became dance music, having also established himself as the true master of the open-air extravaganza with incredible light shows at Tiananmen Square, the Pyramids as backdrops and the infamous Destination Docklands shows, has been collaborating with some of the hottest contemporary names in modern electronica, including his recent work on Parisian imprint InFiné.

IMS partner Ben Turner states: “A lot of work has gone into landing Jean Michel Jarre. But we are hugely excited to have his attendance. I interviewed him in 1993 for the Melody Maker when electronic DJs like Slam had remixed his work. So it’s been amazing talking to him again about speaking at IMS. He is a true pioneer and his understanding of today’s scene is quite surprising. His understanding of the challenges facing the business is second to none, and his vision for change is also impressive and inspiring.”

Nile Rodgers, who broke the news that he was working with Daft Punk at last years IMS, and is the global ambassador for the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM), will also be returning to the IMS for a chat,

Turner states: “Nile set IMS alight last year but it felt like he didn’t get to finish his story. So welcome back – the man was an inspiration and so much has come from his involvement in IMS last year. He can come back every single year as far as IMS is concerned.”

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IMS Ibiza 2013, Speakers announced

February 21st, 2013

Themed IMS: Beyond The Boom Boom!, the event, hosted by BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong, will take a deep look into the international expansion of electronic music and how the business is spilling out of the confines of the dance floor and into mainstream culture. IMS 2013 will lead the discussions about sustainability after the goldrush settles down.

  • Among the artists present this year are techno pioneer Sven Väth, who will be discussing career longevity in the electronic music scene.
  • IMS will also host a keynote from industry analyst and provocateur Bob Lefsetz who will deliver a state-of-the-nation address on the coming of age of the genre. A rare European visit.
  • Iconic actor Idris Elba (The Wire, The Office, Prometheus) will be delivering a keynote as his alter-ego Driis, talking tradecraft and keeping it real as a DJ.
  • Founder and owner of Ultra Records Patrick Moxey will be charting his rise to the top of the Sony tree: all hail Mr President of Electronic Music!
  • Bringing together the overall themes of IMS 2013, Willam Morris Endeavour’s Marc Geiger will give a keynote on the sustainability of electronic music, as the gold rush begins to calm. From the man who has seen it all.
  • Hard-hitting French label boss / venue owner / manager Emmanuel de Buretel tells it like it is in probably one of the most honest interviews you will ever see at an IMS event. Stand by!
  • Infamous promoters Andrea & Antonio will be revealing all about Circoloco @ DC10, from its beginnings in 1999, through the subsequent troubles in 2008/09 to the present day.
  • The original Berlin DJ Paul Van Dyk will give a keynote interview on the importance of social responsibility in electronic music.
  • Amy Thomson of ATM artists (Swedish House Mafia, Groove Armada) will give a keynote interview on empowering fans, or the ‘General Admission’ as she has famously called them, to create devotees.
  • Shelly Finkel of SFX Entertainment will be interviewed about Robert F.X. Sillerman’s $1bn bet on electronic music music acquisitions.
  • Tomorrowland’s Duncan Stutterheim will open up a window on the ideology of ‘electronic music experience’ company ID&T as they expand into North America.
  • DJ-Z’s Seth Goldstein takes a good hard look at the next generation of electronic music fans, as he targets 13-16 year olds.
  • This year’s IMS Anthem will be created live by Groove Armada in front of delegates, with a remix to be done by man of the moment Eats Everything.
  • Ghostdancing focuses on the ghostwriting hitmakers exposed recently by Mixmag’s Ben Gomori. Guests so far include Timo Garcia, Nicky Romero and Glimpse.
  • There will also be an exclusive first ‘work in progress’ screening of Planet Rock & Other Tales Of The 808 – the Arthur Baker produced documentary about the seminal 808 drum machine.
  • The IMS Market Focus panel will be investigating the ins and outs of the German music market.
    Ben Turner, IMS and music lawyer Kurosh Nasseri will present the Association for Electronic Music and explore its potential at the forefront of the genre.

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RocknRave at Ibiza Rocks House

April 15th, 2012

To top off the panels at The International Music Summit Get Tested! Back to The Phuture and Ibiza Rocks House present RocknRave.

A Q&A panel of unique guests hosted by Back to The Phuture’s Mark Jones at the legendary Ibiza Rocks House. RocknRave will feature leading lights that played a part in driving Ibiza’s party scene, each with an exclusive insight on what went on. Mark Jones will be steering panel members to talk about what they have done and how they have got to where they are now?

With his profound knowledge of music, not to mention his contribution, from the early days of Acid House parties to Wall of Sound via Propellerheads, Jacques Lu Cont, Grace Jones and Tiesto to Back to the Phuture on BBC Radio 6, Mark Jones will lead the discussion with insight and a bit of comedy.

Previously known as Pikes, Ibiza Rocks House will form the background to the discussion. Ibiza Rocks House is steeped in Ibizencan cultural history. It’s former owner Tony Pike hosted wild Freddie Mercury fuelled parties and these days it’s the venue for the Ibiza Rocks after-parties throughout the summer.

The event will ultimately raise money for The Hepatitis C Trust’s flagship awareness campaign Get Tested! Raising awareness through music and discussion is a powerful way to effect change, get more people tested and in turn save lives. Deaths from hepatitis outnumber those of HIV now and they are all unnecessary deaths.

The event will be held on May 26 at 5pm, Entrance is free so come early to avoid disappointment. Names announced shortly.

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Confirmed speakers for IMS 2012

March 1st, 2012

The International Music Summit have announced the initial set of speakers for this years IMS 2012. Some obvious interesting ones from our point of view are Nile Rodgers (Keynote Interview), Tatiana Simonian from Twitter (Keynote Address), Patrick Walker from Youtube (Technology Address), D.A. Wallach from Spotify (Presidential Debate) and Omid Ashtari from Foursquare (Technology Address).

Here’s the blurb:

First speakers for IMS 2012 are now revealed. IMS enters year five at the five-star Ibiza Gran Hotel with speaker executives from Twitter, You Tube, Spotify, Vice, Foursquare, Creamfields, Metropolis, PRS, VUE Cinemas as well as a Keynote Interview with the legend that is Nile Rodgers, plus Diplo, Carl Cox, Luciano, Loco Dice, Paul Oakenfold, Francois Kevorkian and more.

Ben Turner, co-founder and IMS partner said: “IMS is so excited about this year’s line-up starting with the news of Nile Rodgers coming to Ibiza to talk about his incredible history at a crucial time for him. He has just confirmed he’s on production duties for Daft Punk so it’s also a very special moment to get time with him. Aside from this, we have visionaries from Twitter, You Tube, Vice and Foursquare coming, plus the strongest artist speakers we’ve had in five years. Electronic music is in a huge position of strength, so this year’s theme is Connections Count, as we open the doors to some of the biggest partnership companies around. Come to IMS Ibiza and make it count.”

Music Artists:

NILE RODGERS – CHIC (Keynote Interview)
DIPLO (Keynote Interview)
CARL COX (IMS Legends Dinner Recipient)
PROFESSOR GREEN (Brand Presentation)
LUCIANO (Keynote Interview)
ABOVE & BEYOND (Emerging Market Focus: India/Presidential Debate)
LOCO DICE (IMS Grand Finale DJ)
PAUL OAKENFOLD (Film & Television)
FRANCOIS KEVORKIAN (The World According to Francois Kevorkian)

Music Industry:

SIMON DUNMORE – DEFECTED (Keynote Interview)
DANIEL MILLER – MUTE (The World According to Francois Kevorkian)
PINO SAGLIOCCO – IBIZA 123 / LIVE NATION ES (Ibiza: Year of Change)
JHO OAKLEY – JHO MANAGEMENT (Meet Team Chase & Status)

Music Brands / Partners:

PATRICK WALKER – YOU TUBE (Technology Address)
EDDY MORETTI – VICE (Keynote Address)
D.A. WALLACH – SPOTIFY (Presidential Debate)
FOURSQUARE (Technology Address)
JAMAL EDWARDS – SBTV (Under 30 – Next Gen)
LUKE HOOD – UKF Dubstep (Under 30 – Next Gen)
MARK LAWRENCE – PRS MEMBERSHIP & RIGHTS (Publishing – Now, Show Me The Money)

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