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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.

hard rock hotel ibiza

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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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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IMS Ibiza 2012 Grand Finale party with Carl Cox announced

February 20th, 2012

This years IMS Grand Finale events will again see 2 live nights at the UNESCO World Heritage site of D’alt Vila in Ibiza Town. In addition to the Friday night event (25th May 2012) there is also a free F**k Me I’m Famous event on the Thursday night followed by the F**k Me I’m Famous opening party at Pacha.

Celebrating their fifth year in operation, team IMS are very proud to be able to unveil the full details for this year’s IMS Grand Finale Festival – an event that’s now considered the opening party for the whole season.

Set in the heart of Ibiza Town and looking over the Balearic Sea, the very special UNESCO world heritage site in Dalt Vila is a place of true beauty, made even more special when you consider that this is the only time of the year the area is used for a contemporary music event.


25TH MAY 2012 @ DALT VILA (18:00-0:00)



With the aim to offer something for everyone, as well as bringing the highest caliber of artists to appeal to true dance music lovers, IMS: 2012 combines the perfect balance of heavyweight legendary names with some of the most exciting acts of today. In the “legends” corner we have two of the very best, with Pete Tong inviting his very good friend Carl Cox to the party – a man who’s done everything possible in his field.

From becoming a headline act in the late 80’s for the most exciting rave’s at the time and being the first ‘star’ DJ of Ibiza from his early shows in San Antonio, Carl Cox has maintained his status for the past 25 years, delivering the most exhilarating techno and house music wherever he goes. An icon. A legend. And his Tuesdays at Space event is now one of the strongest on the island. He is 50 years old in 2012, and deserves the headline billing for such a special event.

IMS will also host its second IMS LEGENDS DINNER at Lio on Wednesday May 23, following in the footsteps of Pete Tong from last year. The industry dinner will include speeches from close friends and a special one to one with Pete Tong.

Carl Cox – “It is a great honour that the IMS have invited me to celebrate my many years in the music industry, I have worked very hard in my life to strive to do the right thing and push my industry forward so to be acknowledged for this by such a great platform is truly wonderful. That said I am not over yet! There is plenty more to come!

Joining Pete and Carl are two of the leading lights in modern dance music, heralded for pushing the genre forward and bringing back some much-needed soul and charisma to clubs in recent years. They also both hold mythical status on the island, with Loco Dice the former Circoloco hotshot turned Cocoon hero and Seth Troxler the new king of DC-10, alongside his good friend and sometime DJ-partner Jamie Jones. With both Dice and Seth being voted in the top 10 of Resident Advisor’s annual DJ pole for the past three years running (Seth was voted #2 and Loco Dice #4 in 2011), you are guaranteed to hear the newest and finest in cutting edge club music.

Not stopping there, IMS always strives to bring forward the best live dance acts and this year is no different with…

Ben Turner, IMS Partner – “IMS is proud to unveil this line-up – our finest to date and very reflective of Ibiza innovation. The IMS events at Dalt Vila really are the most prestigious outdoor events of the Ibiza season and its our little way of saying thanks to the Ibiza Consell / government and the island for all the inspiration it gives us every year. The event now attracts partygoers from every corner of the world as the week around IMS becomes one of the busiest of the entire summer.

LOCATION: Dalt Villa, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ibiza
DATE: Friday 25th May 2012
TIMES: 18:00 – Midnight
PRICES: From €30 (IMS delegates have free entry)
CAPACITY: 2,500 people


24TH MAY 2012 @ DALT VILA (18:00-0:00)


Purchase a ticket online to the Friday Grand Finale Festival or F*** Me I’m Famous Opening party from a Pacha shop to get your free tickets for Thursday night. Limited tickets available.

LOCATION: Dalt Vila, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ibiza
DATE: Thursday 24th May 2012
TIMES: 18:00 – Midnight
PRICES: Free – limited tickets available (IMS delegates have entry)
CAPACITY: 2,500 people

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Sasha to produce IMS 2011 Burn Studios anthem

May 11th, 2011

One of the highlights of every IMS, the legendary DJ and producer Sasha will be producing 2011’s IMS Burn Studios Anthem.

The Session will take place on Thursday May 26 at the Ibiza Gran hotel and will then be remixed overnight for the following day by underground house heroes and Shake It! promoters Layo & Bushwacka!

In the old days, conferences used to have anthems! IMS partnered with Burn Studios showcase how leading producers and remixers work. Both Sasha and then Layo & Bushwacka! will deconstruct their work and show how they work in the studio.

Burn Studios will offer the Track’s stems on for an exclusive remix competition to be announced very soon.

The track and remix will be available exclusively to download via Burn Studios before a full release on Sasha’s new label. It goes without saying that this a rare insight into the working thoughts and processes of one the scene’s most unique and elusive artists.

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International Music Summit, Ibiza Grand Finale lineup announced

March 31st, 2011




LOCATION: Dalt Villa, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ibiza
DATE: Friday 27th May 2011
TIMES: 18:00 – Midnight
PRICES: From €25 (IMS delegates have free entry)
CAPACITY: 2,500 people

The IMS Grand Finale Festival returns to the iconic Dalt Vila for a third year as they look to host their biggest event yet. In the heart of Ibiza Town and looking over the Balearic sea, the very special UNESCO world heritage site in Dalt Vila is without doubt one of the finest open-air locations in the world – and this is the only contemporary music event they allow to take place each year.

Building on last year’s unforgettable show that featured performances from Buraka Som Sistema, Mark Ronson, Sasha, Skream, David E Sugar and IMS co-founder Pete Tong, the IMS team have now confirmed the lineup for 2011 and once again it’s tantalizing prospect.

In the year that Pete Tong celebrates 20 years on BBC Radio 1, the co-founder of IMS will once again be spearheading the IMS celebrations and joined by none more exciting than the mighty 2manydjs – still regarded by many as the greatest DJs on the planet. Having re-written the rulebook of DJ mixes, pioneered the art of the mash-up remix, and conquered the world as their 4-piece band Soulwax, there’s little the two Belgian brothers haven’t achieved. They will be the headline act this year and it promises to be one hell of a show!

Not stopping there we also have Ibizan favourite – and huge techno star in his own right – Dubfire, who will be making his IMS debut. A man who originally touched down on the island in the early 90’s as one half of the Grammy award winning duo Deep Dish, but in more recent years has developed a solo career that has taken him to even dizzier heights. Without doubt he will be a huge draw to any techno fans that are in Ibiza that week. Rounding off the line-up we have IMS favourite Jason Bentley, the host of America’s most influential radio show (Morning Becomes Eclectic on KCRW) and the winner of the first ever IMS Pioneer award. A key name in the U.S. dance scene for many years, he is also the man behind countless movie soundtracks, including all three Matrix films, and is credited for orchestrating the partnership between Daft Punk and the recent Tron movie – he’s also an amazing DJ!

The headline live act on the night will be New York’s finest, Hercules & Love Affair, who recently released their ‘Blue Songs’ album to the delight of both the media and their ever-growing fan base. Managing to channel the spirit (and sounds) of the famous Paradise Garage, they combine both classic NYC disco attitude with modern house and electronic pop at it’s very best.

They will be joined on the bill by The Japanese Popstars, who will be performing their hybrid style of live electro to an Ibizan crowd that has already shown them a lot of love from their previous shows at Wonderland and Amnesia. Their Positiva/EMI album contains some incredible collaborations, expect special guests to be joining them on stage at IMS!

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4th International Music Summit Ibiza 2011, more speakers

March 11th, 2011

More speakers and details have been announced for this years International Music Summit here in Ibiza.

The IMS, which is now in its incredible 4th year, will feature the legendary Carl Cox (along with Lynn Cosgrove) in conversation with another legend that is Space owner Pepe Rosello on Wednesday 25th May in a special one-to-one life story interview.

Also on Wednesday, the IMS will introduce the full team behind the phenomenal global success of Swedish House Mafia in a discussion about uniting the world across manager, agent, international label etc.

Amy Thomson. Manager to Swedish House Mafia, Owner, ATM Artists
Ian Huffam. Artist Agent, Founder / Owner Xray Touring
Celia Carrillo. Vice President, Global Marketing, EMI Records
Christian Larson. Film Maker, Swedish House Mafia
Jason Ellis. A&R Director, Positiva / Virgin

On THURSDAY MAY 27 the IMS will focus on a Global topic based around the emerging scene in Brasil – a hotbed for global electronic expansion. The
session will begin with a reading from New York Times journalist LARRY ROTHER, author of BRASIL ON THE RISE: THE STORY OF A COUNTRY TRANSFORMED. He will then be joined by leading promoters who operate the Latin America scene

Larry Rother. Author: Brasil On The Rise: The Story Of A Country Transformed
Leo Sanchez. Promoter, Industriae / Pacha Brasil
Layo Paskin. Artist, Layo & Bushwacka!
Luiz Eurico. Promoter / Manager / Agent, Skol Beats / U-Turn / Club BASE /
Martin Gontad. Promoter, Creamfields Argentina / Brasil

On FRIDAY MAY 28 IMS reveal the people and personalities behind the world famous “festival” KaZantip. However, it is NOT a festival. It is a republic
in the Ukraine. It is one of the most unique music gatherings on the planet.

Nikita Marshunok. The President
Yury Marychev. The Minister of Songs and Dances
Andrii Goshva. The Minister of Propaganda

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International Music Summit 2011, Ibiza

January 25th, 2011

“IMS is electronica’s equivalent to the TED conference – a hub for the world’s leaders and thinkers in dance music”

International Music Summit 2011, Ibiza IMS returns to Ibiza Gran Hotel and Dalt Vila in Ibiza for the fourth year, building on the great success of 2010’s summit that confirmed its role as the leading event for professionals in electronic music.

Created by a team including BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong, IMS is a unique annual experience in Ibiza, combining an innovating and refreshing business-focused daytime schedule set across three days and the IMS Grand Finale Festival at the stunning at the Dalt Vila UNESCO World Heritage site.

IMS 2011 have announced the first speakers for this year’s International Music Summit (IMS: 2011). The scene is set for what promises to be the most exciting, informative and inspirational IMS yet. With Ibiza’s leading 5* Ibiza Gran Hotel once again the location for the daytime conferences, the IMS have upped the ante in the evenings with an expanded Dalt Vila experience and a first ever IMS Opening Party at Pacha on Wednesday 25th May. With last year’s amazing open-air Dalt Villa event including DJ sets from Pete Tong, Mark Ronson, Sasha, Skream and a live set from Buraka Som Sistema and David E Sugar, you can expect even more music and mayhem than before.

As well as Ibiza, IMS will also be taking to America for the first time as Ben Turner, co-director of IMS explains:IMS is moving up a gear with a special event in Miami to amplify our work to the North American market, plus a whole host of additions and more parties in Ibiza to help inject a little mayhem to the proceedings. IMS will not veer away from the ‘Back to Business‘ ethos but electronic music has never been more prosperous and we want to showcase the amazing innovations in music, technology and promoters and festivals from around the world.”


imsIMS is honoured to have Daniel Miller from Mute Records as their Keynote Interview in 2011. The man who signed Depeche Mode, Moby and Richie Hawtin (amongst many others) has been invited to the IMS every year so far and now that he’s become and independent again, it feels like the right time for his story. In another major coup for IMS, it will be Richie Hawtin who interviews Miller.

Richie will also feature at IMS discussing his plans to make dance music greener, in conjunction with Alison Tickell from Julie’s Bicycle plus leading electronic music agents.

In addition, in the year that dance music has exploded onto daytime radio all over the world, the BBC’s ‘Head of Music’ George Ergatoudis will face the industry about his decisions, which arguably make him the most influential man in worldwide radio for electronic music labels. As well as speaking, Ergatoudis has agreed to a “speed pitching session” where delegates will have four minutes to sell their music to him.

IMS has also invited one of the world’s most powerful and most highly respected music agents to speak. David Levy was possibly the first ever DJ agent, and now with William Morris Endeavor, the company have a huge market share within the genre worldwide. Levy is uncompromising and has a vision and an overview for the global scene like few others. Elsewhere, the inspirational character that is Emmanuel du Buretel, the head of Because Music in France, will talk about his business interests that span way beyond simply releasing music. Emmanuel is one of the most respected label bosses in the world, and from France has a special approach to music and artist relations.

imsOther key speakers are Amy Thomson from CMO Management who has taken the Swedish House Mafia from Sweden to the top of the charts worldwide as both manager and agent. Also Jho Oakley who has taken drum n bass producers Chase & Status and Pendulum from underground clubs to writing records for the likes of Rihanna and beyond. Also included are speakers from Nokia and National Geographic, who have a new approach to music.

With those guests and so many more currently being confirmed for IMS: 2011, it’s safe to say that alongside all the evening entertainment, the IMS is still fully focused on setting the agenda for the future of the industry. It’s time to get Back to Business.

Pete Tong states: “We are very proud to announce the first stage of our conference line up for the 4th International Music Summit in Ibiza. Once again we are privileged to welcome an incredibly diverse array of brilliant guest speakers including the legendary founder of Mute Records Daniel Miller, Jho Oakley manager of Chase & Statusand George Ergatoudis head of music at BBC Radio 1. I’m sure this event will continue to make a major contribution to the debate on the future of electronic music entertainment around the world.”


  • Keynote Interview – Daniel Miller (Mute, Label, chairman / founder). Interviewed by Richie Hawtin
  • Keynote Interview – George Ergatoudis (BBC Radio 1, Head of Music)
  • Keynote Interview – Emmanuel du Buretel (Because, Label; founder)
  • Keynote Interview – David Levy (William Morris Endeavor, agent)
  • Everything’s Gone Green: Richie Hawtin (M-nus, artist)
  • Who The Fuck Is… Paul Kalkbrenner? (artist)
  • Sasha (artist)
  • imsJamie Jones (Hot Natured / Crosstown Rebels, artist)
  • Nervo (artists)
  • Theo Gupta (Nokia, Global Music Partnerships Manager, brands)
  • Jeffrey B. Clyburn (National Geographic Music, Vice President)
  • Liz Gallacher (Velvet-Ears, music supervisor)
  • Jason Alexander (Hit The Ground Running / Curators, music supervisor)
  • Rudy Chung (Hit The Ground Running / Curators, music supervisor)
  • Amy Thomson (CMO Management, manager; Swedish House Mafia)
  • Alison Tickell (Julie’s Bicycle, climate change coalition, director)
  • Mark Gillespie (Three Six Zero Group, manager)
  • Jho Oakley (Jho Management, manager; Pendulum & Chase & Status)
  • Shamal Ranasinghe (Top Spin Media, digital marketing, co-founder)
  • Nikita Marshunok (kaZantip, festival Ukraine, promoter)
  • Ted Cohen (TAG Strategic, digital, founder)
  • Jason Bentley (KCRW, broadcaster / DJ)
  • Gary Richards (Hard / Hardfest, festival Los Angeles, promoter)
  • Katrin Schlotfeldt (Clonk, agent)
  • Kim Benjamin (Kimco Entertainment, agent)
  • Tom Windish (Windish Agency, agent, founder)
  • Tom Kiel (Universal Germany, label, A&R)


  • IMS to reveal Electronic Music Industry Power Players list at Miami event
  • IMS Legends Dinner at IMS Ibiza. A celebration of one person’s milestone
  • Speed Networking with all IMS speakers outside of main delegation room
  • Speed Pitching with BBC Radio 1’s Head of Music – George Ergatoudis
  • Booking United summit meeting to take place during IMS Ibiza
  • First ever IMS Opening Party at Pacha on Wed May 25
  • Expansion of IMS events at Dalt Vila – a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • First official IMS pool party to take place at Ibiza Town hotel
  • Introduction of ‘Question Time’ format. Panel of experts debate the scene
  • Wider range of hotel packages available. More hotels, more choice


  • Records. Meet Team Swedish House Mafia
  • Labels. Survival of the Fittest: Labels of Love
  • Publishers: They’re Just a Bunch of *ankers, aren’t they?
  • Festivals. Kazantip – A New Dance Music Republic
  • Social Media. The Twittering Classes: Social Media Etiquette
  • Global. Las Vegas: The first real Ibiza Alternative?
  • Global. Brasil: The New North America?
  • Genres. Changing of the Guard: The New Techno Glitteratti
  • Genres. Dubstep Breaks America
  • Agents. Booking United: Berlin agent association revealed
  • Charts. IMS: The DJ Index

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Tommie Sunshine interview at the Ibiza International Music Summit 2010

June 14th, 2010

Amongst all the Americans here this week, our two favourite characters are probably Jason Bentley and Tommie Sunshine. Bentley hosts Morning Becomes Eclectic on California’s KCRW (acknowledged as the best dance music programme in the US), and was the music superviser on the Matrix films. He’s also recently finished working with Daft Punk on the soundtrack to Tron: Legacy. Pete Tong engaged him in a fascinating discussion about working with the duo. Later Bentley moderated a panel discussion of the recent and long overdue surge of interest in dance music in the US. One of his panelists was the super cool Tommie Sunshine. Afterwards in the press room he filled us in about what’s happening in New York, the importance of authenticity and his love for the Australian party scene.

First off, let me say this. Ibiza is absolutely the heart and soul of dance music. It’s clear this island lives and breathes electronic music.

I started in ’86 and I’ve been making music for a decade now. The first big thing that I worked on was I co write Silver Screen with Felix da Housecat which went on to be quite a seminal track, and from that started getting into my own production. I’ve done well over 100 remixes in my career and I have a new single that’s just now breaking in Australia on Nova which is one of the biggest national stations.

Here’s what I love about New York. When I get home on Sunday I’m going to David Mancuso’s loft party which he’s been doing since the early 70s. He does something that’s completely out of this world in that he doesn’t mix. He puts on a record and plays it all the way to the end, and everybody claps, and he puts on another record. He plays records in their entirety and pretty much mainly plays disco, real proper ten minute long crazy disco from the ’70s. But then he’ll play a DFA remix of M.I.A. It’s from 4.30 in the afternoon to midnight, and he’s got little kids running around as well as people in their 70s. Then there’s the deep and dingy warehouse parties in Brooklyn. So there’s all of this going on at the same time and it’s all connected. It’s a pretty legitimate history in New York. There is a community there, but it’s not as big as you would hope, or as big as the mythology would lead you to believe. As I said in the panel, NY and the way it’s perceived is a myth. People think it’s this amazing place for dance music and it’s not. I mean you can go see the DFA guys throw a party and there’ll be only 200 people there. Derrick Carter can’t get 50 people in a room in Chicago!

We’re living in a very tricky time. I think one of the biggest problems in America right now is that you’ve got an entire cast of characters, especially on the major labels, who are old and probably do too much cocaine, and they’re trying to make decisions about music that’s completely divorced from all of that attitude. How can you have progress when these are the people pulling the strings. And these are the guys who fucked the whole business up in the first place. We still haven’t even progressed to figuring out how the industry got ruined in the first place, and now they’re doing it exactly the same way and only just now plugging dance music into the equation. But you know the biggest problem I think in America is that the radio doesn’t support this music. You can count on one hand I think the commercial radio stations in America that are dance music stations. One of the only real radio stations is Jason Bentley’s, because otherwise it’s all Clear Channel and controlled by inane corporate shit. When 9/11 happened they sent out a list of songs you couldn’t play any more. You couldn’t play Burnin’ Down The House, Edwin Starr’s War…all these songs came off the playlist because of what was going on.

The most perplexing part of all this I think is that in America things are the most fucking insane that they’ve ever been. We have a better president now, but nothing is fixed. We’re still in a really bad place. You would think now would be the time we’d have PE or Rage Against The Machine, all the people that were pissed, but you know what, no artist is gonna be PE because you won’t get your video or airplay tour support. You won’t play in any of the venues that Clear Channel own because they run the radio. The most dangerous person that we have is M.I.A and what is that? That’s a fucking dog and pony show, it’s like a political handjob that’s not real. It’s insincere and that is exactly what I was talking about earlier. This authenticity thing really bothers me. It’s my achilles heel. It’s “business music”, and here’s my motto: Music business, not business music.

What I find so fascinating is at no other point in history could you learn as much as you can learn about this music. You can go online and in an afternoon teach yourself the entire timeline to this music. You can learn about Kraftwerk, Giorgio Moroder… every single person that mattered in the grand scheme of things and no one’s doing it because they’re too distracted by Facebook and all this other nonsense. They have everybody totally distracted with this shit. The thing that’s really kind of a bummer is I feel like a lot of this stuff is being lost in time, and they would like you to believe that it’s always been this way, like everyone’s always had a computer. Like it’s never been any different. When I came into this we would go to the absolute worst side of Chicago, like where no sane person would ever go, right into the south side of Chicago. As a white kid from the suburbs you would never go there, but we would. Without a cellphone, without real directions. We didn’t Mapquest how to get there, we just figured it. It was dangerous and crazy, and people got their cars stolen at parties and it all was part of it, the element of danger which I feel has been completely removed. Because there is something about having to search these things down and go into situations that maybe weren’t comfortable that actually push you into having a bit more of a comprehensive experience at the end of the day.

Here’s an example of how slowly things are taking off here compared to Europe. I stood in a room and I have never seen anything like this. It was at Terminal Five in New York, two and a half thousand people, Ed Banger’s 7th anniversary and FEADZ was on the decks playing an absolutely perfect sound. There were 25 hundred kids with their feet firmly planted on the ground staring at him as if he was playing a piano. There wasn’t one person dancing, not one. I mean I’m not gonna lie. At the Guetta show at Pacha in New York there were definitely more people taking pictures with their phones than dancing, but at least everyone there was excited. I was just happy because there was a general excitement in the air at that show. Most people in modern times have such poor social skills because of how little human interaction they have on a daily basis. When they go to a nightclub they don’t even know how to act. They don’t even know that it’s ok to dance, like they’re not comfortable enough with themselves to get on a dance floor and act the fool, because they’re too worried about who’s watching, and how it’s going to look on Facebook the next day.

Understand something. In 1986 when I started going out there was no danger of having your photograph taken in a nightclub, and if anybody did take out a camera somebody would rugby tackle them. The minute that you involve a camera everyone changes how they act and the authenticity of the moment goes right down the shitter. I’m hoping the underground will recultivate this authenticity. I hope that there’s a bunch of kids that are throwing parties and booking DJs that I’ve never heard of, playing a genre of music I don’t know about and what’s going on in the underground for teenage kids shouldn’t have anything to do with me anyway.

The craziest place in the world I think for dance music right now is Australia. Absolutely. When you go out in that country it’s as if everyone in the room just got a text message that said that the world is ending in five minutes and that if they don’t fucking party as hard as they can its gonna end sooner. I just got back from Creamfields there where I played right before the Bloody Beetroots who were headlining to ten thousand people and it was one of the craziest things I’ve ever seen. The thing about Australia is that you can play anything, as long as you’re playing music from an authentic place and it comes from the heart they will react accordingly. I did an interview for my new single on Nova and the Action Battle Team as they’re called, – the presenters are 19, 20 and 21 years old, so it’s coming totally from a youth perspective. It was hysterical. One of the things they made me do and this just goes to show you the perspective, was a station ID in which I insult them and they record it. So I abused them verbally and they play it on the radio all the time. When you put power into kids’ hands and you let them decide what they’re gonna play and they take the reigns – that’s when things get interesting.

But back to the inauthenticity thing in corporate business music. When it gets like that it gets dirty to me. I feel lke itchy when I hear music like that as it seems totally contrived. It is being made to make money and if you’re going to do that, then do it the KLF way and have your little finger up. I’m all about that. Every single person in the music biz needs to read KLF’s The Manual. To make them more real about the whole thing. It’s all in there and that’s the baby that really tells it like it is….

Interview by Helen Donlon
Pix by Frank Fabian.

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