Monday 8th February: Leading electronic artists and representatives of some of the world’s biggest brands are among those confirmed to speak at the third International Music Summit with superstar producer, DJ and artist Mark Ronson confirmed to appear in the headline keynote interview.
Commandeering the entire five-star Ibiza Gran Hotel, IMS creates an intimate atmosphere where artists such as the 2010 Grammy Award winner David Guetta can meet with notable business leaders such as Frank Mertens, Global Director of Creative Development Sprite / Coca-Cola Group and Konrad Von Loeheysen, the owner of Ministry of Sound Germany / Motor FM.
In her first dance music event appearance, the world-renowned music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas will feature in a one-on-one interview about her work and company Chop Shop. Patsavas is supervisor on TV shows The OC, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Mad Men and Gossip Girl plus the Twilight film.
Guetta appears on a panel titled Big Dog DJs: F*** You We're Famous, named after his legendary weekly party in Ibiza, alongside Erick Morillo from Subliminal Records, Luciano - the underground star and boss of label Cadenza Records. IMS founder and BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong will moderate.
In Meet The Future, BBC Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac, who recently swapped shows with Tong to open the countdown to the weekend, will outline her vision for electronic music alongside the likes of Pedro Winter aka Busy P, former manager of Daft Punk and boss of Ed Banger Records. Joining them is DJ Skream, remixer of the moment.
In another panel USA Today: Boom Boom Now!, IMS will hear from both those behind dance music’s recent explosion in the states, including Patrick Moxey from Ultra Records, Eddie Dean from Pacha New York and original American dance architect Arthur Baker, and also from dissenting voices like Tommie Sunshine who recently stated: "There is NO room for dance music in America. It will never happen. Not real dance music, anyway". The panel will be moderated by KCRW music director and presenter Jason Bentley, who last year received the first IMS Pioneer Award.
In Ibiza United, IMS will bring together the key players behind Amnesia, Eden, Es Paradis, Pacha, Privilege and Space on one panel for just the second time ever. This panel will be moderated by Juan Suarez, one of the chiefs of the powerful local newspaper, Diario De Ibiza.
IMS will hear from legendary producer Robin Millar, responsible for 44 number one hits, who will talk about why just one month after he retired from production duties, electronic music has re-inspired him, and see the return of 19-year old teen promoter Callum Negus Fancey from Let's Go Crazy after stealing the show last year by stating "Who is Paul Oakenfold? My audience have never heard of him."
In addition, IMS has teamed up with leading consumer portal Resident Advisor, whose audience will select a topic and speakers for the Presidential Debate format which debuted in 2009 to great acclaim.
Said Pete Tong: "It is with great pride that we announce some of the incredible
talent already confirmed to be involved in our third International Music Summit in Ibiza. For 2010 we continue to push for the most vital and engaging debates on all the key topics of the day involving the biggest players from every field.”
Commented Ben Turner, a founder and partner in the IMS, states: "IMS was never about the artists, more the people behind the curtain who help guide the gifted. In 2010, we've been overwhelmed by approaches from artists to be involved in some way. It's a great testament to our first two years. Watch out for more special names to follow..."
Following 2009’s successful experiment The IMS Vote, a session where the audience make decisions on the future of the genre, will return. Indeed, last year, 69% of those present agreed that IMS had 'made them question how their companies work'. In 2010, this is taken one step further then Ted Cohen from TAG Strategic will moderate a one-hour session where the panelists are the audience, and the agenda is not set. Cohen himself was so inspired by IMS:09 that he invited last year's Key Note speaker Richie Hawtin to attend MidemNet after hearing his radical assessment of future music.
Finally reprising his 2009 role, electronic pioneer Tom Middleton will blog to the Beatport community what is being debated, who will in turn feedback and pose questions to the speakers.
Once again the IMS Grand Finale will take place at the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Dalt Vila on Friday May 28. Last year, Basement Jaxx headlined with Pete Tong, Rob da Bank and Filthy Dukes in support. IMS has been with requests from artists to perform at this landmark event. The headline acts will be announced imminently. The event is free to attend for all delegates of the IMS, with some 2,000 tickets available to the public. Tickets are available now from www.internationalmusicsummit.com
Notes To Editors:
About the International Music Summit
IMS takes place on Wednesday May 26 to May 28 at the Ibiza Gran Hotel.
Delegates badges and hotel packages are on sale now from www.internationalmusicsummit.com. Delegates badges cost €370 and include lunch for three days. Hotel packages range from three to seven nights, ranging from €975 to €2,100.
The event is further bolstered by the opening of David Guetta's Fuck Me I'm Famous summer residency at Pacha on May 27, the opening of Space on Sunday May 30, and a special party with Luciano on Saturday May 28 at Ushuaia. Combined, the IMS weekend is now the biggest weekend of music in the Ibiza calendar.
Launched in 2008, the International Music Summit has established itself as the essential event for those working within the electronic music community. A place to do business, network and learn about the latest developments, the past two years have seen a host of music industry executives, DJs and artists descend on the white island for the IMS. IMS was created by BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong along with partners Ben Turner, Danny Whittle, Mark Netto and Simeon Friend.
Those present have included Andrew Keen, author of The Cult of The Amateur; Cathy Guetta, F**k Me I'm Famous; Cliff Fluet, Lewis Silkin; Cris Hearn, Primary Talent; David Glick, Founder Edge Group; David Levy, William Morris Agency; Enric Palau, Sonar; Eric Harle, D-E-F; Garry Blackburn, Anglo Management; James Barton, Cream; Jason Alexander, Hit The Ground Running; Jason Bentley, KCRW US; Jason Ellis, Positiva Records; Louis Puig, Space Miami; John Niven, author of Kill Your Friends; Mark Jones, Wall of Sound; Mark Selby, Nokia; Martin Gontad, 2 Net Producciones; Martin Morales, Disney; Natasha Kizzie, Euro RSCG KLP; Patrick Moxey, Ultra Music; Paul Bedford, Ingenious; Peter Koepke; Pino Sagliocco, Live Nation; Ralf Lulsdorf, T-Mobile; Randy Reed, Red Light Management; Rob da Bank, Bestival / Sunday Best Recordings; Sanne Hagelsten, Zync Music; Simon Dunmore, Defected Records; Ted Cohen, Tag Strategic; Tony Andrews, Funktion 1. Labels in attendance include Cocoon, Cr2, EMI, Global Underground, K-7, Ministry of Sound, M-inus, New State, Rekids, Sony, Sunday Best, Toolroom, Ultra Records, Universal, Warners, ZYX
DJs and producers who have attended the summit included Richie Hawtin, Basement Jaxx, Above & Beyond, Francois K, Rob da Bank, Radio Slave, Mark Knight, Sander Kleinenberg, Tom Middleton, Leftfield’s Neil Barnes, Layo & Bushwacka!, Dirty Vegas, Robbie Rivera, MYNC, Lemon Jelly’s Fred Deakin.
"An industry known for producing innovative music finally has an innovative conference."
Juan Vandervoort, !K7 Records / PIAS
"Our scene is usually so busy worrying about what new musical trend is coming up next that they sometimes forget to get together and discuss and help plot their own course. IMS offers a well thought-out program that brings together an intimate group of our scenes best thinkers and doers in candid often provocative discussion. It's about time our scene had this type of forum."
“The IMS has spotted a real need for a high quality, invitation-only event focusing on the top people in the electronic music market and has brought them together with a range of high quality speakers. I was delighted to be invited. I learned a lot and I had a great time – hard not to in Ibiza! I came away with a fist-full of business cards I'm going to be following up on. A first rate event.”
David Glick, Founder, Edge Group
“The first International Music Seminar was a revelation; a very rewarding and illuminating time, met a lot of old friends and picked up some valuable new contacts (and work!) along the way. Having participated in the New Music Seminar, In The City, WMC, London Calling, Great Escape etc, I can vouch that the seminar brings together the best of these events, and more."
Richard Norris, Producer, Beyond The Wizard Sleeve (with Erol Alkan) and The Grid
IMS: 2010 Reserve your place now, and HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF ELECTRONC MUSIC.
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