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Insomniac Adds Armin & More To EDMbiz 2016

This marks the 5th year of Insomniac’s EDMbiz, June 14th to the 16th which also coincides with Electric Daisy Carnival over in Las Vegas. What’s great about them putting this together year after year is the ability to get some insight on the inner workings of the music industry, from the artists creating the music to the people curating some of the worlds most premier experiences, there is something for anyone who has wondered about how some of these things come together. They just finished announcing their phase two speakers with the one and only Armin Van Buuren, along with an in-depth with a slew of CAA’s top agents and Rob Light during the Meet The Agency panel. To make things even more interesting, they announced the introduction of a one-of-a-kind mentorship program that will be hosted by Little Empire Music & Skylight that I’ll touch on later in the announcement.

1495171_10152703400833316_4461713835021022246_oThis year EDMbiz will also be featuring two very distinct stages that will incorporate a new programming experience, which encompasses the conference’s three cornerstones: ExperienceTechnology and Aspiration. Attendees can look forward to a wide range of speakers and sessions that tackle the most pressing issues facing the electronic music industry today.

“We want to curate discussions that cover every facet in our industry,” said Pasquale Rotella, Insomniac Founder and CEO. “From the fans, to the entrepreneurs, to the artists, this year’s topics explore the questions being asked at every level of the business about where we are and what we can expect next. We’re extremely fortunate to have such a diverse, impressive group contribute to these panels.”

Badge holders will have special access to a range of parties: http://www.edmbiz.com/edmbiz-night-life/


Little Empire Music and SkyLight will team up to bring a different kind of collaboration to a dynamic environment aimed at building a promising future for electronic dance music. Little Empire, a music management company, founded by Stephanie LaFera, teamed up with music executive Kerri Mason in 2013 to develop SkyLight; aimed at supporting young females in the music business through mentorship, conference exchange and internship placement programs. Through focused mentorship sessions at EDMbiz, executives from the business will guide students in a personalized mentoring program designed to empower young mentees to understand a diverse range of topics pertaining to careers and business in the dance music industry. Advance sign-up for mentor sessions will be on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Lastly, As part of the returning EDMbiz A&R Contest, Insomniac Records, Discovery Project, and a hand-selected panel of EDMbiz judges will examine dozens of submissions to help elevate the exposure of a few lucky dance music hopefuls. From the submissions, four finalists will be selected to attend EDMbiz and, subsequently, two finalists will be chosen as grand-prize winners, filling two of Insomniac’s Discovery Project slots at Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas.



The following keynote sessions and panels will take place at EDMbiz*:

A&R Competition

Ads, Fads, and the State of Radio

After the Drop: Where Do We Go From Here? The State of Dance Music

Beyond the Boys’ Club: What’s Next for Women in Dance Music

Billboard Dance Power Players 2016 Presentation

Breakout with Paul Oakenfold

Building the Next Big DJ

Drugs in Dance Music: It’s Time for the Industry to Act

Keynote: Moby

Keynote: Pasquale Rotella

Keynote: Bob Lefsetz, Author Lefsetz Letter

Keynote: Armin van Buuren

Meet the Agency: CAA

Raymond Leon Roker, founder of URB, opens his photo archives for a special look at the formative days of the rave scene in Los Angeles. This will mark the first public presentation of URB’s early-‘90s photography collection.

Resurgence of Trance

Show/Business: Entrepreneurs in Dance Music

Success on the Big Screen: EDM Pioneer Junkie XL Makes Hollywood’s A-List


Industry leaders joining EDMbiz for a variety of presentations and panels to date include the following*:

Ali Shakeri, Music Marketing Evangelist & Co-Founder, ToneDen

Amy Pham, DJ, Host, Actress

Armin van Buuren, Artist

Bennett Sell-Kline, Photographer, Insomniac

Bob Lefsetz, Author, Lefsetz Letter

Brian Lim, Founder EmazingLights

Danny Howard, BBC Radio 1

Darryl Eaton, Co-Head of Contemporary Music, North America, CAA

Dave Ralph, Head of Talent, Insomniac

DeDe Goldsmith, Activist, Amend the RAVE Act!

Dimitri De Wit, CEO, Twenty4seven Management BV

Ed Shapiro, Partner, Reed Smith, LLP

Geronimo, Senior Director of Programming, SiriusXM

Gerry Gerrard, Wired Artist Management

Hunter Williams, Agent, CAA

James Algate, Vice President of Music, Hakkasan Group

Jason Bentley, Music Director, KCRW

Jauz, Artist

Jazz Spinder, Agent, CAA

Jeff Ryan, Talent Buyer, Insomniac

Junkie XL, Artist & Film Composer

Joe Wiseman, Marketing / A&R, Insomniac

John Amato, President, Billboard & The Hollywood Reporter

John Boyle, Chief Growth Officer/Interim CFO, Insomniac

Katie Bain, Contributing Writer at Beatport, Insomniac, LA Weekly, The Huffington Post

Kennedy Jones, Artist

Laidback Luke, Artist

Liz Gerard, President & Founder, Dance Music Women’s Collective Nap Girls

Mac Clark, Agent, CAA

MacKenzie Reynolds, Publicity Manager, Capitol Music Group

Mark Lawrence, CEO, AFEM

Maria May, Agent, CAA

Markus Schulz, Artist

Maren Steiner, Director of Health & Safety, Insomniac

Marshmello, Artist

Matthew Adell, Founder, MetaPop

Matt Medved, Senior Editor, Dance/Electronic, Billboard

Matt Rodriguez, Agent / VP West Coast, AM Only

Michaelangelo Matos, Author, The Underground Is Massive

Michael Tullberg, Photographer

Moby, Artist

Moe Shalizi, Redlight Management

Neda Azarfar, Vice President, Marketing Communications, The Recording Academy

Nick Kneuper, CEO, Electric Styles

Nick Ward, Journalist, YourEDM

Nicole Moudaber, Artist

Olga Heijns, CEO, Unmanageable Artists/Syndicate the Agency/Mixmash Records/Next Era Publishing

Pasquale Rotella, Founder & CEO, Insomniac

Patt Ochoa, Founding Director, Harmonium

Paul Oakenfold, Artist

Paul van Dyk, Artist

Raymond Leon Roker, Executive Producer & Content Strategy Director, Goldenvoice & Founder, URB Magazine

Rob Light, Partner/Managing Director/Head, CAA Music

Sarah Polonsky, Editor, DJ Mag

Sebastian Solano, CEO, ID&T

Stefanie Jones, Director of Audience Development, Drug Policy Alliance

Stephanie LaFera, Founder & CEO, Little Empire Music & Co-Founder, SkyLight

Steve Gordon, Founder/Agent, Circle Talent

Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic


*Additional speakers and panels will be announced soon; all panels and speakers are subject to change.