EDMbiz 2015 Unveils Speakers and Programming


James Barton, Tony Hsieh, Krewella, Paul Morris, Pasquale Rotella and More to Speak at edmbiz Conference & Expo 2015

Jason Bentley Returns to Host & Co-Curate 4th Annual EDMbiz in Las Vegas 

Tuesday, June 16 -Thursday, June 18

Attendees have access to EDC Las Vegas Parties Featuring Sets from Alesso, Avicii, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Duke Dumont and Many More

EDMbiz Conference & Expo, electronic dance music’s premiere industry event addressing the most significant topics and issues specific to the business, unveiled the first phase of speakers and programming today. Keynote speakers include James Barton, President of Electronic Music at Live Nation; and Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com and Founder of Downtown Project. Speakers for the Artist Panel will include dance music duo Krewella, 3LAU and Hook n Sling. KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley returns as host and co-curator of the 4th annual music conference taking place at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Tuesday, June 16 through Thursday, June 18. Additionally, attendees will have access to EDC Week shows that feature headliners Alesso, Afrojack, Avicii, Carl Cox, Duke Dumont, Lil John, Nicky Romero, Showtek, and others.

Billboard will present its Dance Power Players 2015 list with a panel discussion hosted by John Amato, President at Billboard /The Hollywood Reporter; Megan Buerger, Writer, Billboard; and, Matt Medved, Editor, Billboard Dance. The trio will share insights on how the list was compiled and the addition of executives to the list for the first-time ever.

The following Keynote sessions and panels will take place at EDMBiz:

  • 20 Years of Dance Music Through the Lens of AM Only 
  • Best Record/A&R Contest
  • Billboard Presents: Dance Power Players 2015
  • Dance Music and the Urban Ecosystem: Brooklyn, Detroit, LA
  • EDM: Just the Facts, Man
  • Emerging Markets: Globalization & Localization
  • Fourth Annual EDMBiz Artist Panel
  • Future of Dance Music Journalism
  • Keynote Session with James Barton, President of Electronic Music at Live Nation
  • Keynote Session, “City as a Startup” with Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com and Founder of Downtown Project
  • Radioactive: Listening Trends in a Changing Media Landscape
  • EDMbiz Startup Contest

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

  • 3LAU, Producer/Artist
  • Andrew Spada, Vice President, Content & Creative, Dancing Astronaut
  • Austin Kramer, Global Programming Head-Electronic Culture, Spotify
  • Blaise DeAngelo, General Manager, OWSLA
  • Brian Zisk, Founder, SF Music Tech
  • Chad Gillard, Head of A&R, Future Classics
  • Chip Hooper,Worldwide Head of Music, Paradigm Talent & Literary Agency
  • Clark Warner, Executive Creative Director, Beatport
  • Conor Clarke, Founder & CEO, Wavo.me
  • David Waxman, Head of A&R, Ultra Music
  • DB Burkeman, Creative Director, AM Only
  • Edward J. Hennessy, Director of UPS Entertainment Logistics
  • Ethan Baer, EDM.com
  • George Hess, CEO, Zero2Fifty Group 
  • Geronimo, Senior Director of Music Programming, Electronic and Dance Formats, SiriusXM 
  • Hook n Sling, Artist
  • James Barton, President of Electronic Music, Live Nation 
  • Jason Bentley, Music Director, KCRW
  • Jason Huvaere, Paxahau
  • Jason Miller, President – New York, Live Nation Entertainment
  • Jeff Shaw, SVP, Strategic Alliances – Electronic Music Lead, Live Nation Entertainment
  • John Amato, President at Billboard /The Hollywood Reporter
  • John Boyle, Chief Growth Officer & Interim Chief Financial Officer, Insomniac
  • Jono Grant, Artist, Above & Beyond
  • Julien Mitelberg, Co-Founder & CEO, Bandsintown Group
  • Kraig Fox, Director of DCP & Sr. Managing Director, Guggenheim
  • Krewella, Artists
  • Kush Patel, Music Partnerships, Twitch 
  • Larry Marcus, Managing Director, Walden Venture Capital
  • Lee Anderson, Agent, VP East Coast, AM Only
  • Matt Medved, Editor, Billboard Dance
  • Matt Rodriguez, Agent, VP, West Coast, AM Only
  • Megan Buerger, Staff Writer, Billboard
  • Mike Darlington, CEO, Monstercat 
  • Natalia Romiszewski, Director of A&R, Lava Records
  • Nick Guarino, This Song is Sick
  • Nick Ward, CFO, YourEDM
  • Pasquale Rotella, Founder & CEO, Insomniac 
  • Paul Morris, Founder & President, AM Only 
  • Paul Resnikoff, Publisher, Digital Music News
  • Rachel Springate, Chief Artist Officer, Dubset
  • Rich Thomas, Vice President of Content, Insomniac
  • Ryan Mac, Reporter, Forbes
  • Ryan Roy, A&R, Interscope Records
  • Simon Rust Lamb, COO, Insomniac
  • Steve Martocci, Co-Founder, Splice
  • Tatiana Oliveira Simonian, Vice President of Branded Entertainment, Nielsen
  • Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic
  • Tommie Sunshine, Producer/DJ/Songwriter/Social Media Provocateur/Raver 
  • Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com & Founder of Downtown Project
  • Vijay Nair, Founder & CEO, Only Much Louder

*Additional speakers, panels and EDC Week party access will be announced soon. All panels and speakers are subject to change.

EDMbiz attendees will also have access to the following EDC Week Shows:

Tuesday, June 16

  • Afrojack, Omnia (Official EDMbiz Opening Night Party)

Wednesday, June 17

  • Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Hakkasan
  • Special Guest at Light
  • Showtek, Wet Republic at Night

Thursday, June 18

  • Alesso, Boulevard Pool (Official EDMbiz Closing Night Party)
  • Duke Dumont, Daylight
  • Carl Cox, Light
  • Nicky Romero, Omnia
  • Lil Jon, Tryst Nightclub
  • Krewella at Wet Republic, Night
  • Avicii, XS Nightclub

For more information on speakers and registration, please visit www.edmbiz.com.