EDMbiz 2015 Announces Phase 1 Speakers and Programming


While most casual electronic music fans will be busy picking outfits and worrying about conflicts at EDC Las Vegas, many of the industry’s power players will already be in Sin City for the 4th annual EDMbiz Conference & Expo. Taking place June 16-18 in the Cosmopolitan Hotel, EDMbiz will welcome some of the industry’s best and brightest executives and artists for three days of progressive and insightful keynote sessions and panel speakers about some of the most pressing issues facing dance music.

Coming off its most successful year yet, the 4th running of EDMbiz promises to be the biggest and best yet, as the conference continues its unprecedented growth to become the industry’s most dynamic gathering of executives and artists. In addition to two brand new contests, EDMbiz 2015 will welcome a host of brand new keynote presenters and panel speakers.

Over the course of the three day conference, EDMbiz will feature two distinct keynote sessions, one by President of Electronic Music at Live Nation, James Barton, and the other by Zappos.com CEO and founder of Downtown Project, Tony Hsieh, who will be discussing the “City as a Startup.”

In addition to these two keynote sessions, EDMbiz will feature panel speakers touching upon topics like “Dance Music and the Urban Ecosystem: Brooklyn, Detroit, LA” and the “Future of Dance Music Journalism.”

While the keynote sessions and panel speakers make up the meat of the conference, there are a plethora of ancillary activities, including night-time club events at some of Vegas’ hottest nightclubs. Badge holders to EDMbiz will have exclusive access and expedited entry to any Insomniac-hosted event during EDC Week, including the EDMbiz kick-off party at Omnia with Afrojack, and the closing party with Alesso.

Badges to EDMbiz are available for purchase here, and you can check out the full programming below.

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, Founder & CEO, This Song is Sick
  • Nick Ward, CFOYourEDM
  • 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