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The Top 10 of IMS Ibiza 2017


International Music Summit (IMS) returns this week to the Hard Rock Hotel in Ibiza from May 24th-26th. Celebrating it’s 10th year in existence and as with the last few years, formally opening the Ibiza Season.

IMS was founded by some of the electronic music industry’s most respected individuals including Ben Turner, BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong MBE, and Ibiza heavyweights, Danny Whittle, Mark Netto and Simeon Friend in 2007 as a place for participants and curators alike, to share a passion for electronic dance music and it’s culture.  The conferences over the years have helped shape the future of Dance Music and feature 3 days of talks, panels, discussions and meetings each year.

We at Data Transmission have been attendance for 8 of the 9 previous IMS and are very excited to be attending this week for the 10th edition, we’ve delved in the schedule to pick our highlights and must panels, you need to be at…. See you by the pool!

10. The Annual Business Report on Wednesday 24th
1:20pm – 1:40pm 

Each year, IMS is kicked off with the Annual Business Report hosted by Kevin Watson. He brings a really interesting annual report of the highs & lows of music growth, where there have been growths across DJ’s, the popularity of Festivals across the globe and the key players in the industry that year within the Electronic Music Sphere, for this years’ 10th Anniversary, he looks back at the last decade of the genres growth plus the all-important annual valuation of the genre for 2017.

9. IMS Masterclass on Spotify Best Practices: Playlists on Wednesday 24th
4:00pm – 4:45pm

One of the many IMS Masterclasses for 2017 is hosted by Austin Kramer, who is Global Head of Dance/Electronic at Spotify.  For any artist / label in the current climate, the streaming model is becoming a valuable asset to not only your revenue but also you weekly content. At the heart of this is Spotify playlist (check out dt ones btw) and charts. This is a masterclass which will deliver tips and educate on best practices for creating successful playlists, the most galvanizing way to break new music in 2017.

8. Meetings 

IMS Ibiza is always a good place to meet all those people you spend all year emailing, to put a face to the conversation strengthens your network and there’s no better place than by the pool with a cocktail in your hand.

7. New Tech announced at IMS on Friday 26th
11:00 – 11:10

Each year IMS Ibiza brings new technology and announces and presents some of the tech, apps and other gizmos we all might by using in years to come.  This year is no different. On Friday, Andy Dean will bring his new exciting app TagMix.  It captures the music and the moment using an innovative proprietary software solution that replaces the poor quality audio recorded from smartphones at clubs, concerts and festivals with matched pro-audio direct from the mixing desk. The future of live music promotion?

6. Do Not Sleep Opening Party on Wednesday 24th
11:59pm – 6:00am

Following on from last year’s crowning residency at Space Ibiza, in the iconic club’s farewell season, Do Not Sleep gears up for a third year on the White Isle.  2017 sees the party take on a weekly residency on Tuesdays from June 27th until September 26th at Sankeys Ibiza.

The official launch party is during IMS week on Wednesday 24th featuring Skream, Solardo, Alan Fitzpatrick, Detlef, Matt Tolfrey and Jamie Roy alongside Do Not Sleep resident Darius Syrossian.

For more info and tickets head to here

5. Facebook Live – Thursday 25th
12:30pm – 1:15pm

Facebook is still the leading global social media network despite the rise of Instagram and Facebook Live is becoming one of the key components for promoting yourself as an artist or party brand. ‘Going Live’ and pushing yourself to your network and wider is a good way to grow.

Glenn Miller (Facebook, Entertainment Partnerships EMEA, USA), Patrick Walker (Facebook, Director of Media Partnerships EMEA, UK) & Scott McKenna (Facebook, Entertainment Partner Services EMEA, UK)  will give an invaluable opportunity to learn direct from those on the inside. Learn essential tips and best practices for page and campaign management and successful Facebook Live Streaming, which is now driving artist page growth more than any other method. The discussion will also offer expertise on Instagram, a Facebook company.

Keep em peeled to DT Fb for a sneaky fb live…

4. Keynotes with The Black Madonna, Resident Advisor, New Order, Jesse Rose, Dixon & more – Everyday

Each year IMS Ibiza’s Keynote Address are some of the most watched and talked about parts of the conference. Welcoming some of the biggest, newest or established artist, industry heads & influencers within Dance Music, this year is no different, our picks included Marea Stamper aka The Black Madonna who has experienced a spectacular rise from selling rave mix tapes to being Mixmag’s DJ of the Year in 2016.

Nick Sabine & Paul Clement have built one of the most influential editorial platform in Resident Advisor for electronic music. Still fully independent, this is one of electronic music’s great success stories. As digital diversity disperses the power of ‘one voice’ across media platforms, RA still has the power and for that we all at Data Transmission tip our hats regularly to them, they outstanding content makes them the leaders of the field.  Bernard Sumner is the founding member of the iconic 80’s English band speaks on his multi-decade career and his memories from recording one of the finest albums of 1989, Technique, on the island of Ibiza during a time when dance music was taking Balearic beat to a whole new dimension.

Finally, our good friend Jesse Rose, last November shocked the industry by announcing his retirement after a career spanning nearly 20 years that earned him top respect as a house music master. He’s going the best way possible by embarking on a final tour and releasing an album titled ‘Alright Mate’. Outspoken Jesse Rose will share his journey and why he is turning in his decks for a new life path to inspire the next generation.=

3. Dalt Vila Party Closing Party
Friday 26th – 5:00pm – 12:00am

Always greatly anticipated, the closing party at the 2,500 year-old fort Dalt Vila, Ibiza’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Ibiza Town is one of the events to be at, the venue is truly beautiful and the lineups are always killer.

This year IMS Ibiza have curated a series of back-to-back performances to create a truly unique show. With many of the artists playing together for the first time, look out for house music legends Kenlou aka Masters At Work’s Louie Vega and Kenny ‘Dope’ Gonzalez performing two sets – one with The Martinez Brothers and the other with Resident Advisor’s Top 100 DJ Poll winner Dixon. IMS co-founder and BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong plays alongside Nicole Moudaber, B.Traits with Jesse Rose, and to close, Tale of Us perform with Maceo Plex.

Set times:
17.00-18.00 Manu Gonzalez b2b Lollino (BURN Residency)
18.00-19.00 B.Traits b2b Jesse Rose
19.00-20.00 Kenlou b2b The Martinez Brothers
20.00-21.00 Kenlou b2b Dixon
21.00-22.00 Nicole Moudaber b2b Pete Tong
22.00-23.00 Miss Kittin b2b Seth Troxler
23.00-00.00 Maceo Plex b2b Tale of Us

2. Mo Chaudry
Friday 26th – 1:20pm – 1:25pm

On the 14th January our dear friend Mo Chaudry has passed away.

Mo was a true gentleman. A calm, gentle soul and remarkable father, who was always a delight to be around.  From the out pour of love, respect and sadness on facebook in the last hour, it seem Mo died whilst away from his beloved Ibiza on holiday in Sri Lanka.  On Friday Presented by the IMS Partners, Mo is remembered and honoured for his life’s work and the joyful character he was. He was pivotal in building Cream in Ibiza and worked at nearly every major club venue on the island as well as cultivating his private ventures. He is deeply missed by every DJ, promoter and worker on Ibiza.

1. Leading the way with Gender Diversity
Thursday 25th – 4:00pm – 5:00pm

One of the major problems that most conferences have been pushing to tackle and rightly so is the Diversity between both genders within the industry from the DJs, to PRs to promoters – whether it is pay structure, holiday, maternity or the general derision of the women within the industry.  IMS has been leading the way with not only highlighting the problem but actually making waves in fixing it.

They announced their most diverse range of contributors including in one of the early stages revealing 10 Women and 10 Men, including Andreea Magdalina founder of She Said So, Sulinna Ong, VP Artist Marketing at Deezer UK, DJ Miss Kittin, BBC Radio 1’s B.Traits and Alice Favre, of LWE.  10 leading male voices will add their viewpoints, including Eelko Van Kooten Founder & Owner, of Spinnin’ Records,  Jason Ellis, Artist and Relations Director at Positiva / Virgin Records, Wade Cawood from Pulse Global, Johnny White aka Art Department & Andreas Allen Head of Artist Relations for Native Instruments.

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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