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Three days of inspiring content, provocative panels, presidential debates, and music creation as the International Music Summit returns to Ibiza for its third year:
* Keynote interview with Mark Ronson
* David Guetta, Annie Mac, Erick Morillo, DJ Skream, Pedro Winter / Busy P, Arthur Baker, Robin Millar To Speak
* Music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas appears at her first dance music event, plus speakers from Sprite, Coca-Cola Group, Ministry of Sound, BBC Radio 1, KCRW, MP7, Beatport, Resident Advisor all confirmed
* The Grand Finale concert returns to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dalt Villa, plus 3 nights of musical events all within walking distance of the summit
The International Music Summit has established itself as the essential event for those working within the electronic music community. Created by BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong and leading professionals to re-set the agenda for electronic music culture, a host of music industry executives, DJs and artists have descended on Ibiza for the IMS to do business, network and learn about the latest developments. In just two years , IMS has been welcomed for its high level of debate, its agenda setting and the gathering which kickstarts the summer in the global capital of electronic music.
In 2010, IMS is set to build on its reputation with leading electronic artists and representatives of some of the world’s biggest brands amongst those confirmed to speak, with superstar producer, DJ and artist Mark Ronson to appear in the headline keynote interview, on the eve of his return as a recording artist.
Pete Tong comments: “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.”
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,and other big names to be announced soon. IMS founder Pete Tong will moderate.
In Meet The Future, BBC Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac, who recently swapped R1 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.
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 will return, a session where the audience make decisions on the future of the genre. 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 delegates 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 inundated 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
The event is further bolstered by the opening of David Guetta’s **** 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 29 at Ushuaia. Combined, the IMS weekend is now the biggest weekend of music in the Ibiza calendar.