WMC 2019 Announcement: First Wave of Panelists

Thursday, January 31st, 2019 |

Winter Music Conference at Faena District [WMC] – set to take place March 25-28, 2019 at the Faena Forum, Miami Beach – today announces its first set of industry luminaries who will lead panels, fireside chats, and breakout sessions. Representing the many facets of electronic music culture, these esteemed participants will join previously announced keynote speakers Douglas Rushkoff, Armin van Buuren, Irvine Welsh x DJ Pierre, Sam Feldt, and Laidback Luke – with so much more to come!

WMC programming is spread across two distinct segments targeted at industry professionals (WMC // Industry – upgrade) as well as music consumers, college students and aspiring DJs/producers (WMC // Access) looking to learn more about this exciting industry and the music, technology and culture that powers it. Due to popular demand, the first tier of WMC // Industry badges is now sold out. Get your badge before prices go up.

Confirmed WMC Panelists

  • Alec Stern – DDB Chicago / We Are Unlimited
  • Alex Jukes – Jukebox PR
  • Andre Willem – The Nations
  • Andrew Neil – Circus Records / MB Management
  • Armin van Buuren – DJ/Producer
  • Aundy Crenshaw – Dirtybird
  • Carl Cox – DJ/Producer
  • Carl Loben – DJ Mag
  • Charlie Shrem – Crypto.iq
  • Chris Clark – Leo Burnett USA / HKX
  • Chris White – Merlin Collective
  • Christian Smith – DJ/Producer
  • Dan Petruzzi – Mixcloud
  • Daniela Paez – dmusicMarketing
  • Declan Ee – DJ/Producer
  • Deron Delgado – Dirtybird/Paradise Distribution
  • DJ Pierre – DJ/Producer
  • Douglas Rushkoff
  • Erick Morillo – DJ/Producer
  • Ethan Baer – EDM.com || Artist Intelligence Agency
  • Greg Marshall – Association For Electronic Music (AFEM)
  • Harrison Williams – Mixmag
  • Harry Romero – DJ/Producer
  • Harry Willis – I Am Pop
  • Heiko Hoffman – Beatport
  • Irvine Welsh
  • Jakub Alexander – Symphonic Distribution
  • Janette Berrios – Symphonic Distribution
  • Jeremy Waks – Debris Free Oceans
  • Jesse Grushack – UJO
  • Jorge Brea -Symphonic Distribution
  • Jorn Heringa – Spinnin Records
  • Josh Carr-Hilton – The District
  • Juan Pablo Salcedo – David Lewis Productions
  • Junior Sanchez – DJ/Producer
  • Kayzo – DJ/Producer
  • Kevin Lewandowski – Discogs
  • Laidback Luke – DJ/Producer
  • Luis Estrada – Aftercluv/Universal
  • Matt Colon – Deckstar
  • Max Weinberg – Geffen
  • Maykel Piron – Armada Music
  • Michael Weiss – Nervous Records
  • Mike Darlington – Monstercat
  • Mike Ladman – Droga5
  • NGHTMRE – DJ/Producer
  • Nick Gordon – Symphonic Distribution
  • Nicole Moudaber – DJ/Producer
  • Nik Kinloch – Discogs
  • Olga Heijns – Unmanageable Artists
  • Pete Kalamoutsos – Echostage
  • Posey Collis – Orca Sound Project
  • Richie Hawtin – DJ/Producer
  • Roger de Graaf – Spinnin Records
  • Salo Sterental – Sostereo
  • Sam Baum – Red Bull Music / Red Bull Radio
  • Sander van Doorn – DJ/Producer
  • Sam Feldt – DJ/Producer
  • Seth Combs – Beat Fever
  • Slander – DJ/Producer
  • Stephanie LaFera – Little Empire Music
  • Tim Heineke – I Am Pop
  • Travis Rogers – Humans Alike
  • Valerie Lee – Mixmag
  • Vasja Veber – Viberate
  • Vivian Belzaguy – Ultra Music Festival
  • Whipped Cream – DJ/Producer
  • William Morris – Esports Expert
  • Yuri Dokter – DJ Monitor

More keynote speakers and panelists to be announced soon.

WMC 2019 Industry Panelists announcement

WMC // Access Panels:

  • Breaking In: How To Get Your Start In The Electronic Music Industry
  • Signing With The Future: How Labels Utilize New Technologies For Sustained Growth
  • Surviving Indie: Innovation and Brand Building As An Independent Label
  • Spinnin’ Records Panel w/ special surprise guests
  • Daily artist panels including Bass, House, Techno, Drum & Bass genres
  • Digital Collision: The Convergence of Esports, Gaming And Electronic Music Culture
  • The Bleeding Edge: Shaping The Next Wave Of Electronic Music Culture

WMC // Industry Badge (upgrade) Exclusive Panels:

  • The Death of The Newsfeed: Using FB Messenger To Effectively Reach Your Followers
  • The Data Solution: Viberate Presents Current Market Trends And Analytics Strategy
  • Music Placement – How To Get Your Music Synced With Brands, Films, TV, and Advertising
  • Brands x Artists x Culture: How To Create An Authentic Music Strategy
  • AFEM Presents – Get Played Get Paid: How the rise of Music Recognition Technology at DJ Events could put money in your pocket
  • Practically Green: Environmental Solutions for the Music Industry
  • Presentation by Grammy.com/Recording Academy/MusiCares with a very special guest

(The current WMC panel is updated regularly and available for viewing here.)

Be on the lookout for a big announcement regarding the 2019 International Dance Music Awards (IDMA). This year’s awards are powered by Viberate – the world’s biggest crowdsourced platform for listing and mapping the live music industry. Viberate’s metrics based platform will help to make the IDMA’s the most diverse and eclectic awards presentation in the dance music world.

Industry and Access badges are now available, and registration is open.

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I feel fortunate to have been part of the first-ever WMC. Over the 35 years, it has grown to give us an international forum where we exchange music and ideas. As an attendee and host of many of the award shows, I am proud each time I see new young talent emerge and then become world-renowned. We all have so many Winter Music Conference moments of hearing a seminal breakthrough record for the first time as well as a new DJ with star quality. Magical moments in my career.

Daniel Glass

Glassnote Records

If you want to know about our industry from the people that make it happen then go to WMC. It’s an accelerated masterclass in all things dance music.

Carl Cox

DJ/Intec Records

I first went to WMC ’87, the year I started Big Beat. It was an incredibly inspiring congregation of indie labels, DJs, artists, songwriters, producers and dance music lovers dedicated to breaking and discovering new music. WMC has been instrumental in furthering the dance and electronic cause; keeping the community connected, vital and relevant, and serving as an amazing springboard for talent. It’s a fantastic crucible for the future of dance music. Long may it live.

Craig Kallman

CEO & Co-Chairman Atlantic Records, Founder Big Beat Records

Having only missed the very first year of WMC in 1985, it was 1986-1990 that initially placed me on the map globally due to the international attendance of the entire dance music community. All throughout the 90s I was often getting written about by various high profile mags and websites for having contributed to help break many artists, DJs, producers and remixers. WMC enabled me to bring many top industry people together all under one roof, especially at Groove Jet, where house music officially met Techno in my sets and it’s all been uphill since…TBC

Danny Tenaglia

DJ, Producer

Before there was Ultra Music Festival, there was The Winter Music Conference, the annual coming together of the dance music tribes. Miami in March is a fundamental place to be from a business perspective, and has always given me endless opportunities for discovering new partnerships and talent. WMC brings together the dance music industry and surrounding culture like no other event in America. I’ve been attending WMC for nearly 20 years, and I’m very much looking forward to experiencing its evolution in 2019.

Matt Colon

Director, North America - YM&U Music