Alec Stern

Director of Music - DDB Chicago & We Are Unlimited


Industry 2019


Alec Stern

As the Director of Music at two Chicago advertising agencies, DDB and We Are Unlimited, Alec has the unique position to oversee music for some of the largest brands in the world, including Jeep, McDonald’s, Miller, Capital One, State Farm, Skittles, and many others. As a former Music Producer at Leo Burnett (Samsung, P&G, etc.), and composer at Comma Music, Alec’s history of scoring and supervising music runs deep. He has licensed some of the biggest songs in music history- he has worked with the likes of Prince, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, John Williams, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, and The Beatles- and is always looking for new and untapped talent to elevate the campaigns he works on. Outside of work, it’s still all about music. Alec is a prolific songwriter, guitarist, and producer, a DJ, and is a published music essayist.


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

The Winter Music Conference represents a chance for Beatport to connect directly with our customer community. Having a strong conference means we have a platform to embrace the entire spectrum of electronic music culture. We are proud to support the resurgence of this great event.

Jonas Tempel

Beatport, Co-Founder

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

Winter Music Conference is my ground zero. It has always provided the perfect storm of opportunity and excitement for up and coming artists, including myself back in 2003, where I first caught a glimpse of how it felt to have an audience respond to my work. Over the years, I’ve always made it a point to have WMC in my calendar because that’s the spot where everyone congregates and you can feel it in the air. Creativity, brother and sisterhood, FUN and most of all the chance to come together as a community and celebrate the reason we are all here—the music.”



WMC is and has always been the lifeblood of the dance music scene. Never missed a year since ’96, I can’t imagine Amsterdam Dance Event or Ibiza Music Summit existing without the blueprint that WMC originated. Seeing this revived is absolutely essential to reunifying the North American scene surrounding electronic music and its fringes.

Tommie Sunshine

Producer/DJ/Activist/Netflix Host