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.


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

I’m so glad to see WMC rebooted with such thoughtful content and first-class curation. It’s been a long time since the industry had a must-do American event and this is it. The reborn WMC!

Patrick Moxey

Ultra Music

Miami has always been a place I’ve considered home and WMC was essential for me and the label in many ways. From showcasing our new music to keeping up with all the new artists and releases. It was the official kickoff of the year and I’m happy to see it thriving again.

Louie Vega

DJ/Vega 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 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