Blake Coppelson




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Blake Coppelson

Blake Coppelson is a 26 year old entrepreneur, who started Proximity at the age of 18.
Now, with over 8.5M subscribers and 3.7B views on YouTube, his company has become one of the biggest means of discovering and consuming EDM. Proximity is a curation platform that has expanded in to a record label under Universal Music, boasting a catalogue of over 30 artists under its umbrella. Blake has also partnered with Live Nation to produce and host a “Proximity Art Car” stage at EDC Las Vegas, which is the largest North American music festival, bringing over100,000 ticket attendees each night. In addition to Live Nation, Proximity has partnered with Hakkasan Group, who own Hakkasan, Omnia Night Club, and Wet Republic – three of the biggest clubs in Las Vegas to co-host and co-brand some of the biggest nights of the year with their resident DJs: Calvin Harris, Zedd, Martin Garrix, Tiesto, Steve Aoki and many more.
Through curation, live, label – Proximity’s goal is to be at the forefront of Dance/Pop music, as a tastemaker, trusted curator, and a consumer friendly brand.

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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.”



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

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

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

Winter Music Conference was the cream of the crop of conferences. Every label owner, label A&R, DJ and artist knew they had to go network at the Fontainebleau where the conference was hosted. The conference was not only one of the most important time of the year as it relates to dance music but it was also a place where records were broken and became summer hits. Some of my best DJ memories are from the events I played during WMC in the last 20 years.

Erick Morillo

DJ / Producer / Label Boss - Subliminal Records