Brad Williams

University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business

Assistant Professor & Director of Entrepreneurship Program


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Brad Williams

Brad Williams is an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) and Director of the Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business. Prior to joining academia, Brad spent two decades as an entrepreneur, executive and consultant. Among his previous roles, Brad was vice president of product strategy for multimedia streaming service Ruckus Network (acquired by SonyBMG and Universal Music Group); head of marketing and business development for Skullcandy; and managing director of The Spitfire Tour, a global issues-focused entertainment property he co-founded with Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine. Brad also has consulted for numerous startups, including Stance, Beats by Dr. Dre and Enso Rings; and for established brands, such as EA Sports, Intel, G-Star, Target and FIFA. Brad started his career in college as an independent concert promoter and marketing rep for Capitol Records, and eventually earned a BA from the University of Utah and a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics.

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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

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

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

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