Gladys Pizarro

Launch Entertainment

Label Owner


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Gladys Pizarro

Gladys Pizarro is an American A&R expert noteworthy for co-founding the legendary New York based House Music label, Strictly Rhythm. Known for having a “Golden Ear” Gladys is widely recognized in the music industry as a “legend behind the scenes”. For over 30 years, Gladys has been a pioneer in the house music scene using her intuitive ability and skill to recognize new and upcoming talent. Her passion for music makes her one of the most approachable and accountable professionals in the music industry.

Gladys has developed the careers of Erick Morillo, Armand Van Helden, Roger Sanchez, Louie Vega, Ultra Nate, Barbara Tucker and Duane Harden. As Vice President of A&R at Strictly Rhythm she shaped the careers of these artists and many others who went on to have illustrious musical careers in the House Music/Electronica genres. Today Gladys has taken on a new role as Label Owner at Launch Entertainment. Here she looks forward to breaking new and upcoming talent and is currently engaged in executive producing a house music documentary.

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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

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

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

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

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.”