Hayata Ishikawa

Avant Gardner

Director of Marketing and Brand Strategy


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Hayata Ishikawa

Hayata Ishikawa is the Director of Marketing and Brand Strategy at Avant Gardner, an independently owned 80,000 square foot indoor-outdoor venue in New York City. The site consists of the Brooklyn Mirage, a state of the art tri-level outdoor space with 360 time-mapped projections and custom sound system, as well as multiple indoor event spaces.

He oversees all marketing efforts, creative direction and artist & brand partnerships while leading a team of 6. Hayata plays a crucial role in The Cityfox Experience, an international party series and record label, which was the inspiration to build the venue.

Notable sell outs: Drake, Rufus Du Sol (3 night run), Carl Cox, Black Coffee, Flying Lotus, Bonobo, Tale of Us’s Afterlife, Jamie Jones’ Paradise, Bedouin’s Saga, Guy Gerber’s Rumors and more.

Hayata founded the event and promotions company, Tribes NY, over half a decade ago and went on to Webster Hall, Jukely, RPM Presents, BangOn!NYC and Elements Music & Arts Festival. He began as a local DJ turned promoter before veering into event and tour marketing.


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

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

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