Jason Bentley

DJ, Music Supervisor

Metropolis Host


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Jason Bentley

Over a decade as music director and host of a daily music show at NPR station KCRW in Los Angeles, Jason Bentley enjoyed a direct line to some of the most influential minds in entertainment. With deft curatorial hand at the radio station of choice for the creative class, Jason directly and indirectly influenced film, TV, and advertising for years.

The Matrix trilogy was Jason’s first breakout as a music supervisor, and Grammy nominated that year for the double-platinum selling soundtrack. Many other films, TV shows, video games, and ad campaigns followed, including TRON Legacy with Daft Punk, Oblivion with M83, and, most recently, working as music consultant on the Top Gun sequel.

Jason’s origin story as a DJ, and his involvement in the West Coast dance music movement from it’s inception in downtown warehouses and rogue festivals, has given him a unique perspective on music in film. “The innovative and non-traditional aspects of Electronic music, as well as the immersive qualities of the genre, have a lot to offer film.” he says. “That’s what really excites me.”

Returning to WMC this year with his original dance mix radio show Metropolis (KCRW.com/metropolis) and a new music advisory role with ArcLight Cinemas nationwide, Jason views Miami Music Week as fertile ground for what’s next in music and culture.

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Testimonials

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

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

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

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.”


Kaskade

DJ/Producer