Joseph Abbati

Frost School of Music University of Miami

Technologist/Educator/Electronic Musician


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Joseph Abbati

Joe Abbati [ BM, MFA ] is a creative technologist/educator/electronic musician based in Miami. He has been a faculty member in the Music Engineering Technology Program at the highly acclaimed Frost School of Music for more than 20 years. Joe teaches courses ranging from Introduction to Music Engineering and Desktop Audio Production to Sound Design for Video and Developing XR Audio Applications in Unity/C#.
In 2012, he co-founded a new principle instrument track in the Frost School of Music. As Director of the Contemporary Media Performance Studio, Joe teaches private lessons and ensemble groups focused on electronic music production. The studio aspires to create new frontiers in the realtime performance of electronic music. Joe’s philosophy is that in the laptop, the convergence of tools for audio synthesis/signal processing along with creative multi-touch and gestural interfaces allows for a new definition of the term “instrument” – that being more of an ecosystem. Given that, the opportunities for the development of a new type of electronic music composer/performer deserve to be explored. A veteran of the computer game industry, Joe has created original scores and sound design for over 30 published titles. As an electronic music producer/performer, he has played all original live sets at festivals both local and International.

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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.”



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

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

If you want to know about our industry from the people that make it happen then go to WMC. It’s an accelerated masterclass in all things dance music.

Carl Cox

DJ/Intec Records

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