Matt Colon; Director, North America - YM&U Music


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About

Matt Colon

Matt began his career in the dance music industry in the late 90's. Having spent his entire childhood in the South Bay suburbs of Los Angeles, Matt didn’t stray far after graduating from UCLA. He began his post-college career overseeing the street marketing team for Hollywood based Moonshine Music, the largest dance music label at the time, climbing his way up to Director of Marketing. He later transitioned to Vice President of Marketing at the premiere electronic dance music magazine BPM and its street-art/wear sister publication Vapors, from 2003 through 2008. During his time at BPM, Matt began managing local DJ and record label owner Steve Aoki in in 2005, which jumpstarted his career and cultivated a passion for developing artists and bringing them into the next phase of their careers. Matt Colon ultimately co-founded Deckstar, a leading artist management company representing a diverse roster of musicians, in 2007 alongside Lawrence ('LV') Vavra, Paul Rosenberg (manager for Eminem) and the late DJ AM. Deckstar grew to become one of the largest management companies in the world representing a wide swath of artists ranging from Steve Aoki to Blink-182 to Culture Club and many others. Matt was also instrumental in Deckstar’s merger with YM&U to create the largest management company in the world and now oversees all music operations in North America.

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

Partner/founder, Deckstar Artist Management

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

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