Matt Colon

Director, North America - YM&U Music


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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.


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

I feel fortunate to have been part of the first-ever WMC. Over the 35 years, it has grown to give us an international forum where we exchange music and ideas. As an attendee and host of many of the award shows, I am proud each time I see new young talent emerge and then become world-renowned. We all have so many Winter Music Conference moments of hearing a seminal breakthrough record for the first time as well as a new DJ with star quality. Magical moments in my career.

Daniel Glass

Glassnote Records

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

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

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