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


Access 2019, Industry 2019


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.


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’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

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

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

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