Matt Medved

Editor-in-Chief - SPIN


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Matt Medved

Matt Medved is the . Before joining SPIN, he oversaw all dance/electronic music coverage and programming for Billboard, founding digital vertical Billboard Dance in 2015 and helping scale its growth strategies to other genre verticals. He holds law and master’s degrees from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Medved hosted the inaugural Electronic Music Awards in 2017 and has been featured and interviewed as a guest expert by The New York Times, The Associated Press, Reuters, TIME, GQ, CNN, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Access Hollywood and more. He has also spoken at Harvard Business School, SXSW, New York Media Festival, Winter Music Conference, Billboard Live Music Summit, EDMBiz, Amsterdam Dance Event, Canadian Music Week, International Music Summit, Oceanic Ibiza, XLIVE, Mondo and more.

As a DJ, producer and curator, Medved has performed at top global festivals like Tomorrowland, EDC Las Vegas, EDC Japan, Electric Zoo, Billboard Hot 100 Fest, India's Sunburn Festival and Morocco's Oasis Festival, signed releases to Interscope, Astralwerks and Downtown Records, and contributed to SiriusXM.

Before joining Billboard, Medved conducted human rights field research and wrote nearly $2 million in funded grants to the US Department of State and USAID as a consultant for conflict resolution NGO Search for Common Ground in Nigeria — where he also reached more than 6 million listeners as a guest resident DJ at Africa’s largest radio station.

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

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

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

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