Pete Kalamoutsos; Owner – Glow


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Pete Kalamoutsos

Based in Washington DC, Pete Kalamoutsos is the driving force behind one of the longest running promotion and event production companies in America, GLOW. Since 1999 Pete has been on the forefront in bringing some of the biggest names in dance music to the US. Kalamoutsos started as a DJ and came up among the likes of Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, Skrillex, David Guetta and more who have been playing for Glow consistently over the years. In 2012 Pete and his partner Antonis Karagounis took a chance and opened Echostage. The 3000 person state-of-the-art mega venue quickly became a staple for artists and music lovers. In both 2017 & 2018, fans voted Echostage as DJ Mag's #1 North American nightclub; while jumping from #8 to #4 worldwide in that span.

Pete and the Glow team partnered up with Steez Promo in 2015 to present Moonrise Festival at Pimlico Race Track (Home of the historic Preakness Horse Race). Moonrise took off, rapidly growing to a two-day 40,000 person per day festival that has hosted The Chainsmokers, Marshmello, Bassnectar, and many more acts.

In 2016, Pete and his partners realized that they needed a proper underground venue where they could develop artists for Echostage and give established artists a cool room for underplays. Soundcheck’s doors opened just blocks from the White House in August 2016, boasting a prominent audio-technik DNB system, and acoustically sound paneling from floor to ceiling. Soundcheck has been a home for a wide range of artists such as up-and-coming artists like Loud Luxury and Two Friends to established underground acts like Eric Morillo and Guy Gerber as well as heavy weights like Tiesto, Eric Prydz, and Kaskade.

2019 brings more adventures as Pete and the Glow team will take over Preakness Infield Festival (135,000 people) this Spring and Clubhouse Festival at Laurel Racetrack in the Fall. November 2019 marks the 20th Anniversary of Glow and there’s no slowing down for Pete.


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

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

“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.”



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

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