Vivian Host

Host of Peak Time - Red Bull Radio


Industry 2019


Vivian Host

Vivian Host is an internationally-known music journalist, DJ and curator who has been simultaneously involved with and documenting underground music and culture in the US and abroad for over two decades. Based in NYC, Vivian has been a member of the Red Bull Music Academy team since 2014, for whom she has hosted lectures, curated events and co-produced documentaries and radio shows. She is currently the host of Peak Time, a daily two-hour program on Red Bull Radio devoted to the best in modern music, offering in-depth artist interviews, breaking music and news and context on the unique stories that shape our culture. 

Vivian is the former Editor-in-Chief of XLR8R Magazine and of THUMP, VICE Media's electronic music vertical, and her writing has appeared in the Dallas Morning NewsSpinUrbVillage VoiceLA Weekly and beyond. An authority on electronic music, she has worked as a panelist and consultant for Google, iTunes, Scion, Native Instruments, Pinkberry, Sprite and numerous others. Raised in Los Angeles, based in Brooklyn, Vivian is also known to many under her bass-loving alter ego Star Eyes – a DJ for over 20 years, she has played around the globe (including Sonar Festival, EDC, Voodoo Fest, Warped Tour, Fabric & beyond), as well as running her own record label and events series called Chaos Clan; her original music appears on labels including Trouble & Bass, Ghostly, Mixpak, Hot Mom and SMOG.


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 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

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

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