More speakers and talks announced for 5th Annual EdmBiz Conference in Las Vegas

Insomniac unveils additional programming for 5th Annual EDMBiz Conference & Expo including key note with Armin Van Buuren & Meet The Agency Panel featuring CAA’s Rob Light

Innovative Discussion Topics to Include Beyond the Boys Club, The State of the Industry, and Drugs in Dance Music.

Launched in 2012 as part of EDC Week and entering its 5th year in 2016, EDMbiz provides an inspired forum in which artists, managers, agents, promoters, labels, publishers, producers, advertising agencies, brand execs, technologists, and entrepreneurs can discuss the most relevant topics facing dance music culture today. Attendees can also experience the best of Las Vegas nightlife at numerous special EDC Week events taking place at some of the world’s hottest clubs.

As part of EDMBiz, all attendees get free access to multiple events during EDC Week. Click for complete list

Insomniac unveiled today its programming slate for the 5th Annual EDMbiz Conference & Expo, taking place Tuesday, June 14 through Thursday, June 16 at Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. In addition to previously announced speakers, this year’s EDMbiz will feature a headlining keynote from renowned producer Armin van Buuren, and an in-depth discussion with Rob Light and some of CAA’s top agents during the Meet the Agency panel.  EDMbiz will also be introducing a one-of-a-kind mentorship program hosted by Little Empire Music and SkyLight.  This year’s conference will feature two distinct stages with a new programming experience, encompassing the conference’s three cornerstones: Experience, Technology and Aspiration. Audiences can expect the range of speakers and sessions to tackle the most pressing issues facing the dance industry today head on.

“We want to curate discussions that cover every facet in our industry,” said Pasquale Rotella, Insomniac Founder and CEO. “From the fans, to the entrepreneurs, to the artists, this year’s topics explore the questions being asked at every level of the business about where we are and what we can expect next. We’re extremely fortunate to have such a diverse, impressive group contribute to these panels.”


The following keynote sessions and panels will take place at EDMbiz*:

+ A&R Competition

+ Ads, Fads, and the State of Radio

+ After the Drop: Where Do We Go From Here? The State of Dance Music

+ Beyond the Boys’ Club: What’s Next for Women in Dance Music

+ Billboard Dance Power Players 2016 Presentation

+ Breakout with Paul Oakenfold

+ Building the Next Big DJ

+ Drugs in Dance Music: It’s Time for the Industry to Act

+ Keynote: Moby

+ Keynote: Pasquale Rotella

+ Keynote: Bob Lefsetz, Author Lefsetz Letter

+ Keynote: Armin van Buuren

+ Meet the Agency: CAA

+ Raymond Leon Roker, founder of URB, opens his photo archives for a special look at the formative days of the rave scene in Los Angeles. This will mark the first public presentation of URB’s early-‘90s photography collection.

+ Resurgence of Trance

+ Show/Business: Entrepreneurs in Dance Music

+ Success on the Big Screen: EDM Pioneer Junkie XL Makes Hollywood’s A-List


Here are some Industry leaders joining EDMbiz for a variety of presentations and panels to date include the following*:

+ Armin van Buuren, Artist

+ Danny Howard, BBC Radio 1

+ Dave Ralph, Head of Talent, Insomniac

+ DeDe Goldsmith, Activist, Amend the RAVE Act!

+ Geronimo, Senior Director of Programming, SiriusXM

+ James Algate, Vice President of Music, Hakkasan Group

+ Jason Bentley, Music Director, KCRW

+ Jauz, Artist

+ Jeff Ryan, Talent Buyer, Insomniac

+ Junkie XL, Artist & Film Composer

+ John Boyle, Chief Growth Officer/Interim CFO, Insomniac

+ Mac Clark, Agent, CAA

+ Markus Schulz, Artist

+ Marshmello, Artist

+ Moby, Artist

+ Nick Ward, Journalist, YourEDM

+ Nicole Moudaber, Artist

+ Pasquale Rotella, Founder & CEO, Insomniac

+ Paul Oakenfold, Artist

+ Paul van Dyk, Artist

+ Raymond Leon Roker, Executive Producer & Content Strategy Director, Goldenvoice & Founder, URB Magazine

+ Rob Light, Partner/Managing Director/Head, CAA Music

+ Sarah Polonsky, Editor, DJ Mag

+ Sebastian Solano, CEO, ID&T

+ Stefanie Jones, Director of Audience Development, Drug Policy Alliance

+ Stephanie LaFera, Founder & CEO, Little Empire Music & Co-Founder, SkyLight

+ Steve Gordon, Founder/Agent, Circle Talent

+ Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic

*Additional speakers and panels will be announced soon; all panels and speakers are subject to change.

Amidst a schedule packed with contemporaries sharing business insights and building relationships, Little Empire Music and SkyLight will team up to bring a different kind of collaboration to a dynamic environment aimed at building promise for our future. Little Empire, a music management company, founded by Stephanie LaFera, teamed up with music executive Kerri Mason in 2013 to develop SkyLight; aimed at supporting young females in the music business through mentorship, conference exchange and internship placement programs. Through focused mentorship sessions at EDMbiz, executives from the business will guide students in a personalized mentoring program designed to empower young mentees to understand a diverse range of topics pertaining to careers and business in the dance music industry. Advance sign-up for mentor sessions will be on a first-come-first-serve basis.

As part of the returning EDMbiz A&R Contest, Insomniac Records, Discovery Project, and a hand-selected panel of EDMbiz judges will examine dozens of submissions to help elevate the exposure of a few lucky dance music hopefuls. From the submissions, four finalists will be selected to attend EDMbiz and, subsequently, two finalists will be chosen as grand-prize winners, filling two of Insomniac’s Discovery Project slots at Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas.

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