10th IMS Ibiza Celebrates Community & Consciousness

Posted on May 28, 2017

Words: Olivia Ebeling

Images: La Skimal

This Friday, the 10th International Music Summit in Ibiza came to a close with one hell of a closing party in Dalt Vila. With the likes of Maceo Plex, Seth Troxler, Pete Tong, Dixon, The Martinez Brothers, B.Traits and Manu Gonzalez going head to head during B2B sets with Tale Of Us, Miss Kittin, Nicole Moudaber, Kenlou (Masters At Work), Jesse Rose and Lollino respectively, the atmosphere within the walls of the fortress on top of Ibiza Town was sky high as three days of inspirational and challenging talks, workshops, master classes, networking and, of course, parties culminated in the highly anticipated IMS Finale fiesta.

Testament to how much the conference has grown – and grown up – over the last decade, what started as a small meeting place for like-minded industry members to exchange ideas and contacts has expanded into a global platform to educate, discuss and innovate. The 2017 schedule was packed with interesting debates and keynote interviews boasting some of the hottest electronic music talent as well as industry thought leaders.

IMS conferences by la skimal

IMS conferences by la skimal

IMS conferences by la skimal

IMS conferences by la skimal

Highlights included fascinating Q&A sessions with The Black Madonna, New Order’s Bernard Sumner, Dixon and the Martinez Brothers, who, interviewed by the legendary Pete Tong himself, opened up about their incredible careers and the challenges in their respective journeys. The veteran broadcaster and expert interviewer wasn’t afraid to voice potentially controversial questions, asking Sumner if he could ever see himself on stage with ‘that other guy’ again, a reference to former bassist Peter Hook, which Sumner artfully deflected by turning to humour, joking that ‘Ian Curtis is dead’.

IMS conferences by la skimal

IMS conferences by la skimal

IMS conferences by la skimal

IMS conferences by la skimal

In between talks, delegates found plenty of opportunity to listen to great music, as both Ibiza Sonica and Ibiza Global radio took over the hallways for live broadcasts, proving as popular meeting points for artists, producers and management to mingle. Poolside, the Burn Residency – an organisation that champions up and coming talent from all over the world by giving fledgling DJs the chance to win an Ibiza residency and price money – was showcasing the fresh new batch of electronic music hopefuls, never failing to draw a crowd around it’s booth.

IMS conferences by la skimal

IMS conferences by la skimal

IMS conferences by la skimal

Showing that the team behind IMS is very much in touch, but also concerned with current issues far beyond the electronic music business, the 2017 schedule featured some very ‘conscious’ topics including gender disparity, mental health and animal protection. Health & Hedonism: How To Stay Sane In The Game discussed the challenges of stress, burnout, addiction and loneliness in the music industry, with participants sharing their coping mechanisms. Meanwhile, a debate on Balancing The Ratio: How The Industry Needs To Address Gender Disparity In Electronic Music featuring Miss Kittin and Shesaid.so, uncovered the heart-breaking reality of the challenges and underrepresentation women still have to face, while trying to come up with solutions to improve working conditions for female industry members.

IMS conferences by la skimal

IMS conferences by la skimal

IMS conferences by la skimal

IMS conferences by la skimal

But it was not all about looking towards the future, as delegates paid tribute to two integral members of the community that tragically lost their lives earlier in the year. Music promoter Mo Chaudry and DJ Robert Miles, both much loved faces on the White Isle and internationally respected creatives, were honoured with touching memorials throughout the week. During a flurry of IMS talks and parties, more than one of today’s turntable icons played Robert Miles’ hit Children in homage to the producer, causing the audience to burst out in goose bumps, if not even tears. The Italian artist’s face was also projected onto one of the castle walls in Ibiza’s Old Town during the grand finale gig, beaming down on the island he loved and the people who adored him. Entering it’s second decade and expanding across the globe, it is good to see that IMS is more aware and caring about the community that it was born from than ever.

Further Information
w: www.internationalmusicsummit.com

IMS FINAL DALT VILA BY LA SKIMAL

IMS FINAL DALT VILA BY LA SKIMAL