IMS Ibiza 2018 | Adds 60+ New Speakers To Biggest Line-Up Ever

Posted on February 27, 2018

Words: Olivia Ebeling

Images: La Skimal

International Music Summit [IMS], the premier global platform for business, culture and education within the electronic music industry, is set to enter its second decade with its biggest line-up of speakers to date. The 11th edition of IMS Ibiza, in association with Pioneer DJ, is set to run from May 23 until May 25th 2018 and will feature talks, workshops and discussion panels with artists such as deadmau5 and Seth Troxler; the management teams behind Solomun, Armin Van Buuren and Black Coffee; agents from Coda and WME; speakers from the legendary events including Burning Man, Sónar and BPM; A&R heads from XL Recordings and Toolroom.

Dubbed ‘the TED of music conferences”, IMS prides itself on keeping its finger firmly on the pulse of hot topics and current trends affecting the industry and aims to be a catalyst for developing and launching initiatives that result in positive change. Not shying away from controversial subjects such as mental health, drug testing and – more relevant than ever – sexual harassment, visionaries across these fields will take to the stage to share their insights and open up a discussion on these important issues. With over 60 new speakers announced, the three-day timetable is jam-packed with sessions that give unrivalled access to the world’s hottest talent, thought leaders, revolutionaries and trailblazers. Here are just a few highlights to watch out for, with the full list of speakers below.

Electronic music titan deadmau5 and multi-award- winning DJ and producer Black Coffee will be discussing their own unique and inspiring paths to success, their thoughts on the industry and what it takes to build and sustain a successful global career. IN THE STUDIO…will bring deadmau5 live from his studio in Canada for what’s set to be a revealing session lifting the lid on his production secrets. He will be joined by Chris Johnson (mau5trap, Label COO, USA), head of the label that sparked the careers of Skrillex, Feed Me, REZZ and deadmau5 himself.


During the MEET TEAM BLACK COFFEE session, IMS attendees will get to know the entourage behind South Africa’s hottest export, from management to agent and Ibiza promoter. They will discuss the Hï Ibiza resident’s meteoric rise to success, the many challenges he undoubtedly faced and their aspirations for the future. Meanwhile, during the BLACK ROCK CITY X IBIZA: CULTURAL OPPOSITES OR KINDRED SPIRITS? Discussion, festival representative Dominique Debucquoy-Dodley will lead a panel exploring and dissecting misrepresentations of the two music meccas, examining their individual ethos and roles as places of freedom and self-expression.

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Benji Rogers of dotBlockchain Media will deliver a Keynote Address on BLOCKCHAIN and later a BLOCKCHAIN 101 about this complex subject, while Jessica Capaz , Artistic Director for Spain within the Pacha Group, will speak in public about the direction of the iconic club after its recent refurbishment. On a more serious note, hot topics such as sober clubbing, mental health and sexual harassment make up important elements of the community and thought leadership section of the conference. IMS Co-Founder Pete Tong said of the epic programme for 2018, “Entering our 11th year, it’s vital for IMS Ibiza to assemble the best and brightest minds in the industry to debate the issues that affect us most and to discuss routes to progress and succeed. I’m really proud to announce our latest wave of speakers, who represent all sides of the electronic music industry, from accomplished leaders who bring a wealth of experience through to the new generation who bring fresh ideas and thinking to push our genre forwards. We look forward to welcoming all to IMS Ibiza in May.”

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IMS Speakers 2018
Amaru Da Costa (Black Coffee, African Manger, South Africa)
Andreea Magdalina (, Founder, USA)
Ashley Howard (PRS For Music, Dance Account Manager, UK)
Bedouin (Tamer Malki) (Artist, USA)
Benji Rogers (dotBlockchain Media, CEO & Co-Founder, USA)
Black Coffee (Artist, South Africa)
Blaise DeAngelo (Remedy State, Co-Founder, USA)
Bradley Gunn (Bradley Gunn Raver, UK)
Carl Loben (DJ Mag, Editor-in- Chief, UK)
Carly Wilford (SISTER Collective, DJ/Presenter & Creator, UK)
Caroline Simionesu-Marin (XL Recordings/New Gen, A&R Manager/Founder, UK)
Cherie Hu (Billboard/Forbes, Tech Columnist, USA)
Chris Johnson (mau5trap, Label COO, USA)
Chris Manning (The Orchard, Senior Director/International Operations, UK)
Dan Tait (Pioneer DJ, Editor – DJsounds, UK)
Daniel Schoeps (Solomun Manager, Under My Spell, Germany)
Danny Howard (BBC Radio 1 DJ, Nothing Else Matters, UK)
Darren James-Thomas (FMLY Agency, Director, UK)
Dave Lambert (Positiva, Head of A&R: 1993-1998, UK)
David Levy (WME, Partner, UK)
deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman) (Artist, USA)
Dominique Debucquoy-Dodley (Burning Man Project, Communications Manager, USA)
Doumi Busturia (Woomoon/Storytellers, Founder, Spain)
Ed Karney (GRADE Management, Director, UK)
Enric Palau (Sónar Festival, Co-Director, Spain)
Fiona Measham (Durham University Professor of Criminology/The Loop Director, UK)
Georgia Taglietti (Sónar Festival, Head of Communications, Spain)
Grego O’Halloran (Hï Ibiza/Ushuaïa Ibiza, Operations Manager, Spain)
Gustavo Pereira (NEOPOP/BPM Portugal, CEO/Director, Portugal)
Hannan Malik (NOWHERENEAR, Founder, UK)
Inder Phull (KRPT, Founder/CEO, UK)
Jaguar Bingham (Mixmag TV, Presenter, UK)
Jason Ellis (Positiva/Virgin Records, A&R Director: 2008-present, UK)
Jason Swamy (NetEase Fever, Co-Founder/Chief Architect, China)
Jay Gregory (Airpusher Collective, Co-Founder & Event Producer, USA)

Jenni Cochrane (AEI Group, Director of Culture & Partnerships, UK)
Jessica Capaz (Pacha Group, Artistic Director, Spain)
John Acquaviva (Plus Eight Equity Partners, Managing Partner, USA)
Jon Rundell (Artist, UK)
Jonathan Barnes (Pandora, Head of Label Licensing, USA)
Kate Hutchinson (The Guardian, Journalist, UK)
Kelly Money (Little Empire Music, Vice President, UK)
La Fleur (Artist, Sweden)
Lauren Pavan (GRM Daily, Chief Operating Officer, UK)
Lionel Marciano (Black Coffee, International Manager, USA)
Mark Knight (Artist, UK)
Mark Lawrence (AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, CEO, UK)
Mark Newton (Broadwick Live, Director, UK)
Matt Riley (AWAL, Senior Director, Creative, UK)
Matthew Ligotti (VaynerTalent, Videographer, USA)
Matthew Stuart (ATC Management, Artist Manager, UK)
Maximilien Jazani (Manswell Law Firm, Lawyer, France)
Maykel Piron (Armada Music, Co-Founder/CEO, Netherlands)
Mich Mellard (Sync Sync, Founder, UK)
Michael Addicott (Pandora, Manager of Curation, USA)
Mike Malak (Coda Agency, Agent, UK)
Nastia (Artist/DJ, Ukraine)
Nick Halkes (Positiva/EMI Dance, Founder/Managing Director:1993-1999, UK)
Paco Osuna (Artist, Spain)
Pete Tong (BBC Radio 1, Broadcaster, UK)
Rado Docheva (Demand Artists, Co-Owner, Italy-Bulgaria)
Seth Troxler (Artist, USA)
Shino Allen (Tsumi, Managing Director, UK)
Simon Hills (Axtone, Label & Artist Manager, UK)
Stuart Knight (Toolroom, Managing Director, UK)
Thomas Heyne (Scorpios Mykonos, Founder, Greece)
Thomas St John (Thomas St John, Director, Los Angeles)
Yann Pissenem (HÏ Ibiza/Ushuaïa Ibiza, Owner/Founder/CEO & Artistic Director, France)