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34th Annual Winter Music Conference at Faena District announces First Keynote Speakers, Select Programming and Additional Partners

Winter Music Conference at Faena District [WMC] – set to take place March 25-28, 2019 at the Faena Forum, Miami Beach – today announces its first keynote speakers, programming and additional partnerships.  

WMC welcomes Dr. Douglas Rushkoff – named one of the “world’s ten most influential intellectuals” by MIT – who will be delivering a keynote presentation centered around his acclaimed “Team Human” Podcast and forthcoming book which grapples with complex issues of agency, social justice, and all those quirky non-binary corners of life. “Team Human” strives to amplify human connection. Through his podcast,  Dr. Rushkoff engages in real-time, no-holds-barred discussions with people who are hacking the machine to make it more compatible with human life and helping redefine what it means to stay human in a digital age. Watch Dr. Rushkoff’s discussion on how to be “Team Human” in the digital age via TED Salons here

Iconic Dutch DJ, record producer, and remixer Armin van Buuren will lead a very special presentation on “A State Of Trance.” Armin will be joined by other prominent names in trance music to discuss the progression of one of dance music’s most beloved genres. Having evolved from a small radio show into a wide-ranging and far-reaching brand with many different spin-offs, “A State of Trance” is one of the world’s biggest and most popular dance music brands. Built from the ground up since the very first episode of Armin van Buuren’s radio show in 2001, ASOT now entails a globally acclaimed label and a breathtaking event series to boot, drawing tens of thousands of music lovers from all over the globe.

Irvine Welsh, an acclaimed and often controversial writer of novels, stories and stage and screenplays – most notably “Trainspotting,” “The Acid House” and “Ecstasy” – will be joined by acid house originator DJ Pierre for a discussion on the evolution and impact of acid house on global music and culture. Welsh has explored acid house themes in many of his written works, and in addition to performing as a DJ, he’s crafting his debut album which will be comprised of classic acid house sounds. As a member of Chicago-based electronic group Phuture, DJ Pierre helped to produce the song “Acid Tracks” which is considered to be the first acid house record. That bass, that 303 – this was the flashpoint for a worldwide sensation. Together, Irvine Welsh and DJ Pierre will explore acid house from it’s earliest moments and show how its impact is still felt today.    

One of the most technically skilled DJs on the planet, there’s none better than Laidback Luke to host WMC’s “The Power of Creative DJing” main stage presentation. The Mixmash Records founder has effortlessly weaved his way through multiple dance music genres during his career, each time leaving his mark on the industry. Originally making a name for himself in the house and techno community, Luke would become one of the most prominent artists of the 2010’s EDM scene. Through social media, Luke’s been very vocal about his appreciation and respect for the art of DJing and often communicates directly with his fans; offering them tips and tricks of the trade.      

Platinum-selling DJ and producer Sam Feldt will be joined by a special guest in conversation about green philanthropy. Established by Feldt in 2018, The Heartfeldt Foundation is a non-profit platform that promotes a sustainable lifestyle and a healthier planet by using the reach and influence of ambassadors in the fields of music, sports, and entertainment. Feldt and his special guest will take those in attendance on a journey through the ways we can make the world a better place for the foreseeable future.  

WMC // Industry attendees will be treated to a special closing night sunset cocktail party courtesy of Nulu Music at The Faena Hotel Miami Beach’s “Tree Of Life.” The music and vibes are pure perfection as the sun sets to the beats of DJs Anané, Christian Mantini and special guest Louie Vega. This party celebrates the 10-year anniversary of Nulu Music, an independent label started and founded by Anané in 2009 in which she honored her Afro roots by creating an international platform for Afro House artists coming from Cabo Verde, Angola, Mozambique, South Africa, Congo & Nigeria, just to name a few.

Additional keynote speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. These individuals will be part of a dynamic WMC programming schedule that includes panels and discussions about the most important topics facing dance music culture. The first WMC panels are ready to be revealed and they explore the following topics.

WMC // Access Panels:

– Breaking In: How To Get Your Start In The Electronic Music Industry

– Signing With The Future: How Labels Utilize New Technologies For Sustained Growth

– Surviving Indie: Innovation and Brand Building As An Independent Label

– Spinnin’ Records Panel w/ special surprise guests  

– Daily artist panels including Bass, House, Techno, Drum & Bass genres

– Digital Collision: The Convergence of Esports, Gaming And Electronic Music Culture

– The Bleeding Edge: Shaping The Next Wave Of Electronic Music Culture

WMC // Industry Badge (upgrade) Exclusive Panels:

– The Death of The Newsfeed: Using FB Messenger To Effectively Reach Your Followers

– The Data Solution: Viberate Presents Current Market Trends And Analytics Strategy

– Music Placement – How To Get Your Music Synced With Brands, Films, TV, and Advertising

– Brands x Artists x Culture: How To Create An Authentic Music Strategy

– AFEM Presents – Get Played Get Paid: How the rise of Music Recognition Technology at DJ Events could put money in your pocket

– Practically Green: Environmental Solutions for the Music Industry

– Presentation by Grammy.com/Recording Academy/MusiCares with a very special guest

(The full panel schedule including participants will be distributed soon)

Joining WMC’s world-class list of previously announced partners are iconic music production and DJ brands including Akai, Denon DJ, Native Instruments, Rane and Pioneer DJ. Additional newly confirmed partners include Counter Records, Fusicology, Echostage, Lowly Palace, Proximity, The District, Earmilk, The Nations and more major partnerships to be announced in the coming weeks.  

WMC programming will be spread across two distinct segments targeted at industry professionals (WMC // Industry – upgrade) as well as music consumers, college students and aspiring DJs/producers (WMC // Access) looking to learn more about this exciting industry and the music, technology and culture that powers it.

Industry and Access badges are now available and registration is open exclusively at wintermusicconference.com 

Be on the lookout for a big announcement regarding the 2019 International Dance Music Awards (IDMA). This year’s awards are powered by Viberate – the world’s biggest crowdsourced platform for listing and mapping the live music industry. Viberate’s metrics based platform will help to make the IDMA’s the most diverse and eclectic awards presentation in the dance music world.

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