A day in the life: International Music Summit Ibiza 2019

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Twelve years ago, International Music Summit emerged in Ibiza as a thought leadership platform in dance music. The three-day summit paved the way for debate, discussion and progressive change in the music industry, tackling contentious topics like sexism, mental health and gender inequality. Today, IMS Ibiza unites the best in the business through a series of keynotes, interviews, panels, technology master classes and of course, parties.

8:00am: Silky beams of light slips through the patio door as birds chirp outside our window. Built in the heart of Ibiza Town, El Hotel boasts the quality, essence and luxury of the famed club brand, all while offering guests an exquisite home away from home. Heavenly meals crafted by chef Iñigo Rodriguez give guests a taste of authentic Mediterranean cuisine, which can be enjoyed at El Hotel’s outdoor terrace and pool. Guests fuel up for the day with a nourishing breakfast inclusive of pastries, prosciutto, Manchego, and an impressive fruit spread.

Featuring over 1,200 delegates and press hailing from more than 50 countries, IMS Ibiza has earned its stripes as one of the globe’s most influential electronic music conferences. In just over a decade, IMS has shaped an electronic music mecca on an island that invites electronic music fans and industry folk from all corners of the world.

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Our journey begins in Ibiza Town at El Hotel Pacha. The behemoth, which is dressed with whitewashed walls, marble floors and risqué artwork throughout, is within walking distance of the party, but removed just enough to provide a sanctuary for those who need it most.

9:00am: London-based yoga teacher Sophie Clyde steps onto her bright purple mat at the Hard Rock Hotel rooftop as she prepares to teach an hour-long vinyasa flow. Students enter the space, which boasts breathtaking views of the island and the Mediterranean Sea. Intentions for the day are set and the sun is strong as we slowly descend into chaturanga.

10:45am: Following yoga, IMS attendees are greeted at Tatel Restaurant for a breakfast hosted by female empowerment community, shesaid.so. The shesaid.so team kicks off IMS by walking guests through the week’s itinerary, and inviting us to buy into their mission of gender diversity, community, safer clubbing and sexual harassment prevention.

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12pm: Andreea Magdalina, founder of shesaid.so, delivers a bold keynote speech inviting men to support their female counterparts in restoring the balance of gender equality. By working with and not against us, both men and women can see equal opportunities in the workplace, in the studio and on the stage.

12:20pm: IMS’ annual Business Report sets the
stage for electronic music’s performance over the last year. One of the report’s
biggest findings was that the estimated earnings of highest-paid DJs dropped
significantly in 2018; in total, the ten highest-paid DJs earned around $261m
in 12 months, down 12% YoY. Also alarming, though not surprising, is the increase
in club closures due to factors like gentrification and health and wellbeing

1:30pm: Down the hall at the Hard Rock, Sign is handing out ice cold samples of their product – a hydration alternative composed of orange juice, lemon juice sea salt, vitamins B6 and B12, and magnesium. Even a shot-sized sample packs a punch by replenishing lost fluids and injecting the body with a dose of electrolytes to help keep the party going into the early hours of the morning. Across the hall, Ibiza <3 Ears is educating delegates on the importance of hearing health through the use of custom in-ear monitors, ACS.

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4:30pm: Klas Bergling, father to the late Avicii, is seated in the middle of the Hard Rock Hotel conference room surrounded by the likes of Pete Tong, Sasha and Luciano to discuss one of electronic music’s most pressing issues to date: mental health. The Tim Bergling Foundation, which was announced in March, will not only address mental illness and suicide but also focus on endangered animals and the environment – two of Tim’s passions outside of music. The interview soon transitions into raw anecdotes of anxiety and addiction, as told by Sasha and Luciano themselves.

6pm: IMS Delegates wrap up a successful day of learning and networking with Palomas at the Hard Rock pool, courtesy of Absolut. The music is thumping and sliders are making their way around the pool, just in time for pre-dinner. A long night awaits.

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6:45pm: Hard-hitting techno is audible from
the streets, and we know we’ve gone to the right place. IMS Ibiza’s annual Dalt
Vila party is in full swing, and music fans find themselves dancing at an
unlikely location – a 2,500-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site. True techno
fans patiently wait for the night to progress, as veterans like Joseph
Capriati, Pete Tong, Charlotte de Witte, Adam Beyer and Ida Engberg prepare to
take the stage.

9pm: Lee Burridge’s
iconic party series, All Day I Dream, lands at Cova Santa – an open-air and terraced
venue near San José. The party’s signature
blue and purple fabrics and paper lanterns flutter in the light Ibiza breeze as
the sun begins its descent. It’s here that we express ourselves on the
dancefloor through costume and concerted movement, knowing that this is one of
the safest spaces on earth.  

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12:15am: This week, Spanish creative concept and party series, elrow, and Absolut Vodka announced their latest joint venture: The Gardenarium. The brand new festival, which will take place on July 31 at Cova Santa, will explore the relationship between nature and the power of imagination. Partygoers get a glimpse of what The Gardenarium will entail at Growenlandia, elrow’s Ibiza opening party at Amnesia. It’s not long before inflatable mushrooms, confetti blasts, aerialists and wild animals infiltrate the space. This is exactly the elrow we know and love.

3am: Transmoderna, a creative concept developed by Dixon, is making its grand debut at Pacha – one of Ibiza’s longest-standing nightclubs. The brand’s iconic cherries clearly distinguish the club from any other on the island, as well as its custom d&b audiotechnik soundsystem, which covers every last inch of the space to provide clear, crisp sound. El Hotel resides just across the street from the club, making the 6am commute to bed as effortless as possible.

Watch the official IMS Ibiza aftermovie here.

Avicii’s father addresses IMS Ibiza on mental health and Tim Bergling Foundation initiatives alongside Pete Tong

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Avicii‘s father, Klas Bergling, spoke at IMS Ibiza yesterday (May 23). Bergling was interviewed by BBC Radio 1‘s Pete Tong about the importance of recognizing the early signs of deteriorating mental health and depression for artists and creatives working in the music industry and about different means of treatment. The conversation largely focused on the initiatives and mission of the newly formed Tim Bergling Foundation, which was created by the late Swedish superstar’s family in the wake of his untimely passing in April of 2018.

In the interview, Bergling dives into what he believes the contributing factors were in the deterioration of his son’s mental health, citing Avicii’s famously relentless touring itinerary, anxiety, depression, lack of sleep, and alcohol dependency. Bergling expressed concern for his son’s well being many times in the years leading up to his passing, though Bergling concedes that even with the full support of Avicii’s team, friends and family, and professional counsel, his attempts to intervene often fell short of making a real impact.

“It’s not many jobs that you can drink while you work, or you’re allowed to. If you start drinking at your job, your manager is supposed to take care of you quickly,” says Bergling. “Life as a DJ and travels where you don’t get any rest between, you travel a lot, you sleep less. The pressure is great depending on the individual, some people handle it perfectly, others don’t.”

The Tim Bergling Foundation was created earlier this year in memory of Avicii, intended to focus on causes near to the “Wake Me Up” star’s heart. Funded solely from the estate left by Avicii, the foundation seeks to educate people on the issues surrounding suicide and mental health, combating climate change, and protecting endangered species.

Avicii’s father to address mental health at IMS Ibiza 2019

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The International Music Summit events are among the most important events on the annual dance music circuit, largely thanks to top-notch programming. At this year’s IMS Ibiza event in May, Avicii‘s father, Klas Bergling will be a featured speaker, addressing mental health’s correlation with the music industry—an intersection Bergling is tragically all too familiar with.

Since his son’s passing last April at the age of 28, Bergling and the rest of Avicii’s family have dedicated themselves to honoring Avicii’s legacy, launching the Tim Bergling Foundation, which is focused on suicide prevention and raising awareness about the importance of mental health. This year, Bergling will speak at IMS about the mental health stigmas still plaguing the industry, and what the Foundation is doing to combat the growing issue. IMS Ibiza takes place May 22 – 24 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Ibiza, and a posthumous Avicii LP is set for delivery in June.

For more information about IMS Ibiza, click here.

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Adam Beyer, Charlotte de Witte, and more top IMS Ibiza’s Dalt Vila 2019 roster

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International Music Summit, one of the world’s top hybrid music festival and conference experiences, has revealed the 2019 lineup for its storied closing party, Dalt Vila. Set to take place at a 2,500-year-old former fort and Unesco World Heritage Site in Ibiza Old Town, the annual celebration marks the conclusion of IMS Week, and the start of the Ibiza summer season.

IMS’ Dalt Vila experience will unite house and techno icons like Adam Beyer, Charlotte de Witte, Joseph Capriati and Nicole Moudaber – all under one roof. The party will be hosted by female empowerment network, shesaid.so, and powered by Pioneer DJ.

Tickets are available here.

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IMS Ibiza announces female empowerment organization SheSaid.So as 2019 presenting partner

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Now in its 12th year, International Music Summit (IMS), the leading thought leadership platform for electronic music, has announced its partnership with SheSaid.So, a global network of women in the music industry. This year’s event, which is set to take place at the Hard Rock Hotel in Ibiza May 22-24, will be presented and co-curated by SheSaid.So. All members interested in attending IMS for the first time will be entitled to a 50 percent discount.

In an effort to target gender stereotypes and inclusivity, among other core values like collaboration and creativity, the two powerhouses are on the cusp of making their mark on the music industry in ways that have yet to be achieved. Together, they will not only help define IMS and what the organization truly stands for, but also empower more women to hold opinions, participate and help mold the electronic music industry.

“We are excited to renew our partnership with IMS this year as a programming co-host,” says Andreea Magdalina, SheSaid.So founder. “This gives us a greater opportunity to create more visibility for women and other marginalized communities in electronic music and beyond at one of the most forward-thinking music conferences in the business. Our relationship with Ben Turner and IMS exemplifies the SheSaid.So collaborative ethos — to constructively work together to address the gender gap where necessary and propose solutions for the industry to adopt further. IMS has positioned itself at the forefront of innovation in electronic music and we are thrilled to augment the experience with our programming ideas.”

Learn more about IMS Ibiza 2019 here.

IMS Ibiza opens with emotional speech on Avicii’s death from Pete Tong: ‘We weren’t supposed to die chasing the dream’

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The International Music Summit (IMS) officially kicked off in Ibiza with conference co-founder Pete Tong‘s discussion on mental health.

Tong began with an emotional speech on the tragic passing of Avicii, and spoke about how the industry can better deal with the stresses and strains of life in the music business.

In the talk, Tong spoke about how individuals in the music industry need to support each other. Speaking on the death of Avicii, he said: “we [DJs] weren’t supposed to die chasing the dream.”

Tong also touched on how the producer, who was found dead in Oman last month, quickly becoming a superstar without the proper tools for coping with the change in lifestyle that comes with a near overnight jump worldwide success.

Tong’s touching tribute to Avicii was followed by another panel, Our Duty Of Care. Christine Brown of Help Musicians UK said: “People in music are three times more likely to suffer from mental illness. That really pushed us into action.”

H/T: Mixmag

International Music Summit finalizes 2018 international speakers programming

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Ibiza’s International Music Summit (IMS) announced the final speaker details for its 11th annual conference, set to take place just as the White Isle’s season kicks off, May 23–25th. Now, in association with Pioneer DJ, IMS brings together over 93 impressive voices from around the world. Twenty-three global artists and industry heavy-weights will bring further insight to the summit, covering every aspect of the diverse and ever-changing electronic music landscape.

Programming for the 2018 event will tackle mental health in the music industry, the landscape of digital media consumption, technology, and much, much more. The house music legend Todd “The God” Terry will speak for the first time at IMS for a keynote interview about his life and career in dance music, including his early years in New York. Honey Dijon will present a discussion on sexual harassment in DJ culture which in an open and frank capacity, IMS hopes to use to confront the realities of this issue in the industry and what we can all do to tackle it.

A full list of the new speakers is listed below. Delegate badges can be purchased here.

IMS Ibiza 2018 New Speakers:

Alexander Holland (Deezer, Chief Content and Product Officer, France)
Andrea Oliva (Artist, Switzerland)
B.Traits (Artist, Canada)
BLOND:ISH (Vivie-Ann Bakos) (Artist, Canada)
Christine Brown (Help Musicians UK, Director of External Affairs & Business Development, UK)
Declan McGlynn (Point Blank, Music Journalist, UK)
Freddie Fellowes (Secret Garden Party, Promoter, UK)
Honey Dijon (Artist, USA)
Jay Jay Revlon (DJ, Host and Cultural Events Curator, UK)
Jon Drape (Broadwick Live, Group Production Director, UK)
Julien Lesaicherre (Workplace by Facebook, Director EMEA, UK)
Katy Ellis (Anglo Management, Manager, UK)
Kurosh Nasseri (AFEM/Nasseric Inc, Founder/Attorney, USA)
Marina Blake (Brainchild Festival, Creative Director, UK)
Martha Pazienti Caidan (Resident Advisor, DJ/Radio Presenter/Producer, UK)
Matt Abbott (Label Worx/AFEM, CEO/Co-Founder and Exec Board, UK)
Matt Smallwood (Toolroom, Label Manager/Head of A&R, UK)
Matthew Adell (Native Instruments, Chief Digital Officer, USA)
Nick DeCosemo (Mixmag, Global Editorial Director, USA)
Pierce Warnecke (Berklee College of Music, Assistant Professor, Spain)
Rui Da Silva (Artist, Portugal)
Todd Terry (Artist, USA)
Vicenc Marti (elrow, President and Board Member, Spain)