Now a growing flock of four conferences reaching from America to Europe to Asia, the International Music Summit began on one small, not-so-sleepy island in the Balearics in 2007. Every year, the dance music industry’s leading players both in front of and behind the curtain descend on the island for three days of networking, panel discussions, speeches, music and cocktails, discussing both the lighter and deeper issues of the music business that defines their lives.
Now considered the official start of the season, Ibiza opens with a bang during IMS week, with parties and smaller events filling up the hours outside of the conference, the penultimate bash being the two IMS parties atop of Ibiza Town’s world heritage listed medieval fortress Dalt Vila - one of the most unforgettable party locations, of all time, ever.
The majority of IMS delegates are there by invitation, which is why the selection of delegate tickets available to the public for purchase are so coveted: you’ll be rubbing shoulders with, learning from, listening to and laughing with the people who have made this industry what it is today, plus those about to push it forward into the next chapter. Your delegate badge also comes with long list of perks and freebies, giving you unprecedented access to Ibiza’s super clubs during opening period, so for the dance music lover and Ibiza fan, there is no better way to get involved.
We spoke to Dom Ruggeri, General Manager at IMS, to give you a better idea of why to go, what to expect and how to get the most out of it…
Who are you particularly pumped about hosting at the International Music Summit this year and why?
“The Pet Shop Boys are our headline speakers this year - they have such an amazing history, it will be an honour to host them along with Yello. We have some legends sharing their history with the delegation, and to be honest it’s our biggest line-up of speakers with the likes of Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Seth Troxler, B.Traits, Nicole Moudaber and many more.”
Why is it important that we analyse and discuss our music scene?
“Electronic music is big business; our IMS Business Report released last year put a 6.2 billion dollar worth on the industry. With this comes great responsibility for all involved to meet at summits like IMS, ADE and EDMbiz to put a focus on the business side of the industry to ensure there is a long future, and that we don’t have vultures destroying the business to make a quick dollar.”
How has the summit developed in the years you’ve been on board, and where do you think the project is headed next?
“IMS has gone from one summit in Ibiza when I started to four now, with our expansion in LA for IMS Engage, IMS China in Shanghai and IMS Asia-Pacific in Singapore with the later two merging to be IMS Asia-Pacific in Shanghai in 2016.”
I’ve come to IMS to learn and network, but I’m also in Ibiza to party. Where’s the best craic throughout the week?
Dalt Vila for sure. In terms of a unique party that you wont experience any where else in Ibiza and probably the world, it’s a must do. The line-ups never fail to deliver.
I’ve come to IMS to learn and network, but I’ll be damned if I miss out on a chance to don the new speedos. Where should I head for sun, sea and sand?
“Dip your toes at Salinas and eat at one of the nice restaurants there like Sa Trinxa. It’s a cool spot to see some of the club parades too.”
I’ve come to IMS to learn and network, but I’m also worryingly obsessed with food. Where should I enjoy a classic Ibicenco meal?
“Calla D’hort for a paella, cant beat the view (opposite the island’s famous rock, Es Vedra) and it’s delicious.”
I’ve come to Ibiza because it’s awesome, but I’ve never heard of this IMS business. Why should a regular punter like myself get involved?
“Our IMS badge includes entry to Pacha, Sankeys, Ushuaia, Space and Dalt Vila opening parties so in terms of bang for your buck the entry you receive plus the chance to learn from industry experts is well worth it.”
By Jordan Rahlia