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The Explosion of EDM in America

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EDM has exploded in the U.S.. After years of being a huge force in European music, what has made the music so popular here? Is it the fact that the industry has perfected tapping into the underground and bringing it to the mainstream via major pop stars? Or is it related to the overall obsession with electronics and tech these days and this is just the musical equivalent of that? Explore the key factors for the rise of EDM and DJ's with a panel of some of the top managers in the business.


MODERATOR Jeff Pollack Chairman/CEO, Global Media & Ent Pollack Media Group

Jeff Pollack is Chairman/CEO of Global Media and Entertainment for Pollack Media Group. He is one of the music industry’s top prognosticators of musical trends, advising major artists, media and music firms, including MTV Networks. He also is one of the founders of the Big Bang Conference, a high level gathering of industry leaders focusing on the latest developments in the digital media and music space.

As a producer, Jeff has participated in some of the largest music events of the past decade including, Live 8, U2/Green Day’s performance to reopen the Superdome, Live Earth, 2002 Olympics, and many others.

Jeff has also worked on over 30 films as a consultant and music supervisor, the latest being the Academy Award winning Crazy Heart.

Richard Bishop Red Light Management

Richard Bishop was one of the first rock managers in North America to embrace electronic music, and his clients over the last 20 years have included Paul Oakenfold, Paul Van Dyk, BT, Richard Vission, Static Revenger, The Crystal Method (one of only 5 U.S. electronic artists to have earned a platinum album), and Borgore. Richard's expertise includes a wide knowledge of licensing and rights issues, and as a manager with nearly 30 years experience his relationships in the electronic community are unparalleled. Bishop joined Red Light at the beginning of 2010, and acted as Executive Producer for their Green Light Studios, on the film Re-Generation.

Michael Cohen Founder/Mgr Complete Control Management

Lee Anderson Agent AM Only

Having worked as both a promoter and an agent, Lee Anderson has over ten years of experience in the live music industry. Before joining AM Only in 2007 as an agent, Lee spent nearly six years promoting shows across the Northeast. In 2012, Lee was named one of Billboard's 40 under 40 Power Players On The Rise. His current clients include Skrillex, Wolfgang Gartner, Zedd, SBTRKT, Tommy Trash, and Dislcosure to name a few.

Tim Smith Manager Blood Company

Ken Jordan The Crystal Method

Heralded by the Village Voice as “one of the best live dance acts on Earth,” THE CRYSTAL METHOD—who is Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland—have been known for over a decade for their enduring dance floor anthems (“Now Is The Time,” “Keep Hope Alive”), airwave smashes (“Trip Like I Do”) and a willingness to collaborate with an array of talent–including rock’s elite like Scott Weiland, Matisyahu, New Order’s Peter Hook, Emily Haines of Metric and Filter’s Richard Patrick. The duo has dominated the remix, film soundtrack, television, gaming and advertising worlds, most recently helping Victoria’s Secret drop jaws with music for a TV commercial campaign and collaborating with soundtrack heavyweight Danny Elfman for several contributions to Hollywood blockbuster Real Steel. Their platinum-status debut album Vegas (released in 1997) is one of the biggest-selling electronic albums of all time, landing them in the top five of best-selling electronic acts in America. They scored the film London as well as the themes for TV shows “Bones” and “Third Watch” and were the first act to work with Nike for their running soundtrack series. Their most recent album, the Grammy- nominated Divided By Night, was released in 2009. Look for more exciting things to come from the pair soon.