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Stage Buzz – Podcast: EDMbiz 2014

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EDMbiz 2014 Conference & Expo
June 18-19, Las Vegas NV

Electronic music and culture are hardly a new movement. The larger genre’s roots date back decades, including its storied past in Chicago with house music and more. Yet with the announcement of EDM as a $6.2 billion dollar industry, it’s no surprise that more and more industry is taking notice of what was once an underground counter-culture.

EDMbiz Conference & Expo

Over the course of June 18th and 19th at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, a bevy of panels and presentations all zeroed in on the current state of the electronic movement at this year’s edition of the EDMbiz music conference. From live events to sponsorships, history to future projections, fans to festivals, the EDM culture and business was dissected and reflected upon by some of the leading figures in the music and lifestyle industries.

Dynasty Podcasts was on-site at the conference for Illinois Entertainer, and caught up with four of the panelists for interviews about all things electronic music, culture, lifestyle, and more.

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Sean Christie (The Wynn/Encore)
The Vegas nightlife veteran discusses how he’s seen the city’s nightlife industry evolve, as well as his thoughts on why EDM is currently such a perfect fit for Vegas. Christie also offers his predictions on where the city’s entertainment industry is going, and shares his thoughts on getting the the keynote gig at this year’s EDMbiz last minute.

Brian Zisk (SF MusicTech Conference)
The SF MusicTech conference organizer shares his thoughts on the two day EDMbiz, including what he finds inspiring about the conference. Zisk also teases the future of his own music conference, including potential changes in city, as well as what services he sees as essential for musicians at this point in time.

Jake Udell (#20Something/Krewella)
The music manager discusses his #20Something panel and web series, the goals in showcasing up and coming industry talent, and where he plans to take the digital web series next. Udell also reflects on his work with Krewella, and how he approaches managing the group.

Zel McCarthy (VICE/THUMP)
The Editor-in-Chief at VICE’s Thump portal discusses the long road of electronic culture to get to where it is in 2014, his work in exposing the new generation to the genre’s past, and his take on the notion of EDM as a fad.

– Jaime Black

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