The annual IMS events took place at the Hard Rock Hotel this week.
Shesaid.so hosted the first of a number of talks including restoring community to the dancefloor. In this talk Kae Burke the founder of House of Yes commented – “It’s about mentorship, apprenticeship and taking the extra effort to nurture the people in your company It’s our opportunity to not just put them behind the bar, but give them the opportunity to become the manager. A lot of us are in the position to give money or jobs to unrepresented people.”
Others that featured on the panel included – DJ Seth Troxler who also made a point on music culture in the US and the spike in girls attending dance events due to the likes of Peggy Gou and other female DJs appearing on big line-ups. Nadine Artois – founder of Pussy Palace talked about the issue of race and sexuality in club culture and growing up in Glasgow.
Shortly after that followed a discussion on Ghost production with Portuguese DJ and producer Rui Da Silva. He admitted to ghost producing tracks, up to as much as 3-4 tracks per week and getting no recognition for it, which is very common in ghost production.
The following day there was lots of discussions on how the electronic music industry has had a bad impact on the environment, drug and alcohol abuse among DJs, and tools they can use to cope. The father of the late Avicii – Klas Bergling was there speaking about how he has set up a foundation in the memory of his son (Tim Bergling Foundation).
Day three and there was a key note interview with famous female DJ Charlotte de Witte. They discussed the techno scene at Coachella and being in a “matcho driven world”.
Overall IMS was a success that touched on touchy subjects in today’s dance music culture which need to be talked about. We need to continue to empower and help each other!