The Dance Club: The beat goes on?
Friday 4 March 2016
14:00 – 15:00
Chair: Maria May, CAA (UK)
For several editions, The Dance Club has discussed the seemingly unstoppable rise of the electronic dance music scene. Yet with its largest corporate player having recently filed for bankruptcy, and the future of some US events uncertain, has the tide finally turned? With some noting that DJ fees have risen to more unachievable heights than their guitar-playing counterparts, and with competition between events stiffer than ever, what does 2016 and beyond hold for this seductive sector? And what lessons can the wider live music sector learn from its electronic cousins?
Guest speakers include:
Pino Sagliocco, Live Nation Spain
Mark Lawrence, Association for Electronic Music (US)
About Maria May:
Maria May's roots in dance and electronic music run deep, with nearly 20 years under her belt representing DJs and producers including David Guetta, Frankie Knuckles, Paul Oakenfold, David Morales and Soulwax/ 2manydjs. As well as less flashy, more quirky artists like Hercules & Love Affair and Róisín Murphy. It's little surprise, then, that May was tapped by CAA in 2012 to lead the high-powered Hollywood talent titan's expansion into dance music. The veteran agent currently sits on the board of advisors of the Association For Electronic Music (AFEM), a trade body created last year that reads like a roll call of the industry's behind-the-scenes heavyweights. Under CAA head of music Rob Light, May and her expanding global team have developed her division into a crucial player, with a roster including Guetta, Steve Angello, Nicky Romero, Robin Shulz, Oliver Heldens, Pretty Lights, Skream, Jamie Jones and Sam Smith and emerging artists like Odesza, Francesca Lombardo, Cosmic Top Secret, Sam Feldt & Zak Samuel.