NEWS: IMS Engage adds Diplo and Instagram Co-Founder, Kevin Systrom, to “In Conversation”


The famed Ibiza summit IMS, announced last week its first one-day event in America, IMS Engage, taking place on Wednesday the 17th of April at W Hollywood in Los Angeles, California. Today it was announced that Diplo and Instagram co-founder, Kevin Systrom, will join IMS Engage’s series of un-moderated conversations.

In Hollywood IMS is engaging the electronic music world with the wider industries of technology, finance, hip-hop and arts in a one-day event. A series of un-moderated conversations, consisting of eight pairs of speakers, will address the growing influence and prominence of electronic music in America and beyond.

Diplo and Kevin Systrom join a heavy-weight list of conversations that already includes:

·      Lady Gaga’s manager Troy Carter and Swedish House Mafia Manager, Amy Thomson
·      Russell Simmons with Sony’s President of Electronic Music, Patrick Moxey
·      Skrillex and The Summit Series founder Jeff Rosenthal
·      Pete Tong and Shelly Finkel from SFX Entertainment
·      Digital pioneer Jaron Lanier with Beatport CEO Matthew Adell

Since 2007 IMS has brought together the leading thinkers and trailblazers in electronic music and beyond, uniting artists, global brands, technology pioneers, event producers and more to discuss one of the most unique and rapidly evolving creative industries. IMS’ debut in America, IMS Engage widens the conversation, during a period of unprecedented growth and interest in ‘EDM’, which has seen huge investments by billionaires such as Ron Burkle, Robert Sillerman and Live Nation, and attendance at EDM events rocket into the hundreds of thousands.

IMS Engage is partnered with the American arm of Pioneer DJ – who have been founding partners of IMS in Ibiza since year one. The event is also held in partnership with W Hotels Worldwide, a long-time supporter of IMS Ibiza. IMS Engage visitors can find details on room rates at W Hollywood by visiting

Delegate badges for the event are on sale now and limited to 250 places. The event will also feature an IMS Engage: Official Party with The Windish Agency – one of the most prominent independent booking agencies in the electronic music space worldwide—poolside at the WET Deck at Drai’s Hollywood at W Hollywood.

Over six years in Ibiza IMS has earned a reputation as the “the TED of music conferences”, featuring conversations and interviews with luminaries such as Hollywood director David Lynch, musical pioneers Giorgio Moroder and Nile Rodgers, tech innovators from Twitter, Soundcloud, Google, Disney and Electronic Arts, plus DJs including David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, Richie Hawtin, Luciano, Sasha, Danny Tenaglia and more. IMS was created by BBC Radio 1 / Evolution Radio broadcaster Pete Tong, along with electronic music industry veterans Ben Turner, Danny Whittle, Mark Netto and Simeon Friend. Turner recently launched AFEM – the Association for Electronic Music – with the American-based attorney Kurosh Nasseri.

19.00 W Hotels Worldwide Symmetry Live Acoustic Performance by Foxes


09.45-09.50 Welcome from Pete Tong & Ben Turner (IMS Partners)
09.50-10.00 Introduction from Bill Werde (Editorial director, Billboard)

10.00-18.00 IMS Engage
Patrick Moxey in conversation with Russell Simmons

Amy Thomson (Manager, Swedish House Mafia) in conversation with Troy Carter (Manager, Lady Gaga)

Skrillex in conversation with Jeff Rosenthal (Summit Series)

Diplo in conversation with Kevin Systrom (Co-Founder, Instagram)

Pete Tong in conversation with Shelly Finkel (SFX Entertainment)

Matthew Adell (CEO Beatport) in conversation with Jaron Lanier (Author, You Are Not A Gadget / Who Owns The Future)

18.00-22.00 IMS Engage: Official Party in association with The Windish Agency


About Author

Adele is the owner of Tranceported. She manages and maintains the social media and the photo and video teams, and has been shooting our event photos since 2011. She has been a fan of Trance music since the mid-90s and started this website (formerly called EDM TOR) in 2012.

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