It’s no secret that electronic music has exploded over the last few years. This growth has created opportunities for all sorts people to not only create their dream job, but also be very successful while doing it. To fuel this growth, Insomniac, creator of electronic music’s most popular events (Electric Daisy Carnival, Beyond Wonderland, ect.), has curated an event called EDMbiz which is held at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. The two day conference is jam packed with panels and networking, and you might even find yourself in front of the open bar once or twice (it is Vegas, after all).
It sounds great, doesn’t it?
But is it worth the $500 ticket price?
EDMbiz is absolutely worth the ticket price if you are serious about working in or around the industry. You will probably meet somewhere between 50 and 100 people over the two day event, and you will have the opportunity to build meaningful relationships that will help take your project or career to the next level. The truth of the matter is that you only need to make one special contact that will help advance your project for it to be worth the $500 ticket price.
The panels are also a really great value because you get to hear industry leaders tell their side of the story. You get to hear about festivals from the creators or Lollapalooza, Hard Events, and Insomniac. You get to learn about talent and industry trends from the agents of Deadmau5 and Skrillex. These are the people that have their entire lives revolve around EDM and it shows. The most exciting one for me was the artist panel (image below) which featured Afrojack, Dash Berlin, Dirty South, DJ Wordy and Borgore. You could feel the passion from every speaker on every panel. If there is a panel that does not apply to you and your line of work, you can just sit that panel out and continue to network.
If you decide to come to EDMbiz 2014 there are some things you should know.
1. Have tons of business cards.
2. The dress is business casual but it doesn’t hurt anything to look awesome.
3. Have your elevator pitch (30 second pitch about what you do) down.
4. Show up early, leave late.
5. Ask a question on a panel. You get to announce who you are and what you do in front of everyone.
6. Tweet with #EDMbiz. You will make a few extra contacts this way.
If you have any specific questions about the conference you can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you there next year!