ADE’s conference program is taking shape

The annual Artist Debate this year features Nicky Romero and Martin Solveig in Power to the Artist!, looking at how these hugely popular figures spend their fan-love capital, and examining how they leverage their fan base to effect positive changes and eventually, hopefully, a better society. More top names for the Artist Debate are due to be announced shortly. Meet the Godfathers on Thursday brings together music legends who were making proto-house and techno before the words were even invented, including Manuel Göttsching of Ash Ra Tempel, Irmin Schmidt of Can, and Boris Blank of Yello, alongside Kenny Dope Gonzalez of Masters at Work and Paul Hartnoll of Orbital.

To mark our 20th anniversary, we’ve asked some of the music industry’s best known names (and a few wild cards) to talk for 20 minutes about business-related topics that are close to their hearts. So far confirmed are Daniel Miller of Mute, Cooking Vinyl’s Martin Goldschmidt, Kenny Gates of PIAS, Helen Smith of IMPALA, Kobalt Music’s Willard Ahdritz, Herman Schepers of the GSMA and Lucy Blair of Motive Unknown.

Best Practice Day
Before all that, and to kick-off ADE 2015 in a fresh and positive way, Wednesday at The Dylan is Best Practice Day, a series of six 30 minute panels covering everything you need to know about the business of doing good business.Topics include Contracts: When, Why, How Much?, Label Life, Agents & Managers, Spreading the Word and Piracy After The Death of Downloads. Each panel will be followed by a 10 minute Q&A session with the panelists. Participants include attorneys Edward J. Shapiro, Mark Quail and Helen Yu in Contracts, Roland Leesker, Jon Rundell and Chris Johnson in Label Life, and Liz Miller, Ed Karney and Sharron Elkabas in Agents & Managers.

Next, Dance & Brands, Sound Lab and MusicTalks
Previously announced highlights include Martin Garrix at ADE Dance & Brands, the Oliver Heldens Q&A alongside a Revealed Recordings 5th anniversary panel at ADE Next. At MusicTalks Henrik Schwarz will be revealing The Evolution of my Sound, and Jeff Mills will be discussing his experiences composing and recording in the Rembrandthuis. MusicTalks will also feature Q&A sessions with Gui Boratto and Boys Noize, with Boratto also appearing at the inaugural Sound Lab to talk about his studio technique and its relationship to architecture. Other artists confirmed for Sound Lab include Dave ‘midi’ Smith, Paul Hartnoll, Boris Blank, Machinedrum, and Chris Howe and Cyril Lance from synth-maker Moog. And finally we are delighted to welcome Ben Liebrand who will be in conversation with Armin van Buuren. The duo will be joined by Belgian producer Felix de Laet, better known to most of us as Lost Frequencies. We will start annoucing days and venues in the upcoming weeks, stay tuned for more program updates.

Please note: the ‘Late’ 5-Day Ticket purchase deadline is September 1 (CEST), tickets are available here

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