If you work in the dance music industry or strive to one day, there will be no better place to learn the craft or make contacts than the daytime panels. Covering topics include remixing, publicity, radio airplay, lifestyle, nightlife regulations and licensing; leading people in the dancemusic industry talk openly about the challenges dance music faces in the US. The Seven Degrees of Seperation panel will definitely be a highlight showing how everyone - the artist, the DJ, the manager, the publicist, the booking agent, the promoter and the club owner are all part of the clubland equation and have to work together for successful events. Another highlight with be the Billboard Q&A with Brian Transeau with Dance Music Editor Michael Paoletta. Michael said, "whether producing, remixing, composing or arranging, BT knows no limits -- and this is something others could learn from."
The nighttime events showcase the same diversity with several events going on each night showcasing everything from a special De La Guarda presentation to the American debut of Australian popdance star Dannii Minogue.
De La Guarda is an off-Broadway production that combines chanting, tribal drumming, an intense sound system, elemental manipulation, aerial acrobatics, and extreme choreography for a three dimensional spatial assault that breaks the mythic fourth wall of theater. De La Guarda is credited with bringing a new generation to the theater to see a show where you never know what will happen next. The Tuesday night show at the Daryl Roth Theatre will feature guest DJ Barry Ashworth of the Dub Pistols and begin with an opening set by David Hollands (Matter/:Form) at 7:30 p.m.
The closing night party on Wednesday night at Webster Hall presents the American debut of Ultra Records artist Dannii Minogue whose single "I Begin to Wonder" dominated the European club and pop charts. The night will also feature performances by Kevin Aviance ("Alive," "Give It Up"), Galleon ("So I Begin," "One Sign") and Dana Rayne ("Object of My Desire," "No More Games") with DJ sets by Rich P, Johnny Budz and Mike Rizzo.
On Monday night, the Union Square Ballroom will house the opening party with sets by DJs Jellybean Benitez, Tony Humphries (Yellow Orange), and Maron D (Underground Collective.) Over at Cielo DJ/producer Francois K will spin the Deep Space Party with special guest DJ Meshell Ndegeocello. SBNY, aka Splash, will house the Xtreme kick off party with sets from mixshow DJs Sal Dano, Johnny Rocks, Joe Bermudez and Joe Rivaldo and live performaces by Pepper Mashay, Georgie Porgie, Tina Ann, and many others.
In addition to the De La Guarda Show at the Daryl Roth Theater Tuesday night, Rehab will elebrate the 10th Anniversaries of: The Billboard Dance Music Summit, King Street Sounds, Liquid Sound Lounge (WBAI), Dance Tracks NYC and XLR8R Magazine with sets by Kevin Hedge, Heannie Hopper, and Phil D. The Bosa:Nova La Party at Cielo will feature DJs Jason Bentley, Jun, Dave Hernandez, Allen Voskanian and live PA from Lisa Shaw.
Wednesday night after the Webster Hall show, the Official Closing Party at the Union Square Ballroom will feature DJs Jellybean Benitez, Louie Vega of Master at Work and David Harnes.