The third annual International Music Summit Engage, set to take place April 15 at the W Hotel in Hollywood, has revealed its first list of guests.
IMS Engage has gained notoriety since launching almost three years ago for its heated discussions and A-list panel of guests ranging from high powered artists to top level industry executives. This year’s panel is no different, bringing together Lyor Cohen of Def Jam fame, Chuck D (pictured) from iconic rap group Public Enemy, Jake Udell, the mastermind behind Krewella and ZHU, and white hot DJ/producer Seth Troxler.
Topics of this year’s summit include rising commercialism in EDM, the origins of dance music from within African American communities, and the similarities between hip hop and EDM, to name a few. Fans can expect this year’s guest panel to take liberties with the summit’s open forum policy.
For those unfamiliar, each of the panelists have an intriguing backstory that makes for interesting discussion. Detroit producer Seth Troxler has openly chastised artists within the EDM space, proving his outspoken nature. Rapper Chuck D has been on the forefront of artistic activism throughout his career, polarizing fans with his lyrical criticism of the US government. Lyor Cohen has been the target of many hip hop figureheads for corporatizing hip hop, most recently from Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash. As for Jake Udell, most people will remember his recent plight navigating though last year’s Krewella/Rain Man lawsuit and breakup.
To pick up a badge to this year’s summit and dive deeper into the background of IMS, head over to their website. Tickets cost $220.