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Unveiling ADE Beats 2023's first speakers

Tuesday, 01 August 2023
ADE Beats, the international conference for hip hop, bass and beats, joins the ADE Pro conference at Felix Meritis on the newly added ADE Saturday. The first confirmed topics and speakers are rolling out today, with a grand journey through house music with Kym Mazelle aka The First Lady of House Music, among others.

Dive in below and join us: ADE Beats is fully accessible with the ADE Pro Pass and ADE Lab Pass, and individual single-day tickets will also be available soon.

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ADE Beats

Taking Care of Business: ILLENIUM and Steve Bartels

Grammy nominated, Billboard Chart topping artist ILLENIUM has been critically lauded for his output as both an artist and an in-demand king of remixes (artists such as Taylor Swift, Halsey, Flume and JVKE among them). Nick Miller’s 10-year run as the producer & artist 'ILLENIUM' has garnered 7 billion global streams to date, and at ADE Beats he will be joined by music industry veteran Steve Bartels of MusicBartels LLC - and prior, CEO of Def Jam Recordings and President of Island Records - to present their business perspective, combining their mutual expertise, and creating a wide scope of outlets for ILLENIUM’s successful sound.

Taking Care of Business: ILLENIUM and Steve Bartels

Grammy nominated, Billboard Chart topping artist ILLENIUM has been critically lauded for his output as both an artist and an in-demand king of remixes (artists such as Taylor Swift, Halsey, Flume and JVKE among them). Nick Miller’s 10-year run as the producer & artist 'ILLENIUM' has garnered 7 billion global streams to date, and at ADE Beats he will be joined by music industry veteran Steve Bartels of MusicBartels LLC - and prior, CEO of Def Jam Recordings and President of Island Records - to present their business perspective, combining their mutual expertise, and creating a wide scope of outlets for ILLENIUM’s successful sound.

Hip Hop 50 - There’s some womxn in da house:

During this lecture on hip hop feminism, hip hop scholar Kim Dankoor will shed a light on women’s contributions to its culture. She will also explain why this is the most inclusive form of feminism to date and why every hip hop enthusiast - women, men and everybody in between - should be a hip hop feminist. From U.N.I.T.Y and Say Her Name to Queen B*tch and WAP: be prepared to ‘move and shake a little’ during this lecture as Dankoor's feminist insights are accompanied by some of the most iconic songs and videos in hip hop HERstory.

Q&A Kym Mazelle - The First Lady of House Music

Four decades after house music was birthed within Chicago, we welcome pioneering American singer Kym Mazelle, also celebrated as The First Lady of House Music, for a vibrant insider talk on the genre’s roots and evolution and her groundbreaking role in spreading house music across Europe and the UK. Mazelle has been part of the Chicago House scene from its early days and later became the first house music artist in Europe to be signed by a major label to a worldwide record deal. She has collaborated with a range of leading artists, including Frankie Knuckles, Marshall Jefferson, Grace Jones, Pete Tong, Soul II Soul, Chaka Khan and David Morales.

Mazelle combines house, disco, soul and pop music and as such she is part of a larger movement of influential Black women in house music that have been essential in shaping its reach. Join Mazelle for an interactive talk on house music’s origins and its future, important steps towards a more inclusive music scene and more.

Hip Hop 50 - There’s some womxn in da house:

During this lecture on hip hop feminism, hip hop scholar Kim Dankoor will shed a light on women’s contributions to its culture. She will also explain why this is the most inclusive form of feminism to date and why every hip hop enthusiast - women, men and everybody in between - should be a hip hop feminist. From U.N.I.T.Y and Say Her Name to Queen B*tch and WAP: be prepared to ‘move and shake a little’ during this lecture as Dankoor's feminist insights are accompanied by some of the most iconic songs and videos in hip hop HERstory.

Q&A Kym Mazelle - The First Lady of House Music

Four decades after house music was birthed within Chicago, we welcome pioneering American singer Kym Mazelle, also celebrated as The First Lady of House Music, for a vibrant insider talk on the genre’s roots and evolution and her groundbreaking role in spreading house music across Europe and the UK. Mazelle has been part of the Chicago House scene from its early days and later became the first house music artist in Europe to be signed by a major label to a worldwide record deal. She has collaborated with a range of leading artists, including Frankie Knuckles, Marshall Jefferson, Grace Jones, Pete Tong, Soul II Soul, Chaka Khan and David Morales.

Mazelle combines house, disco, soul and pop music and as such she is part of a larger movement of influential Black women in house music that have been essential in shaping its reach. Join Mazelle for an interactive talk on house music’s origins and its future, important steps towards a more inclusive music scene and more.

Dizzee Rascal celebrates ‘Boy In Da Corner’ at ADE Beats

Two decades ago, grime music emerged from the UK underground into the mainstream. With his debut album ‘Boy In Da Corner’, pioneering MC and producer Dizzee Rascal released one of the most acclaimed records of the year, winning Mercury Prize for best album from the UK and Ireland. On October 21st, ADE Beats sits down with the grime pioneer to discuss bringing the genre to the masses, its game changing origins and universal impact over the last twenty years.

Join us at ADE Beats 2023, the international conference for hip hop, bass and beats, as part of the ADE Pro conference on the newly added ADE Saturday at Amsterdam Dance Event. ADE Beats is fully accessible with the ADE Pro Pass and ADE Lab Pass, individual single-day tickets will also be available soon.

ADE Pro Pass

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  • Valid all five days
  • Full access to all conference tracks: ADE Pro, ADE Green, ADE Beats, BMIM and more
  • Join networking events and sessions, plus new matchmaking formats
  • Access to all official ADE Business Hubs
  • Year round access to ADE Pro's networking platform & database
  • Access to the full Festival program with new improved Festival access experience (limited capacity at high-demand venues)
  • Access to the Arts & Culture program (limited capacity at high-demand venues)
  • Receive the official ADE 2024 Bag
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ADE Lab Pass

Pre-register for ADE Lab to get access to the lowest possible rate:

  • Four days of masterclasses, Q&As studio sessions and more
  • Get your hands on the latest gear by top brands
  • Meet the pros during matchmaking & networking sessions
  • Share your work and get feedback by the best in the game
  • Win big with your music in competitions
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