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What's Next? with Disco Donnie and Dominic Furber

What’s Next: an interesting conversation between a young professional at the beginning of his / her career and a more seasoned professional in the same work field. On what were their first career steps, initial struggles, errors and first successes, the (rapid) change of the industry, what they’ve learned along the way, the biggest fuckups etc. and how to have a sustainable career. This session has a main focus on the festival promotion side of the industry.

Dominic Furber is the founder of Paxx Group, which is portfolio of businesses and investments. The first company Dominic initially established was Audiopaxx in 2010, following a sold-out, 200-person boat party on Sydney Harbour at the age of 20. Whilst continuing to put on boat parties and other events, Dominic decided to get formal qualifications and learn more skills graduating with Advanced Diploma of Events two years later. Dominic’s passionate appetite has pushed him to become a touring agent, promoter and talent booker, forging roles between the horizontally integrated companies across the group.

Founder and CEO of Disco Donnie Presents, James "Disco Donnie" Estopinal, Jr. is considered one of the godfathers of U.S. electronic dance music, evolving over the past 25 years to become one of the top dance music promoters globally. From his early days in the 1990s New Orleans dance scene, Disco Donnie coupled eccentricity with ingenuity to create elaborately themed parties that charmed patrons and garnered an international following. From 2008-2012, Donnie partnered with Pasquale Rotella, CEO of Insomniac Events, setting their sights on strategically developing the Insomniac brand throughout the U.S. The partnership produced hundreds of club shows every year in markets across the U.S., helping make Insomniac a household name. In 2012, DDP shifted its focus to the genesis and development of SFX Entertainment, as the first company to sign with founder Robert F. X. Sillerman; a media entrepreneur with a vision to invest nearly a billion dollars in electronic dance music to bring the world's leading promoters under one roof. Since 2017, Disco has become part of LiveStyle entertainment group with a worldwide portfolio including Disco Donnie Presents, React Presents, Life In Color, Made Events, ID&T, Tomorrowland, Sensation, TomorrowWorld, Beatport.com, Electric Zoo, Awakenings, Q-Dance, and more.

Conference FAQ

ADE's Conference program features multiple conference tracks and offers the ultimate business and inspiration platform in the field of electronic music, attracting music- and related industry professionals, start-ups, aspiring producers and musicians, students, VJs, visual artists and stage designers.

The main conference venue is the DeLaMar Theatre in Amsterdam. The other venues are within walking distance from the theatre. You can find all conference venues here.

All you have to do is to make sure you purchased a ticket for the conference. Both the ADE Pass and ADE Conference Pass will gain you access to the full conference program including all tracks and ADE by Day program. If you do not like to attend the full conference, we also offer single sub-conference tickets (available soon).



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