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.