The International Music Summit saw its ninth year in Ibiza at the end of May, attracting industry insiders and global artists alike. Spread out over three days, the summit was a veritable mix of shock, insight, and hilarity thanks not only to the talks but to the smaller moments scattered across the event. Now that the dust has settled for another year, take a look back over our highlights from IMS Ibiza 2016 below…

Erick Morillo in conversation with Pete Tong

Undeniably the most moving talk came courtesy of Erick Morillo and Pete Tong, who were in discussion on the second day of the summit. The two veteran DJs spoke candidly about the music industry and its pressurising effects, and it’s safe to say that everyone in the room was on the edge of their seats. From the height of his success to the depths of his dark days, Morillo’s honesty with regards to his rocky past is stirring, which you can see in full below. As the man says himself, “Stay true to yourself. Stay true to the music that you love”.

The Art of Playing Differently

With electronic music more popular now than it ever has been – an industry reportedly worth $7.1bn right now – standing out means finding a formula unique to the individual. The big guns came out for this one, with speakers including Richie Hawtin, Nicole Moudaber, Black Coffee, Dubfire, Carmine Conte (of Tale of Us), and James Zabiela. The panel shared their stories and set-ups, giving an idea as to what makes them have an edge. While Moudaber shared that she’ll be going fully digital, Dubfire explained the importance of maintaining the human element in music. Yet arguably the most entertaining part of the debate was at the end when the panel shared their first set-ups, with Black Coffee’s taking first prize for effort.

The Great Gender Debate

This year saw the discussion of diversity in electronic music, with a particular focus on the issue of gender. The panel brought together some of the industry’s leading players to reflect on their thoughts of gender bias and diversity in their field, including DJs and producers Moudaber and B. Traits, entrepreneur José Woldring, sales and marketing director Lucy Blair, PR director Jackie Antas, and agent Maria May. Views were as varied as the panelists’ jobs – check out the discussion below for a genuinely insightful debate from a handful of experienced figures.

The Grand Finale at Dalt Vila

Capping off the three days was a showcase at Dalt Vila, the beautiful site set atop Ibiza’s old town. With a panoramic view looking over the marina, the surrounding hills and the horizon, the crowd was treated to six hours of talent. Francesca Lombardo, Benjamin Damage and B.Traits took turns for the first half of the night, before Moudaber took to the stage as the sun went down. Berlin-based duo Tale of Us followed up, before Dubfire treated everyone to his incredible HYBRID show, his new project that blends techno with a visual spectacle to make something truly special.

Feature image by Julián Farina.