The 4th annual EDMBiz dance-music industry conference will take place at the Cosmopolitan June 16-18, just before Electric Daisy Carnival weekend. Keynote speakers include Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and James Barton, president of electronic music at Live Nation (which bought a 50 percent non-controlling share of EDC producer Insomniac in 2013). Artists participating are Krewella, Hook N Sling and Jono Grant from Above & Beyond. And Alesso will perform the closing-night party June 18 at Boulevard Pool.
Justin Blau—another artist participating at EDMBiz—rechristened himself as 3LAU five years ago, and the local producer/DJ will mark the anniversary with a headlining set on June 6 at Life.
Disco-llaneous: Speaking of Life, Ferry Corsten had to cancel his May 29 gig there (which was promoted as a Space Ibiza Invasion night) due to flight delays. Support DJ Camilo Franco took over as headliner. Corsten has yet to schedule a makeup date, though he’s still on tap to play a solo set at EDC on June 21 and with Markus Schulz as New World Punx at Tao Beach on the same day. Meanwhile, British DJ legend Pete Tong returns to the SLS nightspot on June 26 with Chicago-born producer/DJ and Hot Natured label owner Lee Foss joining him. And on the topic of cancellations: The Diplo/Skrillex-headlining second night at the May 29-30 Gumball 3000 finale festival was inexplicably nixed late last week, and the first night—featuring Deadmau5—was made free just before the event began. Refunds were to be issued to all ticket-holders. Later Friday night, Deadmau5 stopped by his residency home XS, where Zedd was performing. The Russian/German producer/DJ was joined in the DJ booth separately by Skrillex and Mario Lopez and earlier paid a visit by Tyson Beckford.