Pete Tong on Why Los Angeles is the EDM Capital

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Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 3:00 AM

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BBC Radio 1's Pete Tong is the Jason Bentley of the rest of the world -- perhaps the most influential DJ in global electronic dance music.

And he's bringing Skrillex, Diplo, Russell Simmons, and Lady Gaga's manager, Troy Carter, along with several other notables, to his first International Music Summit, called IMS Engage, in Los Angeles April 17.

It's an exclusive event. Only 250 slots are available to movers-and-shakers who want to see Sony electronic music chief Patrick Moxey converse with Russell Simmons, Diplo take on Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom, or Swedish House Mafia's manager (Amy Thomson) chat it up with Gaga's manager.

Tong, who's DJing at Avalon Hollywood Saturday, says what others have been claiming too -- that L.A. has become the American if not worldwide epicenter of EDM:

Los Angeles is now a major business hub (if not the biggest) for electronic music. The agencies , the labels, the management companies, the promoters , the content creation and the proximity to Las Vegas makes it a natural and vital choice.

Dance music has exploded in America in the last few years, with big money chasing the scene.

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