Moby ‘in conversation’ with David Lynch – Moby asked David Lynch a series of interesting non-musical questions, which included: “What’s your favorite birthday meal?” and “Have you ever grown maggots successfully?” Through the various fun and self-described awkward questions we learn that David Lynch is a spiritual man who loves meditation and believes that people have many lives. The sunlight in Los Angeles makes Lynch happy and free and Paris is his favorite city. When the conversation turned to music, the audience learned that he wants to work on a blues album and loves Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Jimmy Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, The Ronettes and Neil Young. Although the majority of the conversation was about David Lynch, Moby was quite candid about his past drug use, homelessness and love of the show “Twin Peaks.”
Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs ‘in conversation’ with Guy Gerber – The Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and Guy Gerber conversation was completely music focused. These two music pioneers have recently collaborated on a new album called 11:11. When an audience member asked about the release date, both joked and skirted around the subject suggesting it may come out in July. During the session we learn that Diddy is a huge fan of EDM and he joked about Avicii “doing it bigger than him” and that he’s never tried having a ferris wheel at his concerts. He also believes that any underground genre keeps music alive. During the guest Q&A portion of the conversation, one fan stood up and expressed that Diddy was an inspiration in his life and really made an impact. It was a touching moment with Diddy coming off-stage and asking him for a hug. The heartfelt moment had the crowd cheering.
Steve Aoki ‘in conversation’ with Chad Hurley – During the Steve Aoki and Chad Hurley conversation, the audience learned that Aoki is a fan of social media, saying that: “Twitter is a tool and Instagram is a destination.” Chad Hurley was incredibly open about his business ventures mentioning that he sold YouTube to Google for 1.78 billion. He commented that music sharing and social media has really catapulted EDM and helped share musical messages worldwide.
Hans Zimmer ‘in conversation’ with Junkie XL – In the final pairing of the evening, Hans and Junkie both discussed how important it is to incorporate many instruments in EDM including guitars, orchestras and pianos. Hans was concerned he was coming off too “geeky” during the conversation, discussing how open film music is becoming and the importance of orchestra and electronic music collaborations. The audience learned that the score to Black Hawk Down was finished and incorporated a few hours prior to the premiere and then changed shortly after.