Meet some of the speakers attending XP Music Futures 2022!
Our main speakers
Music Executive, Artist Manager, Entrepreneur, Author, Professor and Cancer Survivor Author, professor, lecturer, motivational speaker, music executive, artist manager, entrepreneur, fighter and cancer survivor would be the words used to sum up the life and career of Mathew Knowles. Mathew has helped to architect the careers of Destiny's Child, LeAndrea Johnson, Beyoncé and Solange, just to name a few. XP22 SESSION: Reinvention & Relevance: Building Longevity in Your Career with Mathew Knowles
Talent Manager, Catalog Fund Consultant, Session Board Member Globally recognized as the former manager of the Swedish House Mafia, Amy Thomson has proven herself as one of the most forward thinking and trusted professionals in all of electronic music. Most recently, Amy has fought tooth and nail for the representation of musicians and creators at Hipgnosis, the largest independent song fund in the world. XP22 SESSION: Fair Pay & Fair Play: Understanding Music Royalties
Artist No matter what lines, borders, or boundaries separate us, songs bring us back together. Elyanna unites listeners worldwide around a sizzling signature style steeped in Arabic music, pop, and R&B. Singing in Arabic and English, the Palestinian-Chilean singer, songwriter, and performer instantly enchants with both soul and spirit. XP22 SESSION: Pro XPerience
Artist Born and raised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Lil Eazy is one of the region’s most talented rising hip hop stars. His unique and alluring vocal style quickly set him apart from the pack in the region, with hits like “Millionaire,” “Mathaher,” and “Thabet Ma Ameel” opening the doors for collaborations with major brands like Nike, New Balance, FIFA, and Coca Cola. XP22 SESSION: Creating a Hit Song: Formula Vs.Trend
Artist, CEO & Label Owner Dutch DJing superstar and Revealed Recordings founder Hardwell has staked his claim as one of the scene’s most exhilarating acts since his debut in 2007. His storied career has seen tracks like “Spaceman,” “Apollo,” and “Run Wild” catapult him to the forefront of the industry, playing a major role in Hardwell being crowned the World’s #1 DJ in 2013. XP22 SESSION: Wellness for the Constantly Creative Mind
DJ & Founder, Kwench Records (UK) With decades of DJing experience and as the Founder of Kwench Records, England’s Cassy has asserted herself as one of the UK clubbing scene’s most trusted and reputable musical forces.
Cosmicat (Nouf Sufyani)
Artist (KSA) Cosmicat (real name Nouf Sufyani), is one of Saudi Arabia’s most exciting rising DJs and producers, having played her vibrant melodic house and techno-inspired productions at global events like Tomorrowland, Soundstorm, and Exit Festival.
Artist (TZ) Aisha Bakary, known by fans as Hijab DJ, is a native of the islands of Zanzibar, and is widely considered to be the region’s very first female DJ. In 2019, she received support from Norway’s Women Future organization, named as a woman of hope for future generations, as well as the Entertainer of the Year by the Zanzibar Youth Awards.
Host & Presenter, Balearica Radio (ES) With a proven background as a radio and TV presenter for events like Awakenings Festival and IMS. Now, Katie Knight is one of the leading voices behind Balearica Radio and also hosts her podcast ‘Can U put me On Guestlist?'.
Musician & Educator, Cobblestone Jazz (CA) Mathew Jonson is widely known as a solo artist and for his work with Cobblestone Jazz, but it’s his efforts in musical education and mentorship that are making waves in recent years. His new venture, titled Freedom Engine Academy, aims to use music education as a common denominator in creating a community of free spirit musicians.
General Manager, Boomplay (TZ) As General Manager of Boomplay Tanzania, Natasha Stambuli is a driving force in elevating black culture and music to the forefront of the industry. Named The CEO Of The Year by Tanzania’s Top 100 Executives List, Natasha has defined herself as one of the region’s most eminent and respected minds to date.
Nicolas Matar – Owner, Cielo/Output/EDITION (US) Known worldwide for his trendsetting clubs, Nicolas Matar has expressed his love for electronic music culture through a lifetime of dedication. While his clubs such as Cielo and Output worked to define New York’s electronic music landscape for a matter of decades, Nicolas has now expanded from coast to coast with new standout venues in both Miami and West Hollywood.
Artistic Director, Conservatorium of Haarlem (NL) Richard Zijlma made his first mark in the industry as the General Manager of the infamous Amsterdam Dance Event between 1999-2018. More recently, Richard Zijlma has taken on the role of Artistic Director at the Conservatorium of Haarlem, where his responsibilities include expanding the range and inclusivity of the courses offered, as well as internationalizing the appeal of the Conservatorium.
Journalist, The National (UAE) Saeed Saeed is a features writer for The National, reporting on all things arts and culture happening in the UAE, as well as internationally. With a focus on music and Arabic pop culture, Saeed has interviewed some of the biggest singers in the region and the world, from Jennifer Lopez and David Guetta, to Nancy Ajram and Quincy Jones.
Founder, Meow Wolf / Spatial Activations (US) Vince Kadlubek is the Founder of the award winning experiential art collective Meow Wolf, as well as Spatial Activations, the innovative new digital platform to further infuse these boundary pushing and immersive artistic experiences into everyday life.