Billboard’s 100 most Powerful people of 2014 includes Pasquale Rotella, Robert Sillerman, and others
The Billboard 2014 Power 100 has been unveiled, defining power as “the ability to reshape the world around you according to your vision” and the 99 figures that follow the shared top-title between Jay Z and Beyonce are being hailed as those “exerting a powerful influence on the music business, and popular culture at large.” With electronic music and its live events footing a greater cultural stronghold than ever in the past year, three of its major players have made their impact on the landscape with enough virtue to be ranked among 2014’s immortals.
Holding the highest position of any dance influencer is the man who changed the acronym to EMC and took it straight to Wall Street. That, of course, is Robert Sillerman, sitting at number 52. (Note, however, Martin Garrix has recently become the first DJ to sign with Scooter Braun, who ranks at 33.)
Twenty spots later is the face of Insomniac, widely known founder of Electric Daisy Carnival, and the man who puts the fans first. Pasquale Rotella comes in at 72, with a well-deserved honor for instilling an unprecedented formula upon the festival industry.
Checking in at 93, Tom Windish, founder of Windish Agency flaunts a roster of over 700 clients, 270 of which had been signed last year, as cited by Billboard. Windish’s grasp on DJ clientele is one to marvel at, as among the never-ending list of talent comes dozens upon dozens of electronic performers.