James "Disco Donnie" Estopinal, Jr. is DDP's founder and CEO. Considered one of the godfathers of US electronic dance music, Disco Donnie has grown over the past 23 years to become one of the leading dance music promoters in the world. From his early days in the 1990s New Orleans dance scene, Disco Donnie coupled eccentricity with ingenuity to create elaborately themed parties that charmed patrons, garnered an international following, and unwittingly became a catalyst for a national debate over the First Amendment right to expression.
From 2008-2012, Donnie partnered with Pasquale Rotella, CEO of Insomniac Events, setting their sights on strategically developing the Insomniac brand throughout the US. The pair ushered the EDC brand to core Disco markets such as Orlando, Dallas and even Donnie's current home island of Puerto Rico. The partnership produced hundreds of club shows annually in nearly 100 markets throughout the US, helping make Insomniac a household name.
In 2012, DDP shifted its focus to the genesis and development of SFX Entertainment with founder Robert F. X. Sillerman, a media entrepreneur with a vision to invest nearly a billion dollars in electronic dance music in order to bring the world's leading promoters under one roof.
In 2017, Disco become part of LIVESTYLE Entertainment. The current LIVESTYLE portfolio includes Disco Donnie Presents, React, Life in Color, ID&T (Tomorrowland, Sensation, TomorrowWorld), Beatport.com, Electric Zoo, Stereosonic, and more.
Thursday, November 16
12:00 - 12:50 PM