Evolving Music & Live Event Experiences

Sunday, June 23, 11:15 am

This session featuring NextVR's Danny Keens will explore how artists are embracing technologies like virtual and augmented reality as a way to get fans more engaged and deeper into the experience.



Electronic Artist

Joe Boston aka shallou is a Maryland-born indie electronic artist whose debut EP All Becomes Okay catapaulted him from obscurity to prominence via strong word-of-mouth buzz. With sold out headline shows across the U.S. and UK and over 100 million total Spotify plays shallou is just getting started. Tracks like 'Lie' and 'Begin' earned him multiple SiriusXM #1 spots, and landed on the Billboard Dance charts, all achieved as an independent artist.

Souls, shallou's new EP, acts both as a companion work to All Becomes Okay as well as a progression, taking shallou's signature happy/sad sensibility and expanding in all directions. "I approached Souls differently," says shallou. "I was open to collaborating, to being in the room with someone else and bringing other people’s talents into what I was doing…diversifying my sound while still keeping it my own."

Souls also ends exactly where it began, each song representing different phases of a relationship. Though every relationship might be doomed in the end, each cycle brings with it the joy as well as the pain, the highs as well as the lows, and always there’s a hope that things can be better; with every love a new world is possible.

Danny Keens


Head of Content at NextVR - Content Acquisition and Programming

Danny is currently Head of Content at NextVR where he leads Content Acquisition and Programming.

Before this, he was Head of Sports Partnerships for Twitter and also spent two years as the Director of Media Partnerships for Twitter Australia overseeing TV, Music, Sports, Government and Journalism verticals. During his time at Twitter he also served as the Chair of the Global TV team where he executed the company strategy with international production houses and broadcasters.

Before Twitter, he was a TV Producer for 15 years and managed countless projects from initial innovative concept through the development process and into final production. He has been fortune enough to work with the world’s leading broadcasters including as a Producer for 'SportsCenter' the flagship sports new program of leading American cable network ESPN. More recently he travelled the world as a producer for the internationally renowned public affairs program '60 Minutes' based in Australia and relishes any opportunity to make award winning, dynamic, cutting edge content.

Alex Hudgens


Emmy-nominated Multimedia Journalist, Impact Entrepreneur, Coach - Moderator

Alex Hudgens is an Emmy-nominated multimedia journalist, impact entrepreneur, and coach. Former talent of Access Hollywood and COMPLEX, she is also the founder/CEO of her own production company, HybridHouse Productions, and spurr, a transformational coaching + conscious consumerism platform. You can learn more at alexhudgens.com and follow Alex on all social media platforms @a_hudge.