The big names took to the stage on the second day of the Amsterdam Dance Event, with Chuck D and Ferry Corsten both heavily involved in today's panels.

In his Q&A, Corsten revealed that he started mixing after listening regularly to iconic Dutch radio DJ Ferry Maat on state broadcaster Radio 3. "He influenced a whole generation of Dutch DJs, producers and musicians," Corsten said.

"I was asked to present him with a lifetime achievement 'Golden Harp,' which was a huge honor. Nobody deserved it more than him."

Corsten, who plays a roughly 180 shows per year to average crowds of 14,000, relies on his manager and crew to keep him grounded. "I've told them all, if I ever start getting pretentious or big-headed, just slap me."

The broader Eastern European market was the focus of the conference's earlier sessions.

"The difficulties of doing business in Eastern Europe are seriously overstated," said Gergana Vassileva of Bulgarian company United Partners, speaking alongside representatives from companies in Poland, Rumania, Russia and Hungary. "The region's markets are maturing and deserve some respect."

At the "USA Connections 2007" session, the pressing issues of the day were what DJs should do to break into the difficult U.S. market. "DJs with their own releases have a much higher chance of getting work because clubs are more likely to be familiar with what they do," said Gary Salzman, of Big Management.

David Waxman of Ultra Records added: "I know a few DJs who had releases which caused their popularity to spike and their performing options grew massively as a result. And generally speaking, big management can be an advantage if a longterm view is taken of a DJ's career and a real effort is made to develop their profile as a producer."