11 Dec 2014
The world’s most influential electronic music platform, the International Music Summit [IMS], is poised to become the most anticipated industry event as it unveils International Music Summit Asia-Pacific complete agenda involving a powerhouse line-up of 35 speakers from around the world and the region.
Anthony Zameczkowski – Head of Music & Brand Partnerships, YouTube, APAC
Arjun Vagale – Artist, India
Brendan Long – Agent, William Morris Endeavor, UK
Celeste Siam – Artist, THA
Chris Ho – Lush 99.5FM, SG
Damian Lazarus – Artist, Crosstown Rebels, UK
Dev Bhatia – Director, Unmute, India
Dr Gino Yu – Doctor of Music & Medicine, HKG
Emily Hou – Artist Relations Manager, A2 Live/Storm Festival, CN
Frank Cotela – Onelove Recordings / SFX Totem / Stereosonic, AUS
Frank Rodi – Deputy Director Writer Services, APRA AMCOS, AUS
Gilbert Yeung – Owner, Dragon-I/Tazmania Ballroom/Cubic Macau, HKG
Hideki Natsumara – Manager, Kuvo/Planning Section, Pioneer, JPN
Jason Swamy – Promoter, Do What You Love/Robot Heart, HKG
JC Ahn – International Director, VU ENT/Global Gathering/Life In Color, S. Korea
Jeremy Boon – Artist, Zouk, SG
Kevin Watson – IMS Analyst, UK
Kurosh Nasseri – Association for Electronic Music, USA
Lincoln Cheng – Owner, Zouk/ZoukOut, SG
Liv from Nervo – Artist, AUS – Luke Nathans – Regional CEO, Iris Worldwide APAC, SG
Mark Brimblecombe – Owner, Attica, SG
Mark Lawrence – CEO, Association for Electronic Music, UK
Mim from Nervo – Artist, AUS
Mr. Has – Artistic Director, W Singapore, SG
Nobby Uno – Ultra Music Festival/Avex Music/Avex – Group Holdings, JPN
Paul Oakenfold – Artist, Perfecto, North America
Pete Tong – Artist, IMS/BBC Radio 1, UK
Ralf Kollman – Director, Mobilee Records, GER
Richie Hawtin – Artist, M-nus / Plastikman, CA
Sandy Monteiro – President, Universal Music Group, SEA
Steve Angello – Artist, Size, SE
Tan Chee Meng – Director of Label Relations, Spotify, APAC
Trent Grimes – Ministry of Sound, AUS
Wayne Lee – Head of Entertainment, Zouk, SG
IMS AP, also added another 11 speakers from across Asia, from Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong to China and Japan, making it a truly Asian lineup with participation from the key payers in the region in a global exchange of thought and ideas. The new speakers include : –
- Sandy Monteiro [President, Universal Music Group, SEA]
- Celeste Siam [Artist, Thailand]
- Gilbert Yeung [Owner, Dragon-i/Tazmania Ballroom/ Cubic Macau, Hong Kong)
- Chris Ho [Radio Presenter, Lush 99.5FM, Singapore]
- Emily Hou [Artist Relations Manager, A2 Live/ Storm Festival, China]
- Nobby Uno [Ultra Music Festival/Avex Music/Avex Group Holdings, Japan]
- Anthony Zameczkowski [Head of Music & Brand Partnerships, YouTube, APAC]
- Luke Nathans [Regional CEO, Iris Worldwide APAC, Singapore].
Their inclusion makes IMS AP a truly global summit with an Asian perspective. The summit is expected to draw over 200 delegates. The early bird and normal badges for the event are sold out, with a limited number of late badges remaining.
International Music Summit Asia-Pacific is set to wow delegates and the global music industry as soon as it raises the curtain on Dec 10 with the IMS Opening Party featuring IMS founder Pete Tong performing at Attica club in Clarke Quay. This will be followed by the one-day summit at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove on Dec 11; a partnership with ZoukOut [Dec 12 & 13] featuring IMS speakers and global acts Richie Hawtin, Damian Lazarus and Steve Angello; and six IMS After-Parties [Dec 11-14] in three locations, with more than 15 international and Asian artists performing.
Ben Turner, IMS’ co-founder, says: “Singapore is the gateway to electronic music in Asia. The city was one of the first places in this part of the world to have a superclub. In the mid-90s, the media would cite Cream (Liverpool), Ministry of Sound (London) and Singapore’s Zouk as the world’s biggest club brands. Zouk’s extension into a festival has shown that Singapore remains very much at the centre of the genre’s development in this region.”
IMS AP 2014, the event serves as a perfect opportunity to unite the industry, as well as to educate the wider world about the opportunities, challenges and current successes of the region. The discussions will focus on topics relevant to the region with contributions from headline talent and industry icons from the region – connecting European/American leaders and regional heavyweights from the worlds of finance, technology, music and media – in a series of panels, keynote interviews, keynote speeches, workshops and tutorials.
IMS is a place for everyone who is anyone in the dance music industry – estimated in an IMS business report this year to be worth US$6.2 billion (S$7.9 billion) annually – to network and create important business relationships.
With Singapore’s electronic music scene growing exponentially, Turner adds: “From the expansion of the slew of DJs coming to this region, the emergence of ZoukOut, to the number of brands based in Singapore wanting to work with the genre, DJs have also become accepted musicians in this region in the same way they are around the world. The market has evolved and matured significantly. We’re excited to bring together the key protagonists in the Asia-Pacific market as we hope to help mature and build this region for all to benefit – labels, agents, managers, artists and new producers.”
IMS aims to educate, inspire and motivate through the thought leadership platform dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, electronic music – the artistry related to DJ-ing and all related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of summits and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of the genre to art and culture worldwide.
IMS began in Ibiza, which is a Mecca for electronic music. The island off the mainland of Spain is regarded as the No. 1 destination to experience new music and to catch the biggest DJs in the world. The island’s population of 85,000 increases to more than 300,000 during summer months. IMS is timed annually with theopening Summer weekend of Pacha, Space, Ushuaia and DC10, where as many as 20,000 partygoers invade the island for the summer’s lift-off. Ibiza is home to some of the most palatial and state-of-the-art clubs in the world.
IMS AP is also an extension of the partnership between IMS and W Hotels Worldwide, which started in Ibiza. “W Hotels Worldwide has a longstanding passion for music,” says Arnaud Champenois, Asia-Pacific Senior Brand Director, W Hotels Worldwide. “Driven by what’s new/next philosophy, we’ve been working with industry partners to support emerging talent, encourage sound exchanges around the world. From the first partnership with IMS in Ibiza to Los Angeles, we are very proud to play an instrumental role in taking the IMS to a global level with the launch of the first ever IMS Asia-Pacific at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove. To celebrate this partnership, we have also prepared a series of happenings that will feature an industry icon and headlining talent at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove and W Retreat & Spa Bali, Seminyak.”
Badges to IMS AP, which include a buffet lunch; cocktails at IMS Cocktail Party; and entry to six After- Parties, are affordably priced at:
• 75€/S$125 Early Bird Special [Sold Out]
• 99€/S$160 Normal Badge [Sold out]
• 125€/S$205 Late Badge [Limited]
• 189.50€/S$310 Special IMS + ZoukOut 2014
Student in the music schools at SAE Institute and Republic Polytechnic enjoy a discount of 50 per cent off the Normal Badge price and all IMS delegates can enjoy a special room rate at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove at S$360 per night [Dec 9-12]. IMS badges and hotel bookings can be made online at internationalmusicsummit.com.
IMS has also partnered digital retailer/platform, Beatport, for a special industry delegate badge aimed at independent record labels.
IMS and Beatport are offering a 50 per cent discount for labels for the first badge, in a move to support the label sector which IMS states is at the heart of the ecosystem of the electronic-music world. Labels wanting to take up the discount should contact promo@ internationalmusicsummit.com.
More info at www.internationalmusicsummit.com/asia–pacific