As the end of 2015 nears, IMS is reflecting on a year of important, memorable talks from leaders of the electronic music industry. From Ibiza to Los Angeles and Shanghai to Singapore, revisit the Top 10 #IMSTalks of 2015.

#10. IMS Asia-Pacific: Keynote Interview – Armin van Buuren

Armin Van Buuren joined IMS Asia-Pacific for an insightful keynote interview where he shared his invaluable experience about the growth of electronic music in Asia and where he stands as an artist in today’s music landscape. He bared it all during his keynote, going so far as to share how being voted as the No. 1 DJ in the world made him question his own artist identity and seek professional help before finding himself musically again. He went on to address vital topics like drugs in electronic music, copyright law and being connected with his fans and the public opinion.

“When I was DJ Mag’s #1, I had a lot of pressure on my shoulders. People expected the stage to explode when I walked on. I wasn’t Armin anymore, I was just the #1 DJ in the world.”

#9. IMS Ibiza 2015: Keynote Interview – Carl Craig

At IMS Ibiza, Carl Craig sat in conversation with Executive Creative Director of Beatport Clark Warner for an in-depth and eye-opening discussion about the United States’ home of techno, Detroit and the climate of the United States’ maturing electronic music scene as a whole.

“It helps the whole scene when Steve Angello plays in Las Vegas. It doesn’t matter who it is – it’s a big step for the United States. It might not be your favorite electronic music, but it’s great that it’s getting recognized.”

#8. IMS Ibiza 2015 : Keynote Interview – Trevor Horn

IMS Ibiza saw a pair of music titans unite when Pete Tong sat down to interview Trevor Horn, the man who essentially invented the sound of the 80s as a pop music producer, songwriter, musician and singer. Trevor is a Grammy-winner and repeat winner for the BRIT Award’s Best British Producer and shared insight from a lifetime of experience building the foundations of today’s modern electronic music.

“People had done sound effects before, but nobody could understand how we could manipulate them that way until they could understand sampling. For about two years there was this sort of twilight time when it was all changing. and hardly anybody had the gear so nobody really knew what was going on.”

#7. IMS Asia-Pacific 2015: Keynote Address – Saving Sydney by Murat Kilic

During the second year of IMS Asia-Pacific, Murat Kilic of Reckless Republic and Spice in Australia delivered a commanding keynote that left the audience and people of the industry with an important lesson. Sharing his own personal experience, Murat explained how Sydney’s nightlife scene has been decimated by stringent government regulations and pleaded the industry to help save Sydney’s soul. His story comes as a cautionary tale for much of Asia-Pacific’s still young and growing industry as each region faces the challenges of balancing government support and growth.

“Sydney’s electronic music scene was changed by the government. Our community, our identity, our livelihood is all threatened. We have to save Sydney’s soul.”

#6. IMS Engage 2015: Kaskade In Conversation With Stuart Price

A highlight of 2015 occurred in Los Angeles during IMS Engage when Kaskade sat with three-time Grammy-winning producer Stuart Price. In Engage’s unique, unfiltered conversation format, the two masters of music discussed each of their prolific careers, music technology, how to best the issue of drugs in dance music and the rapid progression of electronic music as a whole.

“I don’t like the word ‘future house’ because house is the future. We’ve been living in the future since 1982.” – Kaskade

#5. IMS Asia-Pacific 2015: Opening Keynote Address by Mark Lawrence

IMS Asia-Pacific kicked off with a compelling keynote from Mark Lawrence of the Association For Electronic Music (AFEM). Titled #SAFEINSOUND, Mark commented on the dire need to address the problem of drugs in electronic music and begin to seriously implement harm reduction strategies. Though his speech was directed towards the Asia-Pacific region’s recent turmoil with drug-related incidents, his words went far beyond the region’s boundaries and offered valuable advice for the industry as a whole.

“No parent should outlive their child, and we as a community have a duty to step up and make a difference wherever we can.”

#4. IMS Engage 2015: Chuck D In Conversation With Seth Troxler

The outspoken Seth Troxler and hip-hop legend Chuck D made for a powerful pairing of music mavens at IMS Engage earlier this year. By bringing two leaders in from distinctly different spectrums of music, a truly raw and revealing conversation about the ins and outs of the music industry as a whole was sparked. Ready for a lesson on Detroit and the ingenuity behind electronic music?

I’m envious of the way electronic dance music has organized itself. It understands what it is, and what it ain’t. – Chuck D

#3. IMS Ibiza 2015: Keynote Interview – Alexander Ljung from Soundcloud

A topic that garnered some of the most buzz this year was the issue of copyright, and naturally, Soundcloud, one of electronic music’s most popular platforms amongst artists and fans. At IMS Ibiza this year, Founder and CEO of Soundcloud Alexander Ljung sat and honestly answered questions about the challenges behind entanglement of copyright law and figuring out how to monetize his successful platform while moving forward with the industry.

“We need to reshape part of the industry, we need to build technology that’s never existed before, we need to influence people across different territories to get to the point where creativity is free.”

#2. IMS Ibiza 2015: B.Traits presents State of Mind

It comes as no surprise that one of the most impactful conversations this year came from IMS Ibiza and B. Traits. State of Mind was a discussion covering the ever important topic of drugs and harm prevention strategies not only in Europe, but across all varying markets. Alongside some of the most esteemed leaders in the space including professors and scientists, B. Traits manned a discussion that left an impression the entire industry should consider.

“It’s not pro-drug, it’s anti-death.” – Mark Lawrence

IMS Engage 2015: Quincy Jones In Conversation With Pete Tong

IMS prides itself on bringing together the chief leaders in music, and in 2015, we saw Quincy Jones sit in conversation with Pete Tong at IMS Engage in Los Angeles. The pair of musical titans discussed Quincy’s illustrious career: his experience working with legends like Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Sinatra and his opinion on modern day electronic music.

“Our entire business in music – in entertainment – is about a song and a story. That’s it. You don’t call anyone until you have a great song and a story.” – Quincy Jones

Though Australia has long been seen as a leading market for electronic music with prominent artists like Flume and What So Not rising from the region as well as prolific major festival brands like Stereosonic. However, Murat Kilic of Reckless Republic and Spice in Australia offered an important and insightful look into the darker side of the Australian scene in his opening keynote titled “Saving Sydney.”

Murat himself was impacted by the city’s strict laws and regulations that were placed on the city’s once-prosperous nightlife and entertainment scene. He watched his own venue – which was previously thriving with success – crumble, and he told the heart-breaking story of how each of his employees were personally affected. The speech was difficult to hear, but a necessary cautionary tale to share with the room.

“We had to survive and adapt or we died – that was it. There were casualties. I was a casualty. Watching something you’ve built with love and passion be destroyed like a house of cards really hurts.”

Murat’s tale was a haunting story and warning of what tight government chokeholds could do to an entire city’s scene. Essentially, Sydney’s culture has been decimated and currently sits in a state of flux. Though the future of the city remains to be seen, Murat’s story is a crucial take away for industry professionals from all over Asia-Pacific and the world.

“We don’t really like change, but often change is necessary. Sometimes it comes from within us, and sometimes it comes from an external force. Sydney’s electronic music scene was changed by the government. Our community, our identity, our livelihood is all threatened. We have to save Sydney’s soul.”

Despite being the first speaker to kick off the morning session of IMS Asia-Pacific, Mark Lawrence of the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) commanded the attention of the entire room. His opening keynote was called #SAFEINSOUND, and as the title suggests, was an important call-to-action for the industry to focus on making the electronic music environment a safe one. Specifically, his speech referenced the omnipresent issue of drugs and asked global industry leaders in the room to take action in effort to preserve the future of electronic music.

“If the kids keep dying, the agency will be closed down. These words are as important now as they were a year ago.”

Eloquently, Mark explained that this issue spreads beyond country borders and has transcended across the years. Malaysia has essentially banned electronic music outright following the tragedy that struck at Future Music Festival Asia, but the issue doesn’t exist only in the Asia-Pacific region. Concern over drug-related incidents has existed for decades in prominent electronic music scenes in Europe and North America, and continues to plague the music we all know and love.

“No parent should outlive their child, and we as a community have a duty to step up and make a difference wherever we can.”

Watch this important IMS Talk in effort to be a part of making positive change and ensuring a bright future for the world’s electronic music.

On December 11th in 2015, International Music Summit returned for the second year of IMS Asia-Pacific in Singapore. One year ago, IMS made the pioneering decision to come to the Asia-Pacific region in effort to expand a market burgeoning with incredible potential and connect the distant East and Western cultures.

IMS Asia-Pacific’s theme this year was “Bridging the Gap,” a representation of the continuing effort the worldwide industry has made to congregate and communicate with the Asia-Pacific region’s local leaders. Over 20 different countries were represented at IMS Asia-Pacific, and speakers from all corners of the world came together to discuss pertinent topics for the region.

Panels tackled topics as controversial as Sydney’s dying electronic music culture to opinion on outdated copyright law and speakers like Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade and Sharam from Deep Dish made the one-day summit a memorable affair.

1. Drugs are still a prevalent and problematic issue – not only in Asia, but all over the world.

Mark Lawrence of the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) started off IMS Asia-Pacific with a somber, but compelling keynote. Titled #SAFEINSOUND, his address called the industry to action to actively work towards eliminating the issue of drug-related deaths through education and harm reduction.

“No parent should outlive their child. We, as a community, have a duty to step up and make a difference wherever we can.” – Mark Lawrence (CEO, AFEM

, UK)

The topic remained consistent throughout the day. Armin Van Buuren was passionate about his opinion of where drugs do (or don’t) belong in the scene and urged people to simply stop taking them and enjoy the music.

“It’s really important for people to learn about their own responsibilities. If you want dance music to grow, stop taking the illegal shit and move on.” – Armin Van Buuren

 (Artist, UK)

Fellow artist Kaskade shared the same sentiment as Armin, explaining that the strange dichotomy he lives in as a completely sober family man playing to crowds of partygoers often hyped up on illegal substances.

“Early in my career, I had people argue with me that I’d never be able to make music that people understand not sober. But I enjoy this music sober, and I think it’s possible for many other people to do the same.” – Kaskade (Artist, UK)

2. Sydney’s government has essentially decimated the city’s nightlife culture, and the rest of the world can use what happened there as a cautionary tale.

It was difficult, but necessary to hear Murat Kilic’s keynote speech about Saving Sydney at IMS Asia-Pacific. As an artist and CEO of Reckless Republic and Spice in Australia, his own personal story served as a cautionary tale of the possible effects and consequences a government chokehold can have not only on one successful venue, but also the city’s entire electronic music culture.

“We don’t really like change, but often change is necessary. Sometimes it comes from within us, and sometimes it comes from an external force. Sydney’s electronic music scene was changed by the government. Our community, our identity, our livelihood is all threatened. We have to save Sydney’s soul.” – Murat Kilic (Artist, CEO / Reckless Republic / Spice, Australia)

3. Electronic music’s image problem in the media must be addressed, and it starts from within the community.

Undoubtedly related to the the presence of drugs, another important discussion point was electronic music’s image issue in the media. In The Association for Electronic Music presents Protect the Dance Floor panel, local promoter and business leaders came to discuss what can and should be done in order to gain a wider and more accepting recognition in the mass media.

“For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. We have to look and see what we’ve done to actually perpetuate the resistance from the authorities. If you involve people, bring them in and make it inclusive, people will understand. Music is for everyone.” – Akshai Sarin (Artist, Creative Entrepreneur /, India)

“We need to stop being an easy target. The beauty of what we do is that it’s real, it’s organic. When it grows like that, it’s undeniable. We have to go back that.” – Murat Kilic (Artist, CEO / Reckless Republic / Spice, Australia)

4. What happened to SFX is a direct result of the changing landscape of electronic music.

Richie McNeill of SFX Asia and Australia sat in conversation with Sharam of Deep Dish for an unfiltered question and answer panel that left no topic unturned. Unavoidably, questions about SFX’s difficult year were directed at Richie, who went on to explain that the company’s struggles are largely accredited to the way electronic music as a whole has shifted. Media, he continued to explain, has also dramatized the story, but he confidently concluded that SFX will not be going anywhere for the next few years.

“There’s been a shift in numbers. The big moment for dance music, according to the numbers, was probably two or three years ago. The growth has flat-lined in some territories. It’s interesting times.” – Richie McNeill (Director of Special Operations Asia, SFX Live, Australia)

5. Copyright laws are outdated and need a serious reevaluation with the modern music consumer in mind.


Armin Van Buuren is known for many things, but what some might not know about the talented producer is that he graduated with a law degree, making him a very knowledgeable source to discuss the controversial topic of copyright law. At IMS Asia-Pacific, Armin passionately jumped on the subject, explaining that in his and many other eyes in the industry, copyright laws are essentially meaningless.

“Something went wrong in the copyright discussion. If I whistle a song, we decided that under law – under the Berne Convention – that I now own the song, and if someone decides to recreate it, I could sue them. There isn’t a law that has been broken more than the copyright law.” – Armin Van Buuren (Artist
, Netherlands)

“It’s important for young people to understand what copyright really means. People don’t want to own music, they want to have access to it.” – Armin Van Buuren (Artist
, Netherlands)

The sentiment was repeated later in a keynote discussion with Kaskade, who echoed similar thoughts about the backwards mentality behind copyright regulations.

“We’re in a messed up time right now where copyright is getting in the way of a lot of creativity and expression.” – Kaskade (Artist, USA)

6. Overall, Asia has incredible potential to succeed as the next big market – but the progress depends largely upon government support.


There didn’t seem to be a question about the possibility of success in the Asia-Pacific region both at IMS China and IMS Asia-Pacific. Going off of population numbers alone, it seems the region is destined for success. However, according to many of the artists and business professionals, both local and international, the potential success of each country relies very heavily upon Asian governments and their choice to support or deny the electronic music culture.

“The Asian market is one of the last markets to grow. I hope the Chinese government will be loyal with helping us get the right permits. The Asian youths really want this to happen. They really want dance music to grow. The only thing we can hope is that promoters get permission from local governments.” – Armin Van Buuren (Artist
, Netherlands)

This point was especially stressed during a tell-all keynote from Simon Napier-Bell, author and former music manager who brought the first music act Wham! into Communist China. He told his experience, pioneering the ‘Wild West’ of China and coercing the right people into allowing the group to enter into China, and stressed the necessity to continue to persevere when working with foreign Asian markets.

“You can’t just arrive and do business in China. People have to know you. You have to meet them, buy dinner, let them buy you dinner back. Then next time you can suggest a few things.” – Simon Napier-Bell (Author, Thailand, UK)

7. What Asia’s electronic music scene needs is to focus and develop internally before looking to expand internationally.


A common question is the noticeable lack of Asian talents on the global scale of electronic music. But when the East Meets West panel of local talents of the Asia-Pacific region were questioned, most turned not to the international community, but rather to the Asian communities themselves. 

Australian output Kaz James explained that because the music is accessible, it sometimes breeds an interest in becoming a part of the scene for the wrong reasons.

“To be a real artist, you need to believe in what you do. People will see that, and respect what you do. EDM has become a consumer good. It’s become a processed food, kind of like a Big Mac. A lot of people made sacrifices and put effort into what we have now. But a lot of people don’t appreciate what those people did.” – Kaz James (Artist, UK / Australia)

Tennis chimed in with agreement, explaining that it is important for the music scene in Asia to now look internally to building a real, organic community and providing their artists with the support and growth opportunities in order to make an impact on a global scale.

“Creating a scene is about creating a community. It has to bond organically. It’s time for Asia to start creating label scenes and bring people to work together.” – DJ Tennis (Artist, Life and Death / Daze Agency / Elita Festival, Italy)

8. International promoters seeking a way into the Asian market need to find people they trust.

The Association for Electronic Music presents Develping the Eco-System panel brought together agents and promoters of the electronic music business from East and West to discuss ways to find success in the market. After a brief discussion about the immense potential of the many countries that make up Asia-Pacific, the panel stressed the importance of finding trustworthy people on-the-grounds in Asia to work with.

“I don’t see the market in Singapore, first hand. I have to work with someone in the market that I can trust and rely on that will put my artist in the best position possible.” – Ryan Saltzman (Agent / Co-Owner, The Bullitt Agency, USA / Barcelona)

9. Asia should move away from the DJ Mag 100 and look to local talents to help develop the scene.


Because much of Asia still remains heavily focused on nightlife and club culture, the Developing the Eco-System panel emphasized a need for promoters to support local and up-and-coming talents or different genres to help develop Asia’s ear for sound.

“The crowd is so focused on the Top 100. If you’re not in the Top 100, they don’t want you. So it’s about education. It’s about getting to know the different directions.” – Erik Leenders (CFO, David Lewis Productions, Hong Kong)

“Flume, What So Not and Will Sparks all came from a local scene. It became a thing. They got loyal followings, and now they can tour the world. You really do have to develop your own sound in order to breakthrough somewhere else.” – Matt Nugent (Onelove Records, General Manager, Australia)

10. For Asia-Pacific, the future is bright.

Though many controversial topics were discussed at IMS Asia-Pacific, the one main takeaway was the powerful potential within the region waiting to be tapped by local and international professionals over the next few years. The Asia-Pacific region’s future is already promising, led by passionate local minds and guided by the extensive knowledge of international peers.

“I’ve always seen Asia as a place of opportunity, but now it feels like how it felt in 2008, 2009 in America. It was all leading up to something and we’re going to get to see what that is. That’s why we’re all here.” – Kaskade (Artist, USA)


On December 11th, International Music Summit gathered global players and leaders of the local industry together at the W Hotel Singapore – Sentosa Cove for the second edition of IMS Asia-Pacific. From morning until evening, the one-day summit’s keynotes and panels addressed essential topics of the Asia-Pacific region for a day of insightful and compelling takeaways from speakers like Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade, Sharam of Deep Dish and Richie McNeill of SFX Australia and Asia.

IMS Asia-Pacific drew business leaders, visionaries and both local and globally-renowned talents to the one-day summit. Approximately 300 delegates were in attendance, representing over 21 countries around the world.

One year away from the first IMS Asia-Pacific, there were heavy, but important topics to discuss. The day began with two captivating keynotes: Mark Lawrence of the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) first delivered a call to action to the industry to be a part of the positive change for the issue of drugs in electronic music. Later, Murat Kilic, artist and CEO of Reckless Republic and Spice in Australia illuminated the devastating consequences that a heavy-handed government can have on an entire region’s culture using Sydney as an example to learn from.


“Our role is to ensure a bright and sustainable future for everyone in the region. We didn’t create the problem but we can be unified in creating a solution.”
– Mark Lawrence (CEO, AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, UK)

IMS Asia-Pacific welcomed three highly-anticipated keynotes from world-renowned artists Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade and Sharam of Deep Dish. Each artist had uniquely valuable insight to share thanks to a lifetime in the industry and their own experiences with the Asia-Pacific region, but several common threads of conversation were highlighted across all three discussions. Armin and Kaskade focused on the need to reevaluate copyright laws in a streaming-driven world while Sharam discussed how the music industry must react in light of recent terrorism events.


“When I was DJ Mag’s #1, I had a lot of pressure on my shoulders. People expected the stage to explode when I walked on. I wasn’t Armin anymore; I was the #1 DJ in the world. I’ll tell you something from the heart – I do read all the criticism. I know exactly what’s going on.”
– Armin Van Buuren (Artist, Netherlands)

IMS co-founder Ben Turner shares: “IMS Asia-Pacific was a powerful call to action from industry leaders and artists about the measures this industry needs to take to help protect our future. To hear the likes of Armin, Sharam, DJ Tennis and Kaskade talk openly about drugs and terrorism was powerful in a country as sensitive as Singapore. We’re proud of the day and the event and thank everybody for their incredible contribution to this platform for thought, leadership and change.”

The summit’s theme “Bridging the Gap” represents the Summit’s intent to bring the vastly different cultures of East and West together. IMS Asia-Pacific was created to serve as a platform to learn from one another – in business and in culture – to help progress the phenomenon of electronic music. This year, panels like “Developing the Eco-System” and “East Meets West” aimed to pinpoint the major hurdles the Asia-Pacific region faces in its changing landscape of electronic music while imploring the valued insight of experienced professionals to push the market ahead.

IMS introduced Speed Networking as an innovative addition to the Summit’s schedule this year. Powered by Pioneer DJ, LIILT and DJ Mag ASEAN, Speed Networking gave IMS delegates the unique opportunity to sit one-on-one with the industry’s top leaders. Professionals from worldwide brands like SFX and Pacha and representatives from the US, UK, Netherlands, Japan and India were able to sit in conversation with delegates from IMS, creating the invaluable opportunity to connect and share ideas.


“I’ve always seen Asia as a place of opportunity, but now it feels like how it felt in 2008 and 2009 in America. It was all leading up to something and we’re going to get to see what that is. This is why we’re all here.”
– Kaskade (Artist, USA)

International Music Summit has grown to become one of the leading presences in electronic music, expanding across the globe with editions in Ibiza, Los Angeles, Shanghai and Singapore.

Speed Networking


IMS introduced Speed Networking as an innovative addition to the Summit’s schedule this year. Powered by Pioneer DJ, LIILT and DJ Mag ASEAN, Speed Networking gave IMS delegates the unique opportunity to sit one-on-one with the industry’s top leaders.

Professionals from worldwide brands like SFX and Pacha and representatives from the US, UK, Netherlands, Japan and India were able to sit in conversation with delegates from IMS, creating the invaluable opportunity to connect and share ideas.
The International Music Summit has grown to become one of the leading forces in the forefront of electronic music, expanding across the globe with editions in Ibiza, Los Angeles, Shanghai and Singapore.



APRIL 21st, 2016


MAY 25TH – 27TH, 2016



It was an inspiring return to Singapore one year after our first IMS Asia-Pacific and see the progress and growth in the AP region. The Summit was a memorable learning experience thanks to our speakers, artists, sponsors and delegates from all around the world.

IMS expresses our deepest gratitude to all our sponsors, partners, delegates and all that came and made #IMSAsiaPacific a memorable event.

Our Founding Sponsors

Pioneer DJ
W Singapore-Sentosa Cove

Our Founding Partner


Our Partners

Juice Singapore
Pulse Radio
Martin Harman

Our Ambassadors

Hype Malaysia
UnMute Agency
MixMag Asia
Midnight Shift

IMS Asia-Pacific is in one week! Today, the complete schedule with speaker and topic pairings has been revealed. From morning until night, delegates of International Music Summit will take part in unfiltered discussion with local and international pioneers to learn about the challenges and successes of the blossoming Asia-Pacific region as the industry heads into the new year.

Speed Networking

IMS Asia-Pacific is excited to introduce Speed Networking this year as another exciting opportunity for IMS delegates. Speed Networking pairs delegates with the world’s leading electronic music professionals for one-on-one meetings to discuss and share ideas.


Later, delegates will have the unique opportunity to mingle alongside renowned artists and industry speakers for cocktails and an evening at IMS’ partner festival ZoukOut for a proper conclusion to a summit weekend.

Find out what IMS has in store for this packed one-day session. Speakers have been paired on panels and in keynote partnerships to tackle vital topics about the Asia-Pacific region.

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Capital: Taipei
Population: 23.4 million

Taiwan is a populous island off the east coast of China and while the island itself may be physically smaller than its neighboring countries, Taiwan has an immense and effective culture to offer. Taiwan considers itself an early embracer of electronic music amongst the Asia-Pacific region. Home to a Road to Ultra event and many other well-known parties, the country made itself known as a stop on the Asia circuit for international talents early on. When the electronic boom (both in culture and in finances), Taiwan presented the opportunistic chance for worldwide brands like Ultra to step in to provide the bookings and claim a valuable stake in the unique location.

Uniquely, Taiwan is home to a large underground scene. Thanks to its early familiarity with electronic music, many Taiwanese talents began cultivating their own interest in the music and helped to build the base for its own local music culture. Since, underground clubs like Korner have opened to continue supporting both local and global talents and continue the growing interest in electronic music as a whole.

Major Music Festivals:

Road to Ultra Taiwan
Spring Scream
2F White Party (canceled for venue concerns)
Spring Wave

Major Nightclubs:

Room 18

Taiwanese Talents:

DJ Cookie
DJ Mykal (林哲儀)

Major concerns and limitations:

Fees for large-scale international bookings have skyrocketed
A strong divide between foreign and local scenes
Taiwan is not yet seen as a priority on the global scale

Unlike other surrounding territories, the government has not presented any major challenges to the growing interest in electronic music for Taiwan. Despite regular and uncommon permit issues, the major challenges that Taiwan faces do not come from an authoritative presence. Instead, many of the issues the country will have to hurdle over in the near future are challenges out of their control.

Though Taiwan has openly welcomed electronic music for years, booking fees for major artists have skyrocketed since the electronic music phenomenon took off in the West, making it extremely difficult to successfully bring “headlining” artists to Taiwan. Furthermore, Taiwan has not yet established itself as a major global player in the electronic scene. With high booking fees and a low priority rating for international players, Taiwan faces the challenge of finding ways to avoid being overlooked on the international circuit.

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Capital: Bangkok
Population: 67 million

Thailand is a popular tourist destination – and rightfully so. Known for incredible Thai food, gorgeous sights and one of the most legendary parties in the world, there’s no doubt that Thailand has also become a leader in Asia’s electronic music space. Travelers and locals alike familiar with the Full Moon Party know what kind of a celebration Thailand can throw, and from that party-mentality, major music festivals like Wonderfruit have grown and seen rapid success.

Because Thailand is already a major tourist touchdown, its nightlife and festival scene has had no difficulty in attracting attendees. Despite having a strict no drug tolerance policy, Thailand remains one the more liberal countries in Asia, allowing the country to fully take in all that electronic music has had to offer.

Major Music Festivals:

808 Festival
Together Festival

Major Nightclubs:

Dark Bar
Live RCA

Thai Talents:

Sunju Hargun
Montonn Jira
King Kong

Major concerns and limitations:

Though not as immediately problematic as it is in other countries, Thailand has a strict and plausible death penalty drug policy

Thailand has allowed electronic music to grow healthily in the country for several years, and now, an underground extension has also come to fruition. Thailand venues and festivals balance the commercial and underground tastes while also harboring its own pool of local talents like house artist Sunju Hargun and more.

Though Thailand seems to be on a straightforward trajectory to success in the electronic music realm, it is important for the global players to recognize Thailand as more than just a tourist hotspot and rather as a growing presence in the industry. Additionally, while it has not been as problematic as it has been for other surrounding countries, Thailand does implement a strict drug policy that threatens the death penalty for drug trafficking.

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IMS has revealed the panel topics for IMS Asia-Pacific! Keynote interviews with Kaskade and Armin Van Buuren and important discussions about Saving Sydney and Developing the Eco-System will focus on the issues at hand for the Asia-Pacific region.



Hear about how their scene has been decimated and how to stop it from happening to yours.


Deeper discussion about the entire-region and the scene’s challenges to operate.


Artists from both side of the planet discuss Asia and how they approach conquering the region.


Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) reviews how the Asia-Pacific eco-system is evolving and how to unblock key pathways to success.


Armin Van Buuren and Kaskade under the spotlight.


Sharam of Deep Dish with the Head of Beatport Asia, Richie McNeill.


Presentations on key new initiatives in the region from ID&T and others.


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International Music Summit is thrilled to announce the addition of world-renowned Dutch legend Armin Van Buuren to the growing list of speakers set to spark the conversation at IMS Asia-Pacific. Four-time No. 1 DJ in the world and one of select few trance artists to receive a Grammy nomination, Armin Van Buuren is a valuable keynote speaker with incredible insight and experience to share about the booming electronic music market in Asia.

More than 25 speakers have already been announced for IMS Asia-Pacific in Singapore including Kaskade, Sharam of Deep Dish, Kaz James, Mark Lawrence, Richie McNeill of Beatport Asia and Australia and many more.




ARMIN VAN BUUREN (Artist, Netherlands)
KASKADE (Artist / USA)
SHARAM (Artist / USA)
RICHIE MCNEILL (Director of Special Operations Asia / Beatport /Australia)
SIMON NAPIER-BELL (Author / Artist Manager / UK)
SCARLETT ETIENNE (Artist / Hong Kong / Bali)
DJ TENNIS (Artist / Life & Death / Daze Agency / Elita Festival / Italy)
KAZ JAMES (Artist / Australia / UK)
RAHUL KUKREJA (Co-founder / Livescape / Malaysia)
KAVAN SPRUYT (Artist / Midnight Shift / Singapore)
FRANK COTELA (Promoter / Director / Totem Onelove / Australia)
MARK LAWRENCE (CEO / Association for Electronic Music / UK)
MIKHAIL SCHEMM (Editor-in-Chief / Pulse Radio / Philippines)
GODWIN PEREIRA (Owner / Club KYŌ / Singapore)
RYAN SALTZMAN (Agent / Co-Owner, The Bullitt Agency, USA / Barcelona)
EMILY HOU (Senior Manager / Bookings / Storm Festival / China)
LAU HOE YIN BLINK (Head of Programme / Zouk Kuala Lumpur / Malaysia)
ALEKS LJUBOJEVIC (Agent / Anna Agency / Netherlands)
PRATEEK PANDEY (Promoter / sLick! / India)
AKSHAI SARIN (Artist / Promoter / India)
MURAT KILIC (Artist / CEO / Reckless Republic / Spice / Australia)
CHRIS HO (Artist / Music Journalist / Radio Presenter / Lush 99.5 / Singapore)
MATT NUGENT (Head of A&R / Onelove Records / Australia)
DJ SABRINA (Artist / Singapore)
MR HAS (Artist / Music Director / W Hotel / Asia Pacific)


IMS and Beatport have partnered for a special deal available for delegates only. For labels, Beatport is offering a 50% Beatport Label Discount. Only one badge per label is valid for this offer.

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Through IMS, The W is offering a special rate for delegates only: 345 SGD per night from the 9th-12th of December. Booking deadline December 3rd. For questions about extra nights or any other information, please contact The W.




After IMS, there is no better celebration than ZoukOut Festival! Taking place the December 11th and 12th, our partner festival ZoukOut provides the perfect place to wrap up an eventful weekend with headliners Tiësto, Kaskade, Axwell V Ingrosso, Deep Dish, Paul Oakenfold and many more.

For delegates only, the festival is offering 20% off ZoukOut tickets, maximum one ticket per delegate, all purchases will be checked against your name.

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DECEMBER 11, 2015

With the second edition of IMS Asia-Pacific in less than a month, IMS is excited to unveil the first speakers and theme.


The five-time number one DJ in the world, Armin van Buuren will take the stage at IMS Asia-Pacific 2015 at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove.


Kaskade, one of the biggest American DJs whose dominance of North America helped transform the global market for EDM; Sharam, one half of the Grammy award-winning duo, Deep Dish; Richie McNeill of Beatport in Asia and Australia; artist manager of WHAM! and author Simon Napier-Bell; Mark Lawrence of Association For Electronic Music; and Ryan Saltzman of Bullitt Bookings in North America, are just some of the names from the diverse list of speakers. On Dec 11, the global and local leaders will take to the summit stage in panels, keynote interviews and speeches.

The theme for this year’s summit, “Bridging The Gap” aims to continue the effort of bringing the cultures and industries of the East and West together through thoughtful panels, keynote interviews and speeches and community building between leaders from all across the world.


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IMS has rolled out a new Spotlight series that highlights the colorful and growing markets that make up the Asia-Pacific region. Read about important festival brands, up-and-coming artists and challenges each individual country will face in the IMS Spotlights below.







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