FULL LIST OF SPEAKERS FOR 2017

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    ARTISTS, SWEDEN

    Laidback-Luke

    Laidback Luke
    Artist, Netherlands

    From his origins in the house and techno underground to his current more eclectic style, Laidback Luke has always been a leading light in music of the present day as well as the future. The Dutch hero continues to enjoy a hugely varied and consistently noteworthy career in the game. With a reputation as a serious talent scout and for being one of the nicest guys around, he has built himself a mightily impressive musical empire that has touched the highest reaches of the music industry.

    Within his first year of producing music in the mid-’90s, he was remixing dance legends like Green Velvet and Moodymann and having his tracks licensed by Carl Cox for his compilations, laying down the base as an artist to watch. A prolific output saw him conquer the underground and by 2003 he was remixing the likes of Daft Punk. As the noughties progressed, he laid the foundations for the distinctive Dutch house sound that would provide one of the building blocks of the EDM sound and help bridge the gap between dance and pop / urban music.

    With chart crossover hits and remixes for the likes of Mariah Carey, Robin Thicke, Madonna and Nicki Minaj plus three albums under his belt – not to mention hundreds of dancefloor hits – he is a hugely accomplished producer. In November 2015, he released his eclectic third album ‘Focus’, which proved him once again to be an artist with wide ambitions and a very skillful spectrum of styles, while his steady run of singles continues to keep him at the forefront of dance floors across the world.

    His scouting skills have served up an impressive array of big hitters on their way up including Avicii, A-Trak, Bingo Players, Knife Party, Afrojack and Steve Angello among others, all while pushing the commitment to discover and support new talent which is at the heart of what he’s all about. He has emulated that role in his capacity as founder and A&R of his own Mixmash Records, renowned for presenting music trends of the past, present and future.
    His wealth of experience and ear for talent have seen him undertake the role of a mentor for the dance scene, while his dedication to personally replying to every tweet he receives confirms how much he values his huge, loyal fanbase.

    As a DJ, he’s a continual fixture on all the biggest dance stages in the world, with regular dates at the clubs and festivals like Sensation India, Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland Brasil, Cream Ibiza, Ministry of Sound, Daylight in Las Vegas and Creamfields to name just a few. His Super You&Me club nights gave early bookings to the likes of Skrillex, Snake, Dada Life, Zedd, Diplo, Hardwell. Avicii even made his worldwide DJ debut on one of the infamous Miami editions of this all-inclusive event, again establishing his track record of supporting big names ahead of the curve. His events continue to swell in size with regular parties in Miami, Ibiza and beyond.

    Recent times have seen him continue his dancefloor domination by producing a slew of killer tracks with both the world’s biggest names and newcomers alike, including Afrojack, KURA, Will Sparks, twoloud, Mike Cervello, GTA and Aruna. His commitment to discovering and nurturing new talent is key to his ethos, with his reputation as a mentor proceeding him. For him, it’s only natural to share his wisdom and support in the same way his peers did when he was coming up.

    His popular weekly vlog ‘The Real World: DJ Edition’ gives an insight into his intense life and maintains a direct connection with fans, while his healthy lifestyle sees him extol the virtues of tai chi, yoga, healthy food and his beloved kung-fu (in which he’s participating in the World Championship in Hong Kong) over hedonism and excessive partying. On top of it all he is also a regular contributor to Billboard where he spills his thoughts and wisdom on the scene in his acclaimed column. All this combined makes him a truly unique and inspirational figure in the dance music industry, and one who will contain to play a vital part in it for years to come.

    With residencies at Light and Wynn in Las Vegas, a stack of new releases and his fourth album soon to come, things are only going to get bigger and brighter for this true legend.

    Scarlett-Li

    SCARLETT LI
    CMC Holdings/Zebra Media, Vice President/Founder, China

    One of China’s leading media and music executives, Scarlett started her music career as the CEO of StarTV’s Channel [V] (A News Corporation Company) music channel.

    Scarlett founded Zebra Media in 2008, Zebra is China’s most innovative entertainment and live event platform. Zebra Media organizes one of the largest music festivals in China, the Zebra Music Festival (ZMF), attracting more than 150,000 people each festival at multiple locations in China. Zebra Media also owns the interactive live-cast platform “Showtime”. Showtime promotes celebrities, trend setters and influencers on its mobile apps, creating a real-time experience among the user and the followers.

    Prior to Zebra Media, Scarlett Co-Founded R2G Limited, a music rights clearance company. R2G was sold to Tencent Music Entertainment in 2016.

    Scarlett obtained her bachelor degree in Australia and her EMBA from Tsinghua University in Beijing. She is a Henry Crown fellow with the Aspen Institute, a NAL of the World Economic Forum and an Asia21 fellow of the Asia Society.

    Pranitan-Phornprapha

    Pranitan Phornprapha
    Scratch First Co. Ltd, (Wonderfruit Festival), Founder & CEO, Thailand

    Pranitan Pete Phornprapha leads an avid international lifestyle. Born in Bangkok, Thailand his family moved to Vancouver, Canada when he was three until he was seven. After returning to Bangkok for 6 more years he then went to boarding school in Massachusetts, USA and then attended Bentley College majoring in International Business. After some years he decided for a change and relocated to London, UK to complete his studies.

    He then returned to Bangkok, to worked for GE capital for a while before starting work in his family’s business, Siam Motors, Co., Ltd., (www.siammotors.com) a large automotive and industrial conglomerate with over 40 companies. He is currently in charge of key business units of that group and holds several key executive positions and directorships. A keen entrepreneur, he started a Japanese restaurant with his friends, Sushi Den (www.sushiden.net), that has expanded steadily since. He also co-founded another company distributing Piaggio scooters and under that umbrella is developing more urban motor related business. (http://vespa.co.th ).

    He leads a very active lifestyle, travels extensively and has an interest in the arts, music, and cultural trends. His key passion is creating environmental impact, and is the Founder and CEO of Scratch First Co, Ltd. since Y2014, promoting sustainable living through “Wonderfruit Festival” (www.wonderfruit.co) – a celebration of art, music, food and ideas to catalyze positive impact. In Y2015, he has also co-founded another company called “Asiola” introducing Thailand’s 1st curated crowdfunding platform (www.asiola.com). He recently launched the contemporary Japanese Cuisine from legendary Chef Masaharu Morimoto, “Morimoto Bangkok” (https://www.facebook.com/MorimotoBangkok).

    He loves motorbikes, cars and triathlons and is a father to 3 kids.

    Bart-Cools

    BART COOLS
    WARNER MUSIC GROUP, EXECUTIVE VP GLOBAL A&R AND MARKETING DANCE MUSIC, UK/NL

    Bart Cools is the Executive Vice President Global A&R and arketing Dance Music for Warner Music Group.

    He and his team oversee the roll out and marketing of Warner Music Group’s dance releases by artists such as David Guetta, Robin Schulz, Galantis, Matoma, Disciples, …

    Bart started at EMI Belgium in 1991 in the Marketing and A&R department, after which he moved to London to work for Virgin Records in the International Marketing team, looking after amongst others Massive Attack, Chemical Brothers … and the Spice Girls.

    From 2000 onwards Bart was the Managing Director of Virgin Belgium, EMI Switzerland and EMI Netherlands; and from 2008 he was the Executive Vice President Marketing (Europe and ROW) for EMI Records”

    Andrew Goldstone

    ANDREW GOLDSTONE
    DECKSTAR MANAGEMENT, ARTIST MANAGER & GM (NYC)

    Andrew Goldstone manages Don Diablo and 3LAU and is the GM of the New York office of Deckstar. A true veteran of the dance music business, Andrew was one of the first employees at Astralwerks and saw that label rise to success in the mid 90’s. His first signing at Astralwerks was Fatboy Slim and he worked on many groundbreaking releases by the Chemical Brothers, Air, Basement Jaxx, Future Sound of London, Photek and others. In the late 90’s, Andrew set up his own imprint within Warner Brothers called F-111 where he signed Green Velvet, Faze Action and others. After a few years heading up A&R for Ministry of Sound in New York where he signed Fischerspooner, he left the music business and went to law school. Upon graduation, he joined the boutique entertainment law firm of Grubman Indursky & Shire where he developed a dance music practice representing Porter Robinson, Dillon Francis, Seven Lions and Audien among others. At the end of 2012, he moved to Red Light Management to manage Tiesto. At the end of 2016, Andrew moved over to Deckstar to open their NYC office.

  • Christian-Rijanto

    CHRISTIAN RIJANTO
    ISMAYA GROUP, Co-Founder, Indonesia

    Christian Rijanto is a Serial Entrepreneur and an insanely serious food & music lover. Born in Germany, he has already cemented his position as Indonesia’s leading creative entrepreneur with his company ISMAYA GROUP. Founded 14 years ago, it has become one of Southeast Asia’s biggest lifestyle companies with an array of over 60 restaurants, bars and clubs, as well as some of the most sought-out festivals in the Asia region such as Djakarta Warehouse Project. The rapid rise of DWP also encouraged the company to become a promoter of music and entertainment events such as tours by Katy Perry, One Direction and John Legend, among others.

    ISMAYA GROUP’s establishments consistently win awards. Other than the many awards received by its restaurants, recent accomplishments in the music scene include World’s Top 100 Clubs for Dragonfly night club and Event of the Year for DWP16 by Paranoia Awards. Having spent more than a decade in the industry, Christian is now determined to enhance ISMAYA as an Indonesian brand that shines globally, with plans of adding new outlets and exporting the world-famous Djakarta Warehouse Project to other countries.

    Thanks to those stellar accomplishments, Christian has been featured on CNN Asia “Hot List: People To Watch”, Indonesia’s “Top 50 Creative Entrepreneur”, BBC World as Indonesia’s Rising Entrepreneur, and was listed in Fortune Magazine “Top 40 Under 40”.

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    Jason Swamy
    NET EASE CLOUD MUSIC, BUSINESS DIRECTOR/PARTNER, CHINA

    Jason has over 18-years of entrepreneurial experience in the electronic music space. Over the pe-riod of time Jason has worn many hats; DJ, promoter, talent buyer, booker, booking agency, club owner, curator and festival producer and creative director. He has made impactful contributions to the electronic music world in America and Asia.

    In Asia, Jason recently took on a role with Net Ease Cloud Music, China’s largest electronic music streaming platform as Co-Founder and Business Director for their electronic music lifestyle division as well as Asia Pacific Managing Director for Coalition One, a leading talent buying agency.

    He is the founding member and director of Asia’s first sustainable lifestyle festival called Wonderfruit as well as Founder of Do What You Love, an experience design and talent booking agency based in Hong Kong.

    Jason is also responsible for bringing Ultra Music Festival brand to fruition in Macau/Hong Kong, Manila and China.

    Outside of Asia, Jason is best known for the following critically acclaimed ventures: Co-founder and creative director of Further Future, a technology lifestyle driven festival. Founding member and music director of cult brand Robot Heart which is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year.

    Jason is an advisor for Gigwell, a disruptive digital booking agency platform based in San Francisco and Ambassador to the Lykke Exchange platform.

    Cody-Chapman

    CODY CHAPMAN
    PARADIGM TALENT AGENCY, BOOKING AGENT, USA

    After working as a promoter in Eastern Canada (2006-2010) and running an independent management and booking agency (2009-2011), Cody began working as an agent with AM Only out of Brooklyn NY. Now part of Paradigm Talent Agency, he oversees a diverse roster that includes Borgore, Destructo, DJ Mustard, DJ Snake, Jacob Banks, Jax Jones, Malaa, Shiba San, Tchami, Zeds Dead, and more.

    Ryan-Wilson

    RYAN WILSON
    SONY MUSIC, DIRECTOR OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC, ASIA-PACIFIC

    DJ. Broadcaster. Radio MD. Label Guy. Sound Designer. Are all accomplished roles that have been held down successfully by Ryan. With a well-developed insight into emerging new music trends and talents, from both underground and commercial perspectives, he is always on the constant search for the next new sound.

    Holding strong relationships with key industry players and artists alike, alongside an unwavering passion the global music industry as a whole, the culmination of which is a highly enthusiastic, well-versed, engaging and creative music professional.

    Alan-Hsia

    Alan Hsia
    theLOOP Inc., Co-Founder, Taiwan

    “I am honoured to be given the opportunity to speak at IMS Asia-Pacific for the second time in three years. I look forward to seeing some familiar faces and also to discuss the future of music for the Asia – Pacific region.”

     

    Born in Taiwan, and educated in the US, Alan has a very unique and in-depth understanding of both sides of the Pacific and beyond. As a vested partner, creative/program director, and founder of his first club at the tender age of just 21, he has been a highly influential force in the EDM scene since before the acronym was coined.

    Since co-founding theLOOP Inc. in Taipei in 2001, Alan has been instrumental in the development of the electronic dance music scene in Taiwan, booking over 400 major A-list acts from around the world and producing over 40 large scale music festivals. The success of locally produced events, which consistently attracted over 10,000 attendees, resulted in theLOOP forming long-standing and successful relationships with such international organisations as ID&T, Godskitchen, Global Underground, JTI, Heineken, and Diageo, among others.

    This year, after leveraging more than 15 years of entertainment and music experience, theLOOP created LOOPTOPIA Music Festival, which debuted in Taoyuan, Taiwan on April 2017 to over 32,000 attendees. The two day event was the first of its kind in Asia, featuring 50 international and local electronic artists, three world class stages, interactive art installations, camping, barbecue, and cabins, to name a few. LOOPTOPIA created a new landmark for international music festivals in Asia and has subsequently written a new chapter in Taiwan’s EDM history .

    In addition, under his direction, theLOOP has created/co-founded seven big scale nightlife establishments in three cities across two countries. The latest two ventures in Taipei, OMNI and KOR, have further elevated the standard of what a nightclub and bar lounge can be, respectively. Less than one year after opening, both establishments have gone on to win numerous design awards. OMNI has scooped no less than eight design awards including the prestigious iF Design Award in 2016 and the 2017 Red Dot Best of the Best Award, and KOR has recently been awarded the 2017 iF Design Award, becoming the first bar in Asia to be awarded the accolade.

    Andre Soares

    Andre Jaeger Soares
    Ecozoic Resources Inc, Founder Director, USA

    Andre Soares is an Australian Brazilian multi award winning designer. Since 2006 he has coordinated the transition to sustainability of Boom Festival in Portugal and the Global Eclipse gathering in USA. With innovations such as onsite biological water treatment and biofilter toilets Andre is transforming the industry of large scale festivals in Europe and the United States. His work with sustainable systems design for large gatherings has won multiple awards to the events and the recognition that the festival industry can be a changing force for the regeneration of the planet’s landscapes.

  • Arsit-Prachaseri

    Arsit Prachaseri
    AG Productions/Retox Sessions, CEO/Founder, Thailand

    Retox Sessions is one of Thailand’s/Myanmar’s most active electronic music promoters, regularly bringing in world class talent. It also prides itself on promoting up and coming DJ talent and industry innovators to further promote electronic dance music. The company also is the producer of “Together Festival”, “808 Festival” & “Output Festival which has host world renown artists in the respective markets.

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    Ben Turner
    Graphite/IMS, CEO/Partner, UK

    Ben Turner is the owner of Graphite, a music management and brand services company which specialises in the world of electronic music. Turner is the artist manager for techno and technology icon Richie Hawtin, and Rob da Bank – the creator of Bestival, Camp Bestival and the Sunday Best Recordings label. Turner made his name as co-founder of the highly influential Muzik Magazine, Muzik Awards and then creative director on DanceStar USA: The American Dance Music Awards. Turner is a co-founder with Pete Tong in the International Music Summit, an event described as “the TED of music conferences”. In 2013, he also formed the Association for Electronic Music, a not-for profit trade body to represent the genre, alongside long-serving entertainment industry lawyer Kurosh Nasseri. Its concept is to preserve, protect and promote electronic music worldwide.

    Christopher-Coe

    Christopher Coe
    Treecreds, Director, Australia

    Christopher Coe is an artist, producer and environmentalist. His company, Treecreds, has been active in the fight to save trees and advocate better environmental responsibility of event producers for nearly 10 years. He has worked with many producers, performers and stake holders over the years to bring about changes of heart and practical outcomes that have led to successful results in terms of actually saving trees.

    Hailing from a small coastal town in the west of Ireland, Coe has lived between Australia and Europe for many years. He has worked consistently alongside his partners in Treecreds to develop and bring about change and greater awareness about environmental responsibility in the entertainment industry and wider community.

    “It is with great delight and excitement that I look forward to contributing at such an auspicious event. I look forward to learning more from others and hope to be able to offer inspiration and support to those who genuinely wish to take on the daunting and worthy task of environmental responsibility.”

    Damian-Saint

    Damien Saint
    W Bali – Seminyak, W Sound Suite & Music Curator, Indonesia

    Having left the UK at 21 to open Ministry of Sound in Bangkok, Taipei and Singapore, Damian has been at the forefront of the Asian house music scene for 17 years now.

    He currently presides over the music direction at the W Hotel in Bali as Music & Sound Suite Curator, and spends most of his days on the decks and in the studio alongside some of the world’s most exciting house and techno acts, leaving periodically to bring his sound to turntables around the region.

    On the decks his (at times) blistering displays of technical ability, and unapologetically eclectic track selection make for some electric moments, and despite nearly 20 years of playing records, there is a palpable excitement to every set he plays.

    His skills have taken him across many of Asia’s house and techno hot spots, from Japan to Vietnam, Seoul to Bali and everywhere in between, with a long stint as main resident at Ministry of Sound in Singapore.
    Track selector, Music Director, and bullshit detector, his strait talking attitude, softened only by his passion for the music, has earned him the respect of industry heavy hitters at both the global and local level, and he is set to remain one of the key components of the house and techno scene in Asia into perpetuity.

    “Extremely excited to return to IMS AP and especially excited to be given the opportunity to speak and share views with other panel members and like minded industry leaders and individuals.”

    David Plattner

    David Plattner
    RainTrust, Chief Visionary Officer, Bangkok

    Emily-Hou

    Emily Hou
    A2LiVE/Strobelight Talent, Agent/Buyer, China

  • Eric Reithler-Barros

    Eric Reithler-Barros
    A2LIVE/DianYinTai, MD/CCO, China

    Eric Reithler-Barros is the Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer of A2LiVE and is based in Shanghai, China. Mr Reithler-Barros’ management experience ranges from Fortune 50 telecom companies to music technology startups. He lists achievements in the past 20 years around the world at companies such as Netscape, Johnson & Johnson, Screaming Media, Lime Wire, Verizon, and Level 3 Communications. He served as Vice President Global Partnerships at SFX Entertainment Inc, the former $1B American conglomerate that took over the worldwide electronic music industry in 2013, acquiring powerhouse brands like Tomorrowland, Stereosonic, ID&T/Sensation, and Beatport. Eric was instrumental in leading large worldwide partnerships such as Viagogo ($75M) and Mastercard. He additionally brings to A2LiVE his 27 years of knowledge as a passionate insider within the international electronic music community as a promoter, artist, performer, music producer, label owner, editorial commentator, curator, and lifelong advocate of the genre. He attended Thunderbird School Of Global Management, where he earned an MBA in international business in 1999.

    A2LiVE is a live entertainment company based in Shanghai, and is the premier guiding force of the live electronic music industry in China today. Its mission is to become the leading vertically integrated electronic music platform in Asia, bringing the biggest and best destination electronic music experiences, music, video, news, and culture.

    Since inception, A2LiVE has showcased many well-known international and homegrown artists in China including Axwell & Ingrosso, Skrillex, Hardwell, Afrojack, Dash Berlin, Avicii, David Guetta, Wang Lee Hom, Benny Benassi, Afrojack, Cazzette, Icona Pop, Oliver Heldens, Far East Movement, Pitbull, Kanye West, Incubus and many more.

    A2LiVE’s “Budweiser STORM” electronic music festival toured 5 markets in 2016 and energized 250,000 festival goers, with multiple new cities coming online in 2017. This year also marks the launch of DianYinTai (streaming electronic music service), growth of A2LiVE’s artist management holdings (A2ARTIST and Strobe Light Talent), unveiling of its new DJ/production academy and record label divisions, and other related businesses. Find out more at www.a2live.cn

    Eric-Zho

    Eric Zho
    A2LiVE, CEO & Founder, China

    Eric is a veteran entertainment executive involved and engaged in all facets of the Chinese entertainment industry, with particular focus in multi-media programming, concert/festival production, sponsorship, and entertainment marketing. Eric pioneered the reality TV industry in China creating an average viewership of 100 million viewers per show with much more from his greater achievements such as China’s first reality program, Wo Xing Wo Show “我型我SHOW” breaking historical records for SMG’s Dragon TV.

    In 2013, Eric made headlines once again with STORM Electronic Music Festival in Shanghai. STORM was the largest festival of its kind in Asia with 20,000 people. It’s lineup included Axwell, Zedd, Benny Benassi, Fedde le Grand, Jay Sean, Far East Movement, Icono Pop and others.

    With 15 years of experience in the entertainment industry and a complete comprehension of the Chinese music market, he is a leading force behind the growth of dance music in China, involved in over 100 related bookings per year. In 2014, Eric created a major international collaboration between DJ Superstar AVICII and Mando-Pop Star Leehom Wang. The result of which is the creation of world’s first mainstream Chinese EDM track topping charts countrywide.

    Clients Eric has represented in the past include: Universal Music Group, IMF Channel, Clear Channel, CCTV, SMG Dragon TV, Jiangsu Satellite TV, Zhejiang Satellite TV, Pepsi, Lay’s, Coca Cola, Sprite, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, English First, Volkswagen, Land Rover, L’Oreal, Yue-Sai Cosmetics, Estee Lauder, Dragon Airlines, Delta Airlines, Guang Ming, Dupont Lycra, Dupont Teflon, SEMIR, MAC Cosmetics, Diesel, Gibson, Credit Suisse, MasterCard, Hilton Honors, Accenture, Budweiser, Heineken, Corona, Sennheiser, Buick, PernodRicard, MHD, and more.

    Education: Brown University (Philosophy & Economics) & New York University Tisch School of the Arts (Film Production)

    Georges-Kool

    Georges Kool
    Mixmash Records, Managing Director, Netherlands

    Georges Kool (MD, Mixmash Records) started his initial forays into the music industry working for Mid-Town Records and traveling the world as DJ himself. Having a nag for music production, in his early 20’s Georges graduated as a studio engineer/producer and released music under several monikers.

    Shortly after starting his own record label Chega (back in 2004), Georges got hired by ChopChop Records where he managed labels such as Yousef’s “Carioca”, Rene Amesz’ “25Hertz”, Tom de Neef’s “Jack Squad” and Laidback Luke’s Mixmash Records. At Mixmash Records, Georges found his place and he started working more intensively on the brand’s strategy, signing of exclusive artists and the music direction Mixmash should take.

    Under his supervision he and his team were responsible for successes like; “Show Me Love” by Steve Angello and Laidback Luke, “S.A.X” by Tujamo, “Step Back” by Chocolate Puma, the discovery and first time releases of Avicii, Deorro, Blasterjaxx and more recently the discovery of 16 year old Mark Villa.

    With a collective and impressive 14 years of experience in all fields (A&R, Social, Artist Development, Label Management and more) and 8 of these years devoted to leading Mixmash Records, Georges has built a name for himself as an honest yet pioneering Director with impeccable vision and know-how of the industry.

    About Mixmash Records
    Mixmash is known in the industry for their revolt against any musical stigma, Mixmash refuses to be pinned down or branded as a label that releases only one certain genre of electronic music and is adamant in its pursuit for good music. Mixmash was also on the forefront of discovering artists like Avicii, Deorro, Mark Villa but also know for its legendary events such as the Mixmash Miami Pool Party.

    Howie-B

    Howie B
    Artist, UK

    He’s one of the creators of trip hop. He collaborated with Soul II Soul on their epochal Club Classics Vol 1. He’s written songs with Björk. He’s produced U2. He’s played bonkers sets of boshing techno. He’s remixed everyone from Placebo to Annie Lennox. Howie B is all these things: a musical polymath in a sea of pop inebriates.

    Now ambling past his 25th year in the music business, Howard Bernstein, the Jewish kid from Glasgow, is alighting upon his 7th artist album (and the first on his own new label, Howie B). Over the years, he’s built up an enviable reputation as a go-to producer for everything from experimental to pop and all of this is fed through the Scot’s mincer into his own trademark widescreen albums.

    That he has such catholic – with a small ‘c’, obviously – tastes in music it’s no surprise upon learning about his musical upbringing, which featured large doses of socialist Jewish youth clubs with a considerable side order of John Peel. “When I was in secondary school I started listening to Peel. Then it was an awful lot of alternative music and dub. Peel turned me on to dub music something awful. I’d be sitting with a little Philips recorder, ready to record, waiting for him to play something I liked. And those tapes were mainly of the reggae stuff. Then I got into punk, Santana, Journey, John McLaughlin, Gentle Giant, jazz. But it was all coming from Peel: he was the one sewing seeds in my head.”

    From seeds grow stuff: alfalfa, broccoli, marigolds and, of course, Howie B. It was a blur of indecision. College? Lasted a few months. Kibbutz? A great year in Israel. America? Oh, go on then. And then back home with no money but a strong determination that somehow Mr. Bernstein’s future lay in music. But no clarinet practice for him. Nor trombone for that matter. A squat in Limehouse became his accidental lifeline to a future in the biz. It was cheap (you don’t get cheaper than free). Six months later after more door knocking than the Plymouth Brethren on a money drive, Howie got a job as a tea boy at a studio called Lillie Yard. “It was slave labour. I was working 12 hours a day, seven days a week in this studio. My first paycheck, which didn’t change for three years, was £220 per month. It was mental. It was great. The only way I could survive was to squat while I did this apprenticeship. And I went from tea boy, to assistant engineer and then engineer. That was it.”

    Well, not quite. Lillie Yard, for the uninitiated, was a great studio run by the legendary film composers Hans Zimmer and Stanley Myers (among the many things Myers wrote was ‘Cavatina’ the evocative guitar piece featured in the Deer Hunter). It was a great grounding for Howie – and explains where those broad vistas in his music originate – and gave him access to all kinds of studio wizardry including a Moog/Roland conflagration that was so unique Stevie Wonder dropped by one day for a go on it while Howie made him a cuppa.

    Howie’s visits to the Afrika Centre to dance to the Soul II Soul crew brought a joining of minds, ambitious Jazzie B and Howie with his studio access. He recorded Club Classics Vol. 1 and introduced the gang to Caron Wheeler. “Socially I became friendly with them because that was the music I was into: electronic soul, R&B, hip hop and rare groove. So I was getting friendly with Jazzie and he asks me what I do, so I say, ‘Well, I work in a studio.’ ‘Magic,’ says Jazzie. Bang, that was it.” Howie left the studio to go freelance and he’s been working ever since.

    He worked with Björk (engineering Post, as well as co-writing ‘I Miss You’ and remixing scores of her tunes), began tentatively releasing his own material under various guises and collaborations, most notably as part of Skylab, before receiving a phone call one day from Island Records. “’What you doing over the next couple of weeks? Would you be interested in working on some stuff with U2, they’re doing an experimental album with Brian Eno?’ Fuckin’ hell!” Indeed. Howie recalls his first day with the quintet. “They played me the song they were working on and they go, ‘Right, what would you do?’ Within five minutes of meeting them I was getting Brian to make a big deep bass sound on his DX7 and he’s a champion on that thing. I slowed the tape down and I was getting Edge to play a harmony on top of the part he’d already played. He was trying to figure out the tuning. Larry was doing a shaker overdub and Adam was quite happy because he’d already put his bass down.” Howie stayed in Dublin for the next two years. It would have been rude to do otherwise.

    Inevitably, this rich tapestry of interwoven influences feeds his own music. How could it not? “I’d be stupid to say it didn’t,” avers Howie. “I’m a social being. I like listening to what people say. So all of those things enter into my world of music and creativity. It could be through a recording process, it could be through the bollocks to try something. For fuck’s sake, Bono even got me singing!” He chuckles at the memory.

    Lately, he’s been spreading the Bernstein gospel on a variety of projects, collaborating with long-term friend Craig Richards on an album and label project, scoring a show for the Milan Planetarium’s Space event, working with The Band’s Robbie Robertson and Matthew McConaughey writing the closing title music to Scorcese’s ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, fronting the crazy alt-rock project Beautiful with members of post-punk act Marlene Kuntz. The list goes on.

    Often conceptual (such as his brilliant debut, Music For Babies), never boring, the latest album Down With The Dawn sees him striding towards pastures new (taking time to avoid the muddy puddles on the way). No room for concepts here. “It’s a mixture of different styles. It’s basically me using all the experience I’ve got and all the different things that have happened to me and expressing all of that. It’s an extended diary. Normally, my records have been one style, but this is more schizophrenic than that. I’ve done that because that’s where I’m at. I’ve done some collaborations, more than on any other record I’ve done.” Howie’s also roped in the Great and the Good in the shape of Gavin Friday (Virgin Prunes) and Joe Hirst, the former protégé who’s worked with everyone from Bloc Party to Roll Deep.

    Down With The Don, more like.

    Words: Bill Brewster

    Iqbal-Ameer

    Iqbal Ameer
    The Livescape Group, CEO, Malaysia

    Iqbal Ameer’s passion for live events led to his decision to change his career path from a restaurant owner in Melbourne to form The Livescape Group (formally known as Livescape Asia), one of South East Asia’s fastest growing event management companies.

    Over the past 7 years, The Livescape Group boasts over 300 events in their portfolio; most notable being its own developed platforms such as Rockaway Festival; Malaysia’s largest rock festival and the award winning, Future Music Festival Asia, and the group’s award-winning IT’S THE SHIP, Asia’s largest music festival on a cruise. The group has also expanded their service offering to corporate and mass participation events, TV production & support, creative design, talent booking and asset rentals. His key recognitions include E&Y Entrepreneur of the year 2016 finalist, Newman Creative Pioneer Awards 2012 finalist, Prestige Top 40 under 40 2013, SME Top 100 awards 2016, Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2017 nominee.

    As the Group Chief Executive Officer of The Livescape Group, Iqbal oversees the companies three offices in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia and is responsible for The Livescape Group’s explosive expansion through their specially curated event platforms regionally.

    An avid graphic novel collector, music lover and one that knows how to have a good time; Iqbal Ameer is one of the key visionaries of The Livescape Group and hopes to pioneer a new era of live entertainment in South-East-Asia.

    “I am delighted to be invited back again this year to speak at this year’s International Music Summit. It is a great honour to be able to share, innovate and collaborate with this year’s attendees. IMS has given music aficionados the opportunity to meet and discuss ideas on how to better the world of electronic music that we all love. This gathering of like-minded individuals from around Asia Pacific and beyond, has given us a chance to share our passion and provide us an avenue to communicate our thoughts, challenges, and experiences with the world. I look forward to building new relationships at IMS.”

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    Jeremie Habib
    Gigwell, Co-Founder & CEO, USA

    Jeremie Habib is the Co-Founder and CEO of Gigwell, a Y-Combinator backed software startup that is changing the way live entertainment is booked globally. The platform is trusted by over 30,000 live entertainers and venues who use Gigwell to streamline the entire process -from managing booking requests to handling electronic contracts and online payments. To date over $70m in gigs have been booked on the platform, in verticals ranging from DJ’s & Musicians to Public Speakers and Comedians.

    Jeremie sits at the intersection of technology and live music. Prior to founding Gigwell, Jeremie held several Sales & BD positions at numerous enterprise SaaS companies in Silicon Valley, all while maintaining a very active presence in San Francisco’s vibrant nightlife scene. He is a co-investor of one of San Francisco’s top nightclubs, Audio Discotech which books over 200 international DJ’s per year. Jeremie is firmly committed to bringing the live events industry into the 21st century and seeking to disrupt a $200B global market stuck on yesterdays tools.

    “It’s exciting to see IMS return to Shanghai for a second year, a city that is shares a passion for technology and cultural innovation. I’m thrilled and honored to be invited to speak at IMS Asia-Pacific as both a tech entrepreneur and avid fan of dance music.”

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    Jessie Wang
    NetEase Cloud Music, International Business Director, China

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    Jody Taylor
    Write Rhythm, CEO & Founder, Indonesia

    Jody Taylor immersed himself in the world of electronic dance music since the release of Timo Mass’s Remix of Dooms Night back in 2000. He was 9 years old. Since then Jody has continued to establish himself within the music industry by working on various projects which has taken him around the world ranging from FOH operations, music production, sound engineering, audio/visual installations, production coordinating, event organizing and night club managing to name a few. Jody is also well established in the Bali nightlife community as a DJ and Producer, signing with 5 different record labels from various parts of the world. Back in mid 2015, Jody started and self funded a music tech startup called Write Rhythm; which aims to solve the global demo submission process between artist and record label. Write Rhythm has now grown to more than 400 record labels across 90 sub genres of electronic music.

    “What an honor it is to be able to speak freely amongst the finest in the industry, about the things that matter most in life; kick drums and hi hats.”

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    KAKU
    Artist, Asia

    On that bass drive, Tokyo born and now Taipei based KAKU delivers a fierce load of electronic numbers across the musical spectrum, ensuring Asia and the world has a dance floor education like no other. Fusing a plethora of sounds to set ablaze a signature vibe, he has his finger on the pulse. Growing up in San Francisco, Jon Kaku subliminally had that internationally equipped Bay Area influence in his genes, where electronic music played an inaugural part in his journey. KAKU’s production studio BSMNT LABS as featured in Mixmag has also taken to great heights raising his own and other emerging talent’s music to the rest of Asia and the world.

    A tastemaker in his own right, KAKU takes his presence straight to the stage. Dominating some of Asia’s best festivals like Ultra Japan/Korea and recently being invited to play at the prestigious Tomorrowland festival in Belgium, KAKU has kept the energy high from the first track. From Singapore to Hong Kong’s elite venues to world famous clubs such as Octagon Seoul, Zouk Singapore, Ageha Tokyo, his accolades speak for itself. KAKU has skipped shores and also lit up guest spots at Miami Music Week 2016, Sutton Club in Barcelona and many other shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Antwerp and Sydney. Last summer, Spain has also flown the KAKU flag at this summer’s newly appointed residency at globally renowned Privilege Ibiza and Pacha La Pineda. Across neon lights he has taken to the stage with the likes of DJ Snake, DVBBS, Marshmello, Porter Robinson and more, employing his signature sound and innovation to every set he delivers.

    Out of the studio, KAKU sits tight on a load of anticipated original records and collaborations set for the release schedule during the 2017 calendar. As Asia’s prime DJ and electronic music innovator, KAKU doesn’t intend to ever lay low ensuring the music that comes out of Taipei and beyond is pinned on maps around the world.

    “With the dance music spot light on the Asia-Pacific region, i’m thrilled to have the opportunity to take part in discussing what’s to come and be a part of its booming growth.”

    Krosses

    Krosses
    Artist, India/UK

    Eclectic DJ/producer duo Krosses exemplify the cliché ‘Music has no boundaries’, for this exciting act has emerged from two corners of the world. The two producers (Elias – UK, Rohan – India) connected via an online forum and found out that their take on electronic music production was exactly the same.

    Their first ever track was a collaboration with Kerano called ‘Fade Away’. Reaching over 300K streams to date, they knew this was the beginning of something good! Their second release was their first track on Mixmash Records called ‘Waterfall’. In collaboration with HEART FX and singer/songwriter trinity Trouze this track was a beautiful combination of all three acts their musical vision. With support from Hardwell, Laidback Luke, Swanky Tunes and Juicy M this one is definitely a welcome addition to summer chill playlists.

    Now, their latest banger ‘Gold’ is their first solo release on Mixmash Records. ‘Gold’ boosts a real positive eclectic sound and feel, but there is more to this track. A hidden message of love enters your brain through your ears spreading happiness and positive vibes all over!

    Krosses: “Gold really is about that ‘golden’ moment you find the right person you’ve been searching for, and you confess how much they mean to you! Telling them all the things you’d do for them and promising that no matter what you’ll stick by them for rich or poor.”

    As the boys are influenced by the likes of Calvin Harris, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind And Fire, Axwell, among others – this large array of influences bring immense versatility and diversity to their production and live sets.

    Using the impact of several cross cultural influences and experiences generates a composition of a wide range of eclectic music. Krosses is clearly on a mission; they seek to impart the importance of diversity in the unification of individuals to produce globally appealing memorable pop/dance music – we couldn’t be more excited to see what they will accomplish.

    “We couldn’t be more excited to join Laidback Luke and Unity – our Mixmash Family members – in the panel on cultural collaboration. Since we, Elias and Rohan, are the textbook example of how both our cultures influence our music, we hope to inspire other artists to do the same. Thank you for this opportunity IMS”

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    Kurosh Nasseri
    AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, Co-Chairman/Co-Founder, USA

    Kurosh Nasseri is known for his work as a lawyer with exceptional experience in electronic dance music: over the years he has represented Afrojack, Armand van Helden, Basto, Carl Craig, Deep Dish, Dubfire, Duck Sauce, Felix Da Housecat, Paul van Dyk, Sharam, Showtek and many other artists. Corporate clients include club and festival promoters, booking agencies, independent record labels, independent and major publishers, brands, app developers, download sites and technology start-ups seeking advice on contracts, copyright, trademark and licensing issues. Kurosh served as Trustee for the Grammys and is co-founder and co-chair of the Association for Electronic Music (“AFEM”).

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    Mark Lawrence
    CEO, AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, UK

    The Association for Electronic Music has appointed Mark Lawrence as its first CEO. Lawrence previously spent 10 years at UK collection society PRS For Music, latterly as Director of Membership, responsible for 100,000 members worldwide.

    His appointment was confirmed at a board meeting of AFEM held at the International Music Summit (IMS) in Ibiza.

    Lawrence has a long association with the dance and electronic music genres. In 2012 he launched PRS’s Amplify initiative focusing on the genre, he has spoken at numerous industry events and he co-owns independent house music label Black Rock Records with DJ Steve Mac.

    Lawrence began his career in retail banking before joining mechanical rights licensing agency MCPS in 2004. He was promoted to Director of Operations in 2006 before becoming Director of Corporate Planning of PRS for Music three years later. He was promoted to Director of Membership and Rights in 2010, leading a team of 120 staff serving a membership of over 100,000, ranging from major international publishers to individual songwriters.

    While at PRS he launched and led Amplify, an initiative to increase membership in the dance music sector and improve the accuracy and value of royalties paid to writers in the genre. He left PRS earlier this year.

    He said, “I am delighted and honoured to have been selected by Ben and Kurosh to run this organisation. AFEM has the opportunity to be something amazing – a global electronic music organisation representing everyone from labels to DJs to promoters to publishers, small or large, young or old. I am committed to turning that vision into reality.”

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    Matt Rodriguez
    Paradigm Talent Agency, Agent, USA

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    Matthew Hoag
    elrow, Global Brand Manager, Spain

    Matthew is a school example of a 360-degree music business professional. Having techno in his blood from a very young age, he started his music career as a DJ and organized events for Ambasada Gavioli almost twenty years ago.
    Soon after he worked with several of the biggest and most notorious house/techno labels in the East-European market such as Recycled Loops, Earesistable records and Jesus Loved You. 2006 he started one of the most important periods of his early professional career being an essential part of UMEK’s management for over 6 years. Here he travelled the world and made an enormous base of contacts which would help him remain one of the top music professionals of the world up until today.

    He made a name for himself as being one of the most skillful and motivated persons in the industry and consequently got contacted by Kazantip Republic, a festival held over a period of one month with over 80,000 people to take over the artist-bookings and tackle operational issues. By infusing his personal vision and style he successfully turned the festival’s musical direction to one of the strongest underground techno line-ups that were around. In 2014 Matthew started a new chapter of his life and moved to the new European epicenters of electronic music – Barcelona. He started working with The Bullitt Agency, one of the world’s leading booking agency started by i.e. Dubfire, there he built out the new European office and was team-leader for over three years while being booker for artist such as Kenny Dope, John Acquaviva, Reboot, Wolf + Lamb, Dubfire etc..

    Matthew recently took a new challenge with Elrow, running the Global Brand Management for the brand with a focus on LATAM and Middle East + Aisa. His passion and business orientation are an essential part of his personality.

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    Michel Kuklinksi
    David Lewis Productions, Agent, Netherlands

    Mr Michel Kuklinski, Agent of David Lewis Productions, has been active in the worldwide dance business for over 10 years. With his specific expertise of the Asian market, Michel deals with some of the most demanding issues facing the DJ scene on a daily basis and he has witnessed the music industry develop from the inside out.
    DAVID LEWIS PRODUCTIONS was set up in 1995 and already since the early days the agency has been well represented in the Asia-Pacific region on a very regular basis. This resulted in the expansion with DAVID LEWIS PRODUCTIONS ASIA-PACIFIC LIMITED, that was founded in July 2008 with an actual permanent base in Hong Kong.

    DAVID LEWIS PRODUCTIONS has witnessed the industry grow in Asia and has actually been part of it as well. With the Company already being present in Asia for almost a decade, the Agency has a solid base to keep continuing to contribute to the growth and development of Electronic Music in Asia.
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    Mickey Zhang
    O2 Culture, Artist/Chief Director of E-MIDI Electronic Music Festival 2017, China

    Mickey Zhang is the leading figure in the growing Chinese Dance music scene. As a producer, DJ, event organizer and ambassador for the Chinese underground music scene, he has pushed forward the development of Electronic music in China, and remains one of the most in-demand Chinese DJs in Asia. As part of the first generation of Chinese electronic producer/Djs, Mickey was the first Chinese DJ to play at Berlin’s original Tresor Club, Amsterdam’s ADE, Spain’s SONA and France’s Midem Festivals, first producer to release an album of original work in China and first Chinese DJ to play at Wire Festival, Japan’s biggest techno party. More recently, Mickey has remixed Ken Ishii, and had his music featured at the Cannes Film Festival.

    Originally from northwest China, Mickey’s family is certainly a musical one – his elder brother, mother and father are involved in Chinese Classical Music, Chinese Opera and Dance. At age 11 Mickey was accepted by the Beijing Dance Academy where he studied for six years.

    After graduating, Mickey joined a dance troupe in Guangzhou, travelled throughout China and was exposed to electronic music for the first time. After seeing Technasia perform live, Mickey moved to Beijing in 2000 and started on the road to becoming a DJ.

    A residency at Beijing’s legendary club Orange and support slots for international DJs like Laurent Garnier, Ken Ishii, Technasia and more soon followed.

    Mickey branched out into music production in 2002, remixing the World Cup Chinese theme song, producing music for television, and releasing an album which received excellent reviews in the Chinese media.

    In 2004 Mickey helped to establish an event planning company called o2 Culture, known in China for their groundbreaking “YEN” event series that has helped build the foundation of the Chinese electronic scene. Focused on highlighting local talent, Yen eschewed big name foreign stars in favor of rising DJs from around China, while attracting huge crowds to raves in warehouse spaces and even on the Great Wall of China.

    Mickey may well be the Chinese Electronic music scene’s most travelled ambassador, having played in many countries around the world, all through Europe, Japan Thailand, Canada. For the 50th anniversary of Chinese-French diplomatic relation of 2004, Mickey was invited to France to play in four cities. In 2009, Mickey was invited to Canada to perform and speak about the Chinese music scene at Canadian Music Week. In 2010, Mickey moved to Berlin to explore the European scene and expand his musical horizons.

    Mickey and his older brother, Zhang Wei, are also hard at work on a new album featuring electronic beats, classical Chinese instruments and modern production.

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    Nobby Uno
    Avex Entertainment, Producer/Manager, Japan

    Work at Avex Entertainment Inc, a General Entertainment Company in Japan as a Senior Producer. A&R for Hardwell, Armin van Buuren, Nicky Romero + Protocol, Local Management for W&W, Agent for Daishi Dance. booked Above & Beyond for their very first show in the world and then worked many international DJs/Producers for Japanese market.

    “As myself I am very honored to invite you for the second time in IMS Asia-Pacific. I believe that here is a precious place to contribute to maturity in growing Asian markets.”

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    Olga Heijns
    Unmanageable Artists, Artist Manager/Founder/MD, Netherlands

    Olga Heijns has vast and broad experience within the music industry including positions at Sony Music, SoSoDef and Mushroom Records. After starting up her first venture Unmanageable Artists in 2001 she went on to establish a variety of companies that went on to make a crucial mark in the dance landscape such as Syndicate the Agency, Mixmash Records, Next Era Music Publishing and Stealth Records. She also successfully developed and toured concepts such as Release Yourself and Super You&Me. Currently managing major acts Blasterjaxx and Laidback Luke.

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    Prateek Pandey
    sLick! India, Director, India

    sLick!! has been the pioneering force behind the house and techno revolution in India.

    sLick! programmed the techno stage at Sunburn Festival featuring a brand of Kitball stage with artists like Tube & Berger, Juliet Sikora, PAJI, P.A.C.O and Social Experiment stage with Art Department. sLick! has programmed techno stages at Enchanted Valley Carnival since the first edition, Future Theory Festival and also hosts its own themed event called A Day of sLick! across various cities of India every year. sLick! also hosts its own showcase at ADE since 3 year and also hosted the best showcase in ADE Mumbai with artists like Claptone, Finnebassen, ME & Her and many more.

    sLick! also hosts events in India, Sri Lanka, Dubai & Singapore including top artists John Digweed, Dubfire, HOBO, Ame, Chris Liebing, Lee Foss, Undercatt, James Zabiela, Guy J, Joseph Capriati, Pleasurekraft, Blond:ish and many more.

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    Rave Radio
    Artist, Australia

    Think you know Rave Radio? Take a look at the duo in 2017 and you’ll see why the Australian pair are in such high demand right now, taking the ‘DJ Set’ stereotype and giving it a much neededrevamp. Combining live drums, live sampling and live vocals with their energetic mix of bass heavy genres that have seen these guys become crowd favorites across Australia & Asia.

    Take a look at Rave Radio’s tour videos and you’ll understand the hype. They’re no strangers to the international club & festival circuit, having performed north of 100 shows in the last 12 months across 11 countries. Pulling in a loyal social media fan base along the way, their videos have racked up a combined 6 million plays on Facebook, establishing themselves as firm international crowd favorites.

    Since Rave Radio released ‘Rumble’ back in 2015, which attracted widespread support from industry heavyweights Martin Garrix, Hardwell, David Guetta, Dyro & Laidback Luke, the duo’s fan base has been rapidly growing. Include the 2 million Spotify plays from single ‘Turn Me Out’ and another 1 million Soundcloud plays on their unofficial Drake, The Weeknd & Disclosure remixes, their synth heavy, quirky bass driven sound is becoming very recognizable.
    2017 see’s their music take a new look & direction with single ‘Rock It’, an infectious feel-good house anthem on Vicious. Taking samples from the 2010 hit of the same title from band Little Red, it’s sure to catch your attention from the get-go.

    Maintaining a strong release schedule into 2017 plus a nonstop tour schedule across Asia, Europe & Australia, Rave Radio are soaring into 2017.

    “We can’t wait to share our journey on breaking out of Australia and into the international DJ touring scene. We’ll share all our knowledge in marketing, branding yourself and what it takes to stand out in the most competitive industry in the world, the music industry.

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    Rob Cowan
    Point Blank Music School, CEO & Founder, UK

    Robert Cowan is the CEO and Founder of Point Blank, voted ‘Best Music Production School’ by DJ Magazine. He is a musician with a long history in the business. Starting out on his musical journey as a bass player in live funky house act Honeychile, he was signed to Sony and took part in several tours to support a series of releases. After enjoying life on the road, Rob became a sound engineer at Matrix Studios where he worked with top producers on high profile projects such as D:Ream and Sasha. Gaining confidence in his production abilities, he set out on his own, establishing a recording studio on the banks of the Thames and naming it over breakfast in a local café: Point Blank. While running studio sessions, Rob found that many people wanted to know how the equipment worked. In something of a lightbulb moment, he responded by writing a course: ‘How to Produce a Track in a Weekend’. Soon, more people were enrolling on the course than hiring the studio – the seed had been sewn. More courses followed and Point Blank Music School was born. In the two decades since, Point Blank has grown into a bona fide higher education institution, teaching students to degree level, validated by Middlesex University. With schools in London, Los Angeles, Ibiza and online, an in-house record label for new talent, and an international audience of over two million followers on social media, Rob has overseen the growth of the company into a truly global brand. Nowadays, Rob plays tablas regularly and can be seen and heard at the Point Blank Open Mic Night, plying his craft alongside other musicians from the Point Blank fold.

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    Robb Harker
    Supermodified Agency, CEO, Hong Kong

    Robb Harker, founder and CEO of Supermodified Agency Limited, has been active in the music industry in Asia for over 20 years. Originally from Victoria, BC Canada, Robb found himself in South Korea in 1997. Dissatisfied with what the city had to offer in terms of electronic music, he took matters into his own hands and started organizing events in his spare time. This quickly evolved from a part time hobby to a full time business and Korea’s electronic music scene was born.

    Fast forward 20 years and Seoul touts one of the strongest dance music scenes in the Asian territory. Robb pioneered this scene with his production company for 8 years through to 2005. In 2005 he moved to club management and launched Korea’s first large scale electronic club, M2 which is still going strong today. In 2005 his agency, Supermodified Agency Limited, was born. The first Asian based booking agency dedicated to the Asian territory. Over the span of 12 years, Supermodified Agency has handled Asian touring for many of the top acts in the industry putting thousands of shows in the diary. Recent focus has been towards helping Asian Djs gain a foothold both regionally and internationally.

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    Rob Schwartz
    Billboard Magazine, Asia Bureau Chief, USA/Japan

    Rob Schwartz is a journalist and entrepreneur as well as music and film producer who has been active in the entertainment scenes in Japan and the US for more than 20 years.

    Rob’s writing and photography have appeared in many international publications, including Time, Newsweek, Melody Maker, NME, Variety, and The Hollywood Reporter. He is the Asia Bureau Chief of Billboard magazine, reporting on the music industries throughout Asia. Rob has held the position for 9 years.

    In 2002 Rob was appointed Executive Director of the Tokyo-based electro and breakbeat imprint Play Label. The label released original work by DJ Spooky and the legendary reggae duo Sly & Robbie. In 2005 he founded the rock-electro crossover label Dynastic Records (www.dynasticrecords.com). The outfit produced original music and released one of the first charity CDs in history of Japanese indie music.

    In 2010 Rob was the Executive Producer for the US feature film Putty Hill (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1530975/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast). It won a host of awards and the New Yorker magazine chose one of its Top Ten for 2011.

    Rob is currently an Executive Producer of the US feature film Bernard and Huey, which is being directed by indie legend Dan Mirvish (co-founder of the Slamdance film festival) with a screenplay by Pulitzer prize/Oscar winner Jules Feiffer. It stars Oscar-winner Jim Rash The work is in postproduction and should be submitted to film festivals soon.

    Rob has appeared on the film criticism TV show J Flicks, which airs on the network NHK World, as well as international channels BBC World, CNN and MNET TV discussing the entertainment business in Asia. Rob develops and invests in companies and currently has 2 active entertainment ventures in Japan and one in China.

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    Robb Spitzer
    AEG Presents, Senior Vice President, Asia

    Robb Spitzer is Senior Vice President, Asia for AEG Presents and oversees live entertainment throughout the region including concert tours, festivals, and sports events. Robb was formerly Managing Director, China for Live Nation where he was responsible for stadium and arena concerts in fifteen cities. Previously, Robb held posts at Ticketmaster and Radical Media.

    Robb began his career at Comedy Central in New York during the launches of South Park and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Union College in New York and also attended Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka.

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    Spencer Tarring
    Pyro Music, CEO, China

    Originally from London, UK, Spencer moved to Shanghai in 2009 as Music Director for M1NT Shanghai. M1NT went on to become one of the hottest clubs in China, with Spencer winning Shanghai’s Best DJ Award 2 years in a row. With multiple releases on Spinnin’, Revealed, and his own imprint Vous Records, Spencer quickly dominated the electronic music scene here in China and really helped to raise awareness of the growing opportunity. A DJ for over 15 years, playing in clubs all over the world, he has a wealth of experience in the industry and a large network in and outside of China.

    In 2016 Spencer went on to create PYRO音乐, a streaming platform & social network for electronic music. Focused on the growing market of China, it has quickly established itself as a leader in industry, carving out a strong user base in the heavily competitive landscape.

    Spencer is a growing influence on the scene here in China, and of course has an in depth understanding of the complications and opportunities that the region has to offer. China based DJ’s look to PYRO & Spencer to help develop their careers, whilst industry names such as Kaskade, Steve Aoki & Hardwell entrust their social media presence with his management company Groove Dynasty, an offshoot of PYRO.

    “After living and working as a DJ in China for almost 10 years, its such a great moment to see the electronic music scene finally being recognised here. I’m excited to be working with the team at IMS, who are doing a great job in elevating the industry to new heights, and I am very much looking forward to sharing my views and vision with the audience at IMS 2017. See you all soon guys!”

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    Steve Pillemer
    Your Shot, Founder, Australia

    Steve Pillemer is the founder of Your Shot, the world’s largest aspiring DJ competition. Launched in 2010, Steve created Your Shot in the hopes of providing aspiring DJ’s and general music fans – with no DJ experience – with the opportunity to learn the basic fundamentals behind DJing. Following a comprehensive training course, the contestants would have the opportunity to perform for the first time and potentially fly overseas to play their first international DJ set.

    Fast forward seven years, Steve has grown the revolutionary competition into an Australia-wide event series, attracting more registrants annually than Idol and XFactor and over 20,000 attendees to its showcase events. More than 5,000 Australian’s have learned how to DJ via Your Shot’s very own DJ training facility – “The Academy” – with over 61% continuing on to hold residencies and perform regularly, and 34% taking up music production. Your Shot has helped launch the careers of some of Australia’s most exciting DJ talent (Tigerlily, J-Trick, New World Sound) and has become an integral platform for global brands (including Red Bull, Budweiser, Agwa, Pioneer, Smirnoff) to engage youth via music.

    Outside Australia, Your Shot has recently expanded to America, launching its first online reality pilot series together with Your Shot’s global ambassador, Tiësto, and 7UP. Preparation is now underway for the launch of Your Shot USA Season 1 and Your Shot’s further expansion into other territories around the world.
    Outside of Your Shot, Steve is involved in many dance music properties, including as founding partner of Your Paradise Music Festival.

    Steve graduated from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce-Marketing.

    “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to speak at IMS Asia-Pacific. As electronic dance music continues to expand throughout Asia, so will the desire from its youth to explore and learn how to DJ, as well as consider music production as a longterm career. IMS Asia-Pacific is the perfect platform to share our findings from across the US and Australia and discuss what this might indicate for Asia in the near future.”

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    Takako Fujiyama
    Pioneer DJ, Sales Manager, Japan

    Takako Fujiyama joined Pioneer 1997. From 2012 to 2016 she held the position as the Global Marketing Manager. Since 2017, she has been the Sales and Marketing Manager for Asia Pacific

    “We are really happy to be here for the 4th year of IMS Asia Pacific, and hope we can share more valuable information together , and grow the market together!”

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    Tan Chang
    Hummingbird Music Ltd, CEO & Founder, Hong Kong

    Tan Chang is the founder of Hummingbird Music Ltd., the famous indie label headquartered in Hong Kong that developed the hottest Chinese female pop star G.E.M., she’s the biggest touring female artist in Asia, and who the company currently manages.

    Born in Hong Kong and studied in Los Angeles, Australia and Japan, Tan majored in business and music. His love for music and multi-cultural upbringing is deeply ingrained in his brainchild, Hummingbird Music, and it’s what allows the company to thrive in the Chinese music industry where authentic quality music and artists are in fierce demand. Hummingbird Music is a 360° music label, offering outstanding artist development for talented artists in the rapidly changing music industry.

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    Tom Bray
    YETI OUT, Co-Founder, China

    Tom Bray is the co founder of music collective and creative agency Yeti Out. What started as a basement party in East London in 2010, the last 7 years have seen the collective bridge the gab between alternative music scenes from East and West. Producing Asia Tours and parties with the likes of FKJ, Soulection, Young Guru, Novelist and more, the collective of selectors also hold residencies at BEAM Bangkok, W Hong Kong to London’s Radar Radio, producing a show that features artists from around Asia’s beat grid.

    Now primarily based in Shanghai, Yeti Out continues to push the envelope in the region’s underground music scene while curating creative projects that join the dots between fashion, music and sub culture with the likes of Sonar Festival Hong Kong, Shanghai Fashion Week to Art Basel.

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    Unity
    Artist, China

    Hailed as one of Asia’s fastest rising stars is a DJ/producer going by the name of Unity.
    Already making waves in the Asian dance scene as a talented DJ, Unity now spreads his wings to the rest of the world as a Mixmash Records exclusive artist.

    Last years alone, Unity displayed great performance talent. It did not take long for promoters to notice his skills and feature his name on line-ups with industry elite artists like Moti, Quintino, Caked Up and Wolfpack. Celebrating the massive start of his career, a unique opportunity arose to open for no other than Kesha during her China tour in 2016.

    Unity: ‘Being able to work alongside a legendary artist like Kesha was amazing. This was such an early milestone in my career and an absolute highlight. I can’t wait to see where my musical journey will take me next’.

    But Unity is not only working relentlessly behind the decks. Last year he released music on China’s streaming service PyroMusic. His first ever release climbed the Pyro hip hop charts and reached number 1 within 24 hours! His next release, (Energy Zutter) also topped the Pyro hip-hop and trap charts. A massive result for the new kid on the block.

    Now signed to Mixmash Records, expectations are high for the 22-year old DJ/Producer. Starting this new chapter, he released a trap infuzed official remix for Laidback Luke & Ralvero – XOXO (feat Ina) followed up by his first solo release ‘Slow It Down’. The music video showing fans a peek into his life got great reviews in China. It climbed Chinese streaming platform Netease Cloud Music ‘best music video’ charts and eventually landed on 15!

    Only time will tell what this talent will accomplish in his career, right now Unity has his goals set to show the world what he does best; share his passion for music!

    “To get the opportunity to join the Asian Artists panel is a huge honour and big deal for me. I’m looking forward to doing this panel together with no other than Chase, Kaku, Rave Radio and others. Ready to learn and share knowledge with each other so don’t miss this one!”

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    Vlada Didenko

    Miss Didenko has been the lead organizer for IMS Asia Pacific for 2016 and 2017 and lead organizer for IMS China in 2015. As lead organizer, she produces / operates the summit, and work with key stake holders Ben Turner and Eric Zho on programming and speaker invitation. At A2 Entertainment Group China, Miss Didenko has held several positions and most currently as Business Director. In this role, Miss Didenko is tasked to expand the group’s businesses beyond China, including the expansion of STORM festival brand to Australia, Vietnam, and Russia. Previously, Miss Didenko held the position of Project Manager, taking on the largest project under the company, the Shanghai Budweiser STORM festival (50k Capacity in 2015) and Now or Never Massive (10k Capacity in 2015). As project manager she over saw ticketing, marketing, sponsorship, and work alongside operation team on permits, production, venue, security, F&B, and VIP/VVIP. Graduated from Xiamen University, China, Miss Didenko lives in Shanghai and is fluent in English, Chinese, Russian, and Ukrainian.

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    WHAI
    O2 Culture, Artist, China

    Whai was founded in 2012 by three artists from different Chinese ethnic minority backgrounds, each playing original music with distinctly Chinese elements. Whai plays a mixture of trip hop, dance, Chinese folk, psychedelic, avant- garde, experimental, rock, industrial, techno and noise. However, their sound cannot be boxed into one category; it flows free like the songs’ subject matters which range from China to phoenixes to the meaning of life. Whai’s music is dark yet dreamy, transporting those who listen to a mysterious world where anything is possible. Like its members who do their own thing despite societal pressure, Whai’s music refuses to be shaped by rules and pre-determined norms. Whai also incorporates techno music, thanks to special guest member Mickey Zhang. Mikey Zhang is one of the most influential DJs in Asia, who’s influence on the Asian, especially the Chinese electronic music scene, cannot be overstated. Those who choose to listen can fly to another world while moving to the beats. Whai is the alternative in the popular, it’s the newest and most underground band out there today.

    Whai lead singer/guitarist, Zhang Wei:
    Zhang Wei was born in Yinchuan, Ningxia Province in 1976. He taught himself to play the Guzheng (Chinese zither) at a young age and later taught himself to play the guitar. At the age of 18, Zhang Wei roamed to Beijing to try his luck there. Since then, he has been invited to perform and record the Guzheng and guitar for a number of famous bands and musicians. from both China and abroad. He has been highly praised by foreign and domestic musicians for his sharp and energetic guitar plucking skills, especially on the electric guitar.
    Zhang Wei’s previous life experiences are a stuff of legends; many stories have come about his various antics, earning him the nickname “Zhang San Feng” (Crazy Zhang). After quitting drinking in 2007, Zhang Wei became a devoted and hardcore practitioner of Tai Chi; this, together with his new embrace of Taoism and philosophy, was absorbed into his music. The result is an infectious and striking sound that oozes Chinese elements, making Zhang Wei one of the most unique and skilled guitar players in China. Whai officially splashed onto the scene in 2012. Zhang Wei is the heart and soul of Whai.

    Helena-Kosinski

    Helena Kosinski
    Nielsen Music, Vice President, Global

    Helena leads business development in Nielsen’s expanding global music business. For more than two decades, Nielsen’s consumer research, sales, streaming and airplay data and tools have been a trusted and vital resource for companies that want a complete market and music consumer picture both in the US and internationally. Nielsen’s data serves as a major source for the Billboard charts and is widely cited by numerous publications and broadcasters as the standard for music industry measurement.

    Helena began her music industry career at the copyright and royalty collection society, PRS for Music, in London. She joined Nielsen Music in 2008 where she was responsible for European business development and operations. Between 2013 and early 2017, Helena was based in New York, expanding Nielsen’s business with music publishers and performing right societies.

    She has now returned to London as Nielsen Music enhances its music measurement globally, leveraging Nielsen’s network of local expertise to provide measurement, sponsorship and consumer insight solutions to clients across the music, live, finance and media industries among others.

    “It’s truly exciting for Nielsen to explore the hottest topics and trends in a fast-moving and growing region. I’m delighted to be able to share Nielsen’s newest insights with you at IMS Shanghai.”

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    Paul Oakenfold

    Artist, UK

    When it comes to a career the magnitude of Oakenfold’s, it’s hard to encompass one of the true legends of electronic music into just words. For over three decades, he has elevated and shaped an entire genre and remains one of the leading forces in the global music scene today. From the DJ booth of the world’s hottest dancefloors to the studio producing groundbreaking records or pioneering soundtracks for Hollywood blockbuster movies, Oakenfold’s diversity as an artist and performer have earned him accolades from critics and fans the world over. Gathering three Grammy Nominations along the way – this journey has been epic. The son of a musician, Oakenfold always knew music would play a major role in his life. He was drawn to DJ-ing in the late 70s spinning Funk in the cool hangouts of London’s Covent Garden.

    Oakenfold’s stature as a DJ and entertainer has taken him beyond the club and festival circuit, playing landmark gigs that have changed the face of electronic music. Highlights include four worldwide tours warming up for Madonna and two for U2; performing on the Great Wall of China; and two sold out dates playing to 30,000 people at the Hollywood Bowl, California. In 2011, Oakenfold took a thousand people and a huge sound system down to the southern most tip of South America – on the Tiera Del Fuego peninsular to DJ all night under the stars at his Party at The End of The World – the Southern most party ever held.

    A year after his visit to Ibiza, Perfecto Records was born. Founded in 1988, Oakenfold’s groundbreaking Perfecto label played an integral role in the birth of melodic trance and progressive house, with the deck master at the helm producing massive international hits – “Not Over Yet”, “Ready Steady Go”, “Bullet In The Gun” and “Southern Sun”. With countless high profile releases and remixes, Perfecto and Perfecto Fluoro are still at the forefront of the scene today, releasing forward-thinking electronic music for discerning listeners and fans. Oakenfold has produced for pop sensations U2, Madonna and The Happy Mondays as well as three critically acclaimed albums of his own. He has remixed Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones and more. He has released over 30 DJ mix compilations and recorded 36 Essential Mixes for BBC Radio 1, including the very first in 1993. Oakenfold has also been responsible for creating breathtaking film scores and cues for a long list of Hollywood blockbusters – The Bourne Identity, Matrix Reloaded, Shrek 2, Swordfish and Collateral. In 2013 he recorded Cream 21, a double album celebrating a two-decade long relationship with Liverpool’s legendary clubbing institution and in 2014, he released Trance Mission featuring Oakenfold’s cover versions of 12 of his all time favourite trance releases – including Café del Mar, Toca Me, Adagio for Strings.

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    Richie Hawtin

    Artist, DJ, conceptualist and ambassador, more than anyone else in modern electronic music, Richie Hawtin has relentlessly proved himself to be a true innovator. The one-man mogul behind acclaimed Techno imprints Plus 8 & Minus sends signals out all over the world from his HQ in an old fire station in Windsor, Ontario – just across the border from Detroit Techno City. The signals are constantly evolving, his Plastikman persona gave Techno a unique face with a series of four ruthlessly minimal albums of skeletal beauty, while breathtaking festival live sets at Glastonbury and Tribal Gathering helped invent stadium Techno. His “Decks, EFX & 909” album released on Novamute in 1999 expanded the concept of a DJ mix album beyond the imagination of most DJs. As a pioneering DJ and party promoter he was banned from entering America for 18 months. Yet this jet-setting international futurist is as at home exhibiting alongside acclaimed modern sculptor Anish Kapoor as he is headlining a bush rave with Josh Wink somewhere in Western Australia.

    More of a decade into his career, it’s no surprise that the every-youthful Hawtin is up to something new. This time, he’s reconstructing the DJ mix album even further with “DE9: Closer To The Edit”, the groundbreaking new album set for release on the novamute label in September 2001.

    His first mix album, for the Mixmag Live series, saw him use extra effects and drum machines as long ago as 1993, “Decks, EFX & 909” cut laser-style between tracks and now, “DE9: Closer To The Edit”, sees Hawtin use his sampler to tear the skin and the flesh from the tracks until there’s just a skeleton left, which he reassembles into a kind of Frankenstein’s robot. The result is a mix album like you’ve never heard before.

    Hawtin describes this unique process “I recorded, sampled, cut and spliced over 100 tracks down into their most basic components. I ended up with over 300 loops, ranging in different lengths. I started to recreate and reinterpret each track and then put the pieces back together, as if an audio jigsaw puzzle – using effects and edits as the glue between each piece”.

    A classic like Carl Craig’s ‘4 My Peepz’ (under his Paperclip People guise) breathes in and out in less than a minute, like a lonely spirit lost on the hard drive.

    “I don’t like mix CDs, everyone’s being lazy, so I gotta do something different,” says Hawtin. “Some people think it’s about me using some extra equipment – a drum machine and some effects – but it’s a whole philosophy really. ‘Let’s take it to the extreme, to somewhere that’s it never been before’ “

    Hawtin believes the whole DJ thing is stuck in a groove. So beyond “DE9…” he is championing a new DJ system developed in Holland called Final Scratch, with Plus 8 partner John Acquaviva. Dance and Electronic music is the most technology-based genre of all, but to Hawtin’s frustration it’s still rooted in a music delivery system developed in the 19th Century: the gramophone record. Even though more and more DJs play tracks burnt onto CD, vinyl still rules because it’s easier and instinctive to control. Final Scratch links up to the normal two-turntables-and-mixer set up, but lets you play tracks stored on a laptop using a special piece of vinyl as a ‘mouse’, or controller. You can access literally thousands of tracks, and scratch, cut, slow and mix them just like normal records using this special piece of vinyl. It’s nothing short of revolutionary. As Hawtin enthuses: “It feels and acts like a regular record.” He’s already using Final Scratch to play unreleased tracks by Josh Wink and Speedy J, and special re-edits of some of Hawtin’s classics and personal faves.

    Born in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England, on June 4th 1970 Hawtin emigrated with his family when he was nine to Windsor, Ontario, where his dad Mick still works as a robot technician in the General Motors car factory (his mother, Brenda, is in real estate). Richie cheekily borrowed his dad’s persona for his house alias Robotman. His brother Matthew, who shares the Windsor fire station studio complex with Richie, is a visual artist. By 15 Richie was creeping out of the house to cross the border and go clubbing in Detroit. By 17 he was DJing at The Shelter, a dark basement club where he mixed House and Techno with Industrial music by Nitzer Ebb and Front 242. He had his own show on Detroit’s 96.3FM – inspired by a late ‘80s Detroit radio DJ called The Wizard, now better known as Jeff Mills.

    As a teenager Hawtin, already into Breakdancing and Electro, was stirred by the radically beautiful machine music being fashioned by Detroit Techno pioneers like Juan Atkins, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson. In 1989 he set up Plus 8 Records with John Acquaviva to release their own tracks and push new artists. They started running parties in Detroit. But far from welcoming them, the tight-knit Detroit Techno scene initially turned a cold shoulder on the two renegade Canadians.

    “It pissed a lot of people off because there wasn’t anyone else in the city doing it – it took someone from the outside to come in and say, ‘Look, wake up,’” Richie recalls. “These guys [May, Atkins and Saunderson] have left. They’re doing their thing overseas.”

    Plus 8 began to gather momentum with a richly varied catalogue of hard-nosed, cutting edge Techno from artists like Speedy J, Dan Bell and Kenny Larkin. Along with the resurgence of Detroit’s confrontational Underground Resistance, this marked the second wave of Detroit Techno. “We all put the focus back on Detroit for a while, we didn’t want to make traditional Techno, we were inspired by traditional Techno. Derick, Kevin and Juan had sent these waves all over the world and we were the first to feel the rebounds of their ripples”.

    By 1993 Richie Hawtin’s Detroit parties had become legendary intense affairs as freaky dancing clubbers lost themselves in strange, dark warehouses transformed into disorientating warrens by walls of black plastic sheeting. Inspired by this, Hawtin elected to take Techno one stage further and develop his virtual Plastikman alter ego: a red and black gremlin that is tattooed on his forearm. He didn’t want a collection of tracks; he wanted to make an album that swallowed up the concentrated energy of those parties and spit it back out as something new. An album, “Sheet One” was recorded in a rollercoaster 48 hour studio session and released on novamute in early ‘93 and was soon followed by the brilliant ‘Spastik’, a single recorded three weeks later after a long night dancing to Derrick May.

    Hawtin was already shifting identities like a spy changing roles: his 1992 album “Dimension Intrusion”, under his Fuse alias, had played a key part in the Warp label’s groundbreaking “Artificial Intelligence” armchair-Techno series, but he wanted to reach further. He remembered the strange shapes that his friends threw at those warehouse parties, the different creatures they almost became. “Like plasticine,” he says. “That was the whole idea of Plastikman, it was all very viscous and pliable and moveable.” Plastikman wasn’t just a clever alter ego – it was a role for you to try on too. The sound was rubbery and sparse; its moments of melodic steel arriving unnervingly. The first album, “Sheet One”, played up Hawtin’s reputation for LSD and was promoted with a free sheet of fake acid tabs.
    Hawtin developed a Plastikman live show that still tours the world. Huge audiences at Glastonbury and Tribal Gathering twitched to its twittering insect rhythms, lost in a soundtrack far freakier than anything else those events had to offer. In 1994 the second album on novamute, “Musik”, let a little human warmth seep onto the clattering Plastikman rhythms, but despite its closing robot lullaby ‘Lasttrak’, it was, if anything, even more discomforting.

    Just as the little Plastikman gremlin was becoming an international phenomenon, American immigration officials banned Hawtin from entering America for working illegally. He was barred from entering the States for 18 months. It was a devastating experience.

    “My girlfriend lived there and most of my experiences were in Detroit, my friends were there and all of my musical inspiration was there – and suddenly it was like, ‘See that building over there? You can see your inspiration, but you can’t go there.’” Now, typically, he believes the ban had its benefits. It was at this point the Chemicals Brothers and Underworld began to break out of the dance world and into a wider Rock arena. Hawtin now wonders whether he might have gone further down the stadium Techno route. Instead, grounded in Windsor, he went back to the studio to reinvent. “When that happened it was the worst day of my life,” he says now, “and it was one of the best things too.”

    The next Plastikman project, ‘Klinik’, wouldn’t come together. “I had tried to follow those records up but there were feelings of pressure at that point,” he says now. Stuck in the studio, depressed, Hawtin set himself a new challenge and gave it a deadline. He pressurised himself back into action, releasing a series of ‘Concept’ EPs based on the months of the year. Each release would feature two tracks recorded in one month only using a set template of sounds. They would be released and then forgotten. The discipline of producing 24 tracks in 12 months rewired the creative circuits. “It progressed me to a different audience, it progressed me with effects which came into my sets and it progressed me into more of this spatial environment I was trying to get to,” says Hawtin.

    It was the starting point for his last Plastikman album “Consumed”, which replaced the angry black and red gremlin with dark, abstract sleeve art and the tense rhythms with swathes of bass and melody. Released on novamute in 1998, it was acclaimed in countries like France – where conceptual artists are traditionally celebrated. “Consumed” elevated Hawtin to a new status, he was now not just an international Techno star, but a contemporary artist. Asked to contribute to a French Millennium Exhibition celebrating different ideas of beauty, Hawtin created a musical installation based around the clicks, hisses and pops of vinyl – a beautiful sound, he argued, to his generation. The exhibition also featured the work of world famous sculptor, Anish Kapoor, who Hawtin had long been a fan. In fact “Consumed”’s unique textures had been inspired by Kapoor’s beguiling, futuristic, curved shapes and the cover art echoed the sculptor’s famous obelisk. “I was walking around those sculptures and putting my head into some of them. They had like a sonic quality like chambers of nothingness – and that’s exactly what I was trying to hear. Suddenly I was able to walk around a physical version of what I wanted to do musically.” Hawtin was also moved by the mournful purple washes of the late Mark Rothko, which now hang in London’s Tate Modern. Rothko’s work, says Hawtin, “is very, very subtle, just washes of texture. It kind of gave me a visual perspective of what I was trying to get out of my head, sonically. On a flat surface.”

    This is where Hawtin is at now. Constantly touring all over the world and keeping fans updated on his world wide DJ travels via his website diaries; taking his dad out to dinner with John Peel (a big deal for his Peel–fan father especially now his son is a huge favourite of the radio DJ); pushing himself to his creative boundaries and taking Techno with him. Not just to the middle of the dancefloor, but also above it.

    “The good Techno musicians enjoy having a good time, but can see beyond it,” Hawtin notes. “It’s the closest to a contemporary art form.” With Jeff Mills providing an installation to the recent Sonar event in Barcelona, Germany’s Thomas Brinkmann moving from conceptual art into conceptual Techno, and increasing connections between the two worlds.

    As Techno and art move closer together Hawtin sees it as a logical part of his constant reinvention. “It’s about setting a standard for yourself and progressing yourself. Showing people you can do something interesting that’s more than just dance music.”

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    NERVO

    From songwriters to artists and super-fans to superstars, electronic dance music’s first sisters – Mim and Liv Nervo of NERVO – have catapulted onto the international stage, straight from the pit in front of it. These multi-talented DJ dynamos are the all-time top-ranking female DJs in the world, voted by their millions of fans to No. 21 on DJ Magazine’s influential 2014 ‘Top 100 DJs’ poll.

    In-demand and loved across the globe, their non-stop schedule takes them from the magical island of Ibiza, to their studio in their home-away-from-hometown of London, to the towering Main Stage of ‘Electric Daisy Carnival’ in Las Vegas. Everywhere the girls go, their infectious energy, fearless personal style, deep love and understanding for music precedes them.

    Mim and Liv’s career took off in 2009, when they co-wrote and produced the emphatic and global hit ‘When Love Takes Over’ – for David Guetta and Kelly Rowland. Ranked by Billboard as the #1 Dance/pop collaboration of all time! However, their journey into dance music started years prior in the festival fields of their native Australia, where as teenagers they took every opportunity to go and see electronic acts like: The Prodigy, Basement Jaxx, and Fatboy Slim. “Purple hair and purple lipstick; we did it all,” says Mim. “We almost broke ribs being in the front row of the mosh pit. We were those people in the crowd for so many years, to be playing on the same bill with some of those artists now is just electrifying.”

    Having cemented their songwriting prowess with a global No. 1 (plus several other songs for artists like: Kesha, Kylie Minogue and Armin van Buuren), NERVO set out to pursue their own career as artists, by writing and producing their own songs under their artist name, NERVO. Their friends and collaborators in the world showed up to support them. ‘We’re All No One’ with Afrojack and Steve Aoki (No. 8 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart), ‘The Way We See The World’ with Afrojack, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike (the official anthem of Tomorrowland 2011, which has garnered over 30 million YouTube views), ‘Reason’ with Hook N Sling, ‘Something to Believe In’ with Norman Doray, ‘Like Home’ with Nicky Romero (their first No. 1 topping the Beatport chart for 3 consecutive weeks), ‘Turn This Love Around’ with Armin van Buuren (off the No. 1 DJ’s new album ‘Intense’): Their list of A-List collaborators is dance music’s longest and most enviable and in a world dominated by ‘bros,’ these girls can do it for themselves.

    NERVO’s original ‘You’re Gonna Love Again’ has over 11.5 million views and their 2013 single ‘Hold On’ (#1 on the Billboard Club Play chart) has garnered over 6.8 million views. “Normally we open our DJ sets with one of our own records and the second that happens and you see the hands go up, it’s game on,” says Liv. “We’ve worked so hard in our industry, behind the scenes, to step out and be releasing records in our own name is a whole different energy, a whole different world. It really is addictive and so rewarding.”

    The girls get a regular fix during their residencies and headlining sets at some of the top venues and events in the world including the new Las Vegas mega-club ‘Hakkasan’ and Ibiza Beach Club ‘Ushuaia’ (home to their #NERVONation parties). NERVO are also regular Main Stage performers

    at festivals like: Tomorrowland, TomorrowWorld, Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra Music Festival, Creamfields and Electric Zoo as well as embarking on Headlining tours of their own in Mexico and beyond!

    Wherever it may be the sisters are always playing to their devoted fans who wear homemade NERVO T-Shirts and hoist signs (“Will you marry me?” “Lesbians for NERVO”), curve their hands into heart shapes and post photos and poems to show their love and appreciation. The girls are seeing more and more NERVO fan bases, in all corners of the world. As the NERVO family/army grows from NERVO Malaysia, NERVO Colombia, NERVO Mexico and so on. NERVO has seen rapid growth across their social media channels including 418,000 Instagram followers, 716,000 Twitter followers and over 3 million likes on Facebook.

    Style-savvy, fearless, positive and talented: It’s no wonder that NERVO was invited to join the ranks of the legendary beauties who can call themselves CoverGirls, added to the iconic CoverGirl brand’s family of spokeswomen, last year. The partnership is just one more fabulous chapter in the developing NERVO story. “Let’s face it, you can be creative in many ways,” says Mim. “From wearing crazy clothes and great makeup to playing wicked tunes. It’s all part of the experience.”

    NERVO are regularly featured in: Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, NYLON, InStyle, People and other fashion/pop culture publications around the globe. In August 2013 NERVO performed live from the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards and in November 2013 they appeared on BRAVO TV as guest judges on the Rihanna produced reality show ‘Styled To Rock’. In January 2014 NERVO were announced as one of the 4 introductory DJs for the brand new BBC Radio 1 ‘Residency’ Shows: “We’ve been listening to Radio One religiously for 10 years. It’s a dream come true to have our show on it!” says Liv.

    NERVO’s single titled ‘Revolution,’ a collaboration with R3hab and Ummet Ozcan, spent 3 weeks at #1 on Beatport, the vocal version released in January 2014 also made the top 10 and the video has over 14 million views and counting. In May 2014 Liv and Mim released their first Ministry of Sound compilation album titled ‘INSPIRED’, which landed them in the Top 5 on the iTunes chart. The album included the single ‘Sunshine Thru Rain Clouds’ ft. Duane Harden. In August 2014 NERVO released their next single, a collaboration with R3hab, titled ‘Ready For the Weekend’. The track immediately went to #1 on the Beatport Top 100 Chart.

    NERVO’s next single ‘Rise Early Morning’ ft. Au Revoir Simone is released on November 17th via Ultra Music, it is the first track from their spring 2015 debut artist album titled ‘Collateral’.

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    Damian Lazarus

    A true storyteller, Lazarus holds court at those special times of the day when only his kind of DJ sets are required. It is those moments that demand a soundtrack that not only fits the mood but elevates the atmosphere, taking the audience to a whole new level of experience. Besides playing at the world’s best clubbing institutions (Resident at DC10 in Ibiza for almost 10 years), Lazarus also performins his magic in extraordinary outdoor locations from jungles, beaches, to the Robot Heart bus in the Nevada desert and Mayan ruins in Mexico, and more. One look at the superlative Day Zero event will tell you what Lazarus’ ethos is when it comes to outdoor exploits. Add Get Lost and Rebel Rave events to it and it epitomises his approach to hosting alfresco shows. Lazarus’ visionary abilities are his A&R skills, music curation and discovery of artists via the seminal label, Crosstown Rebels. In its 11 years, the label has been responsible for launching the careers of some of the best-known names – Jamie Jones, Art Department, Maceo Plex, Deniz Kurtel and more. Lazarus has applied his expertise to the development of his latest collaborative artist project, Damian Lazarus and The Ancient Moons, bringing a whole new dimension to festival stages and outdoor locations. Lazarus is joined at the production controls by James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco, Arctic Monkeys, Florence) with album recording sessions in Mexico. The project brings together a wide assortment of vocalists, collaborators and players from around the world. Taking inspiration from Lazarus’s Lazpod series, Get Lost events and Day Zero festival, this is music for deserts, jungles and sunrises.

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    Pete Tong

    There are few individuals in the world of dance music who can claim the kind of influence Pete Tong has had over the last twenty years. As the voice of Radio 1’s prestigious dance programming, Pete has held a commanding presence over the industry for more than two decades. With an unparalleled ear for new talent, Tong has become the leading tastemaker of the electronic generation. While he’s known publicly as Pete Tong the DJ, behind the scenes, he’s an industry icon.

    Having spent the majority of his life in England, Pete has recently resettled in Los Angeles to begin a new chapter in his life. He’s wasted little time establishing himself in the US, having helped inaugurate Clear Channel Entertainment’sEvolution dance brand in 2013 and recently expanding the programming to the extended two-hour segment, The Evolution Beatport Show with Pete Tong, broadcasting on 90 different Top 40 stations in the US.

    Meanwhile, his world famous BBC Radio 1 shows have only grown in popularity. Their collective reach has soared into the millions, broadcasting globally thanks to the BBC iPlayer. TheEssential Mix continues to be the Holy Grail of mix shows, while Tong’s Essential Selection is still the best place to premiere a new record.

    On the DJing front, Tong is currently championing three premier All Gone Pete Tong residencies in the US. Once a month, you can find him bridging the gap to the underground at Sound Nightclub in Los Angeles, while in Miami, he’s keeping the integrity of club culture alive at Story. His residency at the SLS Las Vegas sees him performing regularly at the brand new LiFE club, where he’s introducing a whole new palette of underground sounds to the party mecca. Finally, the All Gone Pete Tong brand has achieved global renown through world-class parties in Miami during WMC and Ibiza as well as dedicated stages at festivals like Creamfields, TomorrowWorld, and SW4.

    As a music producer, Tong has led an esteemed career over the years with notable releases on Pets Recordings, Ministry of Sound, Toolroom Records and more. His compilations have garnered critical acclaim–most notably 2013’s 60-track anthology, The Pete Tong Collection. More recently, he’s debuted on Suara with deep house anthem “The Bumps” alongside John Monkman, while also curating All Gone Ibiza 2014 alongside Tensnake for Defected as part of his All Gone Pete Tong compilation series.

    On the business side, Tong continues to be a prominent force in both the booking and A&R worlds. In 2008, he co-founded WME’s electronic music division alongside Joel Zimmerman, helping to turn the venture into one of the most powerful booking agencies in the world. He’s also relaunched his label FFRR, reclaiming his reputation for A&R and signing acts like Oliver Heldens, The Magician, Blonde and The Disciples. On top of this, Tong is responsible for founding The International Music Summit, which holds major events in Ibiza, Los Angeles and Singapore. Now in its 6th year, the event is viewed in the industry as The Premier Platform for Thought Leadership in Electronic Music.

    When all is said and done, one shudders to think what dance music would have been like without Pete Tong’s influence. Over the years, he’s played a crucial role in breaking new artists and changing the way people think about electronic music. With his new found home in Los Angeles, the British icon is looking to revolutionize the perception of dance music in America. If there’s anyone up for the task, it’s Pete Tong.

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    Steve Angello

    Steve Angello is a multi-platinum selling electronic musician, record producer, DJ, and entrepreneur.  Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Angello is best known for his innovative marketing as well as his involvement with super group Swedish House Mafia.  His foray into music began at the age of 12, when he started as a young Turntablist fusing together hip-hop, breakbeats and 1970s classics.  It wasn’t until Angello’s late teen years that he took an interest in electronic music and quickly became entrenched in Stockholm’s House music scene.  Angello’s rise to fame came with the release of his innovative remix of the Eurythmics classic “Sweet Dreams” in late 2004.  That was soon followed by a slew of signature tracks, including “Woz Not Woz,” “KNAS,” “Rave n’ Roll” and his super hit with Supermode (Steve & Axwell) that established him as a force in House music.  Steve is also an established record producer having worked on a number of A-list projects that include  David Guetta’s “Baby When the Light” (featuring Cozi), Taio Cruz’s “Troublemaker,” “Shortcaller,” and “Positive,” will.i.am’s “This Is Love” (featuring Eva Simons), and Usher’s “Numb” and “Euphoria,” to name a few.  In 2003, Steve founded the record label SIZE which has been home to many internationally acclaimed artists including Avicii, Tiësto, Eric Prydz, Depeche Mode, Sebastian Ingrosso, Laidback Luke, Nicky Romero, Afrojack, Jacques Lu Cont and Steve Angello himself.  In August 2013 SIZE celebrated its tenth anniversary with the release of “SLVR” (pronounced “Silver”). In March 2014, SIZE teamed up with Angello’s creative agency, Rebels Studios, to celebrate its 10 year anniversary by releasing the label’s entire catalog of 100 releases. During the month long award-winning campaign titled #DECADE, SIZE made more than 10 years of music available to fans to download for free through Google Play.  In July of 2014, Angello released his newest single “Wasted Love,” which features Dougy from The Temper Trap.  The single will be featured on Steve’s highly-anticipated solo debut Wild Youth due out in 2015.

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    Lincoln Cheng

    Lincoln Cheng, a trained architect and art collector, is regarded as the Godfather of House Music in Singapore and Asia. Founder of global clubbing brand and institution, Zouk, and its music festival, ZoukOut, he opened the Jiak Kim Street club in 1991. With its advent, ushered in a new era for music and nightlife in popland Singapore with the introduction of Balearic House  – a bold move at that time. Zouk’s incubation period also saw Cheng becoming the first in Asia to roster a string of superstar dance music DJs to Zouk’s line-up. Twenty-three years on, the internationally acclaimed Zouk superclub remains the primary residence for global acts. Cheng has been credited for his contribution to the development and stature of Singapore’s nightlife and electronic music scene. His observations on global music and clubbing trends, along with his insightful knowledge of music consumerism and pop culture, saw him intuitively turn the homegrown icon into a global brand, capturing the attention of the international press shortly after its opening. In 2004, Zouk saw its propagation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. That year, Cheng was awarded the Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year by the Republic’s tourism board. A tastemaker – his deep understanding of the arts is translated into an experiential clubbing journey unique to Zouk – a cultural intersection for design, fashion and music. Zouk, a fixture on DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs in the World, has pioneered many firsts in Singapore and Asia, including the multi award-winning ZoukOut – Asia’s largest outdoor electronic music festival [by Siloso Beach] – that draws over 40,000 revellers from Singapore and around the globe. Zouk’s portfolio includes presenting other successful outdoor gigs – David Guetta [2012] and I Am Hardwell World Tour [2013] at Singapore’s Fort Canning Park. Zouk’s body of work stands as a testament to Cheng’s passion and entrepreneurship. Zouk has been in the top 10 positions of DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs in the last five years.

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    Sandy Monteiro

    Sandy Monteiro is President of Universal Music Group in South East Asia. In this role, he oversees the management of UMG companies in ASEAN, Korea and the Asian Regional office. He is also the Head of New Business for the Asia Pacific region.

    Universal Music Group is the global music leader, with wholly owned operations in 60 territories. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry’s premier music publishing operations worldwide.

    He is a veteran of the music industry in Asia with a broad spectrum of experience in the industry, ranging from copyright lobbyist to anti-piracy advocate. He is a pioneer of the digital and new media sector, where he and his team are widely acknowledged to have set the benchmark and industry standards for the region.

    He has held board seats on several industry bodies including Chairman of the Recording Industry Association of Malaysia(RIM) from 2004 to 2010. He is currently the Chairman of the Recording Industry Association of Singapore (RIAS) following his move to Singapore. He is a member of the Asia-Pacific Board for the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) – which is the representatitive body of the recording industry worldwide.

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    Celeste Siam

    Celeste is one of Asia’s hottest musical exports. Having made an impact on her own region from early on in her career, she made the move to Europe and, in particular Ibiza, where, in a short period of time, she has played alongside Carl Cox in Space (2011 & 2012), secured a Pukka Up (2010 to 2015) residency and made her debut in both Pacha (2013) and Amnesia (2013).

    First Asian Artist to receive and International recognition by the TOP 10 OF ASIA AWARD ORGANIZATION as BEST ASIAN FEMALE DJ.

    Skills on the dance floor, love for music and her particular approach when blending genres, reward her to play at the 3 of the top 5 global clubs and parties.

    Her stamina is in full swing when touring entertaining ravers at some of the best fiestas all over 35 countries worldwide, headlining festivals in South Africa and India, which craved her name and reputation, not only a solid reference for the sound and style she’s up for, but for elegance & understanding when it comes to House Music.

    Celeste Siam, its a genuine Dj, an Asian pioneer. Recently she’s been invited to speak at the Artist Panel on the first Ibiza International Music Summit in Singapore (the premier platform for thought leadership in electronic music), where the industry remarked why she’s been spearhead on this business since her emergence.

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    Dr. Gino Yu

    Dr. Gino Yu has taught and established multimedia programs and initiatives at institutions including the University of Southern California, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is currently an Associate Professor and Director of Digital Entertainment and Game Development in the School of Design at PolyU where he serves as Program Leader for the MSc in Multimedia and Entertainment Technology and M-Lab, a commercially oriented digital entertainment laboratory he co-founded that provides consulting, research, instruction and develops new commercial opportunities. He founded the Hong Kong Digital Entertainment Association in 2000 and organised Asia’s first video game conference in 2001. He’s also hosted the 2009 edition of the Toward a Science of Consciousness Conference, Wikimania 2013, and co-curates TEDxHongKong. Dr. Gino Yu received his BS and PhD at the University of California at Berkeley in 1987 and 1993 respectively and has over 80 conference and journal publications. His main area of research focuses on the application of media technologies to cultivate creativity and promote enlightened consciousness. He has spoken at international events including TED, the World Knowledge Forum, the Cannes Lion Festival, rAsia, and the Creative Leadership Summit.

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    Jeremy Boon

    Jeremy Boon’s love affair with House music started in 1991 when he joined Zouk, Asia’s premier electronic music institution. He did more than define Zouk’s early sounds. Jeremy took the adventurous route and pushed the boundaries of House music in its variants of Jazz, Afro Beat, Latin, Soul and Funk-inspired tunes, which had been well received on the crowded dance floor. Jeremy established his residency at Velvet Underground in 1997, with his signature style of eclectic tunes, and has helmed signature nights Para//el and Disco:very. In recognition of his refined musical taste, he has been a regular on Japan’s Modaista J-Wave 81.3FM; Singapore’s electronic music radio station, LUSH 99.5 FM; and even a spot on the revered Worldwide Show on BBC Radio One. His valuable contribution to Singapore’s electronic dance music scene as well as Zouk includes In The House Mixed Compilation on Defected Records; sharing the spotlight with a multitude of superstar DJs (Norman Jay, Louie Vega, Laurent Garnier, Jazzanova) as well as helming gigs at dance music meccas such as Ibiza, Japan and Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival in Sete (2010).

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    Ralf Kollmann

    Ralf Kollmann formed mobilee in partnership with Anja Schneider, and what began as a side project quickly expanded into a fully-fledged career as mobilee blossomed from a small, homegrown label into a full-on music and entertainment enterprise. Kollmann earned his stripes within the mid-1990s techno communities of Cologne and Frankfurt, before moving to Berlin in 2002; since then he has become a central figure in the development of the capital’s musical identity. Under Kollmann’s guidance, and with his discerning ear, mobilee records and offshoot label Leena have risen through the ranks since 2005 to become one of the brightest stars in Berlin’s glittering galaxy of electronic music labels.
    Equally adept at packing dancefloors as he is at predicting tomorrow’s underground hit, Kollmann works tirelessly behind the scenes to hone the mobilee sound, championing the label’s artists and unearthing the future-forward new talent that will contribute to pushing the mobilee vision forward. Unafraid to journey off the well-worn path, he continues to move the label and its ever-growing collective in dynamic directions.

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    mobilee records launched in 2005 and quickly established itself as one of the brightest new stars within Berlin’s glittering galaxy of electronic music labels, producers and DJs. Founded and owned by Anja Schneider and Ralf Kollmann, the label boasts a sound that is simultaneously familiar and innovative. Rooted in the classic structures of house and techno, mobilee has harnessed the triple threat approach: its records reference vintage dancefloor minimalism, engage with like-minded contemporaries, and suggest surprising new directions for familiar forms.

    mobilee is committed to facing the realities of rapid change within the music industry, and adapts to technological and cultural transformations through a continual process of re-invention. More a fully-fledged company than just a traditional record label, mobilee looks towards an integrated clubbing experience, bringing label management, booking, publishing, press and artist studios together under one roof, while placing an explicit primacy on developing and utilizing innovative modes of promotion for its artists.

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    Arjun Vagale

    Arjun is one of India’s most coveted DJs and part of an exclusive breed of cutting-edge producers who are making a global impact. As one of the country’s leading electronic music exports, he plays incessantly back home and tours regularly in Europe, the USA and Asia. The award-winning DJ/producer currently reigns at the top of the DJ Mag India poll. Known for his intense, driven and atmospheric techno sound, Arjun has played alongside Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, Adam Bayer, Josh Wink, Apparat, Sasha, Fat Boy Slim, and Nic Fanciulli, while his erstwhile live act, Jalebee Cartel, has shared headlining spots with The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy and Modeselektor. Arjun’s knowledge and use of technology in the booth is second to none, as he innovatively wields drum machines and samplers to create a raw, electrifying and radically twisted sets. Taking a calculated risk a few years ago to move away from his major main stage career, Arjun followed his love for the counterculture by travelling into darker, more experimental musical terrain. Inspired by the sounds of Berlin, he based his summer tours out of the techno Mecca. 2010 was the game changer with the release of “Kill the String” on ALiVE Recordings, which propelled his production solo career. Releases on Fergie’s Excentric Muzik followed, as did strong support from Dubfire, Carl Cox, Karotte and Kaserdisco. His versatile sound ensured each of his 2013 releases stayed on the charts. “Kempai” was licensed to Digweed’s “Live in Argentina” compilation. Now signed to SCI+TEC, Tronic, Octopus Recording, Suara, Herzblut, and Material Series, Arjun’s productions are played by Cox, Hawtin, Dubfire, Adam Bayer, Christian Smith, Stacey Pullen and Paco Osuna, all the way from Enter and DC 10 in Ibiza to Berghain in Berlin. Arjun runs a truly global record label, MakTub Music unearthing and promoting fresh talent. The imprint has become home to an impressive roster of artists in the last three years. He also runs India’s premier electronic music school, The ILM Academy, and is co-owner of UnMute Agency, India’s finest underground talent.

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    Armin van Buuren

    Artist, Netherlands

    Armin van Buuren is widely regarded as one of the world’s biggest DJs and producers within electronic dance music for close to twenty years. His life-long dedication to trance music has earned him a Grammy® nomination for ‘This Is What It Feels Like’ feat. Trevor Guthrie, and he has been voted “#1 DJ” in the world for an unprecedented five times in the annual DJ Mag Top 100, counting up to fourteen consecutive top 5 spots to date.
    His weekly two-hour radio show, “A State of Trance” (ASOT), is broadcast weekly on more than 100 radio stations around the world, drawing more than 36 million listeners each week. The ASOT brand has grown into a complete live show experience and touring concept.
    Throughout the years, Armin has launched several ‘Armin Only’ world tours, based on his albums (‘Imagine’ in 2008, ‘Mirage’ in 2010, and ‘Intense’ in 2013). In the case of the Armin Only ‘Intense’ world tour, more than 33 dates were set, with shows in world cities on five different continents reeling in more than 500,000 visitors.
    In addition, Armin is the co-founder of the Armada Music record label (together with Maykel Piron and David Lewis), which has been acclaimed internationally for releasing top-notch electronic music of various genres.
    As a performer, Armin headlines more than 150 shows a year at leading festivals and venues around the world, including Electric Daisy Carnival (Las Vegas, New York), Ultra Music Festival (Miami), Tomorrowland (Belgium); Omnia Nightclub (Las Vegas), Ushuaia (Ibiza), and numerous others.
    Armin has the second most followed artist playlist on Spotify of any music genre and launched his sixth full-length artist album (‘Embrace’) on October 29th 2015, after ‘76’ (2003), ‘Shivers’ (2005), ‘Imagine’ (2008), ‘Mirage’ (2010), and ‘Intense’ (2013).
    www.arminvanbuuren.com, www.astateoftrance,com, www.armadamusic.com.

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    Kaskade

    Artist, USA

    “Kaskade’s signature sound is as unmistakable as it is beautiful; a combination of dewy female vocals, tough electronic underpinnings, and memorable melodies.” — Billboard

    The New York Times may have called him the “new face of electronic dance music” in a recent profile, but Ryan Raddon, known as Kaskade, has been in the trenches of the EDM scene as an original recording artist and in-demand DJ for more than a decade. He has released seven studio albums, including his latest, Fire & Ice, scored nine Top 10 hits on Billboard’s Hot Dance Airplay Chart, created chart-topping remixes for everyone from Lady Gaga to Beyoncé, appeared at all the major summer festivals, and has performed between 150 and 200 headlining shows a year for the last 10 years, building a name for himself as an innovator of the EDM scene as we know it today, which has opened doors for the likes of Deadmau5, Tiesto, Skrillex and more. In doing so, he has helped to lay the groundwork for a titanic musical and cultural shift: a post-rock EDM revolution that has captured the imagination of a new generation of music lovers across North America

    Kaskade has been named America’s No. 1 DJ by DJ Times and Pioneer DJ. In 2012, he will appear at this year’s Coachella, for which he has a special performance planned, and will hit the road in May for his biggest headlining tour ever — 50-plus North American shows in just over three months. His own live show is a jaw-dropping spectacle that finds him performing in front of an 80-foot wide, three-stories tall LED screen that blares images synched with the music while strobe lights scan the crowd. Kaskade’s belief in the transformative power of dance music to uplift thousands of people at once has had a significant effect on the U.S. scene. His ground-breaking double residency in Las Vegas at the Encore Beach Club (which had not even been built when he signed on) and Marquee has elevated the city’s status as a premiere club-going destination on par with London, Berlin, and Ibiza, is another testament to his influence.

    Growing up in the Chicago suburbs, Raddon was heavily influenced by New Wave bands like The Cure, Echo and The Bunnymen, and The Smiths that ignited his love for melody and lyrics and was strongly impacted by the house music scene that developed in Chicago. Following stints spinning throughout college and in A&R at OM Records, he began working on his own music, which includes multiple singles, EPs, and remixes, as well as the albums: his most recent 2011 release Fire & Ice – which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Chart, No. 3 on the Independent Albums chart, and No. 17 on the Top 200 Albums chart, while the iTunes version debuted at No. 4 on the overall album chart. The Fire disc contains ten original songs geared firmly toward the dancefloor, while on the Ice disc, Kaskade delivers the perfect down-tempo post-club experience by remixing all ten songs. Both discs showcase the musical versatility tat has characterized his work ever since he began writing his own songs. This album was preceded by It’s You, It’s Me (2003), In the Moment (2004), The Calm (2006), Here & Now (2006), Love Mysterious (2006), Strobelite Seduction (2008), Dynasty (2010) and Dance.Love (2010).

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    Sharam

    Artist, USA

    From underground classics like Tripi, Texi, Get Wild and Don’t Say A Word, to scoring international chart toppers like PATT (Party All The Time) and The One, Sharam’s musical credits are as dynamic as his DJ sets. His production collaborations include artists such as Kid Cudi, Shakira, Patsy Cline, Chris Martin, P.Diddy, Chuck D, and Daniel Bedingfield, to name just a few. He seamlessly navigates between hypnotic underground sets rooted in his rich knowledge of house and techno, while entertaining the younger dance enthusiasts of today with laser-like focus and dedication to quality. His motto remains ‘entertain while educate’. His sound is Ibiza in Vegas. His style is limitless.

    He scored the top buzz records of 2013 and 2014 Miami Music Conference with his singles On & On and Tripi respectively. ‘Tripi’ was the inaugural record on Seth Troxler’s new label Play It Say It, garnering support from all sides of the industry. In 2015 Sharam unleashed 2 monster singles at the Miami Music Week— Heavi, Tripi’s follow-up, released on his own Yoshitoshi Recordings, and August House, a Spinnin’ Deep single whose video has garnered over nine hundred thousand views on YouTube. Sharam will follow August House with two more singles for the label this year, August Dub and October House, with the October Dub to follow.

    Following an eight year hiatus, Sharam joined Dubfire once again at Miami Music Week 2015 as the legendary duo Deep Dish. The reunion set the industry abuzz with select shows and talk of an upcoming album.

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    Richie McNeill

    Beatport, Director of Special Operations Asia, Australia

    Richie has 26 years experience in the music industry. Beginning as a fresh 18 year old putting on events and bussing in nightclubs, becoming Director of Dance at Mushroom Records (MDS) for four years from the age of 19, to touring some of the biggest names in dance music, Richie has experienced the industry from all spectrums.

    At Mushroom he was responsible for bringing labels such as Warp Records, R&S, Harthouse, Strictly Rhythm, Nervous, XL Recordings, React etc… to Australia as well as licensing artist and albums from Leftfield, Orbital, Underworld, The Prodigy, Moby and the like.

    At the 1988-1992 electronic music explosion, Richie was at the thick of it in Australia. He DJ’d for 15 years across Australasia and Europe. His famous Hardware organisation ran some of Melbourne’s first raves bringing the worlds biggest artists to Australia, had two record stores and distribution and helped run Australia’s first national electronic Music Festival called Apollo. From there he began Two Tribes Events (Australia’s first award winning electronic music festival) for 10 years then finished that to setup Stereosonic, Australia’s last remaining major dance festival.

    This hard work and passion was supported by Richie being awarded in 2011, the industry-voted inthemix.com.au Award for Outstanding Contribution to Dance Music in Australia.

    After a 16 month break, he now works for SFX Entertainment setting up their Asia office and plan, as well as working for Beatport on their LIVE streaming consumer platform in LIVE video and event integration.

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    Simon Napier-Bell

    Author / Artist Manager, UK

    Simon Napier-Bell has been a film composer, songwriter, record producer, and author, but most of all he is known for being a rock manager. Amongst the artists he’s managed are The Yardbirds, Marc Bolan, T Rex, Japan, Asia, CC Catch, Ultravox, Candi Staton, Boney M, and Wham!

    In the 60s he co-wrote the song You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me which went to number one sung by Dusty Springfield and was also covered in the early 70s by Elvis Presley.

    He has written four best-selling books about the music industry: ‘You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’, about the music business in the 60s; ‘Black Vinyl White Powder’, a history of the British music industry; and ‘I’m Coming To Take You To Lunch’, about taking Wham! to Communist China in the 80s, the first Western pop or rock group ever to play there. His latest book, ‘Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay’, is a history of the business of popular music from its first beginnings in 1710 until today, published in August 2014 by Unbound Books.

    These days he is a director of Papa Entertainments PLC, which produces ‘Raiding the Rock Vault’, the best-rated music show in Las Vegas, and of Snap-B Music, a company that provides consultancy to top music industry professionals. He travels, does business, gives talks, and eats & drinks well, all over the world.

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    Scarlett Etienne

    Artist, Hong Kong / Bali

    Scarlett Etienne has established herself as a major player on the international DJ circuit. Whether she is DJing in the underground scene at nightclubs like Watergate in Berlin or The Nest in London, Playing keys on stage with Nile Rodgers and Johnny Marr at Montreux Jazz Festival, throwing down at the Formula One parties in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, writing music for fashion films for couturiers like Erevos Aether, giving a live vocal performance at The Box London or on the Robot Heart art car at Burning Man, or orchestrating the music for Matthew Williamson’s fashion shows from the sound booth of the Royal Opera House, she is constantly on the global move delivering her dazzling, fresh sound. Her studio endeavours include: being featured on Erol Alkan’s Phantasy label as the voice on Daniel Avery’s The Eagle, and has remixed for ultra cool Parisian label Kitsuné for Lady Gaga’s producer DJ White Shadow.

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    DJ Tennis

    Artist, Life & Death / Daze Agency / Elita Festival, Italy

    DJ Tennis born in the 70’s and raised between New Jersey, Sicily and Parma in a family who paid just a passing attention to music. No relatives played any musical instruments, nor were there any around the home – music was never given any special amount of love in the Romano household. But despite this, and perhaps as a direct result of this, Romano’s creative and artistic attitude has always centred around music: singing, creating and collecting weird and noisy musical instruments at every turn.

    In 1988 before embarking on computer science studies he was already playing and singing in college bands and had an indie rock radio show on a local radio station in Palermo.

    Recording with bands, organising events and DJing at the local tennis club where he used to play semi-professionally (his DJ moniker comes from his passion for the sport) became his way to support the costs of his studies, though when he graduated he never imagined he would turn that hobby into his fully-fledged career. Whilst starting out as a DJ he began focusing on promoting new underground music in his country, founding and developing some of the most important Italian underground musical events such as the Elita festival in Milan and the Dissonanze festival in Rome – at the same time creating forward-thinking new promotional concepts around the Italian clubbing scene.

    In the early 90s Romano also started producing music for theatre, movie soundtracks and TV commercials, his production skills always taking inspiration from the psychedelic, dark and melancholic sounds of the 60’s, thru to early 2000’s IDM. The range of influences paint a picture of his musical worldview: The Beach Boys, The Who, Talk Talk, Ultravox, XTC, Fugazi, June of 44, Suicide, Radiohead, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada and Plastikman – into every musical project he poured elements, sounds & feelings from all of these artists and many more.

    In 2010, after growing tired of the the more overtly generic output of the contemporary scene he decided to collect all of his musical works and, along with Thugfucker’s Greg Oreck, started a new techno and pop label called Life and Death. The name of the label has a specific meaning, inspired by the socratic method of the maieutic process to turn ‘dead’ elements into a new life, and referring to the hypnotic power of music used in the mesmeric processes for brain therapy. Life And Death was alive.

    Romano bases himself in Berlin where he also shares the label experience and a studio with the innovative deep electronic duo Tale of Us, whilst he working hard to create a crew of young and inspired musicians like Clockwork and Esperanza, amongst others. On top of all of this he still maintains his main job is still being a Promoter and a Booking agent in 2012. He may go by the name Tennis but he continues to be a hugely talented all-rounder.

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    Kaz James

    Artist, Australia / UK

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    Rahul Kukreja

    Livescape, Co-founder, Malaysia

    Rahul Kukreja is a familiar name back home in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia mainly because he is the lead guitarist for one of Malaysia’s most popular rock bands, One Buck Short (or OBS as they are affectionately known as). Having started the band back in college, OBS has moved from its underground roots to being regarded as the region’s Top Rock/Live Act. 

He is also one of the co-founders and partners of The Livescape Group of companies which produces IT’S THE SHIP, Electric Run, A State of Trance (ASOT), Rockaway Festival, and After Dark Social Club (ADSC). Livescape has a 360-degree approach to conceiving, marketing and executing events. They have an in-house marketing, execution, creative, production, logistics, and artist management team to ensure that they put on an experience that people will not only remember but also talk about. 

Rahul acts as Livescape’s Director of Live Events & Entertainment where he oversees artist/show bookings and productions for all of the group’s events and sources out future and potential business partnerships for the company as well as managing itineraries and executions for Livescape events and festivals. Rahul also has very good working relationships with various artist management and booking agencies and is the man with the eye for spotting talent for Livescape shows. 

Rahul is also quite the entrepreneur, venturing into various different businesses. Aside from One Buck Short and The Livescape Group, he is a partner in “All Access Distribution”, an apparel company that distributes street wear brand, OBEY, and Macbeth Footwear in Malaysia.

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    Kavan Spruyt

    Artist, MidnightShift, Singapore

    Kavan belongs to today’s generation of marketers who is skilled in more than one discipline. The 35-year-old Head of Marketing stands out in a crowded marketplace with his strong background and insightful vision in music & nightlife marketing. As a co-founder of the Midnight Shift electronic music label, featured as one of Pulse Radio’s Top 5 South-East Asian labels, Kavan has a finger on today’s pulse whilst continuously evolving with the electronic music scene since the 1990s. Kavan displays his creative flair with the ability to strike a balance in achieving street-cred and mass appeal in the programming, which is exhibited in kyo’s adventurous and forward-thinking approach, noted by Pulse Radio as the top South-East Asian underground club.

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    Frank Cotela

    Totem One Love, Promoter / Director, Australia

    Credited with changing the aesthetic face of dance music culture in Australia, Frank Cotela has worked behind the scenes on some of the country’s most successful and prolific EDM brands for over 30 years.

    After obtaining a degree in electronic engineering in digital electronics and working in recording studios in the early 80s, Cotela’s natural aptitude for design and interest in electronics and culture (alongside the introduction computer graphics) moved him in the direction of design where he went on to become a creative director in Australia’s leading advertising houses, culminating in the establishment of his own creative studio: FCD – a successful specialist design studio aimed at music and fashion.

    In 2000 he joined forces with promoters Peter Raff & Dror Erez to create “ONELOVE”, where his marketing vision helped forge the nation’s highest profile dance brand of the decade. In 2004 the partnership created ONELOVE Recordings and the music label quickly established itself as a supporter of both local and international emerging talent.

    In 2008 as Director of Totem-Onelove Group, Cotela Co – Founded Australia’s Biggest Music Festival Stereosonic, Which was sold to New York Events Company SFX in 2013, in a historic deal. Today Cotela heads ONELOVE MUSIC GROUP, The Group includes Recordings, Publishing, Talent and Live, It is also a major force responsible for pushing Australian dance music on a global scale.

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    Mikhail Schemm

    Pulse Radio, Editor-in-Chief, Philippines

    Managing Director, Third Culture Music Limited
    Creative consultant, Miller Genuine Draft and Peroni Nastro Azzurro

    Since relocating to the Philippines three years ago from London, where Mikhail Schemm comes from a background in influencer and trends consulting for boutique agency SCB Partners, as an early promoter and DJ in the warehouse party scene and having a stint at Richie Hawtin’s Minus label in Berlin, he has been focused on his passion of building and consolidating the electronic music scene in his half-native Philippines.

    Currently a creative consultant for brands such as Miller Genuine Draft, which are a heavily EDM and nightlife oriented brand, he also runs Third Culture Music, a brand, event and music consultancy with venture partner Katrina Razon, through which they work with a number of top entertainment brands such as The Palace, Road To Ultra: Philippines, Wonderfruit and Malasimbo Festival. In addition they are the partners for top online music media outlet Pulse Radio, covering content for the electronic music industry in the Philippines and around Asia.

    On an event level, as a promoter, he has worked on tours with The xx and Jamie xx, and regularly with Manila’s top clubs both underground and high-end. In addition, as a house and techno DJ out of passion, he has played numerous festivals and clubs around Southeast Asia. The 360-degree knowledge of the industry is his biggest asset in achieving his goals in the near future.

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    Godwin Pereira

    Owner, Kyo, Singapore

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    Ryan Saltzman

    Agent/Co-Owner/The Bullitt Agency/USA/Barcelona

    Ryan Saltzman’s interest in the business side of the music industry began at law school, where he focused on entertainment law classes and secured internships at both the US Copyright Office and as a law clerk for Nasseri Music Business Solutions. After earning his law degree in 2005, Ryan set his sights on the agent world and began working at The Bullitt Agency, a premier boutique DJ booking and management agency based in Washington DC and Barcelona. Now a co-owner and senior agent at Bullitt, Ryan travels 100,000+ miles each year and uses his relationships around the globe to place artists into a wide portfolio of leading venues, events, and festivals.

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    Emily Hou

    Senior Manager / Bookings / Storm Festival / China

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    Head of Programme, Zouk, KL

    Blink is the Head of Programme for Zouk Club KL and also one-part of the famed DJ duo, Goldfish & Blink.

    As a key figure at Zouk Club KL, he takes charge of the international DJ bookings for the club and the local content that drives the club week in week out.

    Long time friends, Goldfish and Blink started collaborating as a team over the recent years. Goldfish & Blink has been in the forefront of the DJing culture in Malaysia, quickly establishing a unique style through their music backgrounds and versatility in production styles.

    Through labels like Revealed Recordings the world is quickly discovering what tens of thousands of Malaysian EDM fans already know about these Asian breakthrough stars – that this Malaysian duo is set to take over. Part of a new breed of South East Asian EDM champions, the pair have been stealthily increasing their international profile via releases on Universal Music, Armada, Panda Funk, MixMash Records, Metanoia, and more.

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    Akshai Sarin

    Artist / Promoter, India

    Akshai Sarin is a creative entrepreneur, musician, marketing consultant, brand ambassador and industry speaker. His varied portfolio and professional collaborations rest on the pillars that guide innovative work – “Selfless, Compassionate, Prudent, and Diligent.” in 2007, Akshai founded Axyz Music International, a pioneering force in India’s music scene – bringing artists like Akon, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Vienna Chamber Orchestra to India for the first time. After a successful 3-year stint setting up the Culture Marketing department for energy drink Red Bull, he founded ‘ttogether: Disruptive Marketing | Engagement’ – an agency that enables brands to reach their consumer in a creative way, as well as create social impact.

    Akshai is also a founder of 10 Heads Festival, TiLT Festival & Conference, and Founding Trustee of the Bandstand Culture Society (registered with the Charity Commissioners Office Mumbai : F-44528), responsible for the annual Mumbai Bandstand Revival, under the aegis of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce.
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    KEY MILESTONES
    – 2015: Brand Ambassador, South Asia: British sustainable luxury brand, Bottletop.
    – 2014: Brand Ambassador, India: Tata Nano and JBL/Harman Kardon.
    – 2014: Ambassador: International Music Summit Asia Pacific, Singapore.
    – 2013: Showcase: Lintas Lowe & Partners’ True Show Awards.
    – 2012: Invitee: Walk A Mile/Global Impact Institute at London Olympics.
    – 2011: Global Marketing Best Practice Award: RedBull Thre3style
    – 2010: Global Marketing Best Practice Award: RedBull Free Streets.
    – 2009: Nominated for the “Young Indian Music Entrepreneur of the Year 2009″ award by British Council and Rolling Stone Magazine.
    – 2007: Selected among the “Top 20 Young Creative Entrepreneurs in India”​ – who then attended the British Council & Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIM-B) “Creative Future”​ program.

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    DJ Sabrina

    Artist, Singapore

    Sabrina Ooi is a DJ and entrepreneur at the crossroads of music, innovation and branding. Born and bred in Singapore, Sabrina is best known in the arts and entertainment scene as a creative force connecting local artistes to wider audiences – since the tender age of 16, with the “Rock For Good” concert in 2006, featuring prominent Singaporean bands Electrico and The Suns.
    As a DJ, Sabrina has held residencies in nightclubs Fenix Room and Dream (formerly Ministry of Sound), and honed her craft at 1-Altitude, the world’s highest alfresco nightspot. She has also played to audiences around the region and beyond, including Manila, Madrid and Melbourne. Sabrina constantly pushes the boundaries with every set, fusing together everything from indie rock anthems to hip-hop to the well-loved EDM. Beyond being a music tastemaker and performer, Sabrina is also highly interested in the business perspective of the music industry, as expressed in a bird’s eye view dissertation on Singapore’s electronic music scene that was recently published.

    Beyond music, Sabrina is deeply involved with the technology and startup scene in Singapore, where she connects them with the business community – in which she is a recognised branding and marketing expert.

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    Chris Ho

    DJ / Music Journalist / Radio Presenter, LUSH 99.9, Singapore

    Chris Ho (from Singapore) is a familiar name on radio with years and years of experience behind him; though he’d rather not put a number to the years for the sake of protecting seniority without prejudice.

    He started out at Rediffusion, the wired radio station, where a show he hosted won him the Paters Award for Most Outstanding Asia-Pacific Radio Personality from the Australasian Broadcasting Arts & Sciences in 1987. He had also made a name for himself as a pioneer in the local scene programming punk, New Wave and alternative rock music on the airwave.

    The Straits Times also ran a regular column of his called Pop Life where he introduced cutting-edge music as a music columnist. The column lasted 25 years.

    In the 1990s, he was heard on 98.7FM hosting the groundbreaking music show Hip Parade: The Now Sound Of The Future, the first locally produced show on nu-groove/future beat music.

    Since then, he’s moved on to Lush 99.5FM where he’s currently heard hosting the weekly show Clubscape.

    Despite the FM music references there, the scope of Chris’s interest is much wider. On an Internet radio-station Sonar (2009 – 2012), he presented black metal music as DJ Mentor. His other life-long interests include singer-songwriter music, country-folk, dark wave and classic soul.

    As a club DJ…
    Chris started his own club night Cyber-Tech back in the 1990s when techno was not a dirty word. He followed that up with Future Soul soon after. Known for an eclectic touch (anything from soul to funk to rock to techno to house), he became the resident deejay at Soundbar at The Liquid Room, Singapore’s first chill-out bar, when the venue opened its doors in 2000.

He has since played at some of Singapore’s best-known venues: Phuture (Sessions Series), Zouk (Red Bull Music Academy Party 2006; Heineken Green Room presents Chicks On Speed), The Balcony at The Hereen, Loof, Muse, Pure in Ministry Of Sound, DXO (for AlterNation, opening for Alec Empire), Café del Mar at Sentosa (opening for Alex Barck of Jazzanova), House in Dempsey, The Butter Factory’s Art-Bar, New Asia Bar (opening for Stefano Willow) and The Polo Club. He was also a resident deejay at km8 in Sentosa (Conde Nest named the beach bar one of the best new clubs of 2006).
    He was also a resident for Dark Friday, Singapore’s only goth club-night. It was at Dark Friday that he opened for DJ Eskil Simonnson, also of the ‘future pop’ Swedish band Covenant.

Chris had manned the decks for various Bulgari and Philip Stein fashion events, Johnny Walker Classic private functions, Nokia Fashion Week 2005, Agnes b.’s punk anniversary party 2014 and Elle’s magazine’s anniversaries in 2013 and 2014. He was given the Individuality Award at the inaugural Streetstyle Awards 2001 and the Special Award in the Motorola Streetstyle Awards 2007.

    In Oct 2006, he was the guest DJ at Insomnia in Berlin, Germany for the opening party of a film festival there. 
Alex Murray-Leslie of the electro-punk band Chicks On Speed called him as “a great DJ”.

X’ Ho, by the way, is his persona as musician/artist, author and underground filmmaker.

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    Mr. Has

    Artist / Music Director, W Sentosa-Cove, Singapore

    An integral sonic force in Singapore’s thriving club scene, DJ and producer Mr. Has is best known for his high-impact, genre-blending DJ sets. The recipient of the inaugural Nike Street Style Music Award, Mr. Has is also a member of the Mr. Porter Style Council, an appointed assembly of the world’s most stylish and connected men, alongside Pharrell Williams and Hugh Jackman, among others. The prolific producer also heads up Rawjak, a digital music label showcasing local and international electronica artist, and formerly held the position of music director for Singapore’s Lo & Behold Group, overseeing beats at its collection of bars and restaurants.

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    Erik Leenders

    CFO, David Lewis Productions, Hong Kong

    Erik has been working for and with David Lewis Productions since the beginning of this century and he has been living in Hong Kong since late 2005. DAVID LEWIS PRODUCTIONS ASIA-PACIFIC LIMITED was set up in July 2008 and since that moment Erik has been DLP’s representative in the region. This next to his role as being the total group’s Finance Director/CFO, he has witnessed the Industry grow from within in Asia and actually been part of it as well, up-close and personal. With David Lewis Productions actually already being present in Asia for well over seven years, the Agency has a solid base to keep continuing to contribute to the growth and development of EDM in Asia.

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    Jack Murphy

    Business Development, Mixmag, UK

    Jack has worked across a several areas in music and its application in wider media. These include production, licensing, supervision, commercial development and running a label.

    Since graduating in Commercial Music in 2007 from The University of Westminster, he has worked tirelessly to develop the network required to be disruptive and successful in the industry today.

    Jack has a long association with the dance and electronic music genres. In 2008 he was appointed Lead Audio Producer with Activision for the major console title, DJ Hero. This involved international PR, music production, licensing and curation. The exposure to a satellite creative industry, borrowing credibility from dance and its culture began a dynamic and evolving career with this theme at its core.

    After two appointments as Senior Audio Producer and Head of Licensing for another tech start up (We R Interactive, 2011 – 2014), it became clear that a move towards commercial development and client management around dance was a natural progression. With unique history in licensing and curation, this rounded experience with a mixture of established publishers and spritely upstarts created a balanced and engaging story around Jack.

    In 2015, after a few months of sharing ideas and contacts, Jack was appointed Business Development Manager for Mixmag. after speaking regularly with Jerry Perkins, CEO, about how best to progress their brand and activities in native advertising and music media.

    He also concurrently set up an independent record label, One Two Many with long suffering friend Alex Sheridan. After two vinyl / digital releases, the label has achieved over 100 major radio plays in the UK and in the US and a major corporate sync, with both acts represented going on to sign to majors or significant indies on both major and publishing.

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    Skrillex

    ARTIST, USA

    Sonny Moore found club and mainstream stardom beginning in 2008, when he swapped his gig as the frontman in post-hardcore band From First to Last for the dancefloor-oriented project Skrillex. He originally used the name for live DJ sets, but in 2009 the project moved into the studio with Skrillex remixing the likes of Lady Gaga (“Bad Romance”) and Snoop Dogg (“Sensual Seduction”). In 2010, the self-released digital download EP My Name Is Skrillex appeared, combining the Benny Benassi and Deadmau5 styles of electro with the same type of over-the-top samples and giant noise of electronica acts like the Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim.

    Moore signed to Deadmau5’s Mau5trap label in 2010, where he released his second EP, Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites, along with the club hit “Kill Everybody.” If topping the club charts didn’t prove the producer had arrived, a trio of Grammy Awards in 2011 helped considerably, including Best Dance/Electronica Album for Scary Monsters and Best Dance Recording for the title track. He also made an appearance on the revived Beavis & Butthead television series, and collaborated with the surviving members of the Doors on a single called “Breakin’ a Sweat.” The recording of the track was captured in the documentary film RE:GENERATION, while the song itself landed on Skrillex’s Bangarang EP, which appeared in early 2012. The release won him two more Grammy Awards, one for the title track as Best Dance Recording and one for the EP itself as Best Dance/Electronica Album.

    Most of Skrillex’s recordings, however, were forced around his busy touring schedule, which found him on every inhabited continent playing to hundreds of thousands of dance fans. Still, he collaborated on singles with Damian Marley (“Make It Bun Dem After Hours”) and Alvin Risk (“Try It Out”), and released another EP, Leaving, in 2012. His second proper full-length, Recess, appeared in March 2014 and promptly hit number four on the Billboard chart. In 2015, he collaborated with Diplo for the album Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack U. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi

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    Alesso

    ARTIST, SWEDEN

    With over 3.5million followers online, YouTube views in the millions, and fans including Sebastian Ingrosso, Calvin Harris, Pete Tong, Avicii and Swedish House Mafia, Grammy nominated producer Alesso already has a huge following thanks to his hugely popular remixes and sold-out shows around the globe. His new single, ‘Tear The Roof Up, and forthcoming debut album, are set to be the tipping point that takes Alesso from dancefloor hero to household name.

    Beginning his career five years ago as a self-taught 18 year-old bedroom producer in Stockholm, Sweden, Alessandro Lindblad’s trajectory to the forefront of the global dancefloor is truly incredible. He began by tinkering with other people’s songs, creating his own edits, adding piano riffs and melody ideas, and uploading his versions to Beatport. Alesso’s efforts reached Swedish House Mafia’s Sebastian Ingrosso, who swiftly took the teen under his wing, becoming his mentor, and signing him to his management and label. Alesso made an impressive entrance with the ‘Taking It Back’ remix of Avicii’s ‘Alcoholic’, but it was his addition of a classic house drop to Nadia Ali’s ‘Pressure’ that helped the single become one of the most played dance tracks of 2011. Swiftly unleashing a barrage of brilliant remixes for Swedish House Mafia, Devolution and LFMAO, the then teenager was named EDM Artist To Watch by MTV.

    In 2012, he teamed up with Ingrosso and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder for ‘Calling (Lose My Mind)’, which went to No.1 on the Billboard Dance chart and has since been streamed over 33.5m times on Spotify. That same year, he was invited to open for Madonna on her MDMA tour, before releasing a volley of commercially and critically celebrated remixes including David Guetta ‘Titanium’, Keane’s ‘Silenced By The Night’ and OneRepublic’s ‘If I Lose Myself’. Since then, he has played to sold-out crowds all over the world, landed a Las Vegas residency, and became a festival favourite at Coachella, Electric Daisy and Ultra. During his first headline tour in 2013, he released ‘Under Control’ with Calvin Harris and Theo Hurts, which topped the Hypemachine charts, was named Pete Tong’s ‘Essential New Tune’ and hit 1m YouTube views in just 24 hours. He rounded the year out by producing Example’s ‘Queen Of Your Dreams’ and, alongside Swedish House Mafia, ‘Numb’ for R&B megastar Usher. At the end of 2013, Alesso received a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Remix for ‘If I Lose Myself’, another Billboard Dance No.1 with over 40m streams on Spotify to date.

    Over the course of the last five years, Alesso has amassed 2.5m Facebook Likes, 900k Twitter followers and 370k Instagram followers, while on YouTube he’s hit over 100m plays to date.

    Taught to play the piano as a young child, Alesso grew up on pop idols including Michael Jackson, before discovering Hip Hop via Nelly, Pharrell and Timbaland. But it was hearing his first House track as a young teenager that really opened Alesso’s eyes to the possibilities and power of music. “We would go to underage parties when I was 13, 14 years-old,” he remembers. “It was the cheesier end of Dance music, but I immediately gained a new perspective of what music is. I had never felt that kind of feeling – I still get it today – that rush and excitement. I want to be alive, explore the world, show love and spread love. House music makes me feel like nothing is impossible. I can conquer the world.”

    He quickly immersed himself in as much House as he could find; a friend made him a mix CD and it was here that he discovered Daft Punk, Erick Morillo, Steve Angello, Daft Punk and Axwell. Throwing himself fully into making music at the age of 18, part of Alesso’s success is down to his diverse influences and huge appetite for life which riddle his infectious creations with an energy that is palpable. Alesso’s debut album proves the Swede won’t be limited by genre or niche. There’s soul, melody and adventure in his compositions; there’s never merely one tempo or type of terrain. “Every song I make is House at its core, but because I’ve listened to so much Hip Hop, I think you hear an element of ruggedness in my music. I like to mix it up a little bit – not keep the same beat all the time. I’m not in any way making Hip Hop music, but I’m very influenced and interested in bringing different grooves into my songs.”

    The recently turned 23 year-old’s debut single with Def Jam US/Virgin EMI UK, ‘Tear The Roof Up’ is an unadulterated slice of sonic euphoria. Since creating the track in his hometown of Sweden earlier this year, ‘Tear The Roof Up’ has proven itself to be an explosive opening to Alesso’s live set. Brilliantly building from a tautly wound intro of anarchic beats into an all-out 4-to-the-floor rave smash, ‘Tear The Roof Up’ is a joyous ode to living life to the full. “I wanted to make a massive song that would literally make people want to tear off the roof,” says Alesso. “I didn’t want to just make just another ‘club song’. I wanted to create a moment in time.”

    “Monstrous,” raved Zane Lowe who premiered the single on his hugely influential BBC Radio 1 show. “I didn’t make it to Coachella this year but I was streaming it like so many millions of people from around the world…I clicked on Alesso’s set and he started his set with this song. It was the most ridiculous, most unifying response from about 20,000 people streaming out of this huge aircraft hangar whilst the sun was beaming down on his face, and I was like ‘This is what songs like this are designed to do’.”

    Heroe s is similarly uplifting. Opening with a gliding guitar riff, the vocal takes the listener on a journey through tempo and over-arching nostalgia before ending up in as hands-in-the-air sonic soul searcher. “It’s about believing in yourself and going for your goals. The song gives me the feeling that something might be over, but it’s ok, we’re still here together after it. This might be the last time we’ll be in that moment, but we can create new ones afterwards.”

    A man clearly in love with music and life, Alesso’s ethos is all about living in the moment. He’s an impassioned producer seeking out life’s highs while defying genre, expectation and convention.

    “I don’t ever want to make just another club song,” Alesso insists. “‘Electronic music’ sometimes feels like it’s all about the money; I can say one hundred per cent that I didn’t start doing this to make money. The main reason why I make music is to bring a message; I want to uplift people though music, I want to inject emotion into dance music. I want people to scream, jump, feel happiness. Explosive happiness. The best thing about music is it has no rules; I love the idea of breaking the rules.”

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    Jolin Tsai

    ARTIST, ASIA

    Jolin Tsai, famed Asian female pop star, begins an impressive career as one of the greatest musical talents in Asia since 1999. Called “ the Queen of Pop in Asia” by the media, Jolin has made 13 full length records, which have been released worldwide through Universial Music, Sony, EMI, and, most recently, Warner Music. The sold albums over an incredible 25 million in Asia, which has made her the highest-selling Asian female singer since 2000.

    Jolin has won multiple international musical awards, including “Best Asian Artist” Award in MAMA Mnet Asian Music Awards, “Best Female Singer” award in Taiwan Golden Melody Awards, “Most Popular Female Singer” award in Singapore Hit Awards and Beijing Pop Music Awards, “Best Asian Female Singer” in Hong Kong Metro Radio Hits Music Awards. In addition, Jolin was invited to Midem International Music Exhibition and Conferences in France. After performing at “Le Trianon” in Paris, she was crowned “Madonna of Asia” by the media.

    The latest Album “Play” has enhanced the depth of Mandarin pop music and established high standards in the music market in Asia. The music video of PLAY won the Red Dot Design Award in 2015 and was also hailed as the Best Annual Music Video by American Time website. In 2015 at MAMA Mnet Asian Music Awards in which the album ”Play ” won Best Asian Artist Award, Joiln performed live online, attracting an audience of 140 million from all over the world. In 2014 , the Canadian music magazine CMB named “Play” the Best International Album of the Year; it was also highly recommended by American PRO MOTION music news, Spanish GO magazine, and other international media. Jolin Tsai was also named “The Greatest Dancing Queen in Asia” by Bloomberg Magazine.

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    Pete Tong

    There are few individuals in the world of dance music who can claim the kind of influence Pete Tong has had over the last twenty years. As the voice of Radio 1’s prestigious dance programming, Pete has held a commanding presence over the industry for more than two decades. With an unparalleled ear for new talent, Tong has become the leading tastemaker of the electronic generation. While he’s known publicly as Pete Tong the DJ, behind the scenes, he’s an industry icon.

    Having spent the majority of his life in England, Pete has recently resettled in Los Angeles to begin a new chapter in his life. He’s wasted little time establishing himself in the US, having helped inaugurate Clear Channel Entertainment’sEvolution dance brand in 2013 and recently expanding the programming to the extended two-hour segment, The Evolution Beatport Show with Pete Tong, broadcasting on 90 different Top 40 stations in the US.

    Meanwhile, his world famous BBC Radio 1 shows have only grown in popularity. Their collective reach has soared into the millions, broadcasting globally thanks to the BBC iPlayer. TheEssential Mix continues to be the Holy Grail of mix shows, while Tong’s Essential Selection is still the best place to premiere a new record.

    On the DJing front, Tong is currently championing three premier All Gone Pete Tong residencies in the US. Once a month, you can find him bridging the gap to the underground at Sound Nightclub in Los Angeles, while in Miami, he’s keeping the integrity of club culture alive at Story. His residency at the SLS Las Vegas sees him performing regularly at the brand new LiFE club, where he’s introducing a whole new palette of underground sounds to the party mecca. Finally, the All Gone Pete Tong brand has achieved global renown through world-class parties in Miami during WMC and Ibiza as well as dedicated stages at festivals like Creamfields, TomorrowWorld, and SW4.

    As a music producer, Tong has led an esteemed career over the years with notable releases on Pets Recordings, Ministry of Sound, Toolroom Records and more. His compilations have garnered critical acclaim–most notably 2013’s 60-track anthology, The Pete Tong Collection. More recently, he’s debuted on Suara with deep house anthem “The Bumps” alongside John Monkman, while also curating All Gone Ibiza 2014 alongside Tensnake for Defected as part of his All Gone Pete Tong compilation series.

    On the business side, Tong continues to be a prominent force in both the booking and A&R worlds. In 2008, he co-founded WME’s electronic music division alongside Joel Zimmerman, helping to turn the venture into one of the most powerful booking agencies in the world. He’s also relaunched his label FFRR, reclaiming his reputation for A&R and signing acts like Oliver Heldens, The Magician, Blonde and The Disciples. On top of this, Tong is responsible for founding The International Music Summit, which holds major events in Ibiza, Los Angeles and Singapore. Now in its 6th year, the event is viewed in the industry as The Premier Platform for Thought Leadership in Electronic Music.

    When all is said and done, one shudders to think what dance music would have been like without Pete Tong’s influence. Over the years, he’s played a crucial role in breaking new artists and changing the way people think about electronic music. With his new found home in Los Angeles, the British icon is looking to revolutionize the perception of dance music in America. If there’s anyone up for the task, it’s Pete Tong.

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    Amy Thomson

    CEO, ATM ARTISTS, USA

    Managed Swedish House Mafia, worked for Kanye West and current roster consists of Alesso, Chase and Status, Axwell and Ingrosso, Swedish House Mafia, Seal, RudeKid.

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    Shailendra Singh

    PROMOTER, PERCEPT, INDIA

    Shailendra Singh has been a Game-changer in whichever industry he has stepped foot in. Most recently, after becoming Asia’s largest Dance Music Promoter through Sunburn, he radically shifted gears to prove that dance music has the power to make a social difference. Inviting Anna Agency to join hands with him, they brought the world’s #1 DJ Hardwell to perform in India, for free, to 100,000 loyal fans on his personal guestlist, for free. The sponsorship money usually used towards paying the artist fee, was donated directly to charity – pulling 18,200 underprivileged children out of poverty, in a 10 year education program.

    Other milestones in his 30 years career:

    ADVERTISING
    Created & sold over 3,000 brand campaigns.
    Planned media solutions for 400 brands, valued at $3 billion.
    Ranked in the Top 5 ad firms.

    TALENT MANAGEMENT
    Launched India’s first global & local talent management company for sports, movies, music and fashion.
    Managed 9 of the 11 Indian national cricket players.

    SPORT MARKETING
    Created India’s first & largest sports marketing management company.
    Brokered deals valued at over $4 billion across cricket, football, boxing & more, including the largest sport sponsorship deal in history.

    FILMS
    Writer and Director of the world’s first fictional film on an international music festival – Sunshine Music Tours and Travels – releasing on Sept 2, 2016.
    Produced & released 72+ full length feature film.
    Ranked in Top 5 studios & 12th Most Powerful Player in Bollywood (2009).
    Created India’s first commercial children’s cinema.
    First animation cinema.
    First cinema featuring 169 debutants.
    Awarded 16 National Awards/ 235 commercial awards.

    LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
    Conceptualize and executed over 2,500 live events.
    Incepted & captained Sunburn.
    Ranked in the 50 Most Powerful People in EDM (2014).

    CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
    Launched, associated with or donated to over 70 different charitable organizations/ 1,000+ events to raise funds & create awareness for issues such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, the visually impaired & disaster relief.

    LITERATURE
    Author of the #1 Bestselling book: F?@k Knows.
    Author of the world’s first book on an international music festival: The True Story of Sunburn.

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    Tim Smith

    CEO / FOUNDER, BLOOD COMPANY MANAGEMENT

    CEO and Founder of Blood Company, Tim personally manages Skrillex, Zedd and Boys Noize among others, and is the one guiding the company. An artistic artist manager, strategist and entrepreneur; his vision is progressive, collaborative and honest. He and his team aim to create authentic, innovative and eye-opening moments for not only the public but the talent as well.

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    Lee Anderson

    AGENT, AM ONLY, NORTH AMERICA

    AM Only’s Vice President of the East Coast office Lee Anderson has had over a decade of experience in the live music industry. After spending nearly six years promoting live concerts in the Northeast region of the US, he joined AM Only in 2008. Since then, he has been a driving force behind the success of the agency and represents artists such as Skrillex, Zedd, SBTRKT, Disclosure, and Claude Vonstroke. Lee was featured in Billboard Magazine’s 40 Executives Under The Age of 40, both editions of InTheMix’s Power 50, and was nominated for the 2015 Pollstar Bobby Brooks Agent of the Year Award.

    Highlights/Accomplishments
    – VP of East Coast Agency Operations
    – Skrillex’s agent from day one, taking him from opening slots on deadmau5’s tour to international headlining touring machine, selling out arenas and taking the live experience to new levels.
    – Influential as touring agent helping build Disclosure from Mercury Lounge to Madison Square Garden
    – Zedd – started booking him from a bedroom producer to opening act for Skrillex….. to now a festival headliner and headlining arena tours.
    – Key figure in building out AM Only’s live roster having successfully steered the careers of Disclosure, Rudimental, SBTRKT, Tourist & Classixx
    – Securing Las Vegas residencies for some of the world’s biggest DJs
    – Represents a stable of several legends including Boys Noize and Claude Von Stroke
    – Building touring properties for his clients including Full Flex Express, Wildlife, Dirtybird BBQs for Claude Von Stroke.
    – Helped build Claude Von Stroke from underground rooms and into full scale touring act.

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    Blaise DeAngelo

    A&R, USA

    Blaise DeAngelo is the manage of Skrillex’s OWSLA label full-time. He is also enjoys sometimes DJing under the name Blaise James and eating sushi all the time – occasionally all at the same time.

    Having started DJing in 2009, Blaise was led to a friend referring me for a position as Dir. of Artist Relations for rebel streaming service Grooveshark in 2010. From 2010-2012, he helped artists build their careers using our powerful promotional tools and listener data.

    In 2012, he joined OWSLA as the label manager and first employee. Today OWSLA is a team of 20 full-time staff and our core focus is building artist careers through creative services. For him, “life couldn’t be better”.

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    CHACE

    ARTIST, CHINA

    Chace – DJ/ Producer/ Drummer, Born in China, 1998

    “Chace is one of those extraordinary musicians you only meet once every couple years. The way
    he composes, writes and even sings on all his records while being just 17 years old is just mind-
    blowing. He is a one-man fusion of Disclosure and The Weeknd from Eastern Asia. Chace is
    heading for flashing lights and stadium status.” – Jim, Yellow Claw.

    A 17-year-old DJ, producer, singer and songwriter Chace, who is bursting as an electro pop music artist, can be declared as a rising Chinese dance music prodigy.

    With his academic knowledge in producing and ambitions to go international and with his debut 4-track The Destination EP out on Barong Family, he is blazing his own trail in the dance music scene. A little surprise on the EP – Chace’s collab with Yellow Claw, cheerful yet melodic “Stranger”.

    That’s not all, Chace is going on his first Europe tour this summer; performing as the first Chinese DJ act on Tomorrowland.

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    Nakadia

    ARTIST, THAILAND

    Nakadia carries her unstoppable energy since childhood, while growing up in Isaan -the poor Thai countryside, living without electricity or running water on less than 1$ per day. Various jobs led her to a rst trip to Europe in 2002 where she encountered Techno. A turbulent journey began as she instantly knew:This is what she had been looking for. She devoted herself to find the perfect sonic fuse, by practicing on turntables and vinyl she took back home. Gigs on the island of Koh Samui launched her internationally within the shortest amount of time. Crafting her techy sound without any guidance, in the country marked by mainstream only, she pioneered the rise of the underground, conquering the rest of the world simultaneously.

    As increasing crescendo of her totally self-made career, Nakadia pinned over 60 countries to her gig-list, performing well over 1300 times so far. She magnetized legendary venues such as “Watergate” Berlin, “The Egg” London or “D Edge” Sao Paulo,
    during her tours through the hot-spots of electronic music.

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    David Levy

    AGENT, WME, UK

    David Levy is a partner and co-head of WME’s London music team. His clients include Bjork, Calvin Harris, Fatboy Slim, LCD Soundsystem, Madness, Massive Attack and MIA, as well as emerging artists like Dua Lipa and Nicolas Jaar. Levy has been working in the music industry for 30 years, during which time he has helped launch careers, music festivals and cultural events around the world. He began his career working with bands at age 15, and was promoting shows and working as a DJ by the time he graduated Middlesex Polytechnic in London. In 2009, Levy played an integral role in creating WME’s electronic division in partnership with client and BBC broadcasting legend Pete Tong. Levy works with Nordoff Robins Music Therapy and sits on the advisory boards of The Creative Community For Peace, The Association for Electronic Music and The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company. He currently resides between Ibiza and London with his wife and son.

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    Lauren Rose-Kocher

    BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, JAPAN

    Born in Chicago, Lauren moved to Tokyo in 2008 after graduating from the University of Chicago. She holds eight years of thrilling and sometimes difficult experience working in the Japanese music industry. Her career began at Japanese concert promoter Kyodo Tokyo, working on 14 tours of major international artists. Currently she works in business development at Sony Music Entertainment Japan headquarters. Sony Japan is unique as in addition to the label and publishing side of the business, there are 17 Sony Music subsidiaries accessible often only to Japanese artists, including product licensing, ticketing, fan clubs and sponsorship. Bridging the gap between these areas of the organization and overseas artist management, Lauren is able to secure merchandising, endorsement, live and other opportunities for international artists in Japan. She is proud to work on behalf of amazing artists and everyone involved in the beautiful business of music. The strong local Japanese scene is accessible and holds lessons for other territories, making the future of music in Asia almost too exciting to bear.

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    Murat Kilic

    DJ / CEO, RECKLESS REPUBLIC / SPICE, AUSTRALIA

    Intro
    Hailing from Sydney and raised by music-loving but strict Turkish parents, Murat’s early experience of dance music was strictly from the dance floor, especially during his teens. This club habit soon turned in to an addiction of buying 12 inch records which has now become an extensive vinyl library. Since then Murat has come a long way in establishing his career on the dance music scene globally, with regular appearances at some of the world’s top clubs and productions that are being released by top record labels around the world.

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    As a DJ, Murat is steadfast with 20 years experience with an acute sensibility for the dancefloor, always armed with fresh music. His sets are creative and unique, often genre crossing between house, techno ,disco and whatever else seems like a good idea in the moment. In his own words “At the end of the day, it is all about educating the crowd without boring them. Teaching people to appreciate new music whilst still getting them to dance themselves to oblivion”. Murat plays regularly at noteworthy clubs around the world including The Rex Paris, Studio 80 Amsterdam, Watergate Berlin, Spice Sydney, Electric Pickle Miami, Revolver Melbourne to name a few.

    Booker and Club founder
    In late 2011 Murat co-founded Sydney’s best underground electronic club called the SPICE Cellar. Since opening in September 2011, the Cellar has played host to some of the world’s elite artists like Claude Von Stroke, Guy Gerber, Deetron. Moodymann and Derrick May to name a few. As well as being the major shareholder of the club, Murat is the music director and talent booker for the club and is also involved in regional talent bookings for overseas artists.

    Producer
    Since 2008, Murat Kilic has had a steady schedule of music being released on a variety of labels across the House and Techno genres. Starting with a succession of remixes on BEEF Records in 2008, Murat followed these up with an 2 EPs for Oliver Koletzki’s Berlin based Stil Vor Talent which helped establish his reputation beyond Australia. Since then Murat has had a number of follow up releases on Stil Vor Talent and a string of remixes racking up plays and support from the likes of Joris Voorn, Jimpster, and M.A.N.D.Y. Murat’s productions are well-defined and notable with 4 of his releases reaching the Top 20 Beatport Deep House and Indy-NuDisco charts. His next releases will continue courtesy of OFF recordings, Stil Vor Talent, Light My Fire, Reckless Republic and Circle Music.

    Label Owner
    Reckless Republic Music founded and curated by Murat has 2 releases so far and is in the process of laying down and remixing the next few releases. 1

    Traveller
    Murat spends a lot of his time doing something he genuinely loves. As well as travelling to DJ, he maintains a healthy schedule in his home city Sydney, where he produces his music, hosts his radio show, raises a child and owns/operates the Spice Cellar lounge bar & club, as well as operating entertainment company, Reckless Republic responsible for promotions, booking, touring and record label.

    USEFUL LINKS

    DJ
    http://www.soundcloud.com/murat-kilic https://www.beatport.com/en-US/html/content/artist/detail/89687/murat_kilic http://www.discogs.com/artist/Murat+Kilic http://www.residentadvisor.net/dj-page.aspx?id=4251

    CLUB
    http://www.thespicecellar.com.au https://soundcloud.com/spicecast

    LABEL
    http://www.facebook.com/RecklessRepublic https://soundcloud.com/recklessrepublic/

    Daniel-Miller

    Daniel Miller

    FOUNDER, MUTE RECORDS, UK

    Daniel Miller is the founder and chairman of Mute, launched in 1978 with his own 7” single under the name The Normal.

    Since then, Daniel Miller has expanded Mute into a global group of companies, record label, Mute Song (publishing) and Mute Management, with offices in London, New York and Berlin. Running parallel to its strong commercial track record, the guiding spirit behind Mute has always been one of artistic freedom and creative adventure and Mute has nurtured and worked with artists as diverse as Depeche Mode, New Order, Goldfrapp, Erasure, Swans, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Max Richter, Ben Frost, Liars, Underworld, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Josh T Pearson, Du Blonde and Can.

    Daniel Miller plays regular techno DJ sets worldwide, recently appearing at Sonar, ENTER at Space in Ibiza, ADE, IMS at Ibiza and Berghain, with a legendary performance at M-Nus’ Christmas Boiler Room in Berlin.

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    CARALINDA BOOTH

    ARTIST DEVELOPMENT, UNIVERSAL MUSIC, CHINA

    Born in the UK, Caralinda has worked in the international music and media industry for over 25 years, with a broad range of experience – from touring the world as a professional musician (keyboards/backing vocals) with some of pop’s biggest international names, to working inside the business in both major and independent record and publishing companies.

    She has lived and worked in China for over 11 years, based in Beijing as the Senior A&R Consultant/A&R Director for Universal Music China, as well as working closely with many top local music and management companies, helping develop and promote local singers, songwriters and bands.

    Jonathan-Serbin

    Jonathan Serbin

    BILLBOARD, HEAD OF ASIA

    Jonathan is Head of Asia for Billboard, the global leader for charts, news, business and lifestyle in music. At Billboard, he oversees growth throughout Asia, and has recently driven the firm’s expansion in China, Thailand and the Philippines.

    Jonathan has over 20 years of experience in the music business, with over a decade in senior leadership positions in Asia. Jonathan began his career as a music lawyer in New York, representing major recording artists, record labels and producers. He joined Lehman Brothers as a media & entertainment-sector investment banker where he worked on many of the biggest media mergers of the time, and later served as the head of media & entertainment investment banking for Asia at Oppenheimer & Co. Jonathan founded and managed a number of successful music and entertainment companies in China, including an innovative music distribution platform. He has advised and served on the board of major US and Asian music companies.

    Jonathan has an MBA from Columbia University, a JD from Boston University and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis.

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    A-Z SPEAKERS

    A-Z SPEAKER LIST

    Alan Deng (Director, Tencent Video Live Music, China)
    Aleks Ljubojevic (Agent, Anna Agency, Netherlands)
    Alesso (Artist, Sweden)
    Amy Thomson (CEO, Manager, ATM Artists, USA)
    Anish Sood (Artist, India)
    Annie Lee (CEO, Founder, Dream Worker, China)
    Arjun Vagale ( Artist, Director, UnMute, India)
    Arsit Prachaseri (CEO, AG Productions, Thailand)
    Ben Turner (CEO, IMS / Graphite, UK)
    Blaise DeAngelo (General Manager, OWSLA, North America)
    Bryce Whitwam (CEO, Wunderman, China)
    Caralinda Booth (Artist Development, A&R Consultant, Universal Music, China)
    Celeste Siam (Artist, Thailand)
    Chace (Artist, China)
    CheiZak (CEO, Founder, YEMA Live, China)
    Christian Rijanto (Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Ismaya Group, Indonesia)
    Daniel Miller (CEO, Founder Mute Records, UK)
    David Boyle (EVP Insight, BBC Worldwide, UK)
    David Levy (Partner, WME, UK)
    Davis Savril (Artist, China)
    Dennis De Bruin (CEO, Alda Events, Asia, Netherlands)
    Derrek Tsao (EDM Blogger, China )
    Dev Bhatia (Director, UnMute, India)
    DJ L (Artist, China)
    DJ Soolee (Artist, South Korea)
    Donald Hau (CEO, Mixmag China, China)
    Dope Lee – (Artist, China)
    Eric Zho (CEO, Founder, A2LiVE / Storm, China)
    Frank Rodi (Innovation & Electronic Music Specialist, APRA, Australia)
    Hedy Lee (Artist, China)
    Helena Legend (Artist, Australia)
    Iqbal Ameer (CEO, LiveScape Group, Malaysia)
    Jason Swamy (Director, Further Future/Wonderfruit, Hong Kong)
    Jin Iwamoto (Manager, A&R, Star Music, Japan)
    John Boyle (Chief Growth Officer, Insomniac Events, USA)
    Jolin Tsai (Artist, Asia)
    Jonathan Serbin (Head of Asia, Billboard, Asia)
    Kaku (Artist, Asia)
    King Arthur (Artist, Puerto Rico)
    Kurosh Nasseri (Co-Chairman & Co-Founder, AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, USA)
    Lauren Kocher (Business Development, Sony Music Entertainment, Japan)
    Lee Anderson (VP, Agent, AM Only, North America)
    Lucy Dong (Founder, Chief Editor, Shihan Culture / Music Business, China)
    Maggie Yu (VP, Brand Director, Adidas, China)
    Marc Vedo (Artist, UK)
    Mark Lawrence (CEO, AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, UK)
    Miao Wong (CEO, Founder, dART, China)
    Michail Stangl (Director, Boiler Room, Germany)
    Minii (Artist, Alter Ego, South Korea)
    Murat Kilic (CEO, Artist, Spice – Reckless Republic, Australia)
    Myrne (Artist, Singapore)
    Nakadia (Artist, Thailand)
    Naoki Shimizu (CEO, President, CreativeMan Productions, Japan)
    Ni Bing (Founder, Martial Artist Management / Drum Rider Records, China)
    Nick Matthews (Agent, Coda Agency, UK)
    Olivia Wycech (Managing Editor, Mixmag, Asia)
    Pep & Rash (Artist, Netherlands)
    Pete Tong (Artist / Broadcaster, BBC Radio / IMS, UK)
    Prateek Pandey (Director, Owner, sLick!, India)
    Rebecca Young (Agent, WME, Australia)
    Rob Schwartz (Asia Bureau Chief, Billboard, US/Japan)
    Robb Harker (CEO, Founder Supermodified Agency, Hong Kong)
    Robert Zheng (Head of Partnerships, AB Inbev, China)
    Robin Leembrugen (Manager, Mad Panda Agency, China)
    Samuel Wald (Agent, WME, Asia)
    Sandy Chi (Chief Entertainment Officer, KuGou, China)
    Shailendra Singh (Promoter, Percept, India)
    Skrillex (Artist, North America)
    Sunny L (Director, Music Fest Asia & Xin Wang Group, HK & China)
    Takako Fujiyama (Pioneer, Japan)
    Tim Smith (CEO, Founder, Blood Company Management, North America)
    Vlada Didenko (Senior Business Manager, A2LiVE, China)
    Wade Cawood (CEO, Pulse Radio, Australia)
    Wang Lei (General Manager, Baidu Music, China)

    Wade Cadwood

    Wade Cawood

    CEO, PULSE GLOBAL, USA

    Tenacity, Passion, a collaborative nature, embracing diversification and the ability to recognise an opportunity at its earliest inception are just a few of the raw qualities Wade Cawood attributes to his growing success in an ever-fragmenting, exciting time for the industry. Add to this a global network spanning 5 continents, numerous major events, commercial partnerships and millions of page impressions later, Cawood’s multi-faceted businesses are on the rise. Undeniable entrepreneurial talent, a seemingly endless wealth of knowledge and ground-up experience position him as an influential thought-leader in the electronic dance music industry.

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    Jason Swamy
    NET EASE CLOUD MUSIC, BUSINESS DIRECTOR/PARTNER, CHINA

    Jason has over 18-years of entrepreneurial experience in the electronic music space. Over the pe-riod of time Jason has worn many hats; DJ, promoter, talent buyer, booker, booking agency, club owner, curator and festival producer and creative director. He has made impactful contributions to the electronic music world in America and Asia.

    In Asia, Jason recently took on a role with Net Ease Cloud Music, China’s largest electronic music streaming platform as Co-Founder and Business Director for their electronic music lifestyle division as well as Asia Pacific Managing Director for Coalition One, a leading talent buying agency.

    He is the founding member and director of Asia’s first sustainable lifestyle festival called Wonderfruit as well as Founder of Do What You Love, an experience design and talent booking agency based in Hong Kong.

    Jason is also responsible for bringing Ultra Music Festival brand to fruition in Macau/Hong Kong, Manila and China.

    Outside of Asia, Jason is best known for the following critically acclaimed ventures: Co-founder and creative director of Further Future, a technology lifestyle driven festival. Founding member and music director of cult brand Robot Heart which is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year.

    Jason is an advisor for Gigwell, a disruptive digital booking agency platform based in San Francisco and Ambassador to the Lykke Exchange platform.

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    Ben Turner
    Graphite/IMS, CEO/Partner, UK

    Ben Turner is the owner of Graphite, a music management and brand services company which specialises in the world of electronic music. Turner is the artist manager for techno and technology icon Richie Hawtin, and Rob da Bank – the creator of Bestival, Camp Bestival and the Sunday Best Recordings label. Turner made his name as co-founder of the highly influential Muzik Magazine, Muzik Awards and then creative director on DanceStar USA: The American Dance Music Awards. Turner is a co-founder with Pete Tong in the International Music Summit, an event described as “the TED of music conferences”. In 2013, he also formed the Association for Electronic Music, a not-for profit trade body to represent the genre, alongside long-serving entertainment industry lawyer Kurosh Nasseri. Its concept is to preserve, protect and promote electronic music worldwide.

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    Kurosh Nasseri
    AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, Co-Chairman/Co-Founder, USA

    Kurosh Nasseri is known for his work as a lawyer with exceptional experience in electronic dance music: over the years he has represented Afrojack, Armand van Helden, Basto, Carl Craig, Deep Dish, Dubfire, Duck Sauce, Felix Da Housecat, Paul van Dyk, Sharam, Showtek and many other artists. Corporate clients include club and festival promoters, booking agencies, independent record labels, independent and major publishers, brands, app developers, download sites and technology start-ups seeking advice on contracts, copyright, trademark and licensing issues. Kurosh served as Trustee for the Grammys and is co-founder and co-chair of the Association for Electronic Music (“AFEM”).

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    Mark Lawrence
    CEO, AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, UK

    The Association for Electronic Music has appointed Mark Lawrence as its first CEO. Lawrence previously spent 10 years at UK collection society PRS For Music, latterly as Director of Membership, responsible for 100,000 members worldwide.

    His appointment was confirmed at a board meeting of AFEM held at the International Music Summit (IMS) in Ibiza.

    Lawrence has a long association with the dance and electronic music genres. In 2012 he launched PRS’s Amplify initiative focusing on the genre, he has spoken at numerous industry events and he co-owns independent house music label Black Rock Records with DJ Steve Mac.

    Lawrence began his career in retail banking before joining mechanical rights licensing agency MCPS in 2004. He was promoted to Director of Operations in 2006 before becoming Director of Corporate Planning of PRS for Music three years later. He was promoted to Director of Membership and Rights in 2010, leading a team of 120 staff serving a membership of over 100,000, ranging from major international publishers to individual songwriters.

    While at PRS he launched and led Amplify, an initiative to increase membership in the dance music sector and improve the accuracy and value of royalties paid to writers in the genre. He left PRS earlier this year.

    He said, “I am delighted and honoured to have been selected by Ben and Kurosh to run this organisation. AFEM has the opportunity to be something amazing – a global electronic music organisation representing everyone from labels to DJs to promoters to publishers, small or large, young or old. I am committed to turning that vision into reality.”

    Prateek

    Prateek Pandey
    sLick! India, Director, India

    sLick!! has been the pioneering force behind the house and techno revolution in India.

    sLick! programmed the techno stage at Sunburn Festival featuring a brand of Kitball stage with artists like Tube & Berger, Juliet Sikora, PAJI, P.A.C.O and Social Experiment stage with Art Department. sLick! has programmed techno stages at Enchanted Valley Carnival since the first edition, Future Theory Festival and also hosts its own themed event called A Day of sLick! across various cities of India every year. sLick! also hosts its own showcase at ADE since 3 year and also hosted the best showcase in ADE Mumbai with artists like Claptone, Finnebassen, ME & Her and many more.

    sLick! also hosts events in India, Sri Lanka, Dubai & Singapore including top artists John Digweed, Dubfire, HOBO, Ame, Chris Liebing, Lee Foss, Undercatt, James Zabiela, Guy J, Joseph Capriati, Pleasurekraft, Blond:ish and many more.