The global search for industry innovators and influencers returns for 2018. Take your first steps to becoming an industry leader of tomorrow.



International Music Summit (IMS) today announce IMS x Mixmag Visionaries 2018 and IMS Accelerator, two initiatives designed to support the next generation of industry innovators, influencers and disruptors.

Both Visionaries and Accelerator provide successful applicants a platform for their ideas to be heard, industry mentoring and support plus opportunities to network and develop their career or business with the most creative and forward thinking figures in the electronic music industry.

Visionaries returns for its 5th year and in collaboration with leading dance music publication Mixmag aims to inspire and uncover emerging industry professionals who will challenge current thinking and present new ways of overcoming the most important and pressing issues facing electronic music today.

A new initiative, Accelerator aims to spotlight and support the next wave of innovative music business start- ups, giving a platform to be heard plus vital support and advice to help them build and achieve their long term objectives.

If you are passionate about electronic music, have an innovative idea and you dare to disrupt, submit your application online by the March 31 2018.

Successful applicants will travel to Ibiza as an official IMS Ibiza delegate and present their ideas, for Visionaries via a keynote speech to electronic music’s most powerful and influential individuals, and for Accelerator direct to many of the industries leading organizations and investors. Successful applicants will receive one year free membership of the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) as well as access to relevant AFEM board members for career development advice and introductions to strategic partners.

In addition to sharing their ideas in the print issue and online platforms of Mixmag, the winner of Visionaries will also receive a three month mentorship program led by Andreea Magdalina, founder of SheSaid.So, internship opportunities at leading industry companies, tailored career coaching sessions matched from participating industry partners including AEI Group, AFEM, Berklee College of Music, Fuse, Neighbourhood PR, PRS for Music and Young Guns Network, plus a pair of Pioneer DJ HDJ-X10.

Previous Visionaries winners have included Valerie Lee, now West Coast Editor of Mixmag USA , Ben Bowler, Founder of, Inder Phull, Managing Director and founder of KRPT Group and Mich Mellard, CEO of Sync Sync.

For further detail on how to enter and submit your application for this year’s contest please visit:

Ben Turner, IMS Co-Founder states “At the heart of IMS is the drive to be a catalyst in the industry, to bring about new ideas and develop new ways of working to push the genre forwards to guarantee a sustainable and successful future. A vital element of this is supporting emerging professionals and the fledgling start-ups that will fuel this change. IMS x Mixmag Visionaries has already found some exceptional thinkers that continue to make waves in our industry, launching IMS Accelerator to support the tech community and start- up culture feels like the natural progression in our ongoing efforts to nurture the next generation. We look forward to hearing your ideas and solutions to help push the music industry forward.”

Duncan Dick, Editor, Mixmag adds “Nurturing new and diverse talent is possibly the single most important thing the dance music industry can do to ensure its future success and sustainability. IMS’ Visionaries initiative is a great example of an authentic, holistic approach to encouraging and mentoring the kind of young person we need today in the industry, and Mixmag is extremely proud to support it once again.”




  • Open to applicants aged 18-25
  • One winner will receive:
    • Return travel to IMS Ibiza from a European Destinations
    • Two nights accommodation at Hard Rock Hotel
    • IMS Ibiza delegate badge
    • Three month mentorship program from SheSaid.So
    • Tailored career coaching sessions from participating industry partners
    • One year free membership of AFEM
  • For a full list of prizes and more details visit here.


  • Open to all music start-ups
  • Three companies will receive:
    • IMS Ibiza delegate badges
    • Introductions to potential clients, investors and mentors
    • Promotion on IMS digital platforms
    • Access to TopicDNA Reporting Platform
    • Access to list of 100+ investors
    • A strategy session with a leading digital marketing agency
    • One year free membership of AFEM
  • For more details visit here.

International Music Summit returns to Ibiza with a Wellness agenda

 MAY 23-25, 2018


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The 11th edition of IMS Ibiza examines the most crucial issues that face the industry, placing special attention on health and wellness for mind and body, and sexual harassment within the genre

International Music Summit (IMS), the premier global platform for business, culture and education within the electronic music industry, returns to the dance music capital of the world for its annual three-day educational, inspirational and motivational thought-leadership forum. Aimed squarely at industry leaders and artists from the international electronic music sector, it throws a spotlight onto the complex challenges and emerging opportunities that really matter in today’s ever evolving industry.

Following the success of the 10th Anniversary event earlier in the year, today IMS announce the key themes for its 11th summit on May 23-25th 2018. The platform, previously described as “the TED of music conferences”, has been responsible for leading initiatives that have resulted in positive change within the electronic music industry and it continues to set the agenda for the genre across the world in Europe, North America and Asia.

New for 2018 is a three-day Wellness retreat, taking place before the main IMS summit at a soon-to-be-revealed location. The electronic music industry is a fast-paced environment, with busy days and late nights. As many industry players will recognise this demanding lifestyle can take its toll on the body and mind over time, and the Wellness event has been designed to address this prevalent issue. Tailored for the dance music community, the pre-summit event will help industry veterans and newcomers alike to disconnect from everyday stress and clear the mind, setting the foundation for meaningful work and providing tools to stay focused, relaxed and rejuvenated. The new intimate event will be announced in full in January.

Continuing its support of international music, IMS Ibiza flies the South African flag with MEET TEAM BLACK COFFEE. The multi-award winning DJ has had a meteoric rise to fame and has just finished a first successful summer residency at Hï Ibiza. From management to agent to Ibiza promoter, IMS will bring in Black Coffee and his full team to discuss his own unique and inspiring path to success, the role the team played on this journey, the many challenges he undoubtedly faced and their aspirations for the future.

With each year comes milestones and achievements celebrated by labels, artists and events alike, with 2018 being no exception. Firstly, 25 YEARS OF SONAR: SHAPING UNDERGROUND CULTURE, the world-renowned Barcelona festival will discuss its achievements and explain its extraordinary and innovative contribution to the genre. Joining the celebration with an equally impressive milestone is 25 YEARS OF POSITIVA RECORDS. The pioneering UK major label is known for breaking underground tracks into the popular mainstream and the talk will have a special focus on HOW THE ROLE OF THE A&R MAN HAS EVOLVED in the last 25 years. Leading this will be the label’s leading A&R directors throughout the time – Jason Ellis, Nick Halkes and Dave Lambert.

SEXUAL HARRASSMENT IN DJ CULTURE is a real and unwelcome problem. SHE SAID.SO, an influential network of women in the industry, will chair a talk intended to assess the impact of the issue specifically to electronic music, detect root causes and endeavour to reduce its existence within the industry with a series of actionable recommendations.

IMS will also give geographical focus on the MIDDLE EAST a promising new growth region for electronic music with a growing appetite for the genre, highlighting breakthrough talent, the marketplace and key opportunities within it covering UAE, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine.

Health and wellness will continue to be a focus with insight into the mental wellbeing of DJs, a long ignored problem that is sadly troubling a high proportion of artists, from breaking through to established talent. IMS Ibiza will ask is it DJS COMPLAINING OR REAL PROBLEMS? This frank and open mental health discussion will be hosted by the Association for Electronic Music and will give vital advice on how to stay sane in the game and remain successful. Continuing the focus of wellness into the summit, IMS delegates will benefit from daily yoga and meditation sessions, reminding all of the importance of balance and self care.

IMS continues to support the future of our industry with the return of IMS VISIONARIES, in partnership with Mixmag, a global search for electronic music’s next generation of influencers, and an original programme aimed at and focused on supporting the next generation of start-ups called IMS ACCELERATOR.

IMS Ibiza 2018 will also feature discussions hosted by BURN RESIDENCY, KID TALKS, SHESAID.SO and YOUNG GUNS NETWORK. Plus more discussions on BLOCKCHAIN, BOTS, and not forgetting the return of the much-loved masterclass session IMS ANTHEM!

IMS co-founder Ben Turner states: “Health Vs Hedonism was our most popular talk in 2017, and it put us on the path of delivering more in the Wellness area for delegates. It’s a topic that is marrying professionals of all ages and gender, and we’re excited to offer something unique to an industry that is in need of greater advice and direction. It also affects many of the issues in our space, and people’s behavioural patterns around it. We’re also proud to focus on Black Coffee, Sonar and Positiva for their contributions to our world – past, present and future.”

Education partners POINT BLANK MUSIC SCHOOL, BERKLEE SCHOOL OF MUSIC and TOOLROOM ACADEMY will also be present at IMS Ibiza, joining them will be founding partner PIONEER DJ and returning sponsor BURN.

The 11th edition of IMS Ibiza offers for the first time a more accessible pricing structure, allowing you to choose your summit experience from three tailored packages. Additionally, there is a special discount for students and younger delegates wanting to attend, with all badges allowing entrance into selected Ibiza clubs over the duration of IMS week. Full details can be found below, listed badge prices will increase at the beginning of each month. 

New Pricing Structure


  • Access to three-day summit including all panels, keynotes and workshops
  • All networking and official IMS events
  • Access to IMS delegate database and IMS App
  • IMS delegate badge
  • IMS Dalt Vila finale event access
  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Entrance to IMS affiliated Ibiza opening parties


  • Access to three-day summit including all panels, keynotes and workshops
  • All networking and official IMS events
  • Access to IMS delegate database and IMS App
  • IMS delegate badge
  • IMS Dalt Vila finale event access
  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Entrance to IMS affiliated Ibiza opening parties
  • Access to 1 influencer breakfast
  • IMS Legends Dinner


  • Access to three-day summit including all panels, keynotes and workshops
  • All networking and official IMS events
  • Access to IMS delegate database and IMS App
  • Premium IMS delegate badge
  • VIP access to IMS Dalt Vila finale event
  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Entrance to IMS affiliated Ibiza opening parties
  • Access to 2 influencer breakfasts
  • VIP IMS Legends Dinner
  • Access to private/invite only official IMS events


  • Access to three-day summit including all panels, keynotes and workshops
  • All networking and official IMS events
  • Access to IMS delegate database and IMS App
  • IMS delegate badge
  • IMS Dalt Vila finale event access
  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Entrance to IMS affiliated Ibiza opening parties


  • Access to three-day summit including all panels, keynotes and workshops
  • All networking and official IMS events
  • Access to IMS App
  • IMS delegate badge
  • IMS Dalt Vila finale event access
  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Entrance to IMS affiliated Ibiza opening parties


A new mental health support line has launched for people working in the music industry.

The phone line, which has been created by Help Musicians UK, will offer advice for not only musicians but those working in areas like management, tour crews and record labels.

Those needing help and emotional support can call 0808 802 8008 free of charge, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Launched in the wake of tragic passing of Chester Bennington earlier this year, Help Musicians UK’s landmark new 24/7 mental health service ‘Music Minds Matter‘ is now here.

How does one succeed in the music business – both physically, mentally and emotionally? Working in the music industry, and electronic music in particular, comes with long hours, nighttime schedules, creative pressure and round-the-clock work stress. In contrast to that, there is an increasingly common understanding that health and well- being add to the chances of a more sustainable career, whether you are an artist or an executive.


Spotify and Tencent’s music subsidiary are in talks to swap stock with each other ahead of going public next year, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. The paper reported Friday that the two companies are considering trading stakes of up to 10% with each other.

The Journal reported on Friday that Tencent Music was valued at around $6 billion last year, and could be valued as much as $10 billion now. Spotify was valued $9.5 billion in 2015, and could be valued as much as $20 billion by the time it goes public.

This mean the stock swap could come with an important cash bonus for Spotify and open a door to China. Spotify is currently not operating in China, and has yet to raise significant capital from Chinese investors.

Tencent’s music subsidiary is operating multiple music streaming services in China, which altogether have 700 million monthly active users. However, only a small fraction of those users is said to pay for music streaming, and the Journal reported Friday that Tencent’s licenses with the western majors have proven to be expensive. Teaming up with Spotify could potentially help the company to get better deals, as well as improve its conversion rates.


IMS Ibiza returns in 2018 for it’s 11th year of inspiring the electronic music industry!

Now you can choose your summit experience with three tiers of tailored packages – delegate normal, delegate plus and all access.

Explore all the benefits to find the badge that is best for you!

Badge prices increase the first of each month.

We look forward to welcoming you at IMS Ibiza!



IMS Asia-Pacific in Shanghai united 700 dance music industry leaders and artists from East and West for discussions about Asia’s unique and burgeoning electronic music scene. Revisit key moments from the fourth edition of the summit, the biggest and most successful to date.

If you missed us in Shanghai, stay tuned to the IMS YouTube page for full panels from IMS Asia-Pacific 2017, coming soon.

IMS has partnered with Deeper Sounds to present IMS keynotes on all British Airways in-flight audio entertainment.

Launched in 2012 by Andy Eastough, Deeper Sounds delivers a monthly electronic music broadcast to British Airways and features leading electronic music artists including Hot Since 82, COYU, Kölsch and many more.

The series starts on November 1st with keynote interviews from IMS Ibiza 2017 featuring The Martinez Brothers and Yann Pissenem, CEO and Artistic Director of Ushuaïa and Hï Ibiza.

Full November schedule below, with more keynotes to follow in December and throughout 2018.

November 2017
Show 1 – Keynote: Martinez Brothers
ANNA / Manu Gonzalez / Jay Medvedeva / Elena Pavla / Andy Eastough / Sunrise: Matador

Show 2 – Keynote: Yann Pissenem
Horse Meat Disco / Graham Sahara / L.O.R.D.I.E / Steve Toombs / Andy Eastough / Sunrise: Lee Burridge



International Music Summit, the premier platform for thought leadership in electronic music, has concluded a successful fourth installment of its flagship event in Asia, IMS Asia-Pacific, in conjunction with A2LiVE and STORM festival. The event brought together 700 dance music industry leaders from 24 countries from East and West for two days of thought provoking panels, world-class production and DJing workshops, insightful reports and after parties in Shanghai that revealed the scale of Asia’s burgeoning electronic music market.  Professionals representing over 60 different senior electronic music industry roles including CEO’s, Agents, Artists, Bookers, Managers, Club & Festival owners were present at the summit, with 74% attending from China, 18% international and 9% from Asia.  IMS Asia-Pacific opened with the Nielsen Dance Music Study, which revealed dance music continues to remain hugely popular in the region, hitting the top five of all music genres in all markets except Japan, with Koreans most likely of all markets to listen to dance music and to be ‘dedicated listeners’. This trend was reinforced by the China Electronic Music Market report presented on day two by Net Ease Cloud Music, which estimated 2.86 hundred million users of electronic music in China in 2017 and confirmed electronic music as the second most preferred genre amongst users in the country.


In a rare keynote address, Laidback Luke (Artist, Netherlands) presented his thoughts on the summit theme ‘The Digital Storm’, reflecting on two decades in dance music and the impact of the digital era on DJing and production, noting “I started producing with an Atari computer with Cubase in my bedroom, now I mastered a track on the way here on the airplane.”  Scarlett Li (CMC Holdings/Zebra Media, Vice President/Founder, China) representing one of the largest investment companies in the region, was bullish on the digital opportunities in her keynote, China: The Opportunity Is Now, singling out streaming as a huge potential windfall for the region, statingDigital music today is a real business, there will be an estimated 2 billion USD market for paid streaming service by 2020.”



The state and health of the underground scene and how to nurture it in a region where EDM dominates was a key talking point in Shanghai on day one of the summit in the panel, ‘Nature vs Nurture. Speakers including Robb Harker (Supermodified Agency, CEO, Hong Kong), Tom Bray (YETI OUT, Co-Founder, China), and Matthew Hoag (elrow, Global Brand Manager, Spain) discussed the range of electronic music that exists in the region, how the underground is still expanding and how it is still understood in the region, with Tom Bray noting “How do you define underground in China? Anything that’s not in the charts or played on radio. Even mainstream sounding electronic music if it’s not in the charts is considered underground.“ Collectively the panel created a “Ten Point Plan’ on the stage to help unlock the eco-system and bring through new talent, with key actions including ‘think local, book local’, foster discovery, encourage entrepreneurialism and the promotion of electronic music as an art form.

Other highlights from Day one also saw Brazil’s most prolific electronic music act, Alok, reflect on the digital age and the role that Asia-Pacific region has played in his career, noting “to raise a fanbase and cultivate it in China takes patience and time”. Dance music veteran Howie B spoke with Chinese artists Mickey Zhang and WHAI on the challenges that arise culturally, linguistically, and creatively when collaborating with artists from another culture, concluding “the language barrier is not a barrier, it’s freedom”. In his second panel appearance of the day,  Laidback Luke, Unity, and Krosses got together to speak on how people can learn from these international collaborations, and what they say about the increasingly connected world in which we live. Krosses revealed technology allows them to produce together full time, eight hours per day despite being located on different continents.



The day concluded with a rare keynote interview from artist Sebastien Ingrosso and his manager Amy Thomson (CEO, ATM Artists, USA) who discussed their approach to the Asia-Pacific region. They addressed how the West can often tend to homogenize Asia as one territory, when in reality it’s a hugely diverse and regionalized number of markets that require a tailored approach when releasing content. Ingrosso noted in his keynote “there is a big difference between Asian markets, we change our set up from country to country.”  For Axwell^Ingrosso collaboration with rising local talent is key to building a fanbase in new Asian markets and IMS Asia-Pacific was their platform to announce their newest collaboration “Sun is Shining” with upcoming Chinese talent Kiki. Thomson used the keynote to voice her frustration at the lack of communication with local major labels and used the platform to invite hungry, upcoming Asian industry talent to work with her in developing her artists in the region.

Day two saw Pranitan Phornprapha, CEO/Founder of Thailand’s promotion company Wonderfruit, give a keynote presentation on how to create a festival with less of a carbon footprint, and addressed the challenges that arise when trying to do so, advising anyone who wants to run their own festival that it’s imperative to listen to your audience and “to run an event you have to be very data driven. I would encourage anyone to do their own independent surveys. Data doesn’t lie.”  

Bart Cools of Warner Music also gave his second Keynote at IMS, this time giving his view on the global electronic music marketplace and the challenges and opportunities in Asia-Pacific which is “literally fizzing with opportunity.”  He touched on the recent acquisition of Spinnin’ Records, stating it should be seen as “a vote of confidence in the whole dance sector” concluding his keynote with the powerful statement that “I have no doubt that Asia will play a huge role in spearheading this industry’s growth.”


Day two also explored the role of labels in Asia Pacific, A2LiVE’s Managing Director Eric Reithler Barros led a panel of label executives including Nobby Uno (Avex Entertainment, Producer/Manager, Japan), Ryan Wilson (Sony Music, Director of Electronic Music, Asia-Pacific) and Tan Chang (Hummingbird Music Ltd, CEO & Founder, Hong kong) to discuss how labels are thriving in the region and the emerging electronic music scene, with the major labels both agreeing that a key focus now is finding local talent to break on an international level.

The “Assessing Market Value” panel saw a lively debate between managers, bookers, agents and promoters  discussing artists fees and market value in the region. Speaking including Andrew Goldstone, former manager of Tiesto and Deckstar Management GM, joined Cody Chapman (Paradigm Talent Agency, Booking Agent, USA), Jason Swamy (Net Ease Cloud Music) debated the difficulty of building a sustainable and thriving scene in Asia with larger festivals setting artists budgets, with Wonderfruit promoter Jason Swamy noting on the negotiation process “whoever gives out the first prices loses.”

The day concluded with a panel of esteemed professionals from all walks of the dance music industry, from promoters (Eric Zho, A2LiVE, CEO & Founder, China) to agents (Matt Rodriguez, Paradigm Talent Agency, USA) to investors (Scarlett Li, CMC Holdings/Zebra Media, Co-President/Founder, China), discussing the “Big Picture” of the Asia-Pacific dance market, and where it will go from here, covering big topics including ‘predatory competition’ in the Asian festival market, the importance of encouraging homegrown Asian talent, the potential for more transparency in the artist/manager/agent relationship and the issues surrounding payments and the restrictive Chinese processes surrounding them.  Scarlett Li closed the conference with a warning to artists around the dangers of not paying withholding tax, advising “make sure your book is clean, pay your tax, if not you will pay a heavy price and you may not play here again.”

As well as insightful panels, delegates also experienced the latest cutting edge tech and learned from leading industry artists in production and DJing masterclasses led by Laidback Luke, Rave Radio, Unity, Pioneer DJ and Point Blank Music School.


Ben Turner, IMS Co-Founder, states “IMS Asia-Pacific was another educational and inspirational gathering of some of the most influential architects of the scene in Asia-Pacific. The two-day event probably went much deeper than any previous IMS event in this region, resulting in the creation of a Ten Point Plan of how to better nurture the underground movement to help achieve a better balance of the musical eco-system. There was also strong advice about finances in Asia, and how better to communicate with audiences. Overall, it was a great success and we’re proud to have provided such a powerful platform for the genre to network and further the advance of the genre around the region.

International Music Summit Asia Pacific celebrates its third year, and solidifies itself as the premier electronic music conference in the region. The summit concludes IMS’ events for the 2017 season, and looks forward to a strong return in 2018, furthering its expansion.



The fourth annual IMS Asia-Pacific concluded yesterday September 22, 2017. Over 500 delegates and speakers attended from around the world and debated the most pressing topics facing the region. Below are the five central calls to action that resulted from the two intensive and productive days.


Day one opened with the AC Nielsen Asia-Pacific Dance Music Study, which revealed dance music continues to remain hugely popular in the region, hitting the top five of all music genres in all markets except Japan, with Koreans most likely of all markets to listen to dance music and to be ‘dedicated listeners’.

This trend was reinforced by the China Electronic Music Market report presented on day two by Net Ease Cloud Music, which estimated 2.86 hundred million users of electronic music in 2017 and confirmed electronic music as the second most preferred genre amongst users in China.



Net Ease Cloud Music alone has “over 300,000 electronic music downloads each day and more than 620,000 playlists live per day”.

Scarlett Li noted in her keynote China: The Opportunity Is Now, “Digital music today is a real business, there will be an estimated 2 billion USD market for paid streaming service by 2020.”



Festival promoters within Asia-Pacific made a clear declaration that the main goal is to find headliners from within their territories. Doung Anh Minh from Lost in Music in Vietnam stated that the day is “near” in his market when the homegrown talent headlines, and the international acts support.


As Sebastian Ingrosso noted in his keynote “there is a big difference between Asia markets, we change our set up from country to country.” For Ingrosso and his manager Amy Thompson, collaboration with rising local talent is key to building a fanbase in new Asian markets and IMS Asia-Pacific was their platform to announce their newest collaboration “Sun is Shining” with upcoming Chinese talent Kiki.


digitalstormIMS speakers created a “Ten Point Plan’ collectively on the stage to help unlock the eco-system and bring through new talent. Titled “Nature Versus Nature”, the key actions were… Think local, book local, Foster Discovery, Encourage Entreprenuralism and promote electronic music as an art form.

IMS Asia-Pacific attendees will ave no shortage of day and night-time events to explore during the two-day summit in Shanghai.  Get to know the local scene in Shanghai from underground clubs to the massive STORM festival.

Featured artists include Laidback Luke, Krosses, Unity, Jason Swamy, an assortment of local talent and many more…


  • Budweiser STORM Festival
    September 23-24 | 2pm – 10pm

    Budweiser STORM Festival
    September 23-24 | 2pm – 10pm

    The most anticipated electronic music festival in China takes place in Shanghai after IMS Asia-Pacific. Started in 2013, it is now the top festival in the country, boasting 11 locations across China and Australia. Don’t miss this incredible experience.

    Tickets to STORM Festival are not included in the price of the delegate badge.

    IMS Asia-Pacific + STORM Festival Package Tickets HERE.

    STORM Festival Tickets HERE.

    Venue: Address: No. 188, Lane 399, East Shendi Road, Pudong District, Shanghai


    15:00 Pick up from Hyatt on the Bund, drop off at the Storm venue (VIP Entrance)

    22:30 Pick up from the Storm venue (VIP Entrance), drop off at Hyatt on the Bund

    IMS After Party by Dianyintai
    September 21 | 9pm – late

    IMS After Party by Dianyintai
    September 21 | 9pm – late

    Free entrance for IMS Asia-Pacific delegates.

    Venue: Arkham Shanghai

    Time: 9pm – late

    Location: China, Shanghai Shi, Xuhui Qu, Wulumuqi S Rd, 1号-5

    Google map it here.

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    Pryo After Party
    September 21 |10pm – 4am

    Pryo After Party
    September 21 |10pm – 4am

    Free entrance for IMS Asia-Pacific delegates.

    Venue: Le Baron, Shanghai

    Time: 10:00pm – 4:00am

    Location: Seventh Floor, 20 Donghu Lu, near Huaihai Zhong Lu, Xuhui district

    Come and join us for the PYRO 百大 Official After Party! Featuring the top DJs from PYRO’s top 100 chart, which will be announced at IMS on the same day in the afternoon (21st Sept). This highly anticipated event marks the start of a new era for Chinese DJs. An official ranking to help create value and develop the industry, in one of the most exciting markets in the world. Artist lineup can not be announced before the IMS ceremony, but the talent will be more than present. Come see the newly minted DJs show why they ranked as high as they did! A complimentary drink will be served for all attending IMS delegates, please make sure you RSVP below and keep your IMS delegate badge on you when you arrive.


  • Mixmash Record Label Night with Laidback Luke, Krosses and Unity
    September 22 | 10pm – 3am

    Mixmash Record Label Night with Laidback Luke, Krosses and Unity
    September 22 | 10pm – 3am

    DJs: Laidback Luke, Krosses, Unity

    Venue: M2 (Hong Kong Plaza)

    Time: 10:00pm – 3:00am

    Address: M2, Hong Kong Plaza, 4/F, 283 Huai Hai Zhong Lu

    NOTE: This event is not free to enter for IMS badge holders and will charge an entry fee at the door.


    ASL Lounge Afterparty
    September 22 | 11pm – late
    ASL Shanghai

    ASL Lounge Afterparty
    September 22 | 11pm – late

    IMS Asia-Pacific delegates only.

    Venue: ASL Shanghai

    Time: 11pm until late

    Location: 88 Tongren Road, Shanghai, China 200031

    Google map location here.


    IMS Asia-Pacific Closing Party Supported by NetEase Cloud Music
    September 22 | 2am – late

    IMS Asia-Pacific Closing Party Supported by NetEase Cloud Music
    September 22 | 2am – late

    DJs: Ebar, Jasmine Li, Emil Chang, Jason Swamy

    Free entrance for IMS Asia-Pacific delegates.

    Venue: Celia by Pulse, Shanghai

    Time: 2am until late

    Location: 298, Xingfu Lu near Pingwu Lu, Changning, Shanghai



keynotes, in-depth debates and workshops

Final speakers include Axwell^Ingrosso, Laidback Luke, Mija and ALOK plus leading representatives from elrow, Warner Music Group and AEG

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View full schedule Here

View full list of speakers Here

International Music Summit (IMS), in partnership with Budweiser STORM Festival, today announce additional speakers and the final schedule for the 2017 instalment of their flagship event in Asia. IMS Asia Pacific takes place Sept 21 – 22 in Shanghai, China at Hyatt on the Bund.

In a rare moment at IMS or any electronic music summit, an established artist will issue a solo talk as Laidback Luke will deliver a keynote address on the theme of IMS AP 2017, The Digital Storm, touching upon how ever-expanding technology has affected the music market. Laidback Luke is also slated to present a masterclass titled ‘How To Make Music Fast And Keep Inspired’, alongside workshops from Point Blank Music School and artists Rave Radio and Unity. Billboard’s Asia Bureau Chief Rob Schwartz will interview Swedish icons Axwell^Ingrosso as they discuss their own experiences within the industry. Scarlett Li, Vice President of CMC Capital Partners and Founder of Zebra Media, one of China’s most innovative entertainment and live event platforms, holds her own keynote, drawing upon her years of experience as one of China’s leaders in Live Entertainment addressing key issues that affect everyone in the dance music community.

Panellists include prominent professionals from across the entire electronic music industry discussing a wide range of issues that affect the dance music community at large and notably in Asia. Robb Spitzer will join ISMAYA Group Co-Founder and Djakarta Warehouse mastermind Christian Rijanto amongst a panel of highly-regarded colleagues to discuss the rising underground scene in Asia while Iqbal Ameer, founder and CEO of The Livescape Group joins Wonderfruit founder Pranitan Phornprapha and Slick! India, India’s leading House & Techno brand, founder Prateek Pandey to explore emerging markets and new opportunities in Asia-Pacific countries including India, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Tackling environmental challenges, Pranitan Phornprapha leads his own keynote presentation on the challenges and strategies of creating a greener music festival for the benefit of attendees and the environment, touching upon his own experience as one of Asia’s most respected promoters. We’ll also get down to brass tacks and hard figures as the official 2017 NetEase China Music Report and the Nielson Asia-Pacific Dance Music Study, commissioned by A2Live, are unveiled at the summit.

Delegates will have the opportunity to get unique career guidance and insight from up and coming artists within the Asia Pacific music markets, including newcomer Unity. A2LiVE Managing Director Eric Rethler-Barros will spearhead the discussion on effectively collaborating on creative projects across East and West, US to China, in a panel consisting of international artists Howie B, WHAI, and Mickey Zhang, director of E-MIDI Electronic Music Festival.

IMS Co-Founder Ben Turner states It is an educational process programming IMS Asia-Pacific never mind attending it! It really is incredible to see the interest and attention this region is getting and we hope the fourth edition of IMS Asia-Pacific is as fascinating as all previous ones. This year we are really pushing the agenda on the eco-system and how underground music gets heard and evolves in such a mainstream climate; how international brands are coming to the region and integrate respectfully, plus some leaders of investment talking about the big picture. As one of the panels state, ‘the Opportunity is NOW’!”

In 2015, IMS revealed that electronic music event attendance in China had risen 30% since 2011. The region is filled with a growing population of young eager fans, hopeful talent and hungry professionals aiming to help cultivate the scene in the region and in China, the world’s biggest potential market for electronic music. 2017’s IMS Asia-Pacific will bridge the gap between East and West and provide unique first hand insight into the artists, businesses and events that are making Asia Pacific one of the most exciting and rapidly growing markets in the world.


Complete list of Speakers

Keynote Speakers:

Axwell^Ingrosso (Artists, Sweden)

Interviewed by Rob Schwartz (Billboard Magazine, Asia Bureau Chief, USA/Japan)

Bart Cools (Warner Music Group, Executive Vice President/Global A&R Marketing Dance Music, UK/NL)

Laidback Luke (Artist, Netherlands)

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

Scarlett Li (CMC Holdings/Zebra Media, Vice President/Founder, China)


Additional Speakers

Alan Hsia (theLOOP Inc., Co-Founder, Taiwan)

ALOK (Artist, Brazil)

Andre Jaeger Soares (Ecozoic Resources Inc, Founder Director, USA)

Andrew Goldstone (Deckstar Management, Manager and GM, (NYC), USA)

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

Ben Turner (Graphite/IMS, CEO/Partner, UK)

Christian Rijanto (ISMAYA Group, Co-Founder, Indonesia)

Christopher Coe (Treecreds, Director, Australia)

Cody Chapman (Paradigm Talent Agency, Booking Agent, USA)

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

David Plattner (RainTrust, Chief Visionary Officer, Bangkok)

Duong Anh Minh (Lost in Music – LIM Entertainment JSC, Founder & Managing Partner, Vietnam)

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

Eric Reithler-Barros (A2LiVE/DianYinTai, MD/CCO, China)

Eric Zho (A2LiVE, CEO & Founder, China)

Georges Kool (Mixmash Records, Managing Director, Netherlands)

Helena Kosinski (Nielsen Company, Vice President of Nielsen Music – Global, UK)

Howie B (Artist, UK)

Iqbal Ameer (The Livescape Group, CEO, Malaysia)

Jason Swamy (NetEase Cloud Music, Business Director/Partner, China)

Jeremie Habib (Gigwell, Co-Founder & CEO, USA)

Jessie Wang (NetEase Cloud Music, International Business Director, China)

Jody Taylor (Write Rhythm, CEO & Founder, Indonesia)

KAKU (Artist, Asia)

Krosses (Artist, India/UK)

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

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

Mark Netto (IMS, Co-Founder, Ibiza)

Matthew Hoag (elrow, Global Brand Manager, Spain)

Matt Rodriguez (Paradigm Talent Agency, Agent, USA)

Michel Kuklinksi (David Lewis Productions, Agent, Netherlands)

Mickey Zhang (O2 Culture, Artist/Chief Director of E-MIDI Electronic Music Festival 2017, China)

Mija (Artist, USA)

Nobby Uno (Avex Entertainment, Producer/Manager, Japan)

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

Prateek Pandey (Slick! India, Director, India)

Rave Radio (Artist, Australia)

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

Robb Harker (Supermodified Agency, CEO, Hong Kong)

Robb Spitzer (AEG Presents, Senior Vice President, Asia)

Ryan Wilson (Sony Music, Director of Electronic Music, Asia-Pacific)

Spencer Tarring (Pyro Music, CEO, China)

Steve Pillemer (Your Shot, Founder, Australia)

Takako Fujiyama (Pioneer DJ, Sales Manager, Japan)

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

Tom Bray (YETI OUT, Co-Founder, China)

Unity (Artist, China)

Vlada Didenko (IMS Asia-Pacific/A2LiVE, Partner/Director, China)

WHAI (O2 Culture, Artist, China)