By Marlina Azmi (Pulse Radio)

Asia’s got talent – and these days that talent is successfully branching out across countries and continents, showcasing the individual abilities of its artists to rock the crowd right. As part of our focus on the growth of the Asian electronic scene in the lead up to this year’s IMS Asia Pacific, we wanted to throw a spotlight on some of the talented individuals leading the charge. Coming from various locations within the Asian region, we’ve listed out some of the most exceptional artists that have been making an impact in the scene both at home and abroad. If you don’t know these names already, it’s time you paid attention…

Nakadia

It is hard to believe that Thailand’s most prominent underground female DJ, Nakadia, grew up in an environment that didn’t have running water; she has come a long way since then. Not yet in pursuit of a music career, Nakadia first made her way to the west of Europe in 2002, but after experiencing her first taste of techno in a nightclub in Frankfurt, she soon abandoned all other missions to focus intently on learning the craft of dance music. “It was German producer Marusha’s party. It made such an impression on me to see a famous female DJ. The very next day, I went to the record shop and bought two vinyl,” she said in an interview with Thump. Her musical mission clear, Nakadia soon gained success behind the booth on the island of Koh Samui. This was the foundation of a healthy international career which has seen Nakadia spin her tech mastery in over 80 countries, including gigs at iconic underground havens like Berlin’s Watergate, London’s The Egg and D Edge in Sao Paulo. While she did release tracks in 2005 and 2008, it wasn’t until 2012 when she took to the studio to produce more consistently, one of the most recent highlights of her studio efforts her 2015 EP, ‘The Dark Side of Tomorrow’. Fresh from a career defining set alongside Richie Hawtin and Sven Väth at Amsterdam’s Loveland festival, Nakadia is one of the strongest underground forces on the Asian scene and beyond.

Xhin

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Xhin is one of the priveleged few DJs from Asia who has had the privilege to play in Europe’s most celebrated clubbing venues: Berghain and Tresor in Berlin. He is undoubtedly one of the most respectable underground artists that has emerged from Singapore’s scene. He’s been creating cutting edge production since 1997 and released his first EP, ‘Xycle’, in 2003, shortly followed by his debut album, ‘Supersonicstate’ in 2004. He got his big break in 2006 when independent record label, Meerestief, discovered his talent. Xhin’s remix for Dublin’s Five Green Circle’s track entitled ‘Ronan’s BBQ’ created a storm over in Europe. He eventually found a new home – Berlin’s Stroboscopic Artefacts – to showcase his dark, and experimental persona. An artist full of surprises, Xhin released an eponymous, full-length prog-metal album in 2015, a departure from the genre he’s most famous for. His recent release is an EP that contains beautiful remixes of ‘Silent Dawn Departure’ taken off his 2015 album. The piano driven track has been bestowed with perfect remixes from legendary Singaporean musician Case Woo and Berlin ambient producer, Køldd.

Hito

Japanese DJ and producer, Hito, quickly became an integral part of Richie Hawtin’s ENTER Experience and resident at his iconic nights at Space Ibiza since 2012, after connecting with the techno legend. While the series has left the white isle, Hito is still actively part of the brand touring it from city, to city all over the globe. Hito’s love for minimal and emotional music presented in vinyl records developed when she moved to Berlin in 1999. Her forward thinking vinyl sets and energetic presence (while dressed in stunning kimono outfits) are what drives the crowd in droves. Her sense of individual style in music has turned her into one of the most successful Japanese exports in the international techno scene.

Hayze

Hayze remains to be one of Malaysia’s most celebrated house music heroes. His early achievements in the noughties came from the success of ‘Changes’, a track he did with Kings of Tomorrow that topped the UK dance charts. His classic Ibiza anthem, ‘Freak’ with Sandy Rivera managed to hit the sixth spot in the Dutch charts. ‘Around’ released with Noir made its round all over the internet and successfully sealed his status as an established artist in the international music scene. The remix by Solomun has more than 30 million YouTube views, and it seems like there is just no stopping this legit legend. ‘Brighter Days’ released on Noir Music earlier this year was met with nods of approval from both fans and his electronic music friends and colleagues.

Gaby Endo

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Born in Brazil, half Brazilian, and half Japanese, Gaby Endo has been calling Hong Kong home since she moved there 13 years ago to pursue a modelling career. Today, armed with a tech and deep house running through her veins, Endo has been taking Hong Kong by storm with her DJing career and carefully curated events, also appearing as a guest speaker at last year’s IMS China. She is co-founder of the monthly Love & Beats held at famous Volar in the city’s Lang Kwai Fong district, and one of the heads behind Rewind, a Sunday daytime party series. Endo continuously plays an important role in growing the local electronic scene with her innovative ideas and endless passion for electronic music.

Arjun Vagale

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You cannot talk about India’s techno scene without mentioning Arjun Vagale’s name. He has close to two decades of experience that kicked off in Bangalore and resulted in his becoming India’s most celebrated techno exports, representing his country and craft as a speaker at IMS Asia Pacific in 2014. He has graced the decks of prolific venues like Womb in Tokyo and has released tunes on some of the world’s biggest techno labels, including SCI+TEC, Bedrock, Tronic, Suara and Octopus Recordings.The release of ‘Kill the String’ on ALiVE Recordings in 2010 propelled his production solo career followed by stellar releases on Fergie’s Excentric Muzik. Vagale’s production work has received strong support from the likes Dubfire, Carl Cox, Karotte and Kaserdisco, his track ‘Kempai’ was even licensed to Digweed’s Live in Argentina compilation. Vagale owns global record label, MakTub Music, together with Uruguayan producer Nicolas Silvano promoting fresh talent from across the world, and also co-owns UnMute Agency, which manages underground talent in India. Despite being currently based in New York, one of his missions is to further develop the I Love Music (ILM) Academy, an electronic music school in Gurgaon founded by his brother Nakul in 2009.

Discover more of Asia’s finest dance exports at IMS Asia Pacific this September.

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Eelko Van Kooten (Spinnin’ Records, Co-Founder & CEO, Netherlands), Andrew Goldstone (Deckstar Management, Manager & GM (NYC), USA), Scarlett Li (CMC Capital Partners, Co-President, China), Ryan Wilson (Sony Music, Head of Dance Music, Asia-Pacific)

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International Music Summit (IMS), in partnership with Budweiser STORM Festival, today announce the first round of inspiring speakers for the 2017 installment of their flagship event in Asia, IMS Asia Pacific, taking place Sept 21-22 in Shanghai, China at Hyatt on the Bund. The two-day summit will unite global artists, thought-leaders and industry figureheads from East and West in an exploration of the issues and opportunities in the fastest growing market on the planet.

We’ll hear firsthand from some of the world’s biggest stars and reps, including Swedish music icons Axwell ^ Ingrosso plus keynote speakers including Andrew Goldstone, one of the most respected managers in electronic music, who oversaw Tiesto’s career at Red Light Management between 2013 and 2016, and in 2017 launched the New York branch of Deckstar Management, whose clients include Porter Robinson, Steve Aoki, Blau, and Don Diablo.  Joining him at IMS Asia-Pacific will be legendary label boss and one of Rolling Stone’s “Top 50 Most Influential People in EDM”, Eelko Van Kooten, Co-Founder & CEO of Spinnin’ Records, the label that helped launch the careers of superstar Martin Garrix, EDM pioneer Avicii, platinum record-selling DJ Hardwell and countless other household-name acts.

Additionally, IMS Asia-Pacific will feature talks from Sony Music’s Head of Dance Music, Asia-Pacific Ryan Wilson, Executive Vice President Global A&R and Marketing for Dance Music at Warner Music Group Bart Cools, who oversees the marketing for some of the biggest dance acts today including David Guetta, Galantis, Robin Schulz and Disciples among others.

IMS Asia-Pacific will also feature voices from some of the industry’s most prominent leaders in live entertainment including Paradigm Talent Agency’s Cody Chapman, who counts DJ Snake, Shiba San, Tchami, and Zeds Dead among his diverse client roster, Wonderfruit promoter and NetEase Cloud Music Partner Jason Swamy, who brought Ultra Music Festival to Hong Kong, Scarlett Li, Co-President of CMC Capital Partners and Founder of Zebra Media, one of China’s most innovative entertainment and live event platforms, and ISMAYA GROUP founder and Djakarta​ Warehouse Project mastermind Christian Rijanto.

These visionaries will discuss some of the most pressing issues that affect electronic music both globally and locally in Asia-Pacific, exploring topics including the preservation of dance music culture, diversity, locality and corporatism, emerging markets within the region, promoting sustainability and Green issues, assessing fair market value within the genre and looking at the big picture of the industry in Asia.

In addition to interrogating these crucial topics, attendees will also get the first look at the NetEase Music Report: Asia-Pacific, hear the winners of the Pyro Top 100 China DJ & Club winners and have the opportunity to participate in Point Blank Music School Masterclasses in electronic music production and DJing skills.

“The Asia-Pacific region offers some of the biggest opportunities to the electronic music industry, yet is largely unknown for most who live and work outside of it” says IMS co-founder Pete Tong. “ We believe IMS Asia-Pacific is key to opening the doors to this growing market and we are delighted to host some of the most influential decision makers in the region as our first speakers, alongside their global counterparts.  Our goal for IMS Asia-Pacific is to bring industry leaders from East and West together to build a dialogue, create connections, develop understanding and grow opportunities in a territory that hosts more than 60% of the world’s population.”

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 electronic music 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 firsthand insight into the artists, businesses and events that are making Asia Pacific one of the most exciting and rapidly growing electronic music markets in the world.

Budweiser STORM Festival, produced by A2LiVE, has become China’s premier electronic music event since its launch in 2013. In addition to its flagship Shanghai event STORM now hosts 9 regional events around China and in 2017 will be the first Chinese electronic music event to host an event outside China, with shows in Australia. STORM’s attendance in 2017 is expected to surpass​ ​280,000​ and they have hosted some of the world’s biggest DJs including Kaskade, Galantis, Skrillex and more. Earlier this year A2LiVE Festival announced the launch of STORM Records! a Chinese focused electronic music label with European powerhouse label, Spinnin’ Records.

 

IMS ASIA-PACIFIC FIRST TEN SPEAKERS

Andrew Goldstone (Deckstar Management, Artist Manager & GM (NYC), USA)

Axwell ^ Ingrosso (Artists, Sweden)

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

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

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

Eelko Van Kooten (Spinnin’ Records, Co-Founder & CEO, Netherlands)

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

Ryan Wilson (Sony Music, Head of Dance Music, Asia-Pacific)

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

EXPLORE MORE TOPICS AND SPEAKERS HERE.

Including: Warner Music, Billboard China, Pioneer DJ, Paradigm Talent Agency, Spinnin’ Records, Association for Electronic Music, Avex and more

Shanghai, China, Sept 21-22

International Music Summit (IMS), in partnership with Budweiser STORM Festival, today revealed their initial programming details and company representative speakers for the fourth IMS Asia-Pacific, taking place Sept 21 – 22 in Shanghai, China at the Hyatt on the Bund. IMS AP will gather global artists, thought-leaders and industry figureheads to explore the growing influence of electronic music and the issues, challenges and opportunities that face the industry globally and, notably, in Asia. The 2017 IMS Asia-Pacific is sub-titled ‘The Digital Storm’ and will focus on the ever-evolving digital landscape of the music industry.

The first speakers come from 20 companies that drive the Asian-Pacific electronic music market today, including China’s live dance music leader A2LiVE, Association for Electronic Music (AFEM), global talent agency Paradigm, Point Blank Music School, major label reps from Sony and Warner Music, industry-standard hardware manufacturer Pioneer DJ, distinguished music publication Billboard, and Spinnin’ Records, the label that gave rise to superstar Martin Garrix.

These visionaries will discuss hot-button issues that affect the community at large and Asia-Pacific, tackling topics like the preservation of dance music culture, diversity, locality and corporatism, emerging markets within the region, nurturing the underground in a very commercial region, creating a greener music festival, assessing fair market value in the dance music space, and looking at the big picture of the dance music industry in Asia. Attendees will also get the first look at the NetEase Music Report: Asia Pacific, attend Point Blank Music School Masterclasses, and hear the winners of the Pyro Top 100 China DJ & Club Winners.

“The potential of streaming and the Digital Storm in Asia is phenomenal, and the electronic music industry needs to be ready to embrace the opportunity,” says IMS co-founder Ben Turner. “However, right now, it’s a mainstream music market and IMS hopes to help redress the balance by helping the region support a full eco-system like we enjoy in other parts of the world. These are also testing times in the live market and best practices at events in Asia remain a huge concern. As always, there is plenty to debate at IMS Asia-Pacific.”

Last year IMS Asia-Pacific hosted two of the world’s biggest artists Skrillex and Alesso, as well as Pete Tong, representatives from CAA, AM Only and WME, Universal Music and Sony Music, for a wide-ranging series of discussions about the Asian market. Boiler Room also returned to the city of Shanghai with a special debut from Skrillex, which was one of the most viewed and highest streamed Boiler Rooms ever.

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 electronic music 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 firsthand insight into the artists, businesses and events that are making Asia-Pacific one of the most exciting and rapidly growing electronic music markets in the world.

Budweiser STORM Festival, produced by A2LiVE, has become China’s premier electronic music event since its launch in 2013. In addition to its flagship Shanghai event STORM now hosts 9 regional events around China and in 2017 will be the first Chinese electronic music event to host an event outside China, with shows in Australia. STORM’s attendance in 2017 is expected to surpass 200,000 and they have hosted some of the world’s biggest DJs including Kaskade, Galantis, Skrillex and more. Earlier this year A2LiVE Festival announced the launch of STORM Records! a Chinese focused electronic music label with European powerhouse label, Spinnin’ Records.

 

FIRST TOPICS ANNOUNCED

THE DIGITAL STORM – IMS ASIA-PACIFIC THEME 2017

PROTECTING OUR CULTURE: DIVERSITY, LOCALITY, CORPORATISM

EMERGING MARKETS WITHIN ASIA-PACIFIC

PYRO TOP 100 CHINA DJ & CLUB WINNERS REVEALED

NURTURING THE UNDERGROUND IN ASIA-PACIFIC

WESTERN PRODUCER, EASTERN ARTIST – COLLABORATIVE CASE STUDIES

POINT BLANK MUSIC SCHOOL MASTERCLASSES

NETEASE MUSIC REPORT: ASIA-PACIFIC

HOW TO CREATE A GREENER FESTIVAL

LABELS IN ASIA-PACIFIC

MAKE ASIA GREEN AGAIN

ARTISTS IN ASIA-PACIFIC

ASSESSING FAIR MARKET VALUE

BIG THINKERS: BIG PICTURE

KEYNOTE INTERVIEWS WITH STORM HEADLINERS

 

FIRST LIST OF COMPANY SPEAKERS

A2LIVE, CHINA

AFEM: ASSOCIATION FOR ELECTRONIC MUSIC, UK

AVEX ENTERTAINMENT, JAPAN

BILLBOARD, ASIA

CMC CAPITAL PARTNERS, CHINA

LIVESCAPE GROUP, MALAYSIA

NETEASE, CHINA

PARADIGM TALENT AGENCY, NORTH AMERICA

PIONEER DJ, ASIA

POINT BLANK MUSIC SCHOOL, UK

PULSE GLOBAL, AUSTRALIA

PYRO, CHINA

RAINTRUST, PHILIPPINES

SLICK!, INDIA

SONY MUSIC, ASIA

SPINNIN’ RECORDS, NETHERLANDS

THELOOP INC., TAIWAN

WARNER MUSIC, ASIA

WME, ASIA

WONDERFRUIT, THAILAND

With the second IMS College – Malta now completed, IMS looks back at the important take aways from the two-day, three-night educational initiative with guidance from some of the industry’s top leaders.

Here’s what we learned from the second annual IMS College in Malta!

  1. In the early stages of your career as an electronic artist, originality is key to attracting the attention of A&R’s and industry heads.

    “Please, write your own page, write your own story, don’t try to be like Richie Hawtin, we already have a Richie Hawtin” – Renaat Vandepapeliere (R&S Records, Founder, Belgium).

  2. That it’s not necessarily essential to be classically trained to make music. Such training can be a threat as the approach maybe too defined.

    “It’s not about mathematics, it’s about feelings” – UNER (Artist, Spain).

  3. When approaching labels with demos, tailor each email to match their style and musical output. Casting the net wide and approaching numerous different labels with the same email can have a negative effect.

    “Find a few words and explain why you feel the music fits the label” – Ralf Kollmann (Mobilee, Co-Founder, Germany).

  4. It’s important for electronic artists to widen the scope and to explore different industries with their music.

    “The cinema industry is really looking for electronic musicians” – Agoria (Artist, France).

  5. Mixing your productions in Mono will give you a more polished sound.

    “As an exercise in mixing, if your mixes sound good in Mono, then they will sound awesome in Stereo” – JC Concato (Point Blank, Creative Director, UK)

  6. That turntables and a mixer should be considered an instrument.

    “It’s very simple, it’s just my instrument, two turntables and a mixer. I’ve worked for 37 years now as a DJ and I’ve never seen a reason to change my style” – Sven Väth (Artist, Germany).

  7. An insight into the Maltese electronic music market. Although the scene has grown positively, local artists believe that there is a limit to their own development on the island.

    “I believe there’s only so much you can do in a 30-kilometer island. We have a good scene in Malta but eventually you will have to go international” – Joven Tenishia (Artist, Malta)

  8. CR2 Records are launching a new educational initiative called #Learn4Free. Two production tutorial series that focus on underground and main room studio techniques designed to guide up and coming producers. 10% of proceeds will be donated to Teen Cancer USA.

  9. The significance and importance of utilizing DJ Charts on Beatport to gain exposure as an artist.

    “DJ Charts is second biggest drivers of sale and discovery. No matter how small you are of an artist, it’s a way of building on records that you are putting out” – Jack Bridges (Beatport, Director of Artists, Labels, Sounds, Berlin).

  10. As an artist, it is fundamentally important to work with a publisher to ensure that all of your royalty payments are collected.

    “Publishers do all the legwork so you can focus on making music. They pitch you, they invest in you, they advise you. Performing rights license all the organizations like Radio 1 and Creamfields. The publishers drive them to make sure the money is paid to the right people” – Mark Lawrence (AFEM, CEO, UK).

THE SECOND EDITION OF IMS COLLEGE – MALTA INFORMED AND INSPIRED THE YOUNG ELECTRONIC MUSIC INDUSTRY OVER A WEEKEND OF DAYTIME LESSONS AND NIGHTTIME PARTIES

 Including talks from Sven Väth, Beatport, Toolroom Academy, Cr2 and Point Blank Music School production masterclasses with Agoria and more.



‘I wish that back in that time, we had a conference like this (IMS) and I had the opportunity to learn more in detail how things run’.
Ralf Kollmann (Mobilee, Co-Founder, Germany).

 

IMS College Malta returned to The Westin Hotel, Drangonara for the second edition of this now annual event, proving to be an invaluable experience for the delegates who attended from many countries across Europe. All had the opportunity to network freely, engage directly with key speakers on a one to one Q & A basis, and attend revealing workshops from Point Blank Music School and The Berklee College of Music.

Designed as a crash course in the music business with a learn by day and party by night ethos, IMS College – Malta gave a 360-degree view of the dance industry. At night delegates, experienced sets by the summits exclusive international DJs, seeing them in full action and experiencing exactly what they were all about.

IMS College – Malta Day 1

Proceedings were officially opened by the IMS Founders who greeted the full auditorium of DJs, producers and emerging industry professionals. They collectively reinforced the core aims of IMS College- Malta – to inspire and motivate as well as provide a solid educational foundation.

Great advice came from the very first keynote, Renaat Vandepapeliere (R&S Records, Founder, Belgium) advised that when thinking of what to produce, contemporary song writers should ‘rip up the rule book have more of a punk attitude’ and advised ‘write your own page, write your own story, don’t try to be like Richie Hawtin, we already have a Richie Hawtin’.

Next to take the stage was UNER (Artist, Spain) reassuring those starting out that if you are not able to play any instruments do not let that put you off… ‘you don’t need to be classically trained… Classical training is a bit dangerous as there are 1000’s other ways to play music… it’s not about mathematics, it’s about feelings’.

French DJ and producer Agoria (Artist, France) gave an informed and enthralling masterclass on composing music for Film and TV, pointing to a great additional revenue stream for producers and encouraging them to look further afield saying ‘The cinema industry is really looking for electronic musicians’.

The ultimate end to day one came with a very rare, up close and personal, one to one interview with Sven Väth (Artist, Germany), interviewed by Mark Netto (IMS, Founder). ‘Papa’ Sven openly discussed his inspirations and his background, from his nightclub owner parents, his mother encouraging him to pursue a career as a DJ and his early life as a pop star producer.

Finishing off the night was Agoria and Sven who both performed an unmissable and technically perfect DJ set at UNO Village. With Sven Väth djing entirely on vinyl.

“I discovered these amazing open air clubs and DJ’s playing eclectic music. I was just blown away, I just loved staying there. It was quite inspiring to me.” – Sven Väth (Artist, Germany)

 

IMS College – Malta Day 2

Commencing day two was a collection of Malta’s foremost DJs, coming together from different musical styles and genres. Ziggy (Artist, Malta) advised ‘I took a DJ’ing course which led me to where I am today’. Carl Bee (Artist Malta) added further encouraging advice ‘I started DJing at the age of 14/15 years, my father was a DJ as well, my cousin was also a DJ, at the age of 17 I had my first residency’.

Continuing with encouraging stories of success for budding talent was Mia Amare (Artist, Russia) who explained how she was inspired by attending IMS and following the advice of the speakers, she also expressed the initial challenges of establishing herself as a DJ.

“I remember it was a very important moment when a speaker at IMS Malta was talking about how you need to be successful and she said, ‘be yourself’’’ adding ‘I have been DJing for 2 years, but if I had seen more female DJs out there I would have done it a lot earlier”.

Stuart Knight (Toolroom Academy, Director, UK) advised on how to get noticed by carefully tailoring your communication ‘We’re looking for that extra 5% on top of that blanket email’ adding “Do your research, know what the label is about. If you put your time in we will notice, we get 400 – 500 demos a week’.

Mark Brown (CR2 Records, CEO, UK) and Laurence Holcombe (CR2 Records, UK) announced their brand new educational initiative #Learn4Free. Consisting of two production tutorial series that focus on both underground and main room production techniques.

Jack Bridges (Beatport Director of Artists, Labels, Sounds, Berlin) shared an insider knowledge about the leading download platform and the best practice to engage them in support. He stated, ‘It’s easier than ever to get a distribution deal and get a record out there but it’s really difficult to cut through the noise… for us it’s about having a great package, it’s about the artwork, the DJ support’ adding “…don’t send long reports of quotes saying, downloaded on behalf of xxx, that will switch us off instantly. What works well is a mobile phone video clips of big artists playing your tracks’.

Mark Lawrence (AFEM: Association For Electronic Music, CEO, UK) went on to explain the importance of engaging a publisher early on in your career, advising that ‘electronic music producers should recognise that they are also songwriters’ this means that they can benefit from collection agencies like PPL, PRS and MCPS.

To round off the talks for the weekend Technasia (Artist, France) give a frank and personal insight into his long career, saying ‘The Key is hard work’, going on to say, “My advice to the next generation… work your ass off! There’s a lot of competition, everyone wants to be a DJ, everyone is a DJ, to get success in it is a lot of hard work, a lot!’ He also made the exclusive announcements that he is returning to performing LIVE again.

For those thinking that they need to attend next year’s event, the final thought comes from DJ Mia Amare saying ‘There is nothing like IMS College. I truly think that IMS College helps the next generation’.

 

 

 

If there was any one lesson we learned from IMS’s first visit to China last year, it’s that China doesn’t operate quite like the rest of the world.

So we’ve gathered all the experience from bringing the very first electronic music conference to China and compiled a list of pro-tips to know before joining us at IMS Asia-Pacific from September 21st to 22nd!

APPLY FOR YOUR VISA EARLY

If you’re traveling from a Western country, it’s best to start planning ahead for your trip to China. Apply as early as possible for your Chinese visa to avoid any complications and delays in the process later on.

General Steps:

  • You must apply for a visa beforehand – China won’t issue you a landing visa.
  • Choose a Visa Type:
    • L: Foreigners who intend to go to China as a tourist.
    • G: Foreigners who intend to transit through China.
  • Passport: Have an original signed passport with at least six months of remaining validity and blank visa pages, and a copy of the passport’s data page and the photo page if it’s separate.
  • Fill in the Visa Application Form: http://www.china-embassy.org/chn/lszj/bgxz/P020130830121570742708.pdf
    • Use a recently-taken color passport photo for the application. (Bare-head, full face) against a light colored background.
  • Proof of legal stay or residency: Provide original and photocopies of valid certificates (residence permit, employment, student status) that indicate by authorities where you are currently staying/living.
  • If you have a previous Chinese visa, present a photocopied page of it either from your current passport OR old passport.
  • If you picked the G VISA: Have an onward air (train/ship) ticket with confirmed date and seat to a destination country or region. This CANNOT be a round-trip, meaning the location MUST be a 3rd destination on this trip.
  • IF you picked the L VISA, HAVE THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS:
    • Itinerary including air ticket booking record (roundtrip)
    • Proof of a hotel reservation, OR an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity.
    • If you require an invitation letter, please contact IMS: cassandra@internationalmusicsummit.com
    • Submit your application to a Visa office of a Chinese embassy/Consulate General based on your state of residence.
  • Pay the fee and pick up your visa.

 

Traveling from the US:

  • Read through this “How to Apply” (http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/visas/hrsq/) document.
  • Find the closest Chinese Embassy or Consulate General to you (a quick Google search should let you know where to go) and bring your completed form, passport photo, passport and extra documents. (Usually appointments are not needed, but double check with your local Chinese Embassy.)
  • Allow at least 4 business days for the visa to be processed and ready to be picked up. Rush services (2-3 days or overnight) are available for an extra fee.
  • All visas (single entry, multiple entry) cost $140. 2-3 days express costs an extra $20 and rush (overnight) is an extra $30.

Traveling from Europe (EU):

  • Depending on which country you are traveling from, you will either be asked to visit your local Chinese Embassy, visit a Chinese Visa Application Center or apply by mail. We recommend finding the official Chinese Embassy website for your home country and following the visa instructions from there.
  • Allow for at least 4 days for the visa to be processed (may vary depending on country).
  • Costs of the visa will also vary depending on your country.

Traveling from Australia:

  • Read through this “How to Apply” document: http://au.china-embassy.org/eng/ls/vfc/t1038750.htm
  • You may apply by visa through mail or at a Chinese Visa Application Center in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or Brisbane.
  • Fill out a Visa Application Form (http://au.china-embassy.org/eng/ls/bg/P020160114417040761211.pdf), bring a passport photo and support documents (proof of flight, hotel stay, invitation letter, IMS Asia-Pacific tickets)
  • Allow at least 4 business days for the visa to be processed and ready to be picked up. It may take longer if you apply by mail. Rush services (2-3 days or overnight) are available for an extra fee.
  • A single entry visa to China will cost 109.5 AUD (regular fee). Find other fees and options here: http://www.visaforchina.org/CBR_EN/upload/Attach/mrbj/281944.pdf

DOWNLOAD A VPN

Once you’ve got your visa sorted and are readying to head to China, you may want to look into acquiring a VPN for your stay. Because of China’s stringent regulations on Internet access, some frequent websites you use may not be accessible within the country. The full list of websites that are restricted can be found here (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Websites_blocked_in_mainland_China) but popular ones include Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more.

A VPN (virtual private network) is an application that you can download onto your laptop and smartphone that allows you to bypass the country’s regulations and access these websites like normal. Most VPN platforms require you to pay a fee (one time or subscription). Check out this comprehensive artivles on pree VPN’s

https://www.cloudwards.net/free-vpn-service

 

International artists Sven Väth, Agoria, UNER and Technasia join industry leaders and production experts from AFEM, Beatport, Mobilee, Toolroom Academy, R&S Records and more

IMS COLLEGE: A crash course in electronic music. Learn by day, party by night.

July 7-9
Summer Camp badge prices €70 for 2 days and 3-night time parties


Following the successful 10-year anniversary of International Music Summit (IMS) in Ibiza, IMS now bring their thought-leadership platform to Malta. IMS College – Malta, a uniquely curated educational initiative aimed at emerging electronic music professionals and future industry visionaries, has now revealed its final schedule for 2017, bringing together a powerful collection of leading electronic music experts and artists to educate the next generation with their experience and knowledge.

By day attendees will experience two full days of interactive workshops, inspiring keynotes and learning sessions covering four key pillars of music education: Performance, Production, Promotion and Publishing. Partnering with leading music education institutes Point Blank Music School, Berklee College of Music and Toolroom Academy, the two-days of learning are designed to help nurture and boost the careers of emerging electronic music industry professionals. By night attendees will experience specially curated parties and events showcasing the best international electronic music talent.

Day one of the summer camp on Friday 7th July, hosted by Point Blank Music School, opens with an inspiring keynote on originality from R&S Records founder Renaat Vandepapeliere. Ralf Kollmann, co-founder of Mobilee Records, will share his knowledge on publishing, artist management, licensing agreements and the secrets of how to pitch to labels to get your records heard. Point Blank Music School will present four insightful sessions; a creativity and songwriting class with Spanish artist UNER led by Carly Hordern, a track deconstruction masterclass in Ableton Live, a masterclass on ‘Essential Production Tips: Mixing Your Tracks for the Club’ and finally a focus on composing for Film and TV with Agoria. The day will close with an extraordinary keynote by German techno pioneer and Cocoon founder Sven Väth, followed by a speed networking session, giving attendees the chance to connect with and get noticed by leading industry professionals.

Saturday 8th July presents day two of IMS College – Malta, opening with a discussion from leading Maltese electronic music artists on the local scene, followed by upcoming female Russian DJ Mia Amare revealing how IMS College has helped shape her career. Director of Toolroom Records Stuart Knight will enlighten attendees on the secrets of getting noticed and signed in the industry, with further label insights coming from Mark Brown, CEO of CR2 Records, who will also be exclusively revealing a new educational initiative from the label. Nacho Marco of Berklee College of Music, will be leading a production workshop where he will analyse one of his own tracks to show a real example of producing a dance music EP.

US dance music retailer Beatport, represented by Jack Bridges, Director of Artists, Labels, Sounds, will explain how the platform can help independent artists promote their music, in addition, Mark Lawrence, CEO of AFEM: Association for Electronic Music will outline the importance of Publishing. Closing day two is an intimate keynote with Technasia, one of the key artists driving forward thoughtful electronic music, who will give insights into his working career.

Each day of IMS College – Malta is paired with official evening parties with world class DJ talent with some of the genres biggest names and genre defining DJs, including Sven Väth, Agoria, Todd Terry and Richy Ahmed.

Friday 7th July – Hosted by Point Blank Music School

12.00-12.05        Introduction by IMS Partners

12.05-12.25        Production: Keynote Interview – Renaat Vandepapeliere (R&S Records, Founder, Belgium)

12.30-13.00        Production: Creativity & Songwriting Class – UNER (Artist, Spain)

13.05-13.50        Production: Track Deconstruction – Ski Oakenfull (Point Blank, Content Development, UK)

13.55-14.25        Publishing: Keynote Interview – Ralf Kollmann (Mobilee, Co-Founder, Germany)

NETWORKING LUNCH

15.05-15.50        Production: Composing for Film & TV Masterclass – Agoria (Artist, France)

15.55-16.40        Production: Mixing Your Tracks For The Club – JC Concato (Point Blank, Creative Director, UK)

16.45-17.30        Performance: Keynote Interview – Sven Väth

17.35-18.30        Promotion: Networking Session – Your Chance To Get Noticed

Saturday 8th July

12.05-12.45            Production: Local DJ’s Share Their Knowledge On The Malta Scene

12.50-13.05            Performance: Discussion – Mia Amare (Artist, Russia)

13.10-13.55            Promotion: Keynote Interview – Stuart Knight (Toolroom Academy, Director, UK)

14.00-15.00            Production: Track Dissection Masterclass – Nacho Marco (Berklee College of Music, Professor, Spain)

NETWORKING LUNCH

15.40-16.25            Production: CR2 Records Discussion – Mark Brown (CR2 Records, CEO, UK) & Laurence Holcombe (CR2 Records, UK)

16.30-17.00            Promotion: Keynote Interview – Jack Bridges (Beatport, Director of Artists, Labels, Sounds, Berlin)

17.05-17.50            Publishing: Keynote Interview – Mark Lawrence (AFEM, CEO, UK)

17.55-18.40            Performance: Keynote Interview – Technasia (Artist, France)

18.40-19.30            Promotion: Networking Session – Your Chance To Get Noticed

SMIRNOFF SOUND COLLECTIVE TO ANNOUNCE A DIVERSITY PROGRAM TO PUSH FOR GENDER PARITY IN ELECTRONIC MUSIC BY 2020

International Music Summit (IMS), the three-day educational and inspirational thought leadership platform and leading authority on electronic music, celebrated its 10th anniversary this year and once again brought forward some of the key issues facing the electronic music industry in 2017. Chief amongst these are the gender imbalances in studios, on festival and party line-ups (only 17% of festival headliners are female and only 5% of producers) and so Smirnoff is proud to have joined forces to commit to double the number of female headliners which was announced on International Women’s Day.

As such together with the organisation shesaid.so, Smirnoff Sound Collective hosted a Diversity Debate on May 25th “Balancing the Ratio – How the Industry needs to address Gender Disparity in Electronic Music,” with Miss Kittin (Artist, France), Leila Fataar (Diageo, Head of Culture & Entertainment Europe), Andreea Magdalina (shesaid.so), Ralf Kollmann (Mobilee, Co-Founder, Germany), Terry Weerasinghe (Beatport, GM/SVP Music Marketing and Analytics, Germany) and Mark Lawrence (AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, CEO, UK). The panel was followed by a “Diversity Roundtable” brunch at the Smirnoff Sound Collective IMS Beach Lounge. Over Smirnoff Bloody Marys, leading industry players across all electronic music business areas went deep into the issue to foster ideas and come up with solid steps of action that can work towards addressing the gender balance in dance music.

“At and with International Music Summit we were keen to get to the bottom of this deep-rooted disparity issue and develop a long term and ongoing plan to help balance the ratio,” said Leila Fataar, Head of Culture & Entertainment at Diageo. “By connecting our Smirnoff Sound Collective platform with the IMS we have brought together some of the most forward-thinking people in the industry with a clear objective: finding solutions to gender disparity in Electronic Music. From on-going conversations with key people from the industry, it is clear that there is not a one fix-all solution. Instead a variety important steps need to be taken – from grassroots to executive level, from single people to corporate companies, it will take the industry as a whole to sort this. We, as Smirnoff are open to and will support breaking ideas and initiatives from DJs, companies, media, labels, individual players, managers, bookers and many other people involved in the scene to shape a plan together. We’re open.”

To that end, Smirnoff commits to fund breaking ideas for gender diversity to tackle this issue from multiple sides. In July Smirnoff will announce the committee of the fund which will include representatives from IMS, AFEM and shesaid.so and how to apply, so keep your eyes peeled for more information.

Says Ben Turner, IMS co-founder: “We have put Diversity at the heart of IMS and we are thrilled to work with Smirnoff on a strategy and action plan to support their ambitious pledge. The electronic music industry has been side-lining female talent for far too long but with Smirnoff’s long term commitment, our think tank capabilities as well as our global industry network, we could enable a genuine, long-lasting change”.

#2xwomenheadliners #SmirnoffSoundCollective

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Marking the ten-year anniversary of the summit, IMS Ibiza curated a series of back-to-back performances to create a truly unique and unforgettable show, held at the spectacular 2,500 year-old fort Dalt Vila, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Track ID: Agoria – Up All Night (Eagles & Butterflies Remix)

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“If you aren’t thinking about China already, you probably won’t be in the electronic music business for much longer.” stated Lee Anderson, VP of the East Coast Division of AM Only at IMS Engage last year.

It’s only appropriate that the final summit of 2017 is the  return of IMS Asia-Pacific, which takes place in Shanghai, China over the course of two days on September 21st and 22nd.

WATCH THE IMS ASIA-PACIFIC RECAP FROM 2016

Though for much of the world it’s no walk in the park to travel to Shanghai, the benefits of attending IMS Asia-Pacific in China are guaranteed to outweigh any doubts about the travel schlepp. Here’s why…

Expand your business to the East

In 2015, IMS saw the very first IMS China take place in Shanghai and ended the year with IMS Asia-Pacific in Singapore. As exciting and necessary as it was to spread IMS across the expansive market of Asia, it also became evident that the effort could be strengthened by offering one consolidated new IMS in Asia.

Hence, IMS Asia-Pacific has been reintroduced in 2016 as an extended two-day excursion in Shanghai, a city that has proven itself as a bubbling hub of not only electronic music, but also worldwide culture as a whole.

Now in it’s second year in Shanghai, IMS Asia-Pacific (September 21st – 22nd) brings together the global industry for two full days in the Eastern China metropolis, providing countless opportunities for face-to-face connections with professionals and artists that otherwise might not have a chance to meet.

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Explore Shanghai and beyond

It’s no coincidence that Shanghai has been known as the “gateway to China” long before IMS arrived in the city. Thanks to the city’s proximity to the water, Shanghai has always been a trade and economic centre for the country and is a pretty intoxicating blend of the historic colonial Bund and the skyscraping towers of the modern day.

Beyond the usual tourist haunts of food and site-seeing, Shanghai has an extravagant atmosphere as one of the largest and richest cities in China – which means shopping and experiences often compared to the likes of New York City or Paris. OF course, IMS wouldn’t be posting itself there, unless Shanghai had a very promising nightlife culture with mega clubs and bars like Bar Rouge or minimal, for-the-music-only venues like The Shelter.

Shanghai is also a convenient jump-off point for travel throughout the rest of China or Asia, so IMS might be just the springboard of your trip.

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Learn about the massive opportunities

As we learned at IMS Asia-Pacific, China is one of the fastest growing markets in the world! It is not only fascinating market due to its massive potential, but also because of its unique digital landscape. The government has effectively banned global networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, forcing the country to create their own versions and innovate new social networks.

At IMS China in 2015, we learned about the world of WeChat, the wildly popular all-in-one chat, networking and photo sharing app and dozens of other apps that have captured the massive audience of China which Westerners must learn and tap into in order to access the market.

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Connect with the global industry

Over the last two years, over 500 delegates from over 20 countries made their way to IMS Asia-Pacific (IMS China in 2015), and this year’s edition of IMS Asia-Pacific in Shanghai will only provide even more opportunities for professionals of the East and Western worlds to connect.

The goal this year is to build strong bridges between East and West and help connect the distant cultures through education and face-to-face conversation with local leaders that know the industry within Asia best. There are unlikely to be other opportunities to do this so comprehensively as IMS Asia-Pacific.

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Party in style with STORM

To cap off two full days of panels, keynotes and networking sessions at IMS Asia-Pacific, delegates and speakers alike will head to A2Live’s Budweiser STORM Festival which takes place after the summit concludes.

STORM is one of China’s premier electronic music festivals and is just one example of how massive the potential is of the young, music-loving audience in the region. Last year’s festival saw the likes of Tiesto, Skrillex, Paul Oakenfold and many more take the stage.

Watch the official after movie from 2015 below, get your IMS tickets here and start planning that trip to Shanghai!

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Seth Troxler and Horizn Studios are proud to announce the launch of the world’s smartest DJ Trolley – the first piece of luggage in their new Professional Line. Designed to be high functioning for the digital DJ, the Pro Model ST keeps all your gear safe and organized with its modular gear cubes, securely attached to the trolley’s interior with a Velcro attachment panel, and in the detachable headphone case. As with all Horizn luggage, you’ll always stay connected, with its signature smart features like the inbuilt/removable battery and optional GPS. The trolley also comes with a easy access front pocket with space for a 15” laptop. For those with a soft spot for vinyl, the Pro Model ST also comes with a modular vinyl case that holds up to 25 records and also doubles up as a stand.

As an exclusive offer for all IMS Attendees, receive 20% off when you pre-order the Pro Model ST by 30 June 2017.

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IMS 10 CELEBRATED A DECADE OF CONNECTING OUR CULTURE

DIVERSITY

HEALTH & WELLNESS

SUSTAINABILITY

#IMS10

From the dialogue of the SUMMIT room to the WALLS of Dalt Vila, IMS 10 LIVEd up to its reputation as the go-to BUSINESS FORUM for electronic music


 

Confirming its position at the vanguard of presenting educational, inspirational and motivational discussions within the electronic music industry, the tenth edition of International Music Summit (IMS) Ibiza provided another hugely insightful and successful event with a key focus on not only connecting electronic music culture but also protecting and progressing it.

Across four days 1,200 members of the global electronic music community from 48 different countries assembled at Ibiza’s Hard Rock Hotel for a series of lively and engaging debates covering the most pressing issues facing the industry today, resulting in three very strong themes:

DIVERSITY; HEALTH & WELLNESS and SUSTAINABILITY.

The gender debate was prevalent throughout the summit, as IMS partnered with both SheSaid.So, a network created to empower women in the industry and Smirnoff Sound Collective’s Diversity in Music initiative. A topic strongly deliberated by almost every delegate present, IMS co-founder Ben Turner has vowed the conference will host a gender diversity debate every year until it is “no longer an issue that needs discussing”.

Many present also remarked that now is the time for less talk and more action; The Black Madonna firmly proclaiming in her own separate keynote:

 “Stop debating it, it’s not a debatable fact, it’s like climate change, it’s like evolution. Even debating this topic… we are so far past that.”

Leading international artists including Dixon, Jesse Rose and Agoria all remarked on the importance of remaining focused on self well-being and shared personal truths of how they all find their own individual balance.

Moving on from health issues to that of hedonism, senior music industry execs from both sides of the Atlantic expressed their frustrations with how the authorities deal with the question of drugs. LWE promoter Alice Favre said she hoped that London would follow other cities’ leads in allowing drug testing at venues. “I’d really like to be at the forefront of pushing that forward.” Eddie Dean, CEO of RPM Presents, lamented that the US conversation had progressed nowhere near as far. “If the world ‘drug’ comes up in a meeting, everybody just ducks. It’s crazy.”

The closure of the iconic Space and the opening of its replacement Hï Ibiza featured heavily on the Annual Ibiza Debate. Whilst heralding a new era for the island the topic sparked significant dialogue on sustainability and the effect the ambition of the island and the rise of VIP culture is having on the working class of Ibiza, with Seth Troxler passionately noting “everyone has their own taste and everyone should have a place that they can go to.”

Issues of welfare did not stop there as Art Department’s Jonny White, Wade Cawood (CEO Pulse Global) and Jack Baucher (CEO Tears for Tigers) came together to introduce MAAC and discuss how they will help protect endangered wildlife through the music industry. They revealed staggering statistics – during IMS Ibiza alone over 300 Elephants will have been culled globally.

The Association For Electronic Music’s CEO Mark Lawrence invited industry professionals including Austin Kramer of Spotify and Sulinna Ong of Deezer to discuss digital consumption of music in all its forms as the dominant and accepted consumption method. This is a conversation that not only reaffirmed streaming as the most galvanizing way to break new music in 2017 but also to cultivate a sustainably strong listenership.

Highly anticipated and iconic keynotes came throughout the conference from artists such as New Order’s Bernard Sumner, The Black Madonna, Masters at Work, The Martinez Brothers and Dixon.

Bernard Sumner’s conversation with Pete Tong made for a remarkable interview and arguably one of the most memorable highlights. Referencing the recent tragic events in his native Manchester, Bernard remarked “It’s just gut-wrenching, heart-breaking. It just seems completely barbaric and pointless, and breaks my heart.” He went on to passionately recount his experiences of Ibiza in the late 1980s, attending early super clubs and recording his seminal 1989 album Technique on the island.

The Martinez Brothers in conversation with Pete Tong shared their youthful recollections of life in New York City and gave a key piece of advice for the next generation on how to achieve sustainable success.

“Persistence…The Power of Persistence” 

Closing the tenth edition of IMS, the audience was treated to a personal interview with Innervisons very own Dixon. This rare public interview with BBC Radio1’s B.Traits went deep into the inner visions of this innovative artist.

The summit finished seamlessly; moving everyone’s attention from the dialogue of the conference room to the walls of UNESCO World Heritage Site Dalt Vila with a stellar b2b line up befitting such a milestone year, creating an incredible atmosphere and marking the start of what could become one of the most important Ibiza seasons ever.

IMS co-founder Ben Turner states: “More than any other year, the talks seemed to really resonate far and wide. We are in the age of transparency, and I hope people felt our speakers were being open and honest about their challenges. Its been a truly inspiring decade and this was a great way to celebrate it.”