IMS Asia-Pacific Celebrates a Captivating Return to Singapore

ARMIN VAN BUUREN, KASKADE, SHARAM OF DEEP DISH AND MORE DIVE INTO INSIGHTS
ABOUT THE GREATER ASIA-PACIFIC REGION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Speed Networking

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

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

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