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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IMS Engage 2015: Quincy Jones In Conversation With Pete Tong

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

, UK)

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

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

 (Artist, UK)

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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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APRIL 21st, 2016
W HOTEL, HOLLYWOOD

IMS IBIZA

MAY 25TH – 27TH, 2016
HARD ROCK HOTEL, IBIZA

IMS CHINA

DATES TBA

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

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

Our Founding Sponsors

Pioneer DJ
W Singapore-Sentosa Cove

Our Founding Partner

ZoukOut

Our Partners

Juice Singapore
Pulse Radio
OpenLab
Martin Harman

Our Ambassadors

Livescape
Hype Malaysia
UnMute Agency
MixMag Asia
Midnight Shift
Attica
DWYL

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

Speed Networking

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

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

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

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Capital: Taipei
Population: 23.4 million

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

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

Major Music Festivals:

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

Major Nightclubs:

Elektro
OMNI
Korner
Myst
Room 18

Taiwanese Talents:

DJ Cookie
Junior
Noodles
DJ Mykal (林哲儀)

Major concerns and limitations:

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

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

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

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Capital: Bangkok
Population: 67 million

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

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

Major Music Festivals:

Wonderfruit
808 Festival
Waterzonic
Together Festival

Major Nightclubs:

Glow
Dark Bar
Live RCA

Thai Talents:

Sunju Hargun
Nakadia
Montonn Jira
King Kong

Major concerns and limitations:

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

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

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

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

TOPICS

SAVING SYDNEY

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

PROTECT THE DANCEFLOOR

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

EAST MEETS WEST

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

DEVELOPING THE ECO-SYSTEM

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

KEYNOTE INTERVIEWS

Armin Van Buuren and Kaskade under the spotlight.

IN CONVERSATION

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

NEW HORIZONS

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

 

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

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

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SPEAKER LIST

– MORE SPEAKERS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON –

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

BEATPORT LABEL DISCOUNT

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

Email imslabel@beatport.com for a discount code.

W SINGAPORE-SENTOSA COVE

LAST DAYS TO BOOK AT DISCOUNTED RATE

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

ZOUKOUT FESTIVAL
20% OFF FOR DELEGATES

ONCE REGISTERING AS AN ASIA-PACIFIC DELEGATE,
A LINK WILL BE SENT TO PURCHASE DISCOUNTED TICKETS.

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

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

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DECEMBER 11, 2015
W SINGAPORE – SENTOSA COVE

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

UPDATE!: ARMIN VAN BUUREN TO BE SPEAKING

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

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

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

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ASIA-PACIFIC SPOTLIGHT SERIES

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

AUSTRALIA:

http://bit.ly/IMSAP_Aus

INDIA:

http://bit.ly/IMSAP_India

JAPAN:

http://bit.ly/IMSAP_Japan

MALAYSIA:

http://bit.ly/IMSAP_Malaysia

SINGAPORE:

http://bit.ly/IMSAP_Singapore

SOUTH KOREA:

http://bit.ly/IMSAP_SKorea

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Capital: Canberra
Population: 23 million

Australia is known for many things: the distinguished Sydney Opera House, kangaroos and koalas, The Great Barrier Reef and of course, an outpour of outstanding electronic music talent. Dozens of revered DJs and producers have hailed from the ‘Land Down Under’ like Flume, NERVO, Knife Party, Anna Lunoe and plenty more. Though Australia is often likened to the West, the massive continent is undoubtedly part of the Asia-Pacific region and a market that cannot be ignored.

The country is home to a handful of major cities like Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth that lend themselves as hubs for music culture to thrive. Both in nightlife and in festival culture, Australia has consistently remained at the brink of showcasing the next big thing in electronic music, right alongside Europe and America. In fact, electronic music has been so widely received in Australia that over saturation of the market – a problem the Western territories also face – is a very real concern for the region.

Major Festivals:

Stereosonic (Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne)
Big Day Out (Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Perth)
Future Music Festival (Cancelled in 2015)
Defqon.1 (Sydney)
Lost Paradise (Sydney)
Subsonic (Monkerai)
Strawberry Fields (Melbourne)

Major Nightclubs:

Marquee (Sydney)
The Ivy (Sydney)
The Greenwood (Sydney)
Home (Sydney)
Family (Brisbane)
Elsewhere (Brisbane)
Sugar (Adelaide)
New Guemica (Melbourne)
Brown Alley (Melbourne)

Australian Talents:

Flume
NERVO
Knife Party
Anna Lunoe
Hermitude
Chet Faker
Thomas Jack
Peking Duk

Major challenges and limitations:

Oversaturation in the festival market
Synthetic drugs
Harsh crackdown and regulation implementation for venues

Though Australia’s electronic music scene has managed to skyrocket much like other Western regions, the country is already beginning to see issues arise for some of the most major local brands. Due to oversaturation, former dominating festival brands like Future Music Festival have had to cancel all future editions and similarly, the country’s traveling festival Stereosonic has also announced a major downscale for 2015. Though the music itself remains extremely popular, it seems as though the festival brands are not seeing the same revenue results.

Additionally, the country has seen officials of the region tighten their belts in terms of venue regulations for electronic music events. Curfews, lockouts and even limitations on alcohol consumption have seeped into the nightlife culture in Australia, pushing fans away from the thriving music culture. Surprisingly, drugs are not the priority issue, though in more recent headlines, the country has seen a spike in synthetic drugs, which have been proven to be extremely dangerous – more so than regular recreational drugs.

Despite many looming challenges, Australian clubs do continue to bring in famous global talents and successfully sell out clubs and tickets every weekend. In comparison to most other Asia-Pacific regions, Australia is a massive presence with at least five major cities representing and demonstrating a strong presence on the global scale of electronic music. Australia also continues to nurture and output leading talents in electronic music that tend to offer a unique twist on “electronic music,” making Australia a consistent and undeniably valuable asset for the international industry.

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Capital: Seoul
Population: 50 million

South Korea is a country with a rich, colorful history and made up of a population of people that don’t hesitate to celebrate the unique cultural components that come out of their country. From K-Pop to Korean soap operas, it’s safe to say that Korea is easily hooked on cultural phenomena. Much like Tokyo, Seoul is a bustling metropolitan capital that thrives off of its youth culture. Though K-Pop remains a dominant musical obsession for many, the doors have obviously been thrust wide open for the emergence of electronic music, festivals and artists themselves.

Major Music Festivals:

Ultra Music Festival Korea
Global Gathering Korea
Seoul World DJ Festival

Major Nightclubs:

Octagon
The A Club
Ellui

Korean Talents:

Tokimonsta (Korean-American)
Shut Da Mouth
Steve Wu
Massive Ditto
JennyFTS

Major challenges and limitations:

Developing a real appreciation for music aside from “top hits”

Ultra Music Festival marked South Korea as one of the first few countries to watch when it first brought the Korean edition in 2012. This was a relatively early expansion in terms of the global electronic music boom, placing South Korea as one of the pioneers within the Eastern world for the industry. Since, other successful festivals like Global Gathering and Seoul World DJ Festival have continued to cultivate an interest in the music, and globally renowned headliners like The Chainsmokers, NERVO, Skrillex, David Guetta and many more have since visited the country to perform.

South Korea was one of the earliest Asian markets to open up to electronic music. In the early 2000s, there was already interest in the music and soon, major nightclubs like Octagon, The A and Ellui appeared to supplement the growing demand for ‘EDM’ talent.

Though this explosion also helped to encourage Korea’s own talent to begin experimenting with electronic music, DJs and producers in the region will face the challenge of truly bringing their own take and twist to the music without falling prey to what is considered a generic hit. Korean group Shut Da Mouth told DJ Mag that most club goers are eager to hear progressive and electro sounds and not much else. It will be important for these artists to take it upon themselves to distance nightclub culture from electronic music and find their own sound in the mix.

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Capital: New Delhi
Population: 1.2 billion

India has an enormous international presence, both in population size and cultural influence, and an equally substantial part of the Asia-Pacific region. As the seventh largest country in the world and the capital of Bollywood, India is a standout in entertainment culture in the Eastern region.

It comes as no surprise that India has quickly become a leader in embracing electronic music culture in the Asia-Pacific region. The populous country has adopted the music with lightning fast speed – already, young festivals have been widely successful and the music both commercial and underground has gained incredible traction amongst the country’s audience. In fact, electronic music’s influence is already so strong that much of Bollywood and its music has become heavily influenced by electronic sounds.

Major Music Festivals:

Sunburn
VH1 Supersonic
Enchanted Valley Carnival
NH7 Weekender

Major Nightclubs:

Kitty Su (Mumbai, New Delhi and Chandigarh)
BlueFrog (Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore)
IKandy (New Delhi)
Humming Tree (Bangalore)

Major Artists:

Arjun Vagale
BLOT
Kohra
Nucleya

Major concerns and limitations:

Major concerns and limitations:
Each state in India has its own laws
Venues face strict restrictions
Balancing low ticket prices and high production costs

Electronic music culture is already robust and thriving in the country of India. Thanks to such a high demand and interest, brands have already begun the process of formalizing the young industry by supporting major music festivals like Sunburn, VH1 Supersonic as well as incoming international brands like Sensation, Awakenings and interest from Tomorrowland.

In addition to growing festival brands, a major component of a country’s ability to grow and nurture electronic music are its own local output. Local talents coming out of India have already begun to travel internationally to showcase their talents. The country continues to progress by establishing labels and support systems for local talents, making the electronic music growth both an internal and external force.

Though the growth in India seems generally optimistic, the country still has several limitations it must be aware of in order to properly maintain the explosive progression it is currently experiencing. Specifically, the government is still getting familiarized with the culture, and because each state in India has its own laws, often putting on large-scale events or successfully building a nightclub brand has been difficult. Additionally, those who host the large festivals are finding a need to balance low ticket prices to continue making it accessible while also dealing with high production costs.

Check out this video by Bose exploring the vibrant electronic music scene in India.

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One month from today, International Music Summit returns to Singapore for the second edition of IMS Asia-Pacific. On December 11th, 2015, IMS Asia-Pacific will come home to the beautiful W Singapore – Sentosa Cove for a one-day summit that explores the progression, possibilities and challenges the Asia-Pacific electronic music industry will face.

This year, the theme of IMS Asia-Pacific is “Bridging the Gap,” a continuation of the first year’s mission to connect cultures from across the globe. Through impactful discussions about artists, music, business, technology and festival brands, local and international leaders will join together in panels, keynote interviews and speeches for the collective goal to push the electronic music industry forward.

In preparation for IMS Asia-Pacific, International Music Summit has released spotlights on countries within the Asia-Pacific region. Learn more about MalaysiaJapan and Singapore’s blossoming electronic music industries, and keep an eye out for more spotlights to come.

In addition to forthcoming spotlights, watch this space for speaker announcements coming soon.

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Normal – Ending November 20th – 130€

Late – 160€

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Capital: Singapore
Population: 5.3 million

In 2014, International Music Summit sought to expand the electronic music conversation to the quickly manifesting region of Asia. Though the continent had plenty of metropolitan cities to choose from, Singapore became an obvious choice due to its unique physical location and thriving interest in its own electronic music scene.

Singapore is uniquely placed at the southernmost tip of Asia and is in close proximity to some of the largest Asia-Pacific countries in the world like India, China, Japan, Korea and Australia. Because of its physical positioning, Singapore serves as the ultimate melting pot of cultures and the perfect bridge between the Eastern and Western worlds.

Singapore has a long history with nightlife culture. The city’s own Zouk is considered one of the world’s leading club brands and its opening dates back to 1991. Though for many years, Singapore focused heavily on nightlife apart from music, the scene has begun to change as electronic music infiltrates popular music. Additionally, this piqued interest has begun to show results for major festival brands in the region like ZoukOut, an extension of the Zouk club brand, as well as the newly introduced Road to Ultra in Singapore.

Major Music Festivals:

ZoukOut
Road to Ultra Singapore
Shipsomnia
It’s the Ship

Major Nightclubs:

Zouk
Bang Bang
Suite 26
Kyo

Singaporean Talents:

Myrne
Rave Republic

Major Issues and Limitations:

Though the government is accepting of electronic music, venues and festivals must comply with strict regulations.
Zero tolerance policy for drugs – but less of an issue in Singapore.
Establishing music credibility in nightlife culture rather than money and table service-centric culture.

Though Singapore is considerably well-rounded in electronic music – both in festival brands, outstanding nightlife and even some local talent – there are still several challenges the region will face as the industry continues to grow. Unlike other countries, Singaporean authorities are highly receptive to the developing industry and drugs and drug policy have not been a major issue in the country. Instead, the biggest limitation Singapore faces is properly cultivating an electronic music scene that values the music over the flashy, table service-centric culture that has been a prominent characteristic of Singaporean nightlife. In addition, since Singaporeans favor international talent rather than local, it faces some challenges in better developing a stronger appreciation and market for local DJs and artists.  On a positive note, the government provides a number of grants to financially support artists to launch and promote their albums which in turn helps the label as well.

Thankfully, Singapore has shown great promise to develop its own outstanding electronic music culture. Major clubs like Zouk have begun to shift their focus to the music rather than only on entertainment and underground venues like Kilo Lounge and Kyo retain a less commercial side of the music. International festival brands like Ultra have noticed the immense potential in Singapore, and ZoukOut continues to pioneer the Asian-Pacific region as a leader in the festival space.

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Capital: Tokyo
Population: 126 million

Japan is often described as a world of its own. Both eccentric and electrifying, Japanese culture is a leader in food, fashion and of course, music. Known for sushi, Harajuku and out-of-this-world fashion statements, Japan is a standout hub of the arts in Asia. The country’s bustling attitude has helped the population to embrace a rapidly expanding presence of electronic music amongst Japan’s many other cultural outlets.

Japan has always maintained a more Westernized mindset than many other nearby Asian countries. Though highly distinct from any Western culture, this mentality has allowed Japan to be a step ahead of many of its surrounding territories in terms of music. Early on, big music festivals that focused on rock and later on, electronic music, began to grow. Summer Sonic Festival began in 2000 and later created an expansion known as Sonicmania that showcased electronic music in specific. In 2014, Ultra Music Festival expanded to Japan and has continued to return each year to an enthusiastic crowd.

Major Music Festivals:

Ultra Music Festival Japan (2014 – present)
Sonicmania (2011 – present)
The Labyrinth Festival (2002 – present)

Major Nightclubs:

WOMB
ageHA

Japanese Talents:

Ken Ishii
DJ Krush

Legal concerns:

Until 2014, dancing was actually banned in unauthorized areas (fueiho)
Strict closing times and regulations for night clubs

In tandem to its progressive festival brands, Japan also is home to several internationally known nightclubs like WOMB and ageHA. Though authorities in Japan were notoriously known to maintain a strict policy over night clubs – including one rule that was only recently abolished that stated that dancing was banned in unauthorized areas – the culture seems to be relatively accepting of electronic music and the culture that surrounds it.

International DJs like Armin van Buuren and Kaskade have large fan-bases in Japan, but much of Japanese youth culture is preoccupied with J-Pop (Japanese pop music) and K-Pop (Korean pop music). These musical crazes have enormous and loyal followings, which has stalled the explosive climb of electronic music that much of the Western world has experienced.

However, plenty of the population are showing an interest in the music, so there is absolutely a promising future for Japanese electronic music. This includes local talents like Ken Ishii and DJ Krush along with Japan-based labels like Ultra Japan and EDMF. As Japan continues to nourish its own individual electronic culture, the audience for festival and nightlife culture will also expand.

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Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Population: Over 30 million

Malaysia is a multifaceted country with so much to offer. Split into two parts, the country is a cherished balance of tropical Asian jungles and wildlife and the expansive growing cityscapes of Kuala Lumpur. Like much of Asia-Pacific, Malaysia is a unique melting pot of surrounding cultures – of food, history, arts and more – creating something special all of its own.

Still a young, emerging market, Malaysia is quickly joining the ranks of other Asian-Pacific regions in terms of electronic music. The region showed immense interest in electronic music early on, allowing Future Music Festival Asia to become one of the largest electronic music festivals in the market from its inception in 2012. Tickets grew from 15,000 to 85,000 within three years until a string of drug-related deaths and hundreds of arrests caused the Malaysian government to halt the festivals and large-scale events in order to reevaluate how to approach the growing phenomenon in relation to the country’s drug policies.

Major Music Festivals:

Future Music Festival Asia (Cancelled 2015)
Heineken Thirst (Cancelled 2015)
Life in Color (Cancelled 2014)

Major Nightclubs:

Zouk Club Malaysia
Play Club

Malaysian Talents:

Goldfish & Blink
Eva T

Legal concerns:

Extensive process to gain approval from PUSPAL for event and artist approval
Strict drug policy

Still, Malaysian electronic music continues to thrive through the busy nightlife scene. Major nightclubs like Zouk and Play Club draw in global electronic music talents to the country. A majority of the audience in Malaysia are interested in commercial electronic music, or what would usually be categorized as EDM. Some subgenres like trance and house still retain a following in Malaysia, but since the EDM explosion in the West, the country has also mainly followed suit.

Though Malaysia may no longer play host to any large-scale music festivals, the interest and potential remains. Nearby festivals like Ultra Music Festival in Korea or Bali and ZoukOut in Singapore close options for the surfacing electronic music audience in Malaysia. Though none have yet to break the international barrier, the country continues to output up-and-coming talent like Goldfish & Blink and Eva T which were showcased alongside global talents during Malaysia’s previous music festival editions.

 

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In 2014, IMS sought to expand into the progressive Eastern electronic music market. Singapore became an obvious choice for IMS Asia-Pacific with its tropical weather and bustling culture that is the perfect blend of foreign and familiar. Singapore brings together the Eastern and Western worlds, and it’s time to find out exactly why this charming city is the go-to destination for electronic music mavens and curious travelers all around the world.

1. IT’S THE GATEWAY OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC IN ASIA

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Singapore has always been a progressive and connected hub in Asia-Pacific. “Singapore is the gateway to electronic music in Asia,” Ben Turner, Co-Founder of IMS explained.

Singapore’s Zouk was of the first super clubs of the region and continues to be one of the world’s biggest club brands. The city has continued to push forward in expanding and exploring the possibilities for electronic music.

2. EAT FANTASTIC FOOD IN ONE OF ASIA’S CULINARY CAPITALS

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Singapore is a gastronomy capital of Asia, and rightfully so. Thanks to its geographic location and colorful history, Singapore is a melting pot of Asian cultures and cuisine with flavors coming from across the region. A rise in gourmet venues run by top chefs has given way to a new style of eating out. From phenomenal street food to international acclaimed restaurants and molecular gastronomy, Singapore has it all – just make sure you arrive at IMS Asia-Pacific with an empty belly.

3. PARTY AT THE LARGEST BEACH FESTIVAL IN ASIA

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Inspired by the beaches and legends of Ibiza, IMS’ partner festival ZoukOut knows how to bring a festival. The line up alone boasts a little something for everyone – from leading mainstream names like Tiësto, Axwell V Ingrosso and DJ Snake to the top underground talents like Dixon, DJ Tennis and Jamie Jones, there’s a beat to dance to for any taste. On December 11th and 12th, ZoukOut takes over Siloso Beach in Sentosa to showcase an eclectic mix of talents across the electronic spectrum: techno, underground, big room and even local Singaporean talents will make this event one you can’t miss.

4. CONNECT WITH A TRULY GLOBAL NETWORK

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Whether you’re a Westerner seeking a way into the market or from the Asia-Pacific region and looking to expand, there is no better location to head to than Singapore for IMS. Asia-Pacific is the next lucrative market for electronic music and Singapore is it’s meeting point – the ideal location to bridge the gap between the East and West. IMS Asia-Pacific is where the global community unites to bring together top industry leaders, artists, promoters and brands from the region.

5. EXPLORE AND BRIDGE CULTURAL DIFFERENCES

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As global as the industry may be, each venture into a new market requires a bridge between the two distinct cultures. Last year at IMS Asia-Pacific, local leaders educated our global audience about the importance of how sensitive Asia is to the issue of drugs and drug-related deaths. Investing and learning about one can only be done effectively with feet on the ground in the region and with stories from local counterparts of Asia-Pacific. IMS offers the unique opportunity to spark valuable conversations like these with leading figures of the region.

There is so much to be learned and taken away from the region – from the market opportunity to the sights to see and foods to eat – Singapore is a music capital and a cultural exploration that can’t be missed.

 

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

Email imslabel@beatport.com for a discount code.

 

IMS had the honour of being the first electronic music summit to take place in China on October 2nd in Shanghai. Now, IMS China is ready to share a video recap of the successful event to our global community. Take a look at what important lessons and insights international and local leaders shared on our IMS stage.

Full panel videos out soon.

MEMORABLE QUOTES

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“If a 3% penetration is applied to China, that means 6.6 mil potential festival attendees.”
– ERIC ZHO (Founder, CEO, A2LiVE/ STORM Festival, China)

“Electronic music is one of the most worldwide, influential music products. The energy of EDM is without language.”
– NOEL LEE (Founder, Chairman & CEO Monster Products)

“The drivers of growth will rely on localization. And also promoters who will push and educate the crowd.”
– JASON SWAMY (HK promoter, DWYL, Wonderfruit, HK)

“We feel like we’re in EDU, educating the crowd, the government. That’s the goal: educate the government about the EDM industry as a whole.”
– ALAN HSIA (Co-founder, theLOOP, Inc, Taiwan)

There is only one week left to secure an Early Bird badge to IMS Asia-Pacific in Singapore on December 11th!

IMS will bring international speakers and delegates together in the hub of the Asian electronic music scene for a discussion that bridges East and West in a way that truly expands our global industry.

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After October 30th, regular price badges will be available until November 20th and late price badges until December 11th.

BADGES ON SALE NOW!

DECEMBER 11TH AT W SINGAPORE – SENTOSA COVE

Sights are now set on the final edition of International Music Summit of the calendar year: IMS Asia-Pacific. Now in its second year, Asia-Pacific is gearing up for a welcomed homecoming. After building momentum from its first year and the most recent IMS China, IMS is bringing the Eastern industry into worldwide spotlight. IMS Asia-Pacific serves as the perfect platform to unite, discuss and collaborate as electronic music continues about the entire region.

IMS Co-Founder Ben Turner comments: “The feedback from IMS Asia-Pacific year one was incredibly positive so we’re delighted to be returning to W Singapore – Sentosa Cove in December. After the success of the inaugural IMS China recently in Shanghai, we’re really putting a huge focus and emphasis on this region. However, IMS Asia-Pacific is about the whole AP market so a broader discussion will take place. High-level networking, inspiring content, and the chance to keep learning about this great landscape for the music we live and love.”

IMS is excited to announce that Pioneer DJ will continue the long-term partnership with IMS for the Asia-Pacific event. IMS is an essential part of how Pioneer DJ plugs in to the pulse of the industry, and is a powerful body in the IMS platform eco-system and a leading force both in the electronic music and technology industries.

President and CEO of Pioneer DJ, Yoshiaki Ide, shares: “Pioneer DJ are extremely proud to support IMS Asia-Pacific for the second year. IMS Ibiza and LA have proved to be credible catalysts for moving the industry forward. Asia is also an important market for dance music, and we’re keen to continually develop our understanding of how to drive the region forward.”

W Hotels continues to be a partner of IMS after serving as the home of the first IMS Asia-Pacific last year. Additionally, W Hotels has also supported the summits in Ibiza and Los Angeles, continually supporting the electronic music industry with creative initiatives to inspire its guests.

Arnaud Champenois, the Asia-Pacific Senior Brand Director for W Hotels, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection and Le Méridien comments: “Music is an integral part of the W lifestyle, and our partnership with IMS Asia-Pacific allows us to continue to bring what’s new and next in music to our guests at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove. This year, we are also excited to debut Hasnor Sidik (DJ Mr. Has) as our Music Director for W Hotels in Asia Pacific. Mr. Has will play a key role throughout the IMS Asia Pacific Summit by engaging in compelling dialogue with industry leaders while representing W Hotels.”

IMS is the premier platform of thought leadership in electronic music, fronted by music icon and industry leader Pete Tong. After hosting international and local leaders in discussion last year, IMS Asia-Pacific is setting the stage for an even further expansion, as well as a deeper connection to unearthing the unique and valuable aspects of this region. IMS is partnered with W Hotels worldwide, the global boutique hotel destination which has enabled the IMS brand to evolve outside of Ibiza into North America and Asia-Pacific through continued support in building platforms for debate through events.

BADGES NOW ON SALE

Badges are now on sale! Badges include access to all panels, a buffet lunch and the cocktail party. Early bird badges will be available at 110€ until October 30th, and regular badges will be available for 130€ until November 20th. Late badges will be available for 160€.

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BEATPORT LABEL DISCOUNT

IMS and Beatport have teamed up to offer a 50% Beatport Label Discount. One badge per label is valid.

Email imslabel@beatport.com for a discount code.

W SINGAPORE SENTOSA-COVE: THE IMS ASIA-PACIFIC HOME

IMS returns to its Asia-Pacific home, the beautiful W Singapore – Sentosa Cove! Through IMS, W Singapore – Sentosa Cove is offering delegates special rates of 345 SGD per night from the 9th-11th of December. For questions about extra nights and any other information, please contact whotels.singapore@whotels.com.

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SPECIAL PRICING FOR ZOUKOUT FESTIVAL FOR DELEGATES


After IMS, celebrate and welcome the weekend with ZoukOut! ZoukOut is the perfect way to wrap up the second year of IMS Asia-Pacific with artists like Tiësto, Axwell Ingrosso, Nervo, Jamie Jones, Dixon, Deep Dish, Paul Oakenfold and many more. For delegates only, the festival is offering 20% off ZoukOut tickets, maximum one ticket per delegate, all purchases will be checked against your name.

IMS China opened the doors to the market for both local and international leaders.
Where do we go from here?

International Music Summit expanded its reach into the mysterious and massive market of China for the first time this year. Landing in Shanghai on October 2nd, 250 delegates from all around the world and locally from China congregated for a one-day summit of panels and keynote interviews to learn and exchange ideas about this rapidly growing market.

17 different countries were represented at IMS China and the discussions covered important topics to properly grow the market like brand presence, the nightlife culture and the exclusive marketing and Internet strategies that must be taken in order to penetrate China’s market.

Through quotes and guiding notions from our esteemed speakers, we’ve compiled a list of 10 major takeaways from IMS China.

1. UNDERSTAND THE MARKET AND ITS POTENTIAL

With 1.6 billion people in China alone, the inaugural Business Report tailored specifically for China illuminated that even with a 3% penetration increase, the potential target market could be 6.6 million people. Event capacity and ticket sales continue to grow as well, reflecting the positive and explosive reaction people in China are beginning to show towards electronic music.

“There is huge potential to grow the market. Penetration is currently 1/90th of that in the USA. […] If the Chinese market were even a quarter of where the US is, there would be 40 new music festivals a year as big as STORM.” – Kevin Watson

2. FAMILIARIZE WITH THE DIVERSE POPULATION

“When China’s middle class grows, so does everything else. 18.2% of the population are middle class, and by 2020, this will be nearly 40%.” – Eric Zho, founder of A2Live and STORM Festival

China’s population is extremely diverse, making it all the more important to truly understand the differentiation between each demographic when considering these enormous statistics.

3. DIANYINTAI AIMS TO SOLVE THE INTERNET DIVIDE

Eric Zho of STORM Festival announced his plans to launch DIANYINTAI, China’s new hub for electronic music that will channel music from local China to the rest of the world. China lacks access to basic social media and music tools often used in the Western world like Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud and Spotify.

“DIANYINTAI’s goals will be discovery of music and chart-topping tracks, new genres, and buying tickets. It will be the one stop solution for EDM fans in China.”

4. ARTISTS MUST TAKE AN EXTRA STEP TO LOCALIZE IN CHINA

“Artists just aren’t making the effort to break through in China. You need a localized approach if you want to break through. Localize. Collaborate. Adapt.” – James Grant, Manager of Above & Beyond.

In order for artists to truly build a fan base in China, extra steps and localized efforts will have to be made both online and internally to understand the region in order to succeed.

5.  ENCOURAGE A LOVE FOR THE MUSIC

“You want to make sure that the music element is not neglected. At the end of the day, that’s what drives everything else.” Kurosh Nasseri, Attorney and Artist Manager of Paul Van Dyk

The next goal for China and its local leaders are to encourage and support a uniquely local market. Local leaders should look inwards rather than outwards.

6.  GROW FROM THE INSIDE OUT

An entire panel was dedicated to The Great Firewall of China, the government-mandated ban on the Internet networks of the country that disable access to popular and widely used social media and music tools like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SoundCloud and Spotify.

Quickly, the conversation shifted less from understanding the blockage to looking at the issue in a different perspective. Focus less on infiltration from outside in, and examine how to work from the inside first.

“The fact that you can’t access YouTube doesn’t mean that you can’t bring it to a local partner here in China. We can mimic what we’ve done on the outside.” – Greg Consiglio, CEO of Beatport

7.  CHINA’S INDUSTRY STILL NEEDS RULES

“In China, it’s still brand new. There’s no copyright protection, no legal streaming rules. That’s another Firewall. […] The Firewall is figuring out how we get something back. We must invest to figure out how to get paid.” – Eelko van Kooten, CEO of Spinnin Records

China’s industry has yet to set the same rules and standards that exist in Western counterparts. Specifically, copyright protection and properly compensating artists for their work will be an issue in the future.

8.  THE GOVERNMENT IS BEHIND THE MOVEMENT

“It’s rather practical for the government to have a festival rather than build an amusement park. The government is welcome to it. It will bring tourism for them. […] We need to influence the government and show them the other options.” – Irene Yang of MIDI Festival

Local leader Irene Yang of MIDI Festival based in Beijing stated that the government sees the benefit of providing festivals as a form of entertainment. Additionally, she shared that China is currently desperate to encourage their own culture to grow.

9.  DO NOT RELY ON BRAND MARKETING

“Problems in China come when people rely entirely on brand marketing. You must understand the motivations of the local audience.” – Andrew Bull, Director of Shine Communications in China

Because China’s electronic industry grew out of a heavily money and brand-infused nightlife culture, worldwide brands like Budweiser have invested heavily into the market. However, Andrew explains that this cannot be used as a crutch for internationals interested in entering into the region.

10.  ELECTRONIC MUSIC HAS ARRIVED IN CHINA (AND EVERYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD TOO)

A final note and takeaway from IMS China came from Noel Lee, the Founder of Monster Products, which created Monster which would eventually become Monster Beats, then Beats by Dre, which was sold to Apple for $3 billion.

“Electronic music is one of the most worldwide, influential music products. The energy of EDM is without language.”

One of the major reasons for electronic music’s explosive growth in China is due to its ability to defy language and cultural barriers. Supporting this idea, Noel applied this notion to the topic of Brands in China and also to the entire genre and industry of electronic music.

PAUL OAKENFOLD, ERIC ZHO OF A2LIVE/STORM, GREG CONSIGLIO OF BEATPORT AND MORE
SHARE INVALUABLE INSIGHT TO THE FUTURE OF CHINA’S ELECTRONIC MUSIC SCENE

Shanghai, China | October 2, 2015

 

“The opportunity has always been there. It’s just about the appetite for risk.” – Jason Swamy (HK promoter, DWYL, Wonderfruit, HK)

International Music Summit, the premier platform for thought leadership in electronic music, has concluded the inaugural edition of IMS China in Shanghai. On October 2nd, international and local artists, business leaders and visionaries congregated at the Hyatt on the Bund in Shanghai.

IMS China is a collaboration between IMS and A2Live / STORM Festival, along with event partners Budweiser, Delta and Dreamworker Communications. IMS China attracted 250 delegates from 17 different countries with over 40 international and local media outlets in attendance.

“All I hear is that it’s not going to work. But we’re all here for a reason. People believe that it will work.” – Eddie Dean (Director, Pacha Macau & Pacha NYC, USA)

“Awakening the Dragon” was a one-day summit designed to explore and discuss the immense potential of China as a new market for electronic music. Panels like “Getting It Right the First Time,” “Brands in China,” “The Great Firewall,” and “Events in China” explored vital topics for the flourishing market such as the lack of access to Internet platforms and the rapidly growing nightlife industry in relation to sponsorships in China.

IMS co-founder Ben Turner states: “This was a fascinating first insight into this region. The potential in IMS and in China is clear to us all… Today was an amazing first start. Seeing some of the world’s most established industry leaders taking notes from the leading Chinese players was a joy to watch. It’s hard to believe IMS has landed here in China. A big thank you to Eric Zho, his A2Live / STORM team and team IMS for making it a reality.”

Founder of A2Live / STORM Festival Eric Zho states: “IMS China has brought a wealth of knowledge and relationship to foster the domestic electronic music industry, I am looking forward to see the next edition in action! This is the first time a major international music conference has set foot in China, and I am hopeful that this will open the flood gate for a lot of businesses in the region.”

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Highlights of the event included a call to action for all international artists to open up social media accounts with local Chinese platforms and look to establish a connection through the local language and tools. As the founder of Noel Lee from Monster Products put it: “If you want to be in China, be in China.” Monster was the foundation of what would eventually become Monster Beats, and later Beats by Dre.

“It’s almost important to ignore how it works well in America or Europe. Our focus should be on business in 2015, not how we’ve gotten here over the past 20 years.” – Kurosh Nasseri (Co-Founder AFEM / Attorney / Manager for Paul Van Dyk, USA)

Our speakers were a highlight of IMS China. A diverse range of speakers from Maggie Huang, President of Entertainment and TMT Division of Fosun Group, Andrew Bull of Shine Communications, Irene Yang of MIDI Festival, Eelko van Kooten of Spinnin Records shared incredibly valuable insight. A combination of international experience and local knowledge made IMS China a successful opening to the massive and promising market of China.

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The final panel was a keynote interview with renowned international artist Paul Oakenfold, who shared his extensive experience as a pioneer of the Asia region. Oakenfold was the first artist to play on The Great Wall of China as well as one of the first to tour through Asia and shared his valuable insight for the promising future of this market.

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IMS China concluded with a celebratory delegates dinner and after parties headlined by Gaby Endo and Paul Oakenfold. On October 3rd and 4th, our delegates and speakers will head to IMS China’s partner event, Budweiser STORM Festival with headliners Tiësto, Skrillex, Above & Beyond and many more.

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, Singapore and for the first time, Shanghai, China this year.

“Electronic music is one of the most worldwide, influential music products. The energy of EDM is without language.” – Noel Lee (Founder, Chairman & CEO Monster Products)

IMS is dedicated to inspiring and supporting the community with innovative conversation and lasting connections that help drive the future of our industry forward.

IMS CHINA 2015 BUSINESS REPORT. VIEW OR DOWNLOAD IT HERE.


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MAY 25TH – 27TH, 2016
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KEVIN WATSON PRESENTS … AN INTRODUCTION TO THE CHINESE ELECTRONIC MUSIC INDUSTRY

International Music Summit’s renowned Business Report has become a vital tool for the industry year after year. With the inaugural edition of IMS China, the first China-centric Business Report was created in effort to help truly understand the vast and growing market in China.

The Business Report revealed interesting information that will be an important for the industry to reference moving forward:

If the Chinese market were even a quarter of where the US is today, there would be 40 new festivals a year as big as STORM.

Additionally, event capacity is reflecting the growth, jumping 30% every year.

And finally, if a 3% penetration is applied to China, that could mean as much as 6.6 million potential festival attendees.

Citing international collaboration and esteemed recognition of nightlife venues in Shanghai and exploring statistics of the massive growth in event capacity and ticket sales in the country, Kevin Watson presented telling numbers for the international and local audience in attendance at IMS China. Though notably still a young market, the numbers show serious promise for an industry that continues to climb.

View and download the report here.

WE ARE ELECTRONIC MUSIC

THIS IS THE FUTURE OF OUR INDUSTRY.

IMS is the premier thought leadership platform for electronic music, a global movement created to unite and connect the industry. Our summits invite everyone – from seasoned masters to young visionaries – to come together and inspire the future of our industry. Build lasting connections, learn from the best, and together, we will propel our scene forward.

LEARN FROM THE MASTERS

Discover new ideas and inspirations from the best.

From world-renowned DJs to the leaders behind all things music business, IMS brings together the past, present and future of our industry. Witness live discussions, invaluable lessons and join the conversation with the top-tier professionals.

CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY

It’s dynamic, it’s global and inspired by the music.

Collaborate with friends old and new and come together with like-minded people for creative connections. IMS is a unique, productive environment and a place to explore new opportunities. Together, we’ll share the dance floor, exchange ideas, be inspired and make impactful connections for the future.

ENJOY THE PARTY! 

When the sun goes down and the work is done, we head to the dance floor. Our industry revolves around celebrating the dance music phenomenon. Join us for pre-summit dinners, poolside cocktail mixers, parties in true Ibiza style and dozens of other opportunities to connect and create lasting, inspiring memories.

JOIN ONE OF OUR GLOBAL SUMMITS!

In just a matter of days, IMS heads to China for the first time for the inaugural opening of IMS CHINA. Set to take place at the Hyatt on the Bund on October 2nd, IMS China has now released its speaker and event schedule along with the full roster of both elite international and local speakers. IMS China will host riveting discussions and keynote conversations between highlighted artists, label leaders, promoters and business and branding elites from all corners of the electronic music industry.

The full list of guest speakers includes a keynote interview with Paul Oakenfold, a pioneer of the electronic sound in the Western world and one of the first DJs to ever perform in China,. Tiesto’s manager Andrew Goldstone, the artist who recently collaborated with Chinese singer Jane Zhang, will give a rare talk about this artist’s work in the region. In a coup for IMS China, the President of Entertainment at Fosun Group, Maggie Huang, will talk about how and why they are investing heavily into the entertainment and nightlife culture of China. The group recently acquired Cirque du Soleil. Also in attendance, artist manager for STORM Festival headliners Above & Beyond James Grant and many more from Beatport, Spinnin Records, AM Only and others. IMS China provides the unique platform of discussion between these international professionals and their local Chinese counterparts. Founder and CEO of A2Live and STORM Festival Eric Zho leads the charge, alongside other notable promoters in the country such as Irene Yang, Co-founder of Midi Shanghai, Jason Swamy, promoter of DWYL in Hong Kong, CEO of Monster Cable in China Noel Lee, and Brazilian Japanese Hong Kong transplant and artist, Gaby Endo.

IMS China has also released a finalized schedule of topics to be discussed. China’s enigmatic landscape provides a wealth of subjects worth discussing including the Great Firewall of China, a Promoter Panel, as well as a panel discussing the potential and possibilities of Brands in China. IMS will also present a Business Report tailored especially for the promising electronic music industry in China.

“Awakening the Dragon” is IMS China’s inaugural theme; an appropriate celebration of our host country’s colorful culture and vast realm of opportunity. The global electronic industry comes together with IMS in effort to connect and explore China’s growing music industry.

IMS co-founder Ben Turner states: “IMS is hugely excited to bring our electronic music platform to China for a special event in-conjunction with the Storm Festival. IMS has been designed to share knowledge and inspire delegates with debates and keynotes about the future of electronic music. China emerged as a huge point of interest during IMS Asia-Pacific and it became clear to us that it warranted its own discussion. And here we are with a scheduled day of fascinating insight into the region for those inside and outside of the region.”

IMS China Schedule

10.00-10.05 IMS China: Introduction

Presented by IMS Partners (Ben Turner, Eric Zho and Paul Oakenfold).

10.05-10.20 IMS Business Report: China

Presented by Kevin Watson (Video Skype).

10.20-10.35 Keynote Introduction

Eric Zho (Founder, CEO, A2LiVE/ STORM Festival, China)

10.40-11.35 AFEM: Association for Electronic Music presents…
GETTING IT RIGHT FIRST TIME

Andrew Goldstone (Artist Manager for Tiesto, Red Light Management, USA)
Eric Zho (Founder, CEO, A2LiVE/ STORM Festival, China)
James Grant (Artist Manager for Above & Beyond, Involved Management, UK)
Matt Rodriguez (VP West Coast, AM Only, Agent for Above & Beyond, USA)
Robb Harker (CEO, Supermodified Agency, Canada)
Moderator: Mark Lawrence (CEO, Association for Electronic Music, UK)
Briefing: As China opens up to be the new big market for Electronic Music,  the Association for Electronic Music talks with key players from the UK, Europe and beyond,  discussing what can mistakes can be avoided and what opportunities can be taken.

11.40-12.40 The Great Firewall of China

AJ (Vice Director of Channel Operations, Kiss FM, China)
Alan Deng (Director of Tencent video Live Music and Chief-editor of Tencent Music Channels, China)
Emily Hou (Senior Manager / Bookings, Storm, China)
Eelko van Kooten (CEO, Spinnin Records, Netherlands)
Greg Consiglio (CEO, Beatport, USA)
Moderator: Ned Kelly (Chief Editor of That’s Shanghai Magazine, China)
Briefing: How does the Chinese electronic culture communicate internally and externally. What are the challenges and opportunities? IMS looks into the great mystery surrounding the Great Firewall of China.

12.45-13.00 Keynote Speech

Maggie Huang (President of Entertainment & TMT Divison, Fosun Group, China)
Briefing: Fosun are investing heavily into the entertainment and nightlife culture of China. Fosun’s President of Entertainment will share their vision which is attracting attention worldwide.

13.00-14.00 Networking Lunch Buffet lunch option available

14.00-15.00 Events in China

Alan Hsia (Co-founder, theLOOP, Inc, Taiwan)
Eddie Dean (Director, Pacha Macau & Pacha NYC, USA)
Gaby Endo (Artist, HK/Brazil)
Irene Yang (Co-founder, Midi Shanghai and E midi, China)
Ivar Moens (Art of Dance)
Jason Swamy (HK promoter, DWYL, Wonderfruit, HK)
Moderator: Jonathan Serbin (Head of Billboard Asia, U
Briefing: IMS looks at the leading promoters in the region – what is the market, risks and obstacles, what is the potential for growth.

15.05-16.05 Brands In China

Andrew Bull (Director / Promoter, Shine Communications, China)
Clarissa Pantoja (Global Music Director, AB-Inbev, Global)
Marc Vincent (President Global Sales of K- Array / Former President Sennheiser, China)
Noel Lee (Founder, Chairman & CEO Monster Products)
Moderator: Mark Lawrence (CEO, Association for Electronic Music, UK)
Briefing: IMS looks at the leading promoters in the region – what is the market, risks and obstacles, what is the potential for growth, and how important is this market to some of the world’s leading consumer brands.

16.00-17.00 Keynote Interview – Discovering China

Paul Oakenfold (Artist, UK)
Interviewed by Valerie Lee (Content Manager, IMS, USA)

IMS CHINA

10 INTERNATIONAL SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED

We are 18 days away from the inaugural edition of IMS China in Shanghai on October 2nd. IMS is excited to announce the first 10 international speakers who will be placed in discussion with their top local counterparts. The complete list of local Chinese speakers as well as the schedule will be released later this week.

– ATTEND IMS CHINA –

 

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CHINESE VISA

For those making the journey east with us, we remind you to take the proper steps to acquire a Chinese Visa when making travel plans.

FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CHINESE VISAS:

For US attendees, please find more info here:
http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/visas/

For European attendees, please find more info here:
http://bit.ly/1Jsqimp

TOPICS

– COMPLETE SCHEDULE ANNOUNCEMENT IMMINENT –

IMS BUSINESS REPORT: CHINA SPECIAL

Before diving into conversations and keynote speeches, IMS presents the leading industry study released each year that provides vital and telling statistics of how the industry has grown and expanded in 365 days. For the first time, IMS is launching a new Chinese edition that focuses specifically on the country’s market to cater to both visitors and locals interested in truly understanding China’s electronic industry.

AFEM – ASSOCIATION FOR ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRESENTS: GETTING IT RIGHT FIRST TIME

One of the primary goals of IMS China is to provide a platform for connection between China and the greater global industry. In the “AFEM: Getting It Right” panel, we invite top industry professionals from the UK, Europe and China to discuss with China’s own to learn and exchange ideas. Recognized speakers from outstanding artist management teams and achieving labels join together from both all junctions of the world to discuss the unique opportunities that are possible.

THE GREAT FIREWALL OF CHINA

A hot topic that cannot be ignored at IMS China is the Great Firewall of China. With over 642 million people actively connected to the web in China, there is much to be learned about harnessing the enormous potential of the massive Chinese population and overcoming this enigmatic and often problematic issue. In this important panel, several knowledgable business industry professionals from Spinning Records, Beatport, Pulse Radio, and more join for a vital discussion about the ins, outs, and possible opportunities of the Great Firewall of China.

EVENTS IN CHINA: PROMOTER PANEL

Exploring a young market requires research and tips from those who know it best. Local promoters of the Asia region explain the market, risks, obstacles, and most importantly, the possible potential for those interested in soon jumping into the Chinese electronic market.

BRANDS IN CHINA

Though electronic music in China is still in its beginning stages, there is growing sponsor and partnership opportunity for leading brands in the region to reach the massive youth population. Continuing with the theme, IMS China unites both the Western and Chinese perspectives to explore and discover where the most effective collaborations can be made.

IMS CHINA: ARTIST PANEL

Last, but definitely not least is the anticipated Artist Panel of IMS China. In partnership with Budweiser STORM Festival, IMS has invited premier international electronic music talent and places them alongside major Chinese artists. The West will learn from their Chinese counterparts about their market and the West will finally open the door to the once-mysterious landscape of China. This is a panel you can’t miss.

THE INAUGURAL SUMMIT

ONE MONTH AND COUNTING…

Less than a month away, IMS China has announced the theme that celebrates the spirit of its host country. “Awakening the Dragon” is a poignant metaphor for what IMS China hopes to achieve by opening the doors to the wide landscape of China’s electronic music theme. Countless opportunities to experience and contribute to the growing electronic industry of China await – it’s not too late to become a delegate for IMS China 2015!

TOPICS ANNOUNCED

– SPEAKER ANNOUNCEMNET IMMINENT –

IMS BUSINESS REPORT: CHINA SPECIAL

Before diving into conversations and keynote speeches, IMS presents the leading industry study released each year that provides vital and telling statistics of how the industry has grown and expanded in 365 days. For the first time, IMS is launching a new Chinese edition that focuses specifically on the country’s market to cater to both visitors and locals interested in truly understanding China’s electronic industry.

AFEM – ASSOCIATION FOR ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRESENTS: GETTING IT RIGHT FIRST TIME

One of the primary goals of IMS China is to provide a platform for connection between China and the greater global industry. In the “AFEM: Getting It Right” panel, we invite top industry professionals from the UK, Europe and China to discuss with China’s own to learn and exchange ideas. Recognized speakers from outstanding artist management teams and achieving labels join together from both all junctions of the world to discuss the unique opportunities that are possible.

THE GREAT FIREWALL OF CHINA

A hot topic that cannot be ignored at IMS China is the Great Firewall of China. With over 642 million people actively connected to the web in China, there is much to be learned about harnessing the enormous potential of the massive Chinese population and overcoming this enigmatic and often problematic issue. In this important panel, several knowledgable business industry professionals from Spinning Records, Beatport, Pulse Radio, and more join for a vital discussion about the ins, outs, and possible opportunities of the Great Firewall of China.

EVENTS IN CHINA: PROMOTER PANEL

Exploring a young market requires research and tips from those who know it best. Local promoters of the Asia region explain the market, risks, obstacles, and most importantly, the possible potential for those interested in soon jumping into the Chinese electronic market.

BRANDS IN CHINA

Though electronic music in China is still in its beginning stages, there is growing sponsor and partnership opportunity for leading brands in the region to reach the massive youth population. Continuing with the theme, IMS China unites both the Western and Chinese perspectives to explore and discover where the most effective collaborations can be made.

IMS CHINA: ARTIST PANEL

Last, but definitely not least is the anticipated Artist Panel of IMS China. In partnership with Budweiser STORM Festival, IMS has invited premier international electronic music talent and places them alongside major Chinese artists. The West will learn from their Chinese counterparts about their market and the West will finally open the door to the once-mysterious landscape of China. This is a panel you can’t miss.

BEN BOWLER AND VALERIE LEE NAMED WINNERS OF OUR YOUNG INDUSTRY LEADER CONTEST

IMS Engage and IMS Ibiza 2015 saw the pioneering Visionaries competition come to life in effort to discover young industry leaders and help cultivate the next generation of the electronic dance music industry. IMS Visionaries is proud to announce our first ever winners from Ibiza and Engage, Ben Bowler and Valerie Lee.

Sharing IMS’ position as a leading industry gathering all around the world, our conference gave these two talents a platform and a once in a lifetime opportunity to share their voice.

Meet our IMS Visionaries, and help us welcome them as future leaders of our industry.


VALERIE LEE

CONTENT MANAGER, IMS / EDITOR, DANCING ASTRONAUT

@VALERIECHRIS_

Valerie delivered a submission entitled “Save The Rave: Understanding the Intersection of the EDM Phenomenon and US Policy” where she examines US drug policy in relation to electronic music culture and calls to make a change for a better tomorrow.

An editor of Dancing Astronaut and a recent graduate of the University of Southern California, Valerie is a writer with a new media mindset. After winning the competition, Valerie has joined IMS as our Content Manager.

“Months later, I still am experiencing the incredible after effects of winning IMS Visionaries and getting involved with IMS. Dance music can so often be such a closed off industry since we all have deep roots as an intimate community, so to have IMS offer such an open and inviting platform for young industry hopefuls to vocalize and share their ideas for improving and moving forward is such a unique and valuable opportunity. Thank you IMS!” – Valerie Lee


BEN BOWLER

FOUNDER, CHEW.TV

@BENBOWLER

Bowler delivered a submission on “The Return to Music as a Shared Experience”. He explores the history of music with the aim of reframing the discussion on the future of the music industry to how we should expand into new areas of live experiences and brand partnerships.

He is a the young founder of Chew.TV, a live streaming community for DJ’s that allows artists to share mixes whilst building and engaging a global fanbase – offering users the chance to learn from professionals who are using Chew to broadcast from studios, educational facilities and events across the world.

“I’m so excited to have won IMS Visionaries! Both the competition and the conference itself have given me and my company Chew a real step up. I’d love to connect with anyone in the industry looking to use live video in their strategy, of course – but on top of that I love talking the future of music with anyone in music. We can only improve our industry by discussing past, present and future with others in the field.” – Ben Bowler

 

IMS Ibiza is releasing a limited quantity of super early bird badges for those ready to start planning their trip to the premier destination for dance music connection, community, and industry talk. In effort to cultivate a diverse community and be widely accessible, badges prices will not increase this year and Super Early Bird Badges are only 280€ – the lowest price ever offered!

Only 250 badges available for 280€. 

 

IMS CHINA

BADGES AND REQUIRED TRAVEL VISA

Badges are on sale for IMS China and for those making the journey east with us, we remind you to take the proper steps to acquire a Chinese Visa when making travel plans for IMS China.

FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CHINESE VISAS:
For US attendees, please find more info here:
http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/visas/

For European attendees, please find more info here: http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/china/travel_to_eu/visa/index_en.htm

IMS looks forward to welcoming all delegates to the very first IMS China in effort to connect and explore the opportunities of this massive emerging market. Chinese industry leaders, artists and professionals will converge with their Western counterparts at this one-day summit to engage in conversations to help propel the scene forward and up.

IMS China Now on Sale

October 2, 2015 | Shanghai

IMS in partnership with A2LIVE / Budweiser STORM Festival is now inviting the global electronic music community to attend the inaugural IMS China on October 2nd and connect in exploring the opportunities of this massive emerging market. Chinese industry leaders, artists and professionals will converge with their western counterparts at this one-day summit to engage in conversations that will drive the scene forward.

IMS China Preview

BADGES

IMS CHINA DELEGATE BADGE

  • Full Access IMS China Badge
  • Price: 1080 ¥ / 156 €

IMS CHINA DELEGATE BADGE + STORM SHANGHAI

  • Full Access IMS China Badge
  • 2-Day General Admission Pass for Budweiser STORM Festival Shanghai (Oct.3 + Oct.4)
  • Price: 1580 ¥ / 228 €

IMS CHINA DELEGATE BADGE + VIP STORM SHANGHAI

  • IMS China Badge
  • 2-Day VIP Pass for Budweiser STORM Festival Shanghai (Oct.3 + Oct.4)
  • Price: 1980 ¥ / 286 €

ATTEND IMS CHINA

HYATT ON THE BUND

This contemporary 5-star hotel with sweeping panoramic views is ideally situated a block from the Huangpu River and the Bund riverfront. Hyatt on the Bund will be home to IMS 2015.

BOOK NOW.

 

IMS TALKS

IBIZA

KEYNOTE ADDRESS – GREG CONSIGLIO (PRESIDENT, SFX ENTERTAINMENT)

“Electronic music culture is expressed through live events, festivals, clubs, and parties, but it lives everyday online.” – voiced SFX Entertainment President, Greg Consiglio in the opening Keynote Address at IMS Ibiza. He delivered insight into SFX as a whole and the vision for Beatport to become the home of electronic music.

AFEM PRESENTS: CAN YOU BUY SUCCESS IN ELECTRONIC MUSIC?

The potential for quick gain can be attractive for some labels and artists with and raising pressure to buy likes / fans / followers / plays. Mark Lawrence (Association for Electronic Music), set the scene for this important topic and was joined by Clark Warner (Beatport), Eelko Van Kooten (Spinnin Records), Martin Carvell (DJ Magazine), Nick Matthews (CODA Agency), and Ralf Kollmann (Mobilee Records).

“What is the reason to betray yourself? .. and how embarrassing if you get caught.” – Ralf Kollmann (Co-Founder / Managing Director, Mobilee Records, Germany)

“A fake career is a quick career.” – Mark Lawrence (CEO, Association for Electronic Music, UK)

WATCH MORE TALKS HERE.


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KEYNOTE INTERVIEW – ALEXANDER LJUNG

SoundCloud founder and CEO Alexander Ljung took the hot seat at IMS Ibiza in a keynote interview by UK-based journalist Craig McLean. He addressed issues surrounding licensing, monetization and the future of one of the world's largest online music platforms.

"There is much more creativity than there has been before, and there is much more of a desire to accept that creativity." – Alexander Ljung (Founder & CEO, SoundCloud)

THE GREAT IMS IBIZA DEBATE – IN ASSOCIATION WITH IBIZA SPOTLIGHT

The leading lights from the white isle including Christian Anandon (Mambo Cafe), Darren Hughes (We Love at Sankeys), Ernesto Senatore (Music On), and Simon Dunmore (Defected) joined together with Grego O'Halloran (Ibiza Spotlight) to discuss a wide range of topics, from how to capture new visitors, to the politics of the island.

"San Antonio provides an entry point to Ibiza for those who can’t afford the major clubs every night." – Simon Dunmore (Founder, Defected, UK)

"I have a lot of respect for Sankeys Ibiza. They've broke the island like no other club in recent years." – Darren Hughes (Founder / Promoter, We Love at Sankeys, UK)

Annie Mac Presents (AMP) is set to take over Ibiza’s stunning Dalt Vila, A World Heritage Site, which sits proudly above the island’s old town with commanding views out to the Mediterranean Sea and along the Playa den Bossa coastline.

If the last sold out AMP show is anything to go by then we suggest purchasing your tickets early.

LINEUP:

ANNIE MAC

LION BABE

SG LEWIS

APRES

Purchase your tickets HERE

International Music Summit is proud to announce the first annual IMS China in partnership with with A2LIVE / BUDWEISER STORM Festival taking place in the vibrant city of Shanghai on October 2nd.

IMS aims to continually educate, inspire and motivate the electronic music world. Following the success of IMS Asia-Pacific in Singapore, IMS is proud to announce a one-day summit to explore the opportunities and the challenges for our genre in China. The one-day event will be held in collaboration with Budweiser Storm Festival – taking place the same weekend. IMS China – it’s time to engage.

IMS CHINA DETAILS

The one-day summit will consist of a series of panels, keynote interviews, keynote speeches, and workshops, connecting Chinese leaders from the worlds of finance, technology, music and media with European / American leaders in the same fields.

The discussions will focus on topics relevant to the region with contributions from headline talent, regional industry icons, plus international visionaries and influencers.

A series of night-time satellite parties in Shanghai will be held for delegates to enjoy.

•    City:  Shanghai, China
•    Date:  October 2, 2015
•    Hotel location, pricing, speakers, and agenda will be announced soon.

In review – Ten things we learned from IMS Ibiza 2015:

  • The global electronic music industry is flourishing and has been valued at $6.9 Billion
     
  • The South African market is going through huge growth with 50,000 people attending last year’s Ultra South Africa
     
  • Revenue from brand partnerships is probably the second most important thing behind touring for an artist
     
  • It is clear the war on drugs isn’t working and we need to move away from criminalisation and towards education and support
     
  • Billing politics are ultimately a waste of everyone’s time
     
  • Soundcloud has surpassed 100 million track uploads
     
  • The New Breed panel featured more women than men for the first time in IMS history
     
  • Media partnerships with curated content is a more authentic way to communicate with Millennials through social media
     
  • 92% of delegates are not interested in Jay Z backed streaming platform Tidal
     
  • San Antonio provides an entry point to Ibiza for those who can’t afford the major clubs every night 
     

IMS Essential Delegate Info

IMS 2015 DELEGATES / ATTENDEES INFORMATION

Thank you for purchasing your IMS 2015 delegate badge, please see the info below to help you navigate your time at IMS.

IMS APP – DOWNLOAD NOW FOR FREE POWERED MY MOBILE ROADIE
Have you got our App for iPhone and Android?
Full updates will be listed here: http://itunes.apple.com/
SEARCH: INTERNATIONAL MUSIC SUMMIT

IMS ON TWITTER
Follow us at @IMSIbiza and use #IMSibiza for updates throughout the Summit.

IMS ON INSTAGRAM
@InternationalMusicSummit

IMS HELP DESK at the HARD ROCK HOTEL IBIZA
Located outside the Hard Rock Hotel reception – Ibiza's newest five-star hotel.
(Carretera Playa D'en Bossa S/N 07817 Sant Jordi De Ses Salines Ibiza which is a short 10 minutes drive / taxi ride from Ibiza Airport.)

HELP DESK OPENING TIMES
Tuesday 19th May 2015 – 14:00-21:00
Wednesday 20th May 2015 – 09:00-21:00
Thursday 21st May 2015 – 09:00-19:00
Friday 22nd May 2015 – 09:00-17:00

IMS DELEGATES WILL RECEIVE:
Access to all daytime panels, events, workshops and presentations – Welcome pack on arrival – Free entry to showcases and official satellite venues – See Manual for full list and check carefully entry times to club events.

IMS will issue every delegate a wristband that can only be removed by cutting it off and is also RFID active during the 3 days at the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, this wristband is the only form of ID permitted to gain entrance to the summit and our satellite events. No wristband, no entrance.

FOR COLLECTION PLEASE ENSURE YOU BRING TO HELP DESK THE FOLLOWING:
Proof of Order Confirmation – Passport or Personal ID – Discount Member Card if applicable
Please Note: Delegate Badges are only issued once and are not refundable.

TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR GUESTS STAYING AT Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza Board Basis:

  • Bed & Breakfast Buffet Breakfast served from 08:00 to 11:00
  • Free Internet Access (Wi-fi)
  • Check-in time from: 15:00 h
  • Check-out time before 12:00 h
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • No pets allowed

IMS 2015 KEY INFO
IMS starts on Wednesday at 12pm prompt with opening speeches from IMS partners and Kevin Watson with the annual IMS Business Report. IMS doesn't break for lunch – we go through from late morning till close.

LUNCH
Hard Rock Hotel serves lunch in three places from midday. Food is available by the Hard Rock Beach Club, Munchies by the main pool and by the IMS Summit Suite in the Café. Lunch is not included in the delegate badge price.

INTERNET – WI-FI
Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza offers Fibre Optic internet speed. That said, with a high volume of delegates, speed and connections may vary.

IMS SUMMIT – TIME CHANGES
Times can and may vary for panels due to flight issues so please keep a close eye on the newly-installed LED screens located around the Hard Rock Hotel. Also follow-up on Twitter @IMSibiza and also download the APP to stay fully connected. Please check online for amends or our electronic LED screens around the hotel.

ONLINE AGENDA
DAY 1: www.internationalmusicsummit.com/ibiza/agenda/wednesday-20th-may-day-one-1
DAY 2: www.internationalmusicsummit.com/ibiza/agenda/thursday-21st-may-day-two-1
DAY 3: www.internationalmusicsummit.com/ibiza/agenda/friday-22nd-may-day-three-1
DAY 4: www.internationalmusicsummit.com/ibiza/agenda/saturday-23rd-may-day-four-1

IMS WEBSITE
www.internationalmusicsummit.com is our web address with a an easy to use agenda set out day by day so you can plan ahead and not miss any sessions.

IMS DALT VILA 2015 ON THURSDAY & FRIDAY
IMS Delegates Badge Holders get free and priority access to the IMS DALT VILLA 2014 event which takes place at he UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE site of Dalt Vila. The event features

THURSDAY
18.00-19.00 2VILAS
19.00-20.15 PETE TONG
20.15-21.15 LUCIANO
21.15-22.00 DAMIAN LAZARUS & THE ANCIENT MOONS – LIVE
22.00-23.00 SOLOMUN
23.00-00.00 SVEN VÄTH

FRIDAY
18.00-19.20 BECKY TONG
19.20-20.00 THALAB – LIVE
20.00-21.00 KIDNAP KID
21.00-22.00 ZHU
22.00-23.00 MK
23.00-00.00 RUDIMENTAL – LIVE


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WEDNESDAY MAY 20

12.00-12.05

INTRODUCTION BY THE IMS PARTNERS

 

12.05-12.20

IMS BUSINESS REPORT 2015

Presented by Kevin Watson for IMS

 

12.20-12.40

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: GREG CONSIGLIO (President, SFX Entertainment, USA)

 

12.40-12.50

ANNOUNCEMENT: TAKING BACK CONTROL OF YOUR CONTENT

Ben Rush (CEO, Audiolock, UK)

Bob Barbiere (CEO, Dubset, USA)

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

 

12.50-13.45

THE A-Z OF ARTWORK OF BILLING POLITICS

Arash Shirazi (Agent, The Bullitt Agency, USA)

Cris Hearn (Agent, CODA Agency, UK)

Ed Karney (Artist Manager, Grade Management, UK)

Stefan Lehmkuhl (Talent Buyer, Melt! Festival / Lollapalooza Berlin, Germany)

Steve Hogan (Agent, WME, UK)

Will Harold (Promoter, London Warehouse Events, UK)

Moderated by Ben Turner (Director, Graphite / IMS, UK)

 

13.50-14.40

AFEM PRESENTS: CAN YOU BUY SUCCESS IN ELECTRONIC MUSIC?

Clark Warner (Executive Creative Director, Beatport, USA)

Eelko Van Kooten (Founder / CEO, Spinnin Records, Netherlands)

Martin Carvell (Managing Director, DJ Magazine, UK)

Nick Matthews (Agent, CODA Agency, UK)

Ralf Kollmann (Co-Founder / Managing Director, Mobilee Records, Germany)

Moderated by Mark Lawrence (CEO, Association for Electronic Music, UK)

 

14.45-15.30

FINANCE YOUR FUTURE

Greg Consiglio (President, SFX Entertainment, USA)

Rick Stevens (CEO, Y Entertainment Group, USA)

Rishi Patel (Partner, Plus Eight Equities, USA)

Moderated by Kevin Watson (Analyst, UK)

 

15.35-16.15

KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: PATRICK MOXEY (Ultra Records, USA)

Interviewed by Pete Tong (BBC Radio 1 / IMS Partner, UK)

 

16.20-17.05

KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: CARL CRAIG (Artist, Planet E, USA)

Interviewed by Clark Warner (Executive Creative Director, Beatport, USA)

 

17.10-18.00

BACK2LIVE

Craig Anderton (Gibson Guitars, UK)

Danny Whittle (IBZ Entertainment, Ibiza)

Matthew Stuart (Manager, ThreeSixZero Group, UK)

Pino Sagliocco (President, Live Nation, Spain)

Shane Murray (Director, Ibiza Rocks, UK)

Uner (Artist, Spain)

Moderated by Mark Jones (Wall of Sound, UK)

 

OFFICIAL EVENTS / PARTIES

13.00-16.00

OPENLAB POOLSIDE SESSION

Hard Rock Ibiza Pool Tower

Robert Miles, Alex Wolfenden, Andy Baxter, Manu Gonzalez

 

15.00-18.00

IBIZA SONICA PIONEER RADIO LIVE DJ BROADCAST

Ibiza Sonica Radio broadcasting live from Hard Rock Hotel and Pioneer DJ Radio Broadcasting live from Dalt Villa

Location: Hard Rock Hotel Lobby Bar

 

18.00.20.00

ULTRA RECORDS 20TH ANNIVERSARY

Hard Rock Hotel Stage Pool, Playa d'en Bossa

Filous and Kokiri

 

19.30-00.00

IMS PRESENT: BACK2LIVE IN ASSOCIATION WITH GIBSON GUITARS

Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza Stage

A night showcasing new electronic music talent

20.00-20.30 This Is A Recording

20.30-20.45 Harley Maxwell

20.45-21.15 Power Dress

21.30-22.00 April Towers

22.15-23.00 The Wolf

23.15-00.00 Uner Live

Host DJ: Andy Baxter

 

21.30-02.00

TICKETED-ONLY EVENT
IMS LEGENDS DINNER presented by BALLANTINE'S
CELEBRATING COCOON & SVEN VATH

Hosted by Pete Tong (BBC Radio 1 / IMS Partner)

Live performance by Wolfgang Haffner

Auction by Bridges for Music

Location: Ama Lur, Santa Gertrudis

 

00.00-4.00

A NIGHT WITH BLACK COFFEE

After Dark at Ushuaia Hotel Ibiza

Black Coffee supported by Kaz James

 

00.00-LATE

QUIERO VERANO EN PACHA

Location: Pacha, Ibiza Town. Free to delegates before 2.30am

Pete Tong, Shlomi Aber, Marco Yanes, Mambo Brothers

 

00.00-LATE

SANKEYS – OPENING PARTY PART 1: TRIBAL SESSIONS

Location: Sankeys, Playa d'en Bossa. Free to delegates before 1.30am

Adam Beyer, Ida Engberg, Second City, Noir, Tube & Berge, Argy, Manu Gonzalez, Federico, Grazzini, Jp Chronic, Frank Storm

IMS 2015

THURSDAY MAY 21

11.00-12.00

IMS ASIA-PACIFIC & W HOTELS PRESENT: ASIA TODAY

Arthur Velasquez (Founder, V&V Music Management, France)

Eddie Dean (Owner / Director, Pacha New York / Macao, USA)

JC Ahn (Supermodify Agency / Global Gathering / Life In Color, South Korea)

Jeff Drake (Head of Recordings, Ministry of Sound, Australia)

Eric Zho (Founder & CEO, Storm / A2 Live, China)

Has Sidik (Music Director, W Hotels Asia-Pacific, Singapore)

Moderated by Jason Swamy (Co-Founder, Further Future / Do What You Love / Robot Heart, Hong Kong)

 

12.05-12.15

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: AFRICA – THE NEXT CHAPTER

Jenny Tan (Founder, Lagos Music Conference, Nigeria)

Leke Awoyinka (Founder, Lagos Music Conference, Nigeria)

 

12.15-13.00

MARKET FOCUS: SOUTH AFRICA

Black Coffee (Artist, Soulistic Music, South Africa)

Harael Salkow (Partner, Soul Candi Records, South Africa)

Raymond Bloom (Owner, After Hours Entertainment, South Africa)

Renzo Puccini (Partner, Seed, South Africa)

Shaun Duvet (CEO, Ultra, South Africa)

Spiro Damaskinos (Director of Electronic Music / A&R Africa, South Africa)

Valentino Barrioseta (Founder, Bridges for Music, Spain)

Moderated by Nic Burger (Chairman of Marketing, RISA / Kleek / Universal Music, South Africa)

 

13.05-14.00

THE TRUTH ABOUT BRANDS & MUSIC

Alex Wilkinson (Senior Account Director, M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment, UK)

Greg Burnell (Artist Manager, Stack House, UK)

Joey Doney (Manager of Consumer Insights, 7Up / Dr Pepper

Snapple Group Core 5 Brands, USA)

Tom Elton (Senior Global Brand Manager, Ballantines Finest, UK)

Moderated by Bobby Simms (Founder, Popshop Agency, UK)

 

14.05-14.50

MEET TEAM DAMIAN LAZARUS & THE ANCIENT MOONS

Damian Lazarus (Artist, UK)

David Levy (Partner/Agent, WME, UK)

Ed Cartwright (Ancient Moons Manager, Tusk, UK)

Fredi Bockhahn (Event Production / General Manager, Crosstown Rebels, UK)

Leon Oakey, (Label Manager, Crosstown Rebels, UK)

Moderator: Craig Mclean (Journalist, UK)

 

14.55-15.45

KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: JUDY WEINSTEIN & DAVID MORALES (DEF MIX, USA)

Interviewed by Pete Tong (BBC Radio 1 / IMS Partner, UK)

 

15.50-16.30

B-TRAITS PRESENTS STATE OF MIND

Dr. Z (Drug Discovery Scientist, Chem B.V., Netherlands)

Fiona Measham (Professor of Criminology / Director, Durham University, UK)

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

Steve Rolles (Head of Research at Transform Drug Policy Foundation, UK)

Moderator: B-Traits (Broadcaster, BBC Radio 1, UK)

 

16.35-17.15

KEYNOTE INTERVIEW – NERVO (Mim & Liv, DJ/Producers, Australia)

Interviewed by Nick Decosemo (Mixmag, UK)

 

17.20-18.00

KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: ALEXANDER LJUNG (Soundcloud, Founder / CEO, Sweden)

Interviewed by Pete Tong (BBC Radio 1 / IMS Partner, UK)

 

18.05-19.30

A SHORT FILM ABOUT CHILLING

Angus Cameron (Director, A Short Film About Chilling, UK)

Brasilio Oliveira (Promoter, La Troya, Brazil)

Charlie Chester (Promoter, Flying / Essential Ibiza, UK)

Kevin Sampson (Producer, A Short Film About Chilling, UK)

Sally Rodgers (Artist, A Man Called Adam, UK)

Moderator: Chris English (Journalist, UK)

 

OFFICIAL EVENTS / PARTIES

13.00-16.00

OPENLAB POOLSIDE SESSION

Hard Rock Ibiza Tower

Robert Miles, Alex Wolfenden, Andy Baxter, Manu Gonzalez

 

15.00-18.00

IBIZA SONICA PIONEER RADIO LIVE DJ BROADCAST

Ibiza Sonica Radio broadcasting live from Hard Rock Hotel and Pioneer DJ Radio Broadcasting live from Dalt Villa

Location: Hard Rock Hotel Lobby Bar

 

18.00-20.00

PIONEER DJ COCKTAIL PARTY in association with AFEM: ASSOCIATION FOR ELECTRONIC MUSIC – IN PARTNERSHIP WITH DUBSET

MIXMAG LAB LIVE BROADCAST

Hard Rock Ibiza Pool Tower

 

18.00-00.00

IMS DALT VILA 2015

A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

18.00-19.00 2VILAS

19.00-20.15 PETE TONG

20.15-21.15 LUCIANO

21.15-22.00 DAMIAN LAZARUS & THE ANCIENT MOON – LIVE

22.00-23.00 SOLOMUN

23.00-00.00 SVEN VATH

 

22.00-LATE

SANKEYS OPENING PARTY – PART 2

Sankeys, Playa d'en Bossa. Free to delegates before 1.30am

Steve Lawler, Amine Edge & Dance, Greg Vickers, Tough Love, Low Steppa, Jozef K, Matt Jam Lamont, Sam Holt, Andy Baxter, Mental Genius

 

00.00-04.00

JUICEBOX SHOWCASE

Location: After Dark at Ushuaia Hotel Ibiza

Icarus, Fono, Joe Hertz, Eli & Fur

 

00.00-06.00

KINGS OF HOUSE

Pacha, Ibiza Town. Free to delegates before 2am

Louie Vega, David Morales, Tony Humphries

IMS 2015

FRIDAY MAY 22

11.00-12.00

THE GREAT IMS IBIZA DEBATE in association with IBIZA SPOTLIGHT

Christian Anadon (Director of Marketing & Events Mambo Cafe, Ibiza)

Darren Hughes (Founder / Promoter, We Love at Sankeys, UK)

Ernesto Senatore (Manager / Co-owner, Music On, Italy)

Simon Dunmore (Founder, Defected, UK)

Moderated by Grego O'Halloran (Director, Ibiza Spotlight, UK)

 

12.05-12.50

NEW BREED in association with Mixmag

Becky Tong (DJ/ Co-Founder Juicebox, Music Director For W Hotels EAME, UK)

B-Traits (Broadcaster / Artist, BBC Radio 1, Canada)

Disciples (Artists, UK)

Eli & Fur (Artist, UK)

Jake Udell (Owner, Th3rdBrain Management, USA)

Kidnap Kid (Artist, UK)

Moderated by Nick Decosemo (Mixmag, UK)

 

13.00-13.45

ALTERED STATES

Jason Beukema (Founder, Whet Travel / Groove Cruise, USA)

Jason Swamy (Founder, Further Future, China)

Sebastian Solano (CEO, Life In Color, USA)

Moderated by Ben Turner (Graphite Media / IMS Partner)

 

13.50-14.40

YGN PRESENTS: MARKETING TO MILLENNIALS – TURNING FOLLOWERS INTO FANS (WHAT RELATIONSHIP DO MODERN FANS WANT?)

Daniel Bearman (Founder, Holy Toto Management / A&R Ministry of Sound, UK)

Holly Bott (Senior Planner, Syco / Sony Music, UK)

Sam Wolfson (Editor, Noisey / Vice, UK)

Moderated by James Hutchins (Assistant Music Editor, i-D Magazine, UK)

 

14.45-15.35

THE POWER OF MUSIC IN THE ERA OF MOBILE

Bob Barbiere (CEO, Dubset Media)

Kim De Ruiters (Senior Manager MSCE, Samsung Europe)

Genevieve Ampaduh (Viber Representative, Owner of The Rye Social, UK)

Matt Riley (Head of Digital Marketing at Kobalt / AWAL, UK)

Ralf Lulsdorf (Head of Music, T-Mobile, Germany)

Richard Bishop (Manager, Red Light, USA)

Moderated by Bobby Simms (Owener, Popshop Agency, UK)

 

15.40-16.00

INTERACTIVE VOTING
THE IMS VOTE: HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC

Hosted by Ben Turner and Danny Whittle (IMS Partners)

 

16.00-17.00

QUESTION TIME in association with AFEM / ASSOCIATION FOR ELECTRONIC MUSIC

TOPIC 1: THE CASE FOR "STEMS"

The file format of the future?

TOPIC 2: FESTIVALS – IS GLOBAL KILLING LOCAL?

Are international brands killing local festivals?

TOPIC 3: MISSING MONEY "IN THE MIX"

The billion dollar hole in electronic music's pocket. . .

Claire Horseman (Managing Director, CODA Agency, UK)

Dipesh Palmer (A&R Director, Ministry of Sound Group, UK)

Jerry Perkins (Owner, Mixmag, UK)

Jon Lee (Head of Marketing, Traktor, Germany)

Martin Gontad (Promoter, Creamfields, Argentina)

Nikhil Shah (Co-founder, Mixcloud, UK)

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

 

17.05-18.00

KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: TREVOR HORN

Interviewed by Craig McLean (Journalist, UK)

 

OFFICIAL EVENTS / PARTIES

13.00-16.00

OPENLAB POOLSIDE SESSION

Hard Rock Ibiza Tower

Robert Miles, Alex Wolfenden, Andy Baxter, Manu Gonzalez

 

15.00-18.00

IBIZA SONICA PIONEER RADIO LIVE DJ BROADCAST

Ibiza Sonica Radio broadcasting live from Hard Rock Hotel and Pioneer DJ Radio Broadcasting live from Dalt Villa

Location: Hard Rock Hotel Lobby Bar

 

18.00-20.00

W HOTELS WORLDWIDE CELEBRATES THE OPENING OF W AMSTERDAM – VIP PARTY

Location: No Name Beach Bar, Playa Den Bossa

 

18.00-00.00

IMS DALT VILA 2015 – PART TWO
A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

18.00-19.20 BECKY TONG

19.20-20.00 THALAB – LIVE

20.00-21.00 KIDNAP KID

21.00-22.00 ZHU

22.00-23.00 MK

23.00-00.00 RUDIMENTAL – LIVE

 

00.00-06.00

IMS OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY AT SANKEYS IBIZA

Sankeys Ibiza, Playa Den Bossa

Doorly, Disciples, Eli & Fur

 

00.00-07.00

INSANE OPENING PARTY

Pacha, Ibiza Town. Free to delegates before 2.00am

John Digweed, Dennis Ferrer, Tensnake, Alex Kennon

IMS 2015

SATURDAY MAY 23

OFFICIAL EVENTS / PARTIES

 

15.00-18.00

WUNDERGROUND LIVE STREAM

Location: TBC

 

17.00-22.00

IMS & USHUAIA IBIZA ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS: BOSSA BEATS
ANDREA OLIVA 4313 ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY

Location: Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Club

Andrea Oliva (4 hour set), Jimi Jules, Clara Da Costa

 

17.00-22.00

REVERSE ON THE BEACH

Location: Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza Beach Club

Christian Varela, Iban Mendoza, Mendo, Karretero, Uto Karem

 

00.00-06.00

PURE PACHA OPENING – PARIS BY NIGHT

Pacha, Ibiza Town. Free to delegates before 1.30am

Bob Sinclar, Masters At Work, Erik Hagleton, Maxine Hardcastle

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The seasoned Warner Music Group and Def Jam label mogul, Lyor Cohen, joined in conversation with Jake Udell, the young power player and manager behind two of EDM’s most explosive acts Krewella and ZHU. The conversation flowed from their successes, to branding deals, and the increasingly competitive streaming marketplace.

“The consumer is so smart that these deals aren’t working as well.” – Jake Udell on artist / brand collaborations

“There has to be truthfulness to an artist/brand collaboration, otherwise it’s comedy instead of music.” – Lyor Cohen

“Everybody else was using social media. When we didn’t, it caught people’s attention.” – Jake Udell on marketing ZHU

“If you are following your business plan, you are fucked.” – Lyor Cohen

Annie Mac Presents (AMP) is set to take over Ibiza’s stunning Dalt Vila, A World Heritage Site, which sits proudly above the island’s old town with commanding views out to the Mediterranean Sea and along the Playa den Bossa coastline.

Lineup TBC shortly, if the last sold out AMP show is anything to go by then we suggest purchasing your tickets early.

Purchase your tickets HERE


IMS TALKS
ENGAGE

JASON STRAUSS IN CONVERSATION WITH
DAVID GRUTMAN

Jason Strauss, partner at Vegas’ TAO Group (Tao, Marquee, LAVO) joined David Grutman of Miami’s LIV and Story Nightclubs for a fascinating conversation at IMS Engage at the W Hollywood. The lively dialogue between two of nightlife’s biggest forces provided insight into the inner-workings of American nightlife.

"I always look to see what’s coming out of the underground." – David Grutman

"We used to look to Ibiza for nightlife trends. Now North America is starting to lead the charge." – Jason Strauss

"I came back from Ibiza and said we needed EDM, confetti and naked people, and we went from 25-40M in a year." – David Grutman

"It’s a dramatic amount of commitment." – Jason Strauss on work/life integration in the nightlife industry.


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WEDNESDAY MAY 20

12.00-12.05

INTRODUCTION BY THE IMS PARTNERS

 

12.05-12.20

IMS BUSINESS REPORT 2015

Presented by Kevin Watson for IMS

 

12.20-12.40

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: GREG CONSIGLIO (President, SFX Entertainment, USA)

 

12.40-12.50

ANNOUNCEMENT: TAKING BACK CONTROL OF YOUR CONTENT

Ben Rush (CEO, Audiolock, UK)

Bob Barbiere (CEO, Dubset, USA)

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

 

12.50-13.45

THE A-Z OF ARTWORK OF BILLING POLITICS

Arash Shirazi (Agent, The Bullitt Agency, USA)

Cris Hearn (Agent, CODA Agency, UK)

Ed Karney (Artist Manager, Grade Management, UK)

Stefan Lehmkuhl (Talent Buyer, Melt! Festival / Lollapalooza Berlin, Germany)

Steve Hogan (Agent, WME, UK)

Will Harold (Promoter, London Warehouse Events, UK)

Moderated by Ben Turner (Director, Graphite / IMS, UK)

 

13.50-14.40

AFEM PRESENTS: CAN YOU BUY SUCCESS IN ELECTRONIC MUSIC?

Clark Warner (Executive Creative Director, Beatport, USA)

Eelko Van Kooten (Founder / CEO, Spinnin Records, Netherlands)

Martin Carvell (Managing Director, DJ Magazine, UK)

Nick Matthews (Agent, CODA Agency, UK)

Ralf Kollmann (Co-Founder / Managing Director, Mobilee Records, Germany)

Moderated by Mark Lawrence (CEO, Association for Electronic Music, UK)

 

14.45-15.30

FINANCE YOUR FUTURE

Greg Consiglio (President, SFX Entertainment, USA)

Rick Stevens (CEO, Y Entertainment Group, USA)

Rishi Patel (Partner, Plus Eight Equities, USA)

Moderated by Kevin Watson (Analyst, UK)

 

15.35-16.15

KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: PATRICK MOXEY (Ultra Records, USA)

Interviewed by Pete Tong (BBC Radio 1 / IMS Partner, UK)

 

16.20-17.05

KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: CARL CRAIG (Artist, Planet E, USA)

Interviewed by Clark Warner (Executive Creative Director, Beatport, USA)

 

17.10-18.00

BACK2LIVE

Craig Anderton (Gibson Guitars, UK)

Danny Whittle (IBZ Entertainment, Ibiza)

Matthew Stuart (Manager, ThreeSixZero Group, UK)

Pino Sagliocco (President, Live Nation, Spain)

Shane Murray (Director, Ibiza Rocks, UK)

Uner (Artist, Spain)

Moderated by Mark Jones (Wall of Sound, UK)

 

OFFICIAL EVENTS / PARTIES

13.00-16.00

OPENLAB POOLSIDE SESSION

Hard Rock Ibiza Pool Tower

Robert Miles, Alex Wolfenden, Andy Baxter, Manu Gonzalez

 

15.00-18.00

IBIZA SONICA PIONEER RADIO LIVE DJ BROADCAST

Ibiza Sonica Radio broadcasting live from Hard Rock Hotel and Pioneer DJ Radio Broadcasting live from Dalt Villa

Location: Hard Rock Hotel Lobby Bar

 

18.00.20.00

ULTRA RECORDS 20TH ANNIVERSARY

Hard Rock Hotel Stage Pool, Playa d'en Bossa

Filous and Kokiri

 

19.30-00.00

IMS PRESENT: BACK2LIVE IN ASSOCIATION WITH GIBSON GUITARS

Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza Stage

A night showcasing new electronic music talent

20.00-20.30 This Is A Recording

20.30-20.45 Harley Maxwell

20.45-21.15 Power Dress

21.30-22.00 April Towers

22.15-23.00 The Wolf

23.15-00.00 Uner Live

Host DJ: Andy Baxter

 

21.30-02.00

TICKETED-ONLY EVENT
IMS LEGENDS DINNER presented by BALLANTINE'S
CELEBRATING COCOON & SVEN VATH

Hosted by Pete Tong (BBC Radio 1 / IMS Partner)

Live performance by Wolfgang Haffner

Auction by Bridges for Music

Location: Ama Lur, Santa Gertrudis

 

00.00-4.00

A NIGHT WITH BLACK COFFEE

After Dark at Ushuaia Hotel Ibiza

Black Coffee supported by Kaz James

 

00.00-LATE

QUIERO VERANO EN PACHA

Location: Pacha, Ibiza Town. Free to delegates before 2.30am

Pete Tong, Shlomi Aber, Marco Yanes, Mambo Brothers

 

00.00-LATE

SANKEYS – OPENING PARTY PART 1: TRIBAL SESSIONS

Location: Sankeys, Playa d'en Bossa. Free to delegates before 1.30am

Adam Beyer, Ida Engberg, Second City, Noir, Tube & Berge, Argy, Manu Gonzalez, Federico, Grazzini, Jp Chronic, Frank Storm

IMS 2015

THURSDAY MAY 21

11.00-12.00

IMS ASIA-PACIFIC & W HOTELS PRESENT: ASIA TODAY

Arthur Velasquez (Founder, V&V Music Management, France)

Eddie Dean (Owner / Director, Pacha New York / Macao, USA)

JC Ahn (Supermodify Agency / Global Gathering / Life In Color, South Korea)

Jeff Drake (Head of Recordings, Ministry of Sound, Australia)

Eric Zho (Founder & CEO, Storm / A2 Live, China)

Has Sidik (Music Director, W Hotels Asia-Pacific, Singapore)

Moderated by Jason Swamy (Co-Founder, Further Future / Do What You Love / Robot Heart, Hong Kong)

 

12.05-12.15

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: AFRICA – THE NEXT CHAPTER

Jenny Tan (Founder, Lagos Music Conference, Nigeria)

Leke Awoyinka (Founder, Lagos Music Conference, Nigeria)

 

12.15-13.00

MARKET FOCUS: SOUTH AFRICA

Black Coffee (Artist, Soulistic Music, South Africa)

Harael Salkow (Partner, Soul Candi Records, South Africa)

Raymond Bloom (Owner, After Hours Entertainment, South Africa)

Renzo Puccini (Partner, Seed, South Africa)

Shaun Duvet (CEO, Ultra, South Africa)

Spiro Damaskinos (Director of Electronic Music / A&R Africa, South Africa)

Valentino Barrioseta (Founder, Bridges for Music, Spain)

Moderated by Nic Burger (Chairman of Marketing, RISA / Kleek / Universal Music, South Africa)

 

13.05-14.00

THE TRUTH ABOUT BRANDS & MUSIC

Alex Wilkinson (Senior Account Director, M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment, UK)

Greg Burnell (Artist Manager, Stack House, UK)

Joey Doney (Manager of Consumer Insights, 7Up / Dr Pepper

Snapple Group Core 5 Brands, USA)

Tom Elton (Senior Global Brand Manager, Ballantines Finest, UK)

Moderated by Bobby Simms (Founder, Popshop Agency, UK)

 

14.05-14.50

MEET TEAM DAMIAN LAZARUS & THE ANCIENT MOONS

Damian Lazarus (Artist, UK)

David Levy (Partner/Agent, WME, UK)

Ed Cartwright (Ancient Moons Manager, Tusk, UK)

Fredi Bockhahn (Event Production / General Manager, Crosstown Rebels, UK)

Leon Oakey, (Label Manager, Crosstown Rebels, UK)

Moderator: Craig Mclean (Journalist, UK)

 

14.55-15.45

KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: JUDY WEINSTEIN & DAVID MORALES (DEF MIX, USA)

Interviewed by Pete Tong (BBC Radio 1 / IMS Partner, UK)

 

15.50-16.30

B-TRAITS PRESENTS STATE OF MIND

Dr. Z (Drug Discovery Scientist, Chem B.V., Netherlands)

Fiona Measham (Professor of Criminology / Director, Durham University, UK)

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

Steve Rolles (Head of Research at Transform Drug Policy Foundation, UK)

Moderator: B-Traits (Broadcaster, BBC Radio 1, UK)

 

16.35-17.15

KEYNOTE INTERVIEW – NERVO (Mim & Liv, DJ/Producers, Australia)

Interviewed by Nick Decosemo (Mixmag, UK)

 

17.20-18.00

KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: ALEXANDER LJUNG (Soundcloud, Founder / CEO, Sweden)

Interviewed by Pete Tong (BBC Radio 1 / IMS Partner, UK)

 

18.05-19.30

A SHORT FILM ABOUT CHILLING

Angus Cameron (Director, A Short Film About Chilling, UK)

Brasilio Oliveira (Promoter, La Troya, Brazil)

Charlie Chester (Promoter, Flying / Essential Ibiza, UK)

Kevin Sampson (Producer, A Short Film About Chilling, UK)

Sally Rodgers (Artist, A Man Called Adam, UK)

Moderator: Chris English (Journalist, UK)

 

OFFICIAL EVENTS / PARTIES

13.00-16.00

OPENLAB POOLSIDE SESSION

Hard Rock Ibiza Tower

Robert Miles, Alex Wolfenden, Andy Baxter, Manu Gonzalez

 

15.00-18.00

IBIZA SONICA PIONEER RADIO LIVE DJ BROADCAST

Ibiza Sonica Radio broadcasting live from Hard Rock Hotel and Pioneer DJ Radio Broadcasting live from Dalt Villa

Location: Hard Rock Hotel Lobby Bar

 

18.00-20.00

PIONEER DJ COCKTAIL PARTY in association with AFEM: ASSOCIATION FOR ELECTRONIC MUSIC – IN PARTNERSHIP WITH DUBSET

MIXMAG LAB LIVE BROADCAST

Hard Rock Ibiza Pool Tower

 

18.00-00.00

IMS DALT VILA 2015

A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

18.00-19.00 2VILAS

19.00-20.15 PETE TONG

20.15-21.15 LUCIANO

21.15-22.00 DAMIAN LAZARUS & THE ANCIENT MOON – LIVE

22.00-23.00 SOLOMUN

23.00-00.00 SVEN VATH

 

22.00-LATE

SANKEYS OPENING PARTY – PART 2

Sankeys, Playa d'en Bossa. Free to delegates before 1.30am

Steve Lawler, Amine Edge & Dance, Greg Vickers, Tough Love, Low Steppa, Jozef K, Matt Jam Lamont, Sam Holt, Andy Baxter, Mental Genius

 

00.00-04.00

JUICEBOX SHOWCASE

Location: After Dark at Ushuaia Hotel Ibiza

Icarus, Fono, Joe Hertz, Eli & Fur

 

00.00-06.00

KINGS OF HOUSE

Pacha, Ibiza Town. Free to delegates before 2am

Louie Vega, David Morales, Tony Humphries

IMS 2015

FRIDAY MAY 22

11.00-12.00

THE GREAT IMS IBIZA DEBATE in association with IBIZA SPOTLIGHT

Christian Anadon (Director of Marketing & Events Mambo Cafe, Ibiza)

Darren Hughes (Founder / Promoter, We Love at Sankeys, UK)

Ernesto Senatore (Manager / Co-owner, Music On, Italy)

Simon Dunmore (Founder, Defected, UK)

Moderated by Grego O'Halloran (Director, Ibiza Spotlight, UK)

 

12.05-12.50

NEW BREED in association with Mixmag

Becky Tong (DJ/ Co-Founder Juicebox, Music Director For W Hotels EAME, UK)

B-Traits (Broadcaster / Artist, BBC Radio 1, Canada)

Disciples (Artists, UK)

Eli & Fur (Artist, UK)

Jake Udell (Owner, Th3rdBrain Management, USA)

Kidnap Kid (Artist, UK)

Moderated by Nick Decosemo (Mixmag, UK)

 

13.00-13.45

ALTERED STATES

Jason Beukema (Founder, Whet Travel / Groove Cruise, USA)

Jason Swamy (Founder, Further Future, China)

Sebastian Solano (CEO, Life In Color, USA)

Moderated by Ben Turner (Graphite Media / IMS Partner)

 

13.50-14.40

YGN PRESENTS: MARKETING TO MILLENNIALS – TURNING FOLLOWERS INTO FANS (WHAT RELATIONSHIP DO MODERN FANS WANT?)

Daniel Bearman (Founder, Holy Toto Management / A&R Ministry of Sound, UK)

Holly Bott (Senior Planner, Syco / Sony Music, UK)

Sam Wolfson (Editor, Noisey / Vice, UK)

Moderated by James Hutchins (Assistant Music Editor, i-D Magazine, UK)

 

14.45-15.35

THE POWER OF MUSIC IN THE ERA OF MOBILE

Bob Barbiere (CEO, Dubset Media)

Kim De Ruiters (Senior Manager MSCE, Samsung Europe)

Genevieve Ampaduh (Viber Representative, Owner of The Rye Social, UK)

Matt Riley (Head of Digital Marketing at Kobalt / AWAL, UK)

Ralf Lulsdorf (Head of Music, T-Mobile, Germany)

Richard Bishop (Manager, Red Light, USA)

Moderated by Bobby Simms (Owener, Popshop Agency, UK)

 

15.40-16.00

INTERACTIVE VOTING
THE IMS VOTE: HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC

Hosted by Ben Turner and Danny Whittle (IMS Partners)

 

16.00-17.00

QUESTION TIME in association with AFEM / ASSOCIATION FOR ELECTRONIC MUSIC

TOPIC 1: THE CASE FOR "STEMS"

The file format of the future?

TOPIC 2: FESTIVALS – IS GLOBAL KILLING LOCAL?

Are international brands killing local festivals?

TOPIC 3: MISSING MONEY "IN THE MIX"

The billion dollar hole in electronic music's pocket. . .

Claire Horseman (Managing Director, CODA Agency, UK)

Dipesh Palmer (A&R Director, Ministry of Sound Group, UK)

Jerry Perkins (Owner, Mixmag, UK)

Jon Lee (Head of Marketing, Traktor, Germany)

Martin Gontad (Promoter, Creamfields, Argentina)

Nikhil Shah (Co-founder, Mixcloud, UK)

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

 

17.05-18.00

KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: TREVOR HORN

Interviewed by Craig McLean (Journalist, UK)

 

OFFICIAL EVENTS / PARTIES

13.00-16.00

OPENLAB POOLSIDE SESSION

Hard Rock Ibiza Tower

Robert Miles, Alex Wolfenden, Andy Baxter, Manu Gonzalez

 

15.00-18.00

IBIZA SONICA PIONEER RADIO LIVE DJ BROADCAST

Ibiza Sonica Radio broadcasting live from Hard Rock Hotel and Pioneer DJ Radio Broadcasting live from Dalt Villa

Location: Hard Rock Hotel Lobby Bar

 

18.00-20.00

W HOTELS WORLDWIDE CELEBRATES THE OPENING OF W AMSTERDAM – VIP PARTY

Location: No Name Beach Bar, Playa Den Bossa

 

18.00-00.00

IMS DALT VILA 2015 – PART TWO
A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

18.00-19.20 BECKY TONG

19.20-20.00 THALAB – LIVE

20.00-21.00 KIDNAP KID

21.00-22.00 ZHU

22.00-23.00 MK

23.00-00.00 RUDIMENTAL – LIVE

 

00.00-06.00

IMS OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY AT SANKEYS IBIZA

Sankeys Ibiza, Playa Den Bossa

Doorly, Disciples, Eli & Fur

 

00.00-07.00

INSANE OPENING PARTY

Pacha, Ibiza Town. Free to delegates before 2.00am

John Digweed, Dennis Ferrer, Tensnake, Alex Kennon

IMS 2015

SATURDAY MAY 23

OFFICIAL EVENTS / PARTIES

 

15.00-18.00

WUNDERGROUND LIVE STREAM

Location: TBC

 

17.00-22.00

IMS & USHUAIA IBIZA ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS: BOSSA BEATS
ANDREA OLIVA 4313 ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY

Location: Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Club

Andrea Oliva (4 hour set), Jimi Jules, Clara Da Costa

 

17.00-22.00

REVERSE ON THE BEACH

Location: Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza Beach Club

Christian Varela, Iban Mendoza, Mendo, Karretero, Uto Karem

 

00.00-06.00

PURE PACHA OPENING – PARIS BY NIGHT

Pacha, Ibiza Town. Free to delegates before 1.30am

Bob Sinclar, Masters At Work, Erik Hagleton, Maxine Hardcastle


IMS TALKS
ENGAGE

 

QUINCY JONES IN CONVERSATION WITH
PETE TONG

One of the most celebrated and decorated producers, arrangers, musicians, and music visionaries of our time, Quincy Jones, joined Pete Tong in conversation at IMS Engage at the W Hollywood. The engaging dialogue captivated the room leaving us with some memorable quotes.

"A great song can make the worst singer on a planet a star. The best singer on the planet can't save a bad song." – Quincy Jones

"Know your music first. If you don't know music, you work for Pro Tools. If you know music, Pro Tools works for you." – Quincy Jones

"If you go into the studio to make music for money, God walks out of the room." – Quincy Jones

Superstar American DJ and producer Kaskade in conversation with three time Grammy-winning producer and the man behind albums of Madonna and The Killers, Stuart Price. The two participate in an unmoderated conversation at IMS Engage on April 15, 2015 at the W Hollywood, California.



BACK2LIVE

IN ASSOCIATION WITH
GIBSON BRANDS

APRIL TOWERS // HARLEY MAXWELL // POWER DRESS // THE WOLF // THIS IS A RECORDING // UNER // ANDY BAXTER

WEDNESDAY 20TH MAY 2015
HARD ROCK HOTEL, IBIZA
20:00 – 00:00

Announcing Back2Live a very special live showcase event, featuring a host of brand new talent, representing the spectrum of artists currently breaking ground on the live stage.

First up, April Towers’ electronic tinged alternative song writing has been making huge waves across the UK and beyond. The Nottingham-based duo will be playing a very special live set drenched in their own brand of forward- thinking electro-pop during their Back2Live performance. The laidback rhymes of Harley Maxwell are guaranteed to inject the funk into the Hard Rock Hotel for his own live performance. A resident of the white isle with a delivery that’s decidedly English, expect the young vocalist to project a unique mixture of vibes from his recent Summer Daze release. After writing for the likes of Lana Del Rey, Penny Foster a.k.a Power Dress has stepped out on her own – unleashing her single ‘Torture’ to the world.

The Wolf’s music is shrouded in mystery. His dark, brooding deep house rhythms are coupled with a visceral and inherently cool live show. The boys known as This Is A Recording are a London based collective of DJs and musicians brought to you by Mental Genius Music and flying in under the balearic radar, taking us on a journey towards the sun. UNER is a man that is certainly no stranger to Ibiza. As a resident at Ushuaïa’s famed ANTS events – the Cadenza, Visionquest and Get Physical producer has become a part of the island’s clubbing folklore. Don’t miss the chance to catch him performing a very special live set at Back2Live at the start of Ibiza’s party season. The line up is completed with a supporting DJ set from versatile Sankeys resident Andy Baxter.

IMS partner Danny Whittle had this to say about the showcase:

“ This year IMS want to embrace and showcase the live potential of electronic music. We all know there are super talented DJs in our scene but there are also super talented bands and artists. So for the first time ever IMS will be presenting along, with Gibson Guitars, a full live extravaganza on stage at the Hard Rock Hotel on Wednesday 20th May, following the BACK2LIVE panel on Wednesday afternoon where we will be discussing live music in general. Entry to this event will be free to everyone not just IMS delegates to come and enjoy these amazing artists”

IBIZA – NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS

IMS Visionaries Contest, a global search for the next generation on influencers, is offering the opportunity to attend and deliver a keynote speech at IMS Ibiza including airfare and accommodation. The inner will also receive business start-uo advice from Transmit Start-Ups and the opportunity to interview for internships at 3 key industry companies.

Participants must be 25 or younger and should submit video essay on “How to continue to grow and innovate the electronic music industry.” IMS encourages participants to think progressively and challenge current standards in an effort to take the industry to the next level.

Submissions for IMS Ibiza are now open.

IMS Contest IMS Contest

Outspoken techno DJ/producer Seth Troxler and Public Enemy hip-hop icon Chuck D joined together for a lively and honest conversation last week at IMS Engage in LA.

“I’m envious of the organization and the way that you guys stick together in a sort of loose union.” – Chuck D to Seth Troxler on electronic music vs. hip hop

“Underground electronic music is ART. Culture, dance, and real music. If you look at ‘EDM’ how many of those points exist?” – Seth Troxler

IMS Engage returned to Los Angeles on the 15th of April, 2015 to a packed house of industry players and heavy hitters at the W Hollywood. IMS Engage pairs speakers together for a series of un-moderated conversations designed to show the burgeoning influence of electronic music.

Pairings at IMS Engage 2015 included:
– Industry icon Lyor Cohen and TH3RD BRAIN entrepreneur Jake Udell
– Nightlife pioneers Jason Strauss of Tao Group and David Grutman of MMG Group
– Hit-making producer Stuart Price with superstar DJ, Kaskade
– Underground techno DJ Seth Troxler and hip-hop legend Chuck D
– Pete Tong and legendary musician and entertainment mogul Quincy Jones

View the full gallery here.

 

 

IMS ENGAGE MORNING SESSION:

11:00am – 11:05am: Introduction from the IMS Partners
11:05am – 11:20am: Business Report – North America
11:20am – 12:20pm: Jake Udell in conversation with Lyor Cohen
12:20pm – 1:15pm: David Grutman in conversation with Jason Strauss

1:15pm – 2:30pm: Networking Lunch at W Hotel

IMS ENGAGE AFTERNOON SESSION:
2:30pm – 3:30pm: Kaskade in conversation with Stuart Price
3:30pm – 4:30pm: Seth Troxler in conversation with Chuck D
4:30pm – 4:45pm: IMS Visionaries Contest Winner
4:45pm – 5:45pm: Sebastian Ingrosso in conversation with Quincy Jones
5:45pm – 9:00pm: After party at W Hotel Wet Deck (next to the conference room)


IMS ENGAGE
FINAL PAIRING REVEALED

 

FULL SCHEDULE OF CONVERSATIONS NOW AVAILABLE

KASKADE IN CONVERSATION WITH STUART PRICE

IMS today announced its fifth and final pairing for its IMS Engage event in Los Angeles, California on April 15th: superstar DJ and producer Kaskade and three time Grammy-winning producer and the man behind the albums of Madonna and The Killers, Stuart Price. The two will participate in an unmoderated conversation about dance music’s place in entertainment and popular culture, as part of the IMS Engage event.

Kaskade and Price join the additional IMS Engage pairings of Sebastian Ingrosso and legendary musician and entertainment mogul Quincy Jones, techno rebel Seth Troxler and hip-hop legend Chuck D, industry icon Lyor Cohen and up and coming manager and mastermind behind Zhu and Krewella, Jake Udell, and nightclub owners Jason Strauss and David Grutman.

Stuart Price is one of those rare artists who is as interesting as he is talented. His approach to the music business has always had a unique integrity and I’ve looked up to him for years. I’m very much looking forward to talking to him about his experience and his vision for the future of music.” – Kaskade

Ryan Raddon, better known to his fans as Kaskade, is one of dance music’s most beloved performers. A veteran mainstay of the scene -the critically acclaimed It’s You, It’s Me, Kaskade’s first album, was released in 2003. Kaskade has since produced 11 albums, countless hits, and headlined the world’s largest festivals time and time again. As much a catalyst for the EDM global explosion as anyone, Kaskade tracks such as ‘Eyes’, ‘Room For Happiness’, ‘4AM’, ‘I Remember’ (with deadmau5), ‘Angel On My Shoulder’, ‘Move For Me’, ‘Atmosphere’ and a dozen others have defined a generation of dance music fandom. Kaskade has won DJ Times ‘Best American DJ’ poll twice, in 2011 and 2013, and ranked #30 on DJ Mag’s annual ‘Top 100 DJs’ poll. In December 2013, Kaskade was nominated for two Grammy Awards: the song ‘Atmosphere’ for Best Dance Recording and the album Atmosphere for Best Dance/Electronica Album. Outside of official rewards and accolades, Kaskade is widely considered to be one of the most integral players and innovators in the American electronic music revival.

Stuart Price is a three time Grammy-winning British producer and musician known for his work with New Order, Madonna, The Killers, Scissor Sisters, Example, Missy Elliott, and Pet Shop Boys . He has also produced his own originals and remixes under the aliases Les Rythmes Digitales, Jacques Lu Cont, Thin White Duke, Zoot Woman and Man With Guitar. Price is best known for his work with Madonna, primarily on her Grammy-winning tenth studio album, Confessions on the Dance Floor. He has also contributed to the success of The Killers, having first remixed the band’s smash hit, ‘Mr. Brightside’. Price subsequently remixed ‘When We Were Young’ to be included as a bonus track for The Killers’ sophomore album, Sam’s Town, and after that went on to fully produce the band’s third album Day & Age. A successful artist in his own right, Price’s Essential Mix in 2012 as Jacques Lu Cont was one of the most critically acclaimed that year, as was his 2012 Coachella performance. So far in 2015 Price has produced albums and tracks for Everything Everything, Hurts, Take That and Steve Angello.

IMS Full Schedule
10:00am – 11:05am: Introduction from the IMS Partners
11:05am – 11:20am: Business Report – North America
11:20am – 12:20pm: Jake Udell in conversation with Lyor Cohen
12:20pm – 1:15pm: David Grutman in conversation with Jason Strauss
1:15pm – 2:30pm: Networking Lunch at W Hotel

IMS ENGAGE AFTERNOON SESSION:
2:30pm – 3:30pm: Kaskade in conversation with Stuart Price
3:30pm – 4:30pm: Seth Troxler in conversation with Chuck D
4:30pm – 4:45pm: IMS Visionaries Contest Winner
4:45pm – 5:45pm: Sebastian Ingrosso in conversation with Quincy Jones
5:45pm – 9:00pm: After party at W Hotel Wet Deck (next to the conference room)

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IMS ENGAGE
FOURTH PAIRING REVEALED

 

QUINCY JONES IN CONVERSATION WITH SEBASTIAN INGROSSO

Today IMS announced its 4th pairing for IMS Engage April 15 at W Hollywood Hotel: the iconic music producer and arranger Quincy Jones and superstar DJ and recording artist Sebastian Ingrosso. The IMS Engage pairing of Ingrosso and Jones will offer a unique snapshot into the world of popular music and electronic music’s intersection with it. Jones is a man who needs no introduction, for he is a producer without whom popular music would look radically different today, while Ingrosso is one of dance music’s biggest acts as a member of the former supergroup Swedish House Mafia, as well as Axwell / Ingrosso. The two will participate in an unmoderated conversation about dance music’s place in entertainment and culture, as part of the IMS Engage event.

Jones and Ingrosso join the additional IMS Engage pairings of outspoken DJ Seth Troxler and hip-hop legend Chuck D, industry icon Lyor Cohen and up and coming manager and mastermind behind Zhu and Krewella, Jake Udell, and nightclub owners Jason Strauss and David Grutman.

Sebastian Ingrosso on his pairing with Quincy Jones at IMS Engage: “I’m truly honoured to be in discussion with Quincy Jones. He is one of the biggest inspirations to my career – period. I am going to talk to him and see how he feels about music now….from production to song writing…his perspective on all of it. Legend.”

Quincy Jones is one of the most celebrated and decorated producers, arrangers, musicians, and music visionaries of our time. The man behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Off The Wall, and Bad, Jones has received 79 Grammy nominations and has won 27 of them in a career that has spanned over six decades. Jones has also won 1 Emmy award, and a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from The Academy of Motion Picture and Science, and had the honor of being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. He arranged Frank Sinatra’s iconic recording of ‘Fly Me To The Moon,’ was named one of Time Magazines most influential Jazz musicians, has been a social activist since supporting Dr Martin Luther King in the 1960s, has composed music for over 33 major motion pictures, discovered Will Smith by producing The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air. Jones’ accomplishments are unprecedented, and there is perhaps no bigger authority on entertainment and popular music from the last 100 years.

Sebastian Ingrosso is one of the pioneers and key contributors to the global takeover of electronic music in the last 10 years. With the meteoric rise of the Swedish House Mafia beginning in 2008, Sebastian, along with his group mates Axwell and Steve Angello, became the face of popular electronic music and set a new bar for electronic music. With worldwide hits and genre defining anthems such as ‘Calling (Lose My Mind)’, ‘Save The World Tonight’, ‘Reload’, ‘Greyhound’, ‘Antidote’ and ‘Don’t You Worry Child’, few artists in dance music have been able to reach the level of sustained success and prowess as Sebastian Ingrosso. After the break-up of Swedish House Mafia, Ingrosso’s career has continued to flourish, most notably with his chart-topping and festival headlining new collaboration, Axwell / Ingrosso.

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WHO: Mark Lawrence (AFEM) Richie Hawtin (DJ) Wayne (Zouk) Ralf Kollman (Mobilee) Hideki (Pioneer) Frank (APRA)

WHAT: The announcement at ADE of the new Pioneer Kuvo technology has set the Performing Rights Organization world alight with the promise of providing a tech solution to the age old problem of allocating the income generated by track plays in clubs, festivals, independent radio and DJ sets to the correct source.

The panel discuss the early response from PRO’s, who was first to take it up and the overall response so far. We hear how to get what you’re due as an artist, the importance of total transparency, and where will all the money go in the end?

QUOTES:

Ralf Kollman (Director, Mobilee Records, Germany) “There is an urgent need to change the revenue stream in order to continue to be creative.”

Wayne Lee (Head of Entertainment, Zouk, Singapore) “Many local artists don’t know how to get what they are due.”

Richie Hawtin (Artist, M-nus / Plastikman, Canada) “Its an ecosystem and we need to take care of each other.”

IMS IBIZA
FIRST SPEAKERS, ARTISTS & TOPICS REVEALED

 

SVEN VATH & COCOON RECIPIENT OF THE 2015 ‘IMS LEGENDS AWARDS’

The team behind the International Music Summit have made the first of this year’s announcements with details of their Ibiza 2015 event’s topics, key speakers, theme, and contributing artists. Having risen to become the electronic music industry’s seminal thought leadership for the global electronic industry, IMS has once again programmed what is set to be a highly informative and engaging three-day event, bringing together electronic music’s leading figures to engage in discussions surrounding the issues affecting the industry’s continued growth.

Soundcloud founder and CEO, Alexander Ljung is confirmed for a keynote address at the event. Now acting as the genre’s premier streaming platform and with huge changes expected to take effect in the months surrounding the event, this session is set to become a highlight of IMS 2015. The contentious issue of monetised streaming, paying for plays and the on going piracy/royalty debate are all factors facing Soundcloud and the industry as a whole in 2015 and beyond. This keynote address will outline their stance on the current state of the industry as a whole and where we are headed as a business and a genre.

Trevor Horn or ‘the man who invented the Eighties’ as he has become known is also set to make an appearance during the conference for a keynote interview. The Grammy winning producer has been recognised as a noted musician and tastemaker for more than three decades and was befitted the highly coveted Ivor Novello ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music Award’ by the British Academy in 2010 – a testament to his on going dedication and passion for British and international music. His work has become the inspiration for our generation’s greatest artists and affirmed his position as an industry great. Trevor Horn is an innovator and one of the early pioneers of the sound that became modern dance music, his contribution to the scene is still heard in the releases of today’s fresh talent and will continue to have influence for many years to come.

SFX Entertainment’s newly appointed President, Greg Consiglio, is set to deliver a keynote address during the event as well. SFX have become market-leading producers of dance music events and have set precedent for the new wave of multinational events that have brought dance music back to the mainstream. SFX have grown exponentially to become one of dance music’s major conglomerates, branching out into several other sectors of the industry, aided in part by their 2013 acquisition of Beatport, the industry’s largest online music store. Greg’s talk has been specifically timed to coincide with Beatport’s highly anticipated re-launch, with IMS providing the perfect forum for discussion on the platform and SFX Entertainment’s continued progression.

Tastemaker label Black Butter has also been confirmed for a strong presence at this year’s IMS, having previously been announced as hosts for one of the Dalt Vila events. The driving forces behind the label, CEOs Henry Village and Roger Ames, are also set to engage in an onstage discussion based around the label’s current roster of artists and the musical direction of the label and the genre it dominates. Rarely seen at this kind of event, Roger Ames has been pivotal in the label’s success and will make for an interesting subject to the debate, having mentored Henry Village through Black Butter’s journey. The Warner, EMI and London Records veteran is a key figure in the dance music industry and far beyond, having been an important part of British music’s continued rise on the world stage.

Detroit is known the world over for producing an immeasurable amount of musical greatness, throughout a plethora of genres and disciplines. From Motown to Techno, the Motor City has encompassed modern music and presented a distinctive sound to the world stage. Carl Craig and Mad Mike are two of the city’s most well known musical exports and are the perfect choice for presenting this year’s unique Detroit Love panel. The discussion is to be led by the project’s founders and aims to bring together and support the sounds of Detroit.

The announcement also comes with the news that Cocoon and Sven Väth will join the ranks of Nile Rodgers, Carl Cox and Pete Tong as recipients of IMS Legend status and become the subject of the now infamous IMS Legend’s Dinner event. Breaking ground on the White Isle sixteen years ago this summer, Sven Väth’s trademark event series has now become a key part of the very fabric of Ibiza. Annually providing tens of thousands of the island’s partygoers with the true international sound of Techno and beyond, the Cocoon team have set a benchmark for other residencies to work towards and continue to return year on year with a fresh presentation of what makes the island so unique.

Speaking of the theme for this year’s event – IMS founder, Ben Turner said:

“This feels like a critical year for electronic music – probably the most important since the year IMS launched eight years ago when the genre was rock bottom and nobody outside of our world wanted to know us – brands, major labels, radio stations, TV channels. Here we sit in 2015 with the opposite situation but with huge concerns of a major retraction going on around us and within us. IMS 2015 is designed to really focus on the huge potential we have still if we stand tall and united. The solution is in the theme of this year – ‘Consolidation. Co-Operation. Curation’ None more relevant than our main Keynote Address from the founder of Soundcloud – Alexander Ljung. The most influential discovery platform for our genre today.”


IMS Film Screenings

RED BULL GUEST HOUSE, MIAMI

MARCH 26, 27, 28

IMS is excited to team up with the Red Bull Guest House in Miami for the first time to present three electronic music documentary film screenings that give an insight to the stories behind inspiring individuals and the hardware that made the soundtracks to many of their stories.

 

808

This documentary chronicles the untold story of how the Roland TR-808 Drum Machine changed the course of music history. Featuring appearances and commentary from: Pharrell, Beastie Boys, David Guetta, Phil Collins, Rick Rubin, Lil Jon, Afrika Bambaataa, Questlove, Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Diplo, Goldie and more.

 

DUBFIRE – ABOVE GROUND LEVEL

As one-half of the Grammy award-winning duo “Deep Dish”, Iranian-American Ali Shirazinia (aka ‘Dubfire’) has established himself as one of the world’s most successful DJs and producers. But the road to success was not an easy one. Ali’s story begins in Iran where his happy childhood took an abrupt detour when the country was thrown into turmoil by the 1979 Iranian Revolution and subsequent Iran-Iraq War. His family left Iran soon after the Revolution, relocating to the United States where Dubfire acclimated to his new country and soon found a passion in music. We follow the genesis of Ali’s musical career from performing in local clubs in Washington, D.C to later becoming one of the most influential music producers and DJs working today.

With candid interviews from family, childhood friends, industry peers, and fellow artists, this film takes an intimate and honest look inside the nuanced world of dance music. This is an aspirational story about pursuing your passion, daring to dream big, and the challenges that come with success. It is an insider’s look at what its like to be an electronic music artist from Above Ground Level.

 

GIRL – “YOU CANT SPIN FOREVER”

When Electronic Dance Music was blowing up around the world and DJs were becoming superstars, director Kandeyce Jorden began making this film to profile the top women behind the decks. She discovered and interviewed DJ Irene, DJ Colette, DJ Rap and many others, but when she met the legendary DJ Sandra Collins, her interest became an obsession. Documenting Collins’ rise to superstar DJ status led Jorden around the world and down a rabbit hole. Twelve years in the making, GIRL is about music, love, and what you find when you get really lost. WATCH TRAILER

 

Please RSVP to promo@internationalmusicsummit.com with the film you would like to attend by Wednesday, March the 25th. Seats are limited and will be confirmed with a replied email.

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JASON STRAUSS IN CONVERSATION WITH DAVID GRUTMAN

IMS Engage, taking place April 15 at the W Hollywood in Los Angeles, has announced its third unmoderated conversation, pairing two of nightlife’s biggest forces, MMG CEO David Grutman, whose properties include LIV and Story Nightclubs in Miami, and Jason Strauss, a partner at TAO Group (Tao, Marquee, LAVO). The duo joins previously announced pairing of Seth Troxler and Chuck D, as well as rising manager Jake Udell and Lyor Cohen.

David Grutman and Jason Strauss are two of nightlife’s biggest personalities and most storied successes. Under MMG, Grutman’s venues and commitment to electronic music have helped make Miami into one of North America’s and the world’s pre-eminent nightlife destinations. In the other corner is Jason Strauss, a partner at TAO Group, one of America’s leading nightlife companies, operating venues like Tao, Marquee, Lavo, Avenue and more. Strauss along with partner Noah Tepperberg, have played a crucial role in the emergence of Las Vegas as a world class destination for electronic music and nightlife, and has been a pivotal figure in NYC nightlife for over a decade. Their pairing should make for a fascinating and no-holds-barred discussion about the inner-workings of nightlife, and a rarely heard, but pivotal, perspective on the rise of electronic music in America.


WHO: Lincoln Cheng (Zouk, Singapore) talks to Paul Oakenfold

WHAT: Like so many others, Lincoln first found his dancing feet and lifestyle inspiration on the dancefloor of Amnesia in Ibiza in the late eighties, eventually going on build his own interpretation of the Balearic dream, the Zouk Club in Singapore. From initially opening a club to play the music that he loves, through growing pains and marathon DJ sets with a few anecdotes from the floor for good measure. Lincoln eases his way through the questioning with the charm and assurance of a man who really has seen it all.

HIGHLIGHTS: The summer of ’87, the biggest vinyl collection Oakey has ever seen, who KO’d Boy George, and the sign language dance craze. Triad trouble won’t get in the way. Zouk must be rebuilt!

QUOTES:

On getting the balance right – “We have a smaller room for more credible music.”

On the Asia-Pacific region – “It’s the biggest untapped mass market in the world.”

On DJ sets back in the day – “It was different then. There was a warm up, a middle and an end. Now it’s just hit after hit after hit.”

WHO: Gilbert Yeung (Dragon-I Club, Hong Kong) interviewed by Chris Ho (DJ, Lush 99.5FM, Hong Kong)

WHAT: Chris leads the discussion as Gilbert relays the story of his journey from fashion event producer to successful nightlife mogul via recession, politics and the clampdown to eventually thriving in the major international nightlife destination that Hong Kong is today. His tells of his very first inspiration, how he rode the wave of regime change, the ethics that makes his clubs feel like home and where the Hong Kong scene could go from here.

HIGHLIGHTS: THow it was back in the day, being old school and channelling craziness. It’s all about the packaging, the ex-pat exodus and the suicide of HK Rave. We also discover just why Dragon-I won’t be opening up in China anytime soon…

QUOTES:

On hospitality – “If you are inside our door, you are our guest and good friend.”

On the authorities – “Hong Kong is welcoming if you behave well.”

On social media – “We still believe that word of mouth is the best way to promote our outlets.”


WHO: Sandy Monteiro, President of Universal Music (South East Asia)

WHAT: Sandy comprehensively answers the big question from the floor – “Why do you have a guy from a record label leading a futuristic music conference?”. By deftly weaving historical facts, current statistics and key performance indicating patterns; he neatly demonstrates that the business everyone thought was dead is actually in a rude state of health and may well be on the verge of its biggest boom in two decades.

HIGHLIGHTS: Finding reasons for optimism in a graph of doom, persuading his peers to wind back the clock, the eye-opening top five countries in the region by market share and making the case for the industry being on the tipping point of the biggest growth it has ever known. How to create a value proposition to leverage a brand’s interest in music, retaining the value long after a campaign is over and just what is the ‘elephant in the room’ that has the potential to bring the entire industry to its knees?

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CHOICE QUOTES:

On his job title – “What’s ‘new business’? It’s whatever makes money.”

On working with brands – “It’s a partnership, it’s not just about getting a cheque.”

On electronic music – “It’s the soundtrack of choice for a new generation.”


IMS Contest

Taking place during IMS Ibiza and proceeding the season's openings, these two parties curated by music industry tastemakers are set to take over Ibiza's stunning Dalt Vila . A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dalt Vila, sits proudly above the island's old town with commanding views out to the Mediterranean Sea and along the Playa den Bossa coastline.

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WHO: Arjun Vagale (Artist, India), Celeste Siam (Artist, Thailand), Damian Lazarus (Artist, Crosstown Rebels, UK), Jeremy Boon (Artist, Zouk, Singapore), Liv from NERVO (Artist, Australia), Mim from NERVO (Artist, Australia), = Moderated by Mr. Has (Artistic Director, W Singapore, Singapore)

WHAT: The panel combine their wealth of knowledge gained from recent experience on the main stage; producing and playing shows in the booming Asia-Pacific region. Taking in topics from fan response to production challenges, explosive social media and who's spoiling the party; we hear how it is backstage for the artists leading the charge into the booming electronic music economy of the area.

HIGHLIGHTS: The Indian underground explosion, English techno meets Sufi trance, female DJs more popular than the boys and the fringe benefits of touring for NERVO. Is production more important than the music? What effect does touring the region have on social media? And, can anyone shed light on the mystery of China?

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QUOTES:

Arjun on Indian – “It's important we don't focus on booking strictly huge international artists in India because we have so much talent. It's critical if we are to build our own healthy scene.”

On his first album – “25% of our performances have been in Asia the last four years,” the NERVO duo told audience members. “It's only going to get bigger.”

Mim (NERVO) on the importance of visuals – “Every little bit helps.”.

Damian on A&R – “I'd like to hear electronic music from Asia that sounds and feels Asian.”.

PUBLIC ENEMY’S CHUCK D AND UNDERGROUND TECHNO STAR SETH TROXLER

INDUSTRY MOGUL LYOR COHEN AND RISING STAR JAKE UDELL

 

IMS Engage returns to Los Angeles for its third consecutive year on April 15 2015 at the W Hotel Hollywood, for a series of conversations between leaders from the worlds of finance, technology, music and media to address the growing influence of electronic music.

The first conversation pairings announced for IMS Engage include hip-hop icon and Public Enemy co-founder Chuck D in conversation with Detroit born DJ, Seth Troxler, one of underground dance music’s most significant DJs and outspoken characters. Also announced was the pairing of Warner Music and DefJam label mogul Lyor Cohen, with 3rd Brain Management’s Jake Udell, a rising star in the music industry and manager behind two of EDM’s most explosive acts Krewella and Zhu.

Pairing Troxler and Chuck D shows IMS’ dedication to exploring contentious and important issues facing electronic music. In the face of increasing commercialism and the rise of EDM in America, many fans attending electronic music festivals and events, are unaware that electronic music originated from African American communities in Chicago and Detroit. The voices of these originators and pioneers are hard to find amidst the current wave of EDM superstar DJs, who have little in-common with the men who pioneered this music.

In Cohen and Udell IMS Engage is pairing the best and brightest of two generations and exploring the similarities and differences that exist between hip-hop’s growth in popularity in the 90s and that of electronic music today.

IMS co-founder Ben Turner states: “IMS Engage is all about the art of conversation amongst icons and influencers – and these first pairings including Chuck D and Lyor Cohen set the bar high for 2015. They are both renowned for not holding back, much like their electronic pairings at IMS Engage, Seth Troxler and Jake Udell. We expect intelligent, intense and humorous debates. More great pairings are set to follow.”

“I am truly honored to be give a chance to sit down in conversation at IMS LA with Chuck D, one of the true pioneers, innovators and rebels of the hip-hop movement,” said Troxler. “Back in the day artists like Chuck D had the balls and vision to thrust hip hop into the political domain and form a bridge between music and politics that I personally feel very strongly about. It’s going to be an interesting debate and I look forward to seeing my Dad Sherman sitting front-row as he’s a huge Public Enemy fan!”

Lyor Cohen has been one of hip-hop’s most important industry players, driving the hip-hop industry from the margins into mainstream culture. He made his start managing hip-hop artists for Rush Productions, before going onto oversee both Island Def Jam and Warner Music Group, ushering in multi-platinum artists like Redman, Method Man, Jay Z, Ludacris and Kanye West. Cohen also made pioneering digital deals at Warner with Spotify and YouTube.

Jake Udell is one of the most innovative managers in music today, overseeing the meteoric rise of Chicago’s Krewella, from a little known local group to a top 40 act in just 12 months. Only 25 years old, Udell founded and shaped TH3RD BRAIN into a thought-leading company that incubates and launches the careers of new musical talent, while simultaneously paving the way for young entrepreneurs with his #20something mentorship program. His team’s latest client is shaping up to be their next superstar, ZHU, who despite having zero releases as of one year ago now has a Grammy nomination and festival headlining slots.

Leader and co-founder of legendary group Public Enemy, social activist, author and digital music pioneer, Chuck D rose to acclaim in the 1980’s with a string of critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums that addressed weighty issues about race, rage and inequality with a jolting combination of intelligence and eloquence never seen before.

The New York Times has named Public Enemy’s music to their list of the “25 Most Significant Albums of the Last Century” and in 2005 The Library of Congress included Fear of a Black Planet in a list of 50 recordings worthy of preserving that year in their National Recording Registry. In 2013, Public Enemy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This year, Public Enemy’s “Say It Like It Really Is” provided the powerful backbeat to the trailer for the critically-acclaimed film, Selma.

Seth Troxler is one of underground dance music’s most vibrant characters, unafraid to speak out on contentious issues, such as commercialism, race and authenticity within electronic music. Perhaps most famously when he called Steve Aoki a ‘c*nt’ and Avicii a ‘modern day Milli Vanili’ at IMS Ibiza in 2014. Named as Resident Advisor’s No.1 DJ in the world in 2012, Troxler remains one of underground music’s most in-demand acts, playing over 150 gigs last year while operating three records labels, including Tuskegee, which he formed with The Martinez Brothers in 2014, to celebrate electronic music of black and Latino origin.

With its two previous events IMS Engage has emerged as a key event in the music North American music industry calendar. Previous speakers include David Lynch, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Hans Zimmer, Moby, Skrillex, Diplo, Instagram founder Kevin Systrom, YouTube founder Chad Hurley, Giorgio Moroder, Russell Simons, Jaron Lanier and many more.

This year’s summit has expanded to 350 delegates, tickets are available starting at $220

IMS Ibiza

THE PREMIER ELECTRONIC MUSIC SUMMIT

IMS is the premier thought leadership platform for electronic music, a global movement created to unite and connect the industry. Our summits invite everyone – from seasoned masters to young visionaries – to come together and inspire the future of our industry. Build lasting connections, learn from the best, and together, we will propel our scene forward.

LEARN FROM THE MASTERS

Discover new ideas and inspirations from the best.

From world-renowned DJs to the leaders behind all things music business, IMS brings together the past, present and future of our industry. Witness live discussions, invaluable lessons and join the conversation with the top-tier professionals.

CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY

It’s dynamic, it’s global and inspired by the music.

Collaborate with friends old and new and come together with like-minded people for creative connections. IMS is a unique, productive environment and a place to explore new opportunities. Together, we’ll share the dance floor, exchange ideas, be inspired and make impactful connections for the future.

ENJOY THE PARTIES!

DALT VILA FESTIVAL AND IBIZA OPENING PARTIES

When the sun goes down and the work is done, we head to the dance floor. Our industry revolves around celebrating the dance music phenomenon. Join us for pre-summit dinners, poolside cocktail mixers, parties in true Ibiza style and dozens of other opportunities to connect and create lasting, inspiring memories.

WHO: Dr. Gino Yu, PhD. Consciousness Researcher, Director of Digital Entertainment at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and founder of Hong Kong Digital Entertainment Association

WHAT: Dr. Yu draws on his thirty years of experience in consciousness research to take us on a whirlwind ride through centuries of mythology and ritual to construct a metaphysical case for what is happening in electronic music culture today. Joining the dots between music and physiology, religion and ritual, symbolism and faith; he explains why he believes the global explosion of interest in electronic dance music is the contemporary awakening of the ancient practice of achieving higher levels of consciousness through music induced trance.

HIGHLIGHTS: Why drug culture doesn’t work in Asia, the fundamental difference between East and West, what remains if you strip away the stories, art and rituals from religion and why no-one in Asia has invented a technology which has made a global impact in the last 300 years. Can we really engineer a culture that works for society today which combines music and art to generate a transformative experience for everyone’s mutual benefit? Watch and learn.

CHOICE QUOTES:

“You are the modern myth-makers and shamans and what you are selling is a new reality”

“To understand this and to engineer experiences based upon this knowledge is knowing the bigger picture of what’s going on globally”

“This is Religion 2.0”


IMS analyst, Kevin Watson, presented key findings from the Asia-Pacific Business Report at the December summit in Singapore.

Similar to the annual global version, the regional report focuses on 5 key areas – clubs, festivals, DJs, record labels, and region overall.

Watch the full length talk here

Early Bird badges are now on sale for IMS Engage which will return to Los Angeles, Wednesday, April 15th at the W Hotel Hollywood. Now in its third year, the LA edition pairs leaders from the worlds of film, finance, technology, fashion and music in un-moderated conversations to address the growing influence of electronic music.

Soon to be announced, pairings for this years summit will build on momentum of past conversations like the legendary director David Lynch with Moby, Diddy with Guy Gerber, and Skrillex with Summit Series co-founder Jeff Rosenthal.

IMS Engage 2014 Recap

 

IMS Engage


WHO: Steve Angello, former member of Swedish House Mafia. Interviewed by Pete Tong.

WHAT: The mild mannered Swede chats openly with Pete about the past, the present and the future; granting an insight into the challenges facing an artist trying to break into the booming Asian-Pacific market. He shares the game plan behind the making and launch of his first solo album, his hands-on approach to his recent BBC Radio 1 residency, the increase in opportunities for collaborating with global brands and the freshly inked deal for his new concept night ‘Reflections’ at the SLS Hotel in Las Vegas.

HIGHLIGHTS: Buying himself out of his deal with Sony to appease his inner control freak, losing his shirt to put on a better show and then saying ‘no’ to the biggest pay cheque he had ever seen. He suggests a way forward for EDM, reveals his portfolio of non-music business investments and we discover the identity of his new mentor and life coach. Perhaps the biggest lesson anyone aspiring to success in the music business could learn here from a member of one of the biggest dance acts on the planet is one of humility.

CHOICE QUOTES:

On media rumours of a rift between the former members of SHM – “If I cared what people said about us in the media I’d just have stayed at home miserable and nothing would ever have happened”.

On his first album – “I just want to feel great about the music I make”.

On working with brand sponsors – “You have to make sure the message is clear and be true to who you are”.