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:

Knife Party
Anna Lunoe
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:

The A Club

Korean Talents:

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

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:

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

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.


Normal – Ending November 20th – 130€

Late – 160€


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:

Road to Ultra Singapore
It’s the Ship

Major Nightclubs:

Bang Bang
Suite 26

Singaporean Talents:

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:


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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.

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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.



“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.



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

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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

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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.