By Marlina Azmi (Pulse Radio)

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


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



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


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


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

Gaby Endo


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

Arjun Vagale


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

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

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

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


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

General Steps:

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


Traveling from the US:

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

Traveling from Europe (EU):

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

Traveling from Australia:

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


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

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


15 DECEMBER 2016

2016 marked the ninth year of International Music Summit and another exciting trip around the world, bringing together the electronic music industry in Los Angeles, Ibiza, Shanghai and for the first time, in Malta with the debut of IMS College, a new educational initiative for the next generation of electronic music creators and thinkers.

We heard from major artists and elite music professionals and discussed conversations that ranged from technology to gender and of course, around the inspirations and progress of electronic music as a whole.

Join us in a countdown of the best IMS talks of 2016, below.

  1. IMS Engage: Marc Geiger ‘In Conversation’ with John MacFarlane

Without question, music and technology go hand in hand. It was a perfect fit for Head of Music at WME Marc Geiger to come together with CEO of Sonos, John MacFarlane, making for a deep dive into the prevalent crossovers between electronic music and the advancing realm of technology for both consumers and the industry. The IMS Engage conversation saw a sharp discussion about the important world of streaming and the digital music age today. Geiger’s intelligent insight into the industry is always incredible to hear – he views the industry in completely different ways to most.


“If you make it easier for people to have music in their life, they’ll listen to it more.” – John MacFarlane


  1. IMS Engage: Arthur Baker ‘In Conversation’ with John Singleton

IMS Engage in Los Angeles focuses on pairing electronic music leaders with peers from across different industries. This year, a highlight was the discussion between respected producer Arthur Baker and the Oscar-nominated director of the celebrated ‘Boyz In The Hood’, John Singleton. The conversation discussed music’s important role in film by tapping into John Singleton’s illustrious career and catalogue and also discussed the evolution of electronic music-centric films, with personal insight from Arthur Baker.

“Nobody has cracked the electronic music film yet. There was just that bad Zac Efron one last year.” – John Singleton


  1. IMS Ibiza: Yello – Keynote Interview

This year’s IMS Ibiza saw yet another legacy take the stage with Yello, who brought decades of knowledge and experience to the stage, discussing their prolific careers as pioneers of electronic music. Their jovial personalities shone on stage alongside their musical talent, when they grabbed a phone and made a track with nothing but an app and the sound of their own mouths.

“Years ago, if you told me that one day, you could have a studio in your pocket that costs less than a cup of tea, I would never have believed it.” – Boris Blank


  1. IMS Ibiza: Striving For Excellence & The Art of Playing Differently


A team of power players came together at IMS Ibiza to swap wisdoms about what it takes to truly “play differently” in the world of electronic music by combining their knowledge as artists and curiosity to integrate new technology and methods into their productions. Black Coffee, Dubfire, James Zabiela, Nicole Moudaber, Richie Hawtin and Carmine Conte from Tale Of Us discussed their own beginnings in production, their experimentations and the state of electronic music today. The talk was inspired by Richie’s Hawtin new technology company PLAYdifferently and the MODEL 1 mixer.

“Half of it is about technology, but half is about your natural ability as a DJ. Along the way, you learn the artform of what it really is to be a DJ. You learn about maintaining the tempo of the night. You learn about programming – what record you play when, it’s important. Then, you push it through technology.” – Dubfire


  1. IMS Ibiza: Diversity in Electronic Music

At IMS Ibiza, the Diversity in Electronic Music panel aimed to tackle the big subject – women and their role in the industry. Bringing together a diverse group of artists and industry leaders, the audience heard important facts about the lack of females in the industry and discussed ways to improve for the future from individuals on both the artist and industry front: B.Traits, Jackie Antas of Live Nation International, José Woldring, CEO / Founder of The Media Nanny, Lucy Blair of The Orchard, Maria May of CAA, Nicole Moudaber and moderated by Mark Lawrence, CEO of AFEM.

“At the end of the day, if you’re passionate about this, you can go out there and do it. Grab it. Whether you’re a girl or a boy.” – Nicole Moudaber


  1. IMS Engage: James Barton ‘In Conversation’ with Lee Anderson

The rare pairing of an agent and a promoter in conversation happened at IMS Engage earlier in 2016, providing a discussion with invaluable insight into the behind-the-scenes workings of the music industry. James Barton, then President of Electronic Music at Live Nation, spoke with Lee Anderson of AM Only in Hollywood, an appropriate backdrop for a discussion about electronic music’s roots and now status as a permanent part of the entertainment industry. Their talk covered topics from up-and-coming producers to the idea of the DJ as the new rockstar.

“For every Calvin, for every Skrillex, there are kids in their bedrooms making new shit that we’ve never heard before.” – James Barton


  1. IMS Engage: Bob Lefsetz ‘In Conversation’ with Pete Tong

What electronic music needs now, more than ever, are voices that are unafraid to say what everyone is thinking. Renowned author and commentator Bob Lefsetz is exactly that man, and when placed in conversation with Pete Tong, there is no topic too controversial or touchy to leave unturned. The discussion covered a range of topics including SFX and the state of ‘EDM’, Mike Posner’s “I Took a Pill in Ibiza,” and the next generation of industry professionals.

“If they eliminated the dance tents at Coachella, the event would be over. The audience still wants this.” – Bob Lefsetz


  1. IMS Asia-Pacific: Meet Team Skrillex

Skrillex remains a beacon for electronic music innovation, especially in a country as fresh to the culture and sound as Asia. At this year’s IMS Asia-Pacific, Skrillex arrived with his entire team in tow including his manager Tim Smith of Blood Company, agent Lee Anderson from AM Only and OWSLA General Manager Blaise DeAngelo. The crew discussed their fascination with Asia, experience in a far and foreign market and shared their wisdom about what it takes to stand out amongst a sea of electronic music hopefuls.

“We’re not financially driven, we’re adventure driven. Music and art driven.” -Skrillex


  1. IMS Ibiza: Pet Shop Boys – Keynote Interview

Though dance music is clearly at the forefront of what’s popular in music today, there’s nothing quite like the experience of our genre’s true pioneers. The Pet Shop Boys are exactly that, arriving at IMS Ibiza and invited the audience into an incredible hour of insight about their illustrious career, discussing their own musical inspirations from then ‘til now, what it takes to remain creative throughout the years and outlining their favorite way to spend a Sunday – having brunch at Berghain.


“We haven’t taken a break. You have to exercise the muscles of your creativity to keep them strong. We’re always chasing the idea of the perfect record that’s exactly the right balance of euphoria, intelligence, sound and crazy instinct.”- Neil Tennant, Pet Shop Boys


  1. IMS Ibiza: Erick Morillo – Keynote Interview

Big announcements have always been a tradition of IMS Ibiza, from big business deals to new partnership announcements. But it’s not every year that you hear a candid personal revelation from an artist as prolific as Erick Morillo, who has been influencing the scene for well over two decades. At IMS Ibiza, he bared it all to discuss his journey battling a ketamine addiction through a prolific career. It was an incredible hour of honesty and tribulation and an important nod to the music industry’s need to be open towards discussions about the dark side of the lifestyle: mental health, addictions and dangers.

“It was ketamine, that was the one. When people ask “Why ketamine?” I say thank god it was ketamine, because it was one of the drugs that isn’t physically addictive. It was a mental addiction. It was about ego, and I had to let it go.” – Erick Morillo

Additional panels and keynotes from IMS Asia-Pacific 2016 are now available on the International Music Summit YouTube page!

Rising Stars: Next Generation of Asia-Pacific

Global Power Players – Risks & Opportunities

AFEM Presents ‘Get Played, Get Paid’

Uniting the Nations: India & China

Keynote Introduction – Shailendra Singh

Revisit IMS Asia-Pacific 2016 with more panels that have been released in full on the IMS YouTube page!

Australia in Crisis – Update

Addressing the Challenges of Asia-Pacific

Market Focus – Japan

SheSaid.So Presents… Diversity in Dance Music

One of the most exciting panels of IMS Asia-Pacific 2016 saw Skrillex bring his core team along with him to the stage in Shanghai. With his manager Tim Smith, CEO and Founder of Blood Company Management, agent Lee Anderson of AM Only and general manager of his creative collective and label OWSLA Blaise DeAngelo and interviewed by Pete Tong, Skrillex discussed the thought process behind his international career and the adventures he and his team have had exploring and uncovering the foreign markets of Asia.
Watch the full Meet ‘Team Skrillex’ panel below and stay tuned for more panels from IMS Asia-Pacific, coming soon.

1. Impressive stats about the Asia-Pacific region

Delegates from all around the world joined us at IMS Asia-Pacific to learn more about the region that still remains distant for most. EVP Insight of BBC Worldwide David Boyle opened both days of IMS with insightful presentations that revealed surprising and impressive statistics about electronic music in the Asia-Pacific region.

In China, he discovered that searches for “EDM” had gone up 26X from 2012-2016 from Google analytics alone, meaning that the actual statistic is likely much higher due to China’s Great Firewall ban that prevents most of their population from using the search platform.

See both of David Boyle’s presentations here.

2. The “first Asian superstar”


“It’s much more interesting to find the first Chinese superstar than to market and sell already existing superstars.” Co-Founder of AFEM Kurosh Nasseri on the ‘Addressing the Challenges of Asia-Pacific’ panel

The conversation about cultivating and uncovering local talent continued from 2015’s summits this year. On an international scale, there still has yet to be a break out star from the Asia-Pacific region, but now more so than ever before, it’s become impossible to ignore the many rising stars that have begun to emerge.

Day 1 closed with an exciting collection of just that with the ‘Next Generation: Rising Stars of Asia-Pacific’ panel, which saw Myrne (Singapore), Kaku (Asia), DJ L (China), Minii (Korea) and Chace (China) come together and share their own journeys, challenges and experiences as young, up-and-coming artists in their individual territories.

“The perception has to change – of course there is talent in Asia. We’re all sitting up here for a reason.” – Kaku, Artist

3. IMS Asia-Pacific teams with OWSLA for Skrillex’s Boiler Room debut


Not too long ago, Boiler Room broke records by touching down in China for the first time with Disclosure. This year, the popular platform returned to the city of Shanghai with a special debut from Skrillex, also a speaker at IMS Asia-Pacific. In tandem with IMS Asia-Pacific and OWSLA, the event took place on the Thursday of IMS Asia-Pacific and was one of the most viewed and highest streamed Boiler Rooms ever.

Watch the stream here.

4. Team Skrillex discusses creativity and Asia

“There’s many ways I could quantify the ways we’ve grown, but that’s boring. For me, it’s been most exciting to watch the evolution of the brand. It’s been exciting for us to colorize that. It feels like OWSLA has a personality, a soul.” – Blaise DeAngelo, General Manager of OWSLA

Following an exciting evening at Boiler Room, Team Skrillex took the IMS Asia-Pacific stage to discuss what it has taken to develop and explore the creative power behind Skrillex and also bring him and his vision to Asia. Skrillex was joined by manager Tim Smith, OWSLA General Manager Blaise DeAngelo and AM Only’s Lee Anderson.

“We’re not financially driven, we’re adventure driven. Music and art driven.” – Skrillex, Artist

5. Alesso and Jolin announce a new collaboration

Alesso and Jolin Tsai closed IMS Asia-Pacific with an exciting announcement about their new collaboration called ‘I Wanna Know.’ The two came together on stage ‘In Conversation’ to discuss what it takes to bridge the gap between East and West in electronic music.

“I’ve never remixed a song that was in a different language besides English. It was really cool, to be honest.” – Alesso, Artist


Do you dream of being part of the electronic music industry? Are you an aspiring DJ? Do you want to be a booking agent? A talent recruiter? Come to IMS Asia-Pacific this year and realize your dreams.

IMS is offering a special deal to STUDENTS ONLY. You will be able to purchase a delegate badge for 50% off, and in doing so, be offered the opportunity to stand at the frontier of electronic music in Asia.

IMS is one of the most esteemed conferences in electronic music. International Music Summit broke ground in Shanghai last year with it’s thematic “Awakening the Dragon” industrial focus. Not only did it open up the Chinese market to industry experts and celebrity DJs alike, it also opened a new chapter for electronic music in Asia.

This year, IMS is coming together again in Shanghai, not only to discuss the Chinese market, but to also address the entire Asia-Pacific region as a whole. Speakers this year include mega DJs Skrillex and Alesso, as well as Mandopop Queen Jolin Tsai. Top executives from labels, booking agencies, and clubs will be coming from all over the globe to discuss and engage in the most pressing issues facing the industry. This is a once in a lifetime chance to mingle with some of the most impressive individuals within electronic music.

In order to get the 50% discount promo code, please follow the steps below:

    1. Email your valid student ID
    2. Show us a screenshot of you reposting this article, as well as another IMS related article.
    3. Receive your promo code from us.
    4. Purchase and register your here.


  • Bring your valid student ID to IMS on the 29th, and pick up your delegate badge by presenting it to the registration desk.

We hope to see you at IMS!

By David Sorrenti

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From this year’s IMS business report, we learned that electronic music buyers are twice as likely to subscribe to music streaming platforms as any other genre fans, and that electronic music fans were the third most active music group on social media. Almost every DJ has his own Facebook fan page, and from promoting to event organizing and selling tickets, everything is connected through social media.
Our ongoing studies in collaboration with IMS Asia Pacific have found the rapid rise of the Asian dance music scene to be indisputable at this point, so it’s only natural that anyone looking to develop within this growing industry should be paying close attention to the technologies through which electronic music consumers enjoy – and pay for – their music. In Asia, the focus is even more relevant, as the population in this region has the highest participation in social media and handheld devices than anywhere else in the world.

Clearly in order to understand the industry, it is crucial to learn how social media and streaming platforms in Asia work, so we decided to take a look at the current smartphone app industry in Asia, and compare the different social media, music and technology apps to those popular in Western countries.

Asia has emerged as the globe’s leading hub in the mobile app industry over the past few years. Consumers across Asia spend more time on their smartphones than in any other part of the world, with numbers reaching up to more than five hours per day on average. The major activity on social network and instant messaging apps plays an important role in the drastically increasing number of smartphone users in Asia, and popular apps continue to grow each day as the most frequently used communication platforms.

According to the statistic below, 2014 had 888.000 smartphone users in the Asian-Pacific region, with an estimated reach of 1,139.8 million users by the end of 2016, and a prediction to reach almost 1.5 million users in 2019.

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Another graph from January 2016 shows the average number of hours that users spend using social media each day, with the Philippines being the leading country with an average of 3.7 hours a day. Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia are also included in the top 10 countries, with an average time of 2.9 hours spent on social media.



Given these facts, we must question which apps are the most popular in the region, which have made a significant impact in the Asia-Pacific industry over the past few years, and how they affected the electronic music world? Let’s find out…

Social media and instant messaging apps

As we can see in this graph, Facebook is still the global leader in social media apps in the Asian region, and Facebook-owned apps like Messenger, WhatsApp and Facebook itself are represented in the top five list in almost every Asian country aside from China, where Facebook is blocked.



For the Chinese market, the instant messaging app WeChat is the strong dominator with 24% and reaches an impressive number of approximately 650 million users worldwide, with most users being based in China. WeChat initially started as a simple messaging app, but later on offered many other services like transportation (taxi, fights, train), movie tickets, online banking and more, and became the most successful social app in China, revolutionising the model of messaging apps.

Another notable messaging app is KakaoTalk, which is the leading messaging app in South Korea with 41% penetration, while Facebook Messenger, the next most used messaging app, has only 12%. Although KakaoTalk is really popular in Korea, it’s not really used much in any other country.


The four leading messaging apps in Asia are WeChat, LINE, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger, and represent over 2.5B social users worldwide, with WeChat and LINE focused on the Asian market. Given the high number of social media users in the Asian-Pacific region, international brands must concentrate on these channels to spark new business opportunities. However, they should also know that every social media channel has different conditions for branding. WhatsApp for example doesn’t allow brand communication yet, although they recently announced that it will be available soon (but even then it might just be exclusive to Western businesses).

More diverse messaging apps like WeChat or LINE, which offer many different types of services, allow brand communication and include the branded app and browser functionality into their messaging apps, customized and integrated into the customer’s interests and activities. Aside from simple ticket selling, WeChat even allows users to add brands into their contact list, and offers a more advanced user / brand experience than in most Western countries. It is quite normal for Chinese social media users to have different brands among their friends in their contact list, which leads them to interacting and chatting with different brands through the messaging app, building consumer relationships. If they are not interested in a brand, they can simply delete it from their contact list.

This business model definitely marks the key difference in the Chinese market, and compared to the US, Chinese social media users are very comfortable with interacting with different brands through social media channels, while Western consumers are more likely to be scared off by this concept. For international brands with strong social media presence, this might just be the perfect opportunity to drive engagement with electronic music fans in the Asian-pacific market.

Music apps and streaming services

Moving on to another very important key point in the mobile app industry in Asia – and one of particular relevance to its growing dance music community – music apps and streaming services. While music streaming services are very successful in the US and in Europe, most Asian countries are still struggling with piracy and users that have long been habituated with free entertainment due to illegal downloading and pirated music websites.

Just recently, various international streaming services were able to introduce their product in Asia by adjusting the monthly subscription fee individually for each region, but also by pushing their services toward mobile, given the fact that most people in Asia go online via smartphone.

France-based streaming service Deezer for example, expanded in South East Asia in August 2012, and was available in countries like Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia shortly after. Other popular streaming apps like Spotify or Apple Music also introduced their brand in most South East Asian countries. But there are still a few individuals that have put out music apps and streaming services that are more focused on the regional market.



According to government statistics, more than 478 million people in China (which is more than the entire population of the United States) listen to music online. Internet giant Tencent Holdings Limited, who also developed WeChat, first got popular with their instant messaging app QQ, which later on expanded to many other services and functions like online social games, shopping, blogging and music. With around 829 million subscribed users, their QQ music app is the most frequently used music app in China (around 80 million users), and it features popular tracks mainly from China, Taiwan, Japan or South Korea. Given the high piracy rate, it was definitely a courageous attempt to introduce paid music streaming service in China, and it was actually first launched in 2005 (which is even before Spotify, Deezer or Apple Music existed).

Taiwan also has a very prominent music app called KKbox, which is even outranking Spotify in the Taiwanese app market. KKbox has over 10 million users and offers over 20 million songs, and is also available in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Another notable music app is Malaysia-based Raku (Radio Ku). It provides access to millions of international and local songs, podcasts and more than 20 Malaysian radio stations. Raku is kind of the counterpart to the UK’s which was popular a few years back.

Understanding changing streaming and social technologies is key to success in Asian dance music industry, which is booming like never before.

Learn more at this year’s IMS Asia Pacific in Shanghai this September.

By Marlina Azmi

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Asia’s diverse electronic music scene is currently at its peak. Whilst some regions started developing early – Singapore’s super club Zouk, for example, has been around for a quarter of a century, and India’s club scene boasts roots in the early Goa trance raves of the late eighties – there are many still new to the game. Despite some countries having to make up for lost time, their dance scenes have almost caught up with their more established neighbours in the last decade – and a lot has changed in the last five years especially.

Asia is now finally getting the recognition it deserves, and many are looking east as the industry has proven its potential as a serious contender in the international electronic dance music scene. The fact that in the last two years the influential International Music Summit elected both Singapore and Shanghai as worthy cities for its global conference (the Shangai event was the first of its kind in China), shows how far the region has risen in international esteem. To illustrate the point further and celebrate the wins, we’ve compiled some of the notable achievements that Asia has garnered in the last five years.

China, The Dragon Has Finally Awoken

EDM didn’t successfully take off when it first came into China in 2010, but it has since gained traction in the millennial generation, the initial setback largely down to the government’s suppression of club culture from the late nineties. The government has recently eased regulations, however, which coincides with an emerging capitalist and individualist culture.

“The Chinese government is slowly realizing that for people to pursue their individual ways of living is very important, and I think the government is starting to do that,” DJ Mickey Zhang said in an interview with YourEDM. Various cities in China have made it into lists of top spots to party in around Asia. Last year’s IMS report revealed that between 2011 and 2015 estimated capacity for electronic dance music event almost tripled.

Budweiser Storm Festival in Shanghai also expanded from 16 thousand in 2013 to a two-location event in 2015 with 30-40 thousand capacity. Boiler Room’s much anticipated entrance into China was a huge success this year with the online show breaking its own viewing records. The session in Beijing on 30th April pulled in over 1.3 million views for Le Music with more than 1 million more people tuning in to stream the show live on the Boiler Room’s own website. Shanghai’s packed session on the 1st of May achieved similar figures, with 1.6 million watching in China. Boiler Room China featured headliners, Disclosure, and local acts including the likes of MIIIA and TzuSing.

The Growing Numbers Of International Festival Brands

Asia has had a healthy influx of international festival brands coming through the region in the last five years. In 2012, Sensation made its debut in South Korea, Thailand, and Taiwan; earlier this year it made an appearance in Hyderabad. Australia’s now defunct Future Music Festival collaborated with The Livescape Group to host Future Music Festival Asia which, despite the controversial deaths of several punters in its 2014 edition, successfully garnered RM916mil in its debut in 2012.

2013 brought in an estimated 15,000 tourists and RM52.5mil in tourist expenditure, and was estimated to bring in RM112.6mil in its 2014 edition. Ultra Korea, the first in the Asian region returned for the fifth time this year on June 10th, 11th and 12th 2016. Since its debut in 2012, the Korean edition has grown to be the most established event in Ultra’s global calendar, next to of course the annual flagship event in Downtown Miami. It expanded into a three-day affair this year and the festival drew a crowd of over 150, 000 festival-goers, which automatically makes it the largest electronic music festival ever to take place on Korean soil.

The Success Of Home-Grown Festivals

While international festival brands have brought in immense success to many Asian nations, we cannot disregard the home-grown brands that have risen in the last five years. Djakarta Warehouse Project for one has been listed as one to not be missed in a lot of punters’ yearly calendar. DWP drew 70,000 people in 2014, the first year it was a two-day event, and Billboard estimates that 75,000 flooded onto the grounds in 2015 generating $2.9 million in revenue. The first event drew in 2,000 people, and eventually reached 15,000 in 2012. It doubled again in the following two years making becoming the biggest dance music festival in Southeast Asia by 2014.

Thailand has also grown to be a main player in the festival scene with the emergence of boutique festivals like Wonderfruit and Kolour In The Park. Bigger productions like Songkran Festival S₂O drew 42,000 revellers to their three-day affair, which was a spike of 8,000 revellers from last year’s debut. The second edition of S₂O drew 30% or nearly 13,000 foreign visitors of the festival’s overall attendance from around the region. This is a 10% increase in foreign attendance compared to 2015.

The Rise Of The Underground Scene

Despite the EDM buzz surrounding the mainstream market, the underground scene in Asia has flourished in tandem. The Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, and Singapore have been building up their underground scenes at a successful rate with more club openings that have given a solid platform for local artists.

Venues like kyō in Singapore, Pisco Club, Elysium and Under 9 in Kuala Lumpur, Time, and the newly opened XX XX / 2020club in the Philippines, Beam and Glow in Thailand, Shelter and Arkham in Shanghai and Oma in Hong Kong are some of the most celebrated underground clubs in the region. They not only host prolific international DJs at their spots, these clubs have started unofficial exchange programs featuring regional DJs as headliners.

Club and event promoters are now featuring DJs from neighbouring countries on their decks. The exchange rate in Asia has soared and it has caused promoters to re-strategise their line-ups to feature equally talented regional DJs on their rosters. This gives more opportunity to emerging local artists, but is not without its own problems…

“With international DJs becoming more and more expensive and there being more local talent that play reputably good music but cost just a fraction of the price, it just doesn’t make sense to book big names for small parties in Asia. Whether this is a good thing or not, I’m not sure because I still love to see my favourite big names on a big stage instead of a new generation DJ with a laptop and sync button,” Thailand’s Dan Buri said in a recent interview with Pulse Radio.

Internationally Acclaimed Producers And Record Labels

The advancement of technology has allowed Asian artists to reach out to international music labels, international producers and regional record labels, resulting in releases on these high profile platforms. Producers like Bangkok based, Sunju Hargun, Malaysia’s DJ Hightech, Singapore’s Xhin, and China’s Tzusing are some of Asia’s talents that have successfully released original productions on international music labels like Turbo Recordings, Lapsus Music, Meerestief Records and L.I.E.S Records respectively.

Producers like these have successfully made their presence visible to a wider audience, which isn’t limited to their local scene. We have constantly been hearing of more and more producers getting noticed by international record labels. Asian labels are also getting noticed by international artists, many of them willingly want their tracks and records released by labels like Midnight Shift, Fragrant Harbour, Pure Substance and Homesick. It is common for these local labels to focus on developing producers not just locally, but internationally at the same time.

Learn more about the progress and challenges of the Asian Electronic Music Scene at IMS Asia Pacific this September.

Are you joining us at the final IMS of the year in Shanghai?

IMS Asia-Pacific takes place in Shanghai, China on September 29th and 30th ahead of Budweiser STORM Festival on October 1st and 2nd. If you plan on attending both, take advantage of a special package for a badge to IMS Asia-Pacific and a ticket to STORM Festival available now!

Purchase your IMS Asia-Pacific and STORM Festival package HERE.






Stay tuned! Speaker and topic announcements for IMS Asia-Pacific 2016 are coming soon…

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

Here’s what we learned from the first ever IMS College in Malta!

  1. Passion is an important driving force to succeed in the music business. Ambition and work ethic go hand in hand.

    “Find a job you love and you will never work another day in your life.”
    – Robert Horsfall, Music Lawyer, Sound Advice LLP, UK

  2. Internships are a good way of getting a foot in the door. Be willing to go the extra mile as hard work never goes unnoticed.

    “No one should be afraid of that journey of discovering what you love and trying new things.”
    – Eli of Eli & Fur, UK

  3. Social media is a vital way of communicating your work. Create and customize your own Facebook, Twitter + Instagram pages in order to impress potential labels, promoters + PRs.

  4. Personalize your approach. Take the time to tailor each email going out to be more impactful. A personal touch shows that you’ve done your research and that you are strategic.

    “Fundamentally, it’s relationships with journalists that are key. They’ve got to respect your suggestions and you have to target the right people in order to be taken seriously.”
    – Lucy Allen, Head of Festivals & Events Press, Listen Up Music Promotion, UK

  5. Fully immerse yourself in the scene and make as many real connections as you can.

    “I’m a great believer in community in clubbing – you need to support the people. If you can get great local support that will really help”
    – Wilf Gregory, Director, Hideout Festival / Lost & Found Festival, UK

  6. Community is key in the music industry. Be mindful not to burn bridges and always be open to sharing ideas.

    “If you’re open with working with other people, people are less likely to give you flack. Collaboration is always important.”
    – Joost Stuursma, EMC Head Lecturer, SAE, Netherlands

  7. Be consistent in your approach and have a clear vision.

  8. Ensure your work is the best it can be before approaching potential labels or PRs. If you don’t fully believe in it, it will be hard for someone else to.

    “Try and have your own unique sounds. Don’t pay for Soundcloud views, don’t pay for Facebook views – we can see it from a mile off.”

    – Mark Brown, DJ / Owner, Cr1 Records, UK

  9. The importance of a team is crucial in the early stages of a career. Share a vision with those you trust and can fully believe in your project.

    “You have to have your artists back, and it’s really hard to do that if you don’t respect and engage in the music they are making.”
    – Laura Newton, Agent, CAA UK

  10. Perseverance is key. Don’t be disheartened by knock backs, they can teach you lessons about the industry.

    “You have to understand the dance floor. You have to have the right connection with people. The longer you’re in it, the more people you will meet and the more you will understand.”
    – Mark Netto, Director, IBZ Entertainment, Spain

1. The Continuous Rise of Dance Music Despite Major “Bubble Breaks”

As always, the 2016 Business Report (presented by Kevin Watson) was an enlightening and informative look at the electronic music industry as a whole. Despite major shifts in the dance music landscape (such as the fall of SFX and changes at Beatport) dance music as an overall industry continues to rise.

Today, the industry is worth $7.1 billion which is 60% more than just 3 years ago. In addition, dance music has continued to grow faster than any other genre in the UK while electronic music dominated Spotify across the board (with Major Lazer’s “Lean On” being the top streamed song).

2. The Beginning of Space Ibiza Was Not Easy

An undeniably huge topic for the island this year was the forthcoming closure of Space Ibiza. The iconic club has seen 27 years and built itself as much more than just a venue – rather, a legacy – and founder Pepe Rosello came together with longtime friend Carl Cox and manager Lynn Cosgrave for an emotional discussion and paid proper homage to the club.

“In the beginning of Space, we were not very successful and it was hard,” Pepe shared. But with the help of Carl and his incredible talent and “constant quality” that Lynn explained Pepe provided through almost 3 decades of operation, Space rose from a simple, struggling club to an iconic global staple of nightlife and dance music culture.

“27 years will remain in our memory forever. Big acts die at 27 like Jimi Hendrix, Amy Winehouse. They die, but their music remains forever. So, for us, this 27 means that this is our last year, but all the sentiments, all the music will remain still. The spirit will remain forever.” – Pepe Rosello

3. Erick Morillo Got Really, Really Honest

Erick Morillo took the stage at IMS Ibiza to tell his own deeply personal story about addiction which spread across the web as the day’s undeniable headline. Morillo explained that his addiction to ketamine was spurred on by his wavering confidence as younger DJs began to grow in success at a faster rate.

“When all these young DJs were all of a sudden blowing up and eclipsing me – my ego couldn’t take it. My ego couldn’t take that I wasn’t the top dog anymore. That’s when things started to unravel. Then I started making music I didn’t love and playing music I didn’t love. That’s when things started to get really bad.”

After sharing shocking stories like being banned from British Airways, getting arrested and nearly losing an arm, Morillo explained that he attempted rehab three times before finally recovering. Now? He gave one general warning to everyone and anyone listening.

“One of the biggest things for me is that I never thought I would be that person. I used to watch the E! True Hollywood story and think, ‘How could they let their life go like that when they have everything?’ Don’t think anyone is immune to that. We’re all at risk. It’s just about dealing with your personal demons.”

4. Yello Made a Track On Stage Using Only Boris’s Mouth

There’s no question that Yello are a legendary duo not only for electronic music, but for the entire music industry as a whole. Their 1985 single “Oh Yeah” has become an iconic tune of the era, and if anyone had remaining doubts about the Swiss duo’s talents, Boris and Dieter sat on stage at IMS Ibiza and within seconds, recorded fun sounds made with their own mouths and produced a catchy tune on the spot.

Later, they discussed their forthcoming album Toy. “When Boris starts, he allowed himself to be driven by what happens in the process. Each brush stroke influences the next,” Dieter explained. “That’s why we called it ‘Toy’. It goes back to the creative. We’re using all the technology available, but approaching it like a child.”

5. Women of the Industry Ban the Term “Female DJ”

One of the most anticipated discussions of the day was the Diversity in Dance Music discussion, which saw female leaders in the space come together to talk about the issue of the lack of women in electronic music and how to progress moving forward.

The two DJs on the panel were B.Traits and Nicole Moudaber, who both were adamant to reject the idea of being labeled as a “female DJ” moving forward.

“There isn’t a ‘black DJ chart,’ Or ‘blue eyes’ chart. Why is there a female chart?” Nicole Moudaber asked.

6. Mixes Will Be Coming to Spotify

The streaming realm has become a crowded, busy space over the past few years. SoundCloud, which was an early leader, has since faced controversy with the rise of copyright takedowns and newly introduced paid access tiers. Spotify has become a major player in the game, but lacks the option of hosting mixes, which is an integral part of electronic music culture.

Dubset made the announcement of its newly inked deal with Spotify that will soon see mixes arrive on the popular platform. User-generated mixes will soon be available… keep an eye out for that coming soon.

7. The Pet Shop Boys Love Berghain

The Pet Shop Boys were the final keynote interview on the last day of IMS Ibiza, and indeed, the best was saved for last. The iconic duo discussed their prolific career in music and their newly found love for Sunday lunch at Berghain.

“It’s a very interesting combination of energies. Between the hardcore, all-nighters and the people just arriving,” Neil explained. “You gotta go Sunday for lunch. But of course, things will be going on in the basement…”

Later, the duo touched upon their early successes and shared a story about their surprise at being so well-received during one of their first festival performances.

“We never thought ourselves as a festival name. In 1997 we played at a theater and lost money. Our agent said if we played a festival, we’d break even. Then, we headlined a festival’s Saturday night and I remember somebody asked me “What are you going to do?” And I said, “I don’t know.” And suddenly we turned into a festival name.”

More than a few memorable moments took place on the White Isle at IMS Ibiza 2016. Several full talks have already been revealed here and here, and today another exciting batch of discussions arrives on International Music Summit’s YouTube page. From Space Ibiza to the annual Business Report, watch can’t-miss moments from IMS below.

Space Ibiza: End of an Era

Space Ibiza founder, Pepe Roselló came together with the legendary Carl Cox and manager his Lynn Cosgrave for an emotional discussion on the nightclub’s journey, unforgettable memories and a poignant farewell from Pepe to the club.

Vinyl Exchange: Seth Troxler In Conversation with Dave Haslam

The two engage in a nostalgic and deeply interesting chat about dance music’s history, its future and listen to a few of their favourite records together.

Mixmag presents The New Breed

Major on-the-rise artists Kölsch, Francesca Lombardo, Danny Howard and Danny Daze came together in discussion to talk about the challenges new artists face and in tradition, enjoy an Ibizan chupito of hierbas.

The Great Annual Ibiza Debate: Year 9

Pete Tong, Tale Of Us, Mr. C and more came together to discuss the changing landscape of Ibiza.

Business Report 2016

Kevin Watson presented the annual Business Report to kick off IMS Ibiza and explained that the electronic music industry is now worth $7.1 billion – 60% more than just three years ago.

Three days of IMS Ibiza saw memorable moments for the entire electronic music industry. Legendary artists like the Pet Shop Boys and Yello dropped in for revealing and rare interviews, important statistics about the business and its future were presented and current issues of the industry like drug-related deaths, streaming and diversity were discussed amongst global leaders.

Subscribe to see more full-length talks on International Music Summit’s YouTube page and watch the full discussions from IMS Ibiza 2016 below.

Striving For Excellence & The Art of Playing Differently

In response to the launch of Richie Hawtin’s own MODEL1 mixer by his PLAYdifferently, IMS Ibiza brought together Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, Nicole Moudaber, Carmine Conte from Tale of Us, Black Coffee, and James Zabiela to discuss technology and thinking outside of the box.

Great Streaming Debate

Members of the streaming and digital landscape came to IMS Ibiza and discussed how the electronic industry is changing and where the future is heading.


Keynote Interview – Yann Pissenem

Founder of Ushuaïa Yann Pissenem has had major influence on the Ibiza landscape. IMS Ibiza welcomed him for a keynote on his plans as he prepares to take over the old Space Ibiza.

Ticketmaster Report – State of Play: Dance Music

Dance Music report provides essential intelligence about dance music attendees at festivals and clubs, with an in-depth dive through Ibiza’s nightlife aficionados to understand the overlap between the two types of destination. The Ticketmaster report is based on clubbers in the UK and Spain, and covers themes including attendee profiling, their demographics and tribes, who they go with, their motivations and preferences, barriers to entry, interests around music, clubs, other events, and up-selling opportunities.

Revisit the day of conversations from IMS Engage, held at the W Hollywood on April 21st, 2016.

Pete Tong In Conversation with Bob Lefsetz

James Barton In Conversation with Lee Anderson

Arthur Baker In Conversation with John Singleton

Ted Cohen In Conversation with Mike Knobloch

Marc Geiger In Conversation with John MacFarlane

Introduction from Matt Medved of Billboard


Including diversity discussion in association with 

Diversity In Electronic Music: A Vote For Vertical Proliferation in association with

B.Traits (Broadcaster / Artist, Canada)

Jackie Antas (Head of PR, Live Nation International, UK)

José Woldring (CEO / Founder, The Media Nanny, Netherlands)

Lucy Blair (Director of Sales &  International Marketing, The Orchard, UK)

Maria May (Senior Agent, CAA, UK)

Nicole Moudaber (Artist, UK)

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


Full schedule available to view here:

IMS Ibiza badge available here:

Tickets available for the IMS Dalt Vila party:

Tickets available for IMS Legends Dinner:


International Music Summit now finalises its schedule of iconic guests and speakers for the ninth IMS Ibiza programme, with the panel revealed for this year’s diversity discussion in association with

At the forefront of the conversation at this year’s IMS Ibiza will be the issue of gender equality within the electronic music genre. The discussion returns this year and is held in association with – a carefully selected network of women with active roles in the music industry. This is the third time IMS curator Ben Turner has presented this discussion. The panel will be a highlight of the event, promising a full and frank discussion; with keynote speakers taking part consisting of B. Traits, Media Nanny CEO José Woldring, Motive Unknown Director Lucy Blair, Senior Agent of CAA Maria May and prominent artist and label boss Nicole Moudaber.

Ben Turner states: “We have a huge responsibility to reflect the industry we work in fairly and accurately. IMS has actually put this debate on the table more than most and I made a commitment late last year – to a number of women in our genre – that I would run this panel every year until the time comes when we don’t need to speak about it again. I hope that day comes soon for the right reasons. Thanks to the likes of, people are addressing the situation positively and we hope that IMS can help amplify their platforms. We need to encourage more women into the genre, and into positions of seniority. Also, we somehow need to encourage those in positions of seniority to be prepared to use their voice more to help inspire the next generation.”

With all the panels now assembled and the latest additions confirmed, this meeting of minds will once more take in a broad selection of contributers from across electronic music. Film, documentary and music video director Julien Temple joins the cast with insight from across a career spanning back to the 1970s, working with diverse acts the likes of The Sex Pistols, Ray Davies and Madness, also covering divergent topics including the ‘Motor City’ in Requiem For Detroit? Temple announces exclusively at IMS full details about his new film project based on the island of Ibiza.

Joining a lineup already full of prominent artists are Joseph Capriati and Kölsch. The former is well known for being one of the driving forces behind the explosion of Marco Carola’s ‘Music On’ nights at Amnesia in Ibiza; a cultivated resident, he is now an internationally in-demand headline act. In the year that Capriati leaves Music On to join Paradise by Jamie Jones, he talks to IMS about the issues facing the Italian club scene with recent drug deaths and forced closures. Meanwhile, Kolsch hardly needs an introduction – his unique, emotive production style, as evidenced by his two landmark albums 1977 and 1983, means he is loved by critics and newcomers to the genre alike.

IMS Ibiza has also made space for a particularly special speaker on a subject close to Pete Tong’s heart; composer and conductor of the Ibiza Prom Jules Buckley. The prodigious musician has an ear for non-classical crossover, which has led to him working with Basement Jaxx, Massive Attack, Cinematic Orchestra and scores of others. Together, they performed at the Royal Albert Hall as a counter-culture performance to the main BBC Proms. It was a huge success and Tong has since announced shows at London’s 02 and Manchester Arena. The former sold 15,000 tickets in one day!

The industry is roundly in attendance with a roll call of top figures; amongst the latest and final speakers is the founder of Spinnin’ Records, Eelko van Kooten. With some forty sub-labels and branches into almost every element of electronic music, Eelko has spent 17 years at the forefront of the scene. Another musical entrepreur with a diverse background in dance music is Matthew Adell – the former CEO of Beatport, former Vice President at Napster, and Wax Trax! Records, who is currently pioneering the ‘momentous’ in music with Eric Zho, one of China’s most commercially influential entertainment executives, will talk about IMS Asia-Pacific as it prepares to move to Shanghai.

Additional names for the final release are as follows:

Julien Temple (Film Director, UK)

Joseph Capriati (Artist, Italy)

Kölsch (Artist, Denmark)

Eelko Van Kooten (Spinnin’ Records, Holland)

Eric Zho (CEO, A2Live, China)

Shauna Slevin (Managing Director, Canopy Artists, USA )

Matthew Adell (CEO, MetaPop, USA)

Bob Barbiere (President & COO, Dubset Media Holdings, USA)

Jules Buckley (Conductor / Composer, Pete Tong’s Ibiza Prom, UK)

Jörg Mohaupt (Access Industries, UK)

Bobby Simms (Emoticast, France)

Ted Mico (Crowdmix, USA)

Nick Yates (Promoter, Paradise, UK)

Joshua Carr-Hilton (CEO, The District, Canada)

Sophie Crosby (Ticketmaster, UK)

Aurelien Dubois (Promoter / CEO, Surprize: Concrete & Weather Festival, France)

Tommy Vaudecrane (President, Paris Electronic Week, France)

Danny Desai (Digital Marketing Manager, Virgin EMI, UK)

Derren Sequeira (Entertainment Lead, Facebook, UK)

Sally Burtt-Jones (Content Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, Viber, UK)

Gareth Williams (CEO, Liine / Skram, Germany)

Jamie Chalmers (Anglo Digital Management, UK)

Alex Rub (Label Manager, Outcross Records, France)

Antoine Buffard (CEO, Trax Magazine, France)

Craig McLean (Journalist, UK)

Grego O’Halloran (Director, Ibiza Spotlight, Spain)

Nick Decosemo (Global Editorial Director, Mixmag, US)

Noah Ball (Dimensions Festival, Croatia / UK)

Sophie Bloggs (Machine Management, UK)

Lucy Blair (Director of International Sales & Marketing at The Orchard, UK)

Dubfire’s critically acclaimed live project dubfire:liveHYBRID is heading to Ibiza for it’s debut performance on the Island for International Live Summit closing party at the historic, UNESCO World Heritage Dalt Vila site.

Never satisfied with the status quo, Dubfire spent two years crafting a live show; his HYBRID concept has been wowing audiences since its soft launch debut at the Amsterdam Dance Event in 2014. Described by Thump as, “unlike anything we had previously seen or heard before anywhere,” HYBRID reinvents the concert experience by seamlessly weaving together elements of 2D and 3D animation with live audio and lighting to explore the intersection of science and technology – of man and machine – and their resulting evolution and inevitable fusion. After touring 12 different countries in 2015, and receiving rave reviews at Coachella, the critically acclaimed show will touch down at more of the biggest events across the globe.

Says Dubfire: “I’d always intended for my music to be performed live, supported by the latest advancements in music, stage design, lighting and sound technology. It took me years to build up a body of work that I’m proud to stand behind and find the team to create the HYBRID show. It’s been an incredibly inspiring ride and I’m tremendously excited to finally bring the show to the fans who continue to support me and my sound.”



In addition to 20 previously announced artist and 20 industry icon speakers, IMS Ibiza is excited to share the final installment of speakers for the three-day summit happening at the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza from May 25th through 27th.

Major artists like Joseph Capriati and Kölsch join previously unveiled artists like Carl CoxRichie Hawtin, Nicole Moudaber, Dubfire and many more while the industry tip sees representatives from Spinnin’ Records and SoundCloud join the discussions.

The complete schedule for IMS Ibiza will be announced soon! Stay tuned.

IMS Ibiza Speakers A-Z


Carl Cox
Danny Daze
Danny Howard
Dave Haslam
Erick Morillo
Francesca Lombardo
Gary Richards
Guy Gerber
Jason Bentley
Joseph Capriati
Mr C
Nicole Moudebar
Pet Shop Boys
Pete Tong
Richie Hawtin
Seth Troxler
Tale of Us (Carmine Conte & Matteo Milleri)


Alex Rub (Label Manager, Outcross Records, France)
Alexandre Jaillon (Promoter / CEO, We Love: We Love Art & We Love Green & The Peacock Society, France)
Antoine Buffard (CEO, Trax Magazine, France)
Aurelien Dubois (Promoter / CEO, Surprize: Concrete & Weather Festival, France)
Austin Gebbia aka Dear Morni (Comedian, Dear Morni, USA)
Bart Cools (Executive VP Global A&R and Marketing, Warner Music Group, UK/NL)
Bob Barbiere (President & COO, Dubset Media Holdings, USA)
Bobby Simms (Emoticast, UK)
Brandon Bakshi (Executive Director, Writer / Publisher Relations, BMI / Performance Rights, Europe & Asia)
Brian Tappert (Co-Founder, / Managing Director, Traxsource, USA)
Craig McLean (Journalist, UK)
Danny Desai (Digital Marketing Manager, Virgin EMI, UK)
Derren Sequeira (Entertainment Lead, Facebook, UK)
Eelko Van Kooten (Spinnin’ Records, Holland)
Eric Wahlforss (CTO / Co-Founder, SoundCloud, USA)
Eric Zho (CEO, A2Live, China)
Gareth Williams (CEO, Liine / Skram, Germany)
Grego O’Halloran (Director, Ibiza Spotlight, Spain)
Jacobi Calthorpe (Promoter, Housekeeping, UK)
Jamie Chalmers (Anglo Digital Management, UK)
Jessica Hopper (Author, USA)
Jörg Mohaupt (Access Industries, UK)
José Woldring (CEO / Founder of The Media Nanny, NL)
Joseph Capriati (Artist, Italy)
Joshua Carr-Hilton (CEO, The District, Canada)
Jules Buckley (Conductor / Composer, Pete Tong’s Ibiza Prom, UK)
Julien Temple (Film Director, UK)
Kenny Gates (CEO / Co-Founder, PIAS Group, Keynote Address, Belgium)
Lucy Blair (Director of International Sales & Marketing at The Orchard)
Lynn Cosgrave (CEO, Safehouse Management, UK)
Maria May (Senior Agent, CAA, UK)
Mark Lawrence (CEO, AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, UK)
Matthew Adell (CEO, MetaPop, USA)
Mike Malak (Agent, Coda Agency, UK)
Nick Decosemo (Mixmag, UK)
Nick Yates (Promoter, Paradise, UK)
Noah Ball (Dimensions Festival, Croatia / UK)
Pepe Roselló (Founder, Club Owner, Space Ibiza, Spain)
Renaat Vandepapeliere (Founder, R&S Records, Belgium)
Robert Miles (Founder, Openlab, Ibiza. Its All About Curation, Ibiza)
Sally Burtt-Jones (Content Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, Viber, UK)
Shauna Slevin (Managing Director, Canopy Artists, USA )
Sophie Bloggs (Machine Management, UK)
Sophie Crosby (Ticketmaster, UK)
Ted Mico (Crowdmix, USA)
Tommy Vaudecrane (President, Paris Electronic Week)
Yann Pissenan (Founder / CEO, Ushuaia, Spain)

IMS Ibiza announce the return of ‘BACK2LIVE’, a salute to breakthroughs of the live electronic scene




Free admission!

Wednesday 26th May, 2016

8pm – Midnight

Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza

Limited IMS Ibiza badges available here: 

IMS continues to offer Ibiza residents 50% delegate badges with proof of residency email: 

With 3 weeks to go, International Music Summit continue to elevate the innovators of the electronic music industry with ‘Back2Live’, the returning showcase dedicated to breakthrough artists of the live stage.

Taking place at the base camp of the conference at Hard Rock Hotel on 26th May, Stimming claims the top of the bill after the release of high-concept album ‘Alpe Lusia’. Recorded in isolation in an Alpine hut away from the world, then performed with the same level of immersion through a 4D sound system, this electronic explorer is known for his live intimacy. Experimentation in sound are the forte of the other selections too, with Sea Bed and Szjerdene also featuring – the former are in no way a house band, neither a strictly House act, and have crafted a string of hook-laden tunes with recent Annie Mac support.

Bolstering the night with traditional setups still offering the same electronic exploration, come two UK bands – Delamere and Our Future Glory – who bring dance fusions as raucous as a Rock concert, resplendent in anthemic highs and synthesized swells. These high-energy, electronic ensembles promise to deliver a powerful show, with a stage presence that is proof to the ‘Back2Live’ statement.

With free entry offered to all, other events on the schedule include the incredible Dalt Vila party at the island’s historic UNESCO World Heritage Site, IMS Business Report for 2016 and the prestigious Legends Dinner – with various networking sessions hosted by Ultra Records and Pioneer DJ. This year too the IMS Pioneer Award will make a return, the award previously awarded to long-term manager of industry greats Frankie Knuckles and David Morales Judy Weinstein.

IMS partner Danny Whittle explains,

“IMS are very excited for this years Back2Live line up, with a real mix of electronica and indie guitar sounds. We really think it’s important to show the links and growth of more live elements within electronic music, and to also give a stage to upcoming new bands to showcase their talents to a very musically aware audience and music industry professionals”

Over the next two weeks IMS will be revealing the Talks from IMS Engage for all those who want to relive these compelling conversations. Starting today we relive Pete Tong In Conversation with Bob Lefsetz and James Barton In Conversation with Lee Anderson.

Pete Tong In Conversation with Bob Lefsetz

IMS Engage 2016 saw revered broadcaster, artist and voice of dance music Pete Tong in conversation with renowned author Bob Lefsetz. The discussion covered a range of topics including SFX and the state of ‘EDM’, Mike Posner’s “I Took a Pill in Ibiza,” and the next generation of industry professionals.

James Barton In Conversation with Lee Anderson

At IMS Engage 2016, President of Electronic Music at Live Nation James Barton sat down in conversation with VP (East Coast) of AM Only Lee Anderson. The rare pairing put promoter and agent in conversation with one another and covered topics from up-and-coming producers to the idea of the DJ as the new rockstar.

IMS Engage welcomes its next speaker pairing!

Pete Tong, Broadcaster, Artist / BBC, WME In Conversation with Bob Lefsetz, Author / ‘The Lefsetz Letter’

Pete Tong is omnipresent in any conversation about dance music, and IMS Engage is no different. Bringing his insight as a broadcaster, artist, DJ / producer and tastemaker through his Essential Selection show on BBC Radio 1, Pete Tong descends upon IMS Engage to help navigate a discussion about electronic music today.

Bob Lefsetz will join Pete In Conversation on April 21st, bringing his knowledge and stature as an industry staple. Author of the renowned newsletter series ‘The Lefsetz Letter’ and famously unabashed, Bob brings his knowledge as a former entertainment business attorney and fearlessness to comment on the state of the industry to IMS Engage this year. Topics up for discussion between Pete Tong and Bob Lefsetz will range from streaming to Las Vegas to the ever-controversial “I Took a Pill in Ibiza.”

Pete Tong and Bob Lefsetz join IMS’ already announced speakers, Marc Geiger, Head of Music at WME In Conversation with John MacFarlane, CEO of Sonos and James Barton, President of Electronic Music at Live Nation In Conversation with Lee Anderson, VP (East Coast) of AM Only.

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Attend IMS Ibiza


There are only two weeks left until the beginning of IMS’ calendar year, which lands in Los Angeles on April 21st at the W Hollywood Hotel.

The first speaker pairings for IMS Engage have been announced:

  • Marc Geiger, Head of Music at WME In Conversation with John MacFarlane, CEO of Sonos
  • James Barton, President of Electronic Music at Live Nation In Conversation with Lee Anderson, VP (East Coast) of AM Only

and more are coming soon.

Lock in your seat for the one-day event at the W Hollywood Hotel!

Attend IMS Ibiza


1. Crowdmix


Crowdmix is an innovative new social platform that centers around music. Presented as a smartphone app, Crowdmix has been called the “Instagram of music” and remains mum on more pertinent details as it nears a public launch sometime this year.

“Crowdmix is a disruptive new social platform that aim to connect the world through music,” the website describes. Essentially, Crowdmix hinges on the universally recognized factor of building a community around similar music tastes. Stay tuned for more developments from Crowdmix, coming soon.

Hear from CEO of Crowdmix Rob Wells at IMS Ibiza from May 25th through 27th!


2. Richie Hawtin’s PlayDifferently


Richie Hawtin has always been a proponent of combining his knowledge of technology with his music. Most recently, he announced the launch of his own ‘PLAYdifferently’ music technology venture, a collaboration with Allen & Heath and parent company Audiotonix.

Though Hawtin has yet to release major details about PLAYdifferently, he explained his inspiration for the project upon its announcement earlier this year. “The ethos of Play Differently is to create products that will magnify the individuality and expand the creativity of today’s generation of electronic music artists, producers and DJs.”

Since, he’s embarked on a Prototypes tour, meant to test the forthcoming new Mixer to be released under the PLAYdifferently moniker.

Hear from Richie Hawtin at IMS Ibiza from May 25th through May 27th!

3. Splice


Splice is a tool that meant for the producer audience. The cloud-based application was created with the artist in mind, essentially offering a user-friendly way for producers to collaborate across the Internet and skirt issues related to sending large files and editing back and forth.

“Splice offers all of this and more in a lightweight downloadable client that acts as a bridge to a user’s digital audio workstation (or DAW) and an expansive, interactive web interface that doubles as a social network.”

The platform has garnered attention from leading artists like Diplo, Tiesto, Steve Angello and Justin Bieber and Martin Garrix’s manager, Scooter Braun.

4. Here Active Listening


For fans and industry professionals alike, arguably the most important and often overlooked concern is ear health. After a few shows spent too close to a bass-rumbling speaker, it becomes obvious that tinnitus (a ringing or buzzing sound heard even without music or sound playing) becomes a very real issue. Here Active Listening is a new invention created by Doppler Labs that is aiming to change the way fans hear and experience music while also protecting your precious hearing.

Through two wireless earbuds and its complementary smartphone app, Here “acts as a studio in your ears by providing you with a volume knob, equalizer and effects to transform real world audio.” Enhance or reduce EQ levels, apply effects to live music or sounds and control the volume of the environment around you through the Here technology and app.

Find out more about Here Active Listening.

5. Sonos


Sonos was created in 2002 in effort to change the way music could be experienced at home. Completely wireless and decentralized (utilizing one comprehensive smart app that can be accessed through smartphones or computers), Sonos has jumped ahead of traditional audio equipment by integrating streaming through an impeccably user-friendly design.

Sonos integrates search and stream capabilities from almost every popular streaming platform you can think of – Spotify, SoundCloud, Pandora, Tidal, Apple Music and Mixcloud are all embedded within the app, making finding and listening to hi-def versions of your favorite mixes and uploads easier than ever.

Hear from CEO of Sonos John MacFarlane In Conversation with Marc Geiger, Head of Music at WME at IMS Engage on April 21st!

Electronic music is quickly amassing an enormous following in the Asia-Pacific region. It’s obvious that the industry has incredible potential to explode both financially and culturally, making this time important to bring together professionals with the right experience for a candid discussion about how to overcome challenges and make the most out of the opportunity.

The Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) brought together a panel of powerful promoters and venue owners with the collective local and global experience necessary to discuss the region’s growth in a thoughtful way. From India, Akshai Sarin of was able to share his insight about his populous home country and hear from Western counterparts from Australia like Murat Kilic of Reckless Republic and Antonio Celestino from OneLove, both based in Australia. In addition, Rahul Kukreja of Livescape based in Malaysia was able to balance the conversation with yet another unique perspective of the diverse Asia-Pacific region.

Watch the full discussion above.

To call Simon Napier-Bell a pioneer in the music industry seems like an understatement.

Simon is the former manager of Marc Bolan, Wham!, Candi Staton, Japan, Ultravox and many more and spent 18 months in the early 80’s paving a brand new pathway. His end goal was to bring Wham! in as the very first Western artist to ever play in communist China. His story is captivating, inspirational and a tell-all about the ways professionals of the young Asia-Pacific industry must push forward.

Watch Simon’s keynote address above.

Each edition of International Music Summit aims to unite professionals across the spectrum of roles in the global industry. At IMS Asia-Pacific in Singapore, the Artist to Artist: East Meets West panel brought together leading artists from Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Australia and Italy to explore topics relevant to artists of all statures and in all geographic locations.

DJ Sabrina, DJ Tennis, Kaz James, Kavan Spruyt, Lae Hoe Yin Blink and Scarlett Etienne came together to discuss topics like what it takes to succeed as a DJ and producer, social media’s role in a modern artist’s image and even what their moms think about their careers in music.

Watch the panel discuss in full above.

IMS Asia-Pacific is dedicated to uniting the industry by bringing the experience of global leaders to the young market and eager local professionals of the region. The Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) did just that during the Developing the Eco-System panel for an insightful discussion about the most pertinent issues and challenges that Asia-Pacific faces.

Aleks Ljubojevic of the Anna Agency from the Netherlands, Erik Leenders of David Lewis Productions based in Hong Kong, Owner of Kyo Nightclub in Singapore Godwin Pereira, Matt Nugent of Onelove Records in Australia, Indian promoter Prateek Pandey of sLick! and US-based Ryan Saltzman, Co-Owner of The Bullitt Agency made up the diverse array of leaders from each market in electronic music and shared their own individual insights about the electronic music industry.

One month ago on December 11th, IMS returned to Singapore for the second year of IMS Asia-Pacific. In continuation of the overarching theme of “Bridging the Gap,” IMS Asia-Pacific aimed to connect the global industry and unite professionals and leaders from East and West to discuss some of today’s most pressing topics within the industry.

Speakers included world renowned artists Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade and Sharam of Deep Dish, and on the industry front, representatives from SFX, Association For Electronic Music, Bullitt Agency and many more took part in panels, keynotes and interactive networking sessions. Topics like drugs in electronic music, the dying nightlife culture of Sydney, SFX’s turbulent year and the future challenges that the Asia-Pacific region faces were just some of the expansive talking points discussed at IMS Asia-Pacific.

Every IMS discussion is recorded for the larger industry to experience and learn from in our series of IMS Talks. Take a look and listen to some of the most important discussions from IMS Asia-Pacific as the industry moves into 2016.


Akshai Sarin (Artist, Creative Entrepreneur /, India)
Antonio Celestino (Promoter / Totem Onelove, Australia)
Murat Kilic (Artist, CEO / Reckless Republic / Spice, Australia)
Rahul Kukreja (Co-Owner, Livescape, Malaysia)
Moderated by Mark Lawrence (CEO, AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, UK)

DJ Sabrina (Artist, Singapore)
DJ Tennis (Artist, Life and Death / Daze Agency / Elita Festival, Italy)
Kavan Spruyt (Artist, Midnight Shift, Singapore)
Kaz James (Artist, UK / Australia)
Lae Hoe Yin Blink (Artist / Head of Programming, Zouk KL, Malaysia)
Scarlett Etienne (Artist, Hong Kong / Bali)

Aleks Ljubojevic (Agent, Anna Agency, Netherlands)
Erik Leenders (CFO, David Lewis Productions, Hong Kong)
Godwin Pereira (Owner, Kyo, Singapore)
Matt Nugent (Onelove Records, General Manager, Australia)
Prateek Pandey (Promoter, sLick!, India)
Ryan Saltzman (Agent / Co-Owner, The Bullitt Agency, USA / Barcelona)
Moderated by Mark Lawrence (CEO, AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, UK)

Interviewed by Ben Turner (Co-Founder, IMS, UK)

Interviewed by Chris Ho (Artist / Music Journalist / Radio Presenter, Singapore)

Richie McNeill (Director of Special Operations Asia, SFX Live, Australia)
Sharam from Deep Dish (Artist, USA)

Murat Kilic (Artist, CEO / Reckless Republic / Spice, Australia)

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

Kaskade has been a leading force in electronic music for many years. His prolific career has seen him through the early rise of house music in Chicago, several Grammy nominations and multiple commanding albums and classic singles that have built his career and name as one that is globally recognized and celebrated.

Much of his life – both personal and in work – has ties in Asia. Kaskade lived in Japan and learned Japanese and has found incredible success touring through Asia each year. These insightful experiences made him the perfect speaker to join the IMS Asia-Pacific stage in Singapore for a keynote interview.

A lot of Asia is a hybrid of what’s happening in America and Europe. They take from the two worlds and make it their own. – Kaskade

He discussed the incredible potential within Asia as the next frontier for the boom of electronic music, but didn’t stop there. He went on to cover topics that affect the industry as a whole. Inevitably, the issue of drug presence in electronic music culture came up. Kaskade, as a devout Mormon himself, was adamant about his stance on enjoying the music and culture completely sober.

I’ve had people argue with me early on that I’d never be able to make music that people understand not sober. I enjoy this music sober, and I think it’s possible for many people to do that. – Kaskade

Later, he gave his personal opinion on copyright law and where Asia can succeed in the coming future with electronic music. His opinion? The future is bright, and Kaskade will definitely be a part of the progression.

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

It’s not often that two figures like Sharam of Deep Dish and Richie McNeill of SFX Australia sit down for a conversation, but when they came together in Singapore at IMS Asia-Pacific, the discussion grazed over important topics like the fluctuation of the global festival industry, SFX’s controversial year and genre and artist divides.

The format of the conversation between Sharam and Richie McNeill allowed them to receive questions live from the audience as well as those previously vetted from social media, making the discussion one that truly addressed hot topics of the moment.

Everybody knows dance music is a global phenomenon now. What works in America tends to work also in Europe and Asia. Good music tends to work everywhere. – Sharam

The two discussed Asia-Pacific’s growing and rapidly changing landscape and both shared a positive outlook on the future of the market. Sharam emphasized the importance of supporting “good music,” which would lead to the natural progression of the scene in Asian markets, as well as other industries all over the world.

The conversation switched to a more serious note when Richie was posed with a question about the current status of SFX after a rough year.

It’s been an interesting two and a half years. Where is it headed? […] 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 flatlined in some territories. In territories like Australia, we’ve lost three or four major festivals. But then you look at other markets like South America and we’re launching huge festivals. Some territories pick up, some drop off. Overall, it’s a float. It’s interesting times. – Richie McNeill

Later, Sharam answered questions about the highly anticipated Deep Dish return, stating that high demand from fans was a large reason why the duo decided to come back together. Watch the conversation in full, above.