PANELS & KEYNOTES WITH OVER 60 SPEAKERS INCLUDING ARTISTS SEBASTIAN INGROSSO & LAIDBACK LUKE PLUS REPRESENTATIVES FROM CMC HOLDINGS, WONDERFRUIT, WARNER MUSIC, ELROW & MORE

IMS’ CHINA ELECTRONIC MUSIC MARKET REPORT – 286 HUNDRED MILLION ELECTRONIC MUSIC LISTENERS IN CHINA, ELECTRONIC MUSIC IS CHINA’S SECOND MOST POPULAR GENRE


International Music Summit, the premier platform for thought leadership in electronic music, has concluded a successful fourth installment of its flagship event in Asia, IMS Asia-Pacific, in conjunction with A2LiVE and STORM festival. The event brought together 700 dance music industry leaders from 24 countries from East and West for two days of thought provoking panels, world-class production and DJing workshops, insightful reports and after parties in Shanghai that revealed the scale of Asia’s burgeoning electronic music market.  Professionals representing over 60 different senior electronic music industry roles including CEO’s, Agents, Artists, Bookers, Managers, Club & Festival owners were present at the summit, with 74% attending from China, 18% international and 9% from Asia.  IMS Asia-Pacific opened with the Nielsen Dance Music Study, which revealed dance music continues to remain hugely popular in the region, hitting the top five of all music genres in all markets except Japan, with Koreans most likely of all markets to listen to dance music and to be ‘dedicated listeners’. This trend was reinforced by the China Electronic Music Market report presented on day two by Net Ease Cloud Music, which estimated 2.86 hundred million users of electronic music in China in 2017 and confirmed electronic music as the second most preferred genre amongst users in the country.

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In a rare keynote address, Laidback Luke (Artist, Netherlands) presented his thoughts on the summit theme ‘The Digital Storm’, reflecting on two decades in dance music and the impact of the digital era on DJing and production, noting “I started producing with an Atari computer with Cubase in my bedroom, now I mastered a track on the way here on the airplane.”  Scarlett Li (CMC Holdings/Zebra Media, Vice President/Founder, China) representing one of the largest investment companies in the region, was bullish on the digital opportunities in her keynote, China: The Opportunity Is Now, singling out streaming as a huge potential windfall for the region, statingDigital music today is a real business, there will be an estimated 2 billion USD market for paid streaming service by 2020.”

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The state and health of the underground scene and how to nurture it in a region where EDM dominates was a key talking point in Shanghai on day one of the summit in the panel, ‘Nature vs Nurture. Speakers including Robb Harker (Supermodified Agency, CEO, Hong Kong), Tom Bray (YETI OUT, Co-Founder, China), and Matthew Hoag (elrow, Global Brand Manager, Spain) discussed the range of electronic music that exists in the region, how the underground is still expanding and how it is still understood in the region, with Tom Bray noting “How do you define underground in China? Anything that’s not in the charts or played on radio. Even mainstream sounding electronic music if it’s not in the charts is considered underground.“ Collectively the panel created a “Ten Point Plan’ on the stage to help unlock the eco-system and bring through new talent, with key actions including ‘think local, book local’, foster discovery, encourage entrepreneurialism and the promotion of electronic music as an art form.

Other highlights from Day one also saw Brazil’s most prolific electronic music act, Alok, reflect on the digital age and the role that Asia-Pacific region has played in his career, noting “to raise a fanbase and cultivate it in China takes patience and time”. Dance music veteran Howie B spoke with Chinese artists Mickey Zhang and WHAI on the challenges that arise culturally, linguistically, and creatively when collaborating with artists from another culture, concluding “the language barrier is not a barrier, it’s freedom”. In his second panel appearance of the day,  Laidback Luke, Unity, and Krosses got together to speak on how people can learn from these international collaborations, and what they say about the increasingly connected world in which we live. Krosses revealed technology allows them to produce together full time, eight hours per day despite being located on different continents.

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The day concluded with a rare keynote interview from artist Sebastien Ingrosso and his manager Amy Thomson (CEO, ATM Artists, USA) who discussed their approach to the Asia-Pacific region. They addressed how the West can often tend to homogenize Asia as one territory, when in reality it’s a hugely diverse and regionalized number of markets that require a tailored approach when releasing content. Ingrosso noted in his keynote “there is a big difference between Asian markets, we change our set up from country to country.”  For Axwell^Ingrosso collaboration with rising local talent is key to building a fanbase in new Asian markets and IMS Asia-Pacific was their platform to announce their newest collaboration “Sun is Shining” with upcoming Chinese talent Kiki. Thomson used the keynote to voice her frustration at the lack of communication with local major labels and used the platform to invite hungry, upcoming Asian industry talent to work with her in developing her artists in the region.

Day two saw Pranitan Phornprapha, CEO/Founder of Thailand’s promotion company Wonderfruit, give a keynote presentation on how to create a festival with less of a carbon footprint, and addressed the challenges that arise when trying to do so, advising anyone who wants to run their own festival that it’s imperative to listen to your audience and “to run an event you have to be very data driven. I would encourage anyone to do their own independent surveys. Data doesn’t lie.”  

Bart Cools of Warner Music also gave his second Keynote at IMS, this time giving his view on the global electronic music marketplace and the challenges and opportunities in Asia-Pacific which is “literally fizzing with opportunity.”  He touched on the recent acquisition of Spinnin’ Records, stating it should be seen as “a vote of confidence in the whole dance sector” concluding his keynote with the powerful statement that “I have no doubt that Asia will play a huge role in spearheading this industry’s growth.”

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Day two also explored the role of labels in Asia Pacific, A2LiVE’s Managing Director Eric Reithler Barros led a panel of label executives including Nobby Uno (Avex Entertainment, Producer/Manager, Japan), Ryan Wilson (Sony Music, Director of Electronic Music, Asia-Pacific) and Tan Chang (Hummingbird Music Ltd, CEO & Founder, Hong kong) to discuss how labels are thriving in the region and the emerging electronic music scene, with the major labels both agreeing that a key focus now is finding local talent to break on an international level.

The “Assessing Market Value” panel saw a lively debate between managers, bookers, agents and promoters  discussing artists fees and market value in the region. Speaking including Andrew Goldstone, former manager of Tiesto and Deckstar Management GM, joined Cody Chapman (Paradigm Talent Agency, Booking Agent, USA), Jason Swamy (Net Ease Cloud Music) debated the difficulty of building a sustainable and thriving scene in Asia with larger festivals setting artists budgets, with Wonderfruit promoter Jason Swamy noting on the negotiation process “whoever gives out the first prices loses.”

The day concluded with a panel of esteemed professionals from all walks of the dance music industry, from promoters (Eric Zho, A2LiVE, CEO & Founder, China) to agents (Matt Rodriguez, Paradigm Talent Agency, USA) to investors (Scarlett Li, CMC Holdings/Zebra Media, Co-President/Founder, China), discussing the “Big Picture” of the Asia-Pacific dance market, and where it will go from here, covering big topics including ‘predatory competition’ in the Asian festival market, the importance of encouraging homegrown Asian talent, the potential for more transparency in the artist/manager/agent relationship and the issues surrounding payments and the restrictive Chinese processes surrounding them.  Scarlett Li closed the conference with a warning to artists around the dangers of not paying withholding tax, advising “make sure your book is clean, pay your tax, if not you will pay a heavy price and you may not play here again.”

As well as insightful panels, delegates also experienced the latest cutting edge tech and learned from leading industry artists in production and DJing masterclasses led by Laidback Luke, Rave Radio, Unity, Pioneer DJ and Point Blank Music School.

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Ben Turner, IMS Co-Founder, states “IMS Asia-Pacific was another educational and inspirational gathering of some of the most influential architects of the scene in Asia-Pacific. The two-day event probably went much deeper than any previous IMS event in this region, resulting in the creation of a Ten Point Plan of how to better nurture the underground movement to help achieve a better balance of the musical eco-system. There was also strong advice about finances in Asia, and how better to communicate with audiences. Overall, it was a great success and we’re proud to have provided such a powerful platform for the genre to network and further the advance of the genre around the region.

International Music Summit Asia Pacific celebrates its third year, and solidifies itself as the premier electronic music conference in the region. The summit concludes IMS’ events for the 2017 season, and looks forward to a strong return in 2018, furthering its expansion.

 

 

The fourth annual IMS Asia-Pacific concluded yesterday September 22, 2017. Over 500 delegates and speakers attended from around the world and debated the most pressing topics facing the region. Below are the five central calls to action that resulted from the two intensive and productive days.

1. FOCUS ON KOREA! THE TERRITORY IS LEADING THE WAY WITH ELECTRONIC MUSIC ENGAGEMENT IN ASIA-PACIFIC

Day one opened with the AC Nielsen Asia-Pacific Dance Music Study, which revealed dance music continues to remain hugely popular in the region, hitting the top five of all music genres in all markets except Japan, with Koreans most likely of all markets to listen to dance music and to be ‘dedicated listeners’.

This trend was reinforced by the China Electronic Music Market report presented on day two by Net Ease Cloud Music, which estimated 2.86 hundred million users of electronic music in 2017 and confirmed electronic music as the second most preferred genre amongst users in China.

2. THE DIGITAL STORM: STREAMING POSES THE BIGGEST OPPORTUNITY IN THE REGION

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Net Ease Cloud Music alone has “over 300,000 electronic music downloads each day and more than 620,000 playlists live per day”.

Scarlett Li noted in her keynote China: The Opportunity Is Now, “Digital music today is a real business, there will be an estimated 2 billion USD market for paid streaming service by 2020.”

3. HOMEGROWN HEADLINERS IS THE GOAL

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Festival promoters within Asia-Pacific made a clear declaration that the main goal is to find headliners from within their territories. Doung Anh Minh from Lost in Music in Vietnam stated that the day is “near” in his market when the homegrown talent headlines, and the international acts support.

4. ARTISTS MUST TAILOR THEIR APPROACH TO INDIVIDUAL MARKETS IF THEY WANT TO SUCCEED

As Sebastian Ingrosso noted in his keynote “there is a big difference between Asia markets, we change our set up from country to country.” For Ingrosso and his manager Amy Thompson, collaboration with rising local talent is key to building a fanbase in new Asian markets and IMS Asia-Pacific was their platform to announce their newest collaboration “Sun is Shining” with upcoming Chinese talent Kiki.

5. IMS SPEAKERS CREATE A “TEN POINT PLAN” TO CULTIVATING THE UNDERGROUND AND COMPLETING THE ECO-SYSTEM

digitalstormIMS speakers created a “Ten Point Plan’ collectively on the stage to help unlock the eco-system and bring through new talent. Titled “Nature Versus Nature”, the key actions were… Think local, book local, Foster Discovery, Encourage Entreprenuralism and promote electronic music as an art form.

IMS Asia-Pacific attendees will ave no shortage of day and night-time events to explore during the two-day summit in Shanghai.  Get to know the local scene in Shanghai from underground clubs to the massive STORM festival.

Featured artists include Laidback Luke, Krosses, Unity, Jason Swamy, an assortment of local talent and many more…

OFFICIAL PARTIES

  • Budweiser STORM Festival
    September 23-24 | 2pm – 10pm
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    Budweiser STORM Festival
    September 23-24 | 2pm – 10pm

    The most anticipated electronic music festival in China takes place in Shanghai after IMS Asia-Pacific. Started in 2013, it is now the top festival in the country, boasting 11 locations across China and Australia. Don’t miss this incredible experience.

    Tickets to STORM Festival are not included in the price of the delegate badge.

    IMS Asia-Pacific + STORM Festival Package Tickets HERE.

    STORM Festival Tickets HERE.

    Venue: Address: No. 188, Lane 399, East Shendi Road, Pudong District, Shanghai

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    15:00 Pick up from Hyatt on the Bund, drop off at the Storm venue (VIP Entrance)

    22:30 Pick up from the Storm venue (VIP Entrance), drop off at Hyatt on the Bund

    IMS After Party by Dianyintai
    September 21 | 9pm – late
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    IMS After Party by Dianyintai
    September 21 | 9pm – late

    Free entrance for IMS Asia-Pacific delegates.

    Venue: Arkham Shanghai

    Time: 9pm – late

    Location: China, Shanghai Shi, Xuhui Qu, Wulumuqi S Rd, 1号-5

    Google map it here.

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    Pryo After Party
    September 21 |10pm – 4am
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    Pryo After Party
    September 21 |10pm – 4am

    Free entrance for IMS Asia-Pacific delegates.

    Venue: Le Baron, Shanghai

    Time: 10:00pm – 4:00am

    Location: Seventh Floor, 20 Donghu Lu, near Huaihai Zhong Lu, Xuhui district

    Come and join us for the PYRO 百大 Official After Party! Featuring the top DJs from PYRO’s top 100 chart, which will be announced at IMS on the same day in the afternoon (21st Sept). This highly anticipated event marks the start of a new era for Chinese DJs. An official ranking to help create value and develop the industry, in one of the most exciting markets in the world. Artist lineup can not be announced before the IMS ceremony, but the talent will be more than present. Come see the newly minted DJs show why they ranked as high as they did! A complimentary drink will be served for all attending IMS delegates, please make sure you RSVP below and keep your IMS delegate badge on you when you arrive.

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  • Mixmash Record Label Night with Laidback Luke, Krosses and Unity
    September 22 | 10pm – 3am
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    Mixmash Record Label Night with Laidback Luke, Krosses and Unity
    September 22 | 10pm – 3am

    DJs: Laidback Luke, Krosses, Unity

    Venue: M2 (Hong Kong Plaza)

    Time: 10:00pm – 3:00am

    Address: M2, Hong Kong Plaza, 4/F, 283 Huai Hai Zhong Lu

    NOTE: This event is not free to enter for IMS badge holders and will charge an entry fee at the door.

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    ASL Lounge Afterparty
    September 22 | 11pm – late
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    ASL Lounge Afterparty
    September 22 | 11pm – late

    IMS Asia-Pacific delegates only.

    Venue: ASL Shanghai

    Time: 11pm until late

    Location: 88 Tongren Road, Shanghai, China 200031

    Google map location here.

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    IMS Asia-Pacific Closing Party Supported by NetEase Cloud Music
    September 22 | 2am – late
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    IMS Asia-Pacific Closing Party Supported by NetEase Cloud Music
    September 22 | 2am – late

    DJs: Ebar, Jasmine Li, Emil Chang, Jason Swamy

    Free entrance for IMS Asia-Pacific delegates.

    Venue: Celia by Pulse, Shanghai

    Time: 2am until late

    Location: 298, Xingfu Lu near Pingwu Lu, Changning, Shanghai
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Final speakers include Axwell^Ingrosso, Laidback Luke, Mija and ALOK plus leading representatives from elrow, Warner Music Group and AEG

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International Music Summit (IMS), in partnership with Budweiser STORM Festival, today announce additional speakers and the final schedule for the 2017 instalment of their flagship event in Asia. IMS Asia Pacific takes place Sept 21 – 22 in Shanghai, China at Hyatt on the Bund.

In a rare moment at IMS or any electronic music summit, an established artist will issue a solo talk as Laidback Luke will deliver a keynote address on the theme of IMS AP 2017, The Digital Storm, touching upon how ever-expanding technology has affected the music market. Laidback Luke is also slated to present a masterclass titled ‘How To Make Music Fast And Keep Inspired’, alongside workshops from Point Blank Music School and artists Rave Radio and Unity. Billboard’s Asia Bureau Chief Rob Schwartz will interview Swedish icons Axwell^Ingrosso as they discuss their own experiences within the industry. Scarlett Li, Vice President of CMC Capital Partners and Founder of Zebra Media, one of China’s most innovative entertainment and live event platforms, holds her own keynote, drawing upon her years of experience as one of China’s leaders in Live Entertainment addressing key issues that affect everyone in the dance music community.

Panellists include prominent professionals from across the entire electronic music industry discussing a wide range of issues that affect the dance music community at large and notably in Asia. Robb Spitzer will join ISMAYA Group Co-Founder and Djakarta Warehouse mastermind Christian Rijanto amongst a panel of highly-regarded colleagues to discuss the rising underground scene in Asia while Iqbal Ameer, founder and CEO of The Livescape Group joins Wonderfruit founder Pranitan Phornprapha and Slick! India, India’s leading House & Techno brand, founder Prateek Pandey to explore emerging markets and new opportunities in Asia-Pacific countries including India, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Tackling environmental challenges, Pranitan Phornprapha leads his own keynote presentation on the challenges and strategies of creating a greener music festival for the benefit of attendees and the environment, touching upon his own experience as one of Asia’s most respected promoters. We’ll also get down to brass tacks and hard figures as the official 2017 NetEase China Music Report and the Nielson Asia-Pacific Dance Music Study, commissioned by A2Live, are unveiled at the summit.

Delegates will have the opportunity to get unique career guidance and insight from up and coming artists within the Asia Pacific music markets, including newcomer Unity. A2LiVE Managing Director Eric Rethler-Barros will spearhead the discussion on effectively collaborating on creative projects across East and West, US to China, in a panel consisting of international artists Howie B, WHAI, and Mickey Zhang, director of E-MIDI Electronic Music Festival.

IMS Co-Founder Ben Turner states It is an educational process programming IMS Asia-Pacific never mind attending it! It really is incredible to see the interest and attention this region is getting and we hope the fourth edition of IMS Asia-Pacific is as fascinating as all previous ones. This year we are really pushing the agenda on the eco-system and how underground music gets heard and evolves in such a mainstream climate; how international brands are coming to the region and integrate respectfully, plus some leaders of investment talking about the big picture. As one of the panels state, ‘the Opportunity is NOW’!”

In 2015, IMS revealed that electronic music event attendance in China had risen 30% since 2011. The region is filled with a growing population of young eager fans, hopeful talent and hungry professionals aiming to help cultivate the scene in the region and in China, the world’s biggest potential market for electronic music. 2017’s IMS Asia-Pacific will bridge the gap between East and West and provide unique first hand insight into the artists, businesses and events that are making Asia Pacific one of the most exciting and rapidly growing markets in the world.

 

Complete list of Speakers

Keynote Speakers:

Axwell^Ingrosso (Artists, Sweden)

Interviewed by Rob Schwartz (Billboard Magazine, Asia Bureau Chief, USA/Japan)

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

Laidback Luke (Artist, Netherlands)

Pranitan Phornprapha (Scratch First Co. Ltd, (Wonderfruit Festival), Founder/CEO, Thailand)

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

 

Additional Speakers

Alan Hsia (theLOOP Inc., Co-Founder, Taiwan)

ALOK (Artist, Brazil)

Andre Jaeger Soares (Ecozoic Resources Inc, Founder Director, USA)

Andrew Goldstone (Deckstar Management, Manager and GM, (NYC), USA)

Arsit Prachaseri (AG Productions/Retox Sessions, CEO/Founder, Thailand)

Ben Turner (Graphite/IMS, CEO/Partner, UK)

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

Christopher Coe (Treecreds, Director, Australia)

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

Damien Saint (W Bali – Seminyak, W Sound Suite & Music Curator, Indonesia)

David Plattner (RainTrust, Chief Visionary Officer, Bangkok)

Duong Anh Minh (Lost in Music – LIM Entertainment JSC, Founder & Managing Partner, Vietnam)

Emily Hou (A2LiVE/Strobelight Talent, Agent/Buyer, China)

Eric Reithler-Barros (A2LiVE/DianYinTai, MD/CCO, China)

Eric Zho (A2LiVE, CEO & Founder, China)

Georges Kool (Mixmash Records, Managing Director, Netherlands)

Helena Kosinski (Nielsen Company, Vice President of Nielsen Music – Global, UK)

Howie B (Artist, UK)

Iqbal Ameer (The Livescape Group, CEO, Malaysia)

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

Jeremie Habib (Gigwell, Co-Founder & CEO, USA)

Jessie Wang (NetEase Cloud Music, International Business Director, China)

Jody Taylor (Write Rhythm, CEO & Founder, Indonesia)

KAKU (Artist, Asia)

Krosses (Artist, India/UK)

Kurosh Nasseri (AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, Co-Chairman/Co-Founder, USA)

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

Mark Netto (IMS, Co-Founder, Ibiza)

Matthew Hoag (elrow, Global Brand Manager, Spain)

Matt Rodriguez (Paradigm Talent Agency, Agent, USA)

Michel Kuklinksi (David Lewis Productions, Agent, Netherlands)

Mickey Zhang (O2 Culture, Artist/Chief Director of E-MIDI Electronic Music Festival 2017, China)

Mija (Artist, USA)

Nobby Uno (Avex Entertainment, Producer/Manager, Japan)

Olga Heijns (Unmanageable Artists, Artist Manager/Founder/MD, Netherlands)

Prateek Pandey (Slick! India, Director, India)

Rave Radio (Artist, Australia)

Rob Cowan (Point Blank Music School, CEO & Founder, UK)

Robb Harker (Supermodified Agency, CEO, Hong Kong)

Robb Spitzer (AEG Presents, Senior Vice President, Asia)

Ryan Wilson (Sony Music, Director of Electronic Music, Asia-Pacific)

Spencer Tarring (Pyro Music, CEO, China)

Steve Pillemer (Your Shot, Founder, Australia)

Takako Fujiyama (Pioneer DJ, Sales Manager, Japan)

Tan Chang (Hummingbird Music Ltd, CEO & Founder, Hong Kong)

Tom Bray (YETI OUT, Co-Founder, China)

Unity (Artist, China)

Vlada Didenko (IMS Asia-Pacific/A2LiVE, Partner/Director, China)

WHAI (O2 Culture, Artist, China)

 

 

 

By Marlina Azmi (Pulse Radio)

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

Nakadia

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

Xhin

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

Hito

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

Hayze

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

Gaby Endo

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

Arjun Vagale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In 2015 IMS revealed that electronic music event attendance in China had risen 30% since 2011. The region is filled with a growing population of young, eager fans, hopeful talent and hungry professionals aiming to help cultivate the electronic music scene in the region and in China, the world’s biggest potential market for electronic music. 2017’s IMS Asia-Pacific will bridge the gap between East and West and provide unique firsthand insight into the artists, businesses and events that are making Asia Pacific one of the most exciting and rapidly growing electronic music markets in the world.

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

 

IMS ASIA-PACIFIC FIRST TEN SPEAKERS

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

Axwell ^ Ingrosso (Artists, Sweden)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EXPLORE MORE TOPICS AND SPEAKERS HERE.

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

Shanghai, China, Sept 21-22

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

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

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

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

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

In 2015 IMS revealed that electronic music event attendance in China had risen 30% since 2011. The region is filled with a growing population of young, eager fans, hopeful talent and hungry professionals aiming to help cultivate the electronic music scene in the region and in China, the world’s biggest potential market for electronic music. 2017’s IMS Asia-Pacific will bridge the gap between East and West and provide unique firsthand insight into the artists, businesses and events that are making Asia-Pacific one of the most exciting and rapidly growing electronic music markets in the world.

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

 

FIRST TOPICS ANNOUNCED

THE DIGITAL STORM – IMS ASIA-PACIFIC THEME 2017

PROTECTING OUR CULTURE: DIVERSITY, LOCALITY, CORPORATISM

EMERGING MARKETS WITHIN ASIA-PACIFIC

PYRO TOP 100 CHINA DJ & CLUB WINNERS REVEALED

NURTURING THE UNDERGROUND IN ASIA-PACIFIC

WESTERN PRODUCER, EASTERN ARTIST – COLLABORATIVE CASE STUDIES

POINT BLANK MUSIC SCHOOL MASTERCLASSES

NETEASE MUSIC REPORT: ASIA-PACIFIC

HOW TO CREATE A GREENER FESTIVAL

LABELS IN ASIA-PACIFIC

MAKE ASIA GREEN AGAIN

ARTISTS IN ASIA-PACIFIC

ASSESSING FAIR MARKET VALUE

BIG THINKERS: BIG PICTURE

KEYNOTE INTERVIEWS WITH STORM HEADLINERS

 

FIRST LIST OF COMPANY SPEAKERS

A2LIVE, CHINA

AFEM: ASSOCIATION FOR ELECTRONIC MUSIC, UK

AVEX ENTERTAINMENT, JAPAN

BILLBOARD, ASIA

CMC CAPITAL PARTNERS, CHINA

LIVESCAPE GROUP, MALAYSIA

NETEASE, CHINA

PARADIGM TALENT AGENCY, NORTH AMERICA

PIONEER DJ, ASIA

POINT BLANK MUSIC SCHOOL, UK

PULSE GLOBAL, AUSTRALIA

PYRO, CHINA

RAINTRUST, PHILIPPINES

SLICK!, INDIA

SONY MUSIC, ASIA

SPINNIN’ RECORDS, NETHERLANDS

THELOOP INC., TAIWAN

WARNER MUSIC, ASIA

WME, ASIA

WONDERFRUIT, THAILAND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

 

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

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

IMS College – Malta Day 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

IMS College – Malta Day 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

APPLY FOR YOUR VISA EARLY

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

General Steps:

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

 

Traveling from the US:

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

Traveling from Europe (EU):

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

Traveling from Australia:

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

DOWNLOAD A VPN

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

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

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

 

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday 7th July – Hosted by Point Blank Music School

12.00-12.05        Introduction by IMS Partners

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

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

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

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

NETWORKING LUNCH

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

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

16.45-17.30        Performance: Keynote Interview – Sven Väth

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

Saturday 8th July

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

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

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

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

NETWORKING LUNCH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#2xwomenheadliners #SmirnoffSoundCollective

Photo credit: David Holderbach