International Music Summit (IMS) Asia-Pacific has revealed the initial line-up of speakers set for its Singapore conference on 11th December. The conference will be the first of its kind in Asia and will bring 30 speakers from every part of the industry to discuss the current state and development of electronic music in the region.
The first speakers announced include Pete Tong (who is the co-founder of IMS), Paul Oakenfold, Richie Hawtin, Damian Lazarus and Steve Angello. Other speakers include executives from Spotify, Ministry Of Sound and Pioneer DJ.
The nine-hour event will take place at W Singapore — Santosa Cove and will be presented by Pete Tong, famous BBC Radio 1 host. The event also coincides with Singapore's ZoukOut 2014, which will take place on the 12th and 13th of December. ZoukOut is Asia's largest dance music festival, attracting over 40,000 festival-goers.
“Singapore is the gateway to electronic music in Asia. The city was one of the first places in this part of the world to have a superclub. In the mid-90s, the media would cite Cream (Liverpool), Ministry Of Sound (London) and Singapore’s Zouk as the world’s biggest club brands. Zouk’s extension into a festival has shown that Singapore remains very much at the centre of the genre’s development in this region,” stated IMS co-founder Ben Turner.
The speakers will participate in a mixture of keynote speeches, panels, interviews and workshops as they discuss a variety of topics applicable to the state of electronic music in Asia.
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The rest of the speakers will be announced in the coming weeks, but check out who has been confirmed below:
Ben Turner (Co-Founder, IMS/Association for Electronic Music/Graphite, UK); Lincoln Cheng (Owner, Zouk & Zoukout, Singapore); Brendan Long (Agent, William Morris Endeavor, UK); Chee Meng (Director of Label Relations, Spotify, Singapore); Dev Bhatia (Director, Unmute, India); Frank Cotela (Director, Onelove Recordings/SFX Totem/Stereosonic Australia); Frank Rodi (Deputy Director Writer Services, APRA AMCOS, Australia); Dr. Gino Yu (Dr of Music & Medicine, Hong Kong); Hideki Natsumura (Manager KUVO Planning Section, Japan); Jason Swamy (Promoter, Do What You Love/Robot Heart, Hong Kong); JC Ahn (Director Vuent / Global Gathering Korea / Life In Color, South Korea); Kurosh Nasseri (Co-Founder, Association For Electronic Music, USA); Mark Brimblecombe (Owner, Attica, UK); Mark Lawrence (CEO, Association For Electronic Music, UK); Peter Van Galen (Earproof, Holland); Ralf Kollman (Mobilee Records, Germany); Trent Grimes (Ministry of Sound, Australia).
Words: Josh Molskness