EDM summit returns to Singapore for a second time

Armin Van Buuren will be speaking at IMS Asia-Pacific 2015 as well as appearing in the line-up at this years ZoukOut on Dec 10 and 11.

THE highly-anticipated International Music Summit (IMS) returns to Singapore next month, and unveils its first 26 speakers for the second Asia-Pacific edition.

The IMS — the world’s most influential electronic music summit — will be held in the W Singapore–Sentosa Cove on Dec 11, in partnership with Asia’s largest outdoor electronic dance music festival ZoukOut that will start on Siloso Beach in Sentosa on the same evening.

The theme of the 2015 summit, Bridging the Gap, continues the same mission to bring these distant and vastly different cultures closer together under the electronic music industry.

IMS expanded to Singapore last year to cultivate the conversation in this rapidly emerging market and also to serve as a bridge between East and West.

IMS is co-founded by British DJ Pete Tong, of BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix fame. The first line-up of speakers of the upcoming summit comprises artistes and top executives in the industry from around the globe.

Global name Kaskade, one of the biggest American DJs whose dominance of North America helped transform the global market for EDM; Sharam, one half of the Grammy award-winning duo, Deep Dish; Richie McNeill of Beatport in Asia and Australia; British artist manager and author Simon Napier-Bell; Mark Lawrence of Association For ElectronicMusic; and Ryan Saltzman of Bullitt Bookings in North America are just some of the names from the diverse list of speakers.

And for the first time, panel speakers from Malaysia will be featured, with co-founder and co-director of the Livescape Group, Rahul Kukreja, and Lau Hoe Yin aka DJ Blink, head of programme for Zouk KL, named in the first batch of speakers.

Also just announced, five-time DJ Mag number one DJ Armin van Buuren will join the international panel of esteemed speakers at the IMS Asia-Pacific 2015. The Grammy-nominated Dutch DJ and producer, who has recently released his sixth studio album, Embrace, will be a highlight in a Keynote Interview alongside Kaskade.

On Dec 11, the global and local leaders will take to the summit stage in panels, keynote interviews and speeches. IMS co-founder Ben Turner said, “The feedback from IMS Asia-Pacific year one was incredibly positive so we’re delighted to be returning to W Singapore–Sentosa Cove next month.

“After the recent success of the inaugural IMS China in Shanghai, we’re putting a huge focus and emphasis on this region.

“IMS Asia-Pacific is about the whole Asia-Pacific market so a broader discussion will take place. High-level networking, inspiring content, and the chance to keep learning about this great landscape for the music we live and love,” he added.

The IMS speakers will come together to spark thoughtful conversations, and tackle vital and current topics that impact the region.

With some 30 artistes and industry players expected at IMSAP 2015, the event serves as a perfect opportunity to unite the industry, as well as to educate the world about the opportunities, challenges and successes of the region. The Asia-Pacific summit is expected to draw 350 delegates from around the region and beyond.

IMS began in Ibiza in 2007, during a time when electronic music was considered rock bottom and in need of a productive community setting for its leaders. Ibiza was the place where the industry had always congregated every summer, and naturally it became the starting point of IMS’s vision.

The island off the mainland of Spain is regarded as the No. 1 destination to experience new music and to catch the biggest global DJs. The island’s population of 135,000 increases to more than 300,000 during summer when the club season takes over. The flagship IMS Ibiza is timed annually to the opening summer weekend of super clubs such as Pacha, Space, Ushuaia and DC10, in late May, where as many as 20,000 party-goers invade the island for the summer’s lift-off.

IMS AP Badges (includes access to all panels, a buffet lunch and cocktail party) are priced at S$198/RM594 on www.internationalmusicsummit.com.

ZoukOut, Singapore’s definitive annual dance festival, is Asia’s only sunrise beach festival and is in its 15th installation this year.

This year’s international line-up includes Van Buuren and Kaskade, as well as Tiesto, Paul Oakenfold, Deep Dish, Axwell & Ingrosso and Nervo.

Joining them will be more international acts in Dixon, DJ Snake, DJ Tennis, Headhunterz, Paul Karlbrenner, Porter Robinson, Andrew Rayel, Claude Vostroke, Jamie Jones, Oliver Heldens, R3Hab and Visionquest. A host of regional DJs including the likes of Aldrin, Formative, Hong, Jeremy Boon, Andrew Tang and many more complete the two-day line-up.

Advance tickets priced at S$168 for Day 1, S$178 for Day 2, and S$258 for a two-day pass are available from www.zoukout.com until 11:59pm, Dec 10, 2015.

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