Festival vibes for dance conference


  • Metro News
  • Friday, 31 Jan 2020

Laidback Luke and Nakadia (below) are among the big names that will be at the Wired Music Week.

ASIA’S largest electronic music conference and festival, Wired Music Week (WMW)​ takes to the skies from March 12 to 15 in Zouk Genting, featuring a roster of acclaimed electronic music industry giants.

Party headliners such as Laidback Luke, Markus Schulz, Arkham Nights and Nakadia collaborate with industry figures, including Steen Van Dijken (Revealed Recordings), Jacob Merlin (1001tracklists)​, Robin Leembruggen (Liquid State), Paul Neuteboom (BrotherHood Music, China), David Luce​, Erik Leenders (David Lewis Management) and many more for this third instalment of WMW.

The conference will be centred around the theme of “Sustainability” within all aspects of the global electronic music industry.

Among the myriad of topics it will explore will be subjects such as “Radio In A Streaming Age” to discuss the sustainability of radio airplay against the rise of digital streaming platforms, “The Evolution of The DJ and Production Industry Over The Past Two Decades”, and “Music Festivals: Make, Break or Sustain”​ to take a look at a music promoters’ role in contributing to environmental sustainability, among others.

There will also be WMW’s new pillar — Wired Black — which will focus on the growth and expansion of the underground electronic music scene. Wired Black will be taking over FUHU Genting and Empire, Zouk Genting, for one day during WMW 2020 on March 13.

This single day conference within Wired Music Week is set to feature major keynotes, in-depth panel discussions and innovative workshops led by Asia’s fiercest with featured experts such as Wayne Lee (Zouk Singapore)​, Nakadia (TH), Zaran Vachha (Collective Minds) and many more.

Topics such as “Young & Thirsty: The Art of Moving The Young Over To The Underground” as well as an in-depth look into the trajectory for aspiring independent musicians with “From Nothing To Something Big: From Bedroom DJs to Warehouse Parties” and “The Evolution Revolution” are among the expected highlights, with more to be expected.

Another new pillar that will be introduced in WMW 2020 is Connect: China, aimed at bridging Chinese electronic music industry with the rest of Asia.

Conference attendees will also get the chance to learn from the best with WMW’s workshops featuring key players in the global industry.

Of course, WMW wouldn’t be complete without its after parties. Attendees can expect a line-up of international DJ acts, including the likes of Laidback Luke, Markus Schulz, Arkham Knights, Irwan, Nakadia, Dexter King, Ailia, Izzi and more, joining local Djs to set the dance floors of Zouk Genting ablaze with their electrifying sets.

As the official venue partner, Zouk Genting will be opening its doors to WMW attendees, as well as offering other outlets, including Empire, Redtail and FUHU to serve as the backdrop across the conference weekend.

Wired Music Week (WMW), established since 2018 in Kuala Lumpur and now held annually, is a gathering of professionals ranging from aspiring artistes, talent managers and promoters within the electronic music industry and has swiftly grown to become one of the most respected meeting places for industry professionals within the South-East Asia region.

Tickets are now available for sale at https://wmw2020.pouchnation.com/

For details, go to ​www.wmw.my

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