The International Music Summit [IMS] gathered global players and leaders of the local industry together at the W Hotel Singapore – Sentosa Cove for the second edition of IMS Asia-Pacific on Dec 11. From morning until evening, the one-day summit’s keynotes and panels addressed the Asia-Pacific region for a day of insightful and compelling takeaways from speakers –– Armin van Buuren, Kaskade, Sharam of Deep Dish and Richie McNeill of SFX Australia and Asia. IMS Asia-Pacific drew 300 delegates – business leaders, visionaries and both local and globally-renowned talents – representing over 21 countries around the world.
IMS Asia-Pacific’s Bridging The Gap Celebrates A Captivating Return To Singapore
The day began with two captivating keynotes: Mark Lawrence of the Association for Electronic Music [AFEM] first delivered a call to action to the industry to be a part of the positive change for the issue of drugs in electronic music.
Later, Murat Kilic, artist and CEO of Reckless Republic and Spice in Australia highlighted the devastating consequences a heavy-handed government can have on an entire region’s culture where he cited Sydney as an example to learn from.
“When I was DJ Mag’s #1, I had a lot of pressure on my shoulders. People expected the stage to explode when I walked on. I wasn’t Armin anymore; I was the #1 DJ in the world. I’ll tell you something from the heart – I do read all the criticism. I know exactly what’s going on”. – Armin van Buuren, Artist
Armin van Buuren, Kaskade, Sharam of Deep Dish and more dive into the insights on the greater Asia-Pacific Region
IMS Asia-Pacific welcomed three highly-anticipated keynotes from world-renowned artists Armin van Buuren, Kaskade and Sharam of Deep Dish. Each artist had valuable insights to share thanks to a lifetime in the industry and personal experiences of the Asia-Pacific region.
Armin and Kaskade focused on the need to re-evaluate copyright laws in a streaming-driven world while Sharam discussed how the music industry must react in light of recent terrorism events.
“I’ve always seen Asia as a place of opportunity, but now it feels like how it felt in 2008 and 2009 in America. It was all leading up to something and we’re going to get to see what that is. This is why we’re all here”. – Kaskade, Artist
IMS co-founder Ben Turner shares: “IMS Asia-Pacific was a powerful call to action from industry leaders and artists about the measures this industry needs to take to help protect our future. To hear the likes of Armin, Sharam, DJ Tennis and Kaskade talk openly about drugs and terrorism was powerful in a country as sensitive as Singapore. We’re proud of the day and the event and thank everybody for their incredible contribution to this platform for thought, leadership and change.”
The summit’s theme “Bridging the Gap” represents the Summit’s intent to bring the vastly different cultures of East and West together. IMS Asia-Pacific was created to serve as a platform to learn from one another – in business and in culture – to help one another – in business and in culture – to help progress the phenomenon of electronic music.
This year, panels like “Developing the Eco-System” and “East Meets West” aimed to pinpoint the major hurdles the Asia-Pacific region faces in its ever evolving electronic music landscape, while imploring the valued insight of experienced professionals to push the market ahead.