Kaskade among top DJs at second edition of International Music Summit to be held here

American DJ and producer Kaskade (left) and DJ Sharam.
American DJ and producer Kaskade (left) and DJ Sharam. PHOTOS: KASKADE, SHARAM / FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - Respected names in the dance music industry and up -and-coming DJs will be dropping by Singapore next month to discuss the future of electronic music at the second Asia-Pacific edition of the International Music Summit (IMS).

American DJ and producer Kaskade and DJ Sharam from Grammy-winning house duo Deep Dish are among the first wave of confirmed speakers for the event, which will again be held at the W Singapore, Sentosa Cove, like it was last year.

Mr Richie McNeill, Stereosonic founder and current director of special operations for online music store Beatport, and Mr Mark Lawrence, CEO of the Association for Electronic Music, will be among the dance music moguls representing industry players.

From the local scene, Club Kyo owner Godwin Pereira and record label Midnight Shift's Kavan Spruyt will feature in panels, discussions and keynote speeches.

The summit will be held on Dec 11 and 350 delegates from the region are expected to attend. Some 75 per cent of badges to the conference have already been sold, according to organisers.

This year's edition will focus on bridging the gap between the emerging dance music market in the East and the established scene in the West.

Badges, which include access to all panels, a buffet lunch and a cocktail party, are on sale at $198. Those with IMS Asia-Pacific badge can also get a 20 per cent discount on a ZoukOut 2015 ticket, limited to one ticket per badge.

Mr Ben Turner, one of the founding partners of the summit, says feedback from the first edition of the event in Singapore was "incredibly positive".

"After the recent success of the inaugural IMS China in Shanghai, we're putting a huge focus and emphasis on this region," he adds.

The inaugural edition of IMS Asia-Pacific held last year featured speakers such as legendary BBC DJ Pete Tong, and veteran DJs Paul Oakenfold and Richie Hawtin.

anjalir@sph.com.sg

Go to www.internationalmusicsummit.com for details.