Top dance music event to be held in Asia for the first time at Sentosa

British dance music guru Pete Tong is set to bring one of the world's foremost electronic music industry event to Singapore. -- PHOTO: PETE TONG
British dance music guru Pete Tong is set to bring one of the world's foremost electronic music industry event to Singapore. -- PHOTO: PETE TONG

British dance music guru Pete Tong is set to bring one of the world's foremost electronic music industry event to Singapore.

The International Music Summit (IMS), will take place at W Singapore - Sentosa Cove on Dec 11, the first time it is held in Asia.

Bringing together the world's top DJs as well as dance music industry players, the talks and party happen one day before dance party ZoukOut, also held on Sentosa.

Although no names have been confirmed yet, about 30 DJs and music label heads, agents other movers and shakers and are expected to give talks, conduct panel discussions, workshops and tutorials and give keynote interviews.

IMS was first held in dance music capital Ibiza, off the coast of Spain, in 2007. Past instalments, which have also been held in Los Angeles, has seen the participation of major names such as dance music pioneers Nile Rodgers and Giorgio Moroder, as well as popular contemporary dance acts including Skrillex and Steve Aoki.

The summits are presented by Tong, a veteran British radio DJ who hosts several influential dance music shows on BBC and runs dance music label FFRR Records.

He will host the Singapore edition, as well as DJ at the evening cocktail party. The whole event will start at noon and last for nine hours, unlike the Ibiza editions which run for three days.

Tickets start at $125. There is also a $310 package that includes entry to ZoukOut, which takes place at Sentosa's Siloso Beach on Dec 12 and 13.

Of the decision to hold the summit here, IMS co-founder Ben Turner says: "Singapore has had a strong electronic music scene for many years. This is evident with the success of Zouk club and their festival ZoukOut, and with many other clubs now gaining worldwide recognition in this region, the electronic music genre is experiencing a rise in popularity."

Local DJs, club owners and agents are also expected to speak at the event.

Turner, who runs artist management and brand-music agency Graphite, and manages electronic music artist Richie Hawtin and DJ Rob da Bank, also notes the growing club scene in Asia and highlights major festivals happening in the region, including Ultra in Korea and Japan, Storm Festival in China and Future Music in Malaysia.

An electronic music summit, he continues, will "ensure there is a platform to harness this growth, provide information and ideas to sustain it all".