The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is both a music conference and festival and is widely recognized as the global meeting point for the creative industry around electronic music. ADE consists of a daytime conference & festival and nighttime festival program, with a total of more than 1000 events in nearly 200 locations. Which basically means that the city of Amsterdam breathes electronic music for five days and nights.
Asia Konnekt is a pioneering music and business platform with offices in Amsterdam and Tokyo with the aim to create lasting links between the global and Asian electronic music and event industry. The first initiative is a close collaboration with Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) where Asia Konnekt organise a conference program with panels and a Networking & Drinks event. Industry leaders from the Asian and global electronic dance music, event and technology industry will take part in discussions on the latest trends and developments in their markets, providing unique insights into a wide variety of opportunities and challenges. In addition to facilitate connections within their network on the Asian continent, this year's program will have a special focus on Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
Asia Konnekt will take place at Friday, October 18th in De Balie in Amsterdam as part of ADE Guesthouse. Presenting Partners from Asia Konnekt are Avex, Co-nectd and Spunite Productions. Asia Konnekt is initiated and organized by AMSbookings.ASIA and SBSTRM and will host a Networking & Drinks at the end of the panel sessions with first free drinks for ADE delegates and special invites from the music and event industry.
DATE : Friday - 18/10/2019 - 13:00h - 18:00h
LOCATION : De Balie
ADDRESS : Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10, 1017 RR Amsterdam
De Balie is accommodated in the former Court of Justice from the 19th century in the heart of Amsterdam, just 1 minute walk from ADE’s main venue. Through the central location and authentic appearance De Balie is amongst Amsterdam’s most wanted venues for business gatherings, analytic talks, cultural activities and informal meetings. De Balie hosts three large spaces, ‘Grote Zaal’, ‘Salon’ and ‘Filmzaal’, which all feature their own unique characteristics and possibilities.
This years ADE country focus, besides France, Canada and China is laying on Japan. The Asia Konnekt conference in De Balie starts off with a Q&A with Sho Fujino (SBSTRM, JP) and Marc Lankreijer (AMS Bookings, NL) about the Japanse music and event market and how to do business with them. Learn everything you need to know on how to enter the second largest music market in the world.
Tokyo is a haven for music lovers. Whether it’s jazz, classical, disco or techno, the city has countless venues catering to all kinds of tastes. The metropolis is teeming with hidden spots just waiting to be discovered. At Asia Konnekt we get to know the people behind Tokyo’s most vibrant clubs like Womb and Vent, how the latter built its revolutionary sound system, and how Japan takes hifi to another level.
Taiwan has been at the forefront of Mandarin pop music culture for almost 60 years. Of late, the densely populated island has become a hotbed of electronic music culture throughout the East Asia region. Like almost everywhere else in the world it experienced a boom in EDM festivals, but this year the festival bubble has burst. Brian Tsai from Spunite, country’s longest-running electronic music event company, talks to key players like Mr. Pulin from S20 Festival (which attracts a huge LGBTQ crowd from all over Asia), local media and influencers from the EDM scene in Taiwan to discuss where it will go from here into the future.
A panel of international speakers discusses the newly launched Korean label CO-NECTD that explores the crossroads between EDM and K-pop, the genre that made South Korea the sixth-largest music market in the world by revenue (bigger than India and China). Confirmed speakers are Fedde le Grand (NL), Korean American songwriter Brian Lee who contributed for Lady Gaga, Owl City, Kygo and DJ Snake, CEO of CO-NECTD Hankyoo Moon and Bas Jansen from Get Real Management and Conor Systrom of Monstercat.
Japan has always been somewhat insular, even in terms of the Asian world. Because of its isolation it has sprouted a truly unique culture that spread across the world like a wildfire, developing a leading role in the worlds of anime, VR and gaming. AVEX is Japan’s longest running (dance) music and entertainment company and has been releasing electronic music there since way back when in 1990. This panel discussion on the marriage between music, technology and Japanese culture, is spread across two phases. First up: the world premiere of the first anime virtual reality show of W&W & Kizuna AI with the team behind it: Avex USA Inc. president Naoki Osada, sr. producer & manager Nobby Uno from Avex Entertainment Inc. Japan and CCO/Co-Founder Aaron Lemke from Wave. The second part looks at the ideas that propel Japan’s dance music market into the future with Denis Doeland (DDMCA) and Allan Hardenberg (ALDA).