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Japan’s First Of Its Kind Electronic Music Conference Event TDME Takes Place This Weekend!

Tokyo’s very first annual electronic dance music event begins today.


Source: Official PR

Tokyo’s very first annual electronic dance music event will begin today Thursday 1st Dec (running until Saturday 3rd). Similar events take place for the music industry around Europe, US and Asia, and are commonly known for their cool sounding acronyms like ADE (Amsterdam Dance Music Event), South-by (SXSW) and the IMS (International Music Summit). Tokyo is no different, proudly taking their very own as TDME (Tokyo Dance Music Event). Of course, it’s much more that a cool sounding buzzword and an excuse to party. TDME is one of the first events to hold the magnifying glass over Tokyo’s rich and esoteric dance culture and nightlife industry with a series of thought provoking talks, partnerships (Red Bull Studios Tokyo, Pioneer, Ableton) and live stream events (Boiler Room).

Taking place in one of Tokyo’s liveliest districts, Shibuya, TDME invites local and international captains of industry to collaborate, attend talks (translated live into multiple languages) and experience the Tokyo music scene like never before. Split over three days, the first day explores the practical elements of touring, festivals and artist management in Japan. The event invites experts from the Tokyo scene to talk about both the cultural and financial challenges faced by artists and promoters in the city, with keynotes from Ken Hasabe, Mayor of Shibuya and an LGBTQIA advocate – check out his TedX Talk: ‘Creating a 21st Century City of Diversity’ for a view into his unique political stance. There is also a panel discussion on how members of the Tokyo dance music scene overturned the outdated ‘no dancing’ law, plus Russian techno powerhouse Nina Kraviz steps up to talk about the power of ‘glocalisation’ within the electronic music scene.

Day two takes a closer look at music marketing, streaming and new technologies. This includes an overview of the state of global dance music in the digital arena with a discussion from Ultra Music President and Founder Patrick Moxey, with additional contributions from Sony Music’s Toby Andrews and David Ventura. Japanese future tech broadcasters SENSORS present a roundtable about subscription streaming services in the Asian market with representatives from some of the continent’s most prominent streaming platforms. Heavyweights like KKBOX MD Tatsuo Yagi, LINE Music messenger’s director Akihiko Takahashi, AWA streaming service and start-up expert Tetsutaro Ono and Parade All president Takayuki Suzuki are set to provide their forecast and thoughts on this booming market.

To end the discussion around streaming, TDME invite you to join the conference with global online broadcasters Boiler Room. They are teaming up with Toolroom Records (UK) to present a live showcase from the Hikarie Hall in Shibuya. Watch the stream live 20:30 – 00:30 (JST) on Friday 2nd December.

The final day sees dance music legend, Giorgio Moroder live show at the city’s, Contact club in the evening of Saturday 3rd Dec as well as a closing party at internationally respected club, Womb to celebrate and close the weekends events.

Tokyo Dance Music Event takes place over three days from December 1 – December 3

Article by, Hayley Joyes.

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