The new conference is already backed by the likes of Ableton, RBMA and Boiler Room
From South America to Eastern Europe, it seems like every region has its own WMC/ADE-like dance music conference these days. Except, that is, for Japan - an odd situation really, when you consider that it's the second largest music-buying market in the world!
Which is why 1-3 December will see the arrival of the first-ever Tokyo Dance Music Event (or TDME, for short). It's backed by key industry players such as Red Bull Music Academy, Boiler Room, Ableton and Toolroom Academy, and will feature the usual array of panel discussions, seminars and workshops by day, and parties by night. All of which will take place at a number of venues across the city, including the legendary Womb as well as Red Bull Studios Tokyo, the towering Hikarie Hall A in Shibuya and rising star of the Tokyo club scene Contact.
The first speakers announced for the conference include a host of people that are big names locally, even if western readers haven't heard of them before. These include Zeebra, a leading figure in Japanese hip-hop; Naohiro Ukawa, the man behind "Japan's answer to Boiler Room", Dommune; and journalist Jay Kogami. More international figures include Ultra Music founder and president Patrick Moxey, Association for Electronic Music CEO Mark Lawrence, and Listen Up PR's Lucy Allen.
For details of how to register, see the TDME website.