Giorgio Moroder has joined the bill for the Tokyo Dance Music Event next month.
It was announced last week that the inaugural conference would be starting in Shibuya on December 1st, with Nina Kraviz topping the list of people speaking across the three-day programme. Along with already-revealed artists like Wata Igarashi, Claptone and Umek, Moroder will DJ as part of the event, manning the decks at Contact on December 3rd.
Workshops and studio demonstrations have also been announced. A Toolroom session will be hosted by label boss Stuart Knight plus Prok & Fitch, Umek and Pete Griffiths. Ableton looks local for their Tokyo Meetup with DJ Baku, Koyas and CD Hata, while Pioneer DJ explore the TORAIZ SP-16 sampler with Sauce81 and Yamato. Studio sessions will also be led by Thylacine, OBKR, James Zoo and Seiho.
We spoke with TDME organisers Lauren-Rose Kocher, Hiroshi Kuramoto and Koji Yanai about the conference.
Why is 2016 the ideal time to launch the TDME?
International festivals like Ultra, Electric Zoo Beach, Sensation and so on have been arriving in Asia, one after the other, over the last three years. In Japan they reach a broad audience, many of whom have come to dance music from a pop perspective. At the same time, Japan's strong underground scene, talented producer/DJs and techno scene have been present for years. We thought it was finally time to bring together the underground and overground in a large celebration, and to hold a truly international gathering in Tokyo. With the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the city is finally starting to open up to people from all over the world. TDME aims to become an annual celebration that highlights Tokyo as an international city.
What are some key topics that will be covered at the conference?
The conference starts on December 1st, with a focus on clubs, festivals and touring. Speakers like the Mayor of Shibuya Ken Hasebe, Asian club bookers and promoters, and key people from the Japanese festival scene will discuss the live side of the business. On the second day, the conversation will focus on music marketing, streaming and new technologies. We'll hear from the head of every major Japanese label, as well as Japan's home-grown subscription streaming services like LINE Music and AWA.
How will TDME differ from similar events around the world?
Japan is the second-largest music market in the world and the largest in Asia by far, with supportive music media, a sophisticated audience, and a landscape dominated by local artists. How do strong local artists play a role on the international stage? This is a question Japan has been asking for a while, and also a concern of other Asian territories—at TDME we are creating a unique space to discuss and find solutions. And then there's the delicious Japanese food of course. You can't get good sushi at ADE.
What will a day at the conference look like for an attendee?
Arriving at Shibuya's Hikarie Hall A, you'll walk past floor-to-ceiling windows on your left showing the entire city of Tokyo, on some days Mt. Fuji is visible. After you check in, you'll hear from a variety of people in both English and Japanese, with simultaneous interpretation headsets.
After some hours at the conference, you can walk over to the Sessions at nearby Red Bull Studios Tokyo and sit in on a Toolroom Academy workshop, like Umek's Techno Masterclass. Then at night your TDME pass allows you to attend a Boiler Room show where you can enjoy the best of Japan's young DJs. Then head out into Shibuya for shows at local clubs including artists like Claptone and Giorgio Moroder. Grab some late-night food like ramen noodles and you'll have the full experience. The full programme is available on the TDME website.