Completing the lineup with latest pillar, re:Wired, which bridges the music industry with the gaming industry
Kuala Lumpur, 28 February 2020 - The third installment of Asia’s Largest Electronic Music Conference & Festival, Wired Music Week (WMW) , is set to electrify Malaysia with the announcement of its full lineup featuring the addition of the new pillar, re:Wired . The conference takes place from 12th to 15th March 2020 against the sights and sounds of official venue partner, Zouk Genting .
re:Wired will see Wired Music Week partnering with Sync Summit to create a series of panels, keynotes and workshops focusing on the intersection of music, gaming and esports. The aim of this partnership is to provide attendees, including artists, and people from the music and game industries with practical information, intelligence, resources and networking opportunities in order to gain relevant resources and practical knowledge to succeed in getting their music into games.
Sync Summit CEO Mark Frieser says of the partnership, “We are delighted to partner with Wired Music Week to help provide attendees with the practical tools they need to succeed in sync and composition for games. As the premier event programming company, in sync and composition for all types of media, Sync Summit is committed to create and deliver content that will deliver to Wired Music Week’s attendees with insight, information, intelligence and access to the best practices and the people essential to doing business in music and games.”
At the heart of WMW is a passion-fueled movement with the focus of connecting creative individuals and changing attitudes toward the progressing music industry. This year is no different, with the main conference centered around the theme of Sustainability within all aspects of the global electronic music industry.
From industry trends to mental health, WMW will take a deep dive into various exciting topics and explore new methods to maintain the sustainability of electronic music in today’s modern world with the addition of speakers such as Olga Heijns (CEO Mixmash & Next Era Music Publishing ) and Robb Harker (CEO of Supermodified Agency) . Newly announced panels include Label’s Perspective: Merging East and West In The Artist’s Strategy , that aims to bridge both ends of the spectrum of the industry on a global level for maximum artist exposure, and The Evolving Relationship Between Artists & Managers , on what it means to be an artist manager in today’s modern context.
Another highly anticipated addition to WMW is new pillar, Wired Black , which sheds light on the underground music scene to showcase an alternative side to electronic music. Leading this pillar will be the opening keynote, Evolving As An Asian DJ Into The International Circuit , delivered by Thai DJ, Nakadia , through her personal career journey in successfully breaking through to the Western market. Another highlight in this pillar will be the panel, The Evolution Of The Revolution , where four prominent movers and shakers of the nightlife and entertainment industry in Asia, including the likes of Paul Hugo (Country Director of Hakkasan Group Indonesia) , who will discuss the evolution of the clubbing and rave culture in Asia over the last 20 years and how it has affected the industry in general. Wired Black will also feature panels such as Sustainability & Underground Events , inspired by the conference theme and The Future Of Journalism: Borders & Beyond , which takes a look at modern day music journalism.
Further new additions to the full WMW lineup also includes workshops such as The Universal Music Production led by acclaimed house music tastemaker, Styline , and Frequency Lab Sessions by DJs Arkham Knights and Sihk ; as well as a slew of afterparties guaranteed to bring conference attendees to their feet in Zouk Genting featuring a lineup of international DJ acts.
1. Wellness Sessions - April Kuan
2. Giant Beer Pong Challenge
3. Dance Music Trivia
4. Sunday Brunch Party
5. Pro-Networking Drinks Sessions
6. DJCity Malaysia Linkup (First Edition In Malaysia)
7. Gala Dinner
+ MANY MORE
AFTER PARTIES - (10PM till late)
1. Thursday 12.3 - WMW2020 Official Opening Party - Empire
2. Friday 13.3 - Wired Black After Party - Empire
3. Friday 13.3 - Connect Asia Opening Party - Zouk Genting
4. Saturday 14.3 - Markus Schulz & Arkham Knights - Zouk Genting
5. Saturday 14.3 - Siam Songkran Festival Takeover Party - Empire
6. Saturday 14.3 - Wired Black Pres. 10 Years of Ohrwurm - FuHu
7. Sunday 15.3 - Re:Wired Opening Party - Empire
Tickets are now available for sale at https://wmw2020.pouchnation.com/
For more information about Wired Music Week, head on to www.wmw.my or check out their social media platforms below:
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VINTAGE CULTURE INTERVIEW
1)You’ve just released your track Deep Inside Of Me what was your inspiration about?
The vocal performance of MKLA was an inspiration to create a sonic landscape that was equal to her passionate performance. We needed an instrumental that was dramatic, cool and sexy. An instrumental which took the listeners on a journey. This was a big challenge and I think we’ve achieved our goal. This Video for “Deep Inside of Me” is a work of Art. It’s available on Youtube today.
2)How did you get into music in the first place?
It felt like a gravitational pull. Even at a young age I was drawn to music. When I was 18, away from home and attending school, I spent my spare time studying music production and learning everything I could using my tiny computer. The way Depeche Mode or New Order combined electronic instrumentals with true songwriting caught my attention. That inspiration has stayed with me. This is how I approach each new song even today.
3)What artists are you inspired by?
Today, I’m inspired by great songs with creative productions. It doesn’t matter if it’s by a superstar artist, or a new talent. It’s the creativity that inspires me most and the passion that I recognize behind the music. I like to be surprised. If I can hear something new or unique in a production, that is always refreshing.
4)This year you played major festivals like Lollapalooza, Tomorrowland, Rock n Rio and many other clubs around the world. How has the experience of traveling non-stop been?
Most importantly, walking on stage and seeing the fans, many whom have been with you for years is an indescribable feeling. This is what it’s all about. I feel like I’m in a long term relationship with my fans and they keep inspiring me to do my best work. I’ll tell you, in the beginning the constant traveling was strenuous. Being away from home all the time was not always easy. But I’ve built a strong team over the years and they are like family to me. Traveling with your best friends definitely makes being away from home easier. Knowing that I can rely on the people around me is something I appreciate everyday.
5)What was your most memorable festival or club experience this year?
2020 is still young, but this past weekend 500,000 people filled the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil. A festival I headlined which included talented artists from all over the country. It was an amazing sight watching fans dancing- as far as the eye can see- to the music I’ve created.
6) Do you have any future plans we can be looking out for?
As I write this, my previous single, “In The Dark” is Number #1 on the Billboard Dance Club charts in the USA. This is a good beginning to 2020.
In 2020 I will being touring North America including New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Miami. I will be on the Main Stage at Tomorrowland- the biggest festival in Europe- and I’m looking forward to seeing my fans in Europe again. I have a new release each month until the end of December. I’ve put my soul into each new song. I appreciate the dedication of my fans and want to give them my very best.
7) Communication with fans is essential. What is your relationship with social media?
Let’s be very clear about this. The posts on social media are directly from me. Yes, I share posts from promoters, record label and my colleagues - but my connection to the fans is very direct. I’m allowing my fans to have a glimpse of my life… the same way they show me their lives. Something I enjoy most is sharing the posts my fans create when they are dancing to my tracks.
8)So what’s been on your spotify playlist and what have you been listening to?
I find music from all over the world. Seriously, from Asia, Russia to Australia to Central Europe. I will update my playlists on Spotify and you will see for yourself.
9)Will you come to Malaysia soon?
Malaysia is a country that has been so supportive of dance music. The world sees this and appreciates this. Performing in Malaysia and introducing fans to my songs is a big hope for 2020.
@2020 DJ Mag Malaysia - Simona Nardone
Léon Benschop and Kenneth Kroes have turned their dreams into a daily reality. A friendship based on a shared passion and love for making music - mixed with a healthy dose of ambition - has since seen the pair rapidly grow into a leading hardstyle act, conquering mainstages all over the world.
Known for their strong melodic sound, Dutch duo Audiotricz have now finally debuted their debut album ‘A New Dawn’ on Art Of Creation. Proudly sharing their redefined sound within the hardstyle world, the duo’s mission of crafting music with a deeper meaning is emphasised by the album’s opening interlude; a guitar performance of ‘Shamed’ played live during the endshow of Defqon.1.
The performance - a career highlight for the pair - showcased Leon’s instrumental strength on electronic guitar, whilst Kenneth occupied the booth to mesmerise the crowd, with both citing the show as an inspiration for their consequential flow of fresh ideas in the studio.
Using this boost to enhance their production prowess, the pair set about creating their best work to date, with ’Skywards’ proving a particular album highlight, led by the incredible vocals of Micheal Jo. Explaining a period of time where the duo were searching for the next stage in their lives, the track is truly unique, but still offers an insight to their soul, which is powerfully heard throughout Combining a strong melody with such emotive lyrics is a sure-fire sign that Audiotricz have found the flame again.
Packing in more addictive melodies and guitar riffs across the release, including collaborations with Atmozfears, and 160 BPM dancefloor-killer with Darren Styles, the pair also work with melodic genius Demi Kanon, and E-Life on the album. With outstanding remixes by Code Black (‘Let The Be Light’) and highly talented duo Ecstatic (‘Alchemy Of Hardstyle’) also making the final cut, it’s safe to say that Audiotricz’ signature sound shines throughout.
Raising their musical bar, Chapter One of their musical story may be complete, but based on the impeccable quality of this release, fans from all across the globe will prove hopeful that further chapters are incoming during the near future.
‘A New Dawn’ full tracklist:
01. Shamed (Interlude)
03. Distance (feat. Nino Lucarelli)
04. Let There Be Light (Code Black Remix)
05. Supersonic (With E-Life)
06. Renegade (With Demi Kanon)
07. Skywards (feat. Michael Jo)
08. Don’t Say Goodbye (feat. Aloma)
09. A New Dawn (Interlude)
10. Different (With E-Life)
11. Way Of The Wicked (With Atmozfears)
12. Energy (With Darren Styles)
13. Alchemy Of Hardstyle (Ecstatic Remix)