CONFERENCE Bridging the Gap: the Electronic Dance Music scene in India & Japan In this panel Indian artist Anish Sood and sLick! event organizer Prateek Pandey discuss the Indian dance music scene and the ways in which India and Japan can collaborate. Some issues to be discussed:

- India and Japan share a similar music consumption market in the sense that J-Pop and Bollywood draw the biggest numbers followed by English pop. How has electronic music broken through this barrier and what has the impact of music festivals been on this?

- Both India and Japan have not seen any major global superstar DJs emerge - What is the reason behind this and how can this change?

- Electronic music is experiencing a global slowdown with consumption and festival attendance. How will this impact fast growing markets like India and Japan?
30 NOV
Thursday 14:15~ 14:45
Hikarie Hall A

Kana Hatsushiba

International Representative WOMB

Kana has worked on international artist bookings at Shibuya club WOMB since 2009, and also runs their parties outside of Japan. She started the project "WOMB Travel" as a bridge between Japan and the rest of the world, and in this work she draws from her experience traveling around the world for eight years when she was 18 years old.

Mark Lawrence

CEO Association For Electronic Music

Mark Lawrence leads the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM), combining his passion for the genre with his experience in membership organisations. AFEM is the global Trade Body for the entire Electronic Music community, from Creators to Labels, Clubs to Live, Tech to Media enabling and driving change in commerce, culture and creativity.

Anish Sood

Artist / Director Class Action

Anish Sood is one of the most prolific artists to break through the Indian dance music scene in India. One of the busiest DJs in the country, his touring schedule includes close to 100 performances a year, playing sold out shows across clubs and main stage performances at some of the biggest dance music festivals in the country. He also owns a hybrid music and fashion label called Class Action and is currently writing and producing his debut full length artist album.

Prateek Pandey

Director sLick!

Prateek Pandey is the founder of sLick! sLick!! has been the pioneering force behind the house and techno revolution in India. sLick! hosts 200+ club shows across the country, programs stages and acts for festivals such as Enchanted Valley Carnival, Sunburn & Future Theory festival, was one of the first brands from india to host their own showcase at Amsterdam Dance Event in Amsterdam, & regularly books acts for countries such as Dubai, Doha, Singapore, Kuala Lampur, Hong Kong, Colombo, etc.