Earlier this year we were lucky enough to attend Wired Music Week in Malaysia and see first hand how the regions premier conference was bridging the gap between Asia and the wider international market. With Electronic music’s reach being vast and constantly extending exponentially, Wired Music Week works with a mission to inspire and support artists and help them make global industry connections. Now it sets its sight on 2020 for its third instalment in Malaysia, and it is expected that 2020 is set to be WMW’s biggest yet. They have announced a new roster of groundbreaking partnerships with Zouk Genting, Plural Asia, and Paul Neuteboom to introduce exciting new pillars within the WMW offering.
Set in the Genting Highlands at Resorts World Genting, a premier leisure and entertainment resort in Malaysia located 58 minutes from Kuala Lumpur. At 6,000 feet above sea level, on a tropical jungle that is 130 million years old, the conference will offer a one of a kind experience in the clouds.
The resort boasts of over 10,000 rooms spread across 7 hotels and another hotel with an 18 hole golf course. Its shopping mall includes entertainment attractions, cinemas, dining and retail outlets. The Resort also hosts top performers and artistes at the 5200 seater Arena of Stars and the 1200 seater Genting International Showroom. As the official venue partner, Zouk Genting will be opening its doors to attendees, as well as offering other outlets including Empire, Redtail, and FUHU to serve as the backdrop across the weekend.
The conferences which is Asia’s Largest Electronic Music Conference & Festival has grown into becoming a prominent and vital platform for music industry insiders from around the world to gather and connect, igniting creative discourse on the industry as a whole, as well as providing diverse networking opportunities for regional players.
Previous runs of WMW saw the participation of global music industry giants such as Future House Music, Armada Music, AEI Group, Barong Family. After two successful runs, we can expect more big-name industry players and the third iteration of WMW will also be centred around the theme of sustainability.
John Beh, founder of Wired Music Week speaking on the announcement said “The rise of new technologies has increased our consumption of music content at a rapid pace, thus enabling trends to come and go faster than ever, creating new barriers and disruption within the music industry. The theme aspires to inspire conversations, bringing the industry together to explore new methods to maintain the sustainability of electronic music in today’s modern world,”
In additions to it’s the new partnership with Zouk Genting, for the first time ever WMW is partnering with Plural Asia, an experiential event organiser who has over two decades of experience in the industry, to introduce a brand new initiative – Wired Black, which focuses on the growth and expansion of the underground electronic music scene. For its inaugural year is aptly titled “Evolution. Revolution” as it aims to discuss the current strength and development of the underground electronic music scene in Asia from its humble beginnings and where the key players (including artistes, producers, venues and organisers) hope to take it next.
Wired Black will encompass a multitude of activities such as keynote talks, panels, workshops, and masterclasses. These sessions will also feature top international and Asia-based underground electronic music professionals and are co-curated between industry stalwarts Sanjeev Raj (entertainment manager Kyo KL), JonnyVicious (music director Pisco & Barrio KL), Adam Mathews (founder Plural Asia) and John Beh (Founder of WMW).
This is only the beginning for what WMW has in store for us in 2020, as they prepare for more exciting expansions in the coming months including the full lineup of headliners, keynote speakers, and activity schedules.
Pre-registration for WMW is now available on their website, at https://www.wmw.my/ .