After a 2 year break due to the pandemic, Wired Music Week (WMW) is back, alive and kicking. First launched in 2018, it is a platform for significant conversations and connections in Asia’s electronic music scene and related industries. With not one but two dates confirmed this year (and more to follow), the annual conference that shines the spotlight on electronic music will be landing in Pattaya as its first stop on Friday, May 27 2022. This marks the event’s debut in Thailand.
Carrying the theme “Press Play. Let’s Dance”, Thailand’s first WMW experience corresponds with another highly anticipated event; Creamfields Thailand. While some may think this unfortunate, organisers see this as an opportunity to cross paths with many key faces in the Asia Pacific music scene; notable industry players, promoters, talents, agents plus professionals.
“The past few years have given us a time to refocus our priorities and also reflect on how we, as an industry, can do things better. Our main focus at Wired Music Week moving forward is to establish ourselves as a platform for significant, positive conversations and connections to happen,” explains John Beh, Founder of WMW.
Expect insightful conversations to be held and shared among both old and new figures in the electronic music scene. The event’s theme is regarded as an industry call to action which will cover an array of topics including the metaverse, re-opening strategies, line-up diversification and one that’s been a prime concern for WMW; mental health.
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WMW has been endeavouring mental health awareness for the past year through its initiative, Akar; a cross-regional collaboration between Club Conscious (Indonesia), Electronic Music Conference (Australia), Sivilian Affairs (Singapore) and Wired Music Week (Malaysia). Also encompassing partnerships with academics and industry organisations, Akar aims to de-stigmatise the notion of not being okay; it understands the needs of individuals and groups in and relating to the electronic and dance music scene. Akar will also be leading a panel during WMW.
“Akar seeks to evidence the impact on the mental wellbeing of workers and communities in electronic and dance music to advocate for support so we can all reopen and stay open, better and stronger than ever,” mentions Jane Slingo, Founding Partner of Akar and Director of Electronic Music Conference, Sydney.
During the pandemic, WMW made its mark in the digital realm by hosting virtual conferences and song writing boot camps. It aims to continue being a pivotal flashpoint point for professionals and fans alike towards a healthier, more diverse scene moving forward.
WMW Thailand is an invitation-only event due to capacity; potential attendees will be required to register their interest in attending the conference.
Find out more about the event’s topic line-up, panelists, moderators and schedules, on their Instagram account.
Amira Waworuntu is Mixmag Asia’s Editorial Assistant, follow her on Instagram.