Conference Schedule
Sept. 14 - 16


Venue: Hard Rock Cafe Osaka

With a reputation of featuring some of the top artists of the conference, the KMC opening party has developed into a must attend event and a great way for KMC attendees to start things off.
Last year's party drew a record size audience with KMC attendees, area music fans, KMC staff and Hard Rock Cafe regulars all enjoying a great atmosphere of music, socializing and food.



Gaelle Buswel


French Antonio


LIVE MUSIC - SEPT. 15 (Sat.)

Kobe: Art House

Since 2013, KMC has joined with Arthouse to help Japanese and non-Japanese musicians communicate through music by combining about 7 local and foreign bands to play together for an evening of unique sounds and friendly vibes. (8 min. walk from Hankyu and JR stations in Sannomiya)



Kenichi Yamasaki




LIVE MUSIC - SEPT. 15 (Sat.)

Kitahorie, Osaka: Club Vijon

There will be a total of 7 acts performing at Club Vijon, near Shinsaibashi. It will be a wide variety of music from ambient and dream pop to punk rock. A great chance to see musicians from different countries playing on the same stage!



Yasuho Matsuda




Lauren Spike


Ayniw Tepo




King George


Kitahorie, Osaka: Bistro New Orleans

Around the corner from Club Vijon is Bistro New Orleans, a restaurant that serves great food from the American South and supports the Osaka music scene with live music on weekends. There will be 3 performances by singer/songwriters for the evening's entertainment.

Hideto Matsuura


Darcy Staddon




Kitahorie, Osaka: Hills Pan Kojo

On the next block over, Hills Pan Kojo is a nice venue with a great PA and atmosphere. This will be the first year to use this venue for KMC, so we are looking forward to spreading some international vibes around this progressive area of Osaka, with about 6 - 7 acts performing on stage.





Meet Me Saturday


Zangetsu no Yaiba



Venue: Business Innovation Center Osaka, 5th floor

Networking Event, 10:30 - 11:30 / Rm. E, 5th fl.
Registered attendees are invited to meet with members of the Japanese music industry and presenters to exchange business cards and make connections. (light refreshments will be available)
Industry reps invited to attend: Jett Edwards (producer, singer/songwriter, bassist), Steve Ulicny (D'Addario), Duane Levi (Shalestone Music), Alexander Michaelson (Empire Entertainment), Harumi Masugo (writer), Tetsuya Oishi (Flamingo RECORDS) and Eric Wiegmann (Tycoon Percussion) among others.


In the afternoon seminars and workshops open to the general public and covering various topics will be held for anyone who is interested in attending.

Duane Levi(Shalestone Music, CEO)
Sound Advice (Language: Jp.), 12:00 - 13:00 / Rm. E, 5th fl.
With a focus on vocalists and lead singers, Duane Levi will be providing information and advice about proper microphone use and how to select an appropriate microphone for different types of voices.
Also, with the support of Miki Gakki in Americamura, anyone interested in buying either an Electro Voice or Audio Technica vocal mic can receive a Miki Gakki discount coupon after the seminar!

Yasuho Matsuda (Singer/songwriter, dancer)
Dance Workshop (Language: Jp.), 13:30 - 14:30 / Rm. E, 5th fl.
Courtesy of Flamingo Records, Yasuho will be using the video of her original song, "I'm Kansaijin" to teach dance moves and the choreography involved in developing her dance moves, followed by a practice with workshop participants.

Deron Reynolds

(Producer, Singer/songwriter)
Singer/songwriter Seminar (Language: Eng. / Jp.), 13:30 - 14:30 / Rm. B, 5th fl.
Osaka based singer/singwriter, Deron Reynolds will be doing a seminar for musicians and songwriters by writing a song during the session while explaining the process, taking ideas from participants and answering questions.

Mark Markin Concert & Tour Organizer)
KMC Interactive: "Now's your chance to play in Russia!!"
(Language: Eng.) 15:00 - 15:30 / Rm. B, 5th fl.
Through established KMC connections, Japanese musicians now have an opportunity to perform in Moscow, Ulyanovsk and other cities. Via live streaming, Mark will explain more about this unique opportunity as well as give some details about KMC Artist, ?Ilu Grace? that just did a tour there this past June.

Jett Edwards
(Producer, Singer/songwriter)

Yumi Godsey
(Career musician, Singer/songwriter)
Panel discussion: The Japanese Music Market,
(Language: Eng. & Jp.) 15:00 - 16:30 / Rm. A, 5th fl.
This will be a panel made up of veteran musicians, industry reps. and live venue managers discussing the ins & outs of the Japanese music scene.

Amir Oosman(Career musician)
"Ableton Live: Looping, Improvisation and Rudimental Applications"
(Language: Eng.) 15:00 - 16:00 / Rm. E, 5th fl.
Presented by D'Addario, drummer Amir Oosman from the US will explain how he uses Ableton Live.

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