Conference Preview
Sept. 15 - 17


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.
KMC attendees and area music fans are invited to come and enjoy a great atmosphere of music, socializing and food. Also participants can get their register and receive their conference badges, meet other musicians from different countries for cultural exchange and network with available industry reps.

Russell Curtis


Yasuho Matsuda


LIVE MUSIC - SEPT. 16 (Sat.)

Kobe: IZNT

These artists have been selected to perform at this local bar in Kobe that is mainly frequented by native English speakers and Japanese who are interested in western culture.

Farouk Sendal


Ilu Grace



(New Zealand)

Kobe: Art House

These artists have been selected to perform at Art House in Kobe. This is a live music club (4 min. walk north from IZNT) that occasionally has bands from overseas performing. This night will have a total of about 6 - 7 bands on the bill.

Russell Curtis






Osaka: Club Vijon

The following acts have been selected to perform at this great venue in downtown Osaka.





The Stone That Burns




Rob Moir




The Tubuloids


Jake Iwatani


Osaka: Bistro New Orleans

Not far from Club Vijon is Bistro New Orleans, a restaurant that serves great food from the American south. So along with great food, you can also enjoy some down home delta blues.




Venue: Business Innovation Center Osaka

Networking Event (10:30 - 11:30 AM)

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)
Some of the industry people planning to attend:
Shin Barakan (Spotify Japan), Steve Ulicny (D'Addario), AFO radio (Malaysia), Duane Levi (Shalestone Music), David Isaac (Dead Foxx) and Eric Wiegmann (Tycoon Percussion) among others.

Presentations (1:30 - 4:30 PM)

In the afternoon there will be presentations open to the general public, covering various topics will be held for anyone who is interested in attending.

David Isaac

(Dead Foxx)
* 1:30 - David Isaac's company, Dead Foxx, books international tours for Japanese bands and as well as booking bands from the US in Japan and other countries. He'll be presenting information about how to set up a tour.

* 2:30 - Representatives from D'Addario, Tycoon Percussion and others will talk about new products.

Shin Barakan

* 3:30 - Shin Barakan will explain about the Japanese music scene and what Spotify does in Japan.

KMC Interactive (1:30 - 4:30 PM)

This year at KMC there will also be an opportunity to join interactive seminars via live streaming with professionals. Attendees will be able to watch the presentation live and ask questions.

Apryl Peredo

* 1:30 - Apryl Peredo will be talking about the music scene in Japan.

Kyoko Ogawa

(Professional vocalist)
* 2:30 - Kyoko Ogawa will be talking about her experience as a professional jazz singer in New York and her recent move to Germany. (this will be in Japanese)

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