We had a chance to talk to James Chan the Music Director of Earhub, a new indie music conference taking place in Hong Kong over 3 nights including music showcases, a conference, seminars and networking events with key people of the industry from around Asia.
Hi James, tell us a bit about yourself and your involvement in the music industry?
20 years plus experience, and well established in pretty much all area in music industry internationally especially in the operations and development of independent labels and artists. Event management, concert production & promotions, music consultancy, publishing, copyrights, record labels service, A & R, Artist management, recording productions, distribution and digital music aggregation.
Director / SEEAHOLE LIMITED
Music Director (Earhub)/ Renaissance Foundations
General Manager/ Love Da Records
General Manager/ Love Da music Singapore
Marketing Consultant/ Golden Dynamic
Label Representatives/ Technorient Music
So what is Earhub?
First and Foremost, a music Expo, Ear Hub 2018, our very indie music conference. There will be 3 nights of music showcase, conference seminars and networking events with over 100 guests coming from the regional and international music industries, 12 local and Asian music units, and music-lovers all over town. Ear Hub, as a pivotal platform between musicians and music businesses, aims to promote creativity and innovation, and strengthen music connections between Hong Kong and Southern China, Asia Pacific, and the rest of the world.
Why in 2018 are you planning to organise such an event?
Good synergy with the other two programs that Renaissance Foundations were running for the past 2 years on incubation local independent HK artists and exchanging ideas with overseas label, promoters and artists.
In our debut year, Ear Hub 2018 will put music as its first priority. We are passionate about facilitating exchanges and building business connections among music enthusiasts, artists, labels, event organizers, music industry influencers and international delegates.
Does Hong Kong really need something like this? Did you not consider organising it in another country?
Hong Kong is centrally located in Asia and well-connected with various forms of transportation, making it a hotly sought-after city for international conferences and expos. As a hub of eastern and western cultures, Hong Kong has been the bridge between China and the world. We see a soaring trend of music industry interactions, both inbound and outbound, between China and the rest of the world.
What would you say are the highlights that people must attend for?
The round tables and the evening showcase featuring 8 bands from Japan, Mainland China, Korea and Hong Kong.
What are you hoping to achieve by doing this event?
Ear Up’s role is to pave way for different industry players to meet, exchange ideas and create business opportunities.
Who should attend?
Music enthusiasts, artists, labels, event organizers, music industry influencers and international delegates.
Why is the focus on the HK Indie music scene, why not be about all music?
Independent scene is not indie, indie music not necessary to be indie rock, or some folk music. We have reaching out many independent label and artists that are producing amazing music in different genre. Their showcasing and performance are reaching to a level which you should not miss...
More info here > http://www.earhub.hk/
Ticketing > http://ticketflap.com/earhub2018