6AM & DownBeats Launch Ultimate Ticket Giveaway for 2018

Hello 6AM and DownBeats followers! We have decided to give back to you this holiday season with a special Ticket Giveaway valid for anyone anywhere in the world.

On Christmas Day we will be selecting one winner and gifting them the 6AM & DownBeats Ultimate Ticket Giveaway prize! Entering is simple and so is the concept: the winner will receive one ticket of choice per month in 2018 for any electronic music event in the world worth up to $40USD, ticket fees included.

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What Record Would You End Your Set With at 6AM?

The first track and the last track. A lot of the times those are the two records that anyone in the room immediately recollects when thinking about a set they witnessed. It may seem like an annoying trivialization perhaps, but it’s still the truth. They are the bookends that encapsulate what we always hope is an unforgettable musical journey.

The first track is the business card which the DJ presents to his dance floor, the one that somehow draws in the crowd and lets them know the trajectory and mood the set will take from that moment on. Granted, the DJ may throw in a surprise or two during his performance but more often than not the beginning of a set gives a clear inkling of the direction the night may be going in. And then you have the last track, the icing on the cake of a path that, hopefully, has already given a myriad of emotions and comes together as a whole, as a single piece of definitive musical work.

That last record can often be the the one track they still hear when their head touches the pillow and they close their eyes back home. When chosen and offered right, the last track is often associated with some of the best clubbing and underground partying memories, that link that binds us to the music and to entire nights spent dancing until sunrise.

These tracks can be anthems that drive the entire room into one last frenzy, or dreamy records that perfectly bring the journey to a close. A crafty track-selector  is able to read the room and knows which one to pick and when. We have chosen 15 of these tracks – but there are plenty others – that give us wonderful chills along the back, transforming our six in the morning into literal inescapable moments:

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9 Unforgettable Festival Escapes Worth the Flight

Music festivals have been popping out everywhere and in different parts of the world, all with different concepts, lineups and offering diverse experiences from one another.If you’re one of the many people who has done their local and national festivals many times already, why not plan a trip with your friends or fly solo and find the inner music adventurer within you by attending a new festival abroad?

Enjoy beautiful sceneries and get lost in new countries and cities, all the while experiencing some of your favorite DJs in the process, some of which you may never get the chance to see back at home. From all over the globe, we give you nine of the most unforgettable festival escapes worth the flight:

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The Need for Sustainability in Today’s Music Industry

More and more artists are prioritizing the need for sustainability in today’s music industry. They are slowly transforming music parties into greener more environment-friendly festivals. It all begins with small initiatives such the single-use of plastic bottles and the technology that allows tour trucks to utilize sustainable biodiesel to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. In ecology, sustainability (from sustain and ability) is the property of biological systems to remain diverse and productive indefinitely and as part of the ecosystem. It is up to each one of us that inhabit this beautiful planet to do our part to help attain homeostasis without causing further harm to the environment. More importantly in our industry, it’s imperative for each one of us to to act out and promote the need for sustainability.

As a producer, you can help out by producing more environment-friendly festivals and put a stop on wasteful party practices. Here are some of the biggest festivals that have adopted the “leave no trace behind” policy and practices recycling and other means just to cut down C02 emissions: Grassroots, Outside Lands, Sweet Life, Lollapalooza, and Lighting In A Bottle in the States, or DGTL in Amsterdam. There’s plenty more out there, with festivals, big and small, old and new, rising to the occasion to forward as many green initiatives as they can.

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10 Lesser-Known Tools and Platforms to Discover New Music

Are you tired of your music library and in dire need of finding new tunes? You can search billions if not millions of songs with just click-through streaming services like Spotify and Pandora but it will take too much time to go over each list. So where do you start? You could ask a friend or depend on social media and the various charts out there, but there are also tons of gizmos to help you find great music based on what you already like.

Here are 10 lesser-known tools and platforms you can use to discover new music:

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How Spotify Can Help You As An Artist


There is a lot of speculation these days about music streaming services and how they can help musicians/producers  make an overall impact in the highly-competitive music business industry.

Right now it seems like you can find almost every fresh and up-and-coming producer on Spotify. Aren’t you wondering why? Read and find out how Spotify can help you as an artist:

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30 Essential Underground Dance Music Venues in the United States


After featuring 25 essential clubbing destinations for house and techno in Asia, it’s now time to highlight our very own underground dance music scene here in the States.

While we originally narrowed down our list to 23 essential underground dance music destinations, we recently expanded it to a total of 30 venues you should take the time to visit for techno and house here in the United States. Here they are in alphabetical order by city:

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Internal Communication Tools To Keep Your Event Team Organized


One of the biggest issues young and new promoters face is keeping their team synched and organized. Most of the time and out of habit, it’s easy to find yourself depending on online messengers and text messaging. While these are okay when you’re having a day-to-day normal conversation, you can never be dependent on these things when giving assignments and important information as you can lose track of valuable details and overlook due dates. We couldn’t stress how crucial communication is in order to increase efficiency and productivity amongst team members.

There are a wide range of internal communication tools available in the market right now but we have chosen 10 of the best ones to get you started in better organizing your event team, regardless of how big or small.

Email Over Verbal/Text/Unregulated Chat

E-mail is a trustworthy form of written and internal communication tool that almost everyone in the world uses. It is without a doubt better than verbal, text, or unregulated chat when dealing with business matters. As a promoter, you have to keep track of your daily-to-dos and follow up your team members on how they’re handling their assignments. Although a text message could do the trick, it is important to remember that text messages can easily get mixed up and you can result in lost details along the way.

Use of e-mails over Facebook chat or regular texting is strongly encouraged for a wide variety of reasons. With e-mails there is always a trace of every conversation you’ve had with your clients, event sponsors, and team members which you can later use for reference and/or legal purposes.


Slack is an exceptional online internal communication tool with a vast assortment of options and settings. It may not contain everything you’re looking for in a communication tool but it certainly is the best for group messaging and back-channel chat. Slack is real-time messaging, archiving and search for modern teams, with some added bonus features thrown into the mixture.

Enter Slack. “You don’t want your phone buzzing in your pocket all day,” says Hardie. “So you can just do it through Slack, instead.” Indeed, Slack offers all the functionality of texting, and more: The features designed to make the workplace more playful—GIFs, embedded songs from Spotify, custom emoji, funny replies from Slackbot—turn out to be equally fun with friends.


Asana is a flexible and well-designed online internal communication tool which specializes in workflow and task management. As a promoter, you can use Asana to keep track of your daily assignments and to-dos. It’s also a good way to keep track of your members workflow. It is far more productive than an e-mail and certainly better than any text messaging app, as it allows you to see progress for any project without scheduling a status meeting or sending an email, enabling teams to move work from start to finish.

You can check their pricing information here.

Facebook at Work

You want to stick to Facebook? Sure, but at least make sure you switch to Workplace by Facebook! Facebook has developed a new internal communication tool that is perfect for new and young promoters, following the same functionality utilized by the regular Facebook site while at the same time being specifically designed for the workplace.

We’ve brought the best of Facebook to the workplace — whether it’s basic infrastructure such as News Feed, or the ability to create and share in Groups or via chat, or useful features such as Live, Reactions, Search and Trending posts. This means you can chat with a colleague across the world in real time, host a virtual brainstorm in a Group, or follow along with your CEO’s presentation on Facebook Live.

We’ve also built unique, Workplace-only features that companies can benefit from such as a dashboard with analytics and integrations with single sign-on, in addition to identity providers that allow companies to more easily integrate Workplace with their existing IT systems. (Source:


Allo is an online chat application created by Google for Android and Apple devices. It is regarded as a beneficial internal communication tool by event promoters, producers, and even student groups. It is integrated with Google Assistant and does most things you would expect from a messaging application like sending pictures, stickers, and group chats. It also identifies you by your phone number or Google ID which make sit easier for your business contacts to sync.

Introducing Google Allo, a smart messaging app that helps you say more and do more. Express yourself better with stickers, doodles, and HUGE emojis & text. Allo also brings you the Google Assistant.


Your easy way to figure things out, together.

Another Google application, Spaces lets Gmail users make a group via invitations and start conversations regarding different topics. You are also allowed to share links, videos, images, and even articles. One of the amazing features of this internal communication tool is that it allows you to browse through shared links without leaving the app. Mainly because Google has unified its services like Google Search, YouTube, and Chrome in this application.

Furthermore, Spaces allows a free flowing communication with lots of people in a group and lets you search past conversations with ease. Definitely better than text messaging! When someone shares a new message or file, a conversational view allows you to look at the entire group’s chat at that certain moment. In instances where you want to review past topics or conversations, you can use Spaces quick search feature to find what you’re looking for.


“Forget email, communicate and discuss your projects in real time, with all the right people.”

Workgroup is aimed towards professionals and people who converse and deal with multiple clients and businesses, thus the name Workgroup. It’s basically an application that makes group work communication effortless, faster, and more convenient through online messaging. While a lot of internal communication tools like emails and Slack are more popular, these could leave you with long chain emails with endless CCs and such. Workgroup saves you from such hassle.


An internal communication tool that organizes your projects into boards and cards. Trello is a great tool for promoters to keep your team and workflow organized. It has a minimalist but highly customizable interface, especially if you own a Premium Account. The drag and drop feature makes it fairly easy to use even for beginners, and you can arrange your cards by colors to specify its hierarchy on the priority list and represent groups. Trello also shows you what projects are being worked on and who are working on them at one glance.

On top of it, Trello’s Slack plugin is an excellent feature.

Trello lets you work more collaboratively and get more done. Trello’s boards, lists, and cards enable you to organize and prioritize your projects in a fun, flexible and rewarding way.

Google Documents, Sheets and Slides

Google Documents, Sheets and Slides are a free and impressive online suite of office applications which are accessible from web browsers and various portable mobile devices. All three features have an an elegant visual design packed with great features, enabling promoters to work effortlessly with their team both remotely and none, thanks to Cloud file sharing. You can also chat with your group members directly inside a document or add comments with their e-mail addresses, allowing for modifications, corrections and reference on the go and from anywhere in the world with internet connection. With Google Docs, Sheets and Slides it is easier to work together as a team with one document at the same time.

Google Docs brings your documents to life with smart editing and styling tools to help you easily format text and paragraphs. Choose from hundreds of fonts, add links, images, and drawings. All for free.

Dropbox for Business

Dropbox is well-known for its sharing and syncing features. Unlike the personal account, Dropbox for Business is integrated with additional security and amazing features, one of which is its unlimited version history cache. This enables users to recover past/lost documents. They also allow users to retrieve deleted files through their web application simply by clicking on the deleted items icon.

As a promoter, it is important to keep a record of all documents relating to your event planning and transactions. It is also ideal to keep records of past events that may deem useful for future planning. It also allows you to share your files with your team members and even people outside your team like clients and sponsors. Dropbox for Business makes saving and sharing documents easy as a breeze.

Securely share, sync, and collaborate

Dropbox Business is the secure file sharing and storage solution that employees love and IT admins trust.

For a list of Dropbox Business Plan comparisons, click here.

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15 Years In The Making: LOOPTOPIA – Taiwan’s First Homegrown EDM Festival


Taiwan is making a serious debut in the electronic dance music scene this year with the launch of Looptopia, the first ever homegrown multi-day and stage dance music festival. It will be a two-day event and it will feature more than 50 top DJs and entertainers from all over the world.

theLoop, the organizing promoters responsible for this marvelous event, made sure to create a festival haven for all dance music fans. With three eye-catching performance areas, interactive art installations, camping sites with cabins, showers and amenities, LOOPTOPIA is an EDM fantasyland jam-packed with loads of surprises.

The festivity will be held in the lush grasslands of Taoyuan Pushin Ranch from 12:00 noon of April 8th until 10:00 pm the following day. Its venue is surrounded by trees and a nearby lake — perfect for a day and night of relaxation and enjoyment. Enjoy a two-day music getaway from the busy streets of Taiwan courtesy of theLoop.

For accommodations, Looptopia has on-site camping which will be available to all festival goers. Limited cabins will also be available for hire. For attendees who wish to stay in hotels, Looptopia will also be offering packages with partner and nearby hotels. All information regarding accommodations will be announced soon. Frequently check their website or Facebook page for updates.


Moreover, shuttle busses between the Taoyuan Pushin Ranch and Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall MRT Station will also be available for your convenience. Tickets are $200 TWD and must be purchased separately for journeys in both directions. Kindly refer to the ticketing website for the schedule and rules of purchase.

With regards to music, theLoop has confirmed Looptopia’s Phase I lineup through their official festival Facebook page. It’s a well-chosen list of  some of the industry’s best talents and world-renowned DJs. Here is the partial list of the amazing DJ selection that will be on decks for the debut of Looptopia:

  • Aly & Fila
  • Ben Nicky
  • Brennan Heart
  • Charming Horses
  • Dante Klein
  • Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
  • Dirtcaps
  • Dyro
  • GTA
  • Kris Kross Amsterdam
  • Martin Garrix
  • Mark Sixma
  • Markus Schultz
  • Mattn
  • Orjan Nilsen
  • Tony Junior
  • Wildstylez
  • Wiwek
  • Yellow Claw

So what are you waiting for? Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of Taiwan’s EDM history! Camp, have fun, and enjoy outdoor barbecue while listening to your favorite DJs play. Buy your tickets now!


Connect with Looptopia: Official Website | Instagram | Facebook | 0966-136-000

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Why Every Promoter Should Write an Event Business Plan (And How)


If you’re an event promoter you might be skeptical and think that making a business plan is unnecessary and just a waste of time when it comes to event planning. But you couldn’t be more wrong. Every promoter should write an event business plan to successfully put on a show whether it be a festival, nightclub party, or concert.

Most times, promoters treat each event as a hobby more than a business which eventually leads to failed shows. There is nothing wrong with loving what you do but everything that involves money and earnings should be planned accordingly in order to gain and not lose.

It almost always takes formal planning in order to secure your funds. If you are funded by capitalists, commercial banks, and even angel investors like private sponsors, it is your responsibility as a promoter to develop an effective event business plan. And if funds come from personal resources, it remains important to have a formulated business plan to follow in order to capitalize on your chances of success.

It can be a great help to keep track of your progress and financial status, including how the money goes in and out of your pocket throughout the whole duration of your event preparation as well as afterwards. It can also be used to develop a strategic plan for continuing events in the future and to bring investors, sponsors or partners on board.

So gather up your materials and jot down these quick tips that will describe the essential components of how you should write an event business plan:

Prepare an Executive Summary

The first page of your event business plan will be comprised of your executive summary. Consider it your event overview or outline. It will follow your title page, thus it has to be concise. Do not beat around the bush and clearly discuss what you aim for in the summary. Keep it short and formal.

The contents of your executive summary should contain the synopsis of your whole business plan. Especially:

  • Overall Concept – What kind of event are you throwing? Who are your target market? How will your event standout?
  • Important Financial Details – Focus on projected growth of income like your potential profits, event sales, return on investment, and cash flow. Furthermore, you must state the exact capital needed for your event and go into details on how it will be used.
  • Your Background – Provide a detailed information of yourself as the event planner/promoter or your company if there are other people involved. Briefly describe your history in event planning/promotion and who is responsible for putting the event business plan altogether.

Remember that when it comes to writing your executive summary, the shorter and more accurate your point is, the better. Be sure to let your reader immediately know what your capabilities and needs are.

Event Description

In this section, you can fully explain and elaborate the details of your event. Unlike the executive summary, this part does not have to be short but it has to be accurate.

Start with a short description of the event. Discuss present and future possibilities. Are you planning to have the same particular event if it turns out to be successful? Point out what makes your event standout. Emphasize unique concepts and ideas. This is crucial if you are seeking investments and financial supports. Your sponsors/investors will want to see your vision and know how dependable and trustworthy you are as a planner/promoter.

Moreover, you should mention how your event will likely be successful and what kind of support systems are being considered. These could come in forms of advertisings and promotions.

The event description statement should be enough to give the reader a clear and definite idea of your objectives.

How Will You Earn?

State why your event is going to be profitable. How will you attract potential attendees? What forms of advertising will you use and how much budget did you set for each. Also explain your pricing techniques and available ticket options and never forget to provide a financial breakdown for all your target goals.

Remember to sum up all your costs before strategically planning your ticket prices. Include both direct and indirect costs and be careful not to overprice or underprice your tickets. Correct ticket pricing can greatly affect your potential event income.

Promotion Strategies

As an event promoter, this is one of the crucial steps that you have most likely mastered. Promoting an event is hard but if you are organized, it can be easy as a breeze. Event promotion is just a matter of controlled distribution of communication in order to sell tickets to potential attendees. To attain this goal, communication efforts must be utilized. This includes:


Risk Assessment

There will be risks associated with your business event plan. Each of them should be assessed and addressed. These risks may involve areas in marketing procedures, personnel requirements, finances, management and operations, facilities, etcetera. By identifying each problem and giving a possible solution to them during your event developmental period, you will lessen your fears with regards to event preparation and those of your investors too.


This will be the section of your event business plan that will feature all your supporting documents. From payment receipts to bank statements and inventories. You can also use this part to write down any additional information such as your event policies and reports.


These are just a few steps to get you started. If after reading this article you still feel lost on how you should write an event business plan, do a quick search online for hundreds of business plan templates to choose from.

Don’t worry on how many pages your event business plan is, as long as you make sure that its contents are rich and useful.

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