Heading up ventures for major indie label Monstercat in the Asia Pacific, Stephen lays claim to some of the most experience the Chinese electronic music industry has to offer. Having lived there from 2008 he has developed a business proficiency in the language and played a key role in the industry’s development. Stephen is a founding member of Shanghai’s first ever electronic music festival E Midi, China’s largest electronic music festival STORM, and DianYinTai, one of China’s most influential platforms for electronic music. He has licensed over 2.5 million songs to the Chinese market and has also been a consultant for China’s largest independent music distributor Kanjian Music. Steve's primary role includes building community, establishing channels of revenue and bespoke engagement for regions within APAC.
Monstercat is North America’s largest independent electronic music record label. Founders Mike Darlington (CEO) and Ari Paunonen (CSO) founded the label in 2011, and since moving to Vancouver, British Columbia, have built a roster of world-renowned artists. The company’s mission is to connect artists with fans in a way that nurtures the spirit of sharing and family.
Monstercat is a label finely in-tune with an audience that communicates primarily in the online realm. Notable achievements include: over 7 million YouTube subscribers, 4 billion streams, and 4 million record sales. With major markets including the United States, the UK, and Australia, Monstercat has highly successful branches of merchandising, live event promotion, and technological innovation.
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