11 Finnish and 11 Asian songwriters get together for the co-writing camp A-Pop Castle which takes place from August 31 to September 4.
A-Pop Castle returns to its second edition this Sunday. This year, the songwriters will look for inspiration in the blaze of late summer in the Finnish archipelago.
In addition to songwriters, 14 record label representatives and publishers participate in A-Pop Castle, including Universal Music Japan, Avex and South Korean record labels DSP Media and Starship Entertainment.
The first A-Pop Castle took participants deep into the winter wonderland of Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, in February 2013. The co-writing camp produced a number of successful songs, among them "Journey", which was placed with Taiwanese star Jolin Tsai and used as a Swarovski campaign theme song, "Rise" by TVXQ as well as "Somebody", which South Korean star Lee Hyori included on her hit album Monochrome.
Also award-winning Taiwanese artist Joanna Wang recorded and produced her latest album Midnight Cinema together with Finnish composer Pessi Levanto, after the two met at A-Pop Castle.