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A Sit Down with DJ Christian Burns

11.10.2017


   Christian Anthony Burns is a British musician. Born in the family of a member of the rock band The Signs - Tony Burns. He started his career with The Bleach Works, successfully selling 3 million copies of his albums, then the band broke up, sometime in 2003, and everyone started to perform solo.

One day, Christian Burns heard the tracks of DJ Tiesto on Myspace and decided to contact him for collaboration.
Tiësto was just looking for a new vocalist for his upcoming album "Elements Of Life". This was followed by collaboration with Armin Van Buuren, Paul Van Dyk, BT, Benny Benassi, David Guetta and Richard Durand.
He also collaborated with Benny Benassi, with the song "Love and Motion" and American singer Jes Brieden for the song 'As We Collide'.

"I’m just going to go out and sing to the people and enjoy it and put on a great show"


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   So, I listened to your album today and the first thing that struck me, aside from how great you are vocally, is that YOURS: For most of the tracks did they send you tracks that you wrote to or did you go in the studio with any of them?
  I think it’s just the British charm. It’s great to work with so many great producers, and I do understand what you are saying. I think they just like to work with me and it was really flattering and amazing that I got so many great producers and DJs on the album.


  Tell me how you had to work with BT? He's such a perfectionist. How did you manage?


  It’s amazing, the guy is a musical genius and I’ve learned so much from working with him. He’s a really close friend of mine as well so we just love it and we spend days in the studio together just working away.  He’s got all of this amazing analogue stuff and all this gear. So yea, it’s great working in the studio with BT.


   Who would you like to collaborate with that you haven’t collaborated with yet?
Well I really like Deadmau5’s stuff.  I would really love to do something with him. You are really putting me on the spot now, I mean, all my heroes are dead.  So if you’ve got a shovel and I can dig John Lennon out, I’ll do something with him.


  What does the title *Simple Modern Answers* mean to you?
Well all of the tracks on the album are basically answers to something at some point in my brain and in my life. Each one of them is an answer to something so Simple Modern Answers is just a twist on it. That’s it.


https://soundcloud.com/christianburns/simple-modern-answers-album

You've worked with just about everyone in the world of dance music. Who would your dream collaboration be?

That's a tough one. I like trying different things with not the obvious combination. I would really love to do some more R&B stuff and some more rock stuff which I've been listening to quite a bit recently. I just like changing it up. I don't like doing the same thing over and over.

 

  Your music has definitely evolved over the years. When you started off with BBMak years ago, you had more of a pop rock sound. How did you get involved in the EDM world?

 It was just a natural thing. We quit in 2003 and I just started experimenting with different sounds and instruments. We always used guitars in BBMak and then I started experimenting with synthesizers. I had a band called Inhaler and then Tiesto actually got in touch with me and said, 'I really like your voice. I'd love to do something,' and we wrote "In The Dark" together. That was in 2007. And since then really, it's just been kind of something that wasn't planned for me to go into. It was kind of just something that happened. The song was a big hit for us and it led to me working with all the great producers and DJs.

For most of the tracks did they send you tracks that you wrote to or did you go in the studio with any of them? 


 Some of them I go in the studio with, some of them send me tracks, and some of them I’ll write the whole track and I’ll send it and they’ll change it. So it’s different every time really.


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Co-Productions:

  • 16 April 2007 - "In the Dark" (as Tiësto featuring Christian Burns) - #133 UK

  • 29 September 2008 - "Something About You" (as Inhaler featuring Christian Burns)

  • 22 November 2008 - "Power of You" (as Allure featuring Christian Burns)

  • 21 February 2010 - "Suddenly" (as BT featuring Christian Burns)

  • 2 August 2010 - "Night & Day" (as Richard Durand featuring Christian Burns)

  • 12 November 2010 - "This Light Between Us" (as Armin Van Buuren featuring Christian Burns)

  • 28 February 2011 - "Tokyo Cries" (as Glenn Morrison featuring Christian Burns)

  • 12 September 2011 - "On the Wire" (as Allure featuring Christian Burns)


 

A Sit Down with

06.10.2017



"The fact music can make you happy, make you cry, make you think about about you're best memories is fucking incredible"


   East Coast superstars Anthony Riggi and James Piros, AKA Riggi & Piros, have been making New Jersey proud while simultaneously taking the EDM scene by storm with their larger than life sounds and massive remixes.  Not wasting any time getting their careers started, the duo started DJing at just 16, and got into production at 17. After only a year of production they had their first Beatport/iTunes release with Clockwork’s “Surge” (Riggi & Piros remix) that charted in the Beatport Top 20, an accomplishment that takes others years to achieve.


More recently, the guys have shot another video that will not leave you indifferent to their creativity..


https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/915372919009824769

  Anything you’d like to say about yourselves?










    We love the genre of electronic music, we started mixing music as young as 8 or 9 on DSS-DJ. Our love for music grew when we first started to go to events such as Electric Zoo and club events. From that point on we knew we wanted to be producers and make our own music the way we liked it. We’ve been doing it ever since!

How did you guys meet?


We met in elementary school. On the first day of school, we were playing basketball during recess and I threw the ball at Riggi’s head. From then on we became best friends.

What are your backgrounds in dance music, production wise as well?

We’ve been producing music for about 2 years and just recently we started to release some of our newest remixes. Now, in our best efforts, we release a new project as a weekly event.

Where do you guys draw inspiration from for music?

We hear famous DJs everyday, we have many inspirations. To name a few, there is TiëstoHardwell, and Clockwork. They have been our role models and we hope one day to be as big as them.

What do you think about the role social media plays in dance music?

The radio plays dance music everyday, its being blown up as we speak and its a great thing. Social sites such as Twitter, Soundcloud, etc. really help tracks gain major publicity. Everyone is getting on the EDM wave and we really don’t have a problem with it.

What kind of stuff do you guys like to do besides make music?

Photography, hiking, working out, cooking & when we're in our hometown we love going to local bars with our homies!



What are your plans for the future?   

Well, sooner or later we hope to sign to a big label, but our biggest dream of all is to play in front of a huge crowd at a festival where the people come just to enjoy our music. It all seems as if it is possible now because our biggest role models are starting to support our tracks and talk to us, it feels surreal.

What would you be doing now if it wasn't for music?                                                                                                 

To be honest we have no idea. Probably in a classroom somewhere learning about something that we don’t even care about.To be honest we have no idea. Probably in a classroom somewhere learning about something that we don’t even care about.
What was the best reaction you've gotten when a fan got to meet you?
We always love meeting the people that support us. One time someone got our names shaved into there head, that was sick. We always love taking pictures with people too.



 When do you usually make music?
 Everyday when we’re not on the road. We built a new studio a couple weeks ago and the only time we leave is to play shows.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvvRxDFdutQ





A Sit Down with DJ Lautrent Gartnier

11.10.2017


"I think Techno broke the rules.  House Music couldn't become anything else other than House.  House has to be a dancefloor thing, Techno doesn't have to be something to dance to.  For me, ambient is Techno."



Laurent Garnier has been making the planet dance for 30 years. And, for all this time, his huge energy has seen him grooving behind record decks, bouncing up and down behind studio equipment and leaping around radio studios. He is a multi-faceted artist whose impact on the music scene is far-reaching. But above all, he is a DJ, a true DJ: transformed by music, passionate about the crowd. Bodies move in a trance on the dance floor, minds elsewhere.

Laurent spends most of his spare time sifting through old vinyl in record shops, following the most obscure leads on the Internet and listening to every single piece of music he is sent. Music, the pulse of our planet, is his Holy Grail.


He then proceeds to cover the history of House and the demise of Disco, just for good measure, before coming back to the original point of what makes Techno, Techno.


And then he puts the genre topic to bed with characteristic controversy:

"House is not a way of life - House is just music.  It's good music, I love House, but Techno is much deeper in the mind.  House today is only a branch on the tree of Techno, and Techno has bigger roots.  For me, House is part of Techno, but Techno is not part of House."


    When I started producing, I was still a DJ that was producing a little bit of music, but I was not a musician.  And one day with my partner Eric I said 'I'd like to go on stage.'  And we thought 'how can we make a real live show?' and I said to him, the best thing is Jazz.  We went to Jazz musicians, because they can improvise."

It all goes back to Jazz.

    "It took me a long time to get the right musicians.  Finding the right musicians is a hard thing, especially when you're 25 years old and you haven't got a clue how to play an instrument, and you haven't got a clue how to direct anybody.  Believe you me I struggled, and it took me 20 years."



No doubt travelling around the world so much, it’s hard to keep up with how your fellow artists are doing. Who’s been catching your eye recently?

Lately, I haven’t heard anyone super new. I played with a lot of people of course, but a lot of people I knew. I would say a few of the young guys from the new generation from France which are into underground House and underground Techno like Jeremy Underground and people like that which I think are very exciting music wise the way they play and the way they fight for their music. There’s a whole new generation in France which is inspiring for me.

It seems Techno has had something of a renaissance over the last few years, and it’s popularity has never been so widespread.Do you think techno of the last few years will be looked at with the same love?

I think some will stand the time for sure. I’m sure. Yeah, there’s some timeless records made in the last 10 years for sure, for sure. For me yes, I can see that, because these records I get to keep them in my record box and it’s quite a lot of stuff over the last 5 years I can’t delete, you know. I keep them in my box and I still play them once in a while and for me, they’re becoming classics. New classics. I think for the last 30 years there’s been kind of classics coming out but again, as I said before, because there’s been so much production that it’s harder now to surprise people and that’s why there are so many more classics from the early 90s than from 2010.

How did you manage to capture the interest of the new techno generation?

Maybe because I stay sincere. But I am the most stunned of all to see the young techno generation’s interest in me. I noticed it with Modeselektor. In the same way I was the first to be surprised that Motor City Drum Ensemble wanted to put my songs out on his label. For each label who welcomed the Garnier project, I wanted it to be clear and I said to them: ‘Release the 12” because you like the music, not because it’s Laurent Garnier




How do you choose the clubs where you play?



I only play the places I want to. I have the enormous luck to be able to choose. And I turn down places that talk money before talking music. Money has never been my priority. My only drive is staying motivated behind the decks. So I choose the places which seem exciting to me. Plus, in any case, I play less now. I don’t have such a packed schedule. I’m not 20 anymore, I have a family life.



Do you get different requests: to play only house or world music?

Sometimes yeah and I love that. It’s three years now that a guy has been contacting me for a hip-hop set. I’m going to do it! No doubt! But at the same time, there’s a risk of being imprisoned in one style alone. In my sets I like to mix genres. Techno is never so good as when it’s played with other music!

Do you ever feel constrained by a certain kind of techno that clubbers expect?

Whenever I feel like a prisoner, I do a u-turn. I develop my set. I try to bring the clubbers towards something else, but smoothly, gradually. By gentle suggestion. You always have to find the right songs, the escape routes.

It's good to know that Garnier is using that systematic, trainspotter's mind to try and innovate with his music and his performance - it's the kind of output you'd associate with a mad creative that doesn't know what day of the week it is, not someone as conscious as he is.  We've all seen those 'conscious' DJs who have a great grasp of how the system works and who basically make an entire career out of playing it.  They have their style, they have their sound, they have their own label that churns out the same sound, they happily take their £1,500 per set, and they have a perfectly good career.  If Garnier put his mind to it, he could do that, but thankfully, he loves to challenge himself far too much for it to ever happen.


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A Sit Down with DJ Danny Howells

11.10.2017


                                              "He's not a publicity hungry, social media devotee."

Danny Howells (born November 24, 1970) is an English producer and DJ. His music is often called a progressive house, although he prefers to communicate more with a technical house. At performances he is well acquainted with the staff with the audience. Howells has collected several albums for the Global Underground in addition to the Nighttime series. Howells is also a member of the department of duo science with Dick Trevor, who released singles "Breathe" and "Persuasion" / "Repercussion", as well as remixes for artists such as BT. Since 2008, he has launched his own label, Dig Deeper - named after his long club night.

Danny Howells became one of the most respected members of the progressive home scene in the late 1990s. His participation in CD-series, such as Global Underground, Balance and Renaissance, earned him a reputation as one of the brightest minds in the genre, and since then he has been surfing the world of dance music and heading his own label, "Dig Deeper". He recently played as part of 3D, a trio of DJs with Dave Siman and Darren Emerson playing at festivals such as Latitude or Glastonbury, and worked with charity organizations on animal rights, a subject close to his heart.

INTERVIEW:

     How did you record the mix?

Old school baby! Just two CDJs and a mixer, with a few edits made in Logic after. I wanted to use tracks that I hadn't had a chance to play out yet and that was my only real theme. I buy so much music each week that I frequently look back at some of the tracks I've somehow neglected to play out for whatever reason, and I thought I'd give some of those an airing.

Where do you get your music from?

I'll be honest, I've kind of given up going through promos these days. I check a few but 99% of the music I play is bought from Whatpeopleplay. I find that I tend to discover more obscure bits that way. I still record shop every week for all my other stuff. Reckless, Sister Ray, Sounds of the Universe, FOPP, HMV, Phonica, Record and Tape etc. I'm still pretty obsessed with record shops. I love Discogs as well for the bits I can't find in stores.

Tell us about your record collection..

I started with hand-me-downs when I was a kid, things like Bowie, T.Rex, ABBA etc. I had a huge collection of 7"s and tapes by the time I was about 10, and it just escalated from there. It spiralled out of control about 10 years ago when I was up to about 25k records and lord knows how many CDs etc, but when I moved to London I managed to scale it right down to about 7k records, about half of which are electronic.

I still collect artists like Bowie and Prince..not obsessively but I look at my collection and sometimes realise I have six copies of the same record. If I'm passionate about a particular album then I usually like to have a really early pressing, preferably UK, and then maybe a Japanese copy for the sound and packaging, and so on.

What are you searching for in the records that you are seeking out week to week? We mean this question in the deepest possible interpretation. What does our endless search for the perfect record mean?! What are we really looking for? What are you looking for?  Freedom or relief through music? A connection to a greater energy? What's going on!

Jesus that's a question! Heaven knows. For me it's never really been about searching for the perfect record as such but more about stumbling across them. DJing has changed so much for me, from the days where I would analyse a record inside out and play it for weeks on end, to today where I rotate my music constantly and try and play as many of my new bits at each gig as I possibly can. I buy my music pretty much blindfolded in that I flick through every new release without paying too much attention to who it's by or what label it's on or what style it is. And lo and behold, every now and then something emerges and you think "yup that's perfect!" And then you start digging for your next gig..

Tiga wrote a post about playing badly and the side of DJing that no one talks about. Tell us about the last time you really mugged a set or felt truly vulnerable as  a DJ?

It's pure truth. There are so many occasions where I know I could have done so much better, and then you'll get people at the end saying they loved it and it really messes you up. You feel like you've let everyone down. But all it does it push you further. You can't beat yourself up and dwell on it. I've never been the guy that goes "oh I rocked it" because whenever everything goes absolutely amazingly, it's a pure team effort, from the sound, lighting, opening DJ, crowd, promoter..everything! But when it's a bad night, I tend to take sole responsibility and do everything in my power to make sure it doesn't happen at the next gig.

And tell us about the last time you really, truly connected with the inner DJ chi?

It would have been at my last gig which was a tiny venue in North London. It was a fundraiser for the forthcoming animal rights march and 90% of the people there had never heard me play before. It turned out to be a 6 hour set and one of those nights where I wasn't having to think about what I was going to play next, it all just felt so natural and relaxed. It was something so different to what I've done before and that made it so exciting.

You're a former psychiatric nurse. And for nearly two decades you've  spent your weekend around ravers in various states of untravelling consciousness. You’ve no doubt learned some valuable lessons about the human mind in your former job, what lessons have you learned about the human mind in your current job?

That's a tough one. As a nurse one of the key things I learnt was to try not to judge people. I made that mistake with certain patients, forming an opinion on them before I later discovered they'd been a Doctor or ambulance worker or something and lost their family and home and been through sheer hell in the space of months. I always try and keep an open mind with people as much as I can. I still slip up sometimes but I try my best.

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https://www.1001tracklists.com/dj/dannyhowells/index.html

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DON DIABLO REFUSES TO PLAY ANOTHER UMF EVENT

13.06.2017








Don Diablo has decided to forgo all scheduled UMF appearances due to issues that arose during Ultra Music Festival Singapore.

 








The Netherland’s Diablo, who has been a staple on UMF’s international festival circuit, took to Facebook Video to voice his displeasure surrounding last weekend’s stop. According to the video, which can be seen below, Diablo and his team were left “massively disrespected” by a series of texts that arrived while they were in transit (admittedly late) to their appearance.

Accompanied by his production and tour manager, Diablo recounts receiving correspondence from the UMF team stating he was no longer welcome at the events and wouldn’t be financially compensated for that night’s gig despite playing the last 30 minutes of the scheduled slot.

DJs Throttle and 3lau came to Diablo’s defense via video comments. In addition, Diablo insists he is not alone in this matter: “There are a lot of other DJs, some of your favorite DJs, that are not performing at the festival.”

So, while Diablo might not be at Ultra Japan, he'll still be energizing global audiences at Ibiza ang Belguim.

Stream the video below.

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialDonDiablo/videos/10158827856535298/

JOSEPH CAPRIATI DELIVERS PROPULSIVE ESSENTIAL MIX

06.06.2017


Joseph Capriati made his Essential Mix debut this weekend with a two-hour mix of propulsive house and techno from the Neapolitan DJ and producer.



It's actually not the first time Capriati has featured on an Essential Mix, however, the techno don previously starred alongside Adam Beyer for a live b2b recording in 2015.

During the new two-hour recording, the techno DJ dropped bombs from the likes of David Morales, Jamie Jones, The Martinez Brothers and Patrice Bäumel, alongside a couple of choice cuts from the man himself.

DJ Mag met the Italian techno don at his home in Barcelona for the August 2016 cover feature.

Listen to his first proper Essential Mix here. Tracklist below.

1. Flavio Folco – Intro
2. Little Louie Vega & Joseph Capriati – A Spiritual Thing
3. Carola Pisaturo – Ganzirri
4. David Morales – Overdrive
5. Jamie Jones & BKR – ID
6. The Martinez Brothers – Jamjointtt
7. Antonio Grassia – Tremante
8. Joseph Capriati – ID
9. Delta Funktionen – Warp Drive
10. Lag – Sama Doma (Forward Strategy Group Remix)
11. Spencer Parker – Yes
12. Sam Paganini – Frozen
13. Scuba – Heartbreak
14. Hardcell – Neoacid
15. Woo York – Hypernova
16. Maceo Plex ft. Swayzak – Fifth Dimension
17. ID – K388v5
18. Rødhåd – Kinder Der Ringwelt (Donato Dozzy Remix)
19. Victor Calderone – Parallel
20. Anthony Parasole – Untitled 03
21. Shlømo – Static Line
22. Industrialyzer – Analog Planet
23. Jay Clarke – Jet Stream
24. Matrixxman & Setaoc Mass – Vortex
25. Depeche Mode – Where’s The Revolution (Patrice Bäumel Remix)

 

FOUR NEW TRACKS FROM ERIC PRYDZ

06.06.2017


he internet has been picking apart the rebroadcast of Eric Prydz's EPIC 5.0 live show — and the clever folks over at 1001 tracklists have since uncovered four brand-new, unreleased Prydz tracks.



The Swedish producer rebroadcast his new live show via his Beats 1 Radio show last Friday for fans who couldn't make it to the show's debut in London two weeks ago.

The first ID comes right at the beginning and then at the 6:08, 30:50, 47:28 — at the moment no-one (apart from Eric himself, obviously) knows which tracks are from which Prydz monikers.

It's going to be a busy summer for Prydz, who will be relocating to Ibiza for his new Ibiza residency, and then he'll perform alongside Deadmau5 for a special joint performance at this summer's forthcoming Creamfields.

And then there's the small matter of a new Prydz album which is expected later this year, too.

Check out the IDs below.

https://www.mixcloud.com/speeeedyedmblog/eric-prydz-beats-1-epic-radio-011/

SPOTIFY GLOBAL HEAD: STREAMING SERVICES AREN’T PAYING ARTISTS ENOUGH

23.05.2017


Spotify’s  Troy Carter, who serves as the streaming platforms’ global head of creator services, recently conceded that artists aren't being paid enough by streaming services. The revelation occurred yesterday during the Music Biz Convention in Nashville, TN.



Deflecting any blame for this industry-wide issue of inadequate compensation, Carter chose to focus on the steps Spotify is taking to enhance the platform for artists and further develop lucrative economic bridges to fans.

Carter pointed to Spotify’s consumer data as a means for artists to book more effective tours and expand their presence globally. “We are just scratching the surface of what the [Spotify For Artist] tool will be,” he said. “It will become a tool that you almost won’t be able to operate without.”

As noted via Resident Advisor, these details arrive after Spotify’s acquisition of a blockchain technology firm in an effort to increase transparency and funds paid to rights organizations.

Considering all of this,  we only can wonder. How could streaming servises like Rdio gone bankrupt if artists not being paid enough ?

Andrew Weatherall remixes Yello's 'Frautonium'

16.05.2017


The UK DJ comes up with four different versions of the Swiss duo's track.



Andrew Weatherall has remixed Yello's "Frautonium" for a new EP.

Yello is a Swiss duo known for their post-punk and synth pop work in the 1980s, including their 1985 hit "Oh Yeah." They've kept going through the decades, releasing an album called Toy last year. Weatherall, who last remixed Yello on 1992's Jungle Bill 12-inch, chose "Frautonium" as his favourite track and remixed it four times. The Frautonium EP features each Weatherall version on one side of vinyl, with a rework by Ian Tregoning added to the fourth side.

"Andrew did some great mixes for us in the '90s so we asked him to mix something from the new album Toy," band member Boris Blank told RA. "He picked the opening track 'Frautonium' and each week sent us a new remix in a different style. Finally, the epic 14-minute 'Half-Life' mix arrived so we decided to put them all out. They're pure Andrew, at his best."

Watch a video clip for the "Warehouse" remix.

https://vimeo.com/215641712

Tracklist
A Frautonium (Warehouse)
B Frautonium (Half-Life)
C Frautonium (Battery)
D1 Frautonium (Reactor)
D2 Frautonium (Lombok Remix By Ian Tregoning)

Blank Media will release Frautonium on June 16th, 2017.

 

MARCEL DETTMANN PREPARE ‘SELECTORS’ COMPILATION FOR DEKMANTEL

16.05.2017


Marcel Dettmann has pulled from the archives of Ministry, Cabaret Voltaire, Fad Gadget and Front 242 for his upcoming ‘Selectors’ completion.



The Berghain resident is welcoming the curatorial offering from Dekmantel to dig deeper for this “pre-techno” sampler.

When Dekmantel Selectors returns to Croatia 1st to 5th September, Dettman will be spinning as well as Ben UFO and Optimo.

The previous two Selectors compilations came from Motor City Drum Ensemble and Young Marco.

Dekmantel will release ‘Selectors’ 003 on 23rd June. The complete tracklist can be found just below the SoundCloud sampler.

https://soundcloud.com/dkmntl/dkmntl-slctrs003-selectors-003-marcel-dettmann#c=801&t=0:00

Tracklist
A1. Front 242 – “Don't Crash”
A2. Force Dimension – “Algorythm” (Manipulating Mix)
A3. Executive Slacks – “So Mote It Be”
B1. Martin Dupont – “The Light Goes Through My Mouth”
B2. A Thunder Orchestra – “Diabolical Gesture” (Marcel Dettmann Edit)
C1. Twice A Man – “Happy Life”
C2. Cabaret Voltaire – “Low Cool” (Marcel Dettmann Edit)
C3. Kaa Antilope – “Rise Up Helicopter, Like Bird”
D1. Ministry – “Same Old Madness”
D2. Fad Gadget – “Back To Nature”

 

 

BESTIVAL AND 25 UK MUSIC FESTIVAL WEBSITES AGAINST SEXUAL ASSAULT

09.05.2017


Bestival is among 25 UK music festivals set to go dark today, in a campaign tipped to raise awareness for sexual assaults at music events.



Titled Safer Spaces, the campaign is the brainchild of the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) with Bestival, Secret Garden Party and Parklife among 25 festivals set to turn off their websites in support of the cause.

The AIF hopes to use the shut-off to highlight the on-site support options available for victims of sexual assault at festivals, with more 60 members of the association signing a new charter for best practice including increased training for staff and volunteers at events.

"It's raising awareness and letting audiences know that if something were to happen, they can report it on site," says Renae Brown, campaign manager at the AIF.

"This is something we should be talking about at festivals. We want people to look out for each other."

VIN DIESEL WANTS TO BECOME AN EDM STAR

02.05.2017


Hollywood star Vin Diesel is targeting a new career as an EDM star, it has been revealed in an interview with Los Angeles Times.



Vin Diesel confirmed during the interview that he had been working with Dim Mak studio's founder Steve Aoki on an unnamed electronic music track.

“What Vin brought to the table, I’ve never experienced before. I think it’s going to blow people’s minds,” explained Aoki via Facetime during the interview.

The idea of Vin Diesel becoming an EDM star isn't that far fetched though, granted he doesn't really have any experience in the music world, but that hasn't stopped a lot of other celebrities breaking into the world of EDM.

In 2002, Diesel founded his own computer game studio and had quite a bit of success with first person shooter Chronicle's of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, which was both a critical and commercial sucess.

So could he find similar success in the world of EDM and DJ'ing? Well, only Aoki and Diesel's immediate family have heard their "mind-blowing track," and apparently his wife cried when she heard the track in question, which means one of two things: it's really good and full of feels, or really bad.

And Vin's opinion on the track? “I’m gonna get a Grammy before I get an Oscar,” the Hollywood star bullishly declared.

 

MARTIN GARRIX AND TROYE SIVAN PERFORM NEW TRACK 'THERE FOR YOU' AT COACHELLA WEEKEND 2

25.04.2017


Martin Garrix shared a brand new collaboration with Troye Sivan at Coachella Weekend 2, bringing singer-songwriter onstage to perform the track live.



Sivan later tweeted about the show saying it was the "best moment of his life", before saying "I love you guys and can't wait for you to have this song in your phones and hearts," suggesting the track is due out in the near future.

The Australian singer-songwriter debuted a brand new track during the second weekend of the music festival on Saturday night (April 22), teaming up with Martin Garrix during the EDM star’s set to perform a previously unheard collaboration.

Watch fan footage of the track being performed live below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcDYWikYpaI

SKRILLEX AND KENDRICK LAMAR WILL COLLABORATE ON TRACK FOR UPCOMING JUSTICE LEAGUE MOVIE

25.04.2017


Skrillex has apparently collaborated with rapper Kendrick Lamar on a track for the upcoming Justice League film, which hits cinemas in November this year.



The song, titled 'Ressurection', appeared in a soundtrack list on the movie's IMDB page, alongside music from Curtis Mayfield, The White Stripes and more.

There's been no official word on the track yet, however, and the list has since been removed from the website.

Skrillex was recently revealed to be in the studio with R&B star J.Lo, adding yet another big name to his long history of collaborations. Check out this fan-curated list of all the artists Skrillex has worked with.

MARTIN GARRIX BRINGS OUT brand-new tune during his Coachella set

18.04.2017


Martin Garrix has teased a brand-new tune during his Coachella set over the weekend.



The Dutch EDM star and Top 100 DJs winner spun the new tune mid-way through his set in the festival’s Sahara tent, with the new track likely to be his upcoming collaboration with Florian Picasso titled ‘ID’.


Garrix also bought out ‘Scared To Be Lonely’ singer Dua Lipa for a live version of their chart-topping hit — the pair recently performed the tune live on American late-night show, Jimmy Fallon.


Garrix also opened up about touring with Justin Bieber earlier this month and is set to spin in Las Vegas at the close of April as part of Omnia's massive Memorial Day weekend programme.


Listen to 'ID' from Martin Garrix's Coachella set below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFjkygre7do

DAVID GUETTA SIGNS WITH SCOOTER BRAUN’S MANAGEMENT

18.04.2017


David Guetta has signed a new deal with Scooter Braun, manager of superstars such as Martin Garrix, winner of the 2016 Top 100 DJs poll.



David Guetta has been one of electronic dance music’s most prominent artists for over a decade now. Followed by an extensive and loyal fan base, his new material and touring activity is always closely monitored.

Coming to the end of his time in the studio for his seventh album, David Guetta is showing no signs of slowing down. And with A-list collaborations already featured in the teased details of the LP, the likes of frequent collaborator Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne are already confirmed to be on the anticipated track listing.

Announcing earlier today a change in management, David Guetta has now joined the likes of Martin Garrix, Steve Angello, Kanye West, Justin Bieber and Usher at Scooter Braun‘s management company. Formally known as SB Projects, the new was first confirmed by Billboard Dance. A move no one expected, it is hard to say many are fully surprised given the stature of Braun’s reputation and Guetta’s global popularity.

Still set to work day-to-day with his original businesses manager Jean-Charles Carre and live manager Jean-Guillaume Charvet, the platinum-selling DJ/Producer is seemingly looking for a new source of contacts and energy to continue his career’s progressive direction in the back end of the decade. Continuing to be represented by Paradigm Talent Agency, a fusion of Windish Agency and AM Only, Guetta remains signed to the imprints of Big Beat/Atlantic Records and Parlophone via Warner Music Group.

We will be following the French DJ with great curiosity to see the impact of his latest management move.

CLOUDBOUNCE LAUNCH THE WORLD’S MOST ADVANCED ONLINE MASTERING SERVICE

11.04.2017


Cloudbounce is a new online mastering service that aims to offer the “world’s most advanced, AI-Driven, Cloud based Mastering Engine”.



Online mastering has been a hot topic of debate recently, some swearing by it, whilst others not convinced that it can replace the skilled ears and techniques of a qualified mastering technician.

CloudBounce claim that their 2.0 mastering engine is the most advanced system currently out there, using AI and machine learning to analyse and identify the subtle differences between music genres.

Cloudbounce also has a flexible payment option, where producers can either pay as they go at £3.99 per track, £24.00 for unlimited monthly or £160 yearly subscription plans. All come with a CloudBounce player page which can be shared between fans, labels or clients, as well as lifetime Cloud backup.

Cloudbounce are currently offering three free mastering sessions to anyone who signs up to try out their new service and mastering engine.

 

DJ gets eight years for selling ecstasy and cocaine

11.04.2017


A Brazilian DJ who was caught with more than €500,000 worth of ecstasy tablets and cocaine has been sentenced to eight years in prison with the final four suspended.



Gardaí­ searching the home of Eduardo Biegelmeyer (26) found more than 48,000 ecstasy tablets, most of them hidden in jigsaw boxes.


Biegelmeyer, of Lafayette Building, D’Olier Street, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of drugs for sale or supply at his home on July 29, 2016.


Garda Donal O’Sullivan told the court the DJ was “well known in the Brazilian community in Dublin as someone who would sell drugs”.


The court heard a number of gardaí­ had set up surveillance outside Biegelmeyer’s home when they spotted what seemed to be a drug transaction between him and another man.


Both were arrested and Biegelmeyer had 16 MDMA tablets on him. A later search of his apartment led to the discovery of more than 48,000 ecstasy tablets, worth an estimated €485,160 and 354g of cocaine valued at €22,778.


Biegelmeyer told gardaí­ in interview he was a cocaine addict and claimed he was under threat to pay back a €40,000 drug debt. He said he earned €1,000 per month working as a DJ and earned extra money selling drugs to friends. He said he had managed to save €12,000 and it was his hope to get enough money to return to Brazil with his girlfriend.


Garda O’Sullivan told Pieter Le Vert BL, prosecuting, that Biegelmeyer had come to Ireland on a student visa three years earlier but was now living illegally in the country as he no longer attended college.

RECORDING DESK FROM ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS SELLS FOR $1.8 MILLION

04.04.2017


The mixing desk that was used at Abbey Road Studios from the '70s to the '80s has been sold for $1.8 million.



The 40-channel, custom-built EMI TG12345 MK IV recording console was used at Abbey Road Studios by the likes of Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, The Cure, Kate Bush, and many more stars from the era. Most notably, though, the console was used in the production of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon,” the band’s best-selling record and one of the most successful albums of all time. The progressive rock outfit began recording “Dark Side” at Abbey Road in June 1972, and the album ultimately sold more than 45 million copies following its initial release the following March.

Formerly housed within the Beatles’ famed Abbey Road Studios in London, the console was one of two made by EMI engineers in 1971 to replace earlier equipment on the verge of becoming obsolete. It ultimately spent more than a decade inside Abbey Road’s Studio 2 prior to being replaced in 1983, and was utilized by three-quarters of the Fab Four for post-Beatles solo work, among other projects.

The forty-channel desk itself is impressive to look at, it was bought by producer Mike Hedges when Abby Road upgraded their studios back in the early '80s, now achieving the incredible sale price at auction via Bonhams of London.

British music producer Mike Hedges purchased the console from Abbey Road in 1983 and said it was still in “excellent working condition” upon hitting the auction block. He was only slated to fetch about $700,000 for the gear, Bonham’s said prior to bidding.

 

Historic milestone for Danish DJs

04.04.2017


Lagging behind its Scandinavian neighbours, Denmark gets its first DJ to reach top 1000 on the Official Global DJ Rankings. The Danish dubstep duo Pegboard Nerds, which is ranked exclusively as a Danish act though one of its members is from Norway, broke through the symbolic wall of DJ fame this month with rank 992.



Denmark’s Scandinavian neighbours, Sweden and Norway, have been frequenting the top of The Official Global Rankings for several years. Sweden spawning a horde of iconic DJ Acts such as: Avicii, Adam Beyer, Eric Prydz, Alesso, and Steve Angelo – while Norway has been in the limelight with superstar DJs: Kygo, Da Tweekaz, and Orjan Nilsen.

Neither of the duo’s founding members, Norwegian DJ Alexander Odden and Danish DJ Michael Parsberg, made it to the Global Rankings list individually, which shows that teamwork and collaboration with fellow DJs can pay dividends. A similar rocket fuelled progression to fame happened to Swedish DJs Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso when they collaborated and created, the now legendary, Swedish House Mafia.

The ten highest ranked Danish DJs currently are: Pegboard Nerds, Snavs, Dj Basf, Noir, Morten Breum, Whomadewho, Djuma Soundsystem, Mike Hawkins, Kasper Bjørke, and Soulmagic.

The Official Global DJ Rankings ranks the TOP 10.000 DJs in the world (TOP 10K). One may speculate that making it to the TOP 10K intrinsically does not sound like an achievement – but in fact it is a preeminent accomplishment.

The Official Global DJ Rankings did a comprehensive study to determine how many professional DJs there are in the world. The study conducted individual geographical case studies and used an advanced mathematical algorithm, taking into consideration aspects such as: population, rural incomes, segmentation of clubs, GDP, religious and cultural factors.

To define a professional DJ, the study set as criteria that the DJ was able to sustain a living solely based on salary earned from DJ work. The study concluded that there are approximately 1¼ million professional DJs in the world.

In fact, if a DJ can make it to the TOP 10k on The Official Global DJ Rankings it means that the DJ is a recognized DJ, often with several commercial music releases, has an established fan base, and has played at several internationally acclaimed clubs.

 

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