Women share music industry horror stories, EMI declares sampling amnesty, Kraftwerk’s Ralf Hütter speaks to Rolling Stone and nobody watches We Are Your Friends.
Nobody Watches We Are Your Friends. Zac Efron’s new movie about a 23-year-old wannabe EDM DJ has flopped at the US box office, reportedly having one of the worst opening weekends on record. The Warner Bros film, shown in 2,333 cinemas, brought in only $1.8 million and many reviewers weren’t impressed. The Awl examines why the film didn’t sit well with the EDM crowd in an insightful article here.
Women Share Music Industry Horror Stories. Pitchfork‘s Senior Editor Jessica Hopper asked Twitter: “Gals/other marginalised folks: what was your 1st brush (in music industry, journalism, scene) w/ idea that you didn’t ‘count’?” She received hundreds of responses, painting a disturbing portrait of an industry rife with misogyny, endless scrutiny, harassment and assault. Read The Daily Beast‘s full feature on the discussion here.
Kraftwerk’s Ralf Hütter discusses ‘spiritual connection’ to Detroit, new album and cycling. The sole remaining original member of Kraftwerk, Ralf Hütter takes a break from preparing an ambitious “3D tour” of North America, to give a rare interview discussing new album and reissue projects, cycling, and the group’s longtime love of Detroit. Read the Rolling Stone interview in full here. (more…)
This week’s top mixes include Serge and Legowelt from Sonar, tech-house master Mr G, Juan Atkins in London, and Four Tet’s Dekmantel Adventure.
Serge and Legowelt Go Stratospheric at Sonar. Serge’s Clone Records threw a Jack for Daze party at this year’s Sonar and recorded both Legowelt‘s and Serge’s own “stratospheric” sets, both of which are now available to stream above. Serge’s track listing is provided here. Serge also contributed to our recent feature, What Makes A Great DJ?, alongside the likes of Dave Clarke, Mr G and Mosca. Read it here.
PRS set to take legal action against SoundCloud, Camel Audio Alchemy returns in Logic 10.2, Carl Cox says “Ibiza is spoilt now”, and SFX Entertainment shares down 93%.
PRS for Music takes legal action against SoundCloud. The Performing Rights Society for Music sent out emails to their members explaining that “after careful consideration, and following five years of unsuccessful negotiations, we now find ourselves in a situation where we have no alternative but to commence legal proceedings against SoundCloud.” Find out more, and read the full email here.
This week’s best mixes include Kyle Hall’s Fascinating Transmission, Dan Beaumont Talking To Spirits, Goon Club Allstars with Been Trill, and 1080p’s Demo Prophecies.
Dan Beaumont Talking To Spirits. Dan Beaumont is the London-based DJ, producer and entrepreneur who runs London pizza joint Voodoo Ray’s and two of East London’s best venues, Dalston Superstore and Dance Tunnel. Stream and download his i-D mix above.
Scotland’s Son Jasper James. The son of long-serving Sub Club resident DJ Harri, who taught him to DJ when he was 13, Glasgow’s Jasper James, who was also mentored by his friend Jackmaster, has recently emerged as one of the UK’s best new DJs. Following up his debut record ‘Sneakey’, which came out last year via Optimo Trax, and his ZTRK1 EP on Leftroom, James contributes to the RA podcast in advance of his London residency at new Brixton club Phonox. Stream, download and an interview with the artist here.
Kyle Hall’s Fascinating Transmission. Warm Up is MoMA PS1‘s outdoor music event, which presents the best in underground and experimental music each week. They’ve teamed up with FACT to present a special series of mixes, one for each event. This week’s mix comes from Detroit original Kyle Hall, who delivers a fascinating transmission of ambience and noise that seems to be from another planet, ahead of his performance along alongside Laraaji, Andres, Hashman Deejay and Pender Street Steppers this Saturday. Stream and download above.
SFX Entertainment Collapsing, The Safe Clubbing Tragedy, and Are People Using Apple Music?
808 Around the World. The New Yorker joins musicians, producers, and fans celebrating ‘808 day’ (August 8th) with a cultural history of the Roland drum machine that created “a new, more potent meaning for the word ‘drums'” and was favoured by landmark artists from Afrika Bambaata to Marvin Gaye. Read in full here.
Why Nobody’s Leaving SoundCloud. Having issued new warnings to their users, SoundCloud has begun another copyrighted material purge, with many claims being traced back to Sony Music, which recently removed their artists from the audio streaming platform after licensing negotiations went sour. But with a list of alternatives, nobody appears to be leaving SoundCloud, 5Chicago explores the reasons why here.
This week’s top mixes include Shawn O’Sullivan’s classic teen angst, the Martinez Brothers’ Found mix and rarities from Dilla and Timbaland.
Shawn O’Sullivan’s classic teen angst. NY-based Shawn O’Sullivan‘s dark and melancholic techno has seen daylight through diverse labels ranging from Sacred Bones and Wierd Records to L.I.E.S.. O’Sullivan dropped “some classic teen angst at 150BPM” in his selection of wild and colourful 90s techno, acid, and hardcore influences for Lithuanian interdisciplinary arts journal Secret Thirteen‘s eclectic mix series, and it’s topping MixCloud’s charts. Stream above, track listing and download here.
The Martinez Brothers’ Found mix. NY siblings The Martinez Brothers, who were named DJs Of The Year by Mixmag and run Tuskegee Records alongside Seth Troxler, provide south London party-brand Found with an exclusive mix for The Found Series ahead of an exclusive summer 2015 festival appearance at London’s Ceremony Festival. Stream above.
Beatport apologises for ‘trapped’ payments, first glimpses of Pioneer’s new DJ software, and Spotify to offer premium-only content.
Nicky Siano’s Disco Film streaming on Vimeo. DJ from The Gallery and Studio 54, Nicky Siano’s film about the hottest club of the pre-disco era: Love Is The Message, is now available to stream or download via Vimeo. It comes with a 30-minute in-depth interview with Frankie Knuckles, an hour with David Mancuso, and features footage filmed live at The Gallery between 1976 and 1977, back when Siano and friends were “just kids dancing in the dark”. Watch the trailer above, rent and buy here. Read our interview with Nicky here and our review of the movie here.
Hacienda Film Tracks Music History. Archive footage of late Hacienda and Factory Records boss Tony Wilson opens Do You Own The Dancefloor?, which is being screened in Manchester on Saturday and will raise money for two charities: Kidneys For Life and Cancer Research. The documentary tracks down the fixtures and fittings of the club, which were sold at auction as it was demolished 15 years ago, and speaks to some of the Hacienda faithful. More in the BBC‘s full report. (more…)
This week’s top mixes include Carl Craig, Armand Van Helden B2B with Jackmaster, Juan Maclean guesting on Business As Usual, and Kerri Chandler’s Essential Mix.
Kerri Chandler’s Essential Mix. “Kerri masters rhythm and space piecing together vocals and instruments with uncanny precision delivering beautiful monster jams.” The New Jersey-born deep house originator, Kerri Chandler, who’s been injecting soul into his productions since the early 90s, steps up for the latest instalment of BBC Radio 1‘s Essential Mix. Stream above.
Beatport in controversial royalty freeze, 808 Day celebrations, and what are the audiophiles hearing?
Beatport caught up in royalty scandal as SFX privatisation plan continues. Online music retailer Beatport has controversially informed label owners that royalty payments will be frozen until Robert Sillerman – CEO of Beatport’s parent company, SFX Entertainment – completes the process of taking the company private. This week it was revealed that Beatport has released royalties owed to major labels for the last quarter, but told indies that that they wont be paid until Sillerman completes his takeover of SFX. UK indie trade body AIM have demanded its members be paid within 24 hours, according to Music Week. Sillerman and his associates are required to deliver the terms and conditions of a merger agreement where stockholders will receive $5.25 for each share of common stock. However, the plan may not run entirely smoothly; Forbes reports that one major investor in SFX has chosen to sell their stake – worth around $5m – at a lower price rather than wait to see whether Sillerman can raise the funds. Forbes describes the move as adding “a new twist to what’s already been a controversial and opaque take private of the Nasdaq-listed company”. Find out more about the SFX privatisation deal here, and about the indie royalties issue here.
Celebrating the Roland TR-808. Musicians, producers and fans from the global community will come together to recognise the legendary and influential drum machine on 808 Day, Saturday August 8th. Festivities can be tracked on social media with the hashtag #808day, and include Low End Theory Festival at LA’s world-renowned nightclub of the same name, Dubspot workshops and performances in New York and LA, and a premier screening of 808 – the feature film documenting the drum machine’s influence – at the British Film Institute in London. Find out more here.
This week’s top mixes include Masters at Work, Karenn at Awakenings, Joey Negro’s 90s mix, and FaltyDL Playing Truant.
Masters at Work, at Work. House and garage music’s greatest hit-makers since the late 80s, Kenny Dope and Louie Vega of Masters at Work are the latest act to contribute to the FACT mix series, ahead of a rare London show at Found’s 51st State Festival on Saturday August 8th. Stream and download the mix above.