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Beatport Announce 24-Hour Live Stream For Coronavirus Benefit Funds

Times are strange, as everyone worldwide is currently experiencing, but there are snippets of good news and tidings to get us through this.

Once such example is everyone’s favourite dance music download store Beatport, who have just announced a raft of live-streams taking place over a 24-hour period on Friday (March 27). The “global dance party” is set to feature a raft of names, including Carl Cox, Bonobo, Nina Kraviz, Griz, Rüfüs Du Sol, A-Trak, Nicole Moudaber, Chris Liebing and Nora En Pure.

Speaking of the announcement, Beatport CEO Robb McDaniels said:

“Over the past few weeks, we have seen so much of humanity come together as one to battle the escalation of the COVID-19 virus in an effort to protect the most vulnerable. With so many of us sheltered in our homes, wanting to stay connected to the people and music that plays such a positive role in our lives, Beatport and the passionate DJ community we work with on a daily basis feel compelled to deliver a unique music experience directly into homes across the world.”
As countries across the world go into increasing levels of lockdown, it’s some small light on the horizon that we can still enjoy the music that unites us all. There’s an added bonus too, as anyone tuning into the stream on Twitch will be able to donate to the World Health Fund’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and the COVID-19 Hardship Fund benefitting members of the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM.) There’ll also be random giveaways during the stream, along with plenty of chances for listener interaction.

Full-lineup as below, and link to watch on March 27 HERE.
Axel Boman
Carl Cox
Chris Liebing
Duke Dumont
Eats Everything
La Fleur
Nicole Moudaber
Nina Kraviz
Nora En Pure
Rüfüs Dü Sol (DJ Set)
Sebastien Leger
Todd Terry
Wax Motif

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Amazon Stops CD & Vinyl Orders Due To COVID-19

The recent outbreak of the novel COVID-19 virus has a huge impact on the electronic music dance scene. Hundreds of shows around the world are getting cancelled and postponed, but this is not the only thing.

Amazon, one of the biggest online shopping platforms out there is also taking special measures during these hectic times, they will be disabling shipment creation for non-essential product orders.

The vendors that will be affected by this may vary, but one of the things included is CDs and vinyls. The postponement of these particular orders is set to last at least until 5th of April, but with the crisis situation still getting worse, it might extend if necessary.

The limitations that Amazon has applied will allow them to focus on household staples, medical supplies and other high demand products that people might need to get through the quarantine time. The company will be halting any orders of CD, vinyl and merchandise products from its warehouses for the time being. In a letter sent by Amazon to customers regarding the changes that they were forced to make they say:

“We are seeing increased online shopping, and, as a result, some products such as household staples and medical supplies are out of stock. With this in mind, we are temporarily prioritizing household staples, medical supplies, and other high-demand products coming into our fulfillment centers so that we can more quickly receive, restock, and deliver these products to customers.”
When a giant company like Amazon does something like this, we can be sure that the whole vinyl and CD industry will be affected. At the beginning of the year the RIAA was projecting vinyl of having a fantastic growth in the upcoming months. The retail dollar value of vinyl shipments in the United States last year grew by 18.7%, or $78.4m to $497.6m, but with the possible crisis that might happen due to coronavirus, nothing is set in stone anymore.

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Tape Scratching The "Peter Piper" Routine

To debut my fifth ScrubBoard prototype, I'm doing my take on DJ Jazzy Jeff's "Peter Piper" routine. The Scrubboard is a completely handmade tape-scratching device that uses two-inch wide open reel audio tape. It has a dry-erase markable surface on the tape loop so users can mark up their samples. It also features a foot-controlled transport motor, and can record live audio to the tape loop and then scratch it in real time!

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Sticker Lock Control Vinyl | Tutorial and Demo

Following suggestions by DJs from all corners of the Earth, Serato is thrilled to announce the new Sticker Lock record.

Clear as crystal; this transparent wax comes with marker stickers in the colors of the rainbow, ready for you to make your mark on the Serato NoiseMap.

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Moog & Korg Make Synth Apps Free To Help Musicians Stuck At Home

If you're a musician (or fan) whose concerts got scrapped over coronavirus concerns, you'll at least have more tools to produce music when you're at home. To start, Moog has made its Minimoog Model D iOS synth app available for free. It wasn't hugely expensive to start, but this could make it easy to recreate the first portable synth and slip some Kraftwerk- or Dr. Dre-inspired sounds into your latest track. Moog didn't say how long the price change would last, but you might want to act quickly.

Not to be left out, Korg is doing the same for its Kaossilator apps, which normally cost close to $20. Android artists can grab the software for no charge until March 20th, 2020, while the iOS crowd has until March 31st to get iKaossilator. Either app makes the most sense if you're more into looping audio and variety than strict technical realism, but that may be all you need to add some spice to a future hit.

posted by David Miller (via engadget)

Diplo Announces Nightly Livestream Sets During COVID-19 Quarantines

Being one of the most talented artists in the industry, Grammy award-winning artist Diplo aims to satisfy his global fan base through his dynamic sound which ranges from big-room, trap, moombahton and even some solid tech house to pump up those parties around the world.

Recognized as the co-creator of music group Major Lazer and one half of Jack Ü with Skrillex, Diplo has proven that he really can do anything he puts his heart and soul towards. With a clear passion for music no matter what the circumstances are amid recent cancellations due to COVID-19, Diplo has just announced he will be playing nightly live streams to connect with his fans on a whole new level. Quarantine has just gotten a whole lot more enjoyable for listeners globally.

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Beastie Boys Story — Official Trailer

The story of 3 friends who inspired each other and the world. Beastie Boys Story coming April 24 to Apple TV+ and in select IMAX theaters on April 2.

Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz tell you an intimate, personal story of their band and 40 years of friendship in this live documentary experience directed by their longtime friend and collaborator and former hall monitor, Spike Jonze.

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Paul Oakenfold Interview - Generations of Dance Music Culture

In this 30+ minute interview, iconic DJ/Producer/Artist Paul Oakenfold takes us on a 4-decade journey through the generations of dance music and clubbing culture - from his own, unique perspective.

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Eminem - Godzilla ft. Juice WRLD

The visual for Eminem's Juice Wrld-assisted single "Godzilla" is here.

For his latest video, Shady teams up with popular director Cole Bennett. They take things to the next level with a wacky video that sees Em playing multiple characters and in several zany situations.

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Ultra Music Festival 2020 Cancelled

After meeting with Miami city officials earlier today amid the coronavirus outbreak, the festival has made the decision to cancel its 2020 flagship event. This will be the first time since the festival’s inception in 1999 that it will not go on as planned.

Wednesday morning, Suarez, Carollo and City Manager Art Noriega met with Ultra representatives to discuss the possibility of postponing the three-day event, which is scheduled to open March 20 at Bayfront Park. The meeting followed a press conference where Carollo and Suarez called for the event’s postponement. After the meeting, Carollo and Suarez told reporters they had a reached a resolution, but there would not be an official announcement until Friday morning.

According to the Miami Herald, “City officials have yet to announce details of the change because attorneys are ironing out the legal issues tied to the decision, including the length of the delay, sources said.”

posted by David Miller (via Miami Herald)

How Bad Bunny Broke Every Rule of Latin Pop

Bad Bunny had just finished performing with Shakira at the Super Bowl halftime show and was being rushed back to his dressing room when he stopped.
“Listen, we’re going to stay here,” he told his handlers. “The show’s not over yet.”

For the next few minutes, as the crowd of 65,000 screamed for Jennifer Lopez and fireworks streaked the Miami sky, the 25-year-old Puerto Rican rapper lingered on the field. He danced with friends, posed for photos in his glittering, Swarovski-encrusted suit and took a moment — just a moment — to revel in the fact that in a handful of years, he had gone from bagging groceries at a supermarket to all of this.

In just a few years, Bad Bunny has remade reggaeton with his inclusive politics, freaky fashion and moody trap beats, challenging the genre’s deeply rooted stylistic and social norms while becoming one of the most streamed artists on earth.

At the same time, he has blazed new paths in the broader American market, churning out chart-topping hits with the likes of Cardi B and Drake and playing the country’s biggest arenas, all without the backing of a major label and all while rapping almost exclusively in Spanish.

He travels with a tight-knit entourage of young men who have known him long before he was famous: arty kids who would generally rather smoke weed, listen to Travis Scott and dye their hair new shades of neon than go to celebrity-studded events.

During All-Star weekend, they skipped parties thrown by DJ Khaled and Megan Thee Stallion. Bad Bunny tucked into bed early, except for one night when he stayed up until 4 a.m. recording a song with fellow Puerto Rican rapper Myke Towers.

“People think we’re living the life,” says his friend Jesus Hernandez. “They think we’re going to after-parties, going to strip clubs. That almost never happens.” He sounds only a little bit disappointed.
After All-Star weekend had ended and the Chicago snow had turned to a cold rain, he and his friends were preparing to film a music video. As they chose their outfits, they listened to salsa.

“I don’t think I’ve ever felt as good as I do right now,” he says, flashing a smile. “The plan right now is just to enjoy everything.”

posted by David Miller (via LA Times)

Roland 707M | Walkthrough and Demo

Roland US' Matt Chocione goes through a detailed breakdown of the powerful and ultra-portable Roland 707M aimed at mobile DJs.

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Making A Beat In Serato Studio

Stlndrms lays down a fresh beat in his home studio in Atlanta. Using his brand new Serato Studio sound pack, he explains his use of the SP303, SP404, and what his major keys are for creating great beats.

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How To Easily Make DJ Short Edits Using Serato Studio

The DJ short edit is a way to play just the best or most impactful parts of the tracks you are playing. Short edits are great because not only do they suit fast mixing styles, but also when a song is getting old, they let you play just enough of it for your audience without them getting bored.

posted by David Miller (via Digital DJ Tips)

Harmonix’s New Game Fuser Lets You Mash Together Pop Songs

Rock Band studio Harmonix is back with another music game — only this time, it’s about mashing songs together. The new title is called Fuser, and the developer describes it as “a non-stop virtual music festival where you control the music.” The idea is that you play as a DJ, fusing popular songs together to excite the crowd. There will be a single-player campaign, a freestyle mode for playing with new musical ideas, and multiplayer where you can both compete and collaborate with other players.

Of course, the most important part of a game like this is the musical selection, and Harmonix says that the game will include more than 100 licensed tracks, including the likes of “In Da Club” and “bad guy,” along with meme-worthy additions like “All Star” and “Old Town Road.” These should be ideal for the social aspect, where players can share their mashup creations with others online.

posted by David Miller (via the verge)

DJ Paydays In Las Vegas: More Money, Less Opportunity

In the wake of KAOS' closing, one casino nightlife executive says it's now a "buyer's market" for talent. Others predict a 2020 recession for the business

DJ paychecks were growing in Las Vegas last year even as average salaries worldwide for the highest-paid electronic dance-music acts declined 12% from 2017 to 2018, and EDM's share of the recorded-music market slid from 3.5% to 3%, according to a 2019 study by the International Music Summit. But, with the autumn 2019 implosion of The Palms' KAOS nightclub and its reported $60-million deal with Marshmello, DJs may see their hot streak start to cool in Vegas, too. .

Music-business sources tell Billboard that a superstar DJ, like Calvin Harris, Tiësto, Diplo or The Chainsmokers, can still pull in a low seven-figure fee for a single club appearance, and upwards of $300,000 a show for residencies. "It's steadily gone up in Vegas," says Randy Phillips, the veteran promoter who recently stepped down as CEO of EDM festival company LiveStyle but retains an ownership stake. "The superstars are on multi-year, multi-week deals at some of the bigger hotels. Electronic music, and the DJ, is very compelling entertainment when you're going away for a weekend to get wild and crazy."

EDM’s popularity in Vegas has gone through "gullies" over the past five years, says Phillips, but overall the trajectory for DJs’ salaries is up. The latest dip came in November, when the Palms abruptly shuttered its KAOS night and dayclub after just seven months because, management told financial analysts, the club had lost $13.2 million in its first year and the economics weren't working. In addition to the record two-year $60-million residency it had reportedly struck with Marshmello -- what amounted to $600,000 a show for 100 shows -- the club was paying some DJs just as much for a single appearance, which a music-industry source says was 400% to 500% more than the market norm.

Meanwhile, the low-end of the pay scale has stayed virtually the same from 2015 to 2019: DJs in this class make $10,000 to $30,000 a show, but demand is not what it used to be. "A lot of DJs in that $30-75K a night range did well when EDM was booming, but weren’t big enough to keep bringing people,” says Matt
Colon, Steve Aoki's longtime manager:

Vegas clubs are also hedging their bets by putting hip-hop and open-format DJs in rotation with electronic dance music . “Music is splintering - people want to hear all different things,” says Christie. “We’re entering a new era of consumer taste.”

posted by David Miller (via billboard)

The Weeknd Announces 'After Hours' Tour With Special Guests

The Weeknd is now three singles into the release rollout of his upcoming album After Hours due out March 20 via XO Records and Republic Records. Following the bloody and trippy visuals that mixed in a little bit of Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas for good measure in “Heartless” and the continuation of the drugged out and emotional “Blinding Lights”, the Toronto superstar returned earlier this week with his latest single “After Hours”.

Now he’s announced a forthcoming After Hours tour kicking off in North America this June and winding through Europe in October.

The Weeknd has also enlisted the talents of Sabrina Claudio, Don Toliver and 88GLAM as his openers. Tickets will be available for purchase starting Friday, February 28.

posted by David Miller (via hypebeast)

Inspirations and DJs | "For The Record"

Find out what inspired DJ W!ld, Loco Dice, Andy C and Kenny Dope to start playing vinyl in our “For our record” series.

posted by David Miller (via Pioneer DJ)

Eminem - Rap God (Explicit) [Official Video]

Eminem's "Rap God" is a six-minute tour de force, which finds the Detroit MC showing off a head-spinning display of lyricism while referencing over a dozen rappers. It also got into the Guinness World Records for most words in a hit single. The video, directed by Rich Lee, finds Em parodying Max Headroom and features other pop culture references from media like The Walking Dead, The Matrix and Hellraiser. The song has been certified four times platinum by the RIAA.

posted by David Miller (via XXL)

Lee Burridge Plays A Breathtaking Set In Bali

International media house Cercle is known for taking some of the best house and techno DJs and recording live sets in cinematic locations. Whether it is Adriatique at the snowy French Alps, Carl Cox at a historic Château de Chambord, or Nina Kraviz inside the Effiel tour, Cercle is continuing to find the best locations for their sets. Recently, they invited Lee Burridge to play their first-ever set in the beautiful coastal city of Bali.

Floating 100 meters over the Indian Ocean, OMNIA Cube in Bali serves as the perfect backdrop for Burridge’s deep house set. Spinning a collection of IDs that blend as one, his ethereal mix is accompanied by picture-perfect shots of the surrounding landscape.
Burridge is a top-class DJ with over three decades pioneering the scene, and it’s clear his love for the culture hasn’t faded. Through his set, he took the chance to join the crowd in dance at the Indonesian resort.

posted by David Miller (via dancingastronaut)