BT rants on Porter Robinson saying he is “Talented but selfish”
BT treated his Twitter audience to a rare, lengthy diatribe on another artist, Porter Robinson. After preparing his readers for a “long story,” BT began to explain how he first found out about Robinson via MySpace three years ago. He says he struck up a friendship with the young producer (after talking with his parents – Robinson was but a high schooler then), and the two even worked on some tracks together.
As Robinson’s star began to rise through big room gigs, festival dates, and an official Lady Gaga remix, BT found him harder to contact – shrouded often by a team of agents, managers, and other “advisors.” While BT was understanding of this development, he describes Robinson himself as being “too cool to interact,” placing the blame squarely on the artist, not just his entourage. The tipping point came when Robinson told BT he could no longer finish the tracks they had begun working on together.
BT admits to having his feelings hurt by Robinson after being rebuffed by an artist who he felt personally responsible for bringing to a broader audience. But rather than make this a personal attack on Robinson (he calls the young DJ a “real talent”), BT goes on to use his experiences with him as an example of how the younger generation of DJs are similarly “self focused & selfish.” When he was an up-and-comer, BT says DJs like Sasha helped him, and he “vowed to pay it forward” when he could.
BT ended his “rant” with some advice: “So I hope you (and other young producers reading this) take this as a cautionary tale. Remember to act with respect and pay it forward.”
Tiesto, who BT shared Robinson’s tracks with and became an early supporter, weighed in as well, citing the lack of loyalty in younger producers (though Tiësto’s original tweet has since been deleted).
BT has around 622,000 Twitter followers; Robinson has about 216,000. Thus far, Robinson has not responded.
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Insomniac and SBE announce new Hollywood EDM club “Create”
Last week, Live Nation drew close to finalizing the acquistion of about half of the L.A. EDM promotion firm Insomniac. But that isn’t Insomniac’s only new partnership of note. The firm has just announced a new collaboration with the hospitality firm SBE on a new venue, Create, located in the former Vanguard space in Hollywood.
“Insomniac had done work in that space in the distant past, and they know and love the space,” said Costas Charalambous, the senior vice president of night life for SBE. “Now we can play with music, fashion, art and presentation for our clienteles. It’s a clean slate, and we can be spontaneous in taking all that to the next level.”
The partnership and name change comes after SBE purchased the Vanguard room and threw its first party, with the Swedish DJ Avicii, in February. SBE promised a full slate of dance bookings to accompany the interior revamp, but the schedule since then had been fairly quiet until now.
The new venue kicks off on May 11 with a set by the Dutch trance act Dash Berlin. Neither Insomniac nor SBE has publicly announced any further sets, but Charalambous said a full lineup of headliners and recurring weekly genre nights is impending.
With the collaboration, SBE gets a marquee talent buyer with Live Nation muscle for its third EDM-focused venue (alongside Greystone Manor and Agency), one far larger than either of those with three distinct rooms and an outdoor patio. Insomniac gets a second club-level room in L.A. (to accompany its own popular Exchange L.A., in downtown) to try out younger acts and give superstar DJs a flexible space for underplays in the heart of Hollywood.
The partnership is also apropos given each firm’s major recent plays in Las Vegas. Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival is set to grow even bigger with an infusion of Live Nation money and logistical support (the fest moved there from L.A. in 2011), and SBE’s own SLS Hotel and Casino is slated for a 2014 opening, and will include many established L.A. dining and nightlife concepts. With Insomniac’s talent-buying acumen and SBE’s venue stable, “the partnership could be endless,” Charalambous said. “We definitely want to see where else it can lead.”
In the more immediate future, however, L.A. gets a new, flexible dance-music space that can veer between tableside bottle-service blowouts and GA floor space for underground nights. The upside of such a big and converted industrial room, Charalambous said, is the ability to transform the room to meet any artist’s specific vibe. Insomniac’s broad reach means they’ll have plenty of opportunity to experiment. “A drink tastes the same anywhere, but this combination of great music and ambience can make that drink taste a lot sweeter,” he said.
Posted by August Brown (via Los Angeles Times)
‘Clarity’ reaches pinnacle of mainstream status with cover on Glee season finale.
It’s obvious at this point that dance music has reached commercial prosperity, but what would be considered the ultimate peak? A cameo on Glee. “Clarity, ” by Zedd featuring Foxes has been a ubiquitous festival and remix favorite of the season, reached #1 on the Billboard dance charts and even received some late night exposure on David Letterman. It must have caught the attention of Glee’s producers for they chose the cast to perform it on the pivotal season finale. The show choir version boasts a feverish Broadway-like intensity with a heavier bassline and lower vocal sung by American Idol runner up Jessica Sanchez. The exposure has undoubtedly opened up the world of dance music up to an entirely new audience who will only be craving more. In fact, Zedd’s original version broke the Top 25 American mainstream iTunes chart over the weekend.
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Free Download: Go Deep (JD Live 2013 Bootleg)
Las Vegas native & official Club Killers DJ JD Live recently dropped this club crushing mash for Club Killers exclusive members and now we’re hooking up everybody with it. I personally love it and play it every single set (Plus how awesome is that artwork?) LOL. Make sure you try it in your peak hour sets, also make sure you download JD’s “Get ready for pool season” mix (Download here: CK Radio Episode 48). Sexy non stop house music inspired by Las Vegas pool parties.
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Daft Punk Give Their Reasons For Not Touring.
With the first single here, the album just over a week out from arriving and information about their big return (for once) not completely non-existent, the burning question for Daft Punk now is what their tour plans are. “We want to focus everything on the act and excitement of listening to the album,” Thomas Bangalter told Rolling Stone when they asked the Frenchmen amid the Coachella madness. “We don’t see a tour as an accessory to an album.” Another couple of interviews down the track, the robots have elaborated on why there aren’t any immediate plans to hit the road.
“We don’t want to tour this record right away because it seems the magic of music today and the life of music today is on stage,” Bangalter told the Daily Telegraph’s Kathy McCabe. “We put all our focus on the idea of trying to put a lot of life on a record, the same life you would have in a live performance and we don’t want to simultaneously do something that would remove the focus from this thing we spent so much time doing.” Making it crystal clear, earlier this week a representative for the Frenchies told the Huffington Post that “no tour is planned”. All’s not lost, though – when they do eventually tour, the pair told Rolling Stone it will be with a “career-encompassing setlist.”
The duo’s last world tour began at Coachella on Saturday 29 April 2006, an experience limited to a few thousand witnesses in the desert. In the strobing light of the Sahara tent, two robots appeared inside a 20-foot-tall, three-ton pyramid, flanked on either side by a lattice of bulbs. (“We got a sense that it went well,” Bangalter later dead-panned to Mixmag.) Two months later, the duo was headlining the Eurockéennes festival in Belfort, France atop the pyramid, and the tour momentum built from there: Barcelona,Madrid, the Godskitchen tent at Global Gathering in the English countryside, over to Japan, back through Europe, then South America en route to Miami for the Bang Music Festival. The ‘Alive’ tour ended in Australia with four cities over eight days in December 2007.
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Diplo: “Labels just want to jump on EDM dick”
If there’s one man you can count on to consistently deliver memorable one-liners, it’s Diplo. Sure enough, when the ever-acerbic Mad Decent boss sat down with The Huffington Post last week, his opinion on all things label-related didn’t come sugarcoated. A few days before he opened up about how Baauer’s chart-topping, viral hit Harlem Shake “saved” Mad Decent from going under (“a year ago we were going to fold because we couldn’t figure out how to make money,” he told the same outlet at Coachella over the weekend), Wesley Pentz talked through the label’s game plan.
“We are a label that exists on the internet, so when something like that happens, we know how to incubate it and make it go crazy,” Diplo told Huff Post about that YouTube-dominating meme. “There are no rules to running a label anymore. We have, like, seven people working for us, but Interscope probably didn’t even have a record as big as Harlem Shake last year and they have thousands working for them.”
“Interscope dropped Major Lazer when we asked for money for a video for Get Free, and we sold 150,000 copies of that song,” he continued. “So that just proves that labels have no idea what’s going on anymore. They just want to jump on EDM dick – shit that sucks because they don’t feel the music but think it’s happening. We are in these streets.” As he puts it: “When it comes to dance music on the fringe, there’s no A&R that can teach you or guide you.”
But dance music’s renaissance man wasn’t done dropping quotable gems yet. “Dance music is so interchangeable,” Pentz added. “There’s not a lot of face to it. It’s a bunch of Dutch DJs with the same haircut. You go see a dance stage at a fucking dance festival and I’m bored out of my fucking mind. That’s not going to last very much longer, because kids see that it’s the same shit every single time.”
Posted by Katie Cunningham (via In The Mix)
Deadmau5 Goes Downtempo For Fiancée’s New Album.
Since his appearances at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival and Lollapalooza Brazil, Deadmau5 has returned to his state-of-the-art studio to mess with his machines. (He did, however, recently emerge for a trip to Las Vegas, where he’s been poached by the MGM Grand’s lavish new $100 million superclub Hakkasan and its poolside party spot Wet Republic in the ‘Unhooked’ guise.) So, what’s he working on? Is it the long-promised artist album “that tells a story and is a big package”? An LP may be bubbling in the background, but right now the man behind the ‘mau5 Joel Zimmerman is concentrating on making an album with his fiancée Kat Von D.
Now Zimmerman has shared “the first rough draft” of Satellite, his favourite track on the upcoming album. In typical Deadmau5 style, its genre is labelled ‘KvDStep’. He’s taken a cinematic, downtempo route on the production with a plaintive piano lead-in to the vocals. “Still lots of work to do, but here’s the intro and first verse,” he writes. The comments on his Soundcloud range from the confounding (“First Knife Party and then you Deadmau5, trap drops every-fucking-where!”) to the excitable (“WTF! Loving the new sound, man”).
“I fucking hate dance music,” Zimmerman told Vibe back in February, happily writing his own attention-grabbing headlines. “I make music that you can dance to, but when someone says the word dance music I think of Aqua. Barbie Girl.
“What’s happening in dance music now is what’s happened to hip-hop,” he went on. “Grandmaster Flash and fucking all that and spoken word, shooting this dude you hate and fucking this hoe. There are these other guys that are like, ‘Let’s take this 808 and fucking 606 and then fucking red-line it and just make it an engineering embarrassment…’ and that’s what happened with dance music.”
Listen to track demo featuring Kat Von D on vocals below. Actually sounds pretty good.
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EDC Promoter Sells Out To Live Nation?
Live Nation Entertainment is close to finalizing a deal to acquire about a 50% stake in Insomniac Events for $50 million, according to people familiar with the matter.
Insomniac Events, which produces electronic-dance-music festivals and is known for its Electric Daisy Carnival, which drew more than 300,000 fans to Las Vegas last year, would be a coup for Live Nation, the nation’s biggest concert promoter.
Live Nation had been competing over the past year with bidders including SFX Entertainment’s Robert Sillerman, who has helped consolidate both the radio and live-entertainment industries and has been snapping up a variety companies that specialize in DJ-driven music called EDM. SFX had offered at least $100 million for Insomniac, according to people familiar with the matter. Behind the fight over Insomniac is a scramble to capitalize on the growing popularity of EDM as technology drives interest in music created on computers rather than traditional instruments.
A growing number of DJs now garner rock-star salaries and headline festivals where just 10 years ago they were eclipsed by singing, guitar-playing bands. Insomniac keeps its books private, and founder Pasquale Rotella was quoted in Billboard Magazine last year as saying that his company comes “very close to losing money” despite selling out most of its events. Mr. Rotella has faced controversy stemming from drug-related deaths of concert-goers that attended the events. The Los Angeles Times reported earlier this year that at least 14 people who had attended Insomniac events died in drug-related incidents since 2006.
Mr. Rotella has supported new safety measures at venues such as increasing law enforcement at festivals, warning fans about drug dangers on event websites and displaying emergency services text numbers at events.
He is under indictment on bribery and other charges in connection with raves at the Los Angeles Coliseum and adjoining Sports Arena, where county prosecutors allege he conspired with a partner to keep security costs down by making illicit payments to a stadium manager. They have pleaded not guilty. Despite its troubled history, Insomniac has a strong brand, and the ability to attract hundreds of thousands of young fans to its rave-like events. The Electric Daisy Carnival has been held in California, Colorado, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Texas and Puerto Rico, and tickets quickly sell out.
Insomniac also bolsters Live Nation’s growing EDM portfolio: The concert-promotion giant last year acquired Los Angeles-based dance-music-event promoter HARD Events, as well as Cream, a British company that hosts club nights in Ibiza and Creamfields festivals around the world.
Joining with a corporate giant doesn’t appear to jibe with the image Mr. Rotella has cultivated. At a conference he organized last summer, Mr. Rotella said he didn’t want to be a promoter. “My passion is not selling tickets and making money. I want to create an experience,” he said.
Supermarket magnate Ron Burkle, who recently entered a partnership with Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte to operate music festivals and nightclubs around the country, had considered buying Insomniac Events three years ago for a lower valuation, according to a person familiar with the matter, but decided to pass.
Live Nation and Insomniac each declined to comment.
Posted by Hannah Karp (via Wall Street Journal)
Free Download: I Need Your Love (Angle Mash)
San Diego native & official Club Killers DJ Angle is hooking you up with his high energy dutch inspired mash up banger of Calvin Harris’ current hit “I Need Your Love”! Drop this one time in front of your crowd & I’m 100% sure you will add this to your peak hour set. I first played this gem on my House Of Dreamz Vol 3 mix (CK Radio Episode 38) which was recorded live at Yost Theater back in October and it’s been a staple in my big room set as well as my Friday night mixes on 102.7 KIIS FM in Los Angeles.
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A word with Wolfgang Gartner.
In a recent interview with White Raver Rafting, Wolfgang Gartner, also known as Joey Youngman, turned what could have been one of those generic Q&A sessions into one of the most honest and interesting interviews that an artist has gave in a while. With the interview touching on subjects from the beginning of Wolfgang’s career to the future of EDM, the real Wolfgang Gartner personality came out during this interview.
Q. A lot of new electronic dance music fans don’t know that you use to produce Deep House under the name Mario Fabriani. I’m curious as to why you decided to step away from that aspect of dance music. Why don’t you produce different styles under monikers like Eric Prydz does with Pryda and Cirez D?
A. Well there’s a few things that are sorta inaccurate about that question. I used to produce underground house, but most of it wasn’t deep house. It was mostly disco house and chicago house, and I released a majority of it under my real name, Joey Youngman, along with 7 other aliases, one of them being Mario Fabriani. What Eric Prydz does with Pryda and Cirez D is nothing like going from electro house to underground house. He’s still making music in a vein that he can play in his DJ sets, that still meshes with his output under his own name, and isn’t a major departure from it. There are a ton of reasons I don’t make underground house anymore. First and foremost, it’s underground. I got tired of living beneath the surface. I wanted my music to get more exposure and reach more people, I felt it deserved it, and there was no way to do that without changing the music. I still love all that stuff. I did a “90′s house mix” recently and gave it out to the blogs for people to download and I’ll probably do another one again soon. I would probably enjoy making it still, but the bottom line is I just don’t have time. Underground house is still underground, it doesn’t generate the type of exposure or music sales these days to base a career on. So what that equates to is that it would be a hobby – something I would be doing strictly for fun. And at the moment I’m so overwhelmed with everything in the world of Wolfgang Gartner – touring, keeping up with my release schedule, myriad daily issues and tasks of coordinating with my team to make sure things run smoothly and we make the right decisions, everything that my career has become over the past 5 years, that I don’t have time for a hobby. I guess that’s what it really comes down to. I still love it, but underground house is a hobby, and I’m too busy for a hobby right now. Maybe one day I’ll take a step back and start playing around with it again.
Hakkasan Las Vegas Bets Big On EDM.
Hakkasan Las Vegas celebrated its official opening at the MGM Grand Las Vegas April 26-28 with a star-studded weekend, both on the guest list and behind the decks. The 80,000-square-foot nightclub/restaurant has been under development for over two years, and is the most-anticipated new opening of the EDM era.
Crowds dotted with models and celebrities filled the massive venue’s many environments for sets from Hakkasan’s hard-won roster of exclusive resident DJs, many of who were playing at other Vegas clubs last year at this time.
“DJs are not DJs anymore,” Angel Management Group CEO Neil Moffitt, who developed and is now running the space for MGM, told a group of journalists during a pre-opening tour. “Calvin Harris is the most successful songwriter in the world right now.”
But he also asserted that Hakkasan was safe from the EDM bubble-burst many have called inevitable, saying that the venue is “positioned to be successful no matter where music goes. In the lifespan of this property, it will change.” He spoke to the club’s structural mutability – like movable walls that can shrink the main room to accommodate smaller crowds – as a means of responding to changes in the market, and keeping the venue from becoming a purely Friday-Saturday affair.
Deadmau5 opened the proceedings with an “Unhooked” set (as in, without his helmet) on Friday, visibly working hard and mixing spontaneous beats into his own classics like “Some Chords.” The main room’s high-res LED cobweb, which traces the full length of the ceiling, pulsed and glowed, just as the mau5’s cube might at one of his concert dates. Rev Run played hip-hop in the more intimate Ling Ling Lounge – a wide rectangle rimmed with tables and a thin strip of LED panels – ceding the booth to surprise guest Miguel, who performed two songs. (Moffitt intimated that Hakkasan resident Tiësto, who has a history of sneaking in small gigs at Vegas lounges, had expressed interest in playing the room.)
Calvin Harris, who just this past week broke one of Michael Jackson’s chart records in the U.K. (spawning eight Top 10 hits from his album “18 Months”), rocked the club’s massive main room on Saturday night, while Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens, and Pharrell (celebrating his 40th birthday) lounged in cloistered private lounges above the dance floor, lined in laser-cut marble lattice (one of many premium finishes throughout the venue). Harris got a peak-hour visit from Tiësto, who entered the booth just as he dropped his hit “Feel So Close.” The crowd sang along as the nitrogen jets spewed chilly white smoke from the ceiling, creating a big-room moment by any definition.
While Moffitt said that Hakkasan was created in part to “appeal to a kid who saved up” to make the trip to Vegas, he also acknowledged that its financial model was not based on general admission. “The economics for venues like this, they don’t work [if everyone is] paying $30,” Moffitt explains. “Bottle poppers subsidize the GA.” Indeed, the amount of real estate committed to tables far outweighed that for democratic dance space.
While he declined to share the cost of the venue – which has been placed anywhere from $60 to $80 million – Moffitt claimed it was “worth the investment.” He also revealed that he planned to roll out more Hakkasans worldwide, “probably not with 80,000-square-foot facilities; not many markets can support that,” but some “continuation of the brand, maybe with food.”
Posted by Zel McCarthy & Kerri Mason (via Billboard)
Civil Suit Between Michael Jackson’s Mother and AEG Live Could Cost Billions.
As Michael Jackson’s highly anticipated comeback shows approached, promoter AEG was so desperate to become No. 1 in the concert industry that its executives ruthlessly pushed the pop star to perform, caring little about his health, an attorney said Monday.
In his opening statement, Brian Panish, who represents Jackson’s mother and his three children, told the jury that Anschutz Entertainment Group was willing to do whatever it took to catch up to its competitor, Live Nation.
But AEG’s attorneys countered that it was Jackson who initially wanted to perform again because he was deeply in debt and insisted on hiring Dr. Conrad Murray. Murray administered the fatal dose of propofol that killed the singer shortly before he was scheduled to appear in a series of shows in London in 2009. Murray was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
“This case is about the choices we make and the personal responsibility that comes with them,” said defense attorney Marvin Putnam.
Putnam also said the trial would lift the veil on Jackson’s private persona. “We are going to show some ugly stuff,” he warned.
The lawsuit pits Jackson’s family against an entertainment conglomerate with deep pockets and a strong foothold in Los Angeles. It is expected to last four months and could put the singer’s eccentric lifestyle in the spotlight. Jackson fans from as far away as Italy showed up for a chance to win one of two seats in the courtroom.
Filed in 2010 by Jackson’s mother, Katherine, and his three children — Prince, Paris and Blanket — the suit accuses AEG’s concert and promotions arm, along with executives Randy Phillips and Paul Gongaware, of negligently hiring and controlling Murray.
Panish began his opening statement by talking about the pop star’s addiction to prescription drugs, which began after he suffered burns making a Pepsi commercial in 1984. He described Murray as a financially strapped doctor susceptible to pressure because he was behind on child support payments and in danger of losing his Las Vegas home to foreclosure.
But it was AEG, Panish said, who was ultimately responsible for the music legend’s 2009 death. Panish said experts will testify that the economic loss from Jackson’s death was $1.5 billion.
“Michael had a problem, Dr. Murray had a problem and AEG had a problem,” Panish told the jury of six men and six women. “You know what AEG’s problem was? They were not No. 1 in the concert business but they wanted to be.”
Panish projected slides of emails exchanged among AEG executives that surfaced last year. In one dated June 14, 2009, tour manager Gongaware responds to director Kenny Ortega’s plea to stay on top of Jackson’s health, as Murray had not allowed the singer to attend rehearsals one day.
Gongaware replied, “We want to remind [Murray] that it is AEG, not MJ who is paying his salary. We want him to understand what is expected of him.”
Turning to the jury, Panish asked, “Does this sound like a company that exercised reasonable care in supervising and retaining a doctor? Remember that in 11 days Michael Jackson is dead.”
AEG, however, said although it was common knowledge that Jackson had abused prescription painkillers, company officials were unaware he used propofol. “It wasn’t painkillers that killed Michael Jackson; propofol killed Michael Jackson,” Putnam said.
Putnam brought up Murray’s contract with AEG that would have paid the doctor $150,000 a month. It was never signed by Jackson or AEG.
In fact, Putnam said, Murray worked for Jackson and the doctor’s salary would have been an advance to Jackson, similar to the near-$30 million advance the company promised to pay for production costs and his mansion in Holmby Hills.
In addition to the 02 Arena in London where Jackson was slated to perform, AEG owns Staples Center and Home Depot Center in Southern California. A high-profile political player in Los Angeles, AEG built L.A. Live and is now working with the city to build a downtown NFL stadium.
The lawsuit is aimed at its subsidiary, AEG Live, known as a powerhouse in the concert industry. It produces festivals, including the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and oversees long-running shows of Las Vegas entertainers such as Celine Dion. It is also promoting the upcoming Rolling Stones tour.
Although Jackson had agreed to only 50 dates in London, AEG proposed a three-year worldwide tour in which one executive estimated ticket sales could exceed $450 million. Billboard magazine estimated AEG’s profits would hit $115 million for the London shows, with Jackson earning $1 million a night. Putnam said that Jackson would receive 90% of the profits from the London shows.
If the singer failed to generate enough money to pay back the advances, the lawsuit said, AEG could seize his assets, among them a valuable catalog that includes songs by the Beatles, Aretha Franklin and the Jackson family.
Randy Jackson, Michael’s brother, was in court Monday, along with his sister Rebbie and mother, Katherine. “We love you Mrs. Jackson,” a fan called out when Katherine entered the courtroom.
About a dozen Jackson supporters vied for the two available seats to the public through a lottery system.
One seat went to Samantha De Gosson, a 38-year-old photographer from Pasadena, who said the opportunity was bittersweet.
“I’m happy I can go in, but not looking forward about what’s going to be said,” she said. “This is a trial where Michael Jackson will be thrown under the bus by both parties. It’s not really about justice. It’s about who’s going to make money.”
Posted by Jeff Gottlieb & Corina Knoll (via Los Angeles Times)