Scarface Is on Dialysis Due to COVID-19 Complications
Geto Boys’ Scarface is on dialysis due to kidney failure suffered from COVID-19 complications. The rapper gave an update on his health during a Zoom chat with his bandmate Willie D that was recently uploaded to YouTube.
“I’m glad to be alive,” Scarface declared before divulging that he relapsed after going to the hospital (he originally revealed his diagnosis on March 26). “I fought COVID double bilateral pneumonia — both lungs — and kidney failure in my house,” he said. “I went back to the hospital. I just got out of the hospital Monday [April 20].”
“That’s my new lifeline,” he continued, showing Willie D his dialysis port.
“I gotta change my entire diet, I gotta do dialysis four days a week, three hours a day. That’s taking all my blood out, cleaning it and putting it back in my body,” Scarface explained before noting he didn’t have any kidney issues before testing positive for COVID-19.
As for his symptoms while fighting the virus, the rapper said: “I couldn’t keep food down, I couldn’t get comfortable, I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t stay woke, I could not breathe. It was the worst time of my life.” He also lost “probably 30 pounds.”
“Hanging on that string of death makes you really appreciate life,” Scarface reflected. “I was inches away from death.”
posted by David Miller (via SPIN)
Ticketmaster Prepares For Refunds After Call Out From Congress
Yesterday, Congress issued a very strongly worded letter to Ticketmaster, admonishing the ticket provider for “unscrupulously altered existing policies amidst the public health emergency to seemingly avoid reimbursing customers.”
The letter listed out several inquiries, relating to when the refund policy was altered, the number of refund requests that have been “denied,” the total value of these refunds, and more. The congresspersons close the letter by writing, “Given this national emergency, we call on your company to show consideration to its customers and issue full refunds to all who request them.”
Today, according to a report from Billboard, Ticketmaster is now actively working on preparing a plan of action to refund tens of thousands of events, approaching $2 billion in ticket sales.
The process will mirror the one that AEG put in place earlier this week. Billboard writes: “Starting May 1, fans who bought tickets for shows that have been postponed will begin receiving emails from Ticketmaster with the concert’s new dates and the option to initiate a refund including the ticket price and all fees. Fans will have 30 days to request a refund, otherwise their ticket will be good for the rescheduled show.”
Fans will also be offered an option to receive credit for cancelled and postponed shows through the Rock When You Are Ready program, or they can donate their tickets to health care workers through the Hero Nation program.
“For cancelled shows fans can choose to receive up to 150% of their ticket value as Concert Cash, and for rescheduled shows they will receive Concert Cash once they attend the new date,” a statement from Live Nation reads. “Those looking for ways to give back can opt to donate their tickets to health care workers through Live Nation’s expanded Hero Nation program. And anyone who needs or wants their money back will have the option to get a full refund within 30 days once a show has been canceled or new dates have been finalized.”
posted by David Miller (Via Billboard)
Mixcloud Launches DJ-Friendly Livestream Platform
As social distancing continues, and DJ livestreams become increasingly popular, Mixcloud has expedited the release of their livestreaming platform Mixcloud Live. Offering both a streamkey and stream URL, the platform is compatible with all basic streaming software options many Twitch users are already accustomed to. Because the new platform is still in beta, Mixcloud emphasized that users may encounter a few bugs or glitches.
Mixcloud Live addresses the problem many DJs have been facing during recent livestreams: copyright issues. Services such as SoundCloud and Twitch are notorious for either removing uploaded tracks or muting audio while copyrighted music plays, making streaming a DJ set extremely frustrating. Because Mixcloud is a licensed platform that pays licensing fees, musicians should not face this kind of issue on Mixcloud Live.
Mixcloud Live is available to Mixcloud Pro users, which can be purchased HERE.
posted by David Miller
DJ Jazzy Jeff Describes Having COVID-19: ‘Scared Me to Death’
DJ Jazzy Jeff has opened up about having COVID-19.
In a conversation with Tamron Hall, Jeff said that he suspects that he contracted COVID-19 after performing at the annual Black Summit of the National Brotherhood of Skiers in Ketchum, Idaho in early March.
“I didn’t even realize the severity of it,” he said in the video chat. “When my wife and I were at the store, I looked at her and told her I didn’t feel well. And she was asking what was wrong, and I said ‘I feel a little achy, like I’m coming down with something.’ I literally went home and got into bed and almost don’t remember the next 11 days after that…”
He also described the problems that he (and probably almost everyone at the beginning of March who suspected they had the virus) ran into in order to get tested.
“When we finally were able to go to the doctor, they wouldn’t test me for COVID-19,” Jazzy Jeff said. “They gave me a flu test and then gave me an x-ray on my lungs and said I had pneumonia in both of my lungs, which terrified me to death.”
DJ Jazzy Jeff is just one of many musicians who have contracted the coronavirus in recent months. The whole music industry and world has been upended by the virus.
posted by David Miller
Rekordbox Introduces Cloud Library Management
What’s new in rekordbox ver. 6.0?
The way we enjoy music has evolved, with computers and mobile devices becoming the focal point for listening to our favorite sounds and emerging genres. Naturally, the needs of DJs have changed too. So, we’ve rebuilt rekordbox to offer centralized music management that stores your tracks in the cloud so you can play them via multiple devices whenever you like. Three new subscription plans – including a free option – offer different feature sets so you can use the package that best suits your needs. Choose from the Free, Core, and Creative plans.
For the first time, Export mode users can prepare sets in an advanced virtual DJing environment using Performance mode, which is now free of charge (see https://rekordbox.com for device compatibility & subscription plans). Take out the Creative plan within rekordbox ver. 6.0 and you’ll always have cloud access to the latest version of your library – wherever you are. Prep playlists, tracks, and metadata such as cue points on your studio computer then download it all to your laptop. You can even choose playlists and tracks to transfer to and from your iPhone. So, if you’re trying out ideas like setting Hot Cues on a new track, you can update your library from your iPhone and the changes will be reflected on all your devices. And if your computer goes missing or gets damaged, the music and metadata in your DJ library will be up to date and safely stored in the cloud.
Keen to drop the freshest sounds into your mixes? rekordbox for Mac/Windows (ver. 6.0) now integrates with Inflyte, the global music promotion platform. Use rekordbox for Mac/Windows (ver. 6.0) to browse the tracks in your Inflyte Promo Locker and, if you have Dropbox enabled, rekordbox can even automatically import promos for you.
posted by David Miller
Rane Twelve Promotion: Buy One, Get The Second Half Price
FOR A LIMITED TIME, BUY A TWELVE AND RECEIVE A SECOND TWELVE HALF PRICE!
Calling all DJs! For a limited time, RANE is offering a phenomenal deal to get you the best DJ set up onto your personal rider. Purchase a TWELVE motorized control turntable between April 1st, 2020 and May 31st, 2020 and get a second TWELVE half price!* Hurry, this promotion won’t be around for long!
FIND A DEALER:https://www.rane.com/dealer-locator
posted by David Miller
G-Eazy – Still Be Friends (Official Video)
G-Eazy released his latest single ‘Still Be Friends‘ back in February featuring assistance from Tyga and Tory Lanez.
The song, which poses the question if they can be just friends with benefits, hasn’t taken off yet but with the music video being released today, it might gain traction finally. The three rappers have dropped a NSFW treatment for the catchy single which stars some popular adult stars like Avery Cristy, Amia Miley, Mia Malkova and more.
posted by David Miller
Get Up To 23,400 For Federal Aid For DJ’s – Tech Talk
In an unprecedented move the the Federal Government has released a 2 Trillion Dollar Federal Relief Bill. The bill specifically targets independent contractors like DJ’s, photographers and Uber drivers. People who typically can’t receive unemployment help.
The Federal Government is allowing independent contractors to file a self certification that will allow them to collect up to 600 per week for 39 weeks. In order to apply you need to visit your own states unemployment office website. Expect delay’s as states have to update their existing websites in order to process the new applications. Some of the key items you will need before applying are listed below.
– Social Security number
– Home address and mailing address (if different)
– Telephone number
– Email address
– Your bank name, address, account number and routing number for direct deposit
posted by DJ IKON
Sneak Peek | Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert | YouTube Originals
Coachella was slated to take place on April 10, which is a distant memory now. But, can you get a feel from the desert action or at least memories of it in the first trailer to drop from the upcoming Coachella documentary.
Titled Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert, the trailer takes a trip down memory lane with footage from past festivals, pop culture moments involving the fest and artist interviews, including Ice Cube, Perry Farrell and Billie Eilish among many more.
Performances include many of the festival’s headliners and iconic moments that made Coachella the biggest music festival in North America.
Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert will be available to stream on April 10th at 12:00 pm PST on YouTube.
posted by David Miller (via Spin)