Entries tagged with: EDM
"The EDM phenomenon-- not the genre, but rather the mass events born of it-- is the sad expression of a generation for whom music is no longer culture or art, but just another consumer good. EDM is nothing more than spectacle: boom, boom, and pyrotechnics. It is the funfair version of electronic dance music." [Nadja Brenneisen]In an effort to prove this theory and show people just how phony the world of EDM DJs can be, Nadja Brenneisen set out to become one. She called it an art project and it it was a successful one. She did have a slight unfair advantage: her friend Tobias was a DJ booker, was in on the joke, and give her her first gig. Regardless, they were easily able to show how little "art" actually goes into being an EDM "artist".
Here's another passage from the article:
The first gig was a full success for our project, which Tobias and I had been calling our "art project" for a while. We picked the tracks by going through the most successful sets from the last Tomorrowland festival and picking the best and easiest hits. The audience loved our tracks, purely because they knew them already. Because they were predictable. It also helped that that the local DJ scene tore it apart. There was bitching galore, and suddenly the scene was interested in us. We were two newcomers who had appeared from nowhere, playing EDM, and, to the utter horror of the established DJs, were adored by our audience. Those in the know rightly wondered why we were suddenly being booked and questioned our "realness." In July 2014 we played three shows together, including the festival Touch the Air. Each time, the audience got our copied Tomorrowland set and it reliably made them happy.From there she got bigger and bigger and even started working with a ghost producer to create her own tracks (though none were released). She was demanding big fees and even playing festivals, but then she graduated school, was offered a full time journalism job and left the "project" all behind along with an article about it all at VICE's Thump site. Check out here full story over there.
Meanwhile, phony EDM DJs is kind of a theme on BrooklynVegan today. If you haven't read our interview with the great John Lydon of Public Image Ltd aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols, definitely check it out. Here's one related, great thing John said:
Well, it's so easy to deceive the masses, isn't it? All one's gotta do is wave a shiny bauble, and I suppose like ravens, they just go for the shininess. They don't realize that live music or the people that made the music that the DJs are playing are surely more relevant. It's quite bizarre to me and laughable, too. One of the earliest things I remember doing was I was a DJ myself, and I'd play a vast amount of music, but I wouldn't try to keep it secret or pretend it was all about me. I was just really proud to say, "Listen to this record I get to share with you," and I don't think that's the business of this now. It's where the DJ is the celebrity, and everything else is secondary. It's quite hilarious to see in these venues now. A bloke on top of a pyramid with fireworks and all's he's doing is putting on a CD and waving his hand, and there's 20,000 people all gleamed and glued into this absurdity that has absolutely nothing to do with entertainment or music or having a brain and enjoying yourself. It seems like brainwashing, actually.It does, it does. Read more with John HERE.
Financial details were not disclosed. Asked to clarify the deal, Windish tells Billboard, "It's a partnership." As a proven success in artist development with a robust roster of acts active at festivals and hard ticket shows, Windish Agency has long been believed to be ripe for acquisition, but, "it really has nothing to do about money with me," Windish says. "I don't have big plans to go on vacation or something. It's more about who do I want to pair up with that can help my clients and the people that work at my company get to places they've never been before and they want to be."PREVIOUSLY: Paradigm bought Windish Agency
A force in the electronic and indie rock spaces, the Windish Agency was founded by Tom Windish, 42, in 2004, and boasts a roster of about 750 acts booked by about 30 agents, all of whom are expected to continue with Paradigm.
Two huge companies that book many of our favorite bands may now be one bigger company. If you don't book shows, you may barely known these companies exist, but most touring bands who play festivals and popular venues have an agent booking their shows for them, and many of those agents work at Paradigm and Windish (others work at WME, CAA, Agency Group, Billions, Ground Control, High Road Touring, etc). Hit Daily Double first posted this rumor on 7/13:
In addition to an eclectic, 800-strong roster that includes superstar Lorde, Modern Rockers Alt-J, hip-hop player Killer Mike, multimedia rocker Andrew W.K., and a selection of buzzing/critically acclaimed acts such as Gallant, Wolf Alice, First Aid Kit, AlunaGeorge, BØRNS, CHVRCHES and In the Valley Below, the acquisition of the award-winning Windish would extend the reach of Sam Gores' Paradigm in the EDM world. Windish's EDM/DJ clients, overseen by Steve Goodgold, include Diplo, Aphex Twin, Jamie xx, Cut Chemist, A-Trak, Peanut Butter Wolf, Duke Dumont, Hot Chip, Cut Copy, J Rocc, Dimitri From Paris and dozens more.Stay tuned...
Paradigm purchased EDM-focused AM Only, featuring Skrillex, David Guetta, Tiësto and other huge names, in 2012.
a scene from The Molly
EDM festivals can't catch a break lately. Every week there seems to be another overdose story in the news, including last week's news that a drug dealer was arrested in connection with deaths at the NYC Electric Zoo fest in 2013. Despite the setbacks, Electric Zoo is returning to Randall's Island this year, but with heightened security and new education measures which now include a campaign called "Come To Life":
"Come To Life - or CTL - is about rolling life, not face. It's about not missing one moment of the lights, the music, the celebration. It's about connecting with music lovers from around the world who've come together to experience the time of their lives. It's about being present and making the right choices. Every moment of Electric Zoo is for you - don't miss any of it!"They go on to say that "Electric Zoo strongly advocates against the use of drugs", and there's a PSA video called "The Molly". Watch that and read the press release below...
revelers in Boston last night (photo via @briant1987)
More than 30 people were hospitalized in Boston Wednesday night after attending an electronic dance music show featuring Swedish disc jockey Avicii.That's the second Avicii-related bummer this week. There were two deaths related to this past weekend's Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas which the Swedish EDM star also played. Las Vegas coroners are still investigating the causes.
Boston EMS Deputy Superintendent Mike Bosse told the Boston Herald that 36 people were transported from the TD Garden arena to nearby hospitals by local and private ambulances, while another 50 were treated at the arena. None of those hospitalized appeared to be suffering from life-threatening symptoms, Bosse said, adding that the ages of those transported were between 16 and 25...
...Jacqueline Peterson, a spokeswoman for concert promoter Live Nation, said early reports indicate that a majority of those taken to the hospital "were people outside the venue who were too impaired to be allowed inside" for the concert. They were taken for medical evaluation and assistance as a precaution, she said in a statement early Thursday. - [Fox News]
photo via Mysteryland Instagram
"I keep hearing about the ghosts and spirits of Woodstock that are roaming around here," said Tara Kim, 26, from New Brunswick, N.J. "Electronic music fans are the hippies of this generation, so we are honoring their memory by being here."Mysteryland, "the world's longest-running electronic music festival," has been around for over two decades, occurring first in the Netherlands, then expanding to Chile, and finally hosting its first-ever US installment this past Memorial Day Weekend at NY's Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the same site as the original Woodstock. The fest was actually the first time Bethel allowed camping permits at that site since Woodstock, and lucky for them, no mudslides this time. (There was a little rain though.) The festival mostly catered to the EDM world, featuring names like Steve Aoki, Kaskade, Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, Big Gigantic, etc, and interestingly it happened the same weekend as another NY EDM festival, Electric Daisy Carnival. To distinguish itself from EDC, Billboard points out:
Duke Devlin works at The Museum at Bethel Woods and shows visitors around the hallowed site. He knows it well, as he himself was a young man rocking out in the mud in '69.
Even though those attending the festival are listening to pounding bass cannons instead of wailing folk and rock music, he said it's great to see a new generation making Woodstock memories. Especially since his generation has moved on.
"Back then I used to drop acid," he said. "Now I just drop antacid." [NY Daily News]
Mysteryland marketed itself as something beyond the normal electronic dance music festival, where the main and only attractions are the DJ sets. The festival's intention: to create an immersive, sensory experience with a "peace, love, unity, respect" ethos. "We want to create a multiple day life and interactive art experience... in between the commercial dance events and the real off-site creative festivals like Burning Man," said ID&T co-founder Irfan van Ewijk.And fantasy-like themes there were, as you can see from the giant castle pictured above.
In keeping with this vision, the idyllic festival grounds were decorated with a whimsical fantasy-like theme in sherbet hues. While half of the attraction was the music of the big name performers, attendees could just as easily have spent their time attending yoga and workshops with vegan sushi in the "Healing Garden" area or watching performers bedecked in Dia de los Muertos costumes.
You can watch a video from Mysteryland US, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Fans at Electric Zoo 2011 (more by Leia Jospe)
Electric Zoo may be going to Mexico, but it turns out the EDM fest will also be returning to NYC over Labor Day weekend (Aug 29 - 31) at Randall's Island. But things will be a little different this year thanks to the two drug-related deaths (not to mention one reported case of sexual assault and 31 arrests) which cancelled the third day of the 2013 edition.
The Wall Street Journal reports the safety measures at Electric Zoo this year are pretty all-encompassing. The new security measures will include drug-sniffing dogs stationed at every entrance, plainclothes security officers that specialize in narcotics, thorough patdowns, and more. "Amnesty bins" will be placed at the gates, where concertgoers can get rid of whatever they shouldn't be bringing in without punishment before going in. Oh, and to get in, concertgoers will need to watch an online anti-drug PSA delivered by electronic musicians in order to activate their wristbands. The new safety measures are coming in the wake of festival organizers Mike Bindra and Laura DePalma selling their promotion company, Made Events, to the conglomerate SFX Entertainment.
The festival will also be several hours shorter and start later in the day in order to reduce sun exposure.
While the line-up hasn't been announced, tickets to Electric Zoo 2014 go on presale on April 29.
Electric Zoo 2011 (more by Leia Jospe)
Well here's an interesting combination. Deadline reports that HBO is developing a comedy series titled Higher that's set in the world of EDM. It's being written by Trainspotting's Irvine Welsh with creative input from indie-dance-guy-turned-mega-DJ Calvin Harris. Adding to this, Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith and Jay Z are producers. No other details -- it's in the early development stages -- but that world could definitely be ripe for laughs. As they say, stay tuned.
by Andrew Sacher
He first asked, "What the fuck is edm ...euphemism ?," and soon followed with "Need to be a bit more specific than the fact at some point electricity might have been involved in the making of the music." He continued saying, "Edm sounds corporate....nothing to do with the art of music," then "Music is art like sculpture is except u don't want to put garden gnomes in a gallery do you edm is the garden gnome of music not artistic." He then said "I'd sooner be called a dubstep producer than edm at least dubstep was something to be proud of at one point," but also noted, "I don't make dubstep." He then clarified, "Btw I'm no hater. I love what's good so much ill spend time defending it its nothing."
Best Dance RecordingEnds up I wasn't the only one who hadn't heard of him, and luckily for our entertainment, some people took the time to figure out exactly who he is. Let's start with Al's own bio:
Levels - Avicii
Let's Go - Calvin Harris Featuring Ne-yo
Bangarang - Skrillex Featuring Sirah
Don't You Worry Child - Swedish House Mafia Featuring John Martin
I Can't Live Without You - Al Walser
Al Walser is an alround international entertainment mogul , CEO of US Record Label Cut The Bull entertainment and owner of publishing house " Amiville "Those credentials are apparently why Al is a Grammy voter, but that's only the beginning of the story. Gawker writes:
Until up until this morning, very few people had ever heard the name Al Walser, at least before SPIN's Philip Sherburne hunted for some answers...Weisman goes on to theorize that Al got the nomination because the other academy voters, who don't actually listen to any of the nominees, recognized his name from being "friends" with him.
...So, obviously, you can see why all of a sudden people are dumbfounded as to why the dance music version of Rebecca Black got nominated for anything besides "Worst ever contestant on 'America's Got Talent'". What's still unclear is how exactly this happened, though artist manager and blogger Daniel Weisman has a compelling hypothesis.
The Grammys have their own social networking site called Grammy365, because what would the world be without another useless way to connect to random people. Grammy365 is open to members of the Recording Academy -- according to Weisman, there is about 13,000 total members, though roughly 10,000 are allowed to vote on the Grammys. Walser is a member of the Academy, and he's also unsurprisingly a good, or at least a relentless, networker. Weisman took screenshots of Walser's Grammy365 page, which shows 104 pages of "contacts," a number that comes out to over 4,000 contacts (or friends) in total.
Al Walser is likely not going to win a Grammy, but he has officially landed the title of "Best MEME of 12/6/2012" and will probably shake things up behind the scenes of the Grammy Awards (who I imagine are pretty embarrassed right now). Al will probably also sell more books:
No, seriously, Al wrote a book about how to make it big in the music industry. At least nobody can accuse him of false advertising in that situation.
Listen to an amazing interview with Al, taped today, at CBC. And watch the even more amazing video for the song nominated, below...
The Grammy Nominations were just announced. At this point it should be no surprise that this year's list contains names like Jack White, The Black Keys, Gotye, Adele, Foster the People, Florence and the Machine, M.I.A. (she got nominated for a video), and "fun" alongside all the major pop stars. And I guess Bjork is a given in the "Alternative Music Album" category any time she comes out with an album (this is like her 12th or 13th nomination).
Mumford and Sons are naturally on there along with fellow rising pop folk band The Lumineers. Indie Grammy pioneers Arcade Fire also snuck in there again for "Best Song Written For Visual Media."
EDM is huger than ever so of course hot EDM artists like Skrillex, Deadmau5, Diplo, AVICII, Swedish House Mafia, and Steve Aoki are well represented. UPDATE: As is AL WALSER.
Classics and current stadium artists that were busy in 2012 all got their nods too: Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, Kanye West, etc. (though Bieber and Nicki Minaj got snubbed).
Most funny is probably the metal category which is as out of touch as ever with Anthrax competing against Iron Maiden, Megadeth and Marilyn Manson (what year is it again?).
Personally, real opinions of the Grammys overall, I'm excited to see Frank Ocean SIX TIMES, Miguel FIVE TIMES, Alabama Shakes THREE TIMES, and I'm glad they didn't forget about Fiona Apple who is up for "Best Alternative Music Album" against Bjork, Gotye (one of three nominations), M83, and Tom Waits (who has won in the past).
The Grammys air February 10, 2013 on CBS. Check out the full list of nominations, which also includes Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals, Hugh Masekela, Tenacious D, Jim Gaffigan, Jimmy Fallon, and Tegan and Sara, HERE.
Haunted Coliseum (via @thizz31)
As if they didn't take a big enough hit when they found out they lost the Islanders, The Haunted Coliseum, a rave party that went down at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday (10/27) with Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia, DJ Alesso and Otto Knows was cut short due to some pre-Sandy (and unrelated to Sandy) "chaos" caused by drunk teens (between 14 and 18) apparently needing medical assistance less than an hour into the show. Nassau County police Inspector Kenneth Lack said, "We started getting calls for multiple aided cases for highly intoxicated individuals whether it be on alcohol or controlled substances. As soon as it reached a level where it became apparent that something was going desperately wrong, we made the decision to close it down for the good of public safety."
The situation was made worse when when a helicopter pilot decided to land his bird in a grassy area near the coliseum where there were reportedly about 20 people. The 44-year-old pilot was arrested and his helicopter impounded. Needless to say, many of the attendees are unhappy their party was shut down and have been venting their rage on Haunted Coliseum'sFacebook page.
Meanwhile, three people died in Madrid last night (10/31) at a massive Halloween party headlined by Steve Aoki where 20,000 revelers crowded into the Madrid Arena which is meant hold half that. El Pais reports that trouble started when a disturbance in the crowd started a stampede towards the exits and the deaths were caused by "trauma by crushing, possibly having suffered a fall and being trampled." Police are still investigating.
Steve Aoki, who cancelled his show in Bilbao tonight, has issued a statement. You can read it below...
going HARD in NYC (more by Zachary Alex Stern)
NY Times reports:
Big money is flowing into electronic dance music. In the latest example of corporate interest in this once-ignored market, Live Nation Entertainment on Tuesday acquired Hard Events, a Los Angeles company that has put on popular festivals and concerts across North America.Deadmau5 also recently posted a note on his Tumblr saying "we all hit play", and maybe his fear of sinking cruise ships is why he is not on the lineup of this year's Holy Ship, which by the way is a highly successful venture (that sold out before the lineup was even announced) co-promoted by Bowery Presents AND HARD EVENTS (and that's just one of many events Bowery Presents does with Hard who are now owned by Bowery's biggest NYC competitor Live Nation).
Yet such investments are fueling fears that a bubble is taking hold in the world of electronic dance music, or E.D.M., jeopardizing the creative and commercial health of the music. The issue has been intensely debated inside the music business, and recently some of the genre's stars have sounded alarms as well.
"E.D.M. has turned into a massively marketed cruise ship, and it's sinking fast," the D.J. and producer Deadmau5 wrote on his Tumblr page on Tuesday. "All I'm trying to do is put on my life jacket and swim as far away from this shipwreck as fast as I can."
we all hit play.continued below...
its no secret. when it comes to "live" performance of EDM... that's about the most it seems you can do anyway. It's not about performance art, its not about talent either (really its not) In fact, let me do you and the rest of the EDM world button pushers who fuckin hate me for telling you how it is, a favor and let you all know how it is.
I think given about 1 hour of instruction, anyone with minimal knowledge of ableton and music tech in general could DO what im doing at a deadmau5 concert. Just like i think ANY DJ in the WORLD who can match a beat can do what "ANYONE else" (not going to mention any names) is doing on their EDM stages too. have a look, then let me explain: