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Primavera Sound reveals 2019 lineup, featuring more than 50 percent women

06/12/2018
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Primavera Sound reveals 2019 lineup, featuring more than 50 percent women

Robyn, Richie Hawtin, Nina Kraviz and SOPHIE are among those booked for the Barcelona festival next spring.

Primavera Sound 2019, going down from May 30th through June 1st, has announced its lineup.
Among the headliners for the Barcelona festival are Robyn, Erykah Badu, SOPHIE, Charli XCX, James Blake, Stereolab, Richie Hawtin (performing his CLOSE live set) and Modeselektor. In terms of DJs, they’ve lined up Joy Orbison, Helena Hauff, Yaeji, Laurel Halo, Avalon Emerson, Jayda G and a back-to-back from Eris Drew and Octo Octa. Live sets will come from Objekt, Anastasia Kristensen, Apparat, Tim Hecker and his Konoyo Ensemble, Veronica Vasicka and plenty more.
This year, Primavera seeks to highlight “equality, eclecticism and audacity” in their lineup, according to a press release.
“Equality in the lineup between men and women, a stylistic eclecticism that is patently obvious and the drive to constantly take risks to connect to the times we live in are central concepts of the Primavera Sound 2019 lineup,” the statement adds. “All of this without abandoning the presentation of a lineup that is absolutely unique in the world, risky and convincing, as it is every year.”
For the full lineup, check out the flyer and event listing below.

 

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Paris boat club Batofar closes permanently

12/10/2018
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The venue has been dismantled after running into financial difficulties, though there are plans for it reopen under a new name in 2019.

Popular Paris boat club Batofar has closed for good.
Moored in the 13th arrondissement since 1999, the red tugboat ran into financial troubles earlier this year, according to daily newspaper Libération. It was initially due to shut for renovations, though they never materialised. A 17-hour closing party, scheduled for February 3rd, also never happened. More recent photos show the red boat being dismantled. (See right.)
Libération also reports that the venue will reopen in summer 2019 as a salsa club under a different name, Faro Faro.
For almost 20 years, Batofar was a vital and trusted spot for underground house and techno fans. Recent guests include Tin Man, Xosar and Djrum.

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David Morales arrested in Japanese airport on ‘suspicion of smuggling’ MDMA

12/10/2018
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The US DJ was reportedly detained in Fukuoka on Saturday afternoon after customs officials found 0.3g in his possession.

David Morales was reportedly arrested in Japan over the weekend on “suspicion of smuggling” 0.3g of MDMA.

According to national newspaper Asahi Shimbun, the Grammy Award-winning artist was travelling from Hong Kong to Fukuoka on Saturday afternoon when customs officials found a small bag containing the class A drug in his carry-on luggage. Morales denied it was his, claiming that someone else put it there. “He was arrested for allegedly violating the law on narcotics and psychotropics control,” a police spokesman told news agency AFP.
Japan has a zero-tolerance policy on drugs. The penalty for possession of class A substances for personal use, however small the amount, carries a maximum prison sentence of seven years and a fine of ¥3 million (£19,821).
Morales was due to perform at Fukuoka club Bijou on October 6th, followed by an appearance in Tokyo the following day. On Saturday evening, the promoter of the Fukuoka show posted on Instagram saying that Morales wouldn’t be attending because he was “sick.”
Resident Advisor reached out to Morales’s team, who said they’re “unable to comment at this time, but will share further information with you as and when we’re able to do so.”

We’ll bring you more on this story as we have it.

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Trump signs Music Modernization Act, updating old copyright laws

12/10/2018
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The legislation aims to revamp existing laws so musicians and labels are better compensated by streaming platforms.

President Donald Trump signed the United States Music Modernization Act into law today.
The act, which passed unanimously through the House and Senate, aims to update antiquated US copyright and licensing laws for the streaming era.
Specifically, its goal is to simplify the process of licensing music so that rights holders are more fairly compensated when their music is streamed online. It will iron out the most complicated part of the process—figuring out who the rights holders are—by creating a single licensing database called the Mechanical Licensing Collective. The MLC will ensure that payouts end up with the correct artists and labels.
It also includes a piece of legislation called the Allocation for Music Producers Act, which specifically aims to get producers and engineers better royalty payouts from satellite and online radio (it’s the first time producers have been mentioned in US copyright law).

“You like this legislation or do you hate it?” Trump reportedly asked his invited guest Kid Rock during the signing ceremony this afternoon. “I like it,” replied Kid Rock.

New legislation that calls for major updates to the United States’ music copyright and licensing laws passed the House of Representatives yesterday by unanimous vote.

The Music Modernization Act, also known as House Resolution 5477, bundles together a handful of bills that, as a key sponsor in the House put it, “brings early 20th-century music laws for the analog era into the 21st-century digital era.”
One big change is the creation of a blanket mechanical license, which digital providers can obtain as protection against copyright infringement lawsuits, and a new agency whose mission will be to track credits on streaming and other digital services and collect and distribute royalties. The agency would be similar to SoundExchange, a non-profit that is currently the only digital royalties distribution entity authorized by Congress. HR 5477’s other measures include the development of a system of market-based royalty rate standards, new protections for recordings made before 1972 and the addition of royalties for producers and engineers.
Left unaddressed are performer payments for over-the-air radio play—Inside Radio says the National Association of Broadcasters and the music industry aim to iron out a compromise on that front without a government mandate.
Industry supporters for HR 5477 include the Recording Academy, RIAA, ASCAP and BMI, along with the Digital Media Association, which represents the likes of Apple, Amazon, Google, YouTube and Spotify.

The bill passed the House with an expedited 415-0 vote—a rare display of bipartisan cooperation in US government that suggests it’ll make it through the Senate and onto the president’s desk. The Senate’s Judiciary Committee plans to begin its own deliberations in mid-May.

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Fabric to relaunch Room Three with huge new soundsystem

04/09/2018
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Fabric is set to relaunch Room Three with a huge new soundsystem, it has been confirmed.

News that the dancefloor would be brought back into action first hit over summer, having been shut since the club re-opened following its temporary closure in 2016. The longstanding FABRICLIVE sessions— which lent their name to the mix series that’s just about to finish— will be the first to make use of the space, on Friday 14th September, meaning it will be available for the marathon 30-hour 19th Birthday in October.

Dancers are promised a relocated booth, adding greater intimacy, and new Pioneer rig, with the focus on showcasing rising UK talent. Tumble Audio will put the setup through its paces on the debut night, before 3000 Bass (featuring The Marcus Nasty Show), Addictive Behaviour, Then & Now and She Said So step up in the weeks that follow, making this another significant milestone to add to our list of 10 moments that defined Fabric.

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Skye Energy Drinks is proud to announce that we have been selected by Sky Blue FC as its official Energy Drink Sponsor

18/04/2018
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“Skye Energy Drinks USA is proud to announce that we have been selected by Sky Blue FC as its official Energy Drink Sponsor,” said Ed Luiso, President & CEO of Skye Energy Drinks USA. “We look forward to a very long-term relationship, and we foresee great success for the team. Skye Energy Drinks – Taste the Skye, Feel the Victory.”

Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today a corporate partnership that designates Skye Energy Drinks as the Official Energy Drink of the team. Additionally, Skye Energy Drinks will serve as the official sponsor of the Sky Blue FC post-game player meet-and-greets that are conducted after each home match at Yurcak Field.

“We are excited to welcome Skye Energy Drinks to the Sky Blue FC family,” said Tony Novo, Sky Blue FC President & General Manager. “As soon as we began our early conversations with Ed Luiso and his team at Skye Energy Drinks, we knew this relationship would be a good fit for both sides. We look forward to expanding and developing this partnership over the course of the season and beyond.”

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Laroc Club in Brazil receives big names for Carnival 2018

11/02/2018
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About Laroc Club

The Laroc Club occupies an area of approximately 50 thousand square meters, being six thousand square meters of built area, amidst a lush landscape and a first world infrastructure. It is the first sunset club in Brazil, a house dedicated to electronic music, built on the banks of the D. Pedro I Highway, in the city of Valinhos, just ten minutes from Campinas and just under an hour from São Paulo.

Its sensorial and emotional appeal generated by the Laroc environment provides a greater appreciation for all elements present in the events that are huge LED panels, first world sound system, pyrotechnics, performances, paper rain and other devices make the shows true spectacles, which refer to great festivals of electronic music.

Laroc before completing one year of inauguration already participated in the voting of the 100 best clubs in the world, by the renowned magazine DJ MAG.

carnival schedule

The line-up begins with the Swedish Alesso, kicking off at carnival celebrations on February 10. DJ and Swedish music dance music producer Alesso ranked 15th in DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs list in 2014. His songs became known for having original productions and remixes with big names in electronic music, such as Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, Tiësto and Sander van Doorn. The last great success of the Swedish in Brazil is the partnership in “Is That For Me” with Anitta, in less than 24 hours, the song entered the first place of Spotify Brazil and is listed among the most touched in the rankings of countries like Portugal , Hungary, Taiwan, Sweden, Indonesia, the United States and Italy.

On Carnival Saturday, February 11, Laroc Club hosts the Frenchman Valentim Brunel, better known as Kungs. DJ and producer released their first album ‘Layers’ in 2016 following the hit “This Girl,” a partnership with Cookin’ on 3 Burners that became an international hit with over 162 million hits on youtube. The single “I Feel So Bad” earned him the gold record in France, his home country, where he also won the “Electronic Album of the Year” award at the French Grammy Awards.

To end the intense carnival weekend, on February 12, Laroc is pleased to present Armin Van Buuren. He has been voted # 1 DJ in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012 by DJ Magazine’s TOP 100 DJs, and currently has him third in the ranking. Van Buuren is leading the A State of Trance, a weekly radio show with about 25 million listeners a week in 26 countries, being one of the most heard programs in the world. The DJ performs more than 150 shows a year at festivals and renowned venues around the world. Armin is back in Brazil for the 11th consecutive year to bring his unmistakable trance with energizing sets.

Local artist will complete the lineup. On February 10 DJs Viktor Mora, The Juns, Dj Samhara, Pic Schmitz and Adam Saville. On February 11 DJs Gabriel Boni, KVSH, VINNE, Dre Guazzelli, Luí Torcatto and Renato Naya. And finally, on February 12, DJs Bruno Martini, Wrechiski, Rodrigo Vieira, Marcelo CIC and Renato Naya.

More info can be found on the official website: www.laroc.club/en/

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Lollapalooza 2018 Argentina bigger than ever

11/02/2018
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Lollapalooza 2018 will count with more than 100 bands and will last three days for the first time in Buenos Aires in its 5th edition. Lollapalooza offers 12 hours of music per day, it starts at 12:30 hs and finishes at 1:00 am. Lollapalooza had sold out the tickets of day 1 and the general pass, entrances for day 2 and 3 are available tough.

Stages

This year Lollapalooza will count with 5 stages Two Main stages, Perry’s stage, the Alternative Stage and the Kidzpalooza for the youngest ones. Perry’s stage host electronic artists all day.

Lollapalooza’s stage size exceeds any other stage of Argentina´s events. They are colossal and the quality of the music is unique too, the sounds pounds on your chest, it´s incredible.

Gastronomy

The gastronomy of this festival distinguishes for its quality and variety. Last year they offered “The Food Trucks Camp” where the most renowned chef´s and restaurants offer their most relevant gastronomic proposals. The gastronomy central sector was called “Lollapalooza Food Town” and included “Street food Argentina” that had regional gastronomy, on the other hand, other food trucks provided food from cities like Paris Berlin, Tokyo, San Francisco and London. Naturally the “Green Spirit” was also present and it extended proposals for coeliacs, vegetarians, vegans and naturists.

LOCATION

Lollapalooza is held at the “Hipódromo de San Isidro”, a lovely fresh and green racecourse. It extensive field is full of relaxing spots, entertainments and different gastronomic sites.

Electronic Artists Resume

Lollapalooza offers diverse electronic music types and artists. We will hear the best EDM from Hardwell, DVBBS, DJ Snake. For the trap, trip hop and dubstep lovers Dillon Francis, Alison Wonderland, Yellow Claw and What So Not would appear at Perry’s stage. The remarkable tropical and deep house of Kygo is another quality leap of the lineup. Then Deorro, Galantis and Cheat Codes are in charge of the progressive house mixed with captivating pop voices.

Friday

The electronic line up of the first day will be led by the hardstyle EDM of Hardwell, one of the most successful DJ’s of the moment. DVBBS is another highlight of Friday, this two DJ’s make an explosive progressive house and they also include some techno and dubstep in their shows. Alison Wonderland will stand out with her trap and trip-hop. Her music is also influenced by elements of the acid house and she also plays with mysterious atmospheres. The bass and post-dubstep will be represented by What So Not. Unstable beats and experimental sounds are protagonists at his set join by girly voices. Shiba San’s deep house is another a particular proposal. He distinguishes itself for creating a personal sound that is obscure and embracive.

Saturday

The French producer of EDM and trap oriented, DJ Snake, is the most known electronic artist of Saturday line-up. His famous hits will put everyone to dance. Yellow Claw, is a duo which combines a wide range of electronics genres like trap, dubstep, big room house, and hardstyle. Their shows are powerful and really entertaining due to the diverse rhythms. Nghtmre’s future bass and trap music will surprise more than one with his precise use of synthesizers and a large variety of sounds. Louis The Child is composed by two DJ´s that make future bass too. Their style is softer and has a slower rhythm. Finally, Deorro’s seductive EDM pop and progressive house will invite us to move.

Sunday

Kygo is the Sunday electronic star, his renowned deep house and tropical house songs will hypnotize the public. The Norwegian DJ characterize for its catchy rhythms that enchants the audience. The dance-pop music and voices of Galantis conformed another attractive show thanks to their stimulating and uplifting sounds. If you want to boost your energy to its top level I highly recommend you listening to Dillon Francis dubstep. I think he would be one of the most acclaimed DJ of the edition, and I hope he plays some songs with Nghtmre. The danceable songs of Cheat Codes, the American trio, that combines pop voices with friendly melodies. Alan Walker, the youngest DJ in the lineup, will present his popular electro house.

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Squarepusher, Floating Points, Tzusing added to Sónar Hong Kong 2018

10/02/2018
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Another two-dozen names have been joined the March festival’s bill.

Sónar has announced another two-dozen acts for its Hong Kong festival on March 17th.

Topping the list are Squarepusher, who plays his first show for 2018, and Floating Points giving a solo live performance. Recent Breaking Through subject Tzusing leads an extensive list of artists based in the region appearing at the one-day event, including Romi B, Kelvin T, Steve Yau and PUSH. Showcases also come from Seoul Community Radio and local label WM Records.

They join previously announced acts Laurent Garnier, The Black Madonna, Laurel Halo, Heidi and Mount Kimbie when the festival returns to the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park for its second edition.

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Fighting the tide: Underground dance music in the Bay Area

10/02/2018
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In Oakland and San Francisco, cities once defined by radical creativity, electronic artists are finding it ever harder to survive. But as Matt McDermott finds out, they’re not giving up just yet.

The push and pull between San Francisco’s past and future is on plain display in The Mission. The neighborhood’s parallel main streets, Mission and Valencia, reveal the city’s messy, diverse underpinnings and beckon towards a whitewashed present. Walking on Mission, you see discount shops, open-air produce markets, hole-in-the-wall restaurants. Just a couple of blocks away on Valencia, it’s single-origin coffee, boutique clothing stores and towering lofts for the city’s moneyed class.

I meet San Francisco-based music journalist, DJ and label owner Chris Zaldua at the Latin American Club, a watering hole that gestures towards the city’s fading bohemia, on 22nd street between Mission and Valencia. “The main reason everyone wants to live here and the reason that it’s so fucked up is because it’s a bubble,” Zaldua says. “There is no other place like it in The States. It has the high-roller financial energy of Manhattan… but it also has this free-spirited creative, living-on-the-edge undercurrent that makes it such a weird place. So many musical, artistic, literary traditions and scenes have thrived here—there’s a history that has coexisted with the strivers, the hustlers and the moneymakers. At different points in history they’ve been symbiotic to greater and lesser degrees. Right now it’s a low-point.”

A few notes on San Francisco. The peninsula city is just seven by seven square miles—it doesn’t crack the top 100 largest US cities measured by area. It’s devastatingly beautiful. The ride in on the Bay Bridge is among the most dramatic preambles to an urban environ I’ve experienced. Sometimes the fog rolls in as you crest the hills over Hayes Valley and the city feels alive with mystery and promise. You can walk or take public transportation damn near everywhere. There’s also rampant homelessness. It’s the most expensive place to rent in the US.

Zaldua talks about the city like a spurned lover, with a mix of affection and chagrin. “Everything I love about the Bay Area is also what makes it so hard to be here. Rent is the obvious one. Space. The city is so beautiful because it was built in a certain way… That’s the trickle-down thing that affects everything else. That makes it hard for artists, for waiters, for teachers… for all these people that cities need to thrive, it becomes an inhospitable environment. So much of the culture that San Francisco is historically known for has been pushed out.”