Year 1 N-20, December 11th 2013
Destroid's live set-up radiates a live rock concert feel, within the realm of electronic. Utilizing cutting-edge technology
Year 1 N-20, December 11th 2013
EDITORIAL Year 1 N-20, December 11th 2013 Electronic Dance Magazine
elcome back for another edition of EDM Weekly! This week we are looking a bit closer at the bass-heavy robot rocker trio called Destroid. We have a look into the careers and happenings of Italian duo Supernova and we will check out the new and innovative album that Mat Zo has recently released. Also included in this issue is a review of Pajama Jam and as always we will give you all the newest gossip and news in the EDM world. Thereâ€™s a couple of great new products in our tech review section this week as well. We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together. Trevor Yagen
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Beatport “Bloodbath” As Dance Music Startup Lays Off Engineers
M Spotify announces free service on mobile
potify announced this morning that it will be providing free service to all devices including mobile and tablets. Previously only available on mobile through a premium subscription, the app will now allow users to stream music on-the-go in shufﬂe mode on iPhone and Android devices. The service differs from radio-type platforms in that it will allow users to pick an artist or playlist and hear a stream of shufﬂed tracks. On-demand service will still cost you a subscription however – further details after the break. Spotify also announced that its users have streamed more than 4.5 billion hours of music this past year, creating more than 1.5 billion playlists. “We’re giving people the best free music experience in the history of the smartphone,” Ek said. “Spotify for mobile is no longer just for people who subscribe to Premium… and the more you play, the more likely you are to play.”
ultiple sources have conﬁrmed that Beatport has laid off its entire engineering team based in the company’s San Francisco ofﬁce. In addition to shuttering the SF ofﬁce, twenty employees were also let go at Beatport Headquarters in Denver. Both these moves come after the company posted a $1 million dollar operating loss during Q3 2013. SFX, which acquired Beatport earlier this year, is currently in the process of streamlining by cutting teams that are not proﬁtable. In lieu of the news, SFX has released the statement below:
“With the additional resources provided by SFX, we are making signiﬁcant new investments in Beatport and focusing on providing the best possible experience for our users – the DJ, the producer, the labels and the entire Electronic Music Culture community. To allow us to adapt and improve our service, it was necessary to make some organizational changes. We have closed our San Francisco ofﬁce, reorganized our engineering team, and cut some positions in Denver. Beatport has always been about innovation and connection and these moves allow us to focus on that. With the recently announced acquisitions of PayLogic and Arc90, this refocus on maximizing Beatport as the deﬁnitive site for everything related to Electronic Music is indicative of our commitment to igniting the simmering Revolution of this astounding movement, Electronic Music Culture. We look forward to unveiling a number of exciting new technology initiatives in 2014.” Beatport currently has a shell of its former team left to maintain nonstore departments and the remaining members are currently being managed by Arc90 app development team, another recent acquire by SFX Entertainment.
Made Event To Host Sunday School Mini-Fest Area at Mysteryland USA Sign up now at SundaySchoolFestival.com for pre-sale tickets on December 11th General On Sale on December 12th, 10AM EST
Memorial Day Weekend 2014 Bethel Woods, NY
Insomniac Announces the Debut of EDC Mexico, March 15-16, 2014 Today, Insomniac announced that the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), Mexico will make its debut on March 15-16, 2014. In partnership with OCESA, the festival will bring its signature audiovisual production and theatrics to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez (racetrack) in Mexico City. “After the success of our ﬁrst international endeavor this summer with EDC London, fans from around the world expressed an interest in experiencing EDC in their home towns,” said Pasquale Rotella, CEO and founder of Insomniac. “We listened, and we’re excited to announce EDC Mexico City. The fans have been so passionate about their desire for a festival there and I’m really looking forward to joining them next March when we will all celebrate music, art and life. Insomniac and our partners are working hard to plan an event that will be the truly unique and creative festival experience that fans look forward to.” Since its inception in 1996, the Electric Daisy Carnival has been celebrated for creating an immersive fan experience with state-of-the-art stage and production design, interactive art installations, full-scale carnival rides and over-the-top theatrical elements. Millions have traveled across the globe to attend EDC’s ﬂagship event in Las Vegas as well as its touring locations including Chicago, New York, Orlando and Puerto Rico. EDC London, the festival’s ﬁrst international location, hosted a sold-out crowd of enthusiastic attendees. Partnering with Insomniac for the ﬁrst time, OCESA has long been one of the most inﬂuential promoters in the world. The organization is praised for introducing major productions to the Mexican market including booking, promoting and producing diverse international artists such as U2, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney and many more. OCESA has also worked with numerous artists in the dance music scene including Swedish House Maﬁa, Avicii, Calvin Harris and deadmau5, among others. “The Electric Daisy Carnival is iconic in dance culture in the United States and we are thrilled to partner with Insomniac to bring the festival to Mexican audiences,” said Leizer Guss, OCESA, Producer. “The experience that EDC Mexico will create is truly unlike any festival that has ever been produced in the country.” Early bird tickets will go on sale Tuesday, December 17 at 11 a.m. CST at www.ticketmaster.com.mx. Two-day passes will start at $100 for general admission and $276.92 for VIP tickets for those 18 and over, in addition to service fees. A full musical lineup and additional details will be announced in the near future.
For the ﬁrst time ever, Made Event will host a Sunday School mini-fest at Mysteryland USA with three dedicated stages and a cross-section of today’s and tomorrow’s future techno stars. Mysteryland is the world’s groundbreaking and longest-running electronic music festival making its historic U.S. debut over the 2014 Memorial Day weekend from May 23 to May 26, 2014, at Bethel Woods, New York, the site of the legendary 1969 Woodstock festival. Created in Miami in 2006 by NYC's own Made Event, Sunday School is the deﬁnitive cutting edge techno and house music party. From its humble beginnings at the revered Pawn Shop venue, through the famed multi-night and day events at Miami’s Ice Palace, to the Sunday School Grove stage at Electric Zoo, Sunday School has always been a mecca for the world's dance music cognoscenti from around the globe. Artists and fans alike gathered to be schooled by the most-respected names in techno alongside unsung underground house music heroes and burgeoning labels just starting to establish themselves on danceﬂoors worldwide. Past Sunday School artists include Adam Beyer, Boys Noize, Carl Cox, Cassy, Chris Liebing, Claude VonStroke, Damian Lazarus, Danny Tenaglia, Dixon, Dubﬁre, Four Tet, François K, Guy Gerber, John Digweed, Joris Voorn, Laurent Garnier, Loco Dice, Luciano, Marco Carola, Matthew Dear, Maya Jane Coles, Nicolas Jaar, Nicole Moudaber, Paco Osuna, Richie Hawtin, Sasha, Seth Troxler, Solomun, Speedy J, The Martinez Brothers, Tiga, Zip, and many more. The ﬁrst US edition of Mysteryland at this iconic location will be an exclusive gathering. The multi-day festival will offer only 20,000 tickets per day with a variety of tickets, including single-day and weekend tickets ranging from $109 to premiere Mysteryland B’n’B VIP tents for $1,999. On-site camping will be available with limited capacity. Mysteryland will also offer a special ‘Nomadic Journey’ pass which will include travel to all three Mysterylands on three continents (North America, South America, and Europe). Mysteryland USA is a 21+ festival.
XS and Tryst donate $190,000 in toys to local children for the holidays
he staff of XS and Tryst Nightclubs gathered this morning for their eighth annual donation to KLUC Morning Zoo’s toy drive. This year’s $190,698 in toys is the largest donation from a single group to a toy drive anywhere in the country. Today’s contribution broke the clubs’ previous record, which is raised through tips and personal contributions from the staff throughout the year, beneﬁtting HELP of Southern Nevada. At 10 a.m. this morning, more than 200 staff ﬁlled the aisles of Wal-Mart. Along with their children and families, nightclub employees overloaded carts with something for every kid, including Barbie dolls, board games, Hot Wheels and basketballs. Staff made multiple trips between the toy department and checkout with carts piled high. In addition to toys, every single bike available in Wal-Mart, adding up to 250 in total, was purchased for the drive. Following the shopping spree, store shelves were left empty as the staff posed for a photo with the carts spelling out XS in the parking lot, although this was just a small fraction of the total give. As the staff packed into their cars, six semi-trucks led the way to the donation site where Chet Buchanan, host of KLUC’s Morning Zoo radio program and the team at HELP of Southern Nevada eagerly awaited. The semis, which were escorted by several police cars, created a mini trafﬁc jam in the process as passersby stopped to get out of their vehicles and peek at the amazement of the donation. Once onsite, the traditional receipt unveiling stretched from the top of the platform down through the parking lot.
The executives from the nightclubs including Managing Partner Jesse Waits, Senior Executive Director of VIP Services John Wood, Executive Director of Nightlife Marketing Ronn Nicolli, and Executive Director of Nightlife Operations Yannick Mugnier did the honors of closing the 12th truck for the toy drive in total, six of which were a direct contribution from the XS and Tryst staff. The toy drive, in its 15th year, is organized by Chet Buchanan, host of 98.5 KLUC’s Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo, where he lives atop a 30-foot high scaffolding 24 hours a day for 12 straight days raising awareness about the less fortunate kids & families in our community. All toys donated go to HELP of Southern Nevada in their mission to “assist
individual and families to become self sufﬁcient through direct services training and referral.” Last year’s donation from the nightclubs totaled $172,000 in toys, making the total donation to date now more than $700,000 over eight years.
DIPLO Caught in
lthough this is not a court case, it quite could have been due to the controversy between Diplo and Visualbass Photography being over copyright. Diplo recently posted a picture to his Instagram that was taken by Tobias Wang (Owner/Photographer of Visualbass), however the watermark was cropped out and Tobias was not tagged in the photo. After Tobias took to Twitter to lament is when things got a bit more intense. We go from sarcasm to copyright law to some downright ad hominem action.
The picture above is the one that started this whole battle. Diplo retorted the tweet with “lol we let u backstage to take the pic thanks. how bout you don’t come next year” to which Visualbass made the claim that media pit is not backstage. This brings up the difference (which there is one) between the levels of access people get at shows and what the perks are of one versus another. The bigger issue rests on the fact that credit was not given where it was due though. Personally, I am for the free use of works of art as long as credit is given where credit is due, so with this whole situation I do have to side with Visualbass. Cutting out the watermark was not cool by any means. However events continued to transpire to only juice up this situation. Now is when we get to the more legal aspect of the situation with Visualbass selling prints of the picture on their website for $2. The law states that prints can be made as long as over 200 of them are not created. There is no ofﬁcial count from Visualbass, but further ambiguity is created because Visualbass is a Canadian entity and they never signed any copyright contract. Copyright contracts are usually presented to photographers so that the artist gains ownership of the images (Which is unfair imo). That is another issue, but the one at hand actually favors Diplo because the prevalence of the sale photos and the lack of evidence from Visualbass clearing illegalities. Diplo received some attitude and backlash via Twitter from fans and haters alike and proceeded to dish out some of his own that was a (semi) personal jab at Tobias
A little offensive, deﬁnitely; I am surprised Diplo expressed himself in that manner because he usually is a classy character. Wrong was done on both sides, but I hope this can actually bridge the gap between the musicians and not only the photographers, but bloggers/journalists who ﬁnd themselves covering these events. A lot of money comes out-of-pocket and many people carry on simply because they love the scene and want to contribute to it’s success and growth. Credit is due as well as respect for EVERYONE who is involved in making this scene what it is. That means the musicians, photographers, journalists, promoters, sponsors and most of all the fans. Which, we’re all technically fans right? So why not give each other the recognition, love and respect that we all deserve for our effort and hard work? That’s not too much to ask. A full account with much more details can be found in photographer Rebecca Britt‘s article on this very instance..
Sources: www.youredm.com and Rebecca Britt Article (Fstoppers)
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supernova is an explosion of a star, indicative of why Emiliano Nencioni and Giacomo Godi dubbed their newly formed Italian house duo Supernova. Begun 10 years ago, Supernova has established their brand of house music around the world. Their ďŹ rst notable achievement was Sony BMG's release of Supernova's debut album "Downtown Underground" in 2007, which included collaborations from the likes of GrandMaster and Melle Mel. Since then, the Florence natives have stepped into the international EDM scene with a supernova-like effect. Supernova has established their presence at premier nightclubs and festivals throughout Europe, including ElRow in Barcelona, Ministry of Sound in London, and Kazantip Festival in Ukraine, among others. Supernova is best known for their collaboration with Kevin Saunderson on the track "Beat Me Back." Supernova's live performance is explosive as well, staying true to their moniker by utilizing live instruments, multiple decks, and Ableton. House music label giant Defected Records has released many of the duo's tracks and EP's as well. Not only do they DJ and produce house music, they have their own label, Lapsus Music, which continues to grow while the duo concentrates on providing exposure for upcoming EDM talent and also providing them with the tools needed to succeed. Nearing Lapsus' 5 year anniversary, as well as Supernova's 10 year anniversary, we felt its a perfect opportunity to sit down with Supernova to ask them a few questions about our favorite Italian duo.
Where did each of you get your start? We are both born in Florence and we started djing in our city around 15 years old separately. After a few years Giacomo moved to Milan and went more into the musician career while Emiliano kept on developing his dj once organizing also many events and parties in Florence. How did the two of you meet? We had many friends in common since we were young, but we decided to work together 10 years ago after we met in Florence to a party where Emiliano was djing. He was in the process to do an album for a night he was hosting in Florence called "Afterbeach". We started to work on the album in Milan to Giacomo's studio and after a few days we felt we were doing something really good and we decided that those album would have been the ﬁrst of a new duo project called Supernova. What are your biggest inﬂuences? Of course we come from House Music. We started djing at the end of the 80's while the classic House Music were going to explode all over the world as well as the Acid House, Hip House and the Deep House. How have you developed your sound? We always try to put in our music all the characteristic, musical feeling and background we both have as single persons. This way we can create a sound that is the perfect mix of each one. What has been your biggest achievement? To be here now till developing our Supernova project after 10 years of hard work and always making it bigger and bigger. At same time we are proud to have built our label Lapsus Music releasing many good music and developing many young talents. What have you taken away from the incident with Kevin Saunderson's “ The Sound “? First point is: a really good track went out before all this incident came trough and both Supernova and Kevin got some good promotion from all this story at the end. Beat Me Back have made many people dance and enjoy, that's the most important thing. Of course at the beginning when the whole story wasn't clear has been tough for us get accused by and artist we have always respected, but after a few weeks everything went good with Kevin. He understood that we were in good faith and the track was released again as Supernova ft. Kevin Saunderson. We are now in a very good relation with him and we are thinking to do a new collaboration together soon. What kind of advice would you give to aspiring new duos? First of all you need to really feel that working with 2 heads and 4 hands is better then being alone. Then keep on being yourself and never give up! Is it difﬁcult being a partnership? How do you resolve any musical conﬂict between each other? Of course as any partnership and human relation sometimes is not easy, but if you really trust your partner and feel that working together is much better that being alone it's easy to get over any conﬂict. For some reasons we are really similar while on other sides completely different. This is our strength as a duo. We perfectly match each other. If one of us is able to go till 0 to 50 the other one will take it from 50 to 100 and the game is done! What are your individual strengths? Being sure that if one of us is not able to do something we have to do, there is the other that will make it for sure! What can we expect from Supernova in the future? On December 16th we gonna release on Lapsus Music the "Supernova Best of 10 Years" compilation, including our best originals and remixes + an unreleased single with a featuring from Ann Saunderson (Inner City). We are also working on the new single for Defected as well as remixes for Noir Music, King Street Sounds, and Lost Records. Last but not least we've just started producing our brand new third album to be released in 2014 with some really exciting featuring! So stay tuned for more news very soon…
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fter dropping his ear-catching 70-track Essential Mix earlier in the year and his ability to get any dance ﬂoor moving, Mat Zo created much suspense in the release of his debut LP, Damage Control. Taking nearly three years to complete, Mat Zo wanted to ensure his unique and creative talents made a statement in this 14-track LP. In the ﬁrst few hours of its release, Damage Control claimed the #2 spot on iTunes Dance Chart and includes hits such as #1 Beatport single “Easy” featuring Porter Robinson, #2 Billboard Dance/Club Breakout “Pyramid Scheme” featuring Chuck D. of Public Enemy and a brand new single “Lucid Dreams”. Damage Control, signiﬁes Mat Zo's unique artistry and him coming of age within the electronic music scene. Non-restricted by one speciﬁc genre, Damage Control takes in everything from electro-charged French house (“Only For You” feat. Rachel K. Collier), classy trance vibes (“The Sky” feat. Linnea Schossow) and big room progressive through to wonky, trap-styled beats (“Caller ID” and “Little Damage”), UK garage updates (“EZ”) and hip-hop (“Moderate Stimulation”). Retaining a cohesive thread throughout thanks to Zo's unmistakable sense of fun and infectious grasp of melody, “Damage Control” is sure to go down as the most forward-thinking debut artist album of 2013.
“DAMAGE CONTROL” TRACKLIST 1. Superman Lost 2. Only For You (feat. Rachel K. Collier) 3. Easy (feat. Porter Robinson) 4. Caller ID 5. Little Damage 6. Pyramid Scheme (feat. Chuck D) 7. The Sky (feat. Linnea Schossow) 8. Like It Used To Be 9. Time On Your Side (feat. Janai) 10. Moderate Stimulation 11. Lucid Dreams 12. EZ 13. Hurricane (feat. Eyes That Lie) 14. Fall Into Dreams (feat. Pete Josef)
ON TOUR NOW Dec 12 Royale - Boston, MA (w/ Treasure Fingers) Dec 13 LIT - Philadelphia, PA (w/ Treasure Fingers) Dec 14 Guvernment - Toronto, ON (w/ Treasure Fingers) Dec 17 Shrine - Mashantucket, CT (w/ Treasure Fingers) Dec 19 Ultra Bar - Washington, DC (w/ Treasure Fingers) Dec 20 Pacha - New York, NY (w/ Treasure Fingers) Dec 21 Roxy – Orlando, FL (w/ Treasure Fingers)
For The Video Game Best Of Emulation Nerd In All Of Us
logue software has hit the money with their Chipsounds plugin. This gem of a plugin faithfully emulates 15 different 8-bit era sound chips in amazing detail. It gives you the sounds of the 2600, Big N consoles, Super Cassette Vision, Amiga Systems, the ever-so-popular SID for all of those Commodore lovers and many more. It comes with a wealth of presets to get you up and ﬂying in no time and has a very straightforward and easy to use interface to help you along in the editing process. If you're into the 8-bit sounds, Chipsounds is a deﬁnite must for you. For more information on this plugin, go to: www.plogue.com
here are a lot of different plugins claiming to be the most faithful recreation of those old school synths with fresh and new added features giving them a current edge in EDM. The TAL Bassline-101 is one of those plugins. Right upon opening the synth you can see it's layout down to the color scheme and sliders is very similar to that of the SH101. It has all of those classic monophonic bassline sounds that we have all known and loved in the biggest EDM music. It's GUI is put together very well and encourages creativity right off the bat with little or no downtime needed to ﬁgure it out. From the oscillators to the ﬁlter this is a very faithful recreation with some very welcoming additions to an already stellar sound. Check out what this little beast has to offer at: http://kunz.corrupt.ch/products/tal-bassline-101