Seth Troxler Will Record Essential Mix Live from Output NYC

Seth Troxler

This coming September 23rd, the legendary BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix will touch down in New York City for the first time in its history, following an edition in LA and one in Miami earlier this year.

British host Pete Tong will be joined on the decks by Seth Troxler for a special live recording of an Essential Mix episode. The event will wake place at Brooklyn’s Output, one of the most avant-guard underground venues in the entire United States.

Pete Tong stated, “I’ve been coming to NYC for almost 30 years, from my days A+Ring at London Records, when I was lucky enough to visit The Garage and Mancuso’s Loft, to playing some incredible sets in my DJ career. This city has always been at the heart of global club culture and I’m delighted to be bringing the Essential Mix here to celebrate that with one of America’s finest underground DJs, Seth Troxler.”

Included in the night’s line-up are NYC’s very own house maestro Dennis Ferrer, as well as two emerging local DJs in Eli Escobar and Nasha Baker, further showcasing the city’s ever-rich electronic music scene.

Tickets for the event are available on RA.

Check out this recording of Seth Troxler playing at an another iconic North American venue, Spybar Chicago.

Electric Forest Extends to Two Weekends in 2017

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EDIT: Electric Forest has officially announced the expansion to a two-weekend event beginning in 2017, the festival stating through their official website that, “Electric Forest 2017 will take place on two distinct and back-to-back weekends at a lower capacity” on June 22 – 25 and June 29 – July 2.

According to The Festive Owl – an outlet on festival information and rumors who specializes on breaking exclusive news regarding to electronic music festivals – Electric Forest may be expanding to two weekends next year.

The outlet has just confirmed that Insomniac’s Electric Forest has applied for permits to hold back-to-back weekend festivals in 2017. The events would remain at Sherwood Forest in Rothbury Michigan, one of the most unique festival destinations in the world.

According to one of the sources the permits have been signed, while another states that “discussion among city council is happening now but fully expect it to be approved.”

H/T: The Festive Owl

Cook County Commissioner Attempts to Exempt Clubs Featuring DJs from Amusement Tax

Beauty Bar's current shop front, emblazoned with the words "Fine Art" in protest to the current court case pending with Cook County.

Beauty Bar’s current shop front, emblazoned with the words “Fine Art” in protest to the current court case pending with Cook County.

Last week Cook County made headlines when attempting to levy heavy back taxes, fines and impose future taxes on two small music venues in the City of Chicago by claiming that rock, pop, country and electronic music do not count as “music” or “culture.”

Despite an official hearing on the matter scheduled for October 17th, a Cook County board member took it upon himself to attempt to change the amusement tax ordinance in order to ensure that the two venues being targeted by the county – Beauty Bar and EvilOlive – are not forced to pay the combined $400,000 requested in the current court case.

Commissioner John Fritchey filed his amendment of the 19-year-old law yesterday, Tuesday August 30th. The original law states that venues with capacity exceeding 750 people must pay 3 percent of ticket prices for live performances of music, theater, sports and other entertainment. A Cook County official insisted in a preliminary hearing last week that “rap music, country music, and rock ‘n’ roll” do not fall under the purview of “fine art.” A change.org petition is currently doing the rounds urging the county to “vote Rap, Rock and DJ sets as Fine Art!”

Under Fritchey’s proposed changes, shows featuring DJs would be explicitly exempted from the tax. “I don’t believe that government should be playing culture police and deciding what constitutes ‘music,'” Fritchey stated. “Going after small businesses who have in good faith complied with what should be a common sense reading of the law is just plain wrong, and to have it happen in a city that has given the music industry some of its most famous DJs and rappers just adds insult to injury.”

Fritchey also sent a letter to Board President Toni Preckwinkle asking that the county revenue department stop attempts to collect back taxes from other businesses similar to the two being targeted by the council as long as they have complied with city policy.

Cook County spokesman Frank Shuftan spoke to the Chicago Tribune stating that officials had not yet reviewed the ordinance and could not immediately comment.

In an earlier interview with the Tribune earlier this week, Cook County chief financial officer Ivan Samstein stated that the county does not look into music genre as a barometer for which venues are exempt from the tax or not, but did specify that officials can and do differentiate between DJs playing original productions and DJs playing pre-recorded music in a DJ set.

“If a DJ is creating a new, original composition in the way they put sounds together, then that is also tax-exempt,” Samstein said.

Fritchey’s amendment of the contested law mirrors the aforementioned differentiation: DJ music would count as a live musical performance if the DJ was mixing their original work or used prerecorded music they compiled themselves. The amendment also states that the performer must be paid a fee that is “substantially higher” than someone who simply plays music recordings. Other exemptions exist under the proposed law change, including if the performer is featured in advertisements from the venue or if the DJ is being represented formally by a manager or agent.

H/T: Chicago Tribune

Bicep Remixes 808 State’s “In Yer Face” 25 Years After Original Release

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Originally released in 1991 via ZTT on the group’s third studio album Ex:El, “In Yer Face” by 808 State is receiving the Bicep treatment with two special remixes set to be released on the 29th of September.

The duo composed of Andy Ferguson and Matt McBriar have been working on the track 25 years after it reached the #9 spot on the UK singles chart. They have assured their fans that both of the remixes will be distinct interpretations of the original in their own right, a remix that the world was first introduced to during a Boiler Room session at last year’s AVA Festival in Belfast and an “Acid Dub.” Both will come out on vinyl and digital through their very own imprint Feel My Bicep.

Listen to the Bicep remix of “In Yer Face” via SoundCloud below:

12″ pre-orders are available through Juno and Phonica.

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Livestream Burning Man from Anywhere

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Unable to make the pilgrimage to Black Rock City this year? Don’t fret! It can come to you.

For Burning Man’s 30th anniversary, the festival organizers have teamed up with YouTube to live-stream the event from August 29 until its last day, September 5. They have installed cameras all around the city which will provide unique views of the festival grounds, especially at night.

Over 70,000 burners are scheduled for attendance and this year’s theme is Da Vinci’s Workshop which is primarily focused around the mid-15th and early-16th century republic of Florence. During that time, Florence was known for its humanist ideals, rediscovery of science, and the class of entrepreneurs that fueled a revolutionary cultural movement in Western civilization. Sound familiar?

You can watch the live stream here or visit Burning Man’s website.

Electric Island Toronto Concludes 2016 Season with a 2 Day Showcase

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Torontos’ electronic music picnic and concert series, Electric Island, is set to conclude this Labor Day weekend.  For the first time since its 2013 inception, Electric Island will be spread across two days on Sept. 4th and 5th. The closing weekend will feature an array of acts from the likes of Dixon, Âme (LIVE), Get Real (Green Velvet b2b Claude Von Stroke), Loco Dice, Fatima Yamaha, Nicole Moudaber, Bicep, Guy J, and Justin Martin blending across a series of House and Techno with a splash of Electronic Pop to keep attendees on their toes.

Following the massive success from The Civic Holiday weekend in early August that drew well over 6,000 music lovers and making it one of the most memorable series to date. It is safe to say that the momentum will only carry forward into this weekend as local and international festival-goers will come to celebrate the rise of Toronto’s House & Techno scene, much thanks to the organizer’s relentless effort to push forward on this vision and making the city a bucket list destination for music travelers from around the world for many years to come.

Toronto is a dynamic metropolis with a core of soaring skyscrapers, all dwarfed by the iconic CN Tower. The city also has many green spaces, from the orderly oval of Queen’s Park to 400-acre High Park and its trails, sports facilities and zoo. Toronto is also known for their great local dining options and outdoor/indoor farmer’s market style such as the St. Lawrence Market. You can be sure we’ll be arriving there a few days early to soak up the city vibe before making our way to Queen’s Quay for the closing weekend of Electric Island 2016.

For tickets, travel info, and more please visit the official Electric Island website.

Official Line up by day

September 4th Line Up: Day 1
Get Real: Green Velvet & Claude VonStroke
Nicole Moudaber
Justin Martin
Bicep
Alberto Jossue / Members Only

September 5th Line Up: Day 2
Loco Dice
Dixon
Ame [Live]
Fatima Yamaha [Live]
Jamie Kidd / Simon Jain / Night Vision

EIToronto-Day1+2

 

Berghain Struck by Lightning Last Night

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The infamous Berghain, Berlin’s techno institution, was struck by lightning according to a tweet by Barker.

The unexpected strike blew the venue’s air conditioning system and switched on the emergency lighting system on for three hours, probably sending some of the black-clad attendees that were busy closing out the weekend with a dose of techno into a little bit of a confused state.

 

H/T: Resident Advisor

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan Responded to the #savefabric Petition

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

Sadiq Khan, London’s recently appointed Mayor, has responded to the petition to save fabric following the club’s recent temporary license suspension.

Released on change.org today, the statement comes on the heels of his August 17th tweet, in which Khan pressed on the Met Police and Islington Council “to find an approach that protects clubbers’ safety and the future of the club.”

Following the over 90,000 signatures on the petition, Khan’s latest statement is far lengthier but once again stresses his commitment to appoint a Night Czar for the city all the while pressing officials involved to save fabric’s present situation by finding a “common sense solution.”

The full statement reads:

Thank you for writing to me about the future of Fabric and London’s night time economy.

London’s iconic clubs are an essential part of our cultural landscape. As Mayor, I’m determined to do more to protect them, as well as our theatres, live music venues, artists workspaces, historic buildings and pubs. It is so important that people are able to enjoy a fun and safe night out in the capital.

As part of our wider plan to support the night time economy, I will appoint a Night Czar to lead this work by bringing together key stakeholders including club and venue owners, planning and licensing authorities, the Metropolitan Police and members of the public. No single organisation or public body can solve these problems alone – we all need to work together to ensure London thrives as a 24-hour city, in a way that is safe and enjoyable for everyone.

I am committed to using the influence of my office to overcome the numerous challenges facing the night time economy. However, it is important to note that City Hall does not have the power to intervene in licensing cases like the current situation with Fabric.

Clubbing needs to be safe. There have been two tragic deaths at Fabric over recent months and there are clearly issues that need addressing.

http://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/fabric_drug_deaths_damning_dossier_reveals_scale_of_substance_abuse_inside_farringdon_superclub_1_4674138

Fabric, the Metropolitan Police and Islington will of course have to take real action to protect the safety of everyone who enjoys a night out at the club.

My team have spoken to all involved in the current situation and I am urging them to find a common sense solution that ensures the club remains open while protecting the safety of those who want to enjoy London’s clubbing scene.

I welcome your call for us all to work together – City Hall, London’s music venues, local authorities, the police and others – to make our clubs safer while also protecting our night time economy.

Best wishes,

Sadiq Khan
Mayor of London

Sign the petition here.

Download KiNK’s Latest EP for FREE!

Red Bull Studios Paris Session with KiNK

Red Bull Studios Paris Session with KiNK

Who doesn’t like free music? Fans of Bulgarian producer KiNK can now enjoy his latest EP, recorded in Paris’s Red Bull Studios, for free.

The artist, known for his impressive live performances, is now the eight artist to put out a free EP produced at the Red Bull Studios, on the footsteps of producers such as Pépé Bradock, Tom Trago, Svengalisghost and Feadz.

“I made a conscious decision to limit myself,” he confides, “and to use only what I could find in the studio to compose and record. I only brought two of my very favorite machines with me: an Acidlab Drumatix to make beats with and a Leploop – which I always bring on tour with me anyway – to make all these weird noises. Among the many instruments that were on-site, I picked a Rhodes MK 1 piano, a Moog Voyager, an acoustic drum kit and a clutch of vintage analogue effects, like the Mu-Tron Bi-Phase.

The goal was simple: to compose, record and mix three track in five days. It was a very intense experience, the clock was ticking and I had to learn how to play instruments that were new to me. So in short I had to quickly bound out of my comfort zone, which did me a world of good. None of this would have been possible without Rachel Row, who sang and played a couple of piano chords, and the studio’s sound engineer Jérome Caron, who gave me quite a bit of help with the arrangements.”

The EP is some brilliant KiNK work, the ultimate result of a true and long improv session rather than strict programming. With “Naive” listeners experience jazz-tinged electro-pop nugget carried by Rachel Row’s voice, a regular collaborator of the Bulgarian artist. On the other hand, “French Affair” is a more club-ready and instrumental-filled house track, both combining for a strong EP that is pure KiNK classic.

The whole EP has been made available as a free download via SoundCloud below:

H/T: Red Bull Studios

The History of House Music and the Roland TR-909 Explained on Video

 

Point Blank and F9 Audio founder and Freemasons member James Wiltshire has just released a two-part video series exploring the history of house music and the pivotal role played by the Roland TR-909 at the inception of the genre.

In the videos, Wiltshire highlights the key players that were responsible for creating those early house records, as well as what exactly went into the formation of house and how the studios at the time grew alongside this new sound. In the videos, the role of the Roland TR-909 is underscored heavily both with a little history as well as practical use when Wiltshire uses samples from the hardware to create a classic house track in Ableton.

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