9.6.26 - MUSIC NEWS
New York, September 6, 2016 -SFX Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFXE), the world's largest producer of live events and entertainment content focused primarily on electronic music culture, announced today the successful completion of the Eighth Annual Electric Zoo Festival in New York City.
The three-day music festival, which took place this Labor Day Weekend, September 2-4, at Randall's Island Park in New York City, was led by a unique "Wild Island" theme and included over a hundred of the world's biggest artists on multiple stages. It featured headline performances from Tiësto, Hardwell, current #1 Billboard artists The Chainsmokers, Bassnectar, Porter Robinson and Steve Aoki. The weekend also served as the stateside debut of legendary party experience brands ANTS and Elrow, with an electric main stage lineup.
"We thank New York City and the electronic music community for another massively successful weekend on Randall's Island," said Adam Richman, SVP of Made Event-New York and Director of Electric Zoo at SFX Entertainment, Inc. "SFX is proud to be a part of this unbelievable atmosphere and looks forward to the challenge of topping this weekend when we return for another festival next year."
Festival organizers, Made Event, in creative partnership with electronic music experience pioneer ID&T- well-known for its cutting-edge production of events such as Mysteryland, Sensation and Tomorrowland-took Electric Zoo into its eighth year with a walk on the WILD side inspired by larger-than-life animals. The Main Stage was a reared cobra looming over the crowd. The Riverside Stage took the form of a giant octopus, while other stages included designs such a jungle and frozen tundra. Ticket holders came from 90 countries and all 50 U.S. states. Notable individuals attending the festival included actress Taryn Manning and Olympic medalist Monica Aksamit.
"This was an incredibly important time for all of us as we re-imagined Electric Zoo to give the community an immersive experience," said Michael Julian, Director of Marketing at Made Event/SFX Entertainment, Inc. "This festival represents the best of any electronic music event globally, while keeping our hearts rooted in New York dance floors. We met a big milestone this year and look forward to working ever harder to exceed expectations for next year."
"We pride ourselves in creating one of a kind magical moments for our fans that will impact their life in any positive way. They are our inspiration, we do it all for them," said Sebastian Solano, CEO ID&T North America. "Once more we have shown the dance music world that Electric Zoo is the flagship music festival of New York City."
ELECTRIC ZOO: WILD ISLAND generated positive reviews with press and performers alike:
"Electric Zoo 2016 is poised to take over... The festival has become an unmissable attraction on the electronic-dance-music circuit, featuring a wide range of artists both top name and underground."
- Vivienne van Vliet,
Time Out New York (9/2/16)
"Electric Zoo, the annual EDM festival that's taken over Randall's Island every Labor Day weekend for the last eight years, seems to have really hit its stride."
- Scott Lynch,
"Steve Aoki's 75 minute set at Electric Zoo: Wild Island was high-octane and a great deal of fun. He was authentic, unfiltered and gave the fans exactly what they wanted to hear."
- Markos Papadatos,
Digital Journal (9/3/16)
"Perhaps the most surprising and refreshing experience on Saturday actually came the farthest distance away from the Main Stage as the hotly anticipated Ibizan experience Elrow took over Electric Zoo's Sunday School Groove Stage. Having received much buzz for their curated events, which have become all the rage in Spain, Elrow boasted a curated lineup of house music acts with flawless performances by Patrick Topping, Jack Master, Eats Everything, and Bicep. Combining the intimacy of a music experience with colorful production elements, vivacious energy, and gorgeous dancers practically baring all, this was enough to push it over the top to become the highlight of the music festival on Saturday."
- Natalie Wicks,
"Electric Zoo Festival was epic last night."
- Tiësto, (9/4/16)
"Electric Zoo was a great home for our ANTS party and we can't wait to be back for more!"
- Andrea Oliva, ANTS resident headliner (9/5/16)
"What can I say about Elrow at EZoo??? The best party in the world, in the best city in the world. Absolutely the most fun you can possibly have. Great times with great people and an AMAZING crowd."
- Eats Everything (9/5/16)
Preparations for ELECTRIC ZOO to return in 2017 are already underway.
For information on Electric Zoo: Wild Island, please visit: www.electriczoofestival.com.
Official images for ELECTRIC ZOO: WILD ISLAND available here.
Credit: aLIVE Coverage on behalf of www.electriczoofestival.com
8.26.16 - MUSIC NEWS
On ALL WET, the sixth studio album from French producer and songwriter MR. OIZO, he has invited friends from Boys Noize to Peaches to collaborate. It's not a proper features album, but an OIZO orchestra that captures our time. The underground crooner Mocky meets Charli XCX, the princess of revolutionary pop 2.0. The geniusSiriusmo finally meets his long time hero MR. OIZO. The album launched earlier this month with its first single "End Of The World," featuring Skrillex on Pitchfork and support from BBC Radio 1's Annie Mac.
Listen to MR. OIZO featuring Skrillex "End Of The World" here.
Pre-order for ALL WET is up now here.
MR. OIZO aka Quentin Dupieux started to shoot short movies and compose electronic music in his teenage years. He sold his movies to major French film studio Canal+ at 18, released his first EP in 1997 under the name of MR. OIZO and made a handful of videos for the first "French touch" artists.
In 1999 he made a TV commercial for Levi's starring Flat Eric, a furry yellow character created for the occasion. The track "Flat Beat," which was featured in the commercial topped the charts in Europe the first day it aired, and Flat Eric instantly became an electro superstar and a pop culture icon of the 90s. We find him again on the ALL WET cover, connecting the beginning of OIZO's musical adventures with the present proving that Flat Eric is very much still alive.
In 2006, MR. OIZO joined Ed Banger Records which became the perfect home for his music. Fast forward to the present day, and Quentin has six full-length films (Nonfilm, Steak, Rubber, Wrong, Wrong Cops, Reality), five MR. OIZO LPs (Analog Worms Attack, Moustache (Half A Scissor), Lambs Anger, Stade 2 and The Church), four original soundtracks (Steak with Sebastien Tellier & SebastiAn, Rubber with Gaspard Augé, Wrong with Tahiti Boy, and Wrong Cops), and a number of EPs and remixes for the likes of Justice, Air, Calvin Harris, Tiga, Kavinsky, Scissor Sisters, Jamie Lidell and Boys Noize.
Mr Oizo - All Wet track listing:
1/ OK THEN
2/ SEA HORSES feat. TETANUS
3/ FREEZING OUT feat. PEACHES
5/ RUHE feat. BOYS NOIZE
6/ NO TONY feat. PHRA
7/ END OF THE WORLD feat. SKRILLEX
8/ THE ONE YOU BUY
9/ ALL WET feat. SIRIUSMO
10/ CHAIRS feat. MOCKY
11/ YOUR LIVER
12/ HAND IN THE FIRE feat. CHARLI XCX (album version)
13/ LOW INK
14/ GOULAG DRUMS
5.30.16 - MUSIC NEWS
RETURNS WITH NEW SINGLE "SNOWCONE" OUT NOW ON MAU5TRAP
For the last few weeks since the completion of his studio in the outskirts of Toronto, electronic music producer deadmau5 has been sharing online many new developing productions and works in progress. Today, May 27 he has made available his first official single release since 2014 with "Snowcone." The downtempo instrumental made its debut today on deadmau5's mau5trap Beats 1 radio show. It is available to listen and purchase now at http://smarturl.it/snowcone.
Meanwhile, deadmau5 recently launched a fundraising initiative in support of Urban Fitness 911-- a Los Angeles non-profit organization that was created to address the disparity of academic skills, health and fitness among teenagers and young adults in low income communities--in partnership with CrowdRise, the largest crowd funding platform for good. Now through June 9, fans who donate or fundraise at crowdrise.com/deadmau5 will be entered to win a VIP trip to Firefly Music Festival to watch deadmau5 perform from side stage.
Catch deadmau5 live this spring and summer:
DATE CITY VENUE
Fri6/4 Cincinnati, OH Bunbury Music Festival
Sun6/5 Houston, TX Free Press Summer Festival
Fri6/10 Chicago, IL Spring Awakening
Thu6/16 Woodlands of Dover Firefly Music Festival
Thu7/30 Toronto, ON Veld
4.25.16 - MUSIC NEWS
MSTRKRFT Announces June North American Tour Dates
After a five-year hiatus, Canadian electronic music producers MSTRKRFT (Jesse F. Keeler & Al-P) sprang back into action in March with the release of "Little Red Hen" (Last Gang Records). The duo also made a handful of appearances in Austin for SXSW, revealing their new live show. Now MSTRKRFT will emerge again with a select run of U.S. tour dates this June. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 25.
Kicking off June 1 in Washington D.C., MSTRKRFT will embark on a seven-date tour taking them to Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles,where they'll perform live shows. They'll also head to Denver and north back into Canada in Ottawa for DJ dates. The complete routing follows below.
2011 was the last time MSTRKRFT was heard from with the release of the single "Back in the USSA." It capped off an incredible run for the Toronto electronic dance music disruptors that began with their Juno Award-winning debut album The Looks in 2006. Electrifying festival appearances at Bonnaroo and HARD Summer followed in addition to high-profile official remixes for everybody from Katy Perry and Kylie Minogue to Wolfmother, Justice and Bloc Party. 2009's Fist of God boasted collaborations with the likes of John Legend, Ghostface Killah, E-40, N.O.R.E., Lil' Mo and more as it predicted an eventual crossover between hip-hop and electronic music on the horizon.
Catch MSTRKRFT on tour this June:
U Street Music Hall*
San Francisco, CA
Los Angeles, CA
4.21.16 - MUSIC NEWS
BEATPORT AND SCRATCH DJ ACADEMY PARTNER
TO EDUCATE DJS AND PRODUCERS
BEATPORT, the global pulse of electronic music and culture, and SCRATCH DJ ACADEMY, the world's leading DJ and music production learning center, have joined forces to offer a unique package of multi-format music resources and instruction to aspiring DJs and producers.
With this partnership, BEATPORT becomes Scratch DJ Academy's official preferred digital music retailer, offering new Scratch DJ Academy students credits and discounts for the BEATPORT STORE, as well as providing custom sample packs for both practice and performance. These offers and more will be made available to Scratch DJ Academy students on a dedicated BEATPORT section on the Scratch DJ Academy site, as well as in physical lesson plans and handouts at Scratch DJ Academy locations nationwide.
In addition, Scratch DJ Academy will produce a weekly livestreaming video series through BEATPORT's video platform, along with providing video-on-demand content each month, all of which will be featured on a custom Scratch DJ Academy branded channel.
Together, BEATPORT and Scratch DJ Academy are removing the barriers of cost and confusion that often discourage newcomers from learning the basics of DJing and music production.
The popularity of electronic music is exploding, with the IMS Business Report estimating the industry has grown from $4.5 billion in 2012 to $6.9 billion in 2014. With this has come a surge of interest and activity in the DJ craft. According to the 2015 NAMM Global Report, sales of digital DJ controllers have skyrocketed by over 240% since 2010, and DJ hardware manufacturers estimate the potential worldwide market of aspirational DJs is as high as 30 million.
BEATPORT has for over 12 years been at the forefront of guiding new DJs through their careers. Starting with its origins as the only digital music download service focused on the DJ community, BEATPORT over the years has added such services as:
● Weekly Play remix contests, where past winners such as Zedd and Seven Lions first attracted the attention of the industry.
● Exclusive sounds, loops, and samples sound packs through Beatport Sounds.
● DJ profiles that combine detail on the releases, mixes, and upcoming events of each.
● A livestreaming and video platform to broadcast performances and engage fans.
"Our partnership with Scratch DJ Academy represents the latest step in an ongoing effort to help the next generation of DJs and producers acquire the skills and resources necessary for them to nurture their craft," says Beatport President and CEO Greg Consiglio. "Doing so is essential as the DJ community and electronic music continues to grow and prosper, and we're proud to include a pioneer like Scratch DJ Academy to this important mission."
"Beatport is the perfect partner to aide in our mission to be wherever anyone wants to learn to DJ and produce music," adds Scratch DJ Academy Founder and CEO Rob Principe. "We're looking forward to not only providing our students access to the vast Beatport catalog, but also contributing our video programming to the world's largest community of DJs and their fans."
Beatport is the global pulse for electronic music and dance culture... a trusted source where fans, DJs, producers, and artists alike can create, connect and discover through a complete collection of music-inspired experiences, all within one platform. This includes listening to streaming music, downloading tracks, creating and sharing mixes, enjoying festivals and events both in person and live online, and accessing news, reviews, and insider videos. Together, Beatport offers a complete music experience for everyone, everywhere. Founded in 2004 as the principal source of music for DJs, Beatport today attracts an audience of more than 50 million unique visitors a year consisting of DJs, producers, and their fans. Beatport has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Berlin and Amsterdam.
About Scratch DJ Academy
Scratch DJ Academy is the world's leading DJ and music production learning center co-developed by Jam Master Jay of Run DMC. Scratch DJ Academy has locations in NYC, Miami, LA, Atlanta, Chicago and Philadelphia along with dozens of satellite locations in hotels, resorts, and cruise ships worldwide. To date, Scratch DJ Academy has taught over 500,000 people to DJ and produce music through its copyrighted curriculum and proven teaching methods. Visit www.SCRATCH.com and follow Scratch on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.