Content warning: this article contains descriptions of sexual violence, rape, and sexual assault.
On an episode of the BBC podcast the Next Episode, a series that focuses on #MeToo and people’s experiences in the music industry, Aluna Francis of AlunaGeorge has come forward about her own experience with sexual assault.
In her conversation on the podcast, Francis told the BBC that a past collaborator, whom she wishes to remain unnamed, attempted to force her to perform oral sex on him.
After making music with this person earlier in the day, they’d gone out as a group and Francis couldn’t get home as her phone had died. He offered to let her use his charge in his hotel room, after she’d already asked everyone else in the group and hotel staff and no one else could help her. However, once they were alone in the room Francis said the man became “a completely different person – his behavior went from naught to 100.”
“He thought it was a game. Everything I did excited him more.”
She went on to add that the man “pinned me down and he’d taken his trousers down and he was trying to put his dick in my mouth. So I wrestled him off, and he was still laughing cause he thought it was a game and that I was having a really fun time having a pretend rape situation.”
Francis addresses the shame she felt for not recognizing how wrong the situation was immediately, for compartmentalizing what had happened. She claimed she never considered reporting the incident to the police.
She said escaped the situation, but later returned to the studio where she confronted the man about what had happened in the hotel room. “He did all his apologies and talked about how he was so incredibly sorry and [that] this has never happened before,” she said. “You’re dealing with it all the time. Even if it goes up to a high level, you’re still playing out this role of ‘It’s fine.'”
You can listen to the full episode here.
Photo by Kevin Winter Getty Images For Coachella
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Aluna Francis of AlunaGeorge speaks out about alleged attack by collaborator
The official 2019 DJ Awards Categories & Nominees have been revealed!
The best of the best in bass, house, techno and more are included — Above & Beyond, Carl Cox, Adam Beyer, Nina Kraviz, Camelphat, Four Tet, Sub Focus, Maceo Plex, Tale of Us, Ferry Corsten, Gareth Emery, and so many more are up for awards this year.
The DJ Awards features 125 nominees across 14 DJ categories. There are eight music categories including Bass, Deep House, House, Melodic House & Techno, Progressive House, Tech House, Techno and Trance. Also, two new categories, Afro House and Deep Tech. Plus, four non-specific music genre categories: Newcomer, Breakthrough in association with Beatport, Electronic Live Performer and International DJ.
In addition to fan-voted awards, there will be industry awards given out including Record Label of the Year, Track of the Season, Electronic Music Pioneer, best Ibiza DJ, and Producer — and more!
According to the DJ Awards, the nominees this year reflect growth of nearly 50% more female artists nominated since 2017 and a staggering 54% are new nominees.
Winners will be revealed at the DJ Awards Ceremony on Monday, 16th September.
Voting is open here — now through July 21, 2019.DJ Awards: Electronic Music Awards – Ibiza
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: 2019 DJ Awards Categories & Nominees Revealed [VOTE NOW]
Spotify is about to majorly upgrade its payment system, revolutionizing cryptocurrency in music.
In collaboration with the Libra Association, Spotify will enable everyone, everywhere, to send, spend and save money through a new financial ecosystem secured by blockchain technology. Facebook‘s Libra was founded to create a simple global currency and financial infrastructure to empower billions of people — and Spotify will help cultivate that same power.
As Spotify explains, Libra offers a massive opportunity for simple, convenient, and safe payment over the internet. In particular, for 1.7 billion adults worldwide that don’t have easy access to mobile money, a bank account, or a payment card.
Alex Norström, Spotify’s Chief Premium Business Officer, further explains:
One challenge for Spotify and its users around the world has been the lack of easily accessible payment systems – especially for those in financially underserved markets. This creates an enormous barrier to the bonds we work to foster between creators and their fans. In joining the Libra Association, there is an opportunity to better reach Spotify’s total addressable market, eliminate friction and enable payments in mass scale.
Libra is expected to take effect within the next 6 – 12 months. Visit Libra.org for information about the Association, its Network, and currency.
“In joining the Libra Association, there is an opportunity to better reach Spotify’s total addressable market, eliminate friction and enable payments in mass scale.” — Chief Premium Business Officer Alex Norström https://t.co/DWu5Z1sgWt
— Spotify News (@SpotifyNews) June 18, 2019
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Spotify Backs Revolutionary New Payment System In Collaboration with Libra
All too often, people find themselves wondering what someone said in some song and they type what they think they heard in Google, and Google spits out the right words. That’s an solution that Genius is taking issue with, as the lyrics site has now claimed that Google is stealing lyrics… and Genius claims they can prove it, too.
Genius is more than just a lyrics website, as it allows users to annotate lyrics in real time to give them more context and allow visitors to more deeply understand the words behind a song. But for a majority of users, they’re just wondering if Jimi Hendrix wanted to kiss “the sky” or “this guy.” And Genius claims that Google is usurping its traffic by intercepting users on their way to the site.
The site claims it can prove this, as they’ve devised a system of alternating apostrophes within lyrics to create a watermark of sorts. When this series of alternations was found in lyrics on Google, Genius marked the case solved. To add insult to injury, Genius says it ordered the different apostrophes in such a way that when the two styles are converted to dots and dashes they spell out “red handed” in Morse code. Ouch.
Google, of course, denies the allegations.
“The lyrics displayed in the information boxes on Google Search are licensed from a variety of sources and are not scraped from sites on the web,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement. “We take data quality and creator rights very seriously, and hold our licensing partners accountable to the terms of our agreement. We’re investigating this issue with our data partners and if we find that partners are not upholding good practices we’ll end our agreements.”
Google further told WSJ that it uses a third-party site called LyricFind to source the lyrics that appear on the search engine. LyricFind also, predictably, denied that it took the lyrics from Genius.
In a statement to The Verge, Genius Chief Strategy Officer Ben Gross said that the company has “shown Google irrefutable evidence again and again that they are displaying lyrics copied from Genius in their Lyrics OneBox. This is a serious issue, and Google needs to address it.”
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Google Accused Of Illicitly Taking Lyrics From Genius
In the grand scheme of things, music streaming is still relatively new. Legislation is still catching up, and lord knows the labels are far behind. But technology waits for no one, and platforms keep making advancements that both benefit and, inadvertently, end up harming artists.
A new report from Rolling Stone suggests that artists could be losing $300 million a year to fake streams on Spotify, although the reality of the situation is far more nuanced. The publication was made aware of the issue by Louis Posen, founder of the long-running California label Hopeless Records, who noticed a discrepancy in his company’s streaming numbers. After running the numbers himself, he found that six user-created and -manipulated playlists had accounted for 100% of the new streams to his label’s music.
By extrapolating these results with his own unnamed sources, Posen claims artists lose “around $300 million in potential lost revenue moved from legitimate streams to illegitimate, illegal streams.”
The belief that legitimate artists lose money to illegitimate streams is based on the belief that there’s a “finite pot of revenue” in streaming, according to Bruce Houghton, who runs the music industry news site Hypebot.
“If any of that that goes to an illegitimate source [due to streaming manipulation], that’s a problem for [members of the independent community],” he told the crowd during a panel discussion about streaming manipulation at Indie Week.
Streaming manipulation is not a new concept to the music industry, but it’s one that artists continue to fight against as they vie for their own place amongst several powerful playlists which drive a high percentage of plays to tracks worldwide. Rolling Stone likens stream manipulation to “the digital equivalent of steroids,” and it’s not entirely inaccurate.
Looking into these issues is still in its infancy; meanwhile, those who aim to manipulate streams and augment their plays for monetary gain continue to find new ways to game the system.
via Rolling Stone
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: REPORT: Artists Could Be Losing $300 Million A Year To Fake Streams
Even though it only ended two months ago, advance tickets for Coachella 2020 went on sale last Friday, June 14. The tickets were available with a payment plan that divided the total general pass amount of $429 into seven payments beginning with $25 while the last six payments are amounted to $67.33 to be paid per month.
Unsurprisingly, the advance sale is already sold out and closed. Though, people can still sign up for the Week 1 and Week 2 wait list in the case that some pre-ordered passes may be cancelled in the next couple of weeks.
General sale for Coachella 2020 begins in January of the same year. The upcoming event is to take place during the April dates of 10-12 and 17-19.
Photo courtesy of Coachella
Researchers at the University of Arizona in the US have made a breakthrough in their study on tinnitus in mice which could eventually lead to a cure in humans. According to the study published in the journal PLOS Biology, blocking a specific protein that fuels brain inflammation in the mice stopped the condition in its tracks.
The treatment works on a molecule called TNF-A (tumour necrosis factor alpha) that disrupts communication between neurons. When this communication is disrupted, neuro inflammation is halted, believed by the researchers to be a major contributing factor to the condition.
Study co-author Professor Shaowen Bao said, “Genetic knock out of TNF-A or pharmacologically blocking its expression prevented neuro-inflammation and ameliorated the behaviour associated with tinnitus in mice with noise induced hearing loss.”
As with any animal trial, far more rigorous study needs to be conducted before the treatment is applied to humans.
Even with the success of this study, scientists maintain that the underlying process of tinnitus remains a mystery. The most common cause of tinnitus is damage and loss of the tiny sensory hair cells in the cochlea of the inner ear, called stereocilia. This tends to happen as people age, and it can also result from prolonged exposure to excessively loud noise. Hearing loss may coincide with tinnitus.
The team of scientists are hopeful their research will lead to a gene therapy to combat ringing in the ears and other hearing loss disorders, possibly even in a simple pill form.
Earlier this year, a study that found low frequency music, such as dubstep, disrupted normal mosquito behavior such as feeding and mating went absolutely viral. The study specifically used Skrillex’s EP Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites for the case study, making it go even more viral in the dance music community.
Now, Apotek Hjärta, a pharmacy in Sweden, has put out a playlist of remixed nursery rhymes in support of the theory. Writes DJ Mag, the pharmacy “hired duo Kloudmen to reimagine six nursery rhymes in a dubstep fashion, using intense frequencies throughout the tracks to confuse the Mosquitoes.”
Of course, the original nursery rhymes are in Apotek’s native Swedish — the melodies are familiar but the words will obviously be foreign to those who don’t speak the language. And then there’s the dubstep remix to take into account. Honestly, this whole project is absurd and hilarious and who knows if it actually works in real life applications, but this is too incredible for us to care.
Listen to the full playlist below.
Photo via Jake West for Insomniac
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: New Dubstep Nursery Rhymes Album Will Help To Repel Mosquitos
After a stunning performance at Second Sky, Madeon has confirmed an all new live show, 30-city Good Faith Live tour will head to North America after stops in London, Amsterdam and Paris.
The North American leg kicks off October 30 in Vancouver, BC and will stop in major markets across the U.S. and Canada before wrapping in Austin, TX on December 14. Tickets for the tour will go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 28 at 10am local time.
See full tour dates and ticket information here.
MADEON – 2019 TOUR DATES:
August 3 Chicago, IL Lollapalooza
September 25 London, UK Heaven
September 26 Amsterdam, NL Melkweg Old Hall
September 27 Paris, FR Élysée Montmartre
October 30 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
October 31 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
November 1 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
November 2 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
November 3 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
November 5 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
November 7 Phoenix, AZ The Van Buren
November 8 Albuquerque, NM El Rey Theater
November 9 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium
November 14 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
November 15 Los Angeles, CA Shrine Expo Hall
November 20 St. Paul, MN Myth Live
November 22 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
November 23 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre
November 24 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall
November 26 Columbus, OH The Bluestone
November 29 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Steel
November 30 Montreal, QC MTELUS
December 3 Boston, MA House of Blues
December 4 Philadelphia, PA Franklin Music Hall
December 5 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
December 6 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
December 7 Orlando, FL The Plaza Live
December 10 New Orleans, LA Joy Theater
December 12 Dallas, TX House of Blues
December 13 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
December 14 Austin, TX Emo’s
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Madeon Announces Tour Dates For Good Faith Live Tour
With only a little over a month left until HARD Summer 2019, the music festival is rolling out its annual HSMF mixtape series with heavy hitters from the lineup. Already out are mixes from YehMe2 and OOKAY, with the latest coming today, courtesy of 40oz Cult founder and dubstep wild child Dack Janiels.
What’s to say about this mix other than it goes hard — really hard. Dack Janiels is a master at what he does, and this mix only serves as a reminder of that fact.
HARD Summer goes down August 3+4 at the Speedway in Fontana, CA. Tickets are still available here.
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Latest HARD Summer Mixtape Comes Courtesy Of 40oz Cult Leader Dack Janiels
Tragedy last night as legendary house producer and half of French house duo Cassius, Philippe Zdar, died after accidentally falling out of a window in Paris. The music community today is remembering Zdar and paying their respects to his friends and family and label Ed Banger Records.
Zdar was an important member of the French Touch movement in the early to mid-1990s along with Daft Punk, Justice, SebastiAn, Laurent Garnier, Étienne de Crécy, and more. As part of Cassius, Zdar produced seven albums over the course of his 20+ year career. Cassius’ latest album Dreems is set to be released Friday, and Zdar also worked with UK group Hot Chip on their new album A Bath Full of Ecstasy, which will be released the same day.
The French producer also worked with a number of other groups behind the scenes, notably Phoenix, Beastie Boys, and Franz Ferdinand.
See what the music community has to say about the legend below. Zdar was 52; he leaves behind an ex-wife and daughter.
Can’t comprehend the news about Philippe Zdar. An absolute musical genius and one of the nicest chaps you could meet. Such a sad day.
— Alex Metric (@Alexmetric) June 20, 2019
Erm,something just woke me up and made me check my phone….::
I genuinely can’t believe what I’m reading. We spoke not even a week ago and everything was as it always was ‘genuine,inspirational chat’
The world ya lost a true icon,a visionary……. RIP ZDAR. pic.twitter.com/NGKwcEDeiN
— Oliver Jones (@I_Skream) June 20, 2019
Sad awakening here I just heard Philippe Zdar from @CASSIUSOFFICIAL passed away. I can’t stop remembering amazing parties we had all together. All my loving to your family, BoomBass and Pedro. RIP
— David Guetta (@davidguetta) June 20, 2019
RIP Philippe Zdar, a visionary and tectonic force who shaped the geography of modern dance music. I am so sorry to the many friends who mourn his sudden and terrible loss tonight.
— THE BLACK MADONNA (@blackmadonnachi) June 20, 2019
before @CASSIUSOFFICIAL Zdar made the best House Music album ever Pansoul alongside @etiennedecrecy as #Motorbass. please play this very loud in his memory & may he soar into the infinite beyond. https://t.co/yltsjCBQr1
— Tommie Sunshine (@tommiesunshine) June 20, 2019
I'm sobbing. I'm in shock. I'm dreadfully sad. death makes no sense. long live Motorbass & long live Zdar.
— Tommie Sunshine (@tommiesunshine) June 20, 2019
very sad and shocked to hear of the passing of #phillippedzar. As part of Cassius/Motorbass he was one of the corner stones of French dance music from the 90s onwards. Thank you for that gorgeous uplifting https://t.co/XpSELOL7UE
— annie nightingale (@aanightingale) June 20, 2019
Farewell Zdar old friend. You were always a profound source of inspiration and support. I’ll miss bumping into you on the streets of Paris and talking music for hours. Devastated… j
— Jagwar Ma (@JagwarMa) June 20, 2019
I woke up to the news that my friend Zdar has passed. I’m shocked.
— carl craig (@carlcraignet) June 20, 2019
What a talent – from Le Funk Mob and Motorbass to Cassius and beyond he made the world a better place with his music and production style.
Thinking of your friend tonight, Carl https://t.co/KuF5MGW9Ja
— Gabriel & Dresden Remedy (@GabrielNDresden) June 20, 2019
philippe zdar was such a huge inspiration. i remember spending weeks mastering ‘unbelievers’ — putting it up against phoenix’s ‘1901’ as the benchmark of an incredible mix, —nothing could touch it. we had to mix it over and over again just to get close.
— Rostam (@matsoR) June 20, 2019
RIP Philippe Zdar of Cassius. He was one of the first real stars of music I got to spend time with in 2004 at RBMA Rome. Will never forget the impact his conversation had on me and his music still inspires me to this day.
What a tragic loss. Heart is with @edbangerrecords
— Plastician (@Plastician) June 20, 2019
Awful news about Phillipe Zdar, what an unbelievably lovely man with an incredible legacy. I was mesmerized by this record as a 15 year old https://t.co/H79OZ19Nxq
— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) June 20, 2019
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: House music pioneer Philippe Zdar of Cassius has died
Legendary DJ/Producer Benny Benassi is back with his first original track of 2019, and it is an absolute club banger. Benny teams up with Chris Nasty for “Inside,” a tasty tech house track that takes you “deep inside” a dark club. This song comes at a perfect time with tech house seeing a huge spike in popularity. However, this isn’t someone jumping on a bandwagon, this is a legendary producer doing what he does best, putting out heaters for the dance floor.
The track is built around a hypnotic bassline and pounding kick drum. Some vocals come in from the background, “the music deep inside, the music takes your mind” and you get some old school rave vibes. The buildup happens quickly and the drop is that same hypnotic bassline but with tons of percussion and production flourishes to get you groovin’ in the club. The formula for the track is simple, but the result is nothing short of perfection. Listening to the track, it reminds you of just how much Benny Benassi’s sound has influenced modern house music.
Benny also played this past weekend at Exchange LA, Los Angeles’s premiere dance club, and he treated the packed house to two hours of non stop dancing. He pretty much stuck with house tunes to start and dropped a lot of his more recent tracks. The second part of his set saw him veering a little bit more old school and treating the crowd to his classic “Satisfaction.” Check out this clip of Benny’s performance at Exchange LA.View this post on Instagram
Despite working non-stop this weekend, I still managed to sneak in some fun times. @bennybenassi throwing down a 2 hr set at @exchangela was definitely a highlight #edm #la #lasers #legend #weekend Everybody Needs A Kiss
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There’s still some chances to see Benny in the U.S. this summer, tour dates below.
June 28 – Ravine – Atlanta, GA
June 29 – Marquee – Las Vegas, NV
August 30 – Electric Zoo – New York, NY
Make sure to listen to Benny Benassi & Chris Nasty, “Inside” out now on Ultra Records.
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Benny Benassi and Chris Nasty Drop New Tech-House Heater “Inside”
One of the big, and lesser talked about missions of Second Sky from Porter Robinson this weekend was raising money for the Robinson Malawi Fund. As exciting as all the sets were, the festival also aimed to raise money toward ending Burkitt lymphoma, a type of cancer, in Malawi.
Earlier this month, Porter said when revealing the fund, “I’m starting a fund in cooperation with UNC to help improve the survival rate in that region so that those families won’t have to needlessly lose loved ones. In this case, more resources translates directly into higher survival rates.”
Now that the festival is over, Porter has revealed that “between donations at Second Sky, online donations, and $1 from each ticket,” $77,000 was raised for the fund! And since Porter himself was matching every dollar, $154,000 was raised for direct patient care.
Porter’s fanbase is among the most devoted of any artist in dance music, and it’s incredible to see what everyone was able to accomplish over the course of such a magical weekend. Congratulations to everyone involved! Online donations to the Robinson Malawi Fund are still being accepted.
between donations at second sky, online donations, and $1 from each ticket, yall raised $77,000 for the Malawi…
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Over $150,000 Raised For Robinson Malawi Fund During Second Sky