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New York's Crackdown on Illicit Raves Continues with Arrests of "Floating Nightclub" Organizers

1 hour 29 min ago

The owners of the Liberty Belle have been arrested for violating New York City's social distancing provisions and ban on large gatherings.

The owners of the Liberty Belle, a boat that hosted an illicit nautical party on August 2nd, 2020, have been arrested for violating New York City's social distancing provisions and ban on large gatherings in light of COVID-19.

Following a tip-off to police, the "floating nightclub," a four-level, 600-capacity vessel which contained 172 partygoers, was seized roughly two hours after it embarked from Pier 36 in Lower Manhattan. 

The boat’s owners, Ronny Vargas and Alex Suazo, have been arrested for organizing the illegal event and running a bar without a liquor license. "I want the business in New York to do well,” said Gale A. Brewer, the Manhattan borough president, in a quote provided to the New York Times. "But you have to follow the rules in terms of safety and health." Brewer had alerted police after receiving a complaint about the boat from local residents.

You can view photos of the unauthorized party below.

The news of Vargas and Suazo's arrests arrives as the state of New York continues its stringent crackdown on illicit raves and large gatherings. One day prior to the Liberty Belle event, an illegal rave took place under Brooklyn's Kosciuszko Bridge in which social distancing ordinances were largely ignored.

In late July, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state's Department of Health would conduct an investigation into "Safe & Sound," a concert in the Hamptons headlined by The Chainsmokers that was ubiquitously panned for its purported lack of social distancing enforcement after its initial promotion as a drive-in event. "We have no tolerance for the illegal & reckless endangerment of public health," Cuomo said.

You Can Now Stream Full DJ Sets from Tomomorrowland's Virtual Edition on Apple Music

1 hour 58 min ago

Stream Tomorrowland Around The World sets from Armin van Buuren, Afrojack, and more.

Following Tomorrowland's grand foray into the virtual festival space, Apple Music has released a bevy of Tomorrowland Around The World performances for its subscribers.

Starting today, August 5th, 2020, Apple Music subscribers can listen to DJ sets from the first-ever (and hopefully last) digital version of the venerated Belgian festival, which amassed a staggering 1 million viewers. Tomorrowland organizers erected 4 elaborate green screen studios for its performers in Belgium (Boom), the US (Los Angeles), Brazil (São Paulo), and Australia (Sydney), which were fitted with a cutting edge DJ booth and a centrifuge of polychromatic LEDs.

Apple Music subscribers can now immerse themselves in full Tomorrowland DJ sets Charlotte De Witte, Tiësto's alias VER:WEST, Amelie Lens, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, David Guetta's alias Jack Back, Robin Schulz, Gryffin, Lost Frequencies, Alan Walker, Claptone, Armin Van Buuren, NGHTMRE, Oliver Heldens, NERVO, Yellow Claw, Afrojack, Steve Aoki, and many more.

You can stream the DJ sets on Apple Music here.

Independence In a Time of Crisis: Reimagining Festival Culture In a Socially Distant World

2 hours 25 min ago

"Nothing can replace the euphoric feeling of live entertainment."

This is an opinion column. The thoughts and viewpoints expressed are those of the author, Gabriel Mattachione. Mattachione is the president of Beyond Oz Productions.

Earlier this year, what feels like a lifetime ago, the entire event space experienced an armageddon-type situation with COVID-19, one which hurt the scene, but impacted festivals, organizations, and groups differently. Running Ever After Music Festival in Kitchener, ON, we experienced things through an independent lens.

What does it mean to be an independent festival?

Being an independent festival is both creatively satisfying and corporately frustrating. The independence you carry when choosing not to involve big corporations or blockbuster sponsors is what can give life to an event or festival. It allows us as organizers to truly listen to fan feedback and make changes however minor or major so the festival can be more enjoyable for its fanbase.

When corporations or money shelling sponsors begin to try monetizing their investments into a product, the flexibility to react gets taken away from us. This is the beautiful part about being independent—we can make our festivals and events whatever the people want them to be. Didn’t like something? We as a team can listen to these concerns and make the appropriate adjustments for the following year, ultimately giving everyone something to look forward to.

The frustrations occur when unforeseen circumstances come into play. We do not have the backing of corporations that can help us adjust through these circumstances. A sponsor can be looked at as a backstop, an "out" if you will. With these products, ticket money is no longer a lifeline but solely a silo of revenue, whether that revenue is enough to carry you to the event or not. As an independent, that ticket money is what makes the festival feasible and possible. It is what allows us to continue to do what we do and love, and that’s producing amazing events with creative freedom.

When large sponsors are involved, the festival can quickly turn into a by-product of something that said sponsor can monetize throughout the year from obtaining your information through ticket purchase or buying patterns while on the grounds. Essentially, while you’re having the time of your life, the festival is a living, breathing billboard that is learning your habits to sell you something at a later date. Choosing not to go this route is a difficult decision for a promoter to make, but it is one that should show how much they value their customers and their wants and needs.

Now let’s not confuse having product sponsors and one of these product sponsors being a major funding factor. Ever After, for example, allows sponsors, though none to the tune of controlling how the event is operated or showcased. The downfall of this is less monetary gain from the deal itself, yet the upside is complete freedom and the ability to bring our vision to life.

How has COVID-19 directly impacted independent festivals?

When something like COVID-19 happens—a completely unforeseen pandemic that almost feels as if it hit not only the industry but also the entire world overnight—it greatly affects how independent festivals can react to these circumstances and limits viable options for resolution.

Blanket refunds are something we would have loved to have been able to offer our ticket buyers, however, given our independent status, the ticket money becomes your cash flow, the thing that secures artists, production equipment, venue space, and so many of the things that create what your experience will be, come the dates of the festival. The scenario we have with COVID-19 is what can be defined as an unforeseen circumstance, which does not allow us to offer these blanket refunds, as the funds must be used throughout the campaign and planning process. In what may seem like a perfect world, no one would receive a deposit or payment until the festival is over and reconciled. This way, the ticket money is always protected whether something dramatic happens or not, right? The problem with this model is that it opens the doors for tremendous fraud potential and the possibility of the event never actually happening, or never even intending to happen.

So, how does an independent festival deal with the circumstances at hand? For one, we must be creative and carefully take all aspects into consideration. First and foremost, a loyal and understanding audience and fanbase gives independent promoters and festivals a one-step advantage when attempting to navigate these situations. This is where Ever After’s repurposing option was born, giving patrons that no longer wanted to attend a valid option at obtaining their money back.

We use our marketing efforts and dollars to promote and facilitate the resale of your ticket. Though this may not be a perfect solution, it is the only solution we have at the moment. In what we once called normal times, we would never do this once a ticket is purchased, but under the current world climate, we knew we had to think of something that we could provide our fans. We also provided the options of perks for those who wanted to roll their ticket over into two of the following years in attempts to encourage the ticket holders to stand by us and support us through these difficult times. In the end, those who choose to keep their tickets will get the experience they paid for.

What does the future of industry life look like, and how will things change?

Things will inevitably change, and we are preparing for it. Though hard to accept, we know that we must shift with the times to bring Ever After to life in 2021. A closer look at the health and safety guidelines is something all promoters are prepared for. What this means, no one truly knows yet, but we need to come together to establish some common ground to ensure we keep attendees healthy and happy.

I believe this pandemic does allow some positive change to the industry as well, specifically within the promoter, artist, and agent relationship. In the old festival climate, there was no real onus on the artists to make sure the festival succeeded. The objective was for agents to get the best possible billing for the most amount of reward. This sometimes caused bidding wars between promoters, which created more of a distraction than a positive impact in the industry. I believe COVID-19 has shown not only the agencies, but also the artists themselves how important promoters and venues truly are to their personal successes. So, sharing some of this risk and truly diving deep into the promotions of every bill they are paid to be on is something we can’t wait to see take shape. It makes our already amazing teams that much more amazing when you have every artist on your bill rowing in the same direction you are going over and above to ensure there is success in every edition, whether big or small.

How does social distancing impact festival life?

Social distancing has been an imperative function in the fight against COVID-19, but how does this look at a festival, and is this even possible? Our job as promoters is (or was) to bring as many people as possible together in one space to create unimaginable energy and an unforgettable experience. This is inherently the opposite of social distancing. So again, can this work?

I believe the true answer will come down to what the patrons will deem acceptable. Part of the festival experience is being able to interact and socialize with new people, all while making new friends, and I am not sure that will be possible with social distancing rules. I believe there is going to have to be a lot of collaborative work between not only promoters and city stakeholders, but also with the fans as well. Through this, I know our industry can come to a conclusive middle ground that cities and fans can be happy with.

How do virtual events factor into the scene moving forward?

Virtual events served as a great band-aid in the beginning, but can they really be a substitute for live events? My answer is definitely not. There are important aspects of live events you just cannot get through a screen, no matter how amazing your at-home tech may be. The interaction, the energy, the feeling of walking through those gates, and just feeling at home with a bunch of other people who share the same general likes and interests you do—none of that lives through your screen in your living room. Nothing can replace the euphoric feeling of live entertainment.

How will COVID affect the demand for the live event industry post-lockdown?

In many cases, I believe the demand won’t change much. I think what will change is the product offerings, which in turn may make promoters feel as though the demand increased. COVID-19 is a terrible thing that not only happened to mankind as a whole, but also to businesses. When you take away the ability for an organization to generate revenue in the short windows we do have, it can certainly cause a collapse.

I believe a lot of festivals and events, especially on the independent side, will not be able to survive. We’ve been left off of many relief plans, and obtaining any type of monetary assistance for an industry that is still so undefined post-COVID-19 is slim to none, as banks and lenders have no security or comfort with what the future could bring for their investment. Inevitably, the sad truth is that some will go bankrupt and some of these festivals we know and love won’t have the means to return. With fewer products and the same customer base, demand may feel as though it has increased.

Excision and Wooli Announce "Evolution EP" Remix Pack and Release Date

2 hours 50 min ago

They also shared one of the project's remixes from MadReckless.

Excision and Wooli released their collaborative Evolution EP back in September 2019, dropping a 4-track bass bomb on their loyal fanbases. The record tied a bow on months of anticipation following the record's teasing in many of their live shows.

The dubstep dynamos have now announced a remix pack for Evolution, and Excision took to Instagram to rhapsodize about the project. "Headbangers! [Wooli] & I are dropping Evolution EP: The Remixes on Aug 18th!!" he wrote. 

The bundle, which is slated for an August 18th release, features two free bonus reworks in addition to the currently unannounced official remixes. One of those free downloads, a screeching dubstep rendition of Evolution cut "Lockdown" by young gun MadReckless, was unveiled yesterday. Excision and Wooli fans may recognize the explosive edit from the former's "Evolution" tour.

You can listen to the MadReckless remix of "Lockdown" below ahead of the release of the full remix pack.

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Beirut's Nightclub District "Virtually Wiped Out" Following Lebanon Explosion

3 hours 19 min ago

Lebanese authorities have declared Beirut a "disaster city."

Following the devastating explosion in Lebanon's capital yesterday, August 4th, Lebanese authorities declared Beirut a "disaster city" as the death roll rose to 113.

Lebanon's prime minister revealed that an investigation has been launched into the cause of the blast, which is most likely due to an estimated 2,750 metric tons of explosive ammonium nitrate stored at a Beirut warehouse. The Guardian journalist Martin Chulov, who was reporting at the scene of the explosion, stated that the "whole nightclub district [was] virtually wiped out."

According to Mixmag, a bevy of nightclubs and music venues were located close to the site of the explosion, including The Gärten, The Ballroom Blitz, The Grand Factory, AHM, and B018, among others. Moe Choucair, co-founder of The Ballroom Blitz, told Mixmag, "The nightclub district is indeed all along the port but the damage means nothing to our team in comparison to the apocalyptic disaster our country went through."

Lebanese authorities have placed numerous Beirut port officials, who were responsible for storage and security, under house arrest in connection to the deadly blast.

You can find a list of relief initiatives here.

CBS News obtained a video of the moment the explosion took place, which you can watch below.

Legendary Liverpool Venue Zanzibar to Permanently Close Due to Impact of COVID-19

3 hours 47 min ago

"Covid-19 has been a massive kick in the teeth for everyone."

Citing the impact of COVID-19, the operators of fabled Liverpool venue Zanzibar have announced its impending permanent closure.

"Covid-19 has been a massive kick in the teeth for everyone," said Scott Burgess, director of Zanzibar, in a statement shared on Facebook. "There has been a tragic amount of lost lives. Peoples hopes, dreams and livelihoods completely destroyed."

Zanzibar has been a staple of Liverpool's live music for over 30 years and was a local favorite for its patented club nights, such as "The Bandwagon" and "Valhalla." Many iconic musicians have graced the venue's stage, including Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher, who recently tweeted that the UK live music industry "needs urgent support."

"The entertainment and music industry has had the roughest ride of all," Burgess continued. "With business restrictions and lack of proper guidance, music venues will be among the last ones to reopen. The Zanzibar Club has been a true survivor over the past 30 years, but with the current climate of uncertainty and the probability of remaining closed for a year, we have had to make the heart-breaking decision to permanently close our venue.
With very limited time left on our lease and too many years of wear and tear on our building structure puts us in a financially unattainable position to reopen."

You can read Burgess' statement in full in below.

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Dillon Francis Teams Up with Malibu Rum for Quirky Trap Remix of "The Coconut Nut"

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 14:25

Francis is also planning to release a music video with crowdsourced material from fans.

Dance music producer and EDM Renaissance man Dillon Francis has teamed up with Malibu Rum for an official remix of the viral song "The Coconut Nut," delivering a tongue-in-cheek trap remix that yearns for the sun-kissed utopian vibrations of summer.

"The song has been around for a long, long time and has had lots of plays and downloads, so we thought it was a good fit with Malibu Rum and our coconut spirit," said Troy Gorczyca, Malibu’s Brand Director. "It’s a great way to bring the brand to life and make the song more contemporary and inspire our target audience to dance and have fun and enjoy the summer fun in a situation that’s a little bit different than normal."

Francis is also planning to release a music video with crowdsourced material from fans, who are encouraged to use the hashtag "#TheCoconutChallenge" in their posts.

"'The Coconut Nut' is a perfect lighthearted anthem for summer vibes, so I hope my new Malibu remix and #TheCoconutChallenge can provide a moment of reprieve while everything in the world still seems so uncertain," said Francis.

From August 4th to August 24th, Malibu will also match $1 up to $100,000 for every post shared by fans with the hashtag to support businesses experiencing the pitfills of COVID-19. The initiative is an extension of Malibu’s initial commitment of $150,000 to the National Urban League.

You can listen to the remix in full below.

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Snapchat Secures Licensing Deals so Creators Can Embed Music in Snaps

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 13:20

Snapchat is going head-to-head with TikTok, Facebook, and other tech giants looking to capitalize on music in short-form video.

Snapchat is going head-to-head with TikTok, Facebook, and other tech giants looking to capitalize on music in short-form video.

The company is in the early stages of enabling creators to embed music in their snaps, a move that mirrors TikTok's approach, which proved to be a harbinger for the tech and music crossover space. Representatives have announced that they have secured licenses with a number of major music industry partners, including Warner Music Group, Warner Chappell, Universal Music Publishing Group, NMPA publisher members, Merlin and more in their efforts to flesh out an expansive catalog.

The new functionality is currently in beta testing in Australia and New Zealand, where Snapchat users can add music to their posts within the app itself. The app also includes links to the full song on Spotify and Apple Music for the end user to navigate to if they want to add the song to their personal playlists. According to reports, users will be able to swipe up to access and view the song's title, artist, and album art.

"We’re constantly building on our relationships within the music industry, and making sure the entire music ecosystem (artists, labels, songwriters, publishers and streaming services) are seeing value in our partnerships," said a Snap spokesperson. "Music is a new dimension they can add to their Snaps that helps capture feelings and moments they want to share with their real friends."

Daft Punk Tops the Official r/electronicmusic "Top 100 Albums of the 2010s" List

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 12:48

Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" is a solid and irrefutable pick atop the list.

Over the last few weeks, the r/electronicmusic subreddit has been compiling the top 100 albums of the 2010s, calling on its dedicated users to flesh out the list. Due to its fervent and steadfast fanbase, which is rooted in a passionate Reddit community, the list holds a ton of weight in the electronic music sphere.

After weeks of deliberations, the r/electronicmusic moderators have unveiled the final rankings. Topping the list is Daft Punk's seminal Random Access Memories, which represents a solid, irrefutable pick. Following in the second spot is Porter Robinson's Worlds, which set the EDM realm ablaze back in August 2014. Rounding out the top 5 are Flume's self-titled Flume LP, Jamie xx's In Colour, and Jon Hopkins' Immunity.

You can check out the full list below, courtesy of a screenshot shared by the the r/electronicmusic moderators.

Glasgow's Riverside Festival Announces 2021 Return with Jamie xx, Disclosure, More

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 11:51

Jamie xx joins original headliners Disclosure and Amelie Lens.

One of Scotland’s most popular dance music festivals is making its grand return in 2021. Glasgow's Riverside Festival is set to return to the Riverside Museum for its first-ever three-day fest following the cancellation of the 2020 event due to the impact of COVID-19.

Organizers took to social media today to announce the festival's rescheduled dates of May 28th to 30th, 2021. Joining the original headliners, renowned electronic music duo Disclosure and techno sage Amelie Lens, is Grammy Award-nominated producer Jamie xx.

"We were all devastated that 2020 seems to have been wiped off the map for the festival season, so we are delighted to announce the next years Riverside Festival will be a 3 day affair with 3 stages per day, running over the May Bank Holiday Weekend," said Mark Mackechnie, co-founder of Riverside Festival in a press release. "Things are really coming together for this and with Jamie xx, Disclosure and Amelie Lens already confirmed with much more to be announced soon."

"We know the Scottish fans of electronic music are champing at the bit to get back on the dance floor - so are we, so this really is going to be one massive release of energy from performers and the audience alike," Mackechnie added.

All passes for this year’s festival will remain valid, and those with weekend tickets will receive a three-day upgrade at no extra cost. To request a refund, patrons can contact this email address.

You can purchase tickets to Riverside Festival's 2021 edition here.

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Pioneer DJ Announces New Season of "DJs in PJs" with Kaskade, Modestep, More

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 11:31

The livestream series is back for its second pajama party.

Leading DJ technology company Pioneer DJ is back with the second season of its "DJs in PJs" livestream series, partnering with world-renowned DJs for free and immersive live pajama parties.

The second season of "DJs in PJs" is slated for its official launch on August 6th, 2020 and performances will be broadcasted bi-weekly on Thursdays at 4PM PT (7PM ET). The first show will feature UK duo Modestep, who have emerged as elite DJs and sound designers in the bass music sphere. Pioneer DJ is urging viewers to submit questions for each performance, which will be addressed in a 20-minute moderated artist Q&A hosted by Ryan Roth, Marketing Specialist or Lars Schlichting, Director of Product Planning and Artist Relations.

"In the past three months, we’ve had incredible fun with live stream performances that provide musical escape during lockdown," said John Powell, President, AlphaThetaMusic Americas Inc. (Pioneer DJ). "DJs in PJs fosters connection and creativity through the power of music."

"The DJs in PJs series is firmly rooted in Pioneer DJ’s mission to be one through music," Powell added. "In a time of uncertainty, we hope to offer a positive and welcoming environment where DJs and music lovers of all skillsets can come together, collectively enjoy great music and learn from some of the best in the industry."

You can join the pajama parties via Pioneer DJ USA’s Twitch channel and Facebook page and find the full schedule below.

  • August 6 – Modestep
  • August 20 – Junior Sanchez
  • September 3 – Métrika
  • September 10 – Kaskade
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UK Club Switch Reopens By Reclassifying Itself as a Bar

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 11:06

UK's Switch drew controversy after making changes that allowed it to reopen as a bar.

UK club venue Switch, in the city of Preston, has successfully reopened its doors following a contentious disagreement with the local city council.

Switch, formerly a club, has effectively reclassified itself as a bar, thereby claiming it is no longer subjected to the stricter lockdown measures that govern nightclubs. Switch's owners say they've cut capacity from 1,200 to 400, added sanitizer stations, and implemented one-way systems for the bar and restrooms, paving the way for them to make the change.

Switch was originally planning to reopen with live music on August 1st, but was prevented from doing so after UK's Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, reversed course on easing restrictions for live indoor performances at the last minute.

The club's decision has been met with consternation from both local residents and government. The Preston City Council originally intended to block the reopening, but ultimately allowed it to move forward as a bar.  

Switch's reopening is purportedly contributing to present unease around local COVID-19 concerns in Preston. The area has observed an uptick in cases, increasing from 13 per 100,000 residents to 35 per 100,000 residents in just a week. Deputy Chief Constable Terry Woods warns that Preston is "on the cusp of restrictions this week." Regarding Switch's decision, he added, "To open a venue to 500 young people with drink is just not helpful at all."

Dillon Francis, JOYRYDE, More Announced for "Hard Summer BackHARD BBQ" Virtual Festival

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 10:56

HARD is taking to the backyard alongside top dance music talent for another blockbuster virtual event.

HARD Events is ready to fire up the grill with their latest virtual festival reveal, the "BackHARD BBQ." The two-day virtual affair takes place this weekend as grill master Pasquale Rotella is set to host a lineup "loaded with the works."

In true HARD Events fashion, the team has dropped a sizzlin' lineup featuring dance music party-starters Dillon Francis, Claptone, JOYRYDE, Kill The Noise, Sofi Tukker, Louis The Child, and many more. The bass-heavy lineup additionally makes way for some extra spark from the genre's rising stars, including Moore Kismet and KLOUD, who will make for an exciting watch. 

"BackHARD BBQ" is poised to follow in the footsteps of HARD's recent success in the realm of virtual events. The prolific events brand has already raised the bar multiple times before with their captivating virtual events, including recent endeavors for EDC Las Vegas and Beyond Wonderland At The Gorge.

The "BackHARD Summer BBQ Virtual Rave-A-Thon" takes place August 6th to 7th, broadcasting live on both YouTube and Twitch.

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Despite Closure, Famed Berlin Club Berghain Opens New Sound Installation to the Public

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 10:49

The venue's new sound installation "Eleven Songs" reportedly has the ability to induce dissociative experiences.

Berlin's most renowned club, Berghain, is humming to life with eclectic sounds as a new sound installation called "Eleven Songs - Halle am Berghain" has taken ahold of the building.

For the moment, the world's most exclusive club—a worldwide destination for techno—has had its dance floor closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. However, artists Sam Auinger and Hannes Strobl, known collectively as TamTam, have used the opportunity to get a better understanding of how sound travels through the monolithic venue.

The duo are using various sounds and the architecture's natural resonance to entertain guests in a one-of-a-kind exhibit. The interplay between sounds, such as bass and whale song and the physical space itself, is said to create a dissociative experience for the listener. 

The exhibit is operating at a capacity of only 50 visitors at one time, which has seemingly not done much to reduce the infamous wait to enter the building. However, attendees have taken the opportunity with the reduced capacity to lie on the venue's floor, allowing the sound to completely immerse them.

Despite attempts to get in for days, one attendee, Michael Altner, was finally rewarded with the opportunity to experience the exhibit. "Phenomenal sound installation," he said. "You feel like in a cathedral, I was very impressed."

Excision Reveals Embroidered Hockey Jerseys in New Merchandise Drop

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 10:40

Excision's latest drop might be his best yet.

It's now easier than ever to join team Excision. With the DJ and producer's latest merchandise drop, fans can now purchase Excision-themed hockey jerseys from the dubstep don himself. 

The jersey's front features a choice of red or blue color scheme with a fully embroidered T-Rex fiercely snapping a hockey stick. The flip-side is dominated by a bold, high-quality print of Excision's instantly recognizable logo and typeface. By the looks of them, the jerseys uniquely have both the uncompromising quality and durability necessary for the headbanger in your family.

The new items join Excision's already popular baseball jerseys in his official online merchandise store. The new reveal already appears to be equally well-received, as one fan posed the rhetorical remark, "Why must you take all my money."

According to the store, the jersey runs around a full size larger than average apparel and it is recommended customers order one size down. The new Excision hockey jerseys currently retail for $99.95 each and can be found here.

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Above & Beyond Curate Iconic Anjunabeats Tracks to Celebrate Label's 20th Anniversary [EXCLUSIVE]

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 10:15

Few electronic music labels have fostered as timeless a legacy as Anjunabeats.

Few electronic music labels have fostered as timeless a legacy as Anjunabeats. Founded and spearheaded by legendary trio Above & Beyond, the Anjunabeats banner is responsible for some of the most inescapable trance and house songs that the dance music zeitgeist has ever seen, establishing itself over the years as a bona fide tastemaker.

Emblematic of a true neoteric, each trailblazing release from the Anjunabeats camp serves as both a harbinger of what's to come in the trance community and a vignette of its rich history. The imprint has a unique ability to tell stories with its music—a phenomenon that represents an unattainable white whale for many record labels.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Anjunabeats, Above & Beyond joined forces with EDM.com for an exclusive playlist in which they curated the label's most iconic tracks. Featuring ageless classics like Porter Robinson and Mat Zo's "Easy," Audien's "Wayfarer," Sunny Lax's "Enceladus," and Velvetine's "The Great Divide," the playlist moonlights as a time machine. Immerse yourself in the resplendent legacy of their flagship label below.

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Spotify Claims the Days of the Top 40 Are Over

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 09:32

Spotify made the bold statement in a recent letter to shareholders.

In a recent letter to shareholders, Spotify representatives stated that they believe the days of the Top 40 charts are over. Instead, the Swedish streaming giant claims that the industry has shifted towards a top 43,000 artists. The new number comes from their data, which indicates that 43,000 artists share 90% of all streams on the platform.

Music Business Worldwide obtained a copy of the letter and shared a report on the statement. "Our product and platform are driving discovery, diversifying taste, and helping up-and-coming artists reach new audiences," the letter says. "Gone are the days of Top 40, it’s now the Top 43,000."

The company maintains that its streaming service has helped users discover far more artists than consumers might have been able to in the past. This claim is expounded by their data as the number of artists that make up the top 90% has increased by 13,000 since 2019, further demonstrating Spotify users' diverse musical inclinations. Based on the new discoveries, it will be interesting to see if any changes are made to the charts moving forward. 

Another notable takeaway from the report is that 40,000 songs are being added to Spotify each day, meaning that new artists are facing competition unlike anything seen in the music industry. Moreover, outside of Europe, the US, and Latin America, there are considerably fewer subscribers, and even with a three-month free trial offer, less than a million people outside those regions signed up.  

UK Underground Dance Music Brand Secretsundaze is In Danger of Permanent Closure

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 15:04

Thanks to COVID-19, the longstanding studio and record label has one foot in a coffin and the other on a banana peel.

Thanks to COVID-19, longstanding East London dance music record label and studio Secretsundaze has one foot in a coffin and the other on a banana peel. The underground electronic music promoter, who has organizing parties for nearly 20 years, has called on the UK dance music community for a helping hand as it staves off extinction due to the impact of the global pandemic.

The brand's founders, James Priestley and Giles Smith, developed a crowdfunding page to encourage fans and supporters to donate. "Secretsundaze as an organisation is now in very serious trouble," the page reads. "We've never asked for help before and with so many people suffering at the moment, it was not an easy decision to come to, but if we’re to survive this period, we need our community’s support to Save Secretsundaze."

The live music industry was hit particularly hard by the impact of COVID-19, and since the vast majority of musicians and promoters depend on touring to pay their bills, many are facing turbulent times. Secretsundaze is experiencing those pitfalls in droves.

"90% of our income is generated from live events," Priestly and Smith continue. "Without that income, we are simply unable to support the team of people who work incredibly hard to help us do what we do. Unlike many other businesses we are still uncertain when that income will return."

Donations from the campaign will be directed towards efforts to secure a new studio, where Secretsundaze will "create a learning centre that will allow [them] to formally train and mentor young people wishing to learn how to make and play electronic music."

To donate to Secretsundaze, head over to its crowdfunding page here.

Younjosh Releases Album Dedicated to All Things "2020"

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 15:01

A diverse, multi-genre album created to "bring a little peace and put a smile" on your face.

This year has come with a lot of heartaches, and DJ/producer Younjosh is here to provide his take on all of them in his new album 2020. Throughout the record's nine tracks, he takes his listeners across multiple genres, including hardstyle, progressive house, trap, and big room, producing something for everyone. The Parisian-born, Atlanta-based artist is here to bring some levity to the world during a time when we need it most. 

Over the years, Younjosh has frequented clubs around the world, traditionally known as a house music artist. With 2020, he's hoping to break free from those barriers, unleashing this multi-genre album. It all started when Kobe Bryant tragically passed away, setting in motion his passion to create something out of the box while he was still here to do so.

In a press release issued to announce the track, Younjosh shared his inspiration behind its production. "This is an album that I made especially for the year of 2020 from Kobe death to all the horrible things happening in the world (COVID, BLM, fires, killing, etc)," Younjosh said. "Hopefully this cd can bring a little peace and put a smile on everyone face as we going thru a lot since the beginning of this year..."

The diverse album features tracks that will make you happy, such as the feel-good anthem "Party" featuring J Young MDK, and ballads that are more introspective, like "824 (Breakaway)." "Go Hard or Go Home" is the perfect tune to release all your frustrations. Whatever your mood, Younjosh has you covered. 

FOLLOW YOUNJOSH:

Facebook: facebook.com/Younjosh
Twitter: twitter.com/youn_josh
Instagram: instagram.com/younjosh
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3fnCSGu

Social Distancing Ignored at Illegal Rave Under New York City's Kosciuszko Bridge

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 13:49

Several people wore masks, including the DJ, but social distancing was largely ignored.

As New York City bars and nightclubs remain closed due to the impact of COVID-19, an illegal rave took place under Brooklyn's Kosciuszko Bridge last Saturday, August 1st, 2020.

According to a report published in the New York Post, several people wore masks, including the DJ. However, footage circulating on social media paints a different picture, as hundreds of revelers are seen partying with a disregard for social distancing guidelines.

An Instagram user shared footage of the illicit rave, which you can watch below.

The news arrives after "Safe & Sound," a widely panned electronic music show in the Hamptons headlined by The Chainsmokers that devolved into a full-blown concert devoid of social distancing despite being promoted as a drive-in event.

Following the event, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state's Department of Health would conduct an investigation into the purported disregard of safety guidelines. "We have no tolerance for the illegal & reckless endangerment of public health," Cuomo said.

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