ADE: ID&T Announces 100% Sale to SFX

During an ADE Q&A panel between ID&T founder & CEO Duncan Sutterheim and SFX head of acquisitions Shelly Finkle, it was announced that SFX had gained full ownership of ID&T. Sutterheim told the crowd,

“We finalized the deal an hour ago. Instead of the previous 75-percent, ID&T is now going to be 100-percent owned by SFX. Now it’s very clear, I work for SFX. I will be working at head office in Europe, and we’re going to create still the same shows. But from this point, ID&T and SFX will be together.”

ID&T, who is responsible for events like Sensation, Tomorrowland, and the recent TomorrowWorld, had initially shown hesitation toward outside investors at last year’s ADE panel. When describing his decision to sell, Sutterheim cited the growing SFX empire—which includes Australia’s Stereosonic music festival and the American Life in Color paint party series—and the companies’ previous experience working together in the US. Additionally, Sutterheim expressed the simple need for capital, saying:

“As we continued to work together, at some point a list came up of the possibilities of what could be done if we sold the company. TomorrowWorld was an example of that; the festival cost 16 million dollars to put up. Those are amounts of money that we just don’t have. We are a big company, but we can’t invest that kind of money. So it was an opportunity for the company to grow.”

The pair also teased other opportunities for the merger, including a potential ticketing arm and the expansion of Beatport into a digital content platform. This all comes fresh off SFX’s IPO last week, so there’s sure to be more information coming soon.

Source: InTheMix

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ADE Update: Techno & Trance Titans, Plus Some Old Pals

Global: “Armin Only: Intense” tour detailed.

Amsterdam – Yesterday, we hit the conference portion of Amsterdam Dance Event at the Felix Meritis Centre. Then, last night we made the club rounds and hit two very different, but no less important events.

Early in the day, we did the ADE schmooze in the Felix Café and the courtyard of the nearby Dylan Hotel. As usual, we ran into several fellow NYC industry types—Marquee NYC DJ/promoters Sleepy and Boo, DJ/producer Tommie Sunshine, promoter Benny Soto and DJ legend Danny Tenaglia.

We took some meetings, most notably with the guys from Pulselocker, a unique new music distribution platform that offers a little bit more than the average set-up, and our Swiss friend Benjamin Boris from Electrophil Records. Thanks for the chocolate, Benjamin!

Doing the Schmooze: Tommie Sunshine at ADE.

We also connected with our old pal Josh Gabriel (of Gabriel & Dresden fame), who showed us a very cool, new Mixman app that’s still in beta. Shhhh—news to come soon enough. And, of course, we caught up with our longtime friend Nick McGeachin, who was rocking a unique, foldable, mobile LiteConsole setup in the Felix. Cheers, Nick!

On Thursday’s “Future of DJing” panel, ace moderator/Baron of Techno Dave Clarke asked the panel, “How important is turnover for the product cycle? There are so many new products that only incrementally advance the technology. Whereas you have someone like [fellow panelist] Dave Smith here, who waits until he’s ready to release an absolute corker of a product, everyone else keeps cranking out new pieces, even if they’re only a tiny bit better than the last.”

Beatport’s Terry Weerasinghe, a former Native Instruments employee, offered: “You do have to look at the market. If a product sells a million units, you’d be crazy not to try to compete with that because the market is saying that it wants something. And if you think you can do it a little bit better, you have to try.”

Felix Booth: Nick McGeachin with his LiteConsole.

Pioneer UK’s Rik Parkinson concurred: “Look, Pioneer was about last to the controller market, but we wanted to do it right. We saw that companies like Numark and some others were making controllers that DJs wanted, so—like Terry says—we’d be crazy not to pay attention.” The technology battles continue.

In clubland, we hit the Armada party at Club Escape, where we had a nice catch-up with Paul Oakenfold. (Shamless plug: His upcoming show at NYC’s Cielo on Nov. 24 expects to be hot.) Label acts W&W and Cosmic Gate rocked the packed house before Armin van Buuren raised the energy even further. Earlier in the day, Dutch star announced the details of his Armin Only: Intense tour, a Live Nation-promoted affair that promises to give fans mega-production, late-night action and a few surprises.

Then, we cabbed it over to the massive Gashouder venue for the ADE Awakenings party with headliner Carl Cox. After running into Danny Tenaglia and Benny Soto again, we caught the end of Jon Rundell’s set full of rolling grooves, trippy loops and forceful punch. Next up, Nicole Moudaber delivered a 90-minute set of mesmerizing techno—intoxicating percussion, whopping bass stabs, genuine moments. Then Carl Cox did what he does—play the most energetic and powerful techno you’ll ever hear. Roundly pummeled with techno beats, we got back to the hotel after 5 a.m.—whew.

Now we’re up and awake and off to interview Ms. Moudaber for a future issue of DJ Times. Ciao for now…

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Avalon Hollywood to Celebrate 10th Anniversary with Paul Oakenfold

Clubs come and go in the Los Angeles nightlife scene, but Hollywood’s Avalon will be celebrating its tenth anniversary on November 2nd with a performance from Paul Oakenfold as part of his North American Trance Mission Tour. This pairing is fitting, considering that Oakenfold played the club’s first night when it opened back in 2003. Over the ten years, the club has rolled out its successful CONTROL Fridays in addition to serving over a million club-goers over the course of more than 500 Saturday nights.

The club also plans to roll out new initiatives celebrating this milestone and ushering in a new phase of the club’s life over the next year. An extensive upgrade of the club will be unveiled in the coming months, and will include a state-of-the-art “Avalon by EAW” sound system. Additionally, Avalon will open a San Diego location.

For more information on the club upgrade and San Diego opening, go to RedefiningAwesome.com.

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#FreePlayFriday – 10/18/2013

The weekend is within reach, and we’ve got six free downloads to ring it in right! Fans of deep house and indie dance are in for a treat this week, but we’ve got a fair sampling of heavier sounds coming your way, as well.

Facundo Mohrr’s edit of Frankie Knuckles’ “Baby Wants to Ride” kicks off this week’s picks. The vocal repetitions and melodic bassline create a hypnotic rhythm that is distinctly nocturnal in nature. The track is taken from Mohrr’s Free EP, which also holds his bootleg of Massive Attack’s “Any Love.” This week’s other deep comes courtesy of Nervo and Marco Lys. Released to celebrate Nervo’s one million Facebook fans, “Don’t Break My Heart” is a small slice of vocal deep house, with liquid synths and bass distortions providing the backdrop for Nervo’s signature emotive lyrics.

We featured Chromeo’s new single for #FreePlayFriday a few weeks ago, but Mr. Oizo has released his remix of the nu-disco track. Oizo’s mix is slinky and sexy, adding 1970s-esque narration courtesy of a vocodered talkbox in a way that only Oizo could manage to make work. Chordashian have dropped the follow-up to their Summertime Sadness-sampling “Cold Nights” this week with “Skyscraper Souls.” Indie dance to its core, the track features the ethereal vocals of Freedom Fry, which complement the light and airy synths.

Those looking for something a bit harder should look no further than London Future and Djemba Djemba’s “Look At Me Now.” Dipping between serene moments of vocal and ballistic trap drops, the track is a pulsing, relentless assault on the senses. Rounding out this week’s selections is GRiZ’s Rebel Era album, available for free at MyNameIsGRiZ.com. Melding elements of funk, bass music, and soul, GRiZ effortlessly style shifts, especially on the single “Hard Times.”

Listen to and download all of the tracks through our Soundcloud below. If you find any outstanding free tracks, remixes, bootlegs, or mashups, tweet them to @DJTimesMag using #FreePlayFriday. We’ll feature our favorites in future editions!

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ADE Report: ‘Rock Is Dead’ & Other ‘Fuck-You Moments’

ADE Moment: Richie Hawtin with NYC pals Sleepy & Boo.

Amsterdam, Holland – In 1978, The Who’s Roger Daltrey sang these Pete Townshend-penned words: “Goodbye Sister Disco/And to your clubs and your tramps.” For many, it seemed to be moment of rockist triumphalism, as dancefloor-driven sounds and its culture began to bloat, then eventually wane.

Now, three-plus decades later at Amsterdam Dance Event, in a time when the popularity of DJ culture is spiking beyond all comprehension, Beatport CEO Matt Adell repeated another famous Townshend lyric, one that reflected today’s musical leanings: “Rock is dead.”

Yup, here at Amsterdam Dance Event, where the world’s dance-music movers and shakers are congregating and confabbing thru Sunday, there was a tiny degree of chest-thumping at the massive success the industry and its various genres have been enjoying—especially in America.

In the “Global Club Culture: The State of the Club Nation Debate” panel this past Wednesday, Adell said, “I don’t think there is an ‘EDM bubble,’ as people like to call it. The computer has replaced the guitar as this generation’s main instrument. With those tools, you can make any kind of music—it’s just a matter of time ’til a country artist, for example, makes an album entirely on Ableton Live. So it’s not a bubble, it’s a cultural shift—rock-n-roll is dead.”

Well! On the same panel, James Algate, VP of Music for Angel Management Group of Las Vegas, which books superclub Hakkasan, discussed the main difference from DJs playing Vegas and those playing more underground clubs like New York’s Output and Cielo.

“We are polar opposites,” he said to fellow panelist Nicolas Matar, who runs both Cielo and Output. “Output DJs would get booed off the stage and have drinks thrown at them at Hakkasan. In Vegas, there’s lots of [megaclub] competition. If you don’t play the songs the fans expect, they have three or four other properties to visit in Vegas and they’ll get to hear what they like.”

The next day, Richie Hawtin addressed that very notion on his own “Q&A” session. In between discussing his successful Enter. party in Ibiza and various exciting new markets he’s experienced (South Africa and India), he was asked about his own upcoming Oct. 26 date at Las Vegas’ Marquee club.

“In Vegas, you have a lot of the clubs playing the same music and I get that fans do come out for that,” he said. “But I also believe that they need something different from the sameness, and I’ve always been an alternative to that. Really, I’m looking to deliver that ‘fuck-you moment.’

“And what I mean by that is when everything is in sync—the music, the video, the lighting, the experience—there’s that moment when an audience just collectively has a reaction to it all, like it’s something they’ve never experienced before. It’s like thinking, ‘Oh my God—how is he doing that?’

“For me, as a fan, those singular, exciting moments came when I was going to warehouse parties in Detroit. They blew my mind and that’s how I was inspired to write a track like ‘Spastik.’ It was from a ‘fuck-you moment.’ It was pure inspiration. So, yeah, in Vegas I want to create a ‘fuck-you moment’ because I don’t think the people are getting enough of them these days.”

Stay tuned.

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Bassnectar Comes Full Circle for 3rd Annual 360° NYE Show in Nashville

Bassnectar has announced his third annual New Year’s Eve show at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. Revealed as the capstone to the America’s Best DJ 2013 nominee’s Immersive Music Fall Tour, the show will be a 360° show, as seen in his two previous sold-out NYE shows. These shows feature the production set in the round, with a circular DJ booth that rotates throughout the show to face all parts of the arena.  Hip hop duo Zion I and Canadian producer ill-esha will provide support for this year’s event.

Tickets for Bassnectar’s 360° New Year’s Eve show go on sale to the general public on Saturday, October 19th at 11 AM EST. For more information, go to Bassnectar.net.

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Asheville’s Moogfest Expands to Five Days in April 2014

Asheville music festival Moogfest has unveiled its expansion from three days to five days, with the new 2014 festival dates taking place from April 23rd—27th. This year will see the introduction of new activities to the festival’s usual music-oriented lineup, including an innovation conference featuring leading futurist thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, artists and musicians from various fields.

Outside of the festival’s five nights of music performances, daytime activities will include new media art installations and interactive technology exhibitions, a synth building workshop, an open-source hackathon, as well as official talks, presentations and film screenings by industry leaders. Moogfest will also host events that are free and open to the public, including a four-day street festival, a two-day North Carolina Tech Expo & Interactive Job Fair and a five-day electronic instrument pop-up shop.

Moogfest was introduced in 2004 to honor Moog Music founder Dr. Robert Moog and pay tribute to the analog synthesizer. Mike Adams, President of Moog Music, spoke of this year’s event:

“We have evolved our thinking to create an event that truly celebrates the pioneering spirit of Bob Moog; uniting art, music, and innovative technology to explore the dimensions of creative expression. This is the heart of what makes Moog Music special and our fans around the world.”

Tickets for Moogfest go on sale to the general public on November 14th. For more information, head to MoogFest.com.

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America’s Best DJ: Kaskade Cops the Golden Mixer—Again

Vegas Winner: Kaskade with his awards.
Photo: Al Powers, PowersImagery.com

Las Vegas – With his fans, the media and DJ-industry insiders all in tow, Kaskade was once again crowned America’s Best DJ at Las Vegas’ Marquee Club this past Sunday, Oct. 13.

After 20-plus events on America’s Best DJ Summer Tour Presented by Pioneer DJ & DJ Times, the fans spoke with their ballots in-person and online at americasbestdj.net—and Kaskade was the choice for the second time in three years. (For America’s Top 50, please visit here.)

Stars & Stripes: Kaskade in The Library with a fan.
Photo: Al Powers, PowersImagery.com

So, this past Sunday evening, a press event was held inside The Library room at Marquee Nightclub which saw Kaskade (aka Ryan Raddon) accept his awards. With print/online press members and 20 winners of a DJ Times-conducted fan contest filling the room, Kaskade was presented with The Golden Mixer by David Arevalo, Pioneer DJ’s Director of Marketing and Artist Relations. Before handing Kaskade the shiny DJM-900nexus mixer, Arevalo said, “Once again, we are pleased to award Kaskade with this working, 24-karat-gold mixer. Because he is an outstanding DJ, producer and songwriter, Kaskade truly represents the best of the DJ industry and we’re pleased to honor him once again.”

Marquee Scene: Big-time ABDJ branding.
Photo: Al Powers, PowersImagery.com

After DJ Times Editor Jim Tremayne presented him with a special America’s Best DJ plaque, Kaskade offered a few words of thanks. “First up, I’d like to thank the fans for their support—it means everything to me,” he said. “Also, I’d like to thank DJ Times, because I’ve been reading the magazine for a long time. Also, I must thank Pioneer DJ because I’ve been a user of their products since the first CDJ-1000. Thanks to everyone.”

Afterward, another Golden Mixer presentation was conducted in Marquee Nightclub’s DJ booth before a packed room of fans, including our America’s Best DJ flyaway winner, Evie Schmeer of San Jose, Calif. The evening was rounded out by a pair of killer sets from other ABDJ nominees Seven Lions and Tritonal.

Super Set: Seven Lions rocked the room.
Photo: Al Powers, PowersImagery.com

On behalf of everyone at DJ Times, we’d like to thank the voters, Pioneer DJ, Marquee Nightclub (especially Jason Strauss, Sol Shafer, Michael Olortegui and Pedram Niazmand) and rephlektor ink’s Justin Kleinfeld for making America’s Best DJ 2013 another huge success.

And once again—Congrats, Kaskade!

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#FreePlayFriday – 10/11/2013

Pad out your decks for the weekend on this #FreePlayFriday with our picks of the best free tracks. This week’s picks range from jumpy Melbourne Bounce to summery nu-disco, so you can grab any and everything in between!

First up is the dub of Taco Cat’s remix of Static Revenger’s “Back Off, Bitch!,” which distorts Kay’s vocals and ups the house factor with its Melbourne Bounce sound. The pitch-shifting synths present throughout the drop really give the track infectious quality. This joyous sound is also present in Viceroy’s shimmering nu-disco take on Passion Pit’s “Carried Away” and shows that even though summer isn’t just a season; it’s a state of mind.

Los Angeles rock sister trio HAIM topped the UK album charts last week with the band’s debut album Days Are Gone, which makes now the perfect time to highlight The Knocks’ remix of the track “Forever.” The retooling adds an uplifting synth line that skitters and jitters over light piano and the nostalgic vocals. Brillz dropped a trapped-out remix of Katy Perry’s “Roar.” The center “Roar-oar-oar” hook is utilized throughout as high hats and handclaps dominate the uncharacteristically-sunny laser synths.

“Venus,” Paul Oakenfold’s collaboration with rapper Azealia Banks, rounds out this week’s picks. The progressive house-rap fusion was first premiered this summer, but is now available for free on Oakenfold’s Facebook. The soaring synths complement Banks’ vocal to create a track that is heavy on the drama and anthemic qualities.

Listen to and download all of the tracks through our Soundcloud below. If you find any outstanding free tracks, remixes, bootlegs, or mashups, tweet them to @DJTimesMag using #FreePlayFriday. We’ll feature our favorites in future editions!

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Afrojack Joins SFX in Ringing NASDAQ Closing Bell

To celebrate SFX Entertainment’s IPO yesterday, Afrojack joined CEO Robert Sillerman and other SFX members in ringing the closing bell of NASDAQ stock exchange in New York’s Times Square. He is the first DJ to ever ring the iconic bell. This honor also comes as part of a big week for the Dutch producer/DJ, who was the second DJ ever to be honored with participating in the handprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood earlier this week.

Speaking on ringing the closing bell, Afrojack said,

“It’s incredible to see how far this scene has come, from being fairly underground just five years ago, to being a billion dollar business today. It’s great to work with SFX and I wish them lots of luck with their venture.”

Afrojack will top this week off with release of his newest single, “The Spark,” tomorrow. Stream it below.

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