After a crazy weekend that was brought to an abrupt stop, we are back to reality on this first day of the week. The news for today consists of the WMC 2012 dates, a Boys Noize Q & A, an introduction of Hyundai’s REMIX LAB Series, Fred Falke’s debut album, and uncertainty with Coachella 2012. Start your week of strong with some GDD™ Morning Update knowledge and check the full stories after the jump!
Miami’s Winter Music Conference locks in 2012 dates
2011 wasn’t a great year for the Miami Winter Music Conference. After organisers announced the program would be happening two weeks earlier than usual – putting it out of step with DJ schedules and the gargantuan Ultra Music Festival – it proved to be a ball-ache for attendees and industry alike.
The WMC still went ahead from March 8-12, but most of the key parties happened later in the month anyway in what was coined Miami Music Week. In the end, it meant a longer run of debauchery, but also a fair bit of confusion.
Things look clearer in 2012. If you’re planning a pilgrimage to Miami Beach, the WMC is now stretching across ten days – 16 to 25 March 2012. Expect details of all the parties to trickle out over the months ahead, from the intimate to the ridiculous (we’re wondering if the Swedish House Mafia will erect its Masquerade Motel on the beach again). There really is something for all tastes…you’ve just got to know how to pace a ten-day marathon.
As ever, the Ultra Music Festival will go all-out to steal WMC’s thunder. Even without a line-up, early bird tickets have already sold out for the three-day mega-rave (23, 24, 25 March in downtown Miami). Ultra is undoubtedly at the peak of its powers right now as you can witness in the big-budget trailer below.
Boys Noize Q & A
The track I’ll be opening my next DJ set with
He’s a 17-year-old kid who I just signed. He still lives at his parents’ house near Munich and has only been to a club one time – and hated it – but he’s developed a super fresh sound.
The track I always play to rescue a dancefloor
DJ Deeon & DJ Puff: Work This MF
Everybody understands this.
The track that currently gets the most rewinds
Floorplan: Baby, Baby
The latest release on Robert Hood’s label M-Plant. It’s crazy how happy a great kick drum and loop can make me.
The track that should have been a crossover hit
Housemeister: Music Is Awesome
This should have been a No 1 hit; classic electro like Sunglasses At Night or Kernkraft 400.
The track that got me out of bed this morning
Pino D’Angio: Ma Quale Idea
My dad brought this seven-inch back from Ibiza and it got me dancing when I was a kid.
The track that’s been unfairly slept on this year
Siriusmo: Einmal In Der Woche Schreien
Another song that I think should be a No 1 hit in the UK. I mean, c’mon – Windowlicker got to No 1 so why not this? [No 16, actually]
The track I’d play at my auntie’s wedding
Münchener Freiheit: Tausendmal Du
I played at a wedding for my good friend and I made the mistake of playing cool 12s of 70s to 90s pop, instead of songs everybody can sing along to.
The ideal festival track
Lemon 8: Model 8
Jacking 909 drums, a simple 303 acid line and the good old siren. It can’t get better.
The best track by my favourite new artist
I love how he combines techno and acid with the latest UK thing. His drum and percussion sounds are so sick, too.
The track I’d play to show off my eclectic tastes
Byetone: Plastic Star (Alva Noto Remix)
Carsten Nicolai AKA Alva Noto is the head of the Raster-Noton label, and they put out amazing electronica. I remember I played this out for the first time on 12-inch at SXSW in 2008.
The track I wish I’d signed to my label
Daft Punk: The New Wave
The first single from these guys, and what can I say? Best career ever.
(via The Guardian)
REMIX LAB Series Launch
Do you want to learn to DJ? Or hang out with some top DJs? Or school your buddies at Forza 4? The REMIX LAB event series sponsored by Hyundai Veloster is coming to a city (maybe) near you over the course of the next couple of months.
The series kicks off in New York on October 19th then travels to Las Vegas November 1st, Miami December 2nd and Los Angeles December 7th. REMIX LAB is a multi-day, multi-media event that will feature music, gaming, and film in support of the soon to be released RE:GENERATION music documentary. Players from the documentary including Skrillex, Pretty Lights, The Crystal Method, DJ Premier and Mark Ronson, will be appearing and performing as part of select segments of the REMIX LAB events.
For full details on who, what, when and where hit the REMIX LAB tab on Hyundai Veloster’s YouTube.
Fred Falke Preps Debut Album
The album comes more than a decade into the French producer’s illustrious career, which includes remixes for the likes of Kelis and Jamiroquai, plus disco-flavored anthems like “Intro,” one of his collaborations with Alan Braxe. “So much of modern music takes the ideas in the ’70s and ’80s and uses them in a very superficial way,” Falke says. “I hope I have managed to create something that re- asserts the musicality of this era within the context of modern music and modern production methods.”
Part IV features previously unreleased tracks along with some of Falke’s past productions, such as “808pm At The Beach” and “Look Into Your Eyes.” It will hit stores in November or December via Kris Menace’s label, Work It Baby.
01. 808pm At the Beach
02. Back to Stay
03. Last Wave
05. Omega Man
06. Bare Knuckle
09. Wait For Love
10. Look Into Your Eyes
11. Love Theme
(via Resident Advisor)
The city of Indio has postponed signing a contract with Coachella festival promoter and organizer Goldenvoice, following pressure from the neighboring city of La Quinta for an environmental review of the popular music and arts festival. The festival thus faces the possibility of delay from its April 13, 2012 start date.
The Indio City Council voted for the postponement earlier this month, following La Quinta City Council’s request for them to delay approval of the contract. La Quinta wants Indio and Goldenvoice to conduct an assessment under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to evaluate the environmental impact of traffic, noise and pollution generated by the festival, owing to the fact that its length will be doubled this year, to two weekends in April. If Indio complies, the review process could extended well beyond Coachella’s scheduled opening date.
As Coachella has grown over the past dozen years, so has the affluent town of La Quinta, whose population of about 40,000 has nearly doubled in the last decade. The city now borders two sides of Indio’s Empire Polo Field festival grounds and has become a popular place to stay for the 60,000 to 75,000 people who attend Coachella daily. Already wary of the wild partying from attendees with vacation rentals in the area, many residents of La Quinta were not pleased to learn that Coachella had extended its length, hence the demand for an Environmental Impact Review under CEQA, whose environmental protection policies apply to Coachella. CEQA is a self-governing statute, so while La Quinta can’t actually force Indio to conduct the review, the former does have the right to seek its enforcement through private litigation if Indio doesn’t address La Quinta’s concerns to its satisfaction.
According to the Desert Sun — which covers Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley — at an October 4 La Quinta City Council meeting, Coachella patrons were described by some locals as “the people who destroy our environment.” Barbara Bishop, the president of a La Quinta homeowners association, claimed that 80 percent of the community’s security incidents occur during Coachella and the popular Stagecoach Festival, usually held the following weekend at the Polo Field.
Both La Quinta and Indio have complained about the festival in the past — trespassing and “riding horses without permission” are among their grievances, KCET notes. The new contract, however, gives Indio less of a reason to complain — and to want to conduct the lengthy review — than its much wealthier neighbor: in addition to expanding Coachella to two weekends (April 13-15 and April 20-22) and adding an additional day to the Stagecoach Festival (April 27-29), the new contract would give Indio a portion of ticket sales earnings from both festivals. Indio City Manager Dan Martinez said at the Oct. 4 meeting that the new contract includes a series of penalties and fines to help reduce environmental disturbances, but La Quinta officials said that wasn’t enough.
La Quinta asked that the signing of the contract be postponed for 30 days to address the concerns of residents and the need for an Environmental Impact Review. If the review is deemed necessary, then the process – which includes a recommended 75 days of public comment on its findings – would likely extend well beyond Coachella’s opening date in April.
Indio officials were wary of engaging the review process. While admitting that neither they nor Goldenvoice can spare a month for review, they instead asked for two weeks to produce progress reports for La Quinta about how its concerns are being handled. Considering the Coachella Valley reaps $35 million from the festival each year, it’s likely that some sort of compromise will be reached to get the festival started on-time.
Still, we can’t help but be reminded of Silver Lake’s escalating clashes with Sunset Junction over the years. As Coachella continues to grow, it seems likely that heightening controversy is inevitable.
(via LA Weekly)
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