GDD™ Morning Update: David Guetta/Creamfields, Benga, Skrillex, New Build, Paying for Music, EDC Experience, Reza Raided

Yes! Just the day we’ve been waiting for, Friday. We’re bringing in the weekend strong with the most packed GDD™ Morning Update ever. Rather than listing a more specific overview of the content, you need to go straight to the articles since there is so much great content. See it all after the jump…

David Guetta Headlining Creamfields 2012 & Opening the American Music Awards

Hot off the presses from Creamfields HQ is the news that world-conquering Frenchman David Guetta is at the top of the bill for the 2012 festival. This is how they’ve put it:

“Creamfields 2012 is proud to announce, that worldwide artist/producer/DJ, Grammy winning, platinum selling, superstar David Guetta, will be headlining the event next April 2012. Guetta is currently riding the wave of success following the release of his 5th studio album Nothing But The Beat. Undoubtedly one the world’s most famous producers, he has worked with the cream of the crop of hit making artists including: Madonna, Sebastian Ingrosso, Kelly Rowland, Dirty South, Usher, Will.I.Am, Rihanna, Flo Rida, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown and Kid Cudi.

The full Creamfields event line-up will be announced in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.”

(via inthemix)

David Guetta along with Nicki Minaj will be opening the 2011 American Music Awards. The perks of becoming DJ Mag’s number 1 DJ in the world…


In the Studio with Benga

Vice’s series The Producers takes us inside London’s Red Bull Studios for a behind-the-scenes look at Benga‘s session with Youngman.

Tomfoolery aside, it looks like the dubstep pioneer is on schedule for his forthcoming LP. So far, details are pretty slim on a solid title and date but, as we’ve reported before, if you hop on over to Benga’s official website and sign up, you can stay on top of all the latest. Check out the video below for an extended clip to the Benga and Youngman project “Choose One.”

Get two new Benga tunes on Dub Police Records’ My Style 002, and go here for a free track from the album, D1’s “Keep on Lovin’.”

(via Beatportal)


Skrillex on Ableton Live, plug-ins, production and more

Amazing photo by: Alexander Jacob

You’re a big Ableton Live enthusiast. What’s it got that other DAWs don’t?

“I think, for laptop producers especially, it’s just so intuitive in the box. Everything is laid out and you don’t have to go searching for things like automation or plug-in parameters – in fact, all the things that are really hard to do in other DAWs. Ableton’s just very fluid and quick.”

Your editing skills are all self-taught. Do you think that helps you to do things that perhaps the manuals wouldn’t tell you to do?

“I wouldn’t call myself stubborn in an egotistical way but I do like the idea that in the past, what I do would not have been considered production – it would have been considered noise. I like doing things in a very minimal, unconventional way as a personal way of saying, ‘Look, I made a career out of carefully and craftfully, though unconventionally, making records on laptops and blown speakers.'”

What are your top soft synths?

“My two personal favourites are NI’s Massive and FM8. My best monster bass sounds have come from FM8. People think they all come from Massive, but most of the ones that kids online are trying to recreate in Massive are actually from FM8. I also really like Sylenth1, my Tone2 Gladiator and some other granular soft synths as well. That’s about it, man.

“I haven’t really expanded too far off FM8 and Massive because I know them so well and can pretty much make any sound I want with them – especially with FM synthesis, which is so basic.

“I also use Operator a lot, which is Live’s FM synthesiser. It’s a similar kind of thing, but the matrixes are different so you can make different kinds of sounds.”

What filters and distortion do you use to create the signature Skrillex sound?

“I really like iZotope Trash, which is a great plug-in for distortion, as is Ohmicide, which I love. It’s an absolutely crazy multiband distortion, compression, EQ and filter, which pretty much lets you do anything.”

Do you see programming as a joy or a necessary evil?

“It’s only evil when I work so fast that I haven’t properly labelled anything and my project files are all messy. To me it’s always a joy to create music no matter what it takes to actually get there. The real evils are always whatever stops you from doing that – like if your CPU is spiking and you have to sit there and bounce all your MIDI to audio. Now that’s annoying!

What type of pitch/formant processing do you use to create your amazing vocal sounds?

“I use Melodyne for formant stuff and basic pitch, but then I’ll print a whole line of audio. To be honest, for all my detailed cuts, chops and actual lines I’ll just basically take my vocal or someone else’s and process it through Melodyne in a certain way. All the stylistic treatments I do then all come from audio slicing and transposing in Live.

“Melodyne is crazy – with DNA you can actually take the individual sounds in a chord, isolate them and then change any of them.”

How do you get your beats to drop so damn hard?

“The easiest trick I use is basically to make sure that whatever sample you’re using, it’s hitting at 200Hz. Look through a spectrum analyser and you’ll see a little ‘dunk’, and it should sound like that. The beginning transient should look like a brick that kind of bubbles out into the notes, creating a big hit that dominates the whole spectral sphere of your music for that one second. The drum becomes the loudest element in your mix just for an instant.”

Any mastering secrets you can share?

“Maybe there are magic techniques out there that I don’t know about, but I think mastering is something that’s given too much credit. I always get people asking me about my mastering techniques and where I get my stuff mastered, but for me it’s more about getting the mix right.

“Mastering, for me, literally consists of an iZotope Maximizer, maybe with a little bit of EQ and harmonic excitement, but that’s it. It’s all about what makes you smile at the end of day.”

(via Music Radar)


Hot Chip and LCD Announce New Build

Members of Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem have revealed their latest recording project, New Build.

Al Doyle (from Hot Chip and previously LCD) and Felix Martin (Hot Chip) have joined forces with studio engineer Tom Hopkins for the London based collaboration.

Conceived of as a collective, New Build’s early sessions, which have been described as a ‘drop in centre for friends’, have featured LCD drummer Pat Mahoney. Their debut single, ‘Misery Loves Company’, features a remix from Planningtorock.

The limited edition 12″, ‘Misery Loves Company’ is released on November 28 with artwork from Andy Martin. Check out track clips on the Soundcloud player below.

Misery Loves Company 12″ (audio snippets) by newbuild

(via Mixmag)


Pandora CTO: Half of Americans don’t pay for music

Today at GigaOm’s RoadMap conference in San Francisco, Pandora CTO Tom Conrad revealed that his company aims to monetize the vast majority of listeners who pay little or nothing per year for music. Conrad explained that “Over half of the U.S. doesn’t pay anything for music each year”. He continued that another 40% of the population only pay about $15 a year, the cost of an album or two. While there are opportunities to build businesses on the 10% who are willing to pay more, Pandora’s plans to focus on monetizing the majority via advertisements. Other music companies might be wise to target the non-paying segment as well.

Conrad was asked about whether the rapidly growing Spotify was a threat. That service now has 2.5 million daily active users and 7.5 million monthly active users. Conrad said “I see Spotify as largely complementary to what Pandora does. Spotify’s CEO Daniel Ek says he thinks Spotify is the future of the record store, and that Pandora is the future of radio.”

Personally, if I was him I’d worry that Spotify could integrate a teachable radio feature similar to Pandora into its product. While it might not be as accurate, Spotify could significantly reduce the need for users to also visit Pandora by augmenting its listening on demand service with a satisfactory personalized radio. That certainly seems easier than Pandora trying to secure the licenses to offer on-demand listening.

In addition to monetization, Conrad says Pandora is working on “how we make the service as ubiquitous as radio — in the home, the television, the living room, the bedroom, even embedded above the ice maker on your refrigerator.” Its most recent push to accomplish this is its expansion into the automobile. Conrad says this is a natural fit because Pandora is designed to be simple and not require constant interaction, similar to radio. This means people can use Pandora safely while driving.

Pandora has had an eventful second half of 2011. It IPO’d, trading at over $16 a share on its first day, and has stabilized around the $14.44 it’s at today. It announced a record $67 million in revenue for Q2 of the 2012 fiscal year. Studies show the majority of Pandora’s listening is now through mobile. It also released its HTML5 app, and dropped its 40-hour free listening cap to make sure users can hear as many songs, and advertisements, as they want.

(via Techcrunch)


Watch The EDC Experience At Home!

Beginning Friday, November 11, 2011 (TODAY), the EDC Experience film will be available on Video on Demand from the cable outlets listed below!

Grab your friends, throw your own party and take a trip into the mind-blowing, sensory feast that is the Electric Daisy Carnival Experience. This documentary immerses viewers inside the world’s pre-eminent electronic music festival, featuring over one hundred A-list artists on five stages, plus 250 professional dancers, fire performers and world class acrobats.

If you were there, relive the experience. If you weren’t, don’t miss it this time.

Starring (in alphabetical order):
12th Planet, Above & Beyond, Afrojack, A-Trak, Benny Benassi, Boys Noize, David Guetta, Deadmau5, Fedde Le Grand, Kaskade, Laidback Luke, Lil Jon, Moby, MSTRKFRT, Simian Mobile Disco, Steve Aoki, Swedish House Mafia, Travis Barker, Will.I.Am <http://Will.I.Am> , With a special tribute to DJ AM, Featuring additional songs by Black Eyed Peas, The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, Alex Gaudino, Kid Cudi, N*E*R*D, Nero, Underworld, and many more.

Cox Communications
Time Warner
Liberty Cablevision
MidContinent Media
Bluegrass Telephone Company
Bresnan Communications
Choice Cable
City of Wilson
Dalton Utilities
Eaton Video
Fidelity Cablevision
Frontier Communications
Metrocast Digital Cable TV
Phonoscope Cable
Service Electric
Wave Broadband
Windstream Lexcom Ent.

(via Insomniac)


Offices, home of concert promoter raided as part of Coliseum probe

Los Angeles County authorities have raided the offices and home of a concert promoter as part of a widening investigation into a financial scandal at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, The Times learned Thursday.

Armed with search warrants, the district attorney investigators seized computers and documents from Go Ventures Inc. in West Hills and the Malibu residence of its chief executive, Reza Gerami, said an official with knowledge of the probe who was not authorized to speak about the matter. The investigators have been examining the company’s payments to firms run by a former Coliseum manager who had helped oversee Go Venture’s rave concerts at the stadium complex.

District attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison confirmed that the searches took place but declined to provide more details.

The Times has reported that Go Ventures paid about $876,000 to the firms founded by Todd DeStefano, then the Coliseum’s events manager. The firms also received about $800,000 in payments last year from concert promoter Insomniac Inc., and tens of thousands in outlays from other companies that did business with the publicly owned Coliseum and companion Sports Arena.

Last week, the Coliseum’s governing commission and its nonprofit concession arm sued DeStefano, his three firms, Go Ventures and Insomniac, seeking recovery of the money the companies paid to DeStefano’s firms, as well as unspecified damages.

Gerami said Thursday that he and his company have done nothing wrong. In staging the concerts, Gerami said, he did everything that DeStefano, as a Coliseum manager, told him to do.

“The person who got ripped off was me,” he said. “If there was foul play on the expenses, it worked against me. I was the victim.”

The lawsuit also named DeStefano’s wife, who was listed in state records as an officer or manager in his firms, and former Coliseum general manager Patrick Lynch. It demands that Lynch return payments totaling nearly $395,000 that he received in regular installments from a Coliseum contractor. Lynch’s attorney has said the money involved a private boat transaction between his client and the contractor and had nothing to do with the Coliseum.

About five months ago, district attorney investigators searched DeStefano’s and Lynch’s homes; Insomniac’s offices and the residence of its top executive, Pasquale Rotella; and several banks. Rotella’s attorney has said his client is not a target of the investigation.

Based on records and interviews, The Times has reported that DeStefano’s firms collected at least $1.8 million from the rave promoters, film productions, stadium vendors and other enterprises that had business before the Coliseum Commission. Lynch approved DeStefano’s side dealings with Insomniac, and transferred title of a commission-bought Cadillac to himself, the records and interviews show.

Another former Coliseum manager, while employed by the commission, directed stadium business to a company he founded with a co-worker, according to material obtained under the California Public Records Act. In addition, Lynch, DeStefano, Coliseum finance director Ronald Lederkramer and other then-employees of the stadium billed the commission for thousands of dollars in luxury car expenses, gasoline purchases and other perks, including massages.

(via LA Times)


Have a great weekend and I’ll catch up with you on Monday!




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