I hope you all had a great weekend! We’re catching up on this Monday with Steve Aoki & Datsik’s tour, David Guetta’s handprint ceremony, Pretty Lights teaming up with BitTorrent, a Plastikman video trilogy, and the BBC Sound 2012 nominees.
Steve Aoki & Datsik: Winter North American Tour
To support his debut studio album Wonderland, due out January 17, 2012 via New York-based Ultra Music in conjunction with his own label Dim Mak Records, DJ/producer and electronic dance music entrepreneur Steve Aokiwill launch his biggest tour ever: Deadmeat, presented by Dim Mak.
For the Deadmeat Tour, AOKI will partner with dubstep’s hottest new producer and Dim Mak label mate Datsik. The pair will travel across North America throughout winter 2012 and perform at some of the most renowned theaters and concert arenas, including the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, the Fillmore in Denver, Boston’s House of Blues, Montreal’s Metropolis and New York City’s legendary Roseland Ballroom (Los Angeles details are forthcoming).
The Deadmeat Tour will showcase the debut of new live visual productions from both Aoki and Datsik alongside an all-star supporting lineup of some of the most sought-after, up-and-coming producers in electronic music today, including Alvin Risk, Mustard Pimp, Autoerotique, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Terravita, who will perform throughout the trek on alternating dates. More supporting acts and dates will be announced soon. Tickets for the DEADMEAT Tour will go on sale starting Saturday, December 3 at 10 a.m. atwww.deadmeattour.com.
“Deadmeat” Tour Dates
- 01/19/12 Thu Comerica Theatre (formerly Dodge Theatre) Phoenix, AZ
- 01/20/12 Fri Warren Hall @ Earl Warren Showgrounds Santa Barbara, CA
- 01/21/12 Sat Bill Graham Civic Auditorium San Francisco, CA
- 01/22/12 Sun Senator Theatre Chico, CA
- 01/23/12 Mon Knitting Factory Reno, NV
- 01/26/12 Thu The Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO
- 01/27/12 Fri Sunshine Theater Albuquerque, NM
- 01/28/12 Sat El Paso County Coliseum El Paso, TX
- 01/29/12 Sun Club Rio San Antonio, TX
- 01/30/12 Mon Cain’s Ballroom Tulsa, OK
- 01/31/12 Tue Uptown Theater Kansas City, MO
- 02/01/12 Wed The Pageant St. Louis, MO
- 02/02/12 Thu Verizon Wireless Theater Houston, TX
- 02/03/12 Fri Palladium Ballroom Dallas, TX
- 02/04/12 Sat The Sugar Mill New Orleans, LA
- 02/06/12 Mon Brooklyn Arts Center Wilmington, NC
- 02/07/12 Tue The Music Farm Charleston, SC
- 02/08/12 Wed The Bad Manor Athens , GA
- 02/09/12 Thu The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
- 02/11/12 Sat The Fillmore Silver Spring Silver Spring, MD
- 02/13/12 Mon Hat Factory Richmond, VA
- 02/14/12 Tue The Dome at Oakdale Wallingford, CT
- 02/16/12 Thu House of Blues Boston, MA
- 02/17/12 Fri Roseland Ballroom New York, NY
- 02/18/12 Sat The Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa Atlantic City, NJ
- 02/19/12 Sun Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ
- 02/21/12 Tue Egyptian Room at Old National Centre Indianapolis, IN
- 02/22/12 Wed Orpheum Theatre Madison, WI
- 02/23/12 Thu Epic Event Center Minneapolis, MN
- 02/24/12 Fri Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL
- 02/25/12 Sat The Fillmore Detroit (State Theatre) Detroit, MI
- 02/26/12 Sun Orbit Room Grand Rapids, MI
- 02/29/12 Wed Northern Lights Clifton Park, NY
- 03/01/12 Thu Ottawa Civic Centre Ottawa, ON
- 03/03/12 Sat Metropolis Montreal, QC
- 03/09/12 Fri Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA
- 03/10/12 Sat PNE Forum Vancouver, BC
- 03/11/12 Sun McDonald Theatre Eugene, OR
- 03/13/12 Tue Roseland Theater Portland, OR
- 03/14/12 Wed Estrellita Ballroom Galt, CA
David Guetta honored with a handprint ceremony at the Grauman’s
David Guetta has been djaying since he was a teenage and now has become the number world class dj, producer and collaborator in the music industry. To illustrate that achievement, Guetta was honored at a handprint ceremony held at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre this past Saturday, December 3, 2011. David was surrounded by his wife, friends and music industry folks as he immortalized his hands in wet cement.
The honor is the first for a dj and in a series of planned events at the Grauman’s for its new handprint display at the Chinese 6 Theatres adjacent from the main Chinese Theatre. David addressed the press and crowd saying, “I’m very honored to be the very first dj to do this.” He added, “America is going to take this (dj) culture to the next level.”
After the ceremony, everyone was treated to cake and champagne sponsored by Belvedere. The festivities didn’t stop there as David Guetta performed for a sold out crowd at the new “Grauman’s Ballroom” inside the Chinese Theatre. Spotted in the crowd was Apl.de.Ap of the Black Eyed Peas who is prominently spotlighted along with his bandmates in David Guetta’s autobiographical documentary “Nothing But The Beat.” Apl.de.ap jokingly said to this reporter’s affiallite Celeste Arevalo of Pacific Rim Video, “What up David Guetta? I see you, rockin’ it.”
Pretty Lights And BitTorrent Release Music To The World
BitTorrent, Inc., a globally-recognized creator of software and protocols to help people find, share and move digital media, partnered with the ultra-hot electronic dance music act Pretty Lights to release a special media bundle of music to a worldwide audience.
The bundle, created especially to introduce the massive BitTorrent community to the Pretty Lights sound, includes three Pretty Lights releases from 2010 and a single/video from 2011: Glowing In The Darkest Night (EP – 8 eight tracks), Making Up A Changing Mind (EP – six tracks), Spilling Over Every Side (EP – six tracks), Pretty Lights Live @Bonnaroo (video), and the bonus hit single “I Know The Truth.” The bundle is available to download free here, or within the µTorrent and BitTorrent Mainline software. A torrent is available here.
Derek Vincent Smith, aka Pretty Lights, has toured extensively around the globe and spread his music online through unorthodox distribution methods. But many electronic dance and hip-hop music fans haven’t heard Pretty Lights and don’t have easy access to live events and music festivals.
“I began offering my music as a free download with the release of my first album because I’ve always supported the sharing of digital media, including my own creations,” said Smith from his current Australian tour. “I’ve experienced the benefits firsthand of letting anyone and everyone download my music at no charge, which is, primarily, a momentous growth in the attendance of my live shows. I believe that the recipe for my success has been three fold. One, producing fresh and original soulful music. Two, continuing to always invest back in the production of my live show/experience. And three, pushing the envelope in the way that I distribute my music online to new listeners. The third is why I’m so excited to be partnering with BitTorrent.”
Unlike traditional distribution and many online music services, BitTorrent already has users in every corner of the globe. The company can reach new audiences in areas that Pretty Lights may not be touring anytime soon. Combine that reach with BitTorrent’s legendary super-fast downloading technology and it’s a perfect fit.
Pretty Lights has a large dedicated fan base, made clear through his sold out US tours in venues ranging from 2-12 thousand persons in capacity. He’s also played shows to massive crowds at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, Wireless Music Festival, Ultra Music Festival and more.
“These live experiences are at the core of Pretty Light’s success,” said Shahi Ghanem, chief strategist at BitTorrent. “As the Pretty Lights phenomenon continues to win over the world, we are very happy to offer a platform to directly distribute his music.”
Pretty Lights will perform at Oxford Arts Factory in Sydney, Australia tonight (tickets), at the Stereosonic festival in Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane Australia on Dec. 2-4 (tickets), and then will play two massive sold-out New Years Eve shows in his home state of Colorado on Dec. 30-31.
Ali Demirel: Plastikman Video Trilogy
The video artist Ali Demirel is a longtime collaborator of Richie Hawtin, having masterminded the visuals for many of Minus’ projects. Taken from the PlastikmanArkives (1993-2010) box set, the “Plastikman Video Trilogy” compiles Demirel’s mind-bending videos for three classic Plastikman tracks, “Mind Encode,” “Lost,” and “Disconnect.”
Arkives, released earlier this year and now available from Beatport, is the definitive history of Hawtin’s Plastikman project, comprising not only lovingly remastered versions of all the original albums (Sheet One, Recycled Plastik, Musik, Artifakts (BC), Consumed, and Closer) but also a number of bonus discs including rare and unreleased Plastikman singles, Plastikman’s remixes for the likes of Depeche Mode and Winx, and a bounty of new remixes by artists like Dubfire, Carl Craig, Severed Heads, and more.
With the exception of the “Optiks” DVD and the “Sessions” disc of unedited recording sessions, virtually all of it is available for download on Beatport in a massive bundle. Alternately, all of the set’s individual discs (save “Rekonstruktions,” the double-disc set of Plastikman’s remixes of other artists) are also available as individually bundled albums; the four core Plastikman albums all include a single-track mixed version, new to the Arkives project. Of particular note are ”Extrakts,” featuring unreleased cuts, ”Nostalgic,” featuring Guideo Schneider and Dubfire remixes along with still more unreleased plastik, and a disc’s worth of Burn Studios remix contest winners.
Skrillex + Others up for BBC Sound 2012
Last week he was nominated for a Grammy, now US dubstep megastar Skrillex has been nominated in the BBC Sound of 2012 poll alongside the likes of Flux Pavilion, Azealia Banks and Frank Ocean.
The annual poll, now in its tenth year, is voted for by over 160 music journalists, tastemakers and industry insiders and aims to predict who will make it big in the coming year.
As always the poll picks names from across a spread of musical genres with the wobble heavy dubstep of Skrillex and Flux Pavilion representing the more dance orientated side of things this year and hip hop being represented strongly by Azealia Banks, Dot Rotten and Frank Ocean.
The longlist will be narrowed down to a top five with a winner being announced in early January. See the longlist in full below and click here more details.
Dry The River
Jamie N Commons
Lianne La Havas
Niki & The Dove