It’s the second to last Friday of 2011 and I’m happy to provide you with a packed GDD™ Morning Update to send you off into the holiday weekend. Today’s news includes Deadmau5 day in Las Vegas, the HARD x Mouth Taped Shut LA video, Adele’s record breaking album, Kaskade on being Mormon, 12th Planet’s new EP and tour, Joy Orbison’s new label, Sensation America, Sunburn festival 2011, and Ecstasy use in the UK and USA. Read up and watch videos after the jump.
Deadmau5 Day: Las Vegas Names Jan. 2 For Electronic Dance Music DJ/Producer
On Wednesday, Dec. 21, Mayor Carolyn Goodman officially proclaimed Jan. 2, 2012 “deadmau5 Day” in the city of Las Vegas. The date marks the launch of an exclusive partnership between Wynn Las Vegas and the electro/house DJ from Canada. Deadmau5 will debut his residency on New Year’s Eve at XS Nightclub and will continue to play at both Encore Beach Club and XS through 2012.
Jesse Waits, co-owner and managing partner of XS and Tryst nightclubs, agreed that this recognition of Deadmau5 had to do with the masses journeying to the city of sin not only for gambling, but also for electronic music. In a statement he explained, “the following for deadmau5 is phenomenal, and I applaud Mayor Goodman for recognizing both his remarkable persona alongside his ability to drive visitor traffic from fans traveling across the globe to experience his live sets.”
Deadmau5 has been recently nominated for three Grammy Awards. His LP 4×4=12 – which peaked at No. 47 on the Billboard 200 and sold 243,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan – was nominated in the best Dance/Electronica Album category and “Raise Your Weapon” is recognized for Best Dance Recording. His remix of Foo Fighters‘ “Rope” brings in his third nomination in the Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical category.
With EDM’s biggest names establishing residencies and massive festivals setting up camp, Las Vegas has been on the fast track to becoming the American Mecca of electronic music. The city has been quick to accept and recognize the economic potential of the growing genre. For instance on June 16, 2011, former mayor Oscar Goodman handed Pasquale Rotella - founder and CEO of Insomniac promotions- a proclamation declaring the week of June 20th “Electric Daisy Carnival Week” in honor of the festival relocating to Vegas.
“Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world and deadmau5 represents the cream of the crop in electronic dance music, the hottest genre of music that has made an significant positive financial impact to the city this past year,” said Sean Christie, co-owner and managing partner of Encore Beach Club and Surrender Nightclub, in a statement. “Mayor Goodman’s proclamation of ‘deadmau5 Day’ is an important symbolic acknowledgement of this wildly popular entertainment form that has come to define the best in Las Vegas nightlife.”
Tickets for the debut event at XS are available at wantickets.com.
(via Hollywood Reporter)
HARD x Mouth Taped Shut Los Angeles Video
Adele Hits New Sales Milestone, Returns to Twitter
If Adele was radiating a certain cheer in a photo posted on the English singing sensation’s Twitter account yesterday, her hair and makeup stylists might not be able to take all the credit. Adele’s 21, already the best-selling album of 2011, has reached U.S. sales of more than 5 million copies, surpassing single-year sales of every album since Usher’s Confessions crossed the 8 million mark in 2004, according to Billboard. Sometimes it lasts in love, and sometimes it spawns the best-selling album in seven years instead.
But Adele isn’t resting on her many laurels. While “Rolling in the Deep” fans are rolling deep these days, the retro-soul songbird is out there grinding — her word, pretty much. Adele tweeted an endearing snapshot of her freshly done-up self sitting in the back of a car yesterday, writing, “Back on the grind. Hair and make up did. Merry Christmas! Axx.” It’s the latest hopeful sign of a successful recovery from the “Someone Like You” hitmaker’s recent throat surgery.
When not setting sales milestones and showing up on year-end lists, the Budweiser-averse singer has been keeping a low profile. She scored six Grammy nods, natch. And you can hear someone very much like her on the new concert DVD/CD Live at the Royal Albert Hall. Onward to 23!
Kaskade on being Mormon
He’s the life of the best parties in the world, but is far from being a party animal himself.
Meet the walking paradox that is Ryan Raddon, better known as superstar spinmeister Kaskade, one of the world’s foremost electronic dance music (EDM) DJs.
Raddon, who is signed to indie EDM label Ultra Records, was in town last Friday to perform at Zouk for the first time.
It’s not the usual occupation for a 40-year-old Mormon and father of three.
Raddon is a teetotaller, who also stays off drugs and goes to church like any ordinary Mormon.
“The mainstream media likes to clump all DJs as party animals who drink non-stop and party till dawn.
“That’s not who I am at all,” he said.
“I just love the club culture, in that it’s a very uninhibited, alternative counter-culture.”
He said fellow Mormons are accepting of his occupation.
“The guy who sits next to me in church will just treat me like a normal person, and not like a celebrity, which is a big relief for me.”
But the nocturnal, touring existence has started to take its toll, he said, admitting that the past 10 years have been “a little crazy”.
He said: “It’s hard finding a work-life balance, but not impossible. Look at (fellow label-mate DJ David) Guetta, for instance, he has two lovely kids and he makes it work.
“My friends and especially my family keep me grounded.”
However, he can’t help being a “pushover” when it comes to parenting. He said with a chuckle: “My wife is the bad cop. I am quite laid-back and relaxed with my kids.”
Raddon recently topped Billboard’s Dance/Electronic chart with his seventh studio album, Fire & Ice, which also placed 17th on the Billboard 200.
It was released in digital format in the US on Oct 25, followed by a physical album launch on Nov 8.
Raddon said: “Unlike my other contemporaries (Tiesto and Guetta), I’m less like a (typical) DJ and more like a music artist.
“DJ tracks are usually a collaboration. For example, Guetta will team up with (singer) Sia Furler, she’ll write the song and Guetta will produce the track’s melody.
“Something like 90 per cent of the music I spin is self-composed, both the lyrics and melody.”
He added: “It’s a delicate balance between staying true to what I love and stylistic morphing of my music across seven albums.”
Raddon has seen the EDM scene evolve from very niche to almost mainstream over the past 25 years.
He said the genre has gained popularity because “it’s honest, simple and catchy”.
He said: “My music has a natural ebb and flow, just like the highs and lows that clubbers experience throughout the night.
“People love to celebrate in the good times, and in the bad times, they just want to escape from their troubles. EDM is a great way to lose yourself.”
Raddon isn’t above remixing songs for pop divas Lady Gaga (Bad Romance) and Britney Spears (Womanizer).
“It’s not as big a stretch of the imagination to work with them as some might think, because they’re artists too and they’re familiar with my work.
“I approach their songs the way I do any others, adding my own twist to an existing beat.”
He said that having a consistent, tangible feel to his music was still important, even after all these years.
But he added: “I can’t stay stagnant, or else I’d fade away.”
12th Planet ‘The End Is Near!’ EP & 2012 Tour Dates
Joy Orbison Launches Label
Croydon’s upwardly (or maybe that should be downwardly…) mobile bass obsessive Joy Orbison has confirmed that a new imprint Hinge Finger is on its way.
The label, to be launched alongside designer Will Bankhead (who previously designed the sleeves for releases on Orbison’s existing label Doldrums), is being ‘introduced’ by an exclusive new Orbison ‘Trilogy Tapes’ mix on Soundcloud – said mix blends lowdown house and garage, suggesting this will be Hinge Finger’s creative direction.
Further details, however, are yet to emerge.
Sensation America 2012
Event organizer ID&T is thrilled to announce that Sensation, the world’s leading dance event, is finally coming to America in 2012.
More about the when’s and where’s will be announced in March.
Police oppose ‘high risk’ Sunburn 2011
PANAJI: The Goa police have written to the state government advising against issuing permission to the electronic dance and music festival, ‘Sunburn 2011′, as it is a “high risk hazard to participants” and its location along the Candolim sea front makes it “highly vulnerable” to terrorist attacks.
The police have further stated that if despite their apprehensions the licensing authority decides to issue a no objection certificate to the festival, the NOC should be granted subject to stringent conditions, including limited entries. In its fourth consecutive year, ‘Sunburn 2011′ is scheduled between December 27 and 29.
In his report to the Mapusa sub-divisional magistrate, DySP P L Mapari has stated, “It is not advised to permit the event (‘Sunburn 2011′) as it is not feasible for the police to provide fool-proof security considering security arrangements to be done in the Calangute police station jurisdiction in the wake of constant inputs of terror threats. The location of the event makes it highly vulnerable for a terror attack as it is on the sea front. The timing also clashes with the peak Christmas and New Year and tourist season.”
Raising concern over the organizers not restricting entries, the police report states that owing to this “the crowd has become unmanageable and uncontrollable, putting security in jeopardy”.
“The venue is very close to residential localities and the loud music will disturb students, senior citizens and local people in the area. The allegations of use of drugs in Sunburn festival cannot be ignored. Further it will disrupt the smooth vehicular movement and cause congestion, traffic jam and traffic chaos at Candolim, causing unnecessary hardship and annoyance to the general public. In the event of fire or stampede or any other mishap, it will not be possible for the fire tender to reach the venue. So, also even for emergency service vehicles, it will be difficult to reach the venue in time, since the lane leading to the venue is extremely narrow and always remains occupied by pedestrians,” the report states.
Mapari has further stated that if the licensing authority decides to issue the festival a no-objection certificate despite police apprehensions, the NOC should be granted subject to stringent conditions, and entry at the venue shouldn’t exceed 2,000 at any given time.
The police also want a minimum of 600 private security personnel deployed at the festival’s security, a minimum of 100 CCTV cameras at all entry and exit points and at the festival venue, no baggage at the venue, and 16 watch towers for surveillance.
“Tickets should be serially numbered. Likewise, entry tickets must have adequate security features so as to prevent bogus printing of tickets and unauthorized entries to the venue,” the report states.
Organizer Shailendra Singh said, “We always follow the law. We have been doing what the government has proposed since the last four years. This time won’t be any different. We together with the Goa government, police and Candolim have created a world class music fest, which is ranked as Asia’s No. 1 music festival. It is up to us whether we celebrate it and show the world how Goa and India are tourist-friendly destinations.”
(via India Times)
UK and USA Match in Ecstasy Use
In last year’s Mixmag Drug Survey, we compared the use of drugs in the UK to the USA, and found that both countries differ substantially, apart from the use of ecstasy.
Significantly larger proportions of respondents in the USA had used all forms of cannabis (including spice and other synthetic cannabinoids), hallucinogens (including LSD and magic mushrooms) and Ritalin. Only 19% of UK respondents had smoked cannabis (resin) in the last month, in comparison to 41% in the USA.
Although cannabis was more popular in the USA, significantly higher proportions in the UK reported recent use of almost every other drug investigated excluding ecstasy. Ecstasy is the only drug that respondents in the USA and the UK are taking the exact same amount of, with 41% taking ecstasy in the last month in both countries.
This year’s Mixmag Drug Survey finishes tomorrow, Wednesday December 21. It is the largest survey of its kind and aims to give a clear picture of recreational drug use around the world. If you wish to take the survey click here. You can also check the full results from last year’s drug survey here.
Happy holidays and have an excellent weekend,