Happy Friday! Today’s headlines include Insomniac, Camp Bisco, Eric Prydz, M83, & Major Lazer. Please read on after the jump.
Insomniac/EDC promoter to be arrested amidst corruption allegations
According to an ongoing report by LA Weekly overnight, the director of US dance leviathanElectric Daisy Carnival has been implicated in a corruption investigation, with arrests underway. The allegations concern underhand activities at the L.A. Coliseum, EDC’s home before its move to the Las Vegas Speedway.
Patrick Lynch, the Coliseum’s former general manager, Todd DeStefano, the venue’s former events manager, and Reza Gerami, owner of promotion company Go Ventures (responsible for large-scale events like Monster Massive, The Love Festival and Together As One), have been arrested, with the exact charges not yet divulged. An update from LA Weekly adds Insomniac Events promoter Pasquale Rotella to the mix. Rotella is on his way home from ‘preplanned business travel’ at the Miami Winter Music Conference to ‘defend himself against any baseless charges’.
As reported by the Los Angeles Times, DeStefano has been accused of taking ‘money on the side’ from dance promoters to ensure they can remain at the Coliseum. Following the death of a festivalgoer at EDC in 2010, apparently dance events have had to fight to remain at the venue, and it is alleged that under-the-table payments to DeStefano sured up their chances.
As for Insomniac’s chief, a statement from his attorney reads: “Pasquale Rotella has always acted lawfully and appropriately with respect to all of his dealings with the Coliseum. Any allegations of wrongdoing on the part of Mr. Rotella by the District Attorney are completely baseless and flat-out wrong, both on the law and on the facts.”
The news has been followed by several dance music artists including Kaskade Tweeting with the hash-tag #FreePasqualeRotella, with many casting the news as a ‘modern day witch-hunt’ against ‘EDM’. Below is Insomniac’s statement on the allegations.
Camp Bisco Taps Skrillex, Bassnectar to Headline 2012 Festival
The Disco Biscuits, Skrillex and Bassnectar will headline the 11th annual Camp Bisco festival, taking place on July 12th through 14th at the Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville, New York. As always, the event will be hosted and anchored by the Disco Biscuits, who will headline each night of the three-day fest.
The band founded Camp Bisco in 1999 with the goal of merging live improvisational rock with electronic dance music. (Their own combination of the two genres led them to dub their style “trance-fusion.”) While the Disco Biscuits still anchor the festival – this year, they’ll perform six full sets over the course of its three days – Camp Bisco now boasts some of electronic music’s biggest DJs and producers. In addition to return appearances by Skrillex and Bassnectar, this year’s event will feature DJ sets from Amon Tobin ISAM, Shpongle Presents The Masquerade, A-Trak, Dada Life, Mimosa, Daedelus, Simian Mobile Disco and Bonobo. Live sets by Crystal Castles, Big Gigantic, Lotus, Holy Fuck and Brothers Past will round out the bill.
In recent years, Camp Bisco has expanded its scope to include some hip-hop and indie-rock heavy hitters. Those slots will be filled this year by Big Boi, Atmosphere, Break Science with Chali 2na, Portugal. The Man and El Ten Eleven.
Sprawled across 200 acres of rolling hills about 30 minutes outside of Albany, the festival grounds will host two main stages, multiple late-night dance tents, a silent disco, food and craft villages. A band-fan “color war,” in which members of the Disco Biscuits compete alongside fans on four color-coded teams, is an annual daytime tradition.
The full Camp Bisco lineup of 100-plus performers will be available on the festival’s official website today at 12 p.m. ET.
(via Rolling Stone)
Eric Prydz Preps Pryda Compilation
The high profile London-based artist has been making progressive house since the mid-’00s under his own name as well as the Pryda and Cirez D monikers. The forthcoming package focuses on Pryda’s original production which (until now) had been released exclusively on Pryda Recordings, which Prydz launched in 2004. Eric Prydz Presents Pryda marks the Swede’s recent signing to Virgin Records and is a collection that reflects his continuing popular appeal. Along with one unmixed disc of unreleased original material, the remaining two CDs are sequenced mixes that work through Pryda’s back catalog with some new re-edits thrown in as well.
03. Beyond 8
06. Hardrock Lausanne
10. Mighty Love
12. You Interlude
13. Pjanoo (Eric’s Intro Edit)
01. Lesson One
02. Miami To Atlanta
06. Aftermath (Eric’s Edit)
11. Paolo Mojo – 1983 (Eric Prydz Remix)
12. The Gift
01. The End
05. VIRO (Eric’s Intro Edit)
08. With Me
10. Melo (Eric’s Special Edit)
Virgin will release Eric Prydz Presents Pryda on May 21st, 2012.
(via Resident Advisor)
M83 Announces Reunion EP
M83 will release a brand new EP, Reunion, on May 8th via Mute. Centered around the second single from the band’s wildly epic sixth studio LP, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, the seven-track effort also packs remixes of the track from The Naked and Famous, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Sei A, Polly Scattergood, Mylo, and White Sea. As a first listen, stream Mylo’s contribution above.
Preview Major Lazer’s New Track With Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffman
On April 16, Diplo and Switch’s Major Lazer project will release a new track featuring Dirty Projectors‘ Amber Coffman. It’s called “Get Free”. A preview of the track surfaced today in the form of a promo video for Major Lazer’s upcoming tour.
03-24 Alajuela, Coasta Rica – La Guacima
04-18 Manchester, England – HMV Ritz *
04-19 London, England – Shepherd’s Bush Empire *
04-20 Birmingham, England - HMV Institute *
04-21 Bristol, England – Motion *
04-22 Glasgow, Scotland – ABC *
04-24 Brussels, Belgium – Botanique
04-27 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg Amsterdam
04-28 Paris, France – Le Bataclan
05-28 Detroit, MI – The Movement Festival
06-02 Houston, TX – Free Press Summer Fest
06-08 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
06-23 New York, New York – Governors Ball
06-28 Rothbury, MI – Randall’s Island Park
07-05 Gdynia, Poland – Heineken Opener Festival
07-06 Graefenhainichen, Germany – Splash Music Festival
07-07 Balado, Scotland – T In The Park
08-16 Mallorca, Spain - Mallorca Rocks
08-17 Ibiza, Spain – Ibiza Rocks
08-25 Liverpool, England – Creamfields
09-07 Berlin, Germany – Berlin Festival
* with Toddla T and Unicorn Kid