Happy Friday! Today’s stories include Skrillex’s spaceship live setup in the video above, Daft Punk, Tomorrowland 2012, Fedde Le Grand, & RockNess 2012. Please read on after the jump.
Daft Punk Working With ‘Rainbow Connection’ Composer Paul Williams
Evidence continues to mount that Daft Punk might be on the verge of releasing their first studio album since their Tron: Legacy soundtrack. Last month, it was revealed that Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter had collaborated with funk legend Nile Rodgers for their upcoming disc, and now composer/songwriter Paul Williams, best known for The Muppet Movie’s Oscar-nominated “The Rainbow Connection” and a couple of Carpenters and Three Dog Night hits, also spent some time in the studio with Daft Punk.
“I’ve been working with Daft Punk, yeah,” Williams told the Hollywood Reporter at SXSW, where he was promoting the documentary Paul Williams Still Alive. “I’ve written a couple of tunes on their next album.” Respecting Daft Punk’s constant quest for secrecy — why did you think they wear masks all the time? — Williams was reticent about answering any other questions about the French duo’s upcoming album, but he commented during a Q&A that the LP could arrive as early as June, setting up the possibility that we’ll hear new albums from Daft Punk and Fiona Apple in the same month. How implausible was that sentence six months ago? However, Daft Punk’s reps tell Pitchfork that a new album won’t be released in June.
With Rodgers and now Williams on board, it’s safe to assume Daft Punk’s next set will have a decidedly late-’70s vibe. While Williams’ boasts an impressive list of film scores and songwriting credits, this generation most likely remembers him for his role as the graveyard shift ER doctor who delivered the immortal line ”It’s toe-tag time in Teenville tonight, again” inThe Rules of Attraction.
Unprecedented ticket demand for Tomorrowland 2012
“The demand and number of people trying is never seen before,” came the message from festival giants ID&T over the weekend, as the intense interest around Belgium’s Tomorrowland 2012 became tangible. While worldwide tickets go on sale Saturday 7 April, last Saturday was a presale for Belgian residents, with 80,000 of the 180,000 tickets offered up for locals.
By the time the presale began, though, a colossal 250,000 hopeful punters were logged in to the ticket provider Timoco. Naturally, the site’s servers had some serious trouble keeping up with the avalanche of demand, leaving people waiting in an online queue for hours. Unsurprisingly, all tickets were gone before the day was out.
The statement from Timoco was matter-of-fact: “The organisation of Tomorrowland did warn us about a possible massive online demand of tickets and asked us to provide us a service that could cope with this. We guaranteed this to ID&T, but we did not succeed.”
Tomorrowland has promised to put more sturdy measures in place for the general sale – so good luck if you’re going to be vying for one of those 100,000 tickets.
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RockNess 2012 Lineup Revealed
RockNess have not only announced a line up full of electronic goodness, they’re also introducing a brand new stage concept, The Arcadia UFO.
Originators of the now legendary Afterburner, The Arcadia UFO is a 360 degree ‘rave machine’ based on a flying saucer, loaded with high powered effects and a thunderous sound system. Said soundsystem will be pushed to it’s limits with Soma Records taking control of the tunes on both Friday and Saturday.
Line up wise, RockNess have got a big bill with Levon Vincent, Eats Everything, Ivan Smagghe, Pearson Sound, James Holden, Mylo for a special one off EPP party, Tiger & Woods, Ben Sims, Andrew Weatherall, Silicone Soul, Dirtybird boss Claude VonStroke and more.
Soma Records boss Dave Clarke said: “Last year was truly special and we aim to make this year’s shenanigans even more so. Bring your stomping boots. Make no mistake, this is going to Rock.”
More info, tickets and RockNess goodness can be found here.