Good morning! Today’s stories include Tomorrowland 2012, Skrillex + Ellie Goulding + Swedish House Mafia, Kraftwerk, Ableton + Soundcloud, Laidback Luke, Jakob Liedholm, & Snoop Dogg. Please read on for the full stories after the jump.
Tomorrowland 2012 Tickets Sell Out In Minutes
Tickets for the Belgian Tomorrowland Festival went on sale worldwide a little over an hour ago and sold out in minutes. However, punters may still have a chance to obtain tickets if credit card payments fail after the banks process the payments. The worldwide interest for the festival caused a “profound impact” on the banks’ systems and the ticketing companies server.
The organisers issued a statement via their Facebook page soon after the tickets went on sale:
“At this moment we are processing orders, some type of tickets will be sold out shortly. However, there might still be a small number of day tickets available. This is depending on the feedback we get from the banks that process the payments. The great interest for this event has a profound impact on the systems of these banks, so we’re waiting for them to provide final feedback on all processed transactions.”
At the time of writing, the Tomorrowland website shows all tickets as being sold out.
Belgium locals were lucky enough to get first chance at pre-sale tickets on March 24th; these sold out in minutes as well.
(via Music Feeds)
Skrillex, Ellie Goulding Hit the Studio With Swedish House Mafia
“We made a demo and it was amazing; we had a blast,” said the DJ/producer and Refune Records head, a few hours prior to his second night headlining New York’s Roseland Ballroom solo — his first time in NYC since Swedish House Mafia played a sold-out Madison Square Garden in December. “Ellie is a great artist… her voice is amazing. Skrillex, enough said, he is Skrillex.”
Ingrosso admitted that he and Angello were “scared” before the session, but had a bit of extra time to prepare. “Ellie and Skrillex came in 30 minutes late, and we had already started with a melody. Skrillex freaked out, he loved it, and after a few hours we wrote the song.”
Ingrosso said the “no pressure, just fun” session was orchestrated by Interscope A&R Dave Rene, who has become a matchmaker of sorts for EDM artists, the major label behemoth, and pop stars. At Ingrosso’s request, Rene secured OneRepublic singer and hit songwriter Ryan Tedder to add a vocal line to “Calling,” Ingrosso and DJ/producer Alesso’s originally instrumental underground hit. The new track, “Calling (Losing My Mind),” was released March 13 on Atom Empire, an Interscope imprint managed by the EDM-focused Atom Factory department of the same name, which also released AVICII’s massive “Levels.”
“Dave is the face of putting people together with love and seeing what happens,” says Ingrosso. “I think he’s the most loved guy in EDM.”
Ingrosso had nothing but love for his “dubstep” collaborator too.
“Skrillex is one of the best guys out there, so down to earth,” he said. “He’s exactly what that side of EDM needs. He’s got so much love in him, he will always take care of his friends, and he loves every single kind of music. I think he’s a genius.”
As for the fate of their collaboration, Ingrosso wasn’t sure. “I think it’s going to be for [Ellie's] album, but in this business you don’t know until you see it on iTunes.”
Kraftwerk to Sell Box Set at New York’s Museum of Modern Art
As part of Kraftwerk‘s eight-night retrospective New York museum residency this month, the band will release a limited-edition box set of all eight of their albums. 2,000 copies of the set will be sold on the Museum of Modern Art’s website, and at gift shops in the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan and MoMA/PS1 in Queens. It’ll include remastered versions of the set released in 2009 (the massive reissue The Catalogue).
Kraftwerk’s eight-night residency will begin on April 10, when they’ll perform their 1974 record Autobahn in full. Watch the video for Kraftwerk’s “Musique Non Stop”:
Ableton & Soundcloud join forces
With the ever swelling ranks of young DJ and producer wannabes, showcasing your skills to the wider world has never been more important. Online mixes and track demos give a window into your creativity, whilst not only being available to your friends but also to promoters and potential new followers around the world.
To help you do this in the most professional way possible Berlin-based companies Soundcloud andAbleton have joined forces for a special offer. If you’re an Ableton Live 8 or Suite 8 user you’ll receive a free five month SoundCloud Pro account to host yours creations, uploadable directly from Live. This includes 36 hours of storage and unlimited downloads. In return, if you’re one of SoundCloud’s 14 million plus users then you’ll receive a free license for Ableton Live Lite to help create, produce and perform mixes and music.
Soundcloud and Ableton are also running a Beat the Clock competition from 14th May to 28th May. Electronic new-gazers M83, electro-pop duo Junior Boys and LA beat-maker Nosaj Thing will each put together a Live Pack of samples and sounds for entrants to create an original piece of music. However, the piece must be submitted just 24 hours after downloading the Live Pack. SoundCloud and Live users will then vote for their favourite entry before the most popular 25 are judged by the three artists to decide an overall winner. Participants can win a trip to Berlin, lifetime upgrades to Ableton Suite, five years of a SoundCloud Pro Plus account and other essential prizes for the modern day music maker.
(via DJ Mag)
Behind the Scenes of “Speak Up” by Laidback Luke
‘Speak Up’ is the smash dancefloor hit from Laidback Luke and Wynter Gordon.
The tune has been blowing up clubs and the video has gone viral in a big way. Check the exclusive behind-the-scenes film below.
Fun. – Some Nights (Jakob Liedholm Arena Mix)
Here’s an awesome new remix from the Swedish teen, Jakob Liedholm. Expect more big things from this youngster very very soon.
Snoop Dog to release book that you can smoke
Snoop Dog isn’t shy about letting the world know he enjoys smoking marijuana. He’s about to release Rolling Words, A Smokeable Songbook that is made with a hemp cover, a match striker spine and pages that can be ripped out, rolled and smoked.
For fans of Snoop Dog, his lyrics and a little smoke Rolling Words brings a special flair to the world of hemp. The hemp seed paper is printed with non-toxic ink which is a good thing considering this author has no problem with his words going up in smoke.
It’s not clear if the books will be easily to get as they are being reserved for “elite distribution.”
The book itself is to be used to promote the rapper’s new Kingsize Slim Rolling Papers. Willybango.com is selling the papers for $1.59.
Snoop Dog was arrested earlier this year in Texas for being in possession of drug paraphernalia.
(via Digital Journal)