Good morning! Today’s news includes Myspace, Made in America Festival, Steve Aoki + Blue Man Group, and All Gone Ibiza ’12. Please read on after the jump!
MySpace to relaunch (again) as music hub
After a few tranquil years of Facebook and countless glorious Twitter beefs, it’d be easy to forget our social networking roots: MySpace. But there’s at least one person not content to leave the site dead and buried, and that’s A-Trak. In an article for the Huffington Post last month, the producer lamented the hole in the music industry the passing of the former social networking goliath has left.
“I run a record label, Fool’s Gold. We signed a great deal of our artists simply based on their MySpace pages. If I heard about a DJ, rapper or band, I would type out myspace.com/theirname and get their full list of tour dates and venues, their pictures, a glimpse of their aesthetics from the page design, their popularity and of course listen to their songs.” he began. “What website gives you all that info today? None! No wonder I haven’t signed anyone in 2012.”
Well, it looks like A-Trak’s prayers may have been answered: MySpace has announced that it plans to undergo a new relaunch later this year, but rather than fruitlessly trying to claw-back the social networking audience, they’re aiming to reposition the site as a music destination. Of course, it’s not the first rebrand MySpace has (unsuccessfully) attempted. Around this time last year, the site announced its intent to compete as a music hub with the likes of iTunes, Spotify and Vevo to no avail. However, given it’s got *NSYNC’s leading man Justin Timberlake at the helm of the reinvention as Creative Director, MySpace may yet regain some of its cool. Probably not, though.
Still, there’s a legacy beyond capturing the glittery aesthetic of mid-2000s web design we have to thank MySpace for, and that’s A-Trak’s remix of Boys Noize’s track Oh!. “I saw him DJ in Miami one year and although we ran in different circles back then, I wanted to tell him that I loved his set and was a fan of his work so I wrote him a message”, A-Trak wrote in his article Mourning MySpace. “We spoke a couple times and he asked me to remix one of his songs. The whole thing was set up on MySpace.” Still, the new MySpace probably has a better chance of succeeding than Google+.
Jay-Z Announces a Very Electronic Lineup – Made in America Festival
Jay Z wasn’t joking when he said he wants “to be a part of the dance music revolution”. As the curator for the Made in America festival this September, he has just revealed a line up that leans heavily on dance music.
Joining Jay at the event will be dance music juggernauts, Afrojack, Calvin Harris and Skrillex who will join the likes of Odd Future, Janelle Monae, D’Angelo, Pearl Jam and Passion Pit.
Jay Z recently said he was keen to be a part of the dance music revolution in the States and also partnered his Roc Nation company with dance music management company, Three Six Zero Group back in 2010 leading to the mega-selling, ‘We Found Love’ collaboration between Calvin Harris and Rihanna.
The Made in America festival takes place between September 1-2 in Philadelphia with tickets going on sale tomorrow. For more information click here.
Watch out, EDC: Steve Aoki to perform with the Blue Man Group
After launching countless kilograms of cake and spraying litre upon litre of champagne into the faces of his obliging fans for a while now, it seems Dim Mak head honcho Steve Aoki has resolved to move onto a bigger and better on-stage gimmick. His latest excuse not to mix? A hook-up with none other than theatre performers the Blue Man Group.
As reported by marketwire, Aoki will be performing alongside the troupe of painted men during next month’s Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. After forming in 1987, the Blue Man Group now have a 25-year strong history of donning bald caps, covering themselves completely in blue make up and performing on stage. They’re also well-known for their status as an ongoing joke during the run of cult TV series Arrested Development.
“Since our debut in the desert last summer, Las Vegas has largely been our muse, and what better way to honor the city than introducing the dynamic Blue Man Group experience to our audience through an original performance with Steve Aoki,” explained Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella. “Aoki is one of the most entertaining DJs to watch as he exudes a raw energy during each set. In bringing these two together, we anticipate this will be an explosive moment at EDC and take the performance to the next level.”
“I’ve always worked hard to deliver the most entertaining performance possible and what better way to do that than to partner with Blue Man Group for Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas,” Aoki himself explained. There’s no word yet on whether Aoki plans to blue himself, but here’s to hoping.
Pete Tong and Booka Shade mix All Gone Ibiza ’12
Arno Kammermeier and Walter Merziger aren’t DJs by trade; co-founders of Berlin’s Get Physical Music, they rose to fame thanks to their melodic tech house productions, and its their live act that makes them in-demand at clubs. But as their 2007 DJ-Kicksmakes clear, mixing is by no means beyond their skill set. All Gone Ibiza ’12 will be their first official mix since then (not counting their 2009 RA Podcast), and it shows them sticking to their slick and colorful trademark sound, with selections from Scuba, Nina Kraviz and Hot Chip among others.
Tong handles the first disc, mixing up sunny house tracks that reflect the vibe at his All Gone Pete Tong series at Pacha Ibiza (which features Booka Shade on June 8th).
CD1: Mixed by Pete Tong
01. Miguel Campbell – Something Special
02. Nneka – Shining Star (Joe Goddard Remix)
03. Blond:ish – Lonely Days (Hunter_Game Remix)
04. Eats Everything – Jagged Edge (Original Mix)
05. Infinity Ink – Infinity
06. Flashmob – Need In Me
07. Tong & Rogers – Shake The Dice (Original Mix)
10. Rampa feat. Meggy – Everything
11. Reboot – In The Sky
13. Daddy’s Groove & Little Nancy – It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay (Extended Mix)
14. Kabale und Liebe & Lauhaus – Hiphouse
15. Stacey Pullen – Circus Act (Nic Fanciulli Remix)
16. Jay Lumen – Babel
17. Jay Lumen – Water Drops
18. Rob Marmot & My Digital Enemy – African Drop (Pete Tong Remix)
19. Pete Tong feat. S.Y.F. – Dawn
20. Siege -Roads (Sergio Fernandez Remix)
21. Hot Chip – Flutes (Tong & Rogers Remix)
CD2: Mixed by Booka Shade
01. Jordan Lieb – Lovework (DJ T. Edit)
02. Reboot – Beautiful Parasite (Robert Dietz Infected Mix)
03. Simon Baker feat. Debukas – Let Me In (Lee Curtiss Mix)
04. ACME – Transition
05. Jimmy Edgar – This One’s For The Children
06. Ornette Crazy (Noze Remix) / &ME – Dios
07. Point Blank – Meng’s Theme
08. Booka Shade – Honeyslave
09. Scuba – July
10. Little Dragon – Ritual Union (Tensnake Remix)
11. Nina Kraviz – Fire
12. Roman Flügel – Brasil (Reprise)
13. Matador (IE) – Korrado
14. Smash TV – Mathew Pervert
15. The Golden Filter – Kill Me (John Talabot’s Killed in Room 616 Refix)
16. Bubble Club – Morning Star
17. Coyu feat. Austin – Howard Embrace
18. Booka Shade – Tomorrow Belongs To Us
Defected will release All Gone Ibiza ’12 on June 11th, 2012.
(via Resident Advisor)