Good morning and happy Friday! Today’s stories include Coachella, Moby, M83, Squarepusher, Electric Zoo, and Jamie xx. Please read on after the jump.
Coachella remains in Indio, CA
In June, Indio city councilman Sam Torres turned up the heat when he proposed a five-ten percent ticket tax on any live events hosting more than 2,500 people — in other words, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach Music Festival.
Goldenvoice president Paul Tollett responded to the proposal last week, stating, “If the tax initiative of putting $4 million to $6 million onto Coachella gets on the ballot, we’re going to take off 2014; 2015 we’ll be at a new facility outside of Indio.” Now, as The Daily Swarm reports (via NBC Los Angeles), Torres has reneged his proposal, insisting, “I don’t take a threat by Paul Tollett lightly.”
The announcement came this afternoon, when Torres digressed in a press release: “I cannot in good conscience allow this to happen no matter how dire the city’s circumstance. My sincere hope is that we can now move past this episode and I personally look forward to working to enhance relationships.”
Stay tuned as this story develops, but rest assured, Coachella 2014 will go ahead as planned.
(via Consequence of Sound)
Moby On Drugs
Speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festival last week, Moby said that combining dance music and drugs makes for “a really nice time.” It’s not exactly a groundbreaking statement but there’s more to it than that.
The ultra-creative electronic DJ said that while drugs make up a “huge part” of dance music, to achieve euphoria you need a massive crowd, “phenomenally produced dance music”, incredible light shows and ecstasy. For Moby at least, there’s a time and a place.
Drugs have been part of the king of techno’s life from its very beginning. In an interview with The New York Times last year, Moby revealed that his earliest memory was being left in daycare while his mum went to take drugs with friends.
Until a few years ago, Moby was battling alcoholism and “soul-destroying hangovers”. After one 4am finish he woke up to find three strangers smoking crack in his bathroom.
Often thought of as a soya milk fan and dedicated vegetarian, these revelations about his lifestyle came as a surprise to many. Moby’s been sober for a number of years now and has recently gained additional recognition from his LA architecture blog.
M83 Teams With Converse for Sneakers, Art Contest
In conjunction with the shoes, a design contest from M83 and Converse will run through July 31, wherein fans can submit original works of art inspired by 2011’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. Drawings, paintings, and photography can be submitted via Instagram, using the hashtag #M83Converse, or emailed (M83Contest@converse.com).
Up to three winners, selected by the band and announced August 3, will have their art featured on an M83 poster, 100 of which will be for sale at the band’s August 8 concert at Central Park. Winners also get a free pair of M83 kicks.
Watch a trailer for the project, below, as well as a “Pitchfork Weekly” segment with M83 at this year’s Primavera Sound festival.
Squarepusher Delivers Rare Mix of Old Material
No matter what your thoughts are about whichever incarnation of Squarepusher UK mastermind Tom Jenkinson is currently pushing, chances are you once loved the man’s music the most when he was making mutated jungle and IDM tunes. It’s a love that prompted our recent High Five feature with the veteran producer, and it’s likely the same love that prompted London’s Bloc festival to ask him put together a mix of Squarepusher material from 1996 through 2002 before he brought his astounding new live show to its weekend event. Yes, this exciting trip down memory lane compiles highlights from classic releases like Feed Me Weird Things, Big Loada, Hard Normal Daddy, Go Plastic, and beyond. You can stream the whole thing for a limited time, courtesy of Bloc, in the player below, where you’ll find the tracklist as well.
Co-Founder Of Electric Zoo Festival Seeks Rightful Share Of Profits And Assets After Alleged Wrongful Ouster
The claims alleged in a recent lawsuit filed places at issue the ownership and the actions of the alleged sole founders of the Electric Zoo Festival, an annual electronic music festival which is held over Labor Day weekend on Randall’s Island Park, New York. As alleged in the lawsuit, over the course of four years the Electric Zoo Festival has become a nationally renowned music festival amongst the likes of Ultra Music Festival in Miami and Detroit Electric Musical Festival and now stands as New York City’s premier electronic music festival. Since its inception in 2009, the Festival has allegedly raked in millions of dollars in profit, commanded attendances in the tens of thousands each year and has expanded from a two-day to a three-day event. The lawsuit claims that co-festival organizers Mike Bindra and Laura De Palma, nationally known producers of major electronic music events, together with their companies including Made Event, allegedly “have wrongfully retained all of the profits from the Festivals” despite the fact that Bindra and De Palma entered into a 50%-50% ownership and profit joint venture agreement with entrepreneur Henri Pferdmenges. As claimed in the lawsuit, the two had previously equally owned “Arc” nightclub in NYC a few years earlier. The lawsuit contends that when Bindra and De Palma were unable to lease the Randall’s Island Pak facility or pay for the substantial production costs on their own, they approached Pferdmenges to be an equal owner of the Festival. It is further alleged in the suit that an agreement was reached between the parties and Pferdmenges funded the Festival in return for equal ownership.
The lawsuit maintains that after seeing the success of the venture, Bindra and De Palma, unilaterally attempted to renegotiate the joint venture agreement and eventually ousted their former friend and co-founder from the venture that his investment made possible. In the lawsuit, the Plaintiffs seek damages including their rightful portion of the past and future profits, a full accounting of all revenue together with a declaration of their rights to the assets of the venture.
The lawsuit was filed in the Miami-Dade County 11th Judicial Circuit Court, Case No. 12-22758 CA 05, by Pferdmenges and his company, NRW, Inc. against Bindra, De Palma, Made Event, LLC, Sala Corporation and EZ Festivals, LLC. Michael J. Schlesinger, Esq. of Schlesinger & Cotzen, P.L and Ronald M. Rosengarten, Esq. and Leslie D. Corwin, Esq. of Greenberg Traurig, LLC. represent the Plaintiffs.
(via Midland Daily News)
Jamie xx gets Fixed in New York City
Jamie xx will headline Fixed in New York City on August 4th.
Fixed is a party that has been operating in NYC for over five years now, bringing international names from varied backgrounds from disco to house to techno and even live bands. Their first show of August will see The XX member Jamie headline at Manhattan venue Le Poisson Rouge. He’s known in his own right as a DJ, having done a BBC Essential Mix in 2011, as well as productions for labels like Numbers. The date will be his first US DJ date of the year, and comes in the midst of an American tour with his band. Earlier in the day he’ll play Warm Up at MoMA PS1 as part of their summer series of daytime parties.
Also headlining the evening is Barcelona man of mystery John Talabot—responsible for the ƒin LP earlier this year which received RA Recommends status. Local support will come from Fixed residents JDH & Dave P.