Good morning! Today’s news features Tomorrowland, Skrillex, Jacques Lu Cont, Flying Lotus, and Fabric. Please read on after the jump.
Tomorrowland, YouTube Create Tomorrowland TV
Tomorrowland, the fantasy-themed Belgian electronic dance music (EDM) festival is joining forces with YouTube to create Tomorrowland TV, Billboard.biz has learned. The first-of-its-kind live-stream-meets-produced-program will run globally on YouTube throughout the event’s three days, July 27-29, and remain available thereafter.
“The time is right,” says Patrick Walker, Senior Director of YouTube Music, Europe, Middle East & Africa. “TV is underserving music, particularly EDM. Online and YouTube have become the premiere destinations for the consumption of music videos. All of these things together, plus a dream artist line-up, made this seem like a very natural partnership.”
This year’s headliners include Skrillex, Swedish House Mafia (on their unofficial farewell tour), David Guetta, Avicii, Steve Aoki and Afrojack. But the festival, produced by ID&T (also behind Sensation, the hyper-produced white party recently brought to the States by Live Nation, for a two-night stint at the brand-new Barclays Center), is known as much for its production values as its lineup as the world’s most eye-popping, a temporary, twisted Disneyland built in Antwerp’s De Schorre National Park. Last year’s event featured the requisite fireworks and pyrotechnics, as well as multiple stages, each theatrically designed (an evil clown, a woodland nymph with glowing eyes, a castle straight out of Candyland); over 450 DJs and artists; and even the Church of Love, where reveler couples could go to safely get their freak on (condoms provided).
It’s the kind of fantastical setting that lends itself well to video content, as proven by last year’s “after movie,” or a dramatic, retrospective montage now common to all themed EDM festivals. Posted in August 2011, the 14-minute clip has nearly 43.2 million YouTube views as of this writing, made up mostly by views outside of Europe, including Brazil, the U.S. and Canada.
“Individual music videos can rack up tens of millions, but for an aggregated video that’s 14 minutes long that’s a replay of last year’s festival to get that number of views is amazing,” says Walker, who adds that the video’s success lent to this year’s partnership.
Tomorrowland founder Michiel Beers also relates this year’s massive presale to the after-movie. “With the success of that, the festival really exploded worldwide. Presale began in April and we had over two million people queuing online.” With festival capacity at 180,000, that left a lot of partiers disappointed. “With such a high demand, we couldn’t give everybody a ticket, so it was important to us to bring them something high-quality they could experience at home. Because YouTube has an important part in spreading Tomorrowland worldwide, it was a natural choice to partner with them.”
Each seven-hour day of programming will feature live performances from the stages, behind-the-scenes peeks, interviews with the artists, as well as packages being filmed now, showing various phases of the staff’s preparation, including the stages being designed and built. During the event, 170 staffers will be onsite for Tomorrowland TV alone.
YouTube will monetize the programming by selling digital media packages to music-interested sponsors, including banner ad and pre-roll placements. Tomorrowland will share in that revenue, but stresses that “everything will be ploughed into making next year’s Tomorrowland TV even bigger and even better,” says Beers. With content that is basically “evergreen,” according to Walker, the partnership is long-term.
Original, TV-style programming online begs the question: What happens when the second screen (usually the Web-connected device) becomes the first (the television)? But to Walker, that whole notion is not applicable to the new world of “always on” programming.
“We’re like, screen-agnostic,” he says. “Divvying up by screens is very anachronistic. From a young person’s perspective, most people today are moving between devices not for different content but for more convenience with where they happen to be. TV, laptop, phone is actually a continuous screen. We want to make content available in the way that people consume it.”
Skrillex to Score New Disney Film
Skrillex is taking a step back from dubstep to score soundtracks, one of which is for an upcoming Disney film.
He’ll be contributing some of the music for Wreck-It Ralph, an animated flick that follows the behind-the-scenes lives of arcade game characters.
The wob-wob master’s move to movies was announced last month, when it was revealed that he would be producing the soundtrack for Spring Breakers, a comedy starring James Franco and Selena Gomez. Skrillex’s side-project with Disney was made public recently at Comic-Con.
Fans shouldn’t hold out for cinema-shaking bass-laden movies though. After the first announcement Skrillex tweeted: “it’s more or less traditional scoring…don’t expect any dancefloor bangers.” Shame, we were up for some backseat raving.
Wreck-It Ralph is out in November this year and Spring Breakers is set to be released in early 2013.
Listen: Jacques Lu Cont comes back strong with new Essential Mix
It’s been a while between drinks for Stuart Price’s alter ego Jacques Lu Cont, but in 2012 the faux-Frenchman is firing again. Already he’s given us singles Reload, Church and Underground, reminding us of the electro talent we saw bubbling up in the early 2000s. This Spring, the celebrated studio whiz is heading to Parklife in his DJ guise, playing alongside The Presets, Robyn, Justice,Nero and many more.
The Australian visit follows a very busy tour run for Lu Cont, having ticked off recent sets at the Sonar, Melt, Coachella and Exit festivals. He’s also making return trips to Ibiza for Pete Tong’s Pacha residency and a slot alongside 2manydjs and Erol Alkan at the Ushuaia Beach Club this weekend. In between all this activity, he put together an Essential Mix for Tong, an opportunity he quips he waited 15 years for.
Introducing the mix, Tong asks Price what led him back to his club-focused moniker. “I was sitting in the studio making pop records, and I just found that the only place I got new ideas was in clubs and DJing,” he says. “But I knew I couldn’t really do both at the same time. After I’d done a string of albums, I thought there was never going to be a better time to go back and rediscover something that I love doing.” As for whether we can expect a Jacques Lu Cont album: “I don’t know whether it’s going to be Les Rythmes Digitales, Jacques Lu Cont or a Thin White Duke album – I think the material always has to lead the way.”
The DJ’s Essential Mix features some of his own studio outings and distinctive remixes, alongside gear from contemporaries like Etienne De Crecy, Digitalism, Herve and Pryda. “There are four or five new songs in there,” he tells Tong. “There are new ideas, things that I’ve been playing in sets, ‘cause I wanted to have some exclusives that would only appear here. But the other cool thing is that there are some mellow, ambient sections towards the end. Rarely you’re going to get in a situation where at 4am you can go there on a dancefloor. But for this, it was perfect.” Take a listen to his mix below.
01. Big Black Delta – I Fucking Love You (Throwing Snow Remix) [White]
02. His Majesty Andre – Diamonds (Black Version) [Cheap Thrills]
03. Digitalism – So Totally Good [K7]
04. Tracques – Thunderstruck
05. Em Vee – Give Me Your Love [Lumberjacks In Hell]
06. Justice – New Lands (Falcon Remix) [Ed Banger]
07.Etienne De Crecy – My Mind [Pixadelic]
08. Pixies – Monkey Gone To Heaven [4AD]
09. Osiris – Flash
10. La Fuente – Bang Bang [Mixmash]
11. Destructo – Technology [BNR]
12. Stock Aitken Waterman – S.S. Paparazzi [PWL]
13. Digitalism – Technorama [Boysnoize]
14. Jacques Lu Cont – In The Night
15. Tracques – NSync
16. Para One – Mother (Mr. Oizo Remix) [Marble]
17. Mr. Fingers – Washing Machine [BNR Trax]
18. L-Vis 1990 – Video Drone [Night Slugs]
19. Kölsch – Opa [Kompakt]
20. Vaal – Mask [Phonica]
21. Para One feat. Surkin – Compute [Marble]
22. Tracques – Mr Sexybeat
23. Luke Walker – 1992 [Gung-Ho!]
24. Pryda – Allein [Virgin]
25. Digitalism – The Pictures [K7]
26. Djedjotronic – Walk With Me [BNR Trax]
27. Depeche Mode – A Pain That I’m Used To (Jaques Lu Cont Remix) [Mute]
28. Dada Life – Kick Out The Epic Motherfucker [So Much Dada] w/ Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger (Acappella)
29. Hatiras & Will Bailey & Nom De Strip – Swagnum P.I. [Hatrax]
30. Felix Da Housecat & Coco Dafoe – Tra$hcandy
31. Sinden – Keep It 1000 (L-Vis 1990 Contstruction Mix) [Grizzly]
32. John Dahlback – Take This Thing Back (Jacques Lu Cont Remix) [Rising]
33. Agoria feat. Carl Craig – Speechless (Gesaffelstein Remix) [Agoria]
34. Depeche Mode – Behind The Wheel [Mute]
35. Sharooz – Hysteresis (TWR72 Remix) [La Bombe]
36. Herve – Hot! Drum Attack 2
37. Alex Metric – Rave Weapon [Robotberget]
38. Tracques – Alchemy
39. Jacques Lu Cont – Underground [Atlantic]
40. Mickey Moonlight – Cog #5 [Ed Banger]
41. Essay & Thought Tempo – Old Times [Hed Kandi]
42. Miike Snow – Paddling Out (Jacques Lu Cont Remix) [Sony]
43. Kaz James – Kids (The Other Guys Remix) [That Music]
44. Coldplay – Charlie Brown (Jacques Lu Cont Remix)
Flying Lotus Announces Until The Quiet Comes
Initial details have emerged regarding the next full-length from Steven Ellison, AKAFlying Lotus.
Pitchfork reports that the forthcoming album—his fourth in total—is titled Until the Quiet Comes and is set to be released through Warp. It follows on from 2010’sCosmogramma and 2008’s Los Angeles, both of which were put-out through the long-serving UK imprint. After his appearance on the Cosmogramma’s “… And The World Laughs With You,” a further collaboration with Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke is said to feature on the new record. Speaking to The Stool Pigeon last week, Ellison said Until the Quiet Comes would include “more moments that are banging” than its predecessor.
Warp will release Until the Quiet Comes on October 2nd.
(via Resident Advisor)
Fabric to launch new label with Electronic Explorations’ Rob Booth at the helm
Electronic Explorations is one of the Internet’s most admirable radio shows, with guest mixes over the years coming from James Blake, Ramadanman / Pearson Sound, Dave Clarke, Shackleton and more. It’s always had an incredibly personal feel, with Booth never letting his tastes be dictated by what’s popular, and this year reached its peak as a series, with a 61-track compilation released through Bandcamp and featuring Akkord, Machinedrum, Forward Strategy Group and more.
Score one for the good guys, then, because Booth has a new job: running Fabric’s new label. Details are thin on the ground at this point, but speaking to FACT today, Booth revealed that “A name is on the cards but not official as of yet … New ideas, new projects and vinyl too [are in the pipeline] – that’s imperative.”
More to come, it seems: colour us excited. You can check out the Electronic Explorations compilation – priced at a very reasonable ₤5 for 61 tracks – here.