Good morning! Today’s stories feature Boys Noize, the Great Convergence 2012, the Moogfest 2012 Lineup, Skream Presents Skreamizm, and Rustie’s North American Tour. Please read on after the jump.
Boys Noize: Today’s EDM Feels ‘Too Generic’
With a headlining set at Los Angeles’ Hard Summer fest that was a relentless techno assault – and a reminder of a time, only a few years ago, when big-room house wasn’t in pop radio rotation – German DJ and producer Alex Ridha, better known under his nom de techno Boys Noize, showed that he’s sticking to his guns even as electronic music has moved into the mainstream. Relaxing with a beer in his trailer a few hours beforehand, Ridha acknowledged that he wanted to challenge his audience, not just play the hits.
“I always love to play jacking stuff and harder stuff,” he said. “Right now, like in the last two years, a lot of the electronic music, or what you call now EDM, it feels too generic for me sometimes and a bit soulless.”
Ridha’s answer is in his upcoming album, Out of the Black, which is due out in October and bypasses the slickness of mainstream EDM in favor of the raw, buzzsaw electro that put him on the map when his debut album Oi Oi Oi was released in 2007.
“At one point I was just trying to forget anything about that whole world and really trust my instincts, and I guess what came out was something closer to my first album,” he said.
Ridha said that while he wanted to innovate his sound on singles and remixes this year, his decision to reach back to his roots on the new album was supported by a surprising ally – friend Xavier de Rosnay of French electro duo Justice, whose sophomore album Audio, Video, Disco was a notable sonic left turn from their debut.
“I was saying something like this to him: ‘Hey, it feels like 2006, 2007 again a little bit,” said Ridha. “[De Rosnay] said something like, ‘Remember when AC/DC put out the album in ’82 and it sounded like ’79?’ I guess what he wanted to say was, ‘You got a sound, and it’s good.'”
With almost a month before his next DJ date, Ridha said that he’s looking forward to returning to Berlin to finish work on a new project: switching out DJ sets for a full live show, which he’ll be debuting in Berlin on October 6th. Ridha was mum on details of the stage show, but promised that when he brings across the Atlantic for a North American tour in November and December, “It’s going to be some crazy stuff.”
(via Rolling Stone)
TGC and The Do LaB present: The Great Convergence 2012 at the Great Pyramids of Egypt
Over the Winter Solstice, December 20-22, 2012 at the Great Pyramids of Giza, The Do LaB and The Great Convergence (TGC) present The Great Convergence – a three day music event followed by a five-day Nile cruise. The Great Convergence is a calling of the tribes to gather from across the globe for a once in a lifetime experience to intentionally celebrate this potent, transformational time in our lives culminating in a prophesized galactic astronomical alignment that happens once every 26,000 years.
The Great Convergence will include a selection of top electronic music producers and DJ’s from the west coast’s music scene including headliners Beats Antique, Apparat, Random Rab, Bluetech, Gaudi, Govinda, Desert Dwellers, David Starfire, DJ Dragonfly, Imagika, plus Moontribe DJs: Treavor, Brad, and Dela. Additionally, there will be panels and workshops with various experts to discuss the mysteries of the pyramids and the prophecies of our times.
After the three day music event under the pyramids, the journey will continue from Dec. 23rd-28th with a 4 night/5 day Nile River cruise traveling from Luxor to Aswan to explore some of the world’s most ancient temples during the day while evenings will be opportunities for connection and dance on the rooftops of our boats under the stars.
ABOUT THE GALACTIC ALIGNMENT
This particular winter solstice on Dec 21/22, 2012 not only denotes the completion and renewal of our yearly orbit around the Sun but also culminates in a prophesized galactic alignment that happens once every 26,000 years. This alignment is what many ancient cultures, like the Mayans, were pointing towards with the completion of their calendars.
Some consider this alignment to be the marker of the beginning of a new era or a new age. Some consider this to be a transition into a new paradigm and an evolutionary turning point for the Earth and humanity. We are certain that something is happening and we will generate a lot of energy in our coming together in Egypt. We invite you to come create this magical journey with us and intentionally celebrate this entrance into a new era.
ACCOMMODATIONS AND TICKETS
We have arranged for three and five star accommodations at two hotels by the pyramids and aboard two cruise boats for the Nile journey. These are two separate events (the music event and the cruise) and you can choose to participate in either or both. For more information on tickets, please visit the website.
Moogfest 2012 Lineup Revealed
Asheville, North Carolina can claim one of music’s pioneering visionaries as one of its own. Bob Moog–inventor of the Moog synthesizer–lived in Asheville for a good part of his life and spent time as a research professor at UNC-Asheville.
He passed away in 2005, but since 2010 his former homeplace has put on an annual music festival in his honor. The third iteration of Moogfest will take place October 26-27, and the lineup has just been released. Among the highlights are Primus 3D, the “first ever traveling 3D-enhanced live musical tour” that accompanies experimental-funksters Primus. The fest will also feature Miike Snow, Santigold, Squarepusher, Pantha du Prince, and none other than GZA performing his 1995 classic Liquid Swords.
The more rock-centric names are buoyed by new indie supergroup Divine Fits, the Magnetic Fields, Explosions in the Sky, and more. All of Asheville will be utilized for the festival, with venues ranging from a big civic arena to more intimate club settings. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 10 at noon EST via the festival’s website. Check out the full lineup below.
MOOGFEST 2012 LINEUP:
Explosions in the Sky
The Magnetic Fields
GZA presents Liquid Swords
Pantha Du Prince
Shpongle presents The Masquerade
Black Moth Super Rainbow
Mouse on Mars
Prefuse 73 with Teebs
Bear in Heaven
Wick-It the Instigator
(via Prefix Mag)
Skream Presents Skreamizm
UK producer Skream is organising his own set of gigs, and he’s doing it his way.
The first of his Skreamizm nights will be held at Electric Brixton on Friday November 9, featuring the man himself and Sergeant Pokes plus special guests.
The concept behind the night is to get back to basics, and by that Skream means a dark room with a massive soundsystem and a focus on the music above all else. Good lad.
Skream has said on Skreamizm: “It’ll be everything I want everyone to like,” he smiles. “It’s about people going out, actually zoning in, and actually becoming at one with the music.”
To find out more, head to the Skreamizm website.
Rustie Plots North American Tour
Young Scottish producer Rustie will bring his gear across the pond for a very rare string of North American dates in September; dates are below (he’ll play one stop in London first). Rustie also recently teamed up with upstart UK duo AlunaGeorge, who are at work on their forthcoming full-length. Listen to what they came up with on a new vocal version of Glass Swords cut “After Light”.
09-07 New York, NY – Webster Hall
09-08 New York, NY – MoMA PS1
09-09 Cambridge, MA – Middle East Downstairs
09-12 Toronto, Ontario – Wrong Bar
09-13 Chicago, IL – Smart Bar
09-14 San Francisco, CA – 103 Harriet