GDD™ Morning Update: Kraftwerk, Electric Zoo, Proxy, Traktor

• N.W.A, Kraftwerk, Public Enemy Nominated for Rock Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013
Electric Zoo 2012 Recap Video
Proxy reveals album details
• Details of Traktor Kontrol Z2 unveiled


N.W.A, Kraftwerk, Public Enemy Nominated for Rock Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced this year’s nominees, and the list offers the hopeful prospect of an increasingly open definition of rock’n’roll. Hip-hop innovators N.W.A and Public Enemy both made the ballot in their first year of eligibility, the only acts to do so this year. As electronic dance music continues to conquer the U.S. music business, German techno-pop pioneers Kraftwerk are up for possible induction for the first time since 2003.

Plenty of rock acts are jockeying for a spot in the Rock Hall, led by first-time nominees Deep Purple and Rush. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Heart will vie for the Hall for their second time, too. But the ballot also includes return appearances from disco artists, namely Donna Summer, who died in May (hear her legacy in 15 tracks), and Chic, whose music would also fuel early rap.

The rest of the ballot is similarly diverse. There’s Randy Newman, the sardonic singer-songwriter and Oscar-winning Disney soundtrack fodder-provider. New Orleans funk band the Meters, prog predecessors Procol Harum, blues guitarist Albert King, Motown girl group the Marvelettes, and Chicago blues rockers the Paul Butterfield Blues Band are also up for possible induction.

The 28th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is set for April 18, 2013, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The 2012 inductees to the Rock Hall of Fame included Guns N’ Roses, Beastie Boys, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. The Cure, Eric B. & Rakim, Rufus with Chaka Khan, the Spinners, and War were on the ballot last year but missed the cut.

The nominations for Rush and Deep Purple end a spell of snubs for a couple of fan-beloved classic-rock acts. To be eligible, artists must have released their first single or album at least 25 years before nomination. This year’s nominees had to have put out their first record by 1987. The ballots will now go to an international voting body of more than 600 “artists, historians, and members of the music industry,” according to the Rock Hall, which has its museum in Cleveland.

For the first time, voting will also be open to the public. Until December 5, fans can vote at, with the top five vote-getters earning a spot as a “fan’s ballot.” The move follows the recent opening of public voting to decide the 20 inaugural inductees into the fledgling, yet-to-be-built America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame.

(via SPIN)


Electric Zoo 2012 Recap Video

New York’s premiere electronic music festival has grown in both size and quality since its inception 4 years ago.

This year was truly a spectacle, with massive artists from all genres having a presence and top notch production on all stages. It is a tough feat to do a festival like this justice, with over 110,000 ravers overtaking Randalls Island in the middle of Manhattan.

However, this video manages to capture the essence of the festival and highlights some of its most noteworthy performances. If you wish to attend next year and see some of your favorite artists play, the festival organizers have begun putting together an artist wishlist for 2013. Submit your favourites here.

(via Mixmag)


Proxy reveals album details

The debut Proxy album, ‘Music From The Eastblock Jungles’ will be released in two parts, with Pt.1 out November 5, on Turbo.

‘Music From The Eastblock Jungles Pt. 1′ will be released internationally with Pt. 2 following on February 11, 2013, with Dim Mak helming the release in North America.

You can also preview the new single, ‘Shut Up’, which is taken from the LP and due out October 15. Hear it below and watch this space for an exclusive Proxy download, coming soon.

(via Mixmag)


Details of Traktor Kontrol Z2 unveiled

Traktor Kontrol Z2, “the world’s first 2+2 DJ control mixer,” has been announced.

2+2? That’s how Native Instruments are describing the number of channels on the Z2, which takes in two standard channels and two “remix channels” for re-edits and the like. Above the two main channels are three-band EQs and a filter, while new Traktor software features Macro FX and Flux Mode are given dedicated controls at the Z2’s edges. The body of the Z2 is said to be built from “aircraft-grade” aluminium and houses a 24-bit soundcard. Existing Traktor controllers such as the F1 or X1 can be connected to the new unit via USB, as seen in the introductory video below. It’s also worth noting that the package comes bundled with Traktor Scratch Pro 2.

(via Resident Advisor)