GDD™ Morning Update: Chase & Status, MK and Lee Foss, ID&T, Scuba, Watergate

Chase & Status are setting up a free school in East London
MK and Lee Foss to Drop Collaborative EP
ID&T turn down $100 million
Scuba Delivers Latest FACT Mix
• Watch the trailer for Watergate’s 10th anniversary documentary


Chase & Status are setting up a free school in East London

For those not especially au fait with the intricacies of the English education system, so-called “free schools” were introduced by the coalition government in 2011. Unlike the majority of schools, which are managed by local authorities, free schools are set up and managed independently but still receive equivalent government funding. Companies, individuals or groups of parents are all able to apply to set up schools under the plan.

According to The Sunday Times, the pair are in the “advanced stages” of creating their own school for youngsters looking to find employment in the music industry. The school essentially sounds like a highly-specialized sixth form college: the intake will range from 16-19 years, and is backed by performance hub The Brit School. Students who have not already done so will also be able to sit their English and Maths GCSEs at the school, which will be situated in East London.

Will Kennard, aka Status, claims to have taken cues from his teacher brother in setting up the school. Kennard points towards his experiences as a mentor at Manchester’s North Trafford college: “I came across some incredibly talented kids who did not know how good they were at music. They did not really progress to the next level and realise their ambitions. These kids were probably more talented than I was, yet here I am succeeding in the music industry. Why aren’t they?”

The school is one of 35 projects announced today by government-funded charity body the New Schools Network. The body offers financial and organisational assistance to a people looking to set up free schools.

(via FACT Mag)


MK and Lee Foss to Drop Collaborative EP

NY garage icon MK has teamed up with London DJ/producer and Hot Creations label headLee Foss on a four-track EP set to drop via Foss’ record hub. Electricity’s “deep, slow” title track features a vocal performance from Los Angeles singer Anabel Englund, which is paired with another joint track from the producers, “Goodnight Moon,” to complete the a-side. Foss takes over the b-side of the EP with two solo productions called “Could Be” and “B5 the Drinks,” both of which are described as being “aimed straight for the dancefloor.” Look for MK’s and Foss’ Electricity EP when it’s released on November 19.

(via XLR8R)


ID&T turn down $100 million

With ADE in full swing in Amsterdam, one of the founders of Dutch promoters ID&T, Duncan Stutterheim, has finally spoken about that the long swirling rumours of the sale of his company that produces Sensation, Tomorrowland and more.

Industry talk suggested Robert Sillerman, the US investor with a billion dollars to spend on EDM companies through his company SFX, was close to signing off a deal to add the Dutch company to his growing stable of events. Stutterheim has confirmed the interest at ADE. ‘We used to joke to each that we would sell the company for a hundred – a hundred thousand guilders,” he said. “Then, a few months ago, suddenly someone from America wanted to give us a hundred. A hundred million dollars. The choice was very difficult. But we didn’t do it. I think that this company can continue for another twenty years, that we may go into the world.”

Whilst it doesn’t confirm SFX as the company behind the offer, they are on a spending spree at the moment, competing with Live Nation for dance promoters around the world. In June, SFX acquired Disco Donnie presents, a promotion company specializing in events in middle America, for a reported $2 million, then added Florida-based Dayglow / Live In Colour in August who put on paint parties. According to Sillerman, letters of intent have been sent to 18 additional EDM entities ranging from promoters to ticketing agencies to venues. Live Nation has so far snapped up Cream (with James Barton heading up the electronic division), and Gary Richard’s Hard Events in June.

(via inthemix)


Scuba Delivers Latest FACT Mix

FACT has unveiled its latest mix, which comes courtesy of the Berlin-based Hotflush label boss and bold Twitter personality Scuba (a.k.a. Paul Rose). The DJ/producer made sure to highlight his imprint’s consistently strong output by including songs from Hotflush contributors like SighaLocked GrooveGeorge FitzGerald, and Machinedrum—there’s even an unreleased tune from Hotflush alum Joy Orbison. Of course, Rose’s mix also contains new material from his work as Scuba and his techno alias SCB (both monikers which he’s used for XLR8R podcasts in years past). You can check out the tracklist and stream/download Scuba’s brand-new set in the player below.

(via FACT + XLR8R)


Watch the trailer for Watergate’s 10th anniversary documentary

Dixon, Magda, Lee Curtiss and Sebo K all give props to the Spree-side hotspot in this trailer for Watergate X, which premieres in Berlin next month.

(via Resident Advisor)