• SPIN Magazine halts print publication
• Visionquest launch 13
• Benoit and Sergio prepare Hot Creations EP
• Miami’s Mansion Nightclub apologizes for cutting DJ Shadow‘s set short
• Machinedrum: “There’s a lack of underground in the USA but I’m not giving up on it”
SPIN Magazine halts print publication
As predicted, the September/October issue of the long-running magazine was its last.
It is a move first anticipated when online content giant Buzzmediaacquired Spin and related properties over the summer. Buzzmedia also owns Stereogum, Hype Machine, and XLR8R, among others.
“Following the September/October issue, SPIN has halted publication of our print edition to invest more deeply in our digital properties, including SPIN.com, SPIN Play for iPad, and SPIN mobile. SPIN has been a pioneer in music journalism since 1985 and we hope you’ll continue to enjoy our leading editorial, photographic, and multi-media content online. Special arrangements have been made with alternative publishers to fulfill your SPIN print subscription for the remaining term: you will automatically receive your new magazine in the mail, with the option to ask for a full refund. We appreciate your patience during the transition of your subscription.”
As for those “Special arrangements” made to fulfill subscriptions,The Daily Swarm reports that Spin subscribers will receive Car and Driver magazine in its stead. A head-scratcher from a content perspective, but not a corporate one: Car and Driver‘s parent company Hearst Media invested $15.5 million in BuzzFeed last January.
(via FACT Mag)
Visionquest launch 13
Benoit and Sergio prepare Hot Creations EP
Washington DC house duo Benoit & Sergio will release a new EP on Hot Creations in February.
Following their ‘New Ships’ EP, which was released on Visionquest in October, this two-track offering will mark Benoit & Sergio’s debut release on the London-based Hot Creations imprint.
The ‘Bridge So Far’ EP promises lush melodies, rolling basslines and layered synthesis.
It will be available for your consumption on February 4.
Miami’s Mansion Nightclub apologizes for cutting DJ Shadow’s set short
The Miami nightclub responds to the backlash from their now infamous programming change.
Last Friday, DJ Shadow was performing at Miami’s Mansion when he was forced to cut his set short. In his words, his set had been deemed “too future” for the audience at the bottle service club by event promoters. Fans at the show and online were understandably apoplectic.
For the most part, Shad took the incident in stride, acknowledging that he “should have never been booked there in the first place. Square peg in a round hole, etc.” He even offered to upload the offending set (but has yet to follow through on that).
In a bit of damage control, Mansion has offered DJ Shadow a formal apology — a courtesy they did not extend to Dennis Ferrer, who also had his set unceremoniously cut short earlier this year. Read the full statement below, via the Miami New-Times’ music blog.
“We offer our most sincere apologies to DJ Shadow and his fans for his set being cut short at Mansion this past weekend. This error should not have happened and will not happen again, especially as we pride ourselves on creating an environment that cultivates and respects innovators such as DJ Shadow. We have learned a lot from this error and made changes within our organization to ensure that Mansion’s vision, and the vision of our guests, will never be compromised again.”
(via FACT Mag)
Machinedrum: “There’s a lack of underground in the USA but I’m not giving up on it”
In a new interview with Mixmag, Machinedrum reckons that the current EDM explosion in America may eventually encourage kandi ravers and sweaty brosteppers to tap into more experimental, out-there sounds.
The American DJ/producer is currently based in Berlin, having moved to Europe to concentrate on his career. Apart from certain notable camps (such as Brainfeeder, Low End Theory, Percussion Lab et al), he thinks there’s “a lack of underground” in the USA.
“EDM is all encompassing of many things stylistically. I kind of like that Americans are waking up to this kind of music but at the same time I feel like there’s a lack of underground, a lack of people pushing the envelope,” Machinedrum said.
“There’s certain scenes, of course. I love what’s going on in LA with Low End Theory and Brainfeeder and the Percussion Lab guys in New York. There’s select things but the underground side could be stronger,” he added.
While America certainly does have a bristling underground, it isn’t as if a fresh bass music act could break the charts, as a group like Disclosure have done in the UK.
There’s also a difference on the dancefloor, as Machinedrum explains: “I’ll have played certain venues in 2010 and played the sort of sound that I’m into, a bit faster, a bit more experimental, and I would clear entire dancefloors and really feel frustrated that people in America were stuck in this brostep dubstep zone and they coulnd’t really explore outside of that.”
“But [now] I feel like people have already changed their attitude, they’re looking for new sounds. Maybe from that a new underground scene will be birthed. I’m not going to give up on America just yet,” he added.
Find out what else is making Machinedrum optimistic with Mixmag’s full interview with him here.