GDD™ Morning Update: Sensation, Gesaffelstein, Midland

Sensation announces dates for its first U.S. tour, The Ocean Of White
Gesaffelstein releases teaser video for “Pursuit”
• “Why not present it myself?”: Midland opens up about his new label, Graded


Sensation announces dates for its first U.S. tour, The Ocean Of White

Last year, Dutch powerhouse ID&T brought the long-running Sensation to the U.S. for the first time. With over 70 Sensation events orchestrated since the extravaganza launched in Amsterdam 13 years ago, ID&T sold out two nights at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in October 2012. For 2013, ID&T is upsizing: Sensation is heading out on tour, bound for Miami, San Francisco, New York and Las Vegas from September into October. The dates have just been announced.

In conjunction with Goldenvoice, the inaugural Sensation U.S. tour will make these stops: September 14 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California; October 4 & 5 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada; October 11 & 12 at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida and October 25 & 26 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Ticket sales start Friday 14 June at 10am local time.

The theme for the U.S. tour is The Ocean Of White. The concept premiered in Amsterdam and then set out on a world tour. It was recently staged at the sold-out Rogers Centre in Toronto for 30,000 people at the first Sensation Canada. As ever, an all-white dress code will be accompanied by “carefully selected DJs who play the music of today and tomorrow”, theatrical shows and elaborate theming and production. “I think the best comparison is Cirque du Soleil vs. a really good EDM party,” headliner Fedde Le Grand said of last year’s inaugural event. “As you can see, everything is next-level.” While there’s no word as yet on line-ups, you can expect tickets to sell swiftly.

Sensation The Ocean Of White USA Tour dates:

September 14 – Oracle Arena – Oakland, CA – general on sale June 14, 10am PDT
October 4 & 5 – MGM Grand Garden Arena – Las Vegas, NV – general on sale June 14, 10am PDT
October 11 & 12 – American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL – general on sale June 14, 10am EDT
October 25 & 26 – Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY – general on sale June 14, 10am EDT

(via inthemix)


Gesaffelstein releases teaser video for “Pursuit”

One of the Bromance bros, Gesaffelstein has just released a teaser on YouTube for his new track ‘Pursuit’, which will be released June 17.

The 30-second preview features the man himself staring into a floating mirror that offers up no reflection. He also clenches a fist that looks an awful lot like he’s been raiding the Daft Punk wardrobe.

Either way it’s dark, brooding and everything we’ve come to expect from the high-flying Frenchman.

Check out the video below.

(via Mixmag)


“Why not present it myself?”: Midland opens up about his new label, Graded

As revealed back in April, UK house producer Midland is starting a new label, Graded

The label will launch on July 15 with a pair of Midland’s own productions, ‘Archive 01′ and ‘Realtime’. Speaking to FACT, Midland explains that he’d been thinking about starting Graded “a lot over the past year, but was always put off by the thought of people seeing it as another ‘producer starts a label’ project.” After finishing his last single for Aus [‘Trace’ / ‘FYCUO’], he was “thinking about where to go next and just thought that instead of heading to another label, and kind of spreading myself more thinly – association wise – why not present it myself? The thought of having complete control over the process, from music, to mastering, to artwork and the actual aesthetics was very appealing and as its taken shape it’s been really rewarding.”

“For now, [Graded] is only really going to be an outlet for my music and collaborations”, Midland continues [in the past, he’s released collaborative singles with Ramadanman, Breach and Pariah]. It’s not to say that the right music might not come along from someone else, and I am definitely open to releasing music by other people, it’s just I have quite a lot of ideas and music that I have been sitting on that for some time that suddenly seem possible now there isn’t another label’s framework to fit in to.”

Although it was picked on the fly, the label’s name, Graded, “conjours – for me at least – a certain fuzz and warmth. On a more subconscious level it’s also a backhanded comment on how we digest music these days, and how everything is scrutinised and analysed from the minute it enters the public realm.”

As with Midland’s last five releases, Graded 001 was mastered through tape. “I think it was something I saw in the mastering house,” he recalls, “when I was mastering a much older tune of mine and asked if we could use it. It doesn’t change the sound of it drastically as it is a very high quality machine but it does add a certain something to it. I guess I always strive to try and make my music sound as un-digital as possible, I use tapes quite a lot in the studio, especially to record patches I have made on soft synths through, it has the nice effect of taking the sharper digital edges off the sound.”

Also in the pipeline for Midland right now is a project with singer Robbie Redway. “I can’t divulge too many details right now”, Midland explains, “but it will be a fully live project, we are currently are sitting on about 10+ tunes and counting, but just want to make sure it is exactly right before presenting it to the world.”

You can stream audio of Graded 001 below. Next weekend, Midland will be playing at FOUND’s all-day London festival with Maya Jane Coles, Todd Terry and many more – for more information and tickets, click here.

(via FACT Mag)