• Seth Troxler‘s advice on the DJ game: “Don’t be a dick”
• Kraftwerk to begin work on ninth album, Ralf Hütter confirms
• The Do LaB announces official Los Angeles Lightning in a Bottle pre-party
• Native Instruments Unveils Kontrol Z1 for Traktor
Seth Troxler’s advice on the DJ game: “Don’t be a dick”
It was DJ Sneak, one of dance music’s perpetual troublemakers, who challenged Visionquestringleader Seth Troxler on his party-hard image earlier this year. “Tired of these ketamine hype DJs with chips on their shoulders,” Sneak complained on Twitter, after getting into a minor fracas with Troxler. “I am not hating but if imma be called out you better come to work, not do ketamine.”
Troxler has seemingly been more than happy to play up his loose-living reputation, but as it turns out, he’s paying a lot more attention to how he cultivates his public image than detractors like Sneak would give him credit for.
Late last month he presented a lecture as part of Red Bull Music Academy’s residency in New York City, where in addition to speaking openly on his rapid ascension to techno royalty over the past few years, he offered advice on how important it is for artists to be aware of the image they’re projecting, to both fans and the general public.
“Don’t be a dick – I think that’s the biggest thing,” Troxler told the crowd who’d gathered at the NYC lecture. “Do. Not. Be. A. Dick. Treat everyone with respect. A couple of times I’ve started to be a dick, and people are like, ‘Yo, you’re being a dick.’ Listen to people who talk to you; especially [if they’ve been in the business a while].”
“You should be extremely mindful of your personal brand, and building an image of who you are as an artist,” Troxler added. “In some ways, my own personal success has been part of the fantasy of what people believe that I might be. I can be a loose guy, but I’m also a very organised, precise person. In some ways, people live out their own fantasies through your music, or through your character, and they’re able to identify their own self through that brand.” Watch the entire 90 minutes of Seth Troxler’s Red Bull Music Academy lecture here.
Kraftwerk to begin work on ninth album, Ralf Hütter confirms
Kraftwerk have begun work on their ninth studio album, the follow-up to 2003’s ‘Tour De France Soundtracks’.
Band member Ralf Hütter told The Guardian that now Kraftwerk have all but finished their touring based around 2009 boxset ‘The Catalogue’ – a schedule which saw them play each of their albums in sequence across a week of live shows in New York, Dusseldorf, Sydney and London – they can focus fully on album number nine.
“Now this is done, one to eight. Now we can concentrate on number nine,” Hütter is quoted as saying. Asked if there’s a timeline of when the album will arrive, Hütter added: “Of course. It’s music non-stop!”
Kraftwerk are also set to play T In The Park. The Scottish festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and will also host performances from Mumford & Sons, Rihanna, The Killers, Jake Bugg, Paloma Faith and Alt-J.
The Do LaB announces official Los Angeles Lightning in a Bottle pre-party
Join us on Saturday June 22nd for the official Los Angeles LIB pre-party featuring performances from Gina Calderoni, Henry Pope, Jesse Wright, Jeniluv, jOBOT, Loomer, Sammy Bliss, Shawna, Shayn Almeida, DJ Ora and Patricio.
The Do LaB will be hosting this special Lightning in a Bottle pre-party at the RG Club, formerly known as the Garter, as part of the Venice Music Crawl, a collection of music and art shows on Lincoln Blvd. in Venice that aims to elevate culture in the Westside community.
Join us from noon til 2am on help us raise funds for Charity: Water, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing clean water for over 1 billion people in need around the world! 100% of proceeds will go directly to charity! Please visit their website to learn more about the amazing work they do: http://
(via The Do LaB)
Native Instruments Unveils Kontrol Z1 for Traktor
Yesterday, Native Instruments unveiled the Kontrol Z1, a compact controller, mixer, and audio interface for NI’s Traktor software. The two-channel unit appears to be a smaller and more streamlined alternative to the company’s popular Z2 mixer, and also appears to be specifically aimed at giving those who use Traktor on their iOS devices a slim bit of hardware control. The Z1’s main features are its 24-bit soundcard, two channels worth of 3-Band EQ, and dedicated filters. No exact release date for the Z1 has been shared yet, but the units are currently available to pre-order for the street price of $199. A demo video showing off NI’s latest creation can be seen below.