Oh god it’s finally Friday. Before you hit the dance floor, you better know what’s going on in this dank, dark dance world you inhabit. Impress some hotties with your knowledge. Catch up on all the news fit to read from the last week or so:
SFX Making Moves:
SFX, the behemoth electronic music firm behind Beatport, Electric Zoo, and Tomorrowland, announced some major hiring and acquisitions this week. On Monday they announced that they had entered into an agreement to purchase Netherlands-based Monumental Productions, the producers of the Awakenings brand which, among other things, puts on Holland’s annual Awakenings Festival. On Wednesday they blasted another press release announcing the hiring of Colorado native—and founding member of Beatport—Liz Miller to act as their VP of artists and labels. All of this hot on the heels of last Friday’s news that they would be taking over control of Plus Talent, a leading Brazilian talent and promotion agency. It appears SFX is out for world-wide domination now that they have the US pretty much locked up.
Music Collaboration Software Splice Launches Public Beta:
Splice—the cloud based storage suite that promises to sync all of your Ableton, Logic, and FL Studio projects in real time, allowing for easy storage and seamless collaboration—launched its public beta yesterday. The software start-up, founded by GroupMe co-founder Steve Martocci has received funding from some influential EDM stars; Steve Angello, Tiësto, and Richie Hawtin’s Plus Eight Equity Fund have all contributed, bringing Splice to over $7 million in total funding. The software has been in private beta for 10 months as Splice worked with various producers to make sure it worked right. Looks pretty cool:
Little Louie Vega Inducted into Pete Tong Hall of Fame:
Today house legend Little Louie Vega will join other influential artists like Sven Vath and Basement Jaxx when he is inducted into Pete Tong’s personal Hall of Fame. Check the show here at 10:00PM London time (3PM MST/5PM EST).
Zac Efron Learning DJ Skills from Classixx and Elesso:
From High School Musical to aspiring DJ: Zac Efron, 20-something teenage dreamboat, is prepping for his role in We Are Your Friends, an upcoming drama film about a young DJ making his way in the cutthroat world of Hollywood’s dance scene. That preparation, apparently, involves personal DJ lessons from nu-disco kings Classixx and Swedish producer Alesso. Apparently he’s not catching on too quickly:
Midland Releases Duster EP:
Cloak & Dagger artist Midland released his latest EP on Monday. At three tracks, it’s a short deep and dark journey.
Grab the EP at Beatport, or wait until next week when the vinyl is ready to go. Here’s the title track for your listening pleasure:
Jack U Release New Single and Announce NYE Show on Radio 1:
Skrillex and Diplo have been working on their side project, Jack Ü, for a while now. With a (possibly slightly disastrous) appearance at Burning Man’s Robot Heart Stage and the launch of an official SoundCloud page about a month ago, there is definitely a calculated effort to keep the project on our minds. On Monday they took the promotion a step further, premiering their new single, Take Ü There (featuring Canadian pop star Kiesza) on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show. During their appearance they also announced plans for a NYE date at Madison Square Garden that will include individual sets by each artist plus a joint set as Jack Ü. Check that Take Ü There track here:
Pioneer to Sell DJ Business for $550 Million:
Pop quiz, Hotshot: What do Dollar General, Go Daddy, and Pioneer DJ all share in common? All three are—or are soon to be—owned by behemoth private equity firm KKR. Pioneer is selling off its legendary DJ business to the Barbarians at the Gate stars for $550 mil. Apparently Pioneer wants to focus on its automotive electronics business.
Treasure Fingers Releases Official Names Video:
In late July, Treasure Fingers released Names, a sassy genre-defying dance collaboration with vocalist–and fellow Atlantan–BOSCO. If you spent any time on the dance floor this summer, you’ve probably heard it. This week Fool’s Gold released the video and it’s a perfect complement to the single: A prismatic neon glow scramble that any 90s kid with memories of public-access television and bunny ears will appreciate.
Cloak & Dagger TOMORROW:
We’ve been hyping the shit out of this event. Just look at the line-up. Grab tickets. See you tomorrow!