“Club Kid Killer” Michael Alig Busted For Drug Possession

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Some will say that it was inevitable, others will say that it is just a momentary lapse in judgement. The truth remains that today police busted the infamous “Club Kid Killer” for drug possessions right outside Yankee Stadium.

Alig served 17 years for manslaughter in the high-profile 1996 slaying of Andre Melendez, an episode that shocked New York City, the country and ultimately the entirety of the nightlife industry in the United States. Cops spotted him around Joyce Kilmer Park in the Bronx at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Feb 2nd, well past park closing time, and then noticed a pipe hanging out of his pocket. When questioned Alig admitted using it to smoke meth.

Following the police stop, Alig was booked for trespassing and possession of a controlled substance before he was issued a summons and released. The arrest this week came two weeks after he finished his parole, meaning that had it occurred earlier he would have been sent to prison.

Alig was a high-profile club promoter in the ’90s, living a life filled with partying and drugs that ultimately culminated in the gruesome murder and dismemberment of Melendez during a fight over drug debts. The entire NYC nightlife scene of that time and the murder were subject of a documentary called Glory Daze: The Life and Time of Michael Aligwhere the  cast of characters who made up the infamous Club Kids speak candidly about that era, culminating with Alig’s release from incarceration. Alig’s drug-fueled life was was dramatized in the 2003 flick “Party Monster.”

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Moogfest Will Host a Protest Stage, a Space Dedicated to Resistance

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Moogfest, based in North Carolina, is joining the resistance.

The festival has announced that one of its central themes in 2017 will be Protest, featuring a Protest Stage, workshops, conversations, art installations and even classes to discuss and address the issue that is so important in today’s America.

The current political climate is underscoring a nation that is as divided as we have seen it in the last few generations, with newly-elected President Trump causing controversy with each Executive Order he signs. While we already explored what this all means to the dance music scene in the United States, Moogfest is the first festival to take an actual stance against the “discriminatory politics” that have negatively affected its home state of North Carolina since House Bill 2 was passed there, a piece of controversial legislation that allows for discrimination across gender, sexual orientation, and class.

In an official statement, Moogfest explained why it has chosen Protest as a central theme for this year’s edition, underscoring the pivotal role of the recent women’s march as well as Martin Luther King Jr. in inspiring this initiative, “We are inspired by this movement and the spirit of those that came before it. The fight against inequality echoes our own mission to design radical instruments for change and reflects the legacy of Bob Moog, the inspiration behind Moog who believed that true innovation comes through collaboration, not exclusion. Moogfest is transformed, by the urgency of our times, and we invite you to keep marching with us into the future.”

Information on who will be involved with the Protest Stage in May 18-21 during Moogfest will be shared via the festival’s social channels in the coming months.

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Awakenings Is Asking You To Vote For Your Favorite Techno Track Of All Time

 

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Awakenings, a festival and party brand many consider to be the ultimate techno institution in the world. On top of a series of top-tier events held at Amsterdam’s Gashouder in April, and its two-day festival later in summer, Awakenings is celebrating the milestone achievement by compiling a list of the 100 ultimate techno classics of all time.

More specifically, Awakenings is asking fans from around the world to choose amongst 1,000 techno tracks carefully selected by journalists Atze de Vrieze (3voor12) and René Passet (DJBroadcast) and DJs Joris Voorn, 2000 and One and Bart Skills, helping to narrow it down to the 100 ultimate tracks that Awakenings will then publish in the book ‘Awakenings – 20 Years of Techno’

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Besides the 100 dance classics the book will also contain scores of interviews with artists such as Adam Beyer, Sven Väth, Jeff Mills, Nina Kraviz, Paul Kalkbrenner and Secret Cinema, anecdotes and statistics from the history of Awakenings and hundreds of photos from the Gashouder, NDSM, Rotterdam, Eindhoven and the festival. The book will be released on April 13.

Awakenings was first held in March 1997. The combination of high-quality production, the clear choice for techno and the iconic Gashouder in Amsterdam as location quickly made it the flagship of Dutch techno. Twenty years and over a million visitors later Awakenings is the largest techno party worldwide. The annual festival draws visitors from over eighty different countries.

Votes can be cast at www.awakenings.com/20years/1000tracks. You can already pre-order the book here

 The 20th anniversary this year will be celebrated with five parties in the Gashouder during Easter weekend, featuring performances by, among others, Derrick May, Joris Voorn, Ricardo Villalobos, Len Faki and Pan-Pot

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Win 2 Tickets to Inception Saturdays at Exchange LA ft. Green Velvet & Dosem

 

On Saturday, February 18th Exchange LA will be hosting a selection of techno and house artists as part of its Inception Saturdays series hosted by Insomniac.

The event will see Chicago techno and house legend Green Velvet headline the night. Supporting performances will be provided courtesy of Suara’s Dosem and Los Angeles-based Human Resources. The Gallery will be hosted by 6AM and will showcase music by Paul Cowling (Melt), Jorge Bejarano B2B Rahmos (Patria Undrgrnd), Frazier|Smith (Understated) and Eric J B2B Jonny Maven (6AM)

Tickets and RSVP for discounted entry before 11pm are available here. We are giving you the chance of winning 2 GA tickets to the show. To enter, simply follow the instructions in the widget below. The winner will be selected and announced at 8pm on Wednesday, February 15th!

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Photo Gallery: Paul Oakenfold Delivers Opening Deep House Set for Yoshitoshi’s Sharam at Sound Nightclub

 

This past Saturday club goers at Sound Nightclub in Los Angeles were treated to something special and unique when they showed up at the Hollywood venue for Sharam.

The Yoshitoshi label-head and one-half of Deep Dish was given the proper room warm-up treatment by another legend of dance music, Paul Oakenfold. The Perfecto Records boss took control of the decks at the Hollywood club early in the night, playing a surprise opening set filled with entrancing tunes and deep, melodic house.

The performance once again underscored Oakenfold’s prowess as a track selector, allowing everyone lucky enough to be in attendance to witness the veteran DJ and producer steer away from his pure signature Trance and Progressive side toward something deeper and, in this particular case, unique.

Enjoy the photo gallery from the night below:

 

 

Photos by Troy Acevedo

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Internal Communication Tools To Keep Your Event Team Organized

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One of the biggest issues young and new promoters face is keeping their team synched and organized. Most of the time and out of habit, it’s easy to find yourself depending on online messengers and text messaging. While these are okay when you’re having a day-to-day normal conversation, you can never be dependent on these things when giving assignments and important information as you can lose track of valuable details and overlook due dates. We couldn’t stress how crucial communication is in order to increase efficiency and productivity amongst team members.

There are a wide range of internal communication tools available in the market right now but we have chosen 10 of the best ones to get you started in better organizing your event team, regardless of how big or small.

Email Over Verbal/Text/Unregulated Chat

E-mail is a trustworthy form of written and internal communication tool that almost everyone in the world uses. It is without a doubt better than verbal, text, or unregulated chat when dealing with business matters. As a promoter, you have to keep track of your daily-to-dos and follow up your team members on how they’re handling their assignments. Although a text message could do the trick, it is important to remember that text messages can easily get mixed up and you can result in lost details along the way.

Use of e-mails over Facebook chat or regular texting is strongly encouraged for a wide variety of reasons. With e-mails there is always a trace of every conversation you’ve had with your clients, event sponsors, and team members which you can later use for reference and/or legal purposes.

Slack

Slack is an exceptional online internal communication tool with a vast assortment of options and settings. It may not contain everything you’re looking for in a communication tool but it certainly is the best for group messaging and back-channel chat. Slack is real-time messaging, archiving and search for modern teams, with some added bonus features thrown into the mixture.

Enter Slack. “You don’t want your phone buzzing in your pocket all day,” says Hardie. “So you can just do it through Slack, instead.” Indeed, Slack offers all the functionality of texting, and more: The features designed to make the workplace more playful—GIFs, embedded songs from Spotify, custom emoji, funny replies from Slackbot—turn out to be equally fun with friends.

Asana

Asana is a flexible and well-designed online internal communication tool which specializes in workflow and task management. As a promoter, you can use Asana to keep track of your daily assignments and to-dos. It’s also a good way to keep track of your members workflow. It is far more productive than an e-mail and certainly better than any text messaging app, as it allows you to see progress for any project without scheduling a status meeting or sending an email, enabling teams to move work from start to finish.

You can check their pricing information here.

Facebook at Work

You want to stick to Facebook? Sure, but at least make sure you switch to Workplace by Facebook! Facebook has developed a new internal communication tool that is perfect for new and young promoters, following the same functionality utilized by the regular Facebook site while at the same time being specifically designed for the workplace.

We’ve brought the best of Facebook to the workplace — whether it’s basic infrastructure such as News Feed, or the ability to create and share in Groups or via chat, or useful features such as Live, Reactions, Search and Trending posts. This means you can chat with a colleague across the world in real time, host a virtual brainstorm in a Group, or follow along with your CEO’s presentation on Facebook Live.

We’ve also built unique, Workplace-only features that companies can benefit from such as a dashboard with analytics and integrations with single sign-on, in addition to identity providers that allow companies to more easily integrate Workplace with their existing IT systems. (Source: newsroom.fb.com)

Allo

Allo is an online chat application created by Google for Android and Apple devices. It is regarded as a beneficial internal communication tool by event promoters, producers, and even student groups. It is integrated with Google Assistant and does most things you would expect from a messaging application like sending pictures, stickers, and group chats. It also identifies you by your phone number or Google ID which make sit easier for your business contacts to sync.

Introducing Google Allo, a smart messaging app that helps you say more and do more. Express yourself better with stickers, doodles, and HUGE emojis & text. Allo also brings you the Google Assistant.

Spaces

Your easy way to figure things out, together.

Another Google application, Spaces lets Gmail users make a group via invitations and start conversations regarding different topics. You are also allowed to share links, videos, images, and even articles. One of the amazing features of this internal communication tool is that it allows you to browse through shared links without leaving the app. Mainly because Google has unified its services like Google Search, YouTube, and Chrome in this application.

Furthermore, Spaces allows a free flowing communication with lots of people in a group and lets you search past conversations with ease. Definitely better than text messaging! When someone shares a new message or file, a conversational view allows you to look at the entire group’s chat at that certain moment. In instances where you want to review past topics or conversations, you can use Spaces quick search feature to find what you’re looking for.

Workgroup

“Forget email, communicate and discuss your projects in real time, with all the right people.”

Workgroup is aimed towards professionals and people who converse and deal with multiple clients and businesses, thus the name Workgroup. It’s basically an application that makes group work communication effortless, faster, and more convenient through online messaging. While a lot of internal communication tools like emails and Slack are more popular, these could leave you with long chain emails with endless CCs and such. Workgroup saves you from such hassle.

Trello

An internal communication tool that organizes your projects into boards and cards. Trello is a great tool for promoters to keep your team and workflow organized. It has a minimalist but highly customizable interface, especially if you own a Premium Account. The drag and drop feature makes it fairly easy to use even for beginners, and you can arrange your cards by colors to specify its hierarchy on the priority list and represent groups. Trello also shows you what projects are being worked on and who are working on them at one glance.

On top of it, Trello’s Slack plugin is an excellent feature.

Trello lets you work more collaboratively and get more done. Trello’s boards, lists, and cards enable you to organize and prioritize your projects in a fun, flexible and rewarding way.

Google Documents, Sheets and Slides

Google Documents, Sheets and Slides are a free and impressive online suite of office applications which are accessible from web browsers and various portable mobile devices. All three features have an an elegant visual design packed with great features, enabling promoters to work effortlessly with their team both remotely and none, thanks to Cloud file sharing. You can also chat with your group members directly inside a document or add comments with their e-mail addresses, allowing for modifications, corrections and reference on the go and from anywhere in the world with internet connection. With Google Docs, Sheets and Slides it is easier to work together as a team with one document at the same time.

Google Docs brings your documents to life with smart editing and styling tools to help you easily format text and paragraphs. Choose from hundreds of fonts, add links, images, and drawings. All for free.

Dropbox for Business

Dropbox is well-known for its sharing and syncing features. Unlike the personal account, Dropbox for Business is integrated with additional security and amazing features, one of which is its unlimited version history cache. This enables users to recover past/lost documents. They also allow users to retrieve deleted files through their web application simply by clicking on the deleted items icon.

As a promoter, it is important to keep a record of all documents relating to your event planning and transactions. It is also ideal to keep records of past events that may deem useful for future planning. It also allows you to share your files with your team members and even people outside your team like clients and sponsors. Dropbox for Business makes saving and sharing documents easy as a breeze.

Securely share, sync, and collaborate

Dropbox Business is the secure file sharing and storage solution that employees love and IT admins trust.

For a list of Dropbox Business Plan comparisons, click here.

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Jackmaster Admits Prior Ignorance and Speaks Up Against Misogyny in Music Industry

 

Glasgow’s Jackmaster took to Twitter today to voice his newfound stance against misogyny in the music industry.

In a series of tweets, the Scottish DJ admitted prior ignorance and apologized for it, calling himself a prick for previously thinking that there are “loads of successful female DJs doing great.”

He went heavy in his last tweet before hitting the sack in Bali, where he is touring, “Big men with little dicks jealous of ladies with talent, intelligence, integrity. Trying to shoot them down. Im off to bed haha”

See the full exchange of tweets below, as well as Scuba, The Black Madonna, Josey Rabelle, Midland, Dustin Zahn and more weighing in on the subject:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last year The Black Madonna was one of the most vocal artists to speak up against sexism, misogyny, sexual assault and discrimination in the music industry.

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Essential Items for Your DJ Bag

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From the international touring DJ to the local opener, a well-stocked DJ bag is a crucial part of one’s set up. We recently went through our respective bags and compiled a list of our personal DJ bag essentials. Take a look at these few items below, and pack accordingly for your next gig. Read more

Discover Movement Detroit’s 2017 Lineup With This Comprehensive Playlist

 

Yesterday Movement Electronic Music Festival released its Phase 2 lineup, adding over 40 artists to an already extensive roster of talent.

The lineup now features over 120 acts, with headlining sets by Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox and deadmau5 as testpilot. While some of the bigger names are known to most who love techno and house, the lineup also features up-and-comers and festival debuts that some may not be accustomed to.

With that in mind, we have compiled a comprehensive playlist of live sets and mix recordings from every electronic artist on the lineup, a total of 163 hours of music from 120 separate acts.

Enjoy it below:

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12 Open Air Venues You Need to Visit This Summer

If there’s one supreme thing to look forward to during the summer it’s open air parties. Warm weather and blue skies overhead as lush house grooves emit from the speakers – it’s a hard scenario to beat.

Throughout summer it’s not uncommon to see open-air pop up parties such as Richie Hawtin in Plaça de la Boqueria, tINI hosting beach events in Ibiza (until they get shut down by authorities), or Subtract and Sublevel taking over a golf course in Malibu. But pop-up parties aside, there’s established venues that will be grooving all summer.

Here are 12 open air venues that we have our sights on this summer.

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