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Richie Hawtin Announces New Project with Allen & Heath and Audiotonix

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It’s been a busy 2016 for Richie Hawtin already, with DJ sets at BPM and Los Angeles, along with the news that ENTER will not return to Ibiza this summer. The technology aficionado continues to make headlines with the announcement of ‘Play Differently‘ – a collaborative partnership with Allen & Heath and Audiotonix.

The news was announced at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, with Hawtin stating that “the ethos of Play Differently is to create products that will magnify the individuality and expand the creativity of today’s generation of electronic music artists, producers and DJs . We hope to encourage and inspire creatives to PLAY differently.”

Play Differently has apparently been in development for two years, and with gear mogul Allen & Heath in the mix (no pun intended), Play Differently will certainly be one of the major talking points of NAMM. Stay up to date with more information as more is revealed regarding the vague, yet exciting concept from Richie Hawtin.

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Guitar Center and Employees Enter Labor Dispute

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Guitar Center has always been a major player in the pro audio retail game. Many DJ/Producers (like myself) frequent the stores for all of their audio needs, often spending hours trying out gear and chatting with the employees. Understandably, consumers are thinking about the gear they would like to purchase, rather than the inner workings of the company, because, let’s face it, jamming on the newest Roland or Korg synth is exponentially more exciting (for most of us) than corporate structures, employee benefits, and labor disputes. However, we must keep in mind just how much goes in to keeping a corporation of this magnitude running smoothly; this is largely thanks to a phenomenal staff of employees who, it turns out, have long been entangled in a legal push-pull with the company. Read more

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NAMM 2016: Top Products To Look Out For

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The NAMM show is upon us once again, and we are absolutely thrilled. For those who are unfamiliar, NAMM is the largest music industry trade show, taking place twice a year. Virtually every company in the music industry is there in some capacity, and many companies hold off on all gear announcements for the year until they debut the products at the show. NAMM is a time when gear heads from around the world come to check out what the industry has to offer for the year, so, naturally, there is always quite a bit of speculation and rumors about new products coming out.

Luckily, we have filtered through the rumors and speculations to compile a true list of products that are actually going to be on display at NAMM 2016 Read more

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Kygo: A Billion Spotify Streams In Record Time

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Norwegian producer Kygo, and pioneer of the so-called “tropical house” movement, has hit a new milestone, becoming the fastest artist to hit a billion plays on Spotify. On December 1, the music streaming company announced Kygo as their “Breakout Artist of 2015.” He reached this number a mere 12 months after releasing Firestone, his debut single that was exclusive to Spotify for the first day. For reference, pop artists like Sam Smith and Ariana Grande generally don’t hit a billion plays until at least two years. Currently ranked 20th  in overall streams, Kygo has approximately 14 million listeners per month, and 8 million (appx. 60% – way higher than most similar artists) of these are categorized as ‘fans,’ meaning that they save his music or play his music multiple times. Read more

De School Locks in Lineup for 2016 Opening

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In the wake of Trouw’s closure last year, the up-and-coming new club De School will give a head start to the new year. The Dutch club will remain open seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day starting January 3 for a good five year run. Read more

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Bright Sparks: Historicizing The Synths We Love

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If you’re anything like us, you’ll be especially excited about a special new documentary; although may know a bit about the history of the synthesizer and various developments, there is ALWAYS more to be learned, and this film is a solid reminder of that fact. Read more

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Rio Music Conference Announces 2016 Dates and New Venue

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The Rio Music Conference announces its dates to take place January 27th through February 9th to start 2016 off right with impressive new venues to set the vibe for the array of key figure hosts and guests. Like previous years since its inception in 2009, the festival will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, home to many iconic artists, museums and clubs.

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Resident Advisor’s Top 100 DJs of 2015

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Resident Advisor’s Top 100 DJs for 2015 poll results are in. The rankings are cast by popular vote, whether the choice of DJs impressed with one unforgettable set or a consistent series of sets in 2015. The impressions span the global club and the festival culture, so which of your favorite DJs made the cut on RA’s list this year? Read more

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SFX Loses $140M in 2015, Facing Bankruptcy

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SFX Entertainment may very well be hanging by its last thread. With $140 million in 2015 losses, $300 million in debt, and stock trading at $0.23 (down 95% since June), SFX is now looking into restructuring its debt. In a final act of desparation, Chairman and CEO Robert Sillerman has enlisted the help of Moelis & Co to help tackle the company’s financial woes. According to a spokesman, “It is correct that the company hired Moelis to examine broadly its position. That principally includes sales of non-strategic assets as well as examining the capital structure of the company.” Read more

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Bucharest’s 100 Hour Interval Festival Has Been Partially Cancelled After Losing Main Venue

11988185_441707802683979_456174632511082867_nThe 100 hour festival that spans a course of five days is currently underway in Bucharest. The organization announced a few days ago via their Facebook that it has lost one of its main venues, Club Guesthouse, due to legal concerns with safety and regulations exacerbated by the October fire at Colectiv club that killed more than thirty people. Read more