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Opinion: Stop Taking Long Videos at Shows, And Tell Others To Stop Too

Let’s admit it. We’ve all done it. Even this person who’s writing this piece at the moment. We’ve likely all taken our camera out at concert or performance we’ve attended.

It may be a photo, at the least, or a video that lasts for a few seconds. Nothing wrong with those, to most. But lately, we’ve noticed things have gone way too far. Just take a look at almost any video of any major electronic music show posted on YouTube and you will see tens if not hundreds of phones up in the area taking videos.

Honestly, this is becoming a case of mass idiocy. Of course, some of you may say people are free to do whatever they want as long it does not harm the subject they are filming. But the problem is this adversely affects artistic substance and degrades the whole music experience that these performances provide. These people are busy taking part in the concert and living it, while others are somewhat killing the atmosphere and the fun. Some people think these performances as something like a cheap souvenir, a social media prize to be showcased to the world, rather than something to be experienced viscerally and joyfully. It is like going to Venice and just thinking about buying the plastic gondola or the sailor cap worn by the gondolier instead of relishing the journey itself. What kind of tourist would that person be?

It is all about respecting the atmosphere of the concert or DJ set and appreciating the talent and artistry the performers provide. Not giving that due respect reeks of idiocy, one that threatens the sanctity of music itself.

We were all guilty of it, so that’s all in the past. I did it. You did it. We all did it. But now is the time to put an end to this practice. It is time that we end this bad custom that is detrimental to music. The freedom of an individual ends up where the freedom of another begins. The truth is that allowing long filming of DJ sets on cell phones kickstarts a slippery slope that can have no end, a myriad of cell phones up in the are an the vibe of a performance lost amidst all the bright screen lights shining all around. And that is without even touching on the subject of those who aren’t level-headed enough to turn off their flash before filming in a dark room, the biggest “no-no” of them all.

Most events have professional photographers and videographers ready to capture the moments for you, all the while you get to enjoy what you’re there for: the music.

So the next time you see someone in front of you holding their phone up for more than twenty seconds to film a live or DJ set, kindly ask them to stop and let the music experience be given greater importance.

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Chemical Brothers Video

Pepsi’s Controversial Ad Featuring Kendall Jenner is a Rip-Off of a ’99 Chemical Brothers Video

In case you missed it, Pepsi made a 2-minute 39-second ad featuring Kendall Jenner giving a can of Pepsi to a policeman during a protest rally. In the commercial, the policeman accepts the can to the cheers of the protesters and the “fighting/protest” ends.

Since its release, the video has since been dragged and tarred through social media: Wired.com says, “The message is clear: All those Women’s Marches, Black Lives Matter protests, and demonstrations outside Trump Tower would be much more effervescent—and effective!—if someone had just brought some soda.” Slate.com, on the other hand, posed an interesting question: “Is it Pepsi’s view that the act of handing an armed police officer a can of soda should be the millennial generation’s version of putting a daisy in a rifle barrel?NBC News on the other hand reported that “Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace, and understanding.”

But what caught the attention of dance music fans such as ourselves, was how similar this Pepsi ad was to a Chemical Brothers video from 1999.

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Gorillaz Are Back: See Photos and Videos from their Printworks London Gig

On Friday night Gorillaz returned back to the live stage with a comeback performance at Printworks in London. The band’s first onstage performance in five years came just twenty-four hours after the announcement of their new LP, Humanz. Damon Albarn and co. performed the forthcoming album in full, bringing out the many collaborators on it to the stage including De La Soul, Pusha T, Danny Brown, Kelela, Savages’ Jehnny Beth, Albarn’s Blur bandmate Graham Coxon, and even former Oasis rivalNoel Gallagher

On top of playing each track on Humanz, Gorillaz also played some of their classic hits, such as “Feel Good Inc.” with De La Soul”, “Clint Eastwood” with Del the Funky Homosapien, “Don’t Get Lose in Heaven”, and “Demon Days.”

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Watch This Documentary About Glasgow’s Thriving Underground After-Hours Scene

 

Glasgow, a city that truly knows how to party.

The largest city in Scotland is known to be a hot-bed for skillful DJs and producers, in large part thanks to a thriving nightlife scene with several world-renowned clubs the likes of Sub Club, La Cheetah and SWG3.

But beyond the clubs, there’s a deep underground after-hours scene that is rapidly becoming one of the most talked about in the world. i-D has decided to explore this late-night/early-morning world through a mini-documentary that dives deep into the city’s underground scene and the players that are making it shine.

“Discontent with the current political climate, they are artfully rebelling, reclaiming the city and throwing illegal after-hours parties. In this love letter to inner-city Scottish misfits, we discover more about the ripple effects of regeneration on Glaswegian youth culture.” — i-D

Watch the documentary in full below:

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Throwback Thursday: Watch Video of a True 1990’s Old School Rave

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Welcome back to our weekly appointment with Throwback Thursday, our feature series that travels back in time to look at some of the most iconic, thought-provoking and nostalgic moments in dance music scene history.

This week our time machine takes us back to the early to mid 90’s, the span of years that some still consider to be the heydays of the rave revolution. New York City had already gone through its disco years, Chicago House was being played all over the world and Detroit had soon followed suit in the late 80’s to early 90’s with techno. Across the pond Ibiza fever was taking over and, influenced by the Balearic parties and the sounds coming from the States, the rave scene in the United Kingdom was truly flourishing.

There was no Facebook, no Instagram, no Snapchat and definitely no way to tweet the night away during those years. Just the music, the crowd, a likely illegal venue, your mates and, let’s be honest, some good old ecstasy or MDMA.

The video below, which has been making the rounds on Facebook and already has almost 170,000 views, depicts those years perfectly. Enjoy it and learn a thing or two from those dance moves!

 

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A Look Inside Prince’s Untouched Paisley Park Mansion

Paisley Park studio

On April 21st, the world learned of Prince’s death at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

The property has remained practically untouched since. Today the public was given a first sneak-peek of the estate thanks to exclusive access granted to the Today Show. Al Roker got the first look inside the mansion, as the video below shows, while he toured the sprawling complex that served the artist’s home and recording studio.

“Handwritten notes and recording equipment remain just where they were before the iconic musician’s death. The estate’s archivist says Prince saved much of his memorabilia, including some of his 6,000 custom-made pieces of clothing. Two of Prince’s sisters, Sharon and Norrine Nelson, tell TODAY’s Al Roker that they can feel ‘the spirit of Prince’ inside”

Watch The Oldest Video of Daft Punk Performing Unmasked

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For the better part of the last 10 years the dance music world has been anxiously waiting for the return on tour of French duo Daft Punk. The usually effervescent festival lineup rumor mill hasn’t been disappointing this fall either, with the usual speculation, obvious trolling and fabricated leaks doing the rounds of the internet via Reddit, Facebook, Twitter and who knows what other social networks.

Although we heavily debunked the latest of such Daft Punk hoaxes, some continue to believe that 2017 is the magic year that will see the helmet-clad producers and DJs back performing in front of their fans. Adding to the excitement is a video that recently re-surfaced on the group’s very own Reddit thread, showing Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter playing live without their iconic headgear at The Carros Festival.

The video shot in Paris in the distant 1995 appears to be the oldest recording of the two performing without helmets, featuring a blend of acid, tech house and the style of electro that characterized the early Daft Punk sound that gained them notoriety world over during the 90s. In the video, which you can watch below, they perform Kraftwerk’s “Numbers” as well as their very own “Da Funk.”

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Watch 1 Hour of Sasha and John Digweed Going Back-To-Back at The Social Last Night

Photo courtesy of The Social

Photo courtesy of The Social

Last night marked the highly-anticipated reunion of Sasha and John Digweed behind the decks together.

The two legendary producers and DJs have remained at the forefront of the ever-changing spectrum of electronic music for the last three decades, all thanks to strong personal integrity, unwavering focus on music quality and undying passion for dance music. For one reason or another however, over the years they decided to move on from the iconic back-to-back sets that characterized their careers in the 90s and early 2000s, deciding instead to concentrate on their solo work when DJing live.

Fans of the two have been clamoring for a reunion for years, as evidenced by the unexpected attention received by our April Fools’ article announcing a fictitious b2b tour that was in fact not scheduled to happen. Interestingly enough, a couple of days following our April 1st joke article, the two artists announced that they would be playing together again at Nic Fanciulli’s The Social festival in Maidstone, England.

When the moment arrived, last night, the two were met by an electric crowd filled with hardcore fans, some of whom had traveled from outside of the country and as far away as the United States to witness the epic reunion. Luckily for those who did not make it, both The Social and John Digweed took several live video recordings spanning over 1 hour of the set, immortalizing the fabled reunion for all of us that weren’t fortunate enough to be present.

Something has to be said about The Social and Nic Fanciulli’s work in making this happen. The British producer, DJ and label owner has been a pivotal force in today’s electronic music scene, further exhibiting his never-ending passion for his craft when he established The Social in his home town of Maidstone in Kent. Inaugurated in 2014, The Social has been bringing avant-guard festival production, cutting-edge sound and top-tier music lineups to this corner of England, making it one of the most sought-after ticket of the year.

Enjoy the videos below!

 

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Connect with Sasha: Online | Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud
Connect with John Digweed: Online | Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud

 

Watch Latest Cartoon Animation Featuring Skrillex, Out On Adult Swim

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There is no denying that Skrillex makes for the perfect cartoon character. Be it the hair, edgy yet cool personality or the music that has infected the lives of many since he took over as one of the worldwide faces of EDM, Skrillex is a visually ideal person to translate into animation.

This latest cartoon sees Skrillex featured alongside Juaz and Fatman Scoop as part of their latest track “Squad Out!”  Directed by Adam Fuchs, who has previously directed for major artists the likes of Flying Lotus and Neon Indian, the highly stimulating video depicts animated Skrillex and Juaz losing their minds to a crazy and angry elephant-like version of Fatman Scoop who proceeds to torture them with a variety of odd sounds and scenarios.

You can watch the video through Adult Swim’s YouTube channel below:

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Inside Berghain/Panoram Bar: The Video That Should Have NEVER Been Made

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Image Broker/REX (2227351a) Berghain Club with queue, Berlin, Germany VARIOUS

Photo by Image Broker/REX (2227351a)

It is not a generality when you hear someone say that literally everyone knows cameras are forbidden inside Berlin’s famed Berghain/Panorama Bar. Needless to say there are countless of blogs, threads and social media discussions that debate the best way to be granted access into the techno fortress dubbed as the hardest techno club to get into in the entire world. It is also well known that those lucky enough to get inside get their phone cameras taped shut and that getting caught taking videos or pictures would risk in getting kicked out – something you do not want happening considering just how difficult it is to get in in the first place. Recently, Homeland actress Claire Danes was on national US television telling Ellen DeGeneres about her love of techno and Berghain experience, so it perhaps comes to no surprise that media attention on the famed venue is growing.

Regardless, it appears that all the above information didn’t stop an intrepid visitor from busting out a phone and taking a forty-three second video inside the club and posting it online. While this isn’t the first video shot inside Berghain/Panorama Bar, this particular clip posted last September has generated nearly 90,000 hits so far and shows no sign of stopping. It has certainly left hundreds speculating about how the video’s owner managed to get past the world’s toughest bouncer in Berghain’s Sven Marquardt and shoot the clip in the first place.

Sven Marquardt - Berghain's infamous head of security

Sven Marquardt – Berghain’s infamous head of security

We don’t encourage that you watch it, for the sheer allure and magic of entering Berghain for your first time after years of speculation and wonder is alone worth the wait. But should your voyeuristic interest get the better of you, you should know that you might find yourself somewhat disappointed by what is a just mere glimpse of what it is like to be inside Berghain/Panorama Bar. Truth be told, the video doesn’t do the club nor the experience even the smallest shred of justice. It is hard to capture the full atmosphere, vision, sound and feeling of Berghain in a short video, or any video at all for that matter.

It is for this reason that we chose not to link to the video, but instead post a selection of the comments that mirror our sentiments at this somewhat of a sacrilegious violation of what many consider the club mecca of techno’s worldwide scene.

Judging by the majority of the comments, it appears that most people were clearly mad at the poster, including roger darko who claims he is shown in the video. It is because of comments such as this first one that we strongly encourage you to follow Berghain’s policy and not take pictures or videos, and certainly not post them online for others to see:

roger darko: “Hi to everyone. somebody can reconize me, and i have to ask to the OWNER of this video…. PLEASE ERASE IT… if i remember, i was going down from the “cube” to tell you to erase the video. PLEASE… it’s only about respect. i’ll tell you a story, to try to explain why is so important . what if i record a video , that you’re doing something wrong ( and you have understand very well what i mean ) and show it to the world ? why you don’t have to be respectful to the club ( probably, the best club in the world ) that is building the techno culture ? please , erase it, …. the fucking crazy guy that’s dancing somewhere. thanks.”

Madwatt: “And that’s one of the reasons they don’t want to let dumb tourists in. Thanks YOU IDIOT!”

Ian Blevins: “Take it down”

jacko g: “NEVER COME BACK TO BERLIN. WE HATE TOURISTS LIKE YOU”

Abishek Dixit: “You know, I have never been to Berghain. But Neither was I excited to see this video. And let me tell you I haven’t even clicked on the play button. You are a living example of a dickhead dumbfuck tourist, who fail to understand the reason behind any rule. I still wonder how you got out of that place without a flat nose and, bruised face and your phone sticking up your ass.”

Santiago Montagno: “Where is the respect? Karma is watching you, stupid! Delete this video”

PHat in a hat: “I flagged this video to YouTube as invading my privacy”

 

Others brought out some very valid points: Who still takes vertical videos? And does anyone have that track ID? Shazam is failing me too!

outerpol: “The only thing more annoying is it’s a vertical video.”

Manuel Mantje: “Delete this clip. But what is the track played in the background? really curious, couldn’t find it with shazam”

Zach Ingram: “day six – i’ve now shazamed this track a million times…… still no luck, better keep on trying”

 

On the other hand, there were a few users who didn’t think making and posting the clip was a big deal:

alterdings: “Most of the people leaving negative comments/dislikes here are just butthurt techno “purists” who take themselves way too seriously. Anyway, thanks for the vid.”

TheMattd546: “Why are so many hush hush about this. Don’t the place want more customers??  what is it an illuminati club. so top secret? everyone is acting like this is a top government secret or something lol”