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July 28, 2010
THE DIRT (Music Business & Industry News) sponsored by GCI Technologies
Organizers Blamed for German Love Parade Deaths
Survivors of a stampede at a free dance music festival in Germany in which 19 people were killed have blamed organizers for the deaths. Witnesses criticized the decision to have just one entrance through a tunnel to the Love Parade, and said they had warned police about overcrowding. (BBC) bbc.co.uk
Ministry of Sound Targets Suspected Filesharer
This summer, five mostly young online companies are setting themselves apart from all others in the music business. Each represents a different segment of the industry, but together they exemplify the entrepreneurship and innovation that is leading the music industry into the new decade. (Billboard) billboard.biz
Whatâ€™s Wrong With Music Biz, per Ultimate Insider
The basic recording contract upon which most of the popular music business has been based for the past 50 years is fundamentally broken. This is not the sentiment of one of the countless critics who throw stones at the music industry from afar, usually for vague philosophical reasons, but rather the pragmatic opinion of a true insider: Tom Silverman, founder of Tommy Boy Records, which sold millions of records by hip-hop artists including Club Nouveau, Coolio, De La Soul, Digital Underground, Everlast, House of Pain and Naughty By Nature. (Wired) wired.com
NOTORIOUS & NEWSWORTHY (DJs & DJ Culture in the News) sponsored by Denon DJ
Rony Seikaly Basketball â€˜Superstarâ€™ Now A Trance DJ Signed To Subliminal Rony Seikaly â€“ former NBA Superstar and up-and-coming DJ/Producer is offering a snippet of his debut single, â€œCome With Me,â€ to stream online. Rony is signed to Subliminal Records. Ready with a string of completed, floor-friendly tunes, the first of these, â€œCome With Meâ€â€”with lyrics by Seikalyâ€”is released this summer on Subliminal Records. (The Daily Swarm) thedailyswarm.com
Rescuing a Disco Demigod from Oblivion
Diplo’s ‘Favela on Blast’ Documentary to See Release in Disco, like the universe and many perplexing things within it, boasts a rich creation story that is sometimes acknowledged, but seldom fully understood. Part of that owes to forgivable disinterest: Why bother with the roots of a movement whose byproducts include “The Electric Slide” and “The Ethel Merman Disco Album”?(Wall Street Journal) wsj.com
DJ TIMES NEWS
Hollywood Hamilton Set for Expo Keynote; Helms Big-Break Contest
DJs looking for knowledge and perhaps their big breakâ€”look here. Airwave icon Sean â€œHollywoodâ€ Hamilton will reveal career-building tips at his â€œKeynote Q&Aâ€ at DJ Expo in Atlantic City, N.J., on Aug. 18., and his â€œDJ Expo/Remix Top30 Countdown Contestâ€ invites all DJs with remix/mixing skills to compete for four one-hour DJ spots on Hamiltonâ€™s nationally syndicated radio show, Remix Top30 Countdown. How? Just send us your mix. thedjexpo.com
HOT & FRESH (Tasty Tunes of All Genres) sponsored by MICS
ABDJ Summer Tour Stretches Out Again, Hits Both Coasts
The voting for Americaâ€™s Best DJ continues to heat up, and its Summer Tourâ€”presented by Pioneer DJ & DJ Timesâ€”extends nationwide this weekend. Longtime vocalist/DJ Colette goes west and does her thing at King King (www.kingkinghollywood.com) in Hollywood, Calif., on Friday, July 31. Meanwhile, back East, the Black & White Festival (www.blackandwhiteny.com) presents two days of fun at NYCâ€™s Governorâ€™s Island. Nominees Oscar G, the Martinez Brothers and Jonathan Peters (ABDJâ€™s first champ) will join a slew of other jocks on Saturday, July 31 and Sunday, Aug. 1. Show up, cast your votes, and enter to win a slew of valuable prizesâ€”like a trip for 2 to The Palms in Las Vegas for the Americaâ€™s Best DJ Award Show & Closing Party on Oct. 2. americasbestdj.net
TECH FOCUS (DJ Gear & New Technology) sponsored by Pioneer DJ
Watch: Dubfire Drives His New Traktor
Native Instruments teases us with a video of Dubfire road-testing the new version of Traktor and its integrated controller at Space Club earlier this month. The good folks at DJ TechTools break out the magnifying glass and share their educated guesses as to what we should expect from the new version, including a two-deck/four-channel mixing console, four cue pads per deck, and a built-in sound card. (Beatportal) www.beatportal.com
Allen & Heath Launches iLive Tweak App
Allen & Heath has launched iLive Tweak, an iPhone app, which provides real time mobile control of the iLive digital mixing range. The release adds yet another option to iLiveâ€™s array of remote control possibilities, which includes laptops and touch tablets running iLive Editor control software, and the PL Series of controllers. (Future Music) futuremusic.com
Allen & Heath Launches iLive Tweak App
Offhand predictions can be jokingly made about the future of musical instrumentsâ€”like touch-screen guitars or iPod drum machines. However, this list of 10 futuristic musical instruments takes a closer look to how new mechanisms and interface designs, can impact the way artists create music in the coming years.(PSFK) psfk.com
ART & COMMERCE (Marketing & Business Tips for All DJs) sponsored by Bose
Are You Brand Management Material?
You are your own brand manager. Just like big-time companies like Starbucks, McDonalds and Dunkin Donuts, all of which take special care to manage its brands. And they know how to make billions of dollars managing them. Know it or not, you, too, are managing your personal brand, and not just every time you play a gig, but also every time you load in, every time you send an e-mail and every time you pick up the phone. (DJ Times)
INTERVIEWS (From the Pages of DJ Times) sponsored by SnowMasters
Mad Menâ€™s Shrewdest Musical Move & RJD2
Whoâ€™s not a fan of TVâ€™s award-winning Mad Men? RJD2 is, although he was on the receiving end of a very shrewd move by Lionsgate, the producers of the hit AMC show. â€œIt was a one-shot deal,â€ says RJ, about the instrumental version of â€œA Beautiful Mineâ€ that intros the show. â€œLionsgate wanted to buy the publishing, outright. I had never done that before, so I said, â€˜No.â€™ â€¦ Finally, I relented.â€ Why?
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