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Since 2007, Label Worx has worked closely with record labels from all over the globe, helping them grow into some of the most respected brands in the dance music industry. Already working with over 8000 labels from their base in the UK, in early 2016 it quickly became apparent that the next logical step in the Label Worx journey, in order to further immerse the company in the world of electronic music, would be to expand with a new office in central Europe - one that was staffed by an equally passionate team who would strive to strengthen relationships with European customers and imprints. What better place to do this than in the world's capital for electronic music: Berlin. Label Worx is therefore very pleased and excited to welcome Phil Darimont (Senior A&R/Label Manager) and Dave Heugel (Sales Consultant) to the Label Worx family as the team behind the brand new Label Worx Berlin office. Phil's experience recalls 15 years of digital music expertise and more than two decades of global music industry knowledge. His history displays versatility including 10 years as A&R for leading digital distributor Finetunes, running his well respected Room with a View imprint since 2009 and performing around the globe as a DJ since the early nineties. Dave has also been a part of the industry for over 15 years. Since starting his career as a music journalist and moving on to become the head of PR at Ongaku Music, Playhouse and Klang Elektronik in 2003. In 2007 Dave moved to Berlin and was one of the key label managers at Beatport for over 5 years where he developed key relationships with labels and offered a high level of personal support. 'We're all very excited about the expansion of the business and having Phil and Dave on board. They are both seasoned professionals who are well cemented into the dance music industry. They are exactly who we need to strengthen our existing relationships with brands and labels, as well as building new ones with other labels and brands based in mainland Europe. The next twelve months are going to see a huge growth in Label Worx and the services that we will be able to offer to our labels.' - Label Worx Director, Matt Abbott If you're based anywhere on the European mainland and would like to speak to our new team. Please contact our label managers > email@example.com
SOUNDCLOUD, KICKSTARTER, NEXT BIG SOUND, SONGKICK AND THE ECHO NEST ARE JUST FIVE OF THE COMPANIES THAT HAVE PASSED THROUGH THE MIDEMLAB STARTUP CONTEST - ORIGINALLY KNOWN AS MIDEMNET LAB - OVER THE YEARS. This year's Midemlab finalists have just been announced: 20 startups that will be pitching their wares at the Midem conference in Cannes this June. Disclosure: Music Ally were involved in the process of narrowing down the 150+ entries to the 20 finalists, along with fellow contest partners Atomico and Bluenove. We'd love to know what you make of the final selection. So without further ado: MUSIC DISCOVERY, RECOMMENDATION AND CREATION Antescofo (France) Aimed at amateur musicians who want to up their game - by playing with 'great orchestras at home', whose playing adapts to their own efforts. The results can be shared socially. Flat (UK) This is a web-based score editor that aims to get composers working together on the same document: a Google Docs for sheet music, essentially. It works with mouse'n'keyboard or MIDI devices. Mimi Hearing (Germany) This app tests people's ears, then personalises their music to their 'hearing profile' - complete with processing technology that it promises will make songs 'crisper, clearer and 'louder' without increasing the absolute gain'. SoundGrabber (France) An interesting twist on music discovery, focusing on the world around its users. This app pulls in music that has been 'geo-localised by artists and experts', with a native advertising platform accompanying it. Trackd (UK) Another music-creation startup: Trackd's app is an eight-track studio designed for mobile recording, with built-in mixer, metronome and lyric pad. It's also designed for social use, so friends can swap stems and collaborate. Tracklib (Sweden) Tracklib is hoping to create new revenues for musicians from their recordings, turning them into tracks and stems that can be licensed and bought by their peers, whether it's for sampling or sync uses. MARKETING, SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT AND MONETISATION Ikonfete (UK) One of a number of startups in 2016 trying to connect musicians with their keenest fans. Ikonfete uses game-like features to get fans interacting with social posts and buying merch and content. Artists can then reward the superfans. Kombie (Australia) This app wants fans to create their own content, blending their own selfies and clips with official artist videos, then share them with friends and the wider world. It's also hoping to integrate sponsored content. Maestro (USA) Amid the industry complaints about the revenues flowing back from online video services, Maestro is hoping to help that income grow. It works as a layer over YouTube and Twitch to add even more social features - and money-making opportunities. Plum Research (Poland) The music industry is awash in big data, but Plum Research is one of the companies trying to make more sense of it. Here, it pulls together information on what people listen to, how they listen, and even their 'cough' torrent activity. Revelator (Israel) More data: Revelator is a rights administration platform with a digital focus, providing a web and mobile interface for its music clients to log in, understand their analytics, and then use that information to take quick decisions. Stagelink (Germany) A fan-powered tour promoter
After they remixed Adam Lambert's hit 'Ghost Town' in 2015, EDM production duo Tritonal approached the singer about a collaboration. Lambert agreed, calling it a 'no-brainer'. 'Broken'; the first single off Tritonal's upcoming album, Painting with Dreams, was released on Friday (Aug. 12), the same day the album was made available for preorder. The single features production elements from Jenaux, including quivery synths and a thumping bass line as well as Lambert's signature lofty wails. Lambert is currently touring as Queen's lead singer and will play the reimagined part of Eddie in Fox's live action Rocky Horror Picture Show. Tritonal is set to release Painting with Dreams this fall. Listen to 'Broken' https://open.spotify.com/track/3NpncOG0HgkKbMAF8DTCma
As one of dance music's leading digital download sites, Trackitdown has now partnered with Music Choice in the United States to program some of the finest and freshest house and techno on its station. This music will air as part of the Music Choice Dance/EDM Channel's 'The Best of BE-AT.TV' block which airs seven days a week from 3-5pm ET and10pm-12am ET and features the newest DJ performances from the world's best festivals on a weekly basis. This channel will reach 55 million homes across the US and at the same time generates a new stream of publishing for Trackitdown's thousands of artists and labels. The digital download store currently works with over 30,000 labels and distributors spanning all electronic genres from Toolroom to Ministry of Sound, New State to Spinnin, K7 to Label Worx. Trackitdown-which is part of the BE.AT TV media group along with Ibiza Sonica and Ibiza Global Radio-is already the first and last port of call for all DJs and dancers looking for the best club sounds around. Says Nick Coles, Head of Operations at Trackitdown, 'with independent labels constantly having to evolve around a shifting landscape of services and revenue streams, this exciting new partnership gives us an unprecedented platform to reach millions of music fans across the US each and every week. It is a fantastic progression for Trackitdown and for all the labels that support us.' Damon Williams, SVP Programming Strategy and Partnerships at Music Choice stated: 'Music Choice continues to provide a powerful platform for independent labels that want to break through in the US. We are excited to offer this content to US cable consumers.'
A year ago, the music industry pushed through a change that saw new albums being released globally on Fridays (they were traditionally released on Monday in the U.S., a boon for record store owners who could expect an uptick in foot traffic that day in addition to their relatively busy weekends). The sheer volume of music coming out worldwide each Friday, and those records' ubiquity in the streaming age, all but guarantees that casual, or even engaged, fans were fighting a losing battle in keeping current. To that end, Spotify has announced Release Radar, a new algorithmically generated, personalized playlist to help sieve and highlight new records. Each Friday the service will generate a two-hour-long playlist comprised of new music from the artists fans follow, along with suggestions. (Call it unfortunate timing that Spotify has launched a promising feature on the same day Frank Ocean's ridiculously anticipated new record is expected to be streaming exclusively from Apple Music.) Spotify's Discover Weekly feature was aimed at, obviously, helping customers find gems within its vast, labyrinthine catalog. That feature has drawn a lot of praise since launching in July last year, resulting in five billion total track streams as of May, a lot of it pointed at lesser-known artists; as Spotify has claimed, over 8,000 artists each month 'get more than half of their listeners' from the feature. While YouTube is held over the coals for hastening the destruction of the global recorded music industry, Spotify is driving ears towards bands still renting a van. Release Radar is also similar to New Music Friday, a running playlist of new releases from 'hot' new artists that Spotify maintains (editors from the company also highlight their favorite arrivals on the playlist each week for Billboard). Spotify i, wisely, focusing on simplifying and tightening the discovery and listening experience for fans, the vast majority of whom are casual listeners with little desire or time to spend squinting through a telescope in order to find a star they aren't even aware exists. Through this, Spotify is beating Apple at the game it invented. While Apple Music is sewing up exclusives left and right - a game Spotify has refused to play up until now but one the company has reluctantly been mulling a move into since at least this past December - it's service lacks the snackable, smart curation tools that Spotify continues to iterate.
Benjamin Boles / August 9th, 2016 I'm waiting to get my hearing tested and I'm scared. Most of my work as a music journalist, along with my social life, has revolved around loud music for more than two decades. While I often wear cheap foam earplugs, I haven't been as consistent as I should have been, and I'm particularly worried about is the damage I've done while DJing. I was never a famous touring DJ, but spent many years playing long shifts on a weekly basis at Toronto bars, sprinkled with occasional club and warehouse party gigs on larger sound systems. I've never worn any hearing protection in the booth, as I found earplugs interfered too much with mixing. Gradually I've noticed that I've been turning up the monitors over the course of a long night, and the ringing in my ears was taking longer and longer to fade away after each gig. A few years ago, I started to realize I was having trouble keeping up with conversations in situations where there was a lot of background noise. Then one day that familiar ringing never stopped. Even though hearing loss caused by loud music is a well-known reality, most working artists view it as an issue they'll deal with when they're retired, not aware of the fact that it can often impact artists at the height of their careers. http://bit.ly/2bsxjHl Read more...
Born in 2011 from the masterminds of Swedish legend Mad Mats & his compadre Tooli, Local Talk became quickly and for many the new European 'Strictly Rhythm'. The label grew up fast to become one of the leading House labels of recent years, cultivating a huge community of followers worldwide. By releasing acclaimed EP's from respected artists such as Kyodai, HNNY, Art of Tones, Fouk, S3A, Fred Everything, Crackazat and many more, Local Talk became a prime favourite of many A list DJ's such as Session Victim, Ian Pooley, Steve Lawler, Steve Bug, Jesse Rose, Marquis Hawkes, Detroit Swindle, Luke Solomon, Laurent Garnier & many others.
Fabric will close its doors indefinitely while Islington Council reviews the famous London nightclub's license. The news comes after two teenagers died of drug related causes over the last nine weeks, with fabric forced to shut over the weekend so an investigation could commence. The club has now had its license suspended indefinitely following a review requested by the borough's police team - there will be a full review hearing to decide the club's fate later this month. 'Officers felt the need to act due to concerns about the safety of those attending the club because of the supply of class A drugs in the venue and the recent deaths of two young men linked to the club,' said a Met spokesman. An Islington Council spokesman responded: 'After two recent drug related deaths, the Metropolitan Police applied for an interim suspension of Fabric's licence. Fabric agreed not to contest this application, and a licensing sub-committee has today suspended Fabric's licence.' 'This will be followed by a review of Fabric's licence within 28 days.' Fabric announced on Saturday that all ticket holders will be refunded via Resident Advisor.
Sense, a clubbing brand from the south of England have grown over the last 5 years into one of the most credible, niche brands, bringing some of the best underground house DJs to their parties, hosted in Southend. At the beginning of this year, Sense launched a new venture, Sense Traxx. Their aim was to bring solid house music from the Underground, packaged up with boutique artwork and something a little different from the norm. After releasing tracks and remixes from the likes of Tommy Vercetti, Tom Jay & Manilla. They delivered their fourth release by Julyan Dubson - Make a thing. This release has flown up the Traxsource main top 100, overtaking releases from Defected, Global Underground, Guesthouse and more, high class, house music brands. This is an incredible feat to achieve after only 3 other releases and is certainly a release you need to have in your box.
One hundred firefighters battled a huge fire at the Studio 338 club and neighbouring industrial site in north Greenwich. London Fire Brigade sent 15 fire engines after flames took hold of the Studio 338 bar on Boord Street in east London, off the A102 and near to the O2 Arena. A recycling yard and some industrial units were also set alight and a man had to be rescued from the blaze. Firefighters were called to the scene at around 11.40am on Monday (8 August) where a tower of black smoke billowed hundreds of metres into the air could be seen 12 miles west in central London. A large part of the ground floor of a nightclub and part of its first floor were alight and the industrial warehouse was completely alight. An eyewitnesses photo from the scene showed the rear of the club completely consumed by flames, which forced a warning for nearby residents to close their windows and doors as a result of the smoke.
Not many DJ/producers can claim to have had a career spanning over 20 years, let alone one that includes residencies at some of the world
Headed up by UK bass and house music extraordinaire Low Steppa, Simma Black has become a front runner in the UK's underground house music scene, and is rapidly growing into one of the world's go to labels for quality, solid house & tech house flavours. Over the years Simma Black has seen releases from Martin Ikin, Full Intention, Franky Rizardo, Robosonic, Made By Pete and has over 100 quality releases to date, with a 6 month schedule of absolute bangers on the way. Next up on Simma is a release from Maur feat. Nocturnal, with their 'Volume EP'.
Kudos to Dirtybird for coming up with a creative marketing strategy for a music festival. Most camping festivals are kind of like campouts, right? But do they actually include s'more roasting, canoe trips and tug-of-war with your favorite DJs? No, probably not. Then again, most dance music fans aren't quite so fanatical as those of the San Francisco based label. Well, there's all those #ShipFam people, but they're kind of the same crowd. Dirtybird is rewarding its loyal customers with another chance to get up close and personal with their ghetto booty tech house favorites Oct. 7 through Oct. 9. The second annual Dirtybird Campout just released its Phase 1 lineup, and it's not just flock familia on the bill. Notable headliners include Machine Drum, a special live performance from Paranoid London, and the one-and-only mad, musical comedian Reggie Watts. Sounds like it's going to be hella weird out in Silverado, California.
SFX Entertainment has confirmed that it now has no plans to sell digital music service Beatport, having turned its finances around. After SFX fell into bankruptcy earlier this year, the sale of Beatport looked to be only a matter of time. As recently as April, we were being told that a Beatport sell-off process was making progress. However, in May, SFX postponed the Beatport sale, reporting that while it continued to consider offers, the dance music platform was officially no longer on the block. That decision now appears to be a permanent one. In a statement, an SFX spokesperson said: 'Our renewed focus on the Beatport Store, following our announcement of platform changes in May 2016, has been well-received and successful. The changes we implemented have laid a strong foundation for Beatport that have dramatically improved its profitability' 'As a result of these improving trends, SFX has determined that retaining ownership of Beatport is in the best interest of the Company and has withdrawn its motion to sell Beatport through the Chapter 11 process.'
Over the last few days, you'll have started to notice the roll out of Albums on SoundCloud, yet another way for an artist's content to be shared and organized, giving listeners another way to discover and engage with the massive catalog of music and audio available today on SoundCloud. What does this mean for albums delivered via supply chain? On profiles where playlists were created in lieu of albums, you will now start to see the Albums section populate. The rollout of albums will be an ongoing process and albums will now be discoverable via search. SoundCloud are constantly looking for new ways to help listeners find and experience all of their favorite music on the platform, albums being the newest way to discover.
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Deezer, one of the world's leading, on-demand digital music streaming services, today expands its international offering by launching to all consumers in the U.S. Available via the iOS App Store, Google Play, the Windows Store and Deezer.com, music fans can now directly access their favorite content and features, including Deezer's signature FLOW - a personal soundtrack that intuitively knows everything listeners want to hear, from familiar tracks to new music. Following the success of the brand's home audio and contract-free wireless subscription services in the U.S. market, Deezer will expand access to its Premium+ subscription and offer a free trial to new users for 30 days, after which a monthly charge will be applied. The Deezer app, which offers unlimited access to the world's largest music streaming library, as well as to news, podcasts and live radio, can be downloaded onto any device, including smartphones, tablets, computers, home sound systems, and smartwatches. Deezer will also continue to be available via Cricket Wireless and to Sonos and Bose subscribers. 'We are thrilled to make Deezer available to all music fans in the U.S., at a time when the company is growing stronger and developing new technologies that enable us to deliver a much more personalized experience,' said Deezer Global Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Hans-Holger Albrecht. 'We
Back in May, deadmau5 settled a lawsuit with his first label, Play Records. The lawsuit was settled amicably, allowing Play Records to retain rights to 'more than 100 original tracks, collaborations and remixes created by deadmau5 between 2006 and 2008.' A recent post by mau5trap on Facebook, concerning deadmau5's new 'for lack of a better playlist' playlist, prompted fans to check deadmau5's account on Spotify. What they saw was a new track, 'Desynchronized', that had come out on June 20. It didn't take much further research before fans learned that 'Desynchronized' had been on the internet since at least 2010. Looking up the track on Beatport revealed that the track has now been released on. you guessed it, Play Records. From what fans can gather, it seems that they could finally be getting re-releases of some of deadmau5's oldest (and possibly lost) tracks from his previous label. This includes some old collaborations with Melleefresh, as well as one of his most iconic tracks, 'Faxing Berlin'. It would behoove fans to keep a sharp eye on his Spotify account - deadmau5 neglected to mention the 'Desynchronized' upload on either Facebook or Twitter.