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We are pleased to announce our new Junior team at Label Worx HQ. As the company grows we feel now is the time to grow a new Label Management team, offering an even better level of support to our labels. Pictured from left to right are David Clark, Nathan Simm, And Jess Woollas. These guys will be assisting Connor, James, Dom & Alex with back-end tasks to ensure all requests for our labels, are dealt with quickly and professionally. Handling day to day office tasks allows us to free up time for our Senior Label Managers, allowing them to work closer and more effectively with our labels, helping them grow and achieve their goals. We would love you to join us in welcoming the new Junior team and wish them success to become part of the Label Worx family.
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Week in week out, our labels are featured across all stores and platforms, including Beatports DJ charts. This week we see 3 of Beatport's top featured DJ charts from Hot Since 82, Patrick Topping & wAFF featuring a selection of releases from Raffa FL (Criminal Hype), Harry Romero (Do Not Sleep), Dhaze (Electronique), Butane, Kris Wadsworth, Team America (alphahouse) & Vibe Killers (Resonance Records) Check out these tracks and the rest of the charts over on Beatport.
House may have started in Chicago, but London knows more than a thing or two about rockin' a steady groove. So, too, do Tom Findlay and Andy Cato, and you can trust them, because they put 'Groove'? in their name. Since 1995, Groove Armada has built a reputation as one of the best. Whether it be a live show or a heart-pumping DJ set, magic happens every time this pair touches stage. The duo then perfected the art of capturing the sweaty, sexy goodness of a dark dance floor into its studio recordings. We can actually smell the club in latest single 'House With Me'. We close our eyes and see the '90s-era fluffy backpacks jumping on jerking shoulders as the outside world softly slips away. Maybe that's partially to do with the funkadelic voice work of Chicago ghetto house legend Parris Mitchell. 'We are delighted to feature the vocals of Parris Mitchell on our new track 'House With Me' on Snatch.' Groove Armada's Findlay says in an emailed statement. 'Dance Mania and Parris Mitchell are pioneers of house music, and we're honoured to feature him on this record. Hopefully this is just the start.' It's Groove Armada's first release on Riva Starr's Snatch! Records, scheduled for release Friday.
The fan's votes have all been counted and it's official: DJ Times magazine and Pioneer DJ are proud to announce that Claude VonStroke has been voted America's Best DJ for 2016. Claude will be taking over the honor from 2015 winner, Steve Aoki. While most of the fan votes were cast online at the America's Best DJ website, the America's Best DJ Summer Tour Presented by Pioneer DJ & DJ Times supported the contest by allowing fans to vote in-person at 20+ club and festival events, which included Las Vegas Electric Daisy Carnival, Detroit's Movement Festival and Baltimore's Moonrise Festival, among the dates. The DJ/producer and owner of the famed Dirtybird Records will be honored September 30th in San Diego at the ABDJ Award Ceremony/Closing Party. Dirtybird is an independent label formed by Claude VonStroke over ten years ago in his bedroom in San Francisco, today VonStroke and the label remain a fiercely independent and intimate operation. For his achievement, Claude will be presented with a special trophy - a personalized, gold-plated Pioneer DJM-900nexus mixer at Omnia Nightclub San Diego. 'My fans are so kind hearted and amazing and I love them so much for creating such an awesome community where people feel safe and can have fun together. They voted for me to win over artists with huge radio hits and business machines which is so inspiring and surprising, for that I am truly humbled.' - Claude VonStroke 'After steadily finishing in higher and higher in the ABDJ poll each year, Claude VonStroke has climbed the mountain, being voted America's Best DJ 2016. Through memorable tunes and events that draw the most dedicated of fanbases, Barclay Crenshaw and his Dirtybird imprint/brand have created a unique space within the U.S. DJ/dance-music scene. Congratulations!' - Jim Tremayne, Editor, DJ Times Additionally, we're pleased to announce that Amy Armstrong of Seattle, Washington is the Grand Prize Winner of the ABDJ fan voting contest. Amy and one friend will receive flight to and from San Diego, two nights hotel accommodations, plus VIP treatment at the America's Best DJ Closing Party/Award Ceremony on September 30th at Omnia Nightclub San Diego.
Denon DJ have been a solid name in in the DJ Tech scene for years and over the last year we have seen a huge resurgence of hi tech, user friendly products aimed to take on the industries leading companies such a Pioneer DJ & Allen & Heath. Denon DJ provided Label Worx with the new MCX8000 controller for hosting the Label Worx Live Stream, and have been using this for the last 2 months. At BPM 2016, this years DJ Mag Tech Awards were hosted, celebrating 20 years of the award. Denon DJ's very own Paul Dakayne was there to receive the award of 'Ultimate DJ Controller' and we think this is a very well deserved award for Denon DJ. The MCX8000 controller went head to head with the Native Instruments S8, Pioneers new DDJ-RZX Powerhouse and Numark's NS7 III. For more information on the MCX8000 head to the Denon DJ Website.
Today Beatport have announced an update to their genre listing. The site's management had responded to customers' 'number one feature request' by rethinking their system for organizing music genres. One of the biggest changes is that they'll now separate commercial EDM from more underground electronic music. This should make room for independent labels to get more exposure in their relevant genres. As well as helping users of the site discover new music, the genre changes also help labels more effectively categorise their music so they can reach their target audience with ease. Beatport have also been re-categorising over 500,000 tracks and Progressive House will remain as a main genre but a large portion of content re-categorized to Big Room with sub genre Progressive. Please see below for an overview of what has changed and how it effects you. Crucially two new genres have been added, Future House and Big Room and their Pop / Rock section has been updated to Dance. Chill Out has been phased out as a genre and merged with Electronica to become Electronica / Downtempo Electro House to be phased out as a genre and become sub genre of Big Room. If anyone wants to know any more information about this. Please contact our label managers.
The online music marketplace will implement a new system for discovering music next week. Beatport will launch new genres on September 12th. The site's management has responded to customers' 'number one feature request' by rethinking their system for organizing music genres. One of the biggest changes is that they'll now separate commercial EDM from more underground electronic music. 'Beatport serves DJs from both of these worlds,' a company representative says over email. 'But it's rare that a DJ wants to play both types of music. From now on each genre will only address one of these worlds.' They've also introduced new genres like 'big room' and 'future house,' and re-categorized over 500,000 tracks to fit more accurately with their genre descriptors. Lastly, the site will more prominently feature new and upcoming labels like Acido, Les Points and Whities alongside more established dance music institutions.
Yesterday, the team behind Fabric and the opposing police force of London met at the Islington Town Hall to debate and decide upon the future of the esteemed nightclub. This meeting arrived following several weeks of turmoil for the venue, which began when Fabric was forced to close upon review of its license following the death of two 19-year old men (which have occurred over the past nine months). The possible loss of the venue caused an uproar throughout the community. DJs like Skream, Matt Tolfrey, Lee Curtiss and more spoke out about their favourite memories in and related to the club while Jamie Jones, The Martinez Brothers, Sasha, Eats Everything and handfuls more urged London Mayor Sadiq Khan to save the club from the possible closure. Editors of Mixmag attended the Fabric review meeting and covered key moments live from the Town Hall, including a tearful moment with an Islington council member and the suggested ban on higher BPM nights in theory that faster, more aggressive music was related to more deaths. Unfortunately, after over six hours of debate and review, the committee decided that 'searches were inadequate and in breach of the license'. Fabric's license will be revoked and the club will be forced to close permanently. Fabric Co-Founder Cameron Leslie, who gave a valiant personal defense for the club earlier this evening, declined to comment on the way out, but was visibly shaken by the committee's decision. He received an ovation from his team on the steps of Islington Town Hall. The final decision to finally close Fabric was made by the licensing sub-committee. 'There is a culture of drugs at fabric which management cannot control,' Licensing sub-committee Chair Flora Williamson said in a closing statement. Alan Miller, Chair of the Nightlife Industries Association, said that NTIA will start the Fund For Fabric to fight the decision in hopes of changing the damning fate of the club.
The BPM show at Birmingham's NEC is one of Europe's biggest DJ & Performance tech shows. Hosting every major performance and production brand's latest equipment and products, alongside some of the industries most respected voices and DJs. Held at the NEC Genting Arena from Sunday 11th - Tuesday 13th September, thousands of industry bodies, tech fans and DJs will flock to get their hands on the latest products and information on the music industry. This year Label Worx have been invited to host 4 panels, to discuss hot, dance music industry topics on the Sunday and Monday. Sunday: 12:00 - 13:00 - Zero to Hero - How labels start in a bedroom to big time! With guest speakers Riva Starr and his label manager Micky Gluffirda (Snatch! Records). And Sonny Wharton (Whartone Records). 15:00 - 16:00 - The Importance of Streaming and Spotify Enhanced Music label manager Harry Fowler joins the Label Worx team to discuss why Spotify & Shazam are the key to labels keeping ahead of the game. Monday: 12:00 - 13:00 - Check out my tune mate! Label Worx & Toolroom talk about the right & very wrong ways to send a demo to labels and artists. 12:00 - 13:00 - The art of the Remix with Paul Dakeyne Learn how to create a remix of your favourite track, quickly & efficiently with Worldwide producer Paul Dakayne. We will also be hosting various live DJ streams across the event which you can catch live over on our Chew.TV page. If you wish to attend and don't yet have tickets. Label Worx are also offering a ?5 discount for the event using the code: LABWRX5OFF when you checkout on the BPM website.
This year, the global industry will come together in Shanghai for a collective, two-day summit that will expand on the unique challenges and landscape of the Asia-Pacific region. IMS partners with Budweiser Storm Festival, China's premier electronic music gathering offering delegates the opportunity to do business in the region followed by a series of satellite parties and the nation's leading festival. Globally renowned artists Skrillex, Alesso and Pete Tong are leading the first wave of speakers announced for IMS AP in Shanghai. Local experts of the scene like pop star Jolin Tsai, Chinese producer Chace and representatives of Sony Japan and Universal Music China are arriving at the Summit to share, learn and connect with the international industry. We're happy to announce that Label Worx clients can now get a 50% badge discount for IMS Asia-Pacific in Shanghai on 29th & 30th of September.
Criminal Hype have been with Label Worx, pretty much from the beginning, and these guys are a great example of a label who started from the bottom and are now becoming a well respected label on the underground House Music scene. More recently they have had huge support from Toolroom Records and Mark Knight. Featuring their releases on some of the more recent Toolroom Compilations and a label spotlight on Mark's Toolroom Radio show. Over to you boys... How / why did Criminal Hype start? Curtis: I was always deep into music, to the degree of a DJ, trawling through stores to find the freshest new music then supplying it at house parties and showing mates. But I never learnt to DJ. I never learnt to produce either, but I knew I wanted to involved in the industry somehow. Simon's a few years older me, he'd DJed for years and he was producing. The whole aspect of him getting his music signed interested me and because Simon had a little experience within the industry and great ear for music I asked him if he wanted to set up a label together. Simon : Cheers for mentioning that I'm older than you mate! Ha. Yeah like Curt said he was toying with the idea of starting a label and we got talking and eventually we decided to start the journey together. I was happy to start a label with him because I knew that he was as passionate about music as I was so it was a natural partnership I guess. Can you tell us the story behind your latest release? Curtis: the latest release, Glen Coombs - Warehouse Jams EP was different to the normal sort of protocol. We'd been watching Glen's work for a short while and really lapping up what he was doing, but at the time there was something not quite 'Criminal Hype' about his sound. Despite this we could see his raw talent and the fact his sound was growing and I changing so we kept ear in, asking for more unsigned material. When he sent these 2 particular tracks it was a case of 'when you know you know!' And we wrapped it up! With regards to remixes it was the usual process. A-list producers that we are really diggin' at that particular time, then from that list we look at who will give the release different dimensions and offer a fresh edge on the originals. We also get the original artist involved in that selection process as much as possible, it's important to us for a release to feel complete on a real group level. Simon : Yeah we have had our eye on Glen for some time before we eventually signed one of his EPs. The guy's got skills and think he has a good future ahead of him. I'm sure we will see him feature on the label again in the near future. How did you hear about Label Worx? Curtis: as it goes it was the first distribution company we actually looked at! From the other recognised labels already on board it was clear they had things working well there. Then the main thing that stood out for us was seeing all the services we needed to get started etc in one place. Promo, mastering etc etc all available on Label Worx site. Simon : Basically what he said. Was bit of a no brainer for us to choose Label Worx. What does Label Worx do for you and your label? Curtis: what doesn't Label Worx do for us? Literally the guys have supported us in all aspects and helped us continuously achieve targets. The support we get is next level, any little questions or niggles and the guys are there at the end of an email (or a Facebook message/phone call at this point lol). Simon : Everyone that we have dealt with at Label Worx have been very helpful. Very responsive and will help with any issue that we have and there's been a few along the way lol What have been the biggest problems that you have faced running a label? Curtis: We should have, and could have faced so many more problems really. Mainly because we jumped into the label headfirst in the deep end without great knowledge and without hardly any budget. We rode our luck a bit and with the help of Label Worx we found our feet. The biggest problems now are losing music to huge labels, in the past 12 months we missed out on tracks to Toolroom, Avotre, Viva and more. But every time we have it's opened a new door that has ended up being very positive. Other problems are only minor, run of the mill problems really, normal things like chasing people for premasters and making sure our release artwork is right. Simon : Heading into running a label without any solid contact and friends of the industry has proven a bit difficult for us because if we got stuck with something and needed some direction or answers we had to figure it all out for ourselves with trial and error really. Building a reputation has been a bit difficult at times along the way as well, getting people to understand how serious and how passionate we are about the label hasn't been easy. Luckily everyone that
The 500-capacity space, located between Hackney Wick and Bow, will open to the public in November. The creative team behind the fire-damaged Studio 338 will launch a new club in East London later this year. Initial news of the venue, called The Bridge, first broke via Facebook on Tuesday, August 23rd. (That post also announced plans to rebuild Studio 338.) More details have now been revealed, confirming that the 500-capacity space has two floors, several outdoor areas, state-of-the-art lighting and VOID Acoustics soundsystems throughout. It's located on the border between Hackney Wick and Bow, and will host preview parties in September and October before officially opening in November. The Bridge's Music And Events Director, Dan Perrin, also held the same post at Studio 338. 'The Bridge is an exciting new direction for my team and I while we work on rebuilding Studio 338,' said Perrin. 'The smaller size presents an opportunity for some really cutting-edge programming and we already have a number of my friends and favourite promoters onboard, like Toi Toi and Undersound, as well as my own co-owned Art of Dark, for the initial preview parties. My plan is to create a program that is a mix of residencies from some of the most forward thinking promoters and DJs, as well as staging long sets from some of the world's best selectors for our in-house series of events.'
It's summer and that can only mean one thing: BBQ. DIRTYBIRD BBQ to be exact. Having been founded years ago around a grill in San Francisco, the BBQ's have become DIRTYBIRD's flagship events, drawing the most loyal of fans and fanatics alike. This year, the touring BBQ hit San Francisco, Seattle, Brooklyn, Detroit, and Miami. For the Detroit BBQ this coming weekend, label boss Claude VonStroke unveiled something special for his hometown, the expanded two-day Double BBQ Festival, packed with surprises. The two-day BBQ festival will see two very special Claude sets, with the first being a 'New Music Set' chock full of all unreleased gems sure to light up the dancefloor. For his Sunday set, Claude will be reaching back to the very beginning of DIRTYBIRD for his first ever 'History of DIRTYBIRD' set in America. With two full days of dirty beats by the likes of Justin Martin, J. Phlip, Christian Martin, Kill Frenzy, Worthy, Ardalan, Golf Clap, Dateless, and more, this is one BBQ that absolutely cannot be missed. To commemorate such a historical fest on Belle Isle in Detroit, Kill Frenzy cooked up a very special techno mix exclusively here on EARMILK
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 > firstname.lastname@example.org
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.'