Our News / May 16th, 2018
Co-Director & CEO Matt Abbott Speaks at IMS on the Digital Debate.
Label Worx's Matt Abbott has been invited to be one of the panellists at the International Music Summit's (IMS) this year, joining a number of industry professionals on the Annual Digital Debate.
The Annual Digital Debate this year brings in speakers from the artist side - managers and label heads representing the likes of Armin van Buuren and Fatboy Slim. In addition to Matt, the full list of panellists include Alexander Holland (Deezer), Chris Manning (The Orchard,) Eric Wahlforss (Soundcloud)
Jonathan Barnes (Pandora), Katy Ellis (Anglo Management), Matthew Adell (Native Instruments), Maykel Piron (Armada Music) and Robb McDaniels (Beatport).
Industry News / May 16th, 2018
YouTube launch new subscription music service.
The new YouTube music subscription service - previously codenamed 'Remix' - has been confirmed and will launch in five markets next Tuesday (May 22).
The audio-visual platforms actually relaunch of the YouTube Music brand, as an app and desktop player which offer 'streaming service made for music with the magic of YouTube'.
There is both an ad-supported free tier and a $9.99-per-month package called YouTube Music Premium.
Current Google Play Music subscribers will get a YouTube Music Premium membership thrown into their current deal, and have been reassured that 'nothing will change'.
'[If] you use Google Play Music, - you'll still be able to access all of your purchased music, uploads and playlists in Google Play Music just like always,' said Elias Roman, Product Manager - YouTube Music,
In addition, YouTube has announced that will soon re-brand its premium subscription YouTube Red service as YouTube Premium, which will include access to all YouTube Originals as well as YouTube Music for $11.99 a month. (The price paid by current YouTube Red subscribers won't change.)
YouTube Music will launch in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea next week (although, in South Korea, the service will only offer the YouTube Premium membership, not YouTube Music Premium).
YouTube Music will also 'soon' be launching in Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, said YouTube.
YouTube confirmed in its blog post that: 'More than 1 billion music fans come to YouTube each month to be part of music culture and discover new music.'
The service's Elias Roman commented: 'The days of jumping back and forth between multiple music apps and YouTube are over. Whether you want to listen, watch or discover, it's all here.
'YouTube Music is a new music streaming service made for music: official songs, albums, thousands of playlists and artist radio plus YouTube's tremendous catalogue of remixes, live performances, covers and music videos that you can't find anywhere else - all simply organized and personalized. For the first time, all the ways music moves you can be found in one place.'
Roman added: 'YouTube Music's personalized home screen dynamically adapts to provide recommendations based on people's listening history, where they are and what they're doing. At the airport? We'll recommend something relaxing before the flight. Entering the gym? We'll suggest some beats to get the heart-rate going.
'Thousands of playlists built to help you discover new music. That means no matter what kind of music you like, where you are, what you're doing, or what mood you're in, you can easily find the right playlist for that moment.'
Label News / May 16th, 2018
Yoshitoshi: The Acapellas - Accelerated by Label Worx
We're very excited here at Label Worx HQ about the new release on Yoshitoshi Recordings, Yoshitoshi: The Acapellas. The Classic series has already brought us some amazing remixes from some of today's most innovative artists, including Nicole Moudaber, Red Axes, Sharam, Matador and many more. Now, Yoshitoshi want to be able to give back to the fans and release this very special DJ Tool package. We caught up with the Yoshitoshi Recordings team to discuss this a bit more
How do these parts and acapellas compare to the original ones? Have you edited or processed them in any way?
We have. Our main goal with this pack was to create highly functional DJ tools that anyone can easily mix into their set without worrying too much. We tried to keep them as close to the original as possible in terms of arrangement, but there were some parts that were just begging to be looped a bit more. We also added some very subtle reverb to some of the vocal parts that sounded really dry without any music behind it. In the end it was mainly the product of a lot of testing, and what we ended up settling on felt like the right balance between sticking to the original and creating something functional that DJ's would have fun playing.
What makes these different than your standard acapella pack?
One of the main differences is we've actually included sixteen bars of drums from the original tracks before the vocals or parts come in. The idea was that it will make the parts easier to use; first, obviously, by providing drums to lead the track in, but also by giving beat-detection algorithms in programs like Traktor and Rekordbox something that will make analysis quick and painless. Too often, things like acapellas or even just older records don't play nicely with beat-detection. So we've made sure that even if your software doesn't accurately pick up the BPM (and it did in almost all of our tests), you can just set the 1, type in the bpm manually, and boom.
How did you select the tracks for this release?
All the acapellas featured here are from the Yoshi 20th anniversary remix packages. The modern remixes are all amazing, but on the other hand it's important to celebrate the original material, the hooks that make those records truly memorable. We wanted to bring some attention to them while also presenting them in a new and forward-thinking format for DJ's.
Is there a plan to do more of these?
Absolutely, and we don't just want to limit ourselves to classics. The second volume will also be mainly hooks from the classic records, but we also want to dig into the newer vocal records. Modern DJ gear has made it so easy and fun to play around with parts and really do live remixes of material, so we want to give the DJ's that love our records the option to do that.