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2016 has been something of whirlwind for UK distributor, Label Worx, and it shows no sign of slowing down for them as they this week announce that they have now distributed their one millionth track. With the total number of tracks distributed at the time of writing now standing at 1,037,310 - there's no time to stop and celebrate either. Matt Abbott, Label Worx Co-Director said: 'It's amazing to achieve such a milestone. Back in 2007 when we started the company, we never imagined Label Worx could grow to become the kind of business it is today. The original aim was to make the running of our own label easier, and that quickly evolved into providing other labels with an all-in-one, professional solution for running a record label from the ground up. It has taken us just short of 10 years to achieve one million tracks distributed, a phenomenal number. I can speak for the whole team when I say that we couldn't have done this without all of the labels we work with and the real thank you goes out to them.' Since beginning their journey back in 2007, Label Worx has rapidly surpassed every expectation when it comes to distribution and label services. Working with over 8000 of the electronic music industry's biggest names and brands, including Toolroom, Armada, Minus, Snatch!, OFF Recordings, SImma Black and more, Label Worx has become so much more than just a digital distributor. The company has this year expanded its operations with a brand new office in Berlin which is fronted by a passionate team that expands the Label Worx family and reach into the heart of the European electronic scene. Always striving to offer more to their labels and partners, Label Worx now boast an impressive number of in-house services that includes Promo Worx, Royalty Worx, Demo Worx, and a specialist Mixing & Mastering suite that has polished chart hits appearing on Armada Deep, Madtech, Yoshitoshi & Ministry Of Sound. #ThisLabelWorx
At the risk of stating the obvious, RA believe very strongly that DJing is a form of art. That might sound uncontroversial to readers of their site, but in the world at large, DJs still get short shrift next to other kinds of performers-even the birth place of house music doesn't give them their proper due. In a way the confusion is understandable. To the uninitiated, it might sound strange that someone would be paid, and possibly worshipped, simply for playing other people's music. To the casual observer (especially tax officials), a DJ playing for a sweaty crowd at some weird hour of the morning might not seem culturally valuable. And whether you mix vinyl or 'just push play,' there's no denying that DJing is, on a technical level, much easier to get the hang of than a musical instrument. But beneath relatively simple tasks like beat-matching, cueing and EQing lies a craft of incredible depth and subtlety. DJing means more than playing good records with smooth transitions. It means sensing the mood of a room with incredible accuracy, gauging the collective taste of hundreds or thousands of strangers and giving them enough of what they want to lure them into your own musical world. It means having the entire history of recorded music as your toolbox and drawing from it whatever you think the night requires. Every weekend, countless people around the world shell out hard-earned cash to hear DJs mix records. Some are only after a good night out, but many are looking for something more elusive-a moment of transcendence that's only possible on a good night on a good dance floor with a good DJ playing. With this annual poll, we ask who gave you that experience in the last 12 months. With the result, we toast the artists who, weekend after weekend, give people memories that will stay with them for years, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that dance music is more than entertainment-it's one of the essential art forms of our time. Head to the Resident Advisor website to check out the results of their poll.
2016 has been another vintage year for dance music, with the quality of electronic music releases continuing to astound and delight in equal measure. Our Best Selling Tracks of 2016 are always particularly interesting as it's an honest reflection of what working DJs are playing. It also showcases the breadth of talent currently working in dance music, and contains a healthy mix of established names and new faces. Ranging from the darkest, heads-down Tech House to the sexiest Disco, taking in the very best in Afro, Deep, Jackin, Soulful House an We want to give a huge congratulations to 3 of our labels who have made the top 100. Man Without A Clue's 'Clueless Music' coming in at #7, Low Steppa's 'SIMMA Black' coming in at #5 and Riva Starr's 'Snatch!' taking 1st place, as the best selling record of 2016 on Traxsource.
Lists are a big thing in the electronic community, whether it be a top 100, world's best or genre favourites, everyone gets a ranking. More often than not, most people feel these grades are rigged popularity contests aligned by industry insiders or mainstream media. Beatport has just launched its yearly poll with a stark difference from competitors: A best-of-the-year list voted by DJs, for DJs. The 'Best of Beatport 2016' starts by genre and aggregates nominees by top sales on the site. Once an artist's top five favourite genres are chosen, options are given for each. Among the options are tech house, techno, drum 'n' bass, electro, indie dance + nu disco and more. This year Label Worx users Claude Von Stroke, Dennis Cruz, DJ SKT, Leftwing & Kody, Pirupa, Tough Love and Tritonal have been nominated amongst the other top producers & DJs.
Get Twisted, the unforgettable house music imprint from Tough Love, has grown considerably over the last few years after the success of their first chart topper 'So Freakin Tight'. We have always enjoyed working with these guys as they always deliver upfront, cutting edge, crossover house music. We took 5 minutes of their time to have a chat about how they started Get Twisted and why they chose Label Worx as their disstribution partner.
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Tronic is one of the Techno scenes most favoured labels. Boasting a roster of releases from Kaiserdisco, Oliver Giacomotto, Noir, Chus & Ceballos, Eric Sneo and label head honcho, Christian Smith. We took 5 minutes out, to chat with Rena, Tronic's label manager, about why they love to work with Label Worx...
Seen more or less every episode of The Simpsons and know every lyric Skepta's ever recorded? Artist J King's got the goods to make you very happy. Reworking some classic UK releases, he's made a collection of artwork posters that replace the artists with Springfield's finest. Bart takes Dizzee Rascal's spot for 'Bart In Da Corner', boxer Drederick Tatum swaps with Skepta for 'Heavyweight Champion' and Ned Flanders, well, he was 'Born To Diddly Do It'. Dr Hibbert, Jessica Lovechild, Homer, the town's police department, Skinner and Disco Stu also get covers, replacing Stormzy, Ms. Dynamite, Kano, Heartless Crew, Wiley and Tinie Tempah. Something for the bedroom walls, for sure.
The world-famous Charterhouse Street club has agreed comprehensive new operating procedures with Islington Council, having been shut down in September after two 18-year-olds died of drug overdoses this summer. It was due to appeal at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court next week - but lawyers instead struck a deal with the council in private, only leaving district judge Robin McPhee to rubber-stamp the new policy this afternoon. In a joint statement with Islington Council, Fabric said: 'Fabric accepts that its procedures in relation to searching were insufficient, as were its procedures to prevent the consumption and dealing of drugs within the club itself. Fabric accepts that the police acted reasonably in making the application for a review and that the authority's sub-committee was fully entitled to revoke its licence. Fabric repudiates the online abuse aimed at committee members and council staff and will permanently exclude anyone who has been found to be involved.' Handing down his decision, Judge McPhee told the court: 'The parties have persuaded me that they worked together to create workable conditions to prevent drug use and supply within the premises'I am satisfied they have paid regard to the concerns of the police and public. The premises should be allowed to open once more.' Under the new terms, specialist roles have been created to prevent drugs entering the venue, and to help anyone showing signs of illness inside. Meanwhile, anyone under the age of 19 will not be allowed in and anyone found in possession of drugs, or who tries to deal drugs, will be banned from the club for life. ID scanners - which the club successfully appealed installing against at the end of 2015 - will also be used on the door. Philip Kolvin, representing the club, told Highbury Corner Magistrates Court: 'My client decided to take a root and branch reappraisal of its processes and procedures. It has produced a new 155-page operating manual. Promoting licensing objectives is the responsibility of everyone from junior to senior. Fabric shares exactly the same goals as the authoritie.' Raujit Bhose, for the council, said: 'What the council has been concerned with is whether Fabric can operate with a true zero tolerance towards drugs. We are now satisfied revocation of the licence is not necessary. Fabric has accepted procedure for searching and drug dealing within the club were not sufficient. It has now accepted 38 new conditions as well as its 155-page operating manual. The authority is satisfied Fabric understands what has to be done.' Features of Fabric's new operating manual include: - a designated 'premises supervisor'; - new posts of head of welfare, head of security and search captains; - a new welfare team trained by Loop to spot signs of clubbers vulnerability; - a CCTV controller to watch a live feed and spot any criminal activity; - all 250 staff to receive drug awareness training; - ID scanners at entry to premises; - U19s not permitted entry. The Fabric and Islington Council statement adds: 'Fabric is committed to doing all it reasonably can to ensure that no more of its clubbers come to drug-related harm. It also recognises that there need to be, and will be, changes to its management structure and accountability. In the light of Fabric's acceptance that there have been failings, and given the commitment that its directors and management have shown by their development of the operations manual and acceptance of these new conditions, the authority is now satisfied that the statutory licensing objectives may be met short of revocation of the premises licence. It is for these reasons that it has decided not to oppose Fabric's appeal. Fabric Life will pay Islington's costs in these proceedings directly and not from the monies pledged by supporters. For its part, Fabric understands and accepts that the additional conditions it has agreed to are meaningless unless its operational practices ensure each of them is complied with. Its directors and management remain committed to ensuring compliance. They are committed to ensuring the safety of their patrons.' Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, who had urged Islington to find a solution that enabled the club to stay open, said: 'Im delighted that an agreement has been reached and that Fabric will now reopen. We needed to find a common-sense solution that protects both the future of Fabric and the safety of all clubbers - and we have. I especially want to thank Islington Council for working so hard to help find a solution. The issues faced by Fabric point to a wider problem of how we protect London's night-time economy, while ensuring it is safe and enjoyable for everyone. Over the past eight years, London has lost 50 per cent of its nightclubs and 40pc of its live music venues. This decline must stop if London is to retain its status as a 24-hour city with a world-class nightlife.' Supt Nick Davies from Islington police added cops will be 'monitoring' Fabric's conduct. 'If there are further breaches of the licence, Fabric should be in no doubt that they will be challenged by Islington police and action taken,' he said. 'I know Fabric is a venue that holds a great deal of affection in people's hearts. We had no choice but to take action to safeguard clubbers and now Fabric has agreed to considerable changes I hope the venue can continue to operate for many years to come within the boundaries of the new licensing conditions.' Its fair to say... YOU Saved Fabric ;).
Tech House heavyweights Leftwing & Kody have grown from strength to strength over the last few years. Their imprint Lost Records has been home to artists such as Wade, Latmun, Dale Howard, Max Chapman, Raffa FL, Onno, Rich Wakley and a whole farm of the best, underground artists from across the globe. Their distinct sound of bumpin', rough cut house music is a favourite amongst DJs such as Eat's Everything, Darius Syrossian, Carl Cox and a many more of the worlds biggest names. We are now very pleased to welcome the guys and their imprint, to join the label roster here at Label Worx. Welcome aboard! Check out their latest release, out now on Beatport. 'Vidaloca - Breakness EP'.
This year alone, Benga (pictured), Avicii, Kid Cudi, Moby and Ben Pearce all publicly revealed they have struggled with mental illness. Avicii announced his retirement, Kid Cudi checked into rehab, Moby called touring an 'incredibly dangerous profession' and Ben Pearce is taking an indefinite leave from the industry, while Benga made a comeback and released his first new material in three years. A new study has found that an overwhelming majority of musicians experience anxiety and panic attacks, a fact that has been widely discussed recently with some artists choosing to step away from the scene to focus on their mental health. Helmed by Sally Anne Gross and Dr George Musgrave for MusicTank at the University of Westminster and published by Help Musicians UK, the recent study, 'Can Music Make You Sick', focused on the issue of mental health in the music industry. With over 2,200 respondents participating, the majority of which are between the ages of 18 and 35 (55.2 per cent male, 43.9 per cent female), this was the largest survey of its kind. Although it's becoming more clear that musicians are susceptible to mental illness, the results of the study are still staggering. 71 per cent of respondents believed they have experienced anxiety and panic attacks, while 65 per cent reported they had suffered from depression. This suggests that musicians could be up to three times more likely to suffer from the illness compared to the general public. Many factors can cause mental illness, but those who participated in the survey attributed their struggles to poor working conditions, the difficulty of sustaining a living, anti-social working hours, exhaustion and the inability to plan their time. Richard Robinson, chief executive of Help Musicians UK, was not surprised by the survey's results, but believes this is a step in the right direction to aid musicians in the future. 'Sadly the results of this survey don't come as a surprise and paint a concerning picture of the conditions for those working in the music industry,' Said Robinson. 'This survey is a vital first step in helping us to establish the scale of the problem and it highlights the importance of the next phases of the survey, which will provide us with recommendations for launching the first music industry specific mental health service.' The 'Can Music Make You Sick' survey remains ongoing, phase two is already underway and will be revealed in early 2017. A dedicated task force is also being set up to address the issue and discover ways to aid musicians who need help.
Last month, fabric's in-house labels, fabric Records and the artist-led Houndstooth, announced the creation of a massive fundraising compilation, #savefabric. Today, the mega-album is out and streaming in good part over on bandcamp. The project is the latest in a fundraising campaign for the club's ongoing legal fight to re-open following its closure in September by local authority Islington Council following two drug-related deaths. Fabric asked artists associated with both labels to contribute to the compilation by donating either a new track, or an alternate version of an old classic. Despite a very short turnaround of three weeks, producers responded in droves, with contributors including Om Unit, Pinch, Bruce, Addison Groove, Coldcut, and dBridge. Staff said in a press release: 'Ahead of the court date which will determine the long term future of fabric nightclub we'd like to present this compilation as a document of this moment in time but also as the perfect embodiment of everything fabric is and stands for.' Fabric's appeal is set for November 28. Presently, a Change.org petition against its closure has garnered more than 160,000 signatures, and its main fundraiserhas raised nearly
Respected techno and house label Immigrant Records, launched by DJ and producer Robin Porter is holding a free one-day pop-up shop at The Foundation Coffee House in Manchester's Northern Quarter on November 12th from 2pm-10pm. They are proud to announce the launch of their first menswear collection after throwing parties and releasing underground music for 16 years. On sale will be fresh graphic tees and hoodies, accessories such as lanyards and tote bags and 12' vinyl of past and present releases. Purchase any item of clothing or vinyl at the event and you'll receive a FREE Immigrant lanyard or bottle opener, tote bag and sticker and enjoy a FREE in-flight beverage.
Label Worx Mix & Master engineers Alex & Matt spoke to Computer Music Magazine. Hosting a 2 part video in the studio, talking about how they use UAD Plugins to create Mixdowns & Masters ordered by Label Worx clients. In the latest issue of Computer Music (cm236 November 2016), Alex & Matt work their magic on a fresh take of Indo's 'R U Sleeping', covered by The Squatters & AM2PM. With a 6 page spread along with the video footage, there is a lot to be learned by any budding producer, or anyone who wants to learn more about tightening up their mixdowns & masters in their own studio.
This week we see some great support for Criminal Hype, Dirtybird, Resonance Records, CUFF, NONSTOP & Vivrant from dance music heavy weights Sonny Fodera, Dosem & Solomun.
Leon Lour is gearing up to release his debut on staple UK house label Get Twisted Records on this Friday, October 28th. After releasing music via Big Beat Records, Pete Tong's FFRR, and most recently a track with Mike Mago via Spinnin' Records entitled 'Higher,' this release sees Lour stand on his own for his biggest statement of his career since its start a few years ago. Control The Masses will feature three tracks, and we have a first listen to the title track today. 'Control The Masses' brings together many of the best of house and underground's inspirations all in one place for a peak time thriller. Seeing an impressive, infectious and deep bass line paired with an entrancing vocal command, 'Control The Masses' does just as it seeks, enrapturing our attention with force.
It's been one of the biggest stand-offs in digital music history - but YouTube and German collection society GEMA have finally reached a licensing agreement. The deal means that scores of previously unlicensed - and therefore previously unavailable - music videos will now be playable in the region. YouTube users in Germany will no longer see a blocking message on music content that contains GEMA repertoire, for the first time in seven years. YouTube's Head of International Music Partnerships, Christophe Muller said: 'We're committed to ensuring that writers, composers and publishers continue to be paid fairly, and that our users are able to enjoy their favourite songs and discover new music on the platform.' 'We are extremely pleased to have reached an agreement with GEMA to help their members earn revenue and to enable new musical talents to emerge.' 'YouTube has evolved into an important source of promotion and revenue for musicians and we are pleased that GEMA members will benefit from their creative work on YouTube.' In a blog post, YouTube wrote: 'This agreement reflects a long-held commitment that composers, songwriters, and publishers should be paid fairly, while ensuring fans can enjoy their favorite songs and discover new music on YouTube. 'That commitment has helped YouTube evolve into an important source of promotion and revenue for musicians. As such, we continue to invest in our rights management system, Content ID, to protect rights owners while continuing to innovate and create new and exciting YouTube features such as VR and 360, that can heighten the music experience on YouTube even more.'
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