Far too many years in the making, YouTube will finally be hosting it’s own music awards show. Airing on November 3, the voting will be fan driven (as would expected from a social platform) and the nominees will be announced on October 17th. The first annual YouTube awards are presented in partnership with Kia and will be hosted by Jason Schwartzman. They will be held at Pier 36 in New York, but will be live streaming from various locations around the globe iincluding Seoul, Moscow, London, and a location in Brazil. It will also feature performances by Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, and Eminem, all of which will be live-streamed under the direction of Spike Jonze.
YouTube has become a major player in the music industry over the past few years and has largely take on the role of new talent discovery. The amount of music being uploaded and viewed on YouTube everyday is staggering, so it is only fitting that they have a fan-drive, large production event to celebrate.
Check out the intro video from Jason Schwartzman…
In the wake of several news headlines related to “molly” and EDM partygoers (including the shutdown of the final day of the Electric Zoo festival due to multiple overdose deaths and a Gloucestershire man that died this past Saturday) one UK party spot has implemented a new drug testing system.
The Warehouse Project venue in Manchester will now have government employed scientists on site to test drugs that have been confiscated or willingly handed in by partygoers. They will test for any harmful additives that might be a danger to the venue’s patrons and then publish warnings through social media. The test launch of the project is set to happen on Saturday October 12th, with further dates to follow this year.
Native Instruments has unveiled it’s new flagship production hardware; the Maschine Studio. The new and improved Maschine features two large HD color displays, a brand new comprehensive edit section, a jogwheel for precision movements, and some other overall improvements in functionality. Coinciding with the release of the Maschine Studio is the new Maschine 2.0 software. The new software will have an upgraded audio engine, a mixer window, five new drum-synths, and a “plug-in strip”. The Maschine Studio will come bundled with the 2.0 software when it’s released in Novemeber (at and expected proce of about $999 USD), and existing Maschine and Maschine Micro users will be able to upgrade to 2.0 for a small fee. Check out their launch video below…
In a fitting tribute to the passing of former Nintendo President Hiroshi Yamauchi, bass wizard Thundercat has released a track entitled “Bowzer’s Theme”. The track is what you would expect with a name like that; beautifully moody chord progressions on a theme that takes you back to the golden age of video games. Make no mistake, this is not a dance track, but music like this is in many ways a precursor to modern EDM. Now let’s hear some remixes!
This week’s best mix comes courtesy of Montreal’s Kaytranada. This 30 minute mix was down for the 2013 Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival and is packed full of upbeat dance tunes. It starts off with heavily sidechained atmospheric swells, which morphs into a feel good 80’s disco flavor. This theme continues, but flows briefly into 90’s RnB territory which slides into some variations on vocal house. Overall, a feel good short dance mix that makes you want to smile and move your body.
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