EDM After The Drop: What A Wounded Corporate Giant Means For Dance Music Culture

gettyimages-182603664_wide-ccbd12772bb47593630d6f911f508303f60932a4-s800-c85Mud has a way of capturing the popular memory of a music festival. After stormy weather hit this year’s massive TomorrowWorld, an electronic dance music gathering held in Chattahoochee Hillso, Georgia on September 25-27, images circulated online of self-identified festival goers sleeping, stranded, on the soggy ground. Organizers of the event, which last year drew 160,000 people, ultimately closed off the final day to anyone not among the estimated 40,000 on-site campers.

TomorrowWorld has promised refunds, and a festival spokesperson told NPR in a statement, “The safety of our attendees is our top priority.” But the public-relations disaster came at a curious time for the fest’s parent company, SFX Entertainment, and the world of EDM as a whole.

On October 14, SFX faces a self-imposed deadline for considering offers to buy all or part of the EDM-focused conglomerate. SFX’s D-Day arrives after multiple postponements, and after its colorful chief executive, the veteran radio and live music impresario Robert F.X. Sillerman, scrapped an offer to buy the roughly 60% of the business he didn’t already own. The backdrop is a precipitous fall in SFX’s

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Read an Exclusive Excerpt from Tom DeLonge’s New Dystopian Novel

Tom DeLongeToday marks the release of Poet Anderson …Of Nightmares, a new novel co-written by Angels and Airwaves leader, and former Blink-182 member, Tom DeLonge. The book is the first installment of a planned trilogy co-authored by young-adult-fiction writer Suzanne Young. Poet Anderson …Of Nightmares tells the story of two teenage brothers whose parents have died in a plane crash, and according to DeLonge, the novel is set in “an unknown world where dreams meet reality and the chasm between the two sometimes disappears.” In August, we premiered a song from an Angels and Airwaves EP based on the novel’s themes, and here, we’re presenting an exclusive excerpt from Chapter 14 of the book itself.

You need to start remembering, Poet,” Jarabec said. “Remembering your dreams.”

“Well,” Poet started. “This has been a pretty fucking traumatizing evening, so maybe this one will stick.”

“I am sorry,” Jarabec said. “I’m sorry for all of it. Since your mother never got the chance, I will train you how to be a proper Poet. We’ll start tomorrow.”

“Tomorrow?” Poet scoffed, annoyed that the Dream Walker would even dangle the possibility of it in front of him, only to make him wait. “I’m ready now.”

Jarabec held his eyes.

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King Mez’s Long Road From Raleigh To ‘Compton’

downloadKing Mez doesn’t smoke loud, sip lean or drink alcohol. He doesn’t care about Audemar watches or oversized chains with icy pendants. Dude spends his off days piecing together 500-part Gundam Wing robots while learning to write and speak Japanese. You might not be down with him yet. The 25-year-old Raleigh native blasted out of left field with not one, not two, but three significant features on Dr. Dre’s highly anticipated Compton album this August, in an era when we never thought we’d get another Dre album.

For days after Compton dropped, I had @s and tweets from a rack of dudes on my timeline, like, “Who that cat King Mez? He go in!” And rightly deserved. King Mez’s verses are sharp and delivered with a thick, rich, fried-grits-and-gravy country voice that’s distinctive to his southern roots –– it perfectly syrups on to that west coast sound that Dre created. You catch it when he speaks, but when his accent blends with tracks it thickens, even enhances, the beat, and it’s been impressing new listeners. But I’ve known for a while now; I been rocking with dude for a few years.

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Professional Singers Need the Right Background Music

If you are a professional singer, or even one just starting out, you know how important your background music is. Whether your specialty is country, rock or any other type of music, choosing music for your background singers, or to use in place of the singers, is crucial. Using tracks that produce a certain sound not only adds to your performance, but pulls it all together so that it sounds just right. With the right soundtracks in the background, nearly any singer can sound great, and there are a variety of companies that produce high-quality soundtracks that are reasonably priced and easy to use.

Today’s Background Music Is Quite Different

Today, the background music is recorded and delivered digitally, so the sound is crisp, clear and life-like. The companies that produce the tracks do an excellent job of making a high-quality product that can complement any song. They also sell sheet music for live backup singers, as well as different arrangements of various songs. Prices are reasonable as well, usually starting at around £2 per song. Once customers pay for a song, they can download it from the company’s website quickly and easily.

The music

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Get the Problem with Your Bass? Don’t Worry!

Do you enjoy playing music? Do you love music? Why do you love music? Well, for those who love music so much, music can be said as part of the life. Without music, we cannot live well. For those who really love the music, this kind of statement will be completely true. Do you think so? If yes, you need to make sure that you can use all of your efforts to maintain the music in your life. There will be many kinds of ways and acts that you can do to maintain you have the close relation with the music.

Sometimes, the group music has their own time for rehearsal and they have the time to perform their talent. You will be so lucky if you have this kind of chance in your life. If you choose to play bass and the time for the performing show is close enough, you should prepare it well. But somehow, everything can always go wrong. You need to have another bass for your performance. Do not worry since you can have it at Lakeland Bass. You can find out which one of the bass that will make

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Consumers Defrauded In Card Rate Scam To Be Refunded Money

When you are trying to get your credit card rate lowered, you might try some interesting solutions. That’s exactly what happened to consumers who paid for services from Innovative Wealth Builders, or IWB. IWB made claims that they could get their clients credit card rates reduced, and promised financial relief. Turns out, the company couldn’t deliver, and the Federal Trade Commission had to step in to protect consumers. When the FTC stepped in, they fined IWB about one million, for falsely claiming that the company could save consumers thousands in interest rate payments. Over ten thousand consumers were mailed checks from the FTC, with an average amount of $92.< are taking on some new looks in the digital age. Merchants, banks, and federal regulators are constantly trying to find new ways to fight fraud and scams that they eventually have to pay for. Many chargeback protection providers, such as eMerchantBroker, provide insurance in case of chargebacks for merchants. This lets merchants breathe a little easier, knowing that they don’t have to worry about the exact number of chargebacks that they have, as long as they are running a legitimate business.

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Jason Aldean’s Most Popular Songs

Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean is one of the world’s most popular country singers today. Since he first came on the scene in 2005 with Broken Bow Records, he has released six studio albums along with twenty-four singles. He has had a range of success, from single platinum to triple platinum. Many of his songs have proven to be number one on records charts of all kinds. Of all of his songs, however, some have stood out amongst the sea of country songs. The popular concerts of Jason Aldean have become people’s favorites, and given people countless memories.

“Johnny Cash”

“Johnny Cash” is from Jason Aldean’s 2007 album “Relentless”. It was also the first single that was released from this album. Despite being only two years into his career, this song was his third gold single. What also makes this song so appealing to so many people is the music video. In the video, it has some of the most important things to any man – a beautiful woman, and a beautiful car. Of course Aldean is also in it, and shows audiences his flirty side. It is a fun song that has entertained listeners since its creation.

“Dirt Road Anthem”

“Dirt Road Anthem” is

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The History Of Music: From Grunts To Guitars

Where did music begin, and where is it going? How did we get to the type of music we have today? Is radio and recorded music improving music? This piece examines the history of music, and provides predictions for the types of music to expect in the future.

Where did music begin, and where is it going? The answers are surprising. There is a modern movement leading humanity back to the music it first created tens of thousands of years ago. A conflicting movement is creating ever more complex sounds, and creating a world of smaller audiences for more musicians.

Before humanity could write, and even before they could speak, rhythm and single tones were used to communicate. The song of a bird may have inspired a prehistoric man to mimic and improve on the noise. Evidence of prehistoric music is sparse, since there was no language to describe the sound to descendants. Drumming objects and mimicking are considered to be the first “music”. This continued with words being added as speech was discovered.

After the development of writing, music became more refined. Crafted instruments were added. Harmonies were created. Pipes, flutes, basic stringed instruments, and similar tools were used to create the

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Music Producer London and His Voiceover Studio

A good and melodious music touches the heart irrespective of its language .It is been rightly said that melody is not monopoly of any one territory or composition breaks all territories and brings the world more close. Classical music is said to be father of all song.

Music producer London Steven Williams has his roots grounded strong with classical music which can be felt by hearing song composed by him. The music producer based in London composes music straight from heart which has long lasting melodious impact on the brain, heart, ear and tongue leading to store in memories of listeners. The Music Producer in London is not skilled in composing or music direction job only but is one man with entire knowledge of music production. Whether is it composition technical aspects of song production, set up, song writing or financial aspects or Recording?

Music producer London is a well known pop song director and has delivered some outstanding pop music appreciated all around the world. Their work has been an instance for people of rest of the world. Be it a Rock, pop, Contemporary, classical, semi classical or jazz the team and the song producer themselves are well

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Music Producer London and His Voiceover Studio

A good and melodious music touches the heart irrespective of its language .It is been rightly said that melody is not monopoly of any one territory or composition breaks all territories and brings the world more close. Classical music is said to be father of all song.

Music producer London Steven Williams has his roots grounded strong with classical music which can be felt by hearing song composed by him. The music producer based in London composes music straight from heart which has long lasting melodious impact on the brain, heart, ear and tongue leading to store in memories of listeners. The Music Producer in London is not skilled in composing or music direction job only but is one man with entire knowledge of music production. Whether is it composition technical aspects of song production, set up, song writing or financial aspects or Recording?

Music producer London is a well known pop song director and has delivered some outstanding pop music appreciated all around the world. Their work has been an instance for people of rest of the world. Be it a Rock, pop, Contemporary, classical, semi classical or jazz the team and the song producer themselves are well skilled and aquatinted

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Making your Own Collection of Music Memorabilia

Music is an important part of life for numerous music lovers. This is one of the reasons why music memorabilia has always been in demand. For people who are keen to collect music from well-known artists, music memorabilia can be a really pleasant gift.

Music memorabilia were a little difficult to catch hold off in the earlier times. However, with the increasing demand and huge outburst in the number of music lovers; getting a music memorabilia is no more difficult. They are easily available through online auction websites as well as music e-stores.

Collecting music memorabilia:

Collecting music memorabilia is an art. Music memorabilia is indeed high in cost. Not all collectibles for a music memorabilia are expensive. Minor things like key rings, pictures, posters, and t-shirts can be bought for minimal rates. These items are classified more as merchandise than memorabilia. Nevertheless, they are good to start with.

You should look for a right timing to buy the same, meaning a time when stores are running sale and discount period. There are many items that can be collected for making your own music memorabilia.

How to make your own memorabilia?

Memorabilia is so important that it can’t be measured by money. Even though, if you

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The History Of Music: From Grunts To Guitars

Where did music begin, and where is it going? How did we get to the type of music we have today? Is radio and recorded music improving music? This piece examines the history of music, and provides predictions for the types of music to expect in the future.

Where did music begin, and where is it going? The answers are surprising. There is a modern movement leading humanity back to the music it first created tens of thousands of years ago. A conflicting movement is creating ever more complex sounds, and creating a world of smaller audiences for more musicians.

Before humanity could write, and even before they could speak, rhythm and single tones were used to communicate. The song of a bird may have inspired a prehistoric man to mimic and improve on the noise. Evidence of prehistoric music is sparse, since there was no language to describe the sound to descendants. Drumming objects and mimicking are considered to be the first “music”. This continued with words being added as speech was discovered.

After the development of writing, music became more refined. Crafted instruments were added. Harmonies were created. Pipes, flutes, basic stringed instruments, and similar tools were used to create the

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The Bitter Ingredients Behind Supertramp’s Delicious Album Breakfast in America

Popular music has had several phenomenal songwriting partners, though none of them are quite as well-known as the tandem of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Most of them, like the main combination behind many of the greatest songs by The Beatles, end up splitting because of built-up tension.

It happened to Johnny Marr and Steven Morrissey of the Smiths at the end of the eighties, and the two have been estranged ever since. Although Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook did eventually reunite, the two slain composers in Squeeze spent several years at odds.

In most cases, the friction between the song rewriting team cannot be readily detected from the songs themselves. The Let It Be album’s “Two of Us” did give us some insight that The Beatles leaders were finished with one another, but the sweet nostalgia of the lyrics hardly indicate bitterness.

The collaboration of the songwriting pair for the group Supertramp, however, could not have been made clearer than it was on the group’s biggest album, Breakfast in America. Every song on that album, including smash hits like “The Logical Song”, “Goodbye Stranger” and “Take the Long Way Home,” points to the tension between Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson.

While a

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Death And The Iron Maiden

Bruce Dickinson isn’t through just yet. It is the end of a 12-hour press day where theIron Maiden vocalist has been answering a multitude of questions, most concerning the iconic heavy metal band’s 16th full-length album, The Book of Souls. It is a task that requires a kind of Zen-like patience, yet the 57-year-old is noticeably unfazed, excited to spend the better part of an hour talking about his passion for music — and for life. Since 1981, when Dickinson joined Maiden, he and his bandmates have crafted an inimitable style of heavy metal, revolving primarily around themes of the battle between life and death.

Whereas their forebears in Black Sabbath engaged the subject of mortality with low and slow misanthropy, Iron Maiden tackled it on frenetically paced, epically rendered cautionary tales, heralded by Dickinson playing the part of a maniacal prophet. The result has been one of metal’s most celebrated legacies, exuding a notion of the very glory and immortality the band’s songs depicted. Yet recently, Maiden’s lyrical themes, and that of many of their influential peers, have manifested as an unavoidable reality. The authors of the mortality narratives that have been heavy metal’s stock in trade for nearly 50

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Mac Miller: ‘It’s OK To Feel Yourself’

Mac Miller met us in LA, which he had recently left. Ali and Mac have known each other for some time, so this interview was a chance for them to reconnect on the other side of some months of internal turmoil and growth the Pittsburgh rapper had to get through. We spoke about fame, performance and wading through other people’s prejudice when you’re a rapper who’s white.

ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD: Mac Miller in the building. What’s happening?

MILLER: Oh, you know, just glad to be back. Very excited. I couldn’t even sleep last night.

MUHAMMAD: You mean back in L.A.?

MILLER: Yeah. Back on the road. Back doing music professionally.

MUHAMMAD: How’s it feel to be back?

MILLER: It’s good. It was a little scary at first, but that’s —

MUHAMMAD: Is it like Cheers when Norm walks in? It’s like, he walks in; he’s back. It’s like, “Norm!”

MILLER: Yeah. I never watched Cheers actually.

MUHAMMAD: Sorry. I’m dating myself right there. Doggonit.

MILLER: No, you know what it’s like? You just jump, and then everything’s good. It’s been great. Just releasing an album. There’s no better feeling in the world. You know.

MUHAMMAD: It’s been a long time. I forgot. That muscle’s sleeping.

MILLER: I mean, hey, two years, I

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Patti Smith Working on Third Memoir, Detective Story, YA Novel

Patti Smith will release her second memoir M Train on Tuesday, and the Horses singer appears fully immersed in her role as an author. Speaking at the New Yorker Festival over the weekend, Smith revealed that she has at least four more literary projects in the works, including a third autobiography, a book of poems, a detective novel and a young-adult fiction story. “[It’s] the kind of book I used to read as a young girl,” Smith said.

Smith’s critically acclaimed debut memoir Just Kids arrived in 2010 and won the National Book Award, and the rocker has been writing nonstop ever since. “I’m always just working. I have tons and tons and tons of unpublished material,” Smith said (via Vulture). “I’m going to be like Dorothy Parker when I die. People are going to go, ‘Holy shit, it’s totally indecipherable.'”

Smith has described M Train as “a roadmap to my life,” with the singer reflecting on her life and art through various places she’s frequented on her journeys. Smith revealed at the New Yorker Festival that her next tome will focus on her music and her relationship with her late husband Fred “Sonic” Smith, the MC5 guitarist who passed away

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Tortoise Announce New LP ‘The Catastrophist,’ Share ‘Gesceap’

Chicago instrumental rock troupe Tortoise will return in January with a new LP titled The Catastrophist, the quintet’s first album since 2009’s Beacons of Ancestorship. The album will arrive January 22nd via the post-rock band’s longtime label Thrill Jockey, where The Catastrophist is available for pre-order.

The Catastrophist‘s roots lie in a suite of music the City of Chicago commissioned the band to create in 2010 to pay tribute to the area’s rich musical history. “When we finally got around to talking about a new record, the obvious solution to begin with was to take those pieces and see what else we could do with them,” drummer John McEntire said in a statement. “It turned out that for them to work for Tortoise, they needed a bit more of a rethink in terms of structure. They’re all pretty different in the sense that at first, they were just heads and solos. Now, they’re orchestrated and complex.”

The group’s first single “Gesceap” embodies how the commissioned suite turned into The Catastrophist as swerving, 8-bit-like synth melodies build over its eight-minute runtime toward a cataclysmic finish. “To a certain extent, it’s more of a reflection of how we

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The sound of the Sugar Plum Fairy

As part of our celebration of World Ballet Day, we take a look at the Celesta, an instrument that is famously heard in Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker.

When Tchaikovsky ‘discovered’ the celesta in 1891, it had been invented just five years earlier and unveiled at Paris’s 1889 Exposition Universelle. Its inventor, Charles Victor Mustel, was a Parisian-based harmonium builder and designer. Having patented several innovations of the harmonium, Mustel invented his first percussive keyboard instrument in 1866: this was the typophone, a piano-like construction whose hammers struck large tuning forks.

Chausson, introduced to this novel instrument by Duparc, may have originally used the typophone rather than celesta for his 1888 incidental music to Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Originally scored for a small orchestra, it was possibly the typophone’s modest sound, unsuited for orchestras, that persuaded Chausson subsequently to rescore his music for an even smaller ensemble, complementing the instrument with a string trio, flute and harp.

Published in 1905 after Chausson’s death, the score specifies not a typophone but the brighter-sounding celesta: like the typophone, it uses a piano-like construction, though rather than hitting tuning forks it strikes little metal plates similar to a glockenspiel’s. By then, the celesta had made its triumphant appearance

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Backstreet Boys’ A.J. McLean on Fiery Solo Song, Nick Carter Zombie Western

A.J. McLean was lounging at home and browsing headlines on his phone when a disturbing stream of news propelled him toward a new musical mission. “I used to spend all my time on Instagram and social media, seeing what’s going on in entertainment,” says the 37-year-old Backstreet Boys member. “Then one day, I downloaded the CNN app and became glued to it — racial issues, cops killing young black men, the uproar with anti–gay marriage … all this negativity. I finally snapped and went, ‘This is ridiculous. This is the world my daughter’s growing up in, and it’s a fucked-up one.'”

Deciding to use his celebrity to help “start a movement,” McLean sat down with friend and producer Jordan James (Pussy Cat Dolls, Becky G, BSB) to write “Live Together,” an anthem meshing the aggressiveness of Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead” with positive yet controversial lyrics designed to “turn heads and shock people.” The song will appear on McLean’s upcoming solo debut, The Anthem.

“The moment I heard it in its entirety, the video concept flashed through my head.”

 

Tackling racism, homophobia and police brutality, the compelling clip for “Live Together” came to life during a three-day shoot at Disney’s Golden Oak

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Keith Urban on ‘John Cougar’ Success, ‘Haphazard’ Approach to New LP

It was February and Keith Urban received a song with a quirky title: “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.” He liked it and learned it, but he wasn’t sure how everyone else felt about it.

“I thought, ‘I’ve got this song that I just got sent over a few days earlier and I loved it and learned it really quickly,'” he says, “and I was messing around at the house a bit and I thought I might do this here. I’m not going to introduce it or anything. I’m just going to sing it and see if it gets any response.”

“Here” was the Country Radio Seminar, an annual gathering of country broadcasters in Nashville. And the warm reception to the song was immediate. Once it hit the radio airwaves, it quickly became the most-played track in one week in the history of country-radio trade publication Country Aircheck. (In radio jargon, it garnered the highest one-week spin count and point total in the Country Aircheck/Mediabase charting system.) Despite the success of “John Cougar” — it’s his 19th Number One — Urban says that it won’t necessarily affect how he lays out his next album, the follow-up to 2013’s Fuse.

“I

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