Virgil Abloh ordered to take time off due to health concerns

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Virgil Abloh ordered to take time off due to health concernsVirgil Abloh Louis Vuitton Appointment

Louis Vuitton’s artistic director, OFF White founder and DJ, Virgil Abloh will be on a health-conscious hiatus for the next few months. Abloh told Vogue that he was temporarily “shifting gears” and slowing down per physician’s order. Abloh told the publication that he visited his doctor in August after he struggled to “bounce back” from an overseas trip. “I was just tired, so I went to the doctor. Ultimately everything is fine, but the doctor told me ‘this pace that you’ve sort of pushed your body—to fly all these miles, do all these different projects—is not good for your health,” says Abloh. One of the most in-demand creatives in the world, Abloh’s grueling itinerary is coming to a grinding halt following a packed summer schedule.

“Essentially I’m working from home for the next three months, and in large part [cancelling] all [of] my marketing events,” says the multi-faceted creator.

Abloh’s upcoming public appearances with IKEA and Nike will not come to fruition. He likewise will not participate in Vogue’s Forces of Fashion summit, the November opening of his Figures of Speech exhibition at Atlanta’s High Museum, or Off-White’s Paris Fashion Week show.

Abloh’s team reportedly told Business of Fashion that the reputed stylist is “designing the Off-White show in Paris to replace his attendance with a creative new approach that will include crowd participation.”

Featured image: Grailed

H/T: Vogue

Beyond The Booth 020: Joyce Muniz cooks up more than a tasty beat

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Beyond The Booth 020: Joyce Muniz cooks up more than a tasty beatJar.Photo Joyce Muniz Press

Beyond the Booth is a feature dedicated to the hidden side of artists that exists outside electronic music— a side rarely discussed with those outside their immediate circle. We venture “beyond the booth,” so to speak, and dive into their deepest passions that tie into their unique personalities. After some self-introspection, each participant then returns to the booth, providing an exclusive mix for the Dancing Astronaut audience.

Joyce Muniz is a rare talent in today’s house realms. Equipped with a keen ear for sound design and adoration for quirkier, off-kilter sounds, she’s carved out a niche entirely her own that has led to collaborating with an array of top artists like Maya Jane Coles, Jungle Brothers member Bam, and more. As a DJ and live act, she’s unpredictable in the best of ways, leveraging decades of knowledge and studying into each of her sets and pulling out a variety of hidden gems that somehow fit perfectly together.

It’s this musical intelligence that has also brought Joyce attention outside the electronic circle. Electro pop icon Little Boots in particular took a liking to Joyce’s work after the pair met and connected in LA. Two collaborations followed, the most recent of which is the loungey, yet irresistible “Shadows.” Their chemistry was palpable; thus, they’re now returning nearly a year later for a new track “Strange Girl.” This new collaboration is more ardent than their first and even a bit mysterious, with Little Boots’ whispy vocals settling nicely into a bed of bassline-driven deep house with bursts of white noise and laser-like synths. The track, part of an EP of the same name, comes out on February 25 and can be ordered here.

What lies beyond Joyce’s musicality, though? It turns out she can cook up far more than a tasty beat and is in fact a culinary mistress as well. An accomplished amateur chef, Muniz dives full-on into the world of cuisine in her spare time and has taken numerous classes to better her craft. We explore this side passion of hers in this Beyond The Booth edition, while she serves up a pleasant mix to supplement—both tracks from the EP make it in as well.

Let’s start off with the most pressing question: describe the cooking courses you’ve taken so far, and why you chose these ones!
I grew up in Vienna where they have a very strong food and beverage culture. My mum run a restaurant and I spent a lot of time helping her out in the kitchen, that’s why I decided to study hotel management at school where cooking was one of the important classes. I also liked the fact that the courses were not only learning the classics, but we got sent out to local hotels and restaurants to practice our skills and learn hands-on. I started the course when I was just 15! Austria has a very different school system than other countries where you have the choice to study at the school but can combine with courses which act almost as a job. It was a very intense course, where I spent 9-11 hours a day studying, even on the weekends.

Has cooking always been a major part of your life, or is it a recent interest? What are some fond memories you’ve had of cooking while growing up?
Yes, definitely a lot of memories from time with my mum. She always said “If you like to eat, you have to be able to cook your own food”. My first dish I made was when I was about 7 years old, it was only smashed eggs – but I was very proud of it. My whole family love to cook, aunties, my grandma and even the men in our household. My Dad’s mum is Italian and one of the best memories I have was on Sundays for lunch – everybody is in the kitchen making these amazing Italian dishes – pasta, fish, meat and more. My grandma had a huge table in the kitchen which we all sat around and completely covered it with all the best Italian food.

What are some dishes you’ve made that you’re most proud of?
Oh there are a few! My friends love to come over when I do my Mexican nights. My Fajitas are one of the coolest things. I like to do them with fish cooked in salt. You cover the whole fish in coarse salt and cook it for 30 mins, and it gives it the most amazing flavour. I like to use Branzino or Sea Bass. Serve this up with some potatoes, spinach and veggies – its just so amazing and so easy!

Have you discovered any unexpected, but interesting flavor/ingredient combinations that you love since starting your cooking journey? If so, describe!
I love Austrian pumpkin oil! You have to try it with vanilla ice cream! Pumpkin oil is amazing, it has a very strong taste and is more like an additional ingredient you should always use to cook with. You can put some drops with eggs, soup and it’s also great for salads. Its super healthy and really tasty!

Which cuisine (like Japanese, French, Italian, Argentinian) is your favourite to cook and why? And which cuisines are you interested in learning more about?
To be honest, I am a foodie and I love all types of cuisines. I am very thankful to be able to travel with my work and have had the chance to try all kinds of food from every part of the world. I think every country has something special to offer, which you can’t get elsewhere, that’s what makes that particular thing special. I have a huge passion for anything from a Peruvian kitchen, I love to fusion they have between Latin and Asian flavours.

Biggest tip for beginning chefs? Any lessons you’ve learned “the hard way” in the kitchen?
My first cooking professor was an incredible person, and she always said, “You have to cook with the 3 H’s”. That means Hand, Hirn (It means “brain” in German!) and the Heart. Yes she was right, and of course everybody can be a cook, like everyone can be a DJ, but the basics are important and I learned to treat the ingredients with love. Then you get the best results.

Would you ever consider cooking as a career when you retire from music?
I always thought about that actually, but being a cook is a VERY hard and demanding job. I have been developing some of my own recipes in the last few years, but I don’t think I would cook myself as a profession. I have the dream to open my own restaurant one day. So who knows!

On that note, have you ever thought about opening your own restaurant? If you were to open a restaurant, what would be the signature dishes it serves?
Well yes, as I just said, it would be a dream for me to have my own restaurant. For me, the most important parts are the products, depending on the county of course – but I always try to use local produce. So, if I did have a restaurant, I am not really sure which direction I would take it, but maybe more a focus on a fusion of different tastes. This is another reason why I love cooking, the options are endless and you can always discover something new, no matter how long you have been doing it.

You had some medical issues which you openly have talked about recently. Did you look into cooking holistically to help with your recovery and well-being?
I was always very picky when it comes to good, and one of the reasons why I had a faster recovery that normal was because of my food choices. I believe anyway. I have a food plan, which I have had for a long time – sounds weird but it’s the truth. It’s very important to find a balance and my cousin is a nutritionist who helped me a lot with what I should be eating. You have to find out what suits you, what’s good for your body and brain as well as being able to stick to something which is sustainable.

Similarly, have you studied gut bacteria and do you consciously try to cook meals that are good for your biome? What are some tips you might have in this regard?
Actually, after my surgery I started to have some serious issues with wheat products. Wheat is not healthy anyways, so I have now eliminated it from my diet since then. It’s really hard when you are on the road to find things that do not have wheat – pasta, pizza and sandwiches – the things you can easily find on the road all have wheat, but I am happy that a lot more places now are allergy aware and have started to offer new options. However, as much as you try to avoid it, sometimes I have something with wheat, and I don’t feel great for a few days, so it’s just not worth it.

While learning to cook, have you noticed any parallels between cooking and music production?
Everyone can cook, and everyone can be a DJ. With the basics you can become a good cook, and the same transcends when you are a DJ. However, I spent hours and hours in my mum’s basement learning how to mix a record properly, you need to know the exact time to drop the right record and make it seamless. The same with cooking, you need to know what comes first, what you add at certain stages of the process to get the best end results. SO yeah, I feel it’s very much connected in so many ways.

Alright, let’s switch gears to music. You have quite a big release due on the 25th Feb with Little Boots of 00’s electropop fame. Your two worlds are quite different; how did your paths end up crossing, and what about you two leads to good chemistry in the studio?
Victoria and I never worked together in a studio, but we spend time together when I was in LA and we just had such a connection. The first and second collaborations were ideas that I produced in my studio and I sent them over to her. I am so happy that she felt the same about the tracks, even on the other side of the world. She just got it and did the vocals which turned out amazing! That’s the good thing about music, there are no limits or borders.

How did the writing process go for “Strange Girl,” such as starting point, collaboration process, and instruments/plugins used in its creation? Also, what inspired it?
Musically, my big inspiration for this track was Trentmoller ‘Moan’. I love this tune, it’s so timeless. When I told Victoria about it, she fell in love with its vibe straight away. I made the track and called it ‘Strange Girl’ because I had a crush on a girl in Berlin, during my lunch we had together in LA, I told her about the love story and she wrote the lyrics from that. It’s a mixture between reality and fiction.

What has been exciting you most musically as of late, and how have you translated that into your own work?
My radio show on Rinse FM and on Austria’s Radio FM4 have been a big deal for me, and also inspiring, as I have to download a lot of promos every week to keep the beats fresh. Researching for new tracks constantly means you discover so many new artists, it’s awesome. I have discovered loads of new tracks from rand new and undiscovered talents, as well as small labels. There really are so so so many talented people out there, it’s so inspiring.

Finally, what else is coming in the Joyce Muniz pipeline?
During my recovery last year, I spend a lot of time in the studio, so this year has been crazy already. I have started to release a ton of projects which were done in that time. I had my first release on Desert Hearts Records in January, which was a collab with Namito, that was such a sick release. I also love playing their festival – if you haven’t had the chance to go – GO this year!
I also did a remix for Hannah Holland – that was a lot of fun and have another remix for Anabel Englund later this spring. I have just signed another Gigolo EP with DJ Hell’s label, which I think will be massive – this is a collab with my dear friend Kim Ahn. There is a load more, but I better stop there for now!

I the meantime, I am back on the road, seeing new cities and venues – it’s a good feeling. Then I need to get back to the studio for a bit, as I have a load of amazing singers on my wish list but need to get those riddims to them!


Photo credit: Jamie Adam Rosenberg/Jar.Photo

Dash Berlin pulls out of Spring Awakening due to health issues

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Chicago’s premiere electronic music destination Spring Awakening had some unfortunate news this weekend as they took to Twitter to announce that Dash Berlin would no longer be performing due to undisclosed health issues.

Although in light of his absence, Spring Awakening has added Zedd to its bill.

The past year has been full of highlights for Dash Berlin, although this recent cancellation is is not the first time his health has led to canceled shows. Recently, Berlin also withdrew from the A State Of Trance lineup, also for undisclosed health issues. Still, no further issues surrounding the complications of his health have been made known. Dash Berlin has had several major releases through his career, largely shaping the spheres of progressive, trance, and big room. In 2017 alone, Berlin saw successful several single releases including “Love Out Loud, ” “Home,” and “We Don’t Belong, ” keeping himself at the forefront of the EDM scene worldwide.

Beyond the Booth 014: Marques Wyatt & the ritual of self care

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Beyond the Booth is a feature dedicated to the hidden side of artists that exists outside electronic music— a side rarely discussed with those outside their immediate circle. We venture “beyond the booth,” so to speak, and dive into their deepest passions that tie into their unique personalities. After some self-introspection, each participant then returns to the booth, providing an exclusive mix for the Dancing Astronaut audience.

Los Angeles has a vibrant underground dance culture that remains strongly rooted in the city despite attempts to overthrow it. At its helm is Marques Wyatt, a veritable stalwart who’s poured his blood, sweat, and tears into his DEEP brand, and in cultivating the scene around him.

His philosophy is one that rings true across history: music is a ritual. For years, the combination of rhythm and melody have helped guide humans to new planes, and Wyatt taps into this through each of his sets. He has an ear for all things meaningful within the 4/4 realm, consistently leading his listeners on introspective journeys through mystical and soulful shades of house. Not to mention, the humility and passion he exudes have made him a well-loved icon locally and beyond.

A main staple on the transformational circuit, Wyatt is bound for Mexico’s RHA festival — taking place from May 25-26 — where he will be pleasing an international audience with what’s likely to be an enticing track selection. Beforehand, however, he stopped by the DA offices to dive into the other most important part of his life: self care. He gives us some useful tips on non-violent communication, healthful foods, and decompressing; a nice complement to the business of the festival he will soon be dominating.

What is your go-to health food?
If you slit my wrist, avocado would come pouring out. My favorite food in the world.

Tell us about your favorite natural remedies.
In Ayurvedic Medicine, oil pulling (specifically coconut oil pulling) is a fantastic oral detoxification procedure that’s simply done by swishing a tablespoon of oil (typically coconut, olive or sesame) in your mouth for 10-20 minutes.

Secondly, I get bitten by mosquitoes a lot when traveling. I discovered the best repellent for mosquitoes which is natural and made by Avon of all people. It’s called “Skin So Soft.” It’s been tried and tested in the jungles of Tulum, Hawaii and other places I used to get eaten alive. If you do happen to get bitten… lavender oil for the bites is amazing. 😉

How did you get into yoga, how has it changed you for the better? How does it tie into your DEEP brand/musical ethos, and why should people try it out?
Yoga has taught and continues to teach me about myself. When I first began to practice, I noticed there was a direct correlation between how I dealt with challenging poses and how I dealt with challenges in my life. I learned to breathe through both and stay focused, whether in completing a pose or task. I also, began to notice myself being much more grounded and less reactive. Which is a great tool to be able to access in this chosen profession of mine, riddled with so many different personalities. Yoga and music are my two loves, so the fact that we have created a branch of DEEP-LA (Deep Exhale) that contributes to health and wellness is a blessing.

What are your thoughts on non-violent communication as a ways to resolve conflict?
Non violent communication is the only way that works towards a positive result. Choose your language carefully and avoid words that put someone on the defense and/or make them feel wrong about how they feel.

What are some tips you have for processing/working through emotions?
A sure way to work through negative emotions is to understand that they begin with a thought.

THOUGHTS>FEELINGS>ACTIONS=RESULT. Thus, it’s a good practice to notice negative shifts in the way you feel, then track the origin of the thought you chose to produce the feeling. Then choose another thought that better serves you.

Rave on: study says regular concert attendance can raise life expectancy

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Mysteryland crowd at concert daytime

A study newly conducted by O2 and a behavioral science expert from Goldsmith University, Patrick Fagan, asserts that regular concert attendance can lead to a longer life expectancy. Routine concert going can reportedly increase life expectancy by nine years for those who attend a concert once every two weeks, according to a press release published in conjunction with the study.

O2 and Fagan found that general feelings of wellbeing increase by 21% after an initial 20 minutes at a concert. This figure accounts for a concurrent 25% growth in feelings of self-worth in addition to a 25% augmentation in feeling close to others. Mental stimulation rises by 75% overall for concert goers during a show.

The report determined that ‘over two thirds (67%) of Brits surveyed saying experiencing live music makes them feel happier than simply listening to music at home—showcasing that the shared experience, which performed so strongly in the research, is key to increasing wellbeing.’

‘Our research showcases the profound impact gigs have on feelings of health, happiness and wellbeing—with fortnightly or regular attendance being the key,’ Fagan said. ‘Combining all of our findings with O2’s research, we arrive at a prescription of a gig a fortnight which could pave the way for almost a decade more years of life.’

It seems that music lovers now have all the more reason to add more live music to their social calendars. Those interested can learn more about the study, here.

H/T: Pigeons & Planes

IMS Ibiza will examine health, wellness, and sexual harassment for 11th rendition

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The International Music Summit will be returning to the dance music capital of the world, Ibiza, for the eleventh rendition of the three-day educational and motivational thought-leadership forum. Industry leaders and artists from the international electronic music sector, come together every year to throw a spotlight onto the complex challenges and emerging opportunities in today’s ever-evolving industry. This year, IMS Ibiza examines health and wellness for the mind and body, along with alleged sexual harassment within the industry.

The mental well being of DJs, a long ignored problem that is sadly troubling a high proportion of artists, will be one of the health and wellness panels at the event. This frank and open mental health discussion will be hosted by the Association for Electronic Music and will give vital advice on how to stay sane and remain successful. Continuing the focus of wellness into the summit, IMS delegates will benefit from daily yoga and meditation sessions, reminding all of the importance of balance and self care.

IMS Ibiza

Another section of the event, “Sexual Harassment in DJ Culture,” will discuss how harassment is a real and unwelcome problem. SHE SAID.SO, an influential network of women in the industry, will chair a talk intended to assess the impact of the issue specifically within electronic music. With a goal to detect the root of the causes, the talk will also aim to reduce its existence within the industry with a series of actionable recommendations.

IMS has often been regarded as the premier global platform for business, culture and education within the electronic music industry, so it is encouraging to see the Summit focusing in on issues as pervasive and problematic as wellness and sexual harassment. IMS is set to take place from May 23-25, 2018, and new for 2018 is a three-day Wellness retreat, taking place before the main IMS summit at a soon-to-be-revealed location.

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