The San Bernardino County Coroner’s office has confirmed the death of a 23-year-old male attendee of Nocturnal Wonderland. The young man was immediately transported to Community Hospital of San Bernardino after he went unresponsive in the festival’s medical tent at approximately 1:48 AM. The man was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Officials have not yet determined a conclusive cause of death, and will continue to withhold the deceased’s name as they confirm the man’s pending identity. The sheriff’s office reported a total of 11 arrests over Nocturnal Wonderland’s two days of production from September 14-15. The event attracted 57,000 attendees to San Bernardino’s Glen Helen Amphitheater.
Milwaukee’s Wisconsin Center is quickly emerging as a hotbed for electronic music in 2018. Following the collective’s recent announcement that they’ll hold a new Halloween event with GRiZ, ODESZA, and RL Grime, called JAWBREAKER Festival, the venue has unveiled they’ll also be throwing a New Year’s Eve soiree to match: RADIANCE NYE.
The NYE extravaganza, to be held Monday, December 31, will be brimming with bass. Zeds Dead and Excision protrude from the list of performers as self-evident main events, and are backed with noteworthy support from Bear Grillz, Spock, and Whipped Cream. The heavy-handed bass lovers of the Midwest needn’t travel far to ring in the New Year at full throttle this time around.
Nina Kraviz is the latest influencer to partner with Ray-Ban on the eyewear authority’s Feel Your Beat collection. A line of product collaborations with artists who help the brand re-envision classic sunglass styles through a literal modern lens, Feel Your Beat has previously featured aesthetic reworks courtesy of The Martinez Brothers, among other musicians. Whereas The Martinez Brothers assisted in the production of a limited edition take on Ray-Ban’s iconic Wayfarer, Kraviz customizes the cat-eye frame in her exclusive work with Ray-Ban.
“The cat-eye hasn’t been produced by Ray-Ban for a long time, but I was adamant about our collaboration (using it), as that’s my favorite frame style,” Kraviz said. “Besides my limited edition capsule collection, from now on, all cat-eye frames Ray-Ban will make will be named ‘Nina’ after me. I find this amazing!”
The cat-eye frame originally surfaced in the 1960s, but Ray-Ban adds a contemporary edge to the frame’s vintage flair in their release of two different Kraviz-customized versions of the frame. Ray-Ban will market an Eye Green and an Orange Safari edition, retailing for $188 and $178, respectively. They’re available on Ray-Ban’s official website and at a limited number of Ray-Ban stores.
No doubt Vindata have made a name for themselves on Skrilex‘s OWSLA imprint. With notable label contributions like their 2015 EP, Through Time and Space, all the way through their latest single, alongside their label head and NSTASIA, “Favor,” the LA-based duo have successfully planted their flag as forward-thinkers in the electronic space.
Now, the pair will soon make their very first longform outing, as the “Better” producers announced their debut full-length album With Open Eyes is underway. Announcing the news on social media, the duo explained,
“Since day one, our main mission as Vindata has been to express and to inspire through our love of music. For our next project, we wanted to make something that comes from our soul, and we’re proud of what we’ve been cooking up.”
Vindata did not declare a release time frame for the album but noted that they will “soon” share the expected landing date, along with with album’s artwork. View the full statement below.
Former Spotify sales executive Hong Perez has filed a lawsuit against the streaming giant for gender discrimination and defamation. The lawsuit alleges that Spotify was the host of a “boys club” culture that led to “systematic discrimination” against women, and directly names Perez’s prior boss, Brian Berner, as a key perpetrator in the organization of “boys’ trips” that excluded comparatively better qualified women from attendance on trips to large scale events like the Sundance Film Festival in 2016 and 2017.
Perez’s complaint claims that Berner’s ethical misconduct at the company prompted her removal from Spotify’s staff, after Berner supposedly accepted free tickets to Madison Square Garden and carried out an unapproved discounting deal. Perez alleges that her former supervisor blamed her for the code of conduct violations, which led Spotify to fire Perez. Perez’s case maintains that Berner was not only negligent and unprofessional in his company interactions, but “was well aware of [fellow] male employees violating the code of conduct, yet did nothing.”
Perez cites all-male excursions to strip clubs, an HR executive’s comment that his curse word of choice is “c*nt,” and a CFO’s remark that he “does not care about diversity at the company” as further instances of the accused internal hostility at Spotify. “At Spotify, we do not tolerate discrimination of any kind at any level,” a representative for the Swedish media platform told Variety. “While we cannot comment on the specific details of a pending litigation, these claims are without merit.”
City officials in Vietnam’s capital have instituted a city-wide ban on music festivals after an unknown substance claimed the lives of seven attendees and left five in a coma following Hanoi’s Trip to the Moon festival on September 16. All of those affected by the mystery drug, which were Vietnamese festival-goers between the ages of 18 and 30, tested positive for the substance. Officials are now investigating the source of the substance, as the situation marks the “largest mass death from drugs at a music festival” in recent events.
“They didn’t dance much, just swayed a bit and they didn’t like the lights shining directly at them,” an anonymous Trip to the Moon festival-goer told reporters. The very same attendee additionally stated that many fellow ticket holders appeared lethargic and disoriented and mentioned that the pre-entry security check was only cursory.
Vietnam remains an area in which the sale of illicit synthetic substances continues to grow in tandem with the increased popularity of electronic music events hosted in the country. Although Vietnam police previously uncovered and subsequently closed large-scale domestic labs, the drugs nevertheless infiltrate Vietnam through the borders of Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand — three points that collectively makeup a drug hotbed otherwise known as “the Golden Triangle.”
After a lengthy process and a fair amount of music industry squabbling, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Music Modernization Act on September 19.
The MMA was developed as a direct response to a rapidly changing and shifting music industry that’s still sprinting to catch up to the upheaval caused by streaming services and the shift in how digital royalties are accumulated and ultimately paid. The act will bring immediate changes including royalties for artists and songwriters on songs recorded before 1972, allocating additional royalties for music producers; and updating streaming service licensing and royalty rules to better and more easily pay rights-holders.
Overall, it means the piece of the modern music industry pie for creators and labels gets a little bit bigger. Orrin Hatch, the senator from Utah who championed the bill’s push through Congress, was quick to point out how much more change the music industry still needs in a statement. Says Hatch,
“With this bill, we are one step closer to historic reform for our badly outdated music laws. That the MMA is a boon to creators in the music industry is true. However, the long and internally contentious path to make just three modest changes to copyright rules highlights one reason why more hasn’t been done.”
A production that will indubitably be as sweet as the stuff of its title, Robyn‘s second LP, Honey, at last has a formal release date. The follow-up to Robyn’s 2010 album, Body Talk, Honey will arrive on Konichiwa/Interscope Records on October 26. The eight-year cleft between Body Talk and Honey bespeaks a period of productive reflection for the “MISSING U” artist.
“With this album I’ve gone more back into the softer I get, the more it happens, and the more colors and dynamic a song gets. And for me, that meant shutting down for awhile and being sparse with my impressions and sensitive to what I needed,” Robyn said of the project during an interview at New York’s Red Bull Music Festival in May.
Robyn added that the album includes “much more production work on [her] end,” toil of a collaborative kind, given contributions from Adam Bainbridge — also known as Kindness — Mr Tophat and Zhala, Joseph Mount of Metronomy, and Klas Åhlund, all of whom assisted Robyn in the development of Honey as she crafted the LP from studios around the world, ranging from Stockholm to Ibiza to London. An offering that will embody Robyn’s growth across all sonic spectrums, from production approach to vocal styling, Honey will undoubtedly be worth the wait.
NGHTMRE and SLANDER have been a production power trio for years now. The bass-brandishing artists are now siphoning their music-making relationship, hallmarked by earth-rumbling tracks like the 2015 “Gud Vibrations,” into their very own record label: the fittingly titled, Gud Vibrations.
The label heads brought WAVEDASH onstage at their liberally attended Lost Lands performance to announce that the latter would be the first to officially release on their new imprint. A Texan trio with a penchant for deep dub, WAVEDASH took to Facebook to announce their first release will be the inaugural “Opening Ceremony.” WAVEDASH are no foreigners to the electronic forefront, having appeared on upper echelon housings like OWSLA for “Bang” and Mad Decent for their collaborative track, “Grave,” with none other than NGHTMRE.
Aside from being great friends, NGHTMRE and SLANDER are serial collaborators in the studio. Outside the workroom, the now-omnipresent entities have embarked on a world tour together, recently announcing another under the the Gud Vibrations masthead. With such a prolific relationship on their odometers, there’s little doubt the triangular talent will be suffering any unity issues as they launch this new endeavor.
Daft Punk and The Weeknd are being accused of stealing the beat from their 2016 hit collaboration, Starboy,” which peaked at no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 at the top of 2017. According to TMZ, poet, singer, and songwriter Yasminah claims her record “Hooyo” is the blueprint for the trio’s joint hit.
Yasminah states she released “Hooyo” in 2009, and of course, “Starboy” came to fruition seven years later. The similarities are obvious: same chorus, same key, same tempo, and same claps on beats two and four. With the “Starboy” rhythm seemingly an obvious rip of the originally, thousands of fans and onlookers are siding with Yasminah with this one.
Two of Yasminah’s producers have already threatened lawsuits over the song, but they never made it to court. She believes that The Weeknd, real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, only knew of her song because of his East African roots. While The Weeknd was born in Canada, both of his parents are of Ethiopian descent. Yasminah is now requesting her portion of those settlements, which clock in at over $5 million. The “Starboy” music video currently has amassed nearly 1.4 billion views. Listen to both tracks below and make the comparisons for yourself.