AEMCON, known more formally as Alberta’s Electronic Music Conference, is slated for its forth annual conference, topped with five days of inspiring events, panels, workshops and activities for more than 3,000 expected attendees. Taking place from November 13-17, 2019, AEMCON brings an array of talented musicians, producers and seasoned industry professionals to the table with one main goal in mind—to gather, elevate, educate and dance.
Among the 125+ featured artists and speakers welcomed at the conference, attendees will witness talks and performances from notable names such as industry veteran Paul Van Dyk, Anjunabeats labelmate GRUM, and UK drum ‘n’ bass producer, Break.
When speaking on the focus of this year’s conference, AEMCON co-founder Isis Graham states in a press release, “This year, we’ve programmed our conference to showcase the diversity of talent present in Canada’s industry and to directly confront some of the most pressing industry issues that are shaping electronic music today.”
Event passes and more information on AEMCON is available here.
It seems German trance authority, Paul van Dyk (real name, Matthias Paul), may have some difficulty collecting his $12,588,643.45 restitution money he was granted after a near-fatal fall in 2016.
Dyk suffered serious brain damage and spine injuries in February of 2016, upon falling from the stage during a performance at A State Of Trance Festival in Utrecht, a province in the Netherlands. The festival’s organizers, ALDA Events, were ordered to pay Paul the settlement funds for medical bills, future damages, as well as “other damages,” after the preceding judge deemed that organizers neglected to let Paul know the stage wasn’t “safe to stand on.”
ALDA is pushing back, however. Representatives on ALDA’s behalf are building a case to appeal the settlement, largely predicated on their claim that Paul was never in contract with them or their festival.
“The fact that petitioner Paul is a non-signatory and a non-party means that the arbitration agreement doesn’t extend to him,” ALDA Events writes in their opposition filing. “And no agreement to arbitrate exists between him and Alda.”
Paul is still performing and quite active under his van Dyk masthead. Earlier this year, he launched a record label, called VANDIT, which he says is dedicated to providing a release platform for up-and-coming trance artists.
Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.
Trance fans watched in horror in February 2016 as longtime legend, Paul van Dyk, suddenly disappeared off the stage in what turned out to be a near-fatal fall at ASOT Utrecht. The event. produced by ALDA and Armin van Buuren’s A State Of Trance team, was immediately cancelled, with van Dyk being airlifted to a nearby hospital. Recovery was a long and arduous process, and sadly, doctors advised the DJ and producer that he’d never be fully recovered from the damage on his body he’d endured that night after falling 10 meters to the ground.
Fast-forward a few years later, and a lawsuit against ALDA has yielded a $12 million award for Paul on account of poor and unsafe stage design. The winnings also included damages for the physical and psychological pain endured since the accident.
Read our more in-depth interview with him on the fall here.