When Trent Reznor says he is excited about something he doesn’t actually sound excited at all. He speaks in a measured mutter, choosing his words carefully whenever he’s asked a question that could potentially lead to a headline-grabbing response. The press cycle for his most recent Nine Inch Nails release, Bad Witch, generated … More »
This year’s Coachella lineup was notable for its lack of rock headliners, with the Weeknd, Beyoncé, and Eminem topping a bill once dominated by guitar-powered legacy acts. It was a transformation we could see coming from miles away, and according to a report from a generally reliable music industry trade publication, … More »
The advent of Avicii‘s 25th birthday on September 8 and World Suicide Prevention Day two days later focalized the topic of mental health, a subject that has remained tragically relevant in the recent death of 26-year-old rapper Mac Miller. World Suicide Prevention Day was a particularly poignant day for Kygo, who cited Avicii as his “biggest musical inspiration,” and “the reason [he] started making electronic music” following the DJ’s death in April. “I don’t think I would’ve been on this stage tonight if it wasn’t for him,” Kygo told the crowd gathered at his Coachella 2018 set, where the tropical house heavyweight closed out his weekend performance with a tribute to the late producer.
Kygo has since partnered with “Tomorrow Needs You.” A campaign organized by To Write Love On Her Arms, “Tomorrow Needs You” seeks to augment mental health awareness and raise funds for treatment and recovery for those who struggle with mental health. “This year has been a tough year in the music industry, and I think it’s time mental health is taken seriously,” Kygo wrote in an Instagram post announcing his coalition with the campaign. Kygo additionally pledged $30,000 to “Tomorrow Needs You,” and encouraged fans to follow suit.
As “Tomorrow Needs You” reports, 800,000 people die by suicide globally each year. The suicide rate has risen 25 percent over the past 20 years, and has increased by more than 70 percent among young people age 10-17. “Tomorrow Needs You” hopes to “encourage honest conversations about suicide and share the ways in which we can [all] work to prevent it.” National Suicide Prevention Week concluded September 15, but mental health warrants conversation beyond one day, or one week. Those interested can learn more about the Tomorrow Needs You campaign and make a donation, here.
Dancing Astronaut is conscious that anxiety, depression, and other mental health hardships extend far beyond the music industry to affect the lives not only of the artists and producers active in the music industry, but those of listeners worldwide. With this in mind, DA has compiled a list of mental health resources to help those struggling with thoughts of self harm. Readers can view the list of resources, here.
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In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10), I’m proud to join the ‘Tomorrow Needs You’ campaign by @twloha. This year has been a tough year in the music industry, and I think it’s time mental health is taken seriously. I’ve decided to donate $30,000 to TWLOHA’s campaign. If you want to help as well, go to the link in my bio to donate. 100% of your donation will go toward connecting people to the help they need and deserve! Thank you @twloha for the work you’re doing
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ODESZA is joined by their creative directors, Luke Tanaka and Sean Kusanagi, in a mini-documentary that puts their 2018 Coachella pre-production under the microscope. In the video the team endeavored to convey visually the intricate narrative inherent in ODESZA’s latest album, A Moment Apart. In line with the astral sonic quality of the album, Tanaka says he set out designing the visuals for the performance so that “each song is kind of like its own world or planet that you’re landing on.”
While the ODESZA boys admitted they had a “mini panic attack” after securing the highly-coveted spot due to the gravity and sheer size of the Coachella stage setup, they maintained their faith in their creative directors. Kusanagi, specifically, emphasizes the importance of trust and meticulousness in executing a stellar performance.
“Trust is all in the details and making sure everything is coordinated perfectly down to the microsecond of when a light turns on and a drummer is in his position,” Kusangi says. “All those things, when you add them together, hopefully you’ll see the bigger picture.”
Coachella is the place where all artists become as extra as possible. One artist that did not hold back was Odesza. From the stage design to extra visuals in the actual sky, we were transported to another world with this performance. With their stunning visuals and dreamy music, Odesza always puts on a memorable show.
The post How Odesza Pulled Off Their Amazing Coachella Performance appeared first on EDM Sauce.
After a 16-month hiatus, Sajeeb Saha, better known as Jai Wolf, returns with an original track “Lost” featuring Chelsea Jade. In 2017, the Bangladesh-born producer headlined his “Kindred Spirits” US tour, which included stellar performances at Coachella, Lollapalooza, and more. Fans have been hotly anticipating new content, and “Lost” proves well worth the wait.
The track rides a smooth beat and catchy vocals from Jade, fusing indie-electronic vibes with a new wave pop sound and impactful percussion arrangements. Saha shared a few words on the new original work,
“Chelsea and I wrote this song as sort of an anthem for a generation of kids who feel disillusioned by the world around them. Feeling lost is something that never necessarily goes away. Even when you might think you’ve found your way, your perspective might shift and you may feel lost again. This song is about that cycle and our desire to escape it. This song is also special to me because it is the perfect bridge between my old music and where I want to go next.”
Jai Wolf will support ODESZA on their headline tour this fall and with his return on “Lost,” it looks like more new material from Jai Wolf may be on the horizon.
With a number of hit singles under his belt and a forever viral Coachella performance, Whethan is cruising through 2018 at a healthy speed. The most recent additions to his growing discography includes a bootleg of Clairo‘s “Pretty Girl” and a hit single with Oh Wonder entitled “Superlove,” which gained him fast traction for the launch of his “Life of a Wallflower” US tour.
Before he hits the road on September 13, the Chicago-born prodigy will take proctor a poolside party at Splash House‘s second weekend of 2018, a multi-venue festival-style event held at select resorts in Palm Springs. To compliment the upcoming performance, Whethan’s provided us with a selection of songs from his personal rotation that have summer vibes written all over them. The young beatmaker dished to DA regarding his new Orbit playlist,
“I’m super excited for Splash House. I’ve never played before, but I’ve seen videos and I’m looking forward to an exciting weekend. Here are a handful of songs to jam to this summer that I’ve personally had on repeat. Hope you enjoy.”
Whethan’s Orbit series contribution includes a diverse assortment of jams including old school Calvin Harris, the new heater from Childish Gambino, a track from upcoming English vocalist Jorja Smith, of course some music from Whethan himself, and more. This year’s Splash House commences on August 10 — fans can purchase their tickets here.
Calling the state of the music festival market anything but saturated in 2018 would be either dishonest or disconnected. The optimistic would say the festival market is thriving and profitable enough to attract new entrepreneurs each year. The pessimist would call the festival scene a bloated, hyper-competitive wasteland. The truth is somewhere in between. More »
The complaint in the plaintiff’s civil case against Anschutz Entertainment Group Inc. originally claimed the unfair radius clause extended to five Western states — California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Arizona. The complaint, filed by promoters behind the Soul’D Out Festival, was actually incorrect and has since been amended. Artists playing Coachella are not allowed to perform at any festival in North America for a 5-and-a-half month period, from Dec. 15 to May 1.
Coachella’s strict set of non-compete rules was released to Soul’d Out Festival’s lawyers in a series of emails (read it here) that has since gone public. Below is a list of provisions included in Coachella’s radius clause:
- Artist playing Coachella are barred from performing any festival in North America from December 15 to May 1.
- Artists are also barred from playing any hard ticket concerts in Southern California during that same time period.
- Artists can’t “advertise, publicize or leak” performances at competing festivals in California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington or Arizona or headliner concerts in SoCal that take place after May 1 until after May 7.
- Artists can’t announce festival appearances for the other 45 states in North America until after the Coachella lineup is announced in January, with exceptions made for Austin’s South by Southwest, Ultra Miami and the AEG-backed New Orleans Jazzfest.
- Artists must also wait for the January announcement before publicizing tour stops in California, Arizona, Washington and Oregon, with an exception made for Las Vegas casinos, but not Las Vegas festivals.
In response, AEG’s lawyers issued a statement saying they opposed the release of the radius clause letter, saying it was given to lawyers for Soul’d Out Music Festival founders, Nicholas Harris and Haytham Abdulhadi, as part of a confidential effort to negotiate a settlement.
“Rather than confer with AEG about the propriety of including this information in an amended complaint, or whether the text of the radius clause is confidential,” the plantiffs “made the unilateral decision to include this information in a public filing as the basis for its claims against AEG. This is improper and reflects bad faith,” wrote AEG Presents attorney, Casey Nokes, in a lengthy filing to Chief U.S. District of Oregon Judge, Michael W. Mosman.
Lawyers representing AEG are now asking the judge in the lawsuit to dismiss the case on the grounds that the plaintiffs, Harris and Abdulhadi, lack antitrust standing: Since Soul’d Out Festival isn’t party to the radius clause agreements, they cannot challenge AEG/Anschutz/Goldenvoice/Coachella’s enforceability.
The case is still ongoing and expected to go to trail as the dispute is now past the settlement phase.