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Andy King’s ears have been burning with delight. Event-producer-turned-meme-sensation, King has ascended to internet phenomenon status following his cameo on Fyre, Netflix‘s wildly popular documentary on the boutique festival that never was.
Viewers of the Netflix original will recall King as the interviewee who recounted a now-infamous phone call with Fyre Festival founder, Billy McFarland, who in short asked King to trade sexual favors to ensure the delivery of the event’s store of Evian water, after Bahamian customs detained Fyre Festival’s supply, demanding that staff pay a total of $175,000 in fees in exchange for the water.
Much like a phoenix, King is poised to soon rise from the ashes of the failed Fyre Festival. Vanity Fair reported that King has received a number of attractive offers following his famed documentary role. Three water companies, and three TV networks have reportedly approached King.
“I can’t talk about it too much, but they’re essentially like, ‘Listen, we’re working on a new ad campaign,’” King said of the water companies’ promotional advances. “I had three TV show offers this week, from notable networks… Let’s just say it’s going to be a show about hosting crazy events, what it takes to make them happen. There will be cliffhangers, and you’ll get to follow me around and see how I pull them off.”
King is adamant that he isn’t interested in using his newfound fame to push a line of products stamped with his surname. Safe to say, King isn’t parched when it comes to promotional prospects.
“You’re not going to see me launch a handbag line or makeup,” King said. “I think I’m being given a platform that a lot of people, at age 58 especially, don’t get the opportunity to have. And I’m kind of excited about it.”
Fyre Festival had positioned itself in 2017 to be the world’s top luxury festival experience, capitalizing on promotion from globally revered models and eye-catching locations to draw millions of dollars in ticket sales. However, Fyre’s grisly end yielded a new reputation as something of an anti-festival, ending in open-and-shut catastrophe and, ultimately, cancellation. Recently released documentaries from Netflix and Hulu catapulted the failed festival back into public discussion and solidified its status as something of an organizer’s guide on how not to throw a festival.
Now, the modeling agencies representing Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, and Hailey Bieber (formerly Hailey Baldwin)—the stars of the notorious Fyre Festival promotional video—have been purportedly subpoenaed to reveal details surrounding the payments they received from Fyre Media and convicted festival organizer, Billy McFarland.
Among the subpoenaed models is also Kendall Jenner, whom fire paid $250,000 to make a single Instagram post about the festival. Jenner, having hinted that members of G.O.O.D. Music would be performing at the festival, has since removed all related posts on the topic; the main point of contention here being that Jenner never indicated that she was being paid to promote the festival.
With, Gregory Messer, the trustee handling Fyre’s bankruptcy proceedings looking for more insights on the festival’s failure and McFarland’s shoddy planning, more subpoenas and legal orders are likely in store. In addition to the models, Messer plans to subpoena multiple talent agencies, including Paradigm and Jerry Media.
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Deadmau5‘s debut score is finally here. Polar has been officially released on Netflix, scratching off a major bucket list item for the mau5trap‘s head honcho. Recently, Joel Zimmerman expressed to Forbes his list of nine life-changing moments, and scoring his first film was one of them, marking a music production milestone from one of the most prolific sound engineers in electronic music history.
The entire soundtrack is available on Spotify, and it contains sounds and arrangements familiar to fans of the esteemed producer. From the weight of his analog synth to his steady buildups and anxious melodies, the soundtrack most certainly boasts deadmau5’s signature style. His arrangements have always felt cinematic, so sharing the screen with music video virtuoso Jonas Åkerlund only makes sense.
The “Monophobia” artist recently told Billboard, “It’s a really busy, colorful movie. I just really wanted to wait for the right thing to come up, as opposed to doing some major motion picture thing … the next big Fast and Furious 23 or whatever they’re on.” Stream the Polar soundtrack below.
Netflix has been building hype around its original documentary, Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, since dropping its trailer earlier in the month. Viewers have since been anxiously waiting to view the mishaps that ultimately led to the biggest event downfall in recent history. Unfortunately, Hulu threw a monkey wrench into their streak with the release their own documentary on the festival, unannounced and just four days before the Netflix premiere.
Titled Fyre Fraud, Hulu’s documentary also documents the misfortune of attendees who looked to attend the Billy McFarland organized, Ja Rule endorsed luxury festival. Created by Emmy-nominated and Peabody-winning directors Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby, the film and it’s release are a powerful move – exposing the shady business practices of McFarland while beating Netflix to the punch with this highly anticipated story. The documentary’s trailer can be found below.
If you didn’t know, Hulu and Netflix have both been working on documentaries about the infamous Fyre Fest. Today, Hulu won the race. Fyre Fraud is now available on Hulu and gives us a look into what happened behind-the-scenes and the festival itself. Hulu is calling their documentary a “true crime comedy” with interviews from Billy MacFarland and more. The
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deadmau5 has released a two-track EP teasing his upcoming original score for the Netflix movie Polar. The film’s eye-catching trailer appeared the same day as the EP’s release on YouTube, captivating viewers through Mads Mikkelsen pouncing from the darkness, guns blazing, and very notably, deadmau5′ own track “drama free” — hot off mau5ville: Level 2.
Polar is a live-action adaption of Dark Horse Comics’ graphic novel of the same name written by Víctor Santos. The novel follows international hitman Kaiser Black through an icy landscape after he is forced out of retirement when an assassination attempt is made on his life. The comic is full of gore, mostly action, and is known for its being rendered entirely in sharply delineated black, white, and orange.
Swedish director of the film, Jonas Åkerlund is known for directing music videos and is a drummer himself, so one can infer the amount of attention he put into the score for this film and the amount of confidence he has in deadmau5. Many graphic-novel-turned-films have been hailed for their mellifluous score working seamlessly with violent choreography. Given Polar‘s beginnings as a comic, the trailer/EP release, and general plot — the sonic tone is sure to hold weight over this momentum and success of this film.
The main and title track of the EP “midas heel” comes off as a six-minute requiem, dark, brooding, and cold. The steady tech beat accompanied by sharp violin, and synths plucking have the listener looking over their shoulders, scanning their peripherals, and grasping for the warmth of a recently fired gun. It is stalking filled with lulls for doubt to seep in and remains distant yet within arms reach for the duration of the track as if it could touch you the entire time.
The full soundtrack, entirely produced by deadmau5, will drop Jan 25 the same day as Polar becomes available for streaming on Netflix.
For anyone looking for a tutorial on how not to organize a music festival, Ja Rule and Billy McFarland are the ideal instructors. The failed and now infamous “festival” ended in thousands of people stranded on an island in The Bahamas. As a result, McFarland will be facing up to six years in prison and owes more than $25 million in damages.
According to Netflix, the documentary will be told by the organizers themselves. The two-minute trailer showcases the mass panic of the workers as they attempted to prepare for the incoming fans, knowing that the conditions were not suitable to host them. It also displays behind the scenes moments with both McFarland as he conned investors to come on board, even though the execution of the festival was becoming increasingly unlikely.
The documentary will be titled FYRE: The Greatest Party that Never Happened and is set to be released on Netflix January 18.
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News that Deadmau5 was scoring his first film broke several months ago. Since Deadmau5’s brief hiatus and the holiday festivities, not much had been heard from Mau5 on the topic. This past weekend, we finally get to see a peek at the film which Deadmau5 has been scoring. It is called Polar and appears to
deadmau5 is making his film score debut with a new Netflix original, Polar, arriving January 25. The action-packed trailer features the mau5trap head honcho’s “Drama Free” from his mau5ville: Level 2 project, along with crisp audio cuts of guns blazing and tension-filled battle scenes.
Polar is based on the noir graphic novel Polar: Came From the Cold by Victor Santos. Another musical component is found in the film’s Swedish director, Jonas Åkerlund, who is best known for his music video works. Åkerlund won three Grammy Awards for his projects — two with Madonna and one with Paul McCartney.
Joel Zimmerman has brought forward some of the industry’s most forward-thinking arrangements, cinematic in nature. Now he’s ready to show his stature on the film side of things, continuing to build his robust audio repertoire.