The Meadows joins the festival graveyard – for now

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The Meadows joins the festival graveyard – for nowMeadows Music And Arts Festival

After months of speculation, the founders of New York’s Meadows Music and Arts Festival have confirmed rumors that the festival will not be returning in 2018.

Founders Entertainment, the company behind festivals like Governor’s Ball, created the event in 2016, and it took place near Citi Field in 2016 and 2017, boasting headliners like Kanye West and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Unfortunately, its location in a parking lot near the New York Mets’ Citi Field didn’t make for the most ideal festival spot, leading the company to take time to regroup and consider a location shift for 2019.

A statement on the festival’s website reads as follows:

“After careful consideration, we have decided to take 2018 off and focus our efforts on returning in 2019. Our goal from day one has been to create a marquee, multi-day, fall music festival in Queens. After two great years at Citi Field, we were excited to shift our venue focus entirely to Flushing Meadows Corona Park – the location we always hoped to move to in year 3. However, after review of our application by NYC Parks, we were not able to obtain a workable multi-day permit for a 2018 festival in the park. Our sights are set on The Meadows in 2019, and we look forward to working together with all city partners and agencies.”

H/T: Spin

Childish Gambino to host three concurrent ‘Summertime Starts Here’ events this weekend in New York, Los Angeles, and London

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Childish Gambino to host three concurrent ‘Summertime Starts Here’ events this weekend in New York, Los Angeles, and LondonHttps Hypebeast.com Image 2018 07 Childish Gambino Summertime Magic Feels Like Summer Summer Pack Stream 00

New York, Los Angeles, and London will serve as the sites of three concurrent Childish Gambino events the weekend of July 14 – 15, as the “This Is America” producer brings his enigmatic Summertime Starts Here event experience series to each city in staggered intervals.

Summertime Starts Here initially debuted in New York on July 13 at Union Square, and will remain in the ‘Big Apple’ into Saturday, July 14, where the second day will commence at Fort Greene Park from 12-4 PM EST. Los Angeles will also receive the Summertime Starts Here experience on July 14. The West Coast edition of the event will take place at California’s Santa Monica pier from 12-4 PM PST. On Sunday, July 15, Gambino’s nomadic fan event will relocate to Fairfax High School from 12-4 PM PST.

Last but certainly not least, London will also be privy to Summertime Starts Here, with the UK version occupying Gunnersbury Park from 1-10 PM GMT. Although Gambino shared little detail about the specifics of the Summertime Starts Here series, each event will supposedly be free of charge. It is unlikely that Gambino will perform live in each city, given the overlap of the three events, though if any mortal man could do it, it would be Donald Glover somehow.

The Summertime Starts Here run follows the July 11 release of Gambino’s new EP, Summer Pack.

Feels like Summer. Link in Bio.

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All Day I Dream 6/17 – The Brooklyn Mirage – Razzberry Photography

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All Day I Dream 6/17 – The Brooklyn Mirage – Razzberry Photography

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Techno Tuesday: Avision tells a tale of techno and working hard for success

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Techno Tuesday is a feature on Dancing Astronaut documenting the culture of underground dance music. We’ll bring you exclusive interviews, tracks, and narratives from artists within the techno, tech house, and deep house world in an effort to shed light on some of the best talent outside the world of mainstream dance music.

Passion, patience, and persistence are three especially crucial ideas when it comes to making it in the music industry; especially during a time where the market is more saturated than ever, and less friendly overall to creators. Most musicians don’t become overnight superstars, and for most, the process of transitioning into music full time takes years on end. But, when that goal is accomplished, it’s worth the effort.

Avision is intimately familiar with passion, patience, and persistence, imbuing this principal into his everyday life and career. He is quite the prodigious talent, having first stepped behind the decks at the young age of 12 and scoring his first residency by age 16. Over a decade-and-a-half after making his entrance into the scene and moving with intense drive and desire, he is finally breaking through the surface. Furthermore, he made himself an internationally-recognized talent while staying based in the United States — a rare feat in electronica, where artists often move to Europe to advance their career and receive higher amounts of support and income.

We got him to open up a bit and tell his artistic story — from the trials and tribulations, to the triumphs. Additionally, Avision just released a dark, scintillating new EP on Matter+ titled Free Your Mind. Its three originals are bursting with soul and hints of funk, capturing what made early techno great and tossing this sound into a modern ambiance. Let it provide a background as he tells the tale of his comeup.

 


I started out DJ’ing around New York & New Jersey 10 years ago when I was 14. My first residency was at Club Abyss in New Jersey, which was the hottest club night for teens in that area of the U.S. and it would average at least 1500 kids per night. I also started producing around that time; working on remixes first and then original tracks. When I was about 16, I went to Electric Zoo festival in New York. It was the first time I realized who my cousin (Victor Calderone) really was, and also the first time I heard Techno and Tech House. It changed everything for me, and I started digging deeper into those genres and began finding new tracks and artists that I really liked.

After that, I started to change my sound and began making tech house and techno, which led to me going out a lot in the NY scene. The first real night club I went to was District 36 when I was 17 to see Victor, and it got me to see how everything worked outside of the teen clubs I had been playing. Then I started going to Pacha NYC when I was 18, and those nights really helped me learn everything, how to go through certain tracks throughout the course of a night and control a crowd. That’s when I started DJ’ing at 21+ clubs when I was 18.

Before I started releasing music as Avision, I hadn’t really found my sound yet. I had been releasing music on a bunch of labels under my real name, but I was really just finding my sound and experimenting on who I was as an artist. Once I finished around a hundred tracks, I really figured out what my sound was and the direction I wanted to take with my music. The first Avision release was just over 2 years ago on Victor’s Waveform label, and it went over really well. There was pretty strong feedback from a lot of DJ’s that I respect, and Carl Cox and Joseph Capriati played my track “Conception” at Awakenings in 2016.

After that first Avision release, I sent Mark Broom a Facebook message saying that I was a fan of his and his label Beardman, and sent him an EP that same week. He ended up signing it and he remixed a track from it as well, and this release really kicked things off for me. Mark is such a highly respected figure in techno, and the release on his label really helped give my name credibility in the scene. Ben Sims, Truncate, and many more DJ’s were playing that EP. Having top techno artists supporting my music has been a big foundation of my career so far. I had a release on Carl Cox’s Intec label last year which was a highlight, as videos started popping up of Carl playing my track all over the world (he opened his set at Movement Detroit last year with my “Mind Of The Man” track). I’ve also released on Carlo Lio’s On Edge Society (and have a follow up planned for later this year), another release on Beardman, and also an EP on Ben Sims’ Hardgroove label up next (which will be my first vinyl release).

One of the most challenging things for me has been patience when it comes to gigging. I first started playing at Pacha NYC and building my name in the NY area, and at that point I was taking pretty much any gig that came my way. In NYC, there’s enough parties going on where I could probably be spinning somewhere every week, but since I’ve been releasing as Avision, I’ve really been picky on how many gigs I’ve taken as my goal is to be touring globally in the very near future. Now in NY I probably spin every couple of months or so, and I try for the most part to make sure that the gig is with a bigger DJ I respect and/or with one of the leading promoters and venues in the area so that I’m able to keep building my name up. Lately, I’ve been able to tour more around North America, and have crossed off some key gigs at venues like Stereo Montreal, Space in Miami and The BPM Festival in Mexico.

In the U.S., the techno scene keeps growing and getting larger, but a lot of the people that go out in the U.S. pay attention to what’s going on overseas, and what artists are big there. As an American artist in Techno, in a way it feels like you really need to “make it” and have that stamp of approval by the right clubs and fans overseas in order to breakthrough as a bigger artist here in the States. The club culture in Europe is highly respected, and over here it feels like a new cycle of that club culture has started only in the past decade (with the current wave of electronic music). My focus next is on breaking through in Europe, and I’m working on my first dates there for later this year.

Some key things that have helped me so far in my career:

Mentors: I think it’s really important to have mentors to learn from, and I’ve been lucky to have one right in my family. Victor has been a great mentor to me, and when I started producing I would constantly send him big groups of tracks at a time. He would always give me constructive feedback, but in a positive way so that I was never discouraged.

Networking: Building relationships is something that takes time to create, and I think it’s important to take advantage of any opportunity that comes to you. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve gone to see a DJ that plays my music, and from that have built a connection and now have an amazing relationship. Everyone likes to put a face to a name. I like to try and take advantage of any opportunity I can to say thank you to a DJ for playing my music, or ask them where I can send new music to, etc.

Work Ethic: I’ve been doing this for 10 years now, and I haven’t taken a day off since. What you put in is what you get out of it. If you’re not in it for the long run, there’s no point in starting. It’s important to take pride in your work and know how to change and evolve over time. Really focus on your strengths and improve your weaknesses.

Team: Having a team behind you is a big aspect in having & building a career – you can’t do everything alone. It’s important to have people in your life that care about you & your career, and to help you build and grow as an artist.

Love: Lastly, it’s important to just love what you do, and to recognize that things will be up & down, and not everything will be sunshine & rainbows all of the time. Keep your focus on the big picture and your long-term goals!

 

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Analog BKNY partners with Egg London for 15th anniversary tour

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Among the many faces of the music industry, the beginning of 2018 has brought upon collaborations of all sorts. From the elusive b2b sets that Holy Ship attendees have been fortunate to witness, to the announcement of Diplo and Mark Ronson’s joint venture, Silk City, the year has started with a bang.

In that vein, one of the most highly anticipated events is primed to kick off the new year in New York. Working together with Egg London — one of London’s most reputable venues — Analog BKNY is set to host its 15th anniversary tour with Matador, DESNA and Espinal & Nova.

The 15 year celebration highlights the growth and success of the UK clubbing haven, bringing in coveted names such as Laurent Garnier, Lee Foss and Solomun, and marking itself as an international tastemaker in the nightlife industry. Home to an expertly designed sound-system and a ceiling adorned with flashing lights, Analog BKNY suits the ideal atmosphere for this techno-laden event.

Tickets are available online

 

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Reminisce on Electric Zoo with this exclusive set from Tritonal [LISTEN]

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New York City saw yet another successful edition of Electric Zoo pass through it in September. The weekend was a particularly monumental one for the East Coast institution, which saw the reunion of both Deadmau5 & Eric Prydz as well as Sasha & John Digweed within its confines. Furthermore, 2017 was also the year in which Electric Zoo continued its overseas expansion to Brazil, locking it in as one of the premier global festival brands.

Another duo sought widely within the festival’s New York iteration was Tritonal, who graced their festival audience with a jubilant blend of electro house, big room, and sentimental emotive pieces. Luckily for those wishing to relive their magical moments with the outfit, Electric Zoo has kindly uploaded their set up for personal enjoyment.

 

 

 

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AEON by Paul Van Dyk, NYC I Event Review

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“From Then On,” Paul Van Dyk’s first album since the tragic fall he endured last year is set to come out this month. To kick-off the release Paul brought a new show concept to two cities, NYC and San Bernardino, CA. We were lucky enough to be able to experience ‘AEON by Paul Van Dyk’

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‘AEON by Paul Van Dyk’ Comes To NYC

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Not long ago electronic music and trance pioneer Paul van Dyk revealed the release of his new album and first LP in almost three years, ‘From Then On’ — prior to the release he’ll be debuting his new live show ‘AEON by Paul van Dyk’ in New York City on September 23rd. His new album ‘From Then On’ is said to have

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5 reasons why you need to hit The Meadows 2017

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5 Reasons You Need To Hit The Meadows This Year

After a star studded debut in 2016, The Meadows will be returning to Citi Field from September 15-17. This year the New York-based festival has cotinued to step up its game with a wider array of activities, food vendors, and word class musical talent. Despite being one of the newest music festivals in the NYC area, The Meadows is already making a name for itself as a must-attend event on the Big Apple’s social calendar.

If you live in New York, or any where on east coast for that matter, there’s no reason that you shouldn’t be checking out The Meadows this year. For those who still need convincing here are five huge reasons you need to be at The Meadows this September

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The eclectic Lineup

First things first: festivals should be all about the music and, for the second year in a row, The Meadows has come correct with an absolutely stacked lineup. By bringing together musical innovators from a wide array of genres, The Meadows has ensured that there is something for everybody.

Hip-Hop heavyweights like Jay-Z, Nas, Big Boi, Migos, Run The Jewels, and Action Bronson will share the spotlight with some of the biggest rock and indie bands of all time like Weezer, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Gorillaz, Foster The People, Blood Orange and TV on Radio. Dance music is also well represented this year with the incomparable Bassnectar will be spearheading a host of electronic music artists that includes Big Gigantic, GTA, Lido, Big Wild, Sleigh Bells and many more.

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The Activities

This year’s list of activities has definitely been expanded. In between sets, you will have plenty of exploring to do at The Meadows. From checking out the Viceland Bus and Bosco Photo Experience to chilling at the AE Studio Lounge or Tito’s Bloody Mary Bar, there’s plenty to keep you busy while you’re not on the dance floor If drinking isn’t exactly your thing have no fear, The Meadows Sober experience will allow you to spend time with like-minded friends and skip happy hour.

Photo credit: Jon Sorrentino

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The Food

Let’s face it, New York is a town full of food snobs. With all of the world’s cuisine’s basically at their fingertips New Yorkers basically don’t show up to events unless the food is bangin’. Fully aware of this fact, The Meadows has assembled an all-star roster of global cuisine merchants. From gourmet doughnuts and ice cream to authentic southern bbq and Mexican delicacies, the food at The Meadows might actually steal the show. After chowing down you can lift your pinky and sip on something fancy from the Electric Sky Rosé bars.

Photo Credit: OurBKSocial

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The Location

Just like in reality, success in the world of music festivals comes down to three things; location, location, location. Finding the ideal spot to throw a music festival within the five boroughs can be a very challenging affair. However, The Meadows has really hit the nail on the head. Returning to its ideal location at Citi Field within the historic Flushing Corona Meadows Park, The Meadows is within easy access to public transportation and major highways. When it comes to convenience it really doesn’t get much better than this.

Photo credit: Time Out New York

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The Afterparties

Famously, New York never sleeps and neither will you! Nestled in the heart of New York City, The Meadows offers a unique opportunity for its patrons. After the lights have dimmed and the final headliners have given their encores, New York is still your oyster. With countless venues, nightclubs and music halls, you can be sure that the party will be rocking all weekend long. Bud Light is also putting together a slew of official after parties for The Meadows that you won’t want to miss. Big Wild, Ghostface Killah, BADBADNOTGOOD and GTA are all throwing down dope after hours events all over the city throughout the weekend. Once you leave Citi Field the party has only just begun in NYC.