Fifty years ago when Midem launched its international music business conference, it was the only game in town, state or country for that matter. This year, it's reported that Midem's attendance fell 20% from 5,500 in 2015 to 4,400 in 2016.
Snapchat success continues to steam ahead in the month of June. First Twitter got spanked again when Snapchat pulled ahead in daily user number with 150 million to Twitter’s 140 million. Then the 10-second video champs creept their way into Instagram’s territory.
This past weekend wrapped the 2016 Governors Ball, and although Day 3 of the festival was canceled due to weather predictions of lightning and flooding, Days 1 and 2 packed a punch. For those of us not physically at the festival, we were still able to enjoy daytime sets from Eliot Sumner, London Soul, Holly Miranda, Catfish and the Bottlemen, and Kristine and the Queens via the Gov Ball webcast on Live Nation TV’s YouTube channel. In the evening, VICELAND’s Noisy cable channel aired live performances as well (albeit, with idiotic banter by Noisey hosts in between acts).
Skrillex's gorgeous remix of "Show Me Love" by Hundred Waters will make its way to television tonight on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. In addition to the angelic vocals of Hundred Waters' Nicole Miglis, Chance the Rapper, Moses Sumney, and Robin Hannibal are also featured on the track.
Mother Nature has had her way with another festival. At 12:30am Eastern Sunday morning, Governors Ball issued a statement, “At Gov Ball, our top priority is your well-being and the well-being of talent and staff. If weather conditions are deemed unsafe for the festival, Sunday’s show will be delayed or cancelled.”
When you think of The Beatles, what city of origin comes to mind? Liverpool, of course. But that wasn’t always the case, even within the mindset of the city’s residents and business owners. Times have indeed changed, and this weekend the Merseyside area of Liverpool will be throwing one of the biggest music-makers-meets-music-business bashes in the UK: Liverpool Sound City.
“I don’t particularly want to pick up an instrument,” said Alex Paterson, founder of the ambient house pioneering entity, the Orb, “I want to pick all these sounds and make musical notes of these sounds.”
The cat’s out of the festival bag. This morning before the eggs were ready off the skillet, Riot Fest got out their line up news following yesterday’s cryptic teaser videos ("Been Caught Stealin" was one hint). Jane's Addiction fans should be happy to hear the band will perform the classic album, Ritual de lo Habitual, in its entirety, and the Hold Steady will break out the beloved tracks from Boys and Girls in America, with with Franz Nicolay no less, for the Denver (September 2 - 4) and Chicago (September 16 - 18) girls and boys.
As a music festival, Moogfest’s technology and futurism side are unique in comparison to others (maybe with the exception of SXSW), as festivalgoers take part in various digital installations like Microsoft’s Kinect tent featuring Grimes, in sound building workshops and sessions on the future of digital music, or Hacking Sound (Systems), including The Exchange: Switchboard Synthesizers featuring Antenes. Meanwhile, Moogfest’s back-of-house operation team will be collecting, tracking and analyzing it’s own data pool of what’s taking place behind the scenes.
Aside from Microsoft’s past sins with its browser, various operating systems, and the UVO software that has NEVER worked properly in my Kia Soul, the tech company’s creative and effective side is appearing through its Music x Tech program that supports and integrates with music, art and culture. At Moogfest, Microsoft will tap its Kinect motion sensing technology to activate a unique experience for festivalgoers, where they can make their own remixes of Grimes’ single, "REALiti" on the fly.