Artist Spotlight: Colson XL, Festival Insider
“There are some incredible artists at the forefront of underground electronic music right now, bridging genres like Quiet Bison, IMANU, Knock2, Juelz,” said Harrison Andrews, half of the Colson XL duo. “And we’re similar to the extent that we combine several genres to release something that sounds kinda weird, or genre-bending, but catchy in its own way.”
“That’s a signature Colson XL thing,” added Cole Arvidson, Andrew's production partner. “It’s gotta be a little weird.”
Four Tet wins lengthy legal battle with Domino Records, Dancing Astronaut
After seven months of legal back-and-forth over copyrights, Domino Records has finally settled on Kieran Hebdan, better known as electronic music producer Four Tet’s, breach of contract lawsuit.
Deep Tropics Proves How Festivals Can Be More Sustainable, Festival Insider
Event organizers across the US are introducing initiatives to produce more sustainable music festivals. The issue is at the forefront for millennials and zenials, who make up most of the audience at music events annually.
How Venues Can Help With Harm Reduction, Festival Insider
According to newly updated data from the CDC, the US saw an increase in opioid overdoses throughout the duration of the pandemic. Honora McCormack, Marketing and Ticketing Manager at Buffalo, NY’s Town Ballroom, said since reopening the Ballroom this year, a nurse on the venue’s staff has procured a go-bag for medical emergencies that includes Narcan, an opioid-overdose medicine.
'Nightlife Safety Summit' Program Aims to Prevent Sexual Assault in Nightlife, Gray Area Magazine
The newly unveiled Nightlife Safety Summit is a year-long ambassador program for artists, managers, agents, venue staff, and “any industry professional wanting to educate themselves on nightlife violence prevention within the music industry,” says Brown.
How Festival Stages Work, Festival Insider
Long gone are the days of Woodstock, of festivals with little to no buildings of any kind... today’s events and music shows are meticulously equipped and perfectly designed to accommodate an event’s theme and a vast number of visitors.
iPod officially discontinued by Apple after two decades, Dancing Astronaut
Apple has announced the company’s decision to discontinue what has been arguably the most influential, and popular, digital device for more than two decades—the ubiquitous iPod. The iPod Touch, the last remaining model of the once groundbreaking mp3 player, will disappear from the market forever once the existing stock of iPod Touches is sold out, Apple said on May 10.
Have Festival Brands Made Good on Promises of Diversity and Inclusion?, Festival Insider
The conversation around diversity and inclusion in festival lineups is changing, but are the bookings?
G Jones, Eprom launch ‘Acid Disk 2’ EP rollout with ‘On My Mind,' Dancing Astronaut
Acid meets breakbeat on G Jones and Eprom’s latest collaborative cut, “On My Mind,” out now via Illusory Records. “On My Mind” is the bass-producing pair’s first joint release since 2019’s “Daemon Veil.” The track is a tastefully scattered composition of instrumentals, textures, and sound elements that harmoniously ebb and flow between the two equally talented producers’ styles.
HitPiece Owner Has Previously Been Accused of Exploiting Artists, Festival Insider
A recent beta venture utilizing blockchain technology is HitPiece—a site aiming to auction individual songs as NFTs for large bids. Launched in December 2021, HitPiece is owned by music executive and former rapper Michael Barrin aka MC Serch; two tech venture capitalists, Ryan Singer and Blake Modersitzki; and music industry professional Rory Felton, whose motives with this latest venture seem questionable, according to several sources.
The Willow Tree is Building a Community of Ravers on the Blockchain, Festival Insider
The Willow Tree is a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) of around 200 passionate ravers aiming to use crypto to fund, design, and build a community-owned network of nightlife venues and tour events.
Created only two months ago, the Willow Tree's members reach from the UK to South America, Canada, and Switzerland.
Wuki's Wobblebug is the First NFT-Powered Music Producer, Festival Insider
Wuki's Wobblebug project is unique in that it's the first NFT powered music artist whose by the token holders vote on the music releases. It's a symbiotic relationship that allows fan-powered content to emerge and potentially strengthens the influence of sub-cultures.