Is The Roland Jupiter 8 The Greatest Polysynth Ever Made?

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In this video, Matt Johnson (Jamiroquai) reviews the vintage Roland Jupiter-8.

In the video, he offers an overview of the Jupiter-8, shares his thoughts on its build and sound, and then demonstrates it with a variety of his custom sounds.

Johnson calls the Jupiter-8 ‘the Holy Grail of synths’. But is it the greatest polysynth ever made?

Check out the review and share your thoughts on the Roland Jupiter-8 in the comments!

Horst’s Digital Lab is a multidisciplinary online event exploring the future of nightlife

From the minds behind Horst Arts & Music Festival in Belgium, the Horst Digital Lab is a multidisciplinary online program focussed on building resilient nightlife communities, taking place tomorrow, Friday 11th, to Sunday 13th December.

The Lab is a 36-hour weekender of panels, performative experiences, screenings, interviews, and DJ-sets, broadcasted from Leuven through a ticketed digital platform. Aiming to provide stimulating content about how to improve the future of nightlife amidst this unique, global opportunity to reset and reflect, the Lab is intended for anyone with an interest in the evolution of the creative industries. 

Panels include a talk with Eris Drew, Kajetan Łukomski, and Bogomir Doringer about wellbeing and community in nightlife, discussing the importance of nightclubs as spaces for human connection and self-expression. There will also be a panel which imagines the future of venue design, investigating the generic nightclub in terms of the patriarchal canon of architecture.  

The ‘Decolonising Music and Nightlife Culture’ panel hosts speakers Zelda Fitzgerald, Cornelius Harris, and other guests. It will discuss pressing challenges within the nightlife industry to imagine a positive future for Black communities, such as the reshuffling of power structures and the need to credit and remunerate the cultural roots of techno and house. 

Other performers and speakers throughout the weekend include Dee Diggs, Avtomat, and Authentically Plastic. 

Horst Arts & Music Festival 2020 was due to take place in September 2020, but has been postponed to 10th – 12th September 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tickets to Horst’s Digital Lab cost €35 and can be purchased here. A limited number of grants are available if suffering from financial hardship. 

Find out more about the program of events here. 

Inner City, Idris Elba and Detroit anti-racism organisation team up for new music video, ‘We All Move Together’: Watch

Inner City and Idris Elba have collaborated with youth-led organisation, Detroit Will Breathe, for a powerful new music video, ‘We All Move Together’.

Directed by Kurt Schneider, the video was filmed in Detroit with hundreds of members of D.W.B – a collective born in the heat of the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement this summer. 

With some footage filmed during a protest, the video aims to promote unity by shedding a light on the work the organisation does to fight against police brutality and systemic racism in the city.

‘We All Move Together’ is the opening track of the album under the same name, released earlier this year by Kevin Saunderson’s group, Inner City, featuring spoken word by Idris Elba.

Speaking about the video, Inner City & Idris Elba said: “With the challenges in Michigan, the US, and further afield, specific to what we are facing with the BLM movement, we deeply felt that we wanted to release a culturally significant and impactful video that not only embodies the message of the track, but that also directly benefits the Detroit Will Breathe individuals and collectives on the frontline of the movement in the city.”

You can donate to the Detroit Will Breathe General Fund and Legal Fund here. 

Find out more about Detroit Will Breathe here.

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US vinyl sales hit record high amid Black Friday sales

US vinyl sales hit record high amid Black Friday salesVinyl

Vinyl’s extended comeback hit record highs in the US this month. During the week of November 27 to December 3, vinyl sales increased by 56 percent to a hearty 1.25 million units amid Black Friday sales. Not only is that the largest sales rate documented since Nielsen Music began tracking sales data in 1991, this is only the second time in history vinyl sales have ever broken 1 million units in a one-week period.

Though chains such as Target, Walmart, and Barnes & Noble certainly aided the push of vinyl sales for the holidays, independent stores’ physical sales accounted for an impressive 542,000 units, approximately 43 percent of the total count. Top album sellers include Harry Styles’ Fine Line, the soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Billie Eilish’s When We Fall Asleep Where Do We Go?

If anything, Black Friday 2020 certainly solidified vinyl’s position in the market against other physical formats. Regardless of how much technology improves, it seems fans find something tangibly special in those discs and record players that can’t be recreated.

H/T: Billboard

Concert industry sees devastating $30 billion loss worldwide

Concert industry sees devastating $30 billion loss worldwideAbandoned Festival Grounds 2015 Matthieu Thoer

As the world continues to fight the ongoing effects of COVID-19, the music and entertainment industry has incurred colossal damages, coming as a shock to none. Now, in the final month of an incredulous year, the numbers have arrived and, albeit unsurprising, the calculations remain ever-agonizing at a $30 billion worldwide loss since March 2020.

The projections for the year were an expected $12.2 billion in profits at the box office, but instead resulted in a devastating $9.7 billion loss. These numbers include unreported events, ancillary revenues, sponsorships, ticketing, concessions, merchandising, transportation, restaurants, hotels, and any other finances that are linked with live entertainment, according to Pollstar.

Despite suffering a heavy blow across music industry members and fans across the globe, hope for the future remains. With vaccines rapidly surfacing, the possibility for live events to return in the coming months becomes more optimistic than ever. For more information on concert-industry finances, read the full Pollstar report here.

Via: Variety

Featured image: Matthieu Thoer

Tune into all-female virtual festival, bpm EMPOWERED featuring REZZ, Nervo, Alison Wonderland, and more

Tune into all-female virtual festival, bpm EMPOWERED featuring REZZ, Nervo, Alison Wonderland, and moreRezz Rukes

SiriusXM’s BPM is recognizing dance music’s powerhouse women with the bpm EMPOWERED Virtual Festival. Highlighting an exclusively female lineup of hosts, artist performances, and DJs, the inaugural event marks BPM’s first all-women dance music-focused festival and begins December 12 at 11:00 a.m. EST / 8:00 a.m. PST.

Featured artist performances will include sets from Alison Wonderland, Anna Lunoe, REZZ, Nervo, Icona Pop, and more. In addition to a stellar list of performers, some of the top women in the dance music industry will share behind the scenes stories, and words of inspiration and confidence. This curated selection includes Sirius XM’s Rida Naser, Armada‘s Stephanie Karten, Big Beat Record‘s Gina Tucci, and many more.

Naser discussed the inspiration behind the event and what listeners can expect from the virtual festival with Dancing Astronaut, stating,

“This festival is about empowered women, empowering women. SiriusXM is proud to continue to showcase the amazing range of women artists, DJs and dance/music industry professionals that contribute to keeping Dance Music alive and well, and wanted to provide a platform this weekend that did just that. By mixing in top artist talent and music with empowering stories from the women industry gatekeepers, this festival is designed to inspire the next generation of women.”

SiriusXM subscribers can listen to bpm on channel 51 via SiriusXM Radios, SiriusXM online, or on the SiriusXM app.

Featured image: Rukes

Ben Böhmer submits sublime remix of Worakls, ‘Red Dressed’ with Eivør

Ben Böhmer submits sublime remix of Worakls, ‘Red Dressed’ with EivørBen Bohmer PC IG

After debuting his remix of Worakl‘s “Red Dressed” aboard his hot air balloon set, Ben Böhmer has officially shared the coveted production. Landing on Worakl’s label Hungry Music, the rework marries the Berlin-based luminary’s progressive mastery with cinematic orchestration, as Böhmer widens the scope of his prodigal repertoire once more.

Derived from Worakl’s 2019 LP, Orchestra, and featuring Faroese singer Eivør, the eclectic electronica track goes through a hypnotic rebirth under Böhmer’s guidance, who calls upon computerized filters and constructive layers in making “Red Dressed” his own. Rich kick drums and flourishing cymbals bolster the delicate top lines of vocals and string solos, providing an invigorating bedrock for the ensuing sublimity. Intwining the world-influenced beauty of the original’s instrumentation with dance instincts, Böhmer delivers grace in his elevated take on the French composer’s single.

Stream below.

Featured image: Ben Böhmer/Instagram

Wooli advances melodic expansion with new remix of GASHI’s ‘Roses’

Wooli advances melodic expansion with new remix of GASHI’s ‘Roses’Mattchristinephotography 37

Wooli continues his expansion into melodic zones with his latest remix of GASHI‘s track “Roses,” taken from the latter’s self-titled 2019 album, GASHI.

Having built up a brand backed by hard-knocking dubstep tracks, the East Coast-bred producer diverges from his usual, reimagining the original chorus and bass guitar melodies in “Roses” to anthemic evocations. Wooli further adds his signature touch with revamped drums, layered synths, and sweeping rock tones, molding the production into an ensemble of rap, dance, and contemporary rock genres.

The newest cross-over endeavor is no new feat for GASHI, who has previously collaborated with electronic musicians like DJ Snake on tracks such as “Creep On Me,” and “Safety.” The Albanian-born singer-songwriter was also recently featured on Lost King‘s long-awaited collaboration with Ty Dolla $ign, “Oops (I’m Sorry).”

Check out the new remix below.

Featured image: Matt Christine

Mental health resources for music and events industry workers shared by One Industry One Voice initiative

One Industry One Voice (OIOV), the umbrella body of UK events associations and businesses, has shared a list of mental health resources on offer to help music industry workers hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking in a statement to NME, the OIOV said:  “As other industries now begin to return to work, restrictions upon capacities and social distancing [mean] a large number of live events are no longer viable, and the people who organise and deliver them remain out of work. 

“For many of these people, on furlough, or facing or having been made redundant; those who’ve fallen through the cracks and haven’t had access to financial support; even those still at work in an industry that’s changing, this has been and remains a hugely stressful time with no clear end in sight.

“While there are a number of industry campaigns working towards securing financial support, removing restrictions and helping people get back to work, for lots of people it feels like time is running out and there’s nowhere to turn.”

“If you’re experiencing stress or mental health issues, or if it simply feels like it’s getting too much, it’s important to get help and support, whether this be from a partner, friend, colleague or professional,” the organisation added. “It’s good to talk and it’s important not to suffer alone.”

The full list of organisations includes: Eventwell, Stress Matters Buddies Matter; Music Support; Backup British Association for Performing Arts Medicine; Help Musicians; The Theatrical Guild; Mind; Samaritans; and Campaign Against Living Miserably

You can view the full list via NME here.

According to the OIOV, the UK events sector holds a total of £84 billion in value to the UK economy. 

As part of DJ Mag’s mental health edition of our flagship magazine in 2019, we spoke with three DJs who have subsequently become mental health & wellbeing practitioners in their own individual ways.

Last year, Sirin Kale spoke to artists such as Luciano, Courtesy and Marie Davidson, as well as some PRs and promoters, about how mental health is affecting the dance music scene, and the potential solutions to this pressing problem.