Scuffed Recordings launches artist development scheme for women and non-binary producers

The scheme will offer production lessons, track feedback, industry advice to five upcoming artists

Christian Eede

Monday, January 25, 2021 – 20:06

UK-based label Scuffed Recordings has announce an artist development scheme for women and gender non-conforming artists.

Aimed at addressing the gender imbalance in music production, it will consist of a six-month programme offering production lessons and industry training to developing producers. 

The programme, set to run in the first half of 2021, will be tailored to five artists with a view to developing their production skills, artistry and music industry knowledge via production lessons, track feedback and other industry advice. Production lessons will come from the likes of India Jordan, LCY, Elkka, Roza Terenzi, Nikki Nair, Drum Thing and Farsight, with more to be announced. Figures from across the Scuffed roster will also be involved in the overall scheme.

In addition to regular track feedback from the Scuffed team, they will offer advice on putting together an artist bio and press pack, provide budget for production equipment and a Splice subscription.

“Over the three years we’ve been running the label, we’ve seen first-hand the huge gender disparity in producers working in electronic music, and our artist development programme is our way of attempting to address this imbalance using the resources and industry knowledge available to us,” Scuffed founders High Class Filter and Ian DPM said. 

Applications for the scheme are open as of today (January 25th), for women and gender non-conforming producers who have a basic grasp of production and an interest in a career releasing music. Lessons will be taught in Ableton and Logic. Applications close on February 19th and can be submitted via this form.

DJ Mag premiered a track from Nikki Nair’s latest EP on Scuffed Recordings late last year.

Unseen Daft Punk show from Alive 2007 tour appears online: Watch

The footage was shot in Chicago

DJ Mag Staff

Monday, January 25, 2021 – 12:37

An unseen Daft Punk show has appeared online.

A performance from legendary French electronic duo, Daft Punk, at Lollapalooza over a decade ago has been uploaded to YouTube by a user who shares archive footage.

Shot in August 2007, the festival performance was originally mixed live for screens at Grant Park in Chicago, and features some of Daft Punk’s biggest hits from ‘Technologic’ and ‘Around The World’ to ‘One More Time’ and ‘Da Funk’.

It’s not the first archive performance from the pair to be shared recently. Last year as part of Japan’s Summer Sonic festival, a live 2006 performance from the duo was available to watch for free via YouTube for one weekend. 

Check out the show from Lollapalooza below.

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In 2019, Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’ was revealed as the best-selling dance music album of the decade.

Earlier this year, Daft Punk’s iconic Alive show was shared in full online using never-seen-before fan footage and some expert editing. 

A new look at electronic music’s female pioneers, in limited streaming now

With film festivals online, many parts of the world get a unique chance to peek into a new feature documentary on women pioneers in electronic music history, Sisters with Transistors.

At top: still from the film, by Peggy Weil.

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Gender equality and inclusion of womxn in electronic music history is a project with no particular beginning or end. What’s striking here is the awareness of how much of the progress of electronic music’s radical frontiers depends on those very pioneers. Just read some of the names the filmmakers drop – Clara Rockmore, Daphne Oram, Bebe Barron, Pauline Oliveros, Delia Derbyshire, Maryanne Amacher, Eliane Radigue, Suzanne Ciani, and Laurie Spiegel.

This film may not make the kind of explicit intersection it might on race or other systems of marginalization. But there are echoes of the awareness of electronic music as being a medium with radical potential. Laurie Spiegel says in an interview:

“We women were especially drawn to electronic music when the possibility of a woman composing was in itself controversial. Electronics let us make music that could be heard by others without having to be taken seriously by the male-dominated Establishment.”

Speaking of hierarchies of privilege, there is some inversion of those systems in the matter of where this film is currently watchable. Because the producers are looking for film festival distribution, you can see it here in Germany where it’s being shown virtually at CTM Festival, but also a lot of places that won’t get that distribution. By definition, that means the usual order of things is turned upside down.

So, Azerbaijan, Burundi, Djibouti, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, you’re next in the queue, among others – as are our recent event partners’ countries, Philippines and Indonesia. (The list is up on CTM’s site; I just skipped around but do have some friends here and there in the list I know will be into this.) Of course, some but not all those countries have easy access to payment platforms to make 4EUR entry fee as easily. (What they have now is a credit card.) But it is still a glimpse of the potential for different distribution models in the future, even speculatively.

CTM is offering that stream directly:

https://www.ctm-festival.de/festival-2021/programme/theory/sisters-with-transistors

You can catch a conversation from the fall with the filmmaker:

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More on the film:

https://sisterswithtransistors.com/

CTM hosted a talk with both Lisa Rovner and, in a panel, with Frances Scott and Tom Richards. They also engage with Wendy Carlos and Daphne Oram, though from their own (unauthorized and personal) perspectives.

This talk and integrated performance are available to anyone with access to YouTube:

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More of the CTM program online:

https://www.ctm-festival.de/festival-2021/programme/schedule

And here’s to more technological liberation, in place of technology in support of some of those power structures. Let us know what you think of the film, those of you who can watch it.

Ghost Ship defendant pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter

The master tenant of the Oakland warehouse known as the Ghost Ship, which used to host unlicensed DIY parties, has pleaded guilty to 36 charges of involuntary manslaughter following a devastating fire during an event in 2016 that killed 36 people.

Derick Almena, 50, pled guilty in exchange for a 12-year sentence. It means that a second trial will no longer be required after the first ended with no verdict. As part of the plea agreement, Almena will face between nine and 12 years in jail. He was, however, already released on bail last year and likely won’t return to prison due to credited time served and good behaviour.

Last year, families of the Ghost Ship fire victims received a $32.7 million settlement from City Of Oakland. At this time, 32 of the 36 lawsuits related to the fire were settled, with $23.5 million given to the families of those who died in the fire, and $9.2 million going to Sam Maxwell, who survived while sustaining life-changing injuries.

Ghost Ship had been converted into a living space and arts collective in Oakland, and was hosting an event featuring artists from local label 100% Silk when a fire broke out in December 2016. Among those who lost their lives in the fire were a number of key figures in the local Bay Area electronic music scene such as 100% Silk artists Nackt (otherwise known as Johnny Igaz) and Cherushii (otherwise known as Chelsea Faith Dolan).

Pendulum drummer KJ Sawka debuts new project with remix of BT’s ‘The War’

Pendulum drummer KJ Sawka debuts new project with remix of BT’s ‘The War’The Private Language KJ Sawka Blake Lewis

Pendulum drummer and Destroid member KJ Sawka ventures into uncharted territory with the official debut of his new project, The Private Language. The first taste of the duo group, comprised of Sawka and collaborator Blake Lewis, brings forth their remix of BT and Iraina Mancini’s “The War.”

In the works for over a year, the band combines the forces of both musicians for a “dreamy landscape saturated with organic percussion, indie guitars, and lush vocal melodies.” The Private Language’s first release arrives packaged on a four-track remix EP of the 2020 released single alongside remixes from Wayfloe, Tony Awake, and Johnny Frizz. Incorporating dewy instrumentation spotlighted by crisp percussion and ruminative guitar, Sawka and Lewis show off clean production and magnetic drive as they transform the genre-morphing original into a lively vocal-centric drum ‘n’ bass heater.

Stream The Private Language remix of “The War” below.

Featured image: Blake Lewis/Instagram

New Kendrick Lamar music is on the way according to Top Dawg Entertainment boss

His last album, ‘DAMN.’, was released in 2017

Christian Eede

Monday, January 25, 2021 – 16:08

Fans of Kendrick Lamar should expect new music from the rapper soon, Top Dawg Entertainment president Punch has hinted.

A recent social media interaction between the record label boss and podcast host Karen Civil hinted at the existence of new material from Kendrick Lamar, whose last album, ‘DAMN.’, came out in 2017.

Civil extended an invitation to Punch on Twitter to come on her podcast, ‘Girl I Guess’, asking at the same time: “Can we play that new Kendrick you played me?”

“YES!” Punch replied. “Soon.” You can see the tweets between the two below.

New material from the rapper was also hinted at when he was confirmed to headline this year’s Roskilde Festival in Denmark. A post by the festival, when announcing his appearance, read: “Two albums later – and with new material along the way – he is once again ready to take Roskilde Festival’s main stage with a concert that is likely to be one of the absolute highlights of the summer.”

Never-before-seen footage from Daft Punk’s Lollapalooza 2007 set has surfaced [Watch]

Never-before-seen footage from Daft Punk’s Lollapalooza 2007 set has surfaced [Watch]Daft Punk Grammys Getty Images

New, unseen Daft Punk footage is like lightning; it doesn’t strike twice, and electronic aficionados are well-apprised of its rarity. That’s precisely why never-before-seen video from Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter‘s set at Lollapalooza‘s 2007 iteration in Grant Park, Chicago is sending shock waves through the dance scene. The live mixed video from the festival stint surfaced on YouTube user Johnny Airbag’s channel on January 22.

The most faithful of Daft Punk’s followers will recall Johnny Airbag as the uploader of previously unseen footage from Daft Punk’s 2007 Vegoose Festival in Las Vegas. Though that video, which emerged in August of 2020, has since been removed from the streaming platform, its absence is almost inconsequential considering the fresh set of footage, now available below.

Featured image: Karl Walter

Ultra 2021 has reportedly been cancelled

Ultra 2021 has reportedly been cancelled.

According to a letter obtained by Billboard, organizers of the Ultra Music Festival are preparing to cancel this year’s event, and requesting that the City of Miami officials approve their permit request to stage the event in 2022 once a formal announcement has been made.

Last year, Miami’s Ultra music festival announced that it would not be taking place in 2020, citing the Florida Governer’s declaration of a public health emergency after the outbreak of COVID-19.

“The letter from Ultra attorney Sandy York to Miami city manager Arthur Noriega says that conditions created by the spread of COVID-19 that led city officials to cancel the festival in 2020 are still a threat to festival goers in 2021,” the Billboard report reads. “‘We anticipate that the City will again invoke the Force Majeure clause’ in the license agreement to stage Ultra at Bayfront Park, York wrote. Because the license requires the festival to take place over a single weekend in March, ‘we respectfully request the rescheduled dates to be March 25, 26, and 27, 2022.'”

When contacted for comment, an Ultra representative told Billboard: “Given the current status of the pandemic in relation to mass gatherings and the public health considerations of our local community, we are working cooperatively with our city partners and plan to release an official festival update soon”.

The news comes as one of the UK’s biggest festivals, Glastonbury, announced that it would not be going ahead in 2021. Elsewhere, Unum, the first 2021 festival with rapid COVID-19 testing, announced its first wave line-up earlier this week.

(Via: Billboard)

Dillon Francis announces merch drop to raise funds for his favorite LA restaurant

Dillon Francis announces merch drop to raise funds for his favorite LA restaurantDillon Francis

It’s no secret that small businesses are among those most affected by the tumultuous events of the past year. Los Angeles restaurant La Poubelle Bistro is one such case, but fortunately for the French eatery, one of their regular customers happens to be Dillon Francis, who has partnered with online clothing company PIZZASLIME to produce limited edition La Poubelle merch in a bid to benefit the staple site.

All proceeds from sales of the the limited edition La Poubelle dad hats, joggers, hoodies, and more will either go to the restaurant staff or be distributed to the homeless and the food insecure in Los Angeles with the help of The LA Mission. In addition to merch sales, donations to the restaurant can be made at its official GoFundMe page here. With more than five decades spent serving the people of Los Angeles, La Poubelle has become a beloved city icon. Learn more about the bistro here.

Featured image: Rukes

3LAU and Funkin Matt come together for dance-pop one-off ‘Everything’ featuring Frawley

3LAU and Funkin Matt come together for dance-pop one-off ‘Everything’ featuring Frawley3laulive

If there is one thing 3LAU has mastered, it is pairing a groovy dance note progression with a polarizing, pop-leaning vocal, and the producer has done it once again in the form of “Everything” alongside Funkin Matt. 3LAU announced the single earlier in 2021 alongside his Bold.org partnership, which will award a $10,000 “Everything” scholarship to an American student facing student loan debt.

The Frawley feature is the producer’s first output in 2021, and he has released the track alongside an accompanying NFT, which means fans can bid on the ability to own the accompanying digital art piece. “Everything” is out now via 3LAU’s not-for-profit label, Blume.

Featured image: Cory Hammons and AGP Photo