Emerging producer Vinny Pisciotta, better known as Rome in Silver, has delivered the final component of his EP trilogy that launched earlier this year. First gifting fans Like Lightning, and Forever Flame, the bitbird mainstay now procures Makeshift Moon—perhaps his most cohesive and sharpened work to date. Says Pisciotta,
“This EP means a ton because it’s essentially the finale to this string of releases in the series of EP’s I’ve dropped. From ‘Like Lightning’ to ‘Forever Flame’ and ending it off with ‘Makeshift Moon’…this story comes to a close before I embark on the next chapter.”
Crafting the project based on his environment, the SoCal-native used his surroundings to form his sound. Pisciotta explains to fans, “Each track was written in a different location ranging from Palm Springs to Orange County…they all have a drastically different feel.” From his dance-forward and high-energy collaboration with Biicla, “Colorblind,” to his melodic and atmospheric cut, “Like You,” the multifaceted producer has proven yet again that there is no limit to his regenerative sound.
Rome in Silver will be joining bitbird helmer San Holo on his upcoming tour, as well as hitting the stage at Bonnaroo this September. Stream Makeshift Moon below.
Ever since ARC Fest announced a surreal debut lineup for the festival’s first edition, house and techno fans have been frothing at the mouth to for Chicago’s Union Park affair over Labor Day Weekend, September 4 – 5. What better location to celebrate house music than in the city of its birthplace, among artists who’ve reshaped the genre in a multitude of ways. ARC’s initial lineup boasted appearances from house MVPs Seth Troxler, ZHU, Bob Moses, and FISHER, among others. The festival’s now-finalized bill appends even more exceptional talent, including Channel Tres, DJ Holographic, Lee Foss, Layton Giordani, TONI Varga, and TSHA.
Alongside an array of renowned performers, including Eric Prydz under all three of his monikers, the ARC Car Stage will showcase an abundance of local talent, while Spanish party curation team Elrow hosts a multi-day stage takeover at ARC’s inaugural event. Although VIP passes are sold out, GA tickets are still available here.
Poni’s energetic, well-fueled rework of “Fallout” hauls in inspiration from multiple electronic sub-genres of as the Canadian producer combines house, trap, and mid-tempo stylings while maintaining the acidic rush of the original. Sable Valley’s latest two offerings point toward a promising direction of the imprint, and while the label has yet to reveal the last winning revision of Deadcrow‘s “THERA,” in the meantime, fans can devour a tasty new remix from Poni below.
The October event will feature Patrick Topping, Paul Woolford, Cinthie, Gerd Janson and more
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Do Not Sleep has announced details of its summer closing party at Amnesia Ibiza.
Doubling as the house and techno brand’s first and last party on the island in 2021, the event takes place at the White Isle club on 12th October and will feature headliners Patrick Topping, Paul Woolford, Cinthie and Gerd Janson on the Terrace.
The Main Room will feature sets by Archie Hamilton, Sidney Charles and Chris Stussy b2b S.A.M. Early Bird tickets for the event are now available.
The announcement comes following news that the UK government is expected to add Ibiza, as well as the rest of the Balearics and Malta, to its foreign travel green list from next week.
After becoming the first Ibiza superclub to confirm that it plans to host events this year, Amnesia also recently announced the line-up for its own 18-hour closing party on 23rd October.
The world’s best-known party island, Ibiza has been heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Frequent restriction changes, extortionate fines and bans on dancing and parties have all affected the music and hospitality industries. Read our new feature on how the island’s nightlife is planning a safe return this summer.
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More than 200 British artists have called on the government for financial aid for touring EU countries following Brexit.
The Chemical Brothers, Kano, Kelly Lee Owens, and festivals including Dimensions, are among the many acts and organisations speaking out in support of the #LetTheMusicMove initiative. The campaign is calling on the UK government to “do more to support the future of the music industry, and mitigate the Brexit-related impacts of restrictions, costs and delays on European touring”.
Following a new survey showing that 58% of the UK public believe the government should be doing more for the post-Brexit touring crisis, Let the Music Move is calling for a renegotiation on touring – or “new bilateral agreements with each country that will reduce the costs and red tape” – as well as a short-term “transitional support package” to financially assist artists with new paperwork.
As a result of Brexit, UK musicians must now acquire a goods passport – a carnet – in order to tour mainland Europe. Individual visas and permits are also required for different countries, and UK-registered vehicles are limited to only three stops on the continent before having to return home. This amounts to extra costs roughly amounting to £5,000 per individual country.
Back in March, Labour MP Harriet Harman unveiled a 10-point plan of proposed measures, supported by organisations such as Musicians’ Union and UK Music, to allow British musicians to tour Europe without visas.
Read DJ Mag’s January feature on what Brexit means for touring UK and EU artists here.
Ibiza could be one of the new destinations added to the UK’s travel green list.
The Times reports that a government source has suggested imminent travel to the White Isle – as well as the rest of the Balearics and Malta – is a “real possibility” from next week. Health Secretary Matt Hancock is expected to announce details this afternoon (24th June).
Implemented as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the UK government’s traffic light system for foreign travel has different rules regarding quarantine and COVID tests. Among the country’s on the UK’s amber list are France, Portugal, Italy, Greece, the US, and Spain (including the Balearics). Australia, Israel, Gibraltar and eight other destinations are currently on the UK’s green list, meaning travellers aren’t required to quarantine upon their return to the UK.
As well as concerns as to whether UK clubs will actually be able to reopen on 19th July, there is continued uncertainty regarding global travel amid the pandemic. German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently suggested British travellers should be forced to quarantine on arrival in all EU countries to slow the rapid spread of the Delta variant.
She said, “In our country, if you come from Great Britain, you have to go into quarantine – and that’s not the case in every European country, and that’s what I would like to see.”
Lights All Night has been a New Year’s Eve festival landmark for more than a decade. Year after year organizers bring a top-notch lineup to Texas for a well-produced event, and while they were forced to cancel 2020’s run, they’re back to their old ways in 2021, even minting an additional Puerto Vallarta offshoot set for November. Dropping off a packed talent roster for this year’s NYE affair in Dallas, Lights All Night has the likes of Madeon, DJ Snake, ILLENIUM, Above & Beyond, SLANDER, Habstrakt, and more locked in for its flagship event’s highly anticipated comeback.
One thing is for sure—Skrillex is back. Though, as his comeback campaign rolls forward, the LA-based superstar is clearly having fun keeping everyone guessing with a creative stretch of the legs. Starting with an artful collaborative piece alongside Four Tet and Starrah, “Butterflies,” then bouncing from the genre-blending appeal of “Too Bizarre” with Swae Lee and Siiickbrain to the gritty drum ‘n’ bass stylings of “Supersonic (My Existence)” with josh pan and Dylan Brady, all in less than two month’s time, an older, wiser Skrillex has emerged, and he refuses to be pinned down by a single sound. Now, he’s headed back to where things started this year, delivering the full visual for “Butterflies.”
Skrillex’s latest adds to a long line of fascinating music videos over the years from the OWSLA head honcho. Often narrative in style, driven by airtight choreography, and shot practically with key CG elements and VFX to help bring the story to life, the video for “Butterflies” falls right in line with a lengthy list of incredibly well-produced visuals. Much like the song itself, the video delicately walks the same balance between convivial and haunting, placing the track’s soul-stirring, gated vocals against a gripping visual backdrop of ghostly figures, elegant blocking, and a shrouded cityscape.
Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja AKA 3D has launched a limited print sale for War Child’s Gaza Appeal.
In a continuation of Massive Attack’s two-decade partnership with the charity, Del Naja is releasing a new version of his Help95 artwork, which was originally featured in the sleeve notes for War Child’s 1995 compilation album ‘HELP’. The compilation featured tracks by Massive Attack (‘Fake the Aroma’), Portishead and Orbital.
Priced at £250 and limited to 200 copies, the reworked version of the artwork comes as an archival pigment print on Fabriano printmaking rag with hand-torn edges. Released today as a fire-sale, all proceeds from the run go to War Child’s Gaza Emergency Appeal. Learn more about that here.
“Massive Attack have been generous supporters of War Child for over a quarter of a century now,” says Rich Clarke, Head of War Child Records. “They are incredibly passionate about the causes they choose to help and we are extremely grateful to benefit from their support.
“The original image Help95 was donated by Rob to support the children and families caught in the Balkan Civil war in 1995 and resonates 25 years later with the desperate situation in Gaza.
“The money raised from the fire-sale will enable War Child to reach more children and give them the chance of a brighter future. We are extremely grateful to have Robert’s continued support to help us protect, educate and stand up for the rights of the children of Gaza.”
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