DJs for Climate Action launch new initiative for the electronic music industry

DJs for Climate Action has launched a new initiative to help the electronic music industry realise a more innovative, sustainable and environmentally friendly dance music industry by 2030. 

The report, Future Vision, lays out a number of recommendations in various categories. These are: Touring & Connection, Venues & Events, Economic & Income Model; and Self-Awareness, Transparency, and Influence. 

Specific proposals include better measurement, off-setting and reduction of carbon footprints, including a large scale move to reduce flights and take journeys by other modes of transport wherever possible. Green travel riders, guest residency and artist exchanges, and using venues as cultural hubs are also on the list. 

Venues should become sustainable, with greater use of local and regional artists, tour shares, and a push for genuinely inclusive lineups. Meanwhile, events need to be about more than entertainment, and help inspire change. Fairer pay for artists from digital platforms, and direct royalty payment systems feature on the economic side.

The full report was unveiled at Undercurrent, a new event in New York City comprising 11 original audio-visual installations, created by Bon Iver, Grimes, and a number of other music stars, with work centred on the theme of climate change. 

Future Vision was developed through a series of workshops with international DJs, including Eli Soulclap, Louisahhh, Mr. V, and Lola Villa. These drew on a survey with 170 artists, including Sander Kleinenberg, Thugfucker, and Sam Feldt.  

“We don’t have time to do it piece by piece or in our own bubbles. It has to be about leveraging the power of the network — taking good ideas and spreading them quickly,” said Colombia-based DJ Bosq, who participated in the visioning process. 

The climate crisis continues to be a major cause for concern in both the live and recorded music industry. In September, Massive Attack called on the UK government to help cut the carbon footprint of gigs, clubs and other events. Last year, DJ Mag published an in-depth feature on the pressures facing the festival industry, and the steps being taken to make major gatherings less harmful to the environment. 

Read the full Vision Statement for the future of electronic music below, and take a look at the report here:

“In 2030 we are not just an industry, but a vibrant global community at the forefront of climate, environmental and social action. 

As DJs and artists, we take responsibility for our actions and impacts. When we travel we fly less, stay longer and connect more deeply — nourishing our creativity, as well as our mental and emotional health. Touring is regenerative, not extractive: a two-way exchange that supports local people, culture and ecologies.

We favour clubs, festivals and events that operate in harmony with nature, are inclusive, and inspire a mindset shift. The contributions of diverse peoples in diverse places are recognised and valued: line-ups are more representative of our diverse, dynamic movement, with stronger regional and local programming. 

To support less frequent flying, by 2030 we’ve built an income model that’s less reliant on touring. Income earned from music creation better reflects its true value; artists have united to demand fair pay from digital service providers; and supplementary income is available from other sources, both on and offline. 

As culture creators, we inspire others and create cultural trends by speaking with an authentic, humble voice about what’s needed, what’s happening, and opportunities to push further. We know we don’t have all the answers, but embrace the opportunity to be open and transparent, have difficult conversations when needed, and build an urgent industry-wide dialogue.”

Bonobo announces new LP ‘Fragments,’ shares lead single

Bonobo announces new LP ‘Fragments,’ shares lead singleSquare No Gap 142

After 12 mysterious billboards popped up across the world, Bonobo has announced a new album Fragments, due January 14, 2022 via Ninjatune. The album announcement is accompanied by news of a world tour that will kick off in Nashville, Tennesse on February 18, and the LP’s first single, “Rosewood.”

“Rosewood” finds calming instrumentals made to get listeners grooving amid its shaking tones. Soft vocals dance along the length of the track, their muted tones whispering through the scattering synths. An accompanying visual for “Rosewood” was also released, with the artwork created by Neil Krug. Speaking on the album and how it was created, Bonobo said,

“I remembered all over again how much I loved crowds and movement and people connecting with each other.”

Fragments Tracklist
1. Polyghost (feat. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson) 2. Shadows (feat. Jordan Rakei)
3. Rosewood
4. Otomo (feat. O’Flynn)
5. Tides (feat. Jamila Woods)
6. Elysian
7. Closer
8. Age of Phase
9. From You (feat. Joji)
10. Counterpart
11. Sapien
12. Day by Day (feat. Kadhja Bonet)

Fragments Live Tour Dates – 2022

North America

02/18: Wildhorse Saloon, Nashville, TN
02/19: PromoWest Pavilion at Ovation, Newport, KY
02/20: EXPRESS LIVE!, Columbus, OH
02/21: Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
02/25: Great Hall, Brooklyn, NY
02/27: Royale, Boston, MA
02/28: Echostage, Washington, DC
03/02: Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia, PA
03/05: Higher Ground, Burlington, VT
03/06: Mtelus, Montreal, QC
03/09: History, Toronto, ON
03/10: Royal Oak Music Hall, Royal Oak, MI
03/11: Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
03/12: The Sylvee, Madison, WI
03/13: Turner Hall, Milwaukee, WI
03/15: The Palace, Minneapolis, MN
03/17: Mission Ballroom, Denver, CO
03/18: The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT
03/19: Knitting Factory, Boise, ID
03/21: PNE Forum, Vancouver, BC
03/22: Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA
03/24: Roseland Theater, Portland, OR


04/20: AFAS Live, Amsterdam, NL
04/21: Arena, Hamburg, DE
04/23: UFO im Velodrom, Berlin, De
04/24: Palladium, Cologne, De
04/25: TonHalle, Munich, De
04/26: Xtra, Zurich, CH
04/28: Le Centquatre, Paris, FR


05/03: The Brighton Centre, Brighton, UK
05/04: O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK
05/06: Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, UK
05/07: O2 Academy, Leeds, UK
05/08: Rock City, Nottingham, UK
05/16: Royal Albert Hall, London, UK
05/17: Royal Albert Hall, London, UK
05/18: Royal Albert Hall, London, UK

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Los Angeles to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for indoor shows

Los Angeles to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for indoor showsLos Angeles Warehouse

As live music continues to make its return to the United States amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Los Angeles has passed a new mandate requiring those attending concerts indoors to show proof of vaccination. The Los Angeles City Council passed the ordinance on October 6; will come into effect on November 4.

Those planning to attend indoor concerts as well as movie theaters, gyms, coffee shops, malls, nail salons, and more will be required to show proof of vaccination upon entry. In a statement, spokesman Harrison Wollman said,

“These new rules will encourage more people to get the shot, and make businesses safe for workers and customers—so that we can save more lives, better protect the vulnerable, and make our communities even safer as we fight this pandemic.”

Fines for the new ordinance will not begin to be issued until November 29. Those who violate the new ordinance will receive a warning on the first violation, a $1,000 fine on the second, and a $5,000 fine for the fourth and all subsequent violations. Councilman Paul Koretz said of the penalties,

“I know that I would personally take pause when walking into a restaurant that had been warned or cited for violations, so I think this would have an impact.”

Customers will be allowed to submit written exemptions for religious or medical reasons; however, those exempted will be required to either use outdoor facilities or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. The law will expire once the city lifts its emergency declaration for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Via: Los Angeles Times

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Okeechobee unveils 2022 lineup; Tame Impala, Porter Robinson, REZZ, top ticket

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Okeechobee is slated to take place from March 3 – 6, 2022 in Sunshine Grove, Florida with an assembly of headlining acts including Tame Impala, Porter Robinson, Megan Thee Stallion, GRiZ, and Flying Lotus. The iteration, which will mark Okeechobee’s fifth anniversary, will also welcome performances from Denzel Curry, Four Tet, Jai Wolf, The Glitch Mob, CloZee, and more, with additional acts to be announced in the time leading up to the event.

Although organizers cancelled the festival’s 2021 edition due to COVID-19-related health concerns, Okeechobee managed to be one of the few festivals to operate in 2020 just prior to the international shutdowns. Pre-sale tickets for the festival initially went on sale in June. Tickets for the festival will be available for purchase on October 7 here.

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