DJ J Heat launches GoFundMe for medical costs following car accident

The Jersey club producer was left with significant injuries, including a broken nose and jaw, following the accident

Christian Eede

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 – 16:42

New Jersey artist DJ J Heat has launched a GoFundMe page to support him following a car accident.

The Jersey club producer, real name John Lyons, was left with significant inuries as a result of the accident, including a broken nose and jaw, as well as fractured hands, shoulder and gums. He also lost several teeth. 

Lyons, who’s released music via labels such as Night Slugs and Fade To Mind, has so far raised almost half of his $10,000 goal, which he says will go towards his medical and dental costs.

“I’m making use of my bed rest and trying to focus on music, stocks, assets and fitness,” Lyons said in an Instagram post. “I don’t want to sit here and be sad about my situation, I know God has something big planned for me.”

You can donate to the fundraiser here

Apple announces newly designed MacBook Pros with M1 Pro and Max chips

Apple has announced a new range of MacBook Pro computers with a focus on high power and features for creative professionals. The laptops come in two sizes – 14-inch and 16-inch – and, to the joy of many music makers, have returned some of the much-missed ports to the computers. MagSafe charging has returned as well as a physical HDMI output and – a heavily requested – SD card slot on the side for expanding storage space and also for transferring media quickly. There are also three Thunderbolt 4/USB-C ports, which can still be used for charging if you’ve committed to Apple’s new standard. 

Inside, the machines have upgraded on Apple’s highly-praised M1, adding two new options: the M1 Pro and the M1 Max. The Pro can feature up to 10 CPU cores – 3.7x faster than the current Intel quad-core i7 chip – with up to 16 cores of GPU, while the Max can reach up to 32-cores of GPU for intense editing and rendering. For RAM, it’s 16GB as standard, upgradable to 32GB. 

For musicians and producers, Apple has also upgraded the speaker and mic system, adding newly designed dual woofers for extra bass. There’s also now a ‘high impedance’ headphone output for using pro headphones directly with the laptop, although the spec sheet doesn’t reveal how many Ohms ‘high impedance’ means. 

The much-maligned butterfly keyboard is gone and so is the Touch Bar, replaced with physical keys. The screen has also been upgraded, with the 14-inch running at 3024×1964 pixels. For the Zoomers, the camera has been upgraded to 1080p but doesn’t offer Apple’s Face ID just yet. 

Apple claims the battery on the 14 offers 17 hours of video editing battery and 11 hours of web browsing, while the 16 offers 21 hours editing with 14 hours browsing. Internal SSD speed has been upgraded to an impressive 7.4GB/sec. 

The 14-inch model starts at £1,899 and the 16 starts at £2,399. Find out more about the new computers on Apple’s website.

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Petition launched for review of UK drink spiking laws and education

A petition has been launched calling for an “urgent” review into drink spiking in the UK.

Shared via Change.org, the petition is the work of Mair Howells, who is the founder of I’ve Been Spiked, a page sharing stories and offering support around the subject of drink spiking. 

Writing on the petition page, Howells said: “In February 2020, I had my drink spiked. Since then, I have been campaigning to raise awareness around drink spiking. When it happened to me there was no support for victims, and it was difficult to access any information on the issue. This left me feeling lost, vulnerable and helpless.”

The petition comes amid a sharp increase in cases of drink spiking in the UK following the end of lockdown. Among recent troubling reports has been a new method of spiking, where the perpetrator injects the victim in the back, which appears to be becoming more prevalent.

Howells has used I’ve Been Spiked to point out that many cases of drink spiking go unreported in the UK, despite it being a criminal offence, because police won’t investigate incidents unless the victim can provide a blood test.

Howells is also working alongside venues in the UK to put up posters raising awareness of spiking, and ways in which people can protect themselves.

You can find out more, and sign the petition, here

Over one third of UK music industry workers lost jobs in 2020, new report finds

More than a third of UK music industry workers lost their jobs last year, amid the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the shutdown of clubs and music venues, as well as the cancellation of festivals, across the nation.

Around 69,000 jobs were lost in total, while the shutdown also wiped billions off the value of the UK music sector, almost halving it in one year, as per a report shared by UK Music. 

The music industry’s contribution to the wider UK economy, covering everything from music sales and licensing to merchandise and live gigs, fell from a record £5.8bn in 2019 to £3.1bn last year.

UK Music’s annual report, This Is Music 2021, estimates that employment in the sector plunged by 35% from an all-time high of 197,000 in 2019 to 128,000 last year.

It also points out that as three-quarters of music industry workers were self-employed, many fell between the cracks of eligibility for government support schemes, particularly if they had only recently moved into self-employment. This forced tens of thousands of workers to retrain and seek entirely different work while the pandemic continued.

The hardest-hit sector according to the report was the live music sector, which saw revenues fall by around 90% to just a few hundred million pounds, much of which will have been made earlier in the year before lockdowns brought gigs and other events to a complete halt. 

“The past 18 months have been exceptionally challenging for the UK music industry, with billions wiped off the value of the sector, but we are determined to look to the future and focus on recovery,” said Jamie Njoku-Goodwin, chief executive of UK Music.

The organisation is now calling upon the UK Government to offer more support to the UK music sector, particularly the live music industry, as it looks to get back on its feet. Removing barriers to touring in the European Union, post-Brexit, is among the top priorities.

Njoku-Goodwin called for measures such as tax incentives, a removal of restrictions on transport and work permits for musicians looking to tour in some EU states, and a permanent reduction in VAT on live music event tickets.

The UK music sector was not helped in recovering losses from the pandemic by the UK Government’s delay in introducing an insurance scheme for festivals and other large events affected by the COVID-19 shutdown. The scheme was finally put in place in August, following months of calls for support from the events sector.

You can read UK Music’s report here.

Apple adds Siri-activated Voice Plan to Apple Music

Apple has announced a new Apple Music subs model – Voice Plan. Users who subscribe to the new plan will only be able to use Siri to access the Apple Music library. That means you’ll have to speak to any Siri-supported devices like iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, HomePod, CarPlay and AirPods and ask for the music you want to hear. It’s designed for the ultra-casual listener who just wants a mood or a vibe, or a certain artist but isn’t as interested in putting on a special song or album. 

Siri can pause, play, skip and change the volume of any track in Apple Music’s library but subscribers can’t browse the service. To listen to a track, simply say ‘Hey Siri, play a chilled playlist’ or ‘Hey Siri, play the new Bonobo single’. Apple has curated a series of ‘mood’ playlists to coincide with the new plan, and Apple Music will learn from your play history and skips. 

Oliver Schusser, Apple’s Vice President of Apple Music and Beats, said of the new subscription tier: “Apple Music and Siri are natural partners and already work seamlessly together. With Siri actively used on hundreds of millions of devices worldwide, we are thrilled to add this new plan that delivers an effortless music experience just by using your voice and makes Apple Music accessible to even more people around the world.”

Find out more about Voice Plan here

Watch Mantra live from DJ Mag HQ this Friday

The Rupture co-founder takes over DJ Mag HQ this Friday

Euan McGraw

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 – 09:14

Rupture London co-founder Mantra takes over DJ Mag HQ with a sixty-minute live stream this Friday (22nd October).

The stream will take place in our London office from 5PM (BST), and you can sign up to be in with a chance to attend here.

We’ll be announcing more streams in the coming weeks. You can keep up to date with announcements via DJ Mag’s InstagramTwitter and Facebook channels.

Please note the following entry requirements regarding Covid-19:

You must prove your NHS pass covid status via one of the following three options:

  • Proof of full 14-day vaccination, with the second vaccine having been given to you 14 days prior to attendance
  • A negative lateral flow within 48 hours of attendance, please show proof via the NHS app
  • Proof of natural immunity following a positive PCR test (providing it has been at least 10 days since your PCR test and up to 180 days following)

If you are unable to provide one of the above options you will be not be allowed to attend the stream under any circumstances.

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New Batman movie features scene filmed in Printworks

DC’s forthcoming Batman movie, simply titled ‘The Batman’, features a scene filmed at London’s Printworks.

The Surrey Quays venue’s vast main room is recognisable in the background of the film’s latest trailer, which was the first teaser to be unveiled for the Matt Reeves-directed film ahead of its debut in cinemas from March 2022.

In the scene featuring Printworks, a number of background revellers can be seen enjoying themselves inside the venue, though one suspects that it wasn’t quite packed out with the 5,000-plus-strong crowd that the club frequently draws in each weekend.

Southwark News originally reported sightings of a “bat signal” over Canada Water in February of this year, which was the first sign that filming for the movie was taking place in the area. Photos of filming taking place more widely in South London, including Robert Pattinson on set, were also shared by the Evening Standard early last year.

Originally set for an earlier release, the film’s debut in cinemas was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can watch the trailer, including the scenes from Printworks, below.

Printworks is currently open for its autumn and winter season, with the line-ups for the next few months having been released in August.

Noisia will play their last ever show at the club this December.

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Peach announces debut EP, ‘Galaxy Girl’, on Peach Discs

The four-tracker is out in November

Christian Eede

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 – 17:23

Peach has shared details of her debut EP, ‘Galaxy Girl’.

Out on 12th November, the four-track release will come out via Shanti Celeste and Gramrcy’s Peach Discs label. It was finished and mastered in 2020, but the label owners decided to hold it back for release amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The EP follows on from single track contributions to compilations from labels including Intergraded and Peach Discs, namely 2018’s ‘Silky’ and this year’s ‘Moonlight’.

Offering some words to accompany the EP’s announcement, Peach described it as like “floating through space on a sagittarius sun, frothy pink fizz, the last one up in another galaxy.”

You can listen to lead cut ‘Buttercup’ below, and read some more words from Peach about the EP via Instagram.

Photo credit: Nathan Grace

John Martin and Michel Zitron reaffirm synergy on VCATION project renewal, ‘Love You Long Time’

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It was nearing two years since John Martin and Michel Zitron last reconvened under the VCATION banner on “Stairway to the Sun,” but in Martin’s Supernovas spotlight back in June, he put it in writing that the duo project’s resumption wasn’t too far off. The decorated songwriting duo has now brought that plan to life, officially jumpstarting VCATION’s newest chapter—in between their work on David Guetta and MORTEN’sImpossible” and Martin Garrix and Matisse & Sadko’s forthcoming ID—with the moniker’s fourth original, “Love You Long Time.”

Martin explained that he and Zitron decided to put a pause on VCATION—a co-venture that the two previously introduced in depth with Dancing Astronaut in 2018—in an effort to establish a genuine musical direction for their alias, adding that what the two crafted throughout the pandemic was unlike anything that’s currently being put out in the music world. One listen of “Love You Long Time” and it’s crystal clear that the two’s magical production-songwriting combination is still as fruitful as it’s been throughout the previous decade. Inspired by the ’90s era of house music, “Love You Long Time” is a more than warm welcome back for VCATION, with Zitron intricately holding the vocal wheel on a “multi-sensory experience that allows for painful emotions to flow,” as Martin so aptly put it.

Watch Martin and Zitron star in the masterfully choreographed visual for “Love You Long Time” below.

Featured image: Adrian Person

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