EDM News Roundup: Week of September 28
This past week featured announcements of multiple festivals and tours, from Richie Hawtin’s CNTRL to Jesse Saunders’ Pure House Music Festival, along with new releases. In addition to that, Skrillex was thought to be dead, but this internet hoax shows that, once again, you can’t trust everything you read online.
Mainstream music aside, the TrapZillas are an emerging duo on Mad Decent, and this week, they released two tracks: “Neon Freedom,” with Mad Decent’s Riff Raff, and their own “Clap” and remix of Major Lazer’s “Get Free.”
Also on the subject of Mad Decent, Diplo, along with photographer Shane McCauley, is documenting his travels, including location and music, with a new ‘zine, announced this week. Called Blow Your Head, the latest feature takes the Major Lazer producer to Trenchtown.
Norman Doray, who just finished a tour in June, is going back on the road in the fall. His North American tour dates begin on October 10. In the meantime, he released a collaboration with Nervo, called “Something To Believe In.”
Tritonal and Super8 & Tab are sitting the States around the same time, as well. The trance duo’s North American tour kicks off on October 11 in Denver.
Richie Hawtin and Loco Dice, too, are coming stateside during this time, bringing their CNTRL: Beyond EDM tour to college campuses. Unlike typical tours, however, CNTRL is more informational, with Hawtin showing how the music’s made and offering students a taste of underground sounds.
Also on the subject of more classic electronic acts, Orbital is in the midst of their Wonky Tour. Jesse Saunders is starting the Pure House Music Festival, one celebrating the genre’s origins and that will feature both DJs and house singers. Scheduled for September 29, the event features Saunders, Evan Landes, Wayne Williams, CeCe Peniston, and other classic performers.
In November, Swedish House Mafia begin their last tour, called One Last Tour. The string of dates starts in Dubai and comes stateside in early 2013. However, don’t count out future collaborations between the trio of DJs. According to an interview in Rolling Stone, they could work together again in the future.
On a more local level, the Decibel Festival began in Seattle on Wednesday and continues through Sunday. While not as long-running, the CounterPoint Festival is the first of its kind in Atlanta, bringing together bigger names with independent acts and some hip-hop. For future events, the fifth annual Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival was announced, including the lineup. The event is occurring in the Williamsburg section of the borough on November 9 and 10.
On the other side of the world, the Electronic Music Conference was announced and is the first of its kind for the Asia-Pacific region; the event will be held in Sydney, Australia on November 27 and 28.