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16 Apr 2021
  • Electronic music company group TMRW Music has formed an official partnership with Dutch label Armada Music, establishing TMRW as the label’s home in Australia and New Zealand. (TMN)
  • Warner Music Asia has launched the first Pan-Asian dance label, Whet Records. The China division will be led by Zoe Yang, who has worked across the largest EDM events in the region. (RotD)
  • Make Art Work launches a global initiative to support musicians and creatives who have been affected by Covid. (RotD) The aim of the network is to build a new foundation for the creative industry and provide commercial guidance as well as real opportunities to drive income.
  • The UK's Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) has surveyed 700 businesses in the Night-Time Economy about Covid Status Certification. 69 per cent of businesses surveyed said they felt Covid Status Certification would have a damaging impact on their business. (Mixmag
  • Electronic music organisations IMS, Beatport, Pioneer DJ, Sentric Music Group, AFEM, Mixmag, RA, IMS, and Women in CTRL partner with InChorus to launch the Electronic Music Inclusion Initiative (EMII, pron. Emmy) to take a data-led approach to creating more inclusive environments across the industry. (RotD)
  • Tribe XR partners with AlphaTheta Corporation to bring Pioneer DJ to Virtual Reality. (RotD)
  • Inflyte has added Spotify and Apple Music Pre-Saves to their promo platform. (DT
  • Since the start of 2021 alone, Spotify has seen almost 80,000 new playlists created with ‘Dance’ in the title, and in turn, over 143m hours of dance music have been streamed already in 2021. (RotD) Bicep launched a guest takeover on the alternative electronic music playlist Altar.
  • Bitcoin activist artist Cryptograffiti has launched a new micropayment plugin designed to generate new cryptocurrency revenue streams for DJs and music producers. (EDM
  • Endel, creator of personalized sound environments with over two million users, has partnered with electronic producer and DJ Plastikman (Richie Hawtin) to release their AI-powered soundscape “Deeper Focus". (Flaunt
  • Don Diablo sold the first-ever hour-long concert NFT for 600 Ethereum or the equivalent of around $1.2 million. (DJMag
  • Decentralised music streaming service Audius has launched a ‘collectibles’ feature for musicians and fans alike to show the NFTs that they have created or bought elsewhere. (MusicAlly)
  • Pixelynx launches with the line "creating a portal into the metaverse by helping brands and creators launch digital collectibles, gaming partnerships and virtual worlds." Co-founders include Joel Zimmerman (deadmau5) and Richie Hawtin (Plastikman). (MusicAlly)
  • The Hague festival Rewire has added 41 artists to this year's online line-up. (RA
  • Secret Sky Festival reveals stream event to mark Porter Robinson's Nurture release. (EDMTunes
  • New Chicago festival ARC launches this fall with local heroes Derrick Carter, DJ Heather and DJ Pierre. (RA
  • Denis Sulta, Honey Dijon, Moxie, Mall Grab and more have been added to the line-up at the Strawberries & Creem festival. (Mixmag
  • Defected is returning for a special Ibiza edition of PRESS.PLAY tonight (16 April) at 21:00 CET. DJ sets from Roger Sanchez, Danny Rampling, David Penn, Manu Gonzalez, and more. (IbizaSpotlight
  • Pasquale Rotella has quelled concerns surrounding conflicting reports on the promoter's safety plan for EDC Las Vegas 2021 in May. "The plan that was previously not approved is not the plan that will be used to produce EDC," Rotella wrote. "A revised plan is currently being worked on with government officials that will be executed to make EDC happen." (EDM
  • Amsterdam Dance Event has launched a free to access livestream series, ADE in Conversation. In the first episode, Richie Hawtin and 3Lau discuss the new opportunities for artists arising from NFTs, as well as the reopening of the electronic music industry with directors and representatives from Elrow, CAA, Fieldlab Events, and Swallow Events. (Groovecartel)
  • Perspectives from the scene: Yuko Ichikawa of Tokyo's Contact Club (RA
  • Europe’s vastly different roads to live music recovery. (IO - Chris Carey, TicketSwop)
  • Reloop has announced a new, small two-channel controller for Serato called Ready. (DJMag
  • NI Maschine+ review: the ultimate standalone music-making device? (DJMag
  • Miami’s LIV to reopen today (16 April) with Alesso. (EDMTunes
  • A new 3,500 capacity venue called Forum Birmingham is opening in the West Midlands city this summer. (Mixmag
  • East London venue Colour Factory to open new outdoor space, Colour Garden. (RA
  • Resorts World Las Vegas announced Tiësto will join Zouk Group's entertainment line-up as a headliner at Zouk Nightclub and Ayu Dayclub in a three year deal. (PRNewswire
  • Foodman, real name Takahide Higuchi, has signed to Hyperdub for a new album.(XLR8R
  • Imanbek signs with ICM Partners and Primary Talent International. (Billboard
  • Playlist of the Week: Martin Ikin (Beatportal
  • DT738 – DJ Glen (DT
  • RA.775 Endgame (RA
  • Magnetic Mix 143: Plus:One+ (Magnetic
  • A.G club in The Lab LDN (Mixmag
  • The Face |Mix 38| Miley Serious (Face
  • In Session: Scorpion Kings (Mixmag)  
  • Sama' Abdulhadi Twitch April Residency kicks off Monday, 19 April at 3pm CEST. (Beatportal)
  • Artist of the Month: Masters at Work (Beatportal)
  • Get to know: Liv.E (DJMag
  • Fresh Kicks 152: Moving Still (DJMag
  • Renegade Riddims: Hardisty (DT
  • Six emerging artists you need to hear this April. (DJMag
  • Billboard Dance Emerging Artists April 2021 (Billboard
  • Selections: Lyra Pramuk (DJMag
  • Seb Zito: Stepping into the future (iDJ
  • EX.553 Nat Maddix - The House Gospel Choir founder speaks to Heléna Star. (RA
  • How Dublin Digital Radio created a home for Ireland's independent music scene. (DJMag
  • The music streaming debate: what the artists, songwriters and industry insiders say. 25 figures from the music world talk ahead of publication of a parliamentary report. (Guardian)
  • 15 years of Spotify: How the streaming giant has changed and reinvented the music industry. (Variety)
  • The long tail of Aphex Twin’s ‘Avril 14th’. (NYTimes
  • What is BitClout and why are electronic music artists flocking in droves? (EDM
  • Meet Elvira, the Swedish producer behind those Taylor Swift dance remixes. (Billboard
  • 20 questions with piano house star LP Giobbi: 'The dance community is about to come out and show up'. (Billboard
  • He declared his intention to go away for a while after pointed criticism of his second memoir. But now Moby is back with a new album - and a visceral documentary. (Guardian)
  • How Renegade's 'Terrorist' created a blueprint for jungle. (DJMag
  • The fall of the Bassnectar empire. (Noisey
  • Raves not war: How Shum is building a new future for war-torn eastern Ukraine. (Mixmag
  • As part of Beatportal’s new series on the history of electronic dance music, Marcus Barnes explores the rich history of techno, from the 1980s right through to today. (Beatportal)
  • A year in the life of NYC dance club Nowadays. (Pitchfork
  • Will clubbing return to Ibiza this summer? And if so, in what form? (RA
  • From owners to DJs, the UK industry is concerned hygiene rules and changing tastes will silence dance floors. (FT)
  • How New Zealand beat COVID and got back to raving. (Mixmag
  • Roaring 20s: Why club culture could surge this decade. (Mixmag
  • A rare vinyl edition of Daft Punk’s ‘Discovery’ has sold for $2,380 on Discogs. (DJMag
  • Jordan Rakei’s ‘Late Night Tales’ was released this week. (Mixmag
  • Riggi & Piros partner with EL3CTRXX and BullySongs for ‘Longshot’. (DA
  • Fatboy Slim has added a second hometown Brighton date to his UK tour. (Mixmag
  • RÜFÜS DU SOL have announced an upcoming performance at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on 12 November 2021. (DA
  • Jayda G has announced her DJ-Kicks mix for 14 May with fresh single 'All I Need'. (RA)  
  • Porter Robinson has finalised the 14-song tracklist for ‘Nurture’. (DA
  • Zeds Dead is hitting the road on US 13-stop Deadbeats: The Revival Tour. (DA
  • Jayda G will take over National Geographic's first-ever TikTok Live for an afterparty DJ set on 21 April. (EDM
  • Four Tet, Ben UFO, Josey Rebelle, Mafalda, Floating Points and others curate compilations for Melodies International. (RA
  • MK, Anabel Englund and Lee Foss reunite as Pleasure State with two-track EP, ‘Break Away’. (DA
  • A judge rules Arty can't sustain a copyright claim against Marshmello over "Happier" because the Russian DJ has no rights in music allegedly ripped off. (HR)
  • Kygo and his manager Myles Shear have released a limited merch capsule through their lifestyle company, Palm Tree Crew. (Billboard
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