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BRAVO Resident Advisor 👏🏼"Dance music is an art form born in queer communities, shaped by people of colour and populated...
11/22/2017
Opinion: Why we're stopping the RA polls

BRAVO Resident Advisor 👏🏼

"Dance music is an art form born in queer communities, shaped by people of colour and populated by artists of all genders. But, simply put, this isn't something you'd know by looking at the recent results of our polls. At best, the lists misrepresented the reality of the scene; at worst, they helped to reinforce some of its harmful power dynamics, which still favour white men above everyone else. This is reason enough to make a change."

We're no longer running the RA polls. Here's why.

09/14/2017
Abstrakt

"This will eventually be the downfall of the scene" YES YES YES.

It is with regret that we have decided to cancel the performance of Jeremy Underground at this Friday’s Abstrakt launch party.

We have done so as a point of principle, against certain DJs/artists bullying small promoters and holding them to ransom over ridiculous demands.

After booking the artist a night in an expensive 4 star hotel, we were told that he did not approve and (despite the contract simply asking for 1 room in a ‘4 star or 5 star standard hotel’) that the artist required a "5 star hotel with a sauna and gym”.

Reluctantly, we agreed to swallow the money already lost on booking the first hotel and found a room at the Apex Grassmarket (with a sauna and gym in order to appease the agent/artist). At the agent/artist’s further request, we agreed to book this hotel for 3 nights rather than 1 - at a total cost of £788.

Tonight, we received an email stating that the artist did not approve of this hotel and would ONLY stay in the Sheraton Grand. The agent did say that the artist would reimburse us for 2 of the 3 nights at this hotel, but given that the Sheraton Grand’s cheapest room was £614 per night, we stood to lose £614 + £788 + £149 = £1,551 on the artist’s hotel room alone.

After pleading with the agent that we already stood to lose thousands of pounds on this event (aside from the £1,551 on wasted hotel rooms) and were promoting it for a love of music, the scene and admiration for the artist, we were again told that the artist really needed to stay in the Sheraton Grand as “this will in turn provide the best possible performance”.

At this point, we sent the following e-mail to the agent;

"We’ve agreed that this is simply not worthwhile and that it’s best we just cut our losses.

I find this so disappointing. It's against everything the underground scene / house music is meant to stand for and is exactly the type of behaviour that is making so many promoters stop promoting parties - especially in small cities like Edinburgh where we do it because of our passion for the music and not to make money. Agents / artists acting like this will eventually be the downfall of the scene.

We simply don’t want to work with someone like this.

For these reasons, we’re going to cancel the booking.”

3 hours later, the agent responded by saying that Jeremy was now ready to “pay for the (new) hotel out of his own pocket”. Please bare in mind that this still left us £937 out of pocket in wasted hotel rooms. By this point, we had organised a replacement line up and were adamant on standing firm against the agency’s bullying, after they had clearly realised they’d pushed too far and backtracked on their demands. We are simply not prepared to work with this agency/artist (who’s stage name is ‘Underground’!) and would rather lose money and let people know the truth of a situation that is all too common in the modern scene.

After informing them of this, we immediately received threats of a physically intimidating nature (shown in the screenshots attached).

[NB - having paid the full booking fee and 50% artist fee on time, as well as very expensive travel costs, we always planned to pay the remaining 50% artist fee until we received the threatening messages demanding such payment. The people behind this party have booked many, many artists over many years and never once reneged on full payment of any artist or agent's fee.]

On a positive note, we have assembled an amazing replacement line up, where a very special guest (TBA in the next few hours) will play an extended b2b with Sub Club legend Domenic Cappello, supported by the rising star of Kieran Apter. We have also now been granted an extended 4am license for this event.

Tickets for this event are on sale now at only £6 from Skiddle / RA;

https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Edinburgh/La-Belle-Angele/Abstrakt-Special-Guest-TBA-b2b-Domenic-Cappello/13050583/

Anyone who has already bought a ticket to this event can receive a rebate to match the new ticket price on entry.

Come down, have a great party and support us as we stand firm against the people running an ‘underground’ ‘subculture’ we all love into the ground!

PS - one lucky ticket buyer will win a night in an otherwise unused 4 star Edinburgh spa hotel ;)

Freeeeeeeedooooooommmmm!!!!!!

(Due to appalling threats against the agent and his family, we have decided to remove the screenshots previously uploaded. We'd like to encourage people to support our cause in the right way and not to make threats or spread hate. Two wrongs do not make a right!)

Really awesome video exploring why there aren't more POC  are Burning Man - with cameos by some familiar faces from the ...
09/13/2017
In Pursuit of Happiness: Black at Burning Man

Really awesome video exploring why there aren't more POC are Burning Man - with cameos by some familiar faces from the NYC scene!

This is "In Pursuit of Happiness: Black at Burning Man" by Gina Levy on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Dat lineup tho 👽 Sustain-Release
07/11/2017

Dat lineup tho 👽 Sustain-Release

The Silent Barn makes its financial review public. I love this perspective. If you work in the arts or have any stake in...
07/07/2017
Silent Barn Financial Review notes – JMC Aggregate – Medium

The Silent Barn makes its financial review public. I love this perspective. If you work in the arts or have any stake in DIY spaces - please read this.

Limited-Edition DVD Director’s Commentary AKA Please bear in mind that all opinions and curse words expressed are mine alone and NOT…

Dekmantel featuring UMFANG! 🤗
07/03/2017
Dekmantel Podcast - UMFANG

Dekmantel featuring UMFANG! 🤗

Umfang aka Emma Olson is one of the most influential figures in today’s techno scene. As co-founder of the Discwoman collective the American is doing essential work promoting female DJs. Of course, he

New interview with UMFANG!
06/27/2017
Identity Techno: Umfang Interviewed

New interview with UMFANG!

Following the release of her debut album proper, Discwoman co-founder Umfang discusses her minimal approach to hardware, being a part of Discwoman and challenging one's own prejudices. Photo by Tyler Jones

tfw ABC News is coming to the rave with you 😒
05/22/2017
EXCLUSIVE: Underground dance dangers in NYC warehouses

tfw ABC News is coming to the rave with you 😒

Our undercover investigation into potentially dangerous underground dance raves reveals New York City is falling short on efforts to prevent a "Ghost Ship warehouse" type fire like the one last December in Oakland, California.

RIP Mysteryland :(
04/15/2017
Mysteryland 2017 has been cancelled [Breaking]

RIP Mysteryland :(

Cancellation rumors have been plaguing the US edition of Mysteryland for some time now following a period of inactivity from the organizers. There were rumblings on Reddit that media had lost contact with the festival producers over two [...]

Mysteryland USA is one of the loveliest festivals in new york. Will be extremely bummed if this turns out to be true :(
04/14/2017
Is Mysteryland USA Facing a Cancellation in 2017?

Mysteryland USA is one of the loveliest festivals in new york. Will be extremely bummed if this turns out to be true :(

A reliable industry source has told EDM Identity that the 2017 edition of Mysteryland USA is set to be cancelled after a lackluster lineup announcement.

Super lovely lineups coming from Panorama NYC. But can you afford that $345 ticket?
04/05/2017

Super lovely lineups coming from Panorama NYC. But can you afford that $345 ticket?

03/30/2017

#letnycdance town hall meeting with the Dept of NYC Cultural Affairs @ Market Hotel

The ultimate ambient noise show  💫
03/28/2017
NASA Discovers Stars and Planets Give off Music- Here's What it Sounds Like

The ultimate ambient noise show 💫

To look at images or video of outer space scenery, most of us imagine and sense of feeling of total void, of darkness, and most of all, of silence. But is this really the case? Although space is a vacuum, NASA scientists have found that in actuality, a complex symphony of sounds is constantly filli

Its EMBARASSING that NYC is still enforcing a law that was created to stop black people and mixed black-white crowds fro...
03/25/2017
New York City Council: Repeal NYC's Cabaret (No Dancing) Law Now

Its EMBARASSING that NYC is still enforcing a law that was created to stop black people and mixed black-white crowds from dancing together. Sign the petition to get us one step closer to repealing this total & utter bullsh*t, and then follow Dance Liberation Network to stay in the loop.

The New York City Cabaret (No Dancing) Law is an actively-enforced regulation that prohibits all forms of dancing in New York City establishments that do not possess a Cabaret License.  The Cabaret Law was originally enacted in 1926, during Prohibition, with the intention of giving the city broad...

As we head into another weekend of too many parties (and expensive ticket prices), take a moment to read about how the s...
03/24/2017
The promoter's dilemma

As we head into another weekend of too many parties (and expensive ticket prices), take a moment to read about how the scene got this way. Very excellent long read via Resident Advisor.

Is dance music's growth as an industry squeezing out the people who throw parties? Angus Finlayson unpacks one of the broadest problems facing dance music today.

YOU HAD ME AT 'Moodymann PLAYS PRINCE' 😱nyc.redbullmusicacademy.com | Red Bull Music Academy
03/22/2017

YOU HAD ME AT 'Moodymann PLAYS PRINCE' 😱

nyc.redbullmusicacademy.com | Red Bull Music Academy

MoMA PS1 announes their Warm Up 2017 dates + a season pass (!) for the first time ever.
03/22/2017
Warm Up 2017 | MoMA

MoMA PS1 announes their Warm Up 2017 dates + a season pass (!) for the first time ever.

Music. July 1, 8 & more. Experience Warm Up, MoMA PS1’s pioneering outdoor music series, for its 20th season in summer 2017. Presenting the best in live and electronic music—both local and global—across a range of genres, this season’s to-be-announced lineup will feature a range of emerging and esta...

This group is trying to get the racist cabaret ('No Dancing') law repealed. Full support! Sign the petition here ~
03/21/2017
Dance Liberation Network

This group is trying to get the racist cabaret ('No Dancing') law repealed. Full support! Sign the petition here ~

Dance Liberation Network

W T F 😰 happened at a popular afters spot here in BK.
03/19/2017
Man, 22, fatally shot in the head in Brooklyn early Sunday

W T F 😰 happened at a popular afters spot here in BK.

EAST WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn — A 22-year-old man was fatally shot in Brooklyn early Sunday, an NYPD spokesperson said. The man was shot in the face inside a Flushing Avenue building at the intersection with Scott Avenue, police officials said. Officers responded to a 5:20 a.m. 911 call and found the…

Always love a good Michael Musto piece. Read up, know your NYC nightlife history!
03/09/2017
How Mayor Giuliani Decimated New York City Nightlife | Thump

Always love a good Michael Musto piece. Read up, know your NYC nightlife history!

As mayor of NYC from 1994 through 2001, Rudy Giuliani demonized nightlife as our city's bastard child in order to make things safe for tourists and co-op owners.

LETS 👯
03/09/2017
Double The Women Headliners

LETS 👯

Dance music needs more women headliners. @thumpthump and @BroadlyTV are celebrating 50 Women Making Noise in electronic music with @SmirnoffUS. Share to support equality and meet them here. (Paid Post From VICE Media)

Take a break from netflix and read about the origins of House music 🙃 via Residentadvisor
03/06/2017
The Warehouse: The place house music got its name

Take a break from netflix and read about the origins of House music 🙃

via Residentadvisor

In honor of its 35th anniversary, RA's Jacob Arnold looks back at the origins and the heyday of the legendary Chicago nightspot.

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