Special Guest Rachel Narozniak from Dancing Astronaut; Black Coffee x Usher, Area 51 Rave Update, $10 Billion industry, and more
Welcome to Episode 31!
Our special guest has the honor of choosing this week's On Repeat track.
Rachel: Petit Biscuit - We Were Young (DROELOE remix)
ABOUT RACHEL NAROZNIAK
Based out of New Jersey, Rachel Narozniak is a Senior Editor & Writer for the electronic music news outlet, Dancing Astronaut.
You can find her latest interview/article about Ezoo here
Jauz, Zeds Dead - Shake
3LAU - Miss Me More
Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, Bassjackers, D’Angello & Francis - The Flight
Sub Focus, Wilkinson - Illuminate
Headhunterz - Home
Eli Brown - 92 Thing
INSIDE THE INDUSTRY WITH RACHEL NARZNIAK
She discusses some noteworthy festival cancelations. Here's what she talked about:
1) Woodstock 50
Per Billboard: festival was cancelled due to concerns about the capacity of the festival, permit issues [festival reportedly did not obtain a mass gathering permit from the NY State Dept. of Health, per Rolling Stone, and site readiness.
You would imagine that for the most part, these 3 areas of concern could have been addressed before a lineup is announced. This was an example of operational issues that was smack in the center of the public eye given the stature of the Woodstock name.
2) Super Mega Ultra Giant MDBP Festival
Kodak Black dropped from the lineup (on June 7th). The organizers didn’t cite the specific circumstances around why he did.
3) Ultra 2019’s try at Key Biscayne; now back to Bayfront Park
Rachel: Media portrayal of this move: has this been great press for Ultra in that it’s really foregrounded the festival, or has this whole saga detracted from Ultra’s reputation for meticulousness?
4) Electric Zoo
Her thoughts on it becoming NYC's biggest EDM festival.
SPECIALIZED NEWS AND CULTURE
Rachel, Samir and Alec discuss a broad array of topics.
Alec's Update on Alienstock... Is it canceled! Or is it not?! Very confusing series of events that led to miscommunication and false reports… here’s what happened
Originally, Matty Roberts - the creator of the viral Area 51 group - teamed up with Connie West - the owner of the Little A'Le'Inn in Rachel - to put on the controversial Alienstock festival
On Sept. 9th, Matty Roberts decided to break ties with Connie West and the Alienstock festival in order to move it to a “safe, clean, secure area in downtown Las Vegas”; he also said “We are not interested in, nor will we tolerate any involvement in a FYREFEST 2.0. We foresee a possible humanitarian disaster in the works, and we can’t participate in any capacity at this point.” Link to article
Now with a new partner - Frank DiMaggio - Matty has renamed his festival “Area 51 Celebration” and has secured a new lineup + sponsorship from Bud Light.
National outlets such as Vice and Buzzfeed took Matty’s statement and new festival to mean that Alienstock was canceled...
NOW HERE’S THE TWIST...
In fact, she already has signed agreements (verified by 13 Investigates) for over 100 portable toilets, security and first responders. She’s also announced 20 bands and 2 comedians to the lineup.
The new website for Connie West’s Alienstock is, Alien Stock Parking. You buy tickets there.
The original Alienstock website redirects you to Matty Robert’s new event, Area 51 celebration. It’s free with RSVP.
Swedish House Mafia rolls out an all access pass to all their shows, merch, and other special events
Are they taking their comeback too far?
Music industry (in general) expected to break $10 billion for the first time since 2007
Fueled by streaming platforms
Vinyl sales will outsell CDs by year end
Source info from RIAA
Samir: People who dance up on you and won’t leave you alone….
WHAT ARE WE LISTENING TO
Flux Pavilion, What So Not, The Chain Gang of 1974 - 20:25
Black Coffee, Usher - LaLaLa
ARTISTS WE'RE WATCHING
First EP coming out on Deadbeats on Sept. 20, “Transformation”
From Moscow, Russia
Midtempo, bass music