WOMAD FESTIVAL: “IT IS HARDER TO BOOK ARTISTS BECAUSE OF BREXIT”

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The organisers of WOMAD (World of Music, Arts, and Dance) Festival have said Brexit is making it harder to book artists.

Potential artists fear they won’t be able to enter the United Kingdom due to the uncertainty surrounding the UK’s departure from the European Union.

Chris Smith, who runs the festival, said: “It is harder to book artists because of Brexit. We are struggling to overcome it and let artists know they are welcome here and people still want to experience their great music.

“Lots of artists are finding they can get to Europe but fear taking the next step to the UK, particularly if there is there is no passport union.”

Although the visa application process for the festival won’t have opened yet, Smith worries it could be difficult.

WOMAD, held in Wiltshire, had problems with visas last year, with artists unable to perform because of delays.

WOMAD was founded by former Genesis member Peter Gabriel in 1982.

This year’s edition takes place from July 25 to 28. More information can be found here.

Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain

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As we grow older we suffer a decline in mental and physical fitness, which can be made worse by conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. A new study, published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, shows that older people who routinely partake in physical exercise can reverse the signs of aging in the brain, and dancing has the most profound effect.

“Exercise has the beneficial effect of slowing down or even counteracting age-related decline in mental and physical capacity,” says Dr Kathrin Rehfeld, lead author of the study, based at the German center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Magdeburg, Germany. “In this study, we show that two different types of physical exercise (dancing and endurance training) both increase the area of the brain that declines with age. In comparison, it was only dancing that lead to noticeable behavioral changes in terms of improved balance.”

$19 MILLION OF COCAINE HAS BEEN DISCOVERED IN A PINEAPPLE SHIPMENT

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A shipment of cocaine valued at more than $19 million has been seized by US Customs and Border Protection at Georgia’s Savannah seaport.

The 450 packages of weighing more than 500 kilograms arrived hidden among pineapples on a ship from Colombia in November, and a subsequent field test by the Office of Field Operations confirmed they contained cocaine.

CBP announced the bust on Friday. Savannah’s CBP Area Port Director Lisa Beth Brown said: “This was an outstanding interception of narcotics by our CBP officers.

“This seizure is a positive enforcement action against drug smuggling organizations and highlights the important work our officers do each day to stop illegal activity at our borders and ports of entry.”

Authorities are now investigating the drug seizure.

DJ EZ HAS ANNOUNCED A HOUSE AND TECHNO ALIAS

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DJ EZ has announced his new alias, Elvin Zedo, that will focus on house and techno sets.

Elvin Zedo originally came about in 2004 when DJ EZ was gaining profile as a prominent garage DJ. He’s said it helped him play different styles of music away from garage.

“House and techno has always had a special place in my heart and Elvin Zedo allowed me to continue to play these sounds without interfering with my role in the UK garage scene. Now my aim is to DJ under both names; DJ EZ and Elvin Zedo.”

The move seems natural for the DJ who begun his career as DJ Easy O playing house in the ’80s, something DJ EZ said he knew he “would always return to”.

The DJ is set to perform live sets under the name Elvin Zedo alongside his current work as DJ EZ.

USHUAÏA AND HÏ IBIZA ANNOUNCE 24-HOUR OPENING PARTY

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The Night League are describing Odyssey as a “24-hour outdoor/indoor party concept”, in what will be the first time that Ushuaïa and Hï Ibiza have come together to host such an event.

The first instalment of Odyssey will serve as the opening for both clubs’ 2019 seasons. Set to take place on May 18, the party will begin at midday in Ushuaïa, before heading over to Hï Ibiza after midnight, allowing ravers to continue the party through to noon on Sunday.

The line-up is yet to be revealed, but it will undoubtedly feature some of the world’s biggest stars from the house and techno spectrum, so watch this space.

To buy tickets and for further information, head on over to the ‘Odyssey’ website.

A NEW POSTHUMOUS MARVIN GAYE ALBUM IS ON THE WAY

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A new Marvin Gaye album, titled ‘You’re the Man’, will be released by Motown on March 29 – four days before what would have been the soul legend’s 80th birthday.

This will be the fourth posthumous Marvin Gaye album to hit shelves since the singer’s tragic passing in 1984. The 17-track release consists of select solo and “non-soundtrack” compositions that Gaye recorded in his studio in 1972. Besides the forthcoming LP’s title track, most of the songs that will feature on the album have not been available until now.

Ahead of the release, the lead single, Salaam Remi’s ‘My Last Chance’ remix, has been made available for streaming. Listen to the track below.

Back in June of 2018, Dr. Dre announced that he is producing a film about Marvin Gaye. Learn more here

Pump Up The Volume – The History Of House Music

If you have not watched this documentary on the origins of House music, where have you been? This is the iconic ‘Pump Up The Volume’ which explains everything you need to know about the history of House music from its foundations in the U.S to the birth of Techno and rave music that exploded over in the U.K and Europe during the late 1980’s through to the 90’s. Sit back take in and enjoy!

 

CALVIN HARRIS CALLS DUBSTEP “NAZI HEADBANGER MUSIC” IN TWITTER BEEF

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UPDATE 2/1 | Calvin Harris has responded to the widespread backlash against his “nazi” tweet yesterday, saying that his intent was to address “one abusive guy,” rather than the whole genre of dubstep.

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Twitter beefs happen — we get it. Feelings get hurt, arguments get heated, it’s fine. What’s not fine is when you start hurling insults like “nazi” at undeserving targets, especially when the person hurling that insult is Calvin Harris and screenshots exist.

Earlier today, Apashe called out Calvin Harris for apparently ripping elements of his “Majesty” music video for his own “Giant” video with Rag’n’bone Man. Another producer, Ten Graphs, one of our 2019 artists to watch, started tweeting at Calvin in support of Apashe.

Over the course of the tweets and after a certain point, it seems that Calvin had had enough because then he sent this:

Now, yeah, free speech and all that. But come on… be smarter. Screenshots exist. The internet never forgets. This is a REALLY stupid thing to say. As of right now, the screenshot is making its rounds on Twitter, and of course the original offending tweet is deleted. But that won’t help him escape this massive mistake.

PIONEER DDJ-1000 ON SALE WESTEND DJ!

The Pioneer DDJ-1000 is a RekordBox DJ controller with full size jog wheels which have built in full colour displays, 2 banks of 8 performance pads and a full size 4 channel mixer with traditional effects controls over RekordBox.

The DDJ1000 borrows from the flagship CDJ2000 and DJM900 NXS2 players and mixer to give a user experience with RekordBox that is as familiar as a club or bedroom setup. The main unique feature on the DDJ-1000 are the built in, high resolution displays in the jog wheels. This display gives track information such as waveform, artwork, track position, cue points, pitch, key and deck information. All the information displayed is customisable to show what the user wants.

The rest of the deck controls are fairly standard for todays controllers, 8 multi coloured performance pads with multiple modes including Keyboard Mode as well as loop controls, deck selection and track browsing.

The DDJ-1000 has a 4 channel mixer similar to the DJM900 NXS2, with input level meters and colour FX per channel as well as three band EQ. The real difference here is effects section, there are 14 beat fx in total which include 4 new ones : Enigma Jet, Mobius Saw,  Mobius Triangle and Low Cut Echo. The controls for this are typical of a Pioneer DJM mixer so using the software FX is as straight forward as it could be.

The connectivity of the mixer amazingly versatile with dual USB for connecting 2 computers at the same time, phono and line inputs for turntables or CDJs ad two mic inputs. The mixer can be used in standalone mode even without a computer connected. The DDJ-1000 is also DVS compatible with the optional RekordBox DVS expansion pack.

Combined, the controller and mixer section give unparalleled control over RekordBox DJ with the new version 5.1 release.

Features of RekordBox 5.1 include a new Automix function to mix a preselected playlist smoothly while you can still apply FX. There is also a new advance related track function to match tracks using improved search criteria.

The key features of the Pioneer DDJ-1000 are:

  • Full sized RekordBox controller
  • Large jog wheels with tension adjust
  • High resolution LCD displays with track information
  • 4 ch mixer with beat and colour FX
  • DVS ready

ON SALE AT WESTEND DJ HERE