THE CRYSTAL METHOD
Tired of dropping hundreds on expensive music festivals but craving all-day live DJ sets? Then start singing Mixify.com’s praises because the interactive DJing website is revolutionizing the live music market by hosting the first-ever worldwide digital music festival, UNITY.
UNITY Digital Music Festival will kick off on Wednesday for three days of live sets provided by DJs from five continents. The festival is a celebration of the official launch of Mixify’s brand-new platform, boasting headliners such as 3LAU, The Crystal Method and Adrian Lux from November 14-16.
Go BIG Productions, , the team responsible for putting together Swedish House Mafia’s notorious Masquerade Motel parties and the newest addition to the festival roster UR1 Festival, has gotten together to bring us Back In Black, Miami’s largest costume dance music party.
For the third annual fest, EDM fans will get to don their dance friendly duds and lash out to some of the top names in the world of electronic music including Dirty South, Paul van Dyk, Funkagenda, The Crystal Method, LA Riots and Electrik Dread. Hosted in a 100,000 square foot tent in Miami’s Midtown, this year’s Back in Black promises to be the largest one yet with even more surprise artists, yet to be named.
Electronic music concert-production conglomerate Insomniac is facing dark days, with the indictment of the company’s CEO Pasquale Rotella on charges of bribery, conspiracy, embezzlement, and conflict of interest. However, Insomniac representatives say the upcoming Electric Daisy Carnivals, taking place May 19-20 at MetLife Stadium and June 8-10 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, will live on.
Rotella was among six defendants named in the case, stemming from shady work contracts at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Rotella has not pleaded guilty, but co-defendant Patrick Lynch, who managed the Coliseum for 17 years, announced his guilty plea last week - making him eligible to testify against Rotella.
EDC had enjoyed the Coliseum for years as its host, but following the overdose death of a 15-year-old girl in 2010 outside of the concert, the festival relocated to Las Vegas for 2011 where roughly 80,000 people were in attendance daily.
The end of EDC would not only mean disappointed ravers, but also a detriment to the city of Las Vegas, which saw a $130 million increase to the southern Nevada economy, according to the Las Vegas Sun.
House music industry key players are rallying in support of Rotella, taking their message to twitter with the hashtag “#FreePasqualeRotella.” Kaskade tweeted the message when the news of Rotella’s arrest first broke, and the hashtag spread like wildfire in the scene, garnishing tweets from electronic duo The Crystal Method and fans around the country.
According to a Billboard article, BBC radio host Pete Tong was heard backstage at his party at the Surfcomber Hotel saying, “I hope for the sake of the scene that it turns out OK. He's a great guy, and a major contributor to what is happening here in America, and why it's happening the way it is."
The Grammys and the Hyundai Veloster teamed up to present and release a one-of-a-kind documentary film entitled "The Re:Generation Music Project." The film played at select theaters nationwide for only two dates, February 16th and 23rd.
After attending an exclusive screening on the 23rd, viewers were entertained as well as educated on what goes into the creative process of making music. For the 90-minute running time, viewers got to experience the creative and collaborative process of five producers, as they set out to work with some of the greatest artists in their assigned genres. The likes of The Dap Kings, Trombone Shorty, Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Ralph Stanley, and Martha Reeves graced the screen to collaborate with today's top DJs to bridge the musical gap between different genres and generations!
The Crystal Method will be hitting up the Lizard Lounge on February 5th, one day before the Super Bowl kicks off in the new, Cowboys Stadium. The duo, who have been making a name for themselves for over a decade, will be starting up the Super Bowl with a full DJ a set.
The show begins at 9pm.
Be sure to get your tickets soon, because sales stop at 7pm on the day of the event.
-The Crystal Method are an electronic duo from California. Their most recent album, Divided by Night, reached 38th place on the Billboard 200 in its opening week. Also, the album reached number four on the Top Independent Albums chart. It being the highest spot they ever reached on that chart.
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