Dada Life’s Olle Cornéer Diagnosed with Cancer

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Some worrisome news from Dada Life’s Olle Cornéer. In a candid post on Dada Life’s website and Facebook, Cornéer has revealed that he has cancer. “The only word I could hear was ‘cancer,’” says Cornéer. “It kept bouncing inside my head and I don’t think I heard what the doctor said for the rest of the visit.”

In the past few months, Cornéer has not been touring as he was diagnosed in September and immediately sought treatment. “It was a Monday. On Wednesday I had surgery (moving fast is important). Since then I’ve been taking blood samples, going through X-rays and talking to doctors. And now I’m in chemotherapy.”

Reading Cornéer’s concerned but resilient words on the subject is reassuring – this has been a particularly heat-wrenching year for the DJ community. We lost both DJ Rashad and Frankie Knuckles unexpectedly, and it’s great to hear that Cornéer has caught it quickly and is doing what’s needed for a full recovery.

In addition to his treatments, Cornéer is still making music, having just finished tracks under his Night Gestalt moniker. He describes the project as the sounds he hears in his head “after the lights go dark at a big show, alone winding down at night,” which will be particularly intriguing to hear considering his recent diagnosis. He is also excited to work on new Dada Life tracks soon, which is great to hear.

Read Cornéer’s full statement here, and watch a clip of Cornéer directing a choir for his experimental New Flesh Network project.

New Flesh Network from Olle Corneer on Vimeo.

DJ Krush Joins Forces with Traditional Japanese Musicians for ‘The Garden Beyond’

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DJ Krush — read our 2011 interview with Krush here — has always been known as the premier Japanese turntablist. He’s a pioneer of Japanese hip-hop, and is well known for his zen-style of mixing, often incorporating nature sounds among his jazz and soul breakbeats. Now, Krush has embarked on a project that digs further into his roots then he’s ever dug before.

The traditional Japanese court music known as gagaku is the basis for The Garden Beyond,  Krush’s recent performance at the Red Bull Music Academy where he played alongside Kodo, a group of traditional Japaense musicians, at the Tokyo National Museum’s Gallery of Horyuji Treasures. Holding ground with his usual mixture of electronics and scratches, Krush was joined by the sounds of the taiko, shakuhachi, and several other gagaku instruments.

DJ Krush has not always been into gagaku, which is surprising if you hear anything from the performance, as the sound perfectly melds with his DJ chops.

“To tell you the truth, we didn’t grow up listening to Japanese traditional music,” says Krush. “But now, as an adult, I realized how great these instruments are and want to pass this beautiful sound to younger generations.”

The combination was not only an exciting new venture for Krush, but also a feeing new horizon for the musicians involved, as gagaku is a genre built mostly on restrictive patterns. If you listen to the tracks the group produces with Krush, the chilly sounds coming from his turntable twisting along with the jangling, pounding, and whistle blowing of the gagaku group is an extremely unique experience.

There’s no news yet of an official release of The Garden Beyond, but check out a video of the recent collaboration below, as well as a stream of the full Horuji Treasures set from last month. [via Rocket News 24]

Sankeys: A Club Closes In Brooklyn

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Sankeys New York, the first U.S. outpost for the globally known Manchester, England club brand, has announced the closure of its Brooklyn club. The news comes a month after Sankeys relocated from the former Club 36 space in Manhattan to the former SRB space in Brooklyn. In a statement regarding the club’s closure, Sankeys founder David Vincent blames the venue’s failure on franchise partners, describing them as “people we thought were up to the job who clearly were not.”

Sankeys entered New York City with high hopes. In 2010 the club the announced it was expanding to the Big Apple, but the opening was plagued with delays and didn’t open until 2013. Still, the principles involved had high hopes.

“For Sankeys it’s not about the names of the artists, it’s about the music that is played,” co-owner Antonio Piacquadio told us before the club’s opening’s in 2013. “That is the significant difference between Sankeys and the other New York City nightclubs.

Sankeys will continue its various operations in Ibiza and beyond. Vincent did not state whether Sankeys will try another New York or U.S. venture in the future. Maybe it’s best to let sleeping does lie.

“Today we announce that Sankeys Brooklyn will close for business. We will no longer be involved with the former venue, SRB.

Sankeys Manhattan failed because our franchise partners were unprofessional on an operational, promotional and musical level and we as franchisors were inexperienced and naive in our initial approach. We gave far too much control and trust to people we thought were up to the job who clearly were not.

In September we were eventually persuaded by our franchisee and very much against our own better judgement, to help with their new venue in Brooklyn.

We were promised direct and full control of all aspects of the new Brooklyn venue. We relocated key personnel from Ibiza to ensure the club would immediately come across as Sankeys, a social experiment rather than a franchised brand as in Manhattan. In order to create that true Sankeys magic it was essential for us to have complete control, the sound, the artistic vision and the management being fundamental to our success.We were lied to, we never had control of any of these things and for that matter on pretty much anything in reality.

Once we committed to the move and started work, the franchisee failed to deliver on any of the agreed terms and we soon found ourselves in an untenable position being both unsupported financially and operationally. When we arrived we were told a week before the club opened that there was no money for promotion or production, making our job impossible. We were always told we would be given 3 months to make this work, we actually had less than 3 weeks with no support as promised. We were therefore left with no other alternative than to terminate our relationship with the franchisee immediately.

We know we would have made this work, but we cannot work with people who do not share our vision or stifle our creativity.

We will still continue with all Sankeys activities in Europe, the remainder of our 20th anniversary tour and first ever Sankeys UK festival. 2014 was our best season to date and we are looking forward to showcasing our “Next Generation” in 2015 for an even bigger season.

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused to our US fans, DJs and artists on this chapter, but as the say “The show must go on” and it will but in another part of the world for now.”

David Vincent.

Hundred Waters Stranded By Blizzard in Buffalo

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Atmospheric electronic space-pop pixies Hundred Waters are embarking on a headlining tour in the spring of 2015. Currently on the heels of their excellent sophomore album The Moon Rang Like a Bell, the band has been touring in support Interpol since the top of the fall. That tour has just recently met some trouble as both bands were stuck in the terrible blizzard that hit Buffalo, NY this week. Subsequently, both bands have cancelled shows in Toronto, and Hundred Waters has cancelled their appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman tonight, for what would have been their network television debut (check Hundred Waters‘ and Interpol‘s Twitter accounts for some updates; some funny, some scary).

Late-night TV performance or not, Hundred Waters has been having a pretty great year. In addition to their new record, they also released their Down the Rafters remix EP last month which features reworkings on Moon Rang  tracks by Tim Hecker, the Field, and Huxley.

Hundred Waters’ 2015 tour dates are below. Watch their video for “Out Alee.”

DJ Chart: Dronelock’s Top 10 for November 2014

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Dronelock’s Top 10 for November 2014

1. Dronelock – “Skates” (Sphere Gear)
2. Dronelock & Ontal – “Parrallex (Shadows Remix)” (Shadow Story)
3. Dronelock & Ontal – “End Of Eternity” (Shadow Story)
4. Dronelock – “Lost In Translation” (Sphere Gear)
5. Dronelock & Ontal – “Drop Forge Steel” (Shadow Story)0
6. Dronelock – “Theia (Rivet remix)” (Sphere Gear)
7. Ingen & Dronelock – “The Keep” (Duality)
8. Dronelock & Ontal – “Continuum (Paul Mac Remix)” (Shadow Story)
9. Ingen & Dronelock – “Stone Built” (Duality)
10. Dronelock – “Morphia” (Sphere Gear)

DJs, submit your current top 10 chart along with a photo and we’ll publish them!

Dates Announced For Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas 2015

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Hey, raver! The 19th annual Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas will take place June 19-21, 2015 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Known for its lavish production (which includes everything from dancers to art installations to carnival rides) and world-class DJs, EDC Las Vegas aims to once again marry the world of art and music together. Tickets go on-Sale on Monday, December 1 at noon PST at LasVegas.ElectricDaisyCarnival.com.

Obligatory press release gush from Pasquale Rotella, Founder and CEO of Insomniac: “Our mission each year is to create magical and immersive experiences that provide happiness and escapism for our fans. Their energy and creativity has given me inspiration and new ideas for EDC Las Vegas in 2015 and I’m really excited to share another journey with them.”

Read our EDC Las Vegas 2014 day one, day two and day three recaps and relive the magic.

19th Annual Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas 2015