Iconic Ibiza DJ José Padilla Dead at 64

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Famed Spanish DJ José Padilla, who was known internationally for his downtempo chillout sunset sets at Café del Mar in Ibiza in the ’90s, has died at the age of 64.

According to a post shared on Padilla’s Facebook, he succumbed to colon cancer.

Hola amigos. It is with great sadness that we bring you the news that José passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday night here on his beloved island of Ibiza. His family and friends would like to say thank you to everybody who sent donations and messages of support to help make his last few months easier, and to all the staff of Can Misses Hospital for taking care of him until the end.
Now he has gone and the sunset in Ibiza will never be the same without him , but the beautiful music of Jose Padilla will stay with us forever. Adiós maestro … x

Padilla was born in Barcelona and moved to Ibiza in 1975. He began his residency at Café del Mar in 1991 and drew an international reputation for sets that included ambient and chillout music.

In addition to mixing six well-received Café del Mar mix CDs, Padilla toured and released his own original music.

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Joy Division/New Order’s History To Be Told on ‘Transmissions’ Podcast

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A new podcast titled Transmissions: The Definitive Story will discuss the history of iconic Manchester post-punk bands Joy Division and New Order.

The genesis of both bands will be told from the perspective of group members and a star-studded coterie of musicians including Bobby Gillespie, Bono, Colin Greenwood, Damon Albarn, Hot Chip, Honey Dijon, Johnny Greenwood, Johnny Marr, Karen O, Perry Farrell, Stereolab, Thurston Moore and others.

The first episode of the eight-part of Transmissions series will air on October 29. The show will investigate Joy Division’s formation through the release of 1983’s seminal album, Blue Monday.

Bernard Sumner recalls, “Nothing would’ve stopped us – nothing did stop us, did it? Ian’s death didn’t stop us, Martin’s death didn’t stop us, getting all the equipment stolen didn’t stop us… There was nothing to go back to. There was no plan B.”

“To be in one band with such a distinct identity is pretty bloody lucky but then to get into two bands was amazing!” says Peter Hook.

Transmissions: The Definitive Story is produced by Cup & Nuzzle, who helm Robert Plant’s rather excellent Digging Deep podcast.

You can listen to a trailer for the first episode of Transmissions here.

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Hamptons, NY Chainsmokers Plague Rave Promoters Fined $20,000

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An inquiry by New York State’s health commissioner into a Hamptons, NY charity party that violated social distancing rules has resulted in a $20,000 fine levied against the event’s promoters.

Video of Safe & Sound, a “drive-in music experience in the famous summer hot spot, the Hamptons” featuring the Chainsmokers, Goldman Sachs boss David “DJ-Sol” Solomon and Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman’s band held July 25, went viral and set off public outrage in New York, an area hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tickets for the pricey event ran between $1,250 and $25,000, with proceeds going to local charities No Kid Hungry, Children’s Medical Fund of N.Y. and Southampton Fresh Air Home.

The state investigation revealed that 2,150 people attended the event and far exceeded the number allowed on the permit. The limit was 50 for nonessential gatherings under Phase 4 of the state’s reopening, which Long Island entered on July 8.

Taking to Twitter, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the fine, adding the local municipality will not be able to approve permits for local public group gatherings without permission from the State.

In July, event promoters In the Know Experiences and Invisible Noise defended their actions, stating CDC guidelines were followed. They have yet to comment about the fine announced yesterday.

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Watch Four Years of DJ’s Touring Life in One-Minute Stop-Motion Video

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Four years in the touring life of Brazil’s DJ Alok have been documented in an eye-catching stop-motion video put together by Sergio and Gabriel Twardowski.

Before COVID-19 forced clubs and festivals to close to prevent the spread of the disease, the brothers had crisscrossed the world with Alok.

During quarantine, the Twardowskis took inventory of the photos they captured and took on the Herculean task of curating the images into a breathtaking visual document.

According to Designboom, the pair searched through 900 hours of images looking for similar characteristics between the clips over the course of two months. The process of creating the stop motion itself took six days.

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