Shigeto Eyes Dance Floor on ‘The New Monday’

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After recently announcing his ZGTO collaboration with fellow Detroiter and emerging Bruiser Brigade member ZelooperZ, Shigeto (a.k.a. Zach Saginaw) has announced the upcoming release of his next full-length solo album, The New Monday.

Set for release on October 6, the LP finds the Motor City musician veering toward the dance floor.

Today Shigeto revealed the video for the first track “Detroit Part II.” It’s a black and white clip influenced by the ’90s sounds he was weened on as well as his recent move back to the city after living in Brooklyn for a number of years.

Shigeto will embark on MMXVII, a two-month tour, in October.

Purple Pantone Shade Honors Prince

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Here’s a collaboration we can get behind: Prince’s estate has partnered with the Pantone Color Institute to create a standardized custom color to honor Prince, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 57.

According to a missive, the (naturally) purple hue, represented by his “Love Symbol #2” was inspired by his custom-made Yamaha purple piano, which was originally scheduled to go on tour with the performer before his untimely death.

Related: Read an Interview With Prince Conducted at Paisley Park in 1999

“The color purple was synonymous with who Prince was and will always be. This is an incredible way for his legacy to live on forever,” said Troy Carter, Entertainment Advisor to Prince’s Estate.
Obligatory press release gush from Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute: “We are honored to have worked on the development of Love Symbol #2, a distinctive new purple shade created in memory of Prince, ‘the purple one.’ A musical icon known for his artistic brilliance, Love Symbol #2 is emblematic of Prince’s distinctive style. Long associated with the purple family, Love Symbol #2 enables Prince’s unique purple shade to be consistently replicated and maintain the same iconic status as the man himself.”

The Estate is speaking with various partners about collaboration on products that incorporate the custom The Prince Estate and Pantone Unveil Love Symbol #2 logo color.

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Trailblazing Circuit DJ Wendy Hunt Commits Suicide

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Wendy Hunt, a club DJ who broke ground in the male-dominated circuit party scene in the disco era, has died at the age of 64, according to a Facebook post from her sister, Kavita Hunt. Hunt died on August 7 not long after creating a Sundown mix for 102.7 The Beach Miami.

“With a broken heart, we share with you that Wendy Hunt – known in her beloved world of music as DJ Wendy Hunt, or Wendella Blendella, or the Queen Mother of Disco – left this world on August 7. For all of us, this is a tremendous loss. Beyond words.

“Wendy was an exceptional DJ whose keen ear and skillful hands brought forth music that packed dance floors and delighted flaggers from Boston to Florida and across the US. She was passionate about her craft, and was never more content than when mixing music – live, or on media – from 1974 ’till just this past Sunday afternoon on the Sundown mix. Expressing her vast creativity through the medium of music, sharing her passion with dancers and flaggers, Wendy brought joy and transcendent experiences to us all.”

Her sister added that Wendy had fought her demons courageously for many years. “Behind the public eye, Wendy often walked a delicate balance between living and dying. In recovery from cocaine and alcohol addictions, wrestling with the rigors of bi-polar disorder and post-traumatic stress, Wendy did what was within her power to wake up each morning and see the day through. After decades of struggle and suffering – some shared publicly, though most she endured privately – Wendy took her own life.”

Hunt was born in Glendale, CA and was raised in Marblehead, MA. After high school she moved to Boston and began DJing in the early 1970s, a time when DJing was evolving as an art form and dominated by men. Her time behind the decks spinning disco at the 1270 club in Boston is legendary. She was also a regular at Boston’s Avalon nightclub.

“In 1974, I was a ‘novelty’ as a female DJ,” she said in an interview. “In addition, I was considered one of the best DJ’s in the Boston nightclub industry. If I was known for anything, it would be my smooth transitions from one song to another and my ability to know what my crowd wanted, in some cases, before they did! A big part of DJ’ing is a ‘head’ thing… you have to read your crowd and cater to them.”

Hunt’s disco sets were also popular at South Beach clubs and events like Winter Party and White Party.

Hunt’s sister has set up a YouCaring page in order to pay for final arrangements. “Many of Wendy’s friends have asked if they can help in any way. As Wendy was of few means at this stage in her life, we would be most grateful for financial assistance with her cremation and memorial arrangements, and otherwise concluding her final affairs. Thank you for any support you can offer. It means more than you can imagine.”

[Updated] SoundCloud Shareholders Give Founders an Ultimatum: Report

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The drama that is the future of SoundCloud seems to be heading to a pivital moment. In July the music streaming platform shed 3 percent of staff (143 workers) and closed its London and San Francisco office.

After TechCrunch reported that the company was almost out of cash, co-founder and CEO Alexander Ljung took to the company’s blog and declared, “There’s an insane amount of noise about SoundCloud in the world right now. And it’s just that, noise. The music you love on SoundCloud isn’t going away, the music you shared or uploaded isn’t going away, because SoundCloud is not going away. Not in 50 days, not in 80 days or anytime in the foreseeable future. Your music is safe…. SoundCloud is here to stay.”

But according to a memo sent to shareholders by Ljung, and published by Axios, if shareholders don’t accept the reorganization proposal by the end of Friday, the streaming service could cease to “continue as a going concern.” If they agree, Soundcloud gets its new investment: $169.5 million at a pre-money enterprise valuation of $150 million.

According to the memo, “Financing of this size will enable to Company to pay off its remaining debt, while ensuring a strong, independent future… In the event that the transaction does not close and in the vent SoundCloud does not otherwise obtain additional funding, based on current cashflow forecasts, SoundCloud faces liquidity concerns in the near term.”

More on this story as it develops.

UPDATE [August 12] SoundCloud has secured financing in order to stay afloat, according to a blog post on the company’s website. CEO Alex Ljung will step aside though remain chairman as former Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor replaces him. Mike Weissman will become COO as SoundCloud co-founder and CTO Eric Wahlforss stays as chief product officer. New York investment bank Raine Group and Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund Temasek have stepped in to lead the new Series F funding round of $169.5 million.

NYC DJ Legend Nicky Siano Urges Boiler Room Boycott

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New York City DJ legend Nicky Siano, whose career behind the decks dates back to spinning at Studio 54, ripped music broadcaster Boiler Room a new one on a now deleted Facebook post on Sunday. What began as a health update to his followers ended in a tirade about a gig gone wrong.

“Oh and FUCK BOILER ROOM those lying assholes,” wrote Siano, who will make his debut at Ministry of Sound in London on August 19.

“3 or 4 years ago they had me pick out a venue, order a sound system, invite co DJ’s AND invite my friends, then they canceled with out telling e and they refused to return my phone calls, I sued one of them and they settled, now I am ready to consider a new lawsuit against those assholes who have fucked over more then 2 major DJ’s I know, DO NOT SUPPORT BOILER ROOM IN ANY WAY! And if u have a problem with them stand up! Go public!”

Siano, who played a Boiler Room set in 2015, later posted a shorter diss. It wasn’t entirely clear what prompted him to lash out on his past dealings with Boiler Room, but it sure made for entertaining reading!

Anja Schneider Exits Mobilee Records, Launches SoUs Music

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In an unexpected move Berlin-based DJ/producer Anja Schneider announced today on Facebook that she is leaving Mobilee Records, the house/techno label she co-founded in 2005 with Ralf Kollmann.

Schneider wrote, “As of today, I’m no longer involved in mobilee records. After founding the label 12 years ago, it’s time to explore new creative projects. Mobilee will continue business as usual run by label partner Ralf Kollmann. I wish him and the team all the best.”

With Mobilee now in her rear-view mirror, Schneider will launch her new label, SoUS Music. The label will serve as the platform to release her upcoming artist album, which is her first in nine years.

Related: Anja Schneider x Gel Abril: The Big Shot Interview

She added, “SoUS will be the most personal project of my career. The name comes from my family and connects me to my roots – which for me, has provided the foundation for my lifelong passion and career in music.”

Read her full statement below.