Vice Media Shutters Electronic Music Site Thump


Vice Media, the Brooklyn-based global publisher run by Suroosh Alvi and Shane Smith, laid off 2 percent of its workforce (60 employees) today, shuttering electronic music site Thump and Vice Sports in the process.

The cutbacks affect personnel in sales, branded content, editorial and corporate areas in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

The move, which was first reported by Variety, is said to be one of the steps the company is taking to move toward growing its video operations internationally.

Back in 2014 co-founder Shane Smith gave away a million dollars in cash at Vice’s Christmas party.

Thump launched in 2013 and was dedicated solely to electronic music and DJ culture. The site covered a wide swath of dance music and tried to distinguish itself by embracing Vice’s snarky flair for storytelling.

Thump’s editor Editor Michelle Lhooq confirmed Thump’s shuttering via a tweet stating that a story about Arca’s boots was the “final post ever.”

Last month, Vice announced that it had raised $450 million from TPG, a deal that valued the company at $5.7 billion, as it looks to expand into original scripted programming. The financing is being used toward the creation of Vice Studios, which will produce scripted series for both digital and linear distribution. Vice is also backed by Disney and 21st Century Fox.

Help Wanted: Big Shot Is Looking For Freelancers


Breaking news! We’re looking to expand our roster of global contributors. That’s right, we’re in search of reliable, deadline-driven freelancers — feature writers, music reviewers, photographers and videographers —to pitch us fresh story ideas, artist interviews, trend stories, music reviews, event recaps and breaking news.

We’re a niche publication, so a deep knowledge of DJ culture and all forms of electronic music is absolutely essential.

If you think you have the skills to pay the bills, introduce yourself by e-mail and tell us about your experience and type of work you’re looking to do.

Include at least three (3) links to published stories and include “Freelancer” in the subject line.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Nicky Holloway Launches GoFundMe for Cancer Treatment


English DJ/producer/entrepreneur Nicky Holloway has launched a GoFundMe campaign so that he can pay for prostate cancer treatment in the Czech Republic.

According to Holloway, who was one of the Ibiza Four along with Paul Oakenfold, Johnny Walker and Danny Rampling, he tripped over a paving stone in Spain and cracked a rib back in March. Further tests revealed he had prostate cancer.

According to Holloway, “It would appear my best option is Proton Beam Therapy abroad as the only thing available in the UK/NHS is almost guaranteed incontinence for a year and here is the biggie it’s goodbye to erections without injecting my wedding tackle or using some weird pump thing, bit of a buzz kill to say the least, proper game over.”

He added, “I am in no way NHS bashing but sadly when it comes to the big C we are way behind the rest of Europe and I have finally found a place in the Czech Republic that has a 97% success rate and has agreed to treat me. I went to Prague last week to have a look around to be sure it was as good as reports said. It was and unsurprisingly it’s not cheap, the NHS have just bought two of the machines for £25 million, however they will not be up and running for a few years, time which I really don’t have as I’m pushing my luck as it is.”

Holloway jokes that he will throw “the mother of all thank you parties” after his treatment has been completed.

Trax Records Curates House Music From Around The World For ‘Trax Mission’


Trax Records, the highly influential Chicago house label that gave rise to early classics including Jamie Principle & Frankie Knuckles’ “Your Love,” Larry Heard’s “Can You Feel It,” and Marshall Jefferson’s “Move Your Body,” will release Traxmission, a 20-track compilation comprised of up-and-coming house producers from around the world, on September 1.

The release was compiled by label boss Screamin’ Rachael and head A&R Carmelo Carone.

An album sampler, DJ mixed by Carmelo Carone can be heard below.

Earlier in the year the label released I ♥ NY, a 14-track compilation featuring contributions from NYC artists including Johnny Dynell, Michael Magnan, Christy Love, Tyler Stone, Michael Musto, Erol Sabadosh, Chimp Hardy, TradeCraft, Gant Johnson, and more.

Track listing for Trax Mission

01 Sonny Francini (IT) – Show Me Love
02 Armitage (UK) – This Goes Out To Ron Hardy
03 Deepsonic (SA) – Zero Gravity
04 Adrian Roman (ES) – Menpad
05 Buben (Belarus) – Make one’s way
06 Samuel wallner (USA) – Sup from forthcoming
07 Andrea Careddu (GE) – Acidxox
08 [email protected] (UK) – Rebound
09 Hernan Siordia (MX) – Heroes
10 Elum & Risico (IT) – Quiet Room
11 Carmelo Carone feat Screamin’ Rachael (ITA+USA) – Shine Radio Edit
12 Darren Studholme (CY) – Jazz Acid
13 Enrique Gongora (MX) – Abuse
14 Yana Tiger (RU) – Friend
15 Giulio Franceschelli (IT) – Twenties Cafe
16 William Medagli & Thallulah (IT) – Get House in My House
17 Jerzz & Anna Blokland (NL) – Sure
18 Camilo Gil & One + 1 (RE+ES) – Funk Me
19 ST Jean (FR) – Chacun Fait
20 The Dark Blue Orchestra (FR+ITA) – Your World (Carmelo Carone Remix)

SoundCloud Claps Back at TechCrunch


A week after SoundCloud laid off 40 percent of its staff (143 employees, to be exact) and shuttered its San Francisco and London offices to put the company on the “path to profitability and in control of SoundCloud’s independent future,” TechCrunch published a scathing article this week countering many of the company’s assertions about its self-imposed austerity.

Sources at SoundCloud told TechCrunch that founders Alex Ljung and Eric Wahlforss confessed the layoffs only saved the company enough money to have runway “until Q4.” It also painted a picture where staffers were kept in the dark about the drastic cuts.

On Friday, SoundCloud countered the article with a statement asserting its financial health and positive future. The rub? Haters, we’re here to stay.

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.

Along with each of you, we’ve built this incredible creative community of artists, podcasters, DJs, producers and more who are the driving force in pushing culture forward in the world. That’s not going to change. Last week we had to make some tough decisions to let go of some of our staff, but we did this to ensure SoundCloud remains a strong, independent company.

Thank you for the outpouring of love and support. Some of you have asked how you can help–spread the word that we’re not going anywhere and keep doing what you’re doing–creating, listening, uploading, sharing, liking, and discovering what’s new, now and next in music. SoundCloud is here to stay.

So who do you believe? SoundCloud users, are you worried about your music? Are you looking for an alternative resource? Let us know in the comments section.

Thievery Corporation Announce Fall Tour Dates


Washington, D.C.-based dub-downtempo outfit Thievery Corporation are on their grind. Fresh from releasing their latest full-length album in February, The Temple of I & I via ESL Records, and playing an array of headlining shows and festivals in Europe, the collective led by Rob Garza and Eric Hilton have announced a 20-date US tour.

Their trek begins on September 27 at The Fillmore Philadelphia and comes after playing a pair of shows at the prestigious John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where they were accompanied by a 22-piece orchestra conducted by Teddy Abrams.

“This was an incredible opportunity to stretch the bounds of our music with 22 virtuoso players and perform in the famed Kennedy Center Concert Hall,” Eric Hilton says of the performance. “To go from where we started as two young guys with limited gear in a make-shift studio to receiving this type of opportunity and recognition is truly a highlight in our career.”

“The Temple of I & I is a place of worship that exists only in our imagination; a place where all people are chosen people and the unity of living things is possible,” explains Hilton about the album’s title. “So much of the world is divided into tribes and belief systems that have imprisoned people’s consciousness and allowed a few to control the many. Culture can be a blessing and a curse. Humanity transcends tribe and culture. This has been a constant theme in Thievery Corporation’s message since day one”

SEP 27 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore Philadelphia
SEP 28 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues Boston
SEP 29 – Portland, ME @ Aura
SEP 30 – New York, NY @ Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island
OCT 03 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel
OCT 04 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
OCT 05 – Madison, WI @ The Orpheum Theatre
OCT 06 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
OCT 07 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
OCT 11 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
OCT 13 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
OCT 14 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues Orlando
OCT 17 – Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore Miami Beach
OCT 20 – San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theatre
OCT 21 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s
OCT 22 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues Dallas
OCT 23 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues Houston
OCT 27 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
OCT 28 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues Anaheim
OCT 29 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic