DIPLO GOES IN DEPTH ON HIS BURNING MAN FUNDRAISER [INTERVIEW] A Q&A with the mainstream king supporting seven crews on the playa.
On July 6th, The Midway in San Francisco was ground zero for a four-stage block party with Diplo, Mr. Carmack, Jonas Rathsman, Kenny Glasgow, Sharam, Super Flu and more. The team-up was appropriately named The Menagerie. Diplo’s collaboration at The Midway was held as a fundraiser in support of signature Burning Man sound camps like Opulent Temple, Camp Question Mark, Root Society, and Duck Pond. The evening also included performances by the Dancetronauts, and art cars like Rynobus and Bounce.
The Midway is known to host Burning Man Fundraisers for Bay Area camps and crews, but the Menagerie was one for the ages. The festivities literally stopped traffic at Michigan and Marin Streets so that the two walloping indoor stages could be accompanied by two additional stages outside.
To learn more about Diplo’s involvement in the fundraiser and Burning Man Project we went to the man himself. Read along to see what he had to say.
EDM: What did you most look forward to about The Menagerie?
Diplo: Just the fact that [it was] a day party with good vibes in one of the most musically diverse cities in the U.S.! It’s been a long time since we did Mad Decent Block Party in Berkeley which was always so fun, so I'm excited to get back and have a good time with that crowd.
Why should I be sure to catch the show if I’m a Burner/supporter of Burning Man? If I’m a fan of dance music?
I have played at or collaborated with all the camps involved in some way. So you’re going to get a bit of everything you would expect from riding around the playa. I'm doing my deep house project and party called Higher Ground but am also involving wiggly bass artists like Mr. Carmack. Just expect underground and dance music at its best
Why did you go to Burning Man the first time and why do you keep coming back?
First time was about seven years ago just because I love the desert. I just decided to go because everyone told me it couldn't be described and that was intriguing to me.
What’s your best “one time at Burning Man...” story?
There are so many. There have been a dozen sunrises playing music that only made sense in that moment. There was the set I did with Skrillex during a dust storm a few years back, I loved the reggae and afro beat sets at Robot Heart for sunset (which no one expected but everyone always comes with an open mind so it turned out to be one of the best parties). Finding old friends out there after not having seen people for years, and being turned on to new music and vibes each time.
DEADMAU5 ANNOUNCES CUBE V3 PHASE ONE TOUR SUPPORT No Mana, i_o, monstergetdown and more will join the 'mau5 on phase one of the tour.
The hype around deadmau5' new Cube V3 tour has been building as he posts videos and photos of the new production on Instagram. Today, he doubled down on the hype by announcing the support acts for the tour.
mau5trap mainstays Attlas, Black Gummy, I_o, monstergetdown and No Mana will be supporting deadmau5 (real name Joel Zimmerman) on phase one of the Cube V3 tour on select dates. Additionally, Eddie, Sara Landry, and Sian will also make appearances.
This is huge news for fans of Zimmerman and all things mau5trap. Taking a we are friends-style approach, the tour enlists the help of fan favorites and regular mau5trap contributors. The tour promises a well-designed showcase of much of the label's roster.
The cube v3 tour comes after Zimmerman debuted the intricate new production at Ultra Music Festival back in March. The new cube stage setup has already received rave reviews, and fans are looking forward to seeing live it in their cities when the tour kicks off in September.
deadmau5 has announced which dates each support act will appear via his Instagram stories, but they can also be found on the interactive Cube V3 website.
“Chasing Cars”, the hit ballad by Snow Patrol, has been revealed as the most-played song on UK radio of the 21st century.
The band, who formed in Dundee, Scotland in 1994, originally released their breakthrough single – which propelled them to international fame – in 2006.
It was taken from their fourth album, Eyes Open, and became the 14th biggest-selling single of 2006
While it never reached number one in the UK, it also remained on the charts for more than three years, and has been radio’s most popular song for the past two decades.
The second most-played song was “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas, followed by Pharrell’s upbeat pop hit “Happy” at number three.
“It’s unbelievable,” Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody told the BBC. “I’m not sure how that happened.”
Asked to explain the appeal of the song, he said: “It’s an emotionally open song and it’s a simple song. But it’s also unabashedly a love song, and we don’t really have any others.
“The way it unifies an audience is the thing I most cherish about it. It’s a beautiful moment every time you play it.”
Lightbody has been presented with a special award marking the achievement by music licensing body PPL, which tracks all the music played on radio and television in the UK.
Drake has been sued by a female fan who was injured at one of his shows.
Amanda Giovacco claims she was "violently struck" by a beer bottle that was thrown during the rapper's show at Madison Square Garden in New York in August, 2016.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, she has filed suit against Drake, a venue employee and promoters at Live Nation Worldwide, accusing them of negligence.
The legal action also claims the defendants failed to prevent aggressive and violent behaviour, insisting venue staff "knew Drake has a history of violence at his concerts".
Giovacco also accuses the rap star and the other defendants of allowing the venue to be overcrowded, serving excessive amounts of alcohol, and failing to provide "monitoring and surveillance of the premises during the concert so as to prevent aggressive behavior from escalating".
She claims she suffered serious personal injuries which prevented her from attending medical school.
Her complaint reads: "plaintiff AMANDA GIOVACCO, became, still is, and for a longtime to come, will be sick, sore, lame, bruised, injured, disabled and wounded in about the various parts of her head, limbs, body, blood vessels and surrounding tissues, and has suffered severe and extreme mental shock, anguish and psychic injuries, and that plaintiff was otherwise injured, and upon information and belief, said injuries are permanent.
"That by reason of the foregoing the plaintiff was obligated to and did necessarily employ medical aid, hospital services, medicinal and medical supplies in an attempt to cure the aforesaid injuries, and has been prevented from her usual duties and will be so prevented for a long time to come."
She is suing seeking unspecified damages.
Beyonce is still "a bit in shock" that she has a role in the live-action remake of her favourite Disney film, The Lion King.
The 37-year-old music superstar, who portrays Nala in the movie, spoke about how the original 1994 flick was the first Disney film she cried at during The Lion King: Can You Feel The Love Tonight TV special, which aired on ABC on Tuesday.
"I am still a bit in shock that I'm a part of this film because I grew up loving The Lion King," the Formation singer told host Robin Roberts. "It's so much nostalgia for me and it's the first Disney movie that brought me to tears."
Beyonce has taken on the role of the lioness, the childhood friend of Simba, voiced in the new movie by Donald Glover.
The Lemonade singer, whose musical career has been characterised by her activism and anthems of female empowerment, also shared that the female characters have much bigger roles in the remake.
"It was important to the director (Jon Favreau) that Nala and that the females in this film were heroes and he put Nala right alongside Simba in the big fight," she explained. "I thought that was really interesting and really real, because women, you know, we're the fighters".
The mother-of-three, who shares twins Sir and Rumi and daughter Blue with husband JAY-Z, insisted that "being a mother, my family is my biggest priority," and she's happy that she can "pass that legacy" of enjoying the film on.
"The movie has an incredible spirit. It opens you up, it talks about the struggle for standing up and fighting for what you love, and it takes you on so many emotional rides," she smiled.
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