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Soho Roc House Mykonos
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Soho Roc House Mykonos

Travel Soho Roc House on the Greek island of Mykonos has 45 bedrooms, a poolside veranda, a bar, a restaurant and lounge areas, and is a short walk away from Scorpios on Paraga beach.   Last summer, Scorpios and the adjacent hotel joined the Soho House & Co family. The hotel at San Giorgio has been redesigned by the Soho House team to create a new club with bedrooms that will be open to Soho House members.     The design of Soho Roc House takes inspiration from Scorpios and laid-back beach life in Mykonos, with polished plaster floors and warm-tone plaster wall finishes, a built-in plaster reception desk in a neutral shade, and timber fittings and shelving. Furniture is built in or made of natural materials, with linen fabrics, natural jute rugs, bespoke ceramic lamps and woven wall tapestries. There are also plants and greenery throughout, giving an outdoor feel.     Bedrooms range from Tiny to Extra Large, with gardens and views of the Aegean Sea. Each one features handpicked furniture, locally made textiles and muted colour palettes to create a feeling of serenity, with all of the same touches as the Houses around the world, including mini bars and Roberts radios in every bedroom. All the bathrooms have Cowshed products and rainforest showers.     The indoor reception space flows through to an outdoor courtyard, where the existing stone chapel has been retained, with lounge seating, rattan dining chairs and wooden tables situated alongside olive trees inside the original stone walls.     A rustic open-plan restaurant serves organic, home-style Mediterranean food, with a light sand- coloured floor, plaster open kitchen, timber shelving, dry-stone walls and lounge furniture to relax on. There are also layered grasses and reeds planted around the dining space.     At the main gathering place, the Pool Bar, the landscape has been designed organically, with plants interspersed naturally within the stone paving, long grasses and a seamless plaster floor that goes from the surrounding area right through the pool. There are sunbeds, loungers with natural tone fabrics, and a bar serving cocktails and smoothies throughout the day.     The lounge area has Moroccan-style floor cushions, low seating, cushions and textiles in natural fabrics, and hanging lanterns, with views out over the Aegean Sea. There’s an outdoor gym, a massage hut and a monthly series of classes, mind and body workshops, therapies and rituals.     Soho Roc House has opened with all the appropriate health and safety measures in line with government regulations, to ensure the safety and well-being of both guests and the team. There are social-distancing measures in place, with reduced capacities, increased spacing and signage in the eating and drinking areas, as well as constant cleaning and disinfecting throughout the House. Please get in touch for more information.     A short walk away is Scorpios, set on its own sheltered cove on the southern tip of Mykonos. Perfectly placed for sunset, Scorpios is much more than a beach bar and destination restaurant. It is an inclusive gathering place for a like-minded community of musicians, artists, performers, and bodywork practitioners with a creative programme that transcends genres, borders, and stereotypes. A     Scorpios and Soho Roc House share the same relaxed, home from home feel as all of the Houses around the world; built around a love of food, design, art and music. Scorpios has already had five successful seasons on the island, with consistent sell out summers.     The acquisition of Scorpios marks the first step in Soho House’s plans to build on the existing global network of Houses and its membership community, by creating a new pillar of the business centred around “experiences outside of the Houses”. Soho House and Scorpios are looking at other beach- front sites around the world to bring similar immersive, barefoot spaces that offer a way of living focused on community, connection and creativity to Soho House members and like-minded friends.   Soho Roc House on the Greek island of Mykonos has 45 bedrooms, a poolside veranda, a bar, a restaurant and lounge areas, and is a short walk away from Scorpios on Paraga beach.   Last summer, Scorpios and the adjacent hotel joined the Soho House & Co family. The hotel at San Giorgio has been redesigned by the Soho House team to create a new club with bedrooms that will be open to Soho House members.     The design of Soho Roc House takes inspiration from Scorpios and laid-back beach life in Mykonos, with polished plaster floors and warm-tone plaster wall finishes, a built-in plaster reception desk in a neutral shade, and timber fittings and shelving. Furniture is built in or made of natural materials, with linen fabrics, natural jute rugs, bespoke ceramic lamps and woven wall tapestries. There are also plants and greenery throughout, giving an outdoor feel.     Bedrooms range from Tiny to Extra Large, with gardens and views of the Aegean Sea. Each one features handpicked furniture, locally made textiles and muted colour palettes to create a feeling of serenity, with all of the same touches as the Houses around the world, including mini bars and Roberts radios in every bedroom. All the bathrooms have Cowshed products and rainforest showers.     The indoor reception space flows through to an outdoor courtyard, where the existing stone chapel has been retained, with lounge seating, rattan dining chairs and wooden tables situated alongside olive trees inside the original stone walls.     A rustic open-plan restaurant serves organic, home-style Mediterranean food, with a light sand- coloured floor, plaster open kitchen, timber shelving, dry-stone walls and lounge furniture to relax on. There are also layered grasses and reeds planted around the dining space.     At the main gathering place, the Pool Bar, the landscape has been designed organically, with plants interspersed naturally within the stone paving, long grasses and a seamless plaster floor that goes from the surrounding area right through the pool. There are sunbeds, loungers with natural tone fabrics, and a bar serving cocktails and smoothies throughout the day.     The lounge area has Moroccan-style floor cushions, low seating, cushions and textiles in natural fabrics, and hanging lanterns, with views out over the Aegean Sea. There’s an outdoor gym, a massage hut and a monthly series of classes, mind and body workshops, therapies and rituals.     Soho Roc House has opened with all the appropriate health and safety measures in line with government regulations, to ensure the safety and well-being of both guests and the team. There are social-distancing measures in place, with reduced capacities, increased spacing and signage in the eating and drinking areas, as well as constant cleaning and disinfecting throughout the House. Please get in touch for more information.     A short walk away is Scorpios, set on its own sheltered cove on the southern tip of Mykonos. Perfectly placed for sunset, Scorpios is much more than a beach bar and destination restaurant. It is an inclusive gathering place for a like-minded community of musicians, artists, performers, and bodywork practitioners with a creative programme that transcends genres, borders, and stereotypes. A     Scorpios and Soho Roc House share the same relaxed, home from home feel as all of the Houses around the world; built around a love of food, design, art and music. Scorpios has already had five successful seasons on the island, with consistent sell out summers.     The acquisition of Scorpios marks the first step in Soho House’s plans to build on the existing global network of Houses and its membership community, by creating a new pillar of the business centred around “experiences outside of the Houses”. Soho House and Scorpios are looking at other beach- front sites around the world to bring similar immersive, barefoot spaces that offer a way of living focused on community, connection and creativity to Soho House members and like-minded friends.  

A.G.COOK releases a new single and video
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A.G.COOK releases a new single and video

Music PC Music is proud to announce ‘Apple’ a new album from A. G. Cook set for release on September 18th. A first track from the album, ‘Oh Yeah’, is released today, accompanied by a self-directed video. The track was premiered last night (August 16th) with a BBC Radio 1 First Play from Annie Mac and follows last week’s release of A. G. Cook’s critically acclaimed 49-track opus 7G.     Watch ‘Oh Yeah’ here: https://youtu.be/koI7IRSjfxc     The notion of pure, classic songwriting is one of the core aspects of ‘Apple’ and 'Oh Yeah' is Cook’s most direct attempt. The track begins with his untreated vocals placed atop a strummed acoustic guitar singing the entrancing main hook. The video is just as open: Cook is front-and-centre performing the song directly to camera. Cook says “the song itself - like most pop music - is really about confidence & escapism, and how bittersweet those things can feel.”     Cook further states: “‘Apple’ is my own take on Personal Computer Music. I've always been interested in the blurred line between bedroom and professional studio production, and at what point a personality either gets created or accidentally takes shape. For me there's a great sense of freedom in combining something slick with something naive - a reality where anything could happen. In calling the album ‘Apple’, I wanted to draw attention to one of the simplest, most everyday objects, which somehowcontains references to almost everything imaginable - from computers to The Beatles, New York to Snow White, and an entire world of history and mythology. A little free advertising doesn't hurt”     7G’s seven instruments (Drums, Guitar, Supersaw, Piano, Nord, Spoken Word, Extreme Vocals) form the sound palette of ‘Apple’. Described by Cook as “threatening to be an instrumental producer album, then becoming a songwriter album”, the album features some of his most ambitious and emotional songwriting, as well as his most vivid sonic ideas as a producer. Together, 7G and Apple showcase Cook’s sheer breadth of ideas, and illustrate why he’s one of the most vital artists working today.     Pre-Save & Pre-Order: apple.net.ag     Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/agcook404 Twitter: https://twitter.com/agcook404 PC Music is proud to announce ‘Apple’ a new album from A. G. Cook set for release on September 18th. A first track from the album, ‘Oh Yeah’, is released today, accompanied by a self-directed video. The track was premiered last night (August 16th) with a BBC Radio 1 First Play from Annie Mac and follows last week’s release of A. G. Cook’s critically acclaimed 49-track opus 7G.     Watch ‘Oh Yeah’ here: https://youtu.be/koI7IRSjfxc     The notion of pure, classic songwriting is one of the core aspects of ‘Apple’ and 'Oh Yeah' is Cook’s most direct attempt. The track begins with his untreated vocals placed atop a strummed acoustic guitar singing the entrancing main hook. The video is just as open: Cook is front-and-centre performing the song directly to camera. Cook says “the song itself - like most pop music - is really about confidence & escapism, and how bittersweet those things can feel.”     Cook further states: “‘Apple’ is my own take on Personal Computer Music. I've always been interested in the blurred line between bedroom and professional studio production, and at what point a personality either gets created or accidentally takes shape. For me there's a great sense of freedom in combining something slick with something naive - a reality where anything could happen. In calling the album ‘Apple’, I wanted to draw attention to one of the simplest, most everyday objects, which somehowcontains references to almost everything imaginable - from computers to The Beatles, New York to Snow White, and an entire world of history and mythology. A little free advertising doesn't hurt”     7G’s seven instruments (Drums, Guitar, Supersaw, Piano, Nord, Spoken Word, Extreme Vocals) form the sound palette of ‘Apple’. Described by Cook as “threatening to be an instrumental producer album, then becoming a songwriter album”, the album features some of his most ambitious and emotional songwriting, as well as his most vivid sonic ideas as a producer. Together, 7G and Apple showcase Cook’s sheer breadth of ideas, and illustrate why he’s one of the most vital artists working today.     Pre-Save & Pre-Order: apple.net.ag     Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/agcook404 Twitter: https://twitter.com/agcook404

Tomorrowland Around the World goes live for a Virtual Festival this weekend
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Tomorrowland Around the World goes live for a Virtual Festival this weekend

Music Tomorrowland Around the World, the digital festival,  unveils star-studded line-up with Adam Beyer, Amelie Lens, Armin van Buuren, Charlotte de Witte, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Kölsch, Lost Frequencies, Martin Garrix, Paul Kalkbrenner, Steve Aoki, Tale of Us, Tiësto, Timmy Trumpet and many more. Tomorrowland is giving a first exclusive sneak preview into the new magical world of its spectacular two-day digital music festival experience that will bring together more than 60 of the planet’s biggest names in electronic dance music  on 8 different stages.    On Saturday July 25 and Sunday July 26, Tomorrowland is organising Tomorrowland Around the World, the digital festival: a spectacular entertainment experience open to people of all ages and places, unfazed by borders or boundaries – a world premiere and a major step in the future of digital music festivals. Bringing together more than 60 of the world’s most prominent artists in dance music with spectacular special effects and astonishing 3D-technology, Tomorrowland now announces its stellar line-up for the two-day festival weekend, including unique performances by the likes of Adam Beyer, Amelie Lens, Armin van Buuren, Charlotte de Witte, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Kölsch, Lost Frequencies, Martin Garrix, Paul Kalkbrenner, Steve Aoki, Tale of Us, Tiësto, Timmy Trumpet and many more. On top of releasing its full line-up, Tomorrowland is giving a first exclusive sneak preview into the dazzling new Tomorrowland location it has been crafting over the past few months. The full line-up per stage can be found on tomorrowland.com – more very special guests and friends of Tomorrowland will be announced later; ticket sales start on Thursday June 18 via tomorrowland.com.     Catering to all genres with an eclectic line-up, from trance to hardstyle, to house to dubstep and future bass, there is definitely something for everyone during the unprecedented two-day festival experience. Tomorrowland Around the World will offer a packed schedule and is using the world’s best technology in 3D design, video production, gaming and special effects to bring together 8 different stages, including the iconic Mainstage that gives a first introduction into the magical world of ‘The Reflection of Love – Chapter 1’, plenty of signature Tomorrowland stages such as Atmosphere, Core and Freedom Stage, joined by 3 new stages, which have been specially created and designed by the creative team and 3D artists behind Tomorrowland. In an exclusive sneak preview, Tomorrowland is giving a very first look into the magical and newly created Tomorrowland location it has been building over the past few months, giving people across the globe a first taste of the dazzling world they will be able to navigate through during Tomorrowland Around the World, the digital festival.      Each stage will premiere brand new music and video content from the world’s best artists and a large portion of the fireworks and laser shows characteristic of Tomorrowland. The Mainstage– embodying the theme of 2020 ‘The Reflection of Love – Chapter 1’ – will be graced by the biggest industry heavyweights as Afrojack, Alan Walker, Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Don Diablo, Kölsch, Lost Frequencies, Martin Garrix, NERVO, Oliver Heldens Paul Kalkbrenner, Steve Aoki, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Tiësto, Timmy Trumpet and Vintage Culture. The wonderful Atmosphere stage will be headlined by the likes of techno legends Amelie Lens, Dixon, Joyhauser, Reinier Zonneveld, Stephan Bodzin and Tale of Us. Several other house & techno music tastemakers including Adriatique, ANNA, Adam Beyer, Cellini, Charlotte de Witte, Joris Voorn and Patrice Baumel will deliver the most mesmerizing and atmospheric sounds at the mythical Corestage – a crowd favourite and definitely one of the most unique stages at Tomorrowland. Tomorrowland’s iconic Freedom Stage will see Claptone, Jack Back and Solardo return, with hardstyle acts like Coone, Da Tweekaz and Wildstylez on the Q-Dance stage. Some of the world’s best artists in future bass, dubstep and trap music – Carnage, Eptic, Gryffin, Netsky, NGHTMRE, San Holo and Yellow Claw – will gather at one of the brand new stages.      Dimitri Vegas:“We’ve deliberately been holding out on doing livestreams as we wanted this to be really special. We had the opportunity to see the stage designs of the digital festival and it will be nothing like the world has ever seen. It’s truly an immersive and unique experience and surpasses any expectations someone can have when they hear the term ‘virtual festival’. People are just not ready for what they are about to see. We can’t wait!”     Armin van Buuren: “Tomorrowland Around the World is a great opportunity for me to connect with my fans during these lockdown times and I hope that this will help everyone to hold on for a bit longer until we can party together on actual festival grounds again! Very delighted to be part of this ground-breaking event.”     Steve Aoki:“Tomorrowland is always a special festival for me so I'm very honoured to be a part of Tomorrowland’s digital festival that will be uniting so many people from around the world in a way that hasn't been done before. The connection between amazing music, breath-taking 3D design and the latest filming techniques from Hollywood get me extremely excited!”     Paul Kalkbrenner:"I’m very honoured to be part of this exciting new project and I’m thrilled to see the outcome, once it airs. Tomorrowland and its crew have always played an integral role throughout the last years and it has become more of a friendship than a pure work relation. Thanks for having me again on the Mainstage."     Amelie Lens:“I am very excited to be playing at the biggest digital festival ever. I’ve heard that hundreds of people are currently working day and night to create a never before seen experience, so I honestly cannot wait for the last weekend of July.”     Festival visitors will be able to navigate easily through a magical and newly created Tomorrowland location with a PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet – you don’t need special VR goggles – and explore the entire festival site in an interactive way together with friends. Besides the performances there will be all kinds of interactive experiences to choose from, including inspirational webinars, games and workshops related to lifestyle, food, fashion and the Tomorrowland Foundation. Together with the performances, Tomorrowland Around the World will be a full day/weekend experience between 15h00–01h00 CEST. There will be a ‘time-zone-friendly’ option for visitors from Asia and North or South America. The People of Tomorrow are invited to experience this unique event together with friends: dressing up with your best festival outfit, putting up tents in your back garden to create your own DreamVille, setting up a big screen, inviting your beloved ones for a nice barbecue with music and an amazing festival experience, decorating your balcony or throwing a party in your living room – this weekend is all about uniting through the power of music in a responsible and safe way.   Tomorrowland Around the World, the digital festival – the line-up:  Adam Beyer Adriatique Afrojack Alan Walker Amelie Lens Andrew Rayel ANNA Armin van Buuren Bassjackers B Jones Carnage Cat Dealers Cellini Charlotte de Witte Claptone Coone Da Tweekaz David Guetta D-Block & S-te-fan Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Dixon Don Diablo EDX Eptic Fedde Legrand Gryffin Jack Back Joris Voorn Joyhauser Klingande Kölsch Laidback Luke DJ Licious Lost Frequencies Marlo Martin Garrix Modestep Mr Pig NERVO Netsky NGHTMRE NWYR Oliver Heldens Patrice Baumel Paul Kalkbrenner Ran – D  Regard Reinier Zonneveld Robin Schulz San Holo Solardo Stephan Bodzin Steve Aoki Sub Zero Project Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano Tale of Us Tiësto Timmy Trumpet Vini Vici Vintage Culture Wildstylez Yellow Claw Yves Deruyter Yves V The full line-up per stage can be found on tomorrowland.com. Some special performances as well.   Tomorrowland Around the World, the digital festival Saturday July 25 and Sunday July 26,2020. Between 16h00–01h00 CEST. ‘Time-zone-friendly’ for visitors from Asia and North and South America. Open for people of all ages and places. Accessible exclusively on tomorrowland.com. Ticket sales start on Thursday June 18 via tomorrowland.com. Day ticket costs €12.50. Weekend ticket costs €20.00 and includes a week of video-on-demand content to relive the entire experience. Special People of Tomorrow packages and Home Party packages will be available. Info and updates: tomorrowland.com Tomorrowland Around the World, the digital festival,  unveils star-studded line-up with Adam Beyer, Amelie Lens, Armin van Buuren, Charlotte de Witte, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Kölsch, Lost Frequencies, Martin Garrix, Paul Kalkbrenner, Steve Aoki, Tale of Us, Tiësto, Timmy Trumpet and many more. Tomorrowland is giving a first exclusive sneak preview into the new magical world of its spectacular two-day digital music festival experience that will bring together more than 60 of the planet’s biggest names in electronic dance music  on 8 different stages.    On Saturday July 25 and Sunday July 26, Tomorrowland is organising Tomorrowland Around the World, the digital festival: a spectacular entertainment experience open to people of all ages and places, unfazed by borders or boundaries – a world premiere and a major step in the future of digital music festivals. Bringing together more than 60 of the world’s most prominent artists in dance music with spectacular special effects and astonishing 3D-technology, Tomorrowland now announces its stellar line-up for the two-day festival weekend, including unique performances by the likes of Adam Beyer, Amelie Lens, Armin van Buuren, Charlotte de Witte, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Kölsch, Lost Frequencies, Martin Garrix, Paul Kalkbrenner, Steve Aoki, Tale of Us, Tiësto, Timmy Trumpet and many more. On top of releasing its full line-up, Tomorrowland is giving a first exclusive sneak preview into the dazzling new Tomorrowland location it has been crafting over the past few months. The full line-up per stage can be found on tomorrowland.com – more very special guests and friends of Tomorrowland will be announced later; ticket sales start on Thursday June 18 via tomorrowland.com.     Catering to all genres with an eclectic line-up, from trance to hardstyle, to house to dubstep and future bass, there is definitely something for everyone during the unprecedented two-day festival experience. Tomorrowland Around the World will offer a packed schedule and is using the world’s best technology in 3D design, video production, gaming and special effects to bring together 8 different stages, including the iconic Mainstage that gives a first introduction into the magical world of ‘The Reflection of Love – Chapter 1’, plenty of signature Tomorrowland stages such as Atmosphere, Core and Freedom Stage, joined by 3 new stages, which have been specially created and designed by the creative team and 3D artists behind Tomorrowland. In an exclusive sneak preview, Tomorrowland is giving a very first look into the magical and newly created Tomorrowland location it has been building over the past few months, giving people across the globe a first taste of the dazzling world they will be able to navigate through during Tomorrowland Around the World, the digital festival.      Each stage will premiere brand new music and video content from the world’s best artists and a large portion of the fireworks and laser shows characteristic of Tomorrowland. The Mainstage– embodying the theme of 2020 ‘The Reflection of Love – Chapter 1’ – will be graced by the biggest industry heavyweights as Afrojack, Alan Walker, Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Don Diablo, Kölsch, Lost Frequencies, Martin Garrix, NERVO, Oliver Heldens Paul Kalkbrenner, Steve Aoki, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Tiësto, Timmy Trumpet and Vintage Culture. The wonderful Atmosphere stage will be headlined by the likes of techno legends Amelie Lens, Dixon, Joyhauser, Reinier Zonneveld, Stephan Bodzin and Tale of Us. Several other house & techno music tastemakers including Adriatique, ANNA, Adam Beyer, Cellini, Charlotte de Witte, Joris Voorn and Patrice Baumel will deliver the most mesmerizing and atmospheric sounds at the mythical Corestage – a crowd favourite and definitely one of the most unique stages at Tomorrowland. Tomorrowland’s iconic Freedom Stage will see Claptone, Jack Back and Solardo return, with hardstyle acts like Coone, Da Tweekaz and Wildstylez on the Q-Dance stage. Some of the world’s best artists in future bass, dubstep and trap music – Carnage, Eptic, Gryffin, Netsky, NGHTMRE, San Holo and Yellow Claw – will gather at one of the brand new stages.      Dimitri Vegas:“We’ve deliberately been holding out on doing livestreams as we wanted this to be really special. We had the opportunity to see the stage designs of the digital festival and it will be nothing like the world has ever seen. It’s truly an immersive and unique experience and surpasses any expectations someone can have when they hear the term ‘virtual festival’. People are just not ready for what they are about to see. We can’t wait!”     Armin van Buuren: “Tomorrowland Around the World is a great opportunity for me to connect with my fans during these lockdown times and I hope that this will help everyone to hold on for a bit longer until we can party together on actual festival grounds again! Very delighted to be part of this ground-breaking event.”     Steve Aoki:“Tomorrowland is always a special festival for me so I'm very honoured to be a part of Tomorrowland’s digital festival that will be uniting so many people from around the world in a way that hasn't been done before. The connection between amazing music, breath-taking 3D design and the latest filming techniques from Hollywood get me extremely excited!”     Paul Kalkbrenner:"I’m very honoured to be part of this exciting new project and I’m thrilled to see the outcome, once it airs. Tomorrowland and its crew have always played an integral role throughout the last years and it has become more of a friendship than a pure work relation. Thanks for having me again on the Mainstage."     Amelie Lens:“I am very excited to be playing at the biggest digital festival ever. I’ve heard that hundreds of people are currently working day and night to create a never before seen experience, so I honestly cannot wait for the last weekend of July.”     Festival visitors will be able to navigate easily through a magical and newly created Tomorrowland location with a PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet – you don’t need special VR goggles – and explore the entire festival site in an interactive way together with friends. Besides the performances there will be all kinds of interactive experiences to choose from, including inspirational webinars, games and workshops related to lifestyle, food, fashion and the Tomorrowland Foundation. Together with the performances, Tomorrowland Around the World will be a full day/weekend experience between 15h00–01h00 CEST. There will be a ‘time-zone-friendly’ option for visitors from Asia and North or South America. The People of Tomorrow are invited to experience this unique event together with friends: dressing up with your best festival outfit, putting up tents in your back garden to create your own DreamVille, setting up a big screen, inviting your beloved ones for a nice barbecue with music and an amazing festival experience, decorating your balcony or throwing a party in your living room – this weekend is all about uniting through the power of music in a responsible and safe way.   Tomorrowland Around the World, the digital festival – the line-up:  Adam Beyer Adriatique Afrojack Alan Walker Amelie Lens Andrew Rayel ANNA Armin van Buuren Bassjackers B Jones Carnage Cat Dealers Cellini Charlotte de Witte Claptone Coone Da Tweekaz David Guetta D-Block & S-te-fan Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Dixon Don Diablo EDX Eptic Fedde Legrand Gryffin Jack Back Joris Voorn Joyhauser Klingande Kölsch Laidback Luke DJ Licious Lost Frequencies Marlo Martin Garrix Modestep Mr Pig NERVO Netsky NGHTMRE NWYR Oliver Heldens Patrice Baumel Paul Kalkbrenner Ran – D  Regard Reinier Zonneveld Robin Schulz San Holo Solardo Stephan Bodzin Steve Aoki Sub Zero Project Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano Tale of Us Tiësto Timmy Trumpet Vini Vici Vintage Culture Wildstylez Yellow Claw Yves Deruyter Yves V The full line-up per stage can be found on tomorrowland.com. Some special performances as well.   Tomorrowland Around the World, the digital festival Saturday July 25 and Sunday July 26,2020. Between 16h00–01h00 CEST. ‘Time-zone-friendly’ for visitors from Asia and North and South America. Open for people of all ages and places. Accessible exclusively on tomorrowland.com. Ticket sales start on Thursday June 18 via tomorrowland.com. Day ticket costs €12.50. Weekend ticket costs €20.00 and includes a week of video-on-demand content to relive the entire experience. Special People of Tomorrow packages and Home Party packages will be available. Info and updates: tomorrowland.com

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Dutch Ghanaian rapper Frenna receives award during extraordinary corona proof concert recognizing 1 billion worldwide streams
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Dutch Ghanaian rapper Frenna receives award during extraordinary corona proof concert recognizing 1 billion worldwide streams

Music Dutch Ghanaian rapper Frenna, known for international hits like ‘Ghetto Youth’, ‘Abloh’ and ‘Money Deh Yah’, received a unique award during his sold out show for the Larger Than Live concert series in Amsterdam.     After opening the show with some of his legendary Dutch hits, close friend and Dutch soccer player Quincy Promes got on stage to hand out this unique award to Frenna. An award that recognizes the 1 billion worldwide streams Frenna received on his own tracks and projects he was featured in.   Frenna, who was born in The Hague in The Netherlands and has Ghanaian roots, says partly growing up in Ghana changed him as a person and plays a huge role in his creative process. From numerous #1 hitsto two platinum albums, to being crowned most-streamed Dutch Spotify Artist in 2019, and breaking the until then established Spotify record for most streams in twenty-four hours, Frenna has had quite the journey. A journey that is still only starting,   His sold out Larger Than Live ‘Frenna Deluxe’show was his first show in four months as all his performances got cancelled due to the corona measures. ‘Frenna Deluxe’, was the first time Frenna was able to perform tracks from his platinum album ‘‘t Album Onderweg Naar Het Album’’. He also performed his big hits like ‘My Love’, ‘Wat Is Je Naam’ and ‘Verleden Tijd’. Furthermore, the show featured special guest appearances from Dutch A-listers like SFB and Akwasi.     Frenna on his award: "I am so grateful for my fans. Because of my fans I am able to realize my dream, each and every day. I want to thank everyone who listens to my music and has contributed to these billion streams from the bottom of my heart”.   photos by Jorden Hendriks. Dutch Ghanaian rapper Frenna, known for international hits like ‘Ghetto Youth’, ‘Abloh’ and ‘Money Deh Yah’, received a unique award during his sold out show for the Larger Than Live concert series in Amsterdam.     After opening the show with some of his legendary Dutch hits, close friend and Dutch soccer player Quincy Promes got on stage to hand out this unique award to Frenna. An award that recognizes the 1 billion worldwide streams Frenna received on his own tracks and projects he was featured in.   Frenna, who was born in The Hague in The Netherlands and has Ghanaian roots, says partly growing up in Ghana changed him as a person and plays a huge role in his creative process. From numerous #1 hitsto two platinum albums, to being crowned most-streamed Dutch Spotify Artist in 2019, and breaking the until then established Spotify record for most streams in twenty-four hours, Frenna has had quite the journey. A journey that is still only starting,   His sold out Larger Than Live ‘Frenna Deluxe’show was his first show in four months as all his performances got cancelled due to the corona measures. ‘Frenna Deluxe’, was the first time Frenna was able to perform tracks from his platinum album ‘‘t Album Onderweg Naar Het Album’’. He also performed his big hits like ‘My Love’, ‘Wat Is Je Naam’ and ‘Verleden Tijd’. Furthermore, the show featured special guest appearances from Dutch A-listers like SFB and Akwasi.     Frenna on his award: "I am so grateful for my fans. Because of my fans I am able to realize my dream, each and every day. I want to thank everyone who listens to my music and has contributed to these billion streams from the bottom of my heart”.   photos by Jorden Hendriks.

Tomorrowland introduces a digital festival: ‘Tomorrowland  Around The World’
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Tomorrowland introduces a digital festival: ‘Tomorrowland Around The World’

Music A spectacular two-day digital music festival experience, bringing together the planet’s biggest names in electronic dance music and the world’s best technology in 3D design, video production and special effects.   Trailer here.     Just imagine... a dazzling new Tomorrowland location has been crafted over the past few months, in a place far away from anyone, a place that you would normally never visit... but one that is set to open its doors, welcoming everyone from all corners of the world, for one weekend only…     On Saturday, July 25thand Sunday, July 26th, Tomorrowland will host their first 3D digital festivaledition, titled ‘Tomorrowland Around The World’. People of all ages and places are invited to join the spectacular festival experience. Without limitations of borders or boundaries, the two-day event is a world premiere and a major step in the future of music festivals.      Over recent months, Tomorrowland has received many requests from its worldwide community to do something special during the two sold-out weekends of Tomorrowland Belgium. This global connection has inspired Tomorrowland to introduce and create a brand new platform through which visitors can participate in an unprecedented two-day festival experience with the world’s first interactive 3D festival experience. Festival visitors will be able to navigate easily through a magical and newly created Tomorrowland location with a PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet – you don’t need special VR goggles – and explore the entire festival site in an interactive way together with friends. The two-day festival weekend will offer its guests a packed schedule with plenty of things to do, see and experience.  As with the other editions of Tomorrowland, music and spectacular shows will be central to this event. The world’s best technologies in gaming, 3D design, video productionandspecial effects will bring together 8 different stagesincluding Atmosphere, Core, Freedom Stage and Elixir, joined by 3 new stages, which have been specially created and designed by the creative team and 3D artists behind Tomorrowland. Each stage will feature music from the world’s best artists in dance and electronic music – from all genres – and a large portion of the fireworks and laser shows characteristic of Tomorrowland. As icing on the cake this year’s iconic Mainstage, embodying the theme of 2020 ‘The Reflection of Love – Chapter 1’, will be unveiled to the world during Tomorrowland Around The World.  Besides the performances, there will be all kinds of interactive experiences to choose from, including inspirational webinars, games and workshops related to lifestyle, food, fashion and the Tomorrowland Foundation. Together with the performances, Tomorrowland Around The World will be a full day/weekend experience between 15h00–01h00 CEST. There will be a ‘time-zone-friendly’ option for visitors from Asia and North or South America.     Michiel Beers, co-founder of Tomorrowland: “Tomorrowland Around The World is the result of a gigantic team effort of hundreds of people who are working around the clock to create a never-before-seen interactive entertainment experience. Since we started this project and all ideas came together, we immediately felt an enormous energy and lots of positivity from everybody involved. For us it’s a bit re-inventing the festival experience, but we truly believe that we can bring the spirit of Tomorrowland and entertainment at the highest level to people and homes around the globe. We hope that hundreds of thousands of people will unite in a responsible way and that small Tomorrowland gatherings at people’s homes – from Canada to Australia, from Japan to Brazil and everywhere in between – will be organised. Especially during the weekend where normally Tomorrowland Belgium would take place, we really have the power to unite the world.”     The People of Tomorrow are invited to experience this unique event together with friends: dressing up with your best festival outfit, putting up tents in your back gardento create your own DreamVille, setting up a big screen, inviting your beloved ones for a nice barbecue with music and an amazing festival experience, decorating your balcony or throwing a partyin your living room– this weekend is all about uniting through the power of music in a responsible and safe way.     More about this all-new Tomorrowland location will be revealed in the coming weeks.     Tomorrowland Around The World, the digital festival: ●     Saturday July 25 and Sunday July 26,2020. ●     Between 15h00–01h00 CEST. ●     ‘Time-zone-friendly’ for visitors from Asia and North and South America. ●     Open for people of all ages and places. ●     Accessible exclusively on tomorrowland.com. ●     Line-up will be announced on Monday June 15. ●     Ticket sales start on Thursday June 18 via tomorrowland.com. ●     Day ticket costs €12.50. ●     Weekend ticket costs €20.00 and includes a week of video-on-demand content to relive the entire experience. ●     Special People of Tomorrow packages and Home Party packages will be available. ●     Info and updates: tomorrowland.com A spectacular two-day digital music festival experience, bringing together the planet’s biggest names in electronic dance music and the world’s best technology in 3D design, video production and special effects.   Trailer here.     Just imagine... a dazzling new Tomorrowland location has been crafted over the past few months, in a place far away from anyone, a place that you would normally never visit... but one that is set to open its doors, welcoming everyone from all corners of the world, for one weekend only…     On Saturday, July 25thand Sunday, July 26th, Tomorrowland will host their first 3D digital festivaledition, titled ‘Tomorrowland Around The World’. People of all ages and places are invited to join the spectacular festival experience. Without limitations of borders or boundaries, the two-day event is a world premiere and a major step in the future of music festivals.      Over recent months, Tomorrowland has received many requests from its worldwide community to do something special during the two sold-out weekends of Tomorrowland Belgium. This global connection has inspired Tomorrowland to introduce and create a brand new platform through which visitors can participate in an unprecedented two-day festival experience with the world’s first interactive 3D festival experience. Festival visitors will be able to navigate easily through a magical and newly created Tomorrowland location with a PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet – you don’t need special VR goggles – and explore the entire festival site in an interactive way together with friends. The two-day festival weekend will offer its guests a packed schedule with plenty of things to do, see and experience.  As with the other editions of Tomorrowland, music and spectacular shows will be central to this event. The world’s best technologies in gaming, 3D design, video productionandspecial effects will bring together 8 different stagesincluding Atmosphere, Core, Freedom Stage and Elixir, joined by 3 new stages, which have been specially created and designed by the creative team and 3D artists behind Tomorrowland. Each stage will feature music from the world’s best artists in dance and electronic music – from all genres – and a large portion of the fireworks and laser shows characteristic of Tomorrowland. As icing on the cake this year’s iconic Mainstage, embodying the theme of 2020 ‘The Reflection of Love – Chapter 1’, will be unveiled to the world during Tomorrowland Around The World.  Besides the performances, there will be all kinds of interactive experiences to choose from, including inspirational webinars, games and workshops related to lifestyle, food, fashion and the Tomorrowland Foundation. Together with the performances, Tomorrowland Around The World will be a full day/weekend experience between 15h00–01h00 CEST. There will be a ‘time-zone-friendly’ option for visitors from Asia and North or South America.     Michiel Beers, co-founder of Tomorrowland: “Tomorrowland Around The World is the result of a gigantic team effort of hundreds of people who are working around the clock to create a never-before-seen interactive entertainment experience. Since we started this project and all ideas came together, we immediately felt an enormous energy and lots of positivity from everybody involved. For us it’s a bit re-inventing the festival experience, but we truly believe that we can bring the spirit of Tomorrowland and entertainment at the highest level to people and homes around the globe. We hope that hundreds of thousands of people will unite in a responsible way and that small Tomorrowland gatherings at people’s homes – from Canada to Australia, from Japan to Brazil and everywhere in between – will be organised. Especially during the weekend where normally Tomorrowland Belgium would take place, we really have the power to unite the world.”     The People of Tomorrow are invited to experience this unique event together with friends: dressing up with your best festival outfit, putting up tents in your back gardento create your own DreamVille, setting up a big screen, inviting your beloved ones for a nice barbecue with music and an amazing festival experience, decorating your balcony or throwing a partyin your living room– this weekend is all about uniting through the power of music in a responsible and safe way.     More about this all-new Tomorrowland location will be revealed in the coming weeks.     Tomorrowland Around The World, the digital festival: ●     Saturday July 25 and Sunday July 26,2020. ●     Between 15h00–01h00 CEST. ●     ‘Time-zone-friendly’ for visitors from Asia and North and South America. ●     Open for people of all ages and places. ●     Accessible exclusively on tomorrowland.com. ●     Line-up will be announced on Monday June 15. ●     Ticket sales start on Thursday June 18 via tomorrowland.com. ●     Day ticket costs €12.50. ●     Weekend ticket costs €20.00 and includes a week of video-on-demand content to relive the entire experience. ●     Special People of Tomorrow packages and Home Party packages will be available. ●     Info and updates: tomorrowland.com

No Art Hotel; the first festival in the 1.5 meter society
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No Art Hotel; the first festival in the 1.5 meter society

Parties The Amsterdam organization No Art is organizing the first Dutch festival in the 1.5 meter society in collaboration with A'DAM Toren and Sir Adam on Saturday 20 June. During the 24-hour festival, 120 visitors will be surprised with various activities, in multiple locations in the A'DAM Tower and in the hotel rooms of Sir Adam. The guidelines of the RIVM are taken into account at all times and throughout the entire event. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Het Rode Kruis Amsterdam-Amstelland. The pre-registration starts on Wednesday 27 May from 5 p.m. via the Facebook event.     Dinner show & Live streams: The evening starts with a three-hour dinner show where the visitors are divided between The Loft and A'DAM & Co. The dinner show consists of a combination of live art, live music and DJ sets. After dinner it is possible to move to another room for another two hours. The 120 visitors will be divided into four groups of 30 and will be allowed to shift to this space. Visitors are then taken to their rooms where they spend the rest of the festival with a maximum of four people per hotel room.   Each hotel room is equipped with a professional sound system and smart TV with the live stream which is broadcast from The Loft. In order to keep in touch with the other visitors, the rooms are interconnected via Zoom. Drinks can be ordered from the moving bar that passes the hotel rooms. It is strictly forbidden to leave your room during the event and this will be strictly checked by security.     Tickets: Given the expected popularity and limited capacity, the organization operates a lottery system. Interested parties can register online from Wednesday 27 May at 5 p.m. via the Facebook event with up to four people at the same time. After a random draw, it will be announced on 3 June which people have obtained a ticket.     About No Art: No Art is a collective that aims to provide guests with a special experience by combining house music and art with unique locations. No Art previously organized events in the Waalse Kerk, West-Indisch Huis, The Loft and with prominent names from the house scene.       NO ART HOTEL Date: June 20, 2020 Time: 3 pm - 3 pm Location: A’DAM Toren Line-up: TBA. Registration via: http://bit.do/fFGpm  The Amsterdam organization No Art is organizing the first Dutch festival in the 1.5 meter society in collaboration with A'DAM Toren and Sir Adam on Saturday 20 June. During the 24-hour festival, 120 visitors will be surprised with various activities, in multiple locations in the A'DAM Tower and in the hotel rooms of Sir Adam. The guidelines of the RIVM are taken into account at all times and throughout the entire event. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Het Rode Kruis Amsterdam-Amstelland. The pre-registration starts on Wednesday 27 May from 5 p.m. via the Facebook event.     Dinner show & Live streams: The evening starts with a three-hour dinner show where the visitors are divided between The Loft and A'DAM & Co. The dinner show consists of a combination of live art, live music and DJ sets. After dinner it is possible to move to another room for another two hours. The 120 visitors will be divided into four groups of 30 and will be allowed to shift to this space. Visitors are then taken to their rooms where they spend the rest of the festival with a maximum of four people per hotel room.   Each hotel room is equipped with a professional sound system and smart TV with the live stream which is broadcast from The Loft. In order to keep in touch with the other visitors, the rooms are interconnected via Zoom. Drinks can be ordered from the moving bar that passes the hotel rooms. It is strictly forbidden to leave your room during the event and this will be strictly checked by security.     Tickets: Given the expected popularity and limited capacity, the organization operates a lottery system. Interested parties can register online from Wednesday 27 May at 5 p.m. via the Facebook event with up to four people at the same time. After a random draw, it will be announced on 3 June which people have obtained a ticket.     About No Art: No Art is a collective that aims to provide guests with a special experience by combining house music and art with unique locations. No Art previously organized events in the Waalse Kerk, West-Indisch Huis, The Loft and with prominent names from the house scene.       NO ART HOTEL Date: June 20, 2020 Time: 3 pm - 3 pm Location: A’DAM Toren Line-up: TBA. Registration via: http://bit.do/fFGpm 

In conversation with NERVO, KREWELLA & RAJA KUMARI
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In conversation with NERVO, KREWELLA & RAJA KUMARI

Music Krewella x NERVO featuring Raja Kumari release a badass, empowering collab ‘Goddess’! And we had a chance to speak to them about the collaboration.   Hey guys! Tell us who you are, how you define what you do in the industry and a little about the music you make! NERVO: We are sisters - Mim and Liv, and we make up the electronic group NERVO. We are from Australia and have been global citizens, touring the world for the past 10 years. We started our career as songwriters, we have both recently had babies and we love tiramisu, schnitzel and cheese and pickle sandwiches.   KREWELLA: We are sisters, seekers, creators, creatures, whose dreams have somehow been fulfilled by the universe. We’re about to arrive at the decade-long point of our career of making music together, and as both family, collaborators, and business partners, it’s been quite the journey. While the dynamic of collaborating and building a business with a family member can be complex through constantly putting our relationship to the test, it has most definitely pushed us to keep the ourselves in check. As a result, the patience, awareness, and dedication to work through the personal struggles and artistic challenges together have brought forth emotional and creative breakthroughs that have been the fuel for Krewella’s evolution. The music we make has always embodied some sort of juxtaposition, whether that be soft with the aggressive, dark with light, ethereal with mechanical, confidence with confusion. A few years ago was a turning point, as we transitioned from releasing through a major label, to self-releasing. That decision opened us up to having more time, space, and confidence, to explore our multi-cultural upbringing, being half-Pakistani American. This fusion of East meets West has grounded itself as a pillar of our visual and sonic art, alongside our electronic roots.   RAJA KUMARI: I’m Raja Kumari, I was born in Los Angeles and started my career as a classical dancer, who later developed into a songwriter, writing hits for Gwen Stefani, Fall Out Boy, Fifth Harmony, and more. I’m also a judge and mentor on MTV Hustle,a rap battle competition show to help groom up and coming rappers!     You guys have a bad-ass, empowering new track out ‘Goddess’ – we hear that NERVO and Krewella were looking to work together for a long time and this was six years in the making! Tell us how the idea came about, how it has evolved from the early days and what you want people to get from the track! NERVO: We have known the girls and been fan of the girls since they started. We always spoke about getting in the studio together but due to our crazy touring schedules it was very difficult. Then sure enough, in 2019, the Krew sisters sent us an idea they had been working on. We immediately loved it, added our parts and the creative back and forth went on for about 5 months. Fast forward 10 months and here we are today releasing it. Sadly we were never able to actually get in the studio with the girls but hopefully that will change for the next collab. And who knows, perhaps if we are all stranded in LA due to COVID-19 we can make use of the time and make some tunes together, organically, how we all used to before we were touring machines!   KREWELLA: Liv and Mim of Nervo are such legends. We’ve been looking up to them since we were babies in this industry, and always appreciated their songwriting, sister-connection, ambition, and support of our project. Talks about collaborating were loosely thrown around on social media, or as we saw each other in passing at festivals. But when Yasmine and I started working on Goddess, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to bring other bad bitches on the track. We wanted it to feel like a party. Our fellow sisters Mim & Liv brought in their perspective with the songwriting, and we made edits over Skype. They did a killer job of recording and producing their own vocals. It’s such a jam to dance too, and we just want listeners to feel their inner goddess and move their bodies freely while listening. Empowering oneself through body movement can be such a liberating way to tap into that spirit.   RAJA KUMARI: The girls in Krewella sent me the track about a year ago and said they wanted to create a female-empowerment anthem. They had sent me a few verses already written and I added the feature after I had heard the chorus. I wanted to name check some of the bad-ass female warriors of our past to complement the song.     And how did a talent such as Raja Kumari come to be on the track? NERVO: That is all down to The Krewella babes. They had the connect and of course we were thrilled about it!   KREWELLA: Raja was the icing on the cake. When she signed on to write her bridge and join the party, we felt even more connecting to the record. Her presence, being a badass Indian rapper, writer, and singer, integrated the cultural fusion that Yasmine and I live for.     How great is it to have a full female cast of artist for the collaboration? NERVO: It’s a dream come true to feature alongside so many great fierce women ! Not only are we female performers but a co-writer on the track is an extremely talented lady called KARRA. Love how these days girls are more and more involved in the making music. It hasn’t always been like this!   KREWELLA: It’s been a long time coming. And hopefully more to come. As our project continues to evolve, our future vision is becoming more clear in that involves more efforts to bring together voices who are still minorities in the dance community.   RAJA KUMARI: I’m really proud of the song,both for the feminine aspect but also because this combines three different cultures from across the globe, and shows that music is universal.     How do you think Covid-19 will affect the music industry both long-term and short-term? How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of music? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be? NERVO: It’s true that COVID-19 has completely crushed our industry’s live business but, it can never destroy it as our love for music and our need to dance will prevail. Short term, we will probably retreat to our previous lives as music makers and spend a lot more time in the studio. And long term (once a vaccine is found) I’m sure we will recover and the live business will return to it’s full glory, if not stronger as we will all have a new found appreciation of the freedoms we once took for granted. It has been difficult to see many of our team loose their jobs, from our agents to the promoters who have become our family over the past ten years, but change can bring a new perspective and hopefully this means we can all spend time with our families and think deeper about what we are grateful for and what is important to us. It’s clear that the world are showing a new found appreciation for our health workers and this is wonderful to see. Our thoughts are with everyone who has suffered through this virus. We are united in our pain and our will to overcome it.   KREWELLA: Honestly, I find that question to be so difficult to answer..there are so many different theories and projections being thrown around out there, and if anything, it’s just been making me feel like I don’t know shit about what’s going on, what’s to come, how to plan, and what to make of this whole experience. There’s so much confusion, lack of valid data, and uncertainty, to even speculate what how this pandemic will reconfigure the psyche of the community. And I don’t know if what I am personally experiencing is a reflection of the collective. I’m a bit all over the place emotionally, and my music choices are such a reflection of that. Maybe the general population is getting bored, overwhelmed, or numb to the constant churning out of music content that feels like a desperate attempt for relevance, and they’re seeking authentic, personal stories, created from a spiritual place outside the pressures of the industry. Or maybe the general population is just gobbling up all the content and spending more time browsing online to bide the time, or because entertainment is healing them. I think it might all be happening at once. At this point for music artists, the inability to plan and schedule our future almost seems to be becoming the “new norm,” and the vibe I’m getting is that some creatives are leaning into this. Like what can be created during this time when we remove the veil of “time.” Some might not even be creating yet. Just taking it slow. Taking it day by day, feeling the feels. Processing what thoughts, themes, emotions, and imagery, surface from the subconscious, as we are not busying ourselves with the hustle bustle of maintaining our positions. As I’m trying to be patient with my own creative process, I’d like to think this period of re-calibration and self-discovery as fertile soil for seeds of art to flourish. If you look at history, art and poetry flourished in such revolutionary ways after pandemics, wars, global disasters...There’s a quote by Egyptian cultural commentator Ahdaf Soueif that I often romanticize when I think the collective’s relationship with art and music: “...art shows your your own feelings, your own thoughts and impulses, articulated, transmuted, given form. And it shows you, in that act of mutual recognition, that you and the collective are one.”   RAJA KUMARI: I think there will be a significant conversation about mental health, and we need to be more open about what people are going through. I don’t think we’ll ever return to the routines we had before, and we’ll take a more cautious approach to things like live events and daily activities.     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it? How have you been spending this time? LIV : I am at the home we grew up in in Melbourne, Australia. Our grandmother has moved in and one person per week leaves to do a grocery shop. We have 5 people in our family who could be high risk to COVID-19 so we are all doing our best to stay isolated. So far we wake up, all have breakfast, watch the news (we are glued to it these days!) and then someone starts to prepare food. I have been playing the piano again which has been really lovely and my baby Ace has a lot of love around her :)   MIM : I am in Barcelona with my partner, his parents and our baby Ithaca. We are on complete lock down. We do not use the elevator, we stay indoors and we try not to watch too much news. I slowly chip away at emails and yesterday felt like being creative so worked on a small idea which I sent to Liv before I went to bed, so she can develop it further. These are the times we live in. It’s hard but thank God for skype, whatsapp and all the technology that makes staying in touch with family in Australia and work possible!   KREWELLA:  Learning to un-learn. Learning to open the heart and mind (Work in progress).   RAJA KUMARI: I’ve been watching a lot of Trevor Noah and becoming more educated on what’s going on in the world, current events, and how people are being treated.     How do each of you find inspiration – is there anything particular such as art, fashion, family, or your heritage that you draw inspiration from? NERVO: Inspiration comes from everywhere. Lyrics are drawn from stories and experiences in our lives or the lives of our friends, and musically we are constantly evolving. We get bored of sounds very easily so are always pushing to make something different. Different places we travel inspire our fashion tastes, food and has an impact on so many aspects of our lives. Being able to travel the globe, interact with fans, meet different nationalities, and experience cultures has given us all the inspiration over the last 10+ years and we hope it can pick up again soon!   KREWELLA: Inspiration sometimes arrives at the doorstep of our souls as an unexpected visitor, and sometimes it can be discovered in places in the external environment. World music, Islamic imagery, nostalgic albums, nature’s enigma, taking deep breaths, slowing down, love, human connection, vivid dreams, novelty, dawn, golden hour...those are some things that stimulate my imagination. I get really down on myself when I go through creative droughts, and I’m working on being patient with myself during those internal seasons. But sometimes you just have to do some shit out of your norm to stir up stagnant energy and come up for air.   RAJA KUMARI: I’ve been learning a lot from the younger generation and next wave of musicians on how to create. After signing to Nas, I’ve been a;sp spending more time learning and studying the greats, how they approached mixing, melodies, and lyrics.     As all festivals are for now canceled across the globe it seems until the end of 2020, what new ways have you found of performing and reaching your audience? NERVO: We try and stay creative. Try and enjoy this forced vacation. It’s actually really lovely to be home with family and our babies. We have never had this much time off! With all the hours in the day it’s easy to be creative! The main issue we have is it is difficult not being together as we feel we create the best when we are together (it’s also a much quicker process when we are together). We will be releasing new music still, doing live stream events, and staying active on socials. It’s important to stay connected and we will do our part the best we can! Hope you enjoy the new sounds until we can get back in front of a live audience again, as there is nothing like it!   KREWELLA: Yasmine set up system for recording video and audio from her home studio, and we went pretty hard on streaming DJ sets, chats, and entertainment at first. Every week the energy of ourselves as individuals, as well the the collective Krew is different, so we’re constantly recalibrating our sense of balance with how much to put ourselves out there and engage online.   RAJA KUMARI: I’ve loved being able to connect on different live platforms. It’s such a great way to have a one-on-one connection with people across the globe and check in with my fans.     Leading on from ‘Goddess’ – who are your favourite powerful, strong goddesses in your lives, or who are some women you guys look up to? NERVO: Our Aunty Mary is an inspiration. She is so giving and humble. She takes care of our 97 year old grandmother (who will likely live until she is 120 at this rate!). She has devoted her life to her family. In many ways we think this is very powerful and we certainly feel very grateful for her. Our Nonna (grandma) Laura is another inspiring woman in our lives. She has lived through war and hardship, immigrated from Italy to Australia, separated from family, worked full time while taking care of a household, widowed - twice, yet through all of this is still so positive. Her resilience is awe inspiring!   KREWELLA: Our mothers. Our grandmothers and ancestors who are no longer with us in this physical reality, but are woven in our DNA and have left a trail of spiritual seeds for us to follow. Our sisters Aisha and Nida. Esther Perel, Malala, Nadia Murad, Brene Brown, Nadya Okamoto, our manager Fiona (god bless that woman).... oh gosh....Too many too name, and too many I’m not even aware of. But major shoutout to the low-key goddesses in our lives. Like the ones the masses don’t know about, the ones who quietly radiate these beautiful vibrations that seep into your subconscious that influence and inspire you. The mom who rings me up at the grocery store, she calls me "honey" and gives me good blessings every time I check out. That's a goddess.   RAJA KUMARI: My mom is definitely the Goddess in my life. She’s always been my hero, and she’s always approached everything with class and grace.     Thank you for taking the time to speak to us guys, any final words for your European audience? Best of luck with the release! NERVO: Thank you everyone for the constant support. We feel you, we love you and we cannot wait to get back into things when this COVID-19 era is done diddy done! Krewella x NERVO featuring Raja Kumari release a badass, empowering collab ‘Goddess’! And we had a chance to speak to them about the collaboration.   Hey guys! Tell us who you are, how you define what you do in the industry and a little about the music you make! NERVO: We are sisters - Mim and Liv, and we make up the electronic group NERVO. We are from Australia and have been global citizens, touring the world for the past 10 years. We started our career as songwriters, we have both recently had babies and we love tiramisu, schnitzel and cheese and pickle sandwiches.   KREWELLA: We are sisters, seekers, creators, creatures, whose dreams have somehow been fulfilled by the universe. We’re about to arrive at the decade-long point of our career of making music together, and as both family, collaborators, and business partners, it’s been quite the journey. While the dynamic of collaborating and building a business with a family member can be complex through constantly putting our relationship to the test, it has most definitely pushed us to keep the ourselves in check. As a result, the patience, awareness, and dedication to work through the personal struggles and artistic challenges together have brought forth emotional and creative breakthroughs that have been the fuel for Krewella’s evolution. The music we make has always embodied some sort of juxtaposition, whether that be soft with the aggressive, dark with light, ethereal with mechanical, confidence with confusion. A few years ago was a turning point, as we transitioned from releasing through a major label, to self-releasing. That decision opened us up to having more time, space, and confidence, to explore our multi-cultural upbringing, being half-Pakistani American. This fusion of East meets West has grounded itself as a pillar of our visual and sonic art, alongside our electronic roots.   RAJA KUMARI: I’m Raja Kumari, I was born in Los Angeles and started my career as a classical dancer, who later developed into a songwriter, writing hits for Gwen Stefani, Fall Out Boy, Fifth Harmony, and more. I’m also a judge and mentor on MTV Hustle,a rap battle competition show to help groom up and coming rappers!     You guys have a bad-ass, empowering new track out ‘Goddess’ – we hear that NERVO and Krewella were looking to work together for a long time and this was six years in the making! Tell us how the idea came about, how it has evolved from the early days and what you want people to get from the track! NERVO: We have known the girls and been fan of the girls since they started. We always spoke about getting in the studio together but due to our crazy touring schedules it was very difficult. Then sure enough, in 2019, the Krew sisters sent us an idea they had been working on. We immediately loved it, added our parts and the creative back and forth went on for about 5 months. Fast forward 10 months and here we are today releasing it. Sadly we were never able to actually get in the studio with the girls but hopefully that will change for the next collab. And who knows, perhaps if we are all stranded in LA due to COVID-19 we can make use of the time and make some tunes together, organically, how we all used to before we were touring machines!   KREWELLA: Liv and Mim of Nervo are such legends. We’ve been looking up to them since we were babies in this industry, and always appreciated their songwriting, sister-connection, ambition, and support of our project. Talks about collaborating were loosely thrown around on social media, or as we saw each other in passing at festivals. But when Yasmine and I started working on Goddess, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to bring other bad bitches on the track. We wanted it to feel like a party. Our fellow sisters Mim & Liv brought in their perspective with the songwriting, and we made edits over Skype. They did a killer job of recording and producing their own vocals. It’s such a jam to dance too, and we just want listeners to feel their inner goddess and move their bodies freely while listening. Empowering oneself through body movement can be such a liberating way to tap into that spirit.   RAJA KUMARI: The girls in Krewella sent me the track about a year ago and said they wanted to create a female-empowerment anthem. They had sent me a few verses already written and I added the feature after I had heard the chorus. I wanted to name check some of the bad-ass female warriors of our past to complement the song.     And how did a talent such as Raja Kumari come to be on the track? NERVO: That is all down to The Krewella babes. They had the connect and of course we were thrilled about it!   KREWELLA: Raja was the icing on the cake. When she signed on to write her bridge and join the party, we felt even more connecting to the record. Her presence, being a badass Indian rapper, writer, and singer, integrated the cultural fusion that Yasmine and I live for.     How great is it to have a full female cast of artist for the collaboration? NERVO: It’s a dream come true to feature alongside so many great fierce women ! Not only are we female performers but a co-writer on the track is an extremely talented lady called KARRA. Love how these days girls are more and more involved in the making music. It hasn’t always been like this!   KREWELLA: It’s been a long time coming. And hopefully more to come. As our project continues to evolve, our future vision is becoming more clear in that involves more efforts to bring together voices who are still minorities in the dance community.   RAJA KUMARI: I’m really proud of the song,both for the feminine aspect but also because this combines three different cultures from across the globe, and shows that music is universal.     How do you think Covid-19 will affect the music industry both long-term and short-term? How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of music? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be? NERVO: It’s true that COVID-19 has completely crushed our industry’s live business but, it can never destroy it as our love for music and our need to dance will prevail. Short term, we will probably retreat to our previous lives as music makers and spend a lot more time in the studio. And long term (once a vaccine is found) I’m sure we will recover and the live business will return to it’s full glory, if not stronger as we will all have a new found appreciation of the freedoms we once took for granted. It has been difficult to see many of our team loose their jobs, from our agents to the promoters who have become our family over the past ten years, but change can bring a new perspective and hopefully this means we can all spend time with our families and think deeper about what we are grateful for and what is important to us. It’s clear that the world are showing a new found appreciation for our health workers and this is wonderful to see. Our thoughts are with everyone who has suffered through this virus. We are united in our pain and our will to overcome it.   KREWELLA: Honestly, I find that question to be so difficult to answer..there are so many different theories and projections being thrown around out there, and if anything, it’s just been making me feel like I don’t know shit about what’s going on, what’s to come, how to plan, and what to make of this whole experience. There’s so much confusion, lack of valid data, and uncertainty, to even speculate what how this pandemic will reconfigure the psyche of the community. And I don’t know if what I am personally experiencing is a reflection of the collective. I’m a bit all over the place emotionally, and my music choices are such a reflection of that. Maybe the general population is getting bored, overwhelmed, or numb to the constant churning out of music content that feels like a desperate attempt for relevance, and they’re seeking authentic, personal stories, created from a spiritual place outside the pressures of the industry. Or maybe the general population is just gobbling up all the content and spending more time browsing online to bide the time, or because entertainment is healing them. I think it might all be happening at once. At this point for music artists, the inability to plan and schedule our future almost seems to be becoming the “new norm,” and the vibe I’m getting is that some creatives are leaning into this. Like what can be created during this time when we remove the veil of “time.” Some might not even be creating yet. Just taking it slow. Taking it day by day, feeling the feels. Processing what thoughts, themes, emotions, and imagery, surface from the subconscious, as we are not busying ourselves with the hustle bustle of maintaining our positions. As I’m trying to be patient with my own creative process, I’d like to think this period of re-calibration and self-discovery as fertile soil for seeds of art to flourish. If you look at history, art and poetry flourished in such revolutionary ways after pandemics, wars, global disasters...There’s a quote by Egyptian cultural commentator Ahdaf Soueif that I often romanticize when I think the collective’s relationship with art and music: “...art shows your your own feelings, your own thoughts and impulses, articulated, transmuted, given form. And it shows you, in that act of mutual recognition, that you and the collective are one.”   RAJA KUMARI: I think there will be a significant conversation about mental health, and we need to be more open about what people are going through. I don’t think we’ll ever return to the routines we had before, and we’ll take a more cautious approach to things like live events and daily activities.     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it? How have you been spending this time? LIV : I am at the home we grew up in in Melbourne, Australia. Our grandmother has moved in and one person per week leaves to do a grocery shop. We have 5 people in our family who could be high risk to COVID-19 so we are all doing our best to stay isolated. So far we wake up, all have breakfast, watch the news (we are glued to it these days!) and then someone starts to prepare food. I have been playing the piano again which has been really lovely and my baby Ace has a lot of love around her :)   MIM : I am in Barcelona with my partner, his parents and our baby Ithaca. We are on complete lock down. We do not use the elevator, we stay indoors and we try not to watch too much news. I slowly chip away at emails and yesterday felt like being creative so worked on a small idea which I sent to Liv before I went to bed, so she can develop it further. These are the times we live in. It’s hard but thank God for skype, whatsapp and all the technology that makes staying in touch with family in Australia and work possible!   KREWELLA:  Learning to un-learn. Learning to open the heart and mind (Work in progress).   RAJA KUMARI: I’ve been watching a lot of Trevor Noah and becoming more educated on what’s going on in the world, current events, and how people are being treated.     How do each of you find inspiration – is there anything particular such as art, fashion, family, or your heritage that you draw inspiration from? NERVO: Inspiration comes from everywhere. Lyrics are drawn from stories and experiences in our lives or the lives of our friends, and musically we are constantly evolving. We get bored of sounds very easily so are always pushing to make something different. Different places we travel inspire our fashion tastes, food and has an impact on so many aspects of our lives. Being able to travel the globe, interact with fans, meet different nationalities, and experience cultures has given us all the inspiration over the last 10+ years and we hope it can pick up again soon!   KREWELLA: Inspiration sometimes arrives at the doorstep of our souls as an unexpected visitor, and sometimes it can be discovered in places in the external environment. World music, Islamic imagery, nostalgic albums, nature’s enigma, taking deep breaths, slowing down, love, human connection, vivid dreams, novelty, dawn, golden hour...those are some things that stimulate my imagination. I get really down on myself when I go through creative droughts, and I’m working on being patient with myself during those internal seasons. But sometimes you just have to do some shit out of your norm to stir up stagnant energy and come up for air.   RAJA KUMARI: I’ve been learning a lot from the younger generation and next wave of musicians on how to create. After signing to Nas, I’ve been a;sp spending more time learning and studying the greats, how they approached mixing, melodies, and lyrics.     As all festivals are for now canceled across the globe it seems until the end of 2020, what new ways have you found of performing and reaching your audience? NERVO: We try and stay creative. Try and enjoy this forced vacation. It’s actually really lovely to be home with family and our babies. We have never had this much time off! With all the hours in the day it’s easy to be creative! The main issue we have is it is difficult not being together as we feel we create the best when we are together (it’s also a much quicker process when we are together). We will be releasing new music still, doing live stream events, and staying active on socials. It’s important to stay connected and we will do our part the best we can! Hope you enjoy the new sounds until we can get back in front of a live audience again, as there is nothing like it!   KREWELLA: Yasmine set up system for recording video and audio from her home studio, and we went pretty hard on streaming DJ sets, chats, and entertainment at first. Every week the energy of ourselves as individuals, as well the the collective Krew is different, so we’re constantly recalibrating our sense of balance with how much to put ourselves out there and engage online.   RAJA KUMARI: I’ve loved being able to connect on different live platforms. It’s such a great way to have a one-on-one connection with people across the globe and check in with my fans.     Leading on from ‘Goddess’ – who are your favourite powerful, strong goddesses in your lives, or who are some women you guys look up to? NERVO: Our Aunty Mary is an inspiration. She is so giving and humble. She takes care of our 97 year old grandmother (who will likely live until she is 120 at this rate!). She has devoted her life to her family. In many ways we think this is very powerful and we certainly feel very grateful for her. Our Nonna (grandma) Laura is another inspiring woman in our lives. She has lived through war and hardship, immigrated from Italy to Australia, separated from family, worked full time while taking care of a household, widowed - twice, yet through all of this is still so positive. Her resilience is awe inspiring!   KREWELLA: Our mothers. Our grandmothers and ancestors who are no longer with us in this physical reality, but are woven in our DNA and have left a trail of spiritual seeds for us to follow. Our sisters Aisha and Nida. Esther Perel, Malala, Nadia Murad, Brene Brown, Nadya Okamoto, our manager Fiona (god bless that woman).... oh gosh....Too many too name, and too many I’m not even aware of. But major shoutout to the low-key goddesses in our lives. Like the ones the masses don’t know about, the ones who quietly radiate these beautiful vibrations that seep into your subconscious that influence and inspire you. The mom who rings me up at the grocery store, she calls me "honey" and gives me good blessings every time I check out. That's a goddess.   RAJA KUMARI: My mom is definitely the Goddess in my life. She’s always been my hero, and she’s always approached everything with class and grace.     Thank you for taking the time to speak to us guys, any final words for your European audience? Best of luck with the release! NERVO: Thank you everyone for the constant support. We feel you, we love you and we cannot wait to get back into things when this COVID-19 era is done diddy done!

In conversation with LARI LUKE
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In conversation with LARI LUKE

Music Exclusive interview with German DJ and producer LARI LUKE about her new tune ‘Out Of This Town’.   Lari Luke has already established herself as a prominent member of the music and entertainment scenes in Germany, having been a weekly resident on 1Live since 2015, and also starred in German TV as well as remixing music from heavyweight artists such as Rita Ora, JP Saxe and Julia Michaels, and has had her music supported by Diplo. She has also performed at the likes of Parookaville and Lollapalooza. ‘In Your Eyes’ features vocals from Alida, who sang on Robin Schulz’s hit ‘In Your Eyes’.   For people who aren’t familiar with you as an artist, can you introduce yourself and tell the readers who LARI LUKE IS? I am a German DJ and producer. I was born in Ecuador and raised in Portugal and Germany. I am also a radio host and Mom of a dog and two cats.   ‘Out Of This Town’ is a big release for you, how does it feel now that the track has been released to the public? It’s a very exciting time for me. In Germany I was already known for my music and playing big shows and festivals, but now people from around the world are starting to know me and my music. What I love most about it is that now I get to know fans from other countries. The fanbase is rising and the fans connect themselves with each other. That’s beautiful.     What was the inspiration behind the track? Sometimes we tend to hide our talents, because society tells us to. People get mean sometimes and assume arrogance, when you say openly what you’re good at. So this song is about someone who isn’t going to hold their talents back any longer. Someone who leaves everything behind to catch their dreams. Because it’s ok to chase your dreams.     What was it like to collaborate with Alida on this new track? It was a great experience. Alida and I are very similar in our opinions and also our way to become the artists we are now was pretty similar. We connected immediately. She is such a great singer, writer and - this is the best part - such a relaxed and cool girl.   How do you think Covid-19 will affect the music industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of the Corona crisis on the general perception of music? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it playing out? I think that at first it was a shock for everybody. But the music industry adapted very fast to the new circumstances and learnt a lot from it. I think that we will learn a lot from this experience and we will rapidly get back to normality.     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined? I am working a lot and I have no problem doing it from home. I have no problem being alone and I am used to accepting situations for the way they are, if I can’t change them. I try to make the best out of it and stay positive. I think it’s great, that I can walk around in pyjamas all day and wear a beauty mask while I’m having important meetings on the phone.     What is your first memory with music? How did your journey into DJ’ing and production begin? I started writing and singing my own songs in bars in Barcelona during the time I was studying there. Then I came back to Germany, exchanged the guitar for DJ Equipment and started to produce my own music. It happened naturally. I didn’t really have a plan to become a big musician one day. I just liked to make music and to mess around with different music styles. So I combined my singer songwriter past, with my love for bass and house music. And the result was LARI LUKE.     What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed? I love to eat breakfast! Especially when it’s pizza from last night. And I love to eat before I go to bed. Yes I know, it’s not really healthy but I love to eat something warm and then fall asleep with a warm and full tummy.     What do you have planned next? I will release a lot of new songs and remixes. I have already worked with artists like Rita Ora, Julia Michaels and JP Saxe, and I am so excited to work with a lot of other artist as well.     What is your favourite part of performing in front of an audience? The audience itself. I love to connect with people that come to my shows. I don’t want to be just a DJ who plays a show for an audience. I want us all to party together and see how crazy we can go. The audience is what inspires me the most.   "Out of this town":https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVNRg0Q3A4M Exclusive interview with German DJ and producer LARI LUKE about her new tune ‘Out Of This Town’.   Lari Luke has already established herself as a prominent member of the music and entertainment scenes in Germany, having been a weekly resident on 1Live since 2015, and also starred in German TV as well as remixing music from heavyweight artists such as Rita Ora, JP Saxe and Julia Michaels, and has had her music supported by Diplo. She has also performed at the likes of Parookaville and Lollapalooza. ‘In Your Eyes’ features vocals from Alida, who sang on Robin Schulz’s hit ‘In Your Eyes’.   For people who aren’t familiar with you as an artist, can you introduce yourself and tell the readers who LARI LUKE IS? I am a German DJ and producer. I was born in Ecuador and raised in Portugal and Germany. I am also a radio host and Mom of a dog and two cats.   ‘Out Of This Town’ is a big release for you, how does it feel now that the track has been released to the public? It’s a very exciting time for me. In Germany I was already known for my music and playing big shows and festivals, but now people from around the world are starting to know me and my music. What I love most about it is that now I get to know fans from other countries. The fanbase is rising and the fans connect themselves with each other. That’s beautiful.     What was the inspiration behind the track? Sometimes we tend to hide our talents, because society tells us to. People get mean sometimes and assume arrogance, when you say openly what you’re good at. So this song is about someone who isn’t going to hold their talents back any longer. Someone who leaves everything behind to catch their dreams. Because it’s ok to chase your dreams.     What was it like to collaborate with Alida on this new track? It was a great experience. Alida and I are very similar in our opinions and also our way to become the artists we are now was pretty similar. We connected immediately. She is such a great singer, writer and - this is the best part - such a relaxed and cool girl.   How do you think Covid-19 will affect the music industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of the Corona crisis on the general perception of music? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it playing out? I think that at first it was a shock for everybody. But the music industry adapted very fast to the new circumstances and learnt a lot from it. I think that we will learn a lot from this experience and we will rapidly get back to normality.     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined? I am working a lot and I have no problem doing it from home. I have no problem being alone and I am used to accepting situations for the way they are, if I can’t change them. I try to make the best out of it and stay positive. I think it’s great, that I can walk around in pyjamas all day and wear a beauty mask while I’m having important meetings on the phone.     What is your first memory with music? How did your journey into DJ’ing and production begin? I started writing and singing my own songs in bars in Barcelona during the time I was studying there. Then I came back to Germany, exchanged the guitar for DJ Equipment and started to produce my own music. It happened naturally. I didn’t really have a plan to become a big musician one day. I just liked to make music and to mess around with different music styles. So I combined my singer songwriter past, with my love for bass and house music. And the result was LARI LUKE.     What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed? I love to eat breakfast! Especially when it’s pizza from last night. And I love to eat before I go to bed. Yes I know, it’s not really healthy but I love to eat something warm and then fall asleep with a warm and full tummy.     What do you have planned next? I will release a lot of new songs and remixes. I have already worked with artists like Rita Ora, Julia Michaels and JP Saxe, and I am so excited to work with a lot of other artist as well.     What is your favourite part of performing in front of an audience? The audience itself. I love to connect with people that come to my shows. I don’t want to be just a DJ who plays a show for an audience. I want us all to party together and see how crazy we can go. The audience is what inspires me the most.   "Out of this town":https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVNRg0Q3A4M

Bang & Olufsen introduces the new Beosound A1
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Bang & Olufsen introduces the new Beosound A1

Design Bang & Olufsen today released the second-generation Beosound A1, the Danish luxury audio brand’s award- winning portable Bluetooth speaker, which has been redesigned to include a whole raft of performance and design improvements. Beosound A1 2nd Gen comes with a refined, slimmer design that is fully dust and waterproof, has a significantly improved battery life with up to 18 hours of play time at typical volume, an overhauled user interface and - a first for a Bluetooth only speaker - a built-in Alexa voice assistant. More powerful and easier to use - the best just got better.   “Our first A1 speaker was loved by customers for its combination of minimalist design, portability, powerful sound and the built-in speakerphone that made it easy and fun to speak with friends and family. The new Beosound A1 builds on these characteristics and improves them in every way that matters”, says Christoffer Østergaard Poulsen, Bang & Olufsen VP of Product Management.   Beosound A1 retains its elegant shape and unique contours, brought to life in collaboration with renowned Danish industrial designer. The second-generation is 7 percent lighter than the original and has a fresh take on the hole pattern, with a slightly lighter casing and a tapered base giving the speaker a more weightless floating impression even though only 0,85mm lower. The leather strap – a stylish key feature that adds to its easy portability – now has a new tag to ensure that Beosound A1 remains one of the most versatile products for hanging options. Buttons have been redesigned and repositioned to improve overall user interaction. Now placed nearer to the strap for easier location, the buttons also have bigger and clearer symbols and at the same time, the LED indicator has also been moved to the top of the speaker making a significant improvement on its visibility from all angles. Inside Beosound A1 you will find two re-designed drivers for an even clearer 360-degree sound: a 3.5-inch aluminum cone mid woofer using a powerful neodymium magnetic system, a silk dome 3/4 inch dome tweeter and advanced DSP filtering powered by a pair of 30-watt class D amplifiers. The speaker now comes with aptX adaptive codec for an even better wireless listening experience.   Beosound A1 (RRP 250 EUR, 200 GBP, 350 CHF, 2000 DKK) launches in Black Anthracite and Grey Mist and is available online, in select retailers and in Bang & Olufsen stores from May 14, 2020. To find out more, follow the conversation at @bangolufsen on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube using #BeosoundA1 Bang & Olufsen today released the second-generation Beosound A1, the Danish luxury audio brand’s award- winning portable Bluetooth speaker, which has been redesigned to include a whole raft of performance and design improvements. Beosound A1 2nd Gen comes with a refined, slimmer design that is fully dust and waterproof, has a significantly improved battery life with up to 18 hours of play time at typical volume, an overhauled user interface and - a first for a Bluetooth only speaker - a built-in Alexa voice assistant. More powerful and easier to use - the best just got better.   “Our first A1 speaker was loved by customers for its combination of minimalist design, portability, powerful sound and the built-in speakerphone that made it easy and fun to speak with friends and family. The new Beosound A1 builds on these characteristics and improves them in every way that matters”, says Christoffer Østergaard Poulsen, Bang & Olufsen VP of Product Management.   Beosound A1 retains its elegant shape and unique contours, brought to life in collaboration with renowned Danish industrial designer. The second-generation is 7 percent lighter than the original and has a fresh take on the hole pattern, with a slightly lighter casing and a tapered base giving the speaker a more weightless floating impression even though only 0,85mm lower. The leather strap – a stylish key feature that adds to its easy portability – now has a new tag to ensure that Beosound A1 remains one of the most versatile products for hanging options. Buttons have been redesigned and repositioned to improve overall user interaction. Now placed nearer to the strap for easier location, the buttons also have bigger and clearer symbols and at the same time, the LED indicator has also been moved to the top of the speaker making a significant improvement on its visibility from all angles. Inside Beosound A1 you will find two re-designed drivers for an even clearer 360-degree sound: a 3.5-inch aluminum cone mid woofer using a powerful neodymium magnetic system, a silk dome 3/4 inch dome tweeter and advanced DSP filtering powered by a pair of 30-watt class D amplifiers. The speaker now comes with aptX adaptive codec for an even better wireless listening experience.   Beosound A1 (RRP 250 EUR, 200 GBP, 350 CHF, 2000 DKK) launches in Black Anthracite and Grey Mist and is available online, in select retailers and in Bang & Olufsen stores from May 14, 2020. To find out more, follow the conversation at @bangolufsen on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube using #BeosoundA1

In conversation with Plastik Funk
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In conversation with Plastik Funk

Music Spanish-born, Germany-based Plastik Funk is a renegade within modern electronic dance music that, as European DJs and producers continue to dominate and entice, leads the charge with an impressive collection of accolades, mind-boggling energy and world-class releases to solidify his status.  Withan ever growing amount of multi-million streamed tracks to his name including the UK chart-smashing ‘Dr.Who!’ alongside Tujamo and Sneakbo (clocking in at 6 million Spotify plays alone) to his recent collaboration alongside Aussie sisters NERVO and Tim Morrison - ‘Dare Me’ on the mighty Spinnin’ Records, which has received over 2 million streams and still climbing! Plastik Funk continues to take his “bliss house” sound to audiences around the world. Whether he’s collaborating with elite artists such as Timmy Trumpet and Alle Farben, or remixing the likes of Robin Schulz, David Guetta or Robyn, the core of Plastik Funk’ssound is all about the party. From club shows to mainstage festival arenas it’s that bass-driven, bouncing house style that never fails to ignite a dancefloor and have the crowd in pure hysteria.    We spoke to Plastik Funk about the current situation and new music.   Your new track “Rock This Town” is now out. Tell us more about the tune and the collaboration. Yes its finally out and im super happy to see the amazing feedback and support. So many Big Names of the Business supported the track already. We tried to find a good combo between the Deekey and the Plastik Funk sound. This was easy and the combination just rocks!    How was it like working with Deekey on the new track? How did you guys decide for the collaboration? I was playing Deekey tracks and did dome special Edits of them, because i always loved the sound. I met this young russian guy in Amsterdam and we decided to work on a collab together. We did like 2-3 online sessions and the track was born. I tested the track for like 2 months and it was a floorfillqr in my sets from the first time i played it.    How does COVID-19 affect your work and cancelled gigs? Its pretty bad actually, our business is the first which gets affected and the last which will get back to work… From February  - May i already lost 35 shows. We loosing a lot of money, but first of all we loosing a beautiful summer with the festivals we all love and we also need to survive. Im in Ibiza at the moment and the island is under a full lockdown. We are only allowed to leave the house for buying food, walk your dog or if you need to go to a doctor/hospital… Gives us a lot of time to work on music at least.   What do you do and suggest to our readers to do during quarantined time? For me as i was touring non stop for years and living in the rush from week to week, its time to think, to organise myself, spent more time with creating ideas and tracks. beside being creative you need to take care of your body. We have to be home 24/7, so i think workouts & healthy food is so important to get thru this time. Also for me its very important to have a structured day to stay positive.   Tell us more about your sound, we know you have called it “bliss house” but how do you define this? Im a housemusic producer100%. So cool thing with music is, its has so many different styles and almost everything we hear has been here already before. If you mix styles you create something new. I always tried to keep my music identity with putting new influences from other styles into my own style. Someone asked me some years ago how to describe my sound, because they thought its a bit different to the future house which was put there. I call it Blisshouse and Bliss means: Happiness, Summer, good feelings, fun for everyone. Housemusic you can play and party to in Clubs but also on a MainStage at a big Festival.   What is your favourite festival experience so far? What festival are you most looking forward to getting back to post-quarantine? At the moment we dont know which will be the first festival we are allowed to play, we dont know when we getting back to normal… I have around 25 Festivals scheduled for summer 2020 and im looking forward to all the events coming. Especially after the quarantine time we will party like crazy, im 100% sure!   Tell us about your forthcoming track on Generation Smash, part of Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’s label? The next release is a collab with rising producers Relanium & Deen West. I know the guys from events in Germany and im playing a lot of their stuff lately. They sent me some ideas and we started working on a collab. The track is called #party and its an absolute dance floor killer! Thats my second release for the month of april and also a club tune. Super happy also with this track and can’t wait to show it to the world!   What is next in store for you? In May i will my collab with my brothers of Firebeatz on Spinnin records. We were working on this collab for long time and its a fire collab with an amazing vocal. Beside that i have 2 other collabs ready, 2 more collabs in the making and 2 solo tracks ready and signed. So 2020 im releasing more music than ever in one year.   Spanish-born, Germany-based Plastik Funk is a renegade within modern electronic dance music that, as European DJs and producers continue to dominate and entice, leads the charge with an impressive collection of accolades, mind-boggling energy and world-class releases to solidify his status.  Withan ever growing amount of multi-million streamed tracks to his name including the UK chart-smashing ‘Dr.Who!’ alongside Tujamo and Sneakbo (clocking in at 6 million Spotify plays alone) to his recent collaboration alongside Aussie sisters NERVO and Tim Morrison - ‘Dare Me’ on the mighty Spinnin’ Records, which has received over 2 million streams and still climbing! Plastik Funk continues to take his “bliss house” sound to audiences around the world. Whether he’s collaborating with elite artists such as Timmy Trumpet and Alle Farben, or remixing the likes of Robin Schulz, David Guetta or Robyn, the core of Plastik Funk’ssound is all about the party. From club shows to mainstage festival arenas it’s that bass-driven, bouncing house style that never fails to ignite a dancefloor and have the crowd in pure hysteria.    We spoke to Plastik Funk about the current situation and new music.   Your new track “Rock This Town” is now out. Tell us more about the tune and the collaboration. Yes its finally out and im super happy to see the amazing feedback and support. So many Big Names of the Business supported the track already. We tried to find a good combo between the Deekey and the Plastik Funk sound. This was easy and the combination just rocks!    How was it like working with Deekey on the new track? How did you guys decide for the collaboration? I was playing Deekey tracks and did dome special Edits of them, because i always loved the sound. I met this young russian guy in Amsterdam and we decided to work on a collab together. We did like 2-3 online sessions and the track was born. I tested the track for like 2 months and it was a floorfillqr in my sets from the first time i played it.    How does COVID-19 affect your work and cancelled gigs? Its pretty bad actually, our business is the first which gets affected and the last which will get back to work… From February  - May i already lost 35 shows. We loosing a lot of money, but first of all we loosing a beautiful summer with the festivals we all love and we also need to survive. Im in Ibiza at the moment and the island is under a full lockdown. We are only allowed to leave the house for buying food, walk your dog or if you need to go to a doctor/hospital… Gives us a lot of time to work on music at least.   What do you do and suggest to our readers to do during quarantined time? For me as i was touring non stop for years and living in the rush from week to week, its time to think, to organise myself, spent more time with creating ideas and tracks. beside being creative you need to take care of your body. We have to be home 24/7, so i think workouts & healthy food is so important to get thru this time. Also for me its very important to have a structured day to stay positive.   Tell us more about your sound, we know you have called it “bliss house” but how do you define this? Im a housemusic producer100%. So cool thing with music is, its has so many different styles and almost everything we hear has been here already before. If you mix styles you create something new. I always tried to keep my music identity with putting new influences from other styles into my own style. Someone asked me some years ago how to describe my sound, because they thought its a bit different to the future house which was put there. I call it Blisshouse and Bliss means: Happiness, Summer, good feelings, fun for everyone. Housemusic you can play and party to in Clubs but also on a MainStage at a big Festival.   What is your favourite festival experience so far? What festival are you most looking forward to getting back to post-quarantine? At the moment we dont know which will be the first festival we are allowed to play, we dont know when we getting back to normal… I have around 25 Festivals scheduled for summer 2020 and im looking forward to all the events coming. Especially after the quarantine time we will party like crazy, im 100% sure!   Tell us about your forthcoming track on Generation Smash, part of Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’s label? The next release is a collab with rising producers Relanium & Deen West. I know the guys from events in Germany and im playing a lot of their stuff lately. They sent me some ideas and we started working on a collab. The track is called #party and its an absolute dance floor killer! Thats my second release for the month of april and also a club tune. Super happy also with this track and can’t wait to show it to the world!   What is next in store for you? In May i will my collab with my brothers of Firebeatz on Spinnin records. We were working on this collab for long time and its a fire collab with an amazing vocal. Beside that i have 2 other collabs ready, 2 more collabs in the making and 2 solo tracks ready and signed. So 2020 im releasing more music than ever in one year.  

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