It’s been 50 years since the original Woodstock festival. For this golden anniversary, the 1969 Woodstock Co-Producer and Co-Founder, Michael Lang, has secured top headliners for the three-day festival. The festival, which is to take place from August 16th to the 18th in Watkins Glen, New York, will be titled Woodstock 50.
In a statement with Billboard, Lang announced that there will be over 80 artists at this event. Although the full lineup has not been released, organizers have confirmed these headliners: Santana, Chance the Rapper, Dead and Company, The Killers, and Imagine Dragons. There are also rumors circulating about Miley Cyrus, Halsey, Jay-Z, and The Black Keys joining the lineup.
The event is expected to draw about 100,000 people. Unfortunately, the original festival grounds, Bethel Woods, is not big enough to host an event this size. Instead, Woodstock 50 will take place an hour and a half away at the Watkins Glen International Speedway. This new location, however, will not change the atmosphere of the festival. When Lang first announced Woodstock 50, he had this to say about his decision to commemorate the festival:
“The original festival in ’69 was a reaction by the youth of the time to the causes we felt compelled to fight for – civil rights, women’s rights, and the antiwar movement, and it gave way to our mission to share peace, love and music. Today, we’re experiencing similar disconnects in our country, and one thing we’ve learned is that music has the power to bring people together. So, it’s time to bring the Woodstock spirit back, get involved and make our voices heard.”
As we move closer to the 50th-anniversary date, we can see the influence Woodstock has had into the modern-day festival. It wouldn’t be surprising if they include electronic artists into this lineup since EDM culture is all about spreading love and peace as well. We’re beyond excited to see who joins this iconic event.
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In the last couple hours, we’ve heard some promising news regarding new music from DJ/Producer Skrillex. First, Yultron posted a tweet confirming new music from Skrillex would “change the game”. Second, The Rolling Stone reported that the DJ/Producer is helping produce Rihanna‘s new dancehall record. Unexpected for sure, but in the past, Skrillex has worked with Diplo and Damian Marley on similar projects.
“[Rihanna’s team] have, no lie, 500 records for this project [from] different producers and writers,” says Anonymous dancehall producer
Rihanna is said to be working on two albums, one pop record and a dancehall record. Additionally, it’s reported that Rihanna has over 500 tracks ready for her new dancehall album! An anonymous dancehall producer says they can only pick 10 tracks for the finished album. The dancehall album is supposedly being crafted to explore her Caribbean roots.
No word about release dates for the albums has been released, but we can’t wait to hear what the pair have put together! Read the full Rolling Stone article here, and get ready for some well-awaited Skrillex music.
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By Real EDM — 3 months ago
Party Favor walks EDM.com through the creation of Layers alongside A$AP Ferg, Juicy J, Lil Baby, Rich The Kid and more!
Party Favor (real name Dylan Ragland) is here to revive trap in the most explosive way. The DJ/producer has been making music for nearly eight years now, serving as one of the de facto leaders of this crossover genre between dance music and hip-hop.
If you remember summer 2016, you may have turned up to his Party & Destroy EP, which featured guest appearances from Dillon Francis, Gucci Mane, Sean Kingston, Rich The Kid, and more. Standout single “In My Head” featuring Georgia Ku currently has over 3.2M views on Youtube alone, showcasing Ragland’s ability to span genres and cater to audiences all across the world.
Quite frankly, the name Party Favor speaks for itself. Just one week before the arrival of his forthcoming album Layers, Ragland unleashes his explosive new single “Wait A Minute,” featuring A$AP Ferg and Juicy J. Note that the two hip-hop elites know a thing or two about EDM and festivals, shutting down stages all across the world.
EDM.com caught up with Party Favor at his album listening in downtown Los Angeles, which featured exclusive merch (hoodies, fanny packs, cassette tapes), a live art installation by Alex Miller, an open bar, and live music from Ragland himself.
EDM.com: How does it feel to be releasing your debut album Layers Friday?
Party Favor: Oh my goodness, it feels amazing. It feels absolutely incredible. This is something I’ve been working for over a year and a half now. It feels so crazy to finally put out something where I don’t feel like I have to conform to what everybody else wants. It’s all me, that’s my favorite thing about it.
What took so long?
(Laughs) Well the politics of making an album takes a long time, but I’m also really hard on myself. For me, I went through 50 different versions of the album. Getting rid of songs, there’s probably at least 15 songs that didn’t even make the album.
What was it like enlisting A$AP Ferg and Juicy J on “Wait A Minute”?
First off, it’s amazing I met Juicy J because I also have Project Pat on another record, which means I got almost all Three 6 Mafia. I’m happy with two thirds. A$AP Ferg is amazing. Not only is he an amazing being but he’s so incredibly talented. We got a chance to work with each other because I worked on a song for him. He was so nice and so excited to be a part of the album.
Which record did you produce for Ferg?
It ended up being called “Eulogy.” I don’t know if it’s ever come out officially, but it was on Madden.
How did you guys meet?
We met in Australia. We had gotten together because we needed to get some time. I was like “I need to work with somebody,” and got with him. We really just hit it off. We made everything on scratch together, in person. Very lit.
You have Lil Baby, Rich the Kid, King Jet, Project Pat, OG Maco as features. How do you go about picking who will be on the album?
For me, it’s about not only who fits on the record or the vibe, but it’s also about the people who I appreciate their art. I want to make sure I really support their art, their sound, and their vibe.
The crossover in EDM & hip-hop is at an all-time high. What’s your view on this? Where do you see yourself?
It’s a perfect blend because at least in my music world, my music has always been so heavily influenced by hip-hop in the first place. It’s great because the energy that hip-hop artists bring. they’re so creative. They’re at the forefront of music right now. It’s great to be able to work with them because we can together create some of the craziest stuff.
Where do you see yourself fit in this crossover world?
Right here in the middle. I’m right here, somewhere climbing up I guess.
What do you want fans to get from this one?
I hope they can hear a piece of me because the whole album is different layers of who I am as a person, what I love, what my influences are. Just experience a wide range of hopeful emotions and different styles of music, because I’m not just a one-trick pony.
Talk about the live art installation you have at your release party.
My album, all the art we’ve been doing whether it’s the merch or anything else, we’ve been working with Alex Miller who does For Those Who Sin, a big brand out here in L.A. I immediately saw his art and was drawn to it. It felt like it was the visual representation of my music. It was a perfect fit. It was one of those weird happenstance moments and here we are. Here it is. He was so keen to work and bring his art for people to see as well. As much as I want this party to be about me, I want this to be about everyone here. It’s networking, good people just getting together, and a chance to showcase his art as well.
What was your greatest memory creating this album?
To me, the whole process of making it, the ups and the downs. It taught me a lot about myself, music, everything. There’s so much more to music than what a lot of people think on the outside. Even someone who’s been in it for a while like myself, I wasn’t prepared to make an album. Now I really have an appreciation for people who do.
Is there anything you want to let us know?
Now grab a drink!
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By Real EDM — 8 months ago
‘The Ineffable Truth’ is filled with many different styles, so how does G Jones do it?
Last month, Greg Jones – who goes by G Jones – released his eclectic debut LP, The Ineffable Truth. Although he’s known for his production chops, his new album showcases an emotional gravitas and sophisticated musical sensibility unlike any of his previous work.
For almost two years, Jones put his blood, sweat and tears into creating a true sonic masterpiece. Each of the album’s 11 tracks tells their own story almost like chapters of a book, but as a whole they tell a story sure to leave the listener in awe.
Not only that, each track is interestingly unique. Combining elements of trap, dubstep and bass music in general, they all share the varied and experimental style that Jones has created for himself.
EDM.com had the chance ask Jones about his innovative sound, the creative process behind The Ineffable Truth, and some of the plugins he uses for its songs. His answers can be seen below.
EDM.com: When listening to The Ineffable Truth, it’s clear as day that you don’t let subgenres define you or your sound at all. There are so many elements in each track and they’re packed with a variety of sounds. For people who haven’t heard the album yet, how would you describe your sound?
G Jones: I struggle with this a lot. I would probably just describe it as experimental electronic music.
What kind of music did you listen to growing up, and does it have any influence on your current sound? If not, what or who are your inspirations?
When I was first getting into music (when I was like eight or nine) I had a room adjacent to my older brother’s room and would stay up listening to alternative rock radio through the wall, which was mostly Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and stuff like that.
When I got a little bit older, in the Napster era, I started searching “techno” and downloading anything I could find, which is how I discovered Aphex Twin (probably my favorite artist of all time) and a lot of other stuff like Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers, etc. I didn’t have any friends who liked electronic music but I knew there had to be cool stuff out there so I’d use Napster or go on Wikipedia and research subgenres of house music or drum and bass to find new stuff I hadn’t heard.
I’d say out of the stuff I discovered around this time, Aphex Twin’s work definitely left the biggest mark on me – and I still listen to his music all the time. I’d say in terms of electronic music, Aphex Twin and Mr Oizo are probably two of my biggest early influences.
DJ Shadow says you’re “the most gifted Ableton beatmaker” he’s ever seen. When you’re making tracks like “Different Sound” or “In Your Head,” how do you go about it? What’s the process like on Ableton as compared to other programs and what’s your favorite go-to plugin?
With both of these songs, the main bass sounds are all from my Moog Sub37. I wrote them by first just fucking around on the keyboard until I found a riff I liked, then recording that MIDI into Ableton, adjusting it slightly, and recording several long takes of me jamming live on the synth. Then, I adjust parameters on the fly, recording everything, chopping up only the good parts and arranging them into a song.
I can’t really comment on Ableton versus other software because I rarely use any other music software, but Ableton is truly a gift to humankind and I am grateful every day that it exists. Plugin wise, I actually use very few plugins compared to most producers, but I’m a huge fan of the Valhalla DSP plugins. I got Valhalla Vintage Verb when I worked with Eprom on our first collaboration “Warrior” because I needed it to be able to work on the project file on my computer, and it sounds fantastic. I use it all the time now.
For aspiring DJs, what are some tips about making music and using Ableton that you wish someone had told you when you were starting out?
My best advice is to not be afraid to make a bunch of horrible noise in pursuit of something special. The more you fuck around and try new things that seem like they won’t work, the more likely you are to discover some magical combination of sounds or effects or whatever that you would not have discovered if you were trying to achieve a specific sound as opposed to having an exploratory approach.
Also, I’d say that trying to achieve a perfect mix while simultaneously writing a song is kind of an overrated approach in my opinion. There’s always time to mix better later, and a good idea that is mixed poorly is way more valuable than a really well mixed, mediocre idea. Sometimes I write on my laptop speakers even when I could be working on my studio monitors. It helps me to focus on a rough idea and not get distracted by trying to make everything sound perfect from an engineering standpoint.View the original article to see embedded media.
What really blew us away was the emotional narrative that you weaved throughout The Ineffable Truth. When you were putting the album together what kinds of challenges did you face in order for the album tracks to really work with each other?
The biggest “challenge” I guess was curating the track list, but over time it just became more and more clear until the final track list just felt so obvious that I couldn’t have it any other way. So I guess it wasn’t really a “challenge” so much as a slow process that unfolded over about two years. Once I knew the songs and the order they should play in, the transitions felt like they kind of wrote themselves – like for instance, the noise at the end of “Time” resolving into “That Look in Your Eye” or the river sound at the end of “Iridescent Leaves Floating Downstream” flowing into “Forgotten Dreams.” They just felt intrinsically right playing after one another, so all I felt like I was doing was listening to the songs and trying to hear how much space should exist between them, whether the transition should have any tension, etc.
You know your album even caught the attention of RL Grime with “Forgotten Dreams” being featured in his traditional Halloween mix this year. How does it feel to get such support from other DJs, and who’s someone you would love to work with on a future collaboration?
It feels great! Shout out to RL and everyone else supporting the record. I’m honestly not super focused on collaborating right now just because I’m pretty deep into developing the live show around this album and writing more solo music. That said, working with Eprom is a literal dream come true and we have more new music in the works. I guess in some alternate universe I’d love to work with Aphex Twin or just observe his process, but I won’t hold my breath on that one.
So after the tour, what’s next for G Jones? Are you already working on some new music? Could you give us any juicy details?
It’s really hard to say what’s going on after the tour at this point because this tour and the music, video and lighting design for it has been pretty much my singular focus (besides the album) for over a year. I’m constantly writing new music and the live set will feature something like 10 unreleased new tunes, so there is definitely a ton of new music I’ve written that won’t be out for a while. At this point I’m really just focused on bringing my vision for this show into the world!
The Ineffable Truth Tour just kicked off today, but you can still buy tickets here.
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