This week, IMS Engage held its second annual industry conference at the W Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA. During the day’s program, Pete Tong hosted a provocative In Conversation session alongside iconoclasts from film and music including Guy Gerber, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Moby, David Lynch, Hans Zimmer, Junkie XL, and Giorgio Moroder.
If you watch today’s earlier video interview with Moby, you’ll know that he lives just a stone’s throw from the revered LA stretch of pavement known as Mulholland Drive, immortalized in the David Lynch film of the same name. To bring it full circle, Moby is set to interview Lynch (himself a producer of music) at this year’s IMS Engage conference in LA. On April 16 at Hollywood’s W Hotel, along with the Moby-Lynch chat, Junkie XL will take the couch with legendary composer Hans Zimmer to discuss all manner of art and commerce.
It was sort of big news when the staunchly New York-based DJ/producer Moby decided to move to Los Angeles a few years back, but he had plenty of reasons for it; that he got sober, and that LA was cheaper, were just a couple.
We’ve all heard of lawsuits taking a long time, but the one that’s been filed against Moby is some 22 years in the making. According to the Hollywood Reporter, New York-based disco and funk label VMG Salsoul is suing Moby for using samples from First Choice’s “Let No Man Put Asunder” on two of his tracks from 1992: “Next Is the E” and “Thousand.”
You may not think it from the onstage personas of DJs like Moby and Wolfgang Gartner, but they weren’t always the showmen you see them as now. In fact, they both sort of gravitated toward the world of electronic music as a way to socialize. And a new documentary, featuring the two of them and more, seeks to highlight how music can have a therapeutic effect on those with social anxiety.
As you may already know, Mysteryland, which is said to be the world’s longest-running electronic music festival, will hit the US this spring, setting up shop for the first time in Bethel Woods, NY (the site of 1969′s Woodstock festival), from May 23-26. Over the last two decades, the Dutch brand has made it its mission to bring together underground up-and-comers with dance music’s more mainstream heavy-hitters for an event unlike any other—one that’s handily earned its now 21 years of existence.
Today, promoters ID&T announced the lineup for Mysteryland’s first-ever trip to the US, and it’s a stellar one. Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Fedde Le Grand, NERVO, Chase & Status, Booka Shade, Jesse Rose, Chris Liebing, Dillstradamus (that’s Dillon Francis and Flosstradamus), and about 240 more acts will perform over the course of these three days.
We know it’s likely very cold where you’re sitting right now, but plans for Miami, summer festivals, and the Ibiza beach season are already heating up. Today, we’ve got news of a very special MMW gig to honor Bingo Players’ Paul Baumer, an opening lineup for Amnesia, and plenty more updates from the dance-music world.
Now here’s a refreshing new contest challenge for 2014. A few years ago, Moby (born Richard Melville Hall) decided that it was time for a change so he packed up and moved from his beloved New York to sunny LA. This fresh outlook permeates his 11th studio album, Innocents. One day, as the story goes, he was riding around town listening to “Morning Becomes Eclectic” on local radio station KCRW, and he heard a Damien Jurado song come on the air—and the rest is history. “Originally, ‘Almost Home’ was a fully finished song,” recalls Moby. “But I love Damien’s approach to melody and lyrics, so I gave it to him as an instrumental. What he did was much better than anything I’d come up with.” Now it’s your turn to impress and make your mark in 2014 by remixing Moby’s soothing “Almost Home” featuring balladeer Damien Jurado.
Looks like Ellisa Freeman has raised the bar for young people getting into dance music—the 13-year-old just started her own club night near Houston. Check it out and much more in the morning link dump.
Moby’s always seemed like a pretty cool and generous dude, so suffice it to say, we aren’t terribly surprised that he’s opening up his project files for you to mess with in Ableton Live and Pro Tools. Check it out, along with some video work from LA’s and Montreal’s dance scenes, plus a whole lot more, in today’s roundup.