Benny Benassi‘s newest video will teach fans more about the acclaimed producer than any interview ever could. The legendary artist, who has been around longer than most, loves waking up early and working out (biking, specifically) and taking at least three “disco naps” a day. The video, which features Benny’s latest single, ”Back To The Pump,” begins at 7 am, the ungodly hour that he rose on the day of his Electric Zoo set.
The one-day documentary, filmed and produced by Frame Dealer, shows the Italian DJ/producer’s day unfold as he kicks off the morning with a hearty workout, does his laundry, interviews with iHeart Radio, and plays a special mix for one of NY’s more popular radio stations, 92.3 NOW. At 7 pm, he is caught taking shots at Randalls Island Park just before his set, which was only the pre game to his after party with Deniz Koyu, Sultan & Ned Shepard, and Alex English at the famed Roseland Ballroom. By the time 4 am rolls around, Benny has been running for about 21 hours and admits, “One day in New York is too much for me. Really, really too much.” Well, not everyone is fit for the city that never sleeps.
Robert Sillerman’s SFX Entertainment continues to acquire some of the biggest brands in electronic music culture, finalizing its acquisition of New York-based Made Event. As the promotional company behind New York’s premier music festival, Electric Zoo, Made Event increases SFX’s circle of influence to one of the largest dance music markets in the United States. What was originally intended to be a 70% acquisition, according to IPO paperwork filed a few months back by SFX, has grown to 100% ownership of the Made Event brand — mirroring the acquisition timeline of ID&T, a company who was also recently fully acquired by Sillerman’s ever-expanding brand.
“The acquisition of Made is strategically important for SFX, as it establishes a strong foothold for us in the New York City region,” said SFX Chairman and CEO Robert F.X. Sillerman. “Co-founders Mike Bindra and Laura De Palma are the ultimate industry professionals, and our management team will benefit greatly from their years of experience. We plan to develop the Electric Zoo brand internationally and have the opportunity to build other SFX brands in the U.S. with the support of Mike, Laura and the team at Made.”
Following countless months of tweaking their newest collaboration to perfection, Laidback Luke and Martin Solveig were finally satisfied after premiering “Blow” at this year’s Tomorrowland. The track is heavier than what we would expect from Solveig, whose productions are typically of a slower BPM and more lighthearted. The track does not contain an intense drop, per se, as its emphasis is on the Dutch House bleeps and the springy, electro synths. However, it does feature elephant sound effects in its opening, which is quite fitting as “Blow’s” music video was filmed during Martin’s set at Electric Zoo this past August.
It’s not exactly the type of press you enjoy seeing on the front and center of page A1 of the New York Times, but mass media has picked up on the tragic deaths surrounding Electric Zoo and what this could mean in the long run. The article begins highlighting how the $4.5 billion industry of EDM has attracted both Wall Street investors and mainstream corporate sponsors on its rise, yet recent events have put the culture in jeopardy due to overdoses from MDMA, not only for patrons but also for potential invest0rs.
Executives say that deaths like these have the potential to scare off investors and the corporate sponsors that are eager to reach the genre’s young, affluent and technologically connected fans.
The negative media couldn’t have come at a worse time as we are only weeks away from an expected initial public offering by SFX Entertainment who primarily wants to use its $300 million raised to acquire various dance music related businesses like the promoters of Electric Zoo, Made Event.
“The scrutiny that this is going to come under because of the stock market deal with SFX, it’s like a magnifying glass that’s unfair,” said Amy Thomson, the manager behind Swedish House Mafia, one of the genre’s most successful acts.
With the afternoon heat in full force, Jack Beats took the stage on the 360 stage of Electric Zoo. Sporting a black cap and white tee, Beni G stood in contrast to Niall Dailly, dressed in all black. While the crowd screamed in delight to the departing Gramatik before, the duo hit the ground running with deep bass, a departure from the bluesy live guitar show of the preceding act. To help properly segue from one genre to the other, they began their set with a small introductory beat edit. With the sun beating down on both sides of the tent, the crowd began to shuffle and sway back and forth.
While the masses found themselves packed into crowds at Tiësto, Bassnectar, and A-Trak on Day 2 of Electric Zoo, a few hundred festival-goers enjoyed some breathing room and a special treat at the Hilltop Arena from Modeselektor + Apparat brainchild, Moderat. Unlike the Boys Noizes, Fehrplays, and Mat Zos that graced the rotating stage earlier in the day, the trio opted for the more traditional static stage, shying away from the rotating apparatus. The trio’s purpose was more aural than visual: They were there to showcase their latest album, Moderat II, with Electric Zoo being the last 2013 stop of only three in the US.
After playing host to some incredible artists on day two of Electric Zoo, the head honcho of Fool’s Gold finally stepped behind the tables of the packed Riverside Clubhouse. The tent featured 3D visuals on the massive LED screens across the entire stage, for those who had previously picked up special glasses earlier in the day. For those who hadn’t done so, the light show was still impressive and when paired with A-Trak’s deftness on the decks, the overall experience was something epic to behold.
As the sun began its final descent over the Manhattan skyline, and Ferhplay finished his set at the Hilltop stage, another figure emerged to take his place. Wearing a Superman t-shirt, a flatbrimmed hat, and brandishing an ear-to-ear smile, Mat Zo took command of the decks. What happened next was nothing short of a masterful blending of tunes which set the Electric Zoo Hilltop tent alight. (more…)
Despite cutting off the festival’s third and final day, Electric Zoo 2013 came packed with sonic action from dawn to dusk. Across five stages and two days, artists delivered New York with the best of their summer material, exclusive mashups and bootlegs, and new tracks to compose must-hear sets for Labor Day weekend. Thankfully, many of the top acts from Friday and Saturday are giving away their sets for fans to relive the festival experience. Here are the ten sets worthy of a download to relive both days of Electric Zoo 2013.
This past weekend, Electric Zoo cancelled their festival’s final day in cohorts with The City of New York after the death of two attendees, injuries to others, and a high volume of crime. With pressure from the mayor’s office to cancel and cooperation from the event promoters, Electric Zoo 2013 cut the weekend short for the sake of preventing further harm on Randall’s Island. Speaking up on the situation is New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who defends Electric Zoo promoters, attesting that they have a “stellar record.” Bloomberg goes on to applaud the founders for their cooperation with “nothing but good things to say about them,” but instead places blame on the drug usage.
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