Multiple sources have confirmed that Beatport has laid off its entire engineering team based in the company’s San Francisco office. In addition to shuttering the SF office, twenty employees were also let go at Beatport Headquarters in Denver. Both these moves come after the company posted a $1 million dollar operating loss during Q3 2013. SFX, which acquired Beatport earlier this year, is currently in the process of streamlining by cutting teams that are not profitable. In lieu of the news, SFX has released the statement below:
“With the additional resources provided by SFX, we are making significant new investments in Beatport and focusing on providing the best possible experience for our users – the DJ, the producer, the labels and the entire Electronic Music Culture community. To allow us to adapt and improve our service, it was necessary to make some organizational changes. We have closed our San Francisco office, reorganized our engineering team, and cut some positions in Denver. Beatport has always been about innovation and connection and these moves allow us to focus on that. With the recently announced acquisitions of PayLogic and Arc90, this refocus on maximizing Beatport as the definitive site for everything related to Electronic Music is indicative of our commitment to igniting the simmering Revolution of this astounding movement, Electronic Music Culture. We look forward to unveiling a number of exciting new technology initiatives in 2014.”
Beatport currently has a shell of its former team left to maintain non-store departments and the remaining members are currently being managed by Arc90 app development team, another recent acquire by SFX Entertainment.
Dragan Roganovic, more commonly known as progressive house producer Dirty South, has announced an upcoming small scale club tour with stops in some of the biggest dance music metropolises in the United States. The tour will be hosted by a string of premier night clubs and most shows will be 21+. From November 14th to the 23rd, the #YOURCITY tour will make stops in San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Austin. Roganovic’s first stop in sunny San Diego, California is in collaboration with LED Events and will be hosted at Bang Bang on November 14th. His second California stop hits San Francisco’s club Vessel on November 15th before heading back down to Southern California for Los Angeles’s Sound Nightclub on November 16th. Stay up to date on Dirty South’s official Facebook page for future announcements for the New York, Chicago, and Austin dates and tickets.
Purchase tickets: San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles
If dance music chose a song of the year for 2013, it would absolutely be awarded to none other than Lana Del Rey’s heartwrenching “Young & Beautiful.” Though remixes of the tune began popping up like daisies after its initial release, one has risen above the rest and endured throughout the summer and festival season. Kaskade’s rendition of “Young & Beautiful” debuted at his set at Paradiso Festival in early June and was officially released for free download on DJ’s official SoundCloud page. Today, Ryan Raddon took a different approach to bringing his music to life and released a story style video that follows his closing performance at San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival.
It wouldn’t be the first time, but dance veteran ATB is taking his turn at sweeping the electronic landscape. It all starts tonight at San Francisco’s Warfield Theater for the first of four shows that make up his 2013 live US tour. Simply titled ATB In Concert, the major-city-run is anything but a simple DJ show. In fact, the heavyweight will be accompanied by a drummer, guitarist, bassist, keyboarders, and singers as part of the “whole live concept implemented by a tour crew of 30 people combined with Insomniac’s unparalleled production.”
ATB’s live shows will offer an unprecedented facet to the modern dance music experience and, after tonight’s kick-off in the Bay Area, will continue to take Los Angeles on October 5th, Chicago on October 11th, and New York on October 12th.
Purchase Tickets: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York
For those in need, Group Therapy is coming to San Francisco on November 1st, 2013. Above & Beyond, in association with Insomniac Events, has just announced a one off show in the city by the bay to be held at the Bill Graham Civic Center.
Tickets go on sale at noon on Wednesday, September 25th at 12pm PST.
San Francisco’s SoMA district is set for a nightlife revival. From the team behind Vessel and Crossroads, Audio Discotech will be an upscale, dance-worthy nightclub with the artistic talent to match.
With a nod to the past but an eye to the future, Audio Discotech combines state of the art lighting and sound with a retro aesthetic reminiscent of a 70′s Cadillac. Designed for dancing, Audio features a Funktion One sound system, a centrally located sunken dance floor, two bars and an innovative custom lighting system.
Select Entertainment takes the helm in bringing top notch EDM talent every Thursday night to Audio, starting with EDX on August 22nd, Hook N Sling on the 29th and Congororck on September 5th. This weekend will mark Audio’s grand opening with Pierce Fulton set to perform Saturday, August 17th. For more information visit audiosf.com.
Win VIP tickets this weekend and a Meet & Greet with Pierce Fulton here.
According to SF Weekly, D’Angelo just announced he will be unable to make his Friday performance at this year’s Outside Lands in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The cancellation reportedly stems from a “medical emergency.” Luckily, there is a very satisfactory replacement set to perform in lieu of the crooner’s 6:05pm time slot at the Sutro Stage — Nile Rodgers and his funk-disco band Chic will instead perform on Friday evening, right before Paul McCartney takes the stage at Lands End.
via SF Weekly
After bringing the globally renowned Sensation to North America for the first time last October with Innerspace Brooklyn, and following with an event in Canada, ID&T returns to bring their all-white party to the United States with an expansive tour. While New York was treated to the Innerspace theme in 2012, 2013 will bring The Ocean Of White to cities across America this fall with seven more exclusively 21+ affairs. With stops in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Miami, and New York, ticket sales for the next round of Sensation parties will begin on Friday, June 14th at 10am local times. Jump below the break for tour dates, venues, and the corresponding ticket information.
When I set off to write this piece, the plan was to compare San Francisco and New York. As a Dancing Astronaut reader you’re bound to know exactly what is going on in New York on any given weekend, but what about the fine city to the West? The home of the amazing sports teams, beautiful urban vistas, world class dining, rich history, and the most successful industry the world have ever seen? How does San Francisco fare for fans of electronic music?
Hot off the heels of his back-to-back “Poseidon” tour with Zedd, Porter Robinson has announced a new spring tour set to hit four major cities in the beginning of February. Boasting new light and video production, the tour will stop in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto, and New York. The four shows have been labeled “Circle Assembly,” and are sure to some of Porter’s biggest yet.
Anyone who has seen the young North Carolinian live can attest to the fact that Porter Robinson throws one hell of a live show From his creative bootlegs, to his lightning quick mixing style, Porter Robinson’s sets are truly captivating. And with a new album in the works, you can be sure to expect some amazing unreleased material. Tickets go on sale Friday. Don’t sleep on this one.