Beatport and Twitch have announced a partnership that will enable Beatport to bring more exclusive music and programming to its Twitch channel.
With over 140,000 followers, Beatport has seen 33 million views on marathon livestream events like ReConnect (to benefit COVID-19 Relief) and a fundraiser for the Beirut explosion, as well as festival partnerships including Glastonbury, Movement Detroit, Junction 2 and Creamfields.
Outside of the bigger festival partnerships and ReConnect events, Beatport will now also produce several weekly show formats showcasing some of the best talent in electronic music.
A centerpiece of the programming will be called “The Residency.” Each month on Thursday evenings, Beatport will be giving the reins to one artist to host their own residency and curate each session fitting their artistic vision. Artists like Maya Jane Coles (pictured above), Eats Everything, Kerri Chandler, Nastia, WhoMadeWho and Sama’ Abdulhadi are slated for residencies over the next few months. According to the announcement, diversity will play a vital role in Beatport’s Twitch and editorial content, offering collaborations with a diverse representation of electronic music creators and performers.
Sunday evenings will be given to electronic music collectives around the world such as “Boko! Boko!” (London), “Dome of Doom” (Los Angeles), “HE.SHE.THEY” (London) and “No Shade” (Berlin) to showcase a diverse program of producers, DJs, promoters, and other talented artists.
Beatport CEO Robb McDaniels said, “We have seen firsthand how live streams are playing a crucial role in nurturing the dance music community during the pandemic, with millions of fans watching our events on a regular basis. We have learned that in addition to big global events, dance music fans are interested in hyper-local live streams as well. That is why we are committed to focus a large portion of our live streams and content to takeovers from local collectives who are absolutely essential to nightlife culture globally, and now more than ever, need visibility during the global pandemic.”
Independent labels are the lifeblood of Beatport. Its initiative Beatport HYPE will be given the spotlight in the HYPE Label Showcases. HYPE labels such as Soft Computing, Sense Traxx, House U and Hotfuss will be given the platform to push their sounds and talent each month, bringing visibility to up and coming labels. Following on from the likes of Drumcode, Tronic, Toolroom and Soma, more of Beatport’s staple labels such as Ultra, Kittball and Stereo Productions will be taking Beatport’s Label showcases series, premiering their talent and promoting their new releases.
Educational content from industry legends in the form of Beatport’s long-running Studio Sessions, with Chris Lake, Chris Liebing, Francesca Lombardo and K-HAND slated to give the Beatport audience in-depth looks at their studios and creative process.
Beatport’s curation team will be hand-selecting the best tunes and releases each week and premiering them using Beatport LINK during the shows from Berlin, whilst ENDO will be running the LINK sessions from L.A. Weekly guests will include regular Beatport big sellers and up and coming artists.
“Beatport has been a key part of Twitch’s music growth over the past couple of years, driving the diversity and artistry of the electronic music industry in unparalleled ways,” said Will Farrell-Green, Head of Music Content at Twitch. “When events all moved to virtual this year, Beatport was one of the first to accelerate their programming on Twitch. We’re thrilled to expand this partnership to continue connecting this group of avid electronic music fans globally.”
Speaking about the partnership between Beatport and Twitch, Ed Hill, Beatport’s Vice President of Creative Services, explained, “Collaborating with Twitch and expanding our livestream programming allows us to continue to bring critical visibility and revenue to artists, labels, and collectives during a time when live club shows, the lifeblood of our industry, do not exist. Our goal is to help the creative forces in electronic music stay innovative and thrive in the current digital-only performance environment and keep the connection between fans, artists and labels alive, and through this programming, build a closer relationship between us all via the amazing community vibe that Twitch offers. I’m really excited to make something amazing out of what we have all, as a community, been dealt.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies; Supreme Court Justice Was 87
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a veteran of the Supreme Court and an icon to many in the Democratic party, died on Thursday night due to complications from pancreatic cancer.
She was 87 years old.
The court, in a statement, said Ginsburg passed away at her home in Washington, surrounded by family members and loved ones.
“Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature,” Chief Justice John Roberts said.
“We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague.
“Today we mourn but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her, a tired and resolute champion of justice.”
Ginsburg was the second woman ever elected to the highest court in the land and she served 27 years as one of nine justices.
Her health, however, has been a constant source of concern and speculation for awhile now, however.
She was treated with chemotherapy in 2020 for a recurrence of pancreatic cancer — first treated in 2009 — that spread to her liver, and had four prior cancer diagnoses.
In 1999, she had surgery for colorectal cancer.
Aware that she didn’t have very long, and also aware of the intense political battle ahead to possibly fill her vacant with fewer than two months until Presidential Election Day, Ginsburg dictated this statement to her granddaughter Clara Spera:
“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
Most political observers, however, expect Senator Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump to move quickly in order fill this vacant seat with a Conservative.
Democrats, citing the proximity of Election Day, will do everything they can to prevent this from happening.
Former President George W. Bush, meanwhile, has released the following statement:
“Laura and I join our fellow Americans in mourning the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“She dedicated many of her 87 remarkable years to the pursuit of justice and equality, and she inspired more than one generation of women and girls.”
A prominent legal crusader, Ginsberg led the fight in the courts for gender equality and social justice.
Diminutive in stature, but outspoken, brave and brilliant, Ginsgerg turned into something of a rock star later in life.
She was the subject of a popular documentary, a biopic, an operetta, merchandise galore featuring her “Notorious RBG” moniker, a Time magazine cover, and regular Saturday Night Live sketches.
“I am 84 years old and everyone wants to take a picture with me,” she said in the aformentioned 2018 documentary.
That same year, Hollywood made a film of her life story, On the Basis Of Sex, starring Felicity Jones as Ginsburg and Armie Hammer as her husband, Martin Ginsburg.
During a 2018 talk at Columbia University’s Law School, Ginsburg spoke of what she loved most in life.
“The tremendous luck I have had, I am a very lucky woman, starting with my dear spouse and my family, two children of whom I am very proud,” she said.
“I love beautiful music, I love the work I do. I think I have the best job in the world for a lawyer.”
Ginsburg is survived by her daughter, Jane, and her son, James.
Her husband of 56 years, Martin, died in 2010.
May Ruth Bader Ginsburg rest in peace.
Stream Armani Caesar’s Hard-As-Hell Griselda Debut The Liz
The Buffalo rap label and crew Griselda Records has been on an absolute tear lately, carving out a mainstream-adjacent space for raw and guttural ’90s-style neck-jerk music. Griselda has also gone into overdrive on releasing new music. Last month, new Griselda recruit Boldy James released The Versace Tape, his first effort for the label. Last month, Griselda staple Conway The Machine dropped his album From King To A GOD. Today, the Buffalo rapper Armani Caesar, another new Griselda recruit, has come out with her own debut for the label.
On her album The Liz, Caesar immediately establishes herself as someone who belongs on Griselda. She raps in a tough, vaguely disgusted screwface snarl, and she cuts right through the elbows-out boom-bap production. The Liz sounds very much like a Griselda album — verses from Westside Gunn and Conway and Benny The Butcher, samples from old wrestling promos and crime movies, guttural street-life raps over classicist production, a half-hour runtime. But it also works as a real star showcase for Caesar, whose personality absolutely shines.
Caesar was planning on releasing The Liz last month, but she delayed it after the death of her longtime collaborator DJ Shay. The album is now dedicated to Shay, and it promises great things for the future. Below, stream The Liz and watch Caesar’s video for the DJ Premier-produced Benny The Butcher collab “Simply Done.”
The Liz is out now on Griselda Records.
Darcey And Stacey’s Father Convinces Them To Cancel LA Trip Amid Start Of COVID-19 Outbreak
“Something came up,” Mike says to Darcey and Stacey. “Right now, the coronavirus is affecting the U.S. LA is done, it’s finished. This virus is, it’s dangerous. So I think you should cancel the trip.”
Mike then explained how certain areas could turn into COVID-19 hotspots such as their state and California.
“You’ve got the situation in California, like Connecticut, like New York, going into a hot zone. I’m not sure that’s the right thing to do for the company or more importantly for you personally. And in your case, your daughters.”
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