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    • Dancing Astronaut
      By Dancing Astronaut

      A new documentary produced by DJsounds offers insight about the structure of a DJ’s life between the beat drops. Titled Why We DJ—Slaves to The Rhythm, the documentary is an exploration of the lifestyle of a DJ that paints a portrait of the personal sacrifices made by DJs in their effort to play a variety of gigs around the world. It features industry icons like Seth Troxler, Erick Morillo, and Carl Cox, inviting the artists to speak candidly about the mental and physical detriments of a career defined by its exacting and unremitting schedule.
      Why We DJ—Slaves to The Rhythm debuted at this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event in association with Help Musicians UK and the Association for Electronic Music, two entities seeking to bring a greater sense of awareness to the prevalence of mental health issues in the music industry. Help Musicians UK’s recent study regarding mental health among musicians determined that musicians are three times more likely to suffer from depression as compared to the public.
      “I think a lot of people see a guy DJing at a party and they think it’s cool, but they don’t really understand the mental and physical toll,” Seth Troxler states.” Harley Lunar echoes Troxler, remarking “People think it’s a really glamorous lifestyle [DJing], but I think it’s only glamorous for a very small amount of people, and even then you can’t escape the rigorous schedule.” Troxler goes on to highlight the fact that many DJs travel completely alone, leading to feelings of loneliness and isolation that can be as extreme as the high produced by standing before a crowd of thousands during a set.
      A probing inquiry into the reality behind the perceived glitz of the profession, Why We DJ is a project that sets out to make off stage moments more visible, making the assertion that despite its designation, a “dream job” doesn’t come without its own challenges.
       
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      Source: Dancing Astronaut
    • Dancing Astronaut
      By Dancing Astronaut
      As more than 2,000 delegates begin to arrive in Beijing for China’s Communist Party Congress, country officials have called for the temporary closure of the nightclubs located in the capital as part of an effort to heighten security for the event. The meeting takes place every five years — it officially began on Wednesday, October 18 —and will extend into next week.
      All Beijing based nightclubs have consequently been instructed to remain closed until the congress concldes. The abrupt shutdown has forced many Beijing promoters and nightlife entities to cancel anticipated events.

      Nightclubs however are not the sole spaces being targeted for closure by officials. Airbnb rentals and restaurants, gyms, and karaoke bars are also being required to temporarily halt activity, the effort part of a larger initiative to “reduce the flow of outsiders to the capital.” While Beijing residents might find their weekend somewhat uneventful as a result, the closure will remain brief.
      H/T: Resident Advisor
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    • YourEDM
      By YourEDM
      Like many people, I assume, I was introduced to The Bloody Beetroots through his single “Warp 1.9” with Steve Aoki. That “whoop whoop” became the anthem of 2009-2010, and my eyes still light up now when I hear it teased before a drop. Years later, The Bloody Beetroots dropped his sophomore album, Hide. It performed infinitely better than Romborama did on the charts, though in the grand scheme of dance music history, it hasn’t withstood the test of time.
      Today marks the release of The Bloody Beetroots third album, The Great Electronic Swindle. I’ve had this album since July, and truthfully it has been one of the greatest secrets I’ve ever had to keep in my time as a music journalist. Through each and every re-listen, this album has consistently blown me away with its inventive blend of rock and electronic elements. Such a feat, for me, hasn’t been accomplished Pendulum’s In Silico or last year’s Warrior Sound by The Qemists.
      A large part of the album’s charm is its flow. Despite being 20 tracks long, it never feels like it’s dragging or jumping ahead. Even when two consecutive songs are at complete odds with each other, as is the case with “Invisible” and the following “All Black Everything” … it works. Bright, opulent melodies followed by brash, rugged guitar riffs somehow creates a very unique and altogether “bloody” universe in which Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo resides.
      And speaking of “Invisible” with Greta Svabo Bech, that is probably one of the most beautiful, goosebump-inducing electronic songs I have heard in bass music in a long, long time. I get chills every time.

      The list of collaborators on the record is also quite impressive. One of the most notable collaborations comes in “Pirates, Punks & Politics” with Perry Farrell, the legendary frontman for rock group Jane’s Addiction; the song also features a writing credit from Tommy Lee.
      Other collaborations on the album come from deep within the rock world such as Gallows, Anders Friden of In Flames, Deap Vally and JET who banded together for their first recording in seven years with the double single “My Name Is Thunder.” There are also appearances from Greta Svabo Bech, known for her angelic vocals, pop’s Eric Nally (Foxy Shazam) and Mr. Talkbox, plus Rival Sons’ Jay Buchanan who takes a twist with the ballad “Nothing But Love.”
      “This is the first time I have used so many vocalists and lyrics in The Bloody Beetroots music. I chose the greatest vocalists I knew that could help tell the story of about four years of life,” says The Bloody Beetroots about The Great Electronic Swindle.
      Kristine Cannon for Alternative Press wrote that this album “might just become the next shining gem that not only adds substance to the electronic world, but also merges electro and rock in a powerful way.” I would be hard pressed to argue with Cannon’s assessment.
      For this writer, at least, this is the #1 album in dance music of 2017.
      Listen to The Bloody Beetroots’ new album The Great Electronic Swindle below.

      North American dates for the “My Name Is Thunder Tour” are:
      10/27 | Music Box | San Diego, CA
      10/28 | Independent | San Francisco, CA
      10/29 | The Fonda Theatre | Los Angeles, CA
      10/31 | The Depot | Salt Lake City, UT
      11/2 | Summit Music Hall | Denver, CO
      11/4 | First Avenue | Minneapolis, MN
      11/5 | Concord Music Hall | Chicago, IL
      11/6 | Magic Stick | Detroit, MI
      11/7 | Opera House | Toronto, ON
      11/9 | Warsaw | Brooklyn, NY
      This article was first published on Your EDM.
      Source: The Bloody Beetroots Releases Best Album Yet, “The Great Electronic Swindle”
      Source: Your EDM
    • YourEDM
      By YourEDM
      Nothing is more annoying than the YouTube app. It’s impossible to play videos in the background without a YouTube Red subscription. However, there are some tricks you can use to get past YouTube’s blocks. A Verge writer discovered you can use the Telegram messaging app to play YouTube videos in the background. But, he discovered some other tricks for people who want to use other apps while using YouTube.
      For Android users: open up YouTube in the Chrome app. Click on the menu button—the button with three dots on the top-right—and check the “Request dekstop site” box. Open a video and accept any warnings that pop up saying YouTube will send notifications. Close out of the Chrome app, press play in the notification menu and voilà, videos now play in the background.
      For iOS users: download the Dolphin web browser. Use Dolphin to open up a video, exit the browser, press play in the iOS menu and enjoy. This method does not require a notification agreement, making for ideal listening. Both methods let you use YouTube as an audio service, perfect for your favorite EDM live sets, albums and singles.
      These methods circumvent you from being forced to subscribe to YouTube Red, saving you both time and money. YouTube previously stopped background video play in the Firefox app, so we hope these methods work for the foreseeable future.
      This article was first published on Your EDM.
      Source: This is How You Can Play YouTube Videos in the Background on iOS & Android
      Source: Your EDM
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