Tag: dance music
Spotify partners with non-profit body on exclusive mental health awareness merchandise
Mint, Spotify’s leading dance music playlist, has passed 5m subscribers and the service is marking this milestone through a partnership with To Write Love On Her Arms which will receive all the profits from sales of a...
August 14, 2018
Positiva turns 25: lessons from the dance label’s first quarter-century
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Positiva Records – the label behind artists such as Reel 2 Reel, Spiller, Vengaboys, Alice Deejay, Shapeshifters, Paul van Dyk, David Guetta, Jonas Blue and Swedish House Mafia. It...
May 30, 2018
Report: electronic-music industry’s value fell by 2% in 2017
Steel yourself for (yet) another wave of ‘EDM has peaked!’ headlines this week. That’s not the thrust of the latest version of the annual International Music Summit (IMS) Business Report, but its key finding – that...
May 24, 2018
Spotify is testing playlists that are auto-mixed – even when on shuffle
Here's something to try on Spotify, if you have a few minutes. Using its desktop client, turn off the 'crossfade' feature in advanced settings, turn shuffle mode on, and play the first track on this Drum & Bass Fix playlist,...
March 8, 2018
Can an artificial-intelligence DJ outmix Steve Aoki?
Startup Pacemaker has been putting its artificial-intelligence DJ technology through its paces, in what it’s describing as a ‘DJ Turing Test’ against dance star Steve Aoki. Pacemaker’s AI DJ is part of its iOS...
March 8, 2018
Native Instruments launches Sounds.com loops and samples platform
The music industry is very familiar with the all-you-can-eat subscription model for streaming. Now Native Instruments is applying it to a different audio market: loops and samples. The company, best known for its Maschine...
January 17, 2018
Artimage’s Masaji Asakawa talks dance music and digital evolution in Japan
Masaji Asakawa is the founder and CEO of Japanese music management company Artimage, although he first came to prominence as a DJ and musician: a prime mover in Japan’s house music scene in the 1990s and 2000s. At Artimage,...
November 17, 2017
Coldcut on 30 years of innovation: ‘We are finally growing up’
30 years ago, Matt Black and Jon More met on the mixtape and rare-groove scenes in London and formed Coldcut as a rolling music, technology, art and politics project. They had enormous hits in 1988 with ‘Doctorin' the...
November 9, 2017
Native Instruments raises €50m in new funding round
DJ-tech firm Native Instruments has raised a €50m (around $58.8m) funding round from private-equity company EMH Partners. The firm says it plans to use the cash to fuel “rapid international growth” as well as developing...
October 23, 2017
NetEase claims there are 286m dance-music listeners in China
Chinese tech company NetEase has published some research into the popularity of dance music in its homeland. The company’s China Electronic Music Market research report claims that the number of Chinese online dance...
October 2, 2017
Spinnin’ Records follows X5 in joining Warner Music Group
By now you’ll likely have heard about Warner Music Group getting its chequebook out again, acquiring Dutch dance-music company Spinnin’ Records yesterday. WMG is thought to have paid more than $100m for the label,...
September 8, 2017
Pyro Music / Groove Dynasty offers lessons from China’s DJ scene
Music Ally has written several times about China in recent months, from how western labels and artists are trying to get a foothold in the country, to the digital-music efforts of homegrown tech corporations like Tencent...
July 26, 2017