Archive for December, 2010


Friday, December 17th, 2010
Hosted by The Disco Biscuits and Featuring Over 70 Acts From Around the Globe
$120 Holiday Pre-Sale 3-Day Passes
Tickets On Sale Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 12 p.m. EST

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, Camp Bisco, the three-day music and arts festival founded by The Disco Biscuits, will return to Mariaville, New York this July 7 through 9, 2011. Throughout its ten year history, Camp Bisco has continued to elevate the level of talent, turning it into one of the country’s largest and longest running electronic/rock music festivals. Named one of the “Top Ten Summer Music Festivals” by Forbes Traveler, the festival has featured performers such as: The Disco Biscuits; LCD Soundsystem; Nas and Damian Marley; Snoop Dogg; Method Man, Ghostface Killah, & Raekwon (“Wu Massacre”); Ween; Kid Cudi; Thievery Corporation; Girl Talk; DJ Shadow; Bassnectar; MSTRKRFT; The Roots; Pretty Lights; Rusko; Diplo; Major Lazer; Chromeo; Holy F#ck; Caribou; Asher Roth; STS9; and !!!. The 2011 lineup will be the most expansive to date, including over 70 acts from around the globe.
Camp Bisco 10 will once again be held at the picturesque Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville, New York.  The venue is located approximately 20 minutes travel time from Albany, New York and sits on 200 acres of rolling, grass fields. Many of the improvements introduced to Camp Bisco 9 will return, including the second stage in the main field, surround sound system late night dance tents and a local artists stage. Additionally, Camp BIsco 10 will expand to include a second main gate for faster entrance into the grounds, an improved late night dance tent with a greater capacity, daily music workshops and seminars, a second late night tent stage and a larger silent disco.

Holiday pre-sale tickets go on sale Saturday, December 18 at 12 p.m. EST for a limited allotment for $120.  Early bird tickets will be available in limited quantities starting in January 2011 for $140, before general admission tickets are offered starting at $160. Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $180.  All-inclusive VIP packages will be available again this year.  Tickets are available online at or by calling 1-888-512-SHOW.

Camp Bisco 10 is promoted by MCP Presents and hosted by The Disco Biscuits.  Visit for the most up to date information.

Richie Hawtin’s Plastikman Arkives

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Over the past twenty years Richie Hawtin has been one of electronic music community’s most active participants; as a DJ, a label owner, a producer, a performer, and an avid contributor to the development of music and performance technology.  His accomplishments range from having been named the ‘World’s Best DJ’ in the most credible electronic music polls; to being invited to compose music for the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics; to exhibiting a sound installation for the French Ministry of Culture’s Millennium Exhibition in Avignon, France.  He has also invested in, endorsed, and help develop some of the most forward-thinking products in the electronic music space including Native Instrument’s pioneering Traktor Scratch software, number one dance music digital retailer, the Tonium Pacemaker portable DJ system, and Allen & Heath’s limited edition custom CTRL:92 DJ mixers – the first-ever to be fully Midi-enabled, which both he and his father helped to conceptualize and design.  This year he revived his incredible Plastikman show in unique festival settings in conjunction with his custom SYNK iPhone application at Sonar, Coachella and Movement Electronic Festival in Detroit in the U.S. just to name a few.

Richie Hawtin’s PLASTIKMAN alias is synonymous with blurring the concept of performance and experience, with stripping back the boundaries between music and technology and merging artist and audience. With Plastikman Live in 2010 and its mind-bending melting pot of sound and light, music fans were introduced to a world-first in electronic music performance: the SYNK app allowed the audience to experience Richie Hawtin’s audio-visual manipulations on their mobile devices in a new and personal way. It even allowed the audience to interact with his audio computer and the sound coming from the speakers themselves at certain points in the show. Remiix is part of this natural progression of immersing the audience further into the spectacle, an opportunity for music fans to interact with, manipulate and Remiix both classic PLASTIKMAN material and newer reinterpretations.

With Remiix: Plastikman Replikants, Richie Hawtin is setting the tone for Liine’s new interactive music concept. The Remiix series of apps for iPhone and iPad, created alongside forward-thinking artists, allows users to experience music in a completely new way. Instead of being recorded and rigid, the music is delivered in parts alongside all the tools needed to put it back together or recombine it, irrespective or whether you are a studio pro or novice.

With this first in the Remiix series, Richie Hawtin offers loops and parts from classic PLASTIKMAN tracks as well as from remixes specially commissioned for Replikants (part of the extensive ARKIVES package) plus bits and pieces discovered in the hidden depths of his studio. This is the user’s opportunity to combine things that were never intended to be combined and to twist things into even deeper, darker, stranger places

Remiix: Plastikman Replikants will whet appetites for the ARKIVES box set (available for pre-order on, as well as give insight into the future of interactive music and of RemiixArkives—an amazing offering for any techno enthusiast–is a full retrospective of Plastikman media from 1993 – 2010 and the largest release Minus, Hawtin’s label, has done to date featuring four different formats ranging from vinyl, CD and digital …12 discs of music and a 100+ page book in special slip case packaging. Is available exclusively by pre-order now through December 31 to be shipped February 28 via


Thursday, December 16th, 2010



Diverse Selection of 30 Recordings Added to Collection Residing at The GRAMMY Museum®

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Dec. 7, 2010) — In continuing its mission to preserve and celebrate music year-round, The Recording Academy® announces the newest additions to its legendary GRAMMY Hall Of Fame® collection. Established by The Academy’s National Trustees in 1973, the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame was created to honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old. Recordings are reviewed annually by a special member committee of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts, and final approval is made by The Recording Academy Trustees. With 30 new titles, the list currently totals 881 and is displayed at The GRAMMY Museum®.

“The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame represents all genres of music, acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which The Academy has become renowned,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “These musical treasures have brought us timeless recordings, and each of them deserves to be memorialized. These recordings are living evidence that music remains an indelible part of our culture.”

This dynamic group of inductees range from the Beatles’ “Penny Lane” to the Jackson 5′s “I’ll Be There.” Other recordings include Al Jolson’s “My Mammy,” the Marvelettes’ “Hey Mr. Postman,” Willie Nelson’s “On The Road Again,” the Original Broadway Cast recording of, Brigadoon, Prince & The Revolution’s Purple Rain, and Otis Redding’s “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long.” Other inductees with selections include Joan Baez, Mildred Bailey, Ray Charles, Jimmy Cliff, Fats Domino, Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Al Green, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Hank Williams With His Drifting Cowboys, among others.

For more information about the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame or the 53rd Annual GRAMMY® Awards (to be broadcast live on Feb. 13, 2011 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network), please visit For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook:, and

For a complete list of GRAMMY Hall Of Fame inductees, please go to:

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization’s social networks as a Twitter follower at, a Facebook fan at, and a YouTube channel subscriber at

Win 2011 GRAMMY Tickets

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

In the spirit of the holiday season, the new Give The Gift Of Music web site — — is hosting a contest for all music fans to enter their favorite music gifting memory. Entries will be chosen at random to receive one of four prizes, including: tickets to the 2011 GRAMMY telecast in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 13; J&R Music & Computer World gift cards; and a holiday music gift basket. Entries must be received by midnight PST on Friday, December 17, 2010.

The Contest was created as a fun way to get music fans engaged in sharing their music gifting experiences, as well as show everyone how exciting it is to give or receive the gift of music.

To enter, music fans must post a music gifting memory on the site’s “Share Your Memories” page. Entries will be chosen at random, and the winning entries will be notified on Monday, December 21, 2010 as to which of the following four prizes they will receive. Only one entry is permitted per e-mail address.

  • Grand prize: A pair of tickets for the Sunday, February 13 GRAMMY Awards telecast in Los Angeles, California at the Staples Center presented by The Recording Academy (NARAS)
  • 1st prize: $350 J&R Music & Computer World gift card
  • 2nd prize: $100 J&R Music & Computer World gift card
  • 3rd prize: Holiday music gift basket

Music fans are encouraged to share details of the contest on their Facebook pages, as well as forward the web site URL to family and friends so they too can join in the gift-giving spirit this holiday season.

The Give The Gift Of Music web site was launched on November 1, 2010, by NARM, the music business association, and the Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA), along with a number of supporting entertainment industry organizations, as a vehicle for music fans to discover great gift-giving ideas, create a music wish list, and to hear today’s top artists share their favorite gifting memories. For more information on the campaign and the web site, click here.

Following the 2010 holiday season, Give The Gift Of Music will turn its attention to the excitement of the GRAMMY Awards and the Valentine’s Day holiday, by showcasing special music products created for these occasions, as well as conducting additional interactive fan contests.

About NARM: NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers) advances the promotion, marketing, distribution and sale of music by providing members with diverse meeting and networking opportunities, information and education resources, and advocacy for their common interests. NARM is based in Marlton, NJ. Visit

About RIAA: The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the trade organization that supports and promotes the creative and financial vitality of the major music companies. Its members are the music labels that comprise the most vibrant record industry in the world. RIAA® members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legitimate recorded music produced and sold in the United States. Visit


Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

International Music Festival Conference (IMFCON)

Las Vegas, NV | December 5 – 7, 2010

Contributing Writer: Rashon A. Massey

I was relatively surprised by the turnout at the International Music Festival Conference (IMFCON) and not in an overwhelming, ton of people sort of way.  This affair was populated by the tight-knit core of quirky, dedicated and passionate individuals who don’t ever get the credit they deserve.

IMFCON gathers the ‘who’s-who’ of behind-the-scene individuals working for your favorite summer music festivals.  While most fans who actively engage in music festivals focus on the onsite amenities and artist lineup (…because that is what they are paying top dollar for), I am going to bet that about 75-80% never think about the faces that are losing hair, nights of sleep and coloration in their skin that result from striving to design and execute the best event possible.  A sample of those characters find themselves utilizing their vacation days at conferences like IMFCON-  fleeting days and weekends where they come together with other like-minded, exhausted and laboring superfans to discuss every in-and-out that can take their festival to the next level.

Let me be clear (said in my best Obama voice), music festivals vary from size, location, audience demographic and mission, so to be immersed in a conference that brought together first time festival directors with the COO of Live Nation UK was nothing short of a treat for everyone.  The common talk points that unified the gathering were centered on how to make festival engagement a 365 experience while finding and unlocking revenue potential in the form of collaborations, sponsorships and ticketing.

I learned from panelist Doug Cox, Artistic Director & Executive Producer of Vancouver Island Music Festival, in Canada a union exists between almost all of the music festivals (from overnighters to city events).  The union keeps an open dialogue discussing and sharing in details ranging from talent buys and booking of artists, to production costs and greening impacts.  This was surely one of the best subjects brought to light at the conference because in the U.S. we’re not doing that.  In the recent years, something of a Music Festival Alliance (MFA) has come together, uniting Wakarusa, Harmony, High Sierra, Telluride, All Good and Gathering of the Vibes (honorable mentions to our fallen friends 10k Lakes and Langerado, former events in the Rat Pack).  Hoping to expand upon this, the MFA heads and Doug Cox will possibly begin threading something larger and a bit more cohesive for the states.

From wristbands to digital access, there is a growing and bustling industry of companies vying for music festival contracts to provide ticketing services.  In fact, an entire panel assembled key players to discuss old and new ways of maximizing ticketing revenue, and it became clear that the panelists with a good forecast and handle of the market were Kevin Hartz, Co-founder & CEO of Eventbrite, and Jeff Cuellar, Director of Marketing & Business Development at AC Entertainment.  From email solutions to onsite engagement with events, it seems that Eventbrite will emerge this decade as one of the best, reliable and cooperative solutions to cohesively work with brands.  By unifying promotional design elements to make the fans experience easy, enjoyable and interactive prior to actually arriving at the destination, Eventbrite seems to have a solid brand to handle and facilitate the ticketing process for many popular events.  AC Entertainment is always aiming to enhance their fan experience, and Jeff shared several ways in which they steadily are developing the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, along with several other events the entertainment group is behind.  I was thoroughly impressed by the passion and excitement both gentlemen exuded at the conference, and I am eager to watch both companies learn, grow and develop within the landscape of the live music scene.

To be fair, several ticketing services made a presence at the event.  I thought to be considerate and list them:

Sponsorships and greening initiatives rounded out the conference talk-points, and nothing definitively-concrete was shared beyond the fact everyone is trying to better their relationships in these core areas; even still, ideas and approaches were discussed and openly compared because each event is looking to find more sources of consistent financial revenue and practices which can enlighten, engage and impact the communities which make their festivals a thriving and lasting destination spot.

During the open forum taking place in lieu of keynote speaker Cristian Cussen’s presentation, a voice from the crowd spoke to offer assistance and solutions that could aid in festivals turning a greener leaf.  Zach Carson, Director of the Sustainable Living Roadshow, has assembled an exciting, interactive and growing green community which serves to work with event organizers in developing and executing onsite greening campaigns, initiatives and resources.  A traveling eco-tour, the Sustainable Living Roadshow empowers, educates and stimulates communities through carnival attractions, guest speakers and panel discussions in hopes to promote environmental sustainability and overall social accountability.  While I am further investigating this movement Zach is bringing to events near you, I am thoroughly pleased to have met this resourceful and energized person who I hope TheRFW can collaborate with in 2011 and onward.

Essentially…that was IMFCON 2010.  Being an event only in the second year (maybe third…I forget), it was evident that a conference of this caliber is desperately needed as the business world closes out the fourth quarter while simultaneously being about 40% on their way into the planning of the forthcoming years events.  Unanimously, a call was made to invite other players of the music festival scene to speak at the conference including production companies, food and beverage channels, ambassadors and representatives from greening-based companies, new media technologies and even interactive vending and art affiliates.

While nothing was TOPS at the event (ACTUALLY – special shout out to the ever-so-kind Howard Sapper, CEO of Harmony Festival, and the organizing team behind the IMFCON After-Party & Music Showcase), it was clear that everyone in attendance is on to something- a shared understanding that we’re all in this together amidst a shaky and uncertain economy.  Whether it’s the continually successful WARPED Tour or a new, third-party ticketing solution, the future success of the music festival industry is contingent upon the open communication, sharing and learning that must take place; moreover, with the IMFCON, all of us music festival nerds can finally plan 3-4 days of meeting, chatting and forging the relationships that inevitably are meant to improve and enhance the fan experience for all of us.

And to TheRFW, that is TOPS knowing just how much the people behind the scenes care about their communities and families who participate in their events.

In fact – it means a heck of a lot to us…

…and it should mean something valuable to the fan in you as well.