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Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

TheRFW LIVE : SXSW Edition (2011) presents Deep Dark Robot featuring Tony Tornay and Linda Perry [Interview Session]

The Ross Sea Party | TheRFW LIVE : SXSW Edition

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

TheRFW LIVE : SXSW Edition (2011) presents The Ross Sea Party [Interview & Performance Session]


Monday, February 21st, 2011




New York City production/DJ duo DESIGNER DRUGS has officially released a stellar batch of remixes for current single “Through The Prism” via Ultra Music featuring reworked versions of the track from  Swedish electro house duo Dada Life, Brooklyn producer and Trouble and Bass label head Drop The Lime, Philadelphia production team PLS DNT STP and French producer Tom Deluxx. The Drop The Lime version is available as a free download via with the other songs available digitally for purchase through all online outlets.

“Through the Prism” is the first single off DESIGNER DRUGS’ hotly anticipated studio debut album HARDCORE/SOFTCORE set for release February 22 (Ultra Music).  With its visually psychedelic video ( that features DESIGNER DRUGSMichael Vincent Patrick and Theodore Paul Nelson along with the “triple swagger” of vocalist Brooklyn rapper Cerebral Vortex, the original version of “Through The Prism” is a quintessential new electro gem with the Chemical Jump blog calling it “…definitely one of their best originals” (10/27/10).

Currently on a North American tour in support of HARDCORE/SOFTCORE, DESIGNER DRUGS have confirmed several upcoming performances this spring which will include their debut at this year’s SXSW conference in Austin—where they will perform Thursday, March 17 at The Phoenix as part of the Ultra Music Showcase—and Ultra Music Festival in Miami, both held in March.  The tour will take DESIGNER DRUGS across the U.S., including performances in San Diego and Los Angeles, as well as Chicago, Boston, New York City, San Francisco and Richmond.  The trek will also take them across the border into Canada for dates in Kingston and Montreal.

Widely known across the electronic/dance realm for their wild remixes, which have included nearly 50 reworked tracks for Mariah Carey, Annie, Thieves Like Us, Little Boots, Fischerspooner and more, DESIGNER DRUGS conjures up a darker, edgier vibe—think the throbbing, industrial-heavy opening club scene in The Doom Generation—yet still retains a melodic center on many of the tracks on HARDCORE/SOFTCORE.  The grinding, pounding beat of club bangers “Face Melter” and “The Terror” provide contrast to the pop vocals of Norwegian singer Annie on “Crazy For You” and fist-pumping up-tempo anthem “Into The Light.” Elsewhere, the classic electro-funk of “Leather Gang” sits comfortably against the Italo-shoegaze of “For All We Know.” The video for the album’s next single—the punishing electro-industrial punk track—“Dead Meat” will make its debut on March 22 via

While it does mark their debut album, HARDCORE/SOFTCORE functions as much as a culmination of a decade’s work as it does the next stage in a bourgeoning career. As the electro scene started to flourish in the early 2000s, Patrick and Nelson built a studio in Philadelphia and christened themselves DESIGNER DRUGS, balancing an in-demand DJing schedule with near-constant demand for track remixes.  Now with Nelson currently in medical school on his way to become a bona fide doctor and Patrick recently relocated to NYC’s Lower East Side, the duo has still found a way to keep up their busy musical careers.

The current tour dates for DESIGNER DRUGS are as follows:

Wed 2/23 San Diego, CA Voyeur
Fri 2/25 Los Angeles, CA Avalon
Sat 2/26 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
Thu 3/3 Cambridge, MA Middle East Downstairs
Fri 3/4 New York, NY Webster Hall
Sat 3/5 Madison, WI Majestic Theater
Wed 3/9 Kingston, ON Stages Nightclub
Thu 3/10 Richmond, VA The Hat Factory
Fri 3/11 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
Sat 3/12 Montreal, QC SAT
Sun 3/13 Baltimore, MD Bourbon Street
Tue 3/15 Lake Havasu, AZ SWAT Spring Break 2011 Nautical
Thu 3/17 Austin, TX SXSW @ Ultra Music Showcase at The Phoenix
Thu 3/24 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
Fri 3/25 Miami, FL Ultra Music Festival @ Bicentennial Park

Wolfgang Gartner North American Tour

Monday, February 21st, 2011



As he prepares to release his highly anticipated debut studio album later this spring on Ultra Music, Grammy®-nominated electronic music producer and DJ WOLFGANG GARTNER has announced details for an extensive North American tour.  It will launch with a high-profile performance at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, FL, Sunday, March 27, where WOLFGANG returns to the event’s main stage for what’s guaranteed to be one of the most eagerly awaited sets.   The remainder of the tour will take WOLFGANG across the U.S., with performances in Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Chicago and several other major U.S. cities; it will also include numerous Canadian shows in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and more. Prior to the tour, WOLFGANG will perform at this year’s SXSW conference Thursday, March 17 at The Phoenix in Austin as part of the Ultra Music Showcase.

One of the world’s fastest rising stars in dance music, WOLFGANG was recently nominated for a Grammy® Award in this year’s ceremony in the “Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical” category for his reworked version of house music producer Andy Caldwell’s “Funk Nasty” featuring Gram’ma Funk (Uno Recordings), marking GARTNER’s first-ever Grammy nomination. He celebrated the nomination with a sold-out show in Los Angeles’ exclusive Roxbury nightclub last weekend, where he performed tunes from his forthcoming album to hundreds of wildly enthusiastic fans. Check out live photo coverage on URB.COM here:

In other recent news, GARTNER has teamed with of Black Eyed Peas fame on a brand new single for the album. Titled “Forever,” the song is currently in treatment for a video that will serve as WOLFGANG’s visual follow-up to his current single “Illmerica.” Directed by Ryan McNamara (A Gentle Man, Stuntditch), the “Illmerica” video captures our country’s torrid 300-year history in clip art style animation, from the American Revolution, the Underground Railroad, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Hiroshima and the Gulf War. View the video here:

In addition, GARTNER has received two nominations in the 26th Annual International Dance Music Awards (IDMA)—happening March 8-11, 2011, in Miami, FL, as part of the Winter Music Conference—including “Best Electro/Tech House Track” for “Animal Rights,” his collaboration with Ultra Music label mate deadmau5, and “Best Break-Through DJ.” Voting ends Friday, February 18th, 2011. View the ballot link here:

’s spring North American tour dates are as follows:

Thu 3/17 Austin, TX SXSW @ Ultra Music Showcase at The Phoenix
Sun 3/27 Miami, FL Ultra Music Festival @ Bicentennial Park
Thu 3/31 San Diego, CA House of Blues
Fri 4/1 Los Angeles, CA Avalon
Sat 4/2 Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theatre
Sun 4/3 Tuscon, AZ Rialto Theater
Tue 4/5 San Luis Obispo, CA The Graduate
Thu 4/7 San Francisco, CA Ruby Skye
Fri 4/8 Seattle, WA King Kat Theatre
Sat 4/9 Vancouver, BC Commodore
Sun 4/10 Victoria, BC Sugar
Thu 4/14 Winnipeg, MB Republic
Fri 4/15 Minneapolis, MN Karma
Sat 4/16 Chicago, IL The Mid
Tue 4/19 Ann Arbor, MI Necto
Wed 4/20 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theatre
Thu 4/21 Toronto, ON Ricoh Coliseum
Fri 4/22 Buffalo, NY Pure
Sat 4/23 Montreal, QC Club Soda
Sun 4/24 Quebec City, QC Mega Complex Opera
Mon 4/25 Boston, MA Middle East
Wed 4/27 Baltimore, MD Bourbon St
Thu 4/28 New York, NY Irving Plaza
Fri 4/29 Philadelphia, PA Starlight Room
Sat 4/30 Washington DC Glow @ Fur
Mon 5/2 Richmond, VA Canal Club
Wed 5/4 Nashville, TN Limelight
Thu 5/5 Knoxville, TN Valarium
Fri 5/6 Atlanta, GA Quad
Sat 5/7 New Orleans, LA CAC Warehouse
Sun 5/8 San Antonio, TX Bar Rio
Wed 5/11 St Louis, MO Club Europe
Thu 5/12 Kansas City, MO Conspiracy Room
Fri 5/13 Denver, CO Ogden Theater
Sat 5/14 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex

For more information, please visit:

Tom Silverman Interview

Monday, February 7th, 2011


Contributing Writer : Rashon A. Massey

Since TheRFW began, I have had the esteemed pleasure of being able to communicate, learn and grow from many of the key players from both the music and technology industries.

One crucial turning point in the structuring and building of TheRFW came when I attended the 2009 New Music Seminar in New York City, NY.  Co-founded by Tom Siverman, the New Music Seminar became the breeding ground and breaking point for bands and brands such as Nirvana, Dave Matthews Band, SXSW, CMJ and many more.  From 1982 – 1994, the New Music Seminar grew to become the largest intensive music conference in the world, and this all happened simultaneously as a little known community named hip-hop exploded and took over the world.  This is greatly attributed to both the seminar and Silverman’s Tommy Boy Records playing an active roll in discovering and launching the careers of Queen Latifah, Afrika Bambaataa, Naughty by Nature and several other well-known music influencers of today.

“So many great artists are out there that aren’t getting through for some reason.  I was […and been] racking my brain, why aren’t they getting through?  Is it because people are overwhelmed with choices? Has music become too active and not passive?  There isn’t a broadcast medium like radio driving traffic anymore,” spoke Silverman in an afternoon phone chat.  “So that’s what we [New Music Seminar] work on is to try to help artists break through and give tools to help that.”

The seminar took a hiatus from 1995 to 2009 simply because Silverman felt as if the gathering was becoming redundant.  The music industry had reached a leveling point, and there was not much of a reason to continue without being able to change the conversation that was occurring between industry experts and attendees.  Then, at the change of the century, the global community saw the rise of peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing services such as Napster, Kazaa and LimeWire, and in the couple years following, we witnessed a decade that would usher in social networking.  With such tools surfacing, by the end of the 2000s, an undeniable impact and conversation needed to take place in music.

Today, iTunes has surpassed WalMart as the highest selling distributor of recorded music, and people are still blaming the fall of record labels on illegal downloading.

“Single sells out sold album sales 3.6 to 1 last year.  In the digital world, digital tracks are out selling album sales 15 to 1.  15 tracks that sell for every album that sales,” shared Silverman.  “The single business is a huge business that artists need to look at.  They need to find a way to break a single, a song that defines them and then try to cut an album.”

“If you can have a comfortable life supporting yourself playing your music, how great is that?  You may not be making 100k a year, but you are doing what you want, and that should be enough,” Silverman goes on to share, and that is the foundation of the modern New Music Seminar.

Taking place in Los Angeles from February 14 – 16, the New Music Seminar returns in 2011 stronger than before.  With five movements, intensive workshops, panel discussions, three artist showcases and a plethora of who’s-who of the music industry, this is the place to be whether you are a new artist or established act looking to take their career to the next level, utilizing tools by yourself without the backing of a record label.

“The New NMS has adapted the symphonic model to get across concepts, borrowing from the Ted Conference to teach intensive lectures.  We’ve added a songwriter workshop with Tom Jackson who will select a band, work with them and improve their show.  We’re doing the Artist On The Verge.  These are artists with a fan base with momentum and have some velocity, so they qualify to make a Top 3 to win 50k and all kinds of industry prizes.,” Silverman went on to exclaim with excitement about the 2011 L.A. conference.

“Now is a better time than any to be a musician, and personally, I am always looking for what’s the next thing?  How do we get there?  I get bored with stuff easily, and I get satisfaction in seeing stuff someone else might miss and showing people such as hip-hop or pioneering the new music seminar.  Seeing hundreds of the people come through the seminar and grow to be the leaders of the music business for the next twenty years gives me great joy.”

For more information on the New Music Seminar, visit

February 3, 2011 – New York, NY – New Music Seminar (NMS) announces the exclusive “After Grammy Jammy”, NMS Opening Night Party at The Music Box in Los Angeles, CA on Monday, February 14, 2011, the night following the 53rd annual Grammy Awards.

NMS Opening Night Rock ‘n’ Roll red carpet celebration will kick off with a cocktail reception from 6:00-8:00pm featuring MTV America’s Best Dance Crew DJ, DJ MIA from 7:00-8:00pm. The night will feature all-star performances by Sean Garrett, The Little Death, Blaqstarr, Of Verona, Jessie and The Toy Boys and Ben Hunter from 8:00pm-midnight.

Producer, songwriter, and rapper, Sean Garrett has 17 #1 hits and has worked with today’s biggest stars including Beyonce, Jay-Z, Usher, Fergie, Ciara, Enrique Iglesias, Mario, Ludacris and recently announced he is working on Justin Bieber’s next album. Focusing on his own music, Garrett has recently release his single, “Feel Love” featuring J. Cole on Columbia Records.

Rock/soul/blues band, The Little Death, features Laura Dawn (lead vocals), Moby (bass, guitar), Daron Murphy (guitar, bass, & harmonica) and Aaron A. Brooks (drums.) The band recently released their self-titled debut album to rave reviews from critics: “…incomparably soulful debut album…The Little Death’s sound is unmistakably inspired by classic blues. Voluptuous melodies and evocative lyrics are laced with a robust rock-and-roll edge.” And “One of New York’s best-kept sultry secrets….top notch players and volcanic generosity…singer Laura Dawn’s staging and rocket-fuel is punk…and her powerhouse voice channels blues and gospel…she’s a riveting performer, her own blend of Tina Turner and Janis Joplin…”

Hip-hop artist and DJ Blaqstarr has worked with M.I.A., Diplo’s Made Decent family, and fellow Baltimore MC, Rye Rye whom he discovered. Blaqstarr is releasing Divine EP, his first release for Neet Records, M.I.A.’s label through Interscope.

Los Angeles based Of Verona have been named MSN Music & Clear Channel Online “One To Watch” Artists and Yahoo! Music has names them one of their “Who’s Next” Artists. The four-piece rock-pop-electronic band has garnered positive buzz for their live performances.

Dance/electronica sensation, Jessie and The Toy Boys, who’s recently release single, “Push It” — produced by Jimmy Harry (RuPaul‘s “Supermodel) and No Doubt‘s Tony Kanal is garnering favorable comparisons to Gwen Stefani and Kylie Minogue, among others.

New Orleans singer-songwriter, Ben Hunter, combines elements of jazz, folk, rock, Mardi Gras Indian chants and Caribbean rhythms to create a unique and unforgettable sound. Hunter is gearing up for the release of his new album, “Delta Dub,” recorded at the famed Jack Ruby studios in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

DJ MIA has worked with the Black Eyed Peas’, whose Jeepney Music release DJ MIA’s first mix tape, as well as appeared in videos for Eminem, Nelly, Blink 182, System of a Down, Hoobastank, Black Eyed Peas and JC Chasez. She was also a featured DJ on MTV’s Celebrity Rap Superstar and Nick Cannon’s MTV Wild’n Out.

The world’s first DJ/Guitarist/Producer Dan Morrell, has opened for acts such as Kanye West, Diddy, Justin Timberlake, Black Eyed Peas, LMFAO, Kelly Clarkson, Akon, T-Pain, Akon, Rhianna, Shakira, Run DMC, Sean Paul, LL Cool J, Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, and Missy Elliott, and more. Dan Morrell will close the night out with a set starting at midnight.

Indie 103.1 on-air personalities, Wayne Jobson, Liz Warner and Tedd Roman will be the MCs throughout the evening.

For the full line-up and schedule go to

The Music Box is located at 6126 Hollywood Blvd Hollywood, CA.

Registration for the New Music Seminar will be open from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. **You must be registered to attend the NMS Conference for entrance to the NMS Opening Night Party.

NMS Conference Tickets are currently on sale for $295 and available at

See Final Schedule & Speakers here:

About the New Music Seminar

From the co-founder and director of the original legendary New Music Seminar comes a conference with a mission; to create a just, sustainable and profitable music business and to help artists break through the growing glut of artists and releases to success. Artists have never had so much power to control their own careers and build their success. This affordable event gives music business executives, technologists, and artists the knowledge, tools and connections to step into the tomorrow’s music business today.

The two-day, three-night conference includes a symphony of five “movements” (focused discussions) over the course of two days, eighteen18-minute Intensives (presentations) from key industry leaders, 25 mentoring sessions, 3 nights of music showcases, High-Level Industry Summit Meetings as well as the NMS creative workshops focused on Live Performances, Vocal Performances, Producing and Songwriting, with ongoing networking opportunities throughout.

The New Music Seminar is the must-attend conference for the emerging new music industry.  The Seminar will address both the artists’ dilemma of breaking out from the ever-growing glut of music releases and the development of a new business model for a sustainable music business.