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All My Friends Music Festival this Weekend in Downtown L.A

ALL MY FRIENDSthe new major music festival coming to downtown Los Angeles this Weekend. Joining the fest’s previously announced ‘Big Six’ headliners RL GRIME, GUCCI MANE and JHENE AIKO (Saturday, August 18) and M.I.A., JAMIE XX and ARMAND VAN HELDEN (Sunday, August 19) are: ABRA, ANNA LUNOE, BARCLAY CRENSHAW, CHRIS LAKE, CHRIS LORENZO, CLAPTONE, CUT CHEMIST, DESTRUCTO, DEUX TWINS , GODDOLLARS, GOLF CLAP, GRANDSON, JASON BENTLEY, JUBILEE, JUSTIN MARTIN, LA LEAKERS, LITTLE BOOTS, MIKE B, MONTE BOOKER, MOON BOOTS, DJ NU-MARK, PETE TONG, PHLEGMATIC DOGS, RAVYN LENAE, SHECK WES, SMOKEPURPP, SOUL CLAP, SPLIT SECS, THEM JEANS, WAX MOTIF and YO GOTTI.   
ALL MY FRIENDS’ inaugural festival will be situated on the edge of Downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District at ROW DTLA, a creative space and shopping destination. Its three stages will be immersed in the industrial backdrop of one of Los Angeles’ major produce markets and former home of American Apparel (whose slogan‘Made In Downtown LA’ still is prominently displayed on one of ROW DTLA’s main buildings). The revitalized historic setting makes a unique location for LA’s only major music event happening in the city this summer.
Here music fans will get to experience the true sounds of what is cool and current. The ALL MY FRIENDS line-up highlights hip-hop acts Yo Gotti, Smokepurpp and Sheck Wes, R&B artists Ravyn Lenae andDarkwave Duchess Abra, cutting-edge producers Claptone, Soul Clap, Jubilee, Monte Booker and Grandson, A Club Called Rhonda founder GodDollars, and LA favorites Jason Bentley, Cut Chemist, DJ Nu-Mark and LA Leakers just to name a few. Festival curator Gary Richards (aka DESTRUCTO) recently told Hilary Hughes of Billboard (5/18), “It isn’t on ’10’ the whole time. People can come and relax; they’re not wound up from beginning to end.”   He adds, “All the cool people in my life, I know through music… ‘All My Friends’ really has a deep rooted meaning.”
Outside festival grounds, fans can take in shopping, restaurants and incredible murals painted by local artists throughout the complex. More information can be found at https://rowdtla.com/
Check out the ALL MY FRIENDS Music Festival Spotify playlist at:
In addition to 2-Day GA & VIP Festival Passes, Single day GA & VIP tickets are now available starting at $79 and $129. Tier 1 pricing ends June 1.
Tickets for ALL MY FRIENDS Music Festival are still on sale at www.amfamfamf.com.

RÜFÜS DU SOL Return With New Single ‘You Were Right’

After spending the latter part of 2014 writing new music from a Berlin base, RÜFÜS DU SOL returned to Sydney at the start of 2015 to finish music for their 2nd album. ‘You Were Right’ is the first song they wrote after returning home. Its completion marked a turning point in the writing process for the follow up to the 2013 breakout album ATLAS. A story of unrequited longing for someone, ‘You Were Right’ is an undeniably perfect blend of Berlin’s chilling winter with the sun kissed euphoria of Sydney in the Summertime.
  
Vocalist Tyrone explains: “We got home after being away for 5 months, we’d spent the last part of that locked up in this special little apartment in Friedrichshain that we turned into our studio. But, it was so cold that we were rarely leaving the apartment…. so coming home to summer in Sydney, being surrounded by the familiarity of everything that being home entails, we were suddenly approaching songwriting in a different way, both technically and emotionally. We were able to unlock a different side to our writing.”

‘You Were Right’ follows the group’s massively successful ATLAS LP. The album was certified gold, and quickly propelled RÜFÜS DU SOL into the spotlight and onto international stages. After amassing a slew of awards and nominations for the album, and having two of their songs named ‘Essential New Tunes’ by Pete Tong on his BBC Radio One show, RÜFÜS DU SOL departed for over a year of touring the world, including a series of headlining North American dates. 

Now making their triumphant return, the trio has emerged from the studio with a full album’s worth of material to share. ‘You Were Right’ is the lead single from the yet-to-be-named sophomore album from RÜFÜS DU SOL, and is out now.

Coinciding with the release of this seminal summertime tune, RÜFÜS DU SOL has announced a full run of North American Summer festival dates, including stops at Camp Bisco, Northern Nights, Woogie Weekend, 1UP Colfax in Denver, Gas Monkey in Dallas, and Full Moon Festival in New York. 

Listen to ‘You Were Right’ on Spotify HERE
Listen to ‘You Were Right’ on Soundcloud HERE
Buy ‘You Were Right’ on iTunes HERE

Summer Festival Tour Dates:
7/17 – Camp Bisco – Scranton, PA
7/18 – Northern Nights – Piercy, CA
7/19 – Woogie Weekend – Silverado, CA
7/23 – 1UP Colfax – Denver, CO
7/24 – Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
8/1 – Full Moon Festival – New York, NY

IMS Engage 2014: Giorgio Moroder In Conversation with Pete Tong

_DS27036“My life changed when the Robots called”… Giorgio Moroder

Few people can play testament to a quote like this but the legendary producer of Donna Summer‘s ‘I Feel Love’ and co-producer of Daft Punk‘s Grammy Award winning album ‘Random Access Memories‘ certainly can. Accompanied by IMS partner Pete Tong, recently awarded an MBE by the Queen of England, this conversation had all the pedigree for the lovers of electronic music and much more.

Giorgio had the crowd in the palm of his hands from his first words, with a big round of applause when reciting the famous opening lines from Daft Punk’s ‘Giorgio By Moroder‘, a homage to him: “ My name is Giovanni Giorgio, but everyone calls me Giorgio.”

For the next 40 minutes, the two tastemakers tracked Moroder’s career from the 70s from working with Donna Summer and producing one of the first disco tracks “I Feel Love” right through to 2014, where he’s found a new calling as a DJ utilising Ableton Live. “DJing today is not what it was 20 years ago. The big DJs now, they are rock stars.”

Giorgio returned the questions to Tong about life in LA after his recent move. Tong said: “LA is inspiring, it‘s opening up many doors and it just feels right to be here.

A funny moment came during a discussion about Tong’s own music brand / platform “All Gone”, with Giorgio complementing the name and its origins from the infamous “Its All Gone Pete Tong” film, which resulted in the discussion of Tong’s “All Gone To Sea” cruise concept later in the year, which may or may not now feature Giorgio!

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A must watch!