∞ We need to talk about turntables in clubs

The clubbing industry at large has lopsided priorities. There is a natural pecking order with everything it requires to keep a club solvent and successful, but those holding the purse strings too often get blindsided by solely looking out for the bottom line. No legitimate club forgets to take the right amount of money on the door, or forgets to make sure their alcohol license is still up to date, but many fall desperately short on the side that is the load-bearing pillar of a good night out: the sound.

The only experience a club can offer that is superior than anything else: knee-weakening frequencies with the right amount of punch. Let’s be fair and make it equally an experience for vinyl and digital djs.

Link: https://www.residentadvisor.net/features/3109

∞ How to Be a Responsible Music Fan in the Age of Streaming

Adjusting our purchases to the scale that makes sense for what we’re really after is one way to work around the Spotify/Apple Music model. Just as at a big festival, if what you want is what only these huge corporations can offer, then your subscription money is well spent. But if you’re using a streaming service to listen to anything other than the most-streamed tracks, your money isn’t supporting what you’re hearing.

Look out for the “pay once upfront and stream forever” model, it is the most rewarding way for independent artists and labels.

Link: https://pitchfork.com/features/oped/how-to-be-a-responsible-music-fan-in-the-age-of-streaming/

∞ Sexual harassment in dance music: five women tell their story

By the time we get into town he [the promoter] keeps talking about what a good time I am going to have, and you just want to say, ‘Look, I’m here to work, mate’, and then he starts asking personal questions like if I am married and all that, and you are like, ‘Oh lord, he we go!’ So the first direct proposition is in the car. A really shit one too, like ‘How about it?’ and waggling eyebrows like he’s 15 or something. So you just laugh it off. What else can you do? This is the person who is supposed to be paying you, your ‘employer’.

If you’re a man, read until the very end – espescially when you’re involved in the scene.

Link: https://djmag.com/content/sexual-harassment-dance-music-five-women-tell-their-story

∞ PWAs are coming to iOS 11.3

After the surprise yesterday from a tweet from Ricky Mondello and then the Safari 11.1 beta Release Notes stating that Web App Manifest and Service Workers are implemented which means multi-platform PWAs are now possible, it’s now time to come back to the real world and see what’s what we have.

What to focus on and what to expect when you work on PWAs for iOS.

Link: https://medium.com/@firt/pwas-are-coming-to-ios-11-3-cupertino-we-have-a-problem-2ff49fd7d6ea

Apple presents the StreetPod

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StreetPod – the speaker that would make Jimmy Iovine look cool

The new StreetPod offers stereo speakers out of the box, blasting 100 dB SPL with a boomey 50 Hz roll off, 24h battery life, vulcanite rubber enclosure for enduring street life, Bluetooth and Aux-In connectivity and acclaimed voice recognition system “look fam”. It has vertical integration 2020™ (works splendidly in music videos that Apple Music is providing major artists with). Apple RED edition will be presented by U2 on world fairness day. Available now $299.00 everywhere.

Om Unit questions viable future for eletronic music indies

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Come for the tweet, stay for the dialogue

Cosmic Bridge label boss Om Unit hits Twitter with a question about the future of electronic music indies, being them artists or labels. Vinyl record manufacturing is too expensive for small editions to break even, digital music download sales are probably more and more limited to the small group of DJs and the hesitation to release music non-physical and streaming only is very palpable.

Interestingly the question raised thoughtful answers from Keysound label founder Blackdown (see also his great post The case for and against vinyl in 2018), Real Talk label boss Chester P, Kabuki, Zero T, DJ Teebee, Krust, Sinistarr and other prominent figures of the international drum and bass scene.