Duisburg Mayor Adolf Sauerland revealed he has moved his family away from the German city this week after receiving death threats from people holding him responsible for the disaster at last month’s Love Parade.
21 people died and over 500 were injured when over 1 million people crammed into a space licensed to handle no more than 250,000 people though Mayor Sauerland told Der Spiegel he’d been exaggerating when he predicted millions would attend in the run-up to the Parade.
2,000 dance music fans have so far signed up to a Facebook group which urges people to vote for 83 year old TV presenter/ radio legend Jimmy Savile in this year’s DJ Top 100 poll.
Savile doppelganger Neil Scott singled out the Jim’ll Fix It star’s achievement of being ‘the first person to use 2 turntables to create a continuous flow of music’ as one reason to vote, as well as his well known penchant for fat cigars, tracksuits and fulfilling people’s wishes.
“Every year our inboxes are bombarded with spam asking us to vote for some DJ or other in the DJ Mag poll,” Neil noted.
Judge Jules, Steve Mac, Jody Wisternoff, Rocky, Christopher Lawrence and Jagz Kooner chatted to Skrufff this week about the necessity of working virtually non-stop to maintain their careers and almost all agreed that being a workaholic is vital for lasting DJ success.
"The thing with being a DJ is the there is a definite limited shelf life (very few have long term high level success) and (pardon the phrase) but it's very important to "milk it" for all its worth, while you are still in the limelight," acid house pioneer turned Primal Scream uber-producer Jagz Kooner recommended.
German techno star Chris Liebing accused both Love Parade organisers and local councillors from Duisberg of misusing the ‘Techno Movement’ this week and implicitly linked the event’s commercialisation to the deaths of 21 revellers two weeks ago.
“Looking back, it is actually a logical consequence and maybe also easy to recognize, that an event like this would eventually fall into the hands of people who see “celebrating, dancing and having fun together” not as the main reason to host a Love Parade,” Chris suggested in a statement distributed by his publicists.
On Thursday 9th September, BBC Radio 1 is celebrating legendary DJ Annie Nightingale’s four decades at the station with a night of programmes dedicated to her outstanding broadcasting career.
Since becoming BBC Radio 1’s first female DJ in 1970 Annie has been at the forefront of new and groundbreaking music in the UK, with a rare ability to move with the times and appeal to new audiences throughout the years. From Punk rock and New wave to Acid House and modern Breaks, Bassline and Drum & Bass, Annie has brought the music of hundreds of artists and bands to millions of listeners – in her own irreverent style.
Along with her status as BBC Radio 1’s longest serving presenter, Annie’s career has taken her on the road with some of the most iconic bands in history, including The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Police. She continues to travel all over the world to DJ at international clubs and festivals, and is known as Queen of the Breaks for her championing of breaks, bass, beats and mixes in her current weekly BBC Radio 1 show and beyond.
UK research organisation Mintel has revealed that an average of six night clubs a week closed in the UK in a trend they attributed to the economy and the availability of cheap alcohol in supermarkets in particular.
“Nightclubs were struggling prior to the recession as people increasingly opted for late-night bars,” said Mintel’s senior drinks analyst Jonny Forsythe.
“However, the economic downturn has accelerated their decline meaning that consumers — and particularly nightclub’s core target of 18-24 adults — have much less disposable income to spend on their leisure activities.”
The drinks expert revealed that 355 clubs closed in 2009 (13% of Britain’s 2,722 total) with young people increasingly drinking at home and avoiding partying in public altogether.
Lady Gaga urged her fans to turn the other cheek towards Westboro Baptist Church members, this week, after the God Hates Fags organization mobilized protestors to carry ‘God Hates Lady Gaga’ placards outside her concert in St Louis, Missouri.
"Although we have had protesters before, as well as fundamentalists at the show, this group of protesters are hate criminals and preach using lude [lewd) and violent language and imagery that I wish I protect you all from,” Gaga declared via Twitter.
Legendary dissident feminist Camille Paglia demolished the marketing behind manufactured pop icon Lady Gaga, this week, in a devastating critique comparing her to some of the original pop stars she’s closely modeled on.
“In the 1980s, commercial music boasted a beguiling host of sexy pop chicks like Deborah Harry, Belinda Carlisle, Pat Benatar, and a charmingly ripe Madonna. Late Madonna, in contrast, went bourgeois and turned scrawny,” she noted.
“Madonna’s dance-track acolyte, Lady Gaga, with her compulsive overkill, is a high-concept fabrication without an ounce of genuine eroticism,” she added. (New York Times)
Scottish psychologists warned that kilt-wearing Scotsman projecting ‘hard man, tough guy images’ are secretly suffering from an identity crisis, this week, an expose in the Herald Scotland titled ‘Male disorder – what’s wrong with Scottish men?’
“The hard-man image is a very celebrated image in Scotland. Metrosexual men … are fairly few and far between,” leading psychologist Dr Ewan Gillon told the Herald.
Serbia’s Exit Festival are hosting their first ever Exit Music Conference this weekend featuring master-classes from DJs including Josh Wink and Tim Exile and media and marketing panels presenting guests from the likes of Resident Advisor and leading DJ agency Decked Out.
Conference chief Dejan Tomka told Skrufff they’re hoping to help Balkans artists connect with the wider international music community and pointed out that though Exit Festival itself is nowadays hugely successful, conditions for local producers remain harsh.
“It’s close to impossible to survive being just a producer or DJ in Serbia right now,” said Dejan.