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Amsterdam Dance Event organizer Richard Zijlma chatted to Skrufff this week about plans for the annual October conference and revealed that advance ticket sales for the October conference are higher than ever, as the ‘early bird’ discount deadline of April 29 approaches.
“Ticket sales generally have been increasing every year and that’s the case for this year too,” Richard confirmed. “Many of our delegates come every year and more often than not bring colleagues and friends with them. They support us which drives us on to try and deliver the best conference out there.”
New York superclub Pacha are to host a Sunday afternoon party next weekend (May 1) to help raise funds for Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research.
Team Fox members and party promoters Beth Hochstein and Sharon Greif said the event will be ‘a tribute to dancing and its positive effects on people with Parkinson’s’ as well as highlighting the fact that it’s ‘definitely not only a disease of the elderly as it affects thousands of people under the age of 40.’
Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney reportedly ‘amazed revellers’ at Coachella last weekend, when he went on stage unannounced during Dutch DJ Afrojack’s set and mixed a few tracks.
“Macca popped up in Afrojack's set and was having it on stage behind the DJ booth. Nancy was standing behind him like a typical house DJ's girl,” an unnamed ‘source’ told the Sun.
Acid house pioneer DJ Pierre has signed up Skrufff.com founder Jonty Skrufff for his DJ/ management/ marketing company Afro-Acid to collaborate together on DJ bookings, remixes and related opportunities.
The link-up sees Jonty lining up alongside an A list roster of producers and DJs including Angel Alanis, Danny Howells, Gene Farris, James Ruskin and Louis Vegas though Pierre stressed Afro-Acid is far from just another DJ booking firm. (Afro Acid Artists: http://bit.ly/dVrms2 )
“Actually we don't consider ourselves an agency. Our artists are not required to sign a contract or any agreement of exclusivity,” said Pierre.
HK contributor and international DJ Jonty Skrufff has just recorded a new DJ mix called The End Is Nigh, an apocalyptic (now) themed of Berlin style electro-techno. Berlin based Brit Jonty is a DJ/ producer/ journalist and Amsterdam Dance Event moderator/ consultant, as well as being the founder of independent press agency and blog Skrufff.com.
“Insane. There’s no other word to describe that country. That expression ‘From Russia with Love’ also now has a totally different meaning for me too.”
Six years after 300 delegates and 1,300 guests attended the very first Sochi Winter Music Conference (SWMC), numbers have swelled to 1 500 delegates, and 7,500 guests including Soundcloud new business manager Nils Westerlund.Nils, a Berlin based 20-something Swede whose floppy fringe haircut, designer spectacles and carefully ruffled understated attire apparently means he looks EXACTLY like a Moscow hipster, admits he’s thoroughly enjoyed the 3 day/ 3 night event.
“How much do I think Russians deserve their ‘crazy’ reputation? They do in full,” he says, “Vodka instead of water, I think that should explain most of it,” he laughs.
Multi-millionaire property developer and anti-rave fanatic Rick Caruso vowed to step up his campaign to ban electronic music events at stadiums in the US this week after more revellers were hospitalised following the New Year’s eve party at the LA Sports Arena.
“I'm going to continue to fight for a ban on the raves and I frankly think they should be made illegal in the city and the county,” he told LA Weekly reporter Dennis Romero.
British rap star Mike Skinner admitted this week that becoming famous with the Streets didn’t make him any happier at all, revealing that he’d instead became ‘unnerved’ when he realised he was responsible for his own mental wellbeing irrespective of external events.
“Before you're famous, you think that that pendulum of emotions is down to your circumstances. You think: I'm having a good day; I'm having a bad day – something shit's happened,” he told the Observer’s Caspar Llewellyn Smith.
“You put in [to the equation] the incredible amount of money and opportunity with women and free clothes and screaming audiences… but you still have good days and bad days,” said Skinner.
His realization matched the assessment of British celebrity hypnotist Paul McKenna, who this week published a new book called ‘I can make you HAPPY’ in which he listed various techniques for dealing with depression.
As well as recommending visualizing yourself stepping into the persona of someone you admire, the lifestyle coach advised looking upwards as much as possible instead of downwards, to avoid feeling ‘hemmed in, with few possibilities’
“Some of my clients are rich and famous and some are not, but I’ve discovered that money and fame ultimately make no difference,” he added.
“I’ve also worked with people who had everything — a great job, a family and good health — but they still weren’t happy. Indeed, they felt guilty and angry with themselves for not enjoying their good fortune, and so depressed that they couldn’t see any point to their lives.” (Daily Mail: http://bit.ly/fgczDt )
Uber-rich New York star Mark Ronson, meanwhile, admitted ‘taking the money and running’ from being one of the last decade’s first ‘celebrity DJs’ this week, though likewise revealed his fame has come with unexpected consequences.
"Sometimes when I meet someone, they'll say, 'Wow, I expected you to be a (jerk),” he told the Daily Gleaner, "I don't particularly know why that is, maybe it's because of the way I look in my videos,” he speculated.
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