Posts Tagged ‘ Tour ’

Steve Aoki vs. Serato.


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In the midst of his Neon Future tour in December last year at Our:House Festival, we caught up with EDM kingpin and long-time Serato user Steve Aoki for a chat in Auckland Harbour.  In this exclusive interview, he talks frankly about the Aoki-hater bandwagon, his futurist leanings, and why you’ll never see him hunched over a laptop at an Aoki performance.  Say what you will about Steve Aoki, there’s a reason fans flock to his shows by the millions every year. Renowned for his cake-hurling, crowd-rafting antics, the EDM sovereign takes his showmanship to celestial proportions – but his spectacle is by no means ‘it’.

Aoki, who grew up in Newport Beach, California, was in recording studios at 16, and by 19 had founded the now-eminent Dim Mak Records from his college dorm room. Fast-forward 20 years and Aoki is now Grammy-nominated and one of the most successful DJ‑Producers worldwide. Dim Mak, meanwhile, has launched some of indie and electronica’s most exciting careers of the 2000s, from MSTRKRFT, Klaxons and Bloc Party, to Battles and The Kills.  Averaging 250 – 300 shows a year, Aoki is dedication personified. Last year he dropped his second full-length album, Neon Future I and continues to delight EDM fans this year performing it live around the world.

When you’re performing 300 times a year, having a solid tech team is paramount and in this instance, it’s just one guy. Meet the man behind the spectacle and Aoki’s tour manager, Dillon Anderson. In the lead up to Aoki’s performance at Our:House Festival, Dillon talks shop about Aoki’s setup and why Serato Video is crucial to his performance, while Aoki reminds us why “he makes the crowd go f***ing crazy”.

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Apps that will make travelling so much easier


With my Australia tour about to kick off in the middle of June, I know what a pain in the bottom planning a trip can be. These apps however are great tools to help manage your travel plans and activities. I’ll for sure download some of them! Check them out below!

1. Roadtrippers

Roadtrippers is a must-have for anyone planning a road trip in the United States. You enter where you want to go, make selections depending on what you want to see (natural wonders! weird stuff!), and the app will create a customized map for you.

2. Hotel Tonight

Get last-minute discounts on top-rated hotels using Hotel Tonight. You can only book a week in advance, so it’s not the best option for a long-planned family vacation…but for a fun, spur-of-the-moment getaway? Perfect.

3. Hopper

You’ll get your lowest airfares ever thanks to Hopper’s finely tuned price-prediction feature. First it figures out the best time for you fly, then it figures out the best time for you to buy tickets for that flight.

4. Travel Math

If your brain is frazzled at the mere idea of organizing a trip, let Travel Math do all the calculations for you: it’ll measure distances, travel times, budgets—whatever you need to know.

5. Ship Mate

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Cruise crazy? This is the #1 app when it comes to vacations taken on a ship. You can take a look at deck plans, read reviews of the different ports you’ll be stopping at, chat with other people who will be on your ship, and more.

6. CityMaps2Go

If you’re traveling outside your country and have to depend on Wi-Fi for internet, it’s smart to download all the maps you’ll need in advance at CityMaps2Go: they’re stored offline, so you’ll avoid roaming charges.

7. Pack Point

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Pack Point helps you decide what to pack depending on where you’re going, what the weather will be like, and what sort of activities you’ll be participating in.

8. Tripit

Tripit merges your flight, restaurant, hotel, and car rental confirmation emails into one “master itinerary” to keep you organized

9. Roomer

Your daughter is throwing up everywhere and suddenly going on vacation is no longer an option: What do you do about your hotel room? Get rid of it using Roomer. You list your room and wait to hear from someone who wants to take over your reservation — no more losing money on cancellation fees!

10. Jet Lag Rooster

Jet Lag Rooster will tell you how to shift your sleeping schedule in the days before a trip so you won’t be exhausted once you reach your destination.

11. Dude Where’s My Car?

The last thing you want to do when you get back from a trip is wander around the airport parking garage for 30 minutes, exasperatedly searching for your vehicle: Dude Where’s My Car keeps track of *exactly* where you parked and will guide you back to that spot. Plus, it also helps you find parking.

12. Loungebuddy

Did you know that you can use a ton of airport lounges even if you aren’t a first class passenger? Sometimes it’s worth paying a fee if it means getting to wait for your flight in a comfortable spot—Loungebuddy will let you know what your options are at the airport you’re flying out of.

13. My TSA

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Can you bring _____ through airport security? Open up My TSA and you’ll know in an instant. You can also use the app to look up how long the security wait times are at your airport so you’ll be sure to arrive early enough to make your flight.

14. Track My Tour

This app allows your loved ones to “join” you on a trip from the comfort of their homes: they “follow a breadcrumb trail of your tour by visiting the link you sent them,” while you document the most exciting spots you visit as you go—it’s the easiest way to keep people in the loop.

15. Unlike

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Put together your dream trip itinerary using the guides at Unlike, an app that “connects tastemakers and trendsetters around the globe with unique, essential and inspiring places.”

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16. iTranslate

Providing you with “90+ languages in your pocket,” iTranslate is one of the best translator apps available. If you’re heading to the Netherlands and you can’t speak Dutch, this is a necessity.

17. City Papers

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Find out what’s happening in the city or town you’re visiting using the collection of local newspapers available on the City Papers App: you’ll be able to discover concerts, craft sales, and other events that may not even be listed online.

18. Untappd

When you’re in a new place (for work or on vacation), open up this app and it will give you a list of popular nearby bars *plus* what sorts of beer are on tap there. You want to to find someplace that serves a state-specific microbrew? This is how to hunt a glass of that down.

19. TV Food Maps

If you’re more interested in food tourism than beer tourism, take a gander at TV Food Maps: it’s a guide to restaurants that are featured on popular TV series like Chopped and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

20. Happy Cow

Depending on what part of the country (or world) you’re in, it can be difficult to find vegan or vegetarian friendly restaurants: When you want some help with your search, browse through the listings on Happy Cow—you’ll find dining establishments with meat-free options all over the world. Lucky me, I can find bacon pretty much everywhere!!

21. LogMeIn

It’s a horrible moment when you realize that you need a file stored on your home computer when you’re 700 (or even just 30) miles away from it: LogMeIn allows you to access (and control) your home computer from anywhere.

22. Vayable

Vayable is a way to discover “unique experiences offered by locals” on your next trip. All of the available options sound so much cooler than traditional city tours: A midnight street food crawl! A guide to the most photogenic places in Paris! DIY seafood with a sea forager!

Bigger Than Pain.


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‘Bigger Than Pain’ follows the career of T-Pain from the UK leg of his 2014 “I Am T-Pain” concert tour to his creative life off stage and his use of Auto-Tune. It also reveals how the ambitious 30 year old with two Grammy Awards and over 50 top ten singles under his belt navigates the triumphs and pitfalls of his successful career.

 

YG’s ‘My Krazy Life Tour’ – Episode 1.


YG-SUUWOO-1YG has been making waves in the music scene since 2009, and although some may have categorized him as a passing fad, his newest album ‘My Krazy Life’ solidifies him as an artist that’s here to stay.  Having personally attended his listening party, I know first had how crazy his tours would be like.  Fortunately for those who haven’t heard the album, or seen him in concert yet, Mr. G has put up the first episode of his touring adventures.  Check the method below.

BTS: In The Studio With Cazette.


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Watch Cazette at their Stockholm studio and go deep into their forthcoming track “One Cry” and discover how it was made using Image-Line’s FL Studio software. 

2 Chainz – B.O.A.T.S. (Episode 1).


2 Chainz presents Episode 1 from the B.O.A.T.S. Tour. Watch as 2 Chainz kicks off his headlining B.O.A.T.S. Tour, backstage during the Made In America Festival, and much more. Directed By Sharod Marcus Simpson.

Lil Kim’s “Return of The Queen Tour”.


Taking time off from bashing Nicki Minaj, Lil Kim makes her way around the country on her highly anticipated “Return Of The Queen Tour 2012″ check the method below.

The Batman Tumbler Tour.


Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures have announced the launch of a special Batman-themed “Tumbler Tour” to promote the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises.

Fans who have been eagerly awaiting the July 20th release will have an opportunity to get a firsthand look at the Tumbler and the Bat-Pod, which are rolling out on a coast-to-coast tour, sponsored by Mountain Dew and IMAX.

Both the Tumbler and the Bat-Pod have served as high-powered modes of transportation for Batman in Christopher Nolan’s earlier blockbusters–with the Tumbler first appearing in Batman Begins, and the Bat-Pod being introduced in The Dark Knight. They will both be featured in different ways in Christopher Nolan’s hugely anticipated finale to his Batman trilogy.

Leading up to the opening of the film, the Tumbler and the Bat-Pod will be making their way across North America, appearing in the following cities and towns:

        Bentonville, Arkansas           May 12
        Tulsa, Oklahoma                 May 15
        Overland Park, Kansas           May 19
        Kansas City, Missouri           May 21
        Chicago, Illinois               May 25
        Washington, DC                  May 27
        Baltimore, Maryland             May 28
        Philadelphia, Pennsylvania      May 30
        Buffalo, New York               June 1
        Toronto, Canada                 June 7
        Montreal, Canada                June 10
        Purchase, New York              June 12
        Columbus, Ohio                  June 13
        Lansing, Michigan               June 15
        Detroit, Michigan               June 16
        Brooklyn, Michigan              June 17
        Indianapolis, Indiana           June 19
        Nashville, Tennessee            June 21
        Knoxville, Tennessee            June 22
        Atlanta, Georgia                June 23
        Dallas, Texas                   June 25
        San Antonio, Texas              June 27
        El Paso, Texas                  June 29
        Albuquerque, New Mexico         July 1
        Phoenix, Arizona                July 2
        Los Angeles, California         July 7

Lady Gaga’s x Giorgio Armani.


Lady Gaga and Madonna’s outfits for their respective upcoming tours look set to rival one another in the high fashion stakes, the latter has Jean Paul Gaultier on hand, while Giorgio Armani has just revealed sketches of his creations for Gaga.  On April 19 Armani unveiled a string of predictably wild custom-made outfits for the songstress, including lashings of luminous PVC, a keyboard head piece and, naturally, spiky shoulders.  “Collaborating with Lady Gaga is always an exciting experience for me. I admire the way she uses fashion as a scenic element and as a means to build a character,” said Armani, who also created looks for her 2010 Monster Ball tour.  “She is an artist of many talents and great intelligence. Creating stage costumes for her is a stimulating and creative exercise.”  While Gaga’s Born This Way Ball kicks off April 27 in Seoul, Korea, Madonna starts the MDNA Tour May 29 in Tel Aviv, Israel.  The songstress confirmed that her long-time collaborator Gaultier, who came up with the iconic pieces of her 1990 Blonde Ambition tour, is helping out with costumes.

Drake Performs ”The Zone” Live In Miami.


Drake’s Club Paradise tour has been underway for quite sometime now, but a video from one of his first performances surfaced recently.  Here’s a look at Drizzy performing “The Zone” live in Miami.

Hendrix Studios, Santa Clara, CA.


Every so often I’m fortunate enough to be presented with a great business opportunity that allows me to help others as well.  I was introduced to Hendrix Studio’s by producer Clayton Williams, and have been obsessed with the facility ever since.  Below is a video tour of the studio.  If you’ve got any interest in getting any work laid down at Hendrix, don’t be afraid to hit me up.

Drake’s Club Paradise Tour Footage.


 

Anyone now a days who’s doing anything noteworthy tends to make videos of their exploits.  And true to form, Drizzy Drake has created a video-log of his current Club Paradise tour adventures.  Check the method below.

The Batman Live Batmobile.


For those who have no idea what the hell ‘Batman Live’ is, its an all new theater production of Batman, that features a new story with all his classic villians.  Will be worth your $200 for a ticket?  Only time will tell, but what I heard yesterday is that the Dark Knight will be cruising the boards in a very plush ride.  Indeed the Batmobile of Broadway (or more accurately of ‘Manchester’, from July onwards) is designed by the very man who designed the McLaren F1 road car and the Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren, on top of a number of F1 racing cars, Professor Gordon Murray. The same man that independently designed the Rocket, an ultra-lightweight, open cockpit roadster powered by a 1-litre motorcycle engine, which has an appearance similar to that of a 60’s era Grand Prix car.

Batman Live will tour arenas for the first time ever across the UK and Europe, beginning in summer 2011, and arriving in North America in August 2012. Opening in Manchester on 19 July 2011 and visiting Newcastle, Glasgow, Sheffield, Birmingham, London, Liverpool, Nottingham, Dublin and Belfast.

Chillin At Pharrell’s House.


I recently got my hands a schweet little photo collection of Pharrell Williams personal play pen.  Check the method out below.  (My favorite installations are the modified ‘Family Guy’ portraits.)

Givenchy’s ‘Watch The Throne’ Tour T-Shirts.


Recently, Jay-Z and Kanye West rocked the world’s most famous arena during a pair of New York performances for their much-anticipated Watch the Throne Tour. With that, we now get a detailed look at the designer T-shirt they have been donning on stage. Riccardo Tisci was in charge of the intricate art detailing of the actual album, so in appropriate fashion, both emcees have been sporting coinciding Givenchy Watch the Throne shirts. The tees not only feature unique designs from Tisci, which highlight the project, but also welcome each artist’s initials on the sleeve.

SEED, The Perfect Vacation Companion.


I have this keen sense of attaching places with certain smells, especially when I’m on vacations. For example, whenever I wear this Armani perfume of mine, it triggers of memories of my trip to Japan, because I used that fragrance on my trip.  Likewise, many people associate different images and sounds with their travels. SEED is like a total recall agent that captures the essence of your travels (sights, sounds AND smells) so that you can share them with loved ones.  And when you’re back in your own surrounding, re-live your favorite vacation, using this wonderful device. It’s a wonderful example of how technology can bring back those fond memories.

Basically the unit has three purposes: sharing, remembering & guide.

Sharing.

As a sharing device, you can instantly share your entire environment with family and friends using Sync Experience Service. The balloon-shaped device hovers in the air, capturing an aerial view of the place.

Remembering

The device features a Total Recall Service that amazingly captures the sights, sounds, smells and almost encompasses the mood of the place it records.

Guide

SEED is a complete tourist guide and can give you a personal tour of your destination. It includes navigation capabilities that help you get around the city as well.

All in all, A very ambitious project but for travel buffs like me, it’s something we can do with.

YMCMB In Hawaii.


It’s no surprise to anyone that Birdman and the YMCMB crew do it big.  But this 12 minute docu-film about a recent trip to the U.S.’s 50th state was still quite interesting to watch.  Check the method below.

Bow Wow, Machine Gun Kelly, W. Chip The Ripper.


Nothing is more entertaining to me than seeing the behind the scenes content that goes into any song, music video, concert, or tour.  Being on the other side of the action is fascinating no matter who it is, so when I peeped a behind the scenes glimpse of Bow Wow’s tour, I gave it look.  Check the method below.

And in case your a die-hard Bow Wow fan, you can check out his other tour videos, part 1, part 2, and part 3 in Tokyo, Japan.

Swimsuit Models x And The Nissan 370Z.


I’ve recently developed a fascination with the Nissan 370Z, and in an attempt to look up some performance and tuning videos, I came across this gem…  An epic video piece put together by SI and the new Nissan 370Z featuring Melissa Haro, Damaris Lewis, and Jessica Hart who all hopped into 370’s.  The girls thought they were going on a leisurly ride through Vegas but the Drift Alliance picked them up instead at the Luxor Las Vegas Casino and took them for a spin they soon won’t forget.

Watch The Throne Kicks Off In ATL.


The ‘Watch The Throne’ tour officially kicked off recently in no place other that Atlanta Georgia.  I managed to grab some amateur footage of the incredible show from a couple friends.  Check the method below, and if there was any doubt in your mind about going to this show, I hope these video’s may change your mind.

The Araab Muzik Show.


Weather it’s live, on video, or in any other medium, someone playing the MPC live is always amazing to me, the same way it is for anyone to watch any artist produce live music.  The M.V.P. of the MPC, Mr. Araab Muzik, is a world class musician that has transcended the label of a simple “beat maker”.  Luckily for his fans, he’s on tour, all over the U.S. and has recently put out a docu-video proving his dopeness to those who remain unfamiliar.  But if you’re already up on your Araab music, keep looking at the top of the screen for the tour dates streaming by.

Rick Ross in Boston & P.A.


The ‘I Am Still Music’ tour has been a massive hit all over the country, and Rick Ross has been keeping a video blog of all his memorable locations since the beginning.  I found this particular “episode” a tad fascinating because there are a few segments of Rosay walking around Best Buy, and meeting up with Bam Margera.  (Random, but true.)  And I was very impressed with the fact that Ross was both well aware of the death of Ryan Dunn, and more than willing to help out with a charity being set up in his memory.  Check the method below.

Brand New Drake Interview.


Drake did a (pre NBA finals), interview with ‘Headkrack’ about his sophomore album set to drop soon.  In the interview he discussed the new sound of his album, the direction its going, and what his inspirations are musically.  At on point of the interview, he did give his predictions about the now concluded NBA playoffs, and although he may have been wrong about LeBron getting his ring… the interview itself is still very much worth a watch.  Check the method below.

Absolut: Blank.


After I put up the Absolut SF post, tons of people have been asking me about other Absolut collabs, and I haven’t been able to answer any questions…. Until now.  The Absolut Art Collection Tour is about to make its final stop in Shanghai after touring across Asia Pacific over the past few months.  The Absolut Art Collection, a celebration of art, creativity and popular culture, includes works by Andy Warhol, Francesco Clemente, Rosemarie Trockel, Béatrice Cussol and Angus Fairhurst, to name a few.  This will be the last chance to see the collection before it returns to Sweden. The exhibition will run from July 14th to 30th in Longmen Art Projects Shanghai.  To end the tour, the Shanghai exhibition will unveil the ABSOLUT BLANK campaign, a global creative movement that encourages artists and fans to create unique artwork from the “blank”.

Here, Absolut boldly turned its iconic bottle into a blank canvas to inspire artists throughout the world to collaborate and fill it with creativity.  Absolut brought together artists from a variety of disciplines and watched the journey from pure white canvas to exceptional pieces of art.  The Shanghai exhibition will feature the ABSOLUT BLANK collaboration between rising Chinese artist, Lu Xinjian and the multi-talented Musician/Producer, B6.  The two teamed up to create the “ABSOLUTELY A-MAZED” installation from just a blank map of Shanghai’s city streets.

The combination of both artists unique styles and inspiration from the ABSOLUT BLANK concept led to the creation of an artwork filled with colour, structure and sound that captures the inimitable energy of Shanghai.  A series of activities will be held throughout the exhibition period under the theme “It all starts with an ABSOLUT BLANK” including workshops led by artist Mr. Lu and Musician/Producer B6, where art students and ABSOLUT fans will have the opportunity to create art and music scratch.

The Illegal Tour of Six Flags New Orleans.


Like little kids, we all experience a happy rush, a delighted thrill, when going to play at an amusement park. Yet when an amusement park is abandoned and an eerie silence settles over the rusty and crusty decay, the setting seems to twist the atmosphere of enthusiastic excitement into a suffocating blanket of dread. The place takes on creepy vibes and freaks people out. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and ripped the heart of fun and the amusement out of this park. Almost six years later, Six Flags in New Orleans is unnaturally silent, no lines and no laughter. This 140-acre surreal setting has morphed into a nightmarish land of twisted dreams. It seems as if the post-apocalyptic atmosphere might be the perfect place to make a zombie movie. As if lured by a distant echo of scattered screams and the ghost of good times, urban explorers venture out of curiosity and capture the moments and crumbling scenes. They share with us in a virtual urban exploration tour of this creepy abandoned amusement park – Six Flags New Orleans. Most of these photos are very recent, as in taken during 2011, nearly six years after Hurricane Katrina tried to swallow New Orleans and Six Flags. A special thank you to the urban explorers who risked arrest, and possible zombie attack, to go in and shoot these current shots of Six Flags, and then gave the guys over at LoveThesePics.com permission to use their copyright photos.