WeTransfer Is Offering Former Soundcloud Employees $10,000 To “Start Something”

As many have heard, the latest in the Soundcloud saga has been the layoff of some employees a few weeks ago. There were rumors that the company was shutting down entirely, but the founders disproved that and claims they’re here to stay.

For the workers that were laid off, there is still hope to remain in the music industry. A company called WeTransfer is offering $10,000 to former Soundcloud members to try to get them to create something new in the music streaming business. The company’s music director Lukas Nieuwenhuijsen sent an email on the subject:

“[W]e’d like to prevent you from just simply ‘getting a job’.

Why? What’s wrong with a job? Nothing. It’s just that you might stray from your original mission to change the way we consume or create music – an endeavor that made SoundCloud unique in the world of tech.

So we’d like to make you an offer. $10,000 to start something. This is not a loan or equity exchange.

What we would like to see is a proposal for something you could design, build or manage that could be the new mail-order record club, SoundCloud or iTunes.

This is not an investment. I hear you – 10k is a modest amount – but we started small too, and it could act as a runway. Or it could pay for the lights on a runway. Somehow, it could help you get off the ground.”

If you worked at Soundcloud, it’s a great opportunity. One door closes and another one opens.

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Mykonos: Dance Music’s Next Ibiza

Thomas Heyne, the ebullient German-born founder of new beachside hotspot Scorpios Mykonos, couldn’t be more proud of his adopted home. “For beach clubs and hotels, I consider Mykonos the best destination in the world,” he says. “Ibiza freaks who say they’ll never go anywhere else come to Mykonos and say, ‘Why didn’t I come here earlier?’”

Mykonos operators see their small Cycladic island not as a challenger to Ibiza, but a more laidback alternative for savvy tourists. First of all, the numbers are very different: Ibiza drew 3.6 million airport arrivals in 2016, up 15 percent from 2015, according to officials. By contrast, the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) tells Billboard that Mykonos, which has just 180 hotels, saw 290,000 international arrivals in 2016, with a projected 11 percent increase in 2017.

This growth has been good for the island’s reputation as a sun-drenched dance music Mecca. In addition to a growing crop of luxe beach club/restaurant hybrids, including Scorpios and the nearby SantAnna, a new 1000-person capacity nightclub Void has opened in Mykonos Town. This flurry of new investment has played out against the backdrop of Greece’s crippled economy. While insiders say the island felt the hit of the debt crisis around 2010, its tourism industry had regained strength by 2013.

Boasting beautiful beaches and an even Mediterranean climate, Mykonos has long been a popular LGBT destination, with a cluster of renowned gay bars in Mykonos Town. However for tourists seeking big-ticket DJs (and the guarantee of a party stretching well past sunrise), the gold standard is Cavo Paradiso. The 2000-person capacity open-air space, which opened in 1993 on a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea, has maintained its reputation as one of the world’s best clubs. No expense is spared on talent, either. Cavo’s 2017 schedule swings from EDM draws DJ Snake and Alesso to techno icons Richie Hawtin and Sven Väth, while also welcoming next-gen stars Marshmello and Alan Walker for the first time this summer. (Prebooked tickets generally cost between 25 and 50 euros; a comparable event at Pacha Ibiza charges between 50 and 90 euros online.)

Coda Agency’s Mike Malak – whose client list includes Dada Life, Bingo Players and AlunaGeorge – understands Cavo’s cachet with artists. “Because of its history, Cavo is one of those must-play clubs in Europe for DJs,” he says. Cavo regulars Nervo, who first visited the island in 2014, tailor their big-room sets to a crowd diverse in nationalities. “We try to play all our hits because we love to see fans singing along in the crowd there,” they say. “We normally finish our set as the sun comes up, so it’s much later than a lot of our European gigs.”

Cavo’s general manager Margharita Antonini acknowledges the club’s rare endurance. “We are one of a handful of electronic music venues worldwide that has been operating for nearly a quarter of a century,” she says. Despite sharing many of the same acts with Ibiza’s superclubs, Antonini sees no useful comparison between the islands. “Venues in Mykonos are constructed in a more natural way according to regulations of Cycladic islands tradition,” she says. “Mykonos is also more intensely influenced by other cultures.”

NERVO’s Miriam (left) and Olivia Nervo onstage at the island’s Paradise Club in 2016.

NERVO’s Miriam (left) and Olivia Nervo onstage at the island’s Paradise Club in 2016.

Before opening Scorpios in 2015, Heyne and his partner Mario Hertel ran Paradise Club, Cavo’s longstanding rival for big-ticket acts. (Since their departure, the venue has rebranded, with new artist bookers, as the day club Tru Paradise.) “When we were in competition with Cavo, we definitely paid more than Ibiza for talent, because the agencies were playing ping-pong with us,” he recalls. During his Paradise Club tenure, Heyne looked for artists on the brink of blowing up. “There were DJs I booked for the first time in Mykonos for 3000 euros, and they hugged and thanked me for the opportunity. Three years later they cost 150,000 euros – and if the neighbor offers them 5000 euros more, that DJ is gone.”

Sources tell Billboard that fees in Mykonos are usually consistent with a DJ’s asking price in other European markets, while artists often accept a reduced fee in Ibiza because of the island’s prestige. And unlike Mykonos, Ibiza favours season-long DJ residencies with a limited number of (coveted) guest slots. Malak confirms Coda’s number of Mykonos bookings has doubled in 2017 after three static years. “Artists speak to each other and the message gets around that it’s an amazing place,” he says.

In contrast to Cavo’s all-night model, beachside day parties are a growing trend. Italian duo Tale Of Us, whose moody, evocative house sound is a hit in Ibiza, signed on for five “sunset sessions” this season at Mykonos’s Alemagou Beach Bar. At Scorpios, the parties finish by midnight, with Heyne eschewing bank-breaking acts for a carefully curated experience. “If you deal with famous DJs, you’re very easy to copy, because the only measure is who’s playing tonight,” he reasons. “People are looking now for an all-day experience, especially if they’re on holiday with their families. If you’re getting home from a club at 8am, the next two days are not your friend.”

This shift towards sunset hours has popularized a deeper house sound on the island that’s miles from EDM anthems. In step with that trend, Void’s owner Jarrett Pasaoglou has targeted the likes of Damian Lazarus, Guy Gerber and Seth Troxler for the club’s first season. “The music is changing,” he says. “You can see it from Burning Man to Coachella to here.”

Housed in a former cinema, Void is a novel proposition for the island. “In Mykonos, you’re not allowed to build any more buildings,” Pasaoglou explains. “Void will stay the only big indoor nightclub.” Pasaoglou pursued the contract for the space with his father, who opened the enduring Mykonos beach bar Astra in 1987. The Void fitout includes sleek design and a Funktion-One sound system. “You can’t just open something and expect business in Mykonos,” he says. “The clientele coming now has a lot of expectations.”

There are few DJs in Greece who understand the scene as deeply as Mikee. The Athens-based underground techno veteran, who made his name as a DJ in the 1990s and now runs the influential label Deep Phase, credits Cavo Paradiso for putting Mykonos on the international map. “The island has the ability to create trends, not only to adapt to them,” he says. “While Cavo holds the scepter in the Greek electronic scene, many clubs in Mykonos Town have risen and fallen since the early days, having no real musical identity beyond taking the commercial way.” Mikee also sees the island’s growth as indicative of a wider trend. “It’s not a revival of the golden age of the ’90s – which cannot and perhaps shouldn’t happen – but the electronic scene in Greece is gradually on the rise again,” he says.

Doing business in Mykonos requires perseverance. The island’s slow-moving bureaucracy and high operating costs (the value-added-tax rate in Greece is 24 percent) are frequently voiced frustrations. Meanwhile, working with clubs in Mykonos from afar has been for “an up and down journey” for Coda Agency. “It used to be a bit of a minefield, not knowing when the money would come in,” Malak says. “There’s definitely a handful of clubs we can rely on now.” Void’s Pasaoglou hopes to end the island’s expensive bidding wars. “I would love to be able to create a price list [for DJ fees] that we all follow here,” he says. “It won’t make sense for Mykonos to pay three times more money than other markets.”

Despite the challenges behind the scenes, Mykonos now has more options than ever for dance music-seeking tourists. “The overall scene has broadened, with a greater variety in music and venues,” Nervo agrees. “Mykonos also feels more local and less ‘commercial’ than Ibiza: you don’t always need to make a table reservation at your favorite restaurant, but it’s almost impossible to find a taxi.” While it’s far from a budget destination in 2017, the island isn’t just for moneyed vacationers. “Mykonos still has that hippie feeling,” Pasaoglou says. “The hospitality in Greece I don’t think you can find anywhere else. Whether you’re a billionaire or an 18-year-old backpacking, we want everyone to have a good time.”

That promise of a good time—whether it’s greeting the morning at Cavo Paradiso, soaking in the sunset at a beach party or getting lost on the Void dancefloor—is turning more and more people onto Mykonos. However insiders agree that for now the tourism industry is growing at a healthy rate. “There’s limited space here, so everything moves more slowly,” Heyne says. “That’s good for the sustainability of this island.”

Mykonos’s steady success is also a beacon of resilience in hard economic times. “Greeks are used to adversity,” says Antonini. “We have been invaded and occupied many times in our 3,500-year history. We are still here and will continue to be.”

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Defected Radio Show: Guest Mix by Monki

In the hot seat for this week’s guest mix is BBC Radio 1’s Monki. You can catch Monki playing at Defected Croatia 2017, where she will be bringing her unique blend of house music to the Beach Stage.

01. David Keno – Ananas [Mother Recordings]
02. Amine Edge & DANCE – Good Time [DFTD]
03. Girls Of The Internet – When U Go (MoBlack Remix) [Classic Music Company]
04. FTLOH: Donna Allen – He Is The Joy (Troublemen Remix) [Soulfuric Recordings]
05. Folamour – Home Beyond The Clouds [Glitterbox Recordings]
06. Armless Kid featuring Queen Rose – Loubar’s Stars [Classic Music Company]
07. MOST RATED: Detroit’s Filthiest featuring Amina Ya Heard – Handprint [Defected Records]
08. Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters – Testify (Sandy Rivera Dub) [Defected Records]
09. Soulsearcher & Blaze featuring Palmer Brown – UNI (The 4 a.m. Satisfaction Mix) / My Beat (Accapella) [Defected Records]
10. Fideles – The Border [Exit Strategy]
11. Mr. ID featuring Kawtar Sadik – Salat Ala Nabina (Sifa Remix) [Offering Recordings]
12. Karizma featuring DJ Spen – 4 The Love (Kaytronik 2011 Remix) [Defected Records]
13. FINAL CUT: Chez Moon – Midnight Love (Larse Full Moon Remix) [Defected Records]


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Markus Schulz honors Chester Bennington with ‘In The End’ bootleg

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2017 has been a grim year for younger fans of rock & roll. Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell passed away by suicide in May, shaking the music industry. Now, fans are having to cope with another huge loss: Chester Bennington, Linkin Park front man.

Naturally, an outpouring of sorrow and solidarity ensued from longtime Linkin Park followers upon hearing the news, and fellow artists turned to honoring him in the best way they knew how: through musical tributes.

Markus Schulz was one such producer to memorialize Bennington in his own way, choosing the groundbreaking Linkin Park single “In The End” to work on. What ensued was a brooding trance piece — short, but impactful. In his usual “unicorn slayer” methodology, Schulz weaves square-pitched synths into a scintillating progression before fading into a melancholic breakdown which plays upon “In The End’s” opening hook. Bennington’s haunting vocals catalyze the bootleg’s climax, building tension before the melodic synths and a powerful kick come back into play.

The piece was originally debuted at Tomorrowland.

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Andrea Oliva Remixes Thick Dick Classic “Welcome to the Jungle”

Swiss tastemaker Andrea Oliva has been handpicked to craft a remix of Thick Dick’s classic ‘Welcome To The Jungle’. Originally produced by E-Smoove and released sixteen years ago, Andrea’s edits signify the return of Erick Morillo’s critically acclaimed SONDOS Records imprint.

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Thick Dick’s tribal anthem ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ was the first ever record to be released on SONDOS Records. Andrea pays homage to the seminal track by reflecting on the percussive elements that Thick Dick and the label are renowned for. The track highlights the change of his musical styles over the years with a thirst for bass-heavy melodies and waves of razor-sharp breakdowns.

Re-launched this summer, Erick expects SONDOS to continue to release the underground styles of Latin, tribal and techno it was revered for. Marking a huge year for the US artist, the resurface of the label ties in with the 20th anniversary of his flagship house imprint Subliminal.

The stand-out remix continues to cement Andrea’s status as one of the most well-respected artists in his field. With a plethora of notable releases under his belt – including one of the biggest tracks last year ‘Vermona’ on The Martinez Brothers’ Cuttin Headz imprint – Andrea will continue to reign the white isle this summer.

Alongside his ANTS family, Andrea will be debuting his curated Ibiza residency in Room 2 of Hï Ibiza. ‘Andrea Oliva & Friends’ will see an array of world-class DJs join him on the decks including Guti, H.O.S.H, Ilario Alicante and wAFF among others.

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Jay Hardway Drops Latest Track “Need It”

This summer Jay Hardway is set to build on his recent solo successes with his latest track, Need It.Just last year, Jay Hardway entered the legendary DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll for the first time, and his most recent track Golden Pineapple hit #1 in Beatport’s Future House chart. Two years in the making Need It now steers long-time Martin Garrix collaborator Jay Hardway into a more retro sphere than before, where we’re all ready for him.

Need It has already seen support from the likes of David Guetta, Tiësto & Dannic, Afrojack, Martin Garrix, Max Vangeli and Don Diablo, and is the product of over two years worth of work.

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“I’ve been working on this track on and off for about 2 years. After multiple versions, I decided to stick with this version with a retro feel to it. The melody has always been the main part of the project, but I needed something to build up to it. So, I decided to work with friends and songwriters Dennis Baffoe, Rupert Blackman and Tim Boomsma, who immediately felt the song and had a good idea about what energy the vocals should have. I’m really proud of the end result and the track is always a very special moment during my sets.”  JAY HARDWAY

This Amsterdam-based DJ is becoming an international force, having played at some of the world’s most respected clubs and festivals including Tomorrowland, EDC New York, Hakkasan Las Vegas, Pacha NYC, and a residency at Temple in San Fransisco. After a huge tour in Asia at the start of the year, Jay Hardway has locked in another string of dates there, as well as four tours of the US. With a tour schedule this impressive, the future is looking strong for Jay Hardway.

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Tomorrowland Belgium 2017 | Pete Tong

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