Renowned Detroit techno group Underground Resistance, famous for their anti-mainstream image, recently accused Armin van Buuren of copying their logo for his latest residency at Hï Ibiza, ‘U R.’
The group voiced their displeasure in emphatic fashion through their social media account, stating “Is there no shame? What happened to electronic creativity? What the fuck is it all about the money?? To ‘those who know’ MOVE TO CONDITION RED!! To those who steal culture, you have been warned.”
Label manager Cornelius Harris had some choice words for the situation as well. “There’s no excuse for this,” he says. “It’s lazy and irresponsible of the artist AND promoter. I’m all for folks having fun regardless of the style of music, but that can be done without trying to exploit the years of work that another artist has put in for your own benefit. Van Buuren offers no explanation for it, simply calling U R ‘my new concept’ and leaving it at that. Sorry man, no fucking way.”
Armin van Buuren spoke to FACT about the accusation of plagiarism, claiming to be unaware of any similarities between the two logos. He notes that, while he intends to continue using the “U R” residency name, he will be adjusting its symbol.
Read van Buuren’s full statement below:
“I would like to start off by saying how unfortunate and unpleasant this situation is for everyone involved. My team, the team of Hï/Ushuaïa and myself were not aware of the similarities between our logo and the logo of Underground Resistance.
“Originally, UR – the name of the new event through which I’ll perform in Ibiza every week – is derived from Universal Religion, an older but nonetheless known Armin van Buuren concept. The logo, which consists of a custom-made font and frame, was designed to conform with the Armin van Buuren brand.
“After careful deliberation, my team, the team of Hï/Ushuaïa and myself have decided to keep the name UR as it is and adjust the symbol. I trust that media, fans and Underground Resistance will be able to understand this decision.”
Tujamo – ‘One on One‘ – In a world where our every move is tracked and broadcasted on social media, Tujamo‘s new video tackles this issue, in an unusual way and with an amusing twist. Leading from the front with its super-futuristic cover artwork, the music video follows one man on an evening almost as steamy as Tujamo‘s new song ‘One on One.’ It’s not long before the viewer realizes that they are, in fact, the protagonist; as depicted by a girl removing her VR goggles in a restaurant.
Renowned for bringing the world’s best artists to party their dazzling poolside stage, Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel have just confirmed another huge collaboration with NERVO Nation for the summer..
The highest ranking female DJs in the world, Aussie duo NERVO will be landing on Ibiza’s golden shores to take over the DJ booth at Ushuaïa for six shows in June and September. Opening and closing out the summer with their awesome NERVO Nation party concept, the sensational duo are set to prove why no season in Ibiza would be complete without them on board!
A production force to be reckoned with, Mim and Liv – best known as NERVO – have written and produced for pop royalty Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, The Pussycat Dolls and Miley Cyrus and even earned themselves a Grammy for their part in co-writing smash hit ‘When Love Takes Over’ for David Guetta and Kelly Rowland. Aside from their obvious production prowess, in 2016 the sisters played over 200 shows to over 1.5 million fans globally and held down residencies at Hakkasan, Omnia and Wet Republic in Vegas, and of course Ushuaïa in Ibiza. Their monthly radio show NERVO Nation has been syndicated to over 70 international stations including Sirius XM’s BPM, with their raucous parties by the same name seeing them amass yet more legions of fans worldwide.
Ushuaïa Ibiza has long since been regarded as one of the most iconic clubs on the white isle and it’s not hard to see why. Their stacked lineup of top tier artist talents is just one element of their widespread international appeal. Known for their impeccable poolside productions, cutting edge stage design meets state of the art lighting, visuals and pyrotechnics under a blanket of stars, to make the open air venue the go-to destination for clubbers around the globe.
Gabriela Francesca – ‘Hallucinate‘ – Indie-pop artist Gabriela Francesca is less than a week away from dropping her first release of original music this year. The upcoming single ‘Hallucinate‘ is her self-written tribute to ‘half-relationships’ and the struggle of getting over losing someone you never really had in the first place. The fizzy pop anthem, out May 21st, is the first original collaboration between Gabriela and LA-based producer Geo. Since the conception of ‘Hallucinate,’ the pair have gone on to write the rest of Gabriela‘s EP, set to release in late summer.
Though her pastel pink pixie-cut is new, Gabriela‘s dedication to soaring, bespoke melodies and personal lyrics remains as consistent as it’s always been. The new single marries her undeniable skill for lyrical storytelling with a topline that highlights all the sweet spots of her clean and acrobatic voice. Her new whimsical pop sound is inspired by her love of anime and 80’s nostalgia, and is reminiscent of MØ, Ellie Goulding and Kehlani.
A native Chicagoan raised in a Mexican-American family, Gabriela Francesca Carrillo goes by her first and middle name as an artist-songwriter living and working in Los Angeles. Her past releases have gained her ranks on Spotify’s Hipnotrix and Fresh Finds playlists and performances on stages like the Resident in Los Angeles, C3 Rooftop in Guadalajara, MX and the Roman Arena in Bucharest, Romania.
Sebastien – ‘Afterlight‘ – Having enjoyed his biggest successes to date with releases on The Bearded Man, it’s no wonder Sebastien makes his return to the label. His new single ‘Afterlight,’ features Zac Poor and saw its release last Friday 19th of May.
Built around sweet summer vibes and a striking guitar sound, ‘Afterlight‘ packs Sebastien‘s highly-addictive signature sound as well as Zac Poor‘s sensuous vocals, all nestled into a blanket of heart-felt emotion. It oozes the kind of feel that has fans reaching for the repeat button time and time again and is so easy on the ear it’s impossible to resist.
Sebastien‘s debut release on The Bearded Man, ‘High On You,’ has already scored well over 2.5 million streams to date on Spotify alone, but was quickly overrun by the success of its follow-up. ‘Music In You‘ earned him no less than 14 million streams to date and remains his biggest hit to date. It’s up to ‘Afterlight‘ to set the bar even higher.
KUURO – ‘Possession‘ – KUURO (cure-oh) comes to life with their newest release ‘Possession,’ on Monstercat. After making a formidable impact on the label’s vast fan base with their debut track ‘Aamon,’ which hit the Spotify Viral 50 in four countries and has garnered over 1.8 million streams to date, the veil is finally lifted on the mystery duo of Jordin Post & Luke Shipstad.
Possession strikes with thunderous power as cinematic big synths and haunting vocals unleash a piercing metallic drop that will sure to be a head turner at festivals and clubs this summer. Not settling for anything less than the highest of standards, the two producers have been polishing the artistic vision of KUURO for quite some time.
The first single to be taken from his forthcoming debut artist album, “Frozen Ground” reunites ilan Bluestone with British singer / songwriter Giuseppe De Luca. Since joining Anjunabeats in 2011, ilan has been at the forefront of the evolving trance sound. With an ear for hooky instrumentals, organic chords and dance floor minded productions, the likes of “Big Ben,” “Spheres” and “43” became euphoric moments in DJ sets for acts such as Above & Beyond and Armin Van Buuren.
A prolific touring artist, ilan has headlined the Anjunabeats North American tour in 2016 and 2017 as well as joining Above & Beyond at Madison Square Garden and Sydney’s All Phones Arena.
The follow up to ilan and Giuseppe’s breakout hit “Bigger Than Love”, “Frozen Ground” was debuted during Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy 200 show in a sold out 13,000 capacity Ziggo Dome.
For Giuseppe, inspiration for the song came after he joined ilan on stage at EDC, “There’s something about witnessing a sea of people gathered together to feel something that really helps to warp the borders of reality. I had this Brechtian idea of a specific sound, that when heard, would snap the listener out of their everyday veneer and allow them to connect with who they truly are. On Frozen Ground, I feel that sound, forever.”