Parallells duo launch their A Day In series with a fantastic first film from Essaouira in Morocco, during Moga Festival
The Parallells duo are proud to launch their A Day In series with a fantastic first film from Essaouira in Morocco, during Moga Festival. The film features a new and exclusive track “A Day In Essaouira” which will be available for purchase on Bandcamp and profits will go to the Associations Yerma Gnaoua and Issaouas in order to help Moroccan traditional musicians and their families to overcome the CV19 crisis.
Julien and Thomas de Bie, former students of the Academy of Music, grew up influenced by jazz and classical music and are now underground electronic stalwarts who are based in Amsterdam. They perform at major festivals such around the globe, manage Klassified Records and the Klassified Music Festival and have just opened “The House of Klassified” in Amsterdam; a creative hub for their artists combining: studios, recording facilities, an art gallery and co-working spaces.
With this ambitious new project, Parallells have taken their musical venture even further by discovering different cultures, tribes and their specific sounds. This episode is the first one of the video series “A Day In” where Parallells translate, through field recordings, a specific culture, city or country. It is said that “Music is the universal language” and Parallells aims to show how it connects people as well as showing the world’s beauty and use music as a force for change. This video was filmed by friend Arnaud Moro who does a remarkable job of capturing the process through his lens.
This last October, Parallells, Maalem Omar Hayat and his crotales players performed a unique show combining Gnawa music infused with electronic music. It came about as an initiative from Moga Festival called Moga Creation. Creating bridges between tradition and modernity, perpetuating the heritage of Essaouira, a city of mixed cultures, highlighting local creativity and hospitality, this project is what Moga Creation aims for.
Parallells rehearsed in the middle of Essaouira’s Medina, in a sacred place where the synergies were shivering when electronic music met traditional Gnawa’s rhythm and culture. After 3 days together, they played this memorable live at Moga Festival, a performance forever engraved in many people’s hearts.
Gnawa culture is a centuries-old Moroccan practice rooted in African rituals, Sufi traditions and music played with the guenbri, a type of lute with three strings, and steel castanets called krakebs or crotales. Gnawa refers to a "set of musical productions, fraternal practices and therapeutic rituals where the secular mixes with the sacred"
Essaouira is an exceptional example of a late-18th-century fortified town, built according to the principles of contemporary European military architecture in a North African context. Since its foundation, it has been a major international trading seaport, linking Morocco and its Saharan hinterland with Europe and the rest of the world.
Maalam Omar Hayat is delighted with this collaboration with Julien and Thomas, because it perfectly reflects the cultural exchange between Gnaoua music and electronic music. It was a truly unique experience with, as a highlight, this superb live performed at Moga festival, which perfectly symbolizes this alliance. "Moga création". It is the DNA of Moga festival and a great opportunity to represent these different worlds in the hope of future collaboration, because it was really magic.
This is a fantastic way to launch this new video series which will breakdown borders between music, culture and people all over the world. Watch out for the second episode which finds the pair immersing themselves in the Huichol culture in the Mexican mountains later this year.
Festival organisers have been closely monitoring the worldwide situation for the past few weeks and a decision has been made that the debut edition of one of 2020's most eagerly anticipated events, SAGA Festival, will be rescheduled to September this year due to COVID-19 concerns. This postponement is the best option for SAGA Festival with the health and wellbeing of visitors a main priority.
SAGA Festival will now take place between 11-13 September at Romania's stunning Izvor Park location. It will be an immense moment of celebration of a brand new dance music experience taking over the cultural hub of Romania. The innovative festival - a brainchild of both ALDA (AMF) & Insomniac (EDC) - marks a new beginning for the Eastern European festival scene, with a whole host of the finest acts in the world across 3 days of musical celebration. Festival organizers have noted that the soon to be announced lineup may be slightly different due to artist scheduling, but they assure visitors that it will be up to ALDA and Insomniac standards. There will also be an amazing surprise act added to the line-up, which will also be announced soon.
This stunning festival experience will now take place under the lush late-summer air, with sun shining as ravers from all across the world touch down in Romania to taste an iconic moment in dance music history. Filled with exciting visual spectacles - a small selection of which were displayed to guests at the recent SAGA launch event - visitors will be truly blown away by the scale of this pioneering event, with 'the story of SAGA' focusing on writing a new chapter in electronic history as we fill the blank pages of our story with the tales that will be told for generations to come regarding the antics enjoyed at SAGA Festival 2020.
Previously playing host to over 350 shows and more than 30 brands for millions of visitors worldwide, ALDA's reputation in the electronic industry has elevated the brand to the summit of the scene, where they proudly sit alongside partner brand, U.S giants Insomniac. With party-goers from every corner of the globe jetting in to experience the inaugural edition of the annual musical celebration, all eyes now turn to September. Are you ready to experience the beginning of the SAGA?
Monday, the team behind 1001Tracklists announces the launch of Songstats, a cross-platform music analytics service for artists, labels, and industry professionals.
Songstats is a mobile-first data solution that delivers important insights in real time. Currently tracking data from Spotify, Apple Music, Shazam, Beatport, Traxsource, iTunes, SoundCloud and 1001Tracklists, Songstats offers a comprehensive picture of the performance of each release.
The Songstats platform is a powerful tool that enables creators to save time and capitalize on their success. Subscribers receive push notifications when their tracks are added to major playlists, reach new milestones, and chart in different territories and genres. Custom artworks can automatically be generated and shared directly to Instagram, allowing artists to create momentum, celebrate accomplishments with their fans, and recognize supporters.
Both the website and mobile app present an activity feed to display important updates across an artist's or label's entire catalog. By displaying chronological insights for every track, Songstats makes it easy to highlight key performance metrics without needing to dig further.
Artist and label dashboards provide an overview of the most important all-time and recent achievements. For an in-depth look, individualized track pages showcase detailed analytics for each data source. Interactive tables empower users to dive deeper into the moments that matter most, while graphs allow for easy visualization of the growth of each release. Songstats regularly fetches the catalogue of artists and labels and leverages proprietary data merging mechanisms to compile statistics across all versions of a track in one combined place.
From CEO Oskar Eichler, "In today's landscape, there are so many different sources of information for your music, and it's difficult to know how you can use this data strategically.
Songstats was born out of a desire to aggregate everything into a single app, notify you straight away on what's most significant, and make it easy to understand
the many ways in which you can take advantage "
Songstats offers a free trial for all new users, and premium accounts can be shared across an unlimited number of team members at no additional cost.
Head to the App Store and Google Play
@Simona Nardone 2020