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DOCUMENTARY CHRONICLES THE UNTOLD STORY OF HOW THE ROLAND TR-808 DRUM MACHINE

CHANGED THE COURSE OF MUSIC HISTORY

FEATURING CONTRIBUTIONS FROM ICONIC ARTISTS INCLUDING

AFRIKA BAMBAATAA, PHARRELL, QUESTLOVE, PHIL COLLINS, RICK RUBIN, DIPLO, NEW ORDER, DAVID GUETTA, DAMON ALBARN,

FATBOY SLIM, AND MANY MORE

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You Know Films, Atlantic Films, and Arthur Baker have announced the forthcoming release of 808, a landmark documentary chronicling the incredible story of the influential Roland TR-808 drum machine. The film – which features commentary and contributions from such superstars as Pharrell WilliamsAfrika BambaataaQuestloveDamon Albarn,David GuettaPhil CollinsDiploNew Order, and Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), as well as pioneering artists and producers including Rick RubinJellybean BenitezHank Shocklee, and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis – will arrive in 2015.

A You Know Films production in association with Atlantic Films, 808 is directed by Alexander Dunn and produced by Alex Noyer (also executive producer), Atlantic Records Chairman/CEO – and Big Beat Records founder – Craig Kallman,Alexander Dunn, and Arthur Baker (also co-executive producer). The story was written by Alexander Dunn and Luke Bainbridge with additional music from Matt Jarman. The film will be accompanied by a comprehensive soundtrack companion, to be released by Big Beat/Atlantic Records in conjunction with the film’s release. 808 gathers an array of era-spanning tracks born of and inspired by the 808, including 1982’s world-changing “Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force, which will be accompanied by a brand-new remix package featuring interpretations by some of today’s brightest and most forward-thinking producers.

808 tells the remarkable tale of how one small machine changed the course of music history, spawning myriad styles across boundaries of time and genre, its defining sound as resonant today as ever before. First introduced in 1980, the 808 fueled an age of explosive artistic creation that began with electro, hip-hop, and synthpop but soon erupted into such diverse forms as acid house, techno, drum & bass, and dubstep. Despite being produced in limited numbers before its sudden discontinuation by Roland in 1983, the 808 lived on, and more than three decades later, it remains a vital element in contemporary hip-hop and R&B as well as an ever-present influence on modern EDM and pop music.

Working in collaboration with pioneering producer/DJ Arthur Baker, Dunn and Noyer set Afrika Bambaataa’s Baker-produced “Planet Rock” as the 808’s entry point, the track marking the first globally successful use of the machine, as well as a milestone moment in the emergence of hip-hop. To tell the tale from there, the filmmakers spent nearly three years traveling the world, interviewing iconic artists and platinum-certified producers, GRAMMY® winners and cult figures, all of whom share their insight and memories of the 808’s impact. Many of the contributors ask the same question: why was the 808 discontinued so quickly, even as it was turning up on more hit records than any other drum machine? Now, in an exclusive interview with legendary Roland founder Ikutaro “Mr. K” Kakehashi, the filmmakers behind 808 have at last learned the surprising reason behind the mystery.

“Making a documentary about a drum machine, a piece of electronic equipment, is an interesting challenge,” said Alexander Dunn. “It has no voice of its own, so as a protagonist it’s rather difficult to mold a story around. 808 has really been a journey of discovery for me. One that led myself and the team to meet over 50 musicians and artists from all around the world, hearing their personal stories about the 808 and the music they created using its iconic sounds. Those artists and musicians are the real protagonists of the film and the 808, in the hands of our contributors, would change music forever.”

“When I decided to make 808, I could not fathom the journey of nearly three years it was about to take us on. My very own 808 journeyed with us and is now signed by the likes of Afrika Bambaataa, Rick Rubin, Phil Collins, Pharrell Williams, and more. It will stand as a symbol of this incredible immersive experience,” noted Alex Noyer. “Embarking on a partnership with Atlantic is a celebration of the reach of the story, a story so deeply rooted in music history for the last 30 years that this iconic company felt it was their story to tell, too. It became far more than simply a commercial venture for all involved, and the synergy that ensued has been both humbling and incredibly exciting.”

“I was still in high school when the 808 came out, but I was already a DJ in clubs all around Manhattan,” said Atlantic Records Chairman/CEO Craig Kallman. “When ‘Planet Rock’ was released, it transformed the dance and hip-hop scene. The average clubgoer might not have known that they were listening to a revolutionary technology, but they felt it and were completely energized by the sound. It’s amazing that one machine could change the face of modern music, but it did. I’m thrilled that Atlantic Films and Big Beat Records are partnering with You Know Films and the legendary Arthur Baker to tell this extraordinary story.”

“The making of 808 was a very personal journey for me: being able to reconnect and interview (along with Luke Bainbridge) many of my old DJ/producer friends, while helping get the godfathers of the early scene some overdue acknowledgement,” said Arthur Baker. “But the most special part of the filming was traveling to Japan, meeting and interviewing Mr. K and jamming on his 808 on my birthday. I feel very privileged to have had this opportunity.”  

 

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Celebrating the 30th anniversary of their first major label release, The Bangles will be honored at the 2015 She Rocks Awards™

The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) is thrilled to announce that it will honor platinum-selling pop band the Bangles as part of the 2015 She Rocks Awards. Recognizing women who stand out as role models in the music industry, the live awards event takes place on January 23, 2015 at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel during the NAMM Show.
Formed over 30 years ago by guitarists Susanna Hoffs and Vicki Peterson and drummer Debbi Peterson in a Brentwood, California garage, the Bangles were the first all-female band to chart at Billboard's #1 for four weeks in a row. The band has been synonymous with hits like “Walk Like an Egyptian,” “Manic Monday,” “Hazy Shade of Winter,” “Eternal Flame,” and many more.
Reunited in 1999, the Bangles will be featured in a special tribute during the event as they celebrate the 30th anniversary of their first major label release, All Over the Place. “The She Rocks Awards shines a light on unique women working in every facet of the music industry,” commented guitarist Vicki Peterson. “We’re really honored to be a part of this year’s event.”
The 2015 She Rocks Awards will be co-hosted by platinum-aselling guitarist and solo artist Orianthi and the Women’s International Music Network founder and writer/editor Laura B. Whitmore. Now in its third year, the She Rocks Awards pays tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry, and has become a standard at the NAMM Show. 
Previous award recipients include female industry leaders such as Orianthi, Sheila E, Gaby Moreno, Malina Moye, Dinah Gretsch, Janie L. Hendrix, Mary Peavey, Tish Ciravolo and more. The event brings together industry professionals, music icons, artists, educators, fans and media to celebrate women in music. 
The WiMN also recently announced it will honor saxophonist, singer and songwriter Mindi Abair as a 2015 She Rocks Award winner. One of the most dynamic and accomplished performers in music today, her latest album Wild Heartdebuted at #1 on the Billboard Jazz and Contemporary Jazz chart. Abair was a featured saxophonist on the Late Show with David Letterman and American Idol, and has toured with rock legends Aerosmith. Additional award honorees will be announced soon.
The She Rocks Awards will take place on January 23, 2015 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm in the Pacific Ballroom at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, October 15. A NAMM badge is not required to attend the She Rocks Awards. 
The She Rocks Awards would like to recognize media sponsors NewBay Media, and their publications Guitar World, Guitar Player, Acoustic Nation, Bass Player, Electronic Musician and Keyboard Magazine.
For information regarding She Rocks Awards sponsorship opportunities, please contact [email protected]
Find out more at www.sherocksawards.com.
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About The Women’s International Music Network (The WiMN) 
Founded in 2012, the Women’s International Music Network unites women who work within all facets of the music and audio industries. With theWiMN.com as its hub, the WiMN provides a community for women within the industry while enriching their careers and musical experiences through networking and sharing. The Women’s International Music Network has authored over 100 interviews with women in the industry and posts a new one every week. The organization produces events such as the annual Women's Music Summit, the WiMN She Rocks Showcases, and the She Rocks Awards, and is founded by music industry veteran Laura B. Whitmore. For more information, visit www.TheWiMN.com.






 
SONO-CAMP-POSTER-2014-BLUE_copyGrammy™ award-winning drumming superstar, author and instructional DVD creator Stanton Moore (Galactic) has announced his second annual “Spirit of New Orleans” Drum Camp, December 5th – 7th at the historic Old U.S. Mint in the heart of New Orleans’ legendary French Quarter. Produced by MUSO Entertainment, this exclusive 3-day music camp celebrates the legacy and rich musical tradition that is uniquely New Orleans’. From Mardi Gras Indian -- to the evolution of jazz and funk -- students will enjoy three days of hands-on drumming, live performances, a private tour of the Old U.S. Mint’s “New Orleans Jazz” exhibit and much more. Sign up by October 23rd to receive a special Early Bird special tuition discount. Sign up now at www.muso-mart.com
 
SONO/NOLA 2014 will also feature a master class and private lessons from legendary New Orleans drummer/percussionist/bandleader Shannon Powell. Known as the “King of Treme,” Powell has worked with such world-renowned artists as: Harry Connick Jr., Diana Krall, Dr. John, The Blind Boys of Alabama, John Scofield and Danny Barker & His Original Jazz Hounds among others. In addition, acclaimed New Orleans drummer/educator Johnny Vidacovich (Astral Project/Bobby McFerrin) will offer private lessons.
 
All SONO camp packages include discounted admission to evening performances including: Anders Osborne with special guestStanton Moore at Tipitinas’s on Friday, December 5th; The Stanton Moore Piano Trio, Saturday, December 6th at Café Istanbuland a Sunday, December 7th SONO/NOLA 2014 Finale Concert at The Old U.S. Mint with special guests TBA. Students will also be able to play and participate in a Second Line procession on the grounds of the Old U.S. Mint.
 
The exclusive “Spirit of New Orleans” Drum Camp will offer a limited number of students the chance to play with and learn from Stanton Moore in an ultra-intensive classroom setting. Each student will play on an individual practice drum kit allowing for an incredibly intense, educational experience that guarantees results.
 
Located at 400 Esplanade Ave, The Old U.S. Mint is the only building in America to have served both as a United States and a Confederate Mint. Guests of Stanton Moore’s “Spirit of New Orleans” (SONO) Drum Camp will be given an exclusive tour of this historic building’s “New Orleans Jazz” exhibit featuring sheet music and instruments including Louis Armstrong’s first coronet and items from New Orleans’ jazz drumming legend Baby Dodds among other music memorabilia chronicling the history of Jazz from its humble beginnings on the streets of New Orleans. The new photography gallery portrays a new generation of New Orleans performers.
 
A lifelong resident of New Orleans, Stanton Moore is a highly respected drummer and authority on New Orleans’ musical history who has toured the world as a performer and educator, garnering accolades for his superb drumming skills, clinics and for his wildly popular “Groove Alchemy” book and DVD. In addition, Moore has released a number of educational products celebrating New Orleans drumming styles including the book Take it to the Street, as well as his DVD series “A Modern Approach to New Orleans Drumming” and “A Traditional Approach to New Orleans Drumming,” as well as the comprehensive beginner-to-advance book and DVD project, “A Fresh Approach to the Drum Set.” Moore is also the co-owner of Crescent Cymbals and regularly performs with Galactic as well as The Stanton Moore Trio and Dragon Smoke (featuring Ivan Neville), Leo Nocentelli (The Meters), thePreservation Hall Jazz BandAnders Osborne and many others.
 
Sponsors include: Gretsch Drums, Crescent Cymbals, Latin Percussion, Vic Firth, Remo, DW, Puresound, Cympad, Roland, Tight Screw, Gator Cases, Audix MicrophonesAerodrums, Rock Science, The Old U.S. Mint and Friends of the Cabildo.
 
For more information please visit: www.stantonmoore.com and to register for Stanton Moore’s “Spirit of New Orleans” Drum Camp, please visit www.muso-mart.com
 

The Original Long Island Drum Center Presents

The Dave Weckl Drum Clinic
Dave is considered by many to be one of the top 3 drummers in the world!

Thursday October 16     7 pm
Five Towns College Gymnasium
305 N Service Rd, Dix Hills, NY 11746

Tickets $12.50 and $18.50
available  at  Long Island Drum Center
1460 Old Country Rd, Plainview  
516-694-5432
 or online at lidrum.com

 
 

  A night of percussion not to miss!

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Award-winning percussionist, Pete Lockett presents an incredibly dynamic, entertaining and informative showcase of drumming and percussion from every part of the globe. His exploration of world rhythms is complemented by subtle sound design and electronics.  The combination of sound textures, powerful pulsing grooves and virtuosic solos has captivated & entertained audiences worldwide & reflects Pete’s work with artists such as Peter Gabriel, Björk, Jeff Beck, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Robert Plant, Kodo, Zakir Hussain and also on five 007 Bond movies. On the strength of his solo shows, Pete was twice voted #1 WORLD PERCUSSIONIST by the readers of DRUM magazine in the USA.

What the press said:

Time Out, London: ‘A truly global mix of percussive brilliance. Something memorable guaranteed.’

The Independent: ‘…Will have the audience bouncing off the roof.’

Rhythm magazine: ‘A strikingly inventive show which left the audience virtually ripping up their seats.’

Rave magazine, India: ‘Phenomenal.’

Drumscene, Australia: ‘Percussion as you have never heard it before.’

Camden New Journal: 'Virtually creates his own genre'

Times of India: ‘One of the Kings of rhythm.’

Performance Dates:

Performance dates

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Sunday, 9 November - 8:00pm - LONDON

AFTER LONDON DRUM SHOW - Hall 2 Kings
Place, Kings Cross, London, N1 9AG - 020 7520 1440

Wednesday 26 November 7:30pm - BIRMINGHAM

Bramall Auditorium, University of
Birmingham, B15 2TT - 0121 345 0600

Friday 28 Nov 8.00pm - POOLE

The Studio, Poole Lighthouse, 21 Kingland Road,
Dorset BH15 1UG - 0844 406 8666

Saturday 29th November 7:30pm - WILTSHIRE

Wiltshire Music Centre, Ashley Road,
Wiltshire, BA15 1DZ - 01225 860 100

 

 
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