The first half of 2011 has already been very exciting for the Electronic Beats staff: we’ve been to SXSW festival in march, hosted EB festivals in Cologne, Budapest and Prague, brought our exclusive EB Soirées to Berlin, Graz and Cologne – and finally welcomed our shiny new website last week.
But this isn’t the end yet: Electronic Beats Classics will be coming up in fall as well as a bunch of EB Soirées – we’ll keep you posted on this. For now we’d like to mention that we’ll be around at Melt! festival 2011 this weekend, in cooperation with Giovanni’s Eisdiele we’ll be opening our Electronic Beats x Melt! Festival Ice Cream Parlour – stop by for a cupcake and ice cream.
Since this was already such an amazing year, we got our hands on a bunch of cd albums, exclusively signed by the respective artists: Bonaparte, Holy Ghost!, Animal Collective, FM Belfast, Apparat and Modeselektor. You can win one of these limited albums if you already own a copy of the original. Here’s how that goes:
Take a picture of yours showing your CD or vinyl original, send it via email (win @ electronicbeats.net, subject line: ‘CD swap’), tweet it to @EBnet or post it to our Facebook wall and keep your finger’s crossed. And if you’re one of our lucky winners, you could give away your original to a good friend of yours, bringing joy to other friends of great music.
Competition closes friday, july 22nd, 5pm gmt+1. Good luck and thanks for making 2011 a very memorable year so far!
We are happy to announce that as of March 18, a small contingent of the sought-after Duran Duran tickets will be for sale exclusively at the 4010 shops in Berlin and Cologne. In order to avoid a quick sell-out and dodgy black market deals, only two tickets will be sold per person.
The legendary band will be performing live at the Admiralspalast in Berlin on May 26 for our Electronic Beats Classics Event. To whet your appetite you can already read a part of their upcoming interview with the Electronic Beats Magazine – The Visionary Issue, here.
ELECTRONIC BEATS CLASSICS presents DURAN DURAN
Doors: 8.30 PM
Start Show: 9.00 PM
Tickets: 34 €
Soon now in the spring issue of Electronic Beats Magazine (Reinventing the Future – The Visionary Issue, due March 14) is an in-depth interview with Simon Le Bon of legendary Duran Duran, where we get the inside story on their starry past with Warhol and Bowie, as well as their latest creative output with star producer Mark Ronson. These are only a few highlights – be sure to catch the whole story in a fortnight!
How was it meeting Warhol for the first time in the early eighties?
For me, it was meeting an artist. Like myself. I considered myself as an artist as well, you know? To me, it was a meeting of equals, really. And I think that he saw it the same way. Nick and I went to the Factory and met him there. It was easy.
There are few bands on this planet who really lived up to the Warhol superstar idea. Duran Duran were instant superstars in the early eighties. How do you relate to the term ‘superstar’ as coined by the Factory people?
The answer is simple: You cannot survive the life on the fast lane that Warhol’s superstars lived. You have to step back and live a ‘normal’ life at a certain time. It’s just not healthy. And as you grow older, you do things that interfere with such an unhealthy lifestyle: You get married, you have children, and different other things come into your life. The Andy Warhol and The Velvet Underground ethic was okay for a short time for everyone involved. And let’s face it: weren’t The Velvet Underground short-lived? Didn’t they exist for only three or four years? And didn’t they then implode like a black hole? It wasn’t really a long-term thing. You have to have a plan if you want to build a real life around it.
How did you get along with Mark Ronson?
He just said: I want to bring you back to that particular experimental style. Full stop.
We come from new wave and punk, really. We draw from Roxy Music and a little bit of Chic and a little bit of the Sex Pistols. If you round that up it’ll make Duran Duran. It is the early eighties side of the band that you hear on the new album. Mark had a lot of impact on that sound. He said to us, straight away: “Look, guys, when I was a kid, I got your first two albums, and I was disappointed when I bought the third one. It didn’t have the same kind of experimental spirit. Seven And The Ragged Tiger lacked the edginess. It sounded safe. It didn’t have that cohesive direction.”
So, what makes a good producer? Does a good producer have to be a leader?
Yes, he has to be a leader. Yes, he has to have an opinion. You know, Mark has been a fan of the band for decades. That really helped. Because he knows what he wants to hear coming out of the band. He had a very strong vision of what he wanted to create – and a very charming way of achieving that. That’s very important, too. He’s someone who doesn’t want to intimidate you or to bully you or to piss you off in any way.
Read the whole interview in the upcoming Electronic Beats Magazine 01/11: Reinventing the Future – The Visionary Issue out March 14. You can pre-order it in our EB Shop.
We are very excited to present you Duran Duran on stage! Taking place on May 26th, 2011 at the prestigious Admiralspalast in Berlin, this will be our third event in our Electronic Beats Classics series following concerts with Donna Summer and Yello. More information here.