Producers Are the New Stars: NY Times


As we have been saying for some time now, producers are the new stars. Typically using programs like Ableton in addition to a gamut of instruments, musicians can now make their own music–sometimes even on an airplane–so imagine our surprise when this Tweet came across from the New York Times:

As they explain here:

No longer relegated to the liner notes, digital composers in the genres of electronic dance music and hip-hop — both now firmly ensconced at pop music’s center — often take top billing on their tracks, even if the featured guest is Justin Bieber.

So even in this moment of dominant solo idols — Beyoncé, Drake, Rihanna — there exists a less instantly recognizable realm of rising studio superstars that have leapt from the depths of SoundCloud or the E.D.M. heap into the upper echelon of influence, dominating radio play and landing high-profile festival appearances.

Click through to read the process behind some of today’s biggest hits from Clams Casino, the Chainsmokers, and Make It New alum Flume.

Although Ableton goes unmentioned, we can assure you Ableton is the preferred instrument of choice for these acclaimed acts.

This isn’t the first time Ableton appeared in the New York Times.

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10 Must See 18+ Summer Shows in Boston

The temperature is rising, meaning it’s the perfect weather to go out and catch one of these must see acts!

Holy F*ck @ Brighton Music Hall on July 18 

Get lost in Toronto-based electronic collective Holy F*ck’s latest single “Xed Eyes” from their album Congrats and make sure to catch them this July 18 at Brighton Music Hall!

M83 @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on July 21


The French electronic rock band behind “Midnight City” are bringing their ethereal space-inspired grooves to the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on July 21. Check out their latest single “Do It, Try It” off of their latest album Junk.

Anderson .Paak @ Paradise Rock Club on July 21

Promoting his latest release Malibu and fresh off of teaming up once again with producer KnxwledgeAnderson .Paak  is set to preform at the Paradise Rock Club on July 21. Check out his song “The Season/Carry Me” straight off Malibu. 

Hiatus Kaiyote @ Paradise Rock Club on August 1


Australian heroes and future-soul group Hiatus Kaiyote “have to be seen to be believed.” Playing a sold out show at the Paradise Rock Club this coming August 1, the Grammy-nominees have quickly turned into legends within their genre and promise to deliver an unforgettable night.

Flume @ The House of Blues on August 29 & 30


Australian beats producer–and #MakeItNew alum–Flume returns to the House of Blues for a two night sold-out run promoting his latest and highly anticipated release Skin alongside special guests Kenton Slash Demon on August 29 and 30.

Way Out West @ Middle East Downstairs on August 31


Bristol natives Jody Wisternoff and Nick Warren played an unbelievable set this past June at Electric Forest. Come experience them for yourself at the biggest Binary party yet this August 31 at Middle East Downstairs.

Of Montreal @ Paradise Rock Club on September 10

of Montreal just released the video for their latest single “It’s Different for Girls” last week. Check it out now and make sure to stop by their psychedelic dance party at the Paradise Rock Club this September 10!

Gold Panda @ The Sinclair on September 8


Inspired by the recent Brexit vote, this British producer (and Together Boston alum) just dropped a surprise EP this week titled Kingdom. Gold Panda brings his heady beats to The Sinclair this September 8.

RJD2 @ Middle East Downstairs on September 16


Hip hop producer and master sampler RJD2 has been busy touring promoting his 10th studio release Dame Fortune this summer. Watch him in his full glory as he blends funk, rock, and soul with electronic music and live instrumentation at Middle East Downstairs this September 16.

Chance The Rapper @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on September 29


The 23-year-old rapper taking the hip hop world by storm is bringing his Magnificent Coloring World to the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion this September 29 to promote his latest release Coloring Bookthe first streaming-exclusive album to chart in the top 10 on Billboard 200.

Make It New with Flume & Durkin

Opening Ryan Durkin & Coralcola
Middlesex Lounge – 4/4
315 Mass Ave.
Cambridge, MA 9pm-2am 21+/$10

Flume is a 20 year old beatmaker from Sydney. He got his first taste for producing at age 13 from the most unlikely of places – a music production program he found in a cereal box. Taking a no-holds-barred attitude to music creation Flume takes inspiration from a wide variety of sources and scenes distilling his sound into a melodic bass heavy style of his own.

Flume is getting significant buzz online with ‘Sleepless’ amassing 500,000+ plays on YouTube, and 120,000+ on Soundcloud and his facebook page has 23,000+ fans in less than a year of being online. Sleepless was soft released in August 2011 and has been #1 on the iTunes Australia Electronic Chart for several weeks and in the top 10 for several months.

Internationally Flume has been confirmed to perform at CMJ in New York in October 2012 and been signed for UK and European booking by Elastic Artists (Flying Lotus, Major Lazer) with plans for both a European and North American tour in 2013. Flume’s debut self-titled album will be out on 12 November 2012 released worldwide by Future Classic (Flight Facilities, New Navy). It will be preceded by a vinyl/digital release of Sleepless on 24 September with remixes by Shlohmo (USA) and Midland (UK) and a video clip. In addition to lead single Sleepless featuring Jezzabell Doran the album features guest vocal contributions by Chet Faker, Moon Holiday, George Maple (aka Jess from Flight Facilities’ Foreign Language single) and Porto Rican LA based MC T.Shirt.

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Durkin-440x442Durkin – Boston, US

Mmmmaven is proud to welcome Durkin to our artist roster. Ryan Durkin is a DJ, producer, the unofficial Together Festival ambassador to the hip-hop world. Officially he runs the DJ & Producer competitions as well as being a regular staple at dance nights around town.

As well as producing a recent EP he also under his own name, you can also find him as one half of Banana Seat. “The songs are inspired by our love for hip-hop and dancehall as well as 90’s big beat and rave music.”

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