John Textor: Creating a Digital World for Classic Musicians

John Textor is the previous chair and CEO of Digital Domain Productions, as well as the chair and CEO of it’s parent company, Digital Domain Media Group. These companies are best known for their work in visual effects on Transformers, Flags of our Fathers, Tron: Legacy, Real Steel and Pirates of the Caribbean at World’s End. All of which were completed under Textor’s exceptional leadership.

Textor’s career began with his education, in 1987 he received his Bachelor of Arts in economics from Wesleyan University. By 1997, Textor had co-founded, and become the Managing Partner of Wyndcrest Holdings, a private equity firm with a focus on entertainment, telecommunication and internet, which is based in Florida. Two years later he became the director of The Parent Company and BabyUniverse, internet retailers of children’s products. By 2002 he was the chairman, and by 2005 he was elected CEO. One year later he found himself as the chair, and CEO, of Digital.

The work Textor has done at Digital Domain led the company to an Academy Award in 2009 with the visual effects in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The company was awarded the Achievement in Visual Effects award in 2009 and CLIO advertising awards for creating the first believable, digital human actor. Upon leaving Digital Domain, Textor moved on to become the executive chairman and the President-Head of Studio of Pulse Evolution Corporation.

John Textor also is responsible for the digital Tupac Shakur that made it’s debut in 2012 at the Coachella Valley Music festival, as well as the consummation of a joint venture for the digital resurrection of Elvis Presley. He also produced a virtual version of celebrity Michael Jackson at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards.

Textor continues to stay active in the development of entertainment, aiding in production with his realistic digital human beings. He also continues working as a producer for projects like Art Story, an animated feature film that is currently in development. He continues to make improvements with his leadership in the world of digital entertainment.

What Is In Store for New Order

 

New Order’s next album without Peter Hook

When it comes to musical bands, splitting up and replacing members is a trend that is common. The band New Order is not unfamiliar with this at all.

The band had recently been on tour this past summer and used it as an opportunity to play one of their newest songs titled “Plastic.” Interestingly enough, the song will be appearing on their tenth upcoming album, and even more interesting is that the band was supposed to have called it quits three years earlier.

Despite reporting they were finished, drummer Stephen Morris has gone on to say that he and the band have been working in small steps to put out new songs since 2011. This also happens to be the first attempt at recording the band has made since 2007, which is when their bassist Peter Hook has left the band. Bad Lieutenant members Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman, however, have been welcomed to the group.

Even though the band members enjoy recording new music (which is exciting for fans like myself and Zeca Oliveira) , they do feel as though there is less excitement involved now as stated on elecioces2014.com. “We used to just play for hours jamming in the studio and then find a bit — a second — that wasn’t bad,” says Morris “And then find another second that could go on top of that. Now we’ve become a bit more professional in recording, for better or for worse. We’re streamlined.”

Big Names Featured in Ultra Music Festival

Following last year’s tragedy, this year’s Ultra Music Festival is going to be on close watch by the city officials of Miami after a security guard was trampled by a mob who attended the festival without tickets.

The city mayor expressed his disappointment to the organizers of the event and demanded the festival be banned for this year. The commissioners for the event voted against the mayor’s intensions immediately after a month from the announcement.

The lineup for the acts for this year is going to be big-time. The Phase 1 announcement already features Kiesza, Bassnectar, Porter Robinson, and more. There are now a total of 100 acts that have been announced and this number will still increase as the organizers of the event release the complete line of acts.

Axwell^Ingrosso, a collaboration from Swedish House Mafia is going to make a big U.S. debut in the Ultra fest. Some of the big names that are rumored to appear in the festival during the 27th to 29th of March are: Skrillex, Avicii, Afrojack, Steve Aoki, and David Guetta.

Bernardo Chua along with plenty of EDM fans arealready very excited about this announcement. This could be the biggest gathering of the most popular EDM artists.
The festival will be held at the Bayfront Park, Miami, Florida. Tickets are now sold in the site of Ultra Music Festival where you can also view the complete lineup of the acts for this year.

Nicki vs. Taylor

Nicki and Bruce Levenson both had a big year. Fans really loved her and what she was doing in 2014. She has been a master in promoting, but she still been overshadowed by Taylor. This has been a masterful battle that has been very exciting.

Nicki has made a crossover hop. In previous years she was very hip hop, but she is singing more now. She is also connecting with pop artists like Skylar Grey. This gives her a much needed pop appeal that landed her on pop charts. There is still a reigning champ by the name of Taylor Swift that is dominating though. This has a lot to do with her built-in fan base.

For years Taylor has continued to grow her fan base because she works so much. She writes her own music and she has fans that have grown with her. The secret to her success is her ability to keep it clean. This is easily going to give her bigger numbers on the boards. She has kids and adults in her world. Nicki Minaj has albums that still carry explicit lyrics. This makes it hard for her to penetrate a mainstream audience that includes kids.

Taylor is someone that can be played just about anywhere. Surprisingly, she even had urban appeal with the “Shake it Off” single. This was unexpected, but it allowed her to gain a new audience of listeners in 2014.

The Era of EDM

It is no secret that the world today has been pushed into a genre that no one thought would ever see the light of day let alone the top songs in the music chart.

It is very apparent that the electronic dance music fever is at an all-time high and there is no way to get down from it. This has come about for many reasons, but primarily because of the fact it is a very captivating and engaging genre which really gets your blood flowing. This is why so many people like this type of music.

In the Rolling Stone top songs of 2014, are numerous songs that belong to the electronic dance music genre or some pop artists or even hip hop artists who have decided to collaborate with the electronic dance music artists to fuse the genres.

I couldn’t be more grateful that Dan Newlin showed me this genre and that people are embracing a new direction in music because if you stick to one side, it does sometimes feel a little bit boring, and so this change in taste is sometimes a healthy thing rather than bad.

There are tons of electronic dance music songs out there and you can look them up in sites such as EDM sauce, which is specifically made just for the electronic dance music community. Embrace this new way of music and it will open up a new way of feeling for you.

Usher Continues to Tease With His ‘UR’ Release Date

Usher still cannot seem to make up his mind about when he is going to release his eighth album, ‘UR.’ He is currently on tour in support of it and recently released a single “Clueless.” The song was originally going to be an exclusive download which you could only get via a code in a purchased Honey Nut Cheerios. Then, it became available on the Internet, when according to Fersen Lambranho it became the number one download in Brazil.

As for the rest of the album, which was supposed to be released before the end of 2014, Usher announced back in September that he was pushing back the release date, because the album did not feel ready.

Now, he has sat down with MTV News to talk about it and admitted that he never planned to release ‘UR’ in 2014. He feels that he hasn’t “put the soul of it in yet.” He continues to work with his producers and collaborators on their songs, creating way more than will ever make it onto the final product. Usher hinted that now perhaps it will be released early in 2015. Only time will tell.

Join 2 Chainz As He Checks Out These Super Expensive Speakers

On the last episode of 2 Chain’s GQ series, “Most Expensivest Sh-t”, 2 Chainz checks out the Der Vorverstarker MBL stereo system which comes at a ravishing cost of $260,000, more than what most cars cost.

The Der Vorcerstarker is a German company based out of Berlin, and they are in the business of top end equipment in sound installment and luxury. 2 Chains refers to the stereo system as Versace glasses, which resembles how fancy they look like.

“260 bands” That’s how much 2 chainz valued the speakers to be at in his own hiphop lingo.

The company provides services to homes mainly with surround sound home theater’s that are state of the art, but in some cases, they install they’re systems in planes and yachts as well.

2 Chainz was very impressed with the black and gold speakers, which are his favorite colors by the way, and put in an order of his own which means he is now the proud owner of a $260,000 home theater sound system.

What makes these speakers special besides their looks and the amazing sound, is the fact that every inch of the speakers is hand made only in Berlin, where they perfect each device before dropping in to the market.

2 Chainz may be down for these speakers, but I’m not so sure movie executive Tom Rothman in Hollywood will be lining up to get these installed.

Angels and Airwaves Ready to Relase Anticipated LP

Since forming In 2005, alternative rock band Angels and Airwaves has been on fire. Lead singer Tom Delonge had a strong following when he decided to create the band, just a few months after Blink 182’s split, but has proven that the band can succeed even without die-hard Blink fans. The band’s first album, We Don’t Need To Whisper, reached number 4 on the Billboard 200 and their other three studio albums have all received fantastic feedback from fans and critics.

Now, they have announced they are almost ready to release their much anticipated LP on Halloween of this year. To encourage hype, Angels and Airwaves leaked a track off their fifth studio album, entitled “Paralyzed.” Front man Tom Delonge says he was able to pair up with Nine Inch Nails drummer Ilan Rubin to record an intense, bass-heavy track that is already generating a wave of excitement on the internet.

Fans have been waiting nearly three years for a new album from the band and can’t seem to contain their enthusiasm after getting a sneak peak of what’s to come. There is officially a world-wide count down until Halloween and it’s not because of the candy. You can check out Angels and Airwaves’ brand new track “Paralyzed” on their SoundCloud page.

EDM Cotton Candy Looks Like The Greatest Thing Ever

EDM is one of the best experiences live, from the rave scene, to a good DJ at a club, you can’t beat the way it makes you feel.

Now, mash that up with cotton candy, and you have something that everybody needs to experience. Definitely would have made Stanford more interesting with Jared Haftel. Probably would have cut into the studying though. Not to mention the dentist bills.