Monthly Archives: October 2016

Etymotic Earplugs for Concerts: Hearing Protection Spreads From The Stage To The Floor

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DJs know that ear-splitting volume is an occupational hazard, and they protect their ears accordingly. If fans leave the house without their plugs, it’s the rare festival or club that offers the purchase of good earplugs.

That appears to be changing, as concertgoers are increasingly seen sporting a variety of hearing health solutions. A 2015 World Health Organization study declared over a billion young people are at risk of noise-induced hearing loss, and some appear to be listening.

Depending on where you sit, any genre of music can reach unsafe volume levels:

  • A 100-decibel (dB) performance is safe for only 15 minutes without hearing protection
  • At 110 dB, hearing damage begins in as little as two minutes
  • At 120 dB and above, there is immediate risk of hearing damage
  • Daniel Johnson, a hearing conservationist, predicts that one loud concert can speed up hearing loss by more than 2 ½ years
  • An outdoor venue does not guarantee the sound will disperse down to a safe listening level

Etymotic Research, established makers of high-fidelity hearing protection and personal audio products, is at the forefront of this wave of new hearing health solutions. 

Their ETY•Plugs® and ER20•XS® earplugs are the world’s highest fidelity non-custom earplugs. They reduce most noise to safe levels while preserving the clarity of speech and the richness of music. Both products are configured to replicate the natural response of the ear canal so that when sound enters the earplug, it is reproduced unchanged, exactly the same as the ear would hear it, only quieter. The newer ER20•XS earplugs have a discreet, stem-less design, which allows them to be worn with hats, headphones and other headgear.

Professional musicians, serious concertgoers, and others who want a more long-term solution invest in custom Musicians Earplugs™ or in MusicPRO® electronic earplugs, which automatically adjust output levels as sound input levels change.

The Etymotic line of hearing protection is increasingly showing up wherever DJs are rocking the rafters, or outdoors keeping the wildlife far, far away. From behind turntables to the spaces in front of speaker arrays, Etymotic is helping EDM DJs and their fans turn thumps down, so they can wake the next morning fresh and ultimately dance another day.

About Etymotic

Etymotic is a research, development and manufacturing company that designs high-fidelity personal audio products and hearing wellness solutions to assess enhance and protect hearing. For over 30 years, innovation and education have been central to Etymotic’s mission. Etymotic is one of the most respected leaders in high-fidelity audio and hearing conservation. For more information about Etymotic, its hearing wellness mission and its products, please visit


Out Now: sOuL from the O Contraband Mixtape – New Single: DREAMS (produced by DJ D-Sharp)


DREAMS is the second single off of sOuL from the O’s “Contraband Mixtape” – a dub reggae infused hip-hop anthem (prod. by DJ D-Sharp) about achieving one’s aspirations against all odds. The visuals for DREAMS (directed by Woodstock) bounce along to sOuL from the O’s imagery of creating the very things we envision, and seeing obstacles as opportunities.

Accompanied by a driving beat DREAMS culminates into a chorus that features vocalist Sonia Whittle, a pyramid and visuals that move to the music. Check out the video and free download of DREAMS via the YouTube and Bandcamp.


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@soul11525 #hiphop #sOuLfromtheO #contrabandmixtape #dreams

Nobody gave sOuL from the O permission to make his brand of Hip-Hop, and he likes it this way. Sometimes eclectic, sometimes fierce, pounding on the doors of the establishment, he has been on a collision course for expanding the boundaries of Hip-Hop music for some time now. Releasing his first album in the early 2000′s, followed by a string of singles, vinyl pressings, EPs and live performances, has culminated into his most compelling project yet: Contraband Mixtape. 1-1

Contraband Mixtape is a collection of 12 songs that feel like a full length concept album: with its unifying themes of raw emotion, plagued by social ills, haunted by love gone, and 2 timely interludes, it is able to cover a range of topics without losing continuity or the listener’s ear. From the first single “ Hand Ova Fist” a pounding track (borrowed from Brenk Sinatra’s “Tryin”) with a lyrical tale about being on the run from the police, to “DREAMS” (prod. by DJ D Sharp) dub reggae infused anthem of achieving one’s aspirations against all odds. While “All These Guns” (prod. by Woodstock) features guest appearances by (DeadPrez), Bicasso (Living Legends) and Do D.A.T. is a powerful Gil Scott-Heron inspired track about police brutality, and the struggles that confront the Black community. 

Contraband Mixtape journeys further to celebrate a new day on one track, to asking provocative questions on the next. Its ultimate strength, however, is its ability to be relevant to current events, and remain entertaining all at once. sOuL from the O’s Contraband Mixtape is available now for free download for a limited time. Take a listen!


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New Release from Soul Clap


After 4 years of creating, recording, editing and mixing… Soul Clap finally get to share their self-titled, second album with you. While EFUNK was the foundation, Soul Clap captures their influences and combines them with serious production and music to define their interplanetary sound.

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Catch us on The Album Tour…

Oct 28 – Smart Bar – Chicago

Oct 30 – Output – New York

Nov 3 – Stereo Bar – Montreal

Nov 4th – Electric Pickle – Miami

Nov 5th – Flash – Washington DC

Nov 10th – Q Nightclub – Seattle

Nov 11th – Los Globos – Los Angeles

Nov 12th – It’ll Do Dallas – Dallas

Nov 17th – Bang Bang – Seattle

Nov 18th – Habitat Living Sound – Calgary

Nov 19th – Public Works – San Francisco

Novr 23rd – TV Lounge – Detroit

Nov 26th – Ascend – Boston

Nov 27th – Output – Brooklyn

Dec 9th – Beam – Bangkok

Dec 10th – Contact – Tokyo


Kamasi Washington & Blood Orange Headlining The Ray-Ban x Boiler Room Weekender, Additional Programming Announced | Nov 4-6 in Lake Harmony, PA


Ban x Boiler Room Weekender featuring Blood Orange & Kamasi Washington

Supported by Lee Fields, Jamila Woods, Klein & BEA1991


Additional Programming Curated by Virgil Abloh, Soulection, GHE20G0TH1K, Mixpak, FIXED, WRECKEDnyc, Discwoman, Tiki Disco, Making Time, RVNG Intl., Sublimate, Acid Camp, N.A.A.F.I & NON


November 4-6th @ Split Rock Resort in Lake Harmony, PA


#RBxBR #ItTakesCourage

Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards Saturday 21st January 2017


The Worldwide Awards are back for another year. Returning to London’s KOKO once again, it’s an evening dedicated to championing the best in underground music. As ever, it’s about celebrating the best of 2016 while shining a light on the acts coming through for the year ahead.


A reflection of Gilles Peterson’s breadth as a tastemaker, the Worldwide Awards are about showcasing esoteric displays, beefed up DJ sets and everything in between. As an event, it’s a one-off: running for eight hours, it’s a musical marathon hosted and curated by Gilles himself, showing the same reverence for club bangers as for jazz opuses.

Last year’s winners included Kamasi Washington and Anderson .Paak (who performed on the night), while it was the debut year for the super band – led by ascendent drummer and beatmaker Moses Boyd – who provided the backdrop for acts through the night like Eska and Little Simz. 2017 sees the super band back in the mix, along with a live stream for the people at home.


And here we are with the first line-up taster; that genuine one-off seminal grime-MC, Trim is confirmed to perform on the night, likely to bring some fresh cuts from his recent 1-800 DINOSAUR release, alongside some of his O-G mixtape sounds .


Setting the tone for the true broadness of the Worldwide spectrum, we have recent Ninja Tune signing Sarathy Korwar  - the percussionist, drummer and producer fusing traditional folk music of the Sidi community in India, with jazz and electronics. Finally, the musical stylings  of some of  London’s most exciting young instrumentalists; Ezra Collective, bring their respective hip-hop, jazz, reggae and afro-beat inspirations and everything in between to the stage at KOKO.


More line-up news still to come…


Tickets on sale via DICE FM –

Women in Film Comp Pass to Digital Hollywood Fall, 10/18 – 10/21 [WIF]


Act now: The first 50 Women in Film Members WIF members to sign up to attend Digital Hollywood will get a FREE, four-day, all-access pass to:

Digital Hollywood Fall, October 18-21, 2016 at the Skirball Center, Los Angeles

Fifty WIF members will get a free pass based on a first-come, first-served basis

To enter, send Digital Hollywood President Victor Harwood an email that includes your: Name, Title, Affiliation and Email - all on one line and EMAIL back to: 

*Be sure to write “Women in Film Comp Pass” in the subject line

Digital Hollywood Fall
The Date: October 18-21, 2016
The Location: The Skirball Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles

WeTransfer How We Do: LA

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WeTransfer How We Do: LA was an amazing night at the Ace Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. Gilles Peterson curated with BADBADNOTGOOD, Miguel Atwood-Furgeson, Sa Ra Creative Partners, Nai Palm, Bilal, George Clinton, Kamasi Washington and more!

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