Fresh from reaching the milestone number of a thousand episodes with A State Of Trance a few weeks back, Armin van Buuren has teamed up with American broadcasting company SiriusXM to start a new full-time streaming channel: ‘A State Of Armin’. Broadcast exclusively across the United States, the brand-new dance music show will feature selections in new and upcoming trance and progressive dance music, as well as classics from both Armin and his collaborators from over the past 20 years.
Danish headphone brand, AIAIAI, have produced a new short film series giving an exclusive insight into some of contemporary music’s leading artistic talents. Made available via the brand’s YouTube channel, ‘My Process’ launches with Nubya Garcia, the multi-award-winning saxophonist and composer whose debut album SOURCE apparently brought her wide critical acclaim in 2020.
Pacha Group recently announced the appointment of Pete Tong to its new board of directors, signalling another next step in the company’s quest to grow the brand globally whilst protecting its roots. Pete’s appointment coincides with a major remodelling of Pacha Ibiza, which will see the clubbing experience ready to return ‘bigger and better in 2021’.
German sportswear brand adidas and footwear specialists size? have teamed up to release a new and exclusive collection in collaboration with Cream. Launching this month, just in time to celebrate the New Year, the full collection is offered for both men and women and comprises five key pieces across accessories, apparel and footwear.
Defected launches its first ever four-part thought leadership series We Talk As One from tomorrow, Friday 27 November to Friday 18 December, bringing together over 20 people to discuss the present and future of the music and digital media industries, in a free-to-access virtual roundtable format.
The Association for Electronic Music has launched a Code of Conduct against sexual harassment and gender discrimination. This Code of Conduct is launched with support from its membership of over 220 companies, including SheSaid.So and ADE quoting their endorsement, and media partners Mixmag, DJ Mag, RA, Beatportal, Attack Magazine to help prevent sexual harassment and gender / gender identity discrimination within the electronic music industry.
Martin Jensen was recently announced as a judge for the 2020 series of The X Factor in his native Denmark, apparently making him the first ever DJ/producer to hold the position, as well as the youngest judge the show has ever invited. Now entering its 14th season, Martin will be joining fellow DanesOh Land and jazz musician Thomas Blachman.
Plastic pollution is still a problem of global proportions. The already plastic-ridden oceans have to endure an influx of eight million tons of plastic every year, and it has proven very difficult to decrease this amount despite numerous initiatives.
Defected recently announced the relaunch of the Faith fanzine with its Autumn 2020 issue, in collaboration with its creators Terry Farley, Stuart Patterson and Dave Jarvis. A free fanzine for those into music, fashion and culture, Faith existed as a print mag for seven years from 1999, apparently gathering a fierce cult following and spawning an online forum that set “the agenda for the next decade of the Internet,” before relaunching in 2020.