OPINION

How Electronic Music Producers Can Peacefully Coexist With Super Sentient AI

This is an opinion column. The thoughts and viewpoints expressed are those of the author, VNCCII. VNCCII is a multidisciplinary electronic music producer, rapper, singer-songwriter, DJ, and visual artist. It’s a strange and brave new world being an artist in the 21st century. On a macro level, you have the exponentially advanced technology such as artificial intelligence. On a micro level, you wonder how this projected superhuman AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) will affect “David vs. Goliath” creators like myself. I picture it like Adam and Eve. The serpent is the promise of advanced artificial intelligence, where the biological merges with the synthetic. Where life seamlessly merges with the IOT (Internet of things) and our lives are made more efficient, convenient, and ...

Sitting Pretty: What’s the Perfect Driving Position?

You’d think that how we sit in cars wouldn’t be a thing to debate about. You get in, move the seat and steering wheel around, and off you go. But what’s the right way to find your perfect driving position? “Before track driving, I adjust everything to what feels a bit too close. The padding compresses and offers good leverage for control, so being a little close works best for me because by the time I get out there, it’s not too close anymore. I lean back a bit, often meaning there’s a gap at my lower back that I fill with a rolled-up towel, and I have some bend at the elbows, because turning the wheel requires extending your arms. I’m relatively close to quickly countersteer if necessary, which is also a bit close for my legs—so I splay them a lit...

Redefining the Online Fan Experience in the Wake of COVID-19

This is an opinion column. The thoughts and viewpoints expressed are those of the author, Alex Zaccaria. Zaccaria is the Co-Founder & CEO of Linktree. COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the music industry. For many artists, it means that playing at clubs, concerts, and festivals in the U.S. likely won’t be an option for the foreseeable future. That’s a monumental shift in the way artists will think about their work and the performance experience. In an industry where artists get paid less than a cent per stream on platforms like Spotify, festival appearances, club contracts and touring are the main sources of income. Without touring, many rising musicians, DJs and producers must find new and creative ways to engage with their fan base and monetize their music. The importance of on...

EDM.com Quarantine Diaries: LUVK

“Quarantine Diaries” is an editorial series in which EDM.com invites members of the music community to contribute guest posts about how they’re coping with the pandemic. The goal of the series is to provide a platform for these individuals to share their own experiences and perspectives and ultimately inspire anyone experiencing pitfalls contrived by the impact of COVID-19. The thoughts and viewpoints expressed are those of the author, LUVK. This time has been scary and beautiful for all of us. So many lessons learned, and I’m so thankful to have a platform like EDM.com to share my thoughts. We artists are sensitive, and it’s nice to know that someone cares. Before the world shut down, I was on a high. I was gearing up to release my debut album, and my latest collection f...

A Brief History of Overlanding—Aussie Style

Overlanding has become a thing in America. Before the coronavirus pandemic tapped the brakes, people all over the country were jumping into their 4x4s and taking the road less traveled, turning away from the interstates and the neon-lit desolation of cheap hotels and fast food joints, journeying instead along the quiet back roads and trails that still crisscross the country. Overlanding has made the voyage as important as the destination. Where I grew up, it always was. Australia is about the same size as the lower 48 states but has just 7 percent of the population, most of which lives within 100 miles of the eastern and southern coasts. What in the U.S. is called the Heartland is in Australia called the Outback. No prairies and cornfields and red-painted barns here, though: Most of inland...

Moonroof vs. Sunroof: Is There a Difference Between the Two Roof Types?

In the beginning, no cars had roofs. Then the newfangled machines gained folding canvas tops, some with clear side curtains. Then Cadillac became the first manufacturer to offer fully enclosed factory bodywork. Before long, folks were looking for something in-between. Europe answered the call with canvas- or metal-covered roof openings and the patented Pytchley sunroof mechanism in the 1920s. Hillman even offered a sliding roof panel with glass windows on it on the 1933 Aero. Today, sunroofs, moonroofs, panoramic roofs, T-tops, or targa tops are widely available on most new vehicles, each offering something in between a fixed roof and a full convertible. Here’s how to tell the two best-known versions—moonroofs and sunroofs—apart: Are a Moonroof and a Sunroof the Same Thing? See all 5...

Peter Rawlinson’s Lucid Dream

A man envisions a future of electric cars, starting with a high-powered, six-figure, midsize super sedan, followed by a platform-sharing SUV, then migrating to smaller, more affordable vehicles in mass quantities. Sales will mostly be handled online (thanks to a virtual reality app), with a scattering of factory-run boutique stores in tiny enclaves. Service will be done via a remote van. If it reads a little like Tesla’s playbook, it’s because Peter Rawlinson, the chief executive officer and chief technology office of Lucid Motors, was once Elon Musk’s engineering czar before venturing out on his own. He just wants to build a better mousetrap. It’s also basic business strategy: You have to pay off your initial investors, and selling high-zoot luxury cars delivers la...

How 360-Degree Camera Systems Turn You Into a Parking Pro

Small accidents can be the most frustrating. Whether it’s scraping a wheel on a curb, tapping a bumper on a pole, or opening a door into a wall, low-speed parking impacts can cause minor yet massively annoying damage. Backup cameras are now mandatory on new vehicles, but more visibility is always better. To that end, some automakers install 360-degree camera systems to give a complete view of your surroundings. What is a 360-Degree Camera in a Car? A 360-degree camera system in a car provides you with a real-time view of the area surrounding your car. The 360-degree camera tech combines the perspectives of several video cameras placed around the vehicle into one image, typically a top-down view. As you maneuver into a parking space, the 360-degree camera system shows nearby obstacles...

How Ghostcraft is Using Music to Give a Voice to the Voiceless

This is an opinion column. The thoughts and viewpoints expressed are those of the author, Eghosa Aihie. Iggy is the chairman of Black Ice Media, a firm that specializes in marketing and branding for top music artists around the world. For decades upon decades, music has been a voice for the voiceless. A weapon of revolutionaries throughout history, it continues to be a powerful form of alternative protest, allowing the oppressed to share their message through a medium that permeates the hearts and souls of listeners. The Billboard-charting production team Ghostcraft Music understands this phenomenon. Founded in 2018 by LX Xander, an enigmatic music producer described as a “dark trap messiah,” Ghostcraft’s credits are prolific, including major hip-hop artists Future, Rick ...

Remember When a Car Meant Freedom?

“If the car was invented today and we said this consumer product will improve mobility and productivity, but … it will kill 33,000 people a year in America, do you think the government would approve it for sale?” Volvo senior safety engineer Thomas Broberg’s measured iconoclasm came as the automaker defended its decision to restrict the top speed of all its vehicles to 112 mph. I first came across this institutional mindset 30 years ago, when I interviewed Pehr Gyllenhammar, author, economist, lawyer, and, at the time, chairman of the board of AB Volvo. “We are not a luxury car producer,” declaimed Gyllenhammar bluntly. The smiles of the Volvo PR flacks became instantly fixed, brittle. Color drained from their faces. The Volvo chairman was happy to elaborate: ...

I Went to the First Post-COVID Festival in Greece and Ended Up at the Organizer’s Wedding

Giorgi Sigua did everything in his power to keep the last flame of what was supposed to be a festival alive, even if that meant getting married. With 4,000 tickets sold and headlined by the likes of Paul Van Dyk, ATB, Swanky Tunes, and many more, GEM Fest was set to become a legendary moment for festivals and electronic music in the post-COVID-19 world. Coming all the way from Anaklia, Georgia to the Greek island of Zakynthos due to the low number of coronavirus cases in the Mediterranean country, GEM Fest was seemingly an unmissable experience. The organizers vouched that social distancing measures were going to be enforced and testing would be in place in order to ensure the safety of attendees, who could escape from this wild world for three days and nights in a stunning seaside locatio...

EDM.com Quarantine Diaries: Saint Punk

“My girlfriend and I got sick with COVID-19 early on in March, and since then, it’s been an ongoing adventure.” “Quarantine Diaries” is an editorial series in which EDM.com invites members of the music community to contribute guest posts about how they’re coping with the pandemic. The goal of the series is to provide a platform for these individuals to share their own experiences and perspectives and ultimately inspire anyone experiencing pitfalls contrived by the impact of COVID-19. The thoughts and viewpoints expressed are those of the author, Saint Punk. I’m going to be honest on this, it’s been a rollercoaster. Some days I hate the world, some days I’m motivated to make the best of the situation and “get after it,” and then some days I just want to drink i...

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