Canada denies Russian DJ’s by Proxy

Evgeny Pozharnov aka Proxy
Evgeny Pozharnov aka Proxy

There will not be any Russian DJ’s spinning in Canada for awhile. Proxy, an electro producer from Moscow who you may remember from the super awesome label Turbo Recordings, was recently denied a VISA to enter the country for Veld Festival in Toronto. He posted this statement on his Facebook page:


I am very sorry to all promoters and fans in Canada for this, I have tried many times but sadly, being Russian has not allowed me Visa entry into Canada AGAIN. I am very upset and sorry for this and cannot explain this as the reasons are ridiculous. My manager, Agent, Visa rep and various lawyers have tried but sadly nothing has worked. I would love to come to Canada but this is out of my control. My apologies again. I am truthfully so upset with this as people will say ‘he did not turn up’. The truth is I WANT TO TURN UP, but I cannot come in illegally. I am so so sorry : (

An inspection of the other three most famous Russian DJ’s, that is Arty, Swanky Tunes and Hard Rock Sofa, reveals that they have no plans to spin in Canada either. So what the hell is going on? Some kind of war over the North Pole? Possibly a hockey game gone horribly awry?


No, silly. It seems that Canada is in the process of restructuring their immigration department to make it more centralized. This is coupled with a strike by Canadian foreign service workers, 285 of whom were recently laid off as part of the process. According to the Calgary-Herald, the computer system used by the foreign service is ‘backlogged’ meaning that they will have to do the transition the old fashioned way. The strike is slowing things down even further. But officials assure us that once the system is up and running again, it will function even more quickly and smoothly than ever before.

Meanwhile visitors from Mexico and Lebanon are also experiencing wait times over over 120 days for their VISAs, including medical professionals. But Russia is a nation that has a fondness for bureaucracy so it is not surprising that the events in Canada have raised some red flags.

Officials are uncertain as to when the strike will end. Canadians will have to cross the border to the US for their fix of Russian House. In the meantime, please enjoy these music videos!

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Manufactured pop music, literally

This is old news if you are Japanese, but for the rest of us, the latest trend in pop music is literally manufacted pop stars. Meet Hatsune Miku they biggest pop sensation to hit Japan since karaoke. The teenage pop star is a hologram projected on stage using mirrors. She sells out stadiums in Tokyo, appears in car commercials, and has her own video game series. She is 5’2″ and weighs 93 pounds; all legs and hair. Her voice is based off samples obtained from the Japanese actress Saki Fujit.

Unlike the music industry here in the U.S. the Japanese are encouraged to use their favorite pop music to creative art of their own. Rather than stealing, Japanese music industry leaders see it as a promotional thing that increases sales. The fans have gone crazy over Miku, and amateur song writers can use her program to make her sing their songs. Some of the more promising are even sold back to the record company.

Unlike typical human pop stars Miku has no troubling vices such as cocaine, abusive boyfriends, or DUIs. Programmers can instill in her a wide range of styles. And what human girl could compete with those gams and floor length blue hair?

Read more in the LA Times.

Nightclub manager plunges 31 stories to death

On Friday night a Queensland nightclub promotions manager plunged 31 stories to his death from a hotel room on Australia’s Gold Coast. Local homicide detectives are busy trying to determine whether foul play was involved or if it was a tragic accident.

The 29 year old was the manager of the QLD Nightclub located in Surfer’s Paradise. Neighboring units at the Beachcomber’s Resort reported a loud disturbance before the man’s body was found in the landscaping shortly thereafter.

In 2007 a 19 year old man named Jack Walker died at the same hotel when he fell 27 stories.

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Arabian revolutionary street art

El Seed in Tunsia

You may be wondering what street art has to do with electronica. But in the same way a musician remixes one of their favorite tracks, graffiti artists are, in their own way, paying tribute to public spaces through artistic expression. Much to the chagrin of major labels and public officials alike, these two modern trends are part of the same remix culture.

It’s one thing to paint a picture on the side of a building in the middle of the night. But to risk death to express your message in the face of a totalitarian junta is true rebellion. It is no wonder then that the fastest growing medium in the ultra conservative middle east should be street art.

Professor Charles Tripp is an expert in Middle Eastern politics who argues that street art has been a fundamental part of the seeming wave of revolution against totalitarian dictators in the Middle East and Africa. He is not above employing graffiti as a form of political expression himself.

In Tunsia dictator Ben Ali fled the country in early 2011. Overnight a giant poster of his face appeared on the side of a building. As the sun rose a growing crowd surrounded the picture murmuring in discontent. Encouraged by the jeering crowd, a group of men pull down the poster to reveal another sign underneath. It reads in Arabic, “Beware, dictatorship can return. On October 23rd VOTE.” You can watch the event unfold above.

Read more about Tripp in the Guardian: How Arab revolutionary art helped break the spell of political oppression

Bearded lady of Cairo or whore with her hair showing?
Conflict poster in Tel Aviv.

Tehran, Iran

Dubstep dancers protest in the Red Light District

These girls can dance. And what’s more, they are sending a powerful message about human trafficking straight from the heart of Amsterdam’s notorious Red Light District.

After an energetic routine to dubstep in front of a crowd of whistling men and other onlookers in a red light storefront, a screen illuminates reading, “Every year, thousands of women are promised a dance career in Western Europe. They end up here.”

The ad was designed by the Belgian agency Duval Guillaume Modem for the Stop the Traffik’s ad campaign to raise awareness about and put an end to human trafficking.

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