NEWS: Ray Ban launch exciting new interactive competition

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Ray Ban have always personified classic no-frills style with their sunglasses and now, ahead of the launch of a new range of glasses, they’ve announced a competition called The Order of Never Hide in which 5 celebrated members of The Order will win the noble prize of one fancy trip for 2 to an exclusive The Order of Never Hide event in Sydney on December 4, 2014.

The theme of The Order of Never Hide is to preserve our most human qualities like individuality, eccentricity and they are calling on their followers to enter HERE and complete the five challenges – Blend Like Camo, Tough As Leather, Smooth As Velvet, Strong As Titanium and Rugged As Denim to go in the draw to win the major prize.

They’ve also created a series of fascinating Vice-produced videos featuring Ratking, The Orwells, Chromeo and Trash Talk discussing their music, influences, style and creativity. Check out Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes talking about finding and harnessing those flashes of inspiration before throwing yourself headlong into The Order of Never Hide.


NEWS: The Australian Budweiser People’s Choice 2013 for rising electronic producers


We are always keen to see musicians given the opportunity to receive grants, scholarships and awards so it it great to see that following the recent Budweiser Producer/DJ of the Year Award the brewing giant is again throwing itself behind a another competition to find the best of Australia’s rising producers. This time round the award is free to enter and the winners will be judged by a public vote. Electronic music in Australia seems to be gaining a lot of traction in recent years from the underground sounds of Jonti, Rites Wild and Dro Carey right through to the populist appeal of Flume so there are bound to be a ton of producers throwing submissions together for this award, especially with the range of genres including dub, house, techno, pop and hip-hop.


After submitting their best tracks for free via HERE a shortlist will be selected, from which the public will vote for their faves. The winner will receive a $5,000 DJ Warehouse voucher and exclusive studio time that will lead to a limited edition vinyl pressing of their own record.

Voters will also have a chance to win a night out for four people, including flights to Sydney, five star accommodation, and VIP attendance to the Australian Independent Music Awards (AIMAs).

Submissions are open right now and close at midnight on Sunday, October 27th ahead of voting opening from midday on Monday, October 28th and ending at midnight on Saturday, November 2nd.

The four most popular artists as voted by the public will be flown to the AIMAs on November 7th, where the Budweiser People’s Choice 2013 will be announced.


NEWS: Budweiser and AIMAs search for Australia’s Producer/DJ of the Year

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There seem to be a ton of music comps doing the rounds at the moment, whether it is the soulless plasticity of TV talent shows, songwriting competitions or industry led initiatives at unearthing new artists. At the good end of the spectrum is a new search for Australia’s best electronic DJ/producer led by the Australian Independent Music Awards (AIMAs) in conjunction with beer titans Budweiser. Hooking up with the brew giant means there is an exciting bounty of prizes on offer for the lucky winner plus mega bragging rights.

Prizes include:

  • A tour to the USA where you’ll spin at the legendary Marquee venues in New York and Las Vegas, plus an elite NYC party.
  • Exclusive homecoming gigs at Australia’s hottest clubs, including Marquee The Star Sydney.
  • Guaranteed media exposure in leading electronic music publications and websites.
  • Pioneer DDJ-SX, the world’s first native controller for Serato DJ (plus software).
  • Ongoing support, opening up potential festival appearances, international DJ sets, sponsorships and industry intros.

For those interested in entering just head over to the official website and make sure you submit your track before SEPTEMBER 30TH 2013. The winner, as selected by an independent judging panel of music and entertainment industry experts, will be announced at the AIMA ceremony at the New Event Centre at The Star in Sydney on 7th November 2013.

Keep an eye on the event Facebook Page for more details.

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