Spotify and Smirnoff team up to promote gender equality in the music industry

Celebrating International Women's Day

Smirnoff has taken their global ‘Equalizing Music’ campaign up a notch with a new collaboration with Spotify that aims to promote equality for women in music.

In response to statistics that revealed 100 percent of the top streamed Spotify tracks in 2017 were performed by male artists, Smirnoff have partnered with the music streaming giants to launch an application programming interface called Smirnoff Equalizer.


The Equalizer gives you a breakdown of the gender diversity of your listening habits, analysing the percentage of male artists you’ve listened to during the past six months in comparison to female artists. This data then generates a personal playlist that’s more balanced in terms of gender representation.



Softube announces Weiss mastering processor plug-ins

Based On The Legendary Weiss DS1-MK3

Softube has introduced two more options for your DAW in the form of their new Weiss mastering processor plug-ins, the Weiss MM-1 and Weiss DS1-MK3.

Both plug-ins stay true to their hardware predecessor, the original DS1-MK3, by maintaining the same algorithm that first made the unit so popular. The DS1-MK3 plug-in focuses on compression, limiting, and de-essing, while the MM-1 provides professional mix maximising with five limiting options (Transparent, Loud, Punch, Wide, and De-ess) and increased control over your master tracks.



Twenty One Pilots make history with every ‘Blurryface’ song certified gold

An "Unparalleled Achievement"

Twenty One Pilots have just achieved the monumental feat of seeing every song on their 2015 album Blurryface certified gold – and they’re the first band in the digital era to do so.

All 14 tracks on the album have now achieved gold status, the recognition given to songs which reach 500,000 sales. Following a change by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2013 which allowed digital streams to be included in the sales ranking, Twenty One Pilots are now widely believed to be the first band ever to have every song on their album certified gold.



WATCH: Drummer covers Metallica on actual garbage can

An Absolutely Rubbish Snare Sound

Metallica's eighth studio album is the butt of many a joke on the Internet - mainly because of drummer Lars "Likes To Wreck Everything" Ulrich's decision to turn the snares off on his drums, resulting in one of the worst snare sounds of all time, with many on the Internet comparing it to that of a trash can.

Now, drummer and online hero Cameron Fleury has recorded a drum cover of 'Frantic', replacing a traditional snare with the lid of a garbage can to perfectly replicate (and maybe even improve) Lars' infamous tone. In all honesty though, playing a garbage can lid would actually be pretty hard - remember, there's minimal rebound from that cold metal surface - but Fluery pulls it off with ease. Check out the video below to see it in action - also, we apologise in advance for what you're about to hear. 



Mixdown's top 5 jobs in the music industry (this week)

March 7 - 13

Whether you're fresh out of uni, looking for a major career break or simply wanting extra money in between gigs, the music industry is a competitive place. To make things a little easier, here's our list of some of the best jobs going around the country.


One of the world's leading independent music companies, [PIAS] / Inertia, are currently seeking a full time publicist to join their Sydney offices. With clients including artists such as Ride, Black Motorcycle Club, Primus and Margaret Glaspy, and record labels ATO Records, Transgressive and Mute, this position will benefit an ambitious candidate looking to make a career in the music industry.


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Record Store Day shares details of exclusive 2018 releases

Mark Your Calendars

With only a little over a month left until Record Store Day 2018, the full list of exclusive releases for this year’s event has been revealed - and it’s a big one.

One of the biggest days of the year for music lovers and vinyl collectors, Record Store Day consistently sees its announcements waited on with much anticipation, and this year’s event is no exception. The extensive list of exclusive releases features the likes of AC/DC, Bob Dylan, Motörhead, Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Mac DeMarco, Mastodon, and so many more massive names.


Here’s a selection of some of the highlights from the full list, which can be found here:


Roland is bringing the iconic TR-808 to your DAW

Digital Developments For The Legendary Rhythm Composer

Roland has recreated the distinctive sound of their famous TR-808 Rhythm Composer in a digital form, announcing that the iconic instrument will now be available as a plug-in for your DAW.

The news follows Roland recently sharing details of the updated Aira TR-8S, and sees the company reinvent their classic drum machine in another format. The TR-808 software enhances the 808 formula, adding variable patterns and opportunities for sequencer expansion to further your creativity.



City Calm Down announce mammoth Australian tour

In Support Of Their Second Album Echoes In Blue

Melbourne synth-wave four-piece City Calm Down are set to embark on a huge run of shows in June supporting the release of album number two, Echoes In Blue.

In the wake of their critically-acclaimed debut LP In A Restless House, the Melbourne four-piece have reunited with producer extraordinaire Malcom Besley for Echoes In Blue, set for release on Friday April 6. Hinting at a more expansive sonic direction, City Calm Down have already teased several tracks from Echoes In Blue, with singles 'Blame', 'In This Modern Land', 'Joan, I'm Disappearing', and 'Blood' giving fans a hefty taste of the band's polished songwriting and brooding instrumental arrangements from the upcoming album. 



WATCH: Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent and Moses Sumney Perform at Oscars

Name a More Iconic Trio, I'll Wait

Adored singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens hit up the 90th Academy Awards last night to perform his Oscar-nominated song 'Mystery of Love', backed by indie guitar heroes St. Vincent and Moses Sumney.

Taken from the critically-acclaimed coming-of-age drama Call Me By Your Name, Steven's 'Mystery of Love' was nominated for Best Original Song alongside compositions from the likes of Coco, Marshall, The Greatest Showbound and Mudbound, with the Oscar going to Coco's 'Remember Me'. 




Introducing Note Kitchen, a new search engine for chords and scales

Like Google, But For Music Theory

If music theory isn't your strong point, this one's for you: Note Kitchen is a brand new search engine designed to create visualisations of all those tricky chords and scales you just can't figure out on your own.

By typing the name of the troublesome scale or chord into the search bar, Note Kitchen will immediately generate a virtual keyboard highlighting the notes of said chord or scale. There's even a 'play' function, so you can hear how the notes should sound as well, acting as an essential practise tool for budding composers and music tutors.