Welcome to the weekly news of May 11th to May 17th, 2019 for Future Funk and Vaporwave. We’ll cover the concert news, scene news and digital/physical releases of this week.
SKYLAR / SAINT PEPSI NEWS
Unfortunately Vaporwave and Future Funk occasionally meet head to head with companies as we play off their brands to pull from to fit into the aesthetic. The legend known as Saint Pepsi is no exception. In 2014 Pepsi (kindly?) asked SKYLAR to stop using the name to release music. Well… way to have fun Pepsi, but he complied (mostly).
to clarify i’m not being billed as SAINT PEPSI for electroniCON because i got permission. I’m doing it because I hope I can get away with it. I’m doing it for YOU— SKYLAR (@skylar__spence) May 23, 2019
The internet is not a forgiving place and probably until the end of time you’ll be able to find past, present and future? music related to him.
So we lost a battle there due to copyright fine. I understand it. But then what happens when a clothing company like H&M come out with their own “original creative” thoughts and rips on one of our artists AKA Saint Pepsi? Well.. it just pisses off the scene. H&M put out a crew neck sweater with the words “Great Vibes”, Red and Blue (Pepsi) colors and a nice little vaporwave horizon circle logo to finish it off. Beautiful isn’t it…? meh.
So I wouldn’t be surprised if SKYLER (who is headlining as SAINT PEPSI at 100% Electronicon) has some future goodies for the scene. Not that I saw something on twitter already that hinted it (or someone on reddit screen capped it). But I’m just a news source, I don’t know anything. Legally I can neither confirm or deny anything. I don’t know anything.
TANUKI announced that he’s focusing on getting his music on Spotify and Apple Music this year. Still uploading to Soundcloud but wanting to hit that bigger audience. If your not already following him on Spotify, go follow and listen to his stuff. You won’t want to miss his future releases.
DESIRED ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE
The Sweetest Dream— Desired (@desiredomg) May 22, 2019
Vinyl + Cassette Tapes
Neoncity Records pic.twitter.com/QJuMs60ycM
Desired The Sweetest Dream will be coming out May 31st, 2019. Both on vinyl and cassette tapes. It is confirmed the album art will probably look different than the image to the left.
Some might not find it good news that this awesome album will be released on Neoncity Records. Neoncity Records has had a history of late shipments, bad communication with buyers and other issues. The good news, I guess, is Neoncity Records is one of the biggest labels in our scene with the highest profile artists on it. It’s a shame they don’t represent the community too well. (I’m calling them out in the hopes they get better).
Mikazuki BIGWAVE Concert In China
Announced Early this week on Reddit, Mikazuki BIGWAVE will be in China June 14th, 15th, 16th, 20th and 22nd. In Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Beijing and chengdu. I’ll be at the Oil show on the 16th in Shenzhen as that’s where I live.
If you’re going let me know. I’d love to meet some local Future Funk / Vaporwave fans.
Let’s help CLOVVE get to 1k subs on YT
Clovve was one of the first supporters of Musics the Hang Up. We had a episode together on the Podcast talking about 2 albums each from scenes we were not familiar with. This was before I was deep into future funk and vaporwave but it’s a classic for this project now.
She does awesome album reviews for various genres, including a latest one for IGOR. What makes her stand out is her wit, jokes and occasional skits, I dig it. So want to support her like she did when I was just starting off.
In case you missed the “ZER0 れい DISCUSSES STARTING DIY VAPORWAVE CONCERTS IN ANY HOMETOWN – INTERVIEW (VIDEO)” check it out below.