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11th Annual WKDU Electronic Music Marathon (EMM)

A special treat for all of you out there who aren’t ready to give up filling up on ‘goodness’ after Thanksgiving. Plus who doesn’t need something nice to pick you up on a Monday?! Below we’ve got fresh new mixes from the recent WKDU Philadelphia Electronic Music Marathon ft. King Britt & a bunch of other great DJ sets.

— Enjoy the tasty beats/treats ya’ll …

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The 11th Annual WKDU Electronic Music Marathon (EMM) brought together over 30 Philly DJs to raise money for WKDU and two arts education nonprofits: Musicopia & The Village of Arts and Humanities.

DJs that spun the marathon included: King Britt (Ovum / Hyperdub), Dave P (Making Time), Rob Paine & Willyum (Goodie / Worship Recordings), Matthew Law & Mr. Sonny James (Illvibe Collective), DJ Sega (Mad Decent), DJ Apt One (Soul Clap Records), Noah Breakfast (former WKDU DJ / Rare MP3s), Matpat (Exploited Records / Plant Music), Les Professionnels (Nurvous Records) and DJ SYLO & Jansen (STUNTLOCO / Pizza Party), amongst others.

All photos courtesy of Nick Stropko.

The EMM had listeners from France to San Francisco and raised over $2,000 to be split equally amongst WKDU, Musicopia and The Village. WKDU is continuing its fundraising efforts for the station and their nonprofit partners by selling limited edition EMM t shirts and other KDU gear at wkdu.org/store (donations are also accepted at wkdu.org/donate). WKDU intends to use their portion of the proceeds to buy DJ  equipment for hosting even more events in the future.

In addition to DJs donating their time and money to be part of the marathon, many local businesses donated to WKDU to make the EMM happen, including Federal Donuts, Red Bull Philly, Mama’s Vegetarian, R5 Productions, Brewerytown Beats, Creep Records, Philadelphia Record Exchange and many more. “Rival” station WXPN even offered support.

The full DJ lineup and sponsor list can be found at wkdu.org/emm

A definite highlight from the marathon were the two sets from King Britt (a blistering 40 minute afro-future / techno mix & a 90 minute ‘connecting the dots’ mix tracing the history of electronic music from to boogie to hip hop to footwork).

Over the past month, WKDU has gradually been releasing all the DJ sets on their Soundcloud. Friday Dec 5th, WKDU posted the remaining sets from the marathon, including King’s, to wrap up an amazing weekend of 75 hours of continuous electronic music.

About WKDU:

WKDU is Drexel University’s free-format, non-commercial, student-run radio station located in the basement of the Creese Student Center at 3210 Chestnut St.

WKDU broadcasts at 91.7 FM Philadelphia and wkdu.org worldwide and is known for its eclectic mix of quality programming that cannot be heard elsewhere on the radio dial.

Some DJs have had their shows for over 10 years and have cultivated dedicated listeners worldwide.

Nonprofit spotlight:

At the time of the marathon, King Britt was an artist in residence at The Village of Arts & Humanities, a nonprofit organization focused on community empowerment in North Philadelphia. King’s project with The Village called ‘Playback Musick’  took some naturally talented musicians and provided them with guidance and oversight in producing a radio show and an album titled “Strong and Independent” that is out now. King brought some of The Village / Playback Musick team with him to the studio to talk about their work and to MC his set.

Watch the Video on King’s project SPACES Episode 1: Designing Together from The Village:

The other nonprofit organization which proceeds will be going to is Musicopia.

Musicopia provides support to Philly area school music programs by giving teachers whatever resources they need to support music education in their resource deprived budgets. One of the groups that Musicopia brought in to perform was the Andrew Jackson Rock Band: HOME.

Teacher Chris Argerakis and his student band ended up spending so much time together in their band room, that they decided to call their band HOME.

For more information contact WKDU Electronic Music Director Chris Burrell.

Heineken Green Room x Philly Tech Week: RJD2 & King Britt @ Walnut Room

RJ & King take us behind the scenes of the industry…

Continuing on with Philly Tech Week… Veteran music artists RJD2 & King Britt, paid a visit to Walnut Room to share their experiences within the industry, and how technology has affected the independent artist of today. Many inspiring local producers/artists were in attendance to soak in the knowledge, hoping utilize it towards their own careers. Hosted by DJ Junior (Eavesdrop Radio, WKDU) in an intimate setting, the Q&A session was up close and personal… At one point of the session, RJ went as far as breaking down the cost of his last two albums released on his indie label “Electrical Connections”. Discussing the financial investment side (promo, publicist, etc.), and how much of that money invested, was returned in digital sales. Other topics of discussion included the new age of the digital DJ, new production technology seen in iPads and iPhones, even the appearance of the hologram version of Tupac recently seen at Coachella… Which RJ jokingly described as “HoloPac”. King Britt described it as fascinating from a technological point of view, but almost blasphemous to Tupac’s legacy as an artist, and his spirit. Junior later turned the floor over to the audience to ask their own questions. Topics included the lack of legit music industry in Philly, what new music RJ & King find inspiring, and who influenced them musically growing up as a child. After an in-depth discussion with two great artists, more Heineken bottles & swag were given out, as Illvibe Collective’s DJ Statik. If you want to be a Heineken Green Room member, get on the 215 Mag email list to find out more info…