Dan Rys

Contributing Editor

Dan Rys is a writer and editor who has written and worked for Rolling Stone, Billboard, and Hot Press Magazine, among others. He probably likes funk music more than you do.

DIY Case Study: Erin Barra Uses Digital Software to Tour Solo for Cheap

DIY Case Study: Erin Barra Uses Digital Software to Tour Solo for Cheap

Singer-songwriter Erin Barra found the costs of taking a five-piece band on tour prohibitive. But when she turned to Ableton Live – a looping software program optimized for live performance – she found a way to save money while expanding her sound. And she’s not alone: Daft Punk, Hot Chip, and Pete Townshend have done the same.
Backbeat: Slick Rick, Funkmaster Flex @ Red Bull Music Academy's Five Out Of Five

Backbeat: Slick Rick, Funkmaster Flex @ Red Bull Music Academy's Five Out Of Five

The Red Bull Music Academy presented the second installment of its Five Out Of Five lecture/concert series with Slick Rick at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx yesterday. The forty or so people that made it out were treated to a quick DJ master class by Funkmaster Flex before Jeff "Chairman" Mao kicked off the hour-long interview with The Ruler.
Backbeat: Eminem's Shady Records Open a Bodega In NYC Over the Weekend

Backbeat: Eminem's Shady Records Open a Bodega In NYC Over the Weekend

Brisk’s promotional partnership with Shady Records hit the ground running when the company’s claymation Super Bowl spot starring Eminem aired earlier this year. This past weekend in NYC's West Village the two companies brought it down to street level with a one-off bodega-style event which included Shady signings Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse as well as Artek, DJ Mode and bags of Cheetos...

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