James Zabiela to give away album

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Digital delivery rules the day. Radiohead’s recent digital download scheme of ‘pay what you want’ for their ‘In Rainbows’ album is probably the best and most famous example to date. In an official press release issued today, James Zabiela and Renaissance have joined the experiment with the release of ‘Masters Series’.

James is embarking on a headlining world tour from March 2010 to coincide with the album, and the compilation will be given away for free to a majority, if not all, the music-lovers who have bought their regularly priced ticket to the live events.

The album will be presented in a shrink-wrapped, full-colour wallet on a flexi-DVD that’s both eco-friendly (50% less carbon emissions) and lightweight (again, 50% less than standard CD/DVDs). Alongside the 2 mixes that comprise the compilation, the package will also feature two exclusive videos: a tour diary and making of the Masters Series, alongside custom screensavers, desktop wallpapers, icons and more.

Party-goers won’t have to pay a premium for the ticket to events where they will collect the free album. Also, all artists that feature on the album will receive their royalties – this is a point James and Renaissance felt passionately about, so they ensured it remained part of the concept.

James comments: “A bit like my previous Masters Series this mix is another snapshot into life through my ears. Rather than make 2 distinct journeys (one home listening and one club) I tried to carry the theme of ‘life’ over the span of both mixes, this time blurring them together, making for a single soundscape. The fact we’re going to be distributing this mix in a unique way alongside traditional methods also makes this project all the more exciting for me to put together.”

Tour Dates February – July

February 25 Classico Veracruz, Mexico
February 26 La Huasteca Monterrey, Mexico
February 27 Foro Alterno, Guadalajara, Mexico
February 28 Mamitas Beach Club, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
March 3 Merida Grounds, Merida, Mexico
March 4 Piramides de Cholula, Cholula, Mexico
March 5 Avalon, Los Angeles, USA
March 6 Bosque de la Cuidad, Mexicali, Mexico
March 12 Sankey’s, Manchester, UK
March 13 The Plug, Sheffield, UK
March 19 Orange Rooms, Bournemouth, UK
March 20 Digital, Brighton, UK
March 24 DJ Mag Party @ The Shelborne, Miami, USA
March 26 Pete Tong Pool Party @ The Shelborne, Miami, USA
March 27 Beatport Pool Party @ The Gansevoort, Miami, USA
April 03 Ministry, London, UK
April 04 Tall Trees, Yarm, UK
April 06 Snowbombing, Mayrhofen, Austria
April 10 Cocoon, Frankfurt Germany
April 16 Studio, Budapest, Hungary
April 17 Club Kristal, Bucharest, Romania
April 23 Expo, Kiev, Ukraine
April 24 Expo, Kharkov, Ukraine
April 30 The Pod, Dublin, Ireland
May 01 Shine, Belfast, UK
May 02 High Tide, Southampton, UK
May 02 Electric Carnival, Birmingham, UK
May 07 Stealth, Nottingham, UK
May 08 Vox Festival, Modena, Italy
May 14 Pavillion, Tbilisi, Georgia
May 15 Exit, Kaunas, Lithuania
May 20 Ambar, Perth, Australia
May 21 Chinese Laundry, Sydney, Australia
May 22 Brown Alley, Melbourne, Australia
May 23 Lot 33, Canberra, Australia
May 28 Zouk, Singapore
June 18 Metro Theatre, Bogota, Colombia
June 19 Loop Arena, Lima, Peru
July 02 State, Buenos Aires, Argentina

For those unable to make any of the world wide shows the album is available at all usual outlets, released officially on April 12th.

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