LA Judge Passes On PasqualeAfter a tense few months for the CEO and founder of Insomniac, Pasquale Rotella can breathe easier now that a local judge threw out the final seven charges against him and others involved in an alleged scandal involving the LA Memorial Coliseum and other associated venues.
LA Weekly reports that the civil suit, which could have placed the boss owl in prison for 13 years, accused promoters Rotella and Reza Gerami of Go Ventures, in addition to ex-LA Coliseum events manager Todd DeStefano, of swindling publicly owned venues out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Accusations fingered the men as being involved in an alleged kickback scheme that, according to the suit, was making DeStefano money under the table in the interest of promoters' free reign during events. John Sandbrook, the LA Coliseum's general manager, told Weekly that the Coliseum Commission plans to discuss what to do next during its upcoming meeting, and has the opportunity to amend the claim and re-file.
This doesn't mean that EDC can necessarily return to LA, at least not to the Coliseum, which is now managed by USC and way too small for the 100k-a-day event.
@DrDerek7 LA coliseum is to small for edc these days but I'm open to venues in SoCal that are larger for sure.— Pasquale Rotella (@PasqualeRotella) July 1, 2013
A Sonic Scholarship
Are you one of those prodigious producers with so much talent that you didn't need college? Are your parents stoked on that? No? Well, win this here contest, and you can tell them to go, um... tell them you got a scholarship after all.
The good folks at Icon Collective Music Production School in LA are holding a contest for two lucky artists-in-the-making to receive a full scholarship good for the entirety of their comprehensive online production course. The web version directly mirrors the curriculum followed in their LA-based, in-person sessions and covers the subjects of Logic, Ableton, Synthesis, Keys, Mixing/Mastering, Music Business and Creativity over the span of nine months. Contestants are being asked to submit a three- to five-minute video of themselves explaining their story and vision and how Icon Collective can help them accomplish their goals.
For more information and to enter, head over to learn2produce.com/contest.
A Second Bite Of Djoclate
You know the situation. You're having a party, and everyone has a request for your poor little 1/8" audio cable, demanding that they be allowed to yank the little guy from your carefully curated mix so they can hear their "theme song." The abrupt silence, the crackling of the transferred connection, they're great alibis. Well, for better or worse, you can kiss them goodbye.
TechCrunch featured a potential new piece of hardware from Pepperdecks today intended for casual DJing that will allow for seamless mixing from multiple devices to a receiver via Bluetooth, dubbed the Djoclate II (Chocolate with a Dutch accent). Pepperdecks launched the first Djoclate in 2010, and is currently seeking funding for the Djoclate II on Kickstarter, which will feature a monitor function and Bluetooth capabilities for connecting to the receiver or home audio device.
Swire Takes A Break From Knife PartyingBorrowing a page from Feed Me's book, Rob Swire, one-half of Knife Party, took to social media to explain his sentiments on constant touring.
I realise we're lucky to be in the position we're in, blah blah etc, but not having the time to write music anymore is...so...depressing.— Rob Swire (@rob_swire) July 11, 2013
Starting next year I will take 6 months off just to write music, and any festival / show / meeting that falls within that time can GTFO.— Rob Swire (@rob_swire) July 11, 2013
The problem is: music doesn't directly make anyone money, it's just a promotional vehicle for selling tickets to shows / merchandise / etc.— Rob Swire (@rob_swire) July 11, 2013
So after an artist's first single / album / whatever, people in the music industry largely view "time spent writing music" as wasted time.— Rob Swire (@rob_swire) July 11, 2013
The only reason they think you should be writing any music, is to prop up your career when the public interest starts to wane...— Rob Swire (@rob_swire) July 11, 2013
...so that you can sell more tickets / ask for bigger fees / sell more merch, of course. Get out there and dance, you cunt.— Rob Swire (@rob_swire) July 11, 2013
I don't know what the point of that rant was, but there it is. http://t.co/rGYH5I69f0— Rob Swire (@rob_swire) July 11, 2013
DJ Ellie Goulding
UK pop sensation and former Skrillex GF Ellie Goulding has announced that she will kick off her DJing career at Surrender Nightclub in Las Vegas. YourEDM reports that the artist known in the dance community for her vocal work will be debuting her DJ career July 26, but no other dates have been announced. Maybe we're waiting to see how this one goes? Before you start asking whether or not she even knows how to DJ, let us say we're not sure. While this will indeed be Ellie's first time behind the decks in front of a crowd, it hopefully won't be her first time ever. Get tickets here.