Happy Friday! Today, we’ve got good news for Pasquale Rotella and Ellie Goulding, a sweet piece of new tech in the works, and a huge opportunity for all you aspiring producers out there. Have a great weekend.
LA Judge Passes On Pasquale
After 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.
Check back for more news regarding the potential for EDC LA or something similar in the works.
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 Partying
So the good news? We’ll have brand-new productions from Swire in the near future. The bad news? We probably won’t hear them live for quite a while. Check back for more updates.
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.