Tuesday, January 24, 2012

NAMM 2012: a few highlights and images from Justin Lassen


Here I am with long time friends and world renowned DJ Shortee and DJ Faust! I love these talented producers/turntablists a LOT. So many awesome memories. Their label got “Label of the Year” award, which is so cool! They deserve it, super hard working, with 100 artists!

"Justin’s taking the remix world by storm, his stellar music vision and creative genius electrify anything he touches, don’t sleep on this guy!!" - Faust & Shortee


Here I am with BT again! Really cool guy! We first met in-person at the Stutter-Edit Launch last year. One of my childhood inspirations! Perhaps something is possibly in the works?!. :)


This is my good friend and fellow epic orchestral composer; Doyle S Donehoo. Not only is he incredibly talented and skilled, but he’s a gigantic source of fantastical knowledge about composing techniques and technologies, and I’m proud to know him.


This is Sean Murray, brilliant video game composer of such things as Call of Duty: Black-Ops. We talked about doing some remix projects things.


This is Alex Strong, from OurStage.com. A very cool company that has put on many industry-wide competitions (like Intel Superstars whom I’ve helped on), as well as being a strong platform for musicians. Alex is a lot of fun, super amazing and inspiring to talk to. In the background walking up is the one-and-only Tyler Barth, VP at Blue Microphones. :)


Ed Diaz needs no introduction, but if you YouTube his stuff, you will be blown away. He is a mad scientist of keyboard wizardry, over at Roland U.S. He takes care of me over there and I feel blessed and honored to know this musician (and all of the amazing people at Roland US and Roland Japan whom take care of me!)!


Here’s the one-and-only Cori Yarckin. She did some demos of her X1 tracks on the Roland stage, along with TC (whom chatted with me about doing some stuff with Oakenfold), Jimmy Landry (AR at Cakewalk) and Brandon Ryan (Sonar MASTER). We met being fellow Cakewalk artists.


Nick Dika is the man. Look at that awesome beard! He’s one of the masterminds over at iZotope, and PM of Ozone 5 Mastering Suite! He’s the one who got me involved in iZotope in the past and doing factory presets for their plugins in the past.


Here I am with the Intel Superstar 2011 winner (Yep, he got 10 G’s on a giant golf check from Intel.) Austin Renfroe (left) and Intel and photography extraordinaire Mike G. This has become a tradition that I meet and have dinner with the Intel Supestar winners (like Sara Lindsey last year!)


This is Mike Rivet and his son and wonderful Jazz/Classical pianist/musician Mitch Rivet. Watch out for this guy, he’s an amazing talent and I see a bright future for him. I’ve been working with him and helping him get his foothold in the industry, as I’ve done for many young talented people over they ears. I believe in this guy.


Here is Austin Renfroe performing at the Orange booth in Hall C. He’s a super multi-instrumentalist performer/songwriter, and he did some performances at the Blue Microphones and Orange Amps booths.


And here is Mitch Rivet, just killing it on this super expensive piano. :)


Here’s Norman Mathew from Murder FM, imitating his poster (behind us). Reminds me of when I imitated my poster in the same booth in a previous year. :) Fun times.


You can see Drew Hollis (sitting) and Nate Lane (with his hands up) at this final NAMM, celebratory dinner for Akai! It was an honor to be the only artist invited to this dinner of 31 people. :) For those that want to take a look, I was also the first artist to be featured in 2 newsletters for Akai (in a row!!) December 2011 and January 2012!

(Numark/Alesis/Akai) brought me on as one of their premier artists and a consultant/advisor/artist-relations mid-2011-present to further build their Artist roster and department and bring in cool musicians, A-Listers and known creatives to represent and show off the gear/brands they hold in exciting ways. It’s been an interesting process.


Here’s Jordan Roe (Austin Renfroe’s Manager, from Atlanta) I brought him around and made some introductions for him, to get Austin some sponsors and such, like I did for Sara last year.


Me and Mitch. Bad Ass. I can say I knew him when!


Brian Desmond from Cakewalk. Super cool guy to talk to, and brainstorm with! I met a bunch of the CW guys, but didn’t take pics. but lots of neat brainstorming happened. :)


JUSTIN wine. :) So basically it was a pretty rocking show, LOTS of celebrities I ran into and met up with, lots of cool meetings, was totally back-to-back-to-back-to-back one-after-the-other for 4 days in a row. I signed a bunch of autographs on the showroom floor as well as being asked to take pics with lots of random cool amazing people. I’m humbled by you all for the support and love! Signed a few new deals too with some companies and such. Someone is even going to name a Cupcake after me at their cupcake shop/company! More on all of this later… Stay tuned! :) (honestly, I wish I took more pictures!! and for everyone who took pics, feel free to send my way.) Thank you everyone for the new introductions to new people as well. Back to work now!