Saturday, April 26, 2014

Justin Lassen speaks at ASCAP Expo 2014 in Hollywood, CA!

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I had the honor of being invited to give 3 talks at ASCAP Expo 2014 in Hollywood, CA! This is my 3rd time speaking or being a panelist at the ASCAP conference, and each time I get the wonderful chance to meet all kinds of new people, musicians, artists and industry folks. I got told by many people at ASCAP, fellow sponsors and even some big wigs that I had the “most inspiring talk”, that’s an honor!! thank you!

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I spoke once each day, and my name was all over banners and signs and posters. We had some great audiences. I showed off tons of tracks I had been working on, including the track I created for the “I, Frankenstein” movie soundtrack, which came out to theatres in January. I also showed off the process by which I create textures and soundscapes from synths and plugins that I created factory presets for. I also showed off some upcoming EDM influenced tracks that I sang on, or remixed for various projects. All sounded great on the PreSonus speakers!

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Really receptive and cool audiences, each time, I had a nice line of Q&A people. Everything from people telling me how inspired they were, to people asking me to produce them. It’s always an honor when so many people come up to me after I talk and want to work with me. Thank you everyone for sharing your time with me, and checking out my talk.

I showed off a bunch of cool stuff and hinted at a lot of cool stuff to come… I didn’t get pictures of everything, but I had a wonderful time, caught up with a bunch of my friends from different industries like Tim MacDonald, Jason Hayes (from Blizzard) My Blizzard friends were all giving a discussion on game audio at the conference (as were Zedd, Dr Luke, and many other luminaries), etc. I also spent some amazing quality time with both Jim and Rachael from PreSonus, and I am so excited about what the future brings us, because a lot of good stuff is on the way…. surreal!

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I’m really excited about a lot of the new work I am on this year, so many amazing projects in video games, film, solo-ists, singers, remixes and producing for me in 2014! I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am lately. There is a lot of work to be done, but I am also happy when I get to come out to events like ASCAP Expo.

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Me getting on the plane! yeah, I never took one of these selfies before, so I had to try it once. :)

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Here I am with my good friend Byron (left) and new friends Katfyre and Heavygrinder, both Beatport artists, that had a #1 hit release on this day! We went and had sushi to celebrate! We’ll be working on some stuff in the near future!! Smile

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I got to meet up with my buddy Anthony Baldino, a wonderful sound designer and other half to our super secret collaboration project. We were all giddy and metal (though my fingers were just bunny ears) about his new modular equipment. He’s working on some tasty stuff, and I will be singing on some of it!

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I met up with the REV guys, who were showing off their new sample library of sources put in reverse. Very interesting for pads and sound design textures. Really great guys, super humble, down to earth and well deserving of success in the arena of sound design!

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This is me with one of the winners of the Intel Ultrabook laptop giveaway that I was doing! Amongst many other things, she performed the voice of Ariel for The Little Mermaid at Disneyworld. She’s got an awesome voice! I pointed her out in the audience, put her on the spot, and nearly made her tear up! I’m so happy when people who aren’t expecting things, get surprised with cool stuff like free laptops! (look at my DJ Pon3 T-Shirt!)

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I went out to eat with friends Eric and Cole at Hard Rock Café, we got some of those frou frou drinks. haha

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Found this cool picture on twitter by one of the people in one of the audiences. Really chill guy with some serious skills! I loved how interactive and cool the audiences were each time, really fun people, really inspired, really paying attention and wanting to learn!

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the laptops I was giving away! The specs were Intel Core i5, 4GB, 128GB SSD, Windows 8.1, etc. It made a few lucky winners, very happy. I will post up some more pics, but another winner was a wonderful 12 year old guitarist and musician boy with autism, which I was happy that he got it!

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Julian, young up-and-coming musician and guitarist posing with his cool new Ultrabook!

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Another one of the lucky winners! Good luck with your new machine!

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Several lucky people in my audiences also got really awesome INTEL SSD drives free! Intel SSD drives are seriously the best, fastest and most secure Solid State Drives on the market. Special thanks to my wonderful partner Intel for the Ultrabooks and SSD drives!

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Super awesome to meet this amazing wonderful and beautiful singer/songwriter from Budapest, Hungary where I used to live! Very down to earth and talented vocalist and writer. She sent me some of her work for various genres and markets, and has even had some #1 hits in Hungary! Awesome! We had a conversation that lasted for hours and have a lot in common, thank you Anna! I look forward to our collaborations!

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one of the singer/songwriters that tweeted a picture of us! Thanks Emma! really talented young singer/songwriter with some infectious pop melodies and ideas!

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Another cool musician from the audience. His name is Djoser and he was pretty cool guy to talk at the conference, very receptive and chill.

[TO BE CONTINUED… WAITING FOR MORE PICTURES FROM PEOPLE]