Monday, October 5, 2015

Justin Lassen visits SLC, Utah for Daz 3D, R7, Yoga, Park City and Secret Projects!

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I was flown up to SLC Utah to meet lots of cool new people, look at some new projects, do some work with some companies and brainstorm some future big things on the horizon. It was a revitalizing trip for me in a lot of ways. A big thanks to my friends Shannon McPhee and Vincent Brisebois for sponsoring the trip!

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This is my pal Vincent, bad ass guy and fellow technologist. This is us in Park City checking out some cool sandwich shop, we drove in his cool Lotus in some awesome weather with beautiful clouds and conversation!

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He was filming me play with Daz 3D for some research at the company, it was cool to meet everyone and see how it all works! I have done 2 projects with them so far and each one was really fun. The first was the trailer audio for Morph 3D and the second was their companies Halloween video. Super cool all around!

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My Razer laptop ran everything pretty good thanks to also having the GPU card.

An Introduction to Daz 3D

If you aren’t sure what Daz 3D is, you have to check it out, it’s a really easy to use no-effort 3D character creation software. Check out the video above. My friend Vincent is in the video showing this girl how to create her own characters and even getting them printed up!

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In their lab they have tables of all kinds of 3D prints from characters and objects made with Daz 3D. The trailer videos I did were also made with Daz 3D with the Nvidia Iray renderer which is amazing. The way Vincent explained that type of rendering to me is that technically it could render forever if you wanted it to and the detail would keep refracting the light and surfaces, very interesting.

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I did Yoga for the first time. Shannon McPhee is amongst many many other things in different industries also one of the teachers for Schole Yoga, a cool type of Yoga that even someone like me can get involved with, without being overwhelmed by remembering all the poses or being perfect.

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She brought me out also to talk to the teachers and consult a little bit about my ideas on how music and yoga can work together to create a better experience. In this photo one of the other instructors of this Yoga was DJing with Djay2 (an app I demo on stage around the world.) It’s kind of cool to have a live DJ and smart lights to make the experience even more personal. I was so inspired after that class that I was creating musical ideas in my head. Madison was great!

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It was cool to finally meet R7 in person, they were doing a show in town so I got to go up on stage with them and check out their performance and gear. Really cool artists and glad I met them. I brought them on board the DJ Pon3 My Little Pony Remixed project to collaborate and they did a fantastic job! Really great musicians!

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Brandon rocking one of my favorite keyboards, the Akai MAX49, which you’ve seen me on stages around the world with for various performances! It’s such a versatile controller that it makes performing really fun!

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This was R7’s protégé they have been working with, who did a fantastic job giving a nice DJ set that night before R7 went on.

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Here he is, DJ Caicedo.

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Utah is so clean looking!

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Great driving weather!

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I love running into people with DJpon3 shirts on at shows. I’ve noticed that ever since producing the official Djpon3 album for Hasbro, I meet more and more people who want to take pics and stuff.

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I also meet so many kids around the world who love Djpon3 and these 2 girls actually went to Build-a-bear and made me a Djpon3 animal and they were so excited to meet me. I think it’s cool to be associated with such a cool character and I love seeing kids smile and get into really cool music! I remember when I was working on it I would test it with kids during the production process and working with my collaborators to make sure the tracks were cool for the fan base of My Little Pony. It’s neat that even 5 year olds can rock out to well crafted EDM music! Much respect to the MLP fans everywhere! and thank you girls for the DJpon3 character!

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“Window seating”. Yeah sometimes Southwest, you are so funny.

I also met with a bunch of people that I don’t have pics with because they were just meetings, but I was asked to help out on some Steve Wozniak projects and stuff too, so I’m sure in the future I can talk more about that stuff. Most of my life seems to be in the shadows until the world is able to hear about it. My Little Pony was 2 years of silence before I could talk about it. Wonder what I’m working on next? :) Time will tell.