Ken Jordan, The Crystal Method hanging with his manager, Richard Bishop of Red Light Management. (Photo: Nicole Pajer)
Hollywood was buzzing with EDM chatter Friday night as Ultra Music hosted an official kickstart to summer happy hour. The courtyard of celebrity hotspot Lexington Social House was swimming with artists, label reps, booking agents, publicists, and industry executives discussing everything from Deadmau5's new album to the summer festival circuit -- HARD, Boonstock, Electric Zoo, and more.
In between cocktails and calamari, we caught up with several happy hour goers to chat about the exciting things happening in their musical worlds.
Brett Fischer, manager with Three Six Zero Group, has been busy working on projects for Chris Lake and Michael Woods. "We have Chris Lake putting out a record with Ultra Records by the end of the year. We just got back from EDC, which was amazing. We were in Puerto Vallarta shooting a movie he's going to be in called "I Brake For Gringos," which is kind of a random thing. Besides that, touring and a lot of sessions."
Brett Fischer, Manager Three Six Zero Group (Chris Lake, Michael Woods). (Photo: Nicole Pajer)
We ran into Sara Walker, senior director of licensing and synchronization with Ultra Records who was in town from New York as she was conversing with Alexandra Greenberg, from MSO PR. According to Walker, it's an exciting time for Ultra and gearing up to be a busy summer. "We've got big records coming from Deadmau5, Calvin Harris, Drop The Lime, Rebecca & Fiona, C.C. Sheffield all coming out this summer."
Shiny Toy Guns bassist/keyboardist Jeremy Dawson took a break from hobnobbing with industry folks to sneak off for a cigarette and give Billboard.biz the skinny on the latest with his projects. Dawson said he and fellow STGer Chad Petree have put their Shiny Toy Guns HybriDigital side project on hold. The focus is completely on the band after they recently reunited with their original lead singer, Carah Faye Charnow.
"I went to Sweden to get her. I literally jumped on a plane to bring her home. We ate pizza and played ping pong for three days and finally she said, 'OK Jeremy so what do you want?" Dawson informed us that STG has been in "psycho mixing mode" and busy in the studio with producer Tony Maserati ( Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Jason Mraz). The band recently signed with Allen Kovac's Five Seven Music and plans to release a new album in the fall, "sometime very close to Halloween." The video for the recent single "Waiting Alone," which features footage of the band on a 28 day cross country storm chasing expedition, will be out on July 17th.
Jeremy Dawson, Shiny Toy Guns bassist, steps outside for a cigarette. (Photo: Nicole Pajer)
Richard Bishop of Red Light Management manages The Crystal Method, who is in the process of finishing up a new album. "It's their first record in three and half years and we're excited." Bishop bragged about the success of Borgore's new single "Decisions," "Regeneration" coming out on VEVO, and The Crystal Method and Cedric Gervais performing on Billboard's DJ Diaries. After getting their fill of networking, Bishop and Jordan snuck off inside the restaurant for a meeting over dinner.
Christian B has been busy working on an album with the Carey Brothers, as well as DJing on the new online station Moheak Radio (Moheak.com), which is a collaboration of ex Indie 103.1 folks such as " TK," and Kevin Bronson from Buzzbands L.A. " Dave Navarro and Ryan Adams are DJing over there. It's a great station. We just launched a station app for iPhone and Android users."
Stephanie Luciano, EDM booking agent with TKO, and Christian B of Moheak Radio. (Photo: Nicole Pajer)
Stephanie Luciano, formerly of The Agency Group, said she was doing the whole freelance thing until her boss called in January and asked her to head up the EDM division of TKO. She's been feverishly booking a roster of up and coming DJs and electronic stars such as Digital Lab, R/D, Ron Reeser, and Late Night Alumni ever since.
Things are moving along at Dim Mak Records. Luke Mulderink, the label's general manager, says they've been steadily releasing nearly two albums every Tuesday for a while now. "We're in development with Jonathan Davis' side project called J Devil. He's trying to get into EDM but not just to be a DJ; he's actually writing solid EDM so we're pretty excited about that. We just did Infected Mushrooms' full length. We just did Datsik's full length. We're working with Proxy to do their full length. There's a bunch of really great one off singles and EPs coming up."
Luke Mulderink, General Manager Dim Mak Records & Andrew Huang, Retail Marketing, acting tough as nails. (Photo: Nicole Pajer)
Andrew Huang, who handles retail marketing for Dim Mak, has primarily been focusing on setting up digital press kits and pitching to places like Beatport and iTunes. "We're just trying to build a rapport with them and get our music out there and featured." Mulderink and Huang posed for a photo and requested that we make them look "tough." We sincerely hope we did them justice!