DJs React To Pro-Trump Protesters Storming Capitol Hill

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DJs including Kevin Saunderson, Dave Clarke, The Blessed Madonna, Derrick Carter, Stanton Warriors and Eli Goldstein from Soul Clap took to social media yesterday to react to supporters of President Donald Trump breaching the U.S. Capitol as lawmakers tabulated the Electoral College votes certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s win.

What should have been a ceremonial formality turned into a deadly event that has shaken America to its foundation.

Elected officials had to be evacuated by security to avoid the violent mob who stormed the Capitol. Incited by Trump at a rally held nearby at the Washington Mall, the mob’s goal was to disrupt the certification of the election results.

Trump said at the rally, “We’re going to walk down to the Capitol. And we’re gonna cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women. And we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them, because you’ll never take back our country with weakness, you have to show strength and you have to be strong.”

The President said he would meet protestors at the Capitol. Instead, he reportedly watched the violence unfold on TV.

One woman was shot and killed by police in the chaos. Three others died from “medical emergencies” that officials have yet to explain.

Congress reconvened in the evening and confirmed Biden’s win in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Here’s a selection of tweets from DJs about the sickening events that took place yesterday. Continue Reading

French Ravers Break Curfew, Attack Police

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Authorities in western France say a police car was torched and officers were injured after dispersing an illegal New Year’s Eve party held in a hangar in Lieuron, Brittany. Officials said the underground event drew at least 2,500 ravers.

Police say that when they attempted to shut down the party, officers were met by a barrage of bottles and rocks hurled by punters.

“In the early evening of December 31, several hundred vehicles began to converge on an industrial area in the town of Lieuron to set up a rave party,” a local authority said Friday in a statement. “A police vehicle was set on fire, three other vehicles were damaged, and soldiers were sprayed with bottles and stones, causing minor injuries.”

According to the Associated Press, prosecutors are considering possible criminal charges as the rave also took place despite France’s 8 p.m.-to-6 a.m. nationwide curfew in effect since December 15 to slow the spread of  COVID-19. One attendee said that “very few had respected social distancing” at the event.

More than 2.6 million people have been infected with COVID-19 in France and nearly 65,000 have died.

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Beatport Acquires Loopmasters

Beatport Acquires Loopmasters

Online music portal Beatport has acquired UK-based Loopmasters, a creator of royalty-free producer sample packs, and its two brands, Loopcloud and Plugin Boutique.

Financial details of the transaction were not made public.

Previously, Beatport began a partnership with Loopmasters in mid-2019.

Obligatory press release gush from Loopmasters founder Matt Pelling: “We have been very impressed by the power of the Beatport brand with the global DJ producer marketplace, and have thoroughly enjoyed working closely with the Beatport team over the past few years. Everyone at Loopmasters strongly believes that the combination of these two great companies will deliver an unparalleled, end-to-end content supply chain for music producers for many years to come.”

Obligatory press release gush from Robb McDaniels, CEO of Beatport: “Matt Pelling and the entire Loopmasters team are world-class people who have built amazing products for the producer community that simply belong in our ecosystem. The phenomenal growth of Plugin Boutique, the leading global seller of virtual instrument plug-ins, and the recent launch of Loopcloud, an innovative subscription service for the samples market, are a testament to the talent of their team, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome them to the Beatport family.”

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You Can Buy Erick Morillo’s L.A. Mansion For $7.999 Million

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The Los Angeles mansion of the late DJ/producer/Subliminal Records boss Erick Morillo has hit the market. The asking price for the four-bedroom, six-bathroom 4,543 sq. ft. abode in the Hollywood Hills is $7.999 million. (See the full listing here.)

The open-plan house at 7000 Macapa Dr. features a wealth of amenities, including a state-of-the-art recording studio, chef’s kitchen, infinity pool and view of the Hollywood sign.

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Morillo, who died of acute ketamine toxicity in Miami on September 1, 2020, purchased the home designed by architect Harry Gesner in 2014 for $7.6 million.

The listing agent hired by Morillo’s family is Jason Oppenheim, of Oppenheim Group, who stars in Selling Sunset on Netflix

Before his death, Morillo was arrested and charged with sexual battery in August for an offense on a fellow DJ that allegedly took place at his home in Miami Beach in December 2019.

The female victim “reported waking up nude on the bed, with Mr. Morillo standing on the side of the bed also nude,” according to the arrest report.

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