GoFundMe Launched to Help Chicago DJ Teri Bristol

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A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help Teri Bristol, a multi-decade DJ mainstay at Chicago clubs like Smartbar, who is dealing with serious health challenges.

After DJing a New Year’s show with long-time mixing partner DJ Psycho-Bitch at Walker’s Point Music Hall in Milwaukee, WI, Bristol, whose DJ sets are a fierce mix of house, techno and industrial music, was admitted to St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, TN, with kidney failure on January 3.

Bristol underwent surgery and is undergoing dialysis treatments.

While doctors work to determine the condition of Bristol’s kidneys, she remains hospitalized and is waiting to find out if her condition is acute or chronic.

The GoFundMe drive started by Chariya Em has a goal of raising $25,000 to help Bristol financially during her recovery.

Teri will be on disability for an extended amount of time during the rehabilitation process. This fundraiser has been created to help ease any financial stress so Teri can focus on getting physically and mentally better. With long term and/or lifelong medical care comes long term and lifelong medical costs.

Donations to help Teri Bristol’s medical expenses can be made here.

Pioneer DJ Changed Its Corporate Name to AlphaTheta Corporation

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While you were kicking back between Christmas and New Year’s Pioneer DJ issued a press release announcing it was changing its corporate name to AlphaTheta Corporation effective January 1, 2020. “Our brands and brand names, including Pioneer DJ, will not be affected,” it promised.

Pioneer DJ was spun off into a standalone company in 2014 after Pioneer Corporation reportedly opted to focus its strategy on other areas of its global business. Pioneer Corporation sold the majority interest of Pioneer DJ to private equity (PE) giant KKR  in 2015 for US $550 million.

While the company states “the change is not related to any merger, sale, or reorganization,” introducing a new corporate moniker is most certainly a tactic to differentiate Pioneer DJ from its former parent.

Corporate rebrands and refreshes are costly and complex, especially for an established global company. A cost-conscious PE owner like KKR – whose mission is to prop up an asset’s balance sheet to sell within three to five years – are never undertaken as randomly as the press release suggests: “We take great pride in our commitment to the music industry and we’ve chosen our new company name, AlphaTheta Corporation, based on our passionate vision to innovate, inspire, and entertain.”

News about the name change hasn’t been shared on the company’s social media accounts, and the rebrand isn’t reflected yet on the company’s website. That will come in due time. Since the Pioneer DJ brand remains intact for now, it will likely not mean much to the company’s consumer base.

Could a glitzy launch event celebrating the birth of AlphaTheta Corporation be in the works at Winter NAMM 2020, a major instrument trade show, taking place January 16-20, 2020 in Anaheim, CA? Probably not. In any case, we’ll be watching closely to see what transpires with Pioneer DJ (the brand) and will report back on any interesting developments.

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GoFundMe Launched By Kevin Saunderson & Dennis White to Help Paris Grey of Inner City

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Detroit techno stalwart Kevin Saunderson and Grammy award-winning producer/composer Dennis White (a.k.a. Latroit) have launched a GoFundMe campaign to benefit Inner City vocalist extraordinaire Paris Grey.

As astute dance music fans will know, Grey was the golden voice and writer behind classic Inner City tracks such as “Good Life and Big Fun.”

More recently, Grey has been dealing with the emotional and financial ramifications of losing her daughter Chanel to cancer in December.

According to White, who was the original Inner City live tour band director, Grey “is struggling to meet the financial requirements of funeral arrangements.”

RELATED: Kevin Saunderson looks back on 2019

“Kevin Saunderson and I are reaching out to our friends who may have been positively influenced by Paris’ contributions to the world of Dance Music, asking you to consider helping us raise $4,000 for her as soon as possible. Any amount is helpful, and equally, if you could pass this call to action around to anyone that you think might be sympathetic to her situation, we’d certainly appreciate that as well.”

Donations to help Paris Grey can be made here.

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Influential 4AD Album Designer Vaughan Oliver Has Died at 62

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Vaughan Oliver, the supremely talented English graphic designer/art director who blazed trails designing album covers for 4AD Records’ artists including Cocteau Twins, the Breeders, This Mortal Coil and Lush, has died at the age of 62.

Oliver’s death was announced a few hours ago on Twitter by friend and fellow designer Adrian Shaughnessy, who co-edited the 2018 collection Vaughan Oliver: Archive.

“Desperately sad to announce that Vaughan Oliver died peacefully today, with his partner Lee by his side. Great loss of friend and design hero.”

This is a breaking story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Update: December 30, 2019. 4AD issued the following statement about Oliver’s passing on its website.

“To suggest is to create; to describe is to destroy.” Robert Doisneau

We are incredibly sad to learn of the passing of Vaughan Oliver; there was no-one else like him.

Without Vaughan, 4AD would not be 4AD and it’s no understatement to say that his style also helped to shape graphic design in the late-20th century.

The label’s first employee, he designed his first sleeve for the Modern English single ‘Gathering Dust’ in 1980 before going on to create iconic works for the likes of Pixies, Breeders, Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil, Throwing Muses, Lush, Pale Saints, TV On The Radio, Scott Walker and countless others. The Guardian said his designs were “abstract, dreamlike, elegant” and they weren’t wrong, he gave both us as a label and our musicians an identity and a voice.

We will miss you Vaughan and our thoughts are with your family and friends. We were blessed to know you and will forever be thankful for all you did.

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