Influential DJ/Producer Andrew Weatherall Dead at 56

Prolific and highly influential UK DJ/producer Andrew Weatherall has died, according to a statement from a representative.

“We are deeply sorry to announce that Andrew Weatherall, the noted DJ and musician passed away in the early hours of this morning, Monday 17th February 2020, at Whipps Cross Hospital, London. The cause of death was a pulmonary embolism. He was being treated in hospital but unfortunately the blood clot reached his heart. His death was swift and peaceful.

“His family and friends are profoundly saddened by his death and are taking time to gather their thoughts. Further announcements regarding funeral arrangements will be made in due course by Andrew’s press officer, James Parrish.”

This is a breaking story. We will post updates when we learn more about Weatherall’s passing.

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Remembering New England Rave Legend Janessa-Michelle Isaacs (a.k.a. DJ Trixie)

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Janessa-Michelle Isaacs (a.k.a. DJ Trixie), a mainstay on the New England underground rave scene who spun breaks to drum ‘n’ bass, was found dead yesterday in Attleboro, MA. According to reports, Isaacs, 44, was reported missing by her boyfriend on Monday. She, was found not far from her apartment by authorities.

Earlier this month Isaacs, 44, posted a somber message on her Facebook page, writing, “It hurts like hell to be betrayed. It is even worse to spitefully abuse your partner to justify your dismissal….”

Police say Isaacs’ death does not appear suspicious and foul play is not suspected this time. An investigation is ongoing and the Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of her death.

This is a developing story. We’ll post news as soon as we have it.

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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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