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The official announcement of new GRAMMY category came during a reception at Spider Room prior to a show at Avalon Hollywood featuring sets by Oakenfold, Junkie XL, Crystal Method and BT.
More than 250 attended reception, including DJ/producer DJ Irene; DJ/producer Angel; Second Sun's Antoine Toupin and Adam Cavarelli; Postal Service' Jimmy Tamborello and Jenny Lewis; James Lamb of Skychurch; DJ/producer David Alvarado; producer David Aude; Jason Blum and Scott Giaquinta of Deepsky; Jes Brieden of Motorcycle; DJ Eve Falcon; producer Charles Feelgood; DJ Mea Fisher; Jan Johnston; DJ Christopher Lawrence; Tommy Lee; DJ "Colette" Marino; and DJ producer Richard "Humpty" Vission.
Brian "BT" Transeau In on creation of trance music, BT is involved with artists in many genres, having worked with *NSYNC, Sting, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Madonna and Seal. As composer for motion picture scores ("Fast and Furious," "Monster") and as recording artist and performer, he is often cited as representing music of highest quality. "BT mounts mesmerizing journeys with his compositions," Peter Gabriel has stated. "He is not only a virtuoso programmer, but an extremely gifted musician," Gabriel added. BT has as his goal marriage of "melody, harmony and memorable songwriting with most bleeding-edge technology possible. These are things that excite me," he added. http://www.btmusic.com
Jason Bentley Host of nightly "Metropolis" program on KCRW-FM in Los Angeles, Jason Bentley is always on frontier of pulse music. Coupled with his work as a music supervisor for "Matrix" films, he has been instrumental in promoting success of such inventive artists as The Chemical Brothers, Groove Armada, Jamiroquai, Jazzanova, Massive Attack, Portishead, and Roni Size. Even while on NPR station, KCRW, he also hosted "After Hours with Jason Bentley" on commercial powerhouse KROQ-FM. Additionally, he held an A&R (artist and repertoire) position at for Maverick Records (often referred to as Madonna's label). As if this wasn't enough, he regularly appears as a club DJ. http://www.midiman.net/artists/en_us/JasonBentley.html
The Crystal Method Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland are Crystal Method, an electronic band that filters its rock through hip-hop, soul and pop. Firmly entrenched in Los Angeles by way of Las Vegas, CM duo has collaborated with Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver lead singer Scott Weiland as well as former Rage Against Machine guitarist Tom Morello. You'll find DJ Swamp on one of their songs, but that's reportedly a pseudonym for Beck. Less well known publicly, but held in high regard in music industry is another collaborator, multi-instrumentalist and producer Jon Brion (Fiona Apple, Aimee Mann). With impressive sales figures and extensive worldwide appearances, they have had their songs on soundtracks to such films as "Spawn," "South Park," and "Lost In Space." http://www.thecrystalmethod.com
Paul Oakenfold He began in hip-hop, then worked as an A&R man and had phenomenal success, signing then-unknown Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince as well as Salt N’Pepa. Summering in Ibiza, he virtually began world renown of that location in terms of dance club action. Some say he's most respected and most popular DJ in history of world. Others just say he's great. http://www.pauloakenfold.com
Carmen Rizzo A two-time GRAMMY nominated producer, remixer and writer, Rizzo has created an exciting blend of electronic and Middle Eastern music in working with an amazingly diverse group of artists, including Paul Oakenfold, BT, Delirium, Sinead O'Conner, Grant Lee Phillips, Seal, Alanis Morrisette, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Cirque du Soleil. As a producer and mixer, he has collaborated with producers Marius De Vries, Trevor Horn, David Foster and Don Was. He is currently recording his own album. http://www.carmenrizzo.com
Deepsky Jason Blum and Scott Giaquinta are producer/performer team known as Deepsky. Giaquinta is sometimes credited as J. Scott G., and while this writer has had many articles published as J Scott G, this is pure coincidence. Deepsky is alternately known for powerful live shows and many high-profile remixes for Seal, Paul Oakenfold, America, and Crystal Method. They also remixed David Bowie single, "I Took a Trip On a Gemini Spaceship" from his "Heathen" album, as well as Madonna's "Die Another Day" single from James Bond movie of same name. http://www.deepsky.net
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Scott G creates songs, sonics, radio spots, and music for film and TV from studios in Los Angeles. A member of NARAS and NARIP, he owns G-Man Music & Radical Radio. His albums are on Delvian Records and iTunes.