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Chauvet DJ presents The World's EZ-est DJ Contest! 

There are only three simple steps: Select the EZ series product you'd like the win. Complete and submit the entry form on Chauvet DJ's Facebook page. If you're one of the six randomly selected winner, that's it – the product you selected is yours.

Enter today, because the contest ends on January 16th, 2015.

Read more: Chauvet DJ's 'The World's EZ-est DJ Contest'


Korg USA announced that they will be the exclusive U.S. distributor of Dean Markley’s exceptional line of guitar strings, pickups, picks and polishing accessories. Dean Markey joins Korg’s family of brands and this partnership is in line with Korg’s strategic plan to provide dealers with a full spectrum of quality products at various price points. The full line of Dean Markley products slated for distribution will be on display at the 2015 NAMM trade show (Booth #6440 Hall A).

Read more: Korg USA to Distribute Dean Markley

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California based reggae-rockers, The Expendables, have announced their early 2015 tour plans, which will find the band headlining from coast-to-coast and back again over a near three month span. Dubbed 'The Winter Blackout Tour,' The Expandables will be kicking off at The Majestic Theater in Ventura, CA on January 23rd, and will make thier way throughout the U.S. for the following 8 weeks before bringing the headlining trek to a halt at the House of Blues in San Diega, CA on March 15th.

A full list of tour dates can be found at

Read more: The Expendables Return With 2015 Winter Blackout Tour

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Pearl Artist, Randy Black, recently released footage from his tour-closing performance of the Alice Cooper classic, "School's Out," live from the 5th annual 'Rock Meets Classic' Tour - a live concert event combining an all star lineup of rock legends performing their respective hits alongside a full 45-member orchestra. Multi-angle drum-cam footage of Randy Black, along with full production footage from the tour's final stop can be viewed here.

The 2014 version of the Rock Meets Classic tour cycled around Germany throughout March and into May of this year, and featured Alice Cooper, Orianthi, Joe Lynn Turner (Deep Purple), and others, along with the Bohemian Symphony Orchestra Prague.

Read more: Randy Black Joins Alice Cooper On Tour

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Pearl Drums welcomes a new drummer to the Pearl Drums Artist Roster: Jen Ledger of Skillet! Jen Ledger has been the driving force behind Skillet since rightfully earning the throne back in 2008, and has since molded into one of the finest rock drummers of today. Skillet is currently touring in support of their 2013 release, Rise, which features the singles “Sick of It," “American Noise," “Rise,” and “Not Gonna Die”.  Shortly following the album’s release, Rise, reached No. 1 status on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums Chart, Top Alternative Albums Chart, Top Hard Rock Albums Chart, and Top Christian Albums Chart, along with reaching the No. 4 position on the Billboard Top 200.

Skillet will kick off a U.S. tour, which begins on January 2nd at the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum, in Charleston, NC, and will make their way around the country for the following three months before coming to a close at the Peoria Civic Center Arena, in Peoria, IL, on March 29th.  Known as ‘The Winter Jam Tour’, this trek will serve as Jen’s first run behind the Pearl name, and she’ll be turning to her custom Reference Pure drums for the entirety of the dates.

Read more: Pearl Welcomes Jen Ledger of Skillet


LOUD Technologies Music Gear Group has announced the appointment of Jason Tan to the position of Mackie product specialist for the APAC Region. Based in Singapore, Tan joins LOUD after more than 20 years in the professional audio industry.

In addition to a lengthy career in live sound and recording, Tan is the founder of Eastwardaudio, one of the region's major production facilities, where he oversaw productions for Universal Music, Sony BMG, EMI, Pony Canyon, and other major labels, as well as film scores and corporate clients including Coca Cola, Lexus, Hitachi, and Motorola. Singapore's National Arts Council also appointed Tan as a mentor to their youth music program.

Read more: LOUD Appoints Tan Mackie Product Specialist

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Audio-Technica appointed Apex, North Carolina-based Millar-Electronics as its new manufacturer's rep firm for the southeastern U.S., including the region encompassing Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. 

Millar Electronics Principal Herman Civils (Outside Sales, NC/SC Region) will be joined in representing A-T by team members Pete Petty (Outside Sales, NC/TN Region), Bryan Civils (Outside Sales, NC/SC Region), Jerry Silhavy (Outside Sales, GA Region), Jack McGehee (Outside Sales, AL/MS/West TN Region), Linda Crofton (Inside Sales), and John Herr (Product Support). A-T is the latest addition to Millar's brand roster, which also includes Community Pro, Fulcrum Acoustic, InFocus, Konig & Meyer, Lowell Manufacturing, and Symetrix. 



Iconic guitarist Slash will receive the prestigious Les Paul Award during the 30th Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, to be held Saturday, January 24 in Anaheim, California. Comedian Sinbad will provide the laughs as the evening’s host. The NAMM TEC Awards honors individuals and companies across 30 categories, for outstanding achievement in professional audio technology and production.

The Les Paul Award named for the revolutionary inventor and esteemed musician, honors individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio and music technology. Instituted in 1991, the honor has been granted to luminaries including Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Todd Rundgren, and Peter Gabriel.

Read more: Slash to Receive Les Paul Award at NAMM TEC Awards


San Diego-based non-profit Guitars in the Classroom (GITC) announced that the Oriolo Guitar Co. recently made a $40,000 donation of guitars and ukuleles to its work of bringing music into the heart of academic learning across the country. Oriolo Guitars are best known for their colorful artwork, many featuring the popular character Felix the Cat who was produced by Joe Oriolo.

Oriolo’s son, Don, took the helm of Felix The Cat Productions Inc. in 1984 and has produced numerous episodes of Felix and brought the licensing brand to new heights. Oriolo entered the musical instruments/products world in 2008 when he first designed and manufactured his Oriolo Guitars. The company was founded by Don and believes in making music-based learning enjoyable for all kids.

Read more: Oriolo Guitars Makes $40,000 Instrument Donation to GITC


Grenoble, France-headquartered music software and hardware company Arturia has appointed former Focusrite-Novation director, U.S. Sales Ralph Goldheim to the newly-created position of president, U.S. Operations as part of its ongoing expansion strategy.

Goldheim brings extensive experience in sales and marketing management to Arturia, having worked in the pro audio/MI industry for more than 25 years with a number of key executive positions to his notable name, including significant tenures at M-Audio (MSN), 360 Systems (VP), Line 6 (VP/co-founder), and Alesis Corporation (VP) prior to Focusrite-Novation.

Read more: Arturia appoints Goldheim as President, U.S. Operations

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