What causes an internationally celebrated rock-icon to sublimate his ego and surrender to the irresistible allure of synthesized beats, dirty electro basslines, and searing, loopy melodies? Rockstar and former Motley Crue drummer, TOMMY LEE, and his partner, DJ AERO, hit Downtown Los Angeles on their North American Electro Mayhem Tour on Saturday, Dec. 22 at the new Crash Mansion LA. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $20.00 and available by going to www.wantickets.com or calling Crash Mansion Box Office at 213-747-0999.
Having achieved the pinnacle of success as a rock ‘n roll drummer with the Crue and his other bands, Rock Star Supernova and Methods Of Mayhem, LEE decided in 2000 to team-up with fellow band-member, DJ AERO (born CHESTER DEITZ), to work towards a relentless schedule of electronic music DJ-gigs. Their debut at WMC 2004’s Ultra Music Festival in Miami took the rock and dance music worlds by storm.
It’s 2007 and the Electro Mayhem Tour has gathered full-steam, led by agent JOHNNY MARONEY of CEG Talent; LEE/AERO bring their multi-sensory, audiovisual performances to clubs across North and Central America.
Lest critics doubt LEE’s sincerity for club culture after such a high-profile career in rock, he says, “I touched turntables and that was my turning-point! MIXMASTER MIKE and Aero inspired and taught me a lot about DJing. I started DJing and realized you could do all these things, musically.”
Far from having any downtime, LEE/AERO installed a full, virtual studio on their tour bus, thus allowing them the ability to personalize each night’s show. Endless hours in the recording studio also brought fruitful production sessions, and original dance music tracks are primed for release.
When AERO isn’t touring with LEE, he is a web-designer and runs a lucrative, million-dollar online retail business. Says AERO of the life he now leads, “Whenever I get booked to travel to Dubai, Toronto or Zurich to DJ, I pinch myself. It’s a blessing, and I’m always appreciative.”
TOMMY LEE & DJ AERO are sponsored by Pioneer Pro DJ. Their live setup consists of: two Pioneer DVJ-1000 DVD-players – used with either the Pioneer SVM-1000 audio-video mixer, or an Edirol V2 video-mixer and a Pioneer DJM-800 mixer – two Pioneer CDJ-1000MK3 CD-players, a Pioneer EFX-500 effects unit, two Apple Mac Book Pro laptops, an Alesis control pad, an M-Audio Oxygen O2 keyboard, and assorted live-performance software including Serato Scratch LIVE 1.7.2, Ableton Live 6.0, and Artillery 1.3. Their live shows are a frenetic whirlwind of synthesized beats and high-energy sound.
ABOUT CRASH MANSION:In a space once occupied by the historic Myron Ballroom, New York’s Bowery Restaurant group has transformed this 1940's swing club into a state-of-the-art, three-part performance haven. A 10,000 square-foot main room accommodates headliners with lofted ceilings and a fully digital sound room, while two adjacent rooms--the Burn Lounge and the Foyer Gallery--cater more to low-key performers and the local artist scene. With five bars, three distinct atmospheres, and a fully operative kitchen, this 1200-capacity industrial chic club caters to the rich diversity of art and music in Los Angeles. Crash Mansion is located at 1024 Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90015. Phone: 213-747-0999. For more information, go to www.crashmansionla.com or www.myspace.com/crashmansionlosangeles.