Nice One Grammys, Once Again You Stepped In A Big Pile Of Poo—He Goes by Al Walser

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Nice One Grammys, Once Again You Stepped In A Big Pile Of Poo

This is fucking hilarious in the saddest of possible ways. You had integrity issues to begin with, but come on… nominating Al Walser. Really? Talk about stepping in a big pile of poo.

If I were a betting man, and sometimes I am, I’d say 99.9999999999999% of you readers are asking who the fuck is Al Walser. And that’s cool, you shouldn’t know and there’s a large part of me, err, more like 100% of me that hopes you don’t. Even Spin writer Philip Sherburne (a respected man) is asking the question, “Who The Hell Is Al Walser and How did He Get an EDM Grammy Nomination?”

Good question, indeed. The only reason why I’ve heard the name Al Walser is because I posted something about him back in October on Facebook. It was more about his company logo, Cut the Bull Entertainment.

You know how sometimes you see something and immediately hate it. First impression, from the gut kinda distain—deeper than zero in common. Like say, a person wearing ED HARDY for example. Bells go off, you feel it in your belly. You just know. The guy that came up with this logo ... is THAT GUY. And his name is Al Walser. Now I don't know if he is in fact the person that designed this piece of poo, but he signed off on it.

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It all came to be by way of email, which sadly has since been deleted—I was so hoping to show you. Just know that it was ridiculous.One of the people it was promoting was Mike Candys. Saying something of the sort of how he was the best DJ in the world. How he’s played clubs all over the world, over the top BS from start to finish…with an almost SNL-ish flair (just look at the photo), which is what probably made me click on the damn thing—99% of the time I’ll ignore that shit. It was promoting this video. So bad it made me look into who the hell was behind this tragedy. Who could be making these claims? After multiple clicks through some crazy German websites trying to decipher the mystery (thanks Google Translator) I found myself on Cut The Bull Entertainment, Enter Al, Walser.

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As Philip Sherburne pointed out in his Spin article:

Dark horses don't get much darker than Walser, a Liechtensteinian producer and self-described "entertainment mogul" who received a Best Dance Recording nomination for his song "I Can't Live Without You," landing himself in the elite company of Avicii ("Levels"), Calvin Harris ("Let's Go," featuring Ne-Yo), Skrillex ("Bangarang"), and the Swedish House Mafia ("Don't You Worry Child," featuring John Martin). But where those artists' songs represent some of the year's biggest electronic dance music hits, Walser and his single both appear to be virtual unknowns.

Walser's Facebook page currently boasts only 1,437 "likes," compared to millions apiece for his competitors. As of 6 a.m. this morning, the two official versions of his video on YouTube (uploaded two and four weeks ago, respectively) had fewer than 7,000 views combined. The top comment on the more recent video: "GRAMMY NOMINATED ?! WTF ?!"

You can read the article here. I love the fact that he too has something to say about the logo:

Cut the Bull Entertainments logo, by the way, is a cartoon bull, glimpsed from behind, with an oversized pair of scissors snipping through a neat, froyo-like swirl of feces. The bull looks angry; his anus is dilated.

Oh yea, the Grammy nominations. I absolutely love the fact that so many in our world are getting well-deserved recognition. Regardless of my integrity doubts it does mean something, it opens doors. I’d especially like to give a nod to Diplo for his “Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical” nomination. Talk about a door opener. Don't get me wrong, Best Dance Recording, Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical and Best Alternative Music Album nominations are fine notches, indeed, but Producer Of The Year is pretty baller.

Best Dance Recording

"Levels" Avicii
Tim Bergling & Ash Pournouri, producers; Tim Bergling, mixer [Levels/Atom Empire/Interscope]

"Let's Go" Calvin Harris Featuring Ne-Yo
Calvin Harris, producer; Calvin Harris, mixer [Ultra Music]

"Bangarang" Skrillex Featuring Sirah
Skrillex, producer; Skrillex, mixer
Track from: Bangarang [OWSLA/Big Beat/Atlantic]

"Don't You Worry Child" Swedish House Mafia Featuring John Martin
Steve Angello, Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso, producers; Steve Angello, Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso, mixers [Astralwerks]

"I Can't Live Without You" Al Walser[YES CAN LIVE WITHOUT YOU. -ED]
Al Walser, producer; Al Walser, mixer [Cut The Bull Entertainment]

Best Dance/Electronica Album

Wonderland Steve Aoki [Ultra Music/ Dim Mak]
Don't Think The Chemical Brothers [Astralwerks]
> Album Title Goes Here < Deadmau5 [Mau5trap Recordings/Ultra Music]
Fire & Ice Kaskade [Ultra Music]
Bangarang Skrillex [OWSLA/Big Beat/Atlantic]

Best Alternative Music Album

Hurry Up, We're Dreaming M83 [Mute]

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

In My Mind (Axwell Remix)
Axel Hedfors, remixer (Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl Featuring Georgi Kay) [Neon Records/Axtone/Big Beat Records]

"Lie Down In Darkness" (Photek Remix)
Photek, remixer (Moby)
Track from: Destroyed Remixed [Little Idiot]

"Midnight City" (Eric Prydz Private Remix)
Eric Prydz, remixer (M83) [Mute]

"Promises" (Skrillex & Nero Remix)
Skrillex, remixer (Nero) [Interscope]

"The Veldt" (Tommy Trash Remix)
Thomas Olsen, remixer (Deadmau5 Featuring Chris James) [Ultra Music]

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical

Dan Auerbach
"El Camino" (The Black Keys) (A)
"Locked Down" (Dr. John) (A)
"Savage" (Hacienda) (S)
"Shakedown" (Hacienda) (A)

Jeff Bhasker
"Some Nights" (Fun.) (A)

Diplo
"Climax" (Usher) (T)
"Get Free" (Major Lazer Featuring Amber Coffman) (S)
"La La La" (Snoop Lion) (S)
"Lies" (Marina And The Diamonds) (T)
"Look At These Hoes" (Santigold) (T)
"Push And Shove" (No Doubt Featuring Busy Signal & Major Lazer) (T)
"Slight Work" (Wale Featuring Big Sean) (T)
"Thought Of You" (Justin Bieber) (T)
"Too Close" (Alex Clare) (T)

Markus Dravs
"Babe" (Mumford & Sons) (A)
"Mylo Xyloto" (Coldplay) (A)

Salaam Remi
"Back To Love" (Anthony Hamilton) (T)
"Between The Cheats" (Amy Winehouse) (T)
"Girl On Fire" (Alicia Keys & Nicki Minaj) (S)
"How Many Drinks?" (Miguel) (T)
"Life Is Good" (Nas) (A)
"Like Smoke" (Amy Winehouse Featuring Nas) (T)
"Running" (Melanie Fiona Featuring Nas) (T)
"Sins Of My Father" (Usher) (T)
A Song For You (Amy Winehouse) (T)