Martin Gore & Music Galore: SOUND CHECK benefiting Notes for Notes

“It’s always a marvel to be in the presence of such a legendary pioneer of modern music, yet see how gracious and down to earth [Martin Gore] is.”
– Marko De Santis, Sugar Cult

THE REASON The “Sound Check” benefit featuring a special DJ set by Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore was held at Sonos Studio, on July 30, 2015. Proceeds from the event provide children “with completely free access to music instruments, instruction and recording studio environments so that music may become a profoundly positive experience in their lives.”

THE REVELERS Dozens of Martin Gore/Depeche Mode fans from Santa Barbara and Los Angeles flocked to the sold-out event. Guests included Fay Doe (Underground Culture), Victoria & Marko De Santis (Sugar Cult),  Nick Cacarnakis (Berkshire Hathaway Beverly Hills) and Louie Caceres (Lethal Amounts), as well as members of the Notes for Notes team; Juliana Lee (Community Relations), Philip Gilley (CEO/Co-Founder) with finance Krista Ashton, Jeff Theimer (Industry Relations/Partnerships) and Roderick Hare (Board Chair/Co-Founder).

THE RECAP Die-hard fans (aka The Black Swarm) enjoyed a VIP pre-event “meet and greet” and photo-op with Gore. While sipping on cocktails and posing for selfies, guests bid on a variety of auction items from a signed guitar, Sonos equipment and Martin Gore/Depeche Mode packages to Underground Culture hair products and signed sports paraphernalia. During Gore’s set everyone pushed up against the stage with cellphones and cameras held high to catch him at his best, while extremely stern security guards held a perimeter and kept everyone in check. In addition to Gore’s performance, DJ Sebu Simonian drew the crowd’s attention not only for his music, but for his handsomeness, as well.

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