One of the founders of El Dorado's popular Dub Dorado dubstep night is no longer associated with the event. Joseph Maldonado, aka Headshake, resigned from his post as online marketing director and one of its resident DJs last week, he told CityBeat.
Justin Fortier, El Dorado's director of marketing and entertainment, says in an email that he asked Maldonado to quit because he violated “a couple of our venue / promoter policies” (he declined to elaborate). Maldonado says the split was amicable, but he was asked to leave because he's lost interest in the direction the event's going.
Maldonado founded Dub Dorado early last year with promoter / DJ Corey Biggs. The twice-monthly event has since become San Diego's biggest dubstep showcase, but Maldonado says he lost interest when the event started focusing on mainstream, Skrillex-style dubstep. He's working on booking and promoting events for early next year that will highlight a wider variety of bass-music styles. He'll post events on his Facebook page, facebook.com/djheadshake.
“I love that show. I love those guys and everything. But if the team doesn't want me there, I'm not going to be there,” he says. “It's just opened up new possibilities and new opportunities.”
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