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Keoki and Moonshine Part As “Friends”

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Electronic label Moonshine released Keoki from his contract – confusion ensued. From Moonshine:

    Moonshine Music, the premier North American independent electronic music label addresses the false and misleading statement, not authorized by Keoki’s counsel, but nevertheless released by One Love Artist Management, in connection to the release by Moonshine Music of the artist from his contract.

    Keoki, originally signed to Moonshine Music in 1994 for a multi-album deal, has in fact been released from any further obligations to the label. Moonshine cited declining sales for his recent releases in its decision to terminate the record contract with Keoki. The label chose not to exercise any further options on Keoki’s recording contract. Moonshine notified Keoki of this decision more than a month ago. In the interest of not blemishing the career and future endeavors of Keoki, Moonshine opted not to issue any public statements on the matter.

    “The facts stand for themselves,” states Steve Levy, President of Moonshine Music. “With Keoki’s sales in decline, it was not in Moonshine’s best interest to continue the current working relationship.” Levy continues, “This was not a matter of ‘creative differences’ as issued by Ms. McCune-Pettitt of One Love Artist Management, as creative issues had not even been discussed. It was purely a business decision. I am disappointed that his representative is trying to make an issue out of this since we have had a friendly and successful relationship with Keoki over many years.”

    Keoki has acknowledged that the press release misinterpreting his statements was issued by One Love Artist Management without his counsel’s authorization. He regrets the inaccurate statements made therein on his behalf. “My release from Moonshine was amicable, and I wish to thank them for the near decade of success, creativity and artistic development I enjoyed with the label.”

I quite enjoyed the last Keoki disc, although it was perhaps a bit too much all over the electronic map. I’m sure he will land on his feet.

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    Friday, September 27, 2002

    ***Keoki Speaks About Controversy***

    DJ Keoki would like to issue the following press statement to clarify the current confusion as to the circumstances surrounding Keoki`s amicable departure from Moonshine Music.

    ” Since my release of ‘Jealousy,’ I have been going through some huge creative and musical changes. Earlier this year, Steve Levy and I were in negotiations regarding doing a new mix CD. Ultimately, Steve and I chose to part ways because I felt that to undergo a complete musical transformation, I needed to find a new label.”

    “I have had a near decade of success with Moonshine and we have sold over 750,000 records together. In all that time, I developed an unmistakable sound with Moonshine. The music I created with Moonshine is fabulous, and I’m incredibly proud of my achievements with the label. I want to thank Moonshine for all of the guidance, help and hard work they have provided throughout my career. However, musically, I am heading in a different direction from what everyone who bought my albums on Moonshine is used to. I felt that if I was going to change my sound, my look, and my style, I needed to go to a new label where I didn’t have a massive history with a particular style of music.”

    “I’ve got a lot of great stuff in the works right now which I’m really excited to share with my fans. I’m working on new tracks with Gearwhore and my electroclash club, The Too Far Gone has been blowing up for the past year. I will be releasing a new mix CD with Cleopatra Records (Future Sound of London, Gary Numan, Sigue Sigue Sputnik and more) at the beginning of next year. I wish Moonshine all the best, and I know they will have the continued success that has made them what they are today. They were a great chapter in my career and in my life, but that chapter has come to a close, and now I’m writing a whole new book.”

    “Finally, I want to thank One Love Management and Tisha McCune Pettitt for all of the great and continued support they have provided me in the new phase of my career.”

    One Love Artist Management – is a division of the tol23 network (, a worldwide network of independent companies. Formed in July 2001, One Love Artist Management has in short time become synonymous with the representation of DJs and producers who provide the industry with cutting edge dance music. Renowned for its staunch belief in the power of innovative dance music, One Love Artist Management has been established on a strict ethical code of honesty, fairness and musical beliefs. One Love are working with a number of producers currently including Keoki, Vitalic (Gigolo), Paul Edge (, Twister (, Digital Primate ( and also award winning music industry website development company TOL23design (

    For press inquiries and interviews please contact Tisha McCune-Pettitt, of One Love Artist Management, at 480-855-1185, fax 480-812-9078 or e mail at

    We thank you for your time.