Olympia musician among victims of Oakland warehouse fire, another still missing
OLYMPIA, Wash. - There is a sad connection between Olympia and the deadly Oakland warehouse fire.
Two of the casualties had ties to the music scene in Olympia. Edmond Lapine is confirmed deceased and Joey Casio is still listed as missing.
Both spent time at K Records in Olympia. Founder Calvin Johnson helped Casio put out several 45s.
"He's very danceable," Johnson said of the synthesized music.
Johnson performed in Europe and said he'd put Casio's music on afterwards and the audience couldn't help but dance.
"It was great to see people in France or Spain or whatever dancing to music from Olympia," said Johnson.
Johnson said he can't fathom what happened at the warehouse dance party in Oakland on December 2 and still holds out hope Casio made it out.
"At this point he's still missing so we still have our fingers crossed. Who knows. We don't really know anything," said Johnson.
But, he said he does know that his former intern at K Records, Edmond Lapine, perished in that fire.
"He's fun, he's smart, he's quick," said Johnson.
Lapine graduated from The Evergreen State College in 2008 and hung around the music scene before moving south.
His father in Utah said they were proud of what he was accomplishing.
"People from the east coast calling me, you know it's like, 'oh my god, this kid!' so he made an impact," said Bob Lapine.
Friends said both loved the underground music world and they moved easily with the music crowds in Olympia, Portland and Oakland.
Both Lapine and Casio are described as positive and upbeat.
"What it means is two less positive people in the world which we really can't afford to lose even one," said Johnson.
Johnson said K Records is offering the sale of Casio's two singles for $10 as a fundraiser for the fire victims.
He said they've already sent more than $1,000 to help.