Archives for: September 2015

Goodbye Old Studio! Farewell San Diego!

For the last 2 or so years, I had been contemplating a move away from San Diego, for a variety of personal reasons. As soon as I finished my “Business Specials” record, I was very much focusing on relocation to the Greater Los Angeles area. No writing, no promo work of the new record, no playing/practicing – just the move. I can now say that I’m in the very latter part of the transition and onto the next phase of my life.

I made all 3 of my records in San Diego, and learned the fundamentals of recording during this period. First record was done in my apartment, and the latter two were in the living room of my later home and had world class drummers in them. Obviously these were never things that I had planned for when I first moved to the home, but I am eternally grateful how these things have worked out.

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Original studio…

Empty studio

Empty studio… lifeless… dark… odd empty feeling…

The comfort and abundance of this home studio space is something I’m really missing already, but I’m now living closer to my friends, mentor, music teachers, professional music studios, like-minded people, all the activities/conventions/shows that are available in this area – heck, even the cool used gear market! Food options are much better should I need to grab a quick bite while working on my music. This is going to be an exciting time, and a much, MUCH needed boost!

 

 

Ronan’s use of the Flux Bender EQ on my Record “Business Brunch Specials: Uranium Omelet (with GMO-Free Brown Sauce)”

Master engineer Ronan Chris Murphy from Veneto West Mastering​ gave me a mention during this episode of Ronan’s Recording Show​, where he briefly talked about how he used the Flux Bender EQ when mastering my record. It was a very brief mention, but **HUGE** fan-boy moment for me!!!!! Not only because I’m a crazy fan of his show, but because he’s also my mentor and teacher – not to mention that he’s also worked with King Crimson/ProjeKCTs, Mike Keneally, G3 (Satriani, Vai, Fripp), Bozzio-Levin-Stevens…. (Yeah, I know). Start at around 21:00 for the mention, but audio geeks like myself would want to check out the full episode because the EQ unit sounded gorgeous and spectacular, and really did add quite a bit of that awesome analog mojo to the tracks when I experienced it in person.

 

Bruce Lee Interviews

This Bruce Lee interview is just great. He talked about how he saw martial arts, really, as a form of human expression – about how he preferred to not focus on specific styles and schools of fighting (although he did have preferences in certain styles of Kung Fu – discussed in another interview), how difficult but important it was to internalize all that before delivering something authentic and faithful to yourself… to show how much you truly ‘meant it’ in your performances…. how to use everything available and focused into a weapon for delivery. “You name it, we use it.”… honest expressions…

So many parallels to writing and performing music… especially stuff that’s cross-genre/progressive/experimental… here’s one more compilation.

 

Brief Hiatus Soon to be Over

Hey everyone. I’ve been going through a couple of changes recently, but hopefully the hiatus will be over soon in a couple of months, and I’ll be able to start getting back into playing shape again and get my chops back up.

I had spent a lot of time, in preparation of making this latest record, on improving my chops and playing techniques to get better tone out of the guitar. However, I personally find that whenever I’m making a record, outside of tracking, all the other times spent on things such as mixing and sorting out logistics, takes all the time away from my playing. But the current changes (positive changes, by the way) are unfortunately making this down time longer, and is even taking away all my time from being able to promote this album. BUT – Having said that, I’m really happy and grateful of all my new recent Facebook ‘Likes’ as of late. It was sitting at around 20+ before, but is now approaching 1000 ‘Likes’ – all within a month! Hopefully more people will know about the record and will listen to it (- it’s Streaming for Free on Spotify). It’s a really strong record and one that I’m really happy about. It does feel like it was a long while ago since working on it, with all the madness going on right now. But I’ll announce what those changes are soon.