The past three days have delivered an incredible amount of creativity from the artist roster of the Northwest Loop Festival. Three days and nights of performance divided between two states and a dozen or so loop artist that have music as unique as the men and women that perform it. Chapman stick performers, avant-garde artists, noise music, guitar players, singer-songwriters, mandolion players and even a stray vocal loop artist or two.
And these are just the first night of performers....
The first night was like an 'Dirty Dozen,' 'Inglorious Basterds,' 'Maginificent Seven' kind of movie where the first act is devoted to each of the characters and their respective expertise. Thursday night at the Royal Room in Seattle was not any different. Men and and women who had existed through emails, social media and an occasional phone calls were now flesh and blood and they were now showcasing their own music from Paris, Osaka, Los Angeles, Denver, San Antonio, Stockholm and beyond.
To see so many varied types of loop artists in one place was beyond spoiling my creative palette. It was a celebration of kindred and creative spirits. Many had just driven, flown or taken a train that day. Once food, drink and a bit of fellowship were imbibed in, many of us settled in and found our own niche socially speaking and the same person who 24 hrs prior only existed on paper was now your dinner buddy, or giving you a ride or providing you with a place to stay.
There is so many things I want to write about and convey to friends and fans worldwide, I am going to have to spread it out over a few blogs. Instead I can start by simply saying: being a part of this is one of the best ventures I have ever done in my career and I am very proud of it and my fellow artists.
Now with a trio of festival performances behind me on this tour a number of others outside of the festival circuit, I am more motivated ever to push my self harder, dig deeper into my artistic well, and also learn from those around me about what makes them tick both on an offstage. I have included a few behind-the-scenes pics from the festival. The legendary backstage parties and fare of concerts doesn't show up here. Instead the realities of the road are reflected. 10 hour drives. 20 hour international flights. Sleeping 4 to a room. Sound check. Downbeat. Load out. Repeat...
But man......is it awesome. I wouldn't have it any(!) other way.
Near Seattle, Washington USA
P.S. Mark Taylor with Allstate Insurance......the team at Design One Printing and the massive support from Electro Voice and Fusion Bags has been incredibly generous in their support for my tour. I thank them all for being part of my corporate sponsorship team.
Just Alliance's Blog
Thoughts, ideas and musical musings from this Silver State Loop Artist.