This past Monday was the first day of school in Southern Nevada, and like much of the country the whole city was buzzing with the anticipation of the new school year. Sunblock, coolers and board shorts gave away to notebooks, pencils and jeans and the new school year wokeup the 200,000+ students of the Clark County School District in the early hours of the 25th. I was very happy to accept an invitation to the Alexander Dawson School located on the far west side of Las Vegas to perform for an assembly for the faculty, students and their families and to serve as a high energy start-out-the-gate for the 2014-2015 school year.
The facilities were immaculate, the students well behaved and engaging and the faculty was very helpful and happy to have me performing for their educational community. It was a great afternoon and rumor has it that I will be back sometime during the school year in full workshop mode. This is very exciting as they have top notch educators at the helm of their music technology and choir programs. I have a few ideas about the workshop that I haven’t implemented that I need to bounce off of them, but if it takes off…man….it’s going to be a very special time at the Alexander Dawson School!
Some of you may have seen the new banner I put up this week. Over the next couple of weeks there may be a few changes on it: added/changed dates or locations. There are a number of lines in the water that my team and I are following up on. Feel free to post it on your own Facebook page, website, blog, Twitter. That organic level of support is always great to receive from friends and fans of my music.
You may have also noticed the Electro Voice logo on the banner. The support they are putting behind the tour is amazing! Electro Voice has been a champion of my music for a number of years now and I am beyond thankful for their support. When I first started looping 5 or so years ago, I started out with an old mic I picked up somewhere. When the day came when I needed a solid, reliable mic that meets and exceeds all of my needs, I didn’t know where to look. So I did what anybody would do: I tried out e-v-e-r-y mic at the music shop. At the end of the day one stood out that was the perfect cross section of meeting my needs on and offstage, value and price point. That day I left with the ND767 mic and haven’t looked back since! If you looking to get into the vocal end of things or need it for your horn, drum kit or school music ensemble, give the ND767 a look…and a listen!
This next week I am going to putting up Volume 2 of my ‘How to Make a Pedal Board.’ If you remember a few weeks ago, I posted a blog about the construction of my new pedal boards. My old rig was close to six feet long, and now I have to smaller boards are far more portable and easier to get in and out of venues. I will need to take a few pictures of the new rig, and the new equipment I have added to it! Very exciting stuff and next level gear.
Hope as your summer starts to come to a close that you look back on it with great memories. I know my summer was fun and full of a lot of leaps and bounds. Keep an eye on my website for tour dates and info as it comes in. Thanks for all of your support….See you soon. Oh by the way….in just over a month, I will be on the road!
Las Vegas ,NV
August 29, 2014
Greetings Fans, Friends and Corporate Partners,
The past couple of weeks have been a huge push in the right direction for me. In the event that social media isn't your thing, or you are just joining me, I hope tonight's blog fills in the gaps and brings you up to speed. With so many new events, shows and musical adventures, it is hard to know where to begin and end, but I will do my best.
A few weeks ago I was interviewed on the Bruce Radel Radio Show. Bruce has always been an incredible host, not only in his on-air duties in his studio but also as an patron of my music. Always supportive in my shows and curious what lays just around the next curve in the road of my career, I am lucky to have him in my support network. The first half of our interview covered everything from local music, to live performances and also conducting live looping workshops at schools and music shops around the region. The second half of the interview is a live performance of Capital Cities' "Safe and Sound." (My very first public performance of it) and a short piece about my new online shop with all of my merchandise available for purchase. Contact Bruce at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about appearing on his show!
A number of fans have sent me emails asking about additional dates on the tour or expanding it to other states. At press time, what I can say is that I am working hard to accommodate as many performances as the schedule allows. If the opportunity presents itself to expand into another state and/or country, then my creative team and I are open to looking into it.
Just this past week, I learned that a vocal loop artist from Ohio, named FreshFX is coming. I have been keeping an eye on his videos and social media posts, and look forward to enjoying my peers (the other being Mr. Tim) live for a few nights this coming fall. I am very pleased to get word that Angela Sheik is coming on tour with us for a few dates in Texas as well. Angela's music is incredible. She possess the deft touch as a songwriter, and her thorough understanding of live looping and the textures she weaves has always amazed me. I was a fan of live looping before I ever became a proponent of it, I am not ashamed a little hero worship here and there! Angela was also the BOSS 2011 U.S. National Champion as well, and deservedly so. Her talent and musicality are unique and deserve that level of recognition.
This past was an exciting day full of live looping workshops and performances at the Northwest Career and Technical Academy in Las Vegas, NV. This is a magnet school that hosts engineering, medical, hospitality, early childhood and also media programs. However, tucked into this top tier curriculum is a music technology course (provided at three levels) taught by Mr. Mark Carroll, the conductor of the Las Vegas Youth Philharmonic. Mr. Carroll's students were very much on point in their participation and thoughtful questions.
My favorite part of the workshop (and ANY workshop I conduct) is getting the students/musicians involved that came out to perform. I am enclosing a few candids from that workshop and also the lunch performances in front of 1800+ students. Actually, just writing this paragraph provides me with inspiration to write another blog that covers "How Does One Teach Live Looping?" More on that later though…
To close, I want to let you all know about my fundraising for the upcoming tour. Not only financial backing, but also services (lodging, transportation) will be needed and a part of the fundraising effort as well. I am hoping to make a short video outlining the fundraising campaign this week as well. If you want to contribute right now, my merchandise for sale on my online store and drop ships to you then and there. They ship worldwide as well!! (Finnish fans…I am looking at you!) So stay tuned for the upcoming fundraising videos and links that I will provide to make the fall tour happen. If you yourself are interested in becoming a corporate partner, then contact my team here on my website, and we can have that discussion.
Thank you for all of your continued support. The emails. social media contact and your faces at my shows are all incredible. To all of you celebrating Mother's Day today, I hope it is as wonderful as the person you are celebrating. Have a great week everybody and talk to you a further down the line.
P.S. Below is a few of the captured moments from last Friday's looping workshop!
Las Vegas ,NV USA
May 11th, 2014
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