2016 finally ground to a halt a little less than 48 hours ago. So much internet chatter has been dedicated to losing so many of the movers, shakers and dream makers of the world that I don’t need to add any more fuel to that fire on my website, so tonight I’ll shine a light on the positive highlights of what 2016 gave me.
From Fan to Friend…
Musicians, artists, craftsmen….we all make our living on the shoulders of the giants that preceeded us. Beethoven studied Bach, Dizzy Gillespie studied Roy Eldridge. In my own career many of the musicians scattered around the globe that have influenced my own music have in their own way, been giants. Individuals who at one point in time were no more than moving pixels on a website, turned into flesh and blood people with interviews and Skype sessions connecting me to some of my favorite artists at the personal level. Sharing tips, tricks…or in some cases….a living space with artists from around the world, 2016 gave me so many opportunities to do this, and brought these people…these giants a lot closer to the ground.
From Student to Scholar
I remember the first time I bought a mic….and a loop pedal. I remember my first gig. I remember my first gig as a loop artist. To have that clarity of those initial steps in this facet of the music industry….and to now be invited to top tier music colleges, performing arts schools and private schools…not only gives me a feeling of accomplishment, but also ground my teaching style. I taught everyone from middle school students in Gary, Indiana to some of the most accomplished collegiate musicians at USC’s Thornton School of Music, to those in the Cirque Du Solei shows on the famed Las Vegas Strip. Each group had it’s own beasts to wrestle with, but also had its own unexpected glory. 2016 gave a deeper width and breadth to my music education skill set that is refined, recharged and is already in demand in the first quarter of 2017.
From Faceless to Face-of
2016 brought me closer to the companies that have supported me for a number of years, and also brought me into the rank and file of companies I never thought I’d have the opportunity to represent. From mics to speakers to effects pedals and everything along the signal path, I’ve been very blessed to work with some of the best companies in the world, and look forward to making our symbiont relationship flourish even more in 2017.
From Chaos to Cash
When 2016 kicked off, I found myself at a crossroads. I knew I wanted to revamp my rig. New sounds, new capabilities, and a smaller footprint were paramount to the next chapter of my gear. It took me the entire year to revamp my set up and in upcoming blogs and videos, I will give you the nickel tour of my new rig. My rig now is right where I want it and the direction I see my music headed with excites me to no end.
2016 to 2017
So how do I follow up 2016? Well, this year is going to serve as me taking my music, my art, my business and more to the next level. I was talking with a musician I know a couple of nights ago and I was asked, “What is your plans for 2017?” I replied simply, “To pour gas on the fires I lit in 2016.” New videos, new gear…and an EP on the way..I have my hands more than full at the moment.
Where ever this blog finds you…I wish you happiness and health all year and into 2018. Drop me a line sometime and say hello if you dig reading my blog. I will write back…pinky swear.
Lets do this 2017,
Las Vegas, NV, USA
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Thoughts, ideas and musical musings from this Silver State Loop Artist.