In every “team-versus-the-bad-guy-movie” there is always the requisite scene where it introduces each character doing what they do best. Think of it: The A-Team, The Dirty Dozen, The Avengers, Ocean’s 11, each movie has a part where each team member is introduced in their own environment often times in an outlandish situation where only a particular skill set saves them from getting in trouble…or blown up by some super villain, or casino boss…or member of the Bad Guys Inc.
I was reminded of this a number of time through out the past six weeks when I would show up to a festival and be unloading my gear and look up to an artist who I had exchanged emails with, social media posts, or maybe even a short phone conversation with…and now there they were in the flesh. Performing, or ordering a drink, or struggling to carry in all of their own gear in one trip. (The latter part I never could do…despite my efforts…across three time zones.)
FreshFX and I share enough inspriration in the loop community to keep us talking for hours on who we like and why, but we also share enough dissimilar inspirations to learn a lot from each other. He puts on a number of local shows in and around the Columbus area that keeps him busy year round, and he is very much interested in brining further cohesion to the vocal looping community and blurring the local, regional and international borders between artists to further promote a oneness with all of us that will enable us to share tips, stories and a collective knowledge base.
When I first dived into vocal looping a number of years ago I was coming out of career in music education and traditional music education. I had been in the classroom for a number of years forging students, but I also spent many years in the rehearsal hall as well making musicians. One name kept popping up on who also combined music, vocal looping and pedagogy in the vocal music industry. One name also kept coming up of people who are as active as an educator as they are an artist. This name also popped up in the national loop championships a number of years ago.
Mr. Tim was one of the initial performers at the Northwest Loopfest in Seattle and we also share the stage in Portland, Oregon. I doubt a blog that is published on the world wide web is the not the place for trying to hide something, but I will say this: It felt awesome being on the same bill as an artist you have been watching since your initial start in vocal looping. Mr. Tim and I finally had a chance to chat backstage in Portland and Jean Paul DeRoover weighed in as well as the three of us swaped stories, tips and tricks on the tour road and shared our inceptions of becoming loop-based musicians.
Mr. Tim has cut a trail that I have crossed a number of times. Passionate about both music and education, we both share a larger part of the shared venn diagram than not. Mr. Tim knows my hometown of Vegas as well, and we compared notes on fun venues…and the best place to get late night eats after a show. My answer: Blueberry Hill. Look it up….it is where late-night appetites go to die. I am happy that Tim and I finally shared a show together, and am looking to do it again in the future.
The vocal looper I have done the most amount of shows with, and a true road warrior is Mike Why. Mike has shown up in an earlier blog a few weeks ago here on my website and rightfully so. Mike’s show and ability to craft exciting music with little to no effects has impressed me from Santa Cruz, Long Beach, Las Vegas, San Antonio and Austin. For me, the most engaging show was the last one in Austin before our tour routes became separate entities again as he pointed his sights toward the east, and I started making my way home through rustic, isolated wilds of West Texas into Albuquerque into Vegas.
Mike’s music is respectful of it’s roots in the acapella vein, but also serves tribute to the hip hop, reggae, pop rock, and singer songwriter arenas. His tour was almost twice as long as mine and I respect his stamina and work ethic to keep pushing across the country (twice) and back to Steeler country there in his home base of Pittsburgh. There are shows to be shared and more long stretches of tour that have yet to be shared with my musical brother from the City of Bridges. Keep an eye to his website and Facebook page, he is just as adamant about updating them as I am my own web presence.
The question remains, “What happens next since your tour is down?” Well the answer is pretty simple, “Watch and see.” I have new ideas, new perspective and a number of projects in the works. If you followed me the entire tour or are a new arrival, I do thank you for all of your support. The future looks to be very exciting and I am happy to have you the reader aboard with me. Thanks for all of your support.
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
November 16, 2014
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