Face The Music 2014 – Keynote Address: Steve Albini

Steve Albini was the man behind the machine on so many of my favorite records. The first one I really noticed as the “Albini” sound was Don Caballero’s album Don Cab 2. The drums on that album sound incredible.

As a musician, it would be a dream to record an album with him.

As an engineer, I’ve learned a ton from reading his posts on forums, interviews in videos, etc.

This keynote has nothing to do with either, but has everything to do with the current state of the music industry, and how he feels about it.

I agree with much of what he is saying, and I am excited to be in the thick of it.

Enjoy!

DIY Musicians Meetup – MailChimp and How to set up your mailing list

meetup_logoIf you were at the last meetup, you know how much I believe in the power of the Email.

Email is your #1 currency as a musician and business.

Thursday November 13th 2014
6:30 – 8:30pm
344 Candler Park Drive, Atlanta, GA

At this meetup, I’ll be covering

  • What is MailChimp?
  • How to create a list and set up the right options
  • How to send emails to your list
  • Get an email sign up form on your website, Facebook, phone, and more

More details: http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-DIY-Musicians-Group/events/215373462/

Spread the word and see you

Ear Worms – Free Moral Agents – Live at Low End Theory

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Today, Tuesday October 14th 2014 we found out that Isaiah “Ikey” Owens past away. He was 38 years old.

In homage today’s Ear Worms is his band Free Moral Agents.

I first heard of Ikey through Long Beach Dub Allstars but was really introduced to him as a musician through The Mars Volta. His work on De-Loused in the Comatorium is incredible.

Around July of 2010 I received a booking email with this at the top.

[1] DEAD PREZ ($$$$)
[2] BEANIE SIGEL ($$$)
[3] JUNIOR REID ($$$)
[4] KEITH MURRAY ($$)
[5] CYMARSHALL LAW ($): door deal ok
[6] FREE MORAL AGENTS (MARS VOLTA) w/ 2MEX ($)
[7] FAT JOE ($$$$$)

I immediately contacted the booking agent and started working on a show. It worked out and that show was the first time I got to meet Ikey and Free Moral Agents in person.

He was extremely polite and down to earth, we brought him a goodie bag and hung out.

Here is an interview we did with the band after the show.

The rest of FMA crew was just as awesome and their music and show was fantastic. Unfortunately they only came through town one more time after that, snatching up our good friends Odist and taking them across country on a tour and producing their final record, which I was also lucky enough to do some mixing and mastering on.

I kept in touch as he went into a ‘producer’ role and eventually playing with Jack White. Ikey invited us out to the first show in Atlanta with Jack White, at which he did not even play because Jack was also touring with an all female band. The guys and girls rotated nights.

Later that night we met up with him and took the crew to the Clermont Lounge for karaoke and had a wild late night.

Though we stayed in touch through phone and internet, that would ultimately be the last time I saw him.

Below is a live show from Low End Theory. I highly recommend digging up any FMA music and diving in. It’s all worth it.

Ear Worms – Banks – Goddess

Banks-GoddessSometime early 2013 I caught wind of BANKS through a single she released.

Immediately knew she was the real deal and started searching for more, but there wasn’t any.

My understanding is she has been writing songs since she was 15, but only last year really decided to make a move into the music industry.

BBC took notice right away along with a good group of producers and she started releasing a few more singles.

Fast forward to end of summer 2014 and her first album is out. During the past year and a half she’s blown up world wide, has millions of plays on her songs online, touring the globe, and only just beginning.

Her voice is incredible(no need for auto tune here), her lyrics are straight from the heart and very well crafted, and the producers she’s working with are ace.

Unfortunately I can only post a full stream of the album with a Spotify link, so instead I’ve included a couple official vids from youtube for you to enjoy.

DIY Musicians Meetup – Let’s Talk About Websites

meetup_logoAtlanta music industry folks, it’s been a long time coming but I’m finally starting the the Atlanta DIY Musicians Meetup.

This meetup is designed to be a platform for Musicians and artists to share ideas that lead to a more successful career in our industry. We need to help each other out because:

Do It Yourself doesn’t mean Do Everything Yourself.

You can join by visiting
http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-DIY-Musicians-Group/.

OR RSVP on Facebook

The first topic is about websites, since that’s kind of my thing, but other topics will include Business, Online and Offline Marketing, Websites, Audio and Video, Touring, Merchandise, and more.

Each month we’ll have a short presentation by someone in the industry with some knowledge to share along with plenty of time to network and ask questions.

This is for ANYONE in the music industry.

If YOU are interested in presenting a topic, please contact me.

http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-DIY-Musicians-Group/

Ear Worms – PSYCHEDUBASAURUS REX – Hand Fool

hand-fool-psdrexIt’s not every day that I get to post some of my own music, but today is an exception.

Another ear worm close to my heart, this is the most recent release from a side project of mine called PSYCHEDUBASAURUS REX(sound it out).

To give you some background, PSDREX is an improvisational ‘super group’ that happened on accident. Around 2010 I started doing house shows in my basement to help out bands coming through town, as well as support locals around ATL.

Being active in the Atlanta music scene, many of my friends are also musicians, and we go to each others shows to support each other. This leaves a LOT of available talent standing around after the show. If you leave instruments set up around a group of musicians, there will be some jamming.

I always recorded these shows and jams. Upon listening back, we started to realize some of them were pretty good.

2010 was the first year of the Hijacking Music Festival, and PSDREX first show on stage and not a house. We needed a name and came up with Psychedubasaurus REX.

Fast forward to March 2012 and I invited some friends over for a gathering, set up 8 microphones, and hit record.

35 minutes later we had Hand Fool.

This is the first PSDREX release that has a vocalist, hopefully not the last.

Enough babbling, take a listen!

Ear Worms – Jorge Arana Trio – Oso

a2257375790_10If you like jazz roots on rock music with some math and surf, I want to highly recommend Jorge Arana Trio.

I met these guys in Austin, TX when we put on our second SXSW showcase.

Their drummer was pulling double duty playing with another band on our showcase, Jorge Arana Trio played last…and blew everyone away!

Been trying to get them in to Atlanta ever since.

The story goes that Jorge Arana(Guitar and Keys) had composed a bunch of music himself. Passed it off to drummer Josh Enyart, who then learned all the drum parts(when you hear these drums you’ll know what a badass he really is), and then they started to perform.

We walked away with a Cassette Tape of their first album Mapache, for which I hooked up my old tape player and listened to many many times.

Below is their newest EP and it’s a great step in the right direction. Take a listen and let me know what you think!

It’s completely up to You

“What you do, who you’re with, and how you feel about the world around you… it’s completely up to you.” – Mike Rowe

motivation2There isn’t much more that I can or need to say about this quote.

In my own life, when I start to feel frustrated or want to complain about where I am at, I often have to revisit this idea.

What you DO

Every day when you wake up and roll out of bed, you decide what happens next. You can go to work, or you can face the consequences of not showing up. No pay, maybe you get fired, get behind on bills…lose your house. None of that sounds fun and it’s the main driving point getting most of us out there.

Whether you work for yourself or for someone else, you get to choose how good of a job you do. Do you want to be known as someone that half assed it, or someone that went above and beyond?

The choice is yours and you will reap the benefits or repercussions.

Who you’re with

When you are growing up, you are thrust into school, church, summer camps, sports teams, and many other places where you are surrounded by random people. Chances are, most of these people are not who you would choose to be around given the opportunity.

As I age, I find more and more that there is a very specific ‘type’ of person that I enjoy being around.

The kind of people I want to be around are passionate, caring, hard working, have serious thoughts about their future, compassionate towards others, and much more.

I feel strongly that my ‘team’ in life right now reflects the kind of person I want to be and want to surround myself with.

It’s my choice.

How you feel about the world around you

Just because we are bombarded by media showing us the terrible truths about people around the world does not mean we have to take that as the final answer.

There is always going to be violence. Those in power are often not going to have the best interests of the people they represent in mind. People are generally going to suck.

You don’t have to be that way, and you don’t have to see people that way.

The mere fact that you are alive and breathing, have access to the internet to read this post, is really unthinkable. Life as we know it is magical and should be looked at as such. It might be the worst day you’ve ever had, but that just means all the rest of your days on Earth can only get better!

Keep an open mind and give people a chance to prove they are not as bad as we are conditioned to believe.

Smile

Life is hard, real hard, but you get to share it with some good people. You have opportunities every day to do what you want to do, with people you want to do it with.

Think about that for just a second.

What is it that you really want to be doing right now? If you were doing that right this second, would you be smiling?

Are you smiling now that you thought about it?

Keep your head up and work hard to trade in the things you do not want, for things you do want. Only YOU can make that change.