Alllll kinds of stuff:
1. Spark Master Tape is probably one the best things I've heard in a while.
Alllll kinds of stuff:
1. Spark Master Tape is probably one the best things I've heard in a while.
Just completed a quick project for UZ and the Quality Goods Records crew. They're hitting the road for a few weeks of club shows and were looking for something easy to travel with, as well as something that's an easy and effective on stage. We agreed that we were tired of seeing over-the-top, video wall heavy DJ shows, and they wanted something that alludes to an underground vibe.
I began to dig into fabric options -- They travel well when gigs are sometimes only reachable by plane, they're light, easy to implement, etc.
Being that the banners prevalence at punk and hardcore shows is not lost on me, I figured employing them would reinforce the underground look that QGR was looking for. BUT, I wanted to take it a step further. Given the variety of venue types, stage sizes, and the array of custom DJ cockpits, I wanted to get them a modular design that could adapt and be employed as needed.
I went with a layered banner look: Mesh in font, and 2-4ft. behind that, a solid polyester back drop. We then subtracted part of the overall image and allocated it to the mesh, and the remainder of the image went on the polyester backdrop, creating a hologram-like floating image in front of the backdrop. Added some uplighting bars, to highlight the ink on the banners and all done.
It's been a very long time since I've updated this. But, gladly, this is because lots has been happening. Many updates coming soon.
1. SXSW was pretty busy this year, but it always is. I had a rad time mixing Bleached and Dan Deacon. Hanging out with DJ RICHARD was pretty rad, too.
2. I’ve been on tour with Bleached all month in support of their new record WELCOME THE WORMS. Full US, mixing at so many amazing places like Barboza, 7th Street Entry, and Walter's Houston.
5. I have a new client. Really excited to be working on the road with BOYS NOIZE as the team’s Production Manager. I’ve worked closely for months with Adam Labay from Future Weapons, Taran Allen, and the whole BN team to build up a really rad show. Can’t show pictures now, but soon.
6. Tour/April Playlist has been pretty insane. Mostly Memphis or southern hip-hop, but I also revisited some playlists from a couple years ago when I was traveling around the south — Burial’s Rival Dealer (<333), Ash Borer, and Have a Nice Life.
Here's my tour PLAYLIST. Pretty wacky, but I’m loving it. I’m also new to Spotify. Still deciding how I feel about it.
7. The Field came out with a new album and I’ve been a fan for some time, so I’m pretty stoked. Got the CD before I hit the road and have been listening a lot. The Follower is so different than his other stuff, but really amazing to see how he’s utilizing his skill of repetition without boredom, while fitting it into a much more techno-ey context. This album is pretty heavy, but definitely great at putting you back into the environment he’s cultivated over the past albums. So rad!
8. One of my favorite things about being on the road is meeting other engineers. Sometimes there are some lame ones, but I’ve met so many great ones this time around. One of which was Terry from Walter’s in Houston (which is a super sick venue). He dialed in a super simple LCR system with a couple little subs. Allen and Heath GL at FOH. A system like that really makes you think about your mix and really maximize the strengths of the band you’re working with.
Terry was a truly nice and pleasant dude, but he also had some insane credentials. He was working on a Christmas album with DJ Screw when DJ Screw passed away. I’m a pretty big fan (see playlist) so that was pretty much like staring into the sun for me.
Another great FOH was Gary at The Empty Bottle in Chicago! Super nice dude, no bullshit, totally great and positive attitude. Makes a huge difference. We went into a whole conversation that started at ham-fisting guitar faders to boost solos, to shop talk, to tuba bands! It was amazing. I hope to see him again soon.
U No Wut It Is.
Here's my list for March!
1. Been listening to a lot of new music. That's a March thing.
3. Jason Urick - I'm probably years behind on this one, but doesn't matter. This stuff is amazing.
4. Vince Staples - Another artist I should have known about, and am late to listening to. This dude is amazing. I think an artist I work for is opening for him. Definitely going to check it out.
6. I got to mix The Body this week at Union, which was a big moment for me because I'm a big fan of their records, especially I Shall Die Here, which was produced with Haxan Cloak a few years ago. Huge sound, amazing audio process and composition. Also, got my hands on their brand new record No One Deserves Happiness which I'm digging into right now.
7. I got to hang with this dog for a few days
9. My talented girlfriend Bethany Price had an art show in the desert and it was a ton of fun! Missing all the desert things and people...
10. Went to Colorado with Dan Deacon and company. Way fun -- check it out.
11. Lastly, I'll be headed to SXSW next week. So many shows with Bleached and one with Dan Deacon!
3/14 - Barracuda w/ Bleached
3/16 - Scoot Inn w/ Dan Deacon
3/17 - After The Goldrush w/ Bleached
3/17 - FloodFest w/ Bleached
3/17 - Secretly Canadian w/ Bleached
3/18 - Spin BBQ @ Stubbs w/ Bleached
3/19 - FFF Fest @ Mohawk w/ Bleached
3/19 - Pandora Discover Den w/ Bleached
11. But most importantly:
Here's the (projected) list for February (pictures below):
1. Taking friends to do their errands.
2. European production managers.
4. Creators of Monome, Brian Crabtree and Kelli Cain, will be in Los Angeles this month for a performance at Machine Project. Really excited to finally see them live. Also, really been thinking about their Eurorack module "Walk" and how it expands some possibilities.
5. I'm gonna go to Denver.
7. Mic-Nek all the way forever (see picture)
8. The super eerie voice/wind patch used in that scene in Full Metal Jacket where Private Pyle gets beat up by soap. So rad.
9. King Graveyard.
I did a lot of stuff in the past months! I am really bad at updating here, but since it's the New Year, I can use that as an arbitrary framework for compiling some projects and moments I've been a part of. Check out the pictures from the past months at the bottom of this entry...
1. I moved to Los Angeles
2. Went to my last Beat Trip at the Bell Foundry
3. Worked as an audio tech for Dim Mak's residency at Hotel Figueroa
4. Flew to St. Louis to oversee Wham City Lights' deployment of their HerbaLife audio reactive light show
5. Worked with Cirque du Soleil and Wham City Lights to deploy a lightshow at tech rehearsals in Shreveport, LA.
5. Started working with Guvera at their new spot in Los Angles, House of Guvera. Have had the opportunity to mix and stage manage Jessie J, No Age, WEDIDIT, and Best Coast.
6. Worked with IHEARTCOMIX as a stage and production manager on some rad shows including The Ninja Tune 25th Anniversary Party (Bonobo, Jon Hopkins, Leon Vynehall, Sepulcure), Sundance NextFest, Life Is Beautiful Festival LV After Party, Pictureplane+Heems,
7. Worked with HAM ON EVERYTHING for their Family Reunion with Juicy J, Project Pat, Da$h, Lil Debbie, and OG Maco.
9. Got to mix Dan Deacon at a bunch of cool shows: Observatory w/ Future Islands, Decibel Festival in Seattle, Life Is Beautiful in Las Vegas, Lux Art Institute in San Diego.
10. Began mixing the band TOWER. They're really rad dudes.
11. Worked more with Bleached as FOH: Observatory Santa Ana with Social Distortion and for Burger Records, Orpheum Theater with Death Cab for Cutie
12. Starting working at a brand new venue in Mid-City Los Angeles called UNION. 5 rooms with a rad crew and some rad gear.
13. Worked with THE ECHO SOCIETY to put together the lighting design for the final installment of their most recent series entitled VEILS.
Hopefully, I'll post more often and be able to jot down some notes about some upcoming audio programming projects or additional travels.
Spring is in full effect. Look at that slideshow!
iheartcomix took me down to Austin and Miami earlier this month for SXSW and Miami Music Week, respectively. I got to work with about 168 artists and 7+ labels -- majorly awesome and intense. Also, got to see Two-9, Kate Boy, Salva, UZ (<3), Cities Aviv, and a bunch more personal favorites + Mad Decent and Boys Noize Records. SIMULTANEOUSLY, a festival that I helped organize in Baltimore with my friend EU1OGY at the helm called FUTURE FEST. Behold; an article from City Paper mentioning us.
After a few weeks of local insanity including my last Beet Trips ): , Dan Deacon Tour preps, and corporate audio jobs, I have arrived in Italy to tech a Wham City Lights application for Marco Mengoni.
Unfortunately, my arrival in Italy is running concurrent to events in Baltimore that I wish I was present for. I am proud of my city, regardless of how the media mangles it's portrayal of The Baltimore Uprising for the capitalization of sensationalism. And I am glad to see that the site crew in Italy recognizes where I come from and what opposition Baltimore faces. I won't condemn any actions thus far except for those that ruin non-corporate, personal property and the actions of the Baltimore City and State Government to restrict the constitutional right of peaceful assembly, as well as their employment of state resources to create an army against my city. I am excited for Baltimore and it's role in illuminating a host of issues in this country from police brutality to prison reform to corruption. All in the name of much delayed progress. Don't watch the news. Travel to Baltimore now and participate.
The generally calmer winter months are proving to be less calm...
I've been working with up and coming trio ALTER on their Demo EP... Due out probably in the next couple of months. Will update!
More things planned for June, August, and September -- more news to come. Audioooooooooo.
High Zero starts this week... This is one of the best hubs for experimental and improvised music in the world and it's only 4 days long. One of my favorite crews to work with. More info here.
Additionally, I had a ton of fun working audio at UTOPiAfest last weekend... I want to move there. We also got to play with a laser after the set:
I'll also be playing alongside Sean Seaton and Jeff Carey in October at Strange Matter for Cheap Fest. More to come on that one.
Finally, I'll be traveling all over North America as the monitor engineer for the Check Yo Ponytail Tour. I'll be working closely with The Presets and I'm mega stoked. Check out the dates here.
I'm working with a team of audio engineers, stage hands, and lighting designers to plan the production of this years first annual FIELDS FESTIVAL. It will take place in a huge camping ground in Darlington, MD and we're going to have 5 stages, music, performance art, comedy, play productions, installations, and more for 3 days straight. Check out more details about the awesome roster here.
Additionally, I'll be doing sound for one of two stages at this Saturday's SPLATTERPUNK event at The Windup Space which includes friends Trishy D, Scant, and Drums Like Machine Guns.
Beet Trip was featured in an article in the Baltimore City Paper this past week... just in time for another Beet Trip this Thursday.
Lots of events coming up in the near future and throughout the summer. See the Events page... includes live audio dates, Llamadon events, and PERMANENT performances.
I recorded the live audio for this event at Floristree for Yours Truly, a neat website that features some seriously talented individuals. It's also run by some seriously talented individuals. It was really good to work along side such a great team.
Beet Trip is taking a break for a month -- I'll be playing this Thursday at "The Last Beet Trip"...