Here’s the second video from our Live At Studio Delux session with The Cold And Lovely! “Doll” is the de facto single from their “Ellis Bell” EP, having been played regularly on KROQ in Los Angeles. And this performance certainly does it justice! It’s out today to get those of you attending SXSW in Austin primed for their week of performances (both official and unofficial) at the festival! Make sure to mark them on your calendar! The blissful shoegaze pop should not be missed!
Man it’s been a really great year of projects so far. And this one sits near the top of my already healthy list of favorites! Ladies and gentlemen, I give you The Cold And Lovely performing their song “Repetition.” The first from the Live At Studio Delux session we filmed with them back in January. What an inspiring day of music, performance, and recording this was! Meg, Nicole, Jenn, and Erin brought the fire, and we were lucky enough to be there to capture it. Can’t wait to share the rest of these with you over the coming weeks! If you’re going to SXSW, be sure to mark March 11th on your calendar! The band will be appearing at BD Riley’s (204 E. 6th St.) for their official showcase that night.
I couldn’t be happier to announce the release of something I’ve worked on more than I am right now. But let’s start the story of how this project came to be at the beginning…
Many years ago while attending Berklee College Of Music, I very briefly met a young quiet Kenyan student named Eric Wainaina. We weren’t close friends, and probably only spoke to one another once or twice during our time there. But we traveled in the same social circles. Truthfully at the time I actually thought he was a British national. He would often come up in conversations between my friends and I. He was/is an excellent vocalist, and songwriter. And as far as my experience had told me a wonderful person. Much to my later regret we never got to know each other very well during our time at Berklee. In 1999 we graduated, and went our separate ways. Me to Nashville, New York, back to Boston, and eventually on Los Angeles. He went back to Nairobi.
It was during one late night during my second stint in Boston that Eric’s name came back to me in one of the most startling ways imaginable. I used to fall asleep listening to one of Boston’s NPR stations, WBUR. Between midnight and 5am they would broadcast the BBC World Service, which I love. As I was drifting off this particular night, the BBC was airing an interview with a very politically active musical artist from Kenya. He was talking about his experiences. Having shows shut down by the government, possibly being followed, fearing for his safety. All because he dared to write popular music questioning whether his country was free, and his government fair. I had to know who this guy was. THIS was music being used at its most powerful. The kind of music I dreamed of becoming a small part of. It wasn’t until the end of the piece that I finally heard the artist’s name: Eric Wainaina.
It couldn’t possibly be. I jumped on my computer and started doing a web search. Sure enough, there was the Berklee student I’d known, now using his music to work for change. I was absolutely floored. I started listening, hoping one day we could find a way to work together.
As it happens, that opportunity didn’t come for another 10 or so years. I’d written to Eric through Facebook, but gotten no reply. Finally I sent an email to him directly through his website. It wasn’t until some months later that (after nearly having given up on the idea), I got a reply. We started a dialog that led to a conversation via Skype. And that conversation led to Eric asking me to work with him on this re-imagined version of the song “Selina” from his album “Love And Protest.” I’m not only thrilled with the results, but grateful for the opportunity.
I was the co-producer, co-engineer, and mix engineer on this track, as Eric and his talented crew in Kenya had already sketched out many of the ideas. But I would like to make mention of the talented crew on my end here in Los Angeles who helped shape the final version: Eric Holden on electric bass, Kevin Hastings on keyboards, and Taylor Dexter on drums. Thanks so much to all of them, and to Eric Wainaina for returning that email! Hope this is the first of many to come!
I’m a little behind on this post, and my apologies to those who were looking forward to it…but there are still 8 shopping days until Christmas for those looking to give great music this holiday season! Our second “Live At Studio Delux” audio EP featuring Tommy And The High Pilots is out now through all the usual digital outlets. If you’re looking for great sounding authentic performances; recorded live in the studio with a KILLER band; you can’t go wrong!
Get your copy now!
If you’re a fan of Jack’s Mannequin, John Legend, Something Corporate, or former L.A. indie rock power trio Bikelock, you’re familiar with guitarist/vocalist Bobby Raw‘s work. He’s now got a new project called Oxblood, and he graciously asked me to mix his/their new single entitled “Hold My Own.” It is an absolutely gorgeous song, and Bobby brought in his Jack’s co-horts Jay “J-Mac” McMillan on drums, and Jonathan “Dr. J.” Sullivan on bass. Bobby himself handled the vocals, guitars, keys, and production work.
Thick As Thieves has just released a video for the title song off of their EP “These Days.” As mentioned before in this space, I was the producer, engineer, and mixer for this band of crazy rapscallions on this project. I’d love it if you took a look! (And so would they!)
I’m in the midst of working on what – at least for me – is a MASSIVE blog entry covering a few of the projects I’ve been lucky enough to work on during the past year. I took a moment to reflect last week, and I’ve really been lucky to have had some of the cool musical experiences people have afforded me. So I want to share some of that with you.
In the meantime, check out these cool motherfuckers!
The next installment of our Sun Rai + Victor Indrizzo “Live At Studio Delux” session is now live! Both in internet terms, and performance terms! Remember all of the Sun Rai sessions were recorded 100% LIVE in the studio. No audio or visual trickery! What you’re seeing and hearing is what you would have seen and heard had you been there. Incredible musicians doing their thing. And another great jam here in Supernatural Man! As always, co-produced & mixed with my main man Matt Wallace, and filmed by the amazing Frank McDonough and Kristen Clark!