Discovering this album on my flight to LA.
One of the music videos that I created a treatment for has finally come out. It turned out beautifully. Watch and enjoy.
Quadron- Favorite Star via Vested in Culture, of Epic Records/Sony Music Entertainment.
Current music shuffle: Zombies: Care of Cell 44. Supertramp: Goodbye Stranger. Led Zeppelin: All My Love. George Harrison: Awaiting On You All. Jimi Hendrix: Fire.
(unpacking from a long vacation.)
I’m a little behind on this one but my good friend director and student film maker Cameron Chapleau has a new series on Fake Shore Drive called ‘Would Your Rather?’ where he interviews up and coming Chicago artists. It’s quite ridiculous. Support him by watching and sharing!
A few of my favorite discoveries of 2013:
So in love with Lawrence Rothmans experimental videos. This musical project based on Charles Bukowski is way cool. If you have an understanding of Charles Bukowski’s life then you’ll understand Lawrence’s avant-garde performance art interpretation.
"Lawrence Rothman- a musician from the Midwest who lived a nomadic life before settling in Los Angeles to concentrate on a musical project inspired by the writings of Charles Bukowski and a fascination with R&B, film scores and house music."-Windish Agency
The filming of a new music video starts tomorrow for my good buddy, Nigerian artist, The GTW. I can’t wait to be apart of it! I’m getting in the mood by listening to this^ I will be posting the new video as soon as final edits are completed. Expect some shots of us around the South Side, playing a game of soccer or two.
So how did your interest in making music begin?
I’ve been playing guitar for a decade, but when my mom got me a computer installed with logic, something compelled me to make music electronically.
Do you have a Dj name & where did it come from?
Barry Bands, Nolan, A.K.A. Soleman, came up with it. I liked it alot so it stuck. My previous DJ name was tim john iLL, but I’ll say that was just a phase haha.
Who are some of your favorite beat-makers?
The Dream, Pharell, Slug, Bibio, Timbaland, Lapalux, Mike Will Made It, Harry Fraud, Machine Drum, J Dilla, Daft Punk, Miike Snow, Joy Orbison, Justin Martin, Different Sleep, Kanye West. Lot’s of people to name. (Fuck RL Grime)
Where have you Dj’d thus far?
In San Diego I Djed various raves that were held at random locations as well as few lounge/bars. Within Chicago lots of house parties and the Elbo room. Coming this summer I’m going to play at the Wheel House next to the Cubs stadium.
What was the first record you bought?
A weird al record in 7th grade. I have no regrets.
Out of all the tunes you have, which one never fails?
Shakira - Hips Don’t Lie. There’s not a human alive that won’t dance to that.
When your not doing music how do you like to chill out?
Movies are another big passion. I love watching movies and paying attention to the story telling.
If I looked in your freezer what would I find?
Frozen vegatables from trader joes. I love me trader joes.
What do you think would be a fitting epitaph on your gravestone?
I will probably have achieved a godlike form in the coming decade, so irrelevant question.
If you could have someone ad-lib your life who would you choose?
I’d like Barry White to.
What advice would you give to up and coming DJs/Promoters?
The bulk of this answer is going to be directed at Djs. Before you can put yourself out there, network, and commit to gigs, be good at your craft. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a DJ get the slot they want and then absolutely blow their one oppurtunity. Practice your mixing religously, keep up with current trends, and know the oldies. When getting ready for a show, don’t expect a set list to pull you through. You need to be able to read and respond to audiences and make their listening experience the best as possible.
To further that last thought, IT’S ABOUT THE AUDIENCE. DJ’s today have become the new rockstars and I classify it as a pornography. Stop worrying about branding and looking like the coolest dude in the city. Be a respectful musician that is dedicated to a craft. Let the partiers do the partying, you have work to do.
For promoters, it’s all about grassroots. Start marketing campaigns that encompass multimedia, but be sure to spread events by word of mouth. Bring your friends, and have them bring their friends. Facebook numbers mean NOTHING. Be sure to be communicative with your talents so they can clearly communicate the event to their fan base and create a welcoming atmosphere for the attendees. Unlike being a talent, you are gambling as a promoter. Make sure to invest your money wisely and if a show or event fails, keep your chin up. Take the lesson from it and move on.
Last night at Schubas Tavern the band Rhye played, no openers, just the band and a dark room, with 20 or so candles spread out onstage. The minute the lead singer Mike Milosh opened his mouth the audience fell silent, and for an hour and a half nobody moved. Milosh’s high falsetto voice is soulfully captivating and will make you melt. The show did include some funkier moments with improved trombone, vocal, and upright electric bass solos.
For those of you who haven’t heard of Rhye yet they’re going to turn into something huge. Not sure I would expect them to play any festivals though. The band likes to keep it low key, dark, and sexy. Just a month ago Rhye was an internet-based mystery with anonymous singles posted online.
When releasing their album last month their names came out and so did their premiere tour dates which you can find at the website link above. You can stream a few of their songs & remixes (including remix by Ryan Hemsworth) here. For the rest, get their album Woman, a bedroom-R&B treat. Key Tracks; Open, The Fall and Last Dance.