It’s been over a year since since my last blog post. My old Social Media Marketing professor @iannarino would be wildly disappointed with me. Hopefully you’ve been keeping up with me on my various social media pages while I’ve been neglecting the blog. I’ve got some new updates for you today however, and I’ve got plans to update the blog more often in the future!
After a successful final recording session at the Bosca Studios, production of the January Project EP finished up in February of this year. Shortly thereafter I began working on an EP with Matthew Morgan, a singer-songwriter who grew up in my hometown of Massillon, OH and is now living, working and performing in Chicago. This record has been a blast to work on thus far, and it’s had me doing everything from the engineering to playing drums and percussion. When we needed some other guitar parts added to the album, my first thought was to ask Chris if we could record those tracks at his studio. He not only let us do that, he wrote and recorded some of his own new parts for a few tunes! This led to a wonderful friendship between Matt and Chris, and Chris invited us to open up for the CD release party for The January Project EP back in September.
Random Acts of Music
While Matt was in town to play for the January Project release party, he and I also did an acoustic set at the Geisen Haus in North Canton for a special benefit for Sharon Budd, a local teacher who was severely injured when a rock thrown from an overpass smashed through her windshield while riding on the interstate. We then capped off that weekend by meeting up with a new friend and colleague Henry J, host of Random Acts of Music. We filmed an episode of RAM with Henry at the Lion’s Lincoln Theater in downtown Massillon, which was really special for me as I grew up attending movies and shows there. The full episode has been airing on local cable channels, and can also be found online here, below is a clip from the show of a tune called “Lost at Sea” which will be on the EP that Matt and I are working on.
One exciting venture I’ve gotten into recently is working on several podcasts. One of those in particular is with Christian Howes, who I’ve been working with for some time on various different projects. His Creative Strings Podcast launched last month, and it features interviews about performing, recording and music business. You can find it on iTunes and Stitcher, as well as Soundcloud.
Working on his and other podcasts got me really thinking about starting my own and as fate would have it, Henry J recently started an internet radio station called randomactsofradio.com. While I don’t have any final plans laid out, I’m going to start a podcast featuring engineers, producers and artists talking about the recording industry. I’ll also probably throw in some gear reviews and home recording tips for all of you out there that are interested. Like I said, the plans aren’t finalized, but the show will be broadcast on randomactsofradio.com, and then will be syndicated here and on iTunes a couple days later as a podcast. If you have any ideas for what I should call the show I’d be happy to hear them! Also if you’d like to be interviewed for the show feel free to drop me a line.
One of my other big projects this year has been expanding my video capabilities. I’ve done several more weddings, a multitude of videos for Soundwaves and several other projects. Here’s a video from the January Project CD release that I shot (and then mixed and edited the next morning!).
Okay so I may have deceived you there, I didn’t magically reanimate John Lennon and George Harrison and get them back together. No I’m not even working on a project using their old tapes (Although Paul if you’re interested hit me up!) I have however been touring as the Front of House engineer for the Beatles Tribute band Hard Days Night. If you’re a Beatles fan (and let’s face it, who isn’t?) be sure to check them out. These guys put on an awesome show that spans from the beginning of Beatlemania all the way through Sgt. Peppers and the studio years. Decked out in full costume with classic instruments, Hard Day’s Night takes you right back to Shea Stadium in 1965. Be sure to check out their schedule to see when we’re in your area next!