Jive Turkeys are upon us.

I think my body is finally recovering from the Halloween festivities. That was a crazy month. Big thanks to everyone that made it out to at least one of the shows if not all. Had loads of fun for sure. Freaky Friday w/ Graf was a blast, Sanctuary was the loooong night for sure and Halloween at Mollie’s was well, expectedly a good time! (*damn you Danari for those shots) It’s been a while since we’ve pulled out all the stops multiple times in a month so lots of clean up and sorting to do at storage. Although end of October usually marks my “No bookings until NYE” cool down period, there is a little push to put together a one of at Canvas again as well as a reunion party at Alchemy, but I cant say more ATM. Maybe in early Dec we can get something rolling. I’d like to get one Falk or Michalski back for a techno joint but we’ll have to see what the future has in store. Lot of gear issues, most of them worked out but some upgrades will need to happen before more guests come in so that will be a hurdle. More techno is always better right? Until the next update, try not to overstuff on Turkey and I hope you all have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving.

ALL HALLOWS EVE

I think my body might be giving up on me. With all the lifting and moving, loading and unloading, cable wrapping and speaker carrying, I’m surprised I am not in a wheelchair. SANCTUARY was a success for the most part. The Crystal Method event definitely put a damper on the crowd but as the night started to wrap up – BLAAM! we got the right pop. To be honest it went fast than I anticipated plus with Halloween only a number of hours away, I’m wondering where it all went. October, not to mention the rest of this year just blew by in a flash. It’s almost November and im already 3 parties in with Halloween still to go. This year we are returning to Mollie’s.

Mike McConnell and I are back at the Victorian village haunt after a 5 year hiatus. Between he and I we’ve done a few other things else where – we did CREEPSHOW back in 2013 at the new HiTone, That next year did the Burlesque event VAMPED OUT, took a break for a year or two then last year Mike and came back to the HiTone with CREATURE FEATURE. None quite like Mollie’s though. It’s hard to beat a house built in the Victorian period that has a built in ghost story for a place to do a Halloween party – come on! Regardless of any personal issues, the grounds laid from the dish events I put on to moving them to Mollie’s and joining forces with manager Doug allowed it to grow into its own entity. If nothing else I can be proud of that for sure. As luck would have it, we didn’t think this year was going to happen until we got a call and the rest is history. Speak of history, lets hope that this one will be a blast and one for the books. Regardless, I know I’m ready to have some fun and do it on Halloween proper! Like you know we do!

SPREAD THE WORD – Party starts early 8pm until 3am – 21+ as always — $10 cover
Costumes highly encouraged but not required — You bring your best and we’ll bring the rest.
CHECK OUT THE EVENT ON FB @ FACEBOOK EVENT – CLICK HERE

Spooky… ain’t it?

As luck would have it, just when you think you are going to have a quiet laid back Halloween holiday, up pops a multiple gig month with some unlikely gigs. I was pleasantly surprised to get a call from Mr Hodges for a old school ish pre-Halloween get together on the 20th at Murphy’s. I helped by providing sound and lighting as well as securing a spot on the bill. Thinking that was going to be my October schedule, two more gigs pop up all with a side gig for a friend. Turns out the month filled up all within a week or two and during the month which is strange as well. Busy busy.

Now that two of them are under the belt, the next will be coming up on Saturday. This one will be the one I get to do with creative freedom. I get to pull out all the décor and deck the place out. I’m even going to bust out the dry fog machine. Whoop! The best thing about doing the decoration at Canvas (event titled: Sanctuary) is that the décor was meant for a much bigger joint. Plenty of items to fill the place up with. Giant ghosts, Dracula and Wolfman, as well as enough creepy cloth to choke a skeleton. This one should be a fun joint for sure. Although the city will be ablaze with parties on every street corner, i’m counting on the fact that folks know I bring the Halloween A-Game. Crystal Method is going to take up a number of old-schoolers but i’m hoping most aren’t going to want to venture the downtown trip and instead, park it at Canvas… who wants to deal with that madness anyways, especially on a holiday party night.

The next and final October gig is our return to Mollie’s for Halloween Night. It’s been 5 years since we put on a show there. Although D and I parted ways, the party continued after we left and has been a steady go-to for Halloween Night proper and that makes me proud. Especially when it’s on a weeknight, the crowd tends to be a bit insane. Let’s hope Doug and crew have keep the home fires burning since they will be handling the décor and atmosphere and all we need to do is bring the party and that we will, guaranteed! Matter of fact, we have a little something special up our proverbial sleeves for the night. It should make for a screaming good time! Muahahahaha… See you all there!

What’s that I hear?

FINALLY. I received my new Yamaha HS8’s. The clarity out of the box is pretty amazing. I was hoping for more low end than what is there but that will require some tweaking on room size as well as placement. They do have a kick if you turn up the low end far past where it should be but we don’t want to distort the sound or for it to be too loud. I only have these things turned up half way on the amp and they are killer. My neighbors are going to hate me.

I haven’t made any music on them yet as I’m still waiting on the other speaker (that wasn’t dropped off ) to show up. Long story short the guy must not of realized the other box that was labeled and look exactly alike was a pair. UGH. Anyways, I’m looking forward to the second one which I pick up today. I’ve got plenty of things to be working on! Did I mention these guys are massive. In respect to the Alesis I’ve been using for years, these are like giant cinder blocks on stands. I don’t think i would have room on my new studio desk, event if I wanted to put them there. I have been reading on the proper placement and it is recommended to have them away from the wall or else you’ll get bass distortion (YIKES!@) I just might have to pull my desk away from the wall. Sounds like a studio rearrange project on the horizon.

Almost September… like whoa!

Time seems to have slipped past me again – it keeps doing that?!?!  It’s almost the end of August and I haven’t even started on my Halloween costume. In my mind it’s still summer. Well as you can see from the countdown on the right I have finally noticed how close the season is to a close. Time to get ready for fall festivities and my fav holiday of the year. This year has gone so fast that I feels like I’ve missed something. Oh yeah, a lot of 100° or above temps and can’t breathe 100+% humidity. Good ol’Memphis Weather. Seriously I don’t know how I make it through or anyone else for that matter. With summer coming to a close, the weather, you would assume, would start to take a dive but oh no… not in Memphis. It will still be 80 come December. We’ll get a magical weekend of 70’s then BOOM nothing but 40’s and scares of possible freezing rain. SIGH*

At least I have a bundle of updated Native Instrument plugins to keep me company! A recent death in the studio forced me to upgrade my mac and along with it most of my software since it was so old that the versions I had were all out of date with current hardware. JOY! The upside of having to spend a crap ton of money, was having to update software along which included an upgrade to KOMPLETE 11. Holy crap batman! This thing has more synths than you can shake a stick at. Frankly i’m a bit over whelmed as I feel like I’ve be under utilizing most of what I’ve had in the past. With some of the new synths like Monark and Prism, plus the updated and added LOGIC synths, I have instruments for days. I don’t know how to work half of this stuff. Luckily NI tossed me a free education signup for some brief how to’s on their base synth line. Even with synths I’ve had for years, I’m finding that I haven’t even scratched the surface- take MASSIVE for instance – WOW. This thing is really massive and not just for the squelchy edm sounds it produces, I mean this thing can do just about anything. The best part of the online education from NI is that it is keeping me engadged in the studio which is sorely needed. To be honest, just with Monark and the standard logic synths and drums, I have enough to go on for years but with Komplete 11 in my pocket the musical possibilities are endless – just got to keep on it. I just might have to upgrade my soundcloud account in the near future. O_o

 

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