Red Rocks Ampitheater

A group of us will be headed out to Colorado this summer, 2017, and visiting Colorado’s infamous Red Rock Amphitheater. We are planning a summer bash road trip, traveling through Colorado and then down through Texas. Last year Phoenix was the jam, this year we are traveling new. We are just a bunch of musicians gathering to share and experience music and nature. We have a large RV that will house 6 off us as we travel, play, listen, and enlist others to do the same. We have a couple of big shows in Colorado at the Red Rocks and then we will explore and camp. Denver will be stop one, The plan is to start off in West Colorado, aka ‘the western slope’, by the locals. We will hit  Breckenridge, Telluride, and Aspen and see what it’s all about in the summer. Next off to Morrison to hit up the Red Rocks, and then off to Texas. Texas we all know local artists that we are going to collaborate with. I’m sure there will be some bigger shows we will see too, but Texas is about the local boys.

Located only 10 miles outside of Denver this open air atmosphere is world famous for both the artists and bands that perform there, as well as the nature of the natural location. The amazing outdoor rock structure houses musicians and bands from all over, inviting the masses to experience concerts surrounded by Red Rocks.

We have a 3 day pass for Wide Spread Panic, which is now sold out, and then will stay on to see the beautiful Lauren Hill. Although we are rockers at heart, no one can deny that Lauren Hill is a female beast and beauty, all in one.

Many portions of our trip will be streamed live for so that people from their backyards can be with us in spirit. We want to create a movement of freedom and music.

Our plan is to document the trip. Zac is our writer friend who write about our experience. We are making a statement this trip and want people to join us on our journey from afar. We want to see how many social followers we can get, starting from 0, as this will all be launched on the day of Departure, May 31, 2017.

Let the Journey soon begin. Stay tuned for more info….and a pic of the bad ass RV!

 

 

 

 

 

Not Just A Radio Show…

 

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I was listening to the radio while on my daily commute this morning.  A few good songs played back to back and then the hosts of the radio show answered the phone to a live caller.  The man calling in was simply calling  to share his personal story of how music and this radio station had helped bring him back from the depths of depression.  I was automatically captivated and began to listen to this mans story.  Upon hearing it I had to share it with others, for the mere fact that it is inspiring and a good wake up call on what we deem as important in life.

It started with him getting in an accident and hurting himself to the point of not being able to walk or move without pain.  He soon lost his job as he was unable to work and became addicted to pain pills, because he basically needed them to survive.  Or so he thought.   His wife left him after a year or so because she couldn’t handle the constant pain he was in, the mood swings surrounding his pain and also his dependence on the pain pills.  He was at the lowest of lows.  He was in the deepest depression of his life and all he wanted was his sanity and happiness back.. He used to be an active guy who loved doing things, spending time with his now broken up family, and just simply enjoying life.  

One day he started listening to the same radio show as I was and began laughing at some of the hosts humor and on air talk.  He hadn’t laughed in what felt like decades.  He began tuning in on a daily basis because he felt that the hosts quirky banter and the music they played produced a calming effect on him and made him feel more alive and happier.  Slowly he began getting the motivation to travel to physical therapy and start the long painful route of gaining his life back.  He worked very hard always with music playing at his therapy sessions and also starting his day with the said radio show.  Slowly he began to get stronger.  He started weening off the pain medication and using natural alternatives when the pain was severe.  But at the same time the pain started to lessen and lessen the stronger he became.  His mind frame changed and he began feeling the joy of living and the urge to be able to dance again.

The man continued to state that he is still not completely 100% pain free and that he definitely has his off days, but with the help of the radio station and the music it plays he has found the will and fight to get happy and healthy again and stay that way.

He said he had called simply to thank the two hosts for putting on a great show and to remind people that there is a healing power in music and laughter.

The hosts of the show were deeply touched and thanked him over and over for his call into the station.  They wished him well and invited him to call back at anytime especially on his toughest days.

Listening to this heartfelt story and the simplicity of what a funny soul and great music can do made me appreciate life a little more.  We are all human invested in the empowerment of each other.  We lose sight of it sometimes, I know I do.  But the story I heard gave me hope for myself and those out there ever feeling down and out.  

 

Street Music

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This is a really cool story. I love inspirational people that think out of the box. That is my Uncle Dar.  Tempe plumber by day, music creator by night.  He has his own plumbing company, which he’s had for years. His daughter, my cousin, is a teacher and wanted to create am art project for her kids to do as a team.  Good Old Uncle Dar. His idea…..I’ll get some tools together for you to use and have the kids make instruments.  Then get em’ all to participate in playing their instruments.

The AHA! That’s what Staci (teacher/cousin) did.  She kept it simple and had 2 instruments that the kids would make. She went beyond just the art project. Or the art project went beyond the original idea. Inspiration is powerful.

  1. Xylophone made out of wrenches and egg cartons! Seriously.

Instructions: Get a set of wrenches and an empty egg carton. Flip the carton upside down and insert the wrenches horizontally between the carton slots. Get a couple of spoons and play away!

2. Hanging Pipes Chimes. PVC Pipes with little holes drilled at the top (Uncle Dar helped a little). String fishing line into the holes and hang. Get a wooden stick and play away!

So the kids got together and made these instruments, which they get to take home at the end of the year. They created them with their hands as their art project and then created sound art when they played. She captured creation in multiple forms. She created the experience with her students. Each student was able to work with themselves and then with others for the full project to happen. So so cool. Continue reading “Street Music”

Strhess Festival

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Familiar with the Strhess Festival?  Well if not let’s talk about it. It was a great point in time for Fight Paris.

Originating in July 2004, the Strhess Festival, sponsored by Derek Hess and his clothing line Strhess Clothing, became an annual event featuring punk and metal artists. The second annual Strhess Tour in the summer of 2005, featured headliner Bleeding Through with support from several punk bands and rock stars, including Fight Paris. It began in Philadelphia and ended in Tennessee.

It was a big year for Fight Paris. They had two new tracks posted by Trustskill Records that were released right before there big tour and performance with Bleeding Nose in the Strhess Festival.

There are the moments when the work you’ve put forward comes to fruition and you play on the connections and work you’ve done and made.  The Strhess Tour for Fight Pairs was one of those moments.

A little about the creator of the tour that helped to expose Fight Paris to more people that love punk, rock and metal.

Derek Hess, inspired by music and an innovator in the art world, he set out to create. ANd that he did. Derek soon became the poster child for many music icons. By poster child, I mean he created band posters, CD covers and more. He went on to create his own clothing line, and eventually the Strhess Tour, which we speak of today. The Festival became a gathering of art and music that set out to share and inspire many.

Although today, the tour no longer exists, Derek Hess does. The Strhess Tour was art created in motion by the very talented Hess himself.

I am inspired by music. Fight Paris was talented and an inspiration, as is Derek Hess himself.  Thanks to creators an doers. Many people enjoy the fruits of the efforts. Today is one to recognize and thank these artists.

 

 

MTV Music Awards 2016

This years MTVVideo Music Awards (VMA’s) took place on Sunday, September 4, 2016. This years viewers dropped again, from 10 million last year to 6.5 million this year. Although Facebook streaming (up over 900%) and day after streaming (up over 70%) were both up, the overall live view was down dramatically. This is why I write today…well and to talk about some of the performances from the known music stars. The change in the industry. Although it is just TV, it shows a major change in the way things happen today versus yesterday. This change has an overall impact on more than just the loss or gain of Video Music Award Viewers.

Topic One: The Changing Industry.

Knowing that the way the industry has done things for decades is no longer the same, sheds light on the fact that much is changing and we must change with it to stay in the game, or be part of the new one. Where people are watching, how they watch or listen, when they watch and listen, are all indicators of a new trend. Those that do watch, are they the audience that listens to the music? The sponsors that pay for commercials, are paying for less views. There is a major shift going on and to stay competitive and know it’s important to be aware of this shift.

Topic Two: Performances.

I know Beyonce is an artist, however I have never quite been a fan of the Diva. Her music usually doesn’t have a harmonious flow to it, again in my opinion. I would like to note that I was very impressed with her performance at the VMA’s. It was deep, energetic and engaging. She obviously had an immense amount of feelings involved. Her performance was one that touched home for her (must watch to know to see) and she portrayed it both beautifully and artistically through her sound, her lyrics, and her performance.

Brittney Spears. I commend Brittney and her fight for where she’s at. Without knowing her she seems to have been through a lot. And she was on the 2016 Music Awards. Girls kept her presence around. However her performance lacked. Whether nerves were part of it, or the lack of stage presence, she was a bit off. My motto is imperfect action, so she still gets the good to go from me.

Rhianna. Influential Artist. The girls got talent. Her movement skills and the variety of songs she moved through throughout her performance show her talent and her influence. She is a power to be reckoned with and an icon in the making.

Did you watch them on TV? Did you stream them? Check them out regardless, just curious if they were your Sunday night couch watch or what.

 

 

Arizona Hometown Bands

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Local bands bred in the Arizona desert. In a past post we through out some recognition to Katastro, a band formed in Chandler, AZ. Today we want to name a few other talented musicians that were birthed in the Grand Canyon State.

More times than not, fans will know of a band but not where they originated from. I’m sure there are a few more great collaborators making killer music in a garage, that soon will come to light. I’d like to take a moment a recognize a few talented artists I know of, goin’ for gold.

My good buddy Kyle B., with Good Rust, straight out of the East Valley offers some great reggae lyrics and chill music. They’ve been going strong for a few years. They play at quite a few local valley venues and spots. If you ever see they are playing, go check them out.

My buddy Trav-T, from Mesa, AZ, id just starting a duo band with another friend, although he’s been jamming for years. It’s their own style, mixing electronic and soul. He doesn’t have a Facebook fan page or website…yet. He does own a carpet biz, carpetcleaners.me. His music is really unique and his voice is amazing. So keep an ear out from Trav-T, and check him out.

Now for a few pretty famous bands from Arizona. Continue reading “Arizona Hometown Bands”

Roots to Experience

Being my roots are back in Hawaii, where I was raised and reared, reggae music is sound to my ears and my soul. There are many great reggae bands and artists that currently jam their rhythm today. In August, Comerica Theatre presents an awesome collection of reggae artists.

If you reside in Phoenix, AZ, and love reggae, you probably already are aware of the upcoming show on August 11, 2016, at Comercia Theatre. If you don’t and your reading this, let me give you the low down. The line up for the evening is on point and I am shits and explosions revved up to see all who’s playing.

Reggae originally emerged in 1960’s in Jamaica. Most people think of Bob Marley when they think of Reggae. Bob was and is the King of Reggae. Since the 60’s many have been drawn to the beat and vibration reggae music has as a whole. Reggae has brought together musical creators and artists from all different backgrounds. Many Reggae inspired bands today are a cultivation of talents that come together to inspire others and express their roots.

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The Importance of Music

music-is-healingWhat is music? What is it’s importance?  I will describe the importance I find it to have on myself and others. Music can be shared and it can be personal. It has the power to transform dark into light.

Music is expression. Through sound tone, and vibration, it expresses emotions, feelings, and ideas. Music can be harmonious or disruptive. Music has the intense ability to strongly influence people, their emotions, their state of mind, and how they socially bond. Music is powerful. Musical is beautiful. What is music to you?

I strongly believe in and connect with sound. Sounds and vibrations lure out the deep, hidden emotions from within. Nature is music and one of the first forms of music I listened to and found soothing. Each tree, animal, insect play their own instrument. Nature was my connection to music. The vibratory sound it put out intrigued and excited me. I wanted to recreate what I heard with objects I found at our house.

Sound is healing. Being music is sound, music can be extremely healing. It is said that *”music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human function”. Continue reading “The Importance of Music”

Arizona Summer Shows

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I did not get an opportunity to check out a lot of shows last year so I have made it a point to check out at least 20 shows this year to make up for my lack of being a fan last year. I have not been as diligent in this effort as I need to be if I really want to hit my goal, but I did at least make it out to Phoenix lights this year to see one of my favorite DJs perform, Kaskade. Phoenix Lights 2016 was lit, and I totally recommend checking it out next year if you get the chance, or better yet if you decide to make the time. My friend who has been a promoter in Phoenix for over a decade now got three of our closes friends VIP tickets to the event and it was unbelievable. I’ve been to my fair share of shows and this one certainly lived up to the hype. Kaskade, DJ Snake, and Yellow Claw were all nuts and the energy of the crowd was crazy. It was constant good vibes and positive energy throughout the entire show and no performer missed a beat. My friend also had the hook up with a couple local clubs after the show and an Arizona limousine service (www.phxlimoservice.com) that made the night that much better.  Definitely recommend spending the extra $50+ for VIP and all the extra amenities that make the night one to remember. We actually had the limo take us to a couple spots where some of the performers were having an after party so that definitely added to the night.

I don’t normally splurge on VIP tickets or party buses or anything like that, and have been known to be stingy in the past with my money, and sneak into a show or two. This type of show going is respected and fun, but when you level up and really experience all that the show has to offer you understand why people pay for it. VIP is certainly not overrated, take your game up guys, that next level beats the hell out of watching the show from outside the gate. Much respect to the die hard fans that make it out to shows like they have season tickets, but honestly you don’t understand how good a show can be it you treat yourself. I definitely recommend some sort of chauffeur service too, the limo was lit, and plus there was room for a couple new friends we met at the show. Having someone drive you around is boss and plus you don’t have to worry about drinking, and I’m not referring to an Uber here guys…step your game up!

If you missed this years Phoenix Lights here are a couple other opportunities to catch some good shows this summer. You will be sure to catch me at a few, I still have a long way to go till I hit my goal.

2016 Shows

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The Rise of Serato

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We’ve said it before, there is simply no denying that the music industry is changing. Nothing is absent of change though, the world is constantly evolving, so this should not be a surprise. However like everything else in this technological age, things are changing quickly and dramatically. Advents in computer software has given rise to programs like Serato that have entirely unearthed the foundation of record labels. Adults and kids alike can change their music like they would in a studio from the comfort of their home. Not to mention the high quality recording equipment that has flooded the marketplace and allowed for people to record studio quality music, and then mix and enhance it all on their own. I think however the biggest change that has hit the industry is the rise in Electric music.

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The availability of these music producing technologies like Serado coupled with social media outlets has given young kids resources that was once only available to record label artist with managers and distribution agreements. Now someone can make a hit and overnight distribute it to millions of people and be famous within a few short weeks, just ask Justin Bieber. But the real interesting thing is not artist like Justin Bieber, but the DJ community that has taken rise from these technological advancements. These people’s craft is not to create original songs or tracks, but to curate music by using a compilation of other musicians songs and beats, effectively making their own song. This is not to say that they don’t create their own music, in fact they do, but they leverage a lot of what has already been created, and make it their own. Almost like a chef who reinvents a classic dish.

This curation of music has become extremely popular, and has taken over the music scene. Dubstep and other genres are a result of this dj phenomenon. Anyone with access to these relatively inexpensive technologies and capable of putting in time and effort can become a hit, considering they can make good music. There is no saying exactly what music will look like in the future, but it will certainly be in the hands of individuals, and not studios to determine what the music scene looks like.

If you have longed to be part of the music scene, now is your chance. Build up your social media following and drop some of your hard work onto this outlets and build a fan base. If you can’t afford some of the more expensive software utilize what’s free. There are tons of free options out there that can do more than recording studios could do 8 years ago. With that being said, there is a ton of competition out there so make sure that your stuff is one of a kind.