This June, Electric Alley Music will dip its toes in the water of the selling of records side of the music business.
When I was about 12 years old, I started recording and selling my own music. I sold low budget rap albums out of my backpack for a couple bucks each and even had the cassette available for purchase at local record stores... and I actually made a couple of dollars. I didn't know that it was a little weird to be just 12 and have this little indie label going, releasing my own music to the world, I was just doing what I loved.
I decided I want to bring those feelings back, and so starting June 22nd I'll be releasing music, my own and other artists, once again. I'll begin with digital releases in hopes that I'll be able to one day build up enough capital to release vinyl, cassettes, etc.
I'm excited about this first release. It was recorded almost on a whim by Alison Lewis and Matt Dmits, two of Detroit's most respected singer-songwriters. I invited them into the studio to do a cover of Stevie Nick's and Don Henley's "Leather and Lace". They agreed and a few days later we were in the studio hammering it out. The whole session was probably about four hours long, that's it. Not long after I mixed it and decided it was worth a proper release.
So this will be EAM 001 and it will be available June 22nd on iTunes and other digital retailers. Please show your support for Alison, Matt and myself and download it!
Just finished up mixing the Virginia-based Matt Curreri and The Ex-Friends album. Very proud of the record. They are currently touring it across the pond in Holland. Now it's on to another band from Virginia, The Can-Do Attitude. Mixing 10 songs for these cool guys. Also tracking a cover song this week for two insanely talented Detroit artists. The weekend will include me cutting some drums for the kick ass songwriter/musician Stephen Palmer. Exciting stuff going on!
I always get excited when something I've contributed to sees its birth into the world. Here is one such project that was released today. This album, by singer/writer Carly Keyes, is a body of work that encompasses many emotions. I tried to complement each of Carly's stories with a drum part that added to her carefully crafted tales. Have a listen and do support by purchasing.
A few months back I was approached by a great old friend, Kevin. He wished to contract me to do the music for his mobile game, Core Influence, a sort of Simon-Says, color matching, hand-eye app.. I excitedly accepted the challenge, and challenging it was. I come from the world of music made for, well... not gaming. I think I met the task, and today the game is available for FREE on Apple's App Store and Google Play. A quick search on either platform should bring it up. Check it out and let me know your thoughts!
Visit Kevin's (the developer's) site here
Hi all! A new MixTrix has arrived to YouTube! In this episode I travel to my good pal Ed Sertage's studio to get his take on recording and mixing percussion. We had a blast knocking out a tambourine part and tweaking it to perfection. Check it out!
Coming this weekend is a new MixTrix video featuring Ed Sertage, owner/engineer of Woodshed Studios in Oak Park, Michigan. Ed was kind enough to offer his recording and mixing techniques he uses on aux. percussion like tambourine and shaker. Definitely a must-see if you are wondering how to get a balanced, nice sounding percussion track to complement your song.
Even a giant Detroit snow storm can't stop me today.
Here is a new MixTrix video for you audio lovers out there!
I think of this as a "mock-up" mastering tool for demos and rough mixes, but it could be used on your final mix!