Wedding Expo Music Performance

What a day we had yesterday!  The University Club in SF hosted a wedding expo for event planners, etc. to come together and showcase their services.  Peachy’s Puffs was a sponsor, so we hired two girls to work the event.  They wore their flashy red bell hops.  Dez and I were able to play a set as well in the lobby while guests trickled in.  We had rented a PA system, but found we didn’t even need it due to how small the actual space was.  We certainly learned our lesson.  When in doubt, go scope out the venue, if local, before a gig to ensure whether or not a PA system is necessary.  We played some originals including “Dear Prudence” (The Beatles) and “Heaven” (Warrant).  Unfortunately, we couldn’t play some of the more iconic love songs due to Dez’ A string breaking.  That had never happened in all the time we’d played together.  Thankfully, it was not a paying gig, so at least it was less of a foul-up.  It led us to reason we should always carry spare fully strung instruments.  The dressing room upstairs was quite the scene, with Brazilian diamond-encrusted Samba dancers in feather headdresses and a Chinese dragon dance troupe as well as an Asian wine server decked out in Victorian garb, pearls hanging her dress.  It felt like a backstage setup for America’s Got Talent.  I was highly entertained.  All in all, it was a successful event, despite a few hiccups.  Stay tuned for more articles!

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The Modern Musician’s Path

If only it was a record company standing on our doorstep after I’ve spent all this time pumping out a demo with my boyfriend Dez, but the past has shrunken down to nothing.  It is all just a fantastic mirage of what used to be, the novelty of a record company taking full charge of the musician’s path.  Nowadays, it’s the DIY approach that holds true.  It has to do with the self-promotion thing on social media in addition, and the following the artist hopefully gains from posting content day after day and possibly catching people’s interest in a cyber world that is over-saturated with entertainment options.

The demo came about from two friends turned lovers bonding over a common interest in playing music and from enough time passing, agreeing to put together a cool and unique music project to further advance the conversation 60s/70s rock legends like Janis and Jimi and Jim ignited, which saw the counter cultural flame die out too soon.  Dez had amassed quite a recording equipment setup over years of collecting, from playing in past rock bands.  We decided to turn our efforts toward putting down a real live demo, a modern twist on earlier rock, folk, psychedelic and pop music traditions.  Somehow, through what felt like pulling eyes and teeth out of our own heads, recordings were made and a website was created to showcase our hard work.

It seems another issue in the modern age of music production is getting the right sponsorship.  Our recording equipment is not up to the times and should be replaced at some point in the near future, once we decide to put the hammer to the anvil in terms of recording new material.  We took the concept of crowdfunding into our hands and co-created a video with comedic elements, in the attempt to attain such sponsorship, but it has not quite come along yet.  I believe with proper financial backing, we can invest in more technologically advanced recording mics, software, etc.  Upgrades in equipment are what the big players in music achieve.

Of course, presentation and image are everything, and having some working knowledge of how to build a killer music website to showcase to the world helps.  The Wix.com site builder is quite user friendly and is easy to navigate.  I recommend it to artists who want to have more freedom to customize their website more to their liking vs. a site like Bandzoogle or Bandcamp where you get boxed into using their particular templates.

Once the following comes, the calls to that entertainment lawyer you happen to know begin.  Until then, it’s important to take the old fashioned approach, which is to continually play out at venues and gather subscribers who can actively share your art.  The rest of the process is just keeping up with the daily hustle, staying focused and persisting in the face of challenges, calling again to remind people you’re in their corner, and getting that stroke of dumb luck to launch you through the industry’s door.

Stay tuned for more articles! ❤

 

Rock n Roll

Jacket Customization

I’ve been off in another corner of the universe for a long while working on my music with my boyfriend, a blend of folk, rock, pop, and psychedelic flavors.  The current artistic project of mine is jacket customization with patches.  I bought these two big patches at a killer fabric store in the Mission in SF, which had discounts on materials.  I got the dry cleaning lady up the street to sew on the snake and roses patch, as she had to open up the inner lining of the leather jacket.  I was able to sew the tiger patch on the denim jacket, seeming as there was no lining to open up.  Floral designs are in for spring.  I was inspired by the Guns N’ Roses theme with the snake and roses patch (Slash’s snakepit), which turns the faux leather jacket into a true one of a kind rock n’ roll piece, including the pink Playboy bunny patch sewed on the arm of the jacket by the same woman.  The tiger patch on the denim jacket is a tribute to my Chinese zodiac sign.  I’m an 86′ baby all the way.  Experimentation with patches on articles of clothing or accessories is a fun undertaking.  It all harkens back to when I used to sew band patches onto my bags and clothes in high school.  More posts coming soon!

 

Sound Tent!

I’ve been singing for awhile and playing violin even longer.  It was great to finally set up a sound tent with my boyfriend, who is a guitarist.  He met a guy whose brother owns the largest independent record label in Nashville.  We’re going to send a 3-song demo to the label.  It wasn’t actually too difficult to build the sound tent for recording.  The only challenge was inserting grommets into three black moving blankets.  We bought some PVC piping from Lowe’s and shower curtain handles for cheap.  The setup took about an hour and a half.  I’m hoping to take my music to the next level!

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Jam of the Day!

Good ol’ Snoop!  His hit single “So Many Pros” is so catchy, with its disco dance flavor.  I’m laughing about the line, “So many pros.. It’s like their growing them on trees!”  We’ve all been there, haven’t we?!  Tools and pros lining up to meet me when I’m out at a club or bar and I’m just trying to get a Cosmo with one of my girl friends.  I’m liking his collaboration with Pharrell.  I’m dedicating this song to all those bad boys I dated in the past…  Bye bye Rico Suave and friends!<3<3<3

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