Monday, August 2, 2010

I've been a blog lagger.. but here it goes!

Two weeks have quickly gone by since my last blog.....Ok I'm not even gonna try and hit you with an excuse why so all I can do is keep it  straight up!
Since I've been home from the short run, I've been relaxing with my family and friends and just making the best of this short little summer, which will be over in three weeks!
It's funny how three weeks out of your life can make you feel like so much time has gone past.. But this is exactly what happens when you travel the road while living the life of musician & producer!

I should start by apologizing for my last few blogs thats I didn't get to post. I felt like I left you guys hanging. while i was posting my blogs from the tour.There were only two more Cities to visit which was Dour, and Rotterdam.(Beautiful Place to be)
My camera battery went dead,I was able to document Oslo,Norway, then that was it! ( I forgot the charger)
I always travel with that thing when I'm not trying to use, and the one time I needed it most, I left it.
I even went to malls and electronic shops to see if I could get a charger, but no luck. So now I can only share with you guys what took place via youtube clips and photo's from my buddy Tone's camera, funny thing is, his camera died while playing at the Dour festival.

The tour went well, people in Europe really loves great music, and even though they didn't know any of those songs we played from Bilal's new album, the turnout was still a good one.

In 2002, we played the same festival, The Dour Festival with a much different sound, we were supporting the release of 1st Born Second then and we had a few different players, and singers, and crew.
What's important from that show was a birth of a band, back then Robert Glasper was just coming into his own, Myself was developing as a well respected, and unique drummer, Mike severson the guitar player went on to play with many major artist,Tone whitfield was shaping up his sound as a bassist and producer, and we've just created a core that was always fun to play with. There is also a recording of that show too, Dour Festival 2002!

Right after our Dour show, we drove to Rotterdam which was a few hours away and for some reason, it felt like home there. I can't say it was the feeling of knowing your about to go home after the last show, but that place had a good feel, I felt at, finding new kicks and things to take back to my relatives, it was peaceful, and I saw lots of people in color! (Not to be racist)

The show was great, people again enjoyed themselves while we introduced them to  new songs from the album.
Venue was small and intimate and it felt very warm on stage! ( Those lights always make it so Hot! It almost feels like a sauna)
After the show i hung out and got some food, which i regret, only because it went against my diet rules, but its cool, since I've been home, if you're following me on twitter, I made lots of post of my workouts... mainly just jogging and some weights  to put me back on my plan... Staying healthy...

So while I'm working out and hanging with family, I had to remember for a quick second that I have to continue to be on the grind making new music and being In the studio.....Thats the kick... if not.. Then whats the point? You know!
So with all that said, I'm gonna get going and make some new magic... for who? I can't tell yet, but i will be back on my updating and sharing with you guys my world...
Someone mention that  they admired how I juggle my time with being a Producer and Musician and to be able to do things like blog to you guys, Well its simple, its pure passion and we're in a time were you have to multi task yourself in order to be heard or seen....As far as my music goes... it will reach who its supposed to reach.. And everything happens for a reason.
Make your dreams come true folks!
Stay tuned in!
This little small tent has a dope studio setup in there and we recorded after our show while playing the dour festival, its the same tent that from the video your watching below of us playing songs i helped bilal produced called, "Robots" & "Move On" Its looks like nothing from the outside, but on the inside, it sure was classic. please check the footage if you haven't already seen it!
Here's the guy responsible for that great video we all get to see  in the tent
Straight out of Paris, world meet Mr Mikael Colombu.. he edits videos pretty tight.
Performing at the Dour festival...Fun times
The stage @ the dour Festival
All night at the dour festival, they played reggae on that stage... sounded great too!
Yes It's my personal blog and yes this is Bilal and Tony getting ready to hit the stage at the Dour festival, right in the back of our tour truck! Classic!
Somebody please get Hawk Burns an assistant! Right Away!
It was there, and rare, and i didnt get it, but i took a snap shot, you be the judge!
The band...Mike Severson, Bilal, ME, Tone Whitfield, Corey Bernhard
Marie... only 21 and she's in the music game hard, promoting shows, being a hostess, hard worker, she loves good music too! Later folks

1 comment :

  1. yeeeeeeh the picture of you and me : )
    Dope, i'm stealing it !
    Marie the 21 years old girl : )