Time To Talk About Jobs!

Back in the spring I came across this video when my friend posted it on his Facebook timeline. My wife and I got a pretty big kick out of the dark cynical sense of humour contained in Russell Holman’s Spoken Word piece. As we’re both artists we’ve often felt the pressure of expectations that we get “Real Jobs” and start a family and such, so the anti-career theme here certainly struck a chord.

Naturally, I thought it would make great material for a remix so I commented, a dialog was started, and this is the result.

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BreakOut West, Winnipeg and the WCMAs (Part 3)

photo (2)On Sunday morning, not wanting to experience another fruitless round of wandering around searching for open breakfast spots I did some googling and yelping and found a promising restaurant called The Don’s. I had been using google maps to guide myself around Winnipeg and probably should have paid the extra $14/day for the Garmin guidance system as I had been regularly getting lost and taking longer than anticipated getting from A to B. This time I was simply led completely astray. Continue reading “BreakOut West, Winnipeg and the WCMAs (Part 3)”

BreakOut West, Winnipeg and the WCMAs (Part 2)

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My rig at Maw's Eatery
My rig at Maw’s Eatery

 On my way back from Shannon’s Irish Pub Friday night, I had spotted a Starbucks near the hotel.  I took a mental note with the intention of going there for breakfast the next morning. However, on Saturday I discovered to my chagrin that it was closed. Continue reading “BreakOut West, Winnipeg and the WCMAs (Part 2)”

Mixing and Mastering Marshall and The Boyfriends

Over the summer I took on a fun mixing and mastering project for a synth-pop band called The Boyfriends headed by Marshall Watson. The album is full of catchy hooks, has a diverse roster of vocalists, and a generous helping of awesome. I’d highly recommend checking it out if you’re looking for some motivation on a dull dreary wet day (or on a bright sunny summer day too for that matter).

For this project I made heavy use of the Waves Neve Style Vintage EQs and compressors. I got some great results from the free FXPansion DCAM Compressor in parallel on my kick and snare. I was also delighted to discover the Plug & Mix bundle. They had a promotion selling the whole pack of forty-something plugins, including free copies of any future plugins they add to the bundle for $50 so I had to snatch it up. They sound great and feature stylish but simple, and effective interfaces.

You can check out the album here:

 

There’s now a music video for Dark Days done by Matthew Barrett which you can check out below… 

 

Maker Faire 2014 and a WCMA Nomination!

Maker Faire SpreadOn June 8th I performed Sonidos de Cuba at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire. My wife was also showing off her Drift clothing and accessories (you can check out her stuff here). Previously I had used a laptop running Ableton Live with an Akai APC40, a Korg Electribe ES1mkII and my trumpet. This time I debuted my new live setup focused around the Elektron Octatrack. I’m also using an Arturia MicroBrute, MFB Kraftzwerg, Electo-Lobotomy Sonic Forest, Manastone Hank Drum and Trumpet. Changing my setup has caused the songs to evolve quite dramatically. I’m still playing back stems from each song on the album, but sequencing them on the Octatrack has changed the way they’re configured. The Octatrack is also sequencing the two synthesizers which imparts some great new life into the material. Continue reading “Maker Faire 2014 and a WCMA Nomination!”