A LITTLE KETCHUP

The past few months have been crazy to say the least. It seems as though I blinked twice back in April and now the summer is almost over. I found myself wondering where the time went. My hope with this blog is to try and account for some of it. 

In April, Standing On End, a solo project of mine, hit the studio to track drums for the fourth coming album; The Darkest Shade of the Heaviest Blue. We tracked in Studio A of the Hallowed Halls, utilizing the massive sound of their 18 ft high ceilings. Ethan Stouder, Assistant engineer at the Hallowed Halls, sat in on drums for the session. Laying down a range of dynamic hits and fills for the album. Check out the short recap video from the day below.

 

The majority of the overdubs were cut in Studio C; tracking guitar, bass and vocals for the album. In May, Skip vonKuske, a Portland-based cello player, laid down a few choice cello parts on two tracks for the album. I met Skip when I ran sound for him at Alberta Street Pub but never had the opportunity to work with him in the studio. I was really blown away with how intuitive he is and his ability to communicate a feeling so perfectly. If you ever find your self in need of a cello part on a project definitely hit Skip up. Below is some footage from the cello sessions. 

As it stands now, The Darkest Shade of the Heaviest Blue, is in the process of being mixed. Plans for an accompyanying short film are in the making. We are shooting for a 2019 Winter release. Be sure to keep an eye out for more information as the winter gets closer. 

Shortly after Drum day with Standing on End, I did some live recording with Box the Oxford from San Louis Abisbo. We tracked some promotion content for their most recent release 1922. If you haven't already heard of these guys they are 4-piece Indie-pop group with a likening to Hippo Campus. They have knack for tasteful arpeggiated guitar parts and catchy-vocal melodies. On the verge of a new release, the band is excited for the things to come. 

 

In the first week of June, Stoner-Rock duo Doglord tracked basics for their fourth coming freshman release. The band, consisting of Scott Simpson (Drums and Vocals) and Tom Steele (bass) came to fruition when a previous project that the duo were apart of didn't work out leaving the two to start a new project. Being a two piece, Simpson and Steele were really focused on capturing a 'large-than-life' sound. Utilizing Re-amping and a variety of Guitar pedals and amps we aimed to create a rich and full sounding record. The album is currently waiting to be mixed. Look for a release from this dynamic duo in the coming months.

Doglord live at the Twilight

Doglord live at the Twilight

Back in November, I worked on a Music Video with a wonderful human named Caitlin Indermaur. We met through the studio sometime before November and I hit her up with a few ideas and we really clicked creatively and have been working on projects together ever since. Our most recent work together was recording Caitlin's new band Slippery Eyes. We tracked four songs with the initial intention of demo release but quickly came to the consensus that an EP release was more suitable for the work we captured. 

We tracked and mixed their new EP, take care, be well, in a little over 2 weeks. Drum basics were cut in Studio B and overdubs in Studio C of the Hallowed Halls. It was such a great experience working with this band. Not only were they hardworking and driven by a concise vision but they were just a fun band to be around. We spent the better part of two days together in two studios that were both designed for a max capacity of 2 or 3 people and there were 5 of us all working away. I am so proud of the work we did together and honored to be involved with this project. The new EP is out now on bandcamp and was recently featured on the Life Elsewhere Podcast 

Youssoupha Sidibe

In a last minute turn of events, Youssoupha Sidibe and I hopped into the studio to record basics for his upcoming album. It was a day full of new experiences and challenges to overcome. We got off to a slow start. Fighting through RF issues and board malfunctions. At one point it almost seemed as if we were going to have to reschedule but Youssoupha and I persisted through it all to get the recording done. Youssoupha plays the Kora and sings. We tracked all the songs live adding vocal harmonies and percussion after each take. I was blown away by Sidibe's ability to channel energy through his music to create a series of powerful-tracks. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking forward, I have a few projects to wrap up mixing before I'm back to cutting basics with a local indie rock band and a couple different singer-songwriter projects. I hope I can keep better track of it all this time around.

 

Cheers,

M. 

List to Organize My Brain

Where to begin? This month has been all over the place. I have been working on a variety of projects from personal stuff to band stuff to studio work and beyond. Not to sure where to begin but I have always found making lists helps to organize my thoughts.

1. Standing On End - Worst in the World (Based on You and Me)  Video Release and Kickstarter. 

Standing On End is a new solo project I have been working on for the past few months. The fourth coming album The Darkest Shade of the Heaviest Blue addresses my personal struggles with mental illness and also of those closest to me. To announce the project, I teamed up with Caitlin Indermaur and Gus McTigue, two incredibly talented film makers based in Portland, to make a music video for the first single. We filmed in a truly haunting abandon warehouse located in industrial Portland. The release of the video also marked the launch of a Kickstarter Campaign to help fund the recording of the full album The Darkest Shade of the Heaviest Blue. 

3. Triple Lutz Whiplash EP Release.

Triple Lutz held their EP release party at Knockout Taco. An appropriate location for a knockout EP. I am proud to see this EP come to be. Long hours and endless mix tweaks. Asher has an incredible attention to detail. I admire the care and hard work that he puts into everything he does. For the release, Asher printed some limited addition cassette tapes that can be found at your local Triple Lutz show. Come check em out at their next show with the Latter Day Skanks, Itchy Kitty, and Wild Jumps

 

3. Jimbo Nicholson Session

Most recently in the studio, I have been mixing a record for Jimbo Nicholson. I met Jimbo Nicholson through Johnny Holladay from Holy Smokes and the Godforsaken Rollers. Jimbo raised Johnny and taught him everything he knows about music. At 68 years old, Jimbo has a plethora of stories to tell and his new album is chalked full of tales of heartache, adventure, wartime, and socio-political frustration. Jimbo was the primary song writer in this project, playing guitar and singing. He brought in Bass-aficionado Nick Wright and Backbeat drummer Seth Shaler(the rhythm section from Bitches of the Sun) to fill in the rhythm section. Two individuals who naturally locked into a groove and created a rock solid foundation for Jimbo's songs. Johnny brought a variety of instrumentation to the session from electric guitar and baritone to harmonica and banjo. What a great session with truly incredible individuals. I will be mixing the record this month. Look forward for more updates. 

4. I saw this band the other night at The Twilight Cafe and Bar called Grey Fiction. An incredible combination of musicianship and songwriting all wrapped up in a mesmerizing stage presence, Grey Fiction has a lot to look forward to as band on the rise. If you haven't gotten out to see them I would highly recommend  it and in the mean time check out their record On Your Way to Earth & Back

 

2018 bring it on!

Welp! 2018. Here we are. A month into the new year and projects are starting to come together. It was admittedly a shaky start. With nothing on the books at the start of the year I was a little worried about what was to come. But it was not long before the calendar started to fill up. This past week I was working with the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) helping with a Capital Install at their new location and a J20 event put on by NXT LVL and She Shreds Magazine. Got to see some amazing bands and musicians including SÁVILA  and FUCK U Pay Us. If you haven't already I highly recommend checking out these incredible musicians. 

 

Other than that I have been in and out of the studio with a few vocal sessions and a ad campaign jingle recording. Looking forward to a few sessions in February and March. My personal project Standing On End is up and running. The music video is almost complete thanks to the incredible Caitlin Indermaur and Gus McTigue. The recording for the record will hopefully start later this year. 

Check out the trailer below and keep an eye out for more about the project!

 

Holidays and such.

Christmas has come and gone. I am excited to say that the holidays brought some expansion to the Studio C gear list including the AKG d112 and a ESP LTD 401b baritone guitar. The Baritone is tuned A to A and brings a new meaning to the word heavy. Excited to use the new guitar on some upcoming records. The Triple Lutz Ep came back from mastering and it is sounding punchy! Big ups to Matt Thompson over at Ivy League recording for making the mixes really kick ass. I am working on some new music of my own and will have bigger announcements in the coming weeks. In the mean time check this out as a taster for whats to come: 

 

On to the Next One

 

Well tis the season for studio work! Asher and I just finished up mixing on the Triple Lutz EP, Whiplash!. The mixes have been sent out for mastering with our friend Matt Thompson at Ivy League Recording . Look for a January Release of the Triple Lutz EP on all your favorite music streaming services. Release party and merchandise to be announced as well. I did a live recording for Bitches of the Sun at the McMenamins Venue White Eagle. All went well and we are heading to The Hallowed Halls this weekend to record an album. Looking forward to working with these great musicians. On a personal note, I am currently working on a solo record plans for recording and production are in the works. I will be starting a Kickstarter campaign in the next few days to raise some funds for studio time and a session musicians. Super excited about this! I have always had fun playing in bands and writing music for a group it is new challenge to release full album of solo material. So a lot of new exciting things to come keep an eye out for my posts. 

That is all for now!