Reggie Watts, Louis Cole & Michael Stegner Trio October 16 show at Zebulon LA

On Monday, I have the opportunity to play with two friends who are unique and beautiful people. It always makes me so happy to see people who work really hard and treat people well reach a level of acclaim that allows them to thrive creating new art. These two artists fit the bill. I’m excited to reunite with then on a stage.

You’ve probably seen Reggie on various TV outlets with his own brand of music and comedy. He’s a true trailblazer. If you haven’t seen his TedTalk, it’s one of the most impressive improv/performances art bits ever:

Louis Cole grabbed a lot of attention in Los Angeles and beyond when he came onto the scene several years ago as a drummer. But he’s also continued to build his voice as a songwriter, producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist. His DIY music videos are truly genius and they’ve gotten millions of views. Tonight and tomorrow he’s opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers in Mexico City. Here’s a short video he created called “Thinking”:

If you’re around and able to come to the show, tickets can be purchased online by clicking here.

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WSMTA Notes and Thank You

For those of you who I was able to cross paths with on the Seattle trip, thank you so much for a great time. It ‘s been a real pleasure to reconnect with so many friends, former students and meet new folks.

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Art of Song

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New Music: “Lost” – Michael Stegner Release Announcement

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been working on a song and video concept that I decided to release today. Many of you know my affection for many of today’s cutting-edge electronic artists. I guess you could say it was inspired by that along with jazz orchestration and chords like Gil Evans.

If you like the song and want to support the cause of making more of these, you can purchase it by clicking here and buying it on my BandCamp page.

If you like it or know anyone who you think would like it, it would be much appreciated if you shared it on social media, etc.

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New Release: Genevieve Artadi – “Nowhere to Go” A Recent Mixing and Mastering Project

Today Genevieve Artadi released her new single and video called “Nowhere to Go”. It’s just an incredible demonstration of genius writing, production and vision on her part. I mixed and mastered this track and thought I would share it with you. I hope you enjoy.

If you are getting this via email and can’t watch the embedded video, click here: https://youtu.be/UUkzuYOt2UE

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Create Over Critique Seeing a project through despite having reasons not to

A couple of days ago I stayed up until 6 am mixing and mastering a new song that Genevieve Artadi had just finished recording. I think I started at 10 or 11 p.m. the night before, so a pretty standard amount of time for a mix/master with this type of song. After finishing the mix and revisions (and sleeping a few hours), I processed the whirlwind of activities and thought about it from a teacher/mentor perspective. There were many cool lessons that I learned from the experience, but the thing I kept thinking about is how Genevieve left no room for fear, self-doubt or negativity through the whole process.

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Elevate Your Music by Collaborating Inspiration All Around Us

Many creatives in music have strong opinions about their musical ideas and what effect they want these ideas to have both within the work itself and on their fans and audiences. The freedom to make these autonomous decisions feels really great if we’re afforded that opportunity. However, it doesn’t always mean the end result will benefit or even be that great.

with Robin Holcomb recording. Photo by Carrie Robinson.

(With Robin Holcomb in studio. Photo by Carrie Robinson.)

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The Making of a Record – Part 3 Getting People to Hear and Interact with Your Music

So you have an LP, EP or single that you want to release. The recording is done and you’re really excited to share your music with everyone. If you simply want to get it out and don’t really care whether 1, 100, 1,000 or 1-million people hear it; then go for it. It’s really easy to print a few CD copies of your record and/or have the major streaming services carry your music.

Before rushing the release to the world, it’s best to consider a few things first.

  • Why are you releasing this record?
  • What do you want to accomplish with this release?
  • How large is your fan-base and is it big enough to help spread your music to new fans?
  • Are you a relatively new or unknown artist hoping that this record will gain you new exposure and fans?

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