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New Album – Week 1 Demos and Survey

Click HERE to listen to three raw tracks I wrote last week: Leave It All Behind, Movin’ On, and You Asked Me For Help.  After you’ve listened to them, complete the survey below to let me know which one of the three you think has the best potential to be a great fully produced song for my new record.

I really want this new record to reflect my love for two genres: reggae & rock.  So I’m aiming for 5 reggae and 5 rock songs that truly represent me and my sound.

Which of the three demo tracks do you think I should spend more time on and fully produce and put on my record?  Complete the survey below to let me know!

The power of music in advertising

Music has the power to move you

Music affects our mood every day. But are you aware that music can influence your choices? For example, music can affect whether you like a product — there is science to prove it. Gerald J. Gorn did an experiment in the 80’s to find out if background music in commercials influences a person’s choices.

Choosing songs and products for the experiment

In 1982, Gorn gathered college students for a series of experiments. But the students had to identify the two components of the experiments, the music and the product.

First, the students identified two kinds of songs. They identified a song they all liked and a song they all disliked. Everyone agreed they liked a song from the movie Grease and disliked a piece of classical Indian music.

Second, a light b...

Live Looping Milestone

Here’s a clip of me daring to loop vocals live.  I’ve hesitated to loop my vocals (even though I’ve been doing live looping for the past year) because of all the feedback possibilities.  I finally figured out some of the main culprits of the feedback and gave my audience at Paddy’s in Stafford, VA a taste of what I’ve been working on.  Hope to see you at the next show!

#1 Thing I Learned From Street Performing

IMG_0003I’ve struggled my whole musical career to know the answer to the following question…

How much do you charge?

However, I recently spent five days straight playing on the streets of Fredericksburg, Virginia.  My wife and kids were visiting grandma and I had time to myself.  So of course I figured out a way to get battery power to a small amp and my guitar pedal board!  After those five days I finally feel confident I have an answer to how much I charge to perform.

While I played on the streets people tipped me a lot.  I came to know how much people are willing to freely give me based on my talent and their perception of my value...

Upcoming Shows – Hawaii Included!

GigsI’ve lined up a number of great shows for the next few months that I’m really looking forward to.  I played for the first time at a great Irish pub in Stafford last month called Paddy’s and they’ve asked me back and I couldn’t be more excited to spend time with the great people at that venue again.  I’m going to be in Stafford, Culpeper, and Fredericksburg Virginia in the month of November.  But I’m most excited that I’M GOING HOME to Hawaii in December!!

In 2012 I left Hawaii and essentially “broke up the band” when I left my band Upstanding Youth without a singer/guitar player...

Kickstarter Song Reward – She Gives Me Light

Spencer

That cool dude in the sunglasses, that’s Spencer Oscarson on tour with Upstanding Youth in 2007 – like a boss.

Last year I offered to write an original song for anyone who donated $100 or more to my Kickstarter project.  A lot has happened since completing that goal and so I’ve sadly been behind completing all the rewards.  I’m all caught up now except for the songs I owe to some very special people.

Today I’m writing my newest song – She Gives Me Light.  I wrote this song for a really good friend, Spencer Oscarson, who has been a huge supporter and fan of my music for a very long time.  At one point he came with my band Upstanding Youth on tour in 2007 and helped out in so many ways...

Live Gig Sat 24 Jan 2015!

swamptrashI’ll be opening for my friends Swamp Trash at their new CD release party this Saturday, 24 Jan 2015.  I go on at 8pm.  See all the details HERE.

When we moved to Stafford, VA I felt like I lost my address book because we moved into a place where I didn’t know anyone!  I used to know all the mechanics in town, musicians, cops, and cooks.  In Hawaii, I knew all the venues where I could play with my band, I knew all the managers, I knew all the other bands on the island, and I felt like I had a really good finger on the pulse of the music scene.  And then we moved.  It’s taken a lot of hustle to even begin getting to know bands and venues in the area, but luckily I stumbled across the band Swamp Trash.

Swamp Trash says that they are “all military veterans, have raised families, travele...

You & M.E. First Live Gig

YouandMEThere was an event this past Saturday in Fredericksburg, VA that was part of the Day To Serve.  People made pillow cases deployed military personnel, wrote them letters, collected food for those in need, and a lot of other activities intended to serve others in need.  As part of that, my wife and I were asked to perform during a portion of the day – because we’ve started a band and we’re fairgroundscalling ourselves You & M.E. (Marc and Echo).  While we’ve done a few living room performances or private shows, this was our first live gig and it was awesome.  But since we only have about 5 songs under our belts that we can perform, I had to take up a portion of our slot doing solo work before my cute wife joined me to close out our set...

Street Performing in Fredericksburg, VA

boardI decided last night that I need to get back into street performing.  Growing up in Hawaii, I would often take off from the North Shore of O’ahu so I could play guitar and sing on the streets of Waikiki.  It was so much fun to watch so many different kinds of people walk by as I played and sang.  I’d usually make enough money to buy some food and pay my cell phone bill for the month.

I’ve also been inspired by a musician named Dub FX who is primarily a street performer who has blown up.  He draws insane crowds for his street performances...