I’ve been doing some DJ sets with TMU after our normal Top 40 sets, and I’m having a great time with it. It’s amazes me how many people criticize DJs and belittle the musicality and skills that good DJs possess. Though critics would argue the barrier to entry is low, (anyone can DJ if you have a controller and the software) those who DJ at the highest level exhibit tons of refined skill both with the technique of mixing and with the intangible art of judging a crowd of people and keeping them dancing. I would like to think I get a little better at both of those things every time I do this. I also make no claims to greatness with any of it as I know a lot of killer DJs who can do things I can’t begin to understand. Here is a shot from a wedding last month where TMU played and then I spun a set. I dig the stage setup:
I’ve been really happy about the way this year has been going with the balance I have of different gigs and opportunities. I am continuing the mad pace of gigs that I had last year, having just got home from my 102nd gig of 2015 on the 136th day of the year. This alone is worth celebrating because not all musicians are fortunate enough to live where they can work like this. I live in a town with plenty of work (at least for the time being) and I am so thankful to be able to play gigs that I love. I love playing with my corporate cover band ‘The Mighty Untouchables’ which is really one of the best bands of its kind in Southern California. But man does not live on Top 40 alone, and I am grateful to be asked to play jazz gigs in town with different people. These keep me sharp and feed my creative soul. I play at church which feeds my soul in a different way. I play organ occasionally for my baseball team. And I get to go up to LA from time to time and play with some amazing fresh friends of mine in big situations. In short I get to play a variety of music which keeps things fresh, and I love everyone I make it with. It’s not entirely through my own merits either; I really am a lucky dude with a lot of ‘right place right time’ bringing me fortune. I hope things continue like this!
My 2015 has been pretty solid with great opportunities and solid work. It has been non stop.
This week I’m looking forward to:
-Getting in at Petco Park for rehearsals for the baseball season, and a real game on 4/2 for Fanfest.
-Playing for Bethany Joy Lenz’s CD release concert in L.A. with some old friends including Dru Decaro on guitar.
See you soon. Check out the Calendar for upcoming gigs.
On Christmas Eve I had the once in a lifetime bucket list opportunity to perform at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra. We were performing as part of the 55th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration, a 3 hour special televised on PBS in Los Angeles.
EDIT: I had a video posted from Youtube, but apparently it’s been removed.