Check out some of the music I have had the privelege of creating or helping create!
Just Let Go - Autotelic, April 2011
This is my latest self-produced EP. I think it is a big improvement from my first one, although still not quite where I want to be yet in terms of production. Overall though, I think the songs are pretty badass and they all have a unique vibe to them. This EP was a lot of fun because I got some of my music buddies (J Rhodes-Girl That Cuts My Hair, Steve Mitchell-Same Way, and Jason Riley-Just Let Go) to help me out. I was even trying to get the haircut franchise, Knockouts, to use the first track for a commercial, but unfortunately it didn't work out as they thought it was too sexual. Whoops.
The Spirits of Music - The Spirits of Music, 2007
This is some pretty original sounding stuff if I must say so myself. This is my band from a few years back consisting of Matt Martin on drums and Colton Boyles on vocals and bass, with myself on guitar. We really created some pretty awesome music. Our writing process was very organic and nothing was ever forced. Basically, we would get together and jam out different ideas, improvising and being spontaneous. We definitely experienced some deep levels of flow whenever we jammed or performed. Each time we would play a gig, our songs would be different. We kept ourselves open to letting things evolve naturally rather than being fixed to a rigid arrangement. This is the kind of music that for me is the most fun to play and create, because one has to be completely present, actively listening to others, ready to respond to anything, and open to take chances. We really jammed our songs out, and I was always surprised at the types of things that came out of not only mysef, but also Colton and Matt. Often, we had no idea where certain ideas or motifs originated; at times it was as if different spirits of music were possessing us as we played and we were conduits. Thus the name or our band. Our EP was recorded in Dallas at Luminous Sound and engineered by Brad Prakope
Autotelic- Animated Series Intro Theme Song Score
My friend and music buddy Matt Martin and I created this theme song for an animated series. It was a lot of fun and we did all the music composition and sound effects.
J Rhodes and 80's Baby Crew
Got squished between this dude and songwriter Klyrik on the way back from ASCAP Music Expo to Dallas, TX and we hit off and became good friends and good music collaborators. This guy J Rhodes is one of the hardest working people in music that I have ever met. His work ethic and positive attitude keep me pumped up and focused in regards to my own music work. I am fortunate to be friends with this guy and play some funky gee-tar on some of his tracks!
"3 shots all at the same time"...Yes my lyrical idea contribution was genius. Haha.
Check his other sick beats and songs out here: http://jrhodes.bandcamp.com/
Ruidoso - Autotelic, March 2011
These are some more sounds that myself and Matt Martin created on a trip to Ruidoso. These are pretty trippy, weird, sci-fi sounding little ditties that would be pretty cool in a creepy video game or the like. The first track is actually just the sound of an animated theme song we did, which you can see above, if you haven't already watched it. The best tracks on here are Trippy Shit and Glitch Bitch, but the Honk gives us a laugh because when we made it, we pictured it being a new dance phenemenon with people doing "the honk," and the little bell dings just sound funny.
A.Dd+, Dallas, TX
I had the privelege to work with these two amazing writers and performers on their debut album, When Pigs Fly, produced by Picnictyme. I laid down some gee-tar and had a blast recording and jamming to these songs:
The Rapper and the Poet
Smell my Cologne
Be sure to check out thier latest jams as well as their older ones. Keep your eyes and ears open for these guys. They know how to put on one hell of a badass set.
Make 10, Dallas, TX
Make 10 was a band that my friend Steve Mitchell and I started. We played a lot of original pop/rock music mainly originated from Steve, as well as some good ole funky rockin covers. Long time friends Jason Riley on vocals (and also contributing lyrics), Zack Istre on acoustic guitar, and Jackson Caldwell on bass. Steve Mitchell on drums and vocals and myself on electric gee-tar. Here are a few clips of some of our songs:
She Loves It
Be sure to check out and download one of my best bud's and badass music man's new stuff: Steve Mitchell Music
Soundscapes - Autotelic, December 2010
This is a collection of soundscapes that I had been working on over the years from when I first started learning Ableton Live by taking some really amazing music production with Ableton Live classes at Berkleemusic.com.
I picture these tracks being music for video games, short film stuff, title pages for computer/games/programs/websites etc. It was a lot of fun using Ableton as an insturment and just messing around with the different possible sounds and beats and seeing what kinds of things I could come up with, with no overall goal in mind when doing so other than experimentation and fun. My favorites are the first track, Defunct, IttyBen, and Spy Games.
Autotelic - Autotelic, December 2010
My first self-produced and self-tracked EP, Autotelic. I had a lot of fun doing this project. It was my first attempt at creating my own EP, doing all the songwriting, arranging, producing, and performing all instruments. The main purpose of making this EP was for me to really get immersed into Ableton Live, a music production software platform. I find that I learn best when I am working towards a big goal and really experimenting with and experiencing what something is about. It isn't perfect, and looking back on it, there is a lot of room for improvement, but hey, ya gotta get started somewhere. Being paralyzed by perfection was something that really affected me, but doing this project really helped me work past it. It's better to get going and embrace mistakes, learn from them, don't let perfection cripple you, and reflect on what you've created. With that being said, the production isn't the best, but I am happy with the songs and the main feel of them. My favorites are C Blues (Every Girl I Touch I Lose) and Death of Me. I think these songs have a really cool and unique feel to them and plan on re-doing them to make them really sick.