Sunday, November 06, 2005

I'm A High Tech Lowlife..



I watched the George Carlin special on HBO tonight.
Like always, he completely blew me away.
There is none funnier than Carlin alive today. None.

All Hail The High Tech Lowlife!

over...(((d)))

Saturday, November 05, 2005

The Juggler..



It's been a long while since my last entry. I have been tending to a ton of work lately.
The new SG album is in it's post production phase and we are on schedule to begin the mixing phase
within the next couple of weeks.
The songs are sounding great and as a whole, we think this album will add to our legacy in a proper way.
I know some of you are used to reading or hearing recording artists say things like, "it's our best album yet"
or "it's the heaviest shit we've ever done" or " without a doubt, this is the ultimate album".

I know when I read or hear something like that, I kinda chuckle. Don't get me wrong, I am very excited about
letting the world hear our new album and I do think it's great, but I'm not going to try and hype you on an album.
I'm not a salesman, I'm an artist.
One thing I can say however, is that this new album advances our musical journey and continues the SG tradition
of providing ass shakin' body rockin', social screaming, madness inducing music for the people.
And if that sounds interesting to you, then stay tuned.

Today I realized that by the time this new album is released, it will be close to 7 years since we released High Defintion.
7 years between records is some Pink Floyd shit!
For the true Shootyz Groove Faithful, it will be worth the wait.
And in the future, I hope we'll be able to continue this journey we started back in the summer of 92'.

I have been wearing many hats lately; Producer, Recording Engineer, Songwriter, Band Manager, Booking Agent,
Drummer, Teacher, and Human Being.
I like the challenge, but it's made me a not so great friend and family member latley, due to my focus.
I'll try to make it up to you guys soon. OK.

I have found that the art of Juggling is no mere parlour trick. No, No...
It's a way of life here in the BX.
Believe that.

over.... (((d)))

Thursday, September 15, 2005

...12,665...




over...(((d)))

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Spitting Hot Fire...


The Vocals for the new Shootyz album are almost done. This makes me very happy indeed.
I really can't wait to finish this record. It's been a long time in the making. It's been a while since
SG released an album. I'm very confident that SG fans all over the world will dig this record.
Speaking of Vocals, Sense and Season are simply spitting the hottest fire on the microphone ever.
I'm extremely happy with their performances so far. The vocals truly match the fury of the music for sure.
This has been one of the most challenging records we've ever made, simply because of the fact that we're
doing it very piecemeal due to time constraints.
But I think Donny and I have got things in order for the most part and we're very happy with the way it's
sounding.
We have a couple of more vocal sessions to go and then we're ready for post production.
Deeno and I will be taking some time away this weekend from the album to record a quick demo for some up and coming Mc's.

More Fire for sure!

over...(((d)))

Sunday, September 04, 2005

New Orleans...



It's hard to even get my feelings out on this subject right now.
But I'll try.
I feel very saddened and heart broken over the mass loss of lives down in the gulf coast.
I feel Confused, Frustrated and Angered by the slow response of the the Government, both Federal
and Municipal.
I cannot see why it took 5 days to mobilize our Military for search and rescue.
I cannot understand how the Mayor of New Orleans and the Governor of Louisiana lost control
of their Municipality.

Only today we began to see evacuations on a mass level. I realize it takes some time to mobilize troops,
but 5 days?
I'm embarrassed to even speak about it sometimes because it seems so preposterous of a thought.
I think I remember seeing U.S. troops in Sri Lanka 3 days after the tsunami hit them.
Sri Lanka is half way around the fucking world and it takes us 5 days to get American Troops To an American State!
What is wrong with this picture?

What we've seen here people, is a lack of leadership on all levels of Government.
From GWB down to the vast majority of New Orleans PD abandoning the city in it's most time
of need.
I keep reading and hearing people say that 2 natural disasters happened at the same time and that that was the cause of the delay in action.
I won't buy that these leaders did not know that it was within the realm of possibility that a catastrophe
on this scale could happen.
There is a lot of buck passing going on and it's disgusting.
I'm no GWB basher, in fact I voted for the guy, but I think we need our President to take less vacations and
spend more time on the job man.

Anybody who knows me, knows how much I love the South. Especially New Orleans. I have had some
amazing times in that beautiful city and I believe it will rise again.
I was actually thinkin a couple of weeks back of taking a road trip down there to see some of my good friends in the Easy.
Thank God those friends are OK.

Please help with the relief effort by donating some money. It does not have to be a lot. Anything will do.
The American Red Cross

I know the Easy will rise again and I cannot wait to get back down there.
Please keep them in your prayers.

over....(((d)))

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Stay Easy...

In light of Katrina doing her nasty thing down south, I'd like to extend a prayer of hope to
my good friends down in the easy.
Keep ya head up yall.

over...(((d)))

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Life As A Mix...



Been doing a lot of pondering lately. Those who know me personally, know me to be a cronic ponderer.
I think I may have hit on something recently that I'd like to share with you all.

I have recently found myself comparing life to an audio mix.
Specifically, using the the EQ as my main focus.
See, when putting together a good audio mix, you're often called upon to use EQ
to make certain elements in a sound recording sit cohesively in a Mix.
Often, one would have to use EQ to reduce certain frequencies that are sonicly hogging
up valuable fidelity space.
This is done by using EQ in a process of elimination.
If you're in your car and you put on your favorite SG album (or any album, really...lol) and you
start to hear the bass frequencies crushing your speakers, you may elect to reduce the bass
on your stereo and cut some low frequency out of your mix.
I have come to realize that in life, we must often find the right balance by reducing or eliminating
certain things that do not work.

Here in America, we enjoy a gluttonous society. We have a lot of everything. As part of the American dream,
we strive to get our own "Piece of the Pie".
And we Americans love a big ass piece a pie, don't we!
Having the discipline and focus to reduce or eliminate, certain harmful but socially accepted things in our lives,
is very hard to achieve and maintain in this society.
Don't get me wrong, I love America. I'm a proud American and I'd stand up and fight for her if I had to, at a drop
of a hat.
But I think American society is suffering from too much treble shrieking in our ears and too much bass
throwing off the balance of our mix.

I realize I have to start right here with me, first.
Sometimes we need to reduce or eliminate certain things in our lives to live harmoniously.

I think I'll try giving my life a better mix.

over....(((d)))