It’s been 4 months since my last post, I’ll attempt brevity.
Sophomore year at University of Colorado at Boulder I bought Ableton (music production software). Four years later reveals my first release, Allusions toGrandeur.
Preambling Allusions… came a chillstep remix of Frank Ocean's Acura Integurl
Return to NJ post-graduation dosed anxieties with real life obligations. Cynics call it Peter Pan syndrome, romantics call it passion - no matter the nomenclature, I’m making moves to earn a living from music.
I recently landed a position at Sounds to Go DJs where I’m workin my way up to DJing weddings! A different direction, I know, but sounds like a good time.
Allusions to Grandeur Release Date Pushed Back, sorry guys.
Sorry to keep you waiting but before I left Boulder, CO I had local producer homie Balthazar take a peak at my project files to poke in critiques and show me a few tools. Further delay comes as a result of a car accident I was involved in this past Wednesday where I was run off of I-80 by a pickup truck pulling a trailer.
Quick synopsis of the event:
As a result of the incident a car load of music equipment and other belongings I had been parading back to the east coast are now in the hands of UPS and won’t reach here until Wednesday. Out my studio monitors (production speakers), I will be slaving on lyrics and workin on bringing some a capella rap/spoken word videos your way.
In the mean time please enjoy some tunes from Balthazar -
On 8/8/12 my lease here in Boulder runs out and new chapter begins back on the east coast - but not before one last shebang.
This Saturday at the Underdog will reveal the tracks on my forthcoming dubstep EP “Allusions to Grandeur" along with a handful of hip hop beats & lyrics assigned to a full length release due for autumn. A due date has yet to be set for a house release I’ve been constructing, but catch those tracks and a few more tunes this Saturday at the Underdog with Kommon Interests.
All in all there will hip hop, house, & dubstep with live guitar, vox + special guests - I’ve been working hard so you won’t be disappointed.
I recall the cornerstone moment in middle school when I submitted and committed to pursuing a music career. At this point in time I debated whether to focus on a assignment for class or to finish laying the the lyrics to a guitar riff I’d written. I reached the decision that the latter would have a more lasting influence in the long term, and so that’s what I did.
Now while finishing up the last few credits I need to graduate from University of Colorado at Boulder, electronic music production and DJing have momentarily become priority in a list of musical talents including guitar, bass, piano, singing, and rapping. Although my passion weighs heavier on original production, composition, and performance, at this particular point in time the immediate future shows promise in mixing popular tracks - with any luck I’ll be en route to Vegas the last day of class to play a few night clubs and make a quick buck!
Work ethic transfers between the lot but time is divvied too. In spite of this limitation, I still found myself sucked into my perfectionist mindset when molding these necessary promotional mixes. I’m not saying they are perfect, but all in all I’m proud of what came out and I think you’ll enjoy ‘em!
My Thursday residency @ K’s China has settled on a title - Thrifty Throwback Thursdays. Swing by between 10:30-11:30pm to get your first well drink or domestic draft on the house and stick around of a mix covering multiple decades w/ live guitar!
I can’t stress enough how much your support is appreciated, thank you.
I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from acoustic gigs but here’s a lil clip of me @ Folsom St. Coffee Co for Boulder’s Big Time! (the first Monday of every month where various artists are given short slots to perform)
Be sure to check out some other local Boulder artists -
A recent reaction to a mention that I rap was “Your not gonna be the next Bieber.” Let’s hope not.
Here’s a lil animation from today’s sesh @ Second Story Garage, a new musician interview segment brought to you by the Colorado Daily. As it turns, the journalist who wrote the story on me in their February 24th issue (I know the date cause it’s pinned on my wall, catch the article here), Ashley Dean, was down an act for today. The original guest had caught a case of something opening a gap for me and Greg Houston to slip in.
Get well soon other artist, and check back for updates on the official release of the videos.
Hip Hop Hijinks @ The Goose - Recaps and Foreshadows
What a day.
Dustin Chernick aka BioLogic gave us his all for his last performance in Boulder before he’s homeward-bound to begin working at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Not only can the dude rouse a crowd, he also graduated with honors in his biology degree (hence BioLogic, duh). Though he’s gone for now I bet our paths cross down the road.
Like BioLogic on Facebook to stay posted on details surrounding the release of his first album, Lucid Dreams, set for June 12th (his friggin birthday!).
If you missed the last post, catch the music video for BioLogic's Beautiful Night below…
After BioLogic's set Paris Hayes seduced our perspectives to look through a feminine lens at the possibilities in hip hop.
Her set began with the title track off her EP, Better Woman, due for release July 11th. Not only did she bare her soul in each song, she absolutely murdered her freestyles. Peep the music video to her closing track, "Let Go" below…
Closing out the show proper, The Glitta Kings ft. Kallen Ford akaProgress took the stage. The duo, consisting of Jordan “Funny Biz” Polovina and Quinn “Topiq” Lynch is unfortunately disbanding - but for good reason. Long time friend Kallen Ford recently left The Microphone Militants in pursuit of his solo career as Progress and to lend efforts to their new trio, Boys from Home.
I know a lot of names were dropped in that last paragraph but trust me, your gonna wanna remember them - if you were @ The Goose on Saturday you know why.
Here’s a goofy track, a bit deviant from their normal style but undeniably catchy.
Peep their last EP, available for free download, below, and get stoked for June 14th when the Glitta Kings' release their next album @ Shooters on Pearl St..
This will be their last hurrah before transforming to Boys from Home.
(Kallen Ford aka Progress on the right, I definitely met the other dude but forgot his name, sorry boss.)
Having started this article en media res, I return to the opener, yours truly. If you’ve been following this blog or are on the mailing list ( hop on @ http://WatkinsEmpire.com/) you’ve heard me pluggin the Allusions to Grandeur dubstep EP for about 6 months now.
In concordance with the title’s insinuation, my original mix contained elements combatting one another rather than complimenting them - like cocky, arrogant guidos at a bar with a bad ratio.
Now I’m seeking synergy in the symphony, which should be balanced and packaged next month. Expect album art by Zack Spakowski, the artist of this logo:
Those tracks among many more unreleased homegrown dubstep, house, and hip hop filled the first hour and I’m pumped on the reaction it solicited. Always a trip hearing my tunes on a professional system (courtesy of Kallen Ford's Audioshift Productions).
Another gig down, catch me next week on Thursday @ K’s China!
Oh yeah, almost forgot - I made an audition mix for The Goose’s 2080’s Night, a night featuring the best music of the 80’s, 90’s and today! Download it below…