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Nov 25th

Rawness- Sterile Culture vs Earthy Expression

By Meta

Rawness vs Overproduced Idealism

As our era progresses, it seems to me that gradually our feet are being lifted further and further off the ground, our heads and our sense of perfection overruling the true, raw characters we each possess, that which illustrates our unique forms of self-expression and honest voices, due to our lifestyle habits, our concerns, the Internet, and television, our disconnection from the earth and that which is real, right in front of us.

We all strive for different things, in our personal lives. The concept of perfection is a common ideal for almost everybody, a universal need which keeps us pushing, growing, learning. Some see it as a Holy Grail, something unachievable, some see it as a physical manifestation of wealth and power, some perceive it as physical beauty, whether through fitness, diet, or plastic surgery. Some view perfection as something to be found through artistic measures like music, art, or poetry. This drive has been responsible for some great achievements as well as some suicides, if the ego gets so involved. Perfection is an ideal, a gift of an idea, a sun which keeps our stems growing, but it can also lead us off track, taking us away from ourselves, and detaching us into etherworlds and anxiety.

In these Modern Times, we are fed very quick responses via the internet, via vehicular travel, via many routes. When I was a kid, things took time, things took patience. I grew up with two perfectionistic parents in the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario. Both of them were immigrants; one from Germany, one from the US. Both came from lines of perfectionists and thus trained my brother and I to be highly scrutinizing and wary, highly intelligent, and highly motivated. We went to music classes multiple times a week, and were expected to surpass ourselves and find friendly competition among our peers. I really liked that, although it was very nervewracking and high-adrenaline. But it was real. I was practicing, cultivating, taking time and using effort and my will to grow. The results were satisfying, and I felt I had direction.

 

There was a problem though; my parents watched and watched me. As a teenager, I began writing my own songs and my father, who was a highly-respected musician and sound guy, and music software engineer, would always tell me my songs were Weird, and would remix them so that they sounded very perfect and exposed, very clean, as if I were in a large arena by myself. So, to compensate for this effect, I was expected to throw my voice louder, to Sing Out, to Prove Myself. Apparently I was worthy of my talents, but Just Had To Try Harder. A few years later, I discovered Elliott Smith, Bjork, Bob Dylan, Billie Holiday, among others with strong personalities and varying styles which were their own creation. Their own expression. My father thought all these people were Weird, and looked at me with embarrassed faces when I demonstrated them to him. Strange because he loved Frank Zappa and Bartok, who were also Weird. When I asked him, he said that they were perfectionists and there was hidden order in them that I probably wasn't understanding. In Profound Ways. Bach was the only Real Music, Pure and Perfect. He said, Math Is God. God is Math. I said, what about Indigenous music? He said, that's not real music. I said, It's the heartbeat of the earth, the raw voice. He ignored me and changed the subject.

Elliott Smith fascinated me when I discovered him. I watched his videos on youtube and he was so so so nervous sometimes, and he often messed up his own songs, his voice shaky, leaving you to wonder if he'd even get though it at all. Sometimes he didn't.. he would swear and put his guitar down and walk away. But everyone cheered, everyone loved him. What was it that made him so loveable? Simple. He was being himself. He expressed himself as he had to, and there is a universal golden thread in everyone; there are many threads, and some of us have stronger threads in certain contexts, some of us have other threads that resonate to other subjects. The threads that he resonated in people were their vulnerability, their true thoughts, their confessions, their doubts, their self-doubts. All of these values need acknowledgement, and since in our modern cultures we are prone to glamour and egocentrism, we often overlook our soft spots, we fear our vulnerabilities. He was like a messenger to open us up, to unzip our skin and penetrate into our cores. That's why everyone loves him. His voice was natural and honest and raw. Same with Bjork.. her songs come from the deep, you can hear her smile as she sings, you can hear her weep while she smiles, she is like a volcano and is able to express unconventionally things which everyone yearns to express. She is raw and honest. She exposes the hidden potentials and strengths in all of us, whether we ever realize them for ourselves or not. She brings about something universal to everyone.

When my son was a toddler, I remember taking him for a walk and he asked me why raven's voice was Like That. I said, Everything has a voice. Everyone's voices are different. It is the way the “great spirit” or the “gods” express themselves through us, no matter what religion you believe in. It is the force of everything living, and its infinite expressions.

Here at Mind Coup we are very aware of certain aspects of modern culture's shortcomings as we see them. The obsession with western culture's sense of clean and sterile perfection seems to be overruling the actual expression, or strongly interfering with it. When they are in balance, it can be fantastic. Take for example Lana Del Rey.. Some of her songs are very produced, but the way she expresses herself is so deeply from her core, and her natural tone of voice is so prevalent, so raw, so purely her. It seems that when people overly cultivate their skills and end up all sounding alike, being praised for their technique and over produced, having certain frequencies cut out of their voices by studio producers, vocoded, pitch-corrected, etc. I myself prefer her live performances, where her wilder side is more obvious.

Our vision is to counter balance the overproduced, the egocentrified, monetary and business based ideals which are taking over via the internet, but which have always existed in some form or other.

These are the days of living in space, in dreamworlds, on screens, as holograms. The earth needs some recognition, and inside us all there is a sense of earth which needs some care.

At our headquarters/compound here in the Kootenays, we are so happy to present an opportunity for people to connect In Person, to conglomerate, to mingle, to create, to find air space, to find earth. The mountains are beautiful and an endless source of inspiration to most people who live here. The air is clean, the rivers are quite pure, and the glaciers are gorgeous.

Nov 16th

History And Use Of The Bass Guitar

By Mind Coup


The bass guitar has been derived from the double bass, which was used in the late 1950's. Having 4 strings, these instruments add the lower tones to a musical performance. Experimentation with the bass had started as early as the 1920's. It wasn't until the 50's however, that a proper bass instrument was formed.

In the mid 20th century jazz became popular. As double bass's were used those days, they were often not heard due to the lack of amplification. The drums, banjos and other instruments in the band drowned out the sound of the bass. Until the 1950 when the first electric bass came into existence with modern amplification techniques.

The bass guitar is played like all guitars with the player holding it close to his body in a horizontal position. The strings are plucked with hand or with the plectrum. In the 1970's, the slapping technique became popular.

Today, the bass guitar ranges from 4 strings up to 11 strings. The 5, 6 and 7 strings providing the mid range while the 11 string starts from a lower than human hearing going up to a very high active. Electric bass guitar players use various configurations. These changes are made by using preamplifiers and speaker sets. Signal processors are also varied to provide new soundscapes.

In night clubs, combo amplifiers are used. These amplifiers are fixed with single loud speakers to make them portable and effective.

The body of the instrument can be of wood or graphite. A wide range of finishing is applied to make it look good. IT can be colored or simply clear white. The work done on the body is fine engineering and delicate balances have to be maintained.

A hot debate rages on what to call this instrument. For non musicians, the term bass guitar is common, while hard core players like to call it electric bass or simple electric bass. Slowly but surely however, this instrument has gathered a large following which likes to use its own jargon.

The electric bass is a part of modern country music, post 1970 jazz and funk. Used mainly to provide backing, it adds a depth to the music. This instrument has added a whole new color to our musical pleasure. In sole music particularly, the bass guitar is effective.

Are sound effects used? Well, yes and no. As the bass guitar sets the tone for the rest of the band, sound effects are not often used, unlike electric guitars. Modern bands however have started experimenting with distortion units to add a new flavor to the bass and low key that they provide behind the music.

As we go into a new century, electric bass's become more and more popular. All bands use it today to add a subtle background. Many groups like U2 even use it to give a haunted feeling increasing emotional attachment with the music. Newer techniques have made this instrument a crucial part of any musical group today.

Nov 15th

Guitar History

By Mind Coup

References to the guitar more or less in its modern form date back to the 14th century. In its infancy it had four courses of double strings and a rounded body like a gourd or a pumpkin. Its mother would not recognize it today!

Around the sixteenth century the guitar was a popular musical instrument amongst the middle and lower classes of Europe, and as it increased in popularity it began to undergo a change of shape. Luthiers began making instruments with single strings instead of courses and experimented with its form until, by the 19th century, the body of the guitar was made wider, and flattened out. In the twentieth century the wooden tuning pegs which adjusted the tension of the strings were replaced by metal machine heads. Now we have the shape that the modern electric guitar is based on.

The first electric guitars were made in the 1930's in response to a demand from guitarists in bands whose rhythmic stylings could not be heard above the other instruments. The main problem with these electric guitars was that feedback was coming through the amplifier from the vibration of the guitar's body. This challenge began the evolutionary process  of the solid body electric guitar.

The early electric guitars had sound holes in the body that were smaller than the sound holes of conventional guitars. In 1924 Lloyd Loar, an engineer with the Gibson factory, used a magnet to change guitar string vibrations into electrical signals, which could be amplified through a speaker. Now it was possible to build guitars that did not possess sound holes but could be heard clearly through an amplifier. Amateur guitar players were able to get their hands on electric guitars through the efforts of Paul Barth, George Beauchamp and Adolph Rickenbacker who founded the Electro String Company in 1931. Their guitars resembled steel guitars, and were played in the guitarist's lap using a slide.

Modern electric guitars are made of many thin layers of wood glued together. The top layer is often a more attractive wood to give the guitar a pleasing appearance, and the other layers are of a wood which gives a good tone such as poplar or ash. The use of laminates endows the instrument with the robust body and tonal quality that would be impossible in one piece of wood. The original solid body guitar was however, made from one piece of wood. In 1941 Les Paul turned a railway sleeper into an amplified stringed instrument. He called it "The Log". When production of his instrument began he stayed with the conventional guitar shape to give his market a familiar image to relate to. Les Paul's invention marketed as the Gibson Les Paul is still extremely popular.

In the 1940's, the Fender Broadcaster Electric guitar came into the world. Nobody really noticed until Arthur Smith used a Broadcaster to record "Guitar Boogie" in 1949. After being renamed the Telecaster, it was put on the market in 1950. Another Fender model, the Stratocaster, caught guitarists' attention with its distinctive tone and light weight. It's still the second most popular guitar in the world.

Ibanez, Jackson, Paul Reed Smith, ESP, BC Rich and my favorite Parker have made solid body electric guitars with original designs, distinctive shapes and new materials mixed with modern technologies to produce more efficient and versatile electric guitars. Today's electric guitars produce tones varying between futuristic music or quasi-acoustic sounds.
In the 1960's, effects boxes introduced fuzz, delay, echo and the wah-wah sound to the arsenal of sounds available to the modern guitarist. A pedal operated by the guitar player's foot turns the effects on or off. Now guitars contain software that lets guitars sound like other types of guitars or reproduce the sound of other musical instruments. With developments like the latest self-tuning guitars, maybe the old joke about a guitarist "phoning in" a solo will become a reality!

Nov 13th

Bass Guitar Players Who Changed The World

By Mind Coup

Some people think that if you want to change the world you don't become a bass player, but go into something more challenging and stimulating like the Post Office. But does this myth portray how bass players really are? Let's step back from our habitual way of seeing bass guitar players as necessary but boring members of the group. Like accountants. Sure we acknowledge the fine contribution they make to their bands by supplying the bass lines and paying for the beer, but do they actually do anything really creative? This brief listing of some prominent men (and woman) of bass will allow you to see that this apparently self effacing member of a musical group could be the creative powerhouse.

Let's start with the leather jacketed but overpoweringly feminine Suzi Quatro. A vocalist and bass player who had a bunch of hits in Australia and Europe in the early seventies, her popularity in the USA stemmed from her role as Leather Tuscadero in Happy Days.

John Entwistle pioneered the use of the electric bass guitar as an instrument for soloists. His aggressive approach to the bass guitar influenced many other bassists.

Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers impressed a lot of musicians with his popping and slapping technique which was originally invented by Larry Graham of Sly And The Family Stone. Flea's innovative use of effects pedals has also influenced many bass players.

Jack Bruce wrote most of supergroup Cream's hit songs. Among his other achievements are fighting constantly with Cream's drummer, Ginger Baker and surviving a liver transplant.

Greg Lake is another artist of the early seventies who played with a number of innovators from the glam rock era. Lake is best known for his vocals, bass and guitar work with Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

Rob Bailey is a bassist who plays loud and aggressive. His bass playing is an important element in the music of AC/DC.

Benny Rietveld, a Dutch musician who went to college in Hawaii, is admired for his musical and individualistic style of playing. He worked with Barney Kessell, Sheila E, Huey Lewis and Miles Davis. He has also made an album featuring Carlos Santana. Talk about diverse.

Paul McCartney played bass with The Beatles. Many bass players say he's quite good, but he changed the world with his romantic song lyrics.

Considered by some to be the king of bass players, Stanley Clarke employs a variation of the pop and slap technique to produce some truly innovative bass guitar music. His 1976 album, School Days, is acclaimed by many critics as one of the greatest bass albums ever.

A true bass lead guitar player, Billy Sheehan has won Guitar Player Magazine's "Best Rock Bass Player" readers' poll five times. Why a "bass lead guitar player"? Because Billy plays bass as if he were playing lead.

So if you are not familiar with bass guitar players I hope this article has whetted your appetite. Why not spend your next rainy Sunday watching some of their work on YouTube?

Nov 12th

5 Top Social Media Tools

By Mind Coup

 

Managing your social media presence can be a very complex task if you are doing everything on your own. Fortunately, there are social media tools that you can use to manage your accounts easily. The following are some of those tools.

HootSuite

There is so much that you can do with HootSuite on your social media sites, for instance viewing streams of multiple social channels in a single place, publishing more on the sites, getting detailed analytics on the performance of the sites using charts and graphs and so on. It is a tool of choice for many social media professionals as well as small businesses. There is a free version that is suitable for one user and up to five social media profiles. To be able to use it for unlimited social profiles and benefit from other premium features, you will need to get HootSuite Pro.

Buffer

This tool allows you to schedule posts throughout the day. You will like its simplicity and streamlined interface. It allows you to compose updates and publish them on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedIn, or you can also use it to publish the updates on all these social media platforms at once. You can also use it to view analytics and get insights on the performance of your social profiles.

Mention

If you would like to monitor the web as well as performance of your social medial channels, Mention is the tool you need. With it, you will be able to pick up important conversations that are worth responding to. It allows you to get the most comprehensive understanding of what your customers are saying about the products and services you are offering in your business.

Feedly

Feedly allows you to easily organize and view the blogs that you follow. You can use it to read through posts that have been published on different blogs. It also lets you comment and interact with different people and communities that you follow online efficiently. You can easily use it to find and add feeds that you are interested in and are relevant to your business. By so doing, you will be able to generate greater awareness about the products and services that you are offering.

Tweepi

This tool is very important when it comes to managing your Twitter account. It makes it very easy for you to find new and interesting people to follow. It helps you grow your Twitter presence with quality individuals that can relate to the products and services that you are offering. It also allows you to know the people that are no longer worth connecting with so that you can unfollow them if you want.

 

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Nov 11th

The beginner acoustic guitar student

By Mind Coup

Music Lessons

Lesson One - What kind of guitar are you going to buy? If you have a rough idea of what kind of music you want to play, the next step is to find yourself a guitar. Let's start with the basics - nylon string or steel string. A nylon string guitar was made to play classical and folk music. Acoustic guitars make their music by sending the vibration of the strings to the soundboard. The vibrations are then amplified in the body of the guitar. Nylon string guitars make a mellow tone; steel string guitars make a brighter, more metallic sound. One of the main things that will influence you in deciding what kind of sound you want is the guitar your favorite performer plays. If you are just starting out you will not need a top of the range guitar but it is best to get the nicest one in your price range. A cheap, poorly made guitar will be an uphill battle to play. A good instrument will make your practice sessions something to look forward to. Try different guitars. See how the neck feels. Check out if one neck feels more comfortable to play than others. Another consideration is the distance of the strings from the fret board which is called the "action". Low action is easier to play but if you are planning on strumming enthusiastically or picking loudly the guitar may have a tendency to buzz.

Lesson Two - Go ahead and learn. The very first step toward learning to play acoustic guitar is to develop confidence and to overcome your natural reluctance to try new things. Lack of money, lack of time, or lack of a good teacher are three big obstacles to your guitar learning progress. The other three big obstacles are all you. You may be your own worst enemy. How do you react to a challenge? Challenges are your friends. If you find yourself getting frustrated, and not wanting to continue your practice, it might be time to downsize your goal, at least for a while. If you have two chords that you have trouble with, work on the first one alone for a while. Once you have improved a little, go to the next one.

Lesson Three - Daily Practice As far as your daily practice goes look at starting with half an hour a day. If you can do more, great, you'll become a guitarist faster. The way you carry out your practice is crucial. Putting in the time isn't the only requirement. If you rush or try to fit too much in, then you're working against yourself. Err on the side of too little material at first. If you really are accomplishing what you set out to do in less than thirty minutes, then add a little more.

Lesson Four - Tuning Your Guitar You can find online guitar tuners to help you get your acoustic guitar in tune. Take a day or two of your practice time to get the knack of tuning. When you start to develop an ear for tuning, try tuning the guitar without the tuner. Lesson Five - Holding Your Acoustic Guitar Long hours of practice can take their toll. Learning how to sit and play your acoustic guitar is an art in itself. There are places on the internet that have illustrations showing you how to sit when you're playing, but it would be good to find somebody with experience to show you. But don't just go with the way one person plays. If he's self-taught, then you don't want to pick up his bad habits!

Nov 10th

An Alternative Way To Adjust Your Guitar Nut

By Mind Coup

Most new guitars arrive from the factory with the nut just barely playable. Older guitars may have the nut filed or worn down so much that fret buzz cannot be eliminated by neck or string height adjustment. If you have a new guitar, or you are replacing the nut with a new one, here is an alternative method to file and adjust the nut material to make your guitar play like the professionals guitars play.

Before adjusting anything, make sure your guitar is strung up correctly and that your neck is straight and not bowed or warped. If your neck is bowed you first need to adjust the truss rod. If your neck is warped it will require a more extensive repair. For the lowest possible action or to avoid fret buzz all across your finger board it may be necessary to have your frets leveled and crowned first.

You will need a set of nut files (available from Stewart MacDonald), and a good set of feeler gauges as well. Different grades of sandpaper are very useful too.

Fret each string individually, starting with the High E, between the second and third fret, use your feeler gauge to check the amount of space between the bottom of the string and the first fret. You should have approximately .005" of space between each one, with the string barely touching the second fret. If this measurement is close or dead on then move on to the next string right up to the Low E string. You may want to record the gap on a scrap piece of paper as you move across the fret board, to see the nut slot's height in relation to the fret board as you do so.

For most players a string height (also known in guitar slang as "action") of 3/64" of an inch is considered normal. Some players choose a higher sting height such as 4/64" of an inch while players which tend to have a light touch and want the fastest action possible strive to lower the action as close as possible to 2/64" which in many case's is very hard to setup and maintain without fret buzzing somewhere on the finger board.

Of course, you can use the traditional method to set your string height in relation to the nut, by using multiple feeler gauges below the nut, and filing down to the factory depth and width. However, I have found this method to provide a better and more consistent feel while playing near the nut.

 

Nov 9th

Guide to Buying Used Guitars

By Mind Coup

If you are a guitarist, you will occasionally need to replace your gear. If this isn't the case, perhaps you're interested in learning the guitar. Regardless, this can end up costing you a good deal of money unless you buy smart. In this case, you should consider two options instead of buying brand new instruments and gear. Firstly, you can buy products online. Secondly, you can buy used products. Both are great options. If you buy a used guitar or used amplifier online, you get the best of both worlds.

Buying used guitars online can be a challenge, but generally, it's fairly easy to spot a good deal. You can end up getting a huge discount on your musical merchandise. Buying online saves you money because it's extremely easy to find deals and compare guitar retailers. You have better selection, more choices, and more convinced when shopping for guitars for sale. Moreover, buying a used guitar can save you a lot of money as well. Typically, when someone sells a used guitar, they're not selling it because there's anything wrong with it. Usually, people sell their used musical products because they're either no longer interested in playing the guitar, or they wish to upgrade their own equipment. In cases such as these, you can fairly confidently assume that they're not selling a faulty product, but you also know they more likely than not need to sell it before they get their own. They no longer have a reason to keep it. Therefore, the used product is much, much cheaper than a brand new guitar, even if it's in mint condition.

When purchasing a used guitar or used guitar amplifier, make sure you check the condition of the instrument. If the buyer mentions something wrong with what you're buying, send him/her and email asking for clarification on what's wrong with the guitar you're buying. Also ask if you can return the guitar in the first week.

Hopefully the above gave you a little insight into if you want to buy used guitars or buy used amplifiers online. If you buy online and buy used, you're able to save a lot of money and get the perfect guitar for you have a enormously discounted price. Good luck!

Nov 4th

artistic communities, past, present, future

By corvus mae
brancusis-studio-paris-constantin-brancusi-tristan-tzara-unidentified-woman-mina-loy-jane-heap-margaret-anderson.gifSince my early teen years, I have had this fascination of the arts, the workings behind the arts, how and why people express what they do and how they are tainted by others, inspired by others, or manifested with others.

I was born in a rather large community in the GTA in Ontario.  Communities were vast and large with sub groups, often becoming cliques.  As a musician and artist since my toddler days, I have been a lone solo solitary type, excessively shy, not thriving socially until my twenties.  I used to daydream about having a supportive community to back me up with my endeavours.. I would write poems to imaginary people, imaginary audiences.. make paintings  of landscapes and situations I desired, however impossible or ethereal or archetypal. I learned to create worlds in my head which were mine, a place to go, somewhere satisfying and reliable. Music has always been super potent, my best friend.  I often used to tell people I would rather marry music and poetry than a human being.  Those were the days without social media, before the internet, when people actually had to leave their homes to commnicate and have social lives. 

Growing up learning classical music, I had to study music history, art history for art class, and no matter what I Was Supposed To Be Doing, I was incessantly studying times past and fictional, studying people's lives, their friendship circles, the eras, the periods of change and evolution and balance in history.  Here, I found huge inspiration, from learning about the situations involving the friendships and foeships of Wagner, Liszt, Nietzsche, Rilke, Lou Andreas-Salome, Cosima Wagner, etc.. the interaction and drama between composers and how those artists and philosophers inspired so many people nowadays, good and bad.. the drama of highly intelligent people in Germany creating ghastly beauty and ethereal genius, breaking free from old patterns, not as solitary and separate artists and creators, but as a group of idealists and time changers, inspirations.  These people sparked and jolted some heavy duty political situations, as well as new types and genres of arts.

 Reading about all this stuff catapulted me into a dream world and thrusted me into higher personal ideals, but it also made me itch for a community of like-minded friends or acquaintances, even competitors, as a way to share and to better myself, as well as to motivate others.

I found myself over the years, passing through phases: the Bloomsbury group, the French poets of the early 20th century (Duchamp, Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse, Paul Valery, Robert Desnos and the surrealists, the automatic writers, the painters, the dadaists, the muses, the dancers, the tragic stories and interweavings among them.)  I proceeded then, at age 23, to attempt to have Salons at my apartment in Toronto, where people get together and share their art, their ideas, play funny intellectual games, play music, create new kinds of fashion design, generally inspire each other as a group.  I even ventured into opening a publishing company, a printing press.  The frustrating part of this was that the only people I could find, as partners and co-conspirators, were my own eccentric family members and a few close lifelong friends.  Luckily they were all highly entertaining and sometimes genius, but these were those with whom I had been all my life, anyway.  I needed new fresh crazy people to interact with.  I was itching for community.

Later, I went to Mexico and learned about Frida and Diego, and how they were also involved in politics and revolution, involved with Trotsky.. all the beautiful stories, all the pain and growth, all the amazing inspiration they provided for people then and now.  I also got sucked into Oscar Wilde, Debussy, and the turn-of-the-century composers, Ravel and the Art Nouveau scene.  I noticed that in the lines of the artwork I could hear the music of the time, I felt the theme of the times condensed, the specific vibe of the latest changes of the time, the oversea travel and foreign lands tainting the once usual, the once credible.

I feel that people as competitors, friendly or otherwise, as friends, as inspirations, really breathe life into each other, and thus into their community, and sometimes this effect can be farreaching, extending out nationally or even internationally.  This is what culture is made of.

Here at Mind Coup, I feel that it might be a time for my aspirations for sharing among likeminded or artistically-driven people to come about.  So far, since the Mind Cop Compound has been begun, I have caught whiffs of loveliness i potentia, through visitors and passing artists, poets, musicians.  I am hoping that our scene can grow and also evoke change in the way we view music production and distribution, whilst adventuring in wild and beautiful art, music, writing, etc, fully raw and also fully cultivated.
Nov 3rd

FunkUDub - Exposed

By corvus mae
FunkUDub

M- “Hi there, mister FunkUDub. How's it going. Nice to meet with you this deep dark November evening. I understand you are not only highly groove-ridden, but you are also a multi-instrumentalist. How did you discover that you can play three instruments at once, to your own created backing grooves?" 

F.U.D- “Well, I wanted to create a type of dance/DJ project that I could play live instruments to. I have in the past played a few-instruments-at-once just-for-fun kind of thing, kind of like a drunk party trick. Haha. I made the funk and the dubs and could have added more tracks but I like a fun challenge, and I kind of like when people look at me like WTF. Really, my guitar music is kind of like playing five or six instruments at once, so this lets me give people a way to hear my music without being overwhelmed by just one instrument playing 6 different parts. That and it's awesome, and you've once seen me with three. The funk and dubs help me from being the crazy guy on the street playing ten things at once for dimes. "

M- "So you seem very well-rounded and able to balance all your ranges of tone and rhythm in a cool way.. definitely a visionary attitude. I have definitely listened to FunkUdub several times and seen you perform, and I know firsthand that the way you switch between instruments is well-balanced, well-maneuvered.. sometimes you let certain tones resonate on, say, the guitar as the bass takes over, and vice versa. Personally, I like the way the bass weaves in and out so gracefully that you don't notice any absence of sound disappearing while I am focusing on the wonderful distraction that is the guitar or violin.. you are almost like a musical magician that way, using the power of distraction to keep everything flowing. Very nice. Your fiddle playing is very unusual, but fascinating. What is your approach to the fiddle?" 

F.U.D- “I have wondered that myself, or even if I didn't know anything at all on how to play but I just might play against the devil on my soul for a fiddle made of gold. Haha. No, I kind of like to make it sound all harmonic, sliding crazy sounds, so it's not hard to do. " 

M- “As a violinist for many many years, I have to disagree. There is no way I could play the way you do. Your creativity is 'Off The Wall', so to speak. Definitely an electricity about you. There is something compelling and hypnotic about your playing. Maybe it is that you are able to cover so many levels of sound at once, and a person will never quite know what you are about to pull off next. 

Are there any instruments you aspire to own or record with in the future?” 


F.U.D- “yes, I like most instruments. I'd love to get my hands on a piano or cello. I just don't have one yet.” 

M- “When is your next show, and do you have any tours planned?” 

F.U.D- “As of now, it looks as if I will be in Nelson. It would be fun to get a gig at Shambhala next year, we will see.”

M- “Do you have any guest artists lined up for you to feature on any of your upcoming tracks?” 

F.U.D- “I'm working on a few things.. I might be open to having guest vocals on a track or two. FunkUDub is more of its own thing. I don't want to have to need other musicians for this set. It helps me be more affordable and accessible to venues.”

M- “Well, good luck with this. I bet we will all be hearing more about this phenomenon called FunkUDub in the near future. You are definitely one of a kind and damn sexy.”

FunkUDub has a show on Saturday the 8th of November, at the MCR Compound. 


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