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• I play a TM Custom tenor saxophone designed by Randy Jones at Tenor Madness This horn is really special to me and I can't say enough great things about Randy.
• I studied with Greg Banaszak and Bob Reynolds I learned so much from these two guys.
• I manage Guitar Center in West Des Moines. My fourteen-year-old-self can't believe that I work at a music store.
• I was a member of Corey Taylor’s Junk Beer Kidnap Band in 2009. Yes, it was really cool.
• I taught at Muskingum College, Ohio University-Zanesville, Kent State, Hiram College, Cincinnati School for the Creative and Performing Arts, College of Mount St. Joseph, South-Western Community College and Central College between the years of 1997 to 2008. It was a very special time in my life. I'm thankful for having the opportunity to teach.
Tonight’s practicing included music by Eugene Bozza: “Improvisation et Caprice”, Bob Reynolds: “Feedback”, Nine Inch Nails: “All Time Low” and “Copy of a” and BLOW Trio: “Black Male.” I like to take all of my influences and mix them up in a blender. I’ll never sound like any one of my influences but I will sound like me influenced by my influences. Austin Kleon calls it “Writing the book you want to read.” In Austin’s book Steal Like an Artist, he offers this advice:
“…Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read…”
Excerpt From: Kleon, Austin. “Steal Like an Artist.” Workman Publishing, 2012. iBooks.
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I just purchased tickets for @nineinchnails in St. Paul, MN! I pre-ordered the new album as well. I haven’t seen NIN in concert since the With Teeth Tour. I’m looking forward to this show because I was unable to use the ticket I had for the Lights In The Sky Tour. A show got booked the night of that show; it was a bitter-sweet feeling. It’s always a joy to perform but I really wanted to see NIN that night. So, needless to say; I’m looking forward to seeing this show in September!
Mike Garson (David Bowie, NIN, Smashing Pumpkins) interview in Keyboard Magazine. Click to read entire article.
So much has been written about musicians using the Internet to connect with fans. I just want to throw my opinion out there.
The three artists that come to mind as really breaking some ground are Prince, NIN and BT. Prince for doing it first. He did it when everyone said he was crazy, when everyone said it wouldn’t work and when most of us were using dial-up to connect to this new media. Prince, in my opinion, dropped the ball when he used his old model for his current website.
Trent Reznor and everyone involved in Nine Inch Nails did something ground breaking. They allowed there fans to connect. They gave their fans a medium to post videos and pics, remix the music and share it and currently, buy gear that NIN’s used. NIN’s didn’t limit their web presence to just nin.com. They connected and used YouTube and eBay and a host of other sites to make NIN’s a web experience.
BT rounds out my trio with connecting with his fans by getting them involved. His recent retweets=new music is making his fans really interested in the upcoming album. Doing an interview with fans via a webcam and Twitter makes his fans feel connected. And why stop at a desktop or laptop, his app Sonifi gives iPhone users the ability to remix and share his music on a new platform.
The established model for music consumption is changing and forward-thinking artists are taking us there.