2016 In Review
Well well well... What a year it's been... Dead rockstars, a reality star President and Cats is back on Broadway... In a larger sense it's been a somewhat turbulent year for the country and world, but what else is new? In times like these I think it's more important than ever to take a look at what day to day life actually looks like, regardless of what's going on around it.
In review, I have had one of the more exciting years of my life thus far, and one that is filled with good memories.
-I released my first solo EP and 3 music videos, which have gotten "tips of the hats" from the likes of Rolling Stone, Time, Paste, Huffington Post, Indie Shuffle and more. I recently crossed over 100K plays on Spotify, which may not sound like much to some, but is crazy to me.
-I jumped in a van with 4 of my best friends, The Coffis Brothers, and drove through Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, Utah, Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Colorado.
-I recorded an album to tape with the Coffis Brothers in LA at the wonderful Barefoot Recording, where, among other things, we ate what has to be the spiciest hot sauce known to man. I also got to play timpani there, fulfilling a life long dream.
-I played shows with my band of highly trained professionals, Henry Chadwick and Battlesnake in Santa Cruz, San Francisco, LA and New York.
-I got to spend a week at Refuge Recording in Brooklyn, NY, finishing the recording of my 2nd EP. We also hired a professional Cellist to play on 2 songs, fulfilling another life long dream of mine.
-I've gotten to record some really talented local artists who continue to inspire and challenge me creatively at The Compound Recording and Hale Kua Studio... (That sentence was disgustingly cheesy, but true all the same)
-I also moved into an awesome house with my girlfriend, and have watched some quality shows online, such as Stranger Things, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Black Mirror, Horris and Pete, and oh so many more. I have a record player, an espresso machine, a refrigerator and many other household appliances. I made some killer tuna fish sandwiches.
All things considered it has been one of the best years of my life, in spite of the craziness. I look forward to seeing what 2017 has to offer.
Cheers everyone, Happy New Year!