I am stoked to announce I've just reached an agreement with an amazing music licensing website called Songfreedom to sell licenses to my catalog for artistic & creative uses. Songfreedom exists to provide high quality music to videographers, directors, and more for their creative projects.
There are few things more inspiring than seeing successful and influential individuals walk in generosity. Watch the video below to see the fruit that came about when Alicia Keys partnered up with Levi's to bring a music technology course to a high school in Brooklyn, NY.
On October 2nd, Lift Worship, based out of Harvest Bible Chapel Rochester, is recording a 5-song live album! These tunes were written by Brent Thomas and the Lift Worship team and they asked me to come on board and help out with the project. It's been a blast to work with the group so far.
We just got done with one of our days engrossed in Ableton creating the coolest of sounds. Stay tuned to hear more about this record - it will be releasing Christmas Day 2016!
There's a million strategies and thoughts out there about how to string your guitar. This is the best I've seen. It's simple, effective, quick, and allows for longevity of the strings.
I can't get enough of these albums. I've embedded a Spotify playlist below, but support these artists - buy their records, their merch, and go see them live. The Spotify royalties cannot pay the bills...
MELLOW DRAMA + REFUSE + PRECIOUS by Kevin Garrett
I discovered this dude a couple weeks ago and I can't stop listening. Soulful, wicked voice, dope production.
PURE IN THE PLASTIC by Polyenso
Had the chance years ago to play with these guys when they were called Oceana. Their progression as a band and as artists has been a blast to watch - such a cool record.
SURFACE by Su Na
Alec Ness, who goes by Su Na, is an old friend. We used to play music together. This guy has taken off and was recently featured on BBC Radio. Check out his newest album - you're gonna love it.
VITALS by Mutemath
This is one of my favorite bands. This album is a bit more poppy and I'm happy about it.
My wife and I recently watched a film titled "Room". It's not for the faint of heart, but it was absolutely brilliant. We had a conversation about it after and agreed that it was one of the most moving films we had ever seen, but isn't one that we would suggest to most due to it's intensity. But here I am suggesting it. I'm actually imploring you to watch it. The display of love, sacrifice and fight is extraordinary.
Aside from the gorgeous cinematography, the inquisitive dialogue, and frustratingly genius plot, the soundtrack was prime. The soundtrack includes a wonderful balance of floating pieces and post-rock ballads.
The trailer and Spotify playlist for the soundtrack are embedded below. Watch and listen and let me know your thoughts.
I recently had the chance to go check out this new sensation called "floating". Seems simple, and the concept is. You crawl into a tank filled with 800 pounds of epsom salt, lay down, and float - preferably in the dark with no music. It's a meditative experience for you to recollect your thoughts and find relaxation and refreshment.
Nalu Float, Rochester, Minnesota's only floating center, was generous enough to have me come in and try floating out, and write a piece on my experience. I don't need to get too personal, but although I was a little claustrophobic at first, I had a nostalgic (odd right?), restful time inside the floating tank. It was an interesting experience to be pulled away from the chaos of everyday routine, and be alone with your thoughts while floating in that trippy, silky water.
Here's a video explaining a little more about floating (this video isn't from Nalu, but similar concept):
Based on my experience while floating, the piece I wrote is below.
You can check out Nalu Float's website here and try it out for yourself.
MERCH STORE OPEN!
Hey all! Thanks for all of you that helped out with the survey helping me decide which shirts to go with and print! We've got 3 designs, and a digital EP, available for you to purchase now! The digital EP will deliver right away, and shirts are set to ship out around early to mid September! And as a plus, the shirts are printed on a soft, modern tee!
Merch store link: www.zzurn.com/shop
Just had to share this tune. Freaking loving it.
I was recently commissioned by Trinity Live Sound (an AVL company about to announce it's opening), to write an original song for their company's website visitors. I had a blast writing the tune!
It's titled "Electricity". Check it out below and if you like it, share it!
Caleb Chapman is growing to be one of those songwriters and musicians that I have an extreme respect for. He has had solo projects in the past, a band called Caleb, and project called The Inlaws, and now fronts a band called Colony House. Check out this live video below of one of my favorite tunes.
WHY DO YOU CREATE?
"We didn’t necessarily want to talk about the process of creating. We wanted to talk about why we create. I do think a lot of people talk about the creative process, I don’t think anyone has talked about what drives us to create.
We’ve been making short films as a company for a long time, and we’ve noticed something. Almost every comment we read about the films — they’re not dissecting the story. They’re not saying how it impacted them. Every comment is, ‘What did you shoot this on? What lens?’ It’s all how-to crap. They’re wondering how they can imitate something. They’re asking the wrong question. You keep asking us ‘how’, but you didn’t ask us ‘why.’ It’s indicative of a much larger problem, one that people in the creative world have battled since art was a thing.
It’s time to have a conversation about what drives us to create — passion or success. I think one of the strongest values we have at Musicbed is relationships. The basis of a good relationship is vulnerability. If we want to build real relationships, I think it requires that we get real with people.
My hope is that creatives can see the film for what it is, and that they can see themselves in each one of these characters. Not everyone that watches it is going to be a filmmaker or a musician. I think the act of creating is so basic-level human, that if you see it from the big picture, it doesn’t matter what you do as a career."