Tag Archives: Dru Decaro

Dew Tour

20 Aug

Last month I had the privilege of creating some music for The Dew Tour along with some of my fellow Build Destroy Music artists like Ian Osborne and THX. The Dew Tour is an extreme sports competition taking place in three locations and airing on NBC/NBC Sports. Dru and I got to contribute as the Smashtronauts and worked with Bucky Lasek to get input on the types of music skaters like to ride to.

The Dew Tour is airing on NBC over the next couple of months. Check out this link to see some of the videos featuring music that we scored. Ian Osborne scored the main title and he did a sweet job.

Check out some of the videos talking about the music used here.

And here is the video of Dru and I producing with Bucky Lasek:

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Skeetox 10 or 11

1 Jun

Last night we played another Skeetox event on the Sunset Strip. This was for the AT&T Daybreak web series.

It was a crazy rush getting everything together for it, but as usual it went off without a hitch. Here are a couple pics I stole from people’s Twitters:

Right half of the stage as Kid Ink performed

Me and Skee on the left half of the stage

Skeetox 9 or 10 (not sure)

14 May

I got to play a last minute Skeetox gig with DJ Skee and my partner in crime Dru Decaro on Friday. It was an event for Swatch US. Although it was a last minute affair, the set came together nicely and we pulled it off. I also got some hands on experience programming my MicroKorg, which I hadn’t really done in over a year since picking that board up at a garage sale.

Here is a vid that Swatch produced to recap the night. Some cool shots between 2:15 and 2:30:

And here’s a pic us Dru and I with the Regulator, Warren G:

1:46 At The Studio Right Now

31 Jan


And it feels good. Sometimes crossing the late night threshold can just put you about your business in the best possible way. Dru and I have been at it tracking guitars for 2 upcoming remixes. And it all went down real nice. And even though it’s 1:46, I’m a little tired but it’s a great kind of tired. Not a cranky impatient tired. Good work done and things accomplished.

Smashtronauts

11 Jan

My friend/homie/partner in crime, Dru Decaro and I have been collaborators in many senses of the word. In 2008 we spearheaded a pro jam session at ‘The Viper Room’ and later ‘The House Of Blues’ every Sunday night. We had a band of sick nasty killers and we shed our asses off every week to devise crafty new setlists of timeless RnB and modern top 40. The House Band smoked, but what was so great about this night was that we had seasoned vets swinging through and sitting in like Bobby Brown and Tony Royster Jr.. Later on Dru and I helped build the Skeetox band with Dj Skee and Ryan Tomlinson. That band has been chronicled well in this blog, so I won’t retread it all here.

But lately we have been collaborating in a different sense: as producers. We have branded ourselves ‘The Smashtronauts’ as a production team. Soon, everybody will want to mess with the Smashtronauts.

Here is one of our first fruits, a song called ‘Future’ that we wrote and produced:

Expect to hear a lot more from the Smashtronauts soon.

Check Out This Rock / Dubstep Track I wrote

5 Jul


This is a piece I produced for placement in video games / wherever. Guitars over dubstep wobble and slightly cinematic overtones.

01 Hostlie Takeover

That’s Dru playing guitar of course, not me. It’s interesting doing what you can to come up with guitar vocabulary then putting it into a seasoned pro’s hands and watching your lame ideas become what you wanted them to be. I should be writing a lot more pieces in a similar vein over the next couple weeks. With some new connections I have, this could be a very fruitful period.

George Lopez Show ‘Lopez Tonight’

27 May


On Monday I got to perform on ‘Lopez Tonight’ with the Skeetox Band as we backed the rapper ‘Game’.

Here is an excerpt from something I posted while I was backstage:

I’m sitting in one of the green rooms backstage with the dude from Supersize me who ate 25,000 big macs, Jerry Springer, the band, and some other pretty faces who I don’t know. Jerry Springer just cruised from back here to the stage and GLo is interviewing him now.

It is absolutely bananas here. This is the coolest T.V. set I’ve ever been on, hands down. Most TV sets are a big disappointment when you actually see them in person. They are all tiny and only look like they do on T.V. if you see them from one specific angle. By contrast, this place is cavernous and even cooler than it looks on T.V.. The ‘backstage’ here is a couple huge sexy rooms with T.V., open bar, a ping pong table, and catered grub. (scroll down to see a video of the backstage) Everyone is sitting around watching Jerry tape his interview. He’s doing 2 segments and then we’re on. We watched George do his rehearsal earlier, and he is a coldblooded no B.S. taskmaster. There’s a reason he’s got his own show.

The coolest thing about doing this whole gig though is watching Michael Bearden put his band through its paces. I sat right in front of them a couple hours ago and there were just working cues out and all ridiculously on point. He pulled up the theme from ‘The $25,000 pyramid’ on his laptop on youtube, and he figured it out on piano. About a minute later the whole band was playing a sick little version of it. Michael’s rig is: A yamaha baby grand, a NEKO on top of that, 90 degrees from that a B-3 with a Korg M3 on top of it, and at 90 degrees from that a Motif XS. MB must be a Korg guy because the Yamaha is taped out, and the horn players also have Korg M50s for some reason. We cruised up to these guys and they were super cool. I didn’t get a chance to rap with MB much, but his bass player and drummer were super cool. The drummer even said, ‘where’s your drummer? I need to introduce myself and make sure he has everything he needs.’ Oh and Lenny Castro’s playing percussion. Sick.

Anyway, we’re on in a minute here so I gotta go. I’m going to pour myself a drink (go figure George Lopez has 10 types of tequila 3 types of rum and no vodka).

So that was right before we went on and taped our segment. You can see that segment by CLICKING HERE by the way. I’ll also add that after the show George came backstage and we got to chat with him a bit, and although he IS ruthlessly efficient at running his rehearsal, he was plenty nice to us guests and is on top of his game. We had some good conversation with him and he was real cool.

In case you were wondering, Michael Bearden was Michael Jackson’s musical director or MD. In fact a couple of the guys who played with MJ were on this gig, the bass player and the guitar player. These guys have one of the great dream gigs, getting to roll into an amazing stage where their gear is set up night after night, play some tight stuff, and be done by 6 PM. They were all ridiculously accommodating too.

Bobby Cressey and Michael Bearden

So this experience was incredible. If you want to see a quick tour of the backstage, I’ve uploaded a secret video of it that isn’t publicly listed. You can see it by clicking on the footage below. I didn’t want to get in trouble from the show so I’m keeping this info kind of on the down low.


SKEETOX 6

20 Oct

That’s right, we’ve done 6 of these now.

This is a well shot video that documents the night nicely. What the video doesn’t include is the hours long sound check, the pre show Souplantation discussion of Prop 19, and the insanity going on in the VIP after the club is shut down. It also is light on footage of yours truly. I must not have rocked hard enough. I’m at stage left behind Dru the guitar player.

Do not watch if you have an aversion to go go dancers and scantily clad club folk.

Long SKEETOX Rehearsal Last Night, More Tonight

28 Jun

Last night we rehearsed HARD for Skeetox. It was almost laughably hard that we rehearsed. It was like studying for finals after a quarter of not trying that hard. We hit at 8 and left around 1, and there wasn’t much time for goofing off in between.

But this group is sounding sick. We have ludicrous transitions from song to unexpected song, and all kinds of filthy mashups on the agenda.

Rhianna and Chaka Khan?

Eminem and The Police?

No that's not me behind the keys, that Cash. My rig is to the right

Ryan, Dru, Carter's Back