Tag Archives: Skeetox

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

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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:

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.


Furious Last Minute Recording Extravaganza

23 Feb

I had 22 hours to compose, record and mix these three songs. It was for an opportunity for a film that wanted New Orleans style music.

Not only did I have to drive over to Glendale to record the drums, but I had a huge rehearsal in the middle of the day as well as a long lunch with an old friend in Eagle Rock.

Recorded drums yesterday morning at my friend Paul Van De Riet’s place in Glendale. Went to Skeetox rehearsal in West Hollywood. Went back up to Paul’s to break everything down (which he’d already done for me), then met up with my old friend Lee Raby in Eagle Rock. We ate at this ridiculous spot called ‘The Oinkster’. Then I cut a swath across rush hour traffic from Eagle Rock to Palos Verdes, hastily miced up the Hammond, and recorded some quick things as these compositions started to take shape. Then I dragged everything out of the garage and over to my mom’s old Acrosonic piano and miced that up, and Eitan and Hugh came over to record trumpet and guitar. Then they left and I mixed and shaped these things until 2:30 AM.

Been tweaking a little this morning, but here is what we came up with:

A Meters Style tune called Voodoo Mama:

An I don’t know what you’d call it style tune called ‘Phantoms In The Big Easy’:

A pseudo New Orleans Piano style song called ‘Professor Gumbo’:

Just rehearsed with Jesse McCartney

19 Nov

…And he’s a cool dude. With some colorful stories that can’t be repeated among mixed company. But not in a jerky / lame sense. I should say, Jesse has no problems being one of the boys, which I respect. He and his crew were all cool. And he’s buying us all a drink after Skeetox 6 tonight. I will certainly let him do that, as I know he can afford it.

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.

100 Posts, 44 Days of Silence

14 Oct

This is technically my 101st post, meaning that my last post was the 100th. That was 44 days ago.

No matter. The past 44 days have been full of gigging developments and happenings, so there is loads to talk about.

SEPT – OCT SUMMARY:

-Gigged with a new corporate band in SD. Great band, great $$, great location.
-More Skeetox madness in Orange County
-Played with ICE CUBE
-Played my last Throwback Thursday game
-Wrote a proposal for the PADRES for a program called ‘Baseball Through Music’
-Did two gigs with Jane Lui for her CD RELEASE including one last night in San Francisco.
-Played a wedding for my friend Mike Giardina’s sister
-Got some cool new students
-Got a new computer
-Made more beer can chicken
-Had dinner with some old friends that I hadn’t seen in a very long time
-Played a nice Bar Mitzvah gig in PV in some insanely oppresive heat.
-Watched the Padres choke away the season (rather a market correction than choking)

Right now I’m in the middle of a waiting game, awaiting word on a number of ‘potential irons’ I have in the fire. Stay chuned.

Interesting Blog Statistic

27 Aug

I can’t say I’m entirely surprised by the following graph of hits on my blog. I started the blog in November of last year, and posted all kinds of interesting things that happened to me, thoughts that occurred to me, and music that I wrote or found interesting.

Over the past two or three months, my blog has taken a different turn. Posts have become less frequent, and they’ve become shorter. The subject matter has been less ‘all over the map’ as well.

That’s not to say nothing interesting has happened to me, or that it’s been a period of musical stagnation. These Summer months have been fruitful. There have been many tough moments, but an equally big compliment of great moments and first time milestones to make it a good Summer.

As August winds down I have one remaining Throwback Thursday (September 30th), the Skeetox Summer series has come to and end, outdoor gig season is over (not that I did any this year anyway), and the Fall is a comin. Here’s to a hopefully fruitful Fall full of more of the same!

Maloof Money Cup?

2 Aug

I hadn’t heard of it until I heard we’d be performing there with SKEETOX on August 7th. That be 5 days from now.

Then of course I hear Jim Rome interview Joe Maloof on his show on Thursday, and it turns out he is a co-owner of the Sacramento Kings, and this is one of the biggest events in Skateboarding. Awesome. Skeetox is playing a set at an upscale party at ‘Sutra’ in Costa Mesa. Gonna be banging away all week learning the set, and getting things dialed in nice and tight.

And there should be some serious special guests in the house for this one as well.

Also, I played a Throwback Thursday last week, and it was awesome. Sold out victory over the Dodgers. And I’m playing one again next week. Stay chuned.

SKEETOX VIDS

8 Jul

It already seems like it was a very long time ago. It’s really only been a week. But did that really happen?

Cool pic:

Cool pic #2:

Lil’ John:

Bobby Brackins and Ray J. Check me forcing the lick for the new song in the new tempo. I think I started it too fast. “I’m just lookin’ for some luv in the club!”