- Member #
- Member since
- 8 Aug 2008
- Last activity record:
- Active within 2 weeks
- Instruments played:
- Bass Guitar, Drums
- Alternative/Modern Rock, Jazz, Christian Contemporary
- Screen name:
- Irvine, California, 92620
- 36 years old
- Level of commitment:
- Very Committed
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- More than 3 times per week
- Available to gig:
- 1 night a week
- Most available:
- Bass Guitar:
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I played all instruments and sang. But, I do not like to sing and play drums at the same time. So, I won't accept gigs that require singing.
INTERESTED IN CASUAL SHED SESSIONS. GIGS WILL HAVE TO BE DISCUSSED.
I don't always check this site. So, if you want an immediate answer, EMAIL ME DIRECTLY:
Looking for fusion/jazz/rock minded musicians who also have a flavor for latin/songo/experimental/progressive/noise/punk/r&B/gospel. Please, take a careful listen to ALL the examples and references I've presented on this page...I am looking for people that are musically, stylistically, and creatively open minded.
Also, very importantly, I'm looking for musicians who are community minded (not here to showboat or have any artistic agenda to prove).
My hope is that these shed sessions will be a forum for us to sharpen our skills and be a place of inspiration, through creative jamming and music writing. If things gel and the elements are right, there is no reason why should not perform our ideas publicly to entertain and create a fun and inspiring atmosphere for our audience.
I am looking for people who UNDERSTAND proper jam/shed etiquette (e.i. I don't want some 30 minutes of everyone playing over each other and I don't want some 30 minutes of one person soloing the whole time either). That means 1) Come up with a groove, 2) come up with a chord progression, 3) compose a simple arrangement (parts A and B) or some kind of theme, 4) determine how many bars a soloist will take, 5) non-soloists hold the floor for the soloist to stand on, 6) everyone takes turns. Also, THIS IS NOT A BATTLE, we are here to provide each other a canvas to try out our current skills and hopefully develop new ones. So, if you mess up on your solo, that's okay, the rest of us should be holding the floor anyway so you can jump back in. Yes?
My musical vision is to come up with original instrumental music that has form but can be out of the box (think elements of Deerhoof, The Fisticuffs Bluff, Hella, Animals as Leaders), with room for improvisation (think jazz like Kneebody, The Altered, stuff you hear at the Baked Potato). Something that is entertaining to the average listener, yet inspiring to the "musicians" in the crowd, as well as being current and original. I'm looking for people who enjoy entertaining people.
I would like to start with a bassist, a guitarist, and possibly a keyboardist. Also, you don't have to necessarily be exclusive to this band. If you're looking for a side project to add a little variety to your music experience, you are most certainly welcome. I play in a few bands myself. I just ask that you be reliable and keep a professional attitude by keeping your calendar together.
Send me samples (video/audio) of your playing. If I can get at least a bass player and guitarist, I'd like to set up a casual shed session at Riff Haus in Fullerton. I would start by asking each one of us to prepare one or two jam-able riffs/progressions, simple AB form or something. Don't come in with a fully prepared song that you want us to learn...this is shed session, not a rehearsal. Once we can lock the groove, then we start trading fours/eights, etc. If you like that idea, then we are off to a good start. If the creativity is good and we are all on the same wavelength, it will not be difficult to come up with material (it doesn't have to be complicated, it just have to be good and allows us to utilize those elements that we practice so hard on our own and put it in to practical use).
Of course the goal is to eventually get in on as many venues without having to "pay to play" and just getting heard. But for now, I'd like to start things off casual and no pressure. I'm more interested in personal growth and community.
MAIN PROFILE INFO:
I am interested in networking and building solid professional relationships with other professional, like-minded musicians for studio work, live gigs, short-term local tour, and being part of a COMMUNITY of musicians.
Please understand, my priority is for projects and gigs that are for pay. Not to say that I won't do anything for free, but my limited resources will factor in for the amount of time investment and fuel expenses I can realistically commit to do for free. Contact me and let's figure out if we can come up with something that will be mutually beneficial for all of us!
I take my drumming as seriously as I would any day job and you are the boss. I am easy to get along with and very musically open minded. I don't come into a project with any "artistic agenda". It is your music/project after all. You tell me what you want and I do my best to make it happen.
I know that I am not good for everything, but I know that I can be good for a lot of things. If you feel that I might fit with what you are working on, please don't hesitate to contact me and we can discuss further.
Email me: email@example.com
With over 23 years of drumming, my personal experiences have taken me on a diverse journey of music (from Mexican Banda, to Jazz, to Funk, to Fusion, to Hard Rock, to Grunge, to Pop, to Musical Theater, to Avant Garde/Noise/Experimental, etc.) I am careful to play appropriately for the situation or venue, but I will color outside the line if given the "go". I learn quickly, I listen to the other musicians in the group, and watch visual cues. If you can communicate well what you are looking for (verbally or visually), it makes it easier for me to "follow along".
I have played the bass and electric guitar enough to understand music in a much broader level than just another drummer playing drums to a song. I do understand some music theory, melodic/harmonic intervals, chord progression, song arrangement, etc. I communicate with the drums as my voice, along with the other musicians, in the conversation called music.
I do read music (rhythmic notation). Although, my sight reading ability is not as polished as it used to be, I can follow drum charts and other written forms of a "drummer's roadmap" where needed. All my musical theater gigs required reading drum scores.
I can comfortably play with a click for both studio and live situations.
I am continuously learning. I understand that there is always something new to work on and I still practice exercises and concepts from educational books, DVDs, videos from YouTube, and from other drummers I have met throughout my life.
Current Active Bands/Projects
* 2012, October 14 - present - KUMG (Church of Amazing Grace, Kenyan Congregation) - drums
* 2011, May 22-present: House of Faces http://www.facebook.com/houseoffacesband - drums
* 2006-present: GHFC Worship Team - drums
Past Bands/Projects/Notable Performances
* 2012, March 4 - House of Faces (band) Winner of the Mirror Image Studios, Fullerton, CA Battle of the Bands Competition
* 2009, July-2012, September: Trinormous http://trinormous.webs.com (band) - drums
* 2011, September 17 - Trinormous @ The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA. Opening for Cecilio & Kapono
* 2011, July 15, 16, 23, 29, 30 - "Songs for a New World" at The Empire Theater, Santa Ana, CA - drums/percussion
* 2008-Sept 2010: Alive in One (band) - drums
* 2010, Jan 15-Feb 20 (16 shows): Jonathan Larson's "Tick Tick BOOM!" at The Empire Theater, Santa Ana, CA - drums
* 2009, April 4: Family Jam house band "The Big 'L'ife" - drums
* 2009, March 13 to April 5 (Fri, Sat, Sun): The La Habra Depot Theater performance of Stephen Sondheim's "Assassins" - drums, percussion
* 2008, December 21: GHFC "The Gift and The Giver" Christmas Program - drums
* 2008, November 14: "Rock for Justice" Benefit Concert for Refuge House w/ Ordinary People - drums
* 2008, September 26: Overflow Youth Rally w/ Destination 7 - drums (subbing for Jeremy)
* 2008, August 29: GHFC Burgers and Bands w/ The Big "L"ife and GHFC House Band - drums
* 2008, March 15: Family Jam w/ GHFC House Band - drums
* 2008-present: Alive in One (band) - drums
* 2007, December 23: GHFC "Emanuel" Christmas Program - drums
* 2007, October (one month run): Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse "Full Monty" - drums
* 2007, September 29: Ordinary People "Extra Mile 2007" - drums
* 2007, September 28: Orange County High School of the Arts "Performing with the Pros w/ David Burnham" - drums
* 2007, September 22: Light at the Lighthouse w/ Ordinary People - drums
* 2007, August 31: Burgers and Bands w/ GHFC House Band - drums
* 2006: Fullerton High School "Alumni Project" (Avenue Q; Songs for a New World; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change") - drums
* 2006: Justin Francis "Move in Power" (CD and concerts) - bass
* 2005-2006: Mushpot (band) - bass
* 2006: Our Story...(Wedding CD) - solo project/all instruments/vocals
* 2001-2005: DynoMight (band) - drums
* 2000-2006: Downhill Supercruiser (band) - guitar/vocals, then drums
* 1997-2000:Ocean View Baptist Church worship teams: Joyful Noise (electric guitar), Rejoice (drums), and God First (drums)
* 1996: Drummer for local Mexican band.
* 1995-1996: Drummer for several performaces for Huntington Beach School of Performing Arts and Edison High School Performing Arts.
* 1995: Huntington Beach School of Performing Arts production of Peter Pan - drums
* 1992-2000: Barfing Tomato's (band) - drums, then guitar/vocals
All styles, from Deerhoof to Dave Weckl, etc.
Some local bands that I admire:
Pacific MX5 Drums, Meinl and Paiste Cymbals