Blakenstein
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Band to Join, Vocalist, Vocalist - Baritone, Vocalist - Tenor, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Background Singer, Mandolin.

ABOUT

Keyboardist turned drummer, back to Keyboardist, back to drummer, back to keyboardist...can't seem to make up my mind...
and struggling guitar player - still trying figure out how grow another set of arms/hands!
I grew up in the music scene of Asheville, NC. began playing piano at an early age but shifted to trumpet in my high school orchestra and also sang in a Barber Shop quartet. After I moved to Georgia, I was the drummer in a Contemporary Country band called “The Renegades” for a couple of years and after that fizzled out I came back to the keyboards. Other bands I've performed with: “Autumn Haze”, “Beggars Opera”, “Alter Ego”, “Vinyl Radio” and "Final Answer Band" all playing throughout the southeast.
I studied and trained as an audio engineer/producer for several years then I built my recording studio - "Long Cane Studios" in LaGrange, GA and produced/recorded/mastered several albums for local artists. I've also participated in studio sessions in Macon, GA and a studio in Salem, AL in which I helped build. I write/compose and record original songs - these songs are featured in this profile.
In the past few years, I've hung up my gigging hat and put on my recording engineering hat; Sonic Trinity Studios here in NH offers recording/engineering, mastering and mobile recording services. Artists can come into the studio and record and/or send me their tracks, I will mix/master to "radio quality" and upload to a number of streaming music services such as iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, etc. If you are interested in this service, please contact me at sonictrinitystudios at google mail or go to sonictrinitystudios dot com for more information.
The last band I was in was The Natalie Turgen Band out of Concord, NH and I played drums, keyboard and vocalist with the christian band "Atonement" at St. Mary and Joseph - Mary Queen of Peace Parish in Salem, NH.

I would like to explore going in a Contemporary Christian Rock genre. My influences as of late are "Casting Crowns", "Kutless", "Newsboys", "SonicFlood", "Chris Tomlin", Mercy Me, Matt Maher and a ton of others! So if you have a Christian Rock group and need a pretty good keyboardist/vocalist, please contact me at Blakenstein at Google mail.

Screen name:
Blakenstein
Member since:
Aug 31 2010
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Committed
Years playing music:
25
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
1 time per week
Available to gig:
1 night a week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

Billy Joel, Dream Theater, Styx, Rascal Flatts, Journey, TOTO, Collective Soul, Elton John, Journey, REO Speedwagon, Allman Brothers, Lynard Skynard, Zac Brown, Jonathan Cain, Gregg Rolie and Bruce Hornsby

Instrument experience:

Drums:
Moderate
Other Percussion:
Moderate
Keyboard:
Moderate
Piano:
Moderate
Background Singer:
Moderate
Vocalist:
Moderate
Acoustic Guitar:
Moderate
Bass Guitar:
Intermediate
Vocalist - Baritone:
Intermediate
Rhythm Guitar:
Intermediate

EQUIPMENT

Korg Kronos and Yamaha MODX7 keyboards
AKG, Sennheiser, RODE and Shure mics
Alien Ears IEMs and Audio Technica transmitter/receiver
Guild GF-55 Acoustic
Yamaha acoustic
Epiphone Les Paul electric and Line 6 amp
Fender Jazz Bass
I run PreSonus Studio One Pro DAW software on my Mac, Macbook Pro and Cubasis on my iPad for "mobile" live recording and mastering service.
I have a small digital PA (Behringer X-Air X18 - Mackie Thumps) and compact computer controlled stage lighting (American DJ and Chauvet Lighting).

MUSIC