SEEKING

Band to Join, Rhythm Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Violin, Trumpet, Saxophone, Keyboard, Piano, Flute, Trombone, Clarinet.

ABOUT

Forget everything I said before! Well not really, but I'm in the process of reinventing myself, so further below is my ultimate musical goal, but in the meantime I'm heading back to my more recent roots of only about a dozen plus years ago. I'm currently in the studio recording many of the great old pop standards from 50 - 100 years ago, song versions sung by the likes of Sinatra, Cole, Mathis, Darin, Elvis, Jack Jones, Andy Williams, and many many more. I put them up for you to listen to (these are the first 23 songs I've recorded that got mixed and sound reasonably well, though they're not mastered yet), and listed my genre' as "Lounge", Cover/Tribute, Pop, and Jazz, as Bandmix doesn't have a category for swing band/big band music (yet, I'm working on it). I recorded about 13 more vocals that haven't been mixed yet (we're in the process), and literally hundreds more to go (I currently have about 100 songs in my playlist, not including some 60's pop and country, witch eventually I'll migrate to as well). I'm singing them with the best soundtracks I can buy as my accompaniment, and the folks I've been entertaining have really enjoyed it. So, that is my present, reinvented-retro! Any serious big bands/swing bands or players out there looking for a lead singer or getting a band together? If so, please feel free to write. Contact information is below in this same section.

And now for something completely different,... back to my earlier-written, ultimate musical goals I've previously described here and still aspire to most:

I sing most genres of music, and fronted an 18 piece swing band in Illinois prior to moving to Wyoming (doing Sinatra, Darin, Nat King Cole-type songs) and grew up on Rock and Roll and Alternative, but have become pretty disillusioned with much of the music I hear today, especially pop, which used to be filled with a lot of good and diverse stuff back in the day. Seriously, it was even better than I remember it, and I took it for granted (like many of us probably did). My ultimate goal is recording my own originals, predominantly Country/Blues-ish, in a style that doesn't really exist today, where you can tell a story with simple, meaningful lyrics and soulful music and vocals, sometimes uplifting, sometimes down-trodden, but all heartfelt and far from the norm of what sells these days. I think an audience might be there for a rejuvenation of country music at its barest elements, built on a derivative of its roots, elemental yet complex in its simplicity. At least that is my hope. I have 100 copyrighted songs to choose from, so am looking for like-minded musicians to perform and record them with (and help compose/arrange too). If you feel the same way,please contact me via Bandmix, or at geno-d@alphasquirrelproductions.com. And thanks for listening!

Screen name:
Geno-D
Member since:
May 28 2010
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
20
Gigs played:
50 to 100
Tend to practice:
2-3 times per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week

Influences

Beatles, Neil Young, Richard Strauss, Hendrix, Joplin, Frank Black, Doors, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Talking Heads, Moody Blues, Monkees (Michael Nesmith), Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, ELO, Floyd, Tool, B52's, Soul Coughing (Doughty), Sublime. For my swing/big band/older music influences: Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, Elvis, Bobby Darin, Andy Williams, Jack Jones, lots more. Greatest Impact?: Kurt Weill (composer), Danny O'Keefe (singer) and Gato Barbieri (if I could take one album on a deserted island, it would be the "Last Tango in Paris" soundtrack).

Instrument experience:

Vocalist:
Advanced

EQUIPMENT

Beyerdynamic and Shure mics; Hughes-Kettner, Behringer and Hartke amps/monitors; Mackie Mixer; Takamine and Ibenez guitars & Fender bass (for composing music, not performing with); handmade Parlor accoustic guitar, Kimball piano, Roland Disclab and Zoom recorder, Sennheiser IEM.

MUSIC