***CURRENTLY SEEKING NYE GIG***
Hi, I'm a solo Alto & Tenor Saxophonist/Hired-Gun (WITH NO EGO!) looking for semi & professional-caliber musicians to sit in with for paid gigs. I bring 26 years of gigging experience with many genres of music. Although I'm already committed to a group, I'd like to get more gigs when I'm open. I desire to play with more Soul/R&B groups, smooth jazz, professional tribute bands, or established artists w/original music. My focus is to play less covers, but I'm not opposed to them either (you can only play Brick House so many times).
In addition to playing sax, I can do backup & lead vocals, sight-read sheet music, play keys, (if I have the chord charts ahead of time), and play the AKAI EWI 5000 wind synthesizer which I've modified to perform funky talkbox vocal effects like Roger Troutman and Peter Frampton. Being part of a horn section would be cool too. I'm also no stranger to the recording process, as I've been into music production & engineering for quite a long time. I'm also equipped with my own gear - from quality wireless horn mics, vocals mics, PA system (if needed), in-ear monitors.
Additional genres I'm also experienced in: Blues, Christian Contemporary, Latin-Jazz, Neo-Soul, Jazz, Pop, Acoustic, Lounge & Classic Rock.
I'm a worship leader at my church, and play keys, lead & background vocals.
I have worked or performed with a few established artists: Hank Castro from Thee Midniters, Krayzie Bone from Bone Thugs N Harmony & music producer Fingazz. I've had some of my music (beats) featured on TV shows such as Criss Angel: Believe, Basketball Wives, RuPaul's Drag Race, Sons Of Hollywood and an on-air segment at Hot 97 radio station in NYC. I also was one of the first featured artists of the annual Oxnard Jazz Festival, on their first year.
- Screen name:
- Isaiah Venegas aka Shotty
- Member since:
- Sep 08 2005
- Active within 2 weeks
- Level of commitment:
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- More than 3 times per week
- Available to gig:
- 2-3 nights a week
- Most available:
Mike Phillips, Gerald Albright, David Sanborn, Gato Barbieri, Cannonball Adderly, Ed Calle, 90's R&B groups, Maxwell, Alicia Keys, MJ, Prince, Sade, just to name a few of a very long list.
- Vocalist - Baritone:
- Background Singer:
- 1929 Martin Handcraft Alto Sax (main ax)
- Yamaha YAS-52 alto sax w/Dukoff D8/Beechler Metal 8/Vandoren A55/CE Winds Mainstream mouthpieces.
- 1986 Yamaha YTS-62 Tenor Sax w/Bobby Dukoff D8 & Vandoren T55 mouthpieces. Fibracell reeds on all mouthpieces.
- AKAI EWI5000 wind synthesizer (like an electric sax)
- Yamaha Motif ES6
- Roland XV-88
- Roland Juno
Body & Soul (smooth jazz Anita Baker cover) - FOR DEMO USE ONLY
Body & Soul (smooth jazz Anita Baker cover) - FOR DEMO USE ONLY Year: 2015 Genre: R&B
FOR DEMO USE ONLY- backing track from DK Karaoke Sax setup: 1929 Martin Handcraft alto sax, Dukoff D8 MP & Fibracell reeds. Recorded on: Magix Sequoia with Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 interface
Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran sax cover)
Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran sax cover) Year: 2015 Genre: R&B
FOR DEMO USE ONLY - NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED Backing track by: Zoom Karaoke Sax: Yamaha YTS-62, with Vandoren T55 mouthpiece, Fibracell reed
Beat Idea - Only You (In Progress)
Beat Idea - Only You (In Progress)A new idea I'm playing with that is still in progress. Made this beat almost entirely on Output Arcade, used several kits. It's got this Michael Jackson-feel mixed with a little bit of early 90's and EDM vibe goin' on. Features intimate/whispy background vocals that are really just gibberish, I just liked how it sounded. The end result isn't what I had in mind, but I like it. It just flowed this way. Once I get some lyrics written to it, it'll be formatted differently.
Ride Down the Coast - prod. by Shotty (instrumental)
Ride Down the Coast - prod. by Shotty (instrumental)**WORK IN PROGRESS** It's been a while since I've posted a beat, I made this like almost 2 years ago, and just been sitting on it, caught up with - life (pretty much). It's a R&B/Hip-Hop blend, intended for a rapper spitting about somethin' sexy feat a singer. I came up with the idea while driving on the PCH in Malibu. It has influences from late 90's hip-hop and R&B with current sounds, mid-2000's and 80's. Definitely something very relaxing & chill. Lemme know what you think.
You Don't Have To Cry - Shotty - Rene & Angela cover
You Don't Have To Cry - Shotty - Rene & Angela coverVocals: Jon Izie, Malen Hounshell & Theresa Kay Bass Guitar: Johnnyboy Flores Saxes, all instruments/production, mixing & mastering: Isaiah "Shotty" Venegas
Isaiah "Shotty" Venegas - Thinking Out Loud - (Ed Sheeran Sax cover)
Isaiah "Shotty" Venegas - Thinking Out Loud - (Ed Sheeran Sax cover)Taking a shot at covering Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" on my sax, for demo use. I used Magix Sequoia as my DAW, and a Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 as my interface. My sax is a '86 Yamaha YTS-62, Vandoren T-55 mouthpiece, & a Fibracell reed. My backing track is from Zoom Karaoke. FOR DEMO USE ONLY - NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED.
Edit 1 - Body & Soul - Isaiah "Shotty" Venegas (smooth jazz Anita Baker Cover)
Edit 1 - Body & Soul - Isaiah "Shotty" Venegas (smooth jazz Anita Baker Cover)FOR DEMO USE ONLY - Smooth-Jazz cover/tribute to Anita Baker "Body & Soul". This is the first rough edit. Sax Setup: 1929 Martin Handcraft Alto Sax, Dukoff D8 MP, Fibracell reeds. DAW: Magix Sequoia, recorded on a Focusrite Scarlett 8i6, using a Sennheiser 835 dynamic mic, because I didn't like how my condenser was capturing my sax. Backing track came from a DK Karaoke track. Inspired by sax players like: David Sanborn, Gato Barbieri, Mike Phillips, Gerald Albright, Cannonball Adderly & Gary Bias
Empty Love - unfinished work in progress - TV placement instrumental - DEMO ONLY
Empty Love - unfinished work in progress - TV placement instrumental - DEMO ONLYUnfinished beat for TV placement/demo-purposes only. Needs a bridge, but the guy I place my beats with, told me they don't have to be finished beats, so this is what I sent him. I actually mixed this on iPhone 5 headphones. IDK...for some reason, I like how they're "IN" your ear and that I can hear certain frequencies better. I'm pretty satisfied with the mix.
"Into Heaven's Skyline" instrumental
"Into Heaven's Skyline" instrumentalCurrently a work-in-progress for my boy ERG, was a track we made some time ago, but we decided to revive it and add a "current" touch to it. This track builds from a simple arrangement to a full/movie-ending-credits type of sound. It's very far away, big & reminiscent sounding.
BlissThis is another beat that I sent out solely for TV placement/cues purposes. Simple yet grimey-ish, hip-hop/R&B-blend, J-Dilla-inspired beat. For the rhodes, I used the Gospel Musicians NeoSoul Keys iPhone app & recorded straight into my DAW. However, if you're interested in leasing this beat, PM me for more info. I do plan on adding more instruments/samples to it, but not too much. I wanna keep it simple.
SoulmateA revival of an old beat, that I'm submitting for TV cues/placement. Simple. Sexy. My boy DeMarco Saints is writing a song to it. Kaskade-inspired. It's been a while since I've posted anything new. Still a work in progress, minor mixing fixes can be made here and there, but it'll work for now. Please enjoy.
Unfadeable - Wonderful (feat. DeMarco Saints)
Unfadeable - Wonderful (feat. DeMarco Saints)A song I produced for my crew Unfadeable some time ago, featuring another UX8 artist, DeMarco Saints.
Isaiah "Shotty" Venegas - "My All" (Mariah Carey sax cover)
Isaiah "Shotty" Venegas - "My All" (Mariah Carey sax cover)*DEMO USE ONLY FOR FRIENDS & FAMILY* Sax cover of Mariah Carey's "My All" by Isaiah Venegas. Yamaha YAS-52 alto, Vandoren A55 mouthpiece & Fibracell reeds. Recorded at home. My tone is totally different for this track, I opted for closer to the true-jazz sound, as opposed to my normal "edgy" tone. I normally play on a Bobby Dukoff D8 mouthpiece.
MemoriesIt's been awhile since I've posted something (computer issues). This is a new beat being added to ERG's upcoming album "Troubled Man".
Grown N Sexxxy
Grown N SexxxyStill a work in progress. This is an R&B-sounding beat meant for a rapper. I wouldn't label it strictly an R&B track because it's only 2 chords back and forth. Features a very creative bass-line & my trademark stabs. 16bar/8bar verse/hook format, if anybody's interested in purchasing or leasing from me, I will be able to customize length of different sections. This is just the meat and potatoes, I'm still messing with sound effects & other sounds that will make it really pop out.
The K.I.D Heat Ft. The Kiss - Misbehave With Ya (Prod. by Shotty)
The K.I.D Heat Ft. The Kiss - Misbehave With Ya (Prod. by Shotty)This track is 3 yrs old, K.I.D Heat ft. The Kiss, prod. by Shotty of UX8 Music. Project was never really finished.
The K.I.D Heat Ft. DeMarco Saints - Back 2 U (Prod. by Shotty) - Fingazz A mix
The K.I.D Heat Ft. DeMarco Saints - Back 2 U (Prod. by Shotty) - Fingazz A mix"Back 2 You" Written by: K.I.D Heat & DeMarco Saints Produced by: Shotty of UX8 Music Song concept by: DeMarco Saints Engineered by: Fingazz This is the A mix. (unmastered)
The K.I.D Heat - How I Feel - mix B - Feat. Fingazz (Prod. by Unfadeable)
The K.I.D Heat - How I Feel - mix B - Feat. Fingazz (Prod. by Unfadeable)"How I Feel" concept by Eric & Angel Hernandez (Geldez) Lyrics written by: K.I.D Heat Produced by: Geldez & Shotty of Unfadeable Co-produced, engineered & talk-box by: Fingazz This version contains extra background talk-box harmonies, longer intro & extra pauses and effects throughout track.
Sailing - Piano Instrumental
Sailing - Piano InstrumentalAn R&B remix of Christopher Cross's "Sailing" on piano. All instruments, drum programming, production, mixing done by Isaiah Venegas PKA Shotty of UX8 Music.
Back To You - KID Heat Ft DeMarco Saints - Unmastered
Back To You - KID Heat Ft DeMarco Saints - UnmasteredHere's a song I produced for The K.I.D Heat entitled "Back To You", featuring DeMarco Saints. DeMarco Saints appears courtesy of UX8 Music. THIS IS AN UNMASTERED EDIT.
How I Feel - The K.I.D Heat Ft Fingazz - Prod by Unfadeable
How I Feel - The K.I.D Heat Ft Fingazz - Prod by UnfadeableHere's a song I co-produced with my boys and fellow label mates, Geldez & Eric Hernandez. This song is written by K.I.D Heat & features talk-box & some production by Fingazz.
All Night Long - Unfadeable
All Night Long - UnfadeableFeaturing ERG, Geldez & Philosophy. Produced by Shotty. All artists appear courtesy of UX8 Music.
Waiting For You - The K.I.D Heat Ft. The Kiss
Waiting For You - The K.I.D Heat Ft. The KissHere's a song I produced a couple of years ago; The K.I.D Heat Feat. The Kiss. The Kiss appears courtesy of UX8 Music; KID Heat - independent
The Sunshine Experience will be back providing new music with tributes to KC & the Sunshine Band, Donna Summer & Madonna! Join us in the Tukut Lounge on Halloween night at 9pm.
My tribute group's first gig in 2017.
I'll be one of the solo opening acts of a show that has a lineup featuring: Sheila E & her family, Poncho Sanchez, Gerald Albright (my hero), Mindy Abair, Stanley Clarke & Tom Browne, Howard Hewitt from Shalamar & Karen Briggs. It'll be hosted by Johnny Gill from New Edition & 94.7 The Wave. It'll take place at the grassy beach along Harbor Blvd in Oxnard next to the Mandalay resort. More event details TBD, as the event is still being worked out.
I'll be playing sax with the Juano & Friends Band for the Ventura Knights Of Columbus for NYE, at Biederman Hall | Sacred Heart. We'll be playing Top 40, Funk, Old School, R&B, & Cumbias.
Address: 10800 Henderson Rd. Ventura, CA 93003
$45 per person with dinner, $25 per person for dancing only. No-Host bar all evening, w/Champagne at midnight. Social Hour - 6-7pm, Dinner - 7-8pm, Dancing - 8pm-1am.
I will be playing sax with Juano and Friends at Twenty 88 in Camarillo, from 8-11pm.
Hosting a karaoke gig alongside DJ Bruce Barrios for an event for Primary Medical group in Santa Paula, CA.
Location: Giovanni's in Carpinteria, CA
Music Content: Old School Funk covers - EWF, AWB, Kool & the Gang, Tower of Power, Santana, just to name a few.
Paid video promo shoot with The Sunshine Experience from 10am-4pm in Van Nuys, CA.
Paid rehearsal for an upcoming promo video shoot. 10am-3pm.
Public social mixer/campaign fundraiser for Martin Hernandez, Santa Paula Vice Mayor running for County Supervisor.
Event held at Diamond Realty office in Fillmore, CA
End of summer jam; open to public, tix on sale for $10-15. Dancing, and entertaining playing Old School Funk, Top 40, Smooth Jazz, R&B, and Cumbias.
Playing sax with Juano & Friends for a Relay For Life event at Shiells Park in Fillmore, CA