SEEKING

Band to Join, Accordion, Acoustic Guitar, Background Singer, Bagpipes, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Cello, Clarinet, DJ, Dobro, Drums, Electronic Music, Fiddle, Flute, Harmonica, Harp, Keyboard, Lead Guitar, Mandolin, Other, Other Percussion, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Saxophone, Steel guitar, Trombone, Trumpet, Ukulele, Upright bass, Violin, Vocalist, Vocalist - Alto, Vocalist - Baritone, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist - Soprano, Vocalist - Tenor.

ABOUT

Hey, so I'm basically looking to function as a vocalist (singing, talking, rapping, connecting with the audience) in a collective with DJs, producers and multi-instrumentalists who can show me the ropes and channel my talents, which I think are significant, so that we can create really meaningful queer, conceptual, genre-defying albums and live experiences. 69 Love Songs by The Magnetic Fields is the album I admire most, followed by Frank Ocean's Blonde, Arthur Russell's World of Echo, and Kanye's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

I believe that live music is the closest thing to nirvana on earth, and I would love to have a blend of live instrumentation and electronic production/looped samples alongside my vocal performance. I want to work with people who want to give people a fu*king awesome experience every time. I want to perform with full devotion to the sanctity with which I regard live music. I will be very committed to performing to the fullest of my capacity to express myself and connect with the audience, and I'd love bandmates who share that vision. I'd be happy to walk among the crowd at every show if it seems like we're getting a good reception.

I definitely want us to deliberately plan and rehearse meticulously curated setlists before we perform. I want the experience to be intentional on our part. I want us to do us and win whoever the fu*k over because of how dope our sh*t is.

Over time, I'd love to learn instruments and get some vocal training. Ideally in the long term I'd love it if our live performance involved all of us switching roles and we were really a collective that had a lovingly collaborative discography and performance experience. I definitely am more committed to us finding our own lane than I am to us becoming popular. I want to create music for the love of music and for expressing things only music can express.

I consider live performance and recorded music to be completely distinct, and I want us to be totally mindful of creating meaningful conceptual and richly diverse aesthetic journeys in both fields that take advantage of their respective strengths. I want our live shows to be emotionally raw and maximize connection with the audience. I want each of our albums to be distinct eras for us, and I want growth and mindfulness to be a major priority.

My knowledge on the actual practical side of creating music is limited but my thirst for knowledge and capacity to learn are both extremely high. If I could I would devote my life to music in an instant. I think I have talent as a vocalist, particularly because of my confident, deliberate, unique, and wide-ranging performative style. I'm untrained but I kind of like it that way. I'm autistic and mentally ill and queer and I want to lean into that and get my own very specific and eclectic perspective out there. I'm southern, and I want that to be a part of our music, too. I'd like to provide vocals for our group and lean on talented and experienced instrumentalists that blur and transcend gender (I am gender fluid) and draw from contrasting influences. I want poetry to be an important focus, and I think I can provide that as well; I'm a very gifted writer

My music experience is not zero, but it's not exactly high. I really really loved singing and was very good at it in elementary school, and then I switched to band in middle school. I played tenor sax for a year and a half and oboe for a year and a half. I took a pretty dope music theory course at Pomona College (where I got a BA in English). I constantly practice re-imagined covers and occasionally write and record original stuff. I have a couple half-baked songs that I think are legitimately solid, but I am broke as sh*t and I have nothing on the production or recording side, just my vocals, lyrics, and concepts.

I drive for Lyft so I can organize my life around this.

Screen name:
samaking
Member since:
Feb 17 2017
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
1
Gigs played:
Under 10
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
6-7 nights a week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

Nico Jaar. Gil Scott Heron. Stephin Merritt. James Murphy. Kanye West. George Harrison. Robin Pecknold. Justin Vernon. Flying Lotus. Sarah Vaughan. Billie Holiday. The O'Jays. Marvin Gaye. Caetano Veloso. Milton Nascimento. Tom Waits. The Field. Andy Stott. Aphex Twin. Nujabes. Frank Ocean. Leonard Cohen. David Bowie. Iggy Pop. Jim Morrison. Sufjan Stevens. The Modern Lovers. America. Ennio Morricone. Angelo Badalamenti. Claude Debussy.

I have a list of holy albums for me that I'd be happy to show you

Instrument experience:

Vocalist - Baritone:
Intermediate
Vocalist - Tenor:
Intermediate
Saxophone:
Intermediate
Vocalist - Alto:
Intermediate
Other Percussion:
Beginner
Keyboard:
Beginner
Background Singer:
Beginner
Harmonica:
Beginner
Other:
Beginner
DJ:
Beginner
Electronic Music:
Beginner

EQUIPMENT

Fucking all encompassing passion for musical expression

MUSIC