Black Moses Was Here…

Listening to Black Moses will transport you back to an early ’90s Seattle where the music scene was blowing up, yet most bands were just struggling to be heard, get gigs and stay together long enough to get noticed.

Black Moses under I-5 in Seattle
Black Moses “Pain”

To get to the essence of who Black Moses became, we must take a few steps back to what it was like growing up in Washington State. Music was everywhere. Starting in junior high, there were already a large number of your classmates in original bands, or playing, recording and competing in the school jazz bands or talent shows galore. If you had any interest in music whatsoever, the opportunities to grow and thrive were hitting you over the head.

Chad McCollum, Shawn Psachos, Carl Smith, and myself, were lucky enough to have all these types of opportunities. Instead of travel baseball, it was essentially travel jazz band. Recording studios were everywhere, and they were cheap. I was able to record with my junior and high school jazz bands that made our own records. In high school I was already in a punk band that spent time in a studio recording a series of cassette tape releases. When I look back, that experience seems unreal in today’s world that barely gives a nod to the arts in many schools.

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New Original For 2020!

Check out this new original that started out with a bass melody I recorded. I then tracked the drums over that and decided to added a bit of djembe to round it out.

The drums were recorded with 3 mics: Audix D6 at the bass drum port, Shure SM57 on top of the snare and an Audix ADX51 overhead. The djembe was tracked with the Shure SM57 on the top head and the Audix D6 at the bottom. The bass was recorded straight into the Arturia AudioFuse 8Pre Interface.

All tracks were recorded through the Arturia AudioFuse 8Pre Interface into Ableton Live 10 Standard on a Mac. Final mixing included some EQ and Compression through Ableton.

Video was done through a GoPro HERO8 Black and the final video/music editing was done with Adobe Premier Pro. Enjoy!

Jamie’s Bass Riff…

My son Jamie plays Double Bass for the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra in their Camerata Orchestra. He also dabbles a little bit on electric bass, acoustic guitar and drums.

This song came from a 3-note riff that included double stops (two notes played at the same time). It sounds so melodic and ideas were already spinning in my mind. So after Jamie taught me the riff, I started building a melody around it.

The bass was tracked first, directly into the Arturia AudioFuse 8Pre. The drum tracks were laid down next with 3 mics: Shure SM57 on snare, Audix D6 at the bass drum port and Audix ADX51 overhead. The trumpet was tracked last and recorded using the Shure SM57

All tracks were recorded and mixed through Ableton Live 10 Standard. The video was recorded on a GoPro HERO8 Black and the final video editing/mixing was done through Adobe Premier Rush. Enjoy!

That Low Bass Song…

These riffs in this song have been in my head for years…like at least 20. And it wasn’t until I hopped back on the drums in 2015, and decided to also start recording myself, that I finally actually tracked what was in my head.

So I present to you…That Low Bass Song that won’t leave me alone…ha!

The bass was tracked directly into the Arturia AudioFuse 8Pre. I recorded the drums next with a 3-mic setup of a Shure SM57 on the snare, Audix D6 on the bass drum and Audix ADX51 overhead. The trumpet part was added at the end and recorded through the Shure SM57.

All parts were tracked through AudioFuse 8Pre and into Ableton Live 10 Standard on a Mac. Final mixing included EQ and Compression.

Video was through a GoPro HERO8 Black. Final video editing/mixing was done with Adobe Premier Rush. Enjoy!