That GTown Sound

What is that GTown Sound? It’s born out of how you feel when you’re inside the purple eclectic GTown Stüdio here. It’s the sense of a calming peace yet your mind is on fire with creativity.

It starts with a silky smooth bass or piano line. Combine that with a dirty rhythmic beat featuring the crack of big-bodied snare, crisp hi-hats and a washy melodic ride. The drums are centered with a large warm booming bass drum and toms that sing in harmony all accented with unique crashes that can cut through a wall of sound.

Sometimes that sound is graced with the sweet sounds of percussion, saxophone, trumpet, trombone or double bass. Other times it’s just drums.

That GTown Sound is always dynamic, building on song concepts to a big ending or release.

The recording below at the beginning of 2021 embodies a good bit of That GTown Sound. Enjoy!

The Essential Tracks: ’88-’94

DFL, Stone Dresden, Black Moses: Eastside x Seattle 1988-1994. Order at this link!

This CD mixtape of sorts really came about because my sister asked for a CD of all the bands I used to be in. I tried to record all the cassette tapes to a CD several years ago, but always ran into some technical issue that I could never get past, and didn’t want to send them off to some service, so just packed everything back away. But then when I started finishing out my home recording studio last year, I realized I could just plug a tape player into my recording equipment, track it into a DAW, adjust some of the basic EQ, and have everything recorded into individual mp3’s.

I ended up being able to record each song from each cassette from DFL, Stone Dresden and Black Moses into individual tracks. I even found some demo tracks we never truly finished for Black Moses that were in good enough condition to throw on here too. Some other tapes or recordings with Mushmouth and 420 Love just had degraded too much.

One thing I didn’t have was our original DFL cassette, but a high school friend had a copy and I was able to track that into 4 15-minute recordings. Although, I didn’t put that on this CD, these are all on the Discography section of this site at this link.

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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.

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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!