I've been a live performance drummer since my junior high days. After leaving drums behind as part of my childhood hobbies, I fell sort of backwards into a recording & touring music career after college. I've recorded projects for Capitol/Blue Note & several other minor & indie label projects. I'm in process of gathering the stack of CD's I've recorded & posting hightlighs in a SoundCloud to show the diversity of styles I play. I'm available for live & recording session work as I write, record & collect players for my latest project: "Drumadelic". This project is also weaved into the narrative of my interactive book "Apocalypse Near". Learn more about that here: "Drumadelic" Grok & Roll".
Some of my past Tampa Bay & Miami Beach music scene projects:
Over my time playing drums professionally, I have recorded 7 LP's & several demos with various bands including a record for Capitol records in Criteria studio A (where so many classic records by so many artists I love have been recorded, that it still blows my mind that I got to sit & play drums in that room. I've also directed & been in a few music videos, two of which I posted within my reel on the "digi-video" page. I've also produced a couple of records & done a bit of touring. It's been fun, but I've felt that I can only do so much good from behind a drum set so lately I've been working on the megalomaniacal task of trying to save the planet from the humans..
My iTunes Hi-Fidelity playlists are back. I'm also going to post some playlists from my So. Beach days as DJ 'Dope -'E'
I'll eventually get around to posting some mp3's from all of my musical projects, including Scam, Vehicle, Raw B. Jae & The Liquid Funk, Tunnel Feelers, Eon, Clambake 2000, Square Egg, Auditorium, MediaWhore, maybe Shila.
Herez some of my thoughts on the Tampa Music Scene
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is the Tampa Local scene.. - The SouthEast Music Alliance.
SoulFound - Along with a few other Tampa bands like Truly Sunday, SoulFound sort of lives between genres & has to be experienced live to be fully appriciated. With that said, do NOT go to a Soulfound show unless you are ready to have all your senses sent reeling all over the room as Ivan (singer, bassist) & his boys launch through their balls out, stop on a dime & blast off again barage of crunchy, power pop that is too charging to call power-pop & too tight a& focused to be called punk.. Or maybe I just suck as a music reviewer..
4 Star Riot- Somewhere between the Clash & T-Rex, there's a 4 **** Riot.
- Makes me think of Matthew Sweet at times, except I like John more. Multi-faceted
& always catchy power pop. You can relive your best & worst relationships
in many of John's songs.
Rebekah Pulley - A honey who sounds like it when she sings & strums. Her voice wraps around me, her band, The Reluctant Prophets, wrap around her. Some of my favorite Rebekah is just her & her acoustic guitar. Her C.D. "A Brand New Day" finds it's way into my player a lot... Especially @ night. She sings me to dreams. Her guitar skills are on par with her voice, but I think they sometimes get overlooked. True talent.
The Mercy Seat - Somewhere between Morphine, Tom Waits & Nick Cave (some of my personal favorites), yet the Mercy seat has there own smokey, lonely, soundscape going. Hits you right in the lost soul with a fist of smoke exhaled from a wayward romantic.
Genitorturers - A sonic assault for ALL your senses... But, clearly not 4 all, which I see as a good thing. Gen does not bother trying to appeal to the feeble minded. You must be able to stretch your mental boundaries to appreciate the commentary being made here. Beyond that, there is the fullness of Rock music as what it is meant to be.... Explosive, slightly dangerous, worrisome to parents and evocative of unchained emotion. You can truly break free of the mundane at a Genitorturers show, and they are one of those bands that must be seen live to appreciate, not only for the visual/sensual experience of GEN, but because I feel they are a band that has, as of yet, not been documented well enough on record... Maybe it's because their sound is just too much to be encapsulated in a fixed form. Gen, for me, is the ultimate of rock goddess-ship (word?).
Blues Punks - Doc Lovett's band that's not exactly blues or punk, but some kind of alchemical amalgum that sticks between your emotional/nostalgic synapses. Listening is more like a deja-vu of blues & punk rather than a recognizable homage to either genre. Original, yet still reminiscent of other good things you've already heard in the back pages of your rock-n-roll memory.
Truly Sunday - Not truly emo or screamo, not truly punk, but truly influenced by those indie rock genres.
Cuban Sandwich Crises - Hungry for some talented musicianship & strong songwriting that doesn't knock you over to make it's point? take a bite of the samich. And yes, you can have extra hot sauce. .
Klik - Post modern Girl rock that keeps evolving; Chrissy & Stephi are yummy & Heavy They recently opened 4 EVANESCENCE @ Coachman Park. Twas a good match.=->
The BeauvillesThe new record is a hard charger. Their songs meande around r in their own space erfore they set you down in a groove. Always great fun live.
Mind Static - I call it Angel Industrial, Electronic melodic... Sexy & ethereal. I'm biased through because I love Wendy & Rob is my partner in Mediawhore.
Gravity - Gravity is big rock... I spell their sound "R-A-W-K"... Not rock, but RAWK. Huge & majestic kind of stuff. I hear & see more good things to come if they keep hammering on this anvil to forge out the sound they have begun.
Tribal Style - Modern roots-rock-reggae. An updated Black Uhuru, Sly & Robbie thing going on here. Amazing percussion. Jah natural mystic music lives. Long Beach, Cali, chillin' in Tampa.. Get out & support them & let's keep them here.
WMNF Community Radio - They keep the best of Tampa local music on file and will even play it for you if you ask nicely enough.
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