Daena Jay dropped her new single, ‘Skin On Skin’, this week. The release coincides with its feature placement on CBS’ Young & The Restless, for the fan faves – Cane and Lily.
Yep, we said it….the NAMM Show is fun.
The National Association of Music Merchants hosts its annual 4-day extravaganza in Anaheim every January. And each year, 100,000 eager gear hounds, uniformed in black, descend down onto the convention center taking over the surrounding hotels and restaurants for a 96-hour party.
Ok, we get it. To say that NAMM is ‘fun’ is sort of weird, because in truth, the NAMM Show could actually be used as a very effective act of torture. I mean, the standing room volume alone starts at 95db and just goes up from there. You know when you walk into Guitar Center and one guy is playing “Enter Sandman’ and another guy is playing “Sweet Child Of Mine” and a third guy is taking a free-form drum solo…? Multiply that times 10,000 and add alcohol. There you have it. NAMM Show.
There is a whole breed of musician who claim pure hatred when the mention of NAMM is made. Most of those musicians, sighing with disdain, while walking the floor of NAMM, forced to do so by the evil gear manufacturers who happen to sponsor said musician – giving them free gear in exchange for a simple appearance or two. We get it. Torture.
Now, those valid points aside…I still contend, that NAMM is fun. Rather than becoming jaded, prepare yourself with ear plugs, a few dollars to spend on a bit of liquid courage, and head in to the show. Here’s what you’ll find with the right mindset…
Considering there’s over 5000 exhibitors displaying their catalog of shiny new products, this is the perfect place to hunt down a new piece of gear that can fuel inspiration or give you a whole new approach to writing, playing and making music.
Really, we contend that this is *the* reason to go to NAMM. Every year we bump into friends we haven’t seen for years, some from across the country, others who we’ve just lost touch with, making NAMM a reunion of sorts. It’s a chance to catch up, check out the new projects everyone is working on, compare and share ideas, and maybe even set up new collaborations. And inevitably, along the way, you’ll make some new friends too!
Lets face it. NAMM is a freak show. Where else can you see Stevie Wonder and Slipknot under the same roof…every year?! And, are those really the Slipknot guys? Or is this just the rock n roll version of Disneyland – where we have our very own characters that are played by any ol’ guy?
By the way, did anyone see the Gene Simmons impersonator this year? We didn’t see him. Maybe he retired…
The big question each day of the show…”Where are we all meeting up tonight?” The obvious choice is to re-group, rest your feet and have a drink at the Marriott or Hilton right across from the Convention Center. A great place to start, but for those with the will and energy, there are secret parties to be found. Each with amazing and unusual pairings of talent and surprise guests. Where else can you see Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, Johnny Depp and Steven Tyler sing ‘Come Together’ or Van Halen and Albert Lee trading licks???
Need we say more…who doesn’t love free stuff?
So, there you have it.
Now get out there…and join in on this crazy NAMM party in 2017!
Last month the team from Friedman Amplification came out to CatBeach Studio to let us give their new amp, Buxom Betty, a test drive.
Check out Daena Jay and Bob Hartry performing a new song “Feel Alright”, featuring Betty and the Danocaster Jazzmaster.
DAENA JAY RELEASES 6-SONG EP:
SONGS FOR KISSING
‘Songs For Kissing’, a collection of chill moody love songs – is a human soundtrack capturing flirty transgressions, intimate moments and the angst in longing.
This collection includes two ballads - ‘The Gray’ and ‘This Is How We Love’, that were featured on CBS’s Young & The Restless. It also has 2 vibey, chill songs called ‘Stay Forever’ and ‘The Other Side’ – used to launch Amuse Society’s 2015 Fall Collection in a special video presentation called Down By The Sea. And to finish it off, there are 2 live performances – one is a deeply-sad love song, called ‘On My Skin’, and the last tune is a stripped-down version of ‘What You Always Wanted’.
Have you seen the documentary called ‘The Wolfpack’? It is an absolutely incredible story of a family of 7 whose father confined them to a tiny apartment in New York. They overcame their captivity and learned how to communicate with others by watching movies. And now, after finding their freedom, they are experiencing a vibrant and exciting life.
ABC News 20-20 highlighted the documentary last week, and Daena Jay’s music provided an inspirational backdrop. Check out the episode here. Daena’s songs start at the 25 minute mark. We’re all very honored to be a part of this family’s triumphant story!
Watch the whole episode here:
We caught up with Maid In Chelsea’s lovely production team across the pond last month. They featured Moxi’s song ‘Save Me’ in a perfectly dramatic club-scene montage. Check out the episode…the song is at the 45:10 mark and it also closes out the show. Oh…and for those of you who know the song, you’ll notice that it is quite slow – an error in the online conversion rate we suspect – but it makes for a seriously epic build in the montage!
And for all of you guilty-pleasure-scripted-reality-show-nerds, Made In Chelsea – NYC is supposedly coming to the Bravo network here in the States at some point in the future. Stay tuned!
Daena Jay’s latest singles, ‘This Is How We Love’ and ’The Gray’ were released with much anticipation. We’re so excited about the response, which has been incredibly kind and encouraging! These newly released singles will be featured on Daena’s next project. ‘Songs For Kissing’ a 6-song EP is a collection of chill moody love songs – a human soundtrack capturing flirty transgressions, intimate moments and the angst in longing, available June 2015.
The singles were written by Daena Jay and Bobby Hartry. The recordings captured a haunting beauty because of these lovely people:
Daena Jay: all things Amazing Vocals
Bobby Hartry: Guitars, Programming,
Aaron Sterling: Drums
Jonathan Ahrens: Bass, Keys, Programming (This Is How We Love)Tyler Chester: Bass, Keys (The Gray)
Dan Strain: Mix Engineer
Hans DeKline: Mastering Engineer
Bobby Hartry: Producer
CatBeach Music, a boutique independent music publisher, announced today that they have signed an agreement with Gyasi Ross, for his first solo project “If You Really Knew Me”. CatBeach Music will provide publishing services and synch and master licensing services worldwide for Gyasi’s catalog.
GYASI (pronounced Jah-C) is a singer-songwriter who plays his own brand of Acoustic-Hip Hop. His first self-released album, “If You Really Knew Me” is a culmination of his life-long journey as an artist. It captures his travels, experiences and personal trials along the way.
The album was produced by Jonathan Ahrens and features influences by John legend, John Mayer, Jason Mraz, The Roots(Black Thought), Dashboard Confessionals, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Pass, and John Coltrane. It is set to release in Fall 2015.
With this nomination, we celebrate the craft of songwriting and the art of music-making. We are inspired by all of you musicians and writers out there…sometime slogging it out…keeping on keeping on in this crazy industry…making a way forward! Your creative expression is important. It makes this world a beautiful place. Your art draws out emotion…joy and pain…laughter and tears…rejoicing and grieving. Your art is a sign of freedom and the world needs more of it!
And our celebration is rooted in profound thankfulness and gratitude. Thanks to all of the artists, musicians and writers that we work with – specifically to Daena Jay for her beautiful vocals on this tune. And many many thank you’s to our friends at ABC/Disney – the years of working together have been a true honor!
Happy Friday friends!
Moxi‘s second EP, “Through The Dark”, “offers an intoxicating mix of wobbling synths and danceable beats.” -Kevin Bronson at Buzzbands LA.
We asked Through The Dark’s two producers, Andy Toy and Bobby Hartry to tell us about their experience co-producing this project.
Andy: To me, co-producing is all about trust, and there’s probably nobody I trust more than Bobby Hartry to make my song better than I could on my own. This comes from years of working together but also from a personal relationship I have with Bobby that makes it OK for one of us to say, “hey, that could be better” or “that sound’s not really working for me”. One of my favorite moments of making “Through The Dark” was at Bobby’s studio when we decided to re-amp a few of my keyboard tracks through Bobby’s pedalboard into his vintage AC30. The floor was covered in a mess of pedals, patch cables and batteries, but the sounds we got are some of my favorites on the record.
Bobby: Echoing what Andy said, co-producing is definitely about trust. Building that trust and personal relationship creates an environment that can really foster risk taking, stepping out and trying stuff that maybe you haven’t done before. For me, that’s what keeps things interesting, and that’s where your best work usually happens.
Another result of that personal relationship is a camaraderie that develops. I definitely have this with Andy. Not only is the record making process more fun because of our friendship and mutual trust, but there’s also an intangible quality that I think people can hear or feel in the music as a result. I think it’s a freshness, or energy that’s evident in the crafting of the tracks as a result of working together. Andy’s story of reamping the keyboards is and example of that I think. Another moment like that for me was on the vocal session for “Save Me.” We had this idea of layering several of Anna’s vocals in the second verse to create some tension and energy. Some of the the layers were sung, some yelled, she’s starts on one note and bends up to another. We tried different mic placements to create a variety of roomy textures. I think at one point she stood in the door way of the studio bathroom with the mic several feet away. The end result is a brief moment in the song, but it’s exactly what we needed for the second verse.
I love tracking guitars with Andy. He’s up for trying anything. I may have a passing thought of a sound or part that is unorthodox, and without any hesitation Andy is on board helping me make it happen. And because I can trust his ear I’m freed up to really get lost in the guitar in those moments. This is a huge thing for me.