NEWS // Jayson Belt – ‘Poor Penmanship’ – Producer Notes
There’s something very special about making music with a good friend, someone you’ve clocked in a lot of time with. There’s a trust that’s established that frees you up to just do what you do, to create with no need to explain yourself, or worry if the other person gets it or not. There’s a camaraderie that’s established where it’s been proven you have each other’s back. You can push each other to do better work because of the history you have and the friendship you’ve built. These are my favorite records to make, and that’s what I have with Jayson Belt.
We’ve performed, written, and recorded music together for years now. The culmination of this time is an ease and freedom in working together. Rarely does anything need to be explained or talked through. We just start writing, or playing, or tracking. It’s easy.
“Poor Penmanship” – Jayson’s debut solo album, is a reflection of that relationship. It’s a record that’s been in the works for a long time. It’s been put on the back burner a few times as life has brought different twists and turns – career changes, kids, moves, etc. But, it’s finally done and I think it’s a better record because of the wait.
A couple of thoughts about Jayson Belt…
Jayson is a power house of a vocalist, which is demonstrated on this record at times. But, what also is displayed are the more subtle textures of his vocal which deliver some of my favorite moments, such as “Adriatic”.
He is one of the most gifted lyricists I know. He can bring so much sarcasm and bite in a turn of phrase that you can’t help but laugh. He can emote in a subtle way without hitting you over the head. I’ve always marveled at how quickly he can pen a lyric to evoke just the right feeling.
Because of the span of time that this record was written and recorded over, we were a little concerned about how it would all fit together. But, listening to it now, it makes perfect sense to me. It reflects that span of time in it’s diversity and various influences, which I think brings interest to the record as a whole. It’s certainly a record I’m proud of from the songs to the performances, to its production and mixes. Making music with friends is one of things that I value most in this life and this record is certainly an example and a tribute to that.
‘Poor Penmanship’ Release Date: February 10, 2015
iTunes Pre-Release Available now!
SHOWS // MOXI – Final Show Of The Year
For CatBeach Music, this year began with much excitement and anticipation for the release of Moxi’s first EP – In My Dreams. The details of the project had been created over dinners and wine, songwriting sessions, and experiments in the studio. And it was finally time to bring this baby out into the world. The EP was introduced at a listening party up in the hills overlooking the city, followed by a packed out show at Hotel Cafe. Moxi and their first project was met with critical acclaim:
“Artist to watch! Meet Anna Nelson AKA Moxi, a Los Angeles-based singer and performer whose floating soundscape of vintage keyboards, big backbeats, and signature Omnichord strums are quickly brewing a buzz.”
-Rob Brayl – Bigger Than Beyonce
-Megan Harvey – Music In Press
“While today’s pop music seems convoluted, Moxi certainly has that moxie to stand on their own.”
-Ace Ubas – The Owl Mag
“In Moxi’s case there’s no big label endorsed policy of smoke and mirrors, just a great talent and proof that pop music can be intelligent as well as commercially appealing.”
-Andy Von Pip – Von Pip Musical Express
-Bob Suehs – Rock n Roll Experience
“In My Dreams is good stuff that caught me off guard because I was thinking she was just another girl with a guitar. Instead she’s dramatic and dreamy and her songs are easy to get lost in. It’s an impressive effort all around and the fifth song, “Mystery,” is worth the price of the single alone.”
-PaulPop – The Pop Stereo
It has truly been an exceptional year for Moxi, filled with new fans, new videos, new songs, and shows across Southern California. And Moxi is closing out their year with a final show at House Of Blues – Sunset, in their Foundation Room. The show is a party celebrating the release of their label mate – Ryan Webster’s debut album: The Point Of Pointlessness. The party is open to everyone and is FREE!
By the way…if you don’t have Moxi’s first EP…you NEED this! Download it via iTunes here!