I am movin' on up! I have a shiny new website! No longer will I be relegated to the backwaters of the Faceybooks and Tweeters. No more shall I have to answer the question "Do you have a website?" with shame and give a Reverbnation page or be looked upon with derision with the mere mention of Myspace.
For I have a new Website!! Go forth...browse... contact me...tell me your thoughts about Basketcase 2. Lets converse on the wonders of giant monsters...Or book a gig...or talk about bass...or talk about how awesome blood red moons are!
Oh and the Flat Earth Agenda Album is finished. Artwork and packaging to be determined. Soon my monkeys....soon
I did a video talking about it. I recently had it in the studio and I am VERY happy with this bass. The preamp is incredibly versatile and it feels great and is great to play.
Pete makes a fantastic bass. Below are some pics and the vid.
Some details about the bass:
I suggest using headphones to really "hear" the bass. Even though youtube compressed the audio, I think the sound of the bass still comes through.
Skjold Offset '92 Six Stringed Fretted Bass:
Swamp ash body
Vol/vol tone with dual mid control Skjold-tone preamp.
The control boost the mid and cuts the mids and is sweepable from 250hz to 2,5Khz, when you cut the mids it also boosts the treble and bass ranges which follow the frequency band as you turn it so it becomes a variable contour.
The bottom knob is the sweep and varies the sound quite a bit. Sweeping that lower knob in the cut mode will give you about three different useable slap tones and the boost function will give you a lot of possibilities when playing fingerstyle.
It's been a while... I know. Here are a few things that are going on
I am pleased to announce that we will be hosting a house concert for Bassist Trip Wamsley.
Trip's playing takes on both the rhythmic bass and melodic lead roles,
harmonics and overtones are flung about effortlessly. Right hand, left
hand, all ten fingers, tuning keys and
every ounce of potential is used to bring forth music from his finely
crafted instruments. Musicains will appreciate his creative use of both
fretted and fretless basses, special effects and detuners. Trip is the
introduction to the bass guitar as a complete orchestra.
A $10 donation is suggested.
What's a house concert you ask?
A house concert is a chance to experience live music in a warm and
intimate environment. It's when someone opens up their home and invites
you into their living room to share in a performance by one of their
favorite musicians. It's a chance to meet the performers and get them to
sign and personalize their CD. A house concert is also a great social
evening with friends and neighbors.
Anyone in the Toledo Ohio area contact me for location and time.
Also... Dave and I are halfway through our follow up full length under the name Flat Earth Agenda.
Here is a sample of what's going to be on the album. I suggest using headphones as laptop speakers will not pick up the low end. This track is also not mastered and is not hard limited.
Greetings Humans....Get comfy... This post is a bit long.
There were 10 Bassists and their bands present at this years One Day of Bass in Chicago. This event was brought to you by Jauqo III-X and New Life Portage Park....and the letter B. This was an all day event. We got there at 1pm and left after 10pm.
Let's get started shall we
First up was Ian Zamost and his drummer with some rockin' effects heavy slap. Nice way to start the days event.
Next we had Tim Siesser and his band. For some reason I have no footage of this set. Which is a shame...This is one tight act. The melodies present were wonderfully pleasing. I do have a pic though.
Bill Clements was insane...figuratively....He did appear to be in his right mind. Apparently he and his percussionists Were winging much of the set and damn that's brave and amazing. It was rather stunning to witness.
Apologies for my phone camera....I do however have a clear picture of Bill's Lakland and his boots:
Will Howard was smooth and mellow...compared to the high energy of bill...He told a story about one of the basses he was playing. He picked it up at a garage sale for 100 bucks. This is not the 100 bass... It's on the stand next to him glowing...
Dave and I played after Will. It was HOT on that stage. Minimal mishaps...so that's good. I played through a Genz Benz streamliner 900 paired with a 210 ubercab for the first time and I was really impressed. I had to turn some of the low end down! I basically ran it pretty flat, mostly because I can get a lot of the tone I need from my Skjold Bass. couple that with the fact that I loop... some of the cabs I've used seem to have a hard time with all the layers that I use. I detected no issues from this rig. I was very impressed. I wanted to try out he Overton amps and cabs that were there but didn't get a chance to... So I can't comment on them other than to say they sounded good when the other performers used them.
Michael Cybulskie "Big Mikey C" was very impressive indeed. He uses a short scale Watson bass. I believe he said it is 30.7 scale. That man can play! He's tight...very good stuff here. Did some Rocco Prestia stuff and some Jaco and a solo piece as well. Was very happy to have seen this.
Vuyani Wakaba and his band utilized some very impressive percussive elements..it was wonderful. Smooth soloing from Vuyani.
Jauqo III-X played his signature Avant-Funk with his band. Another apology for my camera phone... Had to get this one while plugged in from the back of the room:
Quintin Berry blew us all away...He has a very unique way of playing the bass. He also had everyone gather around the stage....that was great. by the end of the night everyone had spread out and he made the evening intimate...My Drummer even got to perform with Quintin through some Kings X and Jimy Hendricks. A wonderful way to end the night.
I'd have to say the biggest thing I learn from these events is to Breath... Relax...do your thing. Because ultimately everyone is so different in approach from player to player, even if they are similar in genre.
I've been a bad blogger...Several shows have passed with Flat Earth Agenda and we've got more coming up.
We've found ourselves playing a lot of art galleries... which I didn't expect but am thankful for. Last month we played The Mix Verticle and Frankies, Tonight we're heading to Space 237 to perform for their art opening and next month will have us playing two shows, Woodchucks, Madhouse art galleries and a third gallery as yet to be confirmed.
We're also working on the next album as well....
So That's Flat Earth Agenda tonight 7:30pm at Space 237
Did I forget to mention that Steve and Lobelia are coming back to Ohio? Apologies... We're hosting Steve and Lobelia again and this time in a fantastic art gallery. Suggested donations to this show is $10 Very Excited about the next couple of months!!
You can hear Steve and Lobelia on this recording, which was recorded last year while on tour in the US.
After much deliberation I've decided to give a name to the project with Dave. This will allow a distinction between my solo sets and the sets that include Dave as drummer and whoever else we decide to throw into the mix. I didn't want to create confusion, but taking the stage with my name alone when there are others contributing to the music just didn't feel right.
Dave and I are now Flat Earth Agenda.
I like the name...there's a lot of flexibility to it...Which mean the project can ultimately include other players and genres.
Which brings me to this:
Our first show under the name Flat Earth Agenda is tomorrow night Sat Jan 15th at Woodchucks in Toledo Ohio. With Excuse for a Weekend and The New Captains.
Line up should be:
Flat Earth Agenda 10:30
Excuse for a Weekend 11:30
The New Captains 12:30
Directions are here: http://tinyurl.com/4gbbqq2
I've made changes to the Bandcamp page accordingly. The EP can be heard here:
I've released a new EP titled "Theories of Rocketry." It contains three tracks, two older songs and one new one partially recorded live all with Dave Kontak pulling drum duty. Dave brings a much needed depth and musicality to the project. I felt an EP was needed before the second full length is complete, I'm that excited about it.
Chris Darby (Chicago) and Longsleeves (San Diego) together on tour are stopping by the GroundLevel Coffeehouse. Self described as Indie / Folk. They will be putting on an acoustic set.
Steve Jad (Toledo) acoustic guitarist, who uses an array of altered tunings, will perform as well .He has been described as sounding a lot like Michael Hedges. He also has a killer voice.
I will do my thing (Solo Bass) and will also perform with Steve Jad...which will be a blast as it's been a while since we've gotten the chance to do so.
Cover is $4.00
Address: 2636 W. Central Ave., oledo, OH 43606 (Central near Douglas across from the New Food Town) Phone: 419.671.6272 E-mail: email@example.com
In other news... I am getting ready to release an EP. I am excited about it as it features Dave Kontak on drums. There are old songs and at least on new one. If all goes well it'll be out in a few weeks.
There is also work starting on the next full length CD as well. Recording has begun and Dave again will be covering drum duty. You can hear a sample of our work HERE from bandcamp.com. You can also pick up my first CD Deployment of Ten Wails as pay what you want (or what you think it worth) And you can do so knowing that It will help me finance the next album!
(The track "Sin Nombre" has since been removed...I ended up not liking it after repeated listening. However in it's absence, Please to enjoy a trailer of "The Howling III: The Marsupials" at the end of the post.)
Here's another preview. Tentatively titled Sin Nombre simply because like most of my songs... it usually doesn't have a name. I have to sit with a tune for a while before it gets a name...I joke that I simply look around the room to find inspiration...This one almost was titled "Lamp."
Please feel free to give opinions even if you don't like it...I wont be offended in the least.
It's unmastered so... turn it up man!
I was hoping to have a lot more done by now, but if you've been following me on twitter, you know that I was very ill with a pretty nasty case of meningitis. I was in the hospital for weeks and spent a few days in a medical coma. I missed a little more than a month of work and have only been back at work for a few weeks. I'm feeling a lot better now and I've decided that I needed to get back to the projects I've had in mind and finish them.
PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Area residents are invited to gain insight into the musical career of acclaimed electric bassist, composer and clinician Doug Johns as Owens Community College presents a free Master Class and Electric Basic Clinic on Saturday, July 10.
Presented by the College’s School of Arts and Sciences on Findlay-area Campus and the Department of Fine and Performing Arts on the Toledo-area Campus, Johns’ appearance at Owens will occur from 1-3 p.m. in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Mainstage Theatre on the Toledo-area Campus. In addition, the College will host a reception for Johns prior to his presentation on Saturday from 12:30-1 p.m. The reception will take place in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Rotunda. Admission to the event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
The Master Class and Electric Bass Clinic will feature discussion about Johns’ musical background as well as insight into forming a genuine connection with audiences as a musician. Highlighted topics will also include the importance of self promotion and marketing and the Internet as it relates to a professional career in the music industry. Additionally, Johns plans to share his musical talents with attendees during the clinic.
Johns began honing his skills at a very young by performing in various soul, funk, blues and jazz bands. From humble beginnings, the Cleveland-based musician has since entertained audiences worldwide with his electric jazz-funk/fusion sound. Johns has more than 25 years of bass experience and has worked with such musical talents as Victor Wooten, Buddy Miles and Dweezil Zappa.
The culmination of Johns’ musical experiences led him to release his first critically-acclaimed solo CD “Doug Johns” in 2006. Johns has followed up his solo debut with the release of “Pocket Fulla Nasty” in 2008. The internationally-recognized bassist is currently performing as part of a two-person project, the Doug Johns Duo, featuring drummer Chris Ceja.
For additional information about the upcoming Master Class and Electric Bass Clinic, call (567) 429-3648 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 3648.
I am very excited about this...Steve Lawson and Lobelia will be in town next week. Steve will be doing a clinic at Owens and later that night Steve, Lobelia and I will perform at The Ground Level. The Owens even is FREE and those who attend will get into the Ground Level show for free as well. Otherwise there is a $5.00 cover charge.
Good gravy I've neglected this thing haven't I? Shame on me. I suppose if anyone wanted to read what I do at any given moment they could just head over to twitter.com/stevenguerrero and connect with me there. I say such insightful things as "That drips fake blood right? 'cause you can't have a giant dragon and a beaded bird cage without fake blood" and "Has someone mentioned the spectacular film Orca? If not someone ought to. Inappropriate...but fitting" and the ever eloquent "Pancake time!!"
The idea behind the events are to recreate the house concert atmosphere while supporting a local coffee shop that sells locally roasted fair trade coffee. It's also a musician friendly place, and hey they also allows a solo bassist to invite great musicians to take over the place every two months. I love house concerts, It's a win for everyone, including the musicians, but until my family and I get out of the new baby stage...no more house concert hosting for now.
I have a lot of great musicians lined up for the next few months, and I am VERY excited to have them perform.
First up I am very pleased to report that on March 13th Harp Guitarist Eric Loy will be performing with me at The Ground Level. He's got so many strings...it must be a nightmare to tune. Check this out..it's pretty spectacular:
On May 8th Chapman Stick player Glenn Poorman will be heading in from Detroit to perform. I've had the pleasure to do a couple of shows with Glenn in the past and I must say, I am a big fan of his work. Fellow looper and a good chap to boot. Check him out doing his thing here:
I have more spectacular musicians scheduled for June and July, I know...not technically bi monthly, but schedules demand it..trust me...it's going to be awesome. I'll let you know who they are in the coming weeks....until then, please do stop by the shows if you're in the area, great music and you'll also be supporting local business and great musicians...A win for everyone!!!
Also...feel free to say hi to me on the twitter. I mostly speak of horrible movies that I admittedly have an addiction for. much like this one.
Bollywood Nightmare on Elm Street rip off you say? Yes I say...and soon I shall own it.