June 16, 2009
I have been looking for the players to make up the band, and I have been having some success. Art Mazur, a long time friend of mine has agreed to handle the keyboards and samples. That is good news because he has really strong technical skills and a cool sense for making music. Looking forward to putting some of his tunes on the site. Also picked up Sean McCloskey for the lead guitar spot. Sean has been known for his band Twelve Horse. Sean is a terrific guitarist, a good friend and a master of electric guitar tone.
Still looking for the bass player, but I have some promising leads. But if you are reading this and you have interest, just click the link at the bottom of the page and leave me an e-mail with all of your vital statistics.
May 24, 2009
I'm really happy to say that I have been talking to some players. I am looking forward to these auditions. Still looking for a bass player, so if you are reading this and have some interest just click the link at the bottom of the page and leave me an e-mail with your information, phone number and e-mail etc.
May 20, 2009
I am pleased to announce that renowned drummer and record producer Andy Kravitz has agreed to join the band. Andy has been a cornerstone in the recording process and has played the drums on most of the songs I have, including all of the songs on the Giant cd and most of the tracks on the Sounds Like Dreaming cd. He has also worked with a who's who of recording artists and contributed his drum and recording talents to much of the music that you hear on the radio daily. I have always known that having a rock solid drummer is the bedrock on which any great band is built. With Andy in the lineup we are off to an amazing start.
May 17, 2009
At long last I have begun the audition process to choose band mates to play this stuff live. I hope that some of you that are reading this have seen the ads on craigslist and are considering auditioning. In addition to myself there will be drums, keyboards, bass, and a second guitar player. Vocals are a definite plus, but don't let that discourage you. If you are interested in being a part of this project, click the link at the bottom of the page and leave me a message. Please remember to include your e-mail and phone number in the message.
Check out the Giant album on this page and see if you can hear yourself as a part of the band. The new Sounds Like Dreaming album includes ten new songs and will be presented to anyone auditioning for the band. It will also be posted on this page very soon, so bookmark the site and keep checking back to hear the new stuff. So there's a good amount of material. Keep in mind that we will be playing my original tunes and the band will not be doing covers.
A little about how I will be choosing musicians... I believe that a song should have two lives. There's the way you recorded it, and the way that you play it live. When I record a song I give it everything that it needs to sound as amazing as possible, I don't limit myself to the amount of parts that can be played live. So I believe strongly that since the song will never sound exactly like it did on the record, it's important to have a group that will make the song as strong as possible live. I will be choosing musicians based on many factors...style, personality, skills, etc.
Feel free to e-mail me with any questions you might have. I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Peace, Matthew David
May 13, 2009
Sorry for the delay in posting the new record Sounds Like Dreaming to the website. We have been putting the final touches on the page and we just want everything to be right before it goes up there. But the good news is that the record is done and sounds awesome. I have been playing it around for some of my friends in radio and it has gotten some good responses.
Right now I am working on getting some videos going for these tunes. Check out the video for Cock of the Walk on youtube. I used some of the pics from a trip we took to Santa Fe in the vid. Search "COCK OF THE WALK matthew david" on youtube. We were out there cutting drums on that tune at Frogville studio. Much thanks to the Hundred Year Flood. They have to be the coolest band I have ever met. I highly recommend checking out their music. They are the real deal.
Keep an eye on the site for the new record.
April 22, 2009
I'm totally stoked to announce the release of my new album, Sounds Like Dreaming, featuring ten new original songs, soon to be made downloadable from theothersongs.com. The new stuff sets a new standard for my song writing and achieves a new level of sonic quality. With the help of my regular players and some new faces I have been able to create a sound that is totally new for me while keeping the hard hitting core of the older stuff while at the same time expanding into some new musical territory.
The new stuff is based on the same funky style that you hear on the GIANT album but has a deeper, more layered quality and style of recording. Some of the songs on Sounds Like Dreaming almost sound like country. I have started calling it "Funktry." I focused on driving grooves and deep bass content, and iconic guitar sounds.
Andy Kravitz is back. A 2 tha MF K played drums on the first five tracks, "Broke Down, Come Out and Play, Sinner, Don't Nobody," and the instrumental, "Hold On For A Minute." He always creates the strongest and most appropriate drum sounds. He never disappoints. The drums on "Sinner" actually sound like fireworks.
Also returning for some tracks are Bobby Strother, (aka Bobby Conga). Listen for his percussion and congas on "Don't Nobody" and "The Final Drop" among others.
And as always, thanks to Alonso Johnson, (aka Afronaut) for lending his bass talents to several of the tracks on the new album.
Thanks for listening, Matthew David