I hope your week is going well so far.
Just to update all the good folks who have stopped by to check out my website that I have a new recording project coming and songwriting sessions are underway. This project will tap on my roots as a drummer/musician – straight-ahead Hard Rock. If you like your Rock the way Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Queen, and some of the best 80’s Glam bands like Motley Crue did it, then be sure to look out for this band.
The Black Monolith, as the band is called, and I am not sure if that is the confirmed name, will comprise Damien Ng on lead guitars and he is the principal songwriter, a bassist, a lead vocalist, and yours truly on drums and throwing in my 5 cents worth to the arrangements. I have to say that I really enjoy the stuff that Damien writes – he knows his roots as a Rock musician and he can write great riffs that evoke the vibe of all the classic Rock groups both of us grew up listening to.
We plan to hit the recording studio in June and may also go out on the road to bring the spirit of old school Hard Rock to the masses the best way we know. This is certainly a perfect time for me to bring back my heavy-hitting chops after more than a year of playing with a lighter touch and restraint on volume, which is also an area of drumming skill I am proud to have improved on and I still work on it.
Stay tuned for more upates!
We’re already past the halfway mark into 2013 and I hope everyone is doing well in your lives!
As I write this post, I’m about 3 months away from reaching my 5th year mark in the music industry, and I have to say that 2013 is turning out be a year of interesting opportunities, especially in the area of studio recording. I’m starting to experience a dream come true. A dream that I’ve always had since I used to see names of famous session musicians credited on the liner notes on most of the recordings I own.
Last April, I participated in the launch performance of Jonathan Meur’s Woodnotes EP, which was the first full EP recording project I worked on. Just recently, I wrote a post mentioning that I’ve commenced work with Zhong Ren Koh on his EP project and we’re currently rehearsing material (https://jasoncruzdrums.wordpress.com/2013/06/18/new-ep-recording-project-zhong-ren-koh/).
Last Saturday, I received a facebook message from a musician, Lin Yi Liang, whom I worked with on Voices From The Gramophone Concert last February, that he’d like me to play on 4 tracks on his new EP project. No brainer, I had to say, yes. We both got along very well during preparations for the VFTG concert and we both expressed our interest in collaborating further on future music projects. I understand that the EP is going to be Jazz-oriented and that’s a new thing for me! I’ve performed Jazz stuff in public, but not recording it in the studio yet! Gotta go get my Jazz chops up!
Two recording projects going on at the same time! Bring it on!!!
Stay tuned for more updates!