Skipped last week out of superstition, but am back (slightly belated) for another weeks entry. Just want to say, before I begin rambling, a big big thank you to all my fans and friends (Fan/friends?) Who have been keeping up with my career for the past - gosh - 4 months already? It's been really great for me to chronicle my headway into this next phase of my career and hope it has been equally as enjoyable for you, the reader.
This week has been big! Two weekend shows with bathtub moon and beginning to really move forward with the album. Words can't express how excited I am about this! Had my second meeting with my producer, Wilson. We worked out some charts for the first 4 songs set to record Feb 8th, and played through them/talked about the feel and arrangements. It's been a while since I've had other instrumental musicians play through my songs with me. Forgot how much I like it. Also talked about how we are going to work the music into/under the poetry aspect of the album. I think it's gonna be good.
On Sunday night (the most gorgeous day in a while just 2 days after a "massive" snow storm. What? Texas, you are crazy!) went over to Bruce's and recorded some junk vocal and uke tracks for reference on the big recording day. Man do I love being in the studio. It took a little while to figure out the right groove/tempo, but after a few takes, it started to come back to me how to do this. Launching my kickstarter in about two weeks! This is real. Wow, I am so...
Could it be, I've been in Austin for three months? Wow. Finally got around to doing some explorations by foot - it's been awfully chilly here (I say this, but think of my friends and fam back home who are buried in snow and -20 degree weather) but we've been on a warm snap. Took a walk over the packman "Never Give up Bridge" for the first time on a walk to whole foods. Felt sooooooo good to be outside and get some fresh air!
So things are really starting to move with my projects. After 30 hours of cumulative work, I finally finished my Indiegogo video. It looks great! Am thinking I may launch sooner than later, which is exciting and also a little nerve racking. (Stay tuned...) I also secured a drummer and bass player for the first round of 4 songs to be recorded and will officially be having the first full day of production commence on February 8th! Whowee!
Bathtub Moon is also starting to pick up. Our dear and generous friend Lunch Box offered to take some photo and audio recordings of our flipnotics show, which should be posted on our website real soon. We are starting to talk about a mini tour to NOLA at the end of March. Our harmonies are really getting tight and our repertoire much more expansive. And we are always taking requests :)
That's it for now folks. Stay warm out there! XOXO Katie
Happy New Year everyone! I gotta say, 2013 kicked my ass, but 2014 is feeling pretty damn good. Lots of things are starting to come together on several fronts:
Been playing with Kevin Carroll's "Ukestra" as part of our lovely trade. At first I wasn't quite sure what it would be like, but was pleasantly surprised to discover a lovely intergenerational group of fellow uke students learning equally intergenerational tunes (everything from "My Girl" to "Royals" by 17 year old pop star Lorde) We have our first performance coming up this Friday at a senior home. Should be a hoot!
I also had my first meeting with my engineer and producer, Wilson Marks of The Sparrowmakers (check them out - husband and wife duo. They rule). We set our first studio date for the second weekend of Feb! I can't tell you all how fucking excited I am about his. Am gonna round up some Jazz players and do the first 4 tracks live. I'm really excited to have Wilson involved. He has a degree in Jazz guitar, and I think will really be helpful in bringing this idea to life. Watch out for the kickstarter and more info this March!
Amy and I have been playing a bunch of shows lately, including our first paying gig (finally...!) We have also doubled our set and it continues to grow. We had a really lovely show New Years Day with my friend Tyler's band. A bunch of folks I really love in town showed up, as well as some new friends. Looking forward for this project to keep on growing.
Lastly, on the home front, I have had less time to be an art monster due to more hours at work (which, really, is a good thing as this album won't pay for itself.) Home continues to feel really good, however. We got a new housemate - a friend from work - and it's been great to get to know him. Spent the day on Thursday going to whole paycheck and the gym and made a lovely Indian inspired dinner.
Hope you are all having an equally wonderful beginning to the new year!!! XOXO K