You Should Listen to Nappy Head by Clint Breeze

Last November while working my regular Monday night gig in Indianapolis at The Chatterbox Jazz Club, a fellow musician and producer Clint Breeze approached me about doing some session work on his upcoming album Nappy Head. He had the album pretty much done but was in need of some keyboard and synthesizer parts for his title track. The deadline for the recording process was quickly approaching and he was in a bind.

My Native Sun bandmate Sleepy suggested I play the keyboard parts for the song. I was hesitant because I don't consider myself a "real" keyboardist but I've done similar work on my own production. After thinking over it during the course of my gig that night I decided to go ahead and give it a try. I'm glad I made that decision because the entire album turned out to be very dope and I'm very proud to have a small role in the creation of it.

Nappy Head is an excellent representation of Indianapolis hip hop. Clint Breeze did an incredible job of creating a project that is socially relevant, has incredible production and a lineup of brilliant emcees. You can even find Native Sun frontman, B Young featured on the song Lucky (track 18). Please take some time and give this music a listen. If you love hip hop you'll be glad you did. Click the art below to hear it!


Offering Your Support On Patreon Is Secure And Easy

My Patreon campaign is easy and simple. You can support my music by pledging $1 per month and in return you get my album Optique for free plus weekly music that is only for my patrons. There is no long term commitment and you can stop donating whenever you choose. If you wish to pledge more than $1 per month there are additional rewards available.


Is Music Marketing a Scam?

Marketing is a vital part of being an independent artist. It's equally important as creating the music. I say this because creating music means nothing if people don't hear it. After all music is for listening. The process by which people outside your circle of family and friends hear your work is marketing. A common misconception amongst creative people is that marketing is a scheme used to trick people into buying things they don't need or really want. In this video I offer a clear explanation of what marketing is and why we as independent artists should be doing it consistently.


Offering Your Support On Patreon Is Secure And Easy

My Patreon campaign is easy and simple. You can support my music by pledging $1 per month and in return you get my album Optique for free plus weekly music that is only for my patrons. There is no long term commitment and you can stop donating whenever you choose. If you wish to pledge more than $1 per month there are additional rewards available.


The Art of Hip Hop Live Performance with Native Sun

Here's a performance video I made last fall when Native Sun in performed in Cincinnati for the city's Walnut Hills Street Festival. Take a look and let me know what you think. We're also planning shows for spring and summer so if there's a place in your city you would like to us perform please let me know!



Native Sun Live in Denver

Here's a video from a Native Sun show I did in Denver, Colorado at Ophelia's Electric Soapbox this past fall. We had a great time out there and met a lot of talented artists and musicians. The song on this video is Livin The Life from our album Undeniable. Also if you are a participant in my campaign on Patreon be sure to look for your name at the end of the video.


Offering Your Support On Patreon Is Secure And Easy

My Patreon campaign is easy and simple. You can support my music by pledging $1 per month and in return you get my album Optique for free plus weekly music that is only for my patrons. There is no long term commitment and you can stop donating whenever you choose. If you wish to pledge more than $1 per month there are additional rewards available.


How to go from Church Musician to Playing in the REAL World

This is a quick video of advice for young gospel musicians who grew up playing in church and want to become professionals and in other genres (the REAL world) and not limit themselves to only being gospel musicians. 

I explain how fundamental things like hanging out in local jam sessions (not to be confused with gospel sheds), listening to and authentically playing new styles of music, and being trustworthy and on time for gigs can make the transition to regularly working in your music scene smooth.

Church is a very controlled environment in which many basic business skills and best practices for professional musicians are not applicable. I hope to help musicians overcome the initial culture shock with this video. Feel free to comment and let me know what you think.


Offering Your Support On Patreon Is Secure And Easy

My Patreon campaign is easy and simple. You can support my music by pledging $1 per month and in return you get my album Optique for free plus weekly music that is only for my patrons. There is no long term commitment and you can stop donating whenever you choose. If you wish to pledge more than $1 per month there are additional rewards available.


Live Stream: Rob Dixon Quartet at Pioneer Indy

Here's a show I recorded on Facebook Live while performing with saxophonist Rob Dixon. Featuring Native Sun drummer Richard "Sleepy" Floyd and Steven Jones on keyboard. We're working to release an album this year. You can check out some of the songs in this video. As always I'd love to know what you think in the comments.

Set List

1:07 New Years Day

12:47 Untitled

26:51 Little Wing

34:05 Middle Passage

53:25 Blues for Ben featuring Amanda Gardier and Theon Lee


Offering Your Support on Patreon is Secure and Easy

My Patreon campaign is easy and simple. You can support my music by pledging $1 per month and in return you get my album Optique for free plus weekly music that is only for my patrons. There is no long term commitment and you can stop donating whenever you choose. If you wish to pledge more than $1 per month there are additional rewards available.


How I Record Bass Guitar

Happy New Year! Welcome to my first blog post of 2017. I'm revamping my YouTube channel based on your feedback and will be including more tutorials and info along with performances and other content. In the video below I'm doing a quick explanation and demo of how I record bass guitar for my music. Check it out and let me know what you think. I'd be happy to answer any questions in the comments!


I Will Record Bass Guitar on Your Song

If you need a bass track for your music, visit my profile on Fiverr.com. I'll record a bass track in WAV format and deliver it to you within 3 days. 


Live Beat Making and Sampling Video Series

Here's an unpublished video I'm preparing for my YouTube channel. It's a spin on a classic Faith Evans slow jam. After New Years I plan to regularly post more videos like this one plus more bass covers and tutorials. Please subscribe to the channel to keep up with the latest content.


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OPTIQUE ALBUM
AVAILABLE NOW

Please check out my new 19 track instrumental hip hop album
on Bandcamp. You won't be disappointed.