Here's a new piece of music I'm working on for the next Native Sun project. We've been doing a lot of writing lately and plan to have a new album available later this year. I'll be periodically sharing things from the creative process as we go. Please check out the music below and let me know what you think!
Native Sun is working on new music! We are still early in the process but we’ve recently been doing video shoots and recording sessions. Here’s a quick teaser from a video shoot we did for MELT studio. They’ll be releasing the full video on Friday May 19th. I’ll keep you posted but for now you can enjoy the 1 minute clip below.
I'd love to know about any creative projects or businesses you are building. Please share your links in the comments. Who knows what networking opportunities might arise from sharing. To get the ball rolling, I've posted a link to some new music from my good friend and email subscriber Bashiri Asad. Bashiri is an independent soul music artist and just released a new single called Loving You. Click the artwork to take a listen and I look forward to checking you all out in the comment section.
I was checking out this documentary about the legendary James Brown today. As a hip hop producer, I try to stay connected to the roots of my art by revisiting James Brown's work every now and then. This movie is very detailed and digs into a lot things I didn't know about him. It's definitely worth checking out if you haven't seen it. Let me know what you think!
I've been listening to Kendrick Lamar's latest album DAMN. over the weekend. So far I'm really digging the track called Element. It has a really bass guitar-friendly beat and of course Kendrick's verses are incredible. Please check out this video of me playing the song on bass. Thanks!
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Here's a quick video of me breaking in my new Epiphone Dot Studio guitar on Al Green's classic soul song, I'm Still in Love with You. I've been fascinated by the chords and structure of this song since I was a kid so it's always fun to noodle around with it!
On Saturday March 18 I assembled a group of some of my favorite musicians for a show at the premiere jazz club in my city. We delivered an awesome show to a packed house! Luckily I recorded the event and have posted it here for those who were unable to attend or would like to relive it. Please enjoy and let me know what you think in the comments as always.
Rob Dixon - saxophones
William Menefield - piano
Greg Artry - drums
Brandon Meeks - bass
1. Wayne's Thang - Kenny Garrett
2. Dolphin Dance - Herbie Hancock
3. Lonnie's Lament - John Coltrane
4. Body and Soul - Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton, Johnny Green
5. Soulful - Roy Hargrove
6. One Finger Snap - Herbie Hancock
A quick video with tips for becoming successful with your music independently. I also describe a few points about making the transition from working a 9 to 5 job to doing music full time. Finding success as an independent music artist begins with the mentality of the individual.