Well, I recently decided to try something completely out of the box from anything else I've done: I want to join a band. So as of now, I am the new DJ for a rock band in Atlanta by way of Detroit + Los Angeles. The band is called Detroit Mutant Radio. We basically answer the question, "What would Red Hot Chili Peppers sound like if they did hiphop?". So yeah. Wrap your head around that. Better still, hook up with the band on your favorite media outlet at iLike,GarageBand,YouTube,FaceBook,MySpace,CDBaby,Amazon.com, and any of the hundreds of Google search entries we have.
I met up with the band a few weeks ago thanks to an ad on Atlanta CraigsList. I played my first live show with them August 30th @ the Apache Cafe in downtown ATL. OMG that was so fun. We ended up being the house band for poets from DefPoetrySlam and rocked out 2 sets in between. I even managed to slip in a quick solo hip hop mix with a bit of Jurassic5, KRS-One, Beastie Boys, and De La Soul.
I even got pics of the band! Check it out!
That's right y'all. I am a geek and proud of it. I'm 'that guy' who lives the nerd lifestyle through and through. I learned my first computer program language at 6 years old. "Game" to me is both a noun and a verb. The number 42 often pops literary references in my head. My apartment is wired like the Batcave.
As part of that lifestyle, I have been an intricate part of the sci-fi / comics / pop culture convention scene in the SouthEast since 1999. Every con I go to ends up being a family reunion of sorts with parties and events that last 24 hours a day for three days straight. BUT... I don't merely pay for my admission just to relax, make obscure funny references, and say 'I'm home'. Hell no! Annual events of this magnitude needs showmanship and loud pumping bass to get the masses to party like there's no tomorrow. I think I can help with that. =) ...
One week ago, I was privileged enough to attend the Remix Hotel in the Renaissance Waverly Hotel near the Cobb Galleria. There, I saw some amazing equipment being demonstrated from vendors like Stanton, Rane, Roland, and a few others. I spoke to a few of the vendor reps and have a decent chance of getting on board to perform corporate-based demos, provided I jump through a few hoops. I met the owner of one of my favorite record shops based out of Texas, EatMyBeats.com. I got t-shirts, brochures of stuff I can't afford right now, and CDs from other independent artists like myself.
As an unexpected turn to my evening yesterday, I had Dirty Mike fork over some tickets to see Gnarls Barkley at The Tabernacle here for their final US homecoming tour date in Atlanta.
Dirty Mike showing us tickets to a concert he will never see.
My partner in crime, Drifter (the Val Kilmer look-alike shown proudly posing with the free tickets we scored) and I arrived to the venue as the opening act was finishing their set. As to be expected, it was a packed house, standing room only. The crowd was a very cool and broad hodge-podge of different ages and demographics. As soon as the enormous Gnarls Barkley banner dropped from the ceiling to provide the backdrop for the band, the whole place cheered wildly.
Good gobeldy goo! What a week!
Seems the networking I've been doing lately has paid off. So, kick back. Relax. Grab a sandwich because I'm going to tell y'all the whole detailed story. This is yet another day in the life of B-Naut.