a little bit about my music
music has been a part of my life for as long as i can remember. i grew up listening to a lot of beatles and elvis thanks to mom and dad. i come from a very musical family and i have a lot of fond memories making music with my father and brother in church as a kid. we started putting together bands in high school and we had a lot of fun playing out at festivals and parties. my brother and i were in a dixieland band (i played clarinet, he played sax) for about seven years called the harlingen hot licks all star dixieland band and i was a founding member of the now legendary south texas indie rock band suicide tuesday.
so, here's a quick overview of some of my current musical projects...
the advent of soft studios for home computers has really revolutionized music for me and a lot of the musical projects i'm currently involved in utilize this interesting new development in home music production.
you can listen my latest tracks for free here on my website if you click on the
launch player button to the left (or click the text link you just read). if you like anything you hear, you can now purchase tracks right here on this nifty little flash player...
one of my current projects, summermilk was originally an acoustic/indierock outfit which allowed me to perform very stripped down original sets of acoustic music with guitar and harmonica. it started out as a duet with a cello player from austin back in 2001-2002, then evolved into a duet with my friend ruth on violin from 2002-2005. later i refitted the band with virtual instruments.
find out more at the SUMMERMILK MYSPACE PAGE.
i just finished a new album called MAY YOU ALWAYS LIVE FREE (which is available digitally through that SNOCAP store above for $10) and am currently releasing singles every couple weeks or so. most of these usually get featured on the myspace page or in my blog.
ESTRECHEZ was the name for a solo electronica project i began after the collapse of a band i was involved with back in 2004 called united altered states. "estrechez" means:
1. - narrowness, conscientious attention to rules and details
2. (aprieto) - bind, jam, tight
3. (amistad) - closeness, intimacy
4. (pobreza) - poverty, need, trouble with money, a state occasioned by scarcity of money and a shortage of credit
5. (austeridad) - austerity
between 2004 and 2005 i produced several cd's worth of instrumental electronica (some of it good, some of it not so good). here's those cd's...
those were fun and exciting times and allowed me to really cut my teeth with the program i use to produce all my music (reason, in case you're interested...)
the last instrumental estrechez cd i produced, MENTALESE, is still available for free download on myspace. you can check that out here
currently i'm working on new ESTRECHEZ tracks when i'm not working on SUMMERMILK music. the project has taken a much more new wave/post punk/emotronic direction featuring vocals and a more futuristic/electronic/synthetic sound in a very pop oriented vein. sort of like an electronic 80's version of summermilk, actually. i'm releasing each song individually through my SNOCAP and you can check out my latest at the ESTRECHEZ MYSPACE PAGE. of course, current tracks are also available for a free listen on this website's music player.
recent past musical endeavors...
SANCHO SWIFT AND SQUAREPEGZ
MC Sancho Swift - vocals/beats/guitars
Big Mouth Bass - vocals
MC Sam Sinn - vocals
guest vocals provided by Zen Boodamasta, Unknown Souljah, Dope Jedi and Punk Rock Mouse
When I first started working on this strip, I had a few goals in mind. I'd just gotten through yet another webcomics drama which had brought me out of a hiatus and I was looking for something to work on that would challenge me artistically as well as technically. I had been working on music using computer software and decided to experiment intigrating music into webcomics.
The other big reason I started working on THOSE WERE THE SALAD DAYZ was that my wife and I were expecting our baby daughter and we were thinking about moving to Vermont once she was born. This strip enabled me to get together with all my friends and spend a lot of quality time with them as I involved them in helping me create the strip and the music for it before our big move.
I cherish the year we spent playing music together and performing some of these songs in live settings. Many of my friends were inspirations for the characters in the strip and the three main MC's from the fictional band SQUAREPEGZ were voiced by their human counterparts in my real life hip hop band SQUAREROOTZ.
Upon arriving in Vermont after our long trek across the country from south Texas I had come to terms with the fact that I'd accomplished the two goals I'd set for myself with this strip: spending time with all my good friends and involving them in my work before leaving the Rio Grande Valley (Dirty Dirty South) and continuing to push those experimental webcomics boundries. The strip had even gotten a couple writeups.
So, yet another "noble failure" to add to my growing collection, only in my heart I know I got everything I wanted out of this even if I didn't finish the story.
By the time we'd left south Texas I had completed most of the instrumentals and songs for the comic. I also had a basic outline for 200 episodes that would tell the tale of the bands' journey to the "BEATOFF" which included getting busted for selling pot brownies, acquiring a zombie busdriver named ZEN BOODAMASTAH, inadvertently opening a gateway to hell that would unleash a demon attack that would wreck the competition and finally losing a character in a glorious grand finale.
if you should happen to download any of my music and enjoy listening to it, please consider dropping me a donation via paypal...