Remix of Forty Gun Flagship's FOREVER Out Now
Posted on Apr 22, 2013
It's been a long time coming, having spent the majority of last summer and fall working on this track, but my remix of Forty Gun Flagship's "Forever" is finally out on Glenn Morrison's "Morrison Recordings" label.
I'm extremely proud of this remix. The amount of hours that went into it - from endless tweak's on Robyn Raymond's beautiful vocal to the beds of sounds underneath it - were all worthwhile in the end as the final result is probably my best piece of work yet.
I'm grateful to Robyn and the band for letting me create my own story with the original song and am really looking forward to working with Robyn in the near future - her vocal and song-writing talents are truly amazing. I'd also like to thank label boss and star in his own right having toured the world many times over and released many tracks - none other than Glenn Morrison - for signing the track as well as the original rock and acoustic versions. Glenn has been awesome to work with all the way through.
All mixes of the track are available at http://www.beatport.com/release/40-gun-flagship-forever/1077985
March (well end of...) News
Posted on Mar 31, 2013
Time for a regular check in on the blog front. A lot has happened in the past few weeks so let's get to it.
Blueprint becomes Formula. After a solid run under the Blueprint banner doing nights at Habitat, Nathan and I decided to rename and rebrand as Formula - thanks to a dandy little cease and desist letter served up from a fine bunch working under the same name out of Vancouver. Apparently you can trademark a word like Blueprint!
We had our first event this past Friday featuring Toolroom's Prok & Fitch from the UK, taking over the upper floor at Belgo. The night was a success on many fronts thanks to the help of friends that made it work, especially considering a change of venue only a few days before. Formula will be doing more events over the coming months, many of which will be invite only, so please join the mailing list at http://www.formulapromotions.com to be the first to find out about what's happening.
Personally, doing Blueprint and now Formula has been a very important learning experience for me. After stepping away from doing regular events for awhile, I was quickly reminded of how much time, energy and resources it takes to properly promote and execute on events - things I simply don't have these days with everything else I'm involved in (burn out anyone?).
So with that realization in mind, I'll be taking less of an active role in doing events and promotion, and more of a behind the scenes position, taking care of the website and design work necessary, and maybe playing the odd one. Nathan of course will continue to head up the front of things, doing a fantastic job as always.
Moving from that to the gig front, I'm extremely excited to be a part of the Millie's "Like Minded People" event coming up on Saturday, May 11. This is a unique event and concept that she's pulling together and a lot of good energy has went into it already. She's put me on the 11:40-1am slot and has requested a proper set of progressive - which of course is right up my alley! Other than my radio show, I haven't thrown down a good progressive ripper in while so I'm really looking forward to this one.
And finally, my long awaited release on Glenn Morrison's label, the remix of Forty Gun Flagship's "Forever" will be out in mid April. Turns out Glenn is doing a remix of it as well, along with my remix and the original rock and acoustic versions. I can't thank Robyn Raymond enough for the beautiful vocals on this track and whenever she decides to put pen to paper again, we'll be doing more work together with her amazing voice. Look for more details on that one soon.
Thanks again for all the support, and we're doing a few tweaks on the Area709 site at the moment to bring things up to date, along with a ton of new content from the many other talents involved. Lots of good stuff up there so if you haven't checked it out in awhile, go to http://www.area709.com
Posted on Feb 4, 2013
Just a quick update now that it's February. It's been a fairly quiet start to the new year with some time spent in the studio as well as launching the new radio show format (cutting things down from two hours down to one).
The new year has also had some interesting back and forth when it comes to another promotional organization thus far. After a year of building a nicely followed brand for our bi-monthly night at Habitat titled Blueprint, we're going to have to change the name. Turns out another event company out of Vancouver runs under the same name, and has been doing so for many years.
Unfortunately, not the whole world likes to work together so instead of using it as an opportunity to cross-promote, a nice little letter from their legal organization showed up in our inboxes. After a little research - finding out they actually have trademarked the name across the country - we've decided to step away from any unnecessary legal battles and are going to rename the brand upon the conclusion of the Mark Storie show we have coming up in a couple of weeks.
Not sure what it'll be yet, but considering the amount of giant styrofoam B's we have made, definitely a name that starts with the letter B!
The new name and brand will be in place for our next show, when we bring a fairly well known prog master who's blowing up the world over back to Calgary, Darin Epsilon. April 27th is the date and the venue will be a Belgo. We're taking it over, transforming it and making it special for one night only.
Other than that, some great shows coming up in February. Desert Dwellers and Treavor Moontribe hit Calgary Feb. 22, then progressive spy legend Atmos on March 1st. I'll be sure to bring my vinyl pack of his early releases for an autograph session!
And of course, the biggie Nathan and I are putting on Friday, February 15th with Mark Storie from Toolroom Records flying across the pond for a night of shenanigans at Habitat. Tickets available at http://blueprint.zoobis.com
On the production end, it looks like Glenn Morrison is also now taking a crack on the remix I did of Forty Gun Flagship's "Forever". Looking for that one to be out in the next month or two. In the meantime, working on a very Pryda like track that I plan on investing a few more weeks of time into. We'll see what churns out!