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musician/lawnman
03-14-2009, 08:27 PM
Hey guys this has nothing to do with business, My music is my release.
So I figured I'd share, This is a video from a show last month with live footage & audio blended with the studio version of the song. There's a spot or 2 where the audio is a little outta sync with the video but I produced the video myself & I am no expert at it.

The song is called Goodbye
The Band's name is JACK SOMEBODY
You can hear & see more at http://myspace.com/jacksomebodymusic

<a href="http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=54074714">Goodbye</a><br/><object width="425px" height="360px" ><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="wmode" value="transparent"/><param name="movie" value="http://mediaservices.myspace.com/services/media/embed.aspx/m=54074714,t=1,mt=video,searchID=,primarycolor=,se condarycolor="/><embed src="http://mediaservices.myspace.com/services/media/embed.aspx/m=54074714,t=1,mt=video,searchID=,primarycolor=,se condarycolor=" width="425" height="360" allowFullScreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent"/></object>

So I know the video is a little grainy but what do you think?

Little's
03-14-2009, 11:17 PM
Very good. I like the music, and also like the fact that your vocals come through well. I like that in any type of music. Keep it up. Sounds/looks great!

Steve
03-15-2009, 03:23 AM
Chuck you did a great job with that. Mixing a studio audio track with a live video is the way to go! The audio was fantastic, the video was great too. It looked like you used a bunch of effects in it. Some speed effects and some others.

Also it was great seeing people jumping around in the foreground. How many times do you go to a club and everyone just stands there. Not at a Jack SomeBody show!

Great work!

What kinds of things have you been doing to promote this?

How long did it take to put all together?

musician/lawnman
03-15-2009, 08:55 AM
Thanks guys.

It took a couple nights tinkering around with it, trying to edit & play with the video track, Then the live audio was good but not great, yet I wanted to get the introduction/crowd on there in the begginning. So I had to use a second (Audio) program to make the 2 audio tracks weave in & out of one another. I should have let the live audio track run a few seconds longer at the end because that song ends abrubtly & there is always a delay before the croud realizes that one is over & cheers but oh well.
Then I had to re-sync that new blended audio back to the video again using the 1st program.

I added some assorted video effects to spice it up a bit since all the footage is from 1 camera & one angle, Otherwise It think it would get really boring to watch.

For my first ever audio video project.... I'm happy with it.

Steve
03-15-2009, 09:36 AM
Chuck, you did a fantastic job!

What kinds of things are you doing to promote it? Can you use it to help get your band into other clubs or help with your bookings?

musician/lawnman
03-15-2009, 10:52 AM
I'm sure the video will come in handy for that from time to time, but it's really more for fun & for the enjoyment of our fans. Our plays frequently & we are serious about what we do, but our range is kind of limited as we all have days jobs,families & businesses. So most of the clubs & promotors within our range already know us well. The occasional festival or benefit pops up that the person in charge may not be familiar with us & now they can view a live video of what our performance is typically like.

New content on the myspace page always helps bring the fans back to the page too which is never a bad thing.

musician/lawnman
03-15-2009, 10:57 AM
Here is the other video we have posted. This one was years earlier (before we really started playing out much with the current member line-up) It's footage of some kandid crap, rehearsals, & actual footage of us in the studio recording the audio your actually listening to.

The song is called: Better things to come
<a href="http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=53279560">Better Things to Come</a><br/><object width="425px" height="360px" ><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="wmode" value="transparent"/><param name="movie" value="http://mediaservices.myspace.com/services/media/embed.aspx/m=53279560,t=1,mt=video,searchID=,primarycolor=,se condarycolor="/><embed src="http://mediaservices.myspace.com/services/media/embed.aspx/m=53279560,t=1,mt=video,searchID=,primarycolor=,se condarycolor=" width="425" height="360" allowFullScreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent"/></object>

Steve
03-15-2009, 04:17 PM
Chuck! That is so much fun! You did a great job on that one too!

What do you like most and least about being in a band? Even look back on your band experience thus far?

EasyPro
03-15-2009, 08:04 PM
I have a friend that owns a band and concert management company in louisville, ky . . . He is really good and is prolly one of the most marketed companies in the vile . . . Check out some of the bands he has lined up

http://www.concertcow.com

The company is INC. Music Management. If you want I can give him your contact info.

musician/lawnman
03-15-2009, 09:48 PM
Easypro,
I will deffinately check that out tommorrow night when I have more time.

Steve,

I have enjoyed most of my music experiance. I can say the lousy part is that you may find other musicians that are good & join your dream for a while but rarely do they put in any effort outside of music e.i. the booking, management, promotions end of it.

I've met & played with alot of cool people (I've been in about 14 groups over the years) & you become close friends with the guys/girls in the band at the time you are playing together. But you find that the friendships are basically superficial. Once you leave playing in a band together, they are not really friends at all. It's wierd & hard to explain.I have maybe a handful of true friends from past band members that I could count on it I needed them. This is out of probably nearly 50 musicians I've worked with.

What is hard too is that, well my brother was into cars, off roading, playing pool etc. & has a few dozen friends. Playing in a band makes it tough. You have work, family, responsibilities, then a band that rehearses 2-3 times a week & plays 3-5 times a month. Doesn't leave much time for anyone else & you keep thinking well these guys are good friends. Then the band splits & you haven't heard from them in years, your both busy with life & of course your new band. You make a lot of aquaintences & people who say "yeah I know Chuck" but you don't really "know" many people at all ya know?

Anyway that sucks, but the creativity has always been really enjoyable & music is a friend that has been there for me, in my darkest hours & the best times in my life.

Steve
03-16-2009, 06:13 AM
I have a friend that owns a band and concert management company in louisville, ky . . . He is really good and is prolly one of the most marketed companies in the vile
I bet he would be a fascinating person to talk to about marketing! Do you know how he got started doing all this?

Anyway that sucks, but the creativity has always been really enjoyable & music is a friend that has been there for me, in my darkest hours & the best times in my life.

But I guess ultimately you do it because you love music and you love to play. If it were mainly for the friendships, I am guessing you would have stopped a long time ago.

I have enjoyed most of my music experiance. I can say the lousy part is that you may find other musicians that are good & join your dream for a while but rarely do they put in any effort outside of music e.i. the booking, management, promotions end of it.

Why do you think this is the case? Are they just not business thinkers?

musician/lawnman
03-16-2009, 07:31 AM
Yep, that about sums it up Steve! They are musicians, not business men.
Most of them get the "I just wanna play" syndrome & that's it.

Steve
03-16-2009, 07:38 AM
How often do you play benefit shows? Do you ever organize them? They could be a good way for you to get some media attention that could help you promote your lawn care business too.

SprinklerRepair
03-18-2009, 03:42 PM
Man, I really like hearing a "non-showoff drummer" hook up with a clean bassist.
When you got a good foundation you can build anything on top off it. Good job at building the bottom!

Sigh :( I used to play. My band did a few openers in the early 90's for BB King and Greg Allman ( at least I got to hang around the pool and have dinner with my hero's!)

Then I got sick of the struggle , and went and busked Europe for 4 years.

I actually made better money on the street in Amsterdam and Barcelona than clubbing!

I wish I had the energy I had in my 20's (I'm 52). After working on sprinklers or dealing with my SEO clients all day, my guitar is covered with dust.

I'll leave it at that as a tear cuts a ragged path through the dirt on my rusty SG :D

Steve
03-18-2009, 03:51 PM
That is fascinating! Do you have any video of any of your shows? Or any audio? I'd love to hear it!

ritchiem
03-18-2009, 06:54 PM
Man Chuck I love the sound...I checked out your website (myspace) and listened to all the tunes...loved "in the fields" listened to it twice.

musician/lawnman
03-19-2009, 09:09 AM
Thanks for all the compliments here guys. It's nice to hear some feedback.
Re: In The Fields....

Yeah Rich that song always goes over well. We played a show last night & I had a few beers while on stage & just before this song there was a guy & a girl making out in the back booth at the club, My rythem guitarist shouts over the mic "Hey cut that crap out already will ya!" Everybody turned around to see them as I started the song "In the fields". So, I did what I like to do sometimes & ad lib the lyrics to something thats going on in the audience (especially sometimes if theres a fight or somebody gets kicked out-I tend to change lyrics on the fly) So I sang more than half the song about how it would be cool if the got it on back there so we could all watch. I was a good one, Sometimes I go off the cuff & it works, sometimes it doesn't. Last night that one worked & I had everyone laughing. Was a good time.

musician/lawnman
03-19-2009, 09:12 AM
Sprinkler Repair,

Changed the strings on that baby & plug her in man! You'd be suprised how fast it comes back to ya & the stress relief doing something you enjoy brings! Don't cry on it! It'll rust even faster.

ritchiem
03-19-2009, 09:16 AM
lol...nice job Chuck.

there are some sweet WP layouts for bands and very cool gig plugins as well. You should put together a band website. You can even use a plugin that will upload your new songs to itunes for download.

musician/lawnman
03-19-2009, 07:00 PM
I've never seen that plug-in?
I do own the domain "jacksomebody.com" but I've never done anything with it. I've had the domain for about 2 years now.

ritchiem
03-19-2009, 07:56 PM
here is a perfect writeup about it

http://funnel.elliotcole.com/2009/03/bandcamp-how-to-set-up-your-band-website-with-wordpress/

ritchiem
03-19-2009, 11:45 PM
Damn Chuck I cannot get your songs out of my head....great sound...anywhere I can buy a CD?

Steve
03-20-2009, 07:35 AM
Chuck,

What is your favorite band now and what qualities make them good? Are they commercially successful?

musician/lawnman
03-20-2009, 07:38 AM
That's a good thing! If they are stuck in your head than that means the hooks are effective. Our 1st cd "Step Up" is available on Interpunk Records for order by mail at http://www.interpunk.com/item.cfm?Item=64323&

If you pick that album up, here's a little tip....
There's a hidden acoustic track called Big Sister, that I wrote for my daughter the day we found out my son was on the way. It's 2 minutes behind the last track on the cd.:D

Ya know what's funny too? Here's a link to the band bio we had a friend (then our manager) write for us years ago. It talks about the songs getting stuck in your head for days....
http://www.interpunk.com/band.cfm?BandID=8724&

musician/lawnman
03-20-2009, 08:01 AM
Chuck,

What is your favorite band now and what qualities make them good? Are they commercially successful?

Wow,

That's hard to choose:
NOFX has been a long time favorite they have been going for 20+ years, started their own record label which is now the biggest underground punk label. They have rejected/refused radio play & MTV. They sing about what ever pisses them off or makes them laugh, no holds barred.
http://www.myspace.com/nofx

Less than Jake Ska/punk also a great band that has followed their own path, great guys. 2 of which my bass player went to highschool with.
They have done very well for themselves.
http://www.myspace.com/lessthanjake



and then just for fun I'll give ya this link:
Here's the myspace page for the band I was in from like 17-20 years old "The Fisticuffs" We were a fun 3 peice ska/punk band that did well, toured the country & then split up & went our own ways.
http://profile.myspace.com/therealfisticuffs