Music is it for me, my place of peace and satisfaction in the world.
I'm looking to play as much as I can. Practicing all the time, gigging and touring whenever possible. I want to be part of a group that hones its material and presents something rich, thoughtful and rewarding to listeners—there's so much half-assed art in the world that I don't want to contribute anything that I haven't put my all into. This isn't to say that we'd have to take ourselves really seriously and have no fun. I'm a total fucking goofball (sorry in advance if you don't like puns....), but I do take the power of art seriously. It's done a lot for me.
I'm here for art, not money or clout. I only want to work with people whose material and approach excites me, makes me feel real emotion and a real joy to be involved with them. If money comes, cool—especially during touring, when you need to be pretty upfront about the monetary stuff so as to survive the journey—but I will keep playing music no matter what, so the priority is that I feel a connection with the material and the experience. Bonus points if you play really heartfelt shit that isn't defined by your desire to become a certain archetype (for example: *motorcycle blues riff Keith Richards hat guy*, to me, often comes off less about being in love with music than it does about having bought in to a myth about how a certain type of musician experiences an illusory kind of rebellious freedom).
I'm a great collaborator to have because I never run out of inspiration. There's no need to worry about hitting a wall because if you run out steam, I'll still have some. My passion for creation is equivalent to true love, and it's always burning strong.
And this applies whether I'm the primary composer or not. I'm equally willing to take the reins in a musical dynamic or lie back and be the side person supporting your vision. Again, the only thing that matters is that I like the music we're playing. So long as we have that, and we get along well and communicate easily, I'm fine adopting any role.
I do a LOT of solo recording and am pretty good at it, so I'm a great asset for working on studio recordings. If you're a solo artist looking for a collaborator for an EP or something and I like your work, let's lock in to my studio and I bet we can make magic happen! That being said, these solo recording skills also extend to being a decent composer, so people who just want somebody to play for could also have a great time with me because, like I mentioned earlier, I'll never run out of material to write so we'll always have cool new ideas to work on.
I can't stress this enough: I love SO MANY STYLES OF MUSIC. I have made experimental albums, hip hop albums, rock albums, shoegaze albums, noise albums, classical albums, minimalist albums, ambient albums, post-rock and post-punk albums, jazz albums, etc. And I've been in bands that reflect all of these styles, too. I cofounded Shadowtrash Tape Group, which was a multi-genre record label based out of Boulder for years. We had a radio show and played new material every week—we once even locked ourselves in the station for 48 hours and broadcast us playing live music nonstop.
In other words, I'm a musical veteran. I've been playing seriously for 20 years, now.
These days, in terms of playing live, I'm mostly focused on saxophone, synths, and vocals. And this doesn't need to be traditional iterations of those things. I'd be happy doing a two-person thrash group with just a drummer and me running my sax through eight pedals, or I'd love to play gentle melancholic sax behind somebody's breathy breakup tunes.
Again, it's just about our chemistry and our visions. If this rant sounds good to you, reach out and let's see what happens.
Dirty Three, Radiohead, Broken Social Scene, Lingua Ignota, Barn Owl, The Mars Volta, RAP Ferreira, Kate Bush, Clever Girl, Phoebe Bridgers, The Bad Plus, Windy and Carl, all shoegaze, COUNTLESS other stuff—I'm a major cross-genre listener who loves finding hidden surprising gems. I'm never not checking out music of all styles.
I have a LOT of recording equipment and instruments, but let's focus on what I want to play live: alto saxophone, lots of pedals, analog synthesizer.