Our pat predd x john varvatos vid is over 30,000 views and climbing! Thanks to all of my old and new friends for the support and shares!
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Live at John Varvatos Detroit. Debut of "Your Drive".
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So this summer I was blessed with the opportunity to play at the gorgeous John Varvatos store in downtown Detroit. If you aren't familiar, Varvatos is an undisputed a fashion icon. His line is men-only and is infused with rock and roll DNA. Lots of famous rock industry vets wear and endorse his stuff. Check out their website if you're curious. Many of his other stores (including the famous Bowery in NYC) regularly do live music, but Detroit has up until now only done it sporadically with big names and by request (Alice Cooper played for the black tie grand opening). With a corporate approval for live music this summer, I am the first performer to grace their stage in a local capacity.
With performance dates from April through August, this has really given me the opportunity to expand my audience base, as the storefront has a premium address on iconic Woodward Avenue. To further this, I reached out to my old friends at Riot Film Productions to see if they'd be willing to partner on a live video shoot of a performance. The response amounted to "of course!" as they have shot in-store on previously for promo interviews, etc. Doing a music vid would be exciting for both of us.
Needless to say, the shoot was a blast. Special thanks to Kelly, Sean and Julie at JV for letting us take over the store for a few hours (they were open for business during the shoot!). The three of them spent a ton of time getting the store looking EXTRA fantastic.
Matt Barth and Brandon Mata from Riot are total pros. Secured some AMAZING footage of the store and performance of my song "Your Drive" which I debuted at the shoot. SO excited to share it with the world next month.
So great to have a few very special friends join us to watch and be part of the audience. Special thanks to Cathy, Donna, Brad, Jill, Atticus, Kim, Miranda and Troy for showing love and support. Can't wait to show you guys the final product!!!
My latest video of original tune "Used to Be" ended up being a collaboration with my great friend and musical brother Bill "Conguero" Cover. As a response to my premiere of the vid for "Push" a few months prior, Bill tendered the offer that "if you ever consider adding percussion tracks to your art", I knew who to call. To his surprise (I think), less than three weeks later I reached out to him with the idea to record my recently-written "Used to Be". I messaged him a scratch vocal and guitar track the next week and it was game-on.
Truth is, Bill hadn't played the song with me even once before he showed up to record his tracks and video the day of. His performance that ended up on the master/video was maybe our fourth take? Needless to say, Bill has great feel and meticulous timing. Love working with Bill. SO fun, genuine, easy. Oh, and his regular gig with with the fantastic rock/jazz/fusion band Hifi2WiFi has him busy most weekends (check them out!), so I TOTALLY lucked out getting him on short notice.
Bill's set-up for the shoot included SEVEN mics to pick up all the fun stuff he was putting down. In addition to what you see in the vid, Bill was also rocking both a tambourine and a cabasa down on the floor with both feet. It was a killer to watch the doctor lay his thing down.
As far as the rest of the video goes, I had a little fun adding the "fire", too. Relax, everybody. Please. No expensive microphones were harmed in the making. It's merely video trickery. Seriously.
Hope you enjoy. We had a blast putting it together. Thanks as always for the support, my friends.
So the video for my song "Push" has been a two month labor of love/craziness/frustration/bank account drain and I'm sure lots of other stuff I'm forgetting. I was fiddling on my keys and started playing the Push chords on the lush piano sound that ended up in the vid (I wrote the song on acoustic guitar and the studio recording pretty much reflects it). I was struck that, not only would it be a cool version to do live, what if I made a video? Why not, right? "How hard could it be?" he says. Keep reading.
First off, I quickly realized that my inexpensive stage lights cause bad flicker when filmed at 30 fps. It was compounded when the camera was moving on my new motorized slider (cha-ching) that I bought just for the project. Looked like one of those old silent movies from the 1920's. Not the look we're going for here. Enter a new set of stage lights. Cha-ching.
How much cooler would it be to sing the background vocals on video alongside myself? How hard could that be? Yeah...new software to make that a reality. Cha-ching.
Wait. I don't know how to actually use the new software. Enter countless hours of trial and error (and wasted footage) to figure out how to use the software. I guess time is money. Cha-ching.
The end product came out pretty cool. That is what keeps the fire burning. And...as a nod to the original recording, the mic in the video I'm using on lead vocal is the same Blue mic on the cover of the "Push" album. Trivia. Awesome.
Hope you had a chance take a look for yourself. All jokes aside I had a really great time smashing it together.
Peace and thanks from my heart for sticking with me, friends.
I got an email from the event promoter today that Rock The Roots ain't happening in Detroit this year. Show has been canceled. Total bummer. They picked a tough day to compete for the Detroit concert-goers dollar with Journey, Zach Brown Band, One Republic and Bare Naked Ladies all playing in town at the same time. I felt bad for about ten minutes and then picked myself up and started looking for the next opportunity. Gotta keep it positive! Another opportunity will pop just like this one...keep pounding away and singing my butt off. Thanks for everyone's support on FB and Instagram by the way. Never expected and always appreciated, guys. THANK YOU!
Just found out that I'll be playing the Angry Orchard Hard Cider Rock the Roots Festival in July here in Detroit. Sublime with Rome is the headliner. Totally psyched. All original performance on Belle Isle Park. Will be posting more details as I get them. CAN"T WAIT, GUYS!!!
So this crazy Fall Michigan weather continues unabated. Enjoyed a warm and windy evening of music at the Farm last night. 2017 has been one of the few seasons over the years that I actually got two visits in. Usually rain or cold gets the better of one of my performances, but near 80 degree evening temps made for a hot load in and easy time behind the mic. Thinking we confirmed the truth about warm air and sound travel...Julie said she could hear me deep in the back of the corn maze. Or maybe I just had it cranked up too loud. Hmmm....
Thanks again to my wonderful hosts Charley and Marge Helwig and then entire team out at Kackleberry Farm. Made me feel at home yet again. Love all of you.
So I would think that most of us born and raised in the Midwest could probably trace their roots far back enough to be linked in one way or another to farming. We don't call it the America's bread basket by accident. In my case, I have a very real and current connection in that my wife's uncle is very much a working farmer in Monroe, Michigan. Charley and his wife Marge have dove tailed this living into an incredibly successful corn maze on the northern edge of Monroe (you can see their Farmer Charley's Kackleberry Farm property in all its glory on the west side of I-75 just south of the I-275 split).
For the past several years now I have performed a couple of select weekends in September and October to help add a little ambiance (and fun for me) to the normal fare offered there. Great food, games, animals and of course the maze. I played there on this past Saturday night...a wonderful weather night (believe me I've had some cold and damp ones too) and met lots of new friends that hadn't heard me perform before. Always cool when that happens.
Two standout memories for me: first, there was a large youth group from the Monroe area that arrived at the farm about the same time I was loading in. It appeared that they were Juniors in high school (from what I could later deduce). They spent time in and out of the performance area both listening (even dancing?) and enjoying the farm...I got to meet many of them and I now have a renewed hope in our youth. Fantastically polite kids all of them...so well behaved and genuine. Spoke with several about their own musical endeavors, interests and they were all refreshingly approachable and respectful. They stayed until I finished performing (well after 9 o'clock) and some actually helped me tear down and pack up. So cool to see and interact with such great kids.
Second cool happening was the surprise visit of an old friend that I met several years ago through work. Carson is a Canadian (Windsor) that works at Ford. He and I spent quite a bit of time together in Louisville on a program launch. It's always been a side laugh that Carson is my "patpredd.com Ambassador". He has spread the word at Ford about my musical side (completely unsolicited BTW) and will always answer the phone "patpredd.com" when I call him. The crazy part is that until Saturday night he had never actually seen me perform live. It was a COMPLETE surprise to see him walk up to the stage and give me a big "patpredd.com" just like at work. Totally blown away. Thanks to Carson and his fiance for trekking across the border and making my night. Totally cool surprise!!!
So let's be honest for a second...playing live is really a blast. Love it. It's a pure and organic form of communication and expression for an artist. Particularly in the kind of live shows I normally do...my mic, my guitar and the clothes I'm wearing. Out there on a limb for my audience to critique, explore, ride along...whatever adjective works that night. It's a two (or three) hour ride with group of strangers that by the end I've (hopefully) connected with on some level and shared something deeply personal and something I love more than a lot of things in life.
That being said, there are a few shows during the year that "rise above" in which I have the privilege sharing with two of my true brothers in (musical) arms Matt Kennedy and Bill Cover (Matt is the other half of our duo "The Predd Kennedy Experience", Bill is percussionist extraordinaire). This year we played together for a second year in a row for the U of M Law School faculty annual Labor Day welcome back party. This is a special one because they really push us musically with special theme requests and we get to step out of the box and stretch our legs as artists. The Dean is a Yacht Rock fan (http://www.reallysmoothmusic.com/about-yacht-rock/ if you aren't familiar), so the set-list for this show gets amped up a few notches in complexity from our normally complex sets. The keys get a good run at this show and it's a blast to play at beautiful Frutig Farms just west of Ann Arbor.
The photo gallery on the home page is a visual sampling of the performance and gives a taste of the beautiful backdrop before which we have the privilege of performing. So fun and glad to have connected with a great team in the U of M Law School. A humble shout out to event organizer Jenny Rickard and Dean Mark West for having us out again this year. We got interrupted for 30 minutes by a RIDICULOUS thunderstorm during the party...we got to witness a lightning strike on the property while we waited the storm out. CRAZY!!!