May 18

The Violin Competition

You wouldn’t know this, but a pet peeve I have is when people refer to me as someone who went to Juilliard. It’s an annoyance I let slide, because I think people don’t really know any better. You see, although I did go to Juilliard for a bit, attending the pre-college program, it’s actually not […]

May 18

Ten Songs About Young Ambition and Passionate Love

What to say about a third record? Having passed the second record – a typical minefield for music acts – I feel very little worry. I’ve finished recording, and have handed the record over for mastering. After which, we hand it over for specifically lacquer mastering, where it is subsequently pressed into vinyl form. The […]

February 25

Dog Whistle Programming

Maybe 7 year ago or so, a bar manager for a bar in Columbus that I used to frequent, told me about how their dress code (no baggy pants, no baseball caps) was their way of excluding black clientele.  I was a bit surprised, not just because of the existence of the policy in the […]

February 16

Auto-Tune, Tuning and Emotional Impact

People talk about the negative effects of auto-tune on music, but I think it’s hard to actually spell out how auto-tune affects music from an aesthetic perspective.  All things considered, I think auto-tune can be used strategically at the right time and in the right way to achieve certain aesthetic qualities.  But I wanted to […]

February 27

Interview: Reonda

I will be performing at SXSW in mid-March, which will be an exciting opportunity to perform with some of the best Asian-American music talent (make that some of the best music talent) in the country. I was pleasantly surprised to see another performer at my showcase who lives in Brooklyn.  Reonda, who also designs her own line […]

January 17

Music and Social Justice / or Why Many Musicians Should Not Release Records for General Public Consumption

This may come as a surprise to you, especially coming from an exemplar of the DIY music industry.  But I believe that many musicians should not release records for general public consumption.  The reasons are of a social justice and economic nature. When I say this, I don’t mean that musicians should not record an album […]

December 25

A Brief Guide to What Does St. Lenox Sound Like?

People sometimes ask – what does St. Lenox sound like?  I have a hard time answering that question and reading through reviews, it’s interesting to note that there’s relatively little consensus.  I’ll keep a running log of comparisons, to provide some semblance of a guide. Adam Levine (Cincinnati CityBeat) (Willfully Obscure) Billy Joel (Music. Defined.) […]