Hey everybody! I hope all is well out there! Whew, 2014 has been quite the year so far. I’ve been keeping pretty busy with my band Formula412 working on new music and playing some exciting gigs. We’ve had the pleasure to perform with everyone from Raheem DeVaughn, Da Brat (remember her??) to Musiq Soulchild and the Legendary George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. Formula412 has gone through some good AND bad changes as well. In April, our frontman/vocalist Masai Turner was in a terrible motorcycle accident that broke his leg in three places. We weren’t sure of the outcome, so we put the new EP release on hold until he got better. Luckily, Masai has made a recovery nothing short of a miracle and is back on the mic doing what he does best. We can’t wait for you to hear the new material. We apologize for the delay and appreciate everyone’s patience through his recovery.
2014 also marked the departure of our long time bassist Cliff Foster and welcomed the talented Philip “Priceless” Price to take over 412 low-end duties. Formula412 wishes Cliff luck in his future endeavors. That said, we had to keep the 412′ train moving and we are excited about the new musical adventures with our new brother Philip. In my opinion, Formula412 is sounding better than we ever have. We are excited to rip up a stage near you!!!
In other news, I have been working hard on my solo music and production projects all year. I’ve landed some sweet gigs producing music for video projects for various Pittsburgh-based companies. It has been an exciting time of growth, challenges, failure, collaboration and success. It amazing the roads music have taken me down. I would have never imagined that I’d start my own music company making music for people, let alone getting paid for it! I’m still shocked, excited and incredibly humbled by the whole process and experience. Still, there’s a lot to do and a lot to learn.
Recently, me and my musical brother Evan Thorsen played our debut show as the tentatively titled: Collective, which featured 412’s Price on bass and my longtime friend Bill Gendron from my first band Sporadic on drums. The show was a great success and we plan on doing some more events around town in early 2015!! Stay tuned for dates!
In early November, I was invited to be interviewed on “Marta On the Move” –a weekly podcast/blog hosted by Marta Anyse Napoleon which features the who’s who in Pittsburgh’s nightlife, art, culture, food and music scene. The interview was more like a laid back conversation between two old friends. We laughed, drank a beer, talked about my creative process and I played a little guitar.
Check out the interview here: http://martaonthemove.com
Things seem to be progressing well this year. Sometimes I know that patient is all I can be regarding some things that I want to happen faster or sooner. Sometimes I get antsy like the little kid on the long road trip who keeps asking, “Are We There Yet?” every two minutes when it comes to this music business.
This year has taught me a lot. I’ve learned that nothing happens without hard work and “persistent” effort. And more importantly, even if you are “working hard or grinding” that the effort has to be specific and with purpose. I also re-learned that during all of the hard work, there may huge leaps forward and significant steps backwards, but to never lose sight of the goal and vision. It is all part of the process of success.
To sum it up, 2014 has been an amazing year of learning and musical growth. Now I’m going to use this winter to put what I learned to good use.
Well everyone, keep on doing YOU and I’m going to keep on rocking hard. I don’t know what the future holds, but I’m pretty sure it’s going to involve a lot of guitar playing and new music. Thanks so much for your support and interest in my band and music.
Until next time!