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Strongly recommended: Adams Ave Street Fair, this weekend

The Adams Avenue Street Fair, Southern California’s largest FREE two-day music festival, will celebrate its 31st anniversary on Saturday, September 29, from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, and Sunday, September 30, from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Click the poster for the full line-up.

Carl Durant is playing from 11am-11.45am on both Saturday&Sunday at Lestat’s West.
It’s free, all ages so come on down.

Lestat’s West: 3343 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116

 PS: between Starbucks Stage and Lestat’s Stage, the schedule itself is a list of my recommended acts. YES, it’s really that good. I can’t cut it down further. Highlights on other stages would be The Jade Element on Saturday and Tori Roze&the Hot Mess on Sunday.

“A talented engineer ” – dixit Michael Laskow of Taxi

Last Monday, the San Diego Songwriters Guild organized a Skype meeting with Taxi founder,  president&CEO Michael Laskow. “Taxi” is a company that creates an online forum to submit music for consideration to be used in TV series&films,  “pitch” it to recording artists or to try and get a record deal. After some interesting remarks and general guidelines about how to be successful in this business, Michael went on to listen to songs submitted by about a dozen local songwriters from San Diego.
He’s a great guy and has extensive experience in music production and recording. And of course, in music placement. So he was able to give a lot of feedback that was useful for everyone, even those who didn’t submit.

I sent in my track “Losing Time”, since it was already used in a couple of short films and I wanted to find out if that had just been blind luck or if Michael Laskow would also like it.

Guess what? He DID ! Michael’s first reaction (after opening his eyes again): “It’s really pretty ! It puts me in this … well… relaxed mood. I guess that’s what you were after.” And then he went on to say “it’s a nice aural landscape that you created.” After confirming that I engineered it myself he read from his notes: “talented engineer. That’s what I wrote down.”

So that was my start of the week. One of the biggest names in unsigned-artist music placement called me a talented engineer. And confirmed my music has exactly the intended impact on him.
Not too shabby !

Now off to more music creation !

And here’s the track Michael Laskow reviewed: