Portland

The Future of What

About a month ago, as I was typing up a final paper during my last week of college, my computer of four years died mid-sentence. I know. Hang in there. This isn't some sad sob story about a soon-to-be graduate's technology woes. Read on.

From being computer-less and therefore, Netflix-and-internet-less, I wondered, "What do I do now?" It was in this moment that my then-roommate, Ashton, who has a logical answer for everything and who I turn to when I need such answers, said something to the effect of, "listen to podcasts. There's an app called Stitcher where you can save all of your favorite podcasts." 

Where I once would binge Friends and Supernatural, I now binged CD Baby's DIY Musician Podcast, Music Marketing Manifesto, and many other podcasts directed to musicians. While yes, that seems nerdy, I assure you, I reveled in that music-business nerdiness. I am that person who checked out the College's whole music business section (which included 6 or 7 books total) and kept them all year and read bits and pieces of them in my off time as a busy college senior/guitar instructor/indie-musician-recording-an-EP/performing musician. At Treefort, I went to every music industry panel that was offered. And now, I listen to podcasts about the music industry. While most would say that the words business and artist are oil and water, I love soaking up the advice given in these podcasts and ponder the current challenges of the music industry in hopes to better understand the challenges I might face. I'd rather do it myself and know-how to do it before handing over the reigns. This is music I spend hours and countless tears (literally) creating, why wouldn't I want to manage it from the business side as well? When I ran out of music podcasts to listen to, a friend from Portland recommended a show called the Future of What. The Future of What is hosted by Kill Rock Stars' Portia Sabin, and if there is an ultimate podcasts in music-industry podcasts, I'd say this is it. 

Portia seems to ask all the right questions and bring in the right mix of people to talk about the topic at hand during the show. During an episode, she might have an A&R rep from an independent label, a radio DJ, and an independent musician come in to discuss the same topic so as to get at the topic from multiple angles and provide different insights. The questions and discussions are meaningful and thought-provoking. You leave each episode feeling like you have left with a better understanding of the music industry's many quirks. And to top it all off, the interviews/discussions are broken up into segments by music that is spot on. What more could a musician stranded without a laptop want?

Check out the Future of What (do yourself a favor and subscribe to it!)

In addition, here's CD Baby's DIY Musician Podcast hosted by Kevin Breunder, which is also excellent.

The State of the Record, my plans for summer, and touring

I thought it would be fitting to give an update on what is happening with my Psychic Translation record that I’ve been working on this year and give you my plans for summer.

I am still in the process of recording the record. It’s been a slow process as most of us are graduating seniors this year and in the final stretches of our undergraduate degrees in Music Composition, but it’s getting closer! I have high hopes that the recording will be finished before my recording engineer, Rodrigo Coronel, leaves for his home country of Ecuador. 

The cover art is being completed by the wonderful Kelsey Meeker, and I hope to reveal that within the next month or two. It is looking so great though! Kelsey is one of the most talented graphic designers I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and I cannot wait to reveal her work to you all. She will also be designing the CD/vinyl cases so that those will be ready to go when I earn enough money through working this summer to put the record out on CD and Vinyl. If anyone would like to support that endeavor, please come see me live and throw however many dollars you want into that tip jar. Anything helps, but in all reality, I just love seeing people at shows! Your attendance and kind words mean more to me than any dollar amount you could throw my way.

If all goes as planned, my debut record will be available in August or September of 2016.

This summer, I plan to move to Boise so that I can be more involved in the local music scene, not only through gigging, but also through going to other local and touring shows in Boise as well! While most of you have seen me play with the current trio that is myself, Ashton Jenicek on Bass and Gavin Peterson on drums, please do not become alarmed! This summer, I will be playing more solo and duo shows, or shows with other instrumentation, but fear not, the trio will resume in the fall when Ashton returns from the very cool fire-fighting job he accepted!

 

In related news, I have started booking a Northwest Tour for August that will include Boise, Portland, Bremerton, Seattle, Bellingham and Vancouver, BC as well! I will be touring with St. Terrible. Check out his music here: https://stterrible.bandcamp.com/

As always, thank you so much for supporting the musical journey I am on. I cannot thank you all enough for your support!

 

-Ana