kory cook sees thousands of cds a year as assistant music director for kut public radio in austin. i asked him to write a little about what advice he might give for folks sending him music and what he thinks about the whole deal.
highline ballroom in manhattan june 20, 2008, 8:45 pm for one hour
thursday june 19
leave home at 5 pm
catch 6:30 pm ferry to downtown seattle
9:00 pm fly sea-tac to jfk overnight
friday june 20th
6:00 am land
subway to friend's apartment in brooklyn
8:00 am sleep
12:00 pm wake up, shower, subway to load-in in manhattan
8:45 pm play one hour set
11:00 pm show is over, subway back to brooklyn
sleep as long as possible
steve schwelling is a wonderful percussionist friend of mine living in austin. he went to a workshop with airto and was pretty pumped about the whole thing. here he discusses relevant points.
you can communicate with steve via: http://www.myspace.com/steveschwelling
what follows is an article from steve:
"Just love one another"
The harmonica is ready to play. It requires no accessories or tuning to be at it's best right out of the box. (The box is important . Always put the harp back in the box after playing and it will be your friend.)
i'll start off with the usual qualifiers:
a. i could be wrong about the whole thing.
b. if you don't agree, that's fine. these are just ideas.
that said, perhaps it would be good for folks to hear some ideas on how to help things run more smoothly when hired to be an opening act.
it seems as though the same mistakes keep getting made and perhaps this treatise will be of some benefit in correcting this. these are suggestions.
i had a bit of an epiphany a couple of nights ago, playing with a fairly large ensemble in a rock/country type format.
orville johnson is a friend of mine from seattle. he is a great guitarist singer and songwriter. he was asked to speak at career day at a local middle school. orville was pleasantly surprised by the experience and as he told me about it, we agreed it would be cool to write a little piece about it for folktronics.
Career Day at Meadowdale Middle School