SoundCloud LogoDid you know that I had one of the first podcasts available in Apple’s iTunes Music Store with about 80,000 listeners in 15 countries? The show ran from 2005 to 2008 promoting independent artists who were featured in the Music Sumo webstore. It was a lot of fun but became a little too taxing as I was running a record company called Recast Records, running the Music Sumo webstore, and trying to produce a regular podcast. The podcast alone would take days to put out as I was the Executive Producer, Writer, Host, Sound Engineer, Editor, and Publicist. Eventually, I had to stop the podcast, but they were so much fun that I am currently making them relivable via SoundCloud.

I am now on SoundCloud with a Pro Unlimited account where I am archiving all the old Music Sumo Podcasts as well as making new music available in the future. Come on by and listen to some old shows and keep coming back for more, new music as I start releasing it pretty soon. Hope to see you over there!

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Avenged Sevenfold from the VIP seats at Shoreline Ampitheatre in Mt. View, CA 07/28/17

I have begun to sell things on Etsy starting with an Avenged Sevenfold metal print wall hanging. This 8″x12″ metal wall hanging is an ultra-vibrant, HD Gloss, Chromaluxe print that uses dye sublimation. Instead of printing the image directly onto the metal surface, which may scratch easily, the image is infused into the specially coated piece of metal to provide permanent protection and durability. Not only do Chromeluxe photo panels pop with vibrant color and crisp detail, but they have an extremely durable scratch resistant surface that is waterproof and can be cleaned easily with a damp cloth.

I work with Lakeside Photoworks to deliver a quality product since I want my photos to last as long as they possibly can. According to Lakeside, two independent, highly respected research and testing laboratories conducted environmental life tests on ChromaLuxe Photo Panels and clearly concluded that ChromaLuxe HD Metal Prints are the longest lasting photo medium in the current market. The first laboratory’s testing replicated the effects of incandescent lighting along with indirect natural sunlight against the likelihood of noticeable fading over time. The laboratory compared ChromaLuxe with the top three long-lasting (archival) photo papers. Test results showed that ChromaLuxe lasts twice as long as the highest-quality photo paper and four times longer than the third best photo paper. The second independent laboratory replicated the effects of fluorescent lighting in a windowless office environment, in an effort to measure the likelihood of noticeable fading. ChromaLuxe outlasted its next closest competitor in quality by a factor of 1.7 times the life of their photo paper. It is the high definition, vibrant colors coupled with superior fade, moisture, stain, & scratch resistant properties which make ChromaLuxe an excellent choice for my photos and for your home decor applications.

Head on over to Etsy and check out my first photo print today with more to come soon!

Depop @MusicSumo

Posted: February 19, 2021 in News
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Depop LogoIn an effort to downsize and declutter I have begun to clean out my closet a bit. Be on the lookout for me at Depop as I unload some music memorabilia and personal clothing. Who knows what I might dig up and put on there so check back often!

Find Me On Depop

Find Me On Depop

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Music Sumo is now on Etsy!

As some of you already know, I have been toying with the idea of selling some of my photos. Well, I have teamed up with Lakeside Photoworks in Metairie, LA to provide you with high quality metal wall hangings that are produced with ultra-vibrant, HD Gloss, Chromaluxe prints using dye sublimation. Instead of printing the image directly onto the metal surface, which may scratch easily, the image is infused into the specially coated piece of metal to provide permanent protection and durability. Not only do Chromeluxe photo panels pop with vibrant color and crisp detail, but they have an extremely durable scratch resistant surface that is waterproof and can be cleaned easily with a damp cloth.

I will be starting with a few music prints and adding more in a bit, including other photos that might not be so music related like landscapes, architecture, still life, and more. I am also toying with ideas of music related home decor made from old instruments, music media, and more. Be on the lookout over at Etsy, and I hope you eventually find something that you like.

Music Sumo Hoodie

Get your own Music Sumo hoodie today!

It was brought to my attention a few months ago that the link to the Music Sumo Goods was not working anymore. Checking with the producer of my merch I was informed that they had switched business models, shut down all clients’ stores, tossed out all of the artwork, and basically started over without informing anyone. Since it was around 2005 that I created all my old merch I had lost my artwork several hard drive crashes ago. After scrounging for what old artwork I could find, I created some new merch and opened a new store. So, enjoy the new line of Music Sumo Goods from Spreadshirt. I plan on putting together more designs, etc. in the future, but I hope that this will get the Sumo out on people’s backs for the time being. If a hoodie isn’t for you right now there is a lot more offered. I even have Music Sumo masks. Double up if you need to.

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We now have Music Sumo masks!

The Loft Studio

The Loft Studio – The Beginning

It’s been a long time coming, but I have finally started updating the website once again since I have several things in the works these days. In 2017 I moved down to Los Angeles to start working full-time for John Mayer, and since then I have taken a little step back from things on here since I needed some time to relax the mind and do something different for a bit. Plus, we had been touring pretty nonstop for the past few years. I have always had some projects in the back of my mind though. I took 2020 as a pretty lazy year of forced chill since we were not touring due to the Covid pandemic, but with things continuing a bit I thought it might be nice to finally take on some of the ideas and projects that have been lingering in my head.

I have always wanted to build out a nice little home recording studio and start getting ideas down for some songs since that is what initially led me into music. I had tried setting up a studio many years ago; but the cost of gear, the hassle of analog to digital conversion at the time, and the never ending obsoleteness of gear made it very difficult and too expensive. With the growth of digital music interfaces and Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) in the past decade it has made things quite a bit easier to create a small, quality home studio. So, I recently put together the following:

Apple MacBook Pro
Apple 27″ LED Cinema Display
Logic Pro
Universal Audio Apollo X4
Yamaha HS5 Monitors
Yamaha HS8 Subwoofer
Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Cans
Audio-Technica AT2020
Shure Beta 58A
(2) Shure SM57s
Roland XP-60
’67 Gibson SG
• Multitude of percussion instruments and noisemakers

This is only the beginning with more to come for sure. Stay tuned for more gear and music ideas.

I have also decided to go back to school and start work on a Masters in Music Business from Berklee College of Music. I will be taking limited courses to fit into my work schedule and will initially be working towards a Graduate Certificate in Music Business Law & Policy. Oooo…. Exciting stuff. For fun, I am planning on taking some undergraduate courses in Songwriting and Production starting with courses to earn a Professional Certification in Logic. Time to get off the couch after 2020 and learn some new things!

For many years I have also toyed with the idea of starting an online store where I can sell some of my photos and any other arts and crafts that I create. It’s definitely time to start creating more and sharing it with others. I believe that I will be starting with metal wall hangings of my photos soon on Etsy. I also have some ideas for furniture and home decor made from recycled musical instruments and physical music media. Be on the lookout.

Find Me On Depop

Find Me On Depop @MusicSumo

Finally, for now, I am starting to clean out my closet and sell some things on Depop. Come on over and take a look at what I got. It will be updated pretty regularly as I have a bit to unload. It is mainly old clothes and items that I’ve aquired over the years that I simply do no need any longer. I hope that some of it can find a good home where it is appreciated more often than hiding in a closet or drawer of mine. Come give a look at what I got, here.

That’s about it for now, but there is more to come. I plan on getting pretty busy again in the coming years. Hope to see you along the way!

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Axis 3 Music is getting the weekend of the big game started right with music, booze, and food with Rick Estrin & The Nightcats at FAME Venue in San Francisco, CA on Thursday, February 4!

Rick Estrin was born in San Francisco, California in 1949, and fell in love with blues after his sister presented him with Ray CharlesThe Genius Sings The Blues when he was 12. He began playing harmonica at age 15, and by age 18 was beginning to work professionally. Early in his career he played with Lowell Fulson, Z.Z. Hill, Travis Phillips, and Fillmore Slim. Estrin has gone on to win the 2013 Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist–Harmonica in 2013. He won the 1994 Blues Music Award for Song Of The Year for his composition “My Next Ex-Wife.” Three of his songs appear on Grammy-nominated albums: “Don’t Put Your Hands On Me” (on Koko Taylor’s Force Of Nature), “I’m Just Lucky That Way” (on Robert Cray’s Shame + A Sin), and “Homely Girl” (on John Hammond’s Trouble No More). The Philadelphia Inquirer said, “He’s one of the great characters in blues – a sharp-dressing, smooth talking harmonica-playing hep-cat. He’s also a deceptively subtle writer who can cloak pointed or sobering messages within the band’s good-time vibe.”

RickEstrinJoin Rick Estrin & The Nightcats with three free drink tickets for $317.49 via Eventbrite, making this one of the most affordable shows during the week of the big game. Even better, VIP tickets include open bar and a food spread for $782.45. Get your tickets today at http://bit.ly/Axis3RickEstrin

Hope to see you there!

PaulyDContinuing their event domination during the week of the big game in San Francisco, CA, Axis 3 Music has booked DJ Pauly D at City Nights Friday, February 5.

Born in Providence, RI, Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio is recognized for his musical talent as well as his reality star status on MTV‘s highest rated show, “Jersey Shore,” which premiered in December 2009. Pauly recently received recognition as the #8 DJ in America, but it did not come overnight. At the age of 16, long before his “Jersey Shore” fame, Pauly started as a DJ and that is where his passion remains. He has spent years honing his skills to fine art. His eclectic track selection, unique style and infectious personality captivate crowds around the globe. Pauly is now one of the most sought after DJs in the world. Pauly’s music library spans nearly every genre of club music and he has the exceptional ability to mix in and out of Top 40 and House music, introducing an entirely new demographic to quality Dance music.

Tickets are on presale now for only $600. At this price this event is one of the most affordable during the week of the big game with open bar and hors d’oeuvres included. There will also be VIP food spread, VIP bottle service, and more available from the hottest wait staff in town. Get your tickets now at http://bit.ly/Axis3PaulyD

ToneLocAre you excited about the Big Game coming to the San Francisco Bay Area in the next couple of weeks? Are you looking for other events to attend while you are in town for the game? If so, then take a look at Axis 3 Music‘s list of events throughout San Francisco the week of the game, here.

The first show listed is the Old School Show featuring Tone Loc, Coolio, Rob Base, Young MC, and a very special DJ at City Nights on Thursday, February 4. This will be a crazy cool old school event with an open bar from 8PM to 2AM. There will be a VIP food spread and bottle service available from the hottest wait staff in the Bay Area as well.

Presale tickets are now on sale for $600 on Ticketfly. Celebrate with exclusive top artists at the one of the hottest events in the Bay Area. A major portion of the proceeds will go to The Wounded Warriors Project, Valentines for Veterans, the San Francisco-Marin County Food Bank, and other outreach programs. This is one of the best parties in town for the price, so get your tickets now!!

http://bit.ly/Axis3OldSchool

Materialized at The Independent - 1-04-14Join Materialized on Saturday, January 4th with their good friends NVO and ZEBUEL, a full light show courtesy of Creative Precision lighting, and an amazing night of music planned to kick off the new year. 2014 is going to be huge for Materialized. Come join them at The Independent in San Francisco, CA to celebrate with all of their friends after their awesome 2013!

You can find tickets to this amazing event here:
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/450751

If you are not able to make it to the show be sure to pick up one of Materialized’s EPs and more in their online store:
http://materialized.us/?page_id=117

Also be sure to friend Materialized on Facebook to keep up to date with all of their happenings and to get free content coming soon!
https://www.facebook.com/MaterializedMusic

Materialized official website:
http://materialized.us/