You all might have seen the hash tag (#BloomingWherePlanted) around on some of the social media sites lately and have wondered what does this mean, right?
Well it’s all about maximizing everything around you to reach your dreams. To reach your fullest pontential right where you are. It’s a philosophical idea that I think being an artist/producer/musician in the Northeast Ohio area have yet to explore. Everything starts in the mind.. even the idea of “making it” in the music business locally. I really believe that if we change our mindset on how we see Cleveland and its surronding areas, we will discover an oasis custom made for what I declare and decree “The Ohio Sound”.
There is this myth that “you gotta leave Cleveland to make it”. I will respectfully beg to differ. If you look around closely you will see that you have EVERYTHING you need to create your utopia… here in Northeast Ohio. The idea is NOT to “do what they do” in L.A., New York, London, Atlanta, etc.. but NORTHEAST OHIO! I’ve had to travel the world to find out the beauty and uniqueness of what is right in my front yard… so I figured let me take advantage of it.
While thinking of what can I do, it HIT ME like a James Brown horn section while watching a Quincy Jones interview!!!
In the interview a young man asked Quincy “what can I do to be a producer”? I thought to my self hmmm that would be the question I’d ask him. He said “just go produce”. “Get some your friends together and make some music man”.. I figured hey I got some amazingly talented friends. Let me ask them if they’d wanna get on some these tracks I have just sitting and put it out to the world. Two and a half years later, this project is almost ready to be released to the world coming this summer.
Here (hear) is a track (NOT ON THE PROJECT) of one of the artists on the project. His name is Damien Nova. He is from Cleveland and has a sound of his own. You can check him out by this link.. https://soundcloud.com/damien-nova AGAIN THIS IS JUST A SAMPLE!!!
I would love to have you all get the sneak peak of the project. By all means subscribe so I can get you all on the email list. All of these amazing artists are from the Northeast Ohio area and have projects of their own and yet they all have allowed me to add them to this epic project.
So glad you all made it to the page!!! Thank you guys SOOOOOO MUCH!!!
Just a little info for you guys.. I wrote, produced, performed, programmed, engineered, and composed every track on the project. I had a little help from my boy Shawn Charles who co-produced Electric Leviteand my home-girl Elaina Thompson who helped me with the background vocals on I am Eriq Troiand Jeanine Love on background vocals on Rebel Musik (The Psycho Jam).
This project took me almost 4 years to record. Why so long? Welp.. LIFE!!! This happens or that happens to where I had to put certain things ahead of the project to maintain peace and balance in my life.. dig?
Anywho.. The recording process is DONE!! … NOW THE REAL WORK BEGINS!!! The next process is to find a single which is where YOU guys come in.
All you have to do is listen to the tracks…. leave a comment about the ones YOU like! Yup.. that’s it!
Just so you all know, in order to leave a comment, you have to leave an email. For those who leave a comment I have FREE joints I would love to send you for taking the time to listen.. YOUR KIND EARS are appreciated!
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Thank you soooo much for taking the time to listen
I was going through my catalog of stuff (that has yet to be heard ) to revisited my old joint Fur Elise off the first EHG project “From The Basement To The Heart.. Life’s Soundtrack Vol. 1” and I thought wow!!! This joint is really good.. Ok I’m sounding like a narcissist.. but for real though.. no seriously.. check it out! (on iTunes too) I went back to the thought and time when this tune first came to me… In Germany. I originally did this with a jazz quartet while I was living outside of Heidleburg, Germany. I’ve always love this joint and thought Hmm.. wouldn’t it be cool to honor the cat that made this tune. The concept came from the thought of Beethoven being funky. LOL. Yeah I know… right.. but the fellas in the band that it would be cool to tackle it and make it a 4/4 count to give a groove. Add some bottom(bass that is) and make the piano swing a little.. We performed it in this little joint by the hauptbaunhoft (main train station) in the middle of Mannheim and the natives seemed to really dig the rendition of Ludwig’s funky new old classic.. LOL.. The crazy thing is that we never got around to recording it. Welp… 2009 comes around and finally the time came to record it. Back in the States.. different cats of course. It took on a whole different interpretation from my original concept. It was more laid back but still just as powerful.. maybe in more. I love experimenting with all types of musical concepts and styles. This version took on a more jazz fusion flava with a dramatic climax towards the end instead of the swing. However it still have the element of GROOVE. Check it out.. Like Share Enjoy!
Drums – Mike Watkins / Piano, Bass, Strings – Kenneth Wallace / Lead bass and guitars and production Eriq Troi
By all means!!! leave a comment.. I’d love to hear from you!!