Ask the venerable DJ Riz how he got to be such a great human being! Example questions: "DJ Riz, does it hurt your brain to have knowledge of that much music inside it?" or "Riz, what is your most prized crate-digging find?" OR! "Riz, how long is your longest dreadlock?" Get to it here!
Sad Santa doesn't understand why you hate him so much... :(
I fucking love Christmas music, but I know I'm in the nerdy minority. In fact there's currently a thread in Questionland about the very worst holiday tunes.
Some of the songs hated so far:
"Jingle Bell Rock" "All I Want For Christmas" "I Like a Sleigh Ride (Jingle Bells)" by Peggy Lee "Jingle Bells" by Barbara Streisand "Up On The Housetop" "Little Mary Christmas" by Roger Christian "Little Drummer Boy" "Baby It's Cold Outside"
This week in Questionland local producers, sound designers, engineers, and musicians are talking about noise—making it, recording it, and playing it. They are taking questions on everything from building your own effect pedals to building your own home studio. And anything else noise related, of course.
Check out some of our awesome and smart panelists:
Geoff Ott - Engineer, producer and owner of London Bridge Studio.
Vance Galloway - Audio engineer who has worked everywhere from the 9:30 club in DC to Paul Allen's Vulcan Inc.
Graig Markel - A local musician who's worked as an engineer and producer on projects by bands including Head Like a Kite, Nada Surf, Band of Horses, Jim Carroll, the Spits, and many more.
James Burns - Gear nerd, Line Out contributer, and local band dude in Police Teeth and Cold Lake.
So if you have a question about how to make whatever music you create sound its best, ask the experts now!
Questionlander new york state of mind says: "I have an interview tonight (yay!) and they have told me to be prepared to talk about my new favorite albums/musicians. It just hit me, that I don't really know how to go about doing that in a professional setting. Maybe I'm just nervous, but I'd love any suggestions for not sounding like a dope."
Andrew says: "I'm having fun playing music to my new kid—some songs that are not made for kids have vibe that seems good for kids—I'm thinking "Here Comes the Sun" (Beatles), "Three Little Birds" (Bob Marley)... They don't have to be G rated or anything. I guess just fun and light? Something like "Heroin" by Velvet Underground would probably not work. I'm not super-well versed in music, so I'm seeking the help of Questionland. Any ideas?"
It's Geek Week in Questionland and while that means there is a lot of computer/cell phone/tech talk, there's also some geeky questions about music. Particularly, this one:
"What is the best geek album of all time? Define geek however you see fit."
A bunch of folks have already weighed in. Here is just a handful of albums and artists that have been nominated for the title:
"Jonathan Coulton, nerdcore hip-hop like MC Frontalot, Optimus Rhyme/Supercommuter, and chip tunes like Anamanaguchi or YMCK, or video game music like Minibosses."
"They Might Be Giants are super geeky."
"It's got to be Rush. I'm torn between Moving Pictures and Fly By Night. Moving Pictures might win because "Tom Sawyer" has great bass or lose because "Tom Sawyer" is (well, was) popularly known and popular conflicts with geeky."
"The first C-Average album sounds like a game of D&D."
"As far as sounding geeky or having a geek quality I'd have to go with Belong first as their walls of distortion appeal to the inner geek in me."
What do you think the best geek album is? Answerhere!
Fixiewrek is making a playlist for a friend's wedding and needs some help! Fixie says: "Mostly fun, hip people will be at the wedding so it can't be too cheesy (some cheese is okay, of course)."
Suggested so far:
"Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" - Michael Jackson "Don't Stop Believing" - Journey "Winds of Change" -Scorpions "Sexy Back" - Justin Timberlake "Move Your Feet" - Junior Senior "Crazy" - Gnarls Barkley "Ice Ice Baby" - Vanilla Ice (for later in the night when people get really drunk)
Yesterday littlewing0906 posed this question to our panel of music experts in Questionland, including:
I always see DJs and musicians listed with shows booked in Vancouver, or in Portland, but not Seattle. What gives? As an example, let's say I want to book Kyle Hall to play at the Hunter Gatherer Lodge on a Saturday night in August. I imagine that people at Knight Riders or Shameless do this all the time, but I've never done this before. (1) I would need to talk to the musician/performer, or perhaps their booking agent- do they get paid up front, is there a certain protocol, or does it vary depending on the terms of the contract? Then, (2) I'd have to talk to a club, but who would I talk to at the club? What type of fees can I expect to be charged, e.g., insurance, bar staff, permits/licenses/etc? (3) Aside from promotions/press releases, are there other considerations I'm leaving out in terms of planning?
Here's an excerpt of what Jake London had to say:
Probably, the first thing to do is to figure out what venue you want to work with. Then find out if they work with outside promoters, what it costs, what sort of services they will provide, and what you might have to provide for yourself (e.g., postering and other print ads and other promotional expenses).
If the venue makes sense, then figure out if there are open dates.
From there, hit up the booking agent for the performer (or the performer directly if they don't have an agent). They'll let you know availability, costs, terms of payment, etc. If they are routing through already on a tour, you may be able to get a better rate than if they would be traveling in specially for the gig.
If their availability matches the available dates at the club, perhaps you can work something out. If not, you may need to go back to the club and see if they have any open spaces when the performer is available.
Ultimately, I think a lot of clubs enjoy working with competent outside promoters, because it lowers their risk. The promoter is on the hook to pay any guaranty to the performer and to also pay for at least part of the club's overhead that night. regardless of how the show does. The club makes money off the drinks, as long as people come out (which is where clubs generally make most of their money anyway).
Do you have some advice of your own that you could offer? Share your knowledge inQuestionland.