Hello…How Are You?

Greetings, folks. At the moment, I’m sipping a delicious cup of hot cocoa at Blackhorse Espresso, a favorite hangout of mine. When I was living on the other side of the campus of Cal Poly, I frequented one of Blackhorse’s now four locations, which was in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo. The other three locations also occupy the city, but the Foothill location, closer to Cal Poly, has been around for at least 2-3 years. Because I live closer to campus, this is one of the great local San Luis Obispo cafes where I will pop in, get some bevs and munchies, then settle in a seat a table, getting stuff done. I usually have an agenda, but I’m more organized at some times than I am others. It’s almost always music-related, or at least most of the time it is.

At this moment, it is, in a way, music-related in what I’m currently doing, which is composing this blog, to let you know what I’ve been up to.

As you may know, I have decided to put my radio show on pause. It was something that I was reluctant to do, and have attempted to do so a few times. I have no regrets about it, as it has allowed me more time to have some space. As a consequence, I have not listened to all of the music that’s been piling up in my inbox for almost a month. I don’t feel sorry about that; I do appreciate all the support from the labels, producers, and promo professionals who do look up to me as a resource. I’m really appreciative of that, and I’ll aways be appreciative.

But here’s the thing about what I’ve done with my radio show: it’s been said that quality in delivers quality out. I spent around 5-6 hours/week, sometimes more, giving my attention to going through all of that music. The way it works is: I get music, and usually I have to listen to a song or two or more per promo. Understand that listening to the promo is not the same as listening to it on my iPhone, because I have to physically be at the computer, and be focused. The listening part can be 1-2 songs per release, but sometimes it’s a whole album. I have more time to listen to those few songs for one release, but not 12 tracks for an album. And I have to do all that via streaming, on the Internet, which means I need to be at a place with, at the least, a fast Internet connection. Then I have to give my feedback on the release; only after I do so is a download link made available for me to put on my computer, and maybe use for a show or mix.

In addition to the preparation, there’s doing the show, and then there’s the post-production of editing the raw recording, which is just the music, then doing what are called stop sets, which are essentially voice overs, putting together the playlist, which has to be completed manually, then uploading both the show and the blog before publishing both to the world. That’s another 2-3 hours; for one person, that’s a lot of work.

I’ve been happy to do it, but I’ve reached an inflection point. For the last few years, I’ve attempted music production. There is a lot to knowing about it, especially if I want to work at getting good at it. It’s been an on-again, off-again thing…mainly off. There are a variety of reasons why my beat making journey has taken its own sweet time. The more I wanted to scratch that itch, the more that something had to give way.

What finally had me decided to go all in? Asides from the fact that I was feeling very left out, in spite of all of the acquisitions that I now possess to make music, I have lost something else in the last year: my weight.

While reading (reading = listening to audiobooks) a book sometime last year, the author recommended another book called “Why We Get Fat (And What To Do About It),” by Gary Taubes. I should let you know that I’m not a diet person; that is, I never followed those fad diet books. But I have weigh as much as 240 pounds. For the last 3 years, my weight hovered between 225-235 pounds. I was on five different medications…for cholesterol, and for high blood pressure. As Taubes states about his book, it in of itself is not a diet book; rather, it’s a book that made the case that current public policy and medical orthodoxy doctrine has contributed to the most obese population in history. The book goes into great detail on how this came to be, using historical and current data for a myriad of sources, concluding in the end that carbohydrate-rich foods resulted in the obesity epidemic, rather than people’s willpower, or lack thereof, among other myths. At the end of the book, there were recommendations on what to eat, as well as what not to eat. It might not be what you’d expect: for example, foods such as whole eggs, meat (yes, even bacon) were encouraged, but other foods such as black beans, brown rice, wheat bread, cereal, were off-limits (I mentioned those “dont’s” because, at least in another book I read, these were considered to be “good” for me. Instead, I think those foods helped maintained my weight, rather than lowering them. And somehow, they also contributed to keeping all of the bad stuff in my body there.

As it was, though, not only am I about 15 pounds closer to my high school weight, but I was able to ditch all of my medications. All of them! (Current, my weight is just over 200 pounds.) To me, that was the most amazing thing. Plus, my energy has gone up. And at my age, I think that most folks would feel as if their bodies are in decline. Not me.

What’s the point of me writing about the weight change? It’s that it became to catalyst for checking out other things in my life. Music production, and just getting involved with music in general, is a much higher priority for me. I have other priorities and aspirations too, but this has been one that’s been hanging around my neck like an albatross. I’ve been wanting to make it happen for years, but I was trying to do way too much, music-related or not, and the results ended up being a bunch of things that end up never getting done. Plans ended up laying in waste, strewn across the virtual floor.

I was determined to make the change that need to happen to move forward, so letting go of the radio show was one thing. I’m not yet sure if totally letting go of music feedback and reactions will be next; I find that I need lots of space, and it may be an expensive thing in terms of time and resources, but there are some things that have to be all or nothing, and I think that may be next…I haven’t decided. It’s going to depend on how well I can keep up, versus music production.

Music production, it turns out, is a lot to learn, and finding the time to be fair was taxing in of itself. But if they say that steady is the race, then at the least I did stayed steady. It wasn’t always consistent, it wasn’t always ideal, and trust me that it wasn’t always fun, but I stayed on course, even if that course was haphazard. There were a few times when I quit, or at least threatened to. At the least, I did recognized them for what they were, which were signals that I needed to stop for awhile. And I think those stops saved me from total abandonment, which is a good thing.

So that’s where I stand right now. And I’m going to also start to share, at least selectively, my experience in production. Maybe I’ll share the music of others, as well as my own, but if you choose to be part of that journey that I’m embarked on, you’re welcome to it. I might have other things to say that have nothing to do with music, but you’ll know that when I know.

I’m going to end it here, because this has become longer than I expected it! I will do my best to keep you in the loop at least weekly, maybe every two weeks at most. Find me on Facebook, or Twitter, or Instagram. You can also send me a message via the Contact link on this site.

Be good; peace.

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Velanche Presents Urban Landscapes – Show 16.16

Not sure how surprising this news is, but it’s true that, at least for the foreseeable future, this is my last edition of Urban Landscapes.

Stop me, if you heard this before; old news, yes? Sometimes, what I hoe to do, and what actually happens, can collide. It turns out that my current aspiration, music production, takes more time than I’ve been devoting. Preparations for the show also took time to prepare, to do it, and all of the post-production to give it to you, week-after-week.

I can’t say for sure yet if I’ll revisit it, but I know that letting it go is the right thing to do.

And with that, I give you a new show with an uptempo mix that I hope you’ll enjoy…loads of new joints, alongside a few recent favorites to round it all out.

So there you have it. Thank you for listening. Thanks to Hal and the folks at 97.3 The Rock in Morro Bay, California, for giving me a spot to share the incredible music with you. Of course, big ups to the promoters, the artists, the labels, and everyone working hard to keep independent music flowing. Most of all, thanks to all of my listeners…you are terrific. Keep the Urban Landscapes feed burning, and keep you eyes on the blog. I will have mixes, and let you know of other things as they come, perhaps even some music that I’ll share too.

Stay well and good, and again…many thanks!

Peace.

Velanche Presents Urban Landscapes – Show 16.16
July 30, 2016

Song – Artist – Label
Yeap – JP Soul – Roam
Party On – JP Soul – Roam
Secret River Freaks
Make Your Body Move – Doug Gomez – Toy Tonics
Get Into – Sandy Turnbull – Galleria
Sex – Black Loops – Toy Tonics
Orca (John Tejada Remix) – SevenDoors – Exploited
Gohar – Shahrokh Dini – Compost
Milarepa – Jag Kiranmay – Seva
Nightcall (Rare Candy Remix) – Max Olsen Feat. Nika Dostur – DRNCD
See The Line feat. Angela – Lopezhouse – Exploited
Dancin’ – Full Intention – Full Intention
Housego – Greenside (Oldskool Flava Mix)
Love Life (GF Dub Mix) – Genetic Funk & Michelle Weeks – Grounded
Tomorrow (Josh Feedblack Remix) – Mavee Feat. Maria Angeli – VillaHangar
Ten Miles High (Derrick Carter Dub) – Roison Murphy – PIAS
Going On (Jad & The Ladyboy Remix) – Pixel82 – Toy Tonics
Fear – ENNE – Karmaloft
Waterfalls – Moritz Butschek feat. Ferdinand Zar – Toy Tonics
Ice Cream (Extended Mix) – Soundopamine – Krafted
When There Was House (QuestionmarQ Remix) – Corrugated Tunnel feat. Droze – Vision Collective
The Man Who Lived Underground (Ricardo Villalobos Remix One) – Freaks – Music ForFreaks

END SHOW

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Velanche Presents Urban Landscapes – Show 16.15

It’s time for another freestyle selection of new music, because that’s what I do for ya. I hope you enjoy the fresh sounds that hopefully will entice your ears and do your soul good.

Hold tight for the next show…it’s a surprise.

Peace.

Velanche Presents Urban Landscapes – Show 16.15
July 10, 2016

Song – Artist – Release – Label
The Bad People – Space Dimension Controller – Orange Melamine – Ninja Tune
Gullfire – Space Dimension Controller – Orange Melamine – Ninja Tune
Velvet Gentleman – Space Dimension Controller – Orange Melamine – Ninja Tune
Dance Together (Dub) [feat. Prince Fatty & Nostalgia 77] – Dele Sosimi – Wah Wah 45s
Raggamuffin Business (ft Sr Wilson) – Sticky Joe – Good Day EP – Ditto
Giddy Up (ft Horseman) – Sticky Joe – Good Day EP – Ditto
Chambac feat. Nidia Gongora (Chimpo Remix) – Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno – 1000 Watts EP – Tru Thoughts
Kajo (Madcap Remix) – Anchorsong – Ceremony EP – Tru Thoughts
Kalimba Tree (JM Edit) – JM Edits #3 EP – KAT
Watch Your Step feat. Capitol A – Marlow – In the Backroom – Sonar Kollektiv
Your Softness – Marlow – In the Backroom – Sonar Kollektiv
Shimmy Shimmy Shake with ComixXx – Marlow – In the Backroom – Sonar Kollektiv
Belden Lights – Shiny Objects – Belden Lights EP – Smoke N’Mirrors
Colours (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) – Roosevelt – City Slang
Birds – Purple Disco Machine & Lorenz Rhode – Black Jukebox #15 EP – Exploited
In The Streets – Dayne S – Black Jukebox #15 EP – Exploited
Cross Over (Dub) – Joeski feat. Jesánte – EP – Viva
That’s Real – Rapson – The Heat EP – Friday Fox
State Trooper (Antenna Happy Remix) – Lavashark – EP – Ubiquity
Luna Llena (Handzoff Remix) – Danna – EP – Bonanza
You Gotta Do Right – The Relatives – Goodbye World – Ubiquity
What You Say – The Relatives – Goodbye World – Ubiquity
The Ledge – Erik Rico – Back to the Present Vol. 1 EP – I-Kue

END SHOW

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Velanche Presents Urban Landscapes – Show 16.14

This week has been a hard one for America; cops shooting blacks, cops being shot at…been a bit grueling, to say the least. At the end of this week’s show, I hope that Stevie Wonder can help me put thoughts and words in ways that I cannot.

Also on the show is a musical tribute to Bernie Worrell, an extremely talented music with mad keyboard skills, cultivated over a lifetime. Most may not know him by name, but anyone who’s listened to some of the bad ass synths on the music of Parliament-Funkadelic are sure to have heard of it, as he was a founding member of legendary funk outfit Parliament. If you listen to some of those space-age bass wobbles and grooves, chances are good that they came from his hands. He was one of the first artists embracing the seminal Moog synthesizer, bringing new life to what R&B and funk brought to music. Not only will there be music of Parliament and Funkadelic, but also some of his many collaborations as a studio musician over the years, and also some of his solo work too. I hope that you enjoy this tribute of Bernie Worrell, who passed away just weeks ago.

As ever, thanks very much for listening. I’ll catch you soon with another new show.

Peace.

Velanche Presents Urban Landscapes – Show 16.14
July 10, 2016

Song – Artist – Release – Label
Nicodemus (Ft Blackout JA) – Dubamine – Dub-Stuy
String Up The Sound (Ft Brother Culture) – Dubamine – Dub-Stuy
Obar No Ni – Y-Bayani – Philphon
Anarchy in the U.K. (Ske Refix) – Dubmatix featuring Prince Blanco – Dub Arc
If I Could Tell You Anything (feat. Kaivili) – Dizz1 – Self-Released
Don’t Look Back feat. Abi Flynn (Instrumental) – J-Felix – The Runaway EP – Tru Thoughts
Cry Sometimes – Kendra Morris – Babble EP – Self-Released
Warming Up The Sun – Kylie Auldist – Family Tree – Freestyle
Look Away – Kylie Auldist – Family Tree – Freestyle
Too Easy – Kylie Auldist – Family Tree – Freestyle
Toxic Love Affair – Kraak & Smaak – Juicy Fruit – Jalapeno
You Don’t Owe Me – Kraak & Smaak – Juicy Fruit – Jalapeno
No Surprise – El Michels Affair (feat. The Shacks) – Big Crown
Kajo (Madcap Remix) – Anchorsong – Ceremony EP – Tru Thoughts

Bernie Worrell Tribute Set

Song – Artist
Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow – Funkadelic
P-Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up) – Parliament
Hit It and Quit It – Funkadelic
Cosmic Slop – Funkadelic
Chocolate City – Parliament
Flash Light – Parliament
Woo Together – Bernie Worrell
Light On Water – Bernie Worrell
Realm of Sight – Bernie Worrell
Juicy Fruit – Mtume
Girlfriend Is Better (Live) – Talking Heads
When Bernie Speaks – Bootsy Collins & Bernie Worrell

END TRIBUTE SET

Flipping feat. Einat – Jerome C. – EP – Wolf + Lamb
Daydreaming feat. ENEQUIST – Joyce Muniz EP – Exploited
Lose Control – Soundopamine – Ice Cream EP – Krafted
That’s Real – Rapson – The Heat EP – Friday Fox
When I Think Of You (Original Mix) – TWISM & B3RAO & RICK MARSHALL – Karmic Power
CIRKLON3 (Колхозная mix) – Aphex Twin – Warp
Black Man – Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life – Tamla
Love’s In Need of Love Today – Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life – Tamla

END SHOW

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Urban Landscapes…and Velanche….Taking a Break

Greetings, folks.

I am going to take a sabbatical from my radio show, at least for the rest of the year.

I have two more shows to post online, and then I will do a final show on Sunday, July 31.

I’ve recently taken a look at where I am in my life; some things I’ve progressed in, and others I have not. As some of you know, I have been dabbling into music production on and off for the last few years. Because of my daily non-musical obligations, the rest of the day leaves me with not much wiggle room. While I’ve spent time attempting to be dedicating to crafting my skills and my music, I’ve also found that I’ve put a great deal of effort into the radio show: from listening to the many promos sent into my inbox each week, to traveling back and forth to do the show, to the post-production that I do to put the show online.

On top of that, I have loosened my grip on participating in more social activities. I used to fill up my calendar with all of the things that I wanted to do for music production and the radio show, but it’s been very recently, some of last year, and for the last several months this year, that I’ve been involved with some great locals in San Luis Obispo…some are new, others I’ve known for years that I’ve seldom seen, and I would get into activities that surely crushes whatever I have on my calendar. More often than not, it’s not just a few hours, it can be many hours. I have no regrets in this, but I also realized that for each time I spent on such activities, other things have to give. I’ve lived in San Luis Obispo for 24 years this August, and it’s taken me a long time to adjust…not just to this town, but to myself. it’s been a long journey, with plenty of self-discovery along the way. Yes, I aim to create music for me, and for others, but I also wish to explore areas of life that most people have already enjoyed. Being social, though, doesn’t mean giving up my alone time, because I very much treasure the times when I can be alone, have ample time to reflect and refresh, and just be..until I’m ready to continue.

In any case, I do need some space for awhile, to get my life’s desires in order.

When time permits, I will put up the occasional mixes of new music, monthly I think. I will try and do that; it’ll depend on where my energy lies, and how much progress I’m making with creating music, which is paramount.

Yes, I know that I’m taken breaks before and have given things a try. But the older I get, the more aware I am of life, and of my capabilities. I am understanding that more and more, and I hope you do too.

I wish you well during the rest of 2016, and I hope to be back on the air in 2017. Watch this space, as I’ll share some of my music when the time is right.

Many thanks, to all of you: the labels, the promo pros, the radio station and the great people there, and the fans who kept me going and kept me believe. I still believe; I just hope that you believe in me enough that space is needed to be free and creative…and to just, be. For awhile.

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