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Official Fan Site!

18 Mar

Good morning guys,

Short and sweet…

Flawless Dreams: The Gargage Fansite

This is the link to our Official Fan Site for Latin America.  It truly is beyond words to have a group of amazing people create an entire website from scratch designed to show support for what we are doing.  The site was launched just this week and it looks TIGHT!

If there is one thing this band is, it’s LUCKY to have people who believe in what we do and go out of their way to promote our music.  Allow me to introduce the staff…

President

Anita

@AnitaToRemember

Simply a breath of fresh air.  Intelligent, organized and enthusiastic.  A great motivator, leader and friend.

Webmaster

Fercho

@xFerch0x

TALENTED graphic designer and website developer.  Devoted supporter of the Independent Rock scene in Panama.

Photographer

EliseoC

@EliseoC29

Silent character who lets the pictures do most of the talking.  I have probably never seen him without his camera.  Very determined and passionate.

If you haven’t heard anything off the album yet, make sure to take a look at the 9 minute Teaser they put together.  You’ll get a sneak peek of all the songs coming on the album so…CHECK IT OUT!

Lastly…Invite them to your Timeline! @GargageFans

…Info on the album will go on my next post.  Again, LOTS to talk about 🙂

Enjoy your weekend!!

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Back in Panama!

17 Mar

Hello everyone,

There’s been so much going on since we got back from the states.  It was definitely time to get back on track and keep writing.  There is a LOT to catch up on and I know you don’t have much time so here it goes.

I finally got a solid job I can enjoy. Finally a solid income!  Making plans is fun, but funding these plans is hard work.

General Update:

1.      Fundacion Rockístmo;  A non-profit organization dedicated to creating the means to export independent Panamanian rock bands to other countries in South America, has decided to team up and lend us a hand with releasing and promoting our album.  They do everything related to organizing successful events.  This involves raising funds (through sponsors), booking (venue, sound engineers, and equipment), promoting (fliers, videos, radio, and national television) and overall logistics management.

2.      Our first show since we got back is Rockístmo Sessions 2011 this Sunday, March 20th.  It will take place in the Maria Torrez de Arauz Theater (Its outdoors and amazing!…displayed below) and we will share the stage with two other bands from Panama; SK and Grannada.  We will be playing last before the headliner which will is “The Great Wilderness” from Costa Rica.

The Great Wilderness

Reina Torres de Arauz Theater

 

3. Flyer and Promotional Video for Rockistmo Sessions 2001



There’s a lot more to talk about but I’m not planning on taking up too much of your time.

On my next post (tomorrow):

  • Launch of the Official Gargage Fan Site for Latin America.
  • Album release (Digital and Physical)

P.S. I don’t think I’ve ever been so psyched in my life.  There’s so much going on and I am insanely happy and grateful.



From Baltimore…

28 Jan

Tracking the album is officially done!

Bass went by pretty smoothly, Ramon did a good job tracking his parts 🙂  After bass, we began guitars…

Tracking guitars was interesting because I had to write a lot of rhythm parts that I don’t really play on a regular basis.  Joel and I share some lead parts and I had to adapt some of what I regularly play to make solid sounding rhythm tracks for Joel to then play over.  After that I would record the necessary lead parts.  It was a LONG but definitely worthwhile process.

Once guitars were done, it was time for all synthesizer parts.  This flew by ridiculously fast.  Most of the violin and string sounds I had already programmed using MIDI (all notes were mapped out on a grid, perfectly matched to the tempo), so all that was left for Ricky to do was record the more unique sounding synth parts live.

Vocals…

This was probably the most challenging part of the whole recording.  I had all my melodies and lyrics rehearsed, but when the time came to begin to lay down some tracks, Justin began to revise the songs and take a different direction with some he thought needed some help.  This represented the challenge because he got me singing melodies I was not used to singing and he also exploited my range.  Again, the results were really good.  I’m pretty sure the rest of the band thought this was cool because it seemed we were in a point where everybody was already satisfied with all the vocal parts we had, and to hear these changes totally caught us off guard.  We were all happy with the results.

We finished tracking everything up to the last minute.  We listened to every song before leaving the studio just to get a taste of what the album would sound like and everything was sounding great.  I can’t even imagine how good this album is going to sound once its mixed and mastered.

Right now, Rhandy, Joel and I are at IBOT studios with our friends from the band See Camden which I mentioned around 2 posts ago.  They are recording some songs which are sounding ridiculously insane.  More to come on my next post 😀

Any questions?

Studio Update #2

16 Jan

Hey everyone,

Lemme tell you whats been happening ever since the last post…

Drum tracking took a little bit more than we had planned, and Justin spent like 20,000 hours editing drums but it was worth the sacrifice because they sound great!

The rest of the band has been pretty much chilling while Rhandy was tracking.  We’ve watched about a million movies and EVERY SINGLE Jackass episode to date, including the movie 😀

Once Drums were ready, it was time for Bass, so Justin experimented with a couple of amps and cabinets to get the right sound, he also added a couple of pedals in there that I wont be naming hehe 😉

There are a couple of videos on YouTube with Ramon recording some drum tracks.  Lemme tell you guys, Justin did an amazing job with the bass tone.  It sounds powerful and completely relevant to the music.

Today is the second day for Bass, and we are hoping to have it all done by 4pm which is when the Ravens play the Steelers in the playoffs.  Justin has made us all official Ravens fans and apparently this is a VERY IMPORTANT game 😀

On a more personal note…

Working with a producer has been a real learning experience.  I’ve never had the chance to work with a professional when writing music and he really does bring out the best of each one of us.  Some songs have changed, and I admit I have struggled a bit to accept the changes, but at the end of the day its about trusting someone with something you value so much and achieving a greater outcome.

More to come! stay tuned…

We Take This Seriously…

1 Nov

Hello everyone,

A couple of days back; we launched our first photo campaign titled “We take this seriously”.  The idea came a while ago when Joel began to explain the concept of a photo advertising campaign.  This particular campaign would serve towards giving our band the professional image it deserves and it would also be a great feature to include in our website.

After an intense brainstorming session one Saturday, we came up with the ideas for the three photos we were going to take.  These photos would be accompanied by a short copy describing the concept creatively.  We then carried out a few meetings in order to get the details settled (what photographer, setting, wardrobe, props, etc…).  Once everything was settled, it was time to execute.

We met with Abdelitoh Troy; a young, Panamanian photographer who is quickly gaining recognition for his picture taking not only here in Panama, but internationally as well (he just won a scholarship to obtain his masters degree in Spain, how amazing is that!).  We didn’t really know what to expect.  We had heard great things about him and after our first meeting; we knew we had acquired a friend.

We decided on dates for the photo shoots and then booked the locations.  It was our job to prepare the sets as well according to the concepts we had decided on.  Joel took the responsibility of editing the pictures once they were given to us. It was a lot of work, but the end result definitely made it all worth it.  Below are the three pictures along with their copy…

At the Show

So what if they don’t want to listen? There are probably millions just like them, but among those millions there are thousands that do want to listen, and we’d have no problem playing our hearts out for them every night, because at the end of the day it’s quite clear…We take this seriously.

At the Office

We don’t like to call it our job, but then again, what else would you call the endless hours we devote to fueling our dream? Whether its producing tunes, working on designs or managing finances, at the end of the day its quite clear…We take this seriously.

At the Studio

Cramming into a room not big enough to fit the band is not exactly comforting, but when succeeding is the ultimate goal, comfort is not always an option. We do what it takes; even if that means sacrificing a few commodities here or there because at the end of the day it’s quite clear…We take this seriously.

A Quick Update…

24 Oct

Hello readers!

It is a sunny afternoon here in Panama City, Panama and I feel the urge to write.

Basically I’m going to write about what the band has been up to lately.

Our Webpage

We came up with this concept a while back.  We decided we needed a website we could call our own and thanks to the talent of out Lead Guitar player Joel, this is becoming a reality.  For those of you who don’t know, Joel is an amazingly talented Graphic Designer and he also happens to design websites.

Our website will include the images to a photo campaign I will be introducing in this blog, videos, a meet the band section, links to all of our pages in the social media networks were associated with for example Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Myspace, WordPress etc… among other little surprises.  It will be ready real soon so we are really looking forward to that!

Pre-production to our Debut Album

Getting in the studio and jamming out our old, new and current songs in order to; first of all, modernize them to the best of our ability.  This process has proved to be amazing.  It is actually the first time we are rehearsing our songs freely with no show in mind and with no pressure on our backs.  We are free to improvise and think outside the box with our music which is a first.  We have already achieved major improvements on some of our old songs.  Our debut album will sound amazing.  If it doesn’t we’ll probably jump off a bridge or something…no biggie.

A lot more coming up so keep in touch!

Our First Recording Contract

21 Oct

The story of how we signed a contract to record our first album is one of coincidence and opportunity.

In today’s story, Ramon is the main character and Baltimore, Maryland is the setting.

During the time that Ramon went off to college in Maryland, he was determined to become involved in the US rock scene.  He had always showed interest in playing bass for a band in the US and this would be his chance to do so.  He got a hold of a local rising band in Maryland which was coincidently in need of a bass player before his departure, and before he (or any of us in that case) knew it, he was the bass player for Rescue the Hero (http://www.myspace.com/omgrescuethehero).

Rescue the Hero went on various tours playing small to medium sized venues around the area and Ramon obtained a taste of what touring with a band in the US was like.  He was adapting quickly, learning a great deal and making good friends in the process.  Among the closest of friends he made were the members of another local Pop-Rock band known as Victory by Revenge (http://www.myspace.com/victorybyrevenge).

Victory by Revenge eventually decided to record a cover version of Justin Beiber’s “One Time” in New Noise Recording Studios with producer Justin Day.  Ramon decided to tag along and so that is how Ramon met Justin Day.  Justin Day took a listen to some of our music and quickly became interested in the project and that’s when he decided he would like to produce our first album.

He sent me the contract which I signed live on the video below… 🙂

New noise Recording Studios January 2011…Here we come!!

Introduction…

14 Aug

So why start a blog?

Plain and simple; I want to share the story of Gargage.

After playing together for four years, and of course, graduating from college and being thrown into whatever the hell this mess of life after graduation is, we realized that if we wanted to make a living off our music it was time to get serious.

As an independent band in a country where rock music is at the bottom of the food chain, we are faced with several challenges, some of which are unique to us; given our place of origin and the resources (or lack thereof) we have at our disposal.  How we intend to tackle these challenges is where the story gets interesting, hence, the birth of this blog.

Here you will find…

  • Details on how we manage to keep a “working team” mindset.
  • Personal insight on our current and future plans and how we go about developing them.
  • Personal sources of inspiration (Books, articles, blogs, music etc…)
  • Updates on performance dates, recording sessions and everything in between.

Things to look forward to reading about in this blog…

  • First and foremost, travelling to the US to record our first album in 2011!
  • The process of developing our own advertising campaigns (did I mention we are an independent band?).
  • Pre-producing the songs that will be going on our first album.

Enough said on this first post.  There are still 4 years of past trajectory to go through and I will be doing so briefly on the next one.  Oh, and it would probably be a good idea to introduce the rest of the band so be sure to stay in touch and happy reading!

Gargage Artwork. By Joel Mendez (Oh Yes Yo!)