LANGUAGES. LIVE. A MULTIMEDIA MUSIC EXPERIENCE.
JUNE 1, 2013. DELUXE AT OLD NATIONAL CENTRE.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN. 7:30PM. ALL AGES.
W/ SPECIAL GUESTS JASON AARON COONS & BRANDON PERRY,
PLUS SPECIAL POST-SHOW DJ SET BY GABRIEL CHANCE.
Tickets go on sale Friday, April 5 2013 at 10AM via Ticketmaster.com.
Presented by Absorb., WTTS 92.3 FM, and Live Nation.
Click to read the official press release.
April 2, 2013. 1:12AM.
Dearest friends, family, compadres near and far:
After much planning and rumination, I’m absolutely thrilled to finally announce that I’ll be bringing my debut solo album LANGUAGES. to the live performance stage on JUNE 1, 2013 at Deluxe at Old National Centre in Indianapolis. This will easily be one of the most important and grandest creative efforts of my life so far. I’m calling the show LANGUAGES. LIVE.
I’ve missed the stage, and you guys, SO MUCH.
Where to start?! Well, let’s say first than I’ll have an incredibly good band playing the songs of LANGUAGES. with me (comprised of some fine, familiar gentlemen you might already know…), and well, my goal is to put you in the coolest club show scenario of the year. It’s a huge amount of work for me that will manifest itself in a wonderful amount of joy for all of us, together.
There will be a highly coordinated and laboriously-crafted multimedia element to L.L. I’ll be utilizing a special configuration of LED screens and backdrops to recreate the aesthetic world of LANGUAGES. on stage, with specialized films built for each song, for this show, for this time… to work in perfect unity with the songs. Creatively, I’ll be pushing HARD. And we’ll be bringing you our A-game in performance, in fun, and in heart.
In essence, this is a purely creative, totally authentic evening of music, unique visuals, and atmosphere that I’ve curated to bring you right inside my life, heart, and brain at this very moment. And (aside of a very intimate radio event that I did last month) this will be the first time I’ve done an actual, real-life, on-stage performance in nearly three years.
And although this show, and all the creative pursuits of my life are squarely focused on what’s happening NOW, the setlist will be not only be comprised of the LANGUAGES. album tracks, but also a few surprises from the past.
To say that I’m excited about L.L. doesn’t even begin to cover it.
It’ll be the kind of live experience that I’ve always dreamed of creating.
Two wildly gifted young artists are opening the show. The great Brandon Perry (of Dead Hearts fame) will play you a few of his heart-wringing masterpieces, and then our homeboy Jason Aaron Coons will have you moving and singing along to his hooky-as-hell popsongs. Following my set, I’m incredibly excited that my friend (architect of the “HOUDINI.” remix and digital music mastermind) Gabriel Chance will be coming from Austin, TX to give us all a 45-minute DJ set that you’ll never forget. And, if you don’t think I’ll be out on the dance floor with all of you… YOU. ARE. NUTS.
All who attend the show will receive both, A.) an event poster commemorating the evening, and B.) a surprise confectionery treat that I’ve been working on feverishly for some time, and I’m finally ready to hand out to you. Again, it’s a surprise. But it involves your taste buds. And, it too has gotten dark and found itself. And it’s FREAKING AWESOME AND I’M ABOUT TO EXPLODE WITH EXCITEMENT JUST THINKING ABOUT IT.
Advance tickets for L.L. are only $12, and go on sale on April 5 at 10AM EST. This is a spectacular show, and I’ve done all I can to keep the ticket price as low as possible, and I hope you agree on this being a fair one. There is also a VIP ticket for $25 that includes reserved lounge seating and early entrance to the venue, and you can have drinks with the band and I for a bit after the show… but best of all, I’m gonna get a chance to donate a portion of the VIP ticket sales to Second Helpings of Indianapolis, which helps provide food for the needy in the city. So, snap ‘em up and let’s hang.
Interestingly, it is possible that barring very rare exceptions, this is one of the only shows that I’ll be doing to support LANGUAGES. I am so very busy directing films for other wicked artists and companies, and I’m wholly passionate about that work as well. That’s why I’m putting so much creative energy into L.L., curating it as much like a mini-festival as anything, because I just don’t know when life will allow me to do it again.
For God’s sake, if you live a little ways off then grab yer buddies, climb in the car or on a plane and get yer ass to Indiana on June 1. You see, not only is this a way to exhaust myself creatively, but it’s also a fantastic way to have a giant reunion of lovely faces that I haven’t had a chance to see in so long.
Finally, today we’re also releasing a brand-new (wicked) remix of “HOUDINI.” Get a HQ download free via Soundcloud HERE, or if you’d like to pick it up on iTunes and support the cause… well, that would be very nice of you. Either way, dig. Oh, and at the show, we’ll be premiering a brand-new vid for the “HOUDINI.” remix.
So yes, big show.
I love you all.
June 1, 2013.
See you on the dancefloor.
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LANGUAGES. LIVE. SPRING 2013.
(*EDIT 2.15.13: I’ve made a few updates to this blog in the last 24 hours. On the evening of February 14, 2013, I performed a private show for a room of radio contest winners. The set was short, and scaled down instrumentally. It was a very special night, and the audience was enormously gracious. The room was full, the feelings were warm. It was a truly wonderful, even perfect way to put my toe in performance waters again. On we go, then…)
TO MY WONDERFUL FAMILY & FRIENDS:
You have so beautifully supported the release of my solo album, LANGUAGES., and I’m grateful beyond my capacity to explain. Thank you for helping me spread the word about my little record, and I hope you’ll continue to do so. It’s off to a fantastic start.
LANGUAGES. is quite literally a case study in the release of handmade music in the modern age. I.e., artist hangs out with friends, makes album about his life & truths, subject to no artistic parameters except self-imposed high creative standards, beholden to no prototypical business structures or entities. Only free-form release of music, film, and design, at will. As much as possible, creation at the speed of imagination.
Every view/play/like/share/purchase that you grant the music or films, well… artists like me FEEL that support. They all feel like little digital high-fives, like you’re sending me your love, your appreciation, your endorsement. YOU, in effect, are the way that the world finds out about this music.
I was in a band that largely made albums with record companies, so LANGUAGES. has been a wonderful, intimate learning experience, also for which I’m grateful. I’m looking at the release of art through a completely different lens now. It’s fearless. It’s exciting.
I’ve got so much planned creatively for LANGUAGES. It’s a conversation and aesthetic universe that I fall in love with more every day. By the end of this whole endeavor, I will have figured out how LANGUAGES. can appeal to every single one of your five senses. Every. Single. One. And, I promised myself, and you, to keep the creative universe of LANGUAGES. a fertile one. And so…
I’m excited to announce that I’ll be bringing LANGUAGES. to the performance stage in Spring 2013 in the form of LANGUAGES. LIVE. It’s been 2 ½ years since I’ve done an on-stage performance of any kind. I’m terrified. But in the most AWESOME way.
Initially, there are plans for just one (grand) show, in my home city of Indianapolis. Why just one? Well, for multiple reasons. Pulling the show together will be quite a logistical feat. Visually, it will very much reflect the LANGUAGES. landscape via screens and light. There will be specialized films to coincide with each song’s rhythmic and emotional pulse. There will be surprises, pre- and post-show, that will keep us all dancing, hanging, and sugar-buzzing together… and I mean all those things literally. Honestly, the show will probably feel much like an awesome, kickass little one-night music festival. It will require copious amounts of preparation, pre-production, and obsession. Artistically, It will be highly ambitious.
It will rule. And we’ll see where it goes from there…
Alternatively, I’m considering the realities of extensive touring at the moment, as there is much for my new company, Absorb., to accomplish in 2013 in the realms of film and design, which have become enormous creative passions of mine. I can’t believe the shape Absorb. is taking, the way it’s growing and how we’re building things with such insanely cool artists and companies. Suffice to say, it takes much of my creative time and energy.
But be assured, the LANGUAGES. live experience will be highly prioritized, dutifully manicured, and a simply wonderful experience for all of us. My friends will be on stage with me. And I hope YOU will be in the room, too.
Being on stage has always been the single most enjoyable and purposed part of what music has meant to me. I can’t wait to do it again, with these songs, after so long.
Please help me continue to share the music, films, and world of LANGUAGES. And know that I’m working every single day to make sure you get the sincerest, most authentic, and most excellent creative offerings that I’m capable of giving you. I love you all so much, and hopefully LANGUAGES. LIVE. will be one more way of proving that.
Date to be announced soon. Let’s do this.
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