James's Packing List: The LustKillers on Tour

    A lot of people love to ask me, “How was/is the tour [going]?”  To be honest, it’s an experience (especially a low-budget, book-it-yourself trip) that is indescribable by words, at once a nightmare & a dream come true, a challenging & rewarding adventure that can really only be understood by someone who has been on the road as a touring musician, but it’s a lifestyle that I wish everyone could savor at least once.

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Recording Preparation for Bands Part Three: THE LIST

Before going into this list, remember the basic rule of thumb is to be prepared and be comfortable. You might think that bringing protein bars to snack on sounds like an asinine waste of time, but let me assure you that I’ve turned more than one psychologically & musically disastrous session into hugs and kisses simply by lighting a few candles.

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Recording Preparation for Bands Part One: Rehearsal

   So you’ve got the shows, you’ve got the look, and everyone in the band has been dreaming of artwork & working on their autographs for that big, cd release party of yours.  It only makes sense to call the studio (or your bleary-eyed friend at the recording school) to get some time booked for that album.  You’re ready, right?

    Well, a simple answer is no, you’re not.  There is no way you can be completely ready for the challenging, unpredictable, very rewarding and very growth-filled experience that comes from making your very own slice of sonic history.

    This month, I have listed...

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