Raymond Mayo - Graham has accepted the position of Vice President of Talent Acquisition for swainmedia effective immediately. Ray will assist the company with bringing in new talent and working with them to develop their careers. Ray has an extensive music background and is a true outside-the-box thinker. We are pleased to have him join the growing ranks of swainmedia professionals.
20 year old Keith Cloutier, an aspiring model and actor, has chosen swainmedia to guide the launch of his career and provide services on his behalf. swainmedia photographer James Swain is currently helping Keith develop his portfolio, as well as acting on his behalf with agencies and promoters. We are expecting to see big things from Keith in the near future, so keep your eyes on this young rising star!
Setting: inside - comfortable, old coffee/craft beer/wine house in Pendleton, Oregon; outside - its snowing.
Peter and I have been sitting in this incredible gathering spot called Great Pacific, sipping coffee and observing the flow of people through here, coming to meet friends, have a glass of wine or get a bite to eat. The stage is set for a music performance - maybe tonight, maybe tomorrow. The staff is pleasant and everything feels normal and secure. We’re glad to be here for the while because soon we’ll have to re-enter our own scenario, where everything is anything but normal and secure.
It looks like we may be stuck in this town for a few days, so we should try to make the best out of the opportunity. The roads are not fit for driving on in our heavily loaded rear-wheel-drive vehicles (Peter’s ancient truck and the Volvo station wagon), especially not the remote, 100 mile road that we must take to get to Long Creek. When we heard that there was an arctic air mass headed toward the Pacific Northwest, we couldn’t get out of Seattle fast enough. I mean that in the very literal sense of the phrase: we found it difficult to finish what we needed to do in order to beat the weather. There was the truck to fix - it was leaking oil terribly, so we removed the valve covers, scraped the crusty carbon off of them, cleaned them, painted them a cheery green and cut new gaskets for them; there was fixing the indicator light cover that had fallen off the Volvo - I cut a new one out of a soda bottle and taped it on (amazingly,it looks like new!); there was some shopping to do, as well as loading the truck and, of course, friends to check in with. It may be that we spent too much time seeing the people we missed the last time ‘round, but we’re glad we did. In the end, friends must be honored.
Its been a month since Peter and I last came to Seattle to get the Le Car out of Scott’s driveway up the alley from where we used to live. How time flies! We thought then that we were pushing it as far as having decent mountain weather conditions to drive in. Now it’s mid-November and, so far, our luck is holding out.
So, we’re back in Seattle with the truck and the Volvo to retrieve what’s been stored at various neighbors’ homes, and incidentally recovering at Robin’s house from the constant hard work at what is, I guess, now called home. Luckily, the weather has been unseasonably mild in Long Creek this fall, which has made it easier to tackle the difficult tasks that face us each day. Clint, our friend who lives about 10 miles west of us near Hamilton, a town that now consists of just a few ragtag houses along the highway, stopped by last week with a bag of his homegrown tomatoes. We couldn’t believe it. Before we moved to Long Creek, we were told that tomatoes wouldn’t have time to grow and ripen in during the brief growing season. This year, Halloween has passed and we still haven’t had a frost! I can’t help ascribing it to global warming, and, despite the havoc that it’s going to wreak on many species, including our own, I’ll take the good with the bad and be grateful that I can grow a wider variety of things in a place where that wasn’t previously possible. To us, it’s a wonderful opportunity; to many a local, though, who doesn’t believe in global warming, nothing has changed, therefore, nothing different should be tried!
WASSUP WIT IT MANE? I KNOW A LOT OF FOLK ARE PURSUING THEIR DREAM IN THIS MUSIC BUSINESS. BUT, YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS MORE TO IT THAN JUST THE MUSIC, ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE COMING INTO IT AS AN INDEPENDENT ENTITY. THERE ARE STEPS TO GO THRU TO GET YOUR MUSIC OFFICIAL. AFTER YOU HAVE RECORDED YOUR HITS, YOUR BANGERS, OR WHATEVER YOU MAY CALL IT. ITS A MUST THAT YOU COPYRIGHT YOUR WORK!!! ITS VERY IMPORTANT, YOU DONT WANT ANYTHING TO HINDER YOU FROM YOUR SUCCESS. SO, I'M DROPPING THIS LINK http://copyright.gov/eco/eco-tutorial.pdf FOR YOU TO HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE TO FILE FOR YOUR COPYRIGHT ELECTRONICALLY.
We have released a new single today. Entitled 'Grunts' it is currently available from this site exclusively on free download. It's a new song with a new TBS feel. Grab yourself a copy and funk out now!
It ´s been close to a month since the last update. Sorry for the wait. Just as always, always working on new materials and projects. Something new and exciting coming soon
The debut mixtape, "Edge of America", will drop October 31st, 2014. Download will be available on datpiff.com and uploaded to YouTube,
swainmedia is proud to announce the addition of Ralphy Lopes to the family. Ralphy's latest release, "Distancia" has received over 8,000 views on Soundcloud in just 3 short months. We look forward to helping Ralphy expand his reach around the world and get him the attention and recognition he deserves. Stay tuned!
Raymon Jamez has joined the ranks of swainmedia artists. Raymon has brought you great tracks in the past, including "Nightmare", "She Just Wanna Be Loved", and "Venom". With the guidance and mentorship of swainmedia in his corner, he is confident in his ability to raise the bar even higher. Look for new music from Raymon very soon!
Sam Carroll will be releasing his next Christmas Album for the year of 2014. This will be a unique blend of sing a long songs with influences from popular tunes from earlier years. The album will have a rich R&B influence along with some soul and jazz. This album will be great for any Christmas music enthusiast to own. There are songs for parites, family refelction time, and even some tunes to dance too. Don't miss out on this great holiday music collections. Coming Soon!!!
Two of my favorite things in life are receiving a hand-written letter in the mail and riding my bicycle. So, when I got on the bike we had brought from Seattle just after having received a letter from a sweet barista we had recently met at the District Coffeehouse in Boise, I felt pretty good. The view of the beautiful golden hills beyond the crest of Main St. to the east didn't hurt, either. I was going to check in on Ray, who lives next door to the other piece of land we own in town, to see whether he was ready to can the peaches we had picked in Kemberly on Sunday. He didn't seem to be home, so I headed back to the cafe.
It didn't take me long to realize that BOTH of my tires were flat! I knew what the culprit was and I had been warned about it a few days earlier: it was the weed commonly referred to as "goat heads." The extremely tough, three-pointed thorns are a bain to bicycle tires, among other things, like bare feet (ouch! that's even worse). I tried not to think that this was just another sign that we'd made the wrong decision by coming to Long Creek, but when my high was so abruptly upset, it was difficult not to.
In the past month, we've experienced both highs and lows - more of the latter than the former - and we've learned that the best way to deal with the lows is to just tackle the next task at hand. I walked my bike back and immediately patched the tires.
Yup, two concerts at the wonderful Science and Non Duality Conference in October. One solo and one with Arupa Gold.
So looking forward to hanging out with the world's leading spiritual teachers, it will be a high energy Buddha field, and the fact that I am playing also is quite something for me.
Arupa Gold play Sat evening and I play Sun afternoon (26th October) at 4.20pm.
More details are available on the SAND website. It is going to be an amazing event.
Hey! We've just finished recording two new songs. Entitled 'Where did all your dreams go' and 'Grunts' these songs represent the start of a new portfolio of work which, we hope will be complete sometime next year. Though it's always difficult to judge your own shit, we think these songs convey a different sound and intent from the band. For us, this new stuff is where we are at right now and hopefully it communicates in some way. We want to mix it up a bit with the rhythm and sound at the moment. There's a kind of stripped down feel to these songs 'cos we're trying to make the most of the gaps but still maintain a sense of activity. I think it pays dividends. Now, we're not really sure what to do with these songs. I guess no-one really cares if we've done anything new or anything at all because of course, we're not famous. So, we're probably opening the back door again and seeing if anyone wants to come in. That's not a euphemism.
So, you know watch out for a release of this material and give it a try.
Braximusic's first studio album Two Souls, Two Lives, One Voice has been sold out onboard the Thomson Dream! We have ordered a new shipment, but it will arrive onboard the ship at the end of October 2014. If you have seen us live and would like to order a copy and have it sent to your home, please click here.
Well here it is... the long awaited release of my first single off the new album, "Wildfire" with Zero Funk!
For a FREE download of the song, please visit: https://soundcloud.com/zero_funk/wildfire
To see the OFFICIAL RELEASE YOUTUBE LYRIC VIDEO, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHOOowyS9mU
Thank you for the ongoing love and support! Make sure to check it out!
TWEET US at @ZeroFunkMusic @mschramp @camilleintson!
I am proud to announce that I have joined the 1964 Ears Family!!
I am using the "Qi" model and they are amazing!!! Tons of low end, and super duper clean!! I had to bang my last set of inear's pretty hard to get the sound I needed, but not any more! Now I have the music at a nice low volume and still get the sound i'm looking for!
Big thanks to Vlad at 1964 Ears for making this happen for me! you da man!!