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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Funny, how that worked out...

This year, musically, has been one that has made me just sit back and say, "Well. DNA didn't expect that."

It started with DNA getting connected with a great group of guys, BB Gun, D-Tronic, and the Jester, and forming the band the Crestview Kings. In this band, DNA is referred to as Big Daddy. We are a cover band. We are good. We play lots of songs. On an average night, we will play for about four hours. So far, we have been paid on average more per show than DNA made at the height of his career when he played out regularly.

There is this conceit among musicians who play in "original" bands, that being a creator of music is somehow more important, or perhaps, more prestigious, than being an interpreter of someone else's composition. DNA held this view for many years. The "art" that we created from our own inspiration was somehow better than music we imitated from another artist's creativity.

A few years ago, DNA came to the realization that as important as the creative process is for writing music, so too is the interpretive process for playing music. In some cases, the interpretive process is more important. Both processes are creative, exacting, demanding, and require talent to produce an end result which people will appreciate.

Even though DNA knows this is true, he still couldn't stop saying things to his friends like, "Yeah, I'm in a new band. No, it's just a cover band." Qualifying the descriptor for the band ("Just" a cover band) speaks to the conceit of its worth, a valuation which is hard to extinguish.

Having now spent several months working as hard as DNA has ever worked to learn a huge repertoire of songs, paying careful attention to the details which turn those songs into labors of love and not just perfunctory recitations, has reinforced the strength of DNA's convictions. It doesn't matter whether it's DNA's intellectual property or not, when we play it, it is OUR SONG. If DNA doesn't give the rendition of the song that kind of respect, the performance won't work. If DNA doesn't feel the intricacy of the work, as if he wrote it, then the end result is no better than any of the thousands of other roadhouse musicians you could listen to. Not that there is anything wrong with them. In fact, those that care for their craft share DNA's perspective.

So, DNA is in a kick ass cover band called the Crestview Kings. We play out pretty regularly. Check it out.

Saturday, June 18, 2011


Last DNA and the gang ran through the set. It sounded good. We are looking forward to expletiving the expletive out of the Hangar 9 tonight.

Saturday, June 4, 2011


The DNA Vibrators are playing the HANGAR 9 in Carbondale on June 18th. Our line-up is as follows: Mr. Kamikaze on drums, Hand of God on guitar, D-tronic on synthesizers, and the DNA Vibrator on bass. It will kickass.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

A lot of musical happenings this Christmas

Well. The Ph.D. means DNA doesn't get to write very much for himself anymore. This has been the longest DNA has went without posting to this blog since the blog began. DNA doesn't have time for more than a recap. Here's the recap:

The band code-named MPC is still alive. Chris sent me some great drum tracks. DNA has yet to find the time to do something with them, but he will....

The DNA Vibrators have recruited Gone Brian Vaughan, the H.O.G, Mr. Kamikaze, and Carleto to join him for a show up at the Hangar in May or June.

CRANK will be playing the 4th of July weekend at the Hangar and also at the infamous party at Craig and Bert's.

DNA has found some wonderful local musicians to play covers with in the Metropolis area. So far, we have one set down. These guys are good, and DNA is enjoying himself.

Also, DNA got a new bass, a Fernandes Tremor Deluxe, which sounds pretty good, and is a really pretty blue color.

DNA couldn't ask for more stuff happening musically. Seriously. He needs to stop some of this shit. Jeez.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The IM3 Recordings

Without further ado, here are the IM3 recordings from the Bill Hartley Memorial:

That One Jam


Hot Babes On Scooters



Unplanned Improv

Yet Another Descending Riff

This was pretty raw, but pretty fun. Hope you dig it.