Nova Sun Records review of Superbowl 49 Halftime Show

What can I really say about SuperBowl 49’s Halftime show? After last year’s surperb performance by Bruno Mars and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, my expectiations, as I am sure many of yours, where high. What I came into this halftime show expecting was a high energy, high octane performance from Katy Perry that rivaled how the game was played. Sadly, to start, that was not the case.

As with all the SuperBowl Halftime shows, we enter which the trademark Pepsi logo that opens up like the Red Sea as Katy Perry, mounted on a lion, walks the pass singing her song ‘Roar’. As awesome as this sounds as I write this, the actual scene was not too impressive. Her movements were somewhat robotic and her voice, passionless. To be fair, trying to balance on a moving tiger can’t be the easiest thing in the world. But the point remains, unimpressed.

Perry’s second song was the hit smash hit ‘Dark Horse’, which I really like the dancers dressed in chess pieces and the effect flooring as a chess board that shifted the illusion based on the performer’s movements. As the rather short segment started coming to an end, it floor seemed to break away into a tornado like effect. It was a nice background for this part of the show and I wish there was more of it. The background effects were really the star here.

Next, enter Lenny Kravitz, unfortunately, Kravitz was not really a guest star but rather a guest guitar player. He enters on the song ‘I Kissed a Girl’. They did rock the song up from the original version for the addition of Lenny Kravitz, but of all the things you can do with a rock star like Kravitz? Like, play one of his songs? Katy Perry seemed out of place as she was trying to do the “rock star head bang” during this part. I think she eventually gave up on the rocking out and just sat on her knees as Kravitz soloed. Sadly, Kravitz was gone just as quickly as he entered.

After a quick pause, the lights come back on and enter the most cheesy, cartoonish, campy beach settings in have ever seen. I could not stop laughing at what I was seeing. They had everything from palm trees, waves, beach balls, dancing sharks, each one with a dancer. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the moving scenery, the funny expressions the beach balls made with Katz Perry as she interacted with them was just priceless and we can’t forget the dancing sharks. Oh yeah, there were a few songs in there somewhere, ‘Teenage Dream’ and ‘California Gurls’ I think.

Just when you think that Katy Perry, just like the Seahawks, was going to score, here comes Missy Elliott with the interception. As soon as the intro for Missy’s ‘Get Ur Freak On’ started, I was instantly taken back to my High School days. Shows my age a bit don’t it. Missy enters with so much energy that all I can say is she stole the whole show from Katy Perry. And the high energy just continued as they flowed right into ‘Work It’ and finally ending with ‘Lose Control’.

As Missy Elliott waved goodbye to a roaring crowd, we pan over for the last song of the evening. Katy Perry finally sings with some passion as she finishes with her song ‘Firework’. Singing from a moving platform to mimic a firework with only about a one foot floor in which to stand one, at times you a here a little hesitation in here voice as she moved on this platform over the stage but all is forgiven as again, it is not easy to sing on moving things. But it was a fitting end to the halftime show that tried to start with a “roar” but ended with fireworks.

To Metronome or Not to Metronome, That is the Question

To Metronome or Not to Metronome, That is the QuestionThe use of a metronome in studio is one of great debate. I am sure that you have heard of musicians talking about it or, at the very least, talked about it yourself. It is my opinion that when you go into studio, you do what you are comfortable with. If you are comfortable using a metronome and it help you be perfect, use it. If you are not comfortable and your playing suffers, don’t. It’s that simple.

I look at all the great musicians of the past. They didn’t use metronomes in there recordings. They let their passion take over and created great, organic music. Plus, they were great musicians. Able to create music on the spot, play it perfectly in only of few takes, and here’s the kicker, it was on time. If you don’t believe me, take any old song from the 50’s or 60’s and listen to it and you will see what I’m talking about.

I think we musicians today have gotten lazy with our playing. Sure, we may have gotten more technical and faster in the way we play, but we can’t nail it in a couple takes. It takes us all day to get a single part completed. If it is real difficult part, we may only play it perfectly once and copy it over and over until we don’t need to copy it anymore. This is why our recordings take so long. What took our forefathers only a few days, if not hours, will take us weeks or months.
If you are going to use a metronome in recording, make sure you practice playing to it. Don’t assume that you can play to a metronome just because you may have played for 15 years. You will learn very quickly that your skills may not be good enough.

But like I said, if you can’t play to a metronome and it will cause the performance to suffer, don’t use it. Don’t feel like you are a poor musician because you can’t use it and your band mates can. Remember, recording is about perfection infused with feeling and passion. If you can do that without the metronome, perhaps it is you that is the better musician after-all.

Feel free to add your thoughts about metronome use in the comments. Lets create a great debate about this!

Where should I record my music?

Where should I recordThis is the great question many musicians ask themselves before going into any recording project. Many people tend to believe that the best place to record is at a recording studio. This may not always be the case. But if you are intent on recording in a studio, here are some things to keep in mind before heading into studio.

Many factors go into recording and the place that you record is but a small percentage of what goes into the recording process. Some things that you have to keep in mind when choosing a recording studio are things like: Does the studio space itself produce the sound that you want? Is the skill of the engineer sufficient enough for how I want this to sound? Is the cost in my price range?

It is always a good idea when choosing a recording house and engineer to get samples of LIKE SOUNDING music that was made by the engineer that you are going to use and/or in the recording house you want to use. It does you no good if you are an acoustic rock band to compare the room sound against a heavy metal or hard rock band.

Also, make sure the recordings are of the exact room that you want to or are going to use. Each room will sound different. Be sure that the sound matches what you have in your vision. As a general rule, the room itself will compose about 20 percent of the overall sound quality even if you are close-miking instruments.

The same rules apply to the engineer as well. It would be of little benefit if the engineer is only skilled at one style of music and it is not your style. You should also know how many years and how much experience the recording engineer has. Do not settle for someone just because they have the gear or the space. This is your sound we are talking about. You want to pick someone that can see the vision you have for your sound and can make the studio work its magic and make that vision happen.

Many of these rules go out the window if you have to record on a budget as may be the case of many musicians out there. But use this as a guide and you are well on your way to creating a good sounding piece of music.

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Colorful Rhythm’s Second Album Release


MegaPixy Cover Art

We are pleased to announce the next album release by our artist Colorful Rhythm. Their album, MegaPixy, will be released by Nova Sun Records on February 25th. MegaPixy is Colorful Rhythm’s second full length album released under Nova Sun Records.

Colorful Rhythm’s music has been described as “Imaginative surreal synergy of instrumental and vocal music, with an enchanting mix of influences.”

MegaPixy is a step away from Colorful Rhythm’s debut self titled album, on sale now. MegaPixy is described as along-distance collaboration with shadowy parties best left unnamed. Jangling guitars, pounding drums, and uncanny electronic howls fuse with Colorful Rhythm’s trademark ethereal vocals and pianistic flourishes in these iridescent crystals of song-craft. Colorful Rhythm and her henchman will show you their outsiders’ view of an alien Midwest, from the kaleidoscopic towers of Chicago to the lunar snow-fields of North Dakota.

Check out our YouTube video from a track off of MegaPixy called, “The Crystal Fist of Januray.”

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Mike Gassett Performs at Reggies Music Joint in Chicago

Mike Gassett Band

Mike Gassett and his Band played in front of a packed crowd Tuesday Night at Reggies Music Joint in Chicago. The reason why the place was so packed, 25 cent JUMBO chicken wings. And because the music was so good!

Mike Gassett Band Experiencing Equipment Problems

Not everything went as planned however. The night was plagued with equipment malfunctions. Most of the problems centered around monitoring problems. For example, Mike’s earpiece monitoring equipment was not functioning without static. Both guitars also had an issue with runaway high end from the mixer. Luckily the problems were easily fixed and the show went off without any more problems.

Mike Gassett

One of the more popular songs of the night was Mike Gassett’s cover of X Gonna Give It To Ya/I’m Not Afraid. It is a mash up of DMX and Eminem played acoustically by Mike Gassett and rapped. Unfortunately for you, no video was taken. So the only way to hear this is go to one of Mike Gassett’s shows.

As luck would have it, Mike Gassett’s next show is at The Abbey Green Room Janurary 25th. Mike Gassett will be performing with Fullerton Transfer, FUE, and Handsome Dave And The Ravens. Doors at 8pm. Show starts at 9pm. Cover only 8 bucks. For more information about The Abbey Green Room click here.

For more pics from this show, be sure to check out our Pinterest page.