Sit back and enjoy a listen to a little showcase of my production, recording, playing, mixing, and/or mastering, usually a combination of all of those fun things that I get to do here at the Birdhouse in Northern California.
These 30-or-so tracks are only some of my favorite projects to have worked on in recent years. I am so proud of the incredible musicians with whom I have had the joy of collaborating.
Included in this set are selections from the following albums/collections available for sale on iTunes and beyond:
If you’d like to hear more, please send me a message!
MC Yogi – Be the Change: The Story of Mahatma Gandhi
This music for the original version produced by Niraj Chag for MC Yogi’s first album Elephant Power. It was the only song on the album that I didn’t really produce, and we had already started working on this video with Michael Rosen of Samplistic Media. So I had time to create a version for the single, which actually turned into 3 years, while this amazing animated video was crafted during Michael’s off-hours. As you can see, a lot of love went into the video, and we hope you find it inspiring.
The song features vocals by Sukhawat Ali Khan, sitar by Deobrat Mishra, cellos by Moses Sedler, and percussion by K.V. Balukrishnan and the late Geoffrey Gordon.
A special thanks to GandhiServe, Organic India, White Swan Music for their support.
El Radio Fantastique – Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead: The new album from my beloved band El Radio Fantastique! I play the organ among other strange instruments in this oddly talented group made up of friends in my home town of Point Reyes Station, California. I co-produced, recorded, mixed and mastered the album here at the Birdhouse. With 8+ members of the band, we were all involved in the process. We also made our way up the hill to Owl Mountain, Jesse Colin Young’s old analog studio on the hill, now presided by my friend Ethan Turner, to record the basics.
What resulted is a nice, warm and roomy live sound that we are all very happy with. The atmosphere is very thick, and the sauciness of the band comes out, or so I hope. The hardest part was showing our diversity without taking people on too much of a roller coaster through our many sounds. What resulted was a flowing concept album, with hints at the craziness that ensues during our live show. Stay tuned for the next one in 2013!
The new album that took Yogi and me all around the world to produce, is finally available on CD, LP and MP3! The album (with an exclusive remix on iTunes) released at #1 on the iTunes Charts in the World Music category on June 19, 2012. We hope you enjoy this travelogue, this pilgrimage, to the source.
Introducing Pilgrimage, the new album from MC Yogi. Co-written and co-produced by Yogi and myself, this music is the result of our interaction with the world of Southeast India and beyond over the past 3 years. This is the second album I have produced with the mighty MC Yogi, not including the many remixes and singles we’ve produced together in between. We brought cameras along, and here’s a short peek at what has transpired during the album’s creation:
“In the literal sense it was about my time as a very small-time pop star in the late 80′s – the sharks and devils I met and the choices I made. ”
“I originally thought it was about “them” and not me, but in reality………..”
“I gambled heavily with my musical integrity and lost hard. So, it’s about a soul sucker that meets a chameleon – a meeting of opportunists that mesh seamlessly. In the end, if you have a conscience, somebody is left miserable… and you start again from there.”
Love is King Love is Queen is the debut offering from singer-songwriter duo Avasa and Matty Love, featuring 8 new original tracks co-produced with Robin Livingston. The songs are born from their lives together in love.
Pouring their love for each other into their soulful, melodic world pop anthems, Avasa and Matty create a new soundtrack for all generations. Harmonies and hip-hop beats, reggae bubbles and jazz horns, lush strings and synths accompany lyrics and melodies that open doors to a world of possibility and unconditional love.
5 years after the Laya Project journey began, urban music embraces diverse traditions and cultures in Laya Project’s musical celebration of life.
Laya Project documents regional folk music traditions in remote villages that lay in the 2004 Asian tsunami’s path.
Laya Project’s musicians are the people of Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar and India. Performances of unknown local musicians were filmed and recorded on-location, arranged and mixed to create a composition that embarks on a musical journey crossing borders, while still preserving the music of the people.
Five years later, bridging the distance, urban music embraces diverse traditions and cultures in Laya Project’s musical celebration of life… A New Day.
MC Yogi is my true home boy from out in the cuts of West Marin where we grew up. For the past decade or so he’s been serving as a yoga teacher (with his amazing wife Amanda), all the while cultivating the persona of MC Yogi, Bhakti lyricist and new-school kirtanwalla. One day he came at me with this strong energy and focus to bust out an album, so we got together and envisioned the sound: beyond hip-hop, beyond kirtan, beyond yoga music – a new incarnation of world-centric devotional music for the modern-day seekers out there. Ganesh is Fresh, Rock On Hanuman, the title track Elephant Power, and Om Namah Shivaya sprouted out of a pile of dusty breakbeats and tablas, and then we met up with the extremely talented Sean Dinsmore (“Don”) of the Dum Dum Project and created Elephant Power.
Everyone blessed this album. The generous people of our home town contributed money at a dinner held at Yoga Toes. Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, Bhagavan Das, Sukhawat Ali Khan, Rita Sahai, Manose, Geoffrey Gordon, Sharon Gannon, Niraj Chag, Parmita and Joel at White Swan, and many others brought their magic, and the results are something so unique and beautiful and accessible that almost anyone will love this album. And this is just the first one!
Get it at iTunes and watch us get from #9 to #1 on the Top Albums in the world category!
I’m proud of this one. I created this track from some samples from an awesome act I’d recently recorded, The Ebb & Flow Possibility Show, with Evan McGown on the upright bass and Andrew Reissiger on the nylon (Bronkar Lee beatboxes on the original).
This track was birthed in a few hours and Yogi had some very inspiring words that he finessed into some powerful verses. We then poured through Obama speeches on YouTube and found the most inspiring one to be his speech at the DNC in ’04. At the same time, White Swan was preparing to print 10,000 of them for the DNC in Denver. I ended up scratching excerpts from Obama’s speech (which eerily fit into 16 bar phrases and at times sounds like he’s rapping too).
This is my girl Soukeyna, an amazing vocalist from Oakland who writes and sings in Portuguese, French, Wolof, and English. Her songs are so unique and beautiful, and I’ve been so honored to know and work with such a fresh, world-class artist. We brought Jason Bodlovich in for his beautiful bossa nova guitar arrangements, funky electric on Waxhale, and drum kit and percussion (including his cuica alter-ego). Uriah Duffy came through on the bass for Waxhale, and Taylor Cutcomb stroked the upright on Quando Voce Chega. It wouldn’t be the same without Alex Cathayud’s pandeiro and tambourin. Such a great project – and there’s so much more where that came from!
In addition to producing, mixing, arranging, instruments, and everything else that went into this EP, I also designed the art! Limited Edition CDs in digipacks available soon.