Video: Three Tracks with Neal Chin and Merlin Showalter

My good friends Merlin Showalter, Neal Chin and I got together to record some music, including a new original tune of Neal's. I met Neal at a ukulele festival in Oakridge, OR, and wanted to see what would happen if we collaborated. I had been wanting to really dig into using my Ohana OBU-22 Uke Bass, which was given to me by Ohana for a uke festival in 2014, and this really gave me that opportunity with a variety of styles to work on. Neal recently posted up the videos and a cool write-up on his website, so check them out! Big ups to my friends Nathan Alef and Adam Carlson for recording audio and video, Mason Kline for the mixing and mastering, as well as Pacific Winds Music for use of their space!

The videos are below, and the link to his and Merlin's pages are here:

We Are Here To Make Sound (Neal Chin's Site)
Merlin Showalter's Website

YamaYama – "Vampire Killer" from Castlevania (Video)

My band YamaYama just finished posting a video of us performing Castlevania's "Vampire Killer"! Our fellow VGM'ers Tetrimino just hit 10,000 subscribers on their Youtube channel and asked their friends to help them celebrate by covering their tunes and posting them online. We chose their "Vampire Killer" cover and got to work.

We found that given our timeframe, I would be gone for about a week or more performing out of state and the group would otherwise not be able to meet until the recording day. Situations like this stress me out, but they magically seem to work out with some added bonuses in the music. (please note: the reason this stresses me out is waiting until the last minute can work out, but if it doesn't, you are HOSED. It's like a double down or "The Dog and It's Reflection")

Tetrimino sent us their music to work from, and I reformatted it and made it a little shinier for us to play, adding a riff at the top and the end and really not doing much more to it musically. Upon showing up to rehearsal, we took advantage of the time to set up recording by also changing many of the sections in the spur of the moment, including more or less destroying and reconstructing the chords after the breakdown. Many of my favorite musical experiences happen in that realm of crunchtime and this was no exception!

Check out our newest video and the sheet music below (which has been revised to fit the video)! Be sure to subscribe if you want to hear more of us coming your way!