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Michael Wu - Bassist / Blog

August 2012

Greetings and salutations, my friends. It’s been awhile since I rapped with ya, but, I’ve been busy enjoying the great Upstate NY summer with my family and friends.

So, straight onto the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT:

I have been offered the great opportunity support several shows and work with a well established Ithaca-based band called The Gunpoets!!!

The Gunpoets play a great blend of hip-hop, R&B, funk, with a little rock thrown in. As these guys are incredible musicians and songwriters, I feel that this will give me the opportunity to expand on my funk / groove / hip-hop writing and performance.

Here are the upcoming live shows I will be supporting with The Gunpoets:

Friday, August 31 @ 6:00 PM - Ithaca Commons Friday, September 14 @ 10:00 PM - The Gates, Ithaca, NY Saturday, September 15 @ 6:30 PM - Art of Combat MMA, First Arena, Elmira, NY Sunday, September 16 @ 3:00 PM Porchfest, Ithaca, NY Friday, September 21 @ 10:00 PM - Dub Land Underground, Rochester, NY Saturday, September 22 @ 6:00 PM - Latin Roots Festival, Bernie Milton Pavilion - Ithaca Commons Saturday, October 20 @ 9:00 PM - Water Street Music Hall, Rochester, NY Friday, October 26 @ 10:00 PM - Center for the Arts, Homer, NY

Please check out The Gunpoets at the following sites: www.gunpoets.com thegunpoets.bandcamp.com www.facebook.com/gunpoets

I hope you can catch one of these shows! As always, thanks for your continued support!

Peace and love, Michael

Apr 2012 - upcoming shows!

Sunday, May 13th @ Family Day Festival - Rock 4 Remembrance, Bainbridge, NY May 25-27, June 1-3, 8-10 - “Pippin”. Check www.tiahwaga.com for times and tickets! Saturday, July 7 @ Vorshtein V Music Festival, Sidney, NY Saturday, July 28 @ Hickory Smoked Blues Festival, Owego, NY Saturday, October 13 @ Vorshtein House Concert Series, Sidney, NY

New Music and Project!!!

Greetings my friends!

I am very proud, happy, and excited to announce the official release of my latest studio project, Red Spring.

Red Spring is the collaborative project from Randy McStine (Lo-Fi Resistance) and Michael Wu. The duo set out to record a full-length album, but with busy individual schedules McStine suggested they just pick a few songs to start with.

The result is "Inside", a three song EP of melodic pop/rock. Originally written for a full electric band production, McStine and Wu instead decided to re-arrange the songs for a warmer, acoustic approach.

"Hollow Tree" introduces the duo with a harmonious slice of sunny pop/folk. The title track follows with a slightly darker take on things. Sounding something like early REM meets Neil Young, "Inside" is propelled by tight guitars, deep grooves, and soaring vocals. The EP closes with "Through The Glass," a stark and powerful solo performance by McStine.

For fans of: Neil Finn, Jason Falkner, Big Star, REM, Jeff Buckley, and...

The digital EP is available for preview and purchase on Bandcamp for $3.00. You can also purchase songs individually for $.99 each. As special promotion to introduce the project, we are offering the song “Hollow Tree” as a FREE DOWNLOAD for a limited time. All you need to do provide an email address to be added to our personal emailing lists for musical projects. No spam, we promise. Grab your copy NOW.

http://redspring.bandcamp.com

It suffices to say that I’m very proud of this work. Red Spring represents the beginning of a long-time desire to write lush pop music. I feel this is the path I started on when I released my solo CD in 2002, but, never got to finish. As this is very much a side project, as well as studio-only at this point, I still hope to complete more of the demos that were recorded in the future.

For now, I truly hope that you enjoy these songs as much as I do. And if you do, please spread the word and the music.

Peace and best wishes, Michael

Feb 2012

Greetings and salutations, my friends. Short blog to keep you up to date on my musical Activities...here we go!

One Click Culture continues to write new tunes. We’re pretty happy with them and are ready to test ‘em out live on you. So, in keeping with the plan we set out to accomplish for 2012, here’s a list of live dates. We certainly hope to see you at one of the shows!

Saturday, Feb 11 @ The John Barleycorn, Owego, NY Saturday, March 3 @ The Nines, Ithaca, NY Thursday, April 16 @ The Oneonta Theater, Oneonta, NY - opening for Tempest (Magna Carta) Sunday, May 13th @ Bainbridge Music Festival Saturday, July 7 @ Vorshtein V Music Festival, Sidney, NY

Also, check out this nice feature on the band at www.owegopennysaver.com.

The Uninvited: A little news on the soon-to-be-released material from the power-pop project - we are working towards the digital-only release of our debut EP. We should have some news very shortly on the who, what, where, and when to grab these tunes. Stay tuned.

Solo Material: I hit the recording studio a week ago to try my hand at lead vocals on my upcoming single. However, after some discussion with my producer, the enigmatic (and the GC King of the Blues finalist 2 years in a row) Pinecone Fletcher, we decided we both want a different sound and tone for the lead vocals on this particular tune. So, we’re on the lookout for that voice. I think we should find one soon and I’ll finally get this single released. Seems anti-climatic to me after all these years, but, hey - when it comes to my stuff, I’m admittedly slow paced. Seems I always find something else to do...

Session work: we were going along at a great clip on my friend’s EP. We’re on a little break right now because Randy had to head to Florida to work on the next Lo-Fi Resistance album at a couple different studios. When he returns, the plan is to wrap up pre-production on the final tune, then start tracking basics. There are three tunes that have made it through pre-production and I have to say that they are very strong and are sounding good in their basic forms. I think this is going to be a really nice debut for the artist, something he’s going to be very proud of. I’m digging it, too.

On the Pippin front, I met with the director a couple of weeks ago, got my budget, and now I am on the hunt for musicians. Actually, I secured the drummer immediately, knowing exactly who I wanted to work with. And, I also got the guitarist I wanted. I feel lucky. The pianist was already on-board as he does many of the musicals for this play group. The score should be here in another couple of weeks and that’s exactly when we’ll see how bad my sight reading has deteriorated. You know where I’ll be? On the piano bench and going slowly...:)

On the live front, Lo-Fi Resistance is in Florida recording the album, so, no live shows on the horizon for this project. I really hope we get to do a full production live this year...got my fingers crossed, even...

Well, there it is. Thanks for reading and I hope to see you at a show!

As always, thank you for your continued support of me, my music, and projects.

Peace, Michael

Jan 2012

It's almost February, so, I thought another blog would be in order...

One Click Culture is heading into the new year with a primary focus on two things: book more shows, and write more songs. I think we're off to a solid start on both goals. We will be announcing our winter / spring / summer schedule very shortly. On the new songs front, we have three nearly complete, with another three in the queue. We're making good progress and are happy with the results so far.

Lo-Fi Resistance: well, there really isn't much news on this front for live shows, which is where I'm involved. I know that Randy continues to make great progress on the CD and I can't wait to hear it!

NEW PROJECT: we have a name - "The Uninvited". This music is the product of my collaboration with Randy McStine (Lo-Fi Resistance, Meridian Voice) and our goal to write, produce, and record unabashed, straight-up, power-pop tunes along the likes of Jellyfish, Jason Falkner, Tears for Fears, Crowded House, XTC, Sgt. Pepper's era Beatles, and a host of other influences. Randy and I starting working on this side project well over a year ago, demoing around 12 tunes. We started recording tracks for a short, acoustic-driven, three-song EP in early 2011. While we plan to fully produce these tunes with all the bells and whistles associated with lush power-pop tunes (check Tears for Fears "Sowing The Seeds Of Love" and you'll get our intended vision), we decided that it would be great to introduce the project to you with the songs broken down to the most simplistic level. So, long story short, our debut three-song EP is complete, with mixing and mastering done by none other than Mark Hornsby (Google him if you must). We're very happy with the results and feel it's an incredibly strong introduction. The EP will be released shortly and available in digital format only. More information will be sent shortly soon!

Session Work: On the session-front, I'm working as co-producer on an artist's debut EP. Randy is producing and engineering. This 4-song EP is of the singer-songwriter genre and has nice musical and lyrical depth. I'm excited to be working in this capacity, supporting the project. We're currently in pre-production, solidifying arrangements and getting ready to record basics soon. I'll also be performing bass (no really, I am), and maybe adding a few harmony vocals (we shall see).

Solo Material: Finally, on the solo front - I have re-written the vocals for one song that I’ve been sitting on for about 4 years. I am finally happy with the melody and am ready to hit the studio to track and release the very first song EVER that I will be singing lead vocals on. Hopefully all the work I’ve put in over the past four years on singing will pay off. I’m excited - instrumentally, I think the song kills. Hopefully I can make it better with the new and improved vocal line.

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: I am going to take on my very first Musical Director role in a production of the musical Pippin. This show is being produced by Ti-Ahwaga Community Play group. I am teaming up with a long-time friend, Shawn Yetter, to bring this brilliant musical comedy to life. For me, this represents a 20-year goal of wanting to work on this particular play. Back in my junior year of high school, I played bass in this production and fell in love with the music and characters and theme. Well, it’s now going to happen and I couldn’t be happier. This going to be a challenge and I’m looking forward to assembling a KILLER group of musicians and getting underway.

As always, thank you for your continued support of me, my music, and projects.

Best wishes to you in the New Year!

Peace, Michael

Dec 24, 2011

Well, I haven't blogged in a while. So, here's to a great year personally, professionally, and musically.

Many thanks to you who continually support my musical projects. I wish you all a safe and happy Holiday Season.

For me, I began 2011 in a very transitional place. It has turned out to be one of the best years in recent memory: tons of great music, great projects, and musical growth - growth I haven't had for a very long time. Highlights include One Click Culture's debut CD, "Rat Race". Link over to OCC's site and grab a free download. You'll like it enough to pick up the CD. It's a great listen - and for those of you who have been following my projects and "career" for decades, it's definitely a change in style, attack, and writing from my previous releases.

Another highlight is the work made on my songwriting / studio project with a good friend. Details will be coming SOON. The first three tunes of the project are DONE: mixed and mastered by Mark Hornsby. We will both be announcing a the release and project name shortly after the New Year.

There are more great things that happened, but, who wants to talk about non-musical stuff? Huh? Anyone? Not me...:)

Peace and long life. Live long and prosper, as the old Vulcan salutation goes.

And, again, best wishes for the Holidays and New Years.

Peace, Michael

Oct 2011

Greetings Friends, Family, and Fans, I'm writing today on behalf of my friend and fellow musician, Randy McStine and his project, Lo-Fi Resistance. Randy is embarking on a fund-raising campaign to raise the necessary funding to complete the current Lo-Fi Resistance CD, "Chalk Lines". I encourage you to follow the link below and discover what Randy and Lo-Fi Resistance are all about - which in a nutshell is creating amazing music and art with a cast of world renown (yes, world renown) musicians.

Lo-Fi Resistance on Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/189526063/new-lo-fi-resistance-album-chalk-lines?ref=users

Lo-Fi Resistance YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UYwzEPJ15g&feature=related

Many of you have heard Lo-Fi's debut CD, "A Deep Breath". I am fortunate enough to be the live bassist for this material and have supported a number of very successful regional shows, including an event which saw the entire CD performed in sequence to a packed house at the Endicott Performing Arts Center. "Chalk Lines" represents that natural progression by an artist that we all hope for: bigger, better, different - all while capturing the magic that has made "A Deep Breath" such a great CD.

Randy is a friend, mentor, teacher, a band mate, and one the greatest musicians I've had the pleasure of working with during my 33 years of playing an instrument. His project needs your support to see the light of day. Before you start thinking that this is a "palm-cycle", begging for money, let me explain what this is all about - this is not a straight donation: you get "stuff" for each level you pledge. You are basically purchasing the CD before it's release and will get some "extra" stuff in return for your generosity and support of the arts.

Just so you know: Randy has also provided his business and production plan for you to see exactly what your funding and support will be used for. The project has already started and has made great progress with very limited funding. Just read the material on the site and watch the video! This is a serious project from a seriously talented musician who does not have any record label backing, so, he needs his fans and friends to help complete this project.

Please access the site, read the material and watch the video. I hope you can be a part of helping to complete this project. $20 will get you a CD at a minimum.

Bottom line: this is a professional, serious, artistic endeavor working with known industry professionals; akin to fledgling authors needing an advance to complete their research or an artist working on a commissioned piece with advance funding.

Please pass this on to any of your friends and contacts! This is a grass-roots campaign and word of mouth is the best way to "get it out there".

Thank you for your time and consideration and support!

All the best!

Peace, Michael

June 2011

Greetings friends! Time for the monthly blog. Here's the scoop:

One Click Culture's debut CD is mixed. And, there was much rejoicing. We think it sounds killer. Todd is sending the final mixes to DRT Mastering in New Hampshire. The engineer said it'll be about two weeks, providing no priority projects come in. Gotta respect peeps who do commercial and big label projects, you know? Anyway, during this time we're going to wrap the art work and CD layout and hopefully by the time the mastered CD gets back to us, we can send it right out for mass production. Writing from a personal perspective, this is one of the best recording projects I've been involved with. It was a different style of music for me and it's cool to have the opportunity to expand. I am very happy with the results. I think you will be, too. Special props to Jeff Stachyra at NewClear Studios for engineering and mixing the CD.

In other OCC news, the summer schedule is picking up. Check out the live dates posted on the site. So, come on out and get some Culture!

One recording project comes to a close and another one opens: on Monday night I'm heading into the studio again to start basic tracking for a side-project that's about a year in the making. Over the last year, my collaborator and I demoed 12 or so tunes and have been sitting on them while busy with our main projects. Very recently, he pitched the idea of doing a smaller release, of 2-4 tunes, just to get something out there for people to hear. Embracing the idea, we chose three tunes to start working on, slightly changing arrangements and such to make a killer acoustic-driven EP. I think the songs translate from full-blown rock-pop production to acoustic very well. I'm very excited to get this project tracked, mixed, and mastered. The music we're writing and the style we're presenting represents the music and songs that I've always dreamed of doing. It's a life-long aspiration for me finally getting to tape. It's something I couldn't complete on my own, not the way I heard it and wanted it to sound. I needed the production and songwriting help, and here 25 years into my playing / performing / writing "career", I finally have the chance to get this out. More details on the project, the members, and our plans coming soon. Needless to say: I've very excited about this.

An additional note: I plan on releasing a solo-single by the end of the summer as well. The music's been tracked for a couple of years now, I just want to freshen up the lyrics and melody, then track the vocals.

Not much to report on the Lo-Fi Resistance project. Only that once Randy calls for more live shows, I'll be ready, willing, and able.

Learning wise I've moved from my practicing of percussive slapping and groove / funk into classical music for bass guitar. I just got a book of Bach tunes transposed for bass guitar. This will be my summer project to keep the learning cycle going.

As always, thanks for your continued support of independent artists and original music.

Best to you always, Michael

PS - I just got introduced to something that's four years old: Live From Daryl's House. Go to www.lfdh.com and prepare to be blown away...

May 2011

Ok, so, I haven't posted much new, but, that doesn't mean that there's nothing going on...here's the scoop:

One Click Culture tracking is ALL done (finally, I might add...). We are ready for post and mix. I'm hoping that the CD will see the light of day sometime in the next few months. I would love to have it by the Vorshtein festival if possible. The rough mixes are sounding really, really good. Personally, I cannot wait to release this so that all you peeps can hear it.

R&B band - well, we're still nameless. But, we've decided to do a CD based on Peggi's original music. The tunes really slam and they deserved to be heard by the public. Yours truly (that would be me) is the de facto producer for the project. We'll most likely record at NewClear Studios in Windsor and I've enlisted my friend and Lo-Fi Resistance band leader, Randy, to mix. I'm reviewing all the tunes and starting to get a feel of how I want each tune to sound. We're looking at 6-8 songs right now. Should be a fun project, I'm certainly excited to be wearing the producer's hat.

Unnamed project with secret person - well, this is where I've been putting most of my time in, actually. All the candidate songs have been demoed and where ready to enter into the "what's going to make the cut" phase. I've also been putting my best bass line writing skills forward to add my parts as best as possible - it's been challenging and fun all at the same time. I think my partner and I will be making some announcements soon once we start basic tracking. For right now, I'll tell you that these songs totally slam in the grandest power-pop fashion (that would be real power-pop, not today's version). Think XTC, Jellyfish, Falkner, a little early R.E.M - you get the picture.

Anywhoo, that's what's going on in my neighborhood.

Thank you for the continued support and interest.

Peace out, Michael

Feb 2011

Hola Amigos! Been a while since I rapped with ya...

And, if you're an Onion fan, you'll know exactly where that line came from.

Anywhoo, it's been a busy, yet not busy, February in the world of Wu bass playing. I've been busy on a couple of fronts and here's the recap:

One Click Culture - we're still wrapping up vocal tracks. Todd has been busy laying down the lead vocals and he's doing the post on 'em as well. The last tune is done, so, it's a matter of me getting into the studio to track the backing vox and we'll be heading to mix.

In other news, we've all been working a little on writing and there are three new candidates for the live set. Next show is in March at the Cyber Cafe in Bingo-land.

Lo-Fi Resistance - all's quiet on this front. Our leader was out of town at NAMM in LA for 10 days and is busy with a few other projects at the moment. I believe that at least a few shows will be booked this year and there's a rumors of an EP. Stay tuned.

The R&B project - well, this is taking off in a decent direction. We've been putting together a solid set list of tunes and rehearsing as we can. Live dates will be posted as they come.

Unnamed side project - I've started to write my bass lines for the unnamed side project. I recorded the scratch tracks for the first tune a couple of weekends ago. I hope to get more momentum on this as the tunes are slammin' and we want to get tracking before the summer starts.

I've also been asked to track bass for a friend's solo rock CD.

So, it's busy, busy, busy - which is good. Now, if I could only do this FULL TIME and not have a day job, but, that's not in the cards at the moment.

Thanks for reading, more news coming soon!

Peace, Michael