I just wanted to let you all know that a new B Michael L gig is in the works; at a cool, understated but great location on Park Avenue. I put aside doing gigs for the year for the reasons mentioned in other blogs, but now it's time for me to do an end-of the-year jam for ya! Get ready ladies!!! I put together a strong team of talented personalities for backup. We got Chris Lewis, an actor/model/singer who is currently appearing in music videos and commercials. Then there is Roman, a young artist I am exec-producing now for his upcoming solo EP. He has worked with J Cole and Kanye West as a vocalist for their projects. Then, we gotta have my dude Matee Brisbane, a.k.a. 1Bane, rapper/spoken word artist/producer, and the producer behind my "Ruff Kut" EP. The show will be within the holiday season and at a very low cover, so stay tuned for the confirmed date and time (working that out with the venue now)! I'll let you all know if and when we're full steam ahead!
Can't wait to see ya there! :)
Hey everybody reading! I started off this year with MAJOR plans to expand (and consolidate) the B Michael L brand, and I approached these plans with an attitude of "I'm just gonna go for what I know and whatever I can make happen will happen". So, the first thing was a networking event that I designed; creating a street team, and compiling a roster of willing and very talented artists to support the function with guest appearances and promoting their new material. The "hooplah" I created towards this event gave me the drive to get it done. Whoo! I met with and surveyed about 10-15 venues only to discover that things are TRULY different for the indie artist. Before, I had no problem booking venues for private events at incredible speed. But I'm gathering that rent increases, failed prior events experienced by these venues and other financial issues make them very apprehensive to take on a B Michael L event without the "safety net" of a sponsorship or mass budget behind us. Upon realizing that, I began speaking to various companies about helping us with those particular links. I believe something great will come of that, and I'm happy to be further linked to other great organizations! In the meantime, I'm also steadily working on (exec-producing) these EPs to be released. 3 separate artists I'm taking stabs at completing their projects. One artist in particular fought for priority, and he got it (I'm a lot more easy-going these days), I'm actually amazed at how much we're getting done. I'm guessing by the end of the year (I pushed to get it done before but like I said - things happen when they happen), we will have this new material mixed and mastered. Gosh man, what else? Oh yes! B Michael L live shows. I'm trying to do that for August - October (before the cold hits). I wasn't beast-ing to perform this year only because I don't have brand-spanking new material to promote. I do realize to some just tuning in to B Michael L world, this material I have IS brand-new (which is why I get with certain collaborators to create time-withstanding sound). I took somewhat of a hiatus recording my own work to work on exec-producing the other stuff. But the more I speak to folks in attempt to collect material for these projects, the more I'm inspired to release a new B Michael L EP (the people I'm meeting would make GREAT GREAT GREAT collaborators). I'm not gonna say when where or how, but a concept is already forming in my head of a new take on my acid jazz sound I think will blow everybody away! Stay tuned. Well, just wanted to update my closest followers and bring clarity to what's going on in B Michael L world (it's a LOT). Thank you all for your continued support, and I'll be blogging again sometime in the near future!
B Michael L EPs (Google search each title): ~B Michael L Live At The Underscore Pt. 1 ~B Michael L Live At The Underscore Pt. 2 ~B Michael L Live At The Underscore Pt. 3 (Musicfiend Live) ~Musicfiend ~Ruff Kut ~Ruff Kut Live (available for FREE download at www.reverbnation.com/bmichaell) ~Dream Catch Her (featured vocalist for Lullabye Mood)
I couldn't wait to start working on the next B Michael L EP installment, which already has a title, concept and is already underway as far as pre-production! Two songs are completed thus far, and they are KNOCKIN'!!! I decided to take my sound into a more hip-hop direction for this project, still keeping in tune with dance, jazz and soul, but giving it a harder street edge. So all you hip hop lovers who follow me, GET READY!!! I ain't forgot ya'll and I never will. Hip hop is and always will be a part of the B Michael L sound, more in some cases than others - but DEFINITELY in this case. Whatever I do, I will be forever thankful that folks are tuning in, copping the mp3's and enjoying what I'm offering. Thank you!!!
B Michael L for BML Promotions
So I got through some really great shows - both of which were presentations of the new EP MUSICFIEND. The audience reaction was above average receptive, and I thank and appreciate all who took time out of their busy schedules to come and check out the new material! Aside from promoting the music itself, it brought me great joy to dedicate the performances to the late father of Percy Holmes. Percy is my newest band entry, and many of his friends and family came out to support. So it was my obvious duty to let them know what a strong and dedicated individual Percy is - who not only arranged a lot for his father's farewell, but STILL took the time to be part of this band, promote the shows and oversee quite a few of the rehearsals. This brother is a wonder, and I can't wait to begin work on his forthcoming solo effort. For those of you who support the MUSICFIEND EP, you will hear Percy's voice guest appearing throughout the project. His voice will CAPTIVATE you!!! The actual sound of the EP blew folks away, & more than a few have said it takes them back to when people really treated music as an art (and focused on making GOOD music). I loved hearing that because that's what we tried to do with this project. My prior releases (B Michael L Live at The Underscore 1 & 2) have a rock edge and a grungier sound. At least the live takes do. I added prior releases on those EPs as well for people to be able to understand what we're about. Some of those cuts were acquired taste, but I attempted to give those a feel of "real music" as well, blending old school funk with modern tendencies. But the glossy dance odyssey which is MUSICFIEND, I believe will take away some of that underground grunge while still promoting who B Michael L is. Once I get it available for download, you guys will see what I mean! Buy some of the older MP3's and compare. Then give me feedback. Should I keep in time with my grunge or lean more toward the glossy? Anyway, I thank all the newfound friends and supporters (I hate the word "fan"). Keep showing me love and I will do my best to give it right back! Until, stay blessed in all you do!
Thus far, with the help of a phenomenal band, I've been able to accomplish so much in building up "product" (one of those terms grassroots folks such as me do not really subscribe to, but realize this IS still a business on any level). I never gave too much thought to product and merchandising, at least not now (my focus was always the show - just come to the show and have a good time, no frills). But now that "this music thing" is blessing me differently... I have onhand "B Michael L Live at The Underscore" (Pt. 1 and Pt. 2), which are CD digital collections of LIVE (I mean as performed onstage live) soul, funk and pop-rock put together for my friends, fans and supporters to enjoy (CDs provide mobile media for your car, or wherever you'd like to upload). My closest supporters already have their copies and are giving me brilliant feedback. Some say I need to watch my "quality"(still haven't figured that one out yet) but others absolutely LOVE the grittiness I offer thus far. B Michael L is an onstage character I created - a wild and boastful extension of my true self if you will - that you are either gonna love or hate, simple as that, and he leaves not too much room for dissecting. He is also not afraid to grow in front of his audience. So all you "quality-seekers" fear not! Things will continue to improve as I make provisions. Until, enjoy the grit like everybody else (just joking)! Jokes aside, thank you all for your support, and the sincere drive you give me as I continue this journey! Upcoming works: B Michael L featured on Cedric Munch's upcoming CD Lullabye Mood 2 (follow-up to his smash success Lullabye Mood - now here's something "glossy" for ya). A stand-out collection of acid jazz tunes that will take your mind on a trip! Mellow enough to be heard in restaurants, funky enough to jam to (depending on how loud you choose to play it)! B Michael L guest appearing on King Jabbar's forthcoming single "King's Ransom". This is PURE gutter for all you hip hop heads! King Jabbar is a rapper that will amaze you in his subject matter and wordplay skills! Also features a hypnotic chorus by singer Calvin, and a BANGIN' beat for jeeps. Stay tuned! B Michael L's solo effort - tentatively titled (not telling you till it is released). This will feature studio versions of the live recordings - improved upon of course, plus much more!!! Stay tuned and I will let you know when each product drops, and where and how to get your copy! BML for BML Promotions (check out free downloads at www.myspace.com/bmichaell, www.reverbnation.com/bmichaell).