Tuesday, January 31, 2012
2011 was an incredible year! I was literally only home 5 to 7 days a month. I performed with my band the Maurice Brown Effect in Mexico City, Indonesia, Houston, Austin, New Orleans, Little Rock, Chicago Jazz Fest, Carnegie Hall, Apollo Theatre, Jazz Showcase etc.I spent the rest of the time rocking with the 11 piece super bad ass Tedeschi Trucks Band. The two leaders of the group are Derek Trucks (Allman Bros) and the ever so soulful Susan Tedeschi. I've been with the group since December 2010. It has been a awesome experience to play with this group and I'm looking forward to more surreal musical experiences with them this year. Our latest album "Revelator" is nominated for a Grammy this year!
2012 has already been busy year for producing & recording. The Tedeschi Trucks band is putting out a live album this year called. I just finished recording Marcus Miller's next record and will joining him on a 6 week European tour. I've been a fan of Marcus's work for a while now so when I got the call to work on this project I was really excited. I've also been in the studio with Prodigy from Mobb Deep. I produced a record for him that's most likely gonna be a single for his next project.
As if that's not enough, I've been putting all the finished touches on the Cycle of Love remix EP Just incase your not in the loop, the remix EP features tracks from DJ Scratch, DJ Logic, DJ Center, Fire Dept, Pimps of Joytime, Sam Barsh, Chris Rob, Joe Blaxx and Devo Springsteen. The EP will also feature some special guest friends of mine such as: Prodigy, Jean Grae, Talib Kweli, Black Thought, Supernatural, P.O.S., John Robinson, Robert Glasper, Saunders Sermons, and more!I've also been in the studio working on the follow up to Cycle of Love. So far we have cut 5 tunes and I'm really excited about the direction that we're going towards.
As you can see I'm non-stop these days. I've really been on this path to find myself and I feel like I'm getting closer everyday. For some, it's hard to be original. For others it's a natural thing. I think in order to achieve this you just need to be yourself. This is easier said than done because a lot of people don't know who they are.