I just found out that my plane from Zurich to Los Angeles is eight hours late - it seems like Switzerland doesn't want to let me go. But I'm craving Tacos!! Anyways, I'm taking the opportunity to update my little blog.
2016 has been extremely busy with music as well as with celebrating life. I've already played over 50 shows this year! And after two amazing bachelor parties (one in Switzerland and one in the States), and a ton of preparing, I finally got married in Arona, Italy on July 30. It was the absolute best celebration ever and I will be able to look back on this day with a smile on my face for the rest of my life. Thanks to all involved! I will continue to live and work in Los Angeles in case anybody was wondering.
Musically I've been getting more active with Gingger Shankar. On top of the Dance/Pop band that I've been a part of for a while now, she asked me to also play drums for her multimedia family-project NARI. We had some really nice gigs, headlining the Living Tradition Festival in Salt Lake City and playing the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. We also played in duo formation for the first time at the Lion's Festival in Cannes, France, opening up for Carly Rae Jepsen, and it was an all around amazing experience. This month we'll play in Toronto, Canada and Kuala Lumpur, Malysia. I've never been to Eastern Asia and couldn't be more pleased to go there doing what I love. There are more concerts around the country and abroad planned for the rest of the fall with her. You can find all the shows here.
On other news: I'm super excited to finally play on Harrison Nida's new record this month. It will be a high energy Ska/Pop-Punk/Rock fusion and I can't wait to get in the studio with him and the band! We've been arranging his songs and playing gigs for almost a year now and it has been very fruitful. Further on I've been getting more and more active with a cool band from Fontana, CA, called Backseat Pilots. We've played quite a few shows with great turnouts and I'm excited to see what we're going to do next!
Two of the cover bands I've been playing for are having an amzing summer. One of them, the Strange Days Doors Tribute Band, just came back from a run in South America. And the other one, The Old Fashioned, is currently playing for 2000+ people every night, opening for the Boys Like Girls 10 Year Anniversary Tour. Congrats to you guys!! Hopefully next time you tour I won't be in Switzerland getting married ;) Meanwhile Pop Vision is keeping their steady (and great!) gig at the Stratosphere in Las Vegas and I also got to play some fun weddings and a big Fourth of July celebration with them.
I'm super thankful that all the artists and bands that I'm working with have been so supportive of me being out of town for my wedding and other travels. I truly appreciate you guys! You know who you are!