I just moved here in April. I was hoping I’d find an active music scene, but well, welcome to Charlotte in 2019 I guess. Let’s see what Craigslist can offer…
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I play Keyboards (Electric Piano/Synth/Organ/Mellotron/Clavichord). I'm actively learning theory and can improvise like a champ.
I’m looking to jam or make music with somebody. I’m not looking to do a bunch of covers. You don’t need to know theory or be a champion improviser, but you need to not totally suck. To put it another way, I don’t want to have to write down every note and rhythm for you. I also don’t want me or anyone else to be a chief songwriter or be in charge of “The Vision” or be a self-proclaimed “Ideas Guy/Lady” or run the show, or however you want to put it. I want to collaborate, and I want there to be a degree of spontaneity. It should be fun, dammit.
It doesn’t have to be a serious thing or a we-must-meet-up-once-per-week kind of thing, but it can go that direction. At the very least, I do think it would be fun to record something.
I am renting a house in the Cherry neighborhood (North of Meyer’s Park, West of Elizabeth, South of Downtown, East of Dilworth). I’d prefer to meet here because I don’t have a car. I do have a bicycle and a cart and can pull my stuff behind me in a pinch.
If you’re a singer/songwriter, I’d prefer you know an instrument too. I don’t wanna just make songs for you to sing over. If I wanted that I’d go back on Fiverr * shudder *
I’m available most of the time. Especially Friday-Monday until around 6pm.
Here’s my last.fm (Awesome website, it’s everything I’ve listened to for the past 8 years): https://www.last.fm/user/murve33
And here’s an extremely long list of inspirations, or some of the kind of stuff I’d like to make.
ROCK – Nothing that takes itself too seriously. No ballads. No prog. It needs soul, and needs to rock!
T. Rex, Funkadelic, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The Stooges. Also a lot of Tropicalia.
JAZZ – Free but not too free. Alice Coltrane, Medeski Martin & Wood, Herbie Hancock (‘69 to ‘73). Also Mansur Brown and Bobbi Humphrey.
HARDCORE PUNK – Call me an asshole, but America/Japan made the best Punk. Way faster and harder than the UK. Minor Threat, Dead Kennedy’s, Butthole Surfers, The Stalin.
UK POST-PUNK – The Fall, Killing Joke, Wire (first two albums), Gang of Four (first), Bauhaus (first), The Horrors (first).
NEW WAVE – DEVO and P-MODEL are the kings (at least pre-1985). Halmens, Plastics, and LIZARD from Japan are underrated here.
REALLY HARD – Merzbow’s “Merzzow” and High Rise’s “II” are gold. Digital Hardcore Recordings put out some great records.
INDIE – Deerhoof’s “Breakup Song”, Beck’s “Modern Guilt”, everything by The Fiery Furnaces, Rasputina, and Modest Mouse. The Mexican Summer label puts out a lot of good (and bad). Soft spot for Franz Ferdinand and (early) Deerhunter.
EXPERIMENTAL – Picky Picnic, Pale Cocoon, Chu Ishikawa, Inca Ore, Leyland Kirby, Weyes Blood.
HIP-HOP – Chill stuff. THEEsatisfaction, Shabazz Palaces, Camp Lo, A Tribe Called Quest, cLOUDDEAD. Flying Lotus, Pete Rock.
And I love a lot of Braindance/Downtempo/Electro like Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, Mr. Oizo, Clark, Venetian Snares, Royksopp, Kid606, Casino Versus Japan, Freescha, Dauwd, Odd Nosdam, Tatsuhiko Asano, Handbraeks; but like, I don’t wanna make that stuff. Most of those people are solo artists for a reason.
I’m really not big on Metal, sorry.
Seriously, how does a town of 800,00 not have a music scene? From what I’ve read there was an active DIY scene in the late 2000’s, but the only venue that still seems active today is the OSO Skatepark. It might be a national epidemic. The region I was just living in was the exact same; active DIY scene in the late 2000’s, totally dead as of late 2010’s.
Shoot me a text or an email. Tell me what you’re into or what part of this post jives with you.