Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Busy Business

What’s new and exciting, brothers and sisters? I’ve been extremely active all of this year so far. Some of it has come out of inspiration. The rest of it has come from necessity. Either way, I’ve been grinding, and I’m pretty excited about  what’s to come (I’ll hip you to that soon), and what’s been going shaking out lately. Let’s jump in!

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to perform at The Cannery for an event with Ms. Jessica Nunn, who plays the viola in my band. It was a great opportunity, and allowed us to see and meet some amazing talents from across the board. I always enjoy hitting the stage with Jessica, and I think that the whole experience brought us closer together as friends and artists.  I’m already hatching some new ideas for performances with her (she doesn’t know this yet. Mua ha ha!!!).

This past weekend, Nick aka Scenic (also from my band) and I performed at a benefit at Ziggy’s in Chattanooga. It was a lot of fun, and, now that I think about it, was the first time that just the two of us performed a joint set together.  We battled technical problems, and an attempted AUX cable theft to get down and do our thing. I’m really happy that despite those obstacles, we still represented in a sufficient manner.

Outside of live gigs, a while back, I came across a competition sponsored by Scratch Magazine. They were putting together a beat tape of beats that would work well for the artist and actor Common. I actually made it onto an MF Doom tape in a similar fashion a year or two ago, so I though it would be fun to give this one a go.

Before long, I’d cooked up something that I was both proud of and thought had a good chance of making it onto the project. And then, I heard… nothing. Nada. Zilch, even. Not for a long time. Over the weekend, I finally received an e-mail that the project had been released. I took a look at the tracklist, and, as fate would have it, Your Friendly Neighborhood Christian was, indeed, on that bad boy. You can check it out for FREE here http://www.scratchmagazinetv.com/ and here http://thebeattapeproject.bandcamp.com/album/common-the-beat-tape-project. Let me know what you think.

Switching gears, I think I mentioned that I’m developing a performance art piece. Each week, I get more and more excited and inspired, so that, dear brothers and sisters, is a great sign. The next phase of it is for me to start conducting interviews with women, so if you’re reading this and want to know more about the project or you’re interested in being interviewed, hit me up and I’ll give you the spiel.

Well, that’s about all I have right now. I’ll post some upcoming dates for live performances soon, so be good, stay in touch, and I’ll be blogging at you again in the near future. Oh, and don’t forget that you can purchase my debut EP Between Beauty & Bedlam at the following links: http://christianjcollier.bandcamp.com/


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