My name is Slim Man. I just won Best Jazz Vocalist at the 2019 Coachella Music Awards. Fourth year in a row. Yeowza!
I want to put out a double LIVE CD. I know it sounds a little crazy and a bit ambitious but let me tell you the story...
I'm from Baltimore, Maryland. I moved to Palm Springs, Californee, a few years ago. Last October, I was asked to do a residency at a listening club outside of Palm Springs, a place called Vicky’s.
I put together a band, and we played every Wednesday night for 3 ½ hours, week after week, month after month. Some magic started happening on stage. We kept improving, learning new songs, crafting the catalogue, honing the arrangements.
We’d play on a Wednesday night and then every Thursday I’d send the band my show notes, ideas on how to improve. We started getting better and better. We were hitting our stride.
After 8 months, and 32 shows, I decided to do a live recording of Our Big Finale, the last show of the season. Wednesday, June 5th, 2019. Vicky's was packed. We played for 4 hours and 18 minutes.
When we went into the studio a couple days later to listen to the recording, I was apprehensive. Live CDs are tough to make. That’s why there are very few of them these days, and even fewer good ones. So we sat down in the studio and listened...
What came out of the speakers sounded really good. Song after song, the music was stellar. The performances were excellent. The 9-foot grand piano sounded glorious. The music had some sizzle. There was definitely some pep in the pepperoni.
We started out as a group of musicians, and over time became a band. And most important, the band is having fun. You can hear it on this recording.
I tried to create a set list that has peaks and valleys, a list that has highs and lows and in-betweens. I varied the tempos...some songs are slow, some are fast, and some are half-fast! We did lots of Slim Man songs, some Bona Fide songs, and a couple cool covers. It's a wonderful mix of music.
We want to finish this project. And to get that done, we need some funding. And that’s where you Slim People come in. We need a minimum of $6,000 to get these songs mixed and mastered. And then there’s promotion. We want to hire the proper people to spread the word, to give it the best chance of success.
The more money we raise, the better chance for success.
I’ve done 2 LIVE CDs already. I’ve got a feel for this stuff. And I’ve run 4 successful Kickstarter campaigns. I haven't had any complaints yet!
We've put together some very cool rewards. Kickstarter's a great platform to find funding for creative projects you're passionate about. And I'm passionate about this. I wouldn’t be putting this CD up on Kickstarter if I didn’t feel really good about this music.
So make a pledge, get cool stuff.
Thank you for listening. And thanks for the support.
Couldn’t do it without you Slim People.
Who loves ya?
THE TRUE STORY OF THE NOTORIOUS SLIM MAN BAND
Tateng Katindig, my Filipino friend? The first time we played together was a festival in Temecula, California. I met Tateng right before the show. We shook hands, said hello, walked on stage and...
We instantly clicked. We’ve done a ton of gigs together since then. He’s got incredible chops, and he’s a brilliant piano player. Dazzling. Tateng makes that 9-foot grand at Vicky's sing. And he plays the synth at the same time. The Thrilla from Manila!
Craig Chesnut joined the band when our previous drummer got hauled off to prison.
When Craig sat in that evening, he sounded so good, he’s been with us ever since. He’s pretty amazing. Not only does he use the normal setup--bass drum, tom-toms, snare, cymbals--he also has a complex system of foot pedals with cowbells and tambourines and uses them all with great dynamics and flair. C-Chizzle!
Chase Huna, the Sax Wiz...he first sat in with me when he was 15. He was pretty good then. And now? Five years later? He’s really good. He’s gonna be a star one day, somebody’s gonna snatch him up. Mark my words.
Chase has discipline, talent, drive, an incredible vocabulary of cool licks, and most important...he has nice hair.
Last year I was checking out videos of guitar players in Palm Springs and came across Nick Sosa on FaceBook. It was just him in a small room playing guitar. I dug his style. Impressive.
I asked him to come out to Vicky’s and play a few songs, and he fit in so well I asked him to join the band. He brings a Jeff Beck/John Mayer flavor to the Slim Stuff. Nick is dedicated, extremely talented, and brings his best to every song. And he looks good doing it! Slim People, he's electrifying.
Someone told me last year that Enrique Hernandez had moved to Palm Springs. Enrique and his brother, Mombo, first played percussion in the Slim Man Band in Santa Rosa, CA, in 1996.
When I heard that Enrique was now in the neighborhood, I asked him to come out to Vicky’s and jam one night. Wow. He brought a Latin vibe that gave the music a spicy kick. He's been playing with us ever since. Enrique is the straw that stirs the drink, makes it all blend together.
And let's not forget Will Caviness...
One night I walked over to the bar at Vicky's and struck up a conversation with a guy. I asked him what he did, and he told me he played trumpet. I asked him to come up and play, and he sat in.
He done good! He plays trumpet on "Low Rider".
Slim Folks, this band is really good. It’s tight. It’s got vibe. And this music is really compelling. I wouldn't put it out there if I didn’t believe in it so much.
But I do. I can’t wait for you to hear it.
Here's a song from the CD, a song called "Can It Get Any Better?"
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge we face is the fact that this is a double LIVE CD with more than 2 dozen songs. To get each one mixed and mastered is a time-consuming process. It's also expensive!
Another challenge is…how do we fit it all onto 2 CDs? We have a lot of really good music here!
Another challenge is…how do we make this music so compelling that people will want to listen through it all. The challenge is to make each song lead you to the next, so it's a musical journey worth taking, a pleasant trip!
Another challenge is...how do you market and promote a double LIVE CD in a day and age of singles and soundbites?
You do it by creating music that consists of great songs, stellar musicianship, and brilliant performances. Played by a band that is seasoned and refined.
And the final challenge?
Getting this out by Christmas...this year!
We can do it! There is no challenge too great for The Slim Men!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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