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November 27, 2014
It has been an amazing journey, traveling around the country for 10 months, and it’s incredible to say that it is now officially over. I originally wanted to end the tour on Thanksgiving (aka Bucksgiving) and the timing worked out perfectly. I plan to do a lot more posts re-capping my experience, as I’ve received numerous questions from people about what I did and how it went.
As of this point, the album release date is March 3rd. There is a lot of work I need to do before that, but it works out perfectly because March 3rd is the exact day I left to head to Miami (the start of me traveling around touring out of the Buckmobile).
There were NUMEROUS people who helped me along my journey, so considering it’s Thanksgiving, I wanted to thank every single person who helped me while I was traveling around. The tour definitely wouldn’t have been possible with out these people! This list isn’t in any particular order – if anything, it’s ordered more in terms of the people that I met while traveling around. Thank you so much you guys!
Brittany Paquette, Richard Freccero, Judi Freccero, Luke Freccero, Eileen Lavallee, Jacqueline Lavallee, Jason Angelini, Nancy Angelini, Joe Angelini, Debra Slaney, Alex Slaney, Lotti Dotti, Lenny Lavallee, Theresa Lavallee, Danielle Robertson, Andrew Robertson, Brian Lavallee, Linda Paquette, Ben Black, Kamila Karnas, Alex Tougias, Jim Caruso, Andrew Avocado, Amy Daniels, Michael Devine, Brig Dauber, Ancelis Nunez, Chris Angelini, Jenna Axelrod, Bob Lowry, Cathy Lowry, Aurelien Terral, Jordan Manchester, Li-Dor David, Geoff Daigle, Derek Sawaya, Danielle Graziano, Jessalyn Chandonnet, Trishna Sakhrani, Max Terban, John Carando, Peter Stevens, Conor Driscoll, Jason Vance, Anthony Franco, Lauren Litscher, Paula Zatko, Bryan Packy, Cassie Cerasuolo, Tori Hall, Tom Young, Nick Rabideau, Andrew Mack, Kate Elizabeth, Evan Lavoie, Kate Herrington, Cait Shore, Jordan Peck, Buckany, Jack Prager, Winnie Phung, Stephanie Ravalese, Nate Tetreault, Mike Becker, Eneida Sermeño, Violet Dawn, Rachel McCandlish, Wesley San, Arayana Seiple-Welch, Rachel Due, Sid Radhakrishna, Dylan Bennett, Travis Swain, Scott Maxson, Jayme Giancola, Seth Petsching, Jaime Rosenberg, Pat Gildea, Devon Bell, Bre McMeekin, Ted Anoje, Jackie Brayman, Anna Carando, Grace Carando, Boss Carando, Adam McCauley,Zach Angelini, Leah Angelini, Martin Greenberg, Jesse James, Natasha Jones-Sikes, Daniel Gomez, Emily Berge, Justin Loranger, Jill Stephen, Paige Leoni, Aline Sanchez, Savannah Sargent, Gunner Siverly, Juan Salazar, Kristen Brown, Julia McGrath, Thomas Lorello, Gabriel Azua, Taylor Ivie, Aubrie Reynolds, Jasmine Chen, Katy Wood, Matthew Willis, Melissa Kaplan, Sonny Moore, Karli Loudon, Danyel DeGroot, Eric Thomas, Corey Krogman, Madeline Wahl, Ryan Ford, Erica Madrid, Rachel Warnell, Satchel Spencer, Brandon Halp, Sarita Darlington Winey, Justache Sikkema, Sabrina Vere-Nicoll, Kevin Tringali, Kevin King, Russ Dooling, Avi Gallant, Ami Stair, Daniela Galasso, Jen Guevara, Sage King, Nancy Dellamaria, Chloe King, Anthony Dellamaria, Jula Sagan, Jenna Montgomery, Brittany Leonard, Christina Sanchez, Grant Griz, John McCarten, Hailey Thompson, Ashley Varghese, Alex Grohmann, Rain Phutureprimitive, Caeli La, Shavongh Evans, Coriana Mossburg, Matthew Piskorz, Kathryn Ayers, Paul Levine, Vladimir Kulishevskiy, Nick Hendrick and Chris Luna.
November 24, 2014
I listen to A LOT of music and I love finding songs that are extremely unknown and underground. The bittersweet thing about the internet now is that anyone can make music and put it online, but on the flip side it’s becoming that much harder to promote and market yourself. Therefore I wanted to do this post of 21 Unknown/Rare songs that I personally love. For each track I’ve listed the genre as well, as not all of these are electronic – they range from numerous musical genres.
|1||Sweet Child O' Mine (Ereez Rap Remix)||Guns & Roses||Rap||YouTube|
|2||Land Of The Rising Sun||Spacekats||Eurodance||YouTube|
|3||Bang The Monkey (Live)||Adam Starr||Techno/Psychedelic||Amazon|
|4||Hayling (Lambert McGaughy Saxed Mix)||FC Kahuna||Jazz/New Age||YouTube|
|5||Head Nod Freedom||Pretty Lights||Trip-Hop||YouTube|
|6||Airplanes (Original Version)||Kinetics & One Live||Rap||YouTube|
|7||In My Head||Richy Nix||Rock/Rap||YouTube|
|8||Cities Of The Future (Atomic Pulse Remix)||Infected Mushroom||Psychedelic||YouTube|
|9||Symbolic (DM Ashura Cryptex Mix)||TaQ||Techno||YouTube|
|10||Gaelic Morn||Bruce Mitchell||New Age/Soundscapes||YouTube|
|11||Legend Land (Extended Version)||Leaves' Eyes||Symphonic Rock||YouTube|
|12||El Gato Lopez||Ska-P||Ska||Amazon|
|14||Good Times||Finger Eleven||Rock||Amazon|
|15||Full Moon||Linda Seeley||Classical||Amazon|
|16||Eye On The Gold Chain||Ugly Duckling||Hip-Hop/Funk||Amazon|
|17||The Game Has Changed (Mindless Faith Remix)||Daft Punk||Symphonic/Electronic||YouTube|
|19||Salvation Is Created||Pavel Tchesnokov||Choir/Gospel||Amazon|
|20||Not A Rapper||Hyperaptive & Ereez||Rap||YouTube|
|21||Don't Touch Me vs. Gerudo Valley||Team Teamwork||Rap||Soundcloud|
November 21, 2014
The tour is only a week away from ending and there are so many big things coming up. At this point now, I can honestly say that every single song is now officially in the “rough draft” stage, which means the post production on all the tracks has officially begun. I’m still working on when I might release the album, but it will definitely be early next year.
Continuing along with all the adventures that have happened, I checked out the Metropolitan Museum because they had an incredible collection of older instruments. The layout was really cool to see because for every instrument they showed the first one made and every modification after that until the final product it is today. As someone who played saxophone for years and loves jazz, I had to check out their sax collection. They happened to have a Contrabass Saxophone, which is the largest playable saxophone in the world. It costs roughly $37,000 and is around 6 feet, 4 inches tall!
Later that night there was a place me and one of my friends found called The Charleston, which is located in Williamsburg (north side of Brooklyn). The bar had this crazy deal that with ANY drink you would get a free personal pizza – the cheapest beer they had was a 16oz Tecate for $4 – so I got a personal pizza and 16oz Tecate for only $4, which is awesome.
When traveling around New York City I mainly take the Metro, simply because it really is the best public transportation in the country. There are TONS of different routes you can take and the service is always extremely good, which is convenient given how annoying it is to drive in New York. I recently saw this awesome article about how to save money by calculating your fare with the NY Metro, so I wrote an article about it in cause any of you are in NY (or any other public transportation): http://www.buckliving.com/calculating-fares/.
Lastly, I have a lot of YouTube Videos that involve me recording my computer screen, whether it’s for a DJ Tutorial or whatnot. I’ve gotten asked how I record my screen, so I decided to make this brief tutorial on how to do so. It involves using Quicktime and it’s extremely easy (and free!) to do, so here’s how to do it:
November 17, 2014
While traveling all around the country I got to see numerous sights, venues, restaurants, people, and more. Given the nature of my tour, I mostly spent my time though in Starbucks to produce and get work done. Especially now that Google provides most of the Wifi to Starbucks, it was amazing to sit and connect to high-speed internet for free.
I’ve been to numerous Starbucks all around the country but a couple really stick out in my mind. Here are my Top 5 Starbucks In The Country – all of these I’ve visited and done work at, so they’re definitely worth checking out!
5. 4365 W Irving Park Road – Chicago, IL
This was a really cool Starbucks to work at for numerous reasons. Out of any Starbucks on the list, this one had the bathrooms closest to where I did my work – making it a little safer for me to leave my stuff out for 30 seconds. In addition it’s extremely spacious inside, both with tables to sit down and a higher table to stand & work. They also have an outdoor section in the case that it’s a nice day out.
4. 1134 Brown Street – Dayton, OH
This was, by far, the comfiest Starbucks to sit in. There were numerous cushioned chairs and benches to sit at, making working that more enjoyable. They also have a front and side patio – making it extremely easy to find seating outside. This Starbucks is also extremely spacious inside, so you have nothing to worry about when going there (although there are a lot of students from The University of Dayton working there). The only issue I have is that parking behind the building is frustrating, so you’re better off parking somewhere else and walking there.
3. 400 Walnut Street – Redwood City, CA
This is an amazing Starbucks, located in Redwood City, which is roughly 30 minutes south of San Francisco. This Starbucks is huge on the inside and also contains a big outdoor patio. In terms of the total size, indoor and outdoor, this is the biggest Starbucks on this list. The only downfall, which was an issue, is that this one had the slowest wifi out of any Starbucks on the list (and by a longshot…). I love this Starbucks, but the insanely slow wifi was frustrating. If it wasn’t for the slow wifi, this would probably get the #1 slot.
2. 1615 N Federal Highway – Fort Lauderdale, FL
This is the first Starbucks, after leaving Boston, that I went to. It truly was the first beginning start to producing and working in public places, and man this was a perfect start. I almost put this as #1, but I dropped it to #2 because of how small the inside is. This isn’t really the best Starbucks for hanging out with a group and even if you’re alone it can be tough to find seating. The thing that I absolutely love about this Starbucks is that it’s by far the best one for working outside. The weather is always perfect and the patio has an overhang that covers the sun, so you don’t have to worry about sweating and your equipment overheating. In addition, they have outlets outside for your to charge your electronics – most Starbucks don’t have plugs outside, so this made working even more convenient and enjoyable.
1. 8510 SW Terwilliger Blvd – Portland, OR
And the #1 slot goes to this amazing Starbucks in Portland, OR. This Starbucks has a really creative inside design – trust me when I say it’s A LOT bigger on the inside than it looks in the left picture. I had to include 2 pictures for this Starbucks because in addition to the crazy inside it also has a beautiful outdoor patio. This is one of those Starbucks that you can always find seating – both indoors and outdoors. To make it more interesting, this Starbucks has the best bathroom out of any Starbucks in the country (I wish I took a picture of it when I was there!). The only slight downfall is that parking is a little tough at this Starbucks – but it’s 100% worth finding one to go there.
November 15, 2014
To start this post off, here’s an awesome video I took of Jazz Musicians performing in a NYC Subway and people dancing to it:
In addition to receiving that amazing message, I got featured by the blog Girl About Columbus. They listed checking out my blog as one of the 10 Things To Do This Weekend! Check out that article here: http://girlaboutcolumbus.com/2014/11/13/10-things-to-do-this-weekend-32/.
It’s amazing to finally say this: The tour will be COMPLETELY over in 12 days. The entire Light Nearby Project is ending on Thanksgiving (November 27th). It’s incredible, after everything thats happened, to think that it will all be over in less than 2 weeks. New York is a perfect last city to end the tour on and the song for it has been coming out awesome – I’ll say this though, the style of the song will be a love/hate relationship with people.
While walking around NYC, I happened to see this store – seems perfect for people who really love shoes:
Also while walking around I went on the High Line, which is a linear park built on a platform above the city streets. There’s amazing scenery on the high line, most of it being really creative for what is considered a linear park.
Lastly, I made this Bodyweight Bicep Workout when I was in Dayton, Ohio. In terms of my Bodyweight Workout Series, this was one of the most request videos so I finally decided to make it. Biceps are a hard muscle to workout via Bodyweight techniques, so this video is probably the most creative workout video I’ve made.
November 11, 2014
I’ve been at New York many times before because I’m from Boston but it’s awesome to be there again. I’ve been working on the song for New York and it’s going to be a heavy, hard hitting bass song that is non-stop. Because New York truly is the city that never sleeps, I want the song to be a non-stop heavy hitter to emphasize that aspect. In addition, the heavy bass (somewhat like the EDM artist Snails) is going to represent the dirty/gritty nature of New York and how hard people rage there.
On my way to New York, I filmed a video asking the question if Passive Income actually exists. This is a big question I’ve personality gotten regarding Finance and Internet Marketing – check it out here if you want:
Like every other city I’ve been to before, there were numerous songs that I discovered and listened to while I was there. Here is the CD Mix I made for all the songs that I encountered while in Columbus, Ohio. Check them out!
|Bumpin' In The Voodoo||Manic Focus feat. Dominic Lalli||Amazon|
|Some Chords (Dillon Francis Remix)||Deadmau5||Amazon|
|Starlight (Collin McLoughlin Remix)||Don Diablo & Matt Nash||YouTube|
|Soundtrack 2 My Life||Kid Cudi||Amazon|
|Thriller (2Martini Funk Out Remix)||Michael Jackson||Soundcloud|
|Zombie (3LAU TomorrowWorld Edit)||Paris & Simo feat. Kernkraft 400||Soundcloud|
|Pop Danthology 2013||Daniel Kim||Soundcloud|
|The Seconds||Porter Robinson feat. Jano||Amazon|
|Color Of My Soul (Paul Basic Remix)||Pretty Lights||Amazon|
|Rich Girl$||Down With Webster||Amazon|
|Louder (Botnek Weirder Remix)||Style of Eye feat. Sirena||Amazon|
|Lollipop (Framing Hanley Cover)||Lil Wayne feat. Static||Amazon|
|Break The Cage||LabRat||Amazon|
|Razor Sharp (Pegboard Nerds VIP Remix)||Pegboard Nerds & Tristam||Amazon|
|Run Wild||for KING & COUNTRY feat. Andy Mineo||Amazon|
|Black Widow (Vice Remix)||Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora||Amazon|
November 8, 2014
Suwannee Hulaween was an incredible time – so many things happened at that it. It was an amazing feeling DJing late on Saturday night and having the entire crowd vibing to everything I was doing. After I performed I was on such a high so I decided to post this on my Facebook wall:
Damn. It’s been a crazy festival so far at Hulaween and I can’t even describe what I’ve experienced. I DJ’ed last night and it was, by far, the best performance I’ve ever done. I had the entire crowd singing along to every song and raging like crazy. I had people coming up to me, both after my set last night and today, telling me how much they loved it.
When pursuing any dream it’s crazy how much shit you go through. For days, weeks, months, and years, you can work non-stop on your dream and still not even see any results. At certain points you question everything and if you’re ever truly going to “make it.”
If you’re someone who’s going through that hard time, not seeing any results, don’t give up. I promise you, from experience, that things will workout for the best even when it seems like there’s no hope.
Because I’ll tell you this: being up there while vibing with the crowd is the best feeling in the world. And when I’m in that moment, I look back and realize how much all my struggle was worth it.
The next day after my set I received my first gift as an artist, check it out!
While I was at Suwannee I also got a free massage from a professional and I also tried out Organic Lolly Pops (they were pretty good!). Hulaween reminded me a lot of Electric Forest in terms of the vibe and the type of people that were there. Rather than try to describe the festival in detail, I decided to make a video showcasing all the things I experienced while being there. The background song in this video is the song I wrote for San Francisco, just for a little preview!
November 5, 2014
Remember, remember the fifth of November,
The gunpowder, treason and plot,
I know of no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.
If you haven’t seen V For Vendetta yet, check it out here: V For Vendetta
November 5, 2014
October 28, 2014
It’s my last week in Ohio before I head to Florida. I got booked for a festival called Suwannee Hulaween and they gave me the last timeslot on Saturday night! Here’s the full line-up – in addition, The Untz put me as a favorite act to see: http://www.theuntz.com/news/suwannee-hulaween-2014-reveals-its-schedule/.
It’s going to be an incredible festival, I absolutely can’t wait. If you’re going, I’m playing from 3:15-4:00am on Saturday night (technically Sunday morning).
This past week I happened to see a lot of random things. First off, at a grocery store, I saw “Boston Lettuce.” I still have no idea what Boston Lettuce is supposed to be but it was weird to see it as a specific type of vegetable. Next, I was at a bar called Tim’s this past Friday and they had red beer. It tasted like normal beer but I don’t know why they dyed it Red – nonetheless it was still weird to drink. Lastly, I bought Bacon Flavored Cream Cheese – which wasn’t bad, but wasn’t as good as I thought it would taste.
I visited one of my friends last week and at their college they had a Gum Tree. I guess it was a tradition to take your old gum and put it on the tree – I’ve definitely never seen this before haha:
This past Saturday I went to an event called Boo’N Brew, located in the Oregon District in Dayton (it’s originally called Haunt Fest but apparently everyone calls it Boo’N Brew). They block off the entire district and you have to pay to get in (I’ve never had to pay to get onto a regular street before) and there’s ton of events & people in costumes. I was Flask Tie Guy, which went pretty well.
In addition they set up a random wrestling ring and had matches going on – another first (I’ve never seen a wrestling ring in the middle of a street):