In Episode #3 of “No Tuition”, I speak with Vancouver-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Matthew James Gibson. Matt’s debut album, “A Trip To Remember, A Place To Forget”, was just released and we chatted about the making of the record, his creative process and much more.
This second episode of “No Tuition” features an interview with singer/songwriter/guitarist Nolan Hubbard. Nolan was kind enough to speak with me on one of his few days off from his current tour. We covered everything from how he writes to his gear to his future plans and I think the interview turned out fantastic!
On this first ever episode of “No Tuition”, I chat with Toronto-based indie singer/songwriter/guitarist Andrew Beg. Andrew and I talked about a wide range of subjects including his three ongoing projects, the challenges of being an emerging artist and, of course, guitars and gear! I hope you enjoy checking out the interview as much as I did doing it.
My new show: Jamie Bonk | “No Tuition”. Coming soon!
Watched “Restrung”, a very cool documentary on Wyn Guitars last night. It was great to hear Abraham Laboriel and James LoMenzo playing the basses, but just as interesting to me was getting to see and hear about Wyn’s workflow. He’s incredibly organized and deeply considers the ergonomics of his shop. I try to do the same thing, albeit on a lesser scale, in my studio. Also, Randall’s comments on efficiency versus enthusiasm hit home. I’m sure sanding necks for three days straight can’t be a ton of fun, even though it maybe highly efficient. I come up against similar issues when recording an album. Do I do all of the MIDI stuff for the entire record first? Record all of the rhythm guitars in one go? That sort of thing is more efficient, but it’s not nearly as exciting as taking a song at a time from nothing to a finished master. Anyways, the documentary’s good, so if you have about an hour to spare, check it out!
Tech day today. Updated to macOS Sierra and hooked up my brand new Apogee Element 24 and Apogee Control. Really nice bump up in sound quality from my Apogee Duet 1.
Sonya and I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! We hope your Xmas is filled with all the things that matter most to you. We also hope you’ve been (mostly) not naughty this year and Santa will bring you something cool! : )
Here’s a version of “The First Noël” that Sonya and I recorded a few years back that features the vocals of Wendy Irvine.
Thought I’d take a break from recording and record this little sketch called, oddly enough, “A Little Sketch”. Wrote the piece a couple nights ago on acoustic, but I was playing around with my Montreal Premiere and Bias Amp today and the tune seemed to work pretty well.
Finally got my 2009 EP “St. Joseph Street” back up on iTunes. I rarely (basically never) listen to my older tunes, but it was fun going back and checking out the tracks. Would I do some things differently now than I did when I made the EP? Absolutely, but I still like the music and appreciate all of the help the musicians gave me in making the album.
Yay! My new company (Jamie Bonk Music) is finally up and going. BC government registration, business bank account and SOCAN/ASCAP publisher agreement all in place!!