I spent Thanksgiving at home with my family in Scottsdale, Arizona this year. Here are some pictures (see all of my Thanksgiving pictures on Flickr).
A blog post from Hepnova’s newest member, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Sophia Chang:
7 August 2007
Hallo Future Fans of Hepnova!
Your songbirdie friend is on a gay-cased laptop (it’s “red” but on a white background it’s slightly on the pink side) (it’s a MacBook – hey it’s Hep property, I didn’t choose this) writing to you from Scottsdale, AZ, where they paved paradise (paradise being the desert) and put up a golf course and a million-dollar-home-estate.
Other than a band and roadie dinner on Sat. at some 50’s theme diner, I’ve been living in the studio. Literally. The guest house in which my bandmate’s parents have put me up is also “the studio”. (the marble tile makes fantastic acoustics. Damn, now you know our
Yesterday, Day 2, we did an interview for a podcast for the band website.
Today was Day 3 of recording and the worst thing happened – the AC that’s been running nonstop to counteract the 100 degree days has ravaged my voice. I woke up sounding like those adolescent white girls at the mall who smoke and use hairspray. To my dismay, I couldn’t lay down the lead track to my new dance song to which the Hepboys added a great ska/calypso flava as requested.
To get my blood pumping in an effort to reclaim my vocal range, I went for a swim in L.S.’s oddly-shaped pool. Geometrically inspiring…not quite so lap-swim-friendly. It was going well until I saw the very cute, very dead lizard floating in one corner. Poor thing. That was still okay too…until I saw the mashed mouse feeding some flies NEXT to the pool. To my credit, I kept diagonally swimming for a little bit more.
We’ve laid down the bones of a few really awesome songs. I’m super excited about them.
We’ve also cooked three different leftover-based pastas. My schedule is still skewed badly. I’m without adequate eye make-up remover, coupled with the fact that sweat is apparently the missing secret ingredient in waterproof eyeliner (no wonder my makeup doesn’t stay on in freezing Frisco), makes me look like I have permanent Rocky Balboa eyes.
L.S. and I are going to see the true Phoenix site tomorrow: the mega mall. Awww yeah. I need to buy some hair dye so I can punk out my bangs. (Won’t be getting the perm until NYC).
Here’s a photo of our first night of recording.
I haven’t blogged in a few days because I have been back in Arizona working on the new Hepnova album with Nico, Sophia and a whole cast of supporting characters . I will be back in NYC on August 14. The Hepnova album is due to be released in late 2007/early 2008.
Hello from Sky Harbour International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona. I'm waiting for my flight back to NYC. I am carrying a bunch of music gear in my carry on luggage because Nico and I worked on some tracks over the holidays. When I went to collect my bags off of the conveyor belt at the security check, a TSA guy asked me, "hey man, do you make beats?" I said, "yes," and he smiled. Finally, some real humanity from TSA and some acknowledgment for being a bi-coastal music producer. haha. I guess there really is some sort of geek chic cultural cachet associated with schlepping around a MacBook, Novation X-Station, SidStation, a microphone, and a bundle of sundry cables in a Boblbee backback.
Anyway, HEPNOVA is officially in business again, although the website is still in development. The new track, and the general direction of the band is going more pop, more dance, and more commercial. I am definitely ready to sell out! Email me (ls [at] leesean.net) if you want to hear an MP3 of the track in development, I don't know if it is ready for the public consumption on the internet yet and we still need to discuss our strategy regarding digital downloads. We also recorded some Netmaster freestyles, and a few Morpions tracks as well.